North Scituate Elementary School

April 2019 Newsletter

A NOTE FROM MRS.SOCCIO

Spring has sprung and everyone is working diligently in this final stretch of the school year. Can you believe we are in the last trimester of the 2018-2019 school year? If you have not already done so, please review your child's report card, sign, and return the envelope to his/her classroom teacher.April also is the time that we participate in state testing. Grades 3, 4, and 5 will each be tested in English Language Arts and Mathematics. Please see below for more information.


Thank you to all the families who completed the SurveyWorks 2019 school-wide survey. I appreciate your feedback and honesty. Once the results are released, our school improvement team will review and determine a plan moving forward. Together, we will celebrate areas of strength and brainstorm ways to improve weaknesses.


In preparation for end of the year events, please be sure you have a current background check (BCI) on file with our office if you plan to volunteer. Please see Mrs. Grissom or email her at Jamie.Grissom@ScituateSchoolsRI.net


It will soon be time to begin planning for the 2019-2020 school year! We will be discussing classroom placement, and the faculty, staff and I will spend time considering each student's strengths and needs. The focus will be on ensuring balanced classrooms that are conducive to an optimal teaching and learning environment. Academic performance, learning styles, social and emotional growth, and a variety of other factors will be considered. If there are any special considerations about your child that you would like to make sure we take into account throughout this process, please submit them to me in writing no later than April 12th. Due to fluctuating enrollment, classroom consolidation and/or additions, placement adjustments may occur prior to the start of school.


Respectfully,

Kaitlin M. Soccio

POSITIVE OFFICE REFERRALS

Students will receive these awards for EXEMPLARY behavior in the following categories: self-control, citizenship, hard work, attitude, responsibility, courage, team work, and honesty. Any adult in the building may choose the recipients. Grade levels are color coded: 5th Gold, 4th Silver, 3rd Bronze, 2nd Stardust, 1st Jupiter (red) and Kindergarten Sapphire. Students will also be able to decorate a star. These stars will be displayed in the showcase in the hall adjacent to the cafeteria. These certificates are presented to students on Friday mornings immediately following announcements.

RICAS Testing Gr.3-5

RICAS testing for grades 3-5 will begin on Monday, April 1st. All students will be completing the computer based test either in the computer lab or in their classrooms on laptops. Students and teachers have been working hard over the past few weeks test prepping in order to become more familiar with the test format and tools for students. Grades 4 & 5 will be testing 4/1-4 and grade 3 will be testing 4/8-11. On the Friday after testing is complete, our staff and PTO will be organizing a celebration for the afternoon. This celebration will involve pizza, snow cones, and extra recess for students who complete testing.


Families, please ensure your child has a healthy breakfast, brain food snacks, and encouragement to try their best.

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Dr.Seuss Week Fun

Huge thank you to Mrs. Serdechny for organizing this fun week!
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Dr.Seuss Character Contest

Winners (see below): Kindergarten- Elise Cheng, 1st grade- Elin Dutra, 2nd grade- Ava Engenheiro, 3rd grade- Sophia Morgan, 4th grade- Fabiola Beene, 5th grade- Alison Davis


Students were to create a new original Dr. Seuss character and write a brief description about the character. Student Council members helped by voting for the grade level winners.

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Kids Heart Challenge 2019

This is a fun and exciting event where your student learns about his/her heart while helping others and raising money for the American Heart Association. The Kids Heart Challenge prepares your child for success through physical and emotional well-being.


The mission: Through Kids Heart Challenge, kids learn jump rope skills, how their heart works and raise money to help kids with special hearts. Have fun, learn how to stay healthy and make a difference in the lives of others!


This year our school raised $5, 022.00! WOW! You all should be very proud of yourselves. These funds are going to a great cause. Thank you Mr. Ceprano for organizing this event.

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Kindergarten

Grade 1

Grade 2

Grade 3- Field Trip to SHS

Grade 4

Grade 5

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A note from the school nurse

Happy Spring everyone! Here are a few health related announcements and topics that might be of interest to you this month.


The RI Hearing Center will be coming to North Scituate School on Monday, April 8, 2019. Students in Kindergarten and grades 1 through 3 will have their yearly hearing evaluation. If your child has had recent ear surgery or a recent ear infection, please return the form that will be sent home with your child next week. Please call me if you have any questions.


As you are aware, RI Comprehensive Assessment System testing will begin for our students in grades 4, and 5 on April 1st, and for grade 3 on April 8. Please encourage your child to eat a healthy breakfast on these testing days, as well as every day! According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children who eat breakfast do better in school and have better concentration and more energy. Check out this article from healthychildren.org, the AAP website, for tips on making breakfast easier for parents. https://www.healthychildren.org/English/healthy-living/nutrition/Pages/Breakfast-for-Learning.aspx


Also, with the nice weather just around the corner, the Friday recess Walking Club will be starting up again after April vacation. If you’d like to volunteer to help stamp Walking Club cards, please keep an eye out for a notice/form which will be sent home during the next few weeks. The Walking Club will be held on Fridays, from April 26 through June 7th.


Thank You!

Colleen McCann, RN, CSNT

Reading Newsletter from Mrs. Gould

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Robotics Club

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PTO News

A huge thank you to all those involved in planning our girls and boys event. Both events were very successful! See pictures below.


The PTO Executive Board election is coming up for the 2019-2020 school year. Nomination forms will be sent home this week with all students. Please consider running for a spot on the executive board to ensure the wonderful events planned by our PTO can continue for next year.


Our next PTO meeting is on Wednesday, May 15th at 6:30pm in the Library.

IMPORTANT DATES

April 1st-4th: RICAS Gr. 4 & 5

April 8th- 11th: RICAS Gr. 3

April 4th: Kindergarten Registration 9:30-11:30 (See February newsletter for more information.)

April 8th: RI Hearing Screening Gr. K-3

April 10th: Spring Picture Day

April 11th: School Improvement Team Meeting 3:15PM

April 15th-19th: Spring Vacation- No School!

April 22nd-May 3rd: Science Testing Gr. 5

April 23rd: Bus driver & monitor appreciation day

May 3rd: Tie Dye Shirts (more info to come from PTO)

May 14th & 15th: Science Testing Grade 5

May 24th: 5th Grade Photo 9AM & Studen Council Fun Day Gr. 4 & 5

May 28th: No School- Memorial Day

June 3rd-6th: Book Fair

June 3rd: Field Day (raindate 6/4)

June 5th: Arts Night 5PM

June 6th: Kindergarten Celebration & 5th Grade Moving Up Day at Hope Pond

June 7th: Grade 2 Zoo Field Trip

June 10th: 5th Grade Celebration

June 11th: Grade 2 Bug Fest

June 12th: Last day of school (tentative)

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