Hope Valley School Weekly Update

Friday, January 10, 2020

Calendar of Events

January 2020

13 - PTO Metting at 6:30

17 - Drama Club permission slips are due (information below and also attached to newsletter)

20 - Martin Luther King Day - No School

24 - Mid-Trimester report cards distributed

February 2020

10 - PTO Metting at 6:30

13 - Early Release Day (No PM preschool)

14-17 - Winter Recess

After-School Drama Club for Grades 3 & 4


in collaboration with the Award Winning RHODE ISLAND YOUTH THEATRE





Students in this program will have an opportunity to learn all aspects of the performing arts through this exciting after-school drama program. All students participating will be cast in scenes throughout the show based on availability, along with their vocal, dance, and acting work on casting days (1/27 & 1/28). Students will attend rehearsals generally two times a week or when their scenes are listed on the schedule. Parents can access information and updates through our webpage: https://sites.google.com/chariho.k12.ri.us/hvdramaclub/home


Below are the dates of when MOST rehearsals will take place.

Students will receive a schedule of specific rehearsal dates once casting is complete.

  • Rehearsals at Hope Valley Elementary School (gym) from 3:30-5:00


    • Feb 4 & Feb 6, Feb 11 & Feb 13 (ERD>2:00-5:00), Feb 25 & Feb 27

    • Mar 3 & Mar 5, Mar 10 & Mar 12, Mar 18, Mar 24 - 26, Mar 30 - Apr 3

  • Dress Rehearsals at Chariho Regional Middle School Auditorium

    • Friday, April 3 (2:00-8:00) and Saturday, April 4 (9:00-2:00)

  • Showcase Production at Chariho Regional Middle School Auditorium (April 4)

    • Show begins at 7:00pm but students will need to be at the middle school at 5:00pm


Please return completed PROGRAM REGISTRATION & STUDENT INFORMATION FORM (on the next page) by Friday, January 17, 2020. Depending on number of participants, the drama program may be opened to students in second grade. Be sure to note any conflicts so that we can accommodate each student's schedule.


Mr. Gencarelli, Hope Valley Elementary Principal

Ms. DiFranco, Chariho Fine Arts Teacher

Ms. Hall, Chariho HS/MS Humanities Specialist

Ms. Chelsea Cook, RIYT Teaching Artist

Spanish Update

January the 6th is a special day in Spain. It is known as 'El Dia de los Reyes Magos (Three Kings Day), a Spanish Christmas tradition that is marked by huge, spectacular parades in every city, town or village of the country, no matter how big or small, where sweets and presents are given to all! The kings ride upon horses and throw goodies down to the children lining the streets. The evening of Jan 5th, children leave out their shoes in a spot where the Kings are sure to see them. This is exactly what the 3rd graders did. The three wise men left treats in Mr. Fanning's and Mrs. Zonfrilli's "shoes" on January 6th- El Día de los Reyes Magos (Three King's Day). This is what they do in Spain too!

1989 vs 2019

I saw this image and it made me laugh. Isn't this the truth? As a child, I would have to be dragged inside from playing outdoors. I am sure most of you were that way too. How life has changed for today's children. It actually is quite scary to think what the world will look like in 30 years from today. Get your children outside to play this weekend. Temperatures will be in the 60s so it will be plenty warm.
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Flu News

The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) is announcing that the flu is now “widespread” in Rhode Island. RIDOH is also reminding Rhode Islanders about seeking medical care if you or your child are experiencing flu like symptoms. RIDOH has information online for guidance on what to do if you are having symptoms of shortness of breath, fevers’ or persistent cough.

Per the Flu Information for Parents with Young Children | CDC, everyone older than 6 months of age should be vaccinated against the flu every year. Flu shots are available at doctors' offices and pharmacies throughout Rhode Island at no cost.

If your child is experiencing flu-like symptoms and/or has a temperature of 100.5 or higher, please do not send them to school and follow up with your healthcare provider. If your child has the flu or flu-like symptoms, please follow up with their doctor before they return to school.

Remember, the best way to prevent the spread of illness is hand washing!!

Per District Policy, students should not be in school if they are actively vomiting, have a temperature of 100.5 or greater, have frequent diarrhea or have severe cold symptoms.

As always, please feel free to contact Mrs. Larned with any questions!

Lynn Larned, RN CSNT



  1. Payment for the Morning Program is due at the beginning of each month. If you need a form, stop or call the office.
  2. Also, the Morning Program STARTS at 7:30. Technically it starts at 7:35 because everything is programmed through our time clock. Staff punch in at 7:30 so they need time to get to the gym to set up. At Hope Valley, we have always allowed students to come for 7:30 but we cannot let children in before 7:30 because no one will be in the gym.
  3. We have many students with negative lunch balances. Please be sure parents are taking care of any balances ASAP. Checks can be made out to Chariho Regional School District
  4. If your child comes in at 8:00 for Dreambox with Mr. Mulvey or reading support with Mrs. Pastore or Maker Morning/Green Screen with Mrs. Ward, students must not be coming before 7:55 or they will be charged $3.50 per day.

Hope Valley School Blog

KICKING IT WITH THE ARTS! That is the name of our new school blog related to all the projects at Hope Valley School. Mrs. Girton and I will maintain this blog for now but after winter break the hope is to get some 4th grade students to lead this blog. Check it out by clicking in the link. You can read about some of our school projects and recent cultural assembly last week. Enjoy!


Differences between being RUDE, MEAN, or a BULLY

This was shared with teachers and staff and wanted to share it with all of you to help children understand the differences between someone being mean, someone being rude, and someone being a bully. From the article “Rude, Mean, or Bullying? A Child Therapist Defines the Differences” https://www.amightygirl.com/blog?p=20215&https=true

RUDE is “inadvertently saying or doing something that hurts someone else.” In children this takes the form of social errors like “burping in someone's face, jumping ahead in line, bragging about achieving the highest grade or even throwing a crushed up pile of leaves in someone's face.” The critical factor? “Incidents of rudeness are usually spontaneous, unplanned inconsideration, based on thoughtlessness, poor manners or narcissism, but not meant to actually hurt someone.”

Being MEAN involves “purposefully saying or doing something to hurt someone once (or maybe twice).” Mean behavior very much aims to hurt or depreciate someone.... Very often, mean behavior in kids is motivated by angry feelings and/or the misguided goal of propping themselves up in comparison to the person they are putting down.” And while Whitson agrees that both rudeness and mean behavior require correction, they are “different from bullying in important ways that should be understood and differentiated when it comes to intervention.”

BULLYING is “intentionally aggressive behavior, repeated over time, that involves an imbalance of power.... Kids who bully say or do something intentionally hurtful to others and they keep doing it, with no sense of regret or remorse — even when targets of bullying show or express their hurt or tell the aggressors to stop.” Whitson gives examples of multiple kinds of bullying, including physical and verbal aggression, relational aggression (like social exclusion, hazing, or rumor spreading), and cyberbullying. The key aspect to all of them is the ongoing nature of the behavior, which leaves the victims feeling powerless and fearful.

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Social Media Outlets

The PTO Corner

Next meeting January 13, 2020 at 6:30pm in the Hope Valley School Library

PTO Board Members:

PTO meetings are typically the second working Monday each month. If you’re not able to make the meeting but still want to be involved please send an email to our PTO to make sure you receive a copy of the meeting minutes hopepto15@gmail.com.

Meeting dates for the year are as follows:

  • Jan 13, 2019 @ 6:30
  • Feb 10, 2019 @ 6:30
  • March 9, 2019 @ 6:30
  • April 13, 2019 @ 6:30
  • May 11, 2019 @ 6:30

About Hope Valley Elementary School

Mission Statement:

The mission of the Hope Valley Elementary School is to work in partnership with our colleagues, students and families. We are committed to creating a learning environment where children are expected to achieve their full potential.