North Scituate Elementary School
March 2021 Newsletter
A note from Mrs. Soccio
Happy March! February was a very busy month of celebrating the 100th day of school, vacation, a reading challenge and Valentine's Day. Our sock collection prior to February vacation was a huge success. We collected a total of 776 pairs of socks for our socks drive that will be donated to a homeless shelter! We are looking forward to our Kids' Heart Challenge and Read Across America Week this month.
Huge thank you to families who have been completing the Daily Attestation Form by 8:35am. It is crucial that each form is filled out the morning of that day and prior to your child arriving at school to ensure the safety of all students. See button below for easy access to the form. Reach out to Mrs. McCann at Colleen.McCann@Scituateschoolsri.net or 647-4110 with any questions.
The gate at the top of the hill on Institute lane will be open in the morning for drop off. Huge thank you to Chief Rollinson and Scituate Public Works for getting the snow cleared promptly. Please do not turn around at the top of the hill and drive back towards the school. This causes congestion and safety concerns for students, families, and staff. Please adhere to all speed limits as you continue on Institute Lane into the neighborhood. It is crucial we are respectful of our neighbors and students who walk to school.
It will soon be time to begin planning for the 2021-2022 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 do so in writing no later than May1st. Due to fluctuating enrollment, classroom consolidation and/or additions, placement adjustments may occur prior to the start of school.
Please reach out with questions or concerns at any time.
Kaitlin M. Soccio, Principal
Virtual BINGO by PTO
Kids Heart Challenge Gr. 3-5
SAVE THE DATE! Mr. Ceprano’s - Kids Heart Challenge program will take place during PE classes for grades 3-5 the week of March 15-19. Now more than ever, we want every student and every family to live a heart-healthy lifestyle, and that can start by taking one of the American Heart Association’s Family Heart-Healthy Challenges!!
Please click on our Kids Heart Challenge link below to get started. We challenge YOU to sign up online today and Choose Water over sugary drinks, Move More and Be Kind! Once you set up your child’s webpage, scroll down to Family Heart-Healthy Challenge and select your Challenge. You may choose more than one! It’s fun and easy, and just for registering, you receive a free Heart Hero wristband!!
Click on our registration link to get started: North Scituate Elementary - KHC Registration
Thank you for being a Heart Hero!
- The SurveyWorks window closes on March 31st! If you haven't already, there is still time! To take the survey, visit: bit.ly/ridefamily
- Don't miss out on an opportunity to share your honest feedback about our school.
- We appreciate your participation in our efforts to improve our school.
School Improvement Team Members Welcome
Please email me (Kaitlin.Soccio@ScituateSchoolsRI.net) directly if you are interested in serving on this important committee. Meetings will take place no less than quarterly.
100 Days of School
School Spelling Bee
We are very proud of our North Scituate Stars who represented our school in the District Spelling Bee, Fallon Green (gr. 5) and Jackson Branch (gr. 4).
Congratulations to our district Spelling Bee Winner and North Scituate Alum, Daniel Piampiano. Our district runner up is, Lea Aquino. Well done to all finalists who represented their school proudly.
Positive Office Referrals
February Reading Challenge
GRADE LEVEL HIGHLIGHTS
Art with Ms.Davis
Fifth grade student, Gabriella DeFusco's Artwork was published in the Trinity Rep Magazine. Her artwork is number 4. The prompt was "What does Theater mean to you?" and Gabby responded with: My favorite part of the theater is when the curtains open and the lights turn on. It's so exciting!" Well done, Gabby! In the next picture, Kindergarteners are creating artist Jim Dine inspired hearts with oil pastels, K's Watercolor recreations of Vincent Van Gogh's Starry Night, and Mrs. Scucces' 4th grade class working with model magic in their project based learning haunted house floor plans.
A Message from the School Psychologist
Self-Control Skills for Children
Self-control is a skill that enables the child to suppress undesirable, inappropriate behaviors and act in socially acceptable ways. It enables him or her to decide how to act and to choose a good course of action. Children are not born with self-control-it is a learned skill. They learn more effectively through direct teaching along with the use of rewards and consequences. They need consistent teaching from parents on handling frustration. This teaching will help them to control their reactions and substitute more effective responses. Helping your child stay in control is not always easy especially when they are feeling angry, frustrated or hurt. Try teaching your child to do the following when he or she is angry.
Relax-Teach your child to take a deep breath and think about what is making them mad. Deep breathing and reflection can be ways to help your child calm down.
Talk- Ask your child to use words to express how he or she is feeling. This will encourage your child to work through the problem.
Think- Ask your child to think about different ways he or she can make the feelings of anger go away. Some suggestions are; take a walk, draw, or find a solution to the problem that made them angry.
Try taking these steps with your family:
When your child is struggling with self-control, use it as an opportunity to teach them what they can do to regain control.
Working with others can sometimes be frustrating. Teach your child what to do if he or she is having trouble working with others.
Remind children that the more they practice self-control the better they will be at controlling themselves. Parents can be a good teacher by modeling appropropriate self-control in front of their children.
Mrs. Schiappa MA, CAGS
PTO 2021 Fundraiser
Next Virtual PTO Meeting: Wednesday March 17th @ 7:30
Thank you to all families who sold tickets for our calendar raffle. With your help we raised approximately $6500! Winners will be announced and posted on our Facebook page. We will also reach out to winners directly.
Congratulations to Mrs Murphy’s class for raising $1380! They will be enjoying a class pizza party!
Great job to all students who sold at least 5 tickets! Water bottles are on order and will be distributed as soon as we receive them.
Virtual bingo in February was a success! We had a great turnout and lots of winners!