North Scituate Elementary School

January 2022 Newsletter

A Note from Mrs.Soccio

Welcome back and Happy New Year to all our North Scituate Families. During this holiday break, I hope everyone was able to refresh, rest, and be ready to start the new year strong.


We are well into the second trimester and approaching the mid-year benchmarking period. During this time, students will complete testing in both math and reading to assess their progress from the beginning of the year. AimsWeb Plus will continue to be used to assess students in grades K-3, while STAR will be used to monitor the progress of our grades 4 and 5 students. As we know, this is only one way teachers assess student progress over the course of the year.


A friendly reminder, conferences will be held from 3:30pm-6:00pm on Tuesday, January 11th and from 5:30--8:00pm on Thursday, January 13th. If you have questions about your conference time or need to schedule an appointment, please contact Mrs. Pagliarini at maria.pagliarini@scituateschoolsri.net or 647-4110.


Please reach out with questions or concerns at any time. Happy New Year!


Kaitlin Soccio

Covid Community Feedback Form

The Reopening Task Force is meeting on January 12th to review our back to school plan. The committee asks that staff and families complete the form linked below by January 11th. Gathering feedback is an important part of meeting RIDE requirements and checking in on our plan. Thank you in advance!

Student Vaccination Form (Elementary)

If your child is vaccinated and you wish to provide the school with a copy of their vaccination card, please complete the form below. Fully vaccinated individuals have the ability to avoid a close contact quarantine.

Reading Newsletter

Check out this update from Mrs.Gould, reading specialist.

BOOM (Book Open Our Minds) Event

Huge thank to Mrs. Gould and our PTO for organizing and funding this event for our students. Each student is able to select a new book to take home prior to our December break. Mrs. Gould provides students with book selections, an overview of certain books that can be read independently or with an adult, and tips for reading success.
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Setting Goals for the New Year

The middle of the school year is a great time for families to check in with students on goals. Setting academic and personal goals helps motivate, energize, and focus students, and it is a valuable skill that will benefit learners throughout their lives. Parents can help students set and achieve these goals.




Goal-setting can be tedious, even intimidating, for some students. Parents can support

students in this process by following these steps: pick it, map it, do it, own it, and celebrate

it.


Pick it. Encourage your child to consider his or her dreams and passions and pick goals

that are important and meaningful. Guide your child to think about, “What motivates me? What would inspire me to give my best effort? What would make me feel good while I’m doing it? What achievement would make me feel proud?”


Map it. After your child picks a goal, help map the path from where he or she is now to

where the child wants to be. Offer the following analogy: If we want to drive across the

country from New York to California, we don’t just get in our car and start driving—we get a map, pick a route, and follow it until we get to California. With your child, analyze

different approaches and define clear steps to reach their goal. For instance, if the goal is

to get a higher test grade in a tough subject, each quiz or project is a step on the path to

the higher goal: earning an A.


Do it. Once you and your child have mapped a path to their goal, encourage him or her to take action, focus on the first step and give it his or her best effort. Remind your child that no goal is ever reached without focused action.


Own it. As your child makes progress toward their goal, help him or her take

responsibility for making it happen. Teach the mantra, “If it’s to be, it’s up to me!” Reflect

with your child. Ask, “How are you doing? What’s working? What’s not working? What can

you or your family change to get to this goal?” From there, analyze the map, and make

changes to the plan if necessary. Help your child keep a positive attitude and own mistakes as well as successes. Remind your child that if something comes along that holds him or her back temporarily, to look at the experience as feedback. Failures, or bumps in the road, can provide us with information we need to succeed. Reinforce the message that we can learn from our mistakes and move on with new, valuable knowledge.


Celebrate it. Acknowledgment and celebration are huge parts of achieving goals.

Acknowledge every effort and celebrate your child’s mini-successes along the way to

achieving a goal. This builds his or her confidence and motivation. Your child will feel good and understand that perseverance will result in another mini-success and finally goal achievement. Try going through the goal-setting process as a family. Pick a family goal (perhaps a charitable activity) and work together to achieve it. After the family experience, have each family member pick a personal goal. Support and acknowledge one another as you move through the above steps. Success is assured when students believe in themselves and in their ability to achieve. Parents are key to helping them believe and succeed.


Report to Parents, written to serve elementary and middle-level principals, may be

reproduced by National Association of Elementary School Principals members without

permission.

Parent-Teacher Conference Tips

*Parent Teacher Conferences will be held on January 11th from 3:30-6:00 and January 13th from 5:30-8:00. Please reach out to your child's teacher if you have any questions or need to schedule a meeting time.




Before the Conference:

  • Listen. If you hear your child talking about something he or she is doing well in or is struggling with, make a note of it. When it’s time for the conference, you’ll have a list of topics to discuss.
  • Ask. Sit down with your child and ask him or her about school. Ask what’s happening in class, at lunchtime, or in special classes such as art or physical education. Does your child enjoy classroom activities? Does your child feel like he or she is falling behind academically? Is he or she bored? Are there any troubling issues with classmates? Try asking your child what he or she thinks their teacher is going to tell you about them.
  • Assemble notes and papers. Write down questions you want to address with the teacher. Bring copies of any assignments you have questions about. Think ahead of time how to bring up concerns.


During the Conference

  • Be on time. Schools tightly schedule parent-teacher conferences because there’s only so much time available and dozens of families to see. Show up at least a few minutes early.
  • Take notes. Make note of what the teacher tells you about your child. Bring up your concerns, making sure to explore strengths, weaknesses, and social skills.
  • Keep emotions out of it. It is always difficult to hear that your child may not be the person you thought he or she was in the classroom. Keep your cool and bear in mind that the teacher is offering constructive criticism.


After the Conference

  • Talk to your child. Tell your child what you and the teacher discussed. Emphasize the positive things the teacher said. Remember that it’s important for your child to feel positive about learning, the teacher, and the school.
  • Follow up. If there were important issues that need to be dealt with, make sure to follow up in writing with the teacher soon after the conference. Specify what steps will be taken, what your responsibilities and the school’s responsibilities will be, and what the timetable is for action.
  • Meet with your principal. If, after conferring with your child’s teacher, you still feel that serious issues weren’t adequately addressed, set up a time to talk to the principal.
  • Follow through. Once you know what you can do at home to help your child succeed in school, make sure you follow the necessary steps.


Source: Report to Parents, written to serve elementary and middle-level

principals, may be reproduced by National Association of Elementary School

Principals members without permission.

Coming Soon! Surveyworks

  • SurveyWorks is a statewide survey sent out annually to students, families, and teachers to hear from Rhode Islanders directly about their experiences in our state's public schools.
  • SurveyWorks will be given to all students in grades 3-12, parents, teachers, support professionals and building administrators.
  • The Rhode Island Family Survey is for all parents to complete. Parents of students receiving special education services will receive a single survey that combines the Rhode Island Family Survey and the Special Education Survey.
  • More information will be sent home in the coming weeks.

Bwana Iguana Assembly from Mr. Feinstein

Bwana Iguana Reptile Adventure visited our school on Wednesday, December 22nd. Huge thank you to Mr. Feinstein and the Feinstein Foundation for providing our students with this opportunity.

Ray Ward and his Bwana Iguana Reptile Adventure program educates and delights people of all ages with his engaging humor and wit, coupled with his unbridled enthusiasm and love of reptiles and children. Though the primary focus is on reptiles, the message of "keeping up your good deeds", teamwork and unity are all interwoven as well.
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Stuff a Cruiser Event

Specials thanks to the Scituate Police Department for the generous donations from their Stuff-A-Cruiser event, which supports our Give-a-Gift Drive! North Scituate School appreciates your support during the holiday season!
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A Special Holiday Themed Concert Courtesy of Mrs. Etheir & Our Chorus

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Choose Love Movement for Schools- SEL Curriculum

Students in Prek-5 are fully immersed in the Choose Love curriculum! Students participate in a weekly lesson rooted in one of the four units: Courage, Gratitude, Forgiveness and Compassion in Action; all part of the Choose Love Formula. This month students will learn about forgiveness.


The Choose Love calendar is below and was sent home with all students. It is our hope that this learning and small steps you can take daily is helpful for our North Scituate families to complete at home.


Source: https://chooselovemovement.org/schools/

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Positive Office Referrals

Students will receive these awards for EXEMPLARY behavior in the following categories: self-control, citizenship, hard work, attitude, responsibility, courage, teamwork, and honesty.
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GRADE LEVEL CLASSROOM HAPPENINGS

Kindergarten

Students in Ms. Murphy's class were learning about addition this month. Students came to the rug prepared with white boards and were eager to share their work with the class. Ms. Murphy used her interactive Clevertouch to facilitate the warm up activity.
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Grade 1

After reading Balloons Over Broadway, students in Mrs. Anthony's class worked together to design and build their own Macy's Parade balloon! Their creativity was in full gear and had so much fun.
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Grade 3

Students in Mrs.DiLuglio's class are working together with their math partners. I love seeing our students improving their math skills and challenging one another.
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Grade 4

Students in Mrs. Scucces' class worked on basic division facts in order to prepare for the second half of Module 3. Students rotated through four stations using various modes of learning... technology, paper and pencil, games, and problem solving with teacher time.
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Sports and Winter Hat day is popular in grade 4. Check out the pictures below from our fourth graders during spirit week.
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PTO's Christmas in the Village

On Friday, December 10th, our school hosted some events for the "Christmas in the Village" town event. Huge thank you to our PTO Exec board, parent volunteers, and student volunteers for organizing our raffle baskets, bake sale, craft bags, and reindeer food station. On display in the cafeteria was our school tree with ornaments made by each student. We had the pleasure of decorating a tree near the gazebo with other schools, local organizations, and families. Our tree was filled with blue and gold. Thank you to second grader, Aadarsh Mishra, who performed a few Christmas songs on the piano for everyone.
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A Message from our School Psychologist- Routines

As we celebrate the holidays and look forward to the new year, this is a good time to reflect on the past several months. Think about what systems and routines you already have in place. What seems to be working well? What might need some adjusting? Routines provide children with a sense of safety and predictability each day. Unpredictability can set children up for experiencing worry and anxiety. Keep in mind that we can’t be consistent 100% of the time but here are some general guidelines on ways to maintain consistency and routines throughout the school year.


Try to keep to a similar sleeping and eating schedule

Disrupting daily biological routines can lead to changes in mood, fatigue and irritability. It’s tempting to let kids stay up late and sleep in during the holiday break. But it’s important to stick to consistent bedtime and eating routines.


Homework Routines

Having a routine for homework and studying during the school year is essential for your child to establish helpful habits and cognitive skills, such as organization, priorioritization, and time management. Following these homework routines will help provide clear expectations for your child.

  • Have a quiet place in the house designed for homework/studying.

  • Set a time for homework each day.

  • Help your child with time management by writing down how much time it should take to complete each task.

  • Provide your child with consistent positive encouragement for completing their work.


Check in with you child

As the first half of the school year winds down, take some time to talk with your child about how they think their school year is going.

  • What subjects do they enjoy or struggle with?

  • What are some fun things they do with their friends?

  • Who are some of their friends and how do they get along?

  • What are they most proud of so far this year?

  • What goals do they want to accomplish this year?

  • Ask them if they are ready for more independence in any area that they are doing well in.


Overall, let your child know that you and the school are there to support them each and everyday.


Happy New Year’s

Mrs. Schiappa

School Psychologist

News from Northwest Special Education Region

The next Special Education Local Advisory Committee (SELAC) meeting will be held on February 8, 2022 at 6:30pm. This date is a change from the original date of February 22 (changed due to winter recess). The final meeting of this school year is set for May 17, 2022.



All meetings are being held at the Ponaganset Middle School building in Room 150. The rear entrance to the building is used for this event. Parking is available behind the building. The address is 7 Rustic Hill Rd, Glocester, RI. Anyone wishing to attend needs to call 401-647-4106.

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A Note from the School Nurse

Check out our school nurse's page for updates, information, and more. Please call 647-4110 or email Colleen.McCann@ScituateSchoolsRI.net with any questions or concerns.

News from the Scituate School Committee

The Scituate School Committee will hold its next meeting on Tuesday, January 4th. All members of the school community are encouraged to attend. The meetings begin at 7 p.m. at the Scituate High School auditorium. For more information about meetings, click here.

Important Dates

January 4th: School Committee Mtg

January 11th & 13th: Parent Teacher Conferences

January 17th: No School-MLK Day

February 21st-25th: Winter Recess- No School

March 14th: DL Day Students/ PD Day Staff

April 15th: Good Friday- No School

April 18th-22nd: Spring Recess- No School

May 11th: DL Day Students/ PD Day Staff

May 30th: Memorial Day- No School

June 20th: Last Day of School

COVID PCR Testing Information

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