The Clayville Chroncile

April 2021 Edition

From the Desk of Mrs. Francis

Beginning the week of April 12th, students in grades 3, 4, and 5 will take an on-line test of mathematics and English Language Arts proficiency called The Rhode Island Comprehensive Assessment System (RICAS). 2018 was the first year of administering the new RICAS, which is aligned to the Common Core State Standards.

Students in grade 5 will also take the Rhode Island Next Generation Science Assessment (NGSA). The NGSA was administered for the first time as a census field test in 2018. This year, we will receive student scores in the fall. Teachers and students have been working hard and are prepared!

*While we will receive the scores from this testing, the results will not count towards school accountability for the 2020-2021 school year.

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Warm Regards,

Courtney Francis

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Announcements and Reminders

  • Reports cards will be sent home on April 6th. Students in grades 1-4 will receive a parent update aligned to our American Reading Company curriculum. Students in grades K and 1 will also receive a Bridges Math report.
  • Please note, masks must be worn on school grounds at all times. This includes dismissal and while using the school’s playground equipment. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

  • The district has immediate openings for part time and full time bus monitors. Please call 647-4100 for an application.

Parent Tips For Building Math Skills At Home

Communicating with Children Using Math Language

Talking About Math:

Talking about mathematics with your child – whatever his or her age – helps strengthen his or her mathematical reasoning and understanding. Some ways to keep the talk engaged and focused while you support your child include:

Revoice - Repeat what you heard your child say, then ask for clarification (e.g., “So you are saying it’s an odd number?”).

Repeat/Restate – Ask your child to restate your reasoning (e.g., “Can you repeat what I said in your own words?”).

Reason – Ask your child to apply his or her own reasoning to someone else’s reasoning (e.g., “Do you agree or disagree? Tell me why.”).

Adding On – Prompt your child to participate further (e.g., “What more would you add to that?”).

Think Time – Wait several seconds (try five) to give your child time to think (e.g., “Take some time to think.”). You may be surprised by how hard it is to stay silent in that time!

Everyday Mathematics:

Daily Decisions

We all use mathematics daily in what we do. Involve your child in using numbers to solve problems and make those everyday decisions with you. For example:

  • “Do we have enough plates and utensils for all the guests coming for the birthday party?”
  • “We are doubling this recipe. How much of all the ingredients will we need?”
  • “We are fertilizing the lawn. The fertilizer bag covers three square meters. How many will we need?”
  • “This store is selling the game you want for 20% off of $27.00. That store is selling the same game for $19.99. Where should we shop?”

Growth Mindset in Math

In general, a growth mindset is the belief that intelligence and ‘smartness’ can also be learned and that the brain grows from experience and effort. The opposite, a fixed mindset, is the idea that you are smart, or you are not. In math, that translates into “some people are good at math, and some are not.” Did you know that praising efforts rather than intelligence or results can impact your child’s ability to persevere in challenges?! The goal is to have children thrive on challenges and see failures, not as a sign of low intelligence, but as a learning opportunity. Brain research tells us that making mistakes actually wires more connections into the brain! When a person has a growth mindset, they accept challenges, see their efforts as worthwhile, and are open to learning from mistakes. Students with a growth mindset achieve at higher levels than those with fixed mindsets. How can you help? Some simple ways:

  • Adding “yet” when they claim they are “not good at this” (Respond: “You are not good at this yet.”)
  • Ask questions that focus on their effort and choices and get them to reflect on satisfaction of that effort (e.g. What did you learn today? What mistake did you make that taught you something? What did you try hard at today?)
  • Model this yourself as you share about your day

Source: EduGains. Permission granted to school leaders to include these ideas in communications (e.g. newsletters, websites) with parents/guardians.

Scituate Kindergarten Registration for the 2021-2022 School Year


●Children who will be five years old by September 1, 2021 are eligible to attend kindergarten in September 2021. The Scituate School Department requires registration for Kindergarten in Scituate.

●The registration for all three Scituate elementary schools is now digital and is live starting March 1, 2021.

●Parents of children scheduled to attend kindergarten this fall should contact the school of attendance so that a registration packet can be sent to you prior to the registration date.

Clayville School:

3 George Washington Highway, Clayville

Phone: 647-4115

Hope School:

391 North Road, Hope

Phone: 821-3651

North Scituate School:

46 Institute Lane, North Scituate

Phone: 647-4110

If you have a question regarding which school your child will attend based on your address, please contact the Scituate School Department at 401-647-4100. Be advised that the Scituate School Department reserves the right to selectively redistrict your child to another Scituate elementary school based on class size issues. In most years this involves a relatively small number of students.

WANTED: School Improvement Team Parent & Community Members

The School Improvement Team (SIT) has been reorganized state-wide as part of the recently adopted Educational Accountability Act. The SIT members will play an important role in helping make decisions for our school (i.e. budget, educational goals, etc.). The new changes/protocols must be in place by next school year. This year will serve as a transition.

Please email me ( directly if you are interested in serving on this important committee. Meetings will take place no less than quarterly. Thank you for your consideration.

Welcome Ms. Ricci!

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Thank You for Your Donations!

Amos House Fundraiser

Please join us in supporting a former Clayville student, Jason P, in a hygiene drive at the elementary schools for his national junior honor society service project. All donations will benefit the Amos House!
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Pennies for Patients!

Clayville School is proud to take part in the Pennies for Patients fundraiser and will be collected donations from March 8-26! All donations benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. This year our school donated $1,875.72! The top fundraising class was Ms. Radtke's kindergarten class! Enjoy your pizza lunch! Kudos to our top 5 online fundraisers: Landon B (k), Caleb J. (2), Aiden P. (1), Jilliana P. (2), and Anthony M. (2).

Special thanks to Ms. Colvin for organizing this important fundraiser and to our school community for your generosity.

Kids Heart Challenge!

Special thanks to all students and families that participated in this year's Kids Heart Challenge for grades 3-5. So far we have raised $1, 869.88 and Lily B (grade 3) is the top fundraiser with $685 raised! Way to go Wildcats! All donations benefit the American Heart Association!

Shout out to Mr. Ceprano for running this fundraising event!

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Spring Picture Day

Mark your calendar! Spring Picture Day is on Tuesday, April 6. Pictures will only be taken of students that return the slip with payment. Look for more information on your child's Picture Day Flyer/Order Form. For Customer Support, please call 401-828-5220.

PAWSitive Office Referrals

Pawsitive Office Referrals can be earned by any student who has gone above and beyond in areas including respect, responsibility, effort, caring, inclusion, or honesty (our six core values!). The goal of the program is to validate the positive behavior going on throughout the school while building an even stronger partnership with our families. We look forward to the continued success of this initiative. Take a look at our March recipients! Special thanks to Mrs. Theroux for the hand made masks!
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Curriculum Highlights

PreK Explorers

Prek students have been participating in many Spring-related activities during the month of March . Students explored the early signs of spring and went on a nature walk! ~Ms. Joslyn
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K Mathematicians

Kindergarteners worked hard, got creative and put their math brains to the test! They created 2D and 3D shapes using marshmallows and toothpicks! ~Ms. Radtke
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Grade 1: Family Stories

Throughout our unit of study on families, first graders have been learning about the key elements in stories: characters, setting, problem, solution, and central message. Students worked in groups to brainstorm examples of central messages in stories. They worked on kindness, bravery, responsibility, perseverance and honesty. ~Ms. Addessi
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Grade 2 & 3 DLs Are Finding The Right Fit and Hitting Homeruns

The students in the distance learning grades 2 and 3 class have been hard at work learning to analyze traditional tales and sports fiction stories. In depth looks at story elements and structure lead to some awesome writing of their own Cinderella tales and sports story. They really hit out of the park! ~Mrs. La Rose
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Grade 3 Writers!

Third Graders are writing their version of a "Cinderella Story" as part of the Traditional Tales Unit. Students are sharing their plans with a partner and working to develop the plot of their story. ~Ms. Colvin
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Grade 4 Mystery & Forensic Science

Grade 4 students are wrapping up their unit on Mystery & Forensic Science! Students recently finished writing a comparative essay on our core text and an independent mystery book of their own! Students worked hard on determining a thesis statement and supporting it with key details. ~Mrs. Cardarelli
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Grade 5: Comparing the Polio Epidemic to Covid-19

Fifth graders have been comparing the Polio epidemic of the 20th century with Covid-19. Through their study of primary source documents, videos and articles, students have learned that the two historical events are quite similar. Students are now working on an opinion piece of writing to convince fellow community members that there is hope for our future after the pandemic! ~Mrs. Boutiette
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Art Highlights from Ms. Davis

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Dr. Seuss Poster Contest Winners!

Congratulations to the winners of this year's Dr. Seuss Character contest. These are students who drew an original character and included a detailed description of their character and character's story.

Grade K: Ella W

Grade 1: Aiden P

Grade 2: Minka S

Grade 3: A tie between Lily B and Kylie H

Grade 4: Reagan C

Grade 5: Alivia G

Honorable Mentions

Grade K- Francesca M & Landon B

Grade 1- Hunter A& Liana D

Grade 2- Anthony M & Fiona R

Grade 3- Kevin B & Aliyah G

Grade 4- Avery L, Venezio S, & Dylan P

Grade 5- Gabriella D, William B & Talea L

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Grades 1-4 Reading Celebration!

Grades 1-4 had a virtual celebration to recognize our students' accomplishments with Reading Steps, as part of our American Reading Company curriculum. Students received rubber bracelets for their reading milestones and a few have even earned Scholastic books for exceeding our goals! Our new Reading Hall of Fame was also unveiled! We have a lot to be proud of and look forward to expanding this initiative to grades K and 5 next school year.

Kudos to Mrs. Cardarelli for facilitating this celebration!

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Read Across America Spirit Week!

Mismatch Sock Day!

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Crazy Hat Day

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Rainbow Day

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100th Day of School!

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Notes from Mrs. Theroux

Adult stage Deer ticks are back!

Current Tick Activity in New England and Mid Atlantic United States

Warmer temperatures in the eastern USA and north Pacific region are bringing ticks out earlier than usual. If you find a tick this month, take a picture, and submit it to TickSpotters!


For more information visit:

PTO Fundraiser: White Green Cloths!

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SHS Fishing Tournament! Click here to learn more!

Opening Weekend Fishing Tournament Sponsored by the the Scituate PE/Health Dept & the Adventure Club

News from the Scituate School Committee

The next Scituate School Committee meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 6th. All members of the school community are encouraged to attend virtually. The meetings begin at 7:00 p.m.

PTO Update

Our Parent Teacher Organization encourages all members of the school community to attend meetings to plan for our many fundraisers and discuss ways to support our school! The next PTO meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 14th at 6:30 p.m. and will be held virtually.

We will be discussing our upcoming Walk-a-Thon Fundraiser and a virtual event for Clayville families. We hope to see you there!

Dates to Remember:

  • 4/2: No School - Good Friday
  • 4/6: Spring Picture Day
  • 4/6: School Committee Meeting @ 7 p.m.
  • 4/14: PTO Meeting @ 6:30 p.m. (virtual)
  • 4/14 & 4/15: RICAS ELA Testing - Grade 5
  • 4/19-4/23: No School - Spring Recess
  • 4/28 & 4/29: RICAS ELA Testing - Grades 3 & 4
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