Hope Valley School News

September 25, 2015

Calender of Events

9/30 - Open House > Grades PK, K, 1 > 6-7:30
10/1 - Open House > Grades 2, 3, 4 > 6-7:30

10/12 - Columbus Day - No School

10/19 - HV Site Council Meeting 5:00

10/19 PTO Meeting > 6:30 Library

10/22 - Early Release (No AM pre-school, PM pre-school 8:45-1:45)

10/30 - Annual Fire Department Halloween Parade

Open House Grades Pre-K, K, 1

Wednesday, Sep. 30th, 6-7:30pm

Hope Valley Elementary School, Hope Valley, RI, United States


PreK, Kindergarten, and Grade 1 Open House. Please come in to visit your child's classroom and school.

Open House Grades 2-4

Thursday, Oct. 1st, 6-7:30pm

Hope Valley Elementary School, Hope Valley, RI, United States


Grades 2, 3, and 4 Open House. Please come in to visit your child's classroom and school.

School News

RI History Teacher of the year

On Tuesday night at the School Committee meeting, Mrs. Foggo was recognized for being this years RI History Teacher of the Year. Marie Parys from the Gilder Lehram Institute of American History was there awarding Mrs. Foggo with her plaque and a check for $1,000. Also, Gwen Stern, State Archivist, was there with an announcement from Nellie Gorbea, RI Secretary of State. I couldn't think of a more well deserving teacher. Congratulations Mrs. Foggo! See pictures below from Tuesday night!

Here is also the link to the school committee video ion case you were not able to be there: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXeaengNE2M&feature=em-upload_owner

Spanish Update

¡Hola! I am very impressed with how much information students retained over the summer! Right now, classes from grades 1-4 are learning new ways to answer the question ¿Cómo estás? - How are you? So far, we have learned Tengo hambre/sed - I am hungry/thirsty, Estoy feliz - I am happy, and Estoy triste - I am sad. We are also reviewing colors, numbers, and body parts. Kindergarten students have learned hola - hello, buenos días - good morning, buenas tardes - good afternoon, amigos - friends, and me llamo - my name is. They are picking it up quickly! In addition, many classes discussed Mexican Independence Day on September 16th and made their own Mexican flags! Feel free to ask your child to teach you some new words in Spanish! You can also check out the website at http://charihoelementaryspanish.weebly.com/ for ideas on how to practice at home.

-Sra. Carpenter

Hope Valley School ID# 07094

Welcome to the start of a new school year with A+ Stop and Shop School Rewards. Hope Valley School will have the opportunity to earn cash through Stop & Shop A+ School Rewards Program. The last 2 years our little school raised an average of $4000 thanks to all of our families. What a great way of fundraising without doing anything other than shopping at Stop and Shop and giving your reward card to the cashier.

All you have to do is:
* Log on to www.stopandshop.com/aplus select CUSTOMER REGISTRATION to register online using your Stop & Shop Card
* Or, Call the A+ Hotline at 1-877-275-2758 for assistance.

Great news: if you registered your card last year, you DO NOT need to re-register this year. You can visit the website to verify correct school assignment. Also, don’t forget to encourage your friends and relatives to do the same. It could mean more Cash for our school.

After you register your card, each shopping trip at Stop & Shop using your Stop & Shop Card earns CASH for our school. Each month, the amount of CASH awarded will be updated on the Stop & Shop website. You can track the amount of points you earn for our school by checking your grocery receipt and online when you create an account at www.stopandshop.com. Our school will receive a check at the end of the program. The money will be used for any of our school’s educational needs. PLEASE REGISTER IF YOU HAVE NOT YET!

Library Help Needed

Do you love your library? Love books? Love Dewey?

If you have one hour per week, the library would love to have YOU! A couple volunteers needed weekly for library related tasks. Please contact Alison Ward at akwar@chariho.k12.ri.us if you are interested. Background check required. Tues-Fri days available. Flexible times. Great benefits :)

Scholastic Book Fair

Hope Valley School is passionate about reading and hope that you and your family can be a part of our Book Fair experience. This year, we will hold our Back to School Scholastic Book Fair during both Open House nights! Come find us in the gym/cafeteria...shop with your child, buy gifts for family and friends and help our school library. There will be no shopping during the school day. All purchasing will be done at the Open House evening. Grades Pre-K, K, and 1 on 9/30 from 6:00-7:30 and grades 2, 3, and 4 on 10/1 from 6:00-7:30. Please contact Alison Ward, School Media Specialist, akwar@chariho.k12.ri.us if you have questions. All proceeds from the Book Fair will go directly to our school’s library. Thank you for your support!

American History Tid-Bit by Mrs. Foggo

We had five students answer last week's question correctly so I awarded a prize to each of them. They were Madeleine Barrette, Rachael Barrette, Aimee Clarke, Brady Clarke, and Elena DeAngelis. Congratulations to all of you! I hope many more students participate next time.

The question was as follows:

On August 17th, 1790 a famous person arrived in Newport via New York The following day he traveled to Providence. On August 19th he boarded a packet ship back to New York. He came to thank Rhode Island for ratifying the Constitution. Thomas Jefferson, then the Secretary of State, was a travel partner. Who was this person? It was President George Washington!

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Other Important Information

Key Information

Please contact me at ggen@chariho.k12.ri.us if you have any questions or concerns. To receive weekly email updates I encourage you to sign-up for the Hope Valley list- serve. Follow the steps on the district webpage at www.chariho.k12.ri.us. (Click on the newsletters link on the far right and then follow the steps.)

Twitter and Webpage

Please follow me on Twitter for school updates and events @JoeGencarelli1. Please do not forget the number 1. Also, you will be able to find a ton of information on the Hope Valley webpage at www.chariho.k12.ri.us/hv.

Dismissal/Pick-Up Notes

We are going to try a new routine this year. Please use the dismissal/pick-up note that came home with your student this week. Keep the extras around for future use. Fill it out accordingly and return it to school. You can find the dismissal note on the Hope Valley webpage if you need to make additional copies. You can find this at: www.chariho.k12.ri.us/sites/default/files/hv_student_dismissal_note_3_per_page.pdf

School Hours for the 2015-2016 School Year
School hours are from 8:35 until 3:25. Office hours are from 7:30-3:30.

Peanut Free Classrooms
ALL classrooms are designated as nut & peanut-free. We have multiple students at varying grade levels with severe allergies to peanuts. Foods that “contain,” “may contain,” or are “manufactured on shared equipment” will not be permitted as snacks. However, students may bring in a lunch that contains peanuts or nuts.

Background Check

All volunteers in the Chariho School District must have an annual background check prior to volunteering. There is no cost for this. Please go to the Central Office with a picture ID and fill out a volunteer form. It takes a few weeks to return. Or you can go to the Attorney General’s Office in Providence and get it done right there and then.


There are 2 options to pay for lunch:

  1. There is a website where you can pay for and keep track of your child's lunch account. The site is www.myschoolbucks.com. You will need your child's school code, which you can get by contacting Fran Sayer at sayer-frances@aramark.com or (401) 552-7078. Please visit http://www.chariho.k12.ri.us/MyNutriKidsInfo for more information. There is also an app for your smartphone or tablet. You can pay for meals, check balances, and view purchases from anywhere. It is safe and secure.
  2. If the student is paying with cash or check when buying hot lunch, please send lunch money to school in an envelope or Ziploc bag with the student’s name, teachers name (i.e. KA, 1H, 2D, 3F, 4R). This will be placed in a classroom bucket and brought to the office. Checks can be made out to the “Chariho Regional School District.”

IMPORTANT: The Chariho District will be strictly enforcing policy if your child (children) has exceeded the allotted amounts. Per the policy, once a child has charged 3 unpaid lunches (or $6.45), children will not be allowed to order a hot lunch choice. Children will be served a sunnybutter & jelly sandwich, choice of ½ cup fruit and/or ½ cup vegetable plus one more component such as milk or an additional fruit or vegetable. The meal meets USDA standards and will be charged at full price to the student’s account. To avoid your child only getting sunnybutter & jelly, please be sure that you child (children) has money in their lunch accounts. Checks can be made payable to “Chariho Regional School District.” Once an account is outstanding, you will receive a letter from the school stating what you owe.

If you need further information, please contact Fran Sayer at sayer-frances@aramark.com or (401) 552-7078. Chariho is keeping accounts accurately updated and I wanted to send a courtesy memo to keep you informed.

Attendance Matters!

Our goal this year is to ensure that every student attends school regularly and on-time. I cannot stress this enough. Showing up for school has a huge impact on a student’s academic success starting in kindergarten and continuing through high school. Even as children grow older and more independent, families play a key role in making sure students get to school safely every day and on-time. Attendance is so important for success in school and in life.

We realize some absences are unavoidable due to health problems or other circumstances. But, we also know that when students miss too much school or are tardy often (regardless of the reason) can cause them to fall behind academically. Your child is less likely to succeed if he or she is chronically absent or tardy—which means missing 18 or more days over the course of an entire school year. Chariho policy states that tardies and early dismissals count towards your child’s attendance. Research shows:

  • Children chronically absent in kindergarten and 1st grade are much less likely to read at grade level by the end of 3rd grade.
  • By 6th grade, chronic absence is a proven early warning sign for students at risk for dropping out of school.
  • By 9th grade good attendance can predict graduation rates even better than 8th grade test scores.

Absences and tardies can add up quickly. A child is chronically absent if he or she misses just two days every month!!

Child Outreach Screenings

Child Outreach is a FREE Service offered to ALL Children 3 to 5 years old by your local school district in partnership with the Rhode Island Department of Education. Rhode Island Department of Education recommends each child be screened annually.

Chariho Child Outreach has the following Screening dates available

Please call to set up your appointment at 401-364-1160

September 15, 2015

**September 24, 2015

**October 8, 2015

October 28, 2015

November 18, 2015

**December 10, 2015

**January 21, 2016

February 3, 2016

February 10, 2016

**February 25, 2016

March 9, 2016

March 16, 2016

** March 24, 2016

April 5, 2016

**April 7, 2016

April 13, 2016

May 26, 2016

June 1, 2016

** Evening Screening

Today Show Details

On Wednesday, June 17, 2015, Hope Valley School was on the Today Show. It was a special day for our school and me. What a terrific experience that we should all cherish forever. If you follow the link you will be able to see the whole piece in its entirety (the school piece starts at the 1:05 mark):

About Hope Valley Elementary School...visit our website below

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.