The Clayville Chronicle

June 2021 Edition

From the Desk of Mrs. Francis

The month of May was quite exciting! We enjoyed a very successful Walk-a-Thon, in person book fair, bingo night, and a few virtual field trips! Staff and students were so excited to have some normalcy back in our building.

And now, June is upon us! Thank you for an enjoyable and memorable school year, despite the many unique challenges presented by Covid-19. Clayville students have excelled in many ways thanks to their supportive community. These achievements include academic studies, STEAM, teamwork, giving back to the community, and transitioning to virtual learning whenever needed! Kudos to our students for a very successful year! On behalf of the Clayville staff, I'd also like to give a big THANK YOU to our Clayville parents who continue to be our teaching partners.

Best wishes to our fifth graders moving on to middle school. We will miss you very much! I look forward to welcoming the rest of you back to a new and exciting academic school year. I hope you have a wonderful summer!

Our school office will be closed during the month of July. If you need immediate assistance during the day, please email me at or call the school department office at (401) 647-4100.

**Please see below for summer learning opportunities!

All my best,

Courtney Francis

Scituate Elementary's Summer Recovery Learning Opportunity (Optional)

Option 1: In-Person Recovery Learning Program

This a 5 week Math and ELA recovery learning program that will take place at North Scituate Elementary beginning July 20, 2021 and running until August 19, 2021. This program will run Tuesdays, Wednesday, and Thursdays 8:30-11:30. For any students who are attending the Summer Recreation Program, transportation will be provided from North Scituate Elementary School to Hope Pond at 11:30am.

Option 2: Accelerated Mathematics Summer Learning with Zearn (Virtual)

Zearn, a high-quality curriculum, has created a Summer Intensive Series designed to accelerate mathematics recovery for students currently enrolled in grades K through 4. The series includes the essential mathematics content students need to learn before starting the 2021-22 academic year. This is a 10 week self-paced program beginning June 28th- September 3rd. Two hour tutoring sessions will be provided to selected students based on end of year assessment results.

Option 3: Self-Guided Summer Learning

Families will determine the best option for their child such as; Zearn, Epic, ARC bookshelf, independent reading, virtual field trips, etc.

Summer REcharge

After the past year, families deserve (and need) a recharge!

From your child finally getting to see family and friends to finding ways to refuel their passions…learning can be at the center. In fact, kids thrive when they feel connected to who they are learning with and what they are learning.

1.Review Key Skills

Before school is out, ask the teacher which skills are most important for your child to work on over the summer. You can also use the Readiness Check to know how your child is doing with grade level math skills and get connected to fun, easy-to-use summer learning resources to help your child practice these skills every day.

2. Reconnect With What Matters

Who is your child most excited to spend time with? What interests your child? What makes them light up with confidence? Find out and lean into it this summer. This will help keep your child motivated to learn. For example, to build communication skills, invite your child and their friends to do a “write and tell” to share what they missed most about each other.

3.Reflect on Progress

Share what you notice about your child’s progress with tutors, summer program leaders and new teachers in the fall. For example, “My 4th grader needs support with word problems that involve multiplication and division.” You are the expert on your child. Teachers need your insights and questions.

Click the link below to access more tips and tools for families!


Announcements & Reminders

  • Governor Dan McKee and the R.I. Department of Health announced Tuesday 06/01/21 that both vaccinated and unvaccinated people will no longer be required to wear masks when they are outside, including youth. The new guidance is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, June 2, 2021.

  • Spring benchmarking assessments in math and reading will take place from June 1-15th. The results of these assessments will be communicated to families in a timely manner.

  • Report cards will be sent home with students on June 25th (last day of school).

  • It is important that students adhere to appropriate school attire for the spring. As outlined in our handbook: Shoes with open toes, sandals, clogs, and flip-flops are not safe for the recess field, stairs and where objects could be dropped on children’s feet. Closed toe, athletic type shoes are highly recommended especially for PE and recess.
  • District Policy requires all parents and school volunteers to maintain a current BCI check and to RENEW all BCI checks yearly prior to volunteering in classrooms/school or field trip activities. Please contact the school office if you are in need of a form.
  • The district has immediate openings for part time and full time bus monitors. Please call 647-4100 for an application.

Golden Ticket Winner: Feinstein Foundation!

Congratulations to first grader Colin O'Neill who's Golden Ticket was a big winner! Thanks to Colin and the Feinstein Foundation, Clayville School has been awarded a $5,000 grant! Colin was also awarded a $500 grant for a non-profit on his choice! He has chosen to donate this money to Raymond A. Wood Foundation, who's mission is to provide quality of life support for childhood brain tumor survivors and their families. Way to go, Colin!!
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Choose Love: Social Emotion Learning Curriculum

Our district is excited to adopt the The Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement™ program for schools next school year! Choose Love was inspired by the bravery of a 6 year old boy and a mother's choice to forgive, which led to the creation of Next-Generation Social & Emotional Learning (SEL) and Character Development programming to create a safer, more loving world.

During our last Professional Development Day, all staff members participated in a 3 hour introductory course to learn the ins and outs of Choose Love. We look forward to rolling out this program to students as a school community. Please join us at the next School Committee Meeting to learn more about the program!

Kindergarten Registration: 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.

PAWsitive Office Referral

Clayville Wildcats continue to earn PAWsitive Office Referrals! It's a pleasure to recognize the many students who show a commitment to our Core Values! Take a look at our May recipients! Special thanks to Mrs. Theroux for the hand made masks this year! Way to go, Wildcats!
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Grade Level Highlights!

Prek: Butterfly Life Cycle Unit

Both Preschool classes learned about the butterfly life cycle! The students enjoyed observing the different stages and taking care of the butterflies. ~Ms. Joslyn

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Kindergarten Explores Life Cycles

Kindergarteners spent the month of May learning about different insects, parts of their bodies and the different life cycles. Our live ladybug larva is coming in early June! ~Ms. Radtke
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Grade 1: Reading Steps Outdoors

In first grade, we have been taking advantage of the beautiful weather. Students are enjoying being able to complete reading steps outside with their classmates! ~Ms. Addessi
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Grade 4: US States & GIS Story Maps

Grade 4 is continuing their study of U.S. States and recently incorporated a STEAM activity to show what they know. Students used GIS Story Maps to locate and explain physical features within their state. This helped solidify their knowledge of important landmarks around the country. Our students' excitement during this project was contagious! ~Mrs. Cardarelli
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Grade 5: Hands on Learning

Fifth graders continue to work hard! They recently built structures with a given volume, as part of their Eureka Math curriculum. They’re also enjoying investigating worms in the decomposer ecosystem! ~Mrs. Boutiette

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Art Highlights!

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Student Council Meeting

Our student council recently met with Mrs. Francis to discuss a proposal and design for a new Clayville School sign for our front lawn. These student representatives decided to shop local to support a Scituate business! Stay tuned for the final product!
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STEAM Virtual Field Trip with Patriot's Hall of Fame

Grades 3-5 particiapted in a virtual STEAM field trip with the Patriots Hall of Fame! They enjoyed a virtual tour and then participated in a hands on STEAM activity. Students in grades 3 and 4 worked on an engineering activity to evalute the pros/cons of hand recognition technology for the security systems at GIllette! Grade 5 students students stepped into the role of a sports nutritionist as they learned how nutrition affects performance. They found out the two critical roles food plays in athletic (and other types of) performance, learned to think about the human body as a system, and considered how some of this system's inputs impact the output (performance) of the athlete.

Thanks to Mr. Ceprano for facilitating this opportunity for students!

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Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week!

Clayville teachers and staff enjoyed an awesome Appreciation Week from May 3rd-7th. Our PTO coordinated many wonderful treats donated by Clayville families, which included a special luncheon, mid-day snack, raffle baskets, succulent, and more! Staff especially loved the heartfelt notes from our thoughtful students.
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Wacky Walk-a-Thon!

Our Walk-a-Thon was a HUGE success! Thank you so much to all families for your donations. In total we raised almost $9,000!! We are completely blown away by our students hard work and their families/sponsors generosity. Our families are amazing...thank you to all who donated and worked hard to fill their pledge forms. We look forward to using these funds to support our students!

Big shoutout to our teachers who volunteered to be slimed by students who raised over $100! Special thanks to our parents volunteers for making this event possible. So much Wildcat pride!!

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Field Day!

Field Day is scheduled for June 10th. The rain date is June 11th. Mr. Ceprano is seeking parent volunteers. Please fill out the Google Form below if you are interested in volunteering!

Reading Week: Reading Colors Your World!

Clayville School will be celebrating Reading Week June 14th-18th. There will be details to follow on all of the fun activities for the week. This will be our kick off for summer reading. The summer break can lead to children losing months worth of skills they have learned during the school year. To avoid the summer slide, it is important for children to continue reading during the summer months. Keep an eye out for all the Reading Week details! ~Mrs. Bergeron

Celebration Date Events

  • 6/23: Kindergarten Celebration
  • 6/24: Grade 5 Celebration
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Scituate School Committee

The next Scituate School Committee meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 8th. All members of the school community are encouraged to attend virtually. The meetings begin at 7:00 p.m.

Dates to Remember:

  • 6/1-6/15: Spring Benchmarking Window
  • 6/3: Middle School Visit @ Clayville - Grade 5
  • 6/3: Grade 5 Audubon Program @ Clayville
  • 6/8: School Committee Meeting @ 7:00 p.m.
  • 6/9: Bwana Iguana Show - Kindergarten & Grade 1
  • 6/10: Field Day (rain date, 6/11)
  • 6/14-6/18: Reading Week!
  • 6/14: School Wide Author Visit!
  • 6/16: Young Author's Celebration @ 6:30 p.m. (virtual)
  • 6/21: POW! Science! Hands on Demonstration - Grades 2-5
  • 6/23: Kindergarten Celebration!
  • 6/24: Grade 5 Celebration!
  • 6/25: Last Day of School!
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