Hathaway Happenings - Home

March 4, 2022

The mission of Hathaway Elementary School community is to provide a safe and caring environment in which every child develops character, self-confidence, responsibility, compassion, positive values and a true love of learning AND receives a strong academic foundation through diverse and challenging instruction in order to meet or exceed grade level expectations.
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Blankets of Hope

We had a very successful Blankets of Hope drive in our Hathaway community! Over 400 blankets with personalized message from our students will be traveling to Lucy's Hearth, MLK Center, and Providence. We are so proud of our students for taking part in this school wide initiative!

Abound Parenting

Thank you to our K and 1 families who attended our Abound Parenting presentation on Tuesday evening.

We are happy to announce that we have partnered with Abound Parenting to support reading with our Kindergarten families and are so excited about taking this journey with you!

Here is information on the program. If you missed the presentation, stay tuned for information from your classroom teacher to learn about the program and get set up with the app for your very own use! Together we can build strong, confident, happy readers!

Growing strong readers using Abound: A clear and easy way to set your child up to read well in the years ahead.

Research shows that most parents and caregivers don't know:

  • what skills their children need to learn at each age and grade,

  • how to playfully build those skills at home, and

  • whether their children are actually building those important skills at each step along the way.

That’s why we are partnering with Abound at Hathaway!

Joan Kelley will present a 45-minute session (plus q&a) that explains the key role families play in a child’s reading development, and how the Abound app makes this role easy for busy parents and caregivers.

Joan, a former teacher, spent over 10 years working at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE), doing literacy research and helping schools and policymakers make sure classroom instruction focused on building the kind of skills children need to read successfully. She realized that busy parents and caregivers needed more support to do their part, and easy tools to use, so she left HGSE to start Abound Parenting She was educated at Harvard College ('84) and HGSE ('05). She lives with her husband, John, in Needham, and has three grown children.


The presentation...a lightbulb went off in my head. I realized what I didn’t know, and also why I could feel good about some things I do already, too.

-Denver area mother of two girls, 6 & 7 years old

January 2021

Wellness Week With Herren

Please join us in celebrating Wellness Week with Herren from March 7th-11th. We have a variety of activities taking place during this week along with wellness messages that will be shared each morning during our announcements. We also have lots of prizes to hand out!


  • Students will receive Wellness Bingo cards. Students should aim for at least 5 checked boxes in a row.

  • Purple bracelets will be distributed.


  • Students will create “I Am” posters to be displayed in the hallways!

  • We encourage you to make “family dinner” a goal during Wellness Week with Herren and beyond. Take this time to start or continue the conversation about wellness. Dinner Discussions


  • Students will take the Healthy Habits Pledge.


  • Students will be writing positive statements on sticky notes to post around the school.


  • Wear Purple Day! Don’t forget to wear your purple to show your “BE YOU, LIVE WELL” spirit! (For example: purple shirt, purple nails, purple hair, purple pants, purple hat or even purple socks)!

  • The top 2 classrooms with the most purple will win a prize.

  • Wellness Bingo winners will be announced!

From Dr. Kenworthy

Dear Members of the PSD Community,

Beginning on Monday, March 7, 2022, the Portsmouth School District will be transitioning from our current masking policy to this recently revised policy. Starting on this date masks will be strongly recommended indoors in all PSD facilities but not required. I can also confirm today that due to recent changes in federal guidelines, this transition will also include PSD school buses. Please note that as we join the majority of school districts across our state and nation in this next phase of pandemic response we will keep all other COVID-19 mitigation strategies (to include proper ventilation, cleaning protocols, and distancing where appropriate) in place.

Now more than ever it will be important for everyone to monitor for symptoms, test when needed, and follow the proper steps for quarantining or isolating when necessary. Our school nurses will remain a key resource for any questions related to COVID-19.

Thank you for your continued cooperation in helping us to ensure the best possible learning experience for all PSD students.

My continued best wishes to all in the PSD community.

Tom Kenworthy


Hathaway COVID19 Updates

Talking to your Child(ren)

Our teachers will be taking time next week to explain to the students that on March 7th, some of their friends and faculty and staff will still be wearing masks and some will not. We will reassure them that this is a personal choice that we will respect. Please be sure to have conversations with your children over the break so we all are prepared for the new mask policy.

Mitigation Efforts

  • Social distancing (at least 3 feet)
  • Air purifiers/Windows
  • Asymptomatic Testing
  • Hand washing
  • No use of water fountains
  • Covid Absence Protocols
  • Volunteers must be vaccinated

Vaccination Rates

For information about Pre K-12 School Cases and Vaccination rates please visit this site.

Return to the Cafeteria

We want our students to have the complete school experience and as guidelines have been revised we would like for our students to get back to having lunch in the cafeteria. Over the next few weeks we will transition students from eating in their classrooms to eating in the cafeteria by teaching them the expectations for the cafeteria and putting in place the operations and systems that support health and safety practices.

  • Students will sit with their classroom peers.
  • Students will sit staggered and 3 feet apart.
  • Students will be allowed to talk during lunch. (Please note that we always begin lunch with 5 minutes of silence to get students to start eating their lunches.)
  • If your child orders a school lunch, it will be delivered to them at the lunch table. At this time, students will not be walking through the lunch line.
  • Students will sanitize their hands before eating, as they do when in the classroom.
  • Due to the fact that social distancing is still one of our mitigations, we will develop a schedule of when classrooms eat in the cafeteria.
  • As district mitigations change, we will revise our systems accordingly.

All systems for ordering breakfast and lunch will remain the same.

We will continue to be a peanut and nut free school to ensure the safety of all our students.


We want to hear from you! As a member of an ever-improving education community here at Hathaway, your feedback is very important to us. Here is an opportunity for your voice to be heard!

Your views on matters like the safety of your child at school, the way students are taught, the condition of the school, and how connected you feel to this school are important. By taking this short survey you can help our school leadership and our parent-teacher organization to make improvements to our school.

This survey should take less than 20 minutes to complete. To take the survey, please click this link and enter the code "27104family". Thank you!

Yearbook Information

Hello Hathaway Families,

Yearbooks for the 2021-2022 year are on sale now. Yearbooks will be distributed in-school* at the end of the year and are available in either hardcover ($26+tax) or softcover ($22+tax).

Yearbooks MUST be ordered by March 25th. The publisher will only print as many yearbooks as ordered and additional yearbooks will NOT be available at the end of the year.

If you would like to order a yearbook, but are unable to afford one, scholarship yearbooks are available. Scholarship yearbooks can be requested here in confidence.

Please contact Dana at dmys2105@hotmail.com with any questions.

*If you would like to purchase a yearbook and are moving out of the area before the end of the year, please contact Dana. We can make arrangements to send your yearbook to you.

Hathaway Habitat

Thank you to Margie Brennan, Kathy Silveira, Lauren Freeman, Marie Stefanowicz, Amy Correia, and Koty Sharp for their dedication and commitment for keeping this area alive!

Please take a moment to review the meeting notes.

Month of the Military Child

April is Month of the Military Child.

This year’s theme is Celebration. We, along with the Military Child Education Coalition encourage military-connected students in grades K-12 to provide their drawings, poetry, and or photography that celebrates their life as a military-connected students. Submissions are due by March 20, 2022.


Please drop us a line to let us know if you participate!


HPTA Meeting

Our next HPTA meeting will be Wednesday, March 16th at 6:30pm in the library.

Hathaway Night at Providence Bruins

Saturday March 12th at 7:05pm. Tickets can be purchased at www.providencebruins.com/hathaway

Volunteer Opportunities - WE NEED YOUR HELP!

Visit the district volunteer page for information if you would like to become VIS approved to volunteer in school.

  1. Sign up to volunteer at the Springabaloo.

  2. AUCTIONEER NEEDED!!! The Springabaloo Committee is looking for an auctioneer for the live auction portion of our fundraiser. If anyone in the hathway community has experience or a lead for us please email springabaloo@gmail.com.

  3. SOUND SYSTEM NEEDED!!! The Springabaloo Committee is also looking to borrow a sound system for the auction.

  4. The HPTA would love to hold a BOOK SWAP this spring for the students if we have volunteers to run it. If anyone has experience with organizing a book swap, would be interested in organizing or helping please email hathawayvis@gmail.com.

  5. Future volunteer opportunities including Field Day and the 4th Grade Picnic.

Saturday, April 2nd Hathaway’s 9th Annual Springabaloo

Tickets for the Springabaloo will go on sale soon. Ticket price is $40 and include complimentary beverages and hors d'oeuvres., but we will have an early bird price of $35 for tickets purchased the first week. The Springabaloo is historically our largest fundraiser of the year. It is a live and silent auction held at the Glen Manor House in Portsmouth.

Here are some ways that you can help!

If you own a local business consider making a donation as it’s a great way to get exposure in the local community. You can print and complete the donation form to submit a donation by March 18th. Families can also purchase/donate an item, or give a monetary donation for the auction. Some examples of past auction items have included:

  • Gift cards for local businesses and experiences

  • Private Chef Dinners

  • Camp Enrollment

  • Gift Certificates to salons and spas

  • Framed artwork

  • Tickets to upcoming sporting events, shows, etc.

  • Family donated themed gift basket


  • 4 Course Gourmet Dinner for 6 by Celebrity Chef Kev D

    • Enjoy a private, customizable, four-course dinner for 6 prepared by Celebrity Chef Kev D in the comfort of your own home. Celebrity Chef Kev D is a “Chef Expert” for Gordon Ramsay, and has been featured on Food Network’s “Chef Wanted” with Anne Burrell, “Beat Bobby Flay”, “The Great Food Truck Race” and NBC’s Today Show. If you appreciate good food and you would like to take your taste buds on an adventure, you will certainly want to take advantage of this Chef Kev D experience!

  • 4-8 hour In Shore Fishing Trip for 4

    • A perfect way to spend a summer day targeting striped bass, bluefish, tautog, seabass and scup. All gear, tackle and bait will be provided on this recreational fishing trip. Fishing participants over the age of 15 must have a valid 2022 Rhode Island Saltwater Fishing License.

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Choose Love March Calendar

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Blankets of Hope Kindness Challenge - Starting March 2nd

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Kindergarten Registration

The Portsmouth School Department is excited to begin registering and welcoming the Kindergarten class of 2035! The registration process for Kindergarten for the 2022-2023 school year will open on February 1. During February, a parent/guardian for an eligible student should begin this process by visiting the Registration tab at the top of our district webpage: http://www.portsmouthschoolsri.org/. Important information including instructions on how to register (please be sure to register for the 2022-2023 school year), registration requirements, and other pertinent information can be found by accessing the link.

Kindergarten Registration Day

To complete the Kindergarten registration process a parent/guardian must come in person to Melville Elementary School, 1351 West Main Road on March 14th at one of the following dates and times:

  • 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. -- For students with last names A-K
  • 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. -- For students with last names L-Z

Individual appointments are not necessary unless you are unable to attend on March 14th. Appointments can be made after that date to complete registration. If all pre-registration information has been completed online it should take about 10-15 minutes to complete the process during one of the above dates and times. Please contact our Central Administration Office at 683-1039 with any questions.

Securly Home

Securly Home is an app that allows parents to monitor their child’s Chromebook activity at home and add rules for home use. Please take some time to review the slideshow and recording of the parent meeting that took place on 9/16.

We encourage you to sign up now for Securly Home!

Google Slideshow


Hathaway Notification Form

Absent today? Going to be absent in the future? Early pick up? Need to communicate a change in pick up in the main office?

Please complete the Hathaway Notification Form.

Thank you in advance for helping us to keep things organized and safe in our Hathaway community.

Asynchronous Learning

Students who need to quarantine will be provided with asynchronous distance learning. All teachers are prepared to have daily assignments and accompanying materials available for students on a regular basis. If an entire class is asked to quarantine, synchronous learning will be available to the entire class. Materials pick up may be scheduled.

Teachers will be sharing login procedures with students and families. It is important that your child is familiar with Google Classroom and how to access the necessary lessons. This will make for an easy transition if your child is asked to quarantine.

Accessing Aspen

If you are having issues accessing Aspen, you will have to email familyportal@portsmouthschoolsri.org with your child's name, date of birth, grade level, and your name. The system administrators will be able to restore access to your account and make sure that you can login.

Where Can I Find Past Parent Newsletters?

All of the past Hathaway Happenings can be found on our webpage.

Important Dates

Important Dates


February 28th - March 11th - Parent Conferences

March 7th - March 12th - Wellness Week

March 10th - Hearing Screening

March 14th - Staff PD/DL Day

March 16th - HPTA Meeting, 6:30 PM, Library

March 22nd - Grade 3 Field Trip - 3H/3HA

March 23rd - Report Cards visible in Aspen

March 25th - Grade 3 Field Trip - 3AT/3C

April 4th - Arts for Life Day

April 6th, 7th - Grade 3 ELA RICAS

April 13th, 14th - Grade 4 ELA RICAS

April 13th - Early Release, 2:30-4:30

April 13th - HPTA Meeting, 6:30 PM, Library

April 15th - 24th - Spring Break

April 26th, 28th, 29th - ELA RICAS Makeups

April 27th - Community Meeting, 2:15 PM

May 10th - Grade 3 Math RICAS

May 11th - Staff PD/DL Day

May 12th - Grade 3 Math RICAS

May 18th - Grade 4 Math RICAS

May 18th - HPTA Meeting, 6:30 PM, Library

May 19th - Grade 4 Math RICAS

May 25th, 26th, 27th - Math RICAS Makeups

June 1st - Field Day, K-3

June 1st - Early Release, 2:15 PM

June 2nd - Grade 4 Field Trip

June 3rd - Grade 1 Casey Farm Field Trip

June 6th - Rain Date K-3 Field Day

June 6th - Bill Harley Presentation, 9:15

June 6th - June 10th - Week of the Young Child

June 7th - Grade 3 Field Trip

June 8th - Grade 3 Field Trip

June 8th - HPTA Meeting, 6:30 PM, Library

June 9th - Grade 4 Field Trip

June 9th - Bill Harley Presentation (Rain Date), 915

June 10th - Community Meeting, 9:30 AM

June 16th - Grade 4 Field Day

June 17th - Rain Date Grade 4 Field Day

June 17th - Report Cards visible in Aspen

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