Saints News

Last newsletter of the 2020-2021 school year

Upcoming Dates

June 9th - Field day (grades 1-7) - Students should wear gym uniforms and/or field day t-shirts.

June 11th - Last day of school - Dismissal at 11:30 - Dress Down Day

July 1st - Summer work and supply lists will be available on our website. We will not be using ScoolToolbox for supplies this year.

Mask Guidance Update

At this point, we have not received written guidance from RIDOH or RIDE regarding mask-wearing outside for students. Students play together during recess and masks provide a strong layer of protection. Our school has had a very good record with our COVID safety policies intact. With only 4 and a half days left in the year, we want to continue to protect the health and well-being of everyone in our school.


We will use common sense considering the weather is warming up significantly next week. Students will be given outdoor time without masks at the discretion of the administration.

Technology Plan for Next School Year

The initial planning phase of our comprehensive technology plan has begun for the 2021-2022 school year. While BYOD was a necessity in the year of COVID, we recognize that it had its flaws, as well. Technology remains an integral part of our educational experience and we will be weaving it in with many of the teaching strategies we know to be effective and engaging. Our technology team has devised the following plan beginning in September:


  • Students in grades 4-8 will receive brand new school-issued Chromebooks. This will allow the school tech team to tighten the security and monitor how and what is being accessed.
  • Students in grades 2 and 3 will share a cart of new Chromebooks. In addition, a station of laptops will be in each classroom for small group work opportunities.
  • Students in grades kindergarten and grade 1 will share a brand new set of iPads. In addition, a station of iPads will be in each classroom for small group work.
  • New interactive smart boards will be installed in five classrooms per year for the next three years.


In order for all of this to be possible, each family will be assessed a $150 technology fee per student annually. This fee will cover all of the brand new devices and any maintenance/repairs necessary throughout the year. The fee for the 2021-2022 school year is due on August 1st. We thank you for your support with the BYOD initiative and look forward to the new learning opportunities this plan will provide in the 2021-2022 school year.

Faculty Hellos and Good-byes

Each year brings about some changes within our faculty. At the end of this school year, we say goodbye to Mr. Mark McPhillips. Mr. McPhillips has worn many hats here at ICCRS in the 9 years he has worked here; substitute, extended care teacher, Athletic Director, Summer Camp Director, tutor, and coach. Mark has taken a job as the Director of Youth Ministry at Hendricken High School, his alma mater. We wish him well and look forward to his continued work as the director of Summer Explore. See the Hendricken article HERE. Thursday, June 10th will be dubbed "Mr. Mark Day." Shower him with love and good wishes.


Mrs. Ashley McCarthy, our middle school ELA teacher will also be moving on. She and her family will be moving back to Nashville, TN. While Mrs. McCarthy was only here one year, she has left a lasting impression on her students! She will be missed and we wish her luck in this next chapter of her life.


Mr. Tom Habershaw, our current Religion teacher will be moving into the ELA teaching role. Mr. Habershaw has his BA in English and Secondary Education from RIC. He has been a faculty member at Immaculate since 2009. Mr. Habershaw already has formed wonderful connections with his middle school students and is excited to take on this new role. Homeroom teachers in the middle school will be teaching Religion.


We welcome back with enthusiasm, Mrs. Nicole Whittaker as a co-teacher in our Little Saints classroom with Mrs. Annemarie Cronin. Mrs. Whittaker and Mrs. Cronin will bring a lot of energy and excitement to our three-year-old program.


We are so fortunate to have a lot of interest from families wanting to join our community. Next year, we will have two kindergarten classrooms taught by Mrs. Melinda Almonte and Mrs. Kerri Voccio. We have begun the search for a new resource teacher to replace Mrs. Voccio. In addition, we will have two first-grade classrooms taught by Mrs. Donna Gagnon and Mrs. Tammy Cayouette. Please note that we do not accept requests for certain teachers. Class lists will go out in the middle of August. With the addition of these classrooms, the fourth-grade and fifth-grade classes will be moved to the first two rooms in the opposite wing of the building.


We are incredibly lucky to have such wonderful dedicated faculty members! Join me in congratulating all our teachers!

ICCRS

​Immaculate Conception Catholic Regional School is a community of learners inspired by the Gospel of Jesus Christ to form character through faith.

We are united by our Christian vision and values to empower our students to become creative, compassionate builders of the future.