Hope Valley School Weekly Update

June 13, 2022

Calendar of Events

JUNE 2022

6/14 - PCR Screening Test (for those only with consent)

6/14 - Field Day

6/15 - Mrs. Mankoff's End of Year Celebration (10:00 & 2:00)

6/16 - Mrs. Scheer's Kindergarten Play

6/16 - 2nd Grade Field Trip to I-Max Theater

6/16 - 4th Grade Field Trip to State House

6/17 - 4th Grade Sendoff

6/20 - Talent Show

6/20 - Mrs. Ciullo's End of Year Celebration (10:15 & 2:15)

6/21 - Miss Bourgault's End of Year Celebration (10:45)

6/21 - Miss Lambert's End of Year Celebration (1:00)


Chromebooks AND Chargers

Chromebooks AND chargers MUST be handed in before students leave for summer. Teachers are starting to collect them now and we will be keeping them at school. Since chargers are at home, please have your child return it this week. All the chromebooks will need to be updated and cleaned up by the tech dept. Some grade levels will be receiving brand new chromebooks next year. Thank you for your attention to this request. Report cards will not be sent home until the device is returned.

Kindergarten Kickstart Summer Program

The Chariho Regional School District is pleased to offer a FREE Kindergarten Kickstart opportunity for all rising Kindergarteners entering the '22-'23 school year, with a specific focus on those who may have had no formal preschool experience. Transportation is provided for children, if needed. Be on the look-out for a flyer and sign-up form that will be sent out very soon. All children must be fully registered for Kindergarten in order to participate in this program.

  • WHEN? Tuesday August 23rd-Thursday August 25th; 8:30am-11:30am
  • WHERE? At each of our four elementary schools (staffing dependent)
  • WHAT? Each day will include circle time, academic exploration, story time, free play, and outdoor time with peers

If you are interested in signing up your child for the summer Kindergarten Kickstart program, please complete the following Google form.

Click HERE to view the flyer.

Message for 4th grade families

Dear Families,

On Friday, June 17, 2022, we will be holding our annual 4th Grade Farewell. This year we are excited to announce that up to three guests can attend.

There will be a ceremony here at school in the gym at 9:30. At that time, Mr. G will recognize all the 4th graders and then each student will be awarded a certificate. Parents should park at Langworthy Field and walk to the back gym door to sign-in. There will be no parking allowed in the school parking lot as all spots are designated for staff.

After the ceremony, students will have time to play games outside and sign yearbooks, which they will receive that day. The PTO will also be providing lunch.

If you want your child to be dressed up for the ceremony, they are welcome to bring a change of clothes for the rest of the day’s activities. They should wear sneakers, bring a water bottle and a beach towel to sit on outside. Sunscreen should be applied at home or should be something your child can put on independently here at school. Sunscreen cannot be shared.

We are looking forward to celebrating all of the accomplishments of the students.

~ Mrs. Ricci and Mrs. St. Clair

Changes for Next Year

There will be a few changes going into the 2022-2023 school year.

  • LUNCH - Breakfast and lunches will NOT be free next year. I will send out more information in the summer regarding lunches. Please know that anyone whose children qualify for free or reduced lunch can apply at any time during the school year. This is a benefit to which people are entitled. Application and Instructions will be sent out over the summer.

  • DISMISSAL - There will be changes to the dismissal process next year for safety reasons and to streamline the parent pick-up and bus dismissal. This was discussed at the last SIT meeting. We will not be having parents loop around the back of the school to pick up children for parent pick-up next school year. This was due to the pandemic and I will be sure to send out an update before school starts on the protocol. The current practice will continue through the rest of this year.

Summer Slide Programming

Like we have done in previous years, Chariho is once again offering a Summer Slide Reading program to select students. This is a free service and hope you will take advantage of it. Potential candidates were sent home a letter last week and Mrs. Tiexiera (our reading specialist) will follow up with a call this week.

Class Placements

Due to potential and likely changes in enrollment and staffing, classroom teacher assignments district-wide will be mailed to families mid-August. Thank you for your understanding.

Each spring, there is considerable discussion about placing children for the next school year. The staff and I spend countless hours developing well-balanced classes in which all children have an opportunity to learn and develop their academic and social skills. It is my hope that offering a review of our procedures would reassure you that your child’s placement for next year is in good hands.

There's a clear set of guidelines followed when classes are developed. Heterogeneous groups are formed with the following in mind: even balance of boys and girls, full range of aptitudes, even proportion of abilities and learning styles, an equal number of students per class, individual student needs, physical needs, school behavior, and peer relationships. In some circumstances, we need to do what is best for an entire grade level. Once these factors are considered, the classes are formed. Regardless, there are a ton of conversations that take place to create class lists. At this time, attempts are made to match student and teacher personality and approach. These decisions are based upon observations made by teaching staff during the course of the school year. Current teachers also discuss placements with the previous year’s teachers as well as myself. Specialist teachers and other service providers also give input.

The entire placement process started after April vacation involving some very detailed conversations and in-depth consideration. This process has been well underway and is in it's final phase. We trust that you understand there is a lot of consideration in forming well balanced classes. Due to the difficulty of placing children, parent requests are not accepted and the final decision on class placements resides with the school. Thank you for your trust and continued support.

Spanish Pen Pal Letters

Fourth grade students read their pen pal letters from Spain during class today. We wrote letters to them in Spanish and they wrote letters back in English. Our pen pals live in Málaga, Spain and are 6-8 years old.

Field Day Update

Field Day will be Tuesday, June 14th. The schedule for the day is:

9:00 - 11:30 - Grades PreK (am), K, 1, & 2

12:35 - 3:00 - Grades Prek (pm), 3 & 4

Updated COVID Guidance

Individuals who test positive for COVID must quarantine for 5 days. Students can continue to return to school on days 6-10 as long as symptoms have improved and they wear a well-fitted mask at all times including on the bus. Directly below is updated guidance from RIDOH or you can click HERE.

Nurses's Niche

Please click on the link below to sign up for antigen testing.

Covid Protocols- Household Contacts

Asymptomatic household contacts regardless of vaccination status can return to school as long as they agree to test on the day of return and up through day 5 (if over a weekend for day 5, the student will test upon return).

It is important to understand that if the student has any single symptom they will be sent home and will be unable to return to school unless there is consent to have an antigen test completed at school when symptom-free or the family completes two home tests that are 48 hours apart from symptom onset. If any of these conditions are not met the student will follow the current RIDOH guidelines for quarantining and returning to school, which states, Household members who are not vaccinated and who do not consent to have antigen testing completed must quarantine while the infected household individual is in isolation, then start their 5-day quarantine.”

Mask wearing will be recommended for household contacts for 10 days from the date of exposure.

District Approved Flyers

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Preschool and Kindergarten Registration Information

Preschool Registration - Hope Valley Elementary School is now accepting applications for our Chariho Integrated Preschool Program. Click here for more information.

Kindergarten Registration - We are excited to welcome the Class of 2035! To learn more about registering your child click here. Children must be five years old on or before September 1, 2022.

Chariho's Art Show

Click on the link or picture below to browse the virtual galleries featuring work from Chariho students in grades K through 12. Enjoy the show!


Chariho Apparel

The High School FBLA is excited to promote the Chariho ONLINE School Store!

From the comfort of your home, you can now buy:

✦ Sweatshirts ✦ Hats ✦ Ornaments ✦ T-shirts ✦ Blankets ✦ Pajama Pants ✦ Water Bottles ✦

…more items added daily!

Visit the website to purchase any Chariho apparel. Go CHARGERS!!!!\


Kindergarten Registration

Welcome, Class of 2035!

Kindergarten Registration is NOW OPEN!!! Child must be 5 on or before September 1. You can begin the process by visiting our registration website linked HERE. We have transitioned to electronic registrations. Paper copies are available upon request. If you have any questions please contact Kerri Fisher at Kerri.Fisher@chariho.k12.ri.us or call 401-364-3260.

**For New Chariho Kindergarten Students NOT in a Chariho Preschool program**

For any new student registering for Kindergarten and is NOT in a Chariho PreK program, you will pre-register online HERE. If you have any questions (401-539-2321).

**For students currently enrolled in the Chariho Preschool program**

Specific to Chariho PreK families ONLY, parents will need to log into your Parent PowerSchool at PowerSchool Public Portal and complete the form called Intent to attend Kindergarten in Chariho. For step-by-step directions on how to do this, please see Chariho Preschool Parents.pdf directly below. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact central registration at 401-364-3260 or send an email at Kerri.Fisher@chariho.k12.ri.us. You can also call Donna Sunderland if you need help logging into PowerSchool at 401-539-2321.

Important Reminders

Absences - If your child is going to be absent, please call the school office at 401-539-2321. If your child happens to test positive for COVID, PLEASE be sure to email Nurse Tara, Ms. Donna, and Mr. G with that information.

Peanut & Tree Nut Free School - We continue to be a nut free school which means no peanut butter and no tree nuts including Nutella.

TOYS - Please make sure that your children do not take any toys from home to school. We continue to see an uptick in this and it is causing problems at school.

Identification - PLEASE be sure parents who are picking up children early from school have proper identification with them when they come to the front door. Ms. Donna is not always the one in the office and we must verify who is picking up the children. Thank you for your undivided attention to this request.

Parking at HVES - The parking spots that are numbered in the school lot are for staff ONLY. We are having issues with parents dropping off children in the morning and taking up a staff parking spot which is causing staff members to be late which is becoming problematic. Also, some staff end up getting blocked since we have double parking at the end of the day. If parents need to come to the building, PLEASE either park in front of the school or at Langworthy Field and walk up the stairs to the main front door.

PTO & School Information

PTO Members

Co-President: Kristin Clarke > kristinc49@aol.com

Co-President: Leah Sousa > leah.sousa@hotmail.com

Treasurer: Stephanie DaPonte > sdaponte14@gmail.com

Secretary: Chloe Morgan > cmako28@yahoo.com

Communication: Chelsea Vandeveer> chelseabaker101@yahoo.com

School Contact Information

School Principal: Giuseppe Gencarelli – Giuseppe.Gencarelli@chariho.k12.ri.us

School Secretary: Donna Sunderland – Donna.Sunderland@chariho.k12.ri.us

School Webpage: https://hopevalley.chariho.k12.ri.us/

School Contact Info: Phone - 401-539-2321 Fax - 401-633-7099

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About Hope Valley Elementary School

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.