Hope Valley School News

June 3, 2016

Calendar of Events

June 2016

June 6 - Grade K Kettle Pond field trip

June 7 – Field Day

June 10 – 4th Grade Send Off

June 13 - Poetry Slam Rehearsal (4-5 at CHM Auditorium)

June 14 - Hope Valley School Chorus Concert

June 15 - POETRY SLAM (6-8 at the CHS Courtyard)

June 16 - Talent Show at 6:30pm

June 17 - End of Year Picnic

June 17 – LAST DAY OF SCHOOL

New School Update Information


Parking

Parking on Locustville Rd – There has been communication from the residents that their driveways and garages are being blocked. Please when you come to School please park at Langworthy Field.


Help Wanted

1. Summer Gardening Help is still needed. Please contact Mrs. Moretto-Foggo at denise.moretti-foggo@chariho.k12.ri.us.


Summer Garden Orientation June 14 @ 5:45 portable building.

Field Day

Field Day is June 7th. Please be sure children have water bottles, sunscreen, and are dressed for fun. Field day will be set up like we did last year. Children in Pre-k (am), K, 1, and 2 will have field day in the m morning while children in grades pre-k (pm), 3, and 4 in afternoon. PTO will purchase popsicles for children at some point during the day. If you are willing to volunteer or help run a station, please contact Mr. Bliven at doug.bliven@chariho.k12.ri.us. You must have a valid BCI check to volunteer.


Free Dental Clinic

The 5th annual Rhode Island Mission of Mercy Free Dental Clinic is

scheduled for Saturday, June 4th and Sunday, June 5th, 2016. The event will take place at the Community College of Rhode Island's Flanagan Campus in Lincoln, Rhode Island. Treatment is provided on a first come, first served basis. The doors open at 6AM and patients are accepted until the clinics are full so please arrive early. More detailed information for patients can be obtained at www.rimom.org. Medical and community volunteers are still needed. Volunteers can register at the main website, www.rimom.org.


Class Placements

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. Once these factors are considered, the classes are formed. 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 also give us input.


The entire placement process takes several weeks involving some very detailed conversations and in-depth consideration. This process begins after April vacation and is completed by the first week of June. We trust that you understand there is a lot of consideration in forming well balanced classes. The final decision on class placements resides with the school. Thank you for your trust and continued support.

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Other Key Information

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


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.


Lunch

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.”

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


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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.