Charlestown School Updates

For members of our learning community - April 8th, 2016

Filling sails with knowledge and character for a successful life voyage

Reading Week - April 11th-15th

We have many exciting activities planned for each day next week…here are a few:

Wednesday (4/13) - Dress in your favorite team shirt or color

Friday (4/15) - Dress as your favorite book character and bring the book to share

Kindergarten Registation

We have several students already registered.

If you still need to register your child, please call Norma or Carrie at 364-7716.

Please forward this to friends who have an incoming K student.

Congratulations to Mrs. Parker… Chariho Employee of the Month!

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2nd Grade Readers Theatre Performances for Ms. Pryor's Kindergarteners

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Chariho Budget has been approved by voters

Attendance Matters

Daily attendance is tied closely to student achievement. Additionally, students who arrive late often struggle to settle into school routines and expectations.

Per the Chariho Elementary Attendance Policy, absences, tardies and early dismissals can only be excused due to medical reasons, religious reasons, bereavement or emergency situations. Medical documentations, or excuse from our school nurse, is needed for medically excused absences.

We routinely mail attendance letters to notify parents of attendance concerns and always provide a copy of the attendance record and the attendance policy. If students have more than eight unexcused absences, tardies or early dismissals, you will be asked to attend an attendance meeting. If attendance continues to be problematic, a referral can be made to R.I. Family Court.

Please contact Mrs. Poore if you have questions regarding the attendance policy.

PTO Outdoor Classroom Space Project

The PTO was recently granted permission by the school committee to proceed with their plans for outdoor teaching spaces. Thank you to Karen Bellnier for chairing this committee and for sharing a thoughtful presentation with the School Committee.

The first phase of the plans, light yard work of the back former playground space, is scheduled for Saturday, April 9th from 10-2. We are in need of adult volunteers. Please click this link if you are interested in assisting on April 9th:

To read more about the project, please click the link to the recent Westerly Sun article:

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A Way to honor a great teacher!

Recommendations sought for teachers to honor during Teacher Appreciation Week

During this year’s Teacher Appreciation Week (May 2-6), the U.S. Department of Education wants to extend a personal thank you to some great teachers. Help us by recommending a colleague, a friend, your child’s teacher, or the teacher who inspired you. While we cannot guarantee reaching every teacher during the week, we may use submitted information for other highlighting purposes throughout the year.

Crystal Apple Award

This year, we are starting a new tradition of recognizing a staff member for their positive contributions for your school.

Please see the letter that your child will bring home today or or Monday.

Nomination letters or emails are due to Mrs. Poore by May 1st.

Eat the Rainbow - Month of April

In an effort to get students to eat the recommended 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day, the cafeteria and the school nurse are teaming up to have students “Eat the Rainbow” for the month of April. The cafeteria offers a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables every day. Our staff will be distributing stickers to students who are eating their colorful fruits and vegetables at lunch (either what they purchase for lunch or bring from home)

Here is the schedule for the month of April.

Week of April 11-15: Mon:Orange, Tues:Yellow, Wed: Red, Thurs: Green, Fri: Rainbow

Week of April 25-29 : Mon:Yellow, Tues:Red, Wed.:Green, Thurs:Orange, Fri.:Rainbow

Gr. 3 and 4 Interactive Field Trip to the RI Philharmonic

All students in grades 3 and 4 will be attending a field trip to the RI Philharmonic on Tuesday. We had several parents offer to chaperone, but we only have a few additional seats for the trip. Teachers will contacting parents regarding chaperoning.

Spring Testing - Grades 3 and 4

PARCC Testing begins next week.

Session Dates will be:

Gr. 4 Math: 4/11, 4/13, 4/14 and 4/26

Gr. 4 ELA: 5/3, 5/4 and 5/5

Gr. 3 Math: 4/27, 4/28, 4/29, 5/2

Gr. 3 ELA: 5/6, 5/9, 5/13

Students can bring and use their own earbuds or headphones. We will be providing a mid-morning snack to all students either before or after they complete their testing. Students who miss sessions will be scheduled for make-up sessions.

All 4th graders will be participating in the New England Common Assessment Program Science Assessment on May 10-12.

Stop and Shop Rewards has ended

The program has ended for 2015-2016 and the PTO has earned over $5,000. Thank you for your support.

Yearbook photos needed

If you have have taken photos this year while attending a school or PTO sponsored event, please consider sending them to this designated email address. We are also in need of photos of current 4th graders since they started here in Kindergarten.

Thank you to Erin Manni for donating her time and energy to create our school yearbook.

PTO Events

The PTO is actively planning two upcoming events for students.

A Girls Night Out will be Friday, April 29th. Several activities are planned including dancing. Female students can attend with the adult of their choice. This event is lieu of the former Father Daughter Dance.

A Boys Night Out will be Friday, May 13th. Outdoor carnival games are planned to male students and an adult of their choice.

Please email the PTO if you are interested in assisting with either of these events.

School Calendar for 2016-2017

School will begin on Monday, August 29th, so we will have a full week of school before Labor Day. There will be traditional school vacation weeks in February and April.

Our school is LATEX and MINT FREE due to allergies!

Please do not bring the following items into our school due to serious allergies:

Latex balloons, rubber balls, any products containing natural rubber, mint gum/candy

You can follow me on Twitter - @jenpooreri

Upcoming Events:

Mon. April 11th- Fri. April 15th- Reading Week

Tues. April 12th - Grade 3 and 4 Field Trip

Thus. April 14th - Early Release - Students dismissed at 1:55

Mon. April 18th - Fri. Apri 22nd - April Vacation Week

Due to the March snow day, Our last day of school is now Friday, June 17th.

To view the school calendar: