Tiogue Faculty and Staff Bulletin

September 7, 2019 - No.2

Our first full week is coming up!

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A Message From Our Sunshine Committee:

Hello Friends,

This year, Grade 2 teachers are the school's Sunshine Committee. Our main purpose is to show our support to Tiogue's entire school community. As in past years, we will start by collecting $40 from full-time staff and $20 from part-time staff and SRP.

Please see Ann Horgan in room 19 before or after school to submit your payment. The envelope will be in Donna Costa's room (rm. 17) during the school day. Make checks payable to "Tiogue Donation Fund" and endorse the back of the check with "Tiogue Donation Fund". Payment is due by September 11.

If you are aware of any situation that requires Sunshine, please bring it to our attention.

Thank you,

Ann, Martha, and Donna

Updated Information: Upcoming PBIS Meeting Dates and Information:

Our K-1 Passport Schedule for Monday Sept. 9th

We will be meeting as a Universal PBIS Team, one time per month.

See Schedule Below:

Oct 8

Nov 5

Dec 3

Jan 7

Feb 4

March 3

Apr 7

May 5

June 2

District Trimester Grading Calendar to be Released Soon

We are looking to decrease the number of days between when grades close and when report cards are distributed to families. Once I receive a final calendar, I will pass it along to you.

As of now, the close of the First Trimester Progress Reports is set for Thursday, Oct. 10th.

Grades should close for the First Trimester on Friday, November 22nd.

More info. to come.

Important Information at Tiogue

Tiogue is proud to again be a Title One, Feinstein Leadership School!

Hours: 8:40am - 3:10pm

Students may come to school when supervisory coverage begins at 8:20am

Dates to Remember:

September 2019

-September 9 - PBIS Passport Day for Gr. K-1 Students (School-wide expectations)

-September 10 - AFLAC Rep at Faculty/Staff Lunches

-September 12 - Team Day: please check individual Google Calendars for specific information; School Committee Mtg. 7pm

-September 13 - PBIS All School Assembly - Chris Poulos BMX Champ

-September 16 - First PTA Mtg. (5:30pm in the Tiogue library or cafeteria)

-September 17 - CPI training for some Tiogue Staff (full day)

-September 18 - Faculty Mtg., 3:20pm (Agenda thus far: Epilepsy Foundation Presentation, Alex Smith from Horace Mann, Open House, PBIS recap)

-September 19 - CPI training for some Tiogue Staff (1/2 day); Team Day: please check individual Google Calendars for specific information

-September 23 through 27: Second annual, START WITH HELLO WEEK - see link for more information

-September 24 - Tiogue's Open House, 6:30pm

-September 26 - Team Day: please check individual Google Calendars for specific information

-September 27 - Perfect Attendance for the month closes - students will be given their first raffle ticket of the school year

October 2019

-October 1 - LifeTouch School Picture Day

-October 3 - Team Day: please check individual Google Calendars for specific information

-October 10 - Team Day: please check individual Google Calendars for specific information

-October 14 - NO SCHOOL, Columbus Day

-October 17 - Team Day: please check individual Google Calendars for specific information

-October 21 - PTA Mtg. (5:30pm in the Tiogue library or cafeteria)

-October 24 - Team Day: please check individual Google Calendars for specific information

PTA INFORMATION and Meeting Schedule:

9/16/19 at 5:30pm

10/21/19 at 5:30pm

11/18/19 at 5:30pm

12/16/19 at 5:30pm

1/13/20 at 5:30pm

2/10/20 at 5:30pm

3/16/20 at 5:30pm

4/13/20 at 5:30pm

5/18/20 at 5:30pm

6/8/20 at 5:30pm (Last Mtg. of the year)

School Store information:

PTA School Store will begin shortly. Last year, school store was open every other Wednesday during student lunch/recess times. More information to follow.

Our Mission and Motto:

At Tiogue School, we believe that students can achieve their personal best and become responsible and productive citizens by embracing all learning opportunities each day.

"Everybody is somebody at Tiogue"

STAR Information from Don Cowart


Thank you for your patience with STAR. The rollover is complete. Erin is doing some fine tuning and we hope to have the screening window open Monday 9/9/2019. Tomorrow we will email you all the information you need to get started, along with the timelines and some district goals. Principals and teachers should start planning for screenings starting next week. We are sending STAR Parent Reports home this year. I recommend thinking about screening during an optimal time when your students can do their best. The right test environment, attitudes about the assessment and clear expectations around effort have a huge impact on how students do on any assessment type.

We will need to share Chromebooks in order to get all STAR Testing done over the next few weeks. Please let me know if you would like me to help to facilitate the process of sharing devices. Several of you spoke with me on Friday, and have come up with a schedule for your grade or room. Just let me know.

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From our Reading Dept.:

Hello Teachers,

As we settle into the 2019-2020 school year here are a few reminders from Tiogue Reading.

  1. Summer Reading Book Logs should be sent to Room 20 with student and teacher or room number at the top. Students are asked to return them by Friday, 9/13. No late book logs will be counted towards the Dr. Gordon-RI Children's Dentistry Summer Reading Challenge.
  2. Guided Reading Library in Room 1 is available to all staff to borrow teacher resources and student leveled text sets. We ask that everyone sign out materials using our sign out system. This is an important way we maintain these valuable school resources! Let us know if you'd like us show you the system.
  3. Those of you who have questions regarding administering DRA2 and STAR assessments, please feel free to come to Room 20 to ask Lisa or Sue. We are happy to help answer questions or help you find assessment materials. REMINDER: Copies of DRA2 teacher recording and student response forms are available in Room 1. Most of you know there is a file cabinet to the left of the entrance marked with DRA levels. Please let Heather Aguilar in Room 20 know if you notice copies are running low and please do not take the last copy in a file!!

~ Susan Toohey Kaye, NBCT

Reading Specialist

Tiogue School


Teacher and Staff Evaluation Information:

I've spoken to several teachers that are on-cycle for this school year. I'll continue those conversations this week. Remember to go to the district website under the "Staff" top tab menu to access the evaluation cycle information. Quite important are the timelines associated with the process. We will be discussing further in the upcoming weeks.

Our Nurse's Corner:

Welcome to a brand new school year

*Very Important*

MEDICATIONS: In order for your child to have any medications (prescription or over the counter) at the elementary level I must have a physician's order on file. You must provide the medication to the Health Office which matches the order exactly. This include acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and cough drops.

2019 Fall Flu Clinic Information will be available soon.

-Gina D'Aguano MS, MEd, RN, CSNT

IXL Information

Here are some great introductory videos in the Inspiration section: https://www.ixl.com/inspiration/videos . For a more in-depth look, there are archived webinars to help you explore and implement IXL in your classroom: https://www.ixl.com/inspiration/archived-webinars

Our link: https://www.ixl.com/signin/coventry Which is also located on our district homepage for each access.

Achieve the Core: Journey's Adaptation site:

EVERFI information from Don Cowart:


Coventry Public Schools has no-cost access to an online learning platform called EVERFI. Through this platform, you have access to co-curricular digital lessons on various 21st Century Skills which are designed to complement existing units, fill curriculum gaps or serve as a resource for you to support whole child education. EVERFI can support your advisory or content area in STEM, financial education/career readiness, social emotional learning and health & wellness. Here is access to a break down of their K-12 learning resources. Lesson lengths vary from 10 minutes to 30 minutes.

Have an account? - login by going to www.everfi.com/login

NEW EVERFI teachers - create your account by going to www.everfi.com/newteacher

Once you have logged in and have added the programs to your dashboard, create a class to generate a class code. When you are ready to get started with students:

  • Direct students to www.everfi.com/register

  • Provide them with your class code

  • Students will create a student dashboard with username and password and have access to the program. Students can add programs to their dashboard in the top right corner with a class code.

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about how these programs can support your classroom please contact our EVERFI representative Dan Weidmann at dweidmann@everfi.com.


Schedules were due on Friday, Sept. 6th. Please submit on Monday 9/9, if you have not already done so. I realized that things may change a bit over the next severals weeks.

Articles and other news:

Behavioral Specialist and Math Intervention Schedule:

*Kim Sturdahl will be at Tiogue Monday through Friday*

*Reminder: Do not send students to the office to deliver major behavior referrals

Referrals: Please complete all sections of the minor behavior referral forms online for Kim. Be as specific as possible.

Please turn in all major referrals to Kim within 24 hours of the infraction or incident.

MATHEMATICS: Mary V. will be at Tiogue this upcoming week

**Article of the week**

September 9th:

What is Executive Functioning? From, EduTopia

September 2nd:

8 Proactive Classroom Management Tips - From, EduTopia

July, 2019: Fantastic Ways of Finding Anything in Google Drive, found on Twitter.

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Culture of Empathy

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Copy of our Newest Elementary Handbook for Tiogue