North Scituate Elementary School

November 2021 Newsletter

A note from Mrs.Soccio

October was filled with many highlights! Our curriculum is off and running and students are focused on learning!

On behalf of North Scituate School, I would like to recognize the dedication of our PTO members. With the support of North Scituate families, the PTO covers the costs of admission and buses for field trips, special classroom supplies, assemblies, and more. Our PTO also plans events that create meaningful and special memories for our students. To date, they have sponsored and coordinated the Back to School night, Bake Sale @ the Scituate Art Festival, Trunk or Treat, and Walk-a-Thon. The school community looks forward to a continued partnership with our supportive parent group!

As always, I encourage you to reach out with any suggestions, questions, or concerns.

Kaitlin M. Soccio, Principal

Reading Newsletter

Check out this update from Mrs.Gould, reading specialist.

Weather Changes

As we enter fall and winter, it is important that your child is dressed appropriately for school. Students will be going outside for mask breaks and recess with temperatures at 28 degrees or above. Please ensure your children are dressed for these conditions, and have a sweatshirt or jacket in their backpacks. Also, please back your child a water bottle daily!


Our newly elected Student Council will be organizing a canned good/food drive from November 8th-19th. We will be collecting items like canned fruits and vegetables, pasta, soup, gravy, etc.

All items collected will be donated to our school's Feinstein Food Pantry, Scituate Senior Center, and Trinity Food Pantry. Flyers will be sent home with your child.

Bus Monitors Needed

Scituate School Department is looking to fill the existing open bus monitor positions. You would be responsible for assisting the elementary students in exiting the bus and crossing the road. Must be at least 16 years old, be able to go up and down the bus stairs multiple times as well as bending and turning. This position pays $12.25/hr and would be running before and after school hours whenever school is in session. A background check and finger printing will be required. Please apply at the Superintendent's Office.

Thanksgiving Baskets

As you may know, each year Scituate Public Schools hosts a turkey basket drive around Thanksgiving. This is for families who may need some extra assistance with providing a complete Thanksgiving meal for their family to enjoy. The baskets will include all the things needed for a turkey dinner. Please use the following google forms to express interest in receiving a Thanksgiving Basket or communicate your interest/ability to donate items.

If you have any questions please reach out to Jennifer Ricci, LCSW District School Social Worker at"


  • Please keep in mind that students have outdoor recess. We encourage students to dress in layers and wear a coat to school.
  • Please make sure all notes sent to school with students are signed and dated. Be aware of the size of the notepaper- small pieces of paper and sticky notes tend to get lost in backpacks and folders.
  • District Policy requires all parents and school volunteers to maintain a current BCI check and to RENEW all BCI checks yearly prior to volunteering in classrooms/school or field trip activities. Please contact the school office if you are in need of a form.

Student Council 2021-2022

President: Ava Engenheiro

Vice President: Cate Crane

5th Grade Classroom Representatives

  • Collin Wilson, Gia Testa, Emma Picozzi, Mason Pontarelli

4th Grade Classroom Representatives

  • Charlotte Snow, Bridgette Farina, Sarah Curria, Elin Dutra
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American Reading Company

American Reading Company’s Informational Research Unit launches all classrooms this week. Students worked on building routines around reading, writing, conferencing, and instruction during Unit 1. This Literacy Lab spanned seven weeks and now students are ready to maintain those routines as they delve into the world of research. The rigorous informational lab is theme- specific and centered around key reading, writing, and science standards. Below is a list of the themes each grade will be researching for the next ten weeks.

Kindergarten - Zoology

First Grade - Wild and Endangered Animals

Grade Two - Bugs in Their Ecosystems

Grade Three - Weather and Climate

Grade Four - Ecosystems - Matter, Energy, and Organisms

Grade Five - Animal Adaptations

Harvest Success

Teachers, students, and Ms. Donovan planted many different crops last spring. At the end of last month, we harvested many carrots and potatoes. These items were donated to a local food pantry. We look forward to this work again in the spring and producing a bigger yield. Thank you for leading this work, Ms. Donovan.
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On October 15th, students participated in a school wide Walk-a-Thon. Together, YOU raised $7,500.00 to support PTO initiatives. I am grateful for the overwhelming amount of participation we had for this event. These funds will be used to support field trips, school improvements, teacher wish lists, and enrichments activities for our school. Huge thank to you to our PTO Exec board and parent volunteers for making this fundraising event possible.
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Unity Day

Students in Mrs. Scucces' class are fully immersed in our Unity Day festivities. Students are pictured below watching a video on Unity Day, sharing a good deed, and signing the Pledge. In the third picture, Mrs. DiLuglio's class is dancing to the unity dance music and working together.

We pledge to:

  • support others who have been hurt or harmed
  • treat others with kindness
  • be more accepting of people’s differences
  • help include those who are left out

Check out this Padlet that Mrs. Soccio shared with the school: click here

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Choose Love Movement for Schools- SEL Curriculum

Students in Prek-5 are fully immersed in the Choose Love curriculum! Students participate in a weekly lesson rooted in one of the four units: Courage, Gratitude, Forgiveness and Compassion in Action; all part of the Choose Love Formula. This month students are learning all about gratitude.

Below, Mrs. Clyde's 5th grade class finished up their chapter on courage. In reflecting on the unit, students created a courage window outside their classroom.


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Positive Office Referrals

Students will receive these awards for EXEMPLARY behavior in the following categories: self-control, citizenship, hard work, attitude, responsibility, courage, teamwork, and honesty.
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Grade Level Classroom Happenings


Kindergarten students enjoyed a field trip to Salisbury Farm. Farmer Wayne taught us about some crops that grow on his farm. He showed us his animals and let us feed his goats! We all enjoyed a hayride around the farm and navigated our way through a corn maze. Before loading up the bus, students picked out a pumpkin to take home. Mrs. Soccio reminded students to be their pumpkin's "seatbelt" for the ride home :) . We had a great time! Thank you to our PTO for support this field trip.
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Students in Kindergarten had a visit from Ms. Shannon Donovan who supported in harvesting their corn, flowers, and beans they grew. Students in Ms. DeGuilio's class carved a pumpkin and learned about the different parts of a pumpkin (seeds, stem, pulp, skin). Students in Ms. Murphy's class are taking a brain break with a yoga activity.
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Grade 1

I see lots of ORANGE! Students in Mrs. Anthony's class are wearing orange in support of Unity Day. Below, students work in building their knowledge of fact families and green level power words. Keep up the great work!
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Who doesn't love a pajama day? Students in first grade earned a pajama day this past week. Students below are pictured working on building their phonemic awareness with blends. Students are using highlighters to find blends in text and creating words with blends.
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Grade 2

Students in Mrs. O'Grady's class are loving building ones, tens, and hundreds to make 1,000 in their Eureka Math curriculum. Below, there are many proud published poets pictured. Students wrote their own poems and shared them with their class. We are so proud of their hard work and willingness to share their work with others.
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Grade 3

Students in Mrs.DiLuglio's class are embracing the Halloween theme while learning about the human skeletal system. Students worked together in small groups to identify different bones in our body and label certain parts. Great team work!
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Grade 4

Students are conferencing about their narrative pieces with a partner in their American Reading Company Literacy Lab. Looking forward to reaching your pieces throughout the year.
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Grade 5

Students in Mrs.Pontarelli's class are partner conferencing on their narrative stories from American Reading Company's Literacy Lab. In the second picture, students work in science groups to make food webs. Great collaboration!
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Art with Miss Davis

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A Note from the school nurse

Check out our school nurse's page for updates, information, and more. Please call 647-4110 or email with any questions or concerns.

News from the Scituate School Committee

The Scituate School Committee will hold its next meeting on Tuesday, November 9th. All members of the school community are encouraged to attend. The meetings begin at 7 p.m. at the Scituate High School auditorium. For more information about meetings, click here.



Looking back on the past few weeks, I am amazed at what we have accomplished; the Scituate Art Festival Bake Sale, the Walk-A-Thon and Trunk-or-Treat!

THANK YOU to all our families, students, teachers and volunteers for making this busy month of October a success! I have such a long list of people to thank for supporting the PTO this month. I could not have done it without the PTO Board and we could not have done it without YOU!

A special thanks to:

  • The bakers, sellers and set-up/break-down crew for the Scituate Art Festival Bake Sale.
  • Paul Thomas for monitoring the bake sale donations throughout the day at the Scituate Art Festival.
  • The Walk-A-Thon volunteers AND families who collected numerous donations for our school.
  • The families who donated candy and/or decorated their trunk or treat cars for Trunk-or-Treat.
  • The Hesford's for providing us with the lights for Trunk-or-Treat and Mike Dechristafaro for delivering the lights
  • Aletha Wood and her parents for providing and setting up the movie for Trunk-or-Treat---It was a wonderful addition to the evening!
  • The PTO Board for their great coordination efforts in all events. Thanks Jenna, Amanda, Nicole, Jen and Chris!

Additionally, our restaurant night at Uno's was a huge success. WE RAISED over $400! Thank you to all families, friends and teachers that attended.

Please join us at our next dine out night at Chelo's on Thursday, November 18th.

The next PTO meeting will be on Wednesday, November 17th at 7:30 (virtual).

Thank you

Lynn Francazio


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Important Dates

November 8th-19th: Food Drive by Student Council

November 9th: School Committee Meeting @ 7:00 p.m. (Scituate High School)

November 12th: Picture Re-take Day

November 17th: PTO Meeting 7:30pm (virtual)

November 18th: Chelo's Restaurant Fundraiser Night

November 24th-28th: Thanksgiving Recess- No School

December 10th: Village Stroll Event 6-8pm

December 6th-10th: Scholastic Book Fair

December 15th: Panera Restaurant Fundraiser Night