Hope Valley School News

June 5, 2015

Calendar of Events

6/5 - Boston Red Sox game TONIGHT. I'll see many of you tonight. If you are up early, I will be on the field for a pre-game ceremony. I'll try to grab some turf. :-)
6/8 - PTO Dinner, Richmond Country Club
6/9 - School Store

6/10 - Talent Show Dress Rehearsal, 3:30-5:30 (see message below)

6/10 – Garden Orientation Meeting, 6 pm

6/11 - Talent Show, 6:00-8:00PM

6/15 - Field Day

6/16 – Langworthy Library (Presentations in Classrooms)

6/19 – PK Orientation (PKC, PKM 11:30-12:00; PKL 12:00-12:30)
6/19 – Gr 4 Send Off
6/19 – PTO End-of-Year Celebration (evening event, time to be announced)
6/22 – Report Cards Issued

School Information for Parents

Talent Show Rehearsal Date Confusion

The Talent Show rehearsal date is on Wednesday, June 10 from 3:30-5:30 (not June 9). There have been so many moving parts with the Today Show visit that it has affected my ability to schedule and accurately manage my calendar. Oops. I apologize for any confusion. Feel free to call the school or email Mrs. Zonfrilli (dazon@chariho.k12.ri.us) or myself for clarification. It is important that all performers attend the dress rehearsal on Wednesday, June 10. Please let Mrs. Zonfrilli know as soon as possible if your child is unable to attend dress rehearsal. Thank you for your cooperation.

Westerly Sun Articles

Follow the link for a great piece on Mrs. Foggo winning RI History Teacher of the Year! Congratulations Mrs. Foggo! http://www.thewesterlysun.com/news/latestnews/7320296-129/hope-valley-teachers-history-is-no-mystery.html

Also, see the great article about the Poetry Slam last night. What an amazing night. Our children did such a spectacular job performing their poems in front of a large crowd. Couldn't be more impressed. http://www.thewesterlysun.com/news/latestnews/7350498-129/elementary-students-find-time-to-rhyme-at-chariho-poetry-slam.html

School Store

School store will be open for business on Tuesday, June 9th. It will be the last time for the school year!

Today Show Visit

The Today Show producer and 3 crew members will be at our school next week to interview me and take video shots of the students and staff as a follow-up piece from Matt Lauer's Red Nose Tour! They were so happy that we went down to cheer on Matt Lauer when he was riding his bike for a great cause. This is such exciting news for our town and community.I'll let you all know when this piece airs.

End of Year Celebration

On Friday, June 19, we will be hosting our end of year celebration. You are all invited to attend. There will be face painting, the Dell's Lemonade truck, DJ Jay McGlinsey, and some food. Come join and have some fun as we close up another successful school year.

The Hope Valley Garden Needs Your HELP!

Garden sign-ups for this summer are open. The weeks are separated into nine slots. If you can help this year, please let Mrs. Foggo know your first and second choices ASAP. We hope to have two families per time slot. Get your friends, neighbors, and relatives involved! You do not need to have students presently enrolled in Hope Valley School to help out. Mrs. Foggo can be contacted at: dmmor@chariho.k12.ri.us

The time spans are:
Saturday, June 20 - Sunday, June 28
Monday, June 29 - Tuesday, July 7
Wednesday, July 8 - Thursday, July 16
Friday, July 17 - Saturday, July 25
Sunday, July 26 - Monday, August 3
Tuesday, August 4 - Wednesday, August 12
Thursday, August 13 - Friday, August 21
Saturday, August 22 - Sunday, August 30
Monday, August 31 - Tuesday, September 8

For those that sign up- please note the following: The summer gardening orientation meeting is set for Wednesday, June 10th at 6:00 PM. Please arrive by 5:45! Meet in the portable classroom out back to begin with but come around to the ramp entrance upon arrival. Please park in designated areas only.

Trivia Question from Mrs. Foggo

Last week we asked, "May 22 is the 225th anniversary of what historical event in RI?" Answer: May 22 was when RI joined the union. We were the 13th colony to ratify the constitution.

This week we have another question: What begins on June 1 and lasts 6 months each year? Answer will be revealed next week.

Class Placements for 2015-2016

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.

A clear set of guidelines is 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.

Summer Learning

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Some of the children's lunch accounts have substantially exceeded the allotted amounts. Per the policy, once a child is over negative $6, children will not be allowed to order a hot lunch choice. Children will only be served Sunny Butter and Jelly and your child's account will be charged. This will start asap if payment is not received by Monday. To avoid your child only getting Sunny Butter and Jelly, please send in payment for your child's (children) lunch accounts. Checks can be made payable to “Chariho School District.” If you need more information or have questions, please contact Fran Sayer at

There is a website where you can keep track of your child's lunch account. The site is www.myschoolbucks.com but you will need your child's school ID code, which you can get by contacting Fran Sayer as well. Chariho is keeping accounts accurately updated and I wanted to send a courtesy message to keep you informed.

For those that may apply: The latest Free and Reduced application can be found at http://www.chariho.k12.ri.us/aramark. The state requires that a new application is on file for each year. Each family only needs to fill out one application but all names need to be on it. Thank You

Summer Camp Opportunity

Camp Invention is Coming to Chariho! A flyer is coming home today. Click for Information

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Important Reminders:

· All classrooms are PEANUT FREE & TREE NUT FREE!

· Use parent pick-up note template. This can be found at www.chariho.k12.ri.us/hv.

· Bring ID when picking up your child(ren).

· Please park on Locustville Road, by the church, or near Langworthy Field.

· Emails to Sheryl.McCumiskey@chariho.k12.ri.us & Ann.Champlin@chariho.k12.ri.us.

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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.