Hope Valley School News

June 12, 2015

Calendar of Events

6/15 - Field Day - If any parents want to help run a station see message below

6/16 – Langworthy Library (Presentations in Classrooms)

6/18 – Gr 1 Writing Event for Parents, 2:00
6/18 – Mrs. Abbott's 3 Little Pigs Play for Parents, 1:30

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

What an amazing Talent Show yet again last night. These children certainly have talent. I was highly impressed. Thank you Mrs. Zonfrilli and Mrs. Crossen for all your work on making this show such a success. Mrs. Ricci and Mr. Fanning were also instrumental with the event. It was a terrific evening all around.

Today Show Details

What an incredible day Monday! Obviously I knew that the Today Show was coming to Hope Valley School but no one gave me the inside information. The NBC producer lied to me and told me it was going to be a follow up from the Red Nose Bike Tour. Apparently, a few staff members and even my wife were in on this surprise. I don't like surprises but so glad I was kept unaware of things. I was totally shocked. I was in even more disbelief when I found out that I was going to be featured in a Father’s Day story on the Today Show. It will show me as a father figure here at school and at home. I was completely taken back and so appreciated that they thought of me to be showcased nationally (one of 4 fathers in the country). There are so many Hope Valley father's out there that deserve this honor as well. It certainly is a humbling experience. Along with that surprise, Home Depot will be building us a new playground for our school community. What a fabulous gesture from Home Depot. Lastly, I will also get to fulfill a life-long dream as I always wanted to be a meteorologist as a young child. I am going to get to do a live Weather Forecast alongside Al Roker next Wednesday, June 17. The entire piece will air on the Today Show (NBC) Wednesday, June 17 sometime between 8:00AM and 9:00AM. The clip will be about 5 minutes but it will 5 minutes of my life I will never forget. If they can pinpoint an exact time I will let you know.

Below is the Westerly Sun article regarding the amazing day at Hope Valley School on Monday.


Field Day Parent Help

Attention Parents:
Any parent who has a current BCI, and would like to help run a station at Field Day this coming Monday, please contact Mr. Bliven via email at Doug.Bliven@chariho.k12.ri.us.
Thank you!

End of Year Celebration

End of the Year Celebration- This a gentle reminder that if you are planning on attending Hope Valley's celebration on Friday, June 19th from 6-8 pm, please return the bottom portion of the flyer no later than Wednesday, June 17th. This year the Del's truck will be at our school and everyone will be receiving one small Del's from our PTO. There will be envelopes with your child's name on them at the school that night with tickets for your frozen treats. Please remember that any food you bring to share must be nut-free. Lastly, your help is greatly appreciated. If you have some time to help with the set up, during the event or clean up, please contact Rachel Marinelli at rmarinelli21@hotmail.com. Looking forward to seeing you soon! Come join and have some fun as we close up another successful school year.

Task Force-Parents Needed


The Chariho Regional School District Committee has voted to establish a RYSE School Facility Task Force. The Task Force has been charged with exploring facility and funding options. The School Committee is seeking one parent from each town to serve on the Task Force.

The Task Force will also include three School Committee members, three town council members, a representative from the Local Advisory Council, a RYSE School student, Director Garlick, and Superintendent Ricci. Since we would like to begin this important work as soon as possible, interested parents are asked to respond by June 30. Letters of interest may be sent to barry.ricci@chariho.k12.ri.us. Thank you.

Grade 4 Students at the State House

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Trivia Question from Mrs. Foggo

Last week we asked, "What begins on June 1 and lasts 6 months each year?"

Answer: Hurricane Season

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.


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 Learning

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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.

About Hope Valley Elementary School...visit our website link below

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.