North Scituate Elementary School

January 2021 Newsletter

A note from Mrs.Soccio

Well it has been another eventful month! I truly appreciate your support throughout these challenging times. During this holiday break, I hope everyone is able to refresh, rest, and be ready to start the new year strong. The week of January 4th-8th will be Distance Learning. I look forward to seeing everyone's smiling faces when we return to in-person learning on Monday, January 11th.

We are well into the second trimester and approaching the mid-year benchmarking period. During this time, students will complete testing in both math and reading to assess their progress from the beginning of the year. AimsWeb Plus will continue to be used to assess students in grades K-3, while STAR will be used to monitor the progress of our grades 4 and 5 students. As we know, this is only one way teachers assess student progress over the course of the year.

Report Cards will be emailed to families on January 4, 2021. Please note there will be no Music grade on your child's report card. On December 28th, the school mailed specific reports that will accompany the report card for students in grade 2-4. This will ensure you have all necessary academic information prior to Parent-Teacher Conferences on January 5th and 7th.

A friendly reminder, conferences will be held virtually from 3:30pm-6:00pm on Tuesday, January 5th and from 5:30--8:00pm on Thursday, January 7th. If you haven't already done so, please click below to complete the Google Form for Parent Conference sign ups. If you have not received an email from Mrs. Pagliarini with your time slot, please email her at

Please reach out with questions or concerns at any time. Happy New Year!

Kaitlin M. Soccio, Principal

A Message from the Superintendent

December 23, 2020:

I hope this Wednesday finds you well. I would like to notify everyone that if your child has been on distance learning since we returned to school in September and you would like them to come back to school in person on our return January 11, 2021 we are asking that you notify your building principal by January 4, 2021 so that all arrangements for a smooth transition can be completed prior to January 11. Additionally your child would need a negative covid test prior to returning to school, just as has been the requirement for students returning from distance learning all along. I want to thank you for your help with this matter and wish you all a happy holiday.

COVID-19 Update

There have been some updates to the quarantining time frame.

If your child tests positive or is considered a close contact of a positive case, he/she must:

● Quarantine for 10 days

● RIDOH recommends you monitor your child for the full 14 days for symptoms

If you travel outside of RI to a RED state, your child must quarantine for 14 days before returning to school.

Below, are some possible COVID-19 symptoms to look for in your child. Please do not send your child to school with any of these symptoms. If you have any question or concerns, please contact Mrs. McCann (school nurse) at 647-4110 or

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  • Students will be marked tardy if they arrive after 8:45 am.
  • Please keep in mind that students have outdoor recess. We encourage students to dress in layers and wear a coat to school.
  • Chartwells is currently offering FREE meals for breakfast and lunch for the remainder of the school year.
  • Students are not permitted to ride a bus other than their own.
  • Please date notes that are sent to school with students. If you are writing a note about dismissal, please write the full name of the person picking up your child.
  • Please call to notify the office if/when your child is absent.

Positive Office Referrals

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Stuff a Cruiser Event

Huge thank you the Scituate Police Department and community members for their very generous donation of toys from the Stuff a Cruiser Event. These toys were gifted to North Scituate families in need and brought joy to their faces when we delivered them.
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Snow Day & Blizzard Bag Fun

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A Message from the School Psychologist

A new year is a nice opportunity to reflect on the past year. Take time to think about what you tried, learned and accomplished last year. It is also a great time to set goals for the coming year. There are many reasons why setting goals are important. Setting goals helps us to focus on a specific target. Without goals, we tend to become scattered in our thoughts and actions. Goals direct our minds toward achievement and success. Goal setting improves our everyday actions and decision making. Goals also provide us with a sense of purpose towards a particular skill or talent.

When setting goals, think of SMART Goals

S=Specific: Who, What, Where, When, Which, Why

M=Measurable: How much, How many, How will I know when it is accomplished

A=Attainable: List personal traits that are needed in order to meet this goal

R=Realistic: What conditions would have to exist in order for me to meet my goal

T=Timely: Identify a time you plan to work on your goal in order to complete it

Once you have decided on a goal, think about each area and develop a plan to obtain that goal. A personal goal for each person is good but also consider having a family goal. For example, sitting down for dinner all together, having a family game night, trying new foods, or family reading night. After developing your goals post them in a place where you will see them daily.

Happy Goal Setting and Happy New Year!

Mrs. Schiappa

School Psychologist



Kindergarten students have been practicing drawing different types of lines and are learning the best way to draw a straight line without a ruler! Using this practice with lines, they created beautiful spiderwebs! After adding oil pastels to their spiderweb lines, students were introduced to watercolor painting and used the primary colors to paint inside of their spiderwebs! Kindergarteners did a great job of following watercolor rules and exploring with color mixing in their spiderweb project with Ms. Davis!
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Grade 1

Virtual learning? No problem for these first graders! They are busy researching the life cycle of their animals. Great choices: gorilla, snakes, and owls.
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Ms. Caldarone's students are engaged in literacy centers. Below, students are working with their teacher in a small group focused on their power goal. Students completed word work, read together, and supported one another through difficult words. Meanwhile, other students are using Osmo to build words and practice phonics.
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Kindergarten & Grade 1 Distance Learners

Students in Mrs. Fraser's Distance Learning class enjoyed a special snack before the holiday break while they listened to the Polar Express. Students wore their pajamas as the children did on the Polar Express and completed activities to go along with the book.
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Grade 2

"Don't Bug Me, I'm READING." Mrs. O'Grady's students are engaged in independent reading each day for at least 30 minutes. Students are earning a step for every 15 minutes they read. I loved seeing all the great books you selected to read. Keep up the great work!
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Students in Mrs. Bettez's class is gathering research from their bug projects. Each student has self selected a bug of their choice to research and complete a final project on. Students use graphic organizers and multiple texts to gather information.
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Grade 3

Third graders are taking their Eureka Math end of module assessment on their chromebooks using a program called Affirm. Students are using tools and scratch paper to show their best effort on all questions. Can't wait to see how they all did!
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Students have created a Water Cycle illustration to go with their American Reading Company writing for this unit. Students shared these illustrations on a Google Meet with their teacher and class during Distance Learning.
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Grade 4

Grade 4 continues their research unit on ecosystems using American Reading Company. Below, students have begun to create their Ecosystem slide deck for their individual projects.
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Paraprofessional, Mrs. Grissom, works with small groups during distance learning on multiplication facts. Great work Cate, Claudio, and Tessa!
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Grade 5

5K had loads of fun sharing their favorite crazy hats with one another and spreading some holiday cheer at our 9 AM Google Meet! These energetic students run on smiles and laughter! Happy holidays from 5K!
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Students in Mrs. Pontarelli's class read the play "A Christmas Carol" in preparation of watching the play from Trinity Rep virtually on Wednesday, December 23rd.
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Art with Ms. Davis

Students enjoyed creating snow sculptures for the virtual art club and for STEAM this week! Ms. Murphy's class worked on snowy trees landscapes before the break.

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PTO 2021 Fundraiser

As we prepare our calendar raffle, many local businesses have graciously made donations. We know this year has been tough, and the incredible support cannot go without great thanks! If you are a local business owner and are interested in donating a $25 gift card to support our raffle, please contact

Thank you to the following businesses that have donated so far:

Village Gas, Moose Trackers, Country Gardener, Alpine Wine & Spirits, Expresso’s Pizza, IGA Market, Oriental Taste, Smithfield Home Depot, Dunkin Donuts (Plainfield Pike), BJ’s (Johnston), Bon Asian Bistro, Cherry Hill Grill, Dave’s Market, Ruffino’s Pizza, and China Garden

Scituate School Committee

The Scituate School Committee will meet on January 5th! All members of the school community are encouraged to attend virtually. All meetings begin at 7 p.m.

Important Dates

  • 01/04: Distance Learning for All students RESUMES

  • 01/05: Parent-Teacher Conferences (Virtual)

  • 01/07: Parent- Teacher Conferences (Virtual)

  • 01/11: All students return to in person learning

  • 01/18: No School

  • 01/25: Distance Learning Day/PD Day for Staff

  • 02/15-19: Winter Recess, No School

  • 02/16: Restaurant Night at Sonic in Smithfield