Charlestown School Updates

For members of our learning community - May 6th, 2016

Filling sails with knowledge and character for a successful life voyage

Only 6 more weeks of school!

Happy Nurses Day to Mrs. Coulson!!!

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Teacher Appreciation Week

Thank you for all of the ways that you helped us to recognize and celebrate our teachers this week. We enjoyed the breakfast, lunch, classroom gifts and massages. Teachers also enjoyed the Annual Yankee Swap that was held yesterday during our staff meeting.

Before our swap yesterday, teachers had to write something memorable from their year or something that they would miss about their students. Here are a few examples:

The best part of my job is laughing and learning with my students.

My best day of teaching was when two teachers told me that they felt my students had really improved because of my services.

My best day with my class was when we did the ornament exchange and their comments were so gracious and kind.

The best part of my job is seeing my students transform from preschoolers to engaged learners.

As a staff, we appreciate all of the parent support that we receive. It certainly takes a village to make our school so successful. Thanks for your continued partnership!

Please help us and vote for a technology grant

Thank you to Mrs. Lawing and Dr. Moffitt for applying for a technology grant for our school. Their video entry highlights all of our work with blended learning this year. Please continue to help us by voting daily on this link to Face Book. Please also share the link with friends, family members, colleagues, any anyone you can think of who can support our efforts.

We currently have over 1,000 votes but have moved to 2nd place. (there is another super competitive school like ours in Oklahoma!!!).

Here's the link and thank you for all of your daily votes. This continues through May 15th.

Chariho Plant Sale - Tomorrow from 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Looking for some specialty annuals, bedding plants, hanging baskets, vegetables, herbs and succulents. New this year… a chicken (raised right here on campus) and eggs. You can't beat these prices and are helping to support our local students.

Visit the Chariho FFA Plant Sale to be held tomorrow (Saturday) at The Chariho High School Green house. Parking in front of Chariho CTC.

Thank you for supporting the Chariho FFA team so that they can attend national competitions!

Crystal Apple Award Nominations

Thank you for all of the written nominations for the Horace Mann Crystal Apple Award. I will accept additional nominations through Sunday, May 8th at midnight. This is an easy way to show your appreciation for any staff member at our school is to send me a brief email or letter.

5K Walk/Run at Ninigret Park - Saturday, May 28th

Dr. Moffitt and members of the PTO are holding the annual 5K walk/run on Saturday, May 28th. This a wonderful family fitness event.

We are looking for parents to help at the 4th grade picnic

Please contact Mrs. Poore or a 4th grade teacher if you are interested in volunteering to cook hamburgers and hot dogs at the 4th Grade Picnic on Tuesday, June 14th.

Kindergarten Registation

If you still need to register your child, please call Norma or Carrie at 364-7716.

Please forward this to friends who have an incoming K student.

No Medications carried by students

As a reminder, students are not allowed to bring medications to school. This includes cough drops, advil, tylenol, cold medicine, allergy medicine, nasal spray and inhalers.

Outdoor Classroom Space

The PTO was granted permission to proceed with their plans for outdoor teaching spaces. Thank you to Karen Bellnier for chairing this committee. The space has been leveled and new fencing will be installed soon.

The next meeting will take place onsite on Saturday, May 14th at 10:30 am.

To read more about the project, please click the link to the recent Westerly Sun article:

Spring Testing - Grades 3 and 4

PARCC Testing remaining scheduled days:

Gr. 3 ELA: 5/6, 5/9, 5/13

Students can bring and use their own earbuds or headphones. We will be providing a mid-morning snack to all students either before or after they complete their testing. Students who miss sessions will be scheduled for make-up sessions.

All 4th graders will be participating in the New England Common Assessment Program Science Assessment on May 10-12. We will be providing a full breakfast each morning of Science testing.

Yearbook photos needed

If you have have taken photos this year while attending a school or PTO sponsored event, please consider sending them to this designated email address. We are also in need of photos of current 4th graders since they started here in Kindergarten.

Thank you to Erin Manni for donating her time and energy to create our school yearbook.

PTO Boys Event

The PTO is actively planning A Boys Night Out for Friday, May 13th. Outdoor carnival games are planned to male students and an adult of their choice.

Please email the PTO if you are interested in assisting with this event.

Thank you to Mrs. Crawford for helping to beautify our school!

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School Calendar for 2016-2017

School will begin on Monday, August 29th, so we will have a full week of school before Labor Day. There will be traditional school vacation weeks in February and April.

Our school is LATEX and MINT FREE due to allergies!

Please do not bring the following items into our school due to serious allergies:

Latex balloons, rubber balls, any products containing natural rubber, mint gum/candy

You can follow me on Twitter - @jenpooreri

Upcoming Field Trips

  • Kindergarten - Kettle Pond on June 2nd.
  • 1st grade - Casey Farm on May 18th.
  • 2nd Grade - Mystic Seaport on May 12th.
  • 4th Grade - CMS on May 27th
  • 4th Grade - River Bend Mining on June 8th
  • 4th Grade - Slater Mill on June 13th
  • 4th Grade - Ninigret Picnic on June 14th

Note: Due to very limited scheduling days at the State House, we are not able to schedule a trip to the State House this year. We know that students will enjoy the trip that has been scheduled at River Bend Mining as this will be a wonderful hands-on day that connects with current learning in science.

Upcoming Events:

Fri. May 13th - Boys Night Out sponsored by the PTO

Thurs. May 19th - Early Release Day

Mon. May 30th - Memorial Day - No School

Fri,, June 3rd - Field Day

Due to the March snow day, Our last day of school is now Friday, June 17th.

The 4th Grade Moving Up Ceremony will be held on the morning of Thursday, June 16th. Parents and siblings of 4th graders will be invited to attend this event.

To view the school calendar: