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PDES Weekly Newsletter 9/26/22

Principal Message...

Dear PDES families,

Welcome fall! We are really looking forward to seeing everyone at Open House on Tuesday, 9/27. Please check out the flyer below for a schedule. Please know that you can attend any of the sessions.

At Open House our main foyer area will have tables set up to share some learning community information. Take some time to learn all about our community supports, as well our exciting upcoming events! Mrs. Hubertus and I will be stationed in front of the library and will have Meal Benefit Applications available for families. Please be sure to submit your application to the main office as soon as possible. You can call our main office for help with this process if needed.

Our school picture day will be October 12th. Please keep in mind that Lifetouch is a 3rd party vendor and you must complete the "Opt In" form in Skyward if you would like your child to be photographed for school pictures. Per policy, we will also be sending home a permission slip for you to complete, as well. The policy and Opt In/Out in this newsletter below. Please reach out with any questions.

Just a friendly reminder, if your child is a walker and you are meeting them at the crosswalk, please do not park your cars within the local business parking lots. They are reaching out to the school and have mentioned this as a concern. Thank you for your support.

Wishing you all a wonderful week!

With gratitude and respect,

Mrs. Komocar

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Arrival/Dismissal 2022-2023 SY

Please be sure you complete this PDES Dismissal Form 2022-2023 SY. Please indicate the child(ren)'s regular dismissal pattern. Please keep this routine as regular as possible to promote the safest environment for our students.

If you have any questions or concerns, please be sure to reach out to me-

Opt-In/Opt-Out Form

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. South Kingstown School Department’s Student Confidentiality School Committee Policy # 8220 (See full policy HERE) was recently revised. Please be sure to review this policy carefully.

Opt-In/Opt-Out Form

Using the Opt-In/Opt-Out form in the Skyward Portal (found on the SKSD website under resources) families choose which student data can/cannot be shared with third parties. Families will be notified annually to complete this form. The completed form can be found and updated in the Skyward portal at any time, through the Family Access page by selecting the "Online Forms" tab, located in the left margin. If needed, please reach out to our main office for assistance.

Director of Pupil Personnel Candidate SKSD

One of the two Pupil Personnel Director finalists will visit the district on Monday. His name is Gary Coppolino. Currently, he is the Director of Special Services in Warwick Public Schools. From 9:20 AM-10:10 AM, he will be available to meet with parents and teachers at Peace Dale. I've included his touring schedule below, and his resume is attached.

The tour schedule is as follows:

8:00-8:30 - Data Task - Central Office

8:30-9:15 - School visits with Mark

9:20-10:10 - SELAC, teachers, and Parent Conversation at Peace Dale School

10:10-10:20 - The candidate gets a break

10:20-11:00 - Interview with Mark

Please reach out with any questions.

PTO Updates

Thank you to everyone who came to our first PTO meeting of the year! We had a great turnout and are sure we will have a fun year ahead.

We are thrilled to offer Creative Learning After School Specials (CLASS) again this fall. Please see the email sent Friday 9/23 with full information about the offerings this session and registration links. Registration will fill up fast so do not delay!

Registration for morning chorus is now open for Grades 1-3. Chorus registration will close as soon as the two sections are full, first come-first serve. There are 25 spaces in each section. Do not wait to register. Please see the email sent Friday 9/23 with full information and registration links. Save the date for the chorus concert at the Holiday Fair on December 3rd!

Scholarships for CLASS and Chorus are available upon request to

Join South Kingstown Students and Families at the Providence Bruins match Sunday November 13th, 3:05pm. Tickets are $20 and include a hat and scout patch for all Kids!!! Use the link below to purchase, and we will see you there.

Save your toilet paper rolls and send them into the PDES office. The Community Book Club is collecting toilet paper rolls for this year’s event. This year’s book is still a surprise, but we know it will be a fun and unifying experience again this year!

School Building Project Information

Please take a moment to review information about our important school building project and our meeting schedule here:

School Building Project - Website and Meeting Schedule

Please Complete Your PDES Family Handbook 2022-2023 SY Form

Please take some time to read through our PDES Family Handbook 2022-2023 SY. This handbook is full of very important information about our school and school policies. Please reach out with any questions or concerns.

Please complete the following "Acknowledgement Form" after you review our

PDES Family Handbook 2022-2023 SY . Please complete a form for each member of your family attending Peace Dale Elementary School. We are capturing consent in regards to School Committee Policy #8225:

Complete the Acknowledgement Form by 9/16/22. Thank you!

Acknowledgement Form_Peace Dale Family Handbook 2022-2023 SY

Meal Benefit Applications!

School Breakfast & Lunch

Everyone should complete the following lunch application and send it to our main office, as soon as possible. If you need help, you can contact our main office or Karen Butens (our family engagement coordinator) at

Main office: 360-1600


Picture Day at Peace Dale is October 12th, 2022

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Proud Peace Dale Moments

Calendar- Upcoming Events!


9/27- Open House 5:30pm-7:00pm


10/10- Indigenous People's Day (No School)

10/20- 1/2 Day Early Release For Students (Teachers Professional Development)