Tiogue's Weekly Family Newsletter

January 5, 2019 - No. 18

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Welcome to 2019 at Tiogue

We will continue our attendance incentive plan throughout the 2nd half of the school year. After the second trimester, we will also have our Kindle Fire 7 w/Alexa drawing again. We will end the school year with a last day of school raffle drawing as well.

We have seen a marked improvement with attendance over the past 4 months. As many of you already read about back in December, Tiogue as well as all other elementary schools in Coventry, with the exception of Washington Oak (4 stars), received a 3 star out of 5 star rating from our RI Dept. of Education. It is our hope that improving attendance for all will help to boost us up at least one star for next year. That, along with improved RICAS test scores and more parent engagement, will certainly help to make Tiogue a 5 star school in the future. We are up for the challenge and just ask for your continued support and partnership.

Important Information at Tiogue

Tiogue is proud to again be a Title One, Feinstein Leadership School!

Hours: 8:40am - 3:10pm

Students may come to school when supervisory coverage begins at 8:20am

Dates to Remember:

January 2019

-January 9, 2019 - Chorus Begins Again, before school

-January 10, 2019 - School Committee Mtg. 7pm, Town Hall

-January 21, 2019 - NO SCHOOL, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

-January 22 & 23 - PBIS Event for all grades - students will be learning about school-wide expectations during a station rotation event will all faculty and staff

-January 23, 2019 - Feinstein Foundation Sponsored Assembly: Iguana Adven. Program, Grades K-2

-January 25, 2019 - Cultural Arts Bubble-Mania Assembly for grades K-2 and grades 3-5

-January 28, 2019 - PTA MTG 6:30pm Co-President Election


-January 31, 2019 - NAEP TESTING FOR GRADE 4 - National Assessment of Educational Progress - See grade 4 parent letter below - schools & districts do not get individual testing results

February 2019

February 16, 2019 - February Break Begins

February 25, 2019 - Back to School; PTA MTG. 3:30pm

PTA INFORMATION and Meeting Schedule:

1/28/19 at 6:30pm

2/25/19 at 3:30pm

3/18/19 at 6:30pm

4/22/19 at 3:30pm

5/20/19 at 6:30pm

June TBD at 3:30pm

School Store information:

PTA School Store will take place every other Wednesday during student lunch/recess times.

Our Mission and Motto:

At Tiogue School, we believe that students can achieve their personal best and become responsible and productive citizens by embracing all learning opportunities each day.

"Everybody is somebody at Tiogue"

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WE HAVE A WINNER OF OUR FIRST ATTENDANCE INCENTIVE RAFFLE!!! Our winner was announced over the loud speaker on Friday: Jayden from Gr. 5! Congratulations. Thank you again to Alex Smith from Horace Mann, for donating our Kindle Prizes.

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Grade 4 – Mathematics and Reading assessments

Assessment will take place on: January 31, 2019

Dear 4th Grade Parent or Guardian:

Tiogue Elementary School will participate in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) on Thursday, January 31, 2019. NAEP is the largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what students know and can do in various subjects. NAEP is administered by the National Center for Education Statistics, within the U.S. Department of Education. NAEP is different from our state assessments because it is a common measure of achievement across the country. The results are released as The Nation’s Report Card, which provides information about student achievement to educators, parents, policymakers, and the public.

Your child will take an assessment in mathematics or reading. In addition to subject-area questions, NAEP survey questionnaires are voluntarily completed by students. The questionnaires provide valuable information about participating students’ educational experiences and opportunities to learn both in and out of the classroom. As part of the 2019 National Indian Education Study, American Indian and Alaska Native students may receive additional questions tailored to their educational experiences and their opportunities to learn about their culture and traditions. More information about NAEP survey questionnaires is available at https://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/parents under the section “What Questions Are on the Test?”

The assessment takes about 120 minutes for most students, including transition time and directions.

The information collected is used for statistical purposes only.

· Your child’s grades will not be affected.

· Students may be excused for any reason, are not required to complete the assessment, and may skip any question.

· While the assessment is voluntary, NAEP depends on student participation to help policymakers improve education. However, if you do not want your child to participate, please notify me in writing by Friday, January 18, 2019.

There is no need to study in preparation for NAEP, but please encourage your child to do his or her best. A brochure that explains what participation in NAEP means for you and your child is available at http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/pdf/parents/2012469.pdf.

Contact Domenic M. Giusti at (401) 822-9460 or at giustidomenic@coventryschools.net if you have any questions.

We are excited that our school is participating in NAEP. We know that Tiogue Elementary School’s students will show what our nation’s students know and can do.

Coventry Resource & Senior Center Newsletter for January 2019 is here!

Important Links

Coventry Public Schools Website: http://www.coventryschools.net/home

School Website: http://tiogueschool.squarespace.com/

Parent Information on our District site

(NEW ITEM) School Dept. 2018-19 Calendar: Click here

Coventry Curriculum Resources: Click here

Safe Snack List: Click here

Health & Wellness Letter: Click here

Food Service in Coventry: Click here

Bus Information: Click here


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Our Nurse's Corner:


Gina D'Aguanno MS.RN.CSNT

Tiogue Elementary School


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Please view this Attendance Doc from our National Association of Elementary School Principals. The doc summarizes the need for good attendance and also provides parents with some nice online resources.

Consider following the principal on Twitter @domgiusti