Hathaway Happenings - Home

September 16, 2022

The mission of Hathaway Elementary School community is to provide a safe and caring environment in which every child develops character, self-confidence, responsibility, compassion, positive values and a true love of learning AND receives a strong academic foundation through diverse and challenging instruction in order to meet or exceed grade level expectations.

Dear Hathaway Families

It's been another wonderful week in our Hathaway community!

We are up and running with our new ELA curriculum, Wonders. If you didn't get a chance to attend the School Committee meeting on Wednesday evening, be sure to take a peek at the video here. (The presentation begins at the twelve minute mark.) You will also get a chance to see our wonderful Instructional Systems Coach, Mrs. Sarah Vitale sharing all that is happening in the world of Wonders at the elementary level.

Please consider joining us for our first HPTA meeting this Wednesday, at 6:00 PM in the library. Our interventionists will be sharing information on our Title I program and we will have a special guest speaker - Joan Kelley, CEO and founder of Abound Parenting! Mrs. Kelley will be sharing ways you can be involved in your child's reading and language development. Take a peek at the photo below highlighting ways to support your child's literacy growth at home.

Last chance to complete the Hathaway Home School Compact (below). The winning class will be announced at the HPTA meeting and on Thursday morning!

Our bus company has asked that you please do all you can to have your children ready to get on the bus in the morning. Waiting even for a few moments can create delays. It is important for us that all students arrive to school by 8:45, the official start of school. There have been times over the past two weeks where this has not occurred. Thank you so much for your help in this process.

As always, thank you for being our partners in education!

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“Start with Hello” is a program that helps students to make a difference with their peers in a simple and fun way by encouraging them to make sure that everyone feels included and welcomed here at school. Let’s start by saying lots of nice and helpful things to each other. Remember to keep your promise by following the three steps: when you see someone alone, reach out and help, it starts with hello! (https://www.sandyhookpromise.org/startwithhelloweek)

The Week of Sept. 19th-Sept. 23rd

Meet and Greet Monday- Positive Message Day! Wear a positive message hat, shirt, or make your own. Meet someone new, use your own personalized “Hello Style!”

Upstander Tuesday- Wear tie dye and say or wave Hi Day! No tie dye, no problem, wear something colorful! Show appreciation to the Upstanders in your school community. Give an Upstander Certificate or Upstander-GRAM to someone who reaches out and helps others!

Wear Green Wednesday - Green Out! Wear green today as a symbol of unity with Sandy Hook Promise.

Trusted Adult Thursday- Thank a Trusted Adult today.Trusted Adults are always spreading the Start With Hello spirit!

Moving Forward Friday- Crazy Hair Day! Have fun wearing a new hair style to show your Start with Hello spirit! SignYour Start With Hello Promise Pledge to keep the Start With Hello spirit going throughout the year!

Each time a person passes by you and you say ‘hello’, imagine that person turning into a candle. The more positivity, love and light you reflect, the more light is mirrored your way. -Suzy Kassem

Garden Tending

Welcome back Hathaway families!

Our garden has been thriving. Thank you to those that volunteered to come and water, weed, and harvest. We wanted to see if we could still have some support to continue helping with the garden. If you would like to help, please sign up here. Thank you very much!

Planet Aid Bins

We are excited to be partnering with Planet Aid this year!

Doing some fall cleaning? Swing on by the bins with your items....we earn 5 cents per pound for our Hathaway community! Spread the word and let your friends and family know, too!

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Spanish Enrichment

Portsmouth Enrichment will be offering Spanish classes for students at Hathaway Elementary in grades 1-4. Please see the letter for information on the program and how to sign up. Registration begins Friday, September 9th and will close at 5pm on Friday, September 30th.

Thank you!

Portsmouth Enrichment


Hathaway Home-School Compact (Requires Action!)

We are proud of our students and grateful for our community. At the beginning of each year, we take time to reflect on how we can best work together so that all children can reach their potential.

As a school, the staff at Hathaway Elementary will --
convene an annual meeting to explain the Title 1 program to parents and inform them of their right to be involved in the program.
involve parents in an organized, ongoing and timely way in planning, review and improvement of Hathaway’s Title 1 program.
provide timely information about our Title 1 program to parents, describe the curricula, the student assessments and proficiency levels students are expected to meet, provide opportunities for regular meetings, respond promptly to parent suggestions.
participate in professional development opportunities that improve teaching and learning and support the formation of partnerships with families and the community.
provide assistance to parents in understanding the RI Common Core Standards.
make school an accessible and welcoming place for students and their families.
provide a positive environment in which all students are capable of success... no exceptions!

As a student, I will do my best to be
Ready to Learn

As a parent/guardian, I will --
ensure my child's regular attendance and prompt arrival.
check my child's backpack and folders for important information every day.
make time for reading at home.
follow and support school policies, including dress code and behavior guidelines.
support Hathaway’s expectations for behavior and language.
communicate regularly with my child and with the school.
follow procedures for student drop off and pick up.
respect the school staff, students, and other families.
sign in and out at the office prior to any visit at school.
be mindful of the American Academy of Pediatrics Recommendations for Children’s Media Use .

On-going opportunities for meaningful communications are provided through --
phone calls
conferences and meetings

We will work together to follow the tenets of our School Compact.

Please take a moment to complete the compact form with your child. The class with the highest percentage of completed forms will earn a golden necklace and an extra recess! All forms should be completed by September 9th.


Please join us on September 21 at 6:00pm for our first HPTA

meeting of the year which will be held in the school library. Here is the agenda.

Our guest speaker will be Joan Kelley, founder and CEO of

Abound Parenting. Abound Parenting empowers parents and

other care providers to build the reading skills children need for

school success. We will also be highlighting our Title I program at this meeting.

The HPTA needs your help to run the many events we arrange

throughout the year. All volunteers DO need to be VIS

approved. The VIS application form can be found on the

Hathaway website.

The HPTA is once again collecting Clement’s Market receipts.

The receipts can be placed in your child’s folder. We recently received a check for nearly $1,300.00! Thank you to all who turned in their receipts!

HPTA Board



HPTA - Hathaway School Volunteering

Welcome to a new year at Hathaway School! Volunteers in Schools (VIS) is the volunteer program in the Portsmouth schools. We hope that the VIS program will provide you an opportunity to become involved in our schools’ activities. In order to participate in any school activity with children including being a room parent, attending class parties, field trips, volunteering at HPTA events, and in the classroom, the following two steps must be completed and completed EVERY year:

  1. Online Application - Step One:

    • Found here or online at www.portsmouthschoolsri.org under the ‘For Parents’ tab. Then select ‘Volunteers’ and ‘Volunteers Home Page’ from the drop down menu. On the left, click the link for ‘Google Form.’ This must be completed at the start of each new school year. It will put your name on Hathaway’s Volunteer Master List, alerting the VIS Coordinator that you plan to become a volunteer.

* EVERYONE who wants to volunteer must complete this step, even if you received a Volunteer Authorization Form at orientation or have submitted it already

  1. Volunteer Authorization Form - Step Two:

    • A background check must be completed annually, by law in Rhode Island. You must fill out the authorization form for the background check and have it notarized. It also needs to include a copy of the front and back of your driver’s license, and a $5 check made out to ‘BCI’. Please use a paper clip to secure all documents together, no staples, and return to any Portsmouth School Department Office. The form can be found here as well as in the school office and online at www.portsmouthschoolsri.org under the ‘For Parents’ tab. Then select ‘Volunteers’ and ‘Volunteers Home Page’ from the drop down menu. On the left, click the link for ‘VIS Authorization Form’. It can take up to 2-3 weeks to process once you submit the form.


Your school VIS & Room Parent coordinator, Marie Stefanowicz, is your liaison with the school. If you have any questions, or any problems as a volunteer, the coordinator is your first point of contact and can be reached at hathawayvis@gmail.com.

School Meals Program

School meals are no longer free to all students for the 2022-2023 school year. Breakfast, lunch, and milk are available to purchase for all Hathaway School students. Students order lunch each morning through their teacher that day. Breakfast can be picked up by students in the cafeteria as they arrive at school.

Full price Breakfast is $1.00 and Lunch is $2.60. If your family qualifies for reduced prices, breakfast is $ 0.30 and lunch is $0.40. Milk is offered for $0.55 as a stand alone item.

Please apply for free or reduced lunch online by visiting this site: https://www.myschoolapps.com. Or, paper applications will be sent home the first week of school.

Payment for breakfast, lunch and/or milk can be made online at www.myschoolbucks.com. A student LASID number will be needed to create and make payments online using your “My School Bucks” account. Here is how you can access your student’s LASID number in ASPEN:

Payment can also be made by sending cash or a check in an envelope to school labeled with your student’s name, teacher’s name, LASID number and amount included. If paying by check, please make it payable to Portsmouth School Department with your child’s LASID number noted on the memo line. Send a separate check for each child in your family as payments cannot be split between accounts. KEEPING YOUR BALANCE PAID IN FULL IS VERY IMPORTANT.

Please refer to the family portal navigation below to access your child's LASID number.

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Abound Parenting

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Nut Free Facility

Please note that at this time we are still a nut free facility. No products containing nuts are allowed as snack or in lunches. This includes peanut butter, nut butters, including Nutella, desserts in lunchables (peanut butter cups), and the like.

Thank you for your support in keeping all of our students safe in our Hathaway community.

Interested in Serving on A Committee?

Throughout the school year our school needs parent voice on committees. If you would like to be part of a committee, then please complete this form.

***If we have a high number of volunteers for a committee, then we will randomly select parent representation.
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Interested in Scouting?

Do you like hiking, camping, learning new skills and knowledge, or doing fun activities with kids your own age? If you answered YES, then scouting may be for you!

Portsmouth’s Cub Scout Pack 1 and Scouts BSA Troop 1 are always looking for new boys and girls that are interested in Cub Scouts or Boy Scouts. Students entering grades K thru 5th in the fall are eligible to join cub scouting, while those who are 11 years or older are eligible to join boy scouting. Currently Cub Scouts meet at the church hall at St. Barnabas on Thursday evenings at 6 pm, while the boy scouts meet at The Portuguese American Citizens Club on Power St, on Tuesdays at 6:30pm. You do not need to live in Portsmouth to join, but you are welcome. There may be a pack or troop closer to you that is more convenient.

Questions on cub scouting please contact Amy Nicodemus at beachgirl627@hotmail.com or for boy scouting Steve Benner at bennersm@cox.net .

Securly Home

Securly Home is an app that allows parents to monitor their child’s Chromebook activity at home and add rules for home use. Please take some time to review the slideshow and recording of the parent meeting that took place on 9/16.

We encourage you to sign up now for Securly Home!

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Hathaway Notification Form

Absent today? Going to be absent in the future? Early pick up? Need to communicate a change in pick up in the main office?

Please complete the Hathaway Notification Form.

Thank you in advance for helping us to keep things organized and safe in our Hathaway community.

Accessing Aspen

If you are having issues accessing Aspen, you will have to email familyportal@portsmouthschoolsri.org with your child's name, date of birth, grade level, and your name. The system administrators will be able to restore access to your account and make sure that you can login.

Where Can I Find Past Parent Newsletters?

All of the past Hathaway Happenings can be found on our webpage.

Important Dates

Important Dates


September 21st - HPTA Meeting, 6:00 PM, Library

October 5th - Yom Kippur - No School

October 10th - Columbus Day - No School

October 12th - School Picture Day

October 19th - Early Release for Students/PD for Staff

October 19th - HPTA Meeting, 6:00 PM, Library

November 1st - Fun Walk

November 8th - Staff PD Day/No School

November 11th - Veterans' Day/No School

November 16th - HPTA Meeting, 6:00 PM, Library

November 21st - School Picture Make Up Day

November 23rd-November 25th - Thanksgiving Recess/No School

December 14th - Early Release for Students/PD for Staff

December 15th - HPTA Meeting, 6:00 PM, Library

December 23rd - December 31st - Holiday Recess/No School

January 18th - HPTA Meeting, 6:00 PM, Library

February 15th - HPTA Meeting, 6:00 PM, Library

March 15th - HPTA Meeting, 6:00 PM, Library

April 19th - HPTA Meeting, 6:00 PM, Library

May 17th - HPTA Meeting, 6:00 PM, Library

June 14th - HPTA Meeting, 6:00 PM, Library

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