North Tiger Beat

October 2022

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Welcome To the 2022-2023 School Year!

Happy October!!!!


Our beautiful tree outside the main office is starting to change. It is my favorite time of year!! Throughout the building, our teachers have been helping our students reflect on their hopes and dreams for this year and starting to talk about their superpowers. You can feel and see the excitement as teachers decorate bulletin boards and work on creating their classroom communities. Check out some of the pictures of classroom bulletin boards.


Teachers have also been spending time establishing routines and rituals to set up their classroom environments for success. Over the last few weeks, teachers and interventionists have been assessing students in areas of reading, math, and writing to help set their own goals for the next few months. Beginning this week, classroom teachers along with interventionists will be working with students targeting areas and skills to help students make gains.


Thank you to our families for helping prepare our students to return to school and working as a team with us. I can't emphasize enough that your partnership is important to us.


I know my newsletters can be lengthy at times, but it is my way of making sure you have all the information that you need to help us have a successful school year. We have a lot of great things happening here at North and we want you to know how important our families are to us. Please don't forget to write down the important dates indicated below. We have a Boosterthon Fundraiser, early release days, and a professional development day over the next few weeks.


If you are interested in being on the school council. please send me an email at paula.manchester@somersetschools.org. Our school council reviews our student handbook and our school improvement plan.


Have a great fall season!!

Elementary Handbook

The Somerset Public School handbook has important information about policies and expectations. Please review and refer to the handbook throughout the year. It covers many topics such as attendance, school behavior, discipline, bullying, medical information, and bus behaviors. Our behavioral expectations are also aligned with our TIGER PRIDE traits or Perseverance, Respect, Independence, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, and Empathy. Our partnership and aligned messages are important as we all work together helping and guiding our students grow and develop in a positive and healthy way.


Phones and electronic devices are not allowed at the elementary level. We will continue to share information about how you can help guide your child to safely use their personal devices as they get older.


Please know that if your child has access to gaming devices, messaging applications, websites or the internet, they can access social media and communication applications. Please monitor your child's usage at home as we do receive incidents that need to be investigated by the school administration and school resource officer here at school. These incidents are from home and personal devices that involve group chats and messaging with students here at school. Please talk to your children about appropriate usage and set expectations. The internet can be unsafe and children, especially at the elementary level, need adult supervision and guidance to help them navigate.


Our Elementary Student Handbook is HERE for your reference

North Tigers Have Pride

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Weekly Character Traits



Every week we focus on a character trait aligned with our PRIDE Expectations. Here is the first few months of school. Please continue to help us by reinforcing and continuing these conversations at home. These traits connect to the social-emotional competencies that are students need as they move through their educational careers and more importantly when they move on from school.


Aug 29

Greeting others

Sept 5

Accepting others/showing tolerance

Sept 12

Being punctual and prepared for class

Sept 19

Following instructions

Sept 26

Active listening

Oct 3

Appropriately gaining teacher’s attention

Oct 10

Disagreeing appropriately

Oct 17

Being kind to others

Oct 24

Appropriately managing feelings

Oct 31

Resisting negative peer pressure

Nov 7

Helping others

Nov 14

Persevering through difficult tasks

Nov 28

Having good transitions

Dec 5

Having appropriate boundaries

Dec 12

Giving and receiving compliments

Dec 19

Self-management in the cafeteria



In keeping with positive character development and the traits of diversity/equity/inclusion, there are celebrations occurring throughout October that you may not celebrate, but others in our community do. Some of these include: the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur and the festival of lights, Diwali India’s biggest and most important holiday. It is also Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15). Click on the links to explore some of these important worldwide events with your child.

The Weather is changing...…Dress Accordingly....

After a very hot summer, the days are getting cooler. Please dress your child appropriately for the weather for afternoon recess. Children will be going outside as long as the temperature or wind chill is at least 22 degrees (Fahrenheit). All students are expected to go outside and get access to fresh air while exerting some energy.


When there is snow on the ground, students will be going out to play in the snow, as long as they have the proper attire and they are able to dress with minimal assistance (hats, snow boots, snow pants, gloves, etc.). Please consider working on helping children dress independently so that we are able to give them this opportunity. Students without the proper attire will be limited to the blacktop area of the playground when there is snow on the ground.


Our lost and found area has already accumulated some items. Please label all of your child’s items (jacket, hat, gloves, lunch boxes, etc.). If your child's name is on the label, we will be able to return the item to your child.

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Important Dates

October 5th Prek-2 School Pictures

October 6th Grades 3-5 School Pictures

October 7th No Preschool

October 10th - No School

October 14th - Progress Reports go home

October 17, SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Council) Zoom Mtg @ 6PM. Information is HERE.

October 18th- PTO Meeting 6:00

October 21st- Trunk & Treat

October 22, Somerset Berkley Education Foundation HALLOWEEN 5K and Fun Run @ Pierce's Beach at 9AM. Flyer is HERE.

October 24th- Polished Dental here - Please return forms if you are interested

October 24th-28th- Upstander Spirit Week

October 26th- Early Release Dismissal Full Day Preschool 12:00 12:30 K-5 No PM Preschool

Week of October 24th- Pumpkin Patch

October 29th- November 9th- Boosterthon Fundraiser

November 8th- No School for Students - Teacher PD

November 9th- Fun Run

November 11th- Veteran's Day-No School

November 15th- PTO Meeting 3:30

November 18th - No Preschool

November 23rd - Early Release Dismissal AM Preschool 11:00K-5 at 11:30 No PM preschool

November 24th and 25th- Happy Thanksgiving No School

November 29th- Early Release Dismissal Full Day & AM Preschool 12:00; K-5 12:30; No PM

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Upstander Spirit Week

Monday, October 24th - Dress as a superhero or an upstander you look up to- Be a Hero for inclusion


Tuesday, October 25th- Mix-Match Socks Day - Celebrating differences and being unique


Wednesday, October 26th- Wear your Tie Dye or Rainbow Colors- Peace, Acceptance, Love and Kindness


Thursday, October 27th - Favorite Sports or Team Shirt- Be Part of an Upstander Team


Friday, October 28th- Dress for the season or in the season (fall) colors. Being unique and creative makes the world a beautiful place.


Monday, October 31st- Dress like your favorite Story-Book Character. Please no weapons, masks, or scary costumes.

Progress Reports and Report Cards

Our first Progress Report will be coming out next Friday. The progress report will let you know if your child is making appropriate progress or minimal progress. It will also let you know areas of strength or concerns under the core value section. Please reach out to your child's teacher if you have any concerns. Parent and Teacher conferences will happen on December 8th by appointment.
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Important: Return To School Gateway - Please update your information

This new gateway program is where you will be reviewing all of the contact information we have listed, add new contacts, list any changes as well as signing off on all of our school/district policies online. Please make sure we have at least 2 to 3 working contacts in our system in case of an emergency.


If you recently registered your child in our district (between summer to present), you DO NOT need to complete this. You are all set. This is only for our returning students that have been attending our schools.


We require only ONE parent/legal guardian to log into Aspen to complete the Returning Student Registration gateway. Please complete the online packet by October 7th. Instructions are in the link below and are also posted on our district website.



It is important we have up-to-date information every year. Please fill it out!! This will make Mrs. Fogg very happy!


https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?tab=rm&ogbl#inbox/FMfcgzGqQmSDscxkwBsbRNZfbWVNnPtB?projector=1&messagePartId=0.1


If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Fogg directly.

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“The Main Event of the Year | Save the Dates”

We are excited to kick off our North Elementary Fun Run on 10/28/2022. Our goal is to raise $20,000 for enrichment, field trips, recess equipment, and to strengthen our school community.


Our school has always relied on fundraising to provide exceptional opportunities to enhance student learning and we need YOUR HELP registering your student(s) and sharing with friends and family.


Mark your calendars for the North Elementary Fun Run fundraiser kicking off soon!

Key dates to remember:


REGISTRATION OPENS - 10/14/2022

Register on MYBOOSTER.COM

North Elementary Fun Run Kick Off - 10/28/2022

Event Day - 11/09/2022

We are grateful for our North Elementary PTO family! Thank you for your support this year.

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The Feinstein Jr Scholar Golden Ticket program returns TODAY.

Each student has been given a golden ticket number (safely kept in the main office). In addition, each child will receive a small Feinstein Junior Scholar Club Membership Card this week. Please check your child's folder. We do not have extra. The card will give your child free admission to places like Mystic Aquarium, Providence Children's Museum, Sister Park Looff Carousel, and Rock Spot Climbing. The card indicates "YOU are a Feinstein Jr. Scholar: a special person who helps others."

Breakfast and Lunch

The lunch menu is always posted on the Somerset Public School Website. https://somersetps.nutrislice.com/menu

Snacks are extra and can be purchased on your child's MYSCHOOLBUCKS account.

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Happy Autumn from the Health Office!



I hope the return to school has found your children happy and healthy! It is lovely to see those smiling faces again!


We have had several students bring medication to school in their backpack. Elementary students are not allowed to self carry medication both to and from school and in their backpack during the day. If your child needs any medication at school, prescription AND/OR over-the-counter, please call the Health Office. Anything with an active ingredient is considered a medication at school. This includes: cough drops, cough syrup, Pepto Bismol, Lactaid, vitamins, eye drops, anti-itch creams, and Vaseline.


We have started hearing and vision screens for Grades K-5. You will be sent home a referral if your child does not pass their screening. Please remember that BMI screenings are mandated for Grades 1 and 4 and will begin very soon. Please submit a written request to opt your child out if you are declining this screening. Scoliosis screens for Grade 5 will be in January and you may opt out of that as well.


We will gladly accept donations of new underwear for younger kiddos as accidents are common here during the day.


It is advised to continue to keep your children home if they are sick and having trouble with symptom management. All children with temperatures greater than or equal to 100F are asked to remain home until their temperature has been below 100F for a full 24 hours WITHOUT fever reducing medicine. All children who have vomited or have had diarrhea are also asked to remain home for 24 hours since the last episode. This allows for proper rehydration, electrolyte balancing and to ensure that our students are able to tolerate food and drink by mouth . If your child is being treated for Strep throat and/or pink eye, please know that they need to be on antibiotics for a full 24 hours prior to returning and must have a doctor’s note to return also.


Please call the Health Office if your child has Covid-19 to accurately determine the timeline to return your child back to school.


There is an abundance of information on my website including medical requirements for school, medication information, forms if needed, and Covid-19 guidance. Please visit https://northnurseroy.weebly.com/ if you have questions or concerns and it is after hours or the weekend. This is also linked through the North Elementary main page.


My office hours are from 8:30am - 3:30 pm and I close for lunch daily from 1:45-2:15 pm.


Stephanie L. Roy BSN, RN

Author & Illustrator Peter Reynolds

Some of our teachers were able to meet award winning author and illustrator Peter Reynolds at the Southeast Regional Reading Conference this past week. Peter Reynolds has used the power of positive storytelling to move the world to a better place. He has written many children books to include, "The Dot".... "Make your mark and see where it takes you".


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUc99bKYT5Y

Be Kind To Humankind Week

Grade Level Happenings

Preschool

Our preschool students have done a wonderful job of getting adjusted to our new school routines.

We are busy making new friends, learning and playing together, and doing our best in a new school environment.


With the beginning of October we start our trees study in preschool. This study will take us through learning about the trees that we have in our community, who lives in trees, what food comes from trees, and what we can make using parts of trees. We will enjoy learning about Apple orchards and pumpkins as part of this unit too!


We are looking forward to a wonderful fall season learning together!


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Kindergarten

In kindergarten we have been focusing on getting to know one another and learning our classroom rules and routines. In literacy we have been listening to stories about the beginning of school. We have also been listening to stories about nursery rhymes and the alphabet. The students have been working very hard at writing their names with one uppercase letter and the rest lowercase. In math we have been learning about two dimensional shapes. We are practicing how to identify, describe, draw and sort squares, triangles, circles, rectangles, and hexagons. Our Science theme for the next few months is learning all about the weather. We are off to a wonderful start!

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First Graders learn how to tie shoes during a rainy indoor recess.

1st Grade

We are off to a great start to the new school year. This year will be filled with learning and lots of fun. The children are settling in nicely, as September was a time for learning classroom routines and rituals.


We have been reviewing letter sounds and number writing along with number quantity. Our reading theme for September was Learning and Playing Together: School. Some of the books we enjoyed reading were First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg, Elizabeti’s School by Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen, David’s Drawings by Cathryn Falwell, A Fine, Fine School by Sharon Creech, and Jamaica’s Blue Marker by Juanita Havill. Our second Umbrella’s theme in reading for October is Having Fun With Language: Rhyming Text. We will enjoy rhyming through the stories Mrs. McNosh, Sitting Down to Eat, Goose Got Loose, One of Earth, One of Each, and Jam Sandwich.


In math we worked on Addition Concepts in September. We used pictures to add, modeled putting numbers together, added zero, added in any order, and addition to 10. For October Math we will introduce subtraction concepts and work with addition and subtraction equations within 20. Then apply that to representing and solving problems with addition and subtraction using objects, drawings, and equations with a symbol for the unknown number.


Homework will be given to reinforce the skills that were learned in the daily math lesson. Please take the time to review the daily math lesson work that is sent home as this will help your child to do their nightly math homework.


In science, we are working in a Earth and Space unit. We began by exploring day patterns with investigations and observations with the sun and shadows. We will then explore night patterns with the moon and stars. We will continue with daylight and discover seasonal patterns with a focus on Fall.


In Social Studies we celebrated Johnny Appleseed’s birthday on September 26. He is a famous American from Massachusetts. October brings with it fall themed activities with scarecrows, pumpkins, and Halloween.


In Social Studies we will learn about Christopher Columbus and celebrate Indigenous People’s Day.


As you can see we are very busy learning and having lots of fun!

1st Graders respond to a beginning of year writing prompt about how they can be kind....

Raider is always a celebrity when he comes to visit!!!

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2nd Grade

In second grade the students are adjusting to classroom routines and working on building community. We are embracing the Growth Mindset. A person with a Growth Mindset may do these things: embrace challenges, give their best effort, learn from feedback, believe their intelligence can change if they work hard, and become inspired by other people’s successes. We encourage you to continue this thinking at home. Ways to help your child with this are to guide discussion by asking questions like “What did you do that was difficult today?” Praise progress by saying something like :Wow! You must have really worked hard on this!” and remind them to keep trying even when things are hard. Remember, our brain is a muscle. The more we use it the stronger ( and smarter) our brain becomes!

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3rd Grade

Happy October! We continue to work on establishing rituals and routines to meet third grade expectations in the classrooms. In math, students will focus on addition and subtraction. In science, we will begin investigations on weather. In writing, we are learning how to recognize the four types of writing. In reading, we are focusing on routines for thinking and talking about reading books. Our read-alouds are focused on the importance of kindness. In social studies, we will be learning how to locate and describe places in New England and Massachusetts using map skills and other natural features.


Please remember to sign your child’s agenda nightly as a sign of continued communication between home and school. It would benefit your child to continue to work on strengthening their fact fluency skills.

5th Grade

Welcome Back ! We have enjoyed spending time getting to know our 5th graders, it is going to be a great year! Over the next few weeks, students will begin to review place value, multiplication, and solving expressions in math. Students should practice multiplication facts through online resources or flashcards. In ELA, students will be reading fiction texts, learning about text structure, character’s point of view and theme. In writing, students will be learning about narrative writing structure and begin the writing process on their own story. Social Studies will begin with the first permanent settlement in America, Jamestown and learn about colonial life. In Science, we have begun our study of Earth and Sun.


SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Council)

Representing the towns of Somerset, Berkley, Dighton, Rehoboth and Swansea, MA


SEPAC Overview


The Regional Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) is a group of parents with children who have special needs that want to help other families facing similar challenges. We volunteer our time to provide support and resources because we’ve been there, and we understand. We also advise the school committees about the education and wellbeing of their students with disabilities. Our goal is to listen and provide information and assistance in an open and friendly environment. We are committed to empowering all families of students in our communities that are on IEP’s and 504 plans.

Interested in following and attending meetings and workshops? Scan the QR code below to connect to our Facebook Page. Info on workshops will be posted as they are scheduled.
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Community Events

Practice Makes Perfect


Throughout the day we will continue to support, guide, and help our students develop life skills as well as their academic skills. To help foster important skills our children need, please practice the following skills with your child.


Opening up juice boxes and lunch items

Zipping up jackets

Buckling and unbuckling into the car/car seat

Tying shoes/sneakers

Washing hands with soap and water

Sneezing and coughing into their elbow

How to use tissues

Parent Resources....Check them out!!

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THANK YOU PTO

Thank you to our PTO for supporting our students and teachers. All the funds raised by our PTO comes directly back to our school. Please consider joining the PTO. It is a way to connect with other parents and work together in helping to support our school.


Check out these Facebook groups to stay up to date on school events.


North Elementary School

North Elementary PTO Somerset

North Elementary Yearbook Somerset


PTO email address:

northpto1@gmail.com


North Yearbook email address to send any

pictures to:

thenorthyearbook@gmail.com


Please join us Tuesday, October 18th, at 6:00.

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