Hope Valley School Weekly Update

Friday, January 3, 2020

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Calendar of Events

January 2020 (New Decade, New Year)

9 - Early Release Day (no AM PreK)

13 - SIT Meeting at 5:00

13 - PTO Metting at 6:30

20 - Martin Luther King Day - No School

24 - Mid-Trimester report cards distributed

Information from the RIDOH

The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) is announcing that the flu is now “widespread” in Rhode Island. RIDOH is also reminding Rhode Islanders about seeking medical care if you or your child are experiencing flu like symptoms. RIDOH has information online for guidance on what to do if you are having symptoms of shortness of breath, fevers’ or persistent cough.

Per the Flu Information for Parents with Young Children | CDC, everyone older than 6 months of age should be vaccinated against the flu every year. Flu shots are available at doctors' offices and pharmacies throughout Rhode Island at no cost.

If your child is experiencing flu-like symptoms and/or has a temperature of 100.5 or higher, please do not send them to school and follow up with your healthcare provider. If your child has the flu or flu-like symptoms, please follow up with their doctor before they return to school.

Remember, the best way to prevent the spread of illness is hand washing!!

Per District Policy, students should not be in school if they are actively vomiting, have a temperature of 100.5 or greater, have frequent diarrhea or have severe cold symptoms.

As always, please feel free to contact Mrs. Larned with any questions!

Lynn Larned, RN CSNT


The Passing of a Great Man

As most of you know, Chariho lost its LEADER right before Christmas. Superintendent Barry J. Ricci passed away on December 22, 2019 after a courageous battle with brain cancer. Mr. Ricci served as Superintendent of Chariho Regional School District for nearly 15 years after joining the Chariho family as Assistant Superintendent in 2001. He was a devoted educator who put the well-being and success of his students first. Under his leadership, Chariho was recognized both locally and nationally for its scholastic excellence. Friends, colleagues, and students will miss him dearly. He will always be a Chariho Charger.

We will all rally behind what he has created the last 15 years and do what he would want us to do and that is to continue the great work we are doing for the students. This is what all of Chariho will continue to do! We will keep the light shining bright for all to see. Interim Superintendent Jane Daly will take the reins for the rest of this school year.

Below is our school's New Year resolution as we enter 2020. We will keep his memory alive by using the following acrostic poem. Mr. Ricci will always be in my heart. He was that kind of person for me professionally and personally.

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Hope Valley School Blog

KICKING IT WITH THE ARTS! That is the name of our new school blog related to all the projects at Hope Valley School. Mrs. Girton and I will maintain this blog for now but after winter break the hope is to get some 4th grade students to lead this blog. Check it out by clicking in the link. You can read about some of our school projects and recent cultural assembly last week. Enjoy!


Differences between being RUDE, MEAN, or a BULLY

This was shared with teachers and staff and wanted to share it with all of you to help children understand the differences between someone being mean, someone being rude, and someone being a bully. From the article “Rude, Mean, or Bullying? A Child Therapist Defines the Differences” https://www.amightygirl.com/blog?p=20215&https=true

RUDE is “inadvertently saying or doing something that hurts someone else.” In children this takes the form of social errors like “burping in someone's face, jumping ahead in line, bragging about achieving the highest grade or even throwing a crushed up pile of leaves in someone's face.” The critical factor? “Incidents of rudeness are usually spontaneous, unplanned inconsideration, based on thoughtlessness, poor manners or narcissism, but not meant to actually hurt someone.”

Being MEAN involves “purposefully saying or doing something to hurt someone once (or maybe twice).” Mean behavior very much aims to hurt or depreciate someone.... Very often, mean behavior in kids is motivated by angry feelings and/or the misguided goal of propping themselves up in comparison to the person they are putting down.” And while Whitson agrees that both rudeness and mean behavior require correction, they are “different from bullying in important ways that should be understood and differentiated when it comes to intervention.”

BULLYING is “intentionally aggressive behavior, repeated over time, that involves an imbalance of power.... Kids who bully say or do something intentionally hurtful to others and they keep doing it, with no sense of regret or remorse — even when targets of bullying show or express their hurt or tell the aggressors to stop.” Whitson gives examples of multiple kinds of bullying, including physical and verbal aggression, relational aggression (like social exclusion, hazing, or rumor spreading), and cyberbullying. The key aspect to all of them is the ongoing nature of the behavior, which leaves the victims feeling powerless and fearful.

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  1. Payment for the Morning Program is due at the beginning of each month. If you need a form, stop or call the office.
  2. Also, the Morning Program STARTS at 7:30. Technically it starts at 7:35 because everything is programmed through our time clock. Staff punch in at 7:30 so they need time to get to the gym to set up. At Hope Valley, we have always allowed students to come for 7:30 but we cannot let children in before 7:30 because no one will be in the gym.
  3. We have many students with negative lunch balances. Please be sure parents are taking care of any balances ASAP. Checks can be made out to Chariho Regional School District
  4. If your child comes in at 8:00 for Dreambox with Mr. Mulvey or reading support with Mrs. Pastore or Maker Morning/Green Screen with Mrs. Ward, students must not be coming before 7:55 or they will be charged $3.50 per day.

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The PTO Corner

Hope Valley PTO Meeting Notes

Monday December 9, 2019

Attendees: Mr. G, Scott Sunderland, Leah Sousa, Stephanie DaPonte, Kristin Clarke, John Fanning, Kim St. Clair, Patricia Ciullo, Tricia Abbott, Polly Lilly, Mary Ann Mello, Tricia Zanella/Scheer


1. Welcome and Introduction for new members - no new members attended

2. Mr. G's Report

  • Super Miles Day was very successful, raised about $1800.00, the Tomorrow Fund will be coming to school to pick up the check
  • Thank you to the HVWFD for arriving with their ladder truck in order to take an aerial photo of the entire school body in the shape of an 'M' for Miles!
3. Treasurer's Report
  • Current balance $20,172.69
4. Holiday Shop
  • Scheduled for Thursday 12/12
  • Teachers would like to have the option to take wrapping items back to class in order for students to finish wrapping their gifts when it is convenient with their schedule.
  • Idea for next year to have parents send in tags (provided by PTO) with gift recipients names pre-written.
  • Also to ask for wrapping paper donations next year.
  • Volunteers are encouraged to wear holiday attire!
5. Online Book Fair
  • Generous donation by Scott Sunderland - $100 per grade! Thank you Scott!
  • Place orders by Thursday 12/12 to ensure delivery by Christmas

6. Assemblies

  • Wacky Science assembly scheduled for 12/20, will also be pajama day
  • Music Technology assembly scheduled for 3/17/20
  • Teachers would like to see some of the following as assemblies - Stem Stations, Bucket Drumming, Coast Guard Band, Boston Museum of Science, and the Audobon Society

7. School Store

  • Students coming back to class with items they've purchased in school store has been a distraction in the classroom.
  • Issues with stealing, children not eating their lunch, giving money to friends, having too much money or not enough money
  • Ideas about maximum amount of money kids are allowed to be sent to school with, or working school store into curriculum involving money, possibly changing school store to once a month with the opportunity for each grade level to go monthly
  • Proposal to put school store on hold temporarily until changes can be made or a different system can be used.

8. Family Night

  • URI basketball game Sunday 3/1/20 at 2:00, Tickets $20 each or combo $25 includes popcorn and soda. 75 tickets available, flyers will go home after winter break
  • Bingo Night in April, need volunteers to call numbers and help organize event
  • -- do we want to have another event?
  • -- break from events in January, February is spirit week, May is color run

9. Open Forum

  • Teachers are wondering if PTO would provide classrooms with Scholastic News, very educational and the teachers like to use it in the classrooms.
  • Estimated $150 per classroom per year.

10. Next meeting January 13, 2020 at 6:30pm in the Hope Valley School Library

PTO Board Members:

PTO meetings are typically the second working Monday each month. If you’re not able to make the meeting but still want to be involved please send an email to our PTO to make sure you receive a copy of the meeting minutes hopepto15@gmail.com.

Meeting dates for the year are as follows:

  • Jan 13, 2019 @ 6:30
  • Feb 10, 2019 @ 6:30
  • March 9, 2019 @ 6:30
  • April 13, 2019 @ 6:30
  • May 11, 2019 @ 6:30

About Hope Valley Elementary School

Mission Statement:

The mission of the Hope Valley Elementary School is to work in partnership with our colleagues, students and families. We are committed to creating a learning environment where children are expected to achieve their full potential.