The Clayville Chronicle

May 2019 Edition

From the Desk of Mrs. Francis

Spring is upon us and we are down to the final month and a half of the school year. Our students have been working diligently to meet all of their goals! It is important to keep up this momentum throughout May and June. Please continue to encourage your student to put their best effort into making each remaining school day count.

As such, I would like to give a well deserved shout out to our third, fourth, and fifth grade students who have been putting excellent effort into RICAS testing! As a reminder, RICAS and NGSA (science) testing continues into May.

We have a very busy month and a half ahead. Please refer to the list of upcoming events below.

Warm Regards,

Courtney Francis

Announcements & Reminders

  • The Spring Benchmarking Window is May 13th through May 24th. During this time, students in grades K-5 will complete testing in math and reading using benchmarking assessment system, AIMSWeb (K-3) or STAR (grades 4-5). Teachers will use the results of this assessment as one data point to reflect on student progress since the beginning of year.
  • It is important that students adhere to appropriate school attire for the spring. As outlined in our handbook: Shoes with open toes, sandals, clogs, and flip-flops are not safe for the recess field, stairs and where objects could be dropped on children’s feet.
  • District Policy requires all parents and school volunteers to maintain a current BCI check and to RENEW all BCI checks yearly prior to volunteering in classrooms/school or field trip activities. Please contact the school office if you are in need of a form.

5 Tips to Keep Children Engaged at the End of the School Year

The school year is coming to a close, the weather is getting nice, and the students are getting antsy. For parents, these last few weeks before summer can feel like a marathon, attempting to keep your children from completely checking out from the classroom mentally—without losing your own sanity. Looking for some fresh ideas? Here are five things parents can do at home to keep their children motivated in the classroom through the end of the school year.

1. Give in to the great outdoors

Once the air warms up and the sun comes out, the pull of the great outdoors is hard for all of us to ignore. Make a point of quenching your child’s thirst for time outside during the hours you have with him or her at home. Walk to the local park after school, sign him or her up for an outdoor sports league, take a weekend day trip to go hiking, or simply eat dinner in the backyard as a family. Any time you spend outside with your child will help manage his or her need to escape the indoors while he or she is busy learning in the classroom.

2. Ask questions

Contrary to what you may hear from your child, his or her time in the classroom is valuable right up to the last day of the school year. Teachers are racking their brains every bit as hard as you to keep students busy and learning during the final weeks of school. Help them out by making a concerted effort to get your child talking about that learning at home. Avoid the impulse to focus on upcoming summer activities or indulge in complaints, and ask your child about what the day’s lessons included. As always, express your own interest in those topics—enthusiasm for learning is infectious.

3. Maintain a routine

The days may be getting longer and summer activities may be getting started, but that’s not an excuse to disrupt the school year routine. Make a point of maintaining consistency in your child’s homework time, family mealtime, bedtime, wake-up time, and any other daily rituals you have. This will help keep your child in the mindset for school and improve his or her focus in the classroom right up to the last day of the school year.

4. Reflect on the year

For students, each school year is a distinct experience. As the school year is wrapping up, make it a priority to help your child reflect on all that he or she has learned and done in the classroom over the past nine months. Try having your child write a letter to his or her younger self from the start of the school year—what advice would he or she offer, what challenges can he or she expect, and what should he or she look forward to? This kind of reflection is a great way to get your child thinking about all the progress he or she has made throughout the year and motivate him or her to keep up the academic momentum.

5. Provide some incentive

Never underestimate the motivating power of a little reward. Think about different incentives you can offer your child for displaying continued effort and achievement at school during these final weeks. Maybe it’s an extra hour of TV time if he or she finishes all of the night’s homework before dinnertime or a special outing if he or she achieves a certain grade in a subject that has been challenging. Big or small, dangling a carrot can make a big difference in keeping your child engaged at the end of the school year.

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PAWsitive Office Referrals!

Clayville Wildcats continue to earn PAWsitive Office Referrals! It's a pleasure to recognize the many students who show a commitment to our Core Values!
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Mrs. Francis enjoyed another lunch with students who either wrote or received a Tootle Ticket acknowledging how a classmate was kind or helpful. Check out the pictures below from our April luncheon!

Don't forget to take a peek at all Tootle Tickets and pictures of our PAWsitive Office Referral recipients displayed in our cafeteria.

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April Attendance Winners!

Staff and students have an ongoing discussion about the importance of ATTENDANCE! As a reminder, during the course of the school year, we will host friendly competition to encourage students to come to school every day. The class with the best attendance rate for the month will get to "house" our mascot, Paws! In addition, students who have perfect attendance for the month will be entered into a raffle to win a special prize.

Congratulations to our April winners:

  • Mrs. Cardarelli's fourth grade class! Enjoy Paws!
  • Anthony M. (K-2 winner) and Madelyn D. (3-5 winner). Enjoy your special prizes!

All students get a fresh start for May

Independent Reading Level Assessment (IRLA)

Teachers in grades 2, 3, and 6, including special education and reading specialists, participated in a professional development session to learn about American Reading Company's Independent Reading Level Assessment (IRLA). This comprehensive formative assessment system will be fully implemented in grades 2, 3, and 6 next school year and will be rolled out to the rest of the grade levels soon after.
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Grade 5: Mindfulness

Grade 5 students practiced mindfulness strategies with Mr. Rapp and Mrs. Boutiette after giving their all to the RICAS ELA testing!
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Grade 4 Pen Pals

4th graders are learning about the Tanzania, African culture in library class through videos, books, and letter exchanges! Students are using technology to write their letters in a Google Doc and translate it to Swahili. The Kilomeni students write back in English as best as they can. Special thanks to Mrs. Scanlon, a parent volunteer, for bringing this powerful learning experience to our students!
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Grade 3 Field Trip

Grade 3 students visited Scituate High School's greenhouse! Students participated in many hands on activities to explore what plants need to grow and survive, how they reproduce, and the importance of clean water. Students will continue learning about these concepts during their final semester of STEAM enrichment! Special thanks to Ms. Donovan and her Scituate High team for hosting our third graders!
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Grade 2: Biography Unit

Second graders learned about many influential famous figures over the course of their biography unit! Students gathered information and created their own informational writing piece about the life and influence of a chosen person. Check out their final projects below!
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Grade 1 Readers

The reading seeds sown last fall are blossoming in grade 1! First graders are full of excitement every Friday when they choose their own books for the week to come. They've learned how to choose books that feel just right for them. Choosing, reading, thinking, sharing...they're doing it all!

Kindergarten: Three Little Pigs Unit

Kindergarten concluded their Three Little Pigs unit by building a safe house for a little pig that could withstand the huffing and puffing from the big bad wolf! Students were very successful!
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Planting in Preschool

Preschool students have been learning about planting by growing green beans and observing how they grow!
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"Focused Listening" with Mr. Wasilewski

Mr. Wasilweski led lessons on "focused listening" with our kindergarten and grade 1 students. Both classes had a blast reading Owl Moon and playing games designed to practice the skills they've learned!
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High Five Wednesday and Pep Rally!

Clayville School had a surprise High Five Wednesday and pep rally to kick off RICAS testing! Special thanks to Officer Parenti and Scituate High School's tennis team for bringing enthusiasm and special words of encouragement to our students! Kudos to our 4th and 5th graders who also gave high fives and best wishes to our 3rd graders before their first day of testing! So much Wildcat pride!
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Talent Show!

Clayville students have TALENT! It was a fun night watching our students shine! Thanks to all families who came out to support our Wildcats. Special thanks to Mrs. Bergeron, Ms. Radtke, Mrs. Cardarelli, Mrs. Boutiette, Mrs. Leveillee, Mrs. Reynolds, and Ms. Joslyn for organizing and participating in the event!
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Proud New Flag!

Special thanks to the Slater family for donating a new American flag that is now proudly hanging outside of our school! Kudos to our fifth grade Boy Scouts who did a fantastic job handling the old and new flag!
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Library Media Center Redesign Update!

Take a sneak peak at the beginning of our literary themed murals in our Library Media Center! Stay tuned for the finished products! Thank you to our parent volunteers, Mrs. Jackson and Mrs. Scanlon, our Clayville Technology Team, and Scituate High School's art students for making this possible!
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Thank you, PTO!

Clayville School is fortunate to have such a supportive PTO that consistently goes above and beyond for our students. On top of planning the many fun-filled events throughout the school year, our PTO has also recently donated new tables and chairs for our library media center and supplied our students with RICAS testing treats!
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PTO Gentleman's Choice Event!

Fun Saturday filled with raffles, candy, obstacle courses, dancing, and teamwork! Thank you Mrs. Pannone, Scituate High School volunteers, and the rest of the Clayville School PTO for organizing and sponsoring a fun event for our gentlemen and their guests!
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Clayville Skills: Dancin' with Hoops Program

Students participating in the Dancin' with Hoops program had a blast on a beautiful afternoon with Miss Judi Jones!
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Upcoming Events!

Student Council Spirit Month!

Show your Clayville School spirit each week in May!

May 3rd – Mismatch Day

Don’t worry about matching your clothes today and

bring a donation (no monetary donations please) for the Scituate Animal Shelter.

Kitten Chow (most needed), Canned cat and dog food, Dog treats (Milk Bones or Beggin Strips), Paper Towels, Laundry Detergent, and Dryer Sheets

May 10th – Neon Day

Wear your brightest neon clothing and bring a donation to support

Help the Homeless RI

Socks, $5 Dunkin Donuts or Subway gift cards, Gift cards for grocery stores or Cumberland Farms in any denomination

May 17th – Disney Day

Wear your favorite Disney clothing (no costumes please) and bring in donations to support the Tomorrow Fund

Monetary donations or arts & craft supplies are needed

(crayons, markers, coloring books, drawing paper)

May 24th – Clayville Day

Wear your Clayville Spirit Wear or anything purple and bring peanut butter & jelly to kick-off the Spring Food Drive

Reading Week!

Clayville School will once again be hosting a reading week!

  • Theme: Reading is Out of this World!
  • Dates: 5/20-5/24
  • More details to come soon!

Spring Scholastic Book Fair

It’s a Dino-Mite book fair! Stomp, Chomp and Read.... at our Annual Spring Scholastic's Book Fair! Visit Clayville Library for our fun dino themed fair May 28 - 31, 9 am - 3:00 pm & during Arts Night for awesome books plus games & prizes!!

All proceeds are used to purchase books for our classrooms, library & students. Volunteers needed! Please email Amanda Rossi ( if you'd like to help!

Field Day 2019!

Field Day is scheduled for May 29th. The rain date is May 30th. Mr. Ceprano is seeking 45 parent volunteers. Please contact Mrs. Reynolds at 401-647-4115 if you are interested in volunteering.

Celebration Event Dates!

  • June 5th - Kindergarten Celebration
  • June 7th- PreK Celebration
  • June 10th- Grade 5 Celebration

Notes from Nurse Lisa

Allergy season has arrived! Seasonal allergies or “Hay Fever” (Allergic rhinitis) are among the most common chronic conditions worldwide. Allergy symptoms can be very uncomfortable for your allergy sufferer. People with allergic rhinitis generally experience symptoms after breathing in an allergy-causing substance such as pollen, dust, grass, or mold. In the spring, the most common triggers are grass and tree pollen. For some people, allergies can

also trigger symptoms of asthma.

When a sensitive person inhales an allergen, the body’s immune system may react with the following symptoms (listed in order of frequency):

● Stuffy nose due to blockage or congestion

● Itching, usually in the nose, mouth, eyes, or throat

● Puffy, swollen eyelids

● Redness of eyes

● Sneezing

● Cough

If your child suffers from allergies, an allergist or pediatrician can help with recommendations for over-the-counter, non-drowsy medications or prescribe an allergy treatment and management plan. Please medicate your child at home before school. Remind your child to wash their hands and face after any outside activities, as this action will help remove the pollen.

PTO Update

The next PTO meetings is scheduled for Wednesday, May 1st @ 6:30 p.m. in the Clayville library. All members of the school community are invited to attend. Be sure to visit the PTO newsletter, which can be found on the Clayville Elementary School PTO Facebook page as well as the school's website!

News from Northwest Special Education

Greetings, parents and caregivers,

Happy spring! We would like to personally invite you to join us at our next Special Education Local Advisory Committee (SELAC). Our special education group would like to start hosting a bi-annual orientation and welcome event for all new parents entering special education in our region (Foster, Glocester, Scituate) - we want to hear about your experiences and ideas.

After listening to some parent’s experiences moving into our school district, or starting special education after early intervention (EI), we believe an event like this would be extremely beneficial. Our hope is to not only provide information about parental rights and understanding IEP’s, but to give families the opportunity to meet each other and key service providers in our district.

Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 6:30 pm at the Northwest Special Education Office. Please join us to provide your ideas and insight into what this experience was like for you, brainstorm ideas on what information is essential to offer, and the best way to provide that information. If you plan to attend, please contact the Northwest Special Education office at 401-647-4106. If you are unable to attend, but still want to be involved, please reach out to us about any ideas and tips you may have at

Thank you, Heather Kennedy and Colleen Brophy

SELAC Co-chairs

News from the Scituate School Committee

The next Scituate School Committee meeting will be held at Scituate High School on Tuesday, May 7th. All members of the school community are encouraged to attend. The meetings begin at 7 p.m. and can also be streamed at Please visit for more information.
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Dates to Remember:

  • 5/1-5/2: RICAS Testing- Grades 4/5 Math
  • 5/1: PTO Meeting @ 6:30 p.m. in Clayville library
  • 5/3: Mismatch Day!
  • 5/6-5/10: Teacher Appreciation Week!
  • 5/6: Grade 2 Field Trip Audobon Society
  • 5/7: Grade 3 Field Trip to Water Festival
  • 5/7: School Committee Meeting @ 7 p.m.
  • 5/8-5/9: RICAS Testing - Grade 3 Math
  • 5/9: Grade 5 Trip to Scituate Middle School for Music Day
  • 5/9: Clayville Night @ Smash Burger in Johnston 5-8 p.m. (benefits 5th grade class)
  • 5/10: Neon Day!
  • 5/13: Biomes Skills Program 3:10-4:15
  • 5/15-5/16: Grade 5 NGSA (Science) Testing
  • 5/17: Disney Day!
  • 5/20-5/24: Reading Week!
  • 5/22: Author Bill Harley Presentation
  • 5/24: Clayville Day!
  • 5/24: Kindergarten Field Trip to Mystic Aquarium
  • 5/27: No School - Memorial Day
  • 5/29: Field Day! (rain date 5/30)
  • 5/29: Arts Night!
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