North Scituate Elementary School

February 2021 Newsletter

A note from Mrs.Soccio

Where did January go? Students have been working hard and getting back into their routines. All students recently completed benchmark assessments. Our teaching staff has spent the past week reviewing student data during Common Planning Time. During these meetings, grade level teams analyzed student achievement data in order to effectively plan for instruction. Teachers worked together to identify strengths and areas of improvement for their students.


A huge thank you to our North Scituate families for your continued support this year in your child's education. Whether it be supporting your child during distance learning, listening to them read each night, or practicing math facts, it doesn't go unnoticed, and your support makes a difference.


Please be sure your child is dressed appropriately for outdoor play. We are making every effort to get students outside for recess and must ensure they are properly dressed for the conditions. Thank you for your support.


Please reach out with questions or concerns at any time. Happy New Year!


Kaitlin M. Soccio, Principal

Kaitlin.Soccio@ScituateSchoolsRI.net

Scituate School Department COVID Updates

Quarantine:

  • SSD has decided that students and staff who have been identified as a direct contact by the school or have been told to quarantine by the RIDOH will NOT be able to return to in-class learning until 10 days after their exposure to the positive case.

  • The RIDOH is allowing for individuals who have been told to quarantine to test on day 5 after exposure. If the test is negative and the individual remains symptom free through the 7th day, then they may come off quarantine on the 8th day.

  • Because there is still a chance a person may become infected even after 8 days, SSD will continue with 10 days before return to in class learning. The building principal or school nurse will notify you of your return to school date.


Travel:

  • If a student or staff member travels out of the country or to a state that is considered a “hot spot,” meaning greater than a 5% Covid-19 rate, they will not be able to return to in class learning until 14 days after returning. Those states can be found at the following link https://bit.ly/35WSLld

  • We ask that you notify the school with the dates you will be traveling. The school nurse will be able to let you know what day you or your child may return.


90-Day Immunity:

  • Anyone who has tested positive for Covid-19 within 90 days is considered to have immunity to the virus. For this reason, if an immune person were to travel, come into contact, or live with a positive case they may return to school without the need to quarantine.


Symptoms and Testing:

  • Students who have 1 of the following symptoms: cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, or new loss of taste or smell or have 2 of the following symptoms: fever, chills, muscle aches, headache, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, congestion or runny nose need to be tested. Please contact the PK- 12 testing site at 1-844-857-1814 to set up an appointment to be tested for Covid-19.

  • Please stay home and notify the school that you or the student is being tested.

  • Please note that if a student, staff member, or a member of their household is being tested for COVID; The student or staff must stay home until all tests have resulted and are negative.

Virtual February BINGO Night

Keep an eye out for these flyers that will be going home in February from our PTO. There will be BINGO cards on the back that your child will use. More information to come.
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School Spelling Bee

Scituate elementary schools and middle school are once again participating in the Scripps Spelling Bee sponsored by the Valley Breeze!


Our school winners and alternates are:

  • Grade 5 Winner: Fallon G.
  • Grade 5 Alternate: Emma S.
  • Grade 4 Winner: Jackson B.
  • Grade 4 Alternate: Tessa B.


The District Bee will be held on February 9th at 6:30 p.m. in the Scituate High School Auditorium by invitation only. The event will be streamed live.

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HOSA Community Awareness Event

Scituate HOSA's project includes a Scituate Community Fitness App that is in the making! They are super excited to share it with everyone in the community. In addition to the app, they are selling t-shirts, to raise money for new equipment for the Scituate elementary school PE classes. Please see the link below to order a t-shirt and support a great cause!

Positive Office Referrals

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GRADE LEVEL HIGHLIGHTS

Kindergarten

Kindergarteners are hard at work. Below, students in Ms. Deguilio's class are strengthening their number sense skills 1-10. They enjoyed creating representations of each number using different manipulatives. In Ms. Murphy's class students are working in their reading groups to strengthen their fluency and comprehension skills.
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Grade 1

Students in Ms. Caldarone's class haven't missed a beat this month. It's time for literacy centers where students are grouped using different kinds of animals. At the teacher station students used white boards and the Rekenrek to practice addition and subtraction in word problems. Students were engaged in centers while the teacher worked with small groups. Ms. Caldarone's literacy centers included geoboards, color by number with subtraction problems, and quick math on their new Chromebooks.
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Grade 1 Distance Learners

DL Grade 1 celebrated writing their Animal Reports by reading their favorite chapters to the class at the end of every day this week! Mrs. Fraser is so proud of all their hard work!
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Grade 2

Students in second grade have finished up American Reading Company's Exploring Bugs Unit with a Bug Book Celebration. Students and teachers have worked hard over the past 9 weeks to research their own bugs and create their own informational books. I can see each proud smile underneath the mask! I hope your families enjoy reading these with each of you.
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Grade 3

Students in Mrs.DiLuglio's class are wrapping up American Reading Company's Weather and Climate Unit. Here students are completing their About the Author pages for their final project book. Students worked very hard to complete their own research books to complete this unit of study.
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Grade 4

Grade 4 kicks off American Reading Company's Mystery Genre Unit. Over the next nine weeks, students will learn about mysteries, characters, theme, plot, logic, and the author's purpose. Looking forward to seeing student work throughout this unit.
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Grade 5

To start off 2021, 5K participated in the “One Word Challenge”, in which each student chose one word to guide them throughout the year as they make decisions and pursue set goals. The sky is the limit in room 12! 5K has also been enjoying working together in learning about the thirteen colonies through interactive Kahoots!
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Art with Ms. Davis

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PTO 2021 Fundraiser

Our Calendar Raffle has begun. All raffles are due Wednesday, February 24th. Please contact NorthScituatePTO@gmail.com with any questions.


Thank you to the following businesses that have donated so far to our calendar raffle:

Village Gas, Moose Trackers, Country Gardener, Alpine Wine & Spirits, Expresso’s Pizza, IGA Market, Oriental Taste, Smithfield Home Depot, Dunkin Donuts (Plainfield Pike), BJ’s (Johnston), Bon Asian Bistro, Cherry Hill Grill, Dave’s Market, Ruffino’s Pizza, and China Garden

Scituate School Committee

The Scituate School Committee will meet on February 2nd! All members of the school community are encouraged to attend virtually. All meetings begin at 7 p.m. Click here for the live meeting link.

Important Dates

  • 02/12: Pajama Day!

  • 02/15-19: Winter Recess- No School

  • 02/16: Sonic Restaurant Fundraiser in Smithfield

  • 02/18: Virtual BINGO night