The Clayville Chronicle

September 2020 Edition

From the Desk of Mrs. Francis

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the 2020-2021 school year! Thank you for your support this summer as we navigated a truly unprecedented situation. Special thanks to all administrators, staff members, parents and students who served on our reopening task force to ensure we were ready for the start of the 2020-2021 school year. I'd also like to give a special shout out to our Clayville staff for taking their own time to ensure classrooms and shared spaces are ready for students!

At Clayville School, we recognize that student success relies on the support of the entire community. It is important that we cultivate a strong partnership between parents and the school in order to ensure student success. We encourage you to contact us if the need arises and to stay in the know about your student’s studies, activities, and other happenings. Our staff values your active involvement in your child’s education! We are ready for a year full of learning and fun!

Please continue reading for important updates regarding Covid-19 protocols including information about the daily Parent/Guardian Attestation Form. I hope you will join us during our annual Open House on September 24th.

Warm Regards,

Mrs. Francis

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Open House!

Thursday, Sep. 24th 2020 at 6-8pm

This is an online event.

Join us for Clayvillle School's Annual Open House! This year, our event will be held virtually, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Meet the Wildcat staff and get a glimpse into your child's daily routine and classroom expectations. We hope to see you there!

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Clayville Walk Through

Covid-19 Protocol Reminders for In Person Learning

  • Complete a daily parent/guardian attestation form (see below)
  • Masks must be worn at all times (except during lunch and mask breaks)
  • Whole class bathroom and mask breaks will be scheduled throughout the day
  • Students will eat lunch in their classrooms. Teachers will reach out with a list of any off limits foods due to allergies
  • We have a new water bottle filler for student use. Please send your child to school with a water bottle
  • Please do not send students to school with toys or personal belongings

Parent/Guardian Attestation Form

*** A form must be completed for each child daily prior to arriving to school***

Students who are returning to school in person must have a daily attestation form completed by their parent/guardian. Your signature at the bottom acknowledges you have read and understand the information.

This Attestation will be sent out DAILY for your signature. Our school nurse and secretary will collaborate to ensure each child has a completed Attestation form daily. The safety of our students, staff, and school community are our top priority. Please visit the link below to preview the screener.

Arrival Procedures

  • Parents are reminded that students may arrive between 8:35-8:45 AM. There is no morning recess this year. Students will report directly to their classrooms.

  • Parent drop off will take place in Field Hill Road lot. Students will then walk to designated point of entry (see below). Staff supervision will be provided with a crossing guard.

  • Grades PreK, Kindergarten, and 3: enter through bus door entrance (semi-circle)

  • Grades 1 and 2: enter through exterior door facing Field Hill Rd

  • Grades 4 and 5: enter through main entrance door facing George Washington Hwy

  • Students will be marked tardy if they arrive after 8:45am.

  • Students arriving after 8:45am must be escorted to the front door by an adult to be buzzed in by the office. For safety, please do not have your child walk in alone when they are tardy.

  • For the safety of all of our students, please adhere to the parking restrictions. George Washington Highway is a no parking zone.

· Thank you so much for your cooperation and support in following this dismissal procedure.

Dismissal Procedures

  • Please send in a note to the classroom teacher if you choose to pick-up your child from school on any given day. If you are picking your child up on a regular basis, only one note is needed and we will place your child’s name on the list for the year. *Form will be sent home*

  • Record the name of who will be picking up if it is someone other than a parent. Any person picking up students from school should be listed on your student information form.

  • Please remember to date all notes.

  • Park in the large lot on Field Hill Road and walk to the designated exit (see below). Children will be dismissed at 2:55 and will come out to the designated door. Each parent will sign out, one at a time. Your child will then be dismissed to you.

  • Grades PreK, Kindergarten, and 3: Exit through bus door entrance (semi-circle)

  • Grades 1 and 2: Exit through exterior door facing Field Hill Rd

  • Grades 4 and 5: Exit through main entrance door facing George Washington Hwy

  • Please understand that safety is our first priority when asked to present an I.D.

  • Adults picking up students are asked to wear masks and abide by social distancing guidelines.

Thank you so much for your cooperation and support in following this dismissal procedure.

Bus Information

Please use the link below to view the Clayville Elementary Bus Stops. Please reach out to First Student with any questions: 401.275.0256 or

School Lunch

Students are welcome to order school lunch. Typically the cost is $2.60 and reduced is $0.40. However, Chartwells is currently offering FREE meals for breakfast and lunch through December. Please see the flyer below. Students can purchase milk as well.

Students should notify their teacher if they need breakfast when they enter their classroom and will eat breakfast in the cafeteria.

Click here to view our September lunch menu.

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Free & Reduced Lunch Applications

Free and reduced lunch application forms are located on the school website (please see below) and will be sent home with students on the first day of school. We strongly encourage all families to fill out a form. All forms are confidential. Please direct any questions to the Superintendent's Office, 647-4100.

Distance Learning Resources

A team of administrators, teachers, students, and parents in Scituate have worked on "Google Handbooks." Please review the documents below. These guides outline what to expect during Distance Learning. Please reach out with any questions!

Announcements & Reminders!

  • All student information forms will be sent home on the first day of school. Please return by September 21st.
  • A digital copy of the Parent-Student Handbook will be distributed the week of September 21st. A hard copy of the signature page will be sent home- please sign and return the last page no later than September 25th.
  • Please make sure to date notes that are sent to school with students. If you are writing a note about dismissal, please write the full name of the person picking up your child.
  • Clearly mark water bottles, lunch boxes, etc. with student's name.
  • There is no parking on George Washington Highway or in the bus circle

  • 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.

New Staff!

Every year brings positive change. While we will certainly miss faculty members who have since transferred outside of the district over the summer, we have also had some exciting changes!

I would also like to give a warm Wildcat welcome to our new staff members:

  • Ms. Carly Davis, Art Teacher
  • Mrs. Theroux, School Nurse Teacher
  • Mrs. Serdechny, Library Media Specialist
  • Ms. Addessi, Grade 1 Long Term Substitute
  • Mrs. Brady, Grade 2 Long Term Substitute
  • Ms. Grissom, Grade 4 Long Term Substitute
  • Mrs. Stevens, Paraprofessional

We look forward to having you as members of our devoted Clayville Team!

PBIS: Positive Actions Welcome Success Program

We are proud to be part of a school-wide PBIS Program. PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) is a system that supports the development of academic, social/emotional, and positive behavioral skills which are crucial to success in school and in life. Students can earn a PAWsitive Office Referral by exhibiting one of our six core values: respect, inclusion, caring, honesty, effort, and responsibility. Students who earn a PAWsitive Office Referral will be recognized every Friday! The “PAWsitive” referral encourages positive behavior and leads the way towards a positive school climate!

Each month we will focus on one of the core values. This month, our focus is on respect. Please talk to your children about how they show respect in and outside of school! As always, we appreciate your support regarding this important school-wide initiative.

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Core Curriculum

With the approval of our School Committee, teachers and administrators in Scituate worked hard to identify highly rated curricula to prepare our students for the future. The chosen curriculum was vetted through an independent non-profit company, called EdReports. Through this process, high quality instructional materials were selected to help ensure students receive an excellent education. Continue reading for more information about our curriculum implementation!

American Reading Company: Grades 1-4

We are excited to expand the American Reading Company Core curriculum in grades 1-7 this year after rolling it out in grades 2 and 3 last year! ARC Core is a basal alternative designed to turn balanced literacy into transformative literacy for both students and teachers. ARC Core is is organized into thematic units that carefully structure a project-based learning process that ensures students participate in complete extensive reading (both as a class and independently), multiple extended writing projects, and daily practice discussing both ideas and texts with peers.

A key component of the program is the Independent Reading Level Assessment (IRLA), which is a tool that works with every student, at any reading level. The IRLA delivers specific and actionable data that tells the teacher where a student is, why, and the sequence of skills/behaviors she needs to learn next to accelerate her reading growth.

Parents in grades 1-4, be on the look out for information about how to support this curriculum at home! We look forward to rolling out the curriculum to the rest of the grade levels, K, 5, and 8, next year!

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Bridges in Mathematics: Grades K & 1

District-wide, Bridges in Mathematics is our core curriculum for students in grades kindergarten and 1. Bridges is a comprehensive curriculum for grades designed to address the new math standards in a way that’s enjoyable and accessible to all learners. The curriculum focuses on developing students’ deep understandings of mathematical concepts, proficiency with key skills, and ability to solve complex and novel problems. Bridges blends direct instruction, structured investigation, and open exploration. It taps into the intelligence and strengths of all students by presenting material that is as linguistically, visually, and kinesthetically rich as it is mathematically powerful. Click below for more information!

Eureka Math: Grades 2-5

Teachers in grades 2-5 will continue to fully implement Eureka Math! Eureka Math is a complete, PreK through 12 curriculum that carefully sequences the mathematical progressions into expertly crafted modules. Eureka Math provides educators with a comprehensive curriculum, in-depth professional development, books, and support materials. Pieces of the program have been implemented in the past. This is our second year of implementation will all parts of the program, including the addition of two online platforms called Affirm & In Sync.

Parents, please note, Eureka provides a series of free Parent Tip Sheets at the topic level that include suggested strategies and models, key vocabulary, and tips for how you can support learning at home. Be on the look out for the tip sheets at the beginning of each module!

Eureka Math: Parent Support Page

Eureka Math assembled a suite of resources that will help you support your child in becoming proficient in math.

STEAM Enrichment

Clayville School is excited to continue to expand STEAM enrichment! STEAM is an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking (Source: Susan Riley, Arts Integration Specialist).

Once a week, beginning in October, students will have a 35 minute STEAM enrichment block focused on various activities related to science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics. This block of time is in addition to art, music, physical education, and library. A special thanks to Ms. Shannon Donovan, our district STEAM coordinator, Mrs. Serdechny, Mr. Ceprano, Ms. Davis, and Mrs. Ethier for supporting this important initiative!

Fall Benchmarking Assessments

As you may know, students are assessed periodically throughout the year using a variety of assessments. These assessments are designed to assist us in better understanding our students' strengths and making instructional decisions to meet the needs of our students.

Clayville Elementary School teachers will begin fall benchmark assessments after the first two weeks of school. Staff members will then meet to analyze the data and create instructional groupings designed to provide targeted skill instruction to students with similar strengths and needs. The results of these assessments will be communicated to parents. Please do not hesitate to contact your child's teacher if you have any questions or concerns.

Flu Clinic

Wednesday, Oct. 28th 2020 at 4-6:30pm

3 George Washington Highway

Scituate, RI

Clayville School will be hosting a Flu Shot Clinic sponsored by The Wellness Company on Monday October 28th, 2020 from 4:00 - 6:30 pm. Covid-19 safety restrictions and social distancing will be in place during the clinic. Registration is required this year, prior to attending the clinic. No walk in patients will be allowed. More details to follow.

News from the Scituate School Committee

The Scituate School Committee will hold it's first meeting of the 2020-2021 school year on Tuesday, October 6th! All members of the school community are encouraged to attend virtually. The meetings begin at 7 p.m.

PTO Update

Hello, Clayville families! The start of the 2020/2021 school year is here and while this year will certainly look and feel different, we wanted to let you know that the PTO is here to help our amazing community of teachers, staff and families shine like only Clayville Wildcats can! While we’re not expecting to hold any significant fundraisers or events in the immediate future, there’s plenty we can continue to do to help support Clayville.

--We plan to have Zoom meetings as needed- stay tuned for a tentative schedule.

Exciting news! We have a PTO Executive Board position open: If you’d like to nominate anyone for our Recording Secretary position, please submit the Google Form shared via email and on our Facebook page.

-We still have our Amazon Smile, Stop and Shop Rewards, and BoxTops programs running. Please make sure you (and even your friends and family!) are registered to participate- these savings really do add up and help our school!

-If you’re new to Clayville, welcome! More updates and news will come from us in the coming weeks!

Dates to Remember:

  • 9/14: First Day of School!
  • 9/24: Open House 6:00-8:00 pm (virtual)
  • 9/28: No School (Yom Kippur)
  • 10/6: School Committee Meeting
  • 10/12: No School (Columbus Day)
  • 10/19: Professional Development Day & Distance Learning Day for all students
  • 10/28: Flu Clinic 4:00-6:30 @ Clayville School
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