North Scituate Elementary School

October 2020 Newsletter

A note from Mrs.Soccio

It's hard to believe October is here.Thank you for all of your support during the first few weeks of school. I truly appreciate your support and partnership in your child's education. During the month of September, we practiced safety drills, including a lock down drill. I was very proud of students and staff as they handled each drill very responsibly and followed social distancing guidelines.

Our school staff has worked hard to establish clear expectations and routines with students during these unprecedented times. North Scituate teachers are in the process of assessing students' academic levels to determine each child's strengths and instructional needs. Our grade level teams will participate in Data Days throughout the year to analyze student achievement data in order to plan instruction to meet the needs of all students and ensure student success at school.

Please reach out with questions or concerns at anytime. Happy October!

Kaitlin M. Soccio, Principal

A message from the Scituate Superintendent, Sept 30, 2020
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COVID-10 Reminders

  • 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

Announcements & Reminders

  • Students may arrive between 8:35-8:45 AM. There is no morning recess this year. Students will report directly to their classrooms.
  • Students will be marked tardy if they arrive after 8:45am.
  • Students are not permitted to ride a bus other than their own.
  • *Please note, Free and Reduced Forms were sent home with students! If you are in need of another copy, please call our main office 401-647-4110. All other questions should be directed to the Superintendent's Office, 647-4100.
  • Please 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.
  • Please call to notify the office if/when your child is absent.

Weather Changes

As we enter fall and winter, it is crucial that your child is dressed appropriately for school. Students will be going outside for mask breaks and recess with temperatures at 28 degrees or above. The RI Department of Health and CDC guidelines strongly encourage leaving windows open and fans running for as long as possible. Please ensure your children are dressed for these conditions, and have a sweatshirt or jacket in their backpacks.

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 should notify their teacher if they need breakfast when they enter their classroom and they will be sent down to the cafeteria where they can socially distance and eat.

Click here to view our October lunch menu.

October is National Bullying Prevention Month

During the month of October students will participate in activities to educate all children and raise awareness about bullying. North Scituate School will participate in Unity Day on October 21st by wearing orange, together against bullying and united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion. Students will also have the opportunity to take a pledge against bullying and will be given a certificate for doing so.

**Parents are encouraged to contact North Scituate teachers or Mrs. Soccio directly with any concerns related to bullying. Your child's safety and well being is a top priority for all North Scituate staff members. Educating students, parents, and staff members, open communication, and solution-focused intent are key to combating bullying! Please see the link below for more resources.

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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.

North Scituate Elementary School teachers will complete fall benchmark assessments between 9/29 and 10/9. 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.

Speech Therapy: Response to Intervention

Speech Therapists in our district, like their teacher counterparts, did some beginning of year assessments. In the coming days some parents will be contacted by the Speech Therapist to offer supports to students for varied areas of need. Please call to discuss your child’s performance if you have any questions. Some terminology to know follows:

  • Articulation: This is the pronunciation of sounds.

  • Receptive Language: This refers to the understanding of what is said/read to you.

  • Expressive Language: This is how one formulates ideas verbally or in writing.

  • Pragmatics: This refers to social language.

  • Fluency: This is another word for Stuttering.

Our speech therapist Michele Hamill MS CCC-SLP can be reached Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 647-4110.

Art Update from Miss Davis

North Scituate students have done excellent work so far in art!

5th graders are currently creating radial designs based on turkish tiles. 4th graders are creating their own abstract names, 3rd and 2nd grade are learning about why they like art and they are creating a picture of themselves painting a picture! 1st grade and Kindergarten read the book "Foods with Moods" and are working on drawing facial expressions which they will create on their own foods with moods! The distance learners have been learning about line, shape, and color with inspiration from artist Wassily Kandinsky!

We are also beginning our STEAM classes this week, and I had the privilege to work with Ms. Murphy's kindergarten class and we learned about rhythm with drumsticks! More to come!

Everyone keep up the great work in art!

Miss Davis

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Facilities Update

The facilities department has been continually working to make sure all ventilation systems are working and working properly. Our staff are continuing to maintain what is working and replacing ventilation fans as they break.

We have also been working directly with RIDE (RI Department of Education) and DOH (Department of Health) to make sure we are ready for the heating season and closing the windows. New information comes out daily for this and we are working to formulate a plan with the Superintendent.

The facilities department has ordered and has on hand plenty of hand sanitizer and wipes. We also have all PPE for staff on hand as well. We are using two different types of sanitizing systems to maintain a safe environment. The daytime sanitizing takes three minutes to kill all viruses. Our nighttime sensitization system stays on all surfaces and works in ten minutes. The building custodial staff are staying on top of the cleaning schedule without any shortfalls.

Grade Level Highlights


Students enjoy using white boards during a "getting to know you" activity. Last week, students were given chalk and "their own circle" to draw in during recess time. They enjoyed being able to create their own works of art.
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Gr. 2 & 3 Distance Learners

What a busy few weeks it has been for Scituate’s DL grade 2/3 class! We’ve made new friends, sharpened our technology skills, explored new programs and learned how to use our google classrooms all while diving into our reading, writing and math work! We even found time for a “Team Spirit” Friday and a very special furry guest.

Grade 2

Miss Paige is Seuss from head to toe. Even her mask matches too!
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Grade 3

Students building reading stamina while enjoying the outdoors in grade 3.
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Grade 4

Students generate a list of why we read non fiction and demonstrate their understanding of text features as part of the American Reading Company curriculum.
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Each student interacts with the TouchView simultaneously during our Morning Meeting using student chromebooks.
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Grade 5

Students in Ms. Keedy's class are reading a Storyworks Scholastic article "The Dirty History of Soap" and responding to comprehension questions using their chromebooks.
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Students in Mrs. Pontarelli's class are completing a science investigation. Nice job boys and girls!
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Flu Clinic

Monday, Oct. 5th, 4-6:30pm

46 Institute Lane

Scituate, RI

Flu Clinic

North Scituate School will be hosting a Flu Shot Clinic sponsored by The Wellness Company on Monday October 5, 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. Please register here:

No walk in patients will be allowed.

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North Scituate Spirit Wear

ORDER YOUR SPIRIT WEAR ... ends Friday, October 2nd- CLICK HERE!!!

All orders will be placed online. Looking forward to seeing everyone sporting this NSES gear!

Please contact with questions.

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.

Northwest Special Education Local Advisory Committee

Here are proposed dates for the Northwest Special Education Local Advisory Committee meetings for the 2020-21 school year:

October 20, 2020

December 8, 2020

February 9, 2021

April 13, 2021

At this time, these meetings will be held virtually. Links to virtual meetings can be found on the Rhode Island Secretary of State's Open Meetings website at least 48 hours before the meeting date:

Important Dates

  • 10/05: Flu Clinic 4:00-6:30 @ North Scituate School
  • 10/05: Fall Picture Day
  • 10/6: School Committee Meeting
  • 10/12: No School (Columbus Day)
  • 10/19: Professional Development Day & Distance Learning Day for all students
  • 10/21: Unity Day: Wear Orange!
  • 10/21: PTO Meeting 7:30pm-
  • 10/30: Costume Parade (more details to come)
  • 11/03: Election Day- No School!

  • 11/11: Veterans Day- No School!

  • 11/15: PD Day- Distance Learning Day for Students

  • 11/25-29: Thanksgiving Recess