Matunuck Morning Memo

Manta Rays' News Waves 12.15.14

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The Rhode Island Council of Elementary and Secondary Education with Commissioner Deborah Gist held a recognition ceremony for the 2014 Commended Schools. Among the honorees was Matunuck Elementary School!

School classification is determined from specific criteria which is outlined on the Rhode Island Department of Education’s website. (Click here for more information.)

Out of the 296 public (including Charter) elementary, middle and high schools only 30 received this rating. That puts Matunuck Elementary in the top 11% of all public K-12 schools in our state.

This recognition is a true reflection of the talent and dedication of our teachers and staff here at MES. Our students work hard each day and their effort does not go unnoticed.


Flashback Moments

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Nuts & Bolts

Reminders and Important Information This Week:

  • There will not be a newsletter next week


  • 1st Grade @ Math/Science PD
  • Gingerbread Express concludes today


  • PBIS Meeting rescheduled to 1/6/15


  • K-2 Teacher's College @ PDES


  • K-2 Teacher's College @ PDES
  • 4th Grade Field Trip to ballet

  • 4th Grade Chorus Presentation @ 2:30 in the cafeteria


  • Grade level book orders due to Sandy (any questions/concerns please see me)
  • Safety Committee Meeting @ 8:15
  • Healthy Kids/Healthy Schools Committee Meeting @ 9:00
  • I will be at PDES for a morning meeting 9:30-11:30
  • School Assembly Featuring 2nd Grade Scientists @ 2:30
  • Holiday Basket collection concludes today
  • Jammies for Holiday Joy

Next Week Updates & Reminders

  • 12/22: Staff Appreciation Luncheon
  • 12/23: Holiday Recess

Relevant Resources

Newsela | Nonfiction Literacy and Current Events Website

Newsela is an innovative way to build reading comprehension with nonfiction that's always relevant: daily news. Every article is at 5 different levels: Newsela makes it easy for an entire class to read the same content, but at a level that’s just right for each student. (Best suited for grades 3 & 4.)


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