Hope Valley School Weekly Update

May 6, 2022


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Calendar of Events

MAY 2022

5/9 - PTO Meeting (6:30 in the library)

5/10 - PCR Collection Screening Event

5/11 - State PD Day for teachers (DL day for students)

5/18 - Early Release Day (PM PreK attends)

5/20 - School Assembly

5/23 - 4th Grade visiting CMS

5/24 - PCR Collection Screening Event

5/25 - Grade 3 & 4 Field Trip with RI Philharmonic at Wilcox Park in Westerly (rain date 5/26)

5/30 - No School for students and staff

JUNE 2022

6/1 - Kindergarten Field Trip to Kettle Pond

6/2 - SIT meeting at 4:00

6/3 - 3rd Grade Field Trip to Biomes

6/7 - CHS Seniors from HV to visit and parade through the school

6/10 - 1st Grade Field Trip to Casey Farm

6/14 - Field Day (rain date of 6/15)

6/16 - 2nd Grade Field Trip to I-Max Theater

6/16 - 4th Grade Field Trip to State House

6/17 - 4th Grade Sendoff

6/20 - Talent Show

6/21 - LAST DAY OF SCHOOL (as of 3/1/22)

PTO Meeting

Monday, May 9th, 6:30pm

15 Thelma Drive

Hopkinton, RI

Please join us as we get ready to end the school year. All are welcome!

Teacher Appreciation Week

We cannot thank the PTO and families enough for their generosity. The entire staff at Hope Valley School is so appreciative. Thank you for making us feel so special. Something different this year which was a huge hit was a gift card raffle. Every 10 minutes, Ms. Donna spun the automated virtual spinner and a staff member was chosen to pick out a gift card of their choice from local businesses. What a treat to end Teacher Appreciation Week. Below is a picture of the gift card poster wall.
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Budget Update

On May 5th, the voters did not approve the School Budget during the 2nd referendum vote. The School Committee will discuss next steps and possible additional cuts at the next meeting on May 10th at 7:00 pm in the High School Library.

State Testing

We completed all required state testing this week. Hooray! A big shout out to Mrs. Tiexiera, our reading consultant and test coordinator. This is a huge lift to undertake especially being her first year and she did an amazing job. Thank you Mrs. Tiexiera! Also, thank you to all the teachers and test administrators as well. Lastly, our students rocked it. Thank you to the 3rd and 4th graders for working so hard.

Chorus of Westerly Opportunity for Students

Check out the flyer below for a great music opportunity and ice cream social event for students in grades 2 and up. Hope Valley students are invited because of the After-School Chorus Program with the Chorus of Westerly. I hope we can bring this program back next year!
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Preschool and Kindergarten Registration Information

Preschool Registration - Hope Valley Elementary School is now accepting applications for our Chariho Integrated Preschool Program. Click here for more information.

Kindergarten Registration - We are excited to welcome the Class of 2035! To learn more about registering your child click here. Children must be five years old on or before September 1, 2022.

Chariho's Art Show

Click on the link or picture below to browse the virtual galleries featuring work from Chariho students in grades K through 12. Enjoy the show!



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Kindness & Manners

Before April break, we started having 4th grade students use the intercom to say the Pledge of Allegiance and School Pledge. There is also a weekly kindness challenge along with interesting facts about kindness or the school or community.

Kindness Challenges to date:

Week 4: A smile goes a long way

Week 3: Introduce yourself to someone new

Week 2: Fill someone's bucket and give a compliment

Week 1: Use good manners to say thank you and please

For those families that do not know, our school pledge is the following:

“I pledge to myself that I will do my best in all I do today. I will follow the school rules. I will work to the best of my ability and I will treat others with kindness and respect.”

Covid Protocols- Household Contacts

Asymptomatic household contacts regardless of vaccination status can return to school as long as they agree to test on the day of return and up through day 5 (if over a weekend for day 5, the student will test upon return).

It is important to understand that if the student has any single symptom they will be sent home and will be unable to return to school unless there is consent to have an antigen test completed at school when symptom-free or the family completes two home tests that are 48 hours apart from symptom onset. If any of these conditions are not met the student will follow the current RIDOH guidelines for quarantining and returning to school, which states, Household members who are not vaccinated and who do not consent to have antigen testing completed must quarantine while the infected household individual is in isolation, then start their 5-day quarantine.”

Mask wearing will be recommended for household contacts for 10 days from the date of exposure.

Antigen Testing is Available

Families have the opportunity to get your child COVID-19 tested using the antigen (or rapid) test at school if your child develops symptoms. This is NOT part of our weekly PCR testing. Therefore, if a child is already in the weekly PCR testing, you will also need to complete this form for antigen testing. What is great about this option is that we get the results within 15 minutes.



Chariho Apparel

The High School FBLA is excited to promote the Chariho ONLINE School Store!

From the comfort of your home, you can now buy:

✦ Sweatshirts ✦ Hats ✦ Ornaments ✦ T-shirts ✦ Blankets ✦ Pajama Pants ✦ Water Bottles ✦

…more items added daily!

Visit the website to purchase any Chariho apparel. Go CHARGERS!!!!\


Kindergarten Registration

Welcome, Class of 2035!

Kindergarten Registration is NOW OPEN!!! Child must be 5 on or before September 1. You can begin the process by visiting our registration website linked HERE. We have transitioned to electronic registrations. Paper copies are available upon request. If you have any questions please contact Kerri Fisher at Kerri.Fisher@chariho.k12.ri.us or call 401-364-3260.

**For New Chariho Kindergarten Students NOT in a Chariho Preschool program**

For any new student registering for Kindergarten and is NOT in a Chariho PreK program, you will pre-register online HERE. If you have any questions (401-539-2321).

**For students currently enrolled in the Chariho Preschool program**

Specific to Chariho PreK families ONLY, parents will need to log into your Parent PowerSchool at PowerSchool Public Portal and complete the form called Intent to attend Kindergarten in Chariho. For step-by-step directions on how to do this, please see Chariho Preschool Parents.pdf directly below. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact central registration at 401-364-3260 or send an email at Kerri.Fisher@chariho.k12.ri.us. You can also call Donna Sunderland if you need help logging into PowerSchool at 401-539-2321.

Important Reminders

Invitations - We can once again hand out invitations to celebrations. As a reminder, if invitations go out they MUST go out to all students in the classroom.

Students Late to School - If you are bringing your child to school late, the expectation is that you come to the front door of the school to sign your child in. For safety reasons, please do not leave your child at the school to walk to the front door by themselves.

Absences - If your child is going to be absent, please call the school office at 401-539-2321. If your child happens to test positive for COVID, PLEASE be sure to email Nurse Tara, Ms. Donna, and Mr. G with that information.

Student Devices - Students in grades 1-4 have devices that MUST go back and forth to and from school everyday. Please ensure your child has his/her charged chromebook on a daily basis.

Snow/DL Day Information - Devices will need to be used if there is a snow day. Please see information regarding DL days for inclement weather days here. The emergency plan used as last resort is linked here as well. In case of a DL day I will be sure to inform parents like I did for the Jan 7th DL day.

Dismissal - Parent pick up for students in K-4 are arriving while prek dismissal is happening. PLEASE be mindful of our pre-school population and do not arrive prior to 3:10. The entire dismissal process for K-4 takes roughly 10-12 min. We have some amazing staff getting our students out quickly and safely.

Peanut & Tree Nut Free School - We continue to be a nut free school which means no peanut butter and no tree nuts including Nutella.

TOYS - Please make sure that your children do not take any toys from home to school. We continue to see an uptick in this and it is causing problems at school.

Identification - PLEASE be sure parents who are picking up children early from school have proper identification with them when they come to the front door. Ms. Donna is not always the one in the office and we must verify who is picking up the children. Thank you for your undivided attention to this request.

Parking at HVES - The parking spots that are numbered in the school lot are for staff ONLY. We are having issues with parents dropping off children in the morning and taking up a staff parking spot which is causing staff members to be late which is becoming problematic. Also, some staff end up getting blocked since we have double parking at the end of the day. If parents need to come to the building, PLEASE either park in front of the school or at Langworthy Field and walk up the stairs to the main front door.

PTO & School Information

Here are the PTO meeting dates for the rest of the year. All parents are welcome to attend any of the PTO meetings. Hope to see you there!

May 9th at 6:30pm

PTO Members

Co-President: Kristin Clarke > kristinc49@aol.com

Co-President: Leah Sousa > leah.sousa@hotmail.com

Treasurer: Stephanie DaPonte > sdaponte14@gmail.com

Secretary: Chloe Morgan > cmako28@yahoo.com

Communication: Chelsea Vandeveer> chelseabaker101@yahoo.com

School Contact Information

School Principal: Giuseppe Gencarelli – Giuseppe.Gencarelli@chariho.k12.ri.us

School Secretary: Donna Sunderland – Donna.Sunderland@chariho.k12.ri.us

School Webpage: https://hopevalley.chariho.k12.ri.us/

School Contact Info: Phone - 401-539-2321 Fax - 401-633-7099

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About Hope Valley Elementary School

Mission Statement:

The mission of the Hope Valley Elementary School is to work in partnership with our colleagues, students and families. We are committed to creating a learning environment where children are expected to achieve their full potential.