Hope Valley School News

January 15, 2016

Calendar of Events


1/18 - Martin Luther King Day - No School

1/19 - School Store

1/20 - #DSTRONG Day - wear blue (see story below)

1/22 - Movie Night

1/26 - Bank Day Bank day begins 8:20 am in café/gym

1/28 - PARCC discussion 6:00 pm in Library (see event description below and please RSVP)


2/3 District Spelling Bee at CMS 6 :30

2/8 PTO 6:30

2/9 Bank day 8:20 am in café/gym

2/11 Early Release AM pre K attends

2/15-2/19 – WINTER BREAK

2/23 Bank day 8:20 am in café/gym

2/29 – Leap Year


All of Chariho Schools will be going blue on Wednesday, January 20. Please have your child dress in blue to support this little warrior who is battling terminal cancer. CBS News has a great article (below) about Dorian Murray and what he wants before he goes to heaven. He wants to be famous so the entire world is trying to make this a reality for this boy. I will gather the children at some point Wednesday to snap a picture with the famous #DStrong logo so we can post to his wall. There is absolutely no obligation but if you would like to contribute pocket change for Dorian and his family feel free to send in loose change to school on Wednesday. Hope Valley School is #DStrong!!! Please check out the 2 articles below about this courageous and inspiring little boy.

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New School Update Information

Minecraft Club

A flyer went out to students in grades 2-4 before the winter break regarding a new after school club with Mrs. Mello. There will be three total 6-week sessions and all spots are already taken. The Minecraft club gives students the opportunity to present their academic information in an interactive way. The first group of 9 students have started to talk about what makes a community and was given the task to build their own house. Once the houses are built the students will then work together to create other buildings that make up a rural community. Students will then write about the building that they have built and how it is important to the community that they have created. See last weeks pictures below of the first day of the Minecraft program. Kids had a blast!

STAR Testing

It is the responsibility of our school to ensure that each student is provided with instruction necessary to become college and career ready. As part of RI policy, the RI Comprehensive Literacy Plan, provides a framework for us to carry out our work in literacy and mathematics, specifically our Response to Intervention system. This year Chariho moved a new screening tool called STAR which is a thermometer check for reading and math achievement. We completed the first of three testing sessions (fall) back in September and this week the students began the second winter session of these online assessments, one in reading and one in math. It takes about 20 minutes per assessment. Grades 1 and 2 completed the 2 assessments for math and reading earlier this week.

The information from the STAR assessments allows us to identify students who may be struggling early on and provide targeted interventions aligned to their area of need. Should your child require an intervention for either reading or math, the interventionist will notify you of the intervention plan and steps to monitor his/her progress. We receive instant data about your child’s reading and math achievement levels which will help us better understand your child as readers and mathematicians. It is important to note that this assessment is like a thermometer check to help us identify students who may need additional supports, whether it be working with a math specialists or as part of a specific one on one or small group instruction with the teacher. Thanks for your support.

Bank Days are Fast Approaching

It is not too late to submit an application for the Save For America School Savings program! School Bank days begin on January 26th and they are scheduled through May. Students can join in at bank days once their account has been opened. Click on this link to apply online or to print an application.


PARCC Information for Parents

Please check out the following site for a bird's eye view for parents of the PARCC Assessment. Last spring kids in grades 3-8 took the new Common Core-aligned state tests and were tested in English language arts and math. This guide is designed to explain your child’s score report, skill by skill, and give you powerful ways to help your child succeed.


Hope Valley Family Night at Fenway Park

Once again, we have the opportunity to purchase Boston Red Sox tickets at a discounted price. We had a very successful turnout last year. Transportation will be on your own or consider car pooling with friends. A form will be coming home the end of February. Don't want to send it too early. When you get the form please send it in as soon as possible to secure tickets. This year I ordered 130 tickets. Last year we had people on a waiting list after 114 tickets.

Game is scheduled for Friday, May 13 against the Houston Astros at 7:05 pm. Tickets will be $12 each. This gives our school an affordable way to bring the entire family to Fenway Park. We had a blast last year!

American History Tid-Bit by Mrs. Foggo

We will elect a new president this year. President Barack Obama cannot serve another term. We have a two term limit in the presidency. So, what qualifications must a candidate have in order to run for president? A candidate must be at least thirty-five years old, must be a citizen who was born in the United States, and must have lived in the United States for ________ consecutive years. Once these qualifications are met, a candidate must get his or her name on the "ticket." The ticket is another name for the slate; the list of candidates for nomination. The presidential candidate is usually nominated (chosen) by a political party. In the United States, the two most powerful parties are the Democrats and the Republicans.

The history box question is to determine the number of years that correctly completes the sentence above. Answers are due in the history box by Wednesday, January 20th at 9:00 AM. Make sure you state your name and homeroom too. Good luck!

Yoga Pose with Ms. D'Agostino's class

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PARCC Discussion w/ Mr. G

Thursday, Jan. 28th, 6-7pm

Hope Valley Elementary School library

Come join me for an in-depth discussion about PARCC. I will review last year's results and share with you what students in 3rd and 4th grade can expect. Please RSVP for this event at the following link: http://goo.gl/forms/rJ2QCNnenT

Display Cases...Thank you Mrs. Smith

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Minecraft Club-1st Session

STAR Testing with Mrs. Haberek's Students

Save the Date for 4th Graders

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Other Key Information

Assessment Policy

At the October 27th School Committee meeting a new policy dealing with our Comprehensive Assessment System was approved. The policy details the roll of assessment in the instructional cycle. It also speaks to the need to minimize and strategically use assessment results. Finally, the policy communicates the expectation that all students participate in all assessments (including state assessments), unless a medical waiver has been obtained. You will find the policy at http://www.chariho.k12.ri.us/sites/default/files/policy/comprehensive_assessment_system.pdf.

Note from the Special Education Dept

The special education department would like to welcome parents and community members to attend our Local Advisory Committee (LAC) Meetings. Meetings will be January 21st, March 17th, and May 19th. Meetings are held in the Chariho Middle School Library starting at 6:00pm. The purpose of our LAC meetings is for parents, teachers, administrators, and community members to meet together to discuss special education related topics and to advocate for students with disabilities. If you have questions about an upcoming LAC meeting, please feel free to contact Michele Laurent, the LAC Chairperson, and the LAC board at: LAC@chariho.k12.ri.us

You can find information related to the Chariho Special Education Department through the Chariho District webpage: http://www.chariho.k12.ri.us – just click on the District Information link and then click the Special Education link.

Key Information

Please contact me at ggen@chariho.k12.ri.us if you have any questions or concerns. To receive weekly email updates I encourage you to sign-up for the Hope Valley list- serve. Follow the steps on the district webpage at www.chariho.k12.ri.us. (Click on the newsletters link on the far right and then follow the steps.)

Twitter and Webpage

Please follow me on Twitter for school updates and events @JoeGencarelli1. Please do not forget the number 1. Also, you will be able to find a ton of information on the Hope Valley webpage at www.chariho.k12.ri.us/hv.

Dismissal/Pick-Up Notes

We are going to try a new routine this year. Please use the dismissal/pick-up note that came home with your student this week. Keep the extras around for future use. Fill it out accordingly and return it to school. You can find the dismissal note on the Hope Valley webpage if you need to make additional copies. You can find this at: www.chariho.k12.ri.us/sites/default/files/hv_student_dismissal_note_3_per_page.pdf

School Hours for the 2015-2016 School Year
School hours are from 8:35 until 3:25. Office hours are from 7:30-3:30.

Peanut Free Classrooms
ALL classrooms are designated as nut & peanut-free. We have multiple students at varying grade levels with severe allergies to peanuts. Foods that “contain,” “may contain,” or are “manufactured on shared equipment” will not be permitted as snacks. However, students may bring in a lunch that contains peanuts or nuts.

Background Check

All volunteers in the Chariho School District must have an annual background check prior to volunteering. There is no cost for this. Please go to the Central Office with a picture ID and fill out a volunteer form. It takes a few weeks to return. Or you can go to the Attorney General’s Office in Providence and get it done right there and then.


There are 2 options to pay for lunch:

  1. There is a website where you can pay for and keep track of your child's lunch account. The site is www.myschoolbucks.com. You will need your child's school code, which you can get by contacting Fran Sayer at sayer-frances@aramark.com or (401) 552-7078. Please visit http://www.chariho.k12.ri.us/MyNutriKidsInfo for more information. There is also an app for your smartphone or tablet. You can pay for meals, check balances, and view purchases from anywhere. It is safe and secure.
  2. If the student is paying with cash or check when buying hot lunch, please send lunch money to school in an envelope or Ziploc bag with the student’s name, teachers name (i.e. KA, 1H, 2D, 3F, 4R). This will be placed in a classroom bucket and brought to the office. Checks can be made out to the “Chariho Regional School District.”

If you need further information, please contact Fran Sayer at sayer-frances@aramark.com or (401) 552-7078. Chariho is keeping accounts accurately updated and I wanted to send a courtesy memo to keep you informed.

Attendance Matters!

Our goal this year is to ensure that every student attends school regularly and on-time. I cannot stress this enough. Showing up for school has a huge impact on a student’s academic success starting in kindergarten and continuing through high school. Even as children grow older and more independent, families play a key role in making sure students get to school safely every day and on-time. Attendance is so important for success in school and in life. We realize some absences are unavoidable due to health problems or other circumstances. But, we also know that when students miss too much school or are tardy often (regardless of the reason) can cause them to fall behind academically. Your child is less likely to succeed if he or she is chronically absent or tardy—which means missing 18 or more days over the course of an entire school year. Chariho policy states that tardies and early dismissals count towards your child’s attendance. Research shows:

  • Children chronically absent in kindergarten and 1st grade are much less likely to read at grade level by the end of 3rd grade.
  • By 6th grade, chronic absence is a proven early warning sign for students at risk for dropping out of school.
  • By 9th grade good attendance can predict graduation rates even better than 8th grade test scores.

Absences and tardies can add up quickly. A child is chronically absent if he or she misses just two days every month!!

Child Outreach Screenings

Child Outreach is a FREE Service offered to ALL Children 3 to 5 years old by your local school district in partnership with the Rhode Island Department of Education. Rhode Island Department of Education recommends each child be screened annually.

Chariho Child Outreach has the following Screening dates available

Please call to set up your appointment at 401-364-1160

**January 21, 2016

February 3, 2016

February 10, 2016

**February 25, 2016

March 9, 2016

March 16, 2016

** March 24, 2016

April 5, 2016

**April 7, 2016

April 13, 2016

May 26, 2016

June 1, 2016

** Evening Screening

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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.