Charlestown School Updates

For members of our learning community - Sept. 4, 2015

We have had an amazing first week!!!

Filling sails with knowledge and character for a successful life voyage

We were all smiles on the first day of school… and Chief Allen and Sgt. Gingerella were present to help greet our students!

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What did we do this week?

During the first week of school, students meet new teachers and classmates, learn new routines and discuss class expectations. Students also begin to complete some assignments and short assessments that help them to transition back to learning at school.

We group all students in grades 1-4 by current reading level for daily reading instruction. Students often change groups based on their progress or need for more reading assistance. Your child may have a different grade level teacher for daily reading instruction.

Students in grades 2-4 will begin attending their Tiered Reading classes on Sept. 8th.

Students in grade 1 will begin on Sept. 14th. You can meet your child's reading teacher at Open House too!

Attendance Counts

Daily attendance is important for all students. Absences can only be marked as excused for medical reasons, religious observances or emergency situations. Documentation is needed for all absences. We do not accept parent notes for medical excuses.

Adjusting to a new sleep schedule can be challenging for all of us, and can impact student attendance. Below is a great chart with suggested bedtimes that was shared by one of our teachers.

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Bus Schedules are now posted on the District Homepage

Importance of Assessment

Our teachers use formative (short, on the spot) and summative (end of unit or time frame) assessments to help gauge student progress.

Soon, all students in grades 1-4 will be taking short online assessments using a program called STAR. The assessments will help us to determine student reading and math skills. They will also help us to identify students who need additional support in reading and/or math. We know that students will enjoy taking the short assessments in the library on our desktops.

"STAR assessments provide the most valid, reliable, actionable data in the least amount of testing time—usually 20 minutes or less. That empowers educators to focus on what matters most—individualizing instruction to accelerate learning for all students."

School Supplies

In Chariho, we budget for general school supplies for our students. Teachers order basic items such as pencils, crayons and glue sticks.

Nut Free Classrooms

In an effort to keep all of our classrooms safe for students to enter and work with peers, some of our classrooms are nut free for snacks. Students can still bring nut items for lunch each day as we have a designated space for nut free dining. Our school nurse, Mrs. Coulson, will notify you if your child is in a nut free classroom. We appreciate your assistance with helping to keep our students safe and will send home a list of nut free snack items.

New Plans for Birthdays

We have decided that we will no longer allow students to bring in food items to share for class parties. We want to be an inclusive school and not hurt the feelings of children who can not eat items like cupcakes and cookies due to allergies or dietary restrictions. We also want to demonstrate to our students that there are other ways to celebrate beyond eating. Teachers will be considering different ways that students can celebrate their birthdays in their classrooms. I will be suggesting that they offer students activities such as selecting a class game of their choice, dancing to a song of their choice or having an extra recess in honor of their birthday. Parents can still bring in non-food items such as pencils and stickers.

Teachers can not pass out birthday invitations in their classrooms unless all students are to be included. This helps to elevate tears at school. If you need addresses, we advise parents to consider participate in the PTO voluntary student directory.

Welcome to our new staff members

Norma Cote – Secretary

Mary Sue Greene – Teacher Assistant

Jennifer Krekorian – Grade 4 teacher

Lisa Lipscomb – Teacher Assistant

Debbie November - Speech Therapist

Annual Background Checks

Parents and other family members may volunteer at our school if they have completed the background check process within the past twelve months. A list of approved volunteers in maintained at Central Office. If you are unsure of the expiration date, please call or email us and we can check the date. We will try to have a notary present during Open Houses to make the process easier for parents.

School lunch prices increase to $2.15

You can follow me on Twitter - @jenpooreri

Upcoming Events:

Mon. Sept. 7th - No School - Labor Day

Tues. Sept. 8th - PTO Mtg. - 6:00 pm in the Art Room

Fri. Sept. 11th - School Pictures

Mon., Sept. 14th - Dental Screenings

Wed. Sept. 16th - Gr. K-2 Open House

Thurs. Sept. 17th - Early Release Day - All students dismissed at 1:55 pm

Thurs. Sept. 17th - Gr. 3-4 Open House

Please look for reminders regarding Open House times as they may vary for each grade level. This helps with parking as we have great attendance.

To see the school calendar, click this link: