Hamilton Elementary School

August-Principal Update- Family Newsletter

Principal's Message-

August 20, 2022

Dear Hamilton Families,

Summer is quickly coming to a close and the new school year is just around the corner. I hope you all have enjoyed your summer vacation and are ready to begin the new school year together. I am excited to embark on this new journey with all of you.

Go Huskies!

Linked in my newsletter, you will find several documents that reference important information in regards to the start of the new school year. Student Assignments will be released by email on Friday, August 26th by the end of the school day.

It has come to my attention by email requests and social media that some Hamilton families have discovered a teacher assignment attached to their child’s accounts. This discovery was due to our technology “rollover”. Please keep in mind that our class lists are not final and are subject to change until our release date of placements next Friday, August 26th. This release date is per district policy.

I would like to take this opportunity to share with you the student placement process at Hamilton Elementary School. Our philosophy is one that supports parents as the primary specialists in knowing their child, while the educators are experts in teaching and learning. As a public institution, we also believe that all educators can teach each and every child who comes to us. Our teachers understand that all children need a nurturing and supportive learning environment.

The process for assigning students to next year’s classes is an important and demanding one. The individual needs of each student are considered and weighed in light of the overall composition of the grouping. We operate in a team spirit here and the request for individual teachers by parents can undermine that process. In the final analysis, the school has the primary responsibility for developing well-balanced classes.

You can support your child best by trusting us and believing in your child’s capacity to adapt to new settings. We understand the often difficult job you face as parents as you turn your children over to our safe-keeping each day. We respect and value that trust. Thank you for your continued support.


Marcella Terranova Clark


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Placement Change/Request Policy-

Dear HES Families,

Please click below for more information regarding this process. Emails and phone calls concerning student placement(s) will follow the policy and procedure timeline. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation as we approach the new school year together.

Placement Request Policy

Mission Statement-

The Mission of Hamilton Elementary School is to provide a nurturing environment that fosters high expectations and a commitment to lifelong learning.


We believe all students can thrive when supported, nurtured, and engaged in rigorous and challenging academic experiences.

We believe all students can become active community members and leaders using the skills of cooperation, assertion, responsibility, empathy, and self-control.

Hamilton Elementary

Inspiring Students to Reach Individual Excellence!

New Staff To HES so far for the 2022-2023 School Year- Welcome!


Tracey Clarke-Math Interventionist

Celia Russo- Grade 1

Kaitlin Gibbins, Reading Specialist

Leah McGlynn- Grade 1

Kristen Beland- Grade 3

Important Dates/Events-

August 26th- Student Placements will be released to all HES Families!

Please check your email.

Please do not call the office.

August 30, 31- -PD- Staff Reports

Sept. 1-PD- Staff Reports

Sept. 5th- No School- Labor Day

Sept. 6th- First Day of School- Grades 1-5

K Orientation

Sept. 7th- First Day of Kindergarten

Sept. 7th- Hamilton Back To School Carnival- Time:5pm-7pm

Sept. 8th- Rain Date

Sept. 13th- No School- Primary Day

Sept. 15th- 8:30 am- PTO Meeting-Library

Sept. 21st- Open House 5-8pm- More Information to follow~

Open House (K-2) 5-6pm (3-5) 6:30-7:30pm

Sept. 22nd- HES Picture Day!

Picture retakes are on Oct. 19th.

Sept. 30th-Team Hamilton Spirit Day! Wear RED and/or your Huskie attire!

NKSD School Committee Dates-

August 30

Sept. 6

Sept. 20

NKSD School Committee Dates

Aspen Instructions-School Information System

ASPEN Instructions for HES Parents/Guardians:

Tutorial on new Back to School Workflows in Aspen- Parents/Guardians will be granted access once "Workflows" are open. Date TBD.

Bus Routes-

As of August 26th, parents will be able to view bus numbers, bus stop locations and pick up/drop off times in their ASPEN Portal. Please log into your ASPEN portal and click on the Transportation tab to view this information.

Lunch Information-

BREAKFAST/LUNCH UPDATES: Please see the attached link for Breakfast and Lunch at Hamilton (this is for all grade levels, not just Kindergarten) If you need financial assistance for breakfast/lunch, please visit our District website at nksd.net. Click on the "Parent" tab, then choose Lunch Application.

Lunch Information

* Lunch Menu TBD


From The School Nurse-

*There will be times set up for medication and medication order/forms drop off that will be determined at a later date. An email will be sent to parents/guardians through ASPEN with dates and times.

* There will be peanut/nut free classrooms bases on student's needs and designated areas in the cafeteria as well.

*COVID Protocols and Procedures as well as Mitigation Strategies will be released by the District.

Please stay tuned.

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Principal/Office Contact Information-

Find Us:

Hamilton Elementary

25 Salisbury Avenue

North Kingstown, RI 02852


Mrs. Beth Beach

(401) 268-6520

(401) 268-6530



  • Elizabeth Branchaud (401) 268-6523

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