Charlestown School Updates

For members of our learning community - Jan. 29th, 2016

Filling sails with knowledge and character for a successful life voyage

Fingerprinting in 3rd grade

On Thursday, our third graders learned all about Fingerprinting. This connected with their recent Science unit, The Structures of Life. They had some amazing instructors, juniors from Chariho High School who are enrolled in the Criminal Justice Program. Students learned about the history of fingerprinting and were able to take and analyze their own fingerprints.

Thank you to the 3rd grade teachers and to Lt. Wild for coordinating this event.

Check out the front page story in today's Westerly Sun!

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Personal Items Drive

In recognition of reaching our 100th day of school, We are hoping to collect 100 or more personal care items (toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, shaving cream, shampoo etc. to donate to RICAN. Students in Mrs. Allen's class are helping to chart all contributions. We appreciate anything that you can contribute to help members of our community.

Mrs. Hershman discussed this drive with her class today. Lexi, one of her Kindergartners, simply explained to the class, "Some people don't have a job or have a job that doesn't make enough money so they can buy stuff to keep them clean. We should help so they can stay clean and not get sick". So well explained by one of our youngest students!!!

Nearpod…one way we are moving to Blended Learning

Some of our teachers have been piloting the use of Nearpod in their classrooms. Mrs. Lawing has been using this site to build interactive lessons and assessments for her Spanish students. Today, 3rd graders worked in pairs on iPad minis to locate countries in Central America and to take an interactive tour of the country they selected. It is amazing to watch them navigate these devices with ease and they were so happy and engaged.

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PTO Planning Meeting for Boys and Girls Events on Feb. 2nd at 6:45

During the second half of the February PTO Meeting (Tuesday, February 2nd from roughly 6:45-7:30 pm) attendees will be discussing plans for both a Girls Night and a Boys Night to be held later this school year. If you're interested in chairing an event, or assisting, we encourage you to attend this meeting and share your ideas.

Hand, foot and mouth Disease

We have more confirmed cases of hand, foot and mouth virus. We appreciate when parents contact our school nurse, Mrs. Coulson, to share their child's diagnosis of communicable illnesses. This helps us to track illness in the building.

From the Centers for Disease Control:

Hand, foot, and mouth disease is a common viral illness that usually affects infants and children younger than 5 years old. However, it can sometimes occur in adults. It usually starts with a fever, reduced appetite, sore throat, and a feeling of being unwell (malaise). One or two days after the fever starts, painful sores can develop in the mouth (herpangina). They begin, often in the back of the mouth, as small red spots that blister and can become ulcers. A skin rash with red spots, and sometimes with blisters, may also develop over one or two days on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet; it may also appear on the knees, elbows, buttocks or genital area.

Some people, especially young children, may get dehydrated if they are not able to swallow enough liquids because of painful mouth sores.

Not everyone will get all of these symptoms. Some people, especially adults, may show no symptoms at all, but they can still pass the virus to others.

New School Lunch Policy

Recently, the school committee adopted an updated School Lunch Policy. If a student owes more than $20, their lunch account can be closed until payment is received.

We will continue to send home notification regarding outstanding lunch balances. If you are experiencing some financial hardship, please call us for assistance. We can provide you with a free/reduced lunch application or set up a payment plan.

To see the entire policy, click this link

Birthday Party Invitations

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

Sharing food/candy at school

As a reminder, we do not allow students to share or distribute food or candy to peers at school. Please keep this in mind as we approach birthdays and holidays. If you would like to send in something to share with peers in your child's class, please consider items such as stickers and pencils. You could also consider sending in something for the entire class to use such as a book, fun class materials or game.

Our school is LATEX and MINT FREE due to allergies!

Please do not bring the following items into our school due to serious allergies:

Latex balloons, rubber balls, any products containing natural rubber, mint gum/candy

School Calendar for 2016-2017

The School Committee recently approved the school calendar for the next school year. School will begin on Monday, August 29th so we will have a full week of school before Labor Day. There will be traditional school vacation weeks in February and April.

Upcoming Events:

Tues. Feb. 2nd - PTO Meeting - 6:00 pm - Childcare provided

Thurs. Feb. 11th - Early Release Day

Feb. 15-19 - Vacation week

To view the school calendar:

CMS Incoming 5th grade Band Night - March 7th at 7:00 pm

4th Grade Parents, save this date in March!

Has your child thought about playing an instrument when they transition to middle school?

You and your child can learn more about the band program at CMS. During this fun filled evening, you and your child will learn all about the CMS band program. Vendors will be present and your child can try various instruments.

If you have questions, feel free to contact the CMS Band Director

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