Family Newsletter

May 2015


Dear Families,

The record breaking snowfall has officially cleared and the sunshine is here to stay. We were starting to forget what our playground equipment and the fields of grass looked like.

At this point in the year, time seems to zoom by with a fast paced schedule and a packed calendar. The next two months will include in depth learning, field trips, projects, assessments, and a 4th grade promotion ceremony. As we spend time closing out one school year, we also begin to lay the foundation for a new academic year.

Please note that there are multiple reminders located at the bottom of this newsletter.

Happy Spring,

Mrs. McGuire

Matunuck Manta Ray Pledge
Respect all others,


And your surroundings


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Student Placement 2015-2016:

  • It's that time of year to submit your input to Mrs. McGuire regarding student placements for next year. The purpose is to give parents an opportunity to address concerns, not make teacher requests. Placement decisions are made with many considerations to create a thoughtful and purposeful classroom community. Pink input slips can be picked up in the main office and dropped off to the principal by 5/4. We value your feedback.

Confucius Classroom Opening

  • Please join us for the opening of our new Chinese Confucius Classroom on 5/13 from 6:30PM-7:30PM! This is an event you will not want to miss!

There will be many activities for families. Some of the events include: Calligraphy, paper Cutting; paper folding, learning to use chopsticks, a tour of the interactive Confucius Classroom, the Chinese Children’s Chorus & Instrument Performance, and an authentic tea ceremony!

State Assessments

  • The End of Year PARCC testing for 3rd & 4th graders will take place on 5/11, 5/14, & 5/15
  • The Science NECAP testing for 4th graders will be held 5/26-5/28

  • Thank you to Mrs. Laplante, Mrs. Masson, Mrs. Behr & Mrs. Tuoni for their hard work preparing our students!

After School Field Supervision

  • Please be mindful of after school supervision on the front field.

Tentative Last Day of School

  • Dr. Stringfellow has put in a waiver request for the state of emergency snow day to be removed from our calendar. This would make the last day of school 6/24. However, the Rhode Island Department of Education will not be deliberating on this until 5/14. Currently, the last day of school is 6/25.

Spring Pictures

  • Tuesday May 5th; forms went out in this Friday Folder

School Newspaper

  • Hot off the press: The first edition of the Seaside News is in this week's Friday Folder! Several 4th graders showed initiative to begin this after school enrichment program. More than half of the 4th grade signed up - allowing us to run two sessions.

Health Office Reminders:

  1. The Health office is in need of gently used shirts, sweatshirts & sweatpants sizes 6-10.
  2. Health Fair - May 29th from 11:30AM-3PM

We are looking for a parent(s) to coach/facilitate a soccer station. Please call Mrs. Lennon at 360-1258 if you are interested.


Expected vs. Unexpected Behavior

As the end of the year approaches, it is important to reset expectations. Below is the video of some of the teachers modeling what expected and unexpected behaviors look like around the school. The morning assembly was followed by an activity where each grade rotated through various stations (school bus, cafeteria, recess). Below is the video that was shared with students:
Expected & Unexpected Behaviors At Matunuck School



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