Captain Isaac Paine School

January Principal Update

January 19, 2021

Dear CIP Families,

Wishing you all a Happy New Year and hoping 2021 brings back some "normalcy" to our school days and everyday interactions as a community. Our students have returned to their new learning choice options for trimester 2. It it so great to see some new faces in the building and our distance learners virtually. I am so thankful that our technology keeps us all connected and engaged with each other during a time like this. I'm hoping to see everyone in person in trimester 3 or at least at the beginning of the next school year! HOPE, GOALS, and TOGETHERNESS is what we need.

Wishing you all health, happiness, and laughter for 2021!


Mrs. Marcella Terranova Clark

CIP Principal

*Please contact Mrs. Soares or myself with any questions or concerns @ 647-5100 or via email @ and @


All CIP Staff and Families will receive an email with a COVID-19 screening form daily. The screening tool will have to be completed prior to your child or self arriving to school and/or boarding the bus. Parents/Guardians and staff will have to fill out the form daily. Visitors to the building will complete a screen prior to entering the building in the main foyer.

Mrs. Verducci, our school nurse will be monitoring the screening tool. All students and staff will be assessed verbally and temperatures will also be taken in regards to the screening tool not being completed prior to the arrival of school. Please FILL OUT the screening tool daily. This tool is in place for everyone's safety. Please call the school at 647-5100 if you have any questions regarding the screening tool.

Arrival & Dismissal Reminders~

* Students, staff, and families are expected to wear masks and social distance at all times on the school campus and in the building


Arrival & Dismissal is one of my favorite times of day where I can greet students as they enter the building and say goodbye as they exit the building. This process has been efficient and smooth and at this time there will be no changes.

CIP doors will open for student arrival at 8:55 am. Please do not drop off students prior to 8:55 am without adult supervision outside. Adult supervision and doors will remain open from 8:55-9:10 am. If your child arrives after 9:10, please report to the main entrance/office with your child. Virtual and In Person Learners will be marked tardy after 9:15 am and/or the start of morning meeting.

Please make sure your child is attending ALL Classes! Please have your child follow the schedule and be on time for all classes listed in their Google Classroom. Attendance is crucial to your child's education.

Dismissal will begin for parent pick ups at 3:15 pm; Last names: A-L: 3:15-3:20 pm and Last Names: M-Z: 3:25-3:30pm. Please remember your Picture ID!

Please wear masks and practice social distancing until you and your child are safely in your vehicle.

Bus dismissal will begin as bus transportation arrives. Hoping to have all students dismissed safely between 3:25- 3:30 pm from the building.

Please remember to send in your child's "yellow slip" for any changes in transportation.

*If you are "picking up" classroom materials please avoid arrival and dismissal times since this will interfere with safety. Materials can be "picked up" until 4:15pm daily.

All Materials will be placed in the front foyer by grade levels in bins. Please buzz the office to retrieve materials.

RI Department of Education & Health~

Updated COVID-19 Information for Families~

Continue to Report and Communicate!

COVID Information:

  • Please complete the daily COVID Screen prior to entering the school!

  • ***Reporting Probable or Actual COVID-19 Symptoms

  • If you are symptomatic, probable, confirmed, or a close contact please CALL THE NEW HOTLINE: NUMBER:

  • 1-401-217-5019...PLEASE LEAVE A MESSAGE OR TEXT and/or email @


  • DOH Hotline-K-12

  • *All Staff & Students please see the school nurse with your Attestation Form prior to entering the classroom when returning from an illness. Thank you! Attestation Form

  • *If you are planning on traveling please meet with the Principal/Nurse to discuss protocols and quarantine information.

  • Please reference the list- States with travel restrictions upon entry to RI

  • I wanted to share with you the updated PK-12 Outbreak Response Protocols Playbook. This version includes updated quarantine guidance, recommended testing for all close contacts, and clarification on travel guidance.

***CIP will NOT be testing asymptomatic students at this time. Asymptomatic Staff will have the option to be tested voluntarily once a week. A plan has been submitted for approval. If our data supports students being tested at any given time, then a revised plan will be submitted and communicated with the priority.



Also, all information and copies can be located at our main entrance outside doors for families.


***Reporting Probable or Actual COVID-19 Symptoms to CIP:

If you are symptomatic, probable, confirmed, or a close contact please CALL THE HOTLINE

NUMBER: 1-401-217-5019...PLEASE LEAVE A MESSAGE OR TEXT and/or email @


*Please use this hotline if your child is sick. Please remember to use the hotline and/or call the office if your child is absent in person or virtually before 9:15. Phone calls will be made by office staff for all absences and tardies.

*Please try to schedule all vacations in accordance with our school calendar. Please consult with The Department of Health with quarantine and testing questions and/or protocols.

*Attendance counts and still counts towards our star rating from the state. Students this year have the option to attend virtually if they can not be in person this year. Virtual schooling is being present.

Survey Works Information For Families~

The Rhode Island Department of Education is currently administering its annual Survey Works Family Survey, which is an opportunity for family members to provide feedback about our school community and our children’s opportunities to learn. The survey results are most useful when all families participate.

Your views on matters like the safety of your child at school, the way students are taught, the condition of the school, and how connected you feel to this school are important. By taking this short survey, you can help our school leadership and school community to make improvements. Responses are anonymous and cannot be linked to any individual; no one can tie your responses back to you.

You can take the short survey online between January 19 and March 31. To take the survey, visit Choose Captain Isaac Paine School from the dropdown list.

Thank you for your participation.

A Message From Our Bus Drivers~

All students need to have an adult present at their bus stop for am and pm. Students can not be boarding or exiting busses on their own since we do not have bus monitors in Foster. Also, please have your child dress for the weather.

*Please inform your bus driver if your child will not be riding the bus due to illness or quarantine.

Thank you in advance for your attention to this matter.

Technology Issues~


*Please direct all TECHNICAL issues to Dr. Du. Please use this contact number:

(1-860-481-3797) You may text or call. Please do not call the school line.

Please contact Dr. Du with any wifi issues, Zoom concerns, digital program issues and/or chrome book issues.

WIFI Information

CIP PTO Information~

Foster PTO Information~


Facebook: CIP Foster PTO-



School Year Board

President- Laurie Smith

Vice President- Rachel Rocchio

Treasurer- Stephanie Linhares

Secretary- Lisa Barrentine

*The February PTO Meeting will be set aside this month for board members only to interview photographers for next school year. A March meeting date is TBD.

Important Dates~

  • January 18th- No School- Martin Luther King Jr. Day

  • Jan. 25th Pd Day -All Staff/ Distance Learning Day For All Students-Asynchronous day of learning for all students at CIP. All assignments, tasks, and lessons will be left in your child's google Classroom. There will be no "live" Zoom meetings.

  • February Vacation- 2/15-2/19- No School for Students and Staff

  • The Northwest Special Education Local Advisory Committee Meetings for the 2020-21 school year:

October 20, 2020

December 8, 2020

February 9, 2021

April 13, 2021

Sodexo Lunch Menu~

January Lunch Menu

February Lunch Menu

* Breakfast/Snack Bags are available as a "grab and go" in the am and lunch is a "grab and go" in the pm. All are FREE to ALL students until June 2021 due to grant funding.

From The Nurse~


  • Please pack younger students an extra set of clothes in case of an emergency.
  • Please have students dress for the weather. It is cold outside!
  • Please remind students to wash and hand sanitize hands frequently.
  • Please remind students to wash and replace face masks daily.
  • Please keep your child home if they are ill.
  • An Attestation Form is needed from ALL students who return from an absence.
  • Please email Mrs. Verducci @ or call 401-647-5100 with any questions.

School Calendar and NEW News!

School Calendar

*The winter diagnostic will begin at the end of January. Please click on the following link for some useful information for families.

i-Ready Family Tips

Fire, Safety, and Lockdown Drills

Fire, Safety, and Lockdown Drills-

Fire, safety, and lockdown drills are necessary for the safety of students, faculty and staff. State law requires fifteen drills per year. These drills are crucial so staff and students know where to go and how to respond if there was ever an actual threatening situation. All safety procedures are reviewed annually with staff. The school will conduct 15 drills per year following the RIDE requirements and COVID protocols as well as safety guidelines.

* In an event of a fire or potential safety concern families will be notified as soon as possible with an update and instructions if needed. Please avoid contacting and arriving at the school. Our focus first and foremost, is the safety of all the students and staff in the building. Visitors will NOT be allowed in the building during an emergency situation. We have safety procedures and protocols in place to ensure our CIP students and staff are safe. We thank you in advance with your patience and cooperation regarding this matter.

CIP School Improvement Team 2020-2021

Please consider joining. Please click on the link below for more information.

School Improvement Team Form

A Paine Panther ROARS!

Mission Statement: At CIP we inspire students to become lifelong learners and responsible citizens in our community by providing a challenging and supportive environment!

A Paine Panther ROARS- Respect Others & Respect Self

Vision Statement: All students will become lifelong learners and demonstrate proficiency in academic based national standards. Students will be able to use a growth mindset to meet future challenges and make positive choices.

Positive Office Referrals are distributed to students every Friday by The Paine Panther!

Next Month we will be honoring our Trimester 1 Students! Stay tuned for more information.



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