Captain Isaac Paine School

April Principal Update

April 16, 2021

Dear CIP Families and Staff,

Have a wonderful April Recess! Wishing you all a relaxing, enjoyable, and a healthy vacation.

“A vacation is having nothing to do and all day to do it in.” R. Orben

CIP Family Travel Information- Please Reference if you are traveling during the April Recess.

Mrs. Marcella Terranova Clark


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

NEW News~

K Registration- Information For 2021-2022

Foster Teacher Of The Year Form- Please Nominate and complete by May 1st.

For All CIP Students: Tutoring Opportunity- Please Read and Complete If Interested.

*Update on Learning Choices at CIP:

Currently we have 188 students in person 5 days a week.

We have 11 hybrid students.

We have 20 students virtual.

Please contact the office if you would like to discuss your child's learning choice option with the Principal.

RICAS NEWS For Families!

***The Rhode Island Department of Education informed districts that we will administer The Rhode Island Comprehensive Assessment System ( RICAS) this school year. This assessment is for all students in grades 3-8. It assesses math, reading, and writing standards. All students will participate, including distance learners.

* Distance learners must come into schools to be assessed.

Update on RICAS:

Students at CIP have completed The ELA Assessments in Grades 3-5. Math Assessments will begin on 5/4. Please reference the schedule below.

Thank you to all our virtual/hybrid families in assisting in this endeavor.

Great job grades 3, 4, 5! We are Rockin' RICAS at CIP!

Please Read:

RICAS - Grades 3,4,5

RICAS Schedule

* The RI Next Generation Science Assessment (Grade 5 Only) is scheduled on 5/20 and 5/21. All grade 5 students are expected to participate in person for the assessment. More information to follow.

i-Ready Winter Diagnostic Results K-5-

Tier 1 is the goal for Reading and Math for All CIP students!


Tier 3-6%

Tier 2-42%

Tier1- 52%


Tier 3-4%

Tier 2-50%

Tier 1-45%

*The staff participated in i-Ready Professional Development on 2/22 and 3/1 to address meeting individual needs and addressing gaps to move our students growth in both areas towards Tier 1.

All students K-5 will participate in i-Ready lessons to address gaps.

Grades K-2 -Reading Lessons/My Path-15-20 minutes a week 4x week;

Grade 3-5- 15-20 minutes a week 4x week- Geometry Domain Lessons Only- My Path Lessons;

Math and/or Reading reading lessons will also be added to all grade levels after April vacation to address closing the gaps further!


All CIP Staff and Families will receive an email with a COVID-19 screening form daily. The screening tool should 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 continue to 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.

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.

  • *Updated -Outbreak Response Protocols: Pre-k-12 Playbook -4/14/21

  • 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. 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 9:10. 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 and/or our school nurse 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. The main office needs to be notified.

Attendance Matters!

Attendance Letters were sent home to familes if their child had 5, 10 or more unexcused absences, tardies, and/or early dismissals.

At CIP we inspire students to become life long learners and responsible citizens in our community by providing a challenging and supportive environment. One of our goals at CIP is to prepare our students for success. Attendance Matters! Please continue to have your child attend school in person and/or virtually based on your child's learning choice chosen for trimester 3.

According to RI General Law 16-18-1 every child is required to attend public school during all the days and hours that the public schools are in session in the city or town the child resides. Students are therefore expected to be present each day of the school year unless officially excused. This includes times such as these when distance learning has been fully or partially implemented, and attendance and engagement in continuous educational learning matters the most.

If your child is ill and cannot attend school in person and/or virtually please call the office at 647-5100 and/or email, or use the COVID Hotline 217-5019. to report your child's absent and/or symptoms. Mrs. Verducci, our school nurse is available at

Please call the office at 647-5100 at any time if you are need of support or guidance at home. Our school social worker and school psychologist are also available to help and can be reached at and angela.

*Please keep in mind that EXCUSED Absences, Tardies, and Early Dismissals require a Drs. Note or an excusal from the school nurse.

Arrival & Dismissal Updates This Month~

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 8:55-9:10am.

Arrival will begin for parent drop offs at 8:55 am. It is requested that Last Names:A-L arrive between: 8:55- 9:02 am and Last Names M-Z: arrive between 9:04-9:10 am. The change is due to the traffic congestion with vehicles and buses as well as the safety of our students. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding in advance. We have more families dropping off and more students returning to CIP and this is exciting but we need to add some additional safety measures in place at this time.

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 9:14 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 and is reported to RIDE for accountability.

Dismissal will begin for parent pick ups at 3:19pm; Last names: A-L: 3:19-3:24 pm and Last Names: M-Z: 3:24-3:31pm. Please remember your Photo ID!

Please wear masks and practice social distancing until you and your child are safely in your vehicle. Please NO PETS outside any vehicles.

Bus dismissal will begin as bus transportation arrives. Hoping to have all students dismissed safely between 3:26- 3:31 pm from the building.

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

*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.

***There will be limited access to the building during April Recess. Please plan accordingly.

Thank you!

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. Masks need to be worn on the bus at all times.

No Cell Phones/Computers on the bus! Please refer to The CIP Handbook and Cell Phone Policy.

*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

CIP PTO Meeting-April 28th-7-8pm- Virtual
Meeting ID: 861 2421 7449
Passcode: 267753

Important Dates~

  • CIP Spirit Day! Come to school showing your school spirit!

    Friday, April 16th- Wear your favorite "Tourist Gear". Come to CIP looking like you are leaving for a vacation. Please No Swimwear and/or attire.

  • April 19-23- School Vacation For All Students and Staff-No School
  • The Foster School Committee Meeting- 4/27- 7:15 pm- Virtual Meeting
  • May 13 and 17 Distance Learning Days For All Students- Asynchronous Day-Professional Development For All Staff
  • May 31- Memorial Day- No School For All Staff and Students

Sodexo Lunch Menu~

April 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 still can be chilly outside!
  • Please send hand lotion to school with your child if needed.
  • 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.

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!

4/30 Trimester 2 Paine Panther Student Certificates Delivery By The Principal. We will be honoring our Trimester 2 students on 4/30.



Information From Our Social Worker~

"Sesame Street in Communities" Workshop Series

PBS RI and Sesame Street are hosting a virtual workshop series opportunity. The Sesame Street in Communities series of six workshops runs from February 11 through April 22, and we welcome all who would like to attend any or all of the virtual zoom sessions. Workshop sessions are being offered in both English and Spanish. Informational blurbs in English & Spanish included below, and flyer attached, along with registration info and links.

We are excited to announce our Sesame Street in Communities workshop series! Presented by Rhode Island PBS, in collaboration with RI KIDS COUNT, Massachusetts Strategies for Children, and RI & MA SEIU Education and Support Fund, this workshop series is focused on providing caregivers, parents and educators with FREE tools and resources from Sesame Street to increase successful outcomes, both in school and in life, for children, primarily in rural communities both in RI and MA. The series consists of three sessions on different topics, and will be presented in English and Spanish. The English session series will take place on Thursdays, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. via Zoom on the following dates:

-February 11: Health Emergencies: Health emergencies bring many challenges and much uncertainty for young children, but there are things we can do to face each day with optimism and hope. The resources that we will highlight can help families cope during challenging times.

March 11: Traumatic Experiences: When a child endures a traumatic experience, the whole family feels the impact. But adults hold the power to help lessen its effects. We will learn how to bring those factors to life.

April 8: Science: Kids are natural scientists. Whether indoors or on the go, exploring together and asking questions helps them learn about the world and how it works. Together we will learn about activities and resources that will help us engage children with Science and spark discovery.

Caregivers, parents, and educators are all encouraged to join.

Registration and landing page (English):

Registro (español):

Maureen K. McEntee, MA CCC-SLP, MSW LCSW,

Speech-Language Pathologist/ Social Worker

Captain Isaac Paine Elementary School

160 Foster Center Road

Foster, Rhode Island 02825

(401) 647-5100

Resources For Families~

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Paine Panther!

Positive Office Referrals! Paine Panther Visits Every Friday!