Charlestown School Updates

For members of our learning community - June 7th, 2015

Filling sails with knowledge and character for a successful life voyage

Safety Drills this week

On Monday, June 1st, our school had a brief lock down while a simulated crisis occurred on the Chariho campus. Our students and staff responded efficiently and effectively. During the simulation on the main campus, I served in the role of controller/evaluation. I observed the high school principal as she reacted to the news of an armed individual on the campus and watched her effectively follow the school and district procedures. As part of this experience, I also got a chance to see the Charlestown Mobile Command Unit and was able to meet with law enforcement officials from our area as we critiqued various aspects related to the simulation. I know that I am even more prepared in the event that I will need to respond to a crisis at our school or in the district.

On Wednesday, we practiced our evacuation procedures. Mr. Gencarelli, the Principal at Hope Valley School, provided us with very positive feedback after he observed our drill. Students were quiet and orderly and we arrived quickly at our alternative location.

Our Green Squad is Amazing!!!

We were so impressed by the two presentations given by our 4th Grade Green Squad Members. On Tuesday, they presented to parents and teachers at the monthly PTO meeting. On Thursday, they shared their learning and educated many of us at a faculty meeting. It is evident that the students have learned a lot about energy usage, efficiency and conservation. They were so poised and confident as they presented in front of us. We know that they will continue to share and use what they have learned for many years to come. Thanks to Debbi Miceli for guiding these students in their learning. Their efforts were part of a grant secured by the district to install more energy efficient lighting in the district elementary schools. Students researched and analyzed the costs associated with electricity both before and after the the lighting was installed last summer. Students also shared their learning with our students by creating a fun and educational cartoon.
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Field Day is Thursday, June 18th

Please contact Dr. Moffitt via email if you would like to volunteer to help run a station at field day. A background check within the last year is required.

Aramark will be changing their menu to a bbq. Please remember to pre-order if you child will be eating school lunch.

The final stretch for 2014-2015

We have two weeks remaining until the end of the year. Please help to keep your child in their routines, such as getting to bed early and completing required homework. We know that this becomes challenging as we end the year. This final stretch is very important for our students as we teach remaining content and prepare them for their next academic year.

Lunch Balances and Sunny Butter Policy

If your child owes more than $5.00 on their lunch account, they will only be able to select Sunny Butter Sandwich, sides and milk for lunch.

Please help us to avoid tears in the lunch line. If you have questions about your child's account, please contact Aramark or review your child's online account. Please contact me if you need financial assistance, such as a payment plan.

Lost and Found Items

Please check the lost and found shelves that are located outside of the Cafeteria.

We donate all remaining clothing to a local charity at the end of June.

Please call us about Kindergarten Registration.

Items needed for registration:

Locator Card - Proof of residency from the Town Clerk's Office

Birth Certificate - A copy is fine

Record of Immunizations and physical examination

To sign up for a FREE Child Outreaching Screening call 364-1100

The screenings provide information regarding your child's development in the areas of speech, vision, hearing and movement.

Call us if you have any questions of if you need to register: 364-7716

Summer Reading and Math

We are making preparations to try to encourage all of our students to complete some summer reading and math. It is important for students to practice their skills when school is not in session. What's great about reading, is that you can do it practically anywhere, as evident by the photo here of some of our book buddies (older students who read to younger students each week)

Wed. June 10 - Gr. 1 and 4 Field Trips

Fri. June 12 - Gr. 2 Bug Presentation

Fri. June 12th - PTO Mother Son Game Night

Mon. June 15 - Gr. 3 Field Trip

Tues. June 16 - Gr. 4 Field Trip

Wed. June 17 - Gr. 4 Picnic

Thurs. June 18 - Field Day - watch for flyer to pre-order your child's lunch

Only parents with pre-authorization from Dr. Moffitt can volunteer

Fri. June 19 - Moving Up Ceremony at 1:30. Tickets are needed for entry.

Mon. June 22 - Last Day of school - Report Cards distributed