EPSD Family Memo

May 2023

A Message From the Superintendent

May is a very exciting month across the district! We have many events scheduled, with High School graduation following in early June. I hope you have the opportunity to attend some of the events. While we are celebrating student progress, the teaching and learning will continue through the end of the school year. If children are feeling well, it is important that they are at school, on time every day.

We officially opened the Townie Pride Pantry and are currently servicing 115 families each week. If you need assistance please reach out to your school, details are below. We are planning a food drive at each school to help supplement the generous donations by We Share Hope and Stop & Shop. If you are able please consider helping. Thank you for your ongoing support and collaboration.

Warmest regards,

Sandy Forand

Important May Dates

Week of May 8th ~ Teacher Appreciation Week

Tuesday, May 9th

Teacher of the Year Ceremony 4:00 pm EPHS

School Committee Meeting 6:30 pm

Wednesday, May 10th

EPLAC Event @ EPHS 6:00 PM

EPSD Events Calendar

2022-2023 District School Calendar

Townie Pride Food Pantry


We could use help with keeping our shelves stocked. We are asking each school to have a food drive with specific items in mind. We hope the students and families can help. Food Insecurity is real for so many of our families, and we want to be able to provide assistance to those in need.

We are asking our schools for the following:

High School: Cereal and/or juice boxes

MJ Francis: Mac and Cheese and/or Jelly

Hennessey: Canned albacore tuna and/or Pasta

Kent Heights: Peanut Butter and/or Soup

MMS: Pasta Sauce and/or Fruit cocktail

Orlo: White Rice and/or Pasta Sauce

RMS: Beans and/or Mac n cheese

Silver Spring: Peanut Butter and/or Soup

Waddington: Canned chicken and/or Pasta

Whiteknact: Jelly and/or Fruit cocktail

Congratulations to our School Level Teachers of the Year!

Keith Anderson- EPHS

Kristyn-Anne Pinheiro-RMS

Jodie Audet-MMS

Kimberly Sherman-MJF

Rebekah Vieira-HENN

Regina Jones-KH

Nicole Cram-OR

Kristen Johnson- PREK

Abigail Jaffa-SS

Jalyn Alves-WADD

Raffi Rachdouni-WHIT

Teacher Appreciation Week!

Monday May 8th begins Teacher Appreciation Week! We look forward to celebrating our staff for all they do all year long for our students!

School Lunch Information

Meal Benefits

If you have not applied for meal benefits yet this school year – it’s not too late! Visit the link below to access the online meal benefits application –


If you have already applied or have categorical eligibility through the State of Rhode Island – you do not need to reapply.

Please know that if you have applied in the past and were denied – if your financial circumstances have changed since then – please feel free to apply again.

Please contact Kristin Chase, Administrative Assistant at 270-8281 or kchase@epschoolsri.com with any questions or requests for applications in different languages.

Kindergarten Registration Information

East Providence High School Named a US Department of Education Green Ribbon School!

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Commissioner Angélica Infante-Green and the Rhode Island Department of Education announced today that East Providence High School and the Jamestown School Department have been designated as 2023 Green Ribbon awardees by the U.S. Department of Education. The prestigious award is awarded to schools for their commitment to high-quality sustainability practices in their facilities and environmental education. Recipients are nationally recognized as some of America’s most successful educational institutions in reducing environmental impact, improving health and well-being, and providing a valuable education.


RI Pre-K Lottery is Open!

The RI Department of Education is recruiting eligible children for the 2023-2024 school year. Children are selected via a lottery for RI Pre-K classrooms. Eligibility Requirements: • Children must be 4 years old on or before September 1, 2023 • Children must reside in the city where the program is offered • Parents must provide transportation

East Bay Food Pantry

All Food Programs are available free of charge to East Bay residents in need (Newport to East Providence). Please see the flyers below for additional information.

East Bay Food Pantry & Thrift Shop (English)

East Bay Food Pantry & Thrift Shop (Portuguese)

East Bay Food Pantry & Thrift Shop (Spanish)

East Providence Public Library

See the flyers linked below for details about free, fun and enriching programs at your local public libraries.

May 2023 Children's Flyer

Big picture