North Scituate Elementary School

March 2022 Newsletter

A Note from Mrs.Soccio

Welcome back from February break and happy March! I hope everyone had a fun and restful February break. Students came back ready to learn and transitioned back into their school routines nicely.


As of Monday, March 7th masks will be OPTIONAL in all Scituate Public Schools. Superintendent Andries sent a letter out to all families regarding this update (pictured below). Mrs. McCann and myself will be discussing the topic of respecting mask choice with students this week.


Our next School Improvement Team meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 9th at 7:30pm (virtually-meet.google.com/mxa-xkfq-jny). Our team is looking for parent and community members to join. Please reach out to me with questions.


Please be sure your child is dressed appropriately for outdoor play. We are making every effort to get students outside for recess and must ensure they are properly dressed for the conditions.


Please reach out with questions or concerns at any time.


Kaitlin Soccio, Principal

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Reading Newsletter

Check out this update from Mrs.Gould, reading specialist.

Read Across America Day!

READ ACROSS AMERICA DAY and DR. SEUSS DAY is MARCH 2!


The National Education Association annually sponsors Read Across America. The focus is on how important it is to motivate children to read, in addition to helping them master basic skills. The nationwide reading celebration takes place each year on or near March 2, the birthday of children's author Dr. Seuss. Thousands of schools, libraries and community centers participate by bringing together kids and books. You can too!


Your reading event can be as simple or elaborate as time and inclination allow. Whether you choose to scale up or down, keep in mind the basic premise and it's almost sure to be a success: On March 2, the National Education Association is calling for every child to be reading in the company of a caring adult.


TIPS FOR READING TO YOUNG SCHOOL-AGE CHILDREN:

Your child has started school, but he still needs you to read to him at home. Your child will do better in school, and you'll enjoy the time spent together. Here are helpful tips for reading to and with young children in school, kindergarten through third grade:


• Keep reading to your child even when he can read. Read books that are too difficult or long for him to read alone.

• Try reading books with chapters and talk about what is happening in the story. Encourage your child to make predictions about what will happen next, and connect characters or events to those in other books and stories.

• Talk with your child about reading preferences that are beginning to develop. Ask whether she likes adventure stories, mysteries, science fiction, animal stories, or stories about other children. Encourage her to explain the reasons for preferences.

• Talk with your child about favorite authors and help him find additional books by those authors.

• Take turns reading a story with your child. Don't interrupt to correct mistakes that do not change the meaning.

• Talk about the meaning of new words and ideas introduced in books. Help your child think of examples of new concepts.

• Talk with your child about stories using the notions of the beginning, middle, and end of the story to organize thinking and discussion.

• Ask your child to tell why a character might have taken a specific action. Ask for information from the story to support her answer.

• Enjoy yourself and have fun. The most important thing you can do to help your child become a successful reader is communicate that reading is valuable and enjoyable.


TIPS IN READING TO CHILDREN IN GRADES FOUR TO SIX:

It is critical that your child keeps reading and being read to at this age. Young readers need to become practiced at reading, and the only way to get good at it -- is to practice!


Helpful tips for reading to and with children in grades four through six:

• Take turns reading a book with your child.

• Ask your child to compare a book to another familiar book. How are the characters alike or different? Do the stories take place in similar settings? How are the illustrations the same or different?


ASK:

Ask what part of the story or book your child liked best and why.

Ask if your child liked the ending of the story. Why or why not?

Ask your child what type of mood the story or chapter in a book creates.

Ask how the author creates the mood. For example, does she use certain words, events, or settings that create a particular feeling? If your child has read more than one book by the same author, ask how the books are similar or different.


Source: www.nea.org

District Spelling Bee 2022

Congratulations to all students who participated in our 4th and 5th grade classroom Spelling Bees!


Kudos to our North Scituate representatives:

  • 5th grade winner: Martin
  • 5th grade alternate: Kelsey
  • 4th grade winner: Jaxson M.
  • 4th grade alternate: Lilianna


Special shout out to Martin and Jaxson who made us proud during the district Spelling Bee!


Thank you to the principals and teachers for facilitating classroom and school bees!

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Coming Soon! Surveyworks


  • SurveyWorks is a statewide survey sent out annually to students, families, and teachers to hear from Rhode Islanders directly about their experiences in our state's public schools.
  • SurveyWorks will be given to all students in grades 3-12, parents, teachers, support professionals and building administrators. This year, many questions are tailored towards students' experience during Distance Learning.
  • The Rhode Island Family Survey is for all parents to complete. To take the survey, visit: https://surveys.panoramaed.com/ride/ridefamily/surveys. Your feedback is so important to us!
  • Students will receive a raffle ticket when their guardian completes the survey. Four raffle ticket winners will be invited to a special luncheon with Mrs. Soccio! The winners can also invite a friend!

Scituate Kindergarten Registration 2022-2023

  • Children who will be five years old by September 1, 2022 are eligible to attend kindergarten in September 2022. The Scituate School Department requires registration for Kindergarten in Scituate.
  • Parents of children scheduled to attend kindergarten this fall will receive a registration packet in the mail. If you do not receive one, you should contact the school of attendance so that a registration packet can be sent to you.
  • Please mail or return the completed packet to your child's home school by Monday, May 2, 2022.


Clayville School:

3 George Washington Highway, Clayville

Phone: 647-4115


Hope School:

391 North Road, Hope

Phone: 821-3651


North Scituate School:

46 Institute Lane, North Scituate

Phone: 647-4110


If you have a question regarding which school your child will attend based on your address, please contact the Scituate School Department at 401-647-4100. Be advised that the Scituate School Department reserves the right to selectively redistrict your child to another Scituate elementary school based on class size issues. In most years this involves a relatively small number of students.

Choose Love Movement for Schools- SEL Curriculum

Students in Prek-5 are fully immersed in the Choose Love curriculum! Students participate in a weekly lesson rooted in one of the four units: Courage, Gratitude, Forgiveness and Compassion in Action; all part of the Choose Love Formula. This month students will learn about "Marching to Your Goals".


The Choose Love calendar is below and was sent home with all students. It is our hope that this learning and small steps you can take daily is helpful for our North Scituate families to complete at home.


Source: https://chooselovemovement.org/schools/

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Positive Office Referrals

Students will receive these awards for EXEMPLARY behavior in the following categories: self-control, citizenship, hard work, attitude, responsibility, courage, teamwork, and honesty.
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POW Science Citiblocs Assembly

This month, Pow Science came to our school for a Citiblocs Assembly. This assembly involved hands on building and problem solving like engineers. Younger students learned and practiced principles of balance & building, older students will learn about ratios and the importance of Engineering systems, all the while building towers, bridges and buildings that will turn your venue into a wooden wonderland.


Pictured below are students in Ms. DeGuilio's, Mrs. Scucces', and Mrs. Redmond's class enjoying this hands on assembly. Thank you PTO for funding this event!

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GRADE LEVEL CLASSROOM HAPPENINGS

Kindergarten

Students in Ms. Murphy's class are working on power words, beginning sounds, and reading instruction in small group. Our Kindergarteners are becoming more independent in their literacy centers! Ms. Murphy's multisensory approach is inviting to all learners. Paraprofessional, Mrs. Lemieux, is working with a group of students on their reading color level specific power words in our American Reading Company ELA program.
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Picture below are Kindergarten students dressed up their future occupation for Career Day. Thank you to our Student Council for organizing this day.
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Grade 1

It's been 100 days! This past month our first graders celebrated 100 days of first grade with projects and activities. Students were tasked with creating a project of 100 "things". Students shared their projects with their classmates and discussed how they came up with the idea. You are ALL 100 days SMARTER!
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Grade 2

Students in Mrs. O'Grady's class are dressed up for Career Day! I see professional athletes, a chef, scientists, business owner, doctor, and more. Students enjoyed sharing with one another what they want to be when they grow up and why.
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Grade 4

Students in Mrs. Scucces' class were engaged in their rotations and eager to share their work with others. At the teacher station, students were learning about the area model and partial product model using multiplication. Students gave their teacher feedback about the preferred method and where they were struggling. The technology station involved Prodigy while the small group work was differentiated game.
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Art with Ms. Davis

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News from Northwest Special Education Region

The Special Education Local Advisory Committee (SELAC) meeting will hold it's final meeting of the school year on May 17, 2022.


All meetings are being held at the Ponaganset Middle School building in Room 150. The rear entrance to the building is used for this event. Parking is available behind the building. The address is 7 Rustic Hill Rd, Glocester, RI. Anyone wishing to attend needs to call 401-647-4106.

A Note from the School Nurse

Check out our school nurse's page for updates, information, and more. Please call 647-4110 or email Colleen.McCann@ScituateSchoolsRI.net with any questions or concerns.

Scituate School Committee

The Scituate School Committee will hold it's next meeting on Tuesday, March 1st. All members of the school community are encouraged to attend. The meetings begin at 7 p.m. at the Scituate High School auditorium. This month's meeting will be virtual. Click here to view agenda.

PTO Update

Our next PTO meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 16th at 7:30p.m. and will be held virtually! A link will be sent out to all families. We hope to see you there to discuss many upcoming events!

Important Dates

February 28th- March 11th: NS SurveyWorks Window

March 14th: DL Day Students/ PD Day Staff

March 18th: End of Trimester 2

March 30th: Dentist Visits 9:15am

April 14th: Spring Picture Day

April 15th: Good Friday- No School

April 18th-22nd: Spring Recess- No School

May 11th: DL Day Students/ PD Day Staff

May 30th: Memorial Day- No School

June 20th: Last Day of School