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
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 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.
District Spelling Bee 2022
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!
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.
3 George Washington Highway, Clayville
391 North Road, Hope
North Scituate School:
46 Institute Lane, North Scituate
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.
Positive Office Referrals
POW Science Citiblocs Assembly
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!
GRADE LEVEL CLASSROOM HAPPENINGS
Art with Ms. Davis
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
Scituate School Committee
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