Captain Isaac Paine School

December-Principal Update

December 22, 2021

Dear CIP Families and Staff,

Wishing you all a Happy Holiday and a Happy New Year!

Hoping the new year brings you all happiness, good health, and laughter!

Enjoy the vacation and see you all in 2022!

Mrs. Marcella Terranova Clark


* Please keep in mind that All Staff will be on vacation during the holiday break and the building will be closed.

Ongoing and Past Events~

12/4- Second Vaccination Clinic hosted at CIP!

12/10- Cookies and Cocoa ~PTO Sponsored Event~

Thank you to all the families, staff, students and especially our school PTO for organizing the event. It was such a great night see everyone back at school together again!

Check out the photos below!

Week of 12/6- Scholatic Book Fair~

Thank you to all the volunteers and our PTO!

Month of December- Mrs. Clark reading a Winter/Holiday Story to all individual grade level classrooms.

Upcoming Important Dates & Events~

Important Dates:

December 21st- Trimester 1 Report Cards were sent home. Please contact you child's teacher if you did not receive your child's report card.

December 22nd-

*Trimester 1 Students honored on Dec. 22nd at 2pm.- Recording of assembly will be sent to all student families recieving the award.

School Spirit Day!-"Santa Hat and/or Pajama Day."

December 23rd -January 2nd - Holiday Break/School Resumes on January 3rd.

Looking Ahead:

January 10th- Early Release Day-Parent/Teacher Conferences~

More Information to follow by classroom teachers and specialists.

January 11th- Sarah Torres, a Math Specialist from School Kit/Eureka will be joining Mrs. Thompson with class visits during Eureka math instruction times in classrooms.

January 17th- No School For Students and Staff-Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 18th- I-Ready Winter Diagnostic Begins For All Students.

Information For The 2021-2022 School Year~

ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL- School Day: 9:05am-3:30pm- All K-5 Students!

Please be on time!

Classes will begin at 9:05 a.m.~

Students can begin to be dropped off at 8:55 am. Please do not drop off students any earlier since there is no supervision until 8:55 a.m. Please do not park in front of the building. These lanes are reserved for the school buses. If you are dropping off your child in grades K-5, please go through the drive through lane in the parking lot near the Preschool/K Playground. For safety reasons, please park in the designated area if you need to help a child out of the vehicle. Please ensure your child has his/her mask on and backpack ready to go as you enter the parking lot drop off. This will help with the traffic flow. A teacher assistant(s) will be stationed at this area to greet the students from 8:55-9:05 a.m. Students will then go straight to their classrooms until the start of the school day. A.M. Preschoolers only will be dropped off between 9:05 and 9:10. Preschool parents are expected to follow the drop off loop (to the right of the building). If you need to help your child out of the vehicle, parents will park in the designated parking area and walk their child to the sidewalk where a preschool staff member is present. For safety reasons, please park if you need to help a child out of the vehicle. A Preschool staff member will escort the child into the preschool classroom. If parents arrive after 9:10, our staff will not be at the side door. Parents will need to escort their child in through the main office and sign in. Masks and social distancing is required at all times when inside the school building.

PreK Times Only For AM/PM Sessions:

9:05-9:10-AM drop off by Prek Playground

11:30- PM-Pick up by the Prek Playground

12:15 -12:20 -PM drop off by the Prek Playground

2:50-PM pick up by the Prek Playground

*Please do not drop off students without an adult/staff present at the drop off designated area.


If you and your K-5 child arrive past 9:05, your child will be considered tardy. You must accompany him/her to the office where a pass will be issued to enter class. Please do not drop your child off in front of the school. There is no outdoor supervision after 9:05 a.m., and we need your signature on the tardy form in the office. Parents need to escort children into the building if they are tardy. Please use the main entrance. Please enter the building with a mask.


If your child needs to be dismissed prior to 3:30, please complete the Early Dismissal form sent home with your child (also found on the website and in the main office). Unless in the case of an emergency, we ask that you avoid calling the school to let them know of the early dismissal. Learning happens up until the last minutes of the day. When we have to call down to a classroom to dismiss students early, we interrupt the learning of the entire class. All students who are being dismissed early must be signed out at the office. No student will be released to another adult other than a parent, unless directions to that effect are received in writing the morning of the dismissal.

CIP Dismissal Form 2021-2022


  • A.M. Preschool Parents will pick up their students at the pick up door near the preschool/K playground.

  • Students that ride the bus will all be dismissed beginning at 3:20p.m.

  • Students that are being picked up will be dismissed beginning at 3:18-3:23 p.m. (Last names A-L) and 3:24-3:30pm (Last names M-Z.) Please park in the south parking lot and come to the door near the kindergarten playground for after school pick up.

  • Students who will be pick-ups must be sent to school with a note (yellow slip preferred) they will be picked up. This note will remain in the office and a pick up list will be distributed daily. Please do not call the office with this information as we will have to call into the classroom to let your child’s teacher know, thus interrupting the learning of the entire class.

  • Please be prepared to show picture identification (ex. driver’s license) when signing out your child. Students will not be released to another adult unless that adult is on the student’s Biographical Information Sheet/ASPEN. This adult will need to show a picture identification as well.

  • Once you have received your child, please exit the building immediately so the area will be clear for student dismissal.

*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 4:15 pm daily.

All Materials will be placed in the front foyer by grade levels in bins. Please buzz the office to retrieve materials.

*Please keep in mind that all assignments and materials can be located digitally in your child's Google Classroom.

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 must be worn on the bus at all times. Please have your child board the bus with a mask.

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.

Thank you in advance for your attention to this matter.

Bus Routes 2021-2022

Information can also be found on our school's website:



*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, digital program issues and/or chrome book issues.

WIFI Information

*Chromebooks this year were distributed by classroom teachers and communication will be sent to all families individually in regards to class/home use of technology. This will be dependent on grade levels. All chromebooks need to be brought back and forth to school daily and charged at night. Please keep all devices in cases.Thank you!

Grade level bins will still be kept outside the main office for retrieval of any school items.

Safety Drills~

Fire, Safety, and Lockdown Drills-

Fire, safety, evacuation, 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.

Plans are devloped by our School's Safety Committee with emergency experts present.

* 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.

2021-2022 School Calendar~

2021-2022 CIP School Improvement Team~

Please consider joining our team!

Please email Mrs. Clark with interest at

CIP PTO Information~

Foster PTO Information:

Upcoming PTO Meetings:

January 31st- 7:15 pm -Virtual Meeting-Zoom link to follow.

No Meeting in February


Facebook: CIP Foster PTO-



School Year Board:

President- Laurie Smith

Vice President- Rachel Rocchio

Treasurer- Stephanie Linhares

Secretary- Lisa Barrentine

SODEXO-January Breakfast/Lunch Menu-

Attendance Matters- Always!

Attendance Letters are sent home monthly to CIP families if their child has 6 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!

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 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 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.

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

*Please keep in mind that EXCUSED Absences, Tardies, and Early Dismissals require a Drs. Note or an excuse from the school nurse. Please send all appropriate documentation to the school office. Please reference The CIP Student Handbook.

COVID/SICK Reporting~

**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 before 9:05. Phone calls will be made by office staff for all absences and tardies.

* A negative Antigen and/or a negative PCR is required to be submitted prior to reentry to school. Please send results to

* Please communicate with your child's teacher directly since HIPAA prevents us from disclosing information.

* Also Asynchronous work should be completed if your child is ill and/or a close contact and in quarantine.

*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!

Updated COVID Guidelines/Procedures~

Updated COVID-19 Information for Families~

Continue to Report and Communicate!

COVID Information:



"Old" CIP Playground/New Plans & Photos To Come...

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Follow us on Twitter @ CIP Learns!
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Foster's Swamp Meadow Covered Bridge~

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!

Panther Pride Awards are distributed by The Principal at the end of every trimester.



Paine Panther!

Positive Office Referrals! Paine Panther Visits Every Friday!

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Our New CIP Signs~

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Photos from CIP's Cookies and Cocoa Event~ 12/10

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