North Scituate Elementary School

October 2021 Newsletter

A note from Mrs.Soccio

It's hard to believe October is here. I am back from maternity leave and looking forward to meeting all of our new students and continuing to strengthen relationships with others. On the side is a picture of Ella (2.5 years) and Eli (3 weeks) from August.

Thank you for all of your support during the first few weeks of school. I truly appreciate your support and partnership in your child's education. During the month of September, we practiced safety drills, including a lock down drill. I was very proud of students and staff as they handled each drill very responsibly.

Our school staff has worked hard to establish clear expectations and routines with students. North Scituate teachers are in the process of assessing students' academic levels to determine each child's strengths and instructional needs. Our grade level teams will participate in Data Days throughout the year to analyze student achievement data in order to plan instruction to meet the needs of all students and ensure student success at school.

Be sure to read through the newsletter including the flyers at the bottom from a variety of groups.

Please reach out with questions or concerns at anytime. Happy October!

Kaitlin M. Soccio, Principal

Reading Newsletter

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


October 8th is an asynchronous day for students and a professional development day for staff. Materials will be sent home with students on Wednesday, October 6th. Please return completed assignments by Tuesday, October 12th. All students will be marked present, unless completed assignments are not returned.

Weather Changes

As we enter fall and winter, it is important that your child is dressed appropriately for school. Students will be going outside for mask breaks and recess with temperatures at 28 degrees or above. Please ensure your children are dressed for these conditions, and have a sweatshirt or jacket in their backpacks.


During the month of October students will participate in activities to educate all children and raise awareness about bullying. North Scituate School will participate in Unity Day on October 20th by wearing orange - showing that we are together against bullying and united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion. Students will also have the opportunity to take a pledge against bullying and will be given a certificate for doing so.

**Parents are encouraged to contact North Scituate teachers or Mrs. Soccio directly with any concerns related to bullying. Your child's safety and well-being is a top priority for all North Scituate staff members. Educating students, parents, and staff members, open communication, and solution-focused intent are key to combating bullying! Please see the link below for more resources.

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Virtual Art Club

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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 are learning all about courage.

A copy of the Choose Love October calendar will be sent home to all families. It is our hope that this learning and small steps you can take daily will be helpful for our North Scituate families to complete at home.

Below, students in Mrs. Pontarelli's class are exploring lesson 3 of our Choose Love Curriculum. Students are journaling about being brave and having courage to complete things that are hard for us!


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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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Fall Benchmarking Assessments

As you may know, students are assessed periodically throughout the year using a variety of assessments. These assessments are designed to assist us in better understanding our students' strengths and making instructional decisions to meet the needs of our students.

North Scituate Elementary School teachers will be finishing beginning of year assessments by mid October. Staff members will then meet to analyze the data and create instructional groupings designed to provide targeted skill instruction to students with similar strengths and needs. The results of these assessments will be communicated to parents. Please do not hesitate to contact your child's teacher if you have any questions or concerns.


Speech Therapists in our district, like their teacher counterparts, did some beginning of year assessments. In the coming days some parents will be contacted by the Speech Therapist to offer supports to students for varied areas of need. Please call to discuss your child’s performance if you have any questions. Some terminology to know follows:

  • Articulation: This is the pronunciation of sounds.

  • Receptive Language: This refers to the understanding of what is said/read to you.

  • Expressive Language: This is how one formulates ideas verbally or in writing.

  • Pragmatics: This refers to social language.

  • Fluency: This is another word for Stuttering.

At North Scituate, the speech therapist, Michele Hamill MS CCC-SLP can be reached Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 647-4110.

Grade Level Classroom Happenings

Grade 1

Students in Mrs.Anthony class are working through their literacy centers while using their new flexible seating. I see students completing reading steps, writing, and practicing their letter sounds using puzzles.
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Grade 2

Students in Mrs. O'Grady's class worked on their Plein Air Writing while enjoying the outdoors. Plein writing is all about writing what you see in the moment, what you see, feel, hear, and smell.
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Grade 3

Students in Mrs.DiLuglio's class celebrated Constitution Day and learned about the 3 parts of our government.

Use this link to learn more about Constitution Day-

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Grade 4

Students in Mrs. Scucces' class work in station rotations for math. Well done, students!

  • Teacher Time- use of interactive screen
  • Tech Time- brand new chromebooks
  • Collaboration Station- working together in math puzzles
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Grade 5

Students in Mrs.Pontarelli's class are getting in some reading steps as part of our American Reading Company program on a beautiful September day. Students are required to read at least 4 steps (1 step= 15minutes) of reading per day.
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Art with Miss Davis

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CAL Grant Information from Miss Davis

A Note from the school nurse

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

A note from the School Social Worker

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A Message from the School Psychologist

Back-to-School Tips

I hope everyone has had a nice transition back to school. Getting a new school year off to a good start can influence children’s attitude, confidence, and academic performance. The transition from summer to school can be difficult for both children and parents. Here are a few suggestions to help ease the transition and promote a successful school experience.

  • Reestablish bedtimes and school routines.This will help students from becoming overtired or overwhelmed by schoolwork and activities.

  • Select a spot to keep backpacks and lunch boxes. Designate a spot for your children to place their school belongings as well as a place to put important notices and information sent home for you to see.

  • Make lunches the night before school. Older children can help or make their own lunches.

  • Set alarm clocks. Have school-age children set their own alarm clocks to get up in the morning.

  • Leave plenty of extra time. Make sure your children have plenty of time to get up, eat breakfast and get to school on time.

  • Prepare for after school. Review with your children how they will be getting home after school (either pick up or bus), and review who will be home when they get off the bus.

  • Let your child know you care. If your child is anxious about school, send a little note in their lunch box or backpack. Let them know it is natural to be a little nervous anytime they start something new. Reassure them that they will be fine. Young children in particular may experience separation anxiety. If you drop them off, try not to linger. Reassure them that they are safe and will be okay. Tell them you will think about them during the day and will be back. Remain calm and positive.

Give your child time to adjust to their new teachers and classmates. If your child appears to be having difficulty adjusting as time goes on, please feel free to contact me.

Mrs. Schiappa, MA, CAGS

School Psychologist

*Information provided by the National Association of School Psychologists. (2017). Back-to-School transitions: Tips for parents. Bethesda, MD K. Cowan & T. Feinberg, EdD, NCSP

Flu Clinic

Thursday, Oct. 14th, 4-6:30pm

46 Institute Lane

Scituate, RI

Flu Clinic

North Scituate School will be hosting a Flu Shot Clinic sponsored by The Wellness Company on Thursday, October 14th from 4:00 - 6:30 pm. Registration is required this year, prior to attending the clinic. No walk in patients will be allowed. More details to follow.

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News from the Scituate School Committee

The Scituate School Committee will hold its next meeting on Tuesday, October 5th. All members of the school community are encouraged to attend. The meetings begin at 7 p.m. at the Scituate High School auditorium. For more information about meetings, click here.


Our next PTO meeting virtually will be on Wednesday, October 20th at 7:30pm. A link will be sent out to families.

Art Festival Bake Sale Sign Ups:

Please email with any questions. We hope to see you there!

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Important Dates

October 8th: Students Distance Learn & Staff Professional Development

October 9th: Art Festival School Bake Sale

October 11th: No School-Columbus Day!

October 15th: Walk-a-Thon 10am-1pm

October 20th: PTO Meeting 7:30pm

October 20th: Unity Day! Wear Orange

October 21st: Uno's Restaurant Fundraiser Night

October 22nd: Trunk-Or-Treat

October 26th: Vision Screening

October 29th: Black & Orange Day

October 29th: Halloween Parade 4pm

November 18th: Chelo's Restaurant Fundraiser Night

December 10th: Village Stroll Event 6-8pm

December 6th-10th: Scholastic Book Fair

December 15th: Panera Restaurant Fundraiser Night