Hathaway Happenings - Home

January 22, 2022

The mission of Hathaway Elementary School community is to provide a safe and caring environment in which every child develops character, self-confidence, responsibility, compassion, positive values and a true love of learning AND receives a strong academic foundation through diverse and challenging instruction in order to meet or exceed grade level expectations.

Distance Learning Day on Friday 1/28

This is a reminder that students will have a Distance Learning Day on Friday, January 28th.

What to expect?

Teachers will:

  • Post a pre-recorded Morning Meeting in Google Classroom
  • Use a Google Form to complete attendance
  • Post asynchronous work for students to complete

COVID Test Kits

The Emergency Management Director from the Town of Portsmouth has given COVID personal test kits and Informational sheets to distribute to each of our students.

We will plan to send these kits, along with an informational letter, home with students in their backpacks on Tuesday, January 25th. If you would prefer that we DO NOT send home a kit with your child, then please email our Front Office: Wendy Toppa, toppaw@portsmouthschoolsri.org by Monday, January 24th. You do not need to email us if we can send it home with your child as planned.


The state COVID-19 testing site at the Knights of Columbus will permanently close on Sunday as the operation moves to a larger location — the former Benny's store at 1400 West Main Road.

Per RIDOH, there will be 1,000 appointments per day for the general public and k-12. Both rapid and PCR testing will be available. Appointments are available now at portal.ri.gov or by calling 401-222-8022.

The site will be open from 8 AM-6 PM, seven days per week. Appointments are recommended, but walk-ins are accepted.

Blankets Of Hope

Thank you for all of your donations so far! We have raised $867.00! This is 123 blankets!

Students and staff at Hathaway School are participating in an amazing nationwide initiative to spread kindness called Blankets of Hope.

The organization offers a fun and educational Kindness Workshop that will empower our students to make a meaningful impact for those in need in our local community. Our hope is to donate 419 Blankets of Hope to those in need right here on Aquidneck Island.

Our school needs to fundraise $3,024.00 by to cover the cost of the blankets we’ll be donating. ($6 per student).

If you have the means and would like to help, please consider making a donation to ensure every student is able to participate!

Here’s the link to donate: https://gofund.me/bfd6f4ff

(100% of all donations will go directly to providing blankets to those in need!)

Thank you so much for your consideration - stay tuned for updates!

PS - This video shows one of the schools that participated and was featured in their local TV News! https://vimeo.com/456262869

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How Families Can Support Social and Emotional Climate and Learning

The CDC has produced new social and emotional climate and learning resources for parents, families, and schools. The resources are designed to support schools to increase the focus on mental health through the COVID-19 pandemic to the endemic and beyond. CDC Healthy Schools created a new tip sheet for parents and families to heighten awareness of and improve communication about social and emotional climate and learning. All the resources can be found on the social and emotional climate and learning web page. There are additional resources for mental health and other healthy schools topics in the CDC Healthy Schools Partner Toolkit.

Revised PSD COVID-19 Guidance

Dear Members of the PSD Community,

As a follow up to my email over the weekend, all districts have received an updated RIDOH Playbook based on the revised CDC guidance. Here are the updated PSD protocols which are fully in effect as of Wednesday, January 12, 2022.

Thank you for your continued cooperation and support as we navigate the school year.

Tom Kenworthy


COVID Coloring Books

Young children may be having a hard time dealing with some of the issues related to the current pandemic. 2 coloring books, Coronavirus Coloring Book, and Grief and Loss Coloring Book, have been developed and are available for download on the Bradley/Lifespan website. Organizations can order multiple copies. Available in English and Spanish.
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Hathaway Food Pantry

A great big thank you to our Hathaway community for supporting our annual Feinstein Food Drive! It was a great success and our students loved being a part of this community service project. We collected 691 items! Mr. Feinstein is generously donating one dollar per item to our Hathaway School!

In keeping with the spirit of giving, our Feinstein Jr. Scholars are excited to start an in-school food pantry that our students and families can donate to and access when needed.

Please help us as we continue to support our community by sending in food items with your child from time to time. Please email

Mrs. Almeida: almeida@portsmouthschoolsri.org or

Mrs. Pascoe: pascoen@portsmouthschoolsri.org

if you would like to access our food pantry during the school year.


HPTA Meeting

Join us at our next meeting on Wednesday, February 16, at 6:00pm.

Saturday, April 2nd Hathaway’s 9th Annual Springabaloo

Save the date for our upcoming Springabaloo at Glen Manor. The Springabaloo has historically been our largest fundraiser of the year. It is a live and silent auction held for adults only at the Glen Manor House in Portsmouth. The auction includes not only standard goods and services, but also unique items up for bid which are very popular. Our most popular items are the class projects that each classroom creates with every student contributing or the staff/teacher services where your student can do a fun activity with a teacher/staff such as “Principal for the day” with Mrs. Little! Other popular items have included gift cards for local businesses and experience, private chef dinners, camp memberships, art work, tickets to upcoming events, etc.

Ways you can help:

  1. Join the Springabaloo committee and help procure auction items and plan the auction.

  2. Have a local business? Donate an item or service using this form.

  3. Sign up to volunteer the night of the event when the sign up comes out!

Volunteer Opportunities

We have various events coming up for the remainder of the school year. Be sure to check out our different committees for upcoming volunteer opportunities. We appreciate your help and could not do it without your support. At this time our greatest need is for the Springabaloo.

Unfortunately we have canceled our Book Fair in March. We are looking for a volunteer to coordinate (with the support of the HPTA and volunteers) the Book Fair next October/November. If interested please email hathawayvis@gmail.com.

VIS Approval

Please visit the school website for more information on volunteering. This process is completed annually to volunteer in the schools and the steps are outlined below.

  1. Complete the google form

  2. Complete the VIS Authorization Form and send in your child’s red folder or drop it off at Hathaway or the School Administration Building.

    • Fill out form and have notarized

    • Include a copy of the front and back of your driver’s license or passport

    • Include a copy of your proof of vaccination

    • $5 check payable to BC

If you have any questions please email hathawayvis@gmail.com.

HPTA Board



Snow Day Information

  • Teachers will email a link to the class for a live morning attendance meeting that will take place between 8:30-9:00. All students are expected to attend. During this meeting the expectations for the day will be reviewed.

  • If at any time during the day support is needed, then email the appropriate teacher and they will respond to your questions throughout the day.

  • There will be a live afternoon meeting for students to get additional support if needed. This is an optional meeting and if your child does not attend, then this will not impact attendance.

  • If for any reason your internet is down, then we will provide the assignments to your child when they return to school in person or your internet is back on. In this scenario, we will address any individual attendance concerns.

  • If you get a chance to go outside post some fun to our Facebook and/or Twitter page!

Securly Home

Securly Home is an app that allows parents to monitor their child’s Chromebook activity at home and add rules for home use. Please take some time to review the slideshow and recording of the parent meeting that took place on 9/16.

We encourage you to sign up now for Securly Home!

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Hathaway Notification Form

Absent today? Going to be absent in the future? Early pick up? Need to communicate a change in pick up in the main office?

Please complete the Hathaway Notification Form.

Thank you in advance for helping us to keep things organized and safe in our Hathaway community.

Asynchronous Learning

Students who need to quarantine will be provided with asynchronous distance learning. All teachers are prepared to have daily assignments and accompanying materials available for students on a regular basis. If an entire class is asked to quarantine, synchronous learning will be available to the entire class. Materials pick up may be scheduled.

Teachers will be sharing login procedures with students and families. It is important that your child is familiar with Google Classroom and how to access the necessary lessons. This will make for an easy transition if your child is asked to quarantine.


Lunch Orders: Please remind your child that we need to order lunch for the next day. While we understand that sometimes it is a necessity to order on the day of, we ask that you review lunch choices so students are prepared to order one day ahead. Presently Chartwells is short staffed. Your understanding and cooperation is greatly appreciated.

Recess, Mask Breaks, and Outdoor Learning: With the colder weather approaching, we ask that students come to school with appropriate outdoor weather attire. We go out for recess, continue with our outdoor mask breaks, and head outside for learning as much as possible!

Drop Off:
Please be sure to have all items - lunch, backpack, etc. - ready to go when you pull up at the drop off area. Now that first day photos are in the books, please stay in the car in order to make the line move more smoothly. Drop off ends at 8:45 as this is the official start of the school day. If you arrive after 8:45 you must enter through the front door. Students arriving after 8:45 will be marked as tardy. Please be mindful that if busses are still dropping off you will need to park near the street and walk your child in the main door entrance.

Pick Up: Pick up begins at 3:15. Be sure to have your placard visible. Please pull over to the side of Tallman Avenue to buckle up - this will help keep the line moving. If someone other than a parent is picking up, please let the main office know. Pick up ends at 3:30.

Thank you for your support in helping to make drop off and pick up run safely and efficiently.

Accessing Aspen

If you are having issues accessing Aspen, you will have to email familyportal@portsmouthschoolsri.org with your child's name, date of birth, grade level, and your name. The system administrators will be able to restore access to your account and make sure that you can login.

Where Can I Find Past Parent Newsletters?

All of the past Hathaway Happenings can be found on our webpage.

Important Dates

Important Dates


January 28th - Staff PD/DL Day

February 16th - Early Release, 2:15

February 16th - HPTA Meeting, 6:00 PM

February 18th - Community Meeting, 2:00

February 21st - 25th - Winter Break

February 28th - March 11th - Parent Conferences

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