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February 4, 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.

Black History Month

February is Black History Month! What a great time to learn about and celebrate African Americans– present-day and historical. This website has a month’s worth of engaging and educational Black History Month activities for kids of all ages.

Here is one example:

1. Play Red Light, Green Light

You might ask what the game Red Light, Green Light has to do with Black History Month, but it all makes complete sense when you meet Garrett Morgan! Garrett Morgan was an African-American inventor who patented the 3-position traffic signal.

Read more about Garrett Morgan with this four book pack called the Garrett Morgan Activity Pack labeled for ages 4-6.

Blankets Of Hope

Thank you for all of your donations! We raised $1,249.00! Our blankets are on the way!

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.

We will be conducting our lessons on 3/1. Please ask your child about the lesson and their letter!

(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

Big picture

From the Nurse's Office

Throughout February, Nurse Alex will be performing vision screenings for all Hathaway students. She will be starting with 4th grade on Monday, Jan. 31. If your child wears glasses, please encourage them to bring them and wear them, especially for vision screenings. Thank you.

Yay for the 100th Day!

We will be recognizing the 100th Day on February 11th. Grade levels will be reaching out if there are any planned special events.

Valentine's Day

We love this heartwarming holiday!

  • Similar to past years and in line with our district Health and Wellness policy, we cannot distribute any candy or food items. Please do not send them in as it is sad when we have to send them home.
  • We encourage you to send in cards, or if you prefer a small token e.g. pencils, erasers, small toys etc...
  • If you choose to send your child in with Valentines, please make sure there is enough for the each member of the class.

Kindergarten Registration

The Portsmouth School Department is excited to begin registering and welcoming the Kindergarten class of 2035! The registration process for Kindergarten for the 2022-2023 school year will open on February 1. During February, a parent/guardian for an eligible student should begin this process by visiting the Registration tab at the top of our district webpage: http://www.portsmouthschoolsri.org/. Important information including instructions on how to register (please be sure to register for the 2022-2023 school year), registration requirements, and other pertinent information can be found by accessing the link.

Kindergarten Registration Day

To complete the Kindergarten registration process a parent/guardian must come in person to Melville Elementary School, 1351 West Main Road on March 14th at one of the following dates and times:

  • 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. -- For students with last names A-K
  • 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. -- For students with last names L-Z

Individual appointments are not necessary unless you are unable to attend on March 14th. Appointments can be made after that date to complete registration. If all pre-registration information has been completed online it should take about 10-15 minutes to complete the process during one of the above dates and times. Please contact our Central Administration Office at 683-1039 with any questions.

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.

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!

Google Slideshow


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


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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