Hathaway Happenings - Home

May 20, 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.


The Portsmouth Special Education Local Advisory Committee on Special Education is a group composed of persons involved in or concerned with education of students with disabilities who are eligible for special education and/or related services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

The Portsmouth Special Education Local Advisory Committee each year seeks nominations for Recognition Awards. The purpose of these awards is for families of children with special education needs to nominate someone from our school community who has helped their child to succeed this school year.

On Wednesday evening many of our incredible Hathaway teachers and staff were acknowledged for their excellence in the area of Special Education. I am proud to say the following members of our community were recognized for their excellence.

Stacy Prater

Monica VanHorn

Dee Norsigian

Abbey Lemieux

Nicole Pascoe

Keri Larson

Lauren Thompson

Mrs. Driscoll

Victoria Travis

Abbey Lemieux

Teri King

Danielle Sanderson

Karen Moore

Shelby Santucci

Abound Parenting Newsletter (Kindergarten)

Abound Parenting- Hathaway News

This week’s academic vocabulary word is SPECIFIC. Here are 2 ways to give

your child extra opportunities to hear and use the word SPECIFIC:

- Some people really don’t like the noise of other people chewing loudly or scraping a

fork against a plate. Are there any SPECIFIC noises that really bother you? If so,

what are they?

- If someone asks you about a birthday party you went to and you say, “It was good,”

that person might ask you to “be more SPECIFIC.” Can you think of any SPECIFIC

things that make a birthday party really “good”?

̈ Remind your child that the word SPECIFIC means special, particular, or


How else can you build your child’s reading skills through TALK?

Try these questions taken from different TalkOn age groups this week:

- When you say words out loud, you can hear the different parts or syllables.

Let's clap out the syllables in tel-e-scope. How many did we count? (3) How

about space-ship? (2) What other space words can we clap out together?

- Most of the stars in the sky are bigger and brighter than the sun, but the sun

is closest to the earth, so it looks like it's the biggest! If all the stars were as

close as the sun is, how would the night sky look?

- To get kids interested in science and space careers, NASA began Space

Camp forty years ago. Now kids still go to Space Camp, but families can

also go together. Would you rather go to Space Camp on your own or with

your family? Why?

If you haven’t yet signed up, go to https:// partners.aboundparenting.com/ Use the code given to you by your Hathaway teacher or staff member, & follow instructions to download the app.

In the Mood for Scouting?

Do you like hiking, camping, learning new skills and knowledge, or doing fun activities with kids your own age? If you answered YES, then scouting may be for you!

Portsmouth’s Cub Scout Pack 1 and Scouts BSA Troop 1 are always looking for new boys and girls that are interested in Cub Scouts or Boy Scouts. Students entering grades K thru 5th in the fall are eligible to join cub scouting, while those who are 11 years or older are eligible to join boy scouting. Currently Cub Scouts meet at the church hall at St. Barnabas on Thursday evenings at 6 pm, while the boy scouts meet at The Portuguese American Citizens Club on Power St, on Tuesdays at 6:30pm. You do not need to live in Portsmouth to join, but you are welcome. There may be a pack or troop closer to you that is more convenient.

Questions on cub scouting please contact Amy Nicodemus at beachgirl627@hotmail.com or for boy scouting Steve Benner at bennersm@cox.net .

Nut Free Facility

Please note that at this time we are still a nut free facility. No products containing nuts are allowed as snack or in lunches. This includes peanut butter, nut butters, including Nutella, desserts in lunchables (peanut butter cups), and the like.

Thank you for your support in keeping all of our students safe in our Hathaway community.

Are you able to help?

We are looking for gently used pants for boys and girls size 6-8 and sneakers for students, particularly in K-2 to keep in the nurse's office for emergencies.

Thank you in advance for any help you can provide!

From the School Nurse

Dear families,

We are seeing an increase in COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses in school. Your child should stay home if they are sick. If they exhibit the symptoms seen below, they should be tested for COVID-19. We still recommend PCR testing if you are exhibiting symptoms. Sometimes, initial rapid antigen tests might be negative and then turn positive in a day or two so repeat testing may be necessary. I know it is so frustrating that we seem to be back in the COVID mindset this close to the end of the year. I thank you for your cooperation and understanding!

Thank you!


Health and Safety Updates

Vaccination Rates

For information about Pre K-12 School Cases and Vaccination rates please visit this site.

Case Numbers (SY 2021-2022)

3/25 - 183

4/1 - 188

4/8 - 194

4/14 - 197

4/29 - 200

5/6 - 204

5/13 - 214

5/20 - 220


Volunteer Opportunities

Visit the district volunteer page for information if you would like to become VIS approved to volunteer in school. The school department no longer requires proof of vaccination to be a volunteer. This process can take a month so please plan ahead.

  1. Google Form to register. It will put your name on Hathaway’s Volunteer Master List, alerting the VIS Coordinator that you plan to become a volunteer.

  2. VIS Authorization Form: A background check must be completed annually, by law in Rhode Island. You must fill out the authorization form for the background check and have it notarized. It also needs to include a copy of the front and back of your driver’s license, and a $5 check made out to ‘BCI.’ This form can be turned in at the school’s main office or at the school department building.

Check out our upcoming volunteer opportunities. We are nearing the end of the year with lots of exciting activities for our students. Many classes are going on field trips and we’ll have our field days for K-3 (June 2nd) and 4th Grade (June 3rd) - sign ups have already gone out for field day to the VIS approved volunteers. In order to make these events successful for our children we need volunteers. If you are volunteering within the school you are required to have a background check completed (VIS approval). This process can take 2-3 weeks to be completed. Please if you can and are interested get your background check done ASAP. It is good for 1 year!

HPTA Board Elections

The HPTA Board has a few positions to be filled for the upcoming school year. If you are interested in being a part of the HPTA board, please complete the form or send an email to hathaway02871@gmail.com and hathawaypta@gmail.com by May 13th. Please include which positions you’d be interested in (or if you’d be willing to fill any role). We are happy to answer any questions you have about what is involved and what to expect. Once this information is collected the existing board will vote and announce the 2022/2023 school year HPTA board in June.

Potential positions are as follows: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Volunteer Coordinator, and Member at Large.

HPTA Board



Interested in Serving on A Committee?

During the summer and throughout the school year our school needs parent voice on committees. If you would like to be part of a committee, then please complete this form.

***If we have a high number of volunteers for a committee, then we will randomly select parent representation.

Choose Love - May Calendar

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Pre K Registration

The Portsmouth School Department is now accepting applications for the 2022-23 Integrated Preschool Program at Melville School, afternoon availability only. For information, visit the Preschool/ Early Childhood webpage at https://www.portsmouthschoolsri.org/page/preschool-early-childhood or contact Lauren Buress (buressl@portsmouthschoolsri.org).

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.

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


May 25th, 26th, 27th - Math RICAS Makeups

June 1st - Early Release, 2:15 PM

June 2nd - Field Day, K-3

June 2nd - Grade 4 Fort Adams Field Trip

June 3rd - Grade 4 Field Day

June 3rd - Grade 1 Casey Farm Field Trip

June 6th - Rain Date K-3 Field Day

June 6th - Bill Harley Presentation, 9:15

June 6th - June 10th - Week of the Young Child

June 7th - Grade 3 Aquidneck Island Tour Field Trip (3AT/HA)

June 8th - Grade 2 Field Trip, Buttonwood Zoo

June 8th - Grade 4 State House Field Trip (G/H)

June 8th - Grade 3 Aquidneck Island Tour Field Trip (3C/3H)

June 8th - HPTA Meeting, 6:30 PM, Library

June 9th - Grade 4 Fort Adams Field Trip

June 9th - Bill Harley Presentation (Rain Date), 915

June 10th - Community Meeting, 9:30 AM

June 14th - Grade 4 State House Field Trip (TH/P)

June 17th - Rain Date Grade 4 Field Day

June 17th - Report Cards visible in Aspen

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