North Scituate Elementary School

September 2021 Newsletter

A note from Mrs.Soccio

Happy September! Our North Scituate staff had a very productive three days of professional development to prepare for the year ahead. Our kindergarten team also had the opportunity to meet some of our newest North Scituate Stars during orientation! We cannot wait to welcome all students to school on Tuesday, September 7th!

We are looking forward to continuing to strengthen relationships and communication with families and our community. Please do not hesitate to call the school or email me if you have any questions or concerns throughout the year.

Looking forward to a successful and exciting year!

Kaitlin M. Soccio, Principal

Michael Breault, Interim Principal

COVID 19 Protocols & Reminders

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Back 2 School Night

Thursday, Sep. 9th, 6-8pm

46 Institute Lane

Scituate, RI

6:00-7:00pm (Last Name A-J)

7:00-8:00pm (Last Name K-Z)

Visit your child’s classroom, meet their teacher, receive information about school, learn about PTO, and enjoy a cold treat!

Announcements & Reminders

  • Please return devices that were borrowed by students for summer learning.
  • Student information forms will be sent home the first week of school. Please return by September 14th.
  • A digital copy of the Parent-Student Handbook will be distributed electronically. A hard copy of the signature page will be sent home- please sign and return the last page no later than September 17th.
  • Please date notes that are sent to school with students. If you are writing a note about dismissal, please write the full name of the person picking up your child.
  • Clearly mark water bottles, lunch boxes, etc. with student's name.
  • District Policy requires all parents and school volunteers to maintain a current BCI check and to RENEW all BCI checks yearly prior to volunteering in classrooms/school or field trip activities. Please contact the school office if you are in need of a form.

Bus Information

Please use the link below to view the North Scituate School Stops. Reach out to First Student with any questions: 401.275.0256 or

Arrival Procedures

  • Parents are reminded that students may arrive between 8:35-8:45 AM.
  • If you are dropping off or picking up, it is best to park in the lot adjacent to the gazebo. Please avoid parking where "NO PARKING" signs are posted. Failure to do so often results in difficulty with arrival and departure for our buses.
  • Institute Lane will be open for ONE WAY traffic from 8-9am daily, if you are dropping your child off near the cafeteria, you will continue up the hill and out onto Danielson Pike.
  • KINDERGARTEN & Grade 1 will enter through the cafeteria each morning
  • Grade 2 will enter through the front/office doors and down the gr. 3/4/5 hallway
  • Grades 3, 4, & 5 will use their exterior classroom doors each morning.
  • There will be signs to support this new routine of entering the building using multiple entrances.
  • Students arriving after 8:45am must be escorted to the front door by an adult to be buzzed in by the office. For safety, please do not have your child walk in alone.
  • Students will be marked tardy if they arrive after 8:45am.
  • DROP OFF- Please pull up to the side of the walkway closest to the cafeteria. Have your child exit on the passenger side for safety reasons. If your child needs assistance getting out of the car, please park in the lower lot near the gazebo and walk your child up the walkway. This will ensure traffic moves smoothly for busses and cars. Thank you for your understanding.
  • For additional information about bussing, please click here.

Dismissal Procedures

  • Please send in a note to the classroom teacher if you choose to pick-up your child from school on any given day. If you are picking your child up on a regular basis, only one note is needed and we will place your child’s name on the list for the year. *Form will be sent home*
  • Record the name of who will be picking up if it is someone other than a parent. Any person picking up students from school should be listed on your student information form.
  • Please remember to date all notes.
  • Students will be dismissed from their exterior classroom door at 3:00pm
  • PARK IN THE LOWER LOT NEAR GAZEBO, NOT NEAR TENNIS COURTS OR BUILDING. We will kindly ask you to move as our daycare vans pick up in that area.
  • Signs will be outside classrooms to easily identify which room it is.
  • There will be a clipboard on a hook outside the door with a list. You will find your child's name, sign your name, return clip board to hook, and wait for your child to be dismissed at 3pm.
  • Please remember to follow social distancing guidelines and face coverings during dismissal.
  • Always have identification with you at DISMISSAL. Safety first :)
  • The classroom teacher will send your child out to you when the bell rings.
  • If someone "new" is picking up your child, please have them arrive by 2:45pm and report to the office for an identification check.

***If you plan to pick up your child prior to the end of the school day without sending in a note, it is very helpful to call the school prior to your arrival. This will ensure your child's teacher and your child have been notified of the early dismissal and can be properly prepared to leave school upon your arrival.

Chartwells: School Lunch & Breakfast

Breakfast and lunch are free for all students this year. Typically the cost is $2.60 and reduced is $0.40. Milk is also available to purchase for $.50.

Families are still encouraged to complete the 2021-2022 meals application. Meal status provides assistance with federal programming and funding. Free and reduced lunch application forms are located on the school website (linked below) and will be sent home with students on the first day of school. We strongly encourage all families to fill out a form. All forms are confidential. Please direct any questions to the Superintendent's Office, 647-4100.

Free & Reduced Forms & Information

Click the link and scroll to the bottom of the page.

Cafeteria Procedures

  • Student will eat lunch in the cafeteria on a rotating basis in order to maintain proper distancing requirements.
  • When masks are removed, students within the same pod must be at least 3 feet apart. 6 feet of space must be maintained between separate stable pods.
  • On the weeks students are not assigned to the cafeteria, they will eat in their classroom.
  • There will be a designated peanut/tree nut FREE table.

Choose Love Movement for Schools- SEL Curriculum

Choose Love for Schools™ is a no cost, next-generation social and emotional learning (SEL) and character education program for Pre-K through 12th grades, designed to teach students, educators and staff how to choose love in any circumstance thereby creating a safer, more connected school culture.

Choose Love For Schools incorporates neuroscience and positive psychology to teach mindfulness, character, and emotional intelligence. These essential life skills and tools make students better learners, more desirable employees and happier, healthier, human beings.

Scituate Schools have adopted this SEL curriculum Prek-12! More information to come about how to incorporate this learning in your home.


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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.

Any adult in the building may choose the recipients. Grade levels are color coded: 5th Gold, 4th Silver, 3rd Bronze, 2nd Stardust, 1st Jupiter (red) and Kindergarten Sapphire. Students will also be able to decorate a star.

These stars will be displayed in the showcase in the hall adjacent to the cafeteria. These certificates are presented to students on Fridays. Monthly newsletters will include photographs of our recipients.

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American Reading Company: Grades K-5

We are excited to expand the American Reading Company Core curriculum to all grades, K-8! ARC Core is a basal alternative designed to turn balanced literacy into transformative literacy for both students and teachers. ARC Core is is organized into thematic units that carefully structure a project-based learning process that ensures students participate in complete extensive reading (both as a class and independently), multiple extended writing projects, and daily practice discussing both ideas and texts with peers.

A key component of the program is the Independent Reading Level Assessment (IRLA), which is a tool that works with every student, at any reading level. The IRLA delivers specific and actionable data that tells the teacher where a student is, why, and the sequence of skills/behaviors she needs to learn next to accelerate her reading growth.

Parents, be on the look out for information about how to support this curriculum at home!

Introduction ARC CoreK 12 All Green

Bridges in Mathematics: Grades K & 1

District-wide, Bridges in Mathematics is our core curriculum for students in grades kindergarten and 1. Bridges is a comprehensive curriculum for grades designed to address the new math standards in a way that’s enjoyable and accessible to all learners. The curriculum focuses on developing students’ deep understandings of mathematical concepts, proficiency with key skills, and ability to solve complex and novel problems. Bridges blends direct instruction, structured investigation, and open exploration. It taps into the intelligence and strengths of all students by presenting material that is as linguistically, visually, and kinesthetically rich as it is mathematically powerful. Click below for more information!

Eureka Math: Grades 2-5

Teachers in grades 2-5 will continue to fully implement Eureka Math! Eureka Math is a complete, PreK through 12 curriculum that carefully sequences the mathematical progressions into expertly crafted modules. Eureka Math provides educators with a comprehensive curriculum, in-depth professional development, books, and support materials. Pieces of the program have been implemented in the past. This is our second year of implementation will all parts of the program, including the addition of two online platforms called Affirm & In Sync.

Parents, please note, Eureka provides a series of free Parent Tip Sheets at the topic level that include suggested strategies and models, key vocabulary, and tips for how you can support learning at home. Be on the look out for the tip sheets at the beginning of each module!

Eureka Math: Parent Support Page

Eureka Math assembled a suite of resources that will help you support your child in becoming proficient in math.

STEAM Enrichment

North Scituate is excited to continue to expand STEAM enrichment! STEAM is an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking (Source: Susan Riley, Arts Integration Specialist).

Beginning in October, students will have a 40-minute STEAM enrichment block weekly focused on various activities related to science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics. This block of time is in addition to art, music, physical education, and library. A special thanks to Ms. Shannon Donovan, our district STEAM coordinator, Ms.Lowery, Ms. Dennis, and Mr. Labossiere, Ms. Davis, and Mrs. Ethier for supporting this important initiative!

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 School teachers will begin fall benchmark assessments after the first two weeks of school. 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.

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.

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.

Pop Tab Collection

A tiny item that makes a BIG difference for others is the aluminum pop tab! Last year our school collected and donated more than 2 recycling bins full of aluminum pop tabs to Ronald McDonald House in Providence. Ronald McDonald House uses the proceeds from the recyclable aluminum to help fund their “home away from home” for families with children in Hasbro Children’s Hospital.

Students are great collectors! Please help them find opportunities to round up lots of pop tabs…and to spread the word to family and friends that we are collecting them here at school.

Your child may leave pop tabs at the office, pass them to his or her teacher, or deliver them to Room 6 (Mrs. O’Grady’s class) at any time. Thanks for helping North Scituate Elementary School help others.

News from the Scituate School Committee

The Scituate School Committee will hold it's first meeting of the 2021-2022 school year on Tuesday, September 14th! All members of the school community are encouraged to attend virtually. The meetings begin at 7 p.m. For more information about meetings, click here.


Our first PTO meeting will be on Wednesday, September 15th at 7:30pm. Join us in our school cafeteria or using Zoom:

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

Important Dates

  • 09/07: First Day of School!
  • 09/14: School Committee Meeting
  • 9/09: Open House/Back to School Night 6:00-7:00pm (A-J), 7:00-8:00pm (K-Z)
  • 09/15: PTO Meeting