North Scituate Elementary School

June 2021 Newsletter

A note from Mrs. Soccio

The last month of school is here! Students and staff have been hard at work learning and collaborating with their peers. While this year has had its challenges, I am beyond proud of our students' success and family commitment to learning. Each teacher, staff member, and student has risen to the challenge of navigating through this school year. I truly believe North Scituate School is successful due to our strong relationships with students and families.

See below buttons about Summer Learning Opportunities for elementary school students. Report cards will be sent home with your child on the last day of school (6/25).

Our school office will be closed during the month of July. If you need immediate assistance during this time, please e-mail me at or call the school department office at (401)647-4100. We will re-open in August.

A reminder that our last day of school is Friday, June 25th.

Do not hesitate to reach out over the summer with questions or concerns.

Have a relaxing and fun summer!

Kaitlin M. Soccio, Principal

Summer Learning Opportunities

Summer Recharge

After the past year, families deserve (and need) a recharge!

From your child finally getting to see family and friends to finding ways to refuel their passions…learning can be at the center. In fact, kids thrive when they feel connected to who they are learning with and what they are learning.

1.Review Key Skills

Before school is out, ask the teacher which skills are most important for your child to work on over the summer. You can also use the Readiness Check to know how your child is doing with grade level math skills and get connected to fun, easy-to-use summer learning resources to help your child practice these skills every day.

2. Reconnect With What Matters

Who is your child most excited to spend time with? What interests your child? What makes them light up with confidence? Find out and lean into it this summer. This will help keep your child motivated to learn. For example, to build communication skills, invite your child and their friends to do a “write and tell” to share what they missed most about each other.

3.Reflect on Progress

Share what you notice about your child’s progress with tutors, summer program leaders and new teachers in the fall. For example, “My 4th grader needs support with word problems that involve multiplication and division.” You are the expert on your child. Teachers need your insights and questions.

Click the link below to access more tips and tools for families!


  • Governor Dan McKee and the R.I. Department of Health announced Tuesday 06/01/21 that both vaccinated and unvaccinated people will no longer be required to wear masks when they are outside, including youth. The new guidance is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, June 2, 2021.

  • Spring benchmarking assessments in math and reading will take place from June 1-15th. The results of these assessments will be communicated to families in a timely manner.

  • It is important that students adhere to appropriate school attire for the spring. As outlined in our handbook: Shoes with open toes, sandals, clogs, and flip-flops are not safe for the recess field, stairs and where objects could be dropped on children’s feet. Closed toe, athletic type shoes are highly recommended especially for PE and recess.
  • 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.
  • The district has immediate openings for part time and full time bus monitors. Please call 647-4100 for an application
  • Our school playground is CLOSED between 8:35am- 3:00pm as school is in session.

Virtual Paint Night with Ms. Davis

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Our district is excited to adopt the The Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement™ program for schools next school year! Choose Love was inspired by the bravery of a 6 year old boy and a mother's choice to forgive, which led to the creation of Next-Generation Social & Emotional Learning (SEL) and Character Development programming to create a safer, more loving world.

During our last Professional Development Day, all staff members participated in a 3 hour introductory course to learn the ins and outs of Choose Love. We look forward to rolling out this program to students as a school community. Please join us at the next School Committee Meeting to learn more about the program!



●Children who will be five years old by September 1, 2021 are eligible to attend kindergarten in September 2021. The Scituate School Department requires registration for Kindergarten in Scituate.

●The registration for all three Scituate elementary schools is now digital and is live starting March 1, 2021.

●Parents of children scheduled to attend kindergarten this fall should contact the school of attendance so that a registration packet can be sent to you prior to the registration date.

Clayville School:

3 George Washington Highway, Clayville

Phone: 647-4115

Hope School:

391 North Road, Hope

Phone: 821-3651

North Scituate School:

46 Institute Lane, North Scituate

Phone: 647-4110

If you have a question regarding which school your child will attend based on your address, please contact the Scituate School Department at 401-647-4100. Be advised that the Scituate School Department reserves the right to selectively redistrict your child to another Scituate elementary school based on class size issues. In most years this involves a relatively small number of students.

School Improvement Team Members Welcome

The School Improvement Team (SIT) has been reorganized state-wide as part of the recently adopted Educational Accountability Act. The SIT members will play an important role in helping make decisions for our school (i.e. budget, educational goals, etc.). The new changes/protocols must be in place by next school year. This year will serve as a transition.

Please email me directly if you are interested in serving on this important committee. Meetings will take place no less than quarterly. Our first meeting will be June 23rd at 7:00pm. A meeting agenda will be posted prior to the meeting.

Reading Step Club Achievers

I am happy to announce that we have MANY students who have completed 700 or more steps of reading. One step is equal to reading for 15 minutes. Students in grades 1-4 record their steps that are read in school and at home. This volume of reading exposes students to more vocabulary, background information, genre and text experience than we could ever directly instruct! These students are soaring with their reading success. Looking forward to adding more students to the 700+ step club.
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New Books= Smiling Faces

These are some of the smiling faces who received their reward for completing the April Break Challenge of reading 20+ steps over vacation. Students were able to pick ANY book out of our Scholastic catalog. They all waited patiently for their book to arrive. I am very proud of them all. Keep reading!
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Pennies for Patients 2021

I am pleased to announce that our school community has raised $2,986.45 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. This was our most successful Pennies for Patients fundraiser to date. A huge thanks to all students, families, and staff who generously participated in this event. Our 1st place fundraising class raised over $600.

1st Place Winner: Mrs. Bettez's Class (movie & pizza party)

2nd Place Winner: Mrs. Pontarelli's Class (movie)

3rd Place Winner: Ms. Keedy's Class (extra recess)

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Planting Time With Ms. Donovan & SHS

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Positive Office Referrals

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Kindergarteners celebrated National Kids Day with Mr. Eager. In Japan, kids color Koinabori fish (shown below) for a parade that celebrates children and a change of season. Students were proud of their creations and paraded in the hallway with their fish.
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Grade 1

Scituate High School Students in the Early Childhood class visited our first grade students a couple of weeks ago. The high school students taught our students about Native Americans and the different crops they grew. Each first grader was given a packet that included engaging activities like word searches and coloring pages to go along with their lesson. Together, high school students and first graders planted beans, corn, and squash in their classroom gardens.
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Grade 2

Second graders were excited to finally plant their sunflowers into the ground outside their classroom. They have been taking care of them and waiting for them to sprout for a few weeks. We can't wait to see these sunflowers in full bloom when we return to school in September.
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Grade 3

Students in Mrs. DiLuglio's class have been very busy this month. Students have been learning about debates and who can provide the best argument using a given opinion and evidence. Students have debated in teams and provided each other with high quality evidence. In another picture, students are enjoying snacks outside while sharing their Sports Historical events to prepare for building a timeline prior to writing.
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Congratulations to our 3 Fact Masters who have completed and mastered their multiplication tables 0-12. We are so proud of you! Keep practicing and we look forward to our next group of fact masters.
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Third graders celebrated Red Nose Day which is a campaign with the mission to end child poverty by funding programs that keep children safe, healthy, educated and empowered.
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Grade 4

Students in grade 4 are planting sunflowers and potatoes in the garden boxes outside their classrooms with Ms. Shannon Donovan. Students will take care of these plants and watch them grow through the end of the year.
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Grade 4 students are working on research question #6 which focuses on their state's economic activity as part of Unit 4 ARC work.
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Grade 5

Students in Mrs. Pontarelli's class observe butterfly larvae that have turned into pupae. Students also created red worm habitats and discussed composting.
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Over the past month, Miss Keedy's class has taken “hands-on learning” to a whole new level as students interact with the latest Science Unit on Living Systems. Students can be seen working in pairs to create food webs based on organisms living in marine kelp forests, as well as planting sunflower sprouts in our planter boxes! Although the end of the year is flying by, 5K is making the most out of every teachable moment!
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Art with Ms.Davis

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A Message from the School Psychologist

Promoting Tolerance

Today more than ever it is important to promote tolerance and peace in children. Children in particular may have difficulty channeling their feelings appropriately and can easily pick up negative or demeaning cues given by adults around them. Adults can help children understand the importance of treating all people with fairness, respect and dignity. Most importantly, adults must model tolerance and compassion in their words and behavior. Children take their emotional cues from significant adults in their lives. Avoid making negative statements about any person based upon racial, ethnic or religious group. Avoid stereotyping people because of their differences. Teach students about diverse populations in the community. Tolerance is a lifelong endeavor and if we all work together there will be more peace in the world.

Information provided by the National Association of School Psychologist

Mrs. Schiappa

School Psychologist

PTO News

On Thursday and Friday (May 20th & 21st) students enjoyed a freeze pop during recess to cool them off. Students were very excited and thanked us for this special treat!
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Mrs. Soccio and PTO teamed up to spoil North Scituate staff during Teacher/Staff Appreciation week in early May. Teachers enjoyed teas from Harmony Nutrition, a Pizza Party, Panera Luncheon, Make Your Own Taco Lunch, Ice Cream Sundaes, and a Dunkin breakfast. Below are some pictures of our week. Thank you North Scituate Faculty and Staff for your dedication to growing our students and school community.
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Scituate School Committee

The Scituate School Committee will meet on June 8th! All members of the school community are encouraged to attend virtually. All meetings begin at 7 p.m. Click here for the live meeting link.

Important Dates

  • June 4th: Grade 3 Life Cycle of Frogs Program by ASRI
  • June 4th: Ocean Animals On Site Program for Kindergarten
  • June 7th-11th: Reading Week
  • June 9th: Character Dress Up Day
  • June 10th: Blue & White Day to Celebrate our Scituate Seniors
  • June 11th: Ocean Animals On Site Program for Kindergarten
  • June 11th: Grade 4 Owls Program by ASRI
  • June 11th: Grade 5 Living Cycles On Sit by ASRI
  • June 14th: Field Day (raindate 6/15)
  • June 16th: Bike Stunt Show with Chris Poulos
  • June 18th: Kona Ice
  • June 18th: Grade 2 Insect Program by ZooMobile RWP
  • June 18th: Grade 3 Water Festival
  • June 22nd: Grade 5 Celebration @ 9:30am (rain date 6/24)
  • June 23rd: Kindergarten Celebration @ 9:30am (rain date 6/24)
  • June 24th: Grade 1 Plants & Garden Program by ASRI
  • June 25th: Last Day of School