Hathaway Happenings - Home

April 8, 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.
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April is Month of the Military Child

Please reach out to Mrs. Pascoe at pascoen@portsmouthschoolsri.org or Mrs. Almeida at almeidan@portsmouthschoolsri.org if you have any questions.
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Abound Parenting Newsletter (Kindergarten)

Abound Parenting- Hathaway News

Using Abound to build reading skills in small moments each day

This week’s academic vocabulary word is VARY. Here are 2 ways to give your child extra opportunities to hear and use the word VARY!

♦ Some people like to read only fairytales and made-up stories (fiction), and some people like to read facts about real people or real things (non

fiction). Do you think we should VARY what we read, or is it okay to read the same kinds of things? Why?

♦ Does it matter if Red Riding Hood's coat color VARIES when you see it in different books? Sometimes a red color VARIES and looks more orange. What if the coat style VARIED and there was no hood?

Remind your child that the word VARY means to change something or make something different.

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

Try these questions taken from different TalkOn age groups this week! ♦ Can you think of names you might give to three wicked witches that start with the same sound as the words wicked and witch? (e.g., Wanda, William, Wendy!)

♦ The setting of a story is where it takes place. Why do you think so many fairy tales and folktales are set in the woods and not on a city street? ♦ When you imagine the way characters look in Little Red Riding Hood or The Three Little Pigs, are you thinking of pictures you made up in your head, pictures you saw in books, or images you saw when watching a show? Why do you think that's true?

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.

Local Advisory Committee Awards

Please consider nominating someone who has made a difference in the life of a child and their family!

We are writing to you regarding the annual Portsmouth Special Education Local Advisory Committee 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. You can nominate staff such as teachers/support professionals, bus staff, food service workers, RBT's/Paraprofessionals, coaches, other students and administrators.

In order to nominate someone please complete the :

Portsmouth Local Advisory Recognition Awards Nomination Form

A few notes about nominations:

  • You may nominate more than one person but please use one form per nominee
  • Please submit all nominations by Monday May 2, 2022

The Awards Recognition night is scheduled for May 18, 2022 at 6:30 PM @ Portsmouth Middle School Library. More information will follow at a later date. If you have any questions, please contact Don Labbe or Sheli Silveria at lacportsmouth@gmail.com

We look forward to making this a special evening to honor those who have made a difference.


Sheli Silveria and Don Labbe

LAC Co-Chairs

RICAS Assessment

Please note the change of date for grade 4 ELA session 1.

RICAS Assessment for grades 3 and 4 will take place in April and May.

Scheduled dates are as follows -

April 6th - Grade 3 ELA RICAS

April 7th - Grade 3 ELA RICAS

April 12th - Grade 4 ELA RICAS

April 14th - Grade 4 ELA RICAS

May 10th - Grade 3 Math RICAS

May 12th - Grade 3 Math RICAS

May 18th - Grade 4 Math RICAS

May 19th - Grade 4 Math RICAS

"Why do we have statewide standardized assessments?
Rhode Island has statewide standardized assessments in mathematics, English language arts, and science in order to meet a federal requirement and provide valuable information about how well our students, schools, districts, and state are doing. Results measure the knowledge and skills addressed in the Rhode Island Core Standards (RICS) for English Language Arts/Literacy and for Mathematics, and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), and are used in the following ways:

  • The results can help you track your child’s progress over time.
  • Results give you the ability to compare your child’s school to schools across the state.
  • Districts and schools analyze their results to inform decisions they make to support teaching and learning."

You can find more information on the RIDE website.

From Mr. Feinstein

Reminder: Jr. Scholars are allowed three complimentary visits for them and their adult guest to Mystic Aquarium per year with their Jr. Scholar Card! Due to Covid-19 and for everyone's safety, timed ticket reservations must be made online in advance.

Please share the following link with your families for timed ticket reservations: https://www.mysticaquarium.org/visit/current-promotions/feinstein-tickets/

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

With masks now being optional, you may be wondering when it is most important for your child to wear their mask at school. Well-fitting masks are most strongly recommended in the following scenarios to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19:

  • If your child has been identified as a close contact of someone diagnosed with COVID-19 outside the household, then masking for ten days following exposure can help prevent the spread.

  • If someone in your household has tested positive for COVID-19, please notify the school nurse so she may determine when your child should return to school and provide masking recommendation guidance in line with current RIDOH recommendations for your situation.

  • If your child is returning to school after testing positive for COVID-19 following a five-day isolation period, they are strongly recommended to wear a mask for days 6-10 while around others.

You may also be wondering whether your child’s mask will still protect them if others in the environment are not masked. Yes, one-way masking still provides protection. This is especially true of surgical masks, n95 masks, kn95 masks, and kf94 masks.

If your child is sick, they should stay home from school. If your child has one major symptom or two minor symptoms (see below), they should test for COVID-19. PCR testing is recommended and readily available at the former Benny’s test site in Middletown. Please reach out to the school nurse if your child is sick and remember to fill out the notification form for attendance purposes. Your child may distance learn if they are out sick and the school nurse is aware that they are waiting for test results to return.

We are looking forward to more outdoor time and open windows with the warmer weather on the way. Please reach out with any questions!


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


HPTA Meeting

Our next HPTA meeting will be Wednesday, April 13th at 6:30pm in the library. Please check out the upcoming agenda and the minutes from our March meeting.

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. Check out our upcoming volunteer opportunities.

Hathaway’s 9th Annual Springabaloo

Thank you to everyone that participated in our Springabaloo Fundraiser. It was a sold out event with 178 items up for auction. We could not have done it without the support of our Hathaway Community. We will update the community on the proceeds once we have the final number next week!!

Book Swap

Please remember we are collecting books for the Book Swap next week April 11-14th. The HPTA will be holding a book swap for all students on Thursday, April 28th from 9-2pm. Students will attend with their class during school hours. We are looking for VIS approved volunteers to help. Please sign up here.

Teacher Appreciation Week

We will be celebrating our annual teacher and staff appreciation week the first week of May. Our teachers and staff at Hathaway have been working hard, especially due to the unforeseen circumstances of the past two years. We want to shower them with all the thanks we can give! We are collecting donations to make this week a success! Any amount is greatly appreciated, the more we collect the more we can spoil our teachers and staff with fun surprises throughout the week! The sooner you donate the better, so we can plan accordingly.

Please consider donating. Venmo @HathawayPTA or send in an envelope labeled HPTA Teacher and Staff Appreciation week. Any questions please contact Christy Renkawitz and Sarah Impey at hathaway02871@gmail.com.

HPTA Board



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Choose Love - April 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).

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.

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.

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


April 12th - Grade 4 ELA RICAS

April 13th - Early Release, 2:30-4:30

April 13th - HPTA Meeting, 6:30 PM, Library

April 14th - Grade 4 ELA RICAS

April 15th - 24th - Spring Break

April 25th - 29th - Reading Week

April 26th, 28th, 29th - ELA RICAS Makeups

April 27th - Community Meeting, 2:15 PM

May 2nd - May 6th - Teacher Appreciation Week

May 3rd - Spring Picture Day

May 10th - Grade 3 Math RICAS

May 11th - Staff PD/DL Day

May 12th - Grade 3 Math RICAS

May 18th - Grade 4 Math RICAS

May 18th - HPTA Meeting, 6:30 PM, Library

May 19th - Grade 4 Math RICAS

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 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 4 State House Field Trip (TH/P)

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 (G/H)

June 16th - Grade 4 Field Day

June 17th - Rain Date Grade 4 Field Day

June 17th - Report Cards visible in Aspen

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