Hope Valley School News

May 6, 2016

Calendar of Events

May 2016

May 9 – PTO 6:30 > Library

May 9 – Site Council

May 10 – Bank Day 8:20 gym

May 17 – School Store

May 19 – Early Release > PM Pre K attends

May 24 – Bank Day 8:20 gym

May 25 – Grade 4 to CMS orientation

May 26 – Spring Photos (More information below)

May 27 – Grade 3 field trip

May 29 - Memorial Day Parade (information below)

May 30 – Memorial Day Holiday > No School

May 31 – School Store

June 2016

June 2 – Grade 2 mystic field trip

June 3 – Grade 4 state house field trip

June 6 - Grade K kettle pond field trip

June 7 – Field day

June 10 – 4th Grade Send Off


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Poem by Fiona Mulligan

Please take a read at Fiona Mulligan's Cinquain Poem pictured below. Cinquain is a poetic form that uses a 5-line pattern with specific rules and guidelines. Fiona is in Mr. Fanning's third grade class. I was very impressed with the poem and picture. Way to go Fiona!
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Sneak Peak into Mrs. Haberek's Dinosaur Unit...Amazing!!!

Watch the grade 1 video of their dinosaur project. It is absolutely amazing. Credit goes to Julie Smith, Mrs. Smith's daughter, who put all this together. She is one talented individual.

Parts of Speech Video from Mrs. Zonfrilli's Class

New School Update Information

"Kids Choice" Crystal Apple Award Winners are IN!!!!

Thank you to the students for sending in their nomination forms last week and this week. What an outpouring support for all of our teachers. I have to say that all classroom teachers were recognized from Pre-school to 4th grade. What more can I say. Each and every one of the staff has made a difference in a child's life. That is all we can ask for. It was so great to read the reasons why students chose who inspired them. I think all teachers deserve a Crystal Apple Award. Unfortunately, I only have 2 and the following teachers are this year's Crystal Apple Award winners....Congratulations!

Classroom Teacher - MRS. RICCI

Specialist Teacher - MRS. WARD

Teacher Apreciation Week

The staff and I want to thank the entire PTO (that includes everyone) for the wonderful staff luncheon on Tuesday. The whole week was filled with surprises and gifts. We cannot thank you enough for your generosity. It was very much appreciated. We loved the donut cakes onW Wednesday. Check out the pictures below. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Air Resistance Lesson

Mrs. Haberek's class learning about air resistance with the help of the all mighty Mr. G. See the link for a quick demonstration: https://youtu.be/AcibQO9sTtM

Spanish Update

Srta. D'Agostino and Sra. Carpenter made paper plate sombreros with their second graders for cinco de mayo on Thursday. Cinco de mayo means May 5th and it is commonly thought to be Mexican Independence Day but it is not! Mexico's Independence Day is actually September 16th. However, on May 5, 1862 Mexico's army was victorious in the Battle of Puebla against the French. This was an unexpected surprise because Mexico's army was much smaller. Now, the town of Puebla celebrates cinco de mayo, but it is not a big holiday in the rest of the country. It has become a much bigger deal here in the United States. Check our the picture of Srta. D'Agostino's students wearing their sombreros.

PARCC and Science NECAP Update

Next week is the last week of PARCC Testing. Grade 3 will finish up math while 4th grade will complete the Science NECAP testing Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

Grade 3 MATH (by homeroom) - May 9, 10, 11, 12

Grade 4 Science NECAP (by homeroom) - May 10, 11, 12

We appreciate your support in making sure your child:

* Has a good night’s sleep;

* Has a hearty breakfast;

* Attends schools; and

* Arrives to school on time.

Also, and most importantly, please do your best NOT to schedule any appointments when your child's class is testing. We have a limited window of days to complete the test. Thank you for your continued involvement in and support of your child’s education.

Spring Pictures

Mark your calendar! Picture Day is coming [Thursday, May 26, 2016]. Look for more information on your child's Picture Day Flyer/Order Form or visit mylifetouch.com to place your order using job # PC405459Q0. Online orders must be placed prior to picture day. For Customer Support, please call 401-828-5220.

Kids Reading Across RI Kicks Off with Roller Girl on May 7th!

Join author Victoria Jamieson and RI public libraries at the State House

Kids Reading Across Rhode Island Kick-Off

Saturday, May 7 from 2:00-4:00pm at the RI State House

Free parking in the state of RI lots

Kids Reading Across Rhode Island, the 'one book, one state' initiative for students in grades 3-6, kicks off its 7th year with the 2016 Newbery Honor winning book, Roller Girl by Rhode Island School of Design graduate Victoria Jamieson. Grammy Award winning storyteller and author, Bill Harley, is the 2016 Chair of Kids Reading Across Rhode Island.

The May 7th kick-off event will feature author Victoria Jamieson at the State House and includes activities and games presented by Rhode Island libraries and community organizations. Every family in attendance receives a free copy of the book (while supplies last).

Memorial Day Parade

I hope that the children and families in the Hope Valley School community will consider being a part of the Memorial Day Parade!! I met with Mrs. Stephanie Reynolds this week who is one of the event planners for this wonderful parade. This is an excerpt from an email Mrs. Reynolds sent me which I wanted to share with all of you: "I am very passionate about the success of the parade, which combines the most important things, our community, our children, and of course our military. After all our children are our future and some of them just may be future military members. It's so important that they know that we enjoy our freedoms because of the sacrifices our military men and women make, and that sadly sometimes some of them don't make it home and for those that do, often they are still forever changed from the men and women who first left to serve our country. So this is our way of saying to those who sadly didn't come home & and their families "We Honor and Thank You." It's for them I do what I do for the American Legion and for Our Memorial Day Parade. And so from the bottom of my heart I thank you for your time and look forward to having our school children join us in the parade this year." So, with that said, I encourage you to join in on this amazing day. Please contact Mrs. Reynolds at steph_reynolds12@yahoo.com if you have questions or want to help out in any way. See the flyer below.

American History Tid-Bit by Mrs. Foggo

This week we had a special day in Rhode Island history on May 4th. Today May 4th is know as "Rhode Island Day," however, it has never been labeled a state holiday.

What year in history did this special event occur? Explain this event and what makes it so special to our state's history... but we were only a colony back then.

Both answers must be correct to earn a prize. They are due in the red History Box, on the table outside the office, by Wednesday, May 11th at 9:00 AM. This History Box inquiry is for only fourth graders this week.

Last week's questions: Who was the Founder of Arbor Day? It was Julius Sterling Morton.

Cinqo de Mayo sombreros

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Teacher Appreciation Week

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Memorial Day Parade Information

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Other Key Information

Dismissal/Pick-Up Notes

We are going to try a new routine this year. Please use the dismissal/pick-up note that came home with your student this week. Keep the extras around for future use. Fill it out accordingly and return it to school. You can find the dismissal note on the Hope Valley webpage if you need to make additional copies. You can find this at: www.chariho.k12.ri.us/sites/default/files/hv_student_dismissal_note_3_per_page.pdf

Peanut Free Classrooms

ALL classrooms are designated as nut & peanut-free. We have multiple students at varying grade levels with severe allergies to peanuts. Foods that “contain,” “may contain,” or are “manufactured on shared equipment” will not be permitted as snacks. However, students may bring in a lunch that contains peanuts or nuts.


There are 2 options to pay for lunch:

  1. There is a website where you can pay for and keep track of your child's lunch account. The site is www.myschoolbucks.com. You will need your child's school code, which you can get by contacting Fran Sayer at sayer-frances@aramark.com or (401) 552-7078. Please visit http://www.chariho.k12.ri.us/MyNutriKidsInfo for more information. There is also an app for your smartphone or tablet. You can pay for meals, check balances, and view purchases from anywhere. It is safe and secure.
  2. If the student is paying with cash or check when buying hot lunch, please send lunch money to school in an envelope or Ziploc bag with the student’s name, teachers name (i.e. KA, 1H, 2D, 3F, 4R). This will be placed in a classroom bucket and brought to the office. Checks can be made out to the “Chariho Regional School District.”

If you need further information, please contact Fran Sayer at sayer-frances@aramark.com or (401) 552-7078. Chariho is keeping accounts accurately updated and I wanted to send a courtesy memo to keep you informed.

Attendance Matters!

Our goal this year is to ensure that every student attends school regularly and on-time. I cannot stress this enough. Showing up for school has a huge impact on a student’s academic success starting in kindergarten and continuing through high school. Even as children grow older and more independent, families play a key role in making sure students get to school safely every day and on-time. Attendance is so important for success in school and in life. We realize some absences are unavoidable due to health problems or other circumstances. But, we also know that when students miss too much school or are tardy often (regardless of the reason) can cause them to fall behind academically. Your child is less likely to succeed if he or she is chronically absent or tardy—which means missing 18 or more days over the course of an entire school year. Chariho policy states that tardies and early dismissals count towards your child’s attendance. Research shows:

  • Children chronically absent in kindergarten and 1st grade are much less likely to read at grade level by the end of 3rd grade.
  • By 6th grade, chronic absence is a proven early warning sign for students at risk for dropping out of school.
  • By 9th grade good attendance can predict graduation rates even better than 8th grade test scores.

Absences and tardies can add up quickly. A child is chronically absent if he or she misses just two days every month!!

Child Outreach Screenings

Child Outreach is a FREE Service offered to ALL Children 3 to 5 years old by your local school district in partnership with the Rhode Island Department of Education. Rhode Island Department of Education recommends each child be screened annually.

Chariho Child Outreach has the following Screening dates available

Please call to set up your appointment at 401-364-1160

May 26, 2016

June 1, 2016

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Mission Statement:

The mission of the Hope Valley Elementary School is to work in partnership with our colleagues, students and families. We are committed to creating a learning environment where children are expected to achieve their full potential.