RISD Elementary Parent Newsletter

Week of 1/22/19

Message from Julie

Dear RISD Elementary Parents,

Happy Snowy Sunday! I hope you are all snuggled in and warm - there sure is a bunch of snow out there!

We had another great week at both schools! We have seen a little uptick of behaviors - to be expected in January with temperature plummeting and outdoor activities lessening. We will be working on suring up some new behavior interventions and consequences. One of the things we will be trying is helping students understand what they are doing and demonstrating that in class with the "reminder, warning, consequence" system. Students will be given a reminder of their behavior, then a quiet warning, and then they will be given a conseqence. Consequences will include individual silent lunch and a possibly "mindful" detention. We will also be using reflection sheets so that students are aware of what they have done and how they can change it for next time.

After 6+ of being an administrator, I can say that this is one of the best parts of my job - adding new interventions to help students become the best citizens they can be. We often forget that part of being a child is pushing limits, and it is important for we as educators to help our students figure out their appropriate behaviors. One of my favorite quotes as an educator (and a mom!) is, "when a flower doesn't bloom, you fix the environment in which it grows, not the flower". This is why we are consistently modifying how we work with students, providing plans, new ideas, and the flexibility for our professionals to try many things to help our "flowers bloom".

In other news, we are excited for the continued success of our Winter Program, our Educational Support Team, and the incredible work in our classrooms. Our Community Meetings are student led, the intervention and extension programming in our 5/6 is inspiring and exciting, and we are forming a team to dig into our literacy curriculum. Testing is finishing up, and we will be working on interventions in classrooms to help our students be the best they can be both inside and outside of the classroom.

I am so proud of our students and staff for all the wonderful things that they are doing to make our elementary schools exceptional!

Enjoy your snowy day!


Have you asked your SME student about what it means to get ROCKS? WES has been doing this great positive behavior intervention for years, and SME is lucky to get "in" on the action!


Outstanding Scholar




Each time a student or class demonstrates one of these characteristics, they receive a rock.

Does your student answer "fine" when you ask them how was school?

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What's New for the 2018-2019 School Year

Updated handbook!

We will be focusing on consistency between the two schools. A copy of the handbook will be sent home, but you can also access it online.


Upcoming Events

6th grade exhibition

Tuesday, Jan. 22nd, 6pm

214 School Street

Fairlee, VT

No school

Monday, Jan. 21st, 7am

This is an online event.