Hope Valley School WEEKLY UPDATE

Friday, April 1, 2021

Today is Mr. G's "official" last day as principal. He chose to retire so he can purse his dreams of becoming a golf pro. Please wish him success.

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APRIL FOOLS!!!!! :-p

Calendar of Events

April 2021

4/1 - Dental Screening Survey Deadline (see important information below)

4/2 - Good Friday - No School

4/5 - PTO Meeting - 6:30 PM (will be virtual)

4/5 - Grade 3 RICAS Testing (ELA Session 1)

4/6 - Grade 3 RICAS Testing (ELA Session 2)

4/6 - Chariho Budget Vote (see information below)

4/7 - Early Release Day for K-4 & PreK am (students dismissed at 12:40)

4/8 - Grade 4 RICAS Testing (ELA Session 1)

4/9 - Grade 4 RICAS Testing (ELA Session 2)

4/12 - Grade 3 RICAS Testing (Math Session 1 & 2)

4/13 - Grade 4 RICAS Testing (Math Session 1 & 2)

4/14 - Early Release Day for K-4 & PreK pm (students dismissed at 12:40)

4/19 - 4/23 - April Vacation - No School

4/28 - Early Release Day for K-4 & PreK am (students dismissed at 12:40)

Attestation Self-Check Site: https://ps.chariho.k12.ri.us/public/

Chariho Parent Virtual and Concurrent Learning Site

It is IMPERATIVE that families are monitoring their children for symptoms. We are still in the middle of a pandemic and we need to continue to be watchful. No one with any symptoms should be coming to school.

PTO Meeting

Monday, April 5th, 6:30pm


Last Day to Complete the Dental Screen

Today is the last day to complete the Dental Screen for students in K-4. If you haven't done this yet, please do so by clicking on the link. https://forms.gle/P1D2qyC2MYVTCB666

Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, dentists will not be coming to the schools to do the dental screening for our students here at Hope Valley Elementary. They will need to be done electronically. Please click the link above for information regarding the electronic dental survey that can be used for dental screening during the 2020-2021 school year. Parents please fill out this form for your child. The survey also contains information about obtaining a dentist if you do not have one. The deadline to complete the dental screening is April 1, 2021.

Survey Works Extended

The window for SurveyWorks has been extended until April 9. We did meet our goal of 60% and DJ G will be making an appearance soon. Thank you to those who completed the survey. Now, let's see if we can get to 70%. If so I will do do another fun activity for the students. So, if you haven't taken it yet, here is your chance. Earn the students extra fun by completing the survey.

How to Complete the Survey: Visit http://bit.ly/ridefamily (click on the link) and choose your school from the dropdown list.

Very Important: When you click on the survey link above, you will have to choose your child’s school from the dropdown menu. There will be two options for Hope Valley School. You will see Hope Valley Elementary School (Chariho) and Hope Valley Elementary School Annex (Chariho). All families of pre-school children MUST use Hope Valley School ANNEX and all families of children in grades K-4 will use Hope Valley Elementary School. RIDE had to separately identify the two schools a few years ago. Thank you.

State Testing Reminder for Grades 3 & 4 Parents

State testing is upon us already. Here is what you can expect on the days of testing. We start testing in grade 3 this coming Monday, April 5th. The RICAS test schedule is below for your reference. Attendance is vital. Of course, if your child has symptoms, we will have to schedule a make-up test. But if your child is well, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE be sure he/she is at school on time for the testing sessions.

On testing days, all students (including DL) will receive a free breakfast at school. Students will eat in the room where they will test and all social distancing rules will apply. If you have any questions, please let Mrs. Pastore or me know. I hope everyone has a great long weekend and holiday. Thank you!

A few important things your child will need.

  1. Face mask :-)
  2. Water bottle
  3. Chromebook (fully charged)
  4. Chromebook charger as a precaution
  5. Silent reading book

Testing Schedule

Grade 3 ELA (session 1) > Monday, April 5

Grade 3 ELA (session 2) > Tuesday, April 6

Grade 4 ELA (session 1) > Thursday, April 8

Grade 4 ELA (session 2) > Friday, April 9

Grade 3 Math (2 sessions) > Monday, April 12

Grade 4 Math (2 sessions) > Monday, April 13

Spirit Week...best one yet

What an amazing Spirit Week. The best one in my 10 years at Hope Valley School. Thank you to the PTO for organizing this fun-filled spirit week. Students and adults participated and it was so great to see. We have pictures from this week and you can view them by clicking the link below. I have the pictures in separate folders. The only issue is that there was no one to take pictures on Monday so there are not many pictures from Pajama Day. :-(

Spirit Week Pictures Link

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Who in the world is this person?

Hi-C Information

Attention Fourth Grade Families: The Chariho Middle School Program for grade five Highly

Capable students offers a research path for out-of-the-classroom differentiated instruction.

Students must commit to rigorous and long-term guided research aligned with grade-level

curricula. Students who participate in the research path will miss two or three classes per week, usually one block of PE and one or two blocks of ELA. Please see our school’s

webpage, http://www.chariho.k12.ri.us/, for more information. If interested, please submit all necessary forms by April 30, 2021 to the Chariho Middle School Main Office or email to one of the Program Coordinators, Alison Ward, at: alison.ward@chariho.k12.ri.us

For K-4 Families: If any K-4 parent is interested in nominating your child for Hi-C in the 2021-2022 school year, please submit all necessary forms by April 30, 2021 to the Hope Valley School Main Office or email the Program Coordinator, Alison Ward, at:


Sail Away

Students in Mrs. Mello's second grade class were tasked with building a boat from only recyclable materials. They spent 3 sessions designing, testing and improving their boats. On Friday afternoon the boats set sail. Data on speed and distance was calculated. This activity was part of a contest put on by New England Science and Sailing, Educational Passages and North American Marine Environment Protection Association. We have some amazing engineers in second grade!

Chariho Budget Vote

Tuesday, April 6th, 8am-8pm

1 Townhouse Road

Hopkinton, RI

As a reminder, do not forget to VOTE in the Chariho Budget Referendum on Tuesday, April 6, 2021. Voting will take place from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM at the Charlestown Town Hall, the Hopkinton Town Hall and the Richmond Town Hall.

From your Superintendent

Dear Chariho Families,

Check out our Chariho April E Update.

As a reminder, do not forget to VOTE in the Chariho Budget Referendum on Tuesday, April 6, 2021. Voting will take place from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM at the Charlestown Town Hall, the Hopkinton Town Hall and the Richmond Town Hall.

The budget vote on April 6, 2021, is NOT a vote to approve any new elementary school plans. If you would like to submit a question to be added to a frequently asked questions document regarding the elementary school facility planning click here.


Gina M Picard

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Kindergarten Registration is now open

Spread the word! Chariho Kindergarten Registration is now available to our families through digital pre-registration. Check out our digital flyer.

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From your PTO

Yearbooks on sale (online only)

Health and Wellness Challenge

Blue Cross & Blue Shield is excited to partner with The American Diabetes Association (ADA) to bring Project Power to Rhode Island youth. BCBSRI will be supporting this virtual evidence-based health, nutrition and physical education program for youth ages 5-12 which will take place May 4-20, 2021.

An unrestricted $1500 stipend is available for any organization (school or district) that registers a minimum of 75 participants.

The ADA is looking for community organizations and groups to help increase our impact through strategic collaborations. The ADA is seeking to partner with schools to offer Community Partner Stipends to promote and register participants for ADA Project Power, a FREE virtual evidence-based health, nutrition and physical education program for youth ages 5-12.

The program for the youth starts with a special Project Power Box and Activity Journal delivered right to the registered youth’s door. In addition to virtual “group” meetings with friends and group leaders during one-hour sessions, twice a week, participants can expect:

  • Games and friendly competitions
  • Interactive lessons and discussions
  • Family engagement activities and social media challenges

ADA will provide in support of organizations:

  • Promotional flyers and social media images
  • Online registration platform at www.diabetes.org/projectpower
  • List name of organization on the online application

The $1500 stipend granted to the organization is unrestricted. Execution of the partnership is upon receipt of signed Vendor Agreement and W-9. Fulfillment is complete upon the minimum of 75 program registered participants.

  • Registration for the May program will close on March 31.

Life Changer Award

Life Changer of the Year!

Did you know that Hope Valley School has NOT 1, NOT 2 but 3, yes, 3 teacher’s who have been nominated for the life changer of the year award?!!!

This is a nationwide award with over 700 nominees. In the next few months those 700 will be narrowed down to the final 16. The 16 winners will get a stipend for the school and also for themselves! You can help our Hope Valley Community by taking a minute to see what people have to say about these amazing educators and perhaps leaving a comment of your own! Click on the nominees name or scan the QR code! You can also help by mentioning these teachers on twitter or facebook using the hashtag #LCOY

You can click right on the teacher's picture below and it will take you to the teacher's page so you can leave a comment or click on the links directly below.

Support Mrs. Mankoff

Support Mrs. Abbott

Support Mrs. Mello

When can a child access DL?

We are running into issues where families are trying to access DL for reasons other than what's listed below. There are district guidelines and expectations for Distance Learning. Students cannot simply just move to DL, there must be a valid reason. So, please know that if your child is registered for in-person learning, the ONLY time they should be accessing distance learning is:

  • if they have symptoms,
  • are in quarantine/isolation,
  • the class/district/school is placed on distance learning per the district/school administration, or
  • DL was the learning scenario they registered for T2.

If a student does access DL when they are an in-person learner, and it is not for one of the reasons noted above, the student will be marked absent for the day.

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About Hope Valley Elementary School

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.