Hope Valley School Weekly Update

Friday, December 20, 2019

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Calendar of Events

December 2019

Dec 23-Jan 2 - Winter Break

January 2020

2 - Students return from Winter Break

9 - Early Release Day (no AM PreK)

13 - SIT Meeting at 5:00

13 - PTO Metting at 6:30

20 - Martin Luther King Day - No School

24 - Mid-Trimester report cards distributed

Chorus Concert

On Tuesday, the 4th grade chorus performed for the students, staff, and families. They did an awesome job. They never cease to amaze me. Great work chorus and Mrs. McKee!! Impressive as always! And thank you to our helping elves (Ms. Barbara) for decorating our stage to make it so festive. That's always a treat!


Happy Holidays from Mr. G wearing his crazy outfits!

Caroling from Grade 2 Spanish Style

The second graders went around the school singing Feliz Navidad and Casabel for classrooms. It was so adorable. I always love when they do this.

Ms. D's Class: 2D caroling.mp4

Mrs. Mello's Class: 2M caroling.mp4

Poinsettias from Grade 1

First graders made poinsettias this week as part of their holiday travels around the world. They are learning that poinsettias are called the Flor de Nochebuena (the Christmas Eve flower) and they are a big part of Christmas in Mexico.

Langworthy Library Christmas Break Events

Langworthy Public Library. 24 Spring Street, Hope Valley, RI 02832. 401-539-2851 or email at langworthylibrary@gmail.com

Kids Event: Graham Cracker Gingerbread Houses
Saturday, December 21, 11:00am

Join us to build your very own gingerbread house out of graham crackers, icing, and sweet treats. Please register and bring a container of non-whipped icing. 401-539-2851 or langworthylibrary@gmail.com

Kids: New Years’ Craft

Friday, December 27, 11:00am

We will be making some fun crafts to help bring in the New Year. Happy 2020! Please register. 401-539-2851 or langworthylibrary@gmail.com

Drop-in Family Fun: Board Games

Monday, December 30, 11:00am-4:00pm

We will provide plenty of old fashioned board games for you to play with in our children’s room. Drop by any time between 11am and 4pm.

Library Website: http://langworthylibrary.org

Hope Valley School Blog

KICKING IT WITH THE ARTS! That is the name of our new school blog related to all the projects at Hope Valley School. Mrs. Girton and I will maintain this blog for now but after winter break the hope is to get some 4th grade students to lead this blog. Check it out by clicking in the link. You can read about some of our school projects and recent cultural assembly last week. Enjoy!


Differences between being RUDE, MEAN, or a BULLY

This was shared with teachers and staff and wanted to share it with all of you to help children understand the differences between someone being mean, someone being rude, and someone being a bully. From the article “Rude, Mean, or Bullying? A Child Therapist Defines the Differences” https://www.amightygirl.com/blog?p=20215&https=true

RUDE is “inadvertently saying or doing something that hurts someone else.” In children this takes the form of social errors like “burping in someone's face, jumping ahead in line, bragging about achieving the highest grade or even throwing a crushed up pile of leaves in someone's face.” The critical factor? “Incidents of rudeness are usually spontaneous, unplanned inconsideration, based on thoughtlessness, poor manners or narcissism, but not meant to actually hurt someone.”

Being MEAN involves “purposefully saying or doing something to hurt someone once (or maybe twice).” Mean behavior very much aims to hurt or depreciate someone.... Very often, mean behavior in kids is motivated by angry feelings and/or the misguided goal of propping themselves up in comparison to the person they are putting down.” And while Whitson agrees that both rudeness and mean behavior require correction, they are “different from bullying in important ways that should be understood and differentiated when it comes to intervention.”

BULLYING is “intentionally aggressive behavior, repeated over time, that involves an imbalance of power.... Kids who bully say or do something intentionally hurtful to others and they keep doing it, with no sense of regret or remorse — even when targets of bullying show or express their hurt or tell the aggressors to stop.” Whitson gives examples of multiple kinds of bullying, including physical and verbal aggression, relational aggression (like social exclusion, hazing, or rumor spreading), and cyberbullying. The key aspect to all of them is the ongoing nature of the behavior, which leaves the victims feeling powerless and fearful.

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  1. Payment for the Morning Program is due at the beginning of each month. If you need a form, stop or call the office.
  2. Also, the Morning Program STARTS at 7:30. Technically it starts at 7:35 because everything is programmed through our time clock. Staff punch in at 7:30 so they need time to get to the gym to set up. At Hope Valley, we have always allowed students to come for 7:30 but we cannot let children in before 7:30 because no one will be in the gym.
  3. We have many students with negative lunch balances. Please be sure parents are taking care of any balances ASAP. Checks can be made out to Chariho Regional School District
  4. If your child comes in at 8:00 for Dreambox with Mr. Mulvey or reading support with Mrs. Pastore or Maker Morning/Green Screen with Mrs. Ward, students must not be coming before 7:55 or they will be charged $3.50 per day.

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Hope Valley PTO Meeting Notes

Monday December 9, 2019

Attendees: Mr. G, Scott Sunderland, Leah Sousa, Stephanie DaPonte, Kristin Clarke, John Fanning, Kim St. Clair, Patricia Ciullo, Tricia Abbott, Polly Lilly, Mary Ann Mello, Tricia Zanella/Scheer


1. Welcome and Introduction for new members - no new members attended

2. Mr. G's Report

  • Super Miles Day was very successful, raised about $1800.00, the Tomorrow Fund will be coming to school to pick up the check
  • Thank you to the HVWFD for arriving with their ladder truck in order to take an aerial photo of the entire school body in the shape of an 'M' for Miles!
3. Treasurer's Report
  • Current balance $20,172.69
4. Holiday Shop
  • Scheduled for Thursday 12/12
  • Teachers would like to have the option to take wrapping items back to class in order for students to finish wrapping their gifts when it is convenient with their schedule.
  • Idea for next year to have parents send in tags (provided by PTO) with gift recipients names pre-written.
  • Also to ask for wrapping paper donations next year.
  • Volunteers are encouraged to wear holiday attire!
5. Online Book Fair
  • Generous donation by Scott Sunderland - $100 per grade! Thank you Scott!
  • Place orders by Thursday 12/12 to ensure delivery by Christmas

6. Assemblies

  • Wacky Science assembly scheduled for 12/20, will also be pajama day
  • Music Technology assembly scheduled for 3/17/20
  • Teachers would like to see some of the following as assemblies - Stem Stations, Bucket Drumming, Coast Guard Band, Boston Museum of Science, and the Audobon Society

7. School Store

  • Students coming back to class with items they've purchased in school store has been a distraction in the classroom.
  • Issues with stealing, children not eating their lunch, giving money to friends, having too much money or not enough money
  • Ideas about maximum amount of money kids are allowed to be sent to school with, or working school store into curriculum involving money, possibly changing school store to once a month with the opportunity for each grade level to go monthly
  • Proposal to put school store on hold temporarily until changes can be made or a different system can be used.

8. Family Night

  • URI basketball game Sunday 3/1/20 at 2:00, Tickets $20 each or combo $25 includes popcorn and soda. 75 tickets available, flyers will go home after winter break
  • Bingo Night in April, need volunteers to call numbers and help organize event
  • -- do we want to have another event?
  • -- break from events in January, February is spirit week, May is color run

9. Open Forum

  • Teachers are wondering if PTO would provide classrooms with Scholastic News, very educational and the teachers like to use it in the classrooms.
  • Estimated $150 per classroom per year.

10. Next meeting January 13, 2020 at 6:30pm in the Hope Valley School Library

PTO Board Members:

PTO meetings are typically the second working Monday each month. If you’re not able to make the meeting but still want to be involved please send an email to our PTO to make sure you receive a copy of the meeting minutes hopepto15@gmail.com.

Meeting dates for the year are as follows:

  • Jan 13, 2019 @ 6:30
  • Feb 10, 2019 @ 6:30
  • March 9, 2019 @ 6:30
  • April 13, 2019 @ 6:30
  • May 11, 2019 @ 6:30

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.