Hope Valley School News

October 16, 2015

Calender of Events

10/19 - HV Site Council Meeting

10/19 PTO Meeting > 6:30 Library

10/20 - BOX TOPS First Submission - Send in box tops before Wednesday

10/22 - Early Release (No AM pre-school, PM pre-school 8:45-1:45)

10/26 - Open Forum with Superintendent Ricci at Hopkinson Town Hall at 6:30PM

10/27 - School Store

10/30 - Annual Fire Department Halloween Parade

11/2 -Flu clinic from 4-6:30

11/9 – Picture Retake 10-1

11/9 - HV PTO 6:30

11/11 - No School Veterans day

11/19 -Early Release – AM Pre K only (8:45-1:45)

11/26-11/27 -Thanksgiving Recess

School News

PTO Sponsored Assesmbly

There was a fabulous school-wide assembly yesterday. The Rhythm Room featuring Rick Morin was here playing and jiving to music with the children. The students vastly enjoyed the show. Thank you PTO. See pictures below. I also tweeted pictures yesterday. If you don't follow me on Twitter my name is @JoeGencarelli1. In November, I will be tweeting out daily winners of the calendar fundraising. So, get on Twitter if you're not already. :-)

We have a PTO meeting schedule this coming Monday at 6:30 in the Library. We had a great turnout last month. Let's keep it going. Remember, it is ALL ABOUT THE CHILDREN!

Harvest Food Drive

The Annual Chariho Regional School District Harvest Food Drive is about to begin. The school that collects the most canned goods and nonperishable food items (student/can ratio) will have the honor of displaying the Harvest Reap Banner in their school for one year.

So, start collecting canned goods and nonperishable foods and keep a tally. Then donate your bounty to local food banks, shelters, and/or needy families of your choice.

Once again, we hope to exceed last year’s numbers!

The contest begins on November 2nd and ends November 20th. Any questions about the Annual Harvest Food Drive, please contact Judy Cherenzia at CMS - jmche@chariho.k12.ri.us. Good Luck Everyone!

Spanish Update
Grade K: Students have been picking up the language so quickly! You may hear them say the words "Yo puedo..." at home. This means "I can..." and we use it in our daily objectives. They have learned how to ask and say their name, say hello, good morning, good afternoon, and goodbye! They have also learned the colors red, green, and yellow together with a song about apples! See if they can sing it for you! Here is a link to the song. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUXn9ZYT-NA

Grades 1-4: Students have learned so many ways to express how they are feeling! See if your child can tell you that they are happy, sad, hungry, thirsty, sick, excited, angry, bored, nervous, or sleepy. We are also practicing numbers from 11-20. Try counting in Spanish at home!

Don't forget to check out the Spanish website for additional resources!

Chariho Open Forums with Superintendent Ricci

Ask Questions...Get Answers...Give Feedback. EVERYONE'S WELCOME!

Richmond Town Hall – October 19, 2015 – 6:30 PM

Charlestown Town Hall – October 22, 2015 – 6:30 PM

Hopkinton Town Hall – October 26, 2015 – 6:30 PM

Box Tops = Cash for Hope Valley School!

Our school will again be participating in the Box Tops for Education™ program this year. Erin Anderson is the Box Tops Coordinator for Hope Valley School. Clipping Box Tops is an easy way for you to help our school buy what it needs. Box Tops are each worth 10¢ and they quickly add up to real cash for our school. This school year, our school’s earnings goal is $1500.00 We earned $1423.00 last year so we are hoping to beat that this year. Have family and friends collect them for you to send in to school. The first submission will go out by Oct 20th so please send them in ASAP. There are a lot that expire in November so I need to mail them in by end of October. To help our school, just look for pink Box Tops on products, clip them, and send them to school with your child’s name and classroom for our box tops contest. The classroom with the most box tops at the end of the year will get class surprise. For more information on the Box Tops for Education program, including a list of participating products and our school’s progress, visit www.BTFE.com. Be sure to become a member to receive exclusive coupons and recipes and learn about extra ways for our school to earn. If you have any questions please contact Erin Anderson at ErinAnderson@cox.net.

School Fundraiser

Are you ready to SHAKE things up? This years fundraiser is COMPLETELY different. It's a cash calendar raffle. How it works:

· In October, your child will be sent home with a set of 10 numbered raffle tickets.

· Each raffle ticket costs $10.

· Throughout October, your child will sell his/her 10 tickets. (Additional ticket sets can be requested!)

· When you sell a raffle ticket, you return the stub with the payment and leave the calendar portion with the person who buys the ticket.

· Your child can bring in their ticket stubs and payments every Friday throughout the month or all at once on or before October 30th.

· Every school day in November, Mr. Gencarelli will pull one raffle ticket stub and announce the winner of the daily cash prize!

· There are 21 chances to win and the daily cash prizes range from $50 to $500. We are giving away a total of $3000 in November!

· Winners will be posted each day on the calendar board in the school, on twitter at @JoeGencarelli1 and listed weekly in Mr. G’s newsletter. All winners will be contacted via phone and email as well, so print those ticket stubs neatly!!

· Checks will be mailed out at the end of each week in October to the winners!

Fine print:

· You must be 18 years or older to purchase a raffle ticket.

Fun and prizes:

· Each child that sells a ticket will win a prize!

· And… the more he/she sells, the more your prizes your child can collect!

· The top seller in the school will receive the grand prize!

So, to sum it all up…cash for adults and prizes for kids!

Proceeds benefit Hope Valley Elementary School PTO. With your support, we will continue to provide quality programs and events for our children! Please feel free to contact Amy Marcille, event chairperson, at themarcilles@cox.net. Thank you! Winners will be tweeted daily in November. There are some great cash prizes! Follow me at @JoeGencarelli1.

Note from the Special Education Dept

The special education department would like to welcome parents and community members to attend our Local Advisory Committee (LAC) Meetings. Our first meeting will be held on Thursday, October 15th. Following the October meeting, we have 3 more meetings scheduled this year: January 21st, March 17th, and May 19th. Meetings are held in the Chariho Middle School Library starting at 6:00pm. The purpose of our LAC meetings is for parents, teachers, administrators, and community members to meet together to discuss special education related topics and to advocate for students with disabilities. If you have questions about an upcoming LAC meeting, please feel free to contact Michele Laurent, the LAC Chairperson, and the LAC board at: LAC@chariho.k12.ri.us

You can find information related to the Chariho Special Education Department through the Chariho District webpage: http://www.chariho.k12.ri.us – just click on the District Information link and then click the Special Education link.

American History Tid-bit by Mrs. Foggo

What Rhode Island state agency made the news on October 1, 1986 because they were voted having the best uniforms in the entire country?

Answer: The Rhode Island State Police

There were five correct answers last week. Stay tuned next week for another question!

Other Important Information

Hope Valley School ID# 07094

Welcome to the start of a new school year with A+ Stop and Shop School Rewards. Hope Valley School will have the opportunity to earn cash through Stop & Shop A+ School Rewards Program. The last 2 years our little school raised an average of $4000 thanks to all of our families. What a great way of fundraising without doing anything other than shopping at Stop and Shop and giving your reward card to the cashier.

All you have to do is:
* Log on to www.stopandshop.com/aplus select CUSTOMER REGISTRATION to register online using your Stop & Shop Card
* Or, Call the A+ Hotline at 1-877-275-2758 for assistance.

Great news: if you registered your card last year, you DO NOT need to re-register this year. You can visit the website to verify correct school assignment. Also, don’t forget to encourage your friends and relatives to do the same. It could mean more Cash for our school.

After you register your card, each shopping trip at Stop & Shop using your Stop & Shop Card earns CASH for our school. Each month, the amount of CASH awarded will be updated on the Stop & Shop website. You can track the amount of points you earn for our school by checking your grocery receipt and online when you create an account at www.stopandshop.com. Our school will receive a check at the end of the program. The money will be used for any of our school’s educational needs. PLEASE REGISTER IF YOU HAVE NOT YET!

Key Information

Please contact me at ggen@chariho.k12.ri.us if you have any questions or concerns. To receive weekly email updates I encourage you to sign-up for the Hope Valley list- serve. Follow the steps on the district webpage at www.chariho.k12.ri.us. (Click on the newsletters link on the far right and then follow the steps.)

Twitter and Webpage

Please follow me on Twitter for school updates and events @JoeGencarelli1. Please do not forget the number 1. Also, you will be able to find a ton of information on the Hope Valley webpage at www.chariho.k12.ri.us/hv.

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

School Hours for the 2015-2016 School Year
School hours are from 8:35 until 3:25. Office hours are from 7:30-3:30.

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.

Background Check

All volunteers in the Chariho School District must have an annual background check prior to volunteering. There is no cost for this. Please go to the Central Office with a picture ID and fill out a volunteer form. It takes a few weeks to return. Or you can go to the Attorney General’s Office in Providence and get it done right there and then.


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

**October 8, 2015

October 28, 2015

November 18, 2015

**December 10, 2015

**January 21, 2016

February 3, 2016

February 10, 2016

**February 25, 2016

March 9, 2016

March 16, 2016

** March 24, 2016

April 5, 2016

**April 7, 2016

April 13, 2016

May 26, 2016

June 1, 2016

** Evening Screening

About Hope Valley Elementary School...visit our website below

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.