North Scituate Elementary School
September Newsletter 2019
A note from Mrs.Soccio
Students and staff had a productive and exciting week back. I had the privilege of visiting all classrooms. Students couldn't wait to show me what they were working on and learning about. I will update you monthly with news, classroom updates, reminders, and student photographs. I hope to see you all at our Open House/Back to School night on September 11th. Please do not hesitate to call the school or email me if you have any questions or concerns throughout the year. I look forward to partnering with each and every family throughout the year to ensure each child's success.
Remember to follow our school on:
Kaitlin M. Soccio, Principal
- *Please note, Free and Reduced Forms were sent home with students! If you are in need of another copy, please call our main office 401-647-4115. All other questions should be directed to the Superintendent's Office, 647-4100.
- Student lunch money can be put onto to their account using myschoolbucks.com. Their four digit school ID will be needed.
- All student information forms should be returned as soon as possible.
- A digital copy of the Parent-Student Handbook will be distributed the week of September 3rd. A hard copy of the signature page will be sent home- please sign and return the last page no later than September 13th.
- Please make sure all notes that are sent to school with students are dated. If you are writing a note about dismissal, please write the full name of the person picking up your child.
- Clearly mark water bottles, lunch boxes, etc. with student's name.
- School spirit wear can be ordered here. Please email NorthScituatePTO@gmail.com with any questions.
DID YOU KNOW?
• Starting in kindergarten, too many absences can cause children to fall behind in school.
• Missing 10 percent (or about 18 days) can make it harder to learn to read.
• Students can still fall behind if they miss just a day or two days every few weeks.
• Being late to school may lead to poor attendance.
• Absences can affect the whole classroom if the teacher has to slow down learning to help children catch up.
Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school—and themselves. Start building this habit in preschool so they learn right away that going to school on time, every day is important. Good attendance will help children do well in high school, college, and at work.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
• Set a regular bed time and morning routine.
• Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
• Find out what day school starts and make sure your child has
the required shots.
• Introduce your child to her teachers and classmates before
school starts to help her transition.
• Don’t let your child stay home unless she is truly sick. Keep in
mind complaints of a stomach ache or headache can be a sign
of anxiety and not a reason to stay home.
• If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to
teachers, school counselors, or other parents for advice on
how to make her feel comfortable and excited about learning.
• Develop back-up plans for getting to school if something
comes up. Call on a family member, a neighbor, or
• Avoid medical appointments and extended trips when school
is in session.
Open House/Back to School Night
Wednesday, Sep. 11th, 6:30-8pm
46 Institute Lane
- 6:30-7:00 Classroom visits
- 7:00-8:00 Ice Cream Social by PTO & activities in the cafeteria
If you are interested in getting a BCI to volunteer at school events, a table will be set up in the foyer.
RSVPs are enabled for this event.
Positive Office Referrals
American Reading Company: Grades 2, 3, & 6
A key component of the program is the Independent Reading Level Assessment (IRLA), which is a tool that works with every student, at any reading level. The IRLA delivers specific and actionable data that tells the teacher where a student is, why, and the sequence of skills/behaviors she needs to learn next to accelerate her reading growth.
Parents in grades 2 and 3, be on the look out for information about how to support this curriculum at home! We look forward to rolling out the curriculum to the rest of the grade levels, K-8, within the next few years! Click here for an introductory video.
Bridges in Mathematics: Grades Kindergarten & 1
Eureka Math: Grades 2-5
Parents, please note, Eureka provides a series of free Parent Tip Sheets at the topic level that include suggested strategies and models, key vocabulary, and tips for how you can support learning at home. Be on the look out for the tip sheets at the beginning of each module!
Fall Benchmarking Assessments
North Scituate Elementary School teachers will complete fall benchmark assessments throughout the first few weeks of September. Staff members will then meet to analyze the data and create instructional groupings designed to provide targeted skill instruction to students with similar strengths and needs. The results of these assessments will be communicated to parents. Please do not hesitate to contact your child's teacher if you have any questions or concerns.
Every other week, students will have a 40 minute STEAM enrichment block focused on various activities related to science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics. This block of time is in addition to art, music, physical education, and library. A special thanks to Ms. Shannon Donovan, our district STEAM coordinator, Mrs. Serdechny, Ms.Tourgee, and Mrs. Ethier for supporting this important initiative!
We are excited to announce that Springboard Education of America will be providing after-school programs at North Scituate and Hope Elementary Schools this year.
The details are below, but the programs will start at 3:00 pm after school and will run until 6:00 pm each evening. The Springboard programs offer the following benefits:
Academic Enrichment: Springboard’s programs will feature academic enrichment sessions that focus on STEM, the Arts and Reading. In addition, the programs provide homework support.
Engaging Activities: Springboard programs are both fun and educational with a focus on skills in leadership, empathy, communication, and teamwork.
Flexible Scheduling: We offer various scheduling options to fit families’ busy lives. Students can join programs for up to five days per week before school, after school or both. Programs run from:
3:00-6:00pm, after school
Any questions contact Angelica Reyes at AReyes@springboardkids.com
Start with Hello Week
We will be kicking off the program by participating in Start With Hello Week: September 23–27. More information about the activities planned for the week will be distributed within the next few weeks! Click below to learn more about Start With Hello.
Stop & Shop A+ School Rewards Program- click here for more information. The school is still collecting empty ink cartridges and box tops.
Our first PTO meeting will be on Wednesday, September 18th at 6:30pm in the school library.
Please email NorthScituatePTO@gmail.com with any questions. We hope to see you there!
09/11: Open House/Back to School Night 6:30pm
09/18: PTO Meeting @ 6:30pm in the library
09/18: Picture Day (more details to come)
09/22: Scituate High School Homecoming
09/25: Uno's Fundraiser
10/01: School Committee Meeting
10/07: Flu Clinic 3:30-7:00PM
10/11: No School- Professional Development Day
10/12: NSES Bake Sale at Scituate Art Festival
10/22: Chipotle Fundraiser 4-8PM
10/25: Trunk or Treat (rain date 10/26)