Tiogue's Weekly Family Newsletter

September 15, 2018 - No.3

What's Happening at Tiogue Elementary School, Home of the Timberwolves

Arrival and Dismissal:

We are asking for your cooperation during our crowded arrival and dismissal times. If you are dropping off your child in the morning, please follow the traffic pattern that leads to our crossing guard, Mrs. Cole. If you are walking your children to school please be aware of the new minibus traffic pattern. The minibuses are driving along the street adjacent to the building. The buses drop off children in the back of the building near the gymnasium then proceed to leave the school area by driving next to our building, pulling into the parking lot where the other school buses drop off/pick up students. We have noticed that during our dismissal, walker students and families are standing where the minibuses exit. The drivers of the minibuses are not comfortable with people in that area, especially during dismissal. To minimize the confusion, we are asking that walkers leave the school grounds prior to the minibuses leaving the area.

Also, because we have so many Kindergarten and grade one students leaving as walkers this year, we are walking out our younger students to their respective family members picking up in the afternoon. Several of the younger students are anxious about walking out into a large crowd, so please stay within the yellow marked pick-up areas, leaving the front doorways clear.

Open House:

Finally, don't forget that our annual Open House is set for Thursday, September 20th from 6:30pm-8pm. We will begin the evening in the gymnasium followed by brief, grade level and classroom presentations. You will be able to meet your child's teacher(s) that evening.

All the best,

-Mr. Giusti

Important Information at Tiogue

Tiogue is proud to again be a Title One, Feinstein Leadership School!

Hours: 8:40am - 3:10pm

Students may come to school when supervisory coverage beginning at 8:20am

Dates to Remember:

-September 17, 2018 First PTA MTG. 6:30pm (Tiogue Library)

-September 20, 2018 OPEN HOUSE 6:30pm-8:00pm

-September 24 through 28: START WITH HELLO WEEK

-September 28, 2018 Perfect Attendance for the month closes - students will be given their first raffle ticket of the school year

-October 8, 2018 NO SCHOOL, Columbus Day

-October 30, 2018 LifeTouch Picture Day

-October 31, 2018 Perfect Attendance for the month closes - students will be given their raffle ticket for October

PTA INFORMATION and Meeting Schedule:

9/17/18 at 6:30pm (Cafeteria or Library)

10/15/18 at 3:30pm

11/19/18 at 6:30pm

12/17/18 at 3:30pm

1/28/19 at 6:30pm

2/25/19 at 3:30pm

3/18/19 at 6:30pm

4/22/19 at 3:30pm

5/20/19 at 6:30pm

June TBD at 3:30pm

School Store information will be provided after first PTA mtg.

Our Mission and Motto:

At Tiogue School, we believe that students can achieve their personal best and become responsible and productive citizens by embracing all learning opportunities each day.

"Everybody is somebody at Tiogue"

Dr. Gordon's Reading Challenge

Thank you for participating in our annual summer reading challenge. Our Reading Team has compiled all of our reading logs from the summer and has submitted them to Dr. Gordon's office for review. We will be recognizing all of our readers at an upcoming school assembly. Winners of the challenge will also be receiving a special recognition.

START WITH HELLO WEEK - September 24th - September 28th

We will be sending home a parent letter that explains about our week of activities and philosophy of the program. All schools in the district will be taking part in this initiative.

Overview of activities:

Monday: Short, All School Assembly: Start With Hello video presentation & Overview for the week- "Hello, my name is" stickers for everyone to wear in the building.

Tuesday: Make 'Start With Hello' Poster to put outside classrooms

Wednesday: 'Start with Hello' creative writing with cross-grade level buddies. Presentations to each other; peer to peer. (Essay, poem, songs, raps, letters or skits - whatever students choose to do)

Thursday: 'Start with Hello' Compliment Day. Make a compliment paper-chain for all the compliments given to others to hang around the school and classrooms.

Friday: 'Start with Hello' & Tiogue Spirit Day: wear green and wear Tiogue gear & Get Caught Saying Hello Day. Give stickers and/or Brave Bucks to students who get caught saying Hello to one another, especially people who you may not know too well.

Our 3 BIG IDEAS this year at Tiogue

Improved Attendance

Restorative Practices (Parent information sessions will take place this year)

Refreshing our PBIS Program (Positive Behavior Intervention Systems)

Below are "Important Links" for you to review. Please sign up for the Code RED alert system and the RI Broadcaster Association Alert System

*Both "alert" systems will give you vital updates on school closures, early dismissals, and bad weather updates. You may choose phone, email and/or text updates from these systems.

Many times, especially during power outages, text messaging and email continue to work on your cell phone. These alerts come through during most storms, even when there are power issues.

Important Links

Coventry Public Schools Website: http://www.coventryschools.net/home

School Website: http://tiogueschool.squarespace.com/

Parent Information on our District site

(NEW ITEM) School Dept. 2018-19 Calendar: Click here

Coventry Curriculum Resources: Click here

Safe Snack List: Click here

Health & Wellness Letter: Click here

Food Service in Coventry: Click here

Bus Information: Click here

RI Broadcaster's Association: Sign up for weather and school closing alerts here

*NEWEST CodeRED Alert System: Sign up here

Our Nurse's Corner:

New information:

In a few weeks we will be starting our fresh fruit and vegetable program (FFVP) here at Tiogue School. We have received a grant in conjunction with the Rhode Island Department of Education and the USDA. This is our third year participating in this program, and we are very excited. The program is a tasting of various in season fruits and vegetables, and the menu will change monthly. The program also supports our district Wellness Policy, and will give students some additional health education on healthy eating.

The healthy fruit and vegetable snacks are provided to children at no cost. They are offered separately from the lunch or breakfast meals.

The goals of the FFVP are to:

  • Create healthier school environments by providing healthier food choices.

  • Expand the variety of fruits and vegetables children experience.

  • Increase children’s fruit and vegetable consumption.

  • Make a difference in children’s diets to impact their present and future health.

Grades K through 5 will be tasting on Tuesday/Thursday. If we have a Monday holiday the tasting will be Wednesday/Friday. These tastings do not replace any snack or meals for students.

If you do not want your child to participate in the FFVP for any reason, or your child has any fruit or vegetable allergies please fill out this form and send it into the School Nurse by Friday September 21, 2018.

Feel free to contact me with any questions,

Gina D’Aguanno RN

From Past Newsletters:

HEARING SCREENINGS will take place for students in Grade K though 3 on September 25, 2018. You will be getting a paper home to fill out if your child has had a recent ear infection, or is under treatment. If you DO NOT want your child screened by the RI School For The Deaf you must provide me with an equivalent screening, and notify me via email or in writing no later then Friday 9/21/18.

Our Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program will be starting soon.

-Gina D'Aguano MS, MEd, RN, CSNT

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