The Clayville Chronicle

October 2021 Edition

From the Desk of Mrs. Francis

Fall is here and we are settling into a nice routine at Clayville! Thank you for all of your support during the first month of school. You are an essential partner in your child's education and we want to keep you informed of all happenings at Clayville School. During the month of September, we practiced many safety drills, including a fire evacuation drill and a lock down drill. Students did a great job showing how responsible they are during these drills!


Clayville staff have also focused on establishing clear routines and expectations with students to set the foundation for a successful year. Teachers have almost completed beginning of year assessments to determine each child's strengths and instructional needs. Our grade level teams, including our talented specialists, will participate in a data day to analyze current student achievement data in order to effectively plan for instruction that meets the needs of all learners.


Special thanks to all families who joined us for Open House this year. It was a fun night! As always, I encourage you to reach out with any suggestions, questions, or concerns.


Warm Regards,

Courtney Francis

Covid Update

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Asynchronous & Professional Development Day

October 8th is an Asynchronous day for students and a professional development day for staff. Materials will be sent home with students on Wednesday, October 6th. Please return completed assignments by Tuesday, October 12th. All students will be marked present, unless completed assignments are not returned.

Weather Changes

As we enter fall and winter, it is important that your child is dressed appropriately for school. Students will be going outside for mask breaks and recess with temperatures at 28 degrees or above. Please ensure your children are dressed for these conditions, and have a sweatshirt or jacket in their backpacks.

Pawsitive Office Referrals

Pawsitive Office Referrals can be earned by any student who has gone above and beyond in areas including respect, responsibility, effort, caring, inclusion, or honesty (our six core values!). The goal of the program is to validate the positive behavior going on throughout the school while building an even stronger partnership with our families. We look forward to the continued success of this initiative. Take a look at our first recipients of the year!
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October is National Bullying Prevention Month

During the month of October students will participate in activities to educate all children and raise awareness about bullying. Clayville School will participate in Unity Day on October 20th by wearing orange, together against bullying and united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion. Students will also have the opportunity to take a pledge against bullying and will be given a certificate for doing so.


**Parents are encouraged to contact Clayville teachers or Mrs. Francis directly with any concerns related to bullying. Your child's safety and well being is a top priority for all Clayville staff members. Educating students, parents, and staff members, open communication, and solution-focused intent are key to combating bullying! Please see the link below for more resources.

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Choose Love: Social Emotional Learning Curriculum

Students in Prek-5 are fully immersed in the Choose Love curriculum! Students participate in a weekly lesson rooted in one of the four Units: Courage, Gratitude, Forgiveness and Compassion in Action; all part of the Choose Love Formula. This month students are learning all about courage.


A copy of the Choose Love calendar was sent home to all families. It it our hope that this learning and small steps you can take daily is helpful for our Clayville families to complete at home.

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Fall Benchmarking Assessments

As you may know, students are assessed periodically throughout the year using a variety of assessments. These assessments are designed to assist us in better understanding our students' strengths and making instructional decisions to meet the needs of our students.


Clayville Elementary School teachers will be finishing beginning of year assessments by mid October. 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.

Multi Tiered System of Supports with Speech Therapy

Speech Therapists in our district, like their teacher counterparts, did some beginning of year assessments. In the coming days some parents will be contacted by the Speech Therapist to offer supports to students for varied areas of need. Please call to discuss your child’s performance if you have any questions. Some terminology to know follows:


  • Articulation: This is the pronunciation of sounds.

  • Receptive Language: This refers to the understanding of what is said/read to you.

  • Expressive Language: This is how one formulates ideas verbally or in writing.

  • Pragmatics: This refers to social language.

  • Fluency: This is another word for Stuttering.


At Clayville, the speech therapist team is Michele Hamill MS CCC-SLP and Kevin Wasilewski MS CCC-SLP. We can be reached Tuesdays and Thursdays at 647-4115.

Grade Level Curriculum Highlights

PreK Apple Unit

Prek students have been participating in many apple-related activities during the month of September. Students explored the parts of an apple and completed many special projects! ~Ms. Joslyn

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Kindergarten: Learning to Read!

Kindergarteners have been working hard in the month of September to start building up their reading stamina! We have been reading independently to ourselves, back to back, elbow to elbow, and listening to many stories! ~Mrs. Bauer
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Fabulous 1st Grade

First graders are getting back into the swing of school. These fabulous Firsties are exploring math centers, selecting their own books, and learning to read independently for longer and longer periods of time. They are already growing into independent learners! ~Mrs. La Rose
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Grade 2 Authors

Second grade students recently read "Separate is Never Equal," which is about desegregation. Students then wrote about whether it was just or unjust and read their responses while sitting in the "Author's Chair." Their responses showed that we have very thoughtful second graders! ~Ms. Forgue
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Grade 3 Mathematicians

Grade 3 students are diving into multiplication! Take a look at our students practicing skip-counting with partners to find the answer to multiplication equations. ~Ms. Colvin
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Grade 4 Is Off and Running

Grade 4 has been busy throughout the month of September! They created a class Choose Love constitution and have been learning how to summarize non-fiction and fiction texts during their first unit of reading and writing. Keep up that momentum, grade 4! ~Mrs. Cardarelli
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Grade 5 Writers

Fifth grade is off to a great start as they delve into our new ELA Curriculum: American Reading Company. Students even published their “About the Author” in preparation for lots of future pieces of writing. They couldn’t be more excited about the power of words! ~Mrs. Boutiette
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All Hands on Deck to Grow Our Readers!

Ms. Davis, our art teacher, took a few minutes to read to some of our kindergarten students. Our students who are learning how to read greatly benefit from hearing fluent readers. Our entire Clayville team is dedicated to student success!
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Art Highlights from Ms. Davis

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A Note from the Social Worker

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Events & Flyers

Fall Scholastic Book Fair

Our fall Book Fair was a tremendous success, a huge thank you to all families who supported our Scholastic Book Fair this year. We were eager to return to our in-person fair model this season and it exceeded our expectations! Our Book Fair is not only a fun experience for our Clayville students but also our teachers who are able to select new titles to add to classroom libraries.


We sold $4,785 dollars worth of books to our Clayville community! Watching our eager readers come through the Book Fair to purchase their new books is such a heartwarming experience. As Scholastic says, “books bring us together”, and they certainly do. Thanks to all who promote a love of reading throughout our Clayville community! We receive our profit from Scholastic by way of Scholastic Dollars which allows teachers to select not only books but furniture, new technology, rugs and more to ensure our classrooms are not only literacy-rich but fun and comfortable learning environments!


Our twice annual Book Fairs are a large undertaking and would not be possible without our crew of parent volunteers and the support of Mrs. Serdechny, Mrs. Reynolds and Mrs. Francis. If you’d like to be involved in future Scholastic events, please reach out to ClayvillePTO@gmail.com. ~Amanda Rossi


Special thanks to Mrs. Rossi for chairing the Book Fair committee and always doing a great job making it a successful fair for our students and families!

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Flu Shot Clinic @ Clayville School

Tuesday, Oct. 5th, 4-6:30pm

3 George Washington Highway

Scituate, RI

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School Store!

Our very popular school store is open every Wednesday from 8:35-8:45. Items range from $0.25 to $3.00 Special thanks to Mrs. Linde for running the store!
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Scituate School Committee

The Scituate School Committee will hold it's next meeting on Tuesday, October 5th. All members of the school community are encouraged to attend. The meetings begin at 7 p.m. at the Scituate High School auditorium.

PTO Update

Our next PTO meeting of the year is scheduled for Thursday, October 7th @ 7:00 p.m. and will be held virtually! A link will be sent out to all families. We hope to see you there!


Our PTO also has a newsletter that was sent out and includes many more updates!

Dates to Remember:

10/5: Flu Clinic 4:00-6:30 @ Clayville Library

10/5: School Committee Meeting @ 7:00 p.m. @ SHS

10/7: PTO Meeting @ 7:00 p.m. (virtual)

10/8: Asynchronous & Professional Development Day

10/11: No School: Columbus Day

10/13: Kindergarten Field Trip to Salisbury Farm

10/17: PTO Trunk or Treat Event @ 4:00 p.m. (rain date 10/24)

10/19: Vision Screening

10/20: Unity Day! Wear Orange

10/26: Picture Day

10/29: Black & Orange Day

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