Captain Isaac Paine School

March Principal Update

March 21, 2021

Dear CIP Families and Staff,

“Spring adds new life and new joy to all that is.”-J.H.

Spring begins on March 20th!

TOGETHER we got this! Thank you for your continued support and cooperation during this unprecedented time. We are getting closer to "normal" as we enter into the third trimester of the school year. We will continue to follow all safety protocols, procedures, and guidance as we begin to plan for end of the year activities and events.

I am happy to welcome back some of our virtual learners and some of our homeschool students back to CIP this trimester. We are all very excited to have our students return in person and fill our classrooms and hallways.

I am happy to report that our CIP students are able to use the playground once again based on The Department of Health and Education Guidelines! Recess is back outdoors (weather permitting). It is so exciting to see all our students back outside safely at play.

Have a great weekend and enjoy the spring weather coming our way soon!

Mrs. Marcella Terranova Clark


*Please contact Mrs. Soares or myself with any questions or concerns @ 647-5100 or via email @ and @


All CIP Staff and Families will receive an email with a COVID-19 screening form daily. The screening tool should be completed prior to your child or self arriving to school and/or boarding the bus. Parents/Guardians and staff will have to fill out the form daily. Visitors to the building will complete a screen prior to entering the building in the main foyer.

Mrs. Verducci, our school nurse will be monitoring the screening tool. All students and staff will be assessed verbally and temperatures will also be taken in regards to the screening tool not being completed prior to the arrival of school. Please continue to FILL OUT the screening tool daily. This tool is in place for everyone's safety. Please call the school at 647-5100 if you have any questions regarding the screening tool.

Arrival & Dismissal Updates This Month~

CIP doors will open for student arrival at 8:55 am. Please do not drop off students prior to 8:55 am without adult supervision outside. Adult supervision and doors will remain open from 8:55-9:10am.

Arrival will begin for parent drop offs at 8:55 am. It is requested that Last Names:A-L arrive between: 8:55- 9:02 am and Last Names M-Z: arrive between 9:04-9:10 am. The change is due to the traffic congestion with vehicles and busses as well as the safety of our students. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding in advance. We have more families dropping off and more students returning to CIP and this is exciting but we need to add some additional safety measures in place at this time.

If your child arrives after 9:10, please report to the main entrance/office with your child. Virtual and In Person Learners will be marked tardy after 9:14 am and/or the start of morning meeting.

Please make sure your child is attending ALL Classes! Please have your child follow the schedule and be on time for all classes listed in their Google Classroom. Attendance is crucial to your child's education and is reported to RIDE for accountability.

Dismissal will begin for parent pick ups at 3:19pm; Last names: A-L: 3:19-3:24 pm and Last Names: M-Z: 3:24-3:31pm. Please remember your Photo ID!

Please wear masks and practice social distancing until you and your child are safely in your vehicle. Please NO PETS outside any vehicles.

Bus dismissal will begin as bus transportation arrives. Hoping to have all students dismissed safely between 3:26- 3:31 pm from the building.

Please remember to send in your child's "yellow/white slip" for any changes in transportation. Form

*If you are "picking up" classroom materials please avoid arrival and dismissal times since this will interfere with safety. Materials can be "picked up" until 4:15pm daily.

All Materials will be placed in the front foyer by grade levels in bins. Please buzz the office to retrieve materials.

Thank you!

RI Department of Education & Health~

Updated COVID-19 Information for Families~

Continue to Report and Communicate!

COVID Information:

  • Please complete the daily COVID Screen prior to entering the school!

  • ***Reporting Probable or Actual COVID-19 Symptoms

  • If you are symptomatic, probable, confirmed, or a close contact please CALL THE NEW HOTLINE: NUMBER:

  • 1-401-217-5019...PLEASE LEAVE A MESSAGE OR TEXT and/or email @


  • DOH Hotline-K-12

  • *All Staff & Students please see the school nurse with your Attestation Form prior to entering the classroom when returning from an illness. Thank you! Attestation Form

  • *If you are planning on traveling please meet with the Principal/Nurse to discuss protocols and quarantine information.

  • *Updated -Outbreak Response Protocols:Prek -12 Play book- 3/11/21

  • This version includes updated quarantine guidance, recommended testing for all close contacts, and clarification on travel guidance.

***CIP will NOT be testing asymptomatic students at this time. Asymptomatic Staff will have the option to be tested voluntarily once a week. If our data supports students being tested at any given time, then a revised plan will be submitted and communicated with the priority.



Also, all information and copies can be located at our main entrance outside doors for families.


***Reporting Probable or Actual COVID-19 Symptoms to CIP:

If you are symptomatic, probable, confirmed, or a close contact please CALL THE HOTLINE

NUMBER: 1-401-217-5019...PLEASE LEAVE A MESSAGE OR TEXT and/or email @


*Please use this hotline if your child is sick. Please remember to use the hotline and/or call the office if your child is absent in person or virtually before 9:10. Phone calls will be made by office staff for all absences and tardies.

*Please try to schedule all vacations in accordance with our school calendar. Please consult with The Department of Health and/or our school nurse with quarantine and testing questions and/or protocols.

*Attendance counts and still counts towards our star rating from the state. Students this year have the option to attend virtually if they can not be in person this year. Virtual schooling is being present. The main office needs to be notified.

Survey Works Information For Families~Last Chance!

The Rhode Island Department of Education is currently administering its annual Survey Works Family Survey, which is an opportunity for family members to provide feedback about our school community and our children’s opportunities to learn. The survey results are most useful when all families participate.

Your views on matters like the safety of your child at school, the way students are taught, the condition of the school, and how connected you feel to this school are important. By taking this short survey, you can help our school leadership and school community to make improvements. Responses are anonymous and cannot be linked to any individual; no one can tie your responses back to you.

You can take the short survey online between January 19 and March 31. To take the survey, visit Choose Captain Isaac Paine School from the dropdown list.

Thank you for your participation.

A Message From Our Bus Drivers~

All students need to have an adult present at their bus stop for am and pm. Students can not be boarding or exiting busses on their own since we do not have bus monitors in Foster. Also, please have your child dress for the weather. Masks need to be worn on the bus at all times.

No Cell Phones/Computers on the bus! Please refer to The CIP Handbook and Cell Phone Policy.

*Please inform your bus driver if your child will not be riding the bus due to illness or quarantine.

Thank you in advance for your attention to this matter.

Technology Issues~


*Please direct all TECHNICAL issues to Dr. Du. Please use this contact number:

(1-860-481-3797) You may text or call. Please do not call the school line.

Please contact Dr. Du with any Wifi issues, Zoom concerns, digital program issues and/or chrome book issues.

WIFI Information

CIP PTO Information~

Foster PTO Information~


Facebook: CIP Foster PTO-



School Year Board

President- Laurie Smith

Vice President- Rachel Rocchio

Treasurer- Stephanie Linhares

Secretary- Lisa Barrentine

CIP PTO Meeting-April 28th-7-8pm- Virtual
Meeting ID: 861 2421 7449
Passcode: 267753

Important Dates~

  • CIP Reading Week - March 22-26
  • April 2- No School For All Students and Staff
  • Reminder...

    CIP Spirit Day! Come to school showing your school spirit!

    Friday, April 16th- Wear your favorite "Tourist Gear". Come to CIP looking like you are leaving for a vacation. Please No Swimwear and/or attire.

  • April 19-23- School Vacation For All Students and Staff-No School
  • The Northwest Special Education Local Advisory Committee Meetings for the
  • 2020-21 school year:

October 20, 2020

December 8, 2020

February 9, 2021

April 13, 2021

Sodexo Lunch Menu~

March Menu

April Lunch Menu

* Breakfast/Snack Bags are available as a "grab and go" in the am and lunch is a "grab and go" in the pm. All are FREE to ALL students until June 2021 due to grant funding.

From The Nurse~


  • Please pack younger students an extra set of clothes in case of an emergency.
  • Please have students dress for the weather. It is still cold outside!
  • Consider donating new and/or slightly worn snow pants, boots, and or coats for "Snow Play". All Donations can be sent to the clinic.
  • Please send hand lotion to school with your child if needed.
  • Please remind students to wash and hand sanitize hands frequently.
  • Please remind students to wash and replace face masks daily.
  • Please keep your child home if they are ill.
  • An Attestation Form is needed from ALL students who return from an absence.
  • Vision Screening - Information For Families

  • Please email Mrs. Verducci @ or call 401-647-5100 with any questions.

School Calendar and NEW News:

School Calendar

Reading Week

Learning Choice Changes For Trimester 3:

Trimester 2 ends on March 24th.

New Learning Choices will begin on March 29th.

Please look out for the form coming your way in March!

K Registration- Information For 2021-2022

PreK Registration- Information For 2021-2022

RICAS NEWS For Families!

***The Rhode Island Department of Education informed districts that we will administer The Rhode Island Comprehensive Assessment System ( RICAS) this school year. This assessment is for all students in grades 3-8. It assesses math, reading, and writing standards. All students will participate, including distance learners.

* Distance learners must come into schools to be assessed.

Please Read:

RICAS - Grades 3,4,5

RICAS Schedule

i-Ready Winter Diagnostic Results K-5-

Tier 1 is the goal for Reading and Math for All CIP students!


Tier 3-6%

Tier 2-42%

Tier1- 52%


Tier 3-4%

Tier 2-50%

Tier 1-45%

*The staff participated in i-Ready Professional Development on 2/22 and 3/1 to address meeting individual needs and addressing gaps to move our students growth in both areas towards Tier 1.

All students will participate in i-Ready lessons to address gaps.

Grades K-2 -Reading Lessons/My Path-15-20 minutes a week 4x week;

Grade 3-5- 15-20 minutes a week 4x week- Geometry Domain Lessons Only- My Path Lessons;

Fire, Safety, and Lockdown Drills~

Fire, Safety, and Lockdown Drills-

Fire, safety, and lockdown drills are necessary for the safety of students, faculty and staff. State law requires fifteen drills per year. These drills are crucial so staff and students know where to go and how to respond if there was ever an actual threatening situation. All safety procedures are reviewed annually with staff. The school will conduct 15 drills per year following the RIDE requirements and COVID protocols as well as safety guidelines.

* In an event of a fire or potential safety concern families will be notified as soon as possible with an update and instructions if needed. Please avoid contacting and arriving at the school. Our focus first and foremost, is the safety of all the students and staff in the building. Visitors will NOT be allowed in the building during an emergency situation. We have safety procedures and protocols in place to ensure our CIP students and staff are safe. We thank you in advance with your patience and cooperation regarding this matter.

CIP School Improvement Team 2020-2021~

Please consider joining. Please click on the link below for more information.

School Improvement Team Form

Grade 5 Winners- T-Shirt Contest Design

Congratulations to our Grade 5 T-shirt contest winners: Brigid Mara- ( front design) and Noah Sackal, Ethan Turcotte, Adam McEntee, Aiden Buebendorf and Wyatt Smith ( back design).

Please see illustrations below.

A Paine Panther ROARS!

Mission Statement: At CIP we inspire students to become lifelong learners and responsible citizens in our community by providing a challenging and supportive environment!

A Paine Panther ROARS- Respect Others & Respect Self

Vision Statement: All students will become lifelong learners and demonstrate proficiency in academic based national standards. Students will be able to use a growth mindset to meet future challenges and make positive choices.

Positive Office Referrals are distributed to students every Friday by The Paine Panther!

Next Month we will be honoring our Trimester 1 Students! Stay tuned for more information.



Information From Our Social Worker~

"Sesame Street in Communities" Workshop Series

PBS RI and Sesame Street are hosting a virtual workshop series opportunity. The Sesame Street in Communities series of six workshops runs from February 11 through April 22, and we welcome all who would like to attend any or all of the virtual zoom sessions. Workshop sessions are being offered in both English and Spanish. Informational blurbs in English & Spanish included below, and flyer attached, along with registration info and links.

We are excited to announce our Sesame Street in Communities workshop series! Presented by Rhode Island PBS, in collaboration with RI KIDS COUNT, Massachusetts Strategies for Children, and RI & MA SEIU Education and Support Fund, this workshop series is focused on providing caregivers, parents and educators with FREE tools and resources from Sesame Street to increase successful outcomes, both in school and in life, for children, primarily in rural communities both in RI and MA. The series consists of three sessions on different topics, and will be presented in English and Spanish. The English session series will take place on Thursdays, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. via Zoom on the following dates:

-February 11: Health Emergencies: Health emergencies bring many challenges and much uncertainty for young children, but there are things we can do to face each day with optimism and hope. The resources that we will highlight can help families cope during challenging times.

March 11: Traumatic Experiences: When a child endures a traumatic experience, the whole family feels the impact. But adults hold the power to help lessen its effects. We will learn how to bring those factors to life.

April 8: Science: Kids are natural scientists. Whether indoors or on the go, exploring together and asking questions helps them learn about the world and how it works. Together we will learn about activities and resources that will help us engage children with Science and spark discovery.

Caregivers, parents, and educators are all encouraged to join.

Registration and landing page (English):

Registro (español):

Maureen K. McEntee, MA CCC-SLP, MSW LCSW,

Speech-Language Pathologist/ Social Worker

Captain Isaac Paine Elementary School

160 Foster Center Road

Foster, Rhode Island 02825

(401) 647-5100

Resources For Families~

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Follow us on Twitter @ CIP Learns!
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Paine Panther!

Positive Office Referrals! Paine Panther Visits Every Friday!

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T- Shirt Contest Winners!