Hathaway Happenings - Home
April 29, 2022
If you do not want your children to have their picture taken you must notify the classroom teacher in writing before picture day.
Otherwise, all children will have their picture taken and you will receive a package.
Looking forward to seeing those smiles!
Please be sure to have students dress appropriately for the possibility of an outdoor meeting on Friday.
Survey Works Extended!
In order to hear from as many families as possible across the state, the Rhode Island Department of Education is reopening the SurveyWorks family survey until May 17! If you did not complete the survey earlier this spring, please visit bit.ly/ridefamily to share your perspective with school and district leaders.
Please note that the family survey has 44 questions for families who have responded No to question 1 and 52 questions for families who have responded Yes to question 1. Once the first answer has been marked and submitted, please continue on to the rest of the survey questions before closing out the survey.
We appreciate you taking the time to share your voice. Your response helps us understand what matters most to your family, and allows us to provide all children and families with the support they need to thrive.
Portsmouth Art Guild
We are proud to announce that many of our Hathaway students were featured at The Portsmouth Art Guild's Opening Event last weekend. Hathaway School had over 50 entries!
We received some awards at the show!
First Place - Jace Sharp
Second Place - Hayden Melanson
Third Place - Khloe Garcia
Honorable Mention - Marly Battle
Mrs. Warsauer received a Teacher Recognition Award from the Art Guild with $100.00 to be used to buy art supplies for the students.
The Art show continues until May 7th with the hours of Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6-8 pm and Thursdays from 9:30 am-12:30.
Congratulations to all of our participants!
Luna Perez Cardona
Nut Free Facility
Thank you for your support in keeping all of our students safe in our Hathaway community.
Abound Parenting Newsletter (Kindergarten)
Abound Parenting- Hathaway News
This week’s academic vocabulary word is NORMAL.
Here are 2 ways to give your child extra opportunities to hear and use the word NORMAL!
Is it NORMAL for people to go swimming in the coldest months where
you live? What months of the year do people NORMALLY swim outside
in your area or region of the world?
What happens during a NORMAL springtime where you live? What kind
of weather would be ABNORMAL during the spring in your area?
o Remind your child that the word NORMAL means what usually
happens, a regular way of doing things. ABNORMAL has the prefix
AB, which means “outside of,” or “away from,” so ABNORMAL
means things that are “outside of” what’s NORMAL (not normal).
How else can you build your child’s reading skills through TALK?
o Try these questions taken from different TalkOn age groups this week:
When the cold winds blow, a storm might bring ______. Can we think of
a word that rhymes with blow to end this sentence? (snow)
When it's very humid out, the air has a lot of moisture, or water, that you
can't see, but you can feel. Humidity is the amount of water vapor in the
air. What clues tell you there's humidity in the bathroom after a hot
Weather forecasters, meteorologists, can't predict the weather exactly.
Should people just always prepare for the weather to turn bad? What's
wrong with that approach?
If you haven’t yet signed up, go to https:// partners.aboundparenting.com/ Use the code given to you by your Hathaway teacher or staff member, & follow instructions to download the app.
Local Advisory Committee Awards
Please consider nominating someone who has made a difference in the life of a child and their family!
We are writing to you regarding the annual Portsmouth Special Education Local Advisory Committee Recognition Awards. The purpose of these awards is for families of children with special education needs to nominate someone from our school community who has helped their child to succeed this school year. You can nominate staff such as teachers/support professionals, bus staff, food service workers, RBT's/Paraprofessionals, coaches, other students and administrators.
In order to nominate someone please complete the :
A few notes about nominations:
- You may nominate more than one person but please use one form per nominee
- Please submit all nominations by Monday May 2, 2022
The Awards Recognition night is scheduled for May 18, 2022 at 6:30 PM @ Portsmouth Middle School Library. More information will follow at a later date. If you have any questions, please contact Don Labbe or Sheli Silveria at email@example.com
We look forward to making this a special evening to honor those who have made a difference.
Sheli Silveria and Don Labbe
Please note the change of date for grade 4 ELA session 1.
RICAS Assessment for grades 3 and 4 will take place in April and May.
Scheduled dates are as follows -
May 10th - Grade 3 Math RICAS
May 12th - Grade 3 Math RICAS
May 18th - Grade 4 Math RICAS
May 19th - Grade 4 Math RICAS
"Why do we have statewide standardized assessments?
Rhode Island has statewide standardized assessments in mathematics, English language arts, and science in order to meet a federal requirement and provide valuable information about how well our students, schools, districts, and state are doing. Results measure the knowledge and skills addressed in the Rhode Island Core Standards (RICS) for English Language Arts/Literacy and for Mathematics, and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), and are used in the following ways:
- The results can help you track your child’s progress over time.
- Results give you the ability to compare your child’s school to schools across the state.
- Districts and schools analyze their results to inform decisions they make to support teaching and learning."
You can find more information on the RIDE website.
From the School Nurse
With masks now being optional, you may be wondering when it is most important for your child to wear their mask at school. Well-fitting masks are most strongly recommended in the following scenarios to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19:
If your child has been identified as a close contact of someone diagnosed with COVID-19 outside the household, then masking for ten days following exposure can help prevent the spread.
If someone in your household has tested positive for COVID-19, please notify the school nurse so she may determine when your child should return to school and provide masking recommendation guidance in line with current RIDOH recommendations for your situation.
If your child is returning to school after testing positive for COVID-19 following a five-day isolation period, they are strongly recommended to wear a mask for days 6-10 while around others.
You may also be wondering whether your child’s mask will still protect them if others in the environment are not masked. Yes, one-way masking still provides protection. This is especially true of surgical masks, n95 masks, kn95 masks, and kf94 masks.
If your child is sick, they should stay home from school. If your child has one major symptom or two minor symptoms (see below), they should test for COVID-19. PCR testing is recommended and readily available at the former Benny’s test site in Middletown. Please reach out to the school nurse if your child is sick and remember to fill out the notification form for attendance purposes. Your child may distance learn if they are out sick and the school nurse is aware that they are waiting for test results to return.
We are looking forward to more outdoor time and open windows with the warmer weather on the way. Please reach out with any questions!
Health and Safety Updates
For information about Pre K-12 School Cases and Vaccination rates please visit this site.
Case Numbers (SY 2021-2022)
3/25 - 183
4/1 - 188
4/8 - 194
4/14 - 197
4/29 - 200
Our next HPTA meeting will be Wednesday, May 18th at 6:30pm in the library.
Visit the district volunteer page for information if you would like to become VIS approved to volunteer in school. The school department no longer requires proof of vaccination to be a volunteer. This process can take a month so please plan ahead.
Google Form to register. It will put your name on Hathaway’s Volunteer Master List, alerting the VIS Coordinator that you plan to become a volunteer.
VIS Authorization Form: A background check must be completed annually, by law in Rhode Island. You must fill out the authorization form for the background check and have it notarized. It also needs to include a copy of the front and back of your driver’s license, and a $5 check made out to ‘BCI.’ This form can be turned in at the school’s main office or at the school department building.
Check out our upcoming volunteer opportunities. We are nearing the end of the year with lots of exciting activities for our students. Many classes are going on field trips and we’ll have our field days for K-3 (June 2nd) and 4th Grade (June 3rd) - sign ups have already gone out for field day to the VIS approved volunteers. In order to make these events successful for our children we need volunteers. If you are volunteering within the school you are required to have a background check completed (VIS approval). This process can take 2-3 weeks to be completed. Please if you can and are interested get your background check done ASAP. It is good for 1 year!
Hathaway’s 9th Annual Springabaloo
Thank you to everyone that participated in our Springabaloo Fundraiser. It was a sold out event with 178 items up for auction. We could not have done it without the support of our Hathaway Community. We are happy to announce that we raised nearly $20,000!!!
Teacher Appreciation Week
We are celebrating our amazing teachers and staff next week May 2 - 6th. Here is the week's schedule!
Monday - All students should wear your teacher’s favorite color!
Tuesday - Teachers and staff can help themselves to the snack and drink cart/ table set up with lots of yummy goodies! Enjoy!!
Wednesday - It’s time to butter up our teachers and staff! Please have your child write a note or draw a picture to send in and give to their teacher. Teachers and staff should also check their mailboxes for a little surprise.
Thursday - A delicious luncheon will be provided for the teachers and staff to enjoy!
Friday - A fun surprise will be delivered to your hard working teachers and staff! Want a hit? It will be something for the teacher’s room to “perk” them up when they feel tired. AND Don’t forget to Dress up like your favorite teacher, silly costumes are encouraged! We can’t wait to see what you come up with!
Thank you for all your donations and support!
HPTA Board Elections
The HPTA Board has a few positions to be filled for the upcoming school year. If you are interested in being a part of the HPTA board, please complete the form or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com by May 13th. Please include which positions you’d be interested in (or if you’d be willing to fill any role). We are happy to answer any questions you have about what is involved and what to expect. Once this information is collected the existing board will vote and announce the 2022/2023 school year HPTA board in June.
Potential positions are as follows: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Volunteer Coordinator, and Member at Large.
Interested in Serving on A Committee?
***If we have a high number of volunteers for a committee, then we will randomly select parent representation.
Choose Love - April Calendar
Pre K Registration
The Portsmouth School Department is excited to begin registering and welcoming the Kindergarten class of 2035! The registration process for Kindergarten for the 2022-2023 school year will open on February 1. During February, a parent/guardian for an eligible student should begin this process by visiting the Registration tab at the top of our district webpage: http://www.portsmouthschoolsri.org/. Important information including instructions on how to register (please be sure to register for the 2022-2023 school year), registration requirements, and other pertinent information can be found by accessing the link.
Securly Home is an app that allows parents to monitor their child’s Chromebook activity at home and add rules for home use. Please take some time to review the slideshow and recording of the parent meeting that took place on 9/16.
We encourage you to sign up now for Securly Home!
Hathaway Notification Form
Please complete the Hathaway Notification Form.
Thank you in advance for helping us to keep things organized and safe in our Hathaway community.
Students who need to quarantine will be provided with asynchronous distance learning. All teachers are prepared to have daily assignments and accompanying materials available for students on a regular basis. If an entire class is asked to quarantine, synchronous learning will be available to the entire class. Materials pick up may be scheduled.
Teachers will be sharing login procedures with students and families. It is important that your child is familiar with Google Classroom and how to access the necessary lessons. This will make for an easy transition if your child is asked to quarantine.
If you are having issues accessing Aspen, you will have to email firstname.lastname@example.org with your child's name, date of birth, grade level, and your name. The system administrators will be able to restore access to your account and make sure that you can login.
Where Can I Find Past Parent Newsletters?
May 2nd - May 6th - Teacher Appreciation Week
May 3rd - Spring Picture Day
May 10th - Grade 3 Math RICAS
May 11th - Staff PD/DL Day
May 12th - Grade 3 Math RICAS
May 18th - Grade 4 Math RICAS
May 18th - HPTA Meeting, 6:30 PM, Library
May 19th - Grade 4 Math RICAS
May 20th - Grade 4 Field Trip to Breakers
May 25th, 26th, 27th - Math RICAS Makeups
June 1st - Early Release, 2:15 PM
June 2nd - Field Day, K-3
June 2nd - Grade 4 Fort Adams Field Trip
June 3rd - Grade 4 Field Day
June 3rd - Grade 1 Casey Farm Field Trip
June 6th - Rain Date K-3 Field Day
June 6th - Bill Harley Presentation, 9:15
June 6th - June 10th - Week of the Young Child
June 7th - Grade 3 Aquidneck Island Tour Field Trip (3AT/HA)
June 8th - Grade 2 Field Trip, Buttonwood Zoo
June 8th - Grade 4 State House Field Trip (TH/P)
June 8th - Grade 3 Aquidneck Island Tour Field Trip (3C/3H)
June 8th - HPTA Meeting, 6:30 PM, Library
June 9th - Grade 4 Fort Adams Field Trip
June 9th - Bill Harley Presentation (Rain Date), 915
June 10th - Community Meeting, 9:30 AM
June 14th - Grade 4 State House Field Trip (G/H)
June 16th - Grade 4 Field Day
June 17th - Rain Date Grade 4 Field Day
June 17th - Report Cards visible in Aspen