North Scituate Elementary School

November 2020 Newsletter

A note from Mrs.Soccio

November is here and students are working hard each day at school despite many restrictions to their day. We have had some bumps in the weeks of October, but teachers have worked tirelessly to ensure successful transitions to and from distance learning. Thank you to our families for your flexibility and understanding during these challenging times. Distance learning would not be successful without your partnership at home. North Scituate looks forward to continuing our curriculum work this upcoming month, along with some school wide fundraisers and spirit days. Be sure to look at the important dates section at the bottom of this newsletter.

Teachers recently finished assessing students' academic levels to determine each child's strengths and instructional needs. Our grade level teams, including our talented specialists, analyzed student achievement data in order to effectively plan for instruction to meet the needs of all learners. During these meetings, teachers created instructional groupings designed to provide targeted skill instruction to students with similar strengths and needs. You will receive a letter if your child will receive targeted instruction from a specialist.

Please reach out with questions or concerns at any time. Happy November!

Kaitlin M. Soccio, Principal


  • Students will be marked tardy if they arrive after 8:45am.
  • Please keep in mind that students have outdoor recess. We encourage students to dress in layers and wear a coat to school.
  • Chartwells is currently offering FREE meals for breakfast and lunch for the remainder of the school year.
  • Students are not permitted to ride a bus other than their own.
  • Free and Reduced Forms were sent home with students! If you are in need of another copy, please call our main office: 401-647-4110. All other questions should be directed to the Superintendent's Office: 647-4100.
  • Please date notes that are sent to school with students. If you are writing a note about dismissal, please write the full name of the person picking up your child.
  • Please call to notify the office if/when your child is absent.

Weather Changes

As the cooler weather approaches, it is crucial 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. The RI Department of Health and CDC guidelines strongly encourage leaving windows open and fans running for as long as possible. Please ensure your children are dressed for these conditions, and have a sweatshirt or jacket in their backpack.

Unity Day Snapshots

Students all signed the Anti-Bullying pledge and wore orange to promote bullying prevention. Students completed an "Every step you take" activity. We made individualized footprints to provide students with an opportunity to reflect on the steps they can take to create a world without bullying. This activity is designed to help students recognize that every step they take individually helps unite all students along the path for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion.
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Positive Office Referrals

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Teachers in grades 1-4 have on-going professional development to support the implementation of our literacy curriculum, American Reading Company. Virtual meetings allow for our district grade level teams to meet with our coach, Mariah! Recently, teachers met to prepare for the launch of Unit 2: Informational Research Lab. Another major focus area has been small group conference schedules based on students' Independent Reading Level Assessment. This work is all for our students!

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Grade Level Highlights


Students in Ms. Murphy's classroom are working on Bridges Work Place Stations. These stations focused on using cubes to build towers, make patterns and learn about 5 frames.
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In Ms. Diguilio's class students took time to make cards for our custodians, thanking them for all they do for our school. Brain breaks are essential in COVID times, and this class loves doing the "tooty ta" on the Elmo. Here are some pictures of them dancing and moving those bodies around.
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Grade 1

Students in first grade read Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert. Students collected their own leaves and made leaf creations to go along with the story. Your creations look great hanging in your classroom!
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Halloween week virtually? No problem for Miss Caldarone's first graders. Miss Caldarone created this fun activity that allows students to dress up and complete some descriptive writing using Google Slides. Miss Caldarone also utilized Bridges interactive whiteboards to continue their Number Corner routine virtually. Students enjoyed wearing their costumes to virtual class on Friday.
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Grade 2

Mrs.O'Grady's students created original poems for their class poetry anthology which is part of the American Reading Company's Literacy Lab work this month. Below, check out some of their work. In the second picture, Averie is writing up a storm! Can't wait to read your writing.
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Grade 3

Students in Mrs.DiLuglio's class have been very flexible lately with distance learning and in-person learning. In the first picture, students are previewing each other's published writing. Through American Reading Company's Literacy Lab, students created their own Magic Tree House stories. In the second picture, students put together a human skeleton at home as part of their Structure of Life science unit. This activity came just in time during the week of Halloween. Well done, Mrs. DiLuglio, students, and families.
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Collaboration opportunities between distance learning and in-person learning students certainly brings a smile to my face. Below, a third grade student is reading his very own story to a second grader at home. He then shared a favorite audio book with him and his sister! Thank you, Mrs. Gallagher and Mrs. Caldarone for making this possible.
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Grade 4

Students in Mrs. Scucces' class are working in collaboration with Ms. Davis, art teacher, on their haunted house floor plans for their project based learning lesson. Students learned about the importance of drawing a floor plan and worked on their own floor plans for a room of the haunted house. Then, with their neighbors they planned a group floor plan for our full haunted house. Looking forward to seeing the final product!
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Grade 5

Students in Miss Keedy's class working diligently on a Foss Investigation centered on separating mixtures and solutions. Covid friendly, as the class utilized a materials manager for the day who was the only student in their group to touch any materials. Nice work!
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Food Drive

Our Food Drive will be held from 11/9-11/20. YOU CAN HELP support the Scituate community by sending non-perishable food items to school with your child. All contributions will be delivered to the Food Closet at Trinity Episcopal Church. This food closet, located in Scituate, serves more than 75 families each month. Please contact Mrs. Soccio if you are aware of other Scituate organizations in need. Our goal is 1,000 items!


Thank you to the Lions Club and Scituate Police Department for delivering Halloween goodie bags to our students!

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Scituate School Committee

The Scituate School Committee will meet on Tuesday, November 10th! All members of the school community are encouraged to attend virtually. All meetings begin at 7 p.m.

Northwest Special Education

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

At this time, these meetings will be held virtually. Links to virtual meetings can be found on the Rhode Island Secretary of State's Open Meetings website at least 48 hours before the meeting date:

Important Dates

  • 11/03: No School (Professional Development Day)

  • 11/04: Student Council Speeches

  • 11/9-11/20: Food Drive

  • 11/06: Halloween Parade Make Up

  • 11/10: School Committee Meeting @ 7:00 p.m. (virtual)

  • 11/11: Veterans Day- No School!

  • 11/16: PD Day- Distance Learning Day for Students

  • 11/18: PTO Meeting 7:30pm (virtual)

  • 11/25-29: Thanksgiving Recess