The Clayville Chronicle

November 2020 Edition

From the Desk of Mrs. Francis

Despite our many restrictions, October was filled with many highlights! Our curriculum is off and running and students are focused on learning! We also rolled out recess bins, courtesy of our PTO, to help bring some normalcy back to recess. I am especially proud of our students who have taken ownership of our Covid safety protocols. A special shout out to our staff for helping to keep our students on track and doing all they can to keep everyone safe. Thanks to all families for your ongoing cooperation and support!


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.


A few fundraising dates, days off, and a distance learning day are coming up in the month of November, so be sure to check out the Dates to Remember section. As always, I encourage you to reach out with any suggestions, questions, or concerns.


Warm Regards,

Mrs. Francis

Reminders!

  • Please keep in mind that students have outdoor recess. We encourage students to dress in layers and wear a coat to school.
  • Students will be marked tardy if they arrive after 8:45am and must be signed in by a parent/guardian.
  • Students are not permitted to ride a bus other than their own.
  • Breakfast/Lunch is free for all students through December 31st.
  • *Please note, Free and Reduced Forms were sent home with students and can also be accessed by clicking the link below. If you are in need of another paper copy, please call our main office 401-647-4115. 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

Please be sure 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 backpacks.

Update Regarding School Bus Windows

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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 October recipients! Special thanks to Mrs. Theroux for the hand made masks!
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Core Value of the Month: Respect

The November core value of the month is RESPECT. Teachers and students will discuss what it looks like and sounds like to show this core value. We will kick off this important discussion by reading What if Everybody Did That? by Ellen Javernick. We encourage families to continue this valuable conversation with your child at home.

Unity Day!

Unity Day was a huge success! Thank you for your support. Staff and students wore orange to symbolize that we are united for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion! Students completed a variety of bullying prevention activities during the week including the special art project pictured below. Students created bricks using scratch art that make up our Unity House! Their positive messages encouraging kindness, inclusion and acceptance are truly inspiring!


Students also signed a pledge against bullying during lunch! It was a special day at Clayville School! Kudos to Ms. Davis and our classroom teachers for planning thoughtful activities for art and morning meeting time!

Choose to Include: Unity House

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Unity Day: Wearing Orange in Support of Inclusion, Kindness & Acceptance!

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Pledge Signing Event: Clayville Students Are Kids Against Bullying!

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American Reading Company Coaching Support

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 Curriculum Highlights

Pumpkin Themed in PreK

Prek students have been participating in many pumpkin-related activities during the month of October . Students explored the parts of a pumpkin and completed many science experiments! ~Ms. Joslyn
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Kindergarten Applying New Skills

Kindergartners had some fun with bones! The combined newly acquired skills to sort them, graph them, assemble and label the skeleton! ~Ms. Radtke
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Grade 1: Reading Steps!

First graders have been working very hard to get their reading steps (1 step = 15 minutes) in each day. They are really developing a passion for reading! We can't wait to see who the first student to reach 100 steps will be! ~Ms. Addessi
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Grade 2 Mathematicians

Second graders at Clayville have been working hard this month in math! We are learning all about measurement and are perfecting our skills with measurement tools such as the centimeter and meter ruler. Super second graders now understand the importance of labeling their units when measuring and can even tell you how many centimeters there are in 1 meter! Here some students are measuring their math book to practice these skills. ~Mrs. Brady
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Grades 2 & 3 Distance Learners with Mrs. La Rose!

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Grade 3 Writers

Third graders shared their response to the core text, Magic Tree House: Knight at Dawn. Students used their text analysis skills to examine how the main character, Jack, changed throughout the book. ~Ms. Colvin
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Grade 4: Off to a Great Start!

4th grade is having a great school year so far! We have been working hard on our math skills and even finished our first module already! Students have also been writing narrative stories and had the opportunity to share their writing and receive peer feedback! We also started reading groups in the past week. We've been quite busy!
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Grade 5: Literacy Unit of Study

Fifth graders have been spending their literacy block researching the causes and effects of wildfires from 1871-2020. They're new understanding of fire codes and wildfire prevention is evident in their daily writing! We can't wait to share our final projects! ~Mrs. Boutiette
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Library Newsletter from Mrs. Serdechny!

PTO Support!

The PTO continues to find ways to support our students and staff using funding from our generous school community! So far the PTO has purchased:


Folders for students (back to school): $397

Coffee Truck for teachers: $250

Teacher snacks (with spirit wear donations): $40

Distance Learning teachers surprise gift cards: $40

Recess equipment (outside): $270

Recess equipment (inside): Approximately $270-$300

Halloween Parade gift bags: $384

That's about $1,650 spent already!


Next up: indoor recess bins & flexible seating options to add to our classrooms!

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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. Our goal is 500 items! Let's go Wildcats!

Special delivery from the Lions Club & Scituate Police Department!

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

Staff and students had some much deserved fun on October 30th! We enjoyed showing off our costumes, playing school-wide bingo, and had a socially distanced parade! Thank you to our PTO for the awesome goodie bags for students!
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News from Northwest Special Education

Northwest Special Education Local Advisory Committee meetings for the 2020-21 school year:


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: https://opengov.sos.ri.gov/OpenMeetings.

News from Scituate School Committee

The Scituate School Committee will hold it's first meeting of the 2020-2021 school year on Tuesday, November 10th! All members of the school community are encouraged to attend virtually. The meetings begin at 7:00 p.m.

PTO Update

Our Parent Teacher Organization encourages all members of the school community to attend meetings to plan for our many fundraisers and discuss ways to support our school! The next PTO meeting is scheduled for Thursday, November 12th 7:00 p.m. and will be held virtually.

Dates to Remember

  • 11/3: No School (Professional Development Day)
  • 11/5: Student Council Speeches
  • 11/9-11/20: Food Drive
  • 11/10: School Committee Meeting @ 7:00 p.m. (virtual)
  • 11/11: No School - Veterans Day
  • 11/12: PTO Meeting @ 7:00 p.m. (virtual)
  • 11/16: Distance Learning/ Professional Development Day
  • 11/25-11/27: No School: Thanksgiving Break
  • 11/30: Give-a-Gift Drive Kickoff
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