North Scituate Elementary School
Welcome Back 2019-2020
A note from Mrs.Soccio
Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year at North Scituate School. All staff have worked tirelessly getting our building and classrooms ready for students and families. We are all ready to hit the ground running to support all students in achieving their best in all areas of learning. We are looking forward to continuing to strengthen relationships and communication with families and our community. Please do not hesitate to call the school or email me if you have any questions or concerns throughout the year.
Check out our library newsletter from Mrs.Serdechny- https://nsslibraryparentnewsletter.weebly.com/newsletters
In preparation for events throughout the year, please be sure you have a current background check (BCI) on file with our office if you plan to volunteer. Please see Mrs. Grissom or email her at Jamie.Grissom@ScituateSchoolsRI.net. There will be an opportunity provided by out PTO at our Open House on 9/11 to apply for a background check.
Our first day of school is Tuesday, August 27th. Check out our new school website here.
Remember to follow our school on:
Looking forward to a successful and exciting year!
Kaitlin M. Soccio, Principal
Arrival & Dismissal Procedures
The school day begins at 8:45am and ends at 3:00pm.
- Parents are reminded that students may arrive after 8:15am when our supervisory staff arrives.
- Students arriving after 8:45am must be escorted to the front door by an adult to be buzzed in by the office. For safety, please do not have your child walk in alone.
- Students will be marked tardy if they arrive after 8:45am.
- If you are dropping off or picking up, it is best to park in the lot adjacent to the gazebo. Please avoid parking where "NO PARKING" signs are posted. Failure to do so often results in difficulty with arrival and departure for our buses.
- DROP OFF- Please pull up to the side of the walkway closest to the cafeteria. Have your child exit on the passenger side for safety reasons. If your child needs assistance getting out of the car, please park in the lower lot near the gazebo and walk your child up the walkway. This will ensure traffic moves smoothly for busses and cars. Thank you for your understanding.
- For additional information about bussing, please click here.
Please remember to always have identification with you at DISMISSAL. Safety first :)
***If you plan to pick up your child prior to the end of the school day without sending in a note, it is very helpful to call the school prior to your arrival. This will ensure your child's teacher and your child have been notified of the early dismissal and can be properly prepared to leave school upon your arrival.
Reminder: If you are picking your child/children up at dismissal, please be sure to exit the front door of the cafeteria from they way you came in. Students are not allowed to leave the cafeteria without an adult. Children are not allowed to play outside on the front lawn without their parent or legal guardian. Dismissal is still underway and there are multiple buses/cars in the area. This is crucial to ensure ALL students' safety during dismissal time.
Students are welcome to order lunch for $2.60 and reduced is $0.40. Students can purchase milk as well. You may send in a money or check with your child or you can make a payment at myschoolbucks.com. You can register for a username and password where you can add money to your child's lunch account.
Breakfast is served from 8:15-8:45am in the cafeteria. If a student is ordering breakfast, he or she should come eat breakfast prior to going out to the playground. Breakfast cost is $1.25 and reduced is $0.30.
Breakfast and Lunch menu and information here
Open House 9/11
Building Updates & Additions
Did You know?
We are excited to announce that Springboard Education of America will be providing after-school programs at North Scituate and Hope Elementary Schools this year.
The details are below, but the programs will start at 3:00 pm after school and will run until 6:00 pm each evening. The Springboard programs offer the following benefits:
Academic Enrichment: Springboard’s programs will feature academic enrichment sessions that focus on STEM, the Arts and Reading. In addition, the programs provide homework support.
Engaging Activities: Springboard programs are both fun and educational with a focus on skills in leadership, empathy, communication, and teamwork.
Flexible Scheduling: We offer various scheduling options to fit families’ busy lives. Students can join programs for up to five days per week before school, after school or both. Programs run from:
3:00-6:00pm, after school
Any questions contact Angelica Reyes at AReyes@springboardkids.com
Meet our Faculty & Staff
Kindergarten: Mrs. Farrar & Mrs. Guernon
First Grade: Mrs. Fraser & Ms. Gauvin
Second Grade: Mrs. Bettez & Mrs. O'Grady
Third Grade: Mrs. DiLuglio & Miss Miguel
Fourth Grade: Miss Augustine & Mrs. Scucces
Fifth Grade: Mrs. Pontarelli & Mr. Gaudreau
Special Educators: Ms. Colantonio & Mrs. Gallagher
Reading Specialist: Mrs. Gould
Paraprofessionals: Ms.Fine, Mrs. Grissom, Mrs. Parente, Mrs. Preziuso, Mrs. Savastano, Mrs. Gallagher, Ms. Testa, Mrs. Tudino, Ms. Rosati, Mrs. Muto
Administrative Assistant: Mrs. Pagliarini
School Nurse: Mrs. McCann
Itinerants: Mr. Ceprano (Physical Education), Mrs. Ethier (Music), Ms.Tourgee (Art), Mrs. Serdechny (Library Media), Ms.Crossley (Health)
Speech & Language: Mrs. Hamill
School Psychologist: Mrs. Schiappa
OT/PT: Ms. Rodgers & Ms. DeLuca
Custodians: Mr. Blais, Mr. Brosseau, Mr. Fortin
A note from the school nurse
Dear North Scituate Elementary Families,
This note is to remind and inform you of a few important health policies in order to help your child have a healthy and safe school experience this year.
Please take note of these important health policies and procedures in the North Scituate School Handbook:
- Medication Policy
- Procedures for Food in the Classroom
- Peanut/Tree Nut Free Classrooms
- Guidelines for attendance when ill
- Calling to report absences
In order to protect our students with life-threatening allergies from being exposed to peanuts and/or tree nuts, the following classrooms will be designated as Peanut Free and/or Tree Nut Free for this school year:
- 1 Fraser Peanut Nut Free
- 2 Bettez Tree Nut Free
- 4 Augustine Peanut Free AND Tree Nut Free
- 4 Scucces Peanut Free AND Tree Nut Free
Depending on the allergy listed, no foods containing peanuts and/or tree nuts will be allowed in these classrooms. If your child is in one of these classrooms, any foods with peanuts or tree nuts brought to school for lunch will be stored in the cafeteria. Students in PEANUT FREE OR TREE NUT FREE Classrooms should NOT TAKE SNACKS containing peanut and or nut ingredients to school, since snacks are eaten in the classroom. Please read the ingredients label on packaged food before sending them in with your child.
Please take a moment to complete the Annual Health History Update (sent home in first day envelope) in order for your child’s health record to be updated, the classroom teacher to be notified of any health concerns, and the best possible care for your child can be provided while they are at school. Please return this form to school ASAP.
Thank you so much and please call or stop by the health office anytime, if you have any questions or concerns. My door is always open!
Colleen McCann, RN, School Nurse/Teacher
A note from the School psychologist
Getting a new school year off to a good start can influence children’s attitude, confidence, and academic performance. The transition from summer to school can be difficult for both children and parents. Here are a few suggestions to help ease the transition and promote a successful school experience.
Reestablish bedtimes and school routines.This will help students from becoming overtired or overwhelmed by schoolwork and activities.
Select a spot to keep backpacks and lunch boxes. Designate a spot for your children to place their school belongings as well as a place to put important notices and information sent home for you to see.
Make lunches the night before school. Older children can help or make their own lunches.
Set alarm clocks. Have school-age children set their own alarm clocks to get up in the morning.
Leave plenty of extra time. Make sure your children have plenty of time to get up, eat breakfast and get to school on time.
Prepare for after school. Review with your children how they will be getting home after school (either pick up or bus) and review who will be home when they get off the bus.
Let your child know you care. If your child is anxious about school, send a little note in your child's lunch box or backpack. Let them know it is natural to be a little nervous anytime they start something new. Reassure them that they will be fine. Young children in particular may experience separation anxiety. If you drop them off, try not to linger. Reassure them that they are safe and will be okay. Tell them you will think about them during the day and will be back. Remain calm and positive.
Give your child time to adjust to new teachers and classmates. If your child appears to be having difficulty adjusting as time goes on, please feel free to contact me.
Mrs. Schiappa, MA, CAGS
*Information provided by the National Association of School Psychologists. (2017). Back-to-School transitions: Tips for parents. Bethesda, MD K. Cowan & T. Feinberg, EdD, NCSP
Pop Tab Collection
A tiny item that makes a BIG difference for others is the aluminum pop tab! Last year our school collected and donated more than 2 recycling bins full of aluminum pop tabs to Ronald McDonald House in Providence. Ronald McDonald House uses the proceeds from the recyclable aluminum to help fund their “home away from home” for families with children in Hasbro Children’s Hospital.
Students are great collectors! Please help them find opportunities to round up lots of pop tabs…and to spread the word to family and friends that we are collecting them here at school.
Your child may leave pop tabs at the office, pass them to his or her teacher, or deliver them to Room 6 (Mrs. O’Grady’s class) at any time. Thanks for helping North Scituate Elementary School help others.
Northwest Special Education
08/27: 1st day All Students
09/03: School Committee Meeting 7PM at Clayville
09/11: Open House/Back to School Night 6:30pm
09/18: PTO Meeting @ 6:30pm in the library
09/18: Picture Day (more details to come)
09/22: Scituate High School Homecoming
09/25: Uno's Fundraiser
10/01: School Committee Meeting
10/11: No School- Professional Development Day
10/12: NSES Bake Sale at Scituate Art Festival
10/22: Chipotle Fundraiser 4-8PM
10/25: Trunk or Treat (rain date 10/26)