Friday, April 4, 2014


Our Reading Celebration is off to a great start. It has been amazing to see all of the unique and creative ways students are sharing the joy of READING! We have already had quite a few BINGO cards submitted to the office. We are looking forward to seeing how many students will earn Free Popcorn to celebrate their tremendous efforts! Keep up the great ideas, we can’t wait to see what next week brings! There is so much creativity around hereJ

I hope everyone is considering what they might create for the Earth Day Recycle Projects. Save those items that look like they could be transformed! We will send notice about these projects home next week. We hope you enjoy these family projects as much as we do!!

Thank you for the donations of Peanut Butter, Hard Candy and Granola Bars! Our bins are filling up quickly!! This collection will continue throughout the month of April. The Peanut Butter will go to our local food banks and the Granola Bars and Hard Candy will be shipped to those serving our Country.

We are very excited about our new blog format! The number of views is increasing with each passing week! We hope you feel well informed. We try to share little tidbits that help you feel connected to what is happening here. We are busy bees!!

I also want to let you know that I pass a lot of information along through Twitter in case you are interested. I am @MelissaMarino9 if you search for me. There is a mix of what teachers might want to peruse and resources for families. This has been an outstanding resource! To sign up for an account you simply go to to make an account and it is free. I find it to be an express version of having access to resources.

Have a fun time if you are planning to go to the Boys Choice event this weekend! Nothing can possibly compare to a bunch of boys at a bowling alley!

Another reminder, Spring Picture Day will be held here on Wednesday, April 9.

Thank you so much for your help with the toy population. We all agree that this has made SUCH a difference. We have restocked our recess shed with brand new jump ropes, balls, bubbles, Velcro games, foam discs and more….there should be plenty to do without items from home. We really appreciate your support and understanding.

This week, we distributed T-Shirts that were created especially for our school from the Feinstein Foundation to students in grades 1 and 2. We will get them to Kindergarten next week. During our Wednesday meeting, we talked about ways to show kindness since we were going to be receiving these shirts. Each student also was given a BLANK Thank you card and asked to write a thank you note to anyone they wanted thanking them for something they did that made a difference….so far, I have had teachers and students happy to have received a note of thanks this week. Did any make it home? I am curious! You can respond right to this blog if you would like!

I encourage you to consider attending the Common Core State Standards Information Session sponsored by the RI Department of Education in Partnership with PCG education.  The purpose of the session is to help parents and community members understand what the Common Core State Standards are and what they mean for our students and our classrooms. This will be held on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 in the EWG Senior High Auditorium from 7:00-8:15. For more information, you may contact our Director of Curriculum, Dr. Marie Ahern at 397-5125 ext. 12. You can also learn more about this transition at
A message from Mrs. Ray:
Dear Parents,
 I was able to buy clay with the profit we made from your Artsonia purchases! A great big thank you!  First grade will be using cloud clay so the mess is minimal.
Second grade will be using air dry clay. We have to paint it with acrylic paints which are permanent if it gets on clothing. Please remind your second graders to "dress for a mess" on art day.
Art work makes great mothers and Father's Day presents so don't forget to visit artsonia again:  Thanks for your continued support.
Mrs. Ray

Have a great weekend! Hope to see you at the PTA meeting on Thursday at 6:30 at Wawaloam. You can come even if you have never been to a PTA meeting, the more the merrier and they are serious about snacks!!!

Melissa Marino

We decided to bring some signs of Spring into our hallway this week! 

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