Thursday, April 17, 2014

Happy Vacation Week!


It is absolutely amazing to me that when we get back from the spring vacation, we will have 38 more school days left of this year. This year seems to have absolutely flown by! Where did the time go? Does anyone else feel the same way? I am still trying to get over the shock of registering my own daughter for Kindergarten and my son for driver's ed!

We will be completing our peanut butter, granola bar and hard candy collection when we get back from vacation and Mrs. Larkin will be starting her Band-Aid and sticker brigade to help Hasbro put smiles on the faces of children in their care. Thank you to everyone for participating and encouraging your children to help others, it makes a big difference.

As we turn the corner, it will be time to consider springtime safety. A reminder that flip-flops and dressy "heeled" shoes are not permitted. Wearing secure fitting shoes (no open backs) will help prevent falls and injuries at school. Also, playground equipment does get very hot, students should not be wearing short shorts, mini-skirts or tops revealing the midriff or spaghetti straps. Thank  you so much for your help in preventing falls and injuries at school. The safety of children is our top priority!

Save the date for our upcoming Art/Music night on May 12th. Mrs. Ray is looking for a couple of parent volunteers to help her hang the art work on Monday, May 12th. If you are available to help her, please contact Mrs. Ray directly at

Are you looking for a few ideas for next week for a "Staycation"? Check out the Providence Children's Museum and the events calendar for some spectacular ways to spend time with your children.

On Wednesday of this week, I had the opportunity to do an activity that I read about in a new book I am reading: Bullying Hurts/ Teaching Kindness Through Read Alouds and Guided Conversations by Lester Laminack and Reba Wadsworth

Students listed to the author Mem Fox read the book "Whoever you are"

This was the backdrop for a great discussion on how alike we all are in so many ways. The story emphasized how we all smile the same and laugh the matter where in the world we are. Students then had the opportunity to design bumper stickers with a partner with a message they want the "whole world" to see as a result of the story they heard.  They were really engaged during this activity laying the foundation for acceptance and empathy. Here are a few examples:

We hope you got the notice about the Earth Day Recycle Museum. We are looking forward to seeing your creations when you return from vacation! Remember this is an optional family activity. Participation is not required, it is just for fun:)

We will be celebrating Earth Day here on April 30 with a special presentation by the Toe Jam Puppet Band! We are so excited to have them coming here to our school!!!

Finally, wishing you all a vacation week filled with joy and happiness. We will miss all of you and look forward to the return and the last 38 days of the year!!!

Melissa Marino

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