Thursday, December 22, 2016

Happy Holidays!

What an amazing week! We hope you enjoyed all of the activity as much as we did. Thank you to all of you that came and volunteered and helped us to make all of the holiday magic happen!

Wishing you all a joyous and magical holiday break! Looking forward to seeing you all in 2017!
A special thank you to Rick Rheinberger (GRINCH) for his annual trip to Wawaloam School to read The Grinch Who Stole Christmas!

In closing, I just want to say how fortunate I am to lead this school.The smiles, the laughter, and the joy infiltrate our hearts every single day. Enjoy the time off together.

Melissa Marino #ewgrsd

*Please take a moment to read the Superintendent's newest blog post by following the link below:


URI Water Safety Instructor Training link:

URI Lifeguard Training link:

ATTENTION PARENTS OF PRESCHOOL AGE CHILDREN The Family and Consumer Science Department at Exeter-West Greenwich Senior High School in conjunction with the Child Development classes will be offering a 12-week preschool experience for 3, 4 and 5 year olds from February 27th to May 25th, 2017. High school students will plan and operate the preschool experience under the guidance of Linda Sawicki; Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher. The program will be run from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM, every Monday, Thursday, and Friday. Class size will be limited to 12 children and enrollment will be on a first come basis. Children must be potty trained (no pull-ups) at the time of registration. The total cost of the program will be $70.00 to cover snacks and supplies. Payment is due on the first day of preschool. Any questions should be addressed to Linda Sawicki at Once again this year we will be using an online registration form. To access the online registration type the following link into your web browser.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Week ending December 16th, 2016

On Thursday, I had the opportunity to invite Nurse Larkin to the Kindergarten meeting to share the "cough spot" presentation with our students. On an annual basis, for the past several years, we have spent the time reviewing the benefit of coughing into your elbow (instead of your hand) as a method of preventing the spreading of germs.  For more information :Cough Spot 

Caution: Your Kindergartener may have come home and told you that Mrs. Larkin showed them her elbow tattoos and that I sneezed on them! Rest assured, this is all part of the collaborative presentation we have been working on together for the past 4 years!  Mrs. Larkin has very convincing "stuffed animal" germs and we use a handful of pom-poms to show what it would look like if you could actually SEE the germs when someone sneezes/coughs!  I hide the pompoms in my hands and fake sneeze toward Mrs. Larkin and all of the colorful pom-poms go FLYING! This is all part of the student engagement process. Did they mention any of this to you? We would LOVE to know if you heard about this! 

The Cough Spot Tattoo (on Nurse Larkin)

Obviously, we do not want children who are sick to come to school, but we want to do whatever we can to prevent as many absences as possible! The statistics that show the difference it makes when students miss just a couple of days per month are vitally important to consider when you make the decision to keep a child home from school. The following link will provide you with some interesting facts about the significance of attendance and what you can do at home to avoid chronic absenteeism from school.

*We will be recognizing children who have missed one day or less during each quarter with a certificate of congratulations. 

Attendance Works is a national and state initiative that promotes better policy and practice around school attendance. We promote tracking chronic absence data for each student beginning in kindergarten, or ideally earlier, and partnering with families and community agencies to intervene when poor attendance is a problem for students or schools.

DID YOU KNOW? • Starting in kindergarten, too many absences can cause children to fall behind in school. • Missing 10 percent (or about 18 days) can make it harder to learn to read. • Students can still fall behind if they miss just a day or two days every few weeks. • Being late to school may lead to poor attendance. • Absences can affect the whole classroom if the teacher has to slow down learning to help children catch up. Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school—and themselves. Start building this habit now so they learn right away that going to school on time, every day is important. Good attendance will help children do well in high school, college, and at work.

10 Facts About School Attendance Worth Thinking About

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend! 
Melissa Marino  @MelissaMarino9  



Unfortunately the Breakfast with Santa event scheduled for Saturday, December 17th has been canceled due to lack of ticket sales.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Week Ending December 9th

                                  Bwana Iguana Visits Wawaloam Kindergarten Students

A very special "Thank You" to Mr. Alan Shawn Feinstein for making it possible to have a visit this week from Bwana Iguana for our Kindergarten students. The show included seeing an array of turtles, lizards, and snakes and learning new information about these fascinating reptiles! Check it out! Bwana Iguana

Did you know that tomorrow (12/10) from 1-3 you can ice skate for free at the Boss Arena if you bring an unwrapped new toy for a child. If you have never gone, consider trying it out. They have special little carts that new ice skaters can use to help them keep their balance on the ice. Once you get over the workout involved with getting everyone laced up and on the ice, it is a blast!

There are still about 40 tickets left for the EWGPTA Polar Express event! If you are interested, you can contact Tami DePietro at  She would need your child's name and the number of people in your group.
Children are invited to wear PJs, bring blankets and they will be serving hot chocolate and cookies!

Check out this link for a few suggestions as we get closer to the holiday celebrations.
Tips for a Stress-Free Holiday
My favorite? #4 Remember why you are doing this. Ask yourself why you celebrate certain holidays. If this task or that errand doesn't contribute something meaningful to your celebration, cross it off your list. Chances are no one will notice that it’s missing.

I will end this week with a special picture that exemplifies the mindset here at Wawaloam: Mr. Greenberg, our Elementary School Social Worker happened to be wearing a yellow and black vest today. I told him I liked his bee vest! I told him he needed to wear the antennae headband. I asked him if I could take a picture, he didn't even blink. We decided he should stand next to the Bee Kind poster in the office. 
The people who work here make such a difference every day! They would do anything for your children! Just look at this picture and you will agree! 

~EWG Class of 2019 Breakfast with Santa Fundraiser~

EWG Knights Youth Football & Cheer - Informational Flyer Link:

Friday, December 2, 2016

Week ending December 2, 2016


On behalf of the PTA, please come to the Holiday Bazaar this Saturday, December 3 from 9-3 at Metcalf School. There will be over 50 vendors, a cafeteria serving breakfast and lunch; and photos with Santa. We hope to see you there, and thanks for your support. I will be there in the Kids Shopping Area from 12:30-2:30 PM! 

Did you know that on the first Sunday in December each year, Sweenor's Chocolates in Wakefield opens their candy-making workshop to the public so you and your children can watch as their "elves" roll and twist candy canes into shape the old-fashioned way.  From experience, I will assure you it is an event to consider this weekend! 
The holiday open house is scheduled for this Sunday, noon to 5 p.m., Wakefield, RI, store at 21 Charles St. For a map of the area, Click Here.
Sweenor’s Chocolates looks forward to seeing you!

No matter how you spend your weekend, I would encourage you to take the time to truly enjoy the moments you spend together with your family. Think about not using the words, "hurry up", and just love the fact that our children sometimes simply need to take their time. Try to forget about agendas and deadlines and breathe as you watch the wonder and merriment that is such a special bonus to this time of year. They say there is joy and wonder EVERYWHERE when you look through the eyes of a child. 

Melissa Marino  

                                               COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS 

EWG Boys Lacrosse Fundraiser - Informational Flyer Link:

EWG Knights Youth Football & Cheer - Informational Flyer Link:

Friday, November 18, 2016

"Bee" Thankful

HAPPY THANKSGIVING to all of you! We have so much to be thankful for! Personally, I am thankful every single day that I have the good fortune to walk through the halls of Wawaloam School. I am honored to lead teachers who are so devoted and dedicated to their students. 

Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on the gratitude we feel and personally serves as a reminder that there are so many good and positive happenings if we take the time to look for these and truly notice. I noticed what could only be described as a small mountain of food that came in for our holiday drive. Our families are so generous and kind, we are most THANKFUL! We cherish all of you!

Important Reminder: NO SCHOOL Wednesday, November 23-Friday November 25.

PICTURE DAY was held this week on Wednesday, what a great job all of our students did with waiting SO patiently for their turn! The pictures will be in within a couple of weeks. We will have a picture make-up day scheduled soon in the event that you are unhappy with the pictures or if your child was absent from school on Wednesday. 


In addition to the move to full-day kindergarten, our district has experienced a dramatic increase in enrollment at the elementary level over the past few years. As a result, we have been monitoring enrollment trends and our school's space capacity. 

We are currently in the process of reviewing our needs and exploring potential changes to the grade structure at each of our schools, including the possible (probable) move of grade two to Metcalf Elementary School and the possible move of grade 6 to the Junior High School. Including grade six as part of our middle school (JHS) also has significant programmatic benefits. 

These changes may be implemented as early as next school year. Stay tuned for further details on our progress, and watch for surveys as we work to gather information from parents to assist us with our planning.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone, I heard we may even see some flurries! 

Melissa Marino  @MelissaMarino9

Friday, October 28, 2016

Week ending October 28 at Wawaloam School

Thank you to everyone who sent in a carved pumpkin for the magnificent display in front of our school!

We can't wait to drive by and see them at night over the weekend.  Everyone who came in the building mentioned the pumpkins!

We hope you all have a safe and fun Halloween on Monday. Just a friendly reminder, please leave costumes and candy at home to ensure a safe and healthy day at school.

*If you would like to send a few pictures of your children in their costumes, I will print them and hang them up in the hallway, we do know how much they LOVE this fun holiday! 

We do have an ongoing food collection for our local food pantries. 
Send your non-perishables in with your little ones between now and Thanksgiving.

There is a NEW TRAFFIC PATTERN AT METCALF SCHOOL.  You will see a separate email from Wawaloam today to ensure that this information is communicated for the November 1st plan of action. Thank you for reviewing the new plan for safety at METCALF SCHOOL.  We know there are many of you with children in both schools and who use the YMCA so we are spreading the word!

A special thank you to Mrs. C. who visited from Ocean State Transit and talked with us about School Bus Safety!



Friday, October 14, 2016


Hoping to see many students from EWG at this wonderful event! We are so happy that the Washington County Coalition for Children decided to add a space in Exeter this year! We will be "chalking up" the sidewalk all around the playground! You can come for an hour or stay the whole time! 

Community Announcements

 EWG Lacrosse Car Wash Fundraiser: 

EWG Class of 2019 Mattress Fundraiser) in your weekly newsletter to parents for the next few weeks.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Week Ending October 7, 2016




Columbus Day is an annual celebration that remembers Christoper Columbus' arrival to the Americas on October 12th, 1492. Columbus Day is held each year on the second Monday of October. 

If you can find the time, this weekend is the start of: The Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular, presented by Citizens Bank at Roger Williams Park Zoo nightly from October 6–November 6. 
This breathtaking display of thousands of illuminated jack-o-lanterns features more than 125 of the gourds carved into veritable works of art playing out this year’s theme, “American Treasures.” And of course, Halloween favorites will be back including the dazzling Laughing Tree with its hundreds of illuminated pumpkins and iconic laughing music.

Community Announcements

Exeter Public Library Event - 4th Annual Chalk It Up Against Bullying,

EWG Lacrosse Fundraiser: 

Friday, September 30, 2016

Wawaloam Updates Week ending September 30

TONIGHT!!  Scholastic Book Fair Family Night
Where: Metcalf School Cafeteria
When: Friday September 30
Time: 6:00-8:00p.m

With a special appearance from Keith Johnson and his amazing Bubbleology!


Our Walk-A-Thon is coming up soon, and as the main fundraiser of the year, we need YOUR support!  Please be sure to send your completed donation letters back in to school with your child as soon as you can and THANK YOU to all parents who have already done so!

In 2015, we raised $24,000 for our students, which helped pay for field trips for each grade, science enrichment in the schools, a music enrichment for Lineham, new music stands for the Metcalf band, projectors for art classrooms, iPads for library and speech and language department, and much, much more. We'd like to make 2016 even more successful!

Our goal this year is to raise at least $18,000 in our Walk-A-Thon to fund all of these very important additions to our children's curriculum. For just $25 per student, we can accomplish our goal. Please consider sponsoring your child for this amount by sending in a check (EWG PTA) or visiting our GoFundMe page.  (We understand this may be easier for some families rather than sending out the letters.) And if you're able, please keep those addressed letters coming back in - our family and friends' sponsorships are vital to our success, and we are so grateful for it.

We appreciate all of your continued support. Please email with your questions, or visit us on Facebook for updates.

Participate in the 4th annual Chalk It Up Against Bullying community arts event in Exeter, Wakefield, Westerly, or Wickford!  NEW LOCATION THIS YEAR: EXETER PUBLIC LIBRARY, CHECK IT OUT!! 
OCTOBER 15, 2016  11:00-2:00 PM 
Volunteer artists ages 5 and up are needed to create chalk art drawings with bullying prevention themes on sidewalks in Exeter, Wakefield, Westerly, or Wickford. Chalk will be provided. While they last, pre-registered participants will receive a free Chalk It Up Against Bullying T-Shirt.


Join us for the EWG 5K Colorthon to benefit the students of the EWG Music Program! On October 1, 2016, Runners, Walkers, Families and Teams will enjoy this festive event, which is open to the public.  This event is new for 2016 and will help us raise funds for the April 2017 EWG High School Band Trip to Orlando, Florida.

The EWG Colorthon is a 5km fun run with a pre-determined circuit near and on the EWG Campus. The run begins at 9:30am on October 1, 2016. The challenge is to run five laps while receiving blasts of multi-colored powder on completion of each lap (different color for each lap). Runners will be provided with a bright white t-shirt on the day of the event to really show their colors off! Entry to this event is to anyone aged 6 and above, entrants under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a paying and participating parent or guardian (entered into the same event).

Pre-registration (before September 19) guarantees an event T-shirt and personal bag of color.  Please visit our Facebook page and click the “Sign-Up!”

Sponsorship opportunities are also available:  Please contact Lori Caine by


Friday, September 23, 2016

Good Afternoon! 

We are looking forward to the opportunity to be scientists at recess! If students are interested, they may opt to select some of the newly purchased items that will support inquiry and discovery learning while playing. Thanks to our PTA, we will have items to explore, investigate and challenge our imaginations!  

 What a great turnout we had for OPEN HOUSE for Grade 1! Thank you for coming to hear all about the learning that will happen this year! You will be AMAZED at the growth students will make! 

We are anticipating an amazing crowd this coming THURSDAY for Kindergarten Open House! Hope to see you there! 

Keep those yoga mats, light weights (2-3 lbs), stretch bands, balance balls etc. etc.  coming in! (ANYTHING ELSE YOU THINK MIGHT ALIGN WITH THIS REQUEST) 

We are excited to have a space in our school to help students keep their engine running at the "just right" speed :) 

I wanted to take a moment to reflect regarding the LOCKDOWN that took place last Friday. You need to know that your children are not only cared for....they are loved. Wawaloam School was ready to do whatever was necessary to protect your "babies". 

On Monday afternoon, we came together as a school and processed the events that took place. We came up with even more steps we can take to improve our "readiness".  We have made some precautionary additions and teachers have shared additional ideas with me.  I have heard many stories about the ways teachers soothed their students while we were waiting for the "all clear" message. I also heard about beautiful letters of thanks and gratitude that teachers received on Monday morning. 

Please know how special your children are to us, we care deeply about each of them. We treasure the gift of seeing their smiling faces each day. We hope we never experience a moment like that again. Know that safety is paramount, always. 



MONDAY: Corcoran, Petrarca, D'Amico, Lerner, McGrane, Levett
TUESDAY: Titus, Fasula, Hurst, Cash, Grossman, Millar
FRIDAY: Callanan, Cohen, DiRocco, Caron, Donnelly, Millard




OCTOBER 10 No School Columbus Day



Sunday, September 18, 2016


Good Afternoon,

Late today I received the final information from the State Police regarding the incident that occurred on Friday, resulting in a district-wide lockdown. At this point, I can share some additional factual details. The threat was received at Metcalf School by a third party, concerned about potential violent actions of another individual. The threat was not directed toward any one individual or group of individuals. The police were contacted immediately and a district-wide lockdown was put in place as per protocol. 

We were aware that the person of concern was reportedly on the way to the school district, so police were on scene to be sure that did not happen. We wanted all individuals to be inside and certainly did not want to convey a message of panic that would undoubtedly bring many concerned parents to the school buildings while the police were in the process of locating the reported individual and conducting their investigation. At no time during the event did anyone of concern enter any of our campuses, and the procedures at every school were executed as planned.

I was notified late this afternoon that there was no credible evidence that the reported concern would come to fruition. As we did for the remainder of the day on Friday, all classes and activities will resume as normal on Monday morning. Principals at each building will debrief with their staff and staff will debrief with their students. Administrators will also meet to debrief to be sure that everything in place was executed as planned, and to look at ways to make our current procedures even tighter.

We spend a great deal of time in schools preparing for the unthinkable, but when we have to put things in place outside of the typical drills that we conduct, it is a very different feeling. Our teachers and principals acted with confidence and bravery - remember that they were not privy to all of the facts as they unfolded either - but they took care of your children as their first and onlypriority under difficult circumstances. I cannot thank the staff, building administrators, and the state and local police for their handling of a very serious situation. Although we never want to experience the reality that many schools have faced across our country, everyone can rest in the comfort of knowing that our district is prepared to handle such a situation to the best of our ability should the need ever arise.

I have had a chance to see several parent responses to the initial e-mail that I sent out within minutes of the lockdown being lifted. I appreciate the many notes of thanks and your patience in waiting for the additional relevant information that I said would be released when it became available. I am very relieved to hear the results of the investigation, and I am confident that we will return to school tomorrow in as safe an environment as we have always had.

Again, thank you for your patience and understanding. Know that all of your children were outstanding listeners during the event and I have heard nothing but praise from teachers about the way their students responded to what was asked of them on Friday. Please take the time to reinforce to them the importance of these safety procedures and convey my appreciation to them for their behavior on Friday.


James Erinakes

Friday, September 16, 2016

September News You Can Use

Dear Wawaloam Community,
We can not stress enough the pride we have in all of our students! We have just started the school year and already our students are doing such an amazing job with all of the new routines! We are at capacity in our school and it is more important than ever that all students are following directions. Today we had our first Fire Drill of the year! What a great job! Ask your child about it!

Just a gentle reminder that on Thursday, September 22 we have a scheduled EARLY RELEASE day. All students in the entire district will go home 2 hours early on this day. Our buses will be here at 1:08. Our pickups will begin at 12:50. If your child usually gets home from the bus at 3:55 they will be home at 1:55. Please call us if you have any questions that we can help you with about this.

This week we officially started Popcorn Fridays! On Fridays at Wawaloam School for .50 your child can purchase popcorn at school for snack time. We would like to extend a BIG thank you to all of our parent volunteers who come to Wawaloam and make this possible each week!

A very special thank you to PTA for all of the time they devote to our students. We are constantly catching glimpses of all of the ways that you support us! We NOTICE these efforts and APPRECIATE you!!!

Our school is very excited to be working together to introduce out students to the concept of Self-Regulation. We are using some elements from the "How does your engine run?" program in our classrooms to help students identify if they feel their engine is running low pace, just right or too fast and having available items that can help students shift in the direction that is desired. We are still looking for balance balls, small weights (1-3 lb), yoga mats, foam rollers, stress balls etc. If you have items at home that might support our initiative, please send them in!  Check out this picture from Mrs. Corcoran's class of her students using their "Speedometers".
Check out these speedometers! 

Be Sure to Check out this Link to the Superintendent's Blog:
Enjoy your weekend and the time with your family!
Melissa Marino 

Follow me on Twitter @MelissaMarino9


Next Week: 






OCTOBER 10 No School Columbus Day



Friday, June 3, 2016

Summer is fast approaching!

"The Way I Feel"  bookmark contest! 

Hand in hand with Centerville Bank and the Washington County Coalition for Children, we were able to participate in their annual "The Way I Feel" bookmark contest for Grade 2 Students. This year, they selected 2 Grade 2 winners: Congratulations to Gavin and Evan!

The last PTA meeting for the year was held this past Wednesday, so many hands making great things happen all the time! A special welcome to the 2016-17 PTA Executive Board: Maeyee Lee Barrette, Holli Filiatreault, Tami DePietro, Christine Boudreau and Cathie Cool Rumsie!
A very special thank you to Jenn Spira for all of her years of dedication as she steps down from her role of President, you will be missed!

Next week there are so many events in store for our students! 

We will start the week with a cookout and field day. 
Grade 2 will be visiting Metcalf School.
Grade 2 will also be going to Kettle Pond. 
Kindergarten will be visiting the Children's Museum! 
Grade 1 will be spending a day at Mystic! 

So many memories with school friends will be in the making! 

Have a wonderful weekend! 
Melissa Marino

Friday, May 20, 2016

Week Ending May 20

 May 10, 2016 School Committee Presentation

Students had lots of fun (as did our School Committee) sharing and participating in all of our learning activities! We shared: our living organisms in Kindergarten, the steps in How to Read a Story, our amazing chorus performed,Grade 2 shared what they love about Science and also taught the School Committee how to play some of our most popular Math Learning Games! Thank you to everyone who stepped forward to participate! Without our students and teachers present, it would not be the same! 

Bandaid Brigade and Sticker Stampede

It is time for our favorite collection of the school year! Once again we are collecting band-aids and stickers for the Tomorrow Fund at Hasbro Children's Hospital. More information will be coming home soon but this collection will run until Friday, June 3. We encourage students to earn the cost of the bandaids or stickers so the fundraiser is more meaningful for the children. Contact Mrs. Larkin for more details and thank you so much for participating! 

Flip Flops

While we are so happy the weather seems to have taken a warm turn, please refrain from sending your children to school in flip-flops or sandals. We do try to get outside EVERY day and the safest toes are the ones that are covered by a supportive shoe or sneaker. Thank you!

Thank you Gems-net Partners! 

Today our whole school was able to participate in a Community Science Walkthrough. This was an opportunity to make the teaching and learning occurring in classrooms visible and to engage in discourse with stakeholders. Small groups spent about 10 minutes in 4 different classrooms and it was amazing to hear all of the compliments from the participants regarding the student to student discussion and the level of student capability and scientific conversations! These shared observations will be used to inform future professional development.

What an honor to have 2 Wawaloam School students recognized for their outstanding art by the RI Alliance for Arts Education. 
The award ceremony was held last night at the URI Feinstein Providence Campus. This  was held in conjunction with PS2016, a statewide art show with a good deal of EWG entries, and also in conjunction with Providence's Gallery Night. 
Grade 2

Wawaloam School will present our own "Night of the Arts" 

Wednesday May 25th at 6:00 PM. 

A reminder that there is No School Next Friday, this is a Professional Development Day for our district.

Community Announcements:

Bike And Seek Event!

Headstart Program Information

EWG Soccer Competitive Registration is open through June 10th
Details and Competitive Program tryout schedules are available at  
Additionally, Registration for Fall Recreational Soccer is now open, with an in-season discount through June 11th.
Details and Rec Program registration are available at: 

Ocean State Competitive Soccer Tryouts: