Friday, April 29, 2016

Week Ending April 29, 2016

Today was the first day of scheduled Kindergarten Screenings for our incoming Kindergarten students! There is nothing that compares to seeing the excitement and anticipation in the eyes of these young children as they approach the building! Some of them come with backpacks and pictures they have drawn and we absolutely love the opportunity to welcome them into Wawaloam School.

A special thank you to Mrs. Chris Petrarca, Mrs. Tammie Cash, Mrs. Pat Rheinberger, Ms. Sharon Callanan, Mrs. Lin Patty, Mrs. Olga Lerner and Ms. Kayla Caron for preparing for screening appointments and welcoming our new friends!

If you know of friends, neighbors, cousins etc. with children that may be eligible to register  (5 years old by September 1) but have not done so as of yet, please send them to Wawaloam School and let them know that now is the time! 

This afternoon, we had the distinct pleasure of meeting with Rhode Island Commissioner of Education, Dr. Kenneth Wagner who visited Wawaloam School today.  He had a tour of our school, visited classrooms and talked with some teachers and parents. We were very happy that he came to see us and hope he will come back again soon!

Thank you to Jenn Spira, Tami Depietro, Christina Boudreau and Alicia Cranston for carving out  some time in their busy schedule for an afternoon to participate in an informal conversation about Rhode Island education.

Hope you all have a great weekend! Maybe I will see you at the Family Science Expo!

Melissa Marino

P.S. Looking forward to seeing all of the teacher pictures on Monday!

Community Information

Don't Miss This Event:
Family Science Expo 
Saturday April 30
10:00 -2:00
Ryan Center at URI
Come and Celebrate Science!! 

Friday, April 15, 2016

Wawaloam Updates and School Vacation Week Ideas

Reading week was so much fun

Reading Week Storybook Character Day!
Nice collaboration Kindergarten!
Grade 1 Crazy Hats 
Mrs. Millards's Class

Silly Kids! 
A Message from PTA
Please continue sending in your registration forms for the Keep Calm and Get Your Country On dance! There is plenty of room left in all 3 sessions, and we have lots of awesome raffles for you to win: Bounce U passes, paddleboard rentals, passes to Santa's Village and Seekonk Speedway, movie tickets, Trinity Rep tickets, gift cards to Orange Leaf, Dan's Place, Woods Tavern, Cornerstone Pub - and lots more!!! Admission is just $10 per family, and children are invited to attend with ONE adult of their choosing.

We are still in need of volunteers to help set-up the dance on Friday, April 29th, and to work the event on Saturday, April 30th. Please email us at if you're interested, or sign up on the registration form that went home. Many hands make light work!

A Message from Nurse Larkin

Due to the unexpected snow day on March, 21, the state mandated hearing screening by the staff at the RI School for the Deaf Hearing Center was rescheduled to today for our students at Wawaloam. 
Mrs. Larkin, RN
Rhode Island Certified School Nurse-Teacher

Welcome students from URI 

This spring four University of Rhode Island students will complete their health practicum in the kindergarten to grade two classrooms with Mrs. Breene and Mrs. Guglielmo.

Wawaloam welcomes graduate student Michail Seminario, senior Julianne Dulude, and juniors Brendan Spavold and Steven Ascola as they shadow, observe and assist during health education specials.

How do you get healthy? 

Wawaloam students have created posters with their favorite healthy foods and fun ways they like to get moving to educate their families and community about the importance of a healthy heart! Healthy food options include water, fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean meat. Move 60 minutes everyday in ways kids love like jumprope, soccer, swimming and dancing to build self-esteem and encourage positive social interactions. 

16 kindergarten students, 34 grade one students and 20 grade two students have agreed to send their finished poster to the American Heart Association Get Healthy! contest. Thank you for teaching the community and your family to have a healthy heart! Good luck!

Mrs. Breene and Mrs. Guglielmo

We really appreciate all of the responses to our school improvement survey! The comments are especially helpful as we work together to improve our school. Thank you to everyone who sent these in! 

Once we return to Wawaloam after the vacation week next week, the time really flies by! The weather improves and we are in the home stretch for the 15-16 school year. Please remember to continue the nightly routine of reading to or listening to your child read so that your child can reach their fullest potential. 

However you decide to keep busy next week, enjoy your children!
Melissa Marino

@Melissa Marino9
# wawaloam #ewgrsd

*Think about making a recycled item project for our Earth Day Museum! It is always so much fun to see all of the creative projects that come in! Get creative and try to participate in this "just for fun" whole school community project!

I'm going to the zoo, zoo zoo how about you, you you? Next week, every day they are scheduled to have a "Party for the Planet" with extra special events on April 22 (Earth Day).

Another little hidden gem worth visiting is The Kettle Pond Visitor Center in Charlestown, RI
The inside center has extremely worthwhile learning stations and the outside is surrounded by short, manageable hikes to do together with your children. There is no charge to visit but donations are appreciated. Pack a picnic and take a hike!

Rhode Island Children's Museum  is also bursting with planned activities, check out the link to see the hours, admission fees and calendar of events.

At The Louttit Library in West Greenwich: 

Monday, April 18 at 11:00 Project Chick with Casey Farm All ages are invited to learn about eggs and chickens and will be able to hold baby chicks during the program. 

Wednesday, April 20 at 10:00  K-1 students are welcome to participate in story time. 

Thursday, April 21 there will be a "Drop- in Kite Craft" from 6:00-7:00 PM 

The Exeter Public Library is ready and waiting for friends to visit next week too! Check out this information taken from their web page: 

Tuesday, April 19 All Ages Open Art Studio from 11:00-4:00 - they are emptying out the art closet and inviting you to stop by to create any art you want! 

Wednesday, April 20 from 6:30-7:30  Cupcake Wars! Families are invited to bring in 12 of their best cupcakes and they will be voted on for appearance, taste and overall winner! Please do not include nuts. No registration required

Friday, April 22, 10:30 am  Project Chick with Casey Farm All ages are invited to learn about eggs and chickens and will be able to hold baby chicks during the program. 

Community Announcements

Friday, April 8, 2016

Weekly Updates for Wawaloam School

Don't forget to vote for the school department budget at the All Day Referendum on April 11.

The Little Mermaid performances will take place this weekend, the play is OUTSTANDING! 
At the Senior High School Fri. Sat. at 7:00 and Sun. at 2 PM

Congratulations to the Wawaloam School Winners of the 
Jr . Duck Stamp Placements! 

Evelyn K.   2nd place K-3
Lila S.  3rd place K-3

Honorable mentions K-3:
Amanda A.
Makenzie B.
Dominic M.
Isabella P.
Skylar R.
Madelyn R.




Keep it what you can. 

April 11-15th 

Monday April 11-Bring your favorite book and stuffed animal to school
 (must fit in backpack)
Tuesday April 12- Favorite Team Colors Day! 
Wednesday April 13- Crazy Hat/Crazy Hair Day
Thursday April 14-Pajama Day
Friday April 15- Crazy Socks Day

There will be a friendly competition to see how many books we can read next week! 

One more week for the Warrior Bags Collection. 
Thank you all so much for all of the incredible support for this collection that will make a big difference to pediatric hospital patients. 

Reminder: T-Shirt sales will continue throughout next week! 



Friday, April 1, 2016

Wawaloam School News

Math Night
Thank you again to Mrs. Gina Kilday for organizing a fantastic, fun-filled family night of math and learning! We hope those of you who attended had a great time!

Thank you to the cast of THE LITTLE MERMAID for our special sneak preview this week! SO much fun for our students! You can meet them this Saturday at the Exeter Library at 11:00.
Showtimes: April 7, 8, and 9th at 7:00 and April 10th at 2:00 PM at the High School

Thank you Mrs. Scheff for sharing~ Mrs. Donnelly's Class with a pentatonic improvisation:

Wawaloam School T-Shirt Sales
Coming Soon! An opportunity to order Wawaloam School T-Shirts
Check out this design! 

Thank you to Andrew Cornell from Pride Martial Arts

"Warrior Bag" Collection
A notice is coming home today for a special collection we will be having for the next 3 weeks. A local woman is collecting the items listed on the flyer that was sent home so that she can create care bags for children and families that are coping with illness in the hospital. Please consider helping by sending in one item for her collection. This is one small thing that can make a big difference. 

Reading Week Coming Soon
April 11-15th 
Monday April 11-Bring your favorite book and stuffed animal to school
 (must fit in backpack)
Tuesday April 12- Favorite Team Colors Day! 
Wednesday April 13- Crazy Hat/Crazy Hair Day
Thursday April 14-Pajama Day
Friday April 15- Crazy Socks Day

Have a fantastic weekend!
Melissa Marino

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