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:


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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~

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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 

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