Friday, April 28, 2017

Wawaloam School News

We know you appreciate our incredible teachers EVERY day. Next week is our chance to let them know just how appreciated they are!

There was a "secret" memo that came home with some suggestions for how we can keep this feeling of appreciation going ALL WEEK LONG next week! We would love if you would pick ONE or ALL of the suggestions. The pictures of the teachers for Monday are pretty special, some of these are kept for years and years!

Hope to see many of you at the Spring Dance on SATURDAY at Metcalf School! This is sure to be a fun-filled evening!

Also, if you do not have plans NEXT SATURDAY, MAY 6, come to the Lip Sync Show! You will NOT be disappointed!

We are excited to begin our incoming Kindergarten screenings this week. If you know of anyone who has not registered their child for Kindergarten for the Fall and they will turn 5 before September 1st, please encourage them to come into Wawaloam to do so as soon as possible.

Additionally, Lineham School Early Learning Center still has a few spots open for the 2017-18 school year for 3-5 year olds.
Please call to inquire about registering for this wonderful early childhood program.


   Camp Invention® is returning to 
Exeter-West Greenwich Regional School District!

   Imaginations get their rocket fuel at Camp Invention!
   An exciting, weeklong summer adventure awaits children entering grades K-6th with activities that         explore connections between science, technology, engineering, and innovation while sharpening their     21st-century learning skills. Camp Invention allows children to experience real-world problem solving, 
  creative thinking, invention, and teamwork while rotating through several fascinating modules inspired     by the Inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame. Metcalf Elementary School is pleased to         offer the nationally acclaimed program beginning on June 26, 2017 with Catherine Colomb serving as   Director of the Launch program!

  Young innovators will:

·       Invent their own duct tape creations and pitch them to mock investors
·       Explore a distant new exoplanet and design inventions to create the next Earth
·       Launch water rockets, build Bubble Blasters, and engineer giant castles
·       Create their own personal, ultimate Spy Gadget Alarm Box by taking apart and upcycling everyday machines

   All activities give participants the opportunity to explore, discover, and achieve while having fun!

  Local educators will facilitate program modules and enthusiastic high school students will serve as           Leadership Interns ensuring that one program team member is in place for every eight children.

Receive $15 OFF the base price of $250 by registering on or before May 1, 2017 using promo      code Discover15. Registration, without a discount, is still available after May 1 until the first day of        camp. Every registration includes a complimentary Camp Invention t-shirt. Availability is limited, so visit or call 800.968.4332 to secure your child’s spot today!

Westwood YMCA 2017 Summer Camp Catalog Link:


Sunday, April 9, 2017

Vote on the budget tomorrow


On Monday, April 10th an all-day referendum will be held to approve the school district budget for the 2017- 2018 school year.

The E-WG School Committee approved budget is $31,733,320. This represents a 3.40% increase to the Operating Budget over the previous fiscal year. Based upon actual student population from each member town, the local contribution from West Greenwich will increase by 4.00%, and from Exeter by 2.37%.

The school department continues to experience significant reductions in State aid as a result of the RI School Funding Formula and reductions to regional transportation and group home aid. Additionally, the cost of employee health care has increased by $1.2 million, and we are required to open up new elementary classrooms at four different grade levels based upon enrollment.

Like you, we are very proud of our schools. The School Committee and Administration have worked together to develop, manage and maintain a responsible annual budget. We are accommodating a growing student population through reorganization within existing school facilities, while maintaining an excellent curriculum and programs. With the continued support of our valued communities, the School District will maintain its focus on academic distinction and student success.

Please, APPROVE THE SCHOOL COMMITTEE BUDGET! Where do I vote? Exeter voters vote at the Exeter Town Hall located at 675 Ten Rod Road, Exeter and West Greenwich voters vote at the West Greenwich Town Hall located at 280 Victory Highway, West Greenwich. The polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at both locations for your convenience.

Please bring canned goods & pasta to restock the food banks in both towns.