Weekly Update

Weekly Update

Weekly Update

April 2, 2017

Week B


Twitter – @giroux_cindy


There are two meetings that will take place at Town Hall to discuss the budget and levy.  The first meeting is this Wednesday, April 5th at 7 pm. You might ask, “Why should I be concerned?  After all, Community School is a high performing, commended school. ”  Community School has earned this status not only because a high percentage of our students are proficient on standardized testing but because we have reduced the achievement gaps of all students.  This was accomplished through providing support to our students through district wide initiatives, mandated services and programs that teachers provide on a voluntary basis.  

How will the budget cuts impact your child’s education?  To begin with the cuts involve the dismissal or displacement of a number of interventionists, teaching assistants and other support personnel around the district.  These reductions will significantly impact the services we provide students, and the consultation we offer to classroom teachers.

Community School currently has 200 chromebooks for over 600 students.  Implementing blended learning strategies is one way that we are able to individualize and personalize instruction.  Each year Community School has received two carts of chromebooks for student use.  This year all classrooms are using the chromebooks on a daily basis.  Next year’s budget slashes any new technology for the elementary schools.  This would seriously limit our ability to differentiate instruction for all students at every level of functioning.  

These are just two examples of how cuts to the school budget could impact your child and you.  Therefore, your presence and support at the town meetings is important.  Together we can send the message that our students and schools matter.  Hope to see you there.

Please note the following:

Layla’s Legacy:  Layla Charette and her father often volunteered at the food pantry.  Therefore, to honor Layla’s memory we will be collecting non-perishable foods for the month of April.  This is Layla’s birth month.

Hearing Screening:  Monday, April 3rd.  Hearing screenings will be performed by RI Audiological Center for all students in grades K-3.

Exclusion from School Due to Illness:  There is a lot of illness still floating around the school…….flu, stomach bug, and strep throat.  Children need to be fever free for 24 hours before returning to  school.  Remember, whenever you keep your child home from school, please call the school before the start of the school day and leave a message for Mrs. Lussier that your child will be absent. Any questions or concerns feel free to contact me through my email danielle.jacinto@cumberlandschools.org or by calling the school at 333-5724.

Blue Ribbon School:  Community School is one of three schools in Rhode Island nominated for the prestigious National Blue Ribbon School Award.  We were nominated due to our continuous high performance and reducing achievement gaps.  Our next step is to complete an application.  Congratulations to all upon receiving this great honor.  Just the fact that we are nominated is wonderful.  Thank you for your dedication to our students and school.  

CLEAN:  This week is the last week of classes for:  

Monday  – Chess & STEM exploration only 

Tuesday – Dance Party and Animal Drawing and Painting.  

All other CLEAN classes have finished.

Spring Picture Day:  Thursday, April 6th.  Lifetouch will return for spring photos.  Smile!

Destination Imagination Competition:  Saturday, April 8th.  Community’s teams will compete with other local teams at this annual event.

Outdoor Learning Space:  If you are a landscaper, gardener or in construction, we could use your help with this project.  Please contact Mrs.  Boisvert via email (Diane.Boisvert@cumberlandschools.org.) if you can help.
Fifth Grade Bean Bag Tournament:  Congratulations to the following teams who won the school bean bag tournament:  “The Ankle Breakers” and “The G.O.A.T. S.”.  These two teams will represent Community at the district wide event.  Thanks to the PE department for sponsoring this event.  All participants had fun!

Friday Fitness Club:  Friday, April 7th.  Students in grades 3-5 are invited to attend.  The session runs from 8:10 am to 8:40 am.  Students may be dropped off by the gym door.  There is no teacher supervision before 8:10 am

PARCC Testing:  We begin PARCC mathematics testing on Tuesday for students in grades 4 and 5.  Please note that it is important for you child to get plenty of rest the night before, eat a healthy breakfast and encourage them to try their very best.  The students are ready,  They have received strong instruction all year long.  We have reviewed the tools on the testing platform.  Finally, we will be conducting an assembly to share a positive message.  We need to communicate that they are prepared and ready and will rock it!
PARCC Schedule:  

Tuesday, April 4th-Friday, April 7th:  Mathematics Grades 4 and 5

Monday, April 10th-Wednesday, April 12th:  ELA Grade 5

Tuesday, April 25th-Thursday, April 27th:  ELA Grade 4

Tuesday, May 2nd-Friday, May 5th:  Mathematics Grade 3

Monday, May 8th-Wednesday, May 10th:  ELA Grade 3

CSA Updates: 

  • Art Fundraiser:  The SilverGraphics Art Fundraiser order forms went home this past Monday. The kids have worked so hard on their pictures and these items are sure to make great gifts. In order to have orders back in time for Mother’s Day you MUST submit a paper order by this upcoming Monday, 4/3/17 or your online order by Wednesday, 4/5/17.  We apologize for the short timeline.  A percentage of the sales go to the CSA to help pay for field trips and other CSA sponsored activities for the kids!  Please get your order in!!!!

  • Butterfly Ball-Daughter’s Dance:  Friday, May 12th at Cumberland High School.

  • Silent Auction: A Night in Black & White- Parents’ Night Out!  April 6, 2017 at Twelve Acres.  

 Cindy L. Giroux


“When you invest your time, you make a goal and a decision of something that you want to accomplish. Whether it’s make good grades in school, be a good athlete, be a good person, go down and do some community service and help somebody who’s in need, whatever it is you choose to do, you’re investing your time in that.”  Nick Saban