Week of December 11

Header photo: Cheryl Richards (Eva ’26)

Our heartfelt wishes to all Lower School families
for a joyous holiday season
and a healthy, peaceful and happy New Year!
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Congratulations, Mini Mariners, on your hard work and perseverance over the last few month and a job well done in today’s FLL Robotics tournament!
Special thanks to Coach Charlie Laurent and Assistant Coach Alex Lehouiller.


Important Notes & Reminders…
Need more information?  Feel free to email Patty Pontarelli

Special thanks to all who attended our wonderful Winter Choral Concert, and especially to Emily Serotta and our fabulous singers!  Be on the lookout for photos capturing the highlights of this very special evening.


Final Call for Holiday Portraits
New Lower School student portrait orders and reorders are available until Monday, December 11 for a Christmas/holiday delivery.
www.ruthabclegg.com
Go to “Client Gallery”
Choose “Rocky Hill School”
Student’s name – password is student’s first name
You may also email Ruth at ruthabclegg@gmail.com, and she will email back a direct link.


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Final Week for Holiday Giving Donations
Unwrapped Lower School holiday giving project donations for  Communities for People, Potter League Animal Shelter North Kingstown Food Pantry and Crossroads RI Family Shelters will be accepted until Thursday, December  14th. Though our Lower School sponsorships are listed by grade, please feel free to offer donations for any of the following:
Preschool: Potter League Animal Shelter–Wish lists of requested items are available in the Preschool classroom and include animal toys, treats, cleaning supplies, and more.
Kindergarten: North Kingstown Food Pantry–Healthy, kid-friendly packaged snacks (Goldfish, granola bars, etc.)
Grade 1:  Communities for People–Zayon/Male/Age 4  Size 5/6T clothes, age appropriate Legos and toys, books
Grade 2Communities for People–Julien/Male /Age 1   Size 18 months clothes, age appropriate toys, books
Grade 3
Communities for People–Angeliyah/Female /Age 4   Size 4T clothes, anything Disney-related, age appropriate toys, books
Grade 4 Communities for People–Ethan/Male/Age 3  Size 3T clothes, anything Batman-related, age appropriate toys, books
Grade 5:  Crossroads RI Family Shelters–Diapers & Pull Ups (all sizes, and including opened packages of outgrown sizes put in Ziplock bags labeled with sizes) & toiletries for families
Thank you for your kindness and generosity!


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Registration is underway for our Winter RHEA Courses!
Click here for details and to register!
Select from the following fantastic after school offerings:
Felt and Wool Crafts
Grades 5-8 | Instructor, Mrs. Sarah Gower, Middle School English teacher
Baking and Crafts
Grades K-5 | Instructors, Mrs. Stephanie Cruff
and Mrs. Caity MacDonald, Lower School Teachers
Toy Hack Club
Grades 3-5 | Instructor, Mr. Eric Wyzga. Lower School Science Teacher
Pottery
Grades 1-5 | Instructor, Mr. Mike Chatterly, Upper School Ceramics Teacher and owner/designer at Pottery Wheel
Space is extremely limited, and due to the specific nature of this RHEA program, early commitment is encouraged. 
Full STEAM Ahead
Grades 2-5 | Instructor, Ms. Holly Babij, Lantern Enrichment Group
Theatre by the Bay
Grades 3-5 | Instructor, Ms. Lisa Reimer, Preschool Teacher
Space is extremely limited, and due to the specific nature of this RHEA program, early commitment is encouraged. 
Art Tastings
Grades 5-12 | Instructor, Ms. Lauren Savoia, MS/US Art Teacher


Jackets and Hats and Mittens, Oh My!
Colder temperatures have arrived, so please be sure your child wears appropriate outerwear (seasonal jackets, hats, gloves, etc.) Snow pants and boots will also be needed to enjoy building snow sculptures or simply trekking through the snow! Our expectation is that everything sent from home will be worn at recess and when transitioning to and from different buildings on campus.


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“See it and Clip it for RHS”!
All box tops collected will be applied to our spring box tops challenge totals!


Take a Look…

Parents as Learners…
Gain insight into your child’s social-emotional and academic experiences.
Use this holiday season and break to reflect on family routines and the positive impact they can have on your child.
Why Family Routines Matter and How to Improve Them
Research shows the link between family routines and a child’s physical and social-emotional well-being, as well as the longterm benefits of stable routines.
How to Raise a Voracious Reader:Promoting Literacy with Dinnertime Storytelling, Family Conversation and Books About Food
This article is based on research from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the Family Dinner Project.
The Power of Using Everyday Routines to Promote Young Children’s Language and Social Skills
The simplest daily routine, like bathing, dressing, and brushing teeth, provide the opportunity for teachable moments and positive developmental outcomes.


Mindful Moment…
Mindfulness has found a positive, peaceful, and valuable niche within our Lower School community.
Be sure your child continues to engage in a daily mindfulness practice. Yoga is one great way to be present in the moment while gaining many physical and emotional benefits. Join your child in this practice and enjoy a relaxing holiday season together!
More than just a game: Yoga for school-age children
–findings of yoga research out of Harvard Medical School publications
The Science of Storytelling and Yoga
–evidence of how the power of storytelling can be teamed-up with yoga
Cosmic Kids
online resource offering interactive yoga, mindfulness, and relaxation adventures for children, including combining storytelling and yoga


This Week…
Catch a glimpse of what’s happening in Lower School!

Admissions Visitors
Wednesday: Nursery day visit
Thursday:
Nursery day visit


Best wishes, Mini Mariners and Coach Laurent!
RHS Mini Mariners in First Lego League Qualifier Tournament
TODAY! Sunday, December 10
All day team event/Fans welcome 12:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
All Saints STEAM Academy, Middletown
Details provided by Charlie Laurent.


5th Grade to Participate in Cashtivity Challenge
Monday, December 11
Marissa DePasquale, founder of Cashtivity, will be visiting with 5th grade while they participate in one of Cashtivity’s exciting math challenges. Cashtivity is a math-based edTech company aligning math standards to real-world math challenges. Students will complete the challenge and give feedback as part of our partnership with Learn Launch.


5th Grade Field Trip to Welcome House Homeless Shelter
to Deliver Holiday Recipe Math Project Treats
Tuesday, December 12
8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. | Wakefield


3rd, 4th & 5th Grade Field Trip
to Trinity Repertory Company’s Production of
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Thursday, December 15
UPDATED TIME: 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Providence
Please remember to have your child bring a bag lunch OR
order an RHS bag lunch by Monday, December 11.
It’s a Dress Up Day for students attending this special event!


Preschool-5th Grade Holiday Celebrations
Scheduled by Respective Classroom Teachers | In Classrooms
Contact Classroom Teachers or Class Parents for details


School-Wide Holiday Sweater Day 
Friday, December 15
Students in all divisions also have the option to participate in the Ugly Sweater Contest
during the Winter Solstice Assembly. Either way, everyone is invited to wear a  holiday (ugly or otherwise) sweater! If your child would like to enter this contest, please contact Patty Pontarelli or Dean of Student Life, Elena Rich.


Winter Solstice Assembly
All-School Early Dismissal

Friday, December 15
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. | Campbell Center
Providence and South County/Aquidneck Island Bus Departure at noon.
UPDATE:
Coventry, West Warwick, and Warwick busses will also be in service, departing at noon.  Parents using the East Greenwich bus service must contact their office at 884-1552 directly to let them know if your child will be needing bus service at pick-up that day, as well.
Please note that there is no Extended Day on this day. All students will be dismissed at noon from the usual pick-up locations.


Looking Ahead…
Save the date, more details to come!

No Classes at RHS for Winter Break
(Modified schedule for Administrators and Staff)
Monday, December 18-Tuesday, January 2


RHS Classes Resume
Wednesday, January 3


The Rocky Hill School Core Competencies
Our Graduates are Bold Learners,
Prepared to Navigate a Complex and Changing World.
A Rocky Hill Student is a
Navigator,
Critical Thinker,
Citizen,
and Communicator,
who is
Innovative,
Self-Aware,
Ethical,
and Globally-Minded.


Download the free RHS Mobile App!
Download Rocky Hill School’s new mobile app from the iPhone App Store or Google Play. This free app is full of useful information and features! Click here to learn more

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Week of December 4

Header photo: Trixie Dumas

Important Notes & Reminders…
Need more information?  Feel free to email Patty Pontarelli

‘Tis the Season
With colder temperatures heading our way, please be sure your child arrives to school with appropriate outerwear (seasonal jackets, hats, gloves, etc.) Snow pants and boots will also be needed to enjoy building snow sculptures or simply trekking through the snow!

Holiday Portrait Deadline
New Lower School student portrait orders and reorders are available up until December 10 for a Christmas/holiday deliveryhttp://www.ruthabclegg.com/ 


Holiday Giving Projects are Underway! 
Lower School is participating in the school-wide Communities for People project to collect holiday wish list items for underprivileged children and teens. We will also be supporting the Potter League Animal Shelter , the North Kingstown Food Pantry and Crossroads RI Family Shelters.
All unwrapped donations will be accepted through Thursday, December  14th. Though our Lower School sponsorships are listed by grade, please feel free to offer donations for any of the following:
Preschool: Potter League Animal Shelter–Wish lists of requested items are available in the Preschool classroom and include animal toys, treats, cleaning supplies, and more.
Kindergarten: North Kingstown Food Pantry–Healthy, kid-friendly packaged snacks (Goldfish, granola bars, etc.)
Grade 1:  Communities for People–Zayon/Male/Age 4  Size 5/6T clothes, age appropriate Legos and toys, books
Grade 2Communities for People–Julien/Male /Age 1   Size 18 months clothes, age appropriate toys, books
Grade 3
Communities for People–Angeliyah/Female /Age 4   Size 4T clothes, anything Disney-related, age appropriate toys, books
Grade 4 Communities for People–Ethan/Male/Age 3  Size 3T clothes, anything Batman-related, age appropriate toys, books
Grade 5:  Crossroads RI Family Shelters–Diapers & Pull Ups (all sizes, and including opened packages of outgrown sizes put in Ziplock bags labeled with sizes) & toiletries for families
Thank you for your kindness and generosity!


“See it and Clip it for RHS”!
All box tops collected will be applied to our spring box tops challenge totals!
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Take a Look…

Parents as Learners…
Gain insight into your child’s social-emotional and academic experiences.
Whether highlighting a favorite item from home, a special experience, or a teachable moment, sharing is an integral part of a Lower School student’s day and valued for its many benefits. Learn how sharing is incorporated into classroom Morning Meetings and the skills that are developed.
Responsive Classroom: Sharing Leads to Learning


Mindful Moment…
Mindfulness has found a positive, peaceful, and valuable niche within our Lower School community.
As part of our commitment to mindfulness education, Shannon Smith, School Integration Specialist at Center for Resilience, will spend time on Monday observing faculty integrating mindfulness practices into their classroom routines and/or lessons. We are thrilled have this valuable partnership with Center for Resilience!


This Week…
Catch a glimpse of what’s happening in Lower School!

Admissions Visitors
Tuesday:
5th/6th grade day visit & additional parent interview for 5th grade
Wednesday: 3rd grade day visit


RHS Mini Mariners Team Meeting
Monday, December 4 & Wednesday, December 6
3:15 p.m.-4:30 p.m. | Charlie Laurent’s Classroom


ACE Parent Gathering: Comprehension Strategies For All Ages
Wednesday, December 6
3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. | ACE Building


4th Grade PBL Project Presentation Luncheon with Smith’s Castle Staff
Wednesday, December 6
11:45 a.m.-1:00 | Campbell Center & Ideal Lab


Winter Choral Concert: Grades 3-12
Thursday, December 7
6:30 p.m. | Campbell Center
Details provided by Miss Emily.
Arrival: Grades 3-5 students should arrive at 6:15pm and report to the band room for a group warmup.
Dress: Lower School Dress Up Day attire


Kindergarten Session I Swim Class
Friday, December 1
1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m. | Absolute Fitness, East Greenwich


Looking Ahead…
Save the date, more details to come!

RHS Mini Mariners in First Lego League Qualifier Tournament
Sunday, December 10
All day team event/Fans 12:00 on | All Saints STEAM Academy, Middletown
Best wishes, Mini Mariners and Coach Laurent!


Winter Solstice Assembly
All-School Early Dismissal

Friday, December 15
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. | Campbell Center
Early Bus Departure
No Extended Day


No Classes at RHS for Winter Break
(Modified schedule for Administrators and Staff)
Monday, December 18-Tuesday, January 2
Classes Resume
Wednesday, January 3


The Rocky Hill School Core Competencies
Our Graduates are Bold Learners,
Prepared to Navigate a Complex and Changing World.
A Rocky Hill Student is a
Navigator,
Critical Thinker,
Citizen,
and Communicator,
who is
Innovative,
Self-Aware,
Ethical,
and Globally-Minded.


Download the free RHS Mobile App!
Download Rocky Hill School’s new mobile app from the iPhone App Store or Google Play. This free app is full of useful information and features! Click here to learn more

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Week of November 27

Header photo: Mrs. P

On behalf of Rob Lee…
Photos from Grandfriends’ Day are posted here at the end of the album (scroll down).

Take a look at some additional Grandfriends’ Day photos with more to come!


  

Important Notes & Reminders…
Need more information?  Feel free to email Patty Pontarelli

Holiday Portrait Deadline
New Lower School student portrait orders and reorders are available up until December 10 for a Christmas/holiday deliveryhttp://www.ruthabclegg.com/ 


Holiday Giving Projects
Lower School will be participating in the school-wide Communities for People project to collect holiday wish list items for underprivileged children and teens. We will also be supporting the Potter League Animal Shelter , the North Kingstown Food Pantry and Crossroads RI Family Shelters. All donations will be accepted through Thursday, December  14th. Though our Lower School sponsorships are listed by grade, please feel free to offer donations for any of the following:

Preschool: Potter League Animal Shelter–Wish lists of requested items are available in the Preschool classroom and include animal toys, treats, cleaning supplies, and more.
Kindergarten: North Kingstown Food Pantry–Healthy, kid-friendly packaged snacks (Goldfish, granola bars, etc.)
Grade 1:  Communities for People–Zayon/Male/Age 4  Size 5/6T clothes, age appropriate Legos and toys, books
Grade 2Communities for People–Julien/Male /Age 1   Size 18 months clothes, age appropriate toys, books
Grade 3
Communities for People–Angeliyah/Female /Age 4   Size 4T clothes, anything Disney-related, age appropriate toys, books
Grade 4 Communities for People–Ethan/Male/Age 3  Size 3T clothes, anything Batman-related, age appropriate toys, books
Grade 5:  Crossroads RI Family Shelters–Diapers & Pull Ups (all sizes, and including opened packages of outgrown sizes put in Ziplock bags labeled with sizes) & toiletries for families

Thank you for your kindness and generosity!


“See it and Clip it for RHS”!
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Take a Look…

Parents as Learners…
Gain insight into your child’s social-emotional and academic experiences.

Using the power of play to create better citizens in childhood…
Teaching Children to Care

Release the compassion lies within your child…
Teaching Kids to Care: 8 Ways to Inspire Compassion 


Mindful Moment…
Mindfulness has found a positive, peaceful, and valuable niche within our Lower School community.

The anticipation of this fast-paced holiday season, along with the expectations set, can derail even the most treasured mindful moment.  Practice self-care through mindful practices that allow you and your child to embrace the holidays!
Enjoy the Holidays More with Mindfulness
3 Holiday Activities to Slow Down the Kids 

20 Mindful Habits to Practice for a Happier Holiday


This Week…
Catch a glimpse of what’s happening in Lower School!

Admissions Visitors
Tuesday:
5th/6th grade day visit


RHS Mini Mariners Team Meeting
Monday, November 27 & Wednesday, November 29
3:15 p.m.-4:30 p.m. | Charlie Laurent’s Classroom


5th Grade Girls’ Lunch Group
Tuesday, November 28
Lower School Lunch | Campbell Conference Room


ACE Biweekly Reports
Wednesday, November 29


5th Grade Boys’ Lunch Group
Tuesday, November 28
Lower School Lunch | Campbell Conference Room


Winter Instrumental Concert: Grades 5-12
Featuring our 5th Grade Band!
Thursday, November 30
6:30 p.m. | Campbell Center
Details provided by 
Miss Emily & Jack McNamara

Arrival:
 5th grade students arrive at 6:00pm and report to the chorus room.  Please remember your instrument and music.  Clarinet players, please bring extra reeds!
Dress: Boys in black pants with a white shirt and tie.  Dark shoes only. No sneakers, please.  Girls in a black skirt or pants and white blouse, or a black dress.


Kindergarten Session I Swim Class
Friday, December 1
1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m. | Absolute Fitness, East Greenwich


Looking Ahead…
Save the date, more details to come!

Winter Choral Concert: Grades 3-12
Thursday, December 7
6:30 p.m. | Campbell Center
Details provided by Miss Emily.
Arrival
: Grades 3-5 students should arrive at 6:15pm and report to the band room for a group warmup.
Dress: Lower School Dress Up Day attire


Winter Solstice Assembly
All-School Early Dismissal

Friday, December 15
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. | Campbell Center
Early Bus Departure
No Extended Day


No Classes at RHS for Winter Break
(Modified schedule for Administrators and Staff)
Monday, December 18-Tuesday, January 2
Classes Resume
Wednesday, January 3


The Rocky Hill School Core Competencies
Our Graduates are Bold Learners,
Prepared to Navigate a Complex and Changing World.
A Rocky Hill Student is a
Navigator,
Critical Thinker,
Citizen,
and Communicator,
who is
Innovative,
Self-Aware,
Ethical,
and Globally-Minded.


Download the free RHS Mobile App!
Download Rocky Hill School’s new mobile app from the iPhone App Store or Google Play. This free app is full of useful information and features! Click here to learn more

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Week of November 20

 

Header photo: Rob Lee

Though a short week, our Lower School will be overflowing with warmth and gratitude as we share learning experiences with our students, welcome special Grandfriends, and prepare for our Thanksgiving break with family and friends. Thank you for providing us the opportunity to spend each day with your children, and for the support you offer in so many ways.  We wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving!

 

Important Notes & Reminders…
Need more information?  Feel free to email Patty Pontarelli

Only a Few Slots Left for Grandfriends’ Day Refreshments!
Are you able to contribute refreshments for our Grandfriends’ Day guests?
Click the link to sign-up. Grandfriends’ Day Sign Up Genius
Thank you for your ongoing support!


“See it and Clip it for RHS”!
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Thanksgiving-themed box tops collection sheets may be returned when complete. Loose box tops are also welcome!


Holiday Portrait Deadline
Lower School student portraits ordered from Ruth Clegg were sent home this past Friday.  New orders and reorders are available up until December 10 for a Christmas/holiday delivery. http://www.ruthabclegg.com/  


Upcoming Holiday Giving Projects
Lower School will be participating in the school-wide Communities for People project to collect holiday wish list items for underprivileged children and teens. Details for children we will be sponsoring will be included in the next LSWA.

Our By-the-Bay Preschool is sponsoring its annual collection for the Potter League Animal Shelter.  Wish lists of requested items are available and include animal toys, treats, cleaning supplies, and more.


Take a Look…

Parents as Learners…
Gain insight into your child’s social-emotional and academic experiences.

On behalf of RHS Director of Diversity, Matt Gnolfo…
Some thoughtful pieces on how to educate and dismantle Americanized norms around Thanksgiving.
Teaching About Thanksgiving in a Multicultural Society
Rethinking Thanksgiving: Myths & Misgivings


Mindful Moment…
Mindfulness has found a positive, peaceful, and valuable niche within our Lower School community.

Mindfulness offers us the opportunity to pause and observe what’s happening in the present moment.  It generates an awareness of ourselves and our lives that may be easily overlooked during the hustle and bustle of daily schedules, yet may prove to be moments we are grateful for experiencing. Take a mindful moment to offer gratitude to yourself, others, and all that surrounds you. Here are a couple of gratitude activities your children may enjoy, as well!
Gratitude Scavenger Hunt
Mindfulness for Children-Gratitude Tree for Thanksgiving


This Week…
Catch a glimpse of what’s happening in Lower School!

Rocky Hill Enrichment Academy (RHEA) Courses
Monday:
Soccer (Grades K-5) with Stephanie Cruff  


Admissions Visitors
Monday:
2nd grade parent tour


Lower School Grandfriends’ Day
Tuesday, November 21
Usual start time for Lower School students & faculty
Grandfriends arrive 9:00 a.m. | Campbell Center
GrandFriends Day is an annual Lower School tradition that brings generations of relatives and friends together for a morning of special classroom activities as well as a musical performance by our Lower School students. It’s truly a heartwarming event!
It’s a Dress Up Day!
As stated in our Lower School Student/Parent Handbook:
Certain occasions call for more formal attire than usual, and all Lower School students should be ready to comply with requests for a “dress up” day. For example, blazers and ties, skirts, dresses or dress pants and blouses, and “dress” shoes (rather than sneakers) may be requested for certain events. 

It’s an Early Lower School Dismissal Day!
All Lower School students will return to their respective classrooms in Preschool or Perkins Hall immediately following the Grandfriends’ Day musical performance (approximately 11:00 a.m.) and dismissed from these locations only. Please note: There will be no Extended Day or bus service available to Lower School students on this day.
Also, please notify the Classroom Teacher if your child will be dismissed to his/her Grandfriend.


Rocky Hill School Closed for Thanksgiving Break
Wednesday-Friday, November 22-23


Looking Ahead…
Save the date, more details to come!

Winter Instrumental Concert: Grades 5-12
Featuring our 5th Grade Band!
Thursday, November 30
7:00 p.m. | RHS


Winter Choral Concert: Grades 3-12
Thursday, December 7
7:00 p.m. | RHS


Winter Solstice Assembly
All-School Early Dismissal

Friday, December 15
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. | Campbell Center
Early Bus Departure
No Extended Day


Rocky Hill School Closed for Winter Break
Monday, December 18-Tuesday, January 2
Classes Resume
Wednesday, January 3


The Rocky Hill School Core Competencies
Our Graduates are Bold Learners,
Prepared to Navigate a Complex and Changing World.
A Rocky Hill Student is a
Navigator,
Critical Thinker,
Citizen,
and Communicator,
who is
Innovative,
Self-Aware,
Ethical,
and Globally-Minded.


Download the free RHS Mobile App!
Download Rocky Hill School’s new mobile app from the iPhone App Store or Google Play. This free app is full of useful information and features! Click here to learn more

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Week of November 13

Header photo: Mrs. P

Important Notes & Reminders…
Need more information?  Feel free to email Patty Pontarelli

Volunteers needed for Grandfriends’ Day Refreshments
Are you able to contribute refreshments for our Grandfriends’ Day guests? Click the link below for details, and thank you for your ongoing support!
Grandfriends’ Day Sign Up Genius


Supporting Community Service Projects Around Campus
Final call for the Interact Club Halloween Candy Drive to support our troops overseas. Please bring any extra candy in Ziploc bags, and place them in the bucket outside Mrs. P’s office in Perkins. Thank you for your generosity!


Lower School Box Tops Collection
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“See it and Clip it for RHS”!  Thanksgiving-themed collection sheets have been distributed and may be returned when complete. Loose box tops are also welcome!


Take a Look…

Parents as Learners…
Gain insight into your child’s social-emotional and academic experiences.

A Classroom Full of Risk Takers
Fear of imperfection, or making mistakes can begin at an early age.  See how teachers demystify failure and mistakes by creating a “safe” environment that encourages risk taking and fosters growth. Consider how this can be applied outside the school-setting, as well!
Click here 

Mistakes Were Made
And When They Are Made in the Classroom? Even Better…an article from HARVARD Ed. MAGAZINE that discusses the importance of having our children, and students, understand that making mistakes is part of the learning process.
Click here


Mindful Moment…
Mindfulness has found a positive, peaceful, and valuable niche within our Lower School community.

Mindfulness and Neural Integration
TedxTalks features Daniel Siegel, MD, Clinical Professor of psychiatry at UCLA, Co-Director of Mindful Awareness Research Center, and Executive Director of Mindsight Institute, discussing how reflection and relationships develop resilience in children and the impact these “3 R’s” have on the brain.
Click here


This Week…
Catch a glimpse of what’s happening in Lower School!

Rocky Hill Enrichment Academy (RHEA) Courses
Tuesday:
Bike Club (Grades 3-5) with Eric Wyzga &
Soccer (Grades K-5) with Stephanie Cruff  


Admissions Visitors
Tuesday:
Pre-kindergarten half day visit
Wednesday: 4th grade full day visit


Lower School Parent Conferences
If you haven’t already done so, please be sure to schedule your parent conference with Classroom Teachers.  If you would like to also meet with a Virtuoso, please contact them directly.


RHS Faculty Professional Development Day
No Classes for Students
Monday, November 13


5th Grade Girls’ Lunch Group with Traci Fairchild
Tuesday, November 14
Lower School Lunch | Campbell Conference Room


5th Grade Boys’ Lunch Group with Traci Fairchild
Wednesday, November 14
Lower School Lunch | Campbell Conference Room


RHS Mini Mariners Team Meeting
Wednesday, November 15
3:15 p.m.-4:30 p.m. | Charlie Laurent’s Classroom


4th Grade Field Trip to North Kingstown High School
Trunk Show Presentation of Smith’s Castle PBL Project
Thursday, November 16
8:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. | North Kingstown


5th Grade Student & Parent Preview Night in Middle School
Thursday, November 16
5:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. | Beginning with dinner in Campbell Center
RSVP here!


5th & 6th Grade Field Trip to the viewing of Wonder
Friday, November 17
9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Showcase Cinema, East Greenwich


Kindergarten Session I Swim Classes
Friday, November 17
1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m. | Absolute Fitness, East Greenwich
Details provided by Sue Wood


Looking Ahead…
Save the date, more details to come!

Lower School Grandfriends’ Day
Tuesday, November 21
9:00 a.m.-approximately 11:00 a.m. | Begins in the Campbell Center
It’s a Dress Up Day!  Please refer to the dress code section of the Lower School Student/Parent Handbook for details.
GrandFriends Day is an annual Lower School tradition that brings generations of relatives and friends together for a morning of special classroom activities as well as a musical performance by our Lower School students. It’s a truly a heartwarming event!
Early Lower School Dismissal Day 
Dismissal immediately following the Grandfriends’ Day musical performance
Please notify the respective Classroom Teacher if your child will be dismissed to his/her Grandfriend.


Rocky Hill School Closed for Thanksgiving Break
Wednesday-Friday, November 22-23


Winter Instrumental Concert: Grades 5-12
Featuring our 5th Grade Band!
Thursday, November 30
7:00 p.m. | RHS


Winter Choral Concert: Grades 3-12
Thursday, December 7
7:00 p.m. | RHS


Winter Solstice Assembly
All-School Early Dismissal

Friday, December 15
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. | Campbell Center


The Rocky Hill School Core Competencies
Our Graduates are Bold Learners,
Prepared to Navigate a Complex and Changing World.
A Rocky Hill Student is a
Navigator,
Critical Thinker,
Citizen,
and Communicator,
who is
Innovative,
Self-Aware,
Ethical,
and Globally-Minded.


Download the free RHS Mobile App!
Download Rocky Hill School’s new mobile app from the iPhone App Store or Google Play. This free app is full of useful information and features! Click here to learn more

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Week of November 6

Header photo: Sarah Marcus

Important Notes & Reminders…
Need more information?  Feel free to email Patty Pontarelli

Supporting Community Service Projects Around Campus
On behalf of the Upper School Interact Club…
“Interact Club is holding a Halloween Candy Drive to support our troops overseas. Please bring any extra candy in Ziploc bags, and place them in the boxes located in Flynn, Perkins, and Hale. Thank you for your generosity!”

Middle School students are collecting cat and dog food for area animal shelters.
A collection bin is located in Perkins Hall.


Lower School Box Tops Collection Continues!
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Lower School students are asked to continue to “See it and Clip it for RHS” as they begin collecting Box Tops toward our Spring Box Tops Challenge (more details to come!) Thanksgiving-themed collection sheets will be distributed and may be returned when complete Click here to learn more about Box Tops for Education.


On Behalf of Director of Diversity, Matt Gnolfo
Community Discussion
Why Conversations About Race Matter
by Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum
Thursday, November 9 | The Gordon School
//www.gordonschool.org/btatum


It’s RSVP Time for Grandfriends’ Day!
Invitations have been distributed, and we are excited to see the responses arrive each day! Please be sure your child’s Grandfriend responds that he/she will be joining us for this special Lower School tradition. If you know of a Grandfriend who has not yet registered, please click here to register on-line!


Take a Look…

Parents as Learners…
Gain insight into your child’s social-emotional and academic experiences.

Neuroscientist, Nadine Gaab, and her team of researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital Gaab Lab for Developmental Neuroscience, study the affects of family literacy practice on dyslexia.
Reading to Rewire


Mindful Moment…
Mindfulness has found a positive, peaceful, and valuable niche within our Lower School community.

Interested in creating your own mindfulness library? Here’s a list of mindfulness
resources to get you started.
For Adults (& Older Children)
Teaching Mindfulness Skills to Kids and Teens –Dr. Christopher Willard, Ph.D
Mindful Games: Sharing Mindfulness and Meditation with Children, Teens and Families –Susan Kaiser Greenland
How to Walk
 (Mindful Essentials) –Thich Nhat Hanh

How to Relax (Mindful Essentials) –Thich Nhat Hanh
How to Sit (Mindful Essentials) –Thich Nhat Hanh
Mindful Games: Sharing Mindfulness and Meditation with Children, Teens and Families –Susan Kaiser Greenland
A Still Quiet Place/A Still Quiet Place for Teens –Amy Saltzman M.D.
Breathe, Chill: A Handy Book of Games and Techniques Introducing Breathing, Meditation and Relaxation to Kids and Teens –Lisa Roberts
For Younger Children
A World of Pausabilities: An Exercise in Mindfulness –Frank Sileo, PhD
Sitting Still Like a Frog: Mindfulness Exercises for Kids (and Their Parents) –Eline Snel
Master of Mindfulness: How to Be Your Own Superhero in Times of Stress –Laurie Grossman
A Handful of Quiet –Thich Nhat Hanh
What Does It Mean To Be Present? –Rana DiOrio
Silence –Lemniscates
The Lemonade Hurricane: A Story of Mindfulness and Meditation –Licia Morelli
Mindful Monkey, Happy Panda –Lauren Alderfer
Peaceful Piggy Meditation –Kerry Lee Maclean
Mind Bubbles: Exploring mindfulness with kids –Heather Krantz


This Week…
Catch a glimpse of what’s happening in Lower School!

Rocky Hill Enrichment Academy (RHEA) Courses
Monday:
Bike Club (Grades 3-5) with Eric Wyzga &
Soccer (Grades K-5) with Stephanie Cruff  
Tuesday: Basketball (Grades 3-5) with Caity MacDonald


Admissions Visitors
Monday:
5th/6th Grade full day visit
Tuesday:
4th Grade full day visit
Wednesday: Nursery half day visit


Lower School Parent Conferences
Weeks of 11/6 & 11/13
If you haven’t already done so, please be sure to schedule your parent conference with Classroom Teachers.  If you would like to also meet with a Virtuoso, please contact them directly.


RHS Mini Mariners Team Meeting
Monday, November 6 & Wednesday, November 8
3:15 p.m.-4:30 p.m. | Charlie Laurent’s Classroom


Bring a Friend to School Day
Tuesday, November 7
Lower School (K-5) students are welcome to invite a friend, in the same grade, to join them at RHS for the day. Contact Sarah Taylor in our Admission Office with any questions.


ACE Biweekly Reports
Wednesday, November 7


Lower School Gathering (Students & Faculty)
Wednesday, November 7
8:25 a.m.-8:45 a.m. | Perkins Hall


Kindergarten Field Trip to
Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge

Wednesday, November 7
9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. | Middletown
Details provided by Sarah Marcus
Click here to learn about Sachuest Point


4th Grade Field Trip to R.I. State Archives
Wednesday, November 7
8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. | Providence
Click here to learn about the RI State Archives


Veteran’s Day Ceremony
Thursday, November 8
11:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. | Sharpe Gymnasium
If you know of a veteran from any branch of the armed services who would
like to participate, please contact Patty Pontarelli.


Rocky Hill School Closed in Observance of Veteran’s Day
Friday, November 10


Looking Ahead…
Save the date, more details to come!

Rocky Hill Faculty Professional Development Day
No Classes for RHS Students
Monday, November 13


5th Grade Preview Night in Middle School
Thursday, November 16
5:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. | Begins with dinner in the Campbell Center
RSVP here!


Lower School Grandfriends’ Day
Early Dismissal Day in Lower School
Tuesday, November 21
9:00 a.m.-11:30 p.m. | Begins in the Campbell Center
GrandFriends Day is an annual Lower School tradition that brings generations of relatives and friends together for a morning of special classroom activities as well as a musical performance by our Lower School students. It’s a truly a heartwarming event!


Rocky Hill School Closed for Thanksgiving Break
Wednesday-Friday, November 22-23


The Rocky Hill School Core Competencies
Our Graduates are Bold Learners,
Prepared to Navigate a Complex and Changing World.
A Rocky Hill Student is a
Navigator,
Critical Thinker,
Citizen,
and Communicator,
who is
Innovative,
Self-Aware,
Ethical,
and Globally-Minded.


Download the free RHS Mobile App!
Download Rocky Hill School’s new mobile app from the iPhone App Store or Google Play. This free app is full of useful information and features! Click here to learn more

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Week of October 30

Header photo: Rob Lee

Important Notes & Reminders…
Need more information?  Feel free to email Patty Pontarelli

A Boo-tiful Day!

Preschool handprint vampires
Our Lower School community had wonderful Halloween festivities on Friday thanks to all who put incredible time and effort into each activity. It was terrific seeing so many families represented at our Halloween parade! Special thanks to Sue Wood and the volunteers who transformed our gymnasium into a fabulous Healthy Haunted House, as well as our Class Parents and all who contributed refreshments for our class celebrations. 
Be sure to click the links to view great photos courtesy of Rob Lee and Peter Hanney. Thank you both!
Lower School Halloween Photos by Peter Hanney
Healthy Haunted House & Miscellaneous Lower School Photos by Rob Lee


Lower School Exceeds its Fall Box Tops Challenge!
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Lower School students have collected 2300 box topsexceeding their goal by 300 box tops!  Thank you to all families who contributed. As promised, each Lower School student will receive a special Halloween “treat” this Tuesday, October 31. Special thanks to Alaka Catallozzi for coordinating  this fundraising effort. Details of the Spring Box Tops Challenge will be announced shortly, so continue to See it and Clip it for RHS! Click here to learn more.


It’s RSVP Time for Grandfriends’ Day!
Invitations have been distributed, and we are excited to see the responses arrive each day! Please be sure your child’s Grandfriend responds that he/she will be joining us for this special Lower School tradition. If you know of a Grandfriend who has not yet registered, please click here to register on-line!


Is Your Child Going to Absent, Tardy, or Dismissed Early?
Parents are asked to please use attendance@rockyhill.org to report any attendance information (absences, tardies, early dismissal, etc.). This link will notify Lisa Goulden, and others needing to access this information for our attendance records. For Lower School students, please continue to copy Patty Pontarelli, as well.


Parents Access RHS Wireless Network
The Rocky Hill Guest wireless network is available for parents to use. The password is Welcome!.


Take a Look…

Parents as Learners…
Gain insight into your child’s social-emotional and academic experiences.

If your child’s “masterpieces” seem unintentional and possessing little depth or creativity, consider what research has revealed.
The Hidden Meaning of Kids’ Shapes and Scribbles


Mindful Moment…
Mindfulness has found a positive, peaceful, and valuable niche within our Lower School community.

With an emphasis on decreasing anxiety and promoting happiness, the article, Mindfulness for Children recently appeared in the Well section of the New York Times. Explore further by clicking the links pertinent to Young Children and Older Children, from which the following mindful activities were shared.

Seeing Clearly (for young children): A glitter ball can help us understand the connection between mind and body.

Pass the Cup (for older children): By passing a cup full of water without spilling a drop, we can cultivate attention and learn about teamwork.


This Week…
Catch a glimpse of what’s happening in Lower School!

Rocky Hill Enrichment Academy (RHEA) Courses
Monday:
Bike Club (Grades 3-5) with Eric Wyzga &
Soccer (Grades K-5) with Stephanie Cruff  
Please Note: There is no Basketball (Grades 3-5) with Caity MacDonald due to Halloween. A make-up class is scheduled for Tuesday, November 7.


Admissions Visitors
Monday:
Pre-Kindergarten full day visit
Tuesday:
Nursery and Kindergarten parent tours
Thursday: Kindergarten parent tour


RHS Mini Mariners Team Meeting
Monday, October 30 & Wednesday, November 1
3:15 p.m.-4:30 p.m. | Charlie Laurent’s Classroom


5th Grade Girls’ Lunch Group with Traci Fairchild
Tuesday, October 31
Lower School Lunch | Campbell Conference Room


Happy Halloween!
Tuesday, October 31
Lower School students will not be wearing costumes  to school today.
It will also be a NO HOMEWORK NIGHT! Enjoy an evening of safe family fun!


5th Grade Boys’ Lunch Group with Traci Fairchild
Wednesday, November 1
Lower School Lunch | Campbell Conference Room


1st Grade Field Trip to Roger Williams Park Zoo
Friday, November 3
9:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. | Providence


Looking Ahead…
Save the date, more details to come!

Lower School Parent Conferences
Weeks of 11/6 & 11/13
If you haven’t already done so, please be sure to schedule your parent conference with Classroom Teachers.  If you would like to also meet with a Virtuoso, please contact them directly.


Bring a Friend to School Day
Tuesday, November 7
Guest parents/guardians should complete this form by Friday, November 3, 2017. Contact Sarah Taylor in our Admission Office with any questions.


Veteran’s Day Ceremony
Thursday, November 8
11:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. | Sharpe Gymnasium
If you know of a veteran from any branch of the armed services who would
like to participate, please contact Patty Pontarelli.


Rocky Hill School Closed in Observance of Veteran’s Day
Friday, November 10


Rocky Hill Faculty Professional Development Day
No Classes for RHS Students
Monday, November 13


5th Grade Preview Night in Middle School
Thursday, November 16
5:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. | Begins with dinner in the Campbell Center


Lower School Grandfriends’ Day
Early Dismissal Day in Lower School
Tuesday, November 21
9:00 a.m.-11:30 p.m. | Begins in the Campbell Center
GrandFriends Day is an annual Lower School tradition that brings generations of relatives and friends together for a morning of special classroom activities as well as a musical performance by our Lower School students. It’s a truly a heartwarming event!

Rocky Hill School Closed for Thanksgiving Break
Wednesday-Friday, November 22-23


The Rocky Hill School Core Competencies
Our Graduates are Bold Learners,
Prepared to Navigate a Complex and Changing World.
A Rocky Hill Student is a
Navigator,
Critical Thinker,
Citizen,
and Communicator,
who is
Innovative,
Self-Aware,
Ethical,
and Globally-Minded.


Download the free RHS Mobile App!
Download Rocky Hill School’s new mobile app from the iPhone App Store or Google Play. This free app is full of useful information and features! Click here to learn more

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Week of October 23

Header photo: Mrs. P

Important Notes & Reminders…
Need more information?  Feel free to email Patty Pontarelli

Technology-related Updates
Parents are asked to please use attendance@rockyhill.org to report any attendance information (absences, tardies, early dismissal, etc.). This link will notify Lisa Goulden, and others needing to access this information for our attendance records. For Lower School students, please continue to copy Patty Pontarelli, as well.

Also, the Rocky Hill Guest wireless network is available for parents to use. The password is Welcome!.


Fall Box Tops Challenge: Collect 2000 Box Tops by October 25th!
At last count, we have approximately 1,812 collected so far!! Our Lower School Box Tops goals is to collect 2000 box tops by this Wednesday, October 25th. Please be sure to send in completed Halloween-themed Box Tops sheets or loose Box Tops.  Over these next few days, the push is on to See it and Clip it for RHS! Thank you for supporting this fundraising effort. Click here to learn more.


Healthy Haunted House Volunteers Needed
Contact Sue Wood.
SET UP: Thursday, Oct. 26 8:00 a.m. BREAK DOWN: Late Friday morning, October 27
DONATIONS: Seasonal decorations–bales of hay, cornstalks, pumpkins, mum flowers, orange helium balloons, old Halloween costumes, newspaper for stuffing, string lights, stand alone battery operated lighting, command hooks or tape.


Have you registered for Grandfriends’ Day on Tuesday, November 21?
Invitations are being distributed, so please be sure your child’s Grandfriend has registered and provided a current mailing address. Hard copies are available near the “What’s Going On” parent board in Perkins Hall.  You may click here to register on-line!


Take a Look…

Parents as Learners…
Gain insight into your child’s social-emotional and academic experiences.

The excitement of a busy fall season, including Halloween, can bring out more than ghosts and goblins. Let’s remember the effect this time of year can have on our students (and grown-ups), and offer everyone the opportunity to enjoy the moment.
Six Mindfulness Exercises for Children to Celebrate Fall and a Happy Halloween 


This Week…
Catch a glimpse of what’s happening in Lower School!

Rocky Hill Enrichment Academy (RHEA) Courses
Monday:
Bike Club (Grades 3-5) with Eric Wyzga &
Soccer (Grades K-5) with Stephanie Cruff  
Tuesday: Basketball (Grades 3-5) with Caity MacDonald

4th Grade Field Trip to John Brown House Museum
Monday, October 23
9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. | Providence
Details provided by Charlie Laurent


K-2 Virtual Field Trip to Brainpop Offices with Mrs. Silva
Tuesday, October 24
1:30 p.m.-2:20 p.m. | Carriage House Library


3rd Grade Virtual Conference/Student-led Collaboration Session
with Innovators Hannah Chung & Dr. Amy Baxter
Tuesday, October 24
1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. | Mrs. Gustavel’s Classroom
3rd Grade students will be presenting prototypes of stuffed animals 
designed to help children with various illnesses that integrate the Jerry-the-Bear
and Buzzy technologies.


Preschool Pumpkin Carving Night
Tuesday, October 24
5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. | By-the-Bay Preschool
Details provided by Lisa Reimer.


ACE Biweekly Reports
Wednesday, October 25


Lower School Halloween Festivities
Friday, October 27
Morning:
Healthy Haunted House
and By-the-Bay Preschool Halloween Parade
2:00: Lower School Halloween Parade begins outside Perkins Hall
Families are welcome to join us!
2:30: Classroom Celebrations (coordinated by respective Class Parents)
Reminders: Lower School students should bring their Halloween costumes to school in a labeled bag. They will change into them just prior to our Halloween Parade.  Please do not include weapons of any kind or gory/overly scary elements of costumes.


Looking Ahead…
Save the date, more details to come!

Happy Halloween!
Tuesday, October 31
Lower School students will not be wearing costumes  to school today.


Lower School Parent Conferences
Weeks of 11/6 & 11/13
Parents will schedule conferences directly with Classroom Teachers.  If you would like to also meet with a Virtuoso, please contact them directly, as well.


Bring a Friend to School Day
Tuesday, November 7
Registration details will be provided by Sarah Taylor in our Admissions Office.


Veteran’s Day Ceremony
Thursday, November 8
11:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. | Sharpe Gymnasium
If you know of a veteran from any branch of the armed services who would
like to participate, please contact Patty Pontarelli.


Rocky Hill School Closed in Observance of Veteran’s Day
Friday, November 10


Rocky Hill Faculty Professional Development Day
No Classes for RHS Students
Monday, November 13


The Rocky Hill School Core Competencies
Our Graduates are Bold Learners,
Prepared to Navigate a Complex and Changing World.
A Rocky Hill Student is a
Navigator,
Critical Thinker,
Citizen,
and Communicator,
who is
Innovative,
Self-Aware,
Ethical,
and Globally-Minded.


Download the free RHS Mobile App!
Download Rocky Hill School’s new mobile app from the iPhone App Store or Google Play. This free app is full of useful information and features! Click here to learn more

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Week of October 16

Header photo: Mrs. P

There was an abundance of Lower School spirit during our fabulous school-wide Spirit Week. Special thanks to all who contributed to its success, including the Upper School faculty and students who planned the terrific pep rally and Homecoming activities!  Be on the look out for more Spirit Week photos.

 


In the spirit of giving, thank you to all who participated in the JDRF Walk!


This Week…
Catch a glimpse of what’s happening in Lower School!

Rocky Hill Enrichment Academy (RHEA) Courses
Monday:
Bike Club (Grades 3-5) with Eric Wyzga &
Soccer (Grades K-5) with Stephanie Cruff  
Tuesday: Basketball (Grades 3-5) with Caity MacDonald 


RHS Mini Mariners Team Meeting
Monday, October 16 & Wednesday, October 18
3:15 p.m.-4:30 p.m. | Charlie Laurent’s Classroom


5th Grade Girls’ Lunch Group with Traci Fairchild
Tuesday, October 17
Lower School Lunch | Campbell Conference Room


School Photo Retakes with Ruth Clegg
Tuesday, October 17
Lower School Lunch | RHS Campus


Lower School Gathering (for Students & Faculty)
Wednesday, October 18
8:25 a.m.-8:45 a.m. | Perkins Hall (Amphitheater or Blue Room TBA)


2nd Grade Field Trip to Goddard Park
Thursday, October 19
9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. | Goddard Park
Details provided by Stephanie Cruff 


5th Grade Boys’ Lunch Group with Traci Fairchild
Thursday, October 19
Lower School Lunch | Campbell Conference Room


Kindergarten Swim–Session I
Friday, October 20
1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m. | Absolute Fitness, East Greenwich
Details provided by Sue Wood


Annual 5th Grade Cardboard Boat Regatta
Friday, October 20
1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m. | RHS Waterfront
Details provided by Caity MacDonald & Eric Wyzga


Rocky Hill School Admissions Open House
Sunday, October 22
Do you know of family or friends who would love to have their children at RHS? Encourage them to join us! Have them visit www.rockyhill.org/oh to RSVP


Looking Ahead…
Save the date, more details to come!

Preschool Pumpkin Carving Night
Tuesday, October 24
5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. | By-the-Bay Preschool


Lower School Halloween Festivities
Friday, October 27
Morning: Healthy Haunted House
Afternoon: Halloween Parade, Class Celebrations; Families welcome!


Important Notes & Reminders…
Need more information?  Feel free to email Patty Pontarelli

Lower School Box Tops Challenge: Collect 2000 Box Tops by October 25th!
Our Lower School Box Tops goals is to collect 2000 box tops by October 25th.  At last count, we have approximately 1400 collected so far!!
Halloween-themed Box Tops sheets were distributed to Lower School students in all grades. Once a sheet is filled with Box Tops, students should return it to school to be added to our collection count. Loose box tops are also welcome, so See it and Clip it for RHS! Thank you for supporting this fundraising effort.
 Click here to learn more.


Healthy Haunted House Volunteers Needed
Contact Sue Wood.

SET UP: Thursday, Oct. 26 8:00 a.m. BREAK DOWN: Late Friday morning, October 27
DONATIONS: Seasonal decorations–bales of hay, cornstalks, pumpkins, mum flowers, orange helium balloons, old Halloween costumes, newspaper for stuffing, string lights, stand alone battery operated lighting, command hooks or tape.


Have you registered for Grandfriends’ Day?
Invitations will be distributed shortly, so please be sure your child’s Grandfriend has registered and provided a current mailing address. Hard copies of registration forms were sent home this past Friday. You may also  click here to register on-line!


Take a Look…

Parents as Learners…
Gain insight into your child’s social-emotional and academic experiences.

5th Graders Fiore Porecca and Jonathan Riley (pictured in the Header photo) advocated for an additional “Woods Day” during recess so Lower School students could devote more time to building their structures.  What they may not have realized is how this experience offers opportunities for collaboration, compromise, problem-solving, risk-taking, patience, persistence, physical activity, creativity, and more!
Why Kids Need to Spend Time in Nature
Ideas for Getting Your Kids into Nature


Mindful Moment…
Mindfulness has found a positive, peaceful, and valuable niche within our Lower School community.

Mrs. Cruff and her 2nd Graders use the soothing sound of a bell to enjoy a mindful moment during Morning Meeting.
Mindfulness for Kids: 5 Ways to Practice Mindful Listening with a Bell


The Rocky Hill School Core Competencies
Our Graduates are Bold Learners,
Prepared to Navigate a Complex and Changing World.
A Rocky Hill Student is a
Navigator,
Critical Thinker,
Citizen,
and Communicator,
who is
Innovative,
Self-Aware,
Ethical,
and Globally-Minded.


Download the free RHS Mobile App!
Download Rocky Hill School’s new mobile app from the iPhone App Store or Google Play. This free app is full of useful information and features! Click here to learn more

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Week of October 9

Header photo: Amanda Hovey (Miss Amanda)

Enjoy the long weekend and week ahead!

This Week…
Catch a glimpse of what’s happening in Lower School!

Rocky Hill School closed in observance of
Columbus/Indigenous People’s Day
Monday, October 9


Rocky Hill School Spirit Week
Tuesday, October 10-Friday, October 13
Lower School students are invited to dress-up according 
to the daily themes.
Tuesday: Fan Day (fan of anything–sports, movies, food, etc.)
Wednesday: Pajama Day
Thursday: Farm Day (farmers, animals, scarecrows, crops, etc.)
Friday: Blue & White Day


Globally-Minded Students
Students in Grade K-2 are beginning the Global Read Aloud with Mrs. Silva during their Library classes. They will be reading books by Author Mem Fox and collaborating with schools in Canada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, California, and Iowa, as well as participating in a postcard swap with schools around the world.
With the theme, “Connecting Communities and Cultures”, Grade 3-5 students are participating in the International School Library Month Book Mark Swap (Grade 3 with a school in Croatia, Grades 4 & 5 with school in China).


Rocky Hill Enrichment Academy (RHEA) Courses
Tuesday: Basketball (Grades 3-5) with Caity MacDonald


Lower School Gathering (for Students & Faculty)
Wednesday, October 11
8:25 a.m.-8:45 a.m. | Perkins Hall (Amphitheater or Blue Room TBA)
Formerly our Lower School Assembly, this Preschool-Grade 5 gathering is facilitated by our 5th grade leaders. Hats off to our 5th graders for revamping and renaming this weekly community building opportunity!


ACE Biweekly Reports 
Wednesday, October 11


Rocky Hill Mini Mariners Robotics Team Meeting
Wednesday, October 11
3:15 p.m.-4:30 p.m. | Mr. Laurent’s Classroom/Perkins Hall


10th Annual Blue & White Soccer Classic
Friday, October 13
4th & 5th grade students apply the soccer skills developed during their PE soccer units!


All-School Pep Rally
Friday, October 13
Our culminating Spirit Week event leading to Homecoming day!


Rocky Hill School Homecoming
Saturday, October 14
Join us for this fun-filled, all-school family day! Bring extended family and friends!


Rocky Hill School Hosts the Annual Juvenile Diabetes 5K Walk
Sunday, October 15
Many thanks for your support!


Looking Ahead…
Save the date, more details to come!

Rocky Hill School Admissions Open House
Sunday, October 22
Do you know of family or friends who would love to have their children at RHS? Encourage them to join us! Have them visit www.rockyhill.org/oh to RSVP


Preschool Pumpkin Carving Night
Tuesday, October 24
5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. | By-the-Bay Preschool


Lower School Halloween Festivities
Friday, October 27
Morning: Healthy Haunted House
Afternoon: Halloween Parade, Class Celebrations; Families welcome!


Important Notes & Reminders…
Need more information?  Feel free to email Patty Pontarelli

Have you registered for Grandfriends’ Day?
Invitations will be distributed shortly, so please be sure your child’s Grandfriend has registered and provided a current mailing address. Hard copies of registration forms were sent home this past Friday. You may also  click here to register on-line!


Boo-tiful Box Tops
Halloween-themed Box Tops sheets are being distributed to Lower School students in all grades.  Once a sheet is filled with Box Tops, students should return it to school to be added to our collection count. A Box Top collection goal will be set for Lower School, and  a prize will be awarded to each student if that goal is reached by October 25th!  See it and Clip it for RHS! Thank you for supporting this fundraising effort. Click here to learn more.


Request for Homecoming Donations and Volunteers
The PTL and Upper School Student Council have set up a Sign-up Genius for parent  volunteers and donations to support our Homecoming next Saturday. All donations should be dropped off in Mike Lawson’s office on the 1st floor of Hopelands.
www.SignUpGenius.com/go/60B0D4CADA728A13-homecoming 


Healthy Haunted House Volunteers Needed
Here are the details on behalf of  Sue Wood:
SET UP: On Thursday, Oct 26th around 8 AM we start; the gymnasium is transformed with seasonal decorations and sounds, especially those of the Halloween holiday.  It includes nine stations of athletic challenges with Halloween themes: 1. Monster Shoot Out (basketball shots) 2. Black Cat Bowling  3. Witches Hat (ring toss)  4. Bat Cave (scooter boards)  5. Haunted Trail (obstacle course)  6. Soccer Ghoul (soccer goal shots)  7. Spider ball (volleyball)  8. Rattle the Bones (fleece ball toss)  9. Pumpkin Toss

We do reuse a lot of the seasonal decorations but they are on the worn side.  If anyone has items they would like to contribute, that would be great to help freshen things up. I unfortunately cannot guarantee the safe return of items due to the nature of the event.  Things can get broken.  Also, please nothing to scary. Some examples of previous years include real items like bales of haycorn stalks,pumpkinsmum flowers and orange helium balloons that were tied to mark the start of each station was a super visual. I bring some of my sons’ old Halloween costumes and stuff them with paper for added 3-D effects.  More would be welcomed, (also newspaper for stuffing).  We do string lights around the perimeter and have some stand-alone battery operated lighting but the gym is such a large space to light so more is always welcomed.  Every year more light do burn out as well.  One of the biggest challenges we have is hanging the string lights on the walls, masking tape does not hold the weight and duck tape would leave marks.  The command hooks or tape worked great in the past and we use close to 100.

BREAK DOWN: On Friday, the event is in the morning before lunch.  We start breaking down immediately after. Parents come and go, so they can attend the parade and classroom parties, etc.


Take a Look…

Parents as Learners…
Gain insight into your child’s social-emotional and academic experiences.

With so many acts of violence occurring in our world today, Rocky Hill School’s Director of Counseling and Wellness, Traci Fairchild, shares the following article, from the National Association of School Psychologists, to help parents (and teachers) appropriately maneuver through difficult conversations with children at various grade levels. 

Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers  


Mindful Moment…
Mindfulness has found a positive, peaceful, and valuable niche within our Lower School community.

Learn how the meditative practice of  guided imagery uses visualization and imagination to reduce a child’s stress and create calm mindful moments.
Guided Imagery: Use these scripts to help children cope with anxiety and


The Rocky Hill School Core Competencies
Our Graduates are Bold Learners,
Prepared to Navigate a Complex and Changing World.
A Rocky Hill Student is a
Navigator,
Critical Thinker,
Citizen,
and Communicator,
who is
Innovative,
Self-Aware,
Ethical,
and Globally-Minded.


Download the free RHS Mobile App!
Download Rocky Hill School’s new mobile app from the iPhone App Store or Google Play. This free app is full of useful information and features! Click here to learn more

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