Week of February 19

Header photo: Mrs. P

Did you know…?
Students got into the spirit of the 100th Day of School (see Header photo also).

2nd grade students are learning about ” la mariposa” in Spanish.

3rd, 4th and 5th grade students have been using “sound boxes” (created by Mr. L) while recording books for their Project Based Learning project.
 

 
   
5th graders created a Random Acts of Kindness Board where all Lower School students can post ways they will demonstrate kindness, as well as the kind actions of others.

4th grader, Luke Lehouiller, broke the school record of being the first to make the PE Bouldering Challenge.
    


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

Special Thanks!!
Our sincere thanks to all who helped make our class Valentine’s Day celebrations such a nice time for our students.  We also offer our sincere appreciation to the PTL for the wonderful treats provided for faculty last Tuesday, as well to our students and families for the many Valentines we received!


Jump Rope for Heart Update!
$5609.00 was raised for the American Heart Association by Lower School families! Though Sue Wood is no longer collecting donations at school, any remaining contributions may be made at http://www.heart.org/jump.


Please Join Us!
Click here to RSVP for one or both of the “Anxiety in Students” evening presentations!
RHEd Talks Presents: “Anxiety in Students”

A two-part mini series exploring the effect of anxiety on students and their families

Join Jessica Kaplan, LICSW on February 27, for an interactive evening dedicated to answering questions about how anxiety affects our children’s minds, bodies and behaviors. Participants will learn to identify common triggers, and ways to help children cope, both in and outside of the home.
On March 6 we present a special screening of the acclaimed documentary film Race to Nowhere: The Dark Side of America’s Achievement Culture. Called one of the “10 Education Documentaries You Don’t Want to Miss,” RTN features stories of students across the country who have been pushed to the brink by over-scheduling, over-testing, and the relentless pressure to achieve. The film has been screened in more than 7,000 schools, universities, cinemas, hospitals, corporations, and community centers, and we are honored to be able to bring it to the RHS community.


Calling All Volunteers!
Please contact Trixie Dumas, tdumas@rockyhill.org, if you available to help prepare for World Cultures Week.
Library volunteers are always welcome, as well! Please contact our Librarian/Technology Integrator, Darshell Silva, dsilva@rockyhill.org
. We appreciate your time and help!


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Spring Box Tops Deadline is One Week Away!
February 26th is the collection deadline for the Spring Box Tops due March 1st. The Lower School Spring challenge is 750 Box Tops, and 649 have been collected so far! Please keep the box tops coming our way.  See it and Clip it for RHS!


Take a Look…

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

Learn about Harvard University Graduate School of Education’s  Project Zero research on the value of  “thinking routines”…
Think Better 


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

Guided meditation practices can help children and teens focus on the the positive aspects of their day…
Mindful Kids Practice: Coming Back to the Positive


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

Rocky Hill School Closed
in Observance of Presidents’ Day & Head of School’s Holiday
Monday & Tuesday, February 19 & 20


Faculty Professional Development Day–No Classes for Students
Wednesday, February 21
Classes resume Thursday, February 22


Admissions Visitors
Thursday: Nursery, 3rd grade & 4th grade day visits
Friday: Nursery day visit


 


RHEA this week!

Thursday: Theatre-by-the-Bay Grades 3-5 (3:15-5:00)


Viewing of “Screenager–Growing Up in the Digital Age”
Thursday, February 22
6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. | St. Michael’s Country Day School, Newport
Click here for more details and to register.


Lower School Fan Club  Go Mariners!
Here is our Middle and Upper School Athletics schedule for this week:
Thursday: Middle School Girls Basketball 3:45 & 4:45 p.m.
Friday: Boys Varsity Basketball SENE Semifinals 4:00 p.m.
Saturday: Boys Varsity Basketball SENE Final 2:00 p.m.


Upper School Musical All-School Preview
Into the Woods

Friday, February 23
2:15 p.m.-3:15 p.m. | Campbell Center


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

Please join us!
RHEd Talks Presents: “Anxiety in Students”
Part I: Jessica Kaplan, LICSW
Tuesday, February 27
6:30 p.m. | Flynn Lecture Hall
Part II: Viewing & Discussion of the Film
Race to Nowhere
Tuesday, March 6
6:30 p.m. | Flynn Lecture


Spring 2018 Artist-In-Residence,
ALEX AND ANI, Design Challenge
The ALEX AND ANI designers will return to Rocky Hill School on February 28 for our All-School Meeting to announce the winning designs!
Participating students across all divisions have been given the opportunity to design and render a 2D charm that represents one of the eight Rocky Hill School student competencies (see Competencies below). The ALEX AND ANI design team will serve as design mentors and judges, and ultimately select the top three designs for each competency.
The Lower School Challenge: Design ideas have been submitted for a charm inspired/influenced by the Rocky Hill School Core Competencies.The top design per competency from grades 3-5 will be chosen and 3D printed into prototypes.This was a voluntary contest open to Rocky Hill students in grades 3 – 5 (with a separate contest for Middle and Upper School students).
Details available from Trixie Dumas.


Lower School World Cultures Week
Monday-Friday, March 5 – 9
More details to come! WCW Coordinator is Trixie Dumas.


Rocky Hill School Student Competencies

Rocky Hill School is committed to developing bold learners, prepared to navigate a complex and changing world.

The eight Student Competencies serve as fundamental learning goals we believe will prepare our students for success. A Rocky Hill Student is a NavigatorCritical ThinkerCitizen, and Communicator, who is InnovativeSelf-AwareEthical, 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 February 12

Header photo: Mrs. P.

Did you know…?
Señora Maguire-Rambo taught the Preschool students a penguin song in Spanish!
Raina & Sofia keep on singing!

Parachute play in PE helps 1st grade students learn to work together!
1st grade PE

2nd, 4th & 5th grade students sang “Head and Shoulders Knees and Toes” in Chinese at our school-wide Chinese New Year celebration.  4th grader, Sabrina Chen, also taught the song to our kindergarten students!

2nd grade students are participating in a number of “tech events” to help the explore tech-related activities they can use in their classroom. The project has an Olympic theme, so they will be earning “medals” as they complete different tasks. They’re up for the challenge and going for the Gold!

Miss Emily is a trained opera singer and shared her wonderful talent, and a few facts about opera singing, with students in grades 3-5!

4th grade students are posting their research of famous African Americans all around RHS in celebration of  Black History Month. Take a look around campus!
        

In Mrs. Silva’s Library class, 5th grade students created and sent a video about RHS to students in China, as part of the International School Library Month (ISLM) Bookmark Exchange Project!


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

Our Heartfelt Thanks!
Thanks to the thoughtful generosity of our Lower School families, over $5000.00 was raised for the American Heart Association! 


Registration underway!
RHEd Talks Presents: “Anxiety in Students”

A two-part mini series exploring the effect of anxiety on students and their families

Join Jessica Kaplan, LICSW on February 27, for an interactive evening dedicated to answering questions about how anxiety affects our children’s minds, bodies and behaviors. Participants will learn to identify common triggers, and ways to help children cope, both in and outside of the home.
On March 6 we present a special screening of the acclaimed documentary film Race to Nowhere: The Dark Side of America’s Achievement Culture. Called one of the “10 Education Documentaries You Don’t Want to Miss,” RTN features stories of students across the country who have been pushed to the brink by over-scheduling, over-testing, and the relentless pressure to achieve. The film has been screened in more than 7,000 schools, universities, cinemas, hospitals, corporations, and community centers, and we are honored to be able to bring it to the RHS community.
Click here to RSVP for one or both of the “Anxiety in Students” evenings.


Ready for Recess?
We want to be able to get our students outside for our daily recess times whenever possible, so please be sure your child has appropriate outerwear.  It will be great to have snow/rain jackets, pants and boots on hand when the ground is wet or even if there is a slight layer of snow.  Unless the temperature or windchill prohibit us, we will be heading outdoors each day!


Allergy Alert!
As we look forward to Valentine treats this coming week, please keep in mind that we are a nut-free campus.  Be sure to always check labels of packaged items to ensure nuts are not listed in the ingredients. Since other allergies may also exist, providing a list of ingredients would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for supporting this important health policy!


Calling All Volunteers!
Please contact Trixie Dumas, tdumas@rockyhill.org, if you available to help prepare for World Cultures Week.
Library volunteers are always welcome, as well! Please contact our Librarian/Technology Integrator, Darshell Silva, dsilva@rockyhill.org
. We appreciate your time and help!


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Up for the Challenge? See it and Clip it for RHS!
Please keep the box tops coming our way. All box tops collected will be applied to our Lower School spring box tops challenge totals! 


Take a Look…

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

Throughout our Lower School, students in every grade are developing their speaking and listening skills as they develop into effective communicators. Center for Responsive Schools Executive Director, Lora Hodges, sees speaking as a “critical skill in the language of learning.”
Teaching Students to Speak Confidently


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

Mr. Laurent’s 4th Grade students know that mindful moments need not be passive.  Their “mind break” will certainly make you smile…and hopefully get you on your feet to enjoy a mindful moment of your own!
 Click here and get dancing!


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

Admissions Visitors
Monday: 
Pre-kindergarten (twins!) & 5th grade day visits
Wednesday: 5th grade day visit
Thursday: Nursery day visit
Friday: Kindergarten & 4th grade day visits


 

 

 

RHEA this week!
Monday: Felt Crafts 5-8 (3:15-4:30)
Tuesday:
Baking & Crafts Grades K-5 (3:15-4:30)
Toy Hack Club Grades 3-5 (3:15-4:30)
Wednesday: Pottery Grades 1-5 (3:15-4:30)
Thursday: Full Steam Ahead Grades 2-5 (3:15-4:30)
Theatre-by-the-Bay Grades 3-5 (3:15-5:00)


Lower School Fan Club!
Here’s the home game schedule for our Middle & Upper School Mariners:

Monday:
Boys’ Varsity Basketball (Senior Game!) 4:00
Tuesday: 
Middle School Boys Basketball 3:30 & 4:30
Wednesday: Girls’ Varsity Basketball 4:30


Submission Deadline for Spring 2018 Artist-In-Residence,
ALEX AND ANI, Design Challenge
Monday, February 12
Participating students across all divisions have been given the opportunity to design and render a 2D charm that represents one of the eight Rocky Hill School student competencies (see Competencies below). The ALEX AND ANI design team will serve as design mentors and judges, and ultimately select the top three designs for each competency.
The Lower School Challenge: Design a charm inspired/influenced by the Rocky Hill School Core Competencies.The top design per competency from grades 3-5 will be chosen and 3D printed into prototypes.This is a voluntary contest open to Rocky Hill students in grades 3 – 5. There is a separate contest for Middle and Upper School students.
Design submission deadline: no later than Monday, February 12
Students may use any medium and will work on this on their own time, not in Art class. All entries must be in a finished form to be considered.
The ALEX AND ANI designers will return to Rocky Hill School on February 28 for our All-School Meeting to announce the winning designs!

Details available from Trixie Dumas.


Sproutel Prototype Project
Monday & Tuesday, February 12 (Focus Group)
& 13 (Prototype Design Group)
Details provided by Traci Fairchild.
With an overwhelming response to once again participate in the innovative work of  Hannah Chung, Lower School students representing grades K-5 have been assigned to Focus and/or Prototype Design Groups for the development of an interactive plush toy designed to comfort children experiencing stress!


5th Grade Girls’ Lunch Group with Traci Fairchild
Tuesday, February 13
11:45 a.m.-12:10 p.m. | Campbell Conference Room


All-School PTL Evening Meeting
Tuesday, February 13
6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. | Flynn Lecture Hall
All parents are encouraged to attend! Agenda will include PTL business; Hear from Dr. Tracy and other administrators about how Rocky Hill School is “on the move!” There will also be an opportunity for Q&A and lively discussions around all divisions. Childcare will be provided; Study space will be available for older students.

 

 

Wednesday, February 14


Valentine’s Day Classroom Celebrations
Wednesday, February 14
Details provided by Classroom Teachers and Class Parents


Lower School Gathering
Wednesday, February 14
8:25 a.m.-8:45 a.m. | Perkins Hall Blue Room


ACE Biweekly Reports
Wednesday, February 14


Kindergarten Queen of Hearts Tea Party
Wednesday, February 14
Morning | Kindergarten Classroom


5th Grade Boys’ Lunch Group with Traci Fairchild
Wednesday, February 14
11:45 a.m.-12:10 p.m. | Campbell Conference Room


Happy 100th Day of School!
Friday, February 16


Kindergarten Swim Session II
Friday, February 16
1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m. | Absolute Fitness, East Greenwich
Contact Sue Wood for details.


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

Rocky Hill School Closed
in Observance of Presidents’ Day & Head of School’s Holiday
Monday & Tuesday, February 19 & 20


Faculty Professional Development Day–No Classes for Students
Wednesday, February 21
Classes resume Thursday, February 22


Please join us!
RHEd Talks Presents: “Anxiety in Students”
Part I: Jessica Kaplan, LICSW
Tuesday, February 27
6:30 p.m. | Flynn Lecture Hall
Part II: Viewing & Discussion of the Film
Race to Nowhere
Tuesday, March 6
6:30 p.m. | Flynn Lecture
Click here to RSVP


Lower School World Cultures Week
Monday-Friday, March 5 – 9
More details to come! WCW Coordinator is Trixie Dumas.


Rocky Hill School Student Competencies

Rocky Hill School is committed to developing bold learners, prepared to navigate a complex and changing world.

The eight Student Competencies serve as fundamental learning goals we believe will prepare our students for success. A Rocky Hill Student is a NavigatorCritical ThinkerCitizen, and Communicator, who is InnovativeSelf-AwareEthical, 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 February 5

Header photo: Nancy Maguire-Rambo

Did you know…?
Take a peek at the following videos to learn more!
Our By-the-Bay Preschool students studied penguins:
Preschool Penguin Project
Our kindergarten students are skip counting in math:
Kenzie counts by 2s
Our 4th graders designed and created a kid’s website:
Smith’s Castle Kid’s Website


Important Notes & Reminders…
Need more information?  Feel free to email Patty Pontarelli
No Nuts, Please!
While we thoroughly enjoy birthday treats and special celebratory snacks, please keep in mind that we are a nut-free campus.  Be sure to always check labels of packaged items to be sure nuts are not listed in the ingredients. Since other allergies may also exist, providing a list of ingredients would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for supporting this important, life-saving policy!


Volunteers Needed
If you haven’t already done so, please contact Sue Wood (swood@rockyhill.org) if you are available to lend a hand at our Jump Rope for Heart event this Friday, February 9.
Library volunteers are always welcome, as well! Please contact our Librarian/Technology Integrator, Darshell Silva (dsilva@rockyhill.org). We appreciate your time and help!


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Up for the Challenge? See it and Clip it for RHS!
Please keep the box tops coming our way. All box tops collected will be applied to our Lower School spring box tops challenge totals! 


Take a Look…

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

As educators, we have seen first hand the long standing research supporting the significant role play has on social emotional, physical and creative development. According to psychiatrist and pioneer play researcher, Stuart Brown (National Institute for Play), Play is More Than Fun…It’s Vital!
Recent related articles:
Taking Playtime Seriously
8 Ways to Help Older Kids Develop a Sense of Imagination


Mindful Moment…
Mindfulness has found a positive, peaceful, and valuable niche within our Lower School community.
During their daily literacy center time, 1st grader, Finn, used letter cubes (and developmental spelling) to create his own sentence, “We love to be minfl,” which he proudly shared with his teacher, Mrs. Lee.  Finn then propped the cubes up at his table, where he said it would remind him to take a breath, when he felt he needed one. Such a tribute to the effort teachers, and students, are putting into understanding and applying mindfulness!


With Finn’s “mantra” in mind, learn some repetitive phrases that can help children (and adults) stay calm and avoid reacting vs. responding in more stressful situations.
Mindful Mantras for Kids

Mindful Mantras for Kids


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

Admissions Visitors
Monday: 
3rd & 5th grade day visits
Tuesday: 
Nursery & 3rd grade day visits
Wednesday: Kindergarten day visit
Thursday: Pre-kindergarten day visit (twins)


 

 

 

RHEA this week!
Monday: Felt Crafts 5-8 (3:15-4:30)
Tuesday:
Baking & Crafts Grades K-5 (3:15-4:30)
Toy Hack Club Grades 3-5 (3:15-4:30)
Wednesday: Pottery Grades 1-5 (3:15-4:30)
Thursday: Full Steam Ahead Grades 2-5 (3:15-4:30)
Theatre-by-the-Bay Grades 3-5 (3:15-5:00)


Fan Club in Action!

Our 5th graders have had a fabulous time supporting our Middle and Upper School basketball teams, which has been greatly appreciated by our Mariners. All students are welcome!  Refreshments are available through our PTL Booster Club. Proceeds support our athletic and drama programs.
Here’s the home game schedule for this week:

Monday:
Middle School Girls’ Basketball 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday:
Middle School Girls’ Basketball 3:30 p.m.
& Middle School Boys’ Basketball 4:30 p.m. 

Thursday:
Middle School Girls’ Basketball 3:45 p.m. & 4:45 p.m.
Friday:
Boys’ Junior Varsity Basketball 4:00 p.m.


Wear Your Favorite Sports Team Jersey!
Monday, February 5
Whether cheering on the Patriots or the Eagles, or even another team/sport of choice, Lower School students and faculty are invited to wear their favorite sports team jersey!


Welcome to First Grade, Oscar & Oliver!
Monday, February 5

Our first graders are thrilled to welcome two new friends to their class…guinea pigs, Oscar & Oliver!  Feel free to stop by to meet them!


Global School Play Day
Wednesday, February 7
Recognizing and celebrating the value of unstructured play in child development!
http://www.globalschoolplayday.com/


Lower School Gathering
Wednesday, February 7
8:25 a.m.-8:45 a.m. | Perkins Hall Blue Room


5th Grade RHS Impact Project Luncheon with Dr. Tracy & Ms. Diane Rich
Thursday, February 8
11:30 a.m. | Campbell Conference Room
Collaborative student groups will present their research and project ideas that they feel will positively impact RHS, including a Terrapin Turtle Reserve, more field trips, an Equestrian Team, and Lower School recess opportunities at the Waterfront.


Jump Rope For Heart Logo
Jump Rope for Heart Culminating Event

Friday, February 9
9:30 a.m. K-2
10:00 a.m. Middle School demonstration
& 10:30 Grades 3-5 | Sharpe Gymnasium
Please submit donation envelopes by Wednesday, February 8, so totals can be calculated and shared with the representative from the American Heart Association at Friday’s event. Also, students should wear clothes that are good for jumping, i.e. not skirts that the rope can catch on, and so on.
Details provided by
 Sue Wood.


RHS Chinese New Year Celebration
Sponsored by Ming Shen’s
Upper School Mandarin Students
Friday, February 9
2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. | Sharpe Gymnasium


Kindergarten Swim Session II
Friday, February 9
1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m. | Absolute Fitness, East Greenwich
Contact Sue Wood for details.


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

Submission Deadline for Spring 2018 Artist-In-Residence,
ALEX AND ANI, Design Challenge
Monday, February 12
Participating students across all divisions have been given the opportunity to design and render a 2D charm that represents one of the eight Rocky Hill School student competencies (see Competencies below). The ALEX AND ANI design team will serve as design mentors and judges, and ultimately select the top three designs for each competency.
The Lower School Challenge: Design a charm inspired/influenced by the Rocky Hill School Core Competencies.The top design per competency from grades 3-5 will be chosen and 3D printed into prototypes.This is a voluntary contest open to Rocky Hill students in grades 3 – 5. There is a separate contest for Middle and Upper School students.
Design submission deadline: no later than Monday, February 12
Students may use any medium and will work on this on their own time, not in Art class. All entries must be in a finished form to be considered.
Details available from Trixie Dumas.


Sproutel Prototype Project
Monday & Tuesday, February 12 & 13
Details provided by Traci Fairchild.
With an overwhelming response to once again participate in the innovative work of  Hannah Chung, Lower School students representing grades K-5 have been assigned to Focus and/or Prototype Design Groups for the development of an interactive plush toy designed to comfort children experiencing stress. More to come!


All-School PTL Evening Meeting
Tuesday, February 13
6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. | Flynn Lecture Hall
All parents are encouraged to attend! Agenda will include PTL business; Hear from Dr. Tracy and other administrators about how Rocky Hill School is “on the move!” There will also be an opportunity for Q&A and lively discussions around all divisions. Childcare will be provided; Study space will be available for older students.


Valentine’s Day Classroom Celebrations
Wednesday, February 14
Details provided by Classroom Teachers and Class Parents


Rocky Hill School Closed
in Observance of Presidents’ Day & Head of School’s Holiday
Monday & Tuesday, February 19 & 20
No Classes for Students for Faculty Professional Development Day
Wednesday, February 21
Classes resume Thursday, February 22


Rocky Hill School Student Competencies

Rocky Hill School is committed to developing bold learners, prepared to navigate a complex and changing world.

The eight Student Competencies serve as fundamental learning goals we believe will prepare our students for success. A Rocky Hill Student is a NavigatorCritical ThinkerCitizen, and Communicator, who is InnovativeSelf-AwareEthical, 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 January 29

Header photo: Ashley Lee

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

My, How They’ve Grown!
On behalf of Sue Wood: With the usual growth spurts occurring throughout the school year, please be sure your child has properly fitting gym shoes, so they can comfortably participate in all physical activities.  Thank you for your support!


Volunteers Needed
Please contact Sue Wood (swood@rockyhill.org) if you are available to lend a hand at our Jump Rope for Heart event on Friday, February 9. Thank you for your ongoing support!


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Up for the Challenge? See it and Clip it for RHS!
All box tops collected will be applied to our Lower School spring box tops challenge totals! 


Take a Look…

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

Social science research points to the impact a self-doubting mindset can have on children and ways teachers, and parents, can foster a healthy shift in thinking…
How to Find Balance When Too Much Doubt Gets in the Way

Though this article focuses on children with ADHD, all would benefit from the recommendations and strategies it highlights…
Helping Kids With ADHD Manage Screen Time

Modeling humility for our children…
How to Hit ‘Reset’ When You’re Having a Bad Day with Your Kids


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

The following activities from 7 Fun Ways to Teach Your Kids Mindfulness,
offer parents ideas for incorporating mindfulness at home…
Breathing Buddies
Hand out a stuffed animal to each child (or another small object). If room allows, have the children lie down on the floor and place the stuffed animals on their bellies. Tell them to breathe in silence for one minute and notice how their Breathing Buddy moves up and down, and any other sensations that they notice. Tell them to imagine that the thoughts that come into their minds turn into bubbles and float away. The presence of the Breathing Buddy makes the meditation a little friendlier, and allows the kids to see how a playful activity doesn’t necessarily have to be rowdy.

The Squish & Relax Meditation
While the kids are lying down with their eyes closed, have them squish and squeeze every muscle in their bodies as tightly as they can. Tell them to squish their toes and feet, tighten the muscles in their legs all the way up to their hips, suck in their bellies, squeeze their hands into fists and raise their shoulders up to their heads. Have them hold themselves in their squished up positions for a few seconds, and then fully release and relax. This is a great, fun activity for “loosening up” the body and mind, and is a totally accessible way to get the kids to understand the art of “being present.”


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

Admissions Visitors
Monday:
5th grade day visit for 6th grade
Tuesday:
4th grade day visit for 5th grade
Wednesday:
1st grade day visit for 2nd grade & Nursery day visit for Pre-K
Thursday:
Pre-K day visit for Kindergarten
Friday:
3rd grade day visit for 3rd grade


 

 

 

RHEA this week!
Monday: Felt Crafts 5-8 (3:15-4:30)
Tuesday:
Baking & Crafts Grades K-5 (3:15-4:30)
Toy Hack Club Grades 3-5 (3:15-4:30)
Wednesday: Pottery Grades 1-5 (3:15-4:30)
Thursday: Full Steam Ahead Grades 2-5 (3:15-4:30)
Theatre-by-the-Bay Grades 3-5 (3:15-5:00)


5th Grade Girls’ Lunch Club with Traci Fairchild
Tuesday, January 30

11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. | Campbell Conference Room


ACE Biweekly Reports
Wednesday, January 31


Lower School Gathering
Wednesday, January 31
8:25 a.m.-8:45 a.m. | Perkins Hall Blue Room


5th Grade Boys’ Lunch Club with Traci Fairchild
Wednesday, January 31

11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. | Campbell Conference Room


Scripps Spelling Bee (Grades 3-8)
Wednesday, January 31
2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. | Location TBA
Details provided by respective Classroom Teachers.
Congratulations and best wishes to our Lower School finalists–3rd grade: Abby Millard and Jack Zito; 4th grade: Sabrina Chen and Jackson Davis; 5th grade: Katie O’Neil, and Choerab Tsultrim, as well as alternates Alexa Laurent (4th) and Patrick Keane (5th)!


Preschool Parent Potluck Dinner
& Kids’ Pajama/Movie Night
Wednesday, January 31
5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. | By-the-Bay Preschool
Details provided by Miss Lisa.


5th Grade Guest Speaker, Kristin Urbach ’87
Executive Director of the North Kingstown Chamber of Commerce
Thursday, February 1
Ms. Urbach will share her professional experience and help the students develop their RHS Impact Project Proposal presentations.


Kindergarten Swim Session II
Friday, February 2
1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m. | Absolute Fitness, East Greenwich
Contact Sue Wood for details.


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

Jump Rope for Heart Culminating Event
Friday, February 9
Details provided by Sue Wood.
During the weeks of January 22nd through February 9th Rocky Hill School students will have the opportunity to participate in jump rope activities (K-5) and the Jump Rope for Heart community service project. This program teaches students the importance of making healthy choices to take care of their hearts, while helping the hearts of others by voluntarily collecting donations for the research and educational programs of the American Heart Association. Donation envelopes with details have been provided, and online program information is available. Feel free to also go to www.heart.org/jump.


Submission Deadline for Spring 2018 Artist-In-Residence,
ALEX AND ANI, Design Challenge
Monday, February 12
Participating students across all divisions have been given the opportunity to design and render a 2D charm that represents one of the eight Rocky Hill School student competencies (see Competencies below). The ALEX AND ANI design team will serve as design mentors and judges, and ultimately select the top three designs for each competency.

The Lower School Challenge: Design a charm inspired/influenced by the Rocky Hill School Core Competencies.The top design per competency from grades 3-5 will be chosen and 3D printed into prototypes.This is a voluntary contest open to Rocky Hill students in grades 3 – 5. There is a separate contest for Middle and Upper School students.

Sign up deadline: no later than Tuesday, January 23
Students interested in participating should email Mrs. Dumas (tdumas@rockyhill.org).
Design submission deadline: no later than Monday, February 12
Students may use any medium and will work on this on their own time, not in Art class. All entries must be in a finished form to be considered.
Details available from Trixie Dumas.


Sproutel Prototype Project
Monday & Tuesday, February 12 & 13
Details provided by Traci Fairchild.
With an overwhelming response to once again participate in the innovative work of  Hannah Chung, Lower School students representing grades K-5 have been assigned to Focus and/or Prototype Design Groups for the development of an interactive plush toy designed to comfort children experiencing stress. More to come!


All-School PTL Evening Meeting
Tuesday, February 13
6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. | Flynn Lecture Hall
All parents are encouraged to attend! Hear from Dr. Tracy and other administrators about how Rocky Hill School is “on the move!” There will also be an opportunity for Q&A and lively discussions around all divisions. Childcare will be provided; study space will be available for older students.


Rocky Hill School Closed
in Observance of Presidents’ Day & Head of School’s Holiday
Monday & Tuesday, February 19 & 20
No Classes for Students for Faculty Professional Development Day
Wednesday, February 21
Classes resume Thursday, February 22


Rocky Hill School Student Competencies

Rocky Hill School is committed to developing bold learners, prepared to navigate a complex and changing world.

The eight Student Competencies serve as fundamental learning goals we believe will prepare our students for success. A Rocky Hill Student is a NavigatorCritical ThinkerCitizen, and Communicator, who is InnovativeSelf-AwareEthical, 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 January 22

Header photo: Charlie Laurent

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


First Semester Progress Reports
First Semester (September-January) Progress Reports have been emailed to Lower School families. Pertinent benchmark information has been embedded in the written narrative. If additional progress information or clarification is needed, please do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s teacher directly.


Jump Rope for Heart
On behalf of Sue Wood: During the weeks of January 22nd through February 9th Rocky Hill School students will have the opportunity to participate in jump rope activities (K-5) and the Jump Rope for Heart community service project. This program teaches students the importance of making healthy choices to take care of their hearts, while helping the hearts of others by voluntarily collecting donations for the research and educational programs of the American Heart Association. Donation envelopes with details, as well as online program information, will be provided. Feel free to also go to www.heart.org/jump to begin!


Alex and Ani Design Challenge (Grades 3 – 5)
Last Friday, the design team from Rhode Island-based jewelry designers/manufacturers, and our Spring 2018 Artist-In-Residence, Alex and Ani, were on campus to launch our very first design challenge. Students across all divisions will be given the opportunity to design and render a 2D charm that represents one of the eight Rocky Hill School student competencies (see Competencies below). The Alex and Ani design team will serve as design mentors and judges, and ultimately select the top three designs for each competency.

The Lower School Challenge: Design a charm inspired/influenced by the Rocky Hill School Core Competencies.The top design per competency from grades 3-5 will be chosen and 3D printed into prototypes.This is a voluntary contest open to Rocky Hill students in grades 3 – 5. There is a separate contest for Middle and Upper School students.

Sign up deadline: no later than Tuesday, January 23
Students interested in participating should email Mrs. Dumas (tdumas@rockyhill.org).
Design submission deadline: no later than Monday, February 12
Students may use any medium and will work on this on their own time, not in Art class. All entries must be in a finished form to be considered.
Details available from Trixie Dumas.


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


Take a Look…

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

The findings of recent scientific studies…
How Reading Increases Your Brain Function and Emotional Intelligence


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

Mindful awareness and communication build and maintain relationships…
How Can Mindfulness Help Us Connect to Each Other?


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

Admissions Visitors
Monday: 5th grade day visit for 6th grade


 

 

 

RHEA this week!
Monday: Felt Crafts 5-8 (3:15-4:30)
Tuesday:
Baking & Crafts Grades K-5 (3:15-4:30)
Toy Hack Club Grades 3-5 (3:15-4:30)
Wednesday: Pottery Grades 1-5 (3:15-4:30)
Thursday: Full Steam Ahead Grades 2-5 (3:15-4:30)
Theatre-by-the-Bay Grades 3-5 (3:15-5:00)


Quarterly Mindfulness Meeting with Center for Resilience
Monday, January 22


Please join us!
Lower School PTL Meeting
Learn more about the new Lower School schedule for 2018-2019!
Q & A/Listening Session
Wednesday, January 24
8:15 a.m.-9:15 a.m. | Campbell Conference Room
Additional agenda items include Director of Innovation, Meg Stowe, sharing Lower School innovation experiences; updates on calendar events; and upcoming volunteer opportunities.


Lower School Gathering
Wednesday, January 24
8:25 a.m.-8:45 a.m. | Perkins Hall Blue Room


Health & Wellness Parent Event: “Prescription for Parents”
Friday, January 26
8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. |Flynn Lecture Hall
Join this presentation by the CVS Pharmacists Teach program. The focus of the presentation will be on getting parents and caregivers talking to their children and arming them with knowledge about commonly abused drugs, and how to identify the signs of drug misuse and abuse. It will provide helpful tips and tools parents need to effectively communicate the risks of prescription drugs to their children, and prepares them to answer any difficult questions that may arise during their conversation.
Details provided by Traci Fairchild.


Kindergarten Swim Session II
Friday, January 26
1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m. | Absolute Fitness, East Greenwich
Contact Sue Wood for details.


5th Grade Students Invited to Attend
Upper School Girls’ Varsity Basketball Game
with the Middle School Girls’ Basketball Team
Friday, January 26
4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. | Sharpe Gymnasium
Details provided by Caity MacDonald.


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

Scripps Spelling Bee (Grades 3-8)
Wednesday, January 31
2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. | Location TBA
Details provided by respective Classroom Teachers.


Preschool Parent Potluck Dinner
& Kids’ Pajama/Movie Night
Wednesday, January 31
5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. | By-the-Bay Preschool
Details provided by Miss Lisa.


Jump Rope for Heart Culminating Event
Friday, February 9
Details provided by Sue Wood.


Sproutel Prototype Project
Monday & Tuesday, February 12 & 13
Details provided by Traci Fairchild.


All-School PTL “Town Hall” Evening Meeting
Tuesday, February 13
6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. | Flynn Lecture Hall


Rocky Hill School Closed
in Observance of Presidents’ Day & Head of School’s Holiday
Monday & Tuesday, February 19 & 20
No Classes for Students for Faculty Professional Development Day
Wednesday, February 21
Classes resume Thursday, February 22


Rocky Hill School Student Competencies

Rocky Hill School is committed to developing bold learners, prepared to navigate a complex and changing world.

The eight Student Competencies serve as fundamental learning goals we believe will prepare our students for success. A Rocky Hill Student is a NavigatorCritical ThinkerCitizen, and Communicator, who is InnovativeSelf-AwareEthical, 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 January 15

Header photo: Sarah Marcus

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

Extra Clothes Request
Please be sure your child has an extra set of seasonal clothing at school (including socks and underwear) if needing to change out of wet clothes. Also, given the cold temperatures, snow covered or soggy playground, wet equipment, and the fabulous puddles around campus, PLEASE be sure your child has proper outerwear on hand each day, including a hat, scarf, gloves/mittens, snow pants and boots.


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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.

The following article from the PBS News Hour reinforces the importance of having literature available to children that exposes them to realities different than their own; to celebrate differences and diversity; and to promote tolerance and acceptance from an early age. Special thanks to Laura Vares for passing the article along!
6 Books to Read with your Kids that Celebrate Differences and Diversity


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

Children and adults want to feel safe within their environment, as well as have a connection and sense of belonging in their immediate surroundings and beyond.
How Can Mindfulness Help Us Connect to the World?


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

Admissions Visitors
Tuesday: 5th grade day visit for 6th grade
Wednesday: 5th grade day visit for 6th grade
Friday: 5th grade day visit for 6th grade

 


 

 

 

RHEA this week!
Tuesday: Baking & Crafts Grades K-5 (3:15-4:30)
Toy Hack Club Grades 3-5 (3:15-4:30)
Wednesday: Pottery Grades 1-5 (3:15-4:30)
Thursday: Full Steam Ahead Grades 2-5 (3:15-4:30)
Theatre-by-the-Bay Grades 3-5 (3:15-5:00)
Art Tastings Grades 5-12 (3:30-4:45)


5th Grade Girls’ Lunch Group with Traci Fairchild
Tuesday, January 16
11:45 a.m.-12:10 p.m. | Campbell Conference Room


Lower School families are welcome, so please join us!
Upper School PTL Meeting
Q & A/Listening Session
Wednesday, January 17
8:15 a.m.-9:15 a.m. | Flynn Lecture Hall
Learn more about the new Upper School schedule
for the 2018-2019 school year.


Lower School  Gathering
Wednesday, January 17
8:25 a.m.-8:45 a.m. | Perkins Hall Blue Room


All-School Morning Meeting
Wednesday, January 17
10:10 a.m.-10:30 a.m. | Sharpe Gymnasium


5th Grade Boys’ Lunch Group with Traci Fairchild
Wednesday, January 17
11:45 a.m.-12:10 p.m. | Campbell Conference Room


First Semester Progress Reports Emailed To Families
Update: Friday, January 19


Kindergarten Swim Session II
Friday, January 19
1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m. | Absolute Fitness, East Greenwich
Contact Sue Wood for details.


Rocky Hill School Admissions Open House
Sunday, January 21
12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. | RHS Campus
Tell a friend! Current families, including those in transition years (Pre-kindergarten to Kindergarten and 5th grade to 6th grade) are also welcome to join us to learn more about our Lower School and other divisions!


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

Join us to learn more about the new
Lower School schedule for the 2018-2019 school year!
Lower School PTL Meeting
Q & A/Listening Session
Wednesday, January 24
8:15 a.m.-9:15 a.m. | Location change: Campbell Conference Room


Health & Wellness Parent Event: “Prescription for Parents”
Friday, January 26
8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. |Flynn Lecture Hall
a presentation from the CVS Pharmacists Teach program. aimed at getting parents and caregivers talking to their kids by arming them with knowledge about commonly abused drugs, and how to identify the signs of drug misuse and abuse. It will provide helpful tips and tools parents need to effectively communicate the risks of prescription drugs to their kids, and prepares them to answer any difficult questions their kids may have.


Preschool Parent Potluck Dinner
& Pizza/Pajama Night for the Preschoolers!
Wednesday, January 31
5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. | By-the-Bay Preschool
Details provided by Miss Lisa


Jump Rope for Heart 
Friday, February 9
Details provided by Sue Wood


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 January 8

Header photo: Charlie Laurent

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

Our Heartfelt Welcome to Mid-Year Enrollees!
Welcome to Luna Caldwell and Owen Newkirk, the newest members of our By-the-Bay Preschool. We are thrilled to have both of these children, and their families, part of our Lower School community!


Snow Time!
Please be sure your child has proper outerwear on hand, including a hat, scarf, gloves/mittens, snow pants and boots.


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Final opportunity to register! Winter RHEA Courses begin this week.
Click here for details and to register
Select from the following fantastic after school offerings:
Felt and Wool Crafts
Baking and Crafts

Toy Hack Club
Pottery FULL

Full STEAM Ahead

Theatre by the Bay
Art Tastings


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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.

“I can read!” Three ways to read a book…
Every Child is a Reader (Even if They Can’t Yet Read the Words)


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

Understand the distinction between brain breaks and focused-attention practices and the positive impact both have on social emotional and academic learning…
Energy and Calm: Brain Breaks and Focused-Attention Practices


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

Admissions Visitors
Thursday: 5th grade day visit for 6th grade


RHEA this week!
Monday: Felt & Wool Crafts Grades 5-8 (3:15-4:45)
Tuesday: Baking & Crafts Grades K-5 (3:15-4:30)
Toy Hack Club Grades 3-5 (3:15-4:30)
Wednesday: Pottery Grades 1-5 (3:15-4:30)
Thursday: Full Steam Ahead Grades 2-5 (3:15-4:30)
Theatre-by-the-Bay Grades 3-5 (3:15-5:00)
Art Tastings Grades 5-12 (3:30-4:45)


Lower School families are welcome, so join us!
Middle School PTL Meeting
Q & A/Listening Session
Wednesday, January 10
8:15 a.m.-9:15 a.m. | Campbell Conference Room
Learn more about the new Middle School schedule
for the 2018-2019 school year.


Lower School  Gathering
Wednesday, January 10
8:25 a.m.-8:45 a.m. | Perkins Hall Blue Room


4th & 5th Grade Mini-Presentation to Upper School
at Martin Luther King, Jr. Assembly
Wednesday, January 10
1:30 p.m. | Flynn Nautilus


5th Grade Boys’ & Girls’ Middle School Basketball Practice Preview
Wednesday, January 10
2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. | Sharpe Gymnasium
Details provided by Caity MacDonald.


4th Grade Caretakers of History PBL Reflection Presentation
Friday, January 12
8:30 a.m. | Flynn Lecture Hall


Artist-in-Residence:
Alex & Ani Design Team Presentation
with 4th & 5th Grade Art Classes
12:15 p.m. | 5th Grade Classroom


Kindergarten Swim Session II
Friday, January 12
1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m. | Absolute Fitness, East Greenwich
Contact Sue Wood for details.


Lower School First Semester Ends
Friday, January 12


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

RHS Closed in Observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Monday, January 15


First Semester Progress Reports Emailed To Families
Thursday, January 18


Lower School families are welcome, so join us!
Upper School PTL Meeting
Q & A/Listening Session
Wednesday, January 17
8:15 a.m.-9:15 a.m. | Campbell Conference Room
Learn more about the new Upper School schedule for the
2018-2019 school year.


Join us to learn more about the new
Lower School schedule for the 2018-2019 school year!
Lower School PTL Meeting
Q & A/Listening Session
Wednesday, January 24
8:15 a.m.-9:15 a.m. | Location change: Campbell Conference Room


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 January 1

Header photo: Caity MacDonald
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Wishing you all a healthy and peaceful 2018!

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

Heartfelt thanks!
To all Lower School families for your outpouring of kindness and generosity with our various holiday giving projects. 

Snow and frigid temperatures have arrived!
Please be sure your child has proper outerwear on hand, including a hat, scarf, gloves/mittens, snow pants and boots.


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Join the fun!
Registration is underway for our Winter RHEA Courses.
Classes begin the week of January 8!
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


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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.

With our focus on instructional approaches that evoke “deeper learning”, students need  the opportunity to reflect on the “how and why” of their learning, as well as making connections to the content and learning objectives…
Edutopia: The Art of Reflection

Children acquire knowledge by acting and then reflecting on their experiences…
 Why Young Kids Learn Through Movement


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

The importance of having a strong mind-body connection…
How Can Movement Support Mindfulness?


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

Welcome Back!
RHS Classes Resume
Wednesday, January 3


Lower School Reading Buddies
Wednesday, January 3
8:25 a.m.-8:45 a.m. | Preschool & Perkins Hall


Kindergarten Swim Session II
Friday, January 5
1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m. | Absolute Fitness, East Greenwich
Contact Sue Wood for details.


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

Lower School First Semester Ends
Friday, January 12


RHS Closed in Observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Monday, January 15


First Semester Progress Reports Emailed To Families
By Friday, January 19


Lower School PTL Meeting
Wednesday, January 24
8:15 a.m.-9:15 a.m. | Perkins Hall Blue Room


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 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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