Week of October 2

Header photo: Mrs. P

October is a month filled with many exciting events and activities, and we look forward to having families join us for many, so mark your calendar.  It’s also the ideal time to be mindful of being “present” to enjoy each moment with your child.
Wishing you many “mindful moments” this week…and month!

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 Steph Cruff
Tuesday: Basketball (Grades 3-5) with Caity MacDonald

Rocky Hill School Flu Clinic* – open to all family members (3+)!
Monday, October 2
2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. | Campbell Conference Room
*Lower School students must be accompanied by a parent or parent-designated adult.
Register Online at www.schoolflu.com
If you have insurance, please bring your card.
No out-of-pocket cost for anyone; no money will be collected

Rocky Hill Mini Mariners Robotics Team Meeting
Monday, October 2 & Wednesday, October 4
3:15 p.m.-4:30 p.m. | Mr. Laurent’s Classroom/Perkins Hall

New Family Coffee
Tuesday, October 3
8:00 a.m.- 9:00 a.m. | Hopelands Living Room
RSVP to PTL Mentor Chair, Rachel Burnett.
We look forward to seeing new families and new family mentors!

4th Grade Field Trip to Wickford Cove
for Environmental Exploration
Tuesday, October 3
9:00 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. | Wickford

5th Grade Girls’ Lunch Group
with Ms. Fairchild, Director of Counseling & Wellness

Tuesday, October 3
Lower School Lunch | Outdoor picnic tables near Hopelands

Photo Retakes with Ruth Clegg
Tuesday, October 3
12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m. | RHS Campus

5th Grade Boys’ Lunch Group
with Ms. Fairchild, Director of Counseling & Wellness

Wednesday, October 4
Lower School Lunch | Outdoor picnic tables near Hopelands

3rd Grade Visit with Innovator-in-Residence, Susan Fonseca
Wednesday, October 4
2:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m. | Mrs. Gustavel’s Classroom
With Ms. Fonseca as their guest, 3rd Graders will discuss their upcoming PBL project pertaining to the United Nations’ 17 Global Goals, particularly Goal 5 focusing on gender equality.

It’s Fire Safety Week!
Preschool & Kindergarten Fire Department Visitors
Thursday, October 5
10:00 a.m. | RHS Campus

Kindergarten Swim-Session I
Friday, October 6
1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m. | Absolute Fitness, East Greenwich

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

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 daily attire themes will be finalized and announced
in our next LSWA!

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

All-School Pep Rally
Friday, October 13
Our culminating Spirit Week event leading into 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 Walk
Sunday, October 15
Many thanks for your support!

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

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

Volunteer Opportunities!
Healthy Haunted House Volunteers:
If you are available to volunteer to help set-up (throughout the day Thursday, October 26) and disassemble (late morning Friday, October 27) for our Annual Healthy Haunted House, please contact Lower School PE & Health teacher, Sue Wood. 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.

Have you registered for Grandfriends’ Day?
Click here to register on-line

Box Tops For Education: See it & Clip it!
Our Lower School is once again collecting Box Tops to raise money for Rocky Hill School. Students in each grade will maintain a running total of their collection. More details to come! Thank you for supporting this fundraising effort. Click here to learn more.

Take a Look…

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

Creating and maintaining a healthy balance of parental involvement has lasting benefits. Take a look…
What are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Parent Involvement?
Based on a report from Southwest Educational Development Laboratory
Abandon Parenting, and Just Be a Parent
A interview with Alison Gopnik, professor of psychology and affiliate professor of philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley

Stepping Back from Overparenting: A Standford Dean’s Perspective
A podcast by Julie Lythcott-Haims, Dean of Freshman at Stanford University
The Homework Dilemma: How Much Should Parents Get Involved
An article from Education World

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

How can you bring the benefits of mindfulness into your home?  Begin with self-care and being present in the moment!
The 5 Main Tenets of Mindful Parenting
8 Ways to Teach Mindfulness to Kids

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Our Graduates are Bold Learners,
Prepared to Navigate a Complex and Changing World.
A Rocky Hill Student is a
Critical Thinker,
and Communicator,
who is
and Globally-Minded.

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