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Letter from the Principal

August 17, 2018

 

 

Dear Narragansett Families,

 

On behalf of the Narragansett School faculty, I am delighted to welcome you to the 2018-2019 school year!  We are fully committed to "growing hearts, as well as "growing minds." As such, our staff will consistently engage students in an educational environment that fosters our core beliefs: compassion, courage, responsibility, respect and honesty.  Recognizing that YOU have been your child's primary "teacher" for many years, we welcome your partnership in the educational development of your child.

 

The 2018-2019 school calendar will continue to run on a five day color rotation in the following order: RED, ORANGE, YELLOW, GREEN and BLUE.  Your child will have a different “Special” (Art, Music, PE, Library, Guidance / Technology) each day of school, according to the color in the rotation. In a full five-day week, your child will have all five specials, one per day (i.e PE on Red, Guidance on Orange, Art on Yellow, Music on Green and Library on Blue).  Due to the rotating schedule, if your child has PE class on RED days, PE may fall on any day of the week (Mon. - Friday).

We have created a color-coded calendar for the entire year for your reference.  (Please click here.) The colored days will remain unchanged all year long, even if there is a snow day.  For example, if we have a snow day on an orange day, we will skip that day and return to the next day of school (which would be a yellow day).

 

Our staff will be focused on three broad areas of professional growth this year.

 

  1. Narragansett School will partner with families and community resources to decrease the number of students who are chronically absent (10 or more days) from school. Our goal is to have all students miss no more than two days of school per trimester, or 6 days for the year.

 

  1. Narragansett School will implement school-wide strategies to support students’ social-emotional growth, including:
    1. Self-awareness: recognizing and labeling one's feelings, and accurately assessing one's strengths and limitations
    2. Self-management: regulating emotions, delaying gratification, managing stress, motivating oneself, and setting and working toward achieving goals
    3. Social awareness: showing empathy, taking others' perspectives, and recognizing and mobilizing diverse and available supports
    4. Relationship skills: clear communication, accurate listening, cooperation, nonviolent and constructive conflict resolution, and knowing when and how to be a good team player and a leader
    5. Responsible decision making: making ethical choices based on consideration of feelings, goals, alternatives and outcomes, and planning and enacting solutions with potential obstacles anticipated

 

  1. Narragansett School will implement school-wide strategies to support students’ academic growth within a PBL (proficiency-based learning) system.

 

We recognize that students thrive when there is a three-way partnership between students, families and school personnel.  As such, we welcome your ideas for innovation, suggestions for improvement, and ongoing involvement in our school community. I am looking forward to a wonderful and exciting year!

 

Sincerely,

 

Cynthia Remick

 

September is Attendance Awareness month!