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Narragansett News

January 2013

Principal’s Panorama

Dear Narragansett Families,

“Not the glittering weapon fights the fight, but rather the hero's heart.” - Unknown

We want kids to have real heroes. These are not the televised, only-person-left- standing kind, but real people who are known for their good deeds, good decisions, or good creations. Everybody is capable of being a hero.  

Here are two definitions from
1.  a person of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities.
2.  a person who, in the opinion of others, has heroic qualities or has performed a heroic act and is regarded as a model or ideal...

There has been a lot of talk recently about a fallen cycling hero, and about baseball stars who didn't make it into the Hall of Fame. These stories are great opportunities to dialogue with your child about heroes who are subject to human frailties. Christopher Reeve said, "What makes Superman a hero is not that he has power, but that he has the wisdom and the maturity to use the power wisely." Real heroes have integrity and courage and compassion.  These are the heroes we want our kids to know and revere. Some are in the history books. Others are right here in our communities. Each has risen to some occasion to help when it was needed.  

To that end, we are 'collecting' local, national, and global heroes and will be placing them front and center on the bulletin board in the lobby. Do you have a hero we can share with the kids? We'd love to hear about any of your heroes, too!

Mrs. Brann

Save the Dates!
Jan. 21 - No School, Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Jan. 31 - Early Release
Feb. 1 - No School, Inservice Day
Feb. 18 - Winter Vacation
Feb. 25 - Return to School

121712_91324_0.png Narragansett PIE

The focus of the January meeting was to prepare for the upcoming Winter Picnic and Bingo Night on the 17th. We organized BoxTops tubs for the classrooms. For the February 5th meeting, from 6-7:30, our guests will be the Superintendent and School Committee members.  Hear an update on the district and bring questions you may have for them.  All welcome!

We want your
Techno Trash!
The Narragansett Library would like to buy a display rack for the children's magazines we get each month. You can help us by sending in any digital items you no longer use. Some examples of these items are inkjet cartridges, DVD's you no longer watch (in their original case), Ipods, old digital cameras, video games/consoles, laptops, GPS's and eReaders. Thanks in advance for your help with this project!

Attention Kindergarten Parents!
Upcoming Early Release Days:

The morning kindergarten class will have one more extended morning on Thursday, January 31st . Dismissal will be at 12 noon.

The morning kindergarten class will not have school on March 1st, March 28th, April 11th, or May 2nd.

Afternoon kindergarteners will attend school in the morning, 9 a.m. to 12 noon, on March 1st, March 28th, April 11th, and May 2nd.

12213_23101_4.jpgBox Tops for Education Update

We have reached the half-way mark for our $1000 goal by just collecting those 10 cent Box Tops over the last six months!  But the national Box Tops deadline is near and we want to reach our goal of funding our new science lab as quickly as possible. PIE has organized a friendly competition for all the classrooms to see which classroom can collect the most Box Tops by February 15th. The winning class will win an interactive science experience of designing and launching their own paper rockets (when the snow clears). So start clipping and turn in those Box Tops you have been accumulating in a drawer for your child to bring to his or her own class!  We just need $500 more to reach our goal!

12213_22820_2.jpgFloor Hockey is coming soon for students in grades 3-5!

Registration opens Feb. 1st and closes Feb. 5th.

Registration must be done online or at Rec. Office by Feb. 5th. There will be no registration at the schools!

This is a 5-week program at Village School.
Dates:  Feb. 25,26,27. March 4,6,7,11,13,14,18,20,21,25,27, Apr. 1.     
Cost: $35 per student

Snow day make up and teachers vs. champ team: April 1st, 3rd, 4th.

Student play one day a week and play 2 games on that day from 3:30 - 5:30.

Participants from Narragansett School can ride bus 1 to Village School. Parents must pick up students by 5:00!

Teams will be posted at school the week of Feb. 11-15. Participants must check floor hockey bulletin boards at school for schedule and team placement. No phone calls are made home!

For more information, please call Mr. Speed at Village School at 222-1349 or email him at

12213_23035_3.pngLost and Found  

Our lost and found is alive and thriving - please have your child check for missing items in the back vestibule of the gym.

Remember to put your child's name on the label of hats, mittens, jackets, boots and yes, even lunchboxes!

12213_23456_6.pngFrom the School Nurse

It's that time of year again when we all have to be aware of the possibility of head lice.
Head lice outbreaks can occur in any environment where there are many children.  Control of outbreaks depends on education and communication between school personnel and parents.  For this reason we are asking parents to check the heads of their children at least once a week.  The most common symptom is excessive itching/scratching of the scalp.  When you inspect the hair, you may not see any live lice, but if lice ARE present, you will see nits (eggs), which look like tiny whitish-grayish flakes that are firmly attached to the hair shafts near the scalp.  They look like typical dandruff, except that they do not shake off.  They are commonly clustered at the nape of the neck, behind the ears, and on the crown of the head.  Live lice are very small and grayish.  They crawl but do NOT jump or fly from person to person.  

Should you suspect or discover that your child has lice, please call your physician for recommended treatment and notify the school nurse.  She can advise you about further measures you can take to prevent reinfestation.    Please review the school's guidelines for head lice in the student handbook under “Communicable Diseases”.  

With cooperation and open communication, hopefully we can prevent a widespread problem in our schools.  

Thank you.
Carrie Chasse RN, BSN
Narragansett School Nurse

12213_23654_9.pngUse of Cough Drops in School12213_23654_9.png

In accordance with the medication policy and due to concerns of choking, allergic reactions and overuse, we are sending this reminder that medicated cough drops (those with any additives such as menthol, vitamins, cough suppressants, etc.) are regarded as medications and therefore require written permission from BOTH the student's physician and parent/guardian. As with any other medication, these medicated cough drops should be delivered to school by an adult, leaving just enough for one week with the school nurse. If your child still needs them after one week, please consult your child's physician.

Non-medicated cough drops such as plain Luden throat drops or Halls Breezers may be used in school with written permission from a parent or guardian. ANY cough drops should be used no more than once every two hours. Sipping water all day is just as effective, with the added bonus of increased hydration and quicker recovery. Feel free to send your child to school with their own water bottle!

Our goal is to ensure the safety and well- being of all students, and we appreciate your cooperation in following these guidelines.

12213_23815_11.pngWinter Recess

Please send your children to school prepared to go outside with warm outerwear: coats, hats, mittens/gloves, snow pants and boots. We send the students out every day when it's above 10 degrees! It's good exercise, and the fresh air helps keep illnesses at bay.

Students from Mrs. McKeen's and Mrs. Wright's class listen to a presentation by a rep from the Animal Refuge League. Both classes collected donations for the animals.

12213_24216_13.pngLooking through Scopes
by Annabella

On January 11th, Mrs. Small's class looked at slides through microscopes.  We observed a frog brain, fruitfly, tick, snake blood, cork, algae from Sadie's aquarium, and a bird feather.  They looked really cool.  We enjoyed seeing objects magnified under a microscope because we saw so much more than with our eyes.  

12213_24257_14.pngWinter Picnic and Bingo Night

By Kiara and Hannah
At the Winter Picnic and Bingo, there were 140 people. The callers were from the north and their names were Peewee, Chummy, and Sharky. (AKA: Mr. Penley, Mrs. Chasse, and Mr. Fortier!) If you got “Bingo”, you would win a special prize, but if you didn't win you could still get a mini prize. We all brought a bring a picnic meal, but there were also cookies and hot cocoa.  All the kids had a blast!

Maine Novels
By Sadie
Mrs. Small's class is reading Maine novels for our Maine Unit in social studies. We are reading three different novels, Sign of the Beaver, Lost on a Mountain in Maine, and Sarah Plain and Tall.
Lost on a Mountain in Maine is about Donn Fendler, a 12 year old boy, who hikes Mount Katahdin and leaves his family behind. Therefore, he gets lost and he is all alone. He sees some animals, hears some strange noises, and has a scary adventure all alone in the wilderness for nine days! A true story!
Sarah Plain and Tall is about a family who needs a mother. The father puts an ad in the newspaper saying, “Mother and wife needed!” So Sarah, a woman from Maine, replies and goes to Kansas to meet this family! Will the kids, Anna and Caleb, have a new mom and their dad have a new wife? Read to find out!
The Sign of the Beaver is about a boy who is 13 named Matthew Hallowell and his father who leaves him alone in their cabin. While Matt's father is gone he meets a Penobscot Indian Chief named Saknis, who cures his bee stings. As a gift for helping him, Matt teaches Saknis's grandson Attean to read English. Attean and Matt have many fun adventures. Read the book to find out more!
These books all have wonderful adventures through the main characters! They are awesome and very exciting! All these stories are about people from Maine who show how strong they are, both mentally and physically when they find themselves in new situations. Thanks for reading!

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