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Narragansett News

September - October 2012

Principal’s Panorama

Here are some thoughts from my ‘panoramic view’ of the school.  This is such a different wonderful beginning of the year!  Last year was our first one as a K-5 school.  There were lots of changes to routines and procedures for staff and students.  This year though, the kids are settling into the routines and rigor, making new friends, and are getting deeper into the learning.  As we adults move into the fall season, fill out our calendars, make dates for meetings, and hurry and scurry, here is a reminder to us all.

Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world at once, but of stretching out
to mend the part of the world that is within  our reach.
Clarissa Pinkola Estes

This great bit of advice reminds me that we should never be too busy to tie a shoe, wipe a tear, chat with kids, and get to know one child a bit more every day.  Everything does not need to be solved at once, but if we are doing our best every day, then we are taking care of the things within our reach.  If we all take a deep collective breath, and keep the kids and their learning in front of us, then we will stretch out to meet those objectives.

New Staff at Narragansett
Tracy Burns, 3rd Grade Teacher
Kim Fadrigon, Literacy Coordinator
Jaime Tardiff, Social Worker
Nikki Combes, Ed Tech
Deidre Hamblen, Ed Tech
Mandy Spear, Ed Tech

Returning Staff at Narragansett
Maryanne Connolly, Special Education
Susan Grygiel, Ed Tech
Faith Joyal, Ed Tech

Carrie Chasse RN, BSN
Narragansett School Nurse

Parents of Allergy & Asthma Students

If you have not done so, please send in your child's Allergy or Asthma Action Care Plan, and hand carry in the necessary medication for your child labeled. A plan must be in place and updated each year.


If your child has a fever:
  • Must be fever free for 24 hours without the use of Tylenol or Motrin before returning to school
If you child is vomiting or has diarrhea:
  • Must be symptom free for 24 hours before returning to school.

Upcoming events

Hearing and Vision screening days have been scheduled at Narragansett for September 24th and 25th.

The Tooth Fairies will be visiting Narragansett School on October 1st and 2nd for those students who signed up. They consist of a Registered Dental Hygienist who provide dental cleanings, sealant placement, fluoride, and brushing instructions at school.

To all Kindergarten parents

Please send in an updated copy of your child’s Immunization Record. If you have an upcoming appointment, please call and let me know the date (222-1260).

Human Growth and Development

Dear Fourth and Fifth Grade Parents,

An informational meeting will be held in the gym at Village School on Monday, Oct. 29, from 5-7 p.m. regarding the Growth and Development classes (puberty education) offered to fourth and fifth grade students as part of the Health Curriculum in Gorham schools.  The meeting will only take about 15-20 minutes for fourth grade parents, followed by approximately another hour for fifth grade parents to give them time to view the videos used in fifth grade classes.  All of the handouts and materials used in classes will be available for you to review.  

This is the same program that has been offered for the past 15 years in Gorham (except for the updated videos) and will be offered in all fourth and fifth grade classes at Great Falls, Village and Narragansett schools.  The parent meeting will ONLY be held at Village this year.

Students are strongly encouraged to bring home their packet of handouts for you to review with them and to help with their homework (in fifth grade) in order to facilitate discussion with you.

Please contact Mrs. Chasse with any questions at 222-1260.

“The groundwork of all happiness is health.”

James Leigh Hunt (1784 – 1859)

10112_91426_2.pngEarly Release Days

Oct. 5th & 25th are Early Release Days
There will be no afternoon kindergarten.

In total, there are eight scheduled early release days for staff professional development and parent-teacher conferences.  Lunch will be served before dismissal at noon.

For Kindergarteners:
On early release days, morning Kindergarten students will have an ‘extended’ morning. Instead of leaving at 11:30 a.m., they will be dismissed at 12:00 noon with all other 1st – 5th graders. There is no lunch available for Kindergarteners, so you may wish to send it an extra healthy snack on those mornings.

Morning Kindergarten will attend the first 4 Extended Mornings on Early Release Days.
Oct. 5th
Oct. 25th
Dec. 12
Jan. 31st

Afternoon Kindergarten will attend in the morning for the last 4 Extended Mornings on Early Release Days.
March 1st
March 28th
April 11th
May 2nd

10112_91405_1.pngPartners In Education (PIE)

Partners In Education (PIE) is a group of interested parents, teachers, building leaders, and Mrs. Brann who work for the benefit of the school. New people and old friends are encouraged to attend. This group meets on the first Tuesday of each month from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. in the Staff Room.  

Each year in the spring, goals are reviewed and developed for the following year by the group. The goals for the 2012-13 school year are:

  • To provide a bridge between home and school.
  • To improve the appearance of the school.
  • To bring more enrichment and cultural diversity to the Narragansett community.
  • To provide support to Narragansett families in need.
  • To encourage parental participation in and communication about PIE and PIE activities.
  • To promote awareness of wellness and safety to the Narragansett community.
Please join us on Tuesday, October 2nd, when we will be discussing homework hints, Every Day Math online, and ways to support reading at home with Cheryl Fotter & Kim Fadrigon.

Why is Reading Important?
By Jaela Boucher

Why is reading important? It is important to read because if you couldn’t read, you couldn’t read a book. You couldn’t even read a newspaper or school paper.

What is your favorite book? Mine is
Magic Treehouse: Dolphins at Daybreak!

Thank you to those who have supplied puzzles and games for indoor recess!
Please keep those box tops coming! The money we receive from this program goes right back to our students in the way of supplies and other items.

Thank you for your help!

10112_91719_5.pngRaising the Flags at Narragansett School

By: Jordan Blakeslee, Michael Darasz, Josh Labrie, and Cassidy Rioux

At the beginning of our school year, Chuck Bellantoni came in and trained the 4th grade flag raisers from Mr. and Mrs. Small’s classes about flag etiquette.  First, we learned the proper way to hold and fold the flag.  It has to be folded in a special way with all of the stars facing up.  

We also learned that our flag has 50 stars which represent our states, and 13 stripes, which represent our original colonies. The flag is raised to half-mast whenever someone important has died.  More importantly, we learned that we must respect and handle the flag carefully.  

The flag is raised every morning at the beginning of school, and taken down each day before dismissal time.  We put up the American Flag first and then the State of Maine flag.  Our school has two sets of flags; one to use on sunny days, and another to use on rainy days.  

We enjoy having the responsibility of raising and lowering the flags each day.  We alternate this job each week between our classes.  We would like to thank Mr. Bellantoni for teaching us about our flag, as well as training us in how best to do this important job.

This year’s flag raisers are: Jordan Blakeslee, Michael Darasz, Josh Labrie, Cassidy Rioux, Julia Edwards, Griffin Loranger, Gwen Miramontes, and Delaney Seed.

How you can help at Narragansett?

“Kids’ Klubs”

Do you knit, crochet, tie knots, or have an interest in something that is kid friendly? Do you play cards, love sports, enjoy nature, make crafts, or scrapbook?  Or could you supervise an activity such as building with Legos or putting puzzles together? We are looking for a few adults who would volunteer for an after school Klub on Tuesdays.  Your group can be large or small, can be for older or younger kids, or open to all 1st thru 5th graders.  It is your choice.  

This year our first 6-week session begins on October 16th and ends on November 20th.  We need volunteers as soon as possible.  Please let us know if you can make yourself available for 6 Tuesdays to have fun with kids!  Sara Kaufman will be the Kids’ Klubs Coordinator this year.  You may call or email her at or  839-5548.  Thanks in advance for your contribution to the Narragansett community!

Narragansett Recycles!

Give us your old:
  • Cell Phones
  • Print Cartridges
  • Laptops
  • iPods
  • Video Games & Consoles
  • Digital Cameras
  • iPads & Tablets
  • eReaders
  • GPS Devices

Our school library gets the $ from recycling these items!

Please join us for
Gorham School Department's

Odyssey of the Mind TM
Awareness Night
Thursday, October 4, 2012
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Gorham Middle School Library

Parents and students are
encouraged to attend!

Learn how the Odyssey of the Mind
Creative Problem Solving program helps encourage students' teamwork, risk-taking, and divergent thinking skills.

Sign up to be on an Odyssey of the Mind team.  (Participation on teams dependent on availability of coaches)

Upcoming Events at Narragansett
10112_92051_7.pngOctober 1 - Tooth Fairies
October 2 - Tooth Fairies
10112_92620_12.jpgOctober 16 - Kids' Clubs begin
10112_92750_17.pngOctober 2 - PIE Meeting (Staff Room)
10112_92610_11.jpgOctober 25 - Early Release Day
10112_92610_11.jpgOctober 5 - Early Release Day
10112_92555_10.pngOctober 26 - Parent/Teacher Conferences
10112_92738_16.pngOctober 8 - No School
October 29 Human Growth and Development
(Village - 5:00 pm)
10112_92728_15.pngOctober 8 - Fire Safety Week
10112_92706_14.pngOctober 9 - Band Open House
(5:30pm at Great Falls)
Popcorn is for sale every
Tues. - Wed. - Thurs.
10112_92654_13.pngOctober 10 - Picture Day

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