Ashton Announcements


June 21, 2017

 

Please find information regarding the "Girls on the Run" afterschool program available to all of our girls at the elementary level.  Cumberland's site for the program is B.F Norton Schools, but it is open to all the girls in the district. 

http://mailchi.mp/girlsontherun/fall-2017-program-registration-price-increase-on-0617?e=cb5690f6fc

Price Increase on 06/17!

REGISTER NOW 

The Fall 2017 Season begins the week of 09/11.
Check out our Fall 2017 Sites!

In a continuing effort to promote timely registration, GOTRRI offers three registration periods with tiered pricing.*

Early Registration:  05/22-06/16…... $170 full program fee
Open Registration: 06/17-09/10……... $175 full program fee
Late Registration: 09/11-09/26……….. $180 full program fee

*Reduced rates are available for families in need of financial assistance. Options are detailed here.

Questions? Contact Program Staff:
Grace Savage, Program Manager (401) 206.4490grace [dot] savage [at] girlsontherun [dot] org
Stephanie Moore, Program Coordinator (401) 287.4173stephanie [dot] moore [at] girlsontherun [dot] org

 


June 19, 2017

 

Dear Parents,

 

Happy Summer and thank you for an amazing 2016-17 school year.  

 

If you took any pictures during field day, please send them to Kerry Teixeira to use for next year’s yearbook.   Kerry’s email is; stpatsdaybaby [at] icloud [dot] com

 

Here is the information you need to have for this summer:

 

Summer Work- we encourage students to do summer work to prevent summer regression.  Regardless of students socio-economic status or academic achievement levels, students lose approximately 2.6 months of grade level knowledge/skills over the summer.  Here is what recommend students do to help prevent summer regression:

Summer Reading Program - please see the summer program information that Cumberland Schools have developed, along with the Cumberland Public Library to prevent student regression in reading over the summer.  Students are asked to join the Cumberland Public Library “Summer Reading Program” to earn points and trade them for trinkets at the library and “no homework” passes that students can utilize upon returning to school in August.

Summer Reading Program

Cumberland Public Library Calendar of Events

Summer Math Programs- Ashton students are invited to use their Zearn accounts to continue practicing their math skills over the summer. The website to access your child’s account is https://www.zearn.org.  Students in

grades 1-5 are familiar with their login information and procedures.  A letter was sent home via the red folder for each child with the login information as well. K students can create their own accounts by using the following link; https://www.zearn.org/users/sign_up

In addition, we recommend students participate in the “Summer Math Challenge.”  This is a new six week program that aligns directly to the grade level standards for students in grades 1-8.  The program starts on Monday, June 19th and ends on July 28th.  Upon completion  of the program, students can print a certificate to bring to the school to be rewarded with extra recess and a coupon for an items from our school store.  To enroll your child in this program, please go to: quantiles.com/summer-math

 

 

2017-2018 School Calendar Revised- Please find attached the revised 2017-2018 School Calendar- 2017-18 District Calendar- revised II

The only change is the start of school for preschool and kindergarten students. Student placement days have been rescheduled.

August 29 & 30, 2017 -  Preschool and Kindergarten Student Placement Days (Scheduled Times)  

August 30, 2017- First Day of School for Students in Elementary (grades 1-5), Middle School (6-8) and Grade 9

August 31, 2017-  First Day of School for Students in Preschool, Kindergarten and Grades 10, 11, 12

 

Back To School Celebration to meet teacher and classmates for grades 1-5- Wednesday, August 29th at 1:30 to 2:30pm

 

 

Supply Lists for 2017-18 school year:

K supply list 2017-18

Grade 1 supply list 2017-18

Grade 2 supply list 2017-18

Grade 3 supply list 2017-18

Grade 4 supply list 2017-18

Grade 5 supply list 2017-18

 

ASPEN

Report cards are now available via the Aspen Family portal. If anyone has a problem with their account, please contact the Aspen Help Desk at aspenhelp [at] cumberlandschools [dot] org.  

 

Sincerely,

Nidia Karbonik

Principal

 


Ashton School News- End of Year School Update

June 13, 2017

“Thought These Doors Pass the Greatest Children, Staff and Families in the World”

Silhouette Kids Holding Hands Free Stock Photo - Public Domain ...

Thank You Ashton Families,

This is the last week of school and a busy time of the year for all of us. However, I don’t want this year to end without having the opportunity to thank our families for their support and for allowing us to teach their children.  Our students have made great gains this year, both socially and academically and it is very rewarding for us to see their growth and enjoy their success in school.  I hope you are just as proud! We are very fortunate to have such an amazing group of students and supportive families.  Thank you to our PTO Board members and volunteers for their dedication to our school. We had many fun and valuable activities this year, which could not have been possible without the help of our PTO Board Members, faculty and parent volunteers.

On Behalf of the Faculty at Ashton School -“Thank you Ashton families for another successful year!”

 

Field day is tomorrow- This is a friendly reminder to dress children appropriately for field day.  There are water games, so students will need to wear a bathing suit under their regular clothes.  Please apply sunblock and pack a cold water bottle, a towel and a change of clothes, just in case.  Sneakers are recommended.  No flip flops, please.  We will not have a cook-out this year, so students may bring their own lunch or order lunch from the “regular” school menu.  Parents need to be pre-registered as volunteers with the school and have their BCI check done in order to attend the event.  

 

Yearbooks for Sale- pre-ordered yearbooks were distributed yesterday and today.  We have a limited number of yearbooks available for anyone interested in buying a yearbook.  Students may still purchase a yearbook starting tomorrow during homeroom and the price is $18.00.  

 

Cumberland Schools “Computer Science Boot Camp” for grades K-12.  Space is limited.  Please open the link for details; Computer Science Boot Camp Flyer

 

Summer Work- we encourage students to do summer work to prevent summer regression.  Regardless of students’ socio-economic status or academic achievement levels, students lose approximately 2.6 months of grade level knowledge/skills over the summer.  Here is what recommend students do to help prevent summer regression:

Summer Reading Program - please see the summer program information that Cumberland Schools have developed, along with the Cumberland Public Library to prevent student regression in reading over the summer.  Students are asked to join the Cumberland Public Library “Summer Reading Program” to earn points and trade them for trinkets at the library and “no homework” passes that students can utilize upon returning to school in August.

Summer Reading Program

Cumberland Public Library Calendar of Events

Summer Math Programs- Ashton students are invited to use their Zearn accounts to continue practicing their math skills over the summer. The website to access your child’s account is https://www.zearn.org.  Students in grades 1-5 are familiar with their login information and procedures.  A letter was sent home via the red folder for each child with the login information as well. New incoming or current K students can create their own accounts by using the following link; https://www.zearn.org/users/sign_up

 

In addition, we recommend students participate in the “Summer Math Challenge.”  This is a new six week program that aligns directly to the grade level standards for students in grades 1-8.  The program starts on Monday, June 19th and ends on July 28th.  Upon completion  of the program, students can print a certificate to bring to school in August to be rewarded with extra recess and a coupon for a free item from our school store.  To enroll your child in this program, please go to: quantiles.com/summer-math

 

ASPEN- Report cards will be available to parents on Monday, June 19th via Aspen.  Printed copies may only be provided upon request. Please send a note or email Mrs. Egan if you need a printed copy.  Mrs. Egan’s email is karen [dot] egan [at] cumberlandschools [dot] org

If anyone has a problem with their account, please contact the Aspen Help Desk at aspenhelp [at] cumberlandschools [dot] org.  

 

2017-2018 School Calendar Revised- Please find attached the revised 2017-2018 School Calendar- 2017-18 District Calendar- revised II

The only change is the start of school for preschool and kindergarten students. Student placement days have been rescheduled.

August 29 & 30, 2017 -  Preschool and Kindergarten Student Placement Days (Scheduled Times)  

August 30, 2017- First Day of School for Students in Elementary (grades 1-5), Middle School (6-8) and Grade 9

August 31, 2017-  First Day of School for Students in Preschool, Kindergarten and Grades 10, 11, 12

 

 

Supply Lists for 2017-18 school year:

K supply list 2017-18

Grade 1 list- coming soon!

Grade 2 supply list 2017-18

Grade 3 supply list 2017-18

Grade 4 supply list 2017-18

Grade 5 supply list 2017-18

 

 

PREVIOUS ANNOUNCEMENTS

Spring Pictures sent home - If you are not interested in keeping your child’s Spring picture, please return the envelope with pictures to school to be recycled by the company. Otherwise, please send payment for the pictures you wish to keep.

 

 

OTHER IMPORTANT DATES

 

Fifth grade Graduation Ceremony- Friday, June 16th at 1:30.  Families are welcome.

The last day of school is Monday, June 19th for all grades.

 

Have a fun and safe summer,

Nidia Karbonik

 


June 12, 2017

Due to the extreme heat, students will be staying in for recess today and tomorrow.  Our classrooms are also warm, so please send students with a cold water bottle to school this week. 

Ashton's  Field Day is Wednesday, June 14th.  We will be offering the "regular" lunch menu on field day and not a cook out.  Please refer to the calendar for lunch choices.  This year field day falls on an early release day.  Therefore, we have scheduled the ice cream truck to visit our school on Thursday, June 15th at the end of the day, instead of during field day.   The list of ice cream choices was emailed to parents last week with the ingredients.  Please let our school nurse if you have any concerns or questions about your child getting ice cream or if you need to see the ingredients.  There will be water games for field day, along with other games.   We ask that parents apply sun block on children in the morning prior to coming to school on field day and have students bring a change of clothes, a towel, a hat and a water bottle.  Full body bathing suits are required for girls.  Flip flops are not allowed, water shoes or sneakers are recommended.  

Report Cards- will be available on Aspen to parents on the last day of school, Monday, June 19th. If anyone has a problem with their account, please contact the Aspen Help Desk at aspenhelp [at] cumberlandschools [dot] org.  

Message from our school nurse;

Dear Parents:

As the end of the school year approaches, I would like to remind you that medication orders need to be renewed at the beginning of each school year.

Enclosed are the forms for the upcoming school year.  Over the summer please have your doctor complete the forms so that I can have things in place for your child for the first day of school.  This form also requires a parent signature as well.  If you mail the forms prior to the start of school, please be sure to write my name on the front of the sending envelope.

 

May I also remind you to stop by my office to pick up any medication left at the end of the year.  All Epipens and inhalers will go home in your child’s backpack on the last day of school .  If you do not want me to send it home with your child please let me know. 401-305-3019.

 

Enjoy a happy, healthy summer!

Sincerely,

Christie Cipriano R.N. CSNT

School Nurse Teacher

 


June 6, 2017

Dear Parents,

On Thursday June 15th at 2:00 pm, Palagi’s ice cream truck will be at Ashton to provide a free ice cream to our students, as an end of the year treat. There are only limited choices for students. I am enclosing all nutritional information for each item. I ask that you carefully review it and if there is anything that you do not want your child to have please contact me. Call me at 305-3019 or send in a note.

 

The choices are:

1. Hood Ice Cream Sandwichhttps://hood.com/products/ice-cream-sandwich/

ICE CREAM CONTAINS: MILKFAT AND NONFAT MILK, SUGAR, CORN SYRUP, BUTTERMILK, WHEY, MONO AND DIGLYCERIDES, GUAR GUM, CAROB BEAN GUM, POLYSORBATE 80, CARRAGEENAN, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS AND ANNATTO (FOR COLOR).

WAFERS CONTAIN: BLEACHED WHEAT FLOUR, SUGAR, CARAMEL COLOR, DEXTROSE, PALM OIL, CORN FLOUR, CONTAINS 2% OR LESS OF CORN SYRUP, BAKING SODA, MODIFIED CORN STARCH, SALT, MONO & DIGLYCERIDES, SOY LECITHIN, COCOA. CONTAINS GLUTEN, CONTAINS: MILK, WHEAT, SOY

 

2. Popsicle Lick a Color -

http://www.foodfacts.com/ci/nutritionfacts/ice-cream-and-ice-cream-products/popsicle-on-the-go-lick-a-color-sour-pop-4oz/89639

Water, Sugar Liquid ( Sugar, Water ), Corn Syrup High Fructose, Pears Juice From Concentrate, Lemons Juice from Concentrate, Malic Acid, Citric Acid, Gelatin, Guar Gum, Flavoring Artificial and Natural, Locust Bean Gum, Yellow 5, Ascorbic Acid, Red 40, Blue 1, Ice Structuring Protein

 

3. Frozen Lemonade various Flavors-

This isformation was provided by the representative for Palagi’s Ice cream.  Respectfully,

Christie Cipriano RN

Ashton Nurse, 305-3019

 


Ashton School News- Update

June 2, 2017

 

Family Day Out- June 4th, is our first Ashton Family Picnic event.  Please join us this Sunday, June 4th at 11:00am to 2:00pm for some family games, basket raffles and outdoor dining.  Families may bring their own food or can purchase food from the various food trucks available. See flyer for details- Family Picnic flyer

Our incoming K students are welcome to attend!

 

Celebration of Learning- parents are invited to visit the school on Tuesday, June 6th between 5:30pm and 7:00pm.  Student work from grades K-5 will be showcased throughout the school for parents to appreciate.  Mr. Alberg will have some students perform their own music creations at 6:00pm in the gym, to showcase their learning in music class.  Teachers are not expected to be in attendance for this event, so that parents can enjoy a nice gallery walk with their children. We hope you come to see the amazing work our students created during the school year.

A big “thank you” to Ms. Giarrusso, our Art Teacher, for planning this event and to all of our classroom teachers for showcasing our student work.

 

Summer Program Information- please see the summer program information that Cumberland Schools have developed, along with the Cumberland Public Library, to prevent student regression over the summer.  Students are asked to join the Cumberland Public Library summer Reading program to earn points and trade them for trinkets at the library and “No Homework” passes that students can utilize upon returning to school at the end of August.

Summer Reading Program

Cumberland Public Library Calendar of Events

 

C-SEAC Meeting- on Monday, June 5th at 6:00pm.  Please open the agenda link for details; Agenda

 

2017-2018 School Calendar Revised- Please find attached the revised 2017-2018 School Calendar- 2017-18 District Calendar- revised II

The only change is the start of school for preschool and kindergarten students. Student placement days have been rescheduled.

August 29 & 30, 2017 -  Preschool and Kindergarten Student Placement Days (Scheduled Times)  

August 30, 2017- First Day of School for Students in Elementary (1-5), Middle School (6-8) and Grade 9

August 31, 2017-  First Day of School for Students in Preschool, Kindergarten and Grades 10, 11, 12

 

Ashton Field Day - We will be sending information home this coming week regarding field day.  There are a few changes for this year’s field day that I would like to make you aware of.  Field day falls on an early release day.  Therefore, we have scheduled the ice cream truck to visit our school on Thursday, June 15th at the end of the day, instead of during field day.  We will also be offering the regular lunch menu this year, instead of a cook out.  Students that pay for lunch or have a reduced price will still need to pay for lunch on field day. Our PTO will provide a free pizza lunch to our parent volunteers. However, parents are welcome to pay if they wish order the regular school lunch provided by Sodexo.  

 

PBIS Assembly- “The Earth Dome”

Today, students were treated to a special PBIS assembly, sponsored by our PTO.  The Earth Dome is a gigantic inflatable earth balloon. Each grade level enjoyed a presentation both outside and inside the balloon.  Students learned about the earth and  how it appears from space. Pictures from Earth Dome Assembly

Please ask your children about the earth dome. Thank you to our PTO for financially supporting this amazing event!   

 

ASPEN- It's getting close to the end of the school year, so once again I'm asking that parents please check their  Aspen Family Portal account to make sure it's working.  The Family Portal Account is how parents can access the report card for students.  Please make a copy of the report card when you are able to access it because you may not have access to the account throughout the summer.  

If anyone has a problem with their account, please contact the Aspen Help Desk at aspenhelp [at] cumberlandschools [dot] org.  

 

Last Budget Meeting - The last Town Council budget meeting  to approve the district’s budget will be this coming week.  Parents and Teachers are asked to attend and show your support for the district;  Wednesday, June 7, 2017 – 7:30pm- Final Vote             Meeting location: Cumberland Town Hall Everett “Moe” Bonner, Jr. Council Chambers 45 Broad Street, Cumberland, RI

 

Spring Pictures sent home - If you are not interested in keeping your child’s Spring picture, please return the envelope with pictures to school to be recycled by the company. Otherwise, please send payment for the pictures you wish to keep.

 

Recess- please send children dressed appropriate to play outdoors for recess.  Children need sunblock and a water bottle to stay hydrated during the day.  Flip flaps  are not recommended for school. Here is the district policy regarding the dress code for students-  District Student Dress Code Policy

New Incoming Kindergarten Students Playdate- On June 7th at 4:30 to 5:30pm in our school cafeteria and playground.  New families with incoming K students are invited to come to the school, meet the K teachers and Ashton staff, see the classrooms and have students enjoy a fun playdate.  We are looking forward to meeting our new families. 

 

OTHER IMPORTANT DATES

Field day- rescheduled for June 14th, rain date- June 15th

Fifth grade Graduation Ceremony- Friday, June 16th at 1:30.  Families are welcome to attend.

The last day of school is Monday, June 19th for all grades.

 

Have a good weekend. Nidia Karbonik

 


Ashton School News- Update

May 26, 2017

 

There is no school on Monday, May 29th- Memorial day

Ashton Field Day volunteer form- Due back to school on June 2nd.  

Official Volunteer Form

Parents need a BCI check prior to volunteering at any school event, including field day.  Parents will only be able to attend field day if they volunteer in any capacity.  

BCI check form: https://docs.google.com/a/cumberlandschools.org/document/d/1wxpq-7L_PP9FRpB8j4iDYap7fQhsEZoiLggHbYjPA6I/edit?usp=sharing

 

Veggie Contest winners;

K= Matt Gomes

1= Reyansh Vaishnav

2= Sarah Sibin

3= Sudeepa Nayak

4=Sam O'Connell

5= Grace Garrigan (absent)

Thank you to Mrs. Cipriano for getting our students to try some veggies during lunch and promoting healthy eating.

Pics of winners and event

Ashton Family Picnicwe are having a Family Picnic for all of our families on Sunday, June 4th.  All grades are invited, including our new incoming K students that are already registered. Here is the flyer with detail information about this fun Family Picnic Flyer

ASPEN- It's getting close to the end of the school year, so once again I'm asking that parents please check their  Aspen Family Portal account to make sure it's working.  The Family Portal Account is how parents can access the report card for students.  Please make a copy of the report card when you are able to access it because you may not have access to the account throughout the summer.  

If anyone has a problem with their account, please contact the Aspen Help Desk at aspenhelp [at] cumberlandschools [dot] org.  

Creative Dance- Thank you to all of our parents that came to see our students’ dance performances and for supporting the P.E. Department. A big Thanks to Mr. Lennon and Mrs. Hogan for a job well done!

Afterschool Programs- will be ending next week, with the exception of Lego’s. Lego’s will go until Monday, June 5th to make up for Memorial day.

Budget Meetings - The town will be hosting a number of Town Council budget meetings to approve the district’s budget.  The  School Committee and the district are looking for parent support at the following meetings:

    1.   Wednesday, May 31, 2017 – 6:30pm- Second Public Hearing & First Vote

    Meeting Location: Joseph L. McCourt Middle School, 45 Highland Avenue,Cumberland, RI

    2.    Wednesday, June 7, 2017 – 7:30pm- Final Vote,  Meeting location: Cumberland Town Hall Everett “Moe” Bonner, Jr. Council

           Chambers 45 Broad Street, Cumberland, RI

 

Fifth Grade students only- Middle School Dances-

North Cumberland Middle School Dance, June 2nd at NCMS at 6:00-8:00pm

McCourt Middle School Dance- June 16th at McCourt Middle from 6:00 to 8:00pm

Permission slips were sent home today. Tickets required.

- 5th grade students who have not purchased a yearbook yet need to see Mrs. Karbonik ASAP.   

 

Spring Pictures sent home- - If you are not interested in keeping your child’s picture, please return the envelope with pictures to school to be recycled by the company.

OTHER IMPORTANT DATES

Celebration of Learning-Tuesday, June 6th from 5:30 to 7:00pm

Family Day Out- June 4th, rain date, June 11th.

Field day-  June 14th, rain date- June 15th

Fifth grade Graduation Ceremony- Friday, June 16th at 1:30.  Families are welcome to attend.

 

Have a great long Weekend, Nidia Karbonik


May 24, 2017

 

It's Ashton Night at Papa Gino's!

Plan to go out for pizza or order takeout from Papa Gino's at the Lincoln Mall between 4-9pm this evening!  

20% of all sales will go to the Ashton School PTO to fund events like field day, field trips and other student activities and needs!  Don't forget to give the flyer to family and friends!

Download and print the fundraiser flyer here: https://docs.google.com/…/1sfNNLMXtFtuHFRGNE5yxy3MkAI0…/edit.

 

Thanks, Ashton PTO

 


May 23, 2017

 

Message from the Director of Squared School Academy of Mathematics, regarding a Math Challenge opportunity for all students in grades 1-5. 

Dear Parents, 

I am excited to announce the Squared School Spring Math Competition!

Sunday, June 4, 10am-12pm at Squared School

- We are located on the beautiful East Side of Providence, at 425 Angell Street, Providence, RI 02906

- Kids in grades 1 through 10 are welcome (1st graders: good reading skills and mastery of four arithmetic operations recommended)

- Open to ALL, not only our students

- World class math challenge for the young minds, with creative problems and puzzles adapted from major US and International math Olympiads

- Kids develop logic and reasoning skills, and unlock their creativity and imagination

- Medals and prizes for winners

- Grand Prix: Beats Headphones! 

- Participation pins for all

Register on premises, first come, first served, space permitting.  Space may be limited

- Entry fee: $30 per participant

 

This is a unique event in RI, and one of only three events we hold every year (Fall, Winter and Spring competitions).  All our past events have been incredibly successful with kids having tons of fun! These contests not only help kids develop strong analytical skills, but also provide excellent training for such national math competitions as Math Kangaroo, Mathcounts, MOEM, and AMC.

 

We hope to see you at our Spring Math Competition!  

 

Best,

Vitaly

 

Vitaly Sorkin

Director
Squared School Academy of Mathematics
425 Angell Street
Providence, RI 02906
401-339-6725
www.squaredschool.com

https://www.facebook.com/squaredschool 


Ashton School News- Update

May 19, 2017

Box Tops -is an important and easy fundraiser for Ashton School.  All you have to do is clip off from the products you already buy!  This is our last collection for the school year and will be due on June 2nd.  The classroom with the highest collection will receive an extra recess on the last week of school.  And remember, keep collecting all summer!!  Forms to return the box Tops were sent home with our students, but here is the  link in case it you missed it: Box tops Form

We recently found out that RI State House just passed a measure that will put restrictions on schools participating on Box Tops.  As you know, All of the money we make from the box tops is used to buy technology for the school or materials students need.  We don’t want to lose the opportunity to earn funds for the school from Box tops.  Please contact your State Senator and let them know how important Box Tops is to our school and ask them to oppose Bill H5580 and Bill S304. The State Representative for ur school is Ryan Pearson and he can be reached at (401)276-5568

Thanks for your support. Ashton PTO/Box Tops Committee

Ashton Family Picnic- we are having a Family Picnic for all of our families on Sunday, June 4th.  All grades are invited, including our new incoming K students that are already registered. Here is the flyer with detail information about this fun Family Picnic Flyer

ASPEN-It's getting close to the end of the school year, so once again I'm asking that parents please check their  Aspen Family Portal account to make sure it's working.  The Family Portal Account is how parents can access the report card for students.  Please make a copy of the report card when you are able to access it because you may not have access to the account throughout the summer.  

If anyone has a problem with their account, please contact the Aspen Help Desk at aspenhelp [at] cumberlandschools [dot] org.  

Book fair- The last book fair of the year is Tuesday, May 23rd. Students can preview the books on Monday to create a wish list. The book fair is buy one, get one free.  Bookfair flyer

Papa Gino’s- Please help support the school by going to Papa Gino’s on Wednesday 24th to eat between the hours of 4:00pm to9:00pm.  Ashton School will receive 20% of what you spend when you present this flyer: Certificate for Fundraiser

Budget Meetings - The town will be hosting a number of Town Council budget meetings to approve the district’s budget.  The School Committee and the district are looking for parent support at the following meetings:

  1.   Wednesday, May 31, 2017 – 6:30pm- Second Public Hearing & First Vote,  Meeting Location: Joseph L. McCourt Middle School, 45 Highland Avenue, Cumberland, RI

 2.    Wednesday, June 7, 2017 – 7:30pm- Final Vote, Meeting location: Cumberland Town Hall Everett “Moe” Bonner, Jr. Council Chambers,  45 Broad Street, Cumberland, RI

 

Previous Announcements

Spring Pictures sent home- - If you are not interested in keeping your child’s picture, please return the envelope with pictures to school to be recycled by the company.

Creative Dance Schedule- Our Creative Dance Performances will be held Thursday, May 25th and Friday, May 26th. Please see the schedule below for the time and date of your child’s performance.  Doors will remained closed before the scheduled times to allow for the last dance rehearsal.  Doors will open and parents can enter the gym at the scheduled times listed below.  Please visit the Lost and Found while you wait for the performance to start. Lost and Found will be located by the office.

Thursday, May 25th                                               Friday, May 26th

10:05 - 10:35- Caplette-  Grade 5                       10:05 - 10:35- Moreau-  Grade 5

10:50 - 11:20- Ratcliffe-  Grade 3                       10:50 - 11:20-  Locklin-  Grade 3

11:35 - 12:05- McCaffrey-  Grade 4                   11:35 - 12:05- Moulico-  Grade 4

1:05 - 1:35-   Mitchell-  Grade 1                         1:05 - 1:35-    Clossick-  Grade 1

1:50 - 2:20-   Senno-  Grade K                          1:50 - 2:20-  Ollquist-  Grade K

2:35 - 3:05-   Pullano-  Grade 2                        2:35 - 3:05-  Martins-  Grad

 

OTHER IMPORTANT DATES

Field day- rescheduled for June 14th, rain date- June 15th

Creative Dance presentations for parents are scheduled for  May 25nd  and May 26th.  Mr. Lennon will send parents an invitation with the schedule.  

Spring Concert – Friday, May 19th for grades K, 2 and 4 at 10:00am

Celebration of Learning-Tuesday, June 6th from 5:30 to 7:00pm

Ashton Yard Sale- May 20th, rain date May 21st , Table reservations due May 12th

Family Day Out- June 4th, rain date, June 11th.

 

Have a great weekend, Nidia Karbonik

 


May 17, 2017

Students will take home a hard copy of the following letter today, in their red folders. 

Dear Parents,                            

 

               

On Thursday May 18th, Sodexo, our food service provider is collaborating with local vendors to provide an opportunity to promote healthy eating.  They will be providing Fresh local produce for students to taste during lunches.  The items include asparagus, broccoli rabe, and baby lettuces.  Sample cups will be available for students to taste and learn more about local produce.  

 

This will kick off an opportunity for students to make a VEGGIE PLEDGE.  Basically, it means the student pledges to try a new vegetable each day from the 18th -22nd. Parents will sign off on it since it can be any meal.  If students complete the pledge there names will be put into a drawing to win a prize! One prize per grade . Forms will go home with students that day.

 

Please contact me if there are any allergy concerns or if you do not want your child to participate in the tasting.

 

Thank you,

Mrs. Cipriano

Christie Cipriano RN 

School Nurse Teacher

401-305-3019                        

 

 


May 12, 2017

 


Ashton School News- Update

May 12, 2017

A very special “Happy Mother’s Day” to all of the mothers in our Ashton Family and Community.  Enjoy your day!

Tulips Images - Public Domain Pictures - Page 1

 

PBIS - As some of our parents may know, the state recently conducted an evaluation of our school’s implementation of PBIS.  Some of our staff, students and parents were interviewed and we received a summary of the evaluation.  The expectation is that schools reach at least 80% in the implementation of PBIS.  I am very proud to let you know that our school was commended for our work as we achieved scores of 90% or higher in  most areas.  Enclosed is a copy of the report for your review.  Thank you to our teachers and students for doing such a great job!  Final SET Report Link

 

The Ashton Yard Sale has been cancelled due to the low turn out.

 

Papa Gino’s- Please help support this fundraiser to benefit our students, sponsored by our PTO: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1sfNNLMXtFtuHFRGNE5yxy3MkAI0aPeP9fbM4iTg7p9k/edit?usp=sharing

Budget meetings - The town will be hosting three Town Council budget meetings to approve the district’s budget.  The School Committee and the district are looking for parent support at the following meetings:

  1. Wednesday, May 17, 2017 – 6:00pm- Finance Sub-Committee Public Hearing

    Wednesday, May 17, 2017 – 7:30pm- First Public Hearing

    Meeting Location: Joseph L. McCourt Middle School, 45 Highland Avenue, Cumberland, RI

 

    2.   Wednesday, May 31, 2017 – 6:30pm- Second Public Hearing & First Vote

    Meeting Location: Joseph L. McCourt Middle School, 45 Highland Avenue, Cumberland, RI

 

    3.    Wednesday, June 7, 2017 – 7:30pm- Final Vote

             Meeting location: Cumberland Town Hall Everett “Moe” Bonner, Jr. Council Chambers

              45 Broad Street, Cumberland, RI

 

Lifetouch Student Smile Safe Cards- Lifetouch, our picture and yearbook company wants to remind parents and guardians to keep their child’s Smile Safe Card with them at all times. They are finding that in many cases the Smile Safe cards are left in a drawer with extra portraits and family pictures. Every they child photographed at the school received a complimentary set of Smile Safe Cards and also an option to download extra copies at no charge.

In the tragic case of a child gone missing, time is critical! Another key element is supplying the police with a current, sharp, close up photo immediately. The key to the success of this program is the digital portrait file numbers located on the Smile Safe Card. After calling 911, a call to the Center and providing the child’s name and the digital file numbers to a 24/7 on duty Lifetouch volunteer will ensure that image will be sent to police anywhere in the country in a matter of minutes. To date, over 60 children in 28 states have been safely returned to their families as a direct result of this program and, the success of this program was featured on an edition of CNN News.

To further state the importance of this program; it is often thought that when a child is missing,  he or she was taken. When in many cases, a child has simply wandered away from a park or campsite while on vacation, or attending a local event.

Also, the Smile Safe Card can also be used as a portrait proof. After viewing the child's portrait on the card, a parent may order portraits using the information on the card.  Lifetouch Parent letter:

Lifetouch Parent Letter

 

Pennies for Patients- Thank you

Ashton School raised $2,676.82 for Pennies this year!  Which is $1.72 above last year!  A special thanks to our students and staff  for being part of this event.  The classes that raised the most money are Mrs. Locklin and Mrs. Ollquist.  Thank you to Mrs. Ollquist for organizing this campaign.

PARCC -the state testing is done with the exception of make-ups.  

Spring Concert Information- Friday, May 19th at 10am for grades K, 2 and 4. Please open the link for more information. Concert Flyer

 

Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE)Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)-

The RI Department of Education is looking to gather feedback on the draft recommendations for the state's ESSA plan. Students, parents, teachers, community members, and community leaders across the state are invited to share their  feedback to help inform the ESSA decision-making process;

Click here to view the ESSA State Plan Draft Recommendations Guide.

RIDE is now collecting your feedback on these recommendations so that your perspective can continue to inform our decision-making and our state plan can be responsive to your experience.

The following surveys will be open until May 15, 2017:

  1. Accountability Feedback Survey: English / Español

  2. Supporting Educators & Leaders Feedback Survey: English / Español

  3. Supporting All Students Feedback Survey: English / Español

  4. School Improvement Feedback Survey: English / Español

We thank you in advance for sharing and hope you will consider providing your feedback via survey.   

 

Previous Announcements

 

Spring Pictures sent home- - The Spring pictures were already sent home with students.  If you are interested in keeping your child’s picture, please return the envelope with payment. Otherwise, please return the pictures to school to be recycled by the company.

Creative Dance schedule- It’s that time of year again... the students have been working hard on their dance routines and can not wait to share them with you! Our Creative Dance Performances will be held Thursday, May 25th and Friday, May 26th. Please see the schedule below for the time and date of your child’s performance.  Doors will remained closed before the scheduled times to allow for the last dance rehearsal.  Doors will open and parents can enter the gym at the scheduled times listed below.

 

Thursday, May 25th                                                Friday, May 26th

10:05 - 10:35- Caplette-  Grade 5                         10:05 - 10:35- Moreau-  Grade 5

10:50 - 11:20-  Ratcliffe-  Grade 3                         10:50 - 11:20-  Locklin-  Grade 3

11:35 - 12:05- McCaffrey-  Grade 4                      11:35 - 12:05- Moulico-  Grade 4

1:05 - 1:35-     Mitchell-  Grade 1                          1:05 - 1:35-     Clossick-  Grade 1

1:50 - 2:20-    Senno-  Grade K                            1:50 - 2:20-    Ollquist-  Grade K

2:35 - 3:05-     Pullano-  Grade 2                           2:35 - 3:05-     Martins-  Grade 2

We look forward to seeing you there.

Mr. Lennon and Mrs. Hogan, PE Department

 

OTHER IMPORTANT DATES

 

Field day- rescheduled for June 14th, rain date- June 15th

Creative Dance presentations for parents are scheduled for  May 25nd  and May 26th.  Mr. Lennon will send parents an invitation with the schedule.  

Spring Concert – Friday, May 19th for grades K, 2 and 4 at 10:00am

Celebration of Learning-Tuesday, June 6th from 5:30 to 7:00pm

Ashton Yard Sale- May 20th, rain date May 21st , Table reservations due May 12th

Family Day Out- June 4th, rain date, June 11th.

Fifth Grade Graduation Ceremony- Friday, June 16th at 1:30pm. Families are invited to the ceremony. Guest are asked not to arrive early. 

 

Have a great weekend, Nidia Karbonik


May 11, 2017

Dear Parents, 

The PTO meeting for the month of May has been scheduled for Monday, May 15th at 6:30pm in our school library.  We will be electing the PTO Board member for the school year 2017-18 and discussing the end of year events.  The meeting was originally scheduled for May 17th and had to be switched as a result of the newly advertised Town Council Budget meetings that are being held this month and beginning of June.  The School Committee and Superintendent Mitchell are encouraging parents to attend the Town Council meetings to continue to support the district through the budget process. Here is the list of Town Council Budget Meetings that are coming up. Please make every effort to attend; 

  1. Wednesday, May 17, 2017 – 6:00pm- Finance Sub-Committee Public Hearing

    Wednesday, May 17, 2017 – 7:30pm- First Public Hearing

    Meeting Location: Joseph L. McCourt Middle School, 45 Highland Avenue, Cumberland, RI

 

    2.   Wednesday, May 31, 2017 – 6:30pm- Second Public Hearing & First Vote

    Meeting Location: Joseph L. McCourt Middle School, 45 Highland Avenue, Cumberland, RI

 

    3.    Wednesday, June 7, 2017 – 7:30pm- Final Vote

             Meeting location: Cumberland Town Hall Everett “Moe” Bonner, Jr. Council Chambers

              45 Broad Street, Cumberland, RI

 

Don't forget to send in donations for the raffle baskets for the Family Day Event/Picnic raffle(we changed it to a basket raffle instead of silent auction)!

Deadline extended: Please send donations in by Friday, May 19, 2017.

Here is what we have so far:

Mrs. Ollquist’s class is making an Outdoor Adventure Basket.
- pool dive n catch, ice pops, beach towel, splash ball set, misting fan

Mrs. Caplette’s class is making a Sweet tooth Basket

Mrs. Moreau’s class is making a Camping Under the Stars Basket
- wipes and tissues, ponchos, wet wipes

Mrs. Moulico’s class is making a Baker’s Bundle Basket
- cake mix, brownie mix

Mrs. McCaffrey’s class is making a Life’s a Beach Basket

Mrs. Ratcliffe’s class is making a Rhode Island/local Basket
- 1 dels lemonade packet and dave's coffee syrup

Mrs. Locklin’s class is making a For the Gardener Basket
- hose waterhead attachment, handprint stone kit, welcome 
stone, kneeling pad and tools

Mrs. Martins’s class is making a Family Movie Night/ Game Night Basket
- popcorn bowl, family cookbook, bopit, starwars game,
catchphrase, gc to movies, cash donations

Mrs. Pullano’s class is making a Griller’s Delight Basket
- thermometer and grilling bowl, tongs

Ms. Clossick’s class is making a Pamper Mom/Spa Basket
- cash/check donations

Ms. Mitchell’s class is making a For the Golfer Basket
- golf balls, cash/check donations

Mrs. Senno’s class is making an Ice Cream Basket.
- ice cream bowls, ice cream scoop(2), choc and caramel
syrup, sprinkles, and cones

 

Thank you in advance, 

Ashton PTO

 


May 7, 2017

Dear Parents, 

Here is the the agenda for the C-SEAC meeting, on Monday, May 8th. The meeting will be held at the Hayden Center, Cumberland Public Library at 6:00pm. 

Meeting Agenda Link

 


May 7, 2017

 

Teacher Appreciation Week- Did you know that teachers are Superheroes…This week we certainly were made to feel like Superheroes, THANKS to the generosity and thoughtfulness of our parents and the Teacher Appreciation Committee.  This week, teachers enjoyed having less duties, while volunteers covered recess and dismissal time.  We also enjoyed breakfast every morning and lunch on Tuesday and Friday.  The Penny Social event is always fun as every staff member won a special gift or item donated from our families or local businesses.  The teacher’s room was cleaned and decorated by our parents and the classroom doors were decorated and covered with stars with special messages from our students.  Thank you for the much needed supplies, the special treats and the flowers.  You really spoiled us this week and re-energized us.  Now, our job is to use our superpowers and make a difference in your child’s life.  Thank you for all of the special activities and gifts we received this week.  

A special thanks to Heather Cavanagh, the PTO Board and the Teacher Appreciation Committee for all the work you did to make Teacher Appreciation Week a success.  It is much appreciated! 

Teacher's Room Pics

LAST week for PARCC Testing: testing starts at 9:30am.  Please do your best to have students in school and on time on the days of testing.

Grade 4 NECAP Science- May 9th-May 11th

Grades 3 and 5, PARCC Math- May 9-May 12

 

Lost and Foundwe still have a lot of clothes in our lost and found bin. Please encourage your child to stop by and check the lost and found located in the cafeteria to claim their belongings ASAP. 

We also found a pair of black children’s prescription eyeglasses in the gym.  Please let Mrs. Egan know if the glasses belong to your child. 

 

Spring Concert InformationFriday, May 19th at 10am for grades K, 2 and 4. Please open the link for more information. Concert Flyer

 

Message from our School Nurse: I have recently seen a few cases with ticks being found on students. While this has only been a few, I thought it was an opportune time to remind parents to check your children after spending time outdoors. They are more prevalent in wooded areas and tall grass.   If a tick is found on your child you will be contacted. Thank you, Christie Cipriano RN

Ashton Got Talent - The Talent Show was a big success this past Friday night.  Thank you to our Fourth and Fifth grade students who participated in the Talent Show.  You did an amazing job! And a Big Thank YOU to the teachers and parents that helped coordinate this event.   

 

Ashton Read-A-Thon Extension- The Read-A-Thon has been extended by 1 week. Collection of minutes is now from Sunday, April 16, 2017 thru Saturday, May 6, 2017

Please send the forms in by May 10th. We need the sponsor form and the reading log with the minutes.  If you have any questions about the

Read-A-Thon please contact: Heather Cavanagh at 214-551-3100 or hjc0304 [at] hotmail [dot] com

 

Communi-Key - Cumberland, Lincoln & North Smithfield Prevention Coalitions 

COMMUNI-KEY APRIL NEWSLETTER
 

Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE)Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to replace No Child Left Behind. 

The RI Department of Education is looking to gather feedback on the draft recommendations for the state's ESSA plan. Students, parents, teachers, community members, and community leaders across the state are invited to share their  feedback to help inform the ESSA decision-making process;

Click here to view the ESSA State Plan Draft Recommendations Guide.

RIDE is now collecting your feedback on these recommendations so that your perspective can continue to inform our decision-making and our state plan can be responsive to your experience. 

The following surveys will be open until May 15, 2017:

  1. Accountability Feedback Survey: English / Español

  2. Supporting Educators & Leaders Feedback Survey: English / Español

  3. Supporting All Students Feedback Survey: English / Español

  4. School Improvement Feedback Survey: English / Español

We thank you in advance for sharing and hope you will consider providing your feedback via survey.   

 

IMMEDIATE ATTENTION PLEASE: $25,000 Reward!

Mr. Alan Shawn Feinstein is asking for our teachers AND students to watch the special half hour show today, Sunday, May 7th called Feinstein Leaders of Tomorrow– and let us know of any ideas it may awaken that could be beneficial to our school and/or our community!

The show airs on PBS (Channel 36, Cox Cable 8, Com cast 19) at 7:30 pm.

The $25,000 reward will be proportioned out amongst the schools who report the largest number of their students and staff watching it and the most potentially valuable suggestions.

Schools need to send their reports to Mr. Feinstein  no later than Tuesday, May 9th.  Please send a note or fill out the bottom portion of this email to the school on Monday, May 8th to let us know if you/your children watched the show and any ideas that could be beneficial to our school and community.  Winning schools will receive a check from Mr. Feinstein the following week.  

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

FEINSTEIN SHOW -REWARD

 

Student(s) Name:____________________________________               Grade(s):_______________

 

____________ my child/children were able to watch the Feinstein Show on May 7th. 

 

Here are some ideas for the school/community: _______________________________________________

 

_____________________________________________________________________________________ 

Please send us this slip or a note, even if you don't have any ideas for our school/community, so that we can get a count of how many students watched the show by Monday, May 8th.  I realize that the time of the show may be late for some of our students, but please do the best you can.  Parents watching the show will also count, as I am sure you will share Mr. Feinstein's message with your children.  

Thanks for your support!  

Nidia Karbonik,

Principal

 

Previous Announcements

 

Spring Pictures sent home- - The Spring pictures were already sent home with students.  If you are interested in keeping your child’s picture, please return the envelope with payment. Otherwise, please return the pictures to school to be recycled by the company. 

 

Creative Dance Schedule- It’s that time of year again... the students have been working hard on their dance routines and can not wait to share them with you! Our Creative Dance Performances will be held Thursday, May 25th and Friday, May 26th. Please see the schedule below for the time and date of your child’s performance.  Doors will remained closed before the scheduled times to allow for the last dance rehearsal.  Doors will open and parents can enter the gym at the scheduled times listed below.

Thursday, May 25th                                            Friday, May 26th

10:05 - 10:35- Caplette-  Grade 5                    10:05 - 10:35- Moreau-  Grade 5 

10:50 - 11:20-  Ratcliffe-  Grade 3                   10:50 - 11:20-  Locklin-  Grade 3

11:35 - 12:05- McCaffrey-  Grade 4                11:35 - 12:05- Moulico-  Grade 4

1:05 - 1:35-     Mitchell-  Grade 1                     1:05 - 1:35-     Clossick-  Grade 1

1:50 - 2:20-    Senno-  Grade K                       1:50 - 2:20-    Ollquist-  Grade K

2:35 - 3:05-     Pullano-  Grade 2                     2:35 - 3:05-     Martins-  Grade 2

We look forward to seeing you there.

Mr. Lennon and Mrs. Hogan

PE Department

 

OTHER IMPORTANT DATES

 

Field day- rescheduled for June 14th, rain date- June 15th

Creative Dance presentations for parents are scheduled for  May 25nd  and May 26th.  Mr. Lennon will send parents an invitation with the schedule.  

Spring Concert – Friday, May 19th for grades K, 2 and 4 at 10:00am

Celebration of Learning-Tuesday, June 6th from 5:30 to 7:00pm

Ashton Yard Sale- May 20th, rain date May 21st , Table reservations due May 12th

Family Day Out- June 4th, rain date, June 11th. 

 

May 7th, 2017

IMMEDIATE ATTENTION PLEASE:

$25,000 Reward!

Mr. Alan Shawn Feinstein is asking for our teachers AND students to watch the special half hour show today, Sunday, May 7th called Feinstein Leaders of Tomorrow– and let us know of any ideas it may awaken that could be beneficial to our school and/or our community!

The show airs on PBS (Chanel 36, Cox Cable 8, Comcast 19) at 7:30 pm.

The $25,000 reward will be proportioned out amongst the schools who report the largest number of their students and staff watching it and the most potentially valuable suggestions.

Schools need to send their reports to Mr. Feinstein  no later than Tuesday, May 9th.  Please send a note or fill out the bottom portion of this email to the school on Monday, May 8th to let us know if you/your children watched the show and any ideas that could be beneficial to our school and community.  Winning schools will receive a check from Mr. Feinstein the following week.  

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

FEINSTEIN SHOW -REWARD

 

Student(s) Name:___________________________________________________________________________________________               Grade(s):_______________

 

____________ my child/children were able to watch the Feinstein Show.

 

Here are some ideas for the school/community:

 

 

Please send us this slip or a note, even if you don't have any ideas for our school/community, so that we can get a count of how many students watched the show.  I realize that the time of the show may be late for some of our students, but please do the best you can.  Parents watching the show will also count, as I am sure you will share Mr. Feinstein's message with your children.  

Thanks for your support!  

Nidia Karbonik,

Principal

 


May 2, 2017

Dear Parents, 

As part of Teacher Appreciation Week, parent volunteers are assisting to cover recess and dismissal duties to give teachers a break.  Therefore, if you are picking up your child from school or sending someone to pick up, please be sure to have a form of ID on you.  The staff member dismissing students may be different each day and  you will need to present an identification card.    I am sorry for the inconvenience this may cause for you, but it is for the safety of our students and your own child that we check ID's as needed.  

We also have a lot of clothes in the lost and found bin. Please stop by the school to check our lost and found bin located in the cafeteria, or send your child to check it this week.  All items left after this Friday will be placed in the big donation bin located in our parking lot. 

Thanks for all the treats and nice cards/stars students are writing to show their appreciation for their teachers and the staff at Ashton School. We truly appreciate everything. 

Nidia Karbonik

 


Ashton School News- Update

April 28, 2017

 

Screen- Free School Day/Week- next week is National Screen-Free week.  A parent letter was sent home this week with our students explaining the event.  Parents are asked to try to support having a screen-free week at home, while the school will be doing it on Monday to kick off the event.  Here is the copy of the letter that was sent home this week and a link with resources about the negative effects screen time has on children and even adults.  

Parent Letter Link

 

Teacher Appreciation Week- Teacher Appreciation Week starts on Monday!

Our superhero-themed flyers went home in the students' red folders with suggestions on what you can do to honor our teachers and school staff each day next week.  You can find the flyer and the teacher's favorites on the Google Family Drive as well.  Don't forget to have your child create a star with their teacher's superpower to post on the classroom door on Monday!  

Here is a link to the flyer- suggestions for the week link

 

Thank you to everyone that has donated their time, food, money and/or gifts to make next week special for our teachers and school staff!  

 

Ashton Read-A-Thon Extension- The Read-A-Thon has been extended by 1 week.

Collection of minutes is now from Sunday, April 16, 2017 thru Saturday, May 6, 2017

We recently found out that some kids received their information late. We are trying to make sure that everyone has the same opportunity to collect their minutes for the fundraiser!

If you have any questions about the

Read-A-Thon please contact:

Heather Cavanagh at 214-551-3100 or hjc0304 [at] hotmail [dot] com

 

Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE)Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

Public engagement for transition to the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) continues this Spring. RIDE will host regional community forums to share updates and gather feedback on the draft recommendations for the state's ESSA plan. Students, parents, teachers, community members, and community leaders across the state: You are invited to share your feedback to help inform the ESSA decision-making process.

Join us in Northern Rhode Island on: Monday, May 1, at Cumberland High School Cafeteria, 2600 Mendon Road, Cumberland.

The forum will take place from 5:30PM-7:30PM, doors open at 5:15PM. The forums are open to everyone, but if you would like to reserve a spot, please click here.

For more information, visit: www.ride.ri.gov/ESSA or email us at ESSA [at] ride [dot] ri [dot] gov.

ESSA-Spring-Forums-Flyer.pdf

Ashton Yard Sale- Here is the flyer with information to secure a table to join us for our first Ashton Yard Sale. Please reserve your spot soon, spaces are limited:   YARD SALE FLYER

 

Ashton Got Talent flyer- Ashton’s Talent Show is scheduled for May 5th.  Here is the flyer to buy your ticket to see the show.  talent show ticket flyer

 

Spring Pictures sent home- - The Spring pictures were already sent home with students.  If you are interested in keeping your child’s picture, please return the envelope with payment. Otherwise, please return the pictures to school to be recycled by the company.

 

Creative Dance Schedule- It’s that time of year again... the students have been working hard on their dance routines and can not wait to share them with you! Our Creative Dance Performances will be held Thursday, May 25th and Friday, May 26th. Please see the schedule below for the time and date of your child’s performance.  Doors will remained closed before the scheduled times to allow for the last dance rehearsal.  Doors will open and parents can enter the gym at the scheduled times listed below.

Thursday, May 25th                                                                Friday, May 26th

10:05 - 10:35- Caplette-  Grade 5                                          10:05 - 10:35- Moreau-  Grade 5

10:50 - 11:20-  Ratcliffe-  Grade 3                                          10:50 - 11:20-  Locklin-  Grade 3

11:35 - 12:05- McCaffrey-  Grade 4                                        11:35 - 12:05- Moulico-  Grade 4

1:05 - 1:35-     Mitchell-  Grade 1                                            1:05 - 1:35-     Clossick-  Grade 1

1:50 - 2:20-    Senno-  Grade K                                               1:50 - 2:20-    Ollquist-  Grade K

2:35 - 3:05-     Pullano-  Grade 2                                            2:35 - 3:05-     Martins-  Grade 2

We look forward to seeing you there.

Mr. Lennon and Mrs. Hogan

PE Department

Reading Week-Thank you to all the parent volunteers and family members that came to read to our students this week during Reading Week. The children and the teachers truly enjoyed it and appreciated your visit to the school. A big Thank you to Jen O’connell for coordinating the Readers and to Michelle Bradley and Jen for helping coordinate the student book swap.

 

Spring Concert Information- Friday, May 19th at 10am for grades K, 2 and 4. Please open the link for more information. Concert Flyer

 

PARCC testing will continue next week:

Grades 3, 4 and 5 Reading-May 2 to May 4th

Grade 4 NECAP Science- May 9th-May 11th

Grades 3 and 5, PARCC Math- May 9-May 12

 

OTHER IMPORTANT DATES

Field day- rescheduled for June 14th, rain date- June 15th

Talent Show- May 5th at 6:30pm at CHS auditorium.

Creative Dance presentations for parents are scheduled for  May 25nd  and May 26th.  Mr. Lennon will send parents an invitation with the schedule.  

Spring Concert – Friday, May 19th for grades K, 2 and 4 at 10:00am

Celebration of Learning-Tuesday, June 6th from 5:30 to 7:00pm

Have a great weekend, Nidia

 


April 27, 2017

Dear Parents and Guardians,

 

It’s that time of year again... the students have been working hard on their dance routines and can not wait to share them with you! Our Creative Dance Performances will be held Thursday, May 25th and Friday, May 26th. Please see the schedule below for the time and date of your child’s performance.  Doors will remained closed before the scheduled times to allow for the last dance rehearsal.  Doors will open and parents can enter the gym at the scheduled times listed below.

 

Thursday, May 25th

 

10:05 - 10:35- Caplette-  Grade 5    

10:50 - 11:20-  Ratcliffe-  Grade 3

11:35 - 12:05- McCaffrey-  Grade 4

1:05 - 1:35-     Mitchell-  Grade 1

1:50 - 2:20-    Senno-  Grade K

2:35 - 3:05-     Pullano-  Grade 2

 

 

Friday, May 26th

 

10:05 - 10:35- Moreau-  Grade 5    

10:50 - 11:20-  Locklin-  Grade 3

11:35 - 12:05- Moulico-  Grade 4

1:05 - 1:35-     Clossick-  Grade 1

1:50 - 2:20-    Ollquist-  Grade K

2:35 - 3:05-     Martins-  Grade 2

 

We look forward to seeing you there.

Mr. Lennon and Mrs. Hogan

PE Department

 


April 25, 2017

Dear Parents, 

All students registered for the afterschool clubs were accepted into the clubs. The "Competitive Sports Club" starts today with Mr. Lennon.  If you registered your child for that club, they will be staying afterschool today until 4:35pm.  Please pick up by the gym doors at 4:35pm.  Karate club is scheduled to start tomorrow and Draw and doodle is scheduled to start on Thursday. 

The fire alarm also went off today unexpectedly at 3:15pm.  All students were evacuated from the building until the Fire Department determined  the building was safe. There was no fire, but students were still evacuated as a precaution.  Unfortunately, it was raining and students had to wait a few minutes in the rain, but we needed to make sure the building was safe.  The end result was that one of our fire stations appeared to have been hit by accident in one of our preschool classrooms.  Our students did a great job following the fire code procedures!  

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call me or email me.  

Nidia Karbonik

 


Ashton School News- Update

April 24, 2017

I hope everyone had a relaxing and fun Spring vacation.  We are happy to see our students and get back into the swing of things.   Also, looking forward to the warm weather soon.  

 

Ashton Got Talent flyer- Ashton’s Talent Show is scheduled for May 5th.  Here is the flyer to buy your ticket to see the show.  talent show ticket flyer

 

Afterschool Clubs- The afterschool clubs are scheduled to start this week.  The lego’s club will be starting today. Please pick up students by the gym doors at 4:35pm

 

PTO meeting- There is a PTO meeting this Wednesday, April 26th  at 6:30pm, in the school library.   We will be accepting nominations for the various PTO positions during the meeting; president, vice -president, treasurer, recording and corresponding secretary.    Please make every effort to attend and get updated on what is going on in our school.  

 

Book Swap- As part of Reading Week, students are invited to bring their gently used books to trade for other books.  They can bring their books tomorrow and they will receive a ticket for each book they bring, up to three books. The swap will take place in the morning on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday immediately after homeroom.  

 

Reading Week- This week is Reading Week. Thank you to all the parents that volunteered to read this week. Students love to see their parents be active in their school.  

 

Teacher Appreciation Week is next week: Please help us honor and celebrate our incredible teachers and school staff!  They deserve the very best!  A parent volunteer form went home in your child's red folder this past week with ways you can contribute, or you can download it on the Google family drive.  Please consider donating your time, sending in a gift certificate or gift basket or making a monetary donation.  Every little bit helps!  If you have any questions, please contact Heather Cavanagh at hjc304 [at] hotmail [dot] com or Susan Vennemeyer at svennemeyer [at] gmail [dot] com.  Thank you so much for your support!

 

Spring Concert Information- Friday, May 19th at 10am for grades K, 2 and 4. Please open the link for more information. Concert Flyer

 

Cumberland School Volunteers-50th Anniversary  Invitation- RSVPs for the 50th Anniversary have been a bit slow. I know we are still three weeks out but April Vacation is just around the corner.  We have been able to get an extension from the Lusitana Club for our "count" for dinner.  The deadline for reservations is now April 27th. Attached the new invitation with the new deadline. Invitation link

 

PARCC testing will continue next week:

Grades 3, 4 and 5 Reading-May 2 to May 4th

Grade 4 NECAP Science- May 9th-May 11th

Grades 3 and 5, PARCC Math- May 9-May 12

 

Spring Cleaning- Ashton Yard Sale:  Start cleaning your closets and garage for our first yard sale event.  The yard sale will be at Ashton School in our parking lot.  Save the date, Saturday May 20th with a rain date of May 21st. Parents will be able to rent a space to sale their treasures.  Flyer and details will be sent home soon. If you are interested in volunteering please let Nidia Karbonik know.

OTHER IMPORTANT DATES

New Dates are  highlighted

 

Field day- rescheduled for June 14th, rain date- June 15th

Talent Show- May 5th at 6:30pm at CHS auditorium.

Creative Dance presentations for parents are scheduled for  May 25nd  and May 26th.  Mr. Lennon will send parents an invitation with the schedule.  

Spring Concert – Friday, May 19th for grades K, 2 and 4 at 10:00am

Celebration of Learning-Tuesday, June 6th from 5:30 to 7:00pm

Have a great week, Nidia


Ashton School News- Update

April 12, 2017

 

Afterschool Clubs- registration for the spring clubs will close tomorrow.  If you are interested in having your child participate, please fill out the form on this link and send it to school by tomorrow-.afterschool clubs link  Clubs will start the week we return from April vacation.  The clubs are a great way to have your child to stay active, explore different activities and spark their interest and creativity.  

 

There is not school this Friday- April 14th,  Good Friday.

Next week is a school vacation week- April 17-April 21

 

Message from our PTO regarding petition to support proper funding of schools;

The petition was created by a parent from Garvin. Please follow the link, and sign the petition/letter about funding Cumberland schools and protecting Cumberland property values if you agree with it. Click the read the petition tab under the greeting letter for the actual petition/letter, the greeting letter cannot completely sum it up.

We would like as many Cumberland residents to sign it. Please only sign it if you agree.

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/102/926/508/

The next Town Council Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 19th at 7:30pm.  The location has not been determined.  Please be on the look out for the location of the meeting on the Valley Breeze or facebook.  The Town Council members will be voting on the tax Levy next week.  Please make every effort to attend. The district still needs your support during this difficult budget cycle.  Your presence at this meeting  will make a difference!

 

Spring Concert Information- Friday, May 19th at 10am for grades K, 2 and 4. Please open the link for more information. Concert Flyer

 

Teacher Appreciation Week is coming soon! Please help us honor and celebrate our incredible teachers and school staff!  They deserve the very best!  A parent volunteer form went home in your child's red folder this past week with ways you can contribute, or you can download it on the Google family drive.  Please consider donating your time, sending in a gift certificate or gift basket or making a monetary donation.  Every little bit helps!  If you have any questions, please contact Heather Cavanagh at hjc304 [at] hotmail [dot] com or Susan Vennemeyer at svennemeyer [at] gmail [dot] com.  Thank you so much for your support!

Cumberland, North Smithfield and Lincoln Prevention Coalitions - Communi-Key Newsletter - March 2017

 

Cumberland School Volunteers-50th Anniversary  Invitation-RSVPs for the 50th Anniversary have been a bit slow. I know we are still three weeks out but April Vacation is just around the corner.  We have been able to get an extension from the Lusitana Club for our "count" for dinner.  The deadline for reservations is now April 27th. Attached the new invitation with the new deadline. Invitation link

 

PARCC and NECAP testing dates:

Grades 3, 4 and 5 Reading-May 2 to May 4th

Grade 4 NECAP Science- May 9th-May 11th

Grades 3 and 5, PARCC Math- May 9-May 12

 

Spring Cleaning- Ashton Yard Sale:  

Start cleaning your closets and garage for our first yard sale event.  The yard sale will be at Ashton School in our parking lot.  Save the date, Saturday May 20th with a rain date of May 21st. Parents will be able to rent a space to sale their treasures.  Flyer and details will be sent home soon. If you are interested in volunteering please let Nidia Karbonik know.

 

OTHER IMPORTANT DATES

Field day- rescheduled for June 14th, rain date- June 15th

Talent Show- May 5th at 6:30pm at CHS auditorium.

Sweetheart Dance- Friday, April 7th at 6:00pm @ Lusitania- Tonight!

Creative Dance presentations for parents are scheduled for  May 25nd  and May 26th.  Mr. Lennon will send parents an invitation with the schedule.  

Spring Concert – Friday, May 19th for grades K, 2 and 4 at 10:00am

Have a great vacation week with your children. Nidia

 


April 10, 2017

Dear Parents, 

-Here is an update on the Town Council Meeting scheduled for tomorrow, Tuesday, 4/11- Location changed from the Cumberland Public Library to McCourt Middle School. Childcare will be provided in the library at McCourt starting at 7:00pm.  Thank you to all parents and students who attended last week's Town Council meeting. The turnout sent a message of unity and support for our students. However, we must keep the message going. Please show your support again for our schools by attending the Town Council meeting on Tuesday, April 11 at 7:30 pm in the McCourt Middle School cafeteria. Collectively, we can make a difference!  

Cumberland Sub-Finance Town Council Meeting - 6:15pm - 7:15pm

Town Council Meeting - 7:30pm    Meeting Agenda

-There is NO school on Friday, April 14th- Good Friday and there is no school next week, Spring vacation.  

Enjoy the Beautiful weather.  Nidia Karbonik

 


Ashton School News

April 7, 2017

 

Teacher Appreciation Week is coming soon!

Please help us honor and celebrate our incredible teachers and school staff!  They deserve the very best!  A parent volunteer form went home in your child's red folder this past week with ways you can contribute, or you can download it on the Google family drive.  Please consider donating your time, sending in a gift certificate or gift basket or making a monetary donation.  Every little bit helps!  If you have any questions, please contact Heather Cavanagh at hjc304 [at] hotmail [dot] com or Susan Vennemeyer at svennemeyer [at] gmail [dot] com.  Thank you so much for your support!

 

Spring Concert Information- Friday, May 19th at 10am for grades K, 2 and 4. Please open the link for more information. Concert Flyer

 

Cumberland School Volunteers-50th Anniversary  Invitation-

RSVPs for the 50th Anniversary have been a bit slow. I know we are still three weeks out but April Vacation is just around the corner.  We have been able to get an extension from the Lusitana Club for our "count" for dinner.  The deadline for reservations is now April 27th. Attached the new invitation with the new deadline. Invitation link

 

Town Council Budget Meeting- the next Town Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 11th at the Cumberland Public Library;   

6:30:  Finance Subcommittee Meeting to talk about the Tax Levy

7:30:  Regular Town Council Meeting and vote on the Tax Levy

Please make every effort to attend, the district needs your support during this difficult budget cycle.  

 

PARCC testing starts next week for grade 4:

Grade 4 Math - April 10 to April 13th from 9:00 am to 11:30am

 

Other grades- PARCC dates:

Grades 3, 4 and 5 Reading-May 2 to May 4th

Grade 4 NECAP Science- May 9th-May 11th

Grades 3 and 5, PARCC Math- May 9-May 12

 

Spring Vacation- April 17th to April 21st.

 

Spring Cleaning- Ashton Yard Sale:  

Start cleaning your closets and garage for our first yard sale event.  The yard sale will be at Ashton School in our parking lot.  Save the date, Saturday May 20th with a rain date of May 21st. Parents will be able to rent a space to sale their treasures.  Flyer and details will be sent home soon. If you are interested in volunteering please let Nidia Karbonik know.

 

OTHER IMPORTANT DATES

Field day- rescheduled for June 14th, rain date- June 15th

Talent Show- May 5th at 6:30pm at CHS auditorium.

Sweetheart Dance- Friday, April 7th at 6:00pm @ Lusitania- Tonight!

Creative Dance presentations for parents are scheduled for  May 25nd  and May 26th.  Mr. Lennon will send parents an invitation with the schedule.  

Spring Concert – Friday, May 19th for grades K, 2 and 4 at 10:00am

 

Have a good Weekend, Nidia Karbonik

 


Ashton School News

March 31, 2017

 

Cultural Night- tonight is our cultural night. All families are invited to attend.  No tickets for this event. There is be cultural displays, sampling of foods, folkloric dancing and more. The event is from 6:00 to 8:00pm.

 

New Feinstein Cards- Mr. Feinstein has provided us with new Feinstein cards for our students.  The new cards include free entrance to certain Pawtucket PawSox games, free entrance to Mystic Aquarium and more.  Please be on the look out for the cards. They will be sent home with students on Monday via the red folder.  The Feinsten cards are small, about the size of a business card.

 

Dress To Impress- for Cystic Fibrosis on Thursday, April 6th.  Students are encouraged to participate by donating $1.00 and coming to school dressed up in their fanciest clothes. Higher donations are always accepted and greatly appreciated.   

 

Town Council Meeting- On Wednesday, April 5th, and Tuesday, April 12th, the Town Council will be discussing this year's tax levy which impacts the amount of funds available for schools in next year's budget.  It would be important to show the council that we are united and want more support from the town.  Our school are already underfunded and the district will need to cut teaching positions and student services if we continue to be underfunded.  Parents are encouraged to attend these meetings and support our school and district.  

 

Spring Cleaning- Ashton Yard Sale:  

Start cleaning your closets and garage for our first yard sale event.  The yard sale will be at Ashton School in our parking lot.  Save the date, Saturday May 20th with a rain date of May 21st. Parents will be able to rent a space to sale their treasures.  Flyer and details will be sent home soon. If you are interested in volunteering please let Nidia Karbonik know.

 

Art Work Displays:

~ Have to go to Cumberland Town Hall?  Look for the art work in the Cumberland Town Hall Art Gallery (located on the first floor of town hall).  Congratulations to Aksharasree Kandady Gr. 1 and Amanda Masse Gr. 4!  Their artwork will be displayed for one year at town hall.

~ 25 Ashton students have their art work on display at Fidelity Investments for their annual student art show.  They also are hosting a reception for students and their families on Thursday March 30 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm.  Feel free to stop in!

~ Have to stop in at Cumberland High School?  Check out the Superintendent's Showcase! Every month one Cumberland School is invited to display artwork in a case outside Superintendent Robert Mitchell’s office. Ashton's turn will be in April!  I will be choosing another 25 pieces of artwork for display to be enjoyed by administrators, staff, visitors, and CHS students.  

 

Spring Pictures-Lifetouch Studios will be taking portraits at Ashton Elementary .

Spring picture day will be on Friday, April 7, 2017.

The first picture will be taken at 9:15 am.

Here is the link to the flyer that will be sent home with students prior to picture day: Spring Pics Flyer

Fifth Grade Class Picture will be done on Tuesday, April 4th at 10:30am.  The Fifth grade picture is taken outdoors at the playground. Lifetouch was unable to do the 5th grade picture this week due to the cold temperatures and snow in the ground.

 

 

OTHER IMPORTANT DATES

Dates changed are  highlighted

Field day- rescheduled for June 14th, rain date- June 15th

Talent Show- May 5th at 6:30pm at CHS auditorium.

Sweetheart Dance- Friday, April 7th at 6:00pm @ Lusitania

Fifth Grade Class Picture-Tuesday, April 4th.  

Spring Pictures- April 7th in the library

Spring Vacation- April 17th to April 21st.

Creative Dance presentations for parents are scheduled for  May 25nd  and May 26th.  Mr. Lennon will send parents an invitation with the schedule.  

Spring Concert – Friday, May 19th for grades K, 2 and 4 at 10:00am

PARCC and NECAP State Testing at Ashton:

Grade 4 Math - April 10 to April 13th from 9;00 am to 11:30am

Grades 3, 4 and 5 Reading-May 2 to May 4th

Grade 4 NECAP Science- May 9th-May 11th

Grades 3 and 5, PARCC Math- May 9-May 12

 

Have a good Weekend, Nidia

 


Dear Parents,

The Cumberland SC Meetings scheduled on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 have been cancelled.

The Budget meetings have been rescheduled for Wednesday, March 29, 2017.

6:15pm - SC Fiscal Management Sub-Comm. Meeting-Budget  

7:00pm - SC Special Meeting-Budget  

The meeting will be at the Cumberland High School  Auditorium - 2600 Mendon Road.  This is a very important meeting since the School Committee will be voting on which budget to send to the Town Council; the budget with the proposed cuts and ELL program changes or the budget with what the district needs without cuts. We need your support at the meeting. You may attend the meeting that fits best with your schedule. However, the voting will take place during the 7:00pm meeting.

http://sos.ri.gov/documents/publicinfo/omdocs/notices/4725/2017/214462.pdf  

http://sos.ri.gov/documents/publicinfo/omdocs/notices/4725/2017/214463.pdf

 

Report Cards will be available to parents online using the Aspen Family Portal, starting at  3:00pm today.  Printed report cards will be available to parents upon request. Please send your request in writing to Mrs. Egan at the following email; karen [dot] egan [at] cumberlandschools [dot] org

 

New Approved Calendar for the 2017-2018 School year- 2017-2018 District Calendar

 

Nidia Karbonik

 


Ashton School News

March 24, 2017

NEXT BUDGET MEETING- The School Committee-Fiscal Management Sub-committee will be meeting next Tuesday, March 28th at 5:30pm and 7:00pm at Cumberland High School Transitional Building.  The meeting is to vote on which budget to send to the Town Council.  Parents are asked to attend the meeting to show their support for our district to be properly funded.  There are two meetings scheduled.  Feel free to attend the meeting(s) that fits best with your schedule. We need your support. Once the budget is submitted to the Town Council, we will be asking for your support attending the Town Council Meetings to help the district advocate for proper funding.  Some of the budget cuts that we will face if we are not properly funded will have a negative impact on our students and may result in some of our Ashton teachers being displaced from their jobs. Our PTO has done a great job keeping you informed, but they need your support at the meetings.  

5:30pm Meeting Agenda

7:00pm Meeting Agenda

Thank you for your support so far, we truly appreciated!

Cultural Night- All Ashton families are invited to celebrate and learn about the different cultures represented within our school.  This is our first Cultural Night, which is being planned for Friday, March 31st at 6:00pm to 8:00pm.  There will be booths from different countries, samples of foods from around the world, crafts, folkloric dancing and more...Please join us, this event if free.  

School Store- the school store will be open next week.  

Feinstein Shirts Day- students are encouraged to wear their Feinstein shirts on Friday, March 31st.  We will be taking pictures of the students wearing their Feinstein shirts for our yearbook.  

Before School Academic Program- next week is the last week for the before school academic program, unless there are make up classes from the snow days.  The teachers will notify parents if any make up classes are required.  Thanks to all of the students that participating and to their parents for driving them to school early.

After School Clubs- Monday 2/17  is the last lego class.  Kids Zumba last day is Tuesday, march 28th.  Karate and Art and Newspaper clubs are done.  A Spring program will be announced soon.

News from Ms. Giarrusso’s Art Class- Art Newsletter

Spring Pictures-Lifetouch Studios will be taking portraits at Ashton Elementary .

Spring picture day will be on Friday, April 7, 2017.

The first picture will be taken at 9:15 am.

Here is the link to the flyer that will be sent home with students prior to picture day: Spring Pics Flyer

Fifth Grade Class Picture- will be done on Tuesday, April 4th at 10:30am.  The Fifth grade picture is taken outdoors at the playground. Lifetouch was unable to do the 5th grade picture this week due to the cold temperatures and snow in the ground.

Pennies for Patients Reminder- please send monetary donations until March 31st, to support our Pennies Wars and raise money for the Leukemia Society.  

Audubon Society of RI- April School Vacation Week- Join Audubon in a week-long voyage to discover and test your nature skills. Take off on an expedition with an Audubon naturalist and explore our local habitats. Become a nature explorer:See what we have planned!

Thank you to all of the families that came to our Science Expo. Our students were very excited to show their parents what they are learning in science class and they were thrilled to have parents try/see their experiments.

Have a great weekend, Nidia Karbonik

 


March 22, 2017

Governor for a Day

I've received some great essays so far, but I want to make sure that every eligible girl has the opportunity to apply. That's why I've decided to extend the submission deadline to Monday, March 27, 2017. I love hearing from future female leaders of Rhode Island, and I can't wait to meet our 2017 Governor for a Day! 

 

To apply, please follow the instructions below. 

 

Sincerely,

Gina Raimondo

How to Apply:

 

This Women’s History Month initiative is open to girls in 5th through 8th grade

throughout the state.

 

Interested applicants should apply by March 27, 2017 and answer this question

in 400 words or fewer:

 

“What would you do if you were Rhode Island’s Governor for a day?”

 

Students must submit the following information along with their essay: 

 

• Name

• Age

• School

• Grade

• Home Address

• Phone Number

• Email Address

• Teacher’s Contact Information

• Parent or Guardian Name(s) 

 

Applicants may email their essays as an attachment to communications [at] governor [dot] ri [dot] gov.

**Please note that links to cloud-based documents—including Google Docs—will not be accepted.**

 

Or they may mail their essays to:

 

“Governor for a Day” Essay Contest 

c/o Governor’s Communications Office

82 Smith Street, Room 128

Providence, RI 02903

 

Best of luck to all applicants!


March 19, 2017

The PTO has revised the letter they have drafted for parents to reach out to Town Council members regarding the budget- 

Link to Revised Letter; https://docs.google.com/a/cumberlandschools.org/document/d/1nzACCwB1DicJtB8tOSwLwyWTQzbbEIGtTA8ZTban_LA/edit?usp=sharing

 


March 19, 2017

Dear Ashton Parents,

 

I am writing to you to ask for your support for our school, teachers and students.  As you may know, our School Committee is in the process of creating next year’s budget (2017-18) to present to the town requesting funding for our schools.  Unfortunately, our schools have been underfunded for years and the district has been placed in a position to present a budget that proposes many cuts and changes to our schools. Some of the changes, if approved, will have a direct impact on Ashton School by cutting a significant number of jobs, displacing some of our teachers, increasing class size and changing programs available to our children.

 

We need your support urgently.  An emergency meeting has been set up on Monday, March 20th at the Ashton School at 6:30pm to discuss what is being proposed and the impact this will have on our school and district. It is extremely important for parents and teachers to advocate for our students at this time. Free childcare will be provided to students while you attend this meeting.

 

The School Committee will have a meeting on Tuesday, March 21st at 5:30pm at Cumberland High School, Transitional Building cafeteria to review the budget solutions and possibly vote to approve this budget.  Parents need to be present to voice their concerns, share their ideas and support our school before it is too late.  

 

Please make every effort to attend these meetings and show your support for our school.   If you are unable to attend, there are other ways you can show your support by emailing, calling or requesting a meeting with your school committee and town council representatives including the Mayor.   The PTO has created sample letters that you can use to email or mail to your school committee members and town council members.

 

Please contact me or any member of the Ashton PTO Board at ashtonptoboard [at] gmail [dot] com (ashtonptoboard [at] gmail [dot] com) if you have any questions.

School Committee letter link: School Committee

Town Council letter link: Town Council

 

Sincerely,

Nidia Karbonik

Principal

 


Ashton School News

March 17, 2017

Emergency Budget Meeting- As you may know, our School Committee is in the process of creating next year’s budget (2017-18) to present to the town requesting funding for our schools.  Unfortunately, our schools have been underfunded for years and the district has been placed in a position to present a budget that proposes many cuts and changes to our schools. Some of the changes, if approved, will have a direct impact on Ashton School by cutting jobs, potentially switching teachers and changing programs. Our district receives one of the lowest per pupil expenditure allocations from our town, which have resulted in a big budget deficit.  Ashton School, the District and the School Committee members need your help.  An emergency meeting has been set up on Monday, March 20th at the Ashton School at 6:30pm to discuss what is being proposed and the impact this will have on our school and district. It is extremely important for parents and teachers to advocate for our students at this time.  The School Committee will have a meeting on Tuesday, March 21st at 5:30pm at Cumberland High School, Transitional Building cafeteria to review the budget solutions and possibly vote to approve this budget.  Parents need to be present to voice their concerns, share their ideas and support our school before it is too late.  

Group Pictures on Tuesday, March 21st- the 5th grade graduating class and other group pictures will be done on Tuesday, March 2st during the school day.  The 5th grade picture is done outdoors, so if the weather is not good, we will try for April 4th at 10:30am.  Other group pictures to be done on Tuesday for the yearbook are:

Spelling Bee winners- please bring your medals

Student Council- wear red Student  Council shirts

Safety Patrol- wear safety patrol sashes

PE Helpers

Band- please bring your instruments

Future Chef Competition winners- wear medals

 

Peanut/tree nut  reminder to parents- Ashton school is a peanut/tree nut free school. Please read the letter attached to support this policy and protect our students with food allergies.  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxV8vhP2d3owaUNYMWhvdW1IRzh2dHJXSmdhRWZBQTdnV0Zz/view?usp=sharing

 

Spring Pictures-Lifetouch Studios will be taking portraits at Ashton Elementary .

Spring picture day will be on Friday, April 7, 2017.

The first picture will be taken at 9:15 am.

Here is the link to the flyer that will be sent home with students prior to picture day: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxV8vhP2d3owc1ZsSmc2LVR3ZkNVODRFRk5hVTJkbWZ2SldJ/view?usp=sharing

 

Volunteers Policy - Here is the revised volunteers policy from the district.  Please note section about confidentiality.  -revised 3/9/2017

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxV8vhP2d3owM3Q4dTE4WTNGU1U/view?usp=sharing

 

Pennies for Patients reminder- please send monetary donations until March 31st, to support our Pennies Wars and raise money for the Leukemia Society.  

 

PTO April Meeting minutes- here are the meeting minutes for those that were not able to attend the meeting.  The next PTO meeting is scheduled for April 5th- New Board Nominations.  March minutes

Hope to see you on Monday.  Have a good weekend, Nidia

 

 


March 13, 2017

Budget Update

The Cumberland School Committee has scheduled Fiscal Sub-Committee Budget Meetings on March 14, March 16, and March 21 at 5:30pm in Room T319 at Cumberland HIgh School Transitional Building. Discussion and/or vote on FY 2018 Superintendent’s Budget will take place. The meetings are open to the public.  Please try to attend and show your support. Our schools deserve to be properly funded, so that our students have the best opportunities available to learn.  

Nidia Karbonik

 


 

Ashton School News

March 10, 2017

Pennies for Patients will be running from March 13-31st. Students are asked to bring money to donate to the Leukemia Society and classes will compete against each other to see which class can raise the most money.  The contest is called “Penny Wars” and  notices were sent home with the kids today as well as their collection boxes. There will be an option to donate online to specific classrooms. The online donations should be up and running next week. Any donations made online will count as positive points towards that classroom in our Penny Wars. Here is the link for the online donations. Parents  need to select Ashton School and from there, they can search their child's classroom;

http://www.studentseries.org/donate

 

PTO March Meeting minutes- here are the meeting minutes for those that were not able to attend the meeting.  The next PTO meeting is scheduled for April 5th- New Board Nominations.  March minutes

 

Confidentiality - parent volunteers are reminded that they are bound to the same confidentiality laws as the staff when volunteering in the classrooms or school events such as field trips.  This means that we can not communicate information to other parents about things that we see or hear while working with our students.  It is not the place of parent volunteers to inform other parents of their child’s progress, illnesses or problems observed while volunteering.  When taking pictures at events, please keep in mind that we can not post pictures on social media that include other children that are not your own child. We have families that do not want their children on facebook or other media sources and we need to be respectful of their wishes and protect our students privacy and confidentiality.   We appreciate our volunteers and want to make sure that we stay in compliance with the law.

 

Special Education Advisory Committee Meeting-on Monday, March 13th at the Heyden Center at the Cumberland Public Library

See link for agenda:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxV8vhP2d3owZjJQMmQ1U3RGZ2o0UUY3WkRMN1d2S2ZEUEVz/view?usp=sharing

 

PBIS Assembly- On Friday March 17th, students will have a chance to cash in their PBIS individual paws to see a magic show during the school day called “Buy Buy Bully”.  The program is designed specifically for elementary school students and it is designed to help students recognize bullying and the ways that they can deal with bullies. Tommy is a magician who grew up in RI with 30 years of experience who has performed all over the United States. Here is the link to Tommy’s website with information about the show;  http://tommyjamesmagic.com/educational4.html

 

Next School Committee Meeting- March 23rd at 7:00pm at CHS - Transitional building.  Everyone is invited to attend.

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PARCC and NECAP State Testing at Ashton:

Grade 4 Math - April 10 to April 13th from 9;00 am to 11:30am

Grades 3, 4 and 5 Reading-May 2 to May 4th

Grade 4 NECAP Science- May 9th-May 11th

Grades 3 and 5, PARCC Math- May 9-May 12

 

Revised Marking Periods- Trimester 2 is scheduled to end March 15th.  Parents can expect report cards to be available online on Monday, March 27th.  

As we get closer to the end of the Trimester, we ask parents to try their Aspen Family Portal accounts before report cards are published.  All new families should have received an email with their login credentials; but if anyone has a problem, please ask them to contact the Aspen Help Desk at aspenhelp [at] cumberlandschools [dot] org.  

Science Expo- grades 1-5 on March 24th, 1:30-2:30pm. More information will be sent home soon. Grade K- Science Expo is planned for May 5th from 9:45 to 10:30am

Save the Date- Cumberland School Volunteers 50th Anniversary Celebration on Thursday, May 4, 2017. C. Volunteers Celebration Invitation.   All of our volunteers are invited to attend this wonderful event.

Ashton School Yearbook - don't wait to buy your copy of Ashton's Yearbook! Buy online now at ybpay.lifetouch.com with ID Code 11438217. Online only discount available until March 17. These are the days your child will want to remember forever - and the memories will make you smile too!

Cultural Event- Friday,March 31st, at Ashton School from 6:00 to 8:00pm

Group pics-please mark your calendars for the 5th grade yearbook picture to be done on March 21st during the school day.  The 5th grade picture is done outdoors, so if the weather is not good, we will try for April 4th at 10:30am.  Other group pictures to be done on that day for the yearbook are:

Spelling Bee winners- please bring your medals

Student Council- wear red Student  Council shirts

Safety Patrol- wear safety patrol sashes

PE Helpers

Band- please bring your instruments

Future Chef Competition winners- wear medals

 

The next PBIS “No Homework” day is scheduled for Wednesday, March, 29th

Dress to Impress- Thursday, April 6th

Spring Pictures- Friday, April 7th all grades

Sweetheart Dance- Friday, April 7th at 6:00pm @ Lusitania

No school on Friday, April 14th- Good Friday

Spring Vacation- April 17th to April 21st.

Talent Show- May 5th at 6:30pm at CHS auditorium.

Spring Concert- May 19th for grades K, 2 and 4th

Creative Dance Assemblies - all grades from May 22 to May 31st. Parents are invited to this event. A schedule will be sent home with details about each grade’s performance time and day.

Field day- June 14th, rain date- June 15th

Family Day Out- At Ashton School, June 4th or rain date, June 11th, 11:00-2:00pm

 

COMMUNICATION-Please access the Ashton Family folder at anytime throughout the year to find important information shared with parents by our PTO and school principal.   Please use the following link to access the Family Folder - https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0BxV8vhP2d3owYmFqeHNxZE5mT2M&usp=sharing

 

Have a great weekend!

Nidia Karbonik

 

 

 

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March 10, 2017

 Dear Parents,

Here are the ingredients for the pizza that will be served tonight at the Son's Choice Event.  Students need to be already registered to attend and we are not able to accommodate anyone else at this time. The pizza being provided is from Papa Ginos.  There will be cheese and pepperoni.  The information and ingredients have been attached to this email.

 https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxV8vhP2d3owcXZuN3I0Q2NObkNsRnZISG85V1NVQ2ZJNGM4/view?usp=sharing

If anyone has any questions or concerns, please contact Diane Ribeiro at ribeiros4 [at] verizon [dot] net

 


March 9, 2017

Dear Parents,

Weather permitting and for those that have submitted forms and paid for the Son’s Choice Event, below is information regarding the food that will be served at the event.

 

The Ice Cream Sundae Bar is being provided and served by Lincoln Creamery.  Both the vanilla and chocolate flavors are manufactured by Hershey’s Ice Cream.  Please note that Hershey’s is not a nut free facility.  However, the ice cream does not contain nuts.  The toppings nut free and produced in a nut free facility.  The nutritional information and ingredients are shown on link below:

 https://docs.google.com/document/d/16X518orZIOHQDXKvnyfxaA8OjxWzZ5osXXtysXjLDXk/edit?usp=sharing

Also, the pizza will be provided by Papa Ginos.  There will be cheese and pepperoni.  The information and ingredients have been attached to this email.

 

If anyone has any questions or concerns, please contact Diane Ribeiro at ribeiros4 [at] verizon [dot] net

 


Ashton School News

March 3, 2017

Revised Marking Periods- Trimester 2 is scheduled to end March 15th.  Parents can expect report cards to be available online on Monday, March 27th.  

As we get closer to the end of the Trimester, we ask parents to try their Aspen Family Portal accounts before report cards are published.  All new families should have received an email with their login credentials; but if anyone has a problem, please ask them to contact the Aspen Help Desk at aspenhelp [at] cumberlandschools [dot] org.  

 

School Survey- Today is the last day for  parents to complete our annual school survey.   Please complete the survey and help us improve our school!

Go to: surveys.panoramaed.com/ride and enter the Family Access Code: 08112family.  

 

Son’s Choice -Friday, March 10th at 6:30pm at Ashton School. The registration period to sign up is already closed.

 

Talent Show Auditions are scheduled for after school on Monday, March 6th.  Students must be already registered to participate in auditions and stay on Monday.

Pink Day for Layla- Ashton School will be participating on “Pink Day for Layla” on Friday, March 10th. Layla was a student at Community School who passed away recently.  Students will know that Pink Day is in memory of Layla, but we will not be providing any details to our students regarding her passing.  Parents may use their discretion on what they want to share with their children. Students are simply being asked to wear pink and donate a dollar or more. The proceeds will go to Layla’s Dream, which will provide dolls, books and stuffed animals and other great things for the children who are at Hasbro Children’s Hospital.

 

Science Expo- grades 1-5 on March 24th, 1:30-2:30pm. More information will be sent home soon. Grade K- Science Expo is planned for May 5th from 9:45 to 10:30am

Save the Date- Cumberland School Volunteers 50th Anniversary Celebration on Thursday, May 4, 2017. C. Volunteers Celebration Invitation.   All of our volunteers are invited to attend this wonderful event.

Ashton School Yearbook - don't wait to buy your copy of Ashton's Yearbook! Buy online now at ybpay.lifetouch.com with ID Code 11438217. Online only discount available until March 17. These are the days your child will want to remember forever - and the memories will make you smile too!

Asthma Camp 2017 is accepting applications for this year’s camp through May 1st.

Hosted by the Community Asthma Programs at Hasbro Children’s Hospital, Asthma Camp is a week-long, overnight camp designed for children with moderate to severe asthma.  Campers learn about asthma management while enjoying the activities – swimming, crafts, sports – typical of a normal camp experience.  Campers must be between 9 and 13 years old.  Donations from community agencies allow us to offer scholarships so that camp is free for all campers.  Asthma Camp 2017 will host 30 campers, who will be selected based on asthma severity and need.  Please contact Miosotis Alsina at 401-444-2955 with any questions concerning the camp. Please let Mrs. Cipriano, our school nurse  know if you need an application.   For more information about workshops or Asthma Camp, please contact Hasbro  at 401-444-8340, Miosotis Alsina, Asthma Camp Administrator Director Program Coordinator, Community Asthma Programs of Hasbro Children's Hospital              

IMPORTANT DATES

Next School Committee Meeting- March 9th at 7:00pm at CHS - Transitional building.  Everyone is invited to attend.

Cultural Event- Friday,March 31st, at Ashton School from 6:00 to 8:00pm

Group pics-please mark your calendars for the 5th grade yearbook picture to be done on March 21st during the school day.  The 5th grade picture is done outdoors, so if the weather is not good, we will try for April 4th at 10:30am.  Other group pictures to be done on that day for the yearbook are:

Spelling Bee winners- please bring your medals

Student Council- wear red Student  Council shirts

Safety Patrol- wear safety patrol sashes

PE Helpers

Band- please bring your instruments

Future Chef Competition winners- wear metals

The next PBIS “No Homework” day is scheduled for Wednesday, March, 29th

Dress to Impress- Thursday, April 6th

Spring Pictures from LifeTouch for all grades- Friday, April 7th

Sweetheart Dance- Friday, April 7th at 6:00pm @ Lusitania

No school on Friday, April 14th- Good Friday

Spring Vacation- April 17th to April 21st.

Talent Show- May 5th at 6:30pm at CHS auditorium.

Spring Concert- May 19th for grades K, 2 and 4th

Creative Dance Assemblies - all grades from May 22 to May 31st. Parents are invited to this event. A schedule will be sent home with details about each grade’s performance time and day.

Field day- June 14th, rain date- June 15th

Family Day Out- At Ashton School, June 4th or rain date, June 11th, 11:00-2:00pm

 

COMMUNICATION-Please access the Ashton Family folder at anytime throughout the year to find important information shared with parents by our PTO and school principal.   Please use the following link to access the Family Folder - https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0BxV8vhP2d3owYmFqeHNxZE5mT2M&usp=sharing

 

Have a great weekend!

Nidia Karbonik

 


February 28, 2017

 

Dear Parents,

Mary Anne Roll, the Director of Cumberland Volunteers, is retiring at the end of this school year after 17 wonderful years of service.  Please see the posting below with a description of her job;

Cumberland School Volunteers is accepting applications for the Director of Volunteer Programs for the 2017-2018 school year.  Interested parties should send a letter of interest along with a resume and three references to Cumberland School Volunteers, Attn: Search Committee, 2602 Mendon Rd. Cumberland, RI 02864.  Deadline:  March 29, 2017.

 

Director of Volunteer Programs

Cumberland School Volunteers, Inc. – Cumberland, RI

Part-Time 

This is a part-time position (16-20 hours per week) and is flexible to accommodate various programs. Evenings may be required for some activities.

 

The Director of Volunteer Programs will

  • Serve as liaison with the School Administration. 
  • Conduct orientations for new volunteers.
  • Recruit volunteers needed to support programs and requests by the schools.
  • Work with school administrators and staff to ensure a strong and healthy volunteer program.
  • Maintain and evaluate current programs/ events:
  • Reading Is Fundamental (RIF)
  • Just Friends
  • Annual Volunteer Recognition Event
  • Community Service Learning Award (Cumberland High School)
  • Maintain the Cumberland School Volunteers office.
  • Work with the board on fundraising and publicity.
  • Prepare and present annual reports 
  • Develop new programs approved by the Board of Directors.

 

Preferred Qualification:

  • Volunteer experience 
  • Familiarity with the Cumberland Public Schools 
  • Knowledge of current Cumberland School Volunteer programs 
  • Fundraising knowledge 
  • Management skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Basic computer skills
  • Public speaking experience

 

Compensation: 

Salary determined on an annual basis and commensurate with experience.

 

Parent Survey Reminder

This is a friendly reminder that the window is now open for parents to complete the school survey.  The Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (RIDE) is conducting this annual survey of students, parents, teachers, and staff as part of a coordinated effort to improve schools.   Parents have an opportunity to let us know how we are doing by taking the paper or online survey starting on Monday,  February 27th to Friday, March 3rd.  Please complete the survey and help us improve our school! 

Please go to: surveys.panoramaed.com/ride and enter the Family Access Code: 08112family.  If you would like a paper copy of the survey,  contact Mrs. Karbonik to request a copy. Mrs. Lambrou will also be available to assist parents take the survey online at the school on March 1st from 6:00pm to 6:30pm, prior to the PTO meeting.  We will also make computers available during the Dr. Seuss’ event on Thursday night.  Computers will be available in the teacher’s room.  The survey is also available in English and Spanish. 

Your  feedback is greatly appreciated, 

 

Future Chef Competition Reminder - Recipes are due tomorrow. Please see email from last week to access forms and guidelines. This competition is open to all grades. 

Nidia Karbonik


February 25, 2017

Dear Parents,

Here is an update on how students are meeting the school expectations so far this year. 

We are very please to announce that 92.6%of our students are responding to the school expectations with 0 to 1 behavior discipline referral (241 students).  National norms recommend that school have between 80 to 90% in this category (green).   There are 5% of students (14 students) with 2 to 5 major discipline referrals, and 2% of students (5 students) needing individualized behavior/emotional intervention support with 6 or more major discipline referrals.  We are very proud of our students and want to thank you for your support at home reviewing the school expectations.  In effort to maintain a safe and positive school culture, the PBIS team reviews our school data monthly. Below is a sample of the data that the team reviews; 

PBIS Data from September to February 14, 2017

PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) is a framework for setting up systems in a school that will improve the overall culture, climate, safety, and learning for all students.

 As of 2/14, 2017- Total Referrals for the whole school=334

Major incidents, requiring the Principal’s intervention: 101

Minor incidents handled by the classroom teachers : 233

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Ashton School News

February 25, 2017

 

The window is now open for parents to complete our annual school survey.  The Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (RIDE) is conducting this annual survey of students, parents, teachers, and staff as part of a coordinated effort to improve schools.   Parents have an opportunity to let us know how we are doing by taking the paper or online survey starting Monday,  February 27th to Friday, March 3rd.  Please complete the survey and help us improve our school! 

Please go to: surveys.panoramaed.com/ride and enter the Family Access Code: 08112family.  If you would like a paper copy of the survey,  contact Mrs. Karbonik to request a copy. Mrs. Lambrou will also be available to assist parents take the survey online at the school on March 1st from 6:00pm to 6:30pm, prior to the PTO meeting.  Computers will be available in the school library.  The survey is also available in English and Spanish. 

 

Save the Date- Cumberland School Volunteers 50th Anniversary Celebration on Thursday, May 4, 2017. C. Volunteers Celebration Invitation.   All of our volunteers are invited to attend this wonderful event. 

 

Son’s Choice Event-

Son's Choice will be on Friday, March 10th at Ashton!  Doors will open at 6:30pm and tickets are $12 per person.  Fantastic fun time for your Ashton guy and his mom, or other special lady in his life!  Lots of food, drinks, and entertainment.  There will be an awesome DJ, unlimited photo booth pics, an ice cream sundae bar, and let's not forget some fun competition with awesome team games!!

Don't miss a GREAT night!!!  Forms are due back by March 1st.  For more information or questions, please contact Diane Ribeiro atribeiros4 [at] verizon [dot] net.  Here is the flyer that was sent home with students” Son's choice flyer

BOOKFAIR- The Bookfair Preview is Monday, February 27th 9-3:15pm . Students may shop on Tuesday, February 28th

Special Event Shopping Date: Thursday, March 2nd 6-7:30pm during Dr. Suess night. If you are unable to attend the Fair in person, we invite you to visit our online Book Fair at scholastic.com/fair.  If you are available to volunteer for the book fair please contact jhoconnell [at] hotmail [dot] com. Bookfair flyer

 

Afterschool clubs- make up schedule:

Newspaper - last class is now on March 24th (includes 1 makeup class)

Zumba- no makeups needed yet, ends March 21

Lego's - last class is now on March 27th (includes 1 makeup class)

Draw and Doodle- last  class is now on March 23rd (includes 1 makeup class)

Karate- last class is now on March 23rd (includes 1 makeup class). Karate class has been moved to the school cafeteria. Please pick up at the front office.  

 

Future Chef Competition- Students in grades 1-5 may enter a recipi entry to be selected to represent our school at the district’s Future Chefs culinary competition on March 25th.  All recipes are to be submitted by March 1st.  Please see the link below with Recipe entry form and information: Recipe Entry Form

Tips To be  Finalist: Tips for students and Flyer

 

PTO Meeting – Our next PTO meeting is scheduled for March 1st at 6:30pm in our school library. Parents may do their SurveyWorks Survey in our school library, prior to the PTO meeting. Computers will be available for parents from 6:00 to 6:30pm in the school library. 

 

Ashton School Yearbook - don't wait to buy your copy of Ashton's Yearbook! Buy online now at ybpay.lifetouch.com with ID Code 11438217. Online only discount available until March 17. These are the days your child will want to remember forever - and the memories will make you smile too!

 

IMPORTANT DATES

 

Physical Education Challenge-  The contest will run from Monday, February 6th - Friday, March 3.

Next School Committee Meeting- March 9th at 7:00pm at CHS - Transitional building.  Everyone is invited to attend. 

Cultural Event- Friday,March 31st, at Ashton School from 6:00 to 8:00pm

Science Expo- grades 1-5 on March 24th, 1:30-2:30pm. Grade K on May 5th from 9:45 to 10:30am

Field day- June 14th, rain date- June 15th

Talent Show- May 5th at 6:30pm at CHS auditorium. 

Sweetheart Dance- Friday, April 7th at 6:00pm @ Lusitania 

Spring Vacation- April 17th to April 21st. 

 

Creative Dance Assemblies - all grades from May 22 to May 31st. Parents are invited to this event. A schedule will be sent home with details about each grade’s performance time and day. 

 

Fifth Grade and Group pics-please mark your calendars for the 5th grade yearbook picture to be done on March 21st during the school day.  The 5th grade picture is done outdoors, so if the weather is not good, we will try for April 4th at 10:30am.  Other group pictures to be done on that day for the yearbook are: 

Spelling Bee winners- please bring your medals

Student Council- wear red Student  Council shirts

Safety Patrol- wear safety patrol sashes

PE Helpers 

Band- please bring your instruments

Future Chef Competition winners- wear metals 

 

The next PBIS “No Homework” day is scheduled for Wednesday, March, 29th

 

No school on Friday, April 14th- Good Friday

 

COMMUNICATION-Please access the Ashton Family folder at anytime throughout the year to find important information shared with parents by our PTO and school principal.   Please use the following link to access the Family Folder - https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0BxV8vhP2d3owYmFqeHNxZE5mT2M&usp=sharing

 

Have a great weekend! 

Nidia Karbonik

 


February 24, 2017

Son's Choice Registration Deadline Has Been Extended!

 

REMINDER......don't forget to send your forms in for Son's Choice! The deadline on the form was a mistake, as we completely forgot there was no school scheduled for Wednesday. Please send in your forms by next Wednesday, March 1st.

 

The Son’s Choice Event will be taking place at the school this year on Friday, March 10th from 6:30-8:30pm. The event is for boys in K-5 and their mom, or that special someone in their life. Come dress to impress in your best “Sports Attire” or "Ashton Gear". There will be games for the boys and moms to team up in some fun competition. There will also be a DJ, photo booth (with unlimited prints), pizza, drinks, and an ice cream sundae bar. Tickets are $12 per person. It will be a GREAT night, so don’t miss it! For more information or any questions, please contact Diane Ribeiro at ribeiros4 [at] verizon [dot] net.

Son's Choice Form and additional information: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxV8vhP2d3owQmdpN2Y2LU53dHhwMDYydnRRV21kVF9DOG5F/view?usp=sharing

 


Ashton School News

February 17, 2017

 

Dear Families, 

Snow Day was a big success!  Thank you to all of our families for their support getting their children ready for snow day and to our parent volunteers and teachers for making this event possible.  Our students had so much fun and they were very well behaved.  We did not have any injuries that I am aware of and I even got to ride a few sleds with some of our students. The “Spirit Week” activities were also a lot of fun.  Your children looked amazing!!! Thanks for your support and for sharing your children with us.  

 

No School for Students- Please remember that there is no school on Monday, February 20th  to Wednesday, February 22nd.  Students resume school on Thursday, February 23rd. 

 

Afterschool clubs- make up schedule:

Newspaper - last class is now on March 24th (includes 1 makeup class)

Zumba- no makeups needed yet, ends March 21

Lego's - last class is now on March 27th (includes 1 makeup class)

Draw and Doodle- last  class is now on March 23rd (includes 1 makeup class)

Karate- last class is now on March 23rd (includes 1 makeup class). Karate class has been moved to the school cafeteria. Please pick up at the front office.  

 

Son’s Choice Event-

Son's Choice will be on Friday, March 10th at Ashton!  Doors will open at 6:30pm and tickets are $12 per person.  Fantastic fun time for your Ashton guy and his mom, or other special lady in his life!  Lots of food, drinks, and entertainment.  There will be an awesome DJ, unlimited photo booth pics, an ice cream sundae bar, and let's not forget some fun competition with awesome team games!!

Don't miss a GREAT night!!!  Forms are due back by Wednesday, February 22nd.  For more information or questions, please contact Diane Ribeiro atribeiros4 [at] verizon [dot] net.  Here is the flyer that was sent home with students” Son's choice flyer

BOOKFAIR- Book Fair Preview Date: Monday, February 27th 9-3:15pm . Shopping Date: Tuesday, February 28th.  Special Event Shopping Date: Thursday, March 2nd 6-7:30pm during Dr. Seuss night. If you are unable to attend the Fair in person, we invite you to visit our online Book Fair at scholastic.com/fair.

If you are available to volunteer for the book fair please contact jhoconnell [at] hotmail [dot] com. Bookfair flyer

 

MORE ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES FOR STUDENTS

Town STEAMShop Program: link with details-STEAMShop Program

Upcoming STEAMshop town program for students in Grades 3-8. The "OPEN STEAMshop Days" will begin with one Saturday each month, and pending sponsorships, we anticipate more by next Fall. 

 

Squared School 2017 WinterMath Competition!- I am just passing this information along for those interested.

Sunday, February 26, 10am-12pm at Squared School located on the beautiful East Side of Providence, at 425 Angell Street, Providence, RI 02906

- Kids in grades 1 through 10 are welcome, Open to ALL, not only students from Squared School. World class math challenge for the young minds, with creative problems and puzzles adapted from major US and International math Olympiads.  Kids develop logic and reasoning skills, and unlock their creativity and imagination. 

-Medals and prizes for winners

- Grand Prix: Beats Headphones! 

- Participation pins for all

- Register on premises, first come, first served, space permitting

- Entry fee: $30 per participant

 

This is a unique event in RI, and one of only three events we hold every year (Fall, Winter and Spring competitions).  All our past events have been incredibly successful with kids having tons of fun! These events not only help kids develop strong analytical skills, but also provide excellent training for such national math competitions as Math Kangaroo, Mathcounts, MOEM, and AMC. 

Vitaly Sorkin

Director

Squared School Academy of Mathematics

425 Angell Street

Providence, RI 02906

401-339-6725

www.squaredschool.com

https://www.facebook.com/squaredschool 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PREVIOUS ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Future Chef Competition- Students in grades 1-5 may enter a recipe entry to be selected to represent our school at the district’s Future Chefs culinary competition on March 25th.  All recipes are to be submitted by March 1st.  Please see the link below with Recipe entry form and information: Recipe Entry Form

Tips To be  Finalist: Tips for students and Flyer

 

The next Cumberland School Committee Meeting is scheduled for February 23rd at 7:00pm at the Cumberland High School Transitional Building. Everyone is invited to attend!

 

School Survey- The Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (RIDE) is conducting an annual survey of students, parents, teachers, and staff as part of a coordinated effort to improve schools.  Students, staff, and families will have the opportunity to participate in the survey over the next few weeks.  Students in grades 3-5 will take the survey during the school day the week of February 6 to February 10th.  Parents may take the survey on paper or online starting the week of  February 27th to March 3rd. All parents are invited to take the survey.  Please go to: surveys.panoramaed.com/ride and enter the Family Access Code: 08112family.  If you would like a paper copy of the survey, please contact Mrs. Karbonik to request a copy. Mrs. Lambrou will also be available to assist parents take the survey online at the school on March 1st from 6:00pm to 6:30pm, prior to the PTO meeting.  Computers will be available to parents in the school library.  The survey is available in English and Spanish. 

 

Cultural Events- the Cultural Events Committee is looking to do an event this year to celebrate the various cultures shared within our school community.  The theme for our this year’s Cultural Events is Kindness, Acceptance and Respect.  The event is being planned for March 31st .  We are looking for faculty or parent volunteers;  https://docs.google.com/document/d/12Z-9azqk-95sv9buGsYtRGsne1hGvog7VvpOk17rvH8/edit?usp=sharing

 

Fifth Grade and Group pics-please mark your calendars for the 5th grade yearbook picture to be done on March 21st during the school day.  The 5th grade picture is done outdoors, so if the weather is not good, we will try for April 4th at 10:30am.  Other group pictures to be done on that day for the yearbook are: 

Spelling Bee winners- please bring your medals

Student Council- wear red Student  Council shirts

Safety Patrol- wear safety patrol sashes

PE Helpers 

Band- please bring your instruments

Future Chef Competition winners- wear metals 

 

 

PTO Meeting – Our next PTO meeting is scheduled for March 1st at 6:30pm in our school library. Parents may do their SurveyWorks Survey in our school library, prior to the PTO meeting. Computers will be available for parents from 6:00 to 6:30pm in the school library. 

 

Ashton School Yearbook - don't wait to buy your copy of Ashton's Yearbook! Buy online now at ybpay.lifetouch.com with ID Code 11438217. Online only discount available until March 17. These are the days your child will want to remember forever - and the memories will make you smile too!

 

Physical Education Challenge-  The contest will run from Monday, February 6th - Friday, March 3. 

 

Read Across America- families are invited to join us to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ B-day on March 2nd at the school with an evening of readers and fun activities for everyone in the family, including shopping at the Scholastic bookfair.  The event is from 6:00-7:30pm and it is free to all of our families. Parents must accompany their children to the event. 

 

Ashton’s Second Science Expo for grades 1-5.  March 24th  from 1:30 to 2:30pm   Parents are invited to attend this fun and educational event.  Kindergarten students will have their own science expo later in the year. 

Grade K- Science Expo is scheduled for Friday, May 5th from 9:45-10:30 am.

Field day- June 9th, rain date- June 12th - ? may be rescheduled due to snow days.

Talent Show- May 5th at 6:30pm at CHS auditorium. 

Sweetheart Dance- Friday, April 7th at 6:00pm @ Lusitania 

Spring Vacation- April 17th to April 21st. 

Creative Dance Assemblies - all grades from May 22 to May 31st. Parents are invited to this event. A schedule will be sent home with details about each grade’s performance time and day. 

 

No school on Friday, April 14th- Good Friday

 

COMMUNICATION-Please access the Ashton Family folder at anytime throughout the year to find important information shared with parents by our PTO and school principal.   Please use the following link to access the Family Folder - https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0BxV8vhP2d3owYmFqeHNxZE5mT2M&usp=sharing

 

Have a great weekend! Nidia Karbonik

 


February 16, 2017

 

Dear Parents,

My previous email contained the Hot Chocolate Nutrition Facts and not the ingredients. I am sorry, here is the list of ingredients:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxV8vhP2d3owM0FtQ2R3UmJSTmxTZGhRb0l0dFU3dV8yb2dj/view?usp=sharing

Nidia

Dear Parents,

As you know, students will enjoy a "snow afternoon" tomorrow afternoon as a PBIS reward for following the school expectations.  Sodexo has donated hot chocolate for all students.  Here is the list of ingredients: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxV8vhP2d3owc2hfamRuYWRnRDM4YW1NdDl3U2ZHOF9aUTA4/view?usp=sharing

If you do not want your child to have hot chocolate, please contact the school nurse, Mrs. Cipriano or Mrs. Karbonik, the principal,  prior to 10:00am tomorrow; christie [dot] cipriano [at] cumberlandschools [dot] org or nidia [dot] karbonik [at] cumberlandschools [dot] org. Please remember to send a change of snow clothes for your child to wear for the afternoon; boots, gloves, hat, snow pants and a winter jacket.

Respectfully, Nidia

 


February 14, 2017

Dear Parents,

Tomorrow's lunch menu is Mondays lunch menu.  Please refer to the lunch menu calendar provided to students at the start of the month or visit the school website for the menu. 

Snowy Afternoon- The classrooms at Ashton School have earned a total of over 500 class paws and will be having Snow Day as a school-wide reward.  Please be sure that your child brings the appropriate clothing to change into for snow activities on Friday, February 17th in the afternoon. Students may still dress up for spirit week by dressing as their favorite character or flip flop day. We apologize that the snow event is during spirit week, but we have to take advantage of the snow while we have some. Students must bring boots, snow pants, hats, gloves and a warm coat to wear for the afternoon. Any students who are not properly dressed will not be allowed to participate.  If you would like to bring in a sled or tube for your child to use, please be sure his/her name is clearly marked on it. They may be asked to share their sled/tube. Students cannot bring sleds/tubes on the bus. Parents must bring in any sleds/tubes and pick them up at school. Hot chocolate will be provided at no cost to students from Sodexo. 

Volunteers Needed for Snow Day-   We are looking for approximately 10 parent volunteers available to make the afternoon run smoothly.  We would need parent volunteers available from 1:00-2:45. Parents who are placed with kindergarten would need to be available for a little while before and after the event to assist with the students with their snow clothes.  Parent volunteers need to come dressed to be outdoors in the snow as well.  Please email Mr. Oliveira at nicholas [dot] oliveira [at] cumberlandschools [dot] org (nicholas [dot] oliveira [at] cumberlandschools [dot] org) if you are available and able to help.-Nick Oliveira

Happy Valentine's Day!!!

Nidia Karbonik

 


Ashton School News

February 13, 2017

 

Dear Families, 

I hope everyone is staying warm this winter.  We are looking forward to seeing our students again soon. Nature gave us an unexpected vacation. 

 

SPIRIT WEEK- February 13 - 17.  Our Student Council has scheduled the following events for this year’s spirit week.  Thank you in advance for helping your child participate.

MONDAY –  Character Day.  Dress as your favorite character.”SNOW DAY-SCHOOL CLOSED” - This day will be made up on Friday Feb 17th.  Students may select to do Flip Flop Friday or Character day, their choice!

TUESDAY – Twin or Multiples Day.  Students can pair up with each other and wear matching outfits.

WEDNESDAY–  Wacky Wednesday.  Funny socks?  Crazy Hair?  Mismatched clothes? Students decide how to show their wacky side.

THURSDAY – Throw-Back Thursday.  Dress up in clothes that represent the styles from your favorite decade. 

FRIDAY – Flip Flop Friday or Character day.  Students may select to dress as teachers/grown-ups; teachers dress as students. Students may also dress as their favorite character.

 

Fitness Pictures- Mr. Lennon and Mrs, Hogan are excited to be receiving pictures of our Ashton Families being physical active. They are hoping to create a college from the pictures to display for the Physical Education Challenge and for other future activities.  When your child brings in a picture, please send a note if you would like the photo returned to you at the end of the challenge.  All other photos will be laminated and displayed on our gym walls throughout the year.. Thank you for all your support and please contact Mr. Lennon or Mrs. Hogan if you have any questions. joseph [dot] lennon [at] cumberlandschools [dot] org or leah [dot] hogan [at] cumberlandschools [dot] org.

 

Son’s Choice Event-

Son's Choice will be on Friday, March 10th at Ashton!  Doors will open at 6:30pm and tickets are $12 per person.  Fantastic fun time for your Ashton guy and his mom, or other special lady in his life!  Lots of food, drinks, and entertainment.  There will be an awesome DJ, unlimited photo booth pics, an ice cream sundae bar, and let's not forget some fun competition with awesome team games!!

 

Don't miss a GREAT night!!!  Forms are due back by Wednesday, February 22nd.  For more information or questions, please contact Diane Ribeiro atribeiros4 [at] verizon [dot] net.  Here is the flyer that was sent home with students” Son's choice flyer

 

BOOKFAIR- Book Fair Preview Date: Monday, February 27th 9-3:15pm . Shopping Date: Tuesday, February 28th.  Special Event Shopping Date: Thursday, March 2nd 6-7:30pm during Dr. Suess night. If you are unable to attend the Fair in person, we invite you to visit our online Book Fair at scholastic.com/fair.

If you are available to volunteer for the book fair please contact jhoconnell [at] hotmail [dot] com. Bookfair flyer

 

Afterschool Clubs: afterschool clubs will be starting on Monday, February 6th 

Lego’s- Monday in the school library, from dismissal until 4:35pm -pick up by the gym doors

Kids Zumba- Tuesdays in the gym from dismissal until 4:35- pick up by the gym doors

Karate- Thursdays in the gym from dismissal until 4:20pm-pick up by the gym doors

Draw and Doodle- Thursdays in the library from dismissal until 4:35- pick up by the gym doors

School Newspaper- Fridays in room 3 from dismissal until 4:35-pick up by the front doors

Future Chef Competition- Students in grades 1-5 may enter a recipi entry to be selected to represent our school at the district’s Future Chefs culinary competition on March 25th.  All recipes are to be submitted by March 1st.  Please see the link below with Recipe entry form and information: Recipe Entry Form

Tips To be  Finalist: Tips for students and Flyer

 

The next Cumberland School Committee Meeting is scheduled for February 23rd at 7:00pm at the Cumberland High School Transitional Building. Everyone is invited to attend!

 

School Survey- The Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (RIDE) is conducting an annual survey of students, parents, teachers, and staff as part of a coordinated effort to improve schools.  Students, staff, and families will have the opportunity to participate in the survey over the next few weeks.  Students in grades 3-5 will take the survey during the school day the week of February 6 to February 10th.  Parents may take the survey on paper or online starting the week of  February 27th to March 3rd. All parents are invited to take the survey.  Please go to: surveys.panoramaed.com/ride and enter the Family Access Code: 08112family.  If you would like a paper copy of the survey, please contact Mrs. Karbonik t request a copy. Mrs. Lambrou will also be available to assist parents take the survey online at the school on March 1st from 6:00pm to 6:30pm, prior to the PTO meeting.  Computers will be available to parents in the school library.  The survey is available in English and Spanish. 

 

Cultural Events- the Cultural Events Committee is looking to do an event this year to celebrate the various cultures shared within our school community.  The theme for our this year’s Cultural Events is Kindness, Acceptance and Respect.  The event is being planned for March 31st .  We are looking for faculty or parent volunteers;  https://docs.google.com/document/d/12Z-9azqk-95sv9buGsYtRGsne1hGvog7VvpOk17rvH8/edit?usp=sharing

 

Fifth Grade and Group pics-please mark your calendars for the 5th grade yearbook picture to be done on March 21st during the school day.  The 5th grade picture is done outdoors, so if the weather is not good, we will try for April 4th at 10:30am.  Other group pictures to be done on that day for the yearbook are: 

Spelling Bee winners- please bring your medals

Student Council- wear red Student  Council shirts

Safety Patrol- wear safety patrol sashes

PE Helpers 

Band- please bring your instruments

Future Chef Competition winners- wear metals 

 

 

PTO Meeting – Our next PTO meeting is scheduled for March 1st at 6:30pm in our school library. Parents may do their SurveyWorks Survey in our school library, prior to the PTO meeting. Computers will be available for parents from 6:00 to 6:30pm in the school library. 

 

 

Ashton School Yearbook - don't wait to buy your copy of Ashton's Yearbook! Buy online now at ybpay.lifetouch.com with ID Code 11438217. Online only discount available until March 17. These are the days your child will want to remember forever - and the memories will make you smile too!

 

NO School for Students- Monday, February 20th  to Wednesday, February 22nd.  Students resume school on Thursday, February 23rd. 

 

Physical Education Challenge- This will be the Physical Education Department’s fourth year running the Physical Education Challenge.  This year we will be adding a twist, “Fit with Family.”  Similar to last year, students will receive a red card which they will use to track their physical activities outside of school. In order for the activity to count it must be done for at least 30 minutes consecutively and may include anything from team sports games/practices to dance or just playing catch. Students MAY NOT use the same activity more than once in the same week. Once the card is completed, students must get a parent/guardian's signature and return it to school.  Students can not complete more than one card per day . The classroom with the most cards returned receives an extra Physical Education class, in which the students choose the activity(s)!  The more participation the greater odds of winning! There will be one class chosen from grades K-2 and 3-5 as the winner of this challenge.  The contest will run from Monday, February 6th - Friday, March 3. The added twist to this challenge is the Fit with Family piece.  We are encouraging students to bring pictures to school for our Fit with Family Challenge Wall.  Please send to school any current pictures of families being physically active together.  This could be going on a hike, bike ride, jumping at a trampoline park, playing sports or just playing at the playground.  Get creative.  We want to display how our Ashton Families live a physically active lifestyle.

If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact us at joseph [dot] lennon [at] cumberlandschools [dot] org or leah [dot] hogan [at] cumberlandschools [dot] org. We look forward to collecting more red cards than ever before and creating our Fit with Family Challenge Wall with great photos!!!   Mr. Lennon and Mrs. Hogan

FUTURE EVENTS-SAVE THE DATE

 

 

Read Across America- families are invited to join us to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ B-day on March 2nd at the school with an evening of readers and fun activities for everyone in the family, including shopping at the Scholastic bookfair.  The event is from 6:00-7:30pm and it is free to all of our families. Parents must accompany their children to the event. 

 

Ashton’s Second Science Expo for grades 1-5.  March 24th  from 1:30 to 2:30pm   Parents are invited to attend this fun and educational event.  Kindergarten students will have their own science expo later in the year. 

Grade K- Science Expo is scheduled for Friday, May 5th from 9:45-10:30 am.

Field day- June 9th, rain date- June 12th - ? may be rescheduled due to snow days.

Talent Show- May 5th at 6:30pm at CHS auditorium. 

Sweetheart Dance- Friday, April 7th at 6:00pm @ Lusitania 

Spring Vacation- April 17th to April 21st. 

Creative Dance Assemblies - all grades from May 22 to May 31st. Parents are invited to this event. A schedule will be sent home with details about each grade’s performance time and day. 

 

No school on Friday, April 14th- Good Friday

 

The next PBIS “No Homework” day is scheduled for Wednesday, February 15th

 

COMMUNICATION-Please access the Ashton Family folder at anytime throughout the year to find important information shared with parents by our PTO and school principal.   Please use the following link to access the Family Folder - https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0BxV8vhP2d3owYmFqeHNxZE5mT2M&usp=sharing

 

Have a great week! Nidia Karbonik

 


February 6, 2017

Dear Parents,

All students sign up for afterschool clubs have been accepted.  The clubs will start this week. The Lego's club starts today with students staying until 4:35pm. Parents are asked to park by the double doors near the gym to pick up students at 4:35pm.  The club instructors will open the doors for parents at the end of the program. Please send an extra snack/drink with your child if they are staying afterschool. 

Thanks,

Nidia Karbonik

 


Ashton School News

February 3, 2017

 

SPIRIT WEEK- February 13 - 17.  Our Student Council has scheduled the following events for this year’s spirit week.  Thank you in advance for helping your child participate.

MONDAY –  Character Day.  Dress as your favorite character.

TUESDAY – Twin or Multiples Day.  Students can pair up with each other and wear matching outfits.

WEDNESDAY–  Wacky Wednesday.  Funny socks?  Crazy Hair?  Mismatched clothes? Students decide how to show their wacky side.

THURSDAY – Throw-Back Thursday.  Dress up in clothes that represent the styles from your favorite decade. 

FRIDAY – Flip Flop Friday.  Students dress as teachers/grown-ups; teachers dress as students.

BOOKFAIR- Book Fair Preview Date: Monday, February 27th 9-3:15pm

Shopping Date: Tuesday, February 28th 

Special Event Shopping Date: Thursday, March 2nd 6-7:30pm during Dr. Suess night

 

If you are unable to attend the Fair in person, we invite you to visit our online Book Fair at scholastic.com/fair.

 

If you are available to volunteer for the book fair please contact jhoconnell [at] hotmail [dot] com.

Bookfair flyer

Afterschool Clubs: afterschool clubs will be starting on Monday, February 6th 

Lego’s- Monday in the school library, from dismissal until 4:35pm -pick up by the gym doors

Kids Zumba- Tuesdays in the gym from dismissal until 4:35- pick up by the gym doors

Karate- Thursdays in the gym from dismissal until 4:20pm-pick up by the gym doors

Draw and Doodle- Thursdays in the library from dismissal until 4:35- pick up by the gym doors

School Newspaper- Fridays in room 3 from dismissal until 4:35-pick up by the front doors

Future Chef Competition- Students in grades 1-5 may enter a recipe entry to be selected to represent our school at the district’s Future Chefs culinary competition on March 25th.  All recipes are to be submitted by March 1st.  Please see the link below with Recipe entry form and information: Recipe Entry Form

Tips To be  Finalist: Tips for students and Flyer

 

The next Cumberland School Committee Meeting is scheduled for February 9th at 7:00pm at the Cumberland High School Transitional Building. Everyone is invited to attend!

Community Newsletter - from Cumberland, North Smithfield & Lincoln Prevention Coalitions:  Communi-Key Newsletter

 

School Survey- The Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (RIDE) is conducting an annual survey of students, parents, teachers, and staff as part of a coordinated effort to improve schools.  Students, staff, and families will have the opportunity to participate in the survey over the next few weeks.  Students in grades 3-5 will take the survey during the school day the week of February 6 to February 10th.  Parents may take the survey on paper or online starting the week of  February 27th to March 3rd. All parents are invited to take the survey.  Please go to: surveys.panoramaed.com/ride and enter the Family Access Code: 08112family.  If you would like a paper copy of the survey, please contact Mrs. Karbonik to request a copy. Mrs. Lambrou will also be available to assist parents take the survey online at the school on March 1st from 6:00pm to 6:30pm, prior to the PTO meeting.  Computers will be available to parents in the school library.  The survey is available in English and Spanish. 

 

Survey Overview: The student survey is a student perception survey. The questions in the survey will ask your child to give his/her thoughts about his/her teacher and learning experiences.  The goal is for teachers to use student survey results to become even better teachers. The surveys are anonymous.  All students will log in to the survey using the same log in genetic code, just like the one parents will use for their survey. 

 

What this means for your child and other students: Your child should know that his/her voice and classroom experiences matter.  The student survey is a way for your child to communicate his/her thoughts to teachers without any negative consequences.  The survey results will be anonymous. Teachers will not receive student names with their survey results.

 

What this means to you as a parent: We know that having a great teacher is the most important school-based factor in your child’s success.  The student survey is one of many tools our school district can use to provide teachers with feedback to help them improve.  Schools will be stronger and your child’s teachers will be better. Ultimately, your child’s learning will improve, too.

 

What this means for teachers and schools: The purpose of a Student Perception Survey is to provide educators with more feedback about how they can improve in order to increase student learning. Common practice in teacher evaluation is for principals to observe a teacher instructing a lesson and to provide her/him with feedback on strengths and weaknesses. While this principal feedback helps teachers improve their instruction, teachers can improve even more when given information from students who are in their classrooms every day.

 

The surveys are not designed to measure whether students like or dislike their teacher.  Rather, the focus is on how teachers and the classroom environment help students learn.

How can I learn more? Visit the Rhode Island Department of Education’s website at surveyworks.ride.ri.gov to learn more about the Student Perception Survey and to see the questions being asked on the survey.

Cultural Events- the Cultural Events Committee is looking to do an event this year to celebrate the various cultures shared within our school community.  The theme for our this year’s Cultural Events is Kindness, Acceptance and Respect.  The event is being planned for March 31st .  We are looking for faculty or parent volunteers;  https://docs.google.com/document/d/12Z-9azqk-95sv9buGsYtRGsne1hGvog7VvpOk17rvH8/edit?usp=sharing

 

 

PTO Meeting – Our next PTO meeting is scheduled for March 1st at 6:30pm in our school library.  

 

Spelling Bee-  Ashton Spelling Bee winners will represent Ashton School at the District’s Spelling Bee on February 8th at the CHS auditorium at 4:00pm.  

 

Ashton School Yearbook - don't wait to buy your copy of Ashton's Yearbook! Buy online now at ybpay.lifetouch.com with ID Code 11438217. Online only discount available until March 17. These are the days your child will want to remember forever - and the memories will make you smile too!

 

NO School for Students- Monday, February 20th  to Wednesday, February 22nd.  Students resume school on Thursday, February 23rd. 

 

Ashton Physical Education- This will be the Physical Education Department’s fourth year running the Physical Education Challenge.  This year we will be adding a twist, “Fit with Family.”  Similar to last year, students will receive a red card which they will use to track their physical activities outside of school. In order for the activity to count it must be done for at least 30 minutes consecutively and may include anything from team sports games/practices to dance or just playing catch. Students MAY NOT use the same activity more than once in the same week. Once the card is completed, students must get a parent/guardian's signature and return it to school.  Students can not complete more than one card per day . The classroom with the most cards returned receives an extra Physical Education class, in which the students choose the activity(s)!  The more participation the greater odds of winning! There will be one class chosen from grades K-2 and 3-5 as the winner of this challenge.  The contest will run from Monday, February 6th - Friday, March 3. The added twist to this challenge is the Fit with Family piece.  We are encouraging students to bring pictures to school for our Fit with Family Challenge Wall.  Please send to school any current pictures of families being physically active together.  This could be going on a hike, bike ride, jumping at a trampoline park, playing sports or just playing at the playground.  Get creative.  We want to display how our Ashton Families live a physically active lifestyle.

If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact us at joseph [dot] lennon [at] cumberlandschools [dot] org or leah [dot] hogan [at] cumberlandschools [dot] org. We look forward to collecting more red cards than ever before and creating our Fit with Family Challenge Wall with great photos!!!   Mr. Lennon and Mrs. Hogan

FUTURE EVENTS-SAVE THE DATE

Read Across America- families are invited to join us to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ B-day on March 2nd at the school with an evening of readers and fun activities for everyone in the family, including shopping at the Scholastic bookfair.  The event is from 6:00-7:30pm and it is free to all of our families. Parents must accompany their children to the event. 

 

Son’s Choice Event: March 10th at Ashton School, 6:30pm to 8:30pm.  More Information will be sent home soon.

 

Ashton’s Second Science Expo for grades 1-5.  March 24th  from 1:30 to 2:30pm   Parents are invited to attend this fun and educational event.  Kindergarten students will have their own science expo later in the year. 

Grade K- Science Expo is scheduled for Friday, May 5th from 9:45-10:30 am.

Field day- June 9th, rain date- June 12th

Talent Show- May 5th at 6:30pm at CHS auditorium. 

Sweetheart Dance- Friday, April 7th at 6:00pm @ Lusitania 

Spring Vacation- April 17th to April 21st. 

Creative Dance Assemblies - all grades from May 22 to May 31st. Parents are invited to this event. A schedule will be sent home with details about each grade’s performance time and day. 

 

No school on Friday, April 14th- Good Friday

 

The next PBIS “No Homework” day is scheduled for Wednesday, February15th

 

COMMUNICATION-Please access the Ashton Family folder at anytime throughout the year to find important information shared with parents by our PTO and school principal.   Please use the following link to access the Family Folder - https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0BxV8vhP2d3owYmFqeHNxZE5mT2M&usp=sharing

 

Have a great weekend! Nidia Karbonik

 


February 2, 2017

Dear Parents and Guardians,

This will be the Physical Education Department’s fourth year running the Physical Education Challenge.  This year we will be adding a twist, “Fit with Family.”  Similar to last year, students will receive a red card which they will use to track their physical activities outside of school. In order for the activity to count it must be done for at least 30 minutes consecutively and may include anything from team sports games/practices to dance or just playing catch. Students MAY NOT use the same activity more than once in the same week. Once the card is completed, students must get a parent/guardian's signature and return it to school.  Students can not complete more than one card per day . The classroom with the most cards returned receives an extra Physical Education class, in which the students choose the activity(s)!  The more participation the greater odds of winning! There will be one class chosen from grades K-2 and 3-5 as the winner of this challenge.  The contest will run from Monday, February 6th - Friday, March 3. 

    The added twist to this challenge is the Fit with Family piece.  We are encouraging students to bring pictures to school for our Fit with Family Challenge Wall.  Please send to school any current pictures of families being physically active together.  This could be going on a hike, bike ride, jumping at a trampoline park, playing sports or just playing at the playground.  Get creative.  We want to display how our Ashton Families live a physically active lifestyle.

    If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact us at joseph [dot] lennon [at] cumberlandschools [dot] org or leah [dot] hogan [at] cumberlandschools [dot] org. We look forward to collecting more red cards than ever before and creating our Fit with Family Challenge Wall with great photos!!!

 

Best regards,

Mr. Lennon and Mrs. Hogan


January 31, 2017

Dear Parents,

If school is delayed in the morning due to the weather, we will NOT have the “Before School Academic Program” for that day.  The Before School Program is different from Alphabest, which is a daycare and enrichment program that parents pay for.  Alphabest is not impacted by school delays.   

The Before School Program is an eight week program that runs from 8:00-8:45am on various days of the week. Students eligible for the program received invitations to register.  This is the program that will be cancelled if we have a morning school delay.  Any classes missed due to school delays will be made up at the end of the eight weeks.  

Thanks, Nidia Karbonik

 


Ashton School News

January 27, 2017

 

Cultural Events- the Cultural Events Committee is looking to do an event this year to celebrate the various cultures shared within our school community.  The theme for our this year’s Cultural Events is Kindness, Acceptance and Respect.  The event is being planned for March 31st .  We are looking for faculty or parent volunteers;  https://docs.google.com/document/d/12Z-9azqk-95sv9buGsYtRGsne1hGvog7VvpOk17rvH8/edit?usp=sharing

 

Afterschool Clubs: we are still taking registrations for the afterschool clubs. Clubs are scheduled to start the week of February 6th.  Clubs available; Karate, School Newspaper, Lego’s, Zumba, Draw and Doodle. 

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1nqGgbCKyY-6ZfNIQJxFPvBNrdbvT0TqrpMJU71wodkg/edit?usp=sharing

 

PTO Meeting – Our next PTO meeting is scheduled for February 1st at 6:30pm in our school library.  

 

Grade 4 only- NAEP testing- February 1st, during the school day.  A letter has been emailed to parents with detail information about the testing.  Please email Mrs. Karbonik if you have a child in the 4th grade and have not received information about NAEP. 

 

Spirit Week - starting on Monday, February 13th to February 17th.  More information will be sent home soon. 

 

Spelling Bee-  Ashton Spelling Bee winners will represent Ashton School at the District’s Spelling Bee on February 8th at the CHS auditorium at 4:00pm.  Congratulations to;

Grade 4, 1st place- Ben Jahnz, runner up- Amanda Masse

Grade 5, 1st place- Kaustav Bhattacharya, runner up- Julia Sousa. 

We are very proud of our students and wish them good luck! Attendance to this event is free.  Everyone is invited. 

 

Ashton School Yearbook - don't wait to buy your copy of Ashton's Yearbook! Buy online now at ybpay.lifetouch.com with ID Code 11438217. Online only discount available until March 17. These are the days your child will want to remember forever - and the memories will make you smile too!

 

NO School for Students- Monday, February 20th  to Wednesday, February 22nd.  Students resume school on Thursday, February 23rd. 

 

SurveyWorks- Grades 3-5 only

The Rhode Island Department of Education is currently administering its yearly SurveyWorks Parent Survey, which is an opportunity for parents to provide feedback about our school and our children’s opportunities to learn.  The survey results are most useful when all parents participate, so I am writing to ask you to participate in this survey. 

Your views on matters like the safety of your child at school, the way students are taught, the condition of the school, and how connected you feel to this school are important. By taking this short survey you can help our school leadership and our parent-teacher organization to make improvements to our school. Responses are anonymous and cannot be linked to any individual; no one can tie your responses back to you.

You can take the short survey online or on paper starting  February 27th to March 3rd. To take the survey, visit: surveys.panoramaed.com/ride and enter the Family Access Code: 08112family.  If you would like a paper copy of the survey, please contact Mrs. Karbonik t request a copy. Mrs. Lambrou will also be available to assist parents take the survey online at the school on March 1st from 6:00pm to 6:30pm, prior to the PTO meeting.  Computers will be available to parents in the school library.  The survey is available in English and Spanish. 

 

FUTURE EVENTS-SAVE THE DATE

 

Book fair- Book Fair Preview Date: Monday, February 27th 9-3:15pm

Shopping Date: Tuesday, February 28th 

Special Event Shopping Date: Thursday, March 2nd 6-7:30pm during Dr. Seuss night

 

If you are unable to attend the Fair in person, we invite you to visit our online Book Fair at scholastic.com/fair.

 

If you are available to volunteer for the book fair please contact jhoconnell [at] hotmail [dot] com.

 

Read Across America- families are invited to join us to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ B-day with an evening of readers and fun activities for everyone in the family, including shopping at the Scholastic bookfair.  The event is from 6:00-7:30pm at the school. This event is free and everyone is invited. 

 

Son’s Choice Event: March 10th at Ashton School, 6:30pm to 8:30pm.  More Information will be sent home soon. 

 

Ashton’s Second Science Expo for grades 1-5.  March 24th  from 1:30 to 2:30pm   Parents are invited to attend this fun and educational event.  Kindergarten students will have their own science expo later in the year. 

 

Field day- June 9th, rain date- June 12th

Talent Show- May 5th at 6:30pm at CHS auditorium. 

Sweetheart Dance- Friday, April 7th at 6:00pm @ Lusitania 

Spring Vacation- April 17th to April 21st. 

Creative Dance Assemblies- tentatively scheduled for April 10th to April 13th. Parents are invited to attend.  

 

No school on Friday, April 14th- Good Friday

 

 

The next Cumberland School Committee Meeting is scheduled for February 9th at 7:00pm at the Cumberland High School Transitional Building. Everyone is invited to attend!

 

The next PBIS “No Homework” day is scheduled for Wednesday, February15th

 

COMMUNICATION-Please access the Ashton Family folder at anytime throughout the year to find important information shared with parents by our PTO and school principal.   Please use the following link to access the Family Folder - https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0BxV8vhP2d3owYmFqeHNxZE5mT2M&usp=sharing

 

Have a great weekend!

Nidia Karbonik


January 26, 2017

Dear Parents,

We are still taking registrations for the afterschool clubs. Clubs are scheduled to start the week of February 6th. Please send the registration form as soon as possible to ensure a spot for your child in one of our clubs.  Clubs available; Karate, School Newspaper, Lego’s, Kids Zumba for Kids, Draw and Doodle. 

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1nqGgbCKyY-6ZfNIQJxFPvBNrdbvT0TqrpMJU71wodkg/edit?usp=sharing

 


January 23, 2017

Dear Parents, I am very excited to announce that we are adding Karate as one of our afterschool clubs that will be starting the first week in February.  The clubs currently being offered are: School Newspaper, Karate, Zumba, Lego's and Draw and Doodle.  

Here is the revised link for afterschool clubs. A hard copy of the registration form will be going home today with our students via the red folder.  Enrollment to the clubs is limited, so please register as soon as possible. 

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1nqGgbCKyY-6ZfNIQJxFPvBNrdbvT0TqrpMJU71wodkg/edit?usp=sharing

Nidia Karbonik, Principal

 


Ashton School News

January 20, 2017

 

Ashton Afterschool Enrichment Club- here is the registration form for the Afterschool Enrichment Clubs: https://docs.google.com/document/d/14PH6G2oIDmLcF778cDLpuaDqg1N6LyDGWIy6GOd-r4s/edit?usp=sharing

A hard copy of the registration form will be sent home with students on Monday, via the red folder.  Clubs fill up quickly, so please register your child as soon as possible. 

 

Sodexo Survey- our food company needs your feedback.  Cumberland Elementary Student Survey - http://www.sodexosurveys.com/f/98728/3c7a/

thank you for your help!  Shauna Spillane, General Manager Sodexo Food Services

Cumberland Public Schools

 

Message from Mrs. Cipriano, our School Nurse- The school dentist is coming to the school on Friday, February 10th to perform dental exams on all students that have not returned any paperwork indicating that they are seen by their own dentist.  

If your child has been seen by a dentist please sign this form and return by February 7, 2017.  Please indicate when your child’s next dental appointment is scheduled:  ____________.

Parent signature:____________________________________

By signing this form and returning you are indicating that your child is seen by a dentist regularly and does NOT need to be seen by the school dentist.  

Message from the RI Department of Health: RIDOH Detects Increase in Viral Illness throughout the State; Urges Rhode Islanders to Take Precautions to Prevent the Spread of Disease.  Please open link for more information:

http://www.ri.gov/press/view/29345

 

PTO Meeting – Our next PTO meeting is scheduled for February 1st at 6:30pm in our school library

 

The next Cumberland School Committee Meeting is scheduled for January 26 at 7:00pm at the Cumberland High School Transitional Building. Everyone is invited to attend!

 

The next PBIS “No Homework” day is scheduled for January 25th

COMMUNICATION-Please access the Ashton Family folder at anytime throughout the year to find important information shared with parents by our PTO and school principal.   Please use the following link to access the Family Folder - https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0BxV8vhP2d3owYmFqeHNxZE5mT2M&usp=sharing

Have a great weekend!

Nidia Karbonik

 


Ashton School News

January 13, 2017

No school -on Monday, January 16th in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

 

Message from Mrs. Cipriano, our School Nurse- The school dentist is coming to the school on Friday, February 10th to perform dental exams on all students that have not returned any paperwork indicating that they are seen by their own dentist.  

If your child has been seen by a dentist please sign this form and return by February 7, 2017.  Please indicate when your child’s next dental appointment is scheduled:  ____________.

Parent signature:____________________________________

By signing this form and returning you are indicating that your child is seen by a dentist regularly and does NOT need to be seen by the school dentist.  

Message from the RI Department of Health: RIDOH Detects Increase in Viral Illness throughout the State; Urges Rhode Islanders to Take Precautions to Prevent the Spread of Disease.  Please open link for more information:

http://www.ri.gov/press/view/29345

 

Girls on the Run Program-

The Girls on the Run Program is being offered at B.F Elementary School this year.  Any girl can sign up to attend the program. Students do not need to be BF students to attend.

Registration for the Spring 2017 opens in just 1 week on Monday, January 16th – mark your calendar & bookmark the registration link!

The Spring 2017 season begins the week of 2/27. NEW FOR SPRING 2017: In an effort to promote timely registration, we are announcing three registration periods*.

Early Registration:  1/16-2/06 $170

Open Registration: 2/07-2/26 $175

Late Registration: 2/27-3/12 $180

The registration fee covers the trained coaches, curriculum, materials, a light snack, program shirt and 5K entry (breaks down to $8.50/session for the 20-session season). There is financial assistance available: girls who receive free lunch pay $15, girls who receive reduced lunch pay $50 and any other family that does not qualify for the free/reduced lunch rates, but cannot afford the full $170 are asked to pay what they can with a suggested minimum of $85 (half of the program fee). 

 

The GOTR program is open to 3rd-5th graders and the middle school program.

 

 

PTO Meeting – Our next PTO meeting is scheduled for February 1st at 6:30pm in our school library

 

The next Cumberland School Committee Meeting is scheduled for January 26 at 7:00pm at the Cumberland High School Transitional Building. Everyone is invited to attend!

 

The next PBIS “No Homework” day is scheduled for January 25th

 

COMMUNICATION-Please access the Ashton Family folder at anytime throughout the year to find important information shared with parents by our PTO and school principal.   Please use the following link to access the Family Folder - https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0BxV8vhP2d3owYmFqeHNxZE5mT2M&usp=sharing

Have a great long weekend!

Nidia Karbonik

 


January 11, 2017

Dear Parents,

The staff at Ashton School, in collaboration with our PTO is looking to start an afterschool enrichment program for our students.  We are planning to provide two sessions of afterschool clubs that run from 3:35pm(dismissal time) to 4:45pm.  Each session will run for about 6 weeks and we hope to start the last week in January or first full week in February. If you have a talent or skill that you would like to teach to our students, please fill out the application at the bottom of this email and return it to Mrs. Karbonik by Tuesday, January 17th.  Once we review all of the applications, we will get let you know if we can include your program.  We want to make sure we have a variety of offerings for the various grades and interests of students.  The program instructors will be financially compensated with the registration money parents pay to have students participate in the club.  The school and the PTO are not looking to make any money from this program.  Instructors are responsible to purchase and provide their own club materials. We will discount the program fee for students that qualify for free or reduced lunch, using the state criteria for free/reduced lunch.

Afterschool Enrichment Program Application 

(FORMS DUE BY TUESDAY- JANUARY 17TH)

PROGRAM GOAL-Keep students  physically and mentally active by exposing them to different programs that are fun, will spark creativity and will develop their social,academic or physical skills.  Here are some examples of afterschool clubs; karate, yoga, arts and crafts, sewing, drama, cartooning, dance, chorus, book club, chess club, math club, science club, etc.   

If interested if offering a club, please fill out the application below and return it to Mrs. Karbonik by Tuesday, January 17th .  The PTO Enrichment Committee and Mrs. Karbonik will select the clubs and you will be notified if your club has been selected by Monday,  January 23rd. We are hoping to offer two 6 week sessions to our students. The first session will start on February 6th and the second session will start on April 3rd.  Please let us know if you have a preference for your club and keep in mind that Wednesday is an early release day and clubs will need to start earlier on that day. The clubs should meet for an hour from the end of the school day, starting at 3:35pm to 4:35pm. 

 

 

Name of Club:_________________________ 

Name of Instructor:___________________________

Instructor Contact Information: (phone number/ email)__________________ 

 

Description of the Club

   Example: 

Prepare to have a blast with Mr. Lennon! Students will experience activities such as soccer, basketball, COLOR TAG, keep away games, capture the flag and much, much more . Students will focus on the concepts of sportsmanship, cooperation, and leadership in order to become the ultimate teammates. 

 

Grades: ______

 

Number of Students allowed: _____ (max. of 20 students per instructor depending on the club)

 

Dates: _______

Example: 6 Weeks, Every Tuesday 3:35-4:35 pm  starting on  February 6th to March 14th. The club will not meet on Tuesday, February 21st due to a scheduled school closing.  Pick Up Time and Location: 4:35pm  @ gym doors (typically used for morning drop-off)

 

Please select when you are available to teach

____First Session: Last week in January or first full week in February 

____Second Session: The week of April 3rd 

____I am available to teach either session

 

 

Cost: _____

The cost must include the materials and should be kept under $50 per student for the 6 weeks. If you need to charge more, please provide a justification for your request. Students who qualify for free or reduced lunch will get a discount based on the state qualifying criteria,which will be deducted from your enrollment fee for those students that qualify. Parents or teachers will not received information on which students qualify, as this information will be processed by Mrs. Karbonik and will be kept confidential. 

 

All parents must have a BCI check to participate as an instructor or volunteer. Please email Mrs. Karbonik or call the school at (401)333-0554 if you need an application to get a BCI check done or need more information about the program. 

 

Thank you! 

Afterschool Enrichment Committee

Nidia Karbonik, Principal

Vanessa Waggenheim and Heather Herring, PTO Co-Presidents 

 


January 10, 2017

Dear Parents/Guardians,

The educators at Ashton School recognize the importance of working as partners with families on teaching and maintaining our Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS) initiative.  As we return from the holiday season, we know our students need extra support maintaining positive behaviors they have been learning and practicing this year. That’s where your help comes in.  Ask your child the following questions and have a conversation about the importance of each behavior. We know your time is important and we appreciate your continued partnership with the educators here at Ashton School. Have fun and make a game out of it…. but remember our PBIS initiative creates a safer and more effective school when EVERYONE: teachers, students AND families all work together.

 

Thank You!

Ashton School Teachers and Staff

 

Here are some QUESTIONS to talk about with your child:

  1. What are the schools 3 “EXPECTATIONS” for students?
  2. Where do we “GO, FLUSH, WASH, LEAVE”?
  3. Where are we “CALM, STRAIGHT, AND QUIET”?
  4. When in the cafeteria, what do we do when the YELLOW light is on?
  5. What do we do when someone is “BUGGING” us in school?

 

ANSWERS:

1- Ashton students are RESPECTFUL, RESPONSIBLE AND READY TO LEARN.

2- We GO, FLUSH, WASH, LEAVE in the bathrooms.

3- We are CALM, STRAIGHT AND QUIET in the hallways.

4- We talk with a QUIET VOICE when the cafeteria light is yellow.

5-IGNORE them.

  WALK AWAY.

  USE YOUR WORDS and talk friendly

  USE YOUR WORDS and talk firmly

  ASK AN ADULT FOR HELP.

 


Ashton School News

January 6, 2017

School Store Parent Volunteers Needed- we are looking to open the school store to our students soon, but we need parent volunteers to help us.  All of the supplies have been ordered, items have been priced and organized and the student council members will be trained to work at the store. However, we need two parent volunteers that can be available at the school from 9:00 to 9:45am each day for a week, once a month, if possible to supervise the students waiting in line and assist the student council members working the store. Each grade will be invited to visit the school store once a month, if we have the parent volunteers to open that frequently. Otherwise, we can open the store based on the parents’ availability.  We can be flexible!   Please email me or send me a note if you are interested in volunteering.  No prior experience required, we will train you as well.   All you need is your BCI check to volunteer.   The more volunteers we have, the fewer hours parents will need to put in, as we can coordinate a schedule with different parents covering each month. Students love our store, so please consider volunteering.

 

Feinstein newsletter- here is the first issue of the Feinstein Newsletter for the 2016-17 school year.  This newsletter highlights all of the good deeds students are doing to help others in the community.  I am very proud of our students!

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1MVWjwixI4j1V0qrd58MCbPl5mfsdRK7B5hZLl6wNVfg/edit?usp=sharing

 

 

PTO Meeting - if you missed this week’s PTO meeting, don’t worry, here are the minutes. Stay informed about what is happening in our school; https://docs.google.com/document/d/1YcJ9GdGMdTSA16Jroy0KM-61cVuTyDNJR3RZxzJ28sA/edit?usp=sharing

 

 

1/4/17 PTO Treasurer’s Notes.

  • Raised $448 with vendor fair at holiday event.
  • Raised $346.88 with gift card fundraiser.
  • Raised $103 for the fifth grade event with the charm fundraiser.
  • Funded deposit for Earth Dome for $447.50.
  • Funded holiday teacher luncheon for $237.50.
  • Funded recess supplies and PBIS incentives.
  • Funded school store supplies with funds saved from 2015-16.

 

Our next PTO meeting is scheduled for February 1st at 6:30pm in our school library. 

 

The next PBIS “No Homework” day is scheduled for January 25th

 

OCYL- Winter and spring afterschool offerings: below is the flyer for our Winter/Spring Session. Brochures were sent home before the Holiday vacation. 

OCYL will have a new STEAMshop program on Saturdays to announce shortly!

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxV8vhP2d3owNkwyVWJMdnV0S3NzMGczMXRlS09sT3VJdWlJ/view?usp=sharing

 

COMMUNICATION-Please access the Ashton Family folder at anytime throughout the year to find important information shared with parents by our PTO and school principal.   Please use the following link to access the Family Folder - https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0BxV8vhP2d3owYmFqeHNxZE5mT2M&usp=sharing

 

Have a great weekend!

Nidia Karbonik

 


January 4, 2017

Dear Ashton Families,

Happy New Year!  it is great to be back to school and see our students again. 

I would like to remind you about the PBIS parent workshop that is scheduled for today from 6:00 to 6:30pm.  Mr. Field, The District Behavior Specialist will be presenting positive behavior strategies parents can use at home.  Hope to see you at the workshop. We will be in the school library.

The PTO meeting will follow from 6:30 to 7:30pm. 

Nidia


Ashton-School News

December 22, 2016

 

Wishing You a Happy  Holiday Season and the Best for the New Year!

From The Ashton Family

 

Holiday Recess- The Holiday recess starts on Friday, December 23rd until January 2nd.  Students are expected to return to school on Tuesday, January 3rd

 

Lost and Found- we have a lot of clothes in the lost and found bin located in the cafeteria.  Please stop by the school if your child is missing anything.  We will be donating any unclaimed items  to charity on Friday, January 6, 2017.  Please try to label your child’s clothing and belongings so that if they lose anything, we can return it to them.

 

PTO Meeting- Our next PTO meeting will be on Wednesday, January 4th in our school library.  The meeting will start at 6:00pm with a 30 minute PBIS presentation from our District Behavior Specialist, Mr. Jim Field.  Please join us to learn Positive Behavior Intervention Strategies that you can use to manage your children at home.  Mr. Field presented last year at our Open House and many parents requested that we repeat the presentation again.  It will be worth your time, so mark your calendar!

 

Communi-Key Newsletter from Cumberland, North Smithfield & Lincoln Prevention Coalitions :

https://www.smore.com/9aa8f-communi-key?ref=email-content#w-9159618723

 

COMMUNICATION-Please access the Ashton Family folder at anytime throughout the year to find important information shared with parents by our PTO and school principal.   Please use the following link to access the Family Folder - https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0BxV8vhP2d3owYmFqeHNxZE5mT2M&usp=sharing

Have a great recess, enjoy your family and your children, and stay warm!

Nidia Karbonik, Principal

 


Dear Parents,

We found a set of car keys after the winter concert on Friday.  The keys are for a Honda vehicle.  If  the keys belong to you, please call Mrs. Egan to claim them at 333-0554 or stop by the school.

As the Holiday season is upon us, I also want to remind parents not to send donations of food or candy to school for classroom celebrations or student gifts without first consulting with the classroom teachers or school nurse.  As per the district's Wellness Policy, teachers must stay in compliance with the policy by monitoring all foods being served to children during classroom celebrations. Teachers are encouraged to play games or do crafts for classroom celebrations, and not place much emphasis on celebrating with food.  If students wish to buy gifts for their classmates, we ask parents to consider buying pencils, erasers, stickers, or small non-food items.  Any food donated for celebrations must be coordinated by the teacher, through the PTO room parents.  All food items must also be store-purchased and need to have the list of ingredients attached. Teachers are required to notify parents in advance if any food is being served to students during a classroom celebration, including the list of ingredients.  Please help us make our classroom celebrations fun and safe for all children.  Your attention and cooperation is greatly appreciated. 

Nidia Karbonik,

Principal

 


Ashton School News

December 16, 2016

 

Thank you to all of the families that came today to enjoy the winter concert and a big thanks to Mr. Alberg for doing an amazing job preparing out students to perform.  Our students did a great job and we are very proud of them! 

 

Holiday Recess- next week will be a short week.  Students will be in school until Thursday and will be starting their Holiday recess on Friday, December 23rd until January 2nd.  Students are expected to return to school on Tuesday, January 3rd.  

 

PBIS No Homework Day- Students may use their paws to buy a PBIS “No Homework” pass from their teacher for Wednesday, December 21st. 

 

COMMUNICATION-Please access the Ashton Family folder at anytime throughout the year to find important information shared with parents by our PTO and school principal.   Please use the following link to access the Family Folder - https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0BxV8vhP2d3owYmFqeHNxZE5mT2M&usp=sharing

Have a great weekend and stay warm!

Nidia Karbonik


Ashton School News

December 12, 2016

Cumberland Special Education Advisory Committee meeting- December 12, 6pm Hayden Center at the Cumberland Public Library.  See link for agenda and meeting information: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxV8vhP2d3owdms4eHpqbFlOTHdKWkhERFRjV0daQkJscHk0/view?usp=sharing

Gift Card Fundraiser Pick Up Information: Gift cards are in! Since many of the orders are in high amounts we are not going to send the gift cards home with students. The pick-up times will be Friday 12/16 8:30am- 9:30am and 3:00pm- 4:00pm. You will need to show ID in order to pick them up. Please email Vanessa Waggenheim at vwaggenheim [at] gmail [dot] com if your last name is different from your child's last name on the order form or if someone else is picking up your gift cards. There are orders that are over $500 so we are just trying to make sure everyone's gift cards make it home! If these times do not work for you please email Vanessa. Thank you again!

Winter Concert- Our winter concert is scheduled for Friday, December 16th at 10:00am for grades 1, 3, 5.  Please use the link for more information: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxV8vhP2d3owTXVVMjgyRzFyQTFVZC1OZEttMUUyVDFETVBr/view?usp=sharing

 

PBIS No Homework Day- Students may use their paws to buy a PBIS “No Homework” pass from their teacher for Wednesday, December 21st. 

 

COMMUNICATION-Please access the Ashton Family folder at anytime throughout the year to find important information shared with parents by our PTO and school principal.   Please use the following link to access the Family Folder - https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0BxV8vhP2d3owYmFqeHNxZE5mT2M&usp=sharing

Nidia Karbonik


December 8, 2016

Dear Ashton Families:

 

Report Cards are now available on the Aspen family portal. If you have problem accessing the report card, you may contact the Aspen Help Desk at aspenhelp [at] cumberlandschools [dot] org.

 

Here is a link to a Craft Fair being hosted at JLMMS this Sunday, December 11th for an 8th grade students, Sarah Kilby.  Sarah was a student at Ashton School and she now attends McCourt Middle School.  Below is a message that was approved by the family for disbursement.  Please come out Sunday and support Sarah.  The event will be 10am-4pm.  

Here is a listing of the Entertainment Scheduled for the Artisan Fair 

11:00am Aiden Horvath

11:30am Mayor reading a Christmas Story Night Before Christmas for Santa's arrival and photo's with Santa (Photos withe Santa are $5 for a 5X7)

12-1pm Steven Palumbo with special guest Deborah Moretti Robitaille

1:30 McCourt Middle School Chorus 

 

Over 30 Vendors, Food, Raffles and Holiday Cheer.

 

Sarah suffers from a rare illness called Shwachman-Diamond Syndrome.  This year was especially tough. One of the issues with SDS is bone marrow failure that will eventually lead to leukemia. Unfortunately their family knew this day would eventually arrive, and it’s now upon them.  A match has been found for Sarah and she has gotten a bone marrow transplant on November 17th.  This will mean that she will be in the hospital for the next 6-8 weeks.

We are very positive that this will change her daily life for the better.  When this goes as expected, the immune system complications that she battles almost daily will no longer be an issue.  Sarah will be able to live a more active and prosperous life without the constant fear of an extended illness.  Once she leaves the hospital, she will remain at home with minimal visitors for 9 months.  As of today she will need to be home schooled to keep up with her studies. This will allow her to enter high school with her friends which is very important to her.

The family will be posting updates on CaringBridge.org, so if you are interested in seeing how she is doing, go to Sarah Kilby's Journey website.

We also hope to keep updates current on the caringbridge.org website.  There is also a Facebook page for Support for Sarah Kilby.

 

Feinstein Junior Scholar Program

At

ASHTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

A Feinstein Leadership School

 

    The students at Ashton Elementary School are very fortunate to participate in the Feinstein Junior Scholar Program.  Feinstein Junior Scholars make the world a better place.  They are ambassadors of good will and do good deeds whenever possible throughout the year.  They participate in the fight against hunger in Rhode Island by organizing a food drive to benefit Ashton families in need at the holidays.

    There are many, many benefits to being a Feinstein Junior Scholar.  Some of those include:  positively impacting the lives of others, receiving Feinstein Junior Scholar Cards which entitle them to free admission to some special places including Mystic Aquarium, a free t-shirt, and college scholarship opportunities.  The Feinstein Foundation offers to pay for buses, allowing students to extend learning experiences beyond the classroom.

    Our school is a Feinstein Leadership School.  As a result of being a Feinstein Leadership School, we have received monetary donations throughout the year, including a matching donation of $1.00 for each food item donated, up to $1,000.  We have used the donated funds to benefit our school in many ways.  With these funds, we were able to purchase a Chromebook cart, 30 new Chromebooks, provide ice-cream and frozen lemonade parties at the end of the school year, purchase water bottles for every student, purchase incentives used for raffles to reward positive behavior, and organize and pay for assemblies for our students, to name just a few.

    We are fortunate and grateful to be a Feinstein Leadership School!

 

Encourage your Feinstein Junior Scholar to continue to make a difference in their community.

                 Helping to better the lives of others is the greatest of all achievements.

-Alan Shawn Feinstein

 

PTO NEWS

Ashton Gear- The Ashton clothing order are due tomorrow, December 9th to be guaranteed for Christmas. Check out some of the new items we added!  If interested in items not shown, but offered on the first flyer please let Diane Ribeiro know at ribeiros4 [at] verizon [dot] net.  Once again, thanks for supporting Ashton PTO!    Here is the link with a copy of the order form: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxV8vhP2d3oweURibXZjT1hSaTQ/view?usp=sharing

Holiday Fair- Join us for our Holiday Celebration & Vendor Fair tomorrow, December 9th from 6:30-8:30pm at Ashton School! All Ashton families are welcome to enjoy a fun-filled evening including:

  • ·  Pictures with Santa & Mrs. Claus (Bring your own camera!)
  • ·  Short choral performance by CHS Clef Singers (6:30-7:00pm)
  • ·  Winter Bingo & Games
  • ·  Holiday Arts & Crafts
  • ·  Showings of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas and A Charlie Brown Christmas in the school gym (First movie starts at 7:15pm.  Don’t forget a blanket and pillow!)

While the kids are enjoying these activities, get your holiday shopping done at our Holiday Vendor Fair!  Here's a list of participating vendors:

  • ·  Usborne Books
  • ·  LuLaRoe Clothing
  • ·  Blackstone Valley Community Action Program
  • ·  Touchstone Jewelry
  • ·  CJ Designs (Handcrafted Jewelry)
  • ·  ItWorks!
  • ·  Thirty-One Gifts
  • ·  Disney Consultant
  • ·  Sokeyoot
  • ·  Jamberry
  • ·  Viola's Sweets
  • ·  Pampered Chef
  • ·  Stella & Dot
  • ·  Young Living Essential Oils
  • ·  Cumberland Youth Lacrosse
  • ·  Ashton Gear

There is no admission fee to enjoy these activities!  This event is only open to Ashton families.  Check out the holiday flyers in the Google Family Drive for more information! 

Link to event info:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxV8vhP2d3owa1JaVGtmeEl1YjdNX3VkQVRscmdCWkx4eTYw/view?usp=sharing

 

 


Ashton School News

December 2, 2016

 

We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  Here is an update on what is happening at our school:

 

Winter Concert- Our winter concert is scheduled for Friday, December 16th at 10:00am for grades 1, 3, 5.  Please use the link for more information: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxV8vhP2d3owTXVVMjgyRzFyQTFVZC1OZEttMUUyVDFETVBr/view?usp=sharing

 

Report Cards- the first trimester ended on December 1st.  Parents will have electronic access to the report by the end of the school day on December 8th.   Please try your Aspen Family Portal account before report cards are published to make sure you are able to connect.  Report cards are available to parents in electronic form.  However, if you are unable to connect or need a printed copy, you may request it by sending a note to school or emailing Mrs. Egan at karen.egan@ cumberlandschools.org.   All new families should have received an email with their login credentials from the district; but if anyone has a problem, you may contact the Aspen Help Desk at aspenhelp [at] cumberlandschools [dot] org.

 

Ashton Gear- The Ashton Gear order forms were sent home this week with students in the red folders.  All orders are due by next Friday, December 9th to be guaranteed for Christmas. Check out some of the new items we added!  If interested in items not shown, but offered on the first flyer please let Diane Ribeiro know at ribeiros4 [at] verizon [dot] net.  Once again, thanks for supporting Ashton PTO!    Here is the link with a copy of the order form: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxV8vhP2d3oweURibXZjT1hSaTQ/view?usp=sharing

 

Holiday Fair- Join us for our Holiday Celebration & Vendor Fair on Friday, December 9th from 6:30-8:30pm! All Ashton families are welcome to enjoy a fun-filled evening including:

  • ·  Pictures with Santa & Mrs. Claus (Bring your own camera!)
  • ·  Short choral performance by CHS Clef Singers (6:30-7:00pm)
  • ·  Winter Bingo & Games
  • ·  Holiday Arts & Crafts
  • ·  Showings of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas and A Charlie Brown Christmas in the school gym (First movie starts at 7:15pm.  Don’t forget a blanket and pillow!)

While the kids are enjoying these activities, get your holiday shopping done at our Holiday Vendor Fair!  Here's a list of participating vendors:

  • ·  Usborne Books
  • ·  LuLaRoe Clothing
  • ·  Blackstone Valley Community Action Program
  • ·  Touchstone Jewelry
  • ·  CJ Designs (Handcrafted Jewelry)
  • ·  ItWorks!
  • ·  Thirty-One Gifts
  • ·  Disney Consultant
  • ·  Sokeyoot
  • ·  Jamberry
  • ·  Viola's Sweets
  • ·  Pampered Chef
  • ·  Stella & Dot
  • ·  Young Living Essential Oils
  • ·  Cumberland Youth Lacrosse
  • ·  Ashton Gear

There is no admission fee to enjoy these activities!  This event is only open to Ashton families.  Check out the holiday flyers in the Google Family Drive for more information! 

Link to event info:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxV8vhP2d3owa1JaVGtmeEl1YjdNX3VkQVRscmdCWkx4eTYw/view?usp=sharing

 

Communi-Key Newsletter:

https://www.smore.com/9aa8f-communi-key?ref=email-content#w-9159618723

 

PBIS No Homework Day- Students may use their paws to buy a PBIS “No Homework” pass from their teacher for Wednesday, December 21st. 

 

Book Fair- Thank you to all the parents that volunteered to work at the bookfair and to the parents that stopped by to shop. We appreciate your support!

 

PTO MEETING -Our next PTO meeting is scheduled for December 7th at 6:30pm in our school library.  Everyone is invited to attend.

 

Message from our School Nurse:

My name is Christie Cipriano and I wanted to introduce myself to you. I am the new nurse at Ashton and the Cumberland Preschool. I started Monday and have received a very warm welcome and much support from the staff. The previous nurse, Mrs. Emery, has been orienting me to the school and it's students. I have already gotten to know some of the students! Please feel free to contact me with any questions,concerns, or just to say hello.  I can be reached at 401-405-3019, @ christie [dot] cipriano [at] cumberlandschools [dot] org 

 

COMMUNICATION-Please access the Ashton Family folder at anytime throughout the year to find important information shared with parents by our PTO and school principal.   Please use the following link to access the Family Folder - https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0BxV8vhP2d3owYmFqeHNxZE5mT2M&usp=sharing

Have a great weekend,

Nidia Karbonik

 


Ashton School News

December 1st, 2016

Dear Parents,

The Holiday wreaths can be picked up afterschool tomorrow, Friday from 3:00-6:00pm in the school cafeteria.  A notice was sent home with a mistake stating that pick up is today.  We apologize for the inconvenience, but the wreaths won't arrive to the school until tomorrow. 

I am excited to introduce our new School Nurse, Mrs. Christie Capriano.  As you know, Mrs. Emery moved to work at North Cumberland Middle School and Mrs. Capriano is the new nurse at Ashton.  Mrs. Capriano is a great addition to our faculty and to the Ashton family.  Please help me welcome her to our school. 

Here is a message from Mrs. Capriano:

Good Morning,

My name is Christie Cipriano and I wanted to introduce myself to you. I am the new nurse at Ashton and the Cumberland Preschool. I started Monday and have received a very warm welcome and much support from the staff. The previous nurse, Mrs. Emery, has been orienting me to the school and it's students. I have already gotten to know some of the students! 

Please fell free to contact me with any questions,concerns, or just to say hello.

 

 I can be reached at 401-405-3019, or email; christie [dot] cipriano [at] cumberlandschools [dot] org (christie [dot] cipriano [at] cumberlandschools [dot] org)   

 

Sincerely,

Christie Cipriano

Enjoy the nice weather, Nidia Karbonik


Ashton School News

November 23, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving to All of our Families!

There is NO school on November 24th and 25th to celebrate Thanksgiving!

Celebration of Cultures Event-  on December 3rd from 11:00- 2:00pm.  The University of Rhode Island is sponsoring an event to celebrate the cultural traditions, plant life, food and music of our diverse community at the beautiful Roger Williams Park Botanical Center. There will be folkloric dancers, Caribbean dance, family activities, storyteller, Afro-Brazilian Martial Arts and a Plant Tour.  The event is FREE with a donation of a canned good, or paid admission to the Botanical Center.  Pleases see link with more information:

https://www.facebook.com/events/531815157016735/

 

Report Cards- the first trimester will end December 1st.  Parents will have electronic access to the report by December 8th.  Please try your Aspen Family Portal account before report cards are published to make sure you are able to connect.  Report cards are available to parents in electronic form.  However, if you are unable to connect or need a printed copy, you may request it by sending a note to school or emailing Mrs. Egan at karen.egan@ cumberlandschools.org.   All new families should have received an email with their login credentials from the district; but if anyone has a problem, you may contact the Aspen Help Desk at aspenhelp [at] cumberlandschools [dot] org.

 

Last Night for Parent Teacher Conferences- We still have one more night for Parent-Teacher conferences on November 30th at 5:00-7:00pm. Please contact your child’s teacher to schedule an appointment.

 

Gift Card Fundraiser- This week the gift card fundraiser went home. This is a great opportunity to purchase gift cards for your everyday purchases or get gift cards for holiday gifts. A percentage of each purchase goes towards Ashton elementary school. Order forms are due back by Tuesday, 11/29. Gift cards will be handed out the week of 12/12 or the latest Monday 12/19.

 

PBIS No Homework Day- Students may use their paws to buy a PBIS “No Homework” pass from their teacher for Wednesday, November 30th. 

 

Fifth grade graduation fundraiser update: orders can still be taken for handmade, personalized Ashton bracelets and keychains. Submit your orders by December 1st to ensure delivery for Christmas. We've had a great response so far but want to give our families one last opportunity for a great Christmas gift.

 

Book Fair- Students will have an opportunity to visit the book fair on November 29th and purchase book on December 2nd.  Parents may visit the Book fair during parent-teacher conferences on Nov. 30th   Here is the Book fair schedule:

Book Fair preview: Tuesday, November 29th 9:00 to 3:15

Book Fair Shopping date: Friday, December 2nd 9:00-3:15

Special evening hours: Wednesday, November 30th 5:00-8:00 – Parent Teacher Conference night

 

Ashton Holiday Event- Ashton is hosting our annual holiday event on Friday, December 9th from 6:30-8:30pm. The event is free and open to Ashton students and their families!  We will have pictures with Santa, arts & crafts, games, holiday music and movies!  While your kids are enjoying all of these activities, you can get some holiday shopping done at our vendor fair!  Please mark your calendars!  More information to come soon!  

 

Winter Concert-The concert is scheduled for Friday, December 16th at 10:00am for grades 1, 3, 5.  More information will be sent home as we get closer to this date.  Grades K, 2 and 4 will perform in the spring.

 

Ashton Student Council-Good Deeds- Our Student Council members are doing a mitten, scarf and hat drive to help others in need during the winter months.  Please send any gloves, mittens, scarves and winter hats to school until November 28th

 

Lifetouch Picture Retakes –Students that are new to Ashton and did not get their picture taken earlier in the year will have an opportunity to have their picture taken on November 29th.  Lifetouch will also be doing picture retakes for anyone who was not satisfied with their picture.  Mrs. Caplette’s class will have their class picture done as well. Parents who did not receive a class picture need to notify the school. We are working to compile a list for Lifetouch to provide the free class pictures for those who did not receive one.  If you already emailed me about this issue, you do not need to email me again. Again, Mrs. Caplette’s class will receive their class picture after November 29th.  To order at mylifetouch.com, enter Picture Day ID PC046452Q1.

 

Box Tops Contest- The PTO is starting a new Box Tops contest.  Forms went home this week and are due back on December 2nd.   The class with the highest count wins a dress up day- wear your favorite football team colors.  Go Patriots!

 

PTO MEETING -Our next PTO meeting is scheduled for December 7th at 6:30pm in our school library.  Everyone is invited to attend.

 

COMMUNICATION-Please access the Ashton Family folder at anytime throughout the year to find important information shared with parents by our PTO and school principal.   Please use the following link to access the Family Folder - https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0BxV8vhP2d3owYmFqeHNxZE5mT2M&usp=sharing

Have a great long weekend,

Nidia Karbonik

 


Ashton School News

November 18, 2016

Thanksgiving – I would like to thank our families for their generous food donations.  We exceeded our goal of collecting one thousand food donations. We collected over sixteen hundred items and will be able to make ten Thanksgiving baskets to help families within our community.  We will also use the leftover donations to help families at Christmas time. Thank you to Lisa Masse, the Thanksgiving Committee, Mrs. Arzoomanian, Ms. Marvel and our Student Council, who worked together on getting donations, organized, counted the food and put together the baskets. This is a big undertake and our PTO parent volunteers, in collaboration with the school, did a great job this year.  Thank you!  

 

Happy Thanksgiving to all of our families!

At Ashton School, we are thankful to have such wonderful students and supportive families.

 

There is NO school on November 24th and 25th to celebrate Thanksgiving!

 

Congratulations to Mrs. Ratcliffe and Mrs. Pullano's students. These two classes had the highest count of students showing their School Spirit!

 

Report Cards- the first trimester will end December 1st.  Parents will have electronic access to the report by December 8th.  Please try your Aspen Family Portal account before report cards are published to make sure you are able to connect.  Report cards are available to parents in electronic form.  However, if you are unable to connect or need a printed copy, you may request it by sending a note to school or emailing Mrs. Egan at karen.egan@ cumberlandschools.org.   All new families should have received an email with their login credentials from the district; but if anyone has a problem, you may contact the Aspen Help Desk at aspenhelp [at] cumberlandschools [dot] org.

 

Last Night for Parent Teacher Conferences- We still have one more night for Parent-Teacher conferences on November 30th at 5:00-7:00pm. Please contact your child’s teacher to schedule an appointment.

 

Gift Card Fundraiser- This week the gift card fundraiser went home. This is a great opportunity to purchase gift cards for your everyday purchases or get gift cards for holiday gifts. A percentage of each purchase goes towards Ashton elementary school. Order forms are due back by Tuesday, 11/29. Gift cards will be handed out the week of 12/12 or the latest Monday 12/19.

 

Communication- To receiving Aspen notifications on your mobile device Download and Activate the Follett Notifications App (Mobile). Get important reminders, announcements, and alerts from teachers and school administrators by downloading the free Follett Notification app to your Android or iOS (Apple) mobile device.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1_lYtKWQf_KAmmUQPdvvq9a7d3wC27s4YTx2XZjoVQxw/edit?usp=sharing

 

Book Fair- Students will have an opportunity to visit the book fair on November 29th and purchase book on December 2nd.  Parents may visit the Book fair during parent-teacher conferences on Nov. 30th   Here is the Book fair schedule:

Book Fair preview: Tuesday, November 29th 9:00 to 3:15

Book Fair Shopping date: Friday, December 2nd 9:00-3:15

Special evening hours: Wednesday, November 30th 5:00-8:00 – Parent Teacher Conference night

 

Ashton Holiday Event, Save the Date- Ashton is hosting our annual holiday event on Friday, December 9th from 6:30-8:30pm. The event is free and open to Ashton students and their families!  We will have pictures with Santa, arts & crafts, games, holiday music and movies!  While your kids are enjoying all of these activities, you can get some holiday shopping done at our vendor fair!  Please mark your calendars!  More information to come soon!  

 

5th grade Graduation Fundraiser- The 5th Grade Graduation Event Committee is selling handmade Ashton bracelets and Key chains. Order forms went home last week with a return date of Wednesday, November 16th. Items will be available for pick up on Friday, December 9th. They make great stocking stuffers, birthday or graduation gifts for current students, former students, and loved ones. 

 

A Dinner Out With Autism- After our first successful dinner we realized the HUGE need for another event….so if you have found it difficult at times to fully enjoy meals out at restaurants like we have, then please join us! We’d like to provide a way for your family and ours to go out again by eliminating many of the obstacles that can get in the way of a successful dining experience. Dinners will be earlier in the week when less people dine. We will try for more private dining rooms where we can all be together with our families where we all understand and will not judge one another. Dinners will be prepaid, all-inclusive buffets. There should be no waiting for the food or bill, etc. We hope to eliminate as many stressors as possible for you and your family. We would love for your family to be able to dine out with our family, so let’s all go out for our second “Dinner Out With Autism.” Dinner will be served: Monday December 5th 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. Cumberland House of Pizza 2360 Mendon Road Cumberland, RI

To sign up and pay please go to: http://adinneroutwithautism.ticketleap.com

 

Winter Concert-The concert is scheduled for Friday, December 16th at 10:00am for grades 1, 3, 5.  More information will be sent home as we get closer to this date.  Grades K, 2 and 4 will perform in the spring.

 

Ashton Student Council-Good Deeds- Our Student Council members are doing a mitten, scarf and hat drive to help others in need during the winter months.  Please send any gloves, mittens, scarves and winter hats to school until November 28th

 

Lifetouch Picture Retakes –Students that are new to Ashton and did not get their picture taken earlier in the year will have an opportunity to have their picture taken on November 29th.  Lifetouch will also be doing picture retakes for anyone who was not satisfied with their picture.  Mrs. Caplette’s class will have their class picture done as well. Parents who did not receive a class picture need to notify the school. We are working to compile a list for Lifetouch to provide the free class pictures for those who did not receive one.  If you already emailed me about this issue, you do not need to email me again. Again, Mrs. Caplette’s class will receive their class picture after November 29th.  To order at mylifetouch.com, enter Picture Day ID PC046452Q1.

 

Box Tops Contest- The PTO is starting a new Box Tops contest.  Forms went home this week and are due back on December 2nd.   The class with the highest count wins a dress up day- wear your favorite football team colors.  Go Patriots!

 

PTO Meeting -Our next PTO meeting is scheduled for December 7th at 6:30pm in our school library.  Everyone is invited to attend.

PBIS No Homework Day- Students may buy a pass using their paws on Wednesday, November 30th.

 

SCHOOL COMMUNICATION-Please access the Ashton Family folder at anytime throughout the year to find important information shared with parents by our PTO and school principal.   Please use the following link to access the Family Folder - https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0BxV8vhP2d3owYmFqeHNxZE5mT2M&usp=sharing

 

Have a great weekend,

Nidia Karbonik

 


November 16, 2016

Please see information below regarding  a state math competition. I am not familiar with this event, but thought some parents may be interested in this, so I am passing it along.  Nidia

Dear Friends:

 

I am excited to announce the Squared School 2016 Fall Math Competition!

 

- Sunday, December 4, 10am-12pm at Squared School

- We are located on the beautiful East Side of Providence, 425 Angell Street, Providence, RI 02906

- Kids in grades 1 through 10 are welcome

- Open to all, not only our students

- World class math challenge for our young minds with creative problems and puzzles adapted from major US and International math Olympiads

- Develop logic and reasoning skills, unlock your creativity and imagination

- Medals and prizes for winners

- Grand Prix: Nikon Binoculars!

- Participation pins for all

- Register on premises, first come, first served, space permitting

- Entry fee: $30 per participant

 

This is a unique event in RI, and one of only 3 events we hold every year (Fall, Winter and Spring competitions).  All our past events have been incredibly successful with kids having tons of fun! These events also provide excellent training for the Math Kangaroo, Mathcounts, MOEM or AMC competitions, as well as overall math education.

 

We hope to see students from your school at our Fall Math Competition! 

 

If you have any questions, please let us know.

 

Best,

Vitaly

 

PS Flyer attachedhttps://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxV8vhP2d3owSDFsVi1taTVXZmc0UkVZSUNhWEJuaTRiRkJr/view?usp=sharing

 

Vitaly Sorkin

Director

Squared School Academy of Mathematics

425 Angell Street

Providence, RI 02906

401-339-6725

www.squaredschool.com

https://www.facebook.com/squaredschool 

 

"I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious", A. Einstein 

 


November 16, 2016

 

Dear Ashton Parents, 

As you know, parent-teacher conferences are an excellent opportunity for families to meet with teachers one-on-one and learn how their children are doing academically and socially. To make these meetings as smooth and stress-free as possible, follow these tips for conference preparation, execution, and follow-up: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxV8vhP2d3owVnVMdnpWS2p2aFk/view?usp=sharing

 

Conferences are scheduled for Thursday,  November 17th from 5:30 to 7:30pm and Wednesday, November 30th from 5:00-7:00pm.  Please contact your child’s teacher to schedule an appointment.

 

Itinerants & Support Staff Availability

 

Teacher

Location

Available 

Ms. Giarrusso- Art

Room 21

November 17th

Mrs. Shea- Speech

Room 18

November 17th

Mrs. Cooper-STEM

Library

November 17th

Mr. Lennon- P.E.

Gymnasium

November 17th

Mrs. Lambrou- Guidance

Mental Health Office

November 17th

Mrs. Hogan- A.P.E/P.E.

Gymnasium

November 30th

Mr. Alberg-Music

Room 21

November 30th

Mrs. Swartwout- School Psychologist

Mental Health office

November 30th

 

While visiting the school, please stop by and check the Lost and Found bin located at the entrance of the school cafeteria.  We have already accumulated many nice jackets, sweatshirts and sweaters that students have left behind.  All unclaimed clothing will be donated after the second night of parent teacher conferences on November 30th.  

 

The Book fair will also be open on November 30th during parent teacher conferences for parents to do their Holiday shopping without their children. The bookfair will be located in the school library.   

Nidia Karbonik

 


November 15, 2016

Dear Parents,

The PBIS team would like to encourage students to support World Pancreatic Cancer Day on Thursday, November 17th.  Students are asked to wear purple and donate a canned good for our Thanksgiving Food drive on Thursday. 

Thanks for your support. Nidia


Ashton School News

November 11, 2016

Thank you to all of our Veterans for the sacrifices they’ve made for us and our country!

 

Yankee Candle Fundraiser- orders have arrived. Thank you to everyone who participated.  If you still need to pick up your order, please stop by the main office or contact Kelly Shaughnessy at kelshaughnessy [at] gmail [dot] com to arrange a plan to get your order. 

 

The book fair is scheduled for 11/28 to 12/2-  More information will be sent soon.  Please consider supporting Ashton this upcoming holiday season. Volunteer during the day at the school book fair or volunteer in the evening for the upcoming holiday event 12/9.   If you're interested in helping please contact a board member.

 

Ashton Holiday Décor Fundraiser is on the way- orders are due Friday, November 18th, Pick up on December 2nd.  Don’t miss out on your fresh Holiday wreaths and décor! See link with order form:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1lImN-HYKvAhu2cx5ogaJVQ1OgZ91jjoAfEkdo2BWD7U/edit?usp=sharing

 

Thanksgiving Dates and Donations– Students will have November 24th and 25th off from school to celebrate Thanksgiving with their families.  

As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving with our own families, please help us take care of others. Please send your donations and we will assemble baskets and distribute them to Ashton School and Preschool families in need. The food drive will end on Wednesday, November 16th and the baskets will be distributed the week of November 21st. There are only a few days left, but please send your donations. 

This year, The Feinstein Foundation will donate $1.00 per food item up to $1,000 to the school. Please help us achieve our goal of 1,000 food donations!  Boxes will be placed in the classrooms and each grade has suggested items: Preschool  Cereal, gravy, cranberry sauce, canned vegetables,  Kindergarten Cereal, crackers, rice, powdered drink mix, Grade 1 Instant potatoes, cereal bars, instant oatmeal, tuna fish, Grade 2 Stuffing, soup, canned or dried fruit, muffin mix, Grade 3 Gravy, jelly, cooking oil, cookie mix, Grade 4 Canned vegetables, macaroni and cheese, brownie mix and Grade 5 Pasta, canned spaghetti sauce, pancake mix, syrup

Please no expired, glass or perishable items.  We welcome any other food donations, cash donations and gift cards. If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Masse at nickle967 [at] verizon [dot] net or Susan Vennemeyer at svennemeyer [at] gmail [dot] com.

 

Ashton Holiday Event, Save the Date- Ashton is hosting our annual holiday event on Friday, December 9th from 6:30-8:30pm. The event is free and open to Ashton students and their families!  We will have pictures with Santa, arts & crafts, games, holiday music and movies!  While your kids are enjoying all of these activities, you can get some holiday shopping done at our vendor fair!  Please mark your calendars!  More information to come soon!  

 

5th Grade Graduation Fundraiser- The 5th Grade Graduation Event Committee is selling handmade Ashton bracelets and Key chains. Order forms went home last week with a return date of Wednesday, November 16th. Items will be available for pick up on Friday, December 9th. They make great stocking stuffers, birthday or graduation gifts for current students, former students, and loved ones. 

 

Winter Concert- Date Correction – The concert is scheduled for Friday, December 16th at 10:00am for grades 1, 3, 5.  More information will be sent home as we get closer to this date.  Grades K, 2 and 4 will perform in the spring.

 

Cumberland Special Education Advisory Committee Meeting and Survey- 

November 14, 2016, at 6pm.

Location: Hayden Center at the Cumberland Public Library

MEETING AGENDA-See link below

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1drI05ZWquj6sv35Nta471eRyovRL2EQcwSNE2m93nrs/edit?usp=sharing

The Cumberland Special Education Advisory Committee, led by Catherine Simpson and Heather Cavanagh, are requesting your assistance in completing the survey below. All parents, not just those with children with special needs, are encouraged to participate. Click here to take the survey.

Thank you, Dr. Rachel Santa, Director of Special Services

 

Breakfast with Santa Event from the Cumberland-Lincoln Rotary Club- click on link for more information:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-cumberland-lincoln-rotary-presents-breakfast-with-santa-tickets-28790918412

 

OCYL- Winter/Spring Session- Brochures will be sent home by the end of the week or beginning of next week. 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxV8vhP2d3owYWxNMFVPWExMOUJmZGE1S0xPeENMQ3R5VGxr/view?usp=sharing

 

Ashton Student Council-Good Deeds- Our Student Council members are doing a mitten, scarf and hat drive to help others in need during the winter months.  Please send any gloves, mittens, scarves and winter hats to school until November 28th

 

Parent -Teacher Conferences- Conferences are scheduled for November 17th from 5:30 to 7:30pm and November 30th from 5:00-7:00pm.  Please contact your child’s teacher to schedule an appointment.

 

Lifetouch Picture Retakes –Students that are new to Ashton and did not get their picture taken earlier in the year will have an opportunity to have their picture taken on November 29th.  Lifetouch will also be doing picture retakes for anyone who was not satisfied with their picture.  Mrs. Caplette’s class will have their class picture done as well. Parents who did not receive a class picture need to notify the school. We are working to compile a list for Lifetouch to provide the free class pictures for those who did not receive one.  If you already emailed me about this issue, you do not need to email me again. Again, Mrs. Caplette’s class will receive their class picture after November 29th.  To order at mylifetouch.com, enter Picture Day ID PC046452Q1.

 

PTO MEETING -Our next PTO meeting is scheduled for November 2nd at 6:30pm in our school library. We will share the results of our parent survey with our parents to help us plan for the future.  Everyone is invited to attend.

 

COMMUNICATION-Please access the Ashton Family folder at anytime throughout the year to find important information shared with parents by our PTO and school principal.   Please use the following link to access the Family Folder - https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0BxV8vhP2d3owYmFqeHNxZE5mT2M&usp=sharing

 

Have a great long weekend,

Nidia Karbonik

 


November 9, 2016

 

Message from our PTO

Yankee Candle orders are in!

If you would like to pick up your box(es) at the school we will be available to distribute orders tomorrow (Wednesday November 9) from 2-3 and again from 4:15-5:15. If tomorrow does not work for you please let me know and we can work something out for Thursday. I recognize this is last minute notice, but the items arrived and we want everyone to get them as soon as possible to begin enjoying!!

 

Book fair-

Please consider supporting Ashton this upcoming holiday season. Volunteer during the day at the school book fair 11/28-12/2, volunteer in the evening for the upcoming holiday event 12/9 or consider making a purchase through a PTO sponsored fundraiser. We try to give you many options. If you're interested in helping please contact a board member:

  • Co-Presidents – Heather Herring & Vanessa Waggenheim
  • Vice President – Susan Vennemeyer
  • Treasurer – Jennifer O'Connell
  • Recording Secretary – Kelly Shaughnessy 
  • Corresponding Secretary – Danielle Almeida

Please feel free to email us at ashtonptoboard [at] gmail [dot] com 

 


November 5, 2016

The Winter Concert is scheduled for Friday, December 16th at 10:00am.  I apologized for the mistake.  

Nidia Karbonik


November 4, 2016

Short Week - We do not have school on Tuesday, November 8th and Friday, November 11th due to Election Day and Veteran’s Day. Enjoy the time off with your children.

 

Ashton Gear- the Ashton clothing has arrived! We are encouraging students to wear their Ashton gear, Feinstein T-shirts or class colors every Friday to receive a special paw and show their school spirit!  The class with the highest participation will have the privilege to have the Ashton Scotty dog visit their classroom for the week.  We have two Scotty dogs; one for lower grades K-2 and the second one for upper grades 3-5.   

 

Ashton Thanksgiving Food Drive - Our annual Thanksgiving Food Drive needs your help. Please send your donations and we will assemble baskets and distribute them to Ashton School and Preschool families in need. The food drive will end on November 16th and the baskets will be distributed the week of November 21st. 

This year, The Feinstein Foundation will donate $1.00 per food item up to $1,000 to the school. Please help us achieve our goal of 1,000 food donations!  Boxes will be placed in the classrooms and each grade has suggested items:

Preschool  Cereal, gravy, cranberry sauce, canned vegetables

Kindergarten Cereal, crackers, rice, powdered drink mix

Grade 1 Instant potatoes, cereal bars, instant oatmeal, tuna fish

Grade 2 Stuffing, soup, canned or dried fruit, muffin mix

Grade 3 Gravy, jelly, cooking oil, cookie mix

Grade 4 Canned vegetables, macaroni and cheese, brownie mix

Grade 5 Pasta, canned spaghetti sauce, pancake mix, syrup

Please no expired, glass or perishable items

We welcome any other food donations, cash donations and gift cards. If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Masse at nickle967 [at] verizon [dot] net or Susan Vennemeyer at svennemeyer [at] gmail [dot] com.

 

Attendance- Here is a link to an article on attendance that I would like to share with you. As you know, one of my goals this year is to make sure that all students attend school regularly and have the best chance to succeed.   Poor attendance in the elementary years translates into poor school performance for life. The article is called “Five Reasons Schools Should Measure Chronic Absence- published on  NPR.org-

“Research shows that chronically absent students are way more likely to fall behind and, eventually, drop out. And there's a strong connection between missing class in elementary school and low scores on third-grade state tests.”

 

Please click on the list to read the article.

http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2016/11/03/499801222/5-reasons-schools-should-measure-chronic-absence

 

Ashton Holiday Event: Save the Date!- Ashton is hosting our annual holiday event on Friday, December 9th from 6:30-8:30pm. The event is free and open to Ashton students and their families!  We will have pictures with Santa, arts & crafts, games, holiday music and movies!  While your kids are enjoying all of these activities, you can get some holiday shopping done at our vendor fair!  Please mark your calendars!  More information to come soon!  

 

Winter Concert for Grades 1, 3, 5 – Save the Date: December 17th at 10:00am. More information will be sent home as we get closer to this date.  Grades K, 2 and 4 will perform in the spring.

 

Cumberland Special Education Advisory Committee Meeting and Survey- 

November 14, 2016 , at 6pm.

Location: Hayden Center at the Cumberland Public Library

MEETING AGENDA-See link below

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1drI05ZWquj6sv35Nta471eRyovRL2EQcwSNE2m93nrs/edit?usp=sharing

 

The Cumberland Special Education Advisory Committee, led by Catherine Simpson and Heather Cavanagh, are requesting your assistance in completing the survey below. All parents, not just those with children with special needs, are encouraged to participate. Click here to take the survey.

Thank you, Dr. Rachel Santa, Director of Special Services

 

Ashton Student Council-Good Deeds-Our Student Council members are doing a mitten, scarf and hat drive to help others in need during the winter months.  Please send any gloves, mittens, scarves and winter hats to school until November 28th

 

Parent -Teacher Conferences- Conferences are scheduled for November 17th from 5:30 to 7:30pm and November 30th from 5:00-7:00pm.  Please contact your child’s teacher to schedule an appointment.

 

Lifetouch class pictures- Mrs. Caplette’s class did not receive class pictures yet. This class will have their class picture taken during the retakes date on November 29th.  All other classes should have received a class picture.  Class pictures are free for all students regardless if they purchased an individual picture or not (only one class picture per student).  If you did not receive a class picture, please email me and I will contact the company to make sure you receive one, with the exception of Mrs. Caplette’s class.  Mrs. Caplette’s class will receive their class picture after the picture is taken on November 29th.

 

PTO MEETING - Our next PTO meeting is scheduled for December 7th at 6:30pm in our school library.  Everyone is invited to attend.

 

 

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Picture retake and make up day- Lifetouch Studios will be at Ashton Elementary on November 29, 2016, for retakes and for those that missed original picture day.

If you wish to have your child's picture retaken, please send the original package with your child on retake day. To place an order, order envelopes are available in the school office.  To order at mylifetouch.com, enter Picture Day ID PC046452Q1.

If there is a problem with the package from original picture day or wish to request a refund, please call Lifetouch at 401-828-5220.  Please do not return the package to the school.

 

Cumberland Students Making a Difference- Soccer Equipment Donation-Kenzie Freedman, a 7th grade daughter at NCMS, is collecting used soccer equipment for kids in need through the US Soccer Passback Program. We’ll have a bin in our school until December 9th. As the outdoor season is coming to an end, consider donating cleats, shin guards, goalie jerseys/gloves, soccer balls/bags, jerseys/shorts, even if items are personalized, it's okay. Thank you!

 

Coat Donation - Girl Scout Troop 415 During October and early November, Girl Scout Troop 415 of Cumberland and the CHS Helping Hands Club will be collecting gently-used coats.  Donations will be distributed to those in need in late November.   Items may be placed in the box located near the main office.  Contact  troop415cumberland [at] gmail [dot] com for more information or to arrange a pick up.

 

PBIS VIDEO OF OUR SCHOOL EXPECTATIONS- music and performance by Ashton Students:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JgW_vN6zrOU

 

 

FLU CLINIC- The last Cumberland Schools flu clinic to vaccinate students, staff/faculty and families for the 2016 -17 school year is scheduled for: 

Monday, November 7, 2016 from 4:00 to 6:30 PM

Host Location: Cumberland High School, 2600 Mendon Rd, Cumberland, RI  

Flu Clinic flyer, Vaccine Information and Consent Form:

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0BxV8vhP2d3owdjZqcHUzWXcyUkU?usp=sharing

 

COMMUNICATION-Please access the Ashton Family folder at anytime throughout the year to find important information shared with parents by our PTO and school principal.   Please use the following link to access the Family Folder - https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0BxV8vhP2d3owYmFqeHNxZE5mT2M&usp=sharing

 

Have a great weekend,

Nidia Karbonik


October 31, 2016  

Happy Halloween!!!  Thank you to all the families that attended our Halloween event this past Friday night.  The event was a big success thanks to our PTO volunteers and Event chairs; Heather Herring, Bethany Tucker and Diane Ribeiro. Thank you to our families for all the candy and food donations and to our teachers for decorating their doors, donating candy and participating during the event. The trunks and door decorations were amazing! Congratulations to Mrs. Locklin’s class for winning the best door and to the Vennemeyer family for winning the best trunk.

 

Mark your Calendar- We won’t have school on 11/8 or 11/11 due to Election Day and Veteran’s Day.

 

Picture retake and make up day- Lifetouch Studios will be at Ashton Elementary on November 29, 2016, for retakes and for those that missed original picture day.

If you wish to have your child's picture retaken, please send the original package with your child on retake day. To place an order, order envelopes are available in the school office.  To order at mylifetouch.com, enter Picture Day ID PC046452Q1.

If there is a problem with the package from original picture day or wish to request a refund, please call Lifetouch at 401-828-5220.  Please do not return the package to the school.

 

Ashton Student Council-Good Deeds:

Our Student Council members are doing a mitten, scarf and hat drive to help others in need during the winter months.  Please send any gloves, mittens, scarves and winter hats to school until November 28th

 

Parent Teacher Conferences- Conferences are scheduled for November 17th from 5:30 to 7:30pm and November 30th from 5:00-7:00pm.  Please contact your child’s teacher to schedule an appointment.

 

Cumberland Students Making a Difference- Soccer Equipment Donation-Kenzie Freedman, a 7th grade daughter at NCMS, is collecting used soccer equipment for kids in need through the US Soccer Passback Program. We’ll have a bin in our school until December 9th. As the outdoor season is coming to an end, consider donating cleats, shin guards, goalie jerseys/gloves, soccer balls/bags, jerseys/shorts, even if items are personalized, it's okay. Thank you!

 

 

Coat Donation - Girl Scout Troop 415 During October and early November, Girl Scout Troop 415 of Cumberland and the CHS Helping Hands Club will be collecting gently-used coats.  Donations will be distributed to those in need in late November.   Items may be placed in the box located near the main office.  Contact  troop415cumberland [at] gmail [dot] com for more information or to arrange a pick up.

 

 

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MESSAGE FROM OUR SCHOOL NURSE:

I would like to share with the families of Ashton that I will be transferring to North Cumberland Middle School at the end of October. Ashton is a very special school and I have enjoyed working with the children and families of the Ashton community.  I want to thank you all for the kindness and support you have shown me while serving as your school nurse teacher. I look forward to working with you again when your child attends the middle school.

Rachel Emery, RN

School Nurse Teacher

Ashton Elementary School

 

PBIS VIDEO OF OUR SCHOOL EXPECTATIONS- music and performance by Ashton Students:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JgW_vN6zrOU

 

 

PTO MEETING -Our next PTO meeting is scheduled for November 2nd at 6:30pm in our school library. We will share the results of our parent survey with our parents to help us plan for the future.  Everyone is invited to attend.

 

FLU CLINIC- The last Cumberland Schools flu clinic to vaccinate students, staff/faculty and families for the 2016 -17 school year is scheduled for: 

Monday, November 7, 2016 from 4:00 to 6:30 PM

Host Location: Cumberland High School, 2600 Mendon Rd, Cumberland, RI  

Flu Clinic flyer, Vaccine Information and Consent Form:

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0BxV8vhP2d3owdjZqcHUzWXcyUkU?usp=sharing

 

COMMUNICATION-Please access the Ashton Family folder at anytime throughout the year to find important information shared with parents by our PTO and school principal.   Please use the following link to access the Family Folder - https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0BxV8vhP2d3owYmFqeHNxZE5mT2M&usp=sharing

Have a wonderful week,

Nidia Karbonik

 


October 21, 2016

 

HALLOWEEN SAFETY- The Cumberland Recue will be doing an assembly for our students on Halloween Safety on October 27th.  Students will receive a small pumpkin donated by our rescue department to decorate in school and bring home on Friday. 

 

PTO HALLOWEEN PARTY REMINDER- The “Trick or Trunk” event is scheduled for Friday, October 28th at 6:30pm to 8:30pm.  Please see registration form with schedule of events and Peanut and Tree-Nut Free Candy List for donations:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1axxm0dhshAwFM_KHxFvEheKXpUNXWiNws_LHHQpddXE/edit?usp=sharing

 

Peanut /Tree-Nut Free Candy List- https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxV8vhP2d3owMDdsRzN6bnZWUXVZS2tjTDZFU3lRY0pWbi1B/view?usp=sharing

 

Parents are asked to stay with their children at the Trick or Trunk PTO event.  Adults may wear customs, but no face marks or clown customes, please.  Parents have been asked to donate peanut/tree-nut free candy.  However, we ask that parents do check or monitor the candy students receive. 

 

MESSAGE FROM OUR SCHOOL NURSE:

I would like to share with the families of Ashton that I will be transferring to North Cumberland Middle School at the end of October. Ashton is a very special school and I have enjoyed working with the children and families of the Ashton community.  I want to thank you all for the kindness and support you have shown me while serving as your school nurse teacher. I look forward to working with you again when your child attends the middle school.

Rachel Emery, RN

School Nurse Teacher

Ashton Elementary School

 

PBIS VIDEO OF OUR SCHOOL EXPECTATIONS- music and performance by Ashton Students:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6elmiVSV3KdcF9YMEMzY0JDMVU/view?usp=sharing

 

Assembly-class pictures with “Elli” the elephant:

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0BxV8vhP2d3owUFhTNVFhN0pPT1U?usp=sharing

 

 

RECYCLE- Please see the Town of Cumberland Recycling Fall Newsletter:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxV8vhP2d3owNVl2UXNJRGkzQ1RzS2ZTZXlIQ0lkX3pQX2d3/view?usp=sharing

 

 

PTO MEETING -Our next PTO meeting is scheduled for November 2nd at 6:30pm in our school library. We will share the results of our parent survey with our parents to help us plan for the future.  Everyone is invited to attend.

 

SAVE THE DATE FOR PICTURE RETAKES– November 29TH. More information to follow.

 

FLU CLINIC- The last Cumberland Schools flu clinic to vaccinate students, staff/faculty and families for the 2016 -17 school year is scheduled for: 

Monday, November 7, 2016 from 4:00 to 6:30 PM

 Host Location: Cumberland High School, 2600 Mendon Rd, Cumberland, RI  

Flu Clinic flyer, Vaccine Information and Consent Form:

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0BxV8vhP2d3owdjZqcHUzWXcyUkU?usp=sharing

 

COMMUNICATION-Please access the Ashton Family folder at anytime throughout the year to find important information shared with parents by our PTO and school principal.   Please use the following link to access the Family Folder - https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0BxV8vhP2d3owYmFqeHNxZE5mT2M&usp=sharing

RIF- On Wednesday, October 26th all students will receive a free book from our Reading is Fundamental Program, known as “RIF”. This program is sponsored by the Cumberland Schools Volunteers. 

PBIS NO HOMEWORK- Wednesday, October 26th is a PBIS “No Home Work” day.  Students are encouraged to buy a no homework pass using their paws (10 paws) to skip doing homework on Wednesday night.  

 

Have a wonderful weekend,

Nidia Karbonik

 


October 19, 2016

 

This is a friendly reminder that today is an early release day.  Students will be dismissed at 2:20pm. 

 

Ashton School & Cumberland Preschool Thanksgiving Food Drive

 

Dear Ashton School & Cumberland Preschool Parents:

On November 1st, we will kick off our annual Thanksgiving Food Drive. With your donations, we will assemble baskets and distribute them to Ashton School and Preschool families in need. The food drive will end on November 16th and the baskets will be distributed the week of November 21st.

This year, The Feinstein Foundation will donate $1.00 per food item up to $1,000 to the school. Please help us achieve our goal of 1,000 food donations! Boxes will be placed in the classrooms and each grade has suggested items.

Preschool Cereal, gravy, cranberry sauce, canned vegetables

Kindergarten Cereal, crackers, rice, powdered drink mix

Grade 1 Instant potatoes, cereal bars, instant oatmeal, tuna fish

Grade 2 Stuffing, soup, canned or dried fruit, muffin mix

Grade 3 Gravy, jelly, cooking oil, cookie mix

Grade 4 Canned vegetables, macaroni and cheese, brownie mix

Grade 5 Pasta, canned spaghetti sauce, pancake mix, syrup

Please no expired, glass or perishable items We welcome any other food donations, cash donations and gift cards. If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Masse at nickle967 [at] verizon [dot] net or Susan Vennemeyer at svennemeyer [at] gmail [dot] com. Thank you so much for your generous support!

The Ashton Thanksgiving Food Drive Committee

 


October 17, 2016

 

Dear Parent/Guardian:

 

As you know, our goal this year is to ensure that every student attends school regularly. 

 

Showing up for school has a huge impact on a student’s academic success starting in kindergarten and continuing through high school. Even as children grow older and more independent, families play a key role in making sure students get to school safely every day and understand why attendance is so important for success in school and in life.

 

We realize some absences are unavoidable due to health problems or other circumstances. But, we also know that when students miss too much school— regardless of the reason – it can cause them to fall behind academically.  Your child is less likely to succeed if he or she is chronically absent—which means missing 18 or more days over the course of an entire school year. Research shows:    

 

  • Children chronically absent in kindergarten and 1st grade are much less likely to read at grade level by the end of 3rd grade.  
  • By 6th grade, chronic absence is a proven early warning sign for students at risk for dropping out of school.  
  • By 9th grade good attendance can predict graduation rates even better than 8th grade test scores.  

 

Absences can add up quickly.  A child is chronically absent if he or she misses just two days every month or a total of 18 days in a school year.

 

Our current school data show that 81% of our students (224 students) do not have any absences from school as of today (October 17, 2016), 18% of students (50 students) already have between 1-5 absences and 1 % (3 students) have missed between 6 to 10 days of school already.  

 

Here is our 2016-17 data as of today by grade level: 

 

http://www.cumberlandschools.org/system/files/absences101716.pdf

 

Clearly going to school regularly matters!

 

We don’t want your child to fall behind in school and get discouraged.  Please ensure that your child attends school every day and arrives on time.   Here are a few practical tips to help support regular attendance:

 

  • Make sure your children keep a regular bedtime and establish a morning routine.
  • Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
  • Ensure your children go to school every day unless they are truly sick
  • Avoid scheduling vacations or doctor’s appointments when school is in session.
  • Talk to teachers and counselors for advice if your children feel anxious about going to school.
  • Develop back up plans for getting to school if something comes up.  Call on a family member, neighbor, or another parent to take your child to school.

 

Let us know how we can best support you and your children so that they can show up for school on time every day.   We want your child to be successful in school!  If you have any questions or need more information please contact your child’s school.

 

Sincerely,

Nidia Karbonik

Principal

 


October 14, 2016

Ashton School News

 

YANKEE CANDLE FUNDRAISER- We appreciate our parents’ efforts selling Yankee Candle items.  The online store remains open until January with 40% back to Ashton.  Ms. Clossick’s class won the extra recess with the most participants (11 students) Congratulations!

To order on line, please go to www.yankeecandlefundraising.com and enter the group code #990014354

 

Thanks again for all of your support.  Ashton PTO

 

C-SEAC MEETING REMINDER-The Cumberland Special Education Advisory Committee “C-SEAC”, will be meeting on Monday, October 17th,6:00-7:30 PM at the Cumberland Public Library, Hayden Center. All meetings are open to the public. 

 

PTO MEETING INFORMATION- here is the information covered at the October’s PTO meeting.  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1F_jdpoXLNpcqDBtiP9PJdomvIYkTNTr5n6yn3Z1fCH8/edit?usp=sharing.  Our next PTO meeting is scheduled for November 2nd at 6:30pm in our school library. We will share the results of our parent survey with our parents to help us plan for the future.  Everyone is invited to attend.

 

#RecessRocks in RI and at Ashton School- FYI

Through the generosity of Blue Cross & Blue Shield of RI, a company by the name of PlayWorks has offered training to many schools in RI and in our district on recess activities. A group of Ashton School teachers were lucky enough to have received training last year to make recess great at our school.  At Ashton School we value recess and understand the benefits it brings to our children.  These benefits include:

  • An increase in “free” but physically active play and student socialization
  • A decrease in bullying
  • An improvement in overall school climate
  • A reduction in disciplinary incidents
  • More participation in academics and an increase in students’ abilities to focus on class activities

The recess team designates a “game of the week” for students that wish to engage in structure play.  The game is announced each day over the intercom and students’ have a choice on what they want to play. There is a bulletin board with a visual of the playground and games available to students.  Students make the choice on what they want to play and may freely move from game to game.  We also teach conflict resolution strategies for students to small problems in a safe manner.  Please check our #RecessRocks bulletin board when you visit our school located by the teacher’s room.  This is just another example of how the Ashton teachers are taking care of our students’ social, emotional and academic needs. 

ASSEMBLY- This coming Thursday Ashton School will have a special visitor.  Ellie the elephant is a life-size, charismatic, empathy-building animatronic (walking and talking!) elephant.  Ellie will be doing a presentation to our students about how they can help animals suffering in captivity at places like circuses and marine parks.  She will then be addressing the issue of bullying by teaching our students to have empathy and respect for all living beings—and by making students aware of the plight of animals exploited for entertainment while empowering them to make a difference through their actions.  Ellie travels around the country and we are fortunate to be able to offer this program to our students for free. 

 SCHOOL PICTURES- Lifetouch individual student pictures came in this week.  We are aware that not everyone who ordered pictures received them.  We have contacted Lifetouch and they are working on the issue.  Class pictures have not come in yet.  We will send the class pictures home with all students when they arrive. Each student will receive a class picture for free. The only pictures received so far are the paid individual student packages, but we know not everyone received theirs. 

 

Dear Parents,

           The PTO would like to welcome you to check out Amazon Wishlist if you are searching for great teacher gifts or donations for the classroom. Although gifts are not expected we know many families send in gifts for their child’s teacher during the holidays, for teacher appreciation day and at the end of the school year.  If there is a teacher you would like to purchase a gift for, many of our teachers love to receive gifts they can share with their students.  Teachers who have created a wishlist seek to give our children learning opportunities and classrooms supplies that enrich student learning.  We hope you will consider checking their wishlists this year if you are searching for the perfect gift or classroom donation for your child’s teacher.  You are not limited to amazon for the items on their wishlists, items on their wishlists can be purchased anywhere. Here are directions on how to search for each teacher’s wish list:

 

To search for Ashton 

- once logged into your personal account ( not Ashton's) go to list

- then scroll down to find list or registry

-then type in Ashton School and hit search

- the screen that comes up should have a list of teachers on the left hand side.

-click on the Teacher you wish to donate to

- make sure if you ship the item to Ashton and include the teacher’s name

 

The school address is :

Ashton School

130 Scott Road

Cumberland, RI 02864

 

Thank you,

Ashton PTO

 

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FLU CLINICS- Cumberland will host 3 flu clinics to vaccinate students, staff/faculty and families for the 2016 -17 school year.  All schools will be invited to attend any night.

 

Thursday, October 20, 2016 from 4:00 to 6:30 PM

And

Monday, November 7, 2016 from 4:00 to 6:30 PM

 

Host Location: Cumberland High School, 2600 Mendon Rd, Cumberland, RI  

Flu Clinic flyer, Vaccine Information and Consent Form:

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0BxV8vhP2d3owdjZqcHUzWXcyUkU?usp=sharing

 

COMMUNICATION-Please access the Ashton Family folder at anytime throughout the year to find important information shared with parents by our PTO and school principal.   Please use the following link to access the Family Folder - https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0BxV8vhP2d3owYmFqeHNxZE5mT2M&usp=sharing

Have a wonderful weekend, Nidia Karbonik

 


October 12, 2016

 

Dear Parents,

This is a friendly reminder that today is Wednesday, early release day!

 

Ashton PTO Newsletter          OCTOBER 2016

Thank you to all who attended our October PTO meeting on Wednesday 10/5/16.  For those who were unable to join us here are some highlights:

Save the dates:

October 28th is Trunk or Treat!!!!  

Please look for the green form in your child’s folder regarding ways you can help out and participate in this fun family school event.  Forms and payment are due back October 25th.

~ Parent Teacher Conferences are scheduled for November 17th 5:30-7:30 and November 30th 5:00-7:00 (your child’s/children’s teachers will set up appointment times with you.  It is kindly requested that children do not attend these conferences.)

~Yankee Candle Fundraiser forms are due back Tuesday October 11.  Thank you so much for your support in this fundraiser.  To show our thanks we are rewarding the class with the most participants an extra recess.  40% of all sales come straight back to Ashton School!

~Please continue to cut and save BOX TOPS- each one is 10cents for our school.  

~If you have not linked your Stop and Shop card to Ashton please log on to stopandshop.com/aplus and enter our ID#05863.  As of October 7 every shopping purchase you make earns cash back for Ashton.

~PTO can always use donations of cases of water bottles and packaged snacks for upcoming events.  If you see something on sale and would like to donate we can store these items at the school.  Thank you for considering this.

~We are always looking for volunteers for a variety of committees and welcome new ideas!  Please contact any of the PTO board members if you are interested:

Vanessa Waggenheim, Heather Herring, Susan Vennemeyer, Jenn O’Connell, Danielle Almeida, Kelly Shaughnessy

We hope to see you in the Ashton Library Wednesday November 2 at 6:30 for our next meeting!

 

10/5/16 Treasurer’s Notes.

  • Collected $240 in dues.
  • Funded $250 RIF donation.
  • Funded welcome back teacher’s luncheon on 8/31 for ~$67
  • Funded welcome back family celebration with Palagis truck on 8/31 for $220.
  • Funded group BJs membership for $50.
  • Funded recess equipment for $125.59.
  • Funded paint for 2 classrooms with general funds for $141.
  • Funded PTO today insurance & finance manager for $658.
  • Funded microphone for $35.80 with BoxTops funds.
  • Funded stencils, attendance poster & entryway bulletin board décor

for ~$100 total. 

 


Ashton School News

October 7, 2016

 

LONG WEEKEND- Please remember that there is no school on Monday- Columbus Day.

PBIS ASSEMBLY- today we had a PBIS assembly to review the school expectations with all grades. Students had an opportunity to watch a video of our own students singing and acting out the expectations. We also had a blast singing the Ashton Family Song together and introducing our newly elected Student Council members and Safety Patrol students. Students should be bringing home today a brochure via the red folder explaining our PBIS program. Please ask your child about PBIS, the school expectations and see if they can sing/teach you the Ashton Family Song. Here are the lyrics: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1NmIEb6c2LFTmURrAf0mG70_giSDeKe5RIOPdIrZ0EcQ/edit?usp=sharing

We hope to be able to share the PBIS video with you soon.   

 

We also reviewed the Conflict Resolution strategies that we teach students to solve conflicts in school. These are called "D-Bugging Strategies" and they are; 1. Ignore, 2. Walk Away, 3. Talk Friendly, 4. Talk Firmly and 5. Get help from an adult. We ask that you also review the D-Bugging strategies at home with your child periodically and encourage them to use the strategies at home and in school. As of October 4th, our data indicates that 98.8% of our students are responding to the school-wide expectations with zero or one major referral. We are very proud of our students and hope this trend continues. 

 

YANKEE CANDLE FUNDRAISER- Get an early start on your holiday shopping and help Ashton students at the same time!  This school fundraiser will help us fund activities like field day, class field trips as well as school supplies and other important school needs.  You should already have your Yankee Candle catalog and order form, but to make this even easier, you can order online by following these steps:

Navigate to https://www.yankeecandlefundraising.com/home.htm   Go to Start Shopping and enter the group number 990014354 if it is not already populated for you.  Start shopping (and don't forget to send this link to family and friends!)

Please find the attached flyer for more information.  

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxV8vhP2d3owdWRxOXRuNDNjNFpHSHMtTm11RHVqeWRlS2RN/view?usp=sharing

We are offering extra recess to the class that has the most participation in the Yankee Candle Fundraiser to thank them for their efforts in raising money for their school!  Please help us to exceed our fundraising goal.  All money raised goes straight to Ashton for activities like field day, class field trips, school supplies, educational materials and other important school needs.  Help us raise funds to support our school and our wonderful Ashton teachers who make a difference everyday for our children! All paper orders are due back to the school on Tuesday October 11, 2016, but can be brought back any time before that as well.  Please help your child reach out to a neighbor, grandparent or family friend over the weekend.  There are some great fall and holiday items for all.  A wide variety for less than $10! THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!  

CLASS PICTURE- Life Touch offers a “free” class picture to all of our students, regardless if they ordered any pictures or not.  The pictures have not arrived yet, but we will make sure all of our families receive a class picture when we get them. I just wanted to give you the information.

 

FLU CLINICS- Cumberland will host 3 flu clinics to vaccinate students, staff/faculty and families for the 2016 -17 school year.  All schools will be invited to attend any night.

Thursday, October 20, 2016 from 4:00 to 6:30 PM

And

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 from 4:00 to 6:30 PM

And

Monday, November 7, 2016 from 4:00 to 6:30 PM

 

Host Location all 3 nights: Cumberland High School, 2600 Mendon Rd, Cumberland, RI  

Flu Clinic flyer, Vaccine Information and Consent Form:

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0BxV8vhP2d3owdjZqcHUzWXcyUkU?usp=sharing

 

PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES- Please save the data for parent teacher conferences.  They are scheduled for November 17th from 5:30-7:30pm and November 30th from 5:00-7:00pm.  Parents will receive more information when we are closer to the dates to schedule an appointment with their child’s teacher.

 

COMMUNITY KEY NEWSLETTER- Cumberland and Lincoln Prevention Coalition Newsletter

https://www.smore.com/91xgr-communi-key?ref=email-content#w-6303518165

 

NED SHOW- Today was the last day for yo–yo sales.  Thanks to all the parents that supported this assembly by purchasing the yo-yo’s. The assembly was free to the school as long as we sold yo-yo’s for a week.  The NED show is a motivational assembly that encourages students to do well in school;   N-Never give up, E-Encourage others and D-Do your best!

 

PREVIOUS ANNOUNCEMENTS

SPECIAL EDUCATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE - Attached is the 2016-2017 Cumberland Special Education Advisory Committee (C-SEAC) membership form. The committee is lead and organized by parents of special needs students. 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bz3LfnpZYB48Z0x0TEpQdm5hMWlCOURpRHZEX19MRXZMRm1N/view?usp=sharing

 

 

COMMUNICATION-Please access the Ashton Family folder at anytime throughout the year to find important information shared with parents by our PTO and the school.  Please use the following link to access the Family Folder - https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0BxV8vhP2d3owYmFqeHNxZE5mT2M&usp=sharing

 

Have a great long weekend, Nidia Karbonik

 

 

 

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Ashton School News

September 30, 2016

FLU CLINICS- Cumberland will host 3 flu clinics to vaccinate students, staff/faculty and families for the 2016 -17 school year.  All schools will be invited to attend any night.

 

Thursday, October 20, 2016 from 4:00 to 6:30 PM

And

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 from 4:00 to 6:30 PM

And

Monday, November 7, 2016 from 4:00 to 6:30 PM

  

Host Location all 3 nights: Cumberland High School, 2600 Mendon Rd, Cumberland, RI  

 

Flu Clinic flyer, Vaccine Information and Consent Form:

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0BxV8vhP2d3owdjZqcHUzWXcyUkU?usp=sharing

                       

VISION SCREENING- The school nurse will begin vision screenings with Ashton students next week. If a student does not fall within the parameters for normal vision set by the Rhode Island Department of Health, the parent(s) will be notified and a more comprehensive assessment by a vision specialist will be recommended.                              

Rachel Emery, RN

School Nurse Teacher

Ashton Elementary School

 

PTO MEETING- Our next PTO meeting is Wednesday, October 5th at 6:30pm in the school library. We hope to see you there. Meetings are only an hour J

ATTENDANCE- here is another important fact about school attendance:

The recent release of the first-ever national, chronic absence data set by the U.S. Department of Education (ED), Office for Civil Rights (OCR) reveals that this promise is broken for far too many children. More than 6.5 million students, or about 13 percent, missed three or more weeks of school during a single school year, which is enough time to erode their achievement and threaten their chance of graduating. Over half were in elementary or middle school. Students from communities of color (African American, Native American, Pacific Islander and Latino) as well as those with learning disabilities were disproportionately affected.

PTO SURVEY- Your input and ideas are very important! If you haven't already done so, please take a couple of minutes to complete our parent survey. It's just a few questions to provide the PTO feedback and ideas about volunteering, events and meetings. All responses are anonymous and will be used to help plan for this year. You can access the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XWTYGPV.  The survey will close by October 3, 2016.  Thank you for your participation and feedback.

 

SUMMER READING “NO HOMEWORK PASSES”- The summer “No H.W.” passes have arrived for students that completed any summer reading through the Cumberland Public Library and District Summer Program. The passes should be going home soon or some teachers may have sent them home already.   Please know that each pass is good for ONE assignment and the assignment must be approved by the classroom teacher in advance.   Students should receive one pass for every 180 minutes of reading, up to a maximum of 5 passes.

THE VALUE OF PRAISE- here is a quick quiz on the growth mindset. It will only take a few minutes:   Does Feedback Promote a Growth Mindset? Does what we say to our children impact their performance?   http://www.edweek.org/ew/section/multimedia/quiz-yourself-does-this-praise-promote-a.html?cmp=eml-enl-eu-news1

SPECIAL EDUCATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE - Attached is the 2016-2017 Cumberland Special Education Advisory Committee (C-SEAC) membership form. The committee is lead and organized by parents of special needs students. 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bz3LfnpZYB48Z0x0TEpQdm5hMWlCOURpRHZEX19MRXZMRm1N/view?usp=sharing

NED SHOW- the NED show was today. This was our first assembly of the year and students were very well behaved.  We are very proud! Ask your child to tell you what NED stands for and hopefully they can tell you all about it.

N-Never give up

E-Encourage others

D-Do your best!

Yo-yo sales will take place all next week during homeroom time 8:45-9:05am by the guidance office.   

NED Order Form:   https://dochub.com/patricialambrou/xr1PPL/send-home-letter_08-02-16?dt=6smjb9qr037pz3uz

AFTER SCHOOL SPORTS- starts on Tuesday, October 4th with Mr. Lennon. Parents may pick up at 4:30 by the gym doors. 

 

PREVIOUS ANNOUNCEMENTS

DISTRICT ELEMENTARY HANDBOOK- The district’s handbook is now available on line on the district and school websites.  Parents may also use the link below to review the handbook.  Please sign the form below to verify that you reviewed the handbook with your child at home. The form was also sent home this week via the red folders (on yellow paper).   You do not need to sign the acknowledgement form included in the handbook. We have revised the form to add getting permission for children to be photographed for the yearbook and events that may appear on local newspapers.  We also want to make sure we have updated emails from everyone.  Therefore, we ask that parents sign our form, instead of the district form and send it back to the school. 

Handbook link- https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxV8vhP2d3owQWc5ajFiTW8zdXBzeEhoWEVDVXVuWExHUWF3/view?usp=sharing

Form to be returned to school- this is the same form that was sent home this week. You do not need to fill out this form, if you already sent it back to us.  

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1sxOLRvorRanKOrwvqby3mobw9xGVb5ZnZmb26_HqWmk/edit?usp=sharing

PTO NEWSLETTER- here is a summary of our PTO meeting this week. We look forward to seeing you at our next PTO meeting on Wednesday, October 5th at 6:30pm.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1M3lF8pQu_qaUe3y17KcX6-M3cRRPgH8JhGFk7zPtjnE/edit?usp=sharing

 

COMMUNICATION-Please access the Ashton Family folder at anytime throughout the year to find important information shared with parents by our PTO and school principal.   Please use the following link to access the Family Folder - https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0BxV8vhP2d3owYmFqeHNxZE5mT2M&usp=sharing

Have a great weekend, Nidia Karbonik

 


September 29, 2016

Dear Parents and Guardians, 

The After School Sports program is now full as of today September, 28th. No more students will be taken at this time. The program starts next Tuesday, October 4thfrom 3:30-4:30. Once again pickup is on the left side of the building which we refer to as the "walkers door". 

Best Regards,

Joe Lennon

 


September 28, 2016

Dear Ashton Families:

Ashton Gear- Don't miss your chance to order school clothing! The Ashton gear order forms are due this Friday, September 30th. Please help support our PTO and promote school spirit. Here is the order form: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxV8vhP2d3owZ1Y5U2dJV0tGYS1qV3l2UmVBWEloNlk3RU5B/view?usp=sharing

Ashton Parent Survey- Your input and ideas are very important! If you haven't already done so, please take a couple of minutes to complete our parent survey. It's just a few questions to provide the PTO feedback and ideas about volunteering, events and meetings. All responses are anonymous and will be used to help plan for this year. You can access the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XWTYGPV.  The survey will close by October 3, 2016.  Thank you for your participation and feedback.

Ashton School PTO

 


September 23, 2016

DISTRICT ELEMENTARY HANDBOOK- The district’s handbook is now available on line on the district and school websites.  Parents may also use the link below to review the handbook.  Please sign the form below to verify that you reviewed the handbook with your child at home. The form was also sent home this week via the red folders (on yellow paper).   You do not need to sign the acknowledgement form included in the handbook. We have revised the form to add getting permission for children to be photographed for the yearbook and events that may appear on local newspapers.  We also want to make sure we have updated emails from everyone.  Therefore, we ask that parents sign our form, instead of the district form and send it back to the school. 

Handbook link- https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxV8vhP2d3owQWc5ajFiTW8zdXBzeEhoWEVDVXVuWExHUWF3/view?usp=sharing

Form to be returned to school- this is the same form that was sent home this week. You do not need to fill out this form, if you already sent it back to us.  

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1sxOLRvorRanKOrwvqby3mobw9xGVb5ZnZmb26_HqWmk/edit?usp=sharing

PBIS INCENTIVES- Wednesday, September 28th is a PBIS “NO Homework” day.  This means that students may buy a “No homework” pass using their PBIS paws and skip doing homework for that night. Students who wish to purchase the pass are asked to bring it home to show their parents.

PTO SURVEY-Your input and ideas are very important to us!

Please take a few minutes to complete the enclosed parent survey to provide our PTO feedback and ideas about the volunteering opportunities we offer, the various PTO events and our PTO meetings.  All responses are anonymous and will be used to help us plan for this year.  We are always looking to improve and offer the best academic and social opportunities for our students and their families.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XWTYGPV

MORNING DROP OFF-Parents are asked to drive slow in our parking lot and not get out of their car when dropping children off in the morning, unless they have an appointment and they need to enter the school. 

FEINSTEIN JOURNALS AND CARD- The Feinstein journals promoting Mr. Alan Shawn Feinstein “Good Deeds” program were sent home this week. Please look for the small business card on the back of the journal for free entry to Mystic Aquarium and to other children’s places.  

NED SHOW- We are excited to welcome a motivating assembly called The NED Show to our school on Friday, Sep 30 at 10:00am.

Please watch the video below to learn about The NED Show, and consider a few ways that your students could benefit from NED's positive messages. A letter with an order form will be sent home on Monday.   

 

 (Trouble with the link? Visit www.thenedshow.com/meet_NED)

 NED Order Form:   https://dochub.com/patricialambrou/xr1PPL/send-home-letter_08-02-16?dt=6smjb9qr037pz3uz

PTO NEWSLETTER- here is a summary of our PTO meeting this week. We look forward to seeing you at our next PTO meeting on Wednesday, October 5th at 6:30pm.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1M3lF8pQu_qaUe3y17KcX6-M3cRRPgH8JhGFk7zPtjnE/edit?usp=sharing

STEM EDUCATION- “Bob Talks”- Message from our Superintendent

You've probably been hearing a lot about computer science education. I wanted to share with you why we believe it is important for students to be introduced to the subject as early as possible in our schools. Our students are learning problem-solving skills and they are gaining an important fluency in technology.

Last week, Governor Raimondo visited Cumberland Hill Elementary School to see how we're preparing younger students for the digital world they live in and we talked to her about why it's one of our priorities. You can watch this special installment of BobTalks here: https://youtu.be/giQ1vn2rFlE

Previous Announcements

PICTURE DAY for Ashton School is scheduled for Tuesday, September 27th.  We will send the order forms home when we are closer to the date. 

ASHTON GEAR- Ashton clothing order forms were sent home and are due back by Friday, September 30th. Don’t miss out to order our school gear to show school spirit.  Students will be encouraged to wear their Ashton gear on Fridays, field trips and special events.

Here is the order form:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxV8vhP2d3owZ1Y5U2dJV0tGYS1qV3l2UmVBWEloNlk3RU5B/view?usp=sharing

COMMUNICATION-Please access the Ashton Family folder at anytime throughout the year to find important information shared with parents by our PTO and school principal.   Please use the following link to access the Family Folder - https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0BxV8vhP2d3owYmFqeHNxZE5mT2M&usp=sharing

Have a great weekend, Nidia Karbonik

 


September 22, 2016

Dear Parents,

Mr. Alan Shawn Feinstein has provided journals for all of our students as part of the Good Deeds Program.  Please notice that the back of the journals contain the small Feinstein card that students usually receive to use as a free pass to enter the Mystic Aquarium (3x a year) with an adult, along with many other places.  The card is a small card, business size and it needs to be detached from the journal.  The journals are blue and were sent home this week with our students via the red folder.  Please look for the journal and detach the card, as Mr. Feisntein will not be providing the cards separately this year. 

 

Also, Picture day is Tuesday. The order form were sent home this week with our students.  Please call the school if you need an order form sent to you or you may preview the packets and pay on line at mylifetouch.com

Picture Day: Tuesday, September 27 

Picture Day ID: PC046452Q0

Enjoy the nice weather, Nidia Karbonik


September 20, 2016

Dear Parents,

Your input and ideas are very important to us!

Please take a few minutes to complete the enclosed parent survey to provide our PTO feedback and ideas about the volunteering opportunities we offer, the various PTO events and our PTO meetings.  All responses are anonymous and will be used to help plan for this year.  We are always looking to improve and offer the best academic and social opportunities for our students and their families.

Thanking you in advance,

Nidia Karbonik and PTO

Survey Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XWTYGPV


September 16, 2016

“Ashton students read 1,083 hours of combined time over the summer!”

Thank you to our parents for their support in helping to prevent academic regression over the summer.  Students should be getting their “no homework” passes for the minutes read very soon. The passes are generated at the district level and we were told we should have them in the next few weeks. 

 

PTO MEETING- Our first PTO meeting is scheduled for this coming Wednesday, September 21st at 6:30pm in our school library.  Please come and meet new families, share your ideas with us and find opportunities to volunteer.  We hope to see you next week!

 

OCYL- Please see the STEAM shop flyer with afterschool class offerings from OCYL town program; https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxV8vhP2d3owbk1pX000U01HeUQ0ZHUySXFGVTE2WTNQUG9B/view?usp=sharing

 

OPEN HOUSE – The open house was well attended.  Thank you to all the families that came last night to our Open House.   It is important that we keep an open line of communication and that parents stay active in their children’s education.  We also love our parent volunteers, so please consider volunteering in our classrooms, at recess time or with our PTO.

 

PICTURE DAY for Ashton School is scheduled for Tuesday, September 27th.  We will send the order forms home when we are closer to the date. 

 

ATTENDANCE- Every Day Counts in a child’s Academic Life!  As you know I have been emphasizing the importance of sending your children to school daily.  

Here is another important fact that I want you to keep in mind:

Teacher effectiveness is the strongest school-related determinant of student success, 1 but chronic student absence reduces even the best teacher's ability to provide learning opportunities. Students who attend school regularly have been shown to achieve at higher levels than students who do not have regular attendance. This relationship between attendance and achievement may appear early in a child's school career. A recent study looking at young children found that absenteeism in kindergarten was associated with negative first grade outcomes such as greater absenteeism in subsequent years and lower achievement in reading, math, and general knowledge”

 

Please see district attendance policy-https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxV8vhP2d3owck94bC1odHNLYlU/view?usp=sharing

District Calendar with vacation dates listed-https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxV8vhP2d3owRGtFeHVwS0hyc050Z3I2Nnk3QWxTb29MZF8w/view?usp=sharing

Attendance Parent Newsletter- https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxV8vhP2d3owY00zOHJLbFQ1Zm8/view?usp=sharing

 

ASHTON GEAR- Ashton clothing order forms were sent home and are due back by Friday, September 30th. Don’t miss out to order our school gear to show school spirit.  Students will be encouraged to wear their Ashton gear on Fridays, field trips and special events.

Here is the order form:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxV8vhP2d3owZ1Y5U2dJV0tGYS1qV3l2UmVBWEloNlk3RU5B/view?usp=sharing

 

National Alliance on Mental Illness of Rhode Island Offers Program for

Parents and Teachers:

Parents and Teachers as Allies to be Held at Cumberland High School

CUMBERLAND -- Parents and educators of youth living with a mental illness are invited to a free program offered by the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Rhode Island (NAMI) on Wednesday, Sept. 28, from 6:30 to 8 pm, at Cumberland High School, 2600 Mendon Road, Cumberland.

The NAMI Parents and Teachers as Allies program gives caregivers and educators the opportunity to learn about early/school-age mental health symptoms along with strategies that may help teachers and youth cope better with mental health concerns in the classroom.

Founded in 1983, NAMI Rhode Island offers a wide range of free support and education programs for those who live with mental illness, their family members, schools, civic groups and houses of worship.

For more information on programs and support groups offered by NAMI Rhode Island, please visit www.namirhodeisland.org or call 401-331-3060.

 

Previous Announcements

COMMUNICATION- remember to look for the red folder to find the important papers teachers are sending home for the beginning of school.  All students need to have a dismissal plan with emergency contact information. 

 

Please access the Ashton Family folder at anytime throughout the year to find important information shared with parents by our PTO and school principal.   Use the following link to access the Family Folder and save it to your drive - https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0BxV8vhP2d3owYmFqeHNxZE5mT2M&usp=sharing

 

TRANSPORTATION- If you are having issues with the bus, please contact the bus company at 334-3745. 

 

Have a great weekend, Nidia Karbonik

 


September 14, 2016

 

Dear Ashton Families,

This is a reminder that today is early release and students will be dismissed at 2:20pm. 

Thanks, Nidia Karbonik

 


September 13, 2016

 

Open House-Thursday, September 15

                     5:30pm-7:30pm 

 

5:30 – 5:55pm - School Initiatives and Curriculum Overview 

(Presented by Mrs. Karbonik, Mrs. Arzoomanian and 

Ms. Marvel)

 

5:55-6:00pm – News from Mrs.Emery, our school Nurse

 

***Parents only need to select one session to attend, unless they have multiple children in the school and need to visit another grade***

 

6:05- 6:35pm-  Visit to the Classrooms –Session 1

             (Presented by your child’s classroom teachers)

 

6:40-7:10pm-Visit the Classrooms-Session 2 for parents with multiple children in the school.  (Presented by your child’s classroom teachers)

 

7:10-7:30pm- Parents visit the PTO table to look for opportunities to volunteer. They may also stop by the resource table for important school information and visit our itinerants and support staff  (Art, Music, PE, Library/STEM, Guidance, Special Educators, etc) 

 

Itinerant teachers (art, music PE and library) and Support Staff will be available to parents in their classrooms/office until 7:30pm.  

 

Since our open house is focused on sharing important curriculum information with our parents, we ask that parents attend the open house without their children.   If you need an opportunity to discuss your individual child with a teacher, please schedule an appointment for a private conference at a separate time.   

 


September 9, 2016

NO SCHOOL- on Tuesday, September 13th due to Primary elections. Many of the school buildings are needed by the town for voting.

Our OPEN HOUSE is scheduled for Thursday, September 15th, from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.  There will be a school-wide presentation at 5:30pm followed by two 30 min sessions to visit the classrooms.  A schedule will be emailed and sent home with students via the red folder early next week.

PICTURE DAY for Ashton School is scheduled for Tuesday, September 27th.  We will send the order forms home when we are closer to the date. 

ATTENDANCE-   At Ashton school we recognize the importance attendance plays in the students’ success with their school performance.  This year we are making an effort to promote good attendance and we are reaching out to parents for help.  Last year, we had 860 excused absences, 1707 unexcused absences and 2567 total absences. This includes tardiness and early dismissals.  Students can easily fall behind when they are late, absent or dismissed early from school. This can result in learning gaps that may take months or sometimes years to remediate and will cause your child to struggle in school.  Therefore, we ask parents to help us with our goal.  Please submit doctor’s notes to document all excused absences and be diligent about getting students to school on time and take vacations during the school vacation weeks.  Your child’s success in school is our mission; please help us help your child!

Please see district attendance policy-https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxV8vhP2d3owck94bC1odHNLYlU/view?usp=sharing

District Calendar with vacation dates listed-https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxV8vhP2d3owRGtFeHVwS0hyc050Z3I2Nnk3QWxTb29MZF8w/view?usp=sharing

Attendance Parent Newsletter- https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxV8vhP2d3owY00zOHJLbFQ1Zm8/view?usp=sharing

ASHTON GEAR- please look for the Ashton clothing order forms that were sent home today in your child’s red folder.  We encourage parents to purchase the Ashton gear to help promote school spirit and support our amazing PTO.  Students will be encouraged to wear their class shirts on Fridays, for field trips and special events.  Here is the electronic Ashton gear order form-  AshtonOrderForm-Final-1.pdf 

EARLY RELEASE DAY- please don’t forget that every Wednesday is an early release day and students re dismissed at 2:20pm

Previous Announcements

Communication- Please remember to look for the red folder to find the important papers teachers are sending home for the beginning of school.  All students need to have a dismissal plan with emergency contact information. 

Transportation-

If you are having issues with the bus, please contact the bus company at 334-3745. 

Please access the Ashton Family folder at anytime throughout the year to find important information shared with parents by our PTO and school principal.   Please use the following link to access the Family Folder - https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0BxV8vhP2d3owYmFqeHNxZE5mT2M&usp=sharing

Have a weekend, Nidia Karbonik


September 2, 2016

 

Dear Ashton Families,

We are pleased to announce that the opening of school went very smooth. Our teachers are excited to be back in the classrooms and students are adjusting well to the school day and routines. 

 

Our Kindergarten students started school today and they impressed us with their good behavior, creativity, energy and desire to learn. 

 

Thank you to all the parents that sent us classroom donations.  We will put the supplies to good use throughout the year and appreciate your generosity. 

 

No School- School will be closed on Monday, September 5th, in celebration of Labor Day. 

There is no school on September 13th due to primary elections.  The town uses many of the school buildings for voting and school will not be in session for students.

 

Communication- Please remember to look for the red folder to find the important papers teachers are sending home for the beginning of school.  All students need to have a dismissal plan with emergency contact information. 

 

Please access the Ashton Family folder at anytime throughout the year to find important information shared with parents by our PTO and school principal.   Please use the following link to access the Family Folder - https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0BxV8vhP2d3owYmFqeHNxZE5mT2M&usp=sharing

 

Transportation- If you are having issues with the bus, please contact the bus company at 334-3745. 

 

Have a great long weekend, Nidia Karbonik