Friday, March 24, 2017

Math Night & Much More!

Metcalf & Wawaloam K-6 

 Finch Robots and Scratch Programming!

Paper Airplanes, Math Challenges, and More!

 Thank you to all our Metcalf & Wawaloam volunteers and families for coming out on a school night to make 

Rooster Games is coming & look who's participating!
The Rooster Games Student Orientation Meeting was held this morning with Mrs. O'Neill and Mrs. Kilday.  We are very excited about the number of students participating this year!  Students in grades 3-6 have been encouraged to read as many of the Rooster Games books as possible to prepare. We look forward to Tuesday, April 11th for a fun and exciting day of  literary competition! The games will take place during the school day from 9:00 to 11:00 and 1:15 to 2:45. Please call the office if you would like to volunteer to help for any portion of the day ...the more the merrier!  Check out our Rooster Game webpage at: Rooster Games  

Metcalf Creative Arts Night
All Metcalf and Wawaloam families are invited to Creative Arts Night at Metcalf School on Thursday, March 30th from 5:00 to 7:00. This year's theme is, "Ocean State of Mind".  You will be able to purchase framed student artwork (grades 3-6), listen to the advanced and jazz band, enjoy a performance by our 3rd and 4th grade chorus, and even visit our Grade 6 Cafe!  Don't forget to look for the free poetry, crafts, and the photo booth station as well.  There will also be Metcalf Title I and Title III activities taking place in the library. WOW!!  This is certainly an evening you don't want to miss! Please see the Artwork Pre-Order form at the following link:  Framed Student Artwork Pre-Order Form

PARCC Schedule
Please note that PARCC testing for students in grades 3-6 will begin after April vacation.  PARCC is the state assessment that all public schools are required to administer once a year per the Rhode Island Department of Education.  As educators, we use the state assessment results, along with other information, to adjust our curriculum as needed, design student programming, and make specific budget requests.  All these decisions directly affect the educational experience your child has in the classroom on a daily basis.  I, along with the entire faculty and staff at Metcalf, appreciate your support as we work together to continuously improve the educational experience for our students. 

Sessions are scheduled to take place during a 9:00-11:00 window on the days outlined below for each grade level.  Please note that a testing window is given to provide teachers with flexibility in scheduling and that actual tests do not last the entire time.  Again, I thank you kindly for your continued support.

Grade 3:  May 1, 2, 3 10, 11, 12, 15
Grade 4:  April 26, 27, 28, May 4, 5, 8, 9
Grade 5:  May 1, 2, 3, 10, 11, 12, 15
Grade 6:  April 25, 27, 28, May 4, 5, 8

Community Announcements
Little League registration:

Teen Program at Louttit Library:

Upcoming WG Land Trust Fundraiser:

We’re all in this together…
so let's work together to make it work!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Thank you, Mrs. Conklin!

Happy Retirement to you Mrs. Conklin!

As many of you may have heard, today was Mrs. Conklin's last day at Metcalf School.  Mrs. Conklin has been a special education teacher at Metcalf Elementary School since 1988.  She is kind, devoted, and loved by all.  She is also an incredibly dedicated New England Sport fan!  So today the entire school and her family surprised her with an enthusiastic Metcalf "clap-out" to the tune of Take Me Out to the Ballgame to see her off on her well-deserved retirement!  Thank you, Mrs. Conklin, for your 29 years of service to your students, families, colleagues, and the entire Exeter-West Greenwich community.

Please enjoy this moving video of Mrs. Conklin's send off at the following link:  Thank you, Mrs. Conklin!

Her Metcalf Walk of Fame!

 Greeting her students, past and present.

Surprised and delighted by her family!

Mrs. Conklin, you are loved...and you will be missed!  

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

March Madness at Metcalf!

Pennies for Patients is Up and Running!
Pennies for Patients runs from Monday 3/6 to Friday 3/24. 
Please encourage the children to donate their spare change to this very important cause. Boxes are in classrooms to collect donations that students bring in each day and will be collected by student council members each Friday. There will be rewards each week for the top three classes and a grand prize of a pasta lunch for the class that raises the most money overall. Of course, it is important that we remind students that the real reward is knowing we are helping others :)

Metcalf and Wawaloam have joined together 
to create a fun and exciting night to celebrate Mathematics!  
Join us for Family Math Night at Metcalf School on Wednesday, March 22nd from 5:30-7:00. All Metcalf and Wawaloam students and their families are invited to come help us celebrate math with games and activities for all ages!  Mark your calendars so you don't miss this fun Metcalf and Wawaloam celebration of learning!  You can find further information regarding Family Math Night at the following link: Family Math Night 

Scholastic Book Fair
The PTA is running the Scholastic Book Fair all through this week!  Our lobby is filled with fun, exciting, and informative books for all interests and reading levels.  All students will be visiting the Book Fair with their class by Thursday of this week.  Plan on visiting the Book Fair with your child at the Family Book Fair which is taking place this Friday evening from 6:00-8:00.  Thank you to our PTA!!!

ROOSTER GAMES- Tuesday, April 11th at Metcalf School!
Students in grades 3-6 have been encouraged to read as many of the Rooster Games books as they possible can to prepare for the exciting Rooster Games Contest. The games will take place during the school day from 9:00 to 11:00 and 1:15 to 2:40 on Tuesday, April 11th. All students that have read the required number of books for their grade level are eligible to participate. We will be needing parent volunteers to work with teachers to help run the games and ensure the day is fun, organized, and stays on schedule.  Please contact the office if you can participate for either all or part of this exciting day!   Check out our Rooster Game webpage at: Rooster Games

Metcalf Creative Arts Night
All Metcalf and Wawaloam families are invited to join us for an evening to celebrate and appreciate the Arts at Metcalf School on Thursday, March 30th from 5:00 to 7:00. The theme is, "Ocean State of Mind" for this year's Metcalf Creative Arts Night! Framed student artwork created by our students in grades 3-6 will be on display, and available for purchase, as an art fundraiser!  Additionally, the advanced and jazz band, as well as the 3rd and 4th grade chorus will be performing, Title I and Title III activities will be taking place, there will be free poetry, craft, and photo booth stations, and a cafe! WOW!!  This is certainly an evening you don't want to miss!  Please see the Artwork Pre-Order form at the following link: Framed Student Artwork Pre-Order Form 

Feedback from our families is very important to the entire Metcalf team.  Please take a moment to complete the family component of this year's SurveyWorks so we can continue to do what is working for our school community and make necessary adjustments as well.  The survey is open to parents through March 31, 2017. You can find the survey at the following link:  SurveyWorks   
The family access code is: 97103family
Thank you in advance for taking the time to complete this survey.  

Friday, February 3, 2017


Let's hope for a Super Bowl Win!
Metcalf School was full of Patriot pride to celebrate the approaching Super Bowl weekend!  Students that came to school dressed in Patriot, or Falcon, 😉  team colors or jerseys were given an eraser to thank them for their Super Bowl spirit. Many also took part in a Patriot Dance Party on the stage as we waited for the school day to begin.  We are hoping all this Patriot power and positive energy that's surging through the Metcalf community will lead them to a big win on Sunday. Check out the Dance Party Fun we all had to start our day!

Mark your calendars because Rooster Games will be taking place on Tuesday, April 11th at Metcalf. We have created a website with a link located under the parent tab on the Metcalf website.  Please visit this site to find lots of important information about these wonderful books and preparing for the Rooster Games. We will be looking for volunteers on Tuesday, April 11th to help supervise the exciting activities planned for the day.  Give me a call to let me know if you are interested in volunteering for the morning, afternoon, or the entire day!  
Thank you to Mrs. Barbour and Mrs. Kilday for creating this fabulous sign to help our 
students get excited to be a part of Rooster Games 2017!

The Finch is a small robot designed to inspire and delight students learning computer science by providing them with a tangible representation of their code. There are a myriad of activities that can be done with the Finches. With light, temperature and obstacle sensors, buzzers, LEDs, accelerometers and even a pen mount for drawing, the options are limitless.  Students in Mrs. Hanley's 5th grade class have been learning so much!  They are amazed at the things they have been able to program these little robots to do...and say!  

Thank you to Mrs. Kilday, Mrs. Hanley, and Ms. Ryan for all your hard work, expertise, and enthusiasm in bringing this experience to our students!  
We can't wait to expand this program to the rest of our school! 

Grade 6 Student Leaders!
Congratulations to these fabulous grade 6 students for their outstanding leadership qualities! 
 They were all recognized recently during lunchtime for working so well with Mrs. Murray to deliver important 6th grade guidance programs.  Students assisted in explaining & creating Individual Learning Programs (ILP) and exploring strategies to effectively deal with the stressors facing students approaching junior high school.  Thank you to Mrs. Murray and these student leaders!

Our First Annual 5th and 6th Grade Chorus Concert!
Kudos to Ms. Place and all our new chorus students for putting on a fabulous performance
for all our families to enjoy.  
We can't wait for the in-school performances during the last week before February vacation. 
 Your classmates and teachers will be so proud of you!

WOW...Look at these Gods and Goddesses!  
Mrs. Super and Mr. Levett's class transformed our cafeteria into a wax museum recently.  Students from the lower grades enjoyed coming in to learn about history and 
see the Gods and Goddesses come to life before their eyes!  

Morning Drop Off at Metcalf
First of all...THANK YOU!!  I sincerely want to thank our parents for remembering to follow the new traffic pattern.  I am looking forward to the arrival of spring to see improvements made to our new entrance which will include widening the new entrance area, as well as installing additional signage and lighting.  These will certainly be welcome improvements to the Metcalf campus!

Now a few reminders...for safety purposes, after you pull into the new entrance, please remember to proceed slowly up to the drop off area before your child exits the car from the rear, left side of your vehicle between 8:22 and 8:37 when dropping your child off in the morning. This is to ensure the safety of all students during morning arrival.  Additionally, please note the RI Child Car Seat Laws that I have been asked to provide as a gentle reminder to the Metcalf community.

Rhode Island Child Car Seat Laws:
  • Children under 8 years old, less than 57 inches tall, and/or weighing less than 80 lbs. must be transported in the rear seating position of a motor vehicle and properly restrained in a child restraint system.
  • Children between 8 to 12 years old must be wearing a properly fitting seat belt.
Thursday Morning Chorus:  Some questions have arisen regarding the arrival procedures for our chorus students that come to school early on Thursday mornings so we would like to clarify.  Please do not allow your child to walk from the parking lot and cross the crosswalk to the building without adult supervision at any point, as we do not have crossing guards available until 8:22. 

  • If you arrive prior to 7:55 (which is when buses begin to arrive) you may pull into the new entrance, continue through the parking lot, and then pull around to the left and directly up to the curb in front of the school to drop your child off for chorus on Thursday mornings.  You will then be able to continue all the way around the school and exit the Metcalf campus.  You may also park your vehicle in the lot and see your child safely across the crosswalk to the building. 
  • If you arrive after 7:55 (which is when buses begin to arrive) you must park and walk your child to the building.  You will not be able to pull up to the curb and around the building because buses will be in this lane.   
  • Please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions regarding chorus drop-off.  Thank you so much!  

Community Announcements:

8th Grade Parent Information Night Notice:

Have a wonderful weekend cheering on the PATRIOTS!!  

We're all in this together...

so let's work together to make it work!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Happy New Year and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!

Honoring the Whole Child
When we asked for your feedback last year in helping us design a new award system for our Metcalf students, we couldn't have been more pleased with the number of responses and the thoughtfulness that was evident in those we received.  We took this valuable information from students, parents, and teachers and used it to come up with a wide range of Metcalf Mustang Awards that would enable us to recognize academic success,  as well as honor and promote such attributes as kindness, perseverance, and even special talents.  It has been heartwarming to officially honor so many different and important attributes in our students this year.  The children have been absolutely delighted to be recognized themselves, or to see their classmates honored in such a comprehensive way.  All students will be honored at least once throughout the school year, as we believe that all students have that "something special" that may just need to be coaxed out into the open.

We also realized we needed to expand the experiences of our students so they could discover some of their hidden talents for themselves.  We have done this through our very successful Elective Rotations that take place for each grade level one time per week.  Students participate in electives that focus on literature, computer programming, health & fitness, the arts, and chorus. In doing so, students and teachers have had endless positive and creative experiences during this time!  Thank you to the Metcalf faculty and staff for stepping outside the box and working so hard to make the elective rotations be so successful for our students! I invite all families to join us for the Grade 5 & 6 Chorus Concert this Thursday night at Metcalf at 7:00.  There are sure to be a few "hidden talents" that we have uncovered thus far!  :)

English Language Arts & Social Studies at Metcalf
Teachers have been working very hard to develop Units of Study that blend novel studies, non-fiction literature, history, and English Language Arts & Social Studies skills, concepts, and content together at each grade level. This is a complex process that requires a commitment to student learning, high expectations, differentiation, and understanding curriculum design.  I am happy to say there is no shortage of any of these attributes in our faculty at Metcalf! Teachers have focused on what students should know and be able to do, designed interesting lessons, researched and purchased necessary resources, and have begun to implement these units with great success!  Students are learning about many past and present cultural events and experiences through literature, research, and deep discussions in the classroom. The children are visibly excited and enjoying this approach.  I thank our faculty for creating such rich experiences for our students to engage in as they explore the history of the world, our nation, and even Little Rhody itself!

Grade Configuration for 2017-2018
As you may have heard, grade 2 will be moving to Metcalf next year to help ease the space issues at Wawaloam.  This means Metcalf will house grades 2-6 next year!  Luckily, we have the room and couldn't be more excited to have our little friends join us.  We are already painting rooms and reorganizing things so they will all feel welcome on their first day with us.  Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns regarding the new grade configurations.

Regular Attendance
I recently participated in a workshop with other EWG administrators to learn the relationship between school attendance and academic success from kindergarten through grade twelve. Chronic absenteeism from school is a national crisis, and Exeter-West Greenwich is no different. While we do not experience the same high levels of chronic absenteeism as some other districts in our state and nation, the fact is that many of our children have developed patterns of regular non-attendance that are of significant concern.

Chronic absenteeism from school is defined as missing 10% or more of the school year (18 or more days for a 180-day school year). This amounts to an average of just 2 days or more per month.... and while that statistic does not appear to be alarming, reputable national studies indicate otherwise.

Studies show that students with just one year of chronic absenteeism in grades 1 through 5 were 5.9 times more likely to be chronically absent in grade 6. Students with two years of chronic absenteeism in grades 1 through 5 were 7.8 times more likely to be chronically absent in grade 6. And students who were chronically absent three times in grades 1 through 5 were 18.0 times more likely to be chronically absent in grade 6. Patterns of good attendance are established early in a child's educational career... and it matters a lot!  

The data shows that students that are chronically absent in the lower grades preform lower on assessments, fail to develop good study habits, continue to be chronically absent through high school, and are more likely to drop out of high school. Not only that...we miss them immensely if they are not in school!  

To that end, in EWG we are taking a close look at our attendance rates at all levels, and our graduation rates and drop-out rates at the high school level. The trend is concerning. Although addressing the issue will require a multi-faceted approach, attendance at school is one of the variables that everyone can help us to improve.  If you haven't already done so, please see Superintendent Erinake's Blog for specific EWG data and statistics at:  

Metcalf Family Mid-Year Feedback
It is important for us to get feedback from the Metcalf community to help make informed decisions regarding programming for our students, communication methods, etc.  To that end, I will be sending out an anonymous, and short,  survey for families to take this week.  I thank you in advance for your participation. 

Community Announcements & Upcoming Events:
Grade 5 & 6 Chorus Concert:  Thursday, January 19th @ 7:00, Metcalf cafeteria
PTA BJ's Fundraiser - January 23rd
PTA Bowling Event - Sunday, Jan. 29th
Dental Screening @ Metcalf - Friday, Feb. 10th
Jump Rope for Heart - Friday, Feb. 17th: Parent Letter, Jump Rope for Heart
Kindergarten Registration information: Kindergarten Registration
EWG Girls Softball Winter Clinic Registration:  EWG Girls Softball Clinic

We're all in this together...
so let's work together to make it work!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Merry Christmas & Happy Hanukkah!

It truly is the most wonderful time of the year!
The cheerful smiles and sense of wonder at Metcalf have been delightful.  Students have been steadily becoming more excited as the days go on but have managed to stay focused in school. This is a true reflection of the effort put forth by all our Metcalf families, faculty, and staff.  We have all worked together to make sure there is a nice balance between learning and celebrating the season together with some fun holiday festivities!  

Holiday Fun!

A Sign Language Performance by Mrs. Gammond's Class

Festive Holiday Sweaters lit up Mrs. Hanley's class!

Report Cards
Thank you all for working with us as we implemented the Standards-Based Report Card this year at Metcalf.  We realize that it is quite a change from the traditional grading system. We are so pleased because the new report card allows us to provide a much more comprehensive and complete picture of where your child is academically, socially, and emotionally each trimester.  I have heard some wonderful feedback, as well as some very helpful suggestions. We thank you for your support and will consider all ideas going forward.  

The Parent Portal
Aspen's Parent Portal is new to families in grades 3-6, but it has been open to parents at the secondary level for quite some time.  This feature has allowed us to provide families with access to student report cards on line, thus saving thousands of dollars for the paper, ink, and envelopes necessary when printing at school. In these difficult budget times, we are excited about reallocating these funds to classroom resources and materials that students will benefit from on a daily basis. You can easily view and/or print a hard copy of the report card once you log into your Aspen account.  Please let me know if you are having any difficulty with the Parent Portal or viewing your child's report card.  I thank you all for working with us and the EWG Technology Department to implement this change with such success!  

Community Announcements
Please visit the links below regarding:
The faculty & staff at Metcalf School would like to wish you a
Merry Christmas...Happy Hanukkah...Happy New Year!
Enjoy your vacation and this special time with family and friends.        See you all next year!  

Monday, December 12, 2016

Brrrrrr...Winter is Here!

Metcalf School is proud to be a Feinstein Leadership School!

We are thankful to our wonderful & involved teachers, very supportive & generous parents, and thoughtful & kind students for all you do to help us reach out and accomplish so many good deeds as a school community. For more details, please visit the link below to see the Metcalf Elementary School: Feinstein Junior Scholar Program Letter

Standards-Based Report Cards
You may now view your child’s first trimester Standards-Based Report Card through the Parent Portal in Aspen. You can easily print the report card if you prefer a hard copy. I have also included a link to the Parent Guide to Standards-Based Grading that was shared at each of the four Standards-Based Grading Workshops we held recently at Metcalf Elementary School. The Parent Guide will be a helpful resource to those who were unable to attend one of our workshops. This Parent Guide is also available on the Metcalf School website under the Parents Tab/Important Documents
Link to Parent Guide to Standards-Based Grading and Report Cards:

Mighty Mustang Awards
Students may be coming home with a Mighty Mustang Award this trimester.  These awards were designed using input that was gathered last year from students, families, faculty, and staff.  The message was clear when we reviewed the input and analyzed it as a faculty.  Our shared goal is to recognize the many different facets of the children at Metcalf School, to promote a growth mindset, and to honor the whole child. We will recognize every Metcalf student at some point throughout the school year so all children will know we see that "something special" within them.

There's a Chill in the Air!
We try to go outside for recess every day so please be sure your child comes to school dressed for the cold weather. Don't forget, when there's snow on the ground they may bring their snow pants, boots, mittens, etc. so they can enjoy the winter wonderland!

Upcoming Events:
Grade 6 Band Concert - Thursday, Dec. 15, 7:00
PTA Family Movie Night - Friday, Dec. 16, 7:00, Metcalf Cafeteria
Holiday Recess - Friday, Dec. 23 - Tues. Jan. 3rd.
Parent K-2 Math Workshop - Thur. Jan. 5, Wawaloam School, 5:30-6:00
PTA Mtg. - Thur. Jan. 5, 6:00 @ Wawaloam School
Chorus Concert, Grades 5 & 6 - Thur. Jan. 19, 7:00-8:00 @ Metcalf
PTA Bowling Event - Sunday, Jan. 29th
Dental Screening - Friday, Feb. 10th
NAEP Test, Grade 4 students - Wed. Feb. 15th

Community Announcements:
Please visit this link to learn more about the next showing of Screenagers:

WG Knights Youth Football & Cheer - Informational Flyer Link:

EWG Class of 2019 Breakfast with Santa Fundraiser:

EWG Boys Lacrosse Fundraiser - Informational Flyer Link:

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