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Title I Family Engagement


Oakland Beach - Lippitt - Norwood - Hoxsie - Scott 
May 2023

What’s happening in May? 

Save The Bay field trips, Kindergarten Orientations, Reading Weeks & Literacy Nights, our Mental Health & Wellness Fair, Financial Literacy workshop for all Title I families, and more! May is packed with learning and fun! This school year is far from over. 

Join us for a Financial Literacy workshop with Navigant Credit Union Monday, May 8th at Oakland Beach School from 6 to 7 PM. This workshop is for all ages and pizza will be provided! Registration is required before Friday, May 5th, please do so here.

End of The Year Survey

If you have not yet filled out our Title I Survey, please take a moment to do so. The feedback you provide allows us to better support your family, our students, and our schools! Click Here to begin the survey.

Kindergarten Orientations

LIPPITT Wednesday, May 3rd, 9:30 am

OAKLAND BEACH Wednesday, May 17th, 9:00 am

NORWOOD Wednesday, May 17th, 10:15 am

HOXSIE Thursday, May 18th, 9:00 am

SCOTT Friday, May 19th, 10:00 am

Spring Festival at Rocky Point Saturday, May 6th from 10-3:30 PM

Mental Health & Wellness Fair at the Warwick Public Library Tuesday, May 16th from 5:30 - 7:30 PM

Home Safety 

As you may or may not be aware, many of our schools are hosting School Safety Forums for parents in Warwick. These forums focus on safety drills and protocols within our schools. With safety at the forefront of recent discussions, I wanted to provide some information and resources from the American Red Cross of Rhode Island to ensure that we are also aware of our safety measures at home. After all, we all want to “Be Red Cross Ready”, especially within our home with our loved ones where we spend most of our time. 

Did you know? Home fires claim seven lives every day, but having working smoke alarms can cut the risk of death by half. Thankfully, the American Red Cross has a home fire campaign they call “Sound The Alarm”, as a part of this initiative they provide a FREE fire safety home visit! During your home visit, you will receive:

  • Installed smoke alarms if no working smoke alarms are present in your home

  • Guidance in the development of a Family Disaster Plan

  • Valuable emergency preparedness tips and information

  • All demonstration and installation services will be performed by Red Cross-trained volunteers and/or licensed/insured professionals.

To request a free fire safety home visit, click here

To learn more about fire safety and American Red Cross campaigns, visit www.redcross.org/local/rhode-island/about-us/our-work/home-fire-campaign.html

What’s Happening in Our Schools? 

Keep an eye on our Social Media platforms for updates on fun things happening in our schools! Check out this article highlighting the partnership between Warwick Schools and Save The Bay to find out more about what our Fourth Graders will be doing when they visit their facility this month, www.warwickschools.org/article/874021

In case you missed it! We are very excited to share the news that Warwick has received 2 extended-day community partnership program grants through RIDE.   

The X-Stream Learning Center program– Xing out learning gaps and providing eXplicit instruction in Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts, and Math,  is designed to support Oakland Beach Elementary School students in three key areas:

  • Support strong foundations in elementary school learning targeting Multilingual Learners (MLL) in grades K-5

  • Address learning loss in core academics through explicit, project-based applied learning in reading and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) related enrichment activities inclusive of MLL students

  • Support positive and healthy social/emotional development inclusive of MLL students

The X-STREAM Learning Center program will support the school’s curriculum.  Students will be provided with academic support during the first 60 minutes in the project-based learning classes. Once they go to the Boys & Girls Club they will have homework help as well as Comprehensive Youth Development programs designed by the Boys & Girls Clubs of America to help students achieve positive outcomes in three priority areas: Academic Success, Good Character, and Citizenship, and Healthy Lifestyles for an hour. 

The Norwood TLC (Theater, Learning, Caring) Academy is designed to support Norwood Elementary School students in three key areas:

Support strong foundations in elementary school learning in grades K-5

Address learning loss in core academics through explicit, project-based applied learning including in reading and STEM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) related enrichment activities through the theater arts

Support positive and healthy social/emotional development 

The Norwood TLC Academy will support the school’s curriculum.  Students will be provided with academic support for 90 minutes in project-based learning classes and a variety of theater-based programs by visiting artists from the Gamm Theater throughout the school year. All academic offerings provide opportunities for students to learn and apply knowledge of common core standards through project-based activities.  The Academy will run four days a week from 3:15 - 4:45 p.m. starting in September 2023.  Norwood staff will offer project-based classes in a variety of areas such as coding, robotics, inventions, and gardening.  The Gamm will have 2 artists who will offer classes in such areas as play production, improvisation, acting the song, movement, and clowning.  They will work with grade-level clusters of students.  Their program specifically addresses the need for deeper literacy learning. The program will engage students in reading, writing, community building, and performance.

Important District Announcements

Please read through the Spring Newsletter from the district here.

We hope you join us on May 16th at the Warwick Public Library for a Mental Health & Wellness Fair.

Storytime Spotlight! 

Write To Me  Letters from Japanese American Children to the Librarian They Left Behind

A touching story about Japanese American children who corresponded with their beloved librarian while they were imprisoned in World War II internment camps.

Watch a YouTube read-aloud here OR borrow from the Family Center in your school.

You may also choose to watch this adorable video by HiHo Kids as a part of their Kids Meet series where children interview adults. Kids Meet a Survivor of the Japanese-American Internment | Kids Meet 

Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or are having trouble reading or translating this newsletter.

Best regards,
Cameron Kadek (she/her)
Family Engagement Facilitator
Oakland Beach-Norwood-Lippitt-Hoxsie-Scott
Cell: 401-291-8288 (text preferred)