Special Edition Back To School Newsletter
Back to school 2018/2019
All Schools Open on Tuesday, September 4th!

The first day of school is around the corner and we want to make it even easier to prepare you for the big day. In this newsletter, you will be able to find information, forms, schedules and helpful reminders to make note of as we embark on the first day of school.
We look forward to seeing you all and making 2018/2019 a successful and enriching year.

Start Times:
NES : 9:00 am
NPS : 8:10 am
NHS : 7:30 am ( dismissal will take place at 2:00 pm this year, not 1:52 pm. )
Overall District Reminders
A Letter from the Superintendent

Dear Parents, Guardians and Students, 

Below you will find a link to a letter from the Narragansett School System Superintendent Dr. Peter Cummings. We invite you to read through this valuable information as well as dates to keep in mind as we enter the new school year. We look forward to seeing you in September.
Special Education Parent Meeting

Our first meeting for our Special Education Parent Advisory Committee is scheduled. If you would like to attend, please see below for information.

When: September 18th | 6:00 pm
Where: Narragansett Pier School Media Center

This committee is open to parents of students receiving Special Education Services as well as teachers, administrators, and supporters. Contact our chairperson, Cindy Duckworth at fvcindylou@cox.net for more info.
Updated Calendars

As the new school year nears, below are updated calendars to make note of. These can also be found on our website, which is updated regularly.
Narragansett Elementary School
Important NES Dates!

August 29: Kindergarten Parent Orientation 6:00pm
August 29: NSS Convocation- ALL STAFF 8:00am
August 30: 4th Grade Parent Night 4:30pm
September 4: First Day of School
September 14: 2nd Grade Parent Night 5:00pm
September 17 : 3rd Grade Parent Night 6:00pm
September 18: Picture Day
September 23 : PTO Sundaes on Sunday 1:00pm ( Rain date 9/30 )
September 27 : 1st Grade Parent Night 5:30pm
October 4: Pre-K Parent Night 5:30pm
New Dismissal Procedure

In an effort to have an even more secure dismissal procedure, we will be modifying how we dismiss students who are picked up at dismissal time. This is to ensure we keep NES as secure as possible while the children are on campus.

Please click below to review all of the changes so you and your child are prepared come the start to the new school year.

Thank you for your cooperation in this!
Principal Dandurand Reminder

Earlier this month, we shared an update on Mrs. Dandurand's new role within the school district and the ongoing search for a new Elementary School Principal.

The district has gone through a first and a second round of interviews and, unfortunately, have not yet found a candidate who fits the leadership profile we would like to have in place at our school.

As a reminder, Mrs. Dandurand has agreed to return to NES for the first half of the school year and beyond if necessary.  We are fortunate to have Mrs. Dandurand available and willing to continue her terrific work at the elementary school. 

We will re-open the search later this year, with a focus on attracting the right candidates with a longer application window and through some targeted recruiting. We look forward to having Mrs. Dandurand join us in welcoming our students back and helping the school continue to flourish!
2018-19 School Supply List

As a reminder, you can find this year's school supply list by clicking on your respective grade below.

NES PTO Updates

Be sure to check out the NES PTO web page to stay updated on meeting times, event listings, and ways so show your support throughout the year!
Johnnycake Center Backpack Supplies

The Narragansett community is fortunate to have organizations like the Johnnycake Center of Peacedale, which help families all year round, especially during back to school preparations.

If your child, or a child you know, still needs a backpack or school supplies, the Johnnycake Center is distributing to all of their summer program participants next week and are expected to have some supplies remaining the first week of school. Please click below to view the flyer and we invite you to refer any families in need where this could help.
Narragansett Pier Middle School
Important Pier School Dates!

August 27: Continued 5th grade laptop distribution 12-6pm
August 29: NSS Convocation- ALL STAFF 8am
September 4: First Day of School
September 5: NPS Family Night 5pm
September 12: No School (PD Day)
September 20: Open House 6pm
September 28: NPS Welcome Back Dance 7pm
October 24: Unity Day ( Wear Orange to School )
REMINDER! Schedule Change/Tardiness

This year at NPS we are instituting a minor schedule change that will impact when students are considered tardy to school. 

In an attempt to get the most out of our first period classes, we are eliminating the need for students to attend homeroom on a daily basis. Students will report to homeroom on the first day of school and then only as needed for the remainder of the school year.  

Instead of homeroom, students will report directly to their first period class where attendance will be taken and morning exercises (pledge of allegiance and brief announcements) will be observed. 

 School opens at 8:05am and morning exercises will begin promptly at 8:10am. Due to this change, students will now be considered tardy if they arrive after  8:10am.  Parents who drop their children off at NPS in the morning should be particularly aware of this change and should plan to leave home a few minutes earlier than they have in the past. Thank you for your cooperation in this change!
2018-19 NPS School Supply List

Please click below for the latest School Supply List for the upcoming school year.
NPS Family Night 2018!

Welcome to the new 2018-2019 school year. We invite all NPS families and staff to our 2nd annual night of community, food, and music.

When: Wednesday, September 5th | 5-7 pm
What to Bring:  Bring a picnic, blankets or beach chairs to sit on
Price:  This event is free, but we're accepting donations, which will benefit the Pier Plays recreational area.

This will be a great opportunity to connect with friends, while enjoying some great music by popular band,  Soul Keepers . No time to put together a picnic?  Eddie’s BBQ food truck  will be available to purchase delicious food items.

This gathering of the NPS Community is made possible by the support from friends, family, staff, and vendors. Thanks to you, we'll be able to make our 2nd annual  NPS Family Night  a success, and hopefully, have it continue as a lasting tradition. We look forward to seeing everyone!

Thank you.
NPS and the NPS PTO

Please Note: Students should be accompanied by a parent or guardian. 
NPS Instrument Rental Night

Early next month, we will hold an instrument rental night for beginning band students.

When : Tuesday, September 11th, at 6:30
Where : NPS Cafeteria

This rental night is for all beginning fourth and fifth graders who are starting out in band this fall.
NPS PTO Updates and Reminders

There are some exciting events, volunteer opportunities, and creative ways to get involved in the PTO this upcoming school year and we want to make it as easy as possible to stay connected on all to come!

Our PTO section of the website has been updated with important information. Click below to be directed to:


Be sure to keep checking back in to the PTO website as it is updated throughout the entire school year and hosts great information on how to stay involved!
Narragansett High School 
Important High School Dates!

August 29: NSS Convocation- ALL STAFF 8am
August 30: Teacher Orientation 7:30pm
August 30: Freshman Orientation 9am
September 4: First Day of School
September 5: "A" Day Schedule
September 12: Primary Election Day
September 18: Senior and Freshman parent information night 7:30pm
September 26: Back to School night 6:45pm
A Welcome From Principal Dan Warner

On behalf of the faculty and staff, it is with great pleasure that I welcome you to Narragansett High School. Whether you are returning for another year or joining our high school community for the first time, we hope you achieve the goals set forth by you and your parents. Narragansett High School offers an array of excellent academic and co-curricular activities and we encourage all students to get involved with the exciting and rewarding things happening on campus.

It is our hope that Narragansett High School continues its fine reputation not only for our academics, but for our athletic programs and many other quality student clubs and activities as well. Student participation is the foundation on which good schools are built. This is why Narragansett High School remains a Rhode Islands Premier High School. The Involvement and contributions of our students, parents, faculty, and community makes this possible.
Good luck to each of you as another school year begin and may you face your challenges and accomplishments with the integrity and veracity worthy of a Narragansett Mariner. Enjoy your time at Narragansett High School!

Sincerely,
Daniel F. Warner
Principal
Freshman orientation is scheduled for next week and we look forward to welcoming new students into our school!

When : Thursday August 30th | 9 - 11:30 am.
Where : NHS Auditorium
What to expect: Students will meet their guidance counselor and take a tour of the high school. A pizza lunch will be served following the tour.
New School Times and Tardiness

This year, our school morning will begin at 7:30 am and will end at 2:00 pm. Students will be considered tardy after 7:30 am.

Students are allowed 3 unexcused tardies to first period each semester. On the fourth unexcused tardy and all following unexcused tardies, the student will be assigned to one hour administrative detention.

Thank you for your attention to this.
Class of 2019 Helpful Links

As our 2019 Senior class continues their college exploration, we invite you to click the links below for helpful information on the college search.
Laptop Distribution Reminder for 9th Graders

As part of Narragansett School System's one to one device initiative, all 9th graders will receive a new device.

Following completion of all paperwork and insurance, a Dell, Windows 10 laptop will be distributed to incoming 9th graders in their advisory. This device 
will stay with the student for the duration of their studies at Narragansett High School.
First Day Schedule Available

By clicking below, you can view the first day of school schedule for Narragansett High School starting at 7:30am.

Stay tuned for additional schedule information in future newsletters for the months ahead.
NHS PTO Updates

Be sure to check out the NHS PTO web page to stay updated on meeting times, event listings, and ways so show your support throughout the year!
REMINDER: SAT Schedule
 
Click below to view the 2018/19 SAT schedules as the beginning of the school year nears. This link also provides registration information.

We like to share with our students helpful resources to prepare them for the SAT's and encourage them to take advantage.

For tutoring in math and test preparation, students can take a class at Math Advantage in Wakefield, (more info  HERE .) 
NHS Music Updates

With a new school year comes new opportunities to make beautiful music! Below are some important dates and news to keep in mind so you're prepared for all things music come September.

Mark your Calendars for the below Fine Arts performances!

October 24 NHS Halloween Concert 7 PM Auditorium
November 9 NHS Musical 7 PM Auditorium
November 10 NHS Musical 7 PM Auditorium
November 11 NHS Musical 2 PM Auditorium
December 12 NHS Winter Concert 7 PM Auditorium
April 10 NHS Spring Concert 7 PM Auditorium
May 29 NHS Spring Concert 7 PM Auditorium
June 5 NHS Summer Pops Concert 7 PM Auditorium

We also invite you to read a welcome back letter from Director of Bands, Dan Healey, filled with events to make note of.
 Narragansett Elementary School
55 Mumford Rd, Narragansett, RI 02882
(401) 792-9420

Narragansett Pier Middle School
235 S Pier Rd, Narragansett, RI 02882
(401) 792-9430
Narragansett High School
245 S Pier Rd, Narragansett, RI 02882
(401) 792-9400
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