posted Mar 26, 2018, 9:04 AM by Laurie Ratigan

SurveyWorks for Families is open!  Please make sure you take a moment to log into my blog at the lower left corner of our website to visit the SurveyWorks link provided. Thank you!!

Pennies for Patients

posted Mar 26, 2018, 8:51 AM by Laurie Ratigan

Our school is joining the Hero Squad by participating in the Pennies for Patients fundraiser, sponsored by The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) from March 26 – April 13, 2018, so don't forget to donate! Thank you!

Standards-Based Report Cards

posted Dec 12, 2016, 11:30 AM by Laurie Ratigan

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 and Report Cards that was shared at each of the four Standards-Based Grading Parent 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:

Happy Thanksgiving!

posted Nov 22, 2016, 2:15 PM by Laurie Ratigan

The Metcalf faculty & staff wishes you all a Happy Thanksgiving and restful weekend with family and friends.  There is no school on Friday, but we will see you on Monday, Nov. 28th.  We also hope to see you for the following events:
*Parent Workshop on the new Metcalf Report CardWednesday, Nov. 30th, 5:30-6:30 
*Holiday Bazaar - Saturday, Dec. 3rd, 9:00-2:00 at Metcalf School
*Picture Re-take Day - Monday, Dec. 5th
*PTA Movie Night at Metcalf - Friday, Dec. 16th

Lockdown Update

posted Sep 18, 2016, 3:01 PM by Laurie Ratigan

Good Afternoon,

Late today I received the final information from the State Police regarding the incident that occurred on Friday, resulting in a district-wide lockdown. At this point, I can share some additional factual details. The threat was received at Metcalf School by a third party, concerned about potential violent actions of another individual. The threat was not directed toward any one individual or group of individuals. The police were contacted immediately and a district-wide lockdown was put in place as per protocol.

We were aware that the person of concern was reportedly on the way to the school district, so police were on scene to be sure that did not happen. We wanted all individuals to be inside and certainly did not want to convey a message of panic that would undoubtedly bring many concerned parents to the school buildings while the police were in the process of locating the reported individual and conducting their investigation. At no time during the event did anyone of concern enter any of our campuses, and the procedures at every school were executed as planned.

I was notified late this afternoon that there was no credible evidence that the reported concern would come to fruition. As we did for the remainder of the day on Friday, all classes and activities will resume as normal on Monday morning. Principals at each building will debrief with their staff and staff will debrief with their students. Administrators will also meet to debrief to be sure that everything in place was executed as planned, and to look at ways to make our current procedures even tighter.

We spend a great deal of time in schools preparing for the unthinkable, but when we have to put things in place outside of the typical drills that we conduct, it is a very different feeling. Our teachers and principals acted with confidence and bravery - remember that they were not privy to all of the facts as they unfolded either - but they took care of your children as their first and only priority under difficult circumstances. I cannot thank the staff, building administrators, and the state and local police for their handling of a very serious situation. Although we never want to experience the reality that many schools have faced across our country, everyone can rest in the comfort of knowing that our district is prepared to handle such a situation to the best of our ability should the need ever arise.

I have had a chance to see several parent responses to the initial e-mail that I sent out within minutes of the lockdown being lifted. I appreciate the many notes of thanks and your patience in waiting for the additional relevant information that I said would be released when it became available. I am very relieved to hear the results of the investigation, and I am confident that we will return to school tomorrow in as safe an environment as we have always had.

Again, thank you for your patience and understanding. Know that all of your children were outstanding listeners during the event and I have heard nothing but praise from teachers about the way their students responded to what was asked of them on Friday. Please take the time to reinforce to them the importance of these safety procedures and convey my appreciation to them for their behavior on Friday.


James Erinakes

New School Year

posted Aug 3, 2016, 1:12 PM by Laurie Ratigan

The new school year is almost here! Don't forget to have your children complete the Summer Learning activities...look under the "Student Resources" tab for details! You will find all Grade Level Supply Lists under the "Documents" tab and Open House dates and times listed on the Metcalf Public Calendar.  Please be sure to visit my blog for other exciting and important information...the link is located at the bottom left corner of the Home Page. Teacher assignments will be emailed to families the week prior to the first day of school.  If we don't have an email for your family we will be sending a letter to your home.  I hope you all enjoy these last few weeks of summer! :)

Standards-Based Grading Parent Workshop

posted May 30, 2016, 2:33 PM by Laurie Ratigan

Metcalf Elementary School will be moving to a Standards-Based Grading system for the 2016-2017 school year. This workshop will be the first of several to provide families with an understanding of what Standards-Based grading is, why we are moving from the traditional system, and what to expect from a Standards-Based report card. I hope to see you on Monday, June 6 from 6:00-6:30 in the Metcalf library. This is a change in date from the previous announcement.

Summer Reading Challenge!

posted May 23, 2016, 9:47 AM by Laurie Ratigan

Let's keep reading during the summer months!  All students that read 3 books and complete 3 reader responses during July & August will get to enjoy a few extra minutes of recess in September!  Not to mention...their reading skills will stay sharp and they'll be ready for the new school year!  So, get started on the Summer Reading Challenge.  There's nothing better than a good book! 

Keep Calm and Get Your Country On!

posted Mar 21, 2016, 12:04 PM by Laurie Ratigan   [ updated Apr 4, 2016, 9:36 AM ]

That's right, Y'all! Country is the theme of our next dance! It will be happening on Saturday, April 30, at Metcalf and is open to all students Pre-K to Grade 6 with an adult of their choice. Just $10 per family!

Kids Choice Bowling Event

posted Mar 21, 2016, 12:00 PM by Laurie Ratigan

Sunday, April 3rd. All students, PreK to Grade 6 are invited to bring an adult of their choice for the fun Rock n Bowl, pizza, refreshments, and raffles at Kingstown Bowl on Post Rd in North Kingstown. Admission is just $10 per person!

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