Raise the Bar

The Freetown-Lakeville Regional School District School Committee and Administrative Team would like to congratulate the 2016 Apponequet Regional High School graduating class!  We are so proud of your accomplishments and wish you the best in all future endeavors.  Please carry our pride and respect with you in all future activities.

As we prepare for our town meetings in Freetown and Lakeville this Monday, June 6, 2016, we look for your support with our operational budget and the capital project article involving the GRAIS swimming pool that is long overdue. The school committee revised the FY17 budget to $35,506,867 which includes $515,000 of Excess and Deficiency funding and additional documented revenues. The total spending is $36,383,867. The decision of the school committee and administration to meet the expectations of both towns must be balanced with our continued efforts to restore staffing positions, address large class size numbers, and provide support in the following areas: technology, instructional materials, security, and capital projects.  The FY17 budget is a 4.54% increase in total spending from the FY16 budget.  This translates to only a .02% assessment increase in Freetown and a 4.12% assessment increase in Lakeville. We will continue to work on a fiscally responsible budget that provides staff support and the necessary resources for all our children.        

    Our last school committee meeting for the 2015-16 school year will be Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at Apponequet Regional High School beginning at 6:30 p.m. At this meeting we will introduce several new administrators to the district. There are only 14 school days left in the academic year. Our last day of school is currently, Thursday, June 23, 2016.  I appreciate your support for all our schools and I look forward to our continued drive toward excellence.  If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call at 508-923-2000 ext. 1703 or e-mail me at rmedeiros@freelake.org.

“The greatest danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low and achieving our mark” – Artist - Michelangelo  


Apponequet Regional High School           
Hello Laker Nation
Congratulations to our graduates in the Class of 2016.  At our Senior Awards Night, we distributed over $220,000.00 in academic, athletic, and civic scholarships.  We extend a tremendous thank you to everyone in our community who donated time and money to support our students.  Should you be interested in establishing a scholarship, please contact Nicole Kashner at nkashner@freelake.org

Tonight’s Graduation will most assuredly be a fitting send off to a great class.  If weather permits and graduation is held outside, please join us on Griffith Field for a 6:00 pm ceremony.  If weather does not allow for an outside event, please be mindful that only ticketed guests will be admitted to the Gymnasium and Auditorium for graduation.  If graduation is indoors, ticket guests will be allowed entry at 5:00 pm.

A huge thank you to Durham Bus Company’s Ken Rezendes  and Durham’s drivers.  These fine folks donated their buses and their time so that our Class of 2016 could visit AES and FES to conduct a Senior Walk!  Photos of this most excellent event will be available on our site soon.    

Parents/Guardians of students in grades 9-11:  An informational hand out containing a Final Exam Schedule and End of Year Expectations was provided to students on Monday.  This hand-out, available on our site, was also emailed to you. Please review the information and contact the Main Office should you have any questions.  

It was an honor to host the third in our series of Career Panels this past week. “Careers in the Medical Field” presenters were Kristen Hatch, Owner and Founder of Nutrition for Life, Dr. Kerry Bennett, Surgeon, Life Coach, and Yoga Instructor, and Keith Mello, Paramedic and Firefighter.  A most deserved thanks to all three who shared their college and career narratives, engaged in Q&A and helped our students consider their futures.  

Upcoming Events:

June 3  -  Graduation

June 3  -  Grade 12 Quarter 4 and Final Grades Posted

June 15 - School Council Meeting

June 17 - Quarter 4 Grades Close for Grades 9 - 11

June 20 - Final Exams Begin

June 23 - Last Day for Students - ½ day

June 23 - Quarter 4 and Final Grades posted for Grades 9 - 11


Our last meeting for this school year is Wednesday June 8 at 6pm in the ARHS library.  We will be setting meeting dates for next school year as well as planning events to help parents navigate the world of special education.  If you know parents who could benefit from this, please invite them to join the group, attend the meetings, and ask questions.  This will build strong students!  Contact ndeterra@hotmail.com for more information.


Freetown-Lakeville Middle School

Art Show:
Please join us on the 14th of June from 5-9 pm for our annual Spring Arts Night. The main hall of the middle school will be transformed into our very own gallery. There will be hundreds of 2D and 3D works of art created by our 6th, 7th and 8th graders. You will be amazed by the ceramic tiki, monster sculptures, Kandinsky inspired pastel drawings, 2D technical drawings, kinetic sculptures, and more.

Promotion Ceremony:

The promotion ceremony for our eighth graders will be held in our gymnasium on June 22nd from 9:15-10:45.  

Socials Sponsored by the PTO:

June 9Grade Six

June 11Grade 8

Field Trips:

June 8th (rain date June 10th) - Canobie Lake Park (NJHS)

June 9th - 5 Wits Patriot Place (6100 team)

June 10th - 5 Wits Patriot Place (6200 team)

June 15th - Newport Mansions/Breakers - (8100 team)

June 20th - Museum of Science - (8200 team)

June 22nd - Colt State Park (7100 and 7200 teams)

George R. Austin Intermediate School
The weeks are winding down as we continue to make our way towards the summer vacation.  This is such an exciting time of year as we look forward to our spring chorus concert and art show, Survivor Day, our very first band concert, the fifth grade Invention Conventions, various teacher talent shows, visits to the middle school and much more!  Let us cherish each and every day we have left and welcome summer on a positive note.    

The next PTO meeting will be on Monday, June 13th @ 7:00p.m. in the GRAIS cafeteria.  We will be voting on a new board and encourage anyone to attend.  

4th Grade ELA

We are finishing up our Reading Street stories this week as well as our travels through the regions of the United States. Be on the lookout for Summer Reading materials to be coming home from Central Office in the next few weeks!

4th Grade Math & Science:

Fourth grade math students are beginning to review all the concepts they have learned this year. Our field trip to the Science Museum was enjoyed by all. Students attending Nature's Classroom are looking forward to  their trip.

5th Grade ELA

Fifth grade ELA students are working hard to complete their Imaginative Narratives.  The stories are creative and entertaining, and the students are truly enjoying wrapping up their writing experience in 5th grade.  We are also wrapping up our Reading Street stories and will be beginning our final Curriculum Embedded Performance Assessment.  

5th Grade Math and Science:

In fifth grade math, we have finished up our geometry/measurement unit. In fifth grade science, students have begun working on invention projects. Over the next few weeks, in class, the fifth graders will work in groups to use the engineering design process to plan and build inventions that solve needs or wants. Ask your child to share their idea and design plan with you.

Music and Art:

All-School Collaborative Art Show & 4th Grade Recorder Concert June 17th @ 6:00


June 1st - Regional School Committee Meeting at Apponequet

June 3rd - 5th Grade Visit to FLMS

June 7-10 - 4th Grade Nature’s Classroom

June 13th-17th - PTO Sponsored Penny Race During Lunch Times

June 13th - School Council @ 2:30

June 13th - PTO Meeting @ 7:00p.m. in Cafeteria

June 15th - School Committee Meeting at Apponequet

June 16th - FES 3rd Grade Visit GRAIS @ 10:00

June 16th - Celebrate Summer Reading Assembly

June 16th - Band & Chorus Concert (GRAIS students) at FLMS - 6:30p.m.

June 17th - AES 3rd Grade Visit GRAIS @ 10:00

June 17th - Grade 5 Reading Challenge Celebration

June 17th - Art and Music Show @ GRAIS 6:00p.m.

June 21st - Survivor Day

June 22nd - Rain Date for Survivor Day

June 23rd - Last Day of School - dismissal of students @ 11:00


Assawompset Elementary School
The AES Boosterthon Fun Run is a new event for Assawompset. The PTO’s efforts offer our students cost-free field trips and busing, as well as special academic and cultural programming for each grade level. We are grateful for what they provide for our school community and hope this event provides something a little more engaging than the usual cookie dough. :)   
The Fun Run is scheduled for tomorrow June 3. Parents are welcome to come cheer their child on; however they will have to remain in the parking lot behind the fence.  Parking that day will be at Ted Williams Camp and parents may walk onto the campus for their child’s scheduled run time.  

The schedule is as follows

9:30-10:30 - 3rd grade

10:30-11:30- 2nd grade

11:30-12:30 No parents on campus except volunteers

12:30-1:30 - Kindergarten

1:30-2:30  - 1st grade

The entrance to the school will be closed off for safety after morning drop off and reopen before dismissal. Those that need to visit the office or have business in the building will follow the signs for entering and exiting the staff and visitor parking in the front of the school.

Scheduled PTO volunteers may park on the basketball court.


Principal’s Challenge: As of this morning’s total AES has raised over $27,000. So it looks like Mr. LaBelle will be spending time on the roof and doing someone’s homework.

The Push-Up Challenge bragging rights go to the class with the most pledges, and  Mr. LaBelle, Mr. Stapleton, Ms.T, Mrs Eacobacci and Mrs. Sylvain will also be doing a lot of them based on our current numbers. Help your child’s class and pledge today. There is still time!

If the weather is a factor for Friday, please check your email in the morning for an update or possible change in logistics. No news is good news.

Students should wear sneakers for tomorrow’s Fun Run

Attention Grade 2 Students

It is time for the annual agenda book cover contest!

This is an opportunity to show your creativity.  Your design could be the next agenda book cover for your third grade year.


1. Assawompset Elementary School needs to be on the cover.  (An eagle is optional.)

2. PBIS words (responsible, respectful and safe) need to be on the cover.

3. Drawings must be on white 8X11 copy paper.

4. All words must be spelled correctly, capitalized if needed and written neatly to be easily read.

5. The cover needs to be colorful.

All entries are due to Mrs. Levesque by Wednesday,  June 8th.  

GRAIS PTO: The next PTO meeting will be on Monday, June 13th @ 7:00p.m. in the GRAIS cafeteria.  We will be voting on a new board and encourage anyone to attend.

Classroom Chatter


This week in Kindergarten we read an informational fiction story that discussed how children around the world get to school.  In the text,  This is the Way We Go to School, children were encouraged to draw conclusions about why someone needs a certain type of transportation to get to school such as a boat or skis.  Our focus letters this week are Yy and Qq and students continued to work on the sight words come and where.  In math, students continued to work on shapes.  Students made comparisons between flat and solid shapes and identified flat shapes found in the faces of solids.  Kindergarten has been busy getting ready for the Fun Run and we are so excited to run laps!

Grade One:

The first graders were extremely excited to go on their field trip to RI Audubon Society this week!  They had a wonderful time observing/learning about sea creatures down by the shoreline. They also had the opportunity for some more hands-on learning in the interactive museum.  We would like to extend our gratitude to the PTO for this wonderful learning experience.  

Grade Two: The second grade is going on a field trip this week.  On Wednesday, June 1st, the second grade students will be going to the Zeiterion Theatre in New Bedford to see a Theatre Works presentation of Charlotte’s Web.  

Grade Three:

Grade three students are currently learning about lots of famous Americans in their biography unit.  Students are also reviewing grade three math concepts and doing a variety of math related projects!


May 31st was the last day of checking out books! Students were allowed to renew their books if they were not finished with them. Also, a few classes were able to check out book as a reward for the Boosterthon. Other than that, be on the lookout for library books! Please send them when your child is finished reading them.

Kindergarten: This week, we are reading different Elephant and Piggie books by Mo Willems.  We are reading Elephants cannot Dance and are learning how to dance like Piggie and Gerald!

 Grade 1 is continuing to work on their dinosaur research project. Students are finishing up typing their information into Google Slides  and are now learning how to add images and change the font. I can’t wait to see their finished work!

Grades 2 and 3 are going to make an interactive book using Scratch and Makey Makey! This week, we are learning how to create a dialog between sprites and change the scenery . Scratch can be found at https://scratch.mit.edu/  and it is a link off of the library’s website.


Kindergarten children heard the poem, “The Purple Cow”.  We used shapes to draw them with purple crayons (naturally).  We will paint them next week.

In grade one, we are finishing our self-portraits.  We are learning how to make hair with different colors of construction paper.

Grade 2 students are learning about symmetry.  They are drawing half an insect on large paper with oil pastel, then folding it over, smudging to appear on the other side.  They will paint them when done.

The third graders took an assessment this week on color theory.  The will be graded on 10 points.  The vocabulary words they should know are primary, secondary, warm, cool, complementary, analogous, and tertiary.  They should also know how to make the secondary and tertiary colors.


K-3 We continued this week with our Folk Dancing, and it was such a blast! We even had time for the 3rd graders to play to xylophones to the song, Frog Went a Courtin’. All of the classes had a little extra time to play either Rhythm Basketball or Zap It.

Physical  Education:

Thank you to everyone who has decided to volunteer for Field Day this year!  We have reached the required number of volunteers that this event will need.  If you would still like to volunteer, I can add you to the backup list, in case individuals are not able to assist.  I look forward to making this a memorable event for all the children!  Thanks Again!

Grades 1, 2, & 3: This week, student will begin their Sacketball Unit.  This is a version of kickball that allows students to throw the ball into a night, rather than at a student, to complete an out.  The Children love sacketball, and I am looking forward to this Unit as well!

Kindergarten:  This week, students will begin their Sacketball Unit.  In Kindergarten, students play a modified version of sacketball called “Line Sacketball.” I look forward to introducing this game to all kindergarten classes!

A gentle reminder that Assawompset is a Peanut Safe school. Children may not bring in nuts or products that are made with nuts. 

This includes: peanuts, all tree nuts and products like Nutella.

Products like Sunbutter are safe alternatives and are allowed at AES. If you do send a Sunbutter (sunflower seed butter) product it would be helpful if you include a note in your child’s lunch stating so.

Students in grade 3 are required to have an updated physical examination form for their record.  I will be sending home a reminder to all grade three students who are in need of a current form.  Physicals may be faxed (508-947-7068), emailed (jbullock@freelake.org), or sent in to the office.  

Warmer weather is on the way, please send your child with a water bottle to help them remain hydrated during the school day.  

Students that have medication at school:

Parents are required to pick up student medications.  Medications that are not  picked up by a parent will be discarded.  

Have a healthy week!


Freetown Elementary
Breakfast/Lunch Program Update: The last day that breakfast and lunch will be served is Wednesday, June 22, 2016. Grade 3 students should end the year with a zero balance in their accounts as they will be given new accounts when they transition to GRAIS. K - 2 student balances will be credited to September. Students with a negative balance are asked to kindly pay these balances by June 22.

PTO Elections: The last PTO meeting of the year is scheduled for Tuesday, June 14 at 7:00 NOT on June 8 as stated in last week’s update. Elections will take place at this time. Please take the time to attend this meeting and consider serving in a leadership capacity.

Classroom and Teacher News:

Preschool:  This week we continued our thematic units, worked on story sequencing, rhyming, opposites and alphabet letters. We also continued our recycling project, counting and graphing what we have received so far. We worked on lots of readiness skills during our short week.

Kindergarten: This week the students completed the iReady Math Diagnostic Assessment and finished the geometry unit. We discussed how children around the world get to school as well as finished our unit on transportation. The students also continued to work in their writer’s notebooks.

Grade 1: This week first grade worked on the “oo” vowel sound as in school and words with the suffixes -ly and -ful. We also discussed what treasures we can share with neighbors. We are continuing to work on a letter to an author in writing. In math, we are finishing up the measurement unit.

Grade 2: In reading, we are reviewing all skills in Unit 5 through comprehension selections.  In mathematics, all skills are being reviewed as we prepare for the i-Ready Assessment.  In social studies/science, we are beginning our travels to the land down under!

Grade 3:   This week we will continue studying the history of our town: Freetown. In ELA, we will be reading “The Secret Soldier, Life of Deborah Sampson.”  We will also be working on a biography research project. In math, we will be reviewing all previous skills taught in math.  We will also be preparing for our third grade Olympics!   


Music: Kindergarten and First Grade students are continuing to enjoy patriotic music and perfecting our patriotic songs to sing at the Flag Day Assembly. Second Graders are taking part in activities to discover the instruments of the orchestra and identifying the characteristics of each instrument family. The Brass, Woodwind, String and Percussion families all have unique physical characteristics that distinguish them from one another and if you know these characteristics, it is easy to tell where each instrument belongs! Third Grade students are happy to be bringing home their recorders this week. Along with their instrument, they are coming home with a song packet containing all the recorder songs we played in the class this year as well as the recorder song they composed themselves. I hope they will share what they have learned with you this year!    

Art:  Kindergarteners listened to the story I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More. Then they traced their hand and arm and drew with Crayola markers all over them.  Finally, they sprayed water on their art to turn the marker into watercolor paint. First and Second Graders followed steps from a how to draw animals book. After practicing for a while, they chose one to add a foreground, middleground and background to give the look of space in their drawing. Third Graders created an etching on styrofoam. Next, they used printers ink and a brayer to roll color over their etching.  They made two prints from their engraving.

Physical Education: This week we continued playing kickball with the Kindergarten and First Grade classes, and Wiffle ball with 2nd and 3rd Graders. Our students have collectively walked over 2,000 miles this year. By the end of the year, students K-3 will be bringing home papers from our walking club with pictures that have been colored. Every 20 laps in the gymnasium and 8 laps on our ball field is equal to one mile. Students were awarded a foot token for every mile they complete. Thank you to the PTO for funding the foot tokens for the students!

Important Dates:

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 - PTO Meeting at 7:00

Monday, June 20, 2016 - Preschool Graduation Ceremony

Thursday, June 23, 2016 - Last Day of School - 12:15 Dismissal (No lunch or breakfast)