Raise the Bar

The Freetown-Lakeville Regional School District School Committee and Administrative Team would like to thank youfor your support at our recent town meetings in Freetown and Lakeville this past Monday, June 6, 2016.   We truly appreciate your support with our operational budget and the capital project article involving the GRAIS swimming pool that was long overdue. The school committee revised the FY 17 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 FY 17 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 are excited about the commitment made to Assawompset Elementary School by the Town of Lakeville and we will continue to work on a fiscally responsible budget that provides staff support and the necessary resources for all our children.  

With summer approaching a reminder that our Campus Programs department is offering sports camps in the summer. For summer sports camps information, please visit our district page and click on the Campus Programs tab.  If you have any questions, please contact Diane Czapiga at        

    Our last school committee meeting for the 2015-16 school year will be next Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at Apponequet Regional High School beginning at 6:30 p.m. At this meeting we are excited to introduce several new administrators to the district. There are only 9 school days left in the academic year. Our last day of school is currently, Thursday, June 23, 2016 and is an early release day.  I appreciate your support for all our schools and I look forward to our continued drive toward excellence.  The summer vacation is almost here !  If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call at 508-923-2000 ext. 1703 or e-mail me at

“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,

Way to go Unified Sports!  All members of ARHS’s first ever Unified Sports team enjoyed a banquet and received both Varsity Letters and t-shirts!  Thanks to Mr. Vital and Mrs. Brides for organizing this event and for supporting Unified Sports.

Hey Class of 2017!  We will continue to offer our SRO Internship Program.  I am also delighted to announce that we will be expanding the grade 12 Internship offerings to include several with LakeCAM TV.  Students will hear about these courses during a voluntary presentation on Monday, June 13th.  Soon-to-be grade 12 students interested in careers in law enforcement or careers in television production, should sign up to attend Monday’s presentation!

This week, all students going into grades 10-12 received their ELA Summer Reading Assignments.  All titles and assignments are available on the District’s site.  Should you have any questions, please contact ELA Curriculum Leader Ms. Kristen Lippincott at  Book titles were disseminated to local book stores and libraries and, as always, are available via on-line merchants.  Here is a link to the book trailer for our Second Annual One Book:  One School selection!

Parents/Guardians of students in grades 9-11:  An informational handout containing the Final Exam Schedule and End-of-Year Expectations was emailed to you. Please review this information and contact the Main Office should you have any questions.  

Information about ARHS’s Summer School opportunities will be available via the Guidance Department next week.  This year, we are delighted to offer several High School enrichment opportunities.  If you are interested in taking exciting online and on-ground classes while earning additional credits and enhancing that transcript, see your Guidance Counselor.  Space is limited!

A huge thank you, again, to Durham Bus Company, 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 are available on our site.  

Upcoming Events:

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


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.

Band and Choir Spring Concert:

On Tuesday June 14th, the 6th grade band and choir students should be here at 5:45t begins at 6:00 p.m.  The members of the 7th and 8th grade band and choir should be here at 6:45 p.m. for their performance at 7:00 p.m.

Promotion Ceremony:

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

Eighth Grade Social Sponsored by the PTO:

Saturday,June 11th from 6-10

Field Trips:


June 15th

Newport Mansions/Breakers


June 20th

Museum of Science

7100 and 700

June 22nd

Colt State Park


George R. Austin Intermediate School


The building has been quite quiet as half the fourth grade attends Nature’s Classroom.  For those students choosing to stay behind, the teachers have planned quite some enriching activities that range from an Outdoor Math Scavenger Hunt and exploring Google Docs on Chromebooks to making Solar Ovens out of pizza boxes and letting the sun heat up some yummy s'mores created by the students.  It has been nice to see the fun and enriching activities take place!  

The fourth and fifth grade students have finished their benchmark testing in comprehension, fluency and math and our grade level data meetings will take place next week.  During these meeting we look back at our September goals in both math and ELA and this is such a special time of year that allows us to see our progress and celebrate!  Although our meetings have not taken place yet, I have sneaked some peeks at the data and am very pleased with the progress of all students.  Nice job boys and girls and thank you to all staff for your continued commitment!

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

We hope that our 4th graders are enjoying their time at Nature’s Classroom this week!

Those that stayed back had a variety of activities this week- making s'mores, minute to win it games, exploring the USA and learning about butterflies.  

Please remind your child about the importance of reading for 20 minutes every day!

5th Grade ELA

This week in ELA, students are working on their Civilization Creation project where they are asked to play the role of a scientist who needs to create an imaginary super-plant that will be the basis for a successful civilization.  The challenge is to find 3 plants whose adaptations can be combined in a super-plant and used in making shelter, clothing, medicine, food, and products for the economy.  The students will then create a civilization that uses this natural resource to grow and thrive.​  In Social Studies, students are learning about the Constitution of the United States.

5th Grade Math and Science:

We have finished up our spring math benchmark testing. In fifth grade science, students are continuing to work on their invention projects. Ask your child how the design process is going.

Music and Art:

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


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 15th - AES third grade visit

June 16th - FES third grade visit

June 16th - Celebrate Summer Reading Assembly

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

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

Boosterthon Update:

I would like to first thank the PTO for sponsoring and facilitating AES’s first Boosterthon and Fun Run. It was a fantastic day full of FUN, SPORTSMANSHIP, and SCHOOL SPIRIT. Thank you Assawompset families not only for supporting the Boosterthon but for showing up that day to cheer for your runner.  


Each grade at their scheduled time ran through the Fun Run Tunnel and lined up for the opening ceremonies including the playing of the Star Spangled Banner. Students spent the rest of their time trying to complete as many of their 35 laps as they could. Volunteers marked off a lap on each student’s T-shirt as they completed each lap and encouraged them to keep going.

The day started at 9:30 with our grade 3 Fun Run and during that time the ARHS Seniors came for their Senior Walk through the halls of Assawompset and then proceeded out to the Fun Run circling the perimeter and high-fiving our runners. It was a very magical moment for everyone.

Boosterthon pledges exceeded $33,000. The final numbers are not in yet as the payment of pledges are still coming in. I hope to send you the final figures on Monday. These numbers will also determine our winning class and who will get their homework done by me for one day.

  • More Fun Run pictures will be posted on the AES website.

A Word of Thanks:

I would like to thank Assawompset for welcoming me into it’s school community; it has been an honor serving the children as principal for the past three years. Though I will be moving onto a new position at the KC Coombs School in Mashpee, I will have many fond memories of my time here. There are some things that I hope will continue after I leave such as the PBIS initiative, grade 3 gardens and finding joy every day through a child’s smile, laugh or Aha moment. Assawompset has been an institution for over 100 years and I have no fear it will continue to Achieve, Excel and Soar for another century.                                                                         Sincerely, Paul LaBelle

GRAIS TO: 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, students have been reading nonfiction books to gain more knowledge about the different stages in the life cycle of a butterfly.  Students have been busy observing how the caterpillars have changed since they came into the classroom.  Students have been recording their observations in their science notebooks.  In math, students continue their work on shapes and have been building three-dimensional shapes from building materials, composing shapes from smaller shapes, and drawing shapes.  Students are making great connections and using their knowledge of shapes and symmetry when they see butterflies!  Kindergarten students had so much fun participating in the Fun Run and raising money for our school!

Grade One:

Our question this week was “What treasures can we share with neighbors?”We discussed how we can visit neighbors, share friendships with them and work together to make the neighborhood a great place to live. Our phonics skill was words with suffixes -ly and -ful. In addition, we are learning about sea animals and working on our end-of-the-year writing projects.    

Grade Two: This week in second grade, the students participated in the final Dibels testing for the school year.  They have been working on end of the year writing projects.  The second graders have been participating in discussions about traditions and celebrations which are important in our lives, such as Flag Day.  As the year comes to an end, they will continue learning about immigration in social studies and they will continue learning about matter in science.

Grade Three:

Grade three students continue to learn about lots of famous Americans in their biography unit.  They have been reading about and doing research on someone they are interested in. Students are also reviewing grade three math concepts and doing a variety of math related projects!  Third graders have also been learning about the life cycle in science and had a special visit from Mrs. Martin during S.S. this week in order to learn more about flag day!


All library books are now due! Please send in library books on any day, it does not have to be on your child’s library day. Overdue notices will be going out again, and if you find it to be an error, please email me at Thanks so much!

Kindergarten: This week, we are reading different books by Robert Munsch.  His books seem to offer something for everyone! Our first selection is Andrew’s Loose Tooth, a book almost everyone can relate to.

 Grade 1 is still working on their Google Slide! 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, students are wrapping up their project with Scratch and are starting to plan their book to go along with their project. Scratch can be found at  and it is a link off of the library’s website.


Kindergarten children painted their purple cows.

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

Grade 2 students painted their symmetrical bugs.

The third graders began our Peace Mural.  Ms. T. made a large dove on canvas and divided it into 2” squares.  Each student is making their idea of peace in their square.  The dove is surrounded by famous quotes about peace.  When finished, it will hang above the library ramp.


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 (, 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.

Last Day of School: The last day of school is Thursday, June 23, 2016. Dismissal will be at 12:15. Breakfast and lunch will not be served. Additionally, there will be no afternoon session of the Fore and Aft Program. Please inform Mrs. Linda Sineiro of your child’s dismissal arrangements for the last day of school.

Classroom and Teacher News:

Preschool: We have been busy reflecting on our year in preschool and reviewing readiness skills. We have read stories, sang songs and played favorite games. We reflected on all the things we have learned throughout this year and talked about some of our favorite themes. It has been fun to talk about growing and changing as we get ready to end our year in preschool.  

Kindergarten: This week the students completed their last DIBELS testing. The students also reviewed literacy concepts including some letters and sight words. In math, the students reviewed geometry concepts as well as number sense. The students are looking forward to the end of the year activities!

Grade 1: This week first grade reviewed Unit 4. Some reviewed skills were vowel digraphs, compound words, plural endings, and consonant blends. We also reviewed facts and details, themes, and drawing conclusions. In math, we worked on telling time to the hour and half hour. We are looking forward to our field trip on Friday, June 17th!

Grade 2:  For language arts and mathematics this week, benchmark and end of the year testing has taken place. We continued to review all skills in both content areas. In social studies/science, we are exploring Australia.

Grade 3: This week we will continue studying the history of our town: FREETOWN. Grade 3 will be going on a tour of the town to see its history first hand. In ELA, we will be finishing “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 participating in our third grade Olympics!    


FLAG DAY: On Tuesday, June 14th we will be celebrating Flag Day at Freetown Elementary. Please have your student show their American pride by wearing patriotic themed attire that day!

Music: To solidify the skills we learned this year, Kindergarten students will be spending their last four music classes reviewing all the instruments we played while bringing back some old songs and games we’ve enjoyed throughout the year. It has been wonderful to see how much growth they have made musically throughout the year. First and Second graders are enjoying learning about the instruments of the orchestra through an interactive music game! We play this game on the projector intermittently through learning about different instruments and families. If you would like the try it out at home, please visit the link provided. ( Along with the instrument game, Third Graders are taking part in an interactive genre discovery game. Again, if you would like to try it out at home, please visit .

Art:  Kindergartners finger painted and learned how to add white to a color to make a tint and black to make a shade. First and Second Graders continued with their animal drawings. They are learning about space as an important element of art and are giving their animal drawings a foreground, middle and background. Third graders finished their printmaking project.  

Physical Education: Kindergarten and First Graders finished kicking practice for kickball and started playing games. Second and Third grade students finished batting practice and started playing wiffleball games. All grades started practicing the Fox Festival games.

Important Dates:

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

Monday, June 20, 2016 - Preschool Graduation Ceremony at 10:00

Thursday, June 23, 2016 - Last Day of School - 12:15 Dismissal