image of colorful school supplies and text of AES Updates, January 28, 2024

Dear Assawompset School Families,

We had a great week here at Assawompset and were happy to be able to get outside for some fresh air!  New England Weather - you just have to love it.  🙂

We are excited as we approach February and introduce/review Black History Month with our children! Each day we will share an interesting fact or quote and each classroom will also engage students in their own discussions at the elementary student level. We do feel it is important to recognize the month and make students aware that Black History is not something to be looked at only in February... or the Black History was a time frame that took place only in the “past.” We focus on accomplishments and success stories and  read books about Black history and culture.  We introduce children to  books that celebrate amazing people and their contributions to history and  culture. Books like "Hidden Figures" by Margot Lee Shetterly, "The Story of  Ruby Bridges" by Robert Coles, and  "I Am Enough" by Grace Byers are great options for kids.   I will be meeting with the Kid’s Cabinet to  discuss a school wide celebration, ceremony, project or event to honor Black History and showcase what we have learned.  So exciting!           

                                  I AM ENOUGH 📚 Kids Book Read Aloud Story


April 3 and 4 - ELA

May 8 and 9 - Math

Upcoming Dates to Remember:

February 2nd - Early Dismissal at 12:15 a.m. 

February 19th through the 23rd - Winter Break - Schools Closed

March 6th - Spring Photos

March 11th - March 15th - AES Book Fair 

Curriculum Night - March 19th - 6:00-8:00 PM

Artapalooza - March 23 - 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. 

A Note from our AES PTO:

Thanks to all who joined us at the Providence Bruins this past weekend, it was a great time and a great turnout. 

Spirit Wear should have been sent home in backpacks this week, let us know if you have any questions. We have a limited amount of extra items on a first come first serve basis. Email us at for information. 

Shop at Hannaford's? Purchase items with the BoxTops logo? Check this out to help us earn money when you grocery shop!

Next PTO meeting: Feb 13th 7pm @ AES cafeteria

Upcoming events:

Scholastic book fair March 11-15  details coming soon


Kindergarten students discussed how to make a self-portrait that fills the paper and has an outfit instead of a stick body.

Firsties completed their Hot Dogs and Cool Cats.

Second graders completed their Jim Dine hot/cold hearts.

Third graders played “catch up”, completing old projects.


K: This week the K students played a steady beat on unpitched percussion instruments and used the bean bags to practice keeping the beat, while passing to a friend.

1st: The Grandparent's Day performance is scheduled for Wednesday, April 10, 2024 @ 10:00am in the AES gymnasium. 

2nd: This week we worked on the xylophones, keeping a steady beat to a traditional folk song. A notice also went home about the 2nd grade performance which is scheduled for Wednesday, May 15, 2024 @ 10:00am in the AES gymnasium! 

3rd: The 3rd graders reviewed their notes of the treble clef and rhythm patterns while playing a fun music basketball game.


Students in grades 1, 2, and 3 are presenting their research projects in the library this week. They are amazing and we are all learning so much! Students could pick either an animal or a person to research. 

Our Kindergarten friends are learning some more typing skills. Students are learning where certain keys on the keyboard are and practicing how to click and drag using the track pad on the chromebooks.


This week in the gym we are continuing our Fitness unit by increasing our flexibility doing a yoga routine. In the second half of class we are playing a game using scooters that increases cardio vascular endurance and lower body strength.


In Wonders this week we discussed the question How can people help to make their community better?  We talked about things that happen in our community and things that we can do to help. We read an informational text, Road Work by Sally Sutton, which showed the students how a road is made and how roads help a community.  We also learned about s blends; words that start with an sl, sn, sp, or an st.  This was a little challenging, but with practice the students will quickly be able to read words with blends.  In Math we are working on addition within 10 and showing students different strategies to use to solve addition problems.  We continue to practice counting to 100 by 1’s and 10’s.  We also discussed different ways we can make everyone feel included in the classroom, in the school and on the playground.


Our Essential Question this week is: How do plants change as they grow? Students read, The play, The Big Yuca Plant. Students read the various parts and learned the job of the narrator. 

This week students started learning about fact families. Students will practice these facts each night and have a “fast 12” assessment on Friday. 

This week in our Fundations program, students are working or spelling and reading words with glued sounds. (ing, unk). We are working on present tense verbs and capitalizing and underlining Titles of Plays


In grade two we have been discussing the theme of “inclusivity” following our school wide assembly on Friday. Students have been discussing ways to include others in school and the importance of this. We are hoping to help make our classrooms more inclusive to all! We continue to work in Wonders Unit 3, as we read about how we can help our community..        Our animal research projects are coming to a conclusion, as well,  and the students have been working very hard. Hoping for some slightly warmer weather with all these indoor recesses! Stay warm!


Grade three is deep into fractions in math. We are using manipulatives, games, and more to learn about equivalent fractions, and comparing them to see which is bigger or smaller. The kids love fractions! Continue to point out fractions in the real world so they see the relevance. In reading, we are looking at how different animals are unique. We’ve wrapped up force, motion, and magnetism in science and are ready to begin our study of The American Revolution.

Take care of your heart! February is American Heart Month.

Heart health is a very powerful message for all young and old.  We can help our heart with good habits starting young:  A heart healthy diet and daily exercise are 2  primary messages we can give our families.  

                  Take Action Toward Better Heart Health: Eat a Heart-Healthy Diet

                                 DASH Eating Plan | NHLBI, NIH

Thank you and have a great day!

Bethany Pineault, Principal

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