image of a blackboard, chalk and daffodils with text of spring, AES updates, April 7, 2024

April is National Poetry Month

Thank you to Mrs. Sylvain as she truly brings Poetry to life during library times with the students.  We will be doing lots of poetry in the next few weeks! Kindergarten is listening to the book, Giraffe and a Half and are drawing rhyming words. First graders are listening to the book, They All Saw a Cat and learning about repetition and perspective. Second graders are listening to the book, Poem in My Pocket and creating poems using an online poetry board. Third graders are continuing their program in Scratch, where they are creating a chase game.

April is Autism Awareness Month

On Tuesday, April 2nd, AES staff and students wore the color blue to show support for individuals diagnosed with autism.  Blue was chosen by the autism community because it represents calmness and acceptance.  Many people may hear the word autism but are unsure as to what it really means?  Autism Speaks defines autism spectrum disorder as “a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication.”  Autism is unique in that it does not present itself the same way in individuals which means each person diagnosed with autism has varying areas of strengths and needs.  Signs of autism can include limited to no eye contact, challenges in reading body language, difficulty sharing emotions or understanding how others may feel or what they could be thinking, speaking in a monotone voice or being too quiet/loud in conversations, rigidity, repetitive behaviors (i.e. lining up toys), stimming behavior which is repetitive body movements to regulate emotions (i.e. flapping hands, spinning, rocking), walking on tip toes or intense focus or interest on a specific topic.  Autism can begin to show signs as early as two years, and requires a diagnosis by a physician.  If you have any concerns about your child, contact your pediatrician to discuss the best plan for your child.


Opt-in Eclipse Viewing — April 8th

No School – April 12th

Spring Vacation –  April 15th  through the 19th


May 8 and 9 - Math

Please see the following flyers for CUB SCOUTS and the WIZARD of OZ performance.

Cub Scout Flyer.pdf                                                                                                       

Wizard of Oz Poster.jpg

A HUGE thank you to our volunteers  and AES PTO for assisting with the Solar Eclipse Viewing on Monday.  We are very excited to experience this event!



Kindergarten students made 3D flowers for their Andy Warhol paintings.

Grade one used modeling clay to practice making a secret project for after vacation! Shhh!

Grade two learned how to use oil pastel to create depth on their Georgia O’Keeffe flowers.

The tiles have been delivered! Third graders will begin them after MCAS.


K: This week we played the boomwhackers in class! We also reviewed our rhythm patterns. 

1st: We are less than one week away from the big performance…April 10th @ 10:00am in the AES gymnasium! 

2nd: This week we added another song to our Disney performance which will be held on Wednesday, May 15th @ 10:00 am in the AES gymnasium! 

3rd: This week we added a new letter to our recorder playing, the letter “A” and the children also had the opportunity to play the boomwhackers!


Grade 2 & 3: Students are playing a game called 4 Corner Hockey. In this hockey game, there are 4 different teams, giving each team 3 different goals to score in. Each team is choosing a goalie, and making choices on how many offensive and defensive players they would like to use to best play the game. 

Grade 1 & K: Students are playing a target practice hockey game, and playing a tag game to practice different exercises during gameplay. 


This week we continued our reading unit on animals by answering the question, “Where do animals live?” and by reading the fictional story, Bear Snores On. We paired this fantasy story, which involved Bear’s friends having a popcorn and tea party in his den, with non-fiction texts to learn more about animal habitats. We found out that a prairie dog lives in a burrow, a beaver lives in a lodge, and a clown fish lives in a coral reef in the ocean.

Our new sight words this week were said and want. In math we used number charts to practice counting and investigate number patterns!


First grade is gearing up for some exciting events! Students are looking forward to performing during their Grandparents Day performance next Wednesday at 10 am. We have also been learning about the upcoming total solar eclipse, and can’t wait to view it Monday afternoon!

This week, we read about how items can be classified by color, type, height, weight, and so on. We are working on writing and reading words with open and closed syllables and blends. In math, we are learning about place value through the use of base ten blocks.


The Zoomobile, from Roger Williams Zoo,  visited the second grade classrooms this week.The students were encouraged to observe and make inferences as they figured out how the function of structural and behavioral adaptations help animals survive and meet their needs. Then, the students were invited to meet a gecko, a Madagascar hissing cockroach, and a corn snake.  Many thanks to the Assawompset PTO for organizing this wonderful learning experience for the entire second grade. 


A HUGE shout out to the third grade students for working so hard during their MCAS test this past week in ELA!  We are very proud!

Nurse’s Nook: We have had some reports of ticks from the playground. Please be vigilant when checking your student and their belongings. If you find a tick attached to your skin, simply remove the tick as soon as possible. There are several tick removal devices on the market, but a plain set of fine-tipped tweezers works very well.

How to remove a tick

  1. Use clean, fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin’s surface as possible.

  2. Pull upward with steady, even pressure. Don’t twist or jerk the tick; this can cause the mouth-parts to break off and remain in the skin. If this happens, remove the mouth-parts with tweezers. If you cannot remove the mouth easily with tweezers, leave it alone and let the skin heal.

  3. After removing the tick, thoroughly clean the bite area and your hands with rubbing alcohol or soap and water.

  4. Never crush a tick with your fingers. Dispose of a live tick by

    • Putting it in alcohol,

    • Placing it in a sealed bag/container,

    • Wrapping it tightly in tape, or

    • Flushing it down the toilet.

Follow-upIf you develop a rash or fever within several weeks of removing a tick, see your doctor:

-Tell the doctor about your recent tick bite

--When the bite occurred, and

-Where you most likely acquired the tick.

Preventing tick bites | Ticks | CDC


Bethany Pineault, Principal

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