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  • At last night’s school committee meeting, the committee considered changing the school starting times this fall.  The action was delayed until the May 8th, 2018 school committee meeting to allow ample notice be given to the community about the proposed changes. The proposed change would bring the school start time to what they were originally, prior to the change in RHS starting time, and the school days being considered are:

                Rogers High School                   7:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

                Thompson Middle School           8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

                Pell Elementary School              8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

    These changes will be considered for approval at the May 8th, 2018 school committee meeting.  If you have concerns or questions about the new school starting times, please reach out to your school committee members or the Superintendent of Schools.


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Pell Announcements

  • Pell Principal’s Notes


    Important Upcoming Dates


    Monday Oct 1-Oct 31st-SOCKTOBER

    October 15-19 School Picture Days (see schedule below)

    Tuesday, Oct 23rd-Pumpkin pick up day

    October 26th-Box tops for education due

    Monday, Oct 29-Coffee with the principal 9:30am

    Monday, Oct 29-Flu Clinic

    Wednesday, Oct 31st-Monster Mash



    Principal Traci Westman’s message of the day: Happy Thursday! Always look at the bright side of life!


    Attendance Matters: Our overall goal for the year is to have 95% of students in school every day, throughout the year. If your child is ill, by all means keep them home until they are well, but otherwise, please help us reach our goal! Today’s attendance is 94.7% so 45 students were absent today.


    Parenting Class: Join other parents to learn about HOW TO CREATE HOME ROUTINES THAT SUPPORT SCHOOL SUCCESS AND DECREASE ANXIETY. 5:00 to 7:30 on Monday,

    FREE for parents with children in preschool through grade 3 CHILDCARE AND DINNER PROVIDED. For more information please call Carolyn Souza–401-293-5790


    After School news: Based on feedback from families and past attendance, we will be cancelling after-school programs on Wednesday, October 31st. On that day, students will be sent home via their regular dismissal. Champion Childcare will still take place as scheduled. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out by phone or email:

    (401) 842-1925 ext 7  or


    Picture Days: Picture order forms should have gone home with students yesterday. Picture Days at Pell for the following dates. Monday October 15th-  Grade 3 Tuesday October 16th- Kindergarten     Wednesday October 17th- Grade 1 Thursday October 18th- Grade 2 Friday October 19th- Grade 4. Volunteers are needed for all dates. If you can help out, please text Jen at 834-0554. Picture Day makeup & Class pictures will be: Wednesday November 14, Picture Makeup Day for lower school. Class Pictures: Thursday, November 15: Picture Makeup Day upper school/Class Pictures


    Pumpkin Fest is coming!: Join us for our 3rd annual Pumpkin Fest!!! Friday, October 26th from 5:30-7:00pm.  Our famous Pumpkin walk, Autumn themed activities such as face painting, a scavenger hunt, story telling, cookie decorating, hot cocoa, and much more.

    FREE Pumpkins (roughly 200) will be available for families to pick up at Pell on a FIRST COME FIRST SERVE basis (or you can always provide your own)  on Tuesday, October 23th between the hours of 9 and 11am or 4:30 and 6pm. We ask that you carve or decorate your pumpkin and bring it back for the pumpkin walk and at the end of the night you will take your pumpkin home!

    We cannot reserve or deliver pumpkins, and students are not permitted to bring pumpkins home on the bus. They must be picked up, by an adult, at school.If you have any questions,  please call Rebekah Gomez at 842-1925 ext 3

    Coffee with the Principal: Please join the Principal’s for coffee and conversation on Monday, October 29th at 9:30 am in the cafeteria. This is a great, informal opportunity to ask questions, give suggestions, discuss general concerns, etc. Hope to see you there!


    Monster Mash: On Wednesday,October 31st, Pell students, by grade, will be taking part in a flash mob dance of the Monster Mash, a choreographed dance done to the “Monster Mash” song, practiced in music class. Students are invited to wear orange and black clothes (not required to participate), but please NO COSTUMES.  Families are more than welcome to attend this quick, fun event. It will take place in the upper school playground and there is no need to check in. The Monster Mash Schedule is as follows: Wednesday, October 31, Grade 1 10:00-10:30, Grade 2 1:45-2:15 , Grade 3 10:40-11:10 , Grade 4 1:05-1:35 , Kindergarten    9:20-9:50


    Socktober!!: It is time for Socktober! This year Mrs. Jewell’s students will be collecting NEW​ child​ ​and​ ​adult​ ​SOCKS​ ​and​ ​child​ ​UNDERWEAR​. Adult socks will again be donated to the Seamen’s Institute in downtown Newport, child socks will be donated to Pell families in

    need (and kept for cold toes at school!) and child underwear will replenish the clothing bin at Pell. Collection bins will be placed at both entrances to the school and collected daily by Mrs. Jewell’s class.Any questions? Contact Mrs. Jewell To learn more, check out


    Flu Clinic: Got your FLU SHOT? A Vaccination clinic will be held at the Pell School on Monday, October 29th from 4 to 6:30 PM. All adults and children ages 3 and over are welcome to attend. There is no out-of-pocket cost. Visit  or call 401-222-5960 for more info.


    Boxtops for Education: Please help us raise money for our PTO by collecting Box Tops for Education! Box tops are collected at school 4 times throughout the year and October 26th is the first one. Send those boxtops in!!!


    Newport Public Education Foundation: Invites you to their Fall Friendraiser Meet and mingle with fellow Newport Public Schools parents, teachers and friends. Enjoy stunning harbor views from Sail Newport's, Mid-Park Marine Education and Recreation Center, Learn how the foundation directly and positively impacts the students of Newport Public Schools.

    An afternoon social hosted by the Newport Public Education Foundation. Saturday, october 20th, 4-7 pm at Sail Newport, 72 Fort Adams Dive. $25/person, available at or at the door. Hors d'oeuvres | Beer & wine, 50/50 raffle | Adults only, please


    Contact info: Please feel free to reach out to any of us with any questions, concerns, or compliments! The school number is 842-1900. Or contact us via email Principal Traci Westman, and Assistant Principal Kathy McKeon, Family Service coordinators Mark mcKenna, & Rebekah Gomez,

    A directory of teacher & staff emails can be found here Pell Teacher Directory

    To Reach our after school program office: Hannah ( or Erin ( in our CLC office at  842-1925 ext 7.


    PTO News

    • We are happy to announce the 6th Annual Pell Elementary School Holiday Fair! The date for this year's event is Saturday, November 3, 2018, 10AM-3PM. If you are a crafter or artist, we would love to have you with us! Please email for more information.


    Community Happenings



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  • Champion Childcare Registration is open for the 2018-2019 school year.  Champion Childcare is a 4 Star Bright Stars rated program offered on site at the Pell Elementary School. 

    Morning care will be open from 6:30 am - 8:30 am; afternoon care will be open from school dismissal to 6:00 pm.  We accept DHS subsidies and also offer full pay, sliding scale, sibling discounts, and employee rates.  The application is available at the link below or on site at Pell.  A $30 registration fee is required at the time of registration to confirm your child's slot.  Please contact Christine Arouth at 842-1925 x1 for more information.  

    Champion Childcare 2018-2019 Flyer

    Champion Childcare 2018-2019 Application

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