Principal's Notes 3/22/2019

Pell Principal’s Notes


Important Upcoming Dates


March 25th-Coffee with the Principals 9:30

Tuesday, March 26th-Music & Art Showcase 6:00-7:30

April 5th-End of 3rd Quarter

April 6th-PTO Pell Spring Clean Up

April 10-PTO meeting 5:30

April 12th-Report Cards go home

April 24th-Kindergarten Registration & spaghetti dinner and tour at Pell:3:00-7:00

April 26 Save the Date for the Penny Carnival!


Student of the month assemblies:

Kindergarten 3/27 @ 9:15

1st grade 3/26 @ 10:05

2nd grade 3/26 @ 9:15

3rd grade 3/27 @ 10:05

4th grade 3/29 @ 9:30


Principal Traci Westman’s message of the day: Few things in the world are more positive than a powerful push, a smile, a world of optimism and hope. A “you can do it” when things are tough.- Richard M. Devos

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 91.8% so 68 students were absent today.


Pennies for Patients: Pell School is participating in  Pennies for Patients, a critical service learning program that helps raise critical funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS), the world’s largest nonprofit fighting blood cancer. Did you know that breakthroughs in blood cancer research are now being applied to other kinds of cancers and serious diseases? By participating in Pennies for Patients, schools like ours receive an exclusive STEM curriculum, which teaches students the foundational skills in STEM concepts and gives the, a look at real LLS-funded scientists.Through Pennies for Patients Pell School can earn gift cards for supplies and your child earns fun thank-you gifts to remind them of the Honored Heroes they are helping through their fundraising efforts. Information and your child’s personal collection bank will be coming home in the next few days. There is also info on making donations online. Please help us reach our $5000 goal!!!

Music & Matisse Art Showcase: Tuesday, March 26th from 6-7:30pm. Art showcase is open all evening and Concert starts at 6:30m. Come join the Pell School for the second annual “Combined Art Show & strings Concert Showcase.” With Art Teachers Mrs Sheehan and Mrs Lague. And Strings music conductor Mr. McEneaney. Wall to Wall student artwork Pre-k through 4th grade throughout Pell School. Treats and refreshments will be served!


Surveyworks Family Survey: We NEED your input!! SurveyWorks! Let Your Voice Be Heard!

Last year, more than 119,000 students, parents, and educators participated in SurveyWorks, a school culture and climate survey that helps illustrate what is working and what can be improved in Rhode Island schools. This year, be a part of the conversation and join us in completing SurveyWorks before the March 31 deadline. Sign in today to

These are the school specific unique school codes: Pell: 21107family, Thompson: 21106family, Rogers: 21111family


Pell Read-a-thon: Info about Whoos reading will be going home with students this week. Please check your child’s backpack!


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, traciwestman@npsri.nett, Assistant Principal Kathy McKeon, or Social Emotional Coordinator Nicole Silvia, 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

Our next PTO meeting is Wednesday, March 20th at 5:30pm. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.


Community Happenings:


FREE Girls Sports Clinic at Salve Regina April 5th 5:15-7pm (Rodgers Recreation Center)

For Girls Grades K-8 Celebrating National Girls & Women In Sport Day, we will be offering 8 different sport stations led by Salve Coaches and Student-Athletes and free pizza!

To register email


Newport Little League Registration: Registration for spring baseball, softball and T-ball is now open! Learn more and register:  and check us out on facebook, Newport RI little league. Don't forget to save the date for player evaluations (March 23), opening day (April 27) and our annual fundraiser (May 3).


Are you ready for Tax season? Don’t get caught last minute needing to file your return.

Contact EBCAP Volunteer Services to schedule a quick and easy tax appointment with an IRS certified tax preparer. Tax preparers will: Prepare tax returns of up to $55,000 in income Inform you of eligibility for important tax credits (Families may receive up to $6,431 from EITC)

Electronically file all federal and state Returns FREE of charge Call EBCAP in January at (401)-435-7876 to schedule an appointment

April Madness Basketball Clinic for Boys & Girls grades 2-5. Thursday April 4th -May9th from 5:15-6:15 pm. Taught by Rogers High School coaches and Salve Regina University players and more!! $25 for BGC members, $60 for non-members (includes membership)

At the Central Clubhouse, 95 Church St, Newport, RI. To register contact Ryley van der Velde: 847-6927 ext 124