Student Handbook

West Kingston Elementary School

2018-2019 Student Handbook

Artwork by Stephanie Balasco, Gr.3 teacher


Table of Contents

School Mission & Vision…………………………………………………………....………......2

Principal’s Welcome……………………..……………………………………………..............3 Staff Directory………...………………………………………………………………………...……...4-5 PTO Information……………...…………………………………………………………………...….…..6 School Hours/Arrival and Dismissal ………...…………………………...……………………....…....7-8 Attendance/Truancy Policy………………………....……………………………………………..….9-10 Lunch and Recess…………………………………....…………………………………………....……..11

Rules Matrix & Discipline Procedures……....…………………………...……………………...….…..12 Minor/Major Behaviors Chart…………………………….………………….…………………...….....13 Bullying Prevention & Bus Discipline…………...………………………………………………....…....14

Suspensions & Expulsions…………………………………………...…………………………...….............….15

BCI Checks - Classroom Volunteers, Field Trips & CARES……………………...………………....…....16 Class Placements & ABC’s of Important School Information ………………………………..……..17-27 2018-2019 School Year Calendar……...…………………………………………………...…….……..28

WKES Policies & Procedures Guide……………………...…………………………………....….....29-30


West Kingston Elementary School exists to treasure each child.  Hand in hand, all those in our community will honor and respect a love of knowledge and provide an atmosphere of excellence, creativity, and enthusiasm.


At West Kingston Elementary School:

● We strive for equity. We ground every decision in the question, "What is best and most equitable for students?"

● We embrace diversity, multilingualism, and multiculturalism.

● Students achieve the highest levels of critical understanding, and are cognitively challenged all day, every day.

● Students develop high degrees of self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making.

● Educators and staff step up to and share leadership and decision-making to provide the best possible education for students.

● Educators and staff invite families and community partners to support students’ academic, social, and emotional growth in intentional and meaningful ways.

Contact Information

Front Office: 360-1130

Soljane Martinez, Principal: 360-1161 or

Bus Company: 284-3920

To email teachers and staff: first initial last (e.g. “John Smith”

(see directory in handbook)

Dear Families,

Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year!  We hope your child has an excellent school year full of challenging learning and joyful moments.  At West Kingston, we pride ourselves on being warm and welcoming.

Our number 1 desire is to have all of our students, in school, on time, everyday. Absenteeism and its ill effects start early. Poor attendance can influence whether children read proficiently by the end of third grade. We believe that student learning must be at the forefront of all that we do, and in order to accomplish this, we need all students here and all families working with us.  While in school, we must have clear expectations and systems in place, which is where this handbook comes in handy.

This handbook provides key information about systems at West Kingston, including our staff directory, PTO information, school hours, arrival, dismissal and other important procedures, the district attendance/truancy policy, information about lunch and recess, information about school expectations and rules, our disciplinary framework, information about volunteering in our school and the 2018-2019 school year calendar.  The handbook is a good reference, but of course we expect and encourage you to reach out to us throughout the year with any clarifying questions.

This year we will continue our work with The Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement which teaches the foundational concepts and skills of social and emotional learning (SEL), to provide children with the knowledge, attitude, and skills they need to choose love in any situation. These abilities include:  understanding and managing emotions; (self-awareness and self-management); setting and achieving positive goals; feeling and showing empathy and compassion for others; (social awareness); establishing and maintaining positive relationships, and making responsible decisions.

Please take time to read through the handbook and share relevant information with your child/children at their developmental level.  The last two pages are intended as a quick reference guide of some of our policies and procedures. Feel free to keep these posted nearby. As educators, we know how important it is for us to partner with families to convey high and clear expectations to children so that they reach their tremendous potential.  Thank you in advance for doing this work with us!


Soljane Martinez

Soljane Martinez, Principal


Staff Name



Office & Facilities

Soljane Martinez


Jill Misto



Barbara Bridges



Jayne Brassil



John Gould


Richard Trahan



Cynthia Sime

Spanish DLI

Melanie Petrichko

English DLI

Paula Rekos


1st grade

Sol Hernandez

Spanish DLI

Jane Stafford

English DLI

Tracy Amalfetano


2nd grade

Rose Santamaria

Spanish DLI

Jennifer Rollins

English DLI

Lisa Alves


3rd grade

Yasmin Pena

Spanish DLI

Stephanie Balasco

English DLI

Caighln Perrin


4th grade

Heidi Pineda


Susan Carr


Beth Hannafin


Unified Arts

Karen Toy


Rebekah Blakeney


Carol Lavin


Christine Short

Physical Education

Kelly Harrington


Julianne Delude



Kathleen Nerstheimer

ELL teacher

Alicia Verdi

reading teacher

Elyse Scherza

reading teacher

Gina DeFeo

math teacher & coach

Special Education

Karin Campbell

Renee Moniz

Social Emotional Support

Jonathan Sigman

social worker

Rebecca Capece

school psychologist

Karen Buetens

Family & Community Engagement

Instructional Coaches

Kelly Burdge

K-2 literacy

Sherril Whaley

3-5 literacy

Teacher Assistants

Juan Batista


Dilka Ramos


Colin Hennessey


Elena Fratiello


Kim Simmons


Lisa Winkler


Lynne Sickinger


Jennifer Tucker


Brandi Natale


Mike Reeder


Elizabeth Moone


District Personnel Assigned to WKES

Lindy Fregeolle

DLI coordinator

Breta Combs

  Assistant Director of Pupil Personnel

Coleen Smith

Early Childhood Coordinator/Preschool Director


West Kingston Elementary School PTO

The West Kingston Parent-Teacher Organization is an energetic group of volunteers who work to create enrichment opportunities for students and families.  As a parent or guardian of West Kingston, consider yourself a member of the PTO. We encourage you to participate in the PTO in any way you feel you can throughout the school year.  Our after school programs start in November and run through late May. Additionally, we have monthly family events that are fun and low-cost.

The West Kingston PTO Facebook page is updated several times per week  This Facebook page is a private page.  Request to be a “friend,” which will provide you with news and sign-up information for upcoming events.  

PTO meetings are the second Monday of every month from 6:30-7:30 PM in the school library.

2018-19 PTO Board

Vanessa Paniccia

Emily Durant

Melanie Dextradeur

Kate Johnson


ARRIVAL: 8:35 – 8:53 a.m.

DISMISSAL: 3:13 – 3:20

  • There is no school supervision for students until 8:35.  Families must wait until that time to drop off children.
  • The YMCA has before and after school programs. Please call 783-3900 if you need morning or afternoon childcare.
  • Students dropped off by parents after 8:53 will be marked tardy. Students who leave prior to 3:13 will be marked as dismissed early.This affect student attendance data.
  • The student pick-up area is in a designated area (look for signage) and can be accessed between 3:13 - 3:20. Valid ID’s are mandatory to pick up a child from school, and will be checked against our list of approved adults to pick up a student. 

(8:35 a.m.– 3:13 pm)

Bus Transportation

Ocean State Transit is our bus company.  The times are published in the local newspaper and are on the district website in late August. Bus questions can be directed to 401-284-3920.

The bus company requires that parents or their designees are present for bus pick-up in the morning and for bus drop-off at the end of the school day. If you are not present when your child gets off the bus, Ocean State Transit will call the emergency numbers that you have provided. Please ensure that these contact numbers are current.

Students must follow safe bus procedures and the bus staff’s instructions at all times while riding the bus.  Students must also interact positively with their peers on the bus. Refer to SKSD policy 8325 later in the handbook for detailed information about bus conduct and discipline.  

Arrival:  Car drop-off (8:35 – 8:53 AM)

Please use the outside lane (closest to the Outdoor Classroom) and have children exit your vehicle only at the marked crosswalk.  School staff will assist with crossing.

Families may not escort their child/children into the building at arrival time unless essential information needs to be communicated to office staff. This ensures a safe and orderly environment so students can begin learning as quickly as possible.  

The main doors are locked at 8:53.  After this time, families must ring the buzzer and sign in children at the main office.  Children may not enter the building unaccompanied if they are tardy. Students will be marked tardy from 8:54 on, and this will affect their attendance record.  Please see SKSD policy 8415 later in this handbook for more information.

Dismissal: Student pick-up (3:13-3:20 PM)

Instruction ends at 3:13.

Families must wait in line at the side door to sign children out.  Please have identification ready to show to the staff member on duty.  Do not park on the grass near the parking lot exit because it blocks the buses from turning and creates an unsafe situation for children and adults. Changes in dismissal:

  • If you need to pick up your child prior to 3:13 for an important appointment, use the dismissal change form available in the office to indicate the change and send it to the classroom teacher via backpack mail. This note is documented by the office/dismissal staff.  
  • If you need to pick up your child before 3:13 but there is no note, you need to contact the school by phone and speak with office staff only. Please make your best effort to call prior to 2:30 PM.
  • We will not accept the word of a student that there is a dismissal change.  All information must come from the parent/guardian.

YMCA Daycare:  The YMCA provides before and after school care at Peace Dale School.  Registration is handled through the YMCA. Students are transported to and from West Kingston Elementary School by the YMCA.  Please contact the YMCA for more information (783-3900).

ATTENDANCE/TRUANCY POLICY (School Committee Policy 8415)


School Absences

Please call the school (360-1130) and leave a message on the absence line if your child will be absent from school.  If you do not call the absence line, a school official will contact you to be certain the child is at home or with a designee.  If you desire homework for your child, please call the school by 9:30 a.m. It may be sent home with another child or picked up at the main office at the end of the day. Also, do not send a child to school if s/he is sick.  You will be called to pick up any child deemed sick by the school nurse. A doctor’s note is required after three consecutive absences in order for your child to be admitted back into school.

Excused Absence:  Excused absences include a student’s participation in an approved school-sponsored activity, suspension days, religious holidays, family emergencies to be approved by an administrator, doctor excused illness or injury (a note from a doctor or medical professional  excuse must be submitted within 3 days of the absence), or funerals. If a student is absent for a medical reason 3 or more days, a doctor’s note MUST  be provided to the principal or school nurse when re-entering.

Unexcused Absence:  Every absence is considered “unexcused” even when a phone call by the parent/guardian has been received stating the specific reason for the absence by the attendance office.  For an absence that is 1 or more days in length to be considered excused, a note from a doctor or medical professional must be received within 3 days of the absence. Student absence from class for purposes of family travel or vacation is a loss of valuable class time and is strongly discouraged.  The number of days missed will be counted as unexcused absences.

Truancy:  A student is considered truant when he/she purposely stays away from school without parent/guardian permission and or is consistently late or dismissed early.  Students who do miss school with parent/guardian permission, however, can be considered truant at the discretion of the administration.

Tardy/Early Dismissal:  By Rhode Island State law, dismissals from school for any reason are considered part of a student’s attendance record and are counted as an absence. Students who arrive late and leave early miss out on valuable instructional time and causes a distraction to the teaching and learning going on in the classroom.  Please make every effort to help your child be in school on time every day and stay in school for the entire day.

Vacations During School Calendar:

We discourage families from scheduling vacations outside of the regular school vacations, holidays, and summer break, as quality learning time will have been lost.  Teachers are not responsible for preparing school work that a student will miss during a vacation that is not scheduled during school vacation periods. Vacations are not excused absences and will affect truancy.

Your student’s attendance information can be found on South Kingstown’s Student Information Management System,  Skyward/Family Access component on the South Kingstown School’s web page under the Parent heading.  

(Ex:  Username(parent): smithj     PW:  southkingstown*)

Consistent student attendance is essential to productive learning.

LUNCH AND RECESS   (Policy 3500)

Please be advised that students are not permitted to share food at any time during the school day.  According to the Rhode Island Law passed in 2007, schools are required to have a designated nut-free table in the cafeteria. In order to be sure that the foods at that table are peanut/tree nut-free and are not processed in a facility that contains nuts, only children purchasing school lunch can sit at the designated peanut/tree nut-free table. Every effort will be made for socialization with other students at that table. Students with life-threatening allergies will require a doctor's note if they do not require a peanut/tree nut-free table.

Chartwells School Dining Services runs our school’s breakfast and lunch program.  Each month a menu will be sent home with the lunch selections on the front and breakfast selections the back.  You can prepay for your student’s meals by visiting service information to pay for school breakfast and lunch.  Parents/guardians are strongly encouraged to submit free/reduced meal application forms yearly.  Applications can be submitted at any time and are available on the school department website. Chartwells will mail and/or email letters to parent guardian of students with negative balances of $10.00 or more.  School administrators will work with District Social Workers to reach out to parents regarding unpaid balances.

Chartwells School Dining Service: 360-1055  FAX: 360-1059

Recess is part of the daily routine for all children. It is important to their social and physical development. All children are expected to participate unless there is written notice from a parent.   Recess will be held outdoors unless the determination is made by the school nurse teacher that the health and welfare of students is at risk. All schools will use the Child Care Weather Watch chart for guidance in making the decision for inside/outside recess.  Students are also expected to be dressed properly for the weather. Snow boots, snow pants, coats, hats, mittens, should be worn or at the very least stored in the backpack during the cold months because we go outside year-round. We also strongly urge you to write your child’s name in all clothing so that we can return it as soon as we find it.

West Kingston Expectations Matrix (Rules)

All Settings










(Be ready to listen and follow directions)

-Follow directions of adults quickly and quietly

-Eyes on the speaker

-Use classroom materials safely


-Put materials away after use

-Walking feet

-Make sure an adult knows where you are at all times

-Use equipment appropriately

-Report broken equipment or danger to an adult

-Sit and eat

-Be silent when asked

-Flush the toilet

-Wash your hands

-Place trash in the trash can

-Look at the speaker

-Be ready to follow directions

-Keep your body still and in your space


-Be ready to follow directions quickly

-Care for yourself, others and the bus


(Care for yourself, others and our space)

-Be on task and stick to your plan.

-Do your best work

-One speaker

-Raise your hand

-Observe the silent signal

-Listen to the ideas of others

-Put materials away after use

-Stick to your plan

-Voices off

-Hands by your side

-Make space for others to pass

-Help keep halls clean

-Be kind and include others

-Safe hands and feet

-Notice your surroundings to avoid accidents

-Talk quietly with those sitting next to you

-Discard all trash before leaving

-Ask permission before leaving your space

-Quiet voices

-Hands and feet in your own space

-Clean up after yourself

-Look and listen

-Polite applause or courteous laughing when appropriate

-Care for others sitting around you by sitting on your bottom and keeping quiet

-Hands and feet to yourself

-Allow others to sit

-If bus seats are assigned, find yours quickly and quietly


(Be kind, be ready, be in control)

-Be in control of your words, your body  and your actions

-Be prepared for lessons

-Move your body safely

-Be in control of your words and actions

-Finish your business quickly and return to your learning

-Be in control of your words and actions

-Stay in your space

-Use time wisely

-Finish your business quickly and return to your learning

-Be in control of your body

-Enter and exit silently

-Listen for directions and reminders from bus monitors and drivers

-Remove all belongings when exiting the bus

DISCIPLINE PROCEDURES (School Committee Policies Section 8000 /8310, 8315, 8320, 8325)

Through PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention and Support) and our OLWEUS BULLY PREVENTION PROGRAM (OBPP), our focus is on recognizing and reinforcing positive behaviors, however we must also have structures for addressing behaviors that disrupt learning or may result in harm to others.

In the case of minor and major behaviors, staff and administrators will reteach expected behavior and work with students to reflect on their decision-making, helping students to make a plan for moving forward. Staff and administrators will collect data (Office Discipline Referrals) to determine behavioral trends, with the view of supporting students’ self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making.

Minor Behaviors

Handled by Staff

Major Behaviors

Sent to Principal’s Office

Inappropriate Language

Words that are unacceptable at school. i.e. damn, hell, shut up, crap, etc. any derogatory name calling: jerk, stupid, etc.

Abusive Language

Swearing, Racial/ethnic slurs, Sexist slurs, Religious slurs

Telling someone “I hate you”

Physical Contact

Any unsolicited or unwanted intentional contact that does not inflict pain: “Touching, poking, slight push, etc.” Unwanted intrusion of one’s personal space “Sitting too close, etc.”

Physical Fighting

Contending with another person using physical force.

“Hitting, punching, kicking, wrestling, etc.”

Physical Aggression

Any unsolicited or unwanted contact that causes minor discomfort and is done out of anger or frustration. “Pushing, blocking, touching, etc.”

Physical Aggression

Attacking another person using physical force that causes pain or emotional discomfort. “Hitting, pushing, etc.”


Not doing what is asked after being given two opportunities to comply, but not displaying any disrespectful behaviors i.e. “answering back, verbally refusing to do what is asked.”

A minor interruption to the other students learning


Refusal to comply with staff requests while being verbally and physically offensive. “No, I won’t do it. You can’t make me” A major interruption to the other students’ learning


Displaying rude behaviors that briefly interferes with the learning/teaching of others. “Talking repeatedly while others are speaking, not making eye contact while speaking to adults (cultural exemptions should always be considered)” “Purposely not following directions” “Poor manners”


Displaying impertinent behaviors that cause a major interruption in learning/teaching of others. “Blatantly disrupting the class while others are speaking” “Turning one’s back to the adult addressing you” “Purposely and repeatedly not following directions” “No manners” “Treating others with disregard”


Behaviors that cause the teacher/staff to briefly stop teaching. “Student talking to others” “Repeatedly tapping a pencil/making noises etc.”


Behaviors that cause the teacher/staff to stop instruction and significantly interferes with the learning of others. “Student shouting” “Refusal to leave the room” “Unsafe behaviors”



Behaviors that hurt, threaten, frighten, or exclude others and continue to occur over time. This included physical, emotional, social, and psychological abuse.

(Cyber bullying/harassment is included)


Intentionally not doing the assigned task after being given three redirections but not displaying any disrespectful behaviors “Refusal”


Intentionally refusing to do the assigned task after being given three redirections while displaying disrespectful behaviors and severely interrupting the teaching/learning process

Property Misuse

Wrongly using school tools “Breaking a pencil” “Writing on a desk with pencil”

Property Destruction

Purposefully destroying school property which results in the necessity to repair or replace such property. “Breaking a desk” “Graffiti” “Breaking a window” Etc.

Electronic Violation

Wrongly using school electronic equipment “Going to a kid site when directed elsewhere” Printing multiple color copies without permission etc.”

Electronic Violation

Purposefully misusing electronic equipment “Using equipment to harass others” “Going to inappropriate sites rated R or X” “Using social media sites during school etc.”



Purposefully withholding the truth to implicate others or to avoid consequences



Purposefully taking or copying someone’s work without giving that person credit and claiming as their own.



Purposely and knowingly taking something that belongs to someone else and claiming it as their own.

Olweus Approach to Bullying Prevention

To foster positive behaviors at WKES, we implement school-wide instruction and awareness on bullying prevention. The definition of “bullying” is:  “A person is bullied when he or she is exposed, repeatedly and over time, to negative actions on the part of one or more other persons, and he or she has difficulty defending him/herself.  Bullying is NOT when students have a disagreement.”

There are 4 anti-bullying rules at West Kingston:

1. We will not bully others.

2. We will try to help students who are bullied.

3. We will try to include students who are left out.

4. If we know that somebody is being bullied, we will tell an adult at school and an adult at home.

Bus Discipline

The policy governing suspension of bus privileges is published in the South Kingstown District Calendar & Handbook. Briefly:

First Offense: Verbal reprimand, letter to parents

Second Offense: Warning letter to parents

Third Offense: Five (5) school-day bus suspension and conference with parent, bus driver, student, and principal

Fourth Offense: Bus suspension for remainder of year

Bus students must see that their bodies, books and personal belongings are kept out of the aisles.  Special permission must be granted by school authorities and the bus company to transport large items.  Band instruments that cannot be kept on the student’s lap may not be permitted on the bus. School projects that cannot be kept on the student’s lap are not permitted.  Students must ride their assigned buses, getting on and off at their assigned stops unless a note is written by a parent granting permission to ride a different bus with a friend. The office and the bus driver must see the note.  The bus company phone number is 284-3920.

Suspensions and Expulsions

Suspension means an exclusion of a student from attendance at school, school property, and all school sponsored activities for disciplinary reasons. It may not be given for more than ten consecutive days, provided such suspension shall not extend beyond the end of the school year in which it is imposed. Suspension is determined by an authorized member of the administrative staff.

Listed are some examples of breaches of conduct that may lead to suspension/expulsion:

  • threat
  • bullying
  • striking or assaulting a student or member of the staff
  • use of obscene or profane language
  • deliberate refusal to obey a member of the school staff
  • truancy and unauthorized leave from school property
  • blackmailing, threatening, intimidating staff or students
  • possession of a weapon or alcohol, or dangerous drugs or narcotics
  • destruction of school property
  • disruption of school day by bomb threats or false alarms

There is a more complete list of examples of behavior which could lead to suspension/expulsion in the district policy. The policy states that building administrators will forward to the police information of a violation of the law, involving a felony, taking place on school property. (Please refer to policy: Section 8000 / 8305 for additional information.)



If you are interested in being a school volunteer or mentor,  please contact CARES at or 360-1304. Please note that a YEARLY BCI (background check) is required to volunteer in school and to chaperone all field trips. Every current background check must be on file with the South Kingstown School Department at the School Administration building – 307 Curtis Corner Rd.

To obtain a BCI go to the Attorney General’s Customer Service Center located at 4 Howard Avenue, Cranston, M-F 8:30-4:40.  For questions please visit or call 274-4400.

To comply with the field trip policy, you must have a cleared and current BCI on file. The BCI must be dated within 12 months of the trip.  Please take note that many chaperones apply for their BCI during field trip “season” and that is also when they expire so please plan accordingly.

Volunteers:  If you hope to volunteer in a classroom or at a school in SK, you must have a yearly BCI BACKGROUND CHECK AND receive training from SK CARES – see the CARES website for volunteer and BCI BACKGROUND CHECK information.

FIELD TRIP POLICY (School Committee Policy 7120)

All chaperones must be at least 21 years of age and have an annual background check (BCI) that meets the satisfaction of the school department and state requirements.  All information is found on the website and through the CARES organization (360-1304).  Medical Guidelines: If any student has a serious medical condition, be sure that his/her doctor writes a letter indicating the child may safely attend and participate in trip activities.  For students possibly needing prescribed medical care while on the field trip, there must be an exchange of information between the school nurse teacher and the teachers on the field trip regarding care of the student.  Students requiring specialized medical care must be chaperoned by a school nurse or medically trained equivalent. Parents may attend or designate another adult to attend in their place in order to relieve the necessity of a licensed nurse to attend in order to dispense medication or perform specialized procedures.  No student shall be denied access to a field trip or other activity solely on the basis of disability or medical condition.

Access to a field trip can be denied for behavior only if the behavior is not related to a student’s disability and this standard is equally applied to all students.

*Please note: Field trips begin and end at the school.  No one can take a student home from the place of the field trip.


Elementary age students are placed heterogeneously (classrooms with mixed ability levels.) The professionals who work with the students make placement decisions. Grade level teachers, special education teachers, and the principal will make placement decisions based upon information gathered throughout the course of the year. To make balanced classes, student placement decisions will take into consideration the child’s gender, developmental level, cognitive abilities, academic level, learning style, work habits, individual needs, and school behaviors.

Other factors will be class size, social composition, and peer relationships. All parents will have the opportunity to inform the school of their child’s special learning needs through the use of the Student Information Form (available in the office in April and due by May 1st). We value your insight into your child’s learning style and will take this information into account in our placement decision. Please remember that parent input is only one of the many criteria we use when we consider class placement. Notification of a student’s placement for the upcoming year will be mailed home in August before the start of the next school year.

ABC’s of Important School Information


One time per year formal Parent/Teacher conferences will be scheduled by the district.  There will be no school that day and you will be notified in advance. At any time during the school year, if you need to speak to your child’s teacher or the principal, please leave a message on voicemail, send an email or a note.  We will reply as soon as possible. Do not leave time sensitive messages on teachers’ voicemail as there is no guarantee that the message will be received during the school day. Call the front office directly.


Throughout this year, your child will be bringing home hundreds of practice reading books as part of their daily reading workshop. Please ensure that your child reads and returns books the following day. Books not returned in a timely manner will incur a fee because we will need to replace the book for the classroom library.

CELEBRATIONS (School Committee Policy 7751)

Due to the many food allergies, including those that are life-threatening, we do not allow treats to be brought to school for distribution to the whole class. An alternative option to honor a birthday might be to purchase a book for the class or school library with a bookplate honoring your child. Stickers or pencils are also options to consider.  If teachers request food, they will be specific about the allergies of concern. All food brought to the class must include ingredients and be approved by the school nurse. Please be very careful. We allow invitations to be distributed in the classroom only if ALL classmates are invited.


Children should dress appropriately for school and the weather.  Clothing should conform to reasonable standards of modesty and cleanliness. “The bottom of the tops should touch the top of the bottoms.”  Tee shirts and other clothing with messages should be appropriate for elementary school children. Children should wear suitable clothing and footwear on the days they have physical education. No hats are to be worn inside the school building or classrooms.

All children are expected to go outside for recess unless there is written notice from a physician. Students must be dressed properly for the weather:  Snow boots, snow pants, coats, hats, mittens, should be worn during the cold months because we go outside year-round.


The General Assembly of Rhode Island enacted a law entitled “Health and Safety of Pupils,” which requires school districts to have comprehensive safety plans.  We routinely practice Fire Drills, Lock Down and Emergency Evacuation drills.  In the event of an emergency, the principal will determine if students and staff should be evacuated outside of the building, or to a nearby relocation site.  Crisis Team Members will coordinate the orderly transfer of students to the evacuation center.  Each school has a designated primary relocation site and parents will be notified by the district automated telephone system with important information regarding reunification. Please be sure to update your telephone contact information throughout the year. State law requires 15 fire and emergency drills per year. Students are expected to leave the building in an orderly, quiet manner.  The teacher will take attendance to assure accountability for all children. It is imperative that all classroom volunteers sign in and out consistently so that everyone is counted accurately.


Forgotten items from home including homework, lunches, band instruments, etc., may be left at the office for delivery at a time which will not disrupt classroom routine.  

HOMEWORK POLICY (School Committee Policy 7125)

Suggested Total Times for Daily Homework (10 minutes x grade level)

Kindergarten may read or be read to for 10 minutes per day

Grades 1-2 10-20 minutes per night

Grades 3-4 30-40 minutes per night

Role of the Student:

--Understand the homework assignment before leaving school;

--Take home all necessary materials to complete the assignment;

--Schedule time for homework that is compatible with family and/or after-school activities;

--Do their best on homework assignments with a minimum of parental help;

--Complete and return homework on time.

LEGAL CUSTODY (School Committee Policy 8410)

Anyone (parent, relative, friend) having a court order granting custody of a child must file a copy of said order with the principal of any school which the child attends. Changes in said documentation must also be submitted to the principal. Permission to release children to others must be in writing to the building principal and signed by the person having custody.  No child may be released without this written permission.


Please put your child’s name on every item brought to school. Check the Lost and Found for lost items.  We will donate unclaimed, unmarked items to a charity such as The Jonnycake Center at the end of the school year.

MEDICAL INFORMATION - Health and Wellness (School Committee Policy 5141)

Parents/guardians are requested, whenever possible, to schedule administration of medication outside of the normal school day.  Parents of students needing medication during the school day are required to bring the medication to the school nurse with an authorization form signed by your physician.  Both Prescription and Non-prescription medications require licensed health care provider’s written order and a written  parent authorization. All medication must be in a pharmacy labeled and/or prescription container and/or manufacturer’s container. At the time the prescription is filled, the parent/guardian shall have the pharmacist dispense an extra labeled container for use at school.  No student shall have in his/her possession any medication while on school property. All medication shall be dispensed by a School Nurse -Teacher.  No medication shall be dispensed without following this procedure. Never send your child to school with medication.  


Please notify the school if your child has any communicable conditions such as Strep Throat, Lice, Chicken Pox, Fifth disease, etc… This is a responsibility that must be practiced by all families.


By law, several classrooms and cafeteria areas are designated as “nut free” due to severe food allergies of students in our schools.  You will be notified if your child is in a “nut free” classroom. They will not be allowed to eat any food containing nuts in the classroom at any time. However, food containing nuts may be eaten in the lunchroom.


School insurance is available at the beginning of the year.  You are not obligated to purchase this insurance. If your child is not covered by health insurance, it is strongly recommended that you purchase the insurance in the unfortunate possibility of your child being injured at school.  Brochures and applications are online at For any questions, call Maria Parrillo at 360-1306.


During our Fall Open House, WKES Elementary will host an Open House and report to the community about our school’s most recent summative test data including state assessments.  Please watch for our Open House date to be publicized.


Children are not to bring toys to school.   We do not allow children to buy or trade personal items with other children and we will not mediate differences of opinion about ownership of items brought to school that are not labeled with a child’s name. Toys brought to school will be kept by the classroom teacher or the principal and returned to parents/guardians in person upon request.


There may be times when the school may wish to release information for publication, for example, photos for newspapers, videotaping, pictures on the school web page, Facebook, Twitter, etc. If you DO NOT want your child/children to participate, opt out by writing a letter to our office.


Report cards are distributed quarterly in November, February, April, and June.  Parents are encouraged to request an appointment with their child’s teacher when there is a concern about their child’s academic or social progress.  


School Committee Policy 4205 requires that parents of all children be informed of the following requirement concerning child abuse or neglect: In compliance with Chapter 11 of Title 40 of the General Laws of the State of Rhode Island, employees of the school department are required to report any knowledge or suspicion of child abuse or neglect to the Rhode Island Department of Children and Their Families no later than 24 hours after such knowledge is learned or suspicion is raised.


We expect that proper care and attention be given to school materials.  Lost or destroyed classroom materials, library books, supplies, and materials must be replaced by the student or parent.  


We routinely practice fire drills.  We also conduct state-mandated Lock Down and Emergency Evacuation drills.  In the event of an actual emergency, the principal will determine if students and staff should be evacuated to another location outside of the school.  Parents will be notified by the district automated telephone system, or on SKSD’s website/app with important information. This allows us to keep our phone lines clear.  Please be sure to keep your contact information updated throughout the year, if your phone number changes!


The superintendent will make the decision to close schools.  A district-wide automated phone message will be sent to the telephone number listed on students’ registration information forms. Another App that can be downloaded from the App Store is “South Kingstown SD.”  You can customize this for West Kingston (or additional schools in the district if you have siblings). Emergency information will be available on this app. The following radio and television stations will be notified of school changes and will broadcast messages reliably:  

WPRI TV 12                    


WSNE 93.3 FM               


WPJB 102.7 FM

If school is dismissed early due to inclement weather or emergency circumstances, any activity planned in the school that evening is cancelled.  When an after-school program is cancelled due to inclement weather or other factors, the sponsoring organization is responsible for notifying parents of the cancellation.  

If there is significant and long-term power outage for the entire area (i.e., hurricane, blizzard, etc.) the SK School system will keep you updated with an automated phone message (typically by 6:00 p.m.).  Please refrain from calling the school, because the school phones will not be operating during a power outage.  

For one-hour delays, families need to have their children at the bus stop exactly one hour later than usual.  For one-hour delays, students may be dropped off between 9:45 – 9:53 a.m.


We use several resources to distribute important news and information: the Wednesday Newsletter, the home-school communication folder, the school webpage, the PTO Facebook page, our school listserv, and School Messenger.   

STATE TESTING: RICAS (Rhode Island Comprehensive Assessment System)

Please do not schedule vacations or appointments for your children during assessment windows.  It is very important that all students participate in assessments. Specific dates will be published in the fall.

The goals of the Comprehensive Assessment System are to increase student learning by producing actionable data, evaluate the effectiveness of programs, and ensure that all students are making progress toward achieving learning goals. The RICAS assessment will be administered in grades 3 and 4 in the spring.  Please encourage your child to do their best and be well-rested during the assessment window. For more information, visit the RIDE website under the instruction and assessment tab.


Students in grades three and four will be issued a student planner at the start of the school year.  If lost or destroyed, it will be the responsibility of the student to replace. Another planner may be purchased at the school office.

Title 1

Title 1 federal funds come to the school based on the number of students who qualify for free and reduced lunch. These funds pay for educational supports to help all students reach their academic potential.

  • Parents will be notified if their child is a Title 1 student
  • The school will host Title 1 events throughout the school year, which will include:
  • an annual fall meeting regarding Title 1 regulations with all families receiving Title 1 services; a family involvement policy; notification of Title 1 services your child will receive; the rights of parents/guardians to be involved; and family information sessions.
  • Families receiving Title 1 services will receive notifications and invitations to events through the school flyers and mail.
  • Childcare will be provided at Title 1 events.
  • Parents/guardians and students will be asked to provide feedback regarding Title 1 programs (parent/guardian workshops, student intervention programs during the school day, after-school and summer) in order to plan future programs
  • Annually, parents/guardians will be involved in reviewing and planning the Title 1 plan.West Kingston Elementary School receives Title 1 funds.  Under the Act, parents of children attending West Kingston may request the professional qualifications of their child’s teachers.  Parents may request information related to state certification, highly qualified status, emergency certification, and degrees, as well as information about the qualifications of paraprofessionals.  This information is available by calling the main office at 360-1130 and speaking to the principal.


District Title I Parent Involvement Policy, Title I Requirement, Section 1118, Parent Involvement


The South Kingstown Public Schools will put into operation programs, activities and procedures for the involvement of parents in all of its schools with Title I targeted assistance programs, consistent with the section 1118 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Parents are partners with the district in the development and dissemination of both the district and their school’s parent involvement policies. Furthermore, they are also our partners in the process of school improvement through meetings, surveys and written communication. These programs, activities and procedures have been and will continue to be planned and operated with meaningful consultation with parents of participating children.  

South Kingstown Public Schools truly believe that everyone gains if the school and parents work together to promote high student achievement.  Neither the school nor parents can do the job alone.  Parents play an extremely important role as children’s first teachers.  Parental support for children and for the school is critical to the success of each child. Our core beliefs, outlined below, will be reflected in all our work with families and with the community.

Transparent Evidence-Based Decision Making

  • The use of data will guide our decisions both for Title I students and for our entire district.

  • Evidence-based decision making will be shared with families to help them better understand student goals.

When We Support the Whole Child Now, We Support the Whole Community

  • South Kingstown believes that children are our future.  Supporting them in all aspects of their education translates to success for the entire community.  

  • Support for students should draw upon the guidance outlined in the RI Board of Regents Regulations that requires each child to have at least one adult who is knowledgeable about the child’s social/emotional, academic, and career goals.

  • Resources need to be spent in ways that have a direct effect on student achievement.

When the Whole Community Supports its Schools, it Supports its Future

  • We need active engagement of all members of the community to promote success for all students in all aspects of their life and especially for our neediest population.

  • Active engagement comes in many forms, from mentoring or volunteering students, to sharing information with families, or to providing training for our staff.

Academic Rigor for Each and Every Child

  • High quality, rigorous educational programming for all but especially for those in danger of being “left behind”

  • Equity of all educational opportunities for all students


The District will, with the assistance of our Title I schools and families, educate our teachers, principals, and staff as they reach out to, communicate with, and work with parents as equal partners.  This professional development will emphasize:

  • The value of parental contributions

  • How to reach out to and work with parents as equal partners

  • How to strengthen the ties between the parent community and the school community

The District will offer technical assistance, coordination, and other support necessary to help schools plan parent involvement activities to improve student and school academic performance and build school and parent capacities for strong parent involvement in a variety of ways, including assistance for our Title I targeted assistance schools in the design of effective parent involvement programs that include the six types of parental involvement detailed by Joyce Epstein:

  • Communicating – communication between home and school is regular, two-way, and meaningful

  • Parenting – parenting skills are promoted and supported

  • Student learning – parents play an integral role in assisting student learning

  • Volunteering – parents are welcome in the school and their support and assistance are sought

  • School decision making and advocacy – parents are full partners in the decisions that affect children and families

  • Collaborating with the community – community resources are used to strengthen schools, families, and student learning

The District will, to the extent feasible and appropriate, coordinate and integrate parental involvement programs and activities with the District preschool, with Parents as Teachers, and with other parent resource centers.  This will support our efforts to encourage and enable parents to more fully participate in the education of their children.  Support may include providing families with workshops on transition from preschool to kindergarten, literacy at home, and understanding grade level expectations


The South Kingstown Public Schools will take the following actions to evaluate the content and effectiveness of the parental involvement policy in improving the quality of its Title I targeted assistance schools:

  • Examining gains in student data, including student achievement, school performance and attendance.

  • Surveying families annually to assess the effectiveness of the parent involvement activities in our Title I targeted assistance schools. This includes determining whether families have been provided with information in a timely manner and in a format and language that is easily understood.

  • Using family outreach coordinators, in partnership with the Rhode Island Parent Information Network, to help families make good use of community resources to increase support for themselves and for their children and to address barriers to greater participation in school based activities.  The effectiveness of this work will be assessed through the annual survey and through increased attendance at school sponsored events.

  • In addition to the annual meeting, the Title I schools will hold meetings throughout the year to provide parents with information and strategies that build on a parents’ capacity to help their child read at home.  Feedback from these meetings will be used to design future parent involvement activities.

First Reading: May 22, 2012, Second Reading/Adoption: June 12, 2012


All students in grades Kindergarten through four have Art, Music, and Library once a week and Physical Education twice a week.  The teachers will provide a schedule to students the first week of school. Students in grade four may participate in the school Chorus.  Also, students in grade four may participate in “Strings.” Instruction is available in school at no cost to students. The “Strings” teacher will send home announcements in early September notifying students and parents of their options.  Reminder: According to bus transportation regulations, instruments that cannot be accommodated on a child’s lap may not be brought on the bus.


Parents and community are welcome to visit our school upon prior notification and approval; however, for the safety of students and staff, all visitors must stop at the office to sign in to obtain a VISITOR BADGE.  Children should not be escorted to their classroom door by their parent, including parent volunteers, unless special permission is granted by the principal. (Please refer to policy #1250 for additional information.)


The YMCA provides before and after school care at Peace Dale School.  Registration is handled through the YMCA, however our office must be made aware of any changes in this routine as well as the YMCA in order to be sure students are where they need to be at the end of the day.   Students are transported to and from West Kingston Elementary School by the YMCA. Please contact the YMCA for more information (783-3900).


WKES is a smoke-free environment.  There is no smoking permitted anywhere on the premises.

2018/19 SY Calendar link

WKES Policies & Procedures Guide

School Contact Information

Office Hours: 8:00 - 4:00

Phone 401-360-1130

Fax 401-360-1131


Principal: Soljane Martinez
Administrative Specialist: Jill Misto
Clerk: Barbara Bridges
School Nurse: Jayne Brassil


8:35 - 8:53 am

Bus Company: 284-3920

  • We encourage all eligible students to ride their assigned bus

  • If you choose to drop off your child(ren), please do not let your children out of the car until you reach the Teacher Assistant or other school adult. Never drop off a child if the Teacher Assistant is not present.

  • Please only open car doors that face the building when exiting children.

  • Students arriving after 8:53 will be considered tardy. The doors will be locked. You must park and escort your child to the front desk. You will sign him/her in late at the front desk. Children may not enter the building unaccompanied if they are tardy.

Always use the crosswalk arriving to and leaving the building. Never walk between cars and buses.


3:13 - 3:20 pm

  • Parents picking up their children at the end of the day are expected to park and line up in order of arrival at the side doors labeled “Parent Door” after 3:05.  
  • Parents/guardians are required to show a picture ID prior to signing their child(ren) out.

  • If you arrive late to pick up your child(ren), please proceed to the front office where you can be checked-in by the office staff. You may be asked to show ID.


  • In an effort to protect students’ instructional time, we ask that students remain in school from 8:53-3:13 unless it is absolutely necessary to dismiss them.

  • If you must dismiss your child early, please provide the classroom teacher with the Dismissal Change Form found in our handbook and on our website first thing in the morning. This will ensure that the dismissal is documented appropriately by the office staff and your child(ren) are dismissed safely.

  • Only in emergencies you may call the office (360-1130) in advance for unexpected early dismissals. You must have principal approval.

Communicating with your child’s teacher

To email teachers and staff: first initial last

(e.g. “John Smith”

  • If you need to speak with your child’s teacher at any time, it is expected that you will call, writ