On Monday, November 18, 2019, Hope Valley School was captivated with a cultural assembly from members of the Narragansett Tribe. The students were taught Narragansett words and the importance of the animals, land, and thirteen moons. In addition, the students were read a story about the significance of the jingle dance. Following the read aloud, a first grade student, Nizhoni Spears, demonstrated the jingle dance. This dance is conducted during pow wows and is danced to the beat of a drum. Check out the video of Nizhoni Spears below showcasing her talent while her father Cassius Spears, Jr and little brother Sowaniu performed the beat. We cannot thank the Spears family (Cassius Spears Sr., Dawn Spears, Cassius Spears Jr., and Endawnis Spears) enough to take the time out of their busy lives to speak with our students. Stay tuned for upcoming cultural activities and events.
To view Nizhoni's dance, please click the link:
This year students are participating in a school-wide Peter Reynolds book study. Each month a new book by this author is featured and teachers are collaborating to make this happen. Mrs. Pastore, Mrs. Ward, Mrs. DiFranco, Mrs. Larned, and Mrs. Karney are the lead teachers on this initiative and are leading the students through various activities every early release day.
Dot Day Pictures - Sept 2019
Happy Dreamer Day - Nov 2019
Hope Valley School received a $2,500 Arts grant through Crayola in October 2019. We are very excited for this opportunity. Stay tuned for our "ART SPOTLIGHT" of the month. Check out the article that was featured in the Westerly Sun (click the link below).
Westerly Sun Featured Article