PTO notes

Topic 1:  Welcome/Introductions and Co-Chair Election                                   

The PTO officers from the previous school year introduced themselves to the new and existing Times2 parents. 

Co-Chair elections carried over from June to September and elections were held.  Co-Chairs will take on the duties of President and Vice-President.

Times2 Co-Chairs are:

Monah Rhodes

Astrid Held-Rude

Kennette Pierre

(Dennis Rodriguez and Jill Rios to serve in conjunction with the above named)


Fundraising Co-Chair:                            Parent Liaison:

Jen Shea                                              Carmen Diaz-Jusino

Treasurer:                                              Secretary:

Vianela Nunez                                    Brenda Figueroa

A sign-up sheet was also circulated for those parents interested in being a classroom representative.  A class rep is the point person for a teacher in a particular homeroom and/or grade.  This person will assist the homeroom teacher in contacting other parents for any events or activities planned for that room or grade.  Please contact Brenda Figueroa or your child’s teacher if interested in being a class rep.

Astrid Held-Rude developed a classroom contact list so that parents of students in the same room can contact each other for play dates, birthday parties, homework etc.  Please note:  parents voluntarily share contact information it is not mandatory.  Many parents have commented that this is a good idea.


  • Jen Shea informed parents that the first fundraiser of the year has gone out on Monday, September 22nd and will be due back by October 1st.
  • A book fair will be held November 12th-19th and will overlap with parent/teacher conferences.  Jen requested the help of parents who are able to volunteer time during the day to cart books down to the first floor for the kindergarten and first grade classes (date to be decided).  The book sale is buy 1 get 1 free. 
  • The second book fair will be held sometime in March (date to be decided).
  • Please contact Jen Shea at to volunteer.

Topic 2:  Division Updates                                                                                 


  • Mr. DiManna, Elementary Head, mentioned that it was a smooth start to the school year.  Professional Development involved coming up with ways to get parents more involved.  The Administration and Teachers are looking to organize big events to attract parents such as:
    • Technology Tutorial Night
      • Edline overview
      • Assessments
      • Websites
    • Homework Workshop Night
      • Teachers give brief overview of work and how you can best help your child
  • The Administration is looking to establish a positive partnership with parents.  Please feel free to bring any issues to the attention of the Administration.
  • Some elementary programs will be starting but the school is looking for parent support.  There are approximately 5 programs in place and the school is looking to add a few more – including Math in response to NECAP scores.  Financial support will also be needed.  Last year the PTO assisted with stipends and other incentives.  Providence College volunteers will be utilized for some of the programs.  The Art program has not yet been discussed due to Mr. DiMucci who is out on paternity leave.
  • Grandparent volunteers will also be present this year (based on need).  The classrooms teachers utilizing the Grandparent volunteers have contacted parents of the students.
  • This year news letters will be more informative and a tool for parents.


Middle school/High school

  • Mr. Estes, Middle/High School Head, welcomed the parents and is looking forward to receiving the continued support of the PTO.  Last year the PTO financially supported the incentives for Academic Achievement, which is a monthly program for those students who show significant improvement.  The incentive was $25 gift card (up to $300 a month).
  • The first day of school backpack program was a success.
  • Beth Nelson from the Providence Afterschool Alliance helped coordinate afterschool programs called Afterzone.
    • Girls Scouts Female Leadership
    • Martial Arts
    • Dance
    • Tennis
    • Survivor program (group activities)
  • A peer tutoring program will be in place this year.  Thanks to a parent suggestion last year (Hilda Correia-Ramos), students in upper grades will be tutoring students in lower grades.  The older students have been through these classes and know what to expect. 
    • Mr. Estes reviewed some of the NECAP results.  By 2012 the state will require a minimum of a ‘2’ on the NECAP tests (right now this only applies to Math, Reading and Writing).
    • Those students currently in 9th grade who will graduate in 2012 as well as this year’s seniors where involved in the testing last year. 
      • Proficiency summary at 74% for (then) 8th graders scoring 2
      • The District average for this group is 25% scoring 2
      • Proficiency summary at 88% for (then) 11th graders scoring 2
      • The District average for this group is 35% scoring 2



         8th Grade Percentages         11th Grade Percentages











































  • Mr. Evans, Dean of Students, welcomed parents and encouraged parent support in the PTO and their attendance at up coming meetings.
  • A request for applicants for the new Executive Director position is in progress.  The cut off date is October 31st.  This role, previously held by Dr. Stan Thompson, will be a business role and this person will seek funds (grants) for the school.  Mr. Estes, Mr. DiManna and Mr. Evans were pleased with the work Dr. Thomas did to get the school on a pleasant and important path.  They look forward to working collaboratively with students and parents to continue to push forward.

Parent Information                                                                                         

As you may already have heard The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) has scheduled six public hearings on its proposed cuts in services that may have a significant impact on public transportation in various regions of the state. The proposed changes include regular routes, certain flex services, change in evening hours, and elimination of some Saturday and Sunday service. These hearings are opportunities to address the proposed changes and how it will impact individuals, their ability to get to work and/or school and ultimately affect our state’s economy. For more information on proposed service reductions statewide visit

The following hearings have been scheduled at these locations*:

  • Providence: September 24, Elmwood Community Center 155 Niagra Street Providence 5:30-8:00pm
  • Westerly: September 25, Westerly Town Hall 6:00pm
  • Narragansett:  September 26, Narragansett Town Hall, assembly room, 25 Fifth Ave. 2:00-4:00pm and 6:00-8:00pm
  • Warwick: September 29, Warwick City Hall, council chambers, 3275 Post Rd. 2:00-4:00pm and 6:00-8:00pm
  • Barrington: September 30, Barrington Public Library, second-floor auditorium, 281 County Rd. 2:00-4:00pm and 6:00-8:00pm
  • Newport: September 30, Newport Public Library, Program room, 300 Spring Street. 2:00-4:00pm and 6:00-8:00pm
  • Smithfield: October 1, Smithfield Senior Center, cafeteria room, 1 William J. Hawkins Jr. Trail, from 2:00- 4:00 pm and from 6:30 – 8:00 pm
  • Providence: October 2, DaVinci Community Center, central room, 470 Charles St. 2:00 – 4:00 pm and 6:00-8:00pm

*Thank you Cheryl for sharing this information.

PTO Contact Information

Astrid Held-Rude,

Kennette Pierre,

Monah Rhodes,

Jill Rios,

Dennis Rodriguez,

Vianela Nunez, Treasurer

Brenda Figueroa, Secretary

Carmen Diaz-Jusino, Parent Liaison

Jen Shea, Fundraising Chair


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One Response to “PTO notes”

  1. arude Says:

    sorry about the excessive underlining. couldn’t make them go away…

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