bbq postponed to 6/13

Due to potential rain, clouds, and low temperatures, we’ve made the tough call to cancel tomorrow’s all-school BBQ. 

Fortunately, we have a rain date: June 13.  Same time, same place. 

If you RSVP’d to tomorrow’s event and can NOT make it to the event on June 13, please email O’rya Hyde-Keller and let her know: oryahk@gmail. She will destroy your check. 

If you have NOT RSVP’d for tomorrow but would like to attend on June 13, please fill out the attached form and place it in the Parents Drawer by June 1.

HBS Walkathon; Friday, May 8, 2015; 9:00-11:00am

This year’s HBS Walkathon is an opportunity for all students to get active while raising funds to bring more technology to our classrooms!

9:00-9:30 Grades 1 & 2
9:45-10:15 Pre K and Kindergarten
10:30-11:00 Grade 3 and Grade 5
Grade 4 will walk on Thursday, May 7th at 1:00pm

Students are encouraged to show their school spirit by dressing in the designated colors below

Preschool– White

Kindergarten- Purple

Grade 1– Orange

Grade 2– Blue

Grade 3– Red

Grade 4– Green

Grade 5– Yellow

Parent Volunteers Requested:
Please contact Erin Hogan or
Lindsey Reilly

4/2/2015 HBSPA Meeting Minutes

Joe Hoefferle, Carolyn Beal, Jennifer Cox, Kristin McBride, Kate Bosch, Sophia Grice, Glenn Rawson, James Mangrum, Susan Aaron, O’rya Hyde-Keller, Nisha Trivedi, Karen Ng, Ilyssa Campopiano, Christopher Petrarca, Rachael Caiati, Jessica Borges and Meg Adair (Teachers) and Principal Magliocco

Honoring of Sue St. Amand, HBS Secretary (her last day at HBS is April 3rd)

3rd Graders’ Tribute, by Grace Gunter and Zoe Melia
The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost, recited by 5th grader Genevieve Steever
Song for Ms. Sue by HBS Continuing Strings (Violinists Abby Marion, Emma Marion, Ben Spector, Christopher Petrarca, Zoe Melia)
Principal Updates
Principal Magliocco and the teachers thank the HBSPA for the One School One Book donation.
The Principal also thanks the Parents’ Association and parent organizers for the Spring Family Dance.
HBS Guiding principles: The new HBS Tree logo illustrates the school’s 8 Academic and 8 Character Pillars.
Endowment and scholarship: Ed Pacheco in the RIC Foundation office helped establish the infrastructure for the new HBS endowment
Capital Improvements: funds for capital improvements will support small improvements like updating wall space the carport vestibule
RIC Deans’ response to recent HBSPA Tuition Committee communication scheduled for release from the Deans on April 3rd (Friday).
School Calendar
HBS Calendar Committee is comprised of teachers, the Principal and Assistant Principal
2015 February vacation- 42 children were absent
2015-16 calendar will be released April 3rd (Friday) with a full two-week December vacation and a full-week February vacation.
President and Board Updates
Voting Topics
1. Printing HBS promotional materials – Principal Magliocco
Request for $2500 to help fund the printing of the new initial HBS promotional materials as a one-time gift from HBSPA to help advertise the new brand for the school. PASSED
2. Spring Picnic funds – O’rya Hyde-Keller
Proposed date May 16. All families invited, including nonHBS siblings
Donovan BBQ = $8/head includes hamburgers, hotdogs, veggie burgers, condiments, and a couple of sides (corn on the cob, potato salad, etc.), plus watermelon and lemonade.  Will request discount price for kids.
Request HBSPA subsidy so parents pay $4/head, with the total amount unknown. PASSED
3. Spring Science and Technology Fair funding
John Arango, parent Susan Lillsebbas and 5th grader William Lillsebbas are organizing a STEM Education Technology Expo this Spring on May 7. This event will include current and incoming HBS families.
There is an approved capital expenditure request for a Science Fair:
Previously approved 2014 Proposal:
Science Fair/Science Night.
Requesters: Janae Moore/William Lillsebbas.
Decision: Capital Expenditures Committee approved $500 budget for inaugural HBS Academic Fair in the Spring to include student projects on science, geography, math, technology and other academic topics.
Can this be expended for the Spring 2015 Fair/Expo? PASSED
Additional request: $400 to include a mobile planetarium at the event. PASSED
Playground funds reallocation
Upper school playground improvement project: Walk-a-thon and other fundraising have raised approximately 60K to fund major improvements for the 3rd-5th grade playground.
  1. RIC Buildings and Grounds has discouraged purchasing a major play structure because many of the campus electricals are buried under this upper school field.
  2. RIC School of Ed will be conducting an education-based survey of campus grounds, including HBS’s playgrounds, and will forward proposals for innovative improvements.
  3. Parent James Mangrum is a designer and has volunteered to join the HBSPA Playground Committee to provide technical and aesthetic recommendations to go ahead with the original intent of a playground structure, with a more updated twist.


Walk-A-thon dates
May 8 from 9-11 am
May 7 fourth grade (due to a conflicting field trip on April 8th)
fundraising goal?
Consider a focused technology upgrade or other large budget item
Pawsox – Amy Kessler
Event Date – Saturday, May 30th
BBQ – all you can eat BBQ will take place from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Game Time – 6:05 pm vs. Louisville Bats (Cincinnati Reds)
Our group will be in the Red BBQ Tent on the 1st base side. Once the BBQ is over, we are entitled to stay inside the BBQ area or move to the Grass Berm or any General Admission seat (Blue Sections).
 *Chorus members will need to report next to first base near the field level around 5:15 pm that evening
flyer ready for distribution early next week!



Teacher Appreciation Week – Carolyn Beal
·         Monday, May 4: Teacher Breakfast cost: $0 (parent-supplied)
·         Tuesday, May 5: Teacher Surprise
o   teachers and staff receive a surprise gift
o   Approximate cost: $430 ($10/gift)
·         Wednesday, May 6: Chair Massages
o   Approximate cost: TBD.
·         Thursday, May 7: Luncheon
o   Approximate cost: about $400
·         Friday, May 8: Class Gifts (and another Teacher Surprise?)
o   Approximate cost: $430 ($10/gift)
And last, but not least:
2015-16 HBSPA Election

  • At the May 14th HBSPA meeting Cilla Donatelli, the Parent Volunteer Coordinator/Nominations Committee Chair, will present the HBSPA Slate for 2015-16
  • Return the nominations card to indicate your interest for next year

Help recruit new volunteers to serve as Executive Board members or Committee Chairs

  • Many positions need to be filled
  • See for board and committee position descriptions

The Parents’ Association will need a new President

  • If you or anyone you know has any interest in this position, please contact
  • Consider this self-limited one-year commitment to your child/ren’s school
  • This position requires no special skills
  • The work mostly requires running the monthly meetings and sending a variety of emails
  • Come to the position with an agenda, or just oversee the well-established committees run by dedicated parent volunteers


HBSPA Meeting Minutes – 3/12/15

Present:  Frank Steever, Rachael Caiati, Karen Ng, Lindsey Reilly  Kristin McBride, Ann Durham, Jennifer Cox, Amy Kessler, Bethany Sutton, Kate Bosch, James Mangrum, Cilla Donatelli, Jessica Hewitt, Sandra Nichols,  Susan Aaron, Sophia Grice, Lori Fernandes, Ilyssa Grant, O’rya Hyde-Keller, Joe Hoefferle, Jeanine Magliocco, Meg Adair, Iris Tong

Principal Updates

Eat Green Wear Green Day: Thanks to organizers Nurse Blessing and HBSPA Health and Wellness Chairs Erin Hogan and Lindsey Reilly. And Third Grade parents Willy Motes and Jennifer Cox, who donated veggies and dips from University Heights Whole Foods. Also, Donovan Dining Services at RIC donated spinach salad with strawberries and honeydew melon. Finally, thanks to the many parent volunteers for classroom reading and table hosting. Parent comments: in the future, consider listing menu items in a handout to parents. Kids’ Favorite dip was the Sweet Basil Vinaigrette by Cindy’s Kitchen.

Locks on Classroom Doors: Ongoing discussions with Megan Key, RIC Assoc. Director of Buildings and Grounds, and Mike Wheeler, head of school resources for Providence Public Schools. Julie Richardson, who is spearheading the HBS Emergency Operations Plan, toured HBS with Mr. Wheeler on 3/11/15. Mr. Wheeler’s recommendations included the observation that classroom doors should lock from the inside or from both sides. An interim solution suggested was that doors can remain locked but propped open. HBS substitute teachers will be provided safety guidelines. Mr. Wheeler commended Mr. Arango’s Red/Green Flagged window indicators.

Lock Down Drills: HBS has completed the 2 required lock down drills, will be doing another unannounced drill with Mr. Wheeler present.

Formal Tuition Announcement: there will be a 5% HBS tuition increase for next year, 2015-16.

RI Governor Raimondo’s budget will be revealed tonight during her State of the State Address, which will disclose her intended state funding support for RIC and HBS.

HBS Scholarship Campaign launch is imminent. Components include an upcoming dedication ceremony for the HBS tree mural, opening of the HBS Store, with proceeds funding student field trips and additional student fees, and a capital campaign supporting 2 different need-based scholarships: one, the Bridge Scholarship, will be available to new students and two, the Retention and Growth Scholarship, will be for HBS students already enrolled.

Principal Magliocco attended The Annual Professional Development Schools Conference, a national educational conference, in Atlanta last weekend. She represented HBS as a professional development school- which supports co-teaching and student teacher interns, and provides a framework for exponential growth.

Recess Policy: a document was created to clarify the policy for teachers and parents. PreK and K have 2 recesses: before lunch and at the end of the day. 1st grade and up all have one 30 min recess. K has indoor/outdoor support with 3 teachers. Parent questions: Can teachers clarify their approach with their class/grade parents? Parent concern voiced when recess is taken away as punishment- policy? research? Consider a more active indoor recess model in the gym, cafeteria, library?

Teacher Updates

Students enjoyed Health and Wellness’s Eat Green Wear Green Day, a great opportunity to try new healthy foods.

Meg Adair and Donna Adler are organizing an HBS team for Relay for Life, Saturday, June 13th at Smithfield High School to honor HBS community members. HBS families are all invited to participate.

President and Board Updates

HBS Tuition issues:

A list of HBS parent questions and concerns generated from the January 2015 HBSPA meeting was submitted by our ad hoc Tuition Committee (Rachael Caiati, O’rya Hyde Keller, Spencer Dickinson, Susan Aaron, Bill Overbay, Paige Reynolds and Jessica Hewitt) to Principal Magliocco and the RIC Administration.

Those concerns include

  • tuition increase in future years
  • added value for added tuition and
  • ongoing parent representation in HBS oversight

A response is expected shortly from the Principal and RIC Deans.

The Principal formally announced today that Dean Pitt approved a 5% tuition increase for 2015-16. Thanks to the efforts of Principal Magliocco and the HBSPA tuition committee, we now have an irrevocable 5% increase, announced in early March. In addition, Principal Magliocco announced a need-based scholarship program to support currently enrolled as well as new HBS students on the basis of need.

HBSPA President Rachael Caiati and Tuition Committee member Paige Reynolds met with Kevin Gallagher, Governor Raimondo’s Director of Communications overseeing education, on 3/9/15. This meeting was to advocate for the Governor’s support for a 1.6M annual, base-funding for HBS as requested by RIC under the College’s budget proposal, and approved by the RI Board of Ed in December 2014. Mr. Gallagher asked insightful questions about the RIC/HBS finances. His position was one of collaboration. He asked “In the face of many state budget cuts, does all of the requested 1.6M for HBS need to be funded by the state, or are there some additional creative ways to maintain the school?” He was provided the financial tables from the HBSPA’s November 2014 communication with the RI Board of Governors for Higher Education, which included the comparison of local independent school tuition increases, and summary of RIC’s lost revenue due to attrition and under enrollment.

The discussion included collaborative solutions to stabilize and build enrollment at a price-point that a diversity of Rhode Islanders can afford.  Mr. Gallagher agreed that HBS has potential that should be more fully realized. We concluded that with a lab school model already in place, exploring innovative curriculum development and teacher training at HBS, strengthening teaching and educational programs statewide and modelling excellence nationwide are all possible with our strong new principal, a stable student population, state support and reasonable tuition increases.

Mr. Gallagher’s questions about HBS have been summarized and forwarded to the RIC Administration.

HBSPA Board and Committee Chairs for 2015-16

Cilla Donatelli, Parent Volunteer Coordinator and Nominations Committee Chair

Will send out Evite to current board and chair people to see if they will continue to hold their positions next year.

Family Dance: 233 tickets sold by today. Dance is next Thursday, 5:30-9:30 pm.

Organizers concerns: parents ordering adult meals for children- OK for this year, but not how Kirkbrae structured the pricing. Also, parents buying tickets for non-HBS siblings is not allowed. Organizers wish to have access to notes from Family Dance parent organizers from prior years. The link will be added to the HBSPA website and Facebook.

Family Activities plan for All School Picnic and/or Fair: discussed fall vs spring event, which would include an easy to organize spring potluck on a weekend day and a more involved outdoor fall festival. Consider coordinating with RIC homecoming? HBS open house? consider next year’s event as community event, in the future as a fundraiser?

Yearbook Deadline: 3/15 for the discounted $26 price.

Sue St. Amand – leaving HBS, last day will be April 3.  Her position will be posted on RIC website.  Christina Messina is working full-time at present.  An appreciation event will be planned for her.   ? tribute from students at next HBS meeting – possible to move April’s HBSPA meeting from 4/9 to 4/2?

Paw Sox game –  planning for Sunday afternoon date (kids able to run bases after game):  likely 5/31.  maybe renting barbecue tent?  Min: 50 people, free parking, all-you-can eat food, ice cream bar =   $29/person.   Total = $1450 for 50 persons.  If HBSPA able to fund 50%, then tix could be $14.50 per person.

Walkathon:  tentative date Friday, May 15.   In past years, this was a fundraising event for the upper grades playground area.  Are we raising money for that playground again?  Or for Health and Wellness events in general? Want to place fundraising purpose on flyer.   To decide at April’s HBSPA meeting

HBSPA account:   Some funds have been earmarked for upper grade playground. Upcoming summit on RIC campus re: playground: a RIC committee will come to evaluate the HBS playgrounds and provide input about improvements.  HBSPA members to discuss at next meeting if we will use funds for playground or another purpose such as scholarships.

One Book One School program – The World According to Humphrey.  Principal Magliocco thanked HBSPA for providing funding to purchase the books for HBS families.

Book Fair = Raised $963.69 at last book fair. Thank you to Joe Hoefferle for a very organized book fair!

Pasta Night = raised $1941.91 for 4th grade field trip.  Thank you to Kristen King, Kristen Libutti, and Rebecca Sparks for organizing the event!

Field Day and Fun Day:  Friday, 5/29 and Friday, 6/5.  Informational Save the Date email will be sent out to parents re: both Field and Fun Day.

Last Day of School:  June 17, 2015