Backpack Express

Good afternoon,

This week’s Backpack Express is filled with information about upcoming events. Please make sure you take a couple of minutes to read it through.

  • URI Basketball:  Next month, the Sowams PTO will be hosting a Family Fun event at the URI Rams men's basketball game against UMass, which will be held at 1:00pm on Saturday, February 18th. Tickets are available now.  Information may be found here.

  • PTO Extended Day:  The PTO is happy to announce it’s  Extended Day Enrichment is starting soon.   These after school classes will take place from 2:35pm - 3:35pm on either Tuesdays or Thursdays for six weeks (between February and April vacations).  An informational sheet listing the classes, eligible grades and course descriptions along with a registration form will be sent home (hard copy) this week.  Registrations this year will be on a paper form and rosters will be determined by lottery.  The Registration form needs to be sent back to school by February 1st.  Forms received after February 1st will not be included in the lottery.  Please contact with any questions.  The list of classes being offered this year may be found here and the registration information may be found here.

  • Hot Lunch:  The hot lunch menu for February may be found here.  Also, it’s never too late to apply for free/reduced lunch for your child/children.  Information on applying for free/reduced lunch may be found here.  

  • February PTO Meeting:  The next PTO meeting will be held on February 6, 2023, at 7:00 in the evening.  This is a virtual meeting.

  • Holiday Information:  Our district has put together a monthly slideshow which talks about the various holidays and special days during a month.  The February information may be found here.  

  • Gun Safety:  We would like to take this opportunity to remind families of the importance of firearm safety and gun storage. Evidence strongly suggests that secure firearm storage is essential to any effective strategy to keep schools and students safe. Research also shows that secure firearm storage practices are associated with up to an 85 percent reduction in the risk of unintentional firearm injuries among children and teens. Barrington Public Schools is committed to providing a safe and secure learning environment for all students and urges families to read the linked information regarding firearm safety and storage so that we may partner in keeping our community safe. https://www.healthychildren.or...

  • Community Notice:  There is one community notice from East Bay Lacross.

For those of you celebrating the Lunar New Year, Happy New Year and I wish you lots of luck and good fortune in the year ahead.


Jim Callahan