April 29, 2022

Dear Students, Parents and Staff,

Teacher Appreciation Week – May 2 – 6

Next week we will be giving recognition to our Teachers for their commitment in providing our students with an exceptional education.

On behalf of the Central Office Administration Team, I would like to thank all of our Teachers for their commitment to education. We recognize that each school day can be both challenging and rewarding. We are appreciative of the dedication and support you give to your students on a daily basis and realize that it may also go beyond the normal school day.  Your hard work and commitment to education is meaningful and everlasting to the students of Cumberland.

Please be sure to say “Thank You!” to your children’s teachers!

School Committee Approves Revised Student Attendance Areas / Boundary Lines for

JJ McLaughlin Cumberland Hill School and Community School

The Cumberland School Committee approved the recommended revised student attendance areas/boundary lines for students attending school at JJM Cumberland Hill Elementary School and Community School. The changes will be effective for the start of the 2022-2023 school year.

JJM Cumberland Hill Boundary Map

JJM Cumberland Hill Street Changes

School Committee Tabled the Revised Student Attendance Areas / Boundary Lines for Joseph L. McCourt Middle School and North Cumberland Middle School

Per my recommendation, the vote to revise the student attendance areas was tabled.

Covid-19 Vaccination Clinic

In collaboration with the RI Department of Health and The Wellness Company, a Covid-19 vaccination clinic has been scheduled for participants 5 years old and up.

  • Clinic Date: Friday, May 6, 2022
  • Clinic Start Time:  3:30 PM
  • Clinic End Time: 6:30 PM
  • Clinic Location: Cumberland High School Cafeteria, 2602 Mendon Road


Pfizer 5-11


Pfizer 12+




Please be advised that the PrepMod Access Link is NOT compatible with Internet Explorer.  Most registration problems can be solved by copying and pasting the link into a google search. Any other issues please call the PrepMod Help Desk at 888-503-0515.


Insurance information is optional

Registration will close at noon the day before the clinic (Ex: A Wednesday clinic will close on Tuesday at noon)

Clients will be observed for 15 minutes after vaccination


Revised School Calendars


The calendar was revised to reflect the change in the last day of school due to the two school closure days – January 7 and February 14. The last day of school is Thursday, June 23, 2022.


The calendar was revised to reflect the date change to the Faculty/Staff Orientation Day – September 2, 2022. Professional Development days will be August 31 and September 1.

No changes were made to the number of student days. The first day of school for students in grades 1-9 will be Tuesday, September 6, 2022. Students in all grades will report to school on Wednesday, September 7. This will be the first day for students in Preschool, Kindergarten and Grades 10, 11 and 12.

Free/Reduced Lunch Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is allowing school meal programs across the country to continue serving healthy meals through June 30, 2022. The program continues to provide safe, healthy meals free of charge to children as the pandemic continues to threaten the food and nutrition security of our most vulnerable. Unfortunately, this free of charge meal program for all students will no longer be available at the end of this school year.

Families will need to complete an application for the Free/Reduced Lunch Program.

  • Free/Reduced Lunch Program – Families are encouraged to complete and submit applications to your child’s school to verify eligibility. Please contact your child’s school if a form is needed.
  • The application is also available electronically. Click here to apply online.

We ask for your help now. By applying for the free/reduced lunch program at this time, it will provide the school department with additional state aid for the 2022-23 school year.

Not only are there advantages for families, there are financial implications for the school department.  For example, the more families that are eligible for free or reduced lunch results in more state aid coming to the school department.  The loss of revenue to the school department could be devastating.  As you know, every dollar counts. The free and reduced school lunch program benefits you and your family as well as the school department.

All information collected is confidential and the process that eligible students follow when getting their lunch is the same as students who are not eligible.

If you have questions about the free/reduced lunch program or the application process, please contact Kathleen Scanlon at 401-658-1600 x322.


Philip D. Thornton, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

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