Renaissance Community School For The Arts Elementary School

Welcome to Renaissance Elementary!

 RCIS Students, Staff, and Community have Phoenix PRIDE

PRIDE Team 2021-2022

Want to learn why your RCIS staff love being a Phoenix?
Watch the video below. 

2021-2022 School Hours

Preschool (Ms. Allaire and Ms. Silva)
Kindergarten (Mrs. Rose and Mr. Gomes)

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 8am-3pm

GRADES 1-5 (Ms. Johnson, Mrs. Dondey, Mrs. Johnson, Mrs. Barnes, Mr. Cohen, and Mrs. Watson)

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 8am-4pm
Wednesday 8am-3pm

What's New at Renaissance?

Connecting with your child's teacher or any RCIS staff has never been so easy. No matter the language you speak at home, you can now use the interpreter system to call school and speak with any RCIS staff member with a live interpreter translating.  

Has any of your information changed since last school year including your phone number (mobile or home), your address, your email, or any information in regards to your emergency contacts?
Please contact Ms. Alda (508-997-4511 ext 55550) at RCIS front office to update. 

To receive updated information from the New Bedford Public School District
please text Y to 67587

At Renaissance, we pledge to demonstrate the qualities of Phoenix PRIDE PERSEVERANCE We keep on trying even when it is hard RESPECT We treat ALL others as we would want to be treated. 
INTEGRITY We do the right thing even when no one is looking.
DETERMINATION We are driven to achieve and succeed in all we do. 
EXCELLENCE We strive to become better friends and students than we were yesterday.



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Upcoming Events


School News

Fall 2021 End of First Trimester Celebrations

It has been a very productive first Trimester at RCIS! Right before Thanksgiving break we celebrated all of the handwork of our students with a STEM Parade and our first monthly PBIS PRIDE Assembly. Perseverance is our first PRIDE value which means "to keep on trying even when it is hard" and each classroom teacher choose one student who has been showing that PRIDE value since September. We also awarded the students who have had perfect attendance!

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Our New Video Production Room

Our incredible STEM Teacher, Mrs. Jordan, has created a Video Production Room here at RCIS.

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RCIS Summer Family Fun & Resource Fair

ANNOUNCEMENT: The RCIS Family Engagement Center is hosting our FIRST in-person event of this school year. Please join us for an end of the year Summer Family Fun & Resource Fair. ALL RCIS families are encouraged to join us for this amazing event. Wednesday June 9th 3pm-5pm at RCIS

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Virtual Game Night: Become an Attendance HERO

RCIS families please join us Wednesday March 24, 2021 at 4pm for a Virtual Family Fun Night and become an Attendance Hero!! We will be playing three games: Charades, Bingo, and Trivia. Plus we will be announcing Perfect students who have shown perfect attendance since September.

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Renaissance March Family Journal

We are excited to share our January 2021 Family Journal newsletter! Please be sure to look it through to find out what's happening in your students school this month, as well as great tips and tricks for you to use at home.

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RCIS Transition Plan to Full In-person Learning

Principal Somes is excited to announce that RCIS will be transitioning students in grades Kindergarten to Grade 5 who are in Cohort C to Cohort A, meaning full in-person learning. Once all Cohort C students are transition to Cohort A we will no longer offer the hybrid model option for students. The transition plan Principal Somes shares in the video is also outlined below, located on our district website, and Class Dojo.

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Family Info Session:5th Grade to Middle School

Attention Renaissance Families with students in 5th Grade, you are invited to a “Family Info Session: From Elementary to Middle School” this is a virtual event. You will learn how to better support your 5th grade students with their transition to middle school and also learn more about what to expect in middle school. The transition to Middle School can feel like a very big change because it is and at this event you will learn that you are not alone!

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Virtual Parent Café Series starting 2/24/2021

RCIS’s Family Engagement Center will be hosting a Virtual Parent Café Series starting on February 24 at 4:00pm. The series will consist 5 Parent Café's that will take place on 4th Wednesday in February, March, April, and June.

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Message from Principal Somes

Message from principal

Greetings Renaissance Students and Families!

I am very pleased to welcome new families and welcome back returning students and families. As your Principal, I am excited to continue the work in our new Innovation Plan which focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. At the same time, we will not leave behind our commitment to the Fine Arts either as students will have Art and Music at least twice a week.

In the area of Social Emotional Learning, we are committed to Phoenix PRIDE, Perseverance, Respect, Integrity, Determination and Excellence. At Renaissance, the staff believes that these are qualities of good students at school and good citizens in the community. We are continually looking for students and classes to demonstrate these values so they can be recognized and rewarded.

If we can be of assistance, please reach out to your child’s teacher or me so we can provide the best possible learning experience.

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