Tree Planting Day: October 14th

indexWe are getting trees! With support from the RI Tree Council we will be planting 12 new trees on Sunday October 14th from 9am to 12pm.

We need your help!

  • We need people with trucks who can go pick up the trees from the RI Tree Council office in Johnston. This can be scheduled for anytime during the week of 10/8.
  • We need volunteers to help plant on the 14th. Please bring your own shovel  and rake.

You can sign-up to volunteer using the link below. If you have a truck and can pick up a tree, please include your email when you sign up. Or feel free to email me directly:

Volunteer Sign-up:

Ice Cream Social & Movie Night 9/14

Our welcome-back Ice Cream Social & Movie Night is Friday 9/14. ice cream 2

The Ice Cream Social is from 6-7pm in the school gym. The movie starts at 7:15pm. We will be outside on the blacktop. Bring your chairs & blankets. The movie this year is Sing.

Cost per person is $4. $20 max per family. You can print this form & send it in with your child to sign-up for the event: PTA ice cream social flyer 2018

We are also looking for event volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering please use this sign-up genius link.

Playground Update: August 2018

Over the summer the PTA has continued to work on revitalizing the outdoor space at Hopkins Hill. We submitted a concept plan proposal to the superintendent, building & grounds; and presented to the school committee. (See the proposal here). Our vision for the outdoor space consists of 4 main areas:

  • a field
  • outdoor classroom
  • natural playscape
  • trees/shrubs

The concept plan has received support from the superintendent and the school committee. Additionally, in conjunction with the RI Tree Council, we are working on tree planting day for this fall. However, in order to move forward with the natural playscape portion of the revitalization, the school’s insurance carrier requires construction level plans. We are currently working with the superintendent to determine exactly what the insurance company needs so that we may proceed on that front.

chain daylight fun outdoors

We have also ordered new swings which should be installed soon!

Lastly, the playground committee is always looking for more volunteers, whether it be helping with the color run or working with the tree council. Please email me if you would like to help!

Karen Haskell:



On Monday May 21st, the Kindergarten classes with support from the PTA and RI Tree Council, planted our ceremonial tree. This tree is the first (we hope!) of many trees that will help improve our outdoor space. To make sure that this tree survives we are asking for volunteers to help water the tree throughout the end of the school year and in the summer. Below you will find a sign-up genius link. The tree needs to be watered every Monday and Friday unless there is significant rainfall. Specific instructions are on the sign-up page. We would appreciate your help in keeping this tree alive and growing!

Tree Watering Sign-up:


Additionally, our next Playground Committee meeting is on Monday June 11th at 6:30pm at the Bean Barn on Tiogue Ave. We are currently working on plans to utilize the money raised at the Chase the Rainbow Color Run Event. We would welcome your help and input. We would especially appreciate help from anyone with a landscape/design background.

Thank You!

IMG_0852The Hopkins Hill PTA wants to say THANK YOU.  Thank you to the participants who braved the unpredictable weather. Thank you to the businesses who sponsored our event and donated raffle items. Thank you to the local media who publicized our event. Thank you to the volunteers who threw color and checked people in. (We had the most we have ever had at any PTA event!). Thank you to our DJ who donated his time and services.  And thank you to the playground committee who worked long and hard to put everything together.

The PTA will meet soon to debrief and plan how to move forward with the funds raised. We already have some great ideas. Be on the lookout for an announcement during the month of May.

A Chase the Rainbow participant shared this photo (above). Our first start time was 8:30am and just after the the runners began, we got an actual rainbow. Pretty Cool!

PS- If you have any pictures from the event you would be willing to share, please email them!

Chase the Rainbow is STILL on!

It is now 6:10am on April 29, 2018. As of this time, Chase the Rainbow is still on. We realize that the weather shows light misty rain for some of the morning. We plan to do our best to work with, around, in-between the rain. We’ve got a great event planned and we can’t wait to share it with you; we just wish mother nature was being a it more cooperative. Please check back here or our FB page for any further updates. See you soon!

Just a Few More Days

until the big event! You can still register or donate:      donate

Chase the Rainbow Color Run/Walk will start promptly at assigned times (8:30, 9:30, & 10:30). Please arrive 15 minutes early to check-in and get your t-shirt. Also please check our Facebook page and website for day-of weather related announcements.

You can also just come & check out the raffle baskets. Raffle ticket prices are $1 per ticket or 6 for $5. We have tons of great raffle items: gift cards from Borrelli’s, Fat Belly’s, Rock Spot Climbing, Cellucci Martial Arts, Bounce U, Envious Swim, PawSox tickets, Trinity Rep tickets, Mystic Aquarium passes, and a RISD Art Museum membership. We’ve got coffee baskets, an art basket, game baskets, and some special items from some of the Hopkins Hill Staff. Come check it out!