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Update for the Week of October 21st
Update for the Week of October 21st
Paul Barrette
Sunday, October 20, 2019

Hello OCRS families,

Please check out the information below about what is going on at the school, upcoming after school events, and opportunities for families.

Important Information

Picture Retakes

Lifetouch school picture retakes are taking place on the morning of Wednesday, 11/13. A notice with the information regarding the retakes was sent home this past week.

Draft PTA Minutes from the 10/3 Meeting

A draft of the minutes from the 10/3 PTA meeting are available at https://5il.co/avt8. You can also find the draft minutes and other important information on the Old County Road School PTA Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/OCRSPTA/.

Continuing focus on C.A.R.E.S.

The Old County Road School community is in its second year of implementation of the Responsive Classroom approach and we are focusing on the social and emotional competencies of C.A.R.E.S.; cooperation, assertiveness, responsibility, empathy, and self-control. One example of this focus is the partnership of Mrs. Paolino’s 4th grade classroom and Mrs. Mariotti’s 1st grade classroom in what they are calling “C.A.R.E.S. 4 one”. The C.A.R.E.S. 4 one partnership is an illustration of cooperation, students’ ability to form new, positive relationships and make a contribution to the greater school community. All classrooms are learning about C.A.R.E.S. in different ways, so be sure to ask your child about what he or she is learning. Families can learn more about Responsive Classroom at https://www.responsiveclassroom.org/about/

Recess Rocks in RI

In another example of the OCRS community’s focus on cooperation and assertiveness, a team of five staff members are attending the Recess Rocks in RI training program. Recess Rocks in RI is a program offered by Playworks, a non-profit organization that focuses on the power of play to transform children’s social and emotional health. Our goal is to contribute to a positive school culture by leveraging the power of safe, fun, and healthy play at school every day. Through two days of training, the OCRS team of staff members are learning how to teach students to be able to improve their conflict resolution skills, increase their self-confidence, and develop problem solving strategies, all through the power of play.

Upcoming Dates and Events

PTA "Trunk or Treat", Saturday 10/26 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The PTA is holding a "Trunk or Treat" event in the OCRS parking lot on Saturday, 10/26 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Trunk setup begins at 5:00 p.m. and all traffic into the parking lot closes at 5:45 p.m. for student safety. Trick or treating begins at 6:00 p.m. and there will also be a "Haunted Trail" courtesy of the 5th grade committee.


Flu Clinic at Gallagher Middle School, Monday 11/4 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

There will be a flu clinic held at Gallagher Middle School on Monday, November 4th from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  Your child can get vaccinated at this clinic at no out-of-pocket cost.

PTA General Membership Meeting, Thursday 11/7 at 7:00 p.m.

There will be an OCRS PTA General Membership meeting held on Thursday, 11/7 at 7:00 p.m. in the OCRS Library. All parents and guardians are welcome and encouraged to attend.

School Picture Retakes, Wednesday 11/13

Lifetouch school picture retakes are taking place on the morning of Wednesday, 11/13. A notice with the information regarding the retakes was sent home this past week.

Follow OCRS Online and on Social Media

To stay up to date with the latest OCRS information, please check out the OCRS website at https://oldcounty.smithfield-ps.org. Also follow OCRS on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/OldCountyRoadSchool/, our Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/OldCountyRoad, and our Instagram page at https://www.instagram.com/oldcountyroad/