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Update for the Week of November 25th
Update for the Week of November 25th
Paul Barrette
Sunday, November 24, 2019

Hello OCRS families,

We're coming up to the time of the year that just seems to fly by due to the holidays. We have 4 weeks of school from now until the Holiday Recess and almost every individual week's schedule from now until then will have some dates to be aware of.

Please check the online calendar at our school website,

You can also subscribe to the school calendar at

Important Information

School Attendance during the Holiday Season

This holiday season, the best gift you can give your child is a good education. And the best place to get an education is in school, every day, on time. It’s tempting to extend your vacation by a few days, but remember, those days count as absences. Just a few missed days here and there, even if they’re excused absences, can add up to too much lost learning time. So make sure your child is in school every day, right up until vacation starts. Our teachers will be teaching, and our students will be learning.

Smart or game watches at school

We have been noticing quite a few students coming to school wearing smart watches or watches that play games. These devices, while useful and entertaining at home, are a distraction at school. Just a reminder that, according to the Smithfield Elementary School Handbook, electronic devices are not allowed at school. We appreciate your and assistance and support in keeping all electronic devices at home.

From the Smithfield Elementary School Handbook:
"Without approval from school personnel, students may not bring any electronic devices and/or accessories to school. This includes, but is not limited to: iPods, cameras, game consoles, tablets and cellular phones. If a student is found to have brought an electronic device to school without prior permission, the student will be directed to place the device in his/her backpack.  After one reminder, the device will be placed in the Principal’s Office for the parent to retrieve."

Upcoming Dates and Events

NO SCHOOL, Thanksgiving Break, Thursday 11/28 and Friday 11/29

There is NO SCHOOL on Thursday, 11/28 and Friday, 11/29 for Thanksgiving Break.

Performance Reports sent home, Wednesday 12/4

Student performance reports will be sent home with students on Wednesday, 12/4. If families have any questions or concerns about their child's performance report, please discuss them with your child's teacher during Parent Teacher conferences on Thursday, 12/5 or email your child's teacher.

NO SCHOOL, Parent Teacher Conferences, Thursday 12/5

There is NO SCHOOL on Thursday, 12/5 due to Parent Teacher conferences.

Parent Teacher Conferences, Thursday 12/5

Parent Teacher conferences are being held at OCRS on Thursday, 12/5 between 1:00 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.

PTA Holiday Bazaar, Saturday 12/7

The PTA will be hosting their annual Holiday Bazaar at OCRS on Saturday, 12/7. More information will be sent out as we get closer to the event.

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