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Update for the Week of March 9th
Update for the Week of March 9th
Paul Barrette
Sunday, March 08, 2020

Hello OCRS Families,

It's the time of year to "Spring Forward" and set our clocks ahead by one hour to begin Daylight Savings Time. The first day of Spring is not far behind!

Important Information

Coronavirus Update

On March 4th, Dr. Paolucci sent out updated information to families about the coronavirus and the district's response to the virus and OCRS families should have received that update via email. You also can view the entire update on the district website at, but the list of recommendations can be seen below.

Hand hygiene - Wash hands often with soap and water, especially after coughing and sneezing. If soap and water are unavailable, sanitizers may be used. Avoid touching the face, as this is a means of transmitting viruses into the body. Hand shakes should be discontinued.

Respiratory etiquette- Cover the nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing (or a shirt sleeve or elbow if no tissue is available) and throw the tissue in the trash after use, followed by hand washing.

Stay home if ill. Those with flu-like symptoms, including respiratory symptoms, should stay home from school and seek medical attention if the symptoms get worse.

Clean surfaces - Custodians have been instructed to clean door knobs and push bars, hand rails, faucets, bubblers, and other high-touch areas once per day with common cleaners.  Our bus company has been instructed to clean buses daily. Cleaning must also take place immediately if there is contamination of surfaces with blood, stool or vomit.

Preventing stigma and discrimination - Stigma and discrimination can occur when people associate an infectious disease, such as COVID-19, with a population or nationality. Being Chinese or Asian American does not increase the chance of getting or spreading COVID-19.

Please help us to teach children good practices to avoid virus infections while also providing comfort and confidence that they are not at a high risk for the coronavirus. For questions or concerns, use COVID-19 Hotline:  401-222-8022.

PTA "Pea Poddery" Family Pottery Night

The OCRS PTA is hosting a "Pea Poddery" Family Pottery Night on Friday, March 27th from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the OCRS cafeteria. Completed RSVP forms for the event are due this Friday, March 13th. If you need an additional copy of the RSVP form, please email Marlena Brady at

Smithfield High School "ILLUMINATE! The Gala"

Join The Smithfield Senior High School Auditorium Committee for a wonderful evening of festive food, dancing, raffles, and auctions to support the renovations and improvements of the Smithfield High School Auditorium, including sound and lighting, for the benefit of our entire community.

More information can be found at

Upcoming Dates and Events

OCRS Spirit Day, Monday March 9th

Each and every Monday we are encouraging OCRS students and staff to wear their OCRS Spirit Gear to school! Don't forget that the PTA launched the new OCRS Spirit Wear website at

PTA General Membership Meeting, Wednesday March 11th at 7:00 p.m.

A PTA General Membership meeting is being held on Wednesday, March 11th at 7:00 p.m. in the OCRS Library. If you would like to begin volunteering at OCRS and you have never taken the one-time volunteer training, please email Mr. Barrette and he will be happy to run a training session right before the PTA meeting.

Smithfield Special Education Local Advisory Committee, Thursday March 12th from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

A meeting of the Smithfield Special Education Local Advisory Committee is scheduled to be held on Thursday, March 12th from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at LaPerche Elementary School. All district families are welcome!

2nd Trimester Progress Reports, Wednesday March 25th

2nd Trimester Progress Reports are scheduled to be sent home with students on Wednesday, March 25th.

PTA Family Pottery Night, Friday March 27th from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

The OCRS PTA is hosting a "Pea Poddery" Family Pottery Night on Friday, March 27th from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the OCRS cafeteria.

Follow OCRS Online and on Social Media

To stay up to date with the latest OCRS information, please check out the OCRS website at Also follow OCRS on our Facebook page at, our Twitter feed at, and our Instagram page at

2nd and 3rd Grade using models and tools during math