May the 4th

Hello OCRS Families,

Teacher Appreciation Week!

It's Teacher Appreciation Week and we're excited to let all of the OCRS teachers and staff know how important they are to our students! Thank you to our wonderful OCRS PTA for planning a specific treat for the teachers and staff throughout this week. We are truly grateful for your thoughtfulness.

Classroom teachers tend to hear the most expressions of appreciation (and those are well deserved), but we also want to make sure that other OCRS teachers and staff members are recognized for their important work and what they do to support our students. To make this easier, what I would ask is that each classroom "adopt" two or three teachers and staff and reach out to them to express your appreciation. For example, if students create cards or draw pictures to show their appreciation, they could also create one for the teachers and staff "adopted" by their classroom. Some staff have asked not to be "adopted" by a classroom and we are respecting their wishes.

Check out the list below to see which teachers and staff are being adopted by each classroom!

Ms. Mennella's Kindergarten
Mrs. Laura Gaule - paraprofessional, Mrs. Alyson LaGreca - paraprofessional

Mrs. Sisco's Kindergarten
Mrs. Jeannine Fortin - paraprofessional, Mrs. Celine Forte - school nurse, Mrs. Mary Deus - school secretary

Mrs. Mariotti's 1st grade
Mrs. Kristen DeAmaral - reading specialist, Mrs. Marie Brown - behavior specialist

Mrs. Moretti's 1st grade
Ms. Amanda Lemek - special educator, Mrs. Melissa Gershon - speech/language pathologist

Mrs. Chomka's 2nd grade
Ms. Casey Miller - art educator, Mrs. Wendy Fitz-Simon - certified occupational therapy assistant

Mrs. Deslauriers' 2nd grade
Mrs. Jennifer Tsonos - special educator, Mrs. Michaella Costa - school social worker

Mrs. Corbeille's 3rd grade
Mrs. Robin Cahill - math specialist, Mrs. CeAnna Pellegrino - physical therapist

Ms. Murphy's 3rd grade
Mrs. Liz Wood - behavior specialist, Ms. Jennifer Stepsis - school psychologist

Mrs. Mooney's 4th grade
Mrs. Malissa Lima - paraprofessional, Mrs. Kerri Murphy, long-term substitute

Mrs. Connole's 4th grade
Mrs. Cheryl Niquette - special educator, Ms. Jessica Weeb - behavior specialist, Ms. Maria Saleem - long-term music substitute

Mr. Austin's 5th grade
Mrs. Kristin Dohoney - reading specialist, Mrs. Kasey Ellis - special educator, Mr. Tom Gruczka - physical education 

Mr. Davenport's 5th grade
Mrs. Tara Lagner - special educator, Mrs. Kelly Marshall - English language learner teacher

Teacher Appreciation Week

OCRS' Got Talent!

We are bringing back an OCRS tradition by having a "talent show" type event at the end of the school year! This event is "OCRS' Got Talent!" and is going to be held on Friday, May 26th at 6:00 PM in the Smithfield High School Auditorium. This event will be organized by Mr. Barrette and Mrs. LaGreca.

Here are the details

  • The event will be free and open to ALL OCRS families to attend, even if you do not have a student performing. We would love to have lots of OCRS families and friends in the audience!
  • ONLY students in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades will be eligible to perform in the event. Students can perform solo or with a group. Performances can be musical, dance, comedy, magic, lip-sync, drama, etc.
  • Students will have a maximum of 3 minutes for their performance and they will need to get their performance pre-approved by Mr. Barrette. This will make sure that all material is appropriate for an elementary aged audience.

If any 3rd, 4th or 5th grade student would like to sign up to perform, please complete this online form. Mr. Barrette and Mrs. LaGreca will touch base with the student and schedule a time for the student to preview their performance for approval for the show.


Color Run on May 13th hosted by SSELAC

The Smithfield Special Education Local Advisory Committee (SSELAC) is hosting a Color Run (Walk, Stroll) on Saturday, May 13th from 9AM to 12PM at Deerfield Park. This is a free, town-wide event to bring awareness for all abilities.

Participants are encouraged to wear a white shirt and to bring sunglasses.

Please see the attached flyer for details and visit the SSELAC Facebook page at for additional information.

SSELAC Color Run

Tri-County PreK Head Start and Early Head Start Programs

The Tri-County Community Action Agency offers a variety of PreK Head Start and Early Head Start programs for families, some of which are free. Please see the two linked flyers for lots of information about the various programs offered.

State PreK Program (PDF)

Head Start and Early Head Start Programs (PDF)

Alphabet blocks

Spring In2 Friday Fun

Fun and interactive events for you and your 2 year old offered by the Tri-County Community Action Agency! Registration is required. See the linked flyer for details.


Upcoming Dates and Events

View and subscribe to the OCRS Public Events Calendar at Click on the "Add to Google Calendar" to subscribe to the calendar on your own calendar app.

Teacher Appreciation Week, May 8th through May 12th

Math RICAS Testing, May 10th & 11th

5th Grade Science Testing, May 17th & 18th

OCRS' Got Talent!, Friday May 26th at 6:00 PM in the SHS Auditorium

NO SCHOOL, Memorial Day, Monday May 29th

Thank you,
Mr. Barrette

2nd grade sharing stories

Sharing stories

Sharing stories