Reminder, NO SCHOOL on Monday, May 31st Memorial Day. See you on Tuesday! https://youtu.be/xWn2RPr-GhE
We wanted to let OCRS families know that the Smithfield Food Service program will be offering fruit parfaits and smoothies as part of the breakfast and lunch program at OCRS. Parfaits will be offered on Tuesdays and smoothies will be offered on Thursdays. In partnership with the Food Service program, we wanted to share the recipes of these easy to make parfaits and smoothies with OCRS families. This will allow families to see the ingredients of all of the new items in case your child has a food allergy, as well as give families a chance to make them at home if your child tells you that they are enjoying the parfaits and smoothies at school. Our school nurse, Mrs. Forte, has also reviewed the ingredients of each of the recipes. You can find the recipes at https://5il.co/q8pt. We hope that our students enjoy the healthy and fun new items! Mr. Barrette
It's the 100th Day of School and the OCRS teachers and students are celebrating in a variety of ways! Two OCRS siblings created a 100th Day Rainbow at home to share with their teachers and the 4th grade is really getting into the spirit with Ms. Aceto and Ms. Votta mysteriously aging overnight! #OCRSRocks
Just a reminder that we're inviting all students to wear any combination of red, pink, and/or white this Friday 2/12 to celebrate Valentine's Day as a school and show our collective OCRS school spirit. Families do not need to go out and purchase anything special for your child to wear! Anything that students already own that is red, pink, and/or white will be perfect. #OCRSrocks
All four elementary schools sent our students home this afternoon with their Chromebooks JUST IN CASE there is no in-person school tomorrow due to weather conditions. As of right now, no decision has been made by the district as to whether or not in-person school will need to be cancelled due to the forecasted snow. If in-person school is cancelled, that decision will be announced by the school district using the regular communications channels (e.g. automated phone calls and email messages to families, posts on social media, and posts on the local news). Students may have also come home with paper packets (3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students came home with RICAS practice packets). Those packets can stay at home and will be used if there ever is a day when students are home due to weather conditions without their Chromebooks or there is a loss of internet access. Students do not need to work on those packets independently and the packets are not homework. Thank you for your continued flexibility as we navigate this very different school year. We will do our best to continue to communicate with all families as things change.
Just a quick reminder that we have a PTA meeting tonight at 7:00 p.m. As with other meetings, this meeting will be held virtually and we welcome and encourage all families to join us! The information to join the Google Meet is: Join from an internet connected device: https://meet.google.com/ksu-oart-xcy Call in from any phone: 980-285-2358 PIN: 374 993 894# Hope to see you tonight! Mr. Barrette
Getting prepared to return to school on Monday, 1/11 https://oldcounty.smithfield-ps.org/article/377424
A school-based testing orientation session will be held online for OCRS families tonight at 6:30 p.m. OCRS families will be able to join the orientation session by clicking on the following link, https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/672508917, or by calling 1-866-899-4679 and entering access code 672 508 917. The plan is to record this online orientation session and share it after Thursday for any families that were unable to attend. Smithfield will be participating in the school-based COVID BinaxNOW testing program after students return to in-person learning in January. The BinaxNOW test is a rapid test that will be administered at our schools on a regular basis. Parental consent will be sought prior to testing and participation in the school-based testing program is voluntary and not required for school attendance. Looking forward to seeing OCRS families tonight at 6:30 p.m.! Mr. Barrette
Just a reminder that there will be no in-person learning on Monday, 12/14. Teachers will be participating in staff meetings and parent-teacher conferences through the evening. Virtual learning students will work with their virtual learning tutor as usual following the same schedule they normally have on any Monday. In-person learning students will not report to school, but should have received ELA and Math assignments to work on from their classroom teachers.
Please check your email for a very important message about a change in the arrival and dismissal procedures. These changes will begin tomorrow, September 16th, so it's important that each family that is dropping students off or picking students up read the email message to understand the changes. The information has also been posted on the school website in the “News” section, https://oldcounty.smithfield-ps.org/article/308358
BUS ROUTES ARE POSTED! Transportation is available for students who are NOT in a walk zone and did NOT opt out of transportation this year. See this site for information on times and stops: https://www.smithfield-ps.org/o/smithfield-public-schools/page/transportation--244
This morning Dr. Paolucci shared the sixth Smithfield "Return to School Planning Report" with all Smithfield families. Linked below is some important information for OCRS families. https://oldcounty.smithfield-ps.org/article/275387
This morning Dr. Paolucci shared the fifth Smithfield "Return to School Planning Report" with all Smithfield families. Linked below is some additional information that I thought OCRS families may find helpful. https://oldcounty.smithfield-ps.org/article/272879
Please see information about an important Return to School survey on our News page at https://oldcounty.smithfield-ps.org/article/271630?org=old-county-road-elementary
Thank you Miss Burrows for assembling this AMAZING Virtual Art Show! While we know that students and families are disappointed that we have not been able to host the in-school Art Show this year, this is a terrific alternative way to celebrate the talent of OCRS students. #OCRSRocks https://youtu.be/kn9OnebWa8I
OCRS Families, please see the post in the "News" section about the process for dropping off Chromebooks and picking up Summer Materials. https://oldcounty.smithfield-ps.org/article/256254
If you are currently taking advantage of the district's free breakfast and lunch distribution program, weekend meals are going to be distributed on Thursday. There will NOT be any meal distribution this Friday due to the statewide school vacation day. In short, please pick up your weekend meals on Thursday because there will be no meal distribution on Friday. I hope this helps, Mr. Barrette
Bradley Hospital has been sharing a wide variety of helpful COVID-19 resources for families and we would like to pass along some of those resources to OCRS families. Here is link to a terrific flyer focused on strategies for calming kids' worries and fears during this difficult time, https://5il.co/g2an. You can also find many more resources online at https://www.lifespan.org/centers-services/infectious-diseases/novel-coronavirus-information/covid-19-parent-resources
(UPDATED) Grab and go lunches available beginning Tuesday, April 14th. Based upon feedback from families, the distribution time has been adjusted by our food service vendor to 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to better match the online learning schedule. https://oldcounty.smithfield-ps.org/article/230311
We would like to continue our "Silly Song" Friday, just like we would do as a school community during School Meeting. One of the songs that we sing together regularly as a school is "Chicken Lips and Lizard Hips". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zvCsX9OiOMs #OCRSRocks
Kindergarten, 1st grade, and 2nd grade families, Your child's username and password to login to their Chromebook has been emailed to you. We encourage families to test out your child’s account to make sure that your child is able to login to their Smithfield Chromebook. You can use these “Getting Started with your Chromebook” instructions to connect the Chromebook to your home Wi-Fi and learn how to login, https://bit.ly/SPSChromebook. However, online learning does not begin until Monday, March 30th, so please do not begin accessing any Google Classroom or Google Meet resources until Monday. Thank you! Mr. Barrette
Due to an abundance of caution, we are cancelling or postponing the following school and PTA events through 4/8/2020. We will continue to update you with further cancellations/adjustments that may be put in place. March 27th, PTA Family Pottery Night April 8th, Teaching & Learning Night As always, please contact Mr. Barrette if you have any questions or concerns.
Like all of the Smithfield public schools, OCRS will immediately begin following the updated Coronavirus guidance from the governor and the RI Department of Health. Please take a few minutes to read Dr. Paolucci's latest Coronavirus update at https://www.smithfield-ps.org/article/205594
Mrs. DePetrillo's 5th grade students assisted Mrs. Sisco's Kindergarten students in designing and building a clothesline from a variety of materials (Play-Doh, popsicle sticks, pipe cleaners). The teams of students needed to draw their idea for an initial design, try it out, make adjustments, and then draw what their final design looked like. The Kindergarten students needed to successfully hang their paper mittens from their clothesline using mini clothespins. It was quite an engineering challenge!
The 2020-2021 School Calendar was approved by the School Committee on Monday evening and can be found at https://5il.co/c5fm
From the President of the Smithfield High School National Honor Society, Caitlin Bessette Thank you for participating in the National Honor Society Care Package Donation Drive! There were 500 items collected at Old County, and over 2,000 items collected overall! I really appreciate all of the donations from students, parents, and faculty! I am attaching photos of all of the items collected at Old County and throughout the district. Thank you again for participating in our donation drive!
𝗥𝗲𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗿, 𝗣𝗶𝗻𝗸 𝗢𝘂𝘁 𝗙𝗿𝗶𝗱𝗮𝘆 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗧𝗿𝘂𝗻𝗸 𝗼𝗿 𝗧𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁 𝗦𝗮𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗱𝗮𝘆! Just a quick reminder that tomorrow, we are going to hold a school-wide "Pink Out" for OCRS students and staff. We're encouraging everyone to show their support by wearing something pink to school (if they already have something). On Saturday, the OCRS PTA is hosting a Trunk or Treat in the OCRS parking lot from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. The parking lot will close to vehicles who signed up to decorate their trunks at 5:45 p.m. to ensure a safe space for students to trick or treat. 𝘼𝙡𝙡 𝙤𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙧 𝙘𝙖𝙧𝙨 𝙨𝙝𝙤𝙪𝙡𝙙 𝙥𝙖𝙧𝙠 𝙞𝙣 𝙛𝙧𝙤𝙣𝙩 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙨𝙘𝙝𝙤𝙤𝙡, 𝙞𝙣 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙡𝙤𝙩 𝙣𝙚𝙭𝙩 𝙩𝙤 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙥𝙡𝙖𝙮𝙜𝙧𝙤𝙪𝙣𝙙, 𝙤𝙧 𝙤𝙣 𝙊𝙡𝙙 𝘾𝙤𝙪𝙣𝙩𝙮 𝙍𝙤𝙖𝙙. The 5th grade committee is also preparing a "Haunted Trail" as part of the evening. It looks to be a really fun event and all OCRS families are invited to attend.
Just a reminder that all students and staff are encouraged to wear something GREEN to school tomorrow (10/9) to support Noah, a 5th grader from LaPerche, who was recently diagnosed with Burkitt's disease, a form of Lymphoma. To show our support for Noah and to send him some positive energy, we are asking all OCRS students and staff to wear green. We will take some pictures of the OCRS staff and students and share them with Noah. Please help us to support Noah and his family as they go through this difficult time! #NoahStrong
Tomorrow, October 4th, we're going to be having an "I love the 80's" Spirit Day where staff and students are encouraged to dress as if they were back in the 80's. This could include things like: - Leg warmers - Anything in neon colors - Big hair; spiked hair - Scrunchies - Side ponytails - Track suits - Raised collars - "Double-denim" (jean shirts and pants) We do NOT want any families to go out and purchase anything special for this Spirit Day. We are looking forward to seeing our students' creativity! Mr. Barrette was a teenager during the 80's, so he is especially excited to see some old styles come back to life.
𝗝𝘂𝘀𝘁 𝗮 𝗾𝘂𝗶𝗰𝗸 𝗿𝗲𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝗮 𝗣𝗧𝗔 𝗺𝗲𝗲𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗧𝗵𝘂𝗿𝘀𝗱𝗮𝘆 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮𝘁 𝟳:𝟬𝟬 𝗽.𝗺. 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗢𝗖𝗥𝗦 𝗟𝗶𝗯𝗿𝗮𝗿𝘆. 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝟱𝘁𝗵 𝗚𝗿𝗮𝗱𝗲 𝗖𝗼𝗺𝗺𝗶𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗲 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗯𝗲 𝗺𝗲𝗲𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗢𝗖𝗥𝗦 𝗟𝗶𝗯𝗿𝗮𝗿𝘆 𝗮𝘁 𝟲:𝟬𝟬 𝗽.𝗺. Remember, if you have been a PTA member before or are new to the school, PTA memberships are annual and we need you to signup and join each year. OCRS PTA memberships are now only $5! Come on out on Thursday night to sign up and participate with other members of the PTA to support all of our students.
After dismissal yesterday afternoon, OCRS received a delivery of new wood chips for our playground! The kids in the YMCA after school program were very excited to watch the wood chips be delivered. https://youtu.be/1e2IK0MABI0
Hello OCRS families, Just a quick reminder that the OCRS Open House is scheduled for tomorrow (9/19) from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Come and meet your child's teachers, visit our classrooms, and see the great things happening at OCRS! Students are welcome to come with their family to the Open House, but all students must stay with and be supervised by their family at all times. Also, please be aware that, while the Open House is a terrific opportunity for families to meet their child's teachers, it is not intended to be an in-depth parent/teacher conference or a discussion about specific issues and concerns. Parent/teacher conferences are scheduled to take place on December 5th and are a more appropriate time for comprehensive discussions about individual students. Parents and families should also feel free to reach to individual teachers at any time regarding their child. We are looking forward to seeing you tomorrow evening!
Just a quick reminder that there will be a PTA meeting tomorrow night, 9/12, at 7:00 p.m. in the OCRS Library. It's a terrific opportunity to get involved in what's going on at school. Also, Smithfield's superintendent of schools, Dr. Judy Paolucci, is scheduled to speak as part of the agenda. Also, Mr. Barrette will be offering Volunteer Training prior to the PTA Meeting at 6:30 p.m. for any parents or adult family members that are interested in serving as a volunteer at OCRS. All volunteers are required to attend the training once in the time that their child is a student at OCRS and the training itself takes about 15 minutes to complete. You will also receive a hard copy of the 2019-2020 Volunteer Handbook which can also be found on the school website under "Parent Info".
The telephone provider for several RI schools is experiencing technical issues & our phones at the schools have been periodically affected. Please email your school if you have to contact them about an issue today & we will update you when Cox Communications resolves the issue.
Mr. Barrette wants to let families know that there is a recall on Contigo Kids Water Bottles, just in case you may have purchased one of these bottles for your child. The recall information can be found at https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2019/contigo-recalls-57-million-kids-water-bottles-due-to-choking-hazard
Please find linked below the Lunch Menu for August/September 2019. The prices for this year are remaining the same as last year, so ignore any mistakes that may be displayed on this first menu. The vendor will correct the pricing next month, https://5il.co/9qio
A few families have asked where they can find the OCRS School Supplies lists, so I wanted to make sure that all OCRS families are aware where to find the School Supplies lists. All of the school supplies lists are available on the OCRS website at https://oldcounty.smithfield-ps.org/. Once on the site, click "Explore > Parent Info" and you will see a link for "School Supplies". I will also re-post this information on the school Facebook page and other social media.
The district's bus routes have been published. You can find them online on the district website at https://www.smithfield-ps.org/o/smithfield-public-schools/page/transportation--244. If you have any questions about your child's bus route, please contact Christine Mitchell at Durham School Services, email@example.com or 401-349-2770.
Just a reminder that our "Back to School Night" is scheduled for tonight from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. There is the possibility of thunderstorms tonight, especially towards the end of our event. Obviously, if at any time we feel that the weather is unsafe, we will end the event early. Thank you and we're looking forward to seeing families tonight!
It's hard to believe, but the first day of school for students in Grade 1 through 5 is just over one month away on August 27th! Please check out the "School Supplies" list posted on the Old County Road School website under Explore > Parent Info, https://5il.co/8y2z
In order to fix some busing schedule issues at the later elementary schools, the district is making some changes to the school hours of three of the schools for next year. At OCRS, the new school hours for students will be pushed up 5 minutes, 8:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Students may be dropped off as early as 7:55 a.m. Supervision is not available prior to 7:55 a.m., so students may not be dropped off any earlier. After 8:15 a.m., students are considered tardy and MUST be signed in at the office. This procedure is in place for the safety of all of our students. When weather permits, students gather in the schoolyard prior to entering the school building. During inclement weather, students enter the school immediately and meet in the gym. Students who need to order lunch and/or eat breakfast at school shall proceed directly to the cafeteria upon arrival, then report to the schoolyard or gym (during inclement weather).
Just a reminder that the OCRS Field Day is being held tomorrow, May 29th during the school day. Mr. Gruczka has been working hard with our 5th grade students to design a wide number of activities and challenges that all OCRS students will have an opportunity to participate in throughout the day. Also, The PTA wants to say "Thank You" with an end of year celebration after Field Day for 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The celebration will include Kona Ice, free hot dogs and hamburgers, a DJ, a cool mist tent, and tons of fun for OCRS families. All OCRS families are welcome to attend!
PBS Kids has a great video to help explain to kids the history and meaning of Memorial Day https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWn2RPr-GhE
There is a small change to the lunch menu for Tuesday, 4/30. Instead of tacos as one of the lunch choices listed on the menu, that lunch choice will be nachos.
April is the Month of the Military Child and we encourage all students to show their support by wearing something purple to school on Friday, April 12th. If your child does not have anything purple to wear, no worries! The PTA has purple rubber bracelets for OCRS students to wear to show their support. Also, a reminder from the OCRS PTA that the Egg Hunt is happening on the OCRS playground on Saturday, April 13th at 10:00 a.m. See the details below: Egg Hunt EGGstravaganza! Bring your basket This Saturday April 13th at 10:00am on the school playground All OCRS students and their younger siblings are welcome!
OCRS students had the opportunity this afternoon to hear the Newport Jazz Assembly Band perform live at our school! Thank you Mrs. Preston for arranging this performance for our students. Families can learn more at https://www.newportfestivals.org/work-students
The Smithfield Education Foundation is seeking members. The foundation works to raise money to provide grants for programs that fall outside of the normal school budget and allow educators the opportunity to bring unique experiences to students across the school system. Please see the link below for more information. http://smithfieldtimesri.net/2019/03/smithfield-education-foundation-seeks-members/
From Mrs. Preston- Old County students have been working hard preparing for our Spring Concert next week, so I just wanted to send out a few reminders! When: Wednesday, March 13th, 2019 Where: Smithfield High School Auditorium Time: 5:30pm* *The first half begins at 5:30pm and features grades K, 1, and 2. There will be an intermission before the second half, which will start at approximately 6:30pm, and will feature grades 5, 3, and 4. Please don't hesitate to email with any questions or concerns. I can't wait to see everyone there! These young musicians are so excited to show off what they have been working on in Music.
The Smithfield High School Music Department is presenting "The Little Mermaid" this weekend in the high school auditorium. There are a number of elementary students from all four schools participating in the production, as well as many high school students, so please come out and support your friends and neighbors! Dates and times are as follows in the Smithfield High School Auditorium: Friday, March 8th at 7 PM Saturday, March 9th at 7 PM Sunday, March 10th at 2 PM Tickets are $10 per person and are available at the door. Children under 4 are $5.00
From Mr. Gruczka- As of 10:30 this morning as a school we have raised $1665 for the American Heart Association!! Those funds will go toward helping families and individuals dealing with heart related illness as well as fund research to provide additional help and support. In addition to helping those affected by heart disease, $160 will come back to our school in the form of certificates which can be redeemed for additional PE equipment. Thank you for all of your support for our students, our school and for The American Heart Association.
From Mr. Gruczka- Hoops For Heart Week is upon us so now is the time to send in any donations in the Hoops For Heart Collection envelopes. All this week the students will be participating in Basketball themed activities in Physical Education to celebrate fitness and learning. We kicked things off first thing this morning with a surprise walking maze in the gymnasium when the students arrived! In addition to the activities they are also learning a song composed jointly by myself and Mrs. Erin Preston, our Music Teacher. Be sure to ask them to show you the corresponding movements and what they learned from the song. Thank you again from myself and everyone at the American Heart Association for all that you do to support this cause. Mr. G
Smithfield Public Schools will be on a one hour delay for Tuesday, January 22, 2018 due to prepare for icy conditions around our schools. 12 month employees should report on time.
We want to remind all families that you can apply for free and reduced lunches at anytime during the school year, especially when there's a change in income. Please fill out a lunch application at, http://smithfieldri.apptegy.us/o/smithfield-public-schools/browse/36683
OCRS families, students, and staff As we enjoy the long MLK Day weekend, let us take some time to remember and reflect on the legacy of Martin Luther King and his role in the Civil Rights movement of our country. https://youtu.be/smEqnnklfYs?t=12m7s
A few parents are organizing a "Got Sneakers" fundraiser for an OCRS family, The Brady Family, that could use some support. While this is a private fundraiser and not a school fundraiser, we want to help support this cause as a school community. OCRS will be collecting any gently used sneakers from Monday, 1/14/19 until April vacation. Please bring in your gently used sneakers and place them in the specially designated bin outside of the OCRS Main Office. Please see the email message that Mr. Barrette sent to OCRS families for more details.
Reminder, there is no school for students tomorrow, Thursday 12/6, due to Parent Teacher conferences. We're looking forward to seeing parents and guardians at the conferences. Also, report cards were sent home this afternoon, so please check you child's backpack. Thanks!