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, firstname.lastname@example.org 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!