I have heard from a few people asking if attendance starts tomorrow or next Monday. Attendance starts tomorrow, Monday, March 23! Please sign your child in tomorrow morning. (teach your child how to do this and he/she can take it over!) Please DO NOT sign your child in the night before as we will sort by date each day to determine who is present. Thank you! The school day starts at 8:30 a.m. for all! Check-in for attendance by 9:00 each day! Here is the link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeAq1VrCE88mODz9OIw2m2uXazD25KK5ugLyrXJe24Aixi4Pg/viewform
March 18, 2020 Dear LaPerche Families, I hope you are all mentally and physically healthy! As you may have heard, RIDE and the governor have closed school from Monday, March 23 until Friday, April 3. This is not an extended break but virtual learning at home. We hope to help make virtual learning fun and engaging so our students can continue to grow as learners. A huge SHOUT OUT to all of the educators at our schools who are creating lessons and plans to keep our children engaged and learning at home. Another SHOUT OUT to all of you for helping support and reinforce their learning! Week of March 23-March 27 Students are to work on the assignments that were sent home on Friday, March 13. On Monday, March 23, you will receive an email from your child’s teacher again outlining the assignments and expectations. Additionally, we have created Spirit Days for next week! Plan to join us and have some fun with your family! Submit your photos and post them to your school’s Facebook page. Don’t forget to tag the school! #learningathome https://docs.google.com/document/d/1HQZGxB16-_KzZN-ulpmaYc5XFRJqzQdxcaGaVFtP-u0/edit On Thursday, March 26, you will have a scheduled time to visit your child’s school to pick up additional learning materials for your child for the coming weeks. An adult will meet you at the door to hand you the materials. Report cards will be sent home via email on Friday, March 27. Virtual school will begin at 8:30 am each day next week, Monday, March 30 through Friday, April 3, so you might want to start to have your child begin their day at that time this week. Week of March 30-April 3 Virtual learning plans go into full effect at the elementary level. Grade level schedules will be sent out Wednesday, March 25. Each grade level schedule will contain: ELA and Math lessons taught by your child’s teacher. Art, Music, PE and Library lessons taught by your child’s teachers. Intervention lessons taught by your child’s interventionist or special educator. Those teachers will be reaching out to you directly to schedule a time. Quiet time where the whole family is encouraged to READ! Suggestions for STEM activities. Lunch and outside/inside play at the same time for PK-5th graders. (A break for ALL!) We will continue to send out updated information as it is released. Feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns. We are all in this together! Julie
I hope that you are well and that your family is staying healthy. I had a meeting with the superintendent and the other principals and wanted to share the latest information with families. Reminder: As you know, this week, March 16-20, is spring vacation for our students. Last Friday, students in K-2 were sent home with packets of work and students in 3-5 were sent home with Chromebooks to access their work. That work is for the week of March 23-27 in the event that there are school closures. Our teachers and staff did an amazing job quickly preparing materials to send home with students. Itinerant Suggestions: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Tbd6Om_Y5V0MwTuqY3FvK3FtmLoGIADoD_-VDOueUMY/edit Picking Up Materials: If your child was absent on Friday, March 13 and you need to pick up materials, please feel free to visit LaPerche from 3:00-5:00 pm, Tuesday, March 17 or Wednesday, March 18 from 8:00-10:00 am. I will meet you at the front door with the materials. Events with 25 or More People: As of this morning, all school events, including after school and outdoor events, of 25 or more people are cancelled for the next 8 weeks. As guidance from the governor and the Department of Health changes, we will continue to keep families updated. Medication: We know that a number of students receive scheduled doses of their prescription medication from the school nurse while they are at school. Sometimes this medication is rationed or constrained by the pharmacy and families are not able to easily get a refill. If your child has medication left at school that you need to retrieve, please contact me at email@example.com and we can schedule a time to meet you at school to pick up the medication. Free meals in R.I. for children Please find below a link to free meal sites in Rhode Island for children. Unfortunately, there are not currently any sites listed in Smithfield, but new sites are being added every day. https://health.ri.gov/diseases/ncov2019/about/foodsites/ I will continue to update families as information changes and new guidance is published by the governor and the Department of Health. Stay home but get outside for your own mental health. I appreciate all of your support and cooperation as we work together to keep everyone healthy.
In kindergarten each morning, one student is the leader during Morning Meeting. Leading the class provides opportunities for public speaking. We want LaPerche kids to understand they can be a leader in all settings. Expecting all students to lead reinforces the importance of focusing during the lesson. It also provides opportunities for kids to be decision makers as well as practicing wording ideas in their own way.
In light of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) February 25th press conference which updated the country on the current status of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), we would like to share with you some information and tips to help prevent the spread of illness within our community. This video linked below explains the Coronavirus in clear language. It is from CBC News (Canada) and is presented by Dr. Peter Lin. After viewing it myself, I watched it with my kids to reinforce good handwashing habits and to help them understand the virus. http://bit.ly/2uOtj28 To echo the CDC, there is not currently a Coronavirus pandemic in the United States and no diagnosed cases in Rhode Island. We are, however, continuing to monitor developments and how they determine our course of action. We welcome your active participation in sharing with your children the importance of daily health practices to combat the spread of sickness. They include: Get your flu shot and encourage the people around you to do the same. Wash your hands often throughout the day. Use warm water and soap. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand gel. Cough or sneeze into your elbow. Flu is spread through coughing or sneezing on other people or into your hands. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious foods. Keep surfaces (especially bedside tables, surfaces in the bathroom, and toys for children) clean by wiping them down with a household disinfectant. Keep your child home if your child has a temperature above 100°F, or showing other signs of flu, (We ask that students show 24 straight hours of non-medicated good health before returning.) We continue to work closely with our town officials and the Rhode Island Department of Health in planning potential responses should the virus begin to spread in the United States. Thank you for your support and we will keep you updated on any changes to upcoming events or school activities if needed. For your convenience, we have provided a flyer linked below from the Rhode Island Department of Health and their website landing page with more information. https://health.ri.gov/diseases/respiratory/?parm=163 https://health.ri.gov/publications/factsheets/novel-coronavirus.pdf
Valentine’s Day and Kindness Celebration in Kindergarten! Students participated in a variety of Valentine's Day centers. Our science center investigated what would happen if a candy heart was placed in water, soda, and vinegar. Students then recorded their observations. Our art center used tissue paper to create heart collages for our gifts to our families. Our math center focused on addition practice with plastic hearts and addition mats. Our writing center was where students wrote a sentence about why they love their families to pieces for their family gifts. The last center was another art center where students created their special valentine bags for their cards and kindness strips later in the afternoon.
Just like we explicitly teach students how to read, problem solve and investigate, we also teach students how to stand up for others, celebrate themselves and recognize what makes each person unique. Third grade started the day answering the following questions: What makes you feel loved? Every person here is totally awesome! Let’s tell them why! An Upstander is a person who stands up for what is right. What can you do to be an upstander? Finish the sentence: Our classroom is... Being different isn’t a bad thing. It means you are Brave Enough to be yourself! What is one thing that makes you different? Do something everyday that makes the world a like more AWESOME! What can you do to make the world a little more awesome? What an amazing way to start the day! Third grade rocks!!
It’s Kindness Week at LaPerche. Students and staff are encouraged to do random acts of kindness for each other. When you do something kind or notice others being kind, students record it and add it to our mural in the cafeteria. The goal is for the mural to be completely covered by Friday afternoon. We are well on our way!
Wednesday, February 5 was the 100th day of school at LaPerche! Our first grade students aged overnight on Tuesday and came to school as an interesting looking group of 100 year olds! Students across the building engaged in all sorts of activities and centers based on 100. Thank you to all of the amazing volunteers who helped make the centers such a success!
The district spelling bee took place at LaPerche on Tuesday, February 4. School bee winners from Gallagher, LaPerche, McCabe, OCRS and Winsor battled it out to represent Smithfield in the state spelling bee. And the winner is...Elena, an amazing seventh grader from Gallagher! Runner up? Will, a fabulous student from fifth grade at LaPerche! Awesome job by all!
During health class today, fifth graders were broken into teams to research a variety of heart diseases including peripheral heart disease, congestive heart failure, coronary artery disease, valvular heart disease and stroke. The kids were given appropriate websites to visit and then expected to prepare a presentation. The class discussed the importance of eye contact, using a loud clear voice, and no reading off their paper when they present. LaPerche students will be proficient public speakers!
The January student council chose “Dress Like You Are Going to a Dance Party” for their spirit day! At different times throughout the day, DJ Dorsey played music on the intercom and the whole school started to dance. Mrs. Schnell’s class started a congo line in the hall and the rest is history! School is a blast at LaPerche!
Fourth and fifth grade classroom spelling bee champions competed today in the LaPerche school spelling bee. All eight students did a great job carefully thinking about and then spelling the words asked of them. The students in the audience were given an index card so they could try and write the words as our finalists spelled them. Our two finalists will represent LaPerche in the district bee on Tuesday, February 4 at 9:45 at LaPerche.
Congratulations to these five amazing singers from LaPerche! They all auditioned for and were chosen for the Elementary All State Chorus by the Rhode Island Music Educators Association! They will get to rehearse and perform with 150 of the best vocalists in grades 4,5 and 6 from around the state at Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium in March!
Fifth grades at LaPerche meet with Smithfield Police Officer Perry each week for D.A.R.E. Classes. Today they discussed peer pressure and stress. They talked about the stressors in their life and how to respond to it. Kids shared many strategies to relieve their stress including reading, watching tv, hugging their dog, playing outside, going for a walk, playing a sport, laying down, playing with toys, riding a bike and more. LaPerche students have many great ideas to relieve stress!
Fourth graders had two choices in music today. Some students chose to compose music for the fourth grade writing music competition which will be submitted to the RI Philharmonic. The other option was to practice the chords they learned last year on the ukuleles to prepare for new songs for this years music concert. Mrs. Barrette brings music to life at LaPerche! LaPerche is excited to welcome Max Votolato from the Hartt School in Connecticut. Max graduated from SHS and is striving to become a music teacher. He is learning from the best!
Kindergarten students are writing informational books during writers’ workshop today. Friends were thinking about what they were able to do on their own and finishing the sentence, I know how to.... Kindergarten students know how to set the table for dinner, make their beds, play hockey, write a story, get ready for recess, take care of puppies, wash their hands, draw a robot and so much more! Wow, our kindergarten friends know a lot!
Third graders scrubbed in on Friday to perform text feature surgery! Third grade has been learning the importance of text features-specifically how authors use text features to help the reader better understand a topic. Surgeons had to identify which text feature a patient needed to be prescribed based on his or her symptoms, describe what the purpose of that text feature is, and what specifically was taught about the topic using that text feature. Just like any OR, emergencies happened periodically. Math was embedded into this hands on experience when students had to “race the clock” to solve a word problem to save their patient.
During Responsive Classroom morning meeting today, the fourth graders moved to theater seating for the message so they were all facing the tv. While reading the morning message, students practiced recognizing punctuation and added movements for each one. In kinesthetic learning, movement and action replace more passive ways of learning. Many students learn best by combining mind and body. These pictures show the movement for quotation marks, apostrophe, period and question mark. Can you tell which movement represents each?
It’s hockey time at LaPerche! Before traditional hockey begins, it training time via centers! At one center, second graders pass to a teammate and have opportunities to play goalie. At a second center, they work on accuracy while they shoot a beanbag and try to knock down a cardboard pillar. The pillar represents their teammates stick. If they hit the pillar it would be a good pass. At the third center, they are playing as a team against another team (cones stationed around the space). The kids work as a team to pass to each other without hitting the other team. At the fourth station, the team works to make three passes before shooting on goal. Traditional hockey for Kindergarten through fifth grade begins after training ends. We are so thankful to have an amazing PE teacher, Mr. Connell, who understands how to scaffold instruction!
Calling all LaPerche Families--Please come and join us for a delicious pasta dinner on Friday, January 24. The event will take place at Smithfield High School. That evening, the 5th-grade students from LaPerche will be your hosts, wait and bus staff and will be ready to take care of your every need! Tickets for the event are $7 for an adult, $5 for a child or $25 for a family. Thank you in advance for your support. You may send cash or a check (Made out to LaPerche PTA) to school or use this link to pay online. https://forms.gle/6rs2RocF71BhezpP9 You are invited to choose a dinner time that works for you; 6:00, 6:15 or 6:30. The menu will consist of pasta (plain, with butter or with red sauce), meatballs, salad, rolls, and dessert. We hope to see you there! All proceeds will benefit the 5th-grade class. You will receive an email confirming your dinner reservation time. Please sign up to attend using this link. https://forms.gle/6rs2RocF71BhezpP9
3rd, 4th and 5th graders will be taking the Rhode Island Comprehensive Assessment System (RICAS) tests again this spring in ELA (English Language Arts) and Math. This is the third year that RI students have taken RICAS. LaPerche students have done an amazing job on the tests, especially for ELA. At the November 5 PTA Meeting, Mrs. Dorsey shared information about our RICAS results. It is very helpful and important that families not schedule any vacations or appointments during the testing period. When that happens, your child has to take the tests at a different time and then they miss out on what is taking place in class. 5th grade only will participate in Science testing. Thank you for your help! RICAS ELA (Grades 3, 4, and 5) Wednesday, April 1 Thursday, April 2 RICAS Math (Grades 3, 4, and 5) Tuesday, May 12 Wednesday, May 13 Science Testing (Grades 5) Wednesday, May 20 Thursday, May 21
LaPerche students enjoyed a visit from Bwana Iguana today, an early present from Mr. Feinstein! Mr. Ray brought a variety of animals for the students to learn about. The highlight was touching the giant snake. Mr. Ray explained how none of the animals were taken from the wild. They were all born in captivity. Mr. Ray reminded the kids about always washing their hands after touching any animals! Mr. Ray shared that Mr. Feinstein has sent a message to all of the students to keep up their daily good deeds as they work together to make the world a better place. The students learned that snakes smell with their tongue. Snakes look wet and slimy but they are actually dry. They use their muscles, ribs and scales to slither so they don’t need legs! Ask your child what else he or she learned at the presentation.
Third grade started the day together with a whole group Responsive Classroom (RC) morning meeting which consists of a greeting, sharing, activity, and message. Third graders greeted each other by throwing the ball to each other and saying good morning. The kids loved that we had two balls going at once. For our activity, we played would you rather. Mrs. Calderone asked would you rather have Frosty or Rudolph for a best friend. Rudolph was the winner. Would you rather have to sing jingle bells loudly every time you entered a room or wear a Santa suit to school everyday? Santa suit was the winner. For the activity, we played the winter version of woosha warrior. The leader has their back to the crowd and strikes a pose; tree, reindeer or elf. If your pose matches the leader you sit down. The goal of RC Morning Meeting is building community and ensuring that every student knows they are are a valuable part of the classroom and school community!
LaPerche second graders were discussing the difference between a theme and a lesson during Reader’s Workshop. They understand the author is always trying to teach them something. The students have been reading a variety of books by the same author that contain the same characters. The students were analyzing the characters to see how they changed or stayed the same from story to story. When you read books with your child try and determine the theme and the lesson. Use the chart from second grade to help guide your discussions.
LaPerche fourth graders worked with a writing partner to find four pieces of evidence to use to answer the question asked. Students need to find the evidence in the text that supports their answer. Student create their own graphic organizers and highlight the evidence in the story as they find it. LaPerche students are amazing writers!!
The ride to a field trip is a great time to connect with kids while having fun playing silly games. New friendships are formed and others become stronger. LaPerche third graders students enjoyed their time on the ride to Smithfield High School for the holiday concert. Can you catch my hand before I pull it away?
LaPerche students were joined by the Smithfield High School baseball team on our Noah Strong parade float! Thank you, Mr. Connell, for building such an amazing float. Noah served as the Junior Grand Marshall of the parade. We love you, Noah, and were so happy to spend time with you! Thank you to all who braved the cold for the parade!
Melissa Chaput, Recycling Coordinator for Smithfield, visited LaPerche today to check how we are doing with recycling in the cafeteria. Mrs. Chaput was impressed with the student’s knowledge about what items are trash and what can be recycled. At LaPerche, we are trying to eliminate the use of single use water bottles. Think about giving a reusable water bottle as a Christmas gift!
Playing in the snow at school is so fun and creates great memories!! LaPerche students had a blast today climbing mountains, building tunnels, making snow angels and creating endless snow people taller than Mrs. Dorsey! The creativity and energy were on full display! Don’t forget to send your child to school with snow gear every day that we have snow! Wet snow gear is coming home today!
Second graders review all of their writing from first trimester to determine personal goals for second trimester. Each student thought carefully about what they need to improve on, what they are still working on and what they are most proud of. LaPerche students are getting ready to move from narrative writing to informational writing during second trimester. Personal goal setting is important for student growth.
LaPerche fourth graders prepare for two amazing performance opportunities. LaPerche fourth graders will be performing at the State House this week and then at Smithfield Woods Senior Living Center next week. They sound amazing and will be singing for the school on Friday, December 20 at 9:45am. Plan to join us as every grade performs at our holiday sing a long!
Fifth graders had a special role during our Veteran’s Day ceremony on Friday, November 15. Michael Graichen from Patriot Guard Riders brought a set of beautiful flags they use during ceremonies when Veterans are deployed, when they return, and during funerals for those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. He taught the kids the proper way to hold the flag and we created a arch for the Veterans to go through to enter the ceremony.
In PE today, first graders are learning how to dribble the basketball. They each have a cone that is their home base. They chose their own spot in the gym where they have enough space to be safe. The kids visit a neighbor and then circle their house three times while dribbling. Next, they visit someone across town and then circle their house three times while dribbling. Standing with the ball tucked under your arm demonstrates that you are done and ready for the next challenge. Practicing hand eye coordination, tracking the movements of the hands with the eyes, is important for reading, writing, various sports and so many activities.
Third graders work to dissect multi step word problems by underlining the known information, circling the question and then working with a partner to determine the answer. Students use math language as they work through the steps. Then, they come back together to check in and see if they are on track and what strategies could help them find the answer. Productive struggle is happening at LaPerche!
It’s Writer’s Workshop time in first grade! Students were writing their own adventure that included familiar characters, Frog and Toad. Their narrative writing needs to include a beginning, middle and end. Additionally, they have focus correction areas that remind them of the specific components they need to include. Today they needled to include when, how, where and what in their stories as well as have capitals, end marks and spaces between their words. LaPerche students are writers!
Kindergarten friends went on a hunt to find the letters hidden in their room and then practiced writing them. Such a great way to incorporate movement and learning. When you have practiced all of the letters, you can find a comfy spot to read. This gave Mrs. Caswell the opportunity to listen to each student read and have an individualized conference. Kindergarten rocks!
R.C. LaPerche Food Drive From October 14th to November 15th, R.C. LaPerche is holding a food drive to help benefit our LaPerche community and others in need. With the items we collect, we will be putting together Thanksgiving food baskets for our families. The LaPerche PTA adds a $25 Stop and Shop gift card to the basket to help supply a wonderful Thanksgiving meal. The remaining items will be donated to the Smithfield Food Bank. We are asking you to please donate as many items as you can to help support our food drive. As an added benefit, Mr. Feinstein will give LaPerche $1.00 for every item we collect, up to $1,000.00! The October/November student council will keep a tally of the items we collect and the class with the most items will earn extra recess with Mrs. Dorsey. Kindergarten - Stuffing or Rice Grade 1 - Instant Potatoes/Pasta Grade 2 - Peanut Butter/Boxes of Cereal Grade 3 - Cranberry Sauce/Canned Vegetables Grade 4 -Peanut Butter/Boxes of Cereal Grade 5 - Gravy (Plastic Bottles or Cans Only Please)/ Boxed Dessert Mix Thank you for your continued support and generosity.
At a recent writing professional development, teachers were given a “short scene” writing organizer by Pixar. Did you know that every Pixar short follows a specific formula? The scene is introduced with a who, what, when & where, followed by characters going about their every day, normal lives....until there is a problem! Characters are forced to respond to the problem. Every short scene ends with a thought. Both third grade classrooms participated in creating a “short scene” pumpkin character! Students created a main character pumpkin to place in their short scene. Characters could be real or imagined. Upon completion of the project, students will be writing a “short scene” about their pumpkin.
Students in kindergarten are amazed to discover they will learn 100 word wall words this year!! There are so many hands on and engaging activities teachers plan to help students practice the words. In Mrs. Friel’s class, one activity they learned today was dry erase boards. The students use their work wall to write and read their word wall boards onto dry erase boards. Families will be amazed as they see how many words students can read and write!
Today, LaPerche kindergarten, first and second graders enjoyed hearing from a local author and illustrator, Jill Austin. Jill has written seven books and read two of them to us today. Students enjoyed singing the word and acting out the books. Each class received a copy of each book to add to their classroom library! We can’t wait to have Jill back again!
Second graders build fluency by practicing adding to 100 using different strategies. Partners played Close to 100. They role two die and have to choose which two digit number to create. Then, roll again and add them together and try to get a total close to 100 without going over. The student closest to 100 wins that round! They each have 2-4 rolls to get there.
The Local Food Ambassador program returned to LaPerche Tuesday, October 15 during lunch thanks to our food service provider Chartwells! During lunch, students were invited to try a dish that contained 12 different ingredients. They could smell and taste it and work as a table to determine as many ingredients as possible. Many students enjoyed the Kale and Mesclun Salad with Orange Honey Mustard Dressing and ate the whole serving! Many students asked for the recipe to make with their families. Ask your child if they participated and what ingredients they were able to discover! The goals of the program are to ....give students the opportunity to try nutritious foods, maybe for the first time! ....encourage young people to enjoy fruits and vegetables from an early age. ...create fun and memorable experiences and positive food environments. ....help build community among food service providers, families, school staff, and the students!
Green Out for Noah-Friday, October 11--Students and Faculty are encouraged to dress all in green to show our support for our wonderful fifth grader, Noah Antunes, who is battling and WINNING the fight against Burkitt’s disease. If interested, we are collecting donations that day all of which will go to Noah’s family to offset the cost of the medical treatments. If you would like to write a check, please make it out to LaPerche PTA. Thank you!
Thank you to the Smithfield firefighters who visited LaPerche yesterday. They talked to the students about the importance of knowing what to do in a fire. One of the firefighters put on all of the gear they wear when they fight fires. They wanted the kids to see the sights and hear the sounds they would see in a fire. They wanted to make sure the kids don’t hide from them and instead call out in a fire. Student volunteers demonstrated how to stop, drop and roll. One important piece of the STOP portion is covering your face with your hands. The kids were reminded to crawl out of a room with smoke and were challenged to plan AND PRACTICE an escape route at home. Show your child the pictures and talk about your evacuation route today!
Please join us for an Elementary Wellness Workshop by Tri County Community Action Agency. The event is taking place on Tuesday, October 8 at 6:30 in Smithfield High School library. Learn helpful tips for: -Building Resiliency -Promoting Mental Health -Navigating Cell Phones, Social Media and Technology -Starting the conversation about substance abuse Please register by clicking on this link. https://forms.gle/NW5q1qXJZV3V2iSp6
In Mrs. Caswell’s class yesterday, students passed Pete the Cat to indicate whose turn it was to share about their weekend. Sharing and speaking in front of the group is one part of the Responsive Classroom morning meeting. We heard about friends visiting grandparents, going apple picking, playing with friends and finding the perfect pumpkin with a spiky stem. Kindergarten at LaPerche rocks!
Ms. Clough’s class played Guess My Number during their Responsive Classroom morning meeting yesterday. A number was written on a sticky note and placed on a student’s back for all to see. The student could ask the class questions to help him determine the number. Does it have a 2 in it? Is it a two digit number? Does it have a three in it? Ms. Clough showed a 100’s chart so the student could use it to think about the possible numbers. After 8 questions, the student guessed the number. Way to go!
Kindergarten celebrated Johnny Appleseeds birthday with a fun filled day of apple activities! Students participated in apple themed Reading, math, and science centers. In Mrs. Caswell’s class, at the literacy center students worked as a team to match upper and lowercase letters. Then they worked to put the apples in alphabetical order. At the art center students created ripped paper apples with colorful construction paper. At the group math activity students worked as a team to sort apples based on the image on each apple. They worked to match the images to the numeral on each apple basket. At the independent math table students worked on dabbing apples on top of animals in response to reading Ten Apples Up on Top. They had to count their “apples” to match the written numeral. Students also enjoyed slicing apples in the morning for our homemade applesauce.
Kindergarten celebrated Johnny Appleseed’s birthday with a fun filled day of apple activities! Students participated in apple themed reading, math, and science centers. In Mrs. Friel’s class, at science center, students cut open an apple horizontally to see the star that is found inside. They then used the apples to paint! At reading and art center, students read and illustrated Johnny Appleseed informational books and created Apple art projects. At math center, students played a math game to see how many apples they had on their head to go along with the book Ten Apples Up on Top. In the afternoon, students tasted their homemade applesauce and participated in an Apple tasting and graphed their results. Mrs. Caswell’s coming next!
Reading Conferences in Fourth Grade- Mr. Medeiros introduces reading conferences to the students and models the process with a student. The teacher and student discuss the student’s short and long term reading goals and then she reads aloud so Mr. Medeiros can hear her fluency. He follows it up with questions to check for understanding. The rest of the class observes the conference and then were asked what did you notice about the conference. The students notice that the student read loud enough for the teacher to hear but quiet enough not to disturb the rest of the class. They notice that she was able to read almost all of the words so it was a just right book. Now everyone is excited for their own reading conferences! Teaching routines specifically allows for more instruction time for all.
Mr. Silvia, Mr. Sweeney, Mr. Serapigla from the American Legion visited with the whole school at Morning Meeting and then spent time with our fifth graders today. In addition to showing the kids the proper way to fold a flag, discussed a variety of topics and shared: *when multiple flags are flown, the American flag must be at the center and at the highest point *if a flag touches a ground, it’s a common misconception that it has to be burned, just dust it off *if a flag needs to be destroyed, bring it to the American legion and they burn it at a ceremony on June 14, Flag Day *if a flag is flown at night, shine a light on it *flags are flown at half mast when certain people pass away *the thirteen stripes are for thirteen colonies and 50 stars for 50 states
PE stations with Second Grade Throwing or striking with opposition and crossing midline; it is often difficult for students to coordinate their opposite arm and foot to work together to hit a target and realize when you should use the same foot and arm as when throwing a frisbee. These stations provide fun opportunities to practice these important life skills.
LaPerche teachers have added flexible seating to every classroom. Flexible seating allows for student choice and increases comfort and movement. Many options allow for more sensory input which in turn may help student focus. Whatever the benefit, LaPerche students all agree they love the new choices!
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.
Bus routes throughout the town were reviewed with the bus company in an effort to improve efficiency and equity. While buses had previously gone into some smaller neighborhoods, some stops were moved to the start of the neighborhood so that run times could be improved. All stops fall within the school committee policy for bus riders and walkers. Please review all information provided in the link below relating to bus stop locations and times prior to the start of the school year. 2019-2020 Bus Routes-https://www.smithfield-ps.org/o/smithfield-public-schools/page/transportation--244
New Open House Date--We realized that the high school and elementary schools had scheduled Open House for the same night so we moved ours to Thursday, September 19 from 5:30-7:30. Bring your whole family to LaPerche to visit your child's classroom, meet your child's teacher and other staff members and explore the building. This is a drop in event and families are welcome to attend during any of the two hour block.
Volunteer Training--Tuesday, August 20 at 9:30--Every adult who plans to volunteer at LaPerche must complete volunteer training ONCE during their child’s career at LaPerche. BCI’s must be completed yearly. Visit https://rles.smithfield-ps.org/o/smithfield-public-schools/page/school-volunteer-bci for BCI information New Student School Tour--Tuesday, August 20 at 10:00--Are you a new student at LaPerche? No need to register, simply join us at LaPerche to see your classroom, meet the school secretary and tour the school!
LaPerche is excited to announce some changes and a new face you will see at LaPerche Elementary during the upcoming school year. Mr. Plante has joined the team at Gallagher and will be teaching art at the middle school. While we will miss Mr. Plante, we are thrilled our students will have a familiar face when they enter Gallagher. We will miss you, Mr. Plante! At LaPerche, we are welcoming Miss Miller as our new art teacher. From Miss Miller: Hello Families! My name is Casey Miller and I am very excited to begin teaching Art at LaPerche and McCabe during this coming school year. I look forward to getting to know all the students and families this fall but for now here a little bit about me! I am a recent graduate of Rhode Island School of Designs Masters Program of Arts in Education. Previously I worked as a K-6 art teacher for Utica City School District, a Teaching Artist for Project Open Door at Shea High School and a counselor for the Kelberman Center which supports individuals with Autism and their families. My studio practice is generally photo based art but I have experience in a large variety of mediums which I can't wait to share. I look forward to joining the Smithfield community! Casey Miller
June 19, 2019 Summer is here! Enjoy the time with your family and friends. Events are being added to the 2019-2020 school calendar every day! As always, please visit the school calendar for all upcoming events. School Website https://rles.smithfield-ps.org/o/raymond-c-laperche-elementary All students have made tremendous academic progress. Now, it is up to the families to keep those beautiful brains active all summer! Please visit our Summer Learning Guide for all of the expectations and suggestions for summer learning and for the verification form that needs to be submitted by September 13. All students who complete their summer learning are invited to an Outdoor Fun Festival in September! https://rles.smithfield-ps.org/o/raymond-c-laperche-elementary/page/summer-learning--10 Your child should have brought home his/her report card on the last day of school. Inside the report cards was a supply list for next year. We have removed many general items from the lists that the school will be providing. One area we hope to grow in as a school is that every student will come to school everyday with a reusable water bottle. We would love to reduce the use of single use water bottles and help preserve the earth! We are also offering a service where you can order the supply lists and it will be delivered to the school labeled with your child’s name. Please visit the LaPerche PTA facebook site for the details and to order your kit. They must be ordered by JUNE 30. Of course, you are always welcome to shop for the items with your child. You can find all supply lists here. https://rles.smithfield-ps.org/o/raymond-c-laperche-elementary/page/school-supplies--20 Please be reminded of the district calendar for 2019-2020. Since we have February and April vacation off from school as well as long weekends and Christmas break, we ask that you schedule all school vacations when school is not in session. Thank you! https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/310537/2019-2020_School_Calendar.pdf See you on August 27 for the first day of school for first through fifth graders! All kindergarten students will receive their screening appointment this summer and will come for the first day on Friday, August 30 arriving at 9:30 with a family member. If you have not registered your incoming kindergarten child for a screening appointment, please complete this form. https://forms.gle/XxX56xAZEjVjzKcF7 Enjoy the summer, Julie
Did you know that at Fort Getty in Jamestown, RI there is geological proof that R.I. was once attached to Africa? Well it’s true! Fourth grade students at LaPerche also learned about all the biodiversity located on our shore line. Children had a blast collecting, sorting and learning about different kinds of marine life found in tide pools and rock formations on this awesome field trip!It was a cool day in many ways!!
Fresh water from the Blackstone River and salt water from Narragansett Bay combine together to form the area we visited today. The fifth graders had the opportunity to take a river cruise and test the water and air temperature as well as test the water clarity. On the shore, they scooped the stream to search for creatures and found fish and plankton. A great time was had by all.
The kindergarten students in Mrs. Friel’s class were excited to learn the new word and sound being introduced. Mrs. Friel shared it was a first grade sound and asked who was ready for it? Every hand was up immediately! Ask your k student about the new word (soon) and how many words they brainstormed that made the same sound.
Wiffle Ball is not the way you remember it. At LaPerche Mr. Connell teaches it a different way so the kids move the entire time and work as a team for each play. After the student hits the ball, she runs the “bases” by running all around the gym outside the cones. As soon as one person hits, the next person can hit. The fielding team must get the ball to the catchers who must remain in their space and get each ball into the bucket before the runner gets around the bases. Everyone bats each “inning” and there are no outs. Endless movement, success for all and teamwork are the goals!
The 2019 Variety Show will be held on Friday, May 10 @ 5:30 pm at LaPerche School and your child is invited to perform! The Variety Show is an opportunity for students to showcase their talents. Students from all grades are welcome to participate. Past acts have included dancing, singing, musical instruments, acting, story/poem reading, comedy, acrobatic, magic and more. We are always looking for new talent so any creative idea is welcome. Acts may be up to 2 minutes in length. We welcome group acts and solo acts and there will even be a group dance routine for all who wish to participate. Students are welcome to perform in one solo and one group act as well as the big routine at the end. For additional information please visit this link and sign your child up for the show! https://my.cheddarup.com/c/varietyshow2019 The deadline to sign up to perform is Sunday, March 31. For all questions about the Variety Show, please reach out to Nicole Campbell at firstname.lastname@example.org or 401 523 5706
During writing time in Miss Martino's third grade, students became the teachers! Given some sample work, students worked in teams to comment on and score different written responses. The students provided impressive critical feedback. Together, they came up with a list of criteria for level 4, 3, and 2 work. Now that students had a better understanding of the criteria, students were given the opportunity to improve an old written response about Ben Franklin! The results were outstanding!
During fitness week at LaPerche, students were challenged by the 5 levels of the box jump. Students had to jump with two feet and land fully on the box increasing from one level up to five. Students spotted each other while offering words of encouragement as classmates moved from level 1 to 5. Fitness is an important focus at LaPerche as we develop the whole child; mind and body!
Students lead the class everyday in Mrs. Friel's kindergarten class. When student lead, they demonstrate understanding of the routines and are role models for their classmates. Here students lead the fundations lesson, the weather song and write the daily math equation to match the question of the day. Students also become comfortable public speaking, an important life skill.
Lessons are based on Essential Questions that teachers want students to be able to answer. The essential question in Mr. Medeiros' math class last week was, How are fractions and decimals related? After the students read the question together, they had time to think and record notes onto white boards to explain their thinking. When hearing the Maitre D' Party of 2 Responsive Classroom signal, students moved into groups of two to share and then examine their partners ideas. Understanding is deepened when students learn from and explain to peers.
Recess Rocks PD has brought new games to LaPerche! In PE last week, third and fourth graders came together to learn some new games including Band Aid tag. One problem with many tag games is that as students get excited the tagging can turn into pushing. In this game, our hands turn into butterflies that tag on the shoulder and back only and feel just as a butterfly would feel. Here students practice tagging each other in a safe and fun way. Interactive modeling, where students see it and then get a chance to try it, is the best way to explicitly teach.
The youngest students at LaPerche, our kindergarten friends, take on leadership roles. In Mrs. Friel’s class, students take turns being the captain of their teams. The captains set the tables for writers workshop by getting writing folders and workshop tools organized. Then, they call the team from the rug and everyone gets writing!
The 50th Anniversary Celebration of LaPerche Elementary School is coming up on Thursday, April 11 from 5:30-7:30 and all are invited! Each grade level is taking on a special project to celebrate the 50 years! Our current fourth grade students would like to interview former LaPerche students to learn all about life at LaPerche during the last 50 years. Are you a former LaPerche student? The fourth graders would like to invite you to an in person interview on Friday, March 8 at 2:00. If you are a former student and would love to be a part of this amazing project, please complete this form. https://goo.gl/forms/vPWITdvsej2YMong2 If you know other former students, please forward this post to them so they can sign up to be interviewed! Thank you! Thank you for your help spreading the word! Feel free to reach out to principal Julie Dorsey @ email@example.com with any questions. Thank you!
In Miss Martino's third grade classroom, students made Kindness Wreaths! On Valentine’s Day, they read Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch and figured out that the theme was if you are kind to someone else, they will be kind back to you! We discussed how our words are so powerful! Each student then created a “kindness wreath.” Students wrote a kind word about their classmates on a heart and passed them out. In the end, all students were left with a wreath that contained multiple compliments about them! Spread kindness by complimenting someone today!
On Saturday, former and current LaPerche students volunteered in the community at the Mat Ministry. They worked together to prepare plastic grocery bags to get them ready to be woven into water proof, lightweight mats that are given to homeless people. The mats provide insulation from the cold and the heat. They are water proof and lightweight in design which makes them portable. It takes 500 bags to make one mat! If you have extra clean, dry grocery bags please send them into school. Students may place the bags in the white trash can across from the office. LaPerche students care about others!
Still as a ROCK-Mrs. Martel's first graders practice focus and self control while playing Still as a Rock, an energizer from Responsive Classroom. During this energizer, students dance around until Mrs. Martel calls out STILL AS A ROCK! She sets a timer for 30 seconds and the students try and remain completely still during those seconds. Practice with your child and see if she/he can remain still. Start with 5 seconds and build on that success!
Investigation 3.1 from here to there. Focus Question-What are some important features of a cart that will help you get from here to there? Mrs. Ferreira's students used prior knowledge of wheel and axle systems to become engineers. They were to create a cart that would travel down a ramp with little force. Students were given materials but no directions. They built their carts and questioned why their designs were not allowing the axle to turn the wheels. Ask your child what she/he discovered and how she/he was able to be successful.
Miss Zucker's first graders experiment with the science of sound with music teacher, Mrs. Barrette. Mrs. Barrette ties the science and music curriculums together as students experiment at stations testing high and low pitch and loud and soft sounds. The stations included boom tubes, xylophones, glass bottles with mater in them and string instruments.
On Thursday, January 24, the winners of the fourth and fifth grade classroom spelling bees competed in the LaPerche spelling bee to be named the LaPerche spelling bee champion. The two winners will move onto the district spelling bee to be held on Friday, February 1 at 9:45. Congratulations to all of the winners!!
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.
In kindergarten, students learn new sight words everyday. Accuracy, speed, and fluency in reading increase reading comprehension (understanding what you read). The sight words are a collection of words that a child should learn to recognize without sounding out the letters. The sight words are common, frequently used words that students will see in all the books they read. Here the students take on the role of teachers as they quiz each other and when needed offer clues and guidance. Students as leaders is an important focus at LaPerche.
Mrs. Ferreria's third graders each chose a book they thought their kindergarten reading buddy would enjoy. They practiced reading the book fluently as a partner records the words that they have difficulty with. When they have practiced and are performance ready, they will use Seasaw to record themselves into their digital portfolio and then share that recording with their reading buddies. The kindergarten friends then have a library of books that can be read to them. What a great partnership and amazing online tool!
Reading Buddy Time-LaPerche Fourth graders introduced the first graders to Prodigy, an engaging online math platform that allows students to work at their own pace. One goal of reading buddies is to provide opportunities for students to be leaders. The fourth graders took on the role of teacher as Prodigy was launched in first grade.
It is that time of year...time to register for Kindergarten! If you have a child who is attending kindergarten next year, keep reading! Registration for Kindergarten at our elementary schools for the 2019 – 2020 school year will be held from January 28, 2019 - January 31, 2019, during school hours. Please call our school secretary, Sandra Bazinet, at 231-6652 to schedule a registration appointment. The appointment will take approximately 15-20 minutes. If you are new to Smithfield, please call central office at 401-231-6606 (ext. 0) to confirm your child’s “home” school prior to scheduling a registration appointment. Visit https://docs.google.com/document/d/1dmbLz1-hZSBCZeOUAbJFbqaleWWr_HoQQ5QXMV8LXT0/edit for all the details!
The Smithfield Education Foundation is hosting an ‘Open House’ Meeting on Monday, January 14, 2019, at 4pm in the Smithfield High School Media Center. Come learn about the Smithfield Education Foundation’s mission and how we support the Smithfield Public Schools by awarding grants to teachers. The Smithfield Education Foundation is looking for new volunteers. If you are interested but cannot attend, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope to see you on January 14th!
Calling all LaPerche Families--Please come and join us for a delicious pasta dinner on Friday, January 25. The event will take place at Smithfield High School. That evening, the 5th grade students from LaPerche will be your hosts, wait and bus staff and will be ready to take care of your every need! Click on this link to register: https://goo.gl/forms/x1NKUWttEWSlUmHp2
Welcome back to school! Happy New Year. Take some time to check out the latest update from LaPerche! https://www.smore.com/app/pages/preview/cpvdn
Miss Zucker teachers her first graders about Hanukkah and they teach their fourth grade reading buddies how to play the dreidel game. Reading buddies is a time for student to engage with an older or younger friend and play the role of teacher or learner. In this case, our first graders were the teachers!