Each year the fifth grade gives the school a special gift. Today the fifth grade invited a chainsaw artist to visit LaPerche. He created art in front of the students. At the end of the day, the class gift was unveiled. It was a beautiful bench with two leopards guarding it. The artist, Mr. Randy, carved “LaPerche Playground…where friendships are made” into the bench. The students were amazed at what Randy was able to create and can’t wait to see it on the new playground.
Our fifth grade rocket launch lifted off without a hitch today thanks to Mr. Connell, Mr. Barnett and Mr. Cadoret. They worked tirelessly to ensure that every rocket created by a fifth grader launched!! The kids tried to chase them down after each launch and many were retrieved. The trees grabbed some and others are lost in the woods. If you find one in your backyard, give us a call at school and we will come and get it. Another successful event!!
2020-2021 Art Show Dear Families and Friends of LaPerche Elementary, As the year comes to a close I would like to invite you to our annual art show! Although this year’s show is virtual it still provides a platform for all the students at LaPerche to share their creativity with friends and family! When students finished their projects this year I took a photo and added it to a slide. They were then able to look back at a digital portfolio of what they created this year. We discussed their growth as an artist as well as their personal style. I then asked each student to pick their three favorite works of art to be put in their virtual gallery. The students designed their virtual galleries by choosing frames and decor. If you click on each teacher's name it will bring you to the gallery for that class. I hope you enjoy the show! Feel free to send any feedback to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please click this link to explore the virtual galleries! https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1WxzGY3TSPNswYHOUKqyCS2Wd4BHCCEXm0dXA7HADYPI/edit?usp=sharing Miss Miller LaPerche Art Teacher
During reading intervention today with Mrs. Hegarty, the students were learning the -ub word family (cub, sub, tub, club, etc...)The leader gave clues and the students had to find the correct word. Then the leader went around to check each student giving a thumbs up if they had it correct. Kindergarten friends understand that once you learn one word, you can read and spell so many others!!
LaPerche teachers had the opportunity to attend professional development focused on the what, why and how of literacy instruction. So many LaPerche teachers signed up to attend that we were short substitute teachers. Mrs. Dorsey made a call to administration and Dr. Paolucci and Dr. Monaco came to the rescue. Dr. Paolucci took over fourth grade and Dr. Monaco third grade. Shout out to both of these fabulous administrators who are always willing to fill any role!
In fourth grade today, students were practicing how to use a protractor to create and measure angles. Mr. Mederios was teaching students and they were learning for each other as well. When asked, students shared they need to know how to measure angles correctly for a variety of real life jobs such as an architect who is designing a bridge or a construction worker who is installing a new door.
Today in kindergarten the leader read the morning message to the class. She called volunteers to the chart to find sight words, words kids need to know automatically without sounding them out. Students at their seats counted the days of school using ones, tens and hundreds and discovered we have been in school 159 days! That is a lot of learning.
The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) guidelines have allowed students to move from rows into small group. Students were so excited to see a friendly face rather than the back of someone’s head. Each classroom worked together to find the right set up for them. Anything that helps us return to pre-covid routines at school is embraced at LaPerche!
In kindergarten today, students practiced writing sight words in sand. Sight words are the words students must be able to recognize and read quickly and accurately. Sight words make up about 55-75% of all words your children will encounter when reading. Using a multi-sensory approach (using different senses at the same time) helps students retain what they are learning. Students were using their word wall list as a guide. Kindergarten friends are learning how to read and to write!
In Mrs. Hayward’s class, the students are studying the four oceans. The students learned that the Arctic Ocean is the smallest, it is located near the north pole and it is covered by a layer of ice. Each week, the students will study a new ocean and add it to their globe using a different texture. Mrs. Hayward traced the continents and the students painted them. The students learned that the water surrounds the land. Today the students added the Arctic ocean. Sand, paint and tissue paper will be used in the weeks to come. Hands on learning helps student stay engaged and remember what they learning!
The LaPerche fifth grade student council for April chose "Dress Like an Employee Day" as their spirit day. Each month the student council switches to allow all fifth graders the opportunity to serve and each group can choose a spirit day to celebrate with all students. Friday, April 30, was Dress Like an Employee day! The kids were so excited to share who they were and why they chose that job or profession! We had museum directors, human services employees, teachers, athletes, servers, artists, musicians, lawyers, doctors, nurses, vets and employees from every store and occupation you can imagine. What a fun and creative day! Why did your child choose their employer or profession? Let us know in the comments below! If you have pictures from home, please add them to the album below! https://photos.app.goo.gl/WtBDWwEGeCGVph5d6
A group of LaPerche students joined Mrs. Dorsey for an Earth Day clean up today! They met on Stillwater Road and worked together to pick up all of the trash! Together, Jillian, Mikey, Enni, Zadi, Sienna, and Khilola filled 9 trash bags and 2 recycling bags. They also found a mattress and a mop! A large group of LaPerche fifth graders cleaned up Deerfield park at the same time! (More details and pictures to come!) Thank you, Melissa Chaput, and the Smithfield Department of Public Works and Smithfield Conservation Commission for sponsoring the event. I#RIMillionPieces #DoBeautifulThings #GreenBlackstone
In third grade today, students were making real life connections to the story they were reading. They found powerful phrases and determined their meaning by reading the words and sentences around them. Then they related their personal experiences and feelings to the characters in the story. Students shared times they were “all shaky inside” just like the characters with partners!
In second grade today, students were reading a story on Freckle, an online platform we utilize to differentiate instruction in reading and math. After a student takes the STAR benchmark assessment, the teacher has access to a variety of data including areas of strength and need for each student. Miss Day used Freckle to assign reading practice for a specific skill. The Adaptive feature on Freckle allows students to begin at their own level. The passages continue to increase with difficulty as the student masters the skill. Way to go second graders!
In fourth grade today, students were learning about area and perimeter. The area is the space inside a figure and the perimeter is the distance around. Student are given the length and width or the area in order to determine both. After the direct instruction, students worked at their own pace or with a partner during practice. Flexible seating is alive in fourth grade!
On April 8 and 9, LaPerche students joined Mrs. Dorsey and Mr. Cogswell, former LaPerche parent, outside in the garden. Each class planted a variety of vegetables in their raised bed. The kids worked hard carrying the bags of new soil, turning over the old soil and planting broccoli, spinach, peas, carrots and beets. Check out some pictures here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/fW1KAoDZvyb7XZgN8 Do you think the plants survived the crazy weather we had since planting day? Stop by and check out what is growing!!
Pickleball practice is in full swing in PE for students in grades three, four and five. During practice, Mr. Connell assesses each students skill level and then creates partner sets. Students work to improve their own skills as well as those of their partner. The partners will complete in a double elimination tournament. Who will be named pickleball champions for each class? The suspense is real...
In fourth grade, the kids were trying to determine the area of a rectangle drawn by the teacher. One student shared that you have to measure the perimeter in order to determine the area. He directed the teacher to measure the sides and then add. The kids were jumping out of their seats to share the missed step. The student grappled with it and then partners all talked to each other to determine the difference between area and perimeter. They determined that they needed to multiple the length times width to find area! Wow, Math is exciting in fourth grade!
Reading Week continued with Camping Out with a Good Book on Thursday at LaPerche. Camp fires were crackling, bull frogs were calling, crickets were chirping and students were reading. The building felt magical as stories were read by flashlight. Great idea to continue on a rainy vacation day! Check out all of the photos here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/nUz5fg8swF7vi5Mz9
Reading Week at LaPerche kicked off with visiting the Scholastic Book Fair. All classes will return on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday so students are able to purchase books. Please check out the schedule to see the day/time your child is visiting the book fair. https://docs.google.com/document/d/120RYEgP5ZujwGFd42J_F9yVEcdoxYrBUVzxuAb8EZno/edit?usp=sharing Today students were invited to wear their PJ's and snuggle up with a good book! All that was missing was the hot chocolate!
In first grade, the students were discussing story elements, specifically character and setting of the book King Kafu and the Moon. As Mrs. Martel read aloud, the students used their finger to track the words. The kids used a graphic organizer to record the information about the setting and then shared their thoughts with a neighbor. Students were asked to prove it by showing text evidence from the book. LaPerche friends are learning how to have discussions and share their evidence from the text!
Virtual paint night with our amazing art teacher, Miss Miller, was a smashing success. 75 students signed up to create masterpieces and they were impressive. Check out all of the art night photos here. https://photos.app.goo.gl/8iiDBenLuYAVweqv6 If you have not had a chance, add your pictures from art night! Who is ready for another night?
The students, staff and families sent Mrs. Bazinet off with lots of love yesterday as she heads into knee replacement surgery this morning. Our fifth graders were so sad to think that they would not see her again this year but Mrs. Bazinet vowed to come back to see them off to middle school. Two little ones came into the office and asked “which one is Mrs. Bazinet” and when she said “me” they pledged their love for her! Mrs. Bazinet was so thankful to spend the day at school surrounded by the kids. Send her some well wishes below! We love you, Mrs. Bazinet!!
In third grade today, Mrs. Nonis used a third grade passage called The Whales’ Song to teach sequencing the events of a story. After reading, students went back into the text to find the evidence. To make the assignment hands on, students cut out and moved the events on a graphic organizer. They are always learning in third grade.
Thank a teacher! This has been a challenging year for educators but Smithfield teachers have met the challenge head-on. There are several ways to show our appreciation. Consider.... Nominate a Teacher for Smithfield Teacher of the Year - Send nominations to Lisa Petrone, email@example.com, by April 16th. Nominate a Teacher for a Golden Apple Award - NBC 10 and the Rhode Island Department of Education recognizes outstanding teachers. Winning educators will receive a $250 contribution from Ocean State Credit Union. You can nominate teacher using the form at turnto10.com. Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher Contest - The 2021 My Favorite Teacher contest will run the entire month of March. The winning teacher will receive $5,000 for themselves and $5,000 for their school, and the student who writes the winning entry will receive a $500 Barnes & Noble gift card! To enter and see official rules, please visit the Barnes & Noble website.
Have you seen how the addition at LaPerche is progressing? The windows are being installed and a large section of the brick work is complete! It looks amazing! Inside, the walls are up and you can truly visualize all of the amazing teaching and learning that will take place throughout the space!! The excitement is building.
In fourth grade, students shared who inspired them and why. They discussed the qualities of someone who would be inspiring and shared with the class. One student shared that his karate teacher inspired him as he pushed him to try archery. Another student shared that a meteorologist he met inspired him to want to be one as well since there is still so much to learn about weather patterns. The students posted their thoughts for all to read.
United Way of Rhode Island 21 Day Equity Challenge The United Way of Rhode Island 21 Day Equity Challenge invites all Rhode Islanders to commit 15 minutes a day to equity with the goal of understanding how inequity and racism affect our lives, our communities, and our state’s ability to thrive. Rhode Islanders who sign-up for the challenge will receive an email daily continuing for 21 days. Each email will feature a different racial equity topic, a brief introduction, and choices to select from to spend roughly 15 minutes learning, watching, reading, or reflecting about the day’s topic. The challenge is self-guided and done at each participant’s own pace. People may save emails for when they have more time, and anyone can sign up to begin their own 21-day journey. The Challenge is available as of February 24, but can be started at any time. Here is the link to sign up: https://unitedwayri.us12.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=fb1686ef671a7368d39afacf9&id=280b2e6e3d
On Friday March 5, first graders at LaPerche celebrated crazy sock day. One activity involved students collecting data about what type of socks everyone wore and creating a tally graph to display it. Miss Zucker’s first graders also surveyed those walking by their discussion and added that data to the graph. In the end, plain socks was the winner. (I think that had to do with those passing by!) First grade teachers at LaPerche know how to make learning fun!
Every fifth grader at LaPerche serves on the student council. This year, the council runs the whole school Morning Meeting over the intercom. They give reminders, share compliments, celebrate birthdays and lead the Pledge of Allegiance. The new March student council is doing an amazing job speaking clearly and using inflection in their voices, all while holding an old fashioned type of phone they have never seen before! Great job, LaPerche students!
In third grade yesterday, Reading Rotations were in full swing. During reading rotations, each group has an assignment one of which is guided reading. Guided reading is a time to work with the teacher at your instructional reading level on skills you need to practice. In Mrs. Nonis’ class, she was meeting with students in the class but they were all on a google meet. This way, students from across the room can come together for a discussion and still be socially distanced. The group quietly spoke while the rest of the room worked on their own activities at their own pace. It was a focused, productive learning environment!
LaPerche is a Responsive Classroom (RC) School. One part of RC is Morning Meeting. Morning Meeting has four components; greeting, sharing, activity and message. The whole point is to build community in the classroom as we learn about each other and have fun together. Today in fourth grade the activity was “What are you doing?” One student starts a movement and the next asks What are you doing? Whatever that person says, the student has to act out. The process continues around the room until everyone is laughing and acting out something silly. Today we had students picking flowers, playing football, taking a shower, riding a bike, making pizza, rocking climbing and more! Ask your fourth grader to introduce “What are you doing” to your family!
Now that third grade at LaPerche has figured out what makes a functional cart (two sets of wheel/axel systems and a base, moved freely, no friction on the ramp) We explored how we can improve our cart and make it travel further. Students added weight to their design, reduced friction, and many other design modifications! We learned how to measure with a centimeter tape measure by lining it up at the base of the ramp at 0. We also learned how to measure on, beyond 100cm with the same measuring tape. Students were challenged to create a cart that traveled 15cm farther than their original design.
Students in first grade at LaPerche have been reading Hunter’s Money Jar. During writing time, they retold the story in their own words using the transition words First, Next, Then and Finally. Students looked back in the text to find the events and used their writing binder filled with resources such as word wall words and organizers. At the end of writing, partners shared their writing with each other. Writing time is fun (and challenging) in first grade!!
For Valentine's day, third grade read the book, "Somebody Loves you, Mr. Hatch" by Eileen Spinelli. In the story, Mr. Hatch, a man who mostly kept to himself and had the same routine every day, was surprised with an anonymous valentine one day. Mr. Hatch was "woken up" from his sadness and filled with joy to think that someone would be thinking of him. His whole daily routine changed, from keeping to himself, to branching out and talking to people at work and around the community. Mr. Hatch later finds out that the valentine was a mistake. It was delivered to the wrong address. He became very sad once again; however, this time, the community noticed he was sad and had a party just for him. We talked about how every day, we have the choice to build someone up with our words, or tear them down. How one smile, one kind word or gesture could help someone feel less alone and shift their whole mindset. After our discussion, each student received paper hearts. Thank you to the volunteers who helped cut! We created a list of adjectives that would build someone up. We then used our class list and wrote kind words on hearts for every person in our class. We even wrote some about ourselves! When they finished writing out hearts, we delivered them and everyone was left with kind words about themselves. You may have seen these kindness wreaths come home on Friday. They are truly beautiful and the kids loved building each other up.
Due to the pandemic, students have an assigned desk, they are spaced out and space can be tight in the classrooms. That doesn’t stop LaPerche teachers from working with small groups of students. Having time to work in a small group at your instructional level is vital to student growth. Teachers meet in the hall, in the library and any space they can carve out. LaPerche educators always get the job done!
The Art of Pablo 3rd grade was introduced to the work of a local painter who uses bold colors in his paintings of figures. Drawing the figure can be both challenging and intimidating so before beginning their own projects, the students cut out paper figures. Then they teamed up for an activity, taking turns posing and placing the paper figures in the shape of their partner. This was a silly way to begin looking at the way the body moves! The students used ere fully engaged as they studies the awkward placement of paper limbs before finding the proper pose!
Second graders at LaPerche are learning about their social filter and when to keep thoughts in your head, when you should say it out loud or when to filter it by changing your thought to something that can be said. Students were given a partner and a variety of situations to discuss. The students were very aware of what was expected and unexpected and made a commitment to stop or change the unexpected comments. Students felt unexpected comments included complaints, answers to a test, mean words and play date/party discussions when the whole class is not invited. Our second graders are accountable for their words.
Kindergarten students work hard to learn word families. When the students understand that changing one letter in a word makes a new one, they can read so many new words. On Wednesday, students practiced the at family. They listened to the new word and determined which letter had to be exchanged. Everyone had their own white board they used to demonstrate their thinking. Students were asked to manipulate the letters so all could see the new word. Kindergarten students are word detectives!
During intervention time, LaPerche kindergarten friends worked on letter formation. The students used lined fundations white boards. At the start of each line is a symbol the teacher references when instructing letter formation. Symbols include the sky, a plane, the grass and a worm. On this day, student were prqcting the letters j and k. Beautiful handwriting takes practice!
Our new xylophone program for 5th graders (in place of the band program during the pandemic) is designed to keep students engaged in the world of instrumental music. Through learning to read music, practicing performance techniques, and developing fundamental playing skills on their instruments, students are building skills to help them achieve success in future music endeavors at the middle school and high school. During the music sessions with Mrs. Barrette, the children are learning the importance of practice, how to work together towards a common goal, and how much fun it can be to be a part of the band!
In Physical Education today, second graders traveled to four stations. In one they worked on throwing and blocking to get ready for Quiddach next year. At the second station, the students were building stamina and running as fast as they could down and around the cone. At the bowling station the students worked on rolling with accuracy. The fourth station found students working on kicking and blocking with accuracy. The kids were wiped out at the end!!
The third graders at LaPerche worked on decomposing numbers today. Each student had their own manipulatives as they decomposed (broke apart) their large array into smaller arrays. Breaking apart the first factor into a known fact and doubling that product helps the students find an unknown fact. All of this helps the students understand what they mean when they say 4 x 4 equals 16.
In second grade today, Miss Day was working with individual students to check their reading growth. While she worked one on one, students independently checked their writing using The Editing Rainbow. Students use it as a guide to improve their writing and indicate to their teacher those edits. Check out the second graders detailed work. At the end of lunch, some students shared their work with the class who gave them feedback. Writing skills are developing in second grade!!
First graders at LaPerche were reading the book Going to School and learning about all the different ways kids go to school around the world. In Canada, some kids go to school on snowmobiles. In some parts of Australia, students walk to school barefoot! Partners discussed why students use different types of transportation to get to school and determined the weather played a big part. The students used the table of contents to search and find the information they needed. First graders are hard workers!
Did you happen to notice the man snow blowing the recess playground this morning? That was Captain Smith of the Smithfield police and dad of three LaPerche Rockstars!! Captain Smith started his day at LaPerche clearing the way for us to easily get to the recess pods!! We are so thankful for our wonderful families!!
Add some snow to the school day and you can’t tell the difference between our oldest and youngest students at LaPerche. We had a ball in the snow today and made some great memories together. Kids built towers, castles, igloos, the Hoover dam, snow creatures including a bunny and more. It was cold but it felt amazing to play in the snow with friends. More pictures can be found on our Facebook page.
Kindergarten friends at LaPerche learned about the parts of the trees in science and then used fine motor skills to rip and twist tissue paper to make their own tree. The class brainstormed adjectives that would describe the tree. Each student received a strip of words they cut out and formed into a sentence. They were able to choose their own adjectives to describe their tree. Snowy, brown, big, and green were some of the words the kindergarten friends chose.
Kindergarten families, don’t let your kids trick you into thinking they need help will their snow gear. At LaPerche, they are working hard to be independent with each piece. Many students just need help with the coat being zippered or the second glove. So proud of our kindergarten friends and their growth in all areas!
The LaPerche December student council hosted a special spirit day on Friday. It was called Heart to Heart from 6 feet apart. Mr. Feinstein challenged schools across Rhode Island to do good deeds so the December student council challenged LaPerche students to do chores around the house to earn a dollar to bring in and donate so we could purchase small items for residents of a nursing home. The residents are lonely since they are not able to have visits from family and friends right now. The kids at LaPerche also decorated many cards that we will include with the small gifts. The students and families of LaPerche donated $375 towards this amazing cause. Thank you to all for your generosity!!
The Smithfield High School National Honor Society is excited to announce that we will be celebrating the joy of the holidays with our little friends of Smithfield! Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 6:00pm, we will be reading stories with a variety of reading levels to elementary school students along with special guests! Our story times will start December 2nd and run until December 30th with the exception of Christmas! These sessions will last for about 30 minutes and each will be an awesome opportunity for kids to practice their reading skills! The kids will be able to join easily with their student account! We hope that you will share the links to the Google Meet with families and all are welcome to join! Let’s come together as a community to capture the thrill of the holidays! We hope to see everyone soon! Happy Holidays! Smithfield High National Honor Society Link to Schedule: NHS: December Reading Schedule https://docs.google.com/document/d/1mRMbckO4mIkLdIGR5sBze6KeI-F_npQbt05IvQIhO5I/edit?usp=sharing Classroom Code: 6t3b36u Link to the Live Google Meet https://meet.google.com/etz-kjpp-aia?authuser=0&hs=122 Link to a Live Stream https://stream.meet.google.com/stream/3be1c4ba-381a-4a6a-98b7-0241ba632d81?authuser=0
Thankful Kindergarten Friends! Kindergarten Friends went on a virtual scavenger hunt around their house. They had to find items that they were thankful for, items that kept them warm, items that they love, and more. Below is a picture of kindergarten friends finding someone that they are thankful for in their homes. So much love from our kindergarten friends! Kindergarten friends shared 3 things that they are thankful for. Friends expressed thanks for family, friends, pets, sports, and so much more. Mrs. Friel is thankful for 22 special students. Check out some thing amazing about each one in the picture below. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Mr. Feinstein started a new program this year called the Golden Ticket Raffle. Each Junior Scholar at in Rhode Island including LaPerche (every student) was given a Golden Ticket. Tickets are individually numbered and each was assigned to an individual student. Each week, Mr. Feinstein pulls five winning tickets. If your ticket number is called and you claim it in a week, the school wins $5000 and the student wins $500 to donate to a charity of their choice or back to the school. Today LaPerche had our first Golden Ticket Winner!!! A second grader in Miss Day’s class was the winner and she came running to the office with the winning ticket!! After celebrating with us and calling her mom, she decided to donate the $500 back to LaPerche!! What an amazing gift. Thank you Mr. Feinstein for your endless generosity and congratulations to our second grader!!!
At LaPerche, third grade and kindergarten in person and virtual students joined together and read “In November” and then discussed what usually happens in November in nature and in our homes. We then talked about how this year may look a little different, but we can still show thankfulness and love to those we can’t be with. We then did a directed turkey card for seniors at Smithfield Woods who may not get to be with their families for Thanksgiving. LaPerche students sending love to others!
Tyler is working on his single leg balance which is needed for many activities within his everyday routines such as going up and down the stairs and kicking a ball. He has been working on many areas of balance such as walking in narrow spaces, on uneven surfaces and standing on 1 foot for many years, asTyler used to have to use a walker to move around his school and classroom. It is amazing to see the progress in this skill but more impressive that his confidence is growing and knowing what his body can do and wanting to “show it off” to his peers and friends at school!! We are so proud of you!!
Every fifth grader serves on the student council at LaPerche and one of their favorite things to do is run Morning Meeting. Morning Meetings look different this year (over the intercom instead of in person) but the goal is the same, develop a school wide community. The council members share updates, celebrate birthdays, make announcements and end with the Pledge of Allegiance. School wide morning meetings are a great way to start each day!
LaPerche students were asked to do extra chores around the house to earn $1 to donate. The donations will be used to provide LaPerche families with gift cards to Stop and Shop for a Thanksgiving feast! The November student council collected $306 dollars and a $50 gift card to Stop and Shop from the LaPerche students (and families)!! Thank you for being so thoughtful and generous. Mix Match Day and Sports Day were a hit!
Members of the SHS National Honor Society taught a lesson to the fifth graders at LaPerche about responsibilities in the class and community. They discussed the civic responsibilities of the citizens of the United States. The kids broke into teams and prepared skits to share with the rest of the class to help them understand the various duties. The high schoolers will be back on Friday for the second lesson.
Costume Day is always a hit at LaPerche. The in person and virtual students were so excited to show off their costumes and many acted in character all day. The kids may be a little less focused on Costume Day but they will not forget the fun they had at school! And we will not forget the smiles! Check out this album for more pictures on Costume Day: https://photos.app.goo.gl/9dGpeiRthkTv5qQC8
LaPerche is in our third year implementing Responsive Classroom, a “set of well designed practices intended to create safe, joyful, and energetic classrooms and school communities”. We want school to be fun and engaging for all students. One way to have fun is by implementing brain breaks. On Friday, the third grade played woosha warrior together. In the game, there are three moves. The teacher or leader counts 3, 2, 1 Whoosha and makes one of the poses. The kids do the same. If your pose matches the leader, you are out and sit down. The game moves quickly, provides movement and challenges the student to predict which pose the teacher will make. It also provides an opportunity for students to be honest about being out and show good sportsmanship. Ask your child to teach the game to the family and post a picture below!
Fundations was in full swing in Ms. Clough’s class this morning. Fundations is a multisensory and systematic phonics, spelling, and handwriting program that we use with our kindergarten, first and second grade students. The second graders were determining how many “sounds/taps” there are in certain words. The students learn about diagraphs (two consonants that make one sound such as ch) and glued sounds (sounds that when they are together they do not say their normal sounds, but rather create a slightly different sound such as ing). Students had opportunities to discuss words with partners and then share their findings with the class.
Mrs. Ferreria’s third graders enjoyed the outside for their reading lesson today. They are reading The Case of the Gasping Garbage and they focused on chapters seven and eight. The students discussed the setting, theme, and plot. There were great discussions about the possible themes including loneliness, love, you can’t explain love and science isn’t always science! Ask your third grader which themes he/she supported. After the students finished their reading jobs, they enjoyed snack while reading their independent books!
What a beautiful day to read outside. Mrs. Nonis took her class outside for read aloud. They discussed figurative language vs. literal language, temporal words and various vocabulary. The students tried to figure out who was speaking and why the author added certain words to the story. It is also an opportunity for a mask break if needed. We are so thankful for the outside space!
LaPerche students love creative play! This group of second graders used the stepping stones to play a “lava game”. The creator of the game, Zoe, yells “floors lava 5, 4, 3, 2, 1” and everyone has to change to a new lava stone. And not move. And balance without falling off!! If you fall off you join the leader and start the countdown. It was intense and great fun!!
What is happening at LaPerche on a Friday night? The gym is being worked on and looks AMAZING!! Acoustic panels and padding have been added and it is being stripped right now!! The end is in sight and the kids are going to love this new space!!! Thank you to the team who is working around the clock to get the new parts of our elementary schools ready for learning!
There are many leadership opportunities for LaPerche students. Our fourth graders are invited to serve on the recycling team. When Mrs. Dorsey asked Mr. Mederios’ class who would like to serve, almost every hand shot up. The team started yesterday and did a great job investigating what was placed in the classroom bins and determining if the class was following the guidelines. Working together to save our beautiful earth!!
It’s a rainy day and you can’t go outside? And your gym is under construction? No problem for LaPerche PE teacher Mr. Connell. He used the hallway space to set up a variety of centers for PE today. Here the kindergarten students skip down, leap frog back abd then limbo under the pole. So fun and engaging for the kids! They were worn out!
Yesterday, the October student council at LaPerche hosted a “Topping Off Ceremony” which refers to the placement of the last major piece of steel during construction. All LaPerche staff and students were able to sign the beam before it was hoisted in the air and placed on the addition. The beam was decorated with an America Flag and a miniature tree. The America Flag on one end of the beam is a traditional “Topping Off” symbol of good luck. The miniature tree on the other end of the beam symbolizes that there were no injuries on the construction site. The students have been watching in amazement as the new addition at LaPerche rises out of the ground! The student council thanked the construction supervisors for always being willing to address any question or concern quickly and for a job well done. We can’t wait to see the end product!
At LaPerche, we understand the importance of offering flexible seating options for our students. Due to the pandemic, we had to remove many of those options as well as our rugs. LaPerche teachers are so creative they still come up with ways to offer other options when working. Kids learn best when they have options to move and change position. Check out these students in their flexible seats while socially distancing!
We had a special visitor at LaPerche today. Governor Raimondo stopped by to see how we are utilizing our outside space. Have you noticed the flags all over the field near the gazebo? There are 13 pods sectioned off so each classroom has a designated space to use for outdoor learning, picnic lunch, playtime, and more. Each space is 14 feet from the next to provide a safe amount of distance as recommended by RIDE and RIDOH. The kids were thrilled to meet the Governor and shared a variety of information with her. One student even shared his plan to have a safe Halloween! The news media accompanied the Governor so check out Channel 10, 12, 6, or Telemundo tonight to see the story on LaPerche!
We had an awesome first day at LaPerche! The LaPerche teachers and staff were so happy to see the kids and the kids seemed just as excited! Everyone did a great job with mask-wearing. Thank you for your patience this morning as we moved through the morning arrival as quickly as we could. It was wonderful to see our returning families and meet so many new ones! If you have any questions or concerns about today, please feel free to reach out to your child's teacher or to me. Tomorrow you will receive a blue transportation form and a yellow photo permission form. As soon as everyone returns the photo form we can start posting and sharing photos! Of course, we always respect families who wish for their child not to be photographed. A few reminders: Please send your child to school with the following items every day: A Mask A reusable water bottle A beach towel to sit on when outside Wearing shoes that cover the toes and are secure on the heel A reusable grocery bag Today students went outside for snack, lunch, recess, and/or learning time. They have many items to bring with them each time and putting it all in a sturdy open bag makes the trip outside so much easier. Please label the bag with your child’s first and last name. If you do not have any of the reusable grocery bags, I have quite a few I will bring in tomorrow for any students who do not have one. If you have extra you want to donate, send them in with your child! Thank you! Peanut and Tree Nut Free Just a reminder that due to the fact that students are eating in the classrooms, LaPerche School is a peanut and tree nut-free school for the 2020-2021 school year. Breakfast and Lunch Menus Breakfast and lunch are free for all students. Feel free to check out the menus and see if your child would like to order. If your child would like to order milk only, it is 50 cents. You can create a lunch account and place money on the account for the milk. We recommend families still complete a free and reduced lunch application as the free program will eventually end. https://smithfieldps.nutrislice.com/menu/raymond-c-laperche-elementary Moving onto day TWO! #Back2SchoolRI
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
We didn’t fool anyone with our last “Who’s under that mask” post! Lilia, Catherine, Madison, Mackenzie, Ava, Arianna, John, Anabelle, Jaxon, Owen, Capello Kids, Ferreira Kids, Jaiden and Sienna all guessed correctly!! It was our fabulous library media specialist, Mrs. Clapprood, and our amazing, kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Friel, under the masks!! Bonus points— what is the name of Mrs. Clapprood’s daughter?? Most people will be stumped by our next masked educator, but not our friend Avery!! Who is this under the mask and what does she do at LaPerche?
Mrs. Dorsey, Mrs. Elefsiades and Mrs. Biafore met virtually with the incoming 5th grade students this morning to plan for the upcoming year. Each fifth grader at LaPerche serves on student council during the course of the school year. The fifth graders created their first video to show LaPerche students how to socially distance and still greet their teachers and friends. You can check it out here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1KgrpDIXw3_u6TbsujOAKOTokjqY2mLHB/view?usp=sharing Let us know what other videos you would like to see the fifth grade create in the comments below!
At our staff orientation on Tuesday, August 25, we recognized teachers and staff who have reached five year milestones. Please join me in celebrating Miss Feeley, Mrs. Barrette, Mrs. Friel and Miss Giarusso on five years of amazing service, Mrs. Beckel, Mrs. Hegarty, and Mrs. Clapprood on 15 years of outstanding service and with 25 years of dedicated service, we recognize Mrs. O’Hara!! Shout out these fabulous LaPerche educators in the comments below!!
Please join principal, Julie Dorsey, for a parent forum on Tuesday, August 25 at 7:00 pm to discuss our Return to School plans. This will be a google meet call. Please click on this link: https://meet.google.com/xsz-erqd-kze?authuser=0&hs=122 or dial in with your phone. Join by phone (US) +1 260-702-9399 PIN: 658 713 526# If you have questions that you would like to have answered, please submit them here: https://forms.gle/neWzUewgCtuNJ8si8
Many LaPerche friends knew our latest masked staff members!! Chase, Arianna, Lilia, Richard, Isabella, and Nason all guessed correctly!! It was kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Caswell, and first grade teacher, Miss Zucker, two more dynamic educators from LaPerche. Please be sure to show your children smiling, unmasked photos so they remember the joy that is under the mask!! Up next, two more masked LaPerche educators! Who are they and what is their role at LaPerche??
So many LaPerche friends including Nick, Brody, Maddie, the Cappello crew, and Jaxon knew our last two teachers who were under their masks. It was fifth grade teacher, Mrs. E, and fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Schnell. Although they are very different educators they are both phenomenal!! LaPerche staff always put children first! We have two new masked people to try and stump the LaPerche kids! Who are these two LaPerche educators under their masks?
Abbey has it right this time! Mrs. Calderone, one of our sensational special educators, was in the flamingo mask and Ms. Kovacs, our fabulous school psychologist, was in the stripped one!! Here are two more LaPerche educators that a lot of our students will recognize! LaPerche students, who’s under these masks??
Second day of “Who’s under that mask” stumped everyone, staff and students alike! Why? Because it is Miss Day, our fabulous new second grade teacher, and most of you have not met her yet!! Take a look at her happy smile to see how excited she is to meet her second graders!! Day three is someone more familiar!! Who’s under the mask and what is her role at LaPerche??
Our first “Who’s under that mask” challenge was an easy one for LaPerche students to guess! You are right, it is Mrs. Dorsey, principal of LaPerche! Please show the kids Mrs. Dorsey’s smile and remind them that is what she will look like under her mask!! Our next challenge won’t be as easy. LaPerche families, please show your child the picture below and see if they can guess, Who’s under that mask?? And what is her role at LaPerche?
LaPerche Students-when we come back together for school we will all have masks on! Let’s see what our faculty and staff will look like with a mask!! Make a guess who this person is under her mask and sunglasses! Parents, ask your kids to guess who it is and what her job is at LaPerche. Share your answers below!
Dear Parents/Guardians, A link to the registration for a virtual option for the fall was sent to you along with a short description of the program - https://forms.gle/2dop9766LHKB6JQv8. Many good questions were asked by parents and answers to these questions will be included into a FAQ document, which we will post on our COVID page (red tab on the district website) some time today. In addition, a Parent Forum is scheduled for this Thursday, August 6th, at 7pm to discuss the virtual option and answer any questions you may have. The deadline for registering for the virtual option will be August 12th. Good plans cannot be accomplished last minute and we want the BEST for our students! Here's the link to the forum: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/673071381 You can also dial in using your phone. 1 866 899 4679 Access Code: 673-071-381 Thanks for your continued support and positive demeanor during this unprecedented time! Judy Paolucci, Superintendent
Are you interested in being a substitute teacher or substitute paraprofessional (teacher assistant) in Smithfield? Teacher substitutes please use this link to apply on SchoolSpring: https://www.schoolspring.com/job.cfm?jid=3313878 For teacher assistants, please use this link: https://www.schoolspring.com/job.cfm?jid=3313880 Please complete the application process on SchoolSpring and apply for a National BCI, (the form is included in a link in the posting). We will then notify you of receipt of the National BCI. At that time, the remainder of the forms can be dropped off or mailed to the Administration Office at 49 Farnum Pike, Smithfield, RI 02917. We look forward to you joining our team!
Our Return to School Plan Districts are not being given the choice of a return scenario. Instead, we were asked to create 3 plans for returning to school - full return to buildings, partial return, and limited return (distance learning) so that we will be ready for whatever the governor decides. Our plan is available on this link: https://bit.ly/394aWpD
Smithfield Families, You're invited to a Return to School Family Forum on Tuesday, July 14th at 7pm. The forum will focus on three challenges - transportation, physical distancing in classrooms, and access to distance learning when the expectation is for a physical return to school. Join us using this link: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/813375837. You can also dial in using your phone: 1 877 568 4106, Access Code: 813-375-837. To help us make this forum most beneficial, please ask questions, in advance, on this form: https://forms.gle/x14o2Sw94RTgQLNT8. We value your partnership and feedback as we endeavor to plan for a safe and successful return to school. Sincerely, Judy Paolucci, Superintendent And Members of the Return to School Committee #safeandsuccessful
Please Complete the Bus Survey by Tomorrow-July 14--Thank you! Plans for the safe reopening of school in September must comply with RIDOH directives, including social distancing on buses. The recommendation from the Governor's office and the District is that parents, if possible, make arrangements to either drive their students to school (potentially arranging carpools) or allow them to walk or bike to school. Per district policy, elementary children who live one walking mile or more from their home school are eligible for bus transportation. For secondary students, the eligibility zone is greater than two miles from the school. While buses may have picked up some students in the walk zone in the past, this will not be possible this year. Parents of eligible students, who know they NEED a school bus, must OPT-IN for transportation for the school year. If parents/guardians do not register for bus transportation, those students will be removed from bus rosters, allowing for more accurate planning. BY JULY 14, 2020, we are asking parents to submit this form FOR EACH of their children and indicate whether or not they need bus transportation. [Link: https://forms.gle/RB35tUAG8kYzSXYc7 ] Here are the current guidelines for bus transportation: 1. All students on buses are required to wear masks and must have been screened at home before getting on the bus each day. 3. Students will use hand sanitizer as they enter/exit the bus. 4. Students will be seated one child per seat unless they are with siblings. 5. Students will have assigned seats. Students need to ride the same bus to and from school. 6. Students must all sit facing forward. 7. Physical distancing at bus stops is recommended.
Return to School Committee Report #1-June 21, 2020 Please visit the link below to view the first Return to School Committee report. Reports will be coming weekly to keep parents and staff informed of planning. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1XgQDmOvoN4DrksMBqJhRLDkCETY6mHp2Mg0K_xf2AZI/edit
As many of you know, Ms. Barbara Furtado is retiring after 25 years of teaching students to read at LaPerche! She has been an amazing inspiration to so many students over the years and countless have learned how to uncover the secrets of the English language under her direction. Ms. Furtado brought positive energy and a love of kids to her job EVERY SINGLE DAY. We can’t thank you enough for your dedication to the students at LaPerche, Ms. Furtado. You will be missed greatly! Please check our this beautiful tribute to Ms. Furtado! https://youtu.be/mSIAOAaV66g Thank you, Kerri McMahon, for creating the video and to all who contributed.
Check out the Virtual Photo Project created by LaPerche Students. LaPerche art teacher, Miss Miller, challenged the students to create a photo project using the items that were most important to them during virtual learning. The project was based on the work by artist Gregg Segal. Miss Miller certainly kept the students engaged during virtual learning! https://drive.google.com/file/d/1jaQyV-RmyE2itYpWLccv7yJom-SHmYAP/view LaPerche Virtual Photos--Check out the finished projects! https://drive.google.com/file/d/1hlKiJbmowFomYjkzVNhAOBWqLwP06mRd/view
If you ask LaPerche kids to list their favorite days of school, Field Day would be close to the top for most. This year we had to host field day virtually. Each LaPerche faculty member partnered up and created an online station. The kids traveled as a class to each station and from the looks of the pictures, had a blast! Thank you to all the staff for bringing the energy and to the families for jumping into field day with the students! Virtual Field Day was a smashing success! To see all the field day photos, please check out this link: https://photos.app.goo.gl/xm1HME8AvMhFGUjF8 If you have more field day photos to share, send them to Mrs. Dorsey at firstname.lastname@example.org
Yesterday, LaPerche families picked up summer packages and dropped off Chromebooks and other materials. It was great to see so many families and students who we have missed desperately!! The pick up line was a great place to celebrate some of our students with perfect attendance and to reconnect with so many families!! We miss you and can’t wait to see you in the fall! Congratulations to all of our students who achieved perfect attendance. It is an outstanding accomplishment!!
Smithfield's Return to School committee began its work to plan for schooling for the 2020-2021 school year. An important part of that work is to reach out to parents and staff to better understand your concerns and expectations for the fall. Please watch for an invitation to join a focus group and for surveys that will be sent over the next week or so. Today, at 1pm, the governor and commissioner outlined their expectations for the fall . A statewide school calendar for 2020-2021 has also been posted https://bit.ly/3hgh3L6 . Guidelines for reopening will not be out until June 19th and districts will have until July 17th to submit a plan for 3 different scenarios. Our goal is to develop a plan that best meets the needs of our families and staff here in Smithfield. We will be communicating with you often this summer as our plans are developed. Judy Paolucci, Superintendent
Can you dance? Sing? Tell a joke? Juggle? Play an instrument? Have another amazing talent? It's almost time for the LaPerche Virtual Talent Show! Gather your family and put together an act. All videos need to be submitted by Friday, May 22 and will be combined into one amazing show! Don't miss out! Check out this document for all the details: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1XK70BzjpkFnISkXnXFCBSujvcIbChGO5JWFBBj_hi-g/edit
LaPerche Families celebrated the faculty in so many different ways during Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week. Check out these amazing videos created by all of YOU! Thank you! https://docs.google.com/document/d/12ayIxMKJGgazqMsTr8KKGatNlD81-SANRzLqevmeZ1I/edit
LaPerche students worked with their families to clean up the earth on Earth Day 2020! Thank you to all for teaching your children about the importance of taking care of our environment. For more Earth Day clean up photos, check out this album: https://photos.app.goo.gl/N7SvmAPTMKY5aCUs8
LaPerche celebrated Reading Week April 27-May 1. We had an awesome week which included Mad Hatter Monday, Tropical Tuesday, Wild Wednesday, Thankful Thursday and Funny Friday! Mrs. Clapprood, our amazing librarian, led a daily read around and craft time and we ended the week with a performance by Keith Munslow. LaPerche kids love Reading Week and the faculty do too! Check out the rest of the photos from Reading Week! https://photos.app.goo.gl/Q72L2JsFVFqj7Jqf8
Meme Challenge There is no doubt memes are a current social media trend so why not do some art history with a modern twist? Last week 5th grade students at LaPerche and McCabe were challenged to make their own memes using images from art history. They interpreted the art work and added a humorous phrase as if to narrate the image. Their clever phrases gave these old masterpieces new life, and will put a smile on your face! Thank you, Miss Miller, for your creativity! Check them out by clicking the link: https://photos.app.goo.gl/jdtgM8eBCAymXvtt8
Nominate a LaPerche Educator for Teacher of the Year! Do you know an educator who embodies the values of our school community? Consider nominating a teacher for this year’s Teacher of the Year. To nominate a Smithfield educator, provide their name and school as well as an explanation for what makes them worthy of this year’s award (300 words or less) in an email or through the mail to Dr. Paolucci (put TOY in subject line) by April 28th. Nominations will be reviewed by a committee and an awardee will be announced in May. If there's a year when educators deserve as much recognition as possible, it's this one! email@example.com
Today, Mr. Mederios’s class did real life math while they were working on conversions. The students took a guess about how much his daughter weighed and then converted it from pounds to ounces. The guesses were anywhere from 7 to 20 pounds. The answer is 10.5lbs which is 165 ounces! It was great to show the kids how they will use math in their daily lives!
LaPerche is so thankful for all of our healthcare workers! For Spirit Day #6, LaPerche students decorated their doors to honor and thank the amazing healthcare workers. If you are a first responder, please share your picture below and tell us what you want our students to understand about your role! For more pictures of Spirit Day #6, check out this link: https://photos.app.goo.gl/FEWLfg9wkaNV5Wf88
Smithfield High School's National Honor Society is hosting a Live Stream Story Time each weeknight beginning Monday, April 13 at 7 P.M.. This event is appropriate for children of any age level. Each night a SHS National Honor Society student, SHS students and local community members will read a bedtime story that lasts approximately 15 minutes. A repeat of that night's story will live stream 5 minutes after the first reading ends. This live stream event is open to the public and we encourage all families and friends who have elementary age kids or younger to join us! If you have any questions please email either Vin Zibelli firstname.lastname@example.org or co-advisory Derek Snow email@example.com Happy Reading! https://stream.meet.google.com/stream/dd26b2ae-e90c-4a1d-8d5d-35185b2d148f
So proud of our teachers and district for the ways they are supporting students and families during virtual learning. We miss the interactions with our students and can't wait to be back together as a school unit! Check out what some of them had to say in this Valley Breeze article: https://www.valleybreeze.com/2020-04-08/observer-smithfield-west/smithfield-teachers-talk-distance-learning#.XpCjushKjZs
Rhode Island Parent Information Network is an excellent resource for Rhode Island families. Check out the site for a variety of items including "Resources and Information about COVID-19 as it pertains to Health Insurance, Education, Individuals with disabilities, older adults, and basic needs..." https://ripin.org/
Check out this awesome opportunity from the Smithfield Fire and Smithfield Police Departments! WE ARE HERE, AND WE CARE! We know things are tough right now but we still want to celebrate the day you were born! We would like to send a fire truck, rescue, and police cruiser to you on your special day to wish you a Happy Birthday. Of course, we will be using our social distancing procedures! Submit address and contact information and we will drive to your home, turn on our lights and sirens, and give you Happy, Happy Birthday wishes! Email firstname.lastname@example.org or log onto www.Smithfieldfire.com and go under Fire Prevention. All ages are welcome!!!!
LaPerche students are active students day in and day out! Students are enjoying P.E. class at home and still connect with Mr. Connell via google hangouts meet! Don't forget to get moving everyday! For more photos of students exercising their bodies, check out the album: https://photos.app.goo.gl/LvnTEe56JnkXDar47
Virtual Spirit Day #3 at LaPerche was Outside Fun Day! And when it rained that day, for many it became indoor board game fun! Love to see so many families enjoying time together! For all the Day 3 Photos, visit this link: https://photos.app.goo.gl/QhWSLwGWZfaBPEhJ9
Virtual Spirit Day #2 at LaPerche was Fort Day! LaPerche students showed off their creativity with this challenge. For all the Fort Day photos, visit this link: https://photos.app.goo.gl/vr6Ny58kcn3aKw4g8
One way LaPerche students have been staying connected is through virtual spirit days! Day 1 was pictures of your at home Learning Station! Check out this link to see all of the organized learning stations! https://photos.app.goo.gl/euQHJzojx9fbd9ng8
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!