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 @ firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com. 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!