Giving “Thanks” Through Actions
In the midst of this holiday season, I want to take a moment to recognize the generosity and support of our entire school community – teachers, support staff, administrators, students, and parents - for their incredible community commitment – to give back to the community often times, those most in need.
Last year's efforts [recognized below] were truly overwhelming and humbling and, once again, continue this year. We ask that you consider helping us where you can. Thanks!
"Presents for Residents"
With the initiative and leadership of one of our teachers, Ms. Keri Blais, and the participation of our administrators and all staff, last year's "Presents for Residents" event was an incredible success. Twenty students from our district delivered a present to every resident at St. Antoine's Nursing Home. We also donated a gift card to the activities department at the nursing home and collected and donated over 100 lbs. of hygiene products.
Members of the NSHS Chamber Choir, who made the day even more special than anyone could have predicted, sang Holiday songs and interacted with our younger students and our seniors in the nursing home. It was a wonderful day filled with generosity and compassion.
We plan on repeating this initiative again this year! I hope that we can be as successful in this endeavor as last year.
Click here to view the attachment with information on this year's "Presents for Residents" program. Again, we are collecting donations at each school. If you would like to help us out and donate some of the products for our “Presents for Residents” initiative, you can drop them off at any school office.
If you have any questions or would like to be involved in this project, please feel free to contact me for more information.
The Giving Trees
Giving Trees have been set up in the staff lounges at NSES & Halliwell! Tree “tags” represent children in need in our community [no names of course.] School staff members are welcome to take a “tag” with an item, wrap the gift, and attach the tag to the outside of the package.
If you wish to participate, please check in at either elementary office. We welcome your help and participation.
All gifts need to be returned by Thursday, December 18th. Thank you all so much for making sure our students have a great holiday!
Middle School Students Go Caroling!
Last year, students from the Middle School went caroling over the holiday season on a bus to people’s homes in Town that are not able to get out on a regular basis. Warmly received throughout the community, the middle school students intend to continue with this effort in the hopes of bringing holiday cheer to people in the community.
Halliwell School: Food Drive and “Socktober”
Each year at the holiday season, our students, families, and staff participate in our Annual Food Drive to help feed those in need. Once again, our students led the way in supplying, sorting, and organizing the food collected. The donations are being provided to the Slatersville Congregational Church. We collected 580 canned goods.
We also participated in “Socktober” where we collected new socks (151) for families in need. Good deeds are a daily part of our school expectations. Our food drives provide our students an opportunity to show the community that service learning is an essential part of their lives as learners and community members.
Local Heroes to Lunch
NSES planned and hosted the first “Local Heroes to Lunch” last May. Over 15 police, fire, and EMTs were treated to lunch at NSES. They ate with students and played at recess. This year this special event is planned for December 18th. We are so fortunate to be working with the wonderful people that serve on our police, fire, EMT, and EMA departments. What a wonderful opportunity for our young children to make such great connections with our “local heroes.”
Annual Support Dinner For Wounded Veterans
Last year, we initiated our first District Annual Support Dinner for wounded veterans. The participation was very positive for the first year. Funds to host were derived from a student-led talent show. We plan to develop this event even further. We very much would like to improve on last year and increase the participation and recognition for our veterans. Please contact me if you would be willing to help with the planning and implementation of this event.
After School Family Events
After school family events including Literacy Night, Math Night, Chorus Concerts, and Gallery Night have already begun to happen and will continue throughout the year.
Northmen Service Initiative
NSHS student-athletes commit to service projects annually as part of the Northmen Service Initiative. Through this work, they formed meaningful partnerships with some great volunteer organizations such as the North Smithfield Food Pantry and the Special Olympics.
“Time for Technology” - COMMUNITY TECHNOLOGY EVENT – ALL WELCOME
If you haven't responded yet, please consider.
The North Smithfield Public Schools in conjunction with the Technology Department will host its first ever “Time for Technology” event. This event will be offered sometime in late January free of charge to parents, as well as community members.
This event will take place at the North Smithfield Middle School and multiple sessions will be offered based on community interest. They may include Introduction to Computers, Overview of Microsoft Office Applications, Google Apps, and Social Media 101. Additional workshops will be available based on the responses that are received from the Survey (see link below) that the District invites the public to take part in.
There will also be an opportunity to network with our District’s Technology Director as well as numerous technology-savvy teachers and staff. Refreshments will be provided.
“There are many technology initiatives and classes at our schools that we’d like to showcase and offer free of charge to our neighbors here in North Smithfield,” said Adam Stanley, District Director of Technology. “Technology is a vital part of the education we offer here in our schools and we want the public to have an inside glimpse and provide a hands-on experience and training with the latest technology.”
If you have an interest in attending this event and wish to share your own ideas –
Click to the right for the survey - Time for Technology Survey
“HELP WANTED” to Assist with School/District “News” [Communications, Electronic Newsletter, etc.]
Over the past two years, we have initiated an effort to share more District News through a revised approach to the District’s regular Constant Contact Newsletter; reformatted the District’s Main Webpage to coincide with the “snippets,” news, etc., from the newsletters; and, Building Principals continue to use blogs, school web pages, SchoolReach messages [on a limited basis as we prioritize SchoolReach for notices and emergencies.]
Whether we call it telling our story, journalism - whatever you choose to call it - it’s really about communicating what we do – sharing what we do – and continues to be a major goal of our District Strategic Plan and tied to Rhode Island’s Basic Education Program, and more.
This “outreach” effort requires time from all Building Administrators, the Superintendent, Melissa Mathurin, and Sherry McGahan. Our efforts and discussion have focused on how to improve both efficiency and effectiveness while making this a complete District effort involving all staff. Building Administrators have made teachers’/extracurricular advisors’, etc., participation an ever increasing priority. This year, we are looking at a few different strategies to really work towards coordination and comprehensiveness between buildings and throughout the District.
Would you be willing to help/volunteer with this effort?
If you would like to discuss further or to volunteer, please contact me at 769-5492 X2205.