Smithfield is one of 15 communities that had competed for grant funding for reading and classroom innovation projects, and the Foundation announced last Friday that both Winsor and Old County Road Elementary would receive funding for visual arts projects. Winsor will also host a reading program through an additional “spark grant.”
At Winsor Elementary and Old County Elementary, Lindsay Burrows, art teacher, will direct students through a project that will combine both digital and visual arts. Each student in these classes, Burrows explained, will have the opportunity to talk about an influential person in their life and tell their story through handmade artwork, photography, a written story and a digital presentation.
“The visual arts world is moving more and more in the technology direction,” she said, explaining that the grant includes the purchase of a projector, iMovie software and speaker equipment that will allow students to include their subjects’ voices as they tell their story.
Burrows said it’s not often that art teachers are able to incorporate technology into their classrooms, and she’s thrilled to offer this opportunity to her students. Once their projects are completed, she explained, their work will be displayed at a school art show in June. The project setup will allow Burrows’ students to show how they pieced their work together.
“The ideas that start the process are really inspiring and exciting, and I think that’s really important to show other people,” she said.
Julia Tanski, a 3rd-grade teacher at the school, announced that Winsor students would be creating and publishing their own books to share with the community after working with Lucinda Landon, a mystery author, who will visit the school.
More than 200 students are said to benefit from the program, according to a news release from the Foundation, and 500 books will be donated to the school’s library.
Tanksi told The Breeze & Observer that as soon as the materials come in over the next few weeks, “We’re ready to jump right in.”
Students will work on their stories on Google Chromebooks while using Google Classroom, she explained, and once their work is complete, the 3rd-graders will present their book to younger students at the library.
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On February, 16th, our Winsor Family is celebrating Formal Day. We are looking for family members, that have been trained in formal dancing, to volunteer your time to share your talent with our students. This fine form of dance is unfamiliar to many of our students. On our special Formal Day, we would love to show off some of our talented Winsor dancers. If you are interested in participating in our very own Dancing with Smithfield Stars, please email Gayle Mooney at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Winter in New England is upon us, please be sure that your child wears a coat, hat, and gloves or mittens each day. We will do our best to have our students go outside for recess as long as the “feels like” temperature is 20°F degrees or warmer and not excessive ice on the blacktop. It is very important for them to get fresh air and have time to release pent up energy!
Student drop off begins at 8:00 a.m., students may not be dropped off prior to this time as supervision is limited in the morning. Any student arriving after the 8:20 a.m. bell must be signed in by a parent in the office. Parents may not drop off children at main entrance without signing in the child as a late arrival. Parents will be called and asked to return to school to sign in any child arriving after 8:20 a.m.
For those that are picking students up at dismissal should arrive no earlier than 2:45pm. Please park in the back parking lot with the car off. For the safety of everyone involved, cars need to remain parked until ALL students have been dismissed and are safely in vehicles; a faculty member will motion that it’s clear to exit the parking area.
Parents should inform the school, in writing, if their child is to be dismissed early. In an emergency situation, a telephone call or an email to Mrs. Ross at email@example.com will suffice. If someone other than the parent is picking up the child, we must be notified of the person’s name and they will be asked to produce a license before the child is released to them.
When deviating from the normal school dismissal procedure, parents should notify the school in writing. A note must be sent to school in the morning; an email to Mrs. Ross at firstname.lastname@example.org is also an acceptable form of notification. Unless an emergency, please do not make changes to a child’s dismissal after 12pm.