Weekly Update 1/26

“We are striving to forge a union with purpose,

To compose a country committed to all cultures, colors, characters, and conditions of man.” – Amanda Gorman

Less than one week ago, the world watched as Amanda Gorman, the nation’s first-ever youth poet laureate and a woman of color, read a poem that issued a clarion call to Americans to come together in celebration and appreciation of our differences at the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States of America.  Ms. Gorman, who is not much older than our high school students, was impressive with her well crafted words.  They serve as a reminder that there is still a great deal of work to be done in regards to the acceptance and tolerance of all people regardless of race, creed, sexual orientation, or identity. 

Racial slurs and hate speech have become commonplace in our society but they are NEVER acceptable. Regardless of our individual ideals or values, we as human beings need to be respectful of and civil to others. The school district is aware that racism, hatred and bigotry have found their way into our school walls. The “A Classroom of Difference” program, in partnership with ADL’s A World of Difference® Institute, is helping students and faculty at Smithfield High School work earnestly to address bias and bullying both inside and outside our school community.

Any student wishing to be part of the solution is encouraged to join our ADL student group. We have training Friday, January 29th. If you are interested, please contact assistant principal, Dr. Allison Amodie for more information.

COVID Update

COVID testing for students, athletes, and coaches continues to go well. This week we will test students with last names A-K on Wednesday, January 27th from 12-2. If a student would like to be tested at that time they need to have a consent form signed by a parent. Copies of consent forms will also be found in English classes. The electronic version can be found here.  Please see Dr. Paolucci’s latest blog and weekly report for additional information.

Updated Travel Quarantine Guidance

From Dr. Paolucci’s Recent Update – An executive order issued by the governor allows for three quarantine options for someone returning to RI after traveling to a US state where >5% of COVID tests are positive. The “gold standard” is to quarantine for 14 days and self-monitor for symptoms.  As an exception, you may provide proof of a negative result from a COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours prior to your arrival.  Travelers may also receive a COVID-19 test during their quarantine period in RI and get a negative result can stop quarantining but should still self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days.  We are now allowing members of our school community to use the testing options to reduce or eliminate the need to quarantine.  We remind parents, however, that travel during school days is considered a non-excused absence, even with the availability of distance learning.  Ensuring school attendance is an important parental responsibility that results in school success as well as strong work ethics in adults.  

Survey Works

The Rhode Island Department of Education is currently administering its annual SurveyWorks
Family Survey, which is an opportunity for family members to provide feedback about our
school community and our children’s opportunities to learn. The survey results are most useful
when all families participate, so I am writing to ask you to participate in this survey.

Your views on matters like the safety of your child at school, the way students are taught, the
condition of the school, and how connected you feel to this school are important. By taking this
short survey, you can help our school leadership and school community to make improvements.
Responses are anonymous and cannot be linked to any individual; no one can tie your responses
back to you.

You can take the short survey online between January 19 and March 31. To take the survey, visit
bit.ly/ridefamily . Choose your school from the dropdown list.

5 Easy Steps to Complete Your Family Survey
Step 1: Visit bit.ly/ridefamily
Step 2: Select Smithfield Senior High School from the dropdown menu.
Step 3: On the Welcome page, your school’s survey will be displayed. Click “Start Surveys”
Step 4: You have now accessed the family survey. In the top left hand corner, there is a drop
down menu. Select English or Spanish or Portuguese.
Step 5: For each question, select the answers that best apply to your experience and beliefs. Once
finished, click “Submit,” and you are done!

Lifetouch Picture Retakes

Lifetouch Photography will be offering picture retakes on February 8 & 9 from 12 pm – 3:30 pm. Virtual students may have their retake after the school ends.

​Stop & Shop Community Bag Program

We are so excited to share that SHS Parent Council has been selected to be a part of the Stop & Shop Community Bag Program, which is designed to make it easy for customers to contribute to their local community while supporting the environment.

For the month of January, each time a $2.50 reusable Community Bag is purchased at the Stop & Shop located at Greenville$1 will be donated to SHS Parent Council, unless otherwise directed by the customer through the Giving Tag. This is a great way to raise awareness, support the environment and fundraise for parent council.

Parent Council Calendar Fundraiser

Hello SHS Families!
Welcome 2021…a New Year with new beginnings. To say 2020 was a challenge would be an
understatement. We know that only brighter days are ahead with the fresh start of this most
anticipated New Year.
With the new year comes a renewed spirit within the Parent Council. We are planning our first
fundraiser of the 2020 – 2021 school year. The fundraiser, a calendar raffle, will help to raise
much needed funds for both the Parent Council and a celebration of our 2021 Seniors.
Here are the details…
Parent Council will be holding a calendar raffle which will run from January 15th, 2021 through
January 29th, 2021. The cost of each raffle calendar will be $15. Payment for the raffle can be
made by check, mailed to or dropped off at SHS, or online using our CheddarUp account SHS
Winter Wonder Calendar Raffle
. A PDF of the calendar will be emailed to everyone that
purchases one. The winners will be notified via email and the prizes will be available for pickup
at SHS.
Thank you so very much for your continued support of the Parent Council. Our mission of
championing our SHS community is now more important than ever before and we could not do it
without the help of every one of you. If you have any questions regarding Parent Council or the
fundraiser, please reach out to Amy Antunes at (401) 261-1826 or by email at
amy.antunes@gmail.com.
Our best to you for the New Year…2021, the best IS yet to come!
SHS Parent Council

Special Guest Reader At SHS

Check out Kobe, our pet therapy dog, sneaking in some reading time in the library.

Have a great week!

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