Learning, Leading, and Loving Literacy

Hello everyone and Happy New Year!

I hope you are enjoying a fabulous start to 2017.  I am just returning from maternity leave. My second son Levi was born in September and I was fortunate enough to be home with him for three months. Although I miss him terribly every day, I am excited to be back and to reconnect with my students, families, and my friends at NSES.

One of my resolutions is to add more updates to this blog.  If you are visiting, you may notice that the last update was in September…adding a baby to the family certainly adds time constraints to blog posting!  If you have any suggestions about blog topics or would like me to post about anything in particular, please feel free to email me at tlafreniere@northsmithfieldschools.com and I would be happy to meet your needs.

One trend we have been noticing at NSES is the increased need for literacy intervention for students.  There are many theories about why this might be the case. Increased class size, less paraprofessional support, increased student need upon entering Kindergarten, higher standards – all these factors play a role and while it’s worth having a conversation about how we can address some of those issues, ultimately what we need right now is help.  We have two Reading Specialists at NSES and one Title I Reading Specialist to support Kindergarten, and although we service a significant number of students, there are always more that need support.  Some may only need a small amount of extra practice, a small boost, to help them become proficient readers.

This is why we are asking for your help.  If you or anyone you know has a few extra hours each week to work directly with students in the area of literacy, we would be more than grateful for your assistance. We are going to be setting up a specialized training session to specifically teach and support our literacy volunteers to work with students in the areas of reading and writing. I am including the information from our principal, Diane Jolin, below.  You may contact her (or me) with any questions regarding the training or the volunteer position.

Again, I am glad to be back with you and look forward to staying connected in 2017!


Tracy (tlafreniere@northsmithfieldschools.com)

Flyer: NSES Partners in Literacy Flyer

NSES Partners in Literacy Program

Volunteers Needed!

We are looking for volunteers to help NSES  first grade students. If you cannot volunteer but you know someone in the community who might like to help, please let them know about this fulfilling opportunity!

Volunteers would come in and listen to a student read books, practice sight words and practice letters, one student at a time.  They would work with as many students as possible within a one hour time slot.  We would like the volunteers to come in every week at the same time.  Volunteers could come in and help one, two or three times per week. The one hour time slot would be in the morning sometime between 8:45-11:30.

  • No classroom experience is needed.
  • Read with one or two students 60 minutes a week.
  • Receive ongoing training and support.
  • Make a difference in the life of a child and the life of the school.

If you are interested in this opportunity, complete the section below and return to Diane Jolin, Principal, at North Smithfield Elementary School, by Friday, January 13, 2017. Questions about the training can be forwarded to Mrs. Jolin at 401-765-2260 or djolin@northsmithfieldschools.com.

DEADLINE for reply is January 13, 2017.

____ I will participate in the reading intervention training


Phone #:______________________   Email: ______________________



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