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Dear Winsor Families,
It has been wonderful to welcome back all of our smiling faces these first couple of days.  Everyone at Winsor is so excited for what is to follow.  As always we are fully committed to the development of the whole child.  We appreciate your support and eagerly anticipate all of the great events that will follow this year.  Thank you for your cooperation, support and trust.

Brian Ackerman, Principal

The William Winsor Art Show is Thursday, June 8th 6:00PM - 8:00PM

posted May 24, 2017, 10:37 AM by Jennifer Ross   [ updated May 24, 2017, 10:38 AM ]

*Any VIP Trained parents that are interested in helping Miss Burrows hang artwork on Wednesday, June 7th, please email Miss Burrows at lburrows@smithfield-ps.org
 
*Any VIP Trained parents that are interested in helping Miss Burrows take artwork down on Friday, June 9th, during the school day, please email Miss Burrows! :) 
 
Thank you in advance! Can't wait for the show!! 

Principal For The Day

posted May 24, 2017, 9:47 AM by Jennifer Ross   [ updated May 24, 2017, 9:49 AM ]

On Friday, May 19th; Giada Lanzieri was Principal for the Day at William Winsor.  The kid hads lots fun dressing as twins and lots of extra recess.  Giada got to arrive to school on a fire truck and call busses at the end of the day. What a fun way to end a beautiful week.

5th Grade Flava!

posted May 24, 2017, 9:36 AM by Jennifer Ross   [ updated May 25, 2017, 6:58 AM ]

We finally have the video available to post online.....enjoy!

Shop William Winsor's Book Fair Online!

posted Apr 4, 2017, 11:19 AM by Jennifer Ross   [ updated Apr 5, 2017, 10:35 AM ]

William Winsor's Book Fair - SHOP ONLINE NOW!                         



                                                William Winsor Book Fair Information Page



Meet the Author Event!

posted Mar 30, 2017, 11:59 AM by Jennifer Ross

Local Children's Author, Christina Roderick, is coming to William Winsor on April 10, 2017. 

Would you like to bring home a personalized signed copy of Christina's book, "No Peanuts for Pete?", please see attached.

We Need Your Input!

posted Mar 3, 2017, 8:05 AM by Jennifer Ross

Familes of Students in Grades 3-5:

We need your input... 

The Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) is asking for families to offer input about schools across the state. As we are all proud of what our students learn at Winsor, it is important to make our voices heard. Survey Works is a brief, on-line survey that measures instruction, learning, and culture at our school. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey. The results are confidential. 

You can access the survey by going to:  surveys.panoramaed.com/ride

Our access code is : 31103family             (All one word, all lower case letters)

As an added incentive, we will be raffling off a prize at the end of the survey window, March 31st.

Once you have completed the survey, please email me at backerman@smithfield-ps.org and I will enter your name into the drawing. 

If you would like a paper copy of the survey, please email me and I will provide one for you.

Thank you in advance. We so greatly appreciate your partnership with us. As always, questions and concerns are welcome.

Mr. Ackerman

R.I. Foundation awards nearly $190K to teachers

posted Jan 20, 2017, 9:48 AM by Jennifer Ross   [ updated Jan 20, 2017, 9:48 AM ]

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.

See attached to read the full article from the Valley Breeze...

School Reminders

posted Jan 6, 2017, 8:02 AM by Jennifer Ross   [ updated Jan 12, 2017, 10:05 AM ]

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 jross@smithfield-ps.org 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 jross@smithfield-ps.org is also an acceptable form of notification.  Unless an emergency, please do not make changes to a child’s dismissal after 12pm.

Fundraising Opportunities

posted Jan 6, 2017, 8:00 AM by Jennifer Ross

Looking for fundraising ideas or opportunities, be sure to check out the page on under the PTO link here on this website:

School Improvement Team

posted Jan 6, 2017, 7:53 AM by Jennifer Ross

School Improvement Team: The school improvement team is looking for members of the school to join faculty subcommittees. The School Improvement Team will look at all facets of the school, including curriculum, assessment, climate, culture, and technology. We meet as a team to determine where we stand in each area and where we stand with regard to the District Strategic Plan. We then set goals for our school, specific action items, and timelines for meeting these goals. It is important that our work aligns with the District Strategic Plan. The Team will meet monthly, after school. If interested reach out to Mr. Ackerman at backerman@smithfield-ps.org to participate. Group meeting will begin in the upcoming weeks. The more connections we have the better for all!

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