Frenchtown Academic News

For the week of October 17, 2016

Stuffed Animal Drive

Dear Frenchtown Elementary Families, October, 2016

My name is Sydney Fay and am a freshman at East Greenwich High School. My sister’s name is Allie and she is in seventh grade at Cole. Twenty-five years ago our grandparents, Robert and Darlene Della Rocca, began a non-profit organization to help children and adults in developing nation get the eye care they need. This organization is called The Volunteer Health Program, (VHP). Every year, many doctors and nurses volunteer their time and skill to helping people in the Dominican Republic. Many of these children have problems with their eyes that they can’t afford to fix. When the VHP (Volunteer Health Program) goes to the Dominican Republic they provide the basic eye care they need, from a pair of glasses to pediatric surgery. Over 85 doctors and nurses see about 1700 to 2000 patients during each annual mission.

I had the opportunity to travel with the VHP to the Dominican Republic this past March and it was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I performed vision screening and would fit patients with eye glasses. Many children that were seen were referred for surgery. I will never forget how each child reacted when they were given a stuffed animal after surgery. The joy and comfort these toys provide was amazing to witness. I plan to go back to the Dominican Republic again this year.

My sister and I have made it our mission to collect gently used stuffed animals from our community for The Volunteer Health Program to bring with them to the Dominican Republic. These stuffed animals will be given to the children who undergo eye surgery. This will give them comfort before and after their surgery. Many of these children are very poor and don’t have any toys. So making this donation will bring smiles to their faces knowing that someone cares.

How you can help…

Bring in a any stuffed animals that your children are finished playing with.

We will accept gently used or new stuffed animals.

A collection bin will be placed in the front of the school and at the car-bear entrance to hold all donations from Tuesday, Oct 11- Friday, October 21st.

Any amount will be greatly appreciated. One toy can make a child’s day.

Thank you so much for helping the Volunteer Health Program in their efforts to give these children a brighter, clearer world!

Sincerely, Sydney and Allie Fay

To find out more about the VHP visit:

★ or email me at or Allie at Thank you :)

RI Festival of Children's Books and Authors

RI Festival of Children's Books and Authors

The festival takes place at Lincoln School in Providence from 9 - 5:30, Saturday, October 15. Admission is $5 per person. Children (and their families) are able to meet national authors face-to-face and listen to 20 minute presentations from authors whom they love. Storytellers and musical performances will also be happening and lunch will be available for purchase from a variety of food trucks.

Facebook page link:

RI Festival of Children's Books and Authors

Lincoln School, 301 Butler Avenue, Providence RI

Authors: Cece Bell, Sophie Blackall, Bryan Collier, Anika Denise, Chris Denise, Candace Fleming, Natasha Friend, Mitch Krpata, Eric Rohmann, Sergio Ruzzier, Anita Silvey, Chris Van Allsburg and Elizabeth Wein.

Storytellers: Mark Binder, Katie Latimer and Marcia Taylor

School Picture Retakes


Lifetouch Studios will be at Frenchtown Elementary on November 4, 2016, for retakes and for those that missed original picture day.

If you wish to have your child's picture retaken, please send the original package with your child on retake day.

To place an order, order envelopes are available in the school office. To order at, enter Picture Day ID PC046454Q1.

If there is a problem with the package from original picture day or wish to request a refund, please call Lifetouch at 401-828-5220. Please do not return the package to the school.

Upcoming Events:

Chess: October 18-December 13, Tuesday mornings

BOKS: Monday/Friday 7:55-8:40 a.m. October 17-December 9

October 19: PTG Before School Classes

October 20: COA presentation

Happy Birthday to our Frenchtown Friends!

October 17: Courtney C. < Siena P. and Anthony P.

October 19: Mrs. Schwender

October 21: Mrs. "Queen" Rakovic

In the classrooms:



Students are learning about solid figures as well as being introduced to measurement and data. Students are beginning to learn about concepts of describing objects by length and attribute.


In Fundations, students are continuing the review of letters c and o as well as being introduced to the letters, letter sound, and letter keywords of a and g.


Students will be learning topic, beginning event, and ending event.

Students will continue practice on Daily 5 with review of reading to self, listening to reading, word work, writing, and reading to someone.


Are the leaves changing? What do you see outside? How does it feel? What is the temperature like?


Students have completed the PBIS lessons-reviewing how to be safe, respectful, and responsible in school!

Grade 1:


Children are learning subtraction skills within 10. They will be shown the relationship between addition and subtraction. This is a good time to start doing addition and subtraction flash cards at home with your child. The children are expected to be fluent in these facts. Flashcards are available at the Dollar Tree store and at Target and WalMart.


First graders are learning to use the skills taught in Fundations to tap out sounds when writing.


Children are working in guided reading groups and are doing independent activities in Daily 5. Please have your child read 15 min. per night or to go on the RAZ-Kids program to practice and build reading skills/fluency.


We continue the Balance and Motion kit lessons. The children are using tops and zoomers to learn about spinning. They will soon learn about things that roll.


We enjoyed meeting you at Open House. If you have not yet signed up for a Parent Teacher conference on Tues. Nov. 8, please contact your child’s teacher.

Grade 2:


Second graders are now working on place value through 999. Children will be learning to identify the value of the digit in the one’s, ten’s, and hundred’s place.


The children will continue writing and discussing their opinions on different pieces of literature.


We will be focusing on various comprehension skills as we learn to become better readers.

We will also be continuing to work on improving our phonemic awareness skills through Fundations.


We will be investigating the question:

What is air?


Please note that your children should be working on IXL addition problems, and place value problems. We are pleased to to let you know that we now have access to IXL Language Arts skills. Enjoy checking it out!

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