Dear North Smithfield Families,
This is a quick note to thank you for sending us your students this year. Unfortunately, I was ill last week and missed one of my favorite moments of the year; waiting with my camera for the buses to arrive at NSES to capture images of nervous students getting off the bus and suddenly bursting with excitement as they see their friends and are greeted by their teachers.
NSES was so happy to connect with families through Bedtime Stories and finally meet families and students at their Back to School Night.
NSMS at its open house was proud to show off the newly renovated classrooms with its teachers eager to meet their student's parents.
NSHS had a blast at Freshmen Orientation filled with information and activities introducing new students to the programs and staff who are here to prepare the way for success in high school and beyond.
Also, there have been a few concerns related to the management and renovations of the athletic field. I was going to send and share the attached letter at the end of the summer regarding concerns that were expressed during Town Council and School Committee meetings, in the press, and across social media in order to clear up any misunderstandings regarding the history, renovations, and management of the North Smithfield Public Schools (NSPS) athletic complex. However, I did not want any external issues to detract from focusing on the successful opening of our schools. Now that schools are open, I hope the attached message will bring clarity for some.
We had a great opening week and we look forward to great weeks throughout the entirety of the school year! We have a great team and feel privileged to be a part of this community.
Michael St. Jean,