Principal Madden’s Weekly Update—Week of December 16

Principal Madden’s Weekly Update—Week of December 16

Report Cards were sent home with students on Friday, December 13. Please let us know if you did not receive one for your child. Also, let your child’s teacher and/or me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Our Student Leadership Team wants to remind you that there is one more week for the “Little Toy Drive”. We still have some toys available for families. Feel free to come and take anything.

Also, we have some wonderful toy donations from the Dunphy Toy Drive. If you want to come and pick up some things, please call the office and let us know—or just stop by. We want to make sure that all of the toys get into homes for the holidays.


This week’s photos show lot of engaging and fun happenings at school last week. In Ms. Desmond’s 4th grade, they were baking bread and designing ways to get a marble to make a bell ring at the end of paper towel tubes. We must have great engineers because I heard many ringing bells! Also, our 4th graders were enjoying books with their kindergarten learning buddies. Buddy time is a Ryan Road favorite!

In first grade, we had a father (who is also a wonderful musician) entertain students and provide music for several 10 second dance parties! Such fun. 

Second graders were reading by the “fire”. Very cozy. 

5th graders participated in “Robot Week” with our amazing Technology Integration Specialist, Ms. Mariani-Prall. They were programming the little robots and then were teaching younger students some of the skills. 

And, in art class some students were making clay birds and creating nests for them to nestle in. There were some adorable creations!

Florence Bank Customers – Please vote!

If you are a Florence Bank Customer, please vote for us in the Customers’ Choice Community Grants program: – last year we were awarded over $1000, so this really helps!

Important Upcoming 

December 20: Pajama Day (donations for the Sydney F. Smith Toy Fund) and Winter Solstice Celebration. On the Solstice, we will have our traditional noisy parade around the outside of the school at 2:15 and then have a treat of Clementines (we will need donations). This is also the last day of school before the Holiday Break.

Can you donate some Clementines for our Winter Solstice Celebration on Friday, December 20? Call the school office and let us know. Thank you!

January 2, 2020: Return to School!

January 10 at 6:00: Movie Night

January 15 at 6:30: PTO Meeting

Thursday, January 16 at 1:30: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration. All are welcome!

Friday, January 17: No School—Teacher Work Day

Monday, January 20: No School—Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Stay up to date with all of our school activities on our School Website’s Calendar!

I hope that all families feel welcome, comfortable, and valued at our school. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.


Sarah Madden, Principal