Principal Madden’s Weekly Update—Week of February 10, 2020

Principal Madden’s Weekly Update—Week of February 10, 2020

Check out our 2019 School Report Card recently posted on the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education website.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Friday is Valentine’s Day, and most classes will celebrate with some fun and sharing of nice thoughts for friends, but I want to remind everyone that we are not sharing sweet treats at school. We are working to make sure that everyone is safe and not consuming special foods in class. Let me know if you have any concerns. Thank you

School Video Project 

I hope you have seen the Kindergarten video that was created this past fall. It is right at the top of our school website. This project started at Leeds (the videographers are parents there) and has expanded to try and get the word out about all that is going on in our public schools.

The project will continue with a video about our whole school and some testimonials from teachers and parents. I sent other information and permission slips home last week. Call the school office if you did not receive this information. Kindergarten families did not get sent the permission slips, since we already have yours from the fall. 

Here is some information from the videographers:

Hi! We are two parents who want to help promote our public elementary schools by making a video to highlight the strengths of our schools and the district in general.  We would really like to hear from YOU – families of children who go to Ryan Road Elementary School! 

Please click on this link to complete the Ryan Road School Family Survey.

Hola! Somos dos apoderadas que queremos ayudar a promocionar  nuestros colegios públicos haciendo un video para destacar las fortalezas en nuestros colegios y dentro del distrito en general. Nos gustaría escuchar de USTEDES –  las familias de los niños que asisten a Ryan Road Elementary School! 

Por favor, usa esta link para completar la Encuesta de Familias de Ryan Road School. 

Thank you so much for your time!

Katherine McCusker & Rebecca Herskovitz & 


This week’s photos show lots of fun at our Global Play Day last Wednesday. It was a really wonderful afternoon offering a variety of amusements for all ages.

The other photos show some fun from Movie Night. Tom Murphy is our exceptional popcorn maker, and is seen ready for customers.

Join the SEPAC on Google Groups!

For parents who belong to the Special Education Parents Advisory Council (SEPAC), or want to join, the SEPAC is moving its community list serve to Google Groups.
You may request to be added by going to (Copy and paste into your browser) and clicking on Join Group.

Come get your questions on special education in Northampton answered by fellow parent, share your stories, and build community.

Important Upcoming Dates

Tuesday, February 11: 100th Day of School! 

Wednesday, February 12 at 6:30: PTO Meeting in the library

Wednesday, February 12 at 7:00: Information Meeting for the Proposition 2 ½ Override in the gym

Week of February 17: School Vacation Week.

Monday, March 2: Read Across Ryan Road and Book Swap

Wednesday, March 4 from 3:30-6:30: Kindergarten Registration

Friday, March 6 at 6:00: Final Movie Night of this year

Tuesday, March 10 at 9:30: Annual Music Concert (all classes perform)

Thursday, March 12 at 6:30: Science Night

Friday, March 13: Early Dismissal (12:20) Teacher Work Day

Friday, March 20: Report Cards sent home for grades 1-5

Thursday, March 26 6:00-7:00: Family Game Night

Also, MCAS Testing 2020 Dates

Grade 3 (ELA)

April 1 & April 8

Grade 4 (ELA)

March 31 & April 7               

Grade 5 (ELA)

April 2 & April 9 

Grade 3 (Math)

May 6 & May13

Grade 4 (Math)

May 5 & May 12    

Grade 5 (Math)

May 7 & May 14 

Grade 5 (Science)

May 18 and May 20 

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

Proposition 2 1/2 Override Town Hall Meetings

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