Principal Madden’s Weekly Update—Week of February 24, 2020

Principal Madden’s Weekly Update—Week of February 24, 2020

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

Donations for the Survival Center

Last week for donations for the Survival Center! Flyer attached with more information. Thank you!


Book Swap

Also, if you have any gently used books to donate to our Book Swap, that would be great. Drop off in the office this week.


School Video Project

School Video Project—Last Call for Input (by Friday, February 28) Currently only three families have responded to the survey. We can do better than that! Thank you!

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 a couple of weeks ago. We’ll be sending out another to those students who have not returned their permission slips. Call the school office if you did not receive this information. Kindergarten families did not get sent the new 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 a few of the incredibly creative 100 Day of School vests that our kindergarten students created for the fabulous parade. Also, there are some photos of that fun event! What a nice tradition here. Most of our older students remember what they put on their own vests in kindergarten.

Also, some students are seen investigating the inside of beans as part of the program with Grow Food Northampton. It was a mix of science and cooking as they prepared Corn Bean Tomato Salsa. Yum!

The other photo is of our wonderful therapy dog from Bright Spots who is intently listening to first grade readers. The dog comes every Tuesday morning to be a good listener and provide furry comfort.

Important Upcoming Dates

Monday, March 2: Read Across Ryan Road and Book Swap—See attached flyer with more information.

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

Wednesday, March 18 at 6:30: PTO Meeting

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

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

Friday, April 17 at 9:15: Dance Off!

April 20-24: School Vacation

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!

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