Principal Madden’s Weekly Update—Week of February 3, 2020

Principal Madden’s Weekly Update—Week of February 3, 2020

2019 School Report Card

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.

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 & 

From Superintendent, Dr. John Provost:

Dear Caregivers,

We enter this budget season without knowing the outcome of the Proposition 2 1/2 override vote. As always, we will advocate for the high priority needs of our schools. Obviously, we would be able to address those needs more effectively with additional funding from the override. We will plan for either outcome by preparing multiple budget scenarios this year. As is always the case, we will solicit input from the faculty, staff, students, and community members to help us determine priorities for our budget planning. We invite you to share your thoughts by responding to this survey which is posted on the district website and available directly at this link.


This week’s photos show a kindergarten writer, first grade readers, an idea about how a first grader can be a good reader, some busy members of our Lego Robotics Club, and three photos that show the various seating/standing options for working in Mr. Y.’s 5th grade classroom. Also, we had a wonderful visit and workshop from fabulous author (and Ryan Road parent) Jarrett Krosoczka! It was another wonderful week and R.K. Finn Ryan Road School!

Student Leadership Drive

Check out the attached flyer for our Student Leadership Drive for the Survival Center during the month of February!


Important Upcoming Dates

Monday, February 3 at 6:00: School Council

Wednesday, February 5: Global Play Day—Extra play for all throughout the afternoon!

Wednesday, February 5 at 6:30: Nature’s Classroom Information Night for 4th Grade Families

Friday, February 7: Movie Night at 6:00

Wednesday, February 12 at 6:30: PTO Meeting

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

Week of February 17: School Vacation Week.

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 25 6-7: Family Game Night

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 

School Calendar

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