Principal Madden’s Weekly Update—Week of January 27, 2020

Principal Madden’s Weekly Update—Week of January 27, 2020

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 will send information and permission slips to families this week.

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 winter fun at recess (most of our students really love to play outside, even in the cold weather!).

One of the photos is from Friday, when we had some warmer weather.

Other photos who some of the creative and thoughtful work of some of our students around the values that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. fostered.

And, there is one photo of great cooperation around the trains in kindergarten. Getting along respectfully is something we work on every day here at school, and our students are very kind.

Important Upcoming Dates

Friday, January 31: Kindergarten Report Cards sent home

Monday, February 3 at 6:00: School Council

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

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