Principal Madden’s Weekly Message—Week of June 13, 2022

Principal Madden’s Weekly Message—Week of June 13, 2022


This week’s photos show Field Day Fun! Thanks to all our wonderful volunteers (and DJ & Queen of Karaoke, Lauren Fleit) and a HUGE THANK YOU to Ms. Minton for organizing all the fun! Also, thank you to our wonderful PTO for paying for everything!! It was a fabulous day, and the kids had a blast. 

Two other photos show are teacher, Ms. Macutkiewicz, hanging some recent art that depicts what makes students feel peaceful. They are just beautiful. 

Social Emotional Learning Resources

I have attached a document that Mrs. Brown, our wonderful School Adjustment Counselor has been creating over time. Mrs. Brown is retiring at the end of this year. BUT, like my replacement, Karen Albano, we are very excited to announce that we have selected an excellent new School Adjustment Counselor, Rebecca (Becky) Connolly. She will be visiting the school for the day on June 22 so that she can get meet some staff and students and see how our days go here at Ryan Road. Ms. Connolly has a lot of experience and has most recently been a School Adjustment Counselor in West Springfield.


Pride Day 

Since there is no Pride Parade in Northampton this year, some of our 5th grade students wanted to organize something here. Here are the details (and a flyer created by some 5th grade students) for this optional celebration, which will take place on Wednesday, June 15.


1. Students are invited to wear rainbow clothing on Wednesday!

2. A few 5th graders will make an announcement on Monday morning (6/13) in my office over the PA regarding this event. 

3. Some 5th graders will have an informational/give away table that they will organize and remain at for morning recess (starting at 7:40). 

4. 5th Graders will start the gathering at 1:45 out on the blacktop (by the gazebo), and the rest of the interested students and interested caregivers will join for a 2:00 parade. The parade will go around the building one time and then we will dismiss at the regular spots.

5. Students who are not interested in marching will stay in classrooms and get dismissed at the normal time/location. 

6. Donations: There will be a donation jar, which will go to True Colors United:

True Colors United implements innovative solutions to youth homelessness that focus on the unique experiences of LGBTQ young people.

School Calendar 2022-2023

Here is the School Calendar for next year—just for your information and planning.


Important Upcoming Dates

June 15: YEP Performance of The Lorax at 3:30

June 15: Incoming Kindergarten Family Tour at 4:00

June 20: No School—Juneteenth

This is a federal holiday celebrated on June 19 to commemorate the emancipation of enslaved people in the US. The holiday was first celebrated in Texas, where on that date in 1865, in the aftermath of the Civil War, slaves were declared free under the terms of the 1862 Emancipation Proclamation.

June 21: Summer Solstice

June 22: Last Day for Wednesday YEP class

June 24: 5th Grade Celebration 12:30

June 27: Last day of School (11:30 dismissal) Students will have an opportunity to have a short visit with their teacher and class for next year, which is always a nice way to ease into thinking about the year ahead.

September 1: First Day of School!!

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

I hope that all families and caregivers feel welcome, comfortable, and valued at our school. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns. I am happy to meet with any of you or we can talk on the phone anytime. 


Sarah Madden, Principal