Principal Madden’s Weekly Message—Week of May 2, 2022

Principal Madden’s Weekly Message—Week of May 2, 2022


This week’s photos show first grade ukulele players in music class, some expert 4th grade basketball players, and 5th grade mathematicians hard at work with some new vertical and tabletop white boards that Mr. Y. has recently installed in his classroom (rave reviews from all on these new work surfaces)!

COVID Updates

We did have a few of positive COVID again last week. Fingers crossed that we can keep our numbers low. 

I just wanted to make sure that everyone understands the process for positive COVID cases at this point. We find out about positive cases through Thursday testing, parent notification, or school testing (if a student has symptoms and permission to test). If there is a positive case, everyone in that class has to mask (inside) for 5 days after exposure. Caregivers and staff associated with that class get notified via email. Please let Nurse Karen know if you have any questions. Thank you!

Placement Plans for Next Year (second notice)…

It is hard to believe that we are starting to think about the 2022-2023 school year, but I wanted to let you know that we will conduct the process of class placement similarly to the way we have done the last several years. Class placement decisions will be made by the end of this school year, and your child’s teacher for next year will be communicated to you with their end of year report card. Also, we plan to have a brief gathering of next year’s classes and teachers on the last day of school. We have found that this process eliminates some of the summer anxiety that can occur by waiting until the end of the summer. I have received positive feedback about the process from students, teachers, and families. 

I will be working carefully with teachers to create class groupings that work well together and build positive, productive learning communities. Families cannot select teachers, and I know that we will all work well together to ensure a good year ahead for all of our students. All of the teachers at our school are committed to developing positive relationships and nurturing academic success. However, if you feel that you have necessary information to share with me before this process begins, please do not hesitate to contact me by Monday, May 2 (Today!). Thank you!

Teaching Kids about Online Safety

Report to parents is attached here.



Keeping a Cool Head: Earth Friendly Event!

Please come to NHS on Saturday, May 14 from 9-2 for our large Eco Fair—Cooler Communities! We will have student project displays, clubs, speakers, and vendors all related to climate change actions right here at our schools! 

Please contact Sue Sullivan with any questions.

Caregiver Survey

If you haven’t had a chance to complete the survey regarding equity, we would love to get your feedback. Thank you for taking the time to fill out surveys! I am always hopeful to get as many Ryan Road voices as we can!

Caregiver Survey:








MCAS Testing 2022 Dates for Ryan Road School

We have finished our ELA testing in April. Our students worked very hard. Math will begin this week

Grade 3 (Math) – May 4 & May 13

Grade 4 (Math) – May 3 & May 10 

Grade 5 (Math) – May 5 & May 12 

Grade 5 (Science) – May 17 and May 19 

Important Upcoming Dates

May 11: Early Dismissal (11:30) Teacher Work Day

May 18: PTO at 6:30

May 26 at 6:00: Talent Show!

May 30: No School—Memorial Day

June 8: Early Dismissal (11:30) Teacher Work Day

June 10: Field Day! Yea! Contact Ms. Minton if you want to help.

June 20: No School–Juneteenth

June 24: 5th Grade Celebration 12:30

June 27: Last day of School (11:30 dismissal)

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