Principal Madden’s Weekly Update—Week of May 6

Principal Madden’s Weekly Update—Week of May 6


Photos this week show lots of walking! We began our Walking Wednesdays from two different neighborhoods, and we had a great turnout of walkers! One of the walkers was amazed at the beautiful Azalea we saw on our route! Also our Walking Club at recess continues to be a big hit this month (when it is not raining!). Students walk or run a quarter mile loop around the grounds, and receive plastic foot charms when they complete 4 loops (1 mile). We have had some really motivated walkers and runners!

Also, the long line of students shows our all of our kindergarteners heading out to the forest for Forest Friday. They did not let a little damp weather dampen their adventure.  

And, we have two first graders sharing a book. All around our building, every day, I see wonderful sharing and cooperation.

Placement Plans for Next Year

(repeated announcement)

It is hard to believe that I am starting to think about the 2019-2020 school year, but I wanted to let you know that we will conduct the process of class placement similarly to the way we did 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 his/her 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 Friday, May 17.

Important Upcoming Dates

• May 8: Walking Wednesday! Call the school office if you have questions.

• May 10 4:00-6:00: Art Show & Reception at JFK

• May 15: PTO at 6:30

• May 17: Early Dismissal at 12:20 (Teacher Work Day)

• May 21 and 22: Kindergarten Buddy Days (we welcome new kindergarten                    students for a visit!)

• May 24 at 1:30: Memorial Day Program (all classes will present)

• May 27: Memorial Day Parade—Do you want to join us for marching?

• May 29 5:30-7:00 Kindergarten Potluck (incoming and outgoing kindergarten                     families).

• June 7: Field Day

• June 13 at 1:30: 5th Grade Celebration

• June 14: Last day of school! Early dismissal at 12:20

Remaining MCAS Testing 2019 Dates

Grade 3 (Math)

May 8

Grade 4 (Math)

May 7 

Grade 5 (Math)

May 9 

Grade 5 (Science)

May 14 and May 16 

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