Principal Madden’s Weekly Message—Week of November 22, 2021

Principal Madden’s Weekly Message—Week of November 22, 2021


I hope you enjoyed the weekend! I also want to send best wishes for a wonderful Thanksgiving!


This week’s photos show some delicious cider-making with Grow Food Northampton. Most of our classes (not grade 5) participated in this, and I heard rave reviews! Also, last Monday brought a beautiful rainbow to Ryan Road School. One photo shows some of our students running right through it—such fun! Other photos show 5th graders creating a cubic yard and using a“stop motion” program to illustrate food chains. And, our first graders made wonderful turkeys in disguise! Fabulous!

Girls on The Run

And, last weekend all of students who participated in Girls on the Run finished their 5K race! Hooray for all of them and to our coaches, Ms. Walden and Ms. Tina. There will be a new season of Girls on the Run beginning in March (and we’ll send information when we get closer to it). 

COVID Updates

We had great news (AGAIN) with our weekly safety check testing (pool testing). All pools from Thursday (11/18) were negative. Yea! Please stay vigilant regarding COVID safety and get vaccinated if you have not already done so. And, call me if you have any questions.

We will continue to have our safety testing on Thursdays. We begin at 8:30. Our fabulous nurse, Karen Schiaffo, and/or I always accompany any testers as we collect all the swabs. We are getting this down to a pretty efficient routine. We have a large number of students and staff testing, which is fabulous. If you want to have your child participate or if you have questions about the testing, please contact Nurse Karen.

Here is a handy QR Code to sign up!


Call (587-1557) or email our wonderful nurse, Karen Schiaffo, if you have any questions.

Thank you for keeping your child home if they are ill. Here is a link with some guidelines to help you make the decision: 

Here is a letter from Nurse Karen about health screenings. 


Curriculum News

Welcome to the first volume of the NPS Elementary Curriculum Corner. In this monthly newsletter, we will share curriculum news, offer a view into different grade level curriculum, and share the many reasons we are grateful for the amazing educators and all of the joy and learning taking place among the wonderful students at our schools. This newsletter is created by our new Director of Curriculum, Karen Albano.

Newsletter Link:

Important Upcoming Dates

November 24: Early Dismissal (11:30) for Thanksgiving (and no school on November 25 and no school on November 25 and 26)

November 30: Liftoff Learning resumes

December 8: Teacher Work Day: Half Day with an 11:30 dismissal

December 21: Winter Solstice

December 22: Last day of school before the Holiday Recess

Stay up to date with all of our school activities 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 after school hours (when I can allow you inside!) or can talk on the phone anytime. 


Sarah Madden, Principal