Principal Madden’s Weekly Message—Week of November 8, 2021

Principal Madden’s Weekly Message—Week of November 8, 2021


Reminder: No School on Thursday (11/11) for Veterans Day
Also, we collected $246.27 for UNICEF! Thank you to all those who donated!!

I hope you enjoyed the lovely weekend!


This week’s photos show one of our fabulous kindergarten ESPs, Mrs. Braidman, talking with a group of students, wonderful readers in our library, and first graders playing a math game. Other photo shows first grade art created with pattern blocks—beautiful!

COVID Updates:

I hope you received the robocall from Dr. Provost last Friday. Here is the letter regarding vaccinations. I am glad that vaccinations for children are becoming available.



We had great news (AGAIN) with our weekly safety check testing (pool testing). All pools from Thursday (11/4) 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. Some members of the National Guard have been helping us with our testing. 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 testing, which is fabulous. If you want to have your child participate or if you have questions about the testing, please contact Nurse Karen.

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: 

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:

Art to Remember

Check out our incredible art show!

If you want to order items with your child’ artwork, click on the link below and enter your child’s name or the online order code shown on your child’s order form. All orders placed by November 19th will arrive the week of December 15th.  Have fun shopping and supporting our school!

Questions? Email

Help Needed! Homeless Shelter Dessert

Our Ryan Road Community has, for many years, teamed up with the League of Women Voters and provided dessert for the homeless shelter on Center Street once a month. Last year the shelter was closed, but the shelter is back up and running, and we have been asked to participate again. Teachers were having students bake with parent or VINS volunteers during the school day, but without volunteers allowed in the building, teachers are not able to do this with their students at this time. We are scheduled for the first Friday of each month. The task would be to make dessert for 25 and to deliver it to the shelter at 43 Center Street at 5:45. This work continues through April. Please let me know if you are willing to take this on for any of the months (December through April). 

Thank you!

Important Upcoming Dates

November 11: No School for Veterans Day

November 17: PTO at 6:30

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

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