Principal Madden’s Weekly Message—Week of October 25, 2021

Principal Madden’s Weekly Message—Week of October 25, 2021


Sorry for the late update (I like to be regular with my Monday Update!). My dad is not doing well, and I needed to spend a couple of days with him. So, this is just a quick note.


This week’s photos show first graders learning about fire safety, fourth graders learning about electricity, our last day in the garden for this fall, fall leaf fun at recess, and some third grader deep into their books. Such good times at Ryan Road School.


I am glad that students will be allowed to Trick-or Treat (with safety precautions) this year. Just a reminder: Do not send candy to school with your child. This is not a healthy snack and is now allowed for consumption at school. Also, we will NOT be dressing up for Halloween at school, BUT we will be having a special HAT DAY! And we will be collecting for UNICEF on Friday at school. Students do not need to make a donation to wear a hat, but I encourage as many donations as we can get. Halloween is a great time for kids 

COVID Updates

We had great news (AGAIN) with our weekly safety check testing (pool testing). All pools from Thursday (10/21) 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 started 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: 

Important Upcoming Dates

November 1: Photo retakes

November 2: No School—Election Day & Professional Development Day for staff

November 11: No School for Veterans Day

November 20: 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)

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