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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Roderick Review (Week 14) 11/28/16-12/2/16

Roderick Review (Week 14) 11/28/16-12/2/16

Parent-Teacher Conferences
Thank you to all of our teachers and families who set time aside for the Fall Parent-Teacher conferences this week!  It is so important to keep the conversation going so that our students see the home-school partnership in action.  As the "Unity" poem describes below, this ongoing relationship between home and school helps to provide the necessary support for students to learn, grow, and succeed and develop an insatiable desire to continue learning throughout their lives.

UNITY
by Cleo V.  Swarat

I dreamed I stood in a studio
And watched two sculptors there,
The clay they used was a young child’s mind
And they fashioned it with care.
One was a teacher:
the tools she used were books and music and art;
One was a parent
With a guiding hand and gentle loving heart.
And when at last their work was done,
They were proud of what they had wrought.
For the things they had worked into the child
Could never be sold or bought!
And each agreed she would have failed
if she had worked alone.
For behind the parent stood the school,
and behind the teacher stood the home!

Thankful Hearts from Caring Kids (Part 2)
As you recall from last week's blog entry, the fourth graders were working on a service project to benefit those currently serving in the military.  After many, many generous donations before Thanksgiving, students assembled 33  boxes!  Below are the pictures from today when the boxes were shipped off!







Fifth Grade Social Studies...
Fifth graders are currently "exploring" explorers!  In the pictures below, students are measuring just how big the viking ships actually were.
















Thank you, Student Council!
Today, we received a thank you letter from the Ellie Fund for the contribution of $583.00 that we raised back in October.  Thank you, Student Council Representatives, and thank you to the Roderick School Community for your generous donations to the Ellie Fund!  Student Council, you had a plan and carried it out so well, making it seem effortless even though I know that you put  a lot of effort into making this fundraiser a success.  Each of you made a difference!  Thank you!  

What's next for Student Council?
We are looking forward to COLOR DAY on Friday, December 16th!  Each class is assigned a special color to wear and we will be looking to collect items for the Wrentham Food Pantry!  Let's be sure to show our true colors on this day!


WRENTHAM FOOD PANTRY...
Just a reminder that we are collecting items for the Wrentham Food pantry in the lobbies at both schools.  You may drop items off at any time.  Thank you for your support!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Roderick Review (Week 13) 11/21/16-11/25/16

Roderick Review (Week 13) 11/21/16-11/25/16
THANKFUL HEARTS 
FROM CARING KIDS!

On Wednesday, November 23rd, the fourth graders participated in the second annual Thankful Hearts from Caring Kids project.  Thanks to the generous donations from the students and their families, we gathered together as a fourth grade community with students, teachers, staff, and families to celebrate Thanksgiving through poem presentations and song performances.  The event culminated in the assembly of care packages to send to those currently serving in the military to thank them for all they do to protect and preserved our freedom.  Enjoy the pictures below at various phases of this phenomenal event!  Thank you to all who participated!  We even had a special guest visit us as well to celebrate how the students were demonstrating our core values!

























Important Upcoming Dates:
* Wednesday, November 30th - Early Dismissal (12:00 p.m.) for Afternoon Conferences
* Thursday, December 1st - Early Dismissal (12:00 p.m.) for Evening Conferences

Making the Most of Parent -Teacher Conferences...
Before the conference, review student work that comes home, jot down any questions or concerns that you have, and also check in with your child to see if s/he has any questions as well.
At the conference, share the questions or concerns that you or your child have, listen for your child's strengths, and for what skills and concepts they are working on next as they work towards grade level benchmarks.
After the conference, share what you learned with your child.  It is a powerful, supportive message when students see that their parents and teachers are working in concert with one another to help them to continue to learn and grow.  If you have other questions after the conference, do feel free to reach out.  We value ongoing two-way communication between home and school and want to hear from you if you have questions.

WRENTHAM FOOD PANTRY...
Just a reminder that we are collecting items for the Wrentham Food pantry in the lobbies at both schools.  You may drop items off at any time.  Thank you for your support!

Friday, November 18, 2016

Roderick Review (Week 12) 11/14/16-11/18/16

Roderick Review (Week 12) 11/14/16-11/18/16

Grade 4 Writing Tools - Students are working on incorporating transitional phrases into their writing to convey the passage of time in their narrative pieces.

Mrs. Coleman is using her "lenses" to demonstrate how students can reread their writing through different lenses as they continue to review and revise their work.

Sixth graders are presenting summaries of the articles they have read from reliable sources such as "Newsela" and "National Geographic" just to name a few.  Some of the articles shared provoked a great discussion between and among students after the articles were presented.  Great thinking, sixth graders!

Ms. Downing's "engineering" group presented what they had learned about the Mayan civilization to their peers and discussed the different hierarchy in the Mayan culture, their symbols for writing, and much more!

In just two days, Ms. Downing's "dramatic" group put together a script and play for their ancient civilization project!  Outstanding work, conveying the realities of the various conquests with this live performance!

Mrs. Moon's sixth graders have used their powers of persuasion to create these "Saving the Rain Forests" projects to be judged next Tuesday!  Impressive!

Important Upcoming Dates:

* Wednesday, November 23rd - Early Dismissal (12:00 p.m.) -Report Cards are distributed.
* Wednesday, November 30th - Early Dismissal (12:00 p.m.) for Afternoon Conferences
* Thursday, December 1st - Early Dismissal (12:00 p.m.) for Evening Conferences

Making the Most of Parent -Teacher Conferences...
Before the conference, review student work that comes home, jot down any questions or concerns that you have, and also check in with your child to see if s/he has any questions as well.
At the conference, share the questions or concerns that you or your child have, listen for your child's strengths, and for what skills and concepts they are working on next as they work towards grade level benchmarks.
After the conference, share what you learned with your child.  It is a powerful, supportive message when students see that their parents and teachers are working in concert with one another to help them to continue to learn and grow.  If you have other questions after the conference, do feel free to reach out.  We value ongoing two-way communication between home and school and want to hear from you if you have questions.


WRENTHAM FOOD PANTRY...
Just a reminder that we are collecting items for the Wrentham Food pantry in the lobbies at both schools.  You may drop items off at any time.  Thank you for your support!


Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Roderick Review (Week 11) 11/7/16-11/11/16

Roderick Review (Week 11) 11/7/16-11/11/16

Second Annual Barnes & Noble Book Fair!
The Fall Book Fair will be held at Barnes and Noble in the Walpole Mall next Thursday 11/10 and Friday 11/11.  All purchases made during the fair (even at the Café!) will help procure new books for the Delaney and Roderick School libraries!  There will be student artwork on display as well as guest readers and other surprises throughout the fair, so be sure to check it out!  (Check your email for the detailed flyer!)

Election Day - Professional Development Day
On November 8, 2016, while residents in Wrentham were busy voting on Election Day, Wrentham educators were hard at work continuously growing and learning in a variety of sessions catered to their individual roles.  Some continued to work Writers Workshop, reviewing and discussion the common math assessments, learning more about the Continuum for Literacy Learning, a resource to assist teachers in planning ELA lessons, among other focus areas.  All of the learning that our educators take part in during the professional development days has a direct impact on your children; as we continually refine our craft, we are able to provide optimal learning opportunities for Wrentham students.


Important Upcoming Dates:
* Wednesday, November 16th - Term I ends.
* Wednesday, November 23rd - Report Cards are distributed.
* Wednesday, November 30th - Early Dismissal (12:00 p.m.) for Afternoon Conferences
* Thursday, December 1st - Early Dismissal (12:00 p.m.) for Evening Conferences

Making the Most of Parent -Teacher Conferences...
Before the conference, review student work that comes home, jot down any questions or concerns that you have, and also check in with your child to see if s/he has any questions as well.
At the conference, share the questions or concerns that you or your child have, listen for your child's strengths, and for what skills and concepts they are working on next as they work towards grade level benchmarks.
After the conference, share what you learned with your child.  It is a powerful, supportive message when students see that their parents and teachers are working in concert with one another to help them to continue to learn and grow.  If you have other questions after the conference, do feel free to reach out.  We value ongoing two-way communication between home and school and want to hear from you if you have questions.



WRENTHAM FOOD PANTRY...
Just a reminder that we are collecting items for the Wrentham Food pantry in the lobbies at both schools.  You may drop items off at any time.  Thank you for your support!

Friday, November 4, 2016

Roderick Review (Week 10) 10/31/16-11/4/16

Roderick Review (Week 10) 10/31/16-11/4/16

Second Annual Barnes & Noble Book Fair!
The Fall Book Fair will be held at Barnes and Noble in the Walpole Mall next Thursday 11/10 and Friday 11/11.  All purchases made during the fair (even at the Café!) will help procure new books for the Delaney and Roderick School libraries!  There will be student artwork on display as well as guest readers and other surprises throughout the fair, so be sure to check it out!  (Check your email for the detailed flyer!)

Congratulations to Student Council!
In less than one week's time, our fourteen 5th and 6th grade representatives, created the idea to have a special spirit day for Breast Cancer Awareness month in October.  Thanks to their efforts to organize this campaign, they raised over $500.00 for the Ellie Fund!  Thank you to all those who donated and to all those who wore their pink!

You will be hearing more about upcoming Spirit Days in the coming months that will be sponsored by the Student Council.

Some of this week's events in pictures...

Grade 5 students were learning more about the Aztec...


....Mayan, and Incan cultures through some experiential centers!


Sixth graders in Mrs. Moon's class created globe pumpkins and there were FIVE winners for the most accurate.  By using a variety of references including different maps and globes, these students did an outstanding job!


In Honor of Veterans Day and Military Family Month 
Thank you to all of our Wrentham veterans who courageously served our country in times of conflict and in times of peace!


UPCOMING GRADE 4 EVENT...
In just a few weeks, we will be celebrating Thanksgiving as a nation.  Our grade four students, for the second year in a row, will be a part of a service project to create care packages for those that are actively serving in the military to express their thanks to those that are serving our country to protect our freedom.  Stay tuned to learn more!


WRENTHAM FOOD PANTRY...
Just a reminder that we are collecting items for the Wrentham Food pantry in the lobbies at both schools.  You may drop items off at any time.  Thank you for your support!


Friday, October 28, 2016

Roderick Review (Week 9) 10/24/16-10/28/16

Roderick Review (Week 9) 10/24/16-10/28/16


GO PINK PENNIES!  Our Student Council members led our first Spirit Day event this week.  Since  October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, they decided to spearhead a campaign to have a friendly competition between classrooms.  Students were welcome to drop in pennies (or any other coins) into the decorated mason jars in each classroom to benefit the Ellie Fund.  


On Thursday, October 27, 2016 students and staff wore pink to show their support just like Miss White's class did...



Roderick Writers...

On Thursday, October 27th, Mrs. Bevilacqua's fifth graders were working on revising their writing and were introduced to a few tools to help each student reflect on what they could do to make their writing even better.  Students are encouraged to use a checklist to see what elements they could add to their writing such as dialogue or thoughts of the individual characters.  Other checklists help students go through a final editing phase such as looking for sentence fragments.  What you do not see are the other EIGHT adults in the room!  This lesson was part of the writing professional development where the entire fifth grade team observes the lesson and the conference that happened afterwards and then the team gathers along with our consultant/coach to have a chance to debrief, reflect, and plan ahead.  This is one of the most powerful professional development experiences provided to teachers.

Pumpkin Parade

Grade 4 students poured their creative juices into this project!  How imaginative!






Friday, October 21, 2016

Roderick Review (Week 8) 10/17/16-10/21/16

Roderick Review (Week 8) 10/17/16-10/21/16

TODAY...Friday, October 21st, at 3:00 p.m. we will be gathering for the dedication of the new GODDARD PLAYGROUND at Delaney School!  Thank you to everyone who made this wonderful addition to our school community possible!

4Yelle is enjoying the playground as part of their classroom incentives!


This week in review...

Take a look at the pictures below to see what we have been up to recently!
Using virtual manipulatives to solve math problems.
Each writer is working on developing their own story adding additional thoughts,
dialogue, and even a flash forward.
Finding evidence in the text to prove that the character is caring...



... or determined.  Students then take turns sharing their strongest evidence with one another.

Special Assembly:  The NED Show! October 19, 2016
NED and Meghan came to visit our school on Wednesday and shared positive, encouraging messages about how we can meet the goals we set for ourselves in and out of school.  They also reminded us how we can help others to do the same!
The NED Show performer, "Meghan" got quite a response from the students when she asked, "Who wants to be a champion?"

Meghan also interviewed a few students to ask them what it takes to be a champion.  One response included, "Courage."   


The teachers were all smiles as they got into the action as well!

Paying It Forward...Thanks to everyone who purchased a NED yo-yo today, we are making it possible for another school to benefit from the messages that NED and Meghan shared with us.



Through creative story-telling, with a yo-yo and even some magic, Meghan and NED shared their positive messages encouraging students to set goals in and out of school and to use NED to help them remember to Never give up, Encourage others, and Do their best!  This will help us all to be champions in school and in life!


More adventures through reading and writing...

Students in 4K are caught up in the suspense of Tiger Rising!
Mrs. Kelley and Ms. Sharick share the goals for today's reading lesson.

Students eagerly take a post-it note and a pencil to "stop and jot" as they infer WHY
the characters are acting the way they do in the book.


5B students are rereading their work to see what else they may add to "show" the reader rather
than "telling" the reader what was happening and what their characters are thinking.

Students use post-its to write down thoughts and dialogue they want to add and place them where
they want to insert them in their narrative.


Principals Coffee:  MCAS Presentation
On Friday morning, October 21st...Mrs. Wagstaff and I gathered with parents to review the 2016 MCAS results.  You can view this presentation along with the lengthier presentation shared with the School Committee on Tuesday, October 18th, by visiting the website's homepage.  The links should be posted by Monday, October 24th at the latest.

2017 MCAS Schedule*
Grade 4:  
ELA (4/10-4/13) 
MATH (5/16-5/17)

Grade 5:  
ELA (4/4-4/6) 
MATH (5/8-5/9) 
SCIENCE (5/18-5/19)

Grade 6:  
ELA (4/25-4/26) 
MATH (5/10-5/11)

*Please mark these dates on your calendar now.  Thank you! 
 (If there are any changes to this schedule due to new state requirements, we will notify families via email.)