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Friday, February 17, 2017

Roderick Review (Week 24) 2/13/17-2/17/17

This Week at Roderick School....

Special thanks to Ms. Salazar for leading our 76-member Beginning Band!  Our student musicians did a tremendous job with their first concert this Wednesday evening!  There was a full program complete with solo pieces, various small group ensembles, as well as large ensemble selections.  Students also took charge of introducing classmates who were performing solos.  Check out pictures of the performance below!

Congratulations to all of our beginning instrumentalists who were also accepted into the Honors Band!  Bravi Tutti!

Fifth Grade Innovators!
Earlier this week, fifth graders put their knowledge of physics principles and simple machines to good use in creating a humane "Groundhog Trap" during science.  Check out these scientists in action.  These types of hands-on, authentic applications are reminiscent of the old "Invention Convention" and are now a regular part of our science instruction.  Not only were they great problem solvers individually, but each group functioned well and the students were able to be a part of a design team, each contributing something to the team's work.

Here's what you can look forward to after the February Vacation!

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Hooray for Dr. Seuss Spirit Week!

Monday, February 27th - Hilarious Hat Day!
Tuesday, February 28th - Silly Sock Day!
Wednesday, March 1st - Wacky Wednesday Hair Day!
Thursday, March 2nd - LITERACY NIGHT! - Dr. Seuss-Inspired Clothing ALL DAY!
Friday, March 3rd - PJ/Comfy Clothes Day!

Literacy Night:  Fun with Reading and Math!

Who?                   Wrentham Students and Families

What?                  Scholastic Book Fair
                             Literacy Night: Fun with Math and Reading

When?                Thursday, March 2, 2017

Where?               Delaney School - Vogel Auditorium: Scholastic Book Fair
Roderick School: Literacy Night   

Why?                            It will be a Seussical Great Time!!

Please come join the Wrentham Public School faculty for Literacy Night. Start your journey at the Book Fair and then travel over to the Roderick School for some fun with math and reading. Be sure to pick up your “Literacy Passport” and receive a stamp after participating in each activity. Passports with 4 stamps or more may be dropped in the raffle box for a chance to win a Barnes and Noble gift card!


® When: Wednesday, March 1st to Friday, March 3rd
® Where: Vogel Auditorium
® Fair Hours:  8:15am to 2:30pm -- Each class will be scheduled to visit the fair during school hours
® Special Event: Fair is open on Literacy Night from 5:15 - 7:30pm.  Pick up your Passports there!

For more information about the Scholastic Book Fair, please check your email from Wrentham Public Schools on 2-17-17

Dr. Beauchaine is always looking for a good book recommendation.  Students, if you read a GREAT book over vacation or see a "must read" at the Book Fair, let Dr. B know!  :)

Enjoy the vacation with your friends and families.  

Friday, February 10, 2017

Roderick Review (Week 23) 2/6/17-2/10/17

 Thank you for your donation!
We received this donation of wonderful animal books and they are already being appreciated by our students!  Thank you! 

Coming Up This Week:

Wednesday, February 15th - Beginning Band Concert 
at 7:00 p.m. in the Gibbons Gym.

Thursday, February 16th - School Committee Meeting 
at 7:00 p.n. in the Roderick Library

February Vacation - February 20th - February 24th
School Resumes on Monday, February 27th

Wondering About the New MCAS?
Here is some helpful information in a Q & A format about the upcoming tests in April and May.

Q: What is different about these MCAS tests?
A:  The new tests include questions in the MCAS and PARCC formats that are based on the grade level standards and an increased focus on critical thinking as well.

Q:  What is the plan for moving towards online testing?
A:  This year, the DESE is requiring online testing for grade 4 and it was optional for grades 3, 5, and 6.  By 2019, all grades will have online testing in ELA and Math, with only a few exceptions for specific student accommodations.  This year at Roderick, grade 4 will have both ELA and Math online.  Grade 5 will be doing the paper version of ELA and Science (paper was the only option for Science), but students will have the online version for Math.  Grade 6 will be doing both ELA and Math online.

Q:  When are the MCAS tests this year?
A:  This year's tests will be administered on the following dates:

Grade 4:
ELA: 4/10-4/12    
MATH: 5/15-5/16

Grade 5:
ELA:  4/4-4/6      
MATH: 5/8-5/9
ST&E:  5/18-5/19

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

Q:  What are students doing in school to prepare them for the MCAS?
A:  Most of the preparation is in the form of the learning that your children are engaged in each and every day in class that will build their knowledge in skills relative to the curriculum frameworks.  Mrs. Fox has also incorporated some of the technical skills that students need such as using scroll bars, toggling between tabs to read different reading selections, and "drag and drop" motions into the technology class.  There will be a brief practice test as well to be sure students feel comfortable and relaxed prior to the actual MCAS tests.

If you are curious about the types of questions that students will encounter, you can browse through some sample Test Items.  Beginning on February 1, the DESE will continue to roll out additional examples.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Roderick Review (Week 22) 1/30/17-2/3/17


Thank you to everyone who took the time to fill out the 
School Needs Survey this year!  
We had hundreds of responses from families at both schools!  Both Mrs. Wagstaff and I will be reflecting on the feedback and sharing this information with the School Council to inform our next two-year School Improvement Plan!  Stay tuned for more information from our School Council soon!  (Our next School Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 7th at 3:15 p.m.)

This week at Roderick....

Fourth graders were working on their biography project.  Students read several different sources, took notes, organized information into appropriate sections and some are beginning to put it together using Chromebooks.

Fourth graders are learning about camouflage and how some animals deter predators by looking like other animals, while others blend in with the habitat or can change color depending upon their surroundings.

In the photo above, there are actually two hidden butterflies.

Fifth graders are testing their knowledge with a student-created Kahoot quiz!

Fourth graders are working on solving problems in a group, each listening to the others and evaluating how they should approach it together.

As students solve the problems, they share the different strategies and their thinking behind their approach.

Friday, our Patriots Spirit Day, students and staff dressed to support their favorite teams!  (There is another fan behind the camera also sporting her TB12 jersey!  For more pictures, visit the homepage of the website!)  

Friday, January 27, 2017

Roderick Review (Week 21) 1/23/17-1/27/17

Roderick Review (Week 21)   1/23/17-1/27/17 

January 25, 2017!

Mrs. Danielson directs AND accompanies the Roderick School Chorus! 
Students announced the different songs.

Some songs were performed a cappella as well.

 Students in grades 4-6 are invited to sign up for the Spring Chorus now!  Rehearsals start next week, if your Roderick student is interested in signing up, please check your email for the Chorus Sign-up Link!  (We are limited to 40 students so be sure to sign up soon!)

GRADE 4...

Logging on to Kahoot to check for understanding.

Students get immediate feedback to see what the correct answer was and teachers get immediate
feedback to let them know what the students know already and what may need to be clarified.

As students complete their research about their famous landmarks, they create slides to be able
to present the information they have learned to others.

Thanks to Mrs. Crowley and her student volunteers, students are given a voice to share what lunches they enjoy eating and they also give suggestions for other lunch ideas.  The lunch served on Thursday, January 26th was one that was designed by students last year as a result of the committee and Mrs. Crowley met with the committee members to see how it went and to get additional ideas for future lunch planning.


Students check their thinking (and their accuracy) by using a second method to check their work.  While the standard algorithm can help them to calculate the answer quickly, using partial products, the area model, and expanded form can help students to check their work while keeping the value of the numbers intact.

Students used Google Drawing to create replicas of the terracotta warriors.

Students also used StoryboardThat in Technology class to create a short scene giving advice about the Internet to others identifying all the benefits and cautioning others about the dangers as well.  This allowed for students to convey their understanding of the Internet safety lessons they have been learning in a creative way.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Roderick Review (Week 20) 1/16/17-1/20/17

Roderick Review (Week 20)   1/16/17-1/20/17 

This Week...

Students put 100% of effort in to their work and 100% perseverance and yielded 100% achievement and boosted their confidence as well!

It's all about relationships!  Celebrating milestones is important and
builds a positive classroom community!

Dr. Cameron, our Superintendent, and Dr. Murphy, our School Committee Chair recognize two of our Student Ambassadors who shared what students have been learning in their specials classes at Tuesday evening's School Committee meeting.  Two different Student Ambassadors will be celebrating the "Difference Makers" in our school at the next School Committee Meeting on February 14, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in the Roderick Library.

Fourth graders have been working hard on their research, taking notes about the person they are studying, and are organizing their notes to be able to share all that they have learned in their published piece.  Students are also thinking about what other types of non-fiction text features, such as headings, that they may want to add to enhance their writing as well.

Roderick students and staff are sporting their red, white, and blue to support
our local NFL team, the New England Patriots!

Check out what the PTO has been up to!
The PTO is in full planning mode for the spring time activities.  Kids are reading up a storm!  The Read Across Wrentham (RAW) program has started off strong.  Continue to support your child's reading and send in your tracking sheets!  We will be trying a new fundraiser this Spring and hope that it's received well.  The monies earned by fundraising assist the PTO in being able to foster relationships among the school, students, teachers, and parents!   The 6th grade yearbook is underway.  Don't forget to send in baby pictures and be on the lookout for the request of other school related activities.  Any questions, please email

Do you have any fresh ideas for events or interested in knowing what the PTO does? 

Please join us at our next meeting Thursday, January 26th at 7pm @ the Delaney Teacher's Room or Friday, January 27th at 8:30am in the Delaney Conference Room.  The PTO board will be experiencing turnover at the end of this year and we are currently looking for new board members.  Any interest, please contact us at

Friday, January 13, 2017

Roderick Review (Week 19) 1/9/17-1/13/17

Roderick Review (Week 19)   1/9/17-1/13/17 

Important Reminders:
*Tuesday, January 17, 2017 School resumes after the long weekend!
*Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - School Committee Meeting at 7:00 p.m. (Roderick Library)

*Late Arrival and Early Dismissal...Families, please remember that if students are arriving late or leaving early, the adult escorting them to or from school needs to sign the log in the office.  Thank you very much.

*To Keep Our Students and Staff Safe...Please be aware and drive cautiously whenever you are in the bus circle during school hours.

Students and teachers pass between buildings throughout the day. 

What's New This Week at Roderick?

Math Expression Headbands!

 In Ms. Downing's class, students worked in teams so that one player was wearing a mathematical expression and the other person had to give clues (with specific wording restrictions, of course) to allow the student wearing the expression to determine what expression was on the "headband" they were wearing.

Under the direction of Ms. Salazar, the fifth and sixth grade musicians put on an amazing concert during two daytime assemblies for students in Delaney AND Roderick schools on Wednesday.  Then, in the evening, they performed the concert to a full house of families in the Gibbons Gym with a mixture of soloists, small ensembles, and full band pieces.  We are very proud of our instrumentalists! Bravo tutti!

Before School Yoga for Fifth Graders!

On Friday, January 13, 2016, a fifth grader began a four-week pilot yoga class series before school.  From 7:45 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. the fifth grader and her mother are hosting up to 12 students who signed up for the class to help start their day off right!  What a great idea!  If the pilot works well, we may look at creating additional classes as well.