Roderick School Blog

Thanks for visiting the Roderick Elementary School Blog! Blogging is a great way to share some of the exciting things happening in our school with families and the greater school community. The Blog will be updated weekly with pictures and news from the school. Come back and visit often!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

November 26, 2014 - Week 13

Dear Roderick Families,

We've had a quick (but busy) week with half days for the kids and parent/teacher conferences for the adults.  On behalf of the Roderick staff, I would like to thank all of you for taking time out of your busy schedules to meet with our teachers.  We strongly believe in the importance of the home/school connection and recognize that a strong working partnership results in the greatest success for our students. Thank you for all that you do!

Grade 4 - Thanksgiving Feast 

Members of our fourth grade held their annual Thanksgiving assembly and Thanksgiving feast this morning.  Each of the eight classes presented either a song or poem.  Following their presentations, the students enjoyed all the fixings of a traditional Thanksgiving day meal.  A special thanks to all of the families who supplied food for the feast and to the parents who helped serve food.


 Photo Retakes: Friday December 5th, 2014.

Ms. O'Connell's fifth grade class created some amazing Aztec Projects!

From the Roderick School Family to yours, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving.  
Enjoy the break! 

As always, thank you for reading.  See you in December!


Stephen S. Grenham, Principal

Friday, November 21, 2014

November 21, 2014 - Week 12

Hello Roderick Community,

Positive Referrals!!!
These students received a Positive Referral this week for demonstrating outstanding leadership.  Keep up the good work!

Thanks to Mrs. Poirier's class and Mrs. Thornton's class for inviting me to their 'Fraction Feast' today.  Congratulations to the boys and girls for a job well done!

Special thanks to all of the Roderick families who donated a coat for our recent coat drive. We truly appreciate your generosity!  Thank you to members of the Roderick School Council who assisted with the pick up.

We are looking forward to seeing you all next week for parent/teacher conferences.  Please remember that students will be dismissed at noon (12 p.m.) for conferences on Monday (Nov. 24th) and Tuesday (Nov. 25th).  The children will also be dismissed at noon on Wednesday, November 26th for the Thanksgiving Break.  There will be no school on November 27th or 28th due to holiday break.

Ms. Downing's grade 5 class used mystery bags to develop their inferring skills.  Students used connected the items in the bags to prior knowledge they had about the items to make inferences.  Well done, boys and girls!

Laprade Studios will be back at the Roderick School on Friday, December 5th for picture re-takes. October photos were sent home today.  Students who were absent on the October photo day or those in need of a re-take can get their pictures taken on December 5th. Please note: original picture packages must be returned. Mrs. Chambers has extra picture envelopes in the office if needed.

Mrs. Moon's Grade 6 class spent some time this week working with longitude and latitude. One of their activities was to face off against a classmate in a game of longitude and latitude battleship.  

The Wrentham Lions Club will be selling Christmas trees at the Wrentham American Legion beginning Saturday, November 29th.  The hours the trees will be available are: Wednesdays - Fridays 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM and Saturdays and Sundays 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM.  They will not be selling trees on Mondays and Tuesdays except on Monday, December 22nd and Tuesday, December 23rd.  All proceeds will be used to support The Wrentham Lions Charities. 

Wrentham Public Schools After School Basketball Program registration forms were sent home yesterday.  All students in grades 4-6 are encouraged to participate.  Forms are due back to school by Friday, December 12th.  If you have any questions regarding our school's basketball program, please contact Mr. MaguireMrs. Fox, or Mrs. Fownes.   

Thank you for reading!
Have a relaxing weekend!

Stephen S. Grenham, Principal

Friday, November 14, 2014

November 14, 2014 - Week 11

Greetings Roderick Families,

This morning, Mrs. Wagstaff and I met with parents during our first Principals' Coffee of the school year.  The topics of discussion were MCAS and parent/teacher conferences.  Thank you to all who were able to attend and to the food service staff who provided coffee and snacks.  If you were not able to attend, the Power Point can be picked up in the Roderick Office.  Our next coffee will be held on January 30th.  We hope to see you there.

It was great to visit with Ms. Yelle's fourth grade class this week.  The students were busy working hard with plot structure.  Great work boys and girls!

Informational packets were sent home last week detailing this year's Grade 6 Ski Club.  All paperwork needs to returned to school by Monday, December 1st.  Please email Ms. Maloney if you have any questions regarding the 2015 Grade 6 Ski Club.

As a connection to our mission statement (Opportunities will be provided for students to make connections between their actions and the world around them.), students at the Wrentham Public Schools will be joining the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation and participating in a community service program.  Beginning on Monday, November 10th, the Wrentham Public Schools will be assisting Cradles to Crayons in gathering items for local families.  Students at the Wrentham Public Schools will be collecting new or like-new winter coats.  Families who would like to donate to our community service project can send in coats between Monday, November 10th and Friday, November 21st.  Cardboard bins, provided by the Patriots, will be located in the foyer of our school for collections.  

Roderick School students Jake and Will each received a $5.00 gift card to Dunkin Donuts after they came the closest to the correct count for Tootsie Rolls and candy corns at last week's Hoedown.  Thank you to the PTO for donating the gift cards.  

Mrs. Bevilacqua's grade 5 class took some time this week to study the Incas, Mayans, and Aztecs.  This collaborative lesson involved art, music, engineering, and drama.           Awesome work, boys and girls!  

Thank you to these Roderick students for assisting in the Wrentham Food Pantry pick up earlier this week. 

Parent/teacher conferences are just around the corner. Conferences are a wonderful time to check in with your child's teacher about their academic and social/emotional growth. Conference dates are set for Monday, November 24th (afternoon conferences) and Tuesday, November 25th (evening conferences). Both days are half days for the students with dismissal being held at 12:00 PM. Please note that report cards will be sent home on Friday, November 21st.

Nicole (from Miss Maloney's class) and Angelia (from Mrs. Curtin's class) recently placed first and second respectfully in the Lions Club Peace Poster contest.  Bravo ladies!

2015 ELA MCAS Schedule - March/April  





ELA—Grade 4
Long Comp.

ELA—Grade 5
Reading Comp.
ELA—Grade 5
Reading Comp.
ELA—Grade 4
Reading Comp.

ELA—Grade 4
Reading Comp.
April 1

ELA—Grade 6
Reading Comp.
ELA—Grade 6
Reading Comp.

ELA—Grade 4
Long Comp.

MCAS Make-Ups
MCAS Make-Ups

Thank you for reading this week's blog.  Have an awesome weekend!

Stephen S. Grenham, Principal