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!

Friday, May 29, 2015

May 29, 2015 - Week 36

Hello Roderick Families!

Special thanks to Dr. Neville and members of last year's and this year's after school knitting club: Alexa, Brooke, Sammy, Maddy, Rachel, Kathryn, Angelina, Izabella, and Katie. These students knitted this beautiful blanket and hat and they will be donated to Children's Hospital.  
Great job, ladies!

 Today Grade 4 visited Sturbridge Village.  Take a look......

Thank you to everyone who supported the annual S.W.I.S.H. (Students With Illness Score Help) basketball game last evening.  Although the score did not end up in our favor, we were all winners because of the efforts made by the Wrentham community.  Special thanks to event organizer, Mrs. Moon.  Additionally, all of us at the Wrentham Public Schools would like to thank Chief Anderson and members of the Wrentham Police Department for participating in the game.

5th Grade trips to the Vernal Pools this week....
Special thanks to Grade 5 teacher, Ms. Phipps for contributing this information for the blog....

I never thought I would say this, but thank goodness for all of that winter snow because it bought us an extended hydroperiod making today’s visit possible. Vernal pools are unique ecosystems in that they briefly exist, bursting forth full of life each spring, and then quietly recede back into the forest. They are places of wonder because just below the surface exists creatures that are unlike any others. When we visit these pools we are the explorers entering new territory and the task falls to us to find, identify, and wonder at these creatures, whose lives are dictated by the coming and going of water. We ask questions and seek answers and the knowledge becomes ours. Wonder…it is powerful thing.

This week's sightings: Green frog, bull frog, wood frog, leopard frog, wood frog tadpoles, American toad tadpoles, predaceous diving beetle larvae, caddisfly larvae in their “log cabins”, damselfly nymphs, dragonfly nymphs, dragonflies, mosquito larvae, water striders, an ostracod, daphnia, chironomid midges, Baltimore orioles, cardinals, red-wing blackbird, chickadees, spiders, ants, caterpillars (inch worms and gypsy moth caterpillars)

Camp Bournedale informational meeting for fifth grade parents has been scheduled for Wednesday, June 3rd at 5:45 PM in the Roderick School library. 

Today, Danielle and Averie (both in Mrs. Kelley's class) arrived to the Roderick in style. These students won a WEST backpack auction and were driven to school by the Wrentham Fire Department. Great stuff!

On Thursday, Mr. Arsenault acted as a DJ and played some great tunes during the fourth grade lunch period.  This special treat was a result of Grade 4 wining the PTO's box tops contest.  Congratulations Grade 4!!!


Please come and join us for our final Principals' Coffee on Friday, June 5th in the Vogel Auditorium.  Superintendent Dr. Allan Cameron will be presenting the budget forecast for the 2015 -2016 school year.  The meeting will begin at 8:30 AM.  Please feel free to bring younger children if you are stuck for daycare. 

Enjoy the start of June, and as always, thanks for reading the Roderick School Blog.

Stephen S. Grenham, Principal

Friday, May 22, 2015

May 22, 2015 - Week 35

Greetings Roderick Families!

Today our school had our Memorial Day assembly. The students did a remarkable job.  Each grade level presented a song or poem, the Advanced Band played the Star Spangled Banner, Grade 6 students Courtney (6 White) and Haley (6 White) recited the Gettysburg Address, and Sean (Ms. O'Connell's class) and Joe (Mrs. Clutterbuck's class) played Taps.  All of the Roderick students were terrific!

Thank you to the PTO and all of the volunteers who treated the Wrentham Public Schools' staff to a delicious staff appreciation luncheon today.  It was absolutely delicious and we can't thank you enough for your generosity.

On Monday, we held our first ever Walk AT School day.  The students and staff had a fantastic time. Special thanks to Mr. Mike McGuire for supplying the great music and Chief Anderson and our fantastic police department for participating in the walk.  

Our fifth graders rocked the house on Thursday night as they performed When I Grow Up…” for the Grade 5 Gym Show.  The routines, the music, and the props were all truly amazing!  Congratulations to all of our fifth graders and physical education teachers Mr. Moon and Mr. Maguire for their spectacular performance.

This week Miss Downing's grade 5 class spent some time in literature circles.  The students were having rich discussions about the novel Poppy.

The students enjoyed visiting the spring Scholastic Book Fair throughout the week. A big THANKS to Mrs. Munn, the entire Book Fair Committee, and the many other parent volunteers who helped to make the spring Book Fair a great success.

Today, students in Miss Yelle's fourth grade class spent time classifying polygons.  These students are so talented!!!

Congratulations to Grade 6 teacher, Mrs. Moon for winning  the 2015 Chamber of Commerce Massachusetts Teacher of the Year!!!!  Mrs. Moon was recognized this week by the United Regional Chamber of Commerce. 


Special thanks to Mrs. Gresham, Mrs. Kelley, and fourth grade students: Emerson, Olivia, Claire, Danielle, Brayden, Alice, and Averie for taking time this week to clean up the Roderick courtyard.  It looks so much better!

Please come and join us for our final Principals' Coffee on Friday, June 5th in the Vogel Auditorium.  Superintendent Dr. Allan Cameron will be presenting the budget forecast for the 2015 -2016 school year.  The meeting will begin at 8:30 AM.  Please feel free to bring younger children if you are stuck for daycare.  

Thank you for taking the time to read this week's blog.

Best wishes for a great Memorial Day weekend!

Stephen S. Grenham, Principal