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, 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.  

Friday, January 6, 2017

Roderick Review (Week 18) 1/2/17-1/6/17

Roderick Review (Week 18)   1/2/17-1/6/17 

After vacation, everyone returned ready to learn!  Take a look at what some of the students have been engaged in this week.

Amateur Children's Theater (ACT) began on January 5th!  Ms. Kost, Mrs. Crabtree, Ms. Mariotti, and their intern Paul led a spirited troop of thespians through music and speaking auditions and theater games to build their performance skills.  Be sure to save the date and see
Beauty and the Beast on March 31st at 7:00 p.m. and April 1st at 2:00 p.m.!

Fourth graders are working together to determine cause and effect.

Students in Mrs. Coleman's class are using the Chromebooks during reading and accessing the text.  Mrs. Coleman and the students are making predictions about the time this story is taking place based upon the picture before engaging in the reading. 

Mathematicians in 4T are multiplying large numbers with great facility!

Students are working on building their vocabulary and spelling skills in a game format when working independently.

Students are getting reading to "bring their information alive" in their writing as they picture the person they are studying in the setting and what the person would look like, and what he would have with him, and maybe what he might be thinking about.  (Students also noted that they used a similar technique for narrative writing as well.) 

Take a look at a few pictures of the first week of Ski Club.  Thank you to Mrs. Moon, Miss Maloney, Mrs. Hall, Ms. Yelle, Miss Haughey, Mrs. Curtin, and Mrs. Haughey for leading our skiers!


Have a wonderful wintry weekend!

What is School Committee?

The Wrentham School Committee is responsible for setting Policies for the District and approving the District Budget on an annual basis.  The School Committee is responsible for hiring and supervising the Superintendent of the Wrentham Public Schools.  In private business terms, the School Committee is the Board of Directors of the District and the day-to-day operations of the District are operated by the Superintendent and his Administrative team.  The Committee consists of 5 Members, each elected for staggered 3 year terms in the annual April Town elections.  

Next Meeting:  
Tuesday, January 17, 2017