Roderick School Blog

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Friday, April 28, 2017

Roderick Review 4/24/17-4/28/17

This Week at Roderick

Guess Who's Coming to Roderick on Monday....

BRANDON MULL!  It is not too late to order your autographed copy of the book!
Take a look at what Roderick students have been up to this week!

Mrs. Farrell's class tried out a new spider web greeting after April vacation and the students then did a "whip share" to each share one event from their vacation.

Our budding artists are learning drawing and cartooning skills!


Dr. Ribeiro and Mrs. Bevilacqua facilitate the learning for her students who are discovering a hierarchy of four-sided polygons.

Mrs. Moon's mathematicians are using ratios  to reflect the amounts of different objects within their mystery bags.
Fourth Graders Celebrate Arbor Day!

Wrentham's Tree Warden, Ray Rose, taught our fourth graders about the best way to plant trees so that they have the right amount of space and proper planting depth so they can breathe.
He is pointing to where the natural flare is and reminds students that mulch should not go above that point to help the tree live a long life.

Each fourth grader helped to add a little soil to finish planting the fourth grade tree!

This Fourth Grade "sweet gum" tree is located in the front of the Annex and will be there for you to visit for the next 50-70 years!

Our good friend, Ron Klough, shared the history of Arbor Day with the students and had a few trivia questions to ask.  Many students knew the answers to what products come from trees and how trees benefit us by providing shade, shelter, and oxygen, among many other benefits.  Can you name a deciduous conifer?  (Your fourth grader may know the answer!)
Dave Donahue, an arborist who works for National Grid, came to talk to the fourth graders about safety around trees near wires.
Thank you, National Grid, for donating a white lilac sapling for each and every fourth grader to take home to plant in their yard!.

Principal Coffee for May 5th has been POSTPONED.
Please join us on THURSDAY, June 1, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. in the Vogel Auditorium.  Dr. Cameron will be sharing the budget for the 2017-2018 school year!

The week of May 1st through May 5th is... TEACHER & STAFF APPRECIATION WEEK!
The Wrentham staff members do an outstanding job! Thank you all for going above and beyond to do what is right for our students!  I am grateful each and every day to work with all of you!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Roderick Review 4-21-17


Our spring calendar is packed!  You may find it helpful to peruse the dates below and add them to your calendar. 

This Week's MCAS Schedule:
*Grade 4 ELA MCAS Make-up Sessions (4/25/17-4/28/17)
*Grade 5 ELA MCAS Make-up Sessions (4/25/17-4/28/17)
*Grade 6 ELA MCAS - Session 1 (4/25/17)
*Grade 6 ELA MCAS - Session 2 (4/26/17)

Also this week...
Fourth graders will be a part of our annual Arbor Day celebration on Friday, April 28th.   They will be learning about the history of Arbor Day, tree safety, how to plant trees, and they will be a part of the actual planting process as well.  

Looking Ahead...

Week of 5/1/17-5/5/17Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week!
*Grade 6 ELA MCAS Make-ups (5/1/17 and 5/2/17)
*Grade 6 Parent Orientation to KPMS - (5/2/17 7:00 p.m.)
*Grade 6 Students visit KPMS 5/2/17 at 9:30 a.m.

Principal Coffee - Friday, May 5th 
Join us at 8:30 a.m. in the Vogel Auditorium when Dr. Cameron will be sharing the WPS budget for the 2017-2018 school year.

MORE Upcoming Dates...

*Grade 5 Math MCAS 5/8/17-5/9/17
*Grade 6 Math MCAS 5/10/17-5/11/17
*Grade 6 DARE Graduation 5/11/17 at 7:00 p.m. in the Gibbons Gym
*Grade 4 Math MCAS 5/15/17-5/16/17
*Grade 5 Camp Bournedale Information Night for Parents in the Roderick Library 5/15/17 at 6:30 p.m.
*Grade 5 STE MCAS 5/18/17-5/19/17
*Grade 5 GYM SHOW! 5/25/17 7:00 p.m. in the Gibbons Gym

A few pictures of where we left off before vacation...
Grade 5 students worked in groups to research and share information about the New England, Middle, and Southern colonies.

Sixth graders had individually researched and reported on various landmarks in Europe.

Fifth graders took part in a prey and predator simulation with coyotes and road runners.

Using silent hand signals to  show if they are prey or predator, students saw how the balance within the ecosystem could change over the course of 15 years.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Next Blog Entry...4/21/17

Hello!  Thank you for visiting the Roderick School blog!

Typically, we update each Friday.  Since we do not have school on April 14th, the blog will be updated on April 21, 2017.  Feel free to scroll back and view the previous entries!

Enjoy the school vacation week with your family and check back next Friday for the latest information!

-Dr. B

Friday, April 7, 2017

Roderick Review (Week 30) 4/3/17-4/7/17

Class Placement Process

On Monday, April 3rd, families received a link via email to a Google Form where they can enter the pertinent information regarding their child's placement for the 2017-2018 school year.  The forms will be due by Thursday, April 13th by 3:00 p.m. 

Next Week's MCAS Information:
Monday, April 10th - Grade 4 ELA Session 1
Tuesday, April 11th - Grade 4 ELA Session 2
Wednesday, April 12th - Grade 4 ELA Session 3

Four tips to help students put forth their best effort are:
*Allow some time in the afternoon for physical exercise
*Ensure at least 8 hours of sleep
*Eat breakfast
*Arrive on time

Scroll down to see some pictures of recent events over the past week!

Voting for the colony YOU would want to settle in!  Our fifth grade presenters were quite persuasive!

Sixth graders in Mrs. Moon's class presented what they had learned about various European landmarks.  Through their multi-media presentations, students shared the location, why they were important landmarks, why they were constructed, important features, and quite a number of fun facts!  See if you can identify these famous tourist attractions as well!

Presenting, this year's ACT Production of Beauty and the Beast, Jr.!

The sixth grade band numbers are practicing Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (A Little Night Music) by Mozart and The Water is Wide.  Be sure to see the concert later this spring!