The Roderick Review

May 2021

May Announcements

Dear Roderick Families,

I hope that you and your families are having an enjoyable spring! In the last seven weeks of school, both teachers and students are working diligently to finish their grade level curriculum units and celebrate the learning that each child has accomplished this year. Students have worked incredibly hard and have demonstrated respect, responsibility, and continuous growth and learning since September. Your continued support at home and communication has been essential in your child's development this school year. We look forward to a successful spring with many events and year end celebrations at the Roderick School!

As I'm sure many of you have seen the fantastic progress with the new Roderick Playground in the back of the Roderick School over the past few weeks! The Roderick Playground Opening Ceremony will occur on Friday, May 7th at 1:30 p.m. At that time, students will be able to play and climb with their classmates on the new Roderick Playground. Thank you to the Roderick Playground Committee, the Wrentham School Committee, and Wrentham Community Preservation Committee for creating a safe, fun, and inclusive playground that Roderick students and the Wrentham community can enjoy.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to let me know.


Mr. Kevin Martes


May Important Dates

Friday, May 7

Roderick Playground Opening Ceremony, 1:30 PM

Monday, May 10

Arbor Day Tree Planting/Grade 5, 1:30 PM

Tuesday, May 11

MCAS ELA Grade 4

Friday, May 14

MCAS ELA Grade 5

Tuesday, May 18

MCAS Math Grade 4

Thursday, May 20

MCAS Math Grade 5

Friday, May 21

MCAS ELA Grade 6

Tuesday, May 25

MCAS STE Grade 5

Thursday, May 27

MCAS Math Grade 6

Monday, May 31

No School Memorial Day

6th Grade Graduation

Due to continued limitations on outdoor gatherings set by the state of Massachusetts, we are unable to have a traditional 6th Grade Promotion Ceremony that could accommodate all students, families, and school staff. In place of this, we are very excited to celebrate the 6th Grade class with a Car Parade Promotion Ceremony on Wednesday, June 16th from 1:00-2:30pm. During the parade, students will have an opportunity to receive their 6th Grade Promotion Certificates, DARE Certificates and T-Shirts, 6th Grade T-Shirts, and 6th Grade Yearbooks. As families drive through the parade, teachers and staff from each grade level Preschool-6 will be on the parade route, adhering to social distancing protocols, while cheering on the sixth-grade class! Following the parade, we invite you to join us for an optional distanced picnic on Sweatt Field from 2:30-4:00pm. We are very proud of our 6th Grade class and are excited to celebrate their success and hard work!

6th Grade Celebration Week

Monday, June 7th- Nature’s Classroom

Nature’s Classroom Science Enrichment staff will be visiting with 6th grade students for the day. Students will participate in Science and STEM activities inside and outside.

Tuesday, June 8th- Visit from Mad Science & 6th Grade Gym Show

Thank you to Wrentham WEST for providing this opportunity for our students! Mad Science will visit us at 1:00pm for a live performance! The 6th Grade Gym Show will occur on Tuesday, June 8th at 7:00 p.m. at the KPHS Football Field!

Wednesday, June 9th- Half Day

Thursday, June 10th- Sweatt Beach Trip

Students will take a trip to Sweatt Beach from 10:00-2:00. The day will be filled with fun and educational science activities that strengthen teamwork and collaboration.

Friday, June 11th- Field Day 2021!

2021-2022 Classroom Placement

If you haven't done so already, please fill out the 2021 Family Placement Input Form. The deadline is Wednesday, May 5th for 2021-2022 placement input.

Parent and guardian voice is an important aspect of creating balanced classrooms and successful learning experiences for all students. Over the next few months, classroom teachers, specialists, and support staff will work hard to create classrooms where all children can find success both academically and socially. If you have any questions, or would like further information, please do not hesitate to let me know.

Roderick Counselor's Corner

May’s word of the month, and focus for schoolwide classroom lessons, is Transitions.

What is it? Transitions are a passage from one stage or place to another. It is change. (Merriam-Webster dictionary). In school this can be a transition from one class to another but here we will focus on transitioning from one grade to the next.

Why is it important? Both human nature and research shows that change is hard for most people. Smooth transitions can be an integral part of helping a child to adjust and make the most of a new situation.

What does it look like? Talking about the end of the school year - looking forward to the next school year, celebrating successes, problem solving challenges, setting goals, saying goodbye

Check out these tips for parents for a successful transition to middle school

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