Happy New Year!

Principal's Message

Dear Parents:

Some fourth grade Mary Rowlandson Elementary School students will participate in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) on January 30, 2019. NAEP is the largest nationally representative assessment of what students know and can do in various subjects. NAEP is administered by the National Center for Education Statistics, within the U.S. Department of Education. NAEP is different from our state assessments because it is a common measure of achievement across the country. The results are released as The Nation’s Report Card, which provides information about student achievement to educators, parents, policymakers, and the public.

Only a portion of the fourth-grade students will take an assessment in mathematics, reading, or science. Parents will be notified on January 10, 2019, if their child was selected to take the NAEP test. In addition to subject area questions, NAEP survey questionnaires are voluntarily completed by students. The questionnaires help by providing valuable information about participating students’ educational experiences and opportunities to learn both in and out of the classroom. More information about NAEP survey questionnaires is available at under the section “What Questions Are on the Test?”

Assessments take about 120 minutes for most students, including transition time and directions.

The information collected is used for statistical purposes only.

· The children’s grades will not be affected.

· Students may be excused for any reason, are not required to complete the assessment, and may skip any question.

· While the assessment is voluntary, NAEP depends on student participation to help policymakers improve education.

There is no need to study in preparation for NAEP, but please encourage your child to do his or her best. A brochure that explains what participation in NAEP means for you and your child is available at Contact Sean O’Shea at 978-368-8482 or at if you have any questions.

We are excited that our school is participating in NAEP. We know that Mary Rowlandson’s students will show what our nation’s students know and can do.


Sean O’Shea


MRE Dates to Remember

Jan 11 - Early Release, 12:15 PM Dismissal - Lunch will be served including ½ day Kindergarten

**Spirit Day** Theme: Beach Day! Since this is mid-winter and we are all wishing for summer, people are encouraged to dress for the beach (no swimwear or beach balls). Think about layers to keep warm too for recess and waiting for the bus!

Jan 21 - No School in honor of Martin Luther King Day

Jan 23 - Winter Concert starring the 4th & 5th Grade Band and Chorus, Auditorium at 6:30

Jan 28 - PTO Lip Sync Informational Meeting, Auditorium 3:10 - 4:00

Winter Wear

We've had little snow to speak of so far however the temperatures have let us know that winter is here! In order to participate in outdoor recess, students need jackets, hats and gloves as well as full length pants to help them stay warm and safe from frost bite. Once the snow flies, students will need both snow pants and boots to play in and walk on the snowy areas of the playground. Students without snow pants and boots will need to stay on the black top area during recess. These precautions are meant to protect the children and keep them dry and comfortable for the remainder of the day. Thank you for your help!

Extended Learning

The Extended Learning Program runs concurrently with the Nashoba Regional School District calendar and operates from 3:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M. with pickup time no later than 6:00 P.M.

The Before School Program is designed to meet the needs of our families whose work day requires an additional hour of morning child care. The program operates Monday - Friday from 7:25 A.M. - 8:25 A.M. on the NRSD calendar.

Students must be enrolled in these programs in order to participate. For additional information, please visit their website.

Nashoba February Vacation Camp

Click on the link to learn more about the great offerings this February.

Community Events / Announcements

MRE Contact information

The school office is open Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM.