What's Up?

Student, Staff & Community....Learning for All!

March 26, 2021

Rose Lane Principal Letter...

Hello, Rose Lane Families and CareGivers:


Can't believe it, but it's true: the fourth quarter of school is here! I'm so grateful that the community metrics for COVID-19 are continuing to improve, When I think about where we were in March 2020, and how far we have come since then, I'm filled with appreciation for everything that our staff and families have done to get through this historic time. Most of all, I would like to thank you for your continued efforts to help stop the spread, especially related to our universal masking on campus which we are still required to observe at this time. We also have had three batch tests for COVID-19 as of Tuesday, and all three of them have come back negative. Thank you for giving permission for your child to participate! When there are at least 5 individuals in a classroom whose parents have given permission for batch testing, we will test those students and consenting staff members only.


Our Leukemia and Lymphoma Society fundraiser has generated over $2,900 to help fight blood cancers! Thank you so much for your generosity and most especially the families of Mrs. Cowen, Mr. Yates, Mrs. Harrington, Mrs. Mersch, Mrs. Maloney and Mrs. Wulff, who raised a total of $1,185. Absolutely awesome!

3rd and 4th grade families: we are ready for AzM2, the state's standardized tests, which will begin April 6th and continue through April 23rd. Please look for information related to this elsewhere in What's Up. I'm so excited for these tests, since they will provide a wealth of information to teachers, parents and students about our progression in 3rd and 4th grade this year. We will analyze this information over the summer, and use it to make precise decisions about how to best help kids grow when we return to school in August. For Kindergarten through 2nd grade, we will also use a variety of end-of-year assessments such as MAP tests to help us identify specific school-wide academic goals for each grade level next year. Please give a round of applause to Mr. Reyes, who is the driving force behind all of our testing plans and has done an outstanding job of organizing the logistics. We are looking forward to an effective, appropriate, and safe testing environment for all kids as they complete these important assessments.

Finally, I would like to ask for your support of Mrs. Lachance, who asked me to share that she will be out for the rest of the year to care for her mom. She has made arrangements for Cassie Longwell to join our Rose Lane family for the 4th quarter. Ms. Longwell has been a long-time dance teacher and has frequented our Rose Lane campus in previous years. Our students will definitely benefit from her expertise, and we thank her.

Looking forward to seeing you at our next TEAM meeting, and thanks for an outstanding first week of 4th quarter!


Best Regards,

Rose Devine, M.Ed

Madison Rose Lane Principal

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AzMerit State Testing Information...

Dear Rose Lane 3rd and 4th Grade Families,


Please follow the appropriate link below for detailed information about the AzM2 assessment taking place at Rose Lane. The first link is for In-Person students and the second link is for students who are currently At-Home.



AzM2 Information for In-Person Learners


AzM2 Information for At-Home Learners

Looking ahead to the 2021-2022 School Year...

Kinder through 3rd Grade - if your child will NOT be returning to Rose Lane for the 2021-2022 school year, please email us at roselaneoffice@madisoned.org. Give us your child's name, current grade & teacher, and let us know what school he/she will be transferring to for next year.


4th Grade Parents - we only need to know if your child is NOT going to #1 next year for 5th grade, and the school he/she will be attending.


Thank you!

LLS Hero Squad!


Hello families! Madison Rose Lane raised nearly $3000 through The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Hero Squad program. Today is the last day to support our efforts! To make a donation, visit HeroSquad.org, find our school and select “Join Your Classroom Team” to set up your page. Please have your student share reminders with friends and family to make donations towards our school goal. Every hero needs a squad, and we are grateful that you are part of ours!

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Congratulations to Robin Carr for receiving the "You Make The Difference" award...

Robin Carr is our beloved school nurse. Nurse Robin, as she is affectionately known, impacts every person of the Madison Rose Lane community - students, staff, and families! She is so caring and familiar with our kiddos, interacting with them regularly when they visit our bricks-and-mortar health office seeking care. Nurse Robin also supports our certified and classified staff, with updates about the status of students who may be ill; as well as the administrative and front office staff during regular meetings and in response to real-time circumstances.

Her regular responsibilities also include reviewing health-related registration documents for all new students, especially our kindergarten class, immediately initiating care and safety plans for students who have different medical conditions.


During a challenging year filled with closures, hybrid learning, onsite-online instruction, and the many other curve balls thrown by a global pandemic, Nurse Robin has continued to be calm, organized, timely, flexible, and absolutely unflappable in her response. She has organized vision and hearing screenings for kids attending both in-person and from home. Nurse Robin has been a wealth of information, support, and kindness during this school year, going above and beyond to reassure our school community with an outstanding combination of empathy, efficiency and expertise. Thank you, Nurse Robin, because you have truly made a difference in this historic year!

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...And to Dolly Nesbeitt for receiving the "Shining Star" award!

Dolly Nesbeitt, who is a reading intervention aide at Madison Rose Lane, is so good with all of the kids. She makes them smile and feel good about themselves. She is patient with them and relates to each child on a personal level. She is also a really excellent teacher. She takes the time to understand the content and to figure out the best way to deliver the information.

Dolly always goes above and beyond in every aspect. She is always putting in extra time and extra effort. She is an excellent listener, who exemplifies the quote “They don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” Dolly takes time to ask questions and remember certain things that were discussed. An excellent communicator, Dolly is funny and easily makes others laugh.


Dolly is always seeking out ways to be better. She researches information and ideas, and then freely shares her findings with her team. She generously gives of herself and volunteers to go the extra mile. Dolly helps children in small groups improve their reading strategies. She also spends time communicating with teachers and other staff members about progress and areas needing improvement. We are so grateful to Dolly for her many contributions to Madison Rose Lane, and are glad to nominate her as our Shining Star this semester!

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Congratulations to both of you!

Robin and Dolly were honored at the February 23, 2021 Governing Board Meeting at the District Office.
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Music Class News...

In Rose Lane music class, the third and fourth graders are working on an ensemble project. Students play drums, xylophone and other percussion instruments while they sing "Love the One You're With", the hit 1971 song by one of Mr. Roach's favorite artists, Stephen Stills. First and second grades are working on simultaneously playing a simple rhythm while singing "The Wellerman". And the little nuggets (kindergarteners) are learning their first song, "Twinkle, Twinkle", on the xylophones.


Adam Roach

Rose Lane Music

PE Class News...

This week in PE we are moving! Our kindergarten and first graders are working on throwing and catching with beanbags. We are even challenging ourselves by making up tricks and teaching them to our friends. Our older students are working on scooter hockey. It is so much fun but lots of work. Students are learning about offense and defense while giving our leg muscles a good workout.


Sarah Lawrence
Rose Lane PE Teacher

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