Dear Florence Roche Families,

We have a short week coming up leading into the vacation break.  There is no school on Friday, April 15th.  However, our short 4 day week will be a busy one.  Grades 3 and 4 students will be completing the ELA MCAS tests each day.  We will all be ready for the vacation week by Thursday afternoon.  I hope everyone finds some time to relax and enjoy a few days of leisure.

You know it’s really spring when the Red Sox start their season.  On Friday, 4/15, they are scheduled for their home opener.  The Florence Roche Community will celebrate the start of the baseball season with a school spirit day on Thursday, 4/14.  Students and staff are invited to wear the gear and colors of their favorite baseball team on Thursday.  Let’s have some fun and show our school spirit as we end our week and head off to vacation!

The spring Scholastic Book Fair was once again a great success for our school.  Thank you so much to our PTA for doing all of the hard work to make this happen.  To all of the many volunteers who showed up throughout the week, we couldn’t do this without you.  To the PTA leaders who spent the entire week with us, we appreciate your commitment.  This was a full-time job!  The book fair provides every student with a wide selection of books and they always end up with a choice that gets them excited to read.  Our teachers and their classroom libraries are also the beneficiaries of the book fair and the generosity of our parents who provide funding for teacher book purchases..  Thank you all for joining us in supporting literacy for all students!  

The Florence Roche school community will recognize Autism Awareness Month during the week of 4/25.

Throughout Autism Awareness Month, we want to recognize the autism community by spotlighting children’s books with autistic characters which also speak to the importance of diversity and inclusion. We would like to shout out the Special Education Parent Advisory Council for suggesting books and this fantastic idea!

The first book we are spotlighting is All My Stripes: A Story for Children with Autism by Shaina Rudolph and Danielle Royer All My Stripes: A Story for Children with Autism Paperback – March 22, 2015

“This is the story of Zane, a zebra with autism, who worries that his differences make him stand out from his peers. With careful guidance from his mother, Zane learns that autism is only one of many qualities that make him special.”

You can find read alouds for All My Stripes here:

All My Stripes

BSL Signed Stories: All My Stripes: by Danielle Royer and Shaina Rudolph

Here are the activities we have planned for the week.

Have a nice weekend!