April 14, 2022

Dear Florence Roche Families,

I hope everyone is ready for the vacation break.  I know that we are.  This was a busy week with MCAS testing for our grades 3 and 4 students.  With the exception of a few make up tests, our 1st round of ELA tests are finished.  Great work by everyone and thank you to our families for making sure students were prepared each day.  Students will have the math MCAS tests during the week of 5/16.  Enjoy this upcoming vacation week.

Reminder: This month is Autism Awareness Month! We will have a special Autism Acceptance Week at FloRo during the week of April 25th. The flier tells you all about the special things we will do each day but here are the highlights:

Monday: Fun Hat or Wild Hair

Tuesday: Rainbow or Tie-Dyed Clothes

Wednesday: Dress to show something you love

Thursday: Wear red or gold

Friday: Wear comfy clothes &/or sunglasses


Here is the second spotlighted book.

The second book we are spotlighting for Autism Awareness Month is Just Ask! Be Different, Be Brave, Be You by Sonia Sotomayor. We think this is a great book to read to talk about understanding others and always doing so empathetically! In the book, they introduce Jordan and Tiana, two characters with autism who are interested in what you like to talk about.

“Feeling different, especially as a kid, can be tough. But in the same way that different types of plants and flowers make a garden more beautiful and enjoyable, different types of people make our world more vibrant and wonderful.

In Just Ask, United States Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor celebrates the different abilities kids (and people of all ages) have. Using her own experience as a child who was diagnosed with diabetes, Justice Sotomayor writes about children with all sorts of challenges--and looks at the special powers those kids have as well. As the kids work together to build a community garden, asking questions of each other along the way, this book encourages readers to do the same: When we come across someone who is different from us but we're not sure why, all we have to do is Just Ask.”

You can find read alouds for Just Ask! here:

JUST ASK by Sonia Sotomayor Read Aloud

Literacy Night 2022 is Coming!

Save the date of Thursday, May 19th for this year’s Literacy Night.  The planning team has a lot of exciting, literacy based activities planned for families.  Stay tuned for more details.

The Groton-Dunstable SEPAC is inviting parents to a virtual workshop.  Join the 

ELA Conversation with Kristin DeFrancisco and Amanda Densmore, Part 2

Thursday, April 28, 2022 at 07:00 PM 

Join Zoom Meeting



Don’t forget…

Groton PD, GD Elementary Schools and Community Ed have partnered to bring you our First Annual Bike Rodeo!  It will be held on April 23 from 9am - 1pm at the GDRSD HS Football Field.  At this free event there will be fun challenging bike activities, ABC bike check and more!  Snacks and refreshments will be provided.  To pre-register for the event please visit: 2022 Bike Rodeo Registration .  We ask that you please register ahead but will accept registration on the day of.  We look forward to seeing you there.  Please contact Rachael Bielecki rbielecki@grotonma.gov with

any questions or concerns.


Prescott Community Center Opportunity…

With the Prescott Community Center Summer programming ready, we at Prescott want to examine more closely what might improve our classes, events and programs for adults and children of all ages… and interests.

We're reaching out to you to see if you would please volunteer to help us. By working together this Spring, we can create even more wonderful programs for 2022-2023!

We value and respect your time and ask you to consider volunteering for just one of the tasks listed in the link below. Work on it now until June 15 or as soon as finished. There are NO committee meetings involved... staff will help you get started on the task you pick and provide resources you might need. For example: if you pick "research other community centers' offerings through catalog reviews, interviews" we would let you know what Centers offer programming most like ours, and what their websites are. We might team you up with another person who volunteered to do this task.  

If you think you can do a task (or two), please click this LINK and complete the Program Development Volunteer Form. We'll get back to you quickly. 

We would be very grateful if you would consider helping out in this thoughtful way!  Groton children and the greater community will benefit from your support. Make your special mark… please sign-up today!

Have a great week away from school!