Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Week 40 (June 23-24)

Greetings Delaney Families,

Happy Summer Vacation!

Attention Incoming Preschool and Kindergarten Parents

Placement letters regarding your child's teacher for the 2014-2015 school year will be mailed home to families in mid-July. 

Congratulations and best wishes the sixth grade students!  We will miss you!

As we officially close out the 2013-2014 school year, I would like to wish each and every one of you a wonderful and relaxing summer vacation.  It has been a sincere pleasure working in the Wrentham Public Schools for the past 18 years.  I consider myself extremely fortunate to have been part of this community and will certainly miss you all.

Melissa Peterson

Friday, June 20, 2014

Week 39 (June 19-20)

Greetings Delaney Families,
Please enjoy this week's edition of the Delaney School blog.

Move-up day will be held on Tuesday, June 24th.
Students will be dismissed for summer vacation at 12:00 p.m. on June 24th.
Kindergarten Screening was held on Friday, June 20th for our newest students to the Delaney School.  Thank you to everyone who was able to attend.  We loved seeing the smiling faces and cannot wait to see you all again this summer for Kindergarten Bus Orientation.  Please note...details regarding bus orientation will be mailed to families along with placement information and reminders.

Mrs. Beausoleil's Kindergarten class held an authors and illustrators celebration this week.  The children did an amazing job reading their stories and sharing their illustrations with their special guests.

Students in Mrs. Young's class hosted a poetry night to celebrate their learning and love of poetry.

The annual Pitman/Maxwell vs. Young kickball game was a huge success and  as you can see by these wonderful photos, great fun was had by all!

Thank you for reading.
Have a fantastic weekend!

Melissa D. Peterson, Principal

Friday, June 13, 2014

Week 38 (June 9 - June 13)

Greetings Delaney Families, 
Delaney Interim Principal Named!
Congratulations to Mrs. Colleen Wagstaff!  Mrs. Wagstaff was appointed by Dr. Cameron to be the Interim Principal for the Delaney School for the 2014-2015 school year.  The Delaney School is in wonderful hands and we all wish her well on this next exciting chapter in her career!
No School - Kindergarten Only - June 20th
On Friday, June 20th, there will be no school for current kindergarten students due to kindergarten screening.

Mark Your Calendars!
Kindergarten Screening for children entering K in September 2014 will be held on Friday, June 20th.
Sixth grade promotion will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, June 23rd in the Delaney Courtyard (weather permitting).
Move-up Day will be held on Tuesday, June 24th.  Children will have an opportunity to meet their new teacher and classmates for next year before leaving on summer vacation.
Students will be dismissed at noon (12:00 p.m) on Tuesday, June 24th for summer vacation.
The children in Mrs. Nunes' kindergarten class loved having Senator Ross read to them! 


 Thank you Senator!!

Read Across Wrentham Awards
On Friday, Grade One students received their certificates and medals for reaching their reading goals as part of Read Across Wrentham.  Students in Grades 2 and 3 will be receiving theirs next week.

Overdue Books...
Please check your houses, cars, backpacks, etc...for any Delaney Library books that have not been returned.  Volunteers are currently updating accounts and packing up the library in preparation for summer work that is scheduled to begin days after school gets out.  We kindly request your cooperation in facilitating this process.  Thank you!

Congratulations, welcome and thank you to the new 2014-2015 PTO Board members
Brenda Conlon - President
Heidi Neipris-VP
Emily Gebhardt - VP
Stephanie Canavan - Secretary
Lindsay McDonald - Secretary
Lisa Munn - Treasurer
All members can be reached through email at

Happy Father's Day!

As always, thank you for reading.
Enjoy the weekend!


Melissa D. Peterson, Principal


Monday, June 9, 2014

Week 37 (June 2- June 6)

Hello Delaney Families,
On Thursday, SWISH raffle winner, Liam O'Connell, became acting Principal for the Day.  Mr. O'Connell handed out summer birthday pencils, attended the Advanced and Beginner Band Spring Concert, enjoyed a great lunch with Mr. Grenham and did an overall fabulous job leading the Delaney School.  Great job Liam!

JDRF Fundraiser Totals
WOW!!  The Wrentham Public Schools' JDRF Kids Walk to Cure Diabetes event raised a total of $11,311.90 for type 1 diabetes research.  Thank you for you generosity and hard work!

Scoops II Ice Cream Coupons

Scoops II, the new ice cream shop in Wrentham Center has graciously given our entire school $1 off coupons to use this Summer.  Please thank Scoops II when you visit them! Their approx. hours are M-F 3pm-9pm, Sat 11am-9pm & Sun 11am-7pm.

Thank You!
Thank you to our donors, supporters and attendees for another successful Comedy Night!
WEST's annual Comedy Night and Auction was held on March 7, 2014 and raised almost $17,000 for Wrentham's elementary schools. The event is WEST's single most important fundraiser each year, funding the majority of the grants for the coming year. Comedian Mike Hanley's act garnered many laughs from the audience. Live and silent auctions provided participants an opportunity to bid on many exciting items.
This year's event drew over 210 attendees. Some of the generously donated auction items included a summer membership to Park Terrace Swim Club, a one-year membership to the YMCA Hockomock, a wine tasting for 12 by Paul Malagrifa of Musings on the Vine, Red Sox tickets and much more.
Save the Date for Comedy Night 2015:  
Saturday, February 28, 2015


WEST Awards Over $8,000 in Spring Grants  
WEST was pleased to award $7,887.18 in grants this Spring.  The following grants were awarded which brings WEST's total funding to $131,037 since it's inception in 2007.  
  Author/Illustrator Study with David Biedrzycki & Ralph Masiello
Grade 1 - Mrs. Lu McNeal
David A. Kelly, An Author Visit and Fenway Park Tour
Grade 1 - Ms. Cindy Fuller
Rotation and Revolution in our Solar System
Grade 3 - Mrs. Cathleen Carceo and Mrs. Yvonne Jeffries
Now Hear This:  The Sounds of Science
Grade 3 - Mrs. Cathleen Carceo and Mrs. Yvonne Jeffries
Exploring Ecosystems and Life Cycles Through Nonfiction Text
Grade 3 - Ms. Allie Horne and Mrs. Yvonne Jeffries
Ward's Berry Farm Trip
Grade 1 - Mrs. Liz Riccio
Poetry:  The Voices and Images of Our World
Grade 3 - Mrs. Courtney Tufts and Mrs. Niki Sabatini
For a complete description of the grants and to find out more information about WEST, visit the website at

Friday, May 30, 2014

Week 36 (May 27-30)

Hello Delaney Families,
Although this week was only four days long due to the extended Memorial Day weekend, we filled it with lots and lots of events and activities.  Enjoy!

SWISH basketball game
Congratulations to the teachers for their win against the police in the annual SWISH basketball game.  Thank you to all who were able to play, attend, and donate to this great cause.  Due to your generosity $6098.28 was raised to support students and their families battling illnesses. WOW!!!

Revolutionary Wrentham Trip
This week our third grade students took a trip around Wrentham visiting various sites.  Thank you to the numerous volunteers and chaperones who helped on this trip.  In addition, thank you to KPHS for their role in this year's trip.  Our students had a fantastic time!





Positive Referrals
Congratulations to the following students who received Positive Referrals this week.  Their actions and attitudes are truly exemplary!

Positive Referral Breakfast
On Friday, over 130 Delaney students and their families attended the final Positive Referral breakfast of the 2013-2014 school year. Students were recognized for a variety of great behaviors and thanked for helping to make our school a better place. Thanks to all who were able to attend.  It was wonderful to see all of you. I would also like to say a huge thank you to our amazing food service staff for preparing coffee and goodies for all of our guests.  We could not have this event without their support.  I would also like to thank Mr. Rob Donnelly and the custodial/maintenance staff for setting up the cafeteria and making the building and grounds look amazing!

Students in Mrs. Swartzendruber's class have been watching and waiting as their caterpillars progressed through their life cycle.  Late last week they were able to watch as they hatched into beautiful butterflies!

Thank you to Mrs. Sabatini's third graders and Ms. White's sixth grade students for joining forces to clean up the school grounds as part of their community service project. 

From Mrs. Mariotti

Here is what we learned during May…

This month’s composer…..Camille Saint Saens

Kindergarten: May just flew by!! We began the month with a story called, “Tubby the Tuba” by Paul Tripp. In this story, Tubby the tuba is sad because he wants to play the melody. The melody is the part of the song that you would sing. He has two friends, Mr. Frog and Pico the piccolo who help Tubby along the way. Tubby learns that everyone can sing their own special melody no matter their size or sound. In this story, we reviewed high and low sounds and listened to the various sounds of the orchestral instruments. We also learned about a new composer named Camille Saint Saens. Camille was a famous French composer who learned to write music at a very young age. He wrote a very famous piece of music called, “The Carnival of the Animals”. It is a collection of short musical pieces that represent various animals. The music mimics the way the animals move and behave. We danced to the music, identified the various characteristics of the music, played with scarves, learned about the various instruments and watched a puppet show by Jim Gamble. Finally, we worked hard for our Memorial Day Program. Our song was called, “Three Cheers for the Red, White and Blue”. We sang beautifully at the program!!

This month’s composer….. Camille Saint Saens

First Grade: First graders had an exciting month in music! We had a special string presentation! Mrs. Anderson (mom of first grader, Jack) and her mother, Mrs. Bodley came to teach the children all about the strings! They brought a violin, viola, cello, double bass and an electric violin. They taught us all about how the sound is made and played beautiful music for us! It was a very special treat and the children loved it!! Our new composer this month is Camille Saint Saens, a famous French composer. He wrote a very famous piece of music called, “The Carnival of the Animals”. It is a collection of short musical pieces that represent various animals. The music mimics the way the animals move and behave. We learned a new vocabulary word called tempo. Tempo is the speed of the beat. As we listened to the “Carnival of the Animals”, we would identify the tempo of the song. We also followed a listening map to the “Lion” section of the music. In this activity, we needed to follow the steady beat by tapping the paw prints on the paper. Every time the lion would roar, we would follow the melodic contour of the piano while pointing to the curved line on the paper. This was a very fun activity and the children enjoyed it greatly! We got to move, tap and roar like a lion to feel a steady beat and moderato tempo. Finally, we worked very hard for our Memorial Day song called, “This Land is Your Land”. We learned how to follow a conductor and the special cues that a conductor gives to lead the group. Students got to take turns being the conductor and leading the class in singing. It was a busy but fun month in first grade music!

This month’s composer….. Camille Saint Saens

Second Grade: This month in music we focused on rhythm and tempo (speed of the beat). We had a lesson called, Candy Rhythms. Students learned that words have rhythmic patterns and sounds in them. Each student brainstormed their favorite candies and identified the rhythm. Then students arranged these candies into an interesting pattern to make a rhythmic composition. Students practiced their pieces, added rhythm sticks and performed them for the class! It was a great introduction to writing music while reinforcing rhythmic notation. Our new composer was a French composer named Camille Saint Saens. He wrote a very famous piece of music called, “The Carnival of the Animals”. It is a collection of short musical pieces that represent various animals. The music mimics the way the animals move and behave. We completed various activities to follow his music. We created an original animal that Saint Saens did not choose for his Carnival. Each child selected an animal, chose an instrument to play for this animal and identified the correct tempo, dynamic and mood for their selection. We also followed a listening map to the “Elephant” section on the song. We read the real music to this song! We added movement to better feel the rhythm of the song.  Finally we learned our song for the Memorial Day Program. We sang, “You’re a Grand Old Flag”. The students did a nice job singing together!

Third Grade: Third graders worked so hard this month!! We had to learn our song, “Freedom” for the Memorial Day Program. This is a special song that Mrs. Danielson had written with a previous third grade class. This year we added some harmony with the recorders. Students were given the opportunity to learn the recorder part and then play during the presentation. I can’t say how proud I was of them!!! The entire third grade worked so hard to prepare and perform a beautiful song that has such an honorable meaning too. It was a wonderful performance. In addition to learning this song, we continued to earn our belts. Many students have moved on to the red belt, “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” and brown belt, “Amazing Grace”. Some students have even achieved their black belts for the song “Ode to Joy”! This month we reviewed rhythmic notation with a weekly exercise called, “It All Adds Up”. Students are presented with musical notation and need to add up the beats like an addition problem. I call this music math. It was very helpful for many students to think of the notes as a number. Every week, we had ten problems to complete. It was nice to see the students’ understanding of rhythmic notation progress each week with more practice. It was a busy and productive month in music!

From the PTO
As school is winding down, your PTO wants you to remember the following events.

-Keep a look out next week for your red "Foodserve" bag for the end of the year food drive benefitting the Wrentham Food Pantry. Bags with non-perishable donations are due back on Field Day- Friday, June 6th.

-The PTO is hosting a 6th grade Ice Cream Social and Yearbook Signing Party on Friday, June 13th. Attention: 6th grade parents- Don't forget to send in your yearbook payments. A call for ice cream toppings will be forwarded to you through your HRP.

- Info to start ordering School Supplies for next year will be in backpacks soon. All orders will be online and supplies are delivered directly to your home.

Thank you all for your support.  A highlights list that outlines what your contributions supported will be posted in June.
Thank you for reading!
Have a wonderful weekend.
Melissa D. Peterson