Principal Notes – October 23rd

Dear Florence Roche Families,

The first 6 weeks of any school year are instrumental in establishing routines, expectations and a sense of community both at the classroom level and schoolwide.  Community building has been even more important this year.  We did not have any closure last year as school closed without any real opportunity for this.  This year, we are working to build community in spite of distance barriers for our hybrid and remote students.  

Screen Shot 2020-10-26 at 7.43.02 AMOn Thursday, our first graders celebrated community with their Pinwheel Day.  Each student (hybrid and remote) had a personalized pinwheel that included their positive traits collectively displayed on our front lawn.  Remote students joined by Zoom as each class viewed the entire first grade community of pinwheels.  Later in the day, some of our remote students joined us in person to collect their pinwheel as all students took them home at the end of the day.  The message to the students was that as individuals they are part of many different communities.  In school, they belong to their classroom community, the first grade community and our entire Florence Roche community.  Our first grade teachers along with Alison Sancinito, our district social and emotional learning (SEL) coordinator did a great job supporting our first graders through this project.  They developed an understanding of what it means to belong to a community culminating in this special day.  We also received generous support through GDEF and their grants program to make this happen.

Please read this important notice from our health office in regards to the required Flu vaccination.  Flu Vaccine Reminder Notice   

The Groton-Dunstable Education Foundation (GDEF) needs your help.  We are so fortunate to have GDEF as a funding source for so many of our creative ideas.  Please consider helping them out.

GDEF urgently needs a treasurer. The role of a treasurer GDEF is vital to our organization. We meet the second Tuesday of each month from 7:30-8:30 pm (now via Google Meet) and communicate with each other periodically during the month as grants are requested by and awarded to teachers. This meeting and communication style make volunteering for GDEF more widely accessible as we don’t operate only during the school or work-day. 

GDEF is a volunteer non-profit organization committed to enhancing the success of our public schools by providing private funding for innovative, inspiring programs and opportunities. We believe that each child deserves an excellent educational experience and that supported and successful schools are fundamental elements of our special communities. 

If you are interested in volunteering as treasurer or volunteering in other positions we also have some other positions open (or opening) that are easily learned by a willing volunteer, let us know! For all inquiries, please email president Emily Davis at or check out our website We look forward to hearing from you! 

Have a great weekend!



Principal’s Update October 23