Principal's Message

Welcome back to Rose M. Gaffney Elementary School! My name is Mrs. Susan B. Dow and I am the new principal. I come with over 30 years of educational experience and a lot of excitement to be part of the Rose M. Gaffney community. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at school if you have any questions or concerns that you would like to discuss. I am here for the students and you.

This handbook has been prepared to answer your questions and acquaint you with our policies and procedures. In an effort to communicate more effectively, as well as provide an environment in which our children are safe and have an opportunity to receive an outstanding education, we continually update this handbook. This handbook is not intended to be all-inclusive, but should give you a basic overview of expectations of the staff and administration. We ask that you read this handbook and discuss its contents with your child. After reviewing the information within, please sign the last page and send it back to school with your child.

RMG staff and students will not be mandated at this time to wear a mask. However, any person may choose to do so. This may change as directed by our school committee as transmission rates change in our county. Our staff and students will continue to practice hand sanitizing and handing washing often and social distancing will be in place as much as possible. Our priority is to keep everyone safe and still deliver a quality education.

Traffic on campus is a concern during morning drop off and afternoon pick up times. I ask that you wait until the busses have left the campus before you come on to the campus to pick up your child. The busses usually leave by 2:30. Once the busses have left you are welcome to pick up your child as they will be dismissed at that time. This will ensure the safety of our children and staff taking students to the bus and create less traffic for everyone. Thank you for your cooperation with this matter.

I am proud to be working alongside some of the finest professionals in education. We here at Rose M. Gaffney genuinely care about our students and look forward to a continued partnership with you in their education. We believe that it is important for us to support our students in all aspects of their education.

Meeting essential educational standards will allow our children to be competitive in the real world of their futures. Through targeting our students’ interests, and learning styles, as well as academic readiness, we hope to provide our students with a joyful learning experience that focuses on their individual needs.

It is important to us that all students feel welcome at RMG, and that students treat each other with kindness and respect. Our message to students is that whether at home or in public, in town or out of town, students who attend RMG continually represent our school. Your sharing this important message as parents and modeling appropriate behavior will go a long way toward building school pride and helping us to maintain a safe and orderly environment in our school. We are proud of our Rose M. Gaffney Elementary School Bulldogs and the reputation that they have earned for being outstanding students, and upstanding citizens. It is our goal to continue this legacy.

We welcome your involvement in partnering with us in your child’s education and encourage you to make an appointment to visit our school, meet with your child’s teacher, and our staff. However, we will continue to keep our doors locked for the safety of your children and the staff. Working together we can make a positive difference in our children’s educational experience and success. I look forward to the new school year, and our continued partnership in working with our children.


Mrs. Susan B. Dow

RMG Principal

September 28, 2021