Weekly Newsletter

November 10, 2022

News from Principal Emma Liebowitz

The Sanderson Academy clothing store is open! Thank you Ms. Sue for working on this project! Here is the LINK to order.

Events/Calendar

Friday, November 11 - No School

Wednesday, November 16 - 1:50 Dismissal

Friday, November 18 - Third Grade to Sturbridge

Saturday, November 19 - Local Goods Distribution (9:00 - noon)

Monday, November 21 - Picture Retakes

Tuesday, November 22 - Turkey Trot at 2:00

Wednesday, November 23 - 12:30 Dismissal

Thursday, November 24 - No School

Friday, November 25 - No School

Wednesday, November 30 - Full day of school


Link to Sanderson Academy calendar.

Picture Retake Date

Picture retakes will take place on Monday, November 21.

Original Works News from Ms. Hawthorne

This week starts the Original Works PTO fundraiser. Art work is being sent home this week and orders are due by Friday, November 18th. (The cover letters in the packet say November 14th, but we have extended the deadline to November 18th.) We will be sending the orders to Original Works the following Monday, so please get your orders in! The price sheets are going home on Thursday and are available at this link: Sanderson Original Works Price Sheet


Look for your student’s original artwork inside each packet. If you do not wish to order anything from Original Works, please keep your student’s artwork and celebrate their creativity. They worked very hard on this art project. When talking to your student about their artwork, it is important to ask questions and focus on the process that they experienced. There is often a story with a piece of student art, or a new experience with materials or an art technique.


The Original Works fundraising program prints student art on various keepsakes and gift items such as magnets, mugs, mouse pads, notecards, tote bags, etc. We have timed this fundraiser so that gift items will be delivered for the winter holidays. If you choose to order any gift items, the order forms (yellow and white copies) should be returned in the plastic bag WITH THE STUDENT’S ARTWORK by Friday, November 18th. There is one order form per artwork and multiple item orders for the same student should be on the same order form. Extra order forms will be in the front office. To learn more about this program, please visit their website at originalworks.com/parents. You can substitute other artwork or add additional artwork from another child, however all artwork MUST meet the requirements listed on their website and it has to be labeled in pencil on the back with a T indicating the top, and student name, grade, and school. All student artwork will be returned after printing.


You can email me at chawthorne@mtrsd.org if you have any questions.


It has been such a pleasure to work with all of the Sanderson students this fall. Next week we are starting our winter projects in clay, painting, printing, and paper mache!

Health Office News from Nurse Loranna

This week I wanted to touch upon how important dental care is to our overall health. Poor dental health has been linked to an increase in heart disease, diabetes, respiratory illnesses, and can cause teeth decay/cavities along with gum disease. Since we just had Halloween I thought it would be a good week to address how important dental health is to our overall health. Children (and adults) should be seen at least every 6 months for a dental cleaning. Brushing twice a day and flossing at least once a day will help keep your teeth clean and healthy. It is especially important to brush after eating sticky foods such as dried fruit, gummies and candy. Try to avoid giving children juice and soda (or limit amount) as sugary drinks can also cause tooth decay. Try to increase water intake and serve water with meals, juice can fill you up with “empty” calories instead of healthy meals.. Increase fruits and vegetables in place of sugary and high carb snacks and increase foods that have calcium such as yogurt, cheese, milk and dark green leafy vegetables to support healthy teeth and bones. Happy brushing!

Preschool News from Ms. Melanie

We spent a lovely morning in our outdoor classroom with our third-grade buddies searching for items from nature to make the first letter of our names. Our buddies used glue to make the letter on a piece of heavy brown paper. Then buddies worked together to find just the right items to glue and shape into the letters. The project came out beautifully! Thank you to our buddies for another fun activity.


We have begun talking about community and sharing what we know already. We recognized our own classroom as a community and our school as a bigger community and our neighborhoods and towns as a wider community still! We talked about helpers in our community and what they might do to make them helpers. We were delighted to have an important helper in our community, Firefighter Mike, join us to tell us about fire safety. We learned how to stop, drop, and roll and how to low-crawl to help keep us safe. Firefighter Mike read us a story about Sparky the Fire Dog and then surprised us with our very own Sparky to take home. Thank you Firefighter Mike!

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Preschool News from Ms. Freeman

This week we are busy with special projects. Preschoolers are working on fulfilling Local Goods orders. They are coloring peace signs and heart shapes for our peace and love rocks. They are also drawing on the back of the rocks to make each extra special. Thank you for the orders and helping to support our classroom.

We would also like to thank Maya Machin for sharing her artistic talents and helping us work with clay. Maya showed us how to create different textures on clay. Preschoolers pressed rocks, pinecones, and shells into a slab of clay. They also used stamps and a few tried using a rolling pin to press a sprig of sage into the clay. Our clay slabs were placed on bowl forms and are ready to be fired in Maya’s kiln. We look forward to seeing our finished pieces soon. The photos show a few love rocks and our work with Maya.

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Kindergarten News from Ms. Sarah

In science this week, we did some introductory activities to launch our new unit on Force and Motion. First, we previewed our essential vocabulary for this unit: force, motion, gravity, push, pull, and position. Then we did two investigations to experience these vocab words. One investigation was throwing different objects to try to reach a target. The other investigation involved rolling different sized balls into empty and full water bottles to try to knock them over. We also opened the tub table with a new force and motion material: build your own marble roller maze!! After the investigations, we reviewed the vocab words and discussed how we experienced them in the investigation. We also read a book about Force & Motion to build our background knowledge of this exciting topic.

First Grade News from Ms. Wyckoff

First graders were introduced to their new science unit- Light and sound. In our first lesson our learning target stated “We can explain that vibrations create sound” First graders learned the vocabulary words: vibrate and volume. In our second lesson we completed a light investigation where we placed objects into boxes with no light source and boxes with a light source. Our guiding question in this lesson was “How does light help us see?” Children were able to better identify the object when there was a light source available. First graders also learned the difference between opaque, transparent and translucent and how each one changes how much or how little of an object we are able to see.

Second Grade News from Ms. Robertson

This week we started a new unit in our reading module about Schools and Communities. In this unit the focus is on schools in different places around the world. Our first lesson found us making observations about four mystery photos, where we looked at details in the photos to try to discover what was being shown. We then shared the details we observed with a partner and followed up the partner sharing with a group discussion. During our group discussion, we practiced adding on to the ideas of others, offering our viewpoint, and asking follow-up questions by using such phrases as “I’d like to add on to that idea with…” and “I respectfully disagree with that idea because…”.

During our math time the well-known folktale Jack and the Beanstalk served as an introduction to our next math unit on measurement and place value. We began this unit with a counting project where we made estimates of a large quantity of beans and then counted the beans by putting them into groups of tens and ones. (See the photos below.) Next, we had the chance to revise our estimates based on the amount we counted with our partner. Then we looked at the groups of tens and ones and regrouped the tens into hundreds and the ones into tens. We ended the activity by counting the hundreds, the tens, and the ones to find the total number of beans and compared the total to our revised estimates.

Our theme time finds us continuing with our mapping unit, where we are working with maps of the continent of North America. Our focus is on locating the United States and its neighbors to the north and the south and the bodies of water that border it. And with Thanksgiving fast approaching, we are currently reading aloud Thanksgiving on Thursday, a Magic Tree House by Mary Pope Osborne, which shows us what life was like for the Pilgrims back in the 1620s.

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Third Grade News from Ms. Carole

In math this week we started thinking about things that come in groups by looking at a display in a pet store. Everything in the store was stacked up in arrays, which are ideal for learning how multiplication works. Unit two is all about making sense of what it means to multiply, so you’ll be hearing about that for a while. Our number corner calendar grid for the month of November is also one of arrays and exploring length x height, which is a nice tie-in.


In other news, in honor of both Election Day and Veterans Day, our Point of Interest this week is Washington D.C. It has been fun to share the many landmarks, monuments, museums, and important buildings of our nation’s capital. We also went onto Google Maps and did some exploring of sites and walking down the streets.


With our buddies this week we helped them learn some letters by making them out of found items in the woods. It continues to be warming to behold how well third graders take care of their younger friends.


Lastly, we accomplished the Herculean feat of tie-dying many, many shirts for the Local Goods orders. Here is a picture of them drying in the sunshine of our gardens.

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Fourth Grade News from Ms. Lagoy

Fourth graders are beginning to read biographies of famous poets. Students were placed in groups and assigned one of the following poets: Robert Frost, Walter Dean Myers, or Valerie Worth. Then they worked with their groups members to read their expert poet’s biography and take 2-column notes about their life, poetry style, inspiration, and accomplishments. Be sure to ask your kiddo who they researched and to list 3-5 facts about their poet. In honor of American Indian Heritage Month, students read an article about the Mohawk “Skywalkers” during our ALL Block time. You can ask your child to share some facts with you about the article, including some famous buildings that they helped build in New York City and an explanation of just how dangerous their job was.

Fifth Grade News from Ms. Johnson

In fifth grade, we are reading Toliver’s Secret as a read aloud. It is about a ten year old girl in New York City during the period of the Revolution. She dresses up as a boy to get a message that is hidden in a loaf of bread passed onto its next leg as it moves to General Washington. We are studying the American Revolution, so we are making a lot of connections to what we have been learning about in Social Studies. In ELA, we have been working with metaphors in Esperanza Rising. Toliver’s Secret is full of similes, so we have been learning about them, how they are like metaphors and how they are different, and finding them in the story.

Sixth Grade News from Mrs. Lilly

Our first fundraiser wraps up November 10th! If you have orders that need to be turned in, please make sure to send your Butter Braid orders to school by November 10th. Sixth grade is beginning the process of writing our first essay using the painted essay model. This model will ensure that all students are organized and have all aspects of their essay included in their final copy. We will be comparing the movie and book version of Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief. We have also spent some time this week assembling the sixth grade local goods orders. We hope those who ordered enjoy our product!

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Library News from Ms. Wilson

Sanderson students watched our library transform into a bookstore last week, as we kicked off our annual fall book fair. The fair was a success, and will allow us to add many new resources to the library (as well as teacher's classrooms) for students to enjoy. Thank you to all who supported the fair, and a huge shout-out to the volunteers that made the fair run smoothly!


In the library classroom, students are learning to navigate our nonfiction section using the Dewey Decimal classification system. I am impressed by how quickly students are catching on, even students as young as second grade! It's wonderful to watch students bustling about the library, helping each other to find what they're looking for. The Dewey Decimal System was invented in 1873, and many librarians are beginning to question whether or not it is too antiquated for 2022. I am eager to bring this question to our students! Students are also learning how to use “Destiny Discover,” our online catalog, to find what they need in the library. Ask your child to show you around the catalog at home!


Here is a link to “Check It Out!” our MTRSD elementary libraries newsletter. Lots of great learning happening through the libraries in our district!

Mindful Movement News from Ms.Sue

Wow!! Did you get a chance to see the moon! It was glorious…called the Beaver Full moon…it was also a Blood moon and Tuesday morning (4-6 AM) we had a Lunar Eclipse. So we did Moon Salutation yoga sequence in the younger grades (PK-2) and this week in the older grades, we had a mashup of Classic Rock songs and their choice of several yoga pose sequences… we allowed the beat and rhythm of the music influence our yoga poses and had fun guessing the names and artists of the music…all songs were recognized from listening with family members.

News from Ms. Prew

At Sanderson, we are Building Mathematical Thinkers!

Bridges in Mathematics is a comprehensive PK–5 curriculum that equips teachers to fully address state standards in a rigorous, engaging, and accessible manner. Students gain a deep understanding of concepts, proficiency with key skills, and the ability to solve complex problems. The curriculum is composed of three distinct but integrated components: Problems & Investigations, Work Places and Number Corner. For more information about Bridges in Mathematics, check out the Family Orientation Letter.

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District Library News

Newsletter can be found at this LINK.

Sanderson Basketball

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Tiered Focused Monitoring Review of Mohawk Trail and Hawlemont Regional School Districts

Press release can be found HERE.