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Save the Date

Feb. 26-Mar. 2: Read Across America Week!

Mar. 2: Dr. Seuss' Birthday-Cozy up with a good book-pajama day (no slippers)

Mar. 2-Mar. 9: Read The Lemonade War with family

Mar. 3: Family Festival 2018, 10am-2pm at Discovery STEM Academy

Mar. 5-9: Student-Led Conferences

Mar. 6: Interim Reports Sent Home (1st and 2nd)

Mar. 6: Detailed Progress Reports Sent Home (3rd-5th)

Mar. 7: Bayport Union Savings Day

Mar. 7: Jump Rope for Heart Jump a Thon $5 donation due

Mar. 7: Fourth Grade field trip to Williamsburg

Mar. 9: Return Double Good Popcorn Fundraiser order forms along with money

Mar. 9: Last day to complete the Title I English Survey | Spanish Survey

Mar. 9: Regular school day for all students (snow make-up day

Mar. 16: Coffee Chat with the Principal, 8:15 a.m.

Mar. 21: Jump Rope for Heart Jump a Thon, after school until 4:45 p.m.

Mar. 22: Middle School Night for rising 6th graders, 6 pm

Mar. 30: Regular school day for all students (snow make-up day)

Mar. 30: Period 3: 9-Wks Period Ends

Mark Your Calendars

April 30, 2018: Field Day-Parent Volunteers Needed

Principal's Corner

Greetings Spartan Scholars and Families,

Thank you to all who have participated in our monthly Coffee Chats with the Principal and Safety Listening Session! We are dedicated to keeping your child safe while providing every opportunity for them to thrive and be successful scholars and leaders. Thank you for exchanging ideas and working together to achieve the extraordinary!

There is chatter in the air, the voices of students and parents talking about The Lemonade War! Our school-wide book club is more than I could have imagined, uniting us in celebrating literacy together! Please use the Contact Us link to tell us what you liked about the school-wide book club or positive reading experience you've had with your child.

Our belief in Newport News Public Schools, is that SMART is something you become. In the spirit of learning and leading, our students will be facilitating their own student-led conference the week of March 5-9. Your child will share their goals and progress with you. Please make every effort to come and share in this wonderful celebration of learning. Click here to view a kindergarten student lead their own conference.

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Yours in Education,

Shannon Pipkin, Principal

Join us at the Family Festival this Saturday!!

Mrs. Oates created a poster for our ESL team participating in the Family Festival at the Discovery STEM Academy this Saturday, March 3rd from 10am-2pm. Cheer on Ms. Helvesten's team in Battle of the Books and Ms. Lash's team in the Mathathon and visit Ms. Bammel and her Bee Bots! We hope to see you there for a great learning experience.
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Spartans are Jumping for a Great Cause with Coach Mulrine!

Thank you for all of your support as we raise money for the American Heart Association through Jump Rope for Heart. Your child has been learning how to keep their heart healthy through exercise and good food choices. We will be hosting a Jump A Thon as our culminating activity Wednesday, March 21st. The event begins right after school and ends at 4:45 when students must be signed out by their parents. Your child can attend with a $5.00 donation to the American Heart Association and their signed permission slip. This donation can be made online through your child’s Jump Rope for Heart website or brought to school through the envelopes that were sent home. Donations must be turned in by March 7th. Let's have a great time with healthy exercise while raising money for such a worthy cause!!

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Spartans rocked the NNPS Engineering Design Challenge!

Friday, February 9th at the Engineering Design Challenge our 2nd and 3rd graders demonstrated exceptional problem-solving skills. To complete the Shore to Store challenge, students applied their knowledge of simple machines to build a compound machine that could move a shipping container from the container yard onto a railroad car. The winning team loaded the most shipping containers in the allotted time and earned points for meeting all of the criteria and constraints. We are pleased to announce that Saunders took 3rd place out of 24 NNPS elementary schools! Way to go Spartans!

PTA Reflections Winners!

We are so proud of all of our Spartans who shared their creative talents in the 2018 PTA Reflections Contest "Within Reach." We had participants in all 6 art categories: film, music, dance, literature, photography, and visual arts. Students were honored for our Local level here at Saunders Feb 26th at the PTA Family STEM Night and some of our participants went on to place at the District Level and were honored at our February District PTA meeting.

District Awards

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Local Awards

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Spartans loved showing their Art at the 2018 City Wide Art Show Opening!

Mrs. Rose and Mrs. Benson loved having so many of their students and their families come out to the Downing-Gross Cultural Art Center for the Grand Opening of the 2018 City Wide Art Show. Students and families in attendance were able to see their wonderful work on display and to experience the great things happening in all of the Visual Art Programs all across NNPS. We are so proud of all of our talented Spartans and the support for the arts shown by all of our family members, teachers, school officials, and community! The show will be up through March 5th if you want to stop by during gallery hours to see it.
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Spartans Promise!

Each day our Spartans recite their promise to set the tone for the learning day!
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A Visit From Mad Science!

Fifth graders had an exciting visit from Mad Science and Jefferson Labs! Students did hands-on experimentation investigating chemical changes and built molecule models. Thank you, Jefferson Labs!
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Dual Language Science Fun!

Third-grade Dual Language students used pipe cleaners and play dough to investigate and show the relationship between the Moon, Earth, and Sun,
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Robotics Club Fun!

Students in Ms. Douglas and Mrs. Salgado's 3rd-grade Robotics Club explored coding, robots, and snap circuits during Friday Clubs! #nnpsproud#21stCenturyLearners #STEM #Spartansrock
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Kindergarten was all Smiles for Dental Health Month!

Erin Banks from the Virginia Dept. of Health presented "Smile for Good Health" for dental health month to all of our Kindergarteners on Friday, February 23rd.
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Second Grade Symmetrical Masterpieces.

While learning all about Symmetrical Design and the Line of Symmetry, Ms. Rouleau's class were challenged to work in pair groups using a ruler and pattern blocks to measure and create a balanced, symmetrical design.

Digital Learning Day!

Ms. Bammel's class worked with Mrs. Floyd in honor of Digital Learning Day. She taught the class how to use Lego WeDo kits during their STEM block. Each pair built Milo, the Science Rover. They also used an iPad to program Milo to move. They were engaged and eager to learn how to build more robots. #NNPSProud #NNPSDLDay
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PTA Family STEM Night

Spartans and their families had a great time eating pizza and trying our latest delicious fundraiser popcorn before participating in all of the fun design challenges at our STEM Night on Monday, February 26th.
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Fifth Grade Visits the Symphony with Mr. White!

On Wednesday, February 14, 2018, fifth-grade students attended the Virginia Symphony Orchestra’s performance at the beautiful Ferguson Center for the Arts at CNU.
Students had the opportunity to participate in the concert both vocally and with recorders on an instrumental piece, they prepared for in Mr. White’s and Mr. Wall’s music class. A great time was had by all at this wonderful musical experience.
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Mariner's Museum provided an in school field trip for 5th grade!

The Mariner’s Museum presented the Chesapeake Bay: An Estuary in Crisis program for our 110 fifth graders on Feb. 8th, 2018. They discussed sea life and other aspects of the Chesapeake Bay. The students made connections from 4th grade VA History, 5th-grade Oceanography and the effects of human impact. They were very excited about participating in the hands-on activity that followed. Spartans love science and opportunities to learn about our region and its waterways.

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After-School Learning Groups Sign Up to Go For the Gold!!

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