Susan B. Anthony School News

2020-21 ~ April Edition

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Notes from Mr. Sheets, SBA Principal

Wow! We have completed three quarters of our school year, and we have stayed in school learning together. Although we've had to adjust some procedures, we've been very successful in keeping each other safe. April will hopefully bring weather that allows us to enjoy being outside. It will be fun to watch the grass green up and the flowers began to grow. Spring is a beautiful season of new growth. At school your child(ren) will continue to grow and learn as well.

In April and the first part of May, our students will have a couple of opportunities to demonstrate the growth they've made this year. March 30th - April 23rd our 3rd - 5th Grade students will take the SD Assessment for English Language Arts, Math, and Science (5th Grade only). When taking the SD Assessment, our 3rd - 5th Grade students will be able to demonstrate the learning they have done since starting school. The test adapts to the student and will challenge them to exceed what they think they can do. Please encourage your student(s) to do their very best and never give up. The first two weeks of May our K-5 students will take the MAP Assessment to show their growth over this school year. We will be excited to see the amazing growth we know our students have made this year!

March Dates To Remember

April 1 - 23 ~ State Testing Continues for 3rd - 5th Grade (More Information Below)

April 2 & 5 ~ Spring Break - No School

April 22 ~ Kindergarten Registration Event (In-person) *See Information Below*

If you ever have any questions, please contact us by e-mail ( or or phone (367-4560). Let's work together to continue to have a great school year learning together!

Mr. Sheets & Miss Siebenborn

150 Years: Celebrating Public Education in Sioux Falls

ses·qui·cen·ten·ni·al - /ˌseskwəsenˈtenēəl/


1. relating to the one-hundred-and-fiftieth anniversary of a significant event.

If the Sioux Falls School District was holding a spelling bee in 2021, a good word to

stump even a few of our best spellers might be “sesquicentennial.” A common practice at spelling bees is for the announcer to say the word, define it, and then use it in a sentence. That sentence might be “The Sioux Falls School District is celebrating its sesquicentennial in the 2021-22 school year.”

The Sioux Falls School District was formally established on July 3, 1871. Old records indicate the first school opened in 1870 in the Government Barracks under the direction of teacher Mary A. Benton who trained 17 pupils. However, it was the summer of 1871 when newly elected Minnehaha County Superintendent John Bippus divided the county into seven school districts as one of his first official acts. District #1 was comprised of the entire Sioux Falls township. Still, it took another two years for its first school board to be established with elected members being A. Gale, Director; R.F. Pettigrew, Clerk; and D.S. Goodyear, Treasurer.

It is humbling to think about the exponential value public education has brought to the community through the students who have graduated with a Sioux Falls School District diploma over the past 150 years. We have launched so many successful people who fill every career and job title currently and previously needed and known. We believe this is a feat worth celebrating!

A Planning Committee made up of parents and community members has been meeting since February to determine a fitting theme, and design memorable activities that can be embraced by all stakeholders.

Before school starts again in the fall, we will launch our plan for activities and events to be held throughout the 2021-2022 school year. The theme is “Rooted in Our Past ~ Reaching for Our Future.” The committee is hoping to engage with former staff members, alumni, community members, current parents, students, and employees to highlight all we have achieved in the previous 150 years and to establish new and exciting goals to launch us into the next 150 years. If your path took you through SFSD, dig out your old photos and memorabilia. We are setting up a digital time capsule by decade.

The launch of the District 150th Anniversary celebration will also include the unveiling of new strategic priorities to guide our work as we aspire to be the best school district in the nation. This is a lofty goal, but who better to achieve it than a school district that has 150 years of success in its rearview mirror and one that is committed to continuous improvement for the next century and beyond.

Sesquicentennial isn’t an easy word to say or to spell. But, paraphrasing the great Theodore Roosevelt, we believe nothing worth doing comes easy. We look forward to celebrating this milestone in our history with all of you!

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Kindergarten Open House - April 22nd

On Thursday, April 22nd we will be offering an opportunity for one parent and one child of incoming Kindergarten students. You will be able to bring in your child's birth certificate, immunization records, and your proof of address. We will have stations set up for the lunch program, after school programs, PTO, and registration. You will also be able to tour one of our Kindergarten classrooms. We will ask participants to wear masks and follow the time schedule below based on the student's last name:

  • A-E 4:00 – 4:30
  • F-K 4:30 – 5:00
  • L-R 5:00 – 5:30
  • S-Z 5:30 – 6:00

South Dakota Assessment of English Language Arts, Math, & Science ~ Grades 3rd - 5th

Beginning the week of March 29th, our 3rd - 5th grade students will be taking our state assessment in English Language Arts, Math, and Science. Only 5th Grade students will take the Science assessment. You will receive a parent letter prior to testing with more information. It will be important for your child to get a good night's sleep, eat a healthy breakfast, and come to school with a positive, can-do attitude to ensure they do their very best. We want each of our students to demonstrate their full potential. Here is an overview of the weeks the testing will occur:

  • March 29 - April 1 ~ 5th Grade ELA
  • April 5 - 9 ~ 5th Grade Math & 4th Grade ELA
  • April 12 - 16 ~ 4th Grade Math & 3rd Grade ELA
  • April 19 - 23 ~ 3rd Grade Math & 5th Grade Science

Susan B. Anthony PTO Fundraisers

We raised a little over $300 with our online fundraiser. The Eagle Trivia Fundraiser is also wrapping up this week. Be looking for your child's results on the number of questions answered. You can return your student's pledge donations beginning next week (April 6). We plan to use the money raised to begin looking at adding additional playground equipment in the next year or two.

Ready To Start ~ Summer School for Incoming Kdg. Students

Do you have a student entering Kindergarten student entering school in August 2021? Do you want them to experience a 1/2 day learning experience prior to starting Kindergarten? Please see the information below to learn more about a learning opportunity for your child.
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Lost & Found ~ Student Items

We have been collecting "lost & found" student items throughout the year, and Mr. Haggerty has shared photos each week with the classroom teachers. Our collection is getting larger, so we wanted to give parents the opportunity to see if anything belongs to your child. Please view our LOST & FOUND ITEMS HERE

If you see something that belongs to your child, please have them talk to Mr. Haggerty at school or send a note to their teacher.

iPad & Chromebook Care - IMPORTANT!

Your child is bringing home their technology device nightly now. Hopefully they have shown you how they can access Seesaw and other apps to practice the skills they are learning in school. It is important that we continue to monitor your students use and care of their device. Students should only access the apps and websites assigned by their teacher. Students should not have food or drinks when using their device. We are seeing some devices with food and beverage spilled on them. If your child damages a device, you are responsible to pay for the repairs. If you would still like to purchase insurance, please let the office know.
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Junior Achievement

Every year South Dakota schools welcome Junior Achievement (JA) volunteers into classrooms to share lessons and activities about money, careers, owning a business, and ethics. Although it looked different this year, the impact of the program remained strong.

During the 2020-21 school year, schools and JA volunteers modified their plans to ensure students did not miss out on JA programs. Thanks to classroom teachers and JA volunteers who were innovative and adaptable to host the program remotely, JA was able to continue its longstanding partnership with our school despite challenging circumstances.

JA volunteers virtually shared information about their career journey and examples of how businesses adjusted to a changing economy. By describing their personal and professional experiences, JA volunteers led students to make the connection between what they learn in school and how it applies to life after graduation.

Please extend a special thank you to the volunteers and teachers listed below who participated in JA during the 2020-21 school year. If you are interested in sharing your knowledge and business experience with students in our community or would like to sponsor a student for $25, please contact the JA office at (605)336-7318 or

Thank you to the following volunteers that served students at SBA this year!!!

Grade Teacher/Classroom Volunteer/Employer

1st Emalee Farley (103) Katie Bossman ~ PREMIER Bankcard

1st Lynn Hofer (101) Melissa Fossell ~ First Bank & Trust

1st Melissa Raak (102) Lindsey Brashear ~ Weisser Distributing, Inc.

2nd Lindsey Hinsch (202) Greg Hintgen ~ Johnson Controls, Inc.

2nd Melissa Hultgren (201) Lacey Rippentrop ~ MetBank

3rd Jaime Rockvam (303) Brenda Kibbe ~ Sanford Health

3rd Jon Garry (302) Laurie Knutson ~ The Interim CEO

3rd Krista Brost (301) Brenda Kibbe ~ Sanford Health

4th Jessica Carson (403) Ashley Bott Schmidt

4th Jordon Johnson (402) Shane Laible ~ First Dakota National Bank/Loft Advisors

4th Lori Heitzman (401) Kris Graff ~ Stewart Title Company

5th Emily Elliott (503) Sean Ervin ~ TSP

5th Kristi Hauck (501) Kayla O'Neal ~ The First National Bank of Sioux Falls

5th Mindy Walters (502) Stacy Wrightsman ~ Sanford Health

Kdg. Becky Davis (K01) Kayla Eitreim ~ Junior Achievement of South Dakota

Kdg. Erica English (K02) Paul Tschetter ~ Boyce Law Firm, LLP

Kdg. Kristin Engelson (K03) Cassandra Duggan ~ Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.

Daily Health Screen

Be sure to complete the daily health screen each morning with your child!

Birthday Treats

This year we are asking parents/guardians not to send their child with any food items

to share on their birthday. We continue to seek ways to maintain the safety of our students and staff throughout the school day. We are asking for your help in this manner to help protect those students who may have a food allergy. We also know with the COVID-19 pandemic still happening this will help us have an additional safety precaution in place.

More information regarding non-food birthday options will be communicated to parents by the classroom teachers in newsletters/notes home.

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