Weekly Newsletter

May 27, 2021

News from Principal Emma Liebowitz

The theme for morning announcements this week has been ASSERTION. Students have been asked to think about how to get their needs met without taking away from or hurting others. It can be hard to disagree respectfully. We offered sentence starters and suggestions on how to express opinions without shutting down the ideas of others. Next week our theme will be RESPONSIBILITY.

Light Bulb Fundraiser - ENDS THIS WEEK!!!!

Change the Light, Change the World fundraiser gives Sanderson Academy 100% of the money from purchases. Using this link, you can order and pay for items online. The items will be shipped directly to your home (no shipping fees). Be sure to indicate Sanderson Academy for the Organization/School Name and Sanderson Academy for the Name of Student/Participant. Orders will be accepted until TOMORROW - May 28th.


Link: https://techniartordersite.com/eversource/

Yearbooks on sale NOW!

Follow this link to order your 2020-2021 yearbook! THE NEW DEADLINE FOR ORDERING IS JUNE 2.

Events/Calendar:

May 28 - Last day of light bulb fundraiser

May 31 - No School

June 2 - Last Day to Order Yearbooks

June 2 - Full day of school - 3:05 Dismissal

June 4 - All School Hike Day

June 9 - 1:50 Dismissal

June 11 - All Library Books are Due Back

June 16 - 1:50 Dismissal

June 17 - Field Day

June 22 - Field Day Rain Date

June 23 - Full day of school - 3:05 Dismissal

June 24 - 12:30 Dismissal

June 25 - 12:30 Dismissal - LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!

June 25 - 1:00 - Sixth Grade Graduation

Health Office News from Nurse Loranna

Greetings Sanderson families! Effective today we will be allowing students and staff to remove their masks during outside activities only, when among their class/cohort. Staff will need to maintain 6 foot distance and students will need to maintain 3 foot distancing. We will have a designated area to remove masks when outdoors. Washing hands after being outdoors will continue to be required. Masks are still required when exiting the building and entering the building, masks will still be required at pick up and drop off and inside the building at all times except designated mask breaks, snack, water breaks and lunch (many of those activities will continue to be done outdoors). If there are students (or their families) or staff who feel more comfortable wearing a mask while outdoors that is completely fine and we will be discouraging any negative feedback about this personal choice. Today I will be checking in with classrooms and talking about these changes and answering any questions that may come up. The letter from the Superintendent can be found at this link.

Preschool News from Mrs. Freeman

Preschoolers monitor and document the weather on a chart in our classroom. Each student has an opportunity to share what they notice about the information the chart provides. The photo shows the weather in May. It has been a very sunny month! Preschoolers love coming up during Morning Meeting to count the tally marks on the chart. They are beginning to understand one-to-one correspondence, and are becoming amazing counters!

With all the sunny weather, the vernal pool is starting to dry up and it’s becoming more challenging to provide fresh water for our tadpoles in our classroom. We may need to release them back to the vernal pool this week, which is a little sooner than planned. Even though this may happen, the tadpoles are looking more like frogs. They have developed front legs, but their tails remain long. It would be nice to observe them a little longer. We will keep you posted.


Preschool Homework – Read Ms. Sue’s Mindful Movement section in this newsletter to learn about the Kindness Rock Project. Preschoolers will need to find a rock to bring to school for this project. With the long weekend ahead, families may be travelling or visiting a place which is special to them. This may be a good time to find that special rock!

Kindergarten News from Ms. Sarah

Our current focus in science is on the needs of living things. We grew grass seeds in our classroom and tested what would happen if some did not have sun, water, or soil. It turns out that water is the most important because the seeds without water did nothing at all, while all the others grew at least a little. We have now reversed the experiment and are giving all the seeds what they need and seeing how long it takes them to become healthy again. We also have wood frog tadpoles in our classroom that we are bringing fresh water to every week and feeding them fish food. We check them everyday but they are not yet growing legs! Hopefully soon!

First Grade News from Mrs. Pedersen

First grade enjoyed celebrating Miss Taylor's birthday. The children all made cards for her. We are so grateful to be together in person and creating community and positive relationships with one another. Our social/emotional learning continues to focus on strong feelings, how to calm down and respond to situations in positive ways. We are practicing these ideas during our unstructured recess times and in the classroom. We are continuing to enjoy math games and we are including more games involving partners. We are focused on numbers to 120 with games involving subtraction and addition.

Second Grade News from Ms. Robertson


As part of our social-emotional lessons from the Second Steps curriculum, we have been discussing how feelings can be comfortable (ex. happy, proud, excited) and uncomfortable (angry, frustrated, sad). To help us identify how another person is feeling, we practiced reading a person’s facial expressions and body language as we thought about the situation (ex. performing in a talent show, getting a hit in a baseball game). When we can identify and understand how another person is feeling, we can have empathy for them. We have also discussed how a person’s feelings about a situation can change over time. For example, if a student is having trouble with a math skill, such as telling time, they may feel frustrated. But after they receive help and practice, they get better at the skill. Their feelings of frustration lessen and they start to develop confidence. Many examples of being confident about a particular skill, such as paying baseball and swimming, were also shared.


This week we continued our focus on reading comprehension by using a diagram of the life cycle of a frog. After reading over the text in the different sections of the diagram, a question was asked and we went back to the text to find the answer and underlined it. This activity also extended our Friday afternoon visit to the vernal pool last week, where students were able to observe developing frogs in the tadpole stage.



We also continue our work with place value during our math block, but we have moved from working with two-digit numbers to three-digit numbers. Our lessons started off with a read aloud called How Much, How Many, How Far, How Heavy, How Long, How Tall is 1000? by Helen Nolan. We then looked a tub filled with popsicle sticks and estimated how many popsicles we thought were in the tub. Students then counted the popsicle sticks, putting them into groups of tens and ones. We completed the activity by taking everyone’s groups of tens and seeing how many hundreds we could make and taking the ones and seeing how many groups of tens we could make. Our final count revealed that we had group total of 806 popsicle sticks.

Third Grade News from Ms. Carole

Third graders made observations this week on the seeds they planted last week. Nearly everything we have planted has already come up, and we will be recording the changes each week. In the next few weeks we will be putting all of our plants outside and hope for the best with regards to pests, rain, and volunteer waterers and weeders.

Third graders are taking the math MCAS this Friday, so we spent some time this week doing the practice tests and learning how to show our mathematical thinking on the digital screen. Next week we will begin a series of games workshops where we will practice our logical thinking and strategizing in a more-fun way.

Third Grade News from Mrs. Wyckoff

Congratulations to our third graders for taking and finishing their very first ever MCAS! In a year unlike no other, our third graders continue to show so much patience and perseverance as we move into the last few weeks of third grade. Keep up the fabulous work third graders, you should all be so proud of your hard work!


In Second Step this week, we are focusing on managing disappointment. Third graders are learning to replace negative self- talk with positive self-talk they can use to calm down when feeling disappointed. During this lesson, we learned about Leo, who felt like he wanted to give up on baseball after his coach let another player be the pitcher during an upcoming game. Third graders then took some time to think about a time when they felt disappointed. Kids shared ideas such as during sports, not being able to run through a sprinkler before getting into the car, something special breaking, or having to miss a playdate. We learned that EVERYONE has felt disappointed about something and it’s okay to feel upset, overwhelmed or let down. The important piece to remember is that using positive self-talk will help you calm down and think about what to do next!

Fourth Grade News from Mrs. Lagoy

States have been chosen,

research begun,

the 4th grade classroom

is filled with fun!

We scour and hunt,

with inquisitive minds,

Oh what wondrous

facts we will find.


As you can see 4th graders have started their independent state research projects. Their excitement and curiosity inspired me to begin my entry this week with a poem. Please ask your child what state they are researching and start to look for a recipe significant to that state. For example, someone studying Maine might chose a recipe featuring blueberries. Even though we will not be hosting a Taste of the States event this year, I would still like to compile a keep sake cook book.

In other fun and exciting news, we launched our Energy Unit this week in science.

Sixth Grade News from Mrs. Schreiber

The sixth grade has been learning about the geography of Egypt as we begin our study of ancient Egypt. At the end of last week and the beginning of this week, students are using what they are learning about geography and showing it in one of two ways. They have a choice of creating a fictional Instagram post or making a postcard that shows geographic features of Egypt and explains how they are important or how they affected the lives of the people living there. For example, the Nile River is very important for the growth of agriculture, a source of water and food, as well as a way for trade and movement of goods. Later this week we will also be starting a mystery book study. What an exciting way to end our year.

Mindful Movement with Ms. Sue

This week a new game was created with some big wooden dice! This fun & cool game allowed kids to be creative with the movement and or yoga pose. There was a square that said think of your favorite song and dance, how about walk like a robot, or a favorite was to skip around!!

We continue to have great discussions on all things Mindful.

Sanderson's 3 M's (Mantra, Moment & Movement)

This is the last Friday of the month!! WOW! How did that happen?

Ms. Duprey and I go over the theme of Perseverance and

Square Breathing.

We also asked…Out of this months 3 poses…

Which was your favorite? Bow Pose, Plank Pose, and Boat Pose?

Sanderson's THE KINDNESS ROCKS PROJECT

We are kicking off this project over the next few weeks…so this being a LONG weekend I was hoping that families can help their children…search for good rocks (one or two) that offer a flat area for painting….


Please clean them, dry them and bring them to school next week!