December 7, 2023
Monday, December 11 - Principal Virtual Coffee Hours (2:45 - 3:30) LINK
Wednesday, December 13 - Preschool Visit to a Fire Station
Wednesday, December 13 - 1:50 Dismissal
Wednesday, December 13 - School Committee Meeting at MTRS (6:00)
Friday, December 15 - Winter Concert (2:00)
Friday, December 22 - 12:30 Dismissal
December 25 - January 1, 2024 - No School
Link to Sanderson Academy calendar.
Health Office News from Nurse Loranna
We are seeing a rise in illnesses this week. Please continue to let me know if your child is feeling unwell for attendance reasons, so I can get you appropriate guidance for their return, and it’s also helpful so I can be aware of illness trends in the community. Thank you!
Please keep children home until fever free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication, until they are vomit/diarrhea free for 24 hours and able to eat normally. If coughing or blowing nose very frequently they should stay home until it improves. Remember when testing for Covid-19 it’s always advised to re-test in about 48 hours as false negative tests are common in the beginning of an illness. Resting, drinking lots of fluids, washing hands frequently and staying home when sick are all helpful ways to feel better faster. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions: email@example.com
Preschool news from Ms. Freeman and Ms. Becky
This week we are talking about animals and how they are getting ready for winter. We have been listening to a variety of stories about hibernation and migration. We read, Time to Sleep, by Denise Fleming, Hibernation Station, by Michelle Meadows and Bear Has a Story to Tell by Philip C. Stead. We also shared our thoughts about what we would do if we were animals getting ready for winter. Most wanted to sleep like bears or fly south like birds to where it was warmer, specifically Florida! A few friends wanted to stay for winter and adapt, just like deer. We wonder what you would choose to do?
Preschool News from Ms. Melanie and Ms. Kylee
Preschoolers have been very excited about our kindness week. They are asking what the kindness focus of the day is each day. Children have been very kind to each other and teachers have been “catching” them and writing what they saw on kindness hearts for the bulletin board. Similarly families have been sending in notes about all of the kindness that is happening at home. Children are helping siblings, saying very kind words to parents, asksking family members how their day was, just to name a few. We will finish up our kindness week by making thank you cards for special people in our school community and making painted macaroni kindness necklaces to share with each other. The children are so happy to spread their kindness!
Kindergarten News from Ms. Sarah, Ms. Veronica and Ms. Beckwith
In our literacy program this week, we launched our next theme of study—Weather—with a character named Sofia that will be leading us through this unit. We also read a silly book called Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and learned about the job of meteorologist. We are all going to be classroom meteorologists by writing about the weather in our journals. And we are learning a new song with sign language to help us remember the four components of weather. Do you know all four components of weather? If not, ask a kindergartener!
First Grade News from Ms. Wyckoff and Ms. April
In social studies, first graders are learning how groups make decisions and the responsibilities of citizens. Voting is a fair way for large groups to make a decision. To practice this on a small scale we did a mock election with our two candidates being a double stuff Oreo and a double stuff golden Oreo. First graders learned what a candidate is and had a chance to hear (try each Oreo!) from each candidate before casting their vote on a ballot and then placed their ballot into the ballot box. We tallied up votes, talked about the winner of the election and what a runner up is. Check out the results in the photo below!
In our SEL Second Step curriculum, first graders are learning that two children can experience different feelings in the same situation and then later on those feelings may change. For example, on the first day of school a child may be excited to see her friends and calmly wave goodbye to her family. A new student at the school may arrive nervous, shy and not ready to leave their family. As the new student is welcomed by classmates and her teacher she may begin to relax, feel comfortable and excited to come back the next day. Not everyone experiences the same feelings at the same time. You may love going to the fair and riding the ferris wheel and another friend doesn’t like heights and prefers to watch, someone you know may love jumping in the lake and going for a swim where another friend prefers swimming in a pool. We all have our likes and dislikes and it’s important for first graders to learn that even if someone has a different feeling about something doesn’t mean you two can’t find something else to agree on and most importantly be respectful of everyone’s opinions and wishes for what feels best for them.
Second Grade News from Mrs. Lilly, Ms. Laura and Ms. Taylor
Second grade has been working incredibly hard on wrapping up our animal research project. We have spent time learning about writing informational paragraphs that require us to write using only facts, but written in our own words. We learned how to write a topic sentence, 3-4 supporting details, and a closing sentence. We worked through the writing process where we started with brainstorming our topic, researching, writing a first draft, making revisions, then our final copy and edits. To finish off this project we will be working on an art project connected to our research. We will need shoe boxes to complete this project. If you have shoe boxes at home, please send them in! As we finish up this project we will then head into our next ELA unit which is all about dinosaurs! Finally, be sure to ask your second grader all about the bird visitors we’ve had at our bird feeders! We had one day where we saw 5 different types of birds at the feeders. It was amazing!
Third Grade News from Ms. Carole and Mr. Luke
In math third graders are using their newly acquired rounding/estimating skills to check their answers to problems. They like to see if their answers are “in the ballpark.” The dream is for them to decide what the ballpark is before solving the problem, and then checking in with that idea after solving the problem, but that is a lot to hold in your head. So, we are taking baby steps to get there. This week we will also be introducing the algorithm solution technique for solving addition problems, which will be further explored and mastered in fourth grade.
With our buddies this week we used a two-step procedure to decorate wooden snowflakes to decorate our classrooms. In between the two steps, both classes heard a story called The Tomten, by Astrid Lindgrėn, which introduces us to a magical little friend who helps the inhabitants of Scandinavian farmsteads through the long, cold winter nights.
Fourth Grade News from Ms. Lagoy and Ms. Upright
In the month of December, during ELA, students will be researching their expert group animal and its defense mechanisms. Be sure to ask your kiddo what animal they are researching: armadillo, springbok, monarch butterfly, or ostrich. They will be close reading informational texts and web pages about their expert group animal. In the second half of the unit, students will synthesize information from their research by writing an informative piece detailing their expert group animal’s physical characteristics, habitat, predators, and defense mechanisms. This piece will serve as the introduction to their performance task, a choose-your-own-adventure narrative, which will be written in Unit 3. Their research in this unit will also serve as a resource for writing narratives with scientifically accurate details in the following unit.
Fifth Grade News from Ms. Johnson and Ms. Shero
Students performed monologues this week. Each small group had a scene from Esperanza Rising. Each student in the group took a different character and wrote and performed a monologue from that character’s point of view in that scene. The groups made a program complete with a director’s note explaining how a human right was threatened in the scene they were focused on. That wrapped up our first module with the theme of human rights. Our current module is about diversity in the rainforest.
Library News from Ms. Wilson
THANK YOU to everyone who donated a book to the library in our recent effort to add some new titles to the collection. In addition to time, kids need exposure to a variety of books to build and maintain a love of reading. Students are always asking if the library has this or that book, and I love to be able to tell kids YES. Thanks again for your support!
In other library news, we will be doing a variety of offline and online coding activities in the library throughout the month of December to celebrate the worldwide Hour of Code! Here are some of the books we will read to kick off this compelling topic:
Music News from Ms. Cherry
Come join us next week for our Winter Concert! The performance will include instrumental groups and all students from Pre-K through 6th grade will be singing the music they’ve been working on in music class! The concert will be held in the gymnasium at 2pm on 12/15. We hope to see you there!
Instrumental News from Ms. Julie
Our young musicians have been working hard to learn all of their music for next week’s Winter Concert. Our school band, orchestra, and third-grade recorders will all be performing. We will also be presenting a few smaller ensembles whose members have dedicated extra time and effort in learning some special music to share. It is bound to be a fun time of music-making and, for many of our students, the first opportunity to perform for an audience. We are looking forward to it!
Virtual Coffee Hour
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