The Spartan Scoop

YOUR MONTHLY GUIDE TO SCHOOL NEWS AND EVENTS DECEMBER 2017

Save the Date!

December 4-8-Penguin Patch Holiday Shop
December 6-Bayport Credit Union Savings Day
December 19-5th Grade Jefferson Lab Outreach,1:00 p.m.

December 19-Holiday Literacy Night, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

December 20-Half-Day Dismissal,12:15 p.m.

December 21-January 1-Winter Break

Principal's Corner

Greetings Spartan Scholars and Families,


This holiday season, the best gift you can give your child is a good education. And the best place to get an education is in school. Are you planning a family trip for the holidays? As you think about your arrangements, we want to stress the importance of sending your child to school every day possible. Every year, absences spike in the weeks before and after the winter holiday as families squeeze in a few more vacation days. We know that just a few missed days here and there, even if they’re excused absences, can add up to too much lost learning time and put your child behind in school. This is as true in kindergarten as it is in high school. Put simply, too many absences at any age can affect a student’s chances for academic success and eventually for graduation.


We recognize that holidays are an important time for reconnecting with families far away. Keep in mind the costs to your children’s education if they miss too much school— and the message you will be sending about the importance of attendance. Even if you’ve got a homework packet from the teacher, it doesn’t make up for the interaction and learning that happens in the classroom. Our teachers will be teaching, and our students will be learning, right up until vacation starts and the first day back. Students who show up for school Wednesday, December 20th will be entered in a raffle to receive a stocking stuffer! You can help us convey that message. This holiday season, give your children the gift of an education and the habit of attendance.

original Bringing Attendance Home_ Parent Video
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Thank you for your partnership! Together we can achieve the extraordinary!

Winter Wonderland!

Join us on Tuesday, December 19th for our Holiday Literacy Night-Winter Wonderland sponsored by our PTA, Mr. White, and Mrs. Neese! Saunders Families will enjoy musical selections by our third-grade singers, a cup of cocoa and a cookie, winter-themed readings throughout the school, and create a craft! Each student attending will receive a FREE book!! We are looking forward to a great evening!
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Fourth Grade Marvels enjoy Enrichment Activities!

4th Grade Marvels have been busy enjoying the excitement of creating as we learn. Our students have created towers, made boats that can really float, created carts like the ones used in the colonial days, designed timelines to show the changes of Colonial Virginia, and demonstrated knowledge of multiplying multiple digit numbers. The students have been practicing reading strategies and skills as they have listened and participated in activities for the historical fiction novel, Blood on the River.

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Our Spartan Artists on Display!

Mrs. Rose's art students are on display at our Newport News Public Schools Administration Building! Congratulations to Paige Spellman, Janiyah Berro, Breana Diaz, Vanessa Allsbrook, Eden Spain, Evan Yarborough, Brooklyn Roberts, Jarren Muckelroy, Ceara Harvey, Alexis Pitt, Jakob Dye, Gabrielle Lewis, and Darien Knight for their dedication to excellence in creativity and craftsmanship! Their Spartan Sparkle is on display for all to see for the month of December!
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50th Day of School Celebrations!

Kindergarten teachers and students celebrated the 50th day of school 50's style! Learning is so much fun at Saunders!
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Gobble, Gobble!

Kindergarteners made turkey hats with patterns for Turkey Day!

Mrs. Skinner's 3rd grade is Grateful!

For the month of November, Mrs. Skinner’s third-grade students wrote down something they were grateful for. The students wrote a new "Grateful Entry" each day and began getting very specific as the month progressed. Students began realizing that they have numerous things to be thankful for! We gathered all of the entries at the end of the month and put them together in a Grateful Book! Our Grateful Books were a wonderful way to recognize something good each day and were such a positive beginning to our school day! The best part was that because students were so focused on being thankful, they didn’t even realize they were improving their writing skills at the same time!

Spartans Celebrate Education Week!

American Education Week, a week we celebrate the wonderful things happening in public education, was November 13-17th. Saunders Spartans celebrated with a focus on becoming college, career, and citizen ready. Our parents came to share their careers at Career Expo Night to kick us off. Students were "crazy about education" on crazy sock day, we wrote thank you cards to those who support education, students wrote essays on what they would do if they were principal, made posters about what they like best about school, and finally teachers and staff shared their college stories and students showed off their school spirit wear!

Field Trip Fun!

Our fifth grade had a blast at the Virginia Air and Space Center!

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