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Save The Date!

Jan 1, 2018-Winter Break

Jan 2, 2018-School reopens

Jan 3, 2018-Bayport Credit Union Savings Day

Jan. 8, 2018-PTA Family Fit Dance-6:00-7: 00 pm

(inclement weather date Jan. 11th)

Jan. 8-9, 2018-5th grade Family Life

Jan 15, 2018-Martin Luther King Day-Schools and Offices Closed

Jan. 25, 2018-Coffee Chat with the Principal, 8:15 a.m. in the Library

Jan. 25, 2018-2nd 9 Weeks Marking Period Ends

Jan 26, 2018-Teacher Work Day-Students do Not report

Jan 29, 2018-Make-up Day (All students report)

Jan 30, 2018-Second Semester begins

Principal's Corner

Greetings Spartan Scholars and Families,

Happy New Year! We hope you enjoyed a wonderful holiday season with family and friends. The new year brings new opportunities for our scholars to engage in activities beyond the classroom by encouraging them to join a club, such as Robotics and Circuit Club, Sign Language Club, Battle of the Books Club, Young Tutors Club, SPARKS Club, Origami Club, and Yoga Club, just to name a few. Our third, fourth, and fifth grade students have made their clubs selections and will participate in clubs every Friday starting in January.

The magnet application deadline is Friday, January 5, 2018 for the 2018-19 school year. Find out more about our magnet programs. You are encouraged to submit your application online on or before the closing date of January 5, 2018. All applications received by this date will be considered "on time."

The School Board seeks community input on the superintendent search through public hearings and an online survey in January. View more information.

Thank you for your partnership! Together we can achieve the extraordinary!

Our Holiday Literacy Night was Snow Much Fun!

Students enjoyed wearing Pjs to school and "relaxing by the fire" to hear their favorite stories read by teachers and PTA leaders. Third-grade chorus entertained us with carols, we made glitter snowflakes, and enjoyed cocoa and cookies! The halls were decorated with Saunders’ student and staff artwork and themed displays. All students were able to select a free book to take home! Thank you to our PTA parents, Mrs. Neese, Mrs. Mulrine, Mr. White, Mrs. Henriquez and all our teachers, After School Program, and staff who took part in making the event special! Saunders Spartans LOVE to Read!

Congratulations to our Fabulous Retirees!

Thank you to Sherri Ketchum, Elizabeth Deal, and Beth Burns for your years of dedication to education and the Saunders' students that you loved and served over the span of your careers! We are honored to have worked with you and so proud of all you have accomplished! Happy Retirement! Your Saunders' family will miss you greatly!
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A Message from Ms. Gingrey and the Green Team!

Let’s start the new year off right by working to improve our recycling efforts. Remember food and containers that have food residue are NOT acceptable items for our new Recycle bins around the school. If you have plastic bags (like the ones from Wal Mart) most large grocery chains, home improvement stores, and retailers like Walmart and Target provide collection bins usually by the main entrance. If you are disposing of one at Saunders, you can give them to Mrs. Gingery or a member of the Go Green Team! Thank you for your efforts and remember “Every Day is Earth Day”!!!

Saunders' Students were Thoroughly Engaged in Learning Throughout December!

Jefferson Lab visits Saunders' 5th Grade Students!

Right before the Winter Break, 5th grade had an exciting, hands-on learning experience with a scientist from The Jefferson Lab Educational Outreach Program. Students worked together to complete a scientific investigation. They investigated matter and the shape of things. By working as a team, the students rolled a marble along the edge of a pie pan and had to track where the marble released and where it bumped against the shape hidden below. They gathered data and then made guesses about the shape. When they all agreed, the pie pan was flipped over and revealed if their hypothesis was correct or incorrect. We love In-School Field Trips! Thank you, Jefferson Labs! We are also looking forward to a visit from Mad Science in January!

Upcoming events: Fifth grade will be having Family Life on January 8th and 9th. We will also be attending the Symphony February 14 with Mr. White, our music teacher! Look for more info coming your way!

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Snack-able Engineering by Fifth Grade Students!

Ms. Beier's class had learning fun by completing a STEM challenge. Working in collaborative teams students designed and built towers with pretzels and marshmallows!
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Fourth Grade Marvels Love to Serve Their Community!

The 4th Grade Marvels created cards for the residents of The Chesapeake Retirement community with sweet personal messages for a happy holiday. The activity was part of our ICare project of community involvement. Watch for future pictures of our commitment to our community!

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Third Grade Classes Constructed Egyptian Shadufs!!

While studying Ancient Egypt students learned of an early tool invented in ancient times used for irrigation along the Nile called the Shaduf. The Shaduf was used to lift water from a river or lake onto land to provide water for the crops. It looks like a long pole with a bucket attached to the end of it. Students were tasked with constructing their own functioning Shaduf.
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Pinata Fun!

After learning about the history of pinatas Mrs. Schley's and Ms. Mendizabal's Dual Lanquage students had fun constructing their own pinata out of paper bags, colorful tissue paper and other materials!
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Mrs. Olsen's Third Grade Students Made Paper Snow Globes to Practice Writing Directions Using Sequencing Words.

Third Graders Contruct American Indian Homes!

We used Legos to show different American Indian tribes including their environment and lifestyles. Students made labels to help us understand their creations.

Fun With Shaving Cream!

Mrs. Tilghman used kinesthetic learning activities with third grade ESL students by having them write out their word study patterns in “snow”.


Mrs. Olsen's class had a “slime party” as a reward. We used this time to question and explore how the slime would move and respond to different actions.

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Mrs. Morris's Second Grade Author's Day!

Second grade students from Mrs. Morris's class proudly show off the books they planned, wrote and illustrated to present before the class for an Author's Day Celebration December 18th and 19th!

Mrs. Guimond's First Graders Love Bots!

Through generous donations by parents to our PTA supply drive Saunders' students have been able to learn and practice Coding through the use of Bee-Bots an exciting new robot designed for use by young children. This colorful, easy to operate and friendly little robot is used for teaching sequencing, estimation, and problem-solving! Contact the PTA for more information on our Saunders' supply drives!
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Kindergarten and First Learn Spanish Through Music!

Kindergarten and first-grade Spanish Dual Language Classes led by our very own Ms. Celis on the ukulele joined together to sing traditional Spanish holiday songs!
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Mrs. Navarro's Kindergarten class used their gluing skills to make ornaments in their pajamas!

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Bundled up Bears!

Mrs. Rose's first-grade artists are having fun learning about portraits and animals in winter! These bears painted in watercolor with crayon details by Mrs. Hall's and Mrs. Celis's Dual Language class are on display in our Saunders' hallways right now!
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Coach Mulrine's Students Boogie Their Way to Fitness!

In January, we dance! Students will be learning a variety of dances this month from 4 wall dances to folk dances. Be sure to come rock with us at the PTA Family Fit Dance night on January 8th from 6-7pm with an inclement weather date of January 11th!!

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