The Scholarly Beat

Sonora Elementary School Newsletter 2020-2021

A Note From Dr. Stewman

I miss seeing my Scholars, both children and adults. March 13th, our last day at school has been so long ago. I am extremely excited about being back together again this fall. I know that, as a parent, you have questions, concerns and suggestions. I want to assure you the the district, as well as the Sonora Staff, are doing everything we can to ensure everyone's safety. I hope this newsletter gives you some information. Keep in mind that our situation is fluid, so as there are changes I will do my best to get the information to you in a timely manner.


Mrs. Hennarichs and I will return to the building on Thursday, July 16th. If you have burning questions that are not addressed in this newsletter, please feel free to email us at rstewman@sdale.org or lhennarichs@sdale.org. You can also send us a message on our Sonora Elementary Facebook Page.


Under the direction of Governor Asa Hutchinson, school will begin with onsite, face to face instruction on August 13th (Update 7/9/20: Schools will re-open 24-26th. With many uncertainties and concerns, the district is providing three options for returning to school this fall: Face to Face (onsite instruction), Blended Model, or Virtual Innovation Academy at Don Tyson School Of Innovation. See below for more information about each option, which I hope will provide clarification.


Dr. Jared Cleveland, Springdale Superintendent, talks about the three options for next year in the link below. You can also click to read the district cover letter and Question/Answers regarding the 2020-2021 School Year.


Since our communication will be different this year, I am going to try to do a newsletter at least bi-monthly. Please stay up-to-date through our social media posts as well. As new information becomes available we will update you. There is a link below to sign up for automated texts that will be sent this school year. Sign up today so you don't miss a message! Finally, please join the Remind for your child's classroom.


Be kind! Stay safe!

Dr. Stewman

Reopening School in August | Dr. Jared Cleveland, Superintendent of Springdale Schools

Three Options for School Re-Opening 2020-2021

A few things regarding safety at Sonora ...

As we are constantly monitoring information from the Arkansas Department of Health and the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education, we are constantly making adjustments for everyone's safety. Here are a few things we are doing at this time.

  • We have asked a local company to create Sonora masks for anyone to share their Sonora Pride - just like purchasing a Sonora shirt. These are not required for you to purchase, but they are cute. Any funds made by the sell of the masks will be used to purchase a water bottle for each student. Click HERE to purchase one or more. The cost is $6.90 per mask with a deadline to purchase of July 19th. They will be mailed directly to your home.
  • Since the water fountains will not be accessible, we will be purchasing a water bottle for each child. We will mark these with a code for each student. They will be color coordinated for each grade level. Our wonderful cafeteria staff will disinfect these at school at least 1-2 times a week. You are still welcome to provide a water bottle for your child. Our school has two water filling stations for students to fill up their bottles as needed.
  • The district will be providing a few buffs for each child. These are similar to a mask, but they go around your neck and can be pulled up to cover a child's mouth and nose.
  • As it gets closer to August 13th and as we learn more information we will pull together a re-opening committee. We will have all stakeholders represented: students, parents, staff and community members. If you are interested in serving on this committee, please e-mail Dr. Stewman at rstewman@sdale.org.

See the pictures below of a sample of each of these items mentioned above.

Sonora Elementary School

"Home of the Scholars"

Established 2011

Mascot : Sonny the Scholar (Owl)

School colors: red, silver, and black