Mid Year Newsletter

an update from SDSA

Upcoming Important Dates

Feb 16th - NO SCHOOL - Teacher Work Day

Feb 19th - NO SCHOOL President's Day

Feb 23rd - Middle School Valentine's Dance 3-5pm

Feb 23rd - PBS Event Movie and Popcorn - "Wonder"

Feb 24th PTO Gala - "Denim and Diamonds". Adult fundraiser event, invitation was mailed to your home.

Feb 26th - Parent Teacher Conferences 5:30-8:00pm

Feb 28th - PSAT for 7th graders that have signed up

March 2nd - "Hit the Books" Reading Program Ends- Please list 4 books you have recently read and turn in to your homeroom teacher by this date!

March 7th - Grades 2-4 Dance/Vocal Performance

March 12th-16th - Coin Wars

March 15th - Spirit Wear Day

March 22nd - Rock Concert/Spring Art Show

March 26th - Mid Atlantic Symphony will be here to work with our Grades 7/8 Instrumental Students

March 29th - No School Professional Learning Day

March 30th - April 6th - No School Easter Break

April 9th - Laps for Learning

April 16 - 19 DeSSA Reading Grades 3-8

(No Vacation requests will be honored)

April 24th - ExCEL Field Trip

April 27th - Jazz Band & Show Choir to Kings Dominion

April 30 - May 3 DeSSA Math Grades 3-8

(No Vacation requests will be honored)

May 4 - No School - Teacher Work Day

May 7th & 14th - 8th Grade to Ingrams/James Farm

May 28th - No School Memorial Day

Robotics at SDSA

Check out this Education in the First State newsletter!!! 4th story has SDSA Robotics kids highlighted! WOW!!


PTO Meetings @ 6pm in the SDSA Library

February 20th

March 20th

April 17th

May 15th

Book it Program

Many of our Elementary classes are involved with the Book It Program. Attached are Valentines activities that you can do at home with your Kiddos!


Big picture
Big picture

Don't forget to order your Yearbook by February 28th

Counseling Program is Strong at SDSA

DeSSA - Smarter Balanced Assessments

There will only be 2 weeks of testing this year!

April 16-20 DeSSA Reading Grades 3-8

April 30 - May 3 DeSSA Math Grades 3-8

Students will be taking the assessments on their chromebooks in their classrooms!

In addition, we know that the assessments are not quite as long as in the past. Mrs. Heck has very high expectations for 100% participation and all students showing growth! Our report card at the State Level is going to be top notch!

Please take some time to help your child with the practice test at home. The link is provided below.


PTO fundraisers - DUE FRIDAY 16th

Have you seen the SDSA Socks and the updated SpiritWear that is for sale? Wow! Really cool stuff! Thanks so much to our PTO for offering this cool SDSA gear!

These orders are due by Friday this week - so print out the order forms if you need them!

We are here at school on Friday if you need to drop anything off.

Big picture

Online access - Get UPDATED!

Email Address -

Please know how important it is for us to have your email address.

Email transcripts of the alert calls are also sent on email (so if you miss the call - you can just check your email!) and the District PeachJar fliers also come through your email. This is a nice color copy of whatever flier we have sent home.

Home Access -

If you do not have home access, I strongly suggest you utilize this opportunity. Not only can you see the daily work in each class, you are also able to access latest report card and Test Scores that show how your child is progressing towards the standards. The form to download and sign up is attached here on the newsletter.


Big picture
Big picture

Hit the Books

Attached below is the Hit the Books bookmark to fill out with the 4 books you read by March 2nd. This is for ALL grades!! If all 470 students turn this in, our school will earn $1000!! Let's do it!

The all star cast of THE GRUNCH !

Big picture


Our SDSA is updated - please check it out!