Weekly Newsletter

May 13, 2021

From Principal Emma Liebowitz - Light Bulb Fundraiser

Hello Sanderson Community. Do you need light bulbs? This Change the Light, Change the World fundraiser gives Sanderson Academy 100% of the money from purchases. The attached sheet provides information about how these bulbs save energy. Using this link, you can order and pay for items online. The items will be shipped directly to your home (no shipping fees). Be sure to indicate Sanderson Academy for the Organization/School Name and Sanderson Academy for the Name of Student/Participant.


Link: https://techniartordersite.com/eversource/

From the Bus Company

The bus company has informed us that students can only ride their assigned busses. If you have arranged a play date for after school, parent pick-up will be required unless the students ride on the same bus.

From Nurse Loranna

This week I wanted to discuss the different types of covid-19 tests available and give some information about them. There are two different types of covid tests- diagnostic and antibody tests. Diagnostic tests determine if you have an active covid-19 infection while antibody tests show whether you had a past covid infection and your immune system created antibodies against the virus.

Diagnostic tests are split into two different types- molecular and antigen. Molecular tests are more reliable and accurate, they typically take a few days to be processed in a lab. PCR tests are a type of molecular test and this is the test that is required in order to return to school after symptoms or an exposure. A molecular test is highly accurate and will show if there is an active case of covid-19, even when asymptomatic (without symptoms) or at the beginning of an illness.

Antigen tests are much less accurate- but they have rapid results-usually within 15 minutes. This type of test is good at detecting a symptomatic active case of covid-19, but false negatives are common, usually a positive test indicates a current infection. This test is really helpful when trying to isolate a covid case quickly, but it is not as reliable.

If you are getting your child tested due to symptoms or exposure we are only able to accept a pcr test- please reach out if you need any guidance with this. GCC offers free pcr tests and the results often come back in 24-36 hours. You will need to pre-register each person getting tested, but they do have lots of appointments available. Your child’s pediatrician may also have access to testing and that is another good way to get tested. Testing has come a long way since the beginning of the pandemic, and it is now much quicker to get results, more available and much less invasive.

Feel free to reach out with any questions as always!

Preschool News from Mrs. Freeman

This week we read, Jump, Frog, Jump, written by Robert Kalan and illustrated by Byron Barton. We pretended we were the frog in the story, and practiced our frog jumps. As we read the story, we jumped to safety away from the many predators. Many preschoolers chimed in as we read, “Jump, Frog, Jump!”

We also read, In the Small, Small Pond, written and illustrated by Denise Fleming. Our art projects for the week were based on the animals in this story. We also used this story to create our own yoga poses!

Preschool News from Ms. Melanie

We have been experiencing such a variety of weather conditions these past weeks! Some days we were in mittens and winter jackets, other days we shed our coats and felt the warmth of the sun. The “March winds” seem to be lingering into May and, one day, we saw a hawk flying against the wind with strong wings beating the air, but making no headway. This prompted one preschooler to exclaim, “Look, he’s treading air!”

We play each day in our outdoor classroom, then return to the school to eat our lunches in the back garden. After lunch, we walk down the grassy lane toward the salt shed and we sit and have a storytime. It is a lovely spot with various little brooklets and a vernal pool. After the story is shared, we play in the little streams, fishing for “leaf fish” and digging out the brook bed to make the water flow faster. A small drainage pipe lies under the pathway and a great game is for someone to let a leaf, or twig, or stick go into the water pipe on one side of the pathway and count how many seconds it takes to come out the other side. Sometimes things get stuck and our intrepid preschoolers extend themselves over the pipe to peek inside, then call out where the blockage is and a long stick is found to dislodge it. It all takes great teamwork!

We have been learning about habitats and spent a lovely morning exploring the vernal pool, dipping small bowls into the cool water and using magnifying glasses to examine what we found. Sometimes our bowls contained only water and leaves, other times we saw small creatures moving about in the water. We got a closer look under the magnifying glass, then we carefully emptied our bowls back into the pool, returning these remarkable creatures back to their habitat.

Kindergarten News from Ms. Sarah

Currently in math, we are working on using drawings to solve addition and subtractions story problems (within 10), as well as showing the story problem with an equation. We talked about how the plus sign looks like 2 lines put together to show that we are putting together two groups to solve the addition problem. And the minus sign looks like a cross-out line to show that we are crossing out a group to solve the subtraction problem. We have had fun telling spring stories to create math problems, such as seeing groups of flowers coming up and then picking some for our moms.

First Grade News from Mrs. Pedersen

This week first grade focused on social emotional learning. We learned about feelings and we spent time practicing compliments and kind words. We had fun learning ABC order with magnetic letter boards and a variety of long vowel words. Mrs. Prew rejoined out class for math and helped us with a place value game that involved class team work to complete. We are continuing to read fairy tales and focus on reading comprehension. The class is increasing their independent reading time every day.

Third Grade News from Ms. Carole

It is wonderful to be back amongst the students after so many weeks away. I was very impressed with how smoothly everything seems to have transitioned back to fully in-person learning. After quickly re-establishing expectations and routines, we got right down to business. This has been a busy week already in our room. We had four lambs and one baby goat visit us on Tuesday, which was a lot of fun. We watched a video about saving the Earth by making smart choices, including lightbulbs, which goes along with the school fundraiser for lightbulbs by Eversource. This also tied into our Point of Interest this week which is the Earth's atmosphere. In math we have been diving into using multiplication and division and discovering how they are related. We also set up our Seed Museum where we explored the variety found amongst the seeds we are planting for our gardens.

Third Grade News from Mrs. Wyckoff

The theme for the week is perseverance, which ties in nicely with a mini book we are reading in language arts titled: Struggle to Success which focuses on six people who struggled with school and learning. Third graders learned that Walt Disney struggled with reading, writing and spelling, but despite his struggles found success in creating cartoons which led him to creating many cartoon characters we know and love today. Muhammad Ali is another person who showed perseverance even when reading was challenging for him. He excelled at boxing and created a series of books to help students who struggle with reading. The biggest take away was that we all learn in different ways and what may come easy to one person, may be difficult for someone else, but it’s important to never give up and to keep working through those challenges!

Fourth Grade News from Mrs. Lagoy

In science, we are continuing our study of weathering and erosion. Yesterday, students completed a sorting activity - trying to decide whether wind, water, or ice caused the landform. It was wonderful to see so many students completing this with ease. Today, students got to create a film strip depicting how landforms formed over time. With so many great artists, I can't wait to see how these come out.


Mrs. Upright has finished the landmarks section of the West Region. All students have left to study is the culture of the region and then we will have covered the entire United States. Wow! Students will spend the remainder of the year researching a state of their choice. They will follow the same format they have been using all year: land, water, climate, natural resources, products, landmarks, and culture to learn all about their state. After researching, students will have a menu of options to choose from to show what they learned. There should be something that appeals to everyone.


This week, we learned some new math vocabulary words. See if your kiddo can tell you about data, range, mode, and median. Please have your child practice their multiplication facts at home. We are finding that students are getting really bogged down calculating as we move to more complex math processes. Skip-counting is a great way to start to build automaticity.


We spent some time this week building our background knowledge about the setting of Glory Be. We read an article about Freedom Summer which will better help us understand the experiences of characters in our book. This was a really eye-opening article for many students!

Fifth Grade News from Ms. Johnson

Fifth grade has been learning about division with whole numbers and fractions. They have been drawing models, using number lines, and using geoboards to learn about this concept. For social studies, each student has selected a civil rights activist and they are doing research and taking notes on them. Part of the project is to draw a portrait of the activist they are studying, so we have been working with the art teacher who is teaching them different techniques to portrait drawing. This week's Weekly Wednesday Activity was to make paper out of paper destined for the recycle bin. They also added bits of other materials, such as grass, to add to the look of the paper.

Sixth Grade News from Mrs. Schreiber

Sixth grade has been working hard to finish our cell unit with 3D models and cell analogies. Our next unit is on ancient Egypt. We are very excited to learn about the geography, economy, social classes, religion, leadership, and achievements of the culture.

I want to thank those who have participated in the April Vocabulary Challenge. The prizes have gone home. I hope everyone enjoyed them. If you haven't yet, please take a moment to fill out the feedback form to help us with future activities such as this.

Library News from Mrs. Shippee

Hi Sanderson Families, This has been another great week for students to borrow books to read at their desks during quiet times. We've all been enjoying the "Book of the Week" selections being read for pleasure and "Book Talks" in our individual classrooms. Read Aloud Book selections and summaries from past weeks include: The Empty Pot- Telling the truth is a very wise thing to do. Cowardly Clyde- Going forward (even when you're not feeling brave) will help you and others to be brave enough to do the right thing. Big Bad Bruce- Even jolly witches and a rascally big bear can learn to compromise and get along. Night Walk to the Sea- A day in the life of Rachel Carson, author and naturalist who wrote about saving our environment in books such as The Sea Around Us, Silent Spring (pestisides and their effects on humans, animals, and the environment), The Sense of Wonder. Silly Sally- Just what it says! It's a fun and silly sing-song rhyming book. Inch by Inch- A smart little inchworm who likes to measure things, but then he has to think his way out of a dilema one day! Silvester and the Magic Pebble- Silvester finds a beautiful wishing stone, and in a panic, wishes for the wrong thing! Daniel's Duck- Doing your best and believing in yourself, no matter what others think, is being brave and strong. In addition, Sixth Grade began reading The Autobiography of Bill Peet- a reflection of Bill Peet, who against all odds, had a career as a Disney Cartoonists before striking out on his own to create his own beloved children's books. We're really enjoying Our Classroom Library Time every week!