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  • Nov. 1, 2017: First-grade field trip to The Safe House
  • Nov. 1, 2017: Bayport Savings Day
  • Nov. 2, 2017: Meteorologist visit for 5th grade
  • Oct. 30-Nov. 3, 2017: Fall Book Fair
  • Nov. 6, 2017: Picture Day
  • Nov. 7, 2017: Election Day/Teacher Workday (students do not report)
  • Nov. 8, 2017: Open House for K-3 Dual Language Immersion, 6-7 p.m.
  • Nov. 13-17, 2017: American Education Week
  • Nov. 13, 2017: General PTA Meeting & Career Expo, 6-7 p.m.
  • Nov. 15, 2017: Period 1: 9-Wks Report Issued
  • Nov. 17, 2017: Third Grade field trip to Ballet, 9:00 a.m.-12:00pm
  • Nov. 20, 2017: Coffee Chat with the Principal, 8-8:45 a.m.
  • Nov. 22, 2017: School closed
  • Nov. 23 - 24, 2017: Thanksgiving Holiday (schools and offices closed)
  • Nov. 28, 2017: Picture Retake Day

Principal's Corner

Greetings Spartan Scholars and Families,

Can you believe October has come to an end? Last month we celebrated Red Ribbon Week and Bully Prevention. I read Bully B.E.A.N.S. by Julia Cook on the Morning Show. In the story, classmates learned how to take away Bobbette's bullying power. Our scholars are preventing bullying by spreading kindness and learning how to solve minor problems.

November is upon us and there is much to be grateful for at Saunders! I want to offer my heartfelt thanks to all who make Saunders a great place to thrive and learn. The Spartan community is ensuring our future is bright for our nearly 758 scholars. We will be celebrating American Education Week November 13-17th. The week will kick-off with a PTA General Meeting and Career Expo, Monday, November 13th from 6-7 p.m. Parents, if you would like to share your career, please contact your child's teacher.

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

Magnet Open House Schedule

Magnet Open Houses are being held in November and December. The application deadline is January 5, 2018. Find out more about our magnet programs.

From our school Counselor Mrs. Carter

Dear Parents:

Conflict or disagreement is normal and often happens when children get together. However, hurtful words, gestures, or physical attack are unacceptable ways to deal with conflict and disagreement at school.

Our goal at Saunders is to teach students several positive ways to deal with these difficult situations. To do this, we are asking students who have minor problems to try at least two of the following ideas:

1. Go to another game or activity.

2. Share and take turns.

3. Respectfully talk it over and listen to each other.

4. Walk away from the problem.

5. Ignore the problem behavior.

6. Tell the person to stop the problem behavior.

7. Apologize.

8. Make a deal or compromise.

9. Wait to cool off.

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By using this plan, we believe that our students will develop effective problem-solving skills that they can use again and again. It will help them to deal with conflict in a positive manner and to make appropriate decisions. Knowing what to do will help students reduce the stress and number of conflicts they have at school and in their neighborhood.

These concepts have been introduced to the students through counseling lessons in October and will continue throughout the school year. We encourage you to become familiar with this program and use it in your home. By working together, we can develop a healthy life skill for young people to use at home and at school.

Evelyn Carter

School Counselor

The Spartan Fall Harvest Dance and Chili Cook-Off on October 27th was fun for all!

Fifth grade Spartan Scholars investigate in an outdoor classroom!

Mrs. Marushia’s Spartan Scholars enjoyed testing their weather tools outside on Friday, October 20th. Students were testing the wind speed using their anemometers, they also tested temperature by placing thermometers in a light colored envelope and a dark colored one. They discovered that the dark envelope absorbs more heat than the other. They also had the opportunity to learn more about coding online during our Spartan scholars' block.

Fourth Grade visits Jamestown

4th Grade Marvels have enjoyed learning about Virginia’s geography and the First Americans who lived here. To further our learning, our fantastic Marvels have also enjoyed an exciting and informative field trip to Yorktown American Revolutionary Museum and participated in an outreach program from Jamestown.

Fifth Grade Field Trip to the Mariners Museum

The 5th grade Spartans have completed many exciting learning experiences this nine weeks. Not only have they learned to work collaboratively to complete math investigations, they have also completed scientific investigations involving weather and other fun items. They completed an engineering design challenge creating cargo ships from foil. Our representatives for the district-wide competition are Micheal from rm 35 and Jayden from rm 38.

We also just experienced how Hurricanes are created and how homes are affected at the Mariner's Museum. We look forward to having another great Science experience at the Virginia Air and Space Center. The students are also engaged in a novel study of Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt. They are learning many reading and writing skills from this novel including summarizing, problem and solution, and characterization, just to name a few.

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Introducing our Odyssey of the Mind Team facilitated by Ms. Beier

Odyssey of the Mind is a creative problem-solving team. Each team may have no more than seven students. Thank you to the many excellent students who tried out. Please join us in congratulating and supporting these seven students: Maddie Weser, Enrique Burgos-Cueva, Verdelle Rankins, Alexis Byrd, Bryanna Zapien, and Alyssa Pitt as they prepare to compete in a challenging tournament in March. Here they are defining teamwork! They’re off to a great start!

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Congratulations to our New Saunders SCA Representatives for the 2017-2018 school year!

2017-2018 Saunders SCA


Destini Dunbar

Vice President

Legend Clark


Paige Spellman


Zachery Golden


Jaeden Hyde


Virginia LaBelle

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Kindergarten Pumpkin Stay Trip

Kindergartner's had a great learning experience on their Stem Pumpkin Stay Trip. Student's were totally engaged with hand's on learning and experiment's all about the pumpkin and its life-cycle.
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First Grade Visits the Safe House and the NNFD!

On Friday, October 31st and Wednesday, November 1st, First-grade students had the privilege of visiting the S.A.F. E. House (Safety and Fire Education House) to learn about fire safety. Newport News Firefighters taught our students about their fire truck and their uniform. Our students were so excited to be there and had a great time! Spartans appreciate the NNFD!
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Second Grade Goes to Jamestown!

Second graders had a great time learning about the Powhatan Native Americans on their field trip to Jamestown!
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Fourth Graders show off their talents!

Students showed off their drawing talent in art class with Mrs. Rose while drawing Fall Still-life works. Fall harvest fruits were placed around the room so they could study them. Students are drawing their objects using overlapping techniques and shading to create a sense of realism.
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Red Ribbon Week

Students had so much fun dressing up for Red Ribbon Week as we celebrated being drug and bully free October 23rd-27th!
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A third grade STEM project

Third-grade students did a great job and had a blast working as a team creating and building miniature playgrounds.
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Market Day

Third graders were able to create goods and experience being producers and consumers as part of an economics project, thanks to a grant provided by the Bayport Credit Union!
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