Welcome to the 2021-2021 School Year!

Welcome back!!!

This document includes many questions and answers as we prepare for 2021-2022 school year. If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact Principal Emma Liebowitz at eliebowitz@mtrsd.org or call Sanderson Academy at (413) 628-4404.

Mohawk Trail District information can be found at this website. This includes Superintendent Stanton's updates and latest COVID-19 information.

HUGE Thank You!

Stacey Hudson has been working all summer to prepare our school for the new school year. Be sure to give a shout out when you see her.

We are still seeking a part-time evening custodian.

Welcome new staff!

We welcome a few new staff members to our Sanderson Academy professional community.

Bridget Lilly - Ms. Lilly will be working as a support teacher for our larger classes and providing intervention services.

Robin Wilson - Ms. Wilson is our new library manager.

Nick Lawrence - Mr. Lawrence is our new instrumental/band instructor.


September Schedule

Wednesday, September 1 - 12:30 dismissal* FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL! (Kindergarten - Sixth)

Thursday, September 2 - 12:30 dismissal*

Friday, September 3 - 12:30 dismissal*

Monday, September 6 - No school - LABOR DAY

Tuesday, September 7 - First full day of school (Kindergarten - Sixth)

Tuesday, September 7 - Visit day for preschool families

Wednesday, September 8 - First day of preschool - Boo Hoo Breakfast for new families

Wednesday, September 22 - 1:50 dismissal

Wednesday, September 29 - 1:50 dismissal

* Caregiver Intake Interviews in the afternoon

Calendar Links

The Mohawk Trail Academic Calendar can be found HERE.

The Sanderson Academy Calendar can be found HERE.

When will the school day start and end each day?

The school day will start at 8:30. Students will be outside for a morning recess from 8:30 - 8:45. Students will be dismissed between 3:05 and 3:15. Many Wednesdays will remain 1:50 dismissals. These will follow the District calendar and can be found on the online calendar.

Preschool will be available from 8:30 to 2:30 each day.

What are the mask expectations?

All students and staff are expected to wear a clean mask at all times while inside. Masks should be either a homemade two-ply cloth mask, disposable pleated surgical (including tie behind type), or non-medical earloop mask. All masks must be fit to the face, covering the nose and mouth without gaps. No scarves, valved masks, bandanas, gaiter masks, or face shields worn without a mask will be accepted. Child and adult masks are available (daily) through the nurse if needed. Only documented medical excuses for not wearing a mask are allowed. Please be sure your child has back up masks in their backpack. Students are required to wear masks on buses. Please contact the school nurse with any questions at lalmeida@mtrsd.org

Stuents will not be required to wear masks while outside.

Transportation Survey

You should have received an email requesting information about the transportation of your child. If you did not receive the email, here is the link to the brief survey

How do l I find out about bus routes?

Bus routes are posted here. If you have specific questions, please contact the Sanderson Academy office or Robin Pease at rpease@mtrsd.org.

Students will be allowed to ride a bus home with friends if space allows. A note is required for any change.

How will students enter and exit the building with social distancing?

Each class will enter the building as a group. Each class will have a designated entrance/exit closest to their classroom.

Are parents/visitors allowed in the building?

Parents/visitors are not allowed in the building unless there is prior approval by the principal. If approval is granted, each person is required to sign in and out for contact tracing purposes.

What will lunch look like?

Students wishing to receive school lunch will be provided a lunch with disposable wrappings and utensils. As a reminder, lunches are free for all children this school year. Students will be asked to sign up for lunches on Monday for the entire week.

We will eat outside whenever the weather conditions allow for a safe, comfortable dining experience.

When we are required to be inside, students will be seated at least three feet apart. Students will face in the same direction. Quiet voices will be expected during the lunch period. Students will be required to wash hands before eating. Hand sanitizer will also be available.

The September lunch menu can be found here. The lunch menu will be emailed and posted on the website each month.

Is breakfast available?

Breakfasts are free for all children this school year. Students will be asked to sign up for breakfasts in the beginning of the week. Students will be given breakfast items and can eat under the tent on the blacktop (weather permitting).

What will recess look like?

Each class will receive a recess with their class. Each teacher will schedule recess breaks at times that best meet the needs of the class schedule. Masks will not be required during outdoor recess.

What will specials (art, music, physical education, library and mindful movement) look like?

Students will receive each special one time per week. Students will travel to the art, music, gym and library rooms. Physical Education will take place primarily outside. Students should have layers of clothing and appropriate foot wear to accommodate wet grass and/or mud. Students are welcome to leave an extra pair of shoes at school. Extra masks would be beneficial in case one gets wet.

How will students receive special services (math support, special education services, reading intervention...)?

Students will receive in-person support from support teachers. Some of this support will happen in the classroom. If students are pulled out for services, the location will be fully sanitized between each student.

Will students be learning outside?

As much as possible, students will be learning outside. Children should have layers of clothing to accommodate changing conditions.

Will there be before and after care?

We are will be offering before and after care starting Tuesday, September 7 for students in preschool through sixth grade. Before care is available from 7:30 - 8:30 am. After care is available from dismissal until 5:30. The program will take place outside as much as possible. You should have received an email asking about your interest in the program. If you did not receive the email, here is the link to the brief survey Please email asvoboda@mtrsd.org with questions.

What other quetions do you have?

I tried to address common questions. Please email me (eliebowitz@mtrsd.org) with additional questions. I will either respond directly or create another question and answer document.