Sassarini Community Newsletter-

All things Seahawk related!-September-October-November-2018

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Be Kind to One Another

I had the wonderful opportunity to meet Steve Kerr, the Head Coach of the Golden State Warriors late last month. This man has been a hero of mine since he was winning championships as a player in the 90’s. He is a class act; confident without being arrogant, a winner who knows the value of a loss and a leader who understands that, if they don’t believe in you and love you, they won’t follow.

Towards the end of the evening the audience could ask questions of Coach Kerr. One woman asked, with kids so troubled and discouraged, finding an identity can be difficult. What advice does he (Coach Kerr) have for the youth. He responded simply, “Be kind to one another. The smallest act of kindness can have a ripple effect that you, the owner of the act, may never know”.

Wow. Those words had an impact on me I wasn’t entirely prepared for. Can it really be that simple? I thought about it first as a Principal, then as a father. My own children watch me all the time. They observe my every move and action, waiting to see what I will do. The students at Sassarini are similar. Though they won’t always tell us, our children love us and look to us for guidance.

Though Coach Kerr’s statement was meant for the youth it was given to a room of adults, and not by accident. If we wish our children to be kind to one another, we must model this behavior daily, moment by moment and forgive ourselves when we make a mistake, call it out and adjust.

Being mean is a learned behavior, but so is kindness. Let’s teach that lesson together!

Thank you for all you do, Sassarini! It’s a great day to be a Seahawk!

Maker Lab at Sassarini School!

I am so thrilled to share with you that the local Sonoma Valley Kiwanis Club has voted to fund a Makers Lab at Sassarini! Not only will this new program help support our students in their science studies, it is also a project-based learning experience where students create and work in the world of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math...or STEAM!

We are so fortunate to have Lori Edwards, a former toy designer and current Mentor Center site liaison on board to teach the classes this year. She joins Ms. Ally, Mrs. Henion, Mrs. Pat, Mrs. Monterosso and Mrs. Wesson as part of our 4th and 5th grade ”Team Time” teaching team! Team Time occurs 4 days a week for 40 minutes. This is a time that students are leveled to meet them at an appropriate level. This Maker Lab is only on a “pilot” basis as we try this new rotation out and secure funding long term. Our goal is that next year, much like our garden program, teachers can sign up and take their students to the lab for science and exploration!

Thank you teachers for thinking outside the box, The Mentor Center for Lori and Sonoma Kiwanis for the support and faith!

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Parent and Community Tours-

Seahawk Community-

If you or people you know are interested in visiting Sassarini and touring our school, please email or call Delia Chavez, Dchavez@sonomaschools or 707-935-6040! Starting in December on the first Friday at 9AM I will be hosting informative tours.

Thank you!


Upcoming Events for “The Flock”!

The Fall Festival is coming! Friday, October 26th from 5-7:30 on campus! Come and have some delicious food and fun! Raffle and family! All proceeds go to the Organization of Parents and Teachers….and OUR STUDENTS!

Movie nights! November 30th, February 22nd, April 26 5:30-7:30pm

Parent University Classes

October classes:

Monday’s- Latino Literacy 8:45-10:45am Room 8.2

Tuesdays- Center for well Being 8:30-9:30am Room 8.2

Thursdays-Computer class 9-11am Room 8.2

Get and Stay Informed!

Families and Friends- below are a few ways to keep informed with District and School events and happenings.

Peach Jar:

Sonoma Valley Unified School District delivers school information and approved flyers from community organizations electronically. These school-approved eflyers are emailed directly to you.

If we have your email address on file, then no action is required on your part. If your child has moved to a new school in the district, you will receive eflyers from the new school. If you have not provided your email address, please do so to avoid missing important information.

To ensure smooth delivery of this communication, we suggest you add “" to your email contacts. When you receive your first eflyer, be sure to click “always display images.”

This system is used exclusively for distribution of school-approved flyers. Your email address will not be shared or used for any other purpose. Thank you for supporting our efforts to ensure parents are well informed about school programs, activities, and events.


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Sassarini Website- Our website is currently being updated and will continue to be for the first few weeks of the school year.

Important Dates for October, November and December-

Remember to check out our calendar at


26-Coffee W/the Principal 8:30-9:30 Room 6.9

26-Fall Festival 5-7:30 on campus!

29- OPT 5-6

29-ELAC 6-7

31-Halloween Parade on campus Time TBD on the Blacktop


2-No School

8-DELAC 6-7:30 @ SVUSD Offices

12-No School

19-23 Thanksgiving Break



28-School Site Council 3:30-4:30

30-Coffee W/ The Principal 8:30-9:30 Room 6.9

30-Movie Night 5:30-7:30


DELAC-6-7:30 @ SVUSD Offices

24-January 4th- No School