Weekly Newsletter

June 3, 2021

News from Principal Emma Liebowitz

As you can see from the calendar below, we are holding some of our traditional end of year activities. We are having SPIRIT WEEK during the week of June 14. Here is the document for the theme for each day. We hope many students will participate and have lots of fun!


June 4 - All School Hike Day

June 9 - 1:50 Dismissal

June 11 - Library Books Are Due Back

June 14 - 18 - SPIRIT WEEK

June 16 - 1:50 Dismissal

June 17 - Field Day

June 22 - Field Day Rain Date

June 23 - Full day of school - 3:05 Dismissal

June 24 - 12:30 Dismissal

June 25 - 12:30 Dismissal - LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!

June 25 - 1:00 - Sixth Grade Graduation

Health Office News from Nurse Loranna

Greetings from the health office! I wanted to share the daily checklist and return to school guidelines for your reference. It’s tough with the addition of colds and allergies but we still need to follow these guidelines. If a student or staff member has symptoms- they will need to get a pcr/molecular covid test, or an alternate diagnosis from their health care provider, please email me the results- thank you!! GCC is a great place to get tested, otherwise check with your health care provider- we can’t accept rapid tests.

Return to School after COVID-19 symptoms

Your child had the following symptoms. In order to return, see below.

___ Fever over 100.0 degrees or chills​___ Cough ___ Sore throat

___ Congestion or runny nose (with another symptom) ___ New muscle or body aches​

___ New loss of taste or smell ___ Fatigue (with another symptom)

___ Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

___ Headache (with another symptom)

___ Nausea,vomiting or diarrhea

In order to return to school after exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms the following must be met:

● An individual must provide a negative PCR (not a rapid antigen) test result for COVID-19, have improvement in symptoms, and have been without a fever for at least 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications.


● If a health care provider makes an alternative diagnosis for the COVID-19 symptoms, the individual may return to school based on the recommendations for that alternative diagnosis (example strep throat, flu).


● If an individual chooses not to be tested, they may return to school 10 days after the start of symptoms, as long as their symptoms have improved and they have been without fever for at least 24 hours prior to their return to school without the use of fever reducing medications.

The School Nurse will need to assess the student/adult before returning to the classroom on the first day back from being ill. Students will be required to provide a copy of the negative PCR test results, if tested, prior to their return to the school building. Employees are encouraged to provide documentation. All information will be kept strictly confidential.

Preschool News from Mrs. Freeman

The school’s garden is doing well! We are so fortunate to have garden space at our school. The vegetable plants we transplanted and the seeds we sowed have benefited from warm sunshine and the cooler rains. We have been watching the strawberry plants, which were planted a few years ago, and monitoring their growth. We are excited to see berries forming and can’t wait to sample the fruit when it ripens. This week we will be planting more seeds and caring for the garden.

The photo shows a sunflower created by a preschooler. We will be planting sunflower seeds in our garden.

Preschool News from Ms. Melanie

During morning meeting in our outdoor classroom, just after the good morning song and calendar, we observe and share the weather conditions. Going around the circle, each preschooler takes a moment to tell us something about the weather. It might be sunny, or rainy, or cold, or hot. We know it is windy if the leaves and the colorful ribbons that hang from the trees are moving. One recent morning, after all the weekend rain, we entered the woods and noticed how lush the greenery had become and how cool and damp the forest felt. The bright sun was filtering through the trees, making patterns on the ground and everything felt fresh and new. When it came time to share the weather, one preschooler described the weather as “peaceful”. What a lovely and apt description of the calmness we all felt that day in the woods.

Kindergarten News from Ms. Sarah

Currently in writing, we are studying the genre of persuasive writing. We read a book about a boy who saves a bunch of kittens by making a poster that persuaded others to adopt the kittens. Students then started making their own posters to persuade others to take some kind of action. Topics include make more friends, try archery, check for ticks, and watch out for jellyfish! We are making sure to include a reason why people should do these things to make our writing more convincing.

First Grade News from Mrs. Pedersen

First grade has enjoyed a variety of math games introduced by our math interventionist Mrs. Prew. This week we played a rummy card game and used numbers racks to show equations to 20. We had fun with a game using 3 dice to find addition and subtraction equations for numbers to 20. The children all agreed that math is a lot of fun and challenging at the same time. This week on our nature walk we explored the differences between ferns and the diverse population of plants on our trail. We are preparing for a fun, educational hike on Friday and hope to continue sharpening our outdoor observation skills.

Second Grade News from Ms. Robertson

This week we continued our work with the story Around the Pond: Who’s Been Here? by defining the word category (a way of separating things into groups because they have something in common) and discussing how animals can be grouped into different categories, such as mammals, fish, birds, reptiles, and amphibians. We also talked about why animals are grouped into these categories, such cows and dolphins are mammals because they are warm-blooded, have a backbone, and feed milk to their young.

As part of our math lessons, we are reviewing the names and the values of the penny, nickel, dime, quarter, and half dollar. We are also counting money amounts involving these coins. Any additional practice your child can do at home using real coins will be beneficial. For example, take the spare change out of your pocket at the end of the day and have your child sort it by putting the same coins together. Then have your child name each coin and tell its value. Next have your child count the money to find the total.

This week we also continued our work with estimation and place value. Students estimated how many unifix cubes they observed in two tubs and then worked together to count the cubes by putting them into groups of hundreds, tens, and ones, with the total number of cubes being 1,958. We extended this lesson by reviewing how many hundreds, tens, and ones are found in numbers such as 157 and 425 and by writing these numbers in expanded form (100+50+7=157 and 400+20+5=425).

Third Grade News from Mrs. Wyckoff

Over the past few weeks third graders have been working on paragraph writing using the hamburger paragraph organizer. This organizer visually outlines the key components of a paragraph which begins with a topic sentence, followed by 3 details and ends with a closing sentence. During our long Wednesday, third graders were excited to meet up with their sixth grade buddies for an afternoon of fun! Buddies met up and chose from a variety of activities such as tag, bingo and free art. It was wonderful to see third graders connect with their buddies, enjoy the warm sunny day and breathe in some lovely fresh air!

Fourth Grade News from Mrs. Lagoy

This week in math, students started to make connections between some of our multiplication strategies and our new work with division. One student excitedly asked, “Will the doubling and halving strategy work?” Doubling and halving means 4 x 16 = 2 x 32 = 1 x 64. We found that there was a similar strategy for solving division problems called equal quotients. So, 792/8 = 396/4 = 198/2 = 99/1. We will continue to use our new division strategies over the next several days to gain flexibility and confidence.

In reading this week, we focused on the main character in our story, Glory. We focused on what she was saying, doing and feeling to infer character traits. We are learning the Glory is brave and confident and wants things to be fair and just.

Fifth Grade News from Ms. Johnson

In fifth grade, we started our local history unit this week. We are studying the history of Sanderson Academy. Students shared a few facts that they knew and then we wrote down so many questions that we had.

Our math concepts this week are about shapes, their names, and how they can be classified. Which also goes with our new read aloud, Chasing Vermeer, which has a pentomino component. Students have been playing with pentominoes and working on completing puzzles with them.

This week's Weekly Wednesday Activity was about navigation compasses. Students magnetized needles and floated them on cork to create their own compasses. Then they learned to used protractor compasses and used them to navigate courses in teams. Each team found treasures at the end of their courses.

Sixth Grade News from Mrs. Schreiber

Sixth grade has been busy studying Egypt and we are reading the book "A Long Walk to Water" that takes place in Sudan, south of Egypt. We are also talking about inferences and predictions and using evidence from a text and their own knowledge to develop new ideas.

Mindful Movement with Ms. Sue

SMILE!! As we began to start taking off masks when outside it has been WONDERFUL to see smiling faces again! So this week we have discussed the science behind smiling. Did you know that when we SMILE it creates endorphins, otherwise known happy hormones. And we benefit from having high levels of these endorphins in us…because it helps us be excited about our day, make kind decisions and keeps us healthy by boosting our immune systems!

And lets not forget about the ripple effect…If you are smiling and look at someone, they most likely will smile back…so you gave them a gift :) and the ripple effect takes off!

Smiling on purpose helps us all to look at the little things in our everyday lives and be more grateful.

Sanderson's 3 M's (Mantra, Moment & Movement)

Our theme this month will be about your DREAMS

Sanderson Library News from Mrs. Shippee

Dear Sanderson Families,

This has been the year we ALL learned that technology, tenacity, cleanliness, and hard work would get us through! Virtual School definitely gave us new skills and possibilites for instructing and learning remotely. Kudos to Students, Families, School Staff from the Administrators to the Teaching and Academic Support Staff, Medical and Health and Safety Staff, Secretaries, Custodians, Kitchen Staff, IT People, Technology and Academic Program Trainers, and Bus Drivers! We were all patient and kind and supportive with each other through it all, as well as during the transition back to actual classroom instruction!

Whew! We Did It!

This part of the newsletter references the Library Notice that was sent home last week. Now that it's the second week of June, Sanderson Library Books need to be returned to by Friday June 11th. This is so that books can be checked in, repaired if necessary, and put back on their respective bookshelves before Summer Vacation begins in order to keep Our School Library Collection organized. We are doing the usual proceedure of asking for the books to come back two weeks before school is dismissed. It has been a banner year for lending many books to INDIVIDUAL Classrooms, to families, and to students in the midst of such an ususual situation! I commend each family for helping to keep the enjoyment of reading going.

Here’s an additional note for Sanderson Families. I am retiring from being your school Librarian. Next year I will still be seeing you from time to time, as I will be doing some substituting in our school. It has been a pleasure to watch your families grow and flourish in our supportive school community. Thank You for all of your help and support with the Annual Scholastic Sanderson BookFair Fundraiser! These monies helped Our Library to buy quality Library Rugs that are flame retardant and color fast, as well as stain, mold, and bacteria proof. The funds also bought us new books through Scholastic and paid for our Library's annual membership to the Junior Library Guild, which includes three new and upcoming books per month. Did I mention that the BookFair funds bought some Library equipment, too? The bottom line here, is YOU. Sanderson Families made all of this great stuff possible! You Rocked It Every Year by coming out to support our very important Annual Scholastic - Sanderson Library Fundraiser!

I will truly miss seeing your children and your families on a daily basis. I will really miss my own Sanderson work family, and this beautifully scenic room, too. I'll also miss cataloging and covering and repairing books, believe it or not! Please continue to support Our Wonderful Sanderson Academy Library. Thank You, Everyone, for so many meaningful and enjoyable conversations over the years and Thank You for All that you do for our community’s children.

As Always... Enjoy Reading with your child/ren!

Respectfully and Humbly,

Val Shippee

Sanderson Library Manager


PLEASE REMEMBER to be collecting a rock or two and bringing it into your classroom. Some grades have been painting their base coat on with Ms. Carolyn the art teacher. If you have any questions, please find Ms. Sue in Mrs. Freeman's preschool room.