Weekly Newsletter

September 15, 2022

News from Principal Emma Liebowitz

It was wonderful to see so many people join us for our Open House! Our next all school event is Mountain Day. Mountain Day is an all school hike during the school day. Mark your calendars for Friday, October 7th!

News from the Sanderson Academy Office

It is very important that families notify the office if there is a change in where your child will be going after school. We sometimes have students tell us there is a change, but we need official notification. Please send a note, call the office or email me dsessions@mtrsd.org. Thank you all.

PTO News

Sanderson Academy is proud to present our 14th annual LOCAL GOODS 2022 fundraiser. Many hands went into making this wonderful catalog which offers locally crafted gifts and products.We hope you shop from this catalog and enjoy the items that our local area has to offer. Not only does a portion of the proceeds from every product go back to Sanderson Academy, all of the dollars spent will stay in our community and support our local artists, farmers, and business owners. We know from seasons past that the wonderful community support for The Local Goods Catalog has the potential to bring incredible vibrancy and programming to Sanderson Academy.


Thank you,

The Sanderson Academy Local Goods Fundraising Committee

Local Goods flyer

News from the Local Education Council

The first LEC meeting was held this week. At the meeting we had a chance to introduce ourselves, learn about the role of the LEC and review the School Improvement Plan. If you would like to learn more about the LEC, information can be found at this LINK. If you would like to join or find out more information, please contact Emma Liebowitz at eliebowitz@mtrsd.org.

Events/Calendar


Wednesday, September 21: 1:50 Release

Wednesday, September 28: PICTURE DAY

Wednesday, September 28: 1:50 Release


Link to Sanderson Academy calendar.

Health Office News from Nurse Loranna

Greetings from the health office!

Did you know that the third week of September is called “asthma peak week”? This is because this week is the most common time to see an increase in hospital admissions for asthma related reasons. This is due to the combination of an increase of allergens in the air such as ragweed and mold from leaves, along with an increase in respiratory illnesses. It is a good time of year to be sure that your child’s asthma action plan is up to date, their albuterol inhalers are not expired and are available and to communicate with your school nurse regarding any increase in asthma symptoms. It is important to know your child’s triggers and try to avoid them, and continue with any maintenance (steroid) inhalers at home as directed by their pediatrician. Some common triggers for asthma are environmental allergens such as ragweed and mold, scented products/cleaning products, tobacco smoke, dust, pet dander, pests such as cockroaches, exercise, and respiratory illnesses. Please reach out to your pediatrician and your school nurse with any concerns at all about your child’s asthma, working as a team is always a great way to support your child.

(https://community.aafa.org/blog/September-Asthma-Peak-brace-yourselves-the-biggest-week-for-asthma-attacks-is-coming

Early Childhood News

Early Childhood Screenings Information

Preschool News from Ms. Freeman

This week we shared our Hopes and Dreams for the year. We thought about the things we hoped to do or dreamed of doing at preschool. Playing, painting, and eating lunch at school were popular responses. Others hoped to learn how to eat their vegetables, have a special painting class, make popcorn, eat cupcakes, or go on a trip. We look forward to planning and trying to achieve these goals!

Preschool News from Ms. Melanie

It’s apple doll time! One recent afternoon, we shook the wild apple tree in back of the school and gathered a bag full of small, lovely apples. Using a hand-cranked apple peeler, we peeled them, pushed in whole cloves for eyes, added a smile, and placed each apple on a stick. We dipped them in lemon juice and put them on a rack to dry. Each day, we will dip them again as they dry and change. In a few weeks, they’ll be ready to dress in costumes for Halloween! Our preschoolers will choose just the right costume for each one and the apple dolls will be displayed in the lobby for all to admire before they go home. We already have some good ideas for costumes!

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Kindergarten News from Ms. Sarah

We have been starting to introduce some of our academic routines. For social skills, we have been reading aloud books about our class values and starting to notice when our class is showing those values, which we share at our closing circle “gem ceremony.” We also started to introduce our class plan for self-control and everyone is practicing using our break areas. We have been introducing our morning academic choice activity options. We also started to introduce some of our math routines, such as counting our days in school and playing number line games. And we had our first Fun Craft activity with our Sixth grade buddies—a butterfly craft, of course!

First Grade News from Ms. Wyckoff

First graders completed their hopes and dreams for first grade and they were beautifully on display for our open house. This year in first grade children are hoping to do a lot of reading and writing, have a popcorn party, do a lot of math, make new friends, visit with their buddies, visit our outdoor classroom and so many more! Now that we have completed our hopes and dreams we have started to create our classroom rules. Our classroom rules will help everyone work towards achieving their hopes and dreams this year!


We are off and running during math time. First graders are loving our math block and many of them shared during open house that it is their favorite part of our day. We are working to identify various models on our calendar such as popsicle sticks, tally marks and dots on a double ten frame. We are making predictions about the patterns and working together to construct equations and identify how many tens and how many ones are in a number.


Thank you to all the families who stopped in to visit us during open house. It was wonderful to see you all! The kids had a great time giving you a tour around our classroom, showing you completed work and giving you a glimpse into the routines of our day!

Second Grade News from Ms. Robertson

This week finds us engaged with the first module of the district’s new reading and writing program. We had fun putting together a puzzle that was sent to us in a letter from a former second grader. The puzzle was a chart of questions related to school asked by kindergartners, such as “What are some things you do at school?” and “Will I learn to read?” These questions led us to discover our first topic of study, which is “Schools and Communities” and that the question that will guide our learning is “What is school and why are schools important?” We are now working on our “What is School?” notebooks, where we are sharing what we already know about schools through drawing and writing.


During our math block, we recently created beetle glyphs (picture symbols) to use during our math lessons. These beetle glyphs helped us get to know each other a bit better by studying the information given on the beetle. For example, if a beetle had a green body with 2 dots and 1 stripe, we learned that the person who made this beetle has 1 sibling, a February birthday, and likes spring. We then used the beetles and sorted them into different groups, such as those whose favorite season is fall and those whose favorite sport is basketball. Our sorting investigations had us asking the question: What if a beetle glyph belongs in both groups? The answer to this question led students to suggest the use of overlapping circles, or a Venn diagram, where objects that belong to both groups can be placed. We also made a picture graph with the glyphs, focusing on our class’s favorite sports. (See the photos below.)


Thank you for the wonderful turnout at Open House. It was great to see and visit with the second-grade families. Thank you, too, for signing up for Parent-Teacher conferences in November. As the conference times approach, a reminder with your date and time will be sent home. If you missed signing up for a conference time for Thursday, November 3rd or Friday, November 4th, please reach out to me at jrobertson@mtrsd.org to schedule one. Thank you! 😊

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Third Grade News from Ms. Carole

It was wonderful to see so many of you at Open House on Wednesday evening. Thank you for coming out and checking out our classroom.

In math lately we have been shoring up addition and subtraction facts up to twenty. Some students are already fluent on these, but most need to be reminded of strategies other than using fingers. We have talked a lot about getting to ten, and then going from there, whether you are adding or subtraction. For example, if your problem is 5 + 7, think of it as 5+5+2 instead, since it is so simple to add onto a ten.

The first module of our new Language Arts curriculum has us learning about challenges to learning around the world. Last week we learned about a library that travels on a burro in Colombia. This week we are learning about a school in Chad that decomposes in the rainy season each year, so the kids have to rebuild their school before attending it. It has been fun to find out about the experiences of different children around the world and find both similarities and differences between their schools and ours. Next up is Kenya!

This week we also spent time with our preschool buddies in their outdoor classroom building fairy houses in time for the Open House visitors. Third graders are learning how to be supportive and patient of our younger friends, and their attentiveness is very sweet to witness.

These beautiful September days are packed full of learning and fun!

Fifth Grade News from Ms. Johnson

Fifth grade is exploring the formation of the colonies. They are each learning how to use reference materials to research the colony they are studying and how to take notes on what they are learning. In reading and writing class, we are reading Esperanza Rising as we learn how to use various strategies to figure out the meanings of words, how to write a summary, and how to answer multiple choice questions. We are also using those skills to analyze the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and to make connections to the book and the UDHR. In math, we are analyzing various strategies to multiply numbers.

Sixth Grade News from Ms.Lilly

We have had another great, but busy week in sixth grade! First of all, it was great to see so many families last night at open house. Thank you for taking the time to come and visit. This week was especially exciting as we made it official that the sixth graders will be in charge of running a booth at the Ashfield Fall Festival. You will be receiving an email soon with sign up information to find a time that works best for your family. The sixth graders are pumped up to help raise money for field trips and graduation. We started our first science unit by discussing different types of eclipses and watching some videos of the solar eclipse from 2019. We have also been working our way through The Lightning Thief and are really enjoying the book so far.

Sixth Graders Working Outside
Sixth Graders Working Outside

Library News from Ms. Robin Wilson

In the Library, we have begun to talk about what a reader looks like. The answer, of course, is that a reader looks like all of us, even if we are still learning to read. In the lower grades we read The Book Hog by Greg Pizzoli, and Dragon Was Terrible by Kelly DiPucchio, and played “Would You Rather” to begin talking about genres and topics that we like to read about. In the upper grades we read This Book is Not For You by Shannon Hale and discussed how it is OK for any person to enjoy any kind of book. In the coming weeks, students will explore Google Drawings to create autobiographical fliers for a project called “Profile of a Reader.”

  • The Library Card Drive at Open House was a success! Nine students walked away with brand-new library cards. Much thanks to Belding Library Director Sarah Hertel-Fernandez for coming, and thanks to everyone who stopped by the Library!

  • Please help your child return their Library books on time so they can check out new books on their Library day. I hope that the reminder stickers on take-home folders are helpful.

News from Ms. Prew

Next week we will be completing the Fall math assessment with all kiddos in grades Kindergarten through 6th grade here at Sanderson. This year we are using an assessment called Universal Screener of Number Sense, USNS for short. The assessments are interview-style and focus on how children think about math and how they use mental strategies to solve challenging math problems. We will use the same assessment again in the Winter and Spring to track the incredible progress our mathematicians make throughout the school year. I always love sitting with our fabulous Sanderson students and hearing the amazing strategies they have for solving math problems! :) aprew@mtrsd.org

Reading News from Mrs. Morey

Reading News from Mrs. Morey: The assessment window has opened for the Fall Literacy Assessments. This time period, which began Monday the 12th and ends Friday, September 23rd, is when each student, K-6 will meet with their teacher or a specialist to take the DIBELS. The DIBELS is comprised of several one minute subtests to assess a student’s reading skills. Skills vary by grade level but may include: letter identification, segmenting sounds, reading nonsense words (mip, sog), real word reading, oral reading fluency and/or comprehension. Once completed, we will use this information to provide focused small group instruction at the level and on the skill your child will benefit from the most.

Mindful Movement News from Ms. Sue

Did you see it? That BEAUTIFUL full moon over the weekend? For the month of September the full moon is called the Harvest Moon…and we learned some fun facts about it and also did a moon salutation yoga sequence. All of the kids PK-6th did an amazing job challenging themselves with the poses, especially new classmates! So PROUD of everyone! Way to go!!!


Still looking for any used or new yoga mats that anyone has or wants to donate to our program…Thank You!



It was so WONDERFUL to see so many students and their families visit the Mindful Movement classroom last night! Loved connecting with all of you! And just a reminder that this Saturday at 11 AM I will be at the Belding Memorial Library doing a reading of my book Big Words for Little Hearts. I will also be signing books so bring yours along, if you do not have a copy yet, you can purchase one that morning. Hope to see you there!

MTRSD Elementary Library News

The newsletter can be found at this LINK.

Instrumental News

Please see the information below for instrument rentals.
Instrument Rental Flyer

Community News:

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Heath Fair Library Open House Information
Tennis Lesson Information

Internet Safety Presentation

Registration details at this LINK.
Internet safety flyer

Community Engagement and Enrichment News

Newsletter can be found at this LINK.