Weekly Newsletter

February 10, 2022

News from Principal Emma Liebowitz

We are looking for donations to get more SLEDS! If you would like to donate money and/or sleds, we would greatly appreciate it!


February 21 - 25 - No School - Vacation

Monday, February 28 - Local Education Council Meeting at 3:15

Link to Sanderson Academy calendar.

Health Office News from Nurse Loranna

Greetings from the health office! There are some updates to our testing programs and covid protocols listed here, feel free to reach out with any questions. Thank You!!

~You may continue to sign up your child(ren) for the opt-in at home testing program, the test kits will go out next week on Friday 2/18 for students. Anyone can sign up for this service. (If your child does not typically attend on Fridays (prek) let me know and I will be sure you get your test kit.)

If you have not already enrolled your student into this program and would like to do so please use this link. Opt-In to At Home Testing program. and send an email to myself and Donna just to be sure we have you on the current list.

* While it has been found that those testing positive for covid may continue to test positive even after their isolation/infection on a PCR test, antigen (rapid) tests are less sensitive and typically only have a positive result during the active infection *

~We will continue with pooled testing every Tuesday, as well as symptomatic testing (when symptoms develop at school) for those who have consented to testing services at school.

You can do both opt-in home testing and pooled testing.

~Individuals who have tested positive will now be required to provide a negative antigen (rapid) test after their isolation and prior to returning to school. If finding an antigen (rapid) test is a hardship for you, please contact your school nurse, lalmeida@mtrsd.org.

Library News from Ms. Wilson

For the last week, the library has been awash with hearts, crayons, and doilies galore. Yes, we’ve been making valentines! In collaboration with the Ashfield Police Department and the Food Pantry, kindergarten through sixth graders have been busy creating beautiful valentines for elders and other people who may be isolated or live alone. Some grades also took inspiration from Eileen Spinelli’s book called Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch, which tells the story of a lonely man who receives a valentine along with a note that reads, “Somebody loves you!” He is so uplifted by this anonymous gesture of love that he completely transforms. He becomes happier and more helpful to people in his community, and in turn makes many new friends. Unfortunately, he discovers weeks later that his valentine was actually meant to be delivered to somebody else. You can ask your child how the story turned out! Students did a wonderful job creating valentines that will surely spread some cheer.

Preschool News from Mrs. Freeman

The Writing Center in our classroom has been very busy. Preschoolers are using crayons, markers, and colored pencils to color, write, and draw. Many preschoolers are giving their drawings to their families and each other. To support this interest and encourage more writing, we have transformed our Pretending Area into a Post Office.

Preschoolers are also very excited about Valentine’s Day! We are making a variety of valentine crafts this week including, cutting out hearts, using heart shaped stickers, and painting hearts with liquid watercolors. We look forward to sharing our valentines with our friends.

Preschool News from Ms. Melanie

The recent ice storm left our woods a winter wonderland with ice encrusting every branch. As the sun began to shine, the ice started melting and it fell in small chunks to the ground–it was a magical sound and made for a glittery pathway.

Our classroom is glittery too with lots of Valentine’s Day activities keeping us busy. We made lovely glitter hearts to hang in our classroom and our window is decorated with “stained glass” hearts made from contact paper and colorful tissue paper. Each one is unique and beautiful. This week we will be making Valentines for our buddies and sharing Valentines with each other. We have decorated special bags to hold them all. What a festive time!

Kindergarten News from Ms. Sarah

This week, students made Valentines for our specials teachers (art, PE, library, music, & yoga), our bus drivers, and our support staff members (secretary, nurse, custodians, and cafeteria manager), bringing lots of smiles to everyone’s faces. We also made Valentine’s bookmarks to add to the school donation project for the elderly in our community.

First Grade News from Mrs. Wyckoff

First graders celebrated a fantastic 100th day of school! As each day passed and we got closer to our 10th decade, children have been anticipating this monumental day in first grade. Our day started with kids sharing their collections of 100. Children brought in items such as rocks and gems, glowsticks, candy dots, dried rose buds and so many more! In math we added 100 to our number line, created our own TAD (ten adds a decade) number line to take home, wrote story problems and equations for 100 and learned how to play Race to 100. In language arts children wrote about what they would wish for if they were turning 100! As with any celebration we enjoyed a delicious cupcake with sprinkles, read many 100th day school books and had fun making some fun 100th day glasses! Happy 100th day of school Sanderson!

Second Grade News from Ms. Robertson

This week we were introduced to the “sandwich method” of writing and then used it to organize our ideas for our weekend news. The top slice of the bread “introduces” the sandwich, just as a beginning sentence introduces the topic of a piece of writing. The next three layers of a sandwich, such as lettuce/tomato, cheese, and meat, give flavor to the sandwich and make it tasty, similar to how detail sentences add flavor and interest to writing. We then finish our writing with an ending sentence, which ties it together in the same way that the bottom slice of bread holds a sandwich together. We will continue to use the “sandwich method” as we write about other topics, such as our favorite stuffy or our favorite holiday.

cheeseburger graphic organizer

Second Grade News (Continued)

As part of our February Number Corner activities, we have “opened” the “Base Ten Bank”, where we “deposit” base ten blocks (hundreds, tens, ones). (See a photo of the Base Ten Bank below.) After we make a deposit, we figure out our new balance using various student generated strategies. For example, if our current deposit is 56 and we are making a new deposit of 26, we have the addition problem of 56 + 26. One strategy the students might use is drawing a picture of ten sticks and one circles to show 56 and 26 (ex. / / / / / ooooo o + / / ooooo o) and then counting by tens and ones to determine the answer. (The 12 ones can also be regrouped into a new ten with two ones left over.) Another strategy might be using an open number line, where 56 is placed on the number line, and then two jumps of 10 and 6 jumps of 1 are made to arrive at the answer. Or a student might use the “splitting strategy”, where 56 is split into 50+6 and 26 is split into 20+6. The student next adds the tens (50+20) and the ones (6+6) and then adds 70+12 or 70 + 10 + 2 to find the total.

Picture of Base Ten Bank

base ten bank

Third Grade News from Ms. Carole

In preparation for our trip to the Norman Rockwell Museum next week, third graders have been very busy. They have been working on the first draft of their original stories based on a Norman Rockwell painting. Working with a partner, they are sharing their ideas and encouraging each other to write fun stories. The stories utilize a diversity of sentence types including the use of dialogue, describing action, and describing visual scenes.

We have also been enjoying many Jan Brett books this week as there is a special exhibition of her artwork at the Rockwell Museum this winter as well. Third graders particularly enjoyed reading Jan Brett books to their preschool buddies on Monday morning. This was wonderful practice for the third graders to be clear and expressive readers as well as patient big buddies.

Fourth Grade News from Ms. Laogy

Fourth graders are finishing up their study of the Southeast Region this week and heading to the Midwest. At the end of each region, the students are creating a scrapbook. In this scrapbook, they write summary paragraphs about the land and water of the region, products and natural resources, climate, landmarks, and culture of the region. On the final page of the scrapbook, students get to write about where they’d like to visit and an interesting fact that they learned about the region. Each of these paragraphs is accompanied by an illustration. I have been so impressed with the time and effort students are putting into this assignment. Be sure to ask your kiddo where they’d like to visit in the Southeast and what their interesting fact was.

Fifth Grade News from Ms. Johnson

Fifth grade has been learning about the formation of our government and how it is structured. We have watched some videos (remember SchoolHouse Rock’s I’m Just A Bill?), read from various sources, did a small project about the branches, and created a Google Slides presentation about what each article and amendment is about in the Constitution and Bill of Rights. The class has started the final project which is to create a game about what they have learned in the unit. It can be a board game, trivia game, or some other type of game, but has to have players answering questions about the government from what we have learned.

Sixth Grade News from Mrs. Lilly

We have spent the last few weeks learning about different types of bullying from our Second Step program. We have discussed different ways to recognize bullying and how it impacts the person being bullied and as well as the school community. We then learned different ways to be an upstander. An upstander can offer support, speak up, or get help. We even discussed famous upstanders throughout history as well as current upstanders. Each student then selected a type of bullying and either how to recognize it or how to be an upstander towards the bullying. Each student then created a poster that we will hang up in the hallway to help our school community with ideas on how to handle a bullying situation. These lessons created some thoughtful conversations about bullying, especially cyber bullying and how it can impact us in negative ways.

We’ve also had a blast enjoying the snow during recess! Thank you for sending in snow gear for your child. The sixth graders are close to making sledding an Olympic sport. If you have any old sleds you would like to donate, we would be happy to take them!

News from Ms. Prew

Click this link to read The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and THE BIG HUNGRY BEAR. After you enjoy the story, can you help this little mouse count all of the squares? Next, take a look at shapes A, B, C, and D. Decide which shape does not belong - there is no correct answer! Enjoy! :) aprew@mtrsd.org

squares are everywhere

Speech and Language News from Trish Aurigemma

This month’s Newsletter will focus on Language Development for children from 5-6 years in age: The following information was found on the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) Website and Stanford Childrens Health.org

Children ages 5 and 6 may understand rhyming, spatial concepts (eg., behind or in front, or next to) list things in groups, answer why questions, time sequences (for example, what happened first, second, or third) and concept of time (yesterday, today and tomorrow) and follow 3 step directions.

Children ages 5 and 6 speech is generally understandable, but they may have difficulty pronouncing multiple syllable words. They can also use some irregular past tense verbs (ran or fell), describe objects or picture scenes, answer questions, engage in conversation, create stories, use 8 or more words in sentences and use compound and complex sentences.

Parents and caregivers can play a big role in encouraging their child’s language development. Studies show that children who are read to and spoken to regularly will have a wider vocabulary and stronger reading skills. Here are a few fun and simple activities to try with your child to help develop essential speech and language skills.

  1. Story telling and retelling- read a story with your child, then have them tell it back to you. Ask a few questions about the characters and setting and how the characters and your child feel about the story.This is a great way to introduce new vocabulary.

  2. Labelling game-Cut pieces of cardboard paper and write the words for common items found around the house. These can include things like furniture, bathroom items, articles of clothing, and children's toys. Read each word aloud and ask your child to place it on top of the correct item. Gradually you can begin writing words for adjectives to describe household items. Include new adjectives that your child may not know and help them find items that can be described using that word. Encourage them to say each word aloud and even think of some of their own adjectives.

  3. Picture book spotters-Read picture books with your child and pause to look at and discuss the pictures. Repeat what you have read in the story by pointing out to what is happening in the pictures. Encourage your child to make comments by asking them what else they can spot.

  4. Word chain-Building on the words and language your child already uses is an easy way to strengthen their language skills. Cut pieces of paper and write the words for different nouns and verbs your child is familiar with. Then write the words for different adjectives and adverbs. Help your child to make a 'word chain' using one noun or verb and as many adjectives and adverbs as possible.

  5. Role-playing-Role-playing is a fun and powerful way to expand your child's imagination and introduce related language and words. Using costumes and props (or imaginary ones!), you can role‑play scenarios which involve different characters to introduce related words and stretch your child's imaginative play skills. For example, if you pretend to be a teacher, include as many related words as possible, e.g. classroom, students, blackboard, desk, books, learning, reading etc.

I hope you find this information helpful and as always, if you have any questions feel free to contact me. For next month's entry I will discuss the language development of 7-8 year old children.

Mindful Movement News from Ms. Sue

Oh my it’s almost Valentine’s Day! Over the past 2 weeks the students and I have been talking about all the snowflakes and how each one is unique but put them together and we have a snowstorm! Well like the snowflakes, every single one of us is each unique in our own way, but we are all human beings. So each child has been compiling a list of what makes them, well UNIQUE! What makes YOU uniquely YOU?


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Red Gate Farm Opportunities

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