Weekly Newsletter

May 20, 2021

News from Principal Emma Liebowitz

Each morning we have morning announcements. The themes for the last couple of weeks were GRIT and PERSEVERANCE. This week, our theme has been COOPERATION. Students are asked to think about these themes throughout the week and find examples in their lives. Take some time to ask your child about how they showed cooperation this week.

Reminder: The last day of school is Friday, June 25.

Light Bulb Fundraiser

Change the Light, Change the World fundraiser gives Sanderson Academy 100% of the money from purchases. Using this link, you can order and pay for items online. The items will be shipped directly to your home (no shipping fees). Be sure to indicate Sanderson Academy for the Organization/School Name and Sanderson Academy for the Name of Student/Participant. Orders will be accepted until May 28th.

Link: https://techniartordersite.com/eversource/

Health Office News from Nurse Loranna

Greetings from the health office!! As the weather gets warmer I wanted to send out a reminder to apply sunscreen in the mornings before school. Bug spray may also be a good idea to apply before school. We continue to find ticks frequently, so keep doing tick checks in the evening.

Also continue to send in a water bottle with your student and we can re-fill it here as needed. Hydration is so important for our health in general and it is especially important to re-hydrate when it is hot out! Continue to send in a few spare masks in your child's bag, I do have some donated cloth ones as well as child sized disposable ones to wear if anyone needs an extra one.

Preschool News from Mrs. Freeman

We are noticing our tadpoles are growing and changing! They have started to grow their back legs. This week’s art projects focused on the frog’s life cycle. We used bubble wrap to represent the eggs, ink pads and crayons to draw tadpoles, and play dough to create frogs. We were also fortunate enough to catch a frog out in the vernal pool!

This week our class has also been enjoying some sensory experiences. We enjoyed rubbing shaving cream on tables and our hands, and drawing and writing in it. We also loved playing in bins of water beads, which were originally used to simulate the feeling of frog eggs.

A special “Thank you”, to Jack and his family for donating gnomes and other figurines for us to use in the woods. They were very popular!

Preschool News from Ms. Melanie

Some time ago, each of our classmates placed a bean seed in a clear plastic bag with a little water. We hung the bags in a sunny window in our classroom and watched them sprout and grow. It was amazing to see how quickly they sprouted! This week, we took the bean seedlings to our outdoor classroom and planted them there, in various locations. Some are growing near the chalkboard, some near the forts. It will be interesting to see how they continue to grow there in our lovely woods, and we hope they will produce strong, thick vines and maybe even a bean or two!

This past week, classmates were invited to bring special books from home to share during our story time. We have so enjoyed reading these special books, some warmly familiar and some new to us, and all such fun! Some stories became interactive with children repeating lines or sounds made by the characters. One classmate brought in a few little toy ducks to act out the story Make Way for Ducklings as it was read aloud. There is typically a fine discussion following the stories and the books are often passed around so friends can get another look. This has been a wonderful experience and it is delightful to see the pride our classmates have in sharing their special books from home.

Kindergarten News from Ms. Sarah

In our social skills program this week, we discussed three strategies for fair play: sharing (do same thing together at the same time), trading (I'll give you this and you give me that), and taking turns (I use it for a little then you use it for a little). After watching our puppet friends model the three strategies, we looked at a photograph of two children having a conflict over some toy dinosaurs. Our class worked together to come up with solutions using the three strategies and role played using the different solutions. We will be looking for times we can use these strategies in real life!

First Grade News from Mrs. Pedersen

First graders have been enjoying informational writing this week on a variety of topics. We used a science vocabulary word bank and wrote about plants, weather and insects.

We had fun with new math games. Everyone enjoyed a Bingo game practicing adding with 9 and 10. The game included a spinner and cards to be used with the Bingo board. We also played a game students vs. teachers. We collected dimes and pennies, graphed the total amounts and compared the numbers to see the winner of each round.

Second Grade News from Ms. Robertson

This week we continue to build upon classwork we began last week. As we read the story Around the Pond: Who’s Been Here?, we talked about where we can find the answer to comprehension questions. We discussed three places where we can find answers, which we call “in the book”, “in the book and in our head”, and “in our head”. For “in the book” (literal) questions, we can look back to what we read to find the answer. To answer “in the book and in our head” (inferential) questions, we need to think about what we read to come up with a reasonable answer. And for “in our head” (opinions and personal experience) questions, the answers come from what we think, feel, and like and our background knowledge and experiences.

One of our Number Corner activities for the month of May finds us “hopping” around a 1,000 chart, where the focus is on adding and subtracting by 10s and 100s. Joey the Kangaroo gives us a daily clue on the calendar (Click on the image in the upper righthand corner to see a sample of the May calendar.), such as vv >>, which means we hop down two spaces and then hop to the right two spaces. If we are starting at the number 650, we would hop to 750 and then to 850. Then we would continue for two more hops to 860 and 870. Mathematically, these hops translate to the following equations: 650+100=750, 750+100=850, 850+10=860, and 860+10=870.

Third Grade News from Ms. Carole

Third grade has been busy in the gardens lately. First we had to pull out all of the weeds that had moved in since last fall. Then we had to build our pea trellis and our bean teepee. These projects involved lots of teamwork and cooperation as well as hard work. Next we started planting. Some of our more delicate plants' seeds (such as squash, basil, and flowers) got their start in pots in our classroom under our warm grow lights. Other, heartier crops' seeds (such as onions, beets, carrots, peas, and beans) we planted directly in the gardens. The chives, thyme, dill, and lemon balm have all come up from last year, and the garlic bulbs that were planted last fall have made a fine showing as well. This week we are also sharing a slideshow of our Seed Museum with the whole school during All School. You can check it out here! It is a joy to see the progress being made in the gardens as we prepare a place for next year's third graders to enjoy!

Third Grade News from Mrs. Wyckoff

This week in social studies we are continuing to focus on what events led up to the American Revolution. We had the opportunity to go on a virtual field trip to the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The host of the tour was the author Lauren Tarshis of the very popular series I Survived books. During the tour, third graders were able to see some exhibits and artifacts such as the tent General George Washington used during the American Revolution. This tent has survived close to 250 years! We also learned about some influential people who were part of the revolution or supported the soldier during the war.

Our Kind third graders continue to spread kindness by acknowledging the kind gestures others do for them or acts of kindness they have done for others. We are currently up to 48 acts of kindness across third grade! Keep spreading the kindness around third graders!

Fourth Grade News from Mrs. Lagoy

We are approaching the end of the first quadrant in our whole-class book Glory Be. This means we have been looking at important events in preparation of writing our retell summaries.

In science, we are wrapping up our studies of weathering and erosion. Throughout this unit, students have had an opportunity to conduct experiments, watch videos, take notes, complete sorting activities and drawings to demonstrate understanding. Keep an eye out for these to come home sometime next week.

Students will be completing their United States scrapbooks next week and begin their independent state research products. Students will be able to use books from the library, trusted websites and videos to conduct their research.

This week we revisited converting fractions to decimals during math. Mrs. Upright has also continued to help students gain automaticity with their math facts. Students have been working on their X3s.

Finally, Mrs. Upright did a fun writing assignment with the kids. Be sure to ask them about their “roll-a-stories.”

Fifth Grade News from Ms. Johnson

Fifth grade has been working on researching civil rights activists. Each student chose someone to study. They have been using books and online resources to gather information on the person they chose and have been taking notes in two column notes fashion. The art teacher has been working with them on techniques to draw portraits and they have been drawing the activist they chose. Also this week, they have been creating timelines of the life of the person they are studying. Next week, they will use their notes to write a paper. It has been exciting to hear the interesting facts that they are coming across and to see the process of their portraits coming to life.

Sixth Grade News from Mrs. Schreiber

Sixth grade has begun our study of Ancient Egypt looking at the geography of the area. We have been noticing geographic features such as the Nile River and the Sahara Desert. The question we have been pondering is "how do the geography of an area and its location affect the way people leave? How does it affect the economy and the culture of a civilization?" In math, we have been continuing to look at sharing equal parts with decimals and unit rates.

We have also been talking about changes and the transition to middle school.

Vacation Vocabulary Challenge

Thank you to those that participated in the Vacation Vocabulary Challenge over April vacation. We had over 62% of the student from grades kindergarten to sixth grade participate. This is fantastic! If your student participated in the challenge at home or at school, please take a moment to fill out the feedback form below to help us with future activities such as this. You can use the link here or fill it out directly in the newsletter below. Thank you we appreciate your support!

Reading Room News from Mrs. Morey

Flowers are blooming, birds are singing and it is time for Spring DIBELS assessment. DIBELS or Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills, is a brief literacy assessment administered individually to students. Student's literacy skills are assessed three times a year to note progress, concerns and strengths. Each subtest is 1-3 minutes timed. Students typically are complete in 5-10 minutes, depending on their grade level. If you have any questions, feel free to email me at kmorey@mtrsd.org.


Katy Morey

Reading Specialist

Speech and Launguage News from Trish Aurigemma

Answer to March’s Riddle for St. Patrick’s Day: What type of bow cannot be tied?

Answer: Rainbow

Explanation: A rainbow can’t be tied because it is only seen with our eyes. We can see a rainbow when there are water droplets in the air and the sun is shining from behind you and at a low angle. Did you know that rainbows are usually seen in the western sky during the morning and in the eastern sky in the early evening?

I hope you enjoyed the riddle.

May’s Riddle of the Month: “Never gets here.”

What is always coming but can never get here?

You can email me your response to paurigemma@mtrsd.org.

I look forward to seeing your responses.

Mindful Movement with Ms. Sue

Beautiful weather is upon us…finally!!!

This week we have been using our Sanderson Nature/Fitness Loop to do some Mindful Walking. (THANK YOU to the Ashfield Trails for creating this path for us to use) So many sights (different tree barks, unusual tree stumps, leaves in all the stages of unfolding, LOTS of tadpoles in the vernal pond), sounds (birds singing, brooks babbling, leaves under our feet), feeling the breeze, noticing (the sound of our footsteps on gravel versus pine needle paths), taking a few deep breaths. For some students this was a great way to end the school day and for others it was a nice reset in the day to then be ready for some more learning. A few students were thoughtful about picking up branches and doing a little trail cleaning as we went along! A mindful walk can happen just about anywhere…

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

This week our poses are Bow Pose, Plank Pose and Boat Pose. Sixth grade helped decide on these 3 poses as ones that challenge us. Since we have been talking all about PERSEVERANCE…and having the ability to challenge ourselves and to not give up!

We started by holding the pose for 3 breaths and then we moved onto 5 breaths…how many can you work up to? All of these poses help stretch the body, strengthen muscles and improve balance.