The Spartan Scoop

Your Monthly Guide to News and Events April 2018

Save the Date

Save the Date

  • April 23: Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast, 9:30 AM (call the office to RSVP)
  • April 27: Spring Picture Day|Kindergarten Cap & Gown
  • April 30: Field Day
  • May 1: Dual Language Immersion applications due for 2018-2019 school year
  • May 28: Memorial Day (schools & offices closed)
  • June 12: Fifth Grade Promotion Ceremony, Hines Middle School 6 P.M. (more information to follow)

Principal's Corner

Greetings Spartan Scholars and Families,


Spring is one of my favorite seasons of the year, because I look forward to attending annual family engagement events and competitions. You can always spot me in the cheering section, proudly applauding our Spartans! Below are a few snaps from the Family Festival held at Discovery STEM Academy and Odyssey of the Mind competition held at Grafton Middle/High School. We are so proud of our students who participated and grateful to our coaches!

Saunders Elementary and Watkins Early Childhood are now accepting Dual Language Immersion (DLI) applications for the 2018-19 school year. The program is open to pre-K and kindergarten students that are zoned for Palmer or Saunders elementary schools, and transportation is provided from Palmer zone to Saunders. Applications for the 2018-19 school year are due by May 1, 2018, and may be returned to the school or to Helen Small at the NNPS Central Administration Building at 12465 Warwick Blvd or by email at helen.small@nn.k12.va.us.


School success goes hand in hand with good attendance! Our scholars will have the opportunity to showcase their learning and academic progress over the next nine-weeks. We need your continued support with attendance. Beginning May 15, our scholars in grades 3-5 will be demonstrating what they've learned on the Standards of Learning Assessments. This is an opportunity for them to shine! It is important that students are present and on time each day. Please avoid medical appointments and extended trips when school is in session. Our goal is to have 100% attendance. By working together we can make your child's testing experience positive and successful.

Saunders' Grade 3-5 Standards of Learning Testing Schedule

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Yours in Education,


Shannon Pipkin, Principal

Congratulations to our new Teacher of the Year and our Support Staff of the Year!

Congratulations to our Saunders’ 2018-2019 Teacher of the Year, Kelly Carasquero and our Support Staff of the Year Christine Felts!! We thank you for all that you do for our students and your colleagues each and every day! We are so proud of you and your accomplishments!

Service Awards

The Spartan Community congratulates the following team members with 25 or more years of service! Sharon Richardson-Smith, Speech & Language Pathologist, 35 years of service. Barbara Walker, Second Grade Teacher, 30 years of service. Donina Osorio, Child Nutrition, 25 years of service.

Year Books on Sale Now!

Celebrating moments that matter! Purchase your 2017-2018 yearbook for $20. Additional forms are available in the office or visit our school website to order online (click here) and enter Saunders' passcode: 7732318. Monday, April 16 is the last day to order.

Family Obstacle Course Night!

Join us for Family Obstacle Course Night Monday, April 16th from 6-7:30 P.M. The night will start with a few songs from our 4th and 5th-grade classes, the OM team will perform their skit, and PTA will hold elections for the board for the 2018-2019 school year. Stay for family fun as you are challenged through an amazing race style obstacle course. Will your team have the fastest overall time? Fastest teams will receive prizes!


Mark your calendars!! Monday, April 30th is Field Day. K-3 will participate from 10-12 and 4-5th grades from 1-3. If you would like to volunteer for the event, please contact Coach Mulrine.

How tall are Mrs. Engler’s third graders?

Mrs. Engler's third graders worked together marking off each others height on chart paper and then measured with rulers to see how tall each one of their classmates is.
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Lemonade Wars!

Ms. Olsen’s second-grade dual language classes ended the reading of The Lemonade War with a lemonade tasting. The students enjoyed tasting three types of lemonade and wrote down their notes for each flavor. Using as many describing words as they could for what they saw, smelled, and tasted. Students compared the flavors and finally voted on their favorite flavors. Students were able to make fractions for how many students in the class preferred each flavor and made graphs in math class to represent the final results.

CNU student Jessie who helps out in kindergarten won the lemonade war in Mrs. Tomcho's room so she got to do the honors of adding her name to their chart.

Mrs. G's Green Team is working hard!

Our Saunders' Green team participated in The Pilot School Recycling Contest for the Month of March competing against other schools for the most weight of the recyclables collected! Our green team continues to do their very best to help protect the environment and we are so proud of all the work they do! Go Spartans!

Spring is in the Air in Art!

Mrs. Rose's 5th-grade class painted beautiful Still-Life works of bouquets of sunflowers inspired by the Post Impressionist painter Vincent Van Gogh! Students started with a very stylized ink drawing showing lots of patterns and texture then filled in with watercolor!
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March Comes in like a lion and out like a lamb!

Kindergarten students learned about the saying that March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb in art class before painting lions in tempera and crayon and lambs in watercolor and crayon.
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