You’ve come to the right place for information! We’ve rounded-up all the important announcements and event details Sanderson families need to know. 

Winter Break

Winter break is coming soon! Mark your calendars for December 24 until January 2 for our winter break. We hope everyone has a nice and safe break!

Annual Scholastic Book Fair

It was certainly another banner year for the annual Scholastic Library Book Fair fundraiser! One year, a children’s hospital generously purchased $1,000 worth of books for the children to read in their rooms or the waiting room. This year, we came very close to that number without a large donation. While our numbers were absolutely great, it has come to my attention there were some twice scanned credit cards by Scholastic on purchases (mine included)! I would like to say thank you to those people who called in! I will be calling Scholastic, but in the meantime please check to see if your bill reflects two identical charges. The credit card company said that a double charge is the easiest to dispute. It was probably a function in the Wi-Fi transmission from the mobile-modem hotspot. Please call our library if you notice anything amiss. Thank you for supporting our children’s library!

Student Conservation Association

We recently had a great visit from Student Conservation Association (SCA) members during our lunch and recess block. Sanderson will have two assigned members, and they will begin working in January. We look forward to having them join us!

Blizzard Bag Proposal

The School Committee and Staff Associations have approved the Blizzard Bag proposal. The district will be able to send work home for students to complete on snow days to avoid making up the days in June. Students will have one week to complete the work. The agreement allows for up to five Blizzard Bag days. The two days we have already had as snow days will not be Blizzard Bag days, and students will still make-up those days. For more information about this, please see our November 29, 2018 newsletter.

Sugar Rush 5K

Western Mass News recently ran a story about our Sugar Rush 5K. They also donated $500 toward our initiative to keep children active! We invite you to view the story by visiting the Western Mass News website.

Health Office News

Pre-K and K screenings are almost completed! It has been a fun way to spend some special time with Pre-K/K students at Sanderson and we have had lots of fun with it. School nurses are mandated by law to screen for hearing, vision, height, and weight.

Vision screening for this age group consists of a distance vision test with one eye covered (testing both eyes) at 10 feet away, and a stereopsis test, which tests depth perception. Please remember this is not a diagnostic service- it is a screening program, which alerts us to refer if there is a concern for either vision or hearing. Please do not hesitate to reach out to Nurse Loranna if you have any questions about this. Thank You!