Ms. Sanders’ Corner   


We hope everyone had a lovely break.  I had a great time reading, hiking, visiting with friends and working in the garden.  Very relaxing!

  This week is very busy!  Lots of things are going on.  We are moving into our Desert Unit, discussing animals and their habitats.  We are continuing measurement and number surveys. 

Important events this week:

  Tuesday, October 15 is St. Francis Celebration- Blessing of the animals.  Students may bring a small stuffed animal to be blessed. 

  Thursday, October 17th is our first field trip to Sabino Canyon from 8:30-12:30. We will be going to Sabino Canyon where we will learn about desert animals and their habitats. This is a wonderful hands on learning experience that the kids will love! We will be taking our lunches to Udall Park immediately following our field trip where the kids will have a chance to eat and play! We will depart St. Michael’s at 8:30 and will return no later than 12:30. It’s gonna be a GREAT day! Don’t forget to dress your child in a red shirt, jeans and sneakers. Please apply sunscreen before dropping your child off at school and make sure to write your child’s name on their booster/car seat and leave it on the bench outside our classroom. Thanks!

  Friday, October 18th is Grandparents and Special friends day! (8-10:30) The festivities start in the gym.  Then, the special friends come to our classroom for some fun!  Finally, we all will head to the Parish Center for pictures and refreshments! If you have Grandparents or Special friends coming to join our classroom please RSVP to me. Thank you!

Here we go!!

Laura Sanders

Homework – This week’s homework is a seed search and chart.  Please have your child investigate around our desert for a variety of different seeds.  See attached paper.

Monday, October 14

-Work on seed project

-Draw your favorite time of day.

-Return reading log

Tuesday, October 15

-Work on seed project

-Listen to the night sounds. 

Can you name three different sounds?

Try to draw or write them down.

-Return reading log

Wednesday, October 16 

-Work on seed project

-Return reading log

-Return Library books.

Thursday, October 17

-Work on seed project

-Sing your favorite song to your stuffed animals.

-Return reading log

Friday, October 18

-Bring in seed project

-Return Eagle express, and homework.


Happy October!

Ms. Sanders’ Corner

We had such a blast last week!

We identified 9 different types of apples and used our five senses to help us describe them!  We tasted them and then we made applesauce!  It was delicious!  The third grade came over on Tuesday and played games with us and the 8th grades came down and taught us all about measurement!

This month we will be focusing on plants, seeds, farm animals, and fire safety.

Sight Words: look, this, is, like.

Letters: Aa, Hh, Nn, Rr.

Science: leaves, Autumn, temperature, wind.

Math: counting, organizing data, surveys, 2D/3D shapes.

Language Arts: sounding out unknown words, syllables, using descriptive words (adjectives), comparing characters, and using detail in our illustrations.

Author of the Month: Eric Carle.

Progress reports will go home this Wednesday. Look for them inside the Eagle Express. These progress reports inform you about the first 30 days of school, focusing on your child’s strengths as well as any areas that need improvement. Please let me know if you have any questions about your child’s report.

We have all the drivers we need for Sabino Canyon on October 17th! The sign up sheet will be up this week. We are only allowed 7 cars total.  If you have a car that is able hold more students please consider driving.  Please make sure you leave your child’s booster/car seat on the bench outside our classroom with their name written on it. On a side note, Ms. Weiss and I are not child passenger safety technicians! If you would like to make an appointment for your 5 point harness car seat to be inspected please call one of the following organizations:

 Pima County Sheriff’s Department 351-4615

 Tucson Fire Department 837-7092

 Tucson Medical Center

Car seat check 324-2783

C.A.P.P. Children Are Priceless Passengers Program 324-5604

 Tucson Police Department 837-7232

Important Upcoming Dates

10.2 – Progress Reports Go Home

10.7 – 10.11 – Fall Break

10.17 – Sabino Canyon Field Trip

10.31 – Halloween Party (2:00-2:45) & Parade (2:45-3:00)

See you Monday. Hope you are all having a wonderful weekend!

Laura Sanders


Monday, September 30

  • Draw a picture of the your street.  (Include your house.)
  • Return reading log

Tuesday, October 1

  • What is your favorite store? 
  • Write a sentence why you like it.
  • Return reading log

Wednesday, October 2

– Practice reading and spelling our sight words: look, like, is, this.

  • Return reading log

Thursday, October 3      

  • Count how many doors do you have in your house? 
  • Help set the table.
  • Return reading log

Friday, October 4

  • Return reading log

– Bring in homework folder and Eagle Express


Sept 23, 2019                       

Happy Fall

  What a wonderful week!  Thank you for coming to “Back to School Night” on Thursday!  It was fun to visit with everyone.  If you think of any questions, please let me know!

  Friday night was another great success!  I hope everyone had a good time.  The weather was beautiful and there was lots for the children to do!  I really appreciate everyone for taking the time and connecting with other families!  What a great community!

Happy Birthday Johnny Chapman!!!  Sept. 26th

(aka Johnny Appleseed)

     This week, we are discussing Apples! Apples are a great way to study the life cycle of plants and learn more about seasons.  So, with that in mind, we will be graphing apples, painting with apples, counting apples, and eating apples. We are also going to celebrate John Chapman’s (Johnny Appleseed) birthday. That leads us right into Fiction vs Non-fiction.

  We are looking forward to a fun week!

Laura Sanders


Monday, September 23

  • Draw a picture of your favorite season. 
  • Read and return reading log.

Tuesday, September 24

  • Count all the windows in your house. ________
  • Read and return reading log.

Wednesday, September 25

  • Measure how long your bed is using your shoe. _______
  • Read and return reading log.
  • Return Library book.

Thursday, September 26

  • Count how many dots are on a die. _______
  • Read and return reading log.

Friday, September 27

  • Read and return reading log.

– Return homework folder and Eagle Express



Mrs. Sanders’ Corner

September 16, 2019

Our five senses will continue to be the topic of discussion as we taste sour, sweet, bitter, and salty foods, explore various textures using our skin to feel them, and test our sense of smell. We will work on counting, collecting, and measuring in math.

  Everyone is doing a wonderful job of initialing the home reading logs and getting them back every day.  The children are pretty excited about their reading books.

Our week will be sort of crazy!

   Pictures are this week! Tuesday we will take our class photo.  Everyone should be in red shirts and khaki bottoms.  Wednesday is a free dress day due to individuals pictures.  We take ours first thing in the morning!  We do have P.E. afterwards so don’t forget to bring a pair of sneakers.

   This Wednesday is a half day due to teacher inservice. We will dismiss at 12:00. Please make arrangements for your child to be picked up at noon or attend after care with a home lunch. Thank you!

  Thursday is Back to School night.  You get to come and see what all we have been working on in class and ask anything you have questions on. (This is a parent only event.) We meet in our classroom at 6, then head to the gym for you to meet the specials teachers! 

  Friday is “Welcome back” night!  It is a social event from 5-8p.m. This evening gives children and parents an opportunity to meet other families and get to know each other.  A super fun mix and mingle!

Thank you,

Laura Sanders



Monday, September 16

  • Draw a picture of your bedroom. 
  • Try to label your bed and door.

Tuesday, September 17

  • Count how many people live on your street.
  • Read and bring in the reading log.

Wednesday, September 18  Half day

  • List your favorite kinds of vegetables
  • Read and bring in the reading log.

Thursday, September 19  Back to School 6pm

  • Smell the air early in the morning.  Does is smell different?  How?
  • Read and bring in the reading log.

Friday, September 20   Welcome Back 5-8pm

  Bring in homework folder and Eagle Express

  • Read and bring in the reading log.


Thank you!

Laura Sanders


Ms. Sanders’ Corner

Sept. 9, 2019

   I hope you all had a great weekend.  We are looking forward to a fun week.  We will be exploring our Five Senses, learning a little about each one and discovering how we use them!

   We will be measuring our bodies, counting with cubes how tall we are, and discussing what is more and less.

   This week we will be sending home our individual reading program.  Everyone will be so excited to share their books.  Have your child read you the story as best they can.  Remember that they have already read the story with us, so they might have parts memorized or rehearsed… That is great, it is all part of the foundations of reading and telling the story.  If you have feedback, feel free to put a note in their bag and we will check it out!


Laura Sanders



  Your child can simply circle their answers, they may write yes or no or they may elaborate if they so chose. 🙂


Monday, September 9

  • Have you ever had your hearing tested?    Yes      No
  • Homework folders go home.
  • Read and return reading log book.

Tuesday, September 10

  • How many people in your house wear glasses?  _________
  • Read and return reading log book.

Wednesday, September 11

  • Tell your stuffed animals a story.
  • Read and return reading log book.
  • Eagle Express goes home.
  • Return library book.

Thursday, September 12

  • Can you skip?      Yes     No
  • Read and return reading log book.

Friday, September 13

– Bring in homework folder and Eagle Express and reading log.


Ms. Sanders’ corner               


Hi Everyone!

  Happy Labor Day!  I hope you and your families enjoyed the three day weekend and made some fun memories.  Last week went by so quickly!  Our class is finding our groove and things are becoming routine. 

The themes for September are “All about me” where we will be discussing our five senses and the human body, and “Families”. 

  This week, we will be discussing families and friends and how we are all unique.  We will be learning about trees and weather.  We will be talking about the life cycle of trees, trying to identifying patterns.

  Our parent volunteer sign up will be put up this week and start next week.  We ask that you only sign up for one spot a month to give every parent an opportunity to visit.

  We are looking forward to a busy, exciting week!

Laura Sanders


  Thursday, we are heading to the library for the first time.  If you haven’t brought in your child’s library card with the pin number 1234, please do so.  We read some stories, check out one book per child and head back to school! 

Have a fabulous evening and I look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow!

Laura Sanders


  This week’s project is to build a family tree.  In the blue folder is an outline of a tree.  Your child can color it, paint it, collage it… Decorate it however they choose.  Then, have them add a fruit or flower to name all the people in their immediate family.  For example, have your child write their name on an apple and glue it to the tree.  Add siblings and parents.

Should be fun!


Ms. Sanders’ Corner                                                           

August 26, 2019

     We had a great first week! Thank you for getting your child to school on time and helping us establish some important routines.  Everyone is doing a great job!

  Last week, we went to all of our specials and met all of those teachers!  We talked about how we want to be treated and how we should treat our friends.  We put the alphabet together and counted our friends!  We even read a book by ourselves!  SO wonderful!

  Our focus letters for the next few weeks are Mm/Ss, and our sight words are a, I, my, and said. Some fun ways to review these letters/words are to write them in sand, make them in modeling clay, or go on a word hunt around the house. We will continue to work on rules, routines, procedures, making friends, and having fun this week!

  Several of the after school programs begin this week. Karate is on Monday and Legos is on Friday!  I take the children to these events.

  We are looking forward to another great week!

Laura Sanders

Monday 9 Labor Day/No School – Have a great long weekend!


Self Portrait Paper Cut Out

I will send home the outline on Monday, in the homework folder.

Make the outlined portrait look like themselves.  (Before beginning the project, ask your child to describe the color of their eyes and hair.)  You may use a variety of materials to complete this project such as beads, buttons, yarn, fabric, glitter, shoe laces, crayons, construction paper etc… Let your child be creative and decorate it anyway they would like. Even though this project will take some parent guidance, remember that your child can do most of the cutting, gluing, & coloring! Please make sure your child writes his/her name ON THE BACK of the cut out. Return the finished portrait on Friday.  We will be hanging these cut outs in our classroom. Have fun with this and I look forward to seeing them.

Thank you,

Laura Sanders

August 19.2019

Ms. Sanders’ Corner 


Our first full week!

Hi KA!

Our first day was terrific!  We made new friends, found the nurse’s room, gym and office and left with smiles!

Academics:  We are focusing on numbers to 10, sorting, patterning and tallying.  We will be starting to recognize upper and lowercase letters, holding our pencils correctly, moving left to right and front to back.  In science, we are learning all about ourselves.  We will also be working on classroom procedures and traveling around our campus.

Blue Homework Folders:  Your child will receive their blue folder on Monday  (starting next Monday).  The inserts are for practice.  Please keep them inside the folder and inside the plastic sheets. I will add additional inserts throughout the year as we advance academically. Also, please make time every day (approximately 10-15 minutes) to sit down with your child and read!  On other homework, you may assist them in completing their homework by giving them guidance and patience as well as a quiet work space to think and complete their work. Remember that the blue folders are due every Friday!

Eagle Express: The Eagle Express is a clear plastic folder that will be sent home every Wednesday. Please empty, initial and return the folder by Friday.

Parent/Teacher Conferences:  I appreciate you all taking the time to meet with me before school started.  It is a great way to start out our year!  Since we already had our conferences, we will not be participating in the P/T conferences scheduled on the school calendar this week.

Reminder:  Have your child bring their water bottle, snack and lunch box each day. Bring spare clothes and their library card!

Have a great evening!

Laura Sanders