Ms. Sanders’ Corner                           


  Last week was so much fun!  We did our count down chains, Santa letters and mobiles, Triangle Christmas tree and worked on our gifts.  We read books, talked about vowels and practiced our place value with tens and ones.  Friday finished our week with a visit from St. Nicholas!  What fun to hear the bells and find goodies in our shoes! 

  This week, will continue to be just as busy and hopefully just as fun!  We are reading The Gingerbread Man and many varieties of it!  We will be talking about the sequence and which ending is the best.  We will continue with one and tens, and keep working on vowels!  Besides all that, we will be putting the finishing touches on our Holiday program!

  Friday, the children are supposed to “dress up” for the show.  I suggest that the children wear regular uniform clothes to school and bring their other outfit with them.  It is pizza day, after all, and we want them to look their best.

   The performance is in the gym and begins at 2.  Another suggestion is arrive a little bit earlier if possible.  The show is generally pretty packed and so is the parking lot. 

   After the performance, you will be able to pick your children up from the classroom.  That way we can ensure everyone goes with the correct family!

  Warmly, Laura Sanders





Choose five of the six homework choices:

• Count how many days until Christmas.  Show how many using tally marks.

• Draw a picture of a character from The Gingerbread man.

• Count how many light switches are in your home.

• Practice writing “an” family words

• Search for number words in a magazine or newspaper.  Find five.

• Make up a dance for the Gingerbread story.


Practice words

1. can

2. fan

3. man

4. pan

5. ran

6. tan

7. van

8. run

9. fast

10. gingerbread

  Chose a chore and have your child mark it off as they accomplish it daily.



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Ms. Sanders’ Corner


    Welcome back!  We hope everyone had a wonderful break!  The weather was beautiful!       

  This week we will be traveling around the globe and learning about different cultures.  We will talking about Saint Nicolas and how he is different around the world.  We will be writing a wish list for Christmas and making different Santa crafts.  We will be continuing putting numbers together and taking them apart and working with place value.

  Hard to believe there are only three school weeks before Christmas!  We have oodles of things going on so be sure your child gets lots of sleep, eats well and don’t forget water bottles.  Let’s stay as healthy as possible!

Thank you!

Laura Sanders



Choose five of the six homework choices:

• Play the in /out game with someone.  Take five pennies.  Put some in one hand and guess how many are in the other hand.  Move to 10 pennies.

• Draw a picture of yourself as an elf.

• Count how many light switches are in your home.

• Do ten jumping jacks and two push-ups.

• Listen to your favorite Christmas music.

• Try to name all eight (8) of Santa’s reindeer.


Practice words

1. Santa

2. come

3. up

4. Merry

5. love

6. Christmas

7. It

8. here 

9.    Is

10.   This

  Chose a chore and have your child mark it off as they accomplish it daily.



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Tues.  _____

Wed.  _____

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Fri.    _____





Ms. Sanders’ Corner 


Happy Thanksgiving!

  (Hard to believe it is already here!)

  This week is a short week as we only have school on Monday and Tuesday. KA & KB will be having a Thanksgiving celebration on Tuesday from 10:00-11:15. We will be rotating through stations in small groups as we make crafts, play games, and eat popcorn!  Feel free to join us!

There is no homework this week! Please continue to make reading a part of your nightly routine:-).  The children are doing really well!

  We would like to take this opportunity and thank you all.

You are REMARKABLE parents! You are hard-working, supportive, and generous.

  We are grateful to be working with such a great community!

Enjoy your holiday, make some memories and have a great time!


Laura Sanders and Tracy Walrath


Dear K-4 Families,

Happy December!  Our St. Nicholas Day / Christmas performance will take place on December 13th at 2:00 PM.  The performance features your children singing beautiful Christmas songs.  The students have been working diligently on memorizing their songs and learning stage placement and timing.  It should be a fabulous show!

Please have your child wear “Fancy Christmas attire”.  I have explained to the boys and girls that I’d like them to dress up.  For example, church attire or what you would wear when dining at a nice restaurant for the holidays. I have shared with the students that the girls may wear nice dresses and/or pants and a fancy top.  I want the boys to wear pants and a button down.  Many of the boys asked if they could were ties and I would love that! 

I have spoken with the K-4 teachers and the students can come to school dressed for the performance or you can send your child’s clothing with them to change into after lunch.  Please check with your child’s homeroom teacher to see what he or she would prefer.

Thanks for your help making our St. Nicholas / Christmas Show a success.


Karise Allen (Ms. Allen)


Ms. Sanders’ Corner


  We hope everyone got to enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend.  It looks like the weather will be changing later this week.  I know it sounds crazy, but I am looking forward to some cooler weather.

  This week, we will continue our discussion of the Mayflower journey and how grateful we all are for the freedoms we have.

We will continue working on those crazy teens and counting by 2’s.  We are working on CVC words and our list of sight words are growing.

  Next week, we would like to invite you all to some and share in our Thanksgiving celebration.  On Tuesday, from 10:15-11:20, we will be making crafts, planting, and playing games.  We would love it if you would like to come and join us!  Should be fun!

Here is a list of upcoming events

11.19 – TERC Math Info Session 6:00-7:00 Tankersley.

11.20 – Half Day (dismiss at 12:00) After Care available.

11.25 – Canned Food Drive Ends

11.26 — Kindergarten Thanksgiving Celebration.

11.27-12.1 – Thanksgiving Break

12.13 – K-4 St. Nick’s Program at 2:00 in the Student Center.

12.20 –  Kindergarten Pajama Day!! 

             Los Posadas/Advent Service 10:30 / Half Day Dismiss at 12:00

             – no after care available.

12.21-1.5 – Christmas Break




Choose five of the six homework choices:

• Write a story about a pumpkin.

• Draw a picture of your favorite part of Thanksgiving.

• Count how many words you can read in your favorite story.

• How long does it take you to walk 100 steps?

• Tell your parents a story.

• Ask your parents about a family tradition.




Practice words

1. all

2. ball

3. call

4. fall

5. hall

6. mall

7. tall

8. wall

9. Pilgrim

10. Thanksgiving

*** New format- let me know what you think!  Also, don’t forget to bring your reading log daily, library books on Thursday, Eagle Express and homework on Friday!!



Ms.Sanders’ Corner


Hope everyone enjoyed this wonderful weekend!

Field day was a blast!  I had the wonderful experience of encouraging the different groups to safely cross the “Lava River”!  The group had to get everyone across using a limited amount of safety spots.  Fun to see the various strategies and how all children played an important role in the task! 

     Thank you to all our military families!  We thank you for your service!

     This week, we will are discussing community workers, and what makes a community.  We will also be sharing the journey of the Mayflower and why we celebrate with a feast.  I am looking forward to another great week!

Report cards will come home this Friday. 

       We use a grading system of 1, 2, and 3.

1 = Needs Improvement (your child is still working on understanding the skill/concept).

2 = Satisfactory (your child understands the concept/skill and is demonstrating appropriate problem solving).

3 = Excelling (your child has mastered the skill/concept and can relate it to other subject areas).

   This is a snap shot of our work to date.  Please make sure you congratulate your child on all their hard work! They have been doing a wonderful job and should feel good about their effort!

  It is going to be a wonderful week!

Thanks so much for your help and support!

Laura Sanders

Tuesday, November 12

  • Draw your favorite breakfast
  • Home reading log/return

Wednesday, November 13

  • Write a list of what you would bring with you on the Mayflower.
  • You may use kinderspelling and pictures.
  • Home reading log/return

Thursday, November 14   

  • Count how many socks you have.  How many pairs is that?
  • Return library book
  • Home reading log/return

Friday, November 15

  • Home reading log/return
  • Bring in homework folder and Eagle Express


Ms. Sanders’ Corner   


   Buckle your seat belts, because if you thought school was fast moving before; now it gets really crazy! This week we are going to be wrapping up our first trimester.  How is that possible?

        Lots of things going on….

   A huge shout out to our parents for throwing a fabulous Halloween party!  There was lots to do, yummy things to eat and wonderful people to do it all with! 


     Thank you so much for coming out and supporting our car wash fundraiser for the Community Food Bank. In two hours we raised $525.00 plus many cans – that is amazing!!  To make things even sweeter, TEP is matching our funds – WOW! I hope your child had fun and got a glimpse of what it means to give your time and energy to a good cause. We will be continuing to collect canned food for the next two weeks. Please drop off any canned items to our classroom between now and Monday, November 18th. Over the next several weeks, we will be discussing wants versus needs, the idea of giving and acknowledging what we are truly grateful for.

Our Canned Food Drive begins this Monday! Any non-perishable items will do. The drive begins 11/4 and ends 11/18. The canned items our class brings in will be added to our car wash proceeds! Some of the canned food items will go to the community food bank and some will be placed in our St. Michael’s pantry!

Friday – Field Day – Half Day

This Friday is our annual Field Day where our entire school spends the morning outside together rotating through team building games and activities. It’s a lot of fun! Please put sunscreen on your child before they come to school and make sure they bring their water bottle & hat.  We will dismiss at 12:00.

Happy Veteran’s Day! There is no school next Monday 11.11.19 in honor of all those who have served in our military.  It is also grading day for teachers.

Monday, November 4

  • Count all the spoons and forks.  How many are there “IN ALL”?

  Reading log

Tuesday, November 5

  • Try to write 5 “it” words.
  • Reading log and return

Wednesday, November 6

  Write who your favorite team is and why?

  • Reading log and return

Thursday, November 7

  • Count how many teeth you have. 
  • Be helpful and clear the table after dinner.
  • Return library book.
  • Home reading log/return

Friday, November 8

Field day!

Half day! Noon Dismissal 

  Reading log and return

  Bring in homework folder and Eagle Express


Ms. Sanders’ Corner                                                                                                       


Happy Halloween!                   

This is going to be a very exciting week!

Thursday Halloween Party 1:45-2:45/ Parade 2:45

  Thursday (10/31) will be our Halloween Party and Parade. Students may wear their costume to school as long as it is comfortable and they can play, run, jump, and are not limited in any way. Your child should still need to wear comfortable sneakers to school. If your student has a mask, they will only be permitted to wear it for the Halloween School Parade that starts at 2:45. Please feel free to come to school with camera in hand to get pictures. We will be walking through the entire school so that students have a chance to show off their costumes! Our class Halloween Party will be from 2:00-2:45. A special thanks goes out to our parents for all the work they have done in preparation for our special day!

  We won’t be going to the library this week.

Dia de las Muertas

A beautiful tradition here at St. Michael’s!  Senora Van Straalen teaches the eighth grade students about the celebration.  Together they prepare a very moving chapel.  The students build dioramas, alters and paint their faces.  It is Friday at 10:00.  Well-worth it if you are able to attend.

Kindergarten Car Wash Saturday, November 2nd  9:00-11:00

  We will be holding our annual kindergarten car wash next Saturday.  It is the kick off for our big community service project.  We discuss that the we are working (washing cars) to contribute to the Community Food Bank.  Come and help us wash cars for donations.  All proceeds go to the Community Food Bank.  The more the merrier.  We hope to see you there!


Monday, October 28

Write what your favorite candy is.

Tuesday, October 29

Sing the ABC’s to 3 people.

Return reading log

Wednesday, October 30

Draw your favorite thing about Halloween.

Return reading log

Thursday, October 31

How many pieces did you get?

Happy Halloween

Be safe and have fun!

Return reading log

Friday, November 1

Return Reading log

Eagle Express and homework.


Ms. Sanders’ Corner


          What a great time we had last week!

We had such a blast at Sabino Canyon. Thank you to our wonderful parent volunteers who made it all possible. The day couldn’t have been more perfect! 

  Friday, we had the pleasure of sharing part of our day with a fabulous group of Grandparents and Grand ”friends”!  What a wonderful time!  Everyone chatting and sharing stories, and making memories, it was really lovely!  We appreciate all you parents do to make all of these events possible!  Thank you!


Please mark your calendars for the Kindergarten Car Wash November 2nd!       Our kindergarten students will be holding a car wash here at St. Michael’s on Saturday, November 2nd from 9:00-11:00. This is our way of giving back to the community as all proceeds go to the Community Food Bank. TEP will be matching our funds, doubling the amount we raise! Please mark your calendar and be ready to roll up your sleeves and wash cars for a good cause! We are looking forward to seeing you there! Invite as many people as you can to come get their car cleaned. We will be accepting both cash and canned food donations at the car wash!

Important Calendar Dates

10/31 – Halloween Party 2:00 / Parade 2:45

11/1 Coffee corner 7:30-8:00

      Dia de los Muertos Chapel for the 8th grade.

11/2 – Community Food Bank Kindergarten Car Wash at St. Michael’s

11/4 – Canned Food Drive Begins

11/8 – Field Day 8:00-12:00!

        Half Day (dismiss at 12:00)

        End of the first Trimester

11/11 – No School – Veteran’s Day Observed

11/20 – Half day (dismiss at 12:00)

11/20 – Kindergarten Thanksgiving Celebration

11/27 – 11/29 – No School Thanksgiving Break


Monday, October 21

  • Draw a picture of your favorite part of Sabino Canyon field trip

  Reading log and return

Tuesday, October 22

  • Tell the story of the three little pigs to someone in your family.  Which ending did you choose?
  • Reading log and return

Wednesday, October 23

  • Practice spelling color words.  Use color to write them.

   (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple)

  • Reading log and return

Thursday, October 24    

  • Sing “I’m a little pumpkin” to a lovie.
  • Return Library book
  • Reading log and return

Friday, October 25

  Reading log and return

  Bring in homework folder and Eagle Express


   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