Ms. Sanders’ Corner


Valentines Day/Rodeo

    This past week was so much fun!  We discussed dinosaurs, ran a post office and played at STEM night!  I thought it was busy, but a look forward to this week and it is even more packed full of fun stuff!

Hold on to your hats!

Wednesday 2.13 – Rodeo Day

KA & KB will be having their very own Rodeo Day! Please allow your child to dress in themed attire (boots, hats, button ups, belt buckles are all allowed). We will also be making some slap jacks and sausage! It will be a great day! We won’t need parent volunteers for this one – but we promise to post all the fun on our blogs!

Thursday 2.14 – Valentines Day – Class Party

This will be a themed dress day as well. Our class party will begin at 2:00. Students will spend play some heart felt games, have some treats and make a craft. 

Friday 2.15 – Rockets with Raytheon – Crazy Sock Day

Raytheon will be coming at 9:00 to build rockets and launch them with our kindergarteners. We would love to have you come and help out on this day. It’s an amazing experience for our kids, and they will be able to take their rockets home. Friday is a uniform day – but the kids can wear their craziest socks to school. It is part of our school spirit week!

Thank you,

Laura Sanders


Monday-Math page 351-352

           Home reading log


Tuesday-Math page 357-358

    Home reading log/return

Wednesday-Math page 363-364

           Home reading log/return

           Return library book

Thursday-Math page 369-370

           Home reading log

Friday-Return homework folder

         Eagle express and Reading log


Ms. Sanders’

Happy February


This is going to be a very busy month! So many fun things ahead!

This week is Science Week!

Tomorrow morning during all school chapel we will hold our annual Edible Car Race. This Friday 2.8 is our STEM Night from 5:30-7:30. This is one of the biggest nights of the year, you won’t want to miss it. There will be interactive games, experiments, and activities in Tankersley Hall as well as the Student Center. Food trucks will be on scene! Feel free to bring friends!

Next Week

Thursday 2.14 Valentines Day themed dress and class party from 2:00-3:00.

Friday 2.15 Rockets with Raytheon 9:00-11:00. Please feel free to come and help your chid assemble and launch a real rocket! It’s a very exciting morning that we would love to have you help with.

Parent/Teacher Conferences March 1st – March 14th

A sign up sheet will be posted this week on our bulletin board for you to sign up for a 20 minute conference with me. Report Cards will be distributed at these conferences. We will be celebrating your child’s achievements, and setting goals for our 3rd and final trimester. WOW! I am really looking forward to meeting with you.


This month we will be learning about the post office and dinosaurs, rocks and desert.  We will be taking a closer look at animal habitats, desert plants, weather, and Arizona facts! Our language arts unit will focus on community helpers and jobs that people do. We will focus on word families, vowels, subtraction to 20, and penmanship.

Post Office

The classroom will become a post office in February! The students will be taking on the jobs of clerk, sorter, mail carrier, and customer. The kids will be learning about customer service, the mail delivery process, zip codes, how to count out coins to purchase a stamp, and exactly what happens from the moment a letter is sent to the time it arrives in the mail box!

Thank you!

Laura Sanders


       Mrs. Sanders’ Corner


       Mrs. Sanders’ Corner


  This week we will be focusing on comprehension, writing sentences, comparing texts, and using question words (who, what, where, when, why, how). Ll will be the letter of the week. We will be working on making ten, using tens frames, base ten blocks, and adding three numbers.

  Don’t forget to bring in one adult size shoe box! We will be turning our room into a post office as we prepare to deliver valentines, but first we have to make mailboxes!

  Math-a-thon – Monday we will be taking our math-a-thon test. The kids took a practice test today and are looking forward to the real test on Monday. If your family is participating, please turn in your pledge sheets no later than January 22nd:)

  There will be a uniform exchange next Saturday (1/19) if you are interested in getting some additional school clothing at a discounted price.  They have some great deals.

Have a great week!

Laura Sanders


Monday, January 14

  • Sing a song to a stuffed animal.
  • math page 239-240
  • Home reading log/return

Tuesday, January 15

  • Write three sentences about winter.
  • math page 253-254
  • Home reading log/return

Wednesday, January 16

  • Draw a picture of your favorite arctic animal.
  • math page 259-260
  • Return  library books

Thursday, January 17

  • Do 10 jumping jacks and 10 sit ups. Which is easier?
  • math page 265-266
  • Home reading log/return

Friday, January 19

  Home reading log/return

  • Bring in homework folder and Eagle Express


January 7, 2019

Mrs. Sanders’ Corner


  We hope everyone had a fabulous holiday!  We hope you all had the opportunity to be with family and friends.

Ms. Walrath and I would like to thank you for making us feel so loved and appreciated. You absolutely spoiled us and we are so grateful for the beautiful words and thoughtful gifts you brought to us before Christmas Break. THANK YOU!!  We both felt truly special.

  I hope everyone had a wonderful break! I was so blessed to spend time with family and friends. It was an amazing break, but I’ve missed working with the kids and am ready to get back to our daily routines and procedures.

The second half of kindergarten is extremely busy! We will be kicking off the new year with a Math-A-Thon! This fundraiser will go towards purchasing new filtered water stations throughout campus. Look for your child to bring home a Math-A-Thon packet this Wednesday inside the Eagle Express with specific information on how to participate. We will be working with practice math tests this week. The actual test will be administered Monday 1/14. Don’t worry – this is all in good fun and there is no stress involved! The kids will be eager to participate. The test is a really fun challenge!!

There will not be any school on Monday 1.21 in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

We will be studying weather, seasons, winter animals, and talking more about community helpers. Focus Sight words: you, what, to, do, me, we. Focus Letters: Rr, Oo, Ll. Students will be discussing the four seasons and learning why we have them.  We will also look closely at fabrics and learn about different types of materials (cotton, burlap, silk, etc.), where they come from, and how they are used. Subtraction will continue to be our math focus, as well as making ten and place value (using base ten blocks).

Please bring in one adult size shoebox before January 25th. Your child will be making a mailbox out of it! We will be turning our classroom into a Post Office in February where the kids will be delivering their valentines to each other. More to come – so much fun!

Lower School Parent Teacher March Conferences

This year lower school (grades K-3) will be conducting parent teacher conferences beginning March 1st. In previous years lower school aligned their conferences with intermediate and middle school grades (4-8) in January. Parent suggestions and teacher feedback prompted this change. Report cards will be handed out during these March conferences as we will have just completed our 2nd trimester. We look for these later conferences to provide students with ample time to make improvements and strengthen their skill set from the previous progress report, and assist in setting specific goals for the third and final trimester. Look for conference sign ups in February. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me or Ms. Hart. We are really looking forward to talking with you about your child’s amazing achievements!!

March 12th 5:00-6:30 – Mark Your Calendars – Dr. Larry Lincoln

Love of Reading week will take place in March. This year we will have an author for faculty and parents. Dr. Larry Lincoln (medical director of hospice at TMC) recently wrote a book titled Reclaiming Banished Voices. It is a book about life, self reflection, relationships, and compassion. In the book, he shares numerous stories from his personal life and his profession as a physician for over 35 years. We are so lucky to have him coming to speak at St. Michael’s on Tuesday March 12th from 5:00-6:30 in the gym. After care (grades K-5) will be extended until 6:30 to make it possible for all parents to attend. We hope you can come!! You can purchase the book ahead of time from amazon:


I can’t wait to see the kids tomorrow and hear all about their adventures!

Thank you!

Laura Sanders


Monday, January 7

  • Write about your favorite gift from the holidays.
  • Home reading log/return

Tuesday, January 8

-Draw a picture of something you did over the break.

  • Home reading log/return

Wednesday, January 9

-Count how many doorknobs are in your house.

  • Home reading log/return

Thursday, January 10

  • Run in place for 2 minutes (huff and puff)
  • Return library book
  • Home reading log/return

Friday, January 11

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


Mrs. Sanders’ Corner


We hope everyone is enjoying the holiday hubbub!  This week, we will be focusing on family traditions and having some fun!

Monday 12.17

  We have a special visitor coming.

Tuesday 12.18

   We will be delivering to the Humane Society.  Thanks for making our holiday giving program such a success!  In addition to the wonderful box items, a monetary gift of over a $1,000 has been raised.  Thanks to the second grade raffle, mass money and a family donation!  WOW!

Wednesday 12.19

  Class party!  1:45-3:00. 

Friday 12.21 Pajama Day & Las Posadas Lunch

  Your child may wear their pajamas to school and are allowed to bring one stuffed animal and one blanket if desired. We will be joining KB for some fun and games as we celebrate all the wonderful learning we’ve done so far. Please note that there is no after care available on Friday! Also, the school will be providing lunch for the kids complete with mariachis for entertainment in celebration of Las Posadas! It’s going to be a great day!  If you think your child won’t like a Mexican lunch please send a lunch from home.

  We are officially on Christmas Break starting Friday after school. School resumes on Monday, January 7th.

No homework will be sent home this week. We will send home a fun packet on Friday for your children to do. Please continue to read with your child every night.

Ms. Walrath and I want to thank you for sharing your children with us!  We wish you all the very best holidays and hope you all make some wonderful memories!

Love, Ms. Sanders


Mrs. Sanders’ Corner


     Wow!  The kids did such a terrific job on Friday!  They were fabulous!

Thanks to all of you for coming!  What a great show and fun way to get into the holiday spirit!

     We hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and are ready for busy week.  We are continuing our conversation of wants versus needs.  We are wrapping up our Mexico traditions and headed to Europe to learn about their holiday traditions.  We are also finding out that there are many different versions of the Gingerbread man.

      Along with that we are talking about hard working vowels and practicing out CVC words.  We will continue working on subtraction and look for the patterns in math fact families.

   The last day to drop something off to the classroom for the Humane Society will be this Monday, December 17th. Thanks to everyone who has already dropped off items.  We appreciate your generosity.

    With the weather changing, please be sure to label and layer clothing.  We also know that the holiday season can be fun-filled and hectic, be sure to get lots of rest, eat healthy and drink lots of water!


Laura Sanders

Monday, December 10

  • Count how many days until Christmas.  Show how many using tally marks.   
  • Home reading log/return

Tuesday, December 11

  • Draw a picture of a character from The Gingerbread man.
  • Home reading log/return

Wednesday, December 12

  • Practice writing “an” family words
  • Home reading log/return

Thursday, December 13

  • Search for number words in a magazine or newspaper.  Find five.
  • Home reading log/return

Friday, December 14

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

Practice words

1. can

2. fan

3. man

4. pan

5. ran

6. tan

7. van

8. run

9. fast

10. gingerbread


Mrs. Sanders’ Corner


  This week we will continue traveling around the globe and learning about different cultures.  We will also be writing a wish list for Christmas and making different Santa crafts.

  We will also be preparing for our St. Nicholas program on Friday.  The show starts at 2:00, but we suggest an earlier arrival time so you can park and get a good seat.  Please send your child in blue bottoms the day of the performance and their regular uniform shirt. They will be changing into their performance shirts the day of the show.  (We will have them here in our classroom.) 

  The students return to our classroom after the performance and are dismissed from there.

Humane Society – beginning tomorrow 12.3 and running through 12.17 the lower school will be collecting donations for the Humane Society. Each year we choose a charity to give to. We are collecting wet food, hay, chew toys, towels, and blankets. Items can be gently used – they do not need to be new. All donations will be delivered Tuesday afternoon of the 18th. Thank you for considering making a donation.

  We are looking forward to a terrific week!

Laura Sanders

Monday, December 3

  • 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.
  • Home reading log/return

Tuesday, December 4

  • Draw a picture of yourself as an elf.
  • Home reading log/return

Wednesday, December 5

  • Practice writing color words.
  • Return library book
  • Home reading log/return

Thursday, December 6

  • Practice singing your songs for St. Nicholas.
  • Home reading log/return

Friday, December7

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


Mrs. Sanders’ Corner                       


We hope your Thanksgiving was filled with delicious food, wonderful people and great memories!

  Now, we are headed into the crazy time of year!  We will be learning about how children around the world celebrate. We have all kinds of fun things planned and we will continue working on our reading skills, math skills and writing!

  St. Nicholas Day Performance  12/7

You won’t want to miss this performance! Please mark your calendars for this very special day. The show starts at 2:00, but I would suggest getting to school by 1:30 to get a parking spot and your seats. It’s going to be a wonderful show. After the performance you can pick up the kids back at the classroom for dismissal.

  Holiday Giving

  In December,  St. Michael’s choses a charity to support.  This year we have elected to help the Humane Society. Many of our students have pets at home and can relate to the needs of animals. Each classroom will be accepting the following items: wet food, towels, blankets, hay, and chew toys. The items can be for dogs, cats, and bunnies. This does not have to be an expensive item and it is absolutely voluntary!! The Humane Society donation drive runs from December 3rd – December 17th. I will be delivering all donations on the afternoon of Tuesday the 18th. Thank you for considering helping us provide comfort to animals who do not yet have a home.

  Looking forward to a great week!

Laura Sanders

Monday, November 26

  • Draw a picture of your favorite part of your Thanksgiving holiday.
  • Home reading log

Tuesday, November 27

  • Make a list of three things you like to do.
  • Home reading log/return

Wednesday, November 28

  • Practice writing your abc’s in your best penmanship.
  • Home reading log/return
  • Return library book

Thursday, November 29

– Sing and dance with a stuffed animal for 2 minutes

  • Home reading log/return

Friday, November 30

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


Mrs. 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 pumpkin bread! Feel free to join us!

There is no homework this week! Please continue to make reading a part of your nightly routine:-)

  I 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


Mrs. Sanders’ Corner

November 13, 2017

  We will be collecting canned foods through the rest of this week!  Thank you for your generosity!

   This week, we will be focusing on all things Thanksgiving! The kids will be learning about the pilgrims and their journey to America on the Mayflower, how the Wampanoag people helped the pilgrims plant food and build houses, making placemats for Thanksgiving, and they will also be writing about something they are grateful for!

  Next week KA & KB will have their annual Thanksgiving celebration. We will be rotating through both classrooms in small groups as we learn symbols of the Wampanoag, play math games, make crafts, and eat some pumpkin bread. You are welcome to join in the fun if you’d like. It will be next Tuesday, November 20th.


       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 fully 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).

  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 13

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

Wednesday, November 14

  • Practice our new sight words: For, and, here, go.
  • Draw your favorite breakfast.
  • Return library book
  • Home reading log/return

Thursday, November 15   

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

Friday, November 16

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