Ben Barshefsky

Dear Sunderland Families,

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the 2014 – 2015 school year.  Hopefully your summer was filled with excitement, fun, and relaxation.  In addition to my principal duties, I was able to spend a few weeks with many students from the Union #38 schools at basketball camp.  My wife and I also spent some time in California, where we visited San Francisco, Yosemite National Park, and drove down the coast on scenic California State Route 1.  Yosemite National Park was by far the most amazing part of the trip for me as we were able to hike to the top of “Half Dome.”

Sunderland Elementary School has kept extremely busy over the summer.  The Horizon’s program offered summer school for a number of students, our custodian’s worked exceptionally hard to clean the building from wing to wing, our school secretary took care of many projects, and our teachers prepped their classrooms for the upcoming school year. 

The SES staff is a group of dedicated, professional, hard-working, and caring individuals who display an overwhelming amount of compassion towards our students.   They are inspirational educators who provide students with exciting lessons and projects in challenging, yet safe learning environments.  I am very honored to be a part of the team. 


In closing, I would like to share the mission statement of Sunderland Elementary School.  It reads, “To ensure a positive, safe, and respectful environment that inspires our children to realize, develop, and attain their full potential in a school that values diversity and individual differences.”  I truly feel this mission statement is all encompassing!  Early on in my educational career I came across a quote from Morgan Wooten, a legendary basketball coach at Dematha Catholic High School.  Wooten stated, “Never lose sight of the impact you are having on young
people's lives.”  This encouraging piece of advice has continually helped to shape my relationships with children over the years.  Working with children may be one of the most rewarding jobs a person could have.  So as we get set to begin another school year, I encourage you to take an active role in your child’s educational journey.  I look forward to reconnecting with the wonderful Sunderland Elementary School students and hearing stories about their summer experiences.



Ben Barshefsky

Principal – Sunderland Elementary School


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Instrument Rental

Please join us for our annual instrument rental night for new strings and band students on September 11th. Rental night will be from 6:30-8:00p.m. in the Deerfield Elementary School Cafeteria. Returning students should contact Gerry's Music directly to rent an instrument and purchase a new method book. We look forward to a wonderful year of music! Thanks!

Ms. Romaska and Mr. Pritchard

PTO News

Welcome Parents to the successful start of a great school year at SES!

Your PTO has already been active this school year.  On August 20, we greeted kindergarteners and new students at the Ice Cream Social.  In addition to delicious desserts they enjoyed a bus ride around Sunderland and school tours. 

We will also help kick off the year at the SES Open House on Tuesday, September 23rd at 6:00 P.M.  The PTO is providing “Breakfast for Dinner” - light breakfast snacks and beverages for all families beginning at 5:30 P.M.   Please contact a PTO officer about donating items for the event.

Preschool & Kindergarten: fruit / napkins
1st & 2nd grades: yogurts / Gogurts
3rd and 4th grades: juices / juice boxes / paper cups
5th and 6th grades: breakfast breads / muffins

So that you can focus on classrooms and teachers, childcare will be provided at 6:00.

All parents of SES students are PTO members and are invited to attend the monthly meetings on WEDNESDAYS at 6:00 P.M. in the school library.  Free childcare is offered in the After School room during our meetings.  PTO “work” is very rewarding--you will never regret improving your child’s education and the strong sense of community that accompanies it.  Please join us for our first meeting on September 17th.

At our meetings we discuss ways to enrich the experiences of our students.  The PTO plans and provides money for field trips, performers, music events, school equipment, etc. We are actively seeking a Program Coordinator.  This position is key in bringing enrichment programs to SES and can certainly be shared with a buddy, so feel free to grab a friend.  We are in the midst of planning our part of the Sunderland Fall Festival and setting up other programs and fundraisers for the school year.

We need more representation from the preschool, kindergarten and lower grades!  You are the experts in what your children need, so your input is vital to the growth and sustainability of our PTO.

PTO meetings are scheduled for:
September 17, October 22, November 19, January 21, February 11, March 18, April 29, May 20 and June 10.

We would like to thank Principal Ben Barshefsky, the faculty and staff for extending themselves so generously to our children.

Let’s have another fantastic SES school year!


Dave Roberts – President
Carol Coombs – Vice President
Mary McFarland – Secretary

Jennifer Unkles – Treasurer


New Website

We are busy building a new website for the school. Stay tuned!!For the most current information about your child's classroom, please contact the teacher directly or the office.

Student Handbook

Student Handbook


Open House

Open House clip

Open House is scheduled for Tuesday, September 23rd at 6:00p.m.

School Improvement Plan

School Improvement Plan draft


School Choice

School Choice Information for 2014/15

School Report Card

Dear Sunderland Families,

Attached please find the 2013 Sunderland Elementary School Report Card distributed by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The report card contains information about teacher quality, assessment, and accountability for the school, and is an important tool for sharing school and district information with families and the general public. Since 2007, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) has prepared school and district report cards that contain all federally required elements.

Report Card


SES Website

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We are pleased that you've taken a moment to stop by our website. I hope you visit this site often to see the updates as events unfold at your child's school. If you are a visitor considering the Sunderland School for your choice student, please take some time to browse the various places around our site. It should give you an idea of what we are all about. If you have any questions or want to learn more about us, give us a call so we can schedule a visit in the near future.



Upcoming Events

Online calendar

District Calendar


September 1 Labor Day No School

September 3 All School Sing 2 p.m.

September 4 Bus
Evacuation Drill a.m.

September 4 New Student Tea 2:15-2:45

September 8-12 5th Grade to Nature's Classroom

September 9 Town Election

September 11 Instrument Rental Night at DES 6:30-8:00p.m.

September 16 School Committee 7p.m.

September 17 PTO Meeting 6:30p.m.

September 19 Paul Winter Concert 1:45!!

September 20 Garden Build!

September 23 Open House 6p.m.

September 26 Half Day In Service Noon Dismissal


October 8 Cafe Sun Lunchtimes!

October 13 Columbus Day No School

October 29, 30 and 31 Half Day Parent Conferences

November 4
Full Day In Service

Cafe Sun November 19 Lunchtimes!

December 9 Winter Concert 1:30p.m.

Contact Information

School Phone


Nurse Phone


Fax Number


Out of School Time


Superintendant's Office


219 Christian Ln. RFD#1South Deerfield, Mass 01373-9718