Ben Barshefsky

A Beautiful Dedication

Dear Sunderland Families and Friends,

On Wednesday, September 24th, Sunderland Elementary School staff gathered with members of Mr. Merritt’s family at the site of our new perennial garden for a beautiful dedication ceremony.  The perennial garden was built to help remind us of the beautiful person, teacher, principal, father and friend that Mr. Merritt was.
Tim was an individual who was so full of life, laughter, love, and humor.  In a way, his gorgeous personality has been reflected with this garden.  Mr. Merritt was a colorful person with so many amazing qualities.  One cannot help but think that each individual plant or shrub in the garden is a reflection of some of Tim’s many fine traits.

I would like to thank Guillermo Cuellar, a Sunderland resident and artist, for his tireless work in designing this garden.  The garden will provide the Sunderland school community with many years of beauty and enjoyment. 

It is hard to believe one whole year has gone by since Mr. Merritt’s passing.  Tim meant a great deal to so many people and we all have our own fond, special memories of him.

The following is a poem written by our 2nd grade teacher, Lee Worthley.  Lee read this poem during the dedication ceremony.

“As long as we live,
You will live.
As long as we live,
You will be remembered.
As long as we live,
You will be loved.
In this garden footprint,
Mired in color and light and beauty,
We will always remember.”

We miss you dearly Mr. Merritt.

Ben Barshefsky



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Next Meeting: Wed., Oct. 22, 6pm (with free childcare)
We’ll be hoping you have an hour or more to give toward some upcoming activities:
Box Tops collecting, Stop & Shop Card registering, selling calendar raffles, crossing fingers while we wait on grant requests..…

Fall Festival – It rained, it poured and we sold lots of hot drinks and donuts. A very special thanks goes out to Atkins Farms for a very special deal on the cider and donuts. It really felt like a community event with all the parents bringing in supplies, setting up and helping to sell things all day. We had all the Farmy Fresh and Fun Gear on sale and some beautiful face-painting too. It was a very fun day!

Berkshire Hills Music Academy – The PTO is sponsoring a presentation by the full 8-member Performance Troupe on Oct 24, 1:45pm. All are welcome for this performance promoting disability awareness and exceptional music abilities.

Stop & Shop School Rewards – You can earn cash for our school by using your Stop & Shop card- your card number just needs to be registered. Judy Pierce has coordinated this for years and recently sent the form needed to register your card.

Picture Day – There were lots of smiles and dressed up folks on Oct. 6. Everyone should get a class picture as part of the deal we have with Coffee Pond Pictures. If you have any feedback about this experience, please get in touch with Mary Mcfarland. You also have Mary to thank for tirelessly updating the School Directory – coming very soon!

Box Tops – Keep collecting those little tags. They really do add up and we are hoping to reach $1,000 this year! Mona Pion has been keeping track of all these for years and may be ready for a change.

Playground – The new playground is coming soon! If you want to get with a work party contact Traci Sackrey . Before the snow falls is the goal for a new look and feel out there for our children.

Corn Day – Some of the classes will be walking over to Warner Farm on Oct. 23 for a yearly look at corn and other fall crops, and then recess time will highlight the shucking of the corn to be eaten.  Sylvia Maes-Polan has coordinated the Farm to Table events for years and we are very thankful for her ideas and connections with local farmers. If you’d like to help with this initiative, please let us know.

Our key mission is to promote an environment at school where teachers and administrators can do their best work and our students can do their best learning. We’re always eager to find more great people, like you, to help us meet this goal. We don’t expect a huge time commitment from volunteers. An hour can be a big help to our group and the school, and we have positions and tasks to fit all schedules and interests. Just let us know whether a program, event, or activity interests you and when you might be free to help.
Together, we can make a difference at our school!


Dave Roberts
Carol Coombs
Mary McFarland
Jennifer Unkles

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Oct. 22, Nov.19, Jan.21, Feb. 11, March 18, April 29, May 20, June 10

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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.

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District Calendar


October 2 Grade 1 Field Trip 8:30-11:30a.m.

October 6 School Picture Day!

October 7 Field Trip Grade 6 9:15a.m.-12:00p.m.

October 7 All School Sing 9:00a.m.

October 8 Cafe Sun Lunchtimes!

October 9 School Committe Mtg. 7:00p.m. at Frontier

October 13 Columbus Day No School

October 15 Fun Run at 2:00p.m.

Oct 22 PTO Meeting 6:00p.m.

October 23 Walking Field Trip

October 24 Berkshire Hills Music Academy 1:45p.m.

October 29, 30 and 31 Half Day Parent Conferences


November 4
Full Day In Service No school for students!

November 5 All School Sing 2:00p.m.

Cafe Sun November 19 Lunchtimes!

November 19 PTO meeting 6:00p.m.


December 9 Winter Concert 1:30p.m.

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