Ben Barshefsky

June 12, 2014

Can you believe summer vacation is right around the corner!?!?  What an amazing year this has been!  The children at Sunderland are truly special.  They bring a unique sense of excitement and energy to school every day.  Thank you students for being exceptional learners and friends over the course of the entire school year!  I hope you all have a great amount of fun over the summer.

I would like to recognize three amazing educators, who will be retiring at the end of this school year.  Speech and language pathologist, Karen Copeland, special education teacher, Phyllis Jordan, and 5th grade teacher, Helen Kittredge, will all be beginning the next chapter of their wonderful lives.  It is with great respect and admiration that we bid a fond farewell to these wonderful people who have made a difference in the lives of so many children.  There are no words that can perfectly sum up what Helen, Phyllis, and Karen have meant to SES.  Their time, energy, and passion for teaching will permeate the hallways and classrooms of SES for years to come.  Thank you Helen, Phyllis, and Karen!

A special thank you is in order for the rest of the faculty and staff at Sunderland.  These professionals display a huge love for teaching, and they truly care about the development of each and every child in our building.  Their efforts consistently remind me how lucky I am to be a part of their team.

We also have a superb group of sixteen 6th grade students who will be moving on to the next phase of their educational journey.  This graduating class routinely displayed acts of kindness, a strong work ethic, and acted as great role models for their younger peers.  This group of youngsters will always have a special place in my heart, as they are my first 6th grade class.   I will miss you all dearly!

Thank you Sunderland PTO and families for all that you do for our school.  Our PTO is extremely active to say the least!  The PTO plays such a pivotal role in enriching the lives of our students and it goes without saying, how much they mean to SES!

Next year we will also be welcoming some new faces to Sunderland Elementary School.  An extremely warm welcome is extended to Carolyn Burns, Savannah Phillips, and Barbara Mullen, who will be working as our new speech and language pathologist, 5th grade teacher, and special education teacher, respectively.  

So here is to a fun, safe, and relaxing summer vacation.  I truly wish everyone in the Sunderland Elementary School community, nothing but the best.


Ben Barshefsky (Mr. B).


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Thank you!

Thank you Karen Copeland, Helen Kittredge and Phyllis Jordan for your combined 75 years of service to Sunderland Elementary School!

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Summer Playgroup

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School Choice

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Summer Reading!

Are you ready for this year's fun-filled, fantastic Summer Reading Program at the Sunderland Public Library?  Hold onto your hats and get ready for...

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7th and 8th Grade Assigned Summer Reading Choices

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.

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June 12th 6th Grade Step Up Day

June 13th 3rd Grade Field Trip

June 13th Frontier Strings and Jazz Concert 1:30-2:30p.m.

June 16 Field Trip Strawberry picking

June 17th Field Day

June 17th School Committee Mtg. 7:00p.m.

June 18th All School Sing 9:00a.m.

June 18 6th Grade Graduation 6:30p.m.

June 19 Read at the Beach party in the L.M.C.

June 20 Last day of school Noon Dismissal


August 20 Kindergarten and New Student Ice Cream Social 5:30-7:00p.m.

August 28th First day of school!

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