Ben Barshefsky


Dear Sunderland Families and Friends,


Berkshire Hills

Recently the Berkshire Hills Music Academy Performance Troupe performed for the students and staff at Sunderland Elementary School.  Located in South Hadley, the music academy helps students with intellectual disabilities learn various skills through a music curriculum.  This assembly was by far one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever been a part of in my educational career.  Our school benefited from the experience in so many ways.  The concert helped to increase our appreciation and acceptance of individual differences and diversity.  We were reminded that through hard-work and perseverance, dreams can come true.   The performance also helped remind us we are an accepting school community where individual differences are what help to make us so special.  Great job Berkshire Hills!


Our playground has undergone quite the magnificent transformation!  We are only a few days away from opening it back up to our Sunderland students, families, and community.  This project has really allowed our community to show its true colors.  From the support of the selectmen, CPA committee, playground committee, and parent volunteers, many people have helped this project become a reality.  Thank you to all who have helped enhance the schooling experience for our Sunderland children!


Principal Barshefsky




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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

Meeting Dates for 2014/2015 School year

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

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November 19 Cafe Sun Lunchtimes!

November 19 PTO Meeting 6:00p.m.

November 20 School Council Meeting 3:15p.m.

November 21 6th Grade Movie Night 6:30-8:00p.m.

November 26 half day- noon dismissal

November 27 No School happy Thanksgiving

November 28 No School



December 2 Cafe Sunset 6:30p.m.

December 7 Book Fair at Barnes and Noble Hadley 10-8p.m.

December 9 Winter Concert 1:30p.m.

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