Principal Newsletter 1/20

Sheffield Spotlight

January 20, 2023

Willy Wonka Jr. field trip is this Thursday, January 26

The weather is not cooperating with us in terms of getting field trip permission slips collected!


ALL SHEFFIELD STUDENTS will be attending the field trip and must have a permission slip signed. Please make sure to submit it on Tuesday to your student's classroom teacher.


Here is a link to the permission slip if you need to print another copy -

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Save the Date!

Thursday, January 26 - All school field trip to see Willy Wonka Jr. from 9:30 - 11:30 am

Friday, January 27 - No School

Monday, January 30 from 6:00-6:45 pm - Friends of Sheffield Meeting


Access testing dates:

January 24 - January 31, 2023


MCAS testing dates:

ELA MCAS testing (grades 3-5) - April 11 & 12, 2023

Math MCAS testing (grade 3-5) - May 9 & 10, 2023

STE MCAS testing (grade 5) - May 16 & 17, 2023

Learning Multiplication is Fun!

We played "Array Capture" when we first worked on arrays. Students compete with each other by trying to fill in a grid with arrays using this "gameboard", two dice each, and coloring pencils. Students must use knowledge of multiplication facts and critical thinking to capture the largest area on the gameboard. They love to try to capture each other and don't even realize they are doing mathematics. - Mrs.Yurkevicz

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Resources for Learning to Tie Shoes

Hi Sheffield Families!

I've been noticing a LOT of kids having trouble with shoe tying. If the traditional ways of tying shoes feels too tricky for your child, here's some videos with some alternative techniques, that some kids find to be easier.,

or this one:


Happy shoe tying!


Music News - January 2023

Second and third grade students are working with Freddie the Frog and his adventures to learn to read notes on the music staff and rhythmic notation. They will begin to put the notes and the rhythmic notation together to read and perform basic songs like Hot Cross Buns.


Fourth grade students are working on reading music notation while playing the recorders.


Fifth grade students are All School Sing Ambassadors. As ambassadors they are assisting with greetings, demonstrating expectations, and leading the school in songs. They have spent time discussing and practicing these different leadership roles.

All students have been singing a variety of songs including rounds and partner songs.


Snow Angel Collages

Look at these beautiful collages made by our fourth graders in art class with Ms. Castro-Santos. Such talent!

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The students in Ms. Pelis' class had a meeting "respect". Her students wrote about "Respectful actions towards people, places and things."

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3rd Grade Virtual Field Trip in Science with Ms. Neeley

To celebrate finishing up their work on fossils and survival of the fittest all the 3rd grade classes got to participate in a virtual field trip. Students got a live tour of the Beneski Natural History Museum at Amherst College. Some of the things we saw included a t-rex skull, a Colombian Mammoth, and dinosaur footprints found in Turners Falls! Ask your student what their favorite fossil was.

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Friends of Sheffield (FOS)

Sheffield Gear Store

Back by popular demand, the gear store is now open for a limited time.

Order your embroidered Sheffield vests and cardigans as well as our popular hoodies and t-shirts here:

All items will be sent home in students' backpacks.


This is a limited-time offering so don't delay!


Contact FOS with any questions.


Friends of Sheffield Meeting


The next FOS meeting will be held on Monday, January 30, from 6:00-6:45 pm in the teachers' lounge. It will also be held virtually, and our meet link can be found here. Hope to see you there!