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You’ve come to the right place for information! We’ve rounded-up all the important announcements and event details Sanderson families need to know. 

Grab-n-Go Meals

Grab-N-Go flyerWe're happy to be able to offer grab-and-go meals to any school-aged child who resides in the Mohawk Trail Regional School District! The following locations will offer this service beginning Friday, March 20 through the school closure:

Buckland-Shelburne Elementary
Breakfast & Lunch
10:30 a.m. to noon
Location: Curbside at the main entrance
Contact: Debbie at dplante@mtrsd.org

Colrain Central School
Breakfast & Lunch
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Curbside at back entrance by the gym
Contact: Amy at alooman@mtrsd.org

Sanderson Academy at Neighbors
Lunch (with an option for breakfast)
10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Location: Neighbors store in Ashfield. Curbside pick-up.
Contact: Wendy to reserve at (413) 625-6390

As a reminder, this program is available to any school-aged child who attends school in the Mohawk Trail Regional School District. Mohawk Trail Regional School students can participate at any location.

Grocery Relief for MTRSD Families

The Mary Lyon Foundation, in partnership with the Mohawk Trail Regional School District, is organizing efforts to provide groceries to district families during the mandated school closure. This program will begin later this week. To participate please follow the instructions in the MLF BSE food distribution flyer.

COVID-19 Update for March 16, 2020

Please take a minute to read our latest update regarding the COVID-19 outbreak dated March 16, 2020.

March 12, 2020 - District Update

March 12, 2020

Good Evening,

This is Mohawk Trail/Hawlemont Regional School Districts Interim Superintendent of Schools Pat Bell. I'm reaching out to you this evening to update you on the districts' status regarding COVID-19. Our districts fall into the low risk category as defined by the CDC. There are no confirmed or presumptive cases currently reported for our district and operations will continue as normal. Several on- and off-campus events and field trips have been cancelled. We will share that list with you on Friday, March 13.

Should our situation change, we will use our regular communication vehicles to share updates such as all-calls, our website, email, and official school and district social media outlets. I encourage you to follow the CDC's recommendations to minimize your risk of illness.

I wish you a pleasant evening; we will talk again soon.

Pat Bell
Interim Superintendent

March 12, 2020 - District Update

March 12, 2020

Good Evening,

This is Mohawk Trail/Hawlemont Regional School Districts Interim Superintendent of Schools Pat Bell. I'm reaching out to you this evening to update you on the districts' status regarding COVID-19. Our districts fall into the low risk category as defined by the CDC. There are no confirmed or presumptive cases currently reported for our district and operations will continue as normal. Several on- and off-campus events and field trips have been cancelled. We will share that list with you on Friday, March 13.

Should our situation change, we will use our regular communication vehicles to share updates such as all-calls, our website, email, and official school and district social media outlets. I encourage you to follow the CDC's recommendations to minimize your risk of illness.

I wish you a pleasant evening; we will talk again soon.

Pat Bell
Interim Superintendent

Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

March 11, 2020 - We continue to closely monitor updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH), and local Board of Health (BOH) regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Our Mohawk Trail and Hawlemont Regional School District Nurse Leader Sue Mitchell continues to meet with the state DPH and BOH.

While there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our district, we take this recent outbreak seriously. We understand you may have questions and concerns regarding travel and any potential impact this might have on our school community.

District-wide, we have increased cleaning in high traffic areas and touch points (door handles and surfaces) and encourage staff and students to maintain good hygiene habits (such as vigilant hand-washing). Our district's lead nurse remains in direct contact with the local DPH to monitor updates and changes (rolled out by CDC). Additionally, we are reviewing our emergency preparedness and communication protocols. Nurse Leader Mitchell reports that sanitation efforts district-wide have kept the incidence of contagious diseases in our schools this season very low.

Please take a moment to read our entire COVID-19 letter for more information on this important matter.

Beaver Learning & Exploration in Second Grade
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Over the past two weeks, our wonderful SCA members, Biz and Patrick, led us in a discussion about beavers and how they change the landscape. After learning about beaver dams and what beavers use to create their beaver dam, second graders began the task of creating their own. The first step was to sketch out a dam design using a list of materials such as gravel, sticks, river rock, clay, and mulch. After designing their dam, they had to decide what materials they wanted to purchase. With a budget of only $50 per group, they had some decision making to do! After submitting their dam design and budget, they began using their supplies. For 30 minutes, second graders worked together to collaborate, brainstorm, problem-solve, and complement one another until Patrick said: “Stop!” The final phase was to test the beaver dam to see how much water it would hold back. The results were fabulous. Second graders were eager to see how many seconds would pass before water began seeping through. Great job, second graders!

From the Superintendent’s Office

I wish to introduce myself to the Sanderson Academy School Community. My Name is Patricia Bell, and I am happy to return to the Mohawk Trail family of schools as the interim superintendent. Some of you may remember me from my seven years in the district serving as the director of pupil personnel services starting in 2007. My mission now is to support all the wonderful projects and instructional practices currently in place in Sanderson Academy until my permanent appointment in the superintendent’s office. If you need my assistance in any way, please contact the central office to request my attention.

Hilltown Scout Camp

Do you need childcare during the April vacation? Or do you want your child to learn about fish, butterflies, and spend time outside? Join us at Mohawk for the Hilltown Scout Camp this April. This program is open to all students in the area grades kindergarten through sixth grade. The hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The cost is $30.00 per student per day (2nd child is half price). Each day students will go outside, play in the gym, have craft time, and experience other hands-on learning activities. You do not need to commit to the full week or even a full day. To enroll, your child or for more information, email Mrs. Woof or contact her at (413) 625-9811 ext. 1170.

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