A little about Mrs. Sanders

Thank you for visiting my site! For those of you that don’t know me, this is my 20th year in Grandville. I have taught third through sixth grade at Grandville, as well as, two years of 4th through eighth grades at Holy Trinity Catholic School in Comstock Park. I also worked in advertising and public relations before becoming a teacher. Outside of school, I am a mother of an 19 year old son. We enjoy biking, kayaking, and camping. I am originally from Walled Lake, but I have lived in West Michigan since 1985.

I have high expectations for my students. I provide a warm and loving environment for students to try new things, take risks, make mistakes, and learn. I encourage my students to respect our given gifts and challenges and work hard together so that we may all succeed. I look forward to celebrating your child’s achievements and assisting with any struggles during our 3rd grade journey.


Final Week

We have many fun things planned for this week.  There are only a few things for the kids to remember:
MONDAY-bring a towel or blanket for lunch outside
THURSDAY-bring a shopping bag for desk clean out and a movie snack.  We will be watching The Indian in the Cupboard, rated PG. Here is a link to the movie https://g.co/kgs/eCphwc
 We are finishing the book this week! 
Thank you to everyone who sent in items and/or money for our Class Auction. The kids are really looking forward to it on Wednesday!

This Week

I can’t believe how close we are to the end of the year! Just a few things to update you on this week:

  • We are finished with spelling (but will be completing activities for summer words at school)
  • Family Picnic is Thursday, June 2 11:30-12:45
  • Field Day on Thursday:  water bottle, tennis shoes, sunscreen
  • Continue to send in Auction items, we have some really cool stuff so far!!


Donations are needed for the SANDERS end of the year auction.  Students are earning DoJo dollars in the classroom and hopefully will make a profit on Market Day so they need some fun things to bid on to spend their earnings!


  • Candy
  • Pop
  • Flavored water
  • Snack size cookies or treats (PEANUT FREE)
  • Gently used or new small toys or games
  • Shopkins
  • Snack bags of munchies (chips, goldfish, Fritos, etc.) (PEANUT FREE)
  • Arts and crafts supplies
  • Dollar store toys or puzzles
  • Cash donations are also accepted

Please send to school by Monday, JUNE 6

MAP test dates correction


Our class will be taking the READING part of the MAP test on Wednesday, May 11, right after lunch.  Please make sure your child is prepared for this test by HAVING THEM do the following:

  • Get plenty of rest on Tuesday night
  • Eat a high protein breakfast and lunch
  • Bring chewing gum
Students will take the MATH part of the MAP next Wednesday morning, May 18.

Thank you for your support,

Mrs. Sanders

Miss Crandall Last Day

Wednesday is Miss Crandall's last day in our classroom. Students may bring in board games or card games for the afternoon to play during our farewell celebration.   Please make sure all games are labeled with names.

M-STEP schedule

It is always great to start the day with a good breakfast and a good night's rest, but especially during our test days. We will be taking the M-STEP on the following days:

  • Thursday,April 28th
  • Tuesday, May 3rd
  • Thursday, May 5th

On M-Step days,  please send a morning and afternoon healthy snack.


Market Day is just around the corner!!! 

        We want to give you a heads up on this fun activity so that your child can begin to think about their product or service.   Third graders get economics lessons first-hand during the annual Market Day. Students make, market and sell their own products with help from parents and teachers. All third grade students will make a product or service at home and will sell it to Grand View Students on Market Day.  The purpose of this activity is to help them understand the various aspects of operating a business.

        Each student is asked to think of something that they could sell to other students using Grand View Dawg Dollars.  **  A special note:  As a grade level we have decided NOT to sell baked goods or any other food items due to peanut allergies and other health regulations.  No live animals, such as goldfish are allowed either.  Live plants or flowers are however an option.  Also, please limit the expenses in making the product to under $10.00.  This helps to keep the “playing field” more equal for all participants.

        Once your child makes a decision about their product or service, please let us know and also bring in a “prototype” of that product.  Once this product has been approved, begin to make this at home.  Prepare about 25-30 items.

        At school, we will be learning economic concepts and terms, figuring out expenses (please send in receipts), and what we need to charge in order to make a profit.   Students will also learn how to market their product by making display posters for their shop.

        We encourage kids to be creative and research the internet (My Pinterest Board address is attached) and look in books or magazines for ideas.  Most third graders had an opportunity to shop at our Market Day as a 2nd grader so they have a general idea.

        Thank you very much for your support in helping your child make goods and plan services.  Please look for more information in next week’s Friday Folder.

Reminder to vote on TUESDAY

This is a reminder to everyone that March 8 is the day to vote in the presidential primary here in Michigan.
So regardless of your political beliefs and leanings, I think we all can agree that voting is one of the most important rights that we have as citizens.
In Michigan the last two presidential primary elections got a 20.9% turnout (2008) and 16.7% (2012).  Let's be good role models to our kids and show them the importance of voting in our country.
Please do your civic duty and VOTE this Tuesday

Social Studies Curriculum Change

Third grade Social Studies teaching standards previously focused on biographies, which allowed us the opportunity to have our third grade students create a wax museum. Biography is no longer a part of the third grade standards and has been replaced with a study of Michigan.  As a result of these changes, the wax museum is no longer aligned with the standards that must be taught in third grade. We will continue with Market Day, as planned. More information about Market Day will be provided during Spring conferences March 14 and 17.

  •  Send in PEANUT-FREE Valentines addressed to each student by Friday, Feb 12, at 11:30am.  See the earlier post if you need a class list.  
  • NO SCHOOL on Monday and Tuesday, Feb 15 & 16
  • No Storytown or Words Their Way spelling for next week.
Attention Parents:
We have kicked off our Time for Kids program, your student will be bringing home a parent letter and Time for Kids packet today from school.  This program allows our school to receive free yearly subscriptions to “TIME FOR KIDS”. 
So please take a minute to read over the materials that were sent home today, students can turn in completed postcard booklets and family magazine orders starting tomorrow! Student turning in 7 address cards get a minion keychain!! All materials are due by Monday February 8th
I have also included an online option if you prefer to buy or re-new your magazines online.  The link to the online store is
 www.gaschoolstore.com and our school code is 660860

Valentine's Day Party

Our party will be on Friday, February 12th, from 2:30-3:20. Please have your child make a Valentine’s box at home (either from a cereal box, tissue box, or small cardboard box). Be as creative as you would like. These will need to be at school by Thursday, February 11th. I have included the class list below so that your child can start addressing their Valentines:


Absence and tardy reminders


Aside from the fact that school attendance is compulsory by Michigan law, at Grand View, we believe that regular school attendance is an asset to the learning process.  On the day your child is absent from school, you must call the school office by 9 am, giving the reason for the student being absent.  The attendance line (254-6139) is available 24 hours, 7 days a week.

Another important component to attendance is being on time.  With winter weather upon us, it is important you keep in mind it may take longer to get to school.  Please make every effort to have your child to school by the 8:23 warning bell.  The tardy bell rings, and the class day begins at 8:28. If your child will be late (i.e. for an appt.) and needs to order a hot lunch, you must call the attendance line   by 9:00.