• I have tried to include as much information in the handbook as possible, but please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns. I also recommend visiting the Sauder Elementary website for a list of school-wide rules, procedures, and other information. You can view the Sauder Elementary website by clicking on “Schools” then “Sauder Elementary” on the Jackson Local Schools website: www.jackson.stark.k12.oh.us.


    Mrs. Heather Shaffer


    330-830-8028, ext. 5139

    7503 Mudbrook St. NW

    Massillon, Ohio 44646

    Principal: Mr. J.R. Reindel

    Office Secretary: Mrs. Cheri Kress

    Guidance Counselor: Mrs. Amy Cornell

    Office Aides: Mrs. Hohenadel/Mrs. Marzec


    Parent Pick-Up / Drop-Off / Early Dismissals:

    If there is any change with your child’s normal transportation, please send the following information in writing (not through Class Dojo)  in your child’s Home folder:

    ➡ Your child’s first AND last name

    ➡ The date and time your child will be picked up from the office

    ➡ Who will be picking your child up  (Your child will only be released to the people you list on your emergency card.)

    **Without a note, your child will be sent home on their assigned bus. Please see the  Sauder Elementary attendance policies for more information regarding early dismissals.  These rules have been implemented to ensure your child’s safety.

    ** Student pick-up after school and morning drop-offs are allowed through the South entrance (facing Mudbrook). If your child arrives before 8:45am, they will wait with a staff member in the library before being released to their classroom. If your child arrives late (after 8:55) you must park and come into the office to sign them in. For afternoon pick-up, do not get out of your car while in the line - a teacher will come to you with your child. The parent pick-up line will not begin dismissing students until after the buses are dismissed at 3:30.



    Anytime you come into the school during normal school hours for ANY reason, you must show identification to get a visitor badge printed with your name and destination.  To enter the school, you need to be buzzed in through the main office. The secretary will ask you your name and the purpose of your visit. You are welcome to attend lunch with your child if you would like.  You are welcome to bring a packed lunch or I can order a school lunch for you if you let me know by 9:30am.


    Lunch Accounts:

    Sauder uses an online system to give each student their own lunch account: www.payschoolscentral.com. Money can be added to your child’s account online or by sending a check (with “Lunch Money” written on the memo line) or cash to school in your child’s Home Folder. Each time your child buys a school lunch, they use their 5-digit code (also their computer lab password and it stays the same through 5th grade). When your child has only one remaining credit in their account, they will come home with a ☺ stamp on their hand as a reminder. If your child “overdrafts” from their account, your balance will come home on a full sheet of paper on Monday to be paid off immediately. The lunch menu can be found on the school website and will also be posted on Class Dojo.


    Birthday Treats & Out-of-School Parties:

    Birthdays are such an exciting time for first graders! The children like to bring treats to school to share with their classmates. Please check with me for the number of students and allergies before sending in a treat (No gum please). You could also consider bringing in a non-food item, such as stickers, pencils, or other party favors. Summer birthdays will be celebrated at the end of the school year.  **Due to hurt feelings, birthday invitations for parties outside of school cannot be passed out at school unless ALL boys and/or girls in the class are invited. Thank you for your cooperation!


    Book Orders:

    I will send home Scholastic book orders throughout the year. The due date will be listed and a reminder will be on the weekly newsletter as well as Class Dojo. All ordering can be done online - and  it’s so easy!
    Here’s how you can  order:

    1. SIGN UP at www.scholastic.com/bookclubs. On the parent page, click the "Register" button in the "First Time Here?" section. Register for your own username and password. A new page will appear with a Login box.

    2. When prompted, enter the one-time Class Activation Code: GKVHC. This unique code ensures that your order is sent to me.

    3. SELECT the books you'd like to order. There is a much larger selection than just the flyers that are sent home.

    4. SEND your order to me online by the due date and your child's books will be delivered directly to my classroom.



    The first graders will be eating snack in the afternoon this year. Please send a nutritional snack (no candy) to school with your child everyday to be kept in your child’s locker until snack time. I highly recommended sending in enough snacks for the week, to be sure your child has something to provide energy and keep them alert everyday. I try to keep extra snacks in the event that someone forgot. A reminder will come home if you child needs to use one of the extra snacks. Donations are always welcome for the “Extra Snack” bin!


    Homework Information:

    Monday - Thursday nights: 15 minutes of nightly reading

    It is important for your child to practice their reading strategies every day at home. Reading assignments will be posted in the weekly newsletter and will consist of a “Book-in-a-Bag”, library book, or choosing a book from home to read. Please check the newsletter each week to stay up-to-date on assignments.

    Poetry Folders: Come home on Fridays, due every Monday

    Throughout the week, we will read and study a new poem and add it to our Poetry Folder. On Fridays, the Poetry Folders go home for homework. Please read through the poem and complete the short activity on the back of the poem with your child.

    Math: Due by Friday

    In the weekly newsletter, there will be several math homework assignments reviewing skills we have already covered in class. They are due the following Friday, although they can be turned in at any time throughout the week.