Everyone makes music at Sassarini! Music specialists lead students in Kindergarten trough grade three in singing and playing classroom instruments and xylophones. Fourth grade students learn to play the recorder, and sing songs from California history. Fifth grade students perform shows with the Chorus or learn to play a band instrument in the Beginning Band.
In addition to our district Music and Band teachers, Sassarini students have regular visits from Mr. Acre, who visits each class with his guitar to teach folk songs. Kindergarten students perform in our annual Winter Kinder Concert, and fourth and fifth grade students have an opportunity to participate in Opera a la Carte, performing alongside professional singers from the San Francisco Opera.
Our district team of credentialed physical education teachers provides classes each week for all grades. Our exploratory program focuses on introducing the students to a variety of fitness and physical activities that are fun and non-competitive. Basic skills are introduced and built upon as the students go through the grades. Physical education experiences include: parachute games, jump ropes, hula hoops, dance, running, rope climbing, net games (skills for badminton, tennis and volleyball) and ball games (skills for basketball and soccer).
Through the generosity of the Sonoma Plein Air Foundation, Sassarini is able to provide all students with art classes in a wide variety of mediums, taught by local artists. Art projects are jointly designed by the visiting artist and classroom teacher and include ceramics, painting with watercolors and pastels, collage, sculpture, line drawing, photography, and murals. Students explore common themes in art and literature, art in poetry, and art in the garden. Sassarini teachers also regularly incorporate art into their lessons and have access to art supplies and resources, including Sassarini’s own kiln.
Through a partnership with the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, students in grades four and five travel to the museum to view current exhibits, and then work with local artists in the museum’s own studio to create art pieces inspired by current exhibits. The student art is then displayed as part of the exhibit!
Our Garden Educator, Chris Everidge, provides a series of classes on all aspects of life in the garden, tied to the science curriculum at each grade level. Topics include composting and soil preparation, germinating seeds, planting, cultivating, beneficial insects, harvesting, and even cooking and eating!
Our Computer Educator, Maria Olascoaga, collaborates with teachers to create lessons that integrate computer skills with grade level curriculum. Topics range from keyboarding and word processing to using presentation software (PowerPoint, Prezi), conducting Internet research, and graphic design.
SOAR – Positive Behavior Expectations
Starting this year, Sassarini has new positive expectations for student behavior, organized around the acronym SOAR:
Organized and Ready to Go
Act as a Team
Respect People and the Environment
At the beginning of they year, Sassarini holds assemblies and “walking tours” of the school to model and discuss what it looks like to SOAR in the classrooms, cafeteria, playground, library, and every other part of campus. Students do a wonderful job meeting these expectations, and showing that Sassarini Seahawks truly do SOAR!
Also new this year: our school counselor Peggy Murray is at Sassarini two full days each week. This allows her to visit each classroom for a series of lessons on “Making Friends and Keeping Friends,” which addresses positive communication, conflict resolution, being aware of emotions, and prevention of bullying. She also works with students individually and in groups, based on teacher referral.
Sassarini loves field trips! Our faculty does an excellent job of integrating real life experiences into the curriculum. Through the generosity of our OPT, students at each grade level are able to participate in multiple trips each year. Some of the many destinations include: San Francisco Exploratorium, Marin Marine Mammal Center, Bouverie Preserve, SRJC Planetarium, Lake Sonoma Fish Hatchery, Petaluma Wildlife Museum, Native American Museum, Pt. Reyes National Park, Sonoma Ecology Center, Sonoma Art Museum, Sonoma Library, California Academy of Sciences, Muir Woods, Viansa Wetlands, and Tolay Lake, Sugar Loaf, and Ring Mountain Regional Parks. In fifth grade, students end their year with a multi-day Outdoor Education program at Westminster Woods in Occidental, CA. In addition to field trips, the Sonoma Ecology Center and Classroom Safari bring hands-on lessons and experiences to Sassarini.
ASES Afterschool Program
Welcome to Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley Afterschool Education and Safety (ASES) Program. We are excited to be working with Sassarini Elementary School in providing academic assistance and enrichment programs afterschool through the ASES funding. Boys & Girls Club staff provide daily homework assistance, reading, academic activities and enrichment programs which may include: cooking and nutrition, fine arts, dance, music, sports and fitness, bully prevention, science and technology. Students are also provided a daily nutritious snack.
The ASES program is freem every school day from 2:25pm until 6:00pm. The ASES Program funding is based on enrollment and hourly attendance. We ask that all students registering for ASES attend the afterschool program on all school days and participate in the program until closing.
By registering your student in the ASES Program you are making a commitment to your child’s academic achievement and success. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley has made the commitment to work closely with you, your child, your child’s teacher and Sassarini Elementary School. Through working together we will accomplish our mission “To provide positive opportunities for youth to learn and succeed.”
For more information, please visit the Sonoma Boys and Girls Club Website:
The AVANCE Parent-Child Education Program provides weekly three-hour classes to parents who have children under age three, and includes early education for the children. Classes focus on parent education, early childhood development, literacy, and school readiness and are conducted in Spanish. The program has been proven to significantly improve kindergarten readiness, maternal involvement in children’s education, maternal education, and to reduce reliance on public benefits over time. Children whose parents participate in AVANCE show increased attendance and reading and math proficiency in K-12, and have increased rates of high school graduation.
For information about the AVANCE program call Maribel Baron at (707) 775-9770.
More information is also available at these websites:
The Sonoma Valley USD is working to create a new preschool at Sassarini! Our goal is to open in early 2014. For further information, please contact Danielle Smith at 707-935-6040.
The Stand By Me Mentoring Program serves students in Sonoma Valley by matching a caring adult role model with a child in need of academic and/or social support. Mentors volunteer one hour during the school week by spending time with their mentee. The time is spent building a trusting relationship with the hope of creating a supporting connection and friendship that lasts for many years. The Program provides mentees and mentors with fun events, as well as inspirational off campus activities to strengthen and encourage the students.
The Sassarini School Mentor Center is one of eight on public school campuses in Sonoma. Currently, there are over 450 volunteer mentors who are helping and guiding children in our community. If you would like to learn more about the program, or become a mentor, please visit the Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance’s website at sonomamentoring.org.
Other Notable Programs:
Seahawks/STARS Award Assemblies
English Language Development
After School Intervention Classes