Field Day help

Sutherland Field Day information for  Fri June 1st
2018 SMS field day Friday June 1st    ALL DAY   (rain date Mon 6/4)

Please note – **Pool permission forms are due in by this Friday 5/25.  Extra forms available in main office.  Cost is $3, Return form and money to the main office.


6th grade – 9:00 1st block, 9:30-11:30 Pool or Movie,  Lunch 11:30-12, 12-1:30 outside activities, 1:30-3 Two inside activities, 3-4 1st block

7th grade – 9:00 first block,  9:30-11 Two inside activities,  Lunch 11-11:30,  12-1:30 Pool or movie, 1:30-3:00 outside activities, 3-4pm 1st block

8th grade  9:00 1st block, 9:30- 11:00 outside activities, 11-12 Lunch, 12-1:30 Two inside activities, 1:30-3 ) pool or movie, 3:00 pool participants will walk back from the North FL Pool.  Movie participants will go to 1st block.   Yearbooks will be handed out at this time.

Each grade level will have three 90  minute sessions throughout the day as follows:

Pool or Movie Students choose to go the Forest Lakes North Pool or stay at school and watch a movie in the gathering area on a big screen.  The pool requires a permission form to be signed and costs $3 for the special event and transportation.  Students can pick up a pool permission form in the main office   We will have bus transportation to and from the pool for 6th and 7th grade.   8th grade will take a bus to the pool but will walk back from the pool at 3:00.   Pool permission forms will be due in by Friday  5/25 so the list can be generated for the pool personal, bus drivers, nurse and office staff.    Please have your child turn them in as soon as possible to avoid any disappointments.   We can no accept forms after the deadline so we can meet our deadlines as well.

2. Outside activities  –   such as contests like basketball foul shooting, hula hoop contest, 50 yard dash, water bucket relay, kickball, soccer, ultimate frisbee, etc.   Students can earn ribbons for the 50 yd and Homerun derby.  Contest will have a coupon for winners to collect a prize at the results table along with the ribbons.   There will also be a dunk tank that teachers get in for the student to dunk!  There will also be a moon bounce and a double spinning orbotron.  The orbotron and dunk tank will cost $1 and the tickets will be sold at the concession stand on the blacktop.  The moon walk will be free.   The concession stand selling snacks and drinks for $150 each item.

Inside Activities The 3rd session will be an inside ICA activity time where each student will sign up for two inside activities for that 90 minutes that their grade level is inside.

Lunch will be outside from 11-12 for the whole school and lunch will cost the same as the usual price.  6th pool participates will return about 11:30 for lunch, 7th pool participates will have lunch at 11:00-11:30 and go in to attendance rooms for the pool at 11:30.

Approximately 25 -30  parent volunteers are needed for each of the outside activity times per grade.   Carey Hare, with PTO, will be sending out information for anyone who is interested in volunteering.   Thanks to Carey and other parent volunteers in advance for helping out on our fun and exciting day!  Here is the link on sign up genius if you are able to help out .


Friday Message

Happy Friday, Sharks!

A brief message from me today as the school day has escaped me. It was a busy week here at SMS as we continued SOL testing, sharing scores with students, and offering retakes. Our students have done a great job this year and have made a lot of progress on their tests. As the scores continue to roll in, we have found that there are lot of success stories to highlight with your children. Kudos to you and them for all the hard work. As we head into next week, a reminder that 8th grade still has their Science and Civics SOL tests. We still have a few 6th and 7th graders doing remediation and/or make-up tests, but we should be done by Friday. After that, we start looking to 8th grade Exams and some of the fun items, like the band, choir, and drama performances, Field Day, and closing exercises. The next three weeks will be busy ones, but the end is in sight. Have a great weekend, stay dry, and enjoy the time together!

Next Week @ SMS:
Monday, May 21st: Teal Day
Tuesday, May 22nd: Black Day
Afternoon: 8th grade Civics SOL
Wednesday, May 23rd: Teal Day
Afternoon: 8th grade Science SOL
7:00 – 9:00 PM: Spring Band Concert
Thursday, May 24th: Black Day
7:00 – 9:00 PM: Spring Chorus Concert
Friday, May 25th: Teal Day
SOL Make-us tests

News from SMS:

1. All 8th grade information today…see below:

2018  8th Grade ‘Moving On’ Ceremony Information

Moving On Ceremony Practice: Tuesday, June 5th from 9am until 11am

Please ensure that your student is here on the morning of practice, so that they are prepared for the ceremony on Wednesday.  After the televised morning announcements, we will have the students line up in alphabetical order, and then proceed to the gym and be placed in their anticipated seating arrangement. At that time, we will discuss the planned agenda for the ceremony so that the students have an understanding of the procedure before the event the next day. They will then follow their normal schedule for 3rd block in their exploratory and PE classes. During 4th block, the 8th grade team will be treating the students to a Sundae Party to celebrate their last year of middle school.

Moving On Ceremony: Wednesday, June 6th at 9am

All 8th grade students will need to come to school on time and dressed in their planned graduation outfit, rather than changing once they get here. Shortly after the morning announcements, we will begin lining them up for the processional to the gym area for the ceremony. Please review the following guidelines so that this can be a   meaningful occasion for all of our students and their families.

  1. A prompt arrival is appreciated as the ceremony is slated to start at 10:00am. Please plan to arrive about 10 to 15 minutes early to allow time to find both a parking spot, and a seat for the ceremony. Although teachers park on the blacktop to allow parents all available parking places, the logistics ensure that people be flexible, and understand that it is likely that there will be a number of people who will be walking from a side street.
  2. As you know, the ceremony itself is a momentous occasion for our departing students, and many of them have elderly relatives who will be in attendance for this event. Since the ceremony is located in the gym with bleacher seating, we kindly ask you to give these guests, senior citizens, and those in wheelchairs, priority seating on the last several rows of chairs located on center seating area of the gymnasium floor. Thank you in advance for this courtesy.
  3. In addition to the ceremony certificate given to each student during the ceremony, we have numerous well-deserving students who will be recognized for a variety of awards. In order to conduct the ceremony in a timely fashion, we kindly ask that you hold your applause until all names have been read aloud during instances where more than one student is receiving an award. We greatly appreciate your cooperation with this request.
  4. We will be reading the individual names of students at a moderate pace, and appreciate your respect for each one of them crossing the stage. After the ceremony, we will recess the students first, starting with the back row. Please wait until all the 8th graders have left the gym before following them. Everyone should plan on meeting his, or her student out on the grassy area in front of the school so that we can avoid bottleneck at the exits from the gym. Thank you for your cooperation with this request.

From the PTO

The PTO would like to extend a very big THANK YOU to all who helped make Staff Appreciation Week a huge success.  Your generosity allowed us to shower our entire school staff with daily treats ranging from a full lunch spread to baby succulents in everyone’s mailbox.  We also had wonderful local businesses help us out as well. Qdoba restaurant helped us serve up a delicious Mexican meal on Monday and Friday’s gourmet popsicles were made by La Flor Michoacana.  “Nacho Average Staff” week was thoroughly enjoyed by all the staff (truth!).  Many thanks for your help and support not only last week but the entire school year!

Friday Message

Happy Friday, Sharks!

One week of SOL testing is now in the rear view mirror. Students in all grades did a terrific job taking the Reading SOL on Tuesday and Wednesday. We had a few make-up tests given today, so teachers will start sharing scores with students on Monday. You should have received an e-mail about this process from your child’s Language Arts teacher. Next week, students will take the math SOLs on Tuesday and Wednesday. Traditionally, these tests have been the longer tests in May, so if you have any need for your child to be picked up early those days, be aware that testing can take a bit. During SOL testing, there generally aren’t a lot of school field trips to brag about as so many classes are focused on the tests, but I will say that the pictures coming in from the Orchestra trip today look like the students are having a blast.

One item to really highlight is a huge thank you to the many students and parents who made our staff feel so loved this teacher appreciation week. The PTO was outstanding in organizing treats and meals every day of the week. Students and their families were great at sending messages of thanks to our staff. It truly does take a village, and we are all lucky to have a community that supports us like you all do. So, from all of us to all of you….thank you!

A few news items below. Happy Mother’s Day to all of you out there this weekend. Enjoy the time together!

Next Week @ SMS:

Monday, May 14th: Black Day
AHS Football representatives visit 8th grade lunch
Tuesday, May 15th: Teal Day
7th and 8th grade math SOL
Wednesday, May 16th: Black Day
6th grade math SOL test
4:00 – 8:00 PM: 5th Grade Band instrument try outs
Thursday, May 17th: Teal Day
Friday, May 18th: Black Day

Make-up Math SOL tests

News from SMS:

  1. Traffic: As the year winds down, please remember to be mindful of the four crosswalks around the school area. There are 2 in front of the building and two on the road before/after the entrance to Hollymead and Sutherland. We have had several concerns brought to our attention about distracted and/or speeding drivers. We work with our students to make sure they use the crosswalks (a work in progress, to be sure), but want to ensure their safety when they cross. Thank you!
  2. PTO and the Sutherland School Counselors are hosting a “Conversation over Coffee” on May 29 at 8:15 in the SMS Library.  This will be a follow up discussion to Screenagers, which was recently shown at Sutherland.  We will continue to discuss challenges we all face helping our kids in this digital age, teaching them boundaries, and finding support in each other in teaching our kids how to regulate their technology/social media use.  Please feel free to join the conversation even if you weren’t able to attend the screening of the film!
  3. 8th Grade Parents: Paradigm Break, an Albemarle High School FTC Robotics team, will be here at Sutherland on May 22 from 4:10 to 4:40 after school, location TBD.  They are here to recruit new members for next year’s team.  If your child is interested in learning what FTC high school robotics is all about and wants to meet the team, plan to have them attend this meeting.  The high school students will provide an informal demo and talk, as well as answer any questions students may have.  Please contact Mrs. McCullough if you have questions at
  4. Come to BINGO and TRIVIA night in the SUTHERLAND CAFETERIA on Friday May 18th from 6:30-8pm! All proceeds go to the Destination Imagination Team going to globals in Tennessee! $3.00 for cards and there will be prizes for each round of bingo from local businesses. Snacks will be for sale! Bring your whole family for a fun filled family night out!​
  5. Several of our 7th grade classes will hold a tree dedication ceremony on May 31st at 11:00 AM as part of their unit on WWII and the Holocaust. Parents are welcome to attend.
  6. The SMS PE team needs volunteers to help with FieldDay! Field day will be all day on June 1, 2018. We are in need of parents to help at the different stations. Thank you so much for helping us make Field Day a huge success. Please use the sign-up genius link to sign up for a spot. ***RAIN DATE IS JUNE 4th. Please let us know in the comments if you are available if needed. Thank you.


Come to BINGO and TRIVIA night in the SUTHERLAND CAFETERIA on Friday May 18th from 6:30-8pm!

All proceeds go to the Destination Imagination Team going to globals in Tennessee! $3.00 for cards and there will be prizes for each round of bingo from local businesses. Snacks will be for sale! Bring your whole family for a fun filled family night out!

Friday Message

Happy Friday, Sharks!

It has been a busy week here at SMS as we head into SOLs next week. Lots of great Star Wars shirts here at SMS today due to May the 4th date. A number of our kids are off to Busch Gardens today for their band trip. We just wrapped up our final ICA of the year. Last night, we had both the orchestra concert where a number of our students were able to let their talent shine, and the Parent Council showing of Screenagers here at SMS. Our track team went off to Walton on Wednesday for the track meet. We had the April birthday celebration on Monday. Walking the halls this week, you can tell the end of the year is almost here as the students continue work on their projects, prepare for SOLs, and work on lot of cool items in their classes.

Coming up, we start the three-week SOL testing window. We test on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for the next three weeks – mostly in the mornings after announcements. During week three, the 8th grade Civics and Science SOLs will be in the afternoon. Students will need their computers for the tests, but will leave them at school prior to testing to make sure they are charged and ready to go. This coming week, we have the Reading SOLs. Student should get a good night’s sleep and eat a good breakfast before their tests. Cell phones and electronics are not allowed in the testing rooms, so they should bring a book to read if they finish the test before their peers. Good luck on all the tests! Have a terrific weekend…a few news items below.

Next Week @ SMS:

Monday, May 7th: Teal Day
Tuesday, May 8th: Black Day
7th and 8th Grade Reading SOL test
Wednesday, May 9th: Teal Day
6th Grade Reading SOL test
Thursday, May 10th: Black Day
Friday, May 11th: Teal Day
8th Grade Orchestra trip to Busch Gardens
Make-up SOL tests
Saturday, May 12th: SUNSET RUN @ 7:00 PM

News from SMS:
From the PTO: Come to Bingo/ Trivia Night on Friday, May 18th from 6:30-8pm in the Sutherland Cafeteria! You can win prizes from local businesses! This is a fundraiser for the Sutherland DI team going to globals in Tennessee!

8th Grade Team News:

Celebration/Dance: The 8th grade team would like to express our sincere appreciation to the PTO for their generous funding of this event, and to the parents who donated their time, talents, and additional resources to create a memorable evening for the students. The students all greatly enjoyed the addition of games and activities, and the ‘Countries Around the World’ dinner theme to the event!

Looking ahead: Practice for the Moving On’ Ceremony Practice will take place on the morning before the event: Tuesday, June 5th. We will start right after the morning announcements, so please ensure that your student arrive at school on time. In the afternoon, the 8th grade team will be treating the students to an ice cream social ‘with all the toppings!’

Reminder: While we know that our students are happily anticipating starting the next chapter of their school life in the high school setting, please support our efforts to keep them focused on their last few weeks of learning middle school curriculum. They will be participating in numerous final exams and four additional SOL tests prior to the end of the school year. Please ensure their timely arrival to school, and as few early dismissals as possible, to ensure their best performance. We appreciate your support on behalf of your students.

Girls Day @ UVA: UVA Facilities Management hosts third annual Girls Day set for June 14. Registration is open May 1

UVA Facilities Management will host its third annual Girls Day on Thursday, June 14 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. This year’s event will be open to girls between the ages of 10 and 16 from the Charlottesville area community. Registration opens Tuesday, May 1 on the following website:

The event aims to inspire and excite girls ages 10-16 to consider a career in construction and the building trades by offering behind-the-scenes tours of work sites, including the Main Heat Plant and the Carr’s Hill renovation, as well as hands-on activities with our tradespeople and opportunities to hear from our dynamic FM women and what they love about their careers. This year’s lunch will take place at the recently renovated baseball stadium and feature speaker UVA Director of Athletics Carla Williams.

Questions? Contact the FM Girls Day Committee at or visit the Girls Day website at

From the PTO

REMINDER! Next week is Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week! There’s still time to send in your cash donation. Please send into the front office in a sealed, labeled TA WEEK, envelope! We appreciate your help in spoiling our amazing staff!

Thank you!



Hello families –

Screenagers tomorrow night! With summer and extra free time right around the corner this film is an important start to examining the impact “screen time”  has on our children!

APPROPRIATE FOR KIDS 10+ years old so bring your family! In fact, this film is often showed to middle and high school kids during school to get them thinking about why, if and how they might regulate their own screen time!

What: The film SCREENAGERS: Growing Up in the Digital Age
When: Thursday May 3 at 6:30 PM
Where: Sutherland Middle School
Why: Because “screen time” crosses into all aspects of kids’ lives… what’s the impact?

As parents we know our kids spend a lot of time on digital devices and that time increases as they move into middle and high school. We worry… Is it impacting their development? How much time is too much? How are other parents handling this issue?

To help us examine these issues and more, Parent Council is hosting a screening of the documentary, SCREENAGERSGrowing Up in the Digital Age. More than 5000 schools and community groups have hosted screenings across the globe including companies like Pixar, Microsoft, Google and Facebook, just to name a few.

This film is only available as a community screening not for individual viewing, so hopefully you can attend! Here is a synopsis from the film maker:

Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that with her own kids and learned that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. She wondered about the impact of all this time and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time—friction she knew all too well.

In SCREENAGERS, as with her award-winning documentaries on mental health, Delaney takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.

 Here’s a link to the film’s trailer:

Please let me know if you have questions and I hope to see you at the community screening tomorrow, 5/3 at 6:30 at Sutherland Middle School!

Andrea Heapes

Parent Council Representative

SCA help

The SCA needs your help in gathering supplies for our Police Department Service Project. If you are able to donate any of the following we would greatly appreciate it:

*granola bars

*snack bags of chips, pretzels

*hershey kisses

*rice crispy treats


Donations are being collected through May 8th and can be left in the office.

Thank you so much for your support.

Friday Message

Happy Friday, Sharks!

Man, what a week. Finally getting a chance to sit down and write, but it is already 5:00. As I type this, a lot of wonderful volunteers are already hard at work down in the cafeteria setting up for tomorrow’s 8th grade dance. Just a reminder for our 8th grade families, the dinner/dance starts at 5:30 PM and ends at 8. A few parents have asked about what students should wear. There is no formal dress code. Generally, most folks show up in nicer clothes, but you will still see a few pairs of blue jeans paired with a nice shirt. This week, all of our students ran the 5K race, which was terrific to see. Many folks helped with the race and a huge shout out to the PE Department for an outstanding event. Moreover, the kids did a fantastic job training for this event and then pushing through the heat, the mud, and the exhaustion. Great job!

Next week gets a bit busy with events, so make sure you take a look at the weekly calendar and the news blurbs. Again, longer news items this week, so I’ll stop here. Have a great weekend, and for those attending the 8th grade dance, I will see you there.


Monday, April 30th: Black Day
April Birthday Celebration
PTO Timberwood Dining Night Out

Tuesday, May 1st: Teal Day
6:30 PM: Band Boosters meeting

Wednesday, May 2nd: Black Day
4:30 PM: Track Meet @ Walton (see below)
7:00 PM: PTO Meeting

Thursday, May 3rd: Teal Day
7:00 PM: Orchestra Concert @ AHS

Friday, May 4th: Black Day
Jazz Band to Busch Gardens
ICA Day/ ICA Schedule


  1. Our last ICA Day is coming up next week on Friday 5/4.  We have space for a couple more volunteers to help sell snacks at the beginning of the ICA period.  Please consider volunteering if you’re able to help, it’s quick and easy!  (usually about 45 minutes or less.)  Please click here  if you’d like to sign up.  Once a month, SMS has an ICA Day when the kids can sign up to do fun activities for the last hour of the day.  At the start of the ICA period, concessions are sold from snack carts in each grade’s hallway. Each item is $1.50 and the kids will need to bring money if they would like to purchase snacks.  This fundraiser helps purchase supplies needed for ICA crafts and activities.  If you have any questions please contact Amy Dolak at  Thanks!
  2. SCA is doing a service project for the Albemarle County Police Department. Please consider donating any of the following items to help us:

Boxes of Granola Bars
Snack bags of pretzels, popcorn, mixed nuts, etc.
Hershey kisses
Bags of candy – any flavor
Bags of mints
Packages of gum
Bundles of 10 pencils
Boxes of Rice Crispy treats
Travel size boxes of Clorox Wipes, ibuprofen or Advil, Emergen C
Travel size tissues

Please have your student bring these to the office or E -5 to Ms. Walkup’s room. Thank you.

We are collecting until May 4th.

  1. SCA wants to thank everyone who donated to the Food Drive for the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. Sutherland came in 2nd place with 311 pounds of food donated in the Middle School Category. Thank you for your support.
  2. Sutherland Track Team Members information:   Albemarle County Parks & Recreation Middle School Track Meet @ Walton Middle SchoolWednesday, May 2, 2018 (Rain Date is Thursday, May 3 and 2nd rain date is Monday, May7) *If needed rain makeup info will be posted on Albemarle County Parks & Recreation homepage. The Middle School Track Meet will be on Wednesday, May 2 at Walton Middle School starting around 4:30pm depending when all buses arrive. Order of events: 1600(mile), 100m, 800m, 200m, 400m, relays.  Each track members has signed up for 2 events previously in practice, so they should know already. Track members will be transported by School Bus to Walton on Wed 5/2, then parent’s need to pick-up at Walton Middle School by 7pm.  No return bus.  Parents can drive students to the meet-just let Ms. Davis know if not riding the bus.  Track Team members riding the bus will get out of class at 3:30 on Wednesday to pack up and load bus.  Students should check for work they will miss. Team members should wear your track shirt to school Wednesday 5/2 (will receive shirt Monday 4/30 at practice) and bring a healthy snack and water bottle.

Directions to Walton Middle School: (4217 Red Hill Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903). From 64, Take Exit 121 to Route 20.  Go South on Route 20 for 8 miles.  Then right on Route 708/Red Hill Road, school is on right in about 300 yards.    The track meet marks the end of the track season, so Monday 4/30 will be the last track practice after school at Sutherland.

  1. Screenagers Screening: The Sutherland PTO is hosting a viewing of the movie, SCREENAGERS, on Thursday May 3rdfrom 6:30 – 8:30 PM in the SMS Gathering Area. All are invited to attend. Here is a brief write up from the film’s website:

    “Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that with her own kids and learned that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. She wondered about the impact of all this time and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time—friction she knew all too well. In SCREENAGERS, as with her award-winning documentaries on mental health, Delaney takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction.”

  2. PTO Dining Out – Monday: Timberwood is hosting the SMS Dining out night on Monday, 30 April. Take a break from cooking and support SMS!
  3. PTO Meeting – Tuesday: The last PTO meeting of the 2017-18 school year is here. 😢 We are looking for people to fill a few chair positions. Come join us and see how you can help support our school!! The meeting will be Wednesday, May 2nd at 7pm in the library.