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In Memorium

about 1 year ago

Laura Nagel,

A long time member of our Sipherd family, passed away in March 2009.  Laura began her involvement at Sipherd in 1981 as a parent volunteer and PTA member.  Later she served on the Site Council, coordinated the Science Fair and participated in numerous other activities supporting Sipherd. 

In 1994 she joined the Sipherd staff as a kindergarten teacher.  Laura taught with creativity, vitality and tenderness.  Her students enjoyed her appreciation for art, science and the beauties around them. 

She left these words to be remembered by: “I hope I am remembered for my love of teaching young children and my constant joy and amazement at how wise a 5 year old can be.  

I hope I am remembered for my sense of humor and for my appreciation in the simple and beautiful things in life, like the stars, bird’s nests, butterflies, dragonfly wings, the ocean, and snowflakes.  My biggest accomplishment and legacy are my two beautiful and wonderful children.” - Laura

Laura Nagel

Cindy Graves

Our PTA president, passed away suddenly in the spring of 2004.  Cindy was a “Ray of Sunshine” at Sipherd. 

Cindy was also a model of parent involvement.  She was deeply involved in the PTA and could be found any day of the week in the classroom, office or playground.  She organized fundraising activities like the sock hop, pancake breakfast and rummage sale.  She was a wife, mother, sister, daughter, and friend.   She faced her challenges with joy, determination and boundless energy.  Her irrepressible spirit and smile would light up a room! 

The Cindy Graves Ray of Sunshine Award was created to celebrate Cindy's shining example of volunteerism.  It will be given each year to recognize an individual who exemplifies her outstanding spirit of community service. 

Our loss is profound beyond words.  We will miss you, Cindy.  

With Deepest Gratitude,      

Your Sipherd Family

Cindy Graves
Kinder News - Items Needed: Please Help Out
Below is a suggested wish list of items that would be helpful for our classrooms to have as we begin the school year:

Thick dry-erase board markers
Paper plates
Ziploc bags (gallon size)
Ziploc bags (sandwich size)
Disinfecting wipes
Baby wipes
Individually wrapped candy/treats
Reams of white copy paper
35 mm camera film
Digital quality photo paper
Paper towels
Summer Nutrition Program
For all children ages 0-18
June 5th - July 31st : Sipherd Elementary
Breakfast from 7:30 AM - 8:00 AM
Lunch from 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

June 5th - July 31st : Empire Community Park
Lunch from 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Student Lunch Accounts
To review your child’s lunch account or make online payments please visit, or simply click this block.

Payments may be made anytime anywhere using your computer or smart phone.

If you have any questions regarding your child’s lunch account, please call Miss Patty at 209-524-4844 ext. 6142.