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PFO FUNdraising Reminder

Finish out your week with some treats by joining the Sunrise Elementary PFO for some FUNdraising!!
Thursday, August 27th
It is early dismissal day on Thursday so head on over and enjoy a delicious after school treat from Snowflakes Shave Ice (in the parking lot of Walgreen’s at Sunrise and Herodian) from 200pm-600pm  or stop in any time at Costa  Vida Fresh Mexican Grill  (10831 Olson Drive in Rancho Cordova by Target) for lunch or dinner!
Be sure to present the flyer with your order at both spots and 20% of your sale will be donated directly to Sunrise PFO.   
Friday, August 28th
The fun continues with after school Jamba Juice sales in front of the main gate on Friday!  Juices will be available in a variety of flavors for $3.00 while supplies last. 
Questions? Email

Physical Education

A Note about PE at Sunrise: Developing healthy children is important to our staff at Sunrise Elementary and fundamental to growing young people into healthy adults. Children who make good decisions regarding their nutrition and physical activity are more likely to be ready for learning.  We take very seriously the mandate to provide at minimum 200 minutes of physical education every ten school days.  If parents are interested in knowing more about the content of our PE lessons, or when their child will be participating in PE, our monthly PE schedules for every class will be available for parents to see in the office upon request.


School Safety

August 24, 2015

Dear Sunrise Elementary Families,

A concerned parent approached me Monday morning about our protocol of locking the school gates.  She asked why are we doing this and said that several other parents were also concerned about this new procedure.  I want to make sure parents understand why we do what we do and so I write this explanation and the rationale for the decision in hopes of informing families of the measures we are taking to ensure our children are safe.

Student and staff safety is of the utmost concern for any school, but especially important for me at the school where I serve.  I want our children and staff to feel safe so that the work of teaching and learning can take place and we are committed to doing everything in our power to do so.  In my first weeks of school I noticed several gates left ajar a handful of times and at different points in the day.  I’m sure it was unintentional and accidentally not closed all the way by a staff person or family member that was exiting campus.  Finding these gates left ajar identified a quick fix that need to happen, and a simple one at that.

As you know, our gates are open at arrival and dismissal for families to drop off children.  When the bell rings for class to start at 8:15 we close and lock the gates with a small padlock.  Children and families can then enter through the office.  Keeping our campus secure protects our children from stray animals entering campus, helps us manage the access of adults with restraining orders or court limited custodial rights, protects wandering youngsters from inadvertently exiting campus through an unlocked gate, and hopefully gives more difficult access to intruders.  The office becomes the sole point of entry and exit while students are on campus.  As has been our school practice, visitors who plan to stay on campus to volunteer will still be asked to get a visitor sticker in the office before entering campus.

The parent also mentioned, What if the students and staff have to exit campus through the front of the school?  Our current practice for drills that require the classes to exit their rooms has them exiting through the back of campus to our field.  In the rare case our school would ever have to evacuate our school property through the front gates it should be known that five of us on our administrative office team have master keys to the campus.  Within minutes we could have all of the gates open for an orderly exit.

While we cannot protect our students and staff from every conceivable situation, it is imperative that we do what we can to provide a safe and secure campus.  Thank you for adjusting to this new way of being at Sunrise Elementary.  We value parental input and questions as you are all important stakeholders in the success of our school.  Please do not hesitate to stop by the office, call or email me if you would like to discuss this further.

Have a wonderful day,

Martin Hock

Costa Vida/Snowflakes Shaved Ice

Image result for costa vidaJoin the Sunrise Elementary PFO

for a Fundraiser Event

Thursday, August 27th

All Day Long at 

Costa Vida- Fresh Mexican Grill

                                                           (10831 Olson Dr, Rancho Cordova)


An After School Treat from 3:00pm-6:00pm

Snowflakes Shaved Ice

(in the parking lot of Walgreen’s at Sunrise and Herodian)

Please present this flyer with your order at both spots

and 20% of the sale will be donated to Sunrise Elementary.


Questions? Email

Sunrise FUNd Drive

Donate to the Sunrise FUNd Drive Today and You could Win an iPad Mini!
The Sunrise FUNd Drive ends August 31 and we still have a long way to go to meet our $16,000 goal to increase technology in the classroom for all our students (more computers in each classroom, tablets, smart boards, etc.). 
For every $10 you donate, you will be automatically credited with a raffle ticket to win an iPad Mini.
*Those who have already donated to the FUNd Drive have been automatically entered into the raffle for every $10 donated.
Ways to donate:
  • Online at
  • In-person at the Sunrise PFO donation table every Wednesday in August before and after school in front of the school office.
  • Turn in your donation and FUNd Drive form or envelope to your child’s teacher.
Questions? Email us at:
Thank you for supporting our wonderful school!

Disney’s Aladdin Jr. Auditions

Coming January 27-28, 2016


Auditions Sept. 1-2, 2015          ACD Track

               Sept. 16, 2015          B Track

    OPEN TO 4th, 5th, and 6th Grades

Image result for disney's aladdin jr genie    APPLICATIONS GO OUT TODAY IN ROOM E5    Image result for disney's aladdin jr

A&C Track – Picture Day Tomorrow

School picture day is tomorrow, Wednesday, August 19th for tracks A & C only. A & C students will have their picture taken for inclusion in the Sunrise yearbook and be part of a class photograph. Pre-order your pictures and special selections on their website under the Pre-Order tab.

PFO General Member Meeting Tomorrow

Please join the PFO for the first General Member Meeting of the 2015-16 school year!  Wednesday, August 19 at 3:00pm in the Sunrise Library. Get important PFO information about events and activities, vote on the 2015-16 operating budget, and share your ideas and suggestions.  Not a member?  You can join at the meeting! 

Don’t forget – our FUNd Drive is going on now through August 31st!
Every Wednesday this month before and after school a PFO board member will be available for Fund Drive donations.  You can make your donation at the meeting as well.  

You can use PayPal, cash or check.
Help us reach our goal of $16,000.
We are currently at $2,700.

Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you!

Early Out Thursday

Sunrise Elementary School has Early Out Thursday each week.  Students in grades 1 – 6 are dismissed at 1:55 pm.  Thank you for retrieving your students on time.  J

Go Fund Me Campaign for Technology

Our students at Sunrise Elementary are born “digital natives.”  They manipulate and utilize technology in their homes, but our school’s budget is not deep enough to bring learning to life through software and hardware purchases.  We have launched this Go Fund Me campaign to help bring teaching and learning into the 21st Century at Sunrise Elementary.  Please consider joining our campaign by making a donation towards this project and sharing this campaign with your friends (

Thank You!

Important Sunrise PFO News

The PFO will be hosting an afterschool FUNd Drive every Friday in front of the school at 2:45 in August. Come donate $$ to get more technology (Chrome books, computers, etc) in your child’s classroom any of the four Wednesday’s and Friday’s in August. Jamba Juice will be selling drinks on Fridays too. There was a flyer in yesterday’s Wednesday Folder.

The Carnival is coming on October 2nd!!!  Each classroom is asked to collect items for a class raffle basket to be donated for the Carnival.   What kind of raffle basket would YOU like to win? 

Sunrise will be hosting “Coffee Talks” in front of the school on Friday’s in August. The first Coffee Talk will be on Friday, August 7th at 7:45-8:30 am. You’re invited to talk and share ideas about Sunrise and the happenings on campus. These talks will take place at 7:45-8:30 AM. Please join us!

Would you like to be our PFO Parent Liaison?  We would depend on you to help with PFO events and go to the general meetings when you’re available, and/or help count Box Tops on track change days.  There is a Carnival meeting this Thursday, July 29th, in the library at 7 PM. If you are interested, please join us!  There will be a PFO General Meeting on Wednesday, August 19 in the library at 3:00. If you are a PFO member, please join us. (If you’re not a PFO member yet, go to and join for only $5.)

GATE Opportunity

In addition to identifying students who have high potential academically our district has identified other areas of giftedness that can qualify students for the GATE program.  One of those areas is leadership.  We are currently building our Student Leadership team at Sunrise and while this isn’t a group solely comprised of GATE students, it is an opportunity for our GATE children to realize their giftedness or be stretched to grow.  The Student Leadership Team is a program in which students can be involved in a meaningful way both in and beyond the classroom. It provides opportunities for students to demonstrate their talents, skills, and interests while continuing to develop new skills. It is also about giving students more ownership of the programs they attend. Interest in a Sunrise leadership position is honorable and requires full responsibility and total commitment. Should your student be voted into office, they will serve as a model student and citizen. Students of Sunrise will look to them as a benchmark for appropriate behavior and attitude on campus. Additionally, leadership students will represent their fellow students by being the voice of the students during meetings.  If elected they will be attending a meeting most Tuesday mornings from 7:40-8:10 when your track is in session.  If you believe with your student that this is an opportunity to help grow their abilities, please encourage them to sign up and prepare for an election. Lastly, if your student has any questions they can discuss student leadership with their teacher, administrators, or Mr. T. Harding and Mrs. Conner, student leadership teachers.