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Another Track Change Day will soon be upon us!  Friday, September 12th will be a Minimum Day for this purpose.  Kindergarten will be on the all early schedule (8:20-11:51). First through sixth graders attend 8:20-12:30. C Track’s last day is September 12th, returning from off track on Monday, October 6th.

B Track returns to school on Monday, September 15th. B Track room and red dot assignments are now posted in the front office window.  Mrs. Davis’s, Mrs. Standring’s, and Mrs. Haynes’s classes all return to a new classroom and red dot location.

Posted to our calendar page are an updated September events calendar as well as the events calendar for October.  Both will come in paper copy in Wednesday folders next week.

Many thanks to all of you that use Cobble Brook for drop-off and pick-up and are following the new procedures.  Safety has improved greatly.   Please remember to do the following:

  • When crossing the street use the crosswalk or the intersection to the east of the drop-off zone
  • Kinder parents, park outside the drop-off/pick-up zone and walk your child into/pick up your child from class unless you are using the K Valet service available for morning drop-off.
  • Please no U Turns at arrival or dismissal along Cobble Brook or Anatolia

Thank you, everyone, for your cooperation and support with the new plan!

Mrs. Hunt-Brown

A & D Track Parents

Picture Day
Tomorrow, August 22nd, Excel Photographers will be on campus to take school pictures for A & D Track students.  All students will have their picture taken for inclusion in the Sunrise yearbook and be part of a class photograph.  Parents wishing to purchase photography packages my do so by using the order form sent home with students or going on line at Extra order forms are available in the front office.


Cobble Brook Traffic Update

This community is awesome!  Today, we ran our new traffic pattern along Cobble Brook without the support of law enforcement….and it was AWESOME!  Thank you everyone for your support as we work together to make Sunrise Elementary a safe and positive learning environment including when it comes to traffic.

The following actions were critical to our success:

  • Parents and children crossing at the crosswalk and not in the middle of the street
  • Children prepared to exit the car promptly once their car entered the drop-off lane
  • Merging like a zipper as cars exit the drop-off lane
  • TK and K parents displaying their orange squares for our 6th grade K Valet service for the start of the morning classes
  • Parents parking away from the drop-off lane along other streets and walking onto campus
  • Parents and children knowing where they are to meet each other for after school pick-up and arriving promptly to the pick-up zone

Thank you for your continued support!

Mrs. Hunt-Brown


NEW: Cobble Brook Traffic Plan – Please read thoroughly

As our school has grown, the traffic pressure around the school has increased significantly.  Last year the traffic situation along Cobble Brook was identified as an area of serious concern and discussed at our School Site Council.  While year round has helped alleviate some of the traffic pressure, safety concerns remain.
Beginning Monday, August 11th, we will initiate a structured and controlled drop-off (8:10am) and pick-up (2:40) along Cobble Brook. The plan for cars consists of the following:
·         A designated drop-off and pick-up lane marked by cones
·         Traffic controls by staff and initially by law enforcement
·         Once you enter the drop-off/pick-up lane, remain in the lane until you exit at the end.
·         IMPORTANT – There will no longer be any parking/stopping on Cobble Brook the length
of the wrought-iron fence.
·         Kindergarten parents needing to walk their child to class may use the open curb space along both sides of Anatolia and cross at the crosswalk or use curb space on other side streets.
·         Children being dropped off will need to have their backpacks on and be ready to disembark.
·         Children being picked up along Cobble Brook will need to:
Go promptly to the pick area.
Watch of their parent’s/daycare provider’s car.
Wait in a single file along the fence preceding pick-up.
Parents will not be allowed to hold up the lane to wait for the arrival of late children.
·         AM Kindergarten and TK parents may elect to use the K-Valet system. (See below)
·         No U Turns or double parking
·         Respect the property rights of our neighbors.  Do not block or park in their driveways.
·         NEW – All pedestrians need to go down to the Anatolia crosswalk to cross the street.  No parent should be crossing Cobble Brook in the middle of the street with or without their child.
·         During PM Kinder arrival and AM Kinder departure, the volume of traffic is greatly reduced. Existing traffic practices can remain in effect.
A map was provided on the letter sent home with students.
K-Valet System for Morning Kindergarten and TK Students at Drop-off
For safety reasons, we ask that all transitional kindergarten and kindergarten students be escorted to and picked up from the classroom by a parent, daycare provider, or responsible older sibling. Kindergarten parents will need to park on available curb space (not on Cobble Brook) or in the parking lot and walk their child to class.  Please make use of the kindergarten gate and do not use the office for through traffic.
For morning TK and kindergarten students (AM schedule), we will offer a K-Valet system.  This system is designed for kindergarten students who are ready for a little more independence in getting from the car to the classroom.  The valet system is only offered in the morning for the start of school for students on the AM schedule.
·         Display the bright orange K-Valet card in the lower right front window of your car.
·         Pull into the Cobble Brook Drop-off  Lane
·         Your car will be greeted by a sixth grade Kindergarten Valet.  Valets will be wearing bright orange T-shirts….to match the bright orange card in your card window.
·          Your child needs to be able to tell the valet the name of their teacher.
·         The valet will escort your child to the appropriate classroom.
Kindergarten Students with Older Responsible Siblings
If your kindergarten child has an older sibling that is responsible, the older sibling may drop off and pick up their kindergarten age brother/sister. Please make prior arrangements with your child’s kindergarten teacher. The family may then use the Cobble Brook Drop-off and Pick-up Lane.
Mrs. Hunt-Brown

August Track Change Day & Character Awards

Parents of BC&D Track Students,

We are poised to accomplish another first for the history of Sunrise Elementary….our very first Track Change Day!

When:  Wednesday, August 6th
Who:    All Students TK-6th
What:   Minimum Day – Grades 1-6 8:20-12:30*
Kinder & TK All Early 8:20-11:51

B Track Students – Wednesday is your last day of school prior to going off-track until Monday, September 15th. Enjoy your time off!

Character Awards – RESPECT
Wednesday, August 6th is also the date for our first Character Awards Assembly.
8:40 First and Second Grades
9:10 Third and Fourth Grades
9:40 Fifth and Sixth Grades

*Please note that dismissal on minimum days is 12:30 for grades 1-6. (A publication went home that states 12:50.  Apologies! The correct time is 12:30.)

Mrs. Hunt-Brown

Tracks B & C – Picture Day Tomorrow

Dear Parents,

Tomorrow, Wednesday, July 30th, is School Picture Day for students on Tracks B & C.  All students will have their photograph taken for the Sunrise yearbook and be part of a class photograph.  Any parent wishing to purchase their child’s photographs must do so on or before picture day.  Order forms were sent home with students last week.  Orders may also be placed on line at or by calling (916) 565-1620. Checks  should be made payable to EXCEL. We have a limited number of order forms available in the school office.

Mrs. Hunt-Brown

Fall Picture Days with Excel

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Get ready to say, “Cheese!” School picture day will be on Wednesday, July 30th for tracks B & C and Friday, August 22nd for tracks A & D. Pre-order your pictures and special selections on their website under the Pre-Order tab.

What’s happening this week at Sunrise Elementary!


9:00 – 3:00 – Kindergarten Meet & Greet in classrooms
6:00 – 7:00 – Open campus to locate classroom & red dot


8:20 – 2:40 – First Day of School for tracks B, C & D
8:20 – 10:50 – AM Kinder & TK
11:09 – 1:40 – PM Kinder
5:30 – 6:40 – Primary Back to School Night (grades 1-3)
6:45 – 8:00 – Intermediate Back to School Night (grades 4-6)

Wednesday: All students on regular schedule

8:20 – 2:40 – Grades 1-6
8:20 – 11:51 – AM Kinder & TK
11:09 – 2:40 – PM Kinder

Sunrise 1st-6th Grade Spartans

Welcome to the start of the 14-15 school year!  In just a few short days, on Tuesday, July 15th, Tracks B, C, and D will begin our adventure into the world of year-round schooling. Approximately four weeks later, A Track will join in when they start on Thursday, August 7th.  I promise that in a few short months everyone will have their new track schedules mastered!

To help us with the transition, this brief newsletter will answer some of the most frequently asked questions.

First Day of School  Tracks BCD, Tuesday, July 15th

Track A, Thursday, August 7th

School Day  8:20-2:40

Office Hours  7:30-4:00

Student Supplies   Teachers will send home a list and/or present information at Back-to-School
Night about any supplies that students may need.  Some lists are also posted on our school website at

Class Lists  Class lists will not be posted this year since track and teacher assignments have already been sent home with each enrolled student. On Friday, July 11th, at 4:30PM an alphabetical list will be posted in the office windows that will list each child and their assigned teacher as part of our transition plan.

Room & Red Dot Assignments   A master schedule of room and red dot assignments will be posted in the office windows on Friday, July 11th, at 4:30PM.

Back to School Night  Tracks BCD – Tuesday, July 15th, Track A – Thursday, August 7th

5:30-6:00 Principal’s Address in the Multi

6:00-6:40 Primary Presentations,  Grades 1-3

6:45-7:25  Intermediate Presentations, Grades 4-6

7:30-8:00  Principal’s Address in the Multi

Track Change Requests   We have been carefully monitoring our student enrollment so that we can honor as many track change requests as possible.  As of the date and time of this email, we have made as many changes as enrollment allows.  If you have submitted a track change request and have not heard from us, please plan for your child to attend school on the track and with the teacher assigned as designated on the notice sent home with report cards. We will continue to monitor enrollment and process track change requests as space allows.

Campus Visitation Gates to campus will be open on Monday evening, July 14th from 6:00-7:00PM so that you and your child may locate their classroom and respective red dot for first day procedures.  We ask your assistance in adhering to the posted hours for this activity.  Our evening custodial team will be putting the finishing touches on campus preparations.

First Day Procedures Students are to meet their teacher at their assigned numbered red dot on the blacktop.  Please do not go to the classroom.  Red dot assignments will be posted in the office windows as noted above.  Red dots are numbered #1 – 60, with #1 located at the end of the portables and #60 being closest to the Multi.  Gates will open at 8:00 for the first day of school. On subsequent days, the gates open at 8:10.

Safety   We ask everyone’s commitment to safe driving practices any time you are on or around campus. We will notice some lessening in the heavy traffic at arrival and dismissal as a result of the year-round calendar, but we will still have challenges to overcome.  The following reminders should help us all:

·     Adhere to the posted speed limit

·     Follow the direction of the staff manning the crosswalks

·     No U Turns or double-parking

·     No students allowed in the parking lot or crossing mid-street without a parent

·     Model safe practices for your children – please use the crosswalk

·     Do not “leapfrog” ahead in the drop-off/pick-up zone in the parking lot

·     We will implement new procedures along Cobble Brook during the month of August.  Watch for news updates on this project.

First Day Packets Each child will bring home on the first day of school multiple pieces of important information for your attention and signature.  The following is a list of the major items:

·     14-15 Student Parent Handbook (save for reference)

·     Library Use Permission Form

·     14-15 Year-round Calendar (save for reference)

·     Lunch Menu

·     Free and Reduced Lunch Applications

·     Student Information Update Form – VERY important to update & return

Mrs. Hunt-Brown

P.S.  Apologies…. Our bulk email system is currently not functioning consistently. Some families received this document as an email, others did not. EGUSD Technology Services is working to correct the problem.  Once the problem is corrected, I will resend the information to everyone. This document will also be posted in the office windows, on Facebook, and our website.

Kindergarten Back to School Information

Back to School Night TK & K–Tracks BCD

Thursday, July 10th, 6:00PM, Sunrise Multi

Back to School Night K – Track A

Tuesday, August 5th, 6:00PM, Sunrise Multi

Kinder Orientation – Tracks BCD

July 14th, Classrooms

Kinder Orientation – Track A

August 6th, TBD

First Day of School Tracks BCD

July 15

First Day of School Track A

August 7th

Yearbook Information

The PFO is working diligently to sort out any issues with yearbook distribution and we are also looking at the possibility of ordering more yearbooks for those families who did not pre-order but would now like to purchase a yearbook.  Please DO NOT call the Sunrise office, but instead email us at [email protected] and include your name and contact information, as well as your child’s name, track, and grade level for the upcoming 2014-15 school year.  We will contact you via email and keep you updated on whether or not we are able to purchase additional yearbooks.  Please send us an email even if you have already contacted the office via phone.  Thank you for your understanding and interest in purchasing a 2013-14 Sunrise Yearbook.

The Sunrise PFO

General Member Meeting and PFO Elections Today

Please join the Sunrise PFO for our General Member Meeting and PFO Elections!  Wednesday, May 14 at 2:45pm in the Sunrise Library.  The attached document  includes the meeting agenda, financial information, and PFO executive board candidates and ballot.  Please feel free to email [email protected] with any questions, comments or suggestions.  We hope you can join us as we wrap up the year and vote for our executive board members.  Thank you for your support and for a great school year! J