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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

Sunrise PFO

The Sunrise PFO is looking for enthusiastic and committed parent volunteers to join our dynamic team of parents on the PFO Executive Board for the 2014-2015 school year. The PFO Executive Board elections will take place at the next PFO General Meeting on Wednesday, May 14 at 2:45 p.m. in the Sunrise Library.

If you are interested, please see the flier (May 2014 Board Election) and contact the Sunrise PFO at [email protected] today.

The Sunrise PFO is a valuable organization at Sunrise Elementary that helps fund the Accelerated Reader program, new library books, class field trips, and classroom technology and supplies, among many other resources for our students.

Thank you in advance for your support of the Sunrise PFO.


Now Hiring Substitute Yard Supervisors for 2014-2015

Sunrise Elementary is currently hiring substitute yard supervisors for the 2014-2015 school year. All interested parties should meet with Ms. Moore (vice principal) from 1:30 pm – 2:15 pm on Friday, May 9, 2014. Please call to confirm your attendance by leaving a message for Ms. Moore at 985-4350.

In addition, please access our district website ( to apply online for the position. Click on the link for employment. This will take you to job listings. Search EDJOIN for the following positions:

Substitute Pools for Yard Supervisors and Campus Supervisors
Substitute Yard Supervisor/Campus Supervisor

The postings occur on Friday mornings from 8am – 10:30 am (most of the time). Once you apply, send me an email stating that your initial application has been submitted. I will notify our Human Resources Department to review your application for the Sunrise Elementary campus.

Tamela Moore

Sunrise Open House 5-1-14

Sunrise Open House

Thursday, May 1, 2014

3:30-5:30 p.m. Art Show in the Multipurpose Room
4:00-5:00 p.m. Classroom Visitations
5:00-5:30 p.m. ELAC Meeting in the Library
(English Language Advisory Committee Meeting for parents of all English Language Learners)


EGUSD’s Upcoming Common Core State Standards Night

The Elk Grove Unified School District will host an informational evening on the Common Core State Standards for parents and staff on April 23. Translators for Hmong, Spanish and Vietnamese will be available at the meeting.

April 23, 2014 – Supporting Students through the CCSS Transition

This meeting will address the following questions:

  • How will students show what they have learned?
  • How can I support my child at home?

Time: 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m.

Location: EGUSD Board Room, Robert L. Trigg Education Center, 9510 Elk Grove-Florin Road, Elk Grove

Refreshments will be provided. All are welcome to attend.

School Site Council Meeting to Discuss LCAP- please read

 March 29, 2014

Sunrise Parents:

In June of 2013, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law one of the most significant changes to the way California’s school districts are funded. The new system – the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) – changes the way the State of California allocates funds to school districts. The LCFF provides base funding for all students as well as supplemental and concentration funding to support students from low income families, English Learners, and foster youth. The LCFF went into effect as of July 1, 2013.

Under the new funding rules, school districts are required to adopt a Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) that describes the actions, services, and expenditures that support student growth. The LCAP clarifies how programs/services will be measurably improved in quantity or quality, proportionate to the increase in funding. It also requires the engagement of parents, staff, students and other stakeholders in the building of the LCAP. The LCAP is a three year plan that must be adopted by July 1, 2014, and updated each year. School sites write individual LCAP plans under the guidelines established in the district LCAP.

EGUSD is in the process of building their LCAP. We at Sunrise are building ours as well. Our Sunrise Leadership Team and teachers have generated a number of goal areas where, independently or with the support of EGUSD, our program needs to grow.

On Tuesday, April 2, 2014, the Sunrise School Site Council will review our proposed Sunrise LCAP at their meeting to be held in the Sunrise library from 6-7PM. All interested parents and community members are welcome to attend.

The state of California has set three broad LCAP priorities that districts and schools must address: conditions of learning, pupil outcomes, and engagement. Each of these categories has multiple sub-categories to guide the decision-making and goal-setting process.

Sunrise is currently considering the following goal areas:

 School Climate and Culture – Adapting and improving our existing climate, organizational structures, and communication systems as we transition to a year-round calendar (Engagement)

 Continue our progress in the implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in the areas of Mathematics and Language Arts (Conditions of Learning)

*Improve student math performance based on benchmark data collected during the 13-14 school year at all grade levels (Pupil Outcomes)

*Continue the development of Professional Learning Communities around mathematics instruction through participation in the Bechtel Math Generation Grant Program. (Conditions of Learning)

*Develop students’ writing skill in the areas of Evidence Based and Argument Writing (Pupil Outcomes)

 Participate in future plans by EGUSD to align the student report card with CCSS and explore possible intermediate steps as a school site. (Pupil Outcomes & Engagement)

 Increase student access to and the integration of technology into the curriculum and its application to student assessment. (Pupil Outcomes)

 Increase student support systems through Positive Behavior Intervention Systems (PBIS), Intervention Programs for students that struggle academically and/or behaviorally and programs for the Gifted and Talented. (Conditions of Learning & Pupil Outcomes)

Funding for LCAP

– For the 14-15 school year, funding is expected to remain equal to 13-14 levels. Sunrise will likely have a working budget of approximately $6,000 that is restricted to providing services to English Language Learners. The funding levels are supposed to increase over the next several years. Our ability to accomplish some of our goals will be funding dependent. Whatever the funding level, we will continue to work to provide our students with a world-class education and to keep our close partnership with the community.


Judy E. Hunt-Brown, Principal

School Accountability Report Cards Available

Our current School Accountability Report Card (SARC) is available online at the Elk Grove Unified School District website at Both a long detailed format and a short executive summary are posted for parents to learn more about the schools in our community.
Each school’s SARC summarizes the school’s mission, goals, accomplishments, and highlights the school’s unique programs. In addition, state law requires that the SARC contain all of the following: demographic data, school safety and climate for learning information, academic data, school completion rates, class sizes, teacher and staff information, curriculum and instruction descriptions, postsecondary preparation information, fiscal and expenditure data.
The federal No Child Left Behind law requires that SARCs contain reports concerning the “adequate yearly progress” of students in achieving state academic achievement standards; Title I Program Improvement status; graduation rates at the secondary level; and the extent to which “highly qualified” teachers are teaching core academic subjects.
A hard copy of these reports can be requested by visiting your child’s school office. Additionally, these reports have been translated in Spanish and Hmong at schools with large populations of families who speak these languages. Any questions regarding the SARCs can be answered by your child’s principal or by contacting Learning Support Services at 686-7712.

EGUSD Board of Education seeks Finance Committee

The Elk Grove Unified Board of Education (EGUSD) would like to invite interested applicants to serve in one of three open positions on the Board’s advisory Finance Committee.

“We welcome community involvement in our District and appreciate the dedication of those individuals who take an opportunity to serve in this area of public education,” said EGUSD Board President Priscilla S. Cox.

The function of the Finance Committee is to serve in an advisory capacity to the Elk Grove Unified School District Board of Trustees on matters pertaining to District finances. The Committee provides community input that is shared with the Board of Education. It is comprised of community members appointed by each Board member and the Superintendent and three community members appointed by the entire Board of Education. Finance Committee Members serve two-year terms.

The Committee is assisted by non-voting district staff members including the Associate Superintendent of Finance and School Support, Director of Fiscal Services and other staff as needed. Student representatives from the District’s high schools provide feedback on financial impact at their school sites.

The functions of the Finance Committee are to:

  • review the annual budget and interim financial reports and comment when deemed necessary;
  • provide opinions on current fiscal strategies for the district;
  • identify potential fiscal problems and refer them to the Board of Education for analysis;
  • provide an annual written report of the committee’s activities to the Board;
  • provide any oral presentations to the BOE at the Board’s request or at the committee’s initiative; and
  • serve as an ad hoc resource or provide specific research or study as requested by the Board.

Applicants must live within the District’s 320 square mile boundary and be 18-years-old or over.

To apply, please fill out the EGUSD Finance Committee Application by clicking here. Applications are due to Arlene Hein, Board Secretary, no later than 5 p.m. on March 5, 2014.  They can be emailed to [email protected] or mailed or delivered to:

Arlene Hein
Robert L. Trigg Education Center
9510 Elk Grove-Florin Road
Elk Grove, CA 95624

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