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Attendance / Tardies

Hello Spartan families,


Every day, on time attendance is critical to student success and it sets the tone for a great school day. Our staff wants to take the time to clarify what on time means so that we can mitigate any misunderstandings and conflicts with attendance.

  • On time means students are with their teacher and in their seats at 8:15 ready for the morning announcements.
  • Our entry gates will close and lock at 8:15 when our final bells ring, but students will be reminded to go to the office to receive a late slip.
  • We follow this process so that we have the ability to adjust teacher attendance recording with the most accurate information. For example a slightly late student may be marked absent by the teacher at 8:15. If the student doesn’t check in through the office to receive a late slip, the absence stays in the attendance system and the District will give the parent an automated call indicating the student was marked absent. Parents are then concerned and confused knowing their child was dropped off for school. If the child picks up the late slip, our office can then change the absence to a late and the parent will not receive the phone call.
  • To make things easy, please drop your child off between 8:00 and 8:10. This will ensure that children have enough time to line up on the blacktop, ready for their teacher and ready for school.


Thank you for helping us instill timeliness, start learning on time and clean up confusion with our attendance system!


Marty Hock

Principal, Sunrise Elementary

(p)916.985.4350 ext. 17600


“We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility.  It’s easy to say,

‘It’s not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem.’ Then

there are those who see the need and respond. I consider those people my heroes.” -Fred Rogers

Parent Survey Results- Bring Your Parent to School Day/Morning Open House

Dear Spartan Families,


Thank you parents for providing our school feedback on our Bring Your Parent to School Day-Open House event. The events for both B Track and ACD Tracks was very well attended with many classes having every child represented by a family member. Thank you for adjusting your schedules to try this new time frame. As you know, our Sunrise Leadership team wanted to be responsive to parent feedback that we received last year regarding the timing of our Open Houses. Knowing that we could not satisfy every family, we took a suggestion from families to pilot and host a morning event instead of an evening event. We then recently surveyed parents to see our community was in favor of the morning event or if we should return to an evening event. We were also open to direct responses in the survey as well and received many. Over 150 families responded with 55% in favor of keeping the morning time frame. Coupled with this though, were many comments- both positive and critical- as you might imagine. Significant critiques shared from hosting a Morning Open House event included:

  • Removing the unintentional ambiguity in the title by calling it Open House in the Morning vs. Bring Your Parent to School Day.
  • Ensuring that every child shares their work with at least one positive adult. We don’t want any child to feel badly or left out. A morning event meant that all children would be present whether a family member could attend or not, and publicly sharing their best work is important to all children.
  • Ensuring that siblings can see and appreciate each other’s work. While many classes then participated later in a parade through classes to see the other children’s work across the school, it would be important for all students to take pride in the hard work of their peers and siblings.
  • Holding the art show in an area to be more visible to families.


A concern shared was centered on honoring working families, which to be honest, was a major hesitation in trying this time frame this year. Interestingly, many families indicated the opportunity in the morning worked well with their schedule; many families indicated the exact opposite. Several responses indicated that with a better title of the event, coupled with the advanced notice given, they would have rearranged their work schedule and been able to attend. A large number of comments indicated this time frame did not honor our dual working families or single parents.


I’ve been doing some further reflecting on our parent survey regarding our Bring Your Parent to School Day/Morning Open House. While the survey results favored keeping the Morning Open House by 10% (55% to 45%), the comments were heavily weighted towards returning to an evening event. There is not a major difference in favor of the morning time frame. So, I’m conflicted seeing the benefits of both time frames to families and staff. Ultimately though, I’ve decided to return Open House in the Spring to the evening time frame. I’ve trusted my mind for many decisions, but I’m a firm believer that sometimes you just have to go with your gut- which in this case is telling me to hold to tradition. Thanks for piloting the morning time frame with me this year and for also providing me your feedback.


As always, I’m open to your feedback and am so happy to be able to serve this community. Have a wonderful end to this school year and see many of you once again in mid-July for Back to School Night (which, of course, will be in the evening).


Have a wonderful day,


Marty Hock

Principal, Sunrise Elementary



“Be the person you needed when you were younger.” – Ayesha Siddiqi

New Social Studies Curriculum

New Social Studies Curriculum Parent Preview and Discussion Night at Sunrise

Wednesday- June 12, 5:30-6:30 in our MP Room


Mr. Hock welcomes parents to attend an informational meeting around our new Social Studies curriculum. Parents will have the opportunity to look at textbooks, ask questions and plan how to best support your children with history and social studies content curriculum moving into the 2019-20 school year.




 Roles and Responsibilities
 Mandated Reporter
 PBIS, Special Education
 Stress Management
 NCLB Test Prep
 English Language Learners
 After School Programs
 Attitude in the Workplace
 More!
NEW! Saturday Class
Saturdays, September 7-December 21, 2019
Time: 9 am—1 pm (No class 11/9 & 11/30)
Evening Class:
Tues/Thurs, October 15-December 19, 2019
Time: 6-9 pm (No class 11/26 & 11/28)
Location: EGACE, 8401-B Gerber Rd, Sacramento
Class is FREE!
Materials Fee: $30
EGUSD NCLB test (if required) $15
EGACE also offers a Vocational English-as-a-Second Language class for higher-level English Language Learners that prepares them for the Para-educator Training!
Orientation and registration appointments will be held starting in late July. You can register for an appointment online at under the Always Learning Online Registration link or call the EGACE front desk at (916) 686-7783.

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EagleForce Robotics

EagleCourse Robotics
Summer Camps

 EagleForce is hosting summer youth camps to encourage ​STEM, robotics, and teamwork. Using theVexIQ robotics platformstudents get the opportunity to design, build, and program robots while collaborating with each other to complete challenges. At the end of the week, their robots will compete in mini competitions.

Camps are one week sessions, lead by a qualified instructor and several high school camp counselors from the Pleasant Grove EagleForce robotics team.  Two courses will be offered this summer, VEX Beginner and VEX Intermediate. Both courses last 5 days and run from 9:00 AM-3:00 PM. A week of camp costs $250 per child.

​VEX Beginner Camp Dates:
June 3 – June 7
July 15 – July 19

VEX Intermediate Camp Date:
June 10 – June 14

To register, please fill out the form linked here:
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