Please take the time to read this letter from Dr. Ladd about the Common Core State Standards. A paper copy will be sent home with students tomorrow.
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Active parent involvement continues to be an important part of the success of Sunrise Elementary School. One of the ways that parents can be involved is to become a member of the School Site Council. We are currently in need of five parent members to serve on our council.
The School Site Council is a committee composed of ten members whose purpose is to advise the principal on issues relating to the improvement of school programs and services. The committee composition consists of an equal number of school staff (5) and parents (5). Each group elects their own representatives. Elected parent members serve a two year term on the council. The council meets once monthly. Meetings generally last about an hour.
The School Site Council plays an important role in the operation of a school. Members of the council need to be able to consider complex issues, understand the resources and structures under which a school must operate, work collaboratively with others, and be able to make recommendations for the overall good based on data.
The primary duty of the School Site Council is to assist in the development of the Single Plan for Student Achievement or Plan to Achieve Bold Goals. This plan is a requirement for all schools participating in programs funded through the consolidated application process to receive categorical state funding. The plan contains an analysis of the school’s strengths and weaknesses and outlines plans to improve areas of weakness. The development of the plan is a collaborative process that involves the entire teaching faculty and School Site Council under the direction of the principal.
If you are interested in serving as a member of the Sunrise School Site Council, please contact Mrs. Hunt-Brown at 985-4350. Once a slate of interested parents has been collected, an election by ballot will be held.
Council members Joshua Golka, Ann Grottveit, Craig Osborn, Mark Oliver, and Esther Romero; who have each completed a two year term of office, deserve a hearty thank-you and acknowledgement for their leadership, wisdom, and interest in furthering the growth and progress of our school. They have supported our school’s progress through some very tough economic times.
There will be a General PFO meeting tomorrow (Wed., May 15) at 2:45 in the Library. If you are available and want to hear more about what it means to be part of the PFO, please join us!
The meeting will include information about the 2013 Sunrise Unity Carnival, fundraising options for the 2013-14 school year, and ideas on enhancing visual and performing arts opportunities for Sunrise students. If you are unable to attend but have great ideas about activities for our school community, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please join us for our Open House and Art Show/Auction tomorrow!
Classroom visitations are from 4-5 p.m.
Art Show and Auction is in the multipurpose room from 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Student artwork will be on display and new this year is our Art Auction to help fund our Art Docent program. Each classroom will have a piece of art to auction off. Don’t forget to stop by and bid on your favorite!!
Sly Park Meeting – Room E2 – 5:00 p.m.
ELAC Meeting – Library – 5:00 p.m.
On Friday, May 17th, The 5th & 6th grades will be having a College and Career Day. The event will begin at 8:30 am and end at 11:15 am (lunch will be served from 11:20-11:55 am).
We are actively recruiting parents and community members to be presenters for the day. Speakers are expected to create a 15 minute interactive presentation for students to understand the benefits of having their career. They will repeat their presentation 4 times to accommodate student rotations.
We are looking for presenters for the following fields of interest:
Entertainment (writer, director, actor, videographer, animator, etc.)
If you are open to presenting for our students please contact Tamela Moore in the school office (985-4350).
Today students began the testing period for the California Standards Test (CST). We will be testing daily through Thursday, April 25th. Some grades have fewer tests than others. Classroom newsletters and teacher blogs will keep you current on classroom testing schedules. Tests will be administered across grades 2-6 immediately following morning announcements.
Each year since Sunrise has opened, our students have improved their API (Academic Performance Index) score, reaching an all-time high last year of 907. We are hoping to continue this amazing and positive trend!
The following tips help students give their best performance when testing: getting a good night’s sleep, having a nutritious breakfast, arriving at school on time, sticking to familiar family routines, avoiding conflicts at the start of the day, and hearing words of encouragement from teachers and parents.
Join us in working toward having this year be our most impressive CST year yet!
Intent to Return Forms for the 2013-14 school year are due Friday, April 19th. The form is attached in case another copy is needed for your use. Heartfelt thanks to all who have returned their form already!
The calendar page has been updated. Please check it out for important dates for year end events and activities.
Picture Day is tomorrow, March 21st. Pictures must be paid for on or before picture day; only students purchasing portraits will be photographed. You may pay by check (make checks payable to EXCEL) or go online to pay by credit card www.excelphotographers.com. Be sure to return the envelope to school on or before picture day.
All of our 6th graders will also be photographed for their promotion certificates.
MINIMUM DAY SCHEDULE
Monday, March 4 – Friday, March 8
Grades 1-6 8:20-12:30
ALL Kinder schedules remain the same except for Tuesday, March 5th (8:20-11:40)
This Thursday, February 28th, Sunrise 5th and 6th grade students will attend a special assembly given by FBI Special Agent Scott Schofield. Agent Scholfield will be speaking with students about making wise choices when using the Internet, Facebook, and on-line gaming. He will also discuss avoiding and preventing cyber bullying.
On the evening of February 28th at 7:00 PM, our PFO will host a parent/community education night featuring FBI Special Agent Scott Schofield. Agent Schofield’s presentation, Do You Know How to Protect Your Child on the Internet?, is a topic of critical importance. The evening presentation is meant for an adult audience and will contain topics not suitable for elementary age children.
A PFO General Meeting will be held from 6:30-7:00 PM prior to Agent Schofield’s presentation. Limited on-site child care (K-6) is available on a first come, fist served basis provided by Champions. Advanced reservations are required for child care. Please RSVP to email@example.com if you plan to attend. If you require childcare, please include the name(s) and age(s) of your children.
Thank you! We hope you can join us!!
Friday, March 1st is “Read Across America Day” — which also happens to be Dr. Seuss’s birthday! This day is sponsored by the National Education Association. Why celebrate? Motivating children to read is an important factor in student achievement and creating lifelong successful readers. Research has shown that children who are motivated and spend more time reading do better in school. It is a day to celebrate and foster a love for reading in people of all ages!
Sunrise will be celebrating “Read Across America Day” on Friday, March 1st by taking part in several activities. First, we encourage students to show their love for reading by dressing up as their favorite book character. We ask that student’s dress appropriately by wearing attire that will not interfere with their learning or the learning of others. Please follow the dress code guidelines as outlined in the Sunrise School Handbook. “Students may not wear hairstyles, hair color, jewelry, or make-up that is excessive or causes a disruption to the classroom. In addition to dressing as their favorite book character, students will participate in buddy reading and other Dr. Seuss related reading activities!
We hope that everyone will join us in celebrating this exciting event! ”We are calling for every child in every school in every community to be in the company of a book the evening of March 2, in celebration of Dr. Seuss’s birthday,” said Bob Chase, NEA president. So, make sure to have your favorite book on hand and join Americans in celebrating READING by reading with your family on Friday, March 1st!
If you have any questions about this event please contact your child’s teacher and he/she will be happy to clarify any questions you may have!