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Sunrise Bike Rodeo

Join us at the Bike Rodeo this Saturday, April 16th from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM hosted by Smart Routes to School.

Make sure you bring your bike and a helmet too! Parents must check in students prior to participation. See you there!


General PFO Meeting Tomorrow, Wednesday, April 5 

Join us Wednesday, April 6 at 3:00 PM in the Sunrise Elementary Library for a PFO general meeting.
We need as many members as possible present to reach a quorum.
Come learn about current PFO events, current fundraising results, and how you can get involved.
See you there!


Submit Potential Yearbook Pictures by Friday, April 8

Do you have fun pictures of your Sunrise Elementary student(s) and their classmates at this year’s school events?
If so, send your photos noting the names and grades of the children pictured to no later than Friday, April 8 for potential inclusion in this year’s yearbook.
We are especially in need of photos for TK and Kindergarten, but photos from all grades will be considered.
Thank you!

FUNdraiser Reminder – Food Trucks at Eagle’s Nest Park

Join the Sunrise Elementary PFO
for a FUNdraiser Event on
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
The Food Trucks are coming back to Anatolia!!!

Anatolia Food Trucks at Eagle’s Nest Park
from 500pm-800pm
As a way to say “thank you” for the support of the community
SactoMoFo will be donating 10%
of all sales from the evening to the PFO!

Check out the SactoMoFo schedule at
Line Up: Chando’s, Dog Town, Drewski’s, Gameday Grill, Wandering Boba, & Sweet Spot

TONIGHT! SBAC and English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC) Parent Night

Invited Guests: All Sunrise Elementary Parents
Date: Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Time: 6pm – 7:30 pm
Location: Sunrise Elementary MP Room

Purpose(s) of the Meeting:
Parents will explore how students in grades 3 – 6 take the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) standardized tests on Chromebooks by practicing SBAC questions (via computers) that cover CCSS for English language arts (ELA) and mathematics.
ELAC parents will make decisions on proposed programs for students who are designated as English learners.

Prizes for Students: At the conclusion of the event, parents will receive a 3 Star Pass for their children to use at lunch time. The pass entitles students to have dining seating preference and early dismissal to lunch recess. Students will also earn one homework pass to be used on an assignment that the teacher, student, and parents agree upon.

Light refreshments will be served in the multi-purpose room at 5:45 pm. Daycare will be provided in the library.

Sunrise Elementary Parent Faculty Organization (PFO) Board Position Descriptions

The responsibilities of the executive officers of the PFO Board of Directors and chairpersons include, but
are not limited to, the following:

 Presides over all General Member and Executive Board Meetings
 Supervises the affairs of the PFO in accordance with all bylaws, policies and directives approved
by the PFO Executive Board
 Appoints chairpersons and members of each committee of the PFO and may appoint special
assistants or consultants as he/she deems necessary and appropriate
 Oversees that all books, reports and certificates required by law are properly kept
 Facilitates approval of all newsletters, flyers and/or notices by the principal of Sunrise
Elementary prior to distribution
 Ensures all contracts and/or legally binding documents are approved by the PFO prior to signing
such documents

Vice President:
 Serves as the primary aide to the president
 In the event of the absence or inability of the president to exercise his/her office, become acting
PFO president with all the rights, privileges and power as if he/she had been the duly elected
 Performs other duties as assigned

 Prepares the minutes of all General Member and Executive Board Meetings
 Serves as the official custodian of the PFO’s records, including a current signed original set of the
 Records all expenditures in the minutes to be kept no less than seven years
 Retains a current list of up-to-date paid members of the organization to be kept with the minutes

 Prepares and distributes monthly budget reports at Executive Board Meetings
 Prepares an annual budget for adoption by the organization and prepares an annual financial
report to the membership that includes gross receipts and expenditures
 Responsible for the receipt, collection, deposit and recording of all funds as well as the
procedures for disbursements in the financial books
 Keeps permanent books of accounts and records of items of gross income, receipts and
disbursements of the organization
 Pays all bills as authorized by the Executive Board or the organization
 Completes and files all tax returns and other forms required by government agencies under the
supervision of an enrolled agent or certified public accountants as necessary
 Keeps all permanent books of accounts and records no less than seven years

Membership Chair
 Compiles and updates a master contact list of the Executive Board Members
 Compiles a current list of up-to-date paid members of the PFO to be provided to the Secretary
(*The membership and Executive Board Member list shall be for the exclusive use of the
Organization and shall not be available for distribution or purchase by any other organization or

Fundraising Chair
 Identifies and develops fundraising opportunities and plans for approval by the Executive Board
 In partnership with the Executive Board, coordinates and supervises all fundraising events and
activities, including Dinner Nights Out and Box Tops coordination.

Unity Carnival Chair
 Oversees all aspects of Unity Carnival event planning, including leading planning meetings and
coordinating the work of the carnival committees (i.e., marketing, ticket, food, raffle, vendor, and
games/activity committees)
 Creates an event planning master timeline and oversees the creation and distribution of all hard
copy and electronic notices and materials by established deadlines
 Oversees securing event entertainment and recruitment of volunteers
 Coordinates with the PFO President and Executive Board to ensure all contracts and permits are
authorized, signed and executed
 Performs other planning and supervisory functions as necessary
Marketing & Communications Chair
 Assists with the development and distribution of PFO notices and flyers for classroom
 Responsible for updating the website and Sunrise PFO Facebook page with current
PFO events and notices
 Performs other marketing functions as necessary to promote PFO events, activities and services

Next Week at Sunrise (Read Across America Spirit Days)

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Fellow Whos in Whoville,

Next Wednesday, March 2nd is Read Across America Day. We will be celebrating with a week full of spirit days.

Monday – Read a T-Shirt Day! Wear a T-shirt that has words on it. Book connection: I Can Read With My Eyes Shut

Tuesday – Wild Colors Day! Wear as many colors as you can at one time. Book connection: My Many Colored Days

Wednesday – Stuffed Animal Day! Bring a stuffed animal to school to read to. Book connection: If I Ran the Zoo

Thursday – Crazy Socks and Hats Day! Wear a fun hat and crazy socks. Book Connection: Fox in Socks

Friday – Character Dress Up Day! Dress up as your favorite book character and don’t forget to BRING THE BOOK! Book connection: And to Think I Saw It on Mulberry Street (Also Track Change Day)

**Please adhere to the school dress code guidelines and not dress in attire that will interfere with their learning or the learning of others.**

Why celebrate? Motivating children to read is an important factor in student achievement and creating lifelong successful readers. It is a day to celebrate and foster a love for reading in people of all ages!

Online Yearbook Sales Ending Soon

Your ability to order your student’s 2016 yearbook using the online option will expire soon.  Ordering online will be your only opportunity to use your credit or debit card to pay for your student’s yearbook.
If you would like to take advantage of online ordering, please go to
If you have any questions please contact
We thank you for your support.

Sunrise PFO Recruiting New Executive Board Members

The Sunrise Parent Faculty Organization is Recruiting New Executive Board members for the upcoming 2016-2017 school year

Why is the PFO vital to Sunrise Elementary?
The PFO raises more than $34,000 annually to pay for essential programs, supplies and equipment including:
• New Classroom desktop computers & Chromebooks • School-wide assemblies • Field trips • The Accelerated Reader Program • The Unity Carnival • Classroom paper, supplies & student planners • Achievement tags • Wednesday folders • New library books •

It is critical that the following PFO Board Positions are filled for the 2016-17 school year:
*The current PFO President, Secretary and Treasurer are “termed out” at the end of this school year. New board members must be elected in May 2016 in order for the PFO to continue supporting our school.

PFO Board Positions Up for Election:
• President
• Vice President
• Secretary
• Treasurer
• Fundraising Chair
• Membership Chair
• Marketing & Communications Chair
• Unity Carnival Chair

Executive Board Member Responsibilities Include:
• A two-year term in the elected position
• Attending 1 evening board meeting per month
• Providing support for Sunrise PFO activities and fundraisers
• Sharing your ideas and talents to achieve the PFO’s mission to help ensure the success of all Sunrise Elementary students, and strengthening the partnership between parents and faculty

If you are interested in joining the PFO Executive Board and learning more about the available board positions, please contact us today at

Thank you for your interest & support!

The Sunrise Elementary PFO 2015-16 Executive Board
Diane Standring – President
Messina Whalen – Vice President
Edie Ernst – Secretary
Ariane Clark – Treasurer
Samantha Dougherty – Fundraising Chair
Jennifer Corcoran – Unity Carnival Chair

Neighborhood News

Hello Sunrise Spartan families-

As you may have heard in the news recently, a neighbor in our school community was arrested for talking to a four year old child through her bedroom window at night. He apparently was scared off by an adult living in the home and was later found by police. While we do not have much control over the happenings in our surrounding neighborhoods, please be assured that our staff is on alert for suspicious behavior. Random adults are never allowed to speak to our children while walking in the park near our fences. In light of the recent arrest, we will continue our vigilance to make sure that every child is safe at school. Here are some helpful tips:
• Please remind your child to report to the office if you are running late for pick-up.
• Ask your children who walk or bike to and from school, to do so in groups of children.
• Please do not allow your child to play at the park unsupervised unless they have checked in with a parent first.
• If your child is ever approached by a stranger, please remind them to never speak to them and report it to a safe adult.

As always, if you see something, say something. Our EGUSD Police Services phone number is 916.686.7786, the Rancho Cordova Police numbers are Non-Emergency: 916.362.5115
And Emergency: 916.362.5111, and of course suspicious behaviors may warrant an immediate call to 911.

Thank you for your partnership-
Martin Hock

Traffic Safety Announcements

Good afternoon families.  We appreciate that you arrive early to Sunrise to allow your students to experience a high-quality educational experience.  We are asking that you continue to drive safely and adhere to the rules of the road.  You can help us to maintain safety by committing to do the following things:
*    Drive at a reduced speed while in the parking lot and in the drop-off zone on Cobble Brook.  (2 to 8 miles per hour would be ideal.)
*    Refrain from parking on Cobble Brook in the drop-off zone at dismissal.  You will potentially delay all drivers if you park here.
*    Refrain from crossing in the drop-off zone on Cobble Brook.  Cars are not expecting to see pedestrians in the zone, and students’ lives are placed at risk when crossing occurs.
*    Front Parking Lot:  Pull forward as much as possible to allow more cars to reach the proper loading zone.  Loading behind the crosswalk is a safety hazard.
*    If you are waiting to move forward to the pick-up zone, please refrain from cutting through the line to zoom ahead of others.  This creates a safety hazard.
*    Refrain from making U-turns on Cobble Brook during arrival and dismissal time.  This presents a safety hazard for other drivers (especially when cars turn from the drop-off zone through 3 other lines of traffic.
*    Tickets will be distributed when police are on patrol and notice vehicles in driveways, near the fire hydrant, yellow zones, and disabled parking (without placards displayed).
Here are some suggestions for entering through our gates prior to 8:15 am, and you can select an option that works best for your family:
*    Come to Sunrise between 7:55 am and 8:05 am.  The lines are shorter.
*    Consider parking 2 blocks away and walking to campus.
*    Encourage your children to be ready to exit the vehicle prior to your car loading in the zone.  This helps to move all cars through swiftly.
Thanks for your time and consideration.
Tamela L. Moore
Vice Principal
Sunrise Elementary
Work#:  916-985-4350

Attention families of 6th Grade students

It’s never too early to begin thinking about college!  Sacramento State has a College Making it Happen free event on Saturday, April 2 at their University Ballroom (6000 J Street, Sacramento) from 8:00-1:00.  It is designed to help 6th grade students and families plan for early academic and financial readiness.  You will have the opportunity to meet college admissions counselors, find ways to pay for college, take a tour of the campus, and explore college majors like Athletics, Chemistry, Engineering and Computer Science, General Medicine, Public Safety and Law Enforcement, Teaching, Veterinary Medicine and more.  This event is in partnership with UC Davis, University of the Pacific, the Los Rios Community College District and other community-based organizations.

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