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School Site Council

Hello Spartan families,

 

Our Sunrise Elementary School Site Council is our governing board which helps to develop and align our budget and goals in what is called the Local Control Accountability Plan or LCAP. The Council is comprised of five parents, three certificated teachers, a classified employee and the principal. Parent members serve a two year term on the Council. Parents continuing on with us this year to serve the second year of their term are Michael Pedley and Anissa Sonnenburg.

 

Three parent members have termed out, but are willing to continue on for a second two year commitment. Blair Douglas, Kim Martin and Christine Tang are open to serving again. To be inclusive to any parent that would like to join the Council we must solicit nominations of other interested parents. Candidates cannot be employees of the EGUSD. If no one expresses an interest then these incumbents will continue on for another two year term. If a parent is interested, please let me know by Friday, September 6. Please express your interest by emailing me at mhockiii@egusd.net.

 

So, what is the commitment? Our Council bylaws indicate we will host quarterly Council meetings, so at minimum we will host four meetings annually. Certain times of the year may require more input and so we may schedule more meetings as needed. Meetings run between one and two hours. Parent input is important to running our school effectively and input insures that we are responsive to the needs of our community. I make every effort to be transparent with school-wide academic data, program effectiveness, budget allocations, as well overall school culture and climate indicators.

 

Our school is indebted to our parents who have stepped up to serve our students, staff and community. If you would like to join us, please let me know. If you have any questions or need clarification, my office door is open to you, or you can email or call.

 

Thank you,

 

Marty Hock

Principal, Sunrise Elementary

(p)916.985.4350 ext. 17600

(f)916.985.8927

“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

Another Music Opportunity

Hello Spartan families,

We have another wonderful music opportunity for our students coming our way. The Mandarins Music Academy will be hosting band and choir classes at Sunrise Elementary. Band will be open to 4th-6th grade students (possibly 3rd grade students who are experienced), and choir is open to all K-6 students. Director Jim Tabuchi of The Mandarins will be available for parents of students on ALL tracks the evening of August 22 from 5:30-7:00 outside the multipurpose room. The Mandarins staff can answer questions, take registrations, and they plan to host an instrument “petting zoo” where kids can try different instruments. Families can also register at www.mandarins.org.

So we now have two opportunities to connect our growing musicians- The Sacramento Performing Arts Conservatory (contact Clara Litman or Oxalis Nguyen at www.sacramentoconservatory.com) for piano/keyboards and violin instruction, and The Sacramento Mandarins Music Academy for woodwind instruments/band and choir lessons. We encourage all interested families to register soon as our music and choir programs are dependent upon enrollment.

Thank you and happy music making!

Music at Sunrise

 

Hello Sunrise Families,

 

A part of our vision is to provide opportunities to develop the whole child. Our extended day music opportunities are taking a new turn this year and we have some new community partners. This year the Sacramento Performing Arts Conservatory will be offering violin, piano, drums, and recorder lessons. If your child is interested in learning to play an instrument or is ready to take the next step in their development, please plan to attend our information orientation and registration family event on Thursday, August 1 from 6:00-7:00 in our multipurpose room. Please also see the flyer to RSVP or pre-register. Forms can be provided to our office in advance or brought with you the night of the event.

Thank you, as always, for your partnership.

Click HERE to download Music Flyer/Sign up

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

(f)916.985.8927

“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

(p)916.985.4350

(f)916.985.8927

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

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