SPCAS Trojan News

March 2021

Principal's Pen

Dear SPCAS Family,

Please see the dates below.

Monday, March 1 - Friday, March 5-Read Across America (See Spirit Week activities below; students and staff may wear jeans for Spirit Week activities)

Thursday, March 11-Early Release (Students dismissed at 11 am.)

Friday, March 12-Teacher Workday (No school for students)

Thursday, March 25-Kona Ice for Virtual Students from 12 pm to 2 pm

Friday, March 26-Kona Ice for Face-to-Face students during lunch times



If you have any questions, please contact me at nbarnes@rhmail.org.

Children AND Teachers First!

Dr. Barnes


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From the Office

Reminders about attendance:

Everyday is important! Drop off begins at 7am each school day. Our first bell rings at 7:40 and our tardy bell rings at 7:45. If your child arrives after 7:45, please bring them to the front of the building and ring the doorbell and we will sign them in for the day. Remember the doors are locked. Attendance is taken first thing in every classroom. If your child is absent or arrives late, you will receive an attendance call. The attendance call you receive will advise you your child is absent. This call is based on the first attendance code entered for the day by the teacher. For students who arrive tardy, their attendance is corrected when they arrive at school for the day by the office. If you have any questions, please call or email me at 803-981-1260 or ddieguez@rhmail.org.

~Mrs. Dieguez

Library News

-Our students and staff will once again enjoy a high energy and interactive Virtual Show from the Hornet’s Book Bus Team on March 1st at 10 am.

-We will also kick off the month by observing Read Across America Week in conjunction with Dr. Seuss’ birthday (March 2nd).

-The Virtual Scholastic Book Fair (March 1st – 14th) is another opportunity to engage our students in reading. Parents and/or guardians can visit our school webpage at https://www.rock-hill.k12.sc.us/Domain/23 for more information or visit Scholastic’s webpage at www.scholastic.com/fair (search for Sunset Park).

-March is Women’s History Month. Check out the school library for books about women who have made outstanding and significant contributions in all areas of life: government, education, science, and more.

· Our One School, One Book title will be revealed on Friday, March 5th!!!!

~Mrs. Gray

Art News

The Rock Hill Schools Teachers’ Choice Youth Art Exhibit is up at the Center for the Arts on East Main Street. The show will run until March 14th. The Exhibit showcases art from students K – 12 from all schools in the district. The students representing Sunset Park are Sadie Coble, Zuriel Patterson, Cailyn Nabritt, Savanna Davis, Robbie Collins, and Kristian Shaw. To get an appointment to come by and look at the show, or to find out when the gallery is open to the public, just call (803) 328-2787.

~Mrs. Gifford


SPCAS will be having our Career Day for grades K-5 on Thursday, May 27, 2021. We have already started gathering career videos/resources. However, we would love to have a few parents record short videos of their selected career choice. If you are interested in participating in this event, please contact me to express your interest and learn more about our upcoming event.

Additionally, in classroom guidance your child is continuing lessons in our Safer, Smarter Kids curriculum. Some of the topics we’re discussing are: body boundaries, listening to our guiding voices and telling a trusted adult when a situation makes you feel confused or uncomfortable. If you have any questions about the curriculum, please feel free to contact me.

Lastly, emails are sent home monthly to parents of our student council members. Parents, please ensure that your child is in attendance for all meetings. I have sent home meeting calendar dates through the end of the year. If you have any discrepancies with the dates and/or times, please reach out to discuss your concern(s).

As always, please know that I am available should you wish to speak with me regarding your child’s needs at Sunset Park. Have a Marvelous March!

Ms. Woods

Physical Education

With cold and wet weather settling in, it is still important to remember that we all need to strive for sixty (60) minutes of physical activity each day. In our class, we are currently focusing on finding ways to stay active during weather that does not allow students to get outside. We have learned the value of participating in yoga using our own body weight to increase muscular strength, the value of yoga in enhancing flexibility and coordination, and the benefits of yoga as an athlete. Students have been introduced to strategies for increasing their heart rate by cranking up their music to get moving. I hope our students and their family members will come up with a plan to improve heart health for all family members. I am sharing a couple of ideas that we have participated in during our classes.

Follow The Leader - https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1-yKzBK5dD2HJeR_xbEhBUIq3ksmvMuijx15t5eAC17A/edit#slide=id.gb4f397a438_3_15

Going on a bear hunt!- https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1-yKzBK5dD2HJeR_xbEhBUIq3ksmvMuijx15t5eAC17A/edit#slide=id.gb4f397a438_2_0

~Mrs. Bundy

PTO News


April 17th Outdoor Classroom Beautification Project

Time is to be determined. Volunteers and supply donations will be greatly appreciated.

If you have suggestions for school improvement, email the School Improvement Council at sicsunsetpark@gmail.com.

Thank you to the SPCAS families who made monetary donations to help with teacher & staff appreciation in February. The Donut I Love U gourmet food truck visited SPCAS on February 19th and served donuts and coffee to all teachers and staff.

Did you know? Publix Partners will donate a portion of your grocery purchase to our school! Start by enrolling at publix.com/partners and selecting Sunset Park Center for Accelerated Studies. Then provide your phone number every time you check out at Publix.

~Mrs. Johnson, PTO President