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January 2022

Happy New Year, Sunrise Lions! School resumes on Tuesday, Jan. 4th.

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School resumes on January 4th!

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1/3 Staff PD Day

1/17 Martin Luther King Jr Day

Early release days for teacher PLC (release at 1:30):



Other important dates:

1/11 Family Virtual Event: Coding Night with Mr. Murray

1/24 progress reports to go home

Free and Reduced Lunch Forms due!

There's still time to apply for Free and Reduced Lunch.

Why should you apply when lunch is free this year, you ask?

Our Title 1 funding is granted based on the number of families who qualify for Free and Reduced lunch. This money is used for the following at Sunrise: Reading Teachers, Instructional Coaches, Behavior Supports, supplies for students, professional development for staff, evening events for families and supplemental programs for students.

Please consider applying, even though lunch is free this year. It only takes a few minutes but can mean a world of difference to your family and to Sunrise.

Updates from DVUSD re: the Safe and Healthy Schools Plan

There are changes to the DVUSD Safe & Healthy Schools plan that will go into effect on Tuesday, January 4. These updates are captured on the Safe & Healthy Schools website as were articulated in detail during the Safe & Healthy Schools Board Report at our most recent Governing Board Meeting. The most significant change to the plan relates to student quarantine. Please be sure to review this section so you are aware of the upcoming changes. You can also view a recording of the Safe & Healthy School’s Board Report by clicking here. If you have questions, please feel free to email us at

During Quarter 3, visitors and volunteers are permitted on school campuses on a limited basis. Visitors are allowed for instructional purposes and must be approved by campus administration. Volunteers are allowed to support school operations only in certain areas and specific times. Volunteers must be approved by campus administration. These parameters on visitors and volunteers are subject to revision in early to mid- February, 2022

  • Visitors/volunteers may be allowed per normal District and campus procedures beginning 30 minutes after dismissal and field trips.
  • Front office staff will continue to attempt to conduct all business with the public via appointments. Community members are encouraged to conduct business with front offices by scheduling appointments ahead of time.
  • Front offices will be configured in a manner that limits the number of persons so that social distancing can occur. Front office staff will direct the public to wait outside if the maximum number of persons is reached inside the front office.

From our front office...

It is vital that our students arrive on time every day!

If your child will be joining us for breakfast, he or she should be at school by 8:00 am. Breakfast in the classroom begins at 8:00 am; classes begin at 8:15. Students may arrive no earlier than 8am and should enter through the gate closest to where they walk from.

According to Board Policy #JED(1), “Students will be punctual in reporting to school and to classes and will attend regularly.” When children walk in after class has begun, not only have they missed important instructional time, but the entire class is disrupted due to the late arrival of the tardy student. A tardy will only be excused when it is due to a medical or dental visit. Students arriving after certain times receive no credit for the day and the tardies become absences. Excessive absences result in being reported to the CUTS program.

∙ Students may be referred to the CUTS program on their fifth (5th) unexcused absence, or when the student has been absent ten percent (10%) of the school year [approximately eighteen (18) school days. The CUTS program, administered by the Division of Community Services under the direction of the Maricopa County Juvenile Probation Department, is a diversion program designed for juveniles who commit a first or second truancy offense and are willing to take responsibility for their behavior. The goal of the program is to increase school attendance.

DVUSD Rookie of the Year!

We are extremely proud of 6th grade teacher, Mrs. Hallman, for being named DVUSD Rookie of the Year for the 2020-2021 school year. Mrs. Hallman will be honored at the February board meeting. Way to make us proud, Mrs. Hallman!

Welcome Ms. Bailey Crepinsek (music)

Ms. Crepinsek will take over as our general music teacher starting this month. This will be her first year teaching and we are very excited to have her join the Sunrise family. You can reach her at if you have any questions about your child's music class.

Follow us on social media!

We have so many amazing things happening at Sunrise and we want the world to know! Follow us on social media so that you can be in the know with all of the great things our students are doing.

Facebook: Sunrise Elementary School-DVUSD

Instagram: sunriselions1

Twitter: @SunriseLions

Sunrise Family Coding Night

Sunrise is excited to hold its first Family Code Night on January 11th at 5 pm! Parents will pair up with their children for this virtual event to do their first hour of coding, together.

So, what is coding? Coding, sometimes called computer programming, is how we communicate with computers. Code tells a computer what actions to take, and writing code is like creating a set of instructions. By learning to write code, we can tell computers what to do or how to perform a function.

Please join us for a delightful evening experience where students take the next step in learning about computer science! Students may use their school-issued Chromebook for the event.

Event Link:
Zoom 870026996

Password will be sent out in email blast on day of event.

News from Ms. G!

Hello Sunrise Families!

I hope everyone had a restful and safe winter break. With a new month comes a new Social and Emotional Learning topic: Showing Empathy and Compassion. To integrate our SEL theme and our Zones of Regulation, students will be receiving and practicing different strategies and skills on how to show empathy and compassion towards one another. Another Zones topic with this SEL theme is building self-compassion and self-confidence. On my weekly behavior forecast students will be working on different Zones tools in order to show empathy and compassion towards one another but themselves too. You can help your child at home too, by having them practice these tools while they are home and out in the community. One of the tools that the students will see this month, and a personal favorite of mine is: "Be Your Own Bestie." When a problem or situation is weighing on you and stressing you out, ask yourself, "What advice would I give to a good friend in this situation?" Sometimes taking ourselves out of the situation and thinking about what someone else would say or do helps us see things differently. Giving the love we would give to others is important for our own self-care. As parents you can model this tool as well. Talk with your child about ways you give yourself compassion and empathy towards yourself and others and help us spread kindness all around our community. As always, if you'd like more information on Zones and how it can provide benefits to you and your child at home, please reach out to me at

Tax Credit Donations!

Each year Sunrise is grateful for the tax donations that help support field trips, after school programs, our fine arts and many other things. Click here for more information on how you can donate to Sunrise. We appreciate all donations!

A message from Nurse Penny!

We look forward to everyone’s return from Winter Break! Before returning, Please be aware of your child’s health. At this time, we are still following the recommendations from Maricopa County. If your student or someone at home becomes ill or has COVID, please follow our School and Maricopa County Guidelines for signs of illness. It is everyone’s continued efforts that have kept our school community healthy. Let’s make 2022 a healthy year for everyone!

Symptom of Illness:

If your child is showing one sign of illness (even COLD symptoms)- please keep your student home and follow the guidelines for illness. Student will need a Negative COVID test OR MD note with diagnose treatment and return date for school in order to return earlier than 10 days from start of illness symptoms.

If you or anyone in your family test positive for COVID or had COVID exposure from another person, please contact the school/school nurse and follow guidelines for quarantine:

FREE COVID testing sites are still available and HOME COVID testing is acceptable:

There are free testing sites all over the valley for when you or your student are showing sign of illness. Depending on locations- most results are coming back 1-3 days. We do accept HOME COVID tests for quicker results- But parents must send a colored picture with child’s name and date to Nurse: – in order to be valid results.


Reminder to parents- If your child has recently or soon will TURN 11 YEARS OLD- immunizations need to be updated. Required immunizations are DTAP and Meningitis Vaccines. Please update as your child turns 11 years old. If your child has received the 2 DOSES of COVID vaccines- please send a copy to update records at school. COVID vaccines are not required but can help your child to remain healthy, reduce COVID illness symptoms or could possibly prevent quarantines if exposed to another person with COVID.


If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me, Nurse Penny Reamer


Phone# 602-467-5910, Email for fastest response.

Fax # 602-467-5980

Student Council News!

Student Council is happy to see everyone back on campus and we hope you all had a restful and relaxing break! We have some fun things coming up for second semester. We will be meeting January 12th and 19th to get things going! It is not too late to join Student Council, if your child is interested, please have them see Ms. Hines for more information.

Additionally, if your child has been selected for the Read Better, Be Better program, we will be starting on January 19th for our Leaders and January 24th for our Readers. We are so excited to be able to partner with RBBB again this Spring. If you have any questions, please reach out to your child's teacher or Ms. Hines.