Sunset Express

October 2018

Sunset Lake Elementary, PreK-5th Grade Building

Sunset Lake Elementary

We are Lifelong Learners & Lifelong Leaders!

Principal's Message

Hello Sunset Lake Families,

We have had a great start to our school year and are very proud of the way our student leaders have readjusted into their new school routines. We have spent time learning our building expectations and reviewing our 7 Habits. We have also spent time assessing our students in the areas of literacy and math and are starting up our intervention and extension times during our WIN (What I Need ) instruction block.

In October we will focus on learning more about Habit 1: Be Proactive.

Be Proactive centers on taking charge of your own attitude and actions. We will be teaching our students that they are in charge of themselves and to focus in on what they can do--not the actions of others. We hope you take some time this month to learn more about Habit 1 and to talk with your child what they have learned.

We are super excited that we will be offering 7 Habit Training to 10 Sunset Lake Families this year and plan to continue growing our family learning through Habit Workshops in the future.

We are SUPER excited about an October building event we are kicking off on Friday, October 5th with our 5th Grade Student Leaders. In October, Sunset Lake will be participating in a national project call Look for the Good. We will be spending two weeks really focusing on gratitude. Science has shown people who share gratitude are happier, more satisfied, generous and more cooperative members of their community. Instead of focusing on the negative behaviors of others we are Looking for the Good at Sunset Lake! There is a link at the bottom of this newsletter to learn more. We also will be sending home an introductory letter on Friday to share more information about this happy project.

We wish your family a fun-filled fall season and we hope you enjoy October in Michigan!

Yours in Learning,

Amie McCaw

Sunset Lake Elementary Principal


Hello Families,

We have been able to average our last pick-up to be 3:45, just ten minutes after our end of day bell. We do ask that you SLOW down when you are driving in our parking lot and remember that sometimes we have family members new to the process and need extra guidance. Thanks in advance for your patience!

A few things to communicate:

1.) IF you are making a change for your child's end of day dismissal--our office MUST know by 3:00 p.m. that day to make sure the message is communicated to everyone involved.

2.) Pedestrians that are picking up children and going into the parking lot need to use the Pedestrian Crosswalk. We have a Crossing Guard that will help guide our cars and keep our families safe. PLEASE be sure to use the Pedestrian Crosswalk every time.

3.) Cars are to use Wellhouse Dr. (behind the school around the ball fields) to enter our pick up line. This extra drive has really helped the congestion off of Boulevard and has helped our flow leaving our parking lot.

4.) Cars with name tags hanging from the rear-view mirror help us keep the pace of our departure. Please contact your child's teacher if you need a name tag.


Message from our Food Service

Halloween Parade and Parties

Our Halloween parade will be held Wednesday, October 31st @ 2:15. Weather permitting, students will be taking our parade outside. Please note that toy weapons or any violent attire is NOT allowed. All costumes should refrain from use of fake blood. Classroom teachers will be communicating more information about classroom parties.

Please help us with our parking lot congestion by carpooling with family and friends if possible. Thank you!

2018/19 Conference Schedule

Monday, Nov. 13th 2017 at 4:30pm to Wednesday, Nov. 15th 2017 at 7:30pm

201 N Boulevard St

Vicksburg, MI

Please mark your calendars now for our Fall Conference Dates.
November 13 and 15th from 4:30-7:30 pm at Sunset Elementary.

Music Notes....

Does your child show interest in learning to play a violin, viola or cello? The Vicksburg String program might for you!

Students in the 3rd, 4th & 5th grades have the opportunity to learn to play the violin, viola or cello in the Vicksburg Strings program! It is a before school tuition based program which meets at Tobey Elementary on Tuesdays and Thursday mornings at 7:45 and commence on Tuesday October 23.

The lessons are offered through the Crescendo Academy of Music and financial aid is available to help with tuition. You can click the link or email Mrs. Heintzelman or Mrs. Kahler to have a financial aid form to be sent home with your student. Here is the link to the financial aid form. Financial Aid Form

If you would like you child to participate in the Vicksburg String Program, plan on attending a parent meeting on: Tuesday, October 16 at 7pm at Tobey Elementary.

You will sign up for the lessons and rent an instrument that night.

If you have further questions, please contact Mrs. Heintzelman at


Check out what’s brewing this month!

October 4: Smile pretty! It’s Picture Day!!!

October 5: Homecoming Parade -Movie: Avengers-Dress as your favorite Marvel character!

October 19: Put on those costumes and get ready for a fun filled night! It’s the Fall Festival 5:30-8pm!!!!


Yes, your child’s school collects box tops! In fact, the classroom with the most at the end of the year will receive a special prize. You can check your child’s classroom progress on the front PTSO board.


We collect your receipts! For every $150,000 in receipts we collect, Sunset Lake will earn $1,000 from SpartanNash! Look for the bright red collection box with a Bulldog by the gym doors!

Please LIKE our Facebook page: Sunset Lake Elementary PTSO, Inc. for up to date information regarding events in your child’s school.

Look for the Good Project

Sunset Lake is participating in this HAPPY school project in October. Take a look at the link to learn more!