Sunnyside News

An e-newsletter from Sunnyside Elementary School

May 29, 2020

End of Year Information from Dr. Flansburg

Sunnyside Community,

It’s hard to believe this is the final Principal Points of the year! While most of this is repeat information from last week, I ask that you please take a moment to familiarize yourself with this information again as we prepare for the final days of school. Just as a reminder, Wednesday, June 3 will be our final day of online instruction and our student wave-off and send-off will be Thursday, June 4. Specific information about the wave-off is below.

Student/Staff Wave-Off

Thursday, June 4 we will have times for families to drive by the school to allow our students and teachers to say goodbye one final time before we head into summer. Teachers and staff will be positioned on Rainbow Lane to wave goodbye to families. Please know, we need to adhere to social distancing guidelines, so families will not be able to stop or get out of their cars. If you want to wave goodbye to your teachers, turn onto Rainbow Lane from Co. Rd. H and teachers will be on the school side of the street. Please note, we need families to be in their vehicles, and cannot have students and families walking or riding bikes as part of our wave-off.

  • 1st-grade teachers will be curbside from 11:00 - 11:45 a.m.

  • 2nd-grade teachers will be curbside from 11:45 - 12:30 p.m.

  • 3rd-grade teachers will be curbside from 12:30 - 1:15 p.m.

  • 4th-grade teachers will be curbside from 1:15 - 2:00 p.m.

  • 5th-grade teachers and staff will be curbside from 2:00 - 2:45 p.m.

When you reach the end of Rainbow Lane you will need to turn left onto Sunnyside Terrace as Sunnyside Terrace will be closed between Brighton Lane and Sunbow Lane due to school construction. Teachers will be unable to come to your cars and will be adhering to social distancing guidelines during this time. If you have anything you need to get to your classroom teacher, please bring these to school on Friday between 8:00 a.m. and noon, and we will make sure we deliver to them. This allows our staff to ensure they can practice the social distancing guidelines for the wave-off as established by the Minnesota Department of Health and Department of Education. Thank you for your help!


Students will keep their Chromebook over the summer unless your child is NOT returning to the Mounds View School District next year, or the Chromebook isn’t functioning correctly. All students, including students who will be sixth-graders, will be expected to bring their Chromebook to school when we return next year.

Materials Collection

If your family is moving and not returning to Mounds View Public Schools, we will have a materials collection on Friday, June 5 from 8:00 - Noon. During this time you will be able to drive up and drop off your Chromebooks, band or orchestra instruments, library books, other school materials you may have, and anything you have for your teacher(s).

To maintain a safe environment for the members of our staff and school community, we will use the same format as we used for our first distribution event. The drop off of materials will be done in a drive-up format. Families and students will still not have access to the inside of the school building. Families will remain in their vehicle, and a staff person will come out to assist you.

Thank you, Sunnyside families, for a great year of partnership. We look forward to seeing everyone back in the fall. Have a great summer!

Dr. Nathan Flansburg


Grading and End of Year Report Cards

We have received guidance from the Minnesota Department of Education and worked closely with our District Leadership to ensure that this unprecedented situation of distance learning does not adversely affect how we report your child’s academic progress. The learning that has occurred throughout the entire school year will allow each student to progress to the next grade level. However, the method of reporting at the end of this year will look different than in previous years. This will be reflected as an “S” on your child’s report card to indicate “satisfactory” and continuation onto the next grade. Your child’s report card will be available through ParentVue on Friday, June 5. Your child’s teacher is the best source of information about your student's progress, so please do not hesitate to reach out in these final weeks. Going into fall, we will be checking in on any additional learning from the previous year that your child needs in order to meet students where they are in their learning and assist in their growth.

Sunnyside Yearbooks

We are awaiting the arrival of our yearbook order. Once we receive them, we will be mailing them home to families. If you ordered a yearbook, please watch for it in the mail in the coming weeks! If you did not get a chance to purchase a yearbook, we are receiving a limited number of additional yearbooks with our order. They are $15 each. Please contact Deanna at if you are interested in purchasing one.

Password Changes for Students

Are you having difficulty logging into your Mounds View Schools account using the default password? The Technology department has put together this document to help walk you through changing your password. If you have a unique password, you should not need to change it at this time. If you have further questions, please contact the Mounds View Helpdesk at 651-621-7387 or

Still Looking for Additional Patrols!

Attention Current 3rd and 4th Graders! We are still looking for a few more students to be Flag and Bus Patrols for the 2020-21 school year. In particular, we need morning Flag Patrols, as well as Bus Patrols. Morning Flag Patrols can be walkers, car-riders, or y-care students. They need to be able to arrive to school by 8:00am on the days they are scheduled to patrol. Bus Patrols are responsible for patrolling while on their bus. Please fill out this form as soon as possible if you are interested. Parents of students who are selected to be patrols will receive an email confirmation next week. If you have any questions about patrolling, please contact Deanna at

Mission: StarLab

The Mounds View Schools Education Foundation (MVSEF) is raising funds for a new StarLab and has issued a challenge to all elementary school families. The “High Five” Challenge goes like this: Dedicate a $5 donation to a teacher, and we’ll send the teacher an “In-STAR-gram” on your behalf. Please add the teacher’s name in the “Additional Comments” box when making your donation online at and THANK YOU.

Student Information Verification/Updates

If you haven't already done so, please remember to verify/update your student's information for next year! This is how you can do it:

Verifications for the upcoming school year MUST be completed by August 15, 2020 so that we are assured we have accurate information as the school year begins.

Orchestra Information for Students Entering 5th and 6th Grades

We know fourth and fifth graders have been anxiously waiting for their chance to sign up for summer orchestra, and NOW is the time! Orchestra is a fun, exciting and vibrant community to join. Since we can’t meet in person, we are preparing an exciting program using new digital tools to help you continue to grow your skills in orchestra. This year, classes will meet for 30 minutes on Mondays/Wednesdays OR Tuesdays/Thursdays from July 6-30. For full details and registration information on your grade and instrumentation, see below.

5th grade summer orchestra interactive sectionals (for students entering fifth grade in fall 2020)

6th grade summer orchestra interactive sectionals (for students entering sixth grade in fall 2020)

We will also prepare to perform the National Anthem at the Twins game on Tuesday, September 15. We have reserved the date, but the performance will be confirmed at a later date due to forthcoming state guidelines and recommendations.

We look forward to making and exploring new music with you this summer!

Mounds View Summer Band - Distance Learning

We have made some changes to our Summer Band Program so that we will be able to offer Distance Learning classes. The dates are the same, July 6-July 30, with various times for all instruments and students. Financial assistance is available for families who qualify. Summer Band students will be able to use school chromebooks and will also receive a subscription to SmartMusic. These will be necessary resources for our Distance Learning instruction. Students will be able to pick up instruments and other materials the last week of June as needed. Details will be provided at a later date. Check out our website for more information.

Current Band Students - If you have already registered for the Intro to Middle School Band, there are some changes. We will be offering 30-minute 6th Grade Band Sectionals which will meet Monday and Wednesday afternoons. Community Education will update your course and send an e-mail to confirm your enrollment in the new Distance Learning program. Please allow up to 2 weeks for this process. You may contact Community Education if you wish to make any further changes. If you haven’t registered, you may view the times available for each instrument and complete the online registration for Summer Band HERE.

Current 4th Graders - Summer Band registration for Beginning Band is now open. Watch this informational video HERE to help decide what instrument you would like to play in band. We'd encourage students to watch this with their parents and discuss your options together. Click HERE for information on how to rent an instrument and how to sign up for summer classes (45-minute classes will be offered in the morning and evening for all instruments).

Students who are unable to participate in the summer beginning band program will have opportunities to learn the instruments and play in the band when school resumes in the fall.

In the event that the program needs to change or is canceled due to Covid-19 restrictions, Community Education will help families reschedule, or provide a full refund.

New interactive online classes, clubs and workshops starting soon!

New opportunities are added every day for online enrichment classes for youth and adults with Mounds View Community Education. See our upcoming offerings below.

Adult online offerings:

Athletic facilities and playgrounds closed

All school athletic facilities and playgrounds are closed and off limits for students and the community until further notice. Student and community members should not be using any of the stadiums, tracks, fields, tennis courts or playgrounds at any time. In addition, all District buildings will remain locked and closed to the public at least through June 4.

Curbside meal pick-ups

Free breakfast and lunch for all students under 18 continues to be available Mondays and Wednesdays for curbside pick-up from 10 a.m. to noon at Snail Lake Education Center, Edgewood Middle School, Highview Middle School and Irondale High School. Click here for more meal information.

New childcare option

Limited childcare for children ages six weeks through five years old of Tier 1 and Tier 2 Essential workers will now be available through Thursday, June 4. During this time, the service will be provided free of charge to these essential workers. We currently do not have a free childcare option for children after June 4. To request essential worker childcare for children, please complete the Request Form. Once the form is complete, someone will follow-up with you and confirm eligibility and availability.

Community Support Center

Worried about your finances and paying your rent on time? Would you like to talk about solutions and resources? The Community Support Center (CSC) serves residents of New Brighton, Mounds View, North Oaks, Shoreview and Arden Hills. We are open for over the phone appointments during this uncertain time. Call the Community Support Center at 651-387-8050 or email at:

For more info about CSC, go to:

City of New Brighton Community Resources

Looking for local resources during the Coronavirus Outbreak? The City of New Brighton is helping connect district families and residents with resources. Call the Resource Connection Hotline at 651-638-2177, leave a message with your name, phone number, and a brief message describing your needed services and we'll get back to you. Please see the flyer for more information.
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