SPCAS Trojans Today

March 2022

Principal's Pen

Dear Parents,


Please see the dates below:


Friday, March 4: Kona Ice Day ($3, $4, $5)

Monday, March 7: All students will bring home a book that the whole school will read. Please see the reading schedule in the front cover of the book and read with your child each night. (Conversations: Mind Journeys into Literature)

Thursday, March 10: Drive-Through Food Pantry from 5:00-6:00 pm in the car rider line

Friday, March 11: Early Release for Students (Dismissal @ 11 am)

Monday, March 21: SIC/PTO Meeting @ 6 pm via Zoom

Wednesday, March 23: Spring Pictures (Students may dress in spring attire for pictures.)

Thursday, March 24: Drive-Through Food Pantry from 5:00-6:00 pm in the car rider line

Thursday, March 31: Math and Literacy Spring Fling from 6:00-8:00 pm


For Our Children,

Dr. Barnes

From the Front Office

Attendance…It takes all of us to make this work! Please let your children know their attendance is important to you by arriving on time and attending every day possible.


When students arrive late to class or are absent, they miss valuable instruction from their teacher which can lead to learning gaps.


Did you know that minutes late per day during the school year add up to days of lost learning?

5 minutes late per day = 3.4 School Days

10 minutes late per day = 6.9 School Days

15 minutes late per day = 10.3 School Days

20 minutes late per day = 13.8 School Days

30 minutes late per day – 20.7 School Days


Our PTO has provided a new incentive for parents by giving gift cards to a local businesses. Some of you may have already received gift cards to MoMo Donuts or Knowledge Perk when you arrive on time in car line. So, let’s work together and arrive on time to Learn! Remember our 1st bell rings at 7:40 am and the Tardy Bell at 7:45. If you have any questions regarding attendance, please call me at 981-1260.


~Mrs. Dieguez

SIC Improvement Survey

The purpose of the School Improvement Council (SIC) is to bring together parents, educators, students and community stakeholders to collaborate on improvement opportunities within our school. We need your help! We want to know how the SIC can work to improve Sunset Park. Please visit the following link to provide feedback:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HPDVH6W


~Mr. Eric Johnson, SIC Chair

Library News

This month, in addition to the book the Sunset Park School Family will read together, I would recommend reading about the amazing achievements of some outstanding women during Women’s History Month. If you follow college basketball, join the March Madness excitement and read a fiction or nonfiction book about basketball. Lastly, read books by some bestselling authors who will be celebrating their birthdays this month: Doreen Cronin, Kate DiCamillo, Virginia Hamilton, Ezra Jack Keats Lois Lowry, Linda Sue Park, Dav Pilkey, and Dr. Seuss. HAPPY READING!!!


~Mrs. Gray

Physical Education

Spring is almost here for PE at Sunset Park!


We will begin getting outside for physical activity and games as weather permits. Our fifth graders continue to work on Fitnessgram activities. We are in the process of looking into planning a field day that can adhere to CDC guidelines (more info on this will be forthcoming).


With spring bringing warmer temps and longer days it is a perfect time for children and adults to Get Up and Get Moving. With that being said, and knowing that all children are not into sports, here are some “Kid Fitness Tips” from creative fitness experts as expressed through the WebMD website (https://www.webmd.com/parenting/features/kid-fitness-when-your-child-wont-exercise#1)


Kid Fitness Tip #1: Think outside the playing field. Not everyone is drawn to organized sports so look for other activities your child will enjoy. Have patience -- it may take some trial and error before your kid finds the right fit.

Kid Fitness Tip #2: Join in the game. Kids love it when their parents play with them.

Kid Fitness Tip #3: Limit screen time. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that kids get no more than one to two hours of screen time a day.

Kid Fitness Tip #4: Lead by example. Check your own behavior and serve as a role model by incorporating physical activity into your everyday life.

Kid Fitness Tip #5: Offer positive feedback. Praise your child.... children need to hear encouragement for reaching small goals. Acknowledge your child’s effort -- rather than the outcome. Children who aren't naturally athletic may be self-conscious about their physical skills (or lack of them).

Kid Fitness Tip #6: Use exercise as a reward. Exercise should never be used as punishment! Instead, try using a favorite physical activity as a reward.

Kid Fitness Tip #7: Establish a regular routine. You and your child are more likely to stick to an exercise plan if you incorporate it into your life on a routine basis.

Kid Fitness Tip #8: Put your child in charge. Let your child/children choose the activity thus enhancing fitness and leadership skills.

Kid Fitness Tip #9: Make it fun. Whatever the activity, you want to keep the fun in kid fitness.


~Ms. Bundy

Yearbooks on sale now!

It's time to order your yearbook! Yearbook forms have been sent home. If you prefer to order online, please visit ybpay.com and enter Sunset Park's yearbook ID code: 597122. This has been a year to remember!


~Mrs. Nivens

Counseling Corner

SPCAS will be having our annual (Virtual) Career Day for grades K-5 on Friday, May 20th. For this event, we are inviting parents, community members and professionals from various fields to virtually record and share their careers with our students. If you are interested and/or know someone who may be interested in participating in this event, please contact me to express your interest and learn more about our upcoming event.


Additionally, we have begun small group counseling services for students who can benefit from extra social & emotional support. If you feel your child has a need for individual and/or group counseling services, please contact me on my office phone at (803) 981- 1272 or via email: lwoods@rhmail.org for further assistance. You can also locate my counseling referral form on our school’s website, under the families tab. 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