Sunset Newsletter

September 2019

From the desk of Dr. McDaniel

What a great start to the 2019-2020 school year! I appreciate all who plan to come out for Back to School Night on Thursday to hear about the wonderful things that are happening at Sunset! If you were not able to attend, please make plans to attend Parent Conferences in October!

For those of you who are new to Sunset, WELCOME! We are so happy to have you. Just so you know, your child is being taught by the best teachers around! I am very proud of the staff of positive, professional educators who make learning relevant and fun!


September is going to be a great month and I look forward to continuing the positive momentum we have right now. Please continue to ask your child what we are learning or practicing at school. They should be able to tell you about a lot of GREAT learning happening at school.


We are continuing to implement Safe and Civil Schools this year at Sunset. Several of our teachers and our administrators attended a Safe and Civil School conference in Portland, OR over the Summer. We are very excited to put the new procedures in place during this new year. We have already seen big changes in our school community from our Safe and Civil Schools training!


Ms. Radford and I are always available to answer any questions you may have! Please feel free to email or call whenever needed!

Sunset News

CHAMPS at Sunset

CHAMPS is a part of Safe and Civil Schools! Students have been learning about many procedures:

* 2-1-0 Hallway Procedure

* Guidelines for Success (CHAMP Slips)

* Cafeteria Expectations

* Attention Signal

* CHAMPS in the classroom

* Voice Levels

* Recess Rules

and much, much more!

SUBSTITUTES NEEDED

Are you encouraging, responsible, flexible and have a passion to work with kids? If so see the flyer below to become a substitute teacher for Edmond Public Schools.
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Free and Reduced lunches

Parents if you have not already completed a Free and Reduced Lunch application please take a moment to do so. This is all done online and can be completed with in minutes. This application must be done every year even if you've qualified in the past. There are many factors that go into this application so it is encourage that everyone fill one out even if you think you won't qualify. You only have to do one application per household. Please follow the link below to take you straight to the application.

Freshtastix Cafe

Every child needs proper nutrition. In order to form lifelong healthy habits, this needs to start during the growing years! Fortunately, your child goes to Edmond Public Schools! We serve healthy, nutritious foods, that are not only good for you, but also tastes really great! It is a proven fact that students who eat balanced meals during breakfast and at lunch, have a better chance at succeeding in school. Here at the Freshtastix Cafe, it is our honor to serve all our friends each and every day! We invite you to join us during one of our many meal services! You will get a chance to meet the happy friends that prepares and serves your student! Have a GREAT SEPTEMBER! We look forward to seeing you soon!!


-Krista Foley, Freshtastix Cafe Manager

Title I

Hi Sunset Families!

Hopefully you were able to attend Back to School Night and receive our Title I Family-School Compacts! If not, you can access them on the Sunset website. Our compacts have great info for you including our Sunset targets for this year, information on how you can help your child at home with their essential skills, and a complete calendar of various family events for the school year! Click on the link below to view the compacts for each grade level.


https://sunset.edmondschools.net/title-1/title-i-information/sunset-family-school-compacts-2019-2020/

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Parent Academy #1

Thursday, Sep. 26th, 6pm

400 West 8th Street

Edmond, OK

Join us for our 1st Parent Academy for this school year! We will begin at 6:00 with a music performance by our 5th graders! We will then provide dinner and will break into sessions to help families kick off the school year! More info coming soon!

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

STEM

Hello Families,


The year is off to a great start in the STEM Lab! So far our students have had the opportunity to work on coding as well as a few other computer science skills. Soon we will begin working with our BrickLabs, OSMOs and Puzzlets. Be sure to ask your child in the next few weeks what they worked on when they visited the STEM Lab for specials. I look forward to sharing all of the amazing things we have in our STEM Lab with our students.


Mr. Moriarty

Computer Science

Dear Sunset Families,


My name is Mrs. Pekrul and I have the privilege of teaching and facilitating Computer Science at Sunset this year! In my class, your children will be learning about computer programming and coding. Each student will have an account managed by Edmond Public Schools and will be using a curriculum specifically designed for their grade level. I love teaching Computer Science because it develops a passion for critical thinking and problem solving in our students!


I will also be teaching Digital Citizenship using a curriculum from Common Sense Media. This organization provides resources to parents and teachers about digital safety and age-appropriate media usage.


Looking forward to a wonderful year,

Mrs. Pekrul

Physical Education and Health

Hello Sunset Families!


We hope you had a great summer! Mrs. Thompson and I are so excited to begin this year off great in PE and Health.


We have a great year planned, with numerous activities that will advance not only your child's health and wellness, but also aid in their understanding of academic content. In both Health and PE, we incorporate a word wall that helps to increase students academic knowledge, and also engage in activities that help to improve your child's reading, writing, and mathematics skills. There is no better way to learn than by having fun!


We are looking forward to a wonderful year of health, fitness, fun, and learning!

Students pictured playing the number game, which helps students practice their addition while having fun!

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Music

Hello Sunset Families!


My name is Ms. Wheeler and I am the new music teacher this year. We have started off the year making beautiful music with our singing voices and instruments already and I look forward to the music to come! Grade levels are beginning to build songs into their repertoire and will be adding in some music basics as we go through September. 5th grade families will get to experience a great performance by our 5th grade students at the Parent Academy! I can't wait for you to hear them September 26th at 6:00!


See you soon!

Ms. Wheeler

Library Adventures

Book Fair is Coming October 7th-11th


Follow the link below to sign up to volunteer at the bookfair

https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bookfairs/cptoolkit/homepage.do?method=homepage&url=sunsetelementaryschool30


Meet the Librarian


Mrs. Shackford is starting her seventeenth year of teaching, her third year at Sunset, and her first year in the library. The library has always been her happy place. She wants to build a love of reading in her students.


Odds and Ends:

Likes gardening in her spare time

Lives in Edmond with her husband, three kids, two cats, and a dog

Danced the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Nutcracker

Loves roller coasters

Writing a book about the "real" Batman origin story


Sunset Library Code


Be Kind

Be Safe

Do Your Best

Help the Rest

Counselor Corner

Dear Families:


Fulfilled, happy, confident, responsible, kind, and loving. I have learned that these are goals families want for their children, and as an educator, what I want for my students.


I recognize that as a family member, you are my students’ first teacher and I want to partner with you to help our children become tolerant, compassionate, and caring adults. To support achieving these goals and help our students build their social-emotional skills, I am pleased to share that I am implementing Sanford Harmony in our school community.


Social emotional learning (SEL) helps children by promoting their health and emotional well-being and contributing to the prevention of violence, truancy, bullying, and substance abuse. In addition, SEL is associated with significant gains on academic achievement tests.


Sanford Harmony is a social-emotional teaching program that cultivates supportive and respectful relationships and is designed to build healthy relationships among students by having them engage in activities that promote understanding and respect. Over the course of five units, students will participate in engaging activities designed to enhance their abilities to learn, work, and spend time together - they include:


Diversity and Inclusion • Critical Thinking • Communication • Problem Solving

•Peer Relationships


I welcome your feedback on Harmony and encourage you to reach out if you would like additional information. To learn more about Sanford Harmony please visit www.sanfordharmony.org.


Thank you for your support!


Sincerely,

Mrs. Bointy

School Counselor

Text Message Updates

Did you miss the opt-in invitation to receive text messages about school cancellations, safety alerts and more? If so, text the words "opt in" (NO HYPHEN)
to shortcode 67587. Make sure your phone number is on file with Infinite Campus or you will not receive text messages. For frequently asked questions about this service, go to https://edmondschools.net/parents-students/communication/

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Ice Cream and Rice Krispy Treat Sales

Friday, September 27th

The cafeteria will be selling Ice Cream and Rice Krispy treats for a $1.00 on the last Friday of the Month. Students will need to bring their dollar with them to the lunch room and after everyone has been served they will then start selling the ice cream.

STUDENTS WILL NOT BE ABLE TO USE THEIR LUNCH ACCOUNTS FOR THE $1.00.

About Us

Welcome to Sunset Elementary! School starts at 8:20 and ends at 3:15. Check our website for up-to-date information including our calendar of events. Be sure to opt-in for text messaging and make sure your email address is updated on Infinite Campus to receive school information.

September Dates to Remember

Sept 2nd and 3rd - No School

Sept 16th - No School

Sept 19th - Picture Day

Sept 26th - Parent Academy - Back to School Basics 6:00 PM

Sept 27th - Spirit Day, Ice Cream Sales $1 and Pep Assembly @ 2:15pm

Sept 27th - PTO meeting 2:00pm