Sunset Express

January 22, 2021

Sunset Lake Elementary, PreK-5th Grade Building

Sunset Lake Elementary

Principal Amie McCaw

At Sunset Lake, we are Lifelong Learners and Lifelong Leaders.

Principal's Message

Hello Sunset Lake Families,

A short week for our students, but we were able to get a lot done this week to help us end our first semester and prepare for our upcoming conferences.

Our in-person students' virtual conferences will be held next Thursday, January 28th, and Thursday, February 4th from 4:30-7:30 pm. Please be sure to have an understanding from your child's teacher of the role your child will have in our upcoming virtual conferences. Although our second-semester conferences have typically been student-led some teachers may be conducting conferences a little differently this year due to the different challenges with virtual conferences.

We are excited to share our Student Lighthouse Team will be starting up again in the second semester. Our Student Lighthouse Team is an essential part of our student's voice and they will be reaching out to all students with their Solution Seeking Dropbox to hear about ideas or concerns that all of our Sunset Student Leaders may have. The student leadership team will be leading initiatives for the rest of the school year. There is already a plan in the works to ensure that we can recruit and grow our Student Lighthouse Team for the 2021-22 school year. More information on that will be shared in late spring.

We ask if there is anyone in the household who is being tested for COVID-19 to keep your child home until the test results come back. Also, please be sure to go through the student screener questions (see below) each day before you send your child(ren) to school.

As always we continue to encourage all of our families to try and keep safety precautions in mind. Every measure counts and together we can try and minimize the negative impact COVID-19 could have on your child's education.

Please visit this link at State of Michigan Covid for up to date information.

Together we can work to minimize exposure for our students and staff. Thank you!

Thank you Sunset Lake Families!

Yours in Learning,

Amie McCaw

Sunset Lake Elementary Principal

Virtual Learning Updates

KVIC: Your child's end of semester report cards will be mailed out next week. If you do not receive your child's report or have questions regarding their progress please contact Tamara Young at 321-1562 or email Chris VanderMei, your child's teacher. Thank You!

VCS Virtual: Our Vicksburg Virtual Students conferences are scheduled for the evening of February 2nd and February 4th. February 5th conferences will be held during the school day.

Your child's report cards will be mailed from our office shortly after their conference. If you are unsure if your child has materials to pick up please check with your child(ren)'s teacher. Please just come to our front door to buzz the front office. We will bring your child's material out to you. The best time for pick up is typically 9-3 pm to help avoid the busy times of drop-off and pick-up times.


January 22 - No School/Records Day

January 25 - 1st Day of Second Semester

January 28 & February 4 - In-person students' Virtual Teacher Conferences

February 2nd, 4th, and 5th- Vicksburg Virtual students' Virtual Teacher Conferences


If you or someone you know will have a student starting Kindergarten next fall, please contact our office at 321-1550. It's hard to believe, but we are starting to plan for our spring Kindergarten Kickoff 2021-2022!
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Valentine's Day is just around the corner and we would like to ensure our students have a chance to celebrate this holiday safely.

Please have your child bring in their Valentines for their classmates by February 1st. This will allow our teachers to secure the Valentines safely in a quarantine place. This is much like our protocol for our library books to help reduce the spread of germs.

Our classrooms will celebrate Valentine's Day on Friday, February 12th.

As with our snack request, we ask that all treats are purchased or from a professional bakery, We are not accepting home-baked items this year.

Thank you for your understanding!

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Black History Month

February is Black History Month and we are excited to share that we are celebrating with lessons in literacy. Each grade level will be learning the rich history of Black Americans that have impacted our country or maybe learning more about Black culture and it's history during this month. Our Special's Teachers are also embedding lessons or artifacts during February that celebrate Black History. We are looking forward to this month of learning and celebrations!

Picture Retake Day

Picture Retake day will be Friday, Feb 19th. This will also be picture day for all virtual students. In person student retakes will be first thing in the morning. Virtual students may come anytime between 10:30 and 1:30. If you have questions, please call the office at 269-321-1500. As soon as we have ordering info, we will pass that along. Thanks for your patience with all the rescheduling.

Sunset Student Screener

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Lost and Found

Please please please have your kids check lost and found. The number of hats and gloves is really high.
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Generous Hands

Generous Hands is still distributing food weekly. Currently they are serving 227 students in all six of the Vicksburg schools. Although that seems like a lot of students, they feel they can help many more students with their supports and services.

Please visit the link below to learn more or contact our office at 321-1562 if you have questions.

Generous Hands Website

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VCS Visitor Screening Form

This form must be filled out each time a visitor enters the building.
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Sunset Drop off and Pick up Plan- SAME PLAN

District Documents for 2020-21 School Year

VCS Companion Document. The Sunset Lake Protocols link is found on page 9.

VCS Return to School Plan Instructional Overview f