The Sunnyside Scoop

School Newsletter -- December, 2017

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Sunnyside Office: (651) 385 - 4570

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Transportation (Bus routing): (651) 385 - 4795

Principal's Message...

Suddenly it's winter here in Red Wing. I think it caught many of us off guard - especially as we went from 60 degrees to 20 degrees overnight! I sent out an email blast earlier in the week, but want to take this opportunity to again remind families of a few winter-related items:

Indoor/Outdoor Recess: If the windchill is zero degrees or above, Sunnyside students will be outside before school and at recess. If the windchill (or temp) falls below zero, students will be inside. Technically, our policy has a stipulation that students may be out for a "shortened time" if the windchill falls between -1 to -10. However, the reality, with kindergarten and first grade especially, is that it takes too long for students to get snow gear on/off to make that a feasible plan.

Winter Gear: As the weather cools, please be sure your child has appropriate winter gear for outdoor recess. A few specific things I've learned during my time at Sunnyside:

  • Snow pants aren't just for snow! Even if there is no snow on the ground, they keep kids warm.
  • Knit stretch gloves may be considered cool among the K-2 crowd, but they are not a great choice for recess. Kids love them, but those stretchy knit gloves offer little warmth, and act like a sponge once they get wet. Thick gloves or mittens are a better choice.
  • If you need assistance providing winter clothing, please contact our school social worker, Liz Kittelson, at

Cancellations: School may be cancelled when the Superintendent believes the safety of students is threatened by severe weather or other circumstances. When possible, the Superintendent makes the decision to start late or close school by 6:00 am. An emergency notification system is used to send phone calls and/or email messages to parents when the school schedule changes, so it is essential that your contact information is up to date. You may also find school closure information on KCUE 1250 AM or 98.9 FM, KWNG 105.9 FM, KSTP, FOX9, KARE11, WCCO4, and online at Please do not send your child to school if it is unsafe for your child to reach school due to severe weather. Call your school’s attendance line to let school officials know why your child will be absent from school. A couple other possible scenarios:

  • School starting two hours late due to weather -- If school starts late due to inclement weather, it is generally a two-hour delay. Sunnyside students who ride the bus will be picked up two hours later than usual. Our entrance bell will ring at 10:15 AM and our learning will start at 10:25 AM.
  • School closing early due to weather -- It is very important for all students to know where they are to go and what to do if school closes early. Please spend some time with your child and go over a procedure. It will help them feel more comfortable with the situation. Finally, please make sure that your child’s emergency card has accurate contact information in the case we need to contact you.

Thanks, and have a wonderful December!

Mike Pagel


Dates to Remember...


13 -- 1st Trimester Report Cards Sent Home

15 -- 1st Grade Reading Buddies

23 -- Winter Break Begins


2 -- School Resumes

4 -- Arts Alive Creative Writing Entries Due

8 -- Arts Alive Mentor Sessions (3:15 - 6:00 pm)

15 -- 1st Grade Reading Buddies

17 -- Arts Alive Performance Assembly

19 -- NO SCHOOL (Staff professional development)

25 -- 2018-2019 Incoming Kindergarten Informational Meeting

Sunnyside is On Social Media!

You may not know this, but Sunnyside has it’s own Facebook and Instagram pages! Links to both accounts can be found below. You can also link directly to our Facebook page at, and our Instagram handle is @sunnysideredwing. Check out some of the fun things going on at Sunnyside!

New Staff Bio -- Kendra Gadient, Special Education Paraprofessional

Hi, my name is Kendra Gadient and I am from Red Wing. I have 2 sisters and 1 brother. I am an aunt to 6 little ones, and I spend a lot of time with them. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I'm excited

New Staff Bio -- Corrie Westphall, Media Aide

My name is Corrie Westphall and I am the new Library Aide at Sunnyside. I have a degree in Elementary Education and have worked in libraries for 15 years, most recently at the Red Wing Public Library. I'm very excited to be here helping students discover the joy of reading!

New Staff Bio - Beth Dean, Title I Paraprofessional

I am married to my high school sweetheart and have three adult children, all males and all Cornhuskers. I moved to Red Wing four years ago in May (the day of the big snowstorm). I spend my free time at the Y and cooking recipes I find on Pinterest . I have been a para for 13 years in a variety of different roles. I was at Burnside last year, but before that was at the high school and middle school. I am looking forward to this new role and helping students be their best.

November School-Wide Drive Results

If you recall from last month's newsletter, as a part of our school theme (Be the Best You!), Sunnyside is focused on thankfulness and kindness during the months of November and December. As part of that, we participated in three different grade-level collection drives. Kindergarten collected food items for the Packing for the Weekend program. First grade collected coins to sponsor a local family for the holidays. And second grade collected items to be donated to Haven of Hope, which assists local women and children in need of a variety of services/supports. As you can see from the photos below, our drives were a success! Way to go Sunnyside!

1st Trimester Report Cards

Report Cards for the first trimester will be sent home in student backpacks on Wednesday, December 13th. Be sure to look for it, and I encourage you to reach out to your child's teacher with any questions you may have!

K - 4 Community Connections Event

Thanks to all who were able to attend our first K4CC family event on Monday, December 4th! It was great to enjoy a meal together and share ideas and information with families. Look for more information after break about our next event. We will be looking for another group of parents to help us plan, so let Mr. Pagel know if you're interested!

More Easy Ways to Help Our School!

Last month, I shared some easy ways you can help Sunnyside raise money for the Innovative Learning Fund (ILF), including Milk Moola, Box Tops, and Coca Cola Give. This month, I'd like to share a couple more! Sunnyside also collects the following items, which can simply be sent to school with your child:

EconoFoods Receipts: Turn in those Econo receipts and EconoFoods will give back a percentage of the total receipt amount!

Our Family Product UPCs: Bring in the UPC code for any Our Family brand product and make money for Sunnyside!

Pop Tabs: Bring in those pop tabs from cans of soda, juice, tea, and more! Our kindergarten classes take them to McDonald's in the spring to be donated to the Ronald McDonald House.

Black Ink Cartridges: Bring us those old black printer ink cartridges to benefit the Red Wing Band Boosters!