Sunnyland Elementary

"The Scoop"

A Note From The Principal

Dear Sunnyland Families,

Here we are headed into December already! For many, this time of year is associated with family celebrations and long-held traditions. While these events can be experienced as loving and supportive, the excitement of the holidays can be stressful for children and their families. During this time, taking care of yourself is as important as thinking of others. Hopefully you can all find a little time to rejuvenate yourself through this busy time of year.

Thank you for attending our annual Parent Teacher Conferences. We appreciate the care and effort you take in approaching your partnership with the Sunnyland staff for the benefit of your child.

Now that the winter months are upon us, please be sure your child is dressed appropriately for cold weather. We like to have your child outside getting fresh air if possible. If you need assistance with cold weather gear for your child, please contact our school counselor, Kari Miller, at 360-676-6446 or

If, or perhaps when, winter weather occurs it is important to be up to date with information. Please see the following webpage for Weather Procedures and Snow Routes.

Schools are closed for the holidays from December 21, 2019 - January 5, 2020. We’ll return to school on Monday, January 6, 2020. Our Sunnyland staff would like to wish you and your family a safe and happy December!

Important Dates to Remember

  • Dec 5 PTA Fundraiser-Eat at MOD Pizza. Sunnyland receives 20% of sales
  • Dec 8-14th PTA Fundraiser-Shop at Launching Success. Sunnyland receives 10% of sales
  • Dec 9 First Annual all-district family night, 6:30-8:00 pm at Bellingham High School
  • Dec 12 The Hour of Code Event, 6:30-7:30 library
  • Dec 11 Script orders due
  • Dec 18 Script orders delivered
  • Dec 18 Coffee and Conversation, 8:15-9:00 library
  • Dec 20 Lockdown Drill, 2:00 pm
  • Dec 23-Jan 3 WINTER BREAK
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Winter Weather and Our Schools

Dear Families,

With the change of seasons, it’s time to plan ahead for winter weather and how it may affect our schools.

This message will help you:

  • update your contact information,
  • find information on weather communications, and
  • find your snow bus route if your child rides the bus.

Depending on conditions (which could include snow, flooding, power outages, etc.), school could:

  • close for the day,
  • open two hours late with regular bus routes or snow bus routes,
  • open on time with snow bus routes.

Please familiarize yourself with our weather procedures here.

How can I get weather/emergency information?

Any changes to the school schedule are usually announced by 6 a.m., and we use a variety of methods to keep families informed:

  • Alerts: To receive email and/or text alerts, set your communication preferences on the Skylert tab within Skyward Family Access. (Need help? Go here for step-by-step directions or call 360-676-6520.)
  • Tune in to local media: 790 AM, 96.5 FM, 104.1 FM or Seattle media.
  • Check
  • Check @BhamSD on Twitter or @bellinghamschools on Facebook.
  • Call 360-676-6400 for a recorded message.
  • Call 360-647-6815 for a message translated in Español, русский, tính từ and Punjabi.

What is a snow route and how can I find it?

If your child rides the bus to school, please check to find out your family’s snow bus route. If your students receive specialized transportation and may need to use an alternate inclement weather stop, you will be notified in a separate communication next week.

A snow bus route (or snow route) is a modified bus route that generally runs on main roads rather than side streets or through neighborhoods. If snow routes are in effect, students must catch their bus at alternate stops. We have found that bus ridership is low on snow route days, so our snow bus routes run on main, well-traveled roads to increase the likelihood that we can keep school open (and reduce the need for snow make-up days).

During a weather event, please review Bellingham Public Schools weather communications carefully to determine if snow bus routes are in effect for the morning only or for the morning and afternoon routes. It is the responsibility of families to know their snow route bus stop and help their children know where to go.

If your child is in grades K-5, your Return Home Plan you set in place at the start of the school year also applies for a snow route. Please make arrangements to ensure the safety of your child at snow route stops.

Lastly, we encourage you to be prepared at home. Sites such as and The Red Cross provide valuable preparedness tips.

And a quick reminder regarding summer vacation plans: We ask that you avoid making vacation or summer plans during the week of June 15-19, 2020 or you may miss the final days of school and end-of-the-year activities. Currently, the last day of school is Thursday, June 11, 2020 with two make-up days built in for Friday, June 12 and Monday, June 15, according to our school calendar and teachers’ collective bargaining agreement. If additional make-up days are necessary, other options will be discussed.

Wishing you a safe fall and winter!

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After-School Dinner Program Free for All Students 18 and Under

Bellingham Public Schools currently offers free hot dinner to all children 18 and under in the community. These meals are offered daily Mondays through Thursdays through June 4, 2020.

Dinner is served from 5 to 6 p.m. at Shuksan Middle School, located at 2717 Alderwood Avenue (at the corner of Northwest and Alderwood).

Please note: Accompanying adults are charged $4.25 All meals must be eaten onsite in the Shuksan cafeteria and “to go” options are not available. Dinner will not be served on the following

Thursdays that are middle school early dismissal days: Sept. 19, Oct. 31, Nov. 27, (Wed.),Dec. 12, Feb. 6, March 5, April 30.

The after-school dinner program is sponsored by the Child and Adult Care Food Program

(CACFP) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

For more information, contact Food Services for Bellingham Public Schools.

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Common Threads

"Hello This is an update from your Common Threads Food Educator Diego! Classes will enjoy monthly cooking lessons through early March. Starting in December and into mid-January, students will prepare and taste a “confetti slaw” featuring produce from local farms and school gardens. Students will bring the recipe home: Look for it! If you’re interested in getting involved, please contact: - For more information please visit"


Diego Moreira

Food Educator

Common Threads Farm

(360) 927-1590

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Sunnyland PTA Officers for 2019-20

Co-President – Ann Boustead 214-564-5201,

Co-President - Nickie Rail 760-917-0468,

Treasurer - Pat Kelly 360-325-5296,

Secretary - Megan Porter 801-319-3366,

Enrichment - Abby Atkins 360-389-1805,

Enrichment - Cari Chan 360-201-9547,

Communications - Allison Leckie 360-527-3096,

Fundraising - Brianna Robbins 360-220-4770,

Contact us

Si desea esta información en español llame al 676-6456

Bellingham School District, 360-676-6400


Main Office: 7:00-3:30

Attendance: 7:45-3:00 -

School starts 8:00 am

Dismissal at 2:30 pm

Thursday, early release day dismissal at 12:45 pm