An EL Network School
Sunnyside Theory of Action 2021-2022
If we create a structure for portfolios, student-led conferences, and passages, AND support students in reflecting on how the character traits help them master standards and produce high quality work, Sunnyside students will make progress in all three dimensions of student achievement.
Sunnyside Communication Promise
In D91's efforts to communicate more effectively, Sunnyside staff has been working on a Communication Promise. The purpose of this promise is to make our intentions clear as a staff crew on how we hope to keep families and students engaged and a part of the learning process at Sunnyside. Our promise is below:
We promise to initiate and maintain communication with parents and families regarding student behavior, progress, and instruction.
We promise to engage in two-way communication and provide support for parents in accessing communication platforms.
We promise to encourage and participate in respectful and positive two-way interactions with students and families to ensure student success.
We promise to respond in a timely manner.
We promise to get to know each child’s unique abilities and attributes in order to build on their strengths and areas of opportunities for growth.
We are working hard to be proactive in our efforts to keep you informed but if you ever need clarification, have a question or would like to meet with a teacher, you may request to do so at any time! We will be holding Parent Focus Groups starting in November in which we will ask for feedback regarding our communication efforts as well. Please keep an eye out for more information on these Focus Groups.
Thank you in advance for your support, kindness and flexibility as we work hard to improve our practice!
-Sunnyside Staff Crew
Thursday, October 28th
Mrs. Dixon's AM and PM classes will have their Halloween Celebration on Thursday, October 28th because they have specials on Friday. Dixon's AM and PM kindergarteners can wear their costumes on Thursday, October 28th!
Friday, October 29thAll 1st-6th grade classes and Mrs. Jones' kindergarten class will be having Halloween parties on Friday, October 29th. All students are welcome to wear their costumes on Friday October 29th!
We will not be having a parade this year due to time restraints.
Here are the costume guidelines while at school:
- Students should choose costumes that will have minimal interference with their ability to participate in their education.
- Students may not bring or wear masks.
- Students may not wear make-up or face paint.
- Students may not bring any pretend weapons.
- Please do not wear inflatable costumes- they do not fit in the desk and each year we have them get broken, which we do not want! They are so fun, but not school compatible.
- Students who do no adhere to these guidelines will be asked to change into their regular school clothing.
If you have questions about these guidelines or questions about your child's Halloween party, please reach out to their teacher. Teachers will be sharing more information with their classes individually.
Thank you and have a spooky Halloween!
-Sunnyside Teacher Crew
INTRODUCING THE NEW SUNNYSIDE LOGO!
Starting January 18th, 2021
All donations made to the building will be made to grade levels and not individual teachers.
Teachers will then choose to split the donation between the teachers on their grade-level team or they can choose to use the donation together for something.
The reason for this change is to promote equity. We have some classrooms who receive donations every year and we have some classrooms who have never received a donation. Our mission is to impact the most students as possible and this is one piece in making that happen.
You can still make school-wide donations to technology, EL materials, media center and playground as well.
All donations can be done at the Sunnyside front office with one of our wonderful secretaries.
Thank you so much for all your support of our staff and students!
NEW to the Crew!
Chandra Lange- Assistant Principal
Hunter Bailey-5th Grade
Amanda Varvel-5th Grade
Challis Parke-4th Grade
Hope Gihiring-1st Grade
Debbie Rice-Inclusion Aide
Linda Davis- Intervention Aide
I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from Florida Atlantic University and have worked with children of many ages for over 34 years. Most of my experience was working with Seminole County Public Schools in Central Florida primarily as a Math and Science teacher until my retirement in 2015.
After retirement, my husband and I moved to Idaho Falls to explore new horizons. We love camping and exploring the National Parks nearby. My other favorite past time hobbies include cooking, gardening, and crafting.
I am a proud mother of one daughter who is now working as a veterinary pathologist.
I have dedicated my life to working with children by helping them further their education so they can be successful in whatever path they may choose to follow.
Please remember to be kind and respectful when giving suggestions and input. We are all here for the same reason...for our students!
To scan a QR code, you can download a QR reading app or you can scan it using the camera feature on your iPhone!
Phone/Smart Watch Policy
Just a quick reminder as we jump into the second half of the year. Kids are welcome to wear smart watches to school. However, once the bell rings at 8:15, the watch is to be used as a watch- not a phone. Once the bell rings at 2:25pm and students have left the building they can use their watch as a phone. Our policy is that students are not using cell phones at school, including at recess- this includes watches being used as phones. If there is an emergency and you need to contact your student or if they need to contact you during school hours, we will do this through the office. We kindly ask for your support in this moving forward!
Learning Options in D91
1. Brick and Mortar schools (Face-to Face learning)
This is when a student comes in person to the physical school building for class Monday-Thursday with remote learning on Fridays. Teachers at the brick and mortar schools provide online learning experiences for those who are missing school for COVID related absences ONLY (quarantine or confirmed cases.)
2. D91 Online Academy
Students can enroll the online academy through D91 which takes place completely online. Students would access online school from their homes with the facilitation of parents/guardians. If you would like more info on this option, please visit the D91 website or call the District Office. The deadline to enroll for the D91 Online Academy is Friday, November 6th at 5pm.
Sunnyside and it's teachers do not offer a completely online option for students. If you have further questions, please call the Sunnyside office!
Substitute Teaching at Sunnyside!
If you have further questions, please shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
THANK you SOO much for helping support our teachers and students!
Free & Reduced Lunch Program and Friday Lunch Program
https://freereduced.d91.k12.id.us/ or by picking up an application from the Sunnyside Office!
Lunches are free through the end of the 2020-2021 school year!
Welcome to Idaho Falls School District 91! Our elementary schools serve students in grades K-6. Register ONLINE! You can upload all required documents online.
A HUGE Shoutout to our Sunnyside Teaching Crew!!
CLASS CREW LINKS
Mrs. Tucker's Crew
Mrs. Johnson's Crew
Mrs. Aust's Crew
Mrs. Whiting's Virtual Worry Box
Sunnyside Anonymous Safety Concern Reporting Form
This form is for parents or community members to share specific safety concerns that they may have regarding Sunnyside Elementary. Please share your concern, the location and individuals involved if known. Emails will not be gathered, so this report remains anonymous. You may choose to identify yourself, but it is not required. Kindly keep this form for SAFETY concerns only.
A message from our Librarian
Hey Sunnyside Parents!
The end of the school year is fast approaching. Please help your kiddos look for their library books at home. They have a way of hiding under beds, at the bottom of closets, and under car seats.
I will start collecting all library books at the end of this week.
If your child is sure they turned in their book, but you are still getting a library notice, please email me and I will check to see if it is on our shelves.
Because all of the books will soon be put away, I will be showing Raya and the Last Dragon during library time at school the last week of school. If you do not want your child participating in watching this movie with their class during library, please contact me by email and I will have an alternate activity for your child to do during this time.
All books due May 21st.
Thanks so much everyone!!!