The Sunnyside Scoop

School Newsletter -- October, 2017

About Us

Sunnyside Office: (651) 385 - 4570

Kids Junction: (651) 385 - 4587

First Student (General busing questions): (651) 388 - 8244

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

Principal's Message...

It’s hard to believe September is already in the rear-view mirror and we’re trucking our way through October! It’s been a great start to the school year, and I’m just so excited to be in the principal’s seat this year at Sunnyside. Sunnyside’s success is all of us – teachers, parents, staff, and the community – working together to help our young students grow and succeed. This year, our theme at Sunnyside is “Be the Best You!” We’ll be working hard throughout the school year to encourage each and every one of our children to be the best student, friend, and citizen they can be. Thank YOU, families, for all you do to support Sunnyside and your children. We appreciate it!

Mike Pagel


Dates to Remember...


12 -- Vision Screening

13 -- Hearing Screening

17 -- 2nd grade trip to MN Zoo

18 - -Two-Hour Early Release (Student day ends at 12:55 pm)

19 & 20 -- NO SCHOOL (Teacher Association Days)

24 -- Picture Retakes

31 -- Fall Parade, 2:00 pm



8 -- Clubs' Choice Fundraiser Pick-Up in Large Gym, 3:00 - 5:30 pm

9 - 15 -- Scholastic Book Fair

9 & 14 - Parent-Teacher Conferences

Drop Off & Pick-Up Reminders

As we settle in to the school year, please keep the following in mind while dropping off and/or picking up...
  1. Please be patient and drive conservatively! Young students can sometimes be impulsive, even while walking with a parent...
  2. Whenever possible, prepare your child(ren) to exit the vehicle on the curbside.
  3. Please pull up as far as you can within our loop so other cars can drop off behind you.
  4. At drop off, do not park your car along the curb to come into the building or wait with your child. If you need to do more than drop off in the AM, please park in a defined parking space or along Southwood Avenue. At pick-up, you are welcome to park around the circle to briefly come into the gym to pick up your child(ren), though those visiting for longer should park in the lot or along Southwood as well.
  5. As cold weather approaches, make sure you have clear visibility out all of your windows.

Drop off times are from 7:55 am - 8:15 am. Children should not be dropped off before 7:55, as there is no adult supervision provided. If you need to drop off before the 7:55 - 8:15 window, you can enroll your child in Kids Junction. Further information about Kid’s Junction can be obtained from the district’s website or from our office. Breakfast is available beginning at 8:00 am, and the bell to line up rings at 8:15 am.

Welcome to Our New Staff!

Sunnyside is excited to welcome several new staff members to the building this fall. Some have transferred from other district buildings, while others are new to Red Wing Public Schools. Please welcome all our new staff:

  • Carley Seifert - Student Support Coordinator
  • Tina Marler - Kindergarten Teacher
  • Nina Nagel - 1st Grade Teacher
  • Jade Rowell - Special Education Teacher
  • Matt Quinn - Art Teacher
  • Kristen Trout - Special Education Teacher
  • Beth Dean - Title I Paraprofessional
  • Corrie Westphall - Media Center Paraprofessional
  • Kendra Gadient - Special Education Paraprofessional
  • Ruth Beyers - Special Education Paraprofessional
  • Sheila Dicke - Special Education Paraprofessional
  • Mark Dugstad - Night Custodian
  • Rebecca Fox - Food Service
  • Dee McGowan - Minnesota Reading Corps Tutor

Bus Stop & Walk

On October 6th, Sunnyside enjoyed its first Bus Stop & Walk event of the 2017-2018 school year. Every Friday this fall (through 11/17, weather permitting), in cooperation with Live Healthy Red Wing, school buses will drop students off at Roosevelt Park (corner of Maple St. & Lincoln Ave.) for students to walk the last couple blocks to school under staff supervision. The goal is to get students outside and active before class so they're more focused and ready to work in school when they arrive. Bus Stop and Walk ensures that every student is provided the opportunity to walk to school. Parents who drive their children to school are encouraged to drop off at our Bus Stop and Walk location between 7:55 - 8:10 AM as well so everyone can participate! In the event of inclement weather, Bus Stop & Walk may be canceled, so please be sure Sunnyside staff members are present at the park before dropping off!

Fall Costume Parade & Celebration

On October 31st, 2017, Sunnyside will celebrate students' hard work and the fall season with fun and safe activities and a costume parade. We encourage students to develop costumes that promote positivity and avoid encouraging or promoting violence. Costumes will be donned shortly after lunch in preparation for our parade. Please avoid make up or colored hair spray, and avoid toy weapons of any kind.

The costume parade will begin at 2:00 pm at Sunnyside's Maple Street entrance. We will walk down Maple, turn left on Southwood Avenue, and then turn left into the Sunnyside front entrance. Families are welcome to join us along the route to watch and take photos! Parents who plan to take their students after the parade will need to check them out in the office. Please note that the parade will be canceled if it is raining.

Thank you for your cooperation in making this a safe and fun activity for our students. We hope to see you at the parade!

Scholastic Book Fair

Sunnyside's fall Book Fair will take place from November 9th - 15th in the Sunnyside art room. The Book Fair is a great opportunity to stock up on some quality home reading material while helping raise money to fund field trips and innovative learning opportunities for Sunnyside's students. The Book Fair will be open before and after school, as well as during conferences on 11/9 & 11/14. More specific information will be sent out closer to the Fair. We hope you can visit!

Crayola Marker Recycling

We are excited to tell you about a very special program going on at our school in conjunction with Crayola. It’s called Crayola ColorCycle – an amazing program devised to turn used markers into energy!

All around Sunnyside, students and teachers will be collecting markers that are ready to be discarded. The markers will be sent to a facility where they will be converted into clean fuel. This fuel can be used to power vehicles, heat homes, cook meals and more!

Please help support our efforts by sending your kids in with any used markers you may have around the house – even non-Crayola brands- and other types of markers including highlighters, Sharpies, and dry erase. Drop-off boxes will be located in classrooms for your child to deposit the markers.

Thank you in advance for participating! With the help of parents like you across the country, the Crayola ColorCycle program can keep tons of plastic out of landfills each year.

Remember, don’t throw out that used marker—ColorCycle it!

Dress for the Weather!

As the weather begins to cool, please be sure your child is dressed appropriately for playing outside. Students spend up to 20 minutes outside in the morning and 30 minutes outside for our lunch recess. Thanks!