Sunspot September 2021

Sunset Hill

Arrival and Dismissal Times

Arrival is between 8:00-8:15am M.T.W.TH.F.

(Breakfast is between 7:50-8:10am in the cafeteria only)

Dismissal is at 3:20pm M.T.TH.F and 1:50pm W.


K-1 enter through the Cafeteria entrance

2-3 enter through the Main entrance

4-5 enter through the Schwarz Rd entrance

(Please make sure your students are dropped off at the correct door.)

Donations Needed!

We are in need of disposable child size face masks and water bottles.


If you would like to donate either of these, please just drop them off at the Sunset Hill office.


We appreciate your help in this area!

iPad Charging Blocks/Cords Need to be Returned to Sunset Hill

We need all students to return their iPad chargers and cords to Sunset Hill. We need them in order to charge your students' iPads during class. Please send them with your student as soon as possible or drop them off at the front desk with your child's name and we will get it to their classroom.
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Urgent! Household Economic Survey Needs to be Completed!

We need all of our Sunset Hill families to fill out the Household Economic Survey by Sept. 15th! This is one of the ways the state is calculating funding this year.



  • Sign into your Parent Portal at https://classroom.powerschool.com (if you haven't made one yet please contact the office and I will send you instructions on how to do this)
  • Make sure all your children's names are listed at the top. (if you are missing a child please contact the office and we will help you attach them to your Parent Portal)
  • Click "Quick Links" on the left side
  • Click "Forms" on left side
  • Click "2021-2022 Household Economic Survey" to open the form
  • Fill out the form
  • Click the Blue Button to sign electronically
  • Click the arrow next to the Submit Button *DO NOT CLICK SUBMIT*
  • Click "Submit for Family
  • Click OK


Please call the office if you have any questions or need assistance. (785-832-5880)

Essential Eagles

Calling all parents and guardians!


We are looking for volunteers to help us out during Arrival and Dismissal. Arrival is between 7:50-8:15am. We would love to have a few Essential Eagles helping us monitor the three different drop off lines in the morning. Dismissal starts at 3:20pm on M,T,Th,F and 1:50pm on W. We are looking for a few Essential Eagles to help monitor the kids as they head home.


All volunteers will have to remain outside the building for now.


Please contact the office if you are interested in assisting us with either Arrival or Dismissal.

FastBridge Assessment Information

We are excited to introduce FastBridge Learning for the 2021-2022 School Year. FastBridge is a formative assessment system that will be used district wide in grades K-12. This new assessment system replaces AIMS WEB Plus from previous school years. Our district will be using the FastTrack program with-in FastBridge Assessments. The assessment measures your student could take are;


Kindergarten: FAST earlyReading and FAST earlyMath

1st Grade: FAST earlyReading, FAST CBMreading (winter and spring) and FAST earlyMath,

2nd-3rd Grades: FAST aReading, FAST CBMreading, FAST aMath, FAST CBMmath Automaticity, and MySabers

4th and 5th Grades: FAST aReading, FAST AUTOreading, FAST aMath, FAST CBMmath Automaticity, and MySabers


What does this mean for you? This new assessment system is a tool to allow Sunset Hill teachers and administrators to identify what students have learned, and what skills they still need to learn to continue to be successful.

When will this be happening? Starting the week of August 30th we will begin our fall assessment window, which will continue though September!

What do you need to do? Nothing! Your teachers and school staff will be administering and proctoring these assessments during school hours!


This benchmarking assessment will take place three times a year; Fall, Winter, and Spring in Math, Reading, and Behavior. The purpose behind assessing three times a year is to track student progress through benchmark data to help drive instruction and identify student needs. As we know, student needs can often change, and this is one of many data points that are taken into account for each student. The FastBridge learning system is made with educators and students in mind, and includes in-depth data to guide instruction. While this new formative assessment system is new to Lawrence Public Schools and our students, we are excited to see what data it can bring! Want to know more? Check out this informational video link from FastBridge Learning!

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Marathon Club is Back!

Hi everyone! Mrs. Dickson here! We are excited to be bringing back the Marathon Club this year! For those of you new to Sunset Hill, the Marathon Club is a before school running activity for K-5th graders. We will be at West Middle School Track where we will do fun fitness activities. I am REALLY excited for the Marathon Club because I will be running in the New York City Marathon along with 33,000 other people on Nov. 7th!


Please have your child get a permission slip from the office or Ms. Dickson.

Marathon Club will be every Tuesday and Thursday from 7:30-8am, weather permitting. We will do this until Ms. Dickson gets too cold to run, and then start back up in the Spring. Please have your child wear tennis shoes.


We are also looking for some volunteers to help with this program, if you are interested please email stephanie.dickson@usd497.org

Upcoming PE events for our families.

Oct 4-8th Active School Family PE week.


Oct 6th Walk to School Day.


Please put these on the calendar and more information will be provided as we get closer to the day.


Book Check out has Begun!

Students have started checking out books! Books are due up to 2 weeks after being checked out. If students need more time with their library book and nobody has it on hold, they can renew their checkout by bringing their book back to the library and checking it out again.

How do they know students know what books they have checked out and when they are due? Students can log into their Destiny Library account by going to books.usd497.org

and choose Sunset Hill. In the upper right corner is a LOG IN button and students will use their student ID and password. Once they are logged in there is a MY INFO tab at the top. This is where they can find their checkouts and due dates.


If students have overdue books they cannot checkout new library books until those overdue books are returned. Thanks for your help in supporting your child in finding a spot to put their books at home when they are finished reading them.

The Library Student Advisory Board is looking for new members to join the team! If you are a 2nd, 3rd, 4th or 5th grader who is interested in sharing your voice about books, reading, and special events for our school, then consider filling out an application by Friday, October 1. You can fill out the electronic form or get a printed copy from me after Labor Day.

We will meet once a month on Friday mornings in the library during a morning meeting time.

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New Website from our Nurse!

Our nurse has made a new website. It will have all the most up to date information from our Nurse and USD 497 health services.


Please visit the link below for the Sunset Hill Elementary/West Middle School Nurse's page!

https://sites.google.com/usd497.org/nurseofficesunsethillandwest/home

Meet our NEW PTO Board!

President: Jess Rohrberg

Treasurer: Nichole Burggraf

Secretary/Social Media/Communications: Meshell Rortina

Member at Large: Grace Fike, Sara Quick, Amanda Carbuhn, & Shari Wilson

Appreciation(Staff/School): Natalia Leistner & Amanda Carbuhn

Book Fair: Blake Wilson

Garden Club: Jason Clark

Marathon Club: Stephanie Dickson

Passive Income (Box Tops/Amazon Smile): Grace Fike

Read-a-thon/Yearbook: Sara Quick

Swag: Nicole Burggraf & Jess Rohrberg

Calling 5th Grade Parents!

We are looking for volunteers to help us plan our 5th grade party and send off ceremony for the end of this school year. We want to make sure our 5th graders know how proud we are of them and how much we will miss them here!


If you are interested in helping please email ptosunsethill@gmail.com!

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