parent memo

Week of April 26th

Message from the Principal...

Hello Sunnyside Families,

As we enter the last stretch of the school year, I cannot stress enough the importance of following the district and CDC's Covid guidelines to ensure the safety of our community. The “Finish Strong” guidance affirms the importance of the mitigation strategies that we have focused on this year.

As a reminder, we ask that you report any positive COVID-19 cases to our COVID-19 liaison, Adrianna Collins at, or our school nurse, Stephanie Elliott, or 203.922.3021, so that we can continue to properly contact trace in a timely manner to ensure a safe learning environment for everyone.

As shared in previous newsletters, If ANY member of your household is awaiting a covid test, has been exposed to a positive person or symptomatic should NOT be going to work or school until test results are verified. Although it may not be convenient for you, this is for the safety and well-being of your family and community. Finally, ALL POSITIVE CASES need to be reported to the district or school.

  • Wednesdays will remain early dismissal days (1:50pm) for the remainder of the school year for staff to accommodate remote learning.

  • As shared at March's BOE Meeting, May 1st is the cut-off of switching between DL to in-person. This means, if you have not switched to in-person learning before May 1st, your child would remain in Full Distance Learning for the remainder of this school year.

  • Kindergarten Registration is open. Call the main office @ 203.922.3021 to set up an appointment. Registration is ongoing, please share with neighbors and family members.

For the safety of our students, I ask that no parent remove any cones that the school places in the driveway. These cones are placed specifically to ensure the safety of our students during recess. The paved hardtop and grass areas in the back are used during recess. Our last recess wave does not finish until 3:00pm. Our custodial staff will remove the cones.

Be like Pete the Tiger, wear your mask!

Be well!

Mrs. Yost


Click here to read the how we may all work together to finish tis school year strong!


April 26th ~ Smarter Balance Testing begins for grade 4

April 26th ~ Virtual PTO Meeting

April 28th ~ Virtual Book Fair begins

April 28th ~ Early Dismissal for Students 1:50pm

April 30th~ FINAL day to order SS Yearbook 2021 - LATE ORDERS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED

Current last day of school ~ Wednesday, June 16th

Virtual PTO Meeting Mon., April 26th @ 6pm

Click to start or join a scheduled Zoom meeting
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Yearbook Online Order Link

Click here to order your Sunnyside Yearbook!

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Smarter Balance & NWEA Assessments

To help prepare your child for these tests we ask parents to assist us in the following areas:

1. Get a restful night’s sleep

2. Provide a nutritious breakfast

3. Assist in getting your child to school on time daily.

4. Complete homework nightly.

**Testing starts promptly at 9:30am…late arrivals will have to take make-ups.

Grade 4 SBAC - April 26th - May 5th

Grade 3 SBAC - May 6th - May 14th

NWEA will start the week of May 17th through the end of May for all grades.

2021-2022 School Year

Do you plan on moving before the start of the 2021-2022 school year? If so, contact the main office with your changes - 203.922.3021. This information is critical in preparing class lists for next year.

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Boys and Girls Club Summer School Program

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Battle of the Books

This year, second, third, and fourth grade students will have the opportunity to participate in Sunnyside Elementary School’s 4th Annual Battle of the Books. Students who are interested will read the following list of books. After April break, a screening of general knowledge about the books will choose the participants in the battle. The 5 top scoring students in each class will go to the battle against the other second, third, and fourth grade classes.

2021 Elementary Nutmeg Nominees

  • After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again) by Dan Santat

  • Because by Mo Willems

  • Borrowing Bunnies: A Surprising True Tale of Fostering Rabbits by Cynthia Lord

  • The Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell

  • Carter Reads the Newspaper by Deborah Hopkinson

  • Game Changers: The Story of Venus and Serena Williams by Lesa Cline-Ransome

  • Ida, Always by Caron Levis

  • The Infamous Ratsos by Kara LaReau

  • Jasmine Toguchi, Mochi Queen by Debbi Michiko Florence

  • Magic Ramen: The Story of Momofuku Ando by Andrea Wang

  • Rescue & Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship by Jessica Kensky & Patrick Downes

  • Seashells: More Than a Home by Melissa Stewart

  • We Don’t Eat Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins

  • Wedgie & Gizmo by Suzanne Selfors

  • The World is Not a Rectangle: A Portrait of Architect ZahaHadid by Jeanette Winter

Get ready to Read, Read, Read!!!!

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions

Kari Yacawych

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Forget how to submit your work, log onto Google Classroom or Seesaw? Click on this link to Mrs. Yacawych's Toolkit.

School Reward Programs


Box Tops for Education can be sent in to your classroom teachers anytime throughout the school year. Please submit them in an envelope whenever possible with your child’s name, teacher’s name and number of Box Tops written on the outside. The money we receive through this program will be used to purchase supplies for Sunnyside School. The more Box Tops we collect, the more educational supplies we can buy. The class that collects the most will earn extra recess time! Happy collecting!


Help Sunnyside School earn extra funding by registering your REDcard under Sunnyside School. Parents may register online through the Target website. Target will donate up to 1% of your REDcard purchases at Target stores and at


Sunnyside School is registered for Smile Amazon. It’s another reward program where the school earns a percentage of your purchases when shopping with Amazon. All you need to do is sign into Amazon through and select Sunnyside Elementary School PTO. Once you select Sunnyside School, every time you shop through, it automatically recognizes that charitable organization. It’s the same site as Amazon, and your Amazon Prime subscription works too! The upcoming holiday shopping season is the perfect time to raise money for our school! All proceed will help support our PBIS incentives.

COVID 19 DAILY Self-Checklist

Click Here Complete this COVID 19 check each morning before your child leaves for school each day. If you reply YES to any of the questions, STAY HOME!! It is imperative that we work TOGETHER to keep our schools safe.

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