The Sunnyside Scoop

School Newsletter -- May, 2018

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...

Happy Spring! It took awhile to arrive this year, but all of us at Sunnyside, students and staff alike, are thrilled that it finally did! This month's newsletter is chock full of end of the year items, so read carefully.

I just want to take a moment in this final Sunnyside Scoop of the school year to thank you all for an amazing first year as Principal here at Sunnyside. There is something truly awesome about this place. I'm blessed with a staff who works tirelessly and cares deeply, families who pitch in to help and support their young learners, and students who come to school excited to learn and grow. I couldn't ask for more than that, and I thank you all for the first of what I hope will be many wonderful years here at Sunnyside!

Mike Pagel


Dates to Remember...


7 -- 1st Grade Field Trips to Carpenter Nature Center (Friedrich & Rumpca)

7 -- Kindergarten Town Tour -- Marler, Prigge, Richardson

9 -- Kindergarten Town Tour -- A. Johnson, Marklevits, McDonnell, Prahl

10-11 -- Field Days (more information to come!)

11 -- Kindergarten Town Tour - Dressen, B. Johnson, Plonsky

14 -- 1st Grade Field Trips to Carpenter Nature Center (Grove & Welsch)

14 -- Kindergarten Walk to Hallstrom’s -- P. Dressen & Prahl

15 -- Kindergarten Walk to Hallstrom’s -- B. Johnson & McDonnell

16 -- 2nd Grade Dakota Education Day @ Prairie Island

16 -- Kindergarten Walk to Hallstrom’s -- Prigge & Richardson

17 -- Kindergarten Walk to Hallstrom’s -- Marklevits & Marler

17 -- Special Education Field Day @ RWHS

18 -- Kindergarten Walk to Hallstrom’s -- Plonsky & A. Johnson

21 -- Kindergarten Field Trip to Farm - A. Johnson & Richardson

22 -- Kindergarten Field Trip to Farm - Marklevits & Plonsky

23 -- Kindergarten Field Trip to Farm - B. Johnson & Prigge

24 -- Kindergarten Field Trip to Farm - Dressen & Marler

25 -- Kindergarten Field Trip to Farm - McDonnell & Prahl

25 -- TWO HOUR EARLY RELEASE (staff development)

28 -- NO SCHOOL (Memorial Day)

29 -- Kindergarten Hok-Si-La Field Trip -- Dressen, B. Johnson, Marler, Prahl, Richardson

30 -- Kindergarten Hok-Si-La Field Trip -- AJohnson, Marklevits, McDonnell, Plonsky,



31 -- All-School Picnic (Families Welcome!)

All-School Picnic

Families, please join us on the last day of school, May 31st, for our all-school picnic (weather permitting)! Families are welcome to have lunch with their children during their regular classroom lunch time. You may bring a lunch or purchase one from school for $3.70. If you plan to eat school lunch, please purchase your lunch ticket from the Sunnyside office with exact change or a check payable to Red Wing School District by no later than May 24th so the kitchen can plan accordingly.

The picnic will take place on the back playground area, and there will be signs posted to help you find your child's classroom spot. In the case of inclement weather, we would unfortunately need to cancel the event, so fingers crossed!

Important End of the Year Information

As we move closer to the end of the 2018 - 2019 school year, there are several things families need to know:

  • Report Cards -- Report cards will be mailed home to families by the end of the week following the end of the school year.

  • Supply Lists -- A list of supplies needed for the 2018-2019 school year will be enclosed with report cards. Local retailers will also make lists available closer to the end of summer.

  • Medications -- If you expect that your child will have medicine remaining at school, we ask that a parent pick them up at the Nurse’s Office on or before the last day of school. (We cannot send meds home with the student, and ask your cooperation in this matter.) Meds will be discarded if not picked up. This includes prescription and over-the- counter meds, as well as Epi-pens. If you expect your child to return to school on a prescribed medication in the fall, please remember to request a medication permission form signed by your doctor giving the school authorization to administer the medication. Also, an updated medical statement is required at the beginning of every school year regarding students with food allergies. Please have this signed medical statement along with updated emergency medications to your school nurse before school begins next fall.

  • Lost & Found -- Please stop by Sunnyside and check out our lost and found table. We have lots of clothing items that will be donated after the last day of school!

Apex Fun Run Wrap-Up

On Thursday, April 26th, Sunnyside students participated in our Apex Fun Run event. For two weeks prior, students learned about important character traits through daily classroom lessons and worked to collect pledges. Then, on 4/26, students had a chance to run/walk laps. Apex provided music and encouragement, there was a fun tunnel to run through, and students had a blast! Best of all, the event will raise a good chunk of money (we haven't received confirmation, but it looks like we raised over $15,000!) to support Sunnyside's Innovative Learning Fund, which helps pay for field trips, assemblies, and other unique learning opportunities for students. Thank you, families, for all your support!!!

2018-2019 Incoming Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration has moved to Sunnyside School! If you have an incoming kindergarten student for the 2018-2019 school year, please come to the Sunnyside office to register between the hours of 7:00 am - 3:30 pm. Please remember to bring the following:

  • Copy of your child's birth certificate (must be an official certificate, not hospital issued)
  • Immunization record, including 5-year shots (If not yet completed, can be turned in at a later date before school starts)

Sunnyside Summer Office Location

Due to the construction taking place at Sunnyside over the summer, office staff will be moving to Burnside Elementary School (5001 Learning Lane) for the duration of the summer beginning on June 4th, 2018. We can still be reached at (651) 385-4570. There will be no programming of any kind taking place in the Sunnyside building this summer. Thanks!

Follow Sunnyside On Social Media!

Don't forget, Sunnyside has it’s own Facebook and Instagram pages! You can link directly to our Facebook page at, and our Instagram handle is @sunnysideredwing. Check out some of the fun things going on at Sunnyside!