Sunset Express

March 5, 2021

Sunset Lake Elementary, PreK-5th Grade Building

Sunset Lake Elementary

Principal Amie McCaw

At Sunset Lake, We are Lifelong Learners and Lifelong Leaders.

Principal's Message

Happy March Sunset Lake Families,

I am always excited about this month since it is the start of Spring and also the month dedicated to READING!! I am confident that March 2021 will be much better than March 2020.

We are happy to share that we have the daily calendar of reading events our Student Lighthouse created and we also have a special surprise for our students next Friday in celebration of March is Reading Month.

A new month also brings a new 7 Habit Focus. We are learning about Habit #5 Seek First to Understand then to be Understood. This habit is such a great focus on the power of listening and having empathy with others. See below to learn more.

Please note that next Friday, March 12 is a half-day for our teachers to participate in state-mandated professional development. Dismissal will be at 12:15.

Our PTSO March meeting has been rescheduled to March 16th instead of March 9th like originally scheduled. The meetings are held virtually and please reach out through our PTSO Facebook page if you would like to attend or contact our school office if you need the link information.

We continue to ask if there is anyone in the household who is being tested for COVID-19 to keep your child home until the test results come back. Also, please be sure to go through the student screener questions (see below) each day before you send your child(ren) to school.

As always we continue to encourage all of our families to try and keep safety precautions in mind. Every measure counts and together we can try and minimize the negative impact COVID-19 could have on your child's education.

Please visit this link at State of Michigan Covid for up-to-date information.

Together we can work to minimize exposure for our students and staff. Thank you!

Thank you Sunset Lake Families!

Yours in Learning,

Amie McCaw

Sunset Lake Elementary Principal

Virtual Learning Updates

*No news to share out at this time.


If you have any questions regarding their progress please contact Tamara Young at 321-1562 or email Chris VanderMei, your child's teacher. Thank You!

VCS Virtual:

If you are unsure if your child has materials to pick up please check with your child(ren)'s teacher. Please just come to our front door to buzz the front office. We will bring your child's material out to you. The best time for pick-up is typically 9-3 pm to help avoid the busy times of drop-off and pick-up times.


March 8- VCS Virtual Board Meeting 7 pm

March 12 - 1/2 day of school

March 16- PTSO Virtual Meeting @ 6 pm

March 26 - No school, Records Day

March 29- April 2- Spring Break


If you or someone you know will have a student starting Kindergarten next fall, please contact our office at 321-1550. It's hard to believe, but we are starting to plan for our spring Kindergarten Kickoff 2021-2022!
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Little League Update....

The registration deadline for the 2021 Vicksburg Little League Season is Monday, March 8th. Our Final walk-in registration will be held at Main Street Pub on Monday, March 8th from 6 to 8 pm. Online registration is also open through Monday, 3/8.
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Mobile Dentist is Coming!

They will be here March 15th. Forms are coming home soon, but you may also use the link below.

Seek FIRST to Understand - Habit 5

A Reading Resource for Grades 1-3 to Boost Reading Skills

Drop-Off and Pick-Up Reminders

Please note that if you drop your students off in the morning, we ask that you use our drop-off procedures and all students are dropped off in our parking lot, along the sidewalk on the north side (gym entrance). Please pull up to the sidewalk curb and have your child exit the curbside as soon as you get to the curb to keep our traffic flow going.

For pick-up please be sure to drive around the baseball fields and use Wellhouse to the Sunset Private drive to enter our parking lot. Please stay in your car to keep our traffic flowing. If you need more time for buckling we have found it beneficial to pull forward slowly or park your car to take care of buckling your child.

*IMPORTANT: Our bus ramp should be clear of all cars during our start and end of the day. Please do not pull into our bus ramp area to drop off your child in the morning.

Below you will find our Sunset Lake Drop-off and Pick-up plan in more detail.

International Travel Protocols for VCS

VCS Families and Staff:

Spring Break is just around the corner! Please be aware that based on current CDC guidelines, and after consultation with the Kalamazoo County Health Department, VCS has revised procedures concerning international travel.

The CDC requires all air passengers arriving to the US from a foreign country to get tested no more than 3 days before their flight departs and to provide proof of the negative result to the airline before boarding the flight. Air passengers who have had a positive viral test for COVID-19 in the past 3 months, and have met the criteria to end isolation, may travel instead with documentation of their positive viral test results and a letter from their healthcare provider or a public health official that states they have been cleared for travel.

Due to the change in CDC requirements and in consultation with the Kalamazoo County Health Department, Vicksburg Community Schools requires all students/staff traveling to the US from a foreign country to quarantine for 7 days before returning to school (previously the District required a 10 day quarantine). Staff and students must also provide documentation of negative test results obtained before departure from the international location.

Sunset Student Screener

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Lost and Found- Update

New items added to lost and found this week are pictured below. Please have your children check often. Many items added daily.
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VCS Visitor Screening Form

This form must be filled out each time a visitor enters the building.
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Sunset Drop off and Pick up Plan- SAME PLAN

District Documents for 2020-21 School Year

VCS Companion Document. The Sunset Lake Protocols link is found on page 9.

VCS Return to School Plan Instructional Overview f