Sunshine STEM Academy Newsletter

January 18, 2016

Message from Principal

Dear Sunshine Community,


I would like congratulate our school-wide Spelling Bee winner Ansh Shah. He will represent our school in regionals. Good luck!


We will be hosting a school-wide National Geography Bee competition on Friday, January 22nd. 4th and 5th grade students will compete against each other to represent our school in the State Level.


International Night (January 22) is fast approaching. We extend an invitation to all of our parents and students to join us in celebrating the different cultures across the globe. Please see details below.


Sunshine STEM Academy is proud to sponsor an online Math Competition in a fun and recreational context. I expect all of our students to take up this challenge! You may sign up for free at http://mathchallenge.sunshinestem.org. First question will be released on February 1st. Good luck to all students!


It's getting colder, so please make sure your child is dressed appropriately. Stay warm!

I wish you have a great week!


Sincerely,


Murat Cetin, Head of School

mcetin@SunshineSTEMacademy.org

Sunshine STEM Academy Hosts Open House on Saturday, January 30

We are excited to share many wonderful aspects that make Sunshine STEM Academy an exceptional choice. Families will meet our team and learn about the school’s mission and philosophy, as well as our academic and extra-curricular programs. You will also have the opportunity to tour our colorful campus.


Sunshine STEM Academy Private School invites parents to attend our open house on Saturday, January 30th, beginning at 2:00 PM


For more information, please visit http://openhouse.sunshinestem.org/

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Sunshine Math Challenge

Sunshine STEM Academy is proud to sponsor an online Math Competition in a fun and recreational context.


Sunshine Math Challenge is a series of challenging Math problems that will require more than just mathematical insights to solve. Being able to think quickly and efficiently is the key to winning this math challenge.


We encourage all of our students in grades 1-5 to join this fun and recreational Math competition! To sign up for FREE, you may visit http://mathchallenge.sunshinestem.org or scroll down (load images) to learn more about Sunshine Math Challenge and prizes.

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International Night - January 22nd

Sunshine STEM Academy is proud to host our annual International Night, January 22 from 6-8 p.m. to coincide with the school-wide Geo Bee. International Night is a celebration of the diversity in our students and staff. “Diversity” is defined as “variety”; from the United States to China, SSA embraces students of all different cultures into a welcoming academic and social environment.


During International Night, students will take a tour through the continents, stamping their passports along the way. Each continent will be represented by a different grade level. Our students and teachers have worked hard creating imaginative, dazzling displays with information and pictures on countries within their continents. At each station, authentic regional games will also be available with fun prizes provided by PVO.

To complement the displays, ethnic cuisine will also be served. Interested students can also participate in the Cultural Fashion Show and Dance Show. If you and your student are interested, please contact PVO.


We hope you will be able to join us in celebrating cultures from around the world. If you have any questions or suggestions for International Night, please contact Ms. Hewett at ahewett@sunshinestemacademy.org.

Sunshine STEM Academy 5th grade Students Receive Portable Computers

5th grade students have built their Raspbery Pi computers last week. We will start working on SCRATCH Block-Programming. We hope to develop exciting SCRATCH animations in Computer Classes with our 5th graders by the end of 3rd Quarter.
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Kindergarten looks forward to moving into Addition with ten frames

This week started our long unit on addition and the class is absolutely loving it! Addition allows us to participate in a lot of fun games and centers. We have done a lot of partner work, using dice, counters and dominoes, to find the largest sum. Kindergarten looks forward to moving into addition with ten frames and number lines soon.


We are having our first spelling test this week with our sight words. We are learning to spell high frequency words to better prepare for first grade and to improve our writing. As a class, we participated in a very fun, messy activity to practice spelling using shaving cream. This activity was an absolute blast! One of the Kindergarten students quoted "This is the best day of my life" due to how much fun he had :)

Schoolwide National Geography Bee Competition - January 22nd

Sunshine STEM Academy is exciting to host the 2016 National Geographic GeoBee preliminary competition on January 22. The National Geographic GeoBee is a school, state, and nation-wide competition created by the National Geographic Society. Each year, thousands of students throughout the United States participate in this exciting contest, which is designed to motivate students to learn about the world and how it works.


Students in grades four through eight are eligible for this entertaining and challenging competition. With a top prize of a $50,000 college scholarship—plus other prizes—the contest is designed to encourage teachers to include geography in their classrooms, spark student interest in the subject, and increase public awareness about geography.

Sunshine STEM Academy students in fourth and fifth grade will participate in the preliminary competition on January 22. Students will be presented with a variety of geography related trivia questions. The top-performing student from the preliminary competition will be presented with a medal and certificate. As the school-wide champion, this student will represent Sunshine STEM Academy in the state-level competition, April 1.


For more information on the 2016 National Geographic GeoBee, including practice questions, please visit www.NatGeoBee.com or check out the app at www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee/apps


If you have any concerns regarding participation in the 2016 National Geographic GeoBee, please contact our GeoBee coordinator, Ms. Hewett at ahewett@sunshinestemacademy.org

Enrollment for 2016-17 Begins

We are excited to share many wonderful aspects that make Sunshine STEM Academy an exceptional choice. Families will meet our team and learn about the school’s mission and philosophy, as well as, our academic and extra-curricular programs.


  • January 30: 2pm – 4pm: Open House
  • March 15: Application Deadline
  • April 30: Enrollment Deadline



School Tour Schedule: Tuesdays;

1:00 PM: School Tour
1:30 PM: School Presentation by the Administration


Please visit our Application Process page to learn more about Admission.

Inclement Winter Weather Conditions

As we are getting into that time of year when wintery precipitation can cause school cancellations or delayed school openings, we’d like to remind you to listen to local radio or TV stations for any advisements. Sunshine STEM Academy will communicate school closing, due to inclement winter weather via the Sangha App. Parents, please download the Sangha App to follow up our announcements and school events.

Important Dates

Please see upcoming important days below. Please mark your calendar for our upcoming events.
  • January 22: School-wide National Geography Bee Competition
  • January 22: International Night
  • January 30: Open House
  • February 1: Sunshine Math Challenge Question Release - Week 1
  • February 8: Sunshine Math Challenge Question Release - Week 2
  • February 20: Jr. FLL Robotics Scrimmage (Hosted by Sunshine STEM Academy)

Video of the Week: Sunshine STEM Academy Spelling Bee winner Ansh Shah will represent our school in the Regionals

Sunshine STEM Academy School-wide Spelling Bee Competition
Regional Spelling Bee competition will be held on Wednesday, February 10th.

Photo of the Week: 4th Grade Students Design Car & Test it for Safety

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