March Edition 2023, Sunset Elementary School

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Principal's Corner with Mrs. Montecucco

Dear Families,

At Sunset one of our guiding principles is to cultivate a sense of belonging. Recently we have been doing some work with our students on better understanding what does it mean to belong. I thought you would enjoy seeing this video created by our kids! It was also shared at our recent School Board Presentation hosted at Sunset on February 22nd.


Whether it's greeting someone with a smile, ensuring safe drop off and pick up procedures, seeking to understand all the information of a situation and asking yourself are my words helpful and kind can go a long way! Thank you for making Sunset such a special place to serve and for all you do to support our Sunset family.


Mrs. Montecucco

School Board Visits Sunset!


  • Mar 1 - Mar. 31 - WIDA EL State Testing
  • Mar. 8 - Class Picture Day
  • Mar. 9/10 - Parent Teacher Conferences, NO School
  • Mar. 14 - 5th Grade Concert, 6:30pm
  • Apri 1 - 7 - No School, Spring Break

Carnival Basket Winners... and their "RIDE" to School!


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Counselor Corner

Hello Sunset Families,

Your child’s safety is a primary concern for all of us. We share your hope that children learn and grow in a safe and secure learning environment. Every year throughout the Cheney School District, students from kindergarten to fifth grade are taught the district’s Personal Safety curriculum.

During the next several weeks, I will be giving a series of short lessons centering on aspects of Personal Safety. These lessons will include maintaining safety with strangers and friends (early warning signs & keeping secrets), recognizing appropriate and inappropriate touch, saying “No!” to inappropriate touching, and identifying sources of help and support available to children (safety network). The books listed below are materials used in the classroom, for grades K-2. Grades 3rd-5th will be utilizing PowerPoints and discussion based on NetSmartz curriculum.

My Body! What I Say Goes! by Jayneen Sanders

No Means No by Jayneen Sanders

Let’s Talk About Body Boundaries, Consent & Respect by Jayneen Sanders

NetSmartz Curriculum (

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at 509-559-4634. If you still have concerns about your child’s participation in this curriculum, you do have the right to have your child “opt out,” However, we ask that you notify us of your decision by Monday, 3/13/2023 so we can make alternative plans for your child/children while the curriculum is being taught in the classroom. As always, don’t hesitate to call with any questions you might have.

Take care,

Sam Winchell, M.Ed., NBCT-SC

Sunset School Counselor



Is your conference scheduled for next week? If not, please connect with your child's teacher to sign up for conferences!

***Thursday, March 8 - 11:30-6:30pm & Friday March 9 - 8-3:30pm***. An email was shared with the sign up link as well. We can't wait to share progress with you!

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Attendance Matters! Thank you for sending your children on time. Drop off 8:30am M-Th, 9:30am Friday. If you need to pick up your student early for an appointment please do so no later than 3pm. All other students please pick up on our back playground! Thank you!

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Cheney Schools 2022-2023 Calendar