December 2020

Principal's Pen

Dear Parents,

Please see the information below.

Thursday, December 3: 12:00 - 1:30 PM Kona Ice & Boosterthon Prize Pick-up for Virtual Students ($3, $4, and $5 cups) (see attached flyer)

Friday, December 4: Kona Ice for Face-to-Face Students during lunch times ($3, $4, or $5 cups). Ice cream will not be sold on this day. (see attached flyer)

Tuesday, December 8: 12:00 PM AND 6:00 PM Virtual School of Choice Fair. Please share with family and friends interested in attending Sunset Park for the 2021-2022 school year.

12:00 PM Zoom Link:https://rockhillschools.zoom.us/s/89386881782

6:00 PM Zoom Link:https://rockhillschools.zoom.us/s/82247253831

Thursday, December 10: 4:00 - 8:00 PM Salsarita's Spirit Night (see attached flyer)

Friday, December 18: Half-Day for students (Dismissal will be at 11 am). Students may wear appropriate pajamas to school on this day.

December 21- January 4, 2021: Winter Break for Students and Staff

January 5, 2021: Face-to-Face Students return from Winter Break

If you have any questions, please let me know.

Children First,

Dr. Barnes

Music Notes

I hope everyone is well! We are pressing forward in our music studies and learning a lot too! Our younger grades have been focusing on the science of sound, song stories, and critical listening skills. Our middle grades have been studying instrument families, and our older grades have been working on rhythm studies and rhythm creations. Stay tuned for more great things to come. I hope you all have a great and safe holiday season !

~Mr. SImon, Music Teacher


I cannot believe that it is almost Christmas! It seems like the first semester has just flown by! First, I want to take the time to thank you for all of your efforts in supporting your students throughout the first half of the school year! Parents, if you signed your child up for our "Operation Angel Tree" this year please note, I will reach out to every family individually in hopes of ensuring that all gifts have been distributed before the close of business on Thursday, December 17, 2020.

Additionally, we will have a coat drive this year that will provide coats, gloves and hats to those in need. If your child could benefit from our coat drive, please contact me on my office phone at (803) 981- 1272 for further assistance.

Also, I am happy to announce that students in fourth and fifth grades who has been selected to serve as student council representatives. Congratulations fourth graders: Kat Mcgeehee, Gabriel Hays, Jackson Hurst, Skye Baxter, Nariah Easter and Christopher White and fifth graders: Madison Blackwell, Kaleb Witherspoon, Kensley Martin, Mason Thorne, Bryston Martin, Mason Thorne, Kaylin Harvey and William “Gavin” Fields on being selected as your classroom representatives.

Lastly, in light of the holidays, I just want to say how thankful I am for each and every one of your children. They truly remind me daily of why I absolutely love my role as a school counselor. As always, please know that I am available should you wish to speak with me regarding your child’s needs at Sunset Park. Happy Holidays!

~Ms. Woods, School Counselor

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Media Center

As the month of December rolls in, the days become cooler and the coziness is a welcome invitation to curl up with something interesting to read. The ReadBrightly website offered the following suggestions that will stretch you beyond your normal comfort zone. Some of the ideas to consider include:

  • Reading about a winter sport (ice hockey, bobsledding, skiing, cross-country skiing, snowboarding, sledding, ice skating, etc.)
  • Read about a holiday you don’t celebrate at home.
  • Read a book while wrapped in a favorite blanket. Maybe add some hot cocoa.
  • Celebrate National Short Story Day, December 21, by exploring an anthology or collection of short stories and using it as inspiration to write your own short story.
  • Think about all the books you’ve read this year and choose your favorite. Flip through it one more time and ask yourself, “What made it feel special?”
  • Read a book by an author who has a first or last name that starts with the same letter as yours.
  • Donate some gently used to books to a charitable organization.
  • Make a list of something you want to learn more about in the New Year. Read a book on that topic to get a jump start!

As the year’s end rolls in and holiday excitement takes over, there’s no better feeling than taking some time out and getting cozy with a book. This December, take the opportunity to celebrate your year in reading. (See one of the suggestions below for a one way to do this.) Send a thank you into the universe for the wonderful adventures you’ve had with books, and enjoy these challenge ideas while you get ready for a brand-new year filled with reading.

Download a printable version of this reading challenge below.

~Mrs. Gray, Media Specialist

Physical Education

What’s UP in PE!

Here’s hoping that you all had a happy and safe Thanksgiving break filled with fun and joy! With the guidance of Atrium Healthcare, the Healthy Together program aims to provide information promoting healthy behaviors for all students and families. Healthy Together encourages kids and families to join the 5-2-1-0 League by implementing these five suggestions. Enjoy your holiday time while being mindful to encourage your children to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

5- Eat at least five servings of fruits and veggies every day

2- Limit recreational screen time to fewer than two hours a day

1- Be physically active for at least one hour per day

0- Avoid sugary drinks, and instead aim for water or low-fat milk

~Ms. Bundy, PE Teacher