SPCAS Trojans Today

October 2021

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Principal’s Pen

Dear Families,

Thank you for your support as we continue to navigate the growth of our school family during this difficult period with COVID protocols and restrictions. We are excited about the work we have done so far and will continue to do with our students. We appreciate every moment with our students and strive to maintain an engaging, high quality learning environment. If you ever have questions or concerns, please contact me at 803-981-1260 or nbarnes@rhmail.org.

We will have our first dress down day on Friday, October 8. We will represent the Carolina Panthers with our Panther gear or Panther Colors-Blue, Black or White. Students may wear jeans that do not have holes or rips in them. Jeans must be school appropriate.

Other important dates during the month of October:

Monday, October 4-Friday, October 22-Virtual Parent Conferences (Conference schedule to follow from teachers)

Friday, October 8-Carolina Panther Dress Down Day

Wednesday, October 13-Picture Day (School uniforms must be worn for pictures)

Friday, October 15-No school for students

Monday, October 18-No school for students

Tuesday, October 19-SIC/PTO Meeting @ 6 pm via Zoom

Thursday, October 21-Salsarita's Family Night @ 12 pm-8 pm.

Wednesday, October 26 and Thursday, October 28-School Beautification (Outdoor classroom) from 6 pm-8pm

For our children,

Dr. Barnes

From the Front Office


EVERY School Day COUNTS! We need everyone present daily and on TIME! It is so important to arrive on time for school. The day begins at 7:40 with our first bell and the Tardy Bell rings at 7:45. Our car line begins at 7am each school day. We have had many students tardy this year. We are starting our Attendance Incentive with weekly drawings to hopefully reduce the number of daily tardies. Attendance prizes are awarded each week to one student in grades K-2 and one student in grades 3-5 who have not been tardy during the week. So, arrive on time and have a chance for an Attendance Prize. The list of weekly winners will be posted in the office.

If your student is absent from school, please remember to send an excuse (parent or medical) to the office. You may write 5 parent notes per year. Students who accumulate 5 unexcused absences or 3 consecutive unexcused absences will have an Attendance Plan written.

Morning Arrival

Please remember to have your child exit the right side of the car so they step out onto the sidewalk. Exiting from the left side is not allowed in car line. If your child must exit on the left, park in the short-term parking, and walk them across to the sidewalk.

Afternoon Dismissal

Our afternoon dismissal begins at 2:25pm. Students leave their classrooms when they are called and exit the side doors of the school. Students are asked to stand in line quietly and do not eat or drink in the dismissal line while waiting to be sent to their car. We ask all parents to be in the line by 2:45pm for student dismissal. If there needs to be a change in transportation for the day, a handwritten note is required to be sent to the office prior to dismissal. Parents who need to check students out early must arrive prior to 2pm for early dismissal.

Counselor’s Corner

I am very excited to begin this new school year at Sunset Park Center for Accelerated Studies. In elementary school, all students will participate in classroom guidance. Students learn about many topics during classroom guidance. Some include: self-esteem, respecting others, bullying, friendship, conflict resolution, drug prevention and career awareness. Other topics are also addressed on a need basis. In addition to classroom guidance, if you feel your child has a need for individual or small group counseling services, please do not hesitate to reach out to me. The goal is to help our students succeed in school—I am here to help us reach that goal. For the month of October, we will cover topic(s) to include: Decision Making. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in Red Ribbon Week, which is a national initiative, where schools and communities across America bring awareness about the danger of alcohol and drugs. Please know I am always available should you wish to speak with me regarding your child’s needs at Sunset Park. Have an Outstanding October!

Physical Education

In our Physical Education (PE) classes, we are currently working on cooperative activities and teamwork while becoming acquainted with one another. Due to our current learning environment in regards to Covid-19,we will make the effort to be outside when the weather is agreeable.

Please make a note of the day/week that your child has PE and prepare them for an outdoor learning event. This includes appropriate shoes and a jacket or sweatshirt if the temps are cool.

Make a difference in your child’s life by helping them learn how to adopt healthy eating habits.

• Set a good example by eating a balanced diet high in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

• Provide healthy foods/snacks for lunch visits, school celebrations, and special events.

• Fill half your child's plate with vegetables and fruits

• Serve fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk and water rather than sugary drinks

• When buying pre-packaged foods, choose ones that are low in sodium

• Don't serve oversized portions

• Visit ChooseMyPlate.gov as a resource for your child

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Library News

During the month of September, many schools and public libraries join with the American Library Association’s awareness celebration to promote National Library Card Sign-up Month. However, getting a library card during any month of the year is an awesome investment. The ALA’s theme, Libraries Empower, emphasizes the benefits of a library card. It’s not too late! Visit the York County Library in person or online at www.yclibrary.org.

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Please see PTO News below.

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