January Edition 2024, Sunset Elementary School
A NOTE FROM YOUR ADMIN TEAM
We hope you had a wonderful winter break and special time with loved ones. We need your help getting back into routines at school for setting up your child for success. Our experts at the Sleep Foundation share the following: "... how can parents help their children get back on a sleep schedule for school after summer or holiday breaks? The secret lies in having healthy sleep habits year-round. A regular sleep schedule, as well as a quality sleep environment and other habits of good sleep hygiene, contribute to children’s academic achievements and overall well-being." Further they go on to share the impact lack of sleep can have at school, "A direct way that sleep and school performance are connected is through effects on mental function. Some known problems associated with lack of sleep include decreased attention. The ability to concentrate is vital to learning and academic achievement, but insufficient sleep reduces attention and focus."
Additionally, as we take this opportunity to highlight the importance of attendance, sleeping problems have been tied to increased absenteeism. Your part in nightly routines makes a difference! Please read on here if interested in the importance of sleep habits. Thanks for all you do to ensure your child is getting at least 10 hours of sleep nightly. And don't forget the hour before bed is TECH FREE! Back to School Routines (click for more info).
PACE ASSEMBLY: December Student of the Month Assembly. Congrats to our recipients this month! (LINK)
Happy New Year!
Mrs. Montecucco and Mrs. Oscarson
A LOOK AHEAD!
- January 2 - First day back in 2024
- January 9 and 23 - CHAS Mobile Unit @ Sunset, 3-6pm
- January 10 - PTO Meeting, 4pm @ Sunset
- January 15 - NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King Observance
- January 19 - PTO School Carnival, 5:30pm
- January 22 - NO SCHOOL, Semester Break Day
- February 9 - NO SCHOOL, Teacher Training Day
- February 16 - NO SCHOOL (or Snow make-up day)
Need the year at a glance? 2023-24 Cheney School District Calendar here.
SCHOOL DROP OFF PROCEDURES
SUNSET DROP OFF AND PICK UP
SNOWY DAY CRAFTS AT SUNSET
Hello Falcon Families!
We would like to say THANK YOU to Communities in School, Presents with a Purpose, Cheney Giving Tree, Touchstone Realty, Wolffy’s in partnership with AHPD, and Sunset PTO! Through their support, we were able to provide gifts for over 75 Sunset student and siblings this year. So grateful to continue to be a part of this amazing West Plains community! A very special thank you to our new Communities in Schools Site Coordinator, Ms. Browne, for organizing it all!
Winter can be a difficult time for some. Pease don’t hesitate to reach out to me if I your child or family needs support.
As always, please don’t hesitate to call or come in if you have any questions or need resources.
Sam Winchell, M.Ed., NBCT-SC
Sunset School Counselor
JANUARY PACE CHARACTER TRAIT - FAIRNESS
This month we are focused on the trait of fairness. Fairness is treating people and ideas with justice and impartiality.
“Make a change and inspire people, because we could always use more fairness in the world!” Steven Danielson 2020 West Valley High School junior. PACE guest columnist January 2020.
“The concept of “fairness” is critical to earning the trust and respect of others.” Bryan Collins Spokane Valley Fire Chief. PACE guest columnist January 2019.