Sunnyside School

April 2021

Message from the Principal...

Hello Sunnyside Families,

Spring is a symbol of renewal and hope. As we enter the last streak of this school year, please keep in mind that we are not in the clear yet and need to be vigilant with our mitigating strategies - mask wearing, physical distancing and hand washing. The “Finish Strong” guidance affirms the importance of the mitigation strategies that we have focused on this year. As a reminder, we ask that you report any positive COVID-19 cases to our COVID-19 liaison, Adrianna Collins at, so that we can continue to properly contact trace in a timely manner to ensure a safe learning environment for everyone.

As shared in previous newsletters, If ANY member of your household is awaiting a covid test, has been exposed to a positive person or symptomatic should NOT be going to work or school until test results are verified. Although it may not be convenient for you, this is for the safety and well-being of your family and community.

  • Beginning on Wednesday, April 7 - all Wednesdays will be IN-PERSON LEARNING DAYS with a 1:50pm dismissal.

  • Wednesdays will remain early dismissal days (1:50pm) for the remainder of the school year for staff to accommodate remote learning.

  • Please remember, we will not switch students to distance learning for a day. In-person students must attend school all 5 days beginning the week of April 5th.

  • As shared at March's BOE Meeting, May 1st is the cut-off of switching between DL to in-person. This means, if you have not switched to in-person learning before May 1st, your child would remain in Full Distance Learning for the remainder of this school year.

  • Kindergarten Registration is open. Call the main office @ 203.922.3021 to set up an appointment. Registration is ongoing, please share with neighbors and family members.

  • To report a positive Covid19 case, please contact the school nurse directly: Stephanie Elliott...203-922-3021 or email at You may also contact Adrianna Collins, as mentioned above.

Be like Pete the Tiger, wear your mask!

Happy Spring!

Mrs. Yost


Click here to read the how we may all work together to finish tis school year strong!


April 1st ~ Sunnyside Autism Awareness Day - wear your BLUE

April 2nd ~ Good Friday - No School

April 4th ~ Happy Easter

April 5th ~ Starts our 5 days a week of in-person learning

April 7th ~ Early Dismissal for Students 1:50pm

April 12th ~ Ramadan begins (through May 12th)

April 12th ~16th ~ Spring Break - No school

April 21st ~ Early Dismissal for Students 1:50pm

April 26th ~ Smarter Balance Testing begins for grade 4

April 26th ~ Virtual PTO Meeting

April 28th ~ Virtual Book Fair begins

April 28th ~ Early Dismissal for Students 1:50pm

April 30th~ FINAL day to order SS Yearbook 2021 - LATE ORDERS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED

Current last day of school ~ Wednesday, June 16th

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Yearbook Online Order Link

Click here to order your Sunnyside Yearbook!

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Battle of the Books

This year, second, third, and fourth grade students will have the opportunity to participate in Sunnyside Elementary School’s 4th Annual Battle of the Books. Students who are interested will read the following list of books. After April break, a screening of general knowledge about the books will choose the participants in the battle. The 5 top scoring students in each class will go to the battle against the other second, third, and fourth grade classes.

2021 Elementary Nutmeg Nominees

  • After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again) by Dan Santat

  • Because by Mo Willems

  • Borrowing Bunnies: A Surprising True Tale of Fostering Rabbits by Cynthia Lord

  • The Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell

  • Carter Reads the Newspaper by Deborah Hopkinson

  • Game Changers: The Story of Venus and Serena Williams by Lesa Cline-Ransome

  • Ida, Always by Caron Levis

  • The Infamous Ratsos by Kara LaReau

  • Jasmine Toguchi, Mochi Queen by Debbi Michiko Florence

  • Magic Ramen: The Story of Momofuku Ando by Andrea Wang

  • Rescue & Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship by Jessica Kensky & Patrick Downes

  • Seashells: More Than a Home by Melissa Stewart

  • We Don’t Eat Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins

  • Wedgie & Gizmo by Suzanne Selfors

  • The World is Not a Rectangle: A Portrait of Architect ZahaHadid by Jeanette Winter

Get ready to Read, Read, Read!!!!

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions

Kari Yacawych

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Forget how to submit your work, log onto Google Classroom or Seesaw? Click on this link to Mrs. Yacawych's Toolkit.

School Reward Programs


Box Tops for Education can be sent in to your classroom teachers anytime throughout the school year. Please submit them in an envelope whenever possible with your child’s name, teacher’s name and number of Box Tops written on the outside. The money we receive through this program will be used to purchase supplies for Sunnyside School. The more Box Tops we collect, the more educational supplies we can buy. The class that collects the most will earn extra recess time! Happy collecting!


Help Sunnyside School earn extra funding by registering your REDcard under Sunnyside School. Parents may register online through the Target website. Target will donate up to 1% of your REDcard purchases at Target stores and at


Sunnyside School is registered for Smile Amazon. It’s another reward program where the school earns a percentage of your purchases when shopping with Amazon. All you need to do is sign into Amazon through and select Sunnyside Elementary School PTO. Once you select Sunnyside School, every time you shop through, it automatically recognizes that charitable organization. It’s the same site as Amazon, and your Amazon Prime subscription works too! The upcoming holiday shopping season is the perfect time to raise money for our school! All proceed will help support our PBIS incentives.

COVID 19 DAILY Self-Checklist

Click Here Complete this COVID 19 check each morning before your child leaves for school each day. If you reply YES to any of the questions, STAY HOME!! It is imperative that we work TOGETHER to keep our schools safe.

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