Sunset Newsletter

October 2019

From the desk of Dr. McDaniel

We've made it to October and that means the end of the 1st Quarter is near! Can you believe we have been in school for seven weeks? Things are going well and I look forward to all of the great things that are planned this month!


One of the most important events this month is Parent-Teacher Conferences! We need 100% of our parents to come and meet one-on-one with their child's teacher. It is so important for us to be a TEAM when it comes to your child's education. Come and learn how we can work together to bring out the best in your child. Teachers will be sending notices home for you to sign up if you haven't already. You can also call the office to schedule your appointment.


We are working diligently to provide a safe and orderly environment for ALL students at Sunset through our Safe and Civil Schools initiative. Our teachers work hard to ensure we have uninterrupted instructional time every day. We appreciate your support in talking to your child about what students are expected to do at Sunset to keep themselves and everyone else safe! Our Guideline For Success are:

C - Be Courteous

H - Have a Friend and Be a Friend

A - Always be Safe and Responsible

M - Show Mutual Respect

P - Have Perseverance in all that you do!

Sunset News

ATTENDANCE

Chronic Absenteeism is now a part of our school report card grade! It is imperative that your child (children) are at school every day! A student is considered "chronically absent" if they miss more than 7 days in a school year. YOU are the only one who can help us with this! Please make this a priority! We want them here and we can only teach them if they are at school! THANKS SO MUCH!
The Importance of School Attendance

Pastries with Parents

YOU ARE INVITED!

WHAT: PASTRIES WITH PARENTS

WHERE: SUNSET ELEMENTARY LIBRARY

WHEN: October 8th from 7:55 AM - 8:20 AM

WHO: ALL PARENTS OR GUARDIANS


COME AND ENJOY A DONUT WITH YOUR CHILD AND VISIT THE BOOK FAIR BEFORE CLASS BEGINS.


****Students will report to their regular morning location unless an adult accompanies them to Pastries with Parents****

Parent Teacher Conferences

It's time to come and meet with the teacher and see how your student is doing. If you have not already signed up for a conference time please do so. You can also call the office and they will set up an appointment for you.


Conferences are on Oct 10th from 4:30-8:00 PM and Oct 15th from 4:30- 8:00 PM. Please make every effort to attend your child's conference.

Freshtastix Cafe

Welcome to F-A-L-L!

With the turning of the winds and rustling of the leaves, we here at the Freshastix Cafe know that fall is heading our way!!! When you think of this time of year, you think of PUMPKINS!! What an awesome FRUIT to behold!! Since pumpkin is a flowering, seed producing item, it is sometimes confused and put into the "vegetable" category. Technically, it is in the same plant family as cucumbers and melons. Some people put it in the vegetable category because it is not "sweet" like many are used to. You may have tried pumpkin in a pie! That is super yummy! However, some people eat it raw or in a soup. Pumpkins are packed full of beta carotene and fiber. Beta carotene gives the pumpkin it's beautiful, rich orange color. It contains vitamin B, which is great for your eyes and your skin!! If you have NOT tried pumpkin yet: IT'S A FALL MUST! There are many ways to use this versatile fruit!


Please come and visit us in the Freshtastix Cafe on Halloween! Each year we love to dress up and decorate the serving area!!! We all think it's BOOOOOOTIFUL!!

Muahh ahhh ahh ahhhhhhhhhh! See you soon!!

Title I

The district has coordinated an event for ALL Title I schools in Edmond. The event will be at Orvis Risner on October 29th! Transportation will be provided by bus from Sunset to Orvis Risner if needed. We hope all our students will take advantage of this FREE event where your children will receive free books and materials!


We'd like to congratulate the winners of the drawing for attending our first Parent Academy of the year. We gave out 4 prizes to the parents of Jamie in 5th grade, Lane in 4th grade, Genesis in Kindergarten and Annalynn in Pre-K. Thank you to all who attended.

STEM

Your children have been working on getting our STEM stations up and running! We are currently working on some really fun BrickLab lessons, and learning how to play our Puzzlets' coding game. During our upcoming STEM classes, our students will get the opportunity to work with an OSMO kit!


I hope your children are enjoying their time in the STEM lab this year!

Computer Science

In Computer Science, your children have been learning to code computers using the Blockly coding language. Blockly is a visual computer language that allows students to code by stacking blocks together.


This type of computer programming requires much problem solving and teamwork! I absolutely love seeing the pride on each child's face when they successfully complete a challenge!

Physical Education and Health

October is an exciting month in Health and PE. After a month of practicing cooperation and teamwork, we will be moving to one of our favorite untils .....SCOOTERS! Along with learning how to ride and play games with the scooters, students will be reviewing / learning multiplication and division while using scooters. We will also be learning a popular scooter game in South America called Bolas Criollas.


After a month of learning how to properly use the ABL equipment, students will be learning about healthy eating habits utilizing the equipment in the ABL lab. Students will gain an understanding of how to eat healthy and read food labels. Students will also learn what foods they should choose to eat with every meal to ensure that they are eating a balanced diet.

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Music

Thank you so much to all the parents and family members who came out to support our AMAZING fifth graders. They did a fantastic job on their performance at the parent academy. Watch for upcoming events in November.

Library Adventures

The Scholastic Book Fair will be at our school October 7th-11th. Families can also visit the book fair during “Pastries with Parents” on October 8th from 7:55-8:20. The fair will be open 4:30-8:00 on Parent Teacher Conference night, October 10th.


Our Book Fair theme for fall 2019 is Arctic Adventure Book Fair, Snow Much to Read. A blizzard of books is headed your way. Venture deep into the ice-cold polar regions to the coolest reading expedition ever!


Visit our book fair website below to order books that are shipped right to you, see all the new books offered this year, and sign up to volunteer.


A new feature from Scholastic this year is the E-Wallet. Parents and grandparents can give a student a set amount of money for the book fair. The credit card will only be charged for the books bought under that amount. No more carrying around cash or forgetting to send money! Visit the website to set up a secure E-Wallet account.


https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bf/sunsetelementaryschool30

Parent/Guardian Photos

For increased safety, we will start taking pictures of our parents, guardians and any person who is on the pickup or drop off list of a student. This is strictly for our student information system, Infinite Campus, and will not be shared outside of our school. We appreciate your cooperation in this project. You can stop by the office to get your picture taken anytime you are at the school!

Counselor Corner

October is National Bullying Prevention month!


Founded in 2006, PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center actively leads social change to prevent childhood bullying, so that all youth are safe and supported in their schools, communities, and online.


Every October, individuals from across the nation – and around the world – unite in a campaign to keep all youth safe from bullying.


The campaign is a catalyst for:


  • Involving a nation to take action at the local level to create safe and supportive schools.
  • Offering information and education about how everyone can prevent bullying.
  • Providing a platform to hold school and community events.
  • Sharing information about the issue through news media, social media, videos and print publications.
  • Talking with education and public policy leaders about their roles in bullying prevention.
  • Promoting dialogue between educators, parents and students on their roles in addressing and preventing bullying.
  • Encouraging organizations to share information about their bullying prevention resources.
  • Inspiring everyone to unite for kindness, acceptance and inclusion.
  • Helping to create a world without bullying.


Get more information about National Bullying Prevention month by visiting this website: https://www.pacer.org/bullying/

Text Message Updates

Did you miss the opt-in invitation to receive text messages about school cancellations, safety alerts and more? If so, text the words "opt in" (NO HYPHEN)
to shortcode 67587. Make sure your phone number is on file with Infinite Campus or you will not receive text messages. For frequently asked questions about this service, go to https://edmondschools.net/parents-students/communication/

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Ice Cream and Rice Krispy Treat Sales

Friday, October 25th

The cafeteria will be selling Ice Cream and Rice Krispy treats for a $1.00 on the last Friday of the Month. Students will need to bring their dollar with them to the lunch room and after everyone has been served they will then start selling the ice cream.

STUDENTS WILL NOT BE ABLE TO USE THEIR LUNCH ACCOUNTS FOR THE $1.00.

Parent Information Table

We now have a Parent Information Table in the foyer of the school. This is where we will place any information that does not go home with the students. There is already lots of resources and information out there so please stop by and take a look next time you are in the building.

About Us

Welcome to Sunset Elementary! School starts at 8:20 and ends at 3:15. Check our website for up-to-date information including our calendar of events. Be sure to opt-in for text messaging and make sure your email address is updated on Infinite Campus to receive school information.

October Dates To Remember

Oct 7th -11th ~ Book Fair

Oct 8th ~ Pastries with Parents 7:55-8:20AM

Oct 10th ~ Parent Teacher Conferences 4:30-8:00PM

Oct 15th ~ Parent Teacher Conferences 4:30-8:00PM

Oct 17th -21st ~ Fall Break - NO SCHOOL

Oct 24th ~ 1st Quarter Report Cards Go Out

Oct 25th ~ Ice Cream Sales and Pep Assembly @ 2:15PM

Oct 28th -Nov 1st ~ RED RIBBON WEEK

Nov 1st ~ Fall Carnival