May Edition 2022, Sunset Elementary School

Principal's Corner with Mrs. Montecucco

Happy May Falcon Families!

We are excited to share the success of our recent Apex Fundraiser. Our school raised over 14,000. Thank you so much for your contribution and trying something new at Sunset.

We are almost to the summer countdown, with just over 30 days remaining please tune in to all of our May and June activities below!

Finally, our next month or so also contains many important testing dates, our State Testing, the SBA for grades 3-5. Our Panorama Survey, our social emotional component, and finally our K-2 iReady testing for math and ELA. Thanks for continuing consistent routines at home for bedtime and of course eating healthy. We appreciate your support.


  • May 2 - Westwood MS Parent Night @ 5:30pm
  • May 13 - Captain Mama Author Visit
  • May 14/15- Fairchild Air Show
  • May 18 - PTO Meeting
  • June 3 - SAVE THE DATE - Sunset Family Movie Night
  • June 7 - 5th Graders visit Middle Schools
  • June 10 - Sunset Field Day & School BBQ
  • June 17 - Last Day of School 7:50 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.

State Testing

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Counselor Corner

Hello Sunset Families,

I can’t believe how quickly this year has gone! There has been a lot happening as we enter the final push of the 2021-2022 school year. All students have been working hard to learn and grow. During the month of May, third, fourth, and fifth grade students will be busy taking the SBA (state test). The best way to help your child is with a steady routine, healthy breakfast, good night’s sleep, and time to relax, play and just be a kid.

All of the social skills, personal safety lessons, and digital citizenship lessons have wrapped up for this year so I will be focusing more on small groups, individual and responsive services, and elementary to middle school transitions.

Hope you find time to enjoy the changing of the season! If you have any questions or needs, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Take care,

Sam Winchell, M.Ed., NBCT-SC

Sunset School Counselor


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Author Visit the day Before the SkyFest Airshow - May 13

Did you know there are two (soon to be three) award-winning children's aviation books that take place right here at Fairchild Air Force Base? And that the author (a veteran who flew at Fairchild) is coming to our school in two weeks? Thanks to one of our parents who has known Graciela for more than half her life, we'll have this opportunity to chat with an author at two school assemblies!

On May 13th, Air Force veteran Graciela Tiscareño-Sato (aka Captain Mama) will be at our school for a special author visit ahead of the SkyFest airshow. Graciela will be the featured author on base at AAFES for a book signing on May 12th from 10 to 4 p.m. Come by, say hello, and pick up copies of her two children's books: Good Night Captain Mama and Captain Mama's Surprise, set right here in our community. At SkyFest, she'll have her Captain Mama table (with children's books and patches) on the flightline at the KC-135 static display, hosted by the 141st Air National Guard.

Graciela's book series was inspired by her decade of service as a KC-135 officer, aircrew member, and instructor, and by her son when he called her Captain Mama. The third book in the Captain Mama series is now being designed for fall 2022 publication. You can preorder Taking Flight with Captain Mama (and have your name included as on the Early Supporter page inside the book!) by ordering here. Read Graciela's bio and learn more about this unique book series at: We're looking forward to hosting her at Sunset on May 13th!

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Attendance Matters! Thank you for sending your children on time. Drop off 7:30am M-Th, 8:30am Friday

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