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Weekly Communication from Sunset Ranch - Dec 3rd-Dec 7th

We are participating in the Hour of Code™

We live in a world surrounded by technology. And we know that whatever field our students choose to go into as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly depend on understanding how technology works.


But only a tiny fraction of us are learning how technology works. Only 35% of all high schools teach computer science.


That’s why our entire school is joining in on the largest learning event in history: The Hour of Code, during Computer Science Education Week (December 3-9). More than 100 million students worldwide have already tried an Hour of Code. Our Hour of Code is making a statement that Sunset Ranch Elementary is ready to teach these foundational 21st-century skills. To continue bringing programming activities to your students, we want to make our Hour of Code event huge. I encourage you to volunteer, reach out to local media, share the news on social media channels and consider hosting additional Hour of Code events in the community.

This is a chance to change the future of education in Rocklin.


See http://hourofcode.com/us for details, and help spread the word.

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What do students DO during Indoor PE?

Awesome things! Mrs. Rabe planned something new and exciting for students on Thursday during a very rainy day. Pictured below are some snapshots from first grade. Students played a game called Ro-Sham-Bo (known to many as Rock-Paper-Scissors) that reviewed taking turns. Then they had a competition! Starting on opposite sides of a Hula Hoop course, students hopped on two feet until the met in the middle. They played a quick game of Ro-Sham-Bo, the winner continued on, and the other player moved back to their line only to take a turn again in a few moments. The game practiced the skill of hopping, taking turns, and team work! The kids had a blast. Great job, Mrs. Rabe, for keeping kids safe, dry, and engaged in physical education on a rainy day.

Letters to Paradise

Mrs. Knapp's 2nd grade class partnered with Mr. Vaughen's class to write letters to the students in Paradise, and they are being mailed this weekend. The words were eloquent and kind, and it is obvious that our students have empathy for others. It was also great practice for the standard of friendly letter writing. Mrs. Knapp's class also wrote letters to the firefighters who supported Paradise during the fires that swept through their town and destroyed homes and dreams.
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SUPER Spirit Wear Fri-yay!

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Green Screen Habitats

Mrs. Hudspeth's 2nd grade class used Mr. Haviland, our teacher and Tech Teacher-on-Special-Assignment (TOSA) to try something new this week. They created habitats at home over their break and answered the essential question for Unit 3: How do plants and animals in your habitat get what they need to survive?


The class then used the green screen with Mr. Haviland's support. They presented their information and it appeared that they were “inside” their habitat. It was sooo cool! After the green screen activity, Mrs. Hudspeth's began making a Google Slide presentation. Students created a title page, listed living things that can be found in their habitats and another slide for non-living things.

Movie Night hosted by Mrs. Smith on December 7th

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Market Day was a success!

Our PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports) at Sunset Ranch includes positive praise and reinforcement tokens called Pawsitives. You may have seen these green tickets around and wondered what they were about. Well, students have many ways to earn the Pawsitives, and then have ways to 'spend' the Pawsitives for special privileges, tangible items from a treasure chest, or spinning a wheel for an above-and-beyond reward extra recess with a friend.


Once a trimester, students in 1-3rd use their earned Pawsitives to buy goods and services, most made by students and classes, during MARKET DAY. We had this day on Tuesday, November 27th, and our students LOVED it! Check out the photos below.

Our Angel Tree is in the SR office and ready for YOU!

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Kindness Challenge Extended Again because, well, WHY NOT? Be kind.

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Looking ahead...

Poinsettia Delivery on Monday, December 10th

Sixth grade students should pick up the plants after school and deliver the plants to their customers.
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Click HERE to view the Virtual Backpack

Each week, flyers that would have taken money & supplies to print and time to count out & distribute are placed on the VB on the school website. This is where many of our community partners advertise after school clubs, sports, child care and more.

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