Sunset Express

Back to School Edition 2019-20

Sunset Lake Elementary, PreK-5th Grade Building

Sunset Lake Elementary

Principal Amie McCaw

At Sunset Lake, we are Lifelong Learners and Lifelong Leaders.

Principal's Message

Hello Sunset Lake Families,

We are so happy to be back together again!

The start of our school year has started off GREAT and we are so happy to see lots of smiling faces and hear the sounds of happy laughter.

This first week of school has been a celebration of getting to know more about our learners and sharing with them our building expectations.

Our Sunset Lake mission: At Sunset Lake we are Lifelong Learners and Lifelong Leaders. We are committed to living our mission each day by bringing a positive attitude to learning new things and always trying to model leader behaviors.

We are in our fourth year of implementing Leader in Me, the school-wide operating system based on 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. It's so exciting to hear and see our students using the language and living the principles. This year we will continue our work on bringing 7 Habits for Families to Sunset Lake. Please contact the office at 321-1550 if your family is interested in participating in 7 Habit Training this year.

If you have not already done so, please be sure to update your family information into our Student Management System-- Skyward. See below for more information.

Thank you Sunset Lake Families for all that you do for us. We are excited about the

2019-2020 school year.

It's going to AWESOME!!!

Yours in Learning,

Amie McCaw

Sunset Lake Elementary Principal

7 Habits of Happy Kids

Each month we will be reviewing the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People through our Leader in Me process. The month of September is all about a short review of all 7 Habits and then our following months we "dig" a little deeper to learn more about each habit.

Habit #1 Be Proactive

Habit #2 Begin with the End in Mind

Habit #3 Put First Things First

Habit #4 Think Win-Win

Habit #5 Seek First to Understand then to be Understood

Habit #6 Synergize

Habit #7 Sharpen the Saw

Ask your child what they know about the 7 Habits and see if they can teach you more about them.

SKYWARD- Student Management System

ALL families need to be sure and update the family profile information into our Student Management System- Skyward.

Go to our website-

Then click on Parent Portal and then

click on the Skyward link

Your Username is your first and last name as one word.

Click on Forget Password to set up your account.

**Please note that all emergency contacts need to be added by families and the school is not able to input this information.

If you have any questions please contact our office.

Thank you!


September 9th - School Board Meeting

September 10th - PTSO Meeting

September 19th - Picture Day

October 4th - Vicksburg Homecoming

October 10th - PTSO Meeting

ALICE School Safety Training

To learn more about the School Safety Training that our district is adopting this year see the link below:

Traffic and Parking at Sunset Lake

Hello Families,

We thank you for following our drop-off and pick up procedures. This helps us keep all of our students safe.

For pick up- please remember that school lets out at 3:35 and often the best time to join the pick up line is 3:40 when our students are coming out and traffic is flowing.


Our drop off window will begin at 8:35.

Cars are to enter at our north entrance off of Boulevard.

Cars are to enter at the north entrance and follow along the outer edge of the parking lot.

Cars stop at the designated Student Drop Off Zone (These are NOT parking spaces--rather designated zones for cars to stop and allow their child to exit curb-side).

Students are to ALWAYS exit curb-side.

We ask everyone to take advantage of the drop off system.

If you need to park, please utilize the parking spaces in our parking lot.

Please be sure to escort your child and use the designated walkway located at the drop off zone.

REMINDER: There is no parking in front of our building, or on adjacent roads.


School ends at 3:35

Traffic flow is as follows:

Cars travel west on Prairie St. and turn right onto 4th St.

Cars on 4th St head to the Little League Fields and take Wellhouse Dr.

Follow Wellhouse Dr. around to N. Boulevard and take a right on N. Boulevard (Village Police will be available to assist at this point).

Cars enter Sunset Lake parking lot’s north entrance and follow along the outer edge of the lot.

Cars are to stop at the designated Student Drop Off Zone.

REMAIN in your cars and your child will be released to you.

We ask families picking up their child(ren) use the provided Car Tags.

Car tags hang from your rearview mirror with your child’s last name written (LARGE) and facing out the window.

A staff member will radio for your child and they will be dismissed directly to your cars.

Cars exit through the south lot and will take a right onto N. Boulevard.

OFFICE REFERRAL FORMS & Student Code of Conduct

Sunset Lake operates on the research of positive behavior supports. Research shows that positive responses to students behaviors brings about positive behavior with our students. We also believe in helping our students become responsible citizens by leading their learning and taking ownership of their choices. We use SWIS-School-Wide Information System, that is our data warehouse for us to track and review our student incidents (referrals) during each school day. Our Student Code of Conduct can be found on our website. If you would like a hard copy of our Student Code of Conduct, please contact our office at 321-1550. Please do not hesitate to call Mrs. McCaw at 321-1550 if you have any questions.
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Frozen Jr. Info

The 4th -8th grade District Musical is Frozen Jr.

There is an informational meeting on:

Thursday, September 5 from 6:30-7:30 at the HS PAC

Auditions for cast and crew for 4th & 5th grade students are:

Monday, September 9 6-8pm

Tuesday, September 10 4:30-5:30pm

Auditions will be at Vicksburg Middle School in the choir room.

Click this link for more information.

Frozen Jr. Audition Information

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Meet The Counselor Night

When: Monday, September 9th, 2019 (4:00-5:30)

What: General Information about the Sunset Lake Counselor Services

-Do you wonder what services the school counselor offer your children?

-Do you wonder what the school counselor can do for your family?

-Mrs. Lonsway will have hand-outs and will answer basic, general questions for any families who would like to stop by.

*The purpose of this offering is to learn about Sunset Lake’s school counselor’s general services. Any personal or confidential information would need to be shared by appointment at a later date.

Where: If you’d like to stop by for this general information, come visit Alyson Lonsway at her office. (Room #206-2nd hallway across from Mrs. McCaw’s office)


Thanks to Kalamazoo County State Bank for the awesome donation of school supplies!