Sunset Park News

February 2020

Principal's Pen

Please see the important dates below:

Monday, February 3: SIC/PTO Meeting @ 5:30 pm

Monday, February 3 - 6: Swimming (4th grade)

Thursday, February 6: African Folktale Presentation

Tuesday, February 11: Jump Up Day for 5th grade students

Wednesday, February 12: Colgate Dental Health Program for K5-2nd grade students @ 8:00 am

Thursday, February 13: Progress Reports Go Home

Friday, February 14: Valentine's Day Parties @ 1 pm

Monday, February 17: President's Day Holiday (No school for students & staff)

Wednesday, February 19 - 21: Camp Thunderbird (5th grade)

Thursday, February 20: Salarita's Spirit Night from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Thursday, February 20: School Of Choice Tour @ 6:30 pm

Wednesday, February 26: “I Have A Dream: Honoring Dreamers and Leaders Who Fought For Freedom, Justice, and Peace!” (for students)

Wednesday, February 26: Kona Ice (during lunch)

Thursday, February 27: “I Have A Dream: Honoring Dreamers and Leaders Who Fought For Freedom, Justice, and Peace!” (for parents) @ 6 pm

Friday, February 28: Book Character Parade (Kindergarten-3rd grades)

Children First,

Dr. Barnes

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Mrs. Brown

While it's cold outside, you can have fun learning inside! When students think of learning at home, they often think “homework!” Homework is no fun! There are many ways to have fun learning at home when it’s too cold to play outside!

Cooking, baking and even slime making are great learning activities to share with your child during the cold months! Thinking skills, math, vocabulary, reading are all taught in fun ways in the kitchen!

Some of the specific skills taught while cooking:

  • Math skills, such as counting, fractions, sequencing (determining orders of events), measuring and shapes
  • Problem-solving
  • Following multi-step directions
  • Increasing vocabulary
  • Chemistry and science, including making predictions and understanding how food changes while cooking
  • Health lessons, such as understanding nutrition and the food groups, as well as appreciating the importance of safety and cleanliness
  • Fine motor skills, through whisking, measuring, pouring, sifting, and rolling
  • And so much more!!

Below are a few kid (and parent) friendly recipes to enjoy in the kitchen!

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From the Front Office

Just a reminder about Attendance. Every Day Counts! Please remember to send excuses if your child is absent. You may send 5 parent notes during the year if your child does not go to the doctor. Please send the medical excuse if there was a visit to the doctor. We have had an increase in daily tardies. It is very important to arrive on time each day. This allows time for your child to begin their day with all of their classmates and prepare for the day. Attendance prizes are still given weekly for students who have not had an unexcused tardy during the week. Additional attendance prizes will begin with the fourth quarter. We will have weekly attendance prizes for the classrooms who have the least number of tardies during a week. There will be a prize for grades K-2 and a prize for grades 3-5. If you have any questions regarding attendance, please call or email.

Mrs. Dieguez


Mrs. Blackwell

The Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving academically gifted and talented youth. Duke TIP works with students, their families, and educators to identify, recognize, challenge, engage, and help students reach their highest potential. Collaborating with educators and parents, TIP helps gifted students assess the extent of their academic abilities with above-grade-level testing, recognizes them for their achievements, and provides them with a variety of enrichment benefits as well as accelerated face-to-face and online educational programs.

Students in fourth, fifth, or sixth grade may qualify for the 4th–6th Grade Talent Search through one of three methods:

  1. Scoring at or above the 95th percentile on an accepted grade-level national standardized achievement or abilities test
  2. Scoring at or above the 95th percentile on a state assessment
  3. Scoring 125 or above (full scale or composite) on an accepted IQ test


Congratulations to the following 48 students for qualifying as a Duke Tip recipient for the 2019-2020 school year.

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From Our PTO

PTO Meeting February 3rd 5:30 PM

Hear from our very own Officer Mike and learn more about the projects the SIC & PTO teams are working on for Spring 2020!

Valentine's Day Pencil Gram Fundraiser

Look for information in Thursday folders on January 30th.

Salsaritas Spirit Night-February 20th from 4:00 - 8:00 PM (Flyer attached)

Kona Ice Day-February 26th- Collection bags will go home on February 20th. Money will ONLY be collected on the day of the event.

Save the Date! Parents Night Out March 27th

*PTO would love the help of a few volunteers. Email Riley Johnson at if you'd like to help.*

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The Center for the Arts will be celebrating its 10th annual Teachers’ Choice Student Art Exhibit. The exhibit dates are February 14 - March 15. The student reception will take place on Thursday, March 5 from 5:30-6:30. There will be one students artwork chosen from each grade. Students will be notified the first week of February.
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Your child will be participating in an abuse prevention curriculum during classroom guidance over the next few weeks. Some of the topics your child will learn about are: body boundaries, respecting themselves and others, listening to their guiding voice and telling a trusted adult when a situation makes them feel confused or uncomfortable. If you have any questions about the curriculum, please feel free to contact me.

Also, I am still in the early stages of planning our upcoming Career Day, May 21. For this event, we are inviting parents, community members and professionals from various fields to volunteer their time to speak with students about their career choices. If you are interested and/or know someone who may be interested in participating in this event, please contact me to express your interest and learn more about our upcoming event.

Additionally we still have a few jackets, coats, gloves and hats available for any students in need. If your child could benefit from these services, please contact me on my office phone at (803) 981- 1272 for further assistance.

Lastly, I will be starting a new round of small groups for students that have been identified with a specific need by either their classroom teacher, another staff member and/or their parent(s). A letter will be sent home that will require a parent signature prior to any student being able to participate in small group counseling services. These services will be provided by myself or our district therapist, Mr. Roach. Likewise, if you do not receive a letter but feel your child could benefit from these services, please reach out.

As always, please know that I am available should you wish to speak with me regarding your child’s needs at Sunset Park. Have a Fabulous February!

Nursing Services


If your child is absent due to an illness, notify the school nurse as soon as possible by phone at 803-980-2132 or email at . Please give as many details regarding symptoms as possible i.e coughing, fever (please give number), sore throat, etc.


With flu season upon us, it is important to keep our children healthy. Children are two to three times more likely than adults to get sick with the flu. It is important to know the difference between cold and flu. Common symptoms of the flu include high fever, severe headache, muscle and body aches, chills, sore throat, exhaustion and dry cough. Children may also have nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Often cold symptoms come on gradually and they include stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat and hacking cough.


-Talk to you child about practicing good health habits, such as:

. Washing hands frequently with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds

. Covering mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing-preferably into the inside of the elbow or with a tissue and disposing of the tissue immediately into the trash

. Avoiding sharing drinks, water bottles, eating utensils and cell phones

. Avoiding touching their eyes, nose, and mouth

- You can help prevent the flu from spreading at home by disinfecting frequently touched surfaces, toys, and other commonly shared items.

-You can prevent spreading illness to others by keeping your sick children home from school until they have been without fever for 24 hours without the aid of fever reducing medication (Tylenol/Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen).

- It is important for your sick child to get rest and drink plenty of fluids.

If you have any questions or would like additional information about preventing and treating the flu please contact Freda Roseborough-School Nurse by email at or by phone at 803-980-2132.

Colgate Bright Smiles

In recognition of Dental Health Month, our students will participate in a Dental Health Education Presentation by Colgate Bright Smiles Program. Our students will learn about the importance of dental hygiene.

The Colgate Bright Smiles team of local dentist(s) and Dental Hygienist will perform free dental screenings to our K5-2nd grade students whose parents have returned the consent form. PLEASE NOTE: This is only a screening. No dental treatments will be provided. You will receive a report that can be taken to your private dentist.

If your child is K5, 1st, or 2nd grade and you would like for your child to have this free screening, please contact me by email at or by phone at 803-980-2132. Consents will be accepted through Friday, February 7, 2020.

For more information about the Colgate Bright Smiles Program please visit
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A Note from Mrs. Nivens:

It's time! Yearbooks are now officially on sale. You may order two ways. Order forms will be sent home the week of February 3rd. You may pay by cash or check with this method. Simply complete the order form, enclose your payment and return to your child's classroom teacher. Be sure to include the child's name as well as the teacher. You may also order online at: Our ID code is 5972120 All orders should be completed by March 15, 2020.

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Read Across America Spirit Week

Friday, February 28, 2020

· Read Across America Book Character Kick-off Parade @ 9:45 am. Students in grades K5 – 3rd will have the option to dress up as their favorite book character or carry their favorite book. Students that do not participate in the parade and those in the audience should wear Sunset Park SPIRIT ATTIRE.

****Students are required to wear uniform bottoms with Read Across America Spirit Week activities.

Monday, March 2, 2020

· One School, One Book Kick-Off

· Spirit Wear: Wear a purple or teal top.

· Activity: Hornet’s Reading Bus @ 10 am (all grades in Café).

· TNN Guest Reader and book drawings.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

· Theme: Oh, the Places You’ll Go

· Spirit Wear: Options: (1) Wear a t-shirt with the name or picture of place you’ve visited or (2) a college t-shirt.

· TNN Guest Reader and book drawings.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

· Theme: My Many Colored Days

· Rotary Club Guest Readers

· Spirit Wear: Options: (1) wear a rainbow top (2) neon or bright colored top with bright accessories or socks.

· TNN Guest Reader and book drawings.

Thursday, March 5, 2020

· Theme: If I Ran the Zoo

· Spirit Wear: Options: (1) wear animal print, leggings/tights, belts, scarves, neck-ties, accessories or (2) a t-shirt with an animal printed on it.

· TNN Guest Reader and book drawings.

Friday, March 6, 2020

· Theme: Cat in the Hat

· Spirit Wear: Top Hat or Crazy Hat with entire school uniform.

· Guest Readers Day (community leaders, Sunset Park Alumni, or district staff)

· TNN Guest Reader and book drawings.

~Mrs. Gray

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Physical Education

Save the Date!

2020 Field Day: May 15, 2020: The date of our best day of the year is set! Please mark your calendar and plan to assist us with making your child’s day the best ever! More info to come as time draws near.

Fourth Grade Swimming Lessons February 3, 4, 5, 6:

Our fourth grade students will begin their swim lessons Monday, February 3, 2020 at the Rock Hill Aquatic Center. Transportation will be provided by Sunset Park for all students. Your child should have returned a signed permission form to participate. If this permission form has not been returned please do so immediately.

Students will receive four (4) days of skill building and water safety instruction. Certified swim instructors will teach students. Each child will be tested and placed in the appropriate group for his/her skill level. The focus of each lesson is swimming on TOP of the water, not under the water.

If parents/guardians wish to observe their child’s progress, you are invited to sit on the bleachers and watch during lessons 2, 3, and 4.

Please read these suggestions provided by the Rock Hill Aquatic Center for a successful swim unit.

1. Each child must have his/her own swimsuit and towel.

2. A one-piece swimsuit is suggested for girls (not required).

3. Boys’ swimsuits should fit properly around the waist to prevent embarrassment.

4. No cut-offs or t-shirts are allowed in the pool.

5. Students wear uniforms to school and will change into swimsuits in the appropriate locker room at the aquatic center.

6. The aquatic staff must approve goggles. Scuba diving/snorkeling mask are not permitted.

7. Contact lens should not be worn in the pool.

8. Swim caps are recommended for girls. Girls with long hair should have their hair pulled off of their faces if they choose not to wear a swim cap. Please use plain hair bands to secure all hair.

9. Hair dryers are not allowed.

10. No glass containers or perfume please.

11. Please bring a bag (other than your bookbag) to carry items in. Please have your child’s name written on the bag and all other items.

I am excited that our district and the Rock Hill Aquatic Center are able to offer your child the opportunity to improve/learn swimming skills. Swimming is an excellent form of exercise and may be a life-saving skill in some incidences.

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