Sunrise Lions Gazette

January 2020

A message from Principal Dial...

Happy new year, Lions! It is 2020 and we are ready to take on quarter three! On January 30th at 5:30 pm we will hold our Kindergarten Preview Night! If you have a child starting kindergarten next year we welcome you to come by and visit our classrooms and meet our amazing teachers. You can pick up registration paperwork at this time, too. If you are not able to attend, please call the front office at 602-467-5900 and we will gladly schedule a private tour for you.

The start of a new year is a great time to make a tax credit donation to Sunrise. Arizona is lucky to benefit from tax payers supporting public schools and getting their money back dollar for dollar when they do their state taxes. We hope you will consider giving to Sunrise as we use this money to fund field trips, after school tutoring, chorus and band equipment and many other things that our students would not otherwise get. You can learn more about this program here ( and donate to Sunrise here ( We are truly grateful for your support!

At the end of this month all students who are 9 years old (mainly this will be students in the 4th grade) will be taking the NAEP test. NAEP stands for National Assessment of Educational Progress. This test is given across the world and helps to measure how students are doing. We do not get any results from this test but want you to be aware that it is being given. More information will be going home with students who will be taking it. You can also learn more about this test here:

Events this month...

Early release days (1:30)

10th, 17th, 31st

No school days


Other dates to know

15th: Quarter 2 honor assembly @ 8:30 am (parents/families welcome to attend)

16th: Battle of the Books @ 8:15am

24th: NAEP test for all 9 year olds

27th: district spelling bee

30th: Kinder preview night

News from Nurse Penny...

Welcome back! Unfortunately we know we are still in the heart of cold and flu season. Please help us keep all of our Lions healthy by keeping your child home if he/she has a fever or signs of the flu. Also keep in mind that all children must be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school. Thank you and be sure to let me know if you ever have any questions. I am always happy to help!

Front office reminders...

It is the start of a new year and time to commit to being on time every day! Almost every grade has their reading and writing block first thing in the morning so it is imperative that ALL students arrive at school by 8:15 so they do not miss any of this very important block. We encourage students to arrive by 8am so that they can receive a healthy breakfast before their day of learning begins.

Meet Our Pride!

Each month we will highlight two special staff members here at Sunrise so that our families and community can get to know our Pride (Lion family) better. We hope you enjoy this new feature!
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Mr. Beverly...

Mr. Shawn Beverly has been a 6th grade teacher at Sunrise for four years (this year specializing in science and social studies). Mr. Beverly originates from Indianapolis, Indiana and has two sisters (one older and one younger). In his free time he loves to karaoke, hike, shop, play board games and dine out with friends. He also loves to participate in spirit week and keeps the bar high for the staff to participate, too.

When asked who his educational inspiration was he said Dmitri Mendeleev, the creator of the modern periodic table of elements. "Like many scientists, Mendeleev had plenty of people who rejected his ideas about missing elements but he was so passionate about his ideas that he pursued it until he had created a periodic table of elements with elements that had yet to be discovered! I choose to be a teacher so that I can share my love for science with others and hopefully inspire future scientists."

When asked why he chooses to be a Sunrise Lion he said, "I choose Sunrise because of the overwhelming sense of community and caring that you get when you walk on to our campus."

Sunrise is certainly lucky to have an educator like Mr. Beverly!

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Miss Patty...

Miss Patty is a special education paraprofessional and well know around campus, and the community, as someone who is always willing to lend a helping hand. Miss Patty came to Sunrise 7 years ago after moving into the neighborhood and enrolling her kids for school. She says she was so overwhelmed with the friendly staff and personal attention given that she just had to work there. Miss Patty is married and has two boys (12 and 14). She was born in Mexico City and moved to Tijuana when she was 13 years old. Miss Patty spends her free time being handy around the house, painting and watching action movies with her boys.

When asked what inspires Miss Patty she replied, "Kids with different needs inspire me to keep doing my best. I can help them discover and learn new things every day. To me it is important to show that everyone can succeed. It is really important that our community knows we love, care and protect our students and we will always do our best for them."

We consider ourselves lucky to have Miss Patty in our Pride and are grateful for the love and dedication that she brings each and every day.

Gallery of Greatness!

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