Sunset Express

April 16, 2021

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,

This week is another newsletter with lots of information and items to communicate. Please take some time to review all the communication.

We would appreciate it if you could take a little time to complete our Family Leader in Me Survey. We really want to hear from you to help us grow and improve. THANK YOU!

This is the time of year that we begin planning and organizing things for our next school year. Please be sure to let the office know if your family has any major changes we need to be aware of for next school year to help us plan (moving, student needs, etc...).

I have been asked about teacher requests for next year. Please note, we do not take teacher requests by name, but we do have a Student Learning Placement Form that allows you to share out important information about your child we should take into account as we work to create balanced classrooms for the next school year. Please ask your child's teacher if you would like a copy of the Student Learning Placement Form for your child.

Next Friday we are supporting our VHS Leader Group's effort on supporting Earth Day.

Please take a look at the flyer shared below and plan to donate your recyclable cans and bottles to the school next Monday, Wednesday, and Friday to support their project. This is a friendly competition between our three elementary schools-- so we appreciate your support!

Thank you for keeping your child home from school if they are experiencing COVID symptoms or you feel they may have been exposed to COVID-19. We ask that you contact your child's Pediatrician when you are unsure of a situation.

PLEASE be sure to ALWAYS contact our office if your child is going to be absent from school so we can track reasons for absences and any possible cases.

Also, we continue to ask if there is anyone in the household who is being tested for COVID-19 to keep your child home until the test results come back. Also, please be sure to go through the student screener questions (see below) each day before you send your child(ren) to school.

As always we continue to encourage all of our families to try and keep safety precautions in mind. Every measure counts and together we can try and minimize the negative impact COVID-19 could have on your child's education.

Please visit this link at State of Michigan Covid for up-to-date information.

Together we can work to minimize exposure for our students and staff. Thank you!

Thank you Sunset Lake Families!

Yours in Learning,

Amie McCaw

Sunset Lake Elementary Principal

Virtual Learning Updates

KVIC last day of school is June 4th. This is different than VCS Virtual and our In-person students. Our KVIC progress reports were completed and shared. If you did not receive your child's report card please contact our office. If you have any other questions regarding your child's progress please contact Tamara Young at 321-1562 or email Chris VanderMei, your child's teacher. Thank You!

VCS Virtual:

If you are unsure if your child has materials to pick up please check with your child(ren)'s teacher. Please just come to our front door to buzz the front office. We will bring your child's material out to you. The best time for pick-up is typically 9-3 pm to help avoid the busy times of drop-off and pick-up times.

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April 20- MSTEP begins for our 5th grade (Sorry the wrong date was shared last week)

May 3 - 7 Walk A Thon Week

May 7th - 1/2 day for students

Earth Day Challenge

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Earth day 2021| theme of world earth day 2021| earth day theme
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Students and staff are encouraged to wear anything Star Wars themed/related. **no masks or weapons, please.
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The library will be holding its annual Spring Book Fair the week of May 10th. We will be following established Covid-19 protocols including hand sanitizing, socially distancing Book Fair carts and limiting the number of visiting customers.

Sunset will also be hosting a Book Fair Family Night on Tuesday May 11th from 4:00-6:00 p.m.

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We are asking for your feedback to learn about our strengths and our growth areas. Please take some time to complete our Leader in Me Family Survey to help us better understand how we can continue to make Sunset Lake the best school possible for your child. Thank you!


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Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan

Please watch the following video about a new program they are starting...

Becoming Me Program Information

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Message from Mrs. Kling...

Good afternoon everyone!

I want to let everyone know that registration for Bulldog Beginnings 2021-2022 school year is now open for children who are 4 years old by September 1 and is completely free for families that meet the qualifications. Applications can be found in the Sunset Lake office and if you have questions please feel free to contact me or Alyssa Thomson at Community Education 321-1020. Thanks for all your help in spreading the word.

Jennifer Kling

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Drop-Off and Pick-Up Reminders

Please note that if you drop your students off in the morning, we ask that you use our drop-off procedures and all students are dropped off in our parking lot, along the sidewalk on the north side (gym entrance). Please pull up to the sidewalk curb and have your child exit the curbside as soon as you get to the curb to keep our traffic flow going.

For pick-up please be sure to drive around the baseball fields and use Wellhouse to the Sunset Private drive to enter our parking lot. Please stay in your car to keep our traffic flowing. If you need more time for buckling we have found it beneficial to pull forward slowly or park your car to take care of buckling your child.

*IMPORTANT: Our bus ramp should be clear of all cars during our start and end of the day. Please do not pull into our bus ramp area to drop off your child in the morning.

Below you will find our Sunset Lake Drop-off and Pick-up plan in more detail.

Sunset Student Screener

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Lost and Found- Update

New items added to lost and found this week are pictured below. Please have your children check often. Many items added daily.
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VCS Visitor Screening Form

This form must be filled out each time a visitor enters the building.
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Sunset Drop off and Pick up Plan- SAME PLAN

District Documents for 2020-21 School Year

VCS Companion Document. The Sunset Lake Protocols link is found on page 9.

VCS Return to School Plan Instructional Overview f