Sunset Express

February 12, 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

Happy Valentine's Weekend Sunset Lake Families,

This week our staff was able to really spend some time reviewing our Sunset Lake student data in the areas of academics, attendance, and behavior. Although, this past year of COVID-19 has been a challenging year we are very proud of the work and progress our students are making despite the challenges. Our student discipline data shows great improvement and through our 7 Habit language and Leader in Me principles, we feel our students have been able to show great resilience. Thank you Sunset Lake Families for our continued partnership to help us reach every Sunset Lake Leader!

You still have time to share out your special Sweetheart Event on our PTSO Facebook page!

The PTSO Sweetheart Event goes until Sunday, February 14th. We look forward to seeing all the love and smiles!

We 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

REMINDER: Virtual students may come to the building on February 19th starting at 10:30 for our Picture Retake Day. Your child must wear a mask before entering the building and we wil have a room with social distancing. We will take your child's picture while you wait outside the front entrance.

If you have any questions regarding their progress please contact Tamara Young at 321-1562 or email Chris VanderMei, your child's teacher. Thank You!

VCS Virtual: Conferences scheduled for February 5th will be rescheduled for February 19th.

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.


Feb 19 - Picture Retake Day

Feb 25 - 1/2 day for Students

Feb 26 - Midwinter Break - No school

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Picture Retake Day

Picture Retake day will be Friday, Feb 19th. This will also be picture day for all virtual students. In person student retakes will be first thing in the morning. Virtual students may come anytime between 10:30 and 1:30. If you have questions, please call the office at 269-321-1500.

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.

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.


If you or someone you know will have a student starting Kindergarten next fall, please contact our office at 321-1550. It's hard to believe, but we are starting to plan for our spring Kindergarten Kickoff 2021-2022!

International Travel Protocols for VCS

VCS Families and Staff:

Spring Break is just around the corner! Please be aware that based on current CDC guidelines, and after consultation with the Kalamazoo County Health Department, VCS has revised procedures concerning international travel.

The CDC requires all air passengers arriving to the US from a foreign country to get tested no more than 3 days before their flight departs and to provide proof of the negative result to the airline before boarding the flight. Air passengers who have had a positive viral test for COVID-19 in the past 3 months, and have met the criteria to end isolation, may travel instead with documentation of their positive viral test results and a letter from their healthcare provider or a public health official that states they have been cleared for travel.

Due to the change in CDC requirements and in consultation with the Kalamazoo County Health Department, Vicksburg Community Schools requires all students/staff traveling to the US from a foreign country to quarantine for 7 days before returning to school (previously the District required a 10 day quarantine). Staff and students must also provide documentation of negative test results obtained before departure from the international location.

Common Sense Media Valentine Family Movies

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February Habit of the Month: Habit #4 Think Win-Win

The Berenstain Bears Hug And Make Up (1-2)
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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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Generous Hands

Generous Hands is still distributing food weekly. Currently they are serving 227 students in all six of the Vicksburg schools. Although that seems like a lot of students, they feel they can help many more students with their supports and services.

Please visit the link below to learn more or contact our office at 321-1562 if you have questions.

Generous Hands Website

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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