Sunset Newsletter

Friday, October 19th, 2018


Week of October 22: Book Fair

October 24: Pastries with a Parent-Sunset Library 6:40 AM

Professional Growth Wednesday, dismissal at 12:10

October 26: Barn Blast 6:00-8:00 pm

November 6: Picture Retake Day - in the AM

November 7: PTSO Meeting Sunset Library 6:30 PM

November 12: November 12 - No School in honor of Veterans' Day

November 19-23: No School-Staff Development Day and Thanksgiving Holiday

November 30: Movie Night Sunset Gym 6:30 PM

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Sunset PTSO News

  • Way to go Sunset! Thanks to your help we exceeded our goal of $4000 for Fill The Jars and raised over $6100! Thank you to our awesome Chair for this fundraiser, Michelle Toney!
  • Thanks to all of you who purchased spirt wear last month. So far we’ve raised $750! If you did not have the opportunity to complete a paper order there is still time to order online:
  • Our online directory is taking the place of the paper version. The PTSO has sponsored this online copy for the first year. Just a reminder, in order to be included you need to log in at: We are unable to automatically add each family; however, enrolling is quick and easy!

Upcoming Events

10/22-10/26 Book Fair

10/26 Barn Blast 6-8pm

11/7 PTSO Meeting 6:30-7:30 - Sunset Library

Sunset Book Fair 2018 is coming soon!

The Sunset Book Fair starts Monday, October 22nd!

This is a perfect opportunity for families to purchase wonderful titles to read with their children. Consider looking for a just right chapter book, a new picture book to explore together, or a thrilling novel to entice your avid reader. Books also make wonderful gifts for birthdays and the holidays. By purchasing a book, not only will you be encouraging the reader in your child, but you will also be supporting the Sunset Library. Funds from the Book Fair will go towards purchasing new books for our book collection and towards bringing an author or an illustrator to our school.

If you would like to support your child’s classroom library, be sure to check out the Teacher Wish Bins. These bins are filled with books teachers would love to have in their classrooms for students to read. Simply purchase the book, have your child fill out a Gift Sticker and your child can give the book to his or her teacher.

We have an online book fair that starts on October 19th and will be open for purchases through November 8th. The online store has an even greater selection of titles than we can physically fit in our school book fair. The books purchased online go towards new books for our school library as well. When you purchase book fair books online, they are delivered to the school and given to your child to take home. If you have purchased these books as a gift, please let us know here at school to call you when the books arrive. Online book purchases arrive after the physical book fair has ended. You can access the Online Book Fair from the Sunset School home page under Quick Links.

The physical Sunset School Book Fair will be open to students during the students’ 20-minute recess each day when there are no classes scheduled and with an adult after school until 3:30. In addition, each class will have an opportunity to visit the Book Fair during their scheduled library time as well. At this time, students can simply browse the books or if families are comfortable with sending money to school with their child, students can purchase during the class’ library time. In the past, we have found putting money in a sealed envelope with your child’s name on it to be helpful. Another great idea, especially for younger students, is to circle the books you want your child to purchase on the Book Fair flyer going home soon and send it to school in a ziplock baggie with the money. Otherwise, you might be surprised by that poster or erasers that came home instead. The Book Fair starts Monday, October 22nd and will run through Friday, October 26th. Hope to see you there!

Pastries With A Parent - October 24th

Don’t miss out on the Pastries with a Parent event on Wednesday, October 24th! Bring your adult with you to school Wednesday morning starting at 6:40 AM to enjoy a pastry, shop the book fair and read with your child until school starts! Adults, please stay with your child until 7:40 when our gym opens to students.

Counselor's Corner with Ms. Mollie

October is Bully Prevention Month! I know this is a topic that is very important to all students and their families. In the next couple of weeks we will be conducting Second Steps Lessons focusing on this topic. We will be teaching:

  • How to recognize bullying
  • How to report bullying
  • How to refuse bullying
  • Bystander power

It is very important not to label people as bullies but to call out bullying behavior. This is an important distinction. Trudy Ludwig is a well known author who has written many great children’s books on this topic. She has great information on her website that outlines what bullying is and is not, as well as important statistics and language to use with children about the topic.

I highly recommend checking out this link!

Here’s to a safe happy month!

Hope to see you all at the Barn Blast!

PE/Wellness Corner with Mrs. Ellis

Hi Parents of Sunset Students! I am writing to let you know about the 5 healthy choice practices we have set as goals for this school year. It is very exciting listening to the students discuss and share their ideas around these challenges:

1 - Eat a fruit or vegetable at breakfast.

2 - Eat a healthy snack

3 - Be active 60 minutes each day. ie move our body in active play each day for 60 minutes or more to improve our heart health.

4 - Try a new fruit or vegetable.

5 - Tell a friend or family member 3 healthy benefits of active play. (A. helps reduce heart disease. B. Helps strengthen our immune system. C. strengthens our muscles and bones. D. improves our balance. E. Improves mental health, ie. makes us happier. F. Helps us sleep better. G. It is fun!!!!)

We are also working on our soccer skills and practicing cooperative play through large group games. Practicing integrity is a big focus this month as well. Thank you for sharing your children.

Tammy Ellis – PE/Wellness Instructor

Scientific Research in Ms. Sutter's Class

Ms. Sutter's class of 1st and 2nd grade botanists are exploring seeds and plants in their first science unit of the school year. From experiments inside the classroom to closely observing where plants grow outside - and behind our own Sunset library - we are noticing details, making hypothesis and thinking critically about how we are linked to the world of plants.

CAN WATER BOTTLES MAKE US SICK? — An Important Message from the West Linn-Wilsonville School District Nursing Team

Our bodies are comprised of 60 percent water, so it is no surprise that consuming enough is important to our wellbeing. There is a river of legitimate articles from every “ologist” one can imagine. From dermatologists to neurologists, ophthalmologists, urologists, cardiologists, gastroenterologists, and others, they are figuratively flooding us with legitimate reasons to drink more water.

While we know water is important, and that we’re likely to drink more water if we keep it handy, do we also pay attention to the actual cleaning of this vessel? It turns out, we often don’t.

As school nurses, we notice water bottles everywhere and appreciate that parents are helping their kids stay hydrated. But we also know there are competing forces at play, as germs are everywhere too. While most germs are not harmful and healthy bodies usually manage to stay well despite ourselves, drinking day after day from the same water bottle may short-circuit our healthy choices. Water bottles can quickly become a breeding ground for bacteria, especially if there are grooved areas. Anything that goes everywhere and is exposed to warm temperatures is bound to carry germs.

But with a little knowledge and a couple of minutes every day, that reusable bottle will be ready when you are! If it’s dishwasher safe, you know exactly what to do. But if it’s not, go ahead and soap up, scrub, rinse (inside and out), then let air dry daily. Each step is important.

It is in everyone’s best interest to keep our schools and students as healthy as possible. So please, scrub those bottles out every evening and return them to the classroom clean and fresh the following morning.

For more information and resources:

Holiday Tour of Homes to benefit WLHS Grad Party!


WLHS Class of 2019 presents

Holiday Tour of Homes

Sunday, December 2, 2018 * Noon – 5:00pm

Tour through five beautifully decorated West Linn homes

Music in the homes performed by WLHS Choir and Band Students

Ticket sales open at the end of October - $25 per person

Proceeds to benefit the West Linn High School Class of 2019 Substance Free Grad Party

Thank you to our Home Tour partners - Lark Cafe, Mapel Boutique, Urban Coop * Holiday Tour of Homes

Night With the Portland Trailblazers!

***Save the Date - January 18th***

Mark your calendars for the 5th Annual WLWV Education Foundation "Night with the Portland Trail Blazers"

The game between our own Portland Trail Blazers and the New Orleans Pelicans will be on January 18th * 7:30 at the Moda center

Ticket sales will open the first week of November

Ticket availability will be limited so make sure to order early!

Our Lost & Found is overflowing!

Please help us keep our lost & found to a minimum by checking to see if your child's lost item is there. Putting your child's name in coats, sweaters, and written in lunchboxes and on water bottles will help getting that item returned.
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Music and Arts Partners (MAP)

It's a new school year so don't forget to renew your Music and Arts Partners (MAP) membership! Not a member yet? Memberships start at $25 for the school year. MAP memberships help support music and arts in the district. At the primary school level, MAP has helped purchase instruments, art supplies and fund artists in residence. Memberships can be processed online at .
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