The Sunnyside Scoop

School Newsletter -- December, 2018

About Us

Sunnyside Office: (651) 385 - 4570

Kids Junction: (651) 385 - 4587

First Student (General busing questions): (651) 388 - 8244

Transportation (Bus routing): (651) 385 - 4795

Principal's Message...

Despite the recent stretch of warmer temperatures, winter is upon us here at Sunnyside. I know I've shared some of this information out before, but it's worth taking this opportunity to again remind families of a few winter-related items:

Indoor/Outdoor Recess: If the windchill is zero degrees or above, Sunnyside students will be outside before school and at recess. If the windchill (or temp) falls below zero, students will be inside. Technically, our policy has a stipulation that students may be out for a "shortened time" if the windchill falls between -1 to -10. However, the reality, with kindergarten and first grade especially, is that it takes too long for students to get snow gear on/off to make that a feasible plan.

Winter Gear: As the weather cools, please be sure your child has appropriate winter gear for outdoor recess. A few specific things I've learned during my time at Sunnyside:

  • Snow pants aren't just for snow! Even if there is no snow on the ground, they keep kids warm.
  • Knit stretch gloves may be considered cool among the K-2 crowd, but they are not a great choice for recess. Kids love them, but those stretchy knit gloves offer little warmth, and act like a sponge once they get wet. Thick gloves or mittens are a better choice.
  • If you need assistance providing winter clothing, please contact our school social worker, Liz Kittelson, at

Cancellations: School may be cancelled when the Superintendent believes the safety of students is threatened by severe weather or other circumstances. When possible, the Superintendent makes the decision to start late or close school by 6:00 am. An emergency notification system is used to send phone calls and/or email messages to parents when the school schedule changes, so it is essential that your contact information is up to date. You may also find school closure information on KCUE 1250 AM or 98.9 FM, KWNG 105.9 FM, KSTP, FOX9, KARE11, WCCO4, and online at Please do not send your child to school if it is unsafe for your child to reach school due to severe weather. Call your school’s attendance line to let school officials know why your child will be absent from school. A couple other possible scenarios:

  • School starting two hours late due to weather -- If school starts late due to inclement weather, it is generally a two-hour delay. Sunnyside students who ride the bus will be picked up two hours later than usual. Our entrance bell will ring at 10:15 AM and our learning will start at 10:25 AM.

  • School closing early due to weather -- It is very important for all students to know where they are to go and what to do if school closes early. Please spend some time with your child and go over a procedure. It will help them feel more comfortable with the situation. Finally, please make sure that your child’s emergency card has accurate contact information in the case we need to contact you.

Thanks, and have a wonderful December!

Mike Pagel


Dates to Remember...


22 - 1/1 -- NO SCHOOL - Winter Break


11 -- 1st Grade Reading Buddies w/ 5th Grade

11 -- K-4 Movie Night @ Burnside (Time TBD)

14 - Arts Alive Mentor Sessions from 3:00 - 4:00 pm

18 -- End of 2nd Quarter

21 -- NO SCHOOL (teacher professional development day)

24 -- Arts Alive Assembly @ 1:30 pm

29 -- 2019 Incoming Kindergarten Information & Registration Event (more info coming!)

30 -- Report Cards Sent Home

Sunnyside Singers "World" Tour

On December 10th, the Sunnyside Singers, a chorus of 2nd grade students interested in learning more about music and singing, performed locally for residents of Deer Crest, Downtown Plaza, and Potter’s Ridge. It was a great chance to connect with our community, and students were #sunnysideproud to display their talents for an audience! Check out the photo below!
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Sunnyside is on Social Media!

In case you didn't know, Sunnyside has it’s very own Facebook and Instagram pages! You can find our Facebook page at, and our Instagram handle is @sunnysideredwing. Follow us, and check out some of the great things going on here at Sunnyside!

Upcoming K-4 Connect Movie Nights

On November 2nd, K-4 Connect held its first Movie Night for Sunnyside & Burnside students and families. For $1 per person (with a $5 cap per family), families enjoyed a movie, popcorn, and bottle of water. Due to the success of the event, three more Movie Nights are scheduled for this school year. More information will be provided closer to the events, but mark these dates on your calendar:

  • Friday, January 11th @ Burnside

  • Friday, February 22nd @ Sunnyside

  • Friday, March 29th @ Burnside

Guidelines for Sick Students

Winter seems to be the season of sickness here at Sunnyside Elementary, and we've seen an increase in the number of cases of illness requiring students to be sent home during the day during the month of December. As a general rule, if your child needs to be sent home due to fever or vomiting, please be sure he/she is free of either of those symptoms for 24 hours before returning to school. Help us stop the spread of illness here at Sunnyside!

Crayola Marker Recycling

We are excited to tell you about a very special program going on at our school in conjunction with Crayola. It’s called Crayola ColorCycle – an amazing program devised to turn used markers into energy!

All around Sunnyside, students and teachers will be collecting markers that are ready to be discarded. The markers will be sent to a facility where they will be converted into clean fuel. This fuel can be used to power vehicles, heat homes, cook meals and more!

Please help support our efforts by sending your kids in with any used markers you may have around the house – even non-Crayola brands- and other types of markers including highlighters, Sharpies, and dry erase. Drop-off boxes will be located in classrooms for your child to deposit the markers.

Thank you in advance for participating! With the help of parents like you across the country, the Crayola ColorCycle program can keep tons of plastic out of landfills each year.

Remember, don’t throw out that used marker—ColorCycle it!

More Easy Ways to Help Our School!

Last month, I shared some easy ways you can help Sunnyside raise money for the Innovative Learning Fund (ILF), including Milk Moola, Box Tops, and Coca Cola Give. This month, I'd like to share a couple more! Sunnyside also collects the following items, which can simply be sent to school with your child:

Family Fare (formerly EconoFoods) Receipts: Turn in those Family Fare receipts and they will give back a percentage of the total receipt amount!

Pop Tabs: Bring in those pop tabs from cans of soda, juice, tea, and more! Our kindergarten classes take them to McDonald's in the spring to be donated to the Ronald McDonald House.

Black Ink Cartridges: Bring us those old black printer ink cartridges to benefit the Red Wing Band Boosters!

Lost & Found

Sunnyside's lost & found is filling up quickly! If you happen to visit Sunnyside in the near future, take a swing by our lost & found off the lobby in the first ramp to see if you recognize any of your child's missing clothing.
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Sunnyside needs volunteers for various school-level events throughout the year. CLICK HERE or complete the form below to help us out! Families and community members are welcome! If you are interested in helping out specifically in your child's classroom, please contact your child's teacher directly instead, or call the Sunnyside main office at 651-385-4570.