October Edition 2023, Sunset Elementary School

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A Note from Your Sunset Admin Team!

Sunset Families,

Happy Fall! In a world where you can be anything, be kind! This month our character trait of the month is responsibility. We appreciate our falcons being responsible with kind and safe words. And the reminder if you can't something kind then don't say it all.

October is upon us and with that comes cooler temperatures. Our lost and found has had over 100 items just for September. Names on lunch boxes, water bottles and coats is appreciated. Below is the link to our Lost and Found video for the end of September. All items are repurposed next week. We do ask students to tie coat/sweatshirts around their waist or leave at their line up cone at recess. Your help is appreciated in reminding your child.

This month we have our Fall Celebration on Friday, October 27. Students are encouraged to dress up as their favorite story book character. Later on Friday evening, you will find the community event - Trunk or Treat, sponsored by Airway Heights Park and Rec. They are looking for additional "trunks" to make this event a success. See flyer below!

On the last day of each month we celebrate our PACE Student of the Month. This month our spirit day will include wearing black, orange or fall colors. We will not wear costumes on October 31.We encourage our families to take advantage of weekend events if you are electing to celebrate Halloween.

September Student of the Month Assembly link here!

September Lost and Found link here.

We appreciate our partnership and encourage active participation in your child's education. We'd love to have volunteers at our school. See our front office for our Volunteer Form!


Mrs. Montecucco and Mrs. Oscarson

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  • October 8-14 Fire Prevention Week
  • October 13 - NO SCHOOL - Teacher PD Day
  • October 27 - Character Dress Up Day & Trunk or Treat @ Sunset
  • October 31 - PACE Student of the Month Spirit Day - Wear orange, black or fall colors.
  • November 20/21 - Parent Teacher Conferences (No School)
  • December 12 - PTO Meeting

Need the year at a glance? 2023-24 Cheney School District Calendar here.


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Busses are now using the front door loop to drop off students in the AM. If you are dropping off students please use King Street. For those families with an appt or needing to speak to someone at the front office we ask for you to not park at the front doors between 8:15amd and 8:50am. Thank you!

Kindergarteners at Work!

Counselor Corner

Hello Fabulous Falcon Families!

Did you know that October is Bullying Prevention Month? Throughout the school year, Sunset students participate in lessons and activities that help educate them about bullying prevention. Here are some helpful tips when talking with your children about bullying.

Communication is Essential to Preventing Bullying

In order to know what’s going on with your children, you need to ask. Talk to your children regularly about school so they can understand what bullying is and how your child should respond if they are being bullied or if they know someone else who is.

A good way to begin is by asking the right questions. Rather than asking, “How was your day?” which usually leads to: “good” or “ok,” consider asking questions that encourage a longer conversation. Some examples include:

- What did you do at recess today? Who did you play with?

- What was the best thing that happened today?

- Does anyone in your class seem to be having a hard time?

- Did anyone make you feel good / bad today? How?

Knowing the right time and place to talk is also important. For young children, after school snack or dinnertime offers a chance for meaningful communication and gives children an opportunity to share while they are also focused on eating. As they get older, car rides offer a great opportunity for talking with your child.

What to Do If Your Child Thinks They’re Being Bullied

If your child discloses that they think they are being bullied, make sure they understand that it is NOT their fault. Reassure them that they did the right thing by telling you. Do make sure to talk to your child about the difference between a conflict and bullying. Conflict is a disagreement that happens when people want different things. If what your child starts to explain is sounding more like bullying, below are the questions needing to be asked:

- Has this student been doing this to you over and over again, more than once?

- Is this one-sided? How did you respond?

- Is it un-fair and on purpose?

- Did they stop when you asked them to stop or did it continue?

Once you understand the facts, it is important to communicate with your child’s school. As the school tells your child, if the incident is not reported we cannot help set up plans, monitor the situation, or help. Sometimes, children witness bullying and want to do something about it, but they’re not sure what to do. In our bully prevention lesson, we call this action empowering the bystander. It is important to recognize that how children respond may vary depending on the particular situation, how well they know the people involved, and whether they are older or younger, etc.

Did you know?

“When children intervene in a bullying situation, it can have a powerful effect. Research shows that when peers intervene in a bullying situation, the bullying stops nearly 60% of the time.”

Empowering the Bystander

· Use their assertive communication skills. If they feel safe, children can say something like, “Hey, that’s not cool! Why are you doing that?” If children are friends with the instigator, they can talk to them later and ask why they were doing that. Saying something like, “Did you know that you were being hurtful?” can help break the cycle of bullying.

· Walk away from the incident and encourage others who are watching to walk away. If there is no audience for the bullying, the incident is likely to stop. Students can tell others who are watching to stop and encouraging everyone to walk away. If they feel safe, children can help the victim themselves get away.

· Have empathy and show empathy. The impact of bullying won’t last as long if the victim feels they have support from their peers. Encourage your child to talk to the victim of bullying and let them know it wasn’t their fault. Being present and supportive can make a big difference.

· Get help from a trusted adult. If children don’t know what to do, they should talk to a trusted adult. Make sure your child knows they can talk to you about anything, and encourage them to tell a teacher or counselor if they see anything that makes them uncomfortable.

Our first priority at Sunset is to create, ensure, and sustain a safe and positive learning environment. Please partner with us to support your children. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call or email me.

Happy October!

Sam Winchell, M.Ed., NBCT-SC

Sunset School Counselor


Communities In Schools

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Lunch and Breakfast Service

Parents - just a reminder our before school breakfast begins at 8:30am. Please encourage your child to proceed straight to our cafeteria if they did not eat at home. Each student is only able to get one breakfast daily.

For both lunch and breakfast our students quickly can their finger which connects to their barcode. We will be adding our new students later this month. Please see the below letters for more information!

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Please check our our openings on the Cheney School District website. We have openings for instructional para educators for our preschool! Hours are 8:20am - 3:50pm Monday thru Friday.
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Utilize this resource on the fourth Tuesday this month in our front parking lot!

Attendance Matters! Thank you for sending your children on time. Drop off 8:30am M-Th, 9:30am Friday

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