October 2, 2023
Background checks have to be done in order to go anywhere beyond the office. These take about 2 weeks to process, if you are wanting to come into your students classroom or on a field trip. These also need to be redone each school year.
You can complete the background check HERE!
Please make sure if there is any change to how your student is getting home that you call the office, not just message the teacher. If the teacher is absent the school will not get the message.
If there are any transportation changes please call before 1:30.
Our office hours are 7am - 4pm. If no one answers please leave a message, we check them often throughout the day.
From The Nurse
Attention Preschool and Kindergarten Parents:
Please keep an extra outfit in your child’s backpack at all times. Accidents DO happen at school and I do not always have clothing available that will fit your child. Sometimes they fall in a puddle at recess, or spill milk on their lap at lunch, and sometimes they just may not make it to the restroom in time. It is so helpful if they have an extra outfit in their backpack, and myself and their teacher would greatly appreciate it. If your child does have to use their extra clothing, please replace it.
Guidelines for a child with illness:
Keep children home for 24 hours after being sent home with vomiting or if vomiting occurs at home before school. Even though children may feel better after an episode of vomiting, it takes 24 hours after that last episode where they can no longer spread those germs.
Children with a fever of 100.4 should stay home until they are fever free for 24 hours without Tylenol being used to keep fever down. Again, while they are 100.4 or above is when they spread those germs even if they don’t feel sick.
Cough drops are a medicine that can no longer be dispensed without a note of permission from an adult caregiver/parent. If you would like cough drops given to your child for a mild cough or dry throat, please send in a note giving the school permission to dispense.
Thanks for all you do to help us keep your children safe and healthy here at Suncrest. . Healthy children learn better, stay focused, and are ready for success.
From Your School Counselor
Counselor Referral Form
This is the counselor referral form! If you feel that your child needs to speak to the school counselor, please fill out this form. The form will ask you who you are, who your child is and why your child needs to see the counselor. Please fill out the entire form and provide as much necessary information on the form as possible so that we can best help and support your child. Thanks!
Family Fun: Charades Night
Gather your family together one evening for a fun game a charades, but instead of acting out different people, act out different emotions! This will be a great exercise to give your child an opportunity to identify and assume different emotions so that they can label their own emotions in the future.
Self-regulation is likely to be a word that you will hear during the school year at some point. Are you familiar with this term? Self-Regulation means that you can manage your emotions when they are strong. In order to help your child develop this skill, try practicing a strong emotion (like sadness or anger). Work with your child and discuss how they could regulate their emotions to regain control and maintain composure when their emotions are strong.
Looking for more ideas and resources for how to help your child not give in to their emotional impulses? Check out this article.
Eagle of The Month- September
At Suncrest, we have a school wide positive behavior system. Every month we have a different focus such as responsibility, respect, and integrity. Throughout the month, we have different skills that the entire school focuses on and, when students model that behavior, they are rewarded with a Golden Ticket. The ticket is submitted into our weekly drawing where selected students get to pick a prize off of the prize cart.
For the 2023-2024 process, we are adding to our program by having the Eagle of The Month for each classroom. Teachers select a student that exemplified the focused behaviors throughout the month. For the month of September, our focus was Responsibility and the following students were selected for modeling responsible behaviors throughout the month:
Mrs. Jones: Haizley Boggs
Miss Hernandez: Isaac Santiago Garcia
Mrs. Klyczek: Lindyn Cottrell
Miss Pompei: Daniel Balderas
Ms. Stewart: John Certain
Mrs. Arnold: Jonathan Dominguez Bautista
Miss Certain: Karson Myers
Mrs. Vestey: Nolan Brock
Mrs. Martin: Audrey Flores
Mrs. Hettmansperger: Yonatan Linares
Mrs. Claxton: Scarlett Chuca Loaiza
Mr. Parvin: Andrew Hernandez Cautecatl
Miss Wright: Emry Hazlett
Mrs. Suite: Eve Shuck
Mrs. Vickary: Cataleya Escobar-Sanchez
Mrs. Tiedeman: Bentley VanDusen
Mrs. Shane: Kevin Fuentes-Bautista
Mrs. Herring: Mallee Malone
Mrs. Rudd: Pablo Zelaya-Linares
Mrs. Nolasco: Bryanna Lopez
Mrs. Fitzgerald: Sam Spaulding
Mrs. Tuggle: Kimber Patchett
Mrs. Cooper: Ángel López-Bautista
Mrs. Stillwell: Ryder Brock
Please send in a family photo if you have not sent one in! We are building a community wall of all of our preschoolers and their families.
Please remember to check the snack calendar each month! We are running low on snacks and our preschoolers get hungry in the afternoon! Mrs. Jones and Mrs. Miller will each send out a snack calendar every month.
Our preschoolers have been working so hard on shapes and colors! Please practice these shapes and their colors every night to help us master those skills.
A great way to learn about color and shapes is to point them out in the environment! (Color of Cars and Clothes, Shape of Doors and Signs)
Keep practicing writing your child’s name at home! An easy way to do this is having them trace their names written in highlighter or marker. It can also become a fun activity by using shaving cream, sand, or dirt!
Preschool has been working so hard since the beginning of school and we can see the growth!
We are very proud of our students and
you should be too!
We can’t wait to share all of the awesome things that kindergarten has been working on during parent teacher conferences! It is important that the students see that the teachers and families are working together and know that the goal for all of us is to make them better and better every day!
Please remember to read with your student! We are working hard in small groups on finding new strategies to become better readers. Everyone is seen in small groups throughout the week so we can assess their strengths and weaknesses in reading and give them new strategies to use.
We are also working very hard during math in learning our math facts. One way you can help at home is to have your student count for you, give them some simple addition problems to solve for you and have them practice writing their numbers. Students need to make sure they are not writing their numbers backwards and that they can recognize the numbers that they are writing.
Students are working in writing on learning how to make their sentences stronger by adding more details. We are also trying to write more than one sentence about a topic. Our sentences are getting better every day that we practice. You could help at home by having your student write out a sentence for you.
Special Person’s Day was so much fun! Thank you to everyone who was able to make it and be with your student. We even had a few special guests of local police officers and some high school students come over to help us celebrate all the special people in our lives.
2nd Grade News
We have been busy working hard and learning so much this month!
In social studies we learned about communities and governments. We discussed the three branches of the United States government, learned about our Declaration of Independence and Constitution, and how governments help their people. We just started our science units where we are learning about the water cycle, types of clouds, and landscapes and landforms. We created rain in a jar two different ways.
We have finished our asking and answering questions unit in reading. Students did an incredible job asking and answering questions about fiction and nonfiction texts.
In math we learned to skip count by 2s, 5s, 10s, and 100s. We looked at patterns in skip counting, and we have discovered how to use the rows and columns in arrays to skip count the total number of items.
In writing we have been working on triple whammies. This is where we write a topic sentence followed by three detail sentences. We use color writing to label our three details in the topic sentence and then take those and put them in individual topic sentences for each paragraph.
Students have transitioned into working in tier 2 math and reading groups. They have been working very hard and making growth.
We enjoyed celebrating special person’s day with all the special people.
Many students are leveling up in our Super Improver. Look for students to bring home turtle, penguin, and possibly kangaroo cards with their 5 stars punched.
3rd Grade News
Third grade learned so much during the month of September. Special Person Day was a huge success and our students had so much fun interviewing their special people, playing board games, and testing our visitors' math skills. In reading we worked on locating text evidence, understanding text features, and answering comprehension questions. During our writing time, we finished up our narrative writing unit and had some great finished products. In math we finished adding and subtracting multi-digit whole numbers. The third grade teachers are excited to speak with all parents and guardians during our upcoming Parent Teacher Conferences on Tuesday, October 10 and Wednesday, October 11. We are excited to see what October brings!
4th Grade News
Writing: Students have been working on opinion writing. We brainstormed several topics such as students should have cell phones in school, students need more recess, people shouldn’t litter, and many more! They then had to come up with reasons and put those reasons into paragraphs with support. Our next form of writing will be informational.
Math: Our recent focus has been multiplicative comparisons. For example, understanding how to write an equation for “twenty-four is six times as many as 4.” Next up, we are moving on to finding patterns with numbers to help us solve word problems. Then, it’s multiplication of multi-digit numbers using a variety of strategies. Although we want students to be able to show how to solve multiplication problems, it will be very important for students to memorize multiplication facts. This will help to decrease the amount of time it takes them to solve equations such as “697 x 8.”
Reading: We’ve been reading “Cinderella Tales,” which involves reading different versions of Cinderella and comparing characters, settings, and plots of these stories. We will soon be transitioning to a focus of nonfiction as we read about “Amazing Animals.” Some of the skills we will focus on are: using text features to help us understand better as we read, comparing and contrasting, summarizing using key ideas and details, and drawing conclusions.
Social Studies: We have been learning about the Native American tribes who had lived in what is now Indiana. This includes the adaptations that they had to survive, such as farming in the summer and then having to move in the winter as they found areas that were good for hunting. We’ve also studied the trading that took place as the Europeans arrived. Conflicts and wars arose as more and more claims to land were made. Soon, we’ll be learning about the American Revolution.
We’re looking forward to meeting with you to discuss your child’s progress at the upcoming conferences!
We will be having a Scholastic Book Fair here at Suncrest October 9-13. In the past we have earned money to buy many new and interesting books for our school library.
Your students will be able to shop during their library time. Parents are welcome to shop during Parent/ Teacher Conference nights.
I do need helpers. If you are interested in giving a little time to help students pick out books, please contact the office and I will call you back. See the chart at the bottom for times I need help.
Thank you in advance.
-This month in music class focused on expanding skills of all kinds. All grades in September began to learn more complex rhythmic patterns, with both faster, slower, and uneven beat structures. Younger students in Kindergarten through 2nd grade also learned social and emotional skills like listening and sharing through music games this month.
-Preschoolers and Kindergarteners reviewed their sets of musical opposites, by playing games, singing, and dancing. These opposites were high and low, quiet and loud, and fast and slow. After reviewing, these students began to expand their musical ears, and started singing along to books with Mr. Pinto, as well as expanding their dancing skills to learn about strong and weak beats. The Kindergarten students were given opportunities to practice their skills with musical instruments in the form of sound discovery stations. All kinds of different sounding instruments were set out and students were free to roam around the room and explore what sounds they could create. Finally, Kindergarten students have started to read basic rhythms, which helps their musical and academic functions develop, just like learning the basic sounds of the alphabet.
-1st and 2nd grade students worked on reading more rhythms in real time, practicing their steady beat, rhythm reading, and rhythm performance skills all at once. Music is a phenomenal subject because it works all so many skills at once and requires multitasking that uses every part of the brain. 1st and 2nd graders also started their music reading journeys this month, with 1st grade using a one line graph to visualize high and low sounds, and 2nd grade starting to learn how to read the 5 line musical staff that is used in traditional music notation.
3rd and 4th grade really focused on expanding their rhythmic vocabulary, and their instrument skills. 3rd grade began learning triplet rhythms, where a beat is split into three even chunks, as well as 16th notes, where a beat is split into 4 even chunks. These two rhythms are the building blocks for the more advanced rhythms they will see in the future. These students also started digging deeper into the Ukulele, a small 4 string instrument that resembles a small guitar. With this instrument both grades practiced basic technique, such as strumming up and down, proper holding position, and playing single strings.
5th graders also started learning more complex rhythms this month, by using a combination of rhythms from 3rd and 4th grade, the 5th graders have begun to understand how to read, write, and count, complex combinations of all previously learned rhythms at faster and faster beat speeds. 5th graders also revisited some of the percussion instruments used last month and tackled some of these trickier rhythms at faster tempos, which required them to refine and polish their playing technique on the instruments. Finally, 5th graders are starting to put all their skills together to perform basic songs on the recorder. The recorder is a small plastic instrument played with air, and uses almost all ten fingers. Combine this with reading both rhythm and the pitches of the musical staff, and this is the most multitasking that they have ever done in music.
-September was also the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month. In music we started by learning the basics of Flamenco dancing, which is a high energy, percussion-based dance that originated in Spain. As we move into October music class will dive into music and dances from both South and Central American countries, such as Cuba, and Mexico.
PE NEWS with Mrs. Tuggle
JOG-A-THON-------This Friday, Oct 6, 2023!
Your student should have a paper giving you all the details.
I will attach it again to the end of PE NEWS!
“Parents & Heroes to PE WEEK”----- November 13th-17th
You are invited to attend Physical Education class during this week!
Come join your student and participate in class. Dress for exercise!
You must have a background check on file with the Community
Schools of Frankfort to attend for the safety of all students.
You can find the background check form on the Suncrest
Elementary website under the Parents tab.
Below you can find the day of the week your child has PE
Monday- Herring, Tiedermann, Arnold, Pompei, Palmer, Suite
Tuesday-Nolasco, Vickary, Certain, Jones, Miller, Klyzcek, Claxton, Wright
Wednesday- Rudd, Kidwell, Vestey,Hernandez, Paige, Gable
Thursday-Shane, Martin, Jones, Miller, Stewart, Hettsmansperger, Parvin
A sign-up sheet will go home after Fall Break!
The Art Room has been full of activity. After completing and displaying our art projects for Unit 1, the students dove right into Unit 2 : Hispanic Heritage Month.
I would like to communicate that I am careful when teaching about a culture that I do not personally belong to and I explain this to all my students. I teach them that we must FIRST educate ourselves on the culture and background of any artwork we are going to study. Without this important step, we risk stealing and appropriating from a culture that is not our own. I am especially careful when I teach a unit shaped by Hispanic culture, as this community represents a large portion of our student body.
Symbols of Mexico:
Kindergarten learned about the origin of the pinata which originally came from China and was discovered there by Marco Polo. Later on, Spanish missionaries that were colonizing and trying to convert the indigenous people of Mexico to Catholicism used the pinata as a spiritual lesson. The pinata was made around a ceramic pot and covered in beautiful wrappings. It was shaped like a star with 9 points. Each point represented one of the 9 deadly sins. The pinata was made to appear beautiful to represent the temptation to sin, while hitting the pinata with a stick showed how we must beat back temptation. When one was able to conquer temptation, the sweets that burst from the pinata represented heavenly rewards. The students used value to color Mexican paper stars to represent the original pinata.
The first graders created dancing puppet Quetzalcoatls. This feathered serpent was a god of the Aztecs who believed the Quetalcoatl was the creator of all mankind who helped them learn to farm, teaching them the skills they needed to survive. Today, on each solstice, the Quetzalcoatl is celebrated and remembered at festivals held at the Great Pyramids in Teotihuacan. It is also featured in some Day of the Dead fiestas. Students used a template to use what they have learned about value to create a movable “dancing” Quetzalcoatl.
In 2nd grade, students learned about the significance of the cactus to the Aztec people and why it is featured as part of the eagle and serpent emblem on the Mexican flag. They learned that when the Aztecs were looking for a place to build their empire, they saw an eagle fly down and catch a snake in its beak. Wherever that eagle landed would be where they built their city. The eagle landed on a cactus and they built their city “Castle Rock” or Tenochtitlan. Second grade created a “stained glass” cactus in chalk pastels, showing off what they have learned about the element of art value both on the cactus and background.
Third grade focused on marigolds. To the Aztecs they were called cempoalxochitl and to the Spanish that colonized later, they were named cempasuchil, or The Flower of The Dead. Marigolds were a sacred flower used as medicine and in many religious ceremonies. Today, they adorn Day of The Dead altars and are believed that their fragrance helps draw the spirits of dead loved ones in. Third grade practiced radial symmetry to create their line drawings of marigolds before applying their knowledge of value with colored pencils and a watercolor wash.We used a more “popcorn” bloom marigold, as creating petals around radial symmetry was challenging all on its own. It would have been more complicated to create the traditional “wavy” petals that resemble a carnation.
Fourth grade also featured a flower. The Dahlia is the national flower of Mexico. Like the marigolds, they played a large part in mesoamerican life. They were used as food and medicine, as well as ornaments of beauty on women, human sacrifices, and the helmets of the Axtec warriors. Originally, the flowers grew in the mountainous regions of Mexico and Guatemala before the Spanish sent the flowers back to Europe. The flower became a national symbol in 1963. Like the 3rd grade, students used radial cemetery to create their flower and used their knowledge of value to create depth before applying a watercolor wash.
Fifth grade featured the agave plant. The agave is an important plant in Mexican culture for a lot of reasons, but some of the lesser known reasons is that the Aztecs saw it as a symbol of abundance and good health. Not only was it a source for joy-making ritual drink that filled the Aztecs with dance, but it was used as medicine and food. The plant was used as woven fibers to create clothing, baskets, rope, and netting. The thorns on the agave plant were turned into needles, while the worms that ate the agave leaves were also consumed due to their highly nutritious properties. The students created oil pastel agave plants using their knowledge of value and mounted the on tissue paper transfer backgrounds.
We hope you’re able to see our artwork in the hallways. If not, it will be featured at the end-of-the-year art walk.
And if you’re curious, only one single 5th grader recognized the agave plant as the “plant that makes that one drink.” Finding a way to explain that this plant helped the Aztecs dance with joy was difficult, but I succeeded. Thank Quetzalcoatl!
In all seriousness, this unit was a joy to teach. I loved seeing their faces light up with excitement and curiosity. It is important that we all learn our own histories. I am excited to walk them through more of that history with creativity, empathy, respect, and pride.
FUN FRIDAY ART:
We have completed portraits of the school resource officers, mayor, and new employees at Suncrest Elementary. We have also completed our first illustration for our Songbook: The Yellow Submarine. You’re welcome if your student sang that to you on repeat for days on end.
From The Coach
Read Aloud and Make Memories
No matter the age, all kids love to be read to. Choose your own favorite, a favorite of your child’s, or something that caught your eye at the library. Read aloud the book and let your child look at the pictures and listen. You can even stop here and there to ask a few questions. You might even consider getting a short chapter book and reading a chapter each night before bed or while waiting for a practice to end. No matter what, when you take time to read to your child, you are creating special memories that will last a lifetime!
Save The Date
October 5- Jog-A-Thon
October 6- End of 1st Quarter
October 9- 13 Book Fair
October 10- Parent Teacher Conferences from 3:30-7:00
October 11- Parent Teacher Conferences from 3:30-7:00
October 16-20 Fall Break
October 24- Farm To Table Program
October 31- Earthquake Drill
November 1- PTO Meeting 4:00 in the cafeteria
November 2: Instructional Coach Appreciation Day
November 6-10: Bear, our school therapy dog visits!
November 8: Fall Picture Retakes
November 10: Mid Terms
November 10: Veteran's Day Performance 1:30-2:30
November 13-17: Parent's To PE Week
November 16: Title I Night - SEL
November 22-24: Thanksgiving Break