Howling Coyote


Important Dates:

December 12: Angel Tree gifts due to office

December 14: PTC Dance Committee Meeting 8:30am (Teacher's Lounge in Office)

December 14: RUSD Board Meeting 6:30pm (Boardroom)

December 15: One Pill Can Kill Parent Information Night 6:30pm (WHS Theater)

December 16: Santa's Workshop (K-4th Students) 3:00pm (Multi/Stage)

December 19-22: Spirit Week (details below)

December 22: MINIMUM Day

December 23-January 6: NO SCHOOL- Winter Break

Bell Schedule

2022-23 District Calendar

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Feliz Navidad Teacher Luncheon- Please Sign Up!

Let's send the teachers off on break with a full tummy! Please review the available slots and sign up now. Drop off items on December 20th before 10:00am. Click here to sign up!

Thank you, PTC Hospitality Committee

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Volunteers are Needed!- PTC Dance Committee

PTC needs your help.....if you are interested in helping with the Sweetheart's Dance, please come to the committee meeting on Wednesday, December 14th at 8:30am in the teacher's lounge (located in the office.)
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Coyote Walking Club PAUSED until Spring!

Due to the winter weather, our SRES Coyote Walking Club will be PAUSED until Spring. Stay tuned for when we start back up!

Safety Drill on Friday, Dec. 16th - Run, Hide, Fight

Dear Coyote Parents/Guardians,

A top priority of the Rocklin Unified School District is to ensure that students and staff continue to be safe on our school campuses. An important aspect of our district safety plan is regular drills to practice for a variety of emergency situations including fires, earthquakes, lockdowns, and responding to active violence.

Over the next several weeks, all of our elementary campuses will be conducting response to active violence drills practicing the “Run, Hide, Fight” methodology. Per our earlier safety letter, this methodology is supported by the US Department of Homeland Security, FEMA, California Emergency Services, and the Rocklin Police Department. Our schools have previously taught Run, Hide, Fight lessons to all students in TK-6. These lessons are differentiated and designed to be appropriate and to the age of the children.

When schools conduct the active violence response drills, students will have an opportunity to rehearse the Run, Hide, Fight options. Research shows that this rehearsal and mental preparation allows students to appropriately respond in an actual emergency and saves lives. Like the lessons, the drill and rehearsal will be differentiated and appropriate to the age of the students. We do not want to create fear or apprehension in students, just ensure they are informed and prepared to act.

Our hope is that we never have to utilize Run, Hide, Fight on one of our campuses. But preparation is critical to our success if we ever need to do so. It is also important that you talk with your students about their experience and what to do in an emergency. We have included several parent resources to guide this conversation below.

Thank you for your continued support of our schools. Together, we can ensure that students are safe and learning at all times. If you have specific questions about school safety, please reach out to your site principal.


Principal Lori Kircher

Parent Resources:

Helping Children Cope

How to Talk to Your Kids about School Lockdown Drills without Scaring Them

Lockdown Anxiety: Teachers Talk About How to Explain Drills and Calm Kids’ Fears

How To Talk With Kids About Terrible Things

Anxiety Over School Shootings

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Angel Tree by Salvation Army - LAST DAY IS MONDAY, DEC. 12th.

Sunset Ranch is participating in the Salvation Army Angel Tree program again this year. If you would like to participate please stop by the office to choose an angel tag off the tree starting on Monday, November 29th. Then shop and bring back the unwrapped gifts to the SRES office by Monday, December 12th.. See more details above.
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LOP Candy Cane Grams- Dec. 6-16th

Parents and family members can send them to children and the kids can send them to friends and teachers! A Candy Cane Gram includes a candy cane with a to/from card attached. The Candy Cane Grams will be addressed to the children and delivered to them in their classrooms.

The cost of each Candy Cane Gram will be $2.00. Cash only, exact change please. Candy Cane Grams will be sold December 6 through December 16. Candy Cane Grams will be delivered on December 21. (We have a large number of candy canes, but they will be sold on a first come, first served basis, so get your order in early. )

Print and complete the bottom of this form and turn it into the LOP sales team near the library before or after school. You can turn it into the office as well, and forms will be available here on campus if needed.

Thank you for supporting our Leaders of the Pack!

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Santa's Workshop by Ms. Smith and her 6th Grade Elves- Friday, Dec. 16th

Students (K-4th), who want the opportunity to make a surprise gift for their family will be assisted by the big elves in 6th grade with Ms. Smith can go to the stage afterschool. Parents may leave them in our care and come to the stage door to pick them up with their wrapped gift at 4:00pm.

Suggested donations of $10 will go to support our VAPA program.

Spirit Week! Dec. 19th- Dec. 22nd

Our student council, Leaders of the Pack, have put together a fun week for our coyotes students before we head into winter break:

Monday, 12/19 - Mismatched Sock Day

Tuesday, 12/20- Red and Green, or Winter Sweater Day

Wednesday, 12/21-Ski Hat/Scarf Day

Thursday, 12/22- Pajama Day

Show your spirit.... Go Coyotes!

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One Pill Can Kill Parent Information Night- Dec. 15th

Dear Rocklin Unified Staff and Families,

The purpose of this message is to share with you an opportunity to attend a Parent Information Night jointly hosted by RUSD and the City of Rocklin to spread awareness about the fentanyl epidemic and how it impacts our youth, especially during holiday breaks.

Nearly two years ago, Zach Didier, a Whitney High School student, lost his life after being approached by a drug dealer that sold him counterfeit prescription pills through a social media platform. Zach’s parents, Chris and Laura Didier, made it their mission to educate others about the risks of purchasing pills that may be counterfeit through social media and the alarming dangers of fentanyl poisoning.

The Didier Family and the Rocklin Unified School District are committed to working together to spread awareness of this danger with the goal of keeping all of our children safe and preventing another unfortunate incident occurring in our community. The Rocklin Unified School District and the City of Rocklin are partnering to host a 1 Pill Can Kill Placer Fentanyl Parent Information Night [Flyer] at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 15, 2022 at Whitney High School’s Performing Arts Center. Laura Didier will be joined by Laura Collanton, another parent impacted by fentanyl, the Mayor of Rocklin, the Rocklin Police Department, the Placer County District Attorney’s Office, and members from Wellness Together, Granite Wellness Center, and RUSD to educate attendees of the increase in student drug use during this time of year, and the risks of purchasing drug paraphernalia on the Internet.

Please click here to RSVP:

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Placer County MLK Jr. Day Poetry and Poster Contests- Due Jan. 3rd

Poems and posters may be submitted by the poet, the poet's parent/legal guardian, or teacher. All work must be original. Judges will look for originality, effectiveness of message, and relevance to this year's theme.


  • Poets/Artists must be 18 or younger when submitted.
  • Poets/Artists may use their full name, first name only, or a pseudonym at their parent's discretion. Poems will be shared publicly. Contact information will not be published.
  • All poetry styles are welcome. Artists may use materials of their choice- sketch, collage, watercolor, etc. (Min. size for posters is 8.5"x11", Max. is 18"x24")
  • Poems/Posters will be available for viewing digitally. Winning poems will be used to promote the Placer County MLK Jr. Day March and showcased during the event on 1/16/23.
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Order Your Yearbook ONLINE NOW!

The SRES 2022-2023 Yearbook is on sale now! Yearbooks are $25.00 (upgrades available for an additional cost) and we are accepting online orders only at this time. Please visit Lifetouch Yearbook now to order your copy today! Yearbook ID Code: 13231223

The deadline to order online and customize the yearbook for your student is APRIL 1. ORDER TODAY.

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PTC Meeting, Sponsors & Upcoming Events

  • Join the email list to be informed on what's going on with the PTC. Sign-up Here!
  • Make sure you mark your calendars for their upcoming events this year (see above)!
  • Become a corporate sponsor!
  • Click on link below to the Sunset Ranch PTC website and bookmark it to stay up-to-date!

Afterschool STEM Enrichment Classes by INTELLIBRICKS-Sign Up Now!

Classes begin on Wednesday, November 30th from 3:10-4:40pm in Room 24 . Click here for all the details and visit Intellibricks to register online.
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Welcome back to school for the 2022-23 school year. During the upcoming year, MEALS WILL BE FREE FOR ALL STUDENTS!

Although meals are free, we still need families to complete the Federal Meal Application to direct your State and Federal tax dollars to RUSD. This funding is used to provide counselors, intervention and tutoring programs, mental health and behavioral supports, full day TK and Kindergarten programs, and more. Please take a moment to complete the application online at the link here.

SRES School Handbook

SRES 22-23 Handbook