Sunset Park News

March 2020

Principal's Pen

Dear Families,

Please see the important dates below:

Thursday, February 27-5th grade performs "I Have A Dream"...for parents and the community at 6 pm

Friday, February 28-Book Character parade for kindergarten - 3rd grades

Monday, March 2-Hornets Reading Bus/One School, One Book Kick-Off

Monday, March 2-SIC/PTO Meeting at 5:30 (Our Robotics Team will present during the SIC/PTO meeting)

Monday, March 9-Book Mobile visits SPCAS for students with library cards

Thursday, March 12-End of the 3rd nine weeks

Friday, March 13-Teacher Workday (No school for students)

Wednesday, March 18-Spring Pictures (Students may dress down for pictures)

Sunday, March 22-Spring Festival hosted by West End Baptist Church for SPCAS families/community

Monday, March 23-Book Mobile visits SPCAS for students with library cards

Monday, March 23-Report Cards go home

Friday, March 27-Parents Night Out from 6 pm - 8:30 pm

Children First,

Dr. Barnes

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From Our SIC President

The Rock Hill School District #3 Bond Referendum will take place on March 31st. This bond includes funding for significant renovation, modernization and addition to the SPCAS campus. If you are not yet registered to vote, there is still time to do so. You must be registered 30 days prior to any election and can do so online: If you do not know where to vote or would like to request an absentee ballot, please visit: All of the details of Rock Hill Schools “ONE” plan can be found here: We will share more information at the next SIC meeting as well. Thank you.

~Mr. Eric Johnson

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Mrs. Brown

Standardized Testing Dates for spring 2020:

April 20-24: Math (Grades 3rd-5th) & Reading (Grades 4th & 5th) MAP

April 27-May: Math & Reading MAPs (Grades 5K-2nd)

May 14: SCREADY Writing (Grades 3-5th)

May 19: SCREADY Reading (Grades 3rd-5th)

May 20: SCPASS Science (Grade 4)

May 20: ELA MAP (3rd grade only)

May 28: SCREADY Math (Grade 3rd-5th)

You can help your child do his or her best on state testing by doing the following:

1. Prioritize school attendance by ensuring your child attends school every day.

2. Ensure your child is at school on standardized testing days and prepared for testing. Students test well when they complete the assessments with their peers. Do not schedule appointments or vacations during testing days unless they are essential.

3. Take an interest in your child’s school work and in the results of the tests your child takes in school.

4. Work with your child at home as well as with the school and teacher to help your child become a good reader. Good reading skills are important to success in school and to doing well on tests.

5. Review the sites below to learn about the SCREADY & SCPASS state assessments at the sites below.

SCREADY Overview

Parent Brochure

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Mrs. Dieguez

Just a few reminders… The door in the car loop locks at 7:45 am. If your child is tardy, please do not drop them off in the car loop. You will need to come in and sign them in so we know they have arrived safely. Please make every effort to have your child to school on time. Drop off begins at 7:00 am, the first bell rings at 7:40 am, and the tardy bell rings at 7:45 am. If your child is absent please remember to send an excuse regarding the absence. You may send 5 parent notes during the school year if your child does not go to the doctor for the illness. In the afternoon, if you do not have a car tag, please come directly to the office to have one made for you.
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The 5th graders will present a musical narrative for Black History Month – “I Have A Dream: Honoring Dreamers and Leaders Who Fought For Freedom, Justice, and Peace!” Parents, family, and friends – please join us on Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 6:00 in the SPCAS cafeteria for this great celebration!

Other events:

Thursday, April 23rd, 5:30PM - 4th graders will perform as a part of SPCAS Accelerated Studies Showcase.

Monday, June 1st, 9:00AM - Kindergarteners will perform a mini-musical presentation as a part of their promotion ceremony.

-Mr. Simon

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Media Center

In addition to celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday on March 2nd, Sunset Park has planned a spirited and fun-filled week to promote literacy and books. READ ACROSS AMERICA SPIRIT Week will kick off on Friday, February 28th with a Book Character Parade. Students in grades K5 through 3rd will dress as their favorite book character or carry their favorite book. The week-long celebration is March 2-6, 2020.

HUGO the Hornet, the Dream Readers, and Barings Book Bus will return this year! Their high energy and interactive performance is designed to encourage students to read daily. Fifty (50) lucky students will be selected to receive a GOLDEN TICKET to get a free book. They will also help reveal our One School, One Book initiative.

Student flyers outlining all of the activities and Spirit Week attire have been sent home. Updates will be posted on the school website or Facebook page.

~Mrs. Gray

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The Teachers’ Choice Youth Art Exhibit at the Center for the Arts will be held from February 14th to March 15th. There is a free public reception on March 5th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. The artists chosen to represent Sunset Park are Skyler Bernardo, Carson Shannon, Joe Chisolm, Khloe Duncan, Jaclynne Potvin, and Kerrington Ratliff. Congratulations to these fine artists!

~Mrs. Gifford

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A Note from Mrs. Nivens: You can still order! Yearbooks are on sale. You may order two ways. Order forms have been sent home. You may pay by cash or check with this method. Simply complete the order form, enclose your payment and return to your child's classroom teacher. Be sure to include the child's name as well as the teacher. You may also order online at: Our ID code is 5972120 All orders should be completed by March 15, 2020.

-Mrs. Nivens

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SPCAS will be having our Career Day for grades K-5th on Thursday, May 21, 2020. We have already began inviting several community members/ professionals from various fields to speak with our students about their career choices. However, we would love to have a few parents come out to speak with students about their career choices as well. Therefore, if you are interested and/or know someone who may be interested in participating in this event, please contact me to express your interest and learn more about our upcoming event.

Additionally, in classroom guidance, your child is currently participating in our Safer, Smarter Kids curriculum during classroom guidance. Some of the topics we’re discussing are: body boundaries, listening to our guiding voices and telling a trusted adult when a situation makes you feel confused or uncomfortable. If you have any questions about the curriculum, please feel free to contact me.

Lastly, letters have been sent home for those students who have been identified with a need to participate in our March small groups. If your child did not receive a letter but you feel like he/she could benefit from these services, please reach out. I am more than happy to accommodate the needs of all of our students.

As always, please know that I am available should you wish to speak with me regarding your child’s needs at Sunset Park. Have a Marvelous March!

~Ms. Woods

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Physical Education

Save the Date!

2020 Field Day: May 15, 2020:

The date of our best day of the year is set! Please mark your calendar and plan to assist us with making your child’s day the best ever! More info to come as time draws near.

Fourth Grade Swimming Lessons:

Our fourth grade students participated in their swim lessons February 3, 4, 5, and 6 at the Rock Hill Aquatic Center. Due to a high winds weather event our lessons were shortened on the last day. We are working with the Rock Hill Aquatic Center team to attempt to reschedule our last day of swim lessons. I will keep you informed as we learn more about this possibility. I would also like to share that your children were very responsive in following our request to immediately end our swimming lesson and to change into their school clothes. I was very proud of their response.

Despite this bit of bad weather we had three wonderful days of swimming instruction. I witnessed children becoming more confident in the water and learning some life saving tips along the way. Thank you to all parents who assisted and/or came to see their children in action!

~Ms. Bundy

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PTO News

SIC/PTO Meeting - March 2 at 5:30 PM

Our SPCAS Robotics Team will join us for a demonstration!

Save the Date! Parents Night Out March 27th

*We would love the help of a few volunteers.

Email Riley Johnson at if you'd like to help.*