Sunset October Newsletter

From the desk of Dr. McDaniel

We’ve made it to October and that means the end of the 1st Quarter is near! Can you believe we have been in school for seven weeks? Things are going well and I look forward to all of the great things that are planned this month!One of the most important events this month is Parent-Teacher Conferences! We need 100% of our parents to come and meet one-on-one with their child’s teacher. It is so important for us to be a TEAM when it comes to your child’s education. Come and learn how we can work together to bring out the best in your child. Teachers will be sending notices home for you to sign up if you haven’t already. You can also call the office to schedule your appointment.

We are working diligently to provide a safe and orderly environment for ALL students at Sunset. Our teachers work hard to ensure we have uninterrupted instructional time every day. We appreciate your support in talking to your child about what students are expected to do at Sunset to keep themselves and everyone else safe!

I want to thank our parents in the car rider pick-up line! I noticed the other day when I was coming back to the school, right before dismissal, that you were being very careful not to block the driveways of our neighborhood homes! Thank you so much for being so considerate and modeling good citizenship in our community!

CHAMPS at Sunset / GOLD AWARDS

Congratulations to the Winners of the GOLD AWARDS for the month of September:

Best Cafeteria Behavior – FIFTH GRADE

Best 2-1-0 Hallway Procedures – FOURTH GRADE

Best Recess Behavior – FIFTH GRADE

Cleanest Classrooms – KINDERGARTEN

* Ask your child what is one of their classroom rules?

* Ask them HOW they can earn a CHAMP slip and IF they earned one so far!

Vocabulary Parade / Fall Carnival

On October 26th at 2:00, we will have our annual Vocabulary Parade! We want ALL students to think of a great vocabulary word and come dressed as that word (no masks or weapons). This is such a FUN day and the students really enjoy showing off their words! If you need an idea, just GOOGLE it and you will see several ideas. Parents are invited to line the parade route around the school and cheer for all the students! We will send home more information as it gets closer, but start thinking!Our annual Fall Carnival is October 26th from 6:00 – 7:30. We will have inflatables, games, a cake walk, food and MUCH MORE! We are asking for donations of candy and Little Debbie Snack Cakes. The carnival is Free to enter but we will sell food and other FUN items! We will need Parent Volunteers to make the carnival extra fun! If you can help on that evening, please call Ashley in the front office or use the link below to sign up online!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090a49a8aa2fa75-fall

FRESHTASTIX CAFE!

AAAAHHHHctober…the time when the leaves turn and the temperature starts to drop. Crisp fall air all around! Pumpkins find themselves the main feature on porches of homes everywhere! Cinnamon and spice aromas float aimlessly, just waiting for someone to inhale their intoxicating fragrance! Here in the kitchen, decorations are soon to excite to eyes of all those around us!! We will be featuring BROCCOLI for our special veggie this month! The entire Freshtastix Cafe Team would like to thank you for dining with us and helping us make a better tomorrow for our little friends! Stop in and say “HI!”!!

STEM

Friday, October 5th will be our first Explore Day! These days are dedicated to enriching our students’ knowledge with STEM activities using our FOSS curriculum. Please ask your child when you see them Friday: “What did you create,” “What did you investigate,” or “Did you work with a friend to complete your lesson?” Explore Days provide an opportunity to bring your students to the public library to research any questions they might have about the topics they discussed during the day. If you have a Facebook, check out Sunset’s Facebook page for pictures of our first Explore Day!

Physical Education and Health

October is an exciting month in Physical Education and Health. In PE we will be focusing on the quadricep muscle, and engaging in annual fitness testing. We will also be learning various important fitness skills through the use of fitness stations modeled after superhero’s.In health we will be beginning our unit about the various body systems. Along with learning about the different body system, students will also be using various manipulative to learn about and create body systems.

Music

Hi!My name is Michael Relland, your new music director! I have taught band, orchestra and choir in Arizona, Maryland and Texas and look forward to being in Edmond near family. Each week, I plan to bring in a different instrument to show students the expansive possibilities of music in their lives. Studies show that participation in a music group helps young people to greater accomplishments in their school career. Here is what we’re doing with the students at Sunset:

-Honor Choir meets each Tuesday and Thursday in the Cafeteria to prepare for concerts through the year.

-Our younger students perform music games to practice steady beat,

as well as learn the basic elements of music: high/ low, long/ short, soft/ loud, etc.

-Grade 3 practices good breathing and physical discipline through the recorder.

-Grade 4 investigates the texture of music using many kinds of xylophones.

-Grade 5 deepens their teamwork strategies in drum circle.

Library Adventures

Happy Fall Y’all!!It is so fun to see the excitement in our students’ faces when they are finding books they love. Ask you child what they are reading this week and share in the excitement with them. Kindergarten classes have been learning about fractured fairy tales. Ask them which one they liked the best and how it was different than the fairy tale version we all know. 1st grade has been learning the characteristics of fiction books. Ask them how they know a book is fiction. They love to brag about what they’ve learned. 2nd-5th grades have been using our PebbleGo Database. PebbleGo is published by Capstone Press and has 6 different non-fiction databases. Students in all grades can access it from home at http://www.pebblego.com. The username is sunepsd and the password is school.

Our Scholastic Book fair will be held October 8th-12th, 8:00 am to 3:00 pm and also during Parent/Teacher conferences on Thursday, October 11th, 4:30-8:00. If you would like to volunteer at the book fair you can sign up at this link: https://volunteer.scholastic.com/#/signup/qxaaTsZ08. Volunteers receive a special discount to use towards the purchase of items from the fair.

Keep our kids reading!

Mrs. Hallmark, MLIS

Mrs. Moore

Title I Program

How does my child benefit from Title I funds at Sunset Elementary?

  • Title I funds are used to purchase supplemental materials such as books, reading and math resources, STEM activites, technology, and more!
  • Title I funds are used for extra professional development for teachers including professional books, videos, and workshops & conferences.
  • Title I funds are used to fund parental involvement opportunities such as our Parent Academies! We are also able to purchase online reading and math programs that can be used at both school and at home such as Imagine Language & Literacy and Reflex Math.
  • Title I funds are also used to hire tutors to work with your children during the school day in the areas of reading and math. We have four tutors, who are certified teachers here at Sunset: Gail Brown, Staci McCoy, Brooke Harris, and Jennifer Dishman! These teachers work alongside the classroom teachers and the other Title I staff.

Look for notes coming home soon in Thursday Folders about our District-Wide Title I Trunk or Treat event! It will be Tuesday, October 23rd, 5:30-6:30 PM at Edmond Public Schools Administration Center. Busses will be used as shuttles to and from Sunset to EPSAC for the event! More info coming in Thursday Folders.

Sincerely,

The Title I Team

Scotti Wilson, Becca Miller, Tim Moriarty & Cindy Kincaid

Counseling Corner

Hello Seahawk Families,This month we will be holding Red Ribbon Week from October 22nd – 26th. During this week we will participate in various activities to raise awareness about living a safe and healthy life. We expect that our students and staff will have a fun-filled week of learning. Sunset will conclude our Red Ribbon Week with our Vocabulary Parade at 2:00 on October the 26th and we hope you can make it!

In addition to Red Ribbon Week, we will be studying the word of the month which is RESPONSIBILITY.

Have a fantastic month!

Tracy Hull, School Counselor

Parent-Teacher Conferences

It is so important that you sign up for parent-teacher conferences this year! You and your child’s teacher are a TEAM and we want to be on the same page with academic and behavior expectations! You will learn so much about how your child is performing in all areas, especially Reading and Math! Please call the office or contact your child’s teacher for an appointment on October 11th (4:30-8:00) or October 16th (4:30-8:00). We need 100% of our parents participating!

October Dates to Remember

October 5th – Explore DayOctober 8th-12th – Book Fair

October 11th – Parent Teacher Conferences (4:30 -8:00)

October 16th – Parent Teacher Conferences (4:30-8:00)

October 17th -19th NO SCHOOL Fall Break

October 22nd-26th Red Ribbon Week

October 23rd – Trunk or Treat at EPSAC 5:30-6:30

October 26th – Vocabulary Parade @ 2:00PM

October 26th – Fall Carnival @ 6:00PM

November 1st- Picture Retakes

Red Ribbon Week Dress Up Days

Monday – Pledge to be DRUG FREE – Red Ribbon bracelet given out.Tuesday – Team up against Drugs – Wear your favorite team

Wednesday – Be Red Hot against Drugs – Wear Red

Thursday – Be a Drug Free Success – Dress for Success

Friday – Vocabulary Parade – Dress up like a Vocabulary word