February 2019 Newsletter

From the Desk of Dr. McDaniel

February is here and we are into the 3rd quarter of school! Your child’s attendance is so important every day! Please know that attendance is counted in our Report Card grade for the school. Tardies are also counted as half day absences after a certain time. We begin instruction at 8:20 for all grades, so please be on time!!

Please join us on February 21st for our Night of Stories! We will have food, entertainment, and some great children’s literature to read here and to take home! We want to continue to build your libraries at home.

We need your vote for the upcoming BOND election on Tuesday, February 12th! If the bond passes, Sunset will receive security measures for our entrance, additional parking in the front of the school and the drainage issue between our two buildings will be resolved!! Please vote!

I have included a note below about hair color. This is becoming more of an issue. The district has a policy for elementary students that limits hair color to only natural hair colors. Please be aware when making hair color decisions with your child.

State testing for 3rd – 5th Grade Students

2018-19 OSTP Parent, Student, and Teacher Guides (PSTGs)

The Parent, Student, and Teacher Guides (PSTGs) for grades 3-8 have been posted to the Assessment Materials page. The practice questions you see in the PSTG represent the types of questions and interactions your students will see when they take the Spring 2019 OSTP state assessments in English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science.

Right click on the link and open in a new tab.

Friendship Dance

ATTENTION PARENTS-

The Friendship Dance that was originally set for our ICE DAY has been rescheduled to FEBRUARY 28th from 6:00-7:30. The cost is $5.00 per person (parents included) or $20.00 per family. We will also be selling flowers for $2.00 per flower or glow sticks for $1.00 per glow stick. We hope you can come and have a little fun.

Champs at Sunset

CHAMPing out activities and transitions is new for Sunset this year. The reason we started CHAMPS is for students to be clear of the teacher’s expectations before they begin their lessons. This allows for more specific praise and/or specific corrections.

Ask your child what the CHAMPS letters mean in their classroom – especially the S!!

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Night of Stories

Thursday, Feb. 21st, 6pm

400 West 8th Street,Edmond, OK

We will have dinner and our very own Stomp Team will be performing at dinner! Do you have a story about a teacher or experience at Sunset that has really changed your family for the better? We would love for you to share that with us so we can possibly share it at our Night of Stories. During this night, Sunset Teachers and Staff and some District Personnel will also be sharing their favorite Children’s books. We will also be sharing some reading strategies you can do at home with your children. Please RSVP if you plan to join us for dinner!

CLICK HERE TO SHARE YOUR STORY

Do you have a story about how Sunset has made a positive impact on your family? Please share your story and we would love to compile these stories and share them at our upcoming parent night “Night of Stories!”

Bond Issue

Please make plans to go to your regular precinct one week from today (Feb. 12th) & vote on the district’s bond proposal. Funds from passage of the bond would be used to increase school security & build new schools/classrooms. More information can be found at https://bit.ly/2FvvBWy

PE & Health— soccer unit and heart health

This month in PE we will begin our Soccer Unit. Students will learn the basic soccer skills and the rules of soccer. The muscle of the month this month is tricep. The words of the month are goalie, block, defend, kick, and in-step..In health we will be learning about Heart Health, how the heart functions, and how to keep our hearts healthy. Students will engage in interactive stations that teach them about the heart. Words of the month include artery, vein, chambers of the heart, atrium, vertical, anaerobic, and aerobic.

5th Graders are also beginning their study of the OKC bombing and running activities to prepare for the upcoming OKC Kids Marathon.

Counselor’s Corner

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Music Concert Feb 11th

On Monday, Feb 11th, our 1st graders will join Honor Choir and Ukulele Group in presenting a story of compassion called “The Laughing River.” Each 1st Grade class will learn a part of the song that accompanies the book, some playing instruments and some learning the dance! The choir will be singing songs from “The Wiz” and Ukuleles will play “Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride,” all celebrating the story’s theme of homecoming and being together in peace. The concert will be at 2:15 in the Sunset cafeteria. Below is the main song from the book… “Funga Alafia,” meaning Let there be peace.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTegkMJq15M

Library Adventures

Did you know our students have access to several computer programs at home? Sunset has paid for school and home access to several learning sites. The apps are free to download or can be access by an Internet browser. Most of the students know their log in but if not ask their teacher for it. Here’s a list to to get you started:

https://www.pebblego.com/ (username: sunepsd password: school)

https://app.imaginelearning.com/ (students have individual usernames and passwords)

https://www.worldbookonline.com/wb/Login?ed=wb (username: edmondps1 password: media)

https://www.getepic.com/students (class code: LPC1340)

Let’s keep our kids reading!

Mrs. Hallmark

Mrs. Moore

Freshtastix Cafe!

Welcome to FABULOUS FEBRUARY in the FRESHTASTIX CAFE! We are moving right along into this new year! With the cold weather months ahead, we need remember to make sure we are taking in plenty of fluids. This helps keep our digestion healthy and promotes nourished skin. We tend to eat more during the winter months. This is just part of our normal DNA! Way, way back when, early man ate quite a bit during the winter months to keep them warm. Consuming calories actually warms the body up and is essential to adding energy. Since the cold weather makes your body temperature drop, you may feel the urge to eat more! Make sure you are eating plenty of seasonal fruits and veggies and stay stocked up on protein! It takes longer for your body to consume protein, and in turn, keeps you fuller, longer! Have a VERY HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY! We are all decorated up in the serving area! Stop in for a visit!

Reminder of Policy

Parents please remember that Elementary Students are not allowed to wear extreme hair colors or styles which may be disruptive to the learning environment. This includes all temporary hair dye. The students hair color must be a color that is naturally occurring. If you have any questions about the school policies you may find them on the following link.https://sunset.edmondschools.net/wp-content/uploads/sites/28/2018/08/Student-Handbook-2018-2019.pdf

Parents of 5th Graders

A meeting to explain the state mandated HIV/AIDS prevention education & the growth and development curriculum will be held at 5:30pm, Tuesday, Feb. 12th at the EPS administration center. More info is available at https://bit.ly/2DTSPEF.

HAVE YOU LOGGED INTO CLEVER?

You can now access many programs we use at school AT HOME now through your child’s Clever account. Click the button above, log into Clever, and your child can access Imagine Language & Literacy, Benchmark Reading, Bridges Math, Typing & More!

LOW COST INTERNET OPTIONS

Click on the button above to find out more about some low cost home internet options for those who qualify.

YEARBOOK SALES

Yearbook Sales

Yearbooks are now on sale. You can go to www.yearbookordercenter.com and use Sunset School code 14978 to order online. You may also bring cash, check or money order to the office to order a yearbook as well. The cost is $20.00 per book from now through Feb 28th. March 1st the books will go up to $25.00.

You may also go to www.yearbookordercenter.com and enter the school code to upload any pictures you may have taken at school events. We will be sorting through and using some pictures to help make the yearbook spectacular. Due to space constraints we may not be able to use all the pictures submitted. We look forward to seeing all your wonderful shots of our awesome kids. If you have any questions you may call us at 405-340-2990.