April 2019 Newsletter
From the Desk of Dr. McDaniel
TESTING IS HERE!!!
If you have a 3rd – 5th grade student, please have them at school ON TIME! Once testing begins, they cannot enter the classroom, so they will have to test on a later date and not with their class. Please review all the the testing reminders that were sent home. We want your kids to be rested, happy and ready to do their BEST!! Plenty of sleep and a good breakfast is an excellent way to help your child succeed on testing days. Eggs and oatmeal are the breakfast of champion test takers.
We are still in need of Test monitors. Please sign up on the link below or call Cindy Kincaid at 405-340-2990.
Please read the below letter for our severe weather policy.
As we get closer to the end of this school year, we need your help for our students to finish strong. Let’s finish with great attendance, encouragement and lots of EFFORT.
Have a happy and safe April.
Spring Weather Policy
Dear Sunset Families,
Spring has finally made its debut and with its arrival comes the potential for severe weather. This letter is to make you aware of the district’s severe weather procedures and provide you more information about our sheltering capabilities at Sunset Elementary School.
Edmond Public School students and staff take shelter when a tornado warning is issued or the city tornado sirens are activated in the vicinity during school hours. Students remain sheltered until the “all-clear” is given by the district office.
At Sunset, students and non-essential staff shelter in the media center. In the event of a high risk weather day Pre-K will be brought to the main building to proceed with their day in the media center allowing them to shelter if needed. Threatening weather that approaches at the end of the school day can present additional challenges. If a tornado warning is in place at dismissal time, we will not release students to go home until the “all-clear” is given by the district’s safety director. Buses will be held and will not be in transit when there is immediate pending severe weather. If a tornado watch is in place at dismissal time, students will be released and sent home and buses will run.
Because the district has so many safe rooms (22 total with 14 built since the 2013 Moore tornado), we do not cancel school when severe weather is threatened. If you choose to keep your child(ren) home or check them out early due to weather conditions, please be advised that attendance requirements remain in place. You may contact the school to report your child(ren)’s excused absence. At the high schools, such absences are recorded and included in the count for test exemptions.
Additionally, please be advised that Edmond school buildings are not public storm shelters. The Central Oklahoma Emergency Management Association recommends that a personal storm shelter is the best option to protect you and your family during threatening weather.
Considerable time and effort go into conducting weather drills during the school year to prepare students and staff should weather become threatening. We want to assure you that the safety of your children is of utmost importance.
Dr. Kartina McDaniel
Sunset Elementary School
Testing, starting a project, learning music… they all start with the smallest thing. Just try it. Find what you love, get a broom, start cleaning and get your rhythm on!
-Mr. Relland, Music
Do you know that 85% of a person’s brain is developed before they actually begin school? It shouldn’t surprise us then that young children who are exposed to certain early language and literacy experiences usually prove to be good readers later. Just as a child develops language skills long before being able to speak, the child also develops literacy skills long before being able to read.
Good early experiences help the brain develop well. Poor experiences can literally cause a genetically normal child to have a lower I.Q. Research shows that children, who receive little stimulation, are exposed to fewer colors, less touch, little interaction with adults, fewer sights and sounds, and less language can actually have smaller brains.
What can we do to help our children be ready for school and reach their full potential? We need to read to them daily, talk to them throughout the day, play with them on the floor, sing to them, have books in your house and tell them stories. Research shows that interacting with your child builds motivation, curiosity, and memory.
Let’s keep our children reading!
PE & HEALTH- Outdoor Games / Personal Safety & Internet Safety
This months PE unit is focused on learning Outdoor Games. Students will learn various games such as Frisbee and Capture the Flag. These are great activities that students can play at home over the summer to keep them physically active. The muscle of the month this month is latissimus dorsi.
This months Health unit is Personal Safety and Internet Safety. Students will learn about strangers and how to stay safe and how to remain safe online.
April showers bring breakfast and lunch POWERS! Sunset Freshtastix Cafe would like to remind you the importance of a nutritious breakfast and lunch! Each day, the cafeteria team strives to bring each and every student and guest, a healthy, yummy meal, served to you by welcoming (sometimes singing!) and smiling lunch ladies and lunch guys!! We make sure that all of the options that you choose from, are hearty and healthy! Plenty of fruits and veggies, along with protein and grains round out our daily menus. There are a few new menu items that will be popping up every now and then! Make sure to eat healthy everyday! A healthy body helps create a healthy mind!! We look forward to seeing you soon! (There will be a surprise visitor or two joining us on Thursday, April 18th!!! Hop on in to meet him or her or them!)
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.
Title 1 Team
Summer will be here before you know it! What are your plans to keep your child’s brain engaged and learning during the summer? Look out for notes coming home regarding Summer programming offered by the district. There is Title I Summer School for selected K-2 reading students who qualify, RSA summer school for 3rd graders who qualify, and Enrichment Summer School with classes with hands-on activities, art, drama, robotics, ipads and STEM! If none of these options will work for your family, the Edmond Public Library has great programs for Summer Reading with great prizes and icentives! Start making plans now to READ, READ, READ this Summer!
Your Title I Team,
Rebecca Miller, Tim Moriarity, Scotti Wilson, and Cindy Kincaid
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.
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.
April Dates to Remember
April 1st – April 12th – State Testing
April 19th – NO SCHOOL
April 30th – Pre-K Tea