School Hours are the same for grades Kindergarten - 5th
Doors will open for student access only at 9:00 and lock at 9:10. Students arriving after 9:00 will need to enter through our main doors.
All adults are to enter the building through the main office doors regardless of the time of day. Adults are required to sign in and wear a visitor's badge. Please know that staff have been asked not to let adults into the building at doors other than our main office doors. This is part of our security plan. Thank you for your cooperation.
Wednesdays--Show your school spirit by wearing Sunny Hills Spirit Wear or Sunny Hills school colors (blue and yellow)
Fridays--Support your favorite team each Friday by wearing their jersey. This could be the Seahawks, Sounders, Mariners or a team you play on. It could be any sport such as soccer, cheerleading, football, dance, etc.
Our parking lot and playground will be available for you to park in during most evening events. If you see the gates to the playground open, feel free to park on the playground. The doors to enter the building will be either the front doors by the office or the playground doors. All other doors will be locked.
Parking in the bus loop is not allowed. The bus loop is a fire lane. Any curb that is painted red in the bus loop or in our upper parking lot means that no parking is allowed ever. Our local police will be on hand for most events to enforce this. The cost of a ticket for parking in the fire lane is $250 and your car will be impounded. I have worked closely with our local police and firefighters to ensure everyone is safe when on campus. Our firefighters visited our school when the bus loop contained cars and noted that their truck would not fit. Thank you for your cooperation and keeping everyone safe.
Click here to check out the Green Team Website!
Click here to see just one of the things that Sunny Hills Mustangs staff and students are working on
Click here to check out the Sunny Hills 5th Grade Student Council Website
Student safety is our priority. To learn more about what to do in a crisis, please click here.
As a reminder, bell and bus schedules have been updated for the 2017-2018 school year.
New Student Registration
If you live in the Sunny Hills boundary area and have a student that will attend Sunny Hills, now is the time to register. Please stop by the office and pick up a registration packet. Please bring the following with you:
*Birth Certificate or passport for your child
Proof of Residency which will include:
*Current Utility Bill (Water, electric or gas)
*Home purchase papers, Lease/Rental Agreement or Property Tax Statement
Student safety begins with you! During drop off and pick up, please follow the rules below to ensure that all students are safe at all times.
Thank you for keeping our students safe!
Calendar for Sunny Hills
Calendars for Issaquah School District
Camp Information- 5th Grade
Expectations for Sunny Hills Students
Handbook- Parents (ISD)
Handbook- Sunny Hills Students
Hours and Contact Information
Issaquah Schools Foundation
Mustang Club-School Age Before and After Care
Pre–Arranged Absence Form
PTA- Sunny Hills Chapter
Second Step: Social-Emotional Learning
School Bus Information Packet
School Supplies List 2017-18
Sign Up for eNews
Site Council- Sunny Hills
Student Placement Process
Winter Weather is Coming – Snow Day, Snow Stops, and Emergency Notification Information
If school is delayed, do not drop your child off at our regular time. If weather is causing unsafe conditions for our bus routes, the same is true for staff driving to work. We cannot guarantee that any staff will be on campus at their regular, non-snow day hours. Staff are expected to shift their day equal to the time the bells have shifted. If your child has a 2 hour delay and is asked to arrive at 11:10, staff would not be expected to arrive prior to their normal weather time PLUS 2 hours. For example, teachers would not be expected to be on campus until 10:30 if we had a 2 hour delay to our school day. Wanting to keep all children safe, we share this with you. Students dropped off prior to the delay may not have supervision and will be outside in the cold.
Watch your U.S. mailbox during the week of November 6 for the ISD 2017-18 school year Emergency Transportation Bulletin. This mailer includes information on snow routes and emergency stops, as well as program cancellations and schedule changes due to inclement weather. The bulletin also includes information on communication of school delays or closure. An electronic copy of the Emergency Transportation Bulletin can be found on the district website here.
School closures and delays are announced early in the morning, usually between 6:00 and 6:30 a.m. If you anticipate emergency transportation conditions, please check for an announcement on TV, radio, or the Internet.
To receive closure information straight from the district:
Make sure you are receiving District eNews. Sign up on our website. Weather delay notifications will NOT be sent via individual school eNews.
Check the ISD homepage, www.issaquah.wednet.edu.
Subscribe to receive ISD emergency news at www.FlashAlert.net
Check the recorded messages at (425) 837- 7000 (Administration) or (425) 837-6333 (Transportation).
Families using Skylert via Family Access – please note that phone numbers added in Skylert are NOT used for Emergencies, only for Attendance calls and text messages. The email feature is not used in Skylert. Please check only the attendance boxes (for phone calls and text messages)
Thank you! Stay safe and warm.
Leslie Lederman, Principal
Sunny Hills Elementary
Family Trips During Assessment Windows
As we have done in the past, family trips taken during assessment windows will be marked as Unexcused. This is because the data collected during these assessments informs our practice and supports your child’s learning. Naturally, our preference is for families to travel during vacation periods outlined by the ISD.
If your family needs to travel outside of those windows, please be aware of two things:
1) Absences during assessment windows are marked as unexcused
2) Per State law beginning 2017-18:
Things to note:
Our staff will continue exploring the work of Dr. Carol Dweck of Stanford University. To begin our journey, staff watched the video clip linked here. I encourage you to watch it.
We will begin by reminding students of our "not yet" thinking. Our goal is to help students see that while they may not be proficient at a skill right now, they can be with hard work. When a child says, “I can’t ___,” we will coach them to shift their thinking to “I can’t ___ yet.” Here is a link to a second video shared with our staff.
Finally, we will move onto discuss "grit". What is "grit"? Basically, it is when you don't give up. If you have what it takes to work through a challenge, research has shown that you are more likely to be successful. You can learn more here.
2016-17 brought us new math curriculum. We are finding that Eureka math is pushing the thinking of our students far beyond rote mathematics. We will continue to dig deeper into this area using Mathematical Mindsets by Stanford professor, Jo Boaler as our starting point. As a staff, we will explore ways to increase the rigor for all of our students. Our work will be supported by our Instructional Coach, Carrie Granados and the District.
Last year was our first "no homework" year and the feedback I received from families has been positive. As we read the research and look at the success of other countries, it is evident that a no homework policy for elementary school students is beneficial.
Last, but certainly not the least, is our focus on Positive Relationships. It is our belief as a staff that every adult who is on campus, regardless of their position, is an important person in the lives of our children. This includes you. When adults at Sunny Hills are patient and kind, when they approach students looking for the good and holding them to high expectations for both academics and behaviors, we have a recipe for the successful development of our children. We all share the same goal: Our students will be prepared for and eager to accept the academic, occupational, personal, and practical challenges of life in a dynamic global environment. It is our District Mission and what we work to achieve at Sunny Hills. To be able to do so, our students must be surrounded by adults who support them in a positive way as they work through the challenges of learning and of life. One aspect of that support comes through clear expectations and frequent acknowledgment of what they are doing well. We have put into place “The Mustang Way” along with specific positive behaviors for Being Respectful, Being Responsible and Being Engaged while at school.
Positive Relationships also includes our incredible partnership with our PTA and the Issaquah Schools Foundation (ISF). These are two organizations we know we could not live without. Our PTA focuses on building level needs. They raise money for special programs such as Art with Donna Gelinas and Science-to-Go with Kate Poaster. Some grade levels have guest speakers such as the Toy Man and Roger Fernandez. In addition to the valuable learning opportunities afforded to us by our PTA, they work at creating a series of family fun events. These events serve our community by providing time for us to connect.
ISF focuses on funding for programs bigger than our single building. They design programs such as our Pre-K/K summer school to serve many schools at once. ISF also offers teachers the opportunity to apply for funding specific to their classrooms. Last year, our 4th grade team applied for and received a grant for iPads in the classroom. Those grant dollars are being put to work this year.
Our final outreach effort this year will be around engaging families from different backgrounds. My personal goal is to create opportunities for all families to feel they are connected to Sunny Hills and to feel their role in learning is valued. Please look for more information in future eNews mailings.
We would like to provide you with a Scope and Sequence for each grade level. By clicking on the links below, you can learn about the products (curriculum materials) and the topics presented.
Issaquah School District Non-Discrimination Statement
The Issaquah School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employee has been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination.
Parent/Volunteer and Employee/Applicant-Related IssuesLisa Hechtman, Executive Director of Personnel Services565 NW Holly Street, Issaquah, WA 98027425-837-7060, firstname.lastname@example.org
Student-Related IssuesDennis Wright, Director of Career and Counseling565 NW Holly Street Issaquah, WA 98027425-837-7046 email@example.com