Sunset Elementary E-news

October 30, 2019

Upcoming Events:

  • November 1 - Families at Recess
  • November 6 - Family Partnership Night
  • November 8 - Veterans Day Assembly
  • November 11 - Veterans Day - No School
  • November 18 - Vision and Hearing Screening
  • November 28 & 29 - No School, Thanksgiving Break
  • December 4 & 5 - No School, Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • December 6 - Families at Recess

Message from the Principal

Dear Sunset Community:

What a wonderful welcome to Fall we have had! The leaves changing colors, the chill in the air, the cloud cover over the lake in the mornings…what a gorgeous area we live in. Our school year has gotten off to a successful start: We had our first Welcome Back Assembly where all students got the opportunity to see the friendly faces of our staff and come together to build community to kick off the school year, all classes have earned their first Sockeye Cent incentives for being Responsible, Respectful, Safe and Caring. We started our Sensational Sockeyes and Student Shout Out positive phone calls home each week, and we welcomed the author, LeUyen Pham, and learned about how she writes stories and we watched her do a live illustration.

October has brought us our first Families at Recess where we welcomed over 80 family members throughout the day, Unity Day where we came together to share acts of kindness we can do for others, our 1st graders had a fantastic Festive Fall performance, Eager Reader is up and running and Spooky Spaghetti Night was filled so much fun laughter, dancing, playing games and building community (followed by an amazing Issaquah High School Football victory over Skyline to bring home the Coal Bucket after 13 years…and 2 hours of lightening delays). Thank you to our fabulous PTA and the outstanding number of volunteers for your partnership to make each and every event a success!

Our Sunset students and staff have been working hard to settle into their school routines and learn all they can. Classrooms have so much learning going on. Students are engaged in small group reading, wonderful stories are being written, math problems are being worked through and our students are demonstrating strong inquiry skills through their science wonderings and investigations. It is so exciting to drop in and visit with students each day. They love to share their learning, their thinking, or how they are working to solve a problem. Classes used our iPads to locate QR codes and tour the school to review our Sockeye Expectations: Be Responsible, Be Respectful, Be Safe and Be Caring. If you are in the building, use your phone to scan the QR codes around the building to learn more.

As we continue through the school year, I will be sharing with you the work our staff is doing to dive deeper into our focus area of Literacy. We are working on our newest Sunset School Improvement Plan, engaging in Professional Development opportunities, and I have been collaborating with each staff member to engage in conversation around their Student Growth Goals for this year. They have been very thoughtful and intentional in their instructional planning and delivery to build on the strengths and provide powerful learning opportunities for each and every student.

I am looking forward to our upcoming opportunities to come together as a Sunset Community: Harvest Celebrations tomorrow, Families at Recess this Friday, Veteran’s Day Assembly November 8th, celebrating what we are thankful for around Thanksgiving and our Sunset Conferences coming December 4th and 5th. It is a privilege to partner with you and continue to build on our school-to-home connections.

Thank you for being such a wonderful community and welcoming me with such open arms! I love that each week brings the opportunity to meet more of you, learn about your connections to our community and partner with you for the success of your child.

In partnership,

LeAnn Tuupo

Parking Lot Update

Thank you for your patience as we have adjusted our Student Drop-Off and Pick-Up processes. We continue to refine our Student Pick-Up process to ensure student safety and traffic flow. We are partnering closely with the City of Bellevue and they will be coming out in-person to identify areas that we can continue to increase traffic flow with our parking lot configuration.

A few tips that have been provided to increase traffic flow at Student Pick-Up:

  • 3rd – 5th grade students do not release from their classrooms until 3:40, if you are picking up a student in these grades, please refrain from getting into the pick-up line until 3:40. This will allow us to move the primary students through the pick-up process to keep traffic flowing. If you are picking up an intermediate student you may be asked to circle the parking lot until they are released at 3:40.

  • Please remember to have your student sign placed on your dashboard. If you need another sign, please email your child’s teacher and we will get you more. If you do not have a sign, you may be asked to park and walk over to pick-up your child.

  • Please do not leave large gaps of space between cars. Please pull all the way forward to allow more cars in the parking lot.

  • If the entrance to the parking lot is full, please do not block the round-about on West Lake Sammamish Pkwy. This blocks the school buses from being able to get through.

  • Our paraprofessionals are out there to support student safety at pick-up. Please comply with requests as we all work to ensure success with our pick-up process.


Parent/Teacher conferences are on December 4th and 5th. The Conference scheduler is now available through Family Access and will remain open till November 18th. For directions on how to schedule your conference time, please click here.

Veterans Day Assembly

Veterans’ Day is a special day when we honor and pay tribute to those who have served in one of the five branches of service: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard. We would cordially like to invite any friend or family member of one of our students, who has served in the military, to join us for our Veterans’ Day Assembly, Friday, November 8th at 2:30pm, in our Multi-Purpose Room/Gym. We look forward to a very special assembly honoring our veterans this year.

Vision & Hearing

Message from your School Nurse:

This year’s vision and hearing screening is coming up on November 18th, 2018. All students in grade K-3 and 5th grade (4th grade is NOT being screened) will go through the screening. If you do not want your child to go through the vision &/or hearing screening please email me and let me know, This event could not happen without all of the wonderful parent volunteers! Please reach out to Sunset’s PTA or the School Nurse, Jenny Colyar, for more information on how to sign-up to volunteer.

Family Skate Night

Save the date!

Sunset’s Sno-King Family Skate Night!

12620 164th Ave SE, Renton WA 98059

Friday, February 15th 6:10-7:20

$10 per skater, includes skate rental.

Music, games, gift certificate give away, class competition, and baked goods for sale!

This will be one of our 5th grade Camp Orkila Fundraisers!

Message from Issaquah School District

Communicating with Teachers At ISD Elementary School Conferences​

November 6, 2019 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at Sunset Elementary

4229 West Lake Sammamish Parkway SE, Bellevue, WA 98008

Parent Teacher Conference is an important opportunity to discuss your child’s progress at school, discuss plans for the student’s future and find solutions to academic or behavioral concerns if needed. This event will provide some suggestions on how to make the most of the conference and provide you with some resources as you prepare for the conference. You will also have an opportunity to sign up or learn how to sign up for the conferences on December 4 and 5 on Family Access. All Issaquah School District elementary school families are invited to attend. Mandarin, Spanish, Korean, Vietnamese, Russian and Japanese interpreters will be available. Contact Lorna Gilmour by Nov. 4th if you need an interpreter in another language.

Community Forum on Teen Drug Abuse: Warning Signs and Resources
The City of Sammamish is hosting a community forum on teen drug abuse on Thursday, November 7, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. at Central Washington University at 120 228th Ave NE. Sammamish. Speakers include Sammamish Police Department, King County Public Health, Influence the Choice (featuring Hidden in Plain Sight), and the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). The event is free and childcare will be provided.

Highly Capable Program Screening for Kindergarten Students

Letters were recently sent home to the families of all kindergarten students who are enrolled in the Issaquah School District. These letters detail the process that will be used to identify Issaquah’s “most highly capable” kindergarteners. Student screening will be November 5 through 7. Students who are identified as “most highly capable” will be invited to enter the Primary Enrichment Program (PEP) later in the school year. Students living within the Issaquah School District’s boundaries, but attending private or home-based schools may participate in screening. Contact your neighborhood school for more information. To learn more about the Highly Capable Program click on the following link: Highly Capable Issaquah School District webpage.

Are you registered to vote? A quick way to check and register online for 11/5 Election
Ballots for the November 5 election are being mailed out to registered voters on October 18, 2019! Do you know if you are registered to vote? If you’ve recently moved or changed your name (or just haven’t voted in a while), you probably need to re-register to vote. And, because general elections usually happen only once a year, it’s understandable if you’re not totally clear on your voter status or if you remembered to update your registration after your last big life event. Even if you’re pretty sure you have, there’s no harm in taking a minute to double-check and there is an easy way to find out! Simply follow this link to the VoteWA website and enter your name and birthday. It will verify your status, and offer you the opportunity to update your information if need be. October 28 is the deadline to use the online registration, but you can still register in person up to November 5. All of the details are on the website! You can also find important details about the November 5, 2019 General Election at King County’s Election Website.

Are you new to the ISD? Would you like to learn more about the school system and programs in the Issaquah School District? All families are invited to attend the ISD event “What Every Parent Wants to Know about the ISD” on Oct. 23, 2019 at 6:30 pm at Clark Elementary School.

This event will have separate sessions for elementary, middle and high school information on topics such as school and classroom expectations, behavior expectations, grading, homework, communication with school and teachers, how to get involved, and course selection at the secondary level. District staff and parent volunteers will be available to answer questions.

Spanish, Korean and Mandarin speaking interpreters will be available at the event. Contact by Oct. 17th if you need an interpreter in another language.

Snacks and Childcare are available.

Legal Notices

Please read the important safety, health, and equal-rights notices that are posted online on our Legal Notices page. You will find information about asbestos, nondiscrimination, pest management, possession of firearms, sexual harassment, Title IX, and more.

Check our Peachjar community bulletin boards!

Sunset Elementary partners with Peachjar, an online bulletin board system, to help families see all the opportunities happening with community partners in the greater ISD community.

News from the Issaquah Schools Foundation

Dining for Kids

Join us on November 6th at Chinoise Sushi Bar & Asian Grill in Issaquah Highlands and Dine for Kids! Our Dining for Kids restaurant partners generously guarantee a portion of the day’s proceeds as a donation to the Issaquah Schools Foundation that provides multiple forms of support to Issaquah School District students, including food aid. More information about Dining for Kids dates & locations can be found here:

Shop for a Cause

Join the Issaquah Schools Foundation at the Golf Club at Newcastle November 14th and get a jump on your Holiday shopping! $3 from each glassybaby and 20% of all Kendra Scott jewelry sales will be donated back to fund programs and resources for Issaquah School District students. Enjoy an evening on the Terrace (indoor) of the Calcutta Grill with friends, neighbors, and colleagues, and rally together to shop for a cause!

Teacher Grants - The Issaquah Schools Foundation provides an opportunity for all teachers to apply for grants to fund projects that enrich education, fill unmet needs, and/or serve as incubators for innovation. Many PTSAs offer teacher grants as well, which is great! There are times when a grant is for a larger need, may be spread to more than one school, or is simply out of a given PTSA’s budget. The Foundation is here to support those ideas that teachers have to best support our student’s education. The Foundation’s grant process is all online and will open on November 8th. More information can be found at:

Our fall campaign, Step up for Kids is still in full swing! Donations can be made online at:

Office Staff

LeAnn Tuupo, Principal

Michelle Larson, Dean of Students

Sicily Graham, Principal's Assistant

Katherine Johnson, Registrar

Trish Neill, Support Secretary

Jenny Coylar, School Nurse

Martha Snowden, Health Room Specialist

Marissa Ballard, Counselor