Sunset Elementary E-news

February 26, 2020

Upcoming Events:

  • February 27 - 2nd Grade Concert
  • March 2 - New Families Coffee
  • March 3 - Kindergarten and 1st Grade Field Trip
  • March 6 - Families at Recess
  • March 6 - Talent Show
  • March 10 - 13 - 2nd Grade IOWA Testing
  • March 10 - McTeacher Night at McDonalds on Gilman
  • March 13 - Class and Personality Picture Day
  • March 13 - Family Skate Night at SnoKing Ice Arena
  • March 16 - March 31 - Raise Craze PTA Fundraiser
  • March 20 - PTA General Meeting and Movie Night
  • March 31 - 4th Grade Music Concert
  • April 1 - Family Engineering Night
  • April 3 - Families at Recess

Message from the Principal

It is hard to believe that the end of February is upon us and we are celebrating our 100th day of school this week. I have enjoyed welcoming students and staff back from break over the last couple of days and seeing everyone rejuvenated and ready to engage in our learning. The weather over the last two months brought many unexpected schedule shifts and I believe we are all looking forward to getting back into our school routines and structure. We are looking forward to the coming weeks ahead!

Safety at Sunset

Your student’s safety is our top priority. Each month we practice what to do in the unlikely event of an emergency. Yesterday, we learned what to do if students are out at recess and we needed to do in order for the students to return to the building quickly. This could be for a variety of reasons including, but not limited to:

  • An animal on/or in the vicinity of the playground

  • Something unsafe in the neighborhood or on the school campus

  • The bell system not working

The students did an amazing job returning to their classrooms and reviewing our procedures for a lockdown drill. All students were in the building and into their classrooms in under 2 minutes! Below are the slide shared with students about the procedures for both types of drills. Please continue to have conversations with your student about ways to be safe at school.

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Reminder: Sunset Care Kits due

As an addition to our school safety plan, we are asking families to put together a care kit for their children to access in a true emergency. Unused kits will be returned to you at the end of the school year.

Kindergarten Registration for 2020-2021 School Year

The window to register your child for kindergarten for the 2020-2021 school year is now open, and must be completed by March 6. Please visit the ISD New Student Enrollment website to begin enrollment. Once the online enrollment portion is complete, you will be required to come to Sunset to pick up additional forms that must be completed in order to finish the enrollment process. Additional Kindergarten information is available via this link.

Brown Bear Carwash Fundraiser

Sunset’s 4th and 5th graders are selling Brown Bear Carwash tickets to raise money for Camp Orkila. Each ticket is $10. See a 4th or 5th grader or email Gina Montgomery if you would like to purchase some.

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Family Skate Night

Save the date. Join us on Friday March 13th for our Family Skate Night, 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

Thank you for Voting and Renewing the Educational Programs and Operations Levy!
Thank you to our community for renewing our two-year Educational Programs and Operations Levy! Your support for ISD schools ensures local kids will continue to receive a high quality education in a safe learning environment. The levy passed with 63.6% of voters approving the measure. To pass, levies in Washington State must be approved by a simple majority (50% +) of voters.

Science Technology Magnet Program Informational Meetings February 27, March 5, and March 9

Families of current third grade students: Are you interested in enrolling your student in ISD’s Science Technology Magnet Program? The Issaquah School District offers this program at three elementary school sites serving 4th and 5th grade students. Each magnet serves 50+ students in a two-year program. Each program covers all standard 4/5 district adopted curriculum with an added emphasis on science and technology. Grade specific math instruction is provided.

Families interested in participating in the enrollment lottery must attend a mandatory informational meeting, unless they have had a student previously enrolled in the program. Informational meetings will be held at Cascade Ridge on Thursday, February 27, at Briarwood on Thursday, March 5 and at Clark on Monday, March 9. All meetings are scheduled for 6:00-7:00pm.

ISD Site Work at Middle School #6 – What to Expect

The Issaquah School District is beginning site preparation work for the construction of Middle School #6. Beginning the week of February 17, equipment will be arriving on site and continue for the next few weeks. Site clearing and grading will take place during the week of February 24 as well as moving substantial amounts of dirt in preparation for the relocation of a water line.

What to expect:

  • Equipment trucks entering and exiting the site.
  • Intermittent road closures on Falcon during the water line work.
    • Tenants will be able to access the parking garages but there may be a wait at times. This area will be clearly marked and a flagger will be on site.

  • Lights may be turned on for security purposes.
  • Materials for the water line will be delivered March 3.
Construction will be complete before the Fall 2021 school year.
Calling all 3rd through 5th graders! The Science Symposium hosted by the Issaquah Youth Advisory is coming up on Friday, February 28, 6:00-8:00pm, at the Issaquah Community Center. Join us for a fun evening of science experiments! Baking soda volcanoes, elephant toothpaste, lemon light bulbs, robotic building and more! $18; $15 for Issaquah Residents. Pre-registration is required at 425-837-3300 or

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.

News from the Issaquah Schools Foundation

Spread the Love 2020: Make a Contribution in Your Teacher's Name!

The Issaquah Schools Foundation loves to support our teachers! The Foundation began by providing grants to educators in the Issaquah School District, and because of YOUR donations we are able to continue this great work! This February, share the love by expressing our appreciation for the teachers of the Issaquah School District! Donate in honor of a teacher and what they give to us every day. Make your contribution here and include your teacher’s name and personal message. We will let them know of the gift you made in their honor. You can view the list of all teachers honored here!

Dining for Kids: March

Next month's Dining for Kids partner is Big Fish Grill. Join us on Wednesday, March 4 from 11:00am-10:00pm and Big Fish Grill will donate a portion of your bill to Issaquah Schools Foundation. These funds go to programs and resources for Issaquah School District students, including food & snack support during the school day. More info:

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.

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