Sunset Elementary E-news

October 16, 2019

Upcoming Events:

  • October 18 - Spirit Day: Silly Sock Day
  • October 24 - Picture Re-takes
  • October 24 - 1st Grade Performance
  • October 25 - Spooky Spaghetti Night
  • 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

White Cane Day Oct 15th

Did you know that our Sunset community celebrated White Cane Day yesterday?

White Cane Safety Day is a national observance in the United States, celebrated on October 15 of each year since 1964. The date is set aside to celebrate the achievements of people who are blind or visually impaired and the important symbol of blindness and tool of independence, the white cane.

Our wonderful Vision Program staff put up the world's longest white cane in the hallway across from the front office, along with some fun facts about White Cane Day. Students, staff and family members have the opportunity to stop by the world’s longest cane and sign it in support showing we believe that people with blindness are independent!

Check out these Fun Facts and pictures from White Cane Day...

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.

Mixed Bags/Boon Supply 5th Grade Camp Fundraiser going on now!

4th and 5th Graders are selling tote bags, travel bags, kitchenware, gift wrap, home goods & more October 14th -28th! Please contact a Sunset 4th or 5th grader to see a catalog and place your order! Unfortunately we are unable to do online orders. If you would like to order from a catalog and don’t know a 4th or 5th grader, please contact Gina Montgomery at

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,

STAYING HEALTHY - It's that time of year, when we are all snuggled together to keep warm. With that, brings colds, flu, and busy schedules. Here are a few things you can do to try and stay healthy:

COLDS AND FLU: The best offense is a good defense! A full night’s sleep, balanced nutritious meals, and clean hands are a sure fire way to prevent colds from coming your way! A good breakfast before school and sending your children with high protein snacks can make a big difference in both health and performance. Ensure your family washes their hands with warm soapy water after using the restroom, before eating, and when returning to the house after work or play. Consider a flu vaccination for the family as well.

STAYING WARM: Make sure your children come to school dressed for the weather and don’t forget a jacket. There are two outdoor recesses on most days and we want to make sure students are comfortable throughout their day.

We need your help to keep our Sunset students and staff healthy! Please make sure you keep your kids home if they are ill and reinforce good hand hygiene habits. I have attached some guidelines to help you know when your student needs to stay at home. Thanks for your help!

When to Keep Your Child Home from School

Fever – over 100 degrees F. orally. Temperature should remain normal (98.6 degrees) for 24 hours without fever reducing medication before returning to school

Sore throat – especially if associated with fever or swollen glands

Vomiting – within the past 24 hours

Diarrhea – more than one occurrence in a 24 hour period

Drainage from the eye –the eye crusted and difficult to open (especially upon waking)

Nasal discharge (yellow or greenish) –If your child’s nasal mucus has a color and is accompanied by a fever and/or coughing, sneezing, drowsiness, and general signs of not feeling well, your child may be contagious and should remain at home until the symptoms subside. Call your doctor if you have any concerns or questions.

Appearance/Behavior – unusually tired, pale, lack of appetite, difficult to wake, confused

Rash – body rashes not associated with heat, or allergic reactions to medications

Head lice – contact school office or nurse if any indication of head lice

VERY IMPORTANT - Remember to keep the school updated with new phone numbers and emergency contacts in case your student becomes ill at school.

Any questions please call Jenny Colyar, RN at 425-837-5621

Message from Issaquah School District

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.

On Thursday, October 24 we will be conducting a TEST of our text notification system. We are doing this to make sure the information we have on file for you in Family Access is correct. Please note that if we only have a landline telephone number for you, we cannot send a text. Here’s how it will work: At approximately 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 24, the District will send a test text message to all families that says “TEST text message from ISD.” At approximately 6:30 p.m. the District will send a follow E-News by email to all families with information about how to let us know if you did not receive the text.

- If you do receive the text, you’re all set! You do not need to respond to the follow up E-News.

- If you do not receive the text, please follow the instructions in the email.

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