Sunset Elementary E-news

February 5, 2020

Upcoming Events:

  • February 3 - Kindergarten Registration Opens
  • February 7 - Families at Recess
  • February 7 - Family Skate Night at Sno King Ice Arena
  • February 17 - 21 - No School, Mid-Winter Break
  • February 27 - 2nd Grade Music Concert
  • March 3 - Kindergarten and 1st grade Field Trips
  • March 6 - Families at Recess
  • March 6 - Talent Show
  • March 10 - 13 - 2nd Grade IOWA State Testing
  • March 13 - Class/Personality Picture Day

Cultural and Heritage Fair Success

A huge thank you to all involved on a great event last week. We couldn't have made this a success without our PTA members Esther Choi and Melissa Valdez O'Connor and Sunset's Counselor, Marissa Ballard for all their time, planning, organization and creativity. Check out some highlights below.

Sunset Family Skate Night

Sunset’s last Family Skate Night of the year is coming up on February 7th from 6:10 - 7:20pm at Sno King Ice in Renton. There will be music, prizes, a bake sale for Camp Orkila and fun times with family and friends. This is a fundraiser for 5th grade camp

2019-2020 State Testing Dates

Highly capable testing for second grade students will occur at all elementary schools January 17 through January 24 and continue March 10 through March 13. Students who are identified as “most highly capable” will be invited to enter either SAGE or MERLIN in the 2020-21 school year. Second grade students attending private or home-based schools are invited to participate. Contact your neighborhood school for more information about how to participate. More information about the Issaquah School District Highly Capable Program and testing for second grade students is available on the Highly Capable Issaquah School District webpage.

2nd Grade Highly Capable Testing Dates

  • CogAT/TTCT: January 17 - January 24, 2020
  • IOWA: March 10 - March 13, 2020

3rd - 5th Grade Smarter Balanced Testing Dates

  • 3rd grade: 5/7-5/8 ELA PT, 5/11 ELA CAT, 5/12 Math CAT, 5/13 Math PT
  • 4th grade: 5/14-5/15 ELA PT, 5/18 ELA CAT, 5/19 Math CAT, 5/20 Math PT
  • 5th grade: 4/28 ELA CAT, 4/29-4/30 ELA PT, 5/4 Math CAT, 5/5 Math PT, 5/6 WCAS Science

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: Absences during assessment windows are marked as unexcused . Per State Law: 5 or more unexcused absences in a month require a letter and a petition to be filled with the courts. 10 or more unexcused absences in a year require a letter and a petition to be filed with the courts.

Things to note:

Any absence is marked unexcused if you do not call prior to the absence.

PARENTS OF 5TH GRADERS

Will your student be participating in the ISD sport programs offered at middle school? If so, mark your calendar and schedule their sports physical during the summer after June 1. Students entering 6th grade that plan to play sports are required to have a physical dated after June 1. A physical date in June, July or August is valid for the entire school year.

If you normally schedule your child’s physical around their birthday, we suggest you consider postponing until summer. Fifth grade students planning to play ISD sports who get their physical prior to June 1 will be required to get a second physical at parent expense. For more information on middle school sports and the required physical form check out the ISD Middle School Sports webpage at https://www.issaquah.wednet.edu/family/sports/MSsports or call the middle school office. The office team will answer all your questions.

Message from Issaquah School District

Remember to Vote and Return Your Ballot - ISD Levy Renewal

We’ve got just a few days left to vote in the 2020 levy election. Return your ballot by mail or in a ballot drop box by next Tuesday, February 11.

To see what’s funded by this levy, check out this short video that highlights some of the many important programs and services funded by levies, including mental health counselors, school security, extra-curricular activities and many more. While you’re at it, you can check out all of our videos about the important things funded by the levy.

National School Counseling Week is February 3-7!

National School Counseling Week is our opportunity to honor and celebrate the unique contribution of counselors in our schools! Counselors are integral members of our learning community who work with students to remove barriers to learning by addressing students’ academic concerns, post-secondary options, and social/emotional skills. They help students identify their abilities, strengths, interests, and talents and set healthy, realistic, and optimistic aspirations for themselves. Counselors work in partnership with parents as they face the challenges of raising children in today’s world and collaborate with educators to create an environment in which students can realize their potential. During National School Counseling Week, our Counseling Specialists will be visiting schools and taking photos and videos that illustrate special themes for each day of the celebration, including Lend a Helping Hand, Offer Encouragement, Show Appreciation, and Be the Change in the World. You can follow the fun on social media with the hashtag #NSCW2020. Be sure to thank your school counselor for all they do to support our students, families, and staff every day!

Coronavirus Update – Guidance from Public Health Seattle and King County

While the immediate risk to the general public in Washington and the United States is still considered to be low, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that all travelers from China, including school students, staff, and volunteers arriving in the U.S. AFTER February 2, 2020 at 2 pm stay at home away from others and monitor their health for 14 days. If you get a fever or develop a cough or difficulty breathing during this 14-day period, avoid contact with others. Call your doctor or healthcare provider to tell them about your symptoms and your recent travel.

There is no recommendation for people showing no symptoms arriving before this time to restrict their activities. All travelers from China who arrived BEFORE February 2, 2020 at 2pm can continue to attend school.

The normal precautions during cold and flu season to prevent the spread of germs apply.

  • Wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds; use alcohol-based sanitizer if no water is available Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact (within 6 feet) with those who are sick
  • Stay home if sick
  • Cover cough or sneeze with tissue, throw tissue in trash, wash hands immediately
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched object and surfaces


You can find more about conronavirus at the links below or call the Washington State Department of Health at 1-800-525-0127 and press the # key.

Kindergarten Registration for the 2020-2021 School Year Begins Online Starting February 3.

The window to register your child for kindergarten for the 2020-2021 school year begins February 3, and must be completed by March 6. Students who are turning 5 years old by August 31, 2020, are eligible for enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year.

Please visit the ISD New Student Enrollment website to begin enrollment February 3. The link will be live at that time. Once the online portion is complete, you will be required to visit your neighborhood school to pick up additional forms that must be completed in order to finish the enrollment process.

Additional Kindergarten information available at this link.

STEMposium is coming February 13! Students and families throughout the district are invited to attend.

Sponsored by the Issaquah Schools Foundation, STEMposium brings together students from across the district to share through interactive booths and demonstrations howthey learn STEM skills and knowledge during classroom projects, afterschool clubs, and student competitions. In addition to teacher/student booths, there will be various STEM related industries sharing their work in the area of STEM.

Please join us for the 3rd annual STEMposium.

February 13, 2020 - 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Issaquah High School Commons

More information and event program can be found here.

Dyslexia Family Engagement Forum - February 6

Families interested in connecting with the Issaquah School District regarding support for students with dyslexia are invited to a community forum hosted at the Administration Building at 5150 220th AVE SE, Issaquah from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. The purpose of the forum is to facilitate two-way communication, collaboration, and shared learning related to supporting students with dyslexia. Two additional forums will be held on March 5 and May 21. Families are welcome to attend one, two, or all three meetings. The February 6 session will include active listening opportunities and time for families to share their stories, interests, and learnings with ISD staff.

Snow Make Up Days - Last Day of School to be Announced in Spring

A reminder to our families that school closure make up days will be added to the end of the school year. Because we are still in the winter season, it is possible more snow or weather will come our way that may result in school closures or delays. We will announce that last day of school in E-News and on our website later this spring when we are past the possibility of snow and hazardous conditions on the roads or at our buildings. *Specific information for seniors will be communicated to students and families by their high schools.

The annual Father-Daughter Valentine Dance is once again coming to the Issaquah Community Center on Saturday, February 8, 2020.

Grades K – 2, 4:00-6:00pm

Grades 3 – 5, 7:00-9:00pm

$29 per adult; $24 for Issaquah Residents; $45 at the door

Register with Issaquah Parks & Recreation at www.issaquahwa.gov/register or 425-837-3300.

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 27th, at Briarwood on Thursday, March 5th and at Clark on Monday March 9th. All meetings are scheduled for 6:00 to 7:00 PM.

Issaquah Schools Foundation News

Impact Scholarships Available

The Issaquah Schools Foundation Impact Scholarships are open to juniors and seniors in the Issaquah School District. The scholarships will be awarded to 2 students who describe how Issaquah Schools Foundation-funded programs have enriched their education. The scholarships will be awarded in two categories. Written category ($1000) and Presentation category ($1500).

Application deadline is February 21, 2020

More information: http://isfdn.org/impact-scholars

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 (https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/weblink.aspx?name=issaquahsf&id=35 )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! (http://isfdn.org/spread-the-love-2020/)

Dining for Kids: March

Next month's Dining for Kids partner is Big Fish Grill. Join us on Wednesday, March 4th from 11AM-10PM 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: http://isfdn.org/dining-for-kids/

You might already have these through ParentWiser, if not, there are two Parent Education Events coming up. Register for these events at ParentWiser.org

  1. Plugged-In Parents: How to keep kids safe, happy and healthy in the digital age

When: Monday Feb 10th, 7-8:30pm

Where: Issaquah High School

Even the most in-tune parents could use some extra tips for keeping up with the fast-changing media landscape. Local mental health therapist specializing in technology fixation and youth screen time use, Jocelyn Skillman, partners with nationally acclaimed Common Sense Media to deliver a comprehensive presentation addressing the biggest concerns parents of elementary and middle schoolers have: managing screen time, getting a cellphone, cyber bullying, social media, apps, and more. In this thought-provoking discussion parents will learn how to use media in balance as a family, find quality content, set expectations around healthy use to prevent conflict, and raise kids to be media savvy consumers and creators. (For Parents of K-8)

  1. Help! My Teen is Dating. Real Solutions to Tough Conversations.

When: Monday Feb 27th, 7-8:00 pm

Where: Issaquah High School theater

The Issaquah Schools Foundation is providing funding for a parent education seminar around dating safety. Gain essential skills and strategies for addressing awkward and yet vitally important discussions with your child.

This interactive seminar is changing the way parents and their children are approaching, discussing, and handling decision-making regarding dating, intimacy, parties, and safety. In one hour, parents will discover essential steps for helping their sons and daughters with making safer choices. (Parents Only)

Please Join the Issaquah Schools Foundation for Our Annual Fundraiser and Celebration!

Student success is personal. The Issaquah Schools Foundation recognizes the unique needs of students and works in partnership with the Issaquah School District to offer a variety of programs that give opportunities to every student at every school. From leading-edge STEM curriculum and arts programs to after-school tutoring and food for students in need, the funds you donate to the Foundation ensure( that kids of all abilities have the support they need to navigate their own unique path to success. More info: http://isfdn.org/nourish-every-mind/

Nourish Every Mind 2020:

Luncheon - Friday, May 8th

Breakfast - Tuesday, May 19th

Both Events Held at Eastridge Church, Issaquah

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.

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
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