Sunset Elementary E-news

November 27, 2019

Upcoming Events:

  • December 12 - 1st Grade Winter Concert
  • December 21 - January 5 - No School, Winter Break
  • January 10 - Families at Recess
  • January 14 - January 17 - 2nd Grade CogAT screener
  • January 20 - No School, MLK Day
  • January 27 - No School, Teacher in-Servce Day
  • January 30 - Multicultural Night

Message from the Principal

Dear Sunset Families,

It is hard to believe that Winter Break is almost upon us. It was wonderful to see so many families, teachers and students during conferences engaging in conversations around your student’s strengths and success, as well as areas they will continue to focus and grow this year. Through my classroom visits and trips around the school, I know that teachers are engaging students in rich, academically challenging, conversations and activities that build on student strengths and interests. I am so proud of the hard work and dedication of our students and staff! I hope that you found this time valuable and feel a stronger school to home connection with your child’s teacher. Please know how deeply your child’s teacher cares about their success and feel free to reach out if you ever have questions, concerns, or celebrations to share.

As a reminder, each month we practice emergency drills at Sunset Elementary to ensure that we know what to do in a real emergency. We kicked off our drills earlier this year during our Sunset Safety Week. Next week we will continue our emergency preparedness by engaging in a school wide Modified Lockdown Drill. During our drills, we tell students to look for an adult, listen to the adult, do what the adult says, keep voices off, and act quickly to make sure everyone is safe. Please know that all staff are VERY sensitive to the angst this can cause in some of our students. Teachers do a wonderful job explaining the importance of why we practice these drills and are very calm in their conversations. We are required to practice one drill a month for the entire school year.

During any drill or emergency, it is important for Sunset families and visitors to follow the procedures of the building as well as the following:

  • During a Real Lockdown: Do not attempt to visit Sunset during a lockdown. All doors will be locked and only emergency personnel will be allowed in the building until the site is secured.
  • After a Lockdown or any Emergency Dismissal: Please do not arrive on campus and attempt to remove your child without office clearance. In any emergency dismissal, all students must be accounted for and cleared through our emergency dismissal process.

I wish you all a wonderful Winter Break and I look forward to welcoming our students, staff and families back on January 6th as we continue our focus on #learning.growing,inspiring!

Happy New Year,

LeAnn

2019-2020 State Testing Dates

Highly capable testing for second grade students will occur at all elementary schools January 14 through January 17 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 14 - January 17, 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.

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Lost and Found

The lost and found is overflowing with coats, sweatshirts, hats, gloves, water bottles and more. Please come take a look at our lost and found if your student left something at school. We will be donating all items to the food and clothing bank on December 20th.

Message from Issaquah School District

Annual Community Report for the 2018-2019 School Year

The Issaquah School District invites the community to view our annual report online for the 2018-2019 school year. The report contains an interactive scorecard along with links to take a deeper dive into student performance data on state assessments. Because student achievement is also demonstrated through extra-curricular activities, the arts, community service, leadership, and citizenship, the report connects to our snapshots page celebrating these accomplishments. Information and links are also provided to learn about programs and services designed to assist students in accomplishing the ISD School Board’s Ends for Students. An overview of the District’s finances including revenues and expenditures is reported along with a comprehensive guide to understanding the 2018-2019 budget. For more information regarding the community report, please contact Executive Director of Communications, L. Michelle at michellel@issaquah.wednet.edu or 425-837-7004.

Important Note: The Issaquah School District is committed to providing access to all individuals visiting our district website, including persons with disabilities. If you cannot access content on our website or this annual report because of a disability, please call L. Michelle at 425-837-7004 or email webmaster@issaquah.wednet.edu and describe the nature of the accessibility needs and your contact information. We will make every effort to provide the information requested in an accessible format and seek to correct any accessibility issues on our website.

Second Grade Highly Capable Testing

Highly capable testing for second grade students will occur January 14 through January 17 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 20-21 school year. Second grade students attending private or home-based schools are invited to participate and are encouraged to contact their 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 Issaquah School District Website at https://www.issaquah.wednet.edu/academics/programs/gifted.

Elementary Phase 1 Curriculum Adoption – Foundational Reading Skills Parent Survey

The ISD Teaching and Learning Department will review instructional reading materials for teaching foundational reading skills beginning in December 2019. During this literacy adoption, a district committee will review evidence-based practices and instructional materials to make recommendations. As partners in your child’s education, we invite you to follow this link to complete a survey.

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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