Here at Sunset, we read every day…but it’s always extra-fun to celebrate reading in a school-wide way! This first week of March is NEA’s* READ ACROSS AMERICA Week, and the new theme is Celebrating a Nation of Diverse Readers – a theme that encourages reading stories about “an array of experiences and cultures” (NEA).
At Sunset, each grade level has received a variety of diverse, inclusive read-aloud titles chosen by ISD elementary librarians (e.g., books representing cultures, life experiences, and identities). Classroom teachers have the choice to share any or all of the books and know that some of the topics may lead to learning conversations.
We believe that all students deserve to see themselves reflected in the books they read while learning to understand that our world is far richer than just their own experiences. Sharing diverse books during READ ACROSS AMERICA Week builds empathy, understanding, and inclusiveness - traits we want to encourage in every Sockeye.
The conclusion of READ ACROSS AMERICA Week coincides with the National Day of Unplugging (Saturday, March 7). Imagine taking 24 hours away from electronics. Can you or your student do it? Consider taking the challenge as a family!
*NEA: National Education Association = https://www.readacrossamerica.org/
We want to extend a HUGE Thank You to the Issaquah Schools Foundation for their support. Four of our staff members were awarded grants for items to help our students in there education. While these grants were received by these staff members, they are meant to impact our entire Sunset community.
Arika Dickens: Developing confidence & independence in readers with world language books & audiobooks
Karen Golema-Flett: Books for English Language Learners
Cami Cress: Wobble Stools – Moving around while staying attentive in class!
Lisa Dagg: Playground Communication 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.
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