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November/December 2017

Message from the Principal

Fall has arrived...and so has a very busy time in our school calendar. In the coming weeks, we’ll be hosting several events at Sunrise including our Veteran’s Day Assembly, parent-teacher conferences, the Scholastic book fair, special student assemblies, and our annual Holiday Reading Night. One challenge we face this time of year is to help the students enjoy the excitement of this season while still maintaining a focus on learning. You can be a great help in this process by continuing to talk with your child about their schoolwork and homework, ensuring they get proper sleep, and helping them get to school on time, each day.

As these colder months and flu season approach, be mindful of the need for consistent attendance and the proper care of both mind and body for you and your children. We want to see your child at school each day, learning and growing. Here are some things you can do to help your child make consistent progress:

  • Make sure they get good rest, eat well, and attend school each day
  • Check their backpack or folder each night for information and homework
  • Talk with them about the work they are doing in class and what they are learning
  • Help them set up a consistent reading time each night (you can also read to them or with them)
  • Stay in close communication with their teacher

By doing these things consistently, your child has an opportunity to make great progress this year.

In just a few short weeks we’ll be starting our parent-teacher conferences, where you’ll have the opportunity to sit with your child’s teacher to review their learning progress so far this year. We value this chance to meet with each of our students’ families and share in the successes and challenges each child is facing. By making the commitment to attend these conferences, you are sending a strong message to your child about how important you think school is and how much you care about their success as a learner. During these conferences, we want to acknowledge areas of success for your child, and give specific information about areas your child can grow in. When we’re all on the same page, your child will benefit. We look forward to seeing you soon! child will benefit. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Kyle Fletcher



Please remember it is so important for your child to be in attendance at school. When they arrive late, are picked up early or absent they do miss very valuable learning time. Please try to schedule appointments during non-school hours if at all possible. We know that sometimes this is unavoidable. We greatly appreciate your help in this matter. Thank you so much for sharing your child with us each day!

Important Dates

Veterans Day Assembly


Teacher Work Day - No School


Veterans Day Observed - No School


Parent/Teacher Conferences

11/16 - 11/21

Thanksgiving Break

11/23 - 11/24

Book Fair

12/4 - 12/8

Holiday Reading Night


Winter Break

12/21 - 1/2


  2017 Spirit Days & Service Projects at Sunrise

This year we’ll be holding a series of spirit days (themed dress up) with connected service projects throughout the year. Be sure to put these dates in your calendar and help your child take part in this fun opportunity. This year’s Spirit Days are:

December 8 - Pajama Day (wear your pajamas to school and to Holiday Reading Night that evening)
January 12 - Mismatch Day (wear mismatched clothing )
February 16 - Beach Day (wear your summer/beach clothing AND donate to our backpack program Feb. 5th-16th)
March 22 - Throwback Thursday (wear a clothing style from the past)
April 27 - Superhero Day (dress up like your favorite super hero AND write notes & decorate bags for senior citizens)
May 18 - Career/Future Day (dress up in career or future clothing AND participate in our family/community project)
June 19 - Sports Day (wear your EHS, professional, or college sports gear AND have fun at our Sunrise Field Day)


Scholastic Book Fair

Our Scholastic Book Fair will be held in the Sunrise Library December 4-8. This is a great time to buy some gifts! Hannah Kilcup, our Librarian will be setting up times for parents to come in and help out with this. Be on the lookout for that information coming soon!


Lending Hands Food Drive

Mrs. Hammon’s 5th grade class will be holding a food drive Nov. 1-10, to benefit families in our area who may need a little help this Thanksgiving. Donations will be collected in Grand Central. We are in need of:

  • Foil Roasting Pans
  • Canned Sweet Potatoes
  • Boxed Mashed Potatoes
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Boxed Stuffing
  • Cranberry Sauce
  • Canned Pumpkin



Sunrise students have been invited to Enumclaw High School on Thursday, November 30th, to view the EHS Drama ‘s production of Pinocchio. This will be a school wide field trip and a treat for all our students.


Toy Drive

Sunrise will be collecting toys for families in our community this Christmas season who may need a little love this season. Please bring new, unwrapped toys to Grand Central. We’ll be collecting toys November 27-December 13. Thank you for helping us love on these families!


Thank you for supporting your child’s learning by helping them read at home each night!


Drop-Off and Pick-Up Procedure Reminders

As you probably know, we have a very large number of students who are dropped off at Sunrise in the mornings before school. As we try to establish a calm, safe morning routine, we would like to ask your help in the following ways:

Arrive at 8:45 or after: Our supervision of students begins at 8:45am each morning. Before this time, staff members are often involved in meetings or out of the classroom preparing for the day. Your help in making sure that your child arrives between 8:45 and 9:00am each day is appreciated, and gives your child a more successful, predictable start to the day.

Pull all the way forward: Please pull your vehicle forward in the drop-off lane to allow more vehicles behind you to unload at the same time you do. This helps the backup on 244th.

Use the safe side of the car: Please encourage your child to quickly and safely exit your vehicle only on the “sidewalk” side of your vehicle.

Use a parking space if you need extra time: If your child needs some extra time or help getting their things out of your vehicle, please use a parking space in the circle and walk them across safely using the sidewalk.

Our afternoons are also very busy, with many students being picked up out front. As we try to establish a calm, safe afternoon routine, we ask for your help in the following ways:

Practice Patience: As you know, the parking lot can be very busy, and slow in the afternoons with many children making their way to a vehicle. Please keep an eye out for children and remain slow and patient.

Pull all the way forward: Please pull your vehicle forward in the pick-up lane to allow more vehicles behind you to load at the same time you do.

Check in at the office if entering the building: If you must enter the building, you need to check in at the office. The main portion of the building is closed to the general public. This allows us to always know which adults are in the building at any given time. This is very important to the safety of our children.

Consider using district transportation: Our district has provided afternoon bus routes to transport students home in areas near the school. If you live in a neighborhood near the school, please consider having your child ride this route home.


Parent Teacher Conferences

It’s that time of year! Parent Teacher Conferences are right around the corner. They will be held November 16-20. During these days, your children will be released from school at 12:15pm. Sack lunches will be available to those ordering lunches on these days. Students will have a lunch break in their classroom before dismissal. Your child may choose to eat at school or at home on these days. Teachers have sent home notes to set up conference times. Please make sure you have returned yours and your conference is set up. Thank you so much! We are looking forward to spending time with you!


Family Events

November 8 at 9:15, we will be having a Veteran’s Day Assembly . Our Sunrise Choir will be performing . Please join us if you are able as we celebrate our Veterans.

December 8 , at 6:30 pm, the Sunrise Eagles PTA will host our annual Holiday Family Reading Night. This event is always a popular one and is designed for families to come together and enjoy an evening of reading. Come join us for the chance to snuggle up with your family and read together. You will enjoy a story read by Mr. Fletcher, holiday music provided by our 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade Sunrise choir, a good snack of cookies and milk, and the opportunity to enjoy some great books for the holiday season.

Each Sunrise family attending this event will receive a free book, thanks to the generous support of our PTA. All students must be accompanied by an adult. We hope to see lots of Sunrise Eagles and their families at this holiday event!


Late Start & Closure Information

As we head into the colder months, it’s important to be prepared for possible changes in the school schedule. In the event of a school closure or delay, our School Messenger automated phone call system will send information to available phone numbers our system. You can also find information on our district website, our district Facebook page, Twitter and Flash Alert.

Please note, the following information is important for delayed start days.

One Hour Late: Highly Capable class will start one hour late at Southwood.  On Fridays, early release schedule remains in effect.

Two Hours Late: Highly Capable class is cancelled. No out of district transportation.  On Fridays, the early release schedule will be cancelled and students will attend school until the regular release time.


Safe and Civil Schools

Enumclaw School District is dedicated to creating positive and safe environments that support learning and teaching for all. If an individual or group sees or experiences harassment, intimidation or bullying, the District has a form available to report an incident (3207F) or reports can be made to staff members. Please visit our website to learn more about harassment, intimidation and bullying.

On Wednesday, November 22, from 9:30-10:15, your students will be attending a No Bullies Allowed Assembly. Jeff Evans will be the presenter for this assembly. He will teach about building a bully-free school. We are excited to share this with your student!


Parent Partnership Series

Please join us from 6:30-8:00PM

Mental Health Awareness
EHS Auditorium
With Jason DeShaw

MAY 16
Drug & Alcohol Prevention
EHS Library
With Not One More

Thank you to Rainier Foothills Wellness Foundation for helping sponsor these events!


Student Departure Changes

We know that sometimes a student’s departure plan will change during the day. In these instances, please do your best to let us know prior to 2:30 PM (Monday-Thursday) and 1:30 PM (Friday) so we can be sure the student and necessary staff members receive the updated information. Thank you.


Information from our Counselor

Happening now in Classrooms:

  • Kindergarten-2nd Grade: Skills for Learning (focus attention, listening, using self-talk, being assertive)
  • 3rd-5th Grade: Skills for Learning (being respectful learners, empathy, listening with attention, being assertive)
  • Coming up in all Classrooms: Empathy
  • Mark your calendars for our annual Human Growth and Development preview for grades 3-5 coming up on November 16th at 9:15am. Letters with more information will be coming.

Would you be interested in attending a Love and Logic conference? Please contact Monica Munger at 360.802.7434 for additional details.


Lost and Found

Our lost and found is overflowing down the hallway of Sunrise. Please help us find owners for all our lost items. Several times each year we donate items that have not been claimed. That time is fast approaching. If you notice that your child is missing any items, please take a moment to come look through lost and found or remind your child to take a look. Thank you!


Backpack Meal Program

At Sunrise, we maintain a donation only pantry for our Backpack Meal Program. Please help us fill our pantry once again by donating single-serving items such as juice boxes, fruit snacks, instant oatmeal, breakfast bars, or Top Ramen. Currently, we are in need of cracker snack packs, granola, instant mashed potatoes, and cans of soup.


PTA Fundraiser Pickup  

Thank you to all who helped make this year’s fundraiser a great one! This year’s orders will be delivered to Sunrise on Tuesday, November 21. Please pickup your orders between 3:30pm and 6pm. We are not able to hold any orders past 6pm. Please be sure to come by during this time. Again, thank you so much for your support! We appreciate you!


Volunteer Information

If you would like to volunteer in your child’s classroom, or become a school WatchDOG, please come in and fill out a volunteer application packet . Also, if you plan to join your child at recess on the playground, you will need to be an approved volunteer. We look forward to partnering with you in the learning that takes place at Sunrise each day!


Electronic Newsletter

As we have done for several years, we will again offer the option for families to receive our Sunrise school newsletter electronically instead of having a paper copy sent home. Many families have taken advantage of this opportunity. From the school’s point of view, we appreciate saving important resources of dollars and time to copy and send out all those pieces of paper.

If you have not been receiving the newsletter electronically, but would prefer to receive our Sunrise News electronically (or if your email address has changed), please contact the school office at 360-802-7425 so that we may add your email address to our list.


899 Osceola at 244th Ave SE
Enumclaw, WA 98022
Phone: 360-802-7425
Fax: 360-802-7427