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February 2018

Message from the Principal

Hello Sunrise families...

January brought us lots and lots of rain... as well as a month of great learning at Sunrise. We look forward to continuing this learning pace in the month of February.

This time of year also gives us an opportunity to pause and consider the things we’re thankful for. I’m thankful for our district leadership and their commitment to our students and staff. I’m also thankful for our staff here at Sunrise. Each day, they are committed to helping students grow. I’m thankful for the students who walk through our doors each day ready to learn new things. Finally, I’m thankful for you, the parents and families who continue to support our work.

If you haven’t had a chance to reflect on the things you are thankful for lately, I encourage you to do so. Studies show that when we take a moment to think about or write down what we are thankful for, and recognize our blessings, it tends to change our outlook on life and helps us keep the important things in perspective.

Thanks to those of you who attended our Math Family Game Night on January 26th . Students and families who attended the event were able to learn new card-based math games, win prizes, and enjoy snacks together.

Looking ahead, we will hold our annual Kindergarten Orientation next month on March 22nd at 6:30 pm. If you have a child who will be entering Kindergarten next year, please stop by the office to pick up a registration packet. If you know someone who has a child entering Kindergarten, please encourage them to sign up early or call us for more information.

Thanks again for your support. Please look through the next few pages for information about many events and happenings at Sunrise.

Kyle Fletcher


A Quick Note About Parking...

As you may have noticed, we do have limited parking here at Sunrise. As days get busier here with field trips, class parties and more, we could use your help in making the most of our parking. If you are coming for a field trip or party first thing in the morning, please park to the side of the school and around back on the gravel. This will free up the parking lot for staff and parents that will be coming in after you or leaving before you. Thank you so much for your continued support as we continue to work on helping our school run more smoothly and efficiently.


Cold & Flu Season - Prevention

Surveys show that Americans suffer a billion colds each year. When you add in the flu, the number is even higher. But there are things you can do to avoid becoming one of those miserable statistics.

Exercise: It’s a Proven Immune Booster - Moderate exercise, such as brisk walking, for 45 minutes a day, five days a week can reduce risk of a cold by a third. The best results are long-term. In one study, women who walked for 12 months had the most resistance to colds in the final quarter of the year.

Eat and Sleep for Health - Mom was right when she told you to eat right and get plenty of rest. That, along with exercise and stress reduction, keeps your immune system healthy and better able to withstand infection. Eat plenty of vegetables and fruits that offer antioxidants. Try to get eight or seven hours of sleep a night.

Wash Your Hands Often - Use warm water and a good helping of soap. Plain soap is fine, because it’s the act of rubbing the hands together for at least 20 seconds that is going to eliminate germs. Don’t forget to clean under the nails, between the fingers, and wash your wrists as well. In public bathrooms, use a paper towel to turn off the facet, another one to dry your hands, and throw them away.

Watch Your Fingers - Without thinking, we rub our eyes, cover our mouths, or rub our noses with our hands. That is a sure way to infect yourself with cold virus particles. Keep your fingers away from your nose and your eyes to avoid infecting your-self with cold virus particles.

Teach Prevention Hygiene to Your Kids - Children share cold viruses easily -- and bring them into your home. Teach your child to cough or sneeze into a tissue. And instill a life-long habit that is the key to illness prevention: hand washing.

Get the Flu Vaccine - Vaccines are the surest way to prevent the flu. The best time to get a flu vaccine is from October through November, although you can get the vaccine even later during flu season. Get the flu vaccine every year. Flu viruses are constantly changing, and new vaccines are developed each year to protect against new strains.

Clean for Virus Prevention - Use disinfectant when you clean at home, especially in the bathroom and kitchen. Stay away from sponges and rags -- studies show they’re the number one source of germs in the whole house. If you must use sponges, change them once a week or soak them in bleach for 15 minutes.

Practice Cold and Flu Prevention at Work - Hold office meetings in large rooms with plenty of ventilation, and don’t be afraid to practice “social distancing.” Keep some extra space between you and people who are sick, or who sneeze or cough openly. If you share a workstation with others, clean it with antibacterial wipes before you sit down.


2018 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:

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)

February Special Service Project...
Every Friday in February, when you donate $1 to the Sunrise Backpack program, you may wear a hat at school for the entire day! So remember your dollar and your hat on Fridays in February!


Counselor's Corner

Small Groups
Do you have a child that struggles with managing their emotions or getting along with others? Has there been a change in family dynamics such as divorce or remarriage? Small group counseling classes are offered throughout the year. Groups being offered are about friendship, changing families, and emotion management. Others offered by request may include grief/loss, study skills, and coping with stress. If you are interested in your child participating in one of these groups or have any questions, please contact Monica Munger, School Counselor at 360.802.7434 or . Groups run during the school day for 30-45 minutes for 6-8 weeks.


Are you living in any of the following situations? a shelter, motel, vehicle or campground? Living on the street, in an abandoned building, trailer, or in other similar accommodations? Are you doubled up with friends or relatives because you can’t find or afford housing? If so, you have certain rights under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act. For questions, please contact our school counselor, Monica Munger at 360.802.7434.


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!


Interactive STEM Expo

The Enumclaw Schools Foundation (ESF), in partnership with the Enumclaw School District, will hold the 6th annual Interactive STEM Expo (iSTEM) on Thursday, February 8, 2018. This year’s theme is “Math, the Universal Language.” This free event will bring teachers, students, families, and businesses together to showcase various high-tech activities and industries that are currently growing and providing family-sustainable jobs for those young people with the right skills. The iSTEM Expo will be held on Thursday February 8th from 4:00 - 7:30 pm at the Enumclaw Expo Center Exhibition Hall, located at 45224 284th Ave SE, behind the field house. This event is FREE, and no tickets or pre-planning is needed. We hope to see you there.


Shoe Collection Drive

Our PTA will be conducting a shoe drive February 22 - April 24 to raise funds for our PTA. Sunrise will earn funds based on the number of pairs collected as Funds2Orgs will purchase all of the donated goods. Those dollars will benefit school field trips, Holiday Reading Night, Science on Wheels, Family Game Night, 5th Grade Promotion and the end of year BBQ. Anyone can help by donating gently worn, used shoes at Grand Central. All donated shoes will then be redistributed throughout the Funds2Orgs network of microenterprise partners in developing nations. Funds2Orgs helps impoverished people start, maintain and grow businesses in countries such as Haiti, Honduras and other nations in Central America and Africa. Proceeds from the shoe sales are used to feed, clothe and house their families. One budding entrepreneur in Haiti even earned enough to send her son to law school. By donating shoes to the Funds2Orgs, the shoes will be given a second chance and make a difference in people’s lives. If you have any questions, please contact Tammy Walker at 425.941.2802



If your child will be missing school or will be late, please let us know by calling the office at 360-802-7425. If we do not hear from you, we will notify you, but sometimes it can take us some time before we are able to make the call to you. It helps us greatly to have you, the parent/ guardian call in to let us know first thing in the morning. Thank you so much for your help.


Inclement Weather

As we head further into the winter months, it’s important to be prepared for possible changes in the school schedule. You can check for school late start or closure information at our website or the Flash Alert website You can also sign up there to receive email messages about Enumclaw School District when school schedules change due to weather or emergency situations. The school district will also continue to send recorded messages when any schedule change occurs. Please note, if there is a 2-hour delay on a Friday morning, early release will be cancelled and students will be released at the normal time of 3:30.


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