Important Reminders and Upcoming Events 9/15/17

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We are so proud of all of the students who ran for Student Council.  Congratulations to the following for being elected to the Student Council for the 2017-18 school year:

President – Ben C

Vice President – Kegan M

Treasurer – Kyle S

Historian –Amelia S

Secretary – Betty D

Council Guard – Addison H



Running Club is every Tuesday before school and Thursdays at lunch.





Picture Day is Tuesday, October 18th.  Parent volunteers are encouraged to have their picture taken for their volunteer badge.  The photographers will start taking volunteer and staff pictures at 7:45 am in the multipurpose room.



Playground supervision starts at 8:10 am.  In order to ensure the safety of all our students and school community, front gates are locked and closed before school. Students (and their families) that arrive before 8:10 am may enter through the office.  The west gate that opens to the playground will be opened at 8:10 am and locked upon school starting. When dropping your child off in the morning, please continue to pull all the way forward before your child gets out of the car. This will help maintain the flow of traffic.


Please remind your child that NO student may leave the school grounds during the school day without being checked out of the front office.



You can visit our website online at Sunset Hills Foundation | Make a Donation .



So far we have raised $29,700 for our school.  We have a goal of $250 per family but are happy

with any donation you are able to give. Please make sure to turn in an envelope even if you do an online donation so your child's class will be credited. Donations toward class prizes accepted until October 20 where the first place class receives PTA Halloween Carnival wristbands, and second place will get a pizza party.


1st Place: Ms Sousa's class with 53.85% class participation

2nd Place: Mr. A's class with 43.48% class participation

3rd Place: tie between Mrs. Hallisy's & Mrs. Gavigan's classes

at 36% class participation



We encourage you to join the College Bound spirit as we wear them EVERY MONDAY to set a positive, focused tone for the week ahead. The T-shirt design is the same as last year.  The order form went home in the first day packets. The cost is $10.00 per shirt.  Our First TRRFCC Thursday will be on September 14th.



Parents may request GATE testing for students in grades 2- 5. Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) involves services for students whose cognitive needs may require modified classroom curriculum and instruction to accommodate their learning differences and ensure their achievement. 2-7.


2017– 2018 GATE Testing Information

Test Date

Request Submission Window

Sunset Hills-January 23, 2018


Tuesday, September 5  through Thursday, November 30, 2017



To request GATE testing for your child, complete a GATE Parent Questionnaire/Test Consent form online through the PUSD GATE webpage


NOTE: Requests for GATE Testing will only be taken during the

request submission window dates.



Calling all Seagull Artists! Submit original work that interprets the 2017-18 PTA Reflections theme: Within Reach.  Complete an entry form and submit along with artwork to Main office by October 2nd. (Include your arts category, division and full name on submission envelope)


In your artist statement, tell us about your work and what it means to you.

How does your work relate to the theme?

What is your personal connection to the theme?

What did you use to create your work (e.g. supplies, technology, instrumentation, props, etc.)?

What/Who was your inspiration?



Our PTA and Educational Foundation are two very important organizations at Sunset Hills. They support many activities and programs that directly impact student learning and our positive school environment. I urge you to join me in becoming a member. Your participation in one of these two organizations will allow you to support to our school in a way the best fits your lifestyle. Many parents want to help in classrooms. Many want to help with special events. Others want to contribute financially to enhance programs for our children. Look for additional information from our PTA and Educational Foundation on the school website or in the first day packet of information that your child will bring home. Thank you in advance to those of you who become a part of these outstanding organizations. Your support is truly appreciated!




Stay updated on Sunset Hills notifications and events. There is an app that allows Principal Wilken to send out texts when there is a change in schedule, reminders, or emergencies. This will not replace our current Connect Ed weekly email messages. “Opt” in by sending a message to 81010. Type @4d3g9h in the message box. Follow the text prompt and you will start receiving messages. Please know that standard text message rates apply. Click on the link for more information:



At arrival and dismissal times the Sunset Hills parking lot is very congested, especially Monday Mornings and Friday afternoons.  Please keep the following in mind:

  • Please be patient, kind and courteous.

  • Do not leave any cars unattended. (parked in the drop off zone or along the red curb) There is a chance you will be ticketed by the city of San Diego, even if you are sitting in your vehicle.

  • While in your car, you need to stay in a single lane in front of the school.

  • Have your child on the right (passenger) side of the car with materials ready to go. Please do not get out of your car to assist or escort your child.

  • Continue to move forward as far as possible before stopping to let your child out. Pull up to the yellow zone before dropping off picking up your child.

  • Do not drop your child off in the middle of the parking lot.

  • Busses have priority. Please be aware of the buses and allow them the right of way. Stay behind them as often as possible.

  • Do not park in the aisle of the parking lot, get out of your car to get your child, or expect him/her to cut through the parking lot on their own.

  • Do not park in our reserved spaces.

  • Refrain from using cell phones in the parking lot.

  • Only use the pedestrian crosswalks to cross the parking lot. Do not dodge in and out of the traffic flow to get through the parking lot.



Sunset Hills recognizes that birthdays are a special day for our students. Student birthdays will be honored at school without food. As our school district and country move toward healthier choices for our kids, 26-33 rounds of sweet birthday treats is a big bite to swallow!  In lieu of sending in your child’s favorite dessert item to share with the class, please choose a favorite book to donate to the classroom library, special birthday pencils, erasers, or bookmarks.  Thank you for your understanding!



"A book is a gift you can open again and again" -Garrison Keillor

Students are invited to celebrate their birthday or other important event with a donation of a hard cover book to the school library.  When a student donates they will receive:

  • Recognition of their donation during their next class library time (with the book being read if possible, or just highlighted if the book is not appropriate for a read- aloud )

  • A small "thank you" gift (like a sticker or pencil)

Students can donate copies of a personal favorite book, or click on the Amazon Wish list link found on the library page of the Sunset Hills website.


PUSD Board Policy 4.415 prohibits volunteers on campus unless they have completed a background check and had a TB Skin Test. All visitors and cleared volunteers must report to the office, sign-in, and wear a visitor's pass. The PTA keeps track of volunteer hours and reports them to the Palomar Council.



September 19

Foundation Meeting, Running Club Starts

September 29

Professional Growth Day-No School for students

October 2

Full Day Kindergarten starts, PTA Meeting

October 4

Walk to School Day

October 5

TRRFCC Thursday

October 13

Reflections Due



Lisa Wilken

Principal, Sunset Hills Elementary

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