W.W. 02.15.19
February 18-22 Presidents’ Week- No School
March 1, Friday Flag, Parent Pit Stop
March 1, End of 2nd Trimester
March 8, Report Cards Go Home
March 15, Fun Run Fundraiser!
March 26, Spring Picture Day
March 29, Talent Show
School will not be in session the week of February 18.  Enjoy this break!
Our annual Jump Rope for Heart was affected by the rain, BUT we were still able to jump to a MAGICAL song led by our own Valerie Norris.  If you sent your donations to the American Heart Association, they were collected and appreciated.  We are holding off sending the collective donation to allow others that may have wanted to donate to do so.  We will be sending our donation to AHA on March 1, so will collecting donations until that time.  Thank you!
Sundance Elementary's annual Fun Run Fundraiser will be held March 15.  Registering your child(ren) is the 1st step to making our fundraiser a success.  Register by March 1 and you will have a chance to win a prize!  Every classroom with 100% participation gets an extra SPIRIT day.
To register, go to www.getmovinfundraising.com  Share this link with family and friends!
The Fun Run Fundraiser committee is looking for donations for our top prizes. If you (or your spouse) work for a company that would be willing to help with a prize, please let Jennifer Hunsaker know as soon as possible (i.e., if a parent works for Jack in the Box, would Jack in the Box be willing to donate a gift card or something for the Fun Run? Or if you work for Microsoft, would Microsoft be willing to donate something?). This is the time of year where lots of gifts are being given, sometimes with gifts that you may or may not want. If you are gifted something that you may not need but you think would be a great donation for our Fun Run,  please contact Jennifer  at jenhunsaker@gmail.com or text 858-717-0441. Thanks so much!
Please drive slowly and follow the Golden Rule with other drivers and staff members.   Remember that you are not the only one in a hurry! 
As you enter the parking lot to pick up or drop off your child, please drive along the curb and pull up as far as possible.
Please DO NOT leave your car unoccupied at the curb, or park in the two reserved spots.
Parents of children with a fifth birthday between June 1st and September 1st, 2019 who wish to enroll their child into a TK class, rather than a Kindergarten class, MUST place their child’s name on a District Interest Wait List. Beginning March 1, 2019, at 8:00 AM, go to the District Website and select "TK Interest Wait List" to put your child's name on the list. District staff will notify parents on the Interest List starting in June, or later in the summer, of an opening in TK.  Due to increased numbers of students required to enroll in TK, please note space is very limited and will be determined on a first-come, first served basis.  It is critical for all parents to enroll their students in Kindergarten at their home schools when enrollment begins in May. 
Create a climate of cooperation with bedtime and morning routines, communication and consequences that work!  This SERIES is based on the best seller, How to Talk So Kids Will Listen.  The workshop will be held 2/28, 3/7, 3/14 from 6:00 – 7:45 PM.  Registration and further information can be found at www.powayadultschool.com
We have a new Instagram Page to go along with our Facebook page it’s: sundanceelementary (all one word.) We have about 35 followers but mostly K parents. We’d love to get some other grades involved. This page will focus more on classroom activities vs. whole school.
Some Sundance Parents have created a Facebook Page to help build more community within our school.  This group is not administered by the school in any way but provides a chance to connect with other Sundance Parents: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1456800417734747/
Check out our Facebook page through the link on our school website https://www.powayusd.com/en-US/Schools/ES/SDES
We upload pictures often to let you take a peek at all of the great fun going on at our school
Our recent State Dashboard Report shows Sundance doing very well academically, but chronically absent students has been flagged as a concern.  Please help us to change this designation, by reading the following and the attached flyer about school attendance and doing your best to get your child to school regularly and on-time.
• Studies show that missing just 18 days of school makes it harder to learn to read and constitutes a child being considered chronically absent.
• Even in preschool and kindergarten, make sure your child learns that being in school every day is important
• Being late means your child is missing out on learning
• Missing school just a day or two every few weeks puts children behind
• When teachers are helping children catch up because they were absent, the other children are being impacted
Our 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students have the opportunity to bird watch each Monday during the lunch recess.  During 2018, 30-40 students each week took advantage of the chance to bird watch.  We have seen 43 different bird species around the Sundance running track. If you are in the office, take a moment to look at the board to see which birds have been spotted. 
We would love to have our 2nd grade students join in as well, but to do so we need more volunteers!  You do not need to be able to identify birds, just be enthusiastic about helping students see birds with the naked eye and then with binoculars.  If you are  interested contact Alice at greenheron@sbcglobal.net
PUSD provides Off-Campus Independent Study (OCIS) for students away from campus. This is intended to continue your child’s education should there be a need to be off campus for five or more days, NOT due to illness. This request must be made five school days before your departure to allow our teacher sufficient time to gather the work.  Please see the office for this contract and to be made aware of all of rules which apply to an OCIS contract.
Shopping at Amazon? Amazon will donate to Twin Trails Education Foundation when you shop! Be sure to shop at https://smile.amazon.com/ch/20-1105904 to take advantage of this opportunity.   NOTE:  This is a new link, so please update if you have the other link saved to your favorites.  Feel free to share this “smile” link with family and friends so that they may also support the Foundation.
Any items to be delivered to students after school starts will be placed outside the classroom, to avoid interruption.  Please let your children know that they should look by the classroom door for “late deliveries!”   All items should have the student’s name and room number attached. Tags are available at the front desk.   You are welcome to email the teacher alerting them that the item was dropped off.  Thank you!
Wouldn’t it be great to have ALL of the Sundance events (PAC and Foundation) on your phone and always up-to-date with the latest info?  This amazing technology (Google Calendar) can be yours by visiting: http://www.twintrailsfoundation.org/calendar and clicking the "Add to Google Calendar" button at the bottom of the page. By importing this calendar to your phone you will automatically have the most up-to-date information at your fingertips. Those with iPhones might also be interested in these instructions for “Seeing Google Calendar events on Your Apple Calendar”.  This will keep you in the loop, do it now and thank us later! 


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