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Dear Sunset Hills Families,


Hard to believe but true…. We are entering the last week of the 2018 - 19 school year.  Serving as the principal of Sunset Hills continues to be an honor and adventure each and every day. We are looking forward to an exciting week as we send our 5th graders on to the next step in their journey and say our goodbyes for summer.  


Please help us continue to keep all students safe by following all parking lot and school visitor rules.


Here is to an amazing last week of school!


Your Principal,

Mrs. Wilken



Sunset Hills will be dismissing at 1:10 on Thursday, June 13th, the last day of school.



The parking lot will be busy the last week of school.  We have 5th grade promotion on Wednesday, June 12th at 8:45 am and Black Mountain Middle School has 8th grade promotion on Thursday, June 13th at 9:00 am.  Please give yourself extra time to get to school those days as the traffic will be heavy and the parking lot full.  Please drive slowly and remember there is nothing more important than the lives of our children. PLEASE SLOW DOWN when driving through the school parking lot.



The fifth graders will be playing softball against the staff on Monday morning at 9:00 am.  Parents are welcome to come cheer on the players.  5th grade parents are welcome to play! :)



Stop by the Lost and Found and see if any items belong to your students.  Remaining clothes after June 13th will be given to Salvation Army.



The office will be closed from June 20th through August 7th.  Beginning August 8th the office will be open daily from 7:30 am – 4:00 pm.


We still have many families that have not done the online registration.  We need this completed by June 13th.  This is the first year we are asking you to complete the annual registration process digitally. This new digital process will allow a family to complete one single “family” packet instead of completing one packet per student. Packets can be completed using any computer, tablet or smartphone with an internet connection. If you do not have access to any computing device your student’s school will have one which can be used to complete the packet.

This new process contains three steps:

  1. Login and complete the digital registration packet by visiting the ParentVUE portal:


  1. Print and sign the required forms located at the conclusion of the process. At this time, the State of California does not allow guardian/parents to electronically sign certain documents.

  2. When instructed by the school your student(s) attend, return the printed and signed document(s), along with any necessary medications. Please do not return documents until instructed by the school.

Forgot your username or password? Need technical help?

You can retrieve your username as well as reset your password by visiting and clicking the button that represents the help you require. Technical help is also available by sending an email to .


Yearbooks will be delivered to the students Monday, June 10th. There will be a limited number of yearbooks for purchase and the cost is $35.00.  They will be for sale after school on Monday.   

If you are unsure if you have already purchased a yearbook, please contact Dana McPherson at



Dread the thought of back-to-school shopping? Wish there was a convenient, easy, and less expensive option? The PTA is offering online school supply shopping via EduKit.  With just a few clicks, your school supply shopping will be done.   EduKit flyers will be coming home this week! Each kit contains exactly what your child’s teacher needs for next year. Simply go online to or complete the order form and turn it into the office to order your child's EduKit.



Enrollment forms   

If you know of anyone that has moved into the area and need to enroll for the next school year, pass this information along to them.

Bring the following ORIGINAL documents with you upon enrollment:
Original Birth Certificate, Current Passport or Baptismal Certificate (TK-12). As required by State law, all children entering Kindergarten must be five years of age on or before September 1, 2019.  If your child's birthday is between September 2nd and December 2nd,  they will be enrolled in Transitional Kindergarten.

In addition, bring their immunization record and two proofs of residency.



What is Lego Club?

The mission of the Sunset hills Lego Club is for students to have fun with Legos while introducing them to STEM/STEAM, promoting teamwork, creativity, confidence, and presentation skills!


Over the summer our parent and student volunteers will be preparing for the start of the PTA-sponsored Lego Club.  Aside from administrative responsibilities, we will be fundraising primarily for the purchase of the Lego WeDo 2.0 Robotics Kits (~$200/kit/team of 4 kids) and Legos that can be used for free building.  Based on our preliminary interest list, we expect to have at least 12 teams in the Fall!


In August we will be implementing the FIRST Lego League Jr. program, which is a parent-coached program of 12 sessions working out of a STEM based workbook created by FIRST Lego League Jr. (see attached).  The season culminates at the Westview High School Expo where the teams present the projects they have been working on all season long.  The FIRST Lego League Jr. program is a part of the succession of robotics-related programs that are also held at Black Mountain Middle School, Westview and Mt. Carmel High Schools.


In the Spring we will enter into our Lego Challenge season where they will be given a new challenge to tackle each meeting.  For example, the kids may be asked to build the tallest tower that can withstand an "earthquake" or build an animal out of Legos.


Contact the LEGO club at and visit our (developing) website at  Sign up on our email list at:


Below is the link to use if you want to report to the City of San Diego traffic issues that you may notice in and around our school.



June 12

5th Grade Promotion

June 13

Last Day of School



Please collect and send box tops in with your student. They are an easy and very effective way for us to raise money for our school. Each box top is worth .10c. Your student can walk into the office and drop them in the BoxTop collection box on the front counter.



Sunset Hills is so lucky to be community partners with Miramar Martial arts Academy. Thank you Mr. Thai and the Academy for making a difference in so many lives and your generous continued financial contributions to our school.

For information on how you or your children could get involved, outside of our Thursday class , with Miramar martial arts studio visit



The parents at the Principal Coffee Chat this week suggested we share with families the curriculum taught so that home and school share the same language with the students.  

Problem Solving STEPs

Second STEP is 6 weeks of ongoing lessons for Kindergarten through 5th grade that focus on social and emotional development. Conflict resolution is one of the main themes as conflict happens every day. We are encouraging students to come up with different strategies that work for them to solve their conflicts together in a safe and respectful way.

S - SAY THE PROBLEM (without blame)

Blaming: “He never lets me have a turn.”

No Blame: “I feel frustrated because I haven’t had a chance to roll the dice.”

Blaming: “She isn’t playing fairly”

No Blame: “We can’t agree on the rules of the game.”

T - THINK OF SOLUTIONS (safe and respectful)

Encourage your child to share and listen to each other’s ideas. A good solution is ALWAYS safe and respectful

•      Wait & cool off

•      Go to another game

•      Talk it out

•      Share and take turns

•      Ignore it

•      Tell them to stop

•      Apologize

•      Make a deal

•      Rock-Paper-Scissors

E - EXPLORE THE CONSEQUENCES (What would happen if…)

Encourage your child to think about how each person involved would feel about the possible solutions. Everyone may not be happy, but does it feel fair?

P - PICK THE BEST SOLUTION (make your plan)

After exploring the consequence of the possible solutions, everyone should agree on trying the solution that they feel is most fair and respectful of everyone’s feelings. If it doesn’t work, try another!



Below is a video message prepared by Officer Valdez, Mr. Corso and Mrs. Wilken.



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:


  • Drive slowly and pay attention to all staff and Safety Patrol assisting with traffic.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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 as far as possible to the yellow zone before dropping off and  picking up your child.

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

  • Do not park in our reserved spaces.

  • Refrain from using cell phones in the parking lot.

  • Please be patient, kind and courteous.


PUSD is pleased to offer an Integrated Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Preschool Program for the 2019-2020 school year. The classrooms are located at Deer Canyon and Pomerado Elementary Schools. The program serves 3 to 5 year olds with and without special needs. General education developmental curriculum is used and includes large and small group instruction. Students in the program who are identified as having special needs experience difficuLty in one or more of the following areas: speech and language, social skills and play skills.

Success of the integrated program greatly depends on the inclusion of children without special needs who act as peer models. The children work as an integrated group by learning and playing together in an atmosphere of acceptance and understanding. Curriculum is play-based and embeds academic concepts into play and social experiences

Monday-Friday, 5 hours per day

Options: 3 day (Mon, Wed, Fri) and 5 day

Cost: 3-day is $252 per month. 5-day program is $438. There is a one-time non-refundable $50 registration fee.

Currently, there are openings at both locations for Fall of 2019. If you are interested in having your child attend this program as a peer model, please contact Special Education at 858-521-2800 X 2216 with the following information to place your child on the list to be screened: Student first name, Student last name, Gender, Date of Birth, Parent’s Full first and last name(s), Contact phone number, Email address, Site preference (Pomerado or Deer Canyon Elementary) 3 or 5 day program.

Absence from school limits a student’s educational opportunities, which can have a direct impact on their grades, academic achievement, self-esteem, and ultimately their success in future endeavors.

Sunset Hills has initiated 2 programs for attendance:

  • Perfect attendance for individual students, per grade level, per trimester.  Perfect attendance includes not being checked out early or arriving to school late.

  • At each TRRFCC Thursday, the two classes with the best attendance (by percentage) will be awarded the Attendance Trophy for the month.


We want to work with the community to help minimize absences, tardies and leaving early.

Your cooperation in this matter is greatly appreciated!


At Sunset Hills we have a continued to focus on encouraging our students to be kids of character using the CHARACTER COUNTS framework. The focus on 6 pillars of character is not a scope nor a curriculum but a program designed to foster positive climate change to produce exceptional results in the academic, social, emotional and character development within in our school community. The 6 Pillars of Character are Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, Citizenship. The following website has a plethora of free Character Counts resources and information that can easily be used by both teachers and families to continue to create a common language of character expectations.



Thank you to all parents and families who are heading straight out to the playground when they arrive in the morning, leaving the inner school campus circle clear of traffic. Supervision is on the playground starting at 8:10. If you plan to stay on campus as a volunteer after the 8:25 bell rings, please make your way back to the office to sign in and get a visitors badge.



Stay updated on Sunset Hills notifications and events. There is an app that allows the principal to send out texts when there is a change in schedule, reminders, or emergencies. “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:



Your PTA membership makes a difference.


There are a couple of ways to join PTA:

1. Online ($1 service fee):

2. Complete the green membership form that came in your first day packet and turn it in to your teacher with a check for $15 per membership.


PTA membership is open to everybody – whether you’re a parent, student, educator, business leader or community member. Do good things for kids – join PTA!

Please feel free to watch this PUSD SEE SOMETHING, SAY THING video and if you feel it is appropriate, share the video with Your children.  I would recommend 5th grade and above. Please continue to have conversations with our children about who is their safe adult at home and school. Together, we will continue to keep our children safe!



Please consider following our school on Twitter @sunsethillsneu


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 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 make a choice to get involved at this level. Your support is truly appreciated!



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 hardcover 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.

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