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Principal's Corner

8/20/17

Dear Sunshine Gardens Community,

 

Please mark your calendar for Back to School Night at 6:00 PM on September 7th! In this post, you will find other important dates to keep in mind as we start the school year.

 

Also, be sure to stop by the office where parents will find levelled book bags to check out!  It is a great way to reinforce reading at home. I am looking forward to an amazing school year. 

 

Best Regards,

Shelby Biddy

Principal, Sunshine Gardens Elementary School

sbiddy@ssfusd.org

 

 

There will be no school on Labor Day, September 4th 2017. 

 

On the following minimum days, students will be dismissed at 1:00p.m.

  • September 25th, 26th, 27th, 28th, and 29th (fall conference week)
  • December 21st
  • March 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th (spring conference week)
  • May 30th and May 31st

Also, please check the early release schedule on Sunshine Gardens website homepage.

Twice a year, teachers and parents will meet for parent teacher conferences. This year parent teacher conferences will take place over the course of one week in the fall and spring.

  • Fall:  September 25th-September 29th

  • Spring:  March 5th- March 9th

On November 1, 2017, Sunshine Gardens will have a Staff Development Day. Students will not report to school

 

Friday, November 10th is Veterans Day and there will be no school.

 

For Thanksgiving, there will be no school from Wednesday, November 22nd until Monday, November 27th.

 

The first half of the school year will end after dismissal on December 21, 2017 (Minimum Day Schedule). 

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News

10/31/17

Sunshine Gardens PTA's newsletter seeks  to consolidate in one place all the information and event dates that get handed out in various fliers. Any questions, additions, corrections? Email the newsletter directly at sgpta94080@gmail.com

 

11/1 (Weds)Staff Development Day (no school), classes resume Thursday, Nov. 2

11/2 (Thurs)Site Council Meeting: 2:50 p.m. in Room 5. Site Council members participate in discussions about school policy and budgets. Volunteers needed. Contact Principal Biddy at (650) 877-8784 if you are interested in volunteering.

11/7 (Tues)Coffee with the Principal: Come have coffee with Principal Biddy at 8:45 a.m. in Room 5!

11/8 (Weds) – Popcorn Fundraiser deadline: Complete and return the order form summary sheet with the money you have collected to your child’s teacher. Orders will be placed Nov. 10. Sunshine Gardens gets 50% of all orders collected!

11/10 (Fri)Veterans Day (no school), classes resume on Monday, 11/13

11/15 (Weds)Teacher Planning Day: 1st through 5th grade students will be dismissed at 1:40 p.m. No supervision for students after 2 p.m.

11/16 (Thurs) – PTA Meeting at 6:30 p.m. in Room 5. All parents are invited to participate!

11/16 (Thurs) SSF Unified District School Board Meeting, 7 p.m., Baden High School gym, 825 Southwood Dr., SSF.

11/22 – 11/24 (Weds – Fri)School Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday, classes resume on Monday, Nov. 27

11/29 (Weds)Teacher Planning Day: 1st through 5th grade students will be dismissed at 1:40 p.m. No supervision for students after 2 p.m.

 

Beyond November:

12/25 – 1/5/18 – Winter Break

 

Want to get involved in the PTA? Join for $10. Come to our next meeting on Thursday, November 16.  Contact Membership Coordinator Alex DiMauro at aleannad@hotmail.com for details.

 

Other ways of helping out:

Sign up for Box Tops For Education at http://www.boxtops4education.com, type in “Sunshine Gardens” and help earn money for school programs. For questions, contact coordinator Tamara Zubic at tamarazubic@hotmail.com There's still time to get in those Box Tops! The class with the most Box Tops by November 30th will win a popcorn party and a free dress day for that day! Kids can check out their classrooms progress in the cafeteria on the bulletin board. 

Sign up for eScrip at https://secure.escrip.com/signup/index.jsp and earn money for school programs by buying what you would otherwise buy anyway. Group Name: “Sunshine Gardens PTA”; Group ID: 140973234

Volunteers are needed to help with drop-off and dismissal times. Please contact the office at (650) 877-8784 if you're interested in volunteering.

 

PTA Board Members:

Lana August, President

Alyssa Schalk, Vice President

Jocelyn Limos, Treasurer

Alexis Coatney, Secretary

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Parking Lot Procedures:

At Sunshine Gardens, student safety is a priority. One of the busiest times of day on our campus is the arrival and dismissal of our 400 plus students. Staff has been working hard to update our existing procedures to ensure student safety. 

To help us keep our school safe please remember:

  • The Speed Limit in the parking lot is 5 mph.
  • During the hours of 7:45-8:35 and 2:30-2:55 we ask that parents park on the street in front of the school. Please do not double park on the street or park in red zones on either side of our gates. We continue to accommodate any handicapped vehicles within the school parking lot.

Morning Drop Off:

If you would like to drop-off your student, Sunshine Gardens has designated a specific area in front of the Leo J. Ryan School as an unloading zone. Please pull up to the yellow line and a volunteer wearing a yellow vest will be there to assist. Although it is tempting to violate the parking lot rules, we ask that you drop off your student in the designated “drop off” area only. Please do not let your child exit the car in front of the cafeteria or in front of office. With so many children arriving at school and so many parents and caregivers driving in and out of the parking lot, it can become a dangerous place if not kept orderly. 

 

Dismissal / After-School Pick Up:

  • All students in grades 1-5 will be walked out to the front of the school by their teacher at 2:40 PM on regular school days.
  • If you are picking up a student after school, remain in your car and form a line in the drop off line.
    • Students must wait for you in the loading area in front of Leo J. Ryan.
  • When waiting in the load/unload area pull forward to the yellow line to allow other cars to move forward.
  • We ask that you do not leave your car unattended in the loading area - you must remain in your car!  

Participate in PTA!

Participate in PTA!

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PTA Board:

President:  Lana August
Vice President: Alyssa Chalk
Secretary:  Alexis Coatney
Treasurer: Jocelyn Limos

 

Sunshine Gardens Elementary PTA meetings during the 2017-2018 year are on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 6:30 PM in room 7.  Please join us -- all Sunshine Gardens families are welcome, bring the kids!

 

Please like our Facebook page, where more information will be posted as the year progresses.

https://www.facebook.com/Sunshine-Gardens-Elementary-PTA-233599533830299/

 

Click here for the National PTA website!  Common Core resources available. 

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2017-2018 Early Release Wednesdays

Students will be dismissed at 1:40 PM on the following Wednesdays:

 

Nov. 29, 2017

Dec. 13, 2017

 

Jan. 10, 2018

Jan. 24, 2018

Feb. 7, 2018

Feb. 21, 2018

March 14, 2018

March 28, 2018

April 18, 2018

May 2, 2018

May 16, 2018

 

These shorter classroom days give Sunshine Garden teachers the opportunity to plan grade level collaboration and organize curriculum plans.

Register for eScrip today. Earn money for Sunshine Gardens just by shopping at Safeway.

Click on the image below to register.

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Group Name:  Sunshine Gardens PTA

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