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Principal's Corner


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




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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Sunshine Garden Sponsor of the Month: Thank you South San Francisco Police Department!

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As we enter the Common Core era, low cost internet access is necessary for all of our families in supporting the education of their children.  Please visit the site below for an application avalable both in English and Spanish: Comcast Internet Essential Packet



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Come join the Sunshine Gardens community for Fall fun, food and games this Saturday, October 21, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Harvest Festival!

Play Giant Jenga, Bowling for Ghosts, the Football Throw, the Field Goal Kick, or enjoy the Haunted House! Game tickets are $1 for 12, or $8 for unlimited games! There will be hot dogs, chips, chicken & rice and more. We hope to see you there!

The Harvest Festival needs your donations of candy and Halloween novelties. If you are interested, please drop those off at the school office by Friday, October 20, or bring them to the Festival.

Please contact Jocelyn Limos, the Harvest Festival Chair Person, at teamcorpuzmom1228@gmail.com for more details.

And don't forget, the PTA is holding its October meeting this Thursday, October 19 at 6:30 p.m. in Room 5. All parents are invited to participate!


Sunshine Gardens PTA is reviving its newsletter to consolidate in one place all the information and event dates that get handed out in various fliers. We're just starting out to get this up and running, so pardon our appearance for now as we look to improve. Help us out! Any questions, additions, corrections? Email the newsletter directly at sgpta94080@gmail.com




10/3 (Tues) – Coffee with Principal Biddy at 8:45 a.m. in Room 5

10/5 (Thurs) – Site Council Meeting at 2:55 p.m. in Room 6. 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.

10/5 (Thurs) – Girl Scouts parent information night at 7 p.m. at Spruce Elementary School, 501 Spruce Ave, SSF. Contact Cecilia Thomson at 1-800-447-4475 ext 3014 or cthomson@GirlScoutsNorCal.org for more information.

10/6 (Fri)  – Sunshine Gardens Zumbathon, show up in the multi-use room between 5:45 p.m. and 6 p.m. Starts at 6:15 p.m., ends at 7:30 p.m. Cost $5 for adults, $3 for kids. Please make checks payable to Sunshine Gardens PTA.

10/12 (Thurs)ELAC Meeting/Dual Immersion Program Information Night at 5 p.m. (in Room 5 or Cafeteria). ELAC members help advise the principal and school staff on programs and services for English learners. Volunteers needed. Contact Principal Biddy at (650) 877-8784 if you are interested in volunteering. The Dual Immersion program explores the possibility of bilingual education in the SSF Unified School District.

10/12 (Thurs) SSF Unified District School Board Meeting, Community Forum, NEW TIME 6 p.m., Baden High School gym, 825 Southwood Dr., SSF.

10/19 (Thurs) PTA Meeting at 6:30 p.m. in Room 5. All parents are invited to participate!

10/21 (Sat) Harvest Festival at 10 a.m. in the Cafeteria.

10/26 (Thurs) SSF Unified District School Board Meeting, 7 p.m., Baden High School gym, 825 Southwood Dr., SSF.


Beyond October

11/1 – Staff Development Day (no school)

11/10 – Veterans Day (no school)

11/22 – 11/24 – School Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

12/25 – 1/5/18 – Winter Break


Want to get involved in the PTA? Join for $10. Come to our next meeting on Thursday, October 19.  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

Tamara writes: "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. There is still 2 months left, which is lots of time for classes to get more Box Tops."


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


PTA Board Members:


Lana August, President

Alyssa Schalk, Vice President

Jocelyn Limos, Treasurer

Alexis Coatney, Secretary


Back to School Night is on September 7, 2017 at 6:00 PM

September 7, 2017 at 6 00 PM

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!



PTA Board:

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


The first Sun Shine Gardens Elementary PTA meeting of the 2017-2018 year will be on 9/21 at 6:30 PM in room 7.  Children are welcome. 


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



Click here for the 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:

Aug. 23, 2017

Sept. 6, 2017

Sept. 20, 2017

Oct. 4, 2017

Oct. 18, 2017

Nov. 15, 2017

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.


Group Name:  Sunshine Gardens PTA

Group ID 140973234

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