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Please see the PDF linked below for the 2017-2018 school calendar.

Also, please note that on the following minimum days, students will be dismissed at 1:00p.m.

  • September 25-29 (fall conference week)

  • December 21
  • March 5-9 (spring conference week)
  • May 30 and 31

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 25-29

  • Spring: March 5-9


Quick Links for Teachers

School eFlyers!

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

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



Low Cost Internet

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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About Peachjar eflyers

In the past, our schools sent home loads of flyers in students’ backpacks. As part of our efforts to be more environmentally friendly and to embrace innovative technology, we have moved from paper to a digital flyer delivery.

With our Peachjar eflyer program, the eflyers will be sent directly to parents’ email inboxes as well as posted on school websites for easy access. All flyers may be accessed by clicking on the   logo. 

Each year, our schools will save tons of paper and reduce copy costs by thousands of dollars. In addition, paperless delivery of school flyers removes a significant administrative burden from teachers, office staff, and volunteers.

School and school district-approved eflyers will keep you informed about upcoming school activities, programs, and events. And our children's backpacks will be a little bit lighter!




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



Any child interested in being in the March talent show must have a green sign-in form completed and into their teacher no later than Friday, Feb. 9 in order to try out. Tryouts are on Tues., Feb. 13. Mandatory practices are Tues., Feb. 27 at 2:45 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Thurs., March 8 at 1:05 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. in the Cafeteria with a mandatory dress rehearsal on Thurs., March 15 at 2:45 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.

According to PTA President Lana August, the following organizations have donated to the silent auction to be held at the talent show.

-Oakland Zoo
-Pier 39
-Gilroy Gardens
-Hiller Aviation
-de Young Legion of Honor 
-SMUIN Contemporary American Ballet
-Walt Disney Family Museum
-Childrens Fairy Land
-Marine Science Center


Dates to remember in February:

2/7 (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.

2/13 (Tues) – Talent Show Tryouts: 2:45 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Cafeteria.

2/15 (Thurs) - PTA Meeting at 6:30 p.m. in Room 5. All parents are invited to participate!

2/16 (Fri) – 2/19 (Mon) – School Closed for Presidents Day Holiday. School resumes Tuesday, Feb. 20.

2/21 (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.

2/22 (Thurs) - SSF Unified District School Board Meeting, 7 p.m., Buri Buri Elementary School, 325 Del Monte Ave, South San Francisco, CA.

2/27 (Tues) - Mandatory Talent Show practice: 2:45 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Cafeteria.


Join the PTA for $10. Contact Membership Coordinator Alex DiMauro at aleannad@hotmail.com for details.


Other ways to help:

Cash Donations – PTA is a non-profit and money you donate is tax deductible! If you, your company or your employer are looking for organizations to donate to before the end of the year consider Sunshine Gardens.  

Box Tops For Education - Sign up 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

www.smile.amazon.com – Sign up with Sunshine Gardens as your school and a percent of the money you spend will be donated to Sunshine Gardens

Mighty Nest - https://mightynest.com/school-faqs Sign up to support Sunshine Gardens with your purchases under the “join now to support your school” and a % of the money you spend will be donated to Sunshine Gardens.

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


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


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.



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.


Group Name:  Sunshine Gardens PTA

Group ID 140973234

A Technology Resource for Parents and Educators

Common Sense Media is a wonderful resource for parents to get tips and suggestions on how to help their student navigate through the ever-growing world of Media and Technology.  Visit their website today! 

Heathly Meal Ideas!

A Fun Math Site

Bedtime Math! A fun site for families to enjoy math together.

A Daily Puzzle

A Google a Day! You find the answer!  Put your search skills and Google's tools to use.

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