Friday, November 21, 2014

Message from the Principal

Dear Sunrise Families,

Why do I have green eyes? What makes popcorn pop? How fast can I run?  How does a plane take off and fly? What’s the difference between bacteria and virus? Children continually generate questions, and the Sunrise Drive Science Day and Inquiry Fair is a wonderful opportunity to investigate these questions.  Students may participate in the SD Inquiry Fair by entering a project as an individual, small group or class. Important science dates are listed below.

·      Registration forms are due on December 12th.

·      Ms. McGuire will be available each Wednesday in December during lunch to discuss topics, answer questions, and offer resources.

·      MADScience Night for Sunrise Families will be Tuesday, December 9 from 6:45-8:00 in the MPR.

·      TheSunrise Drive Science Day and Inquiry Fair will be on Thursday, February 5. On this day, student projects will be shared.  Also, students will celebrate and learn about our world as guest scientists share their expertise. 

·      Qualifying projects will move forward to the Southern Arizona Regional Scienceand Engineering Fair (SARSEF) during March 9-14. Please let us know how we can support your student as they prepare a topic of study for the SD Inquiry Fair.

As we move into the Thanksgiving holiday, I would like to express my gratitude to the Sunrise Drive community for creating a wonderful learning environment for our students.  I thank each volunteer and family member for each contribution to our students’ education.  I wish each of you a wonderful holiday!


Andrea Davidson

Congratulations for Sunrise Drive's Talent Show Participants

A Note from the Health Office

We are in need of any gently used clothing. If your children have outgrown pants, shorts, shirts, coats we would love to recycle them. Please send them to the health room in the front office of the school.

Sunrise Drive Dine Out Event- December 3, 2014

Nominate Your Candidate for CFSD Foundation's Teacher of the Year Today

Open Enrollment Registration is Happening Now!

Please visit the Catalina Foothills School District website for all of your open enrollment questions.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Message from the Principal

Dear Sunrise Families,

On Monday, November 3rd, the Arizona Departmentof Education announced the details of Arizona’s statewide assessment to beadministered during April 2015.  The American Institutes for Research (AIR) is a not-for-profit organization with experience in K-12 educational assessments.  The AIR has created the Arizona Measurement of Educational Readiness to Inform Teaching (AzMERIT).  This assessment will measure the students’ mastery of the standards including problem solving and critical thinking skills. Similar to the field test administered last spring, it is anticipated that our students will complete the test using computers.  Students in grades 3 through high school will take AzMERIT to measure the English Language Arts and Mathematics Standards.  Students in grades 4, 8 and high school will also take the AIMS Science test.  More information is included in this edition of the Friday Flash. I will continue to share information with you as I learn about the assessment and the process.

Congratulations to the Sunrise Drive Spellers who haveearned a qualifying score to move forward to round 2.  The students qualified based on their score at their grade level.  Students choosing to move forward may join the Spelling Bee Club during lunch recess on Friday afternoons in November.  The spellers wanting to continue in the competition will take another written test on November 21 during Spelling Bee Club.

The Catalina Foothills Foundation is supporting the CFSD 2014-2015 Teacher of the Year (TOY) program, which features the contributions of teachers in our students’ education. Please take a moment to nominate those exceptional CFSD teachers who are making or have made a positive impact on you and your child. Two CFSD "Teacher of the Year" and three "Distinguished Educators" will be recognized at the TOY Family Event on April 12, 2015 at La Paloma Resort. Nominations are accepted between November 3 and 30 and the nomination form is included in this edition of the Friday Flash.

I look forward to meeting with those of you who are interested in exploring the topic of praise and student achievement at our first Nurture Shock Book Study on Thursday, November 13 between 6:00-7:00 in the library.  This is a continuation of the conversation about Growth Mindset that we began at the FFO meeting in October. Although I encourage you to read the Nurture Shock, you may participate in the session without reading the text.  The text may be accessed online or a local bookstore.

As we move into next week we will have a change in our schedule. School will be closed on Tuesday, November 11 in observance of Veterans Day.  Due to the four-day school week, Thursday, November 13 is a full school day with dismissal at 3:00.  Our early release schedule with dismissal at 1:30 on Thursday will resume the week of November 17. 

Andrea Davidson


Open Enrollment for 2015-2016 School Year Begins December 1, 2014

Letter to Parents from the Office of Superintendent Huppenthal

Sunrise Drive Spellers- Round 2 Qualifiers

Congratulations to those students listed below who qualified for Round 2!

Gear up for Sunrise Steppers!

The weather has changed. That can only mean one thing - Sunrise steppers starts next week!  Our students really enjoy participating in a walk or run at lunchtime on Thursdays. Volunteer to help Gigi Dover by singing up at the below link.  You will be contacted with further details.  

Thank you. 

Kirstin Girdner, FFO Volunteer Coordinator

Playdate in the Park, November 16th

Sign Up to Participate in the 2014-2015 Science Fair!