Friday, January 30, 2015
Dear Sunrise Drive Families,
We will celebrate the work of our Sunrise Scientists next Thursday, February 5. Students have worked to study many questions, wonderings and hypotheses. Inquiry projects will be displayed at Sunrise in the MPR from February 5 thru February 9. Sunrise Families are encouraged to view the displays at your convenience. Judging will take place and some students will advance to the Southern Arizona Research, Science, and Engineering Foundation (SARSEF) Fair held at the Tucson Community Center from March 9-14.
During Sunrise Science Day on February 5, students will interact with many community scientists through presentations and engaging activities. Each class will be assigned to a scientist to learn about a variety of topics such as animals, ecosystems, water cycle, healthy lifestyles and more. A special thank you to Amy Bhola and her committee who coordinated the events. Also, the students are thankful to Anita McGuire who answered questions, offered books and resources, and helped students fill out the registration form on Wednesdays in December.
On February 20, Sunrise Drive will celebrate Spring Chinese Festival between 6:00-7:30 p.m.. The evening will begin with a performance by our students and community members. Then, families may eat dinner and attend a variety of Chinese culture activities. If your family would like to order dinner, please stop by the office or use the online parent portal located on the Sunrise Drive website in the lower right corner. The meal choices are Tofu Lo Mein or Sesame Chicken. The entrée comes with a bottle of water, fried rice, Asian salad, and two egg rolls for $6.40. The orders will close on Tuesday, February 17 at midnight. If you are interested in eating at the event, please consider purchasing dinner now.
Our Chinese Immersion Kindergarten through second grade students are eager to participate in the Arizona Chinese New Year Festival at UA Centennial Hall on Saturday, January 31 at 2:00. We look forward to a wonderful performance!
Registration for residents is due on February 13th. Registration for Kindergarten Plus is being accepted. Please complete the registration materials and return the documents to the Sunrise Drive office. Marie Wickhorst is available to answer questions at 209-7900.
I wish you a wonderful weekend!
Sunday, January 18, 2015
Dear Sunrise Families,
We return from our winter vacation full of energy! Many stories about traveling to see relatives or visiting other places have been shared at lunch. The bit of snow that fell on our desert floor created wonderful memories for many of our students. Over the first ten days of school I have learned that many Sunrise families enjoyed a fun afternoon on Mt. Lemmon playing in the snow!
In the next few weeks, current residents will receive enrollment packets. It is critical to complete the enrollment process for each of your children who will attend Sunrise Drive next year. The completed and returned registration forms will determine staffing decisions for Sunrise Drive Elementary School. The registration forms are due at Sunrise Drive on February 13th. Please help us prepare for the 2015-2016 school year by submitting your child’s registration on time. The number of students enrolled determines the number of teachers assigned to teach at Sunrise Drive. Please contact our office at 209-7901 to help you with the registration process if needed.
Students are busy learning throughout their day and ask many questions. Last Thursday, a second grade student asked, “What do the teachers do when we have early release?” I explained that each Thursday is devoted to teachers learning more about their students or learning to be better teachers. I shared that the teachers were currently studying a book to improve how we teach math. The student was interested in the book and asked to see it. Upon review, the student said, “The teachers have school!”
Many of our early release afternoons are devoted to Data Team Meetings. Teachers work in collaborative groups to determine goals, develop instructional plans and assessments, and analyze student performance. The goal of the collaborative work is to improve achievement. For example, our first grade students are developing critical thinking and problem solving skills as they solve word problems with precision. The first grade teachers structure lessons so that students have opportunities to share their thinking with others. Fourth graders are learning to construct arguments with evidence as they solve problems. This is challenging work as fourth graders work to verbalize and write their arguments. Second grade students in Music, Art and PE students are developing self-regulation skills as they reflect on the effort used in class. Our reflective conversations in Data Team Meetings help us refine our teaching practice and our student academic performance.
Over the next few months, we have many important dates to remember:
· Photos for Choir, Band, First Lego League & Student Council: January 20
· Resident Registration Due at Sunrise Drive: February 13
· Spring Chinese Festival: Friday, February 20 from 6:00-7:30
· Rodeo Break: February 26 & 27
We look forward to seeing you on campus or at one of our upcoming events!