Friday, November 13, 2015

A Message from the Principal

Dear Sunrise Drive Families,

As we have shared, student report cards are distributed electronically using ParentVUE. Today, parents will be able to view their child’s report card by logging into their ParentVUE account and clicking on the Report Card section along the left hand side of the homepage. It is important to note, the report cards will only be accessible via the ParentVUE web page. Parents will not be able to access a report card from a smartphone app. 

In efforts to communicate students’ academic progress today, it was discovered that the attendance was not feeding to the generation of trimester one report cards. Currently, the report is being loaded to ParentVUE but with inaccurate attendance. When the issue with attendance has been fixed, a new report card will be issued to ParentVUE and the school will notify parents. We believe it is important to provide  parents information about their child’s progress in a timely manner and did not want to delay this communication.

In the meantime, if you want to review a student’s attendance, you may login to ParentVUE and click the Attendance link on the left hand side.
The following tips may help you access your child’s report card:

o   Click the Report Card section along the left side of your child’s homepage.
o   View the tutorials on Sunrise Drive's Youtube channel to better understand your ParentVUE account.
o   Contact the front office if you have forgotten your username or password.
o   Visit the front office where you will be given an activation key to set-up your ParentVUE account if you have not done so using the activation key distributed in August.
o   Contact your child’s teacher to clarify any portion of your child’s report card.

Some documents in paper form will be sent home today with students.  Not all students will have documents sent home. The following is a list of documents that students will bring home in hardcopy format:
o   Progress reports for Read Strong students in grades K-3
o   Progress reports for K-5 students receiving student support services
o   Mandarin Proficiency reports for K-3 Chinese Immersion students
o   AZMERIT reports for students in grades 4 and 5 from Spring 2015 testing
o   Attendance notices for K-5 students with 10 or more absences/tardies
o   Meal account notices for negative balance

Please join me in welcoming an additional Read Strong teacher, Ms. Wallace, to our campus.  Ms. Wallace is an experienced Catalina Foothills School District teacher and completed her reading endorsement under the supervision of Ms. Del Rincon at Sunrise Drive.  Through funding secured through a grant for this year, we have been assigned the additional certified position.  Our students will benefit from the expertise that Ms. Wallace offers to our school.

The Steppers Program is in full swing.  Please join us during lunch recess on Fridays to walk/run with us.  Each week we add miles to our cumulative total as a school.  Six laps equals one mile!  Students eagerly share the number of laps completed.  A warm thank you is extended to Ms. Dover who oversees the program and the team of volunteers who devote their time each week to count our laps and cheer us on!

Sunrise students in first through fifth grades will participate in the Scripps Spelling Bee. The Spelling Bee Club meets at lunch on Tuesdays until November 17. Students who would like to qualify for the Sunrise Drive Spelling Bee will take a written test on Tuesday, November 17 during lunch-recess. Our school wide spelling bee will take place on December 4 at 3:10. The competition follows the rules of the Scripps Spelling Bee with first through fifth graders competing with one another.

Please join us tonight at 6:00 in the MPR for the Sunrise Talent Show.  The FFO Talent Show Committee will produce a wonderful show featuring our super stars! On Wednesday, December 2, your family in invited to participate UP, UP and AWAY produced by MAD Science.  This FFO sponsored event kicks off our Science Fair and Inquiry Day events. We will learn and enjoy the exciting presentation in the MPR from 6:30-7:30. I look forward to seeing you on campus over the next few weeks.

Andrea Davidson

Science Night at Sunrise Drive- December 2, 2015

How the CFSD Foundation Helps Sunrise Drive

Do you know about the CFSD Foundation?

The mission of the Foundation is to raise funds to attract, develop and retain excellent teachers throughout the district.

Specifically, the Foundation helps fund our district’s teacher induction program. Has your child's teacher been working in CFSD for three or fewer years? If so, she/he is part of the district's 3-year induction program.  The desired result of the induction program is to provide district students a more competent, skilled teacher working with their children.  

The 3-year induction program has a price tag of approximately $250,000 so it is the combination of a CFSD Foundation gift and some district funding that keeps that program alive. Times are especially challenging this year because the Arizona Legislature cut ALL of our funding for this program.  The only way to find this program is through direct donations.  Our goal is to raise $500,000 this year.

At Sunrise Drive, there are 18 teachers who participate in and benefit from this program.

Visit the CFSD Foundation website at to read testimonial form teachers about the value of this training – and how it supports our teachers and students.

Public education is extremely fragile in our state.  Increasingly, it is becoming obvious that a great public education is not free.

Our teachers need our help.

In addition to supporting our FFO here at Sunrise, please make an annual donation to the CFSD Foundation.

Thanks to CFSD Community 2015 Election

The Boarder- A Summary Report from November 10, 2015