Friday, December 9, 2016

A Message from the Principal

Dear Sunrise Drive Families,

The campus is busy with visitors as students share their learning with you. Over the past weeks, second grade students have been creating hand puppets and a persona for the individual puppets. Sunrise Drive families were invited to meet the characters as the students celebrated the charismatic puppets. Second graders will be crafting “how-to” booklets to explain the process for making a puppet. The following students shared details about the puppet persona they created: 

  • Ellie shared her horse, “My name is Emma and I am a horse. I live in the Enchanted Forest in the palace. I like to give horseback riding lessons. I can teach you to ride nicely.”
  • Amity introduced Emma’s sibling, “I am Medusa. I am sisters with Emma and Sarah. We live in the Enchanted Forest. It is beautiful. I am still in Magic School. My favorite trick is to turn things into cupcakes.”
  • Mattias shared his puppet, “I am George. I live on a rainbow over Georgetown. I like to play and tackle people, because I like to wrestle and roll around. I like to have fun!”
  • Oliver introduced his cat, “My name is Supercat! I have lazer eyes. I live on Apple Street and I eat apples. I fight crime.”
  • Joaquin introduced his snake, “My name is Cobral! I am a cobra who lives in a cave with bats and scorpions. I am a hunter.”
  • Aidan introduced her puppet, “His name is Mr. Fox. He lives in Disneyland. He likes to chase rats. He likes to go on the rides.”

We appreciate the supportive audience members who joined us for the live question and answer sessions hosted by our artist, Gwen Ray. A special thank you is extended to all of you who donate to the Spirit of Sunrise through our FFO. Your financial support funds all of the artist-in-residence learning experiences for our students.

The Sunrise Drive community has collected food, clothes and gifts for families in our community. Student Council will organize the donation of food on Tuesday, December 14. Student Council members express their gratitude to you supporting this meaningful service project. Thank you to Ms. Culliney for facilitating the transportation of the food.

In the upcoming days, we look forward to seeing you for the following events on campus:

·       Steppers: Friday, December 9, 16 and 23
·       Spelling Bee: Friday, December 9 at 3:00
·       First Grade Authors’ Share: December 20 (teachers will share times for each class)
·       CFSD Elementary Band Concert: December 20 at 7:00 PM

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Andrea Davidson

twitter: @sammy_sunrise

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

A Message From the Principal

Dear Sunrise Drive Families,

In the Art Studio, students in Kindergarten through fifth grade studied the work of Henri Matisse. In third grade the students created portraits of an important person in their lives. The students developed Creativity and Innovation skills as they drew and painted the portraits. The students respond to or critique art, which demonstrates an understanding of how the arts convey meaning. Students were asked to consider the following questions: What does this piece of artwork mean to you? How does it inspire you? What do you like in your artwork?

  • ·      Ashlyn shared, “I loved how the things in the artwork inspired me to do my best.”
  • ·      Luna said, “I used creativity by using ideas from a movie.”
  • ·      Danis named his portrait “Soccerman,” and he wrote, “I like the the soccer balls and the Arizona flag on top of my paper. He listed the materials, “Paint, pencil, paper, color and my hands. I know draw a soccer ball because I have on and I practice to draw something.”
  • ·      Matthew titled his portrait, “Bong-bong! I like how it sounds and how the painting looks. I like the mixed green with blue and my shirt. I like my eyes, my hair. I like the background colors.”
  • ·      Alec explained, “I named mine, The Old Countries. Each one of the colors in the background has a color of each of the old country’s flags. I used stars for the U. S. It means my dad, the countries and the sky plus clouds. It is a picture of my dad. He has traveled to lots of countries. He is in the military. I used the the sky and clouds because he flies A10s.”
We appreciate Ms. Huggins’ efforts to develop students’ capacity to apply creative and critical thinking skills in the Art Studio.

I received updated information about registration for students who live in the Sunrise Drive neighborhood school boundaries. I wanted to inform that the opening of Online Registration for residents for the 2017-2018 school year has been changed from December 5, 2016 to January 12, 2017. You may access the Online Registration link under the Parent tab at

The Open Enrollment process is a multi-step process. The first step is to apply for open enrollment by completing the online application accessed under the Parent tab at The open enrollment applications began on November 1, 2016 and continues through January 31, 2017. After a student has been approved for open enrollment, the family may then proceed to register for the 2017-2018 school year. The Sunrise Drive Office staff will process open enrollment registration once the district office communicates the student has been accepted for the 2017-2018 school year.

On Thursday, December 1 class pictures and individual retakes will take place in the morning. We thank our FFO volunteers in advance for organizing the day for us.

Andrea Davidson