Friday, April 21, 2017

A Message From the Principal

Dear Sunrise Drive Families,

During the last few weeks of each school year, teams of teachers come together to place children into classes for the following school year.  Placement of students in classes for the coming school year is a decision that is made by the current grade level teachers, special education, special area teachers and the principal.  These teams collaborate and consider a child’s learning style, personality and other pertinent characteristics of that individual.  Attention is also given to creating a positive learning environment. Preliminary class lists are developed with no teacher assignment.

With this in mind, we are unable to guarantee the granting of requests for specific teachers for specific children.  However, if you feel that you have any specific information you would like to provide to help us in placing your child, please fill out the attached “Parent Input for Student Placement” form.  You only need to fill out the form if you have something that you think needs to be taken into consideration.  Please fill it out and return it to the office by May 5, 2016.  Please do not request a specific teacher.

We are committed to making the best possible class placements for each of our students.  It is our intent to provide a successful learning experience for all students.  We encourage your continued confidence in the Sunrise Drive teachers to make the best possible placement for your child in consideration of the previously mentioned criteria.

Information regarding classroom assignments will be mailed to families in early August to accommodate summer enrollment and withdrawals.

Thank you,
Andrea Davidson
Sunrise Drive Elementary School

School Tool Box Comes to Sunrise Drive

Sunrise Drive FFO News


We’d like to give a great big “THANK YOU” to Alexander Tchourbanov, Amanda Saffer, Anna Ames, Anne Gruber, Amy Courson-Ruggieri, Angelica Verde, Deborah Ardolino, Helena Yip, Jamie Hill, Jenny Dessent, Jim Twomey, Kate Spaulding, and Lori Cole, who donated to our Teacher Appreciation St. Patrick’s Day/Conferences meal.  

There were so many delicious dishes that came together to provide an incredible meal for the staff.  It is wonderful to hear all the grateful comments from the teachers and see how much they enjoy these events.  The teachers truly feel appreciated and it is inspiring to hear how very grateful they are, how these events add to their days and support them.  

Thank you for all of the thoughtful dishes and notes/drawings from the students (ps- All students are welcome to contribute a note, drawing or anything made by them for the teachers.  It adds so much heart and really makes these events extra special.)

All parents are always welcome to come help with the “setting up” with any event we do throughout the year- it’s fun (and an extra layer of connection to the school community) when you get to see the first-hand results/gratitude that our collective efforts create.  You are all a part of it, and it makes it all worthwhile when you see the joy it brings and how gracious our teachers and staff are.

Please text me if you have any questions about Teacher Appreciation or if you’d like a personal email directly from me when our Teacher Appreciation events come up.

Thank you,
Atasha Jaffe

Teacher Appreciation Committee

Parent Input Form for Student Placement 2017-2018

Friday, April 14, 2017

A Message From the Principal

Dear Sunrise Drive Families,

It has been a fun week returning from Spring Break. The students have shared so many wonderful memories from the week:
·       Hudson smiled as he shared, “My mom took us to see the puppy litter from the breeder. We decided to wait for the next litter, because we are looking for a much calmer puppy that does not eat your ankles! My puppy will be named, Rummer.”
·       Dylan shared, “I spent time with my family. We went to Spring Fling! I like the rides and the really good Funnel Cake.”
·       Addison shared, “I went to the Grand Canyon. We stayed in Williams and took the railroad. I thought it was cool. I looked over the rock edge and it looked like a painting. I went with my friend, Jana and her family. We had fun!”

We will continue administering AzMERIT standardized testing for grades 3-5:

AzMERIT Grade 3
Monday, April 17: Reading Part 1/Math Part 1
Tuesday, April 18: Reading Part 2/Math Part 2

AzMERIT Grade 4
Monday, April 24: Reading Part 1/Math Part 1
Tuesday, April 25: Reading Part 2/Math Part 2

AzMERIT Grade 5
Wednesday, April 26: Reading Part 1/Math Part 1
Friday, April 28: Reading Part 2/Math Part 2

We will celebrate the work of our students at the upcoming Fine Arts Festival on April 28 from 5:30 -7:30 p.m. Our band and chorus will perform at 5:30 and the students’ visual arts will be on display. Sarah Reitmeyer and Kristy Doran, Committee Chairs, have organized the evening events. Also, Emily Franklin and Shirley Harvey, Garden Committee Chairs will host summer planting in the garden. Please join us for this celebration of students!

On Wednesday, May 24 we will celebrate the Fifth Graders’ Promotion.  This is a wonderful morning for families and a fun afternoon for students. A special thank you is extended to the Blyth Edmondson and Deborah Ardolino, Fifth Grade Committee Chairs, and the committee for their work on preparing and installing the legacy project as well as organizing a wonderful day of celebration for the students:
o   8:30-9:30 Promotion Celebration in the Center KIVA for Families
o   9:30-10:30 Student and Family Breakfast in the MPR
o   10:30 Students return to class
The FFO is sponsoring a class party in the afternoon from 1:30-2:30 for the fifth grade students in our MPR. Congratulations to the students and families for a successful elementary journey!

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Andrea Davidson