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January 2014 Sunset Newsletter What’s Happening This Month at Sunset . . . Wednesday, January 15th – Drum Ensemble Performance at the Senior Center – 12:00 pm Saturday, January 18th – Drum Ensemble Performance at the Park County Library Winter Gathering – 12:00 pm Monday, January 20th – NO SCHOOL Monday, February 3rd – Dental Screenings Begin Thursday, February 6th – Power Team Assembly from 8:30-9:30 in the Gym Tuesday, February 11th – 2nd and 3rd Grade Musical Performance of “Rats” Wynona Thompson Auditorium at 6:30 pm Thursday, February 13th – Marti Gras “Shuffle” Family Math Night from 6:00-7:30 pm Monday, February 17th – NO SCHOOL Monday, February 24th and Tuesday, February 25th – Parent Teacher Conferences from 3:30-7:00 pm

PTO Meeting Calendar 2013/2014 School Year The PTO meetings will be held the third Monday of every month. The meetings will be held in the media room at 3:30 pm. We are holding the meetings after school so our teachers can attend. Please mark your calendars so you can come see what’s happening with the PTO and meet and mingle with the Sunset teachers and staff! Tuesday, January 21st @ 3:30 pm Monday, March 17th @ 3:30 pm th Monday, May 19 @ 3:30 pm

Tuesday, February 18th @ 3:30 pm Monday, April 21st @ 3:30 pm

A Message from Our Sunset Principal – Brenda Farmer Sunset Families: Happy New Year to everyone! I’m sure looking forward to 2014 at Sunset School. We ended 2013 with fun and great success, along with momentum heading into the New Year. Once again I was struck by the tremendous generosity of our school community. We helped so many families with all the donations of canned food and candy cane sales; our Sunset family humbles me. Sunset 5th graders participated in the annual district hockey tournament on the last day before break. I must let all parents know that our students again showed they were students of character and grace. They came in second, played hard, and wished the winning team the best. They were truly students who shine. The holiday season took our students to the community in several music venues. AGAIN the way Sunset students hold themselves to a higher standard is incredible. Thanks to each one and to Miss Pinney for the hard work and wonderful music. The Drumming Group will be performing this Wednesday at the Senior Center and on Saturday at the Park County Library. Try to get by and hear them, you will be amazed. First Trimester Celebrations were exciting. Congratulations to all students receiving awards. I’ve heard a lot of positive remarks concerning the way the celebrations were conducted. It was great to see the students so involved and enjoying the celebration so much. New Year’s Resolution! The beginning of a new year is a good time for your child to buckle down and work hard academically. Without the distractions of the holidays and with a good block of uninterrupted school ahead, your child should be able to make real growth. Please take this opportunity to set up a regular schedule for homework and bedtime. Talk with your child about your expectations for their academic growth; build in some time to go over their homework. Let your child know how much you value their hard work. In addition, getting your child to school every day and on time is one of the most valuable things you can do to help your child succeed. Thanks everyone for the support of Sunset school.

Sincerely, Mrs. Farmer

Classroom News! Want to see what is happening in your child’s classroom? Please visit the Sunset Teacher Sites by typing in the following link:

Music Room News Wednesday, January 15th - Sunset Drum Ensemble Senior Center - 12:00 Noon Saturday, January 19th - Sunset Drum Ensemble Park County Library Winter Gathering - 2:30 pm Tuesday, February 11th - 2nd & 3rd Grade Music Program 6:30 pm at the Wynona Thompson Auditorium Dear 2nd and 3rd grade Parents and Students: On Tuesday, February 26th, the 2nd and 3rd grade classes will be presenting the musical, ‘Rats’. The performance will be at Wynona Thompson Auditorium at 6:30 p.m. This week in music we will begin working on the narration parts. More information will be coming in the weeks to come in regards to costumes and props. Thanks, Kari Pinney Sunset Music Educator

Sunset School Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) President — Rebecca Merritt Vice President — Becca Manchester Secretary — Chrystal Rippeto Treasurer — Marcie Barton Sunset PTA E-mail Address: Please feel free to e-mail us with any questions, comments, suggestions and ideas!

PTA News! Box Tops/Labels for Education Souper Bowl We have started our Souper Bowl Challenge! Each classroom has a bag to collect Box Tops and Labels for Education. Friday, January 24th is the last day to bring them in. If your class brings in the most box tops and labels, you will win a Souper Bowl party on Friday, January 31st! You can find Box Tops and Labels for Education on various food products. You can ask grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends and neighbors to collect them for you. Please remember to do a good job of clipping on the dotted line before you bring them in. This will make the job much easier when we are counting thousands of coupons. Thank you, Good Luck and welcome back to Sunset for 2013!

**** We need volunteers to help count labels and box tops. Please e-mail if you can help us with this the morning of Friday, January 24th. Thanks! ****

Winter Break Reading Challenge Great Job to all the Students that participated in our Winter Break Reading Challenge. We were able to give away some great non-fiction books to students from grades K-5. Additionally, every child that participated will be given a prize. Thanks!!

Look for information in our next newsletter on our Kid’s Night Out Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration coming in February!

January/February School Events

Marti Gras “Shuffle” Family Math Night Thursday, February 13th 6:00-7:30 pm Sunset School All students and families are invited. Agenda: Sign-in 6:00-6:30 pm - Supper Menu- corndogs, chips, veggies, & chocolate pudding 6:30-Receive beaded necklace and a mask for the Cupid Shuffle dance in the gym 6:45-7:30-Card and dice games

Parent/Teacher Conferences Monday, February 24th Tuesday, February 25th 3:30-7:00 pm Come meet with your child’s teacher and see the progress they have made in class.

January Community Events Paul Stock Aquatic and Recreation Center

Riley Ice Arena Pricing

• JAN 13: New Session of Tiny Tots Kindergarten Prep Begins • JAN 14: New Session of Tiny Tots Preschool Begins • JAN 17: HCA Stay Safe (School Age Youth, FREE for members) Gym & Concessions Area; 2:15 to 4:30 P • JAN 20: School’s Out, Stay Safe – iPad Insanity & Inflatable Float Day (School Age Youth, FREE for members) Gym, Concessions & Pools; 10 A to 4 P • JAN 24: HCA Stay Safe (School Age Youth, FREE for members) Gym, Concessions & Pools; 2:15 to 4:30 P • JAN 27: Registration Deadline for 3 on 3 Basketball Manager’s Meeting 6 P in Conference Room • JAN 27 to FEB 24: Cheerleading (3rd to 8th Grades, $30) Gyms; Mondays, 4 to 5 P • JAN 31: HCA Stay Safe (School Age Youth, FREE for members) Gym, Concessions & Pools; 2:15 to 4:30 P

Basketball Season Ready to Ramp Up for 3rd & 4th Graders Boys & girls in 3rd & 4th grades hit the hoops in the New Year. The registration deadline is Monday, January 6th, and players should hear from a coach by January 10th. Games will be played Monday through Thursday evenings, January 20th to February 13th, in the Recreation Center gyms. Cost is $30 if registered by the deadline or $35 after January 6th. Please note that t-shirts are ONLY guaranteed for players registered by the deadline. The success of this league depends on volunteer coaches & helpers. If you are interested in volunteering please notify recreation staff at 307-587-0400.

Public Skate Prices: $6 for 12 and over; $4 under 12. Group Rates - 11 to 20 skaters = $5 per person 12 and over; $3 under 12 21 or more skaters = $5 per person 12 and over; $2 under 12 Skate Rentals: $3 per session Stick & Puck: $7 Adult Drop-in Hockey: $10 Broomball: $7 Open Figure Skating: $7 Call for Birthday Party pricing

YFSA Spring Soccer Sign up is: Thursday, January 16th 6-8 p.m. @ Cody Middle School commons Open to children 8 - 14 years old Bring your child's birth certificate if this your first season playing with YFSA Contact Tina Gail (Registrar) @ 587-5044 or Jill Lynn @ 250-3604 with any questions.

Buffalo Bill Center of the West Friday, January 24th Family Fun Day—Winter Museum Olympics 3 – 7 p.m. In honor of this year’s winter Olympics, the Center hosts its very own Olympics with games and challenges to test your agility and your mind! Free for members; $10 per family for non-members. Free familyfriendly dinner for all attendees.

Park County Library

For more information, call the Children’s Library at 527-1884 or email librarian

In the Children’s Library:

Holly Baker,

Mondays: Toddler Time 10:00-10:20 am, for ages 12-36 months with parent or caregiver. Short stories, music, movement, and finger

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plays develop a comfort in the library and a love for books . . . plus, it’s a great networking time for adults! Tuesdays and Wednesdays – Story Time, 10:00-10:45 am for ages 3-6. Stories are based on a theme each week, accompanied by games, songs, and crafts promote early literacy. Sleepy Time Stories! A fun Story Time for the whole






January 13th from 6:30-7:30 pm. Kids are welcome to wear pajamas and bring a stuffed animal or pillow; milk and cookies after, too! Read to a Dog Our favorite certified therapy dogs are here on Tuesday afternoons from 3:45-4:45! Not only is it proven to help with reading – it’s just plain fun. Call, email, or stop by to sign up for your 15 minute spot. Screen-Free Wednesdays! The kids’ library will

Yellowstone Quake Home Games Catch all the action at the Victor J. Riley Arena (1400 Heart Mountain St.). For a complete season schedule, visit their website. http://yellowstonequake.pointstreaksit

become a screen-free haven on Wednesdays from 3:00-8:00 beginning January 8th. Research is becoming more pointed about the HARM that too much time in front of a screen can do to kids, and we want to help. Board games, craft projects, and, well, BOOKS will be available in instead. Please tell us what you think! For a complete calendar please go to this website:

Pto newsletter january 2014  
Pto newsletter january 2014