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Magnet update

LAUSD’s Magnet application period has begun. Parents are now able to apply on-line until November 9th. Parents of 5th grade students should now be applying to their choices of Magnet Middle schools. The former e-Choices application is now the new Unified Enrollment Portal at apply.lausd.net. Current Sunland Magnet students in 2nd, 3rd, and 4th do not need to apply, only new applicants. If you have any questions feel free to stop by our office and ask for Mr. Cruz.


Daniel Cruz – Magnet Coordinator


Emergency Cards

If you have moved, changed your phone number, or would like to add or delete emergency contacts on your child’s emergency form, please stop by the office.  It is imperative that we have the most current information possible in case of an emergency.


Sunland students continue to be “Caught Being Good.”  The tickets they received when they were seen being safe, respectful, and responsible got them into the DJ Party at the beginning of the month.   The room was packed with tiny dancers!


When picking up your child during school hours, please make sure that you have proper identification.  In order to ensure our students’ safety, we are requiring that every adult have proper identification when picking up a child from school.

Safety Tips

Parents, please respect traffic laws when dropping off your child/ren at school in the mornings.  Your child’s safety is very important to us.  Therefore, please ensure that your child ONLY crosses the street at the crosswalk with the crossing guard.  We also ask that you do NOT double park to let your child out of the car in the middle of the street.  Please use the Safety Valet program to avoid blocking the flow of traffic.  We understand how congested the morning traffic can get.  That is why we ask that ALL students arrive to school between 7:30 – 7:50. Please do not wait until the last minute to bring your child to school.

Monthly Newsletter

October/November Events



18 - Great Shake Drill


19 – Annual title I Meeting 8:15AM


25 – ELAC/SSC Meetings


30 – Picture Day Retakes


30/31 – Halloween Parade 8:30AM

          Haunted House




2 - P.T.A. Meeting


12 - Veteran's Day SCHOOL CLOSED


13-16 - Parent Conference Week

14-16 - Minimum Days 12:31 Dismissal


16 - Progress Reports go home


19 - 23 - Thanksgiving/Fall Break

               SCHOOL CLOSED


29 - ELAC/SSC Meetings


Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Sunland Elementary School wants all students to keep it under 7. What exactly does this mean? It means we want all students to keep their absences under 7 days this year. Thanks to the efforts of parents, teachers, and staff members, students are keeping it under 7 and, as a result, attendance rates have improved significantly.


Parents, as you know, unless your children are sick and cannot come to school, please continue bringing them to Sunland Elementary every day and on time. Also, please continue scheduling all doctor appointments after school hours. You are doing an outstanding job ensuring your children come to school every day! We thank you and appreciate you!

Parent Conferences


We will hold parent conferences during the week of November 12th-16th. We encourage you to meet with your child’s teacher to discuss your child’s progress as well as any other concerns you may have regarding their academic development. It is crucial that parents and teachers work together to devise the best plan possible to ensure that all students reach grade level standards and promote to the next grade at the end of the school year. You will receive a letter with appointment times from your child’s teacher.


Dismissal times during conference week are as follows:


1:25 PM – Tuesday, Nov. 13th


12:31 PM - Wednesday, Nov. 14th, Thursday, Nov. 15, and Friday, Nov. 16th


Starting Friday, October 19, 2018 we are kicking off a contest for Parent Portal. Parents who sign up for Parent Portal will be entered in a raffle for a chance to win a gift basket full of fun goodies. Keep an eye out in your child’s Wednesday folder for contest details. The contest ends on Friday, November 9, 2018


If you are interested in volunteering, please see Mrs. Mares, parent center director, for a volunteer application, or stop by the Parent Center to fill out an application, or go online at http//:volunteerapp.lausd.net Please fill out, print, sign, attach a copy of your current TB test and submit it to the Parent Center.


We have lots of helpful workshops scheduled this year. Please keep an eye out in your child’s Wednesday folder for a flyer.


A special thank you to PTA and parent volunteers for hosting a wonderful movie night.


Please join us on Wednesday, October 31st at 8:30 a.m. for our annual Halloween Parade.  The parade will be held on the upper playground.  More information will be sent home as the date approaches.

Coming to school every day matters! Research shows that chronic absenteeism negatively affects a student’s academic performance. By 6th grade, chronic absenteeism becomes a leading indicator that a student will drop out of high school. On the other hand, when students improve their attendance rates, they improve their academic prospects and chances for graduating.


Sunland is working very hard to make sure all of our students come to school every day and it is paying off. At this point, our chronic absenteeism rate is just 6.5%, which is down 2% from this time last year. We will continue to work with our families until our chronic absenteeism rate is 0%.


As added incentive to come to school, five classrooms will be awarded for having the best attendance rates every 25 days. The five classrooms that are taking care of the beautiful trophies belong to Mrs. Rodi (Room 10), Ms. Sayari (Room 29), Mrs. Vazquez (Room 3), Mrs. Stevens (Room 18), and Mrs. Carroll (Room 22). Can you believe that every child in Mrs. Rodi’s class came to school every single day?!

Tyra Morataya Solares, a fifth grader in Ms. Sayari’s class, won the scooter for having Perfect Attendance. We also had 354 students earn extra recess for having Proficient or better attendance.


We are monitoring student attendance in the following areas:


Perfect Attendance – students who have not missed a single minute of school


100% Attendance – students who came to school every day, but came late or left early


Proficient Attendance – students who have been absent, but will keep their absences under 7 days this year


Here is a breakdown of the number of students in each category:


Perfect - 185 students

100% - 91 students

Proficient – 78 students


October 26 marks the second 25 days of school. We cannot wait to see how many students get to have a picnic with Mr. Carrillo


October 25, 2018 & November 29, 2018

ELAC 8:15 AM      SSC 3;30 PM



Please stop by our lost and found area located next to the main office.  Everything that is left after we go on winter break will be taken to our local Goodwill.

Counselor's Corner

Now in its 5th year at Sunland Elementary, we will be offering social, emotional and behavioral support services.  Our counselor, Mrs. Good-Hart and 5 MSW interns (from CSUN, CSULA and CSULB) will be offering classroom presentations and with parent consent, seeing students individually or in small groups.  Additionally, we will be consulting and collaborating with our teachers and staff, providing parent workshops, and organize a few school wide well-being campaigns, like our annual Kindness Campaign.


Linda Good-Hart – School Social Worker