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Parents, if you change addresses, telephone numbers, or baby-sitters, please notify the office so we can update our records.  It is important to keep all of our information up to date.

Magnet update

It’s not too late to submit Magnet applications for the 2018-2019 school year.  Late Application Period opens February 1st. Letters of acceptance or wait list placement for students who applied during the beginning application period will be sent home around Mid-March.  Lastly, the district will be holding GATE/SAS OLSAT Parent Workshops this February in the evenings.  A flyer has been sent home with dates, time, and various locations.  Current 2nd Grade students will be offered the OLSAT Assessment This semester.  An overview of the assessment will be provided during the workshop. Please visit our website for more information or contact Mr. Cruz for any questions or concerns.

On February 5th we will be kicking-off   our Spring fundraiser, World’s Finest Chocolates! Students interested in fundraising will fill out a form and turn it in to the Parent Center. There, they will receive a box filled with thirty, $2 chocolate bars. As a reminder, we will not be accepting unsold chocolates due to health and safety reasons, so please sell all the chocolates you check out.  These fundraisers help fund field trips for the whole school, so please help support us. Contact the PTA President for more information.

Our next PTA meeting will be held on February 2nd at 8:15 AM in Room 14. We will have coffee and snacks. Hope to see you there. We are always looking for parents to be part of this wonderful, hardworking group. PLEASE stop by the Parent Center to find out how you can get involved!


Looking forward to a productive spring,

Monique Mares, PTA President

Monthly Newsletter


2/01         Physical Fitness Test Begins 5th Grade

2/02         PTA Meeting at 8:15 AM                 

2/14         Valentine's Day

                Jump Rope 4 Heart

2/19         President's Day

                SCHOOL CLOSED

2/22         ELAC & SSC Meetings

2/26 - 3/2 Read Across America Week



Happy Valentine’s Day to everybody! This is a great opportunity to let your friends and family members know how much they mean to you. We would like to take this opportunity to let you know how fortunate we are to work with you and your children.


The construction work for the Americans with Disabilities Act continues, and we thank you for your patience and flexibility. The work in front of the school is almost complete and will open in approximately two weeks. Soon, anyone using a wheelchair and/or crutches will have easier access to Sunland Elementary School. I will continue to keep you posted on the progress.


Great news!  Seventy-five percent of Sunland’s students are meeting the district’s goal of 96% attendance.  Eighty-six of those 296 students have not missed a single day of school!  Remember, if your child misses fewer than 8 days of school this year, he/she will meet the goal of proficient attendance. 

However, we are in the middle of a flu epidemic.  If your child is sick, please keep him/her home.  Your child should be fever free for 24 hours before he/she comes back to school. The fewer the students who are out sick the better.


From January 22nd to January 26th, Sunland Elementary participated in the nationwide Great Kindness Challenge.

Students found many opportunities to demonstrate acts of kindness towards their classmates, school staff and family members. Teachers incorporated kindness lessons into their classroom, and they enjoyed participating in the daily activities at the lunchtime Kindness Stations, hosted by our School Social Work Team and Parents volunteers. Thank you for taking part in this important campaign.


This past week, we had a DJ party, but it wasn’t filled with children who followed the Lion Laws.  It was attended by students who were “Caught Being Kind.”  Students who were caught doing kind acts for other people were given tickets, and if they had five tickets, they were able to dance their lunch recess away.  It was a blast! 

We are now back to giving out Caught Being Good tickets, which we know many students will receive because our students are great at following the school rules. We have fewer students than ever being referred to the office for poor behavior. Let’s keep this up!

Safety Tips

Here are some safety tips to keep in mind when arriving and leaving school:


•Leave early enough to arrive at school at least 10 minutes prior to the start of school


•When entering Hillrose Street, please slow down and always obey all traffic laws and speed limits


•Always stop for school buses that are loading and unloading children


•Never pass other vehicles while driving through Hillrose Street


•Never double-park or block the driveway entrance of our neighbors


•Never make U-turns while driving through Hillrose Street


•Cross the street at a corner or crosswalk only.  DO NOT cross mid-block.


•Watch out for school crossing guard and obey their signals.


•Make sure that children enter and exit the vehicle on the passenger side, nearest the sidewalk.


Thank you for your cooperation and for keeping our children safe.


Please join us on Thursday, February 22nd for our ELAC meeting at 8:15 AM and SSC meeting at 2:30 PM.  We will discuss the Single Plan for Student Achievement, prioritizing our school needs in preparation for the school budget and sharing our most recent school data in language arts, math and attendance. We hope you can join us.   


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.


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.

Our school’s Jump Rope for Heart event will take place on Wednesday, February 14, 2018.  It is an opportunity for students to develop an active lifestyle and to raise funds for the American Heart Association. 


These funds are used to educate the general public about heart health and to increase research/treatment for heart disease.  Heart disease and stroke are America’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers, despite being largely preventable through a healthy lifestyle. Almost a third of U.S. children and adolescents between ages 2 and 19 are overweight or obese.  Children who are obese are more than twice as likely to die before age 55. Physically active people reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease by 30 percent.


This event is a tradition at our school. This year is very special because we are close to the $50,000 lifetime mark. This means that Sunland Elementary has raised this much money since it first began to hold this activity. We hope everyone will help us raise the $3,100 we need to reach this goal.  Mr. Carrillo has agreed to wear the Monster Disco suit for a day if we make it. This year's theme is the Scare Squad.  Each monster represents something that is not healthy and we should avoid; for example, salt. Students received their collection packets and have until Feb. 14 to turn them in.  They can earn all kinds of prizes as well.  There are also many incentives for registering and collecting online.  The packets and attached letters contain all of the information. 


We are looking for volunteers to help with our annual Jump Rope for Heart on Wednesday, February 14th.  If you are interested, please stop by the parent center to see how you can get involved.

It’s not too late to join our Healthy Living group featuring The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families. It’s a great way to get healthy and create healthy family habits.  Stop by the parent center to sign up and get your book. Our next Healthy Living meetings are scheduled for February 1st, 5th ,8th at 8:15AM in the parent center, and future meetings are to be determined.

It is very important that you sign up for your Parent Portal (PASSport). Please stop by room 5 between 8:00-11:30AM Monday-Friday for assistance. It only takes five minutes. LAUSD would like 100% parent participation by 2018-2019 school year.


Every six months, specially trained personnel will visit our school to check the condition of any asbestos-containing building material.  A copy of the inspector’s written report will be included in the school’s Asbestos Management Plan.  Minor asbestos abatement work may be performed due to normal maintenance activities during the coming year.  A specific notice, if such occurs, will precede any large-scale abatement, at that time.  All abatement work will be followed by a report of such activities and will be included in our Asbestos Management Plan, which is available in the main office for review.