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Magnet update

Our 2019-2020 late Magnet application period has begun.  We are now accepting applications for our Gifted Magnet Program.  Log in to echoices.lausd.net and apply today.  If you applied during the first application period, you will be notified during the week of March 12, 2019.  Please contact Mr. Cruz for more information.


2nd Grade students will be taking the OLSAT on March 20-21, 2019.  A letter was sent home with more information.  They will also be taking a practice portion of the test on March 13, 2019.  The practice test will be sent home for parents to review.  You can also check our website www.sunlandes-lausd-ca.schoolloop.com or contact Mr. Cruz for more information.


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’s BEST Committee and Caught Being Good program stems from the Positive Behavior Intervention and Strategies (PBIS) program. If you would like to learn more about it, you can check out https://www.pbis.org.

If you would like to try some PBIS strategies, here is a list:


Give clear, short, and specific directions 

Have patience...It takes younger children at least 5 seconds to mentally process directions

Be consistent.  It helps a child learn and feel confident in what you want.

Stay calm & use a calm voice

Focus on logical consequences when a problem arises.

Reward positive effort – this sets the stage for success.

Set and enforce reasonable limits.

Try to give 5 positive responses

for every 1 negative response.

Set the example – actions speak louder than words.

Try to anticipate where your child might have trouble and prepare them for the situation by coaching them on the behavior you want to see.


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.

Monthly Newsletter

December/January Events



12- Picnic with Principal


14 – Jump Rope for Heart


18 – President's Day-SCHOOL CLOSED


19 - Great Kindness Challenge


28 - ELAC Meeting @ 8:15AM

       SSC Meeting @ 2:30PM


Parent Workshops


15 - Volunteeer Meeting @ 8:15AM


19 - Volunteer Meeting @ 12:00PM


21 - Strategies to Support Learning at Home



25 - Read to AChieve - Supporting Foundational

       Literacy Skills @ 8:15AM


27 - "What is Dyslexia?" @ 8:15AM



The strike is over and we are thrilled to have our teachers back in the classrooms, and look forward to happier and productive days ahead! Thank you, parents for your patience and a salute to everyone, including staff members who worked so hard to keep Sunland open and our students safe during the strike. Sunland is shining bright, once again, because our teachers are back, welcome home!


Our Kids Heart Challenge event (formerly called Jump

Rope for Heart) will take place on Thursday, February 14, 2019. Despite the name change, students will still engage in health practices and 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. We hope everyone will become involved. This year's theme is to be a Heart Hero.  Different hero characters represent something that is healthy, including being kind. 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. BE A HEART HERO TODAY!


As of January 11, 2019, our Volunteer Bulletin has been revised. We have two volunteer meetings set up to go over the new revisions. Please see the meeting dates and times under the Parent Workshops/Meetings section. Our teachers are very appreciative of the time you spend helping them prepare materials and activities for their classrooms. If you are interested in volunteering, you can stop by the Parent Center to get an application or fill out the application online at http//:volunteerapp.lausd.net When you fill out the online application, please remember to print, sign, and attach copy of your current TB test. After I have submitted it, it can take 2-3 weeks for your badge to arrive. Our teachers and staff can always use a hand whether it’s 5 minutes to 1 hour or more a day, every little bit helps in so many ways.

Monique Mares, Parent Center Director


This month, we have launched the Parent Portal Challenge. Our goal is to have 75% of Sunland parents enrolled by March 31st, and 100% by June 7th. The classrooms with 100% parent enrollment will win an ice cream party at the end of the following months, February, March, April, and May.  In the past few weeks, letters went out to parents/guardians who have not yet enrolled for parent portal. Each parent/guardian who are enrolled under a student have his or her very own 4-digit pin.

How does the strike affect attendance awards at Sunland?  

The absences accrued during the strike will not affect a student’s chance at earning an attendance award at the end of the school year.  If a student had perfect attendance leading up to the strike and then has it after the strike, he/she will earn the Perfect Attendance trophy at the end of the year.  Any student who has a total of 7 or fewer absences before and after the strike will earn the Proficient Attendance certificate.


On February 12, we held a Picnic with the Principal for all of the students who had Proficient Attendance between December 10 and February 5, 2019 (minus the strike days).  We had 322 students earn the privilege of getting to hang out with Mr. Carrillo.  We also had 180 students earn Perfect Attendance tags by not missing a single minute of school during the same time.  The next awards will be given out after March 13.  Any student who has 0 or 1 absence between now and then will earn extra recess.  Any child who does not miss a moment of school will earn a Perfect Attendance tag.  Will it be your child?


February 28, 2019


ELAC 8:15 AM      SSC 3:30 PM



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.

Counselor's Corner

The Great Kindness Challenge is one week dedicated to creating a culture of kindness and compassion on school campuses worldwide.

Our school is proudly participating in this proactive and positive kindness initiative on the week of February 19th – February 22nd.  We will have a kickoff morning assembly on February 19th. Here are the spirit wear days and kindness activities that will take place during the Great Kindness Challenge:

Tuesday – Dreaming of Kindness: Wear your PJ’s

Wednesday - Team Kindness: Wear your favorite sports uniform

Thursday – Peace, Love and Kindness: Wear Pink or Red

Friday – Sunland El. Is Kind: Wear school Colors or Spirit wear


All students will receive The Great Kindness Challenge checklist from their teachers. Please encourage your child to complete as many acts of kindness as possible, at school and at home.  Students will be able to earn some small incentives, donated to our school by our local Great Kindness Challenge Partner, Northridge Hospital.

Together at Sunland Elementary, let’s show the world that...KINDNESS MATTERS! GreatKindnessChallenge.Org

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.