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Magnet update

If you applied to a Magnet program, you should be receiving the letter of Eligibility/Ineligibility/Waiting List status beginning the week of March 18, 2019.  Please check your emails. 


Sunland Gifted Magnet is still accepting applications for the upcoming 2019-2020 school year.  You may apply online at echoices.net


The 2nd Grade OLSAT Test will take place on March 20-21, 2019.  Parents should have received information on the test this past month.  Remember, if you prefer that your child not take this test you must return the information form with the proper box checked off.  If you have any questions please contact Mr. Cruz.


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 Elementary students are well-behaved children.  Every day they pledge to be safe, respectful, and responsible.  Lately, though, we have seen a lot of children chewing gum on campus.  Gum is not allowed.  Please remind your children to keep their gum at home. 


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.


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.

Monthly Newsletter




Spring Break - April 15th - 19th


CAASPP  State Testing Begins April 23rd

(Check Testing Tab for complete schedule)


Hello and happy March! Spring is around the corner and learning is in full swing here at Sunland. This is a time of year that students make the most academic and social learning gains. We recommend that you focus on keeping good routines at home; encouraging your children to read each night, complete their homework, and get plenty of sleep. Developing good habits can never start too early. They will help create success now and later in life. 


Teachers at Sunland have a continuous commitment to your child’s academic achievement and growth. They are working hard to ensure your children are prepared for the next grade level.


Congratulations to Mr. Victor Saldaña, our Assistant Principal, for being selected as this year’s Administrator of the Year! This is the second time he is being acknowledged for this award, and we are proud of him! He always goes above and beyond his regular duties, for he is not only knowledgeable of instructional needs and District policies but his people skills are exceptional. We can always count on him to support the entire Sunland community at all times. He is polite and professional, and above all, his is our Assistant Principal.

Congratulations, Mr. Saldaña


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!


We are in our second month of our Parent Portal Challenge. As of March 8, 2019, we have registered 61% of our Sunland parents. The goal is to register 75% by March 31, and 100% by June 7th. The classrooms that get 100% of parents enrolled in the portal will have an ice-cream party at the end of March, April, and May.


If you are interested in volunteering, please 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.

We are still holding Lunch with the Principal at the end of the school year for all students who have Perfect Attendance (minus the strike days) by June 1.  Spring Break is the week of April 15.  School will resume on April 22.  State testing will begin this week. Please make any travel plans so that your child does not miss any school. 


March 14, 2019


ELAC 8:15 AM      SSC 2:30 PM

We will review the 2019-2020 budget and the Single Plan for Student Achievement. Our School Site Council meeting will be held that same day at 2:30 PM in the Parent Center.  Next year’s school budget and the Single Plan for Student Achievement will be presented to our School Site Council for approval. Your attendance and input are greatly appreciated, especially because our school budget determines the resources for our school.  


Starting April 23, all of our 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students will participate in the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC State Test).  The testing schedule for each grade level will be sent home closer to the actual testing dates.  Students will participate in assessment activities in Math and Language Arts that run from 30 minutes to about 2 hours. 


Our students will take the test using laptops and they will be given their own ear buds for listening to podcasts and watching videos.  


These assessments use “computer adaptive testing,” which means the test adjusts to a student’s ability by basing the difficulty of future questions on the student’s previous answers.  While the practice tests do not use this adaptive capability, you may view  the practice tests at http://www.caaspp.org/practice-and-training/index.html Click on the green Student Interface button and give them a try so you can see what your child will be asked to do. 


Each year the school district collects money for the Consolidated Charitable Campaign. The money collected is given to local charities that help serve the community.  During the week of March 18-29, if you would like to donate any amount of money, please put it in the envelope that your child receives from his/her teacher and send it to school with him/her.  Anything you can give towards this honorable cause will be greatly appreciated.

Counselor's Corner

We (Our PSW and MSW Interns) will be offering 6 sessions of FOCUS (Families Overcoming Under Stress) for Parents program beginning March 18.  FOCUS for parents is a family-level resiliency program designed to assist families who have experienced or are experiencing a high level of stress, loss or trauma.  FOCUS resiliency program aims to strengthen family cohesion and parent-child, marital, and co-parenting relationships. FOCUS is structured around families’ development of a shared understanding of experiences, as well as skill building in the areas of emotional regulation, communication, problem solving, goal setting, and managing stress, trauma and loss reminders. FOCUS bolsters parenting skills and builds parents’ understanding of their child’s reactions to stressors.

Please join us for the first of six sessions on March 18th, from 8:15 to 9:30am.


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.

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.