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Magnet update

The Unified Enrollment Application period for Magnet applicants will end on November 15, 2019.  Reminder to 5th grade families, you must apply for a middle school magnet if you wish to continue in a Magnet Program.  Please use the online application at http://apply.lausd.net to apply.  If you applied on time you will receive a Confirmation/Correction  letter towards the end of December.  In March 2020 you will be informed of placement.  If you have any questions please call Mr. Cruz.

Closed Campus

We are continuing our closed campus policy.  Please help us by checking in at the office at all times when coming to school. You will get a visitor’s pass from the office and are required to sign the visitor list, too.  Do not use the parking lot gate or allow your children to use it.  It is extremely dangerous for students to use this gate.  We must make sure that all adults walking the campus have a reason to be here.  All entrances to the school will be locked between the hours of 8:05 a.m. and 2:25 p.m.  The only entrance into the school will be the main gate on Hillrose.  We are doing this to ensure the safety and well-being of everyone here.

Safety Valet

We need volunteers in the Safety Valet. To volunteer you just need to fill out a Volunteer Application in the Office, in the Parent Center, or online at http://volunteerapp.lausd.net


Are you a volunteer and love to decorate for the holiday’s? Come and help us set up the auditorium for our annual  Holiday Show. We need volunteers December 16th to 18th. Please let Mrs. Mares know in the Parent Center.


Emergency Forms

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


The BEST Committee held its first reward party at the end of October.  About 80 students chose to spend 50 ROARS tickets on the movie.  Coming up on November 18, students can choose to spend 100 tickets at the Craft Party where they will make friendship bracelets.  In December, students can choose to participate in a Hot Cocoa Party.


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




12/2 - School resumes, all students

           expected back to school


12/6 - School Experience Survey ends &

          Parent/Teacher Association

          (PTA) meeting at 8:15 am in the



12/13 - Parent Center Potluck 

            and Craft Day  8:15am



12/19 - Holiday Performance (3 shows)

     Audience entrance through auditorium


            8:30am (Performance

                         w/ orchestra)


           11:00am (Performance

                         w/ orchestra)





12/20 - Minimum Day, dismissal

            at 12:31 p.m.


12/23- 1/10/20 - Winter Break


1/13/20 - School Resumes, all students

               expected back to school


As you may recall, we recently celebrated National Safety Awareness Month in October by participating in Sunland Elementary’s first annual “Walk to School Day”.  The purpose of this special day was to create an awareness of traffic safety and for drivers to be aware of students as they walk to and from school each day.  While it was great that we brought attention to our school community regarding traffic safety, I do want to remind all parents/community members to please be patient and to obey all traffic guidelines and laws to ensure the physical safety of our students.  As I continue to observe in the mornings and afternoons, I am witnessing some parents and/or community members who violate traffic laws which include:  not coming to complete stops at stop signs, drivers going to fast in the school zones, and drivers making illegal U-turns on Hillrose street in front of the school.  One day I observed a driver making an illegal U-turn and almost ramming into another car coming in the opposite direction.  In addition, some parents continue to jay walk with their children instead of using the designated crosswalks.  Let’s please be patient to ensure the safety of our students and parents who walk to and from school each day. 

School Experience Survey

It’s that time of year again as we invite all parents to participate in completing the annual School Experience Survey (SES).  The SES is an important survey that we encourage all parents to complete so that we hear your views of our school, positive comments, and areas we can improve on.  We really want your input!  All parents were initially given paper copies of the survey.  Paper copies may be turned in or parents may complete the survey online at http://achieve.lausd.net/schoolexperiencesurvey; parents wanting to complete the survey online will need to enter the 10-digit student I.D. located on the paper survey. Students in  classrooms with 100% parent surveys turned in will be eligible for an ice cream treat party later in December.  The due date for parents to complete the SES is December 6, 2019. During parent conference week, our parent center will be open so that parents may get assistance in completing the SES online.  If you have any questions regarding the SES please call the school.


Students in 4th and 5th grade will be taking the Students School Experience Survey on November 15, 2019.

Perfect Attendance

We have 3 different ways to reward perfect attendance.  The first is a classroom reward system.  Every class can earn rewards for the number of days they have every child in attendance.  The class with the most perfect days will earn a special prize at the end of the school year. 


The second reward is a monthly award given to every student who attended school every day of the month without being tardy or leaving school early. 


The third reward is a trophy given at the end of the year for every student who attended every day of the school year without ever being tardy or leaving school early

Safety Tips

We will need your support by obeying the street signs, pulling up to the curb to drop off your child and ensuring that your child crosses the street at the crosswalk. Your child’s safety is our number one concern. 


We will continue the Safety Valet Program.  Volunteers are always needed.  If you are interested, please fill out a volunteer form and return it to the office. Please do not park in the Bus Zone on Hillrose, east of the auditorium.

The holiday season is almost here!  We hope that you and your families, loved ones, and friends have a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday as well as a joyous and peaceful winter vacation and Happy New Year!  Please encourage your children to read books over the holidays to continue their love of reading!  For younger students, we encourage families to sit and read to your children each day and to share the love of reading by taking them to the local library. 


ELAC Meeting on

Thursday December 12, 2019

8:15 am


We want to continue reminding all students and parents of our school attendance goal - All students are expected to have no more than 7 absences for the entire school year.  Parents are reminded to please not schedule vacations during school time and to try and schedule doctors and dentist visits after school if possible. To encourage students to have 100% attendance we will be starting up the Scooter Incentive Program.  Any student having Perfect Attendance each 25 days will be entered in our school contest to win a free scooter and helmet!  To be eligible for the monthly scooter and helmet drawing, students must have 100% attendance for the previous 25 school days with no tardies and no leaving school early.  We want to encourage all students and parents to strive for proficient to advanced school attendance to support student academic achievement. 

Counselor's Corner

I would like to introduce the 6 Masters of Social Work graduate students from 4 California State Universities, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Northridge and San Jose, who are interning at our school. Please give a warm Sunland Elementary School welcome to Helen Garcia, Tutevik Hovsepyan, Arlyn Jimenez, Keary Johns, Nayeli Perez and Luzzei Tsuji. The MSW interns and myself will be providing in classroom social and emotional learning opportunities, direct counseling services to children and families, parent workshops, consultation and support to teachers and staff, attendance improvement work, crisis support services and coordinating the Great Kindness Challenge Campaign. If you are interested in school based counseling services for your child, please let me know.

Personal Property of Students

We ask that you please check your child’s backpack on a regular basis before he/she comes to school.  The school district does not provide insurance for loss or damage to personal property of students.  We discourage bringing personal property to school, particularly large sums of money, expensive clothing, jewelry, and watches.  Electronic games and other such toys are prohibited, as they can become a distraction during the instructional time.  Cellular phones are permitted as long as students have them turned off and put away during the instructional day. 


As the plant manager, Agustin Hernandez, I want to inform you that 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.

After School Playground

All 2nd – 5th grade students are welcome to stay after school for the Youth Services program.  We want to remind you that the Youth Services playground closes promptly at 6:00 PM.  Please make a note of this and pick up you children by 6:00 PM. It is each parent’s responsibility to provide appropriate supervision and transportation home to ensure the safety and well-being of your child. Any student participating in YS needs to submit a permission slip.  Your cooperation in this matter is appreciated.