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Magnet update

Happy Holidays, everyone.  This month, parents who applied for the Magnet program should be receiving “Correction Letters.”  These letters are for you to review all information from your application and make any necessary changes.  The deadline to submit changes is January 4, 2019. 


If you missed the application deadline for the 2019-2020 school year you have another opportunity.  The late application period begins February 1, 2019.  If you have any questions feel free to contact Mr. Cruz.  Have a great winter break.


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.


Congratulations to Rooms 1, 3, 10, 11, 12, 18, 19, 22, 23, 27, and 29 for being invited to Movie Day.  These classrooms have not had a single office referral for behavior since school started.  Keep following the Lion Laws! 


The Winter Break is a great time to reinforce the Lion Laws at home.  Talk to your students about what it means to be safe, respectful, and responsible in the different settings you visit.


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



13- Winter Program


14 – Minimum Day 12:31 Dismissal


17–January 6 Winter Recess




- School Resumes


11 - Lunch with the Principal


16 - T-shirt sale Begins


21 - Martin L. King Day



31 - ELAC/SSC Meetings


As you probably know by now, Los Angeles Unified has yet to reach an agreement on a new contract with teachers, and so members of United Teachers Los Angeles may engage in a work stoppage some time in January, 2019.


The District's goal has always been to keep schools open so that students do not miss the opportunity to learn. Sunland administration is planning and doing everything possible, to ensure your children have access to a safe, clean, and supportive learning environment should a stoppage occur.


In addition, Los Angeles Unified has created a resource guide for families, which is posted at lausd.net, to help parents and students prepare. You will also receive phone and written messages with updates on the negotiations.


On a brighter note, we wish you a wonderful and safe holiday vacation.  Please find some time this holiday season to relax and enjoy your family.  We will see you next year!

Holiday Program

Join us as we celebrate the most wonderful season of the year with our annual song and dance jubilee! Come to the school auditorium to see your Sunland Stars storm the stage at 8:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 13thAll classrooms will participate in the program. If you do not want your child to participate due to religious beliefs, please inform your child’s teacher as soon as possible


I want to thank all of our parents who have signed up for Parent Portal. We currently have 54% of our parents registered. If you are having any trouble logging onto the Parent Portal, please let me know. As of November 30, 2018, if you have not verified your 4-digit pin, the Parent Portal will not allow you to access the system. If you did not receive your pin, please let me know.


Thank you to our parent volunteers for all the help they provide. Our teachers and staff are very appreciative of the time you spend helping them prepare activities for 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,1 hour or more, every little bit helps in so many ways.

Monique Mares,

Parent Center Director

Congratulations to Isabella Rm 15 for winning a Razor scooter and helmet for having Perfect Attendance in November!  She did not miss a single minute of school all month. 


As of the end of November, 77% of our students are meeting the district’s goal of proficient attendance – 185 of our students have 100% attendance and 135 have at least 96% attendance.

Remember, it is important to be at school every single day.  Please make sure you plan your vacations so that students are back on January 7, 2019.


January 31, 2019


ELAC 8:15 AM      SSC 3;30 PM



The lost and found rack is full of sweaters, jackets, caps, and even lunch boxes. Please stop by our lost and found before the winter break to find any lost items. It is located outside in front of the main office, and everything that is left after Friday, December 14 will be donated to our local charity agency.  

Counselor's Corner

For this month’s newsletter I want to share some information from local research leaders in child and family trauma at UCLA Nathanson Family Resilience Center.


According to the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, trauma response can occur following an experience that has been perceived by a child as frightening, threatening, dangerous, or violent. The event may happen to someone directly or they may witness something happening to a loved one. Types of family traumatic events include: exposure to violence (at home, school or in the community), diagnosis and treatment of a severe medical illness or injury, surgery, car accidents, sudden and/or extended family separation. 


How does trauma impact the family? A traumatic experience has an effect on the individual and their family, this effect is often referred to as traumatic stress. Some impacts of trauma may include: physical pain/recovery, trouble sleeping, upsetting memories, moody, new fears/anxiety, easily agitated and relationship stress.


What should families do after a traumatic experience? It is often beneficial, to keep routines, stay connected with family and friends, and ensure family members are taking care of themselves by eating properly and getting enough rest. It is also important to remember that help is available. When seeking out help for traumatic stress it is important to locate service providers with experience working with trauma. These services are often referred to as trauma informed.  These supportive services work with families by teaching children and families what normal reactions to trauma look like, teaching families about trauma reminders and how they can affect feelings and behaviors, helping families work through, discuss, and understand difficult emotions, teaching skills to help family members manage anxiety and feel more relaxed, and exploring how thoughts affect feelings. 


At Sunland Elementary, myself and our PSW interns are able to offer support to our students and families following a traumatic experience and/or I can help make referrals to local agencies offering trauma informed support services.  If you are interested in school-based counseling services for your child, please contact Linda Good-Hart, PSW at 818-353-1631.


Linda Good-Hart – School Social Worker

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.