Principal's Message

Principal's Message

Dear Sunnyside Students and Families,

Welcome to the 2018 – 2019 school year! It is always exciting to start a new school year with so much opportunity ahead. Our focus at Sunnyside will be to continue strong learning and attain high goals for our students’ success. Students will be engaged in rigorous lessons that will facilitate high levels of thinking and conceptualization across all areas of the curriculum. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) activities will be incorporated into daily lessons as our teachers are learning new ways to excite and motivate our students in these areas. Academic discourse, where students articulate their knowledge and build on each other’s ideas, will continue to strengthen our students’ ability to work together and collaborate. Technology in our classrooms is used as a tool for learning as our students work to increase their skills in the 21st Century.

Our teachers plan and collaborate regularly to facilitate effective instruction across subject areas and within grade level and school teams. Students at Sunnyside learn and practice strong character traits and scholarly habits that contribute to their individual success and our positive school climate. We are very proud of each one of the areas that makes our school a great place to learn and grow. All members of the Sunnyside community (students, parents, teachers, and staff) have an important role to play in the academic and emotional success of our students and school. The year ahead promises to be rewarding as we work together for our students!

We look forward to returning to the important work of teaching and learning and also meeting our newest Sunnyside members. Back to School Night will provide you with more information about your child’s class, as well as, our programs and policies. Please look for me and introduce yourself during any of our back to school events. I have planned our first “Pastries with Parents” for Thursday, September 20th at 8:30. I hope that you will be able to join us to become better acquainted with our school and other community members. An invitation with more specifics will be forthcoming during the month of September.

Following is a list of important school dates:
Kindergarten Orientation     Tuesday, August 28, 2018 9:00 AM
First Day of School                 Wednesday, August 29, 2018 8:20 AM
Back to School Night             September 6, 2018 4:30 PM
                                                 4:30 Dinner Available for Purchase
                                                 5:30 PTA Association Meeting
                                                 6:00 1st Classroom Presentation
                                                 6:30 2nd Classroom Presentation
PTA Meeting and                   September 20, 2018 at 2:45 PM
Ice Cream Social
Pastries with Parents           September 27, 2018 at 8:30 AM
Picture Day                            October 19, 2018

Our office staff is always available to assist you with answering any questions you may have. Check out our school web page regularly at http://sunnyside.ggusd.us for up to date information. Together, we will accomplish great things in 2018/19.

Sincerely,
Mrs. Susie Dollbaum, Principal

Our School

Welcome to Sunnyside Elementary!


Parent Opportunities: We welcome families and parents to be involved at Sunnyside. We have an active PTA with monthly meetings and activities. Our PTA supports fun school activities where families are welcome to participate and support our students, such as, fundraising events, learning events, social events, and more. Parents are also invited to be well informed and contribute to school decisions on our School Site Council and English Language Advisory Committee which meets every other month. The principal invites parents for opportunities to learn about our school at Pastries with Parents meetings. She shares topics of interest and information about our school. Family Education opportunities are provided to our families as a means for sharing ideas and strategies to support our students through opportunities to learn together.

Sunnyside PTA – Our PTA meets monthly on the second Thursday of every month at 2:45 in our MPR. Our meetings are led by our PTA President Maria McCormack and all of our families, including students are welcome. The time is spent sharing successes and planning for future events. Our focus this year has been fundraising for our new playground.

After School Intervention and Enrichment Opportunities – Several grade levels offer after school support for students who need reinforcement of skills. We also have coding classes that serve upper grade students before school.

Recognition - Sunnyside has been recognized as a California Distinguished School, Blue Ribbon School, and Title I Achieving School. 

Sunnyside is a warm and welcoming school that puts students and families first. We take great pride in the accomplishments of our 679 students as we set high academic goals for each student’s success. Teachers utilize the most effective teaching strategies and truly know their students unique learning needs. Engagement is high throughout our classrooms as students participate in academic discourse and work with each other to maximize learning. Teachers facilitate learning with a highly meaningful learning activities, strong presence, and questioning techniques that increase levels of knowledge.

What makes Sunnyside unique is the warm, caring school environment. Our office team is supportive of our families and ensures that families understand how to participate and contribute in their children’s education. Sunnyside teachers participate in collaboration to provide equitable and valued opportunities that promote strong learning outcomes. Our focus on scholarly habits contributes to students being accountable for their learning and bringing their best every day. We acknowledge strong character traits in our students and provide monthly opportunities for students to focus on the traits that will lead to their life long success.

School Parent Compact and Pledge 2017-18.

Sunny Side Policy and Procedures.