W.W.  02/14/20
February 14, Last day for ThoughtExchange!
February 17 – 28, 5th Grade Butter Braid Sale
February 13 (Dismissal Change) Full Day 2:35 Dismissal
February 14 (Dismissal Change) Minimum Day 12:55 Dismissal
February 17 – 21 President’s Week No School
March 6, End of Second Trimester
March 13, Fun Run Fundraiser!
Enjoy the week with your family.  We will see you back at school on Monday, February 24.
Our new District wide survey through Thoughtexchange will be available next week. We look forward to having a large number of our parents sharing their thoughts about this year’s question: “What things do we need to focus on to ensure our students are college, career, and life ready.”  For those of you have participated before you know how easy and user-friendly Thoughtexchange is to use.  For first-timers, this platform is a really innovative and improved way to share ideas and consider on another’s thinking.  Please take a moment to watch the introductory video from Superintendent Phelps: https://youtu.be/e5zF_IyD03A  To participate, go to this link  https://my.thoughtexchange.com/#p915330432 and enter the code 915330432.
Once you have shared your thoughts, please return and add stars to the new thoughts that have been added since you participated. That will help us understand what’s most important to the group. Your input is really important to us so we can set District goals and budget priorities to support our mission in providing college, career, and life readiness to all students.
Participation will be open until February 14, 2020
While our school facilities are in pretty good shape, that’s not the case for our feeder schools like MVMS.  Many of our local schools and facilities are outdated and deteriorating and need to be repaired and upgraded to ensure all students have equal access to classrooms, labs and career-training facilities they need for future success. Without adequate funding for these improvements from the state, we need to seek alternate sources of funding.  (Please see the attached one-page flyer)
Calling all 3rd, 4th and 5th graders! It is time to show off your talent!  Applications and information sheets are available to pick up in front of Mr. Rodrigo’s office and are due back to the office by 12:55 on Friday, February 14.  Late applications will NOT be accepted.
Important Dates:
February 28     Audition times to be posted
March 12/13   Auditions take place
March 26         Dress Rehearsal
March 27         School Performance (5th graders only)
March 27         Showcase, 6:00 PM
Sundance Elementary's annual Fun Run Fundraiser will be held March 13. Please look for the Early Registration Flier that will come home with your child in a couple weeks. Registering each child is the 1st step to making our fundraiser a success. Register by March 2 and your child will have a chance to win a prize! 
To register, go to https://www.getmovinfundhub.com/register?school_uuid=5e386457f0c16  . 
 Share this link with family and friends!
Butter Braids are back!
5th graders will once again be selling delicious Butter Braid pastries from February 17 - February 28, with a delivery date of March 30.  Profits from this scrumptious fundraiser will be applied toward 5th grade T-shirts and promotion expenses.  The Apple, Cinnamon, Cream Cheese, Strawberry Cream Cheese are only $14 and Four Cheese & Herb is a dollar more.  These can stay frozen in your freezer until you’re ready to bake! 
Try some delicious samples of these goodies at pickup on Thursday, February 13  (2:35), and then rush home, motivated to sell over the break!  Please contact Jennifer Lawlor at stillangelic@gmail.com if you have any questions. 
Please drive slowly and follow the Golden Rule with other drivers and staff members.   Remember that you are not the only one in a hurry! 
As you enter the parking lot to pick up or drop off your child, please drive along the curb and pull up as far as possible. Please DO NOT leave your car unoccupied at the curb, or park in the two reserved spots.
Buy your yearbook now so you and your kids can enjoy pictures from Spirit Carnival, Red Ribbon Week, and all the other fun memories from this wonderful school year. Go to http://www.treering.com/validate, and plug in the Sundance code: 1014697386031160. Yearbooks cost $19.95, and even includes the option of two personal pages to fill with your own additional pictures.
Mesa Verde Middle School
OCIS-PE Applications (fall of ‘20-21) due date:  March 16, 2020
If you are considering OCIS-PE for your child, next year at Mesa Verde, you must act now!
Please see Joni for more information.
Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Sundance Elementary with the Twin Trails Education Foundation and our wonderful Sundance parents! Save the date for April 25, 2020 for a fun “parents night out” to support our science lab, Music, P.E., IMPACT Reading Intervention, and more programs that wouldn’t be possible without charitable giving. Location to be announced!
Link to https://www.twintrailsfoundation.org/spring-auction/
  • Nurturing Sexual Intelligence in Our Children – All Grades Many parents and caregivers struggle to come up with age-appropriate answers to sexually-related questions. Your child needs authentic answers to develop the knowledge and skills required for self-care.  Learn how to welcome your child’s questions and nurture the sexual intelligence they need to navigate healthy relationships throughout life.   Saturday, February 15th Poway Adult School from 9:00am-11:00am 
  • Class fee: $16/individual or $27/couple
  • NEW  Preparing Positively for Puberty – TK-8th Grade  We can prepare our children for puberty by teaching them what to expect as their bodies transition from childhood to adulthood. Learn how to break down "the big puberty talk" into tiny talks that are more comfortable for both caregivers and children. Participants will review resources such as books and web sites that can simplify the process of starting a tiny talk. Activities that can promote a positive and practical attitude toward this important life stage will be discussed.   Tuesday, February 25th Abraxas High School from 6:00pm-8:00pm
  •                    Class fee: $16/individual or $27/couple
Wouldn’t it be great to have ALL of the Sundance events (PAC and Foundation) on your phone and always up-to-date with the latest info?  This amazing technology (Google Calendar) can be yours by visiting: http://www.twintrailsfoundation.org/calendar and clicking the "Add to Google Calendar" button at the bottom of the page. By importing this calendar to your phone you will automatically have the most up-to-date information at your fingertips. Those with iPhones might also be interested in these instructions for “Seeing Google Calendar events on Your Apple Calendar”.  This will keep you in the loop, do it now and thank us later! 
We have a new Instagram Page to go along with our Facebook page it’s: sundanceelementary (all one word.) We have about 35 followers but mostly K parents. We’d love to get some other grades involved. This page will focus more on classroom activities vs. whole school.
Some Sundance Parents have created a Facebook Page to help build more community within our school.  This group is not administered by the school in any way but provides a chance to connect with other Sundance Parents: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1456800417734747/ 
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