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District Announcements
Elementary Master Schedule
Figuring out which “special” an elementary school student is participating in during a school week is now just a matter of following the calendar and a short set of numbers.

Beginning this school year, Westside Community Schools has created a common master elementary schedule, which should make things simpler for parents/guardians and their children.  “Specials” (physical education, music, art, and foreign language) are on a four-day rotation.  Below is a pdf that lists numbers, which represent the four different “specials” for the next six weeks of the academic year for all elementary school.  Your child’s teacher will communicate which number (one through four) corresponds to the special activity for the day.

Also, for the parents/guardians of fifth and sixth grade band/strings students, the pdf also includes information on band/string cycle days.

Specials Calendar through Dec. 19
 
Home of the Sunset Hills Tigers!
The mission of Sunset Hills School, as part of a cohesive, involved community, is to provide a quality, well-rounded education by maximizing opportunities for each learner in a safe and caring environment.
Friendship Feast
This week, fourth graders joined with the preschooler's for a Friendship Feast.  During their time together the students enjoyed doing the Mexican Hat Dance, sharing some nachos, making Thanksgiving cards and reading with friends.  Click Here to See Photos
Sunset Hills Honors Veterans!
Last week, a special concert was held at Sunset Hills to show our support of the many veterans in our community. Led by Ms. Gloria Stover, the second and third graders performed a music program to to honor our country. Students invited any of their family or friends who have served.  At the end of the program, each veteran's name was read.  If they were able to attend the program, they were delivered a special star made by the students as a thank-you from all of us at Sunset Hills!  What a special day!  Click Here to See More Photos...
SGA Fundraises For Open Door Mission
It has been a tradition at Sunset Hills for the student government to raise money during the month of November for the Open Door Mission.  The money will go toward providing turkey dinners for those who otherwise may not be able to have a Thanksgiving dinner.  Donations can be given by your student to their classroom teacher and will be accepted through Friday, November 21st.  Other fundraising events are:

Monday, November 10th:  Bake Sale, 3:30 p.m., All Items 50 cents.
Friday, November 21st:  Spirit Day, Twin Day

Thank you for your support of this great cause!
Halloween Parade!
Sunset Hills students had a great time on Halloween at the annual parade and classroom parties!  It was a beautiful day, and a lot of fun was had!  Thank you to all of the parent volunteers who worked hard to plan such great parties! Click Here to See More Photos...
Grades 4-6 Perform "Wicked!"
Last Thursday, grades 4-6 put on a very entertaining performance of "Wicked!"  The students did an excellent job, and "Wicked" was definitely a crowd favorite!  A special thanks to Mrs. Stover for all of her hard work, on another great concert!  Click Here to See More Photos...
SGA Pumpkin Decorating Contest!
Sunset Hill's Student Government Association (SGA) is sponsoring our First Annual Pumpkin Contest!  If you would like to participate, decorate a pumpkin with your family, at home.  The pumpkins can be funny, cute, or silly-scary.  You may bring your pumpkin any day this week.  Voting will take place in the morning on Friday, October 31st.  The student with the winning pumpkin will receive a Halloween treat and a poster/book.  Happy pumpkin decorating!!
Sunset Hills Spelling Bee

On Tuesday,, October 21st, the Sunset Hills School Spelling Bee was held at Underwood Hills.    There were 11 qualifying students from grades four, five and six.  All students in grades 4-6  took a written test in October to determine who would compete.   Congratulations to, our school winner Josie Heaston and to Tyler Spady, who placed second in  the competition.  Josie and Tyler will move on to  the Westside School District Bee which will be held on Friday, November 21st at the Community Conference Center.  We wish them much luck!! Eddie Pike placed third and will also be invited to attend the competition to cheer for our school.  Congratulations to all!!

 

Here is a list of the finalists that qualified for the Sunset Hills Spelling Bee:


6th Kruse

Will Eikenbary

Parker Kotas

Cameron Miller

Matthew Salfity

Griffin Wolf

 

5th Ashley-Laing

Mitchell Fehr

Josie Heaston

Tyler Spady
Mrs. Lusero's Class Learns about Natural Resources!
In science class the second grade students are learning about natural resources and why they are important. This week students in Mrs. Lusero's class observed two different types of soils and used their senses to find similarities and differences between sandy soil and potting soil. Students used a magnifying glass and water dropper to learn more about the soils. We discovered that sandy soil is rough and potting soil is smooth, but both are made of tiny peices and soak up water. The kids had fun observing and playing with the different types of soil. 
2nd Grade Welcomes Special Visitors!
Last week second grade had a visit from two different service dogs. York is a labrador who works as a therapy dog to help people who may need cheering up or comforting. Blossom is a golden retriever in training to help someone with a disability. We talked about different people who may need service dogs, how service dogs are trained, and the life of a service dog. Second graders earned this educational visit as a class reward. The dogs also stopped in the kindergarten classroom as well.
Sunset Hills Stars Shine!
On Tuesday evening, Sunset Hills held their annual talent show.  Wow!  What talented students we have!  There was something for everyone to enjoy:  singing, dancing, piano, magic, skits, and overall great entertainment.  Thank you to all of the students who participated and put in hours of practice!  Also, a very special thank-you to the Sunset parents who organized and ran this event!  Bravo!  Click here to see more photos...
Green Apple Day of Service!
After school, on Monday, September 22nd, Sunset Hills SGA  participated in the Green Apple Day of Service.  This is a national event, in which students, teachers and schools participate in a local service project.  Maggie McMeekin, Green Omaha Coalition, and Michelle Biodrowski, Keep Omaha Beautiful, joined the students of SGA to assist in the project.  The students were given a short presentation on the importance of keeping storm drains free of trash, debris and toxic materials.  After the presentation they went out with safety vests and gloves to clean debris from storm drains close to the school.  Students also put “No Dumping” stickers on any drains that did not already have them.  Thank you Sunset Hills SGA for your commitment to keeping our community cleaner and promoting responsible behavior.  Click Here to See More Photos
SGA Elections!
Sunset Hills Student Government Association is in full swing!  Last week, elections were held for representatives and officers for this year!  Thank you to everyone who expressed interest in being a part of this program!  
Congratulations to the following students: 

3rd Representatives:  Greta Mann and Trevor Spady
4th Representatives:  Jackson Ingvoldstad and Holli Saunders
5th Representatives:  Jenna Liakos and Will Christensen

Officers:
President:  Will Eikenbary
​Vice-President:  Griffin Wolf
Secretary:  Franklyn Slaven
Treasurer:  Matthew Salfity
Box-Tops:  Emma Barnhart
 
3rd Grade Researchers!
The third graders in Mrs. McMeekin's class have been learning about the physical geography, natural resources and climate of places in the United States.  Last week they were given the task to research those three areas of a different state.  The students learned about looking for the geography key words, while researching.  They used a combination of text and iPads to find their information.  Each student completed a brochure showing the geography of their state.
Sunset Hills Family Picnic!
Last Sunday, Sunset Hills held the first annual Back-to-School Picnic.  The picnic was held at Elmwood Park, and it was a beautiful evening!  Everyone brought their own picnic dinner to enjoy, and Community Club provided cookies.   The kids enjoyed the playgrounds and other games, while parents got the chance to talk with other Sunset families.  Teachers and staff from Sunset also stopped by!  It was a great turn out!  Thank you to everyone who came!  Click Here to See More Photos...
Sunset Hills Gives to Africa!
With the new, can mean out with the old!  This year, elementary schools received new curriculum for reading and writing.  This left a lot of books, materials and teacher's guides that were not needed in our classrooms anymore.  The Sunset staff wanted to see these things go to a school in need.  They were able to connect with a program called Reading Drive For Africa.  This program is committed to promoting literacy in Cameroon by providing access to books for children in the primary and secondary schools.  On Friday, August 11th, cars were loaded with all kinds of books and materials for kids in Cameroon!   What a great feeling to know someone will be learning to read from our materials!
Garden Clean-Up!
The Sunset Hills Community Club hosted a garden clean-up last weekend.  Parents and students volunteered their Saturday morning to help make Sunset beautiful.  They pulled weeds and spruced up the grounds all around the school.  Thank you to everyone who participated in this event!
Welcome Back!
Welcome Back!  We hope everyone had a safe, relaxing and fun summer!  It is exciting that we are ready to start the 2014-2015 school year!  Remember that this year the first bell will ring at 8:30, and we will start school with the second bell at 8:40.  We look forward to the first day of school on Monday, August 11th!
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