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School Mission Statement

Sunrise Elementary is committed to creating an inclusive, caring and rigorous learning environment that promotes successful academic growth and social values by working collaboratively with families and members of our community. We provide a quality education in a safe learning environment that emphasizes:

Respect, Integrity, Safety & Effort


A message from the Sunrise Administrative Team

As we start the 4th quarter, we have many events and activities that you and your family can participate. Please visit the school website for all event information. 

Our 3rd to 5th grade students are starting Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) state tests for reading, math and science (5th grade only). Students will complete all testing on or before April 20th. Please remind students to eat breakfast and get a good night sleep.


Clink here to see the calendar section of the Sunrise website for upcoming dates and events.

Thank you for your continued support of Sunrise Elementary School.


Stacy Blair – Principal

Mary Baumgardner-Assistant Principal



When your student is out due to an illness, tardy, or an appointment, please call our attendance line at

719-391-3416 or text us at 719-600-7503.


Hello Otter Families!

Hard to believe that Spring is here already! As we get further along in the semester, I know it can bring some stress along with it. We wanted to give you some ideas that you can use at home to help your students (and yourselves) cope with stress.

1.     Get enough sleep

It is recommended that Elementary aged students get 9-12 hours of sleep a night. This helps with emotional regulation, their ability to cope with stress and capacity to engage in learning.

2.    Exercise

This is one of the best stress relief activities for children (and adults too). Being part of a  sport, a team or just playing outside are all great ways to reduce stress.

3.    Deep breathing

Count to 4 as you inhale and 4 as you exhale. Continue this pattern until you feel a noticeable difference in your body.

4.    Journaling

This can be a great way for older children to release and process some of their emotions. This can be as simple as a plain notebook that a child can write about their thoughts and feelings.

We are always here to help support your child at school. If they would ever like to talk about what they are feeling, our door is open. Please reach out if you need anything!


Sunrise’s Mental Health Team

Bailey Cline - Social Worker 

Megan Anders - Counselor 

Caitlin Bloyer - Psychologist 


 Drop Off and Pick Up Reminders

•       The bus lane is reserved for buses only from 8:30-8:50 am and 3:20-3:40 pm. Please do not park or drop students off during arrival or pick-up.

•       Utilize the Kiss-n-Go lane (the lower parking lot) to drop students off and pick students up during arrival/dismissal. This is a one-way zone. Pull all the way up as directed by duty members. Drop your student off/pick him or her up, and exit the Kiss-n-Go lane promptly. This is not a lane for parking or leaving your vehicle.

•       For student safety, please ensure to drive slow and look both ways before pulling forward in the Kiss-n-Go lane.

•       You may park along the street if you wish to walk your child to class or pick him/her up.

•       While we love them, no pets (only service animals) are allowed on campus.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Be sure your child knows what to do after school. If your child’s routine changes before the end of school, please call the office at 719-391-3415 as soon as possible so your child can be notified. 


Before and After School Care 

Junior Academy is a daycare program offers convenient before/after school supervision with a variety of activities.  For more information, please call 719-659-6818.



Physical Education

Sunrise families,

The end of the year is coming up fast! This is one of the busiest times for me as a PE teacher. On May 19th and May 22nd, students at Sunrise will be participating in field day activities. K-2 will have field

day on May 19th, while 3-5 will have field day on May 22nd. Please be on the lookout for information about field day coming home as we arrive closer to those dates.


Click here for the full PE newsletter


A Note from Music

Hello Sunrise families,

First grade had a very successful recital on 3/16. The 4th and 5th grade honor choir is in full swing, and we are excited to be participating in the In Harmony Music Festival this May. The third grade students did a great job with the mallet percussion instruments. 2nd - 5th grade will be working on reading and writing music this month. The 4th graders are still learning the recorders and the 5th graders are wrapping up their unit on the Ukulele. Kindergarteners have been singing and dancing like crazy, and we are starting our preparation for their April 27th recital.

As a reminder, each grade will also be having their own separate musical performances on various days throughout the year. All performances will be held in the Sunrise Gymnasium/Multipurpose Room at 5:30 pm on the following dates:

  • Kinder: 4/27


Clink here for the full Music Newsletter.


Sunrise PTO

Our next meeting is on April 11th at 4:00pm.  We will be meeting in the library and also offer a virtual link.  

Thank you,

Sunrise PTO


PBIS Information

Hello Otter families,

PBIS stands for Positive Behavior Intervention & Supports.  Our PBIS systems revolves around the acronym RISE.

R- Respect

I- Integrity



Classroom teachers use a variety of means to celebrate and support kids in their journey to RISE up at Sunrise.  You may hear that your child received a Golden Ticket or a Shout Out celebrating their great choices.  We believe in helping to teach expectations and support students as they learn.  So, they may receive a classroom referral helping you and your student know what they may need some support in. 


Attendance Rates:

  • Full day attendance rate in January was 89%
  • Full day attendance rate in February was 87%
  • Full day attendance rate in March was 88%


Compulsory School Attendance

In order to reduce the incidents of truancy, parents/guardians are hereby notified that every child who has attained the age of six (6) on or before August 1 of each school year and is under the age of seventeen (17) shall attend public school for at least the following number of hours.


  • One thousand fifty –six (1056) if secondary school pupil;
  • Nine hundred sixty-eight (968) if an elementary school pupil in a grade other than kindergarten;
  • Nine hundred hours (900) if a full-day kindergarten pupil;
  • Four hundred fifty hours (450) if a half day kindergarten pupil;

(Except as otherwise provided in CRS 22-33-104)


Cafeteria News

Free School Meals Starting 2023/2024 School year

With the passing of Proposition FF school meals will become free at the start of the next school year.  The procedures for school meals will follow the current process for the rest of this school year. 

More information on menus, pricing, payments meal applications and charge policies can be accessed at

If you have any questions please call Nutrition Services at 719.391.3560.


Please find information and apply online for free and reduced meals at or get a paper application at the Nutrition Services office.


Lunch menu is subject to change. Visit the Nutrition Services website for menus and Free/Reduced meal applications. Link:


Two-hour Late Start 

Widefield District 3 may use a two-hour late start as an option between closing schools or starting at the normal times.  A two-hour late start may be used when a storm is passing or when additional time may be needed to prepare for students and staff arriving at their schools.  Two-hour late starts will be announced by 6:00 a.m. through the same channels as a school closure. These channels include television, radio, and the district website.  When district officials announce a two-hour late start, all start times and bus pickup times will be moved back by two hours.  Sunrise Elementary will start school at 10:50 a.m.  Please do not have children arrive before 10:35 a.m.  No breakfast will be served on these days.


Inclement Weather Procedure

Widefield District 3 will:

•     make inclement weather decision(s) based on students’ safety

•     collect data at the earliest appropriate time

•     make the decision as to whether schools will be open and announce no later than 5:30 am by calling radio stations and TV stations

•     not penalize students if parents keep them home or pick them up from school early on questionable snow days.

In the event the decision made earlier is to open schools and the storm worsens unexpectedly, Widefield District 3 will:

•     inform the same media as stated above that schools will dismiss students early

•     keep buildings open as long as necessary to evacuate all students safely

•     announce that if an early dismissal occurs, afternoon kindergarten, afternoon activities, and evening events will be cancelled

Parents are expected to:

•     be responsible for custody of children

•     listen to the news broadcasts on stormy days

•     decide whether or not to send children to school on threatening, stormy days

In the event the decision is made earlier to open schools and the storm worsens, parents are expected to:

•     know that students may be dismissed earlier than normal

•     listen for an early dismissal announcement

•     make sure children know what to do and where to go if dismissed early

•     not rely on telephones to make last minute arrangements for their children. (Lines tend to malfunction during storms.)


Red Flag Days  

When the RED FLAG is flying students are to come into the building at 8:35 a.m. instead of playing on the playground.

·         The Red Flag Temperature will be 25 degrees including wind chill.  This is for all schools prior to the start of the school day.

·         We will use The Weather Channel to make the determination.

·         Each school has the flexibility to determine when children go out for their daily recesses - this may be when the temperature is between 10 to 25 degrees including wind chill.


Opt-Out- Personal Identifiable Directory Information

In WSD3, the practice regarding release of appropriate information about students has been to publish the names in various school publications or on a list posted in the school regarding the following: Student’s name, date, place of birth, participation in activities and sports, awards, honor roll, scholarships, photographs, etc. A parent/guardian may elect to disallow directory information of this type listed above. The parent/guardian may notify the principal to that effect by means of appropriate communication and/or by using a form that may be picked up in the office.


Half Day Release Times & Dates

Dates-May 24th and May 25th, 2023

Time of Release for Sunrise Elementary School-12:00pm


Kindergarten Roundup

May 12th, 2023


                   1:00pm, 2:00pm or 3:00pm

                   **Please arrive approximately 5-10 minutes before your selected time**


**Dates, times & locations are subject to change. Visit the Sunrise website here for the most up-to-date information**

Calendar of Events


April 3rd-Buck A Hat Day & CMAS Testing Begins this Week


April 6th-Title Night 4:30pm


April 8th-District Art Fair


April 11th-PTO & BAAC Meeting 4:00pm


April 14th-Mid-Terms Sent Home and Purple Up Day


April 20th-School Dance Sponsored by PTO 5:00-7:30pm


April 21st-No School-April Day


April 22nd-Earth Day Celebration at Sunrise


April 27th-Kindergarten Musical Performance


April 28th-Day Without Hate


May 1st-Buck A Hat Day-Sponsored by Renaissance


May 12th-Kindergarten Roundup


     -2:00pm  OR



May 19th-K-2nd grade Field Day


May 22nd-3rd-5th grade Field Day


May 23rd-5th grade Kickball Game


May 24th-Renaissance Assembly 9:30am and Early Release Day 12:00pm


May 25th-Last Day of School

     -5th grade Clap Out 9:30am

     -Kindergarten Graduation 10:30am 

     -Early Release Day 12:00pm