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School Mission Statement

Our mission at Sunrise Elementary School will be to develop each student into a successful learner. Children entrusted to our care will receive a strong sense of self-worth, citizenship, social awareness, and social skills as well as a sound challenging, and positive academic experience.


A message from the Sunrise Administrative Team

Open Enrollment for the 2023-2024 school year is available. If you would like your child to attend Sunrise Elementary School and it is not your neighborhood school, you may submit a Boundary Waiver to the front office staff at Sunrise Elementary School. Please turn in your boundary waiver to the front office by Feb. 28th. Please contact us if you have any questions at 719-391-3415.

Clink the link here for Student Registration & Boundary Waiver Form.


**5th grade Families ONLY**

Please submit Boundary Waiver Forms to the middle school you would like your child to attend.


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 and Happy New Year! We are so excited to be back this semester and wanted to remind you all of the support we provide the Sunrise families. 


We lead a few different small groups throughout the year that may focus on friendship, social skills, family changes, or military deployment. Please get in contact with either of us if you’d like to refer your student to a small group. 


We are also able to connect families with different resources in the community. As the new year begins, please let us know if your family is in need of school clothes or school supplies. 


We look forward to serving families this new semester!

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,

This month we kickoff our Kids Heart Challenge Fundraiser! By participating in Kids Heart Challenge, your child will raise funds to help kids with special hearts and make all communities healthier. They will also learn how to keep their hearts and brains healthy, get moving with fun activities, and meet kids with special hearts! Plus our school can earn money for PE equipment! This year the fundraiser will run from January 10th to February 10th. Our goal is to raise $5,ooo! If your child raises $50, they will be able to slime Mrs. Ottenberg with dragon snot!


To sign up, download the Kids Heart Challenge app or visit to register. Be the Torch!

Click here for the full PE newsletter.



A Note from Music

Hello Sunrise families,

We had two very successful recitals again in December. The 4th and 5th grade honor choir did an awesome job singing at the WSD3 honor choir recital. They had coaching and help from the children's choral, and it was a great experience for the students. The third grade students completed their Christmas recital and did a great job! We loved hearing their wonderful singing and are very proud of the students who stepped up and took on speaking roles during the 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:

Learn Music Notes – Apps on Google Play2nd Grade: 2/7

1st Grade: 3/16

Kinder: 4/27

Clink here for the full Music Newsletter.



Sunrise PTO

Our next meeting is on January 17th at 4:00pm.  We will be meeting in the library and also offer a virtual link for those who need it.  

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. 


November full day attendance rate was 92%

December full day attendance rate was 90%


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

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

Calendar of Events


Jan. 16th-No School-MLK Day


Jan. 17th-PTO & BAAC Meeting 4:00pm


Jan. 20th -Renaissance Assemblies

     K-2nd grade-1:15-2:00pm

     3rd-5th grade-2:15-3:00pm


Jan. 23rd-27th-Book Fair

     Jan 26th-Evening Book Sales 5:00-6:30pm


Jan. 25th & Feb 1st-KidPower 6:00-8:00pm




Feb. 1st-Buck A Hat Day and KidPower


Feb. 2nd-Spring Picture Day


Feb. 6th to 9th-Valentine Grams Sales by PTO


Feb. 7th-2nd grade Musical Performance 5:30-6:30pm


Feb. 9th-Title Night 4:30-5:30pm


Feb 10th-No School-Teacher Professional Development Day


Feb. 13th-Mid-Terms Sent Home


Feb. 14th-Valentine’s Day Celebrations 2:50pm


Feb. 20th-No School President’s Day


Feb. 21st-PTO Meeting 4:00pm and Otter Night Out