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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

As it gets colder outside please make sure students are dressing for the weather. On stormy days please make sure to check local news broadcasts for delays or closures. We have been so excited to see all our Sunrise families at our school events. Please make sure to contact the front office if you are not receiving messages and/or emails from the school. We want to make sure you are up-to-date on events and activities at the school.

Visit 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 Sunrise families!

It is December (how did that happen already?!) and the holidays are right around the corner. We know that the holidays are a time of fun and celebration, but can also sometimes be hard and/or stressful. Last month we included some holiday resources, and we wanted to include those again (see below). 


In addition, we wanted to share some mental health resources for your kiddos. Colorado is offering 6 FREE therapy sessions per every youth under the age of 18-years-old. These sessions are offered virtually and some in-person. This resource provides short-term therapy, as well as, resources and referrals out for further services, if needed. Please visit iMatter of Colorado at for more information. We hope you have a great November! And as always, please reach out if you need anything.


Bailey Cline - Social Worker 

Megan Anders - Counselor 

Caitlin Bloyer - Psychologist 



·  El Paso County Toys for Tots 

·  Fresh Start Center

·  Christmas Unlimited 

·  Crossfire Ministries

·  Catholic Charities

·  Springs Rescue Mission








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,

Winter break is almost here, and along with it, the cold weather. Winter months can turn even the most active people into homebodies. But despite the cold weather, it is possible for us to get outdoors and get some exercising in! Did you know that you can burn 284 calories in an hour by building a snowman? Who knew that the act of rolling up the different snowballs and selecting various accessories for your snowman could be so healthy? I encourage everyone to embrace the cold winter months and participate in outdoor winter activities! In addition, Sunrise will be kicking off our Kids Heart Challenge fundraiser after winter break! Be on the lookout for information regarding KHC in January!


Link to Full PE Newsletter:




A Note from Music

Hello Sunrise families,

We had two very successful recitals. The 4th and 5th graders did an awesome job singing some very difficult music. The fifth grade students sang music inspired by an American Road Trip, and our 4th grade students sang selections of classic jazz.


3rd graders will have their recital, “The Incredible Reindeer,” on Thursday, December 15th @ 5:30pm. Specific information about this recital has been sent home with students. The Sunrise honor choir will also be participating in a recital in partnership with the local Youth Chorale on Saturday, December 10th, at 2:30pm.


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 5:30pm on the following dates:

Learn Music Notes – Apps on Google Play4th Grade: 11/10

3rd Grade: 12/15

2nd Grade: 2/7

1st Grade: 3/16

Kinder: 4/27

Link to full Music Newsletter:



Sunrise PTO

Our next meeting is on January 17th (December meeting is cancelled due to the Holiday Night) 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. 


October full day attendance rate was 93%


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.


Notice Concerning Directory Information:

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), a Federal law, requires that Widefield School District 3 (“the District”), with certain exceptions, obtain your written consent prior to the disclosure of personally identifiable information from your child's education records. However, the District may disclose appropriately designated "directory information" without written consent, unless you have advised the District to the contrary in accordance with District procedures. The primary purpose of directory information is to allow the District to include this type of information from your child's education records in certain school publications. Examples include:

  • A playbill, showing your student's role in a drama production;
  • The annual yearbook;
  • Honor roll or other recognition lists;
  • Graduation programs; and
  • Sports activity sheets, such as for wrestling, showing weight and height of team members.


Directory information, which is information that is generally not considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if released, can also be disclosed to outside organizations without a parent's prior written consent. Outside organizations include, but are not limited to, companies that manufacture class rings or publish yearbooks. In addition, two federal laws require local educational agencies (LEAs) receiving assistance under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) to provide military recruiters, upon request, with three directory information categories - names, addresses and telephone listings - unless parents have advised the LEA that they do not want their student's information disclosed without their prior written consent.[1]

If you do not want the District to disclose directory information from your child's education records without your prior written consent, you must notify the District in writing by September 20th each year. The District has designated the following information as directory information:

·         Student's name

·         Participation in officially recognized activities and sports

·         Address

·         Telephone listing

·         Weight and height of members of athletic teams

·         Electronic mail address

·         Photograph

·         Degrees, honors, and awards received

·         Date and place of birth

·         Major field of study

·         Dates of attendance

·         Grade level

·         The most recent educational agency or institution attended


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-Calendar section for the most up-to-date information**

Calendar of Events


Dec. 1st-Buck a Hat Day


Dec. 13th-PTO Meeting and Holiday Night


Dec. 15th-3rd grade Musical Performance 5:30pm


Dec. 21st-End of 2nd Quarter and Classroom Celebrations 2:50pm


Dec. 22nd to Jan. 6th-Winter Break-No School


Jan. 9th-Students First Day of School-Return from Winter Break



Dec. 22nd to Jan. 6th-Winter Break-No School


Jan. 9th-Students First Day of School-Return from Winter Break


Jan. 10th-Buck a Hat Day


Jan. 11th-Report Cards Go Home


Jan. 16th-No School-MLK Day


Jan. 17th-PTO & BAAC Meeting 4:00pm and Otter Night Out


Jan. 20th-Renaissance Assemblies

-K-2nd grade-1:15pm

-3rd-5th grade-2:15pm


Jan. 23rd-27th-Book Fair


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