Principal's Corner

Principal's Corner

MARCH 2019

Dear Sunnybrae Parents/Guardians,

As the month of March begins, I want to thank you for your participation in two of our school-wide events that just happened last week: the Fifth IB Exhibition and the Literacy Parent Education Night.

Fifth Grade IB Exhibition

We are very proud that our fifth grade students for completing their IB exhibition projects this past March 1st. The students worked very hard to research and present on different topics of their interest. They also developed an action plan as a next step to support their topic. Thank you to all the parents, mentors and community members who came out to see the fifth grade students to their presentations.

Literacy Parent Education Night

Sunnybrae School hosted a bilingual  literacy parent education night on February 27th, 2018. We had about 25 parents attend and they had the opportunity to share feedback on what are some challenges that prevent students from reading at home. Parents also had the opportunity to learn strategies from our teachers on how to support reading at home with their children. The children took home books at their reading level and everyone had an amazing time. A huge shout out goes out to the parents and teachers who attended this event! Her are some tips for how you can support your children with reading at home.

To make time for reading EVERY day:

Read in the car

Read as part of the nighttime routine

Read in the entryway


For a quiet space to read:

Read at the library

Read under the coffee table (with a blanket over it to make a fort)

Read in an (empty) bathtub


To engage reluctant readers:

Read three books on the tablet

Program of rewards with the classroom teacher

Get books that interest your child

Read text messages

Read books to them that are engaging and higher leveled

Make sure the book is easy enough to read by themselves

Talk to the teacher about getting books at the child’s level

Teachers will start sending home books from the book room to borrow


Multi-Tier System of Support

This year our school is beginning the process to engage in the Multi-Tier System of Support (MTSS) framework. MTSS is a framework that incorporates PBIS (behavior) and RTI (academic) into one system to support students, teachers and parents to improve academics, behavior and social-emotional development. Our school has developed an MTSS team who will be attending four days of training to learn more about this and how we can begin to implement in it at Sunnybrae to support ALL of our students. Here a parent brochure that helps to explain what MTSS is what we are already doing in our school.

Important Dates:

March 11th: No School for Teacher Professional Development Day

March 14th: ELAC meeting (6:30-7:30pm) in the Sunnybrae School Library

March 15th: International Night (5:30-8:00pm) in the LGI

March 15th: Trimester 2 ends

March 19th-22nd: Fifth Grade goes to Outdoor Education

March 29th: Trimester 2 report cards go home

March 30th- April 14th:  No School for Spring Break


Aleyda Barrera-Cruz