•   Parent Handbook 2022-2023

    Attendance, Tardiness, and Leaving Early:  

    Doors Open at 8:35 

    “Ready” Bell 9:00

    Tardy Bell 9:05

    *Front doors will be locked and access will be closely monitored.  All visitors will need to check in. If they are staying, they must wear a name tag.

    All absences must be verified by calling the office. Chronic absenteeism is when a child misses 18 days of school or 10% of the year.  For each year of chronic absenteeism, the odds of dropping out of high school are nearly doubled.  Needless to say, attendance is vital.  In elementary school we are building a strong base of academic skills, social skills, and good study habits. Any absence must be verified by the guardian listed in Powerschool. Please call the school as soon as possible when an absence necessary.

    Classes begin promptly at 9:05 a.m.  If a student does arrive late, they should check in at the office where they will receive a check-in slip. When it is necessary to check a student out of school, a parent or guardian must report to the office to sign the student out.  If a student starts to show a pattern of frequent absences, tardies, or check outs, the principal will call home and encourage the family to meet with her to develop a plan for improvement. 

    Allergies:   If dietary accommodations are needed or if medication needs to be kept at school, you need to get a form from the office for your doctor to sign. 

    Birthdays/Other Celebrations:  Please do NOT bring balloons or gifts to be delivered to a student in class as they are a distraction to the learning environment.  District policy states that treats should not be brought to class except through the PTA on designated holidays.  Invitations to parties should not be brought to school.  School personnel cannot give out phone numbers or addresses of children.


    Breakfast Starts at  8:35

    Breakfast Daily - $1.40   Weekly - $7.00 (Daily reduced breakfast - 30¢)

    Students who eat breakfast are expected to make it to class on time before the 9:05 tardy bell.  Milk is available for purchase separate from buying a meal.  Those students who are allergic to milk will be offered water. 

    Bus and Boundaries: Our school is a walking school which means students live within 1.5 miles of the school. There are no buses that transport students to and from school. For more information about school boundaries go to:


    Calling the School:  Parents, please understand our need to keep phone lines open for emergencies and other urgent school matters.   Also please know that the phones get busy at the end of the day and we may not be able to get messages to students before the bell rings. 

    Cell Phone Use by Students at Sunrise

    To prevent possible cyber-bullying on our campus, cell phones and other digital devices like smart watches are not to be used on school property.  If the cellular device is worn, it must not pose a distraction to learning.


    Cell Phone District Policy:  

    A.  Elementary students' cellular devices must be turned off from the first bell, and remain off until the last bell during school hours.  Communication with parents/guardians will be facilitated through the teacher or the central office of the school.

    B.  Wearable cellular devices may be worn as long as they do not create a distraction or a disruption during school hours.

    C.  Students who choose to bring cellular devices to school do so at their own risk. The school district assumes NO LIABILITY for lost, stolen or damaged devices.

    Disciplinary Measures

    A.  Failure to adhere to the guidelines above may result in disciplinary measures such as:

    1.  Verbal warning. Student may be asked to turn off their device in the presence of the teacher and may be allowed to put it away.

    2.  Device may be taken away until the end of the day (to be picked up by student). Offense may be logged in PowerSchool.

    3.  Device may be taken away from the student and must be picked up by the student’s parents during school hours or after school, after consultation with a school administrator. Offense may be logged in PowerSchool.

    4.  Student may lose the privilege to use device on district property. Offense may be logged in PowerSchool.


    Early Checkout Policy     If you need to check your student(s) out of school for appointments at the end of the day, you MUST do so BEFORE 3:15 PM. It is very difficult for everyone involved to do last minute check-outs, especially teachers as they are wrapping things up for the day. You may call or come into the office as always. Checking them out at this time will allow you to park in the visitor parking lot while waiting for your student(s) to come out and then still leave before the cones are placed outside blocking that parking lot off. STUDENTS NEED TO BE CHECKED OUT BY 3:15 PM! Thank you!!!

    Child Abuse/Neglect:  The law places “duty to notify” on every person who has reasonable cause to believe that a child may be neglected or abused.  School staff don't have to prove that abuse or neglect is occurring, but only have a reasonable cause to believe.  Our school will report suspected abuse and neglect within the guidelines of the law.  

    Citizenship/Discipline:  All students of Sunrise Elementary are expected to treat their fellow students, teachers and staff with respect.  We believe all students must be held accountable for conduct that is harmful or disruptive to a safe and secure learning environment.  Schools where parents and school staff work together are most effective.  Please support our efforts.  Students will be receiving positive reinforcement at school for demonstrating good citizenship.  Every class including special classes (art, music, P.E., computer, media) and reading groups will have clearly stated behavioral expectations and routines.  

    Our first priority at Sunrise Elementary is to provide a safe, predictable, and motivational environment for ALL students.  We understand that students often arrive at school with heavy burdens and overwhelming stress.  What happens outside school can have a profound effect on what happens inside the school.  If a student’s behavior is negatively impacting other students’ learning or their own learning, we will first consider the motives or reasons behind the behavior and provide appropriate accommodations.  If the behavior is chronic, a behavior plan will be created by the teacher, parent, and other involved personnel.  Students displaying severe behavior or needing immediate attention, may be referred to the school counselor and/or Bear River Mental Health services.   

    City Crossing Guards:

    455 East 300 South  8:25-9:00 & 2:50-3:15

    Please avoid driving through the crosswalk after school.  Waiting to turn left from 455 East onto 300 South causes cars to pile up in the pickup zones and it increases the chances of children getting hit.


    Class Placement for the Next Year:  Parent input for class placement will be available the first two weeks after Spring Break.  Parents are invited to share information they feel the school should know when determining teachers.  Sunrise strives to have balanced classrooms (number of students, even ratio of boy to girl, academic strengths, and behavior needs).  Changing classes after placements are highly discouraged.  A change of placement can only happen with the principal’s discretion.

    Computers and their Acceptable Use:  The Cache District Acceptable Use Policy deals with students and their access to the internet.  While at Sunrise, students and adults are agreeing to the following rules:  

    1. Students will have access to the Internet and may only use the internet at Sunrise Elementary under the direct supervision of a teacher.

    2. No one may use the network for commercial purposes or financial gain.

    3. Illegal or inappropriate use of the Internet is prohibited (Students intentionally logging in under another person’s name is considered inappropriate and will result in loss of computer privileges).

    Dress Code:  Sunrise expects parents/guardians to use good judgment with regard to proper school dress. Clothing needs to be clean, safe, modest and in good repair including an appropriate fit. The school district policy forbids the wearing of abbreviated clothing and clothing bearing inappropriate messages. Bare midriff shirts and tank tops are not appropriate for school. Shorts and skirts must be near the knee. To ensure safety, appropriate footwear should be worn at school. All hats are to be removed in the school building. Please make sure your children are dressed to fit the weather. All outdoor clothing should be marked with the student’s name. Athletic shoes should be worn for physical education classes.

    Emergencies/Emergency Forms:  Throughout the school year, students are trained to respond appropriately to emergencies.  Drills are done monthly with every other month practicing a full evacuation.  A hall check is put into effect when danger or other emergency is possible.  During a hall check, students simply stay in their classrooms and keep learning while the administration checks on a suspected danger.  It is important to keep your contact information updated, both in the school office and with your child’s teacher.  

    FERPA (The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act):   This law protects the privacy of a student’s educational records.  For more information go to:  https://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/index.html

    Field Trips:  Teachers may ask parents for donations to help cover the cost of bus transportation and incidental expenses for field trips.  Students are never kept from participating in field trip activities because of an inability or desire not to make a donation.  Students are expected to follow the safe busing rules.  Students who ride the bus to a field trip must return to the school on the bus unless they are physically handed over to the parent/legal guardian.  There are no exceptions.

    Illness:  If your child becomes ill at school or he/she arrives at school sick, you or someone listed on your emergency card will be contacted to pick your child up as soon as possible.  Keep your child home from school if she or he has exhibited one or more of the following:

    • Diarrhea or vomiting

    • Measurable temperature (100 degrees or higher)

    • Yellow to green discharge from the nose 

    • Severe or croupy cough that has not been treated

    • Infected eyes or ears

    • Other contagious, untreated infections (lice, ringworm, impetigo, pink eye, Covid, flu, etc.)

    When your child has been symptom-free for 24 hours without medication, they can return to school.


    Library:   Books can be checked out for 2 weeks at a time; however, Miss Ballif will gladly extend the due date for any child that asks for more time to enjoy their books.  Students cannot check out new books if they have any overdue or lost books.  Once the overdue books are returned, they can check out new ones again.  If the books are lost or damaged, the parent is required to pay the cost to replace them.  Kindergarteners can check out 1 book at a time until January and then they can take 2 books.  Second graders can check out 2 books at a time.  Third - Sixth graders can check out up to 3 books at a time. 


     Lunch Daily - $2.05, Weekly - $10.25 (Daily reduced lunch - 40¢)

    Separate Milk purchase 35¢

    (15-20 min. to eat and 15-20 min. for recess) 

    1st Grade - 11:32    

    2nd Grade - 11:43    

    3rd Grade - 11:50    

    4th Grade - 12:00    

    5th Grade -  12:10     

    6th Grade -  12:25

    All Day Kindergarten - 12:35

    Menus and nutrition information for lunch & breakfast:  https://www.ccsdut.org/Domain/21

    If your account balance drops too low into the negative, there is a chance your child may receive a peanut butter sandwich instead of the main line option.  Parents may apply for free or reduced lunch prices by using this link: https://www.ccsdut.org/Domain/21 

    Medication:  As per state law, school staff cannot provide medication for students.  We also cannot monitor or participate in the dispensing of medication for students without a school provided “Permission to Administer Medication” form that has been signed by the parent and a health care provider.  This applies to both over-the-counter medication and prescription medications.  

    Office Phone Use:

    Calls from the office need to be limited to children who are ill or have some other sort of emergency situation.  Students will not be able to use the phone to get gloves, hats, gym shoes for PE or to make after school arrangements.  Please make sure your child is prepared for the day and allow them to suffer natural consequences if they forget things.

    Parent Teacher Conferences:

      November 17th (evening) and 18th (morning)

      Teacher Prep Day- No School  - November14th

      March 2nd (evening) and 3rd (morning)

      Teacher Prep Day - No School - February 21

    Students are expected to attend a conference twice a year with their parents and teachers.  At the conferences, students make goals for improvement, scores are shared, and work samples are celebrated. Parents need to sign up for an appointment using Canyon Creek Online Scheduler link.   Parent Teacher Conferences will be held on a Thursday evening from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and on Friday morning from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon.  School on Thursday will get out early at 1:00.  On Friday, there will be no school for students.

    There will be no school for kindergarteners or preschool on Thursday or Friday so conferences can be held on those two days. 

    Be watching for signup emails 3 weeks before conference dates.  Those emails will have the link to take you to the software signup page.


    Parent Teacher Conference Sign Up Instructions:

    From the Online Scheduler Home Page:

    • Choose your student’s school from the drop down list and click “GO” 

    • Enter the school password, whitepine

    • Enter your student’s “Student ID”.  If you do not know their Student ID, use the LOOKUP STUDENT ID button to access the system.

    • Verify the student’s birth date  

    • A list of your student’s teachers will be displayed.  Check the box next to the name of each teacher(s) you would like to meet with. 

    • If you have more than one student in the school you can see all of your students’ teachers’ schedules at one time by answering YES to this question “Do you want to schedule conferences for another student?” then repeat the steps above for your other students.  If you only have one student, answer NO to that question.

    • You will then see the available time slots for each teacher you selected.

    • Select the times that work best for your schedule.  

    • Enter your email address (recommended) if you would like an email reminder sent to you. (Your email address is kept private.)

    • Once you have finished you can confirm your appointment details and print your conference schedule.

    • Write down the Confirmation Number (you will need this number to cancel your appointment)


    Need help?  Contact Sunrise Elementary 435-563-3866.


    Parent & School Communication:  In order to receive school announcements as text messages, please update your settings in Powerschool.  Teachers will provide regular communication about class events through email, paper notes, or phone apps.  If you have concerns please contact teachers through email or call during business hours (3:00pm - 4:00pm).  

    Personal Possessions:  Please put your child’s name on their clothing, bags, etc.  Students should check for lost items in the office.  Students’ should not bring toys, games, hobby cards, sports equipment, personal electronics, distracting accessories, or pets to school.  Such items are often distracting, cause hard feelings between students, or sometimes fall into the wrong hands.  Staff will not assume responsibility for lost, misplaced, or stolen personal items.  Skateboards and other items with wheels should be locked up at the bike rack or stored in the classroom or office during the day. 


    Pick Up and Drop Off: 

    • Be considerate of all other vehicles and students during pick-up/drop-off times.  

    • All vehicles should drop-off/pick-up students by pulling in front of the school or on 455 East along the field as close to the curb as possible, going in one direction. 

    • Students should exit vehicles on the side closest to the curb and sidewalk.

    • Do not double-park.  It is very dangerous to have students walking between vehicles. 


    Reading Homework:   Please make a family commitment to reading 20 minutes daily.  

    Recess:  Students are expected to go outside for recess with their class unless severe weather requires all students to stay inside.  Teachers cannot monitor safety if some students are inside and others are outside.  Generally, if students are too sick to participate in outside recess, they are probably too sick to come to school.  Please make sure the school and teacher are aware if your child has asthma as the weather may be a concern for them.  Please stress the need for hats, gloves, coats, and boots during the winter and please label all outside clothing.  Parents will be called to bring dry clothes if the student gets too wet during recess.  A doctor’s note should be sent to the PE Specialist if your child cannot participate in PE activities.

    Safe Schools:  Cache School District is committed to providing a safe school environment where learning takes place free from unnecessary disruption and danger.  The possession of controlled substances or a weapon or likeness of a weapon is grounds for immediate suspension or expulsion.  (See the district policy on the website.)  At Sunrise Elementary, harassment, threats, or assaults are grounds for in-school suspension (students lose privileges like recess and sitting with friends at lunch, but their work is still completed at school).  

    School Colors:  Red and White 


    School Mascot:  Bear


    School Motto:  Imagine, Believe, Achieve, Inspire


    School Community Council:  The Sunrise Elementary Community Council will be composed of elected parents and school staff members.  As per the law, parent membership will exceed school staff membership by at least two parents.  Elections are held each spring and notice is given by newsletter and on the website of when the elections will be held.  Regular meetings are held monthly. All parents are always welcome to attend, but only council members can vote on changes. Schedules and committee member information can be found at our school website.  https://www.ccsdut.org/Page/7277

    Council Members



    Shellie Healy



    Summer Gunn



    Nikkala Stephens



    Laura Chatterton



    Korry Hintze



    Brooke Pugmire



    Rachel Parrish



    Launa Williams 



    Amy Wallace




    Visitors/Volunteers:  All visitors and volunteers must check in at the office when they arrive and when they leave.   

    Weather Related School Closings:  For information tune your radio to KVNU 610 AM or KBLQ 1390 AM.  An emergency announcement will also be sent through Swift K12 (Powerschool) to the email address and phone numbers in PowerSchool.