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Bear Drive
We are proud to be hosting our sixth annual bear drive to benefit the Team Emery Bear Drive for Phoenix Children’s Hospital during the holiday season. Our students would like your help to make their dream of starting a chain reaction of kindness and compassion a reality.

We are collecting NEW teddy bears and other stuffed animals so each child at Phoenix Children’s Hospital (and many other children’s hospitals around the country) can have a cuddly buddy for the holiday season. Please be sure that all donations are brand new from the store with tags on them. We are unable to accept used/second hand stuffed animals because of health concerns.
With your help, we know we can reach our goal of collecting 4,000 NEW bears and stuffed animals by our December 13th deadline.

Thank you in advance for helping us to make this the most successful bear drive ever! If you have any questions, or if you would like to arrange a large pick-up or delivery of bears, please feel free to contact Mrs. Blunier.
Posted : 11/13 | Direct Link
Yearbook Orders
Pre-order your 2019-2010 Yearbook:
$25.00  Sept. 16- Oct.11 
$30.00  Oct. 12- Dec. 20
$35.00  Dec. 21- Mar. 27
$40.00  (if available) No online orders
Yearbook orders will not be accepted after March 27, 2020

Only online orders will be taken:
Visit Lifetouch and enter in Yearbook ID Code: 13961120

Yearbook 8th Grade Dedications “Honor your child as you send them off to high school”
Prices for 8th grade Dedications:
¼ page  $15
½ page  $20
Full page  $25
Use the same link above to place your Advertisement order. 8th Grade Dedication space will be sold until February 21, 2020, or until all available space is filled. Please don’t wait!
Posted : 9/11 | Direct Link
Parent member needed for Site Council!
Parent member needed for Site Council!

The Sunset Hills' Site Council is a semi-autonomous body consisting of parents, teachers, and administrators.  As mandated by the Dysart Unified School District, the purpose of Site Council is to manage the collection and distribution of public tax expenditure funds donated to the campus.  Periodically, the council also reviews school policies and offers feedback. Our bylaws dictate that donated funds be utilized for extra-curricular activities; unless otherwise specified by those making the contribution.

Site Council meets once a month at 3:30 pm to discuss and review the funds donated in tax credits.

If you are interested, please contact Ashley Walkenbach at [email protected] or 623.523.8701.
Posted : 8/19 | Direct Link
Makerspace Supplies Needed
We are building a makerspace in our iExplore Lab for students to have an opportunity learn through innovation, experimentation, and engineering.  Please see view this link that has a list of items that will help us to build the makerspace.  If you have any of these items that you are willing to send in with your child, that would be greatly appreciated!  
Posted : 4/29 | Direct Link
Important Safety Reminders from the Superintendent
Dysart SafeDysart Parents and Guardians,

As we near the end of the school year, I am writing to ask you to partner with us to keep our Dysart students and campuses safe and secure. Historically, as students eagerly anticipate the approach of summer, the number of school threats increases. Dysart is hoping to stem this issue with your help.

As a fellow community member, I ask you to please:

1. Have a discussion with your child(ren) about the importance of immediately sharing information that could be considered threatening to our community with a responsible adult. This could be a parent, teacher or school staff member.
2. Make it clear to your child(ren) that online threats and rumors should not be forwarded or shared, because doing so impedes police investigations.
3. Discuss with your child(ren) the seriousness of making threats toward schools, and remind them that there are a number of charges that can be filed against students – including felony offenses.

If you become aware of an immediate threat, please call 911.  Otherwise, call law enforcement non-emergency lines to report potential threats towards our schools or the community in Surprise (623-222-4000), El Mirage (623-933-1341) or Maricopa County (602-876-1602).

Another option for reporting school safety issues or concerns is through our Safe Schools Hotline (623-876-7009) or online via Dysart Safe Report at Additional information, resources, and school safety tips can be found on our website at

Dysart is proud of our relationships with local law enforcement agencies, and works collaboratively with them to ensure the safety of our students and staff.  We all have a responsibility to be vigilant and should strive to prioritize the well-being of our community. Thank you for partnering with us to ensure our campuses are always a safe place for our students.


Quinn R. Kellis, Ed.D.
Dysart Unified School District
Posted : 4/17 | Direct Link
School Design Survey
Dear Sunset Hills Parents/Guardians,

As part of our continuous improvement process, we are embarking on a journey of developing a school identity and focus for Sunset Hills. We ask for your partnership and input based on your experience and educational values.  The information gathered will help us to plan for future programs for our students at Sunset Hills.  Please complete the following survey by Friday, March 8, 2019. The link to the survey is below. If you have any questions, please contact Josephine Tokhi at [email protected]

School Design Survey Link

We appreciate your input and support in this exciting process!

Thank you,
Josephine Tokhi
Posted : 2/28 | Direct Link
Preschool Peer Model Opportunity for 3 and 4 year old Children!
We are excited to announce a new preschool peer model option for students who have turned 3 years old by August 31, 2019 at select sites across the district. In addition, we are also continuing our 4 year old peer model option at all sites for students who have turned 4 by Aug 31, 2019. Preschool Peer Model Opportunity for 3 & 4 year old Flyer
Posted : 2/22 | Direct Link
Sunset Hills Facebook Page
Parents! Sunset Hills now has a Facebook page! Please check it out at:

SHESBobcats Facebook
Posted : 1/31 | Direct Link
New Social Worker
Dear Families,

I would like to take a moment to introduce myself.  I am Megan Garza Griswold, the Social Worker here at Sunset Hills Elementary.  I am a part of a new district program designed to work with students, families, and staff by facilitating social and emotional learning (SEL) in order to help the students achieve their greatest academic potential and success. I will have many opportunities to interact with your child(ren) in multiple settings as the program gets up and running.

I want your child to be as successful as possible at school. As you know, success in school is not just about reading and math. It is also about knowing how to learn and how to get along with others.  
Additionally, I will be working to get families connected with resources from our community partners.

If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at [email protected] and 623-523-8700.

I look forward to working with you and your family.  

Megan Garza Griswold
Social Worker
Sunset Hills Elementary
Posted : 1/23 | Direct Link
Sunset Hills Bear Drive
Thank you to everyone who donated to our bear drive! We collected a total of 3,721 stuffed animals!
Think of all the children at Phoenix Children's Hospital who will be touched by these wonderful donations this holiday season!
Large stuffed animals and bear cage for bear drive
Posted : 12/17/2018 | Direct Link
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