Principal's Letter

Welcome to Sunset Lake Elementary!

We are very excited you are visiting us on the internet to learn more about us. We are a proud Leader in Me School and implement the 7 Habits of Happy Kids that is based on the bestselling book by Stephen R. Covey’s book 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

Leader in Me schools operate under a whole building approach to generate student independence and student voice. Our staff was trained this summer by the Franklin Covey organization in 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey. We will be taking our new knowledge and teaching all of our students the 7 Habits as well as sharing ways these 7 Habits can bring a new positive impact to all of our families. 

The 7 Habits Include:

  • Be Proactive
  • Begin with the End in Mind
  • Put First Things First
  • Think Win-Win
  • Seek First to Understand then to be Understood
  • Synergize
  • Sharpen the Saw

Our implementation of the 7 Habits and bringing more student voice to our elementary is demonstrated in our school improvement goal of increasing student leadership. We will be implementing different activities to help with this goal, one example is through our Student-Led Conferences in February each year and through Student Leadership Binders. Students will have a chance to set goals and keep track of their individual progress. We welcome our families to take an active role in helping us build our student leaders! 

We are eager to maintain a school community dedicated to providing a nurturing, safe and challenging learning environment for all. The Sunset Lake Elementary staff invites you to actively participate in your child’s education. We know when parents/guardians and school staff work closely together, student achievement increases. 

To help your child have a successful school year we believe that strong attendance is extremely important for student success. We also want to encourage children to arrive on time to start their day off right. 

Please keep in touch with your child’s teacher and ask questions when you are unsure of something; this is a proactive measure which maintains positive rapport. Most importantly, take every opportunity to work with your child in everyday learning situations, to encourage reading, and discuss what s/he is learning at school. 

Thank you for your support and we look forward to our partnership!

Amie McCaw, Principal