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FAQs
Welcome to Sunset Heights Elementary School
Thank you for taking the time to visit the Sunset Heights Elementary School website.  Please explore our website for updates and to see what we have to offer as a school community.  Here at Sunset, we are a collaborative culture that believes that all children can will learn.  Soon we will open our doors to roughly 420 students their families with the goal of providing a nurturing and rigorous learning environment where all students are challenged, yet successful.  Please check back often as we intend on making this website a tool for staff, parents, and students to support learning and communication. 

Providing a quality education for our students can only be achieved with the support of all stakeholders.  With your support and partnership, we will have a successful year together.

Below is a list of frequently asked questions:
 
         How will my child receive school lunch and/or school breakfast?
Lunch and Breakfast - are paid in advance by the week or longer.  Each student is assigned a computer number, which they keep throughout their school years.  The computerized system keeps track of credit available for any lunch or breakfast purchased.  Parents may send in money to put on account, so children do not have to bring money each day.  Students who bring their own lunch may purchase milk.  If a student has no lunch, the kitchen will provide an emergency lunch, and the student may bring in money the following day.   A menu calendar, with both breakfast and lunch selections, is sent home each month with students and is available on our school’s website.
 
         How do I receive a bus ticket if I am eligible?
Bus Tickets - All students being transported by bus need a bus ticket.  Bus tickets are mailed to individual students during the summer.  Pickup times and locations are on the ticket.  Keep tickets all year.  
 
         How will I be alerted to an emergency early release?
Emergency Early Release In case of emergency early release, announcements will be aired on WSMN – 1590 AM, WMVU – 900 AM or WZID-95.7 FM.  Be sure to plan emergency arrangements for your children.
 
         How will I be alerted to delayed openings?
Delayed OpeningsSchool delays are announced on WSMN-1590, WMVU-900 AM, WZID-95.7 FM and also on Channel 9 and Channel 12 Fox TV.  Children should not be dropped off at school prior to 10:50AM.  (Add 2 hours to bus arrival time).  Morning kindergarten classes are cancelled on these days.

         What is the drop-off and pick-up procedure?
Arrivals – For all normal school days, children should not be dropped off at school prior to 8:50 AM.  There is no supervision prior to this time.  Class begins at 9:00 AM.  All students who are tardy MUST CHECK IN AT THE OFFICE WITH A PARENT and receive an admit slip. 

Dismissal Time – 3:25 PM – Should your child be parent pick-up at the end of the day, vehicles must line up in the front loop.
 
         May I go directly to my child’s classroom?
Visitors to our School:  ALL ARE REQUIRED TO CHECK IN AT THE MAIN OFFICE.  Parents are not allowed to go to their child’s classroom without prior approval from the principal or teacher.  You will then need to sign in and get a Visitor’s Badge.
 
         If my child needs medication, what is the procedure?
Medication If your child needs to take a prescription medication in school, state law requires a note from the doctor before the nurse can dispense any medication.  A form must also be signed by you indicating recommended dosage.  Please do not send any medication in with your child for them to take on their own.  Please call our school nurse if you have any questions.  Required medication forms are available on the school website under the nurse’s department.
Immunization  All children must be fully immunized.  Please notify the nurse if immunization records need to be updated.  Any child entering kindergarten or first grade must be fully immunized and have a physical before entering school.  This is a state law-any child not in compliance will be excluded from school.
 
         How do I report my child absent?
Absenteeism If your child is going to be absent, please call the office (594-4387) any time between the hours of 4:00 PM and 8:00 AM and leave a message on the answering machine.  If your child is going to be out sick for more than a day, you may request homework to be sent home.   
 
         Where is Lost and Found?
Your child’s belongings All clothing, boots, lunch boxes, backpacks, personal item, etc. should be marked with the child’s name.  If your child loses something, please have them check lost and found (infront of the nurse's office), or you may come in and look.
 
         May I distribute personal communications, such as invitations, through the school?
Personal Communications – Please be aware of the school policy that students will NOT be permitted to distribute party invitations or other personal communications at school.   This is in alignment with common practice throughout the Nashua School District.
 
         May I send in ‘treats’ to my child’s class?
Healthy Foods -State legislation now requires that only healthy food choices be provided by school staff to students during the school day.  This includes classroom celebrations.  Historically, some parents like to send in birthday cupcakes but this is not permissible.  Although not necessary in any way, should you ever wish to send in a food treat for the class, a helpful handout is provided under the nurse’s tab on our school website.
 
         How do I enroll my child in the before/after school program at Sunset Heights?
Before/After School Program The Adult Learning Center runs the program at Sunset Heights Elementary School.  Please call (882-9080 Ext.212) for information, if interested.
 
Please know that our office staff is always available to answer any questions you may have.