Embracing Race

During this time in our society when we are called to listen, learn, act, and change - it can exceptionally difficult to discuss these topics with our children.  We are going to post resources in this block to help with those discussions.  


10 Tips to Discussions with Children:  embrace race tips.pdf

Teaching Tolerance Website:  https://www.tolerance.org/topics/race-ethnicity 

Race and Equity Resources from the American School Counselor Association:  https://www.schoolcounselor.org/school-counselors/professional-development/learn-more/race-and-equity-resources 



You are welcome to refer to this block for the ever-changing information that is occurring regarding school reopening for 20-21.  We will try to post information here for parents to access.

Penn-Trafford School District Summary of the Health and Safety Plan for School Reopening:   Summary of Health and Safety Plan.pdf 

Article for Parents on How to Keep children healthy:   COVID19_KeepChildrenHealthy_eng.pdf 

Parents - Please visit https://www.stepupwestmoreland.org/for recordings of webinars on Trauma-Informed Parenting and COVID-19 Home Resources. They are located towards the top of the page on the right hand side of the page. 

Are you looking for some tech help now that you are at home with your child trying to manage all these new technology requirements?  Maybe some of these documents will be helpful.  We hope so!   How To Join Google Meet.pdfRevised Google Hangouts How To - Google Docs.pdfParent Guide Google Classroom.pdf 



Sunrise Storyline Online!

Please click the link below to access the stories read by our very own staff from the site "Storyline Online"!  Some of these can even be used to earn more points for AR!


Sunrise Storyline Online Staff Readings


Please click the attached link for the current district calendar:

 2020-21 School Calendar 12-3-19.pdf 

Kindergarten Registration Paperwork

Here are all the digital files of the paperwork needed for Kindergarten and new student registration:

Family ID Instructions.pdf  

KDG Nurse Welcome Letter.pdf  

PTSD Physical Examination Forms.pdf  

Tax form 2020.pdf 

 PA Dental Form  

 Home Language Form  



NEW STUDENT REGISTRATION!   Welcome to the Penn-Trafford School District!

Registration for the 2020-2021 school year is still happening if you have not done so already!  Please call us as soon as you are able so that we can get everything ready for the start of the 20-21 school year!

Registration (via phone @ your home school):  Please call your home school to register your child.  The secretary at each building will take your information right over the phone!

Dr. Karin Coiner,  Principal - Sunrise  Elementary, 724-864-6700


According to IT, you will need to add three emails to your "whitelist" as they are being blocked by your email provider because your email is flagging those two providers as spam..  Directions are below.  All three of the emails listed below should be added to the whitelist.  View the video connected with your email provider and it will show you how to add the three emails below to your list of allowable emails.   Sometimes changes like this can take up to 24 hours to begin working.
Three emails to add/whitelist to your email account:
Direction videos to do this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TiydbxTHD44 - How to whitelist with Gmail
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0QGUNQv9kcg - How to whitelist with Outlook/Hotmail



SAFE2SAY:  Penn-Trafford School District has a SAFE2SAY helpline to help prevent threats and dangers to the school community. Safe2Say is designed to assist you in reporting any wrongdoing that impacts our schools, our students or our staff – anonymously, so as to protect your privacy. For example, you may wish to report acts of violence, potential threats, bullying, harassment, suicidal comments, theft, drugs, weapons, or any other dangers that may cause harm.   Please click this link to go to the Safe2Say Helpline page for more information:  Safe2Say Helpline



FIRSTVIEW APP FOR TRANSPORTATION MONITORING:  Penn-Trafford School District has a new app available In continued partnership with our transportation provider, First Student.  First Student is launching FirstView®, a bus tracking and parent communications app for your smartphone or desktop.  Please click both of these links for information about the FirstView app and also information about how to create an account and set up the app.   FirstView letter to parents.pdf        Parent-App_Start_Guide.pdf 



ELEMENTARY HANDBOOK K-5:  Click on the attached link to access the elementary handbook for grades K-5.  This handbook is also located in the office page of information.     Elem Handbook K-5 Final Version 19-20.pdf 



SUNRISE CLASS ROSTERS!  Click the attached file to access the class rosters for the 2019-2020 school year.  Any changes made (new entrants/move outs) will be updated and posted to this location with a revision date.                                 Sunrise Class Rosters 19-20.pdf              (Revised as of 2/25/20)



BUS SCHEDULES:   Click the attached files to view the bus schedules for 2019-20:      Bus schedule AM.pdf               Bus Schedule PM.pdf            



PTO REGISTRATION FOR 2019-20:  Click on the attached link to register for the PTO! https://forms.gle/wMt75PQifsuFWA9FA  

New registration is needed every year.  Thank you for registering and supporting our school!  Here is the PTO Registration informational letter.     2019-2020 PTO Membership.pdf 



FREE AND REDUCED LUNCH APPLICATION:  Please consider filling out and turning in the free and reduced lunch application to receive assistance for breakfast and lunch in the school.  Eligibility is based on income and all information is completely confidential.  The status of the application is not shared and also embedded into student's lunch ID card, therefore, not shared with other students at any time.  Click on the application and submit to the office ASAP.  Free and Reduced Lunch Application  



Backpacks to Go Program:   As you do your back to school shopping, please think of Penn-Trafford's Backpacks-to-Go Program. The Penn Trafford Backpacks-to-Go Program is a supplemental nutrition program provides a backpack filled with meals and snacks every other weekend to district children enrolled in the program, made possible through donations from community members, businesses, organizations, and churches in the surrounding area, and PT staff. If you would like to make a monetary, gift card, food or backpack donation, please contact Lauren Traill at trailll@penntrafford.org or 724-744-2161 or Lisa Popovich at popovichl@penntrafford.org or 724-744-0302. If you feel that your child could benefit from receiving a backpack during the 2019-20 school year, please contact Mrs. Traill or Mrs. Popovich.   Please see this year's flyer by clicking this link:    BPPAnnouncementforDistrictWebsite.pdf 



 Sunrise Elementary is a 2017 National Blue Ribbon School!:   Please click the below link to see the homepage for Sunrise on the National Blue Ribbon site.

Blue Ribbon Homepage for Sunrise!



Message From the Principal

Summer is here.  We don't know what the future will hold.  As decisions are made and information needs to go out, we will be sure to share it with you.
We truly want to work with you as a team.  Education of our children is one of the most valuable and challenging honors to hold.  Thank you for entrusting us with this job.  We all want your children to be successful.  Please stay up to date and aware of everything that is going on by visiting this website, contacting your child(ren)'s teachers and even volunteering when you are able!  Should you have any additional questions about school, please call the school office.  
All parents are suggested to visit and explore all the school website information, teacher pages, and Powerschool to check grades regularly.  Connect with your child(ren)'s teacher with any questions or concerns. Please let us know what we can do to make the days better for you and your child(ren). 
Please visit the site often for any changes or news.  OR Check out our twitter feed @SunriseElemK5.  Also, please don't hesitate to contact us, as needed, should you need anything. 
The office is open Monday thru Friday from 8am to 4pm.  If you call at other times, you will either be able to leave a message or someone may answer the phone if they are in the office.  Please contact me with any issues or concerns. Dr. Karin Coiner - - coinerk@penntrafford.org 
Sunrise Estates Elementary School is a neighborhood school that houses grades K-5.  We are one of five elementary schools for the district.  Currently, our enrollment is just over 320 students.  We have approximately 35 staff members that work in the building.  We offer half day Kindergarten, both AM and PM. Building services include speech and language, learning support, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and gifted needs.


What do we stand for?  What do we believe?  Where are we headed?  What are our values?  Ever wonder the answers to these questions?   

The following Vision Statements were created by the Staff of Sunrise Elementary during June of 2012.  They are what we believe are the Core elements of educating our learners each and every day.  Sunrise takes pride in our school, our district, and educating our littlest ones to become successful learners from this point forward.  Our Sunrise Vision follows the district beliefs, core values, and soft skills. 

The entire Vision can be found by clicking this link.  Sunrise Vision


Take Home Tuesday

Take Home Tuesday is the Penn-Trafford School District's way of creating a weekly communication to the parents and students of the district.  Please check this page on a weekly basis to see what is available to you or your child for informational purposes, activities, or important notices.  Should you have any questions about the content, please feel free to call the school office.  

Take Home Tuesday Folders 

Sunrise Elementary Calendar

  • 5th Grade Farewell Pool Party - Haymaker Pool

    Details to come from PTO. 

    See Email sent to all 5th grade families on June 12th.

    Sunrise Estates Elementary School
  • New Student Orientation

    Sunrise Estates Elementary School
  • Kennywood Day

    Sunrise Estates Elementary School
  • Open House

    Grades 1-2 - 5:30-6:30

    Grades 3-5 - 6:30-7:30

    Grade K depends on AM or PM, either 5:30-6:30 or 6:30-7:30

    Principal information sessions 5:00 or 7:30.

    Sunrise Estates Elementary School
  • 1st Day of School

    Sunrise Estates Elementary School
  • No School

    Sunrise Estates Elementary School
  • Admin Building

    Parent Advisory Council Meeting

    All meetings will be held at the administration building at 9:30 a.m.  This group includes PTO presidents, the superintendent, the administrative staff and is open to any parent in the district.

    Sunrise Estates Elementary School
  • Fall Pictures

    Sunrise Estates Elementary School
  • Mad Science Virtual At Home Class

    You can sign up to participate in a Mad Science at home virtual class for 5 weeks.  Theme is Secret Agent Lab.  Class starts at 4:30pm.  You will use materials you have at home for each class.

    Sunrise Estates Elementary School
  • Mad Science Virtual At Home Class

    You can sign up to participate in a Mad Science at home virtual class for 5 weeks.  Theme is Secret Agent Lab.  Class starts at 4:30pm.  You will use materials you have at home for each class.

    Sunrise Estates Elementary School
View Monthly Calendar


The S.M.I.L.E. Program is available to all students as a way to support student growth.


More SMILE Information


Clearances and Volunteering in Our School

All the information that you will need for how to volunteer, including how to access clearance websites is contained by clicking the link below.


Link to all Clearance and Volunteer Info

Cafeteria Information

Please click this link to access all cafeteria information, payment options, and monthly menus.


Cafeteria Information

PTO Information

 Click Here to Sign up for the PTO!!:  PTO MEMBERSHIP SIGN UP!  

Click Below to access the PTO page.  


PTO Information

School Counselor Information

Please visit Mrs. Traill's website for more detailed information about counseling options and programs in place.


Mrs. Traill's site link:  Mrs. Traill


Peer Mediation Availability: 

The goal of peer mediation (if needed for a given child) is for the peer mediators to help our students resolve their conflicts peacefully and more independently, and in turn hopefully teach our students conflict resolution skills.


Resources Available for a variety of needs:   Counseling Resource Library Brochure.pdf  


Tutoring available outside of Penn-Trafford:  Score More Tutors Information.pdf 

Library Information

Click this link below to view Library Links, Library Media information, and Battle of the Books info!

Library Information Link

Music Department Information

Please visit the music K-8 Website! 


K-8 Music Website

District Information

Please click on the below link to access District calendars, information, testing, and resources.


PT District Information

Curriculum and Course Info

Please visit the Curriculum Page for more detailed information.

 Curriculum & Courses


We are excited to be kicking off our 5th round of the BATTLE OF THE BOOKS Elementary Reading Challenge for Grades 3, 4, 5! 

We need a tremendous amount of volunteers from all PT buildings including teachers, library aides, students, nurses, parents and community members! Please let Mrs. Chesky know if you can help...prepare, assist at event, involve your students, donate, judge, and more!
All information will be on Mrs. Chesky's Website and will be updated frequently.  Please visit there as well!:   WORK LIKE A DOG BOB 2019.pdf  WORK Like a DOG NOTE.pdf 

Technology Help or Request



Please click on the technology link to submit a tech help request. Fill out the form and click submit.