Run For the Arts
We are so excited for this year's Run for the Arts! The run is scheduled
for Friday, October 7!
There will be 2 runs, one in the morning & one in the afternoon. This year,
the 9:30am run will be grades 3-5 and the 1:30pm run will be grades K-2.
By now, you should have received your sponsor sheets. We are nearly 1/2 way
thru the collection period. Please help your student gather sponsors.
Greater sponsorship means more funds for arts programming! If you would
like to set up your student's online donation option, please visit: runforthearts.ya-or.org. Donation sheets
are due to your student's teacher on September 30.
Please also consider volunteering to help your student's classroom with
tallying laps during and after the race. We will need several volunteers
for each classroom. Look for a sign up genius link soon.
Cleaning your closets to make room for
back-to-school clothes? Super! Please forward any student pants
(generic sweatpants work great) to the office for those occasional
Donations of new girls and boys underwear are also appreciated.
Thank you for your support.
With the beginning of school year upon us, please contact the office
if your student will be receiving medications during school hours.
Medicine can only be given to students after families complete the
Authorization for Medication Administration by School Personnel
form, which is also located in the office.
Please personally bring in the medications (with the original
packaging) and completed form. Please note students are not allowed
to transport medications to school themselves.
Thank you for your help and understanding.
Volunteers are the most important resource a school community can have.
Volunteers that assist in daily routines (checking in books, checking out
books, shelving, repairing or other special projects) are essential to the
one-to-one time the Library Media Specialist can have with individual students.
For those daily routine jobs (we handle 1,500 - 2,000 books a month!), we hope
to have a weekly or bi-weekly commitment to keep the library running smoothly.
Thank you for understanding that consistency in volunteering is greatly
appreciated to help create routines and expectations with students, other
volunteers and the staff.
If a weekly (or bi-weekly) time or day works for you, please sign up HERE. Thank you for being part of this amazing
community of learners (and readers!)
Apologies for a
Challenging Start We know this has been a challenging registration process this year. Our program
had to reduce from over 60 classes to 45 which meant a number of students
didn't get into classes and were waitlisted. We are trying our hardest to
accommodate as many students as possible. With the reduction in the number of
weeks we can serve in the fall and limits on extra activities by SUN, we also
had a much more complex extra activity form. We are still working to identify
community partners for November conference days and hope to post your
options in upcoming newsletters.
To complicate things further, the County database did not pull accurate reports
for the first several days and they are readying to rehaul the system. We have
done the best we could, but it did result in a number of mistakes that we are
still working to fix. It has made it difficult to know which classes still have
room for waitlisted students and we have not been able to process payments
until schedules were corrected so hopefully that will be completed in the next
few days. Keep checking in with us if there are errors you are finding. If you
got a notice from us, it is likely about either not having payment, a payment
plan, or about not having adequate documentation. For half scholarships, proof
of free and reduced lunch is required. For more than half scholarships, a
scholarship form along with proof of income through last year's tax statement
or three consecutive paychecks or some other equivalent is required.
In our security system at pick up we will ask you to make eye contact with your
child or ask us to retrieve your child and then have them walk over to
meet you at the sign-out table. Only SUN staff adults can be beyond the
security barriers. We are sorry for any long lines this may cause in the first
few weeks, but it is for your child’s safety. Since we have all new staff, at
least in the first few weeks and with database accuracy improving, we may
be asking you to provide some form of identification until we are familiar with
authorized pick-up people.
Right after school, when we are in the process of providing snack and helping
students sort out their classes, is not the best time for us to talk with
parents. As such we have created a clipboard where you can note questions that
we can respond to at a later time. Also feel free to visit us in Room 108 or
call us at (503)858-0230 in the afternoons.
SUN Changes If you have any changes you need to make in your child’s SUN schedule, please
fill out the SUN change form (available by the front bulletin board). You can
put this in our SUN mailbox in the office. We are unable to make changes based
on verbal conversations or phone messages and many classes have filled.
If you want to drop a class and would like a refund, paperwork must be
submitted before the end of this week so that we can offer waitlisted students
the openings. Be sure to include your address on the refund portion of the
New Piano Section In order to accommodate the tremendous interest and serve waitlisted students,
we have opened an additional piano section on Friday from 3-4:30pm. If your
child was waitlisted for Thursday piano or you are able to take a Friday
section (enabling others to fill your Thursday slot), please fill out a change
form as soon as possible.
Adult Yoga and
Adult yoga and zumba classes have begun. Yoga is free on Fridays at 6pm. Zumba
is on Tuesdays at 6pm and the first lesson is free! After that you can either
pay $5 to drop-in or purchase a $20 card for five sessions ($4/class is a very
good deal!). Come have fun and get fit! Help us spread the word so we can keep
the classes going.
Spare? SUN is looking for a donation of a working refrigerator so if you have any
leads or are planning to purchase a new one and part with an old, please let us
Support Team SUN is looking for parents or volunteers willing to provide support for our
school garden. There are many tasks requiring assistance to prepare the garden
for fall teaching and volunteers are always needed to help work with children
in the garden on Tuesdays from 3:25-4:25pm. The school native plant garden is
also in need of attention. If you are interested, please contact Diane in the
SUN office at email@example.com.
Supplies and Red Shoes Pickup If your family is in need of free school supplies, please contact SUN in Room
108. Similarly, if you were contacted about the Red Shoes program, please pick
up in the afternoon before the end of the week.
and Bike to School Day
October 5 is international walk and bike to school day. Help reduce school
congestion, increase safety, decrease carbon emissions, and increase health by
helping your child practice alternative transportation (biking, walking,
skateboarding, bus,etc.) . Meet us in the lobby for treats after 8:15am.