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Sunnyside Environmental School

Fostering responsibility, excitement for learning
and respect for all living things.

3421 SE Salmon StPortland, OR 97214Ph 503-916-6226Fx 503-916-2676

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Sunnyside School
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  • Interested in Attending Sunnyside?

    Sunnyside is a neighborhood school and a focus option school for place-based environmental education.  This means that any family living in the Sunnyside neighborhood boundaries attends Sunnyside unless they choose to apply in the lottery for a different school.  For families who live outside of the Sunnyside boundary, we have a few lottery spots in kindergarten and sixth-grade.  These are the only grades in which a student can lottery into Sunnyside. The lottery window is from Feb. 8th-Mar. 3rd. We will have a kindergarten information evening on February 7th 6:30-7:30pm for parents only.  We have a middle school information evening for parents and students February 9th 6:30-8:30pm. Make-up meetings will be held on 2/21 (Kindergarten) 9:00-10:00am and 2/23 (Middle) 9:00-10:00.  We will have two shadow days for interested middle school students: 2/10 and 2/24 from 8:30-12:30.  
  • Middle School Community Service

    Each year SES middle school students are required to complete community service.  Here are the details about community service including hours required and due dates.  Please contact your student's teacher if your student needs assistance finding opportunities to serve.
  • Homework Help

    We will have homework help sessions every Wednesday (room 206) and Thursday (room 105) from 3:30-4:30.  Adults and 8th-grade peer tutors will be available for working with students.
  • Sunnyside Handbook With Calendar

    Our SES Handbook with the most updated school information and the calendar is now online!  Check it out!
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Principal's
Message

  • This was a letter sent via email on November 9th, 2016.

    Dear families,

    I wanted to send a quick note to all of you regarding today's final election results. Regardless of your personal choice and regardless of the results of this Presidential election (this is a non-partisan, non-political email), this is what I know:

     

    1. We are a school community that believes climate change is real and is an urgent, ominous threat to the international community. 

    2. We are a school community that believes in the ever-present role and presence of whiteness and racism, in schools, in the United States and in the world at large. 

    3. We are a school community who believes that, to paraphrase Glenn Singleton, "everyone is better when everyone is better."

    4. We are a school community who believes that true equity is achieved when every single human-- regardless of race, class, gender, sexual orientation, personal beliefs or religion--has exactly what they, individually and collectively, need and deserve in this life. 

    5. We are a school community that knows that the work of deconstructing both overt and institutionalized racism and injustice is both sacred and never-ending. 

    6. We are a school community who believe in truth, love, and reconciliation, regardless of context or circumstance. 

     

    Families have been in and out of school all day with a range of emotional responses to the Presidential decision. Many children have been following this election very closely in their classrooms--I expect children to have a wide range of questions and a wide range of emotional responses to the election results over the weekend and also on Monday. Please remind them of the list above, add to the list, answer their questions honestly, and support them as they work through their emotions, whatever they may be. I've attached an article with some ideas and advice for how to talk to children who may feel emotional as a result of the election results. The article is geared toward children who may be upset--I am certainly not presuming that ALL children will be upset or that ALL adults connected with our school community are upset. And, as a leader of a community I am making a conscious decision to send this email in response to parent requests today, many of them asking for help supporting their own children. I am looking for other resources for teachers and parents, for example, articles that give ideas and strategies around facilitating productive discourse in a classroom where 1) some students feel emotional and 2) different perspectives need to be held, given space and honored regardless of opinion. This is real for us here at Sunnyside, it will be real for us next week. My belief is that I would be unethical if I didn't communicate this to our beloved parent/family community. 

    Lastly, as a woman and the mother of a daughter, I want share a quote from Hillary Clinton's concession speech. For me, as a woman and the mother of a son also, while she directs this message to girls I do believe it is essential for all of our students, for our girls, for our boys, for our gender-fluid and gender-neutral students :

    "To all the little girls who are watching this, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams."

     

    In solidarity,

     

    Amy

     

District News

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  • School Board approves boundary changes for Peninsula and Chief Joseph

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    The Portland Public Schools Board of Directors voted unanimously last night to approve boundary changes to Peninsula and Chief Joseph schools, both feeder schools for Ockley Green Middle School. The 7-0 vote endorses one of two proposals from the District-wide Boundary Review Advisory Committee (DBRAC), which was formed in 2014 to help with enrollment balancing across Portland Public Schools.
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  • Nine of our schools earn EPA’s ENERGY STAR rating

    At a ceremony on February 10 at Wilson High School in SW Portland, nine PPS schools were recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for achieving ENERGY STAR certification. To receive this certification, a building must perform in the top 25% of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency, and meet strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA. ENERGY STAR schools use an average of 35% less energy, and also release 35% less carbon dioxide.

    Read the full press release here.

  • From the factory to the toy; Mechanisms for triggering new educational behaviors

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    Giancarlo Mozzanti, prominent Colombian architect will speak:

    Friday February 24, 5:30PM
    At the University of Oregon Portland Center
    70 NW Couch Street
    Admission Free

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  • Enrollment balancing for Peninsula, Chief Joseph and Ockley Green

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    The District-wide Boundary Review Advisory Committee (DBRAC) was formed in 2014 to help with enrollment balancing across Portland Public Schools. The committee’s most recent work led them to propose two options to help relieve crowding at Chief Joseph and to create more robust enrollment at Peninsula starting in the 2017-18 school year. On January 30, 2017, Interim Superintendent Bob McKean endorsed one of two DBRAC proposals.

    The proposal, which still requires the approval of the Board of Education, may be reviewed at, www.pps.net/dbrac.

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