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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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  • 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 T-shirts For Sale

    Perfect for the holidays!  The rubber chicken logo on the front is from a beloved SES PE game called "Steal the Chicken." The back has some of Dian's rules for being in PE...rules that certainly seem to apply to lots of aspects in life.  We will be submitting our order on December 5th, so order before then.  Stop by the office to order or here's the link to order online:  www.schoolpay.com/link/tshirtpreorder
  • SES Coloring Book

    This fall many of our SES middle school students contributed artwork for our SES Coloring Book: Bright Visions. Coloring books are $10 and money goes to our GoFund.  Books are available in our office or online: www.schoolpay.com/link/sescoloringbook
     
     
  • Information for 8th-Grade Families

    Please make sure you fill out THIS PARENT SURVEY for Catalina. This is very important information for our planning.  Thank you!
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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
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  • ODE school and district performance reports available

    The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) issues annual report cards for every school and school district. The report cards offer families and the community valuable information about student attendance and achievement and teacher experience, among other things.

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  • Chapman Elementary to unveil restored mural

    The newly restored 1938 wood marquetry mural at Chapman Elementary School “Send Us Forth to be Buil
    On Thursday, Dec. 1 from 6-8 p.m. the Chapman PTA, Neighbors West-Northwest and Heritage Conservation Group will unveil its newly restored mural in the entrance foyer of Chapman Elementary.
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  • PPS Board passes resolution affirming district’s protection of rights of undocumented students

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    Resolution also outlines plan for training staff for ICE activity at schools

    Citing its commitment to providing for the physical safety and emotional well-being of all children in Portland Public Schools, the Board of Education on Thursday, November 17 considered and unanimously passed a resolution that clarified the District’s procedures relating to Immigration Control Enforcement (ICE) activity in PPS schools.

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  • PPS Pulse, November 2016

     Interim Superintendent Bob McKean and board member Pam Knowles visited a class at Jason Lee School
    Portland Public Schools invites you to read the latest edition of our newsletter Pulse. Included in November’s issue are updates on the 2012 School Building Improvement Bond, boundary review and invitations to participate in the superintendent search and Successful Schools Survey. Also a link to the newly adopted 2017-18 school year calendar.
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