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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  • Kindergarten Registration

    Register for Kindergarten Early Please!

    To help with scheduling and placement, it is extremely helpful for the school's office if you register your kindergartner early for the class starting Fall of 2018.  To register, you need to bring in a complete Registration Form, complete Immunization Record Form, proof of child's age (birth certificate, passport, etc.), and two original documents to prove residency in the neighborhood.  These can be utility bills, financial documents, government documents, etc.  More guidance on all of these items and downloadable versions of the forms can be found here:  If you need copies of the forms, you can pick them up at the office.

    Please bring all of these items to the office to register your future Kindergartner!  Don't delay!

  • Run for SES and Harvest Fair

    Dear families and community--
    Thank you for a fun-filled day of running, dancing and moving! Despite the weather report, we lucked out for all 3 of our running/moving times and most students stayed relatively dry during our annual Run, Walk, Move. As always, it was a total blast for me to be outside with our community, to run alongside your children, and to feel the tangible camaraderie in the air today. Today I was able to press "pause" on my typical principal-y things and be present with your children in a different kind of way and, as always, as I reflect on today's events I am deeply grateful to be a part of this school community. Thank you. Your children ran and danced so hard today, and they did so in the spirit of community support for all things Sunnyside. I humbly encourage you to support them with a pledge... I am truly proud to say that it is together (and only together, in solidarity) that we make this school such a special learning environment for each of these young humans. 
    Tomorrow the fun continues with our annual Harvest Fair! Our students, staff, families and PTSA have turned the school into a festive, celebratory space for tomorrow's event, an event that is specifically intended to showcase student learning and bring our families and community together. There are several ways to participate tomorrow: 1st and 2nd grade classrooms will be open to view student work, we will have crafts, yummy food, a middle-school created carnival, an old-fashioned apple press, a dunk tank!, a cake walk and a magical cookie palace (just to name a few). Please come join us, rain or shine, from 4 pm-7 pm at Sunnyside tomorrow. Finally, special thanks to our incredible PTSA for hosting this event every year. Their hard work and dedication literally breathes life into our school community through this sweet festival. I am so grateful for this supportive community and I look forward to seeing you all tomorrow. 
    With gratitude-
  • Bring filled water bottles

    Please send your student with one or two filled water bottles every day!  This will help us greatly reduce waste.


  • 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,




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