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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  • Connect to Kindergarten RESCHEDULED

    Sunnyside's final Connect to Kindergarten event has been rescheduled. It will be held on Tuesday March 5th, 9:00-10:00am. 
  • Connect to Kindergarten Information - POSTPONED

    Due to inclement weather, our Connect to Kindergarten event scheduled for Tuesday February 26th has been postponed.  Our final event will take place early next week, exact date and time will be posted by 5:00pm Tuesday February 26th.
     
    We had our first Connect to Kindergarten event. Thank you to all the families that visited. The informational slideshow from the evening can be found at:
    Connect to Kindergarten Slideshow
     
    Registration packets for neighborhood enrollment will be at Connect events and also in the school office. Families can turn in completed registration packets to our school secretary Sarah Conley- early registration is encouraged. Families applying to the lottery should apply online at PPS Enrollment & Transfer.
  • School Choice Meetings & Shadow Day Information

    Sunnyside hosted our first of two School Choice meetings yesterday evening. The presentation can be found at:
    The second meeting is scheduled for Thursday, February 21st from 9:00-10:00am. After attending a School Choice meeting, students will have an opportunity to shadow a Sunnyside middle schooler. 
    Shadow Dates:
    8:45-12:00 Friday 2/22
    8:45-12:00 Wednesday 2/27
    If your student is interested in shadowing, please RSVP by 2/21 with your chosen date by contacting our school secretary Sarah Conley at sconley1@pps.net.
  • Important information about measles

     MMR vaccine
    The current measles outbreak in Clark County, Washington, raises questions about what parents should know to keep their children safe, and what their school will do if a case of measles is confirmed at their site.
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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

     

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