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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  • SES Messenger for January 24 2020

    Inside this Issue:
    • School News to Know (NEW)
    • Upcoming Dates
    • Websites to Know
    • SES Clothing Closet Volunteer Day 1/30/20 (NEW)
    • 2020-21 Approved District Calendar (NEW)
    • Students on Campus Before and After School (NEW)
    • Girls on the Run - Registration Open
    • Spare Clothes for Students
    • Anti-Racist Reading and Resources (NEW)
    • News from SESPTSA (NEW)
    School News to Know
    Hello SES Community -
    Today ended Quarter 2; we are half-way through the school year...already!  This quarter we: 
    • Held parent conferences
    • Rocked the Riparian Fest
    • Recycled trees, trees, trees
    • Applauded the student performance “Crush”
    • Released Salmon with the 3rd graders, 
    • And so much more!
    Thank you for supporting us all along the way.  We can’t do it without you!
    Here’s to a beautiful 3rd quarter,
    Amy and Alix 
    Upcoming Dates
    Check the district online calendar here.
    Monday, January 27 No School - Report Card Planning Day
    Wednesday, January 29 ¿Por Qué No? Restaurant Fundraiser 
    Thursday, January 30 SES Clothing Closet Volunteer Day
    Wednesday, February 12 PTSA Board Meeting, 6-6:30pm (open to all)
    Wednesday, February 12 PTSA General Meeting, 6:30-8:00
    Thursday, February 13 MS Dance, 6:30-8:30
    Friday, February 14 No School - Sunnyside ONLY
    Monday, February 17 No School - Presidents’ Day
    Websites to Know
    SES Clothing Closet Volunteer Day 1/30/20 (NEW)
    Thursday, Jan. 30th is Sunnyside's day to send 5-6 volunteers from 9:30am -1:30pm to help kids receive clothing and to help sort donations at the PTA Clothing Closet. The Clothing Closet is located at the Marshall (Madison HS) Campus; 3905 SE 91st, Room B-60. Please check in at the Madison school office, then come up to help out :)
    ***Please note: If we do not show up for our volunteer day, these kids are not able to shop because the shop cannot be opened. (It’s winter and some families are looking for cold weather clothing!) Volunteer for an hour or the entire time. Every little bit helps!!***
    2020-21 Approved District Calendar (NEW)
    The School Board has approved the 2020-21 District Calendar. The first day of school for grades 1-8 will be Wednesday, September 2, 2020. Kindergarten will begin Tuesday, September 8, 2020. Assuming no make-up snow days are added to the school calendar, the last day of school will be Friday, June 11, 2021. (All dates are still subject to change.)

    Students on Campus Before and After School
    As a reminder, there is no adult supervision before school begins at 8:40 and after school ends at 3:00 and 3:15. We have seen an increase in students arriving to school early, staying on school grounds after the bell, and even entering classrooms outside of school hours. We are concerned about the lack of supervision as both a safety concern for the students and as likely to lead to unexpected incidents. 
    Girls on the Run - Registration Open
    Girls on the Run is coming to SES! We’ll have two teams: one for 3rd – 5th graders and one for middle schoolers. Register your girl for this 10-week program that combines training for a 5K (3.1 miles) with lessons that inspire girls to become independent thinkers, enhance their problem-solving skills, and make healthy choices. Practice is 90 minutes twice a week on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30 to 5:00 pm starting the week of March 2nd and ending the week of May 18th. Learn more and register at
    Spare Clothes for Students
    As we approach wetter, muddier weather, we want to remind families, especially of our younger students, that the office does not provide spare clothes unless it is a medical or bathroom need. If you are able, please send your student with a spare change of clothes and/or rain boots.
    News from SESPTSA
    Please check here for any new information from our incredibly supportive PTSA!
    And check back often for updates!
    • Wednesday, January 29: ¿Por Qué No? Restaurant Fundraiser
      Join us at ¿Por Qué No? Hawthorne anytime on Wednesday, January 29 – they'll be donating 10% of sales for the entire day to SES! Includes lunch, dinner, and take-out orders.

    • Volunteers Needed for Annual Read-A-Thon Fundraiser
      We need volunteers for our annual read-a-thon this year! This is the biggest PTSA fundraiser of the year and to make it great WE NEED YOU. Volunteer opportunities will be available (depending on the job) between Feb 14th (set up) and the beginning or April (pledge counting). These jobs include: making signs and decorations for the school before read-a-thon based on this year's theme, which will be "The Magic of Reading", hanging up decorations, distributing materials, counting pledges, distributing prizes and more.
      Interested in helping out? Please email TODAY!

    • Teote Valentine’s Day Fundraiser
      Teote is sponsoring a fundraising event at the Teote Mezcaleria (2700 NE Alberta) for Valentine's Day, Friday 2/14 from 6:00-10:00. The $50 ticket price includes full buffet dinner, one drink token, mezcal sampling, and dessert. Join your fellow SES parents for a fun and delicious night to raise money for the SES Go Fund. Only 50 tickets will be sold! Music, food, drink, fun. This is a 21+ event, kiddos will have to stay at home. You can purchase tickets online. Thank you to Teote and our community for supporting the SES GO Fund. 

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  • Connect to Kindergarten Open Houses

    We have two upcoming events for potential 2020-2021 kindergarten families. Both sessions contain the same information, choose whichever suits your scheduling needs.

    • Wednesday, February 19, 6:30-7:30 (Auditorium)
    • Friday, February 21, 9:00-10:00 (Room 108)

    Connect to Kindergarten is a series of open houses around the district. The sessions will contain information about our school program, what kindergarten looks like, and registration requirements. These events are for both neighborhood families and families considering the lottery option. 

    For information on the Kindergarten Lottery Process please visit the PPS Enrollment and Transfer site. The lottery will open February 2020.

    Please note, this event is for adults only. Thank you.

  • Slideshow from Middle School Info Session

    Thank you to all the families that attended one of our Middle School Info Sessions. We hope that you learned something about our middle school program. If you would like to review information from the presentations, you can follow the link below to the slideshow.
  • RESCHEDULED: Open House: Connect to Kindergarten

    We have rescheduled our Wednesday, February 19th 9:00-10:00am Open House. It will now occur on Friday, February 21st at 9:00-10:00am. 
  • For 5th grade families: MS information sessions

    To our 5th grade families,

    This year PPS has moved up the middle/high school lottery window significantly—it opens next week and closes in early December. You will be receiving a letter from PPS in the next few days; please disregard the Sunnyside Middle School info session dates that are listed in that mailing. Our sessions are at 9 am on Thursday, November 21 and at 6:30 pm on Thursday, November 21 here at Sunnyside. We have added the updated dates to our school calendar and website.

    If you are a current Sunnyside family PPS policy ensures that your child stay at Sunnyside through the highest grade of middle school regardless of your address, as long as you live within PPS district boundaries (not in Gresham or Beaverton, for example). If this is the case for your family, you do not need to participate in the school choice lottery if you're continuing into 6th grade at our school. If you are interested in a different school for middle school, PPS will be advertising the info nights for all of the middle schools who have open lottery slots. In most cases, if you are looking to change schools you would need to go through the lottery process. This is true even for schools where you live in the boundary. As an example, if you live in Mt. Tabor's boundary area and are looking to go there for middle school, if you're currently enrolled here the district assumes you are enrolled through 8th grade. If your address is in Tabor's boundary, you are guaranteed enrollment there but only if you go through the lottery process to declare that change. The same is true for families who live in our neighborhood and are leaving another program to come here as 6th graders—they must declare their intention through the lottery process so we can accurately plan for staffing.

    As principal I do believe it is important to attend this session if you're able, even if your child has been at Sunnyside for elementary school. Middle school is very different than K-5, and l believe that learning about our middle school program is valuable for our students and for families. I do realize that it feels as if 5th grade has just begun and these meetings feel early! PPS has shifted the timeline to try to improve staffing and support processes for schools across the district.

    Thank you and I hope to see you on the 21st.

    —Amy Kleiner

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