• Fall 2020: School Will Be Online Until At Least November 5

    Following guidance from health officials and Gov. Kate Brown, PPS will start the fall semester online. More information

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  • Fri 7/31: Quick Update

    Hello Sunnyside Families,

    I hope you are all staying healthy and as well as can be during this difficult time in our country. 

    Earlier this week the Superintendent communicated that all PPS students will continue with distance learning through November 5th based on health and safety guidelines from the state. It is my understanding that the central office is working hard to prepare for comprehensive distance learning and that the online model--the length of the student school day, some of the software platforms, the amount of time students spend interacting in digital classrooms with teachers and peers--will look and feel a bit different from the distance learning we experienced between March and June. While I do not yet know the plan for this, I do know that PPS and surrounding districts are working on a full, rigorous learning day for all students while also centering their social and emotional needs at all grade levels, K-12. 

    Thank you for your patience during this unprecedented time in our history. I know there are many, many questions about school this fall and, unfortunately, I do not yet have answers for our community. Our administrative team will be back and working full time on August 6, with the 6th and 7th spent in two, full day learning sessions with all PPS administrators present. Alix and I hope to have more answers for all of you after that meeting, beginning the week of August 10th. 

    Once we have more information about distance learning for the fall quarter, we will get this to you as soon as possible. Although I don't know any specifics at this time, I am very aware that the combination of this pandemic and the loss of lives, jobs, housing, etc. that have occurred as a result, combined with the Black Lives Matter movement and the current, long overdue fight to dismantle the white supremacy and systemic oppression in our country is impacting each and every child in very different ways. While many things are still unknown, I can say with certainty that your students come first. Their individual needs, their learning, and their holistic well-being is our primary focus, especially right now. Their needs will center our work as we enter into the unknowns of the upcoming school year.  

    More information to come in the next two weeks. 


    Thank you,

  • Fall 2020: Classes Will Be Online Until at Least November 5

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    PPS Fall 2020  

    Dear PPS Families and Staff,

    I am writing to let everyone know that after reviewing the best available guidance from health officials, and following today’s announcement by Governor Brown regarding new health metrics and standards for opening schools, we have determined that the PPS 2020-21 school year will begin online, using a new, comprehensive distance learning model. This means all students Pre-K through Grade 12 will participate in an online learning model from September 2 (the first day of the 2020-21 school year for PPS) until at least November 5, which is the end of the first quarter. 

  • Summer Break, Registration, & Next School Year

    It's officially summer break.
    School office staff will return on Monday, August 10th. The first day for students in grades 1st-8th is Tuesday, September 2nd. Kindergartners begin Monday, September 8th. Please keep an eye out for communications from either Governor Kate Brown or the PPS District Office for information regarding school plans in the fall. Consider signing up for text alerts, though information will also be posted online, in phone calls home, and in the news.
    For information regarding registration during summer break, please contact the PPS Enrollment & Transfer Center:
    Phone: 503-916-3205
    You can register online and complete the enrollment process through the department.
    Please see our +COVID Resources page under Quick Links for a list of available resources this summer. 
    Take care everyone, we miss you.
    Be safe, be happy, and be healthy. 
  • SES 8th Grade Promotion, June 8, 2020

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    Thank you students, families, volunteers and staff. We are thrilled to be able to celebrate together, in person, while maintaining social distance in vehicles. There is a lot of information below—please feel free to refer to specific sections as needed.

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  • SES Messenger for June 4 2020

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    Inside this Issue:
    • School News (NEW)
    • Community News (NEW)
    • Upcoming Dates
    • Websites to Know
    • 8th Grade Promotion (NEW)
    • Expanded Services at Multnomah Co. Student Health Center (NEW)
    • Summer Meals for PPS Students (NEW)
    • ESL Chat Time “LIVE” - Season Finale (NEW)
    • Imagine, Explore & Create: Summer Fun for K-5 (NEW)
    • Join the Virtual Rose Show on Padlet
    • 4-H Virtual Neighborhoods
    • State Program Offers Help to Pay for Food
    • Anti-Racist Reading and Resources (NEW)
    School News (NEW)
    Hello Sunnyside,
    If you haven’t already, I invite you to take a few minutes to watch the brilliant, fierce, tender truth spoken by one of the KairosPDX founders, Kali Thorne Ladd. Kali asks all of us, “look to the children for answers”. Please consider sharing Ms. Kali’s message with other folks if you’re willing and able:
    Our 3rd grade Sunnyside teacher Tiffany also created this incredible resource for teaching young students about race and injustice. 
    Community News (NEW)
    If your family or child would like to protest for Black lives but your family is unable to do so because of COVID-19 risks or other reasons, please see the attached link from the King Center, an opportunity for virtual protest for the next several days.
    Please see our Anti-Race Reading and Resources section for a list of ways to take action, donate money or directly support black lives and amplify black and brown voices, organizations, businesses, etc. this week in Portland.
    Upcoming Dates
    Check the district online calendar here.
    Fridays May 8 - June 5 No School - District Furlough
    Mon-Thu May 13 - June 8
    8th Grade Speeches
    Monday, June 8
    8th Grade Drive-Through Promotion, 7:00
    Wednesday June 10 Last Day of School
    Websites to Know
    8th Grade Promotion (NEW)
    We are so excited to honor our 8th graders at a “drive through” promotion ceremony.  This will take place at the Marshall Campus at 7:00pm Monday evening.  Unfortunately, because we are following strict ODE safety guidelines, this event is only open to families of 8th graders, and are allowed a limited number of vehicles.  We are exploring ways of recording the ceremony, and will keep you informed and share any information with you as it becomes available.  8th Grade Families:  please expect a couple of follow up emails with detailed information.
    Expanded Services at Multnomah County Student Health Center (NEW)
    The Parkrose Student Health Center is open during school closures and summer break. Phone, video, and in-person appointments are available to all Multnomah County youth ages 5-18. Call 503-988-3392 for an appointment. Translation services are also available.
    Expanded Services Include:
    • COVID-19 testing for symptomatic youth
    • Wellness checks/sports physicals
    • Immunizations
    • Asthma and other chronic illness management
    • Treatment for minor illnesses
    • Medication refills
    • Lab tests
    • Follow-up after emergency room visits
    • Contraceptive/STI screening
    • Behavioral Health

    We can also connect students/families with community resources for food or help with medical insurance. For more information, visit us at https://multco.us/health/student-health-centers. [English, Chinese, Russian, Spanish, Somali, Vietnamese]
    Summer Meals for PPS Students (NEW)
    The Nutrition Services department will be extending current meal services into the summer, June 11th through August 21st at all locations except Rigler and Harrison Park due to extensive construction projects. Breakfast and lunch will be provided to any PPS student and any children in the community ages 1-18, Monday through Thursday. Meals for Friday, Saturday and Sunday are provided on Thursdays. Children do not need to be present to pick up the meals. Meals will be available for pickup outside the school from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the locations below.
    • Boise-Eliot/Humboldt Elementary - 620 N Fremont
    • César Chávez Elementary - 5103 N Willis Blvd

    • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary - 4906 NE 6th Ave

    • Franklin High School - 5405 SE Woodward St

    • George Middle School - 10000 N Burr Ave

    • Grout Elementary - 3119 SE Holgate Blvd

    • Lent School - 5105 SE 97th Ave

    • Madison at Marshall - 3905 SE 91st Ave
    • Markham Elementary - 10531 SW Capitol Hwy

    • Rosa Parks Elementary - 8960 N Woolsey Ave

    • Scott Elementary - 6700 NE Prescott St

    • Sitton Elementary - 9930 N Smith St

    • Woodmere Elementary - 7900 SE Duke St

    ESL Chat Time “LIVE” - Season Final (NEW)
    Please join for an array of multilingual/multicultural guests sharing resources that are of particular interest to our EB communities. Check out the archive of shows and links to fliers in multiple languages at our ESL HD Activities Hub https://sites.google.com/pps.net/eslhdhub/parents.
    Imagine, Explore & Create: Summer Fun for K-5 (NEW)
    Three weeks of fun for current K-5th grade students!
    • Students will EXPLORE, IMAGINE and CREATE an awesome project of your choice each week 
    • Create with items from in and around their home
    • Submit a photo or video of their weekly project to be showcased on our PPS summer gallery website

    Photo or video project entries qualify students for a RAFFLE with great prizes-  *Books *Restaurant Take-Out Gift Cards *OMSI Family Passes & more!* For more information and to register visit PPS Summer 2020.
    4-H Virtual Neighborhoods 
    4-H would like to welcome our students to a brand new program called 4-H Virtual Neighborhoods. It's an adaptation of their 4-H Teens as Teachers program which matches Teen Teachers with 2-6 younger buddies (ages 6-13) to do a 45-minute activity on Zoom once a week. Teen Teachers are also matched with Adult Leaders (college students, camp counselors, educators, and 4-H Leaders/Volunteers) to provide support in delivering each session, building intentional lesson plans, and monitor participant safety. 4-H is currently looking for Teen Teachers as well as young buddies. Key things to know:

    More information can also be found at their Program website: https://extension.oregonstate.edu/4h/portland/join-today.
    Join the Virtual Rose Show on Padlet
    If your family has been missing the many Sunnyside traditions that were postponed this year, then we have a great opportunity for you! This year, one of our fifth graders has taken initiative and created a virtual Rose Show. If your students would like to submit photos, art work, or other rose ideas, please follow this link: Rose Show Padlet. We hope you enjoy this adapted Sunnyside tradition.
    Anti-Racist Reading and Resources (NEW)
    The following is from a PICA newsletter:
    The Movement For Black Lives, and organizers mobilizing across the country, organized a week of action June 1st to 7th in defense of Black lives. This is an opportunity to uplift and fight alongside those turning up in the streets and online. Each day of the week of action represents one of our [The Movement for Black Lives] demands.
    • Monday: The Rights of Protesters to be respected
    • Tuesday: Invest-Divest
    • Wednesday: Community Relief
    • Thursday: Community Control
    • Friday: End the War on Black People
    • Saturday: Make Meaning from Crisis

    PICA condemns the violent, racist, and militaristic methodologies of police departments across the United States and specifically in Portland, Oregon, as well as the move to increase funding for inherently violent policing in our city when it is rather a time to defund. We will actively work to dissolve our own connections to these systems. We challenge our city, state, and national government, our partner organizations, our audiences, our donors and funders, and our own organization to do better. We urge you to donate, read, post, petition, protest, and take a form of action. We are asking our white and non-Black audiences, artists, donors, partner organizations, and ourselves to find ways to show up and actively engage in solidarity and support of the Black community.
    The information below is time-sensitive and based on the demands put forward by The Movement For Black Lives. Tomorrow, we will be sharing more information as it relates to Community Control. If you have additional resources and links please let us know. This will be an ongoing and evolving process.
    The Portland African American Leadership Forum (PALLF) helps our Black community imagine the alternatives we deserve and build our civic participation and leadership to achieve those alternatives.
    Nat Turner Project (NTP) allows artists of color to go beyond the usual initial expositions inherent in presenting art borne of marginalized perspectives to a dominant culture; allowing artists of color freedom to create or express their own language within and without the parameters of racial commodification or designation.
    In two days, The Black Resilience Fund has provided $19,088.24 in immediate support for Black Portlanders, including a warm meal, groceries, and unpaid bills. Please donate to support these efforts.
    Ori Gallery is the brain child of the creative duo Maya Vivas & Leila Haile. Together they seek to reclaim and redefine “the white cube” through amplifying the voices of Trans and Queer Artists of color, community organizing and mobilization through the arts.
    Urban League of Portland is one of Oregon’s oldest civil rights and social service organizations, empowering African-Americans and others to achieve equality in education, employment, health, economic security and quality of life.
    Donate to, or, apply for a PNW Ballroom Micro-Grant by tournament.haus, a homebase for Lady Tournament (@jxzz_hndz) and other ballroom/club scene related projects.
    The Black Feminist Kitchen and The Black Feminist Summer School (BFSS): BFSS is an underground school dedicated to Black feminist study. BFSS offers a critical meditation on the theoretical concepts, questions, interventions, directives, tensions, and ideologies within Black feminism(s) and Black feminist thought. Donating via CashApp is most helpful. Donate to $BFKBFSSFund on CashApp and BFKBFSSFUND on PayPal.
    The Black Food Sovereignty Coalition (BFSC) serves as a collaboration hub for Black and Brown communities to confront the systemic barriers that make food, place and economic opportunities inaccessible to us.
    Equitable Giving Circle is feeding BIPOC families with food from BIPOC farmers.
    SNACK BLOC is a community resource and support for rallies, protests, community events and vigils in the greater Portland area.
    Black Futures Farm is a community farm, staffed by volunteers and two resident farmers. We sit on 1.15 acres with 17 different fruit trees, vegetables, flowers, medicinal and cooking herbs. The CSA is full, but you can donate unrestricted funds.

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