• Coronavirus update: Schools will be closed through April 28

    Under an executive order from Oregon Gov. Kate Brown in response to the coronavirus pandemic, Portland Public Schools and other districts in Oregon will be closed through April 28 More information and updates

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  • Reminder: Meal distribution at PPS sites starts again March 30

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    Dear PPS Families,

    As we go into the third week of our schools being closed because of the coronavirus pandemic, we are pleased to be able to offer meals to our students again, starting Monday, March 30. As we did during the first week of school suspension, we are making sacks of breakfast and lunch available for pickup outside of 15 of our schools. In addition, seven of these sites will now include once-a-week food pantry services for families that need groceries and other items that we previously offered at PPS school SUN sites.

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  • PPS: Planning for Home-based Learning

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    Dear PPS Families and Staff,

    After much urgent collaboration and planning, today leadership from Portland Public Schools and the Portland Association of Teachers shared with all of our PPS educators the outline for how teachers will begin working online next week. This outline represents our upcoming efforts to most effectively phase in supports for our students and teachers during the extended closure of our schools. We appreciate your patience while we, like other school districts, adapt our instructional delivery model virtually overnight. Next week we will share with you a detailed, multi-week plan for home-based learning for your students. Please stay tuned for that.

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  • PPS Coronavirus Update: March 18

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    Dear PPS Families and Staff,

    We want to continue to provide you with the latest updates and information. Work continues around the clock to provide academic and social emotional supports as well as meals to students during the statewide school closure, which per Governor Brown’s Executive Order, will extend through April 28.  

  • Need to borrow a computer for your PPS student? Fill out this form!

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    Families of PPS,

    As the coronavirus situation continues to develop, we are looking at a number of ways to deliver the best possible experiences for students during the extended break, and we want to make sure all of our students can remain connected to their peers, teachers, and schools and have regular access to learning opportunities and curriculum materials. 

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SES News

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  • SES announcements, Friday AM (3/13)

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    Good morning SES community, 
    First off, thank you so much for your flexibility, your empathy, your patience and your commitment to the community at large. This is an unprecedented event--pausing school for social distancing--and our school family, kids and grown ups, are handling this with grace and compassion. Thank you. One my most common phrases as a principal has always been, "everyone is better when everyone is better." This is a true test of this statement, and our families and students are certainly looking out for one another during this challenging time. Thank you. 
    Like you, I continue to await announcements from PPS as things are changing rapidly. It's my understanding that PPS is working on a plan to provide food and other necessities to families around the city--thank you to the many of you who have kindly offered to help with this effort. I will send information about this as I receive it. On our end at school, here are a few items we have shared with students today:
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  • Additional Meal Resource

    From now until further notice, Laughing Planet will be providing a free kids meal to kids who qualify for Meal Assistance Programs. PLEASE help us spread the word!
     
  • School announcements regarding coronavirus

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    SES families,

    Our office is getting a lot of questions regarding COVID-19 and changes/actions that are specific to our school. We are following the guidance of PPS and acting accordingly. As of 9:45 am today, some specific Sunnyside changes include:

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  • Connect to Kinder Informational Slideshow

    Click the link below to view the slideshow from our events:
    For lottery applicants: If you were unable to attend an open house, know that our meetings were not mandatory. The lottery is open until March 5 and you can find out more information about the process through Enrollment and Transfer.
    For neighborhood families: we are now accepting registration paperwork. You can apply online or drop off paper registration documents at our office Monday-Friday, 8:00-4:00. 

Weekly Messenger

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  • SES Messenger for March 6 2020

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    Inside this Issue:
    • School News (NEW)
    • Upcoming Dates
    • Websites to Know
    • Shamrock Run Fundraiser (NEW)
    • Screening of Dammed to Extinction, 3/18 (NEW)
    • New Chicken Enclosure Project
    • Twirler Volunteers Wanted in PE
    • Author Visit with Erin Yun
    • Sunnyside Family Weekend at Camp Westwind
    • Anti-Racist Reading and Resources (NEW)
    • News from SESPTSA (NEW)
     
    School News (NEW)
    Hello Sunnyside Community -
     
    We’ve had such a wonderful few weeks of Reading! With Oregon Battle of the Book (OBOB) and Read-a-Thon we could not be more grateful for your encouragement, support, and spirit.
     
    We are still counting beans to determine the winning reading grade level. We are still tabulating and accepting Read-a-Thon pledges (through March 20th!). We will keep you posted as we learn outcomes.
     
    Truly, thank you.
    Amy and Alix
    Upcoming Dates
    Check the district online calendar here.
    Fri-Sat, March 13-14 Spring Musical (Fri 6:30, Sat 3:00 & 6:30)
    Sunday, March 15 Shamrock Run Fundraiser
    Monday, March 16 Author Visit with Erin Yun
    Wednesday, March 18 PTSA Board Meeting, 6-6:30PM (open to all)
    Wednesday, March 18 PTSA General Meeting, 6:30-8:00
    Mon-Fri, March 23-27 No School - Spring Break
    Fri-Sun, April 10-12 Camp Westwind Weekend
    Websites to Know
    Shamrock Run Fundraiser, Sunday March 15th (NEW)
    Come volunteer for the Shamrock Run on Sunday, March 15th in downtown Portland! We need 20-25 volunteers - middle schoolers and parents alike. We will be volunteering as a group at the bag check in and pick up area for the runners - which means an early start to the day! It's a really fun event and raises $25 per volunteer for Sunnyside, so please come join us! For more information, please email Jarrett Altman, jarrett@nworksrealty.com or visit the Registration and Waiver site.
    Screening of Dammed to Extinction, March 18, 6:30-8pm (NEW)
    SAVE THE DATE! A group of Middle School students and the PTSA are co-hosting a screening of Dammed to Extinction in the auditorium. Watch the trailer here. This film aligns with many of the themes addressed in the SES curriculum, particularly the middle school curriculum. The student group who is co-sponsoring the screening has been learning about and striving to protect the Southern Resident Orcas of Puget Sound. Let's show them support by showing up to learn about their passion!
    New SES Chicken Enclosure Project!
    We are building a simple wooden post and wire fence to keep the chickens from entering the gardens. They will still have a large roaming area. Would you like to be a part of making this look beautiful? Steph is looking for help with the three gates. Perhaps you are a wood-worker, welder, or sculptor? Please contact Steph if you can contribute materials, design ideas, or construction assistance. Contact Steph at sunnysidesustainability@gmail.com or 504-919-0660 or stop by the gardens!
    Twirler Volunteers Wanted in PE
    This upcoming week (March 9th-13th) K-2nd grade will be using short jump ropes and long ropes. It would be helpful to have 3-5 adult helpers for each class, notably the kindergarten classes, to help twirl long ropes. Elementary PE classes are a half hour and typically in the afternoon. If you have questions please email Iris at ipowell@pps.net.
     
    Author Visit with Erin Yun (NEW)
    Sunnyside is getting another author visitor! Monday, March 16th illustrator and author Erin Yun will visit. She is the writer of Pippa Park Raises Her Game (“Life is full of great expectations for Korean American Pippa Park. It seems like everyone, from her family to the other kids at school, has a plan for how her life should look. So when Pippa gets a mysterious basketball scholarship to Lakeview Private, she jumps at the chance to reinvent herself.”). Purchase a copy for Erin Yun to sign!
    Pippa Park Raises Her Game
     
    Sunnyside Family Weekend at Camp Westwind
    Join fellow Sunnyside families for Sunnyside Family Weekend at Camp Westwind, a beautiful camp on the coast north of Lincoln City. Our weekend this year is April 10 - 12. This is a great way to relax, enjoy a beautiful natural setting, and grow connections with other SES families. The $80 / per person cost includes heated / lit accommodations in bunk houses, six vegetarian meals (with gluten-free / vegan flexibility!), and a whole bunch of fun. Register here: https://netcorps.wufoo.com/forms/2020-ses-westwind-family-camp/

    Learn more about Camp Westwind here: https://westwind.org. Questions? Ask Gwen at: gwen@parachutestrategies.com or 503.475.8529.

    Questions? Ask Gwen at: gwen@parachutestrategies.com or 503.475.8529  
     
    Anti-Racist Reading and Resources (NEW)
    We’re Teaching Black History Month all Wrong, says ShaRonda Knott-Dawson of the Education Post.
     
    News from SESPTSA (NEW)
    Please check here for any new information from our incredibly supportive PTSA!
    And check back often for updates!
     
    • Tickets to SES Musical Performance "Microbiome: My Home"
      Come out to support the SES cast and crew in the WORLD PREMIER of the completely original musical, “Microbiome – My Home.” Journey inside the human body, exploring the intriguing world of our gut. Humans are a host to a vast array of microorganisms known collectively as the microbiome, which affects many aspects of our health and happiness. Join us as we get microscopic and discover together the ways that diversity makes a community thrive.
       
      Performance Times:
       
      • Friday 3/13 at 6:30 p.m.
      • Saturday 3/14 at 3:00 p.m.
      • Saturday 3/14 at 6:30 p.m.
       
      Tickets ($7 each) are on sale now and presale is online only. You can also purchase at the door- seating is limited so purchasing ahead is encouraged. Get tickets: Spring Musical Online Tickets. Show time is about 90 minutes, with an intermission. All ages welcome. Concessions and student-designed T-shirts will be available for sale during all performances. Ticket, t-shirt, and concessions proceeds directly support SES PTSA..

    • Save the Date! SES Auction 5/2
      Mark your calendars for the annual SES Foundation Auction May 2nd 2020! We are looking forward to another great year (ie:party)! Last year our auction and raffle exceeded our expectations and we would LOVE to do it again! The funds raised fund positions at our school that PPS does not pay for so it's SUPER important!
       
      We are currently looking for submissions from businesses, restaurants, artists, and practitioners as well as businesses or individuals who are willing to sponsor the event. Do you know anyone? ARE you one of those folks? We are also looking for volunteers now and day of event. If you are interested or have folks to send our way please reach out!  My email is corbywatkins@gmail.com.
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