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  • SES Messenger for April 9, 2021

    4/9/21 School Messenger
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    School News (NEW)
    Upcoming Dates (NEW)
    Websites to Know
    New Library Hours (NEW)
    Kindergarten Registration 2021-2022 (NEW)
    Childcare During Hybrid and CDL
    Update Pick-Up/Emergency Contact in ParentVUE 
    “What's Growing On in the SES Gardens, Steph?!" 
    Hybrid and Distance Learning Meal Services
    Securly Filter: Go-Live Plans 
    Fliers from the District (NEW)
    Can My Child Go to School Today? Decision Tree
    Anti-Racist Reading and Resources (NEW)

    School News (NEW)
    A message from district office:

    Dear Sunnyside Environmental School Staff and Families,

    I hope that you all are safe and healthy as we enter spring semester in an unprecedented school year. We will soon begin the principal hiring process by gathering your input on the skills and characteristics you desire in the next Sunnyside Environmental School principal. Your voice is important and we want you to share your perspective through our Community Feedback Survey, linked here.

    The survey will be open through end of day Tuesday, April 13.  After April 13, we will use the information from the survey to match candidates to the skills and characteristics you identify. Once we have identified interested candidates whose skill set aligns with the Sunnyside Environmental School needs, I will contact you again with the next steps in the interviewing and hiring process. If we have a single candidate that directly matches the identified characteristics, that candidate may be directly appointed by the Superintendent. In cases where we have multiple candidates whose skills and experience match the identified needs, we will hold a school-based interview committee process to select candidates for recommendation to the Superintendent.

    Please look for further communication soon after April 13. I appreciate your engagement, patience, and flexibility as we navigate through this process virtually.

    Sincerely,
    Steven Stapleton
    Area Senior Director
    Portland Public Schools

    And from our office:

    Middle School announcements:

    - Next week is a transition week for our 6-8th grade students. 
    - Monday/Tuesday, April 12th-13th is the digital 8th grade retreat as well as a special schedule for 6th and 7th graders (please check your email for more detailed information). 
    - Wednesday-Friday, April 14th-16th are planning days as your child's teacher(s) prepare for hybrid instruction. There will be PPS, asynchronous assignments available these days; however, all teachers will be engaged in planning for the duration of each of those days.
    - Our hybrid/CDL schedule starts the week of 4/19, detailed email coming next week with the schedule for your family. If your child is in Carrie, Becca, Tara or Karen's core and you chose hybrid instruction for your student, you will be at school from 1:15-3:30 pm on Monday/Tuesday. If your child is in Michael, Robin/Jessica or Cori's core and you chose hybrid for them, they will be at school on Thursday/Friday from 1:15-3:30. More information coming throughout next week. 

    Thank you!

    Upcoming Dates

    Wednesday, April 21, 6:30-8:00 SES PTSA Board Meeting (open to all)

    Websites to Know
    Can My Child Go to School Today?
    District COVID Resources & Info
    PPS Family Resources Page
    Sunnyside School Page
    SES PTSA website
    SES COVID Fund on Venmo

    New Library Hours (NEW)
    Library playground doors will be open for book bag and hold pickups Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8:45-9:45am, and also Friday 3:30-5pm!

    Kindergarten Registration 2021-2022 (NEW)
    Online registration has opened for next school year. You can begin the process online at https://www.pps.net/Page/14787. You will need the following documents:

    1. Online Registration form

    2. Birth Certificate or Passport (used for birthday verification)

    3. Proof of Address, Two Documents - Examples include utility bill, cell phone bill, rental agreement, bank statement insurance statement, or mortgage closing papers. All must be recent and have the parent/ guardian’s name listed.

    4. Oregon Certification of Immunization

    5. Vision/Dental Screening form

    For families that moved out of the Sunnyside boundary and needed to apply to the PPS Lottery, the lottery has closed and results will be shared in mid May. For more information on registration, contact school secretary Sarah at sconley1@pps.net

    Childcare During Hybrid and CDL
    For a list of schools hosting child care programs during hybrid instruction, please visit the PPS Child Care website. In addition, 211info offers child care referrals for programs throughout Multnomah County. Families can text, call or search for programs online. PPS is exploring transportation options and will share updates when transportation is confirmed.

    Update Pick-Up/Emergency Contact in ParentVUE
    Parents/Guardians can make updates to their student’s pick-up/emergency contact list by signing into ParentVUE and selecting Yearly Verification. Please note that students can only be released to adults for dismissal, or early pick-up, that are on the emergency contact list. 

    “What's Growing On in the SES Gardens, Steph?!"
    * Potato pickup and plant! Yes, any grade can participate and help us get planted!  Follow step by step planting instructions given with a "seed" potato at the open door hours for the SES LIBRARY (M,T,Th,F 8:45-9:45am and Fri 3:30-5:00) More potato fun info on my new website!

    *Steph's new website!

    * Mindfulness Labyrinth Garden Could you use a little mindfulness today? Try stepping slowly,  breathing deeply and maybe taking turns with your student, on the path on 35th by the "Wish Tree"

    Hybrid and Distance Learning Meal Services
    For the remainder of the year, grab-and-go meals will be available between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. on school days for all children in the community (PPS students and children not enrolled at PPS) ages 1-18.

    The sites for curbside distribution:

    • Beaumont Middle School, 4043 NE Fremont St.

    • Franklin High School, 5405 SE Woodward St.

    • George Middle School, 10000 N Burr Ave.

    • Harriet Tubman Middle School, 2231 N Flint Ave.

    • Hosford Middle School, 2303 SE 28th Pl.

    • Ida B. Wells High School, 1151 SW Vermont St.

    • Jackson Middle School, 10625 SW 35th Ave.

    • Jefferson High School, 5210 N Kerby Ave.

    • Lane Middle School, 7200 SE 60th Ave.

    • Leodis V. McDaniel @ Marshall High School, 3905 SE 91st Ave.

    • Tabor Middle School, 5800 SE Ash St.

    • Ockley Green Middle School, 6031 N Montana Ave.

    • Robert Gray Middle School, 5505 SW 23rd Ave.

    • Roosevelt High School, 6941 N Central St.

    • Roseway Heights Middle School, 7334 NE Siskiyou St.

    Securly Filter: Go-Live Plans
    PPS uses Securly to help families set internet filtering rules for students when using school devices and accounts at home. As a parent or guardian, you can use the SecurlyHome app to stay on top of your student’s online activity in real-time from anywhere. Securly will also send weekly email reports with a snapshot of your students’ internet activity. This report is an opportunity for adults to open a dialogue with students about their digital lives. For details, frequently-asked questions, and instructions for getting started, visit PPS’s Securly page.

    Fliers from the District (NEW)

    Can My Child Go to School Today? Decision Tree
    Use the following decision tree EVERY MORNING to determine whether you should keep your child home.

    Anti-Racist Reading and Resources (NEW)
    Three Black candidates—Herman Greene, Gary Hollands, and Reiko Mia Williams—have filed to run for PPS and PCC board positions. Read The Skanner's interviews and get to know them.

  • SES Messenger for April 2, 2021

    4/2/21 School Messenger
    Español

    School News (NEW)
    Upcoming Dates (NEW)
    Websites to Know
    Childcare During Hybrid and CDL (NEW)
    Pick-Up/Emergency Contact Updates in ParentVUE (NEW)
    “What's Growing On in the SES Gardens, Steph?!" (NEW)
    Hybrid and Distance Learning Meal Services (NEW)
    Securly Filter: Go-Live Plans (NEW)
    Franklin Youth Track Virtual Meeting April 5th at 6:30pm (NEW)
    Fliers from the District (NEW)
    Can My Child Go to School Today? Decision Tree
    SES Teacher Caitlin Quinn’s The Tool School
    Anti-Racist Reading and Resources (NEW)

    School News (NEW)
    Hello SES Community - 

    What a great first day of hybrid!  It was so wonderful seeing kindergarteners and first graders today!  We can’t wait to see our 2nd - 5th graders on Monday.  Thank you, families, for all your support and understanding as we transition into this new school schedule.

    Just some reminders which were included in the email sent earlier this week:
    Drop off/Pick Up times/locations and protocol:  Because we are a small building and want to keep everyone safe and socially distanced, our start times are staggered by 15 minute intervals.  Teachers’ class times are:  9:00 - 11:15, 9:15 - 11:30 or 9:30 - 11:45.  You will see on the attached maps your student’s teacher start time and where to drop-off AND pick-up your student.  There are 2 locations:  either the front of the building on SE Salmon, or on the blacktop at the back of the school.   

    You may arrive within 5 minutes of your student’s start time.  These “staging” areas are for more than one class, but only spaced 15 minutes apart.  We want to keep the areas relatively uncrowded and safe.  In short - please arrive as close to your start time as possible

    Hybrid in-person learning takes place Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday (no Wednesdays).

    K-5 teachers have sent individual class emails about what to bring and expect.

    Middle School Families - we are preparing for middle school hybrid learning next.  If you have not taken this survey already letting us know your preference, please do so as soon as possible.

    Thank you for everything, Sunnyside Community.

    We are grateful for you!
    Amy and Alix

    Upcoming Dates (NEW)

    Monday, April 5 2nd-5th First Day of New Schedule
    Thursday, April 8 End of 3rd Quarter
    Friday, April 9 NO SCHOOL (report card planning)
    Wednesday, April 21, 6:30-8:00 SES PTSA Board Meeting (open to all)

    Websites to Know
    Can My Child Go to School Today?
    District COVID Resources & Info
    PPS Family Resources Page
    Sunnyside School Page
    SES PTSA website
    SES COVID Fund on Venmo

    Childcare During Hybrid and CDL (NEW)
    For a list of schools hosting child care programs during hybrid instruction, please visit the PPS Child Care website. In addition, 211info offers child care referrals for programs throughout Multnomah County. Families can text, call or search for programs online. PPS is exploring transportation options and will share updates when transportation is confirmed.

    Pick-Up/Emergency Contact Updates in ParentVUE (NEW)
    Parents/Guardians can make updates to their student’s pick-up/emergency contact list by signing into ParentVUE and selecting Yearly Verification. Please note that students can only be released to adults for dismissal, or early pick-up, that are on the emergency contact list. 

    “What's Growing On in the SES Gardens, Steph?!" (NEW)
    * Potato pickup and plant! Yes, any grade can participate and help us get planted!  Follow step by step planting instructions given with a "seed" potato at the open door hours for the SES LIBRARY (M,T,Th,F 8:45-9:45am and Fri 3:30-5:00) More potato fun info on my new website!

    *Steph's new website!

    * Mindfulness Labyrinth Garden Could you use a little mindfulness today? Try stepping slowly,  breathing deeply and maybe taking turns with your student, on the path on 35th by the "Wish Tree"

    Hybrid and Distance Learning Meal Services (NEW)
    All school meals will continue to be free for all students in all schools, and no student ID or names are needed to receive meals.

    • Once students return to hybrid in-person instruction, meals will be served at the end of each in-person session.

    • If a student is staying in distance learning—or if their hybrid in-person learning has not begun—they should visit any of our new meal distribution sites between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. on school days to pick up meals.

    New Open Community Meal Distribution Sites
    For the remainder of the year, grab-and-go meals will be available between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. on school days for all children in the community (PPS students and children not enrolled at PPS) ages 1-18.

    The sites for curbside distribution:

    • Beaumont Middle School, 4043 NE Fremont St.

    • Franklin High School, 5405 SE Woodward St.

    • George Middle School, 10000 N Burr Ave.

    • Harriet Tubman Middle School, 2231 N Flint Ave.

    • Hosford Middle School, 2303 SE 28th Pl.

    • Ida B. Wells High School, 1151 SW Vermont St.

    • Jackson Middle School, 10625 SW 35th Ave.

    • Jefferson High School, 5210 N Kerby Ave.

    • Lane Middle School, 7200 SE 60th Ave.

    • Leodis V. McDaniel @ Marshall High School, 3905 SE 91st Ave.

    • Tabor Middle School, 5800 SE Ash St.

    • Ockley Green Middle School, 6031 N Montana Ave.

    • Robert Gray Middle School, 5505 SW 23rd Ave.

    • Roosevelt High School, 6941 N Central St.

    • Roseway Heights Middle School, 7334 NE Siskiyou St.

    Securly Filter: Go-Live Plans (NEW)
    PPS uses Securly to help families set internet filtering rules for students when using school devices and accounts at home. As a parent or guardian, you can use the SecurlyHome app to stay on top of your student’s online activity in real-time from anywhere. Securly will also send weekly email reports with a snapshot of your students’ internet activity. This report is an opportunity for adults to open a dialogue with students about their digital lives. For details, frequently-asked questions, and instructions for getting started, visit PPS’s Securly page.

    Franklin Youth Track Virtual Meeting April 5th at 6:30pm (NEW)
    dstubblefield@pps.net - Dupree Stubblefield
    leonardi1998@gmail.com - Isabel Leonard

    Virtual parent/guardian meeting April 5th at 6:30pm

    To join the video meeting, click this link: https://meet.google.com/gkt-oteq-rmi  Otherwise, to join by phone, dial +1 256-548-4244 and enter this PIN: 898 560 608#  To view more phone numbers, click this link: https://tel.meet/gkt-oteq-rmi?hs=5

    Each student must have a copy of a current physical BEFORE they will be able to practice

    If uncertain about sizes for shoes and hoodie we recommend sizing up

    Practices will be at FHS track

    First practice is Thursday April 8th 5:30pm-7:00pm

    Regular season practices will  Mondays and Tuesdays 5:30pm-7:00pm (starting April 12th)

    Meets will be held Thursdays, schedule TBD

    Payment options for participation are as follows: 

    $200

    $100 COVID Relief Scholarship (Contact Dupree or Isabel to apply)

    $0 if on Free/ Reduced Lunch

    Sliding Scale Scholarship (pay what you can)

    Sign up here: https://www.familyid.com/programs/franklin-youth-sports-registration-spring-2021

    We look forward to seeing everyone and having a great season!! Go Lighting!

    Fliers from the District (NEW)

    Can My Child Go to School Today? Decision Tree
    Use the following decision tree EVERY MORNING to determine whether you should keep your child home.

     

    SES Teacher Caitlin Quinn’s The Tool School
    In a letter to Amy, SES drama and art teacher Caitlin Quinn shares plans for her new venture, The Tool School.

    Anti-Racist Reading and Resources (NEW)
    Kimberle WIlliams Crenshaw writes about how partisans on all sides overlook the brutal legacies of white supremacy.

  • SES Messenger for March 19, 2021

    3/19/21 School Messenger
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    School News (NEW)
    Upcoming Dates (NEW)
    Websites to Know (NEW)
    Final Week of Read-A-Thon! (NEW)
    Successful Schools Survey Closes Today (NEW)
    Can My Child Go to School Today? Decision Tree (NEW)
    Spring Break and Hybrid/CDL Meal Schedule (NEW)
    SES Teacher Caitlin Quinn’s The Tool School (NEW)
    Fliers Approved by PPS (NEW)
    PPS Youth Resource App
    Sunnyside Neighborhood Association Update 
    Anti-Racist Reading and Resources (NEW)
    SES PTSA NEWS

    School News (NEW)

    Hello SES community and staff, 

    It’s been quite a week, not just here at school as we move into hybrid learning, but also for the entire country at large. The continuing acts of hatred and violence toward Asian and Pacific Islander communities in Georgia and beyond are heartbreaking and terrorizing. Our school community - all individuals, regardless of race, age, or other identity group(s) - stand in solidarity with the AAPI community across the nation, we denounce the hatred and violence of White Supremacy, and this week have been working with children in ways that help them imagine and create a society where liberation is actualized. 

    This week, many students discussed the tragic, Atlanta shootings. Today in our middle school morning meeting, our students helped lead us through an activity where, in the midst of grief, fear, and the worst of hatred, their adolescent community held space for grief and sorrow, while also collectively imagining a world where everyone is truly free. We talked about liberation, we highlighted Franny Choi and Grace Lee Boggs, two Asian women whose lives are/were dedicated to freedom for all humans, and many students went back to their core class and collectively discussed ways to take action toward building a world where freedom is real. We have added the slides we used this morning as they are appropriate for all students K-8. 

    You received an email from our superintendent today, with links to resources for students, families and allies. Our staff are working with individual children and families who may need additional support at this difficult time. We understand that trauma compounds, and our job is to hold children tight, to love and see them, to educate them honestly and with integrity, as well as give them actionable ways to hope, dream and have agency in creating and building a society that is different from the one they know now. Please use these slides if you’d like to talk with your children about liberation, and/or if, as a family, you’d like to learn more about the extraordinary work of both Grace Lee Boggs and Franny Choi. 

         -Amy and Alix 

    CDL & Hybrid Learning News

    The Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) & Hybrid cohorts have been finalized. For the next several weeks, the placements are firm and requests to move to hybrid will be put on hold; moves to CDL will always be honored. We will continue to analyze the physical space as well as the successes and constraints of in-person, then communicate options for cohort changes.

    K-5 families: Thank you for attending our hybrid/CDL (comprehensive distance learning) meetings on Wednesday night. We have students in their hybrid cohorts, and are working tirelessly to figure out safe spacing, curriculum, and the daily schedule for K-5 students. Please plan on receiving detailed information about your child’s schedule and assigned drop off/pick up times early in the week after spring break. K-5 educators have 5 planning days to get ready for this big change, so there will not be regular, digital schedules for K-5 students the week of March 29. You will receive information from your child’s teacher in regard to what to expect during this important planning week; there will be limited, digital, asynchronous lessons available while teachers get their rooms ready for hybrid school. The slides from both meetings on 3/17 are attached here. Our numbers and spacing for hybrid learning are very, very precise and we are tight. We are working to keep all students, both students who are in full CDL as well as students who chose hybrid learning, with their currently assigned teacher for at least part of the instructional day; we will communicate your room assignment as well as many more details beginning on March 29. If your child will be assigned with a partner teacher for the hybrid AM, we will be calling your family to discuss this during the week of March 29. 

    K/1 start date for Hybrid learning: April 2, no digital school 3/19--4/1

    2-5th start date for Hybrid learning: April 5, no digital school 3/29--4/2

    6-8 families: This week you received a Hybrid learning survey from PPS. Please fill this out ASAP, as the precise data (down to the individual student) very much matters for our planning. The start date for middle school hybrid is April 19, and we will be holding a parent/guardian session for 6-8th grade families after the break, likely the evening of April 7. More information will come about this after break. 

    Thank you for your patience as we quickly move into this new model. Our primary goal is to keep everyone safe and healthy, maintain community with your child’s assigned teacher, and maintain as much of our core programming for both families who choose hybrid and families who choose to remain in full distance learning. 

    Over the break, if you’d like to learn more about the COVID-19 safety guidelines for schools, they are attached here

    Upcoming Dates (NEW)

    Monday-Friday, March 1-19 READ-A-THON
    Monday-Friday, March 22-26 NO SCHOOL (Spring Break)
    Friday, April 2 K-1st First Day of New Schedule
    Monday, April 5 2nd-5th First Day of New Schedule

    Websites to Know (NEW)
    ❗ Can My Child Go to School Today?
    District COVID Resources & Info
    PPS Family Resources Page
    Sunnyside School Page
    SES PTSA website
    SES COVID Fund on Venmo

    Final Week of Read-A-Thon! (NEW)
    Today, March 19th, is the final day to collect minutes for our annual READ-A-THON. Please record your child's reading (or have them record it themselves) here... https://forms.gle/pKoaQEjKMKL7od5R6 Every recorded day that they reached their grade's reading goal will give them a raffle ticket for our reading prizes! See more instructions on the form.

    As our final big event for READ-A-THON, yesterday, Elizabeth Haidle came to speak to our Sunnyside students about her books, how to get inspiration, what many authors and illustrators were like as kids and the things they had to overcome. She even let us be the FIRST people to see some of the pages from her newest book!

    Please support her, a local bookstore, get some great SIGNED books, and support more author visits at Sunnyside by going to https://greenbeanbookspdx.indielite.org/elizabeth-haidle... Books will be delivered to Sunnyside for pick-up. When you go to checkout to select “Sunnyside Elementary” under “Calculate Shipping Cost” and books will be delivered to the school for pickup.

    AND FINALLY, IT IS NOT TOO LATE TO FUNDRAISE STILL!!! The fundraiser part of READ-A-THON will be open until April 1st!!!! We can still really use you! Even if you can just sign up and share with a few people that would really help. Here are four easy ways to help:

    - Sign your kid up to fundraise at https://funrun.boosterthon.com/

    - Share your Student Star Video (your family will love it!)

    - Share your student’s FunRun.com profile through social media

    - Enter Pledges on your students page

    More info about all things READ-A-THON can be found at https://www.sesptsa.org/read/.

    Successful Schools Survey Closes Today (NEW)
    PPS is currently conducting its annual Successful Schools Survey, which allows them to gather data and make informed decisions about school climate and culture. The survey window will CLOSE TODAY, March 19 for families.

    The Successful Schools Survey should take you 15-30 minutes to complete online.

    Access the survey here: English | Español | Tiếng Việt | 中文 | Русский | Soomaali

    Can My Child Go to School Today? Decision Tree (NEW)

    As we move to hybrid learning, use the following decision tree EVERY MORNING to determine whether you should keep your child home.

    Spring Break and Hybrid/CDL Meal Schedule (NEW)
    SPRING BREAK: On Friday, March 19, all grab and go, curbside services, and home meal deliveries will include 7 days worth of meals. PPS will pause meal services the week of spring break. Meal services will resume with new pickup locations and times. Please visit https://www.pps.net/nutrition for updated information.

    HYBRID/CDL UPDATE: With the upcoming transition to hybrid learning, the last day for home meal delivery will be Friday, March 19.

    All school meals are FREE for ALL students in ALL schools, regardless of eligibility. No student ID, names, etc are needed to receive meals. Students will be able to get Grab & Go meals at the end of their hybrid session. Students in CDL will still be able to pick up at various locations. For a list of school sites and other information, see the Nutrition Services Flyer.

    Please contact our department with any questions - nutritionservices@pps.net or 503-916-3399.

    SES Teacher Caitlin Quinn’s The Tool School (NEW)
    In a letter to Amy, SES drama and art teacher Caitlin Quinn shares plans for her new venture, The Tool School.

    Fliers Approved by PPS (NEW)

    PPS Youth Resource App
    The Youth Resource App is a free resource for all Portland youth, funded by Portland Public Schools Office of Student Supports Services and created by the Student Success and Health department’s mental health advisory team along with 100+ PPS students. PPS does not specifically endorse any of the listed agencies. Each organization has their own independent mission and vision. We know we are likely missing some information- consider this version 1.0. Please see these FAQs to answer additional questions. Email: youthresourceapp@pps.net with feedback.

    Sunnyside Neighborhood Association update 
    The SNA is looking for volunteers to help with regular neighborhood cleanup efforts including in and around Sunnyside Park. The work is a bit messy and a bit physical, but does not involve personal contact. We are hoping to schedule volunteers for two hour shifts weekly or every-other week. Please contact former SES parent and SNA member Vincent Dawans for more information and to volunteer.

    The SNA is also working on siting a small, temporary supported campsite in the neighborhood to help stabilize folks currently living in and around Sunnyside Park. We are interested in working with private property owners to lease a roughly 10,000SF of outdoor space for a set term. If you or someone you may know can help us with property acquisition and/or liability insurance negotiations please contact SES parent Matt Lembo.

    Anti-Racist Reading and Resources (NEW)
    Why This Wave of Anti-Asian Racism Feels Different
    “The term Asian American was coined in 1968 by radical student organizers who were envisioning a pan-Asian, anti-racist, anti-imperialist movement. Is their notion of being Asian American just an ideal? Or is it a real identity-based coalition that you see forming?” Read the interview with author Cathy Park Hong who sees the recent upsurge in violence as a turning point for Asian Americans. 

    Support these advocates:
    Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Atlanta
    Asian American Advocacy Fund
    9to5 Georgia
    National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum – Atlanta
    Donate. All donations will go directly to support the victims and their families and to support crisis intervention across the Asian American community.

    SES PTSA NEWS
    The PTSA Board canceled this month's meeting and rescheduled Rob Nosse for April 21st so as not to overlap with the K-5 meeting.

  • SES Messenger for March 12, 2021

    3/12/21 School Messenger

    School News (NEW)
    Upcoming Dates (NEW)
    Websites to Know
    Read-A-Thon Continues: March 1-March 19 (NEW)
    PPS Youth Resource App (NEW)
    Enrollment Balancing Phase 2 Delayed (NEW)
    Fliers Approved by PPS (NEW)
    March Meal Services 
    Sunnyside Neighborhood Association Update 
    Successful Schools Survey 
    Application for Free and Reduced-Price Meals for 2021-22 
    Incoming Kindergartners 2021-2022 
    Anti-Racist Reading and Resources (NEW)
    SES PTSA NEWS (NEW)

    School News (NEW)

    Happy Friday, SES Community - 

    It was so exciting to see some of our 8th graders today as we began LIPI! Thank you, middle school families, for trusting us with your students!

    For our K-5 families: Here is the survey we sent out earlier this week. Please take a moment to answer these 2 questions if you haven’t already. If you have, THANK YOU!

    On Wednesday the 17th, we will hold hybrid informational sessions for K-5 families. Since our meeting space can only hold 250 attendees, we’ve decided to hold 2 meetings: 

    K-1 families, please join us at 5:30

    2-5 families, please join us at 6:30

    We will send out the google meet link next week. Thank you for all your support in this uncertain time.

    With gratitude,
    Amy and Alix

    Upcoming Dates (NEW)

    Monday-Friday, March 1-19 READ-A-THON
    Sunday, March 14 Daylight Savings Time Begins
    Wed, March 17 Hybrid Informational Sessions for K-5
    Wed, March 17 CANCELLED SES PTSA Board Meeting
    Mon-Fri, March 22-26 NO SCHOOL (Spring Break)

    Websites to Know
    District COVID Resources & Info
    PPS Family Resources Page
    Sunnyside School Page
    SES PTSA website
    SES COVID Fund on Venmo

    Read-A-Thon Continues: March 1-March 19 (NEW)
    This week is exciting! Today, March 12th is Dress like a book character. Send Gillian ggrimm@pps.net a picture of your kid in a costume so we can see what people dressed as. Also let us know if we can include the picture in a slideshow for the website.   

    Then next week, Wednesday, is our 2nd author visit!!! Elizabeth Haidle will be here at 10am for k-3 and at 10:45am for 4-8th. She is the author of a graphic novel that is one of the official OBOB books called Before They Were Authors. She is also the creative director and regular contributor at Illustoria magazine. She has written/illustrated several beautiful picture books and a new non-fiction graphic novel coming out in April titled Before They Were Illustrators. Please support her, a local bookstore, get some great SIGNED books, and support more author visits at Sunnyside by going to https://greenbeanbookspdx.indielite.org/elizabeth-haidle-author-visit. Books will be delivered to Sunnyside for pick-up. When you go to checkout to select “Sunnyside Elementary” under “Calculate Shipping Cost” and books will be delivered to the school for pickup.

    Can you help us spread the word for our fundraiser? We could really use you! Even if you can just sign up and share with a few people that would really help. Here are four easy ways to help:

    - Sign your kid up to fundraise at https://funrun.boosterthon.com/

    - Share your Student Star Video (your family will love it!)

    - Share your student’s FunRun.com profile through social media

    - Enter Pledges on your students page

    We ONLY ONE more week to go of READ-A-THON! Participate in Gillian's Read-A-Thon Bingo, see the full schedule, get documents to download & more go to https://www.sesptsa.org/read/

    PPS Youth Resource App (NEW)
    The Youth Resource App is a free resource for all Portland youth, funded by Portland Public Schools Office of Student Supports Services and created by the Student Success and Health department’s mental health advisory team along with 100+ PPS students. PPS does not specifically endorse any of the listed agencies. Each organization has their own independent mission and vision. We know we are likely missing some information- consider this version 1.0. Please see these FAQs to answer additional questions. Email: youthresourceapp@pps.net with feedback.

    Enrollment Balancing Phase 2 Delayed (NEW)
    The start of Phase 2 of the Enrollment Balancing process has been delayed until at least after April 15th.

    The Board of Education met on February 22 to discuss phase 2 of PPS’ enrollment and program balancing. Here is the “February 22, 2021 Work Session Agenda.” The focus of the 3-hour work session was to:

    • Identify the most critical issue(s) the School Board believes are the most important to address in the next 12-months on Enrollment and Program Balancing.

    • Identify the policies that require clarification, so that the PPS school district staff (and the Coalition) can effectively and clearly complete Phase 2 of its work.

    • Clarify what PPS believes to be the most important focus areas in the next 12-months.

    • Articulate the successes and opportunities they look to see executed as we plan student, family, school and community engagement on Enrollment and Program Balancing.

    District staff are continuing to engage with the Board to finalize the Phase 2 scope of work with a commitment to center the lived experiences of our students and their families, especially our communities of color. An update of the Phase 2 scope and schedule will be shared in April.

    A full archive of Southeast Guiding Coalition (SEGC) meeting notes, presentations, meeting videos and links are available on the PPS Enrollment and Program Balancing website.

    EspañolTiếng Việt中文Русский| Soomaali

    Fliers Approved by PPS (NEW)

    March Meal Services and Deadline for New Requests 
    On Friday, March 19, all grab and go, curbside services, and home meal deliveries will include 7 days worth of meals. Meal services will pause during the week of Spring Break, March 22-26 and resume Monday, March 29.

    Sunnyside Neighborhood Association Update 
    The SNA is looking for volunteers to help with regular neighborhood cleanup efforts including in and around Sunnyside Park. The work is a bit messy and a bit physical, but does not involve personal contact. We are hoping to schedule volunteers for two hour shifts weekly or every-other week. Please contact former SES parent and SNA member Vincent Dawans for more information and to volunteer.

    The SNA is also working on siting a small, temporary supported campsite in the neighborhood to help stabilize folks currently living in and around Sunnyside Park. We are interested in working with private property owners to lease a roughly 10,000SF of outdoor space for a set term. If you or someone you may know can help us with property acquisition and/or liability insurance negotiations please contact SES parent Matt Lembo.

    Successful Schools Survey
    PPS is currently conducting its annual Successful Schools Survey, which allows them to gather data and make informed decisions about school climate and culture. The survey window will run to March 19 for families.

    The Successful Schools Survey should take you 15-30 minutes to complete online; if you need a paper copy, please email sconley1@pps.net.

    Access the survey here: English | Español | Tiếng Việt | 中文 | Русский | Soomaali

    Confidential Family Application for Free and Reduced-Price Meals for 2021-22
    Eligible families with upcoming 1st-12th grade students can submit a new meal application to see if their student(s) qualify for free and reduced-price meals for the 2021-22 school year on or after July 1, 2021. The updated federal income guidelines will be announced and listed on the meal application form in July. Families do not need to submit a meal application if their student attends an approved 2021-22 Community Eligibility Provision school or receives a 2021-22 PPS Direct Certification Approval letter that will be sent out to those who qualify in August 2021. https://www.pps.net/Page/2088 

    Incoming Kindergartners 2021-2022
    Online registration has opened for next school year. You can begin the online process at https://www.pps.net/Page/14787. You will need the following registration documents:

    1. Online Registration form

    2. Birth Certificate or Passport (used for birthday verification)

    3. Proof of Address, Two Documents - Examples include utility bill, cell phone bill, rental agreement, bank statement insurance statement, or mortgage closing papers. All must be recent and have the parent/ guardian’s name listed.

    4. Oregon Certification of Immunization

    5. Vision/Dental Screening form

    REMINDER: If your family has moved out of the Sunnyside boundary, then you will need to apply to the PPS Lottery, even if a sibling currently attends Sunnyside. For more information on registration or the lottery, contact school secretary Sarah at sconley1@pps.net 

    Anti-Racist Reading and Resources (NEW)
    Powell’s webinar: Chanda Prescod-Weinstein in Conversation With Elissa Washuta

    “One of the leading physicists of her generation, Prescod-Weinstein is also one of fewer than 100 Black American women to earn a PhD from a department of physics. Her vision of the cosmos is vibrant, buoyantly non-traditional, and grounded in Black feminist traditions. Prescod-Weinstein urges us to recognize how science, like most fields, is rife with racism, sexism, and other dehumanizing systems. She lays out a bold new approach to science and society that begins with the belief that we all have a fundamental right to know and love the night sky.” Register for the March 17 virtual conversation.

    SES PTSA NEWS (NEW)
    The PTSA Board canceled this month's meeting and rescheduled Rob Nosse for April 21st so as not to overlap with the K-5 meetings next week.

  • SES Messenger for March 5, 2021

    3/5/21 School Messenger

    School News (NEW)
    Upcoming Dates (NEW)
    Websites to Know
    Read-A-Thon: March 1-March 19 (NEW)
    March Meal Services (NEW)
    Sunnyside Neighborhood Association Update (NEW)
    March 8, 6-8pm: Explore Your Elementary School Options (NEW)
    Successful Schools Survey 
    Application for Free and Reduced-Price Meals for 2021-22 
    Incoming Kindergartners 2021-2022 
    Volunteers Wanted for Mid-March: Teach a Mini-Class
    Anti-Racist Reading and Resources (NEW)
    SES PTSA NEWS (NEW)

    School News (NEW)
    Dear Sunnyside Families and Friends—

    Thank you for supporting our annual, SES Read-A-Thon. This is a wonderful event for so many reasons: it supports a love of reading and literacy K-8, it creates opportunities for solidarity and camaraderie in classes and across grade levels through read-ins and other activities, it provides a structure where our whole community reads together and shares ideas from our reading, and it also happens to raise a significant amount of money for our school. The money raised through this event pays for place-based learning activities, field studies and other classroom trips, our sustainability staff, theater, music, and a variety of PTSA funded programs at Sunnyside.  

    While it’s true that this event raises a large chunk of money for the school, it's just as important for students to remember that this is an event where our K-8 community truly works together to raise these funds. When over 500 students read together and collect pledges on behalf of their school, when they feel the solidarity that this event can bring, whether they raise $1 or $100, the hope is that they authentically experience a sense of agency. One of the goals of this event is that every student sees themselves as part of a community, working together on behalf of our school.

    Thank you for supporting this fundraiser, and more importantly, supporting our collective efforts to help our students see the value in a community reading/working together for a common purpose.  

    With gratitude,
    Amy and Alix

    Upcoming Dates (NEW)

    Monday-Friday, March 1-19 READ-A-THON
    Tuesday, March 9, 6:30-8:00 Virtual Connect to Kindergarten (link)
    Sunday, March 14 Daylight Savings Time Begins
    Wed-Thu, March 17-18, 10-11am Middle School Mini-Classes
    Wed, March 17, 6:30-8:30 SES PTSA Board Meeting (with Rob Nosse)
    Monday-Friday, March 22-26

    NO SCHOOL (Spring Break)

    Websites to Know
    District COVID Resources & Info
    PPS Family Resources Page
    Sunnyside School Page
    SES PTSA website
    SES COVID Fund on Venmo

    Read-A-Thon Continues: March 1-March 19 (NEW)
    This week has been so fun! We had Aron Nels Steinke visit! He talked about becoming an author, how to make books, perseverance, and even taught a little drawing class. It was truly amazing! Please support him and more author visits in the future by going to https://greenbeanbookspdx.indielite.org/mr-wolfs-class... and buying a book. Books will be signed, have a little drawing in them and be delivered to Sunnyside for pick-up. When you go to checkout to select “Sunnyside Elementary” under “Calculate Shipping Cost” and books will be delivered to the school for pickup.

    Can you help us spread the word for our fundraiser? Here are four easy ways to help:

    • Sign your kid up to fundraise at https://funrun.boosterthon.com/

    • Share your Student Star Video (your family will love it!)

    • Share your student’s FunRun.com profile through social media

    • Enter Pledges on your students page

    We still have two more weeks to go! We have cozy pajama read-in day Friday the 4th, dress like a book character day, March 12th, and ANOTHER author visit of March 17th! To see the full schedule, get documents to download & more go to https://www.sesptsa.org/read/

    Thanks Sunnyside!!!
    Keep reading! 

    March Meal Services and Deadline for New Requests (NEW)
    On Friday, March 19, all grab and go, curbside services, and home meal deliveries will include 7 days worth of meals. Meal services will pause during the week of Spring Break, March 22-26 and resume Monday, March 29.

    Friday, March 5th will be the last day to submit new home meal delivery requests. New requests for home meal delivery should include the following information to nutritionservices@pps.net:

    • Family name

    • Address (where meals should be delivered)

    • Contact phone number

    • Number of children in the household 

    • School(s) attended 

    For cancellations, changes or updates, please contact nutritionservices@pps.net.

    Sunnyside Neighborhood Association Update (NEW)
    The SNA is looking for volunteers to help with regular neighborhood cleanup efforts including in and around Sunnyside Park. The work is a bit messy and a bit physical, but does not involve personal contact. We are hoping to schedule volunteers for two hour shifts weekly or every-other week. Please contact former SES parent and SNA member Vincent Dawans for more information and to volunteer.

    The SNA is also working on siting a small, temporary supported campsite in the neighborhood to help stabilize folks currently living in and around Sunnyside Park. We are interested in working with private property owners to lease a roughly 10,000SF of outdoor space for a set term. If you or someone you may know can help us with property acquisition and/or liability insurance negotiations please contact SES parent Matt Lembo.

    March 8, 6-8pm: Explore Your Elementary School Options (NEW)
    PPS invites you to learn about transferring into focus, alternative, dual language immersion and charter schools, as well as how to find and register for your neighborhood school. You will hear from program and transfer experts, meet school principals and have a chance to ask questions at this virtual event. Interpretation will be available in Spanish, Vietnamese, Cantonese, Mandarin, Russian and Somali.
    View the flyer for more information: English | Español | Tiếng Việt | 中文 | Русский | Soomaali

    Successful Schools Survey
    PPS is currently conducting its annual Successful Schools Survey, which allows them to gather data and make informed decisions about school climate and culture. The survey window will run to March 19 for families.

    The Successful Schools Survey should take you 15-30 minutes to complete online; if you need a paper copy, please email sconley1@pps.net.

    Access the survey here: English | Español | Tiếng Việt | 中文 | Русский | Soomaali

    Confidential Family Application for Free and Reduced-Price Meals for 2021-22
    Eligible families with upcoming 1st-12th grade students can submit a new meal application to see if their student(s) qualify for free and reduced-price meals for the 2021-22 school year on or after July 1, 2021. The updated federal income guidelines will be announced and listed on the meal application form in July. Families do not need to submit a meal application if their student attends an approved 2021-22 Community Eligibility Provision school or receives a 2021-22 PPS Direct Certification Approval letter that will be sent out to those who qualify in August 2021. https://www.pps.net/Page/2088 

    Incoming Kindergartners 2021-2022
    Online registration has opened for next school year. You can begin the online process at https://www.pps.net/Page/14787. You will need the following registration documents:

    1. Online Registration form

    2. Birth Certificate or Passport (used for birthday verification)

    3. Proof of Address, Two Documents - Examples include utility bill, cell phone bill, rental agreement, bank statement insurance statement, or mortgage closing papers. All must be recent and have the parent/ guardian’s name listed.

    4. Oregon Certification of Immunization

    5. Vision/Dental Screening form

    REMINDER: If your family has moved out of the Sunnyside boundary, then you will need to apply to the PPS Lottery, even if a sibling currently attends Sunnyside. For more information on registration or the lottery, contact school secretary Sarah at sconley1@pps.net 

    Volunteers Wanted for Mid-March: Teach a Mini-Class 
    Mini-classes were a big hit in January, and so we’re going to do it again in March. Once again, the SES middle school invites parents, guardians and community members to teach mini-classes to our 6th, 7th and 8th graders. This is a time when we draw on the expertise and interests of our school community to teach an enrichment course to our middle school students who are excited and passionate about the topic. We've had parents from all grade levels offer to teach courses. Some examples from January include: sewing, Scratch programming, Dungeons & Dragons, history of the Olympics, crocheting, drawing and kitchen science.

    Our March mini-classes will again be virtual, and will take place on Wednesday and Thursday, March 17 and 18, from 10-11am (with optional extension to 12pm) on each day. This time, we can also help wrangling and delivering needed materials.

    If you are available, but undecided on what class to teach, we can help. If you have a class in mind, we look forward to learning what your class will be. We are happy to welcome you in whatever capacity your busy life allows.

    If you will be joining us during our mini-classes, please complete this form or email Kieran Cannistra at kcannistra@pps.net.

    Anti-Racist Reading and Resources (NEW)
    The selection for Multnomah County Library’s 19th annual community reading project, Everybody Reads, is acclaimed author and poet Ross Gay and his collection of essays, The Book of Delights. This year, the author lecture will be held virtually on Thursday, April 8 at 6PM and will feature an approximately 30-minute talk from Ross Gay, followed by an approximately 40-minute interview with local bestselling author, Lidia Yuknavitch. Free registration and a range of ticket rates are available for community members suffering financial hardship to ensure this event can be accessible to all. Register here.

    SES PTSA NEWS (NEW)
    Representative Rob Nosse will be virtually attending this month's PTSA meeting to speak, listen and answer questions from 6:45-7:15. It's a great (and time limited!) opportunity to have the ear of a legislator! Please consider attending!

  • SES Messenger for February 26, 2021

    2/26/21 School Messenger

    School News (NEW)
    Upcoming Dates (NEW)
    Websites to Know
    Read-A-Thon: March 1-March 19 (NEW)
    Successful Schools Survey (NEW)
    Application for Free and Reduced-Price Meals for 2021-22 (NEW)
    Incoming Kindergartners 2021-2022 (NEW)
    Volunteer Opportunity in the Sunnyside Neighborhood
    Fliers from the District
    Volunteers Wanted for Mid-March: Teach a Mini-Class
    Anti-Racist Reading and Resources (NEW)

    School News (NEW)
    Dear SES families,

    Please expect an email newsletter from us next week. In the meantime, check out all the news below.

    Thank you, and have a great weekend
    Amy and Alix

    Upcoming Dates (NEW)

    Monday-Friday, March 1-19 READ-A-THON
    Tuesday, March 9, 6:30-8:00 Virtual Connect to Kindergarten (link to come)
    Wed-Thu, March 17-18, 10-11am Middle School Mini-Classes
    Wed, March 17, 6:30-8:30 SES PTSA Board Meeting (open to all)
    Monday-Friday, March 22-26 NO SCHOOL (Spring Break)

    Websites to Know
    District COVID Resources & Info
    PPS Family Resources Page
    Sunnyside School Page
    SES PTSA website
    SES COVID Fund on Venmo

    Read-A-Thon: March 1-March 19 (NEW)
    From Read-A-Thon Coordinator Leslie Lothamer and Librarian Gillian Grimm:

    Read-a-Thon starts MONDAY and we are so excited! Official reading dates are March 1st – March 19th and fundraising dates are NOW – April 1st. EVERYTHING you need to know is below or go to https://www.sesptsa.org/read/.

    READING TRACKER AVAILABILITY:
    A printed READ-A-THON Reading Roadmap/ Reading Tracker will be available at the library doors Tuesday, 03/02 from 12:30 - 1:30 and THIS Friday 02/26 at Book Bag pickup or go to https://www.sesptsa.org/read/ to download one to print at home!!! Kids should be keeping track of each day they met their grade level’s reading goal (chart below).

    READING GOALS PER GRADE:

    • K-2: 30 MINS per day

    • 3rd-5th: 45 mins per day

    • 6th-8th: ONE hour per day

    RAISE FUNDS FOR THE SCHOOL
    The READ-A-THON helps fund Sunnyside’s enriching programs such as Gardening and Outdoor Classroom, Virtual Art and Music Enrichment, Teacher Grants and Virtual Field Studies, so start your fundraising engines!  Fundraising will be online only from TODAY – April 1st. Donating is officially open on our online pledge program (Boosterthon)! Please support our school today; here’s how to sign up for our online pledging program:

    1. REGISTER your student(s) on https://funrun.boosterthon.com/ today. It only takes 30 seconds, and if you upload a photo of your student it will automatically make a cool video with their face in it to share.

    2. SHARE your student’s donation page with 5 family members, friends, coworkers, or others using the share tools on funrun.com. You can share directly via Facebook or email, or copy the link to share via another route. There’s also this very cool video called the Student Star Video that you can create for your student on the funrun.com website. You’ll have to see for yourself, but you upload a photo of your child and they become part of the video—your friends and family will think it’s pretty cool, too! The READ-A-THON helps fund Sunnyside’s enriching programs such as Gardening and Outdoor Classroom, Virtual Art and Music Enrichment, Teacher Grants and Virtual Field Studies, so start your fundraising engines! Fundraising will be online only, from TODAY through April 1st.

    3. DONATE if you are able to give. Every share and donation makes a difference!

    SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
    Our first Read-A-Thon event is coming up on Tuesday, March 2: A virtual author visit with Aron Nels Steinke, the author/illustrator of the Mr. Wolf's Class series of graphic novels. Please support our author visits by going to https://greenbeanbookspdx.indielite.org/mr-wolfs-class-aron-nels-steinke to buy a SIGNED copy of any (or all) of his books! When you check out, select Sunnyside Elementary under Calculate Shipping Cost, and we will pick up your books and distribute them for free! On March 2nd:

    • Grades K-3 visit will be at 10:00am

    • Grades 4-8 visit will be at 10:45am
      (Teachers will send the Zoom link closer to the day of the event.)

    SEE THE FULL SCHEDULE BELOW:

    • February 22nd: Fundraising platform open. Go to funrun.com to sign up your kid.

    • March 1st: Reading days begin. Get a Reading Tracker/Roadmap here.

    • March 2nd: Virtual Author Visit–Aron Nels Steinke, author and illustrator of the Mr. Wolf’s Class series of graphic novels, presents to our students.10am for K-3rd, 10:45am for 4th-8th. Go here to buy a signed copy of one (or more) of his books* to help support author visits at Sunnyside.

      • When you go to checkout to select “Sunnyside Elementary” under “Calculate Shipping Cost” and books will be delivered to the school for pickup.

    • March 5th: Cozy pajama read-in day

    • March 12th: Dress like a book character day

    • March 17th: Virtual Author Visit–Elizabeth Haidle, author and illustrator of Before They Were Authors (this year’s OBOB book), presents to our students.10am for K-3rd; 10:45am for 4th-8th. Go here to buy a signed copy of one (or more) of her books* (even a few pre-sales) to help support author visits at Sunnyside.

      • when you go to checkout to select “Sunnyside Elementary” under “Calculate Shipping Cost” and books will be delivered to the school for pickup

    • March 19th: Dress up day #3 (TBD)

    • March 19th: FINAL READING DAY

    • March 20th – April 1st: Submit number of “Reading Challenges” completed from Reading Tracker (submission link coming soon)

    • April 1st: FINAL FUNDRAISING DAY

    MORE INFO:
    For more information links to our fundraising platform, fun downloads, Read-A-Thon materials (including the reading tracker to print at home) , an updated schedule of events and more please go to: https://www.sesptsa.org/read/

    I cannot wait for all the fun! Please email me with any questions and thanks a million for your support during this weird time! Leslie Lothamer - leslielothamer@gmail.com

    Successful Schools Survey (NEW)
    PPS is currently conducting its annual Successful Schools Survey, which allows them to gather data and make informed decisions about school climate and culture. The survey window will run to March 19 for families.
    The Successful Schools Survey should take you 15-30 minutes to complete online; if you need a paper copy, please email sconley1@pps.net.
    Access the survey here: English | Español | Tiếng Việt | 中文 | Русский | Soomaali

    Confidential Family Application for Free and Reduced-Price Meals for 2021-22 (NEW)
    Eligible families with upcoming 1st-12th grade students can submit a new meal application to see if their student(s) qualify for free and reduced-price meals for the 2021-22 school year on or after July 1, 2021. The updated federal income guidelines will be announced and listed on the meal application form in July. Families do not need to submit a meal application if their student attends an approved 2021-22 Community Eligibility Provision school or receives a 2021-22 PPS Direct Certification Approval letter that will be sent out to those who qualify in August 2021. https://www.pps.net/Page/2088 

    Incoming Kindergartners 2021-2022 (NEW)
    Online registration has opened for next school year. You can begin the online process at https://www.pps.net/Page/14787. You will need the following registration documents:

    1. Online Registration form

    2. Birth Certificate or Passport (used for birthday verification)

    3. Proof of Address, Two Documents - Examples include utility bill, cell phone bill, rental agreement, bank statement insurance statement, or mortgage closing papers. All must be recent and have the parent/ guardian’s name listed.

    4. Oregon Certification of Immunization

    5. Vision/Dental Screening form

    REMINDER: If your family has moved out of the Sunnyside boundary, then you will need to apply to the PPS Lottery, even if a sibling currently attends Sunnyside. For more information on registration or the lottery, contact school secretary Sarah at sconley1@pps.net 

    Volunteer Opportunity in the Sunnyside Neighborhood
    I just received the following email from Hannah Wallace, member of the Sunnyside Neighborhood Association's (SNA) Community Safety and Livability Committee and step-parent of a former SES student:

    Dear neighbors, 

    A bunch of us on the Community Safety and Livability Committee are doing active outreach to the houseless, particularly those that live at Sunnyside Park and Laurelhurst Park, but also the people who are in various spots in between the two. We've established a regular trash pick-up crew, and we had a very successful clothing drive two weekends ago. We've also been running a shower program at the church on Tuesdays and Thursdays since early January. The shower program is looking for a few more regular volunteers during the following times:

    • Tuesdays from 1-3; or from 3-5:30

    • Thursdays from 1-3; or from 3-5:30

    The job is simple and rewarding: Checking people in or cleaning the shower area. The church has very strict COVID protocols, and all guests so far have been happy to comply.

    Please email me at hannahmwallace@gmail.com if you're interested, and feel free to forward this request to anyone who you think would be keen to do this sort of direct work.

    Fliers from the District

    Volunteers Wanted for Mid-March: Teach a Mini-Class 
    Mini-classes were a big hit in January, and so we’re going to do it again in March. Once again, the SES middle school invites parents, guardians and community members to teach mini-classes to our 6th, 7th and 8th graders. This is a time when we draw on the expertise and interests of our school community to teach an enrichment course to our middle school students who are excited and passionate about the topic. We've had parents from all grade levels offer to teach courses. Some examples from January include: sewing, Scratch programming, Dungeons & Dragons, history of the Olympics, crocheting, drawing and kitchen science.

    Our March mini-classes will again be virtual, and will take place on Wednesday and Thursday, March 17 and 18, from 10-11am (with optional extension to 12pm) on each day. This time, we can also help wrangling and delivering needed materials.

    If you are available, but undecided on what class to teach, we can help. If you have a class in mind, we look forward to learning what your class will be. We are happy to welcome you in whatever capacity your busy life allows.

    If you will be joining us during our mini-classes, please complete this form or email Kieran Cannistra at kcannistra@pps.net.

    Anti-Racist Reading and Resources (NEW)
    Oregon’s Black Pioneers: Watch OPB’s half-hour documentary on the Black Americans who lived and worked in Oregon in the 1800s, in spite of Oregon laws designed to exclude them from setting in the region.

  • SES Messenger for 2/19/2021

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    2/19/21 School Messenger 

    School News (NEW)
    Upcoming Dates (NEW)
    Websites to Know
    Read-A-Thon: March 1-March 19 (NEW)​​​​

    Volunteer Opportunity in the Sunnyside Neighborhood (NEW)​​​​
    Fliers from the District (NEW)

    Request from the Oregon Forest Resources Institute (OFRI) (UPDATED)
    Volunteers Wanted for Mid-March: Teach a Mini-Class
    Anti-Racist Reading and Resources (NEW)

    School News (NEW)
    Hello SES Families,

    Happy Friday! We hope everyone has access to power at this point, and hope your children found joy in the snow despite the messy conditions it created for our city. 

    Today we have three announcements from the office: 

    1. 8th grade families: You were sent an email for an 8th grade parent/guardian meeting on Thursday, 2/25 at 6:30 pm (the room opens at 6:15 for pre-loading into the hangout). We will send a code and a reminder in a few days, closer to the date. 
       
    2. We will have a school-based, SES Kindergarten info night on March 9, 6:30 pm. This information is on our website, and the code will be pasted in a few weeks. If you have an incoming kindergarten student for next year, we would love to see you there. If you have neighbors with incoming kindergarten students, please tell them! There is also a ton of information about kindergarten and this year’s K-5 lottery cycle on our SES website. We also have a few open lottery slots in 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade for the 2021-2022 school year and families who are interested in coming to SES in these grade levels are encouraged to attend on the 9th as well. 
       
    3. K-5 families: We are so sorry that there has been confusion about the Hybrid learning survey sent by PPS earlier this week. With the power outages and Wifi issues, many families have emailed us trying to gain access to the survey and we know this has been frustrating. Thank you for your patience! A few general pieces of information about this:
    • The survey is not created locally at Sunnyside; it’s a PPS survey, so it’s been difficult to mitigate survey issues at the school level.
       
    • PPS has extended the deadline for this survey until 2/27 to give families additional time.
       
    • PPS notes that early technical issues you might have experienced have been resolved. If you still experience issues, please email research@pps.net.
       
    • You can access the survey here: https://ppsk12.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_03stAgx3RViMqGO
       
    • You will need your child’s 6 digit ID number, please see directions below if you do not know how to access this.
       
    • PPS sent the survey to one parent/guardian per student, even when there is more than one parent/guardian or more than one home. This is because PPS designed the survey to record one reply per student; if a second adult responds to the survey using the student’s ID number, the first adult’s response will be overwritten. Nobody at SES is able to generate a duplicate survey for any of our students, and questions on this point should be directed to research@pps.net.
       
    • If you have more than one K-5 student, it is possible that a different parent/guardian got the survey link for different children. It is also possible that one parent/guardian received survey links for multiple children. We are finding both to be true in our community. If no parent/guardian has received a link for one of your students, please make sure all parent/guardians check all email inboxes and spam folders for the link.

    Based on the information above and below, if you are still unable to access this survey for your child using their 6 digit ID number next week, please email akleiner@pps.net or apickett@pps.net and we will gladly help you or connect you with PPS to troubleshoot.

    Thank you for your patience and flexibility with this!
    Amy and Alix 

    Methods for finding your student’s six-digit ID:

    1. Ask your student.
      Students’ six-digit code is the same code they use to check out books in the library and pay for school lunch. They might know and not realize it.
       
    2. Check ParentVue.
      Visit ParentVue here, log in and your students will appear on your ParentVue home. Students’ IDs are listed beneath their names.
       
    3. Email our school secretary.
      If you do not have a ParentVUE account, you can email Sarah at sconley1@pps.net for your activation code.

     

    Upcoming Dates (NEW)

    Monday-Friday, March 1-17 READ-A-THON
    Tuesday, March 9, 6:30-8:00 Virtual Connect to Kindergarten (link to come)
    Wed-Thu, March 17-18, 10-11am Middle School Mini-Classes
    Wed March 17, 6:30-8:30

    SES PTSA Board Meeting (open to all)

    Monday-Friday, March 22-26 NO SCHOOL (Spring Break)

     

    Websites to Know
    District COVID Resources & Info
    PPS Family Resources Page
    Sunnyside School Page
    SES PTSA website
    SES COVID Fund on Venmo

     

    Read-A-Thon: March 1-March 19 (NEW)
    From coordinator Leslie Lothamer:

    Our beloved Read-A-Thon, is almost here! Yes, you heard me correctly! We WILL be doing Read-a-thon this year!

    This year will be a little different, with all pledges being taken ONLINE only. We have a new fundraising program with a cool "add-your-own-face" viral video tool to get lots of pledges for our school. And we, of course, still have LOTS of fun activities planned, including TWO (virtual) author visits this year, Aron Nels Steinke (Mr. Wolf's Class Graphic Novels) and Elizabeth Haidle (Before They Were Authors, an OBOB book this year)!!!!

    Official reading dates are March 1st - March 19th. We plan to have 3 virtual dress up days, a new format for keeping track of reading with raffle tickets for each completed day, MORE reading prizes and fundraising prizes too!!!

    The Readathon helps fund Sunnyside's enriching programs such as Gardening and Outdoor Classroom, Virtual Art and Music Enrichment, Teacher Grants and Virtual Field Studies, so start your fundraising engines! Fundraising will go from March 1st - April 1st.

    For more information as things get closer and links to our fundraising platform, fun downloads, Read-A-Thon materials, dates of events happening and more please go to: https://www.sesptsa.org/read/

    I cannot wait for all the fun! Please email me with any questions and thanks a million for your support during this weird time! Leslie Lothamer - leslielothamer@gmail.com

     

    Volunteer Opportunity in the Sunnyside Neighborhood (NEW)
    Hannah Wallace, member of the Sunnyside Neighborhood Association's (SNA) Community Safety and Livability Committee and step-parent of a former SES student, sent the following email:

    Dear neighbors, 

    A bunch of us on the Community Safety and Livability Committee are doing active outreach to the houseless, particularly those that live at Sunnyside Park and Laurelhurst Park, but also the people who are in various spots in between the two. We've established a regular trash pick-up crew, and we had a very successful clothing drive two weekends ago. We've also been running a shower program at the church on Tuesdays and Thursdays since early January. The shower program is looking for a few more regular volunteers during the following times:

    • Tuesdays from 1-3; or from 3-5:30
    • Thursdays from 1-3; or from 3-5:30

    The job is simple and rewarding: Checking people in or cleaning the shower area. The church has very strict COVID protocols, and all guests so far have been happy to comply.

    Please email me at hannahmwallace@gmail.com if you're interested, and feel free to forward this request to anyone who you think would be keen to do this sort of direct work.

    All best, 
    Hannah

     

    Fliers from the District

     

    Request from the Oregon Forest Resources Institute (OFRI) (UPDATED)
    Last week, Kieran Cannistra (newsletter contributor and field study coordinator) inaccurately identified the author of the letter as being the Director of Communications of OFRI. Ms. Duncan is, in fact, Director of Communications for the Oregon Forest and Industries Council. Kieran sincerely regrets her error and has updated the entry.

    Sara Duncan, OFRI Oregon Forest and Industries Council Director of Communications, recently wrote to the Sunnyside office, and in an effort to keep our community informed, we are sharing her letter with you. We ask you to review the letter (including the links to recent coverage about OFRI) and make your own decisions.

    To be transparent, we are simply asking you to educate yourself, because OFRI is an important source of funding for our community. Last year, for example, SES received more than $2,500 in grants from OFRI that covered transportation costs for much of our field study program. You can read Sara Duncan’s full letter here.

    More information: Last year (2019-2020), SES requested $6,030 in travel reimbursement from OFRI, received approval for $3,400 of this amount, and received $2,577.50. Locations to which students (in grades 3-8) traveled that received partial or full reimbursement include: Portland Audubon, Reed Canyon, Errol Heights, Johnson Creek, Mt. Tabor, Balch Creek, Hoyt Arboretum, Tideman Johnson, Oxbow Regional Park, Tryon Creek, Oaks Bottom Wetland, Beacon Rock, Cathedral Park, Tillamook Forest Center, World Forestry Center, and Sellwood Park.

    If you are aware of or want to help identify additional organizations that would help us fund travel or have questions about the field study booking process, please email Kieran at kcannistra@pps.net.

     

    Volunteers Wanted for Mid-March: Teach a Mini-Class 
    Mini-classes were a big hit in January, and so we’re going to do it again in March. Once again, the SES middle school invites parents, guardians and community members to teach mini-classes to our 6th, 7th and 8th graders. This is a time when we draw on the expertise and interests of our school community to teach an enrichment course to our middle school students who are excited and passionate about the topic. We've had parents from all grade levels offer to teach courses. Some examples from January include: sewing, Scratch programming, Dungeons & Dragons, history of the Olympics, crocheting, drawing and kitchen science.

    Our March mini-classes will again be virtual, and will take place on Wednesday and Thursday, March 17 and 18, from 10-11am (with optional extension to 12pm) on each day. This time, we can also help wrangling and delivering needed materials.

    If you are available, but undecided on what class to teach, we can help. If you have a class in mind, we look forward to learning what your class will be. We are happy to welcome you in whatever capacity your busy life allows.

    If you will be joining us during our mini-classes, please complete this form or email Kieran Cannistra at kcannistra@pps.net.

     

    Anti-Racist Reading and Resources (NEW)
    Watch this video, in which Dr. Brené Brown discusses generative listening and empathy, and the best way to ease someone's pain and suffering.

  • SES Messenger for February 12, 2021

    2/12/21 School Messenger
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    School News (NEW)
    Upcoming Dates (NEW)
    Websites to Know
    Exclusion Day for Incomplete Vaccine Records Feb 17 (NEW)
    Fliers from the District (NEW)
    K-5 Families: Iris Requests Your Feedback! (NEW)

    February Meal Services (NEW)
    Request from the Oregon Forest Resources Institute (OFRI) (NEW)
    Volunteers Wanted for Mid-March: Teach a Mini-Class
    Ghosted: A Free Mental Health Program for Teens
    Incoming Kindergarten Families
    Community Resource - Wellness Affinity Groups
    Cascade Festival of African Films
    Anti-Racist Reading and Resources (NEW)
    SES PTSA News

    School News (NEW)

    Dear SES Community - 

    Just a short letter today so that you and your family can find joy in the snow and enjoy the 3-day weekend!

    K-5 families - you will be receiving a survey from PPS today in which you will select your learning choice for April, May, and June (either hybrid option or continuing in Comprehensive Distance Learning).  Please reference this email from 2/10/21 for more information about the options.

    As we mentioned last week, LIPI (Limited In Person Instruction) is different than hybrid. It is designed to serve a small cohort of students in the mid to late afternoon, after CDL (Comprehensive Distance Learning) finishes for the day.  Schools have been asked to roll out LIPI in small, safe cohorts at a “transition grade,” at least in the early weeks of this in-person model. We will begin LIPI with our oldest students (8th graders), and as we get some experience with this model we will slowly add a cohort of students from the lower grades. More info coming soon!   (Eighth grade families, please expect more communication about this from our office later next week, and please mark your calendars for an 8th grade, parent/guardian meeting on Thursday, 2/25 at 6:30 pm--details will be emailed to you early next week). 

    Thank you for your support and patience as we venture into these new unknowns together.  And as always, thank you for entrusting us with the most precious beings in your life.  

    Have a great 3-day weekend (and Happy Valentine’s Day!)
    Amy and Alix

    Upcoming Dates (NEW)

    Monday, February 15 NO SCHOOL (Presidents’ Day)
    Wednesday, February 17 Exclusion Day for Incomplete Vaccine Records
    Wednesday, Feb 17, 6:30-8:00 SES PTSA General Meeting (open to all)
    Wed-Thu, Mar 17-18, 10-11am

    Middle School Mini-Classes

    Websites to Know
    District COVID Resources & Info
    PPS Family Resources Page
    Sunnyside School Page
    SES PTSA website
    SES COVID Fund on Venmo

    Exclusion Day for Incomplete Vaccine Records - February 17 (NEW)
    Students that do not have an updated, complete vaccine record on file will not be able to attend school until vaccine records are updated beginning Wednesday, February 17. Any family that might be potentially excluded will have received a letter from the Multnomah Education Service District (MESD) regarding the immunization status of their children. Letters were sent to families that have not submitted any vaccine records and to those who need updated doses. If you did not receive a letter from MESD, then your children’s vaccination record is up to date.  

    If you received a letter, you can reach out to our student health assistant Amy Liber for more information on updating your child’s vaccination records - aliber@mesd.k12.or.us. See the Fliers from the District section for student health center vaccination appointments.

    Fliers from the District (NEW)

    K-5 Families: Iris Requests Your Feedback! (NEW)
    Please take 1 minute to share your students' experience with Iris by filling out this Google Form - https://forms.gle/WVGmLMTzsXddM8MY8February

    Meal Services (NEW)
    Since Monday, February 15 is a holiday and the district is closed, there will be no meal services.  Additional meals will be included in surrounding service days to make sure families still receive 7 days worth of meals.

    Request from the Oregon Forest Resources Institute (OFRI) (NEW)
    Sara Duncan, OFRI Director of Communications, recently wrote to the Sunnyside office, and in an effort to keep our community informed, we are sharing her letter with you. We ask you to review the letter (including the links to recent coverage about OFRI) and make your own decisions.

    To be transparent, we are simply asking you to educate yourself, because OFRI is an important source of funding for our community. Last year, for example, SES received more than $2,500 in grants from OFRI that covered transportation costs for much of our field study program. You can read Sara Duncan’s full letter here

    Volunteers Wanted for Mid-March: Teach a Mini-Class 
    Mini-classes were a big hit in January, and so we’re going to do it again in March. Once again, the SES middle school invites parents, guardians and community members to teach mini-classes to our 6th, 7th and 8th graders. This is a time when we draw on the expertise and interests of our school community to teach an enrichment course to our middle school students who are excited and passionate about the topic. We've had parents from all grade levels offer to teach courses. Some examples from January include: sewing, Scratch programming, Dungeons & Dragons, history of the Olympics, crocheting, drawing and kitchen science.

    Our March mini-classes will again be virtual, and will take place on Wednesday and Thursday, March 17 and 18, from 10-11am (with optional extension to 12pm) on each day. This time, we can also help wrangling and delivering needed materials.

    If you are available, but undecided on what class to teach, we can help. If you have a class in mind, we look forward to learning what your class will be. We are happy to welcome you in whatever capacity your busy life allows.

    If you will be joining us during our mini-classes, please complete this form or email Kieran Cannistra at kcannistra@pps.net.

    Ghosted: A Free Mental Health Program for Teens 
    Kaiser Permanente's Educational Theatre Program is proud to offer Ghosted, a FREE virtual mental health performance, facilitated educational talkback, and optional workshop for 8th-12th grade students.

    Incoming Kindergarten Families
    It is that time of year again! PPS will release a district wide Connect to Kindergarten video on February 15 (link will be shared online and through email). Sunnyside specific information, including open house dates, will follow shortly thereafter.

    In the meantime, if you are a family that will have a kindergartener start next year, please email school secretary Sarah Conley at sconley1@pps.net. Gathering information on the number of incoming families will help our administration as they decide how many lottery spots for the 2021-2022 school year.

    FAMILIES THAT HAVE MOVED: If a kindergarten sibling is starting next year but you have moved out of the Sunnyside neighborhood boundary, then you will need to apply through the lottery. Information on the lottery can be found at PPS’ Enrollment & Transfer site. Note: Siblings have a preference in the lottery in an attempt to keep families together at the same school. 

    Community Resource - Wellness Affinity Groups 
    Lines for Life is hosting virtual wellness hours. Affinity groups include BIPOC, Spanish speaking, social workers, foster parents, and more. If you are interested, please contact the email provided for more information: Flyer & Contact Information 

    Cascade Festival of African Films
    The beloved celebration of African cinema at Portland Community College returns in 2021 for its 31st annual run from Feb. 5 through March 10. For the first time in its history, the film festival will be presented in an entirely online format at www.africanfilmfestival.org. This event is free and includes at least one or two family event movies on weekends.

    Anti-Racist Reading and Resources (NEW)
    March 3: Powell’s webinar: Richard Brown in Conversation With Brian Benson

    “This Is Not for You (Oregon State University) tells the story of activist and photographer Richard Brown, a Black Portlander who has spent decades working to bridge the divide between police and the Black community. Brown’s memoir (written with Brian Benson) brings readers with him into the streets with fellow activists, into squad cars with the rank-and-file, and to regular meetings with mayors and police chiefs. As Brown recalls his childhood in 1940s Harlem, his radicalization in the newly desegregated Air Force, and his decades of activism in one of America’s whitest cities, he questions how much longer he’ll do this work, and he wonders who, if anyone, will take his place. This Is Not for You speaks on every page about being Black in America: about Black pride; Black history, art, and culture; and the experience of resisting white supremacy. It also stands as a much-needed counter narrative to ‘Portlandia,’ telling a different story about the city and who has shaped it. Brown will be joined in conversation by coauthor Brian Benson. Register herehttps://zoom.us/webinar/register/4016113594777/WN_J2t0ccyCRZ2yyl52ZvWcfQ

    SES PTSA News

  • SES Messenger for January 29, 2021

    1/29/21 School Messenger
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    School News (NEW)
    Upcoming Dates (NEW)
    Websites to Know
    District News about K-5 Report Cards (NEW)
    Incoming Kindergarten Families (NEW)
    Community Resource - Wellness Affinity Groups (NEW)
    Participate in the Long-Range Facility Plan (NEW)
    At the Dinner Table: Exploring Afro-Futurism (NEW)
    Cascade Festival of African Films
    News From Nutrition Services
    Fliers from the District
    Anti-Racist Reading and Resources (NEW)
    SES PTSA News (NEW)

    School News (NEW)

    Sunnyside Families,

    We just closed out the second quarter of this highly unusual school year, thank you for your continued dedication and support. We could not do this without the deep connections this community holds dear. Hopefully many of you have seen the emails from the PPS district office regarding the upcoming terms. If you have not, please visit the District News tab on our Sunnyside home page. 

    Our Venmo COVID Fund continues to be active and families make requests each and every week. As a reminder, requests can be made for family needs, including for things like purchasing groceries, paying rent or utilities, and health care costs. If you are able, donations of any amount are much appreciated and can be made to the SES COVID Fund on Venmo

    In community,
    Sunnyside Office Staff

    Upcoming Dates (NEW)

    Monday, February 1 Start of Quarter 3
    Friday, February 5 Grades 6-8 Lottery Decision Deadline
    Monday, February 15 NO SCHOOL (Presidents’ Day)
    Wed, Feb 17, 6:30-8:00 SES PTSA General Meeting (open to all)

    Websites to Know
    District COVID Resources & Info
    PPS Family Resources Page
    Sunnyside School Page
    SES PTSA website
    SES COVID Fund on Venmo

    District News about K-5 Report Cards (NEW)
    From PPS: We are excited to share with you the new K-5 Report Card. The report card has been revised by a committee of teachers and parents with one of the main goals being to help families more easily understand how your students are doing as they progress through the elementary grades. Click here to see the new report in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Russian, Somali, and Chinese. A highlight of the new report card is that there is now only one marking system for grades (E/M/CM/N/NE) and the +,V,/,-- system is now only for characteristics of a successful learner. Teachers will be using this new report card for Quarter 2 reporting. And you will receive the report card via mail in early February. 

    Incoming Kindergarten Families (NEW)
    It's that time of year again! PPS will release a district wide Connect to Kindergarten video on February 15 (link will be shared online and through email). Sunnyside specific information, including open house dates, will follow shortly thereafter.
    In the meantime, if you are a family that will have a kindergartener start next year, please email school secretary Sarah Conley at sconley1@pps.net. Gathering information on the number of incoming families will help our administration as they decide how many lottery spots for the 2021-2022 school year.
    FAMILIES THAT HAVE MOVED: If a kindergarten sibling is starting next year but you have moved out of the Sunnyside neighborhood boundary, then you will need to apply through the lottery. Information on the lottery can be found at PPS’ Enrollment & Transfer site. Note: Siblings have a preference in the lottery in an attempt to keep families together at the same school. 

    Community Resource - Wellness Affinity Groups (NEW)
    Lines for Life is hosting virtual wellness hours. Affinity groups include BIPOC, Spanish speaking, social workers, foster parents, and more. If you are interested, please contact the email provided for more information: Flyer & Contact Information 

    Participate in the Long-Range Facility Plan (NEW)
    Portland Public Schools is currently developing a Long-Range Facility Plan that will align the District’s educational vision with future capital planning. This work is an opportunity to institute lasting change in our schools by re-envisioning teaching and learning environments. If you are a PPS community member interested in participating in a dialogue session, please visit www.pps.net/lrfp to register or email longrangefacilityplan@pps.net with any questions. 

    At the Dinner Table: Exploring Afro-Futurism (NEW)
    At the Dinner Table is a short dance film that examines how we can set the table for a better future and a better us: “We are done asking for a seat at the table, we are building our own. We acknowledge the ancestors that helped pave the way, the lives lost which sparked movements, and the mess that meets us at the door. Using an Afro-futuristic perspective, we want to know how you will show up, what you will give, and if we will ever sit down together.”

    The film At the Dinner Table will be available for viewing virtually, free of charge, from January 24th-February 71h. PPS dance educator and Rejoice! Diaspora Dance Theater member, Oluyinka Akinjiola, has put together a discussion guide for this work which centers and promotes AfroFuturism - LINK TO VIDEO

    Cascade Festival of African Films
    The beloved celebration of African cinema at Portland Community College returns in 2021 for its 31st annual run from Feb. 5 through March 10. For the first time in its history, the film festival will be presented in an entirely online format at www.africanfilmfestival.org. This event is free and includes at least one or two family event movies on weekends.

    News From Nutrition Services
    While meals are served at no cost to children ages 1-18 at several Portland Public School sites this year, there are several benefits for eligible families to submit a meal application this school year.

    • Families approved for free and reduced-price meals may be eligible to receive future potential government assistance such as Pandemic EBT benefits. 

    • Families may be eligible for other benefits such as school related fee reduction or waivers, low cost internet and health coverage.

    • Families do not need to submit a meal application if any of the following apply:

    • All students in the household attend a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) school (list located online: https://www.pps.net/Page/2088) where students eat meals at no cost.

    • A meal application has already been submitted and approved for the 2020-21 school year.

    • The household received a 2020-21 Direct Certification Approval letter.

    Eligible families who would like to submit a meal application have the following options:

    1. Online at www.schoolcafe.com/pps.

    2. Print, complete and mail back a paper meal application (https://www.pps.net/Page/2464) to PPS Nutrition Services, 501 N. Dixon St., Portland, OR 97227.

    3. Request a paper meal application be mailed home from mealbenefits@pps.net or call (503) 916-3402.

    Fliers from the District

    Anti-Racist Reading and Resources (NEW)
    How Not to Talk to Kids About Politics “Depending on your political views, you might be supremely bummed out or flying high on hope. But before you go on a tirade or a victory lap (or both), remember that our kids are absorbing our every word.”

    SES PTSA News (NEW)
    Dairy Hill Valentine’s Fundraiser, Now through February 10th
    Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and this year Dairy Hill is supporting local schools like Sunnyside. Place your order for family sundae kits, ice cream sandwiches, pints/quarts, or ice cream cakes for Valentine’s Day to pick up on Saturday 2/13 or Sunday 2/14 and 10% of the purchase price will be donated. IMPORTANT- Enter the code SUNNYSIDE when checking out. Orders can be placed online at https://dairyhillicecream.com/valentines-fundraiser/ 

  • SES Messenger for January 22, 2021

    1/22/21 School Messenger
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    School News (NEW)
    Upcoming Dates (NEW)
    Websites to Know
    Cascade Festival of African Films (NEW)
    News From Nutrition Services (NEW)
    Fliers from the District (NEW)
    Multnomah County Library Resources
    Volunteer opportunity 
    Anti-Racist Reading and Resources (NEW)
    SES PTSA News

    School News (NEW)

    Happy Friday to our SES community,

    First off, we miss you! Sending love and health to all of our students and families. 

    Secondly, we hope your family had an opportunity to watch all or some of the Inauguration of our new president this week. Our nation is divided in so many ways right now. Regardless of personal belief(s), for us, this means that the importance of social studies and civics education for young people is more important than ever. Every four years in public school we have a relevant opportunity to dive into topics like the branches of our federal government, the US Constitution, civic engagement, and voting rights, etc. Our teachers have been focusing on this all year, knowing that an informed, educated citizenry is one of the most important pillars of any thriving democracy. This week we were gifted with an additional, relevant teaching anchor for children--the speech by Ms. Amanda Gorman, the National Youth Poet Laureate chosen to speak at the Inauguration on Wednesday. Ms. Gorman is just 22 years old, not much older than some of our current 8th grade students. What a gift it was for our students to see this young person speak her truth at this historic event!  If you have not yet seen Ms. Gorman’s speech, it’s attached here. If your family is curious about Oregon’s Department of Education standards for civics and government, we have attached them here for you as well. 

    Lastly, we are aware that the media is beginning to publish articles on “Limited in Person Instruction” (LIPI). PPS is working on sending clarifying information to all of its families, and we will make sure to communicate with you as we begin to know more. For now, while details are developing and uncertainty remains high, we want our incredible staff to focus on delivering high quality, digital instruction for your children, as well as continue to show them love and care with great intention. If you have questions/concerns/wonderings about LIPI, please direct them to Amy or Alix--akleiner@pps.net or apickett@pps.net.

    Thank you and please have a wonderful weekend,
    Amy and Alix 

    Upcoming Dates (NEW)

    Wednesday Jan 27, 6:30-8:00 Note Date Change: SES PTSA General Meeting
    Thursday, January 28 End of Quarter 2
    Friday, January 29 NO SCHOOL (teacher planning day)
    Monday, February 1 Start of Quarter 3
    ~Friday, February 5

    Grades 6-8 Lottery Decision Deadline

    Websites to Know
    District COVID Resources & Info
    PPS Family Resources Page
    Sunnyside School Page
    SES PTSA website
    SES COVID Fund on Venmo

    Cascade Festival of African Films (NEW)
    The beloved celebration of African cinema at Portland Community College returns in 2021 for its 31st annual run from Feb. 5 through March 10. For the first time in its history, the film festival will be presented in an entirely online format at www.africanfilmfestival.org. This event is free and includes at least one or two family event movies on weekends.

    News From Nutrition Services (NEW)
    While meals are served at no cost to children ages 1-18 at several Portland Public School sites this year, there are several benefits for eligible families to submit a meal application this school year.

    • Families approved for free and reduced-price meals may be eligible to receive future potential government assistance such as Pandemic EBT benefits. 

    • Families may be eligible for other benefits such as school related fee reduction or waivers, low cost internet and health coverage.

    Families do not need to submit a meal application if any of the following apply:

    • All students in the household attend a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) school (list located online: https://www.pps.net/Page/2088) where students eat meals at no cost.

    • A meal application has already been submitted and approved for the 2020-21 school year.

    • The household received a 2020-21 Direct Certification Approval letter.

    Eligible families who would like to submit a meal application have the following options:

    1. Online at www.schoolcafe.com/pps.

    2. Print, complete and mail back a paper meal application (https://www.pps.net/Page/2464) to PPS Nutrition Services, 501 N. Dixon St., Portland, OR 97227.

    3. Request a paper meal application be mailed home from mealbenefits@pps.net or call (503) 916-3402.

    Fliers from the District (NEW)

    Multnomah County Library Resources 

    • Family Newsletter in English and Spanish. It was created to support families through the home learning experience.

    • Online content like Storytimes in multiple languages for younger kids and Books We Love series for older ones in English and Spanish

    • Lots of online events

    • More coming for school-aged kids soon, like a weekly Tween Club that will have a Graphic Novel Book Group, Minecraft Challenges, D&D and Science! 

    • Reminder: Multnomah County Library has services including curbside service and lots of ebooks.

    Volunteer Opportunity
    Human Solutions, a local organization whose mission is to, “Counter the forces that keep people and communities in poverty,” invites families to contribute to their drop-off potluck dinners for families living in their emergency shelters. Learn more and sign up here

    Anti-Racist Reading and Resources (NEW)
    The PPS Humanities Department is offering a virtual workshop in collaboration with the Oregon Historical Society on Jan. 27, 2021 designed to help parents understand how both racism and justice are at the heart of Oregon’s history and are crucial to our ability to build a better future. More information:

    SES PTSA News
         New Date for PTSA General Meeting
         SES PTSA General Meeting: Wednesday, January 27, 6:30-8pm

  • SES Messenger for January 15 2021

    1/15/21 School Messenger
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    School News (NEW)
    Upcoming Dates (NEW)

    Websites to Know
    Multnomah County Library Resources (NEW)

    News From Nutrition Services (NEW)
    Fliers from the District (NEW)
    Volunteer Opportunity (NEW)
    Talking to Students about Events at the Capitol 
    Connect with Caitlin Quinn (drama, art, classes, etc) 
    Volunteers Wanted: Teach a MS Mini-Class 
    Join Team Chicken! 
    Anti-Racist Reading and Resources (NEW)

    SES PTSA News ((NEW)

    School News (NEW)

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    Dear PPS Families,

    We are so grateful to our educators and our community who have continued to support our students through these times of transition this year. The presidential election and its fallout, especially the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, have been disturbing and unsettling for all of us, and the feeling of unease continues as next week’s inauguration of Joe Biden nears. We know it can be an especially difficult time for our students and we remain optimistic about the power of democracy and education as they try to make sense of the events and issues.

    To help families support your students in navigating these challenges, we have gathered a pool of resources focused on the election and its fallout. They can be found on this webpage:

    www.pps.net/civicengagement

    In the left column of the page, you will find resources intended for students and families, with translations in all five of our supported languages. You also will find a full “Civic Engagement and Unrest Tool Kit.” While intended as a resource for PPS staff, this PDF contains information that could be valuable for families and community members, as well.

    The social and political unrest that our country has witnessed has led to the violent and ultimately failed insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. We know that our students and the community are experiencing the traumatic effects of these events, which are aggravated even more during a pandemic. We want you to know that we are here to support one another. 

    We encourage you to use all the resources we have available to help, including speaking to your student’s teachers and school staff. Please know that our top priority is always your student’s well-being.

    Thank you, and please stay safe.

    Upcoming Dates 

    Monday, January 18

    NO SCHOOL (Dr. MLK Jr Day)

    Thu-Fri, Jan 21-22, 10:00-11:00

    Middle School Mini-Classes

    Wednesday Jan 27, 6:30-8:00

    Note date change: SES PTSA General Meeting

    Thursday, January 28

    End of Quarter 2

    Friday, January 29

    NO SCHOOL (teacher planning day)

    Websites to Know
    District COVID Resources & Info
    PPS Family Resources Page
    Sunnyside School Page
    SES PTSA website
    SES COVID Fund on Venmo

    Multnomah County Library Resources (NEW)

    Jen May at Multnomah County Library shared the following resources with the PPS community: 

    • Family Newsletter in English and Spanish. It was created to support families through the home learning experience.
    • Online content like Storytimes in multiple languages for younger kids and Books We Love series for older ones in English and Spanish
    • Lots of online events
    • More coming for school-aged kids soon, like a weekly Tween Club that will have a Graphic Novel Book Group, Minecraft Challenges, D&D and Science! 
    • Reminder: Multnomah County Library has services including curbside service and lots of ebooks.

    News From Nutrition Services (NEW)
    MEAL SERVICE NEWS: Due to Martin Luther King Jr.’s Day falling on a meal service day, the Nutrition Services department will be providing extra meals on Friday, January 15 and Wednesday, January 20 in order to continue to cover meals for all 7 days. On Friday, January 29 (a teacher planning day), meal services will continue as scheduled. 

    For PPS families not near a meal pickup location or who need assistance accessing meals and would like to request home meal delivery, please contact nutritionservices@pps.net with:

    • Family name
    • Address (where meals should be delivered)
    • Contact phone number
    • Number of children in the household
    • School(s) attended

    Requests submitted by end of day Monday, will begin receiving meal deliveries on the following Monday. For cancellations, changes or updates, please contact nutritionservices@pps.net.  Please feel free to visit the Nutrition Services website or contact them at nutritionservices@pps.net with any questions. 

    SNAP BENEFITS NEWS: The federal economic relief package passed late last month included a temporary increase of approximately 15% in SNAP benefits. These benefits are planned to be distributed this month in Oregon. To see the details please read this news release.
    SNAP Emergency Allotments will continue for January as well, meaning families will still receive their maximum household allotment of SNAP benefits. Please see these FAQs for more information and feel free to share the news with partners and clients.

    Fliers from the District (NEW)

    Volunteer Opportunity (NEW)

    Human Solutions, a local organization whose mission is to, “Counter the forces that keep people and communities in poverty,” invites families to contribute to their drop-off potluck dinners for families living in their emergency shelters. Learn more and sign up here

    Talking to Students about Events at the Capitol - Family Resources
    As a K-8 school with nine grades, Sunnyside is on a unique child development spectrum. As a result, the conversations that took place this week differed depending upon the grade, the class, and the feelings within those groups. Teachers shared resources with one another in order to prepare for conversations with students about Wednesday’s events and classes talked as whole groups, in small meetings, as well as in one-on-ones. We combed through these shared resources for information that would be helpful for families. If you are looking for ways to talk to your children, here are a few items we hope will help:

    Connect with Caitlin Quinn (drama, art, classes, etc)
    Want to reconnect with Caitlin Quinn? Caitlin, Sunnyside’s former art teacher, artist in residence, and summer camp instructor, is sending out a weekly newsletter and has some great, new offerings for kiddos and families. You can find out more at her ReFrame Collective site HERE.

    Volunteers Wanted: Teach a MS Mini-Class
    For many years it has been a tradition in the SES middle school to invite parents, guardians, and community members to teach mini-classes. This is a time when we draw on the expertise and interests of our school community to teach an enrichment course to our middle school students who are excited and passionate about the topic. We've had parents from all grade levels offer to teach courses. Some examples of past classes are: woodworking, sewing, computer programming, trail running, history of radio, purse/wallet making, poetry, watercolor, yoga, chess and card games, and movie making.

    This year our mini-classes will of course be virtual and will of course look a little different.

    Mini-classes will take place on Thursday and Friday, January 21 and 22, from 10-11am (with optional extension to 12pm) on each day.

    We look forward to providing our students with a range of offerings to choose from. If you are available, but undecided on what class to teach, we can help. If you have a class in mind, we look forward to learning what your class will be.  We are happy to welcome you in whatever capacity your busy life allows.

    If you will be joining us during our mini-classes, please complete this form or email Kieran Cannistra at kcannistra@pps.net.

    Thank you so much for helping us provide a rich and engaging curriculum.

    Join Team Chicken!
    We are always looking for families to help out with chicken care for our Sunnyside hens. This is a great way to volunteer a little bit of time while getting the kids outside, with grateful chicken clucks and fresh eggs as a bonus. Chicken volunteers sign up for a week of care at a time, and are asked to come around 4-5 days out of that 7 day week.  No experience necessary - you'll get all the directions you need. Contact Sunnyside Garden Coordinator Steph (sunnysidesustainability@gmail.com) to join the list. 

    Anti-Racist Reading and Resources (NEW)
    Martin Luther King, Jr. Was More Radical Than We Remember: “The sanitized version of King’s life and work — the colorblind “I have a dream” narrative — often fails to acknowledge how King’s increasing profile as a radical, anti-racist organizer drew antagonism from the FBI and its director at the time, J. Edgar Hoover, which began as early as 1964, four years before he was assassinated.”

    SES PTSA News (NEW)

    New Date for PTSA General Meeting
    SES PTSA General Meeting: Wednesday, January 27, 6:30-8pm

  • SES Messenger for January 8 2021

    1/8/21 School Messenger
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    School News (NEW)
    Upcoming Dates (NEW)
    Websites to Know
    Talking to Students about Events at the Capitol (NEW)
    Connect with Caitlin Quinn (drama, art, classes, etc) (NEW)
    Volunteers Wanted: Teach a MS Mini-Class (NEW)
    Join Team Chicken! (NEW)
    Multilingual Special Education Family Toolkit 
    Student Created Youth & Families Resources
    Anti-Racist Reading and Resources (NEW)
    SES PTSA News (NEW)

    School News (NEW)

    Hello SES Community,

    What a week it’s been. There is so much going on, both nationally and locally--for this week’s newsletter we wanted to share some information about our school park as we are getting several questions from neighbors and families. 

    --A handful of PPS sites are part of a shared use agreement with Portland Parks and Rec (PPR), and Sunnyside Park is part of this legally binding agreement. This means that when students are physically in school, we use the park as our playground during certain hours of the week day, but otherwise it is classified as a city park and is under the supervision of PPR. 

    --This means that our school staff has limited involvement in regard to the current community of campers in the park. Below is some recent language from Tim Carman, our contact at the district in the facilities department:

    “Portland Public Schools holds no authority over how the park is used. I would like to point out that the same is true to how the sidewalk surrounding the entire block and all other public easements adjacent to the school are governed.   

    The area that is owned by the School District is not open to formal use by large groups. We are not granting permits to use the school grounds for organized events. however we are no longer enforcing the total closure of grounds. This means that the grounds are open for unsupervised general use by the public. 

    We have a security contractor that makes periodic rounds of our sites to ensure that prohibited activities are not taking place and to help prevent graffiti and vandalism. Sunnyside is receiving increased daily site checks because of the activities in the general area.”

    That said, the Sunnyside Neighborhood Association (SNA) is working hard with a group of community members to care for the park area, as well as the folks who are temporarily camped there. Please see the attached links with contact information for folks in the SNA, as well as a recent article that was published in Street Roots newspaper regarding a Restorative Justice circle that took place in the park over break. 

    https://sunnysideportland.org/2021/01/02/update-on-sunnyside-encampment/

    https://www.streetroots.org/news/2020/12/30/kaia-sand-there-room-all-circle 

    Hopefully the resources above help provide both clarity as well as contact information for folks who would like to become involved in this SNA community project. 

    Thank you,
    Amy and Alix

    Upcoming Dates (NEW)

    Monday, January 18 NO SCHOOL (Dr. MLK Jr Day)
    Wednesday, Jan 20, 6:30-8:00 SES PTSA General Meeting (open to all)
    Thu-Fri, Jan 21-22, 10:00-11:00 Middle School Mini-Classes
    Thursday, January 28 End of Quarter 2
    Friday, January 29 NO SCHOOL (teacher planning day)

    Websites to Know
    District COVID Resources & Info
    PPS Family Resources Page
    Sunnyside School Page
    SES PTSA website
    SES COVID Fund on Venmo

    Talking to Students about Events at the Capitol - Family Resources (NEW)
    As a K-8 school with nine grades, Sunnyside is on a unique child development spectrum. As a result, the conversations that took place this week differed depending upon the grade, the class, and the feelings within those groups. Teachers shared resources with one another in order to prepare for conversations with students about Wednesday’s events and classes talked as whole groups, in small meetings, as well as in one-on-ones. We combed through these shared resources for information that would be helpful for families. If you are looking for ways to talk to your children, here are a few items we hope will help:

    Connect with Caitlin Quinn (drama, art, classes, etc) (NEW)
    Want to reconnect with Caitlin Quinn? Caitlin, Sunnyside’s former art teacher, artist in residence, and summer camp instructor, is sending out a weekly newsletter and has some great, new offerings for kiddos and families. You can find out more at her ReFrame Collective site HERE.

    Volunteers Wanted: Teach a MS Mini-Class (NEW)
    For many years it has been a tradition in the SES middle school to invite parents, guardians, and community members to teach mini-classes. This is a time when we draw on the expertise and interests of our school community to teach an enrichment course to our middle school students who are excited and passionate about the topic. We've had parents from all grade levels offer to teach courses. Some examples of past classes are: woodworking, sewing, computer programming, trail running, history of radio, purse/wallet making, poetry, watercolor, yoga, chess and card games, and movie making.

    This year our mini-classes will of course be virtual and will of course look a little different. Mini-classes will take place on Thursday and Friday, January 21 and 22, from 10-11am (with optional extension to 12pm) on each day.

    We look forward to providing our students with a range of offerings to choose from. If you are available, but undecided on what class to teach, we can help. If you have a class in mind, we look forward to learning what your class will be.  We are happy to welcome you in whatever capacity your busy life allows.

    If you will be joining us during our mini-classes, please complete this form or email Kieran Cannistra at kcannistra@pps.net.

    Thank you so much for helping us provide a rich and engaging curriculum.

    Join Team Chicken! (NEW)
    We are always looking for families to help out with chicken care for our Sunnyside hens. This is a great way to volunteer a little bit of time while getting the kids outside, with grateful chicken clucks and fresh eggs as a bonus. Chicken volunteers sign up for a week of care at a time, and are asked to come around 4-5 days out of that 7 day week.  No experience necessary - you'll get all the directions you need. Contact Sunnyside Garden Coordinator Steph (sunnysidesustainability@gmail.com) to join the list. 

    Multilingual Special Education Family Toolkit
    This toolkit from Portland Public Schools is the result of a collaboration between the Communications, Language Access Services, and Special Education Departments.
    These visuals are intended to support families in Portland Public Schools navigating the challenges of having a student who needs special education services, and to ensure more meaningful participation and increase inclusive, authentic family engagement across cultures, languages, and experiences.
    The materials are available on the Special Education website and the Language Access website for interpreters to have easy access to them at each appointment. 

    You can find the full overview in this link. Watch this video: https://youtu.be/zWP5N7x80gA

    Student Created Youth & Families Resources 
    From student Emma Kogut: “I am a senior at Cleveland High School. I am a part of a group out of the Multnomah County Emergency Operations Center, alongside Klara Kjome Fischer, a fellow Cleveland student, that has put together a COVID-19 toolkit for youth and families focused on taking care of ourselves and others. The guide is available in both English and Spanish at this time, and is accessible and continually updated on the Multnomah County webpage. The toolkit can be found at this link: multco.us/covidyouthandfamilies 

    This guide is unique because it was put together by both youth and county officials which allows the guide to highlight the needs of youth during the COVID-19 pandemic. In this guide, there are;

    • Basics about COVID-19 and how it spreads

    • Where to get tested, resources for staying home, and tips on caring for someone with COVID-19

    • General prevention guidelines along with strategies for safer socializing, what to do if a family member isn’t taking precautions, and dealing with peer pressure

    • Maintaining mental and physical health and coping with loss and grief

    • Resources to stay informed, access health care, mental health resources, culturally-specific support, LGBTQ+ and Gender resources and ways to get involved”

    Anti-Racist Reading and Resources (NEW)
    White Picket Fence is a podcast about the fractured politics of white women. Host Julie Kohler unpacks how white womanhood in America has been constructed, how it's evolved, and how it affects our politics. 

    SES PTSA News (NEW)

    Save the Date
    SES PTSA General Meeting: Wednesday, January 20, 6:30-8pm

    Sunnyside Neighborhood Tree Recycling Fundraiser Results
    The organizers of this year’s neighborhood tree recycling fundraiser pass on their thanks: To all 2021 volunteers, tree owners and building partners.

    “After a rousing two days of tree pickups and dropoffs (January 2: rain and wind; January 3: perfect weather!), we deposited two full truckloads of mulch to the Sunnyside School grounds and park, and raised just over $6000 for the school. Win/win for all!”

    The tree recycling team extends special thanks to Jeremy at URBAN TIMBER, their professional arborist partner; to Pete (Vin), their poster artist; and to the sixteen building managers who worked with them to coordinate pickups for their tenants.

    “And double special thanks to ALL of the volunteers who showed up both days through rain, wind, and sun—we couldn't do it without you.”

  • SES Messenger for December 18 2020

    12/18/20 School Messenger

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    School News (NEW)
    Upcoming Dates (NEW)
    Websites to Know
    All Ages Art - Paper Decorations and Snowflakes (NEW)
    Sat & Sun, Jan 2-3: Neighborhood Tree Recycling Fundraiser (NEW)
    Multilingual Special Education Family Toolkit (NEW)
    Student Created Youth & Families Resources (NEW)
    TAG Nomination Deadline Today
    December Meal Services
    Fliers from the District
    Update Student Info (phone, address, etc)
    Anti-Racist Reading and Resources (NEW)
    SES PTSA News (NEW)

     

    School News (NEW)

    This has been quite a difficult school year to say the least, and we know our school community has collectively been carrying so much. We are sending love to all of you, hoping this break fills you up, provides a respite, allows you time away from screens, gives you time to sleep, play, read, be a present family member or friend, and/or/also just time to take care of yourself in whatever way you need in this moment. 

    The office staff are stepping away during the break, including our principals Amy Kleiner and Alix Pickett. Out-of-office messages will be set and the PPS cell will be checked once daily, available for urgent student things, or immediate basic needs emergencies for families. The number is 971-347-8429 should you need it.

    Take care of yourselves.

    Happy break everyone,
    Amy and Alix

    Upcoming Dates (NEW)

    Now - January 2                          Dairy Hill Ice Cream Fundraiser

    December 21-January 1               NO SCHOOL (Winter Break)

    Sat-Sun, Jan 2-3, 10:00-4:00      PTSA Annual Tree Recycling Fundraiser

     

    Websites to Know

    District COVID Resources & Info
    PPS Family Resources Page
    Sunnyside School Page
    SES PTSA website
    SES COVID Fund on Venmo

     

    All Ages Art - Paper Decorations and Snowflakes (NEW)
    Adults and students are welcome to join a collaborative class over Winter Break. Some younger students might need support with folding and cutting. Two possible times are Tuesday, December 22nd at 1pm or Wednesday, December 23rd at 5pm. HERE is the Google Meet code. Please Email Indigo at ccorwin@pps.net to RSVP so she knows how many people to expect. 

    Brighten up the Winter with festive paper decorations! In this class, we’ll learn to make several paper ornaments that you can use to spruce up your home. ALL CELEBRATIONS WELCOME!

    What you'll need:

    • Printer paper
    • Scissors
    • Stapler or yarn/string
    • Glue stick or Liquid glue
    • Roll of masking tape or another circle to hold shape
    • Pencil or other writing material
    • A few paper clips or wire for hanging
    • Optional: Markers, crayons or colored pencils for decorating, colored paper

    Saturday and Sunday, Jan 2-3, 2021: Neighborhood Tree Recycling Fundraiser (NEW)

    Bring your holiday tree to the COVID-safe dropoff on the sidewalk of SE 34th between Salmon and Yamhill, where it will be mulched and used in Sunnyside’s gardens and other neighborhood green spaces. Or schedule online for pickup. All proceeds will be donated to SES.

    • Dates and times: Saturday, January 2 and Sunday, January 3, from 10am to 4pm.
    • Drop off service: For an $8 donation, bring your tree during the above-listed dates and times to SE 34th, on the sidewalk adjacent to Sunnyside Park. Pay by cash, check, Venmo, or CashApp.
    • Pickup service: For $10, drivers will pick up trees in the pickup zone. Reservations can be made online and must be scheduled by January 1, 2021.

    Questions? Contact sunnysidetreerecycling@gmail.com.

    Multilingual Special Education Family Toolkit (NEW)
    This toolkit from Portland Public Schools is the result of a collaboration between the Communications, Language Access Services, and Special Education Departments.
    These visuals are intended to support families in Portland Public Schools navigating the challenges of having a student who needs special education services, and to ensure more meaningful participation and increase inclusive, authentic family engagement across cultures, languages, and experiences.
    The materials are available on the Special Education website and the Language Access website for interpreters to have easy access to them at each appointment. 

    You can find the full overview in this link. Watch this video: https://youtu.be/zWP5N7x80gA

    Student Created Youth & Families Resources (NEW)
    From student Emma Kogut: “I am a senior at Cleveland High School. I am a part of a group out of the Multnomah County Emergency Operations Center, alongside Klara Kjome Fischer, a fellow Cleveland student, that has put together a COVID-19 toolkit for youth and families focused on taking care of ourselves and others. The guide is available in both English and Spanish at this time, and is accessible and continually updated on the Multnomah County webpage. The toolkit can be found at this link: multco.us/covidyouthandfamilies 

    This guide is unique because it was put together by both youth and county officials which allows the guide to highlight the needs of youth during the COVID-19 pandemic. In this guide, there are;

    • Basics about COVID-19 and how it spreads
    • Where to get tested, resources for staying home, and tips on caring for someone with COVID-19
    • General prevention guidelines along with strategies for safer socializing, what to do if a family member isn’t taking precautions, and dealing with peer pressure
    • Maintaining mental and physical health and coping with loss and grief
    • Resources to stay informed, access health care, mental health resources, culturally-specific support, LGBTQ+ and Gender resources and ways to get involved”

    TAG Nomination Deadline Today
    The nomination process for possible TAG identification has been extended in order to allow for the added complexities due to COVID-19. Parents, teachers and students may fill out a nomination form that is specific to the school that they attend. The school’s application may also be found at Talented and Gifted / TAG Nomination Forms by School. If additional support is needed to fill out the application or to accommodate a request for an application in one of the district’s supported languages other than English, please contact our school’s TAG facilitator

    December Meal Services
    Today, Friday, December 18, Nutrition Services will provide each child with a food box that will contain enough food for 7 days. Nutrition Services will not be serving or delivering meals on Monday, Dec 21 through Friday, January 1. Meal services will resume Monday, January 4. 

    Fliers from the District 

    Update Student Information (phone, address, etc) 
    This year PPS has introduced a new system for updating student information like phone numbers, parent email addresses, emergency contact lists, and home address. Parents/Guardians can now update student info by signing into their ParentVUE account and selecting Yearly Verification. It is important that student information stays as up to date as possible. If you make any changes to your email address, be sure to reach out to your Classroom Family Rep (CFR) so that they can make the update on their email distribution list as well.

    If you are a brand new family to the PPS district and still need a ParentVUE activation code, please contact our school secretary Sarah at sconley1@pps.net

    Anti-Racist Reading and Resources (NEW)
    It Did Happen Here is an independently produced podcast (by local artist-in-residence Mic Crenshaw) that documents the fight against racist white skinheads in the 1980s and 90s. The 11 episodes feature interviews with many people who worked together in those days and reveal the unlikely collaboration between groups of immigrants, civil rights activists, militant youth, and queer organizers who came together to successfully confront neo-nazi violence and right wing organizing in the Rose City. The podcast talks to three core groups: the Portland chapter of Anti Racist Action; SHARP- Skinheads Against Racial Prejudice; and the Coalition for Human Dignity.

    SES PTSA News (NEW)

    Dairy Hill fundraiser
    From now through Sunday, January 2, purchase a gift card or t-shirt at Dairy Hill Ice Cream, and they will donate 10% of the sale to SES. Please be sure to mention SES when you make your purchase. Order at the door or by phone at any of Dairy Hill’s three locations: Hawthorne, Hillsdale, or West Linn.

  • SES Messenger for December 11 2020

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    School News (NEW)
    Upcoming Dates (NEW)
    Websites to Know
    TAG Nomination Deadline Extension 12/18 (NEW)
    December Meal Services (NEW)
    Fliers from the District (NEW)
    Update Student Info (phone, address, etc)
    Library Book Bags Resuming Fridays
    PCC Teen Community Education Program
    Parent/Guardian Workshop on Early Reading Skills
    Anti-Racist Reading and Resources (NEW)
    SES PTSA News

    School News (NEW)

    Happy Friday, Sunnyside community,

    Thank you so much for your continued generous support of the Circle of Giving and also our SES COVID Relief Fund. Over the last two weeks, the annual SES Circle of Giving was open for requests for assistance and also open for donations from the community at large. 

    Families connected with trusted staff members to make requests, many donations were sent, and our counseling department continues to connect families with city-wide resources to help with housing, food, utilities and other needs during this incredibly difficult pandemic/ economic recession. As of today, our Circle of Giving has raised over $7000 in support of our SES community, and simultaneously, folks continue to give to our COVID relief fund as well. This outpouring of love and care is what makes our school community such a special place--thank you. Thanks to these donations, families who requested assistance should begin receiving gift cards in the mail next week. 

    This is a difficult time for so many people. Our front office team is entering the weekend with full hearts and renewed spirits, truly blown away at the continued generosity of our Sunnyside school community. Thank you so much. 

    With deep and sincere gratitude,
    SES office and support staff (secretaries, counselors and administrators)

    Upcoming Dates (NEW)

    Wednesday, Dec 16, 6:30-8:00 PTSA Board Meeting (open to all)
    Thursday, Dec 17, 6:00 Virtual Enrollment & Program Balancing Guiding Coalition
    Thursday, Dec 17 MS/HS Lottery Application Deadline
    December 21-January 1 NO SCHOOL (Winter Break)
    Sat-Sun, Jan 2-3 PTSA Annual Tree Recycling Fundraiser

    Websites to Know
    District COVID Resources & Info
    PPS Family Resources Page
    Sunnyside School Page
    SES PTSA website
    SES COVID Fund on Venmo

    TAG Nomination Deadline Extension - December 18 (NEW)
    The nomination process for possible TAG identification has been extended in order to allow for the added complexities due to COVID-19. Parents, teachers and students may fill out a nomination form that is specific to the school that they attend. The school’s application may also be found at Talented and Gifted / TAG Nomination Forms by School. If additional support is needed to fill out the application or to accommodate a request for an application in one of the district’s supported languages other than English, please contact our school’s TAG facilitator

    December Meal Services (NEW)
    The Nutrition Services department will be providing extra meals each service day to help keep our students with access to food as we head into the winter break. Each service day through December 16, they will be providing 3 days worth of meals for each child. On Friday, December 18, they will provide each child with a food box that will contain enough food for 7 days. Nutrition Services will not be serving or delivering meals on Monday, Dec 21 through Friday, January 1.  Meal services will resume Monday, January 4. 

    Fliers from the District (NEW)

    Update Student Information (phone, address, etc) 
    This year PPS has introduced a new system for updating student information like phone numbers, parent email addresses, emergency contact lists, and home address. Parents/Guardians can now update student info by signing into their ParentVUE account and selecting Yearly Verification. It is important that student information stays as up to date as possible. If you make any changes to your email address, be sure to reach out to your Classroom Family Rep (CFR) so that they can make the update on their email distribution list as well.

    If you are a brand new family to the PPS district and still need a ParentVUE activation code, please contact our school secretary Sarah at sconley1@pps.net

    Library Book Bags Resuming Fridays
    Library book bags will resume on a limited basis starting this Friday. In an effort to limit the spread of germs, we will only offer book bags on Fridays from 9:30am-12pm and 3:30-5:30pm until Winter break begins. This gives the books a longer time to quarantine, keeping everyone safe!

    Please be sure to wear a mask and social distance when you come for books. Remember that kids can also put holds on specific books using the library website link to the Catalog (with how-to video linked below the catalog button). Keep safe, everyone.

    PCC Teen Community Education Program: Winter 2021
    Flyer of PCC programs for students ages 12-17: https://www.pps.net/cms/lib/OR01913224/Centricity/Domain/75/PCC_CED_teen_111320.pdf

    Parent/Guardian Workshop on Early Reading Skills
    The Humanities Department is offering a virtual workshop in collaboration with Read by 4th, Drexel University School of Education, and AIM Institute designed to help adults grow their grade K-3 students into strong readers. This workshop will have ideas for making reading fun with the ultimate goal of reading by 4th grade. Parents/guardians will receive a workbook to use during and after this workshop.

    Sessions will be offered in both Spanish and English with translation available during the English session. Sessions will be recorded. 

    • Friday,  December 11, 2020 (4:00 pm-6:00 pm) - English with translation

    • Saturday,  December 12, 2020 (10:00 am - 12:00 pm) - Spanish

    Registration link / English flyer / Spanish flyer

    Anti-Racist Reading and Resources (NEW)
    Check out World of Wonders: “From beloved, award-winning poet Aimee Nezhukumatathil comes a debut work of nonfiction—a collection of essays about the natural world, and the way its inhabitants can teach, support, and inspire us. As a child, Nezhukumatathil called many places home: the grounds of a Kansas mental institution, where her Filipina mother was a doctor; the open skies and tall mountains of Arizona, where she hiked with her Indian father; and the chillier climes of western New York and Ohio. But no matter where she was transplanted—no matter how awkward the fit or forbidding the landscape—she was able to turn to our world’s fierce and funny creatures for guidance.”

    SES PTSA News
    Saturday and Sunday, January 2-3, 2021: Annual SES Tree Recycling Fundraiser

    Bring your holiday tree (or have it picked up) to SES, where it will be mulched and used in Sunnyside’s gardens and other local green spaces. All proceeds support SES field studies and overnights. Middle schoolers can earn community service credits by working the event. Stay tuned for the volunteer signup, which will be live soon.

    • Dates and times: Saturday, January 2 and Sunday, January 3, from 10am to 4pm at SES, behind the school building on the asphalt

    • Drop off service: For an $8 donation, bring your tree to SES on either day. Pay by  cash, check (payable to SES PTSA), credit card, Venmo, CashApp on the day of drop-off.

    • Pickup service: For a $10 donation, our driver volunteers will pick up trees throughout inner NE and SE PDX. Reservations can be made online. (Must be scheduled by January 1, 2021.)

    Questions? Contact sunnysidetreerecycling@gmail.com.

  • SES Messenger for December 4 2020

    12/4/20 School Messenger
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    School News (NEW)
    Upcoming Dates (NEW)

    Websites to Know
    Circle of Giving - Request Form Closing This Weekend (NEW)

    Update Student Info (phone, address, etc) (NEW)
    Library Book Bags Resuming Fridays (NEW)
    Workshop: Parenting Through the Holidays During a Pandemic (NEW)
    PCC Teen Community Education Program: Winter 2021 (NEW)
    SES COVID Fund & Circle of Giving Update
    8th Grade Information Night Flyers & Info
    Parent/Guardian Workshop on Early Reading Skills
    Anti-Racist Reading and Resources (NEW)

    SES PTSA News: Tree Recycling (NEW)
     

    School News (NEW)
    Dear Sunnyside Community,

    Each fall & winter season, Sunnyside engages in a community-wide event called The Circle of Giving. Families are invited to participate as receivers or givers, creating a system of support through the seasons and holidays.

    Like many communities across the nation during this pandemic, Sunnyside has an increased number of families in need. It’s heartbreaking to hear stories from our neighbors who just want to have some semblance of normalcy during this season.

    Many of you have reached out, asking how to help. Here’s how:

    This year, to practice safe social distancing, the Circle of Giving will operate as a gift card based donation/request system. Please consider supporting this tradition by donating what you can to @SESCOVIDFund-2020. Please make a note in the Venmo donation to read “Circle of Giving”.

    If you’d like to receive, families can fill out this Circle of Giving Request Form to select which gift cards would be most helpful to their family. Requests can be made until Friday, December 4th.

    As always, we handle giving and receiving with discretion and all names remain confidential.

    Thank you so much for your generosity, kindness and support of one another.

    With love and gratitude,
    Amy and Alix, SES Administrators 

    Upcoming Dates (NEW)

    Friday, Dec 4 Deadline for Circle of Giving Requests/Donations
    Thu, Dec 10, 6:00 Virtual Enrollment & Program Balancing Guiding Coalition 
    Wed, Dec 16, 6:30-8:00 PTSA Board Meeting (open to all)
    December 21-January 1 NO SCHOOL (Winter Break)
    Jan 2-3, 10:00-4:00

    Annual SES Tree Recycling Fundraiser

    Websites to Know
    District COVID Resources & Info
    PPS Family Resources Page
    Sunnyside School Page
    SES PTSA website
    SES COVID Fund on Venmo

    Circle of Giving - Request Form Closing This Weekend (NEW)
    This year, to practice safe social distancing, the Circle of Giving will operate as a gift card based donation/request system. Families can fill out this CIRCLE OF GIVING REQUEST FORM to select which gift cards would be most helpful to their family. Requests can be made until the end of this weekend. Gift cards will be mailed next week so that they arrive before winter break begins. We will do our best to accommodate wishes based on the number of requests and donations received. Donations can be made to @SESCOVIDFund-2020.

    This is an annual event for us. We handle giving with discretion and all names remain confidential. Our goal is to assist families who would otherwise have difficulty during this season. For additional resources or information, please reach out to our counseling team: Rebecca Johnson - rjohnson10@pps.net and Ashley Bevan - abevan@pps.net.

    Update Student Information (phone, address, etc) (NEW)
    This year PPS has introduced a new system for updating student information like phone numbers, parent email addresses, emergency contact lists, and home address. Parents/Guardians can now update student info by signing into their ParentVUE account and selecting Yearly Verification. It is important that student information stays as up to date as possible. If you make any changes to your email address, be sure to reach out to your Classroom Family Rep (CFR) so that they can make the update on their email distribution list as well.
    If you are a brand new family to the PPS district and still need a ParentVUE activation code, please contact our school secretary Sarah at sconley1@pps.net

    Please note: after submitting address updates, you will need to email a form of address verification to sconley1@pps.net so our school secretary can upload it to student records.

    Library Book Bags Resuming Fridays (NEW)
    Library book bags will resume on a limited basis starting this Friday. In an effort to limit the spread of germs, we will only offer book bags on Fridays from 9:30am-12pm and 3:30-5:30pm until Winter break begins. This gives the books a longer time to quarantine, keeping everyone safe!

    Please be sure to wear a mask and social distance when you come for books. Remember that kids can also put holds on specific books using the library website link to the Catalog (with how-to video linked below the catalog button). Keep safe, everyone.

    Workshop: Parenting Through the Holidays During a Pandemic (NEW)
    Big Village and Volunteers of America are offering a free workshop on parenting through holidays during a pandemic on Thursday 12/10/20 from 6:00-7:30. It will include brief presentations and then break out groups for parents to connect with parents and share coping strategies and ideas.

    PCC Teen Community Education Program: Winter 2021 (NEW)
    Flyer of PCC programs for students ages 12-17: https://www.pps.net/cms/lib/OR01913224/Centricity/Domain/75/PCC_CED_teen_111320.pdf

    SES COVID Fund & Circle of Giving Update
    During the Circle of Giving season, the SES COVID Fund Venmo @SESCOVIDFund-2020 will serve two purposes. Families can continue to make donations and the funds will be used for either Circle of Giving gift card requests or COVID Fund cash relief. If you are donating and would like the funds to be used for a specific purpose, please make a note in the Venmo donation, either “COVID relief” or “Circle of Giving”.

    8th Grade Information Night Flyers & Info
    Cleveland High School is hosting a “Bridging the Gap” asynchronous event. Beginning on Thursday, December 10, 8th graders and their families are encouraged to watch the video presentation which will be posted on YouTube. Viewers should log on to the Cleveland website www.pps.net/cleveland to access the live link.

    Parent/Guardian Workshop on Early Reading Skills
    The Humanities Department is offering a virtual workshop in collaboration with Read by 4th, Drexel University School of Education, and AIM Institute designed to help adults grow their grade K-3 students into strong readers. This workshop will have ideas for making reading fun with the ultimate goal of reading by 4th grade. Parents/guardians will receive a workbook to use during and after this workshop.

    Sessions will be offered in both Spanish and English with translation available during the English session. Sessions will be recorded. 

    • Friday,  December 11, 2020 (4:00 pm-6:00 pm) - English with translation

    • Saturday,  December 12, 2020 (10:00 am - 12:00 pm) - Spanish

    Registration link / English flyer / Spanish flyer

    Anti-Racist Reading and Resources (NEW)
    Started your holiday shopping? Check out local author and entrepreneur Jelani Memory’s series, a kids book about … featured in Oprah’s Favorite Things 2020 List. Memory wrote a kids book about racism for the series, which also includes local documentarian Jordan Thierry’s book, a kids book about systemic racism. You can explore (and buy) the entire series here.

    SES PTSA News (NEW)
    Saturday and Sunday, January 2-3, 2021: Annual SES tree recycling fundraiser

    Bring your holiday tree (or have it picked up) to SES, where it will be mulched and used in Sunnyside’s gardens and other local green spaces. All proceeds support SES field studies and overnights. Middle schoolers can earn community service credits by working the event. Stay tuned for the volunteer signup, which will be live soon.

    • Dates and times: Saturday, January 2 and Sunday, January 3, from 10am to 4pm at SES, behind the school building on the asphalt.

    • Drop off service: For an $8 donation, bring your tree to SES on either day. Pay by  cash, check (payable to SES PTSA), credit card, Venmo, CashApp on the day of drop-off.

    • Pickup service: For a $10 donation, our driver volunteers will pick up trees throughout inner NE and SE PDX. Reservations can be made online. (Must be scheduled by January 1, 2021.)

    Questions? Contact sunnysidetreerecycling@gmail.com.

  • SES Messenger for November 20 2020

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    11/20/20: School Messenger

    • School News (NEW)
    • Upcoming Dates (NEW)
    • Websites to Know
    • Trans Awareness Week (NEW)
    • Circle of Giving - Request Form Now Open (NEW)
    • SES COVID Fund & Circle of Giving Update (NEW)
    • 8th Grade Information Night Flyers & Info (NEW)
    • Parent/Guardian Workshop on Early Reading Skills (NEW)
    • Classes Will Continue Through Inclement Weather During Distance Learning
    • Native American Youth & Families Center Flyers
    • Anti-Racist Reading and Resources (NEW)
    • SES PTSA News: Pie fundraiser update and more (NEW)

     

    School News (NEW)
    Hello SES Community,

    Conferences and Fall break are already around the bend. In addition to conferences with your student’s core teachers, our Specials teachers - Art with Indigo, Library/Tech with Gillian, and PE with Iris - are hosting optional family drop in classes. Adults and students are welcome to join a collaborative family class during one the following times. All three teachers will host simultaneously so there are three options in case you would like a chance to join each Specials event: Monday 11/23 10:00-11:00, Monday 11/23 2:00-3:00, or Tuesday 11/24 10:00-11:00.

    • Family Art with Indigo
      https://meet.google.com/lookup/g37ho6uy3g
      Marbleized Paper with food coloring and cooking oil. This is a messy but fun family process-based art activity. For the paper marbling project, you will need:
      • Cooking oil
      • Liquid food coloring
      • Dish soap
      • Flat, shallow pan
      • Wooden skewer, fork, or an old paintbrush (to stir the color)
      • Paper (copy, multimedia sketchbook, or watercolor paper)
      • Scissors
      • 2 trash bags to keep the area clean
      • Paper towels
         
    • Coding with Gillian
      https://meet.google.com/lookup/doiug3x3zx
      Hour of Code is just a few weeks away, so let's get in on the action early! Come to the "Library" ready to have fun and get your code on! We will have three breakout rooms open so kids and families can code, chat and have fun together! Pre-readers and total beginners welcome! We have coding fun for all ages and levels! 
       
    • PE with Iris
      https://meet.google.com/lookup/SESPE
      Adults and students should come dressed ready to move! We will be doing a Tabata session using just our body weight. After Tabata adults may stick around to ask questions, share concerns and talk Iris about PE.

    And as we approach Fall break, we want to make sure you know how grateful we are for you: for your support, your flexibility, your generosity, your time, your kindness and love. Even virtually, Sunnyside is as wonderful as it is in part to you. Have a safe and restful break.

    Gratefully,
    Amy and Alix, SES Administrators 

     

    Upcoming Dates (NEW)
    Check the school online calendar here.

    Monday, Nov 23 Wreath orders due
    Monday & Tuesday, Nov 23-24 Conferences (No school for students)
    Wednesday-Friday, Nov 25-27 NO SCHOOL [Thanksgiving break]
    Tuesday, Dec 1 Jefferson High School information night
    Wednesday, Dec 2, 3-7pm Poinsettia and wreath pickup
    Friday, Dec 4 Deadline for Circle of Giving requests and donations


    Websites to Know

     

    Trans Awareness Week (NEW)
    Dear Sunnyside Community,

    This week is Trans Awareness week as well as Trans Day of Remembrance. Distance learning is extra tough for our queer and trans students. This has been an especially heightened year (like most nondominant identities) and we have seen more trans murders (especially among Black Trans women and femmes) than we have on record since they have counted this data.  Here are some resources for all of these that help out not just this week but in general:

    It's a heavy and celebratory week for trans people. One key thing is to not just focus on trans trauma, but also to focus on celebration. A really neat idea that is surfacing inspired by trans dysphoria is called "trans euphoria." This is the idea of trans people celebrating their joy, survival, accomplishments, all of the awesome things about being trans, etc. rather than just being consumed by cis people as tragedy and/or transition stories. Part of trans euphoria is cis people witnessing this and sharing trans euphoria. So many trans people die young that it's important for trans youth to see their adult people and see themselves with futures.

    Hope this email finds you doing okay during this wild time. Happy almost fall break.

    Leo Soell
    they/them pronouns
    4th/5th Grade Teacher

     

    Circle of Giving - Request Form Now Open (NEW)
    This year, to practice safe social distancing, the Circle of Giving will operate as a gift card based donation/request system. Families can fill out this CIRCLE OF GIVING REQUEST FORM to select which gift cards would be most helpful to their family. Requests can be made until Friday, December 4th and gift cards will be mailed the following week so that they arrive before winter break begins. We will do our best to accommodate wishes based on the number of requests and donations received. Donations can be made to @SESCOVIDFund-2020.

    This is an annual event for us. We handle giving with discretion and all names remain confidential. Our goal is to assist families who would otherwise have difficulty during this season. For additional resources or information, please reach out to our counseling team: Rebecca Johnson - rjohnson10@pps.net and Ashley Bevan - abevan@pps.net.

     

    SES COVID Fund & Circle of Giving Update (NEW)
    During the Circle of Giving season, the SES COVID Fund Venmo @SESCOVIDFund-2020 will serve two purposes. Families can continue to make donations and the funds will be used for either Circle of Giving gift card requests or COVID Fund cash relief. If you are donating and would like the funds to be used for a specific purpose, please make a note in the Venmo donation, either “COVID relief” or “Circle of Giving”.

    Since April 1, we've been able to give more than $30k to SES families thanks to your generosity. Please help us rebuild the COVID fund so we can continue to help families through the holidays. To donate, Venmo @SESCOVIDFund-2020.

     

    8th Grade Information Night Flyers & Info (NEW)
    The Jefferson High School/Middle College for Advanced Studies 8th Grade Information Virtual Event will be held on Tuesday, December 1st from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

    Cleveland High School is hosting a “Bridging the Gap” asynchronous event. Beginning on Thursday, Dec. 10, 8th graders and their families are encouraged to watch the video presentation which will be posted on YouTube. Viewers should log on to their website, www.pps.net/cleveland, to access the live link.

     

    Parent/Guardian Workshop on Early Reading Skills (NEW)
    The Humanities Department is offering a virtual workshop in collaboration with Read by 4th, Drexel University School of Education, and AIM Institute designed to help adults grow their grade K-3 students into strong readers. This workshop will have ideas for making reading fun with the ultimate goal of reading by 4th grade. Parents/guardians will receive a workbook to use during and after this workshop.

    Sessions will be offered in both Spanish and English with translation available during the English session. Sessions will be recorded.

    • Friday,  December 11, 2020 (4:00 pm-6:00 pm) - English with translation
    • Saturday,  December 12, 2020 (10:00 am - 12:00 pm) - Spanish

    Registration link / English flyer / Spanish flyer

     

    Classes Will Continue Through Inclement Weather During Distance Learning
    Portland Public Schools sent the following letter to all families on Friday, November 13:

    Dear PPS Families,

    Snowfall in the Cascades this week reminds us all that we have entered the time of year when inclement weather is most likely. We are ready for winter storms just as we would be any year, but also operating in a much different landscape dictated by COVID-19 and framed by Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL).

    Comprehensive Distance Learning will, in most cases, continue during inclement weather that in more normal times would have prompted us to close schools and declare a “snow day.” This will allow us to protect instructional days whenever possible.

    Read the full letter here:
    English | Español | Tiếng Việt | 中文 | Русский | Soomaali

     

    Native American Youth & Families Center Flyers
    NAYA has provided the following flyers with information about their programs, including:

     

    Anti-Racist Reading and Resources (NEW)
    November is Native American Heritage Month. Use this map tool to learn about the Native land you inhabit and how to acknowledge territory publicly—an important first step to bring awareness of land rights and Indigenous presence into everyday conversations.

     

    SES PTSA News

    • Thanks for a Successful Pie Fundraiser!
      Our holiday pie fundraiser raised just shy of $1000 this year.  Thank you for ordering your pies and fruit.  And a big shout out to Kelly Janes and Corby Watkins for volunteering their afternoon to sort and hand out pies.
       
    • Thanksgiving Ice Cream Fundraiser at Dairy Hill Ice Cream
      The SES PTSA is thrilled to let you know about an exciting fundraiser for the Thanksgiving holiday. We will team up with Dairy Hill Ice Cream to raise some funds while stocking your freezer with treats for the family to enjoy all holiday weekend. The special Thanksgiving menu includes: Holiday ice cream pies, ice cream sandwiches and custom family-size, build-your-own sundae making kits. Order online now through November 22 at www.Dairyhillicecream.com. Please make sure to select Sunnyside Environmental School at checkout and Dairy Hill Ice Cream will donate 10% to our school.
       
    • Wreath Sale
      The deadline for poinsettia orders has passed, but you can still support SES and women farm workers and bring some cheer to your home by ordering a wreath. The SES Wreath Sale is a school-wide fundraiser that benefits our entire community. This year our wreath sale will again support Sunnyside and Mujeres Luchadoras Progresistas (Women Striving for Progress). MLP is a group of farm worker women who create economic development and promote leadership among women in their community.
       
      - Handmade Noble Fir wreaths, 24-26″ in diameter: $35
       
      Wreath orders are due by Monday, November 23. Pick up your order in the SES auditorium on Wednesday, December 2 between 3 and 7pm. Click here to place your order via SchoolPay. Questions? Contact SES parent Karen McCleary at mccleary.karen@gmail.com.
  • SES Messenger for November 13 2020

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    11/13/20: School Messenger

    • School News (NEW)
    • Upcoming Dates (NEW)
    • Websites to Know
    • SES COVID fund update (NEW)
    • Book Bag Pick-up, Maker Kits, and the “Freeze” (NEW)
    • Classes Will Continue Through Inclement Weather During Distance Learning (NEW)
    • Native American Youth & Families Center Flyers (NEW)
    • November Meal Services (NEW)
    • Annual Circle of Giving Approaching
    • Hot Chocolate for SES Students
    • Anti-Racist Reading and Resources (NEW)
    • SES PTSA News: Ice cream fundraiser, pie order pickup and more (NEW)

     

    School News (NEW)
    Hello SES Community,

    We have officially entered quarter 2, and we wanted to share a few announcements with our community --

    Our students
    Our kids are holding a lot right now, between the political climate post-election, rising COVID cases, and the impact of distance learning. Please know that our staff is working hard to care for your children holistically, and one of the themes that continues to come up for kids is finding joy and connection in the digital climate. We have social groups up and running, there is a spirit club in middle school that’s working hard on adding events to the school day that connect students and allow them to have fun together on the screen, a group of 4th graders is starting a newspaper, and with each passing day your students are giving us more ideas for various clubs and social gatherings online. We will also start working with Mo Phillips again and infusing music and other artists in residence into the classroom starting later this month. You can expect these kinds of opportunities to increase as we move into this second quarter of school.

    Quarter 1 to Quarter 2
    Q1 was an intentionally “slower start” to school, one where we worked to establish a digital classroom community, make sure to center the social/emotional well being of students and also their basic needs. During quarter 2 we intend to continue doing this, but also “turn up the dial” a little bit more in regard to academics, grades and attendance. You can expect to hear from your child’s teachers, especially in the upper grades, about attendance and academic adjustments as we move deeper into the school year. These are not “drastic” changes by any means; rather, we are following our students’ lead and expect to do this for the course of the year. The way the academic year progresses in your child’s grade level is really dependent on the grade level. You can expect to talk about your child’s growth, their goals, and how the year will progress during your parent/guardian - teacher conference. 

    Conferences
    The official dates for parent/guardian conferences are November 23 and 24. In order to ensure that your family has time to schedule, and in order to decrease digital fatigue/increase digital stamina, we have spread the SES window for conferences from now until the week prior to winter break. If you haven’t already, you can expect to receive a sign up schedule from your child’s homeroom teacher, and our staff will be very flexible with this scheduling for your family. Our specialists and other teachers will plan on attending as many conferences as possible, but if you would like a specific staff member to attend with your homeroom teacher, please let them know so we can plan accordingly and best meet your needs. 

    COVID Relief Fund
    Thank you! This community is so generous--since April we have been able to give over $30,000 away via our SES COVID Relief Fund. Right now this fund is empty, we are hoping to fill it again for families. If you’re able to contribute, please send donations via Venmo to @SESCOVIDFund-2020 and our office will continue distributing to families who can use the financial support right now. We aim to be able to give $200/week when this account is full. Thank you for considering a donation if you’re able.

    Happy Friday, and as always, we are so grateful to be a part of the Sunnyside community.

    --Amy and Alix, SES Administrators 

     

    Upcoming Dates (NEW)
    Check the school online calendar here.

    Saturday, Nov 14 Diwali
    Monday, Nov 16, 2-4pm Pie order pickup
    Wednesday, Nov 18, 6:30-8pm SES PTSA Board Meeting (open to all)
    Thursday, Nov 19, 6pm Enrollment & Program Balancing Guiding Coalition Virtual Open House
    Monday, Nov 23 Wreath orders due
    Monday & Tuesday, Nov 23-24 Conferences
    Wednesday-Friday, Nov 25-27 NO SCHOOL [Thanksgiving break]


    Websites to Know

     

    SES COVID fund update (NEW)
    Since April 1, we've been able to give more than $30k to SES families thanks to your generosity. Please help us rebuild the COVID fund so we can continue to help families through the holidays. To donate, Venmo @SESCOVIDFund-2020.

     

    Book Bag Pick-up, Maker Kits, and the “Freeze” (NEW)
    Per the Governor's orders for a new "freeze", Book Bag pick-ups will temporarily be suspended until we get news that it is OK to start up again. We want to make sure we are keeping everyone safe!! Our last Book Bag time will be Monday with extended hours 9:30-12 and 2:30-5:30 or until we get everyone taken care of or we run out of bags.

    MAKER KITS for offline learning will also be available on Monday. We don't have enough for everyone but will hand them out till they are gone! These were assembled for conference week to offer some offline alternatives. Each kit corresponds to a grade band (K-2, 3-5, 6-8) and comes with directions for four activities and materials to do them.

    Thank you for understanding, and we will be sure to keep you posted as updates develop.

     

    Classes Will Continue Through Inclement Weather During Distance Learning (NEW)
    Portland Public Schools sent the following letter to all families on Friday, November 13:

    Dear PPS Families,

    Snowfall in the Cascades this week reminds us all that we have entered the time of year when inclement weather is most likely. We are ready for winter storms just as we would be any year, but also operating in a much different landscape dictated by COVID-19 and framed by Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL).

    Comprehensive Distance Learning will, in most cases, continue during inclement weather that in more normal times would have prompted us to close schools and declare a “snow day.” This will allow us to protect instructional days whenever possible.

    Read the full letter here:
    English | Español | Tiếng Việt | 中文 | Русский | Soomaali

     

    Native American Youth & Families Center Flyers (NEW)
    NAYA has provided the following flyers with information about their programs, including:

     

    November Meal Services (NEW)
    Due to Veteran’s Day falling on a meal service day and the upcoming fall break, the Nutrition Services department will be providing extra meals each day to help keep our students with access to food. Each service day through November 20, Nutrition Services will be providing 3 days worth of meals for each child. They will not be serving or delivering meals on Monday, Nov 23 and Wednesday, Nov 25. More updates about services in December will be provided later. Home meal delivery sign ups will remain open this week.

     

    Annual Circle of Giving Approaching
    Each fall and winter season, Sunnyside engages in a community wide event called The Circle of Giving. Families are invited to participate as receivers or givers, creating a support system through the seasons and holidays. The pandemic and social distancing has certainly changed how the Circle of Giving would typically appear, but we are still holding this annual tradition. Sunnyside staff are in communication with the PPS district office to solidify plans and ensure that we have a safe and supportive exchange this year. We are still finalizing whether families can request or shop for specific items or if the Circle of Giving will be gift card based this year.

    We will keep families informed through School Messenger as we develop specific guidelines. In the meantime, we invite you to consider whether your family would like to participate as a receiver or giver this year. All requests and donations will remain anonymous as usual. Keep an eye out for future emails regarding what requests are possible and which types of donations will be available. 

     

    Hot Chocolate for SES Students
    Geoff Cornell, SES parent and manager of the Stumptown café on 34th, invites kids to order a free hot chocolate for the month of November when an adult makes a purchase at the café. Big thanks to Geoff for this kindness as our kids move through this difficult time!

     

    Anti-Racist Reading and Resources (NEW)
    Tipping Point: What the Portland protests tell us about the state of America is a documentary film about the largest civil rights protest in U.S. history and how Portland emerged as its epicenter. Told through the individual stories of Portlanders on the ground, Tipping Point humanizes the struggle while allowing Portland’s story to serve as a mirror for all of America—the past that brought us here and the future we choose. View the trailer here, then register for a free, online screening of Tipping Point on November 16 or 17, presented by We Can Listen.

     

    SES PTSA News

    • Thanksgiving Ice Cream Fundraiser at Dairy Hill Ice Cream
      The SES PTSA is thrilled to let you know about an exciting fundraiser for the Thanksgiving holiday. We will team up with Dairy Hill Ice Cream to raise some funds while stocking your freezer with treats for the family to enjoy all holiday weekend. The special Thanksgiving menu includes: Holiday ice cream pies, ice cream sandwiches and custom family-size, build-your-own sundae making kits. Order online now through November 22 at www.Dairyhillicecream.com. Please make sure to select Sunnyside Environmental School at checkout and Dairy Hill Ice Cream will donate 10% to our school.

       
    • Pie Order Pickup: Monday, November 16
      Clear some space in your freezer and/or your stomach: Your pie, fruit and cobbler orders will be ready to pick up on Monday, November 16.

      Here is how we are going to do this:

      - Please come to the SES playground on Monday to pick up your order (look for the tent/table).
      YOU MUST WEAR A MASK.
      - Stand 6' or more from your fellow pie lovers.
      - Bring an umbrella or something to keep you dry (we hope you won't have to wait for too long).
      - Come at your assigned time (see below) as best you can so no one has to wait for a long time.

      Pie order pick-up times (alpha by the FIRST name under which the order was placed):

      - 2-2:30 pm Adam through Elizabeth
      - 2:30-3 pm Emory through Justin
      - 3-3:30 pm Kai through Michelle
      - 3:30-4 pm Midori through Wendy

      IF these times don't work for you, we are flexible and will make sure you get your orders. Email Holly Cook at cookholly@gmail.com to schedule another time slot.

       
    • Wednesday, November 18, 6:30-8pm: SES PTSA Board Meeting (open to all)
      Mark your calendars: The next SES PTSA board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, November 18, from 6:30pm until 8pm. A link will be shared on the SES calendar closer to that date. This is a great (and EASY) way to get involved and stay up to date with everything going on with our kids at SES.

       
    • Wreath Sale
      The deadline for poinsettia orders has passed, but you can still support SES and women farm workers and bring some cheer to your home by ordering a wreath. The SES Wreath Sale is a school-wide fundraiser that benefits our entire community. This year our wreath sale will again support Sunnyside and Mujeres Luchadoras Progresistas (Women Striving for Progress). MLP is a group of farm worker women who create economic development and promote leadership among women in their community.
       
      - Handmade Noble Fir wreaths, 24-26″ in diameter: $35
       
      Wreath orders are due by Monday, November 23. Pick up your order in the SES auditorium on Wednesday, December 2 between 3 and 7pm. Click here to place your order via SchoolPay. Questions? Contact SES parent Karen McCleary at mccleary.karen@gmail.com.
       
    • SES Back to School Ask
      This week, you should have received mailed paperwork with information about the SES Back to School Ask. You can also access details and donate directly to the Back to School Ask on the PTSA website. This is a very important annual fundraiser for Sunnyside. Things are definitely different this year, but we still need donations to fund art, music and gardening programs, as well as grants for teachers and virtual field study programs.
  • SES Messenger for November 6 2020

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    11/6/20: School Messenger

    • School News (NEW)
    • Upcoming Dates (NEW)
    • Websites to Know
    • Virtual Harvest Fair (NEW)
    • Annual Circle of Giving Approaching (NEW)
    • Hot Chocolate for SES Students (NEW)
    • Black Youth Crisis Recovery Group
    • OBOB Update from Librarian Gillian
    • Youth Resource App
    • Child Care Space at Lent and Creston Sites
    • Two Wellness Centers Now Open
    • Anti-Racist Reading and Resources (NEW)
    • SES PTSA News: Poinsettia and Wreath Sale, PTSA Meeting

     

    School News (NEW)
    Good afternoon SES community,

    This has been a really long week for folks, and our students have certainly affirmed that for adults. A few brief items as we move into the weekend:

    • Please reach out to our counseling team or your child’s teacher if you would like some materials to support your home/family conversations about the election. More resources coming next week, grade dependent. 
    • Next week marks the beginning of quarter 2. You will be receiving communication from our front office next week about quarter 2: reminders about attendance, grades, elective schedules, etc. 
    • Parent-guardian/teacher conferences are scheduled for November 23 and 24 in PPS. Many teachers will begin these conferences sooner, in an effort to maximize flexibility for families. More to come next week. 

    Lastly, because kids are brilliant and incredible, they are creating joyous, connected spaces on screen. This week alone our students used kitchen ingredients to imagine silly recipes together, met before the school day starts with their instruments in hand, created a virtual Harvest Fair to share with their class and others, and began the planning for spirit weeks and other fun, social, online activities in our middle school. We are heading into this weekend feeling incredibly grateful for SES students and youth.

    - Amy and Alix

     

    Upcoming Dates (NEW)
    Check the school online calendar here.

    Sunday, Nov 8 Poinsettia orders due
    Wednesday, Nov 11 NO SCHOOL [Veterans Day]
    Saturday, Nov 14 Diwali
    Monday, Nov 16 [Time TBD] Pie order pickup
    Wednesday, Nov 18, 6:30-8pm SES PTSA Board Meeting (open to all)
    Thursday, Nov 19, 6pm Enrollment & Program Balancing Guiding Coalition Virtual Open House


    Websites to Know

     

    Virtual Harvest Fair (NEW)
    Two students from Heather Chaney’s 5th grade class felt that this year just isn’t the same without the Harvest Fair. So they made a Virtual Harvest Faire for kids and families. Bake peanut butter cookies! Take a photo in the photo booth! Learn the Fortnite Spooky Scary Skeleton dance!

     

    Annual Circle of Giving Approaching (NEW)
    Each fall and winter season, Sunnyside engages in a community wide event called The Circle of Giving. Families are invited to participate as receivers or givers, creating a support system through the seasons and holidays. The pandemic and social distancing has certainly changed how the Circle of Giving would typically appear, but we are still holding this annual tradition. Sunnyside staff are in communication with the PPS district office to solidify plans and ensure that we have a safe and supportive exchange this year. We are still finalizing whether families can request or shop for specific items or if the Circle of Giving will be gift card based this year.

    We will keep families informed through School Messenger as we develop specific guidelines. In the meantime, we invite you to consider whether your family would like to participate as a receiver or giver this year. All requests and donations will remain anonymous as usual. Keep an eye out for future emails regarding what requests are possible and which types of donations will be available. 

     

    Hot Chocolate for SES Students (NEW)
    Geoff Cornell, SES parent and manager of the Stumptown café on 34th, invites kids to order a free hot chocolate for the month of November when an adult makes a purchase at the café. Big thanks to Geoff for this kindness as our kids move through this difficult time!

     

    Black Youth Crisis Recovery Group
    Two PPS educators have launched a new support group: The Black Youth Crisis Recovery Group. The purpose of this group is to provide a safe affinity space for Black students to process and unpack trauma and grief resulting from police brutality, opposition to the BLM movement, seeing fellow Black people lose their lives without consequence, the pandemic, etc. The group is intended for any Black/African American-identifying K-12 PPS student.

    Maurice Phillips and Jonicia Shelton, the group facilitators, have created this introductory video as well as this Facilitator Interest Form, for any Black parents or guardians who might be interested in helping facilitate the group.

    If you are interested in having your student(s) join the group, please email Maurice or Jonicia directly at mphilli1@pps.net or jshelton@pps.net. If you have questions about the group, please email SES teacher Jeremy Thomas at jthomas@pps.net.

     

    OBOB Update from Librarian Gillian
    YES! We will participate in Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) this year. I'm still working on how we’ll do this, but—for now—please complete this to sign up kids or teams. Learning Ally has most of the books, and the SES Library has (or will soon have) the rest in print or in ebook format.

     

    Youth Resource App
    PPS now has a mobile app available for PPS youth resources. The app shares critical information about COVID-19 resources, the Safe Oregon Tip line, Youth Line for suicidal ideation and mental health crisis, and many additional resources for youth and their families. 

    During our many discussions with high school students last year, they all reported that an app which can be downloaded on their phone would be the best way to provide needed support. With the help of the REAHL (Recovery, Education and Action for Healthy Living) team, and the Student Success and Health department, we were able to make this a reality for our PPS students. Please download the app here.

     

    Child Care Space at Lent and Creston Sites
    One of PPS’ contracted programs, Champions, has plenty of open spaces in their programs at Lent and Creston. Employment Related Day Care (ERDC) has raised the income limits to 250% of the poverty rate to allow many more families who usually wouldn’t meet eligibility. For qualifying families, ERDC covers most or all child care costs. Qualifying families must be working and make less than 250% of the poverty rate. For more details, refer to the ERDC flyer links:

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    Two Wellness Centers Now Open
    Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a significant decline in children accessing preventative medical services like vaccines and well child checks. PPS has re-opened two school-based health centers to provide access to medical services for students while the district continues to hold classes remotely. School-based health centers offer quality, affordable health care by doctors and Family Nurse Practitioners for children and youth with no out of pocket cost.

    The opening of the Benson Wellness Center will join the Roosevelt Student Health Center as the second school-based health center to re-open in PPS. These centers provide students an additional option to access health care aside from their primary care provider and serve students who don’t have access to health care.

    For hours, locations, and other details, download a flyer:
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    Anti-Racist Reading and Resources (NEW)
    Wednesday, November 11 at 5pm: Kiese Laymon in Conversation With B. Brian Foster
    From the Powell’s site: “Brilliant and uncompromising, piercing and funny, Kiese Laymon’s How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America is essential reading. The new edition of the award-winning writer’s first work of nonfiction (featuring six new essays) looks inward, drawing heavily on the author and his family’s experiences, while simultaneously examining the world — Mississippi, the South, the United States — that has shaped their lives. With subjects that range from an interview with his mother to reflections on Ole Miss football, OutKast, and the labor of Black women, these 13 insightful essays highlight Laymon’s profound love of language and his artful rendering of experience, trumpeting why he is “simply one of the most talented writers in America” (New York magazine) and a “star in the American literary firmament, with a voice that is courageous, honest, loving, and singularly beautiful” (NPR). Laymon will be joined in conversation by B. Brian Foster, author of I Don't Like the Blues: Race, Place, and the Backbeat of Black Life.” Register for this free event here.

     

    SES PTSA News

    • Wednesday, November 18, 6:30-8pm: SES PTSA Board Meeting (open to all)
      Mark your calendars: The next SES PTSA board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, November 18, from 6:30pm until 8pm. A link will be shared on the SES calendar closer to that date. This is a great (and EASY) way to get involved and stay up to date with everything going on with our kids at SES.

       
    • Poinsettia and Wreath Sale
      Support SES and women farm workers, and bring some cheer to your home, by ordering a wreath and colorful poinsettia potted flowers. The SES Wreath and Poinsettia Sale is a school-wide fundraiser that benefits our entire community. This year our wreath sale will again support Sunnyside and Mujeres Luchadoras Progresistas (Women Striving for Progress). MLP is a group of farm worker women who create economic development and promote leadership among women in their community.
       
      - Handmade Noble Fir wreaths, 24-26″ in diameter: $35
      - Lush red, pink, or white poinsettias: $12.50 for 6″ pots or $21.50 for 8″ pots
       
      Poinsettia orders are due by Sunday, November 8. Wreath orders are due by Monday, November 23. Pick up your order in the SES auditorium on Wednesday, December 2 between 3 and 7pm. Click here to place your order via SchoolPay. Questions? Contact SES parent Karen McCleary at mccleary.karen@gmail.com.

       
    • SES Back to School Ask
      This week, you should have received mailed paperwork with information about the SES Back to School Ask. You can also access details and donate directly to the Back to School Ask on the PTSA website. This is a very important annual fundraiser for Sunnyside. Things are definitely different this year, but we still need donations to fund art, music and gardening programs, as well as grants for teachers and virtual field study programs.
  • SES Messenger for October 30 2020

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    10/30/20: School Messenger

    • School News (NEW)
    • Upcoming Dates (NEW)
    • Websites to Know
    • Black Youth Crisis Recovery Group (NEW)
    • OBOB Update from Librarian Gillian (NEW)
    • Youth Resource App (NEW)
    • Child Care Space at Lent and Creston Sites (NEW)
    • Student Health Flyers from MESD (NEW)
    • Two Wellness Centers Now Open (NEW)
    • Apple Tasting Activity Bags for 1st/2nd Grade (NEW)
    • New StoryWalk
    • Updates to Meal Service
    • Pandemic EBT Update
    • MESD Immunization Letters
    • Online Yearly Verification Ends Oct 31
    • Anti-Racist Reading and Resources (NEW)
    • SES PTSA News: Holiday Pie Fundraiser, Poinsettia and Wreath Sale, PTSA Meeting (NEW)

     

    School News (NEW)
    To SES families and community,

    Please see the information below from the PPS Public Information Officer.

    I am attending these meetings each week, and at this time I am certain that our school will remain a K-8 as well as a focus option school with a neighborhood catchment. I do not anticipate changes to our grade structure or curriculum in the immediate future, as the committee is mainly focused on opening Kellogg in the fall of 2021.

    Some families have asked me if our assigned, neighborhood high school will change from Franklin to Cleveland, and I do not yet have an answer to this question. I assure you I will keep the community apprised if anything new emerges; the meetings so far have been focused on the Kellogg feeder pattern and there has been very limited discussion about high school designations. If you would like to know more about this process, please see the links and dates listed below. I will share more information with the community as things come up--we meet every Thursday night.

    It is my understanding that all of these meetings are recorded and available for viewing as public record. I invite folks to take a look at these if you are curious, especially to get a better sense of the way folks from a variety of schools, ours included, are asking for procedural changes and culturally/racially responsive practices to be used in decision making. I anticipate this issue may also come up at the open house on November 5th (also a recorded session).

    I will continue to share information with the community at large as this process moves forward. For the time being, if you have specific questions please feel free to email me at akleiner@pps.net.

    Thank you,
    Amy Kleiner, SES Principal

    PPS SE Boundary Coalition, updated information from Karen Wernstein, PPS Public Information Officer

    We want to update you on Enrollment and Program Balancing (EPB) progress. As we’ve shared, initial work is focused on schools in Southeast Portland in advance of the reopening of Kellogg Middle School. The Southeast Guiding Coalition has held six meetings focused on creating a common understanding of the Coalition’s charge and the process for developing proposals and a final recommendation. The process is starting with a focus on grades 6-8 now, and will expand to grades PK-12 next spring.

    Over the past few weeks, they have evaluated and discussed several scenarios as they worked toward developing a more refined proposal to share with the broader community. Next week they will receive results from more than 800 online and telephone surveys. The survey results will be posted at the Enrollment and Program Balancing website, as well.

    The District is planning an online open house on November 5 to share information about the coalition proposal(s) and gather your input. The open house will include background on the process, visuals to help illustrate the proposal(s), and opportunities to provide feedback.

    The online open house will include a standing Web page that you can visit for information throughout this process and a live Zoom meeting where you can hear from Southeast Guiding Coalition members and the District Advisory Team. We will share more information about the open house next week. Links to the open house Web page and Zoom meeting will be sent out just before the event.

    All community members are welcome to attend the Nov 5 open house, and we especially encourage our Southeast families to attend and provide feedback. It is essential we hear from you and can provide you with detailed information during this first phase of the process.

    More About the Guiding Coalition and EPB process

    The Guiding Coalition is made up of parents and principals representing Southeast schools. The coalition is currently holding a series of meetings focused on the middle school grades, including the open house on November 5 and one planned for early December 2020.

    Phase 1 concludes with a recommendation in mid-December. Phase 2, scheduled to begin in spring 2021, will focus on PK-5 grades.

    Enrollment and Program Balancing uses both a data-driven analysis process and community input to address needs such as equity and inclusion, transportation, facilities constraints, and much more. Meeting agendas, materials, minutes, and videos are posted at the Enrollment and Program Balancing website.

     

    Upcoming Dates (NEW)
    Check the school online calendar here.

    Sunday, Nov 1 Pie orders due
    Thursday, Nov 5 End of Quarter 1
    Friday, Nov 6 NO SCHOOL [Teacher planning day]
    Sunday, Nov 8 Poinsettia orders due
    Wednesday, Nov 11 NO SCHOOL [Veterans Day]
    Thursday, Nov 12, 6pm Enrollment & Program Balancing Guiding Coalition Virtual Open House
    Saturday, Nov 14 Diwali
    Monday, Nov 16 [Time TBD] Pie order pickup
    Wednesday, Nov 18, 6:30-8pm SES PTSA Board Meeting (open to all)


    Websites to Know

     

    Black Youth Crisis Recovery Group (NEW)
    Two PPS educators have launched a new support group: The Black Youth Crisis Recovery Group. The purpose of this group is to provide a safe affinity space for Black students to process and unpack trauma and grief resulting from police brutality, opposition to the BLM movement, seeing fellow Black people lose their lives without consequence, the pandemic, etc. The group is intended for any Black/African American-identifying K-12 PPS student.

    Maurice Phillips and Jonicia Shelton, the group facilitators, have created this introductory video as well as this Facilitator Interest Form, for any Black parents or guardians who might be interested in helping facilitate the group.

    If you are interested in having your student(s) join the group, please email Maurice or Jonicia directly at mphilli1@pps.net or jshelton@pps.net. If you have questions about the group, please email SES teacher Jeremy Thomas at jthomas@pps.net.

     

    OBOB Update from Librarian Gillian (NEW)
    YES! We will participate in Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) this year. I'm still working on how we’ll do this, but—for now—please complete this to sign up kids or teams. Learning Ally has most of the books, and the SES Library has (or will soon have) the rest in print or in ebook format.

     

    Youth Resource App (NEW)
    PPS now has a mobile app available for PPS youth resources. The app shares critical information about COVID-19 resources, the Safe Oregon Tip line, Youth Line for suicidal ideation and mental health crisis, and many additional resources for youth and their families. 

    During our many discussions with high school students last year, they all reported that an app which can be downloaded on their phone would be the best way to provide needed support. With the help of the REAHL (Recovery, Education and Action for Healthy Living) team, and the Student Success and Health department, we were able to make this a reality for our PPS students. Please download the app here.

     

    Child Care Space at Lent and Creston Sites (NEW)
    One of PPS’ contracted programs, Champions, has plenty of open spaces in their programs at Lent and Creston. Employment Related Day Care (ERDC) has raised the income limits to 250% of the poverty rate to allow many more families who usually wouldn’t meet eligibility. For qualifying families, ERDC covers most or all child care costs. Qualifying families must be working and make less than 250% of the poverty rate. For more details, refer to the ERDC flyer links:

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    Student Health Flyers from MESD (NEW)
    Our school nurse Mitchell Henderson has shared the following flyers from MESD:

     

    Two Wellness Centers Now Open (NEW)
    Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a significant decline in children accessing preventative medical services like vaccines and well child checks. PPS has re-opened two school-based health centers to provide access to medical services for students while the district continues to hold classes remotely. School-based health centers offer quality, affordable health care by doctors and Family Nurse Practitioners for children and youth with no out of pocket cost.

    The opening of the Benson Wellness Center will join the Roosevelt Student Health Center as the second school-based health center to re-open in PPS. These centers provide students an additional option to access health care aside from their primary care provider and serve students who don’t have access to health care.

    For hours, locations, and other details, download a flyer:
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    Apple Tasting Activity Bags for 1st/2nd Grade (NEW)
    Our first at home, gardening class activity is apple tasting! The activity bag includes three varieties of apples from Portland Nursery. There is also a taste-test form, sensory activity, and a link to video lessons.

    Pick Up Date/Time
    Tuesday, November 3rd 8:00 - 10:00am & 2:00 - 4:00pm

    Where?
    In front of SES on Salmon Street. By the fig tree, auditorium, and cob bench

     

    New StoryWalk
    Last week we launched our second StoryWalk! Brand new book! Brand new route! This one falls between SES and 20th, Hawthorne and Belmont and features Los Gatos Black on Halloween. Sarah Rosman narrates the book in Spanish at each stop and does a vocabulary intro at the beginning. Gillian reads it in English. Sarah Wagner, Iris, Steph, Indigo and Gillian added activities along the way. This will run for one more week; please encourage kids to go in costume as a socially-distant alternative to Trick or Treating. There is a treat that can be earned if kids solve a little riddle along the way! Special thanks to Leslie Lothamer for getting a ton of goodies in gift certificate format from local businesses for the prizes! The first stop is in front of the school near where the last StoryWalk started. Finally, please pass along any feedback you and your students have to Gillian at ggrimm@pps.net. Note: Listening to the read alongs works best if your phone has Google Drive pre-downloaded.

     

    Updates to Meal Service
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    PPS will be pausing services at Clarendon, Sacajawea and Harriet Tubman Middle School due to low participation. The last day of service at these three locations will be Friday, October 30. Families who have been visiting these sites are encouraged to visit one of the other PPS meal sites close by or request home meal delivery. 

    Starting November 2, PPS’s grab-and-go curbside serving locations will be open from 3 to 4:30 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Some schools might shift their serving location on campus to help keep employees dry and visible. To see the full list of meal sites, please visit the Nutrition Sites During Distance Learning website

    Finally, PPS is re-opening access to home meal deliveries, a service for PPS families that are not near a meal site or need assistance accessing meals. To request meal delivery service, please complete the request form.

    If you have any questions about meal service, please email nutritionservices@pps.net.

     

    Pandemic EBT Update
    The Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS) was approved to provide additional Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) benefits to eligible students enrolled from July 1 - September 22. Similar to the spring, benefits are provided to children who receive free or reduced price school meals through the National School Lunch Program that are not attending school in-person.

    Every child who is eligible will receive at least $100 and some will receive more benefits based on when school began. The initial $100 benefits were distributed on September 28th. If a child qualifies for any additional benefits beyond $100, this will be provided through a second deposit. Eligible students who receive Oregon SNAP benefits, or who received an Oregon EBT card in the mail with P-EBT benefits in the past, received these September P-EBT benefits on their existing Oregon EBT card. For lost EBT cards, families can request a new one by calling a local ODHS office or calling the EBT replacement line 1-855-328-6715.

    If eligible families did not receive P-EBT benefits, they can send an email to the PPS Meal Benefits Office at mealbenefits@pps.net with the following information: Student name, school name, and parent contact information (address, phone). Once the student is verified as eligible an email will be sent to the P-EBT email address (ebt.schoolmeals@dhsoha.state.or.us) on the behalf of the family for follow up.

     

    MESD Immunization Letters
    The Multnomah Education Service District (MESD) recently sent out letters regarding incomplete immunization records. These letters were generated earlier this year than any other school year. As a result, families that have in fact submitted immunization information were incorrectly notified that the records were incomplete. If you had a new student and completed, signed, and returned the Oregon Certificate of Immunization, you can disregard this letter. Our Student Health Assistant Amy Liber will be reaching out to families later this fall if they need to update immunization information.

     

    Online Yearly Verification Ends Oct 31
    Each year parents and/or guardians are asked to review and update the information on file for their students. This information can be reviewed, edited, and submitted online via PPS ParentVUE: Verify Online.

    Benefits of verifying online via ParentVUE:

    • Complete yearly verification of your student's information
    • You can update your communication and language preferences
    • Ensures your school has the most up to date information
    • Saves paper and time

    The deadline for Yearly Verification is next Saturday, October 31st. After this date, parents and guardians will see a message on their ParentVUE account that halts login until the verification is complete. Remember, this process allows you to update phone numbers, emergency contacts, medical information, etc. If you need to update your address, you can do so as well then submit the address verification to our school secretary Sarah at sconley1@pps.net.

     

    Anti-Racist Reading and Resources (NEW)
    On November 9 at 5:30pm, Oregon State University will host a virtual event featuring Henry Louis Gates, Jr., the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard.

    Gates wrote, executive produced and hosted the Emmy Award-winning, six-part PBS documentary series, The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross. His latest projects are the history series, Reconstruction: America after the Civil War, and the related books, Dark Sky Rising: Reconstruction and the Dawn of Jim Crow, with Tonya Bolden, and Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim CrowRegister for the November 9th webinar here.

     

    SES PTSA News (NEW)

    • Wednesday, November 18, 6:30-8pm: SES PTSA Board Meeting (open to all)
      Mark your calendars: The next SES PTSA board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, November 18, from 6:30pm until 8pm. A link will be shared on the SES calendar closer to that date. This is a great (and EASY) way to get involved and stay up to date with everything going on with our kids at SES.

       
    • SES PTSA Holiday Pie fundraiser (NEW)
      You can order your pies, cobblers, and frozen fruit for the holidays while benefitting SES! All pies are made with local, non-GMO fruit and are made by hand by Willamette Valley Pie Co. Please click here to be taken to the pie order form on School Pay. At the top of that form there is a link to an ingredient list. Pie orders must be received by 9pm on November 1 and pie pick-up is in the afternoon of November 16th at Sunnyside. All pies are frozen fresh and ready to be baked in your oven. You don't even have to wait until the holidays. Please feel free to share the link to the order form with friends and family!
       
      Please don't hesitate to reach out to Holly Cook with questions or if you want to help distribute pies on the 16th: cookholly@gmail.com.

       
    • Poinsettia and Wreath Sale (NEW)
      Support SES and women farm workers, and bring some cheer to your home, by ordering a wreath and colorful poinsettia potted flowers. The SES Wreath and Poinsettia Sale is a school-wide fundraiser that benefits our entire community. This year our wreath sale will again support Sunnyside and Mujeres Luchadoras Progresistas (Women Striving for Progress). MLP is a group of farm worker women who create economic development and promote leadership among women in their community.
       
      - Handmade Noble Fir wreaths, 24-26″ in diameter: $35
      - Lush red, pink, or white poinsettias: $12.50 for 6″ pots or $21.50 for 8″ pots
       
      Poinsettia orders are due by Sunday, November 8. Wreath orders are due by Monday, November 23. Pick up your order in the SES auditorium on Wednesday, December 2 between 3 and 7pm. Click here to place your order via SchoolPay. Questions? Contact SES parent Karen McCleary at mccleary.karen@gmail.com.

       
    • SES Back to School Ask
      This week, you should have received mailed paperwork with information about the SES Back to School Ask. You can also access details and donate directly to the Back to School Ask on the PTSA website. This is a very important annual fundraiser for Sunnyside. Things are definitely different this year, but we still need donations to fund art, music and gardening programs, as well as grants for teachers and virtual field study programs.
  • SES Messenger for October 23 2020

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    10/23/20: School Messenger

    • School News (NEW)
    • Upcoming Dates (NEW)
    • Websites to Know
    • Updates to Meal Service (NEW)
    • Pandemic EBT Update (NEW)
    • MESD Immunization Letters (NEW)
    • Online Yearly Verification Ends Oct 31 (NEW)
    • Social gatherings in Sunnyside Park
    • Anti-Racist Reading and Resources (NEW)
    • SES PTSA News: Holiday Pie Fundraiser, Poinsettia and Wreath Sale (NEW)

     

    School News (NEW)
    Dear Sunnyside Community,

    Thank you to all of you who could make it to our Back to School Nights.  It was wonderful to see your faces again, and hear how things are going.

    Today we launched our second StoryWalk! Brand new book! Brand new route! This one falls between SES and 20th, Hawthorne and Belmont and features Los Gatos Black on Halloween. Sarah Rosman narrates the book in Spanish at each stop and does a vocabulary intro at the beginning. Gillian reads it in English. Sarah Wagner, Iris, Steph, Indigo and Gillian added activities along the way. This will run for two weeks; please encourage kids to go in costume as a socially-distant alternative to Trick or Treating. There is a treat that can be earned if kids solve a little riddle along the way! Special thanks to Leslie Lothamer for getting a ton of goodies in gift certificate format from local businesses for the prizes! The first stop is in front of the school near where the last StoryWalk started. Finally, please pass along any feedback you and your students have to Gillian at ggrimm@pps.net. Note: Listening to the read alongs works best if your phone has Google Drive pre-downloaded.

    Happy Fall,
    Alix and Amy
     

    Upcoming Dates (NEW)
    Check the school online calendar here.

    Wednesday, Oct 28, 11am-2pm Telephone office hours: 503-916-6226
    Wednesday, Oct 28, 6:30pm-8pm SES PTSA Board Meeting (open to all)
    Thursday, Nov 5 End of Quarter 1
    Friday, Nov 6 NO SCHOOL [Teacher planning day]
    Wednesday, Nov 11 NO SCHOOL [Veterans Day]
    Saturday, Nov 14 Diwali
    Wednesday, Nov 18, 6:30-8pm SES PTSA Board Meeting (open to all)


    Websites to Know

     

    Updates to Meal Service (NEW)
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    PPS will be pausing services at Clarendon, Sacajawea and Harriet Tubman Middle School due to low participation. The last day of service at these three locations will be Friday, October 30. Families who have been visiting these sites are encouraged to visit one of the other PPS meal sites close by or request home meal delivery. 

    Starting November 2, PPS’s grab-and-go curbside serving locations will be open from 3 to 4:30 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Some schools might shift their serving location on campus to help keep employees dry and visible. To see the full list of meal sites, please visit the Nutrition Sites During Distance Learning website

    Finally, PPS is re-opening access to home meal deliveries, a service for PPS families that are not near a meal site or need assistance accessing meals. To request meal delivery service, please complete the request form.

    If you have any questions about meal service, please email nutritionservices@pps.net.

     

    Pandemic EBT Update (NEW)
    The Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS) was approved to provide additional Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) benefits to eligible students enrolled from July 1 - September 22. Similar to the spring, benefits are provided to children who receive free or reduced price school meals through the National School Lunch Program that are not attending school in-person.

    Every child who is eligible will receive at least $100 and some will receive more benefits based on when school began. The initial $100 benefits were distributed on September 28th. If a child qualifies for any additional benefits beyond $100, this will be provided through a second deposit. Eligible students who receive Oregon SNAP benefits, or who received an Oregon EBT card in the mail with P-EBT benefits in the past, received these September P-EBT benefits on their existing Oregon EBT card. For lost EBT cards, families can request a new one by calling a local ODHS office or calling the EBT replacement line 1-855-328-6715.

    If eligible families did not receive P-EBT benefits, they can send an email to the PPS Meal Benefits Office at mealbenefits@pps.net with the following information: Student name, school name, and parent contact information (address, phone). Once the student is verified as eligible an email will be sent to the P-EBT email address (ebt.schoolmeals@dhsoha.state.or.us) on the behalf of the family for follow up.

     

    MESD Immunization Letters (NEW)
    The Multnomah Education Service District (MESD) recently sent out letters regarding incomplete immunization records. These letters were generated earlier this year than any other school year. As a result, families that have in fact submitted immunization information were incorrectly notified that the records were incomplete. If you had a new student and completed, signed, and returned the Oregon Certificate of Immunization, you can disregard this letter. Our Student Health Assistant Amy Liber will be reaching out to families later this fall if they need to update immunization information.

     

    Online Yearly Verification Ends Oct 31 (NEW)
    Each year parents and/or guardians are asked to review and update the information on file for their students. This information can be reviewed, edited, and submitted online via PPS ParentVUE: Verify Online.

    Benefits of verifying online via ParentVUE:

    • Complete yearly verification of your student's information
    • You can update your communication and language preferences
    • Ensures your school has the most up to date information
    • Saves paper and time

    The deadline for Yearly Verification is next Saturday, October 31st. After this date, parents and guardians will see a message on their ParentVUE account that halts login until the verification is complete. Remember, this process allows you to update phone numbers, emergency contacts, medical information, etc. If you need to update your address, you can do so as well then submit the address verification to our school secretary Sarah at sconley1@pps.net.

     

    Social gatherings in Sunnyside Park
    Dear SES Community,

    I wanted to share some important information about in person “meet ups” on the school grounds. So far we have held 12 different family informational sessions, and we also have three back-to-school nights coming up over the next week. One of the themes that has come out of those meetings is that our students are feeling lonely, some are feeling isolated, and many kids and their home adults are yearning for human, face-to-face connection.

    Read Amy’s full letter on the SES website.

     

    Anti-Racist Reading and Resources (NEW)
    Take some time to learn about the history of one of the centers of the Black community in Portland, the Albina neighborhood in NE Portland.

     

    SES PTSA News (NEW)

    • SES PTSA Holiday Pie fundraiser (NEW)
      You can order your pies, cobblers, and frozen fruit for the holidays while benefitting SES! All pies are made with local, non-GMO fruit and are made by hand by Willamette Valley Pie Co. Please click here to be taken to the pie order form on School Pay. At the top of that form there is a link to an ingredient list. Pie orders must be received by 9pm on November 1 and pie pick-up is in the afternoon of November 16th at Sunnyside. All pies are frozen fresh and ready to be baked in your oven. You don't even have to wait until the holidays. Please feel free to share the link to the order form with friends and family!
       
      Please don't hesitate to reach out to Holly Cook with questions or if you want to help distribute pies on the 16th: cookholly@gmail.com.

       
    • Poinsettia and Wreath Sale (NEW)
      Support SES and women farm workers, and bring some cheer to your home, by ordering a wreath and colorful poinsettia potted flowers. The SES Wreath and Poinsettia Sale is a school-wide fundraiser that benefits our entire community. This year our wreath sale will again support Sunnyside and Mujeres Luchadoras Progresistas (Women Striving for Progress). MLP is a group of farm worker women who create economic development and promote leadership among women in their community.
       
      - Handmade Noble Fir wreaths, 24-26″ in diameter: $35
      - Lush red, pink, or white poinsettias: $12.50 for 6″ pots or $21.50 for 8″ pots
       
      Poinsettia orders are due by Sunday, November 8. Wreath orders are due by Monday, November 23. Pick up your order in the SES auditorium on Wednesday, December 2 between 3 and 7pm. Click here to place your order via SchoolPay. Questions? Contact SES parent Karen McCleary at mccleary.karen@gmail.com.


    • SES Back to School Ask
      This week, you should have received mailed paperwork with information about the SES Back to School Ask. You can also access details and donate directly to the Back to School Ask on the PTSA website. This is a very important annual fundraiser for Sunnyside. Things are definitely different this year, but we still need donations to fund art, music and gardening programs, as well as grants for teachers and virtual field study programs.