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  • SES Messenger for September 25 2020

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    9/25/20: Inside this Issue

    • School News (NEW)
    • Upcoming Dates (NEW)
    • Websites to Know
    • Childcare Update (NEW)
    • Update for Nutrition Services Fall 2020 (NEW)
    • Latina/o Community COVID-19 Test Event, October 1 & 3 (NEW)
    • Student Health Assistant Amy Liber Office Hours (NEW)
    • From the Library: It’s Time for Book Bags
    • Roosevelt Student Health Center Open for Health Service
    • MS adults: Add yourself as an observer to students’ Canvas courses
    • Story Walk
    • Counseling resources
    • Anti-Racist Reading and Resources (NEW)
    • SES PTSA News (NEW)

     

    School News (NEW)
    Dear Sunnyside Community:

    We hope you are taking care of yourselves, each other and finding strength and balance in these tough times. 

    Because of all the changes and newness this school year, we look forward to connecting with you at Back to School Night.  Please know we are working to find dates and times that don’t conflict with other schools and community events.  We will be scheduling different grade levels on different evenings, and hope to make this virtual event relevant and worthwhile.  We will send you detailed information within the next week.

    Thank you,
    Alix and Amy

     

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

    Sunday-Monday, Sept 27-28 Yom Kippur
    Wednesday, Sept 30, 11am-2pm Telephone office hours: 503-916-6226
    Wednesday, Sept 30, 6:30-8pm SES PTSA general meeting
    Wednesday, Oct 7, 11am-2pm Telephone office hours: 503-916-6226
    Friday, Oct 9 No School [State In-service]


    Websites to Know

     

    Childcare Update (NEW)
    In addition to community child care programs that are available citywide, seven partner organizations will offer licensed child care in 11 PPS schools during Comprehensive Distance Learning. The programs will be phased in starting next week: 

    • Sept. 28: Beach, Creston, King, Rigler 
    • Oct. 5: Hayhurst, James John, MLC, Vestal, Winterhaven
    • Oct. 12: Irvington, Lent

    To register for child care, click on the flyer below. Information below is included on the flyer. 
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    Child care programs:

    • Accept children ages 5 - 12.
    • Enroll no more than 30-40 students per school.
    • Set aside 50% of the slots for families qualifying for state subsidies. Low rates last for one year if subsidy is approved by Oct. 31, 2020. State subsidy application is here.
    • Enroll PPS students and children of PPS employees regardless of which school children are enrolled in.
    • Follow strict licensing guidelines including stable cohorts, face coverings, hand hygiene, routine cleaning and sanitation, parent drop-off/pick-up outside of the school building.

    SUN site managers, coordinators and community agents have been trained to support families in accessing child care, whether in a PPS building or in the community. In addition, child care staff have been trained on supporting students during distance learning. 

    For more information, visit the PPS Child Care website.
     

    Update for Nutrition Services Fall 2020 (NEW)
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    As the 2020-21 school year gets under way, we are excited to share news about school meals. Through our partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture, we will be able to provide school meals for all students at no cost at this time.

    The USDA announced that it is continuing a program that made free breakfast and lunch available to all children during the summer. For Portland Public Schools, that means we will be able to offer seven days’ worth of meals every week for not just PPS students, but all Portland children ages 1-18.

    As we announced in August, we have expanded our meals sites to 38 schools where families can pick up sacks of breakfast and lunch on select days, from 3 to 5 p.m.

    Our regular meal service schedule will be:

    • Mondays: 2 days’ worth of food
    • Wednesdays: 2 days’ worth of food
    • Fridays: 3 three days’ worth of food

    The complete list of meal pickup sites is available at our Fall 2020 Meals webpage. Families are welcome to visit any school site for meals, regardless of whether their children attend that school. There is no need to sign up, register or provide student ID when you arrive. All sites are outside, and we ask that you wear a facemask and practice physical distancing as you pick up meals.
     
    We will continue to inform you of any updates or changes to meal service. For more information or support, please contact the Nutrition Services department at 503-916-3399 or nutritionservices@pps.net.

     

    Latina/o Community COVID-19 Test Event, October 1 & 3 (NEW)
    Estamos muy contentos de compartir sobre el próximo evento de prueba COVID-19 de la comunidad latina / latina el 1 y 3 de octubre de 2020. Trabajando en asociación con Legacy Health, Latino Network, El Programa Hispano y Familias en Acción, Oregon Latino Health Coalition ofrecerá pruebas de COVID-19 que serán gratis y seguras para residentes latinos / latinos / a del condado de Multnomah. Todos son bienvenidos independientemente de su edad o estatus migratorio y toda la información se mantendrá confidencial y no se compartirá con los funcionarios de inmigración ni con la policía.

    We are excited to share about the upcoming Latinx/Latino/a Community COVID-19 Test event on October 1st and 3rd, 2020. Working in partnership with Legacy Health, Latino Network, El Programa Hispano, and Familias en Accion, Oregon Latino Health Coalition will be providing safe and free on-site drive thru COVID-19 testing for Latinx/o/a Multnomah County residents. All are welcome regardless of age or immigration status and all information will be kept confidential and will not be shared with immigration officials nor the police.

    Click here for more information.

     

    Student Health Assistant Amy Liber Office Hours (NEW)
    Hello Sunnyside Community,

    As this school year gets rolling along, I am excited to let you know that I will be having Zoom office hours every Tues, Wed, and Thurs from 12-1 until November. This is a chance to stop into my virtual office and ask questions, connect, say Hi, or just stop in for some silliness in your day. Just like my office at school, I would love to see your beautiful faces and connect, even if just for a brief moment. It is during a lunch hour so feel free to bring your chow—no one needs to have lunch alone!

    Adults are absolutely welcome to come in and chat, connect, ask questions, etc. (if you are needing more time or privacy, just let me know and we can set up an individual meeting).

    New students and kindergarteners are also encouraged—I am excited to meet our newest Sunnyside people! My email is still available to reach out with any concerns: aliber@mesd.k12.or.us. I hope to see you all soon!

    Topic: SHA Amy Liber office hours
    Every T, W, Th from 12pm-1pm
    Join Zoom Meeting
    Meeting ID: 977 8366 6529
    Passcode: 368453

     

    From the Library: It’s Time for Book Bags
    It's time for BOOK BAGS! Becky and I have been hard at work packing bags of books for every student at our school and we are ready to get started with our Sunnyside Reads! Book Bag Program. Beginning next week we will roll out book bag pick up days to students. Every student is eligible to pick up a bag weekly! In order to keep things safe, please make sure you stick to your book bag day, that you store your books in the bag when not in use and that you not add additional books to the bag. 

    A few items to note:

    • Per current CDC information books will be quarantined for 96 hours before they are checked, adjusted if necessary, cleaned and sent out again. 
    • If you lose a book, please let us know so we can add a new book to the bag before it goes out again. There are no fines during Distance Learning but please make every effort to return your books. 
    • If you have library books from last year please bring them with you anytime you come to pick up or return book bags, there will be a bin provided for returns. 
    • If you can't come during the pickup/drop off hours, please email Gillian at ggrimm@pps.net and we will figure out a way to get books to your kids!

    Book Bag Schedule: 

    • Monday, Sept 21st: Kindergarten through 2nd grade ONLY, Families with last names A-M
    • Friday, Sept 25th: Kindergarten through 2nd grade ONLY, Families with last names N-Z
    • Monday, Sept 28th: 3rd-8th ONLY, Families with last names A-M
    • Friday, Oct 2nd: 3rd-8th 3-8th ONLY, Families with last names N-Z
    • All following Mondays: Families with last names A-M
    • All following Fridays: Families with last names N-Z

    All pickup days will have the hours of 9:30-12 and 4-6. Please come to the Library Playground Doors for pick up and please practice social distancing. 

     

    Roosevelt Student Health Center Open for Health Service
    This fall, while schools are engaged in Comprehensive Distance Learning, PPS Roosevelt Student Health Center will be open starting Monday, September 14th for phone, video and in-person visits. Monday-Thursday  8:45 am-4:45 pm and Friday for phone and video appointments only. Call 503-988-3909 to make an appointment. 

    Any Multnomah County K-12 youth can visit the center and there are no out of pocket costs. We also can connect students and their families with community resources for food or help with medical insurance. 

    Student Health Centers at David Douglas & Parkrose high schools are also open. For more information visit https://multco.us/health/student-health-centers. Stay connected via Facebook and Instagram.

    Link to fliers in multiple languages: English | Español | 中文 | Русский | Soomaali | Tiếng Việt

     

    MS adults: Add yourself as an observer to students’ Canvas courses
    It is highly recommended that middle school students’ adults follow this guide to add themselves to their students’ Canvas accounts. This will allow adults to follow all of their students' courses with ease, viewing course content, assignments, feedback and grades in Canvas. 

     

    Story Walk
    Ready to get outside after all that smoke? The Sunnyside Story Walk is the perfect way to stretch your legs, do a little reading and have some fun! Our Story Walk features Matt de la Pena’s beautiful book Love and each stop shows a new page! Take a smart phone and scan for a map with suggested route and read-alongs as you go or follow the clues on the signs to find the next stop! Start at Sunnyside with our welcome sign in front of the Chicken Coop! Please remember to practice social distancing and be aware of traffic! Have fun and Happy Reading!! Download the map here.
    - Gillian 

     

    Counseling Resources
    SES Counselors Rebecca Johnson and Ashley Bevan want to share the following resources. Please use them if you're needing extra support:

     

    Anti-Racist Reading and Resources (NEW)
    Vanity Fair’s September issue, The Great Fire, is a special project about Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, the Black Lives Matter movement, and more. Edited by Ta-Nehisi Coates, the issue features work by Kiese Laymon, Jesmyn Ward, Hank Willis Thomas, Angela Davis, Ava DuVernay and more. Amy recommends the entire issue, particularly Minneapolis Street Art During and After the BLM Protests, by poet Danez Smith.

     

    SES PTSA News (NEW)

    • Wednesday, September 30, 6:30-8pm: PTSA General Meeting
      Hello SES family!

      Next week on Wednesday September 30th 6:30-8 pm we will hold our first General Membership Meeting of the 2020/21 school year. I would like to welcome all of you to attend the meeting, which will take place on Google Meet: https://meet.google.com/qci-jsfv-nxc. Michelle DePass, Zone 2 Director from the PPS Board of Education, will present briefly and answer questions about the 2020 school bond, which should be very informative!

      We have some other little thighs to cover, but mostly we are in need of new volunteers! We are having to get creative and be flexible with some of our fundraisers and would love new people to assist! Open positions are listed on our NEW website, sesptsa.org, created by amazing volunteer Leslie Lothamer. Thank you, Leslie!

      I look forward to seeing you Wednesday!
      Corby Watkins, Acting PTSA President
  • SES Messenger for September 18 2020

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    9/18/20: Inside this Issue

    School News (NEW)
    • Upcoming Dates (NEW)
    • Websites to Know
    • From the Library: It’s Time for Book Bags (NEW)
    • Roosevelt Student Health Center Open for Health Service (NEW)
    • MS adults: Add yourself as an observer to students’ Canvas courses (NEW)
    • Story Walk (UPDATED)
    • PPS Menu of Student and Family Supports
    • Childcare Sites
    • Counseling resources
    • Device/Hotspot Pick Up at District Office
    • PPS IT Help Line
    • Notifying the School of Health Conditions & Medication
    • Anti-Racist Reading and Resources
    • SES PTSA News

     

    School News (NEW)
    Dear SES Families:

    I want to thank you all for a wonderful first full week of distance learning. The fires, smoke and evacuations added additional trauma to students and to adults; as always our first priority as a school is to center the emotional needs and well-being of your student. Hopefully by now you and your child(ren) have a relationship with your teacher, you are able to get online and navigate technology, and you are (albeit slowly) beginning to get back into the groove of online school. In the coming weeks, as kids build their digital stamina, you can expect a gradual increase of offerings for your child's holistic, educational experiences. Next week we begin with our electives, as well as some of our counseling small groups and push in lessons. Please see the brief introductions below from our counseling and elective teams below. 

    Lastly, you can expect dates and times for grade-based Back to School Nights (digital) in the next week. We will publish these no later than a week from today.

    Thank you,
    Amy Kleiner and Alix Pickett

    Read introductions from the counselors and electives teachers.

     

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

    Friday-Sunday, Sept 18-20 Rosh Hashanah
    Wednesday, Sept 23, 11am-2pm Telephone office hours: 503-916-6226
    Sunday-Monday, Sept 27-28 Yom Kippur
    Wednesday, Sept 30, 11am-2pm Telephone office hours: 503-916-6226
    Wednesday, Sept 30, 6:30-8pm SES PTSA general meeting
    Wednesday, Sept 7, 11am-2pm Telephone office hours: 503-916-6226
    Friday, October 9 No School [State In-service]


    Websites to Know

     

    From the Library: It’s Time for Book Bags (NEW)
    It's time for BOOK BAGS! Becky and I have been hard at work packing bags of books for every student at our school and we are ready to get started with our Sunnyside Reads! Book Bag Program. Beginning next week we will roll out book bag pick up days to students. Every student is eligible to pick up a bag weekly! In order to keep things safe, please make sure you stick to your book bag day, that you store your books in the bag when not in use and that you not add additional books to the bag. 

    A few items to note:

    • Per current CDC information books will be quarantined for 96 hours before they are checked, adjusted if necessary, cleaned and sent out again. 
    • If you lose a book, please let us know so we can add a new book to the bag before it goes out again. There are no fines during Distance Learning but please make every effort to return your books. 
    • If you have library books from last year please bring them with you anytime you come to pick up or return book bags, there will be a bin provided for returns. 
    • If you can't come during the pickup/drop off hours, please email Gillian at ggrimm@pps.net and we will figure out a way to get books to your kids!

    Book Bag Schedule: 

    • Monday, Sept 21st: Kindergarten through 2nd grade ONLY, Families with last names A-M
    • Friday, Sept 25th: Kindergarten through 2nd grade ONLY, Families with last names N-Z
    • Monday, Sept 28th: 3rd-8th ONLY, Families with last names A-M
    • Friday, Oct 2nd: 3rd-8th 3-8th ONLY, Families with last names N-Z
    • All following Mondays: Families with last names A-M
    • All following Fridays: Families with last names N-Z

    All pickup days will have the hours of 9:30-12 and 4-6. Please come to the Library Playground Doors for pick up and please practice social distancing. 

     

    Roosevelt Student Health Center Open for Health Service (NEW)
    This fall, while schools are engaged in Comprehensive Distance Learning, PPS Roosevelt Student Health Center will be open starting Monday, September 14th for phone, video and in-person visits. Monday-Thursday  8:45 am-4:45 pm and Friday for phone and video appointments only. Call 503-988-3909 to make an appointment. 

    Any Multnomah County K-12 youth can visit the center and there are no out of pocket costs. We also can connect students and their families with community resources for food or help with medical insurance. 

    Student Health Centers at David Douglas & Parkrose high schools are also open. For more information visit https://multco.us/health/student-health-centers. Stay connected via Facebook and Instagram.

    Link to fliers in multiple languages: English | Español | 中文 | Русский | Soomaali | Tiếng Việt

     

    MS adults: Add yourself as an observer to students’ Canvas courses (NEW)
    It is highly recommended that middle school students’ adults follow this guide to add themselves to their students’ Canvas accounts. This will allow adults to follow all of their students' courses with ease, viewing course content, assignments, feedback and grades in Canvas. 

     

    Story Walk (UPDATED)
    Ready to get outside after all that smoke? The Sunnyside Story Walk is the perfect way to stretch your legs, do a little reading and have some fun! Our Story Walk features Matt de la Pena’s beautiful book Love and each stop shows a new page! Take a smart phone and scan for a map with suggested route and read-alongs as you go or follow the clues on the signs to find the next stop! Start at Sunnyside with our welcome sign in front of the Chicken Coop! Please remember to practice social distancing and be aware of traffic! Have fun and Happy Reading!! Download the map here.
    - Gillian 

     

    PPS Menu of Student and Family Supports
    Dear PPS Families,

    With the challenging times we all find ourselves in, PPS is particularly committed to ensuring our students and families are supported in a variety of ways. Staff from across all Portland Public Schools departments came together this summer with our culturally specific community partner organizations to build a detailed plan that reflects the needs of those we serve. We are very pleased to share with you today the PPS Menu of Student and Family Supports.

    This menu shows what we are currently offering to students and families and is listed by school. The menu includes details about:

    • Academic Supports
    • Belonging and Connection Services
    • Family Supports and Resources
    • Culturally Specific Supports

    The menu will be updated regularly. It is currently being translated and will be available soon in all PPS-supported languages.

    Hard copies of the menu will be distributed at our Nutrition Sites, and through our partners, principals and teachers.

    For more information and resources, please visit the PPS Fall 2020 Resources for Families webpage.

    Thank you.

     

    Childcare Sites
    Childcare is being offered at nine school sites, which will phase in childcare as follows:

    • Phase 1 (by September 14): Creston, James John and King
    • Phase 2 (by September 28): Rigler, Hayhurst and Beach
    • Phase 3 (by October 14): Winterhaven and two other sites to be named.

     

    Counseling Resources
    SES Counselors Rebecca Johnson and Ashley Bevan want to share the following resources. Please use them if you're needing extra support:

     

    Device/Hotspot Pick Up at District Office
    If your family is in need of a device or wifi hotspot for distance learning, the PPS district office is now available for distribution. This is also where you can exchange devices that are not working or return items no longer needed.

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    • When: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
    • Where: PPS district office (501 N. Dixon St). Please go to the lower level parking lot, which has an entrance on N. Larrabee Ave.
    • Please bring: Your student’s school ID or ID number. If you are exchanging or returning a device, please bring the device and charger with you.
    • Please be aware: We are asking everyone to use recommended social distancing practices, keeping at least 6 feet of space between groups and wearing a facemask or face covering, if possible.

    Please note that if you have a technical issue and are not sure if you should exchange a computer, you can also:

    • Call: 503-916-3375
    • Email: support@pps.net

     

    PPS IT Help Line
    The PPS district has the following IT Help Lines available to families as we begin the process of digital learning:

    • English: 503-916-3375 
    • Español: 503-916-3582
    • 中文: 503-916-3585
    • Tiếng Việt: 503-916-3584
    • Soomaali: 503-916-3586
    • Русский: 503-916-3583 

     

    Notifying the School of Health Conditions & Medication
    This year, Multnomah Education Service Department has provided school health forms online for parents and guardians to access:

    “If your child has a chronic health condition or takes medication during the school day, please let us know so we can provide an appropriate level of support to keep your child healthy and ready to learn. Even if your child is a self-manager of their health condition, we would appreciate knowing of their health status so we can be aware of and best respond in an emergency situation.”

    The full letter is attached and includes information for updating your child’s information online or by requesting a form be mailed to you.

     

    Anti-Racist Reading and Resources
    Join Human Solutions and Boom Arts online on Thursday, October 1 from 6:30-8 pm for an inspiring and thought-provoking evening of art and conversation, featuring performing artists, Portland City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty and Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, author of the bestselling book “How To Be An AntiRacist.”

    This free event is an invitation to understand and embrace antiracism. Learn more about the event and register here.

     

    SES PTSA News

    • Wanted: Classroom Family Representatives 
      I'm Leonie Alaeddine, fellow SES grown-up and this year's Classroom Family Coordinator. Each year, we ask that two adults fill the role of Classroom Family Representative, and this year is no different. Well ... it's a little different, yes ... but we still need two adults per classroom to fill the role. Typical duties of this shared role include: Creating and sharing classroom families contact information, writing and sending a weekly newsletter communicating classroom goings-on, liaising with teachers to make sure they have enough family support for class activities, etc. If you're interested in helping out or if you have questions about the role, please email me at simplyleonie@gmail.com and we'll get you set up. Thank you!
     
  • SES Messenger for September 11 2020

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    9/11/20: Inside this Issue

    • School News (NEW)
    • Upcoming Dates (NEW)
    • Websites to Know
    • TODAY ONLY: Emergency food boxes (NEW)
    • PPS Menu of Student and Family Supports (NEW)
    • Childcare Sites (NEW)
    • Counseling resources (NEW)
    • Story Walk (NEW)
    • Device/Hotspot Pick Up at District Office
    • PPS IT Help Line
    • Notifying the School of Health Conditions & Medication
    • Anti-Racist Reading and Resources
    • SES PTSA News (NEW)
       

    School News (NEW)
    Dear Sunnyside Community,

    We are feeling grief, worry, wonder, gratitude, numb...all are ok.  We are sitting with fingers crossed hoping that your homes, our staff’s homes, relatives and friends' homes are spared by the fires.

    Students experience stress during natural disasters (and pandemics, and political strife…).  Here is a link to a short/sweet reference page from the American School Counselor Association.  For more counseling information, please see the post from our counselors below.

    Be safe.  We’re thinking of you.

    Sincerely,
    -Alix and Amy

     

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

    Monday, September 14 First Full Day of Distance Learning (schedules to come)
    Friday-Sunday, Sept 18-20 Rosh Hashanah
    Sunday-Monday, Sept 27-28 Yom Kippur


    Websites to Know

     

    TODAY ONLY: Emergency food boxes (NEW)
    Today (September 11) emergency food boxes are available at Marantha Church from 4-6pm. The church is located at 4222 NE 12th Ave (NE 12th and Skidmore). This is specifically for PPS families, so please spread the word to PPS families you know who could benefit.

     

    PPS Menu of Student and Family Supports (NEW)
    Dear PPS Families,

    With the challenging times we all find ourselves in, PPS is particularly committed to ensuring our students and families are supported in a variety of ways. Staff from across all Portland Public Schools departments came together this summer with our culturally specific community partner organizations to build a detailed plan that reflects the needs of those we serve. We are very pleased to share with you today the PPS Menu of Student and Family Supports.

    This menu shows what we are currently offering to students and families and is listed by school. The menu includes details about:

    • Academic Supports
    • Belonging and Connection Services
    • Family Supports and Resources
    • Culturally Specific Supports

    The menu will be updated regularly. It is currently being translated and will be available soon in all PPS-supported languages.

    Hard copies of the menu will be distributed at our Nutrition Sites, and through our partners, principals and teachers.

    For more information and resources, please visit the PPS Fall 2020 Resources for Families webpage.

    Thank you.

     

    Childcare Sites (NEW)
    Childcare is being offered at nine school sites, which will phase in childcare as follows:

    • Phase 1 (by September 14): Creston, James John and King
    • Phase 2 (by September 28): Rigler, Hayhurst and Beach
    • Phase 3 (by October 14): Winterhaven and two other sites to be named.

     

    Counseling resources (NEW)
    SES Counselors Rebecca Johnson and Ashley Bevan want to share the following resources. Please use them if you're needing extra support:

     

    Story Walk (NEW)
    Stretch your legs and your minds with the first ever Sunnyside Story Walk! Follow the pages of Matt de la Pena's beautiful book LOVE as you walk through our neighborhood and try out activities along the way. This Story Walk can be done with NO devices by starting at Sunnyside (look for the Yellow Sign near the chickens) and following the clues to the next location OR bring your smart phone with Google Drive downloaded and scan the QR codes for a map, suggested route and read-along audio from Gillian! Pending air quality, our Story Walk tentative launch date will be Tuesday, September 15th! Be sure to socially distance as you walk and be cautious crossing roads. Have fun and Happy Reading! Download the map here.

     

    Device/Hotspot Pick Up at District Office

    If your family is in need of a device or wifi hotspot for distance learning, the PPS district office is now available for distribution. This is also where you can exchange devices that are not working or return items no longer needed.

    Español | Tiếng Việt | 中文 | Русский | Soomaali

    • When: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
    • Where: PPS district office (501 N. Dixon St). Please go to the lower level parking lot, which has an entrance on N. Larrabee Ave.
    • Please bring: Your student’s school ID or ID number. If you are exchanging or returning a device, please bring the device and charger with you.
    • Please be aware: We are asking everyone to use recommended social distancing practices, keeping at least 6 feet of space between groups and wearing a facemask or face covering, if possible.

    Please note that if you have a technical issue and are not sure if you should exchange a computer, you can also:

    • Call: 503-916-3375
    • Email: support@pps.net

     

    PPS IT Help Line
    The PPS district has the following IT Help Lines available to families as we begin the process of digital learning:

    • English: 503-916-3375 
    • Español: 503-916-3582
    • 中文: 503-916-3585
    • Tiếng Việt: 503-916-3584
    • Soomaali: 503-916-3586
    • Русский: 503-916-3583 


    Notifying the School of Health Conditions & Medication
    This year, Multnomah Education Service Department has provided school health forms online for parents and guardians to access:

    “If your child has a chronic health condition or takes medication during the school day, please let us know so we can provide an appropriate level of support to keep your child healthy and ready to learn. Even if your child is a self-manager of their health condition, we would appreciate knowing of their health status so we can be aware of and best respond in an emergency situation.”

    The full letter is attached and includes information for updating your child’s information online or by requesting a form be mailed to you.

     

    Anti-Racist Reading and Resources

    Join Human Solutions and Boom Arts online on Thursday, October 1 from 6:30-8 pm for an inspiring and thought-provoking evening of art and conversation, featuring performing artists, Portland City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty and Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, author of the bestselling book “How To Be An AntiRacist.”

    This free event is an invitation to understand and embrace antiracism. Learn more about the event and register here.

     

    SES PTSA News (NEW)

    • Wanted: Classroom Family Representatives
      I'm Leonie Alaeddine, fellow SES grown-up and this year's Classroom Family Coordinator. Each year, we ask that two adults fill the role of Classroom Family Representative, and this year is no different. Well ... it's a little different, yes ... but we still need two adults per classroom to fill the role. Typical duties of this shared role include: Creating and sharing classroom families contact information, writing and sending a weekly newsletter communicating classroom goings-on, liaising with teachers to make sure they have enough family support for class activities, etc. If you're interested in helping out or if you have questions about the role, please email me at simplyleonie@gmail.com and we'll get you set up. Thank you!

     

  • SES Messenger for September 4 2020

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    9/4/20: Inside this Issue

    • School News (NEW)
    • Upcoming Dates (NEW)
    • Websites to Know
    • Device/Hotspot Pick Up at District Office (NEW)
    • PPS IT Help Line (NEW)
    • Optional Drop-In Q&A Sessions (NEW)
    • Notifying the School of Health Conditions & Medication (NEW)
    • Anti-Racist Reading and Resources (NEW)

     

    School News (NEW)
    Dear Sunnyside Community,

    We don’t need to tell you that this first week has been like no other.  And yet, in spite of the unknown and the newness, your patience and grace has helped us to move into this school year with great intention.  Our teachers have met one-on-one with most families.  This connection has been invaluable, as we have gotten to know your students more deeply, more quickly.  Some staff hope this will be a practice that can be sustained at the start of school years to come!

    Week 2 of the soft start is around the corner.  We know you have continued questions, so, as mentioned in an email earlier this week (and see below), we will hold optional Q&A sessions by grade level to share what we know.  

    This weekly newsletter will be a place to hold information that you may find helpful.  If we learn about it, we will share it with you.

    Thank you, Sunnyside families, for all your support and kindness.  We feel it.

    Sincerely,
    -Alix and Amy

     

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

    September 2-11 PPS Soft Start
    Monday, September 7 No School, Labor Day
    Monday, September 14 First Full Day of Distance Learning (schedules to come)


    Websites to Know

     

    Device/Hotspot Pick Up at District Office (NEW)
    If your family is in need of a device or wifi hotspot for distance learning, the PPS district office is now available for distribution. This is also where you can exchange devices that are not working or return items no longer needed.

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    • When: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
    • Where: PPS district office (501 N. Dixon St). Please go to the lower level parking lot, which has an entrance on N. Larrabee Ave.
    • Please bring: Your student’s school ID or ID number. If you are exchanging or returning a device, please bring the device and charger with you.
    • Please be aware: We are asking everyone to use recommended social distancing practices, keeping at least 6 feet of space between groups and wearing a facemask or face covering, if possible.

    Please note that if you have a technical issue and are not sure if you should exchange a computer, you can also:

    • Call: 503-916-3375
    • Email: support@pps.net

     

    PPS IT Help Line (NEW)
    The PPS district has the following IT Help Lines available to families as we begin the process of digital learning:

    • English: 503-916-3375 
    • Español: 503-916-3582
    • 中文: 503-916-3585
    • Tiếng Việt: 503-916-3584
    • Soomaali: 503-916-3586
    • Русский: 503-916-3583 


    Optional Drop-In Q&A Sessions (NEW)
    Next week our administrative team is offering optional, drop in sessions for parents/guardians. These sessions do not have a formal agenda--these are times where you can drop in with questions, concerns, or anything that is coming up for you or your child. Again, these sessions are optional and we will be using Google meet as our digital platform. We are offering 2 sessions per grade band in the hopes that we can accommodate working families and the vast array of family schedule constraints:

    • Tuesday, 9/8, optional drop in for 1st/2nd grade families: 
      • session 1: 12:30-1:30 pm
      • session 2: 6:30-7:30 pm
    • Wednesday, 9/9, optional drop in for 3rd, 4th and 5th grade families:
      • session 1: 12:30-1:30 pm
      • session 2: 6:30-7:30 pm
    • Thursday, 9/10, optional drop in for 6th-8th grade families: 
      • session 1: 12:30-1:30 pm
      • session 2: 6:30-7:30 pm
    • Friday, 9/11, optional drop in for KG families:
      • session 1: 12:30-1:30 pm
      • session 2: *5:30 pm (earlier than the other grade levels to accommodate the weekend)

    ***digital codes for all meetings will come this weekend***

     

    Notifying the School of Health Conditions & Medication (NEW)
    This year, Multnomah Education Service Department has provided school health forms online for parents and guardians to access:

    “If your child has a chronic health condition or takes medication during the school day, please let us know so we can provide an appropriate level of support to keep your child healthy and ready to learn. Even if your child is a self-manager of their health condition, we would appreciate knowing of their health status so we can be aware of and best respond in an emergency situation.”

    The full letter is attached and includes information for updating your child’s information online or by requesting a form be mailed to you.

     

    Anti-Racist Reading and Resources (NEW)
    Join Human Solutions and Boom Arts online on Thursday, October 1 from 6:30-8 pm for an inspiring and thought-provoking evening of art and conversation, featuring performing artists, Portland City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty and Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, author of the bestselling book “How To Be An AntiRacist.”

    This free event is an invitation to understand and embrace antiracism. Learn more about the event and register here.

  • SES Messenger for June 4 2020

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

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

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

    • Franklin High School - 5405 SE Woodward St

    • George Middle School - 10000 N Burr Ave

    • Grout Elementary - 3119 SE Holgate Blvd

    • Lent School - 5105 SE 97th Ave

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

    • Rosa Parks Elementary - 8960 N Woolsey Ave

    • Scott Elementary - 6700 NE Prescott St

    • Sitton Elementary - 9930 N Smith St

    • Woodmere Elementary - 7900 SE Duke St

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

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

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

    PICA condemns the violent, racist, and militaristic methodologies of police departments across the United States and specifically in Portland, Oregon, as well as the move to increase funding for inherently violent policing in our city when it is rather a time to defund. We will actively work to dissolve our own connections to these systems. We challenge our city, state, and national government, our partner organizations, our audiences, our donors and funders, and our own organization to do better. We urge you to donate, read, post, petition, protest, and take a form of action. We are asking our white and non-Black audiences, artists, donors, partner organizations, and ourselves to find ways to show up and actively engage in solidarity and support of the Black community.
    The information below is time-sensitive and based on the demands put forward by The Movement For Black Lives. Tomorrow, we will be sharing more information as it relates to Community Control. If you have additional resources and links please let us know. This will be an ongoing and evolving process.
    DONATE IN PORTLAND
    The Portland African American Leadership Forum (PALLF) helps our Black community imagine the alternatives we deserve and build our civic participation and leadership to achieve those alternatives.
    Nat Turner Project (NTP) allows artists of color to go beyond the usual initial expositions inherent in presenting art borne of marginalized perspectives to a dominant culture; allowing artists of color freedom to create or express their own language within and without the parameters of racial commodification or designation.
     
    In two days, The Black Resilience Fund has provided $19,088.24 in immediate support for Black Portlanders, including a warm meal, groceries, and unpaid bills. Please donate to support these efforts.
     
    Ori Gallery is the brain child of the creative duo Maya Vivas & Leila Haile. Together they seek to reclaim and redefine “the white cube” through amplifying the voices of Trans and Queer Artists of color, community organizing and mobilization through the arts.
     
    Urban League of Portland is one of Oregon’s oldest civil rights and social service organizations, empowering African-Americans and others to achieve equality in education, employment, health, economic security and quality of life.
     
    Donate to, or, apply for a PNW Ballroom Micro-Grant by tournament.haus, a homebase for Lady Tournament (@jxzz_hndz) and other ballroom/club scene related projects.
     
    The Black Feminist Kitchen and The Black Feminist Summer School (BFSS): BFSS is an underground school dedicated to Black feminist study. BFSS offers a critical meditation on the theoretical concepts, questions, interventions, directives, tensions, and ideologies within Black feminism(s) and Black feminist thought. Donating via CashApp is most helpful. Donate to $BFKBFSSFund on CashApp and BFKBFSSFUND on PayPal.
     
    PORTLAND FOOD-BASED RELIEF
     
    The Black Food Sovereignty Coalition (BFSC) serves as a collaboration hub for Black and Brown communities to confront the systemic barriers that make food, place and economic opportunities inaccessible to us.
     
    Equitable Giving Circle is feeding BIPOC families with food from BIPOC farmers.
     
    SNACK BLOC is a community resource and support for rallies, protests, community events and vigils in the greater Portland area.
     
    Black Futures Farm is a community farm, staffed by volunteers and two resident farmers. We sit on 1.15 acres with 17 different fruit trees, vegetables, flowers, medicinal and cooking herbs. The CSA is full, but you can donate unrestricted funds.
  • SES Messenger for May 21 2020

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    Inside this Issue:
    • School News (NEW)
    • Upcoming Dates
    • Websites to Know
    • Join the Virtual Rose Show on Padlet (NEW)
    • 4-H Virtual Neighborhoods (NEW)
    • State Program Offers Help to Pay for Food
    • Register for Kindergarten Online
    • Kinder/1st/2nd Warble & Chirp
    • Updated 2019-2020 School Calendar
     
    School News (NEW)
    Dear Families,
     
    The one of the most important parts of a child's experience at Sunnyside happens from March through June, at the end of their 8th grade year. We kick this off with an 8th grade retreat in late February/early March, each student completes an 8th grade portfolio, every, single student gives an 8th grade speech in front of the entire middle school, and the year then culminates with a trip to Catalina Island and a beautiful, intimate, student-centered, 8th grade promotion.
     
    While we are all grieving the loss of this time together in person, we have made a commitment to continue with the 8th grade speeches in a digital community. We meet as a middle school every day at 11 am, and my heart is swelling with pride and admiration for these students. With 200+ people in the google hangout, even at a distance, this is a time when we are truly together/apart. We laugh, we cry, we grin with pride, and each day I watch as these children each have a turn at being the teacher for the entire community at large.
     
    I wanted to share a quick screenshot from today, just so you can see the smile on our speaker's face (she gave me permission to share this with the school).
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    Thank you to our entire SES community for your patience, flexibility and love as we navigate the world of digital learning together. It's so far from perfect, but I can say that because of our community we are able to maintain authentic, real relationships with and between students, even if we can't be physically together. We could never do this without every, single one of you. Thank you, SES family.
     
    I wish you good health and peace in your hearts and in your homes.
     
    Warmly,
    Amy
    Upcoming Dates
    Check the district online calendar here.
    Monday May 25 No School - Memorial Day
    Fridays May 8 - June 5 No School - District Furlough
    Mon-Thu May 13 - June 8
    8th Grade Speeches
    Wednesday June 10 Last Day of School
    Websites to Know
    Join the Virtual Rose Show on Padlet (NEW)
    If your family has been missing the many Sunnyside traditions that were postponed this year, then we have a great opportunity for you! This year, one of our fifth graders has taken initiative and created a virtual Rose Show. If your students would like to submit photos, art work, or other rose ideas, please follow this link: Rose Show Padlet. We hope you enjoy this adapted Sunnyside tradition.
    4-H Virtual Neighborhoods (NEW)
    4-H would like to welcome our students to a brand new program called 4-H Virtual Neighborhoods. It's an adaptation of their 4-H Teens as Teachers program which matches Teen Teachers with 2-6 younger buddies (ages 6-13) to do a 45-minute activity on Zoom once a week. Teen Teachers are also matched with Adult Leaders (college students, camp counselors, educators, and 4-H Leaders/Volunteers) to provide support in delivering each session, building intentional lesson plans, and monitor participant safety. 4-H is currently looking for Teen Teachers as well as young buddies. Key things to know:

    More information can also be found at their Program website: https://extension.oregonstate.edu/4h/portland/join-today.
     
    State Program Offers Help to Pay for Food
    The Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer program, or P-EBT, is available to help families offset the cost of meals that would have been consumed at school. It is administered by the Oregon Department of Human Services. The P-EBT benefit is available to families with a student who qualifies for free or reduced-price meals and any student enrolled in a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) school. For those families:
    • Households who qualify for the Supplemental Nutrition Association Program (SNAP), which offers food benefits to eligible, low-income individuals and families, will have benefits automatically deposited to their existing EBT accounts. There is no additional paperwork to submit to receive P-EBT benefits.
    • Households who currently qualify for free or reduced-price meals or attend a CEP school will receive an Oregon Trail Card in the mail along with instructions on how to activate or refuse benefits. There is no additional paperwork to submit to receive P-EBT benefits.
     For families not currently eligible and seeking benefits:
    • Households financially impacted by COVID-19 may qualify for SNAP. See the program’s website to learn more.
    • Families who have experienced income loss may now be eligible for free or reduced-price school meals. Apply online at pps.net/nutrition.

    For assistance with submitting a meal application, please contact the PPS Meal Benefits Office: mealbenefits@pps.net or 503-916-3402. For Pandemic-EBT questions, please contact the Oregon Department of Human Services.
    Register for Kindergarten Online
    If you have a child who will be 5 years old by September 1, please register for kindergarten! To register, go to pps.net/kinderenroll. The process takes 20-30 minutes and school staff will follow up with you later in the summer. With schools closed, online registration is the easiest option, but paper options will be available soon. You don’t need to register if your child attends a PPS Head Start or Pre-Kindergarten program. For more information, contact our school secretary Sarah at sconley1@pps.net.

    Note: online registration will open on May 18 for all other new to PPS students in grades 1-12.
    Kinder/1st/2nd Warble & Chirp
    Join Mo and your fellow Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade families for Warble & Chirp! We meet Thursdays from 2:00-2:30. Use the link to join in the singing meet.google.com/axs-atap-kdd
    Updated 2019-2020 School Calendar
    The 2019-20 District Calendar has been updated to reflect the furlough as well as changes to the end of the school year.
  • SES Messenger for May 14 2020

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    Inside this Issue:
    • School News (NEW)
    • Upcoming Dates
    • Websites to Know
    • State Program Offers Help to Pay for Food (NEW)
    • Register for Kindergarten Online (NEW)
    • Kinder/1st/2nd Warble & Chirp (NEW)
    • Updated 2019-2020 School Calendar (NEW)
    • Anti-Racist Reading and Resources (NEW)
     
    School News (NEW)
    Dear SES Community,
     
    It’s been 1 month since we launched our SES COVID Relief Fund, and in that time we have provided over $15,000 of support to Sunnyside families! THANK YOU for your incredible generosity and for your care of one another. We would love to keep the SES COVID Relief Fund running, and invite you to donate if you are able.
     
    **If you’d like to give, please do so via Venmo as you are able.
     
         Venmo: SESCOVIDFund-2020
     
    **If you’d like to receive, we ask that you email Amy or Alix (akleiner@pps.net or apickett@pps.net ), or a different high trust staff member if you’re more comfortable with that. Again, we will just need your name and the name/grade of your student, as well as the amount you’re requesting up to $200.
     
    While not as flexible or timely we are also using CashApp: $SESCOVIDFund.
     
    Again, thank you so much for your kindness, love, compassion and grace. We are truly grateful and honored to be a part of this community.
     
    Kindly,
    Amy and Alix
    Upcoming Dates
    Check the district online calendar here.
    Fridays May 8 - June 5 No School - District Furlough
    Mon-Thu May 13 - June 8 8th Grade Speeches
    Monday May 25 No School - Memorial Day
    Wednesday June 10 Last Day of School
    Websites to Know
    State Program Offers Help to Pay for Food (NEW)
    The Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer program, or P-EBT, is available to help families offset the cost of meals that would have been consumed at school. It is administered by the Oregon Department of Human Services. The P-EBT benefit is available to families with a student who qualifies for free or reduced-price meals and any student enrolled in a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) school. For those families:
    • Households who qualify for the Supplemental Nutrition Association Program (SNAP), which offers food benefits to eligible, low-income individuals and families, will have benefits automatically deposited to their existing EBT accounts. There is no additional paperwork to submit to receive P-EBT benefits.
    • Households who currently qualify for free or reduced-price meals or attend a CEP school will receive an Oregon Trail Card in the mail along with instructions on how to activate or refuse benefits. There is no additional paperwork to submit to receive P-EBT benefits.
     For families not currently eligible and seeking benefits:
    • Households financially impacted by COVID-19 may qualify for SNAP. See the program’s website to learn more.
    • Families who have experienced income loss may now be eligible for free or reduced-price school meals. Apply online at pps.net/nutrition.

    For assistance with submitting a meal application, please contact the PPS Meal Benefits Office: mealbenefits@pps.net or 503-916-3402. For Pandemic-EBT questions, please contact the Oregon Department of Human Services.
    Register for Kindergarten Online (NEW)
    If you have a child who will be 5 years old by September 1, please register for kindergarten! To register, go to pps.net/kinderenroll. The process takes 20-30 minutes and school staff will follow up with you later in the summer. With schools closed, online registration is the easiest option, but paper options will be available soon. You don’t need to register if your child attends a PPS Head Start or Pre-Kindergarten program. For more information, contact our school secretary Sarah at sconley1@pps.net.

    Note: online registration will open on May 18 for all other new to PPS students in grades 1-12.
    Kinder/1st/2nd Warble & Chirp (NEW)
    Join Mo and your fellow Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade families for Warble & Chirp! We meet Thursdays from 2:00-2:30. Use the link to join in the singing meet.google.com/axs-atap-kdd
    Updated 2019-2020 School Calendar (NEW)
    The 2019-20 District Calendar has been updated to reflect the furlough as well as changes to the end of the school year.
     
    Anti-Racist Reading and Resources (NEW)
    From author Kiese Laymon: The Worst of White Folks 
  • SES Messenger for March 6 2020

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

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

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

    • Save the Date! SES Auction 5/2
      Mark your calendars for the annual SES Foundation Auction May 2nd 2020! We are looking forward to another great year (ie:party)! Last year our auction and raffle exceeded our expectations and we would LOVE to do it again! The funds raised fund positions at our school that PPS does not pay for so it's SUPER important!
       
      We are currently looking for submissions from businesses, restaurants, artists, and practitioners as well as businesses or individuals who are willing to sponsor the event. Do you know anyone? ARE you one of those folks? We are also looking for volunteers now and day of event. If you are interested or have folks to send our way please reach out!  My email is corbywatkins@gmail.com.
  • SES Messenger for February 28 2020

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    Inside this Issue:
    • School News (NEW)
    • Upcoming Dates
    • Websites to Know
    • New Chicken Enclosure Project (NEW)
    • Twirler Volunteers Wanted in PE (NEW)
    • Mon-Tue, March 2-3: Pastini Pastathon Fundraiser (NEW)
    • Author Visit with Erin Yun (NEW)
    • Tickets to Musical "Microbiome: My Home" (NEW)
    • Maintenance for the Sinkhole (NEW)
    • March 4, 6pm: Irish Ceili Dance Fundraiser
    • Sunnyside Family Weekend at Camp Westwind
    • News from SESPTSA (NEW)
     
    School News [NEW]
    From our Read-a-Thon organizer Leslie:
     
    Hello Sunnyside families!
     
    THIS MONDAY (March 2nd) is Read Across America Day, the final day for counting reading units and, my favorite event, DRESS LIKE A BOOK CHARACTER DAY! Come dressed as a character from any book to participate. It is so fun and amazing to see!
     
    We encourage you to help your kids get pledges and keep a good record of their reading. Read-a-thon is one of the MOST important fundraisers for Sunnyside, plus it’s lots of fun! We have awesome prizes for our top fundraisers, prizes for top readers, and for classrooms. I’m looking forward to seeing how much money we can raise for the great events and programs at our wonderful school.
     
    Next week the office starts collecting pledges (if you want to turn in checks or cash) and completed forms. You must turn in the completed form signed by a parent or guardian to the office within the next 2 weeks. To PLEDGE ONLINE GO HERE and to get more info or a new brochure please go to https://www.sesptsa.org/readathon-pledge/.
     
    Thanks,
    leslie
    Upcoming Dates
    Check the district online calendar here.
    Mon & Wed, March 2-May 18 Girls on the Run Practices
    Monday-Tuesday, March 2-3 Pastini Pastathon Fundraiser
    Sunday, March 1, 10am-12pm Chicken enclosure work party
    Wednesday, March 4 Irish Ceili Dance Fundraiser, 6:00
    Fri-Sat, March 13-14 Spring Musical (Fri 6:30, Sat 3:00 & 6:30)
    Monday, March 16 Author Visit with Erin Yun
    Wednesday, March 18 PTSA Board Meeting, 6-6:30PM (open to all)
    Wednesday, March 18 PTSA General Meeting, 6:30-8:00
    Websites to Know
    New SES Chicken Enclosure Project! (NEW)
    We are building a simple wooden post and wire fence to keep the chickens from entering the gardens. They will still have a large roaming area. Would you like to be a part of making this look beautiful? Steph is looking for help with the three gates. Perhaps you are a wood-worker, welder, or sculptor? Please contact Steph if you can contribute materials, design ideas, or construction assistance. First official work party is on Sunday March 1st from 10-12, but the designing process is happening now.

    Contact Steph at sunnysidesustainability@gmail.com or 504-919-0660 or stop by the gardens!
    Twirler Volunteers Wanted in PE (NEW)
    Monday March 2nd the elementary students will begin long jump roping and Iris needs volunteers! She is looking for 3-5 adult helpers to twirl for K-1st/2nd classes March 2nd-6th. This would allow students maximum jumping opportunities while also minimizing the amount of time waiting for a turn. The following week (March 9th-13th) K-2nd grade will be using short jump ropes and long ropes. It would be helpful to have a couple of helpers for each class, notably the kindergarten classes. Elementary PE classes are a half hour and typically in the afternoon. If you have questions please email Iris at ipowell@pps.net.
    Monday-Tuesday, March 2-3: Pastini Pastathon Fundraiser (NEW)
    Mention SES at Pastini on SE 20th & Division anytime on Monday and Tuesday, March 2-3, and Pastini will donate 20% of what you spend to SES.
    Author Visit with Erin Yun (NEW)
    Sunnyside is getting another author visitor! Monday, March 16th illustrator and author Erin Yun will visit. She is the writer of Pippa Park Raises Her Game (“Life is full of great expectations for Korean American Pippa Park. It seems like everyone, from her family to the other kids at school, has a plan for how her life should look. So when Pippa gets a mysterious basketball scholarship to Lakeview Private, she jumps at the chance to reinvent herself.”). Purchase a copy for Erin Yun to sign!
    Pippa Park Raises Her Game  
     
    Tickets to SES Musical Performance "Microbiome: My Home" (NEW)
    Come out to support the SES cast and crew in the WORLD PREMIER of the completely original musical, “Microbiome – My Home.” Journey inside the human body, exploring the intriguing world of our gut. Humans are a host to a vast array of microorganisms known collectively as the microbiome, which affects many aspects of our health and happiness. Join us as we get microscopic and discover together the ways that diversity makes a community thrive.
     
    Performance Times:
    • Friday 3/13 at 6:30 p.m.
    • Saturday 3/14 at 3:00 p.m.
    • Saturday 3/14 at 6:30 p.m.
     
    Tickets ($7 each) are on sale now. Get tickets: Spring Musical Online Tickets. Show time is about 90 minutes, with an intermission. All ages welcome. Concessions and student-designed T-shirts will be available for sale during all performances. Ticket, t-shirt, and concessions proceeds directly support SES PTSA.
     
    Maintenance for the Sinkhole (NEW)
    From the district: We anticipate some time on Tuesday several utility companies may be on site to spray the locate markings for the utilities in the area. There will be multiple colors of paint striping in the back. Wednesday we anticipate bringing in security fencing to seal off the construction zone and also to begin the project. We hope to have the majority of the work done by the end of next week. The asphalt patching will fall into the following week.
     
    Wednesday, March 4 at 6pm: Irish Ceili Dance Fundraiser
    Come one, come all and dance a jig with your parents at the Sunnyside School Irish Ceili Dance. On Wednesday, March 4 at 6pm in the Sunnyside Auditorium, we’ll gather to dance and raise funds for the 8th grade trip to Catalina in May. $5 admission requested; all funds will be used to support the Catalina trip. Invite your friends. Invite your neighbors. Invite your neighbors’ friends!
    Irish Ceili Dance  
     
    Sunnyside Family Weekend at Camp Westwind
    Join fellow Sunnyside families for Sunnyside Family Weekend at Camp Westwind, a beautiful camp on the coast north of Lincoln City. Our weekend this year is April 10 - 12. This is a great way to relax, enjoy a beautiful natural setting, and grow connections with other SES families. The $80 / per person cost includes heated / lit accommodations in bunk houses, six vegetarian meals (with gluten-free / vegan flexibility!), and a whole bunch of fun. Register here: https://netcorps.wufoo.com/forms/2020-ses-westwind-family-camp/

    Learn more about Camp Westwind here: https://westwind.org

    Questions? Ask Gwen at: gwen@parachutestrategies.com or 503.475.8529  
     
    News from SESPTSA (NEW)
    Please check here for any new information from our incredibly supportive PTSA!
    And check back often for updates!
  • SES Messenger for February 21 2020

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    Inside this Issue:
    • School News (NEW)
    • Upcoming Dates
    • Websites to Know
    • Successful Schools Survey (NEW)
    • Attendance, Absences, Tardies (NEW)
    • Youth Mental Health Forum (NEW)
    • March 4, 6pm: Irish Ceili Dance Fundraiser (NEW)
    • Sunnyside Family Weekend at Camp Westwind (NEW)
    • Read Down Your Library Fines
    • Anti-Racist Reading and Resources (NEW)
    • News from SESPTSA (NEW)
     
    School News [NEW]
    Dear 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.
     
    Excitement for this event is exceptionally high right now! We were visited by author Graham Annabel on Tuesday, and today students wore pajamas for the “read in” event. With a week to go, this is a GREAT time for students to hunker down with some books as we finish strong! The culmination of the Read-a-Thon is on Monday, March 2: FINAL READING DAY, and the wildly popular dress- like- a-book-character day.
     
    While it’s true that this event raises a large chunk of money for the school, it is 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 575 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 Kleiner
    Principal
    Upcoming Dates
    Check the district online calendar here.
    February 18 - March 2 Read-a-Thon
    Mon & Wed, March 2-May 18 Girls on the Run Practices
    Wednesday, March 4 Irish Ceili Dance Fundraiser, 6:00
    Sunday, March 8 Daylight Saving Time Begins
    Fri-Sat, March 13-14 Spring Musical (Fri 6:30, Sat 3:00 & 6:30)
    Wednesday, March 18 PTSA Board Meeting, 6-6:30PM (open to all)
    Wednesday, March 18 PTSA General Meeting, 6:30-8:00
    Websites to Know
    Successful Schools Survey (NEW)
    What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the phrase “successful schools?” We believe that successful schools are safe, healthy, and welcoming learning spaces that are inclusive for all students. But we want to hear your thoughts!

    About 10% of our families have taken the PPS Successful Schools Survey. If you haven’t yet, please consider sharing your honest feedback with the district. The survey is open until February 27th.
    Attendance, Absences, Tardies (NEW)
    We learned a lot about attendance last week from the PPS district team. Not only did we learn about our school data (15-20% frequent absence/tardy rate) but we also learned ways to support families around getting to school, staying in school, or reporting excused days. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to our counselors Rebecca Cohen (rcohen@pps.net) and Ashley Bevan (abevan@pps.net) or our attendance secretary Sarah Conley (sconley1@pps.net). 
    Some attendance info to share: Our first bell rings at 8:40 and the tardy bell rings at 8:45. Anyone arriving after 8:50 must be buzzed into the building (Michelle and Sarah answer anywhere from 25-45 intercom calls between 8:50-9:30am!). If you are expecting your kiddo to miss a day, you can call the attendance line at 503-916-6227 to leave a voicemail. We will share more attendance info in future messengers!
    Youth Mental Health Forum (NEW)
    There is a Youth Mental Health Forum listening session on Saturday, February 22 from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm to raise awareness and empower youth voices in talking about solutions. Hosted by Commissioner Sharon Meieran with special guest US Senator Ron Wyden. Click here to learn more and for students to sign up.
    Wednesday, March 4 at 6pm: Irish Ceili Dance Fundraiser (NEW)
    Come one, come all and dance a jig with your parents at the Sunnyside School Irish Ceili Dance. On Wednesday, March 4 at 6pm in the Sunnyside Auditorium, we’ll gather to dance and raise funds for the 8th grade trip to Catalina in May. $5 admission requested; all funds will be used to support the Catalina trip. Invite your friends. Invite your neighbors. Invite your neighbors’ friends!
    Irish Ceili Dance  
    Sunnyside Family Weekend at Camp Westwind (NEW)
    Join fellow Sunnyside families for Sunnyside Family Weekend at Camp Westwind, a beautiful camp on the coast north of Lincoln City. Our weekend this year is April 10 - 12. This is a great way to relax, enjoy a beautiful natural setting, and grow connections with other SES families. The $80 / per person cost includes heated / lit accommodations in bunk houses, six vegetarian meals (with gluten-free / vegan flexibility!), and a whole bunch of fun. Register here: https://netcorps.wufoo.com/forms/2020-ses-westwind-family-camp/

    Learn more about Camp Westwind here: https://westwind.org

    Questions? Ask Gwen at: gwen@parachutestrategies.com or 503.475.8529
    Read Down Your Library Fines!
    We have over $3000 in lost books already this year so it's time to tackle our fines! Kids can still bring in a new or used copy of the book they lost, pay for the book, or talk to Gillian about trading a book, but now they can also Read Down Their Fines! If you have a missing book or fines, reach out to Gillian at ggrimm@pps.net.
    Anti-Racist Reading and Resources (NEW)
    The author of “So You Want to Talk About Race,” Ijeoma Oluo, writes about “the conversation I’ve been dreading.”  
    News from SESPTSA (NEW)
    Please check here for any new information from our incredibly supportive PTSA!
    And check back often for updates!
    • Save the Date! SES Auction 5/2
      Mark your calendars for the annual SES Foundation Auction May 2nd 2020! We are looking forward to another great year (ie:party)! Last year our auction and raffle exceeded our expectations and we would LOVE to do it again! The funds raised fund positions at our school that PPS does not pay for so it's SUPER important!
       
      We are currently looking for submissions from businesses, restaurants, artists, and practitioners as well as businesses or individuals who are willing to sponsor the event. Do you know anyone? ARE you one of those folks? We are also looking for volunteers now and day of event. If you are interested or have folks to send our way please reach out!  My email is corbywatkins@gmail.com.
  • SES Messenger for February 14 2020

    Inside this Issue:
    • School News (NEW)
    • Upcoming Dates
    • Websites to Know
    • NEXT WEDNESDAY: PPS Immunization Deadline (NEW)
    • Wheels (Scooters, Heelys, etc) in the Building (NEW)
    • Read Down Your Library Fines! (NEW)
    • Connect to Kindergarten (NEW)
    • Graham Annable to Present at Read-A-Thon
    • Girls on the Run - Registration Open
    • Anti-Racist Reading and Resources (NEW)
    • News from SESPTSA (NEW)
     
    School News [NEW]
    Enjoy this rainy four day weekend everyone. We will see you back at school on Tuesday.
     
    :)
    Upcoming Dates
    Check the district online calendar here.
    Monday, February 17 No School - Presidents’ Day
    Tue-Fri, February 18-28 Read-a-Thon Fundraising Event
    Thu-Fri, February 27-28 8th Grade Retreat
    Fri-Sat, March 13-14 Spring Musical (Fri 6:30, Sat 3:00 & 6:30)
    Tuesday, March 17 PTSA Board Meeting, 6-6:30PM (open to all)
    Tuesday, March 17 PTSA General Meeting, 6:30-8:00
    Websites to Know
    NEXT WEDNESDAY: PPS Immunization Deadline (NEW)
    Per Oregon law, children whose immunization records are not current by next Wednesday, February 19, will not be able to attend school until their information is up to date. Letters for students facing upcoming school exclusions were already sent by MESD. If you have any questions or need to follow up on an MESD letter, contact our School Health Assistant Amy Liber at aliber@mesd.k12.or.us.

    Please be aware that the TDaP booster is given at the age of 12. Linked here is information for the MESD student health centers where students can receive health care and immunizations at no cost to you: English | Spanish
    Wheels (Scooters, Heelys, etc) in the Building (NEW)
    At Sunnyside, we have a “no wheels in the building” policy. Our floors are concrete and riding anything inside - skateboards, scooters, or Heelys - can be dangerous. Recently, there has been a revival of the wheel shoes and a new version does not allow students to pop-out the wheels, making them difficult to safely wear at school.
    We know that students use a variety of means to arrive at school, but once in the building these need to be stored away. Staff are trying to reinforce school expectations but are seeing many students with wheels inside- and health assistant Amy Liber is seeing several students that have fallen!
    Read Down Your Library Fines! (NEW)
    We have over $3000 in lost books already this year so it's time to tackle our fines! Kids can still bring in a new or used copy of the book they lost, pay for the book, or talk to Gillian about trading a book, but now they can also Read Down Their Fines! If you have a missing book or fines, reach out to Gillian at ggrimm@pps.net.
    Connect to Kindergarten (NEW)
    If your kiddo will enter kindergarten this fall, we invite you to attend Connect to Kindergarten on Wednesday February 19 from 6:30-7:30PM or Friday February 21 from 9:00-10:00AM. This event is for both neighborhood enrollment and potential lottery families. NOTE: if your current address is not within the Sunnyside boundary, PPS will require you to enter the Lottery for enrollment, even if a sibling presently attends SES. Siblings have weighted placement in the lottery for an increased chance of siblings co-attending. For more info, contact our school secretary Sarah Conley at sconley1@pps.net.
    Graham Annable to Present at Annual Read-A-Thon Kickoff Event
    We are super excited to announce that Graham Annable is coming to give a presentation to our students at Sunnyside for the Annual Read-a-Thon kickoff event on February 18th! He is an Oscar-nominated Laika Studios superstar artist, writer, and director. He is also an Eisner Award Nominee for his ridiculously cute and funny, Peter and Ernesto graphic novels.

    After the presentations he will personalize & sign books! YOU MUST PURCHASE THE BOOKS HERE BEFORE THE EVENT TO GET YOUR BOOKS SIGNED! The proceeds from the sales will go to the PTSA. Books make great gifts too!
    book covers

    Buy his books here and say who you want it personalized for to support the PTSA: https://www.schoolpay.com/parent/mip/Mdlk
    Girls on the Run - Registration Open
    Girls on the Run is coming to SES! We’ll have two teams: one for 3rd – 5th graders and one for middle schoolers. Register your girl for this 10-week program that combines training for a 5K (3.1 miles) with lessons that inspire girls to become independent thinkers, enhance their problem-solving skills, and make healthy choices. Practice is 90 minutes twice a week on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30 to 5:00 pm starting the week of March 2nd and ending the week of May 18th. Learn more and register at www.girlsontherunpdx.org
    Anti-Racist Reading and Resources (NEW)
    The Anti-Defamation League provides this “Table Talk” resource for families to discuss current events, such as pronouns, anti-semitism and gun violence.  
    News from SESPTSA (NEW)
    Please check here for any new information from our incredibly supportive PTSA!
    And check back often for updates!
    • Save the Date! SES Auction 5/2
      Mark your calendars for the annual SES Foundation Auction May 2nd 2020! We are looking forward to another great year (ie:party)! Last year our auction and raffle exceeded our expectations and we would LOVE to do it again! The funds raised fund positions at our school that PPS does not pay for so it's SUPER important!
       
      We are currently looking for submissions from businesses, restaurants, artists, and practitioners as well as businesses or individuals who are willing to sponsor the event. Do you know anyone? ARE you one of those folks? We are also looking for volunteers now and day of event. If you are interested or have folks to send our way please reach out!  My email is corbywatkins@gmail.com.
  • SES Messenger for February 7 2020

    Inside this Issue:
    • School News (NEW)
    • Upcoming Dates
    • Websites to Know
    • Graham Annable to Present at Read-A-Thon (NEW)
    • Dining for Dollars at Laughing Planet (NEW)
    • Mason Bees! A Garden Fundraiser
    • 4-H Wildlife Stewards Overnight Summer Camp
    • Girls on the Run - Registration Open
    • Anti-Racist Reading and Resources (NEW)
    • News from SESPTSA (NEW)
     
    School News [NEW]
    Hello SES Community -
     
    We are excited for several upcoming SES events:  PTSA Board Meeting on Wednesday, the Middle School dance on Thursday, the Teote Valentine’s Day fundraiser on Friday, and the start of Read-a-Thon on the 18th.
     
    Thank you for taking part in the goings-on that make our community so strong!
     
    Kindly,
    Amy and Alix
    Upcoming Dates
    Check the district online calendar here.
    Tuesday, February 11 Dining for Dollars at Laughing Planet
    Wednesday, February 12 PTSA Board Meeting, 6:30-8pm (open to all)
    Thursday, February 13 Middle School Dance, 6:30-8:30 (chaperones needed!)
    Friday, February 14 No School - Sunnyside ONLY
    Monday, February 17 No School - Presidents’ Day
    Tue-Fri, February 18-28 Read-a-Thon Fundraising Event
    Thu-Fri, February 27-28 8th Grade Retreat
    Websites to Know
    Graham Annable to Present at Annual Read-A-Thon Kickoff Event (NEW)
    We are super excited to announce that Graham Annable is coming to give a presentation to our students at Sunnyside for the Annual Read-a-Thon kickoff event on February 18th! He is an Oscar-nominated Laika Studios superstar artist, writer, and director. He is also an Eisner Award Nominee for his ridiculously cute and funny, Peter and Ernesto graphic novels.

    After the presentations he will personalize & sign books! YOU MUST PURCHASE THE BOOKS HERE BEFORE THE EVENT TO GET YOUR BOOKS SIGNED! The proceeds from the sales will go to the PTSA. Books make great gifts too!
    book covers

    Buy his books here and say who you want it personalized for to support the PTSA: https://www.schoolpay.com/parent/mip/Mdlk
    Dining for Dollars at Laughing Planet (NEW)
    Laughing Planet Belmont will donate 15% of sales to SES for the entire day of Tuesday, February 11. Includes dine-in and take-out orders from 11am-9pm.
     
    Mason Bees! A Garden Fundraiser and Service Learning For All
    We raise mason bees at Sunnyside because they are amazing gentle pollinators. They also offer so much learning! This year we have an abundance of cocoons, and before I give them to a local bee researcher, I want to offer them to our community. Get this low price, 20 bees for $15, and 100% of the proceeds go to garden supplies. Please contact Steph by February 6th to reserve your bees, sunnysidesustainability@gmail.com. Steph is not selling other bee supplies this year, but she does offer free training at your scheduled pick-up (or in November during cocoon harvest with middle school students). 
    4-H Wildlife Stewards Overnight Summer Camp: 7/28-8/1, Grades 2-6
    Check out this amazing 4-H Wildlife Stewards summer camp experience from our school partner, OSU Extension 4-H. As a 4-H Partner School, our students receive a discounted rate.  Please consider registering your child(ren) in this wonderful camp program. Registrations fill fast so sign up soon. Only a $50 deposit required to hold your spot.
    Girls on the Run - Registration Open
    Girls on the Run is coming to SES! We’ll have two teams: one for 3rd – 5th graders and one for middle schoolers. Register your girl for this 10-week program that combines training for a 5K (3.1 miles) with lessons that inspire girls to become independent thinkers, enhance their problem-solving skills, and make healthy choices. Practice is 90 minutes twice a week on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30 to 5:00 pm starting the week of March 2nd and ending the week of May 18th. Learn more and register at www.girlsontherunpdx.org
    Anti-Racist Reading and Resources (NEW)
    We are happy to report that just last Tuesday, the PPS Board adopted a resolution officially recognizing the Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action, endorsing and thus empowering the participation of all educators, staff, and students to participate in the week of action.

    Black Lives Matter at Schools Week of Action began in Seattle, Washington at John Muir Elementary School in 2016. From there, educators in cities across the nation began organizing a week to intentionally celebrate the lives of Black students, teachers and families. Cities including Seattle, Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, Boston, Washington D.C., Baltimore and now Portland, Oregon!  

    Black Lives Matter at Schools Week of Action consists of educators teaching lessons about systemic and structural racism, intersectional Black identities and Black history.

    Many SES teachers participated in the week of action, this Feb 3 - 7th.  Ask you student what they learned!  
    News from SESPTSA (NEW)
    Please check here for any new information from our incredibly supportive PTSA!
    And check back often for updates!
    • Chaperones STILL Needed for Middle School Dance 
      Our next middle school dance is coming up on Thursday, February 13 from 6:30-8:30 pm. For the dance to happen, we need more chaperones! Sign up here to chaperone or bring snacks. Chaperones should register in the new Volunteer & Visitor sign-in system (Raptor) and complete a background screen (state issued photo ID required) in the SES office if you have not already done so.
       
    • Save the Date! SES Auction 5/2
      Mark your calendars for the annual SES Foundation Auction May 2nd 2020! We are looking forward to another great year (ie:party)! Last year our auction and raffle exceeded our expectations and we would LOVE to do it again! The funds raised fund positions at our school that PPS does not pay for so it's SUPER important!
       
      We are currently looking for submissions from businesses, restaurants, artists, and practitioners as well as businesses or individuals who are willing to sponsor the event. Do you know anyone? ARE you one of those folks? We are also looking for volunteers now and day of event. If you are interested or have folks to send our way please reach out!  My email is corbywatkins@gmail.com.
  • SES Messenger for January 31 2020

    Inside this Issue:
    • Upcoming Dates
    • Websites to Know
    • Accessibility Parking (NEW)
    • Middle School Dance 2/13: Chaperones needed (NEW)
    • Mason Bees! A Garden Fundraiser (NEW)
    • 4-H Wildlife Stewards Overnight Summer Camp (NEW)
    • Save the Date! SES Auction 5/2 (NEW)
    • Tell PPS About Your Experience with SES (NEW)
    • Cleveland Cluster Track & Field Registration 2/7 (NEW)
    • Girls on the Run - Registration Open
    • News from SESPTSA (NEW)
    Upcoming Dates
    Check the district online calendar here.
    Wednesday, February 12 PTSA Board Meeting (6:30-8pm, open to all)
    Thursday, February 13 MS Dance (6:30-8:30)
    Friday, February 14 Teote Valentine’s Day Fundraiser (6:00-10:00)
    Friday, February 14 No School - Sunnyside ONLY
    Monday, February 17 No School - Presidents’ Day
    Tue-Fri, February 18-28 Read-a-Thon Fundraising Event
    Thu-Fri, February 27-28 8th Grade Retreat
    Websites to Know
    Accessibility Parking (NEW)
    Sunnyside has a limited number of accessibility options for our building. On the east side, there is one parking space which is reserved in order to make the accessibility ramp and door available to those with a need. Please do not park in this space if you do not have an accessibility permit or need. Please do not idle in this space if you do not have an accessibility permit or need. We have noted several instances recently of families needing the space but are blocked by others who do not have an accessibility permit displayed with their vehicle.
    Middle School Dance 2/13/20 - Chaperones Needed (NEW)
    Our next middle school dance is coming up on Thursday, February 13 from 6:30-8:30 pm. For the dance to happen, we will need chaperones! Sign up here to chaperone or bring snacks. Chaperones should register in the new Volunteer & Visitor sign-in system (Raptor) and complete a background screen (state issued photo ID required) in the SES office if you have not already done so. 
     
    The dance starts promptly at 6:30 and ends at 8:30—please make sure students have plans to arrive and leave at these precise times. Permission slips will come home a few days before the event. We request a $5 donation to cover the cost of the dance, but no child will be turned away for lack of funds.
     
    Mason Bees! A Garden Fundraiser and Service Learning For All (NEW)
    We raise mason bees at Sunnyside because they are amazing gentle pollinators. They also offer so much learning! This year we have an abundance of cocoons, and before I give them to a local bee researcher, I want to offer them to our community. Get this low price, 20 bees for $15, and 100% of the proceeds go to garden supplies. Please contact Steph by February 6th to reserve your bees, sunnysidesustainability@gmail.com. Steph is not selling other bee supplies this year, but she does offer free training at your scheduled pick-up (or in November during cocoon harvest with middle school students). 
    4-H Wildlife Stewards Overnight Summer Camp: 7/28-8/1, Grades 2-6 (NEW)
    Check out this amazing 4-H Wildlife Stewards summer camp experience from our school partner, OSU Extension 4-H. As a 4-H Partner School, our students receive a discounted rate.  Please consider registering your child(ren) in this wonderful camp program. Registrations fill fast so sign up soon. Only a $50 deposit required to hold your spot.
    Save the Date! SES Auction 5/2 (NEW)
    Mark your calendars for the annual SES Foundation Auction May 2nd 2020! We are looking forward to another great year (ie:party)! Last year our auction and raffle exceeded our expectations and we would LOVE to do it again! The funds raised fund positions at our school that PPS does not pay for so it's SUPER important!

    We are currently looking for submissions from businesses, restaurants, artists, and practitioners as well as businesses or individuals who are willing to sponsor the event. Do you know anyone? ARE you one of those folks? We are also looking for volunteers now and day of event.  

    If you are interested or have folks to send our way please reach out!  My email is corbywatkins@gmail.com.
    Tell PPS About Your Experience with SES (NEW)
    PPS has announced the 2020 Successful Schools Family Survey. When you take the survey, you help PPS understand your experience as a parent or guardian. This important information will guide PPS as it determines the future of our schools. The survey will be available for the next four weeks.
     
    Please take the survey for SES today. You can complete the survey from a computer, tablet, or smartphone. If you have children at more than one PPS school, please complete one survey for each school your children attend. Other school surveys are found on this page.
     
    Cleveland Cluster Track & Field Registration Starts February 7th (NEW)
    If your neighborhood HS School is Cleveland, and your child is interested in participating in the Youth Program Track & Field. They will need to register with this program. Please check your address to verify. This year all registration must be done online using Family ID. Everything you need can be found on the PIL athletics website: pilathletics.com. If you have any questions or know you won't be able register you athlete on Family ID please email or call Alexis Bailey - Cluster Coordinator 503-577-5698 lexthedex@gmail.com.
     
    Girls on the Run - Registration Open
    Girls on the Run is coming to SES! We’ll have two teams: one for 3rd – 5th graders and one for middle schoolers. Register your girl for this 10-week program that combines training for a 5K (3.1 miles) with lessons that inspire girls to become independent thinkers, enhance their problem-solving skills, and make healthy choices. Practice is 90 minutes twice a week on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30 to 5:00 pm starting the week of March 2nd and ending the week of May 18th. Learn more and register at www.girlsontherunpdx.org
    News from SESPTSA (NEW)
    Please check here for any new information from our incredibly supportive PTSA!
    And check back often for updates!
    • Volunteers Needed for Annual Read-A-Thon Fundraiser
      We need volunteers for our annual read-a-thon this year! This is the biggest PTSA fundraiser of the year and to make it great WE NEED YOU. Volunteer opportunities will be available (depending on the job) between Feb 14th (set up) and the beginning or April (pledge counting). These jobs include: making signs and decorations for the school before read-a-thon based on this year's theme, which will be "The Magic of Reading", hanging up decorations, distributing materials, counting pledges, distributing prizes and more.
      Interested in helping out? Please email leslielothamer@gmail.com TODAY!

    • Teote Valentine’s Day Fundraiser
      Teote is sponsoring a fundraising event at the Teote Mezcaleria (2700 NE Alberta) for Valentine's Day, Friday 2/14 from 6:00-10:00. The $50 ticket price includes full buffet dinner, one drink token, mezcal sampling, and dessert. Join your fellow SES parents for a fun and delicious night to raise money for the SES Go Fund. Only 50 tickets will be sold! Music, food, drink, fun. This is a 21+ event, kiddos will have to stay at home. You can purchase tickets online. Thank you to Teote and our community for supporting the SES GO Fund.
  • SES Messenger for January 24 2020

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

    Students on Campus Before and After School
     (NEW)
    As a reminder, there is no adult supervision before school begins at 8:40 and after school ends at 3:00 and 3:15. We have seen an increase in students arriving to school early, staying on school grounds after the bell, and even entering classrooms outside of school hours. We are concerned about the lack of supervision as both a safety issue for the students and as likely to lead to unexpected incidents. 
    Girls on the Run - Registration Open
    Girls on the Run is coming to SES! We’ll have two teams: one for 3rd – 5th graders and one for middle schoolers. Register your girl for this 10-week program that combines training for a 5K (3.1 miles) with lessons that inspire girls to become independent thinkers, enhance their problem-solving skills, and make healthy choices. Practice is 90 minutes twice a week on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30 to 5:00 pm starting the week of March 2nd and ending the week of May 18th. Learn more and register at www.girlsontherunpdx.org.
    Spare Clothes for Students
    As we approach wetter, muddier weather, we want to remind families, especially of our younger students, that the office does not provide spare clothes unless it is a medical or bathroom need. If you are able, please send your student with a spare change of clothes and/or rain boots.
    News from SESPTSA
    Please check here for any new information from our incredibly supportive PTSA!
    And check back often for updates!
    • Wednesday, January 29: ¿Por Qué No? Restaurant Fundraiser
      Join us at ¿Por Qué No? Hawthorne anytime on Wednesday, January 29 – they'll be donating 10% of sales for the entire day to SES! Includes lunch, dinner, and take-out orders.
    • Volunteers Needed for Annual Read-A-Thon Fundraiser
      We need volunteers for our annual read-a-thon this year! This is the biggest PTSA fundraiser of the year and to make it great WE NEED YOU. Volunteer opportunities will be available (depending on the job) between Feb 14th (set up) and the beginning or April (pledge counting). These jobs include: making signs and decorations for the school before read-a-thon based on this year's theme, which will be "The Magic of Reading", hanging up decorations, distributing materials, counting pledges, distributing prizes and more.
      Interested in helping out? Please email leslielothamer@gmail.com TODAY!

    • Teote Valentine’s Day Fundraiser
      Teote is sponsoring a fundraising event at the Teote Mezcaleria (2700 NE Alberta) for Valentine's Day, Friday 2/14 from 6:00-10:00. The $50 ticket price includes full buffet dinner, one drink token, mezcal sampling, and dessert. Join your fellow SES parents for a fun and delicious night to raise money for the SES Go Fund. Only 50 tickets will be sold! Music, food, drink, fun. This is a 21+ event, kiddos will have to stay at home. You can purchase tickets online. Thank you to Teote and our community for supporting the SES GO Fund. 
  • SES Messenger for January 17 2020

    Inside this Issue:
    • School News to Know (NEW)
    • Upcoming Dates
    • Websites to Know
    • Teote Valentine’s Day Fundraiser (NEW)
    • Girls on the Run - Registration Open (NEW)
    • Spare Clothes for Students (NEW)
    • Successful Schools Survey (NEW)
    • PPS immunization deadline is February 19
    • Anti-Racist Reading and Resources (NEW)
    • News from SESPTSA (NEW)
    School News to Know
    Good afternoon, SES community.
    We have no new news to report at this time.
    Enjoy the 3-day weekend,
    Amy and Alix 
    Upcoming Dates
    Check the district online calendar here.
    Friday, January 17 MS Dance, 6:30-8:30
    Monday, January 20 No School - Dr. MLK Jr Day
    Monday, January 27 No School - Report Card Planning Day
    Thursday, January 30 SES Clothing Closet Volunteer Day
    Wednesday, February 12 PTSA Board Meeting, 6-6:30pm (open to all)
    Wednesday, February 12 PTSA General Meeting, 6:30-8:00
    Websites to Know
    Teote Valentine’s Day Fundraiser (NEW)
    Teote is sponsoring a fundraising event at the Teote Mezcaleria (2700 NE Alberta) for Valentine's Day, Friday 2/14 from 6:00-10:00. The $50 ticket price includes full buffet dinner, one drink token, mezcal sampling, and dessert. Join your fellow SES parents for a fun and delicious night to raise money for the SES Go Fund. Only 50 tickets will be sold! Music, food, drink, fun. This is a 21+ event, kiddos will have to stay at home. You can purchase tickets online. Thank you to Teote and our community for supporting the SES GO Fund.
    Girls on the Run - Registration Open (NEW)
    Girls on the Run is coming to SES! We’ll have two teams: one for 3rd – 5th graders and one for middle schoolers. Register your girl for this 10-week program that combines training for a 5K (3.1 miles) with lessons that inspire girls to become independent thinkers, enhance their problem-solving skills, and make healthy choices. Practice is 90 minutes twice a week on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30 to 5:00 pm starting the week of March 2nd and ending the week of May 18th. Learn more and register at www.girlsontherunpdx.org.
    Spare Clothes for Students (NEW)
    As we approach wetter, muddier weather, we want to remind families, especially of our younger students, that the office does not provide spare clothes unless it is a medical or bathroom need. If you are able, please send your student with a spare change of clothes and/or rain boots.
    Successful Schools Survey January 27th (NEW)
    News from the district: What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the phrase “successful schools?” We want to hear your thoughts. The survey will cover topics on sense of belonging, school safety, school climate, barriers to family engagement, as well as how students are thinking and feeling about diversity, equity, and inclusion in school. The current launch date is set for January 27th, the student window is scheduled to be open until February 14th and the family survey until February 28th. Stay tuned for further information! 
    PPS immunization deadline is February 19
    Per Oregon law, children whose immunization records are not current by February 19, 2020 will not be able to attend school until their information is up to date. Letters for students facing upcoming school exclusions were already sent by MESD in the fall. If you have any questions or need to follow up on an MESD letter, contact our School Health Assistant Amy Liber at aliber@mesd.k12.or.us.
    If your student is receiving the DTaP series, please be aware that the TDaP booster is given at the age of 12. Linked here is information for the MESD student health centers where students can receive health care and immunizations at no cost to you: English | Spanish
    Anti-Racist Reading and Resources (NEW)
    Here are links to acknowledge and celebrate the life and accomplishments of Martin Luther King, Jr.
    News from SESPTSA
    And check back often for updates!
    • Volunteers Needed for Annual Read-A-Thon Fundraiser
      We need volunteers for our annual read-a-thon this year! This is the biggest PTSA fundraiser of the year and to make it great WE NEED YOU. Volunteer opportunities will be available (depending on the job) between Feb 14th (set up) and the beginning or April (pledge counting). These jobs include: making signs and decorations for the school before read-a-thon based on this year's theme, which will be "The Magic of Reading", hanging up decorations, distributing materials, counting pledges, distributing prizes and more.
      Interested in helping out? Please email leslielothamer@gmail.com TODAY!
     
     
  • SES Messenger for January 10 2020

    Inside this Issue:
    • School News to Know (NEW)
    • Upcoming Dates
    • Websites to Know
    • Pizza Dough for Dough at Pizzicato (NEW)
    • Middle School Dance 1/17/20 - Chaperones Needed (NEW)
    • Volunteers needed for annual Read-A-Thon fundraiser (NEW)
    • PPS immunization deadline is February 19 (NEW)
    • Traffic Safety at Drop Off & Pick Up
    • Art Supply Request from Mia
    • Anti-Racist Reading and Resources (NEW)
    • News from SESPTSA
    School News to Know
    Welcome back, Sunnyside Community,
    It has been wonderful reconnecting with our students - 2020 is looking bright!
    District office would like us to remind you about inclement weather procedures. Click here for more information. We may or may not get some snow next week, but we will be prepared!
    Have a wonderful weekend,
    Amy and Alix
     
    Upcoming Dates
    Check the district online calendar here.
    Tuesday, January 14          SES restaurant fundraiser at Pizzicato on Burnside
    Wednesday, January 15    PTSA Board Meeting, 6:30-8:00 (open to all)
    Friday, January 17              MS Dance, 6:30-8:30
    Monday, January 20           Dr.  MLK Jr Day (no school)
    Friday, January 24              End of Quarter 2
    Monday, January 27           Report Card Planning Day (no school)
    Thursday, January 30        SES Clothing Closet Volunteer Day
    Websites to Know
    Pizza Dough for Dough at Pizzicato (NEW)
    Pizzicato Laurelhurst (2811 East Burnside) will donate 20% of sales on Tuesday, January 14 to SES. Come for lunch, dinner, or take-out from 11am-8:30pm.
    Middle School Dance 1/17/2020 - Chaperones Needed (NEW)
    Our next middle school dance is coming up on Friday, January 17 from 6:30-8:30 pm. For the dance to happen, we will need chaperones! Sign up here to chaperone or bring snacks. Chaperones should register in the new Volunteer & Visitor sign-in system (Raptor) and complete a background screen (state issued photo ID required) in the SES office if you have not already done so.
    The dance starts promptly at 6:30 and ends at 8:30—please make sure students have plans to arrive and leave at these precise times. Permission slips will come home a few days before the event. We request a $5 donation to cover the cost of the dance, but no child will be turned away for lack of funds.
    Volunteers needed for annual Read-A-Thon fundraiser (NEW)
    We need volunteers for our annual read-a-thon this year! This is the biggest PTSA fundraiser of the year and to make it great WE NEED YOU. Volunteer opportunities will be available (depending on the job) Between Feb 14th (set up) and the beginning or April (pledge counting). These jobs include: making signs and decorations for the school before read-a-thon based on this year's theme which will be "The Magic of Reading", hanging up decorations, distributing materials, counting pledges,  distributing prizes and more. 
    Interested in helping out? Please email leslielothamer@gmail.com TODAY!
    PPS immunization deadline is February 19 (NEW)
    Per Oregon law, children whose immunization records are not current by February 19, 2020 will not be able to attend school until their information is up to date.
    If your student is receiving the DTaP series, please be aware that the TDaP booster is given at the age of 12. Linked here is information for the MESD student health centers where students can receive health care and immunizations at no cost to you: English | Spanish
    Traffic Safety at Drop Off & Pick Up
    As a reminder, at drop off and pick up it is exceptionally important to follow traffic safety expectations. Concerns include things like parking in the no parking zones, stopping in the street, blocking visibility zones near crosswalks, and idling vehicles. Suggestions for a smoother, safer drop off/ pick up include parking 1-2 blocks away or arriving 5-10 minutes earlier to park.
    School and community members have reported increasing concerns over this issue. Please be mindful of the impact on our students’ safety, the safety of our community members using a variety of transportation modes (think cars driving around stopped vehicles and students or bikes crossing during that time…), and the equity of access to the building.
    Art Supply Request from Mia
    Welcome back to Mia! She is looking for the following donations for upcoming projects. You may drop them off inside the art room door (room #105). Thank you for your donation, these materials help our art program tremendously!
    • Yarn, embroidery floss, felt --- ASAP
    • Cardboard shoe boxes (after break for January use)
    • Nylon knee highs, tights, or full nylons...holes okay!!
    Anti-Racist Reading and Resources (NEW)
    This Book is Anti-Racist  
    A book for children and young adults, Tiffany Jewell teaches us about identities, true histories and anti-racism work in 20 carefully laid-out chapters.  
    News from SESPTSA
    And check back often for updates!
  • SES Messenger for December 13 2019

    Inside this Issue:
    • School News to Know (NEW)
    • Upcoming Dates
    • Websites to Know
    • Traffic Safety at Drop Off & Pick Up (NEW)
    • Art Supply Request from Mia (NEW)
    • CORRECTION: 4-H Urban/Rural Exchange Program (NEW)
    • Last Week for the Circle of Giving!
    • Anti-Racist Reading and Resources (NEW)
    • News from SESPTSA (NEW)

    School News to Know (NEW) 
    Hello SES Community,
    Please join us tonight, Friday, December 13 from 5:30-8 pm for the SES Riparian Festival, celebrating our 3rd--8th fall/winter curriculum showcase. The Riparian Festival brings our community together to celebrate student learning, and in addition to classrooms being open for tours and exploration of student work, we will also have some other activities for families and younger students. Although the 3rd-8th grade classes will be on display, this is truly an event for all of our families, K-8. We end the night with a quick, joyous sing-a-long in the auditorium from 7:40-8 pm.
     
    In addition to the classroom tours, there will be a wonderful homemade lasagna dinner in the cafeteria, treats and sweets. Librarian Gillian will lead family coding activities in the library, and our Artist-in-Residence, Mr. Yingwana, will lead a drumming session in room 108. We will have class photos for pick-up and school t-shirts for sale at the office. This event brings us together as a community...we eat, we learn, we explore, we play and we sing. 
     
    We hope to see all of you there,
    Amy and Alix
     
    Upcoming Dates
    Check the district online calendar here
     
    Friday, December 13 Riparian Festival, 5:30-7:30pm
    Wednesday, December 18 Spring Musical Info Meeting, 3:15-4:15
    Wed-Thurs, Dec 18-19 MS Mini-Classes
    December 23-January 3 Winter Break (no school)
    Sat-Sun January 4-5 SES Tree Recycling Fundraiser
     
    Websites to Know
     
    Traffic Safety at Drop Off & Pick Up (NEW)
    As a reminder, at drop off and pick up it is exceptionally important to follow traffic safety expectations. Concerns include things like parking in the no parking zones, stopping in the street, blocking visibility zones near crosswalks, and idling vehicles. Suggestions for a smoother, safer drop off/ pick up include parking 1-2 blocks away or arriving 5-10 minutes earlier to park.
     
    School and community members have reported increasing concerns over this issue. Please be mindful of the impact on our students’ safety, the safety of our community members using a variety of transportation modes (think cars driving around stopped vehicles and students or bikes crossing during that time…), and the equity of access to the building.
     
    Art Supply Request from Mia (NEW)
    Welcome back to Mia! She is looking for the following donations for upcoming projects. You may drop them off inside the art room door (room #105). Thank you for your donation, these materials help our art program tremendously!

    • Yarn, embroidery floss, felt—ASAP
    • Cardboard shoe boxes (after break for January use)
    • Nylon knee highs, tights, or full nylons...holes okay!!
     
    CORRECTION: 4-H Urban/Rural Exchange Program (NEW)
    Previous information about the application due date was incorrect.
     
    Applications will open on December 18th, therefore are NOT due by December 13th. There is not a deadline at this time, but families are encouraged to apply ASAP.
     
    If you need additional assistance with this, please contact Courtney Lobo at 971-361-9629 or courtney.lobo@oregonstate.edu. Learn more about the program in OPB's Oregon Field Guide, Crossing the Urban-Rural Divide.
     
    Last Week for the Circle of Giving!
    We’re heading into the last week for the Circle of Giving as we approach Winter Break. The final gift tags have been added to the display and there are still a few items or gift card options for those wanting to give.
     
    Thank you to everyone who has participated so far- those who have sent in requests and those who have chosen tags. We are encouraged by this community! The office will continue to take item drop offs throughout next week, ideally by Wednesday in order to deliver items on Thursday and Friday. Thank you again Sunnyside!
     
    Anti-Racist Reading and Resources (NEW)
    As mentioned in our Instagram account @sunnysidenvironmentalschool, we encourage you to watch the series “When They See Us” -  the true story of five wrongly convicted teenagers in 1989. Though it is only available on Netflix, if you’re experiencing barriers to accessing this series, please contact Amy or Alix. Read “The Atlantic’s” review here.
     
    And check back often for updates!
     
    • SES Holiday Tree Recycling Event January 4-5
      During this busy season, we are looking for lots of middle school students and adult volunteers for the ​SES Holiday Tree Recycling Event on January 4th and 5th​. This is a great way for students to earn service hours and also help raise money for the PTSA and our own GO Fund! Hey 8th graders … think Catalina Island …
      We need assistance leading up to the event, as well as during event weekend. Parents and students should access the Google sign-up sheet at this link: Tree Recycling Sign Up.
       
      Crucial needs include:
       
      • Several parent drivers to collect trees from the general neighborhood (we will have U-haul trailers)
      • MS students (20+ people in total) to work a 4 hour shift on that Sat or Sun. (unloading trees, pruning branches etc)
      • Parent and student to solicit in-kind support from local businesses
      • Student to plan and recruit event entertainment (amateur musicians...young, older, really talented, not so talented...doesn’t matter!)
      • Distributing promo flyers in local shops along Division, Hawthorne, Belmont, Burnside

      Please encourage friends and neighbors who have holiday trees to bring them to SES on event weekend, or reserve a pickup and we’ll do the work for them! You can also reserve on the online pickup reservation form.

      Thank you very much!
      Jeff Skoke and Matt Pozos, SES Parent Volunteers and Event Co-chairs
      Jeff’s email: ​jmsrwc@yahoo.com
      Matt’s email: ​matt.pozos@gmail.com

    • Join the SES Spring Musical!
      It's time to embark on another completely original school musical! Our story will be created with the students (grades 1–5 for cast and middle schoolers welcome for crew). We will journey inside the human body, exploring the intriguing world of our microbiome. Humans are a host to a vast array of microorganisms known collectively as the microbiome, which affects many aspects of our health and happiness. Join us as we get microscopic and discover together the ways that diversity makes a community thrive!

      The Informational Meeting for adults and students is on Wednesday, December 18, from 3:15 – 4:15 p.m. in the Auditorium. At the meeting, we'll cover expectations for participation (including code of conduct requirements), share about adult volunteer opportunities, and explore the theme. Rehearsals are on Wednesdays from 3:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. starting January 8, up until Performances on Friday, March 13 (6:30 p.m. show) and Saturday, March 14 (3:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. shows). There is a role for everyone and no student will be turned away!

      Please contact Caitlin Quinn (caitlinquinncredible@gmail.com) with questions. Please find the FAQ doc, registration form and code of conduct at: http://bit.ly/SES-SpringMusical-2020.

    • Before Clicking “Purchase” on Amazon or Any National Retailer This Season
      Please buy an e-giftcard for the purchase through the Benefit app. Download the app (Benefit Mobile, Inc.), link a bank account or credit card, and designate Sunnyside as your beneficiary. Then, you can buy an e-giftcard just at the moment you need it, perhaps based on the total in your cart or while you’re standing in line at Home Depot, and use the e-giftcard there and then! It works. The price is the same for you, but the school also gets a small percent. For example, REI will give the school 8% of any gift card purchase. Retailers include the Gap, American Airlines, Albertsons, Safeway, Whole Foods, iTunes, Athleta, Barnes & Noble, Best Buy, Buffalo Wild Wings, Cabela’s, Champs Sports, Chipotle, Cinemark, Columbia, Delta, DSW, Hotels.com, Land’s End, Lowe’s, Nike, Pottery Barn, REI, Shutterfly, Starbucks, Target, Ulta, Wine.com, etc. It's fun to know your purchases also send $$ to our school. Thank you! Questions? Contact Hope Whitney at 503-333-2345 and she'll walk you through it.
  • SES Messenger for December 6 2019

    Inside this Issue:
    • School News to Know (NEW)
    • Upcoming Dates
    • Websites to Know
    • Safety Upgrade: Entering the Buildings (NEW)
    • New Tags on the Circle of Giving (NEW)
    • SES Holiday Tree Recycling Event January 4-5 (NEW)
    • Student Meal Account Donations (NEW)
    • Stay Updated on Weather Closures (NEW)
    • Volunteers Wanted: Teach a Mini-Class at SES
    • 4-H Urban/Rural Exchange Program
    • Anti-Racist Reading and Resources (NEW)
    • News from SESPTSA (NEW)
    School News to Know (NEW)
    Happy Friday, SES Families, 
    I hope you all had an incredible fall break! We have had a busy, busy week here at school, and looking ahead we have some exciting events happening over the coming weeks before Winter Break. 
    Middle School Musical
    This weekend is our middle school musical, Crush. This show is written and performed by our middle school students and I am so excited to see them perform! There are shows tonight and tomorrow at 6:30 pm, and a Saturday afternoon show at 3 pm. I look forward to seeing you there. 
    Riparian Festival
    Please join us Friday, December 13 from 5:30-8 pm for the SES Riparian Festival, celebrating our 3rd--8th fall/winter curriculum showcase. The Riparian Festival brings our community together to celebrate student learning, and in addition to classrooms being open for tours and exploration of student work, we will also have some other activities for families and younger students. Although the 3rd-8th grade classes will be on display, this is truly an event for all of our families, K-8. We end the night with a quick, joyous sing-a-long in the auditorium from 7:40-8 pm. 
    In addition to the classroom tours, there will be a wonderful homemade lasagna dinner in the cafeteria, treats and sweets. Librarian Gillian will lead family coding activities in the library, and our Artist-in-Residence, Mr. Yingwana, will lead a drumming session in room 108. This event brings us together as a community...we eat, we learn, we explore, we play and we sing. The Riparian Festival is a celebration of our school and I hope to see all of you there. 
    Lastly, the meal at this event is also a community endeavor. Please consider donating a lasagna and/or baked goods (cookies, brownies, etc.) for the dinner that night, or join us for a shift in the kitchen, cafeteria, set up or clean up. Middle school students receive service hours for cooking, baking or volunteering at this event on the 13th. If you’re able to help, please sign up here.
    I look forward to seeing you next Friday evening!
    Amy 
    Upcoming Dates
    Check the district online calendar here.
    Fri-Sat, December 6-7 MS Musical [Fri at 6:30pm, Sat at 3:00 & 6:30pm]
    Friday, December 13 Deadline to bring Circle of Giving gifts
    Friday, December 13 Riparian Festival, 5:30-7:30pm
    Wed-Thu, Dec 18-19 MS Mini-Classes
    Wed, December 18 Spring Musical Info Meeting, 3:15-4:15
    December 23-January 3 Winter Break (no school)
    Sat-Sun, January 4-5 SES Tree Recycling Fundraiser
    Websites to Know
    Safety Upgrades: Entering the Building (NEW)
    Sunnyside was selected to receive safety upgrades by the PPS district. Part of our safety upgrade includes a new system for entering the building outside of drop-off and pick-up times. All exterior doors will be locked during the school day, from 9:00-2:45. The front door now has an intercom system that will call the office in order to buzz visitors into the building.
    New Tags on the Circle of Giving (NEW)
    We have added several new tags to the Circle of Giving! We have tags for gifts, gift cards (open amount), or cash donations to be used towards PGE accounts. If you are able, please consider choosing a tag to participate in the Circle of Giving. Families have until next Friday, December 13th, to bring items to the office. 
    If you have further questions, please contact Ashley Bevan in the counseling office. 
    SES Holiday Tree Recycling Event January 4-5 (NEW)
    During this busy season, we are looking for lots of middle school students and adult volunteers for the ​SES Holiday Tree Recycling Event on January 4th and 5th​. This is a great way for students to earn service hours and also help raise money for the PTSA and our own GO Fund! Hey 8th graders … think Catalina Island …
    We need assistance leading up to the event, as well as during event weekend. Parents and students should access the Google sign-up sheet at this link: Tree Recycling Sign Up
    Crucial needs include:
    • Several parent drivers to collect trees from the general neighborhood (we will have U-haul trailers)
    • MS students (20+ people in total) to work a 4 hour shift on that Sat or Sun. (unloading trees, pruning branches etc)
    • Parent and student to solicit in-kind support from local businesses
    • Student to plan and recruit event entertainment (amateur musicians...young, older, really talented, not so talented...doesn’t matter!)
    • Distributing promo flyers in local shops along Division, Hawthorne, Belmont, Burnside
    Please encourage friends and neighbors who have holiday trees to bring them to SES on event weekend, or reserve a pickup and we’ll do the work for them!
    Online pickup reservation form is at: ​https://www.sesptsa.org/featured/tree-recycling-2020/
    Thank you very much!
    Jeff Skoke and Matt Pozos, SES Parent Volunteers and Event Co-chairs
    Jeff’s email: ​jmsrwc@yahoo.com
    Matt’s email: ​matt.pozos@gmail.com
    Student Meal Account Donations (NEW)
    If you’d like to make a donation toward SES student meal accounts, visit the Nutrition Services website and click Donate Here. To ensure your donation goes to SES student accounts, please specify “Sunnyside” in the appropriate field. (You can also email the PPS Nutrition Services department directly at nutritionservices@pps.net to set up a payment.)
    Stay Updated on Weather Closures (NEW)
    PPS recently posted a reminder listing the different ways you can learn about school closures and delays due to inclement weather.
    Volunteers Wanted: Teach a Mini-Class at SES
    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 take place on two days:
    • Wednesday, December 18 from 12:05-3:15 and
    • Thursday, December 19, from 9:30am-2:55pm, with a lunch break from 11:30am-12pm (including clean up!)
    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.
    4-H Urban/Rural Exchange Program
    Upcoming Events:
    • March 11-15: Host families are needed to host rural youth
    • [ALL] April 2-7: 4-H Urban to Rural Exchange seeking adult chaperones
    • [Grade 7] April 2-7: Urban to Rural Exchange
    4-H will be presenting information about the programs at an upcoming morning meeting on Wednesday December 11th. We welcome adults to attend if they want to learn more about this program. 
    PLEASE NOTE: All applications need to be submitted online by December 13th. If you need additional assistance with this, please contact Courtney Lobo at 971-361-9629 or courtney.lobo@oregonstate.edu. Space is limited, so get your application in ASAP. Learn more about the program in OPB's Oregon Field Guide, Crossing the Urban-Rural Divide.
    Anti-Racist Reading and Resources (NEW)
    This article from young writer Allen Salway is titled:  “Thanksgiving: National Day of Mourning.”
    And check back often for updates!
    • December 6th and 7th SES Presents a New, Original Musical: Crush
      Please come support the Sunnyside middle school students in their original production of Crush, a story exploring the complexities and nuances of all types of relationships. This musical is appropriate for all ages, but it might be best enjoyed by students in 3rd grade and up. Cost is $7 per ticket. Buy tickets online or they will also be available outside the auditorium one hour before each performance. There are three performances: 
      • Friday, December 6th, 6:30pm
      • Saturday, December 7th, 3:00pm
      • Saturday, December 7th, 6:30pm

    • Join the SES Spring Musical!
      It's time to embark on another completely original school musical! Our story will be created with the students (grades 1–5 for cast and middle schoolers welcome for crew). We will journey inside the human body, exploring the intriguing world of our microbiome. Humans are a host to a vast array of microorganisms known collectively as the microbiome, which affects many aspects of our health and happiness. Join us as we get microscopic and discover together the ways that diversity makes a community thrive!

      The Informational Meeting for adults and students is on Wednesday, December 18, from 3:15 – 4:15 p.m. in the Auditorium. At the meeting, we'll cover expectations for participation (including code of conduct requirements), share about adult volunteer opportunities, and explore the theme. Rehearsals are on Wednesdays from 3:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. starting January 8, up until Performances on Friday, March 13 (6:30 p.m. show) and Saturday, March 14 (3:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. shows). There is a role for everyone and no student will be turned away!

      Please contact Caitlin Quinn (caitlinquinncredible@gmail.com) with questions. Please find the FAQ doc, registration form and code of conduct at: http://bit.ly/SES-SpringMusical-2020.
  • SES Messenger for November 22 2019

    Inside this Issue:
    • School News to Know (NEW)
    • Upcoming Dates
    • Websites to Know
    • Help Needed: SES Riparian Festival (NEW)
    • 4-H Urban/Rural Exchange Program (NEW)
    • Circle of Giving Now Open
    • Lost and Found to be Donated
    • Anti-Racist Reading and Resources (NEW)
    • News from SESPTSA (NEW)
    School News to Know (NEW)
    To our wonderful SES Community: 
    We hope you have a restful, reflective and wonderful fall break!
    Kindly,
    Amy and Alix
    Upcoming Dates
    Check the district online calendar here.
    Mon-Tue, Nov 25-26 Conferences (schedule with teacher)
    Mon-Fri, Nov 25-29 Fall Break (no school)
    Tues, December 3 Straight from NY on Belmont Restaurant Fundraiser
    Fri-Sat, December 6-7 MS Musical [Fri at 6:30pm, Sat at 3:00 & 6:30pm]
    Monday, December 9 Deadline to submit Circle of Giving requests
    Friday, December 13 Deadline to bring Circle of Giving gifts
    Friday, December 13 Riparian Festival, 5:30-7:30pm
    Websites to Know
    Help Needed: SES Riparian Festival (NEW)
    Join us Friday, December 13 from 5:30-7:30pm for the SES Riparian Festival, celebrating our students' work studying forests, rivers, oceans, and mountains. The Riparian Festival will have activities for all ages. All of the third grade through middle school classrooms will be open for touring, so you can see what the students have been learning. Even if you don't have a student in grades 3-8, it is worth checking out what is to come.
    In addition, there will be a wonderful homemade lasagna dinner in the cafeteria, treats and sweets. We will finish up the evening with a full school sing along in the auditorium at 7:30pm.
    We are asking parents to donate lasagna and baked goods (cookies, brownies, etc.) for the dinner that night, as well as people to help serve it up and then clean up afterwards.
    4-H Urban/Rural Exchange Program (NEW)
    March 11-15: Host families are needed to host rural youth
    This year we are partnering with 4-H staff from four Eastern Oregon counties to bring rural youth to Portland. We are looking for host families to host youth from Wednesday through Sunday, March 11-15. This is a great way for Sunnyside families to give back to the rural families who host dozens of Sunnyside kids every year, and puts the "exchange" into Urban/Rural Exchange. Stay tuned for more information or contact Courtney Lobo at courtney.lobo@oregonstate.edu with questions or to sign up.
    [ALL] April 2-7: 4-H Urban to Rural Exchange Seeking Adult Chaperones
    We are also looking for adult volunteers to chaperone students on the exchange trip. Chaperones will:
    • Drive a 12-passenger van. An online driving course and background check are required for this role.
    • Stay with a host family nearby, but separate from the students.
    • Be partnered with another adult chaperone (so wrangle a friend or family member for a great trip you won't forget).
    • Have their own rewarding adventure!
    Contact Courtney Lobo at 971-361-9629 or courtney.lobo@oregonstate.edu to learn more about the program or about chaperoning.
    [Grade 7] April 2-7: Urban to Rural Exchange
    This is the 13th anniversary of this program, which was started by SES teachers and 4-H. Hundreds of SES middle school students have participated since then, and it's time for this year's interested students to learn more about the program. We have several other schools participating this year, so get those applications in as soon as registration opens on December 13th.
    Through this program, middle school youth get to walk a mile in the boots of those across the urban-rural divide, live and work alongside a rural Oregon 4-H family for 6 days and 5 nights and—through the process—gain a deeper understanding of the environmental, social and economic issues from both an urban and rural perspective. 
    STAY TUNED: 4-H will be presenting information about the program at an upcoming morning meeting on Wednesday December 11th. We welcome adults to attend if they want to learn more about this program. 
    PLEASE NOTE: All applications need to be submitted online. If you need additional assistance with this, please contact Courtney Lobo at 971-361-9629. Space is limited, so get your application in ASAP. Learn more about the program in OPB's Oregon Field Guide, Crossing the Urban-Rural Divide.
    ❄ Circle of Giving Now Open ❄
    The Circle of Giving is out! It is located in the front hallway, across from the office and next to the cafeteria. The Circle of Giving display features tags for gifts or gift cards (open amount). If you are able, please consider choosing a tag to participate in the Circle of Giving. Families have until Friday, December 13th to bring items to the office so that they can be distributed December 19-20th. Check back often for newly added tags!
    The display also features forms to request items. Hard copies of request forms can be dropped off in the main office or given to your student's teacher. Item requests can also be made by filling out the online Google form here. All request forms must be received by Monday, December 9th. The Circle of Giving is a confidential process; donors will only learn the desired gift of your recipient and age/gender/size if applicable. 
    If you have further questions, please contact Ashley Bevan in the counseling office.
    Lost and Found to be Donated
    The Lost and Found will be donated to the PTA Clothing Closet at the end of conferences next week. Please check for any missing items before Fall Break begins on 11/27/19. The rack and shelf have been relocated to the main hallway across from the gym for easier access. In the future, the Lost and Found will be donated monthly to prevent an overflow. Please check it often for missing or lost items.
    Anti-Racist Reading and Resources (NEW)
    What’s My Complicity is a discussion with Robin DiAngelo, and is for “well-intentioned white people doing anti-racist and social justice work.”
    News from SESPTSA (NEW)
    And check back often for updates!
    • December 6th and 7th SES Presents a New, Original Musical: Crush
      Please come support the Sunnyside middle school students in their original production of Crush, a story exploring the complexities and nuances of all types of relationships. This musical is appropriate for all ages, but it might be best enjoyed by students in 3rd grade and up. There are three performances:
      • Friday, December 6th, 6:30pm
      • Saturday, December 7th, 3:00pm
      • Saturday, December 7th, 6:30pm
    Cost is $7 per ticket. Buy tickets online or in the SES front hallway before school Thursday, December 5th and Friday, December 6th. They will also be available outside the auditorium one hour before each performance.
    • Eat pizza for SES: Tues. Dec. 3rd
      Join us at Straight From New York (Belmont location only!) anytime from 5-10pm on Tuesday, December 3rd. Straight From New York will donate 40% of sales during that time period directly to SES.

    • Wreath Order Deadline Extended! Due 11/30/19
      Buying wreaths from Mujeres Progresistas supports migrant farm working families to support themselves through the winter months when harvests are low. By purchasing these beautiful wreaths you are supporting their business and our school. In addition, middle schoolers have an opportunity to go to Woodburn to meet the families, learn to make wreaths, practice Spanish and eat delicious food! Overall, this project is true service-learning where all parties learn and grow and gain. Please support this amazing business and our school community! Let's bring our total from 50 to 150!!! Muchisimas Gracias! Put your order in by November 30th!
  • SES Messenger for November 15 2019

    Inside this Issue:
    • School News to Know (NEW)
    • Upcoming Dates
    • Websites to Know
    • Come Visit the Circle of Giving (NEW)
    • Last Day for Class Photo Orders (NEW)
    • Lost and Found to be Donated (NEW)
    • UNICEF Funds Raised (NEW)
    • Volunteers Wanted: Teach a Mini-Class at SES
    • Water Bottle Ask
    • Anti-Racist Reading and Resources (NEW)
    • News from SESPTSA (NEW)
    School News to Know (NEW)
    Dear Families,
    Thank you for another successful (and busy!) week here at SES!
    Our staff is looking ahead to fall conferences, most of them taking place on November 25th and 26th. Conferences here at Sunnyside are intended to deepen the partnership between home and school on behalf of your student. At our staff meeting Tuesday, our staff will take some time to think about the structure, setting and content of our conferences. We will work together as a staff to think about ways to offer responsive conferences, ones that meet the needs of your family, center your child in the conversation even if they are not physically present, and invite your perspective into the room in the way that best meets your needs.
    Enjoy the weekend, and thank you for being part of this community. 
    —Alix and Amy
    Upcoming Dates
    Check the district online calendar here
    Wednesday, November 20 PTSA Board Meeting, 6:30-8:00
    Thursday, November 21 SES Volunteer Date for PPS Clothing Closet
    Thursday, November 21 5th Grade: Middle School Info Sessions (9:00am or 6:30pm)
    Mon-Tue, Nov 25-26 Conferences (schedule with teacher)
    Mon-Fri, November 25-29 Fall Break (no school)
    Fri-Sat, December 6-7 MS Musical [Fri at 6:30pm, Sat at 3:00 and 6:30pm]
    Monday, December 9 Deadline to submit Circle of Giving requests
    Friday, December 13 Deadline to bring Circle of Giving gifts
    Friday, December 13 Riparian Festival, 5:30pm
    Websites to Know
    Come Visit the Circle of Giving ❄ (NEW)
    The Circle of Giving is now out! It is located in the front hallway, across from the office and next to the cafeteria. The Circle of Giving display features tags for gifts, gift cards (open amount), and a few opportunities to contribute cash to families’ Portland General Electric account. If you are able, please consider choosing a tag to participate in the Circle of Giving. Families have until Friday, December 13th to bring items to the office so that they can be distributed December 19-20th.
    The display also features forms to request items. Hard copies of request forms can be dropped off in the main office or given to your student's teacher. Item requests can also be made by filling out the online Google form here. All request forms must be received by Monday, December 9th. The Circle of Giving is a confidential process; donors will only learn the desired gift of your recipient and age/gender/size if applicable. 
    If you have further questions, please contact Ashley Bevan in the counseling office.
    Last Day for Class Photo Orders (NEW)
    Class photos orders end today, November 15th. We are hoping to send them home in December before Winter Break begins. To purchase a class photo, please follow the links below:
    Lost and Found to be Donated (NEW)
    The Lost and Found will be donated to the PTA Clothing Closet at the end of conferences next week. Please check for any missing items before Fall Break begins on 11/27/19. The rack and shelf have been relocated to the main hallway across from the gym for easier access. In the future, the Lost and Found will be donated monthly to prevent an overflow. Please check it often for missing or lost items.
    UNICEF Funds Raised (NEW)
    Thank you to families that were able to participate in our annual UNICEF Fundraiser. Fifth Grade collected $758.00! Please visit the UNICEF website to learn more about their work.
    Volunteers Wanted: Teach a Mini-Class at SES
    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 take place on two days:
    • Wednesday, December 18 from 12:05-3:15 and
    • Thursday, December 19, from 9:30am-2:55pm, with a lunch break from 11:30am-12pm (including clean up!)
    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.
    Water Bottle Ask
    The cone cups by the water jugs are not recyclable. We’d like to reduce/eliminate our dependence on them. Please encourage students to bring and use water bottles at school. Thank you.
    Anti-Racist Reading and Resources (NEW)
    Though this podcast is for teachers, teachers come in all forms. Take a listen at the important reminder that, as we near Thanksgiving, we need to vet the resources and stories we teach students, and the harm wrong information can do.
    News from SESPTSA (NEW)
    And check back often for updates!
    • PTA Clothing Center - PLEASE Volunteer on November 21!
      Information for Volunteers here. While people are welcome to volunteer any day the Clothing Center is open, Sunnyside is specifically responsible for contributing volunteers to the Clothing Center on November 21, so we encourage volunteers to go on that day. If you have any questions or want to volunteer, please email SES parent Elizabeth Levi at elevi1@msn.com.

      The PTA Clothing Center, located at the Marshall Campus, Room B-60, will be in operation this school year from 10 am to 1 pm each Monday and Thursday that school is open. For questions, please contact Sharon Meigh-Chang, PTA Clothing Center, Director. 503.293.0783 ptaclothingcenter@comcast.net

    • Wreath Order Deadline Extended! Due 11/30/19
      Buying wreaths from Mujeres Progresistas supports migrant farmworking families to support themselves through the winter months when harvests are low. By purchasing these beautiful wreaths you are supporting their business and our school. In addition, middle schoolers have an opportunity to go to Woodburn to meet the families, learn to make wreaths, practice Spanish and eat delicious food! Overall, this project is true service-learning where all parties learn and grow and gain. Please support this amazing business and our school community! Let's bring our total from 50 to 150!!! Muchisimas Gracias! Put your order in by November 30th!