Weekly Messenger

  • SES Messenger for 6/10/2022

    06/10/22 School Messenger
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    • School News (NEW)
    • Upcoming Dates (NEW)
    • Websites to Know
    • Reminders
    • Celebrate SES Middle School students’ art (NEW)
    • Last call for Lost & Found: Monday, June 13 (NEW)
    • Wanted: One (1) SES PTSA Treasurer (NEW)
    • THANK YOU for helping us raise $34,000 for Sunnyside Environmental School! (NEW)
    • PPS-Approved Fliers (NEW)
    • A Recipe for Murder video now available
    • Summer Garden Care - Volunteers Needed!
    • End-of-year Middle School dance: Friday, June 10
    • SES PTSA News

     

    School News (NEW)
    Hello Sunnyside Families,

    What a wonderful 8th grade promotion we had last night at Franklin. The students showcased their speeches, their I Am poems, and, in all ways, showed up for one another as the beautiful humans that they are. Thank you to all our 8th graders for all their hard work this year and thank you to all 8th grade families. We will miss you all dearly and hope to see you all return to say hello or see your next student through Sunnyside.

    5th grade promotion was this morning and it was so sweet to see our 5th graders play their uke's, sing their songs, and give some speeches. Thank you to all our 5th grade team who made this possible.

    As we end I want to appreciate all of our staff that will be moving on:

    • First of all, I want to announce that after 10 years of teaching, 4-5 blended classroom teacher Leo Soell has made the challenging decision to resign. Leo is taking time to dream up their next era, which could include building rural queer community, working with people with (dis)abilities, writing, and/or seeking new experiences and perspectives on trans liberation at an international level. We want to thank Leo for all they have contributed to our school community and wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors. Thank you, Leo.
       
    • Also, we are losing our fabulous keeper of the gardens, Steph Rooney. Congrats to Steph, who is moving on from us to be the fulltime garden coordinator at the Arbor School. We will dearly miss the beauty that Steph fostered in our school gardens and her lovely teaching and working with our students. Thank you, Steph.
       
    • Peter Gawronski, Middle School Spanish teacher, will leave Sunnyside and move to Grant High School. We appreciate Peter stepping in this year to provide Spanish instruction for 7th and 8th graders and wish him well at Grant! Thanks, Peter.
       
    • Jessica Oskin served us this year as both the temporary 6th grade Math teacher, constant substitute, and intervention support for our K-2's. Jessica was a constant in our hallways as a helping hand and supported us during a year when we needed substitutes almost daily. Thanks, Jessica.
       
    • Nicole Costello, our social worker, will move full time to Whitman next year, and we are thrilled for her to be in one school full time. Nicole’s tireless efforts to support our students over the last two years will be missed. Thanks, Nicole.
       
    • I already announced this, but 2nd grade teacher Angel LeVan will leave us at the end of the year. We are so grateful to Angel for all she has done to support her students and wish her the best of luck in her next adventures. I know she will be successful in whatever she chooses to do. Thanks, Angel.
       
    • 4th grade teacher Asa Gervich has been out on paternity leave for the last few weeks, and Jeremy's student teacher, Joseph Blake, has been substituting in Asa’s class. We appreciate Joseph's willingness and ability to be part of the Sunnyside family. Thank you, Joseph.
       
    • And finally, thanks to Malti and Sierra, who joined us late this school year to help out with lunch and recess support. We appreciate you both!

    What a year it has been! I hope that all of you enjoy your summer with your beautiful children and we will miss you all dearly!

    This is our last newsletter of the year. We will see you back in August. And if you are promoting as an 8th grade parent, congratulations!

    ~Eryn

     

    Upcoming Dates (NEW)
    View the full SES calendar here.

    Wed, Jun 15, 6:30pm   SES PTSA board meeting (open to all)
    Tue, Aug 30   FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

     

    Websites to Know

     

    Reminders
    To help keep things working smoothly, here are some gentle reminders from the front office:

    • READ.

    • GO OUTSIDE.

    • HAVE A GREAT SUMMER.

     

    Celebrate SES Middle School students’ art (NEW)
    Let's celebrate the Art that was made by SES Middle School students this school year. Here are the end of the quarter Padlets where students picked the artwork they were most proud of from the term.
    Q1-Link | Q2-Link | Q3-Link | Q4-Link

    Have a beautiful summer, Indigo

     

    Last call for Lost & Found: Monday, June 13 (NEW)
    The lost and found will be spread out on the cob bench from 9:30-3:00 on Monday, June 13. Unclaimed items will be bundled up and donated.

     

    Wanted: One (1) SES PTSA Treasurer (NEW)
    The PTSA needs a Treasurer! Love numbers and spreadsheets? Want to help SES in a big way? The current amazing PTSA Treasurer term is up and we need you! The outgoing Treasurer is happy to meet with you and help facilitate a smooth transition. This position is extremely important (dare I say the MOST important) job on the Executive Board. Please, please, please: If you have the skills, consider volunteering! Thanks! Contact Auburn Harrison at auburnharrison@gmail.com or Heather de Michele at tanky34@gmail.com if interested.

     

    THANK YOU for helping us raise $34,000 for Sunnyside Environmental School! (NEW)
    We did it, friends! Yes, we know it was a CRAZY, BUSY fundraising season with a lot of twists and turns...but we came together for the students and MADE IT HAPPEN! If you weren't there Monday night, the Toffee Club party was an awesome success, and the costumes were epic. Our auction has now closed, and we are so thankful to everyone who bid, purchased, and donated items! If you didn't win, you can still support SES with a general donation).

    If you have any questions or would like to be involved with our fundraiser next school year, hit us up! 

    The Comeback Committee
    auburnharrison@gmail.com and tanky34@gmail.com

     

    PPS-Approved Fliers
    The following fliers have been approved by PPS to share:

     

    A Recipe for Murder video now available
    A Recipe for Murder was a smashing success this past Wednesday; this encore performance was held as part of the SES Comeback Campaign/Auction/Fundraising. Every part of this show - the idea itself, the script writing, the acting, the crew, the costume design, etc. - was done by our SES middle school students. We are delighted to announce that it is up on Vimeo for the SES community to enjoy.

    Here’s the link: https://vimeo.com/716309246
    Password: sunflower

    **Donations can still be made and are appreciated! [Read the entire invitation here.]

     

    Summer Garden Care - Volunteers Needed!
    NO Experience necessary! There are directions/details on the Summer 22 sign-up sheet. Cool yourself off and basically, just stand there with a hose and soak the soil every other day. What a wonderful way to give back to SES. Spend a week watering the gardens at Sunnyside with or without your kids. You can sign-up for a small section or multiple areas. There are beautiful blooms to pick for bouquets, greens and things to harvest for dinner and the satisfaction of knowing you are keeping the place alive during a quiet time.

     

    End-of-year Middle School dance: Friday, June 10
    The last Middle School Dance of the year is on the last day of school: Friday, June 10th from 6:30-8:30, featuring a DJ, lights and awesome snacks! We hope all middle schoolers will come celebrate the graduating 8th grade class. Families: Please visit this SugnUpGenius to sign up for chaperoning and snack bringing! (Volunteers must have active volunteer background checks.) Let’s kick off summer right!

     

    SES PTSA News
    Please check here for any new information from our incredibly supportive PTSA.

    • PTSA needs volunteers
      The parents currently serving in SES PTSA positions of President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer will be ending their terms this year - we need new parents to step up and help run the PTSA! This is a vital part of our school that raises funds for art, gardening and field trips. If you're interested please reach out to our current President, Corby Watkins at corbywatkins@gmail.com, or come to an upcoming PTSA meeting.
  • SES Messenger for 6/3/2022

    06/03/22 School Messenger
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    • School News (NEW)
    • Upcoming Dates (NEW)
    • Websites to Know
    • Reminders
    • Sign out medications next week (NEW)
    • A Recipe for Murder video now available (NEW)
    • Monday night: 70's Costume Contest, Paddle Raise & PARTY BOARDS! (NEW)
    • Rumpelstiltskin: an original musical on Tuesday June 7th (4:15pm) (NEW)
    • QSA Pride Day: Thursday, June 9 (NEW)
    • Walk Run Move: Prize Pick Up & Correction (UPDATE)
    • Flowers and greenery donations needed for 8th Grade Promotion 6/9
    • WATER BOTTLES! WATER BOTTLES! Please send WATER BOTTLES with your students! WATER BOTTLES!
    • Fond Farewells
    • Summer Garden Care - Volunteers Needed!
    • Get Involved: Become a Member of the first PPS Climate Crisis Response Committee
    • 2022 Ninth Grade Counts Guide to Programs
    • PPS-Approved Fliers 
    • A message from your sunny librarian
    • End-of-year Middle School dance: Friday, June 10
    • No SES supervision before 8:40am or after school
    • Lice (again)
    • SES PTSA News

     

    School News (NEW)
    Hello Sunnyside Families,

    I know there have been a million emails going out lately about end of the year and fundraising events and I thank all of you for all you have already done to make this end of year successful and full of fun and joy. Next week is our final week of the school year and we will be promoting our 8th graders as well as our 5th graders while other classes hold end of year celebrations and celebrate your students.

    Next Friday will be our final newsletter of the year and we will end with a celebration of any staff that will be moving on and recognizing the hard work of our staff and teachers. Next week looks like we will have mostly wonderful weather and we are looking forward to some lunch in the sun and many joyous smiles as we end the year.

    June is Pride Month, when the world's LGBTQ communities come together and celebrate the freedom to be themselves. At Sunnyside we embrace and celebrate our LGBTQIA+ students, staff, and families and strive to create an inclusive atmosphere where all our students thrive.

    Thank you for all you do!

    Bright skies ahead.
    Eryn 

     

    Upcoming Dates (NEW)
    View the full SES calendar here.

    Mon, Jun 6, 3:15pm   Garden Club
    Mon, Jun 6, 5-9pm   Sunnyside Comeback Campaign: Wrap-up Party at the Toffee Club
    Tue, Jun 7, 4:30pm   Rumpelstiltskin: an original musical
    Thu, Jun 9   SES QSA Pride Day
    Thu, Jun 9, 8:45-9:45am   Coffee and Connection
    Thu, Jun 9, 7-8:30pm   8th grade promotion at Franklin High School
    Fri, Jun 10, 8:45am   5th grade promotion
    Fri, Jun 10   LAST DAY OF SCHOOL
    Wed, Jun 15, 6:30pm   SES PTSA board meeting (open to all)

     

    Websites to Know

     

    Reminders
    To help keep things working smoothly, here are some gentle reminders from the front office:

    • Have your students wear coats and bring an extra change of clothes.

    • Do not park in no-parking zones or crosswalks.

    • Walk or carry anything wheeled while on school grounds.

    • Volunteer during lunch to help keep kids distanced.

    • Do not idle your car engine while waiting to pick up students.

    • Come to the front door and buzz if your student arrives late or leaves early.

     

    Sign out medications next week (NEW)
    If you checked medications into the school, please sign them out on the playground next Wed-Fri (June 6-8) morning and during pick-up on Wednesday (June 8). Office staff will be available to assist with EpiPen returns the following week, as well.

     

    A Recipe for Murder video now available (NEW)
    A Recipe for Murder was a smashing success this past Wednesday; this encore performance was held as part of the SES Comeback Campaign/Auction/Fundraising. Every part of this show - the idea itself, the script writing, the acting, the crew, the costume design, etc. - was done by our SES middle school students. We are delighted to announce that it is up on Vimeo for the SES community to enjoy.

    Here’s the link: https://vimeo.com/716309246
    Password: sunflower

    **Donations can still be made and are appreciated! [Read the entire invitation here.]

     

    Monday night: 70's Costume Contest, Paddle Raise & PARTY BOARDS! (NEW)
    Time to get tickets for the auction Wrap Party at THE TOFFEE CLUB on June 6th! You may be asking, SO, what IS this event all about exactly? Well, it's been quite a YEAR, right? Let's celebrate how far we've come, raise money for the 2023 school year at Sunnyside, and send off the auction season in style! This is an adults-only, 1970's theme costume night, so dust off your platform sandals and get ready to boogie! Prizes awarded for Best Costume and Most Creative! Music teacher Mo will be attending, bringing 70's sing-along tunes to sway to, and we'll be raising funds with our always popular "Party Boards." Pay what you can ($7-70 per person) for this adults-only event! If you haven't registered and started bidding yet, please jump in NOW! Auction items are being added every day, so check out all of the new vacations, workshops, tickets and fun Portland events that are now in the mix! Please support Toffee Club by ordering off their full pub menu. Tickets come with one free drink!

     

    Rumpelstiltskin: an original musical on Tuesday June 7th (4:15pm) (NEW)
    Come see Rumpelstiltskin, an original musical/play written and directed by Violet, a 6th grader here at Sunnyside. The play is a comedic adaptation of the story of Rumpelstiltskin performed by Sunnyside students in grades 4-6, and is free for all attendees.

    It will be performed only once on Tuesday June 7th in the Sunnyside Auditorium. Doors open at 4:15 and the play starts at 4:30.

    “I’m a strange little man
    With strange little ways
    And If you want to know my name
    You’ll be guessing for days”

    WARNING: The play contains comedic violence including death.

     

    QSA Pride Day: Thursday, June 9 (NEW)
    Our Queer Student Alliance invites you to participate in QSA Pride Day, on Thursday, June 9th! This is a chance for staff and students from the whole school to celebrate being themselves and show support for the LGBTQIA2S+ community. Students are encouraged to wear their QSA gear (click here to order for summer), rainbow colors, wear accessories that help make them feel awesome (ties, nail polish, earrings, etc.), bring in flags, wear neat pins, etc.). We encourage k through 8th grade students to participate! After showing spirit all day, stop by the QSA booth out front for a small celebration after school.

     

    Walk Run Move: Results & Prize Winners (UPDATE)
    Correction: Our 3-5 Top Move Points winner, Noah Ramos (Monica, 5), had 28 Move Points (not 18 - it was a typing error! Sorry, Noah!)

    Reminder to all individual category winners to stop by the office any day next week to claim your prizes! Winners include:

    Top Move Individuals

    • K-2 - Hendrix (Allye, K) - 17 Move Points
    • 3-5 - Noah Ramos (Monica, 5) - 28 Move Points
    • MS - Emmet Holt Dupey (Carrie) - 28 Move Points

    (1 Move Point = 1 half lap complete, or ~3 min. dancing)

    Top Fundraising

    • K-2 - Simone Bettleheim (Eric, 1)
    • 3-5 - Ramona Ewald (Asa, 4)
    • MS - Elinor Bettelheim (Tara)

    Portland Rock Gym Free Youth Class*

    • Dylan Brazelton (Michelle, 2)

    Moberi Smoothies for a Year*

    • Opal Woodbury (Michael, MS) 

    *Questions? Steph Barnhart (stephbarnhart1@gmail.com). 

     

    Flowers and greenery donations needed for 8th Grade Promotion 6/9
    It's a Sunnyside tradition that 6th & 7th grade families come together to create a loving 8th Grade Promotion ceremony. A simple way to support the event is donating small or large flowers and greenery. Sign up here https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050e49aba729aaf94-2022 and drop off in the Art Room between 8-9:30am Thursday June 9th. Fellow volunteers will create crowns and bouquets. Thank you in advance.

     

    WATER BOTTLES! WATER BOTTLES! Please send WATER BOTTLES with your students! WATER BOTTLES!
    Subject says it all: The office runs out of clean cups early each morning, making it more difficult for students who didn't bring water bottles to stay hydrated. But we have a solution! Please send a water bottle with your student every day. Thank you!

     

    Fond Farewells
    Dearest Sunnyside community,

    Thank you for giving me the time of my life. I feel like I have been a student all these years and it is time for my 8th grade speech! Next year I'll be a Garden teacher and classroom assistant at the Arbor School of Arts and Sciences in Tualatin. This change is an opportunity for me and my family that I couldn't refuse. I wish all the best for you all in your next adventures. I'm so lucky to have been your School Garden Coordinator and I will miss you.
    ~ Steph

     

    Summer Garden Care - Volunteers Needed!
    NO Experience necessary! There are directions/details on the Summer 22 sign-up sheet. Cool yourself off and basically, just stand there with a hose and soak the soil every other day. What a wonderful way to give back to SES. Spend a week watering the gardens at Sunnyside with or without your kids. You can sign-up for a small section or multiple areas. There are beautiful blooms to pick for bouquets, greens and things to harvest for dinner and the satisfaction of knowing you are keeping the place alive during a quiet time.

     

    Get Involved: Become a Member of the first PPS Climate Crisis Response Committee
    Earlier this year, the PPS School Board unanimously adopted one of the most aggressive school district climate crisis response policies in the nation. We are now looking for PPS students and members of our community to join the district’s efforts to cut greenhouse gas emission in half by 2030 and make other meaningful progress on important sustainability initiatives. If interested, submit your application to be part of the district’s first nine-person volunteer Climate Crisis Response Committee (CCR Committee) by June 15. Learn more here.

     

    2022 Ninth Grade Counts Guide to Programs
    Ninth Grade Counts is a network of summer transition programs for incoming freshmen. These programs are offered throughout Multnomah County at low or no cost to participants. Students have the ability to earn .5 elective credits for completing these programs. This linked Guide to Programs contains lists of people to contact for each program.

     

    PPS-Approved Fliers
    The following fliers have been approved by PPS to share:

     

    A message from your sunny librarian
    Hey Friends, have we got a special Donors Choose for you! Our library classroom has expanded to include the MakerSpace, making more alternative wiggly inclusive seating necessary for our K-8 kiddos. Please and thank you, take a moment to check it out. A huge thanks to those who have already donated. Gillian, Becky & Winnie really appreciate you, and our wiggly kiddos do too!! Donors Choose: Wiggle Stools for Wiggly Readers.

    … AND ...

    The Book Return Balloon Race has begun!! Our library goal is to have all checked out/lost books returned and fines satisfied by Friday June 3rd. Be sure to stop by the library and see who's class balloon is closest to the finish line. The first class to have all their books returned and fines satisfied by June 3rd will win a popsicle party. Summer Reading info to follow.

     

    End-of-year Middle School dance: Friday, June 10
    The last Middle School Dance of the year is on the last day of school: Friday, June 10th from 6:30-8:30, featuring a DJ, lights and awesome snacks! We hope all middle schoolers will come celebrate the graduating 8th grade class. Families: Please visit this SugnUpGenius to sign up for chaperoning and snack bringing! (Volunteers must have active volunteer background checks.) Let’s kick off summer right!

     

    No SES supervision before 8:40am or after school
    Please note that there is no supervision on the playground or school grounds before or after school.

    School starts at 8:45. The office is really busy in the morning so if you can make every effort to get here on time, we would appreciate it.

     

    Lice (again)
    Our students love Sunnyside, and unfortunately LICE love all of those heads roaming around. Please remember to do weekly head checks for lice and nits, and remind your student(s) to not share hats or hooded tops/coats. It is advised to purchase a Nit Terminator comb (a one-time investment that will last forever, and can be used on multiple people with cleaning in between). Avoid chemicals and harsh ingredients, and comb through wet hair for the most effective removal. Email the school health captain Amy if you need support: aliber@mesd.k12.or.us.

     

    SES PTSA News
    Please check here for any new information from our incredibly supportive PTSA.

    • PTSA needs volunteers
      The parents currently serving in SES PTSA positions of President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer will be ending their terms this year - we need new parents to step up and help run the PTSA! This is a vital part of our school that raises funds for art, gardening and field trips. If you're interested please reach out to our current President, Corby Watkins at corbywatkins@gmail.com, or come to an upcoming PTSA meeting.
  • SES Messenger for 5/27/2022

    05/27/22 School Messenger
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    • School News (NEW)
    • Upcoming Dates (NEW)
    • Websites to Know
    • Reminders
    • You are formally invited to A Recipe for Murder, our student-created play and fundraiser (NEW)
    • 70's TOFFEE CLUB Costume Contest, Paddle Raise & PARTY BOARDS! (NEW)
    • This coming week is SPIRIT WEEK (grades K-5) (NEW) 
    • Walk Run Move: Results & Prize Winners (NEW) 
    • Flowers and greenery donations needed for 8th Grade Promotion 6/9 (NEW)
    • WATER BOTTLES! WATER BOTTLES! Please send WATER BOTTLES with your students! WATER BOTTLES! (NEW) 
    • Fond Farewells (NEW)
    • Summer Garden Care - Volunteers Needed! (NEW)
    • Get Involved: Become a Member of the first PPS Climate Crisis Response Committee (NEW)
    • 2022 Ninth Grade Counts Guide to Programs (NEW)
    • PPS-Approved Fliers (NEW)
    • A message from your sunny librarian
    • No Heelys at school
    • QSA Gear for the Sunnyside Community
    • Franklin athletics: Summer and fall opportunities
    • Order class pictures on SchoolPay
    • End-of-year Middle School dance: Friday, June 10
    • No SES supervision before 8:40am or after school
    • Lice (again)
    • SES PTSA News

     

    School News (NEW)
    Hello Sunnyside Community,

    I know it has been a really impactful week and many messages have been coming from the school.

    I wanted to end the week with some staffing updates and hopefully send you all off on a wonderful three day weekend.

    I will send a longer email soon with all of our thanks to those staff who have joined us this year to support and who are not returning, but wanted to share a few grade changes that will be in place next year.

    • Angel will be leaving us at the end of the year. We are so grateful to Angel for all she has done to support her students and wish her the best of luck in her next adventures. I know she will be successful in whatever she chooses to do.
    • Leo will be moving to 2nd grade and taking Angel's position. The 4/5 blend is no longer necessary due to our numbers and we appreciate Leo doing that heavy lift of a blend this year.
    • Mary Gage will be able to return to our MS team as a core teacher. We are so pleased to be able to keep her and thankful for all her patience through a difficult staffing season.
    • Karen Shay will be teaching math in the afternoon and will be on a partial study leave.

    More to come on staffing, but I thought that we would end this week with a little cheer and some fond good wishes to Angel.

    Thank you to all of you who have tirelessly advocated for Sunnyside and our community. Have a wonderful weekend and the countdown has begun for the last two weeks of school!

    Best,
    Eryn

     

    Upcoming Dates (NEW)
    View the full SES calendar here.

    Mon, May 30   NO SCHOOL (Memorial Day)
    Tue-Fri, May 31-Jun 3   Spirit Week
    Wed, Jun 1   A Recipe for Murder, a student-created play in support of the SES Comeback Campaign fundraiser
    Mon, Jun 6, 3:15pm   Garden Club
    Mon, Jun 6, 5-9pm   Sunnyside Comeback Campaign: Wrap-up Party at the Toffee Club
    Thu, Jun 9, 8:45-9:45am   Coffee and Connection
    Thu, Jun 9, 7-8:30pm   8th grade promotion at Franklin High School
    Fri, Jun 10, 8:45am   5th grade promotion
    Fri, Jun 10   LAST DAY OF SCHOOL

     

    Websites to Know

     

    Reminders
    To help keep things working smoothly, here are some gentle reminders from the front office:

    • Have your students wear coats and bring an extra change of clothes.

    • Do not park in no-parking zones or crosswalks.

    • Walk or carry anything wheeled while on school grounds.

    • Volunteer during lunch to help keep kids distanced.

    • Do not idle your car engine while waiting to pick up students.

    • Come to the front door and buzz if your student arrives late or leaves early.


    You are formally invited to A Recipe for Murder, our student-created play and fundraiser (NEW)
    We are thrilled to announce that our 8th grade students will be having an encore performance of their student-created play, A Recipe For Murder, as part of the SES Comeback Campaign/Auction/Fundraising effort that’s happening in our community on June 1, 2022 at 7 pm (doors open at 6:40 for seating)!

    Every part of this show - the idea itself, the script writing, the acting, the crew, the costume design, etc. - was done by our SES middle school students. The 8th graders are performing this play once more as a way to pay it forward for next year’s middle school and K-5 students. All of the money raised by this event goes directly to the SES Staffing Fund, and we are aiming to raise $10,000 or more (!!) to pay for the SES Field Study Coordinator position, a position that is fundamental to ensuring the frequent, off-site field study experiences that are central to our environmental focus option school.

    Suggested ticket donations are listed below. Please reach out to Amy Kleiner if you have questions or concerns about ticket donation amounts/attendance at this production. Tickets are available at the door of the event, or via the link attached below.

    One ticket (suggested donation): $100
    One ticket (increased donation): $200, $300, $400, $500, other ____
    The above feels steep for me but I can donate ____ ($30 and up, sliding scale) for my ticket.

    **Online ticket purchasing link is attached here! [Read the entire invitation here.]

     

    70's TOFFEE CLUB Costume Contest, Paddle Raise & PARTY BOARDS! (NEW)
    Time to get tickets for the auction Wrap Party at THE TOFFEE CLUB on June 6th! You may be asking, SO, what IS this event all about exactly? Well, it's been quite a YEAR, right? Let's celebrate how far we've come, raise money for the 2023 school year at Sunnyside, and send off the auction season in style! This is an adults-only, 1970's theme costume night, so dust off your platform sandals and get ready to boogie! Prizes awarded for Best Costume and Most Creative! Music teacher Mo will be attending, bringing 70's sing-along tunes to sway to, and we'll be raising funds with our always popular "Party Boards." Pay what you can ($7-70 per person) for this adults-only event! If you haven't registered and started bidding yet, please jump in NOW! Auction items are being added every day, so check out all of the new vacations, workshops, tickets and fun Portland events that are now in the mix! Your ticket comes with one free drink! Please support Toffee Club by ordering off their full (and delicious!) pub menu!

     

    This coming week is SPIRIT WEEK (grades K-5) (NEW)
    This coming week, join the fun and show your community spirit!

    • Monday, May 30: NO SCHOOL
    • Tuesday, May 31: Favorite color day (or wear ORANGE to support anti-gun violence!)
    • Wednesday, June 1: Decades day (60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, etc.)
    • Thursday, June 2: Crazy hair and wacky accessories day
    • Friday, June 3: PJs and small stuffies and cozy day

     

    Walk Run Move: Results & Prize Winners (NEW)
    Wow!!! Together, the SES community completed 1,832.5 full laps around our school! We raised an epic $21,512 to support next year's SES programs! Amazing job to everyone who got out there to move and have fun, and to all who volunteered. SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!

    Top Move Points

    • K-2 - Corbin's Class
    • 3-5 - Jeremy's Class
    • MS - Sarah's Class

    Top Move Individuals

    • K-2 - Hendrix (Allye, K) - 17 Move Points
    • 3-5 - Noah Ramos (Monica, 5) - 18 Move Points
    • MS - Emmet Holt Dupey (Carrie) - 28 Move Points

    (1 Move Point = 1 half lap complete, or ~3 min. dancing)

    Top Fundraising

    • K-2 - Simone Bettleheim (Eric, 1)
    • 3-5 - Ramona Ewald (Asa, 4)
    • MS - Elinor Bettelheim (Tara)

    Portland Rock Gym Free Youth Class*

    • Dylan Brazelton (Michelle, 2)

    Moberi Smoothies for a Year*

    • Opal Woodbury (Michael, MS) 

    *All participants were eligible for these in a random drawing! All prize winners will be individually contacted to coordinate prize pick up soon. Questions? Steph Barnhart (stephbarnhart1@gmail.com). 

     

    Flowers and greenery donations needed for 8th Grade Promotion 6/9 (NEW)
    It's a Sunnyside tradition that 6th & 7th grade families come together to create a loving 8th Grade Promotion ceremony. A simple way to support the event is donating small or large flowers and greenery. Sign up here https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050e49aba729aaf94-2022 and drop off in the Art Room between 8-9:30am Thursday June 9th. Fellow volunteers will create crowns and bouquets. Thank you in advance.

     

    WATER BOTTLES! WATER BOTTLES! Please send WATER BOTTLES with your students! WATER BOTTLES! (NEW)
    Subject says it all: The office runs out of clean cups early each morning, making it more difficult for students who didn't bring water bottles to stay hydrated. But we have a solution! Please send a water bottle with your student every day. Thank you!

     

    Fond Farewells (NEW)
    Dearest Sunnyside community,

    Thank you for giving me the time of my life. I feel like I have been a student all these years and it is time for my 8th grade speech! Next year I'll be a Garden teacher and classroom assistant at the Arbor School of Arts and Sciences in Tualatin. This change is an opportunity for me and my family that I couldn't refuse. I wish all the best for you all in your next adventures. I'm so lucky to have been your School Garden Coordinator and I will miss you.
    ~ Steph

     

    Summer Garden Care - Volunteers Needed! (NEW)
    NO Experience necessary! There are directions/details on the Summer 22 sign-up sheet. Cool yourself off and basically, just stand there with a hose and soak the soil every other day. What a wonderful way to give back to SES. Spend a week watering the gardens at Sunnyside with or without your kids. You can sign-up for a small section or multiple areas. There are beautiful blooms to pick for bouquets, greens and things to harvest for dinner and the satisfaction of knowing you are keeping the place alive during a quiet time.

     

    Get Involved: Become a Member of the first PPS Climate Crisis Response Committee (NEW)
    Earlier this year, the PPS School Board unanimously adopted one of the most aggressive school district climate crisis response policies in the nation. We are now looking for PPS students and members of our community to join the district’s efforts to cut greenhouse gas emission in half by 2030 and make other meaningful progress on important sustainability initiatives. If interested, submit your application to be part of the district’s first nine-person volunteer Climate Crisis Response Committee (CCR Committee) by June 15. Learn more here.

     

    2022 Ninth Grade Counts Guide to Programs (NEW)
    Ninth Grade Counts is a network of summer transition programs for incoming freshmen. These programs are offered throughout Multnomah County at low or no cost to participants. Students have the ability to earn .5 elective credits for completing these programs. This linked Guide to Programs contains lists of people to contact for each program.

     

    PPS-Approved Fliers (NEW)
    The following fliers have been approved by PPS to share:

     

    A message from your sunny librarian
    Hey Friends, have we got a special Donors Choose for you! Our library classroom has expanded to include the MakerSpace, making more alternative wiggly inclusive seating necessary for our K-8 kiddos. Please and thank you, take a moment to check it out. A huge thanks to those who have already donated. Gillian, Becky & Winnie really appreciate you, and our wiggly kiddos do too!! Donors Choose: Wiggle Stools for Wiggly Readers.

    … AND ...

    Today, Friday May 20th, was the last day of checkout for this school year and so the Book Return Balloon Race has begun!! Our library goal is to have all checked out/lost books returned and fines satisfied by Friday June 3rd. Be sure to stop by the library and see who's class balloon is closest to the finish line. The first class to have all their books returned and fines satisfied by June 3rd will win a popsicle party. Summer Reading info to follow.

     

    No Heelys at school
    As a reminder, Heelys and other rolling shoes are not allowed at SES during school hours. Please remind your students to leave them at home, or to change into shoes without wheels when they arrive.


    QSA Gear for the Sunnyside Community
    Show your pride for LGBTQIA2S+ kids, staff, & families! We welcome all kids, families, community members, and staff (not just QSA members) to order shirts to show your passion for supporting queer and trans youth. Using these funds, our QSA will create a book list and order them for the Sunnyside School Library to be enjoyed for generations to come. The design was created by 4th and 5th grade leaders and modeled after this year's QSA zine cover.

    Please make sure to carefully select adult vs. youth sizing. All orders will be shipped directly to you and will be made based on the time of your order. The sooner the better! The campaign closes on Wednesday, June 1st, just in time for Portland Pride, a celebration uplifting LGBTQIA2S+ people and a remembrance of our trailblazers like Marsha P. Johnson and the Stonewall Riots.

    These shirts represent a community of affirmation, togetherness, and celebration, which are acts of resistance as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, agender, Two Spirit, pansexual, genderqueer, nonbinary and many many more types of people! 

    At Sunnyside, we have three QSA's- one for 3rd graders, one for 4x5, and one for middle school. We proudly have one of the most highly-attended QSAs, and our learners are leading the way towards the radical change that needs to come in order for all kids to feel safe and free to be themselves. As adults, we have a lot to learn to catch up with our incredible queer youth, and there has never been a more important time to show up and proudly support all of our learners.

    Thank you for uplifting our learners and for being you :D
    ~Leo 3x5 QSA Advisor (they/them) 

     

    Franklin athletics: Summer and fall opportunities
    FHS offers students a number of opportunities to get involved in sport over the summer and throughout the year. If you have a student interested in participating in any sport, please download the following for more information:

     

    Order class pictures on SchoolPay
    This week, each class took one formal photo and one goofy photo; each photo is available to order for $8.00. (If you are able, please consider contributing additional funds towards a scholarship. Our desire is for every student to take home a copy of their class photo.)

     

    End-of-year Middle School dance: Friday, June 10
    The last Middle School Dance of the year is on the last day of school: Friday, June 10th from 6:30-8:30, featuring a DJ, lights and awesome snacks! We hope all middle schoolers will come celebrate the graduating 8th grade class. Families: Please visit this SugnUpGenius to sign up for chaperoning and snack bringing! (Volunteers must have active volunteer background checks.) Let’s kick off summer right!

     

    No SES supervision before 8:40am or after school
    Please note that there is no supervision on the playground or school grounds before or after school.

    School starts at 8:45. The office is really busy in the morning so if you can make every effort to get here on time, we would appreciate it.

     

    Lice (again)
    Our students love Sunnyside, and unfortunately LICE love all of those heads roaming around. Please remember to do weekly head checks for lice and nits, and remind your student(s) to not share hats or hooded tops/coats. It is advised to purchase a Nit Terminator comb (a one-time investment that will last forever, and can be used on multiple people with cleaning in between). Avoid chemicals and harsh ingredients, and comb through wet hair for the most effective removal. Email the school health captain Amy if you need support: aliber@mesd.k12.or.us.

     

    SES PTSA News
    Please check here for any new information from our incredibly supportive PTSA.

    • PTSA needs volunteers
      The parents currently serving in SES PTSA positions of President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer will be ending their terms this year - we need new parents to step up and help run the PTSA! This is a vital part of our school that raises funds for art, gardening and field trips. If you're interested please reach out to our current President, Corby Watkins at corbywatkins@gmail.com, or come to an upcoming PTSA meeting.
  • Your are formally invited to "A Recipe for Murder"

    YOU ARE FORMALLY INVITED TO OUR PLAY!
    We are thrilled to announce that our 8th grade students will be having an encore performance of their student-created play, A Recipe For Murder, as part of the SES Comeback Campaign/Auction/Fundraising effort that’s happening in our community on June 1, 2022 at 7 pm!

    WHAT?
    A few months ago, a group of 8th grade students came up with the idea to create their own play. Every part of this show - the idea itself, the script writing, the acting, the crew, the costume design, etc. - was done by our SES middle school students. It’s an extraordinary artifact of the brilliance, creativity, grit, and leadership of our 8th graders. It is also a reflection of the Sunnyside values of community, service learning, and student-centered, holistic education. 

    WHY?
    The 8th graders are performing this play once more as a way to pay it forward for next year’s middle school and K-5 students. All of the money raised by this event goes directly to the SES Staffing Fund, and we are aiming to raise $10,000 or more (!!) to pay for the SES Field Study Coordinator position, a position that is fundamental to ensuring the frequent, off-site field study experiences that are central to our environmental focus option school. Students value regular field study experiences, they miss them very much, and they decided to hold this event as a way to guarantee these experiences for their friends and classmates in younger grades, especially the weekly middle school trips but also the monthly, less frequent K-5 experiences. 

    WHEN AND WHERE CAN I SEE A Recipe for Murder?
    Wednesday, June 1, 2022 in the SES auditorium. The doors will open at 6:40 for seating, with the show starting at 7 pm. 

    HOW MUCH WILL I DONATE?
    We have big aspirations, hoping to take home at last $10,000, going toward the field study coordinator position and field study experiences for next year. Field studies make Sunnyside what it is, and we want to ensure younger kids get to travel regularly during the 2022-23 school year. Suggested ticket donations are listed below, with contact information at the bottom of this message. Speaking transparently, we want this event to raise ample funds so we can reinvest in our weekly field study experiences. Also, we realize that some folks will want to attend but aren't able to donate the amount(s) listed below. Please reach out to Amy Kleiner, contact info found below, if you have questions or concerns about ticket donation amounts/attendance at this production.

    Tickets are available at the door of the event, or via the link attached below. 

    One ticket (suggested donation): $100
    One ticket (increased donation): $200, $300, $400, $500, other ____
    The above feels steep for me but I can donate ____ ($30 and up, sliding scale) for my ticket.

    **Online ticket purchasing link is attached here! 

    WHO?
    The event will be produced and performed by the original 8th grade cast and crew, with a short intermission featuring a song from a 4th/5th/6th grade, student-written production (Rumpelstiltskin!), one that was directly inspired by the original performance of A Recipe for Murder last month. Middle school student leaders will welcome you into this event with instrumental music in the hallways, smiles and a beautifully prepared space...all of them have come together to make this event possible and are excited to greet you. For ALL of the students involved, this is a special night and they want YOU to feel just how special it is! Here are some direct quotes from the 8th grade cast and crew: 

    “We all helped put it together. It was written, directed, produced, and performed by students. All of the cast members made and put up the posters, sold tickets, and made the set pieces. It was really cool to see my friends put this together and actually make it happen.” - Angela

    “This play was almost entirely student made, with the help of a few adults for chaperoning and guiding us when we needed it. It was an amazing experience because we wanted our last year at Sunnyside to feel special and with covid stopping all the things we normally do, this feels like a last hurrah sort of thing. The goal was for the year to feel normal, but instead it felt even more special. I am so happy to end my year like this.” -Ella

    “I have never really acted much, many of us had this same experience as well. We were all pretty nervous. It felt so gratifying to perform something that we were told could not happen. The thing I loved most about it is how much the school loved it. I was told by so many people how much they enjoyed it, and seeing that it brought smiles to peoples faces while we got to enjoy ourselves on stage, was so awesome to see.” - Zuzana

    TELL ME MORE!
    We will be recording this performance and uploading the video to Crowdcast or a similar protected platform. Your ticket purchase will give you access to the video, and others will be able to donate to access to this video after June 1st; an additional way to increase viewership/raise money for next year’s staffing.

    There will be an ASL translator on stage at this event, and the Crowdcast video will include closed captioning options.

    Thank you for your support! We are sooooo excited to open this show to our larger community, especially knowing that the proceeds directly go to support next year’s regular field studies and place based learning. Our goal is to center kids, support their art, and raise money for their experiences for next year!

    Thank you for your support,

    -The 8th grade cast & crew, A Recipe for Murder, SES Administration and Staff, and adult volunteers (and our 6th grade intermission performers :))

    PS: Have questions about this production? Please email Amy Kleiner, akleiner@pps.net or kleineramy@gmail.com

    Amy has been working with our 8th grade leaders this year. She is taking the lead on the planning for this event as a middle school parent volunteer, knowing just how much our staff, administration and families are already doing to help make the auction, promotion and end of year as thoughtful and fun-filled as possible for our kids. Amy's hope is to "carry the load" for the play on June 1st, an effort to keep our hard-working school leaders and staff rested and ready for the numerous, last week of school festivities.

     

    You can not love any child in this nation if you refuse to accept that America was born of a commitment to the death, destruction and suffering of Black and Indigenous children and a moral annihilation of white children. This is not a rigorous reading. This is wholly descriptive.
    -Kiese Laymon

  • SES Messenger for 5/20/2022

    05/20/22 School Messenger
    Español

    • School News (NEW)
    • Upcoming Dates (NEW)
    • Websites to Know
    • Reminders
    • SES Auction and Toffee Club tickets for sale (NEW)
    • Walk Run Move - Final Call for Fundraising! (NEW)
    • A message from your sunny librarian (NEW)
    • No Heelys at school (NEW)
    • Food drive for Friends of Seasonal and Service Workers (UPDATED)
    • PPS-Approved Fliers (NEW)
    • QSA Gear for the Sunnyside Community
    • Connect to Kindergarten: Wednesday, May 25, 3:15pm
    • 2022 Youth Mental Health Forum
    • Astronaut Dr. Jose Hernandez coming to PPS
    • Franklin athletics: Summer and fall opportunities
    • Order class pictures on SchoolPay
    • End-of-year Middle School dance: Friday, June 10
    • No SES supervision before 8:40am or after school
    • Lice (again)
    • SES PTSA News

     

    School News (NEW)
    Dear Sunnyside Community,

    Thank you so much for yet another wonderful week. We started the week with heavy hearts as we contemplated the tragedy in Buffalo and our teachers searched yet again for a way to stand in front of your children and lead through life events. I was privileged enough to sit in middle school as the teachers led discussions around what happened and engaged in critical thinking about the role of white nationalism and supremacy on our national landscape. Led by Levia and Tiffany, our 3rd-5th graders held some safe spaces for our students of color and then there was a student-led lowering of the flag in honor of those who lost their lives in Buffalo. Our 3rd grade students of color assembled for the first time and led by Tiffany, those students shared powerful testaments to the strength of solidarity. Watching our students come together and comfort and lead each other is the most inspiring aspect of being in schools. I thank you for your children.

    As we approach the final three weeks of school, we know things will be rushed and busy. Please take a moment to reflect on the growth of your students and our community over the year. This has not been an easy year for anyone and the strength of this community has pulled us all through and given us optimism. We are all looking forward to celebrating your children as this year ends and looking forward to a bright year next year.

    In community,
    Eryn

     

    Upcoming Dates (NEW)
    View the full SES calendar here.

    Mon, May 23, 3:15pm   Garden Club
    Wed, May 25, 3:15pm   Connect to Kindergarten
    Mon, May 30   NO SCHOOL (Memorial Day)
    Mon, Jun 6, 3:15pm   Garden Club
    Mon, Jun 6, 5-9pm   Sunnyside Comeback Campaign: Wrap-up Party at the Toffee Club
    Thu, Jun 9, 8:45-9:45am   Coffee and Connection
    Thu, Jun 9, 7-8:30pm   8th grade promotion at Franklin High School
    Fri, Jun 10, 8:45am   5th grade promotion
    Fri, Jun 10   LAST DAY OF SCHOOL

     

    Websites to Know

     

    Reminders
    To help keep things working smoothly, here are some gentle reminders from the front office:

    • Have your students wear coats and bring an extra change of clothes.

    • Do not park in no-parking zones or crosswalks.

    • Walk or carry anything wheeled while on school grounds.

    • Volunteer during lunch to help keep kids distanced.

    • Do not idle your car engine while waiting to pick up students.

    • Come to the front door and buzz if your student arrives late or leaves early.

     

    SES Auction and Toffee Club tickets for sale (NEW)
    The Comeback Campaign Auction is off to an exciting start! If you haven't registered and started bidding yet, please jump in NOW! Auction items are being added every day, so check out all of the new vacations, workshops, tickets and fun Portland events that are now in the mix! Bidding closes on June 6th!

    Time to get tickets for the end-of-year party at THE TOFFEE CLUB on June 6th! We'll be sending off the auction season in style with a 70s theme night, so dust off your platform sandals and get ready to boogie. Pay what you can ($7-70 per person) for this adults-only event!

     

    Walk Run Move - Final Call for Fundraising! (NEW)
    We are NEARLY to our fundraising goal of $12,000 for SES Programs! Thank you to everyone who has participated so far! GOOD NEWS: You can still collect pledges online until Monday, May 23! Envelopes with cash or checks were due to the office today, but we will still accept any that come in until Monday of next week. We will tally all the individual and classroom winners early next week and announce results soon. Contact Steph Barnhart with questions at: stephbarnhart1@gmail.com.

     

    A message from your sunny librarian (NEW)
    Hey Friends, have we got a special Donors Choose for you! Our library classroom has expanded to include the MakerSpace, making more alternative wiggly inclusive seating necessary for our K-8 kiddos. Please and thank you, take a moment to check it out. A huge thanks to those who have already donated. Gillian, Becky & Winnie really appreciate you, and our wiggly kiddos do too!! Donors Choose: Wiggle Stools for Wiggly Readers.

    … AND ...

    Today, Friday May 20th, was the last day of checkout for this school year and so the Book Return Balloon Race has begun!! Our library goal is to have all checked out/lost books returned and fines satisfied by Friday June 3rd. Be sure to stop by the library and see who's class balloon is closest to the finish line. The first class to have all their books returned and fines satisfied by June 3rd will win a popsicle party. Summer Reading info to follow.

     

    No Heelys at school (NEW)
    As a reminder, Heelys and other rolling shoes are not allowed at SES during school hours. Please remind your students to leave them at home, or to change into shoes without wheels when they arrive.

     

    Food drive for Friends of Seasonal and Service Workers (UPDATED)
    Becca Hawk’s middle school class is hosting a food drive. All collected food will be donated to Friends of Seasonal and Service Workers. Starting on May 11 until Friday May 27, please bring the following items to SES and place in boxes in students’ classrooms:

    • White rice
    • Cooking oil (canola or corn)
    • Beans
    • Pasta & sauce
    • Peanut butter & jelly
    • Bread
    • Tortillas
    • Onions
    • Cabbage
    • Potatoes
    • Any non-expired food


    PPS-Approved Fliers (NEW)
    The following fliers have been approved by PPS to share:


    QSA Gear for the Sunnyside Community
    Show your pride for LGBTQIA2S+ kids, staff, & families! We welcome all kids, families, community members, and staff (not just QSA members) to order shirts to show your passion for supporting queer and trans youth. Using these funds, our QSA will create a book list and order them for the Sunnyside School Library to be enjoyed for generations to come. The design was created by 4th and 5th grade leaders and modeled after this year's QSA zine cover.

    Please make sure to carefully select adult vs. youth sizing. All orders will be shipped directly to you and will be made based on the time of your order. The sooner the better! The campaign closes on Wednesday, June 1st, just in time for Portland Pride, a celebration uplifting LGBTQIA2S+ people and a remembrance of our trailblazers like Marsha P. Johnson and the Stonewall Riots.

    These shirts represent a community of affirmation, togetherness, and celebration, which are acts of resistance as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, agender, Two Spirit, pansexual, genderqueer, nonbinary and many many more types of people! 

    At Sunnyside, we have three QSA's- one for 3rd graders, one for 4x5, and one for middle school. We proudly have one of the most highly-attended QSAs, and our learners are leading the way towards the radical change that needs to come in order for all kids to feel safe and free to be themselves. As adults, we have a lot to learn to catch up with our incredible queer youth, and there has never been a more important time to show up and proudly support all of our learners.

    Thank you for uplifting our learners and for being you :D
    ~Leo 3x5 QSA Advisor (they/them) 

     

    Connect to Kindergarten: Wednesday, May 25, 3:15pm
    Families with children who will start Kindergarten in the fall of 2022 are invited to visit Sunnyside on Wednesday, May 25 at 3:15 pm for a tour and information about our school. (Please check in at the office when you arrive.) To enroll at Sunnyside or any other PPS school, please visit this page.

     

    2022 Youth Mental Health Forum
    Join peers and policy makers for a listening session to raise awareness and empower youth voice (ages 13-21) in talking about youth mental health challenges and solutions. This is a free event hosted by Multnomah County Commissioner Sharon Meieran in partnership with youth leaders and community organizations.

    The event will include opening remarks from Commissioner Meieran, invited speakers Portland Commissioner JoAnn Hardesty and youth leaders, small group conversations, free lunch, resources, & affinity spaces. 

    • Date: Saturday, May 21, 2022
    • Time: 10:00 am-1:30 pm
      • 9:30 am: Doors Open
      • 10:00 am-12:00 pm: Main Event
      • 12:00 pm-12:30 pm: Free Lunch and Resource Fair
      • 12:30 pm-1:30 pm: Affinity Spaces, Resource Fair Continued, and Closing
    • Location: DoubleTree by Hilton Portland (1000 NE Multnomah St, Portland, OR 97232) and virtual
    • Incentives: peer to peer connection, employee passes to local sportswear stores, lunch, and more! (Some incentives are only available for youth who attend in person.)
    • Learn more: https://www.multco.us/commissioner-meieran/youth-mental-health-forum

    If you would like to attend the forum, please fill out the EVENT REGISTRATION FORM.

    If you would like to volunteer at the forum, please fill out the VOLUNTEER SIGN-UP FORM.

     

    Astronaut Dr. Jose Hernandez coming to PPS
    On May 20th at Jefferson High School, PPS will host a speaking event featuring Dr. Jose Hernandez, a NASA astronaut, STEM education advocate, engineer, and author. This free event is open to PPS students and families of all ages.

    • Friday, May 20th (English with interpretation available in American Sign Language, Spanish, Vietnamese, Cantonese, Mandarin, Somali, and Russian)
      Time: 6:00-8:00pm
      Location: Jefferson High School Auditorium
      Address: 5210 N. Kirby Ave., Portland, OR 97217 (map)
      Registration forms: English | Spanish | Vietnamese | Chinese | Somali | Russian

     

    Franklin athletics: Summer and fall opportunities
    FHS offers students a number of opportunities to get involved in sport over the summer and throughout the year. If you have a student interested in participating in any sport, please download the following for more information:

     

    Order class pictures on SchoolPay
    This week, each class took one formal photo and one goofy photo; each photo is available to order for $8.00. (If you are able, please consider contributing additional funds towards a scholarship. Our desire is for every student to take home a copy of their class photo.)

     

    End-of-year Middle School dance: Friday, June 10
    The last Middle School Dance of the year is on the last day of school: Friday, June 10th from 6:30-8:30, featuring a DJ, lights and awesome snacks! We hope all middle schoolers will come celebrate the graduating 8th grade class. Families: Please visit this SugnUpGenius to sign up for chaperoning and snack bringing! (Volunteers must have active volunteer background checks.) Let’s kick off summer right!

     

    No SES supervision before 8:40am or after school
    Please note that there is no supervision on the playground or school grounds before or after school.

    School starts at 8:45. The office is really busy in the morning so if you can make every effort to get here on time, we would appreciate it.

     

    Lice (again)
    Our students love Sunnyside, and unfortunately LICE love all of those heads roaming around. Please remember to do weekly head checks for lice and nits, and remind your student(s) to not share hats or hooded tops/coats. It is advised to purchase a Nit Terminator comb (a one-time investment that will last forever, and can be used on multiple people with cleaning in between). Avoid chemicals and harsh ingredients, and comb through wet hair for the most effective removal. Email the school health captain Amy if you need support: aliber@mesd.k12.or.us.

     

    SES PTSA News
    Please check here for any new information from our incredibly supportive PTSA.

    • PTSA needs volunteers
      The parents currently serving in SES PTSA positions of President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer will be ending their terms this year - we need new parents to step up and help run the PTSA! This is a vital part of our school that raises funds for art, gardening and field trips. If you're interested please reach out to our current President, Corby Watkins at corbywatkins@gmail.com, or come to an upcoming PTSA meeting.
  • SES Messenger for 5/13/2022

    05/13/22 School Messenger
    Español

    • School News (NEW)
    • Upcoming Dates (NEW)
    • Websites to Know (NEW)
    • Reminders
    • SES Auction kickoff and Toffee Club tickets for sale (NEW)
    • THANK YOU & Final Steps for the Walk Run Move! (NEW)
    • Food drive for Friends of Seasonal and Service Workers (NEW)
    • QSA Gear for the Sunnyside Community (NEW)
    • Connect to Kindergarten: Wednesday, May 25, 3:15pm (NEW)
    • 2022 Youth Mental Health Forum (NEW)
    • Astronaut Dr. Jose Hernandez coming to PPS (NEW)
    • Franklin athletics: Summer and fall opportunities (NEW)
    • PPS-Approved Fliers (NEW)
    • Order class pictures on SchoolPay
    • End-of-year Middle School dance: Friday, June 10
    • No SES supervision before 8:40am or after school
    • Lice (again)
    • SES PTSA News

     

    School News (NEW)
    Dear Sunnyside Community,

    Today was an amazing day to be part of the Sunnyside family. This morning, in partnership with the SES PTSA & NW Dance Project, we had our 2022 Walk, Run & Move. This event was a great way to have our kids (and staff) move their muscles and raise money for Sunnyside. We had so many excited and energetic parent volunteers and a big thanks to Steph Barnhart who rocked the organization and fashion by showing up and leading the event. Thank you!!! It was really fun and the students enjoyed themselves. The weather was perfect (for once this spring) and we all had a blast.

    May marks Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, which celebrates the histories of Americans hailing from across the Asian continent and from the Pacific islands of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia. May 7, 1843, marks the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants to the United States. And May 10, 1869, or Golden Spike Day, recognizes the completion of the first transcontinental railroad in the U.S., which had significant contributions from Chinese workers. This is a month to celebrate and honor our contributions from the Asian Pacific American Community. We, of course, engage in constant discourse year round about honoring our diverse communities and students and families.

    We learned of a potential school walkout on Friday, May 20 related to climate justice. Based on current information, students are to walk out of class between 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and travel down to City Hall by 11 a.m. Elementary and middle school students will be asked to remain at Sunnyside. Parents may choose to sign their students out and participate with them. If parents plan for an adult other than parent/guardian to check out their student, they will need to update us ahead of time that another adult is authorized to pick up their student.

    At Sunnyside we value student voice and their stake in our environment, per PPS reImagined, our district vision, we recognize that student leadership and advocacy is an important part of the educational experience:

    • PPS Climate Justice Youth Advisory Group: We encourage students to join the PPS Climate Justice Youth Advisory Group, which serves to advise PPS senior leaders on the future of climate justice efforts in our school district. For details, please contact Yian Saechao, PPS’ Youth Engagement Specialist at yisaechao@pps.net.
    • Climate Crisis Response Policy: Student advocacy was instrumental in passing our Climate Crisis Response Policy, a set of policy strategies the PPS Board of Education adopted to reduce PPS’ greenhouse gas emissions and build a culture of learning, responsibility, and resilience around climate justice.

    Thanks for all you do!
    Eryn & Alix

     

    Upcoming Dates (NEW)
    View the full SES calendar here.

    Sat, May 14, 5-8pm   Sunnyside Comeback Campaign kickoff: House concert with Laura Veirs
    Mon, May 16, 3:15pm   Garden Club
    Wed, May 18, 6:30pm   SES PTSA board meeting (open to all)
    Mon, May 23, 3:15pm   Garden Club
    Wed, May 25, 3:15pm   Connect to Kindergarten
    Mon, May 30   NO SCHOOL (Memorial Day)
    Mon, Jun 6, 3:15pm   Garden Club
    Mon, Jun 6, 5-9pm   Sunnyside Comeback Campaign: Wrap-up Party at the Toffee Club
    Thu, Jun 9, 8:45-9:45am   Coffee and Connection
    Thu, Jun 9, 7-8:30pm   8th grade promotion at Franklin High School
    Fri, Jun 10, 8:45am   5th grade promotion
    Fri, Jun 10   LAST DAY OF SCHOOL

     

    Websites to Know (NEW)

     

    Reminders
    To help keep things working smoothly, here are some gentle reminders from the front office:

    • Have your students wear coats and bring an extra change of clothes.

    • Do not park in no-parking zones or crosswalks.

    • Walk or carry anything wheeled while on school grounds.

    • Volunteer during lunch to help keep kids distanced.

    • Do not idle your car engine while waiting to pick up students.

    • Come to the front door and buzz if your student arrives late or leaves early.

     

    SES Auction kickoff and Toffee Club tickets for sale (NEW)
    Thank you to everyone who bought tickets for the Laura Veirs show. We are now SOLD OUT! But there are still ways to support the SES Comeback Campaign!

     

    THANK YOU & Final Steps for the Walk Run Move! (NEW)
    This morning, we walked, we ran, we moved!!! It was awesome. We had a BLAST and students participated to their fullest. To the large number of you who came to cheer and volunteer in other ways: THANK YOU! It was a flag-waving, sign-making, laps-counting, corner-turning, snack-having, dance-moving good time. PTSA Events like these take a lot of effort from a lot of people to pull them off, and today's Move was a reminder of how good SES is at coming together, time and time again, to support our school! Also: appreciation to NW Dance Project for the cool choreography.

    Now: COLLECT YOUR PLEDGES! You have until next Friday, May 20 to fundraise. Envelopes with move points totals went home with students today. (If you don't see one, ask your student how many bands they got - integrity encouraged! I saw a lot of very full wrists because people were ~hustling~! We also verified band totals so you can always ask me. Bring envelopes back to the office next week with pledge money collected. Fundraising is also happening online at MyBooster.com.

    Contact Steph Barnhart (stephbarnhart1@gmail.com) with questions anytime.

     

    Food drive for Friends of Seasonal and Service Workers (NEW)
    Becca Hawk’s middle school class is hosting a food drive. All collected food will be donated to Friends of Seasonal and Service Workers. Starting on May 11, please bring the following items to SES and place in boxes in students’ classrooms:

    • White rice
    • Cooking oil (canola or corn)
    • Beans
    • Pasta & sauce
    • Peanut butter & jelly
    • Bread
    • Tortillas
    • Onions
    • Cabbage
    • Potatoes
    • Any non-expired food

     

    QSA Gear for the Sunnyside Community (NEW)
    Show your pride for LGBTQIA2S+ kids, staff, & families! We welcome all kids, families, community members, and staff (not just QSA members) to order shirts to show your passion for supporting queer and trans youth. Using these funds, our QSA will create a book list and order them for the Sunnyside School Library to be enjoyed for generations to come. The design was created by 4th and 5th grade leaders and modeled after this year's QSA zine cover.

    Please make sure to carefully select adult vs. youth sizing. All orders will be shipped directly to you and will be made based on the time of your order. The sooner the better! The campaign closes on Wednesday, June 1st, just in time for Portland Pride, a celebration uplifting LGBTQIA2S+ people and a remembrance of our trailblazers like Marsha P. Johnson and the Stonewall Riots.

    These shirts represent a community of affirmation, togetherness, and celebration, which are acts of resistance as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, agender, Two Spirit, pansexual, genderqueer, nonbinary and many many more types of people! 

    At Sunnyside, we have three QSA's- one for 3rd graders, one for 4x5, and one for middle school. We proudly have one of the most highly-attended QSAs, and our learners are leading the way towards the radical change that needs to come in order for all kids to feel safe and free to be themselves. As adults, we have a lot to learn to catch up with our incredible queer youth, and there has never been a more important time to show up and proudly support all of our learners.

    Thank you for uplifting our learners and for being you :D
    ~Leo 3x5 QSA Advisor (they/them) 

     

    Connect to Kindergarten: Wednesday, May 25, 3:15pm (NEW)
    Families with children who will start Kindergarten in the fall of 2022 are invited to visit Sunnyside on Wednesday, May 25 at 3:15 pm for a tour and information about our school. (Please check in at the office when you arrive.) To enroll at Sunnyside or any other PPS school, please visit this page.

     

    2022 Youth Mental Health Forum (NEW)
    Join peers and policy makers for a listening session to raise awareness and empower youth voice (ages 13-21) in talking about youth mental health challenges and solutions. This is a free event hosted by Multnomah County Commissioner Sharon Meieran in partnership with youth leaders and community organizations.

    The event will include opening remarks from Commissioner Meieran, invited speakers Portland Commissioner JoAnn Hardesty and youth leaders, small group conversations, free lunch, resources, & affinity spaces. 

    • Date: Saturday, May 21, 2022
    • Time: 10:00 am-1:30 pm
      • 9:30 am: Doors Open
      • 10:00 am-12:00 pm: Main Event
      • 12:00 pm-12:30 pm: Free Lunch and Resource Fair
      • 12:30 pm-1:30 pm: Affinity Spaces, Resource Fair Continued, and Closing
    • Location: DoubleTree by Hilton Portland (1000 NE Multnomah St, Portland, OR 97232) and virtual
    • Incentives: peer to peer connection, employee passes to local sportswear stores, lunch, and more! (Some incentives are only available for youth who attend in person.)
    • Learn more: https://www.multco.us/commissioner-meieran/youth-mental-health-forum

    If you would like to attend the forum, please fill out the EVENT REGISTRATION FORM.

    If you would like to volunteer at the forum, please fill out the VOLUNTEER SIGN-UP FORM.

     

    Astronaut Dr. Jose Hernandez coming to PPS (NEW)
    On May 20th at Jefferson High School, PPS will host a speaking event featuring Dr. Jose Hernandez, a NASA astronaut, STEM education advocate, engineer, and author. This free event is open to PPS students and families of all ages.

    • Friday, May 20th (English with interpretation available in American Sign Language, Spanish, Vietnamese, Cantonese, Mandarin, Somali, and Russian)
      Time: 6:00-8:00pm
      Location: Jefferson High School Auditorium
      Address: 5210 N. Kirby Ave., Portland, OR 97217 (map)
      Registration forms: English | Spanish | Vietnamese | Chinese | Somali | Russian

     

    Franklin athletics: Summer and fall opportunities (NEW)
    FHS offers students a number of opportunities to get involved in sport over the summer and throughout the year. If you have a student interested in participating in any sport, please download the following for more information:

     

    PPS-Approved Fliers (NEW)

    The following fliers have been approved by PPS to share:

     

    Order class pictures on SchoolPay
    This week, each class took one formal photo and one goofy photo; each photo is available to order for $8.00. (If you are able, please consider contributing additional funds towards a scholarship. Our desire is for every student to take home a copy of their class photo.)

     

    End-of-year Middle School dance: Friday, June 10
    The last Middle School Dance of the year is on the last day of school: Friday, June 10th from 6:30-8:30, featuring a DJ, lights and awesome snacks! We hope all middle schoolers will come celebrate the graduating 8th grade class. Families: Please visit this SugnUpGenius to sign up for chaperoning and snack bringing! (Volunteers must have active volunteer background checks.) Let’s kick off summer right!

     

    No SES supervision before 8:40am or after school
    Please note that there is no supervision on the playground or school grounds before or after school.

    School starts at 8:45. The office is really busy in the morning so if you can make every effort to get here on time, we would appreciate it.

     

    Lice (again)
    Our students love Sunnyside, and unfortunately LICE love all of those heads roaming around. Please remember to do weekly head checks for lice and nits, and remind your student(s) to not share hats or hooded tops/coats. It is advised to purchase a Nit Terminator comb (a one-time investment that will last forever, and can be used on multiple people with cleaning in between). Avoid chemicals and harsh ingredients, and comb through wet hair for the most effective removal. Email the school health captain Amy if you need support: aliber@mesd.k12.or.us.

     

    SES PTSA News
    Please check here for any new information from our incredibly supportive PTSA.

    • Wednesday, May 18, 6:30pm: PTSA board meeting (open to all)
      Please join us at our virtual PTSA meeting on Wednesday, May 18 at 6:30pm. It's a great way to find out more about what the PTSA does and how you can get involved. Use this Google Meet link, or the link on our calendar at sesptsa.org.
       
    • PTSA needs volunteers
      The parents currently serving in SES PTSA positions of President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer will be ending their terms this year - we need new parents to step up and help run the PTSA! This is a vital part of our school that raises funds for art, gardening and field trips. If you're interested please reach out to our current President, Corby Watkins at corbywatkins@gmail.com, or come to an upcoming PTSA meeting.
  • SES Messenger for 5/6/2022

    05/06/22 School Messenger
    Español

    • School News (NEW)
    • Upcoming Dates (NEW)
    • Websites to Know
    • Reminders
    • Order class pictures on SchoolPay (NEW)
    • SES Walk Run Move ONE WEEK AWAY — Friday, May 13! (NEW)
    • Sunnyside Comeback Campaign: Laura Veirs house party tickets close to selling out (UPDATED)
    • Staff Appreciation Week (NEW)
    • End-of-year Middle School dance: Friday, June 10 (NEW)
    • PPS-Approved Fliers (NEW)
    • No SES supervision before 8:40am or after school
    • PPS 2022-2023 district calendar
    • 8th grade speeches
    • SES PTSA News: PTSA board meeting May 18, 6:30pm

     

    School News (NEW)
    Dear Sunnyside Families,
     
    Sunnyside appreciates its community so much. This week we were so flooded with appreciation starting with the signs out front on Monday morning. It means so much to all of us working here every day to be so appreciated. For all of us this year has taken so many unexpected twists and turns and together we have been asked to flex our adaptation brains so many times. Everyone together has made this work and made a commitment to the community at Sunnyside and as we get closer to the end of the year, we can see how hard everyone has worked. We notice you parents as you volunteer for lunch duty, field trips, walking trips, and various other activities. Thank you for being our team. We couldn't do it without you and all your appreciation this week was just the cherry on the top! Thank you Sunnyside community. We look forward to the last month of school and all the fun celebratory activities we will participate in and to celebrate your students and you. Thank you to the Sunnyside staff for always showing up with a smile and a kindness and dedication to students and for being such a stellar group of talented individuals. 
     
    Sunnyside rocks!
    Eryn & Alix

     

    Upcoming Dates (NEW)
    View the full SES calendar here.

    Mon, May 9, 3:15pm   Garden Club
    Fri, May 13, 8:45-9:45am   Coffee and Connection
    Fri, May 13   Run/Walk/Move fundraiser
    Sat, May 14, 5-8pm   Sunnyside Comeback Campaign kickoff: House concert with Laura Viers
    Mon, May 16, 3:15pm   Garden Club
    Wed, May 18, 6:30pm   SES PTSA board meeting (open to all)
    Mon, May 23, 3:15pm   Garden Club
    Mon, May 30   NO SCHOOL (Memorial Day)
    Mon, Jun 6, 3:15pm   Garden Club
    Mon, Jun 6, 5-9pm   Sunnyside Comeback Campaign: Wrap-up Party at the Toffee Club
    Thu, Jun 9, 8:45-9:45am   Coffee and Connection
    Thu, Jun 9, 7-8:30pm   8th grade promotion at Franklin High School
    Fri, Jun 10, 8:45am   5th grade promotion
    Fri, Jun 10   LAST DAY OF SCHOOL

     

    Websites to Know

     

    Reminders
    To help keep things working smoothly, here are some gentle reminders from the front office:

    • Have your students wear coats and bring an extra change of clothes.

    • Do not park in no-parking zones or crosswalks.

    • Walk or carry anything wheeled while on school grounds.

    • Volunteer during lunch to help keep kids distanced.

    • Do not idle your car engine while waiting to pick up students.

    • Come to the front door and buzz if your student arrives late or leaves early.

     

    Order class pictures on SchoolPay (NEW)
    This week, each class took one formal photo and one goofy photo; each photo is available to order for $8.00. (If you are able, please consider contributing additional funds towards a scholarship. Our desire is for every student to take home a copy of their class photo.)

     

    SES Walk Run Move ONE WEEK AWAY — Friday, May 13!
    The Walk Run Move, brought to you by SES PTSA in partnership with NW Dance Project, is IN ONE WEEK! Rain or shine, we'll be movin'!! Here are the ways you can get ready: 

    1. Fundraise! Fundraise! Fundraise!
      Printed pledge sheets and registration forms went home via classrooms, and there are extras available for pick up at the Office. You can also collect $$$ online: Log in at MyBooster.com (same as Read-a-Thon) to collect online pledges. Under the Menu, Register your student(s) for the new Sunnyside event. Fundraising extends after the event, too, when you know how many Move Points you earned - all pledges will be due on Friday, May 20.
       
    2. Volunteer!
      We need chalk artists, laps counters, water fillers, dancers, corner safety people, and much more. Sign up: bit.ly/SES-WalkRunMove-Volunteer
       
    3. Come to Cheer!
      Put it in your calendar now. Schedule of events below. All pets, friends, neighbors encouraged to line the sidewalk to cheer on our students as they move for a great cause! And: YOU CAN WALK, JOG, RUN, or DANCE, TOO!
    • NOW: Fundraising!!! (Help us meet our $12k goal.)
    • Friday, May 13: SES Walk Run Move Event
      • K-2 moves at 9:15 – 9:45 a.m.
      • 3-5 moves at 10:20 – 10:50 a.m.
      • 6-8 moves at 11:20 – 11:50 a.m.
    • Friday, May 20: Pledge Sheets Due
    • Friday, May 27: Prize Winners Announced

    All the info at www.sesptsa.org. Contact Steph Barnhart at stephbarnhart1@gmail.com with questions.

     

    Sunnyside Comeback Campaign: Laura Veirs house party tickets close to selling out (UPDATED)
    TICKETS TO LAURA VEIRS CLOSE TO SELLING OUT! Buy Now to Help Raise Money for SES!!

     

    Staff Appreciation Week (NEW)
    Thank you amazing community for coming together to show our love and appreciation for our incredible SES teachers and staff. Special thanks to all who wrote cards for teachers, to those who contributed food for staff, to our Classroom Family Reps who created very loving Love Baskets, to all who stood around in the rain this morning making floral bouquets, to Jill at Starflower, Geoff at Stumptown and John at Oblique Coffee. I think our staff felt the love. And because this is my kids' last year at SES, we'd love to find another enthusiastic community member who'd like to take over the running of Staff Appreciation Week. Feel free to reach out if you might be that person. Thanks again, Leonie (simplyleonie@gmail.com)

     

    End-of-year Middle School dance: Friday, June 10 (NEW)
    The last Middle School Dance of the year is on the last day of school: Friday, June 10th from 6:30-8:30, featuring a DJ, lights and awesome snacks! We hope all middle schoolers will come celebrate the graduating 8th grade class. Families: Please visit this SugnUpGenius to sign up for chaperoning and snack bringing! (Volunteers must have active volunteer background checks.) Let’s kick off summer right!

     

    PPS-Approved Fliers (NEW)

    The following fliers have been approved by PPS to share:

     

    No SES supervision before 8:40am or after school
    Please note that there is no supervision on the playground or school grounds before or after school.

    School starts at 8:45. The office is really busy in the morning so if you can make every effort to get here on time, we would appreciate it.

     

    PPS 2022-2023 district calendar
    The PPS calendar for next year has been approved and can be found here. The first day of school for grades 1-8 will be Tuesday, August 30, 2022. The first full day of Kindergarten will be Tuesday, September 6, 2022. The last day of school will be Tuesday, June 13, 2023.


    8th grade speeches
    On Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays during middle school morning meeting, 8th graders are delivering these speeches, starting at 8:45am. PPS policy allows us to hold assemblies and events in person, and we're delighted to report that speeches will take place in person in the SES Auditorium. Also according to PPS policy, we cannot require people to wear masks or to social distance; please keep this in mind as you make your decision whether to attend in person.

    You can find the schedule of speeches here. The schedule does change, so please be sure to check for updates regularly if there's someone you really want to see. (Note: No one is allowed to exit or enter the auditorium when a speech is in progress; please show up on time.)

     

    SES PTSA News
    Please check here for any new information from our incredibly supportive PTSA.

    • Wednesday, May 18, 6:30pm: PTSA board meeting (open to all)
      Please join us at our virtual PTSA meeting on Wednesday, May 18 at 6:30pm. It's a great way to find out more about what the PTSA does and how you can get involved. Use this Google Meet link, or the link on our calendar at sesptsa.org.
       
    • PTSA needs volunteers
      The parents currently serving in SES PTSA positions of President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer will be ending their terms this year - we need new parents to step up and help run the PTSA! This is a vital part of our school that raises funds for art, gardening and field trips. If you're interested please reach out to our current President, Corby Watkins at corbywatkins@gmail.com, or come to an upcoming PTSA meeting.
  • SES Messenger for 4/29/2022

    04/29/22 School Messenger
    Español

    • School News (NEW)
    • Upcoming Dates (NEW)
    • Websites to Know
    • Reminders
    • Staff Appreciation Week, May 2 - 6 (NEW)
    • Class pictures on Tuesday May 3 (NEW)
    • No SES supervision before 8:40am or after school (NEW)
    • Sunnyside Comeback Campaign: Laura Veirs house party tickets close to selling out (NEW)
    • SES Walk Run Move — May 13! (NEW)
    • PPS-Approved Flier (NEW)
    • PPS 2022-2023 district calendar
    • Lice (again)
    • 8th grade speeches
    • SES PTSA News: PTSA board meeting May 18, 6:30pm (NEW)

     

    School News (NEW)
    Hello Lovely Sunnyside Families,

    We had a wonderful Garden Day last Saturday and spent the time working in the gardens, painting some of the doors and railways, sprucing up the outside, and redoing our polka dots and four square courts. It was really great to see our families digging their hands in the dirt with their kiddos. We appreciate your support in keeping our gardens healthy and looking beautiful.

    Today marked Joseph's last day as Jeremy's student teacher and the class celebrated with pizza and a big thank you to both teachers for bringing such a great experience to 4th grade this year. Congrats to Joseph as he finishes his teaching license and graduates this spring.

    As we mark the last day of April, May is right around the corner and we are fast forward into the end of the year. We celebrated poetry month by writing poems in classes and spending a lot of time outside enjoying the weather even though it has been a crazy spring.I still cannot believe we had a snow day in April!

    As we end poetry month, I want to express thanks to you for your gift to us of your children. They have the spirit of creativity and expression already inside of them and each day that we work with them, we are lucky enough to see them blossom and grow!

    Thank you for being our partners in this journey.
    Eryn & Alix

     

    Upcoming Dates (NEW)
    View the full SES calendar here.

    Mon-Fri, May 2-6   Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week
    Mon, May 2, 3:15pm   Garden Club
    Wed-Fri, May 4-6   6th grade Outdoor School (daytime only)
    Mon, May 9, 3:15pm   Garden Club
    Fri, May 13   Run/Walk/Move fundraiser
    Sat, May 14   Sunnyside Comeback Campaign kickoff: House concert with Laura Viers
    Mon, May 16, 3:15pm   Garden Club
    Wed, May 18, 6:30pm   SES PTSA board meeting (open to all)
    Mon, May 23, 3:15pm   Garden Club
    Mon, May 30   NO SCHOOL (Memorial Day)

     

    Websites to Know

     

    Reminders
    To help keep things working smoothly, here are some gentle reminders from the front office:

    • Have your students wear coats and bring an extra change of clothes.

    • Do not park in no-parking zones or crosswalks.

    • Walk or carry anything wheeled while on school grounds.

    • Volunteer during lunch to help keep kids distanced.

    • Do not idle your car engine while waiting to pick up students.

    • Come to the front door and buzz if your student arrives late or leaves early.

     

    Staff Appreciation Week, May 2 - 6 (NEW)
    Sunnyside's Staff Appreciation Week is NEXT week! 

    It is time to step up and honor our teachers & staff. These people work SO hard for our kiddos. Please read on and find ways to share your appreciation & love:

    1. Gifts for non classroom staff
      Our school could NOT function without our incredible non classroom staff. By donating via this link: Staff Gifting Fund, we will be able to gift our custodians, cafeteria angels, special education staff, front office rock stars, art teacher, and the other amazing members of the SES staff.
       
    2. Food
      Sign up here to bring in yummy brunch treats on the morning of Wednesday, 5/4. SES Staff Brunch Sign Up
       
    3. Flowers
      Friday morning, 5/6 from 8:00 - 9:00ish, we will gather on the playground to make as many wonderful bouquets as possible to gift our staff. We need donations of flowers, vases, and/or large glass jars - and people to help put all this goodness together. The more people and flowers, the more wonderful the bouquets.
       
    4. Love Baskets
      Contribute generously to your classes' Love Baskets (details from your Classroom Family Representatives). Write notes, share art, include small gifts and/or go in on a larger group gift from the whole class. There's no right or wrong. It's simply a way to make sure your classroom teacher feels super appreciated. 

    Other ways our staff will be celebrated will include but are not limited to: To-Go style snacks during the week, a roaming coffee cart from Stumptown, chalk love notes on school grounds, goody bags from Whole Foods, a lovingly decorated school and hopefully extra smiles and spontaneous thank yous from the community.

    Any questions regarding our celebration, ask Leonie - simplyleonie@gmail.com.

     

    Class pictures on Tuesday May 3 (NEW)
    Spring class photos will be taken on Tuesday, May 3rd. Each class will take one formal photo and one goofy photo; each photo costs $8.00. (If you are able, please consider contributing additional funds towards a scholarship. Our desire is for every student to take home a copy of their class photo.)

     

    No SES supervision before 8:40am or after school (NEW)
    Please note that there is no supervision on the playground or school grounds before or after school.

    School starts at 8:45. The office is really busy in the morning so if you can make every effort to get here on time, we would appreciate it.

     

    Sunnyside Comeback Campaign: Laura Veirs house party tickets close to selling out (NEW)
    TICKETS TO LAURA VEIRS CLOSE TO SELLING OUT! Buy Now to Help Raise Money for SES!!

     

    SES Walk Run Move — May 13! (NEW)
    The Walk Run Move, brought to you by SES PTSA in partnership with NW Dance Project, is two weeks away! On Friday, May 13, we will stretch, shuffle, shimmy or sprint our way around the school to raise some funds, pump our heart muscles, and have fun. Student, staff, and adult participation of all mobility levels are welcome to move with us!

    KEEP UP THAT FUNDRAISING
    Log in at MyBooster.com (same as Read-a-Thon) to collect online pledges. Under the Menu, Register your student(s) for the new SES event. Paper brochures have been distributed to students! Thank you for helping us meet SES PTSA's goal to raise $12,000 for our treasured school programs. Prizes will be given for top movers and fundraisers in each grade level. Fundraising starts now and extends after the event - all pledges will be due on Friday, May 20.

    VOLUNTEER
    bit.ly/SES-WalkRunMove-Volunteer
    We need cheerers, chalk artists, laps counters, water fillers, corner safety people, and much more.

    SCHEDULE

    • Friday, April 22 - Fundraising Began
    • Friday, May 13 - SES Walk Run Move Event
      • K-2 moves at 9:15 – 9:45 a.m.
      • 3-5 moves at 10:20 – 10:50 a.m.
      • 6-8 moves at 11:20 – 11:50 a.m.
    • Friday, May 20 - Pledge Sheets Due
    • Friday, May 27 - Prize Winners Announced

    MORE INFO
    All available information—including printable brochures and prize details—can be found at: www.sesptsa.org.

    Contact Steph Barnhart at stephbarnhart1@gmail.com with questions.

     

    PPS-Approved Flier (NEW)

    The following flier has been approved by PPS to share:

     

    PPS 2022-2023 district calendar
    The PPS calendar for next year has been approved and can be found here. The first day of school for grades 1-8 will be Tuesday, August 30, 2022. The first full day of Kindergarten will be Tuesday, September 6, 2022. The last day of school will be Tuesday, June 13, 2023.


    Lice (again)
    Our students love Sunnyside, and unfortunately LICE love all of those heads roaming around. Please remember to do weekly head checks for lice and nits, and remind your student(s) to not share hats or hooded tops/coats. It is advised to purchase a Nit Terminator comb (a one-time investment that will last forever, and can be used on multiple people with cleaning in between). Avoid chemicals and harsh ingredients, and comb through wet hair for the most effective removal. Email the school health captain Amy if you need support: aliber@mesd.k12.or.us.

     

    8th grade speeches
    On Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays during middle school morning meeting, 8th graders are delivering these speeches, starting at 8:45am. PPS policy allows us to hold assemblies and events in person, and we're delighted to report that speeches will take place in person in the SES Auditorium. Also according to PPS policy, we cannot require people to wear masks or to social distance; please keep this in mind as you make your decision whether to attend in person.

    You can find the schedule of speeches here. The schedule does change, so please be sure to check for updates regularly if there's someone you really want to see. (Note: No one is allowed to exit or enter the auditorium when a speech is in progress; please show up on time.)

     

    PTSA News (NEW)
    Please check here for any new information from our incredibly supportive PTSA.

    • Wednesday, May 18, 6:30pm: PTSA board meeting (open to all) (NEW)
      Please join us at our virtual PTSA meeting on Wednesday, May 18 at 6:30pm. It's a great way to find out more about what the PTSA does and how you can get involved. Use this Google Meet link, or the link on our calendar at sesptsa.org.
       
    • PTSA needs volunteers
      The parents currently serving in SES PTSA positions of President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer will be ending their terms this year - we need new parents to step up and help run the PTSA! This is a vital part of our school that raises funds for art, gardening and field trips. If you're interested please reach out to our current President, Corby Watkins at corbywatkins@gmail.com, or come to an upcoming PTSA meeting.
  • SES Messenger for 4/22/2022

    04/22/22 School Messenger
    Español

    • School News (NEW)
    • Upcoming Dates (NEW)
    • Websites to Know
    • Reminders
    • PPS 2022-2023 district calendar (NEW)
    • Staff Appreciation Week, May 2 - 6 (NEW)
    • Sunnyside Foundation Comeback Campaign: Laura Veirs house party tickets on sale (NEW)
    • Sunnyside Hoodies & Tees (NEW)
    • SES Walk Run Move — May 13! IT’S PLEDGE TIME! (NEW)
    • Lice (again) (NEW)
    • Report card update 
    • Carrie and Sarah’s core classes gallery walk
    • Saturday 4/23, 9am-1pm: GARDEN DAY
    • PPS summer programming
    • PPS-Approved Fliers
    • 8th grade speeches
    • SES PTSA News

     

    School News (NEW)
    Dear Sunnyside Families,
     
    It finally feels like spring! It's Garden Day tomorrow at Sunnyside from 9-1 and we are hoping families can come and dig into the earth and celebrate Earth Day (TODAY) with each other. The gardens are looking beautiful this spring and as the weather gets warmer you will all see the seeds that have been sown start to bloom and grow. 
     
    We had our rising 6th grade open house this week and were excited to see so many future 6th graders and their families in attendance. We love the unique nature of a K-8 and look forward to ushering our 5th graders up into the middle school come fall. 
     
    Next year is just around the corner! Please outreach to any neighborhood future kindergarten families to get them registered! The sooner the better so have them contact Jenny in the front office! 
     
    We are excited to welcome Dowry Lamb to Sunnyside as a paraprofessional supporting students. She joined us late in the year but we already feel like she is part of the greater Sunnyside family!
     
    8th grade speeches are cruising right along and we absolutely love them! What a gift to hear the 8th graders share about their experiences with Sunnyside and with life in general. We have learned so much from them and we really look forward to hearing them express themselves even more.
     
    And since April is poetry month, I want to share with you the poem that I am sharing with classes when I work with them on learning to write poetry. They are such amazing poets, if you hear that they are learning poetry, have them share. https://www.best-poems.net/mary_oliver/spring.html
     
    This poem is such a great reminder that with spring we have the opportunity to rise from the sleep of winter and shake it off while we wander into the meadows and brightness of springtime with our wonder and our beauty. 
     
    Thank you for all your support,
    Eryn

     

    Upcoming Dates (NEW)
    View the full SES calendar here.

    Sat, April 23, 9am-1pm   SES Garden Day
    Mon, April 25, 3:15pm   Garden Club
    Fri, April 29, 10-10:30am   Tour for new families
    Mon-Fri, May 2-6   Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week
    Mon, May 2, 3:15pm   Garden Club
    Wed-Fri, May 4-6   6th grade Outdoor School (daytime only)
    Mon, May 9, 3:15pm   Garden Club
    Fri, May 13   Run/Walk/Move fundraiser
    Sat, May 14   Sunnyside Comeback Campaign kickoff: House concert with Laura Viers

     

    Websites to Know

     

    Reminders
    To help keep things working smoothly, here are some gentle reminders from the front office:

    • Have your students wear coats and bring an extra change of clothes.

    • Do not park in no-parking zones or crosswalks.

    • Walk or carry anything wheeled while on school grounds.

    • Volunteer during lunch to help keep kids distanced.

    • Do not idle your car engine while waiting to pick up students.

    • Come to the front door and buzz if your student arrives late or leaves early.


    PPS 2022-2023 district calendar (NEW)
    The PPS calendar for next year has been approved and can be found here. The first day of school for grades 1-8 will be Tuesday, August 30, 2022. The first full day of Kindergarten will be Tuesday, September 6, 2022. The last day of school will be Tuesday, June 13, 2023.

     

    Staff Appreciation Week, May 2 - 6 (NEW)
    Sunnyside’s Staff Appreciation Week is right around the corner, Monday 5/2 to Friday 5/6.

    Following are a few of the ways that we, as a community, will show our appreciation. (Details and links to come next week.)

    • Contributing towards your classroom teacher's Love Basket, coordinated by your Classroom Family Representatives.
    • Making a donation to our gift fund for non-classroom staff. This is one way we'll thank our custodians, counselors, front office staff, educational assistants, librarian, art teacher, etc. (Link to follow.)
    • Bring brunch goodies to nourish the staff. (Sign-up to come.)
    • Donate flowers and/or help create bouquets to gift to our staff.
    • Cover our sidewalks with chalk love notes.

    This year, more than ever, we want to shower our staff with love & thanks. They have worked so hard, under pretty ridiculous circumstances. Let's make sure these lovely humans know how deeply we appreciate them. Please take a moment with your kid(s) to start planning how you'll express your gratitude.

    Again, details to follow, but please reach out to Leonie with questions, simplyleonie@gmail.com.

     

    Sunnyside Foundation Comeback Campaign: Laura Veirs house party tickets on sale (NEW)
    The time has come! Tickets are NOW on sale for a very special SES Foundation fundraising event on May 14th: an intimate house party featuring live music from the exquisitely talented singer/songwriter (and Sunnyside parent!) Laura Veirs!

    Festivities begin at 5:00 pm with hors d’oeuvres, wine from Scenic Valley Farms and ENSO Urban Winery, and an opening poem by Dr. Eryn Berg. Laura Veirs will take the living room stage at 6:00 pm for a live acoustic concert followed by more wine, yummy desserts, and time to make new friends in the Sunnyside community.

    A Sunnyside family (Parents of Canyon, 5th, and Quill, 2nd) is excited to welcome you into their Salmon Street home for this sweet, fundraising event. It is adults-only, but all are welcome so please share with your music-loving, public school supporting friends. Tickets are $100 each and are limited! Sponsorship opportunities are available that give you business perks and entry into this event and our Wrap-Up party.

    To reserve tickets to Laura Veirs, visit the SES Foundation Comeback Campaign event page. Our virtual auction starts May 14 after the Laura Veirs show, and continues through the end of our Toffee Club Wrap-Up Party. While you're getting tickets to both events, register to participate in the auction and you'll be ready to bid when we launch! Please watch for Sunnyside newsletters with more information. We are also still collecting donations to the auction!

    ABOUT LAURA VEIRS:
    Singer-songwriter Laura Veirs has produced 13 albums over 24 years, has toured internationally and has collaborated with luminaries such as kd lang, Neko Case, Sufjan Stevens, Jim James (of My Morning Jacket), The Decemberists, Bill Frisell and many more. Her work has been praised in the New York Times, The Guardian, The Independent, The Washington Post and many other publications. She also is a published author, podcaster, teacher and is a single mom to two Sunnyside children.

    Looking forward to the best end-of-year fundraiser ever! Questions? Reach out to Heather de Michele at tanky34@gmail.com or Auburn Harrison at auburnharrison@gmail.com

    Thank you,
    Heather and Auburn, Sunnyside Foundation Comeback Campaign Co-Chairs

     

    Sunnyside Hoodies & Tees (NEW)
    The Sunnyside Comeback Campaign is coming at you with another awesome fundraising opportunity! Exclusive Sunnyside spirit wear is available to purchase online for the next 3 weeks! Check out all the great options and order up today! All proceeds go to your very favorite cause: keeping Sunnyside awesome.
    Everything will be shipped directly to your home: www.bonfire.com/sunnyside-spirit-wear

     

    SES Walk Run Move — May 13! IT’S PLEDGE TIME! (NEW)
    The Walk Run Move, brought to you by SES PTSA in partnership with NW Dance Project, is three weeks away! On Friday, May 13, we will stretch, shuffle, shimmy or sprint our way around the school to raise some funds, pump our heart muscles, and have fun. Student, staff, and adult participation of all mobility levels are welcome to move with us!

    IT’S TIME TO START FUNDRAISING
    Log in at MyBooster.com (same as Read-a-Thon) to collect online pledges. Paper brochures are going home with students - if not today, early next week! Thank you for helping us meet SES PTSA's goal to raise $12,000 for our treasured school programs. Prizes will be given for top movers and fundraisers in each grade level. Fundraising starts now and extends after the event - all pledges will be due on Friday, May 20.

    VOLUNTEER
    bit.ly/SES-WalkRunMove-Volunteer
    We need cheerers, chalk artists, laps counters, water fillers, corner safety people, and much more.

    SCHEDULE

    • Friday, April 22 - Fundraising Begins
    • Friday, May 13 - SES Walk Run Move Event
      • K-2 moves at 9:15 – 9:45 a.m.
      • 3-5 moves at 10:20 – 10:50 a.m.
      • 6-8 moves at 11:20 – 11:50 a.m.
    • Friday, May 20 - Pledge Sheets Due
    • Friday, May 27 - Prize Winners Announced

    MORE INFO
    All the info is available, along with more details about prizes and printable brochures can be found at: www.sesptsa.org.

    Contact Steph Barnhart at stephbarnhart1@gmail.com with questions.

     

    Lice (again) (NEW)
    Our students love Sunnyside, and unfortunately LICE love all of those heads roaming around. Please remember to do weekly head checks for lice and nits, and remind your student(s) to not share hats or hooded tops/coats. It is advised to purchase a Nit Terminator comb (a one-time investment that will last forever, and can be used on multiple people with cleaning in between). Avoid chemicals and harsh ingredients, and comb through wet hair for the most effective removal. Email the school health captain Amy if you need support: aliber@mesd.k12.or.us.

     

    Report card update
    Report cards are complete and are available on ParentVUE. Middle School report cards have been sent to the printer, and will be mailed when ready. Elementary report cards are not being printed; if you would like a printed copy, please email Jenny at jethomas@pps.net and request that one be sent to you.

     

    Carrie and Sarah’s core classes gallery walk
    Celebrate good times! As Q3 ends I want to share this Padlet of Carrie's and Sarah's Middle School Core classes' last gallery walk. Each student picked one artwork they were the proudest of from their sketchbook: https://padlet.com/ccorwin/xjwvcl0v17fsx6ml

    Sending positivity, Indigo

     

    Saturday 4/23, 9am-1pm: GARDEN DAY
    You may have seen the signs, but what does it mean??

    At Sunnyside, our students dig, plant, move, sweep, rake, and learn alongside snap peas and chickens, vegetables and worms, and do a lot of work to make it all grow. GARDEN DAY is a work party for the grown-ups to get involved. Make this an EARTH DAY family celebration! With extra hands we can take care of bigger projects and fix things that have broken.

    We need volunteers! Please help by bringing snacks to share, tools, wheelbarrows or just coming by to paint over some graffiti.

    Special projects like garden bed and bench design are ongoing and need volunteers as well. Contact Steph with questions: sunnysidesustainability@gmail.com.

     

    PPS summer programming
    Summer is coming and PPS will be offering a number of summer programming opportunities for students!

    Summer Acceleration Academy (SAA): SAA is a joyful learning opportunity to support development in key literacy and math skills, as well as STEAM learning and projects! Students are selected based on academic needs for this is a free, four week program. Invitations will be sent by email from PPS Summer Acceleration - be sure to check your email!

    Summer Enrichment and Extended Learning: A wide variety of exciting summer enrichment and extended learning opportunities will be offered throughout the summer in partnership with community organizations and Portland Public Schools’ Racial Equity and Social Justice (RESJ) Department. Keep an eye out for program information and registration coming in mid-May! 

     

    PPS-Approved Fliers
    The following fliers have been approved by PPS to share:

     

    8th grade speeches
    On Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays during middle school morning meeting, 8th graders are delivering these speeches, starting at 8:45am. PPS policy allows us to hold assemblies and events in person, and we're delighted to report that speeches will take place in person in the SES Auditorium. Also according to PPS policy, we cannot require people to wear masks or to social distance; please keep this in mind as you make your decision whether to attend in person.

    You can find the schedule of speeches here. The schedule does change, so please be sure to check for updates regularly if there's someone you really want to see. (Note: No one is allowed to exit or enter the auditorium when a speech is in progress; please show up on time.)

     

    PTSA News
    Please check here for any new information from our incredibly supportive PTSA.

    • PTSA needs volunteers
      The parents currently serving in SES PTSA positions of President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer will be ending their terms this year - we need new parents to step up and help run the PTSA! This is a vital part of our school that raises funds for art, gardening and field trips. If you're interested please reach out to our current President, Corby Watkins at corbywatkins@gmail.com, or come to an upcoming PTSA meeting.
  • SES Messenger for 4/15/2022

    04/15/22 School Messenger
    Español

    • School News (NEW)
    • Upcoming Dates (NEW)
    • Websites to Know
    • Reminders
    • Report card update (NEW)
    • Carrie and Sarah’s core classes gallery walk (NEW)
    • Coming up next weekend, Saturday 4/23, 9am-1pm: GARDEN DAY (NEW)
    • SES Walk Run Move — May 13! (NEW)
    • Chicken help needed (NEW)
    • PPS summer programming (NEW)
    • Fentanyl and teen substance use awareness night (NEW)
    • PPS-Approved Fliers (NEW)
    • 8th grade speeches
    • Rising 6th graders: Informational session on April 20th
    • Calling all Sunnyside Families: Seeking auction "getaways"
    • SES PTSA News: SES PTSA board meeting April 20 (NEW)

     

    School News (NEW)
    Welcome to Quarter 4, Sunnyside Community!

    We started Quarter 3 by celebrating our kindergarteners with an Identity Float Parade and ended the quarter with a Middle School Dance (thank you, family volunteers!).

    We look forward to Architects in Schools, field studies, and promotions. We’re excited to see you all at Garden Day, Run/Walk/Move and Sunnyside Comeback Campaign.

    Please let us know what you need from us.

    Kindly,
    Alix and Eryn

     

    Upcoming Dates (NEW)
    View the full SES calendar here.

    Mon, April 18, 3:15pm   Garden Club
    Wed, April 20, 3:30pm   Informational session for rising 6th grade families
    Wed, April 20, 6:30pm   SES PTSA board meeting (open to all)
    Fri, April 22, 10-10:30am   Tour for new families
    Sat, April 23, 9am-1pm   SES Garden Day
    Mon, April 25, 3:15pm   Garden Club
    Fri, April 29, 10-10:30am   Tour for new families
    Mon-Fri, May 2-6   Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week
    Mon, May 2, 3:15pm   Garden Club
    Wed-Fri, May 4-6   6th grade Outdoor School (daytime only)

     

    Websites to Know

     

    Reminders
    To help keep things working smoothly, here are some gentle reminders from the front office:

    • Have your students wear coats and bring an extra change of clothes.

    • Do not park in no-parking zones or crosswalks.

    • Walk or carry anything wheeled while on school grounds.

    • Volunteer during lunch to help keep kids distanced.

    • Do not idle your car engine while waiting to pick up students.

    • Come to the front door and buzz if your student arrives late or leaves early.

     

    Report card update (NEW)
    Report cards are complete and are available on ParentVUE. Middle School report cards have been sent to the printer, and will be mailed when ready. Elementary report cards are not being printed; if you would like a printed copy, please email Jenny at jethomas@pps.net and request that one be sent to you.

     

    Carrie and Sarah’s core classes gallery walk (NEW)
    Celebrate good times! As Q3 ends I want to share this Padlet of Carrie's and Sarah's Middle School Core classes' last gallery walk. Each student picked one artwork they were the proudest of from their sketchbook: https://padlet.com/ccorwin/xjwvcl0v17fsx6ml

    Sending positivity, Indigo

     

    Coming up next weekend, Saturday 4/23, 9am-1pm: GARDEN DAY (NEW)
    You may have seen the signs, but what does it mean??

    At Sunnyside, our students dig, plant, move, sweep, rake, and learn alongside snap peas and chickens, vegetables and worms, and do a lot of work to make it all grow. GARDEN DAY is a work party for the grown-ups to get involved. Make this an EARTH DAY family celebration! With extra hands we can take care of bigger projects and fix things that have broken.

    We need volunteers! Please help by bringing snacks to share, tools, wheelbarrows or just coming by to paint over some graffiti.

    Special projects like garden bed and bench design are ongoing and need volunteers as well. Contact Steph with questions: sunnysidesustainability@gmail.com.


    SES Walk Run Move — May 13! (NEW)
    The Walk Run Move, brought to you by SES PTSA in partnership with NW Dance Project, is one month away! On Friday, May 13, we will stretch, shuffle, shimmy or sprint our way around the school to raise some funds, pump our heart muscles, and have fun. Student, staff, and adult participation of all mobility levels are welcome to move with us! You’ll gather pledges and earn "move points" by walking, running, and dancing, all to support SES PTSA's goal to raise $12,000 for our treasured school programs.

    VOLUNTEER SIGN-UP - SLOTS ARE FILLING UP, KEEP 'EM COMING!
    bit.ly/SES-WalkRunMove-Volunteer
    We need cheerers, chalk artists, laps counters, water fillers, corner safety people, and official finish line flag waiver and much more. 

    SCHEDULE

    • Friday, April 22 - Fundraising Begins (Registration forms sent home and MyBooster page live)
    • Friday, May 13 - SES Walk Run Move Event
    • Friday, May 20 - Pledge Sheets Due

    Contact Steph Barnhart at stephbarnhart1@gmail.com with questions.

     

    Chicken help needed (NEW)
    We have a chicken who is having multiple serious issues; thankfully, we have a vet that is providing our poor chicken with needed care. If you are willing to donate toward vet costs, please donate via SchoolPay.

     

    PPS summer programming (NEW)
    Summer is coming and PPS will be offering a number of summer programming opportunities for students!

    Summer Acceleration Academy (SAA): SAA is a joyful learning opportunity to support development in key literacy and math skills, as well as STEAM learning and projects! Students are selected based on academic needs for this is a free, four week program. Invitations will be sent by email from PPS Summer Acceleration - be sure to check your email!

    Summer Enrichment and Extended Learning: A wide variety of exciting summer enrichment and extended learning opportunities will be offered throughout the summer in partnership with community organizations and Portland Public Schools’ Racial Equity and Social Justice (RESJ) Department. Keep an eye out for program information and registration coming in mid-May! 

     

    Fentanyl and teen substance use awareness night (NEW)
    Multnomah County, the Big Village Coalition and Portland Public Schools are partnering to host this virtual event on Tuesday April 19th from 7:00-8:30pm. Click here to register.

     

    PPS-Approved Fliers (NEW)
    The following fliers have been approved by PPS to share:

     

    8th grade speeches
    On Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays during middle school morning meeting, 8th graders are delivering these speeches, starting at 8:45am. PPS policy allows us to hold assemblies and events in person, and we're delighted to report that speeches will take place in person in the SES Auditorium. Also according to PPS policy, we cannot require people to wear masks or to social distance; please keep this in mind as you make your decision whether to attend in person.

    You can find the schedule of speeches here. The schedule does change, so please be sure to check for updates regularly if there's someone you really want to see. (Note: No one is allowed to exit or enter the auditorium when a speech is in progress; please show up on time.)

     

    Rising 6th graders: Informational session on April 20th
    We are excited to host you and your students to a preview of middle school at Sunnyside Environmental. Please join us on Wednesday April 20th for an afternoon of information about the middle school program, a tour of the middle school classrooms by current middle schoolers, and a chance to meet administration and counselors. The students are welcome to join us in the auditorium for a snack and a meet and greet with one another at 3:15. The informational session will start at 3:30.

     

    Calling all Sunnyside Families: Seeking auction "getaways"
    Thank you to all of the incredible parents who have donated already. We are seeking weekend getaway packages in Oregon and beyond. Do you have a family vacation home in the mountains or by the sea? Would you be willing to donate a mini-vacay to help raise funds for Sunnyside? We also need gift cards for restaurants, art, experiences, services (think dog walking or lawn mowing), wine, beer—-anything that you think another parent (or kiddo) may want to bid on! Please fill out this form with the details of your auction item. Thanks for your support!

    SAVE THE DATES!!

    To learn more about the Comeback Campaign, visit our event page.

    Tickets on sale soon!

     

    PTSA News (NEW)
    Please check here for any new information from our incredibly supportive PTSA.

    • Wednesday, April 20, 6:30pm: PTSA Board meeting (open to all) (NEW)
      Please join us at our virtual PTSA meeting on Wednesday, April 20 at 6:30pm. It's a great way to find out more about what the PTSA does and how you can get involved. Use this Google Meet link, or the link on our calendar at sesptsa.org.
       
    • PTSA needs volunteers
      The parents currently serving in SES PTSA positions of President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer will be ending their terms this year - we need new parents to step up and help run the PTSA! This is a vital part of our school that raises funds for art, gardening and field trips. If you're interested please reach out to our current President, Corby Watkins at corbywatkins@gmail.com, or come to an upcoming PTSA meeting.
  • SES Messenger for 4/7/2022

    04/07/22 School Messenger
    Español

    • School News (NEW)
    • Upcoming Dates (NEW)
    • Websites to Know
    • Reminders
    • Treating the SES Staff - Friday 4/15 (NEW)
    • 8th grade speeches begin Tuesday April 12 (NEW)
    • Dear parents of rising 6th graders (NEW)
    • Volunteer Spots Open: SES Walk Run Move — May 13! (NEW)
    • Calling all Sunnyside Families: Seeking auction "getaways" (NEW)
    • The results are in for Read-A-Thon 2022 (NEW)
    • PPS-Approved Fliers (NEW)
    • SES Garden Day: Saturday April 23, 9am-1pm
    • Vaccine clinics before exclusion day (April 20th)
    • Children’s Health Fair: Saturday, April 16
    • SES PTSA News: PTSA needs volunteers

     

    School News (NEW)
    Dear Parents/Guardians,
     
    We recently learned that it will take longer than anticipated for our drinking fountain installation. We need students to bring water bottles please so that they can use the water coolers. We could also use some donations from parents of water bottles, please bring any donations to the front office.
     
    We are in desperate need of playground balls. If you can donate a few new balls to the collection, that would be much appreciated!! Please bring any donations to the front office.
     
    Dear parents of rising 6th graders: We are excited to host you and your students to a preview of middle school at Sunnyside Environmental. Please join us on Wednesday April 20th for an afternoon of information about the middle school program, a tour of the middle school classrooms by current middle schoolers, and a chance to meet administration and counselors. The students are welcome to join us in the auditorium for a snack and a meet and greet with one another at 3:15. The informational session will start at 3:30.
     
    We need two parents to volunteer to help as Kinder coordinators for the summer and right before the school year starts. We would love for families to host a few playdates in July and then on August 23rd help host a social for our incoming Kinders. Please contact Alix & Eryn if you are interested.
     
    Thank you!
    Eryn & Alix

     

    Upcoming Dates (NEW)
    View the full SES calendar here.

    Thu, April 7   End of Quarter
    Thu, April 7, 6:30-8:30pm   Middle School Dance
    Fri, April 8   NO SCHOOL (Teacher planning day)
    Fri-Sun, April 8-10   Spring Westwind Family Camp
    Mon, April 11, 3:15pm   Garden Club
    Mon, April 18, 3:15pm   Garden Club
    Wed, April 20, 3:30pm   Informational session for rising 6th grade families
    Wed, April 20, 6:30pm   SES PTSA board meeting (open to all)
    Sat, April 23, 9am-1pm   SES Garden Day
    Mon, April 25, 3:15pm   Garden Club

     

    Websites to Know

     

    Reminders
    To help keep things working smoothly, here are some gentle reminders from the front office:

    • Have your students wear coats and bring an extra change of clothes.

    • Do not park in no-parking zones or crosswalks.

    • Walk or carry anything wheeled while on school grounds.

    • Volunteer during lunch to help keep kids distanced.

    • Do not idle your car engine while waiting to pick up students.

    • Come to the front door and buzz if your student arrives late or leaves early.

     

    Treating the SES Staff - Friday 4/15 (NEW)
    We want to continue to show our love and appreciation for SES staff on a regular basis. Next Friday, April 15th, we ask that Grade K-2 families bring in baked goodies to accompany coffee that the PTSA will provide. Let's share (as you are able) some gratitude & love for these amazing humans working with our kiddos. You can drop your contribution off at the exterior cafeteria doors in the morning before school. Thanks!

     

    8th grade speeches begin Tuesday April 12 (NEW)
    Each year as our SES 8th graders prepare to leave for high school, they must complete a portfolio of assignments designed to help them think both retrospectively, prospectively and introspectively. One of those assignments is a speech that talks about something they believe.

    On Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays during middle school morning meeting, 8th graders are delivering these speeches, starting at 8:45am. PPS policy allows us to hold assemblies and events in person, and we're delighted to report that speeches will take place in person in the SES Auditorium. Also according to PPS policy, we cannot require people to wear masks or to social distance; please keep this in mind as you make your decision whether to attend in person.

    You can find the schedule of speeches here. The schedule does change, so please be sure to check for updates regularly if there's someone you really want to see. (Note: No one is allowed to exit or enter the auditorium when a speech is in progress; please show up on time.)

     

    Dear parents of rising 6th graders (NEW)
    We are excited to host you and your students to a preview of middle school at Sunnyside Environmental. Please join us on Wednesday April 20th for an afternoon of information about the middle school program, a tour of the middle school classrooms by current middle schoolers, and a chance to meet administration and counselors. The students are welcome to join us in the auditorium for a snack and a meet and greet with one another at 3:15. The informational session will start at 3:30.

     

    Volunteer Spots Open: SES Walk Run Move — May 13! (NEW)
    The Walk Run Move is getting closer, and we need your help! On Friday, May 13, we will stretch, shuffle, shimmy or sprint our way around the school to raise some funds, pump our heart muscles, and have fun. Student, staff, and adult participation of all mobility levels welcome! You’ll gather pledges for active minutes and support SES PTSA's goal to raise $12,000 for our marvelous school programs.

    Volunteer Sign-Up Now Open:
    bit.ly/SES-WalkRunMove-Volunteer
    We need cheerers, chalk artists, laps counters, water fillers, corner safety people, and official finish line flag waiver and much more. Please sign up! 

    SCHEDULE

    • Friday, April 22 - Fundraising Begins (Registration forms sent home)
    • Friday, May 13 - SES Walk Run Move Event
    • Friday, May 20 - Pledge Sheets Due

    Do you know a company that wants to partner or donate prizes? Have a new idea to make this event the best ever? Contact Steph Barnhart at stephbarnhart1@gmail.com.

     

    Calling all Sunnyside Families: Seeking auction "getaways" (NEW)
    Thank you to all of the incredible parents who have donated already. We are seeking weekend getaway packages in Oregon and beyond. Do you have a family vacation home in the mountains or by the sea? Would you be willing to donate a mini-vacay to help raise funds for Sunnyside? We also need gift cards for restaurants, art, experiences, services (think dog walking or lawn mowing), wine, beer—-anything that you think another parent (or kiddo) may want to bid on! Please fill out this form with the details of your auction item. Thanks for your support!

    SAVE THE DATES!!

    To learn more about the Comeback Campaign, visit our event page.

    Tickets on sale soon!

     

    The results are in for Read-A-Thon 2022 (NEW)
    You killed it. Thank YOU, Sunnyside Community! We made almost $38,000 for our school programs! This is the most we've ever made. Congrats to all of you for making this year so amazing.

    The results for top fundraisers, top readers, top classrooms, top grade groups and raffle winners are in too. We will be delivering prize certificates (and physical prizes) to students next week. If your student is the recipient of a prize that contains a choice of prizes or gift cards please email me at readathon@sesptsa.org or leslielothamer@gmail.com and let me know your student's choice so I can procure the prize for them.

    Drum roll please.....

    • TOP READING GRADE GROUP and recipient of this year's house cup trophy: 3rd- 5th
    • TOP FUNDRAISING CLASSROOM in K-2 and winners of a class party: Michelle's Class
    • TOP FUNDRAISING CLASSROOM in 3-5: and winners of a class party: Leo's Class
    • TOP FUNDRAISING CLASSROOM in 6-8 and winners of a class party: Michael's Class

    TOP FUNDRAISERS: K-2

    • 1st place and winner of $100 from Kids at Heart (3445 SE Hawthorne Blvd): Miles Brown
    • 2nd place and winner of $70 worth of gift cards from wherever you like (preference to local stores): Arthur Sherris
    • 3rd place and winner of $30 from Books with Pictures (1401 SE Division St): Eliana Davis
    • 4th place and winner of $30 from Books with Pictures (1401 SE Division St): Isaac Bennett

    TOP FUNDRAISERS: 3-5

    • 1st place and winner a choice between a Nintendo Switch, one night at Great Wolf Lodge (with pass), or create your own custom Vans shoes and backpack: Oskar Vankleek
    • 2nd place and winner of $70 worth of gift cards from wherever you like (preference to local stores): Emma Auger
    • 3rd place and winner of $30 from Books with Pictures (1401 SE Division St): Ianto Hauptmann
    • 4th place and winner of $30 from Books with Pictures (1401 SE Division St): William Ott

    TOP FUNDRAISERS: 6-8

    • 1st place and winner a choice between a Nintendo Switch, one night at Great Wolf Lodge (with pass), or create your own custom Vans shoes and backpack: Ronan Hill
    • 2nd place and winner of $70 worth of gift cards from wherever you like (preference to local stores): Raya Codrescu
    • 3rd place and winner of $30 from Books with Pictures (1401 SE Division St): Mckenna Coughlin
    • 4th place and winner of $30 from Books with Pictures (1401 SE Division St): Atticus St. Martin-Leopold

    TOP READING CLASSROOMS

    • TOP READING CLASSROOM in K-2 and winners of $100 worth of books from a local store: Eric's Class
    • TOP READING CLASSROOM in 3-5 and winners of $100 worth of books from a local store: Asa's Class
    • TOP READING CLASSROOM in K-2 and winners of $100 worth of books from a local store: Michael's Class

    TOP READERS PER GRADE:

    • K: Hazel Palochak in Allye's Class
    • 1st: Abigail Yetter in Eric's Class
    • 2nd: Julia Pellegrini in Angel's Class
    • 3rd: Viggo Nieuwenhuizen in Tiffany's Class
    • 4th: Rowan Darling in Jeremy's Class
    • 5th: Rowan Lucky Moonbell in Leo's Class
    • 6th: Ora Darling in Robin's Class
    • 7th: Erin Lancaster in Tara's Class
    • 8th: Shen Cassioli in Michael's Class

    TOP 50 Readers at Sunnyside and winner's of one free ice cream from Dairy Hill Ice Cream (1428 SE 36th Ave):
    Hazel Palochak, Geneva McClain, Julia Pellegrin, Liza Bloom, Penny Huff, Clementine Sackett, June Prince,  Andrew Yetter, Raya Codrescu, August Ewers, Ellie Nine, Lois Davis, Marian Mendoza-Hamrick, Erik Nilenders, Isaac Bennett, Abigail Yetter, Pax (Eric's class), Zander Nieuwenhuizen, Canyon Harrison, Rowan Darling, Leo Cohen, Bennett Lembo, Miles Lothamer, Oskar Vankleek, Amira Marei, Beatrice Dehozier, Sylvie Newell, Levon Blasko, Sam Wood, Eos (Mary Gage's class), Shen Cassioli, Amelia Shaw, Kai (Robin's class), Sita Patel Niemann, Violet Lothamer, Margot Krshbaum, Eliana Davis, Jet Gira, Felix Cassidy,  Arthur Sherris, Bea Oskin, Ranier Szatlock, Ora Darling, Jace Jorgensen, Erin Lancaster, Simone (Tara's class), William Ott, Viggo Nieuwenhuizen, Nina M. (Tiffany's class)
     
    RAFFLE PRIZE WINNERS:

    Prize Name Grade Teacher
    Minecraft backpack Asa Sanders 1 Eric
    Book Art by Gillian Sophie Wice-Budner 5 Monica
    Signed Copy of Plants Vs. Zombies Terry Rhoades 2 Angel
    Signed Copy of Earth Boy Sylas Lyon 4 Jeremy
    Signed Copy of John's Turn Daylon Dunn Ortiz K Logan
    Signed Copy of Hannah & Sugar Mary Jordan Cady Russell 1 Eric
    Signed copy of Lowriders to the Center of the Earth Frances de Michele-Fitzwater 4 Jeremy
    Signed copy of
    10 Ways to Hear Snow
    Rory Cotterill 2 Angel
    Signed copy of Wingbearer  Ramona Ewald 4 Asa
    Advanced Reader's Copy of Lowriders to the Rescue, drawing pens and a Hot Wheel lowrider (package provided by Cathy Camper) Zander Nieuwenhuizen 5 Heather
    $25 to Pip's Donuts Violet Lothamer 6 Michael
    "This Book Belongs To" stamp Ash Szatlocky 3 Tiffany
    Unicat Beanie Boo backpack friend Ellie 2 Michelle
    $10 gift card from Books with Pictures Malachi Voelker 3 Levia
    $10 gift card from Books with Pictures Alder Grey 2 Michelle
    $10 gift card from Books with Pictures Kai 6 Michael
    $10 gift card from Books with Pictures Erin Lancaster 7 Tara
    $10 gift card from Books with Pictures Zoe Maeder    

    Thanks again for everything. You are all appreciated.

    Cheers,
    Leslie, Read-A-Thon coordinator and mom of Violet, 6th grade and Miles, 4th grade

     

    PPS-Approved Fliers (NEW)
    The following fliers have been approved by PPS to share:

     

    SES GARDEN DAY: Saturday April 23, 9am-1pm
    SES Garden Day, our community garden work party is scheduled to take place on Earth Day, Saturday, April 23 from 9am until 1pm. Drop in!

    We need: Builders, weeding, wheelbarrows, rock movers, chicken lovers, sweeping, planting, and everyone to help a little bit.

     

    Vaccine clinics before exclusion day (April 20th)
    Immunization clinics prior to exclusion day (April 20th) are going to be held:

    • April 13th, 3:45-6:30 at McDaniel Student Health Center
    • April 16th, 9am-2pm at David Douglas Student Health Center.

    If your student is not up to date on their vaccines, this is a great way to get them completed before April 20th. View the flier and visit this link for more information.


    Children’s Health Fair: Saturday, April 16
    On Saturday April 16 from 10am-2pm at Sacred Heart Fellowship Hall (3910 SE 11th Avenue), families can get free dental treatment for children, fluoride treatments, dental and vision screenings and more. View the flier for more information.


    PTSA News
    Please check here for any new information from our incredibly supportive PTSA.

    • PTSA needs volunteers
      The parents currently serving in SES PTSA positions of President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer will be ending their terms this year - we need new parents to step up and help run the PTSA! This is a vital part of our school that raises funds for art, gardening and field trips. If you're interested please reach out to our current President, Corby Watkins at corbywatkins@gmail.com, or come to an upcoming PTSA meeting. . 
  • SES Messenger for 4/1/2022

    04/01/22 School Messenger
    Español

    • School News (NEW)
    • Upcoming Dates (NEW)
    • Websites to Know
    • Reminders
    • Calling all Middle Schoolers! (NEW)
    • Save the date: The Sunnyside Comeback Campaign (NEW)
    • SES GARDEN DAY: Saturday April 23, 9am-1pm (NEW)
    • Read-A-Thon (NEW)
    • Vaccine clinics before exclusion day (April 20th) (NEW)
    • Children’s Health Fair: Saturday, April 16 (NEW)
    • PPS-Approved Flier (NEW)
    • Save the Date: SES Walk Run Move is Back — May 13!
    • Join SES families at Westwind Family Camp Weekend of April 8-10
    • SES PTSA News: PTSA needs volunteers

     

    School News (NEW)
    Good afternoon, SES Community
     
    We’ve had a lovely week back from Spring Break, and know that this home stretch will fly by. Coming up in our futures are 8th Grade Speeches, Run/Walk/Move, SES Garden Day, tours and open houses, and so much more. Information on all these exciting events to follow.
     
    Stay tuned, Sunnyside.
     
    Gratefully,
    Alix and Eryn

     

    Upcoming Dates (NEW)
    View the full SES calendar here.

    Mon, April 4, 3:15pm   Garden Club
    Thu, April 7   End of Quarter
    Thu, April 7, 6:30-8:30pm   Middle School Dance
    Fri, April 8   NO SCHOOL (Teacher planning day)
    Fri-Sun, April 8-10   Spring Westwind Family Camp
    Mon, April 11, 3:15pm   Garden Club
    Mon, April 18, 3:15pm   Garden Club
    Wed, April 20, 6:30pm   SES PTSA board meeting (open to all)
    Mon, April 18, 3:15pm   Garden Club

     

    Websites to Know

     

    Reminders
    To help keep things working smoothly, here are some gentle reminders from the front office:

    • Have your students wear coats and bring an extra change of clothes.

    • Do not park in no-parking zones or crosswalks.

    • Walk or carry anything wheeled while on school grounds.

    • Volunteer during lunch to help keep kids distanced.

    • Do not idle your car engine while waiting to pick up students.

    • Come to the front door and buzz if your student arrives late or leaves early.

     

    Calling all Middle Schoolers! (NEW)
    The first SES Middle School Dance is next Thursday April 7th from 6:30-8:30!  It's got a Pajama Theme (optional of course but we love some festive jammies), DJ, lights and awesome snacks!  Please come celebrate with your classmates! Families: Visit sign up genius to sign up for chaperoning and snack bringing! (Volunteers must have active volunteer background checks.) Can you tell we are excited??

     

    Save the date: The Sunnyside Comeback Campaign (NEW)
    THE SUNNYSIDE COMEBACK CAMPAIGN is a series of fundraising events, including an online auction, an intimate live music house party, and a 70’s themed cocktail bash–all to raise funds to ensure SES has the teachers and staff necessary to support our environmental and social equity-focused curriculum. We hope to raise $60,000 through these events, which will fund staff support needed for both our place-based day and overnight trips, as well as an educational interventionist, which is critical for supporting all students kindergarten through 8th grade at Sunnyside Environmental.

    DO YOU HAVE AN INTERESTING JOB? A SPECIAL TALENT? AN EXOTIC PET? We still need auction donations for vacation homes, restaurants, experiences, services, wine, beer—-anything that you think another parent (or kiddo) may want to bid on! Please fill out this form with the details of your auction item. Don't be shy, friends! Do you knit or play piano? Do you like to walk dogs or wash cars? An auction item in the making! We can't wait to let the bidding begin. Thanks for your support!

    SAVE THE DATES!!

    To learn more about the Comeback Campaign, visit our event page.

    Tickets on sale soon!

     

    SES GARDEN DAY: Saturday April 23, 9am-1pm (NEW)
    SES Garden Day, our community garden work party is scheduled to take place on Earth Day, Saturday, April 23 from 9am until 1pm. Drop in!

    We need: Builders, weeding, wheelbarrows, rock movers, chicken lovers, sweeping, planting, and everyone to help a little bit.

     

    Read-A-Thon (NEW)
    THANK YOU SUNNYSIDE COMMUNITY!
    We blew the fundraising goal out of the water for Read-a-thon this year. The numbers are still being tallied, but we made more than $35,000 for our school!

    Thanks to all the students for reading soooo much, for turning in your reading forms, for decorating your lockers and for getting so excited about our guest authors this year. We had such a great turnout and so much enthusiasm.

    Thanks to the volunteers who helped make decorations, decorate the school, hand out candy for dress up days, helped count brochures and more. You are appreciated!

    And a VERY special thanks to Gillian and Becky in the library. Without you two none of this would be possible or fun!

    Totals for fundraising and reading units are being calculated right now and those will be announced next week, with the prizes to be delivered to classrooms and students shortly after.

    We do know that 3-5 won the House Cup this year! The trophy will be back in the library for display and bragging rights in a few weeks!

    If you purchased a signed book, those will be ready soon too. They just arrived at Books With Pictures and I am getting the local authors out to sign them this week! We'll deliver them to students as soon as they are ready.

    Thanks for all your support of the students in their reading! You all make our community a very special place. 

    Cheers,
    Leslie, Read-A-Thon coordinator and mom of Violet, 6th grade and Miles, 4th grade
     

    Vaccine clinics before exclusion day (April 20th) (NEW)
    Immunization clinics prior to exclusion day (April 20th) are going to be held:

    • April 13th, 3:45-6:30 at McDaniel Student Health Center
    • April 16th, 9am-2pm at David Douglas Student Health Center.

    If your student is not up to date on their vaccines, this is a great way to get them completed before April 20th. View the flier, or visit this link for more information.

     

    Children’s Health Fair: Saturday, April 16 (NEW)
    On Saturday April 16 from 10am-2pm at Sacred Heart Fellowship Hall (3910 SE 11th Avenue), families can get free dental treatment for children, fluoride treatments, dental and vision screenings and more. View the flier for more information.

     

    PPS-Approved Flier (NEW)
    The following flier has been approved by PPS to share:

    • Multnomah Youth Commission accepting applications: Flier | FAQ

     

    Save the Date: SES Walk Run Move is Back — May 13!
    PTSA is excited to announce the return of the Walk Run Move! On Friday, May 13, we will stretch, shuffle, shimmy or sprint our way around the school to raise some funds, pump our heart muscles, and have fun. Student, staff, and adult participation of all mobility levels welcome! You’ll gather pledges for active minutes and support SES PTSA goal to raise $12,000 for our marvelous school programs.

    Do you want to volunteer, or know of a company that could support with in-kind donations? We’ll need help with safety team, lap counting, cheering, water stations, dance crew, and more. Contact Steph Barnhart at stephbarnhart1@gmail.com, and stay tuned for more info coming after spring break.

     

    Join SES families at Westwind Family Camp Weekend of April 8-10
    Want to spend a fun weekend at SES Family Camp on the coast? Sunnyside at Camp Westwind is a beloved Sunnyside family outing which ran for about 20 years prior to COVID-19. We would like to bring it back in 2022! We have booked the camp for April 8 - 10, 2022, which coincides with a no-school Friday.

    The camp has made adjustments to its weekend offerings to make the experience more COVID safe - which mostly amount to more time to relax and play. The cost per person is $110 includes lodging and 5 meals; food allergies / restrictions can be accommodated! Lodging at Westwind is in heated / lit cabins. Most accommodate 9 people. If you want to bring people you are "bubbled" with who aren't technically SES families, that's fine.

    To make this trip work, we'll need some commitments to come. Contact gwen@parachutestrategies.com and let us know if you are in.

    Loved this trip before and want to help? We could use some help getting the word out and with planning. Never been but are curious? Questions can be directed to gwen@parachutestrategies.com or 503-475-8529. Please note this event is not officially hosted by the SES PTSA.

     

    PTSA News
    Please check here for any new information from our incredibly supportive PTSA.

    • PTSA needs volunteers
      The parents currently serving in SES PTSA positions of President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer will be ending their terms this year - we need new parents to step up and help run the PTSA! This is a vital part of our school that raises funds for art, gardening and field trips. If you're interested please reach out to our current President, Corby Watkins at corbywatkins@gmail.com, or come to an upcoming PTSA meeting. . 
  • SES Messenger for 3/18/2022

    03/18/22 School Messenger
    Español

    • School News (NEW)
    • Upcoming Dates (NEW)
    • Websites to Know
    • Reminders
    • Read-A-Thon reminder: Please turn in signed forms (NEW)
    • Save the Date: SES Walk Run Move is Back — May 13! (NEW)
    • Save the date: The Sunnyside Comeback Campaign (UPDATED)
    • The Boulevard Beautification Bunch
    • Join SES families at Westwind Family Camp Weekend of April 8-10
    • SES PTSA News: PTSA needs volunteers (NEW)

     

    School News (NEW)
    Sunnyside Families,
     
    How is it spring break? I know this year has had many bumps and edges, I have also thoroughly enjoyed getting to know your children and you. As we enter into our spring break, please enjoy your family time and be safe when you travel. We are looking forward to the last few months of school when you return.
     
    The 8th grade retreat happened this week and I cannot tell you how bucket filling it was to spend the day with the 8th graders out at Camp Collins on Wednesday. It was so powerful to listen to them engage with deep and hard conversations and to watch them have a blast with the trust course, the smores and campfire, and the extra recess time. I haven't had a long time with these 8th graders, but I can tell you that as I watched them smile and interact, I had a pang in my heart because I know our time left together will go quickly and that they will soon move on to high school.
     
    We are looking forward to even more fun events as we return to spring and hopefully more and more opportunities to get out into the community and do some of what we all love about Sunnyside. Please stay tuned and get involved! There will be coffee chats, tours, school dances, run, walk, move, auction, and many other fun activities as we close out this year. I hope to see all your beautiful faces.
     
    In service,
    Eryn 

     

    Upcoming Dates (NEW)
    View the full SES calendar here.

    Mon-Fri, March 21-25   NO SCHOOL (Spring break) 
    Mon, March 28, 3:15pm   Garden Club
    Thu, April 7   End of Quarter
    Thu, April 7, 6:30-8:30pm   Middle School Dance
    Fri, April 8   NO SCHOOL (Teacher planning day)
    Fri-Sun, April 8-10   Spring Westwind Family Camp
    Mon, April 11, 3:15pm   Garden Club

     

    Websites to Know

     

    Reminders
    To help keep things working smoothly, here are some gentle reminders from the front office:

    • Have your students wear coats and bring an extra change of clothes.

    • Do not park in no-parking zones or crosswalks.

    • Walk or carry anything wheeled while on school grounds.

    • Volunteer during lunch to help keep kids distanced.

    • Do not idle your car engine while waiting to pick up students.

    • Come to the front door and buzz if your student arrives late or leaves early.

     

    Read-A-Thon (NEW)
    REMINDER: Please turn in SIGNED read-a-thon forms with the total units read to the office by the end of the day on Friday. Every student who turns in a form will receive a raffle entry to win some of our cool prizes donated by local businesses, plus it helps their classroom (and them) be eligible to win reading prizes! If you have cash or check pledges, turn those into the office as well.

    Book sales from this year's guest authors, benefitting SES, will also close on Friday. If you haven't ordered a signed book do it now before it is too late!

    Thanks for making this year's Read-a-thon so fun and successful!
    Leslie, Read-A-Thon coordinator and mom of Violet, 6th grade and Miles, 4th grade

     

    Save the Date: SES Walk Run Move is Back — May 13!  (UPDATED)
    PTSA is excited to announce the return of the Walk Run Move! On Friday, May 13, we will stretch, shuffle, shimmy or sprint our way around the school to raise some funds, pump our heart muscles, and have fun. Student, staff, and adult participation of all mobility levels welcome! You’ll gather pledges for active minutes and support SES PTSA goal to raise $12,000 for our marvelous school programs.

    Do you want to volunteer, or know of a company that could support with in-kind donations? We’ll need help with safety team, lap counting, cheering, water stations, dance crew, and more. Contact Steph Barnhart at stephbarnhart1@gmail.com, and stay tuned for more info coming after spring break.
     


    Save the date: The Sunnyside Comeback Campaign (UPDATED)
    THE SUNNYSIDE COMEBACK CAMPAIGN
    is a series of fundraising events, including an online auction, an intimate live music house party, and a 70’s themed cocktail bash–all to raise funds to ensure SES has the teachers and staff necessary to support our environmental and social equity-focused curriculum. We hope to raise $60,000 through these events, which will fund staff support needed for both our place-based day and overnight trips, as well as an educational interventionist, which is critical for supporting all students kindergarten through 8th grade at Sunnyside Environmental.

    WE NEED DONATIONS!! If you have a vacation home, a restaurant, an experience, a service, a hook up for some great wine—-anything that you think another parent (or kiddo) may want to bid on, we sure would love your help! Please fill out this form with the details of your auction item

    WE NEED VOLUNTEERS!!

    • Are you tech-savvy and could help with our auction software? 
    • Are you well connected in the local small business community and could help reach out for auction item donations? 
    • Do you love throwing a good party? 
    • Are you an excel or spreadsheet guru? We love you!

    Please email Heather de Michele tanky34@gmail.com or Auburn Harrison auburnharrison@gmail.com so we can embrace and channel your amazing support!

     

     

    The Boulevard Beautification Bunch
    The BBB is a joint effort of the Hawthorne Boulevard Business Association and the surrounding neighborhood associations to beautify Hawthorne Boulevard by being good neighbors and cleaning up. The BBB is a volunteer group looking for any help you can offer.

    The BBB will have volunteer teams picking up trash once a month and can assist in graffiti removal upon request.

    To help, you can:

    • Volunteer for a clean up crew.
    •  Agree to take 1 bag of trash per month from the clean up crew.
    • Join the Hawthorne Boulevard Business Association (HBBA).

    Clean ups take place on the 2nd Saturday of every month from 10am - noon. Join the team at Dairy Hill Ice Cream on the corner of 36th and Hawthorne.

    Questions? Contact BBB@Hawthorneblvd.com or visit Hawthorneblvd.com/BBB/FAQ. Want to help spread the word? Download and share the BBB flyer.

     

    Join SES families at Westwind Family Camp Weekend of April 8-10
    Want to spend a fun weekend at SES Family Camp on the coast? Sunnyside at Camp Westwind is a beloved Sunnyside family outing which ran for about 20 years prior to COVID-19. We would like to bring it back in 2022! We have booked the camp for April 8 - 10, 2022, which coincides with a no-school Friday.

    The camp has made adjustments to its weekend offerings to make the experience more COVID safe - which mostly amount to more time to relax and play. The cost per person is $110 includes lodging and 5 meals; food allergies / restrictions can be accommodated! Lodging at Westwind is in heated / lit cabins. Most accommodate 9 people. If you want to bring people you are "bubbled" with who aren't technically SES families, that's fine.

    To make this trip work, we'll need some commitments to come. Contact gwen@parachutestrategies.com and let us know if you are in.

    Loved this trip before and want to help? We could use some help getting the word out and with planning. Never been but are curious? Questions can be directed to gwen@parachutestrategies.com or 503-475-8529. Please note this event is not officially hosted by the SES PTSA.

     

    PTSA News (NEW)
    Please check here for any new information from our incredibly supportive PTSA.

    • PTSA needs volunteers (NEW)
      The parents currently serving in SES PTSA positions of President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer will be ending their terms this year - we need new parents to step up and help run the PTSA! This is a vital part of our school that raises funds for art, gardening and field trips. If you're interested please reach out to our current President, Corby Watkins at corbywatkins@gmail.com, or come to an upcoming PTSA meeting. . 
  • SES Messenger for 3/11/2022

    03/11/22 School Messenger
    Español

    • School News (NEW)
    • Upcoming Dates (NEW)
    • Websites to Know
    • Reminders
    • Read-A-Thon (NEW)
    • Save the date: The Sunnyside Comeback Campaign (NEW)
    • The Boulevard Beautification Bunch (NEW)
    • Garden Club: Mondays, 3:15-4:30
    • Join SES families at Westwind Family Camp Weekend of April 8-10
    • SES PTSA News

     

    School News (NEW)
    Hello Sunnyside Families,
     
    I cannot tell you how delighted I was today to meet parents at our morning coffee and see your smiling faces. What a lovely treat on a sunny Friday. After coffee, I got to see the kinder parade and the absolute joy of our students as they supported one another. This is my absolute favorite thing about being a school principal. Next week is our 8th grade retreat off campus and our 6/7 retreat on campus and we are planning for a middle school dance in April. Thank you to all of you for supporting our school and our students and I hope you get a chance to come have coffee with us next time or get to volunteer so you can see some of the magic that makes Sunnyside the place it is!
     
    I know that with masks being optional starting Monday, families are wondering about what that looks like at school. We will support each family making their own decisions about masking and teachers are prepared to support that freedom of choice. Please see the district web page for continued updates about policy and procedures.
     
    We are asking that families err on the side of caution with illness still. If your child doesn't feel well, please keep them home. We are really hoping that we can go into spring with hope and healthiness for the future.
     
    Sincerely yours,
    Eryn

     

    Upcoming Dates (NEW)
    View the full SES calendar here.

    Sun, March 13   Daylight Saving Time begins
    Mon, March 14, 3:15pm   Garden Club
    Tue-Wed, March 15-16   8th grade daytime retreat at Camp Collins
    Wed, March 16: SES restaurant fundraiser   Atlas Pizza (Division location)
    Wed, March 16, 6:30-8pm   SES PTSA board meeting (open to all)
    Mon-Fri, March 21-25   NO SCHOOL (Spring break) 

     

    Websites to Know

     

    Reminders
    To help keep things working smoothly, here are some gentle reminders from the front office:

    • Have your students wear coats and bring an extra change of clothes.

    • Do not park in no-parking zones or crosswalks.

    • Walk or carry anything wheeled while on school grounds.

    • Volunteer during lunch to help keep kids distanced.

    • Do not idle your car engine while waiting to pick up students.

    • Come to the front door and buzz if your student arrives late or leaves early.

     

    Read-A-Thon (NEW)
    Thank you Sunnyside students and families for a great 3 weeks celebrating reading!

    This week we had two authors visit, local author/illustrator Kate Berube and Eisner award winning author Marjorie Liu. Talk to your kids about their visits. They were outstanding. Book sales for ALL our guest speakers are available to reserve for one more week before we place our orders. Please buy signed copies of any of our authors books to support them and support SES at the same time. 20% of book sales goes to us (Thanks Books With Pictures for the hook up).

    Next week please turn in your brochures, signed by a guardian, with your total reading units on them. These help your classes earn reading prizes AND enter your student into a raffle for a bunch of great prizes donated by our sponsors. IF you have any cash/check pledges those can be turned in with the reading forms at the same time to the Sunnyside office.

    ONLINE pledging is still open until next Friday, so if you haven't yet done so please go to MYBOOSTER.com and set up your student's fundraising page. It just takes a couple minutes. After you do you'll easily be able to share your student OR family's page via email, text or social media to help raise money for the school. Last year we raised $20,308. We are 3/4 there. Let's power through this last week of fundraising and get to our goal!

    Thank you so much for your enthusiasm, fundraising and most of all LOVE for reading. You make our school a very special place.

    Cheers,
    Leslie, Read-A-Thon coordinator and mom of Violet, 6th grade and Miles, 4th grade


    Save the date: The Sunnyside Comeback Campaign (NEW)
    SUNNYSIDE COMEBACK CAMPAIGN is a series of live, in-person spring fundraising events that celebrate the return of togetherness and help raise essential funding for our Sunnyside students. We are looking for auction DONATIONS. If you have a vacation home, a restaurant, an experience, a service, a hook up for some great wine—-anything that you think another parent (or kiddo) may want to bid on, we sure would love your help! Please fill out this form with the details of your auction item. Thanks so much for your support!

    • Saturday, May 14th:
      Sunnyside Comeback Campaign KICKS OFF with a house concert with Laura Viers
    • Monday, June 6th:
      Sunnyside Comeback Campaign 1970s themed auction WRAP UP party at The Toffee Club

     

    The Boulevard Beautification Bunch (NEW)
    The BBB is a joint effort of the Hawthorne Boulevard Business Association and the surrounding neighborhood associations to beautify Hawthorne Boulevard by being good neighbors and cleaning up. The BBB is a volunteer group looking for any help you can offer.

    The BBB will have volunteer teams picking up trash once a month and can assist in graffiti removal upon request.

    To help, you can:

    • Volunteer for a clean up crew.
    •  Agree to take 1 bag of trash per month from the clean up crew.
    • Join the Hawthorne Boulevard Business Association (HBBA).

    Clean ups take place on the 2nd Saturday of every month from 10am - noon. Join the team at Dairy Hill Ice Cream on the corner of 36th and Hawthorne.

    Questions? Contact BBB@Hawthorneblvd.com or visit Hawthorneblvd.com/BBB/FAQ. Want to help spread the word? Download and share the BBB flyer.

     

    Garden Club: Mondays, 3:15-4:30
    Meet every Monday (when school is in session) at 3:15pm at "the shed" or the "SES Workshop" near the playground, for tools and activity directions. Ends promptly at 4:30pm.

    If Garden Club is canceled for the day, there will be a note posted at the shed. This is a free service for extra outdoor learning, not an after-school child care program, so supervision may be limited. Email Steph with questions: sunnysidesustainability@gmail.com

     

    Join SES families at Westwind Family Camp Weekend of April 8-10
    Want to spend a fun weekend at SES Family Camp on the coast? Sunnyside at Camp Westwind is a beloved Sunnyside family outing which ran for about 20 years prior to COVID-19. We would like to bring it back in 2022! We have booked the camp for April 8 - 10, 2022, which coincides with a no-school Friday.

    The camp has made adjustments to its weekend offerings to make the experience more COVID safe - which mostly amount to more time to relax and play. The cost per person is $110 includes lodging and 5 meals; food allergies / restrictions can be accommodated! Lodging at Westwind is in heated / lit cabins. Most accommodate 9 people. If you want to bring people you are "bubbled" with who aren't technically SES families, that's fine.

    To make this trip work, we'll need some commitments to come. Contact gwen@parachutestrategies.com and let us know if you are in.

    Loved this trip before and want to help? We could use some help getting the word out and with planning. Never been but are curious? Questions can be directed to gwen@parachutestrategies.com or 503-475-8529. Please note this event is not officially hosted by the SES PTSA.

     

    SES PTSA News
    Please check here for any new information from our incredibly supportive PTSA.

    • Wednesday, March 16: Atlas Pizza restaurant fundraiser
      Wednesday, March 16: Atlas Pizza will donate 20% of all sales at its Division location except those placed on third-party apps such as Postmates and Uber Eats.
  • SES Messenger for 03/04/2022

    03/04/22 School Messenger
    Español

    • School News (NEW)
    • Upcoming Dates (NEW)
    • Websites to Know
    • Reminders
    • Read-A-Thon (NEW)
    • Tell us about your experience at PPS (UPDATED)
    • Garden Club begins Monday, March 7th at 3:15-4:30 (NEW)
    • PPS outdoor mask mandate was lifted March 1
    • Art room wish list
    • Franklin Youth Track
    • PPS-Approved Fliers
    • Join SES families at Westwind Family Camp Weekend of April 8-10
    • SES PTSA News: Coffee Connection and Atlas Pizza restaurant fundraiser (NEW)

     

    School News (NEW)
    Dear Sunnyside Families,

    I cannot believe that we are already into March. This year is flying by and we are looking forward to many great events coming up in the spring.

    Today we all received the communication from PPS that masks will be optional in schools starting March 12th. I know that families have many different comfort levels with this new direction and that after two years of a dramatically shifting landscape due to the pandemic, this is yet another shift. This is a district level policy that was made and every school in PPS will have masks optional. Please know that we respect each family's decision to mask or not as we move forward. We will not be enforcing mask usage at Sunnyside and as we find out more about what our new district and state mandated safety protocols will be, we will certainly share. Please continue to visit the district website for updates here.

    Coming up at Sunnyside we are looking forward to some fun events. With morning meetings for middle school in full swing (thank you Sarah Wagner for leading), we are also getting ready for our first middle school dance on Thursday, April 7th. We are also looking forward to the 8th grade retreat on the 15th and 16th of March, during which our 8th graders will be at Camp Collins for the two days, and 6th and 7th graders will have an in-school retreat, as well.

    In K-1 we have the identity parades coming up. The K-1 have been working on storylines celebrating differences and showing how there are unique and special people in the world. African drumming has been happening in 4th and 5th grades. And as you know the Read-A-Thon is in full swing. Nothing is cuter than all of us in our PJ's today.

    We want to thank Sharon Bird for covering for Adrienne while she was out on maternity leave. Thank you, Sharon!

    Since Jenny joined our front office as school secretary we are now in need of recess support from 11-1:30 every day. This is a paid position, so if you are interested, please email Eryn. Also, PPS is always needing paraprofessionals. Please email Eryn if you are interested in pursuing this field.

    Thank you for all you do for our community. It has been lovely seeing many of your faces outside as school begins and ends each day. I'm looking forward to many days of sunshine and laughter as the year rolls on.

    Best,
    Eryn 

     

    Upcoming Dates (NEW)
    View the full SES calendar here.

    Mon, March 7, 3:15pm   Garden Club
    Tue, March 8, 6-7pm   Connect to Kindergarten
    Wed, March 9, 6-7pm   New K-5 student welcome
    Fri, March 11   Last day of the SES Read-A-Thon
    Sun, March 13   Daylight Saving Time begins
    Mon, March 14, 3:15pm   Garden Club
    Tue-Wed, March 15-16   8th grade daytime retreat at Camp Collins
    Wed, March 16: SES restaurant fundraiser   Atlas Pizza
    Wed, March 16, 6:30-8pm   SES PTSA board meeting (open to all)
    Mon-Fri, March 21-25   NO SCHOOL (Spring break) 

     

    Websites to Know

     

    Reminders
    To help keep things working smoothly, here are some gentle reminders from the front office:

    • Have your students wear coats and bring an extra change of clothes.

    • Do not park in no-parking zones or crosswalks.

    • Walk or carry anything wheeled while on school grounds.

    • Volunteer during lunch to help keep kids distanced.

    • Do not idle your car engine while waiting to pick up students.

    • Come to the front door and buzz if your student arrives late or leaves early.

     

    Read-A-Thon (NEW)
    The second week of Read-a-thon is over, one more week to go! This week brought an amazing author visit, pajama day and lots of reading. Thanks for your help and participation.

    If you haven't signed up to raise money online PLEASE DO. Go to MYBOOSTER.com and set up your student's fundraising page. It just takes a couple minutes. After you do you'll easily be able to share your student OR family's page via email, text or social media to help raise money for the school. Last year we raised $20,308. We are halfway there, let's get this done!

    Booster.com does corporate matching too, so if you or a family member works for a company that offers that bonus PLEASE follow through to get your donation matched.

    We had Cathy Camper visit on Thursday. She is a current 3-5 OBOB Author & former Multnomah County librarian! She gifted us with two presentations for our students. The first one she read her new picture book to our k-2 students and answered their questions afterwards. The second presentation was for 3-5 and she showed them her new (not even out yet) Lowriders graphic novel. She talked about being an author, the struggles, frustrations and joys. She answered the kids' questions with so much enthusiasm and thoughtfulness. It was one of the best author visits we ever had ... really.

    I just added a few more of the Lowriders in Space books to the book sales page so now ALL 3 of these graphic novels are available for purchase and her new picture book (which she read to K-2 this morning). Please buy signed copies of her books (or any of our other guest authors) and support SES at the same time. 20% of book sales goes to us. (Thanks to Books With Pictures for the hook up.)

    NEXT WEEK (the final week of events):

    • TUESDAY, MARCH 8th:
      Author Talk: Kate Berube (John’s Turn, Hanna & Sugar and more) @ 10am (K-3rd graders)
       
    • THURSDAY, MARCH 10th:
      Author talks: Marjorie Liu (Wingbearer and more) @ 9:30am and 10am (3rd- 8th graders)
       
    • FRIDAY, MARCH 11th
      Dress as a Book Character Day, prizes awarded for “Locker Library”, & FINAL reading day.

    FAQ:

    YES! Count it : )

    • Reading to myself
    • Reading to my grown up, friend, pet, imaginary friend
    • Being read to
    • Podcast where i’m being read a book
    • Reading a story a friend wrote

    SORRY! That's a no go : (

    • Reading subtitles on a movie
    • Cereal boxes
    • Listening to Podcast discussions
    • Reading texts, instagram or any other social media outlet
    • Writing a story
    • Do audiobooks count for reading units?
      YES
       
    • Does reading to a little brother, sister, friends count for reading units?
      YES
       
    • Does being read to at a read aloud or at bedtime by a parent count?
      YES
       
    • How long can I collect pledges?
      The last day to bring cash, checks & your reading pamphlet into the office is MARCH 25th. Last day for ONLINE pledge collection is ALSO MARCH 25th.
       
    • Do I need to keep track of reading on the bookmark AND the pamphlet?
      You can keep track either way, but to be eligible for reading prizes and help your class get a reading prize you'll need to TURN IN THE PAMPHLET to the office (whether or not you have pledges) by MARCH 25th with the TOAL READING UNITS written on the map page in the pink circle AND signed by a parent or guardian.

    Thanks in advance for your involvement. This is a great opportunity for all students to participate with other students, celebrate books and help make a difference! Keep reading and fundraising!!!

    Thanks and please let me know if you have questions (leslielothamer@gmail.com).
    Cheers,
    Leslie, Read-A-Thon coordinator and mom of Violet, 6th grade and Miles, 4th grade

     

    Tell us about your experience at PPS (UPDATED)
    PPS has launched the 2022 Successful Schools Family Survey to help them understand your experience as a parent or guardian. PPS has extended the deadline for the 2022 Successful Schools Survey by a week. The survey will now be available until March 11.

    Please follow this link to take the survey on a computer, tablet, or smartphone. It should take 15-20 minutes of your time. If you have children at more than one PPS school, please complete one survey for each school your children attend. If you need help taking the survey, please contact School Social Worker Nicole Costello at ncostello@pps.net.

     

    Garden Club begins Monday, March 7th at 3:15-4:30 (NEW)
    Meet every Monday (when school is in session) at 3:15pm at "the shed" or the "SES Workshop" near the playground, for tools and activity directions. Ends promptly at 4:30pm.

    If Garden Club is canceled for the day, there will be a note posted at the shed. This is a free service for extra outdoor learning, not an after-school child care program, so supervision may be limited. Our first Spring Garden Club will be Monday, March 7th. Email Steph with questions: sunnysidesustainability@gmail.com

     

    PPS outdoor mask mandate was lifted March 1
    As per PPS new operating procedures, masks are no longer be mandatory outside starting March 1st. Please speak with your student about your family expectations as we will not be enforcing outside mask wearing starting March 1st. We do not have the district policy regarding indoor mask use yet and will share with you when we get that information. Please review the updated COVID-19 protocols here.

     

    Art room wish list
    Hello Beautiful Sunnyside Community,

    Before buying new supplies for the Art room I decided to ask our community if anyone can donate the following art supplies in new or used condition. Some are definitely at the wish/dream level!

    • Toaster oven( for Sculpty clay and shrinky dinks)
    • Hot glue guns and hot glue sticks
    • Needle felting supplies
    • Hole punchers
    • Stickers (any decorative but also white sheets for students to create their own stickers)
    • Stretchy beading string
    • Make-your-own Shrinky Dink sets
    • Acrylic paints
    • Watercolor markers
    • Paint pens (Posca or cheaper brand)
    • Popsicle sticks
    • Old iPad for students to draw digitally

    If you have any of these items, please bring them to the office. Email me at ccorwin@pps.net with questions. Thank you so much for your support, Indigo

     

    Franklin Youth Track
    Dupree Stubblefield, head coach and coordinator for the Franklin Youth Track program, invites SES families to a virtual family informational meeting on March 2 at 6:30pm on Google Meets, room code FYT2022LIGHTNING. First practice is March 7 at 5:45pm at Franklin High School. Please see the attached flier for more information.

     

    PPS-Approved Fliers
    The following fliers have been approved by PPS to share:


    Join SES families at Westwind Family Camp Weekend of April 8-10
    Want to spend a fun weekend at SES Family Camp on the coast? Sunnyside at Camp Westwind is a beloved Sunnyside family outing which ran for about 20 years prior to COVID-19. We would like to bring it back in 2022! We have booked the camp for April 8 - 10, 2022, which coincides with a no-school Friday.

    The camp has made adjustments to its weekend offerings to make the experience more COVID safe - which mostly amount to more time to relax and play. The cost per person is $110 includes lodging and 5 meals; food allergies / restrictions can be accommodated! Lodging at Westwind is in heated / lit cabins. Most accommodate 9 people. If you want to bring people you are "bubbled" with who aren't technically SES families, that's fine.

    To make this trip work, we'll need some commitments to come. Contact gwen@parachutestrategies.com and let us know if you are in.

    Loved this trip before and want to help? We could use some help getting the word out and with planning. Never been but are curious? Questions can be directed to gwen@parachutestrategies.com or 503-475-8529. Please note this event is not officially hosted by the SES PTSA.

     

    SES PTSA News (NEW)
    Please check here for any new information from our incredibly supportive PTSA.

    • Coffee and connection: Friday, March 11, 8:45am (NEW)
      Calling all K-2 families! Would you like to connect with your SES community? Come meet other families for a quick coffee and chat on Friday, March 11 at 8:45am in the cafeteria. This is just prior to the K-1 parade, so stop by for a coffee while you wait! Questions? Contact emilylillywhite@gmail.com.
       
    • Wednesday, March 16: Atlas Pizza restaurant fundraiser (NEW)
      Wednesday, March 16: Atlas Pizza will donate 20% of all sales except those placed on third-party apps such as Postmates and Uber Eats.
  • SES Messenger for 2/25/2022

    02/25/22 School Messenger
    Español

    • School News (NEW)
    • Upcoming Dates (NEW)
    • Websites to Know
    • Reminders
    • PPS outdoor mask mandate to be lifted March 1 (NEW)
    • Read-A-Thon (NEW)
    • Volunteers needed for vision and hearing screening on March 2 (NEW)
    • Art room wish list (NEW)
    • Wanted: Space for our spring fundraiser (NEW)
    • Franklin Youth Track (NEW)
    • PPS-Approved Fliers (NEW)
    • Wanted: Stories of Sunnyside cats and dogs
    • Tell us about your experience at PPS
    • Tiny vermin are back
    • Join SES families at Westwind Family Camp Weekend of April 8-10
    • SES PTSA News (NEW)

     

    School News (NEW)
    Read-a-thon has begun! Winnie the Library Dog visited classes dressed as Sharnado. Today, we wear social justice t-shirts to “read, rise and resist” and authors began to visit classrooms. Ask your student which grade level has the most beans so far!
     
    On Wednesday, our middle school Students of Color group held a community day, where they gathered to explore themes such as a revisit of Black History Month, Gender and intersectionality, and microaggressions. Simultaneously, core classes intertwined Black History Month, history of racism, healthy relationships, and allyship into daily lessons. Mic Crenshaw inspired identity exploration, and shared his story of finding a chosen family among Skinheads Against Racial Prejudice (SHARPs).
     
    Though there is joy and progress within our walls, our hearts hurt for the children and families in the middle of the Russian-Ukraine conflict. We acknowledge the fear and confusion, anger and sadness that war brings. We will answer your students’ questions with facts and compassion, and hope, in the meantime, for a peaceful resolution. 
     
     Please let us know if you need anything.
     
    In support,
    Alix and Eryn

     

    Upcoming Dates (NEW)
    View the full SES calendar here.

    Wed, March 2: SES restaurant fundraiser   ¿Por Qué No? Hawthorne location
    Thu, March 3, 3:15pm   Garden Club
    Fri, March 4   Read-A-Thon pajama day
    Thu, March 10, 3:15pm   Garden Club
    Fri, March 11   Last day of the SES Read-A-Thon
    Sun, March 13   Daylight Saving Time begins
    Tue-Wed, March 15-16   8th grade daytime retreat at Camp Collins
    Wed, March 16: SES restaurant fundraiser   Atlas Pizza
    Wed, March 16, 6:30-8pm   SES PTSA board meeting (open to all)
    Thu, March 17, 3:15pm   Garden Club

    Websites to Know

     

    Reminders
    To help keep things working smoothly, here are some gentle reminders from the front office:

    • Have your students wear coats and bring an extra change of clothes.

    • Do not park in no-parking zones or crosswalks.

    • Walk or carry anything wheeled while on school grounds.

    • Volunteer during lunch to help keep kids distanced.

    • Do not idle your car engine while waiting to pick up students.

    • Come to the front door and buzz if your student arrives late or leaves early.

     

    PPS outdoor mask mandate to be lifted March 1 (NEW)
    As per PPS new operating procedures, masks will no longer be mandatory outside starting March 1st. Please speak with your student about your family expectations as we will not be enforcing outside mask wearing starting March 1st. We do not have the district policy regarding indoor mask use yet and will share with you when we get that information. Please review the updated COVID-19 protocols here.

     

    Read-A-Thon (NEW)
    Hello families!!!

    Thanks for an amazing first week of Read-a-thon. The halls are decorated and it looks so amazing! Thanks to all the people who made decorations and showed up to help! It was amazing to see so many helpers in the school making it beautiful for the students. See photos of some of the amazing decorations at SESPTSA'S public Facebook page.

    Today was our first dress up day: Social justice day. Wear a social justice shirt. Read, Rise, Resist! AND our first of four author visits, Ron Chan. Buy Ron's books (or any of our other guest authors and support SES at the same time, 20% of book sales goes to us (Thanks Books With Pictures for the hook up.) ALL books will be signed by the authors and will be delivered to school to your student when they arrive.

    If you haven't signed up to raise money online PLEASE DO. Go to MYBOOSTER.com and set up your student's fundraising page. It just takes a couple minutes. After you do you'll easily be able to share your student OR family's page via email, text or social media to help raise money for the school. We have 53 kids signed up so far. Let's see if we can get 300 or more!

    Booster.com does corporate matching too, so if you or a family member works for a company that offers that bonus PLEASE follow through to get your donation matched.

    Your student should have a Read-a-thon bookmark and pamphlet; if not, they can grab a new one Monday from Gillian in the library OR download a new one at the SESPTSA wesbite. They can and should keep track of their reading with the bookmark and write down how many UNITS they read each day in the pamphlet. For K-2 one unit is equal to 15 minutes of reading and for 3-8 one unit is equal to 30 minutes of reading. Please do keep track of your reading units even if you don't plan on fundraising! There are prizes for both classes and individuals for most units read and prizes for the top 4 fundraisers in each grade group. 

    Thanks in advance for your involvement. This is a great opportunity for all students to participate with other students, celebrate books and help make a difference!

    NEXT WEEK the events are:

    • THURSDAY, MARCH 3rd, Author talks:
      Cathy Camper (Lowriders in Space series and new picture book 10 Ways to Hear Snow), 9:30am (about picture book 10 Ways to Hear Snow) & 10am (Lowriders to the Rescue) 
       
    • FRIDAY, MARCH 4th, Pajama Day read-in event:
      DRESS UP IN PAJAMAS for school! Enjoy cozy read-in time during recess.

    FAQ:

    YES! Count it : )

    • Reading to myself
    • Reading to my grown up, friend, pet, imaginary friend
    • Being read to
    • Podcast where i’m being read a book
    • Reading a story a friend wrote

    SORRY! That's a no go : (

    • Reading subtitles on a movie
    • Cereal boxes
    • Listening to Podcast discussions
    • Reading texts, instagram or any other social media outlet
    • Writing a story
    • Do audiobooks count for reading units?
      YES
       
    • Does reading to a little brother, sister, friends count for reading units?
      YES
       
    • Does being read to at a read aloud or at bedtime by a parent count?
      YES
       
    • How long can I collect pledges?
      The last day to bring cash, checks & your reading pamphlet into the office is MARCH 25th. Last day for ONLINE pledge collection is ALSO MARCH 25th.
       
    • Do I need to keep track of reading on the bookmark AND the pamphlet?
      You can keep track either way, but to be eligible for reading prizes and help your class get a reading prize you'll need to TURN IN THE PAMPHLET to the office (whether or not you have pledges) by MARCH 25th with the TOAL READING UNITS written on the map page in the pink circle AND signed by a parent or guardian.

    Thanks and please let me know if you have questions (leslielothamer@gmail.com).
    Cheers,
    Leslie, Read-A-Thon coordinator and mom of Violet, 6th grade and Miles, 4th grade

     

    Volunteers needed for vision and hearing screening on March 2 (NEW)
    Vision and hearing screenings will take place at SES on Wednesday, March 2. K and 1st graders will be screened for vision and hearing; 3rd graders will be screened for vision. We need 2 volunteers to help between the hours of 9 and 11:30am. Please email Kieran Cannistra if you are able to help.

     

    Art room wish list (NEW)
    Hello Beautiful Sunnyside Community,

    Before buying new supplies for the Art room I decided to ask our community if anyone can donate the following art supplies in new or used condition. Some are definitely at the wish/dream level!

    • Toaster oven( for Sculpty clay and shrinky dinks)
    • Hot glue guns and hot glue sticks
    • Needle felting supplies
    • Hole punchers
    • Stickers (any decorative but also white sheets for students to create their own stickers)
    • Stretchy beading string
    • Make-your-own Shrinky Dink sets
    • Acrylic paints
    • Watercolor markers
    • Paint pens (Posca or cheaper brand)
    • Popsicle sticks
    • Old iPad for students to draw digitally

    If you have any of these items, please bring them to the office. Email me at ccorwin@pps.net with questions. Thank you so much for your support, Indigo

     

    Wanted: Space for our spring fundraiser (NEW)
    Sunnyside is excited to bring back our Spring fundraiser with hopes of an in-person, outdoor event with a goal of raising $60,000 for our school community! We are seeking a donated venue space for the event, and are reaching out to our families for help. Do you or someone you know own a restaurant, event space or other large building that could be used to host an evening auction event? We will also soon be seeking auction items, donated experiences, trips and more! If you have an idea or space that might work for hosting a fun Sunnyside school fundraiser in late April or early May, please reach out to Auburn Harrison at auburnharrison@gmail.com.

     

    Franklin Youth Track (NEW)
    Dupree Stubblefield, head coach and coordinator for the Franklin Youth Track program, invites SES families to a virtual family informational meeting on March 2 at 6:30pm on Google Meets, room code FYT2022LIGHTNING. First practice is March 7 at 5:45pm at Franklin High School. Please see the attached flier for more information.

     

    PPS-Approved Fliers (NEW)
    The following fliers have been approved by PPS to share:

     

    Wanted: Stories of Sunnyside cats and dogs
    Ever heard of Ham, the Klepto Cat? We know that Ham is not the only interesting feline living in Sunnyside. The Sunnyside Neighborhood Association (SNA) Newsletter invites SES students to write a short (around 350 words) article on a neighborhood resident's cat or dog. Stories will be included as part of an ongoing monthly column in the SNA Newsletter. Submit articles and photos to Grace at gracetunning@gmail.com.

     

    Tell us about your experience at PPS
    PPS has launched the 2022 Successful Schools Family Survey to help them understand your 

    Please follow this link to take the survey on a computer, tablet, or smartphone. It should take 15-20 minutes of your time. If you have children at more than one PPS school, please complete one survey for each school your children attend. If you need help taking the survey, please contact School Social Worker Nicole Costello at ncostello@pps.net.

     

    Tiny vermin are back
    Our students love Sunnyside, and unfortunately LICE love all of those heads roaming around.Please remember to do weekly head checks for lice and nits, and remind your student(s) to not share hats or hooded tops/coats. It is advised to purchase a Nit Terminator comb (a one-time investment that will last forever, and can be used on multiple people with cleaning in between). Avoid chemicals and harsh ingredients, and comb through wet hair for the most effective removal. Email the school health captain Amy if you need support: aliber@mesd.k12.or.us.

     

    Join SES families at Westwind Family Camp Weekend of April 8-10
    Want to spend a fun weekend at SES Family Camp on the coast? Sunnyside at Camp Westwind is a beloved Sunnyside family outing which ran for about 20 years prior to COVID-19. We would like to bring it back in 2022! We have booked the camp for April 8 - 10, 2022, which coincides with a no-school Friday.

    The camp has made adjustments to its weekend offerings to make the experience more COVID safe - which mostly amount to more time to relax and play. The cost per person is $110 includes lodging and 5 meals; food allergies / restrictions can be accommodated! Lodging at Westwind is in heated / lit cabins. Most accommodate 9 people. If you want to bring people you are "bubbled" with who aren't technically SES families, that's fine.

    To make this trip work, we'll need some commitments to come. Contact gwen@parachutestrategies.com and let us know if you are in.

    Loved this trip before and want to help? We could use some help getting the word out and with planning. Never been but are curious? Questions can be directed to gwen@parachutestrategies.com or 503-475-8529. Please note this event is not officially hosted by the SES PTSA.

     

    SES PTSA News (NEW)
    Please check here for any new information from our incredibly supportive PTSA.

    • Update from the Straight From NY restaurant fundraiser (NEW)
      SES EATS A LOT OF PIZZA. We received nearly $700 from our Straight From NY fundraiser. Next time you’re chowing down on a pie from SFNY, thank them for their support! (And thank YOU, SES family, for your big appetites!)
       
    • March 2: ¿Por Qué No?’ restaurant fundraiser (NEW)
      Wednesday, March 2: ¿Por Qué No?’s Hawthorne location will donate a portion of its sales to SES. And we have another upcoming restaurant fundraiser:
       
      • Wednesday, March 16: Atlas Pizza will donate 20% of all sales except those placed on third-party apps such as Postmates and Uber Eats.
  • SES Messenger for 2/18/2022

    02/18/22 School Messenger
    Español

    • School News (NEW)
    • Upcoming Dates (NEW)
    • Websites to Know
    • Reminders
    • SES Read-A-Thon starts next week! (NEW)
    • Save the date: 8th grade daytime retreat (NEW)
    • OHSU COVID-19 screening program (NEW)
    • Wanted: Stories of Sunnyside cats and dogs (NEW)
    • Tell us about your experience at PPS (NEW)
    • Tiny vermin are back (NEW)
    • Spring Garden needs
    • Join SES families at Westwind Family Camp Weekend of April 8-10
    • Sunday, February 20, 9am-12pm: Electronic Recycling Event
    • SES PTSA News

     

    School News (NEW)
    Hello Sunnyside Families,

    The joy of being in the sunshine today is a great ending to our week. I know that families have received messaging from PPS regarding budget and Covid protocols. We will be communicating more later as to what our Sunnyside specific protocols will look like and how they will change with the changing protocols from the district.

    As for staffing, Sunnyside was impacted as many schools throughout the district were. We lost 2 teaching positions and lost half-time counseling. In addition, we had to cut two of our classified positions. I am working with district officials to ask for some staffing back and do expect that we will receive some. As you know, in the past, the SES Foundation has raised money to pay for some of our support at Sunnyside. This year will be no different. I am working with the Foundation and the PTSA to determine what our budget ask will be and will send out more information in the coming weeks. I know that in such a difficult year a hit to staffing is hard news to bear and that we feel this deeply as we move forward to ensure fidelity to our special Sunnyside programming and culture. I will continue to share as we hear more about what we can expect and will certainly share if I need more advocacy from our community.

    Lastly, I wanted to address the safety issue of parking and driving around Sunnyside during drop off and pick up. We have had several serious safety issues with drivers pulling into intersections and students almost being hit by cars. We finally had to discontinue Safety Patrol in the afternoon due to the safety risk to our students. We are working with the city and a group of helpful parents to advocate for additional crosswalks, but please please please be safe and cautious when picking up your kids. We want everyone to be safe and healthy in and around Sunnyside.

    Thank you for everyone's support. We are looking forward to seeing more of you as the weather gets nicer and we can hold some morning coffee and greets!

    Have a wonderful weekend.
    Eryn & Alix

     

    Upcoming Dates (NEW)
    View the full SES calendar here.

    Sun, February 20, 8am-12pm   Electronic recycling event
    Mon, February 21   NO SCHOOL (Presidents' Day)
    Tue, February 22-March 11   Sunnyside Read-A-Thon fundraiser
    Wed, February 23   SES restaurant fundraiser at Screen Door’s Burnside location
    Wed, March 2: SES restaurant fundraiser   ¿Por Qué No? Hawthorne location
    Thu, March 3, 3:15pm   Garden Club
    Tue-Wed, March 15-16   8th grade daytime retreat at Camp Collins

    Websites to Know

     

    Reminders
    To help keep things working smoothly, here are some gentle reminders from the front office:

    • Have your students wear coats and bring an extra change of clothes.

    • Do not park in no-parking zones or crosswalks.

    • Walk or carry anything wheeled while on school grounds.

    • Volunteer during lunch to help keep kids distanced.

    • Do not idle your car engine while waiting to pick up students.

    • Come to the front door and buzz if your student arrives late or leaves early.

     

    SES Read-A-Thon starts next week! (NEW)
    Hello families!!!

    Read-a-thon is kicking off on Tuesday February 22nd! And this year is packed with 4 amazing author talks, the return of Locker Library, 3 dress up days and so much reading (and fundraising)! If you wish to buy signed copies of books by visiting authors, please visit SchoolPay. Book sales support the authors so generously giving their time to us—and 20% of sales of these books goes to Sunnyside (thanks to Books with Pictures).

    Your student will come home with a bookmark and pamphlet on Tuesday. They can and should keep track of their reading with the bookmark and write down how many UNITS they read each day in the pamphlet. For K-2 one unit is equal to 15 minutes of reading and for 3-8 one unit is equal to 30 minutes of reading. Please do keep track of your reading units even if you don't plan on fundraising! There are prizes for both classes and individuals for most units read and prizes for the top 4 fundraisers in each grade group. 

    Last year we raised $20,308 for our beloved Sunnyside programs!!! Let's beat it this year! The FIRST thing you can do to help is to go to MYBOOSTER.com and set up your student's fundraising page. It just takes a couple minutes.

    Then you can SHARE your student’s fundraising link with others via email, text or social media! This campaign also allows for corporate matching so if you (or a family or friend) works for a company that offers that PLEASE follow through to get your donation matched.

    If this is not the right time to financially give, we fully understand. There are other ways you and your student can contribute like... READING and participating in the events and joy that comes with Read-a-thon.

    Thanks in advance for your involvement. This is a great opportunity for all students to participate with other students, celebrate books and help make a difference!

    Here is the schedule of events (bolded are dress-up days):

    TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 22nd
    READ-A-THON kicks-off!

    FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 25th
    Social justice day. Wear a social justice shirt. Read, Rise, Resist!

    Author talk and drawing lesson: Ron Chan (Plants vs. Zombies series, Earth Boy and more) @ 10am

    THURSDAY, MARCH 3rd
    Author talks: Cathy Camper (Lowriders in Space series and new picture book 10 Ways to Hear Snow), 9:30am (about picture book 10 Ways to Hear Snow) & 10am (Lowriders to the Rescue)

    FRIDAY, MARCH 4th
    Pajama Day read-in event. Enjoy cozy read-in time during recess.

    TUESDAY, MARCH 8th
    Author Talk: Kate Berube (John's Turn, Hanna & Sugar and more) @ 10am

    THURSDAY, MARCH 10th
    Author talks: Marjorie Liu (Wingbearer and more) @ 9:30am and 10am

    FRIDAY, MARCH 11th
    Dress as a Book Character Day, prizes awarded for “Locker Library”, & FINAL reading day.

    Remember: to buy books to support our guest authors and SES (20% of book sales goes to us) follow this link. ALL books will be signed by the authors and will be delivered to school to your student when they arrive.

    Go to the SESPTSA website to learn more, download new pamphlets, and see the schedule.

    Thanks and please let me know if you have questions (leslielothamer@gmail.com).

    Cheers,
    Leslie
    Read-a-thon coordinator and mom of Violet (6th grade) and Miles (4th grade)

     

    Save the date: 8th grade daytime retreat (NEW)
    Tuesday and Wednesday, March 15 and 16, 8th graders will attend a daytime retreat at Camp Collins. More information coming early next week … for now, save the date!

     

    OHSU COVID-19 screening program (NEW)
    As a reminder, OHSU and PPS are offering a weekly COVID-19 screening program for all PPS students.

    • If you are interested in enrolling your student, please refer to this page. Email Kieran Cannistra at kcannistra@pps.net if you’ve any questions about the program.
    • If you are already enrolled and do not receive the email or text reminders to return your test kits, please email Kieran Cannistra at kcannistra@pps.net, so she can investigate.

     

    Wanted: Stories of Sunnyside cats and dogs (NEW)
    Ever heard of Ham, the Klepto Cat? We know that Ham is not the only interesting feline living in Sunnyside. The Sunnyside Neighborhood Association (SNA) Newsletter invites SES students to write a short (around 350 words) article on a neighborhood resident's cat or dog. Stories will be included as part of an ongoing monthly column in the SNA Newsletter. Submit articles and photos to Grace at gracetunning@gmail.com.

     

    Tell us about your experience at PPS (NEW)
    PPS has launched the 2022 Successful Schools Family Survey to help them understand your 

    Please follow this link to take the survey on a computer, tablet, or smartphone. It should take 15-20 minutes of your time. If you have children at more than one PPS school, please complete one survey for each school your children attend. If you need help taking the survey, please contact School Social Worker Nicole Costello at ncostello@pps.net.

     

    Tiny vermin are back (NEW)
    Our students love Sunnyside, and unfortunately LICE love all of those heads roaming around.Please remember to do weekly head checks for lice and nits, and remind your student(s) to not share hats or hooded tops/coats. It is advised to purchase a Nit Terminator comb (a one-time investment that will last forever, and can be used on multiple people with cleaning in between). Avoid chemicals and harsh ingredients, and comb through wet hair for the most effective removal. Email the school health captain Amy if you need support: aliber@mesd.k12.or.us.

     

    Spring Garden needs
    These sunny afternoons are a gift to my mental health at this time of year! Are you, like me, excited about gardening starting up again for the kids at Sunnyside and perhaps with your own family? If you are able to help in any of the following ways, please let me know. (My contact information is at the end of this message.)

    • Seeds
      If you can pick up an extra seed packet or two (of anything fun, easy to grow or beautiful or delicious), please have your student bring it to class or to the office to donate for our gardens! I will make sure they get planted by some hopeful youth, either in our schoolyard or in a little take-home container.
       
    • Veterinarian
      Do we have a vet in our community? We have a chicken who is having multiple serious issues that need attention. If you are not a vet, you may still be able to help if you have a place to house the chicken temporarily in quarantine. Please contact Steph ASAP.
       
    • Builder/Woodworker
      We have a disintegrating bench that needs repair. We are seeking people in this community who have skills or tools to assist with improving the schoolyard landscapes in general. Can you help with either consulting, or hands-on building/fixing? Sometimes, I just need an expert opinion!

      Some old garden elements like beds, retaining walls and benches need repairs or replacing. Sunnyside only has these unique garden grounds because of individuals who could find a bit of time to volunteer. We have some budget for materials and possibly stipends for contractors.

      Specifically, we are looking for people who can help with any of the following: Weld, mortar tile, create with concrete, basic carpentry, paint, a truck or trailer to move supplies, cob, natural exterior plaster, and graphic design. Let's have some creative fun and make SES function and look amazing!

    I hope you all have refreshing outdoor moments together. If you’re able to help in any of the above ways, please contact me, Steph Rooney, School Garden Coordinator at: sunnysidesustainability@gmail.com or cell: (504) 919-0660

     

    Join SES families at Westwind Family Camp Weekend of April 8-10
    Want to spend a fun weekend at SES Family Camp on the coast? Sunnyside at Camp Westwind is a beloved Sunnyside family outing which ran for about 20 years prior to COVID-19. We would like to bring it back in 2022! We have booked the camp for April 8 - 10, 2022, which coincides with a no-school Friday.

    The camp has made adjustments to its weekend offerings to make the experience more COVID safe - which mostly amount to more time to relax and play. The cost per person is $110 includes lodging and 5 meals; food allergies / restrictions can be accommodated! Lodging at Westwind is in heated / lit cabins. Most accommodate 9 people. If you want to bring people you are "bubbled" with who aren't technically SES families, that's fine.

    To make this trip work, we'll need some commitments to come. Contact gwen@parachutestrategies.com and let us know if you are in.

    Loved this trip before and want to help? We could use some help getting the word out and with planning. Never been but are curious? Questions can be directed to gwen@parachutestrategies.com or 503-475-8529. Please note this event is not officially hosted by the SES PTSA.

     

    Sunday, February 20, 9am-12pm: Electronic Recycling Event
    Cecilia Haas and Clayton Williams with Inhabit Real Estate invite you to a complimentary Electronic Recycling Event on Sunday, February 20th from 9am to 12pm in front of Sunnyside Environmental School at the cob bench.

    According to The Global E-waste Monitor, there was a record 53.6 million metric tons of electronic waste generated in 2020. Let’s do our part in improving e-waste collection and recycling practices, so these secondary raw materials can be made readily available to re-enter the manufacturing process.

    Let’s clean out our basements and get that e-waste recycled!

    Items accepted: desktops, laptops, servers, monitors, accessories, phones, tablets, telecom, musical instruments, tools, batteries, cables/wires, video games, small appliances such as microwaves, coffee makers, etc. Scrap metal is also accepted.

    Any device containing data will have its data destroyed within 1 business day, and you can obtain a signed certificate of date destruction by email.

    If you cannot attend the event on February 20 at SES, there is one on Saturday, February 19, 12-2pm in the South lot of St. Philip Neri Church in Ladd's Addition.

     

    SES PTSA News
    Please check here for any new information from our incredibly supportive PTSA.

    • SES Restaurant Fundraiser: Straight From New York Pizza
      On Wednesday, February 23, Screen Door’s Burnside location will donate 10% of all sales at that location. Other upcoming restaurant fundraisers include:
    • WANTED: SES PTSA Volunteers
      Hello SES Community!

      The SESPTSA has many positions opening up next year and we need YOU! The PTSA is a great way to get involved with the nuts and bolts of SES. While the main function of the PTSA is fundraising, the meetings are often discussions about how to support the school, staff and students, I personally have learned so much during my years on the board and encourage family members to get involved!

      Virtual meetings are the third Wednesday of the month 6:30-8pm. We would love to welcome you!
  • SES Messenger for 2/11/2022

    02/11/22 School Messenger
    Español

    • School News (NEW)
    • Upcoming Dates (NEW)
    • Websites to Know
    • Reminders
    • Spring Garden needs (NEW)
    • SES Read-A-Thon ... coming (VERY) soon! (NEW)
    • Join SES families at Westwind Family Camp Weekend of April 8-10 (NEW)
    • Sunday, February 20, 9am-12pm: Electronic Recycling Event
    • PPS-Approved Flyers
    • Read-a-thon is returning to the halls of SES
    • SES PTSA News

     

    School News (NEW)
    Good afternoon, Sunnyside Community,
    This semester sees us s-l-o-w-l-y incorporating Sunnyside traditions back into our days. This morning, the amazing Sarah Wagner hosted our first in-person Morning Meeting in almost 2 years! It was a delight to congregate with half of our middle schoolers, and we look forward to hosting the other half next week. Buddies are in full swing, Art Club meets Wednesdays, and Read-a-Thon is around the corner.

    Thank you for hanging in there with us as we safely and deliberately (and enthusiastically!) make our way back to the way many things “used to be.”

    The sun and longer days bring us hope for more joy ahead.

    Gratefully,
    Alix and Eryn

     

    Upcoming Dates (NEW)
    View the full SES calendar here.

    Fri, February 11   SES restaurant fundraiser at Straight From New York Pizza on Belmont
    Wed, February 16, 6:30-8pm   SES PTSA Board meeting (open to all)
    Sun, February 20, 8am-12pm   Electronic recycling event
    Mon, February 21   NO SCHOOL (Presidents' Day)
    Tue, February 22-March 11   Sunnyside Read-A-Thon fundraiser
    Wed, February 23   SES restaurant fundraiser at Screen Door’s Burnside location

    Websites to Know

     

    Reminders
    To help keep things working smoothly, here are some gentle reminders from the front office:

    • Have your students wear coats and bring an extra change of clothes.

    • Do not park in no-parking zones or crosswalks.

    • Walk or carry anything wheeled while on school grounds.

    • Volunteer during lunch to help keep kids distanced.

    • Do not idle your car engine while waiting to pick up students.

    • Come to the front door and buzz if your student arrives late or leaves early.

     

    Spring Garden needs (NEW)
    These sunny afternoons are a gift to my mental health at this time of year! Are you, like me, excited about gardening starting up again for the kids at Sunnyside and perhaps with your own family? If you are able to help in any of the following ways, please let me know. (My contact information is at the end of this message.)

    • Seeds
      If you can pick up an extra seed packet or two (of anything fun, easy to grow or beautiful or delicious), please have your student bring it to class or to the office to donate for our gardens! I will make sure they get planted by some hopeful youth, either in our schoolyard or in a little take-home container.
       
    • Veterinarian
      Do we have a vet in our community? We have a chicken who is having multiple serious issues that need attention. If you are not a vet, you may still be able to help if you have a place to house the chicken temporarily in quarantine. Please contact Steph ASAP.
       
    • Builder/Woodworker
      We have a disintegrating bench that needs repair. We are seeking people in this community who have skills or tools to assist with improving the schoolyard landscapes in general. Can you help with either consulting, or hands-on building/fixing? Sometimes, I just need an expert opinion!

      Some old garden elements like beds, retaining walls and benches need repairs or replacing. Sunnyside only has these unique garden grounds because of individuals who could find a bit of time to volunteer. We have some budget for materials and possibly stipends for contractors.

      Specifically, we are looking for people who can help with any of the following: Weld, mortar tile, create with concrete, basic carpentry, paint, a truck or trailer to move supplies, cob, natural exterior plaster, and graphic design. Let's have some creative fun and make SES function and look amazing!

    I hope you all have refreshing outdoor moments together. If you’re able to help in any of the above ways, please contact me, Steph Rooney, School Garden Coordinator at: sunnysidesustainability@gmail.com or cell: (504) 919-0660

     

    SES Read-A-Thon ... coming (VERY) soon! (NEW)
    Read-a-thon begins in a little over a week. The theme is "Reading opens up Oceans of Possibilities!" We will have a dress up day each Friday, FOUR virtual author talks, lots of cozy read-ins, and more.

    Students will get their packets of information and bookmarks on February 22. The event will run through March 11. This is the ONLY major fundraiser that has been done this far so we'd really appreciate your support and enthusiasm.

    Last year we raised $20,308 for our beloved Sunnyside programs!!! Let's beat it this year!

    Pledging this year will be online again. Starting next Friday you will be able to get online and set up a Booster account for your student. You'll be able to post it to social media and send it out to friends and family once you set it up with just a link. (You can still collect physical pledges as well).

    Stay tuned for lots more info next Friday! Please reach out to me with any questions.

    Cheers,
    Leslie
    leslielothamer@gmail.com
    (Mom of Miles, 4th grade and Violet, 6th grade)

     

    Join SES families at Westwind Family Camp Weekend of April 8-10 (NEW)
    Want to spend a fun weekend at SES Family Camp on the coast? Sunnyside at Camp Westwind is a beloved Sunnyside family outing which ran for about 20 years prior to COVID-19. We would like to bring it back in 2022! We have booked the camp for April 8 - 10, 2022, which coincides with a no-school Friday.

    The camp has made adjustments to its weekend offerings to make the experience more COVID safe - which mostly amount to more time to relax and play. The cost per person is $110 includes lodging and 5 meals; food allergies / restrictions can be accommodated! Lodging at Westwind is in heated / lit cabins. Most accommodate 9 people. If you want to bring people you are "bubbled" with who aren't technically SES families, that's fine.

    To make this trip work, we'll need some commitments to come. Contact gwen@parachutestrategies.com and let us know if you are in.

    Loved this trip before and want to help? We could use some help getting the word out and with planning. Never been but are curious? Questions can be directed to gwen@parachutestrategies.com or 503-475-8529. Please note this event is not officially hosted by the SES PTSA.

     

    Sunday, February 20, 9am-12pm: Electronic Recycling Event
    Cecilia Haas and Clayton Williams with Inhabit Real Estate invite you to a complimentary Electronic Recycling Event on Sunday, February 20th from 9am to 12pm in front of Sunnyside Environmental School at the cob bench.

    According to The Global E-waste Monitor, there was a record 53.6 million metric tons of electronic waste generated in 2020. Let’s do our part in improving e-waste collection and recycling practices, so these secondary raw materials can be made readily available to re-enter the manufacturing process.

    Let’s clean out our basements and get that e-waste recycled!

    Items accepted: desktops, laptops, servers, monitors, accessories, phones, tablets, telecom, musical instruments, tools, batteries, cables/wires, video games, small appliances such as microwaves, coffee makers, etc. Scrap metal is also accepted.

    Any device containing data will have its data destroyed within 1 business day, and you can obtain a signed certificate of date destruction by email.

    If you cannot attend the event on February 20 at SES, there is one on Saturday, February 19, 12-2pm in the South lot of St. Philip Neri Church in Ladd's Addition.

     

    PPS-Approved Flyers
    The following flyers have been approved by PPS to share:

     

    Read-a-thon is returning to the halls of SES
    Read-a-thon is returning to Sunnyside Feb 22 - March 11 and we need volunteers!

    Jobs include, but are not limited to:

    • Creating decorations for the hallways. I have many ideas or you can come up with your own based on our theme. This can be done at home.
    • Be in the school to assist with one or more "events" (help set up in classrooms for virtual speakers, hand out "prizes" for kids dressed up for dress up days, etc)
    • Call/email local businesses to ask for donations for prizes, gift cards, books (for our book bundle prizes) etc. This can be done at home.
    • Show up to decorate the school with signs/decorations people made on 17th, 18th or 21st (not sure yet which one will work best)

    This is coming up fast so please sign up to help TODAY. Go to: https://forms.gle/BCyxN43pUrHktykS8 to sign up for a job (or email me leslieliothamer@gmail.com) and I'll email you back with specifics ASAP.

    Thanks a million,
    Leslie Lothamer
    (Violet 6th grade & Miles 4th grade)
    leslielothamer@gmail.com

     

    SES PTSA News
    Please check here for any new information from our incredibly supportive PTSA.

    • SES Restaurant Fundraiser: Straight From New York Pizza
      On Friday, February 11, Straight From New York Pizza’s Belmont location will donate 20% of sales between the hours of 4pm and 2am to Sunnyside. Check out their menu and go get some pizza!

      Other upcoming restaurant fundraisers include:

    • WANTED: SES PTSA Volunteers
      Hello SES Community!

      The SESPTSA has many positions opening up next year and we need YOU! The PTSA is a great way to get involved with the nuts and bolts of SES. While the main function of the PTSA is fundraising, the meetings are often discussions about how to support the school, staff and students, I personally have learned so much during my years on the board and encourage family members to get involved!

      Virtual meetings are the third Wednesday of the month 6:30-8pm. We would love to welcome you!
  • SES Messenger for 2/4/2022

    02/04/22 School Messenger
    Español

    • School News (NEW)
    • Upcoming Dates (NEW)
    • Websites to Know
    • Reminders
    • Welcome Jenny Thomas, Our “new” School Secretary (NEW)
    • Sunday, February 20, 9am-12pm: Electronic Recycling Event (NEW)
    • Grades K-5 Report Card Update (UPDATED)
    • PPS-Approved Flyers (NEW)
    • Reminder: Bring appropriate shoes for P.E. days (NEW)
    • Reminder: No adult supervision after school (NEW)
    • Safety Patrol Volunteers Needed
    • Read-a-thon is returning to the halls of SES
    • SES PTSA News (NEW)

     

    School News (NEW)
    It’s February, and at Sunnyside we are honoring the Lunar New Year and Black History Month by integrating the richness of multicultural perspectives and valuing the vast experiences and viewpoints alive in our school year around. Our teachers work in teams to plan lessons, units, and materials that highlight those communities whose voices have been historically underrepresented in curriculum. To propel this mission, our classrooms and school library contain books and resources that work to counteract the historically white narrative. Please, reach out to your studentś teacher to ask how he/she/they are honoring multiple perspectives through a culturally relevant curriculum. 
     
    Black Americans, both historical and contemporary, have enriched our cultural, political, and social tapestries. These influential people (from Ruby Bridges, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Rose Parks to John Lewis, Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, Opal Tometi, and Angela Davis) have offered the American landscape fresh and crucial perspectives. That said, our very own student-teacher, Joseph Blake, is paving the way for local leaders to take action. Check out his article in The Willamette Week, “Three Portlanders Charting New Possibilities for Black People, Including Journeys Into Nature,” We’re proud of you, Joseph!!
     
    Be well, Sunnyside,
    Alix and Eryn

     

    Upcoming Dates (NEW)
    View the full SES calendar here.

    Wed, February 16, 6:30-8pm   SES PTSA Board meeting (open to all)
    Mon, February 21   NO SCHOOL (Presidents' Day)
    Fri, February 11   SES restaurant fundraiser at Straight From New York Pizza
    Sun, February 20, 8am-12pm   Electronic recycling event
    Wed, February 23   SES restaurant fundraiser at Screen Door’s Burnside location

    Websites to Know

     

    Reminders
    To help keep things working smoothly, here are some gentle reminders from the front office:

    • Have your students wear coats and bring an extra change of clothes.

    • Do not park in no-parking zones or crosswalks.

    • Walk or carry anything wheeled while on school grounds.

    • Volunteer during lunch to help keep kids distanced.

    • Do not idle your car engine while waiting to pick up students.

    • Come to the front door and buzz if your student arrives late or leaves early.

     

    Welcome Jenny Thomas, Our “new” School Secretary (NEW)
    Please extend a warm welcome to our new school secretary, Jenny Thomas! Though not new to Sunnyside, Jenny has joined the office team … and we’re thrilled! Please give her a wave next time you’re in the office.

     

    Sunday, February 20, 9am-12pm: Electronic Recycling Event (NEW)
    Cecilia Haas and Clayton Williams with Inhabit Real Estate invite you to a complimentary Electronic Recycling Event on Sunday, February 20th from 9am to 12pm in front of Sunnyside Environmental School at the cob bench.

    According to The Global E-waste Monitor, there was a record 53.6 million metric tons of electronic waste generated in 2020. Let’s do our part in improving e-waste collection and recycling practices, so these secondary raw materials can be made readily available to re-enter the manufacturing process.

    Let’s clean out our basements and get that e-waste recycled!

    Items accepted: desktops, laptops, servers, monitors, accessories, phones, tablets, telecom, musical instruments, tools, batteries, cables/wires, video games, small appliances such as microwaves, coffee makers, etc. Scrap metal is also accepted.

    Any device containing data will have its data destroyed within 1 business day, and you can obtain a signed certificate of date destruction by email.

    If you cannot attend the event on February 20 at SES, there is one on Saturday, February 19, 12-2pm in the South lot of St. Philip Neri Church in Ladd's Addition.

     

    Grades K-5 Report Card Update (UPDATED)
    This year, term report cards for students in grades 3-5 will not include grades for all subject areas. (Some will be graded and some will not.) If you have a question about the report card process, please contact your student’s teachers.

    In addition, in a move to be more environmentally friendly, Sunnyside will not print report cards for K-5 students unless you request one from your student's teacher. Families can access the report cards on ParentVue. A message blast will be sent when report cards are done and any families without ParentVue access can email Kieran Cannistra for assistance.

     

    PPS-Approved Flyers (NEW)
    The following flyers have been approved by PPS to share:

     

    Reminder: Bring appropriate shoes for P.E. days (NEW)
    Please remember to send your student to school with appropriate footwear on the days they have P.E. We have quite a few students participating in bare feet, as we don’t have spare shoes for them to wear.

     

    Reminder: No adult supervision after school (NEW)
    Unless your student is enrolled in Campfire, there is no adult supervision after school. Unsupervised students should leave campus by 3:30pm.

     

    Safety Patrol Volunteers Needed
    We are so excited to have our Safety Patrol in full swing, an important and traditional part of Sunnyside’s service learning curriculum for the 5th grade class. Students are showing up, taking care of equipment, and ensuring the safe crossings of hundreds of students and families each day. Their commitment and growth in responsibility is such an invaluable experience. The participating students will also be rewarded with a picnic or party of some kind at the end of the year…woohoo!

    We do need up to 3 adult volunteers per shift to help monitor the three intersections we serve. The shifts are mornings from 8:20-8:45am and afternoons from 2:50-3:15pm. Responsibilities include ensuring students sign in, are placed at intersections safely (may need to shuffle if absences), and that cars aren’t blocking crosswalks. You will need to complete the standard PPS Background Check (if you haven’t already). Please sign up here

    Thanks so much for considering helping out these amazing 5th graders who are working so diligently!

     

    Read-a-thon is returning to the halls of SES
    Read-a-thon is returning to Sunnyside Feb 22 - March 11 and we need volunteers!

    Jobs include, but are not limited to:

    • Creating decorations for the hallways. I have many ideas or you can come up with your own based on our theme. This can be done at home.
    • Be in the school to assist with one or more "events" (help set up in classrooms for virtual speakers, hand out "prizes" for kids dressed up for dress up days, etc)
    • Call/email local businesses to ask for donations for prizes, gift cards, books (for our book bundle prizes) etc. This can be done at home.
    • Show up to decorate the school with signs/decorations people made on 17th, 18th or 21st (not sure yet which one will work best)

    This is coming up fast so please sign up to help TODAY. Go to: https://forms.gle/BCyxN43pUrHktykS8 to sign up for a job (or email me leslieliothamer@gmail.com) and I'll email you back with specifics ASAP.

    Thanks a million,
    Leslie Lothamer
    (Violet 6th grade & Miles 4th grade)
    leslielothamer@gmail.com

     

    SES PTSA News (NEW)
    Please check here for any new information from our incredibly supportive PTSA.

    • SES Restaurant Fundraiser: Straight From New York Pizza (NEW)
      On Friday, February 11, Straight From New York Pizza’s Belmont location will donate 20% of sales between the hours of 4pm and 2am to Sunnyside. Check out their menu and go get some pizza!

      Other upcoming restaurant fundraisers include:

    • WANTED: SES PTSA Volunteers
      Hello SES Community!

      The SESPTSA has many positions opening up next year and we need YOU! The PTSA is a great way to get involved with the nuts and bolts of SES. While the main function of the PTSA is fundraising, the meetings are often discussions about how to support the school, staff and students, I personally have learned so much during my years on the board and encourage family members to get involved!

      Virtual meetings are the third Wednesday of the month 6:30-8pm. We would love to welcome you!
  • SES Messenger for 1/27/2022

    01/27/22 School Messenger [WITH CALENDAR CORRECTION]
    Español

    • School News (NEW)
    • Upcoming Dates (CORRECTED)
    • Websites to Know
    • Reminders
    • Safety Patrol Volunteers Needed (NEW)
    • Grades 3-5 Report Card Update (NEW)
    • Read-a-thon is returning to the halls of SES
    • FOUND: Pair of eyeglasses
    • PPS-Approved Flyer
    • From Garden to Kitchen
    • SES PTSA News

     

    School News (NEW)
    Dear Sunnyside Community,
     
    As we finish the first semester and enter into the second, I want to take a moment to appreciate how far we have all come together. I know that we all started the school year with trepidation and uncertainty about what school would look like and be like. I know that for all of us, it has not been easy, but it has been full of absolute joy and learning throughout. The beginning of the year was filled with warm days, polka dots on the playground for school picnic (lunch outside), and kids getting to know each other again and learning how to talk and be heard through their masks and some pandemic shyness.
     
    The summer turned into fall and students took walks to Laurelhurst park to collect leaves, worked in our gardens with Steph, and grew into community members in their classrooms. And now as we turn the corner out of our long dark winters and the days will slowly start to get lighter and longer, I hope to embrace the lightness and have a focus on our student learning and social emotional development. As the principal of Sunnyside, I want to celebrate and embrace the mission of Sunnyside:

    Sunnyside Environmental School is a group of students, educators, parents, and community partners working together to create a rich learning environment for all students through pedagogy and beliefs that are rooted in environmental education, environmental justice, culturally responsive teaching, place-based education and service learning.
     
    I know that the pandemic and COVID protocols have taken up a large degree of our time and that for the first few weeks after the winter break, our time was taken up with COVID notifications, contact tracing, and quarantining. As we move into the next stage with COVID, I want to let you know that as a leader, I will continue to reinforce safe distancing, masks wearing, and the opportunity for outdoor lunch. After the district decision to not contact trace, I will be providing notices from here on out if there is a COVID case in our school and I ask as a community that you refer to the PPS Website for the up to date information about PPS COVID Response. As principal of Sunnyside, my goal is to focus on Sunnyside specific student learning and growth and supporting families, staff, and students in that. Please refer to the above website for COVID specific questions.
     
    In the words of the acclaimed poet Ocean Vuong:
     
    How else do we return to ourselves but to fold
    The page so it points to the good part

     
    The good part of schools is the learning and the growth of our students. The good part is walking down the halls of Sunnyside and hearing the chatter of third graders as they rave about saving the Salmon. The good part is our 8th grade leadership advocating for and earning the right for 8th grade open campus. The good part is why we all get up and do it again day after day.
     
    Before we turn to the new semester I want to send an extended thank you out to this Sunnyside staff and teachers. Without the tireless work of Michelle in the front office to find us subs and support the teachers while they cared for themselves and families, we would not have made it through the last few weeks. Without the positivity, humor, and absolute dedication to Sunnyside students and staff that Alix holds sacred, and the hard work of our counseling team and support team, we would be lost. And finally, our teachers. This amazing group of talented, caring, dedicated professionals inspires me every day. They have carried this year with grace and determination and every single day work so hard to show up for your kids. 
     
    Here's to a new semester and the joy of learning evermore!
    Eryn

     

    Upcoming Dates (CORRECTED)
    View the full SES calendar here.

    Fri, January 28   NO SCHOOL (Teacher Professional Development)
    Mon, January 31   NO SCHOOL (Staff Collaboration and Planning Day)
    Wed, February 16, 6:30-8pm   SES PTSA Board meeting (open to all)
    Fri, February 18   NO SCHOOL (SES only)  There IS school for SES on Feb 18
    Mon, February 21   NO SCHOOL (Presidents' Day)

     

    Websites to Know

     

    Reminders
    To help keep things working smoothly, here are some gentle reminders from the front office:

    • Have your students wear coats and bring an extra change of clothes.

    • Do not park in no-parking zones or crosswalks.

    • Walk or carry anything wheeled while on school grounds.

    • Volunteer during lunch to help keep kids distanced.

    • Do not idle your car engine while waiting to pick up students.

    • Come to the front door and buzz if your student arrives late or leaves early.

     

    Safety Patrol Volunteers Needed (NEW)
    We are so excited to have our Safety Patrol in full swing, an important and traditional part of Sunnyside’s service learning curriculum for the 5th grade class. Students are showing up, taking care of equipment, and ensuring the safe crossings of hundreds of students and families each day. Their commitment and growth in responsibility is such an invaluable experience. The participating students will also be rewarded with a picnic or party of some kind at the end of the year…woohoo!

    We do need up to 3 adult volunteers per shift to help monitor the three intersections we serve. The shifts are mornings from 8:20-8:45am and afternoons from 2:50-3:15pm. Responsibilities include ensuring students sign in, are placed at intersections safely (may need to shuffle if absences), and that cars aren’t blocking crosswalks. You will need to complete the standard PPS Background Check (if you haven’t already). Please sign up here

    Thanks so much for considering helping out these amazing 5th graders who are working so diligently!

     

    Grades 3-5 Report Card Update (NEW)
    This year, term report cards for students in grades 3-5 will not include grades for all subject areas. (Some will be graded and some will not.) If you have a question about the report card process, please contact your student’s teachers.

     

    Read-a-thon is returning to the halls of SES
    Read-a-thon is returning to Sunnyside Feb 22 - March 11 and we need volunteers!

    Jobs include, but are not limited to:

    • Creating decorations for the hallways. I have many ideas or you can come up with your own based on our theme. This can be done at home.
    • Be in the school to assist with one or more "events" (help set up in classrooms for virtual speakers, hand out "prizes" for kids dressed up for dress up days, etc)
    • Call/email local businesses to ask for donations for prizes, gift cards, books (for our book bundle prizes) etc. This can be done at home.
    • Show up to decorate the school with signs/decorations people made on 17th, 18th or 21st (not sure yet which one will work best)

    This is coming up fast so please sign up to help TODAY. Go to: https://forms.gle/BCyxN43pUrHktykS8 to sign up for a job (or email me leslieliothamer@gmail.com) and I'll email you back with specifics ASAP.

    Thanks a million,
    Leslie Lothamer
    (Violet 6th grade & Miles 4th grade)
    leslielothamer@gmail.com

     

    FOUND: Pair of eyeglasses
    If you’re having trouble reading this, maybe you lost your glasses? Check the office, where we are holding a pair we found this week.

     

    PPS-Approved Flyer
    The following flyer has been approved by PPS to share:

     

    From Garden to Kitchen
    Steph will be teaching cooking classes this winter in our "community kitchen" while the cold winds blow outside. Can you please help for two hours on any of these winter weekdays? There is a SIGN-UP where you will see which classes are attending, but it need not be your child's class. Volunteers do not need prior experience, only the standard PPS background check and proof of vaccination. Volunteers are critical to monitor safety at stoves and with knives, assist students with their questions and to assist kids in cleaning up. You also get to sample creations :) Please email Steph with questions: sunnysidesustainability@gmail.com.

     

    SES PTSA News
    Please check here for any new information from our incredibly supportive PTSA.

    • WANTED: SES PTSA Volunteers
      Hello SES Community!

      The SESPTSA has many positions opening up next year and we need YOU! The PTSA is a great way to get involved with the nuts and bolts of SES. While the main function of the PTSA is fundraising, the meetings are often discussions about how to support the school, staff and students, I personally have learned so much during my years on the board and encourage family members to get involved!

      Virtual meetings are the third Wednesday of the month 6:30-8pm. We would love to welcome you!