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  • SES Messenger for January 15 2021

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

    Websites to Know
    Multnomah County Library Resources (NEW)

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

    SES PTSA News ((NEW)

    School News (NEW)

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    Dear PPS Families,

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

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

    www.pps.net/civicengagement

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

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

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

    Thank you, and please stay safe.

    Upcoming Dates 

    Monday, January 18

    NO SCHOOL (Dr. MLK Jr Day)

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

    Middle School Mini-Classes

    Wednesday Jan 27, 6:30-8:00

    Note date change: SES PTSA General Meeting

    Thursday, January 28

    End of Quarter 2

    Friday, January 29

    NO SCHOOL (teacher planning day)

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

    Multnomah County Library Resources (NEW)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Fliers from the District (NEW)

    Volunteer Opportunity (NEW)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    SES PTSA News (NEW)

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

  • SES Messenger for January 8 2021

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

    School News (NEW)

    Hello SES Community,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Thank you,
    Amy and Alix

    Upcoming Dates (NEW)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • Basics about COVID-19 and how it spreads

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

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

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

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

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

    SES PTSA News (NEW)

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

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

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

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

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

  • SES Messenger for December 18 2020

    12/18/20 School Messenger

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

     

    School News (NEW)

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

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

    Take care of yourselves.

    Happy break everyone,
    Amy and Alix

    Upcoming Dates (NEW)

    Now - January 2                          Dairy Hill Ice Cream Fundraiser

    December 21-January 1               NO SCHOOL (Winter Break)

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

     

    Websites to Know

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

     

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

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

    What you'll need:

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

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

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

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

    Questions? Contact sunnysidetreerecycling@gmail.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Fliers from the District 

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

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

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

    SES PTSA News (NEW)

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

  • SES Messenger for December 11 2020

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

    School News (NEW)

    Happy Friday, Sunnyside community,

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

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

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

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

    Upcoming Dates (NEW)

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

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

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

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

    Fliers from the District (NEW)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Registration link / English flyer / Spanish flyer

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Questions? Contact sunnysidetreerecycling@gmail.com.

  • SES Messenger for December 4 2020

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

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

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

    SES PTSA News: Tree Recycling (NEW)
     

    School News (NEW)
    Dear Sunnyside Community,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    With love and gratitude,
    Amy and Alix, SES Administrators 

    Upcoming Dates (NEW)

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

    Annual SES Tree Recycling Fundraiser

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Registration link / English flyer / Spanish flyer

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Questions? Contact sunnysidetreerecycling@gmail.com.

  • SES Messenger for November 20 2020

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    11/20/20: School Messenger

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

     

    School News (NEW)
    Hello SES Community,

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

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

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

    Gratefully,
    Amy and Alix, SES Administrators 

     

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

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


    Websites to Know

     

    Trans Awareness Week (NEW)
    Dear Sunnyside Community,

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

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

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

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

     

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

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

     

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

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

     

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

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

     

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

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

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

    Registration link / English flyer / Spanish flyer

     

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

    Dear PPS Families,

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

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

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

     

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

     

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

     

    SES PTSA News

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

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    11/13/20: School Messenger

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

     

    School News (NEW)
    Hello SES Community,

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

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

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

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

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

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

    --Amy and Alix, SES Administrators 

     

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

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


    Websites to Know

     

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

     

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

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

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

     

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

    Dear PPS Families,

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

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

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

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

     

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

     

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

     

    SES PTSA News

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

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

      Here is how we are going to do this:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    11/6/20: School Messenger

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

     

    School News (NEW)
    Good afternoon SES community,

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

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

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

    - Amy and Alix

     

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

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


    Websites to Know

     

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

     

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

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

     

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

     

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

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

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

     

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

     

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

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

     

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

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

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

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

     

    SES PTSA News

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

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

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

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    10/30/20: School Messenger

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

     

    School News (NEW)
    To SES families and community,

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

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

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

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

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

    Thank you,
    Amy Kleiner, SES Principal

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

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

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

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

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

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

    More About the Guiding Coalition and EPB process

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

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

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

     

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

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


    Websites to Know

     

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

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

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

     

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

     

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

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

     

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

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

     

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

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

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

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

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

     

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

     

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

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

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

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

     

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

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

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

     

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

     

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

    Benefits of verifying online via ParentVUE:

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

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

     

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

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

     

    SES PTSA News (NEW)

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

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

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

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

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    10/23/20: School Messenger

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

     

    School News (NEW)
    Dear Sunnyside Community,

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

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

    Happy Fall,
    Alix and Amy
     

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

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


    Websites to Know

     

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

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

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

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

     

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

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

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

     

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

     

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

    Benefits of verifying online via ParentVUE:

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

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

     

    Social gatherings in Sunnyside Park
    Dear SES Community,

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

    Read Amy’s full letter on the SES website.

     

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

     

    SES PTSA News (NEW)

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

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


    • SES Back to School Ask
      This week, you should have received mailed paperwork with information about the SES Back to School Ask. You can also access details and donate directly to the Back to School Ask on the PTSA website. This is a very important annual fundraiser for Sunnyside. Things are definitely different this year, but we still need donations to fund art, music and gardening programs, as well as grants for teachers and virtual field study programs.
  • SES Messenger for October 16 2020

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    10/16/20: School Messenger

    • School News (NEW)
    • Upcoming Dates (NEW)
    • Websites to Know
    • Social gatherings in Sunnyside Park (NEW)
    • TAG Information (NEW)
    • PPS fliers: OR Health Plan, Spark Camp, Saturday Academy (NEW)
    • PPS Distance Learning to Continue Through January 28
    • Students of Color Affinity Groups
    • Anti-Racist Reading and Resources (NEW)
    • SES PTSA News (NEW)

     

    School News (NEW)
    Dear Sunnyside Community,

    It has been wonderful seeing so many of you at our Back to School Nights.  Thank you for coming!  First and second grade families, we can’t wait to see you on Wednesday the 21st!

    We have asked folks to fill out the Free and Reduced Lunch form, even if you think you may not qualify or won’t be picking up meals.  This is because much of our funding for staffing, materials and programming is based on having accurate numbers of families who qualify for free or reduced meals. Families need to re-apply every year, and this year it’s more important than ever to have an accurate count on this.  Eligibility for free meals has been expanded through the state of Oregon—please check here to fill out the application.

    And to our Middle School Community
    On Thursday the 15th, students rotated to a new Specials class for the remainder of this quarter. Attendance in our classes has been averaging about 85%. We would like to see more students in our synchronous classes and for students to know how to make up the work due to absences.

    Art with Indigo: Full participation in synchronous class includes completing at least 3 compliments a week on Padlet and the exit ticket through Google Form both links are given in the chat at the end of class.  If you are unable to come to our synchronous Art class please send me an email and look at the slides from class that week. Website link: https://sites.google.com/pps.net/ artwithindigoses20-21. In addition, go to the Padlet gallery and add some compliments. Exciting news!!!! The district has provided spiral bound sketchbooks for each middle school student. They are available at Sunnyside to be picked up from the library on Mondays & Fridays.

    P.E. w/ Iris: Students are expected to participate in live PE classes with cameras on and complete the exit ticket and/or additional (asynch) PE assignment.

    Library with Gillian: Full participation in synchronous classes includes attending the live instruction period plus completing asynchronous work before the next class meeting (work time is given during synchronous class time).

    Science with Sarah: Students are expected to attend and participate in the weekly class.  They have options of showing, saying, or writing their response to questions.  They will also be invited to bring a few simple materials to each class.  There are no asynchronous assignments until we begin a longer chemistry unit after the introduction rotation weeks.

    Thank you, Sunnyside.  We are so grateful to be a part of this incredible community.

    Kindly,
    Alix and Amy
     

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

    Wednesday, Oct 21, 11am-2pm Telephone office hours: 503-916-6226
    Wednesday, Oct 21, 5:30-6pm Optional TAG Q&A with Corbin and Alix
    Wednesday, Oct 21, 6-8pm Virtual Back-to-School Night (Grades 1-2)
    Thursday, Oct 22, 6pm Enrollment & Program Balancing Virtual Open House
    Wednesday, Oct 28, 11am-2pm Telephone office hours: 503-916-6226
    Wednesday, Oct 28, 6:30pm-8pm SES PTSA Board Meeting (open to all)


    Websites to Know

     

    Social gatherings in Sunnyside Park (NEW)
    Dear SES Community,

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

    Read Amy’s full letter on the SES website.

     

    TAG Information (NEW)
    Would you like to learn more about PPS's TAG identification process and services?  If so, please watch this video with Linda Smith, Director of TAG Programs. For an informal Q and A with Sunnyside Tag Facilitators, Corbin Lichtinger and Alix Pickett, please join us on Wednesday, October 21st at 5:30pm, with this Google Meet Code: https://meet.google.com/tzz-xxua-xgi. Or you could always send us an email: clichtinger@pps.net and apickett@pps.net. Thank you!

     

    PPS fliers: OR Health Plan, Spark Camp, Saturday Academy (NEW)

     

    PPS Distance Learning to Continue Through January 28
    The following letter was emailed from PPS to families on October 7:
     
    Dear PPS Families and Staff,
     
    At last evening’s Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Guerrero announced plans to extend Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) through the second quarter, which ends January 28. This decision is based on the latest public health data; we are hopeful that our next announcement shortly after winter break will be different, as we would much prefer to be back in our school buildings.
     
    Read the full letter here:
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    Students of Color Affinity Groups
    Who / What / Why:

    Sunnyside Students of Color is a group where students of color come together to build community in a predominately white school, city, and state. 

    The purpose of these gatherings is to build connections between Sunnyside staff and students who share personal experiences related to our racial identities

    Please join us if you identify as Black, Indigenous, Asian, Latinx, Pacific Islander, Middle Eastern, biracial.

    When and Where:

    • 4/5th Grade meetings are scheduled for Thursday mornings during Morning Meeting from 9:30 - 10 AM
    • Middle School meetings are scheduled for Wednesday mornings during Morning Meeting from 9:30 - 10 AM

    Sign up here.

    Thank you, 
    Jeremy Thomas, Robin Godoy, Tiffany Koyama Lane, and Monica Semeria

    .

     

    Anti-Racist Reading and Resources (NEW)
    This article, written by two educators, titled Literacy as a Tool for Liberation shares why, “the pursuit of literacy is a pursuit for liberation, especially during a pandemic.”

     

    SES PTSA News (NEW)

  • SES Messenger for October 09 2020

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    10/9/20: School Messenger

    • School News (NEW)
    • Upcoming Dates (NEW)
    • Websites to Know
    • PPS Distance Learning to Continue Through January 28 (NEW)
    • Students of Color Affinity Groups (NEW)
    • Important Information About Meal Benefits
    • Extreme Slowness on CenturyLink WiFi
    • Sunnyside Immunization Statistics from MESD
    • Childcare Update
    • Student Health Assistant Amy Liber Office Hours
    • Anti-Racist Reading and Resources (NEW)
    • SES PTSA News (NEW)

     

    School News (NEW)
    Dear Sunnyside Community,

    We can’t wait to see you all at VIRTUAL Back to School Night!

    Dates will be: 

    • Tuesday, October 13 for 3rd, 4th and 5th grades
    • Wednesday, October 14 for Middle School
    • Wednesday, October 21 for 1st and 2nd grades

    The evening starts with a general session at 6:00pm, with folks moving to homeroom classes by 7:00pm.  Google meet codes for the general session will be sent out a day or two before, and teachers will email you directly with their Google or Zoom codes for their class sessions.

    Thank you for joining us, and we look forward to seeing you!

    Kindly,
    Alix and Amy
     

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

    Tuesday, Oct 13, 6-8pm Virtual Back-to-School Night (Grades 3-5)
    Wednesday, Oct 14, 11am-2pm Telephone office hours: 503-916-6226
    Wednesday, Oct 14, 6-8pm Virtual Back-to-School Night (Grades 6-8)
    Wednesday, Oct 21, 11am-2pm Telephone office hours: 503-916-6226
    Wednesday, Oct 21, 6-8pm Virtual Back-to-School Night (Grades 1-2)
    Thursday, Oct 22, 6pm Enrollment & Program Balancing Virtual Open House
    Wednesday, Oct 28, 11am-2pm Telephone office hours: 503-916-6226
    Wednesday, Oct 28, 6:30pm-8pm SES PTSA Board Meeting (open to all)


    Websites to Know

     

    PPS Distance Learning to Continue Through January 28 (NEW)
    The following letter was emailed from PPS to families on October 7:
     
    Dear PPS Families and Staff,
     
    At last evening’s Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Guerrero announced plans to extend Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) through the second quarter, which ends January 28. This decision is based on the latest public health data; we are hopeful that our next announcement shortly after winter break will be different, as we would much prefer to be back in our school buildings.
     
    Read the full letter here:
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    Students of Color Affinity Groups (NEW)
    Who / What / Why:

    Sunnyside Students of Color is a group where students of color come together to build community in a predominately white school, city, and state. 

    The purpose of these gatherings is to build connections between Sunnyside staff and students who share personal experiences related to our racial identities

    Please join us if you identify as Black, Indigenous, Asian, Latinx, Pacific Islander, Middle Eastern, biracial.

    When and Where:

    • 4/5th Grade meetings are scheduled for Thursday mornings during Morning Meeting from 9:30 - 10 AM
    • Middle School meetings are scheduled for Wednesday mornings during Morning Meeting from 9:30 - 10 AM

    Thank you, 
    Jeremy Thomas, Robin Godoy, Tiffany Koyama Lane, and Monica Semeria

    .

     

    Important Information About Meal Benefits
    While meals are served at no cost to children ages 1-18 at several Portland Public School sites through December, there are several benefits for eligible families to submit a meal application this school year.

    • To ensure eligible students who qualify for free and reduced-price meals continue to receive meals at no cost for the entire school year (past December)
    • Families approved for free and reduced-price meals may be eligible to receive future potential government assistance such as Pandemic EBT benefits. 
    • Families may be eligible for other benefits such as school related fee reduction or waivers, low cost internet and health coverage.

    Families have the following options to submit a meal application:

    1. Online at www.schoolcafe.com/pps.
    2. Print, complete and mail back a paper meal application to PPS Nutrition Services, 501 N. Dixon St., Portland, OR 97227.
    3. Request a paper meal application be mailed home from mealbenefits@pps.net or call 503.916.3402.

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

    • A meal application has been submitted and approved for the 2020-21 school year.
    • The household received a 2020-21 Direct Certification Approval letter.
    • All students in the household attend a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) school (list located online) where students eat meals at no cost.
    • The household does not meet the Oregon Expanded Income Guidelines

    For meal benefits related questions, please call 503.916.3402 or email mealbenefits@pps.net.

     

    Extreme Slowness on CenturyLink WiFi Home Network with Student Chromebook
    There have been several reports from families that their students were experiencing extreme slowness on Century Link wifi with a specific model of modem. If you have any families with this issue, updating the modem firmware will most likely resolve it.

    CenturyLink Firmware Update Instructions: https://www.centurylink.com/home/help/internet/modems-and-routers/utilities/update-modem-firmware.html
     

    Sunnyside Immunization Statistics from MESD
    MESD shared the following document regarding Sunnyside’s immunization rate. To see the information broken down by vaccine, grade, and opt outs CLICK HERE.

     

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

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

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

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

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

    For more information, visit the PPS Child Care website.

     

    Student Health Assistant Amy Liber Office Hours
    Hello Sunnyside Community,

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

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

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

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

     

    Anti-Racist Reading and Resources (NEW)
    This Monday is Indigenous People’s Day in the state of Oregon. Renée Gokey, Teacher Services coordinator at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian, shares Five Ideas for Celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day 2020.

     

    SES PTSA News (NEW)

  • SES Messenger for October 02 2020

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    10/2/20: School Messenger

    • School News (NEW)
    • Upcoming Dates (NEW)
    • Websites to Know
    • Teacher In-Service Day Will Bring Change in Meal Service Next Week (NEW)
    • Important Information About Meal Benefits (NEW)​​​​​​​
    • Extreme Slowness on CenturyLink WiFi (NEW)
    • Sunnyside Immunization Statistics from MESD (NEW)
    • Childcare Update
    • Latina/o Community COVID-19 Test Event, October 1 & 3
    • Student Health Assistant Amy Liber Office Hours
    • From the Library: It’s Time for Book Bags
    • Anti-Racist Reading and Resources (NEW)
    • SES PTSA News (NEW)

     

    School News (NEW)
    PPS/SES Messages regarding SE Guiding Coalition

    Dear Sunnyside Community,

    From PPS:

    The Enrollment and Program Balancing process continues as Kellogg Middle School opens in 2021 while a second comprehensive middle school, Harrison Park, also opens in 2022. The focus of this phase of the process is beginning with the Southeast community around:

    • Reopening Kellogg Middle School
    • Converting Harrison Park from a K-8 to Middle School
    • Identifying their feeder patterns and engaging the school communities that may be potentially reconfigured from K-8’s to K-5’s

    Work recently began with a committee called the Southeast Guiding Coalition for Enrollment and Program Balancing to guide the process this fall, with a recommendation to the board of education in early 2021. This committee consists of Southeast community members, school principals and district administrators. They held their third meeting last night.

    At that meeting, the coalition received an introduction to data used to evaluate enrollment and program balancing options and began to review a draft springboard presentation of possibilities. This is a starting point of possible options for the Southeast Guiding Coalition to think about, and they will continue to work together in October to ask questions and develop additional versions of a possible plan.

    As a community, you also have opportunities to give feedback and input. Starting October 2, some families will receive a phone call to take a survey to help inform the process. The Coalition is approaching this work through the lens of racial equity and social justice. Therefore, the target segments are grades 5-8, students of color, and students enrolled in dual language immersion.

    There will also be an opportunity to take the survey online soon. The SE Guiding Coalition will host Virtual Open Houses on October 22 and December 3, 2020 so you can see and respond to the proposals they have developed. I will share more info next week with details of how to join those meetings and links to the survey.

    I will provide regular updates on the SE Guiding Coalition’s progress. You can also stay informed by reviewing materials posted on their website and livestreaming their meetings.

    From SES:

    Until late last week, Sunnyside was considered a “Cohort 3” school in this process and we had been repeatedly told that it was unlikely our school would be impacted by the reconfiguration process in the SE quadrant. Last Friday, this changed and Sunnyside was re-assigned, now part of the cohort that is immediately working through this process.

    Beginning at the next SE Coalition meeting, October 8, Sunnyside parent/guardian representatives and administration will be present at these meetings. All of our representatives, aside from Amy Kleiner, are parents/guardians of color and teachers of color who have a deep sense of racial justice as well as an historical knowledge of our school. I’m incredibly thankful for this small group and feel confident that we have the important representation we need on this committee moving forward.

    Personally, I’ve been on various iterations of this type of committee many times in the last decade, as have several of our SES teachers and staff members. The published, preliminary information is truly a draft proposal, and we have many hours of meetings ahead of us over the next few months to offer our perspective as a school community. Once our small group attends the first meeting(s) on October 8 and 15, we will report back to the community at large, and we will also hold community listening and feedback sessions if/when this becomes necessary. For now, I am grateful for your patience and I encourage folks to take pause and wait for more information. Some of you have asked if you can engage in a community response--letter writing, meeting with the superintendent, etc. --and I simply don’t believe it’s the right time for that. More information will come to you as we learn more, and we will seek out community input with transparency when the time is right for that. Our small group has some learning to do first, and we plan to know more after 10/15, after we participate in the next few meetings.

    Thank you for your patience. If you have further questions immediately, please email me at akleiner@pps.net.

    -Amy Kleiner, SES Principal
     

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

    Wednesday, Oct 7, 11am-2pm Telephone office hours: 503-916-6226
    Friday, Oct 9 No School [State In-service]
    Wednesday, Oct 14, 11am-2pm Telephone office hours: 503-916-6226
    Wednesday, Oct 21, 11am-2pm Telephone office hours: 503-916-6226
    Wednesday, Oct 21, 6:30pm-8pm SES PTSA Board Meeting (open to all)


    Websites to Know

     

    Teacher In-Service Day Will Bring Change in Meal Service Next Week (NEW)
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    Dear PPS Families,

    As we move into October, we wanted to remind you that next Friday, October 9, is the annual statewide in-service day for teachers in Oregon. That means there will be no classes, and schools will be closed that day.

    For that reason, we are condensing our meal service for the week. We will still offer seven days’ worth of breakfast and lunch, but instead of the usual Monday-Wednesday-Friday meal distribution, our service will be:

    • Monday, October 5: Meals to cover three days 
    • Wednesday, October 7: Meals to cover four days

    Meals will be available during the usual 3-5 p.m. time slot outside the 38 schools that serve as our meal sites. You can see the full list of sites at our Fall 2020 Meals webpage. As we announced last week, meals are currently free for PPS students and all children ages 1-18 under the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) program.

    Meal service will return to Monday-Wednesday-Friday the following week.
     

    Important Information About Meal Benefits (NEW)
    While meals are served at no cost to children ages 1-18 at several Portland Public School sites through December, there are several benefits for eligible families to submit a meal application this school year.

    • To ensure eligible students who qualify for free and reduced-price meals continue to receive meals at no cost for the entire school year (past December)
    • Families approved for free and reduced-price meals may be eligible to receive future potential government assistance such as Pandemic EBT benefits. 
    • Families may be eligible for other benefits such as school related fee reduction or waivers, low cost internet and health coverage.

    Families have the following options to submit a meal application:

    1. Online at www.schoolcafe.com/pps.
    2. Print, complete and mail back a paper meal application to PPS Nutrition Services, 501 N. Dixon St., Portland, OR 97227.
    3. Request a paper meal application be mailed home from mealbenefits@pps.net or call 503.916.3402.

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

    • A meal application has been submitted and approved for the 2020-21 school year.
    • The household received a 2020-21 Direct Certification Approval letter.
    • All students in the household attend a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) school (list located online) where students eat meals at no cost.
    • The household does not meet the Oregon Expanded Income Guidelines

    For meal benefits related questions, please call 503.916.3402 or email mealbenefits@pps.net.

     

    Extreme Slowness on CenturyLink WiFi Home Network with Student Chromebook (NEW)
    There have been several reports from families that their students were experiencing extreme slowness on Century Link wifi with a specific model of modem. If you have any families with this issue, updating the modem firmware will most likely resolve it.

    CenturyLink Firmware Update Instructions: https://www.centurylink.com/home/help/internet/modems-and-routers/utilities/update-modem-firmware.html
     

    Sunnyside Immunization Statistics from MESD (NEW)
    MESD shared the following document regarding Sunnyside’s immunization rate. To see the information broken down by vaccine, grade, and opt outs CLICK HERE.

     

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

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

    To register for child care, click on the flyer below. Information below is included on the flyer. 
    English | Español | Tiếng Việt | 中文 | Русский | Soomaal

    Child care programs:

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

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

    For more information, visit the PPS Child Care website.

     

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

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

    Click here for more information.


    Student Health Assistant Amy Liber Office Hours
    Hello Sunnyside Community,

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

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

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

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

     

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

    A few items to note:

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

    Book Bag Schedule: 

    • All Mondays: Families with last names A-M
    • All Fridays: Families with last names N-Z

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

     

    Anti-Racist Reading and Resources (NEW)
    The Atlantic staff writer Clint Smith has published a response to President Trump’s call for “patriotic education” in American schools. In his essay, Telling the Truth About Slavery Is Not ‘Indoctrination’, Smith writes, “The truth is that our country is not made worse by young people reckoning fully with the legacy of slavery. Such reckoning better prepares them to make sense of how our country has come to be, and how to build systems and institutions predicated on justice rather than oppression. Nothing is more patriotic than that.” We highly recommend Smith’s well-considered piece to you this week.

    ~Amy and Alix

     

    SES PTSA News (NEW)

     
     
     
     
  • SES Messenger for September 25 2020

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    9/25/20: Inside this Issue

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

     

    School News (NEW)
    Dear Sunnyside Community:

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

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

    Thank you,
    Alix and Amy

     

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

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


    Websites to Know

     

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

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

    To register for child care, click on the flyer below. Information below is included on the flyer. 
    English | Español | Tiếng Việt | 中文 | Русский | Soomaal

    Child care programs:

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

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

    For more information, visit the PPS Child Care website.
     

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

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

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

    Our regular meal service schedule will be:

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

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

     

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

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

    Click here for more information.

     

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

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

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

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

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

     

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

    A few items to note:

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

    Book Bag Schedule: 

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

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

     

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

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

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

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

    SES PTSA News (NEW)

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

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

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

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

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    9/18/20: Inside this Issue

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

     

    School News (NEW)
    Dear SES Families:

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

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

    Thank you,
    Amy Kleiner and Alix Pickett

    Read introductions from the counselors and electives teachers.

     

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

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


    Websites to Know

     

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

    A few items to note:

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

    Book Bag Schedule: 

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

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

     

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

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

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

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

     

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

     

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

     

    PPS Menu of Student and Family Supports
    Dear PPS Families,

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Thank you.

     

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

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

     

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

     

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

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

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

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

     

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

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

     

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

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

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

     

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

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

     

    SES PTSA News

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

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    9/11/20: Inside this Issue

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

    School News (NEW)
    Dear Sunnyside Community,

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

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

    Be safe.  We’re thinking of you.

    Sincerely,
    -Alix and Amy

     

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

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


    Websites to Know

     

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

     

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Thank you.

     

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

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

     

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

     

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

     

    Device/Hotspot Pick Up at District Office

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

    Español | Tiếng Việt | 中文 | Русский | Soomaali

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

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

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

     

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

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


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

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

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

     

    Anti-Racist Reading and Resources

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

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

     

    SES PTSA News (NEW)

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

     

  • SES Messenger for September 4 2020

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    9/4/20: Inside this Issue

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

     

    School News (NEW)
    Dear Sunnyside Community,

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

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

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

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

    Sincerely,
    -Alix and Amy

     

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

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


    Websites to Know

     

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

    Español | Tiếng Việt | 中文 | Русский | Soomaali

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

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

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

     

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

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


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

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

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

     

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

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

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

     

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

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

  • SES Messenger for June 4 2020

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

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

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

    • Franklin High School - 5405 SE Woodward St

    • George Middle School - 10000 N Burr Ave

    • Grout Elementary - 3119 SE Holgate Blvd

    • Lent School - 5105 SE 97th Ave

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

    • Rosa Parks Elementary - 8960 N Woolsey Ave

    • Scott Elementary - 6700 NE Prescott St

    • Sitton Elementary - 9930 N Smith St

    • Woodmere Elementary - 7900 SE Duke St

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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