Weekly Messenger

  • SES Messenger for December 13 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • Wreath Order Deadline Extended! Due 11/30/19
      Buying wreaths from Mujeres Progresistas supports migrant farmworking families to support themselves through the winter months when harvests are low. By purchasing these beautiful wreaths you are supporting their business and our school. In addition, middle schoolers have an opportunity to go to Woodburn to meet the families, learn to make wreaths, practice Spanish and eat delicious food! Overall, this project is true service-learning where all parties learn and grow and gain. Please support this amazing business and our school community! Let's bring our total from 50 to 150!!! Muchisimas Gracias! Put your order in by November 30th!
  • SES Messenger for November 8 2019

    Inside this Issue
    • School News to Know (NEW)
    • Upcoming Dates
    • Websites to Know
    • Volunteers Wanted: Teach a Mini-Class at SES (NEW)
    • PPS Before and After School Child Care Survey (NEW)
    • Water Bottle Ask (NEW)
    • Families Helping Families: SES Circle of Giving
    • Student Designed School T-Shirts
    • Final Call for Class Photo Orders
    • Anti-Racist Reading and Resources (NEW)
    • News from SESPTSA (NEW)
    School News to Know (NEW)
    Hello SES Community:
    Quarter 2 is off and running! We have a lot of exciting things to look forward to, such as our 2nd Middle School Dance tonight. A reminder, the dance is from 6:30 - 8:30. Please make sure you have a pick-up plan for your student. We will not have chaperones after 8:30 so a prompt pick up is appreciated.
    In a couple weeks, Sunnyside will hold two full days of parent conferences. Please connect with your student’s teacher to set this up.
    The Riparian Festival will be on Friday, December 13th. This curriculum showcase is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the teaching and learning in our school. We will share more information in the weeks to come.
    For now, enjoy this 3-day weekend together. We’ll see you on Tuesday!
    Kindly,
    Amy and Alix
    Upcoming Dates
    Check the district online calendar here.
    Friday, November 8 Middle School Dance, 6:30-8:30
    Monday, November 11 Veterans Day (no school)
    Wednesday, November 20 PTSA Board Meeting, 6:30-8:00
    Thursday, November 21 SES Volunteer Day for PPS Clothing Closet
    Thursday, November 21 5th Grade Parent:  Middle School Info Sessions, 9:00am or 6:30pm
    Mon-Tue, Nov 25-26 Conferences (schedule with teacher)
    Mon-Fri, Nov 25-29 Fall Break (no school)
    Friday, December 13 Riparian Festival 
     
    Websites to Know
    Volunteers Wanted: Teach a Mini-Class at SES (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 take place on two days:
    • Wednesday, December 18 from 12:05-3:15 and
    • Thursday, December 19, from 9:30am-2:55pm, with a lunch break from 11:30am-12pm (including clean up!)
    We look forward to providing our students with a range of offerings to choose from. If you are available, but undecided on what class to teach, we can help. If you have a class in mind, we look forward to learning what your class will be. We are happy to welcome you in whatever capacity your busy life allows.
    Thank you so much for helping us provide a rich and engaging curriculum at the end of our calendar year before break.
    The Middle School Team
    PPS Before and After School Child Care Survey (NEW)
    Please take a moment to complete this confidential online survey or go to pps.net, departments, child care. Your input is valuable. Survey results will be used as part of an annual program evaluation. Please complete the survey by December 13, 2019.
    Water Bottle Ask (NEW)
    The cone cups by the water jugs are not recyclable. We’d like to reduce/eliminate our dependence on them. Please encourage students to bring and use water bottles at school. Thank you.
    Families Helping Families: Annual SES Circle of Giving
    Families interested in receiving help this holiday season are invited to participate in our annual holiday program, the SES Circle of Giving. Through the Circle of Giving families can request specific gifts they would like for their children, as well as assistance with a holiday meal. If you are interested, please fill out the Google form here.
    There are also hard copies of this form located in the main office. Hard copy forms can be dropped off in the drop box in the main office or given to your student's teacher.
    All submissions must be received by Monday, December 9th. Gifts will be delivered on Thursday and Friday, December 19th and 20th, or can be picked up in the SES office on those dates.
    This is an annual event for us. We handle gift giving with discretion and all names remain confidential. Our goal is to assist families who would otherwise have difficulty during this holiday season.
    If you have further questions, please contact Ashley Bevan in the counseling office.
    Student Designed School T-Shirts
    Our school t-shirts are back in stock and for sale! They are available in Youth Sizes S-XL (Gray or Mauve) and Adult Sizes S-2XL (Gray, Green, or Olive). Shirts are $15 and all proceeds benefit the Sunnyside Go Fund. They can be purchased through the office or periodically during dismissal throughout the coming weeks.
    Final Call for Class Photo Orders
    Class photos are available for order until November 15th! We are hoping to send them home in December before Winter Break begins.
    Families are welcome to issue payment using the following SchoolPay link(s) or by bringing cash or check to the school office. The best part ~ ALL PROCEEDS WILL BENEFIT SUNNYSIDE'S GO FUND!
    Anti-Racist Reading and Resources (NEW)
    Here’s an article that provides a foundation of racial education for white children.
    News from SESPTSA (NEW)
    And check back often for updates!
    • PTA Clothing Center - PLEASE Volunteer on November 21!
      Information for Volunteers here. While people are welcome to volunteer any day the Clothing Center is open, Sunnyside is specifically responsible for contributing volunteers to the Clothing Center on November 21, so we encourage volunteers to go on that day. If you have any questions or want to volunteer, please email SES parent Elizabeth Levi at elevi1@msn.com.

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

    • Run/Walk/Move Pledge Deadline
      The deadline for Run/Walk/Move pledges has been extended to next Wednesday, Nov 13th. Don’t forget to collect those pledges- it’s not too late! Families can sign up on Sunnyside Walkstarter and/or bring donations to the office. Visit the SESPTSA page for more info.

    • Wreath and Poinsettia Sales
      Support SES and women farm workers, and bring some cheer to your home, by ordering a wreath and colorful poinsettia potted flowers.

      • 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
    Orders are due by November 12. Pick up your order in the school auditorium on Tuesday, December 3, between 3 and 7pm.
     
  • SES Messenger for November 1 2019

    Inside this Issue:
    • School News to Know (NEW)
    • Upcoming Dates
    • Websites to Know
    • Families Helping Families: SES Circle of Giving (NEW)
    • Student Designed School T-Shirts (NEW)
    • Final Call for Class Photo Orders (NEW)
    • Anti-Racist Reading and Resources (NEW)
    • Middle School Dance
    • News from SESPTSA (NEW)
    School News to Know
    Hello SES Community,
    What a wonderful first quarter we’ve had. Our students (and families, in some cases) have:
    • Started kindergarten
    • Demonstrated at a climate strike
    • Went to and returned from a week at Outdoor School
    • Danced at a first Middle School dance
    • Experienced our community through field studies at Laurelhurst, Oxbow, OMSI, Tryon Creek, the Zoo, Bull Run Watershed (to name a few!)
    Our incredibly supportive PTSA and parent community have:
    • Raised funds (and fun!) at our Run/Walk/Move
    • Brought together the neighborhood at the Harvest Fair
    • Dined for our schools through restaurant fundraisers (Char, Renata, Pastini, Straight from NY…)
    • Beautified our school at Garden Day
    • And spoiled us rotten with free coffee at Stumptown the first 2 weeks of school!
    We thank you all for helping us make Sunnyside a great place to work, and teach your students each day. We look forward to Quarter 2!
    Kindly,
    Amy and Alix
    Upcoming Dates
    Check the district online calendar here.
    Friday, November 8 Middle School Dance, 6:30-8:30
    Monday, November 11 Veterans Day (no school)
    Wednesday, November 20 PTSA Board Meeting, 6:30-8:00
    Thursday, November 21 5th Grade Parent: Middle School Info Sessions, 9:00am or 6:30pm
    Mon-Tue, November 25-26 Conferences (more info to come from your teacher)
    Mon-Fri, November 25-29  Fall Break (no school)

    Websites to Know
    Families Helping Families: The Annual SES Circle of Giving (NEW)
    Families interested in receiving help this holiday season are invited to participate in our annual holiday program, the SES Circle of Giving. Through the Circle of Giving families can request specific gifts they would like for their children, as well as assistance with a holiday meal. If you are interested, please fill out the google form here.
    There are also hard copies of this form located in the main office. Hard copy forms can be dropped off in the drop box in the main office or given to your student's teacher.
    All submissions must be received by Monday, December 9th. Gifts will be delivered on Thursday and Friday, December 19th and 20th, or can be picked up in the SES office on those dates.
    This is an annual event for us. We handle gift giving with discretion and all names remain confidential. Our goal is to assist families who would otherwise have difficulty during this holiday season.
    If you have further questions, please contact Ashley Bevan in the counseling office.
    Student Designed School T-Shirts (NEW)
    Our school t-shirts are back in stock and for sale! They are available in Youth Sizes S-XL (Gray or Mauve) and Adult Sizes S-2XL (Gray, Green, or Olive). Shirts are $15 and all proceeds benefit the Sunnyside Go Fund. They can be purchased through the office or periodically during dismissal throughout the coming weeks.
    Final Call for Class Photo Orders (NEW)
    Class photos are available for order until November 15th! We are hoping to send them home in December before Winter Break begins.
    Families are welcome to issue payment using the following SchoolPay link(s) or by bringing cash or check to the school office. The best part ~ ALL PROCEEDS WILL BENEFIT SUNNYSIDE'S GO FUND!
    Anti-Racist Reading and Resources (NEW)
    An article about civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hammer urges us to "get up and try to do something."
    Middle School Dance 11/8/19 - Chaperones Needed
    Our second middle school dance is coming up on Friday, November 8 from 6:30-8:30 pm. For the dance to happen, we will need chaperones! Sign up here to chaperone or bring snacks. Chaperones should register in the new Volunteer & Visitor sign-in system (Raptor) and complete a background screen (state issued photo ID required) in the SES office if you have not already done so.
    The dance starts promptly at 6:30 and ends at 8:30—please make sure students have plans to arrive and leave at these precise times. Permission slips will come home a few days before the event. We request a $5 donation to cover the cost of the dance, but no child will be turned away for lack of funds.
    News from SESPTSA (NEW)
    • SES Fundraiser at Teote
      SES favorite, Teote (owned and operated by Sunnyside families), is inviting the SES community to dine in or take out 11am-10pm Tuesday, November 5, with 20% of the day's proceeds going to the SES PTSA. Come enjoy delicious (and gluten-free) Latin American food. Teote is located at 1615 SE 12th Ave, just south of Hawthorne. Check out the menu before you visit. You can also call in a take-out order at 971-888-5281.

    • THANK YOU from the Harvest Fair
      Another wonderful autumn celebration in the books! Thank you to everyone who volunteered in any capacity to make this big event a success. The SES community filled 130 volunteer roles - wow! From the taco servers to the cider pressers to the sausage grillers to the potato farmers to the face painters to the ticket takers to all the many roles in between...your generosity is noticed and appreciated. And if your contribution was to come – and put all those tickets to good use – thank you, too! We hope you had a great evening. SES Staff: thank you. The good-will generated for your dunk tank service must surely be gigantic. And, we greatly appreciate all other help you gave around the school to this PTSA event. If you have any questions or comments about Harvest Fair, please reach out to Steph at stephbarnhart1@gmail.com. See you next October!

    • Order PIES and Fruit Online for the GO Fund!
      A group of 8th graders is running this pie fundraiser for Catalina. We are selling the pies at the same cost as they are at New Seasons or Whole Foods except we get them at cost. So over 30% of the money from each pie sold supports our class trip to Catalina! Everybody wins!

      Pies must be ordered by next Wednesday, November 6. They will be delivered on November 20—plan to pick them up that afternoon. Pies are non-GMO certified and handmade near Salem. Order all your pies for all the upcoming holidays here.

      Eat pie, do good stuff. Thank you!

    • After School Classes at SES
      A volunteer has put together a list of all the after-school class currently offered at Sunnyside—you can see the list on the SES PTSA website under the Monthly Info sub menu called After School Activities or with a direct link to the list here. The list will be updated in December with classes starting in January. If you know of a class that should be on the list, please email her at kristing@gmail.com.
  • SES Messenger for October 25 2019

    Inside this Issue:
    • School News to Know
    • Upcoming Dates
    • Websites to Know
    • Middle School Dance (NEW)
    • Anti-Racist Reading and Resources 
    • Lockdown Drill 
    • News from SESPTSA (NEW)
    School News to Know
    What a big day at Sunnyside! 
    This morning, your students are participating in the annual SES Run/Walk/Move. Music is blaring, bodies are sweaty, big kids are cheering on the little kids, and ear-to-ear smiles are on a lot of faces around here. This PTSA fundraiser is an annual tradition, one that can raise $10K-15K to support a variety of programs here at school. Thank you to all of the adults--staff and volunteers--who help make this event a success. Some of you are here clapping and encouraging students directly, tallying laps and dances, or handing out water and snacks. Whether you’re physically here or not, the school feels support from each and every family through your trust, care and partnership. As always, THANK YOU for donating your time, money and energy in generous support of SES.
    In addition to the Run/Walk/Move we are also planning for tomorrow’s Harvest Fair, a curriculum showcase and community event from 4 pm-7 pm. Harvest Fair is also a long standing Sunnyside tradition, one where we are together as a community to celebrate our school and our students. Tomorrow’s event features a 1st-2nd grade curriculum showcase, a magical cookie palace, a carnival with games run by our middle school students, Makerspace crafts, a dunk tank, a baked goods boogie, an old-fashioned cider press, and an array of delicious food. This is truly a community event, and it would not be possible without the collaborative hard work of the community coming together in preparation and also coming together in celebration. Thank you.
    I would like to share one logistical piece of information for tomorrow’s festival. As a community event, the Harvest Fair is open to the public. Extended family, neighbors, community members and folks from other schools do attend this event. Most external doors are open and unlocked, and visitors and guests do not sign in. They also do not complete the standard background check form that would be required if this were a typical school day. I share this with you simply to provide context, and also in the hopes that families can talk together to increase personal awareness and student safety during the festival. Students are not supervised by school staff at Harvest Fair. Students are supervised by their home adults at this event. If you choose to allow your child to roam independently without an adult close by, please remind them that even though they are inside their school the protocols for visitors are not the same as a regular school day. During tomorrow’s event the campus is open to the neighborhood. Please let your child know that they can expect for unknown adults to be on campus with them. Staff will be present with walkie talkies, and students will likely be able to find an adult quickly if they need assistance. 
    Thank you again for your support within our school community. On this busy Friday, the school feels celebratory and happy, and it warms my heart to be surrounded by this positive energy. I hope to see you all tomorrow! 
    —Amy and Alix
    Upcoming Dates 
    Check the district online calendar here

    Saturday, October 26

    Harvest Fair, 4:00 - 7:00

    Tuesday, October 29

    School Photo Make Up Day

    Friday, November 1

    End of Quarter 1 Planning Day (no school)

    Friday, November 8

    Middle School Dance, 6:30-8:30

    Monday, November 10

    Veterans Day (no school)

    Wednesday, November 20

    PTSA Board Meeting

    Websites to Know
    Middle School Dance 11/8/19 - Chaperones Needed (NEW)
    Our second middle school dance is coming up on Friday, November 8 from 6:30-8:30 pm. For the dance to happen, we will need chaperones! Sign up here to chaperone or bring snacks. Chaperones should register in the new Volunteer & Visitor sign-in system (Raptor) and complete a background screen (state issued photo ID required) in the SES office if you have not already done so.
    The dance starts promptly at 6:30 and ends at 8:30—please make sure students have plans to arrive and leave at these precise times. Permission slips will come home a few days before the event. We request a $5 donation to cover the cost of the dance, but no child will be turned away for lack of funds.
    Anti-Racist Reading and Resources
    Here is an opinion piece published in the New York Times last week, urging parents to “understand how white supremacists prey on teen boys, so they can intervene.” If you have questions about how this is connected to our work at Sunnyside, please email akleiner@pps.net.
    Lockdown Drill
    PPS safety protocols require us to practice monthly safety drills. We’ve already practiced two fire drills and one earthquake drill. On October 30, we will practice our first lockdown drill which requires students and staff to follow the prompt: “Locks, Lights, Out of Sight”. This means that staff and students remain behind locked doors, turn off lights and gather in a corner, quietly.
    While our staff does a phenomenal job describing the reasons for the drill for their specific grade level, this may bring up feelings for some students.
    News from SESPTSA (NEW)
    And check back often for updates!
    • SES's Annual Harvest Fair Needs You! 
      Harvest Fair is TOMORROW! Volunteer spots are available and PTSA could really use YOUR help with many fun shifts tomorrow, Saturday, October 26. Please also consider delivering cookies or a baked good (allergy-friendly options welcome) for the boogie (bring them Saturday afternoon), and/or small, unused toys for our hay bales of mystery (drop off in the main office anytime). CLAIM YOUR VOLUNTEER SHIFTS HERE: bit.ly/SES-HF19-Volunteer

      Thank you very much! Contact Steph Barnhart at stephbarnhart1@gmail.com with questions / ideas.

    • PIES for the Holidays fundraiser for the GO Fund!
      Order holiday pies through the PTSA--33% goes to the GO Fund. This is similar to the gift card program, pies are the same price as they are at New Seasons and Whole Foods but a large portion gets donated back to SES--no extra cost to you. Keep your eye out for an order form from your student. There will also be order forms available at Harvest Fair on Saturday. Yay Pies!

    • After School Classes at SES
      A volunteer has put together a list of all the after-school class currently offered at Sunnyside---you can see the list on the SES PTSA website under the Monthly Info sub menu called After School Activities or with a direct link to the list here. The list will be updates in December with classes starting in January. If you know of a class that should be on the list, please email her at kristing@gmail.com.

    • How to Communicate To the School via the PTSA
      We have three types of information that are sent out to parents and students at SES: 1) School related matters; 2) PTSA events, meetings, call for volunteers; and 3) community events.

      This year, we’ve had a change in how messages are being sent out. The school’s office is sending out a weekly message that will primarily have information about the school. This newsletter will also have some information about PTSA events with a link to the PTSA website. This is not a newsletter for community events.

      For PTSA volunteers who want to get messages out and for others who are requesting community events, please follow these steps to request a message to be posted:

    1. Go to the PTSA website here: https://www.sesptsa.org/communications/contact-the-ses-ptsa/
    2. On that page, fill out the form.
    3. On the drop down menu entitled: "Who would you like to receive your message?" select Website/communications.
    4. Your request will then be forwarded to the communications team who will post the message on the SES PTSA website and social media, and forward to room parents.

      The office might choose to post a PTSA event in the weekly email, but not all. We need to encourage people to go to the PTSA website at www.sesptsa.org for the most up-to-date information. You can also post a message on the PTSA Facebook page yourself.
  • SES Messenger for October 18 2019

    Inside this Issue:
    • School News to Know (NEW)
    • Upcoming Dates
    • Websites to Know
    • Counselor Connection (NEW)
    • Student Success Act Meetings (NEW)
    • Anti-Racist Reading and Resources (NEW)
    • Check the Lost & Found (NEW)
    • Lockdown Drill (NEW)
    • School Photo Make Up Day 
    • News from SESPTSA (NEW)
    School News to Know
    To our Sunnyside families and community,
    Next week is a big one at Sunnyside! 
    On Friday, October 25th, students will participate in the annual SES Run/Walk/Move. This PTSA fundraiser is an annual tradition, one that raises $10K+ for a variety of programs here at school. Thank you to all of the adults—staff and volunteers—who have volunteered to cheer on students, tally laps and number of dance minutes, and, as always, for your commitment of time and money and for sponsoring students in generous support of SES. 
    In addition to the Run/Walk/Move, we are also planning for next Saturday’s Harvest Fair, a curriculum showcase and community event from 4 pm-7 pm. Harvest Fair is also a long standing Sunnyside tradition, one where we are together as a community, celebrating our school, our students and our extended “family.” This event on 10/26 features a 1st-2nd grade curriculum showcase, a magical cookie palace, a carnival with games run by our middle school students, arts and crafts, a dunk tank, a cake walk, an old-fashioned cider press, and an array of delicious food. This is truly a community event, and it would not be possible without the collaborative hard work of the community coming together in preparation. THANK YOU! We hope you can attend next weekend! 
    Thank you SES community. We are grateful and happy. We are busy. And, we are grateful and happy. 
    —Amy and Alix
    Upcoming Dates
    Check the district online calendar here.
    Friday, October 25 Run/Walk/Move Fundraiser
    Saturday, October 26 Harvest Fair, 4:00 - 7:00
    Tuesday, October 29 School Photo Make Up Day
    Friday, November 1 End of Quarter 1 Planning Day (no school)
    Monday, November 10 Veterans Day (no school)
    Wednesday, November 20

    PTSA Board Meeting

    Websites to Know

    Counselor Connection (NEW)
    Please click here to learn more about the work our amazing counselors are doing!
    Student Success Act Meetings (NEW)
    Oregon’s public schools will soon receive a major infusion of funding from the state, and Portland Public Schools wants to hear from our community about your thoughts on the Student Success Act. The infusion of funding will help PPS begin the transformative work to fulfill the long-term vision for the district identified through a comprehensive, community-oriented Visioning process. The PPS Vision describes our goals for the graduating class of 2030, and the educational experience that will increasingly be the reality for each of our graduates from 2019 onward. Please see the Student Success Act webpage to learn more about the areas the funding is intended to address.
    For information on upcoming Student Success Act meetings, please see the Student Success Act Info Flyer. To give the district feedback, please take the Student Success Act Survey.
    Anti-Racist Reading and Resources (NEW)
    Here’s an article we read last year with staff and about author Kiese Laymon. Many of us read his book, Heavy and the author visited Sunnyside, as well.
    Check the Lost & Found (NEW)
    One of our wonderful volunteers helped sort the Lost & Found this week. During this great cleanup, she discovered over 100 hoodies and jackets! There are also books, lunchboxes, and other found items. Please check the Lost & Found, located under the 3/4/5 stairwell (between room 102 and 103) to see if one of these items is yours. The Lost & Found is periodically donated to the PPS Clothing Closet so be sure to check for items soon after they are lost.
    Lockdown Drill (NEW)
    PPS safety protocols require us to practice monthly safety drills. We’ve already practiced two fire drills and one earthquake drill. On October 30, we will practice our first lockdown drill which requires students and staff to follow the prompt: “Locks, Lights, Out of Sight”. This means that staff and students remain behind locked doors, turn off lights and gather in a corner, quietly.
    While our staff does a phenomenal job describing the reasons for the drill for their specific grade level, this may bring up feelings for some students.
    School Photo Make Up Day
    Photographers will return Tuesday, October 29 for individual photo make ups. Students who were absent will be automatically registered to take their photos. If your family is interested in retakes (photo was already taken but you would like to take them again) there is a $10 charge to be paid to Mugsy Clicks. The new process for any parent wanting to request a remake is:
    1. Log onto Mugsyclicks.com—Enter access code as required.
    2. View photos: order photos or retakes in gallery.
      This option will be available until 10/26 at which point Mugsy Clicks will turn off the online request option.
    News from SESPTSA (NEW)
    And check back often for updates!
    How to Communicate To the School via the PTSA
    We have three types of information that are sent out to parents and students at SES: 1) School related matters; 2) PTSA events, meetings, calls for volunteers; and 3) community events.
    This year, we’ve had a change in how messages are being sent out. The school’s office is sending out a weekly message that will primarily have information about the school. This newsletter will also have some information about PTSA events with a link to the PTSA website. This is not a newsletter for community events. 
    For PTSA volunteers who want to get messages out and for others who are requesting community events, please follow these steps to request a message to be posted:
    1. Go to the PTSA website here: https://www.sesptsa.org/communications/contact-the-ses-ptsa/.
    2. On that page, fill out the form.
    3. On the drop down menu entitled: “Who would you like to receive your message? * “ select Website/communications.
    4. Your request will then be forwarded to the communications team who will post the message on the SES PTSA website and social media, and forward to room parents.
    The office might choose to post a PTSA event in the weekly email, but not all. We need to encourage people to go to the PTSA website at www.sesptsa.org for the most up-to-date information.
    You can also post a message on the PTSA Facebook page yourself. 
    • Run/Walk/Move
      We are excited to announce the annual SES Run/Walk/Move event on Friday, October 25, 2019. This school-wide fundraising event is organized by the SES PTSA and family volunteers with collaboration and support from school staff. SES Run Walk Move is similar to a traditional jog-a-thon where participants gather pledges from sponsors and run or walk laps around the school. At SES, our participants can also earn “laps” by dancing with a NW Dance Project instructor. Pledges may be made as lump sums or per lap. The idea is for families and others to support the students in any way they can, be it in dimes, dollars, running along side your student, or cheering. The money raised from this event goes towards funding the SES place-based-learning curriculum and events. Last year this fun-filled event raised over $12,000 for our school!

      For more information and a link to the pledge sheets, please visit the SES PTSA Monthly Info Post.

    • Little big Mondays with Renata
      Little by little we can make big things happen for our schools! Renowned Italian restaurant Renata is donating 5% of all gross sales during Mondays in October to benefit SES. Join us for dinner 5-9pm Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28. Mention Sunnyside and ask for their special kids' menu.

    • SES's Annual Harvest Fair Needs You!
      Harvest Fair is one week away! Volunteer spots are available and PTSA could really use YOUR help with many fun shifts on Saturday, October 26. Please also consider delivering cookies or a baked good (allergy-friendly options welcome) for the boogie (bring them Saturday afternoon), and/or small, unused toys for our hay bales of mystery (drop off in the main office anytime). CLAIM YOUR VOLUNTEER SHIFTS HERE: bit.ly/SES-HF19-Volunteer

      Thank you very much! Contact Steph Barnhart at stephbarnhart1@gmail.com with questions / ideas.
  • SES Messenger for October 10 2019

    Inside this Issue:
    • School News to Know (NEW)
    • Upcoming Dates
    • Websites to Know
    • Monday is Indigenous Peoples’ Day (NEW)
    • October Service Learning Opportunities (NEW)
    • School Photo Proofs and Make Up Day (NEW
    • Art Supply Community Request (NEW
    • Free/Reduced Meal Eligibility Carryover Ending (NEW)
    • New Volunteer & Visitor Sign In System
    • News from SESPTSA (NEW)
    School News to Know
    October 10, 2019
    To our SES community,
    Thank you for helping us get off to a great school year! I hope your children are coming home happy, challenged, and with wonderful stories to tell. We’re working hard to develop rich learning communities in each class and to build strong relationships. We are grateful for your support.
    Attached you will find our annual “Back to School Ask” communication from our PTSA. Although we’re a public school, it’s no secret that all schools in Oregon are significantly under-funded; no exception here at Sunnyside. Everything we do has a financial cost—much of what you see each day would simply not be possible if it weren’t for the help of our generous community via direct donations and fundraising. Generally speaking, there are 3 big “buckets” of money that we work with here at SES: 
    1. The allotted budget for the school from PPS: This includes our consolidated budget for the year, the budget allotted by the district (about 50K at our school), and our student body funds, the separate pot of “donated” money through school fundraisers or optional fees for activities. To clarify, things like our copy machine fees ($12,000+/year), books, paper, supplies, building-needs, substitute costs, and other supplies come out of our consolidated budget. Overnight trips, Trimet tickets, costs for middle school dances, QSA, the students of color group, and other clubs or student activities—things that serve students directly and/or a lot of program enrichments—come out of student body funds and these funds accrue through direct contribution, donations, and fundraisers. There are clearly defined rules about how we raise and spend the money in these different accounts. The PTSA grants us a large percentage of the back to school ask donation(s), and we put these into our student body funds. As of today, the PTSA has raised close to half of a $30,000+ goal and they are hoping for additional contributions to this important fund. Thank you. 

    2. The PTSA annual budget: The PTSA and the school work together to define things that are paid for by student body funds and things that are paid for by the PTSA. The PTSA budget is vast and covers many, many things at Sunnyside. The PTSA pays for our Harvest Fair, the costs for the Run Walk Move, and other community events and fundraisers. For our students, specifically, PTSA covers the cost for things like our sustainability team, music and musicals, and other special art events, and a large portion of our Go Fund scholarships for overnight trips. It’s accurate to say that the PTSA and the school work closely together, and that some of the funds raised through the PTSA are ultimately put into our student body funds account via grant--in this way, these two accounts have some similarities and, sometimes, a shared purpose or goal. Although the PTSA collects the Back to School Ask, they grant a large percentage of the funds raised back to the school. These funds go into our Student Body Funds and can be found in the PTSA detailed budget under “school services grant.”

    3. The Fund for PPS: This is becoming a more necessary “bucket” of funding for our school. This fund is unique in that it can only pay for staff/staffing, nothing else. The Fund provides a mechanism for schools to directly raise money for staffing, with 30% of funds over $10,000 being put back into a general pot for other schools, ones that may not be able to raise large amounts of money for staffing through direct fundraising. Last spring, thanks to generous donations from our community mainly through our school auction, we raised enough in this fund to cover our half-time administrative secretary, our half-time library assistant, and we still have a small amount leftover in this account. Thank you! 
    The attached letter from the PTSA describes the Back to School Ask, specifically. Your generous contributions to this fundraiser go to our PTSA budget with a total goal of over $30,000. Of this money, a large percentage is granted back to the school to cover trip scholarships, arts, and music. 
    Thank you so much for your continued generosity and support of our robust programming at Sunnyside. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to our front office or our PTSA if you have specific questions about budgeting or any further questions about the information above. 
    —Amy Kleiner, principal 
    Upcoming Dates
    Check the district online calendar here.
    Friday, October 11 Statewide Professional Development (no school) 
    Sunday, October 13 6th Graders Leave for Outdoor School, 2:15
    Monday, October 14 8th Grade Mandatory Meeting, 6:30
    Friday, October 25 Run/Walk/Move Fundraiser
    Saturday, October 26 Harvest Fair, 4:00 - 7:00
    Tuesday, October 29  School Photo Make Up Day
    Friday, November 1 End of Quarter 1 Planning Day (no school)
     
    Websites to Know
    Monday is Indigenous Peoples’ Day (NEW)
    Monday, October 14, is Indigenous Peoples Day. We wanted to provide families with a variety of resources about this so you can talk at home with your children. Attached is a link to an Indigenous Peoples Day conference for teachers, published by teachingforchange.org. Within this post there are several, linked resources that everyone can use, educators and non-educators. In addition, we have also included a link to additional resources published through Teaching Tolerance. 
    October Service Learning Opportunities (NEW)
    Follow this link to the Service Blog for information on upcoming service opportunities.
    School Photo Proofs and Make Up Day (NEW
    A card with the link to photo proofs was sent home this week. Adults can also access the proofs through an email sent by Mugsy Clicks or by visiting our Mugsy Clicks School Site. 
    Photographers will also return Tuesday, October 29 for individual photo make ups. Students who were absent will be automatically registered to take their photos. If your family is interested in retakes (photo was already taken but you would like to take them again) there is a $10 charge to be paid to Mugsy Clicks.
    Art Supply Community Request (NEW)
    We need your USED plastic water bottles! We need at least 60 plastic water bottles for an awesome reuse plastic project. The ideal water bottle for the project is 24oz or 32oz. The plastic thickness of a Coke bottle is best (versus the more crinkly plastic water bottles). Polar Seltzer bottles are also ideal. Please rinse out the bottles thoroughly before bringing them in to the art class (Room 105). We will be collecting bottles from Oct. 2nd - 17th. Thank you for your participation! 
    Free/Reduced Meal Eligibility Carryover Ending (NEW)
    Free or reduced price meal eligibility from last school year ended on October 9. Families on the carryover without an approved application reverted to full price starting October 10. Please note, you can still apply online at www.pps.net/nutrition or pick up an application from Christina in the cafeteria. Meal benefits will then begin the date the application is approved. Eligibility date cannot be backdated to cover meal charges incurred prior to the approval date.
    IMPORTANT: New Volunteer & Visitor Sign In System
    We have a new volunteer and visitor sign-in system called Raptor. Anyone who will be in the building or interact with students (chaperone, work with Steph, assist with projects, etc) must have a completed background check and be registered with the Raptor system in order to participate in their volunteer activity. Note that background checks can take up to two weeks! The first time you attempt to sign into the system you must bring your state issued photo ID. Michelle or Sarah at the front office will then add you as a volunteer to Raptor. In future visits you will be able to sign in on your own. 
    Due to our wonderfully active and large volunteer network, there may be days where the first time sign-in will be busy (Field Study days!). Therefore, we highly recommend volunteers with completed background checks come in prior to volunteering to be registered with Raptor. Registering with the system can take 5 minutes without a line and up to a half hour with a line.
    News from SESPTSA (NEW)
    And check back often for updates!
    Run/Walk/Move (NEW)
    We are excited to announce the annual SES Run/Walk/Move event on Friday, October 25, 2019. This school-wide fundraising event is organized by the SES PTSA and family volunteers with collaboration and support from school staff. SES Run Walk Move is similar to a traditional jog-a-thon where participants gather pledges from sponsors and run or walk laps around the school. At SES, our participants can also earn “laps” by dancing with a NW Dance Project instructor. Pledges may be made as lump sums or per lap. The idea is for families and others to support the students in any way they can, be it in dimes, dollars, running along side your student, or cheering. The money raised from this event goes towards funding the SES place-based-learning curriculum and events. Last year this fun-filled event raised over $12,000 for our school!
    For more information and a link to the pledge sheets, please visit the SES PTSA Monthly Info Post.
    Little big Mondays with Renata
    Little by little we can make big things happen for our schools! Renowned Italian restaurant Renata is donating 5% of all gross sales during Mondays in October to benefit SES. Join us for dinner 5-9pm Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28. Mention Sunnyside and ask for their special kids' menu.
    SES's Annual Harvest Fair Needs You!
    Harvest Fair is Saturday, October 26th from 4:00-7:00. Check out this detailed Sign Up Form to volunteer now for your favorite job. We URGENTLY need Community Meal Coordinator(s). We also need baked goods donations.
    SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER HERE: bit.ly/SES-HF19-Volunteer
    Contact Steph Barnhart at stephbarnhart1@gmail.com with questions / ideas.
  • SES Messenger for October 4 2019

    Inside this Issue:
    • School News to Know
    • Upcoming Dates
    • Websites to Know
    • IMPORTANT: New Volunteer Sign In System (NEW)
    • Garden Day This Sunday
    • Spoons and Forks for Our Cafeteria
    • Class Photo Fundraiser
    • News from SESPTSA (NEW)
    School News to Know
    Hello SES Community,
    Thank you for another great week of school.
    There is not much additional news to report this week.  The school year has momentum and is going well. As we mentioned last week, we’ll try to share a reading or resource that focuses on our racial equity and social justice work.  This week’s link is from Teaching Tolerance and is called “Teaching Kindness Isn’t Enough.” 
    Have a great weekend,
    Amy and Alix
    Upcoming Dates
    Check the district online calendar here
    Sunday, October 6 Garden Day, 9:00 - 1:00
    Friday, October 11 Statewide Professional Development (no school)
    Sunday, October 13 6th Graders Leave for Outdoor School, 2:15
    Friday, October 25 Run/Walk/Move Fundraiser
    Saturday, October 26  Harvest Fair, 4:00 - 7:00
    Friday, November 1 End of Quarter 1 Planning Day (no school)
    Websites to Know
    IMPORTANT: New Volunteer Sign In System (NEW)
    PPS has a new volunteer sign-in system called Raptor. Anyone who will interact with students (chaperone, guest speak in classrooms, work in the library, etc) must have a completed background check and be registered with the Raptor system in order to participate in their volunteer activity. The first time you attempt to sign into the system you are required to bring your state issued photo ID. Michelle or Sarah at the front office will then add you as a volunteer to Raptor. In future visits you will be able to sign in on your own. 
    Due to our wonderfully active and large volunteer network, there may be days where the first time sign-in will be busy (Field Study days!). Therefore, we highly recommend volunteers with completed background checks come in prior to volunteering to be registered with Raptor. Registering with the system can take 5 minutes without a line and up to a half hour with a line.
    Garden Day THIS Sunday, October 6, 9:00-1:00
    For a few hours each Fall and Spring, Sunnyside families come together to take care of the school grounds on what we call "GARDEN DAY." The productivity we can accomplish during this short amount of time is incredible if people show up! Drop by and work for however long you can between 9:00am-1:00pm. Projects that require adult-sized bodies, brains, and tools will be the priority. There will also be small tools and smaller jobs for young people. Please do not drop off your student, there will not be supervision- this is a community event, we encourage you to come as a family or together in chaperoned groups.
    For more information on Garden Day, please visit our Garden Day Event Post or contact SES Garden Coordinator Steph at sunnysidesustainability@gmail.com.
    Spoons and Forks for Our Cafeteria
    Christina Wolfe, our wonderful Nutrition Services manager, is in need of silverware for our cafeteria- specifically spoons (forks also welcome, but please no butter knives). By providing our cafeteria with silverware, you are helping us build a more sustainable school that depends less on plastics.
    Class Photo Fundraiser
    For the second year running, we are turning class photos into a Sunnyside Fundraiser! Families are welcome to issue payment using the following SchoolPay link(s) or by bringing cash or check to the school office. The best part ~ ALL PROCEEDS WILL BENEFIT SUNNYSIDE'S GO FUND!
    News from SESPTSA (NEW)
    • Little big Mondays with Renata (NEW)
      Little by little we can make big things happen for our schools! Renowned Italian restaurant Renata is donating 5% of all gross sales during Mondays in October to benefit SES. Join us for dinner 5-9pm Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28. Mention Sunnyside and ask for their special kids' menu.

    • Run/Walk/Move (NEW)
      The Run/Walk/Move fundraiser is on Friday, October 25.  Grades Run Times below:
      • K, 1, 2 9:15 - 9:45
      • 3, 4, 5 10:15 - 10:45
      • Middle School 12:25-12:55
      • Links to more information and pledge sheets to come!

    • SES's Annual Harvest Fair Needs You! 
      One of Sunnyside's most favorite traditions is right around the corner: The Harvest Fair! Our annual celebration of Autumn is on Saturday, October 26, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. All community members welcome. We need everyone to pitch in! There are 100+ volunteer slots! From carnival helpers and ticket takers to helping with the dunk tank or dishwashing, or MCing the boogie, there is a job for you - this one takes all of us. Learn more and check out this detailed Sign Up Form to volunteer now for your favorite job. We URGENTLY need Community Meal Coordinator(s). Do you have access to a commissary kitchen? A passion for cooking? A heart for adventure? Please text or call Steph (503-807-9733) right away to talk about how you can be this year's Harvest Fair meal hero. We also need small toy donations and baked goods donations.

  • SES Messenger for September 27 2019

    Inside this Issue:
    • School News to Know
    • Upcoming Dates 
    • Websites to Know
    • Gender Diversity Support Guide (NEW)
    • Garden Day (NEW)
    • New Volunteer & Visitor Sign In System (NEW)
    • Back to School Night Slideshow Presentations (NEW)
    • Spoons and Forks for Our Cafeteria (NEW)
    • Class Photo Fundraiser
    • Community Collaboration (NEW)
    • News from SESPTSA (NEW)
    School News to Know
    A huge thank you to all who were able to make it to Back to School Night last night. We loved your energy and appreciate your feedback. In our general sessions, we talked about what we believe as a school. Here’s an article from the New York Times magazine that we used to launch the school year in our professional staff development. The article encapsulates what we did not learn as students, and unless we learn it and teach it now, we can’t expect to change the status quo. Our hope for future school messengers, is to include a link to articles or resources that compliment what we’re learning as a school. Please feel free to send readings or resources our way.
    Please see the message below from our PTSA about the next general meeting:
    • PTSA General Meeting 
      October 2, 6:30-8pm
      Sunnyside Auditorium
      Please come to our first PTSA General Meeting of the school year. All are welcome! At this meeting we will be screening the documentary Priced Out: 15 Years of Gentrification in Portland, Oregon (click the link for the trailer). The film is about 60 minutes long and is appropriate for 4th grade and up. We will have free child care for the littles or any kiddos who are not interested in watching the film. Please email corbywatkins@gmail.com to rsvp for childcare.

      We will also have snacks for all.

      We hope you can join us to learn a little about the PTSA and watch this documentary about our city: https://www.pricedoutmovie.com/
    Thank you,
    Amy and Alix
    Upcoming Dates
    Check the district online calendar here
    Wednesday, October 2    PTSA General Meeting, 6:30-8:00
    Sunday, October 6 Garden Day, 9:00 - 1:00
    Friday, October 11 Statewide Professional Development (no school)  
    Sunday, October 13 6th Graders Leave for Outdoor School, 2:15
    Friday, October 25 Run/Walk/Move Fundraiser
    Saturday, October 26 Harvest Fair, 4:00 - 7:00
    Friday, November 1 End of Quarter 1 Planning Day (no school)
     
    Websites to Know
    Gender Diversity Support Guide (NEW)
    In order to create a shared understanding about the ways in which the school will support transgender, nonbinary and gender diverse students, the district has created this toolkit for school accommodations and considerations. The Administrative Directive for Transgender, Nonbinary and Gender Diverse Students, PPS School Planning materials and the Student FAQ documents are meant to serve as resources to help ensure ALL students have the right to a safe, accepting, and healthy learning environment. 
    Garden Day Sunday, October 6, 9:00-1:00 (NEW)
    For a few hours each Fall and Spring, Sunnyside families come together to take care of the school grounds on what we call GARDEN DAY. The productivity we can accomplish during this short amount of time is incredible if people show up! Drop by and work for however long you can between 9:00am-1:00pm. Projects that require adult-sized bodies, brains, and tools will be the priority. There will also be small tools and smaller jobs for young people. Please do not drop off your student, there will not be supervision- this is a community event, we encourage you to come as a family or together in chaperoned groups.
    For more information on Garden Day, please visit our Garden Day Event Post or contact SES Garden Coordinator Steph at sunnysidesustainability@gmail.com.
    New Volunteer & Visitor Sign In System (NEW)
    PPS is introducing a new volunteer and visitor sign-in system called Raptor. Volunteers/ Visitors must bring a government issued photo ID to sign into the online system which verifies that a background check has been completed. The first time you use the system, Michelle or Sarah at the front office will assist. In future visits you will be able to sign in on your own at a laptop on the front counter. 
    Due to our wonderfully active and large volunteer network, there may be days where first time sign-in will be busy (Field Study days!). Therefore, we highly encourage volunteers to submit their background check then come in when convenient to be registered with the Raptor system. 
    Back to School Night Slideshow Presentations (NEW)
    Find presentations from back-to-school night online. The K-5 presentation is here, and the middle school presentation here.
    Spoons and Forks for Our Cafeteria (NEW)
    Christina Wolfe, our wonderful Nutrition Services manager, is in need of silverware for our cafeteria- specifically spoons (forks also welcome, but please no butter knives). By providing our cafeteria with silverware, you are helping us build a more sustainable school that depends less on plastics.
    Class Photo Fundraiser
    We have a professional photographer coming to take class photos on Wednesday, September 25th. Families are welcome to issue payment using the following SchoolPay link(s) or by bringing cash or check to the school office. The best part ~ ALL PROCEEDS WILL BENEFIT SUNNYSIDE'S GO FUND!
    For information on ordering individual photos, please visit Mugsy Clicks' Student Photo Info Page.
    Community Collaboration (NEW)
    Please check here for new information regarding community collaboration or events!
    • Race Matters: A Community Dialogue 
      Please join us at Taborspace on SE Belmont on 10/10/19 to build skills and create a welcoming space for everyone to speak openly about the role of race in our and our children’s lives. Now, more than ever, we need to be a community that recognizes that systemic racism affects each of us differently, depending on our racial identity; that sees, welcomes, and responds to each of our children for who they are; and that celebrates the diversity of experiences and perspectives that each family brings.
      Sponsored by Glencoe Elementary School and Mt Tabor Middle School PTAs. Free childcare and pizza dinner available upon request: munirahenry@gmail.com
    News from SESPTSA (NEW)
    Please check here for any new information from our incredibly supportive PTSA!
    • SES's Annual Harvest Fair Needs You! (NEW)
      One of Sunnyside's most favorite traditions is right around the corner: The Harvest Fair! Our annual celebration of Autumn is on Saturday, October 26, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. All community members welcome. We need everyone to pitch in! There are 100+ volunteer slots! From carnival helpers and ticket takers to helping with the dunk tank or dishwashing, or MCing the boogie, there is a job for you - this one takes all of us. Learn more and check out this detailed Sign Up Form to volunteer now for your favorite job.

      We also need: URGENT Community Meal Coordinator(s). Our friends at Beeswing - who have generously coordinated the meal for several years - are busy in transition between buildings this fall. So: we need a new team to step up and manage this awesome community dinner. Do you have access to a commissary kitchen? A passion for cooking? A heart for adventure? Please text or call Steph (503-807-9733) right away to talk about how you can be this year's Harvest Fair meal hero.

      We also need: Small Toy Donations. The Hay Bales of Mystery and Carnival need a fresh supply of small toys that are no longer getting love in your homes. Tiny action figures your crew doesn't play with any more? Happy Meal prizes long forgotten? Send 'em our way, to the collection bin in the main office by Friday, October 25 at 5:00 p.m.

      Baked Goods Donations. Calling ALL bakers, novice and pro alike! We need many treats of all kinds for the Baked Goodies Boogie (MCed by Sunnyside Personalities TBA) and the Magical Cookie Palace. Deliver your baked wares on Friday, October 25 by 5:00 p.m., or on Saturday, October 26 between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. to the Auditorium. If you bring them on a tray you would like back, please mark clearly with your name. Allergy-friendly options desired.

      SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER HERE: bit.ly/SES-HF19-Volunteer

      Contact Steph Barnhart at stephbarnhart1@gmail.com with questions / ideas.
  • SES Messenger for September 20 2019

    Inside this Issue:

    • School News to Know
    • Upcoming Dates (NEW)
    • Websites to Know (NEW)
    • Updates to Student Name (Legal, Preferred, Nickname, etc) (NEW)
    • Class Photo Fundraiser (NEW)
    • TAG Info Session (NEW)
    • After School Supervision
    • Middle School New Attendance Policy
    • Back to School Night
    • Community Collaboration (NEW)
    • News from SESPTSA (NEW)

    School News to Know
    We will keep today’s news brief (since last week’s was long!):

    1. We hope to see you this coming Thursday at Back to School Night.  The schedule is below.

    2. Next Friday the 27th is our first Middle School dance.  More to come next week.

    Enjoy the weekend,
    Amy and Alix

    Upcoming Dates
    Check the district online calendar here

    Wednesday, September 25 Class Photo Day
    Thursday, September 26 Back to School Night, K - 8, 6:00 - 7:45
    Friday, September 27 First Middle School Dance, 6:30-8:30
    Sunday, October 6 Garden Day, 9:00 - 1:00
    Friday, October 11 Statewide Professional Development (no school)
    Friday, November 1 End of Quarter 1 Planning Day (no school)

    Websites to Know (NEW)

    Updates to Student Name (Legal, Preferred, Nickname, etc) (NEW)
    Students that use a name other than their legal/birth name (such as a preferred name or nickname) have the option to update this information in the student data system. Families can change the “Legal Name” category to the primarily used/ preferred name in order to have this reflected on documents such as attendance lists, student ID cards, etc. Please contact our school secretary Sarah Conley at sconley1@pps.net to make name updates.

    Class Photo Fundraiser (NEW)
    We have a professional photographer coming to take class photos on Wednesday, September 25th. Families are welcome to issue payment using the following SchoolPay link(s) or by bringing cash or check to the school office. The best part ~ ALL PROCEEDS WILL BENEFIT SUNNYSIDE'S GO FUND!

    For information on ordering individual photos, please visit Mugsy Clicks Student Photo Info Page.

    TAG Info Session (NEW)
    If your student has been identified as Talented and Gifted in one or more of the following areas: Reading, Math or Intellectually gifted, and you’d like to hear more about district TAG services, please join us for an informational session before Back to School Night, on Thursday, September 26th, 5:30 in the auditorium.

    After School Supervision
    Supervision on our school campus ends at 3:15, when middle school is dismissed.  Please make sure to have a plan for your students at dismissal.  

    Middle School New Attendance Policy
    This year our middle school has moved to Period Attendance. Teachers take attendance for each class of the day- at 8:50, 9:30, 10:35, 12:15, 1:20, and 2:35. Once a teacher has completed attendance they are unable to make updates, only office staff can change an absence to a tardy. Please encourage your kiddos to sign into the office if they are tardy to any class, even if it is after the start of the day, to avoid the automated attendance call home. An absence in just one period will result in the robocall.

    If you expect your child will be absent or late to school, please call our attendance line at 503-916-6227 and leave an absence Reason to prevent the automated attendance call. 

    Back to School Night K - 8
    Back to School Night this year is on Thursday, September 26 from 6:00 - 7:45.  We will host adults from all K - 8 families, with the schedule below:

    Elementary
    6:00 - 6:45 - K- 5 Overview in Auditorium
    6:50 - 7:45 - K - 5 Families in Classrooms

    Middle School
    6:00-6:30 - Middle School Families in Core
    6:35 - 6:45 - MS Families to Period 5
    6:50 - 7:00 - MS Families to Period 6
    7:05 -7:45 - MS Families in Auditorium

    Community Collaboration (NEW)
    Please check here for new information regarding community collaboration or events!

    • Race Matters: A Community Dialogue 
      Please join us at Taborspace on SE Belmont on 10/10/19 to build skills and create a welcoming space for everyone to speak openly about the role of race in our and our children’s lives. Now, more than ever, we need to be a community that recognizes that systemic racism affects each of us differently, depending on our racial identity; that sees, welcomes, and responds to each of our children for who they are; and that celebrates the diversity of experiences and perspectives that each family brings.
      Sponsored by Glencoe Elementary School and Mt Tabor Middle School PTAs. Free childcare and pizza dinner available upon request: munirahenry@gmail.com

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

    • First Middle School Dance 9/27/19 - Chaperones Needed (NEW)
      Our first middle school dance is coming up on Friday, September 27 from 6:30-8:30 pm. For the dance to happen, we will need chaperones! Sign up here to chaperone or bring snacks.
      The dance starts promptly at 6:30 and ends at 8:30—please make sure students have plans to arrive and leave at these precise times. Permission slips will come home a few days before the event. We request a $5 donation to cover the cost of the dance, but no child will be turned away for lack of funds.

    • Middle School Fall Musical
      This year, we will be embarking on another completely original, fall middle school musical! This show will be created with the students who sign up to be in and help out with the musical. This production will be for students grades 6-8 and together, we will come up with a theme, a storyline and a script as a whole group. Please contact Mo Phillips at mophillips@mophillips.com or Caitlin Quinn at caitlinquinncredible@gmail.com for more information. Middle School Musical Information Flyer

    • Box Tops Collection
      It's time to collect those Box Tops for Education you've been saving all summer. Please bring your clean and unexpired Box Tops to the Library to be counted and submitted by October 18. Also, Box Tops has created a new app for easier submissions. Check out this quick video for more information and to get started ::  Box Tops New App: Scan for your School Until the all Box Tops are updated with the Scan Your Receipt option, Box Tops is promoting "double dipping" by accepting cut Box Tops and scanned receipts. And if your family, friends, and neighbors want to continue to donate, all they need to do is get the app and choose Sunnyside as their school to donate to.

  • SES Messenger for September 13 2019

    Inside this Issue:

    • School News to Know
    • Upcoming Dates
    • Websites to Know
    • After School Supervision (NEW)
    • Middle School New Attendance Policy (NEW)
    • Middle School Field Study Emergency Chaperone List 
    • Picture Days
    • Back to School Night
    • News from SESPTSA (NEW)
    • Middle School Fall Musical (NEW)

     

    School News to Know
    Dear Families,

    We had another wonderful week of school this week. Thank you! 

    I apologize ahead of time for this long newsletter, but I wanted to share some important information about changes to our partnership with the Sunnyside Community House, located in the Methodist Church on 35th. 
    The brief history: 

    • As a school community, we have partnered with the Hard Times Supper at this location for the duration of the time we have been located at Sunnyside. This relationship was established at the inception of the school, long before I became principal here. We have been in partnership for over 15 years. 
    • Every week for these 15+ years, a staff member or volunteer picks up a large amount of donated food and our middle school students make sandwiches and other portable meals for the folks who attend the Hard Times Supper. Our students and families also volunteer their time to serve food there on evenings and weekends, and in the past we have also partnered on art projects, clothing and supply drives, and gardening projects.

    • The Hard Times Supper has/had been serving meals in this location for 38 years, most of that under the leadership of Pat Schweibert. Last year, John Mayer—SES parent and neighbor—joined Pat in leading this program. Over the last year or so, our unhoused neighbors or neighbors in need had access not only to food, but also to showers and hygiene needs, medical services, educational and religious groups, as well as assistance with housing opportunities, work/income opportunities, and help with other basic and societal needs. As I shared last year, during the 2018-19 school year our documented number of incidents during the school day, incidents where someone reported unexpected behavior in the park area, garbage, drug paraphernalia, waste, etc. was at an all time low for Sunnyside. Simultaneously, our high trust neighbors who are unhoused were reporting a strong sense of community and purpose because of their connection to the Sunnyside Community Center, the Hard Times Supper, and, frankly, because of the support of John and Pat. To restate, as principal I certainly do not know all of the folks who attend(ed) the Supper; however, I do know many of them and have for years. They are friends and neighbors with whom I have developed a relationship, and I have several, detailed examples of times where they, specifically, have kept myself, our staff, and/ or our students safe from a dangerous situation. I’ve referred to these folks as the “eyes and ears” of our park space for many, many years. 

    The current situation:

    • Last spring, a new congregation took over the leadership at the Sunnyside Methodist Church location. The Hard Times Supper and all of the programming affiliated with this was evicted from the location once leadership changed. For me, personally, it was very heartbreaking to hear that this program had been evicted after 38 years of service to the neighborhood. It was also very unexpected that no one from the new congregation asked our families or our students about their experiences with this long term partnership. To this day I have yet to receive communication from any leadership at the church; I’ve been made aware of this situation through Pat and John and our friends who frequent the Hard Times Supper. In June, out of the blue, I received word that they had 90 days to fully leave, and the program has been slowly vacating since July 1. They are required to be out completely by September 15th. 

    • The impact of this displacement has been hard on the community. Many of the folks who were the “eyes and ears” of the park have physically left, and they’ve shared that the dissolution of this community has caused additional, compounding trauma. Additionally, several families who live nearby have reported an increase in unsafe behavior on the corner. While we have not necessarily seen this during the school hours, I want to affirm that I, personally, feel the loss of community and some of the folks in the park are unfamiliar to me at this time. For me, an unintended consequence of the displacement of the program is actually the loss of the connection to John and Pat. This has led to more trash and debris piling up, as well as a sentiment of fear and uncertainty among the folks on the corner. 

    • Your students’ safety is our highest priority and we take this seriously. Thus far we have not had incidents during the school day. To be transparent, we have had incidents of housed neighbors using profane language or destroying the property of unhoused folks in front of children. We have had incidents of housed neighbors filming on our property and harassing unhoused folks. We are in communication with the police about these situations and are committed to the safety of our students. 

    • I am unsure if the new congregation will be offering meals and services for those in need in the neighborhood. There are some people who, literally, have attended the Supper for 38 years and they report that the displacement is incredibly traumatic for them. As a school we are committed to the care and support of all of our neighbors, housed and unhoused, and will continue to live into this belief system. We are working hard to support our long term partners from the Hard Times Supper and remain in partnership with these folks. The location of this partnership is TBD. 

    • Please read the attached communication from John Mayer. It outlines next steps for this community, and also ways you can help and share this widely with your own networks. 

    • Lastly, please come celebrate 38 years of the Hard Times Supper Community in the basement of the Methodist Church on Sunday, September 15 at 4 pm. This will be the very last time this group will be physically at this location.

    Message from John and Pat and the Hard Times Supper:

    As we move out, our ongoing work with homeless and marginalized folks will be known as Beacon PDX. We are a project within the Metanoia Peace Community work and are committed to fostering connections with the friends we already know. The heart of our work has always been the individuals we support. It’s Dondee that desperately needed a shower today when the park closed theirs for the season. It’s Lorrie who works the midnight shift at Freddies and needs a place to lay his head during the day time. It’s Val who lives in a tent near 205 who needs a meal. It’s Leroy who had an infection in his eye before we got him to a doctor. This we can do without a roof over our head. This we can do with creativity and dedication. This, we can do with your support.

    A core team of volunteers made up of individuals from across the city and from each of our partner congregations will each be taking a few friends into our ‘family’. We will: 

    • Offer supportive relationships 

    • Commit to regular meeting 

    • Help in making and keeping appointments

    • Aid in filling out paperwork 

    • Help navigating city services 

    • Connect people with needed health care

    • Provide an address for mail and obtaining IDs

    • Host regular support group meetings

    • Support in goal-setting and making plans

    • Meet people where they are without judgement.

    We will start with a number folks who we have already been supporting outside the walls of Sunnyside. We will be advocates and informal case managers without any of the bureaucracy that so often gets in the way. We will give hugs when needed, provide transportation without trouble, and a listening ear without judgement.

    Additionally we will find our way into parks and community centers for pop-up meals and offerings to a larger community. This will continue to be a way for our friends to come say hi and get a meal, to touch in and ask for help if needed. Over time we will take on more family members as our trainings and volunteer pool increases and our ability to help folks gets increasingly streamlined.

    But what we really want, is a home—a stable place where we can tell people, ‘You are supposed to be here’. Where we can meet them where they are and help folks find a new sense of stability and possibility.

    Why should you support? Why should you spread the word? What do we do?

    Portland is in crisis and more Portlanders are forced to live in crisis because of it. A recent report estimated that there are at least 38,000 people living on the streets in our area last year. On any given night there are upwards of 4,000 people sleeping outside in our city. There are not enough beds, not enough shelters open, not enough supportive services, and nowhere near what we need in terms of mental health care for people living on the margins. 

    The primary experiences for folks living on Portland’s streets, on sidewalks, in parks, in cars, and on friends couches is one of displacement and impermanence. We work to counter that experience by offering a consistent place of connection and community where all are welcome and our goal is to meet the basic needs of our neighbors in need.

    We know we can’t solve homelessness, but we do what we can to meet the needs of those we know; always with our attention on affirming the humanity of our friends and neighbors.

    Will you help us continue? We need $30,000 to do what we want in the short term (at least a year). But we will always dream big. We have a dream of a permanent home for which we need 1.5 million. Can you help us? Every dollar counts...give what you can. Throw a party with your friends, commit to helping find 10 or 20 or 50 thousand in your network. Ask your neighbors if they will match your donation. Spread the word! The work is essential so we need to keep doing it. How can you help?

    When we can reach $500,000 from around the city and the country, we will know that the support is there to go and find a home to call our own. And we will pursue making our big dream manifest. In the meantime, the work is not done and we are not done with the work.

    With a home we will expand upon the good work we know how to do so well...showers, food, clothing, medicine first; next support groups, counselling, and goal setting with those that are ready. Eventually helping people to attain a version of stability that makes sense to their context, whether that be housing, a job, social security payments, or treatment for an ailment untended. This is the work we have been doing at Sunnyside and the work we desperately know we need to continue. We know that consistency matters

    Details: 

    Checks should be made out to Metanoia Peace Community UMC and can be mailed to 2116 NE 18th Ave Portland, OR 97212. You may direct any questions to John Mayer (503 382 9607; johnemayer@gmail.com) or Pat Schwiebert (503 706 6583; pat@tearsoup.com). If you or somebody you know is able to support us in a large-dollar amount and would like to give directly to us, please be in touch. All donations are tax deductible.

    We would also love ‘pledge donations’ wherein you give us assurance that if we reach our goal, you are in. For instance, a friend told me, “I want to give you $10,000 but only if it means you can get that permanent home.” So I can count on my friend to be a part of the total goal, but if we don’t make it, he can spend his money another way. If you are interested in this, please give one of us a call.

    Online donation option:

    https://kind.fund/campaign/hard-times-supper-needs-a-new-home 

    Our website (in development, check back often)

    www.beaconpdx.org

    Thank you,

    Amy Kleiner

    Upcoming Dates
    Check the district online calendar here

    Monday, September 16Dick's Kitchen PTSA restaurant fundraiser 
    Wednesday, September 18 Picture Day #1
    Thursday, September 19 Picture Day #2
    Wednesday, September 25 Class Photo Day
    Thursday, September 26 Back to School Night, K - 8, 6:00 - 7:45
    Sunday, October 6 Garden Day, 9:00 - 1:00
    Friday, October 11 Statewide Professional Development (no school)
    Sunday, October 13 6th Graders Leave for Outdoor School

     

    Websites to Know

     

    After School Supervision (NEW)
    Supervision on our school campus ends at 3:15, when middle school is dismissed. Please make sure to have a plan for your students at dismissal.

    Middle School New Attendance Policy (NEW)
    This year our middle school has moved to Period Attendance. Teachers take attendance for each class of the day- at 8:50, 9:30, 10:35, 12:15, 1:20, and 2:35. Once a teacher has completed attendance they are unable to make updates, only office staff can change an absence to a tardy. Please encourage your kiddos to sign into the office if they are tardy to any class, even if it is after the start of the day, to avoid the automated attendance call home. An absence in just one period will result in the robocall.

    If you expect your child will be absent or late to school, please call our attendance line at 503-916-6227 and leave an absence Reason to prevent the automated attendance call. 

    Middle School Field Study Emergency Chaperone List
    Because middle school classes travel every Thursday, and because each trip requires chaperones, a PTSA volunteer maintains an emergency chaperone list for middle school teachers. Some classes are flush with chaperones, while others struggle to find them. Each MS teachers would have a copy of the list so they could call any one of us to fill needed chaperone slots. Volunteers will get to know new kids, parents and teachers, all while saving the day for a MS teacher. Willingness to fill spots in classes other than your kiddo's is much appreciated—you don’t even need to be the parent of a middle school kid to volunteer. Would you be willing to put your name on the last-minute chaperone list? If so, contact cookholly@gmail.com. Thanks so much!

    Picture Days
    This year, our student picture days are on Wednesday, September 18 and Thursday, September 19. Our class photos will be taken on Wednesday September 25.

    Back to School Night K - 8
    Back to School Night this year is on Thursday, September 26 from 6:00 - 7:45. We will host all K - 8 families, with the schedule below:

    Elementary:

    6:00 - 6:45 - K- 5 Overview in Auditorium
    6:50 - 7:45 - K - 5 Families in Classrooms

    Middle School:

    6:00-6:30 - Middle School Families in Core
    6:35 - 6:45 - MS Families to Period 5
    6:50 - 7:00 - MS Families to Period 6
    7:05 -7:45 - MS Families in Auditorium

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

    School Picture Day Volunteers Needed Sept. 18 and 19 (NEW)

    • Can you help on school picture day(s)? We need 5 volunteers throughout the day on 9/18 and 9/19 from 9-2:30. We need runners to get the kids, people to help the kiddos look like themselves (comb managers), and people to help manage the lineup of kids so the process is efficient. This is a pretty fun and social volunteer activity with lots going on. Sign up here.

    Middle School Fall Musical (NEW)

    • This year, we will be embarking on another completely original, fall middle school musical! This show will be created with the students who sign up to be in and help out with the musical. This production will be for students grades 6-8 and together, we will come up with a theme, a storyline and a script as a whole group. For more information, please contact Mo Phillips at mophillips@mophillips.com and Caitlin Quinn at caitlinquinncredible@gmail.com..... Click to Open Middle School Musical Flyer

    Box Tops Collection (NEW)

    • It's time to collect those Box Tops for Education you've been saving all summer. Please bring your clean and unexpired Box Tops to the Library to be counted and submitted by October 18. Also, Box Tops has created a new app for easier submissions. Check out this quick video for more information and to get started :: Box Tops New App: Scan for your School Until the all Box Tops are updated with the Scan Your Receipt option, Box Tops is promoting "double dipping" by accepting cut Box Tops and scanned receipts. And if your family, friends and neighbors want to continue to donate, all they need to do is get the app and choose Sunnyside as their school to donate to.

  • SES Messenger for September 6 2019

    Inside this Issue:

    • School News to Know
    • Upcoming Dates
    • Websites to Know
    • SES BottleDrop Fundraiser (NEW)
    • Middle School field study emergency chaperone list (NEW)
    • Volunteering at SES
    • Picture Days
    • Back to School Night
    • News from SESPTSA (NEW)

    School News to Know
    Cheers to our first full week as a K-8, and the first, official week of public school for our new kindergarten students! Everyone is beginning to settle into the pace of the school day, classroom communities are forming, and before we know it, fall will be upon us. We are enjoying the sun while it’s here, but looking forward to some cooler temperatures next week. Thank you for helping us successfully kick off the school year...it’s going to be a great one!

    One announcement for families: we have changed out 1st--5th grade lunch and recess schedule and could use volunteer help in the cafeteria between 12 pm--1 pm. If you’re interested in helping at this time, please email Alix or Amy directly (apickett@pps.net or akleinera@pps.net). 

    Have a great weekend!

    -Amy and Alix


    Upcoming Dates                  Check the district online calendar here
    Wednesday, September 18   Picture Day #1
    Thursday, September 19      Picture Day #2
    Thursday, September 26      Back to School Night, K - 8, 6:00 - 7:45
    Friday, October 11                 Statewide Professional Development (no school)

    Websites to Know

     

    SES BottleDrop fundraiser: Get your blue bag in the office (NEW)
    Have returnable bottles and cans piling up around the house? Drop by the SES office, pick up a blue bag and tag, and help us raise money for the Go Fund. Donating is easy: Just grab a bag and SES barcode sticker, fill the bag with returnables and turn the bag into a BottleDrop or BottleDrop Express redemption center. (Find one here.)

    It's THAT easy. Drop by the office and pick up your bag and sticker to get started.

     

    Middle School field study emergency chaperone list (NEW)
    Because middle school classes travel every Thursday, and because each trip requires chaperones, a PTSA volunteer maintains an emergency chaperone list for middle school teachers. Some classes are flush with chaperones, while others struggle to find them. Each MS teachers would have a copy of the list so they could call any one of us to fill needed chaperone slots. Volunteers will get to know new kids, parents and teachers, all while saving the day for a MS teacher. Willingness to fill spots in classes other than your kiddo's is much appreciated—you don’t even need to be the parent of a middle school kid to volunteer. Would you be willing to put your name on the last-minute chaperone list? If so, contact cookholly@gmail.com. Thanks so much!

     

    Volunteering at SES
    As most of you know, SES’s innovative place-based environmental education program includes amazing trips and field studies at all grade levels. (By middle school students spend every Thursday outside of the school building!) And one of the things that makes these trips possible is you: Our amazing network of volunteer chaperones.

     Your children’s teachers will ask you to sign up for field trips. (I know that some of you already have requests!) Please sign up to help out … and please first make sure you have an active background check on file with PPS. To check the status of your background check, please visit this page. If you don’t have a background check on file (or if your background check has expired), please submit a new request. Doing so takes on a couple of minutes, and the check is good for a three-year period.

    If you believe that, as part of any field trip, you’ll transport students in your vehicle, please pick up a Driver/Vehicle Statement of Qualification Form from the front office.

     

    Picture Days
    This year, our student picture days are on Wednesday, September 18 and Thursday, September 19. Schedule to come.

     

    Back to School Night K - 8
    Back to School Night this year is on Thursday, September 26 from 6:00 - 7:45.  We will host all K - 8 families, with the schedule below:
    Elementary
    6:00 - 6:45 - K- 5 Overview in Auditorium
    6:50 - 7:45 - K - 5 Families in Classrooms
    Middle School
    6:00-6:30 - Middle School Families in Core
    6:35 - 6:45 - MS Families to Period 5
    6:50 - 7:00 - MS Families to Period 6
    7:05 -7:45 - MS Families in Auditorium

     

    News from SESPTSA (NEW)
    Please check here for any new information from our incredibly supportive PTSA!!
    • The SES Alumni Camp would welcome staff or current families who are interested in family camp at Westwind from September 13 - 15. Questions can be directed to me: gwen@parachutestrategies.com / 503-475-8529. 

      • WHAT:  The 4th Annual Westwind Family Camp for EMS/SES Alum Friends & Family  

      • WHO:  EMS/SES Alum and current families & friends--can be just alum, parents, siblings (including friends and family of Alum Families!)  **17 & under need to accompany an adult (however, adults DO NOT NEED a kid to come with them)

      • WHEN:  Friday-Sunday, September 13-15, 2019

      • FERRY CROSSING TIMES:  Friday at 2 pm, Sunday at 12 pm

      • COST:   $100 per person, includes six meals, heated / lit accommodations in a beautiful camp setting 

      • WHERE:  https://westwind.org

      • REGISTRATION LINK: https://netcorps.wufoo.com/forms/qjywlg21pe8z33/

    • Want to spend a fun weekend at SES Family Camp on the coast this spring? We're also finalizing the date of SES's Westwind Family Camp geared toward current families. We would love to get as much input as possible about a preferred date for the community. So...I'm sending a survey out to help pick the date for 2020. May the favorite date win! Feel free to tip the scales for your favorite weekend and share with friends not on this list, and tell them to fill out the survey...we want to fill camp, and want people to be able to have some say about when it will be held. Questions about the spring trip can be directed at me: gwen@parachutestrategies.com or 503-475-8529.  Click here for the spring 2020 survey! Please fill out by 9/15.

  • SES Messenger for August 30 2019

    Inside this Issue:

    • School News to Know
    • Upcoming Dates
    • Websites to Know
    • Kinder Families Meet and Greet (NEW)
    • Volunteering at SES (NEW)
    • School Supply Lists
    • Picture Days
    • Back to School Night
    • News from our SES PTSA (NEW)

    School News to Know
    We had a wonderful first week with our 1st - 8th graders, and we can't wait to meet the kindergarteners!  It's great to have kids back in the building; the energy has been missed.

    Please look here for further start-of-school information in the weeks to come.

    Have a restful three day weekend.


    Upcoming Dates                  Check the district online calendar here
    Monday, September 2           Labor Day (no school)
    Tuesday, September 3          First Day of School for Kindergartners
    Wednesday, September 18   Picture Day #1
    Thursday, September 19      Picture Day #2
    Thursday, September 26      Back to School Night, K - 8, 6:00 - 7:45
    Friday, October 11                Statewide Professional Development Day (no school)

    Websites to Know

    Kinder Families Meet and Greet (NEW)
    Tuesday is the first day for kindergarteners and we can't wait!  If you are a parent or guardian of a kinder, please join us for a brief, optional informational session right after drop-off at 8:45 in Room 108 (right next to Logan's room).

    Volunteering at SES (NEW)
    As most of you know, SES’s innovative place-based environmental education program includes amazing trips and field studies at all grade levels. (By middle school students spend every Thursday outside of the school building!) And one of the things that makes these trips possible is you: Our amazing network of volunteer chaperones.

    Your children’s teachers will ask you to sign up for field trips. (I know that some of you already have requests!) Please sign up to help out … and please first make sure you have an active background check on file with PPS. To check the status of your background check, please visit this page. If you don’t have a background check on file (or if your background check has expired), please submit a new request. Doing so takes on a couple of minutes, and the check is good for a three-year period.

    If you believe that, as part of any field trip, you’ll transport students in your vehicle, please pick up a copy of the Driver Qualification From in the front office.

    School Supply Lists

    Picture Days
    This year, our student picture days are on Wednesday, September 18 and Thursday, September 19. Schedule to come.

    Back to School Night K - 8
    Back to School Night this year is on Thursday, September 26 from 6:00 - 7:45.  We will host all K - 8 families, with the schedule below:
    Elementary
    6:00 - 6:45 - K- 5 Overview in Auditorium
    6:50 - 7:45 - K - 5 Families in Classrooms
    Middle School
    6:00-6:30 - Middle School Families in Core
    6:35 - 6:45 - MS Families to Period 5
    6:50 - 7:00 - MS Families to Period 6
    7:05 -7:45 - MS Families in Auditorium

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

    • Ease the back-to-school dinner stress and raise money for SES! On Monday, September 16, Dick's Kitchen on SE Belmont and SE 33rd Ave. will donate 10% of their sales for the full day to SES. Check out their menu and join us.

    • The Back-to-School Request helps fund Sunnyside’s enriching programs such as the Sustainability Program, Art Enrichment Program, Classroom Supplies and Go Fund scholarships to ensure all students attend their grade-level off-campus trips. Please check this website for information our our Back to School Request.  Thank you!
  • SES Messenger for August 23 2019

    Inside this Issue:

    • School News to Know
    • Upcoming Dates
    • Websites to Know
    • Community Care Day cancelled for 8/24, rescheduled
    • School Supply Lists
    • Picture Days
    • Back to School Night
    • Volunteer Corner

     

    School News to Know
    Welcome back to School!  We can’t wait to see you and your students!

    First, we wanted to let you know about a change in school to home communication. This year, SESPTSA will no longer be sending out a weekly Messenger. They will keep their webpage (sesptsa.org) and Facebook page (facebook.com/sesptsa) updated. There you can find other school related information such as community events, opportunities to volunteer, chances to participate in fundraisers, and a place to ask questions. Sunnyside will, however, send a weekly communication directly from our school. This will be sent to your email each Friday and will contain dates to know about (picture day!) and important school news (Back to School Night info!).

    Next, our work as a staff this year will be centered around racialized heartfulness and mindfulness. As we give attention to our surroundings and ourselves, we will develop a warm, heartfelt relationship with whatever is happening in our experience, internal or external. It means that we are developing the capacity to regard life with a sense of empathy and kindness. In a schoolhouse, we cannot reach the brain if we can’t reach the heart.  We will keep you updated on our work.

    Lastly, class assignments have been mailed to you, and will make it to your homes in the next couple of days.

    Enjoy these last few days of summer, and know we look forward to seeing you!


    Upcoming Dates                  Check the district online calendar here
    Wednesday, August 27         First Day of School for 1st - 8th graders
    Monday, September 2           Labor Day (no school)
    Tuesday, September 3          First Day of School for Kindergartners
    Wednesday, September 18   Picture Day #1
    Thursday, September 19      Picture Day #2
    Thursday, September 26      Back to School Night, K - 8, 6:00 - 7:45

    Websites to Know

     

    Community Care Day:  Rescheduled
    Sunnyside is a not hosting a Community Care Day in the way that other PPS schools are. Instead we have two Garden Days every year, in which a lot of care is given to garden projects and the living landscape. The date for our Fall Garden Day is TBD, but around 9/22 is my guess. Thanks!  
    -Steph Rooney, School Garden Coordinator

    School Supply Lists

     

    Picture Days
    This year, our student picture days are on Wednesday, September 18 and Thursday, September 19. Schedule to come.

    Back to School Night K - 8
    Back to School Night this year is on Thursday, September 26 from 6:00 - 7:45.  We will host all K - 8 families, with the schedule below:


    Elementary
    6:00 - 6:45 - K- 5 Overview in Auditorium
    6:50 - 7:45 - K - 5 Families in Classrooms
     
    Middle School
    6:00-6:30 - Middle School Families in Core
    6:35 - 6:45 - MS Families to Period 5
    6:50 - 7:00 - MS Families to Period 6
    7:05 -7:45 - MS Families in Auditorium

    Volunteer Corner
    Back to School Packet Stuffing - Please join us at 8:45 on the morning of Wednesday, August 28 to help prepare information packets for the students to take home. This job of collating papers and stuffing envelopes goes much faster with many hands!  

    We will meet in the cafeteria at 8:45 and work until the job is done. Please come if you have some time to spare. Contact Elizabeth Levi at elevi1@msn.com with any questions or to confirm that you can come lend a hand.  See you on Wednesday!