• 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.