• 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!
    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!