• 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.