• SES Messenger for September 11 2020

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    9/11/20: Inside this Issue

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

    School News (NEW)
    Dear Sunnyside Community,

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

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

    Be safe.  We’re thinking of you.

    -Alix and Amy


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

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

    Websites to Know


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Thank you.


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

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


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


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


    Device/Hotspot Pick Up at District Office

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


    Anti-Racist Reading and Resources

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

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


    SES PTSA News (NEW)

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