• SES Messenger for 2/25/2022

    02/25/22 School Messenger

    • School News (NEW)
    • Upcoming Dates (NEW)
    • Websites to Know
    • Reminders
    • PPS outdoor mask mandate to be lifted March 1 (NEW)
    • Read-A-Thon (NEW)
    • Volunteers needed for vision and hearing screening on March 2 (NEW)
    • Art room wish list (NEW)
    • Wanted: Space for our spring fundraiser (NEW)
    • Franklin Youth Track (NEW)
    • PPS-Approved Fliers (NEW)
    • Wanted: Stories of Sunnyside cats and dogs
    • Tell us about your experience at PPS
    • Tiny vermin are back
    • Join SES families at Westwind Family Camp Weekend of April 8-10
    • SES PTSA News (NEW)


    School News (NEW)
    Read-a-thon has begun! Winnie the Library Dog visited classes dressed as Sharnado. Today, we wear social justice t-shirts to “read, rise and resist” and authors began to visit classrooms. Ask your student which grade level has the most beans so far!
    On Wednesday, our middle school Students of Color group held a community day, where they gathered to explore themes such as a revisit of Black History Month, Gender and intersectionality, and microaggressions. Simultaneously, core classes intertwined Black History Month, history of racism, healthy relationships, and allyship into daily lessons. Mic Crenshaw inspired identity exploration, and shared his story of finding a chosen family among Skinheads Against Racial Prejudice (SHARPs).
    Though there is joy and progress within our walls, our hearts hurt for the children and families in the middle of the Russian-Ukraine conflict. We acknowledge the fear and confusion, anger and sadness that war brings. We will answer your students’ questions with facts and compassion, and hope, in the meantime, for a peaceful resolution. 
     Please let us know if you need anything.
    In support,
    Alix and Eryn


    Upcoming Dates (NEW)
    View the full SES calendar here.

    Wed, March 2: SES restaurant fundraiser   ¿Por Qué No? Hawthorne location
    Thu, March 3, 3:15pm   Garden Club
    Fri, March 4   Read-A-Thon pajama day
    Thu, March 10, 3:15pm   Garden Club
    Fri, March 11   Last day of the SES Read-A-Thon
    Sun, March 13   Daylight Saving Time begins
    Tue-Wed, March 15-16   8th grade daytime retreat at Camp Collins
    Wed, March 16: SES restaurant fundraiser   Atlas Pizza
    Wed, March 16, 6:30-8pm   SES PTSA board meeting (open to all)
    Thu, March 17, 3:15pm   Garden Club

    Websites to Know


    To help keep things working smoothly, here are some gentle reminders from the front office:

    • Have your students wear coats and bring an extra change of clothes.

    • Do not park in no-parking zones or crosswalks.

    • Walk or carry anything wheeled while on school grounds.

    • Volunteer during lunch to help keep kids distanced.

    • Do not idle your car engine while waiting to pick up students.

    • Come to the front door and buzz if your student arrives late or leaves early.


    PPS outdoor mask mandate to be lifted March 1 (NEW)
    As per PPS new operating procedures, masks will no longer be mandatory outside starting March 1st. Please speak with your student about your family expectations as we will not be enforcing outside mask wearing starting March 1st. We do not have the district policy regarding indoor mask use yet and will share with you when we get that information. Please review the updated COVID-19 protocols here.


    Read-A-Thon (NEW)
    Hello families!!!

    Thanks for an amazing first week of Read-a-thon. The halls are decorated and it looks so amazing! Thanks to all the people who made decorations and showed up to help! It was amazing to see so many helpers in the school making it beautiful for the students. See photos of some of the amazing decorations at SESPTSA'S public Facebook page.

    Today was our first dress up day: Social justice day. Wear a social justice shirt. Read, Rise, Resist! AND our first of four author visits, Ron Chan. Buy Ron's books (or any of our other guest authors and support SES at the same time, 20% of book sales goes to us (Thanks Books With Pictures for the hook up.) ALL books will be signed by the authors and will be delivered to school to your student when they arrive.

    If you haven't signed up to raise money online PLEASE DO. Go to MYBOOSTER.com and set up your student's fundraising page. It just takes a couple minutes. After you do you'll easily be able to share your student OR family's page via email, text or social media to help raise money for the school. We have 53 kids signed up so far. Let's see if we can get 300 or more!

    Booster.com does corporate matching too, so if you or a family member works for a company that offers that bonus PLEASE follow through to get your donation matched.

    Your student should have a Read-a-thon bookmark and pamphlet; if not, they can grab a new one Monday from Gillian in the library OR download a new one at the SESPTSA wesbite. They can and should keep track of their reading with the bookmark and write down how many UNITS they read each day in the pamphlet. For K-2 one unit is equal to 15 minutes of reading and for 3-8 one unit is equal to 30 minutes of reading. Please do keep track of your reading units even if you don't plan on fundraising! There are prizes for both classes and individuals for most units read and prizes for the top 4 fundraisers in each grade group. 

    Thanks in advance for your involvement. This is a great opportunity for all students to participate with other students, celebrate books and help make a difference!

    NEXT WEEK the events are:

    • THURSDAY, MARCH 3rd, Author talks:
      Cathy Camper (Lowriders in Space series and new picture book 10 Ways to Hear Snow), 9:30am (about picture book 10 Ways to Hear Snow) & 10am (Lowriders to the Rescue) 
    • FRIDAY, MARCH 4th, Pajama Day read-in event:
      DRESS UP IN PAJAMAS for school! Enjoy cozy read-in time during recess.


    YES! Count it : )

    • Reading to myself
    • Reading to my grown up, friend, pet, imaginary friend
    • Being read to
    • Podcast where i’m being read a book
    • Reading a story a friend wrote

    SORRY! That's a no go : (

    • Reading subtitles on a movie
    • Cereal boxes
    • Listening to Podcast discussions
    • Reading texts, instagram or any other social media outlet
    • Writing a story
    • Do audiobooks count for reading units?
    • Does reading to a little brother, sister, friends count for reading units?
    • Does being read to at a read aloud or at bedtime by a parent count?
    • How long can I collect pledges?
      The last day to bring cash, checks & your reading pamphlet into the office is MARCH 25th. Last day for ONLINE pledge collection is ALSO MARCH 25th.
    • Do I need to keep track of reading on the bookmark AND the pamphlet?
      You can keep track either way, but to be eligible for reading prizes and help your class get a reading prize you'll need to TURN IN THE PAMPHLET to the office (whether or not you have pledges) by MARCH 25th with the TOAL READING UNITS written on the map page in the pink circle AND signed by a parent or guardian.

    Thanks and please let me know if you have questions (leslielothamer@gmail.com).
    Leslie, Read-A-Thon coordinator and mom of Violet, 6th grade and Miles, 4th grade


    Volunteers needed for vision and hearing screening on March 2 (NEW)
    Vision and hearing screenings will take place at SES on Wednesday, March 2. K and 1st graders will be screened for vision and hearing; 3rd graders will be screened for vision. We need 2 volunteers to help between the hours of 9 and 11:30am. Please email Kieran Cannistra if you are able to help.


    Art room wish list (NEW)
    Hello Beautiful Sunnyside Community,

    Before buying new supplies for the Art room I decided to ask our community if anyone can donate the following art supplies in new or used condition. Some are definitely at the wish/dream level!

    • Toaster oven( for Sculpty clay and shrinky dinks)
    • Hot glue guns and hot glue sticks
    • Needle felting supplies
    • Hole punchers
    • Stickers (any decorative but also white sheets for students to create their own stickers)
    • Stretchy beading string
    • Make-your-own Shrinky Dink sets
    • Acrylic paints
    • Watercolor markers
    • Paint pens (Posca or cheaper brand)
    • Popsicle sticks
    • Old iPad for students to draw digitally

    If you have any of these items, please bring them to the office. Email me at ccorwin@pps.net with questions. Thank you so much for your support, Indigo


    Wanted: Space for our spring fundraiser (NEW)
    Sunnyside is excited to bring back our Spring fundraiser with hopes of an in-person, outdoor event with a goal of raising $60,000 for our school community! We are seeking a donated venue space for the event, and are reaching out to our families for help. Do you or someone you know own a restaurant, event space or other large building that could be used to host an evening auction event? We will also soon be seeking auction items, donated experiences, trips and more! If you have an idea or space that might work for hosting a fun Sunnyside school fundraiser in late April or early May, please reach out to Auburn Harrison at auburnharrison@gmail.com.


    Franklin Youth Track (NEW)
    Dupree Stubblefield, head coach and coordinator for the Franklin Youth Track program, invites SES families to a virtual family informational meeting on March 2 at 6:30pm on Google Meets, room code FYT2022LIGHTNING. First practice is March 7 at 5:45pm at Franklin High School. Please see the attached flier for more information.


    PPS-Approved Fliers (NEW)
    The following fliers have been approved by PPS to share:


    Wanted: Stories of Sunnyside cats and dogs
    Ever heard of Ham, the Klepto Cat? We know that Ham is not the only interesting feline living in Sunnyside. The Sunnyside Neighborhood Association (SNA) Newsletter invites SES students to write a short (around 350 words) article on a neighborhood resident's cat or dog. Stories will be included as part of an ongoing monthly column in the SNA Newsletter. Submit articles and photos to Grace at gracetunning@gmail.com.


    Tell us about your experience at PPS
    PPS has launched the 2022 Successful Schools Family Survey to help them understand your 

    Please follow this link to take the survey on a computer, tablet, or smartphone. It should take 15-20 minutes of your time. If you have children at more than one PPS school, please complete one survey for each school your children attend. If you need help taking the survey, please contact School Social Worker Nicole Costello at ncostello@pps.net.


    Tiny vermin are back
    Our students love Sunnyside, and unfortunately LICE love all of those heads roaming around.Please remember to do weekly head checks for lice and nits, and remind your student(s) to not share hats or hooded tops/coats. It is advised to purchase a Nit Terminator comb (a one-time investment that will last forever, and can be used on multiple people with cleaning in between). Avoid chemicals and harsh ingredients, and comb through wet hair for the most effective removal. Email the school health captain Amy if you need support: aliber@mesd.k12.or.us.


    Join SES families at Westwind Family Camp Weekend of April 8-10
    Want to spend a fun weekend at SES Family Camp on the coast? Sunnyside at Camp Westwind is a beloved Sunnyside family outing which ran for about 20 years prior to COVID-19. We would like to bring it back in 2022! We have booked the camp for April 8 - 10, 2022, which coincides with a no-school Friday.

    The camp has made adjustments to its weekend offerings to make the experience more COVID safe - which mostly amount to more time to relax and play. The cost per person is $110 includes lodging and 5 meals; food allergies / restrictions can be accommodated! Lodging at Westwind is in heated / lit cabins. Most accommodate 9 people. If you want to bring people you are "bubbled" with who aren't technically SES families, that's fine.

    To make this trip work, we'll need some commitments to come. Contact gwen@parachutestrategies.com and let us know if you are in.

    Loved this trip before and want to help? We could use some help getting the word out and with planning. Never been but are curious? Questions can be directed to gwen@parachutestrategies.com or 503-475-8529. Please note this event is not officially hosted by the SES PTSA.


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

    • Update from the Straight From NY restaurant fundraiser (NEW)
      SES EATS A LOT OF PIZZA. We received nearly $700 from our Straight From NY fundraiser. Next time you’re chowing down on a pie from SFNY, thank them for their support! (And thank YOU, SES family, for your big appetites!)
    • March 2: ¿Por Qué No?’ restaurant fundraiser (NEW)
      Wednesday, March 2: ¿Por Qué No?’s Hawthorne location will donate a portion of its sales to SES. And we have another upcoming restaurant fundraiser:
      • Wednesday, March 16: Atlas Pizza will donate 20% of all sales except those placed on third-party apps such as Postmates and Uber Eats.