• SES Messenger for 03/04/2022

    03/04/22 School Messenger

    • School News (NEW)
    • Upcoming Dates (NEW)
    • Websites to Know
    • Reminders
    • Read-A-Thon (NEW)
    • Tell us about your experience at PPS (UPDATED)
    • Garden Club begins Monday, March 7th at 3:15-4:30 (NEW)
    • PPS outdoor mask mandate was lifted March 1
    • Art room wish list
    • Franklin Youth Track
    • PPS-Approved Fliers
    • Join SES families at Westwind Family Camp Weekend of April 8-10
    • SES PTSA News: Coffee Connection and Atlas Pizza restaurant fundraiser (NEW)


    School News (NEW)
    Dear Sunnyside Families,

    I cannot believe that we are already into March. This year is flying by and we are looking forward to many great events coming up in the spring.

    Today we all received the communication from PPS that masks will be optional in schools starting March 12th. I know that families have many different comfort levels with this new direction and that after two years of a dramatically shifting landscape due to the pandemic, this is yet another shift. This is a district level policy that was made and every school in PPS will have masks optional. Please know that we respect each family's decision to mask or not as we move forward. We will not be enforcing mask usage at Sunnyside and as we find out more about what our new district and state mandated safety protocols will be, we will certainly share. Please continue to visit the district website for updates here.

    Coming up at Sunnyside we are looking forward to some fun events. With morning meetings for middle school in full swing (thank you Sarah Wagner for leading), we are also getting ready for our first middle school dance on Thursday, April 7th. We are also looking forward to the 8th grade retreat on the 15th and 16th of March, during which our 8th graders will be at Camp Collins for the two days, and 6th and 7th graders will have an in-school retreat, as well.

    In K-1 we have the identity parades coming up. The K-1 have been working on storylines celebrating differences and showing how there are unique and special people in the world. African drumming has been happening in 4th and 5th grades. And as you know the Read-A-Thon is in full swing. Nothing is cuter than all of us in our PJ's today.

    We want to thank Sharon Bird for covering for Adrienne while she was out on maternity leave. Thank you, Sharon!

    Since Jenny joined our front office as school secretary we are now in need of recess support from 11-1:30 every day. This is a paid position, so if you are interested, please email Eryn. Also, PPS is always needing paraprofessionals. Please email Eryn if you are interested in pursuing this field.

    Thank you for all you do for our community. It has been lovely seeing many of your faces outside as school begins and ends each day. I'm looking forward to many days of sunshine and laughter as the year rolls on.



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

    Mon, March 7, 3:15pm   Garden Club
    Tue, March 8, 6-7pm   Connect to Kindergarten
    Wed, March 9, 6-7pm   New K-5 student welcome
    Fri, March 11   Last day of the SES Read-A-Thon
    Sun, March 13   Daylight Saving Time begins
    Mon, March 14, 3:15pm   Garden Club
    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)
    Mon-Fri, March 21-25   NO SCHOOL (Spring break) 


    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.


    Read-A-Thon (NEW)
    The second week of Read-a-thon is over, one more week to go! This week brought an amazing author visit, pajama day and lots of reading. Thanks for your help and participation.

    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. Last year we raised $20,308. We are halfway there, let's get this done!

    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.

    We had Cathy Camper visit on Thursday. She is a current 3-5 OBOB Author & former Multnomah County librarian! She gifted us with two presentations for our students. The first one she read her new picture book to our k-2 students and answered their questions afterwards. The second presentation was for 3-5 and she showed them her new (not even out yet) Lowriders graphic novel. She talked about being an author, the struggles, frustrations and joys. She answered the kids' questions with so much enthusiasm and thoughtfulness. It was one of the best author visits we ever had ... really.

    I just added a few more of the Lowriders in Space books to the book sales page so now ALL 3 of these graphic novels are available for purchase and her new picture book (which she read to K-2 this morning). Please buy signed copies of her books (or any of our other guest authors) and support SES at the same time. 20% of book sales goes to us. (Thanks to Books With Pictures for the hook up.)

    NEXT WEEK (the final week of events):

    • TUESDAY, MARCH 8th:
      Author Talk: Kate Berube (John’s Turn, Hanna & Sugar and more) @ 10am (K-3rd graders)
    • THURSDAY, MARCH 10th:
      Author talks: Marjorie Liu (Wingbearer and more) @ 9:30am and 10am (3rd- 8th graders)
    • FRIDAY, MARCH 11th
      Dress as a Book Character Day, prizes awarded for “Locker Library”, & FINAL reading day.


    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 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! Keep reading and fundraising!!!

    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


    Tell us about your experience at PPS (UPDATED)
    PPS has launched the 2022 Successful Schools Family Survey to help them understand your experience as a parent or guardian. PPS has extended the deadline for the 2022 Successful Schools Survey by a week. The survey will now be available until March 11.

    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.


    Garden Club begins Monday, March 7th at 3:15-4:30 (NEW)
    Meet every Monday (when school is in session) at 3:15pm at "the shed" or the "SES Workshop" near the playground, for tools and activity directions. Ends promptly at 4:30pm.

    If Garden Club is canceled for the day, there will be a note posted at the shed. This is a free service for extra outdoor learning, not an after-school child care program, so supervision may be limited. Our first Spring Garden Club will be Monday, March 7th. Email Steph with questions: sunnysidesustainability@gmail.com


    PPS outdoor mask mandate was lifted March 1
    As per PPS new operating procedures, masks are 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.


    Art room wish list
    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


    Franklin Youth Track
    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
    The following fliers have been approved by PPS to share:

    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.

    • Coffee and connection: Friday, March 11, 8:45am (NEW)
      Calling all K-2 families! Would you like to connect with your SES community? Come meet other families for a quick coffee and chat on Friday, March 11 at 8:45am in the cafeteria. This is just prior to the K-1 parade, so stop by for a coffee while you wait! Questions? Contact emilylillywhite@gmail.com.
    • Wednesday, March 16: Atlas Pizza restaurant fundraiser (NEW)
      Wednesday, March 16: Atlas Pizza will donate 20% of all sales except those placed on third-party apps such as Postmates and Uber Eats.