• SES Messenger for 3/18/2022

    03/18/22 School Messenger

    • School News (NEW)
    • Upcoming Dates (NEW)
    • Websites to Know
    • Reminders
    • Read-A-Thon reminder: Please turn in signed forms (NEW)
    • Save the Date: SES Walk Run Move is Back — May 13! (NEW)
    • Save the date: The Sunnyside Comeback Campaign (UPDATED)
    • The Boulevard Beautification Bunch
    • Join SES families at Westwind Family Camp Weekend of April 8-10
    • SES PTSA News: PTSA needs volunteers (NEW)


    School News (NEW)
    Sunnyside Families,
    How is it spring break? I know this year has had many bumps and edges, I have also thoroughly enjoyed getting to know your children and you. As we enter into our spring break, please enjoy your family time and be safe when you travel. We are looking forward to the last few months of school when you return.
    The 8th grade retreat happened this week and I cannot tell you how bucket filling it was to spend the day with the 8th graders out at Camp Collins on Wednesday. It was so powerful to listen to them engage with deep and hard conversations and to watch them have a blast with the trust course, the smores and campfire, and the extra recess time. I haven't had a long time with these 8th graders, but I can tell you that as I watched them smile and interact, I had a pang in my heart because I know our time left together will go quickly and that they will soon move on to high school.
    We are looking forward to even more fun events as we return to spring and hopefully more and more opportunities to get out into the community and do some of what we all love about Sunnyside. Please stay tuned and get involved! There will be coffee chats, tours, school dances, run, walk, move, auction, and many other fun activities as we close out this year. I hope to see all your beautiful faces.
    In service,


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

    Mon-Fri, March 21-25   NO SCHOOL (Spring break) 
    Mon, March 28, 3:15pm   Garden Club
    Thu, April 7   End of Quarter
    Thu, April 7, 6:30-8:30pm   Middle School Dance
    Fri, April 8   NO SCHOOL (Teacher planning day)
    Fri-Sun, April 8-10   Spring Westwind Family Camp
    Mon, April 11, 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.


    Read-A-Thon (NEW)
    REMINDER: Please turn in SIGNED read-a-thon forms with the total units read to the office by the end of the day on Friday. Every student who turns in a form will receive a raffle entry to win some of our cool prizes donated by local businesses, plus it helps their classroom (and them) be eligible to win reading prizes! If you have cash or check pledges, turn those into the office as well.

    Book sales from this year's guest authors, benefitting SES, will also close on Friday. If you haven't ordered a signed book do it now before it is too late!

    Thanks for making this year's Read-a-thon so fun and successful!
    Leslie, Read-A-Thon coordinator and mom of Violet, 6th grade and Miles, 4th grade


    Save the Date: SES Walk Run Move is Back — May 13!  (UPDATED)
    PTSA is excited to announce the return of the Walk Run Move! On Friday, May 13, we will stretch, shuffle, shimmy or sprint our way around the school to raise some funds, pump our heart muscles, and have fun. Student, staff, and adult participation of all mobility levels welcome! You’ll gather pledges for active minutes and support SES PTSA goal to raise $12,000 for our marvelous school programs.

    Do you want to volunteer, or know of a company that could support with in-kind donations? We’ll need help with safety team, lap counting, cheering, water stations, dance crew, and more. Contact Steph Barnhart at stephbarnhart1@gmail.com, and stay tuned for more info coming after spring break.

    Save the date: The Sunnyside Comeback Campaign (UPDATED)
    is a series of fundraising events, including an online auction, an intimate live music house party, and a 70’s themed cocktail bash–all to raise funds to ensure SES has the teachers and staff necessary to support our environmental and social equity-focused curriculum. We hope to raise $60,000 through these events, which will fund staff support needed for both our place-based day and overnight trips, as well as an educational interventionist, which is critical for supporting all students kindergarten through 8th grade at Sunnyside Environmental.

    WE NEED DONATIONS!! If you have a vacation home, a restaurant, an experience, a service, a hook up for some great wine—-anything that you think another parent (or kiddo) may want to bid on, we sure would love your help! Please fill out this form with the details of your auction item


    • Are you tech-savvy and could help with our auction software? 
    • Are you well connected in the local small business community and could help reach out for auction item donations? 
    • Do you love throwing a good party? 
    • Are you an excel or spreadsheet guru? We love you!

    Please email Heather de Michele tanky34@gmail.com or Auburn Harrison auburnharrison@gmail.com so we can embrace and channel your amazing support!



    The Boulevard Beautification Bunch
    The BBB is a joint effort of the Hawthorne Boulevard Business Association and the surrounding neighborhood associations to beautify Hawthorne Boulevard by being good neighbors and cleaning up. The BBB is a volunteer group looking for any help you can offer.

    The BBB will have volunteer teams picking up trash once a month and can assist in graffiti removal upon request.

    To help, you can:

    • Volunteer for a clean up crew.
    •  Agree to take 1 bag of trash per month from the clean up crew.
    • Join the Hawthorne Boulevard Business Association (HBBA).

    Clean ups take place on the 2nd Saturday of every month from 10am - noon. Join the team at Dairy Hill Ice Cream on the corner of 36th and Hawthorne.

    Questions? Contact BBB@Hawthorneblvd.com or visit Hawthorneblvd.com/BBB/FAQ. Want to help spread the word? Download and share the BBB flyer.


    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.


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

    • PTSA needs volunteers (NEW)
      The parents currently serving in SES PTSA positions of President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer will be ending their terms this year - we need new parents to step up and help run the PTSA! This is a vital part of our school that raises funds for art, gardening and field trips. If you're interested please reach out to our current President, Corby Watkins at corbywatkins@gmail.com, or come to an upcoming PTSA meeting. .