• SES Messenger for 5/13/2022

    05/13/22 School Messenger

    • School News (NEW)
    • Upcoming Dates (NEW)
    • Websites to Know (NEW)
    • Reminders
    • SES Auction kickoff and Toffee Club tickets for sale (NEW)
    • THANK YOU & Final Steps for the Walk Run Move! (NEW)
    • Food drive for Friends of Seasonal and Service Workers (NEW)
    • QSA Gear for the Sunnyside Community (NEW)
    • Connect to Kindergarten: Wednesday, May 25, 3:15pm (NEW)
    • 2022 Youth Mental Health Forum (NEW)
    • Astronaut Dr. Jose Hernandez coming to PPS (NEW)
    • Franklin athletics: Summer and fall opportunities (NEW)
    • PPS-Approved Fliers (NEW)
    • Order class pictures on SchoolPay
    • End-of-year Middle School dance: Friday, June 10
    • No SES supervision before 8:40am or after school
    • Lice (again)
    • SES PTSA News


    School News (NEW)
    Dear Sunnyside Community,

    Today was an amazing day to be part of the Sunnyside family. This morning, in partnership with the SES PTSA & NW Dance Project, we had our 2022 Walk, Run & Move. This event was a great way to have our kids (and staff) move their muscles and raise money for Sunnyside. We had so many excited and energetic parent volunteers and a big thanks to Steph Barnhart who rocked the organization and fashion by showing up and leading the event. Thank you!!! It was really fun and the students enjoyed themselves. The weather was perfect (for once this spring) and we all had a blast.

    May marks Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, which celebrates the histories of Americans hailing from across the Asian continent and from the Pacific islands of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia. May 7, 1843, marks the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants to the United States. And May 10, 1869, or Golden Spike Day, recognizes the completion of the first transcontinental railroad in the U.S., which had significant contributions from Chinese workers. This is a month to celebrate and honor our contributions from the Asian Pacific American Community. We, of course, engage in constant discourse year round about honoring our diverse communities and students and families.

    We learned of a potential school walkout on Friday, May 20 related to climate justice. Based on current information, students are to walk out of class between 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and travel down to City Hall by 11 a.m. Elementary and middle school students will be asked to remain at Sunnyside. Parents may choose to sign their students out and participate with them. If parents plan for an adult other than parent/guardian to check out their student, they will need to update us ahead of time that another adult is authorized to pick up their student.

    At Sunnyside we value student voice and their stake in our environment, per PPS reImagined, our district vision, we recognize that student leadership and advocacy is an important part of the educational experience:

    • PPS Climate Justice Youth Advisory Group: We encourage students to join the PPS Climate Justice Youth Advisory Group, which serves to advise PPS senior leaders on the future of climate justice efforts in our school district. For details, please contact Yian Saechao, PPS’ Youth Engagement Specialist at yisaechao@pps.net.
    • Climate Crisis Response Policy: Student advocacy was instrumental in passing our Climate Crisis Response Policy, a set of policy strategies the PPS Board of Education adopted to reduce PPS’ greenhouse gas emissions and build a culture of learning, responsibility, and resilience around climate justice.

    Thanks for all you do!
    Eryn & Alix


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

    Sat, May 14, 5-8pm   Sunnyside Comeback Campaign kickoff: House concert with Laura Veirs
    Mon, May 16, 3:15pm   Garden Club
    Wed, May 18, 6:30pm   SES PTSA board meeting (open to all)
    Mon, May 23, 3:15pm   Garden Club
    Wed, May 25, 3:15pm   Connect to Kindergarten
    Mon, May 30   NO SCHOOL (Memorial Day)
    Mon, Jun 6, 3:15pm   Garden Club
    Mon, Jun 6, 5-9pm   Sunnyside Comeback Campaign: Wrap-up Party at the Toffee Club
    Thu, Jun 9, 8:45-9:45am   Coffee and Connection
    Thu, Jun 9, 7-8:30pm   8th grade promotion at Franklin High School
    Fri, Jun 10, 8:45am   5th grade promotion
    Fri, Jun 10   LAST DAY OF SCHOOL


    Websites to Know (NEW)


    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.


    SES Auction kickoff and Toffee Club tickets for sale (NEW)
    Thank you to everyone who bought tickets for the Laura Veirs show. We are now SOLD OUT! But there are still ways to support the SES Comeback Campaign!


    THANK YOU & Final Steps for the Walk Run Move! (NEW)
    This morning, we walked, we ran, we moved!!! It was awesome. We had a BLAST and students participated to their fullest. To the large number of you who came to cheer and volunteer in other ways: THANK YOU! It was a flag-waving, sign-making, laps-counting, corner-turning, snack-having, dance-moving good time. PTSA Events like these take a lot of effort from a lot of people to pull them off, and today's Move was a reminder of how good SES is at coming together, time and time again, to support our school! Also: appreciation to NW Dance Project for the cool choreography.

    Now: COLLECT YOUR PLEDGES! You have until next Friday, May 20 to fundraise. Envelopes with move points totals went home with students today. (If you don't see one, ask your student how many bands they got - integrity encouraged! I saw a lot of very full wrists because people were ~hustling~! We also verified band totals so you can always ask me. Bring envelopes back to the office next week with pledge money collected. Fundraising is also happening online at MyBooster.com.

    Contact Steph Barnhart (stephbarnhart1@gmail.com) with questions anytime.


    Food drive for Friends of Seasonal and Service Workers (NEW)
    Becca Hawk’s middle school class is hosting a food drive. All collected food will be donated to Friends of Seasonal and Service Workers. Starting on May 11, please bring the following items to SES and place in boxes in students’ classrooms:

    • White rice
    • Cooking oil (canola or corn)
    • Beans
    • Pasta & sauce
    • Peanut butter & jelly
    • Bread
    • Tortillas
    • Onions
    • Cabbage
    • Potatoes
    • Any non-expired food


    QSA Gear for the Sunnyside Community (NEW)
    Show your pride for LGBTQIA2S+ kids, staff, & families! We welcome all kids, families, community members, and staff (not just QSA members) to order shirts to show your passion for supporting queer and trans youth. Using these funds, our QSA will create a book list and order them for the Sunnyside School Library to be enjoyed for generations to come. The design was created by 4th and 5th grade leaders and modeled after this year's QSA zine cover.

    Please make sure to carefully select adult vs. youth sizing. All orders will be shipped directly to you and will be made based on the time of your order. The sooner the better! The campaign closes on Wednesday, June 1st, just in time for Portland Pride, a celebration uplifting LGBTQIA2S+ people and a remembrance of our trailblazers like Marsha P. Johnson and the Stonewall Riots.

    These shirts represent a community of affirmation, togetherness, and celebration, which are acts of resistance as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, agender, Two Spirit, pansexual, genderqueer, nonbinary and many many more types of people! 

    At Sunnyside, we have three QSA's- one for 3rd graders, one for 4x5, and one for middle school. We proudly have one of the most highly-attended QSAs, and our learners are leading the way towards the radical change that needs to come in order for all kids to feel safe and free to be themselves. As adults, we have a lot to learn to catch up with our incredible queer youth, and there has never been a more important time to show up and proudly support all of our learners.

    Thank you for uplifting our learners and for being you :D
    ~Leo 3x5 QSA Advisor (they/them) 


    Connect to Kindergarten: Wednesday, May 25, 3:15pm (NEW)
    Families with children who will start Kindergarten in the fall of 2022 are invited to visit Sunnyside on Wednesday, May 25 at 3:15 pm for a tour and information about our school. (Please check in at the office when you arrive.) To enroll at Sunnyside or any other PPS school, please visit this page.


    2022 Youth Mental Health Forum (NEW)
    Join peers and policy makers for a listening session to raise awareness and empower youth voice (ages 13-21) in talking about youth mental health challenges and solutions. This is a free event hosted by Multnomah County Commissioner Sharon Meieran in partnership with youth leaders and community organizations.

    The event will include opening remarks from Commissioner Meieran, invited speakers Portland Commissioner JoAnn Hardesty and youth leaders, small group conversations, free lunch, resources, & affinity spaces. 

    • Date: Saturday, May 21, 2022
    • Time: 10:00 am-1:30 pm
      • 9:30 am: Doors Open
      • 10:00 am-12:00 pm: Main Event
      • 12:00 pm-12:30 pm: Free Lunch and Resource Fair
      • 12:30 pm-1:30 pm: Affinity Spaces, Resource Fair Continued, and Closing
    • Location: DoubleTree by Hilton Portland (1000 NE Multnomah St, Portland, OR 97232) and virtual
    • Incentives: peer to peer connection, employee passes to local sportswear stores, lunch, and more! (Some incentives are only available for youth who attend in person.)
    • Learn more: https://www.multco.us/commissioner-meieran/youth-mental-health-forum

    If you would like to attend the forum, please fill out the EVENT REGISTRATION FORM.

    If you would like to volunteer at the forum, please fill out the VOLUNTEER SIGN-UP FORM.


    Astronaut Dr. Jose Hernandez coming to PPS (NEW)
    On May 20th at Jefferson High School, PPS will host a speaking event featuring Dr. Jose Hernandez, a NASA astronaut, STEM education advocate, engineer, and author. This free event is open to PPS students and families of all ages.

    • Friday, May 20th (English with interpretation available in American Sign Language, Spanish, Vietnamese, Cantonese, Mandarin, Somali, and Russian)
      Time: 6:00-8:00pm
      Location: Jefferson High School Auditorium
      Address: 5210 N. Kirby Ave., Portland, OR 97217 (map)
      Registration forms: English | Spanish | Vietnamese | Chinese | Somali | Russian


    Franklin athletics: Summer and fall opportunities (NEW)
    FHS offers students a number of opportunities to get involved in sport over the summer and throughout the year. If you have a student interested in participating in any sport, please download the following for more information:


    PPS-Approved Fliers (NEW)

    The following fliers have been approved by PPS to share:


    Order class pictures on SchoolPay
    This week, each class took one formal photo and one goofy photo; each photo is available to order for $8.00. (If you are able, please consider contributing additional funds towards a scholarship. Our desire is for every student to take home a copy of their class photo.)


    End-of-year Middle School dance: Friday, June 10
    The last Middle School Dance of the year is on the last day of school: Friday, June 10th from 6:30-8:30, featuring a DJ, lights and awesome snacks! We hope all middle schoolers will come celebrate the graduating 8th grade class. Families: Please visit this SugnUpGenius to sign up for chaperoning and snack bringing! (Volunteers must have active volunteer background checks.) Let’s kick off summer right!


    No SES supervision before 8:40am or after school
    Please note that there is no supervision on the playground or school grounds before or after school.

    School starts at 8:45. The office is really busy in the morning so if you can make every effort to get here on time, we would appreciate it.


    Lice (again)
    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.


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

    • Wednesday, May 18, 6:30pm: PTSA board meeting (open to all)
      Please join us at our virtual PTSA meeting on Wednesday, May 18 at 6:30pm. It's a great way to find out more about what the PTSA does and how you can get involved. Use this Google Meet link, or the link on our calendar at sesptsa.org.
    • PTSA needs volunteers
      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.