• SES Messenger for 6/3/2022

    06/03/22 School Messenger

    • School News (NEW)
    • Upcoming Dates (NEW)
    • Websites to Know
    • Reminders
    • Sign out medications next week (NEW)
    • A Recipe for Murder video now available (NEW)
    • Monday night: 70's Costume Contest, Paddle Raise & PARTY BOARDS! (NEW)
    • Rumpelstiltskin: an original musical on Tuesday June 7th (4:15pm) (NEW)
    • QSA Pride Day: Thursday, June 9 (NEW)
    • Walk Run Move: Prize Pick Up & Correction (UPDATE)
    • Flowers and greenery donations needed for 8th Grade Promotion 6/9
    • Fond Farewells
    • Summer Garden Care - Volunteers Needed!
    • Get Involved: Become a Member of the first PPS Climate Crisis Response Committee
    • 2022 Ninth Grade Counts Guide to Programs
    • PPS-Approved Fliers 
    • A message from your sunny librarian
    • 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)
    Hello Sunnyside Families,

    I know there have been a million emails going out lately about end of the year and fundraising events and I thank all of you for all you have already done to make this end of year successful and full of fun and joy. Next week is our final week of the school year and we will be promoting our 8th graders as well as our 5th graders while other classes hold end of year celebrations and celebrate your students.

    Next Friday will be our final newsletter of the year and we will end with a celebration of any staff that will be moving on and recognizing the hard work of our staff and teachers. Next week looks like we will have mostly wonderful weather and we are looking forward to some lunch in the sun and many joyous smiles as we end the year.

    June is Pride Month, when the world's LGBTQ communities come together and celebrate the freedom to be themselves. At Sunnyside we embrace and celebrate our LGBTQIA+ students, staff, and families and strive to create an inclusive atmosphere where all our students thrive.

    Thank you for all you do!

    Bright skies ahead.


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

    Mon, Jun 6, 3:15pm   Garden Club
    Mon, Jun 6, 5-9pm   Sunnyside Comeback Campaign: Wrap-up Party at the Toffee Club
    Tue, Jun 7, 4:30pm   Rumpelstiltskin: an original musical
    Thu, Jun 9   SES QSA Pride Day
    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
    Wed, Jun 15, 6:30pm   SES PTSA board meeting (open to all)


    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.


    Sign out medications next week (NEW)
    If you checked medications into the school, please sign them out on the playground next Wed-Fri (June 6-8) morning and during pick-up on Wednesday (June 8). Office staff will be available to assist with EpiPen returns the following week, as well.


    A Recipe for Murder video now available (NEW)
    A Recipe for Murder was a smashing success this past Wednesday; this encore performance was held as part of the SES Comeback Campaign/Auction/Fundraising. Every part of this show - the idea itself, the script writing, the acting, the crew, the costume design, etc. - was done by our SES middle school students. We are delighted to announce that it is up on Vimeo for the SES community to enjoy.

    Here’s the link: https://vimeo.com/716309246
    Password: sunflower

    **Donations can still be made and are appreciated! [Read the entire invitation here.]


    Monday night: 70's Costume Contest, Paddle Raise & PARTY BOARDS! (NEW)
    Time to get tickets for the auction Wrap Party at THE TOFFEE CLUB on June 6th! You may be asking, SO, what IS this event all about exactly? Well, it's been quite a YEAR, right? Let's celebrate how far we've come, raise money for the 2023 school year at Sunnyside, and send off the auction season in style! This is an adults-only, 1970's theme costume night, so dust off your platform sandals and get ready to boogie! Prizes awarded for Best Costume and Most Creative! Music teacher Mo will be attending, bringing 70's sing-along tunes to sway to, and we'll be raising funds with our always popular "Party Boards." Pay what you can ($7-70 per person) for this adults-only event! If you haven't registered and started bidding yet, please jump in NOW! Auction items are being added every day, so check out all of the new vacations, workshops, tickets and fun Portland events that are now in the mix! Please support Toffee Club by ordering off their full pub menu. Tickets come with one free drink!


    Rumpelstiltskin: an original musical on Tuesday June 7th (4:15pm) (NEW)
    Come see Rumpelstiltskin, an original musical/play written and directed by Violet, a 6th grader here at Sunnyside. The play is a comedic adaptation of the story of Rumpelstiltskin performed by Sunnyside students in grades 4-6, and is free for all attendees.

    It will be performed only once on Tuesday June 7th in the Sunnyside Auditorium. Doors open at 4:15 and the play starts at 4:30.

    “I’m a strange little man
    With strange little ways
    And If you want to know my name
    You’ll be guessing for days”

    WARNING: The play contains comedic violence including death.


    QSA Pride Day: Thursday, June 9 (NEW)
    Our Queer Student Alliance invites you to participate in QSA Pride Day, on Thursday, June 9th! This is a chance for staff and students from the whole school to celebrate being themselves and show support for the LGBTQIA2S+ community. Students are encouraged to wear their QSA gear (click here to order for summer), rainbow colors, wear accessories that help make them feel awesome (ties, nail polish, earrings, etc.), bring in flags, wear neat pins, etc.). We encourage k through 8th grade students to participate! After showing spirit all day, stop by the QSA booth out front for a small celebration after school.


    Walk Run Move: Results & Prize Winners (UPDATE)
    Correction: Our 3-5 Top Move Points winner, Noah Ramos (Monica, 5), had 28 Move Points (not 18 - it was a typing error! Sorry, Noah!)

    Reminder to all individual category winners to stop by the office any day next week to claim your prizes! Winners include:

    Top Move Individuals

    • K-2 - Hendrix (Allye, K) - 17 Move Points
    • 3-5 - Noah Ramos (Monica, 5) - 28 Move Points
    • MS - Emmet Holt Dupey (Carrie) - 28 Move Points

    (1 Move Point = 1 half lap complete, or ~3 min. dancing)

    Top Fundraising

    • K-2 - Simone Bettleheim (Eric, 1)
    • 3-5 - Ramona Ewald (Asa, 4)
    • MS - Elinor Bettelheim (Tara)

    Portland Rock Gym Free Youth Class*

    • Dylan Brazelton (Michelle, 2)

    Moberi Smoothies for a Year*

    • Opal Woodbury (Michael, MS) 

    *Questions? Steph Barnhart (stephbarnhart1@gmail.com). 


    Flowers and greenery donations needed for 8th Grade Promotion 6/9
    It's a Sunnyside tradition that 6th & 7th grade families come together to create a loving 8th Grade Promotion ceremony. A simple way to support the event is donating small or large flowers and greenery. Sign up here https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050e49aba729aaf94-2022 and drop off in the Art Room between 8-9:30am Thursday June 9th. Fellow volunteers will create crowns and bouquets. Thank you in advance.


    Subject says it all: The office runs out of clean cups early each morning, making it more difficult for students who didn't bring water bottles to stay hydrated. But we have a solution! Please send a water bottle with your student every day. Thank you!


    Fond Farewells
    Dearest Sunnyside community,

    Thank you for giving me the time of my life. I feel like I have been a student all these years and it is time for my 8th grade speech! Next year I'll be a Garden teacher and classroom assistant at the Arbor School of Arts and Sciences in Tualatin. This change is an opportunity for me and my family that I couldn't refuse. I wish all the best for you all in your next adventures. I'm so lucky to have been your School Garden Coordinator and I will miss you.
    ~ Steph


    Summer Garden Care - Volunteers Needed!
    NO Experience necessary! There are directions/details on the Summer 22 sign-up sheet. Cool yourself off and basically, just stand there with a hose and soak the soil every other day. What a wonderful way to give back to SES. Spend a week watering the gardens at Sunnyside with or without your kids. You can sign-up for a small section or multiple areas. There are beautiful blooms to pick for bouquets, greens and things to harvest for dinner and the satisfaction of knowing you are keeping the place alive during a quiet time.


    Get Involved: Become a Member of the first PPS Climate Crisis Response Committee
    Earlier this year, the PPS School Board unanimously adopted one of the most aggressive school district climate crisis response policies in the nation. We are now looking for PPS students and members of our community to join the district’s efforts to cut greenhouse gas emission in half by 2030 and make other meaningful progress on important sustainability initiatives. If interested, submit your application to be part of the district’s first nine-person volunteer Climate Crisis Response Committee (CCR Committee) by June 15. Learn more here.


    2022 Ninth Grade Counts Guide to Programs
    Ninth Grade Counts is a network of summer transition programs for incoming freshmen. These programs are offered throughout Multnomah County at low or no cost to participants. Students have the ability to earn .5 elective credits for completing these programs. This linked Guide to Programs contains lists of people to contact for each program.


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


    A message from your sunny librarian
    Hey Friends, have we got a special Donors Choose for you! Our library classroom has expanded to include the MakerSpace, making more alternative wiggly inclusive seating necessary for our K-8 kiddos. Please and thank you, take a moment to check it out. A huge thanks to those who have already donated. Gillian, Becky & Winnie really appreciate you, and our wiggly kiddos do too!! Donors Choose: Wiggle Stools for Wiggly Readers.

    … AND ...

    The Book Return Balloon Race has begun!! Our library goal is to have all checked out/lost books returned and fines satisfied by Friday June 3rd. Be sure to stop by the library and see who's class balloon is closest to the finish line. The first class to have all their books returned and fines satisfied by June 3rd will win a popsicle party. Summer Reading info to follow.


    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.

    • 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.