• SES Messenger for 9/16/2022

    09/16/22 School Messenger

    • School News (NEW)
    • Upcoming Dates
    • Websites to Know (NEW)
    • Reminders
    • Thursday, September 22, 6pm: SES IN PERSON Back to School Night (NEW)
    • From the Library (NEW)
    • Fliers and community links (NEW)
    • Job opening: Educational Assistant
    • REMINDER: Students need athletic shoes for P.E.
    • Purchasing school lunches
    • Attention parents and caregivers of neurodivergent students
    • SES PTSA News (NEW)


    School News (NEW)
    Hello Sunnyside Families,

    Happy first full week of school! What a terrific three weeks it has been. It has been so exciting to see the students working together and discovering new ideas and having new experiences.

    We thought this week we would share with the community a few of our schoolwide expectations and also our philosophy of discipline and repair.

    Schoolwide we have adopted the phrase be mindful as our guide for students and as a phrase we will embrace as we move forward with setting our tone and work for the year. We have a Sunnyside leadership team that meets once a month that is composed of administration and teachers from each grade level and content area. The leadership team also works to develop our next steps for professional development for teachers in our Tuesday staff meetings.

    This year we will be working to define what it means to:

    • Be Mindful of self
    • Be Mindful of others
    • Be Mindful of place

    As the year goes on, ask your student what it means to be mindful and stay tuned for more discovery around this for teachers and students.

    At Sunnyside, there is a long history of using Restorative Justice to work with students when there has been a conflict or misunderstanding. Restorative practices are the skills and processes that help us build, maintain, and repair relationships to form healthy, supportive & inclusive communities. This Restorative Justice work is done by teachers, counselors, or administrators. We are also working with our students to help them be part of the process by eventually having our middle school students assist in the process with younger students.

    The Restorative Justice Questions we use are:

    1. What happened?
    2. Who was impacted/affected? How?
    3. What can be/needs to be done to make things right?
    4. What will keep things right?
    5. What support do you need to keep things right?

    While we work in concert with PPS Student Conduct Guidelines, we also do try to work with you and your students to keep students engaged in their own growth and development and give them chances to advocate for resolution.

    We also ask that as a community if you have questions or concerns about what is happening for your child at school that you reach out directly to the teacher first for support and clarification and then if you need extra support, reach out to the counselor or administration. We are here to support and appreciate your partnership.

    In gratitude,
    Eryn & Alix


    Upcoming Dates
    View the full SES calendar here.

    Wed-Thu September 21-22   SES picture days
    Thu September 22, 5:30-6pm   TAG information night
    Thu September 22, 6-7:45pm   SES Back-to-School Night
    Fri September 23   NO SCHOOL [District Professional Development Day]
    Fri October 7, 8:45am   PTSA meeting, SES room 102 (all welcome)
    Fri October 14   NO SCHOOL [District Professional Development Day]


    Websites to Know (NEW)


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

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

    • Walk or carry anything wheeled while on school grounds.

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

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


    Thursday, September 22, 6pm: SES IN PERSON Back to School Night (NEW)
    This year, Back to School Night will be IN PERSON ONLY. The schedule is as follows:

    K - 5

    • 6:00 - 6:45  K5 Overview in Auditorium with Families
    • 6:50 - 7:45  K5 Families join teachers in classrooms

    Middle School

    • 6:00 - 6:30:  Families in Core classes
    • 6:35 - 7:00:  6th Grade Families to Room 212
    • 6:35 - 7:00:  7th Grade Families to the Gym
    • 6:35 - 7:00:  8th Grade Families to the Cafeteria
    • 7:05 - 7:45:  ALL MS Families to Auditorium

    Hope to see you Thursday night!


    REMINDER: Students need athletic shoes for P.E. (NEW)
    Summer Reading Prizes! Let's celebrate those Summer Readers!

    If your student participated in ANY Summer Reading Program (Multnomah County Library, Powell's Barnes and Noble, or the SES 50 book challenge) Please send them with their completed form, t shirt or a note from you on their library day next week for a small reward from the SES library! (2nd graders can bring them the following week since there is no school on Friday)

    It's time to OBOB! Is your student interested in OBOB? Oregon Battle of the Books is an annual statewide even and we are big OBOB fans here at Sunnyside. There are two divisions, 3-5 and 6-8 and we will be hosting battles for both! If you already have a team please have your coach fill out this form. If your student is interested but does not have a team, please fill the form out for just your student and indicate that you need help finding a team. For more information on OBOB, please visit the OBOB tab of our Library Website!


    Fliers and community links (NEW)

    Job opening: Educational Assistant
    SES has a position open for a half-time educational assistant position. If interested, please contact Dr. Berg at eberg@pps.net. For more information about the position, view this document.


    REMINDER: Students need athletic shoes for P.E.
    ALL students are required to wear athletic shoes in P.E. starting this year. Please help by reminding your students of the need for appropriate shoes, as it is a safety concern.

    Examples of shoes that DO NOT work in PE class: Crocs (even in "sport" mode), boots, rain boots, wet or muddy shoes, sandals, open toe shoes, and bare feet.

    Examples of shoes that DO work: Athletic shoes, such as running or basketball shoes, Converse, Vans, and Keens with covered toes.


    Purchasing school lunches
    This year, PPS has resumed charging for school lunches. To learn how to set up your SchoolCafé account, visit this page. To learn how to apply for Free and Reduced meals, visit this page. Please email Christina Wolfe in Nutrition Services with any questions: cwolfe@pps.net


    Attention parents and caregivers of neurodivergent students
    Are you a parent or guardian looking to connect with other Sunnyside families with neurodivergent students? So are we! We would like to get to know you and hopefully support one another through monthly meet ups. Our first meet up will be Friday, September 30 @ 9 a.m. at Tov Coffee & Tea on Hawthorne. Please email kelleymhutch@gmail.com to RSVP, ask questions or, if you cannot attend but are interested in learning more, please email to connect for future meet ups.


    SES PTSA News (NEW)

    Please check here for the weekly news from our incredibly supportive PTSA.