• SES Messenger for 2/10/2023

    02/10/23 School Messenger

    ~~ The latest PTSA newsletter is found here. ~~

    • School News (NEW)
    • Upcoming Dates
    • Websites to Know
    • Fliers and community links (NEW)
    • Report card update (NEW)
    • Library asks (NEW)
    • READ-A-THON begins in two weeks (NEW)
    • Jump rope help in K-2 P.E.
    • Join us at the SES Westwind Family Camp Weekend!
    • Art Room wish list
    • SES PTSA News (NEW)


    School News (NEW)
    Dear Sunnyside Community,

    This week is Counselor Appreciation Week and I want to send a huge shout out to Rebecca and Alison. Rebecca has been here three years and has been a huge support and advocate for our students. She is kind, thoughtful, and fun to work with and the students love their time with her for lunch bunch, QSA, or friendship groups. Alison is new this year and serves middle school. She has been a calm, caring, and committed counselor and even though she is only half time, it seems like she is always here supporting our students and families. Thank you so much Rebecca and Alison.

    We have a ton of upcoming events, read-a-thon, the 8th grade retreat, the middle school dance, and Pie Day. We appreciate all the work our staff and community do to bring these events to life and as our weather gets a teeny bit warmer, our teachers will continue to go out on field trips and field study and continue to explore the world around us. Nathan has been busy with students outside in our gardens and as you walk around, you can see the buds sprouting.

    Enjoy the false spring that always comes early February!
    Eryn & Alix


    Upcoming Dates
    View the full SES calendar here.

    Fri, February 17   NO SCHOOL [Teacher professional development]
    Mon, February 20   NO SCHOOL [President’s Day]
    Tue, February 21-Fri, March 9   SES Read-A-Thon
    Tue, February 21, 6-7pm   SES K-5 Open House
    Wed, February 22   Read-A-Thon: Carson Ellis visits SES grades K-5
    Wed, February 23   Read-A-Thon: Emily Whitman visits SES grades 3-8
    Thu, February 23   SES restaurant fundraiser at Dairy Hill Ice Cream
    Thu-Fri, February 23-24   8th grade overnight retreat
    Fri, February 24   Read-A-Thon: SES rainbow dress up day


    Websites to Know


    Fliers and community links


    Report card update (NEW)
    Report cards are complete and are available on ParentVUE. Middle School report cards have been sent to the printer, and will be mailed when ready. Elementary report cards are not being printed; if you would like a printed copy, please email Jenny at jethomas@pps.net and request that one be sent to you.


    Library asks (NEW)
    The Library is looking for a Lite-Brite (or more than one!) and pegs for it, and also a puzzle roll for keeping puzzles safe between working on them. If you have either hanging around we would love to give them a new home! Email Librarian Gillian at ggrimm@pps.net if you have items to donate.


    READ-A-THON begins in two weeks (NEW)
    Our beloved, annual READ-A-THON begins in less than 2 weeks. READ-A-THON is super important event for so many reasons: it supports a love of reading and literacy, it creates opportunities for solidarity and camaraderie in classes and across grade levels through read-ins and other activities, it provides a structure where our whole community reads together and shares ideas from our reading, exposes our students to different forms of literature and it also happens to raise a significant amount of money for our school. The money raised through this event pays for place-based learning activities, field studies and other classroom trips, our sustainability staff (garden teacher), our Spring theater program, music, and a variety of other PTSA funded programs at Sunnyside. This event happens Feb 21- March 9th.

    The theme this year is "Celebrate your fREADom". This is going to be a really fun one with 5 author visits, 3 dress-ups days, "house cup", locker library, "got caught reading", prizes for reading, participation and fundraising plus LOTS AND LOTS OF READING!!!

    Here is a calendar of some of the events/happenings this year:

    • Feb 15th
      • Online registration for our fundraising platform opens. Sign your kid up to help raise money for our school with our, easy to use, online fundraising platform. The first class in each grade group to get 90% or higher sign-ups will get a prize! More info on how to sign up coming soon.
    • Feb 21st
      • READ-A-THON begins. Your student will come home with a packet. The packet has a reading map to keep track of reading and OFFLINE fundraising. This packet is what they will turn in at the end to get credit for reading units. They will also get a bookmark with a reading tracker to help keep track of reading as well.
      • Start collecting pledges. Share your online page to collect funds from friends and family far and wide!
    • Feb 22nd
    • Feb 23rd
    • Feb 24th
      • DRESS UP DAY - Rainbow Day! Dress in as many colors as possible. Be a rainbow!
    • Mar 1st
    • Mar 3rd
      • DRESS UP DAY - Pajama Day read-in event. Enjoy cozy read-in time during recess.
    • Mar 7th
    • Mar 9th
      • DRESS UP DAY - Dress as a Book Character Day
    • Bonus event - Mar 14th
      • Debbi Michiko Florence, author of the Jasmine Toguchi Series, visits K-5th.
    • Mar 13th-24th - TURN IN READING MAP SIGNED BY A PARENT (and any offline donations) to the office.

    Thanks so much for your support of our students in their endeavors!

    Please reach out to Leslie Lothamer at leslielothamer@gmail.com with any questions.


    Jump rope help in K-2 P.E.
    Iris needs some help next week in P.E. for grades K-2. Having adult volunteers come in to help twirl the long jump ropes is essential to having these younger students learn how to jump rope! Visit the signup sheet here, and please note that there are signup slots for each of the six K-2nd grade classes. Thank you!!


    Join us at the SES Westwind Family Camp Weekend!
    SES Family Camp at Camp Westwind registration is open!

    When: April 7 - 9, 2023
    Cost: $110 / person includes food and heated cabin lodging at Camp Westwind, a beautiful forest camp located on the coast just north of Lincoln City. Camp is open to all Sunnyside families, staff, alumni, friends and family. Registration is first come, first served.

    We are also looking for volunteer help! People with first aid certifications, help plan our weekend, and who are willing to help promote the weekend, especially among the K-5 families, are most welcome to join in the planning! Sign up today!


    Art Room wish list
    Hello Amazing Sunnyside Community: The Art room has a short wish list of donations we are looking for:

    Items may be brought to the office, or you can donate through SchoolPay. Thanks for considering.
    Sending positivity, Indigo


    SES PTSA News (NEW)

    The latest PTSA newsletter is found here, and includes information about the following:

    • Our upcoming PTSA meeting,  
    • Read-A-Thon,
    • Our Spring Auction,
    • … and more!

    All PTSA newsletters are found here.