• SES Messenger for 2/16/2023

    02/16/23 School Messenger

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

    • School News (NEW)
    • Upcoming Dates
    • Websites to Know
    • Fliers and community links (NEW)
    • Our beloved, annual READ-A-THON begins TUESDAY! Celebrate your fREADom (NEW)
    • A chance to display your art at the Belmont Library (NEW)
    • Report card update
    • Join us at the SES Westwind Family Camp Weekend!
    • SES PTSA News (NEW)


    School News (NEW)
    Hello Sunnyside Community,

    As we step into this long weekend I just want to wish everyone a restful four-day weekend. I also want to recognize that we are in the middle of Black History Month and each classroom has been celebrating and honoring African American contributions, throughout history and today. As we move through the month, our classrooms have been celebrating many of the joys of our collective Black History and we want to continue to highlight that joy all month long.

    I want to recognize a poet who I have read many times and whose poetry is joyful and also sobering with its remembering of the power of love, connection, and the earth.

    Please take a moment to read Ross Gay’s poem, “A small needful fact” and notice how he uses imagery and earth to call back to us the memory of someone taken too soon from this earth. I love the way that poems can honor memory and time and also be sad and carry longing for what we no longer have. https://poets.org/poem/small-needful-fact

    Again, thanks for all the hard work of this community both at school and what you all do at home and with us together. We appreciate you.
    Eryn and 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 (NEW)


    Our beloved, annual READ-A-THON begins TUESDAY! Celebrate your fREADom (NEW)

    The first thing you can do, STARTING TODAY:

    Go to MYBOOSTER.COM to sign your kid up to help raise money. It is really easy and once you do it will be crazy easy to share their page to help SES! PLEASE sign up and share with at least one person. The first 5 classes that gets 90% or more registered students will get a treat!

    Go here to see instructions on how to sign up.

    The money raised through this event pays for place-based learning activities, field studies and other classroom trips! It also funds our sustainability staff (the garden program), our Spring Theater program, music at SES, and a variety of other PTSA funded programs.

    The second thing you can do:

    Support your student in keeping track of their reading starting Tuesday the 21st! Your student will come home with a packet on Tuesday. 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. VERY IMPORTANT: We keep track of reading with "reading units". ONE READING UNIT FOR K-2nd is equal to 5 mins and ONE READING UNIT FOR 3rd-8th is equal to 10 mins. They will also get a bookmark with a reading tracker to help keep track of reading as well. 

    The third thing you can do:

    Buy a signed copy of a book written by one of our guest authors. It helps raise additional funds for our school and says thank you to the authors for visiting us. 

    WEEK 1 of Read-a-thon schedule:

    GO TO THE READ-A-THON webpage to see the FULL SCHEDULE OF EVENTS and to download a new brochure.

    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.


    A chance to display your art at the Belmont Library (NEW)
    Middle School Students,

    We have the opportunity to have your Artwork on display at the Belmont library in their event room from March 1st- May 31st. If you have any 2D(flat) Artwork that you have created and would like to share with the community please bring it to Indigo or Meg in the Art room by Friday, February 24th. Disclaimer: The room is used by people of all ages, so I can't guarantee that it won't be touched or damaged.

    Thanks so much, Indigo & Meg


    Report card update
    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.


    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!


    SES PTSA News (NEW)

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

    • Pi Day is back!  
    • Leaders needed for a Feminist's Club and for a Comic Book Drawing Club,
    • Read-A-Thon,
    • … and more!

    All PTSA newsletters are found here.