Sunnyside Environmental School

Fostering responsibility, excitement for learning
and respect for all living things.

3421 SE Salmon StPortland, OR 97214Ph 503-916-6226Fx 503-916-2676

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  • SES Messenger for 5/27/2022

    05/27/22 School Messenger
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    • School News (NEW)
    • Upcoming Dates (NEW)
    • Websites to Know
    • Reminders
    • You are formally invited to A Recipe for Murder, our student-created play and fundraiser (NEW)
    • 70's TOFFEE CLUB Costume Contest, Paddle Raise & PARTY BOARDS! (NEW)
    • This coming week is SPIRIT WEEK (grades K-5) (NEW) 
    • Walk Run Move: Results & Prize Winners (NEW) 
    • Flowers and greenery donations needed for 8th Grade Promotion 6/9 (NEW)
    • WATER BOTTLES! WATER BOTTLES! Please send WATER BOTTLES with your students! WATER BOTTLES! (NEW) 
    • Fond Farewells (NEW)
    • Summer Garden Care - Volunteers Needed! (NEW)
    • Get Involved: Become a Member of the first PPS Climate Crisis Response Committee (NEW)
    • 2022 Ninth Grade Counts Guide to Programs (NEW)
    • PPS-Approved Fliers (NEW)
    • A message from your sunny librarian
    • No Heelys at school
    • QSA Gear for the Sunnyside Community
    • Franklin athletics: Summer and fall opportunities
    • 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)
    Hello Sunnyside Community,

    I know it has been a really impactful week and many messages have been coming from the school.

    I wanted to end the week with some staffing updates and hopefully send you all off on a wonderful three day weekend.

    I will send a longer email soon with all of our thanks to those staff who have joined us this year to support and who are not returning, but wanted to share a few grade changes that will be in place next year.

    • Angel will be leaving us at the end of the year. We are so grateful to Angel for all she has done to support her students and wish her the best of luck in her next adventures. I know she will be successful in whatever she chooses to do.
    • Leo will be moving to 2nd grade and taking Angel's position. The 4/5 blend is no longer necessary due to our numbers and we appreciate Leo doing that heavy lift of a blend this year.
    • Mary Gage will be able to return to our MS team as a core teacher. We are so pleased to be able to keep her and thankful for all her patience through a difficult staffing season.
    • Karen Shay will be teaching math in the afternoon and will be on a partial study leave.

    More to come on staffing, but I thought that we would end this week with a little cheer and some fond good wishes to Angel.

    Thank you to all of you who have tirelessly advocated for Sunnyside and our community. Have a wonderful weekend and the countdown has begun for the last two weeks of school!

    Best,
    Eryn

     

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

    Mon, May 30   NO SCHOOL (Memorial Day)
    Tue-Fri, May 31-Jun 3   Spirit Week
    Wed, Jun 1   A Recipe for Murder, a student-created play in support of the SES Comeback Campaign fundraiser
    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

     

    Reminders
    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.


    You are formally invited to A Recipe for Murder, our student-created play and fundraiser (NEW)
    We are thrilled to announce that our 8th grade students will be having an encore performance of their student-created play, A Recipe For Murder, as part of the SES Comeback Campaign/Auction/Fundraising effort that’s happening in our community on June 1, 2022 at 7 pm (doors open at 6:40 for seating)!

    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. The 8th graders are performing this play once more as a way to pay it forward for next year’s middle school and K-5 students. All of the money raised by this event goes directly to the SES Staffing Fund, and we are aiming to raise $10,000 or more (!!) to pay for the SES Field Study Coordinator position, a position that is fundamental to ensuring the frequent, off-site field study experiences that are central to our environmental focus option school.

    Suggested ticket donations are listed below. Please reach out to Amy Kleiner if you have questions or concerns about ticket donation amounts/attendance at this production. Tickets are available at the door of the event, or via the link attached below.

    One ticket (suggested donation): $100
    One ticket (increased donation): $200, $300, $400, $500, other ____
    The above feels steep for me but I can donate ____ ($30 and up, sliding scale) for my ticket.

    **Online ticket purchasing link is attached here! [Read the entire invitation here.]

     

    70's TOFFEE CLUB 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! Your ticket comes with one free drink! Please support Toffee Club by ordering off their full (and delicious!) pub menu!

     

    This coming week is SPIRIT WEEK (grades K-5) (NEW)
    This coming week, join the fun and show your community spirit!

    • Monday, May 30: NO SCHOOL
    • Tuesday, May 31: Favorite color day (or wear ORANGE to support anti-gun violence!)
    • Wednesday, June 1: Decades day (60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, etc.)
    • Thursday, June 2: Crazy hair and wacky accessories day
    • Friday, June 3: PJs and small stuffies and cozy day

     

    Walk Run Move: Results & Prize Winners (NEW)
    Wow!!! Together, the SES community completed 1,832.5 full laps around our school! We raised an epic $21,512 to support next year's SES programs! Amazing job to everyone who got out there to move and have fun, and to all who volunteered. SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!

    Top Move Points

    • K-2 - Corbin's Class
    • 3-5 - Jeremy's Class
    • MS - Sarah's Class

    Top Move Individuals

    • K-2 - Hendrix (Allye, K) - 17 Move Points
    • 3-5 - Noah Ramos (Monica, 5) - 18 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) 

    *All participants were eligible for these in a random drawing! All prize winners will be individually contacted to coordinate prize pick up soon. Questions? Steph Barnhart (stephbarnhart1@gmail.com). 

     

    Flowers and greenery donations needed for 8th Grade Promotion 6/9 (NEW)
    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.

     

    WATER BOTTLES! WATER BOTTLES! Please send WATER BOTTLES with your students! WATER BOTTLES! (NEW)
    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 (NEW)
    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! (NEW)
    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 (NEW)
    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 (NEW)
    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 (NEW)
    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 ...

    Today, Friday May 20th, was the last day of checkout for this school year and so 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.

     

    No Heelys at school
    As a reminder, Heelys and other rolling shoes are not allowed at SES during school hours. Please remind your students to leave them at home, or to change into shoes without wheels when they arrive.


    QSA Gear for the Sunnyside Community
    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) 

     

    Franklin athletics: Summer and fall opportunities
    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:

     

    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.

    • 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.

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  • Lunch Plan for Sunnyside

    Dear Sunnyside Community,

    As many of you know, we are heading into fall and to the rainy season. I have worked with the Sunnyside Safety Team to update our indoor lunch plan to adhere to the latest guidelines.

    I have made sure that we have six feet apart in the school cafeteria, in the hallway, and in the auditorium for students to eat inside if necessary. In addition, I have two air filters running in each of these spaces, fans, and windows/doors open. We will have lunch volunteers who will be helping to supervise these spaces and we can make available spaces outside for students to sit if you do not want your student eating inside. Please note, if you do not want your student inside, please let them know that they need to choose on their own to go outside and eat under the supervision of the volunteers. With the amount of supervision that is needed by school personnel, we cannot track individual requests and students will need to choose to go outside on their own. If you choose to pick your student up because it is raining, please do so by 11:00 AM so that school staff can all help supervise lunch and recess as needed.

    I will try to watch the rain and if we can go outside and eat without it pouring, we will do so. Please use your best judgement as a parent to decide whether or not to pick your child up. Please send your child in warm and rain appropriate gear.

    If you have further questions or questions about our COVID safety plan, please reference the COVID presentation and the Back to School Night Presentation. Both are attached below.

    I know that there are many concerns about COVID and safety in our schools. Please rest assured that I consider those concerns when making a plan and any instances or reports of COVID exposure will be investigated and reported to our team of nurses at the MESD and appropriate notifications will be made.

    In partnership,
    Dr. Eryn Berg
    Principal, Sunnyside Environmental School
    https://www.pps.net/sunnyside
    Sunnyside BTSN slides
    She/ Hers/ They (Why?)

     

    Every corner of my heart loves you

    In a field of fields you are the largest field
    In a field of moons you are the most moons

    ~ Anis Mojgani
      The Piano Farm

  • Back to School Night

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    Hello families!

    We look forward to seeing you all tonight at Back to School Night (virtually). Classroom teachers have emailed you their zoom or google meet links; here's a reminder of the schedule:

     

    Specialists:

     

    SPED staff: https://meet.google.com/dzb-bnjn-eoe
    6:30 - 7:45
    Adrianne / Eva / Ellen / Megan

     

    Counselors: https://meet.google.com/fjv-yecw-bci

    • Grades 3-5 6:20 - 6:45
    • Middle School 6:50 - 7:15
    • Grades 1-2 7:20 - 7:45

     

    Can't wait to see you soon!
    Alix and Eryn

  • Climate Strike Friday

    Dear PPS Families,

    On September 24, 2021, we expect some PPS students to participate in a Climate Strike. Students are planning to walk out of class and gather at the Oregon Convention Center at 11:00 am and then march to city hall to share their concerns related to climate change and climate justice.

    PPS is not sponsoring this event, but we do recognize students’ constitutional right to freedom of expression. We also recognize that:

    This student-led event involves learning opportunities that align with the spirit of the PPS Board of Education's approved Climate Justice Resolution #5272.

    Our district vision, PPS reImagined, includes a graduate portrait that describes expectations for student growth in their understanding of racial equity and climate justice issues.

    The subject matter aligns with both our district policies and core curriculum.

    Please talk with your student about this event. Once students leave our campus for unsponsored events, Portland Public Schools can no longer guarantee their safety. We ask you to please discuss your family's expectations with your student about their participation, safety during walkout and demonstrations, expectations regarding COVID-19 prevention strategies (masks, physical distancing, etc), and communication with you if they choose to leave school during the day.

    For our high school students: Consistent with Oregon law and district policies, students must make arrangements with their teachers or principals for addressing any missed school assignments (including quizzes, tests). High school students must make arrangements and have parent/guardian permission with their teachers in order to receive an excused absence if they choose to take part in local climate strike activities. Staff will not be able to supervise students after they leave campus.

    For our high school student athletes: Additionally, student athletes who choose to participate in activities on September 24 must communicate with teachers prior to participating in the walkout to talk about missed work and have a parent/guardian or the student give advance notice to their school’s athletic director of their participation in the strike. If these actions are taken, student athletes will be eligible to play in games or practices that afternoon/evening.

    For our elementary and middle school students: Elementary and Middle School students will be asked to remain in the building. 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, you will need to update the school that another adult is authorized to pick up your student.

    Students who are not in class will be marked absent, and regular attendance phone calls will be made through our standard notification system. Once students leave school grounds we cannot ensure their location or their safety. Additionally, due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, we encourage limiting large gatherings to avoid possible spread. Please discuss with your student your family’s expectations for the day. Please reach out to your principal with any questions or concerns.

    Finally, 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 Survey: We also encourage your students and you to provide feedback via this survey on our emerging Climate Crisis Response Policy, a set of policy strategies the PPS Board of Education is considering to reduce PPS’ greenhouse gas emissions and build a culture of learning, responsibility, and resilience around climate justice.

    Thank you.

  • Welcome, Señor Gawronski!

    Please join me in welcoming our new Spanish teacher, Peter Gawronski.

    Mr. Gawronski comes to us with a wealth of talent, experience, education and enthusiasm. He has taught Spanish at every level from 1st grade through 3rd year college. The former owner of Gawronski Tutoring & Translating, he also speaks German, French and Japanese. When not teaching Spanish, Mr. Gawronski can be found spending time with his family, doing housework to become "inspection ready," or engaging in wholesome recreational activities.

    Please give him a warm welcome, bienvenido, youkoso, welcomen or bienvenue!
    Eryn

     

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