• Reopening Information

    Leading up to the start of in-person instruction and hybrid learning, see the latest updates and resources at pps.net/reopen2021

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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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  • Wed April 7 - Middle School Hybrid Info Night

    Hello Middle School Families - 

    Tomorrow, Wednesday April 7th, we will host our hybrid informational sessions for families. The session begins at 6:30. We will share what we know about the future of hybrid and CDL learning for your students, and (try to) answer any questions you may have.  

    The Google Meet code was sent out through email (please check junk/spam if you do not see it).

    We hope to see you tomorrow!

    Amy and Alix

    NOTE: Please use your students PPS account to sign into the event.


  • Please Read: K-5 Hybrid Info & News

    Hello Sunnyside K - 5 families!

    The bulk of this letter is for those who have opted into hybrid learning. Kinder and 1st grade, we'll see you on Friday! 2nd - 5th grades, you'll join us on Monday the 5th. In the future, hybrid days are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday. There is no hybrid on Wednesday.

    Here, you will find details about the start of this new school “season.”  We’ve taken to calling it Spring School. 

    Screening for COVID-19:  First and foremost, please make sure your student does not exhibit any primary or secondary symptoms of COVID.  If they do, please keep them home.  We’ve attached PPS’s self-screening checklist that all staff use each morning before heading to the building.  We ask that you do the same.

    Drop off/Pick Up times/locations and protocol:  Because we are a small building and want to keep everyone safe and socially distanced, our start times are staggered by 15 minute intervals.  Teachers’ class times are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday (no hybrid on Wednesday):  9:00 - 11:15, 9:15 - 11:30 or 9:30 - 11:45.  You will see on the attached maps your student’s teacher start time and where to drop-off AND pick-up your student.  There are 2 locations:  either the front of the building on SE Salmon, or on the blacktop at the back of the school.  (Your teacher and times are also listed at the bottom of this email.)

    You may arrive within 5 minutes of your student’s start time.  These “staging” areas are for more than one class, but only spaced 15 minutes apart.  We want to keep the areas relatively uncrowded and safe.  In short - please arrive as close to your start time as possible and do not leave your student there unattended.   From that location, your teacher or an administrator will walk your student through the building and directly to class.  Please note if your student exhibits and signs of COVID-19, they will be taken to our “Symptom Space” and screened further by our School Health Assistant or District Nurse.

    At the end of the day, your teacher will walk your student to the original drop-off/pick-up location.  Please be mindful of your teacher’s time and arrive on time. Safety is our priority, both COVID-19 safety and physical safety of students from home to school and back again. In our KG-3rd grade we ask that you or a designee (listed in Synergy, please email sconley1@pps.net to add people to your list) physically pick up your child at the end of their hybrid day. If your student is in 4th or 5th grade, your child’s teacher will be reaching out to you to see whether they have permission to walk home and the school will keep an accurate list of students who are released independently. 

    If you have an appointment, and your student needs to arrive late, please come to the front door and we will meet your student at the front door.

    Visitors:  During this time, visitors (including parents, guardians and family members) will not be allowed in the building.  If you need to talk in-person with a staff member, please make an appointment.

    Supplies:  Unless you hear differently from your teacher, your student should only bring a filled water bottle.  Students will not be allowed to use the drinking fountain, or fill their own water bottles, because it is considered a high-touch area. Staff will assist in filling water bottles or providing one, if needed. Individual supply boxes are provided for each student on their desk here at school.  Supplies will not be shared among students.

    Food:  Unless your student has a medical condition, please do not send snacks with your student.  There is no eating in the classroom.  At the end of each day, your student will be provided a sack lunch which they can take home to eat, if they choose.

    Bathrooms: We know that our students may need to use the restroom at school, and have COVID-19 protocols in place for this. Please, please, please - as much as possible - encourage your student to use the restroom before they leave home in the morning simply to minimize the number of students using the restroom each day. 

    Changes to your student’s schedule: Right now, most of our rooms are at full capacity, allowing 6-feet between students.  Many teachers needed to change classrooms to accommodate students (we wanted to keep students with their teacher as much as possible). If you’d like to change to full CDL, please let us know. However, for the moment, we are pausing on allowing more students to join hybrid classes.

    Speaking of schedules, there is no school on Friday, April 9.  This is a teacher in-services day for report card preparation.

    Phew. That’s a lot of information; thank you for reading until the end.

    Please reach out to your student’s teacher with questions specific to your student, or Amy and Alix with general questions.

    Thank you, and we can’t wait to see your kiddos!

    Amy and Alix

    *B- Blacktop/KG doors

    *F- Front/main front doors

    9:00 - 11:15

    Monica -B
    Tiffany- F

    9:15 - 11:30

    Asa- B
    Jeremy -B
    Leo - F

    9:30 - 11:45


  • Sack Lunch Pick-Up Thu 4/1 12:00-1:00

    4/1/21 12:00-1:00
    Christina, our Nutrition Services manager, will be handing out sack lunches to families. Come masked and socially distanced to the cafeteria doors, the ones facing the playground, to pick up a sack lunch for all of your children.

  • April Schedule: CDL & Hybrid

    The Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) & Hybrid cohorts have been finalized. For the next several weeks, the placements are firm and requests to move to hybrid will be put on hold; moves to CDL will always be honored. As we continue to analyze the physical space as well as the successes and constraints of in-person, then we will communicate options for cohort changes.

    K-5 families: Thank you for attending our hybrid/CDL (comprehensive distance learning) meetings on Wednesday night. We have students in their hybrid cohorts, and are working tirelessly to figure out safe spacing, curriculum, and the daily schedule for K-5 students. Please plan on receiving detailed information about your child’s schedule and assigned drop off/pick up times early in the week after spring break. K-5 educators have 5 planning days to get ready for this big change, so there will not be regular, digital schedules for K-5 students the week of March 29. You will receive information from your child’s teacher in regard to what to expect during this important planning week; there will be limited, digital, asynchronous lessons available while teachers get their rooms ready for hybrid school. The slides from both meetings on 3/17 are attached here. Our numbers and spacing for hybrid learning are very, very precise and we are tight. We are working to keep all students, both students who are in full CDL as well as students who chose hybrid learning, with their currently assigned teacher for at least part of the instructional day; we will communicate your room assignment as well as many more details beginning on March 29. If your child will be assigned with a partner teacher for the hybrid AM, we will be calling your family to discuss this during the week of March 29. 

    K/1 start date for Hybrid learning: April 2, no digital school 3/19--4/1

    2-5th start date for Hybrid learning: April 5, no digital school 3/29--4/2

    6-8 families: This week you received a Hybrid learning survey from PPS. Please fill this out ASAP, as the precise data (down to the individual student) very much matters for our planning. The start date for middle school hybrid is April 19, and we will be holding a parent/guardian session for 6-8th grade families after the break, likely the evening of April 7. More information will come about this after break. 

    Thank you for your patience as we quickly move into this new model. Our primary goal is to keep everyone safe and healthy, maintain community with your child’s assigned teacher, and maintain as much of our core programming for both families who choose hybrid and families who choose to remain in full distance learning. 

    Over the break, if you’d like to learn more about the COVID-19 safety guidelines for schools, they are attached here

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  • SES Messenger for April 2, 2021

    4/2/21 School Messenger

    School News (NEW)
    Upcoming Dates (NEW)
    Websites to Know
    Childcare During Hybrid and CDL (NEW)
    Pick-Up/Emergency Contact Updates in ParentVUE (NEW)
    “What's Growing On in the SES Gardens, Steph?!" (NEW)
    Hybrid and Distance Learning Meal Services (NEW)
    Securly Filter: Go-Live Plans (NEW)
    Franklin Youth Track Virtual Meeting April 5th at 6:30pm (NEW)
    Fliers from the District (NEW)
    Can My Child Go to School Today? Decision Tree
    SES Teacher Caitlin Quinn’s The Tool School
    Anti-Racist Reading and Resources (NEW)

    School News (NEW)
    Hello SES Community - 

    What a great first day of hybrid!  It was so wonderful seeing kindergarteners and first graders today!  We can’t wait to see our 2nd - 5th graders on Monday.  Thank you, families, for all your support and understanding as we transition into this new school schedule.

    Just some reminders which were included in the email sent earlier this week:
    Drop off/Pick Up times/locations and protocol:  Because we are a small building and want to keep everyone safe and socially distanced, our start times are staggered by 15 minute intervals.  Teachers’ class times are:  9:00 - 11:15, 9:15 - 11:30 or 9:30 - 11:45.  You will see on the attached maps your student’s teacher start time and where to drop-off AND pick-up your student.  There are 2 locations:  either the front of the building on SE Salmon, or on the blacktop at the back of the school.   

    You may arrive within 5 minutes of your student’s start time.  These “staging” areas are for more than one class, but only spaced 15 minutes apart.  We want to keep the areas relatively uncrowded and safe.  In short - please arrive as close to your start time as possible

    Hybrid in-person learning takes place Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday (no Wednesdays).

    K-5 teachers have sent individual class emails about what to bring and expect.

    Middle School Families - we are preparing for middle school hybrid learning next.  If you have not taken this survey already letting us know your preference, please do so as soon as possible.

    Thank you for everything, Sunnyside Community.

    We are grateful for you!
    Amy and Alix

    Upcoming Dates (NEW)

    Monday, April 5 2nd-5th First Day of New Schedule
    Thursday, April 8 End of 3rd Quarter
    Friday, April 9 NO SCHOOL (report card planning)
    Wednesday, April 21, 6:30-8:00 SES PTSA Board Meeting (open to all)

    Websites to Know
    Can My Child Go to School Today?
    District COVID Resources & Info
    PPS Family Resources Page
    Sunnyside School Page
    SES PTSA website
    SES COVID Fund on Venmo

    Childcare During Hybrid and CDL (NEW)
    For a list of schools hosting child care programs during hybrid instruction, please visit the PPS Child Care website. In addition, 211info offers child care referrals for programs throughout Multnomah County. Families can text, call or search for programs online. PPS is exploring transportation options and will share updates when transportation is confirmed.

    Pick-Up/Emergency Contact Updates in ParentVUE (NEW)
    Parents/Guardians can make updates to their student’s pick-up/emergency contact list by signing into ParentVUE and selecting Yearly Verification. Please note that students can only be released to adults for dismissal, or early pick-up, that are on the emergency contact list. 

    “What's Growing On in the SES Gardens, Steph?!" (NEW)
    * Potato pickup and plant! Yes, any grade can participate and help us get planted!  Follow step by step planting instructions given with a "seed" potato at the open door hours for the SES LIBRARY (M,T,Th,F 8:45-9:45am and Fri 3:30-5:00) More potato fun info on my new website!

    *Steph's new website!

    * Mindfulness Labyrinth Garden Could you use a little mindfulness today? Try stepping slowly,  breathing deeply and maybe taking turns with your student, on the path on 35th by the "Wish Tree"

    Hybrid and Distance Learning Meal Services (NEW)
    All school meals will continue to be free for all students in all schools, and no student ID or names are needed to receive meals.

    • Once students return to hybrid in-person instruction, meals will be served at the end of each in-person session.

    • If a student is staying in distance learning—or if their hybrid in-person learning has not begun—they should visit any of our new meal distribution sites between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. on school days to pick up meals.

    New Open Community Meal Distribution Sites
    For the remainder of the year, grab-and-go meals will be available between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. on school days for all children in the community (PPS students and children not enrolled at PPS) ages 1-18.

    The sites for curbside distribution:

    • Beaumont Middle School, 4043 NE Fremont St.

    • Franklin High School, 5405 SE Woodward St.

    • George Middle School, 10000 N Burr Ave.

    • Harriet Tubman Middle School, 2231 N Flint Ave.

    • Hosford Middle School, 2303 SE 28th Pl.

    • Ida B. Wells High School, 1151 SW Vermont St.

    • Jackson Middle School, 10625 SW 35th Ave.

    • Jefferson High School, 5210 N Kerby Ave.

    • Lane Middle School, 7200 SE 60th Ave.

    • Leodis V. McDaniel @ Marshall High School, 3905 SE 91st Ave.

    • Tabor Middle School, 5800 SE Ash St.

    • Ockley Green Middle School, 6031 N Montana Ave.

    • Robert Gray Middle School, 5505 SW 23rd Ave.

    • Roosevelt High School, 6941 N Central St.

    • Roseway Heights Middle School, 7334 NE Siskiyou St.

    Securly Filter: Go-Live Plans (NEW)
    PPS uses Securly to help families set internet filtering rules for students when using school devices and accounts at home. As a parent or guardian, you can use the SecurlyHome app to stay on top of your student’s online activity in real-time from anywhere. Securly will also send weekly email reports with a snapshot of your students’ internet activity. This report is an opportunity for adults to open a dialogue with students about their digital lives. For details, frequently-asked questions, and instructions for getting started, visit PPS’s Securly page.

    Franklin Youth Track Virtual Meeting April 5th at 6:30pm (NEW)
    dstubblefield@pps.net - Dupree Stubblefield
    leonardi1998@gmail.com - Isabel Leonard

    Virtual parent/guardian meeting April 5th at 6:30pm

    To join the video meeting, click this link: https://meet.google.com/gkt-oteq-rmi  Otherwise, to join by phone, dial +1 256-548-4244 and enter this PIN: 898 560 608#  To view more phone numbers, click this link: https://tel.meet/gkt-oteq-rmi?hs=5

    Each student must have a copy of a current physical BEFORE they will be able to practice

    If uncertain about sizes for shoes and hoodie we recommend sizing up

    Practices will be at FHS track

    First practice is Thursday April 8th 5:30pm-7:00pm

    Regular season practices will  Mondays and Tuesdays 5:30pm-7:00pm (starting April 12th)

    Meets will be held Thursdays, schedule TBD

    Payment options for participation are as follows: 


    $100 COVID Relief Scholarship (Contact Dupree or Isabel to apply)

    $0 if on Free/ Reduced Lunch

    Sliding Scale Scholarship (pay what you can)

    Sign up here: https://www.familyid.com/programs/franklin-youth-sports-registration-spring-2021

    We look forward to seeing everyone and having a great season!! Go Lighting!

    Fliers from the District (NEW)

    Can My Child Go to School Today? Decision Tree
    Use the following decision tree EVERY MORNING to determine whether you should keep your child home.


    SES Teacher Caitlin Quinn’s The Tool School
    In a letter to Amy, SES drama and art teacher Caitlin Quinn shares plans for her new venture, The Tool School.

    Anti-Racist Reading and Resources (NEW)
    Kimberle WIlliams Crenshaw writes about how partisans on all sides overlook the brutal legacies of white supremacy.

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