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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  • CANCELLED - Community Care Day

    Sunnyside is a NOT hosting a Community Care Day in the way that other PPS schools are. Instead we have two GARDEN DAYS every year, in which a lot of care is given to garden projects and the living landscape. If you do show up with your gloves and gardening tools on Saturday August 24th, you are welcome to pull some weeds or plant flowers, and that would be lovely, but the building will be closed. The date for our Fall Garden Day is TBD, but around 9/22 is my guess. Thanks! 
    -Steph Rooney, School Garden Coordinator
  • Kindergarten Meet & Greets Scheduled

    Meet and Greets are a chance for incoming kindergarten students and their family to meet teachers, see classrooms, and get to know a few other incoming families. Appointments are scheduled by the school- families can expect to receive a letter in the mail with their date and time by Saturday August 24th. 
    Appointments will be no more than an hour during the following days: 
    Wednesday August 28th 9:00-2:00
    Thursday August 29th 9:00-12:00 
     
  • Middle School Supply Lists

    Middle School Sunnyside Families,
    Welcome back! The middle school teachers created the following school supply list. We are also including a link to order 2019-2020 yearbooks.
     
  • K-5 School Supply Lists

    Kindergarten-5th Grade Sunnyside Families,
    It's that time of year again! Instead of families supply shopping, we like to use a purchasing system that saves you time and money and helps maintain equity for all students. We ask families to make a $40.00-$50.00 contribution (depending on grade) to a supply budget. Your donation will buy your child all the classroom supplies they will need for the entire school year.

    Our hope is to reduce the cost to our families by buying in bulk and to reduce waste by allowing teachers to purchase only the supplies they need as the classroom needs them.

    The following list will direct you to a School Pay link where you can make your contribution. The contributions are available in a sliding scale option.

     
    Kindergarten Supply Contribution 
    1st/ 2nd Grade Supply Contribution
     
     For more information on School Pay please visit the PPS School Pay site.

Principal's
Message

  • This was a letter sent via email on November 9th, 2016.

    Dear families,

    I wanted to send a quick note to all of you regarding today's final election results. Regardless of your personal choice and regardless of the results of this Presidential election (this is a non-partisan, non-political email), this is what I know:

     

    1. We are a school community that believes climate change is real and is an urgent, ominous threat to the international community. 

    2. We are a school community that believes in the ever-present role and presence of whiteness and racism, in schools, in the United States and in the world at large. 

    3. We are a school community who believes that, to paraphrase Glenn Singleton, "everyone is better when everyone is better."

    4. We are a school community who believes that true equity is achieved when every single human-- regardless of race, class, gender, sexual orientation, personal beliefs or religion--has exactly what they, individually and collectively, need and deserve in this life. 

    5. We are a school community that knows that the work of deconstructing both overt and institutionalized racism and injustice is both sacred and never-ending. 

    6. We are a school community who believe in truth, love, and reconciliation, regardless of context or circumstance. 

     

    Families have been in and out of school all day with a range of emotional responses to the Presidential decision. Many children have been following this election very closely in their classrooms--I expect children to have a wide range of questions and a wide range of emotional responses to the election results over the weekend and also on Monday. Please remind them of the list above, add to the list, answer their questions honestly, and support them as they work through their emotions, whatever they may be. I've attached an article with some ideas and advice for how to talk to children who may feel emotional as a result of the election results. The article is geared toward children who may be upset--I am certainly not presuming that ALL children will be upset or that ALL adults connected with our school community are upset. And, as a leader of a community I am making a conscious decision to send this email in response to parent requests today, many of them asking for help supporting their own children. I am looking for other resources for teachers and parents, for example, articles that give ideas and strategies around facilitating productive discourse in a classroom where 1) some students feel emotional and 2) different perspectives need to be held, given space and honored regardless of opinion. This is real for us here at Sunnyside, it will be real for us next week. My belief is that I would be unethical if I didn't communicate this to our beloved parent/family community. 

    Lastly, as a woman and the mother of a daughter, I want share a quote from Hillary Clinton's concession speech. For me, as a woman and the mother of a son also, while she directs this message to girls I do believe it is essential for all of our students, for our girls, for our boys, for our gender-fluid and gender-neutral students :

    "To all the little girls who are watching this, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams."

     

    In solidarity,

     

    Amy

     

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