September 22, 2023
School News (NEW)
Dear Sunnyside Community,
Thank you for an amazing Back to School Night. It was wonderful seeing so many new and familiar faces. I also want to shout out to our PTSA and our 8th graders for providing babysitting for about 30 students. It made it possible for more families to attend and we are so grateful. We will do it again next year!
I have linked the presentations for anyone who was unable to attend. (Click the slide images to access each presentation.) I really appreciate our staff here at Sunnyside and I am always filled with gratitude to be able to move among such dedicated, professional, and caring staff members. What a gift.
Enjoy a beautiful fall weekend. Get ready for Harvest Fair coming up in October and Run, Walk, Move next Friday!
Eryn & Melodie
Tues, Sept 26, 6:00pm - 7:00 pm - Mandatory 8th grade meeting
Fri, Sept 29 - Walk/Run/Move Fundraiser.
Sun-Fri, Oct 1st - Oct 6th - 6th Grade Outdoor School
Wed, Oct 4th - PPS LATE START (10:45 am)
Wed, Oct 4th - International Walk and Roll to School Day
Fri, Oct 13th - In Service day. NO SCHOOL
Wed, Oct 18th, 8:45-10:00 am - SES PTSA meeting, room 102
Fri, Oct 20th - SES Fall pie fundraiser begins
Sat, Oct 21st - HARVEST FAIR
PPS late starts in 2023-2024 (NEW)
As a reminder, the district recently adopted some new advisory curriculum. Sunnyside has always centered our students’ social and emotional learning and will be continuing our model while also learning from the new advisory curriculum. In order to best prepare our staff for Advisory Programs, we have identified two dates for additional professional learning and would like to make you aware for your planning purposes.
Fall 2-hour Late Opening:
The fall 2-hour Late opening will be on Wednesday October 4th.
Winter 2-hour Late Opening:
The winter 2-hour late opening will be on Thursday January 25th.
As a K-8 school, our K-5 staff will be focusing on improving and adding to our social and emotional support curriculum and tools. Our 6-8 staff will be focused on the integration of the new curriculum with what we already use for advisory. All students in grades K-8 will have a two hour late start on October 4th and January 25th.
Yoga Ball fundraiser for Heather's 5th grade class (NEW)
Heather's 5th grade class Is having a fundraiser to obtain up for yoga balls so people can use them for chairs. If you have any yoga balls between 22” x 26" that you don't use , we would welcome your donation. We are trying to obtain 16 yoga balls. Here is the link to the yoga balls in the best size for our desks. WE DO NOT NEED THE PUMP.
If you can donate a yoga ball (either through purchase or sending one in), please write your child’s name and your name in the table on this page. We appreciate any and all donations. Thank you!!
Please help our maker space (NEW)
This fall the Library is hoping to add to our makerspace cabinets through Donors Choose! This project hopes to increase building and making items (Kapla planks and cardboard building) as well as offering more sensory items and a listening station. While most of these are geared at the littles, I can promise you the older kids will get lots of enjoyment from them as well (Especially the Kapla planks which are highly requested on Makerspace days!) If you would be willing to donate, please visit our Donors Choose link! Thanks, as always, for helping to make the library a welcoming space for everyone!
Hello from the Art Room (UPDATED)
Thank you for the donations I received last week! So much love and appreciation!
- I am doing a fabric collage project and am still in need of scissors that can cut fabric. I am happy for pre-loved or new scissors. If you have any fabric scraps or ribbon you want to get rid of please send them our way.
- For this project tacky glue would work better than the Elmer's we already have.
- The middle schooler students love letter beads during Friday's open studio time. We are running low.
Also if you are interested in volunteering in the Art Room please send me an email email@example.com.
Hello from the Library - OBOB news
From the Library
It's OBOB Time! Oregon Battle of the Books registration is now open at Sunnyside for grades 3-5 and 6-8. Not sure what OBOB is? See our quick facts on the SES Library Page! No team yet? No problem, register and mark that you need help finding a team! Ready to register? Click this link!
Upcoming Author Visits!
We are so excited to be welcoming TWO authors to SES this fall!
Jorge Cham will be here on October 11th for 3-7 talking about his new book Oliver's Great Big Universe. Preorder a book for Jorge to sign for your student heret! Preorder cutoff date is October 5th.
Charise Mericle Harper will be visiting with K-3 on October 23rd to talk about her new book I Cannot Draw A Bicycle. Preorder a book for Charise to sign for your student here. Preorder cutoff date is October 10th
Both of these fantastic authors are visiting our school for free so please help support them with a book purchase for your student!
Support Our Teachers: Wear Blue on Tuesdays AND MORE!
Walk Run Move 2023 - Friday, September 29 (UPDATED)
Presented by SES Foundation x NW Dance Project
Fundraising is in full swing! Keep spreading the word FAR AND WIDE to family and friends who love your student and want to support our awesome school. Make sure to register or sign in at MYBOOSTER.COM for online fundraising, where you can even download a special promo video that features your own student!
30+ VOLUNTEER SPOTS STILL OPEN - Claim a fun job HERE. We especially need more folks to support the snack tent and dance area.
Walk Run Move Event - Friday, September 29
K-2 at 9:00 a.m.
3-5 at 9:45 a.m.
6-8 at 10:30 a.m.
All are welcome to come cheer for the kids! Bring signs, dress up, jog alongside them, dance to the music, hand out water!
Fundraising Ends (EXTENDED!) - Monday, October 9
Last day to turn in pledge sheets and $$ for chances to win prizes! (Extended to 10/9 so 6th Grade can return from Outdoor School.)
Questions? Sara Nielsen (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Steph Barnhart (email@example.com)
GARDEN ALERT: Please Don’t Pick! (NEW)
Please do not pick from the Sunnyside School gardens during the school year, as everything that is growing is part of the students' curriculum. Thank you very much!
1-5 Musical: Cast Waitlist Still Open, Crew Totally Full (UPDATED)
Wow! We are so excited to see the response to our 1-5 Musical with Mo Phillips. Cast spots are full, but there is currently NO waitlist, so if you are interested and haven’t yet registered, add your name to the Cast Waitlist! MS crew spots were very limited and the waitlist is currently long, but we will be contacting everyone on the interest form or Crew Waitlist at a later date for help with sets and costumes.
Everyone who filled out the registration form SHOULD HAVE received confirmation and a link to pay, or notice of your waitlist status. If you have not received an email, please email firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP. Those who have not paid, or contacted us about payment, by September 27 will not hold the spot, and it will be opened to someone on the waitlist.
And for the community: Whether or not your kid is in the show, mark your calendars for performance weekend: December 1-2! It will be full of fun and magic!
Contact Leslie at email@example.com with additional questions.
PPS Volunteer Background Check
Attention SES Volunteers! Please ensure you have followed all required steps for PPS Volunteers, including a training video, safety protocols and background check (good for 3 years) before your volunteer service begins. Info at: www.pps.net/volunteer
Fliers and Community Links (NEW)
Websites to Know
Apply for Free/Reduced Meals - NEW Oregon expanded income guidelines
Konstella - One stop shop for parent information (PTSA)
Communicable disease protocol - aka when should I keep my child home from school?