SES Auction Raffle 2018—Trip for four to Hawaii

Just $20 per ticket—total of 500 tickets sold—tickets for sale on the auction website now!

This lovely vacation includes,

  • Round trip airfare from Portland to Maui,
  • Five nights in a two-bedroom condo,
  • Full size rental car!

You can extend your stay on your dime if you want get some more time in the sun. Somebody has to win this; it may as well be YOU!

See below for the fine print:

Terms & Conditions: The Hawaii raffle prize package includes 4 roundtrip economy class airline tickets from Portland to Maui, 5 nights at the Kapalua Villas in a 2-bedroom condo for 2 adults and 2 children under the age of 18, a full size car rental and taxes. Daily resort fees and cleaning deposit are not included and will be payable to Kapalua Villas. All passengers must travel together from Portland. Airline imposed fuel surcharges would be additional. Flight and resort confirmation is based on availability. A minimum of 60 days’ notice is required to confirm travel; with more time highly suggested. Holiday and peak season black-out dates may apply. Upgrades of service or package deviations are the responsibility of the winner. Once booked, cancellation and change penalties will be in place. This package is non-transferable or redeemable for cash. Other restrictions may apply. Travel must be completed by 2/28/2019.

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Late start+babysitting: Wednesday, April 18

Wednesday, April 18 is a late start. First bell is at 10:40am.

  • Babysitting: SES 8th graders, many of whom are Red Cross and/or CPR-certified, will be on hand to babysit, for those who need it. All proceeds benefit the Go Fund. Drop off is 8:30am, and sitters will be responsible for making sure each child gets to class. Cost is $20. Space is limited to 25 students and granted on a first-come, first-serve basis; sign up via the SES PTSA site.

Read-A-Thon: Winners list and thanks

Hello Sunnyside families! Read-A-Thon 2018 was an enormous success. We surpassed our fundraising goal. Our total so far is over $34,000! If you still have pledges to collect, please do so and bring them to the main office. We are still accepting donations.

Please look for our complete list of winners in the school hallway. Below are the top prize winners:

  • Top Fundraising Class:
    • K-2: Eric
    • 3-5: Jeremy
    • Middle School: Tara
  • Top Individual Fundraisers
    • K-2 
      • 1st Place: Vivian Williams
      • 2nd Place: Bennett Lembo
      • 3rd Place: Ora Darling
    • 3-5
      • 1st Place: Naomi Granek Brown
      • 2nd Place: Vanport Bontemppo
      • 3rd Place: Adoniyas O’Connor
    • Middle School
      • 1st Place: Nicolas D’Aubin
      • 2nd Place: Zola Buhl Smith
      • 3rd Place: Ella Kirshbaum
    • Top Reading Class:
      • K-2: Rebecca
      • 3-5: Leo
      • Middle School: Indigo
    • Top Readers Per Grade:
      • K: Dionisis Fergadiotis Kapantzoglou
      • 1: Rowan LucKy Moon Bell
      • 2:Athena Anderson
      • 3: Alder Fife
      • 4: Eisley Shanor
      • 5: Jasmine Torain-Fass
      • 6: Haviva Kalenkowitz
      • 7: Ella KirshBaum
      • 8: Sierra Stein

Congratulations to all the winners, but also to each and every one of our students and parents for putting in so much work and dedication into making this fundraiser such a big success for our beloved school. We all win with Read-a-thon. To all the volunteers who helped me organize the event, come up with amazing ideas, design the reading logs, decorate the school hallway, secure authors to visit, catch kids reading, count money and so much more, you are all AMAZING. And finally a most special thanks to Leslie Lothamer, parent volunteer extraordinaire, and Gillian Grimm, the best librarian any school cold ever hope for! 

We will be bringing prizes to the students and classrooms within the next week or so. Please be patient; we will take care of everyone.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me
at (305) 528-7105 or  ~Yomari Cruz

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The SafeOregon Tip Line aims to increase student safety

In keeping with its commitment to student safety, last October PPS joined school districts across the state in using the SafeOregon Tip Line. SafeOregon was funded by the Oregon Legislature as part of a statewide effort to improve school safety. It provides a secure means for anyone to anonymously report suspicious or imminently unsafe situations, such as threats of violence, fights, drugs and alcohol, weapons, bullying, harassment, intimidation or self-harm. 

Anyone, from students to parents to community members, can access the system in a variety of ways, including:

  • The “Report unsafe behavior” button found on every PPS school’s website
  • The SafeOregon website.
  • A live call/text (844-472-3367)
  • An email to
  • The mobile app that can be downloaded from your Smart Phone via iTunes or Google Play

Trained staff are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to respond. Please be sure to share this information with your friends and family. Remind your students: If you see or hear something, say something—immediately.

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2018 8th Grade Speeches

Each year as our SES 8th graders prepare to leave for high school, they must complete a portfolio of assignments designed to help them think both retrospectively, prospectively and introspectively. One of those assignments is a speech that talks about something they believe.

On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays during middle school morning meeting, 8th graders are delivering these speeches, starting at 8:45am. (No one is allowed to exit or enter the auditorium when a speech is in progress.)

Whether you want to watch loved 8th graders make their speeches or you want a little taste of what’s to come for your children as they make their journeys toward 8th grade, come listen to some of the speeches. You will be glad you did.

You can find the schedule of speeches here. The schedule does change, so please be sure to check for updates regularly if there’s someone you really want to see.


SES QSA t-shirts now available to order

SES’s newly-formed 3×5 QSA has been working hard on many projects. The design team has created a brilliant QSA T-shirt design. They are selling shirts to show queer pride and queer ally-ship, and to raise money for the QSA club. They will use funds for events, advocacy, field studies and supply costs. To order, download an order form here or pay online at SchoolPay.  All t-shirt order forms are due by April 4 for Spring 2018 delivery. Forms can be dropped off in the envelope outside of Leo’s classroom (room 200).

The 3×5 QSA’s mission statement: “The 3rd through 5th grade Sunnyside Environmental School Queer Straight Alliance, known as the 3×5 QSA, stands for LGBTQIA+ rights. Our alliance’s goal is to help people feel comfortable with who they are and learn about the LGBTQIA+ community. Not only do we learn, but we also ask questions such as, “Do LGBTQIA students get the support they need and deserve?” and “If you are queer, do you feel comfortable speaking up and telling people?” We welcome both LGBTQIA students and allies. At QSA, we make sure everyone feels safe, supported and loved. One way we do that is by completing projects. For example, we make posters, t-shirts, mugs, and bookmarks to raise money for queer organizations, students of color clubs and our QSA. We also have space for conversations and read articles to learn more about important issues that affect the LGBTQIA community, both at Sunnyside and in the world.”