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Thursday, April 26: 8th grade job shadowing survey

As part of the 8th grade portfolio, all 8th graders choose a person to job shadow on Thursday, April 26. Students spend a portion of the day following a professional in their place of work to get a better understanding of a day in the life of various professions. 

If you are interested in bringing an SES 8th grader to work with you on April 26, please respond to this survey. Please consider hosting one or more students; this experience has been invaluable to SES 8th graders as they embark on their paths to high school and beyond. Thanks in advance for your time and participation.


Plan for March 14: Honoring the Parkland tragedy

Dear Families,

All of you should have received communication from our new superintendent regarding the choice to offer age-appropriate activities tomorrow at 10 am, in line with a 17-minute, national event that acknowledges the victims of the Parkland school shooting. Because we have a large age range at Sunnyside (students are age 5 to age 15), we have differentiated student activities by grade band. Please note that for K-5 students, Ryan and Ashley (school counselors) will be available for students who choose to not participate in the events described below. In the middle school, Shannon, our assistant principal, will remain in room 211, offering an alternative space for students who choose to stay back. Activities are described below:

From KG, 1st, and 2nd grade teachers:

The K-2 will be having a brief conversation about safety in school and lifting our voices to be heard.  At 10:00 we will walk out to the playground and sit down. Then we will sing three protest songs we know well: Woke Up This Morning, Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around, and This Little Light of Mine.  We’ll repeat those songs for a total of 17 minutes of singing.

From 3rd, 4th and 5th grade teachers

We will have in-class pre-teaching around being an upstander, and breaking the silence against injustice. This will look slightly different in different age classrooms (for example, 5th graders, who know and are aware of the events in Parkland, will watch and discuss an excerpt of Parkland student Emma Gonzalez’ speech at the state capitol, whereas younger 3rd graders may do a gallery walk of quotes about nonviolence from figures like Dr. King, etc).

At 9:55, 3-4-5 will meet on the blacktop by the garden shed, and proceed to do a quiet walk of solidarity around the school block for the 17 minutes. Students who wish to carry signage or placards on the walk will of course be permitted to do so, and we may sing some songs as we walk.  We will not go around the whole block but instead cut through the blacktop like we did with the SES Run/Walk.

From Middle School Teachers:

Middle school classes have already had various lessons about this event and/or why solidarity and speaking one’s truth is important in our society. 

All classes silently walk out linked together at 10 am to the front of the school to give K-5 space on the back…

  • Stand in a Circle linking arms/hands (likely at the front of school around Old Man Cheery to the “Tulip” tree and “native plant” garden… 
  • 8th grade cohort members introduce/makes statement once outside 
  • Middle school students may walk or sing in solidarity with buddy classes and/or groups of younger students. Middle school students may also walk in solidarity with 3-4-5 students during the 17 minute time frame

Please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher is you have additional questions about this event. We are closely following the guidelines put out by PPS, while also trying to meet the developmental needs of students of various ages. 

Thank you,
Amy Kleiner, SES Principal


Lights Out Portland

Sunnyside’s 8th grade Wildlife cohort is requesting that families participate in the Portland Audubon Society’s Lights Out Portland and Lights Out pledge.

By doing either or both of these actions you will be supporting both the cohort and the Audubon Society achieve the goal of making the city of Portland a safer place for migrating birds. The official Audubon campaign to protect birds during their spring migration runs from March 15, 2018 to June 7, 2018 from 11pm until dawn. The Wildlife Cohort will be monitoring SES participation form March 16 to March 23, 2018.

To participate in Lights Out Portland please turn off outdoor lights when you are not using them and make sure the lights aim downwards. Please draw blinds or curtains to reduce light spill that contributes to sky glow.

Visit this page to see a more complete list. Follow this link to take the lights out pledge.


Please register for Kindergarten early

To help with scheduling and placement, it is extremely helpful for the school’s office if you register your kindergartner early for the class starting Fall of 2018.  To register, you need to bring in a complete Registration Form, complete Immunization Record Form, proof of child’s age (birth certificate, passport, etc.), and two original documents to prove residency in the neighborhood.  These can be utility bills, financial documents, government documents, etc.  More guidance on all of these items and downloadable versions of the forms can be found here:  If you need copies of the forms, you can pick them up at the office.

Please bring all of these items to the office to register your future Kindergartner.  Don’t delay!

Past News

2018-2019 PPS school calendar approved


The Portland Public Schools Board of Education, at its meeting Tuesday night, unanimously approved the school calendar for 2018-19. The calendar, a draft of which had been posted on the district website for public perusal, features several changes from 2017-18.

Image of the PPS Calendar, click for the full PDF.The district has eliminated early dismissals and late openings, a change that came out of the new three-year contract the district signed with Portland Association of Teachers in February.

A change in the November schedule has created a fall break for students the week of Thanksgiving. The two days of parent-teacher conferences that were held Nov. 8 and 9 in 2017 will be held on a Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 19 and 20, in 2018.

The district will close schools on Wednesday, Nov. 21, which combined with the traditional Thanksgiving and day after days off, creates a one-week fall break from classes for students.

“Staff shared with us the (feedback from) many stakeholders, whose input was considered in creating this new calendar,” said Board member Julie Esparza Brown, chair of the Board’s Teaching and Learning Committee that vetted the calendar after Superintendent Guadalupe Guerrero approved a final draft.

One other potential change would affect Presidents’ Day, traditionally a day on which schools and offices have been closed in PPS. However, Feb. 18, 2019 is being set aside as a snow makeup day in the event that a day is lost because of weather. The district will be required to announce by Jan. 18 if it will use Feb. 18 as a makeup day or if it will be a holiday day off.

“It’s important to note that this calendar reflects wise planning,” said Julia Brim-Edwards, Board chair. “In past years, PPS hasn’t always planned in advance for snow days.  We’ve got an excellent plan for next year regardless of whether we have a year like last year or a year like this year. That should give our families something they can really count on.”

See the complete 2018-19 PPS calendar.


Late start+babysitting: Wednesday, March 21

Wednesday, March 21 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.

Lunch hour volunteers: Renewed support needed

Each day, there is a need for parent/adult volunteers on the playground from 12:15-12:40pm to cover staff shift changes within that time period.  Extra eyes are needed to help increase eyes on the ground and security for our collective kiddos, rain or shine. Any days you can manage this time frame is much appreciated. Sign up once, or sign up for a bunch of times (once a week, or once a month). It all helps! Sign up here.

Thanks again to all the wonderful volunteers who have given their lunch hours to help out the SES staff.

SES Safety and Resilience Coordinator


Planning for March 14 (A message from PPS)

From the PPS web site and email:

“Dear PPS Community,

As you may know, March 14 has been highlighted as a day for students across the nation to honor the lives lost in Parkland, Florida, on Feb. 14. With the nation’s attention focused on issues of school gun violence, student safety and civic engagement, this is a tragic but teachable moment for our students – and for all of us.

While our policies do not allow us to condone or participate in a walkout, as some have called for, we can offer an affirmative message to your students that we, like they, are grieving and angry about yet one more mass shooting in a school. I would like to let you know how we, as a district, plan to respect and support the voices and actions of our students while also ensuring their safety. My hope and expectation is that we spend time on age-appropriate lessons about what constitutes a safe, supportive and inclusive learning environment, that we allow students to express their views and that we encourage civic engagement on this issue.

I have asked school leaders to give some attention and planning for a visible, school-wide event on March 14 to begin at 10 a.m. and last 17 minutes in honor of the 17 students and educators who lost their lives at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. This could take the form of students and staff joining hands in a circle on the playground, families joining their students for a peaceful walk around the school grounds or some other activity. Please check with your school principal about plans for that day.

No student or school employee should ever feel unsafe when they walk into any classroom or office at Portland Public Schools. We will continue to do all we can to ensure our schools are safe, welcoming and supportive for everyone. Thank you for your support.

In service of our students,
Guadalupe Guerrero, Superintendent”


Tuesday, March 13: Laughing Planet SES donation day

Mark your calendars for our next donation night: Tuesday, March 13 at the 3320 SE Belmont Street Laughing Planet location. All eat in and pick-up orders made on that date at that location help support SES—to the tune of 15% of Laughing Planet’s proceeds. They are open every day from 11am-9pm, but on March 13 at 6pm SES’s own music teacher, Mo Phillips, will play live! Visit the Laughing Planet site and check out the menu.