Our beloved READ-A-THON IS HERE!

Official reading dates are March 1st – March 19th.
Fundraising dates are NOW – April 1st.

The READ-A-THON helps fund Sunnyside’s enriching programs such as Gardening and Outdoor Classroom, Virtual Art and Music Enrichment, Teacher Grants and Virtual Field Studies, so start your fundraising engines!  Fundraising will be online only go from TODAY – April 1st.


Register your kid on TODAY. It’s very easy. Click the button below to sign up or learn HOW to register here. Once signed up share about our fundraiser with family and friends and give a donation if you are able to.
There’s also this very cool video called the Student Star Video that you can create for your student on the website. You’ll have to see for yourself, but you upload a photo of your child and they become part of the video – your friends and family will think it’s pretty cool, too!


February 22nd: Fundrasing platform open. Go to to sign up your kid.
March 1st: Reading days begin. Get a Reading Tracker/Roadmap here.
March 2nd: Virtual Author Visit – Aron Nels Steinke, author and illustrator of the Mr. Wolf’s Class series of graphic novels, presents to our students. 10am for K-3rd. 10:45am for 4th-8th. Go here to buy a signed copy of one (or more) of his books* to help support author visits at Sunnyside.
* when you go to checkout to select “Sunnyside Elementary” under “Calculate Shipping Cost” and books will be delivered to the school for pickup
March 5th: Cozy pajama read-in day
March 12th: Dress like a book character day
March 17th: Virtual Author Visit – Elizabeth Haidle, author and illustrator of Before They Were Authors (this year’s OBOB book), presents to our students. 10am for K-3rd. 10:45am for 4th-8th. Go here to buy a signed copy of one (or more) of her books* (even a few pre-sales) to help support author visits at Sunnyside.
* when you go to checkout to select “Sunnyside Elementary” under “Calculate Shipping Cost” and books will be delivered to the school for pickup
March 19th: Dress up day #3 (TBD)
March 20th – April 1st: Submit # of “Reading Challenges” completed from Reading Tracker (submission link coming soon)


Numbers of minutes read can be submitted by teachers for their whole class each day. For K-2 full number of minutes will be shown below, for 3rd-8th minutes will be divided by 2 (this is what we do every year for fairness and consistency).

Stop by here to see who is winning so far.

Important Documents

Virtual Locker Library

by Heather’s 5th grade class


Prizes in fundraising are awarded for each grade group: K-2, 3-5, 6-8

TOP 3 FUNDRAISERS (per grade group)
$50 Gift card of choice (local business’s only please)

Class celebration: Class party organized by Gillian (school librarian)

TOP READING CLASS (per grade group): class with highest submitted average of completed Reading Challenges
Book Legacy Prize: $100 Gift Card to Powell’s

One raffle ticket per completed “Reading Challenges”

PRIZES AVAILABLE (per grade group):
Escape Room in a box
A graphic novel bundle from Books with Pictures with personal concierge book selection help by Katie (the owner)
Book bundle with books personally selected by Gillian
2 x $15 Books with Pictures gift cards
5 x $5 Powell’s Gift Cards



Our Back-to-School Request helps fund Sunnyside’s enrichment programs such as:
  • SES Gardening and Outdoor Classroom Program
  • Virtual Art And Music Enrichment Program
  • Teacher Grants
  • Virtual Field Studies

The amount requested ($90 per student) is determined by calculating roughly what all of our fundraising needs are to support SES each year, and then dividing the number of students enrolled at SES.


Some of you have shared that you feel fortunate and lucky, expressed that you want to give more than you have in the past and asked how to do so. Other community members are experiencing traumatic financial hardship, and we understand that you may not be able to contribute at all. The pandemic has revealed the spectrum of home/job/life experiences that are alive within our community during this unprecedented time in our lives. If you are able to give more, thank you. If you are not, we’ve got you. Everyone is better only when everyone is better, and as a school it is our job to meet the needs of each and every child, as well as each and every family.

Please give as you are able and know that we will continue to hold fundraisers as we can safely and there may be small classroom asks as appropriate throughout the year to support all of our students, classrooms, and grades.

Your donations pay for important programs unique to Sunnyside which are not funded by PPS. It takes all of us to make Sunnyside a special school. If you have questions or concerns please go to and click on the “contact” pull down menu to contact us. There is also a section of our website called “Where does the Money Go?” which will explain more about our yearly budget.

I can help! Please visit, use the “nonprofit groups” tab on the left to find our BTS ask to make a tax deductible contribution (you can sign up here for a recurring monthly donation as well). Your school pay may have different nonprofit groups depending on what other schools your kiddos attend.

If you would prefer to pay by check, please make your check payable to SES PTSA and mail your contribution to:

3421 SE Salmon St.
Portland OR 97214

Every dollar and every cent is helpful and appreciated and serves all the kids at SES.

Thank You!

After School

April 10-12: Register for SES Westwind Family Camp

Join fellow Sunnyside families for Sunnyside Family Weekend at Camp Westwind, a beautiful camp on the coast north of Lincoln City. Our weekend this year is April 10 – 12. This is a great way to relax, enjoy a beautiful natural setting, and grow connections with other SES families. The $80 / per person cost includes heated / lit accommodations in bunk houses, six vegetarian meals (with gluten-free / vegan flexibility!), and a whole bunch of fun. Register here: Learn more about Camp Westwind here:

Questions? Ask Gwen at: or 503.475.8529


Pastini Fundraiser – Mar 2nd & 3rd

Restaurant: Pastini Pastathon
When: Monday, March 2 & Tuesday, March 3

Eat pizza for SES

Mention SES at Pastini on SE 20th & Division anytime on Monday and Tuesday, March 2-3, and Pastini will donate 20% of what you spend to SES. 



After School

Spring Musical Tickets On Sale

Get Tickets to SES Musical Performance

“Microbiome: My Home”

Come out to support the SES cast and crew in the WORLD PREMIER of the completely original musical, “Microbiome – My Home.” Journey inside the human body, exploring the intriguing world of our gut. Humans are a host to a vast array of microorganisms known collectively as the microbiome, which affects many aspects of our health and happiness. Join us as we get microscopic and discover together the ways that diversity makes a community thrive.

Performance Times:

Friday 3/13 at 6:30 p.m.

Saturday 3/14 at 3:00 p.m. 

Saturday 3/14 at 6:30 p.m. 

Tickets ($7 each) are on sale now.  Show time is about 90 minutes, with an intermission. All ages welcome. Concessions and student-designed T-shirts will be available for sale during all performances. Ticket, t-shirt, and concessions proceeds directly support SES PTSA.

Get tickets here!


2020 Read-A-Thon!

Our annual fundraiser, Read-A-Thon, is here! The official reading days are from February 18-March 2. SES students received all of their information packets and bookmarks on February 18.

To make a pledge click here.

We have lots of amazing prizes for top fundraisers and top readers, plus TONS of exciting activities planned for the students. Here is the list:

  • Tuesday, February 18: Read-A-Thon kick-off
    Author and illustrator of the Peter & Ernesto books, Graham Annable, will give a presentation to our students and sign books.
  • Friday, February 21: Pajama Read-in Event
    Wear pajamas to school and spend recess reading in the auditorium. 
  • Monday, March 2: FINAL READING DAY, and the wildly popular dress like a book character day.

We’ll also have ongoing events and reading prizes throughout Read-A-Thon, including: House Cup, Got Caught Reading and Locker Library.

A very important reminder: We measure reading for this event in UNITS, NOT MINUTES.

  • Grades K-2: 10 minutes of reading = 1 unit
  • Grades 3-8: 20 minutes of reading = 1 unit

Please feel free to contact me with questions at

To download another brochure or just have a digital version click here.

Ready, set, read!

Leslie Lothamer

After School

Chaperones needed for middle school dance

Our next middle school dance is coming up on Friday, January 17 from 6:30-8:30 pm. For the dance to happen, we will need chaperones! Sign up here to chaperone or bring snacks. Chaperones should register in the new Volunteer & Visitor sign-in system (Raptor) and complete a background screen (state issued photo ID required) in the SES office if you have not already done so.

Sign up here to chaperone or bring snacks.

The dance starts promptly at 6:30 and ends at 8:30—please make sure students have plans to arrive and leave at these precise times. Permission slips will come home a few days before the event.

We request a $5 donation to cover the cost of the dance, but no child will be turned away for lack of funds.

After School

SES 2020 Spring Musical has begun!

The SES 2020 Spring Musical has begun! Use the links below to register and turn in the Code of Conducts by Wednesday January 2nd
Cast Rehearsals: All cast rehearsals are Wednesdays 3:15 – 5:15 p.m., with parent session from 5:15 – 5:30 p.m.
Crew Rehearsals: Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:15 – 5:30 p.m.
Performances are on Friday, March 13 (6:30 p.m. show) and Saturday, March 14 (3:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. shows). 
This year will be embarking on another completely original school musical! Our story will be created with the students who sign up to be in and help out with the musical. Our Musical this year will journey inside the human body, exploring the intriguing world of our microbiome. Humans are a host to a vast array of microorganisms known collectively as the microbiome, which affects many aspects of our health and happiness. Join us as we get microscopic and discover together the ways that diversity makes a community thrive! There is a role for everyone and no student will be turned away!


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CAST (1st-5th ONLY):

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CREW (Middle School ONLY):

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Please contact Caitlin( with questions.

After School

Fall Musical Dec 6th & 7th. Tickets on sale NOW!

December 6th and 7th SES Presents a New, Original Musical: Crush
Please come support the Sunnyside middle school students in their original production of Crush, a story exploring the complexities and nuances of all types of relationships. This musical is appropriate for all ages, but it might be best enjoyed by students in 3rd grade and up. There are three performances:

    • Friday, December 6th, 6:30pm

    • Saturday, December 7th, 3:00pm

    • Saturday, December 7th, 6:30pm

Cost is $7 per ticket. Buy tickets online or in the SES front hallway before school Thursday, December 5th and Friday, December 6th. They will also be available outside the auditorium one hour before each performance.