This month we have two restaurant fundraisers!
Little big Mondays with Renata
Little by little we can make big things happen for our schools! Renowned Italian restaurant Renata is donating 5% of all gross sales during Mondays in October to benefit SES. Join us for dinner 5-9pm Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28. Mention Sunnyside and ask for their special kids’ menu.
Join us at Pastini on SE 20th and Division Monday, Oct. 21 and Tuesday, Oct. 22 for the two-day Pastini Pastathon. Pastini will donate 50% of net proceeds those two days to SES. Lunch, dinner and take-out orders are all included.
We are excited to announce the annual SES Run Walk Move event on Friday, October 25, 2019. This school-wide fundraising event is organized by the SES PTSA and family volunteers with collaboration and support from school staff. SES Run Walk Move is similar to a traditional jog-a-thon where participants gather pledges from sponsors and run or walk laps around the school. At SES, our participants can also earn “laps” by dancing with a NW Dance Project instructor. Pledges may be made as lump sums or per lap. The idea is for families and others to support the students in any way they can, be it in dimes, dollars, running along side your student, or cheering. The money raised from this event goes towards funding the SES place-based-learning curriculum and events. Last year this fun-filled event raised over $12,000 for our school!
We invite you to join us in supporting SES Run Walk Move and all of our students by following these steps:
- Help your student(s) gather pledges through the traditional paper forms [download your paper form here]. You also have the option to also ask friends and family to donate online by setting up a Walkstarter webpage. With a parent or another adult, students can visit sunnyside.walkstarter.org and set up a page in minutes. Each participant can visit sunnyside.walkstarter.org and create a webpage, setting lap and fundraising goals with a custom avatar to share with potential donors via email or social media. Donors simply click the link and make a pledge in a few easy steps. Parents and kids can monitor progress toward their fundraising goals and easily send thank-you emails from the site. Walkstarter is private and secure, so no one can get to your child’s page unless they have your unique URL. Note: You can get donations on the paper form or through Walkstarter or a combination! Whatever works best for you, your family and your sponsors.
- Help your student remember to bring a water bottle and wear weather and activity appropriate clothing and shoes for the event day on Friday, October 25.
- Join us on the day of the event to cheer our students, run or dance along with them, and/or help tally laps. We plan to have supporters stationed around the school to help cheer and monitor students.
- Turn in your students’ pledge forms and collected pledges to the SES office or by online payments by Thursday, November 7.
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Here is the run schedule by grade:
K, 1, 2: 9:15-9:45am
3, 4, 5: 10:15-10:45am
Middle School: 12:25-12:55pm
Class Photo Fundraiser
We have a professional photographer coming to take class photos on Wednesday, September 25th. Families are welcome to issue payment using the following SchoolPay link(s) or by bringing cash or check to the school office. The best part ~ ALL PROCEEDS WILL BENEFIT SUNNYSIDE’S GO FUND!
- Sustainability Program,
- Art Enrichment Program,
- Classroom Supplies; and
- Go Fund scholarships to ensure all students attend their grade-level off-campus trips.
The amount requested ($195 per student) is determined by calculating roughly what all of our fundraising needs are to support
our great school programs each year, and then dividing the number of students enrolled at SES.
Please give as you are able and know that there will be fundraisers and classroom asks big and small throughout the year to support all of our students, classrooms and grades.
Your donations pay for important programs unique to Sunnyside. It takes all of us to make Sunnyside a special school.
To the Sunnyside community,
I want to thank all of you for your generosity at last weekend’s auction. For me personally, I spent last Sunday with an authentic, “happiness hangover” (for lack of a better descriptor). So many community members, parents and guardians came together to organize, host and execute an event that, for me, affirmed the strength and solidarity of our SES community. THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart. I left the auction feeling so thankful, so grateful and so proud.
As a reminder, funds raised from our auction directly pay for funding of staff members. Our goals were/are to fund 1) a part time book clerk to support our K-8 library program, 2) a part time administrative assistant to support our place-based day and overnight trips for K-8 students, and 3) .25 (¼) of a 3rd grade teacher so that students in this grade can be in right-sized classes for their entire week next year. We are hoping to earn enough to provide 3, full sections of 3rd grade so that class sizes can be smaller in this grade level.
This community is so, incredibly generous. The auction alone grossed over $54,000, with some unexpected, large, charitable cash donations from several people–one family gave $5,000, several families gave $1,000, $500, $250, $100 and so on. Thanks to our families, staff members and community, this auction grossed more than any other auction we have ever had. Relatively speaking, we are close to reaching our goal of fully funding all of the positions above!
The PPS foundation’s policies make sure that each school contributes to a collective “pot” in order to provide funds for schools who may not have the capacity to raise such a large amount of money for staffing. Mathematically, after our expenses for this event are paid, our net income from the auction is about $46,000. Based on PPS rules, for any dollar amount beyond $10,000, 33% of the remaining funds are given back to this communal account for other schools. This said, as of today we have about $35,000 net for Sunnyside. This is such a gift for our students, thank you!
In order to fully fund the positions described above, our goal is to raise $50,000 net. I’m writing today to ask that your family consider making a donation in the next week, especially if you were unable to attend Saturday’s event. I’ve provided links to make this easy for folks, and these links can also be sent to extended family, friends, SES alumni, etc. While we did receive some generous, large cash donations, it’s also true that every dollar counts as we face the budget cuts upon us for next year. If you’re able, please consider making a donation–large or small– so that we can continue to provide our students with the rich, robust school program that makes Sunnyside so special
There are two ways to donate at this time, and all donations are 100% tax deductible. Once a donation is made, our auction committee will immediately provide you with an invoice that includes our tax ID number for your records. Here are the ways you can help us reach our $50,000 net goal:
–We have many raffle tickets left for the Hawaii trip, and if we sell all of them we will earn an additional $3100 toward the staff positions listed above. Please see the link below to purchase raffle tickets with the potential to win a family trip to Hawaii!
–Much of the money raised on Saturday came in the form of cash donations. This was so unexpected, and so incredibly generous. Please consider adding to these funds by making a cash donation toward these important positions. The link below makes it easy to donate online.
Thank you again for all you do for this school. As principal and as a Sunnyside parent, I always feel grateful. I always feel lucky. I always feel proud. Seeing our community come together on Saturday on behalf of all of our children was truly one of the best Mother’s Day gifts I could have ever asked for. For me, while of course the money is important, the love, the solidarity and the sense of community I feel is a gift that no amount of money could ever buy. I was truly blown away by this, and I thank you all for your continued support and donations.
With so much gratitude,
The auction will take place May 11, 6pm at Beeswing Cafe. Purchase tickets in the hall at SES on Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays or online here. Find out all the details, preview auction items, buy raffle tickets and buy tickets at https://sesauction.schoolauction.net/auction2019/homepages/show.
The SES Foundation Auction is a fundraiser for the SES Foundation, which supports hiring staff in our school. In the current budget era we need the foundation more than ever to help us fund some of the amazing extra staff we are so fortunate to have (think art, music, PE, counseling, etc.) at Sunnyside.
In addition to fundraising, the auction is SUPER fun! So even if you don’t plan on spending lots of money, you can still come and have fun with fellow SESers.
We will have:
- Live karaoke with Mo and the Dad Band
- Delicious food and desserts catering to all the diets
- Beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages
- Silent auction & a LIVE auction
We need help to make this all happen. Please check out our sign-up genius and sign up for a volunteer shift or two.
If you have any questions, please contact Corby Watkins. Can’t wait to see you there!
March 8th and 9th
SES presents a new, original musical: The Upstanders
This year’s musical, The Upstanders, will address the presence of bullies in our schools and the larger community. A secret society of reformed bullies and anti-bullying advocates, the Upstanders work furtively throughout the school and community to respond to bullying. But they will need help to turn the tide against bullies and create a safe community for all. Featuring input from the K-8 cast and crew members, this production explores students’ roles in incidences of bullying, what it means to be an ally, and possible interventions. In this moment more than ever, it is important for us all to practice being Upstanders rather than bystanders.
Performance Dates and Times:
Friday, March 8th, 6:30pm
Saturday, March 9th, 3:00pm
Saturday, March 9th, 6:30pm
Cost is only $5 per ticket. Buy your tickets BELOW or get them an hour before showtimes. The shows often sell out, so plan ahead!
Please note: Maximum Capacity for the Auditorium is relatively low given that there are 130 students participating in the production. We ask that families of students in the performance sign up in advance for your preferred priority show, and if interested in attending more than one performance, arrive early to additional shows to purchase tickets. We will reserve about 20 seats for day-of-performance sales. Our goal with this system is to ensure that all families are able to attend at least one performance so every student can feel loving support in the audience. Thank you for your flexibility and willingness to accommodate.
TICKET SALES ARE CLOSED. TICKETS ARE STILL AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR. SALES OPEN AT 1PM. YOU CAN BUY FOR EITHER SHOW AT THIS TIME.