After School

Get your tickets for the SES Foundation Auction

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

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!

After School

Spring Musical tickets are on-sale NOW!

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.



2019 Read-A-Thon!

Our annual fundraiser, Read-A-Thon, started yesterday! The official reading days are from February 19-March 4. SES students received all of their information packets and bookmarks on February 19.

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 19: Read-A-Thon kick-off
    Author and illustrator Vera Brosgol presented to students in grades 1-8, answered questions and signed their books.
  • Friday, February 22: Pajama Read-in Event
    Wear pajamas to school and spend recess reading in the auditorium. 
  • Monday, March 4: 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

Let’s get reading! Cheers,
Leslie Lothamer


Saturday and Sunday, January 5-6: SES tree recycling

It is that time of year for the annual Sunnyside Environmental School (SES) Holiday/Christmas Tree Recycling Event with all monies raised benefiting the school’s Go FUND. The goal of Go FUND is to ensure that all students, regardless of financial resources, are able to fully participate in our curriculum-based overnight field trips. SES middle-schoolers earn community service credits by working on event logistics, our neighbors feel welcomed on the school grounds, and we provide a valuable service — including eastside tree pickup whether in the rain, hail, snow or sun.  

In the spirit of recycling and a ‘circular economy,’ a local resource, Honl Tree Care, turns the trees into mulch chips, helping keep the perimeter school gardens well tended.

We offer both drop-off and pickup options and encourage early reservations via email or online. For residents who bring their trees to the school, we will have complimentary coffee, tea and hot cocoa. Invite your neighbors and help us promote the benefit! 

Click here to print a flyer and click here for a Facebook event to share.

Event hours and dates:  Saturday Jan. 5 and Sunday Jan. 6 from 10:00am to 4:00pm

Drop-off service: Just bring your trees to Sunnyside Environmental School; 3421 SE Salmon St, Portland OR 97214 on event weekend; drop-off in the asphalt area just behind the school bldg. Follow signs onsite. Requested donation is $ 5.

Pick-up service:  Online or email reservation deadline is Thurs, 1/3/19 at 1pm. Available to eastside PDX residents with advance reservations. Requested donation is $ 10. You can make a reservation for tree pickup HERE.  Alternatively, you can email: and make sure to include requested day, name, full address, contact #, and any special instructions. We ask that residents leave trees on a porch or nearby area no later than 9:00am on pickup day.

We prefer donations be made via direct PayPal link at: Cash or checks made payable to SES PTSA are also acceptable.  

Key Contact persons:   Matt Pozos, and Jeff Skoke,

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Fall Musical ticket are on-sale NOW!

Come celebrate the holiday season with the Sunnyside Drama club!

Our newest original production is “Home for the Holi daydies”, a quirky murder mystery that’s part farce, part musical, and entirely entertaining. When the seven Decima sisters and their families – complete with wacky aunts, angsty teens, and feuding relatives – gather to celebrate Thanksgiving, it seems that a bit of family drama is all that’s on the menu. However, when the evening takes a murderous turn, the family is thrown into a whirlwind of accusations. Will they learn to slow down, think deeper, and resist jumping to conclusions? Or will their fears and prejudices push them to take drastic action?

There will be three shows:

  • Friday November 30th at 6:30 pm
  • Saturday December 1st at 3:00 pm
  • Saturday December 1st at 6:30 pm

This musical is appropriate for all ages. Tickets are just $5 and can be purchased at the door (if available) or online below.

Pick up your tickets at the ticket table right before the show!

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EXTENDED*! Last week for wreath and poinsettia orders!!!


Support SES and women farm workers, and bring some cheer to your home, by ordering a wreath and colorful poinsettia potted flowers.

  • Handmade Noble Fir wreaths, 24-26″ in diameter: $35
  • Lush red, pink, or white poinsettias:
    • $12.50 for 6″ pots
    • $21.50 for 8″ pots

Orders are due by November 16. Pick up your order in the school auditorium on Monday, December 3, between 3 and 7pm.

Click here to view a printable order form. Bring your completed form and payment to the Sunnyside office, or order online at the PTSA website.

Would your business or employer like to participate in this fundraiser and order wreaths or poinsettias? Thanks for giving them a blank form to fill out or directing them to the website for online ordering.  

The SES Wreath and Poinsettia Sale is a school-wide fundraiser that benefits our entire community. This year our wreath sale will again support Sunnyside and also Mujeres Luchadoras Progresistas (Women Striving for Progress). Mujeres Luchadoras Progresistas (MLP) is a group of farm worker women who create economic development and promote leadership among women in their community. By purchasing our wreaths from MLP we can support these efforts. Middle school students can sign up to make wreaths with MLP in November, fulfilling cultural and community service hours.  

Emergency Prep

Water barrel and twin bucket fundraiser

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Does your household have enough water stored in the event of an emergency? Have you thought about your personal sanitation system if the water and sewer systems are disrupted? If not, we have some options for you: Parents of the SES Safety Committee are running a 55-gallon water barrel, and twin 5-bucket fundraiser so that your families can be better prepared. Water barrels are $30 and 5-gallon buckets with a lid are $5 each. Orders will be taken until November 2, and pickup will be at the school on November 3 from 1:30-4:30pm. For more detailed information and an online order form, check this link. Forms are also available in the school’s front entrance area and can be turned into the office. We will also have a table at the Harvest Fair if you have any questions about emergency preparedness.

After School

October 20, 4-7pm: SES’s Annual Harvest Fair!

It’s almost Harvest Fair! We need you to pitch in; our Sign Up Genius really needs some love! From carnival helpers and ticket takers to the dunk tank or dishwashing, there is a job for everyone. Learn more and check out this Sign Up Form to volunteer early for a specific job. We also need:

Small Toy Donations 
The Hay Bales of Mystery and Carnival need a fresh supply of small toys that are no longer getting love in your homes. Tiny action figures your crew doesn’t play with any more? Happy Meal prizes long forgotten? Send ’em our way via the blue collection bin in Assistant Principal Alix’s office (in the main office) by Friday, October 19 at 3pm. 

Baked Goods Donations
Calling bakers, novice and pro alike! We need many treats of all kinds for the Baked Goodies Boogie (MCed by Sunnyside Personalities TBA) and the Magical Cookie Palace. Deliver your baked wares to the auditorium on Friday, October 19 by 5pm or on Saturday, October 20 between 2 and 4pm. If you bring them on a tray you would like back, please mark it clearly with your name and phone number. We will stack empty trays outside the Auditorium and/or Cookie Palace (Kindergarten rooms) at 7pm after the event.

Please contact Steph Barnhart, Harvest Fair Chair, at with questions or ideas.


Friday, October 19 is SES Run/Walk/Move!

It is today!!!

We are excited to announce the annual SES Run Walk Move event on Friday, October 19, 2018. 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:

  1. Help your student(s) gather pledges through the traditional paper forms [link coming soon] or online. 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 and set up a page in minutes. Each participant can visit 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, on the PTSA website, through Walkstarter or a combination! Whatever works best for you, your family and your sponsors.
  2. 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 19.
  3. 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.
  4. Turn in your students’ pledge forms and collected pledges to the SES office or by online payments by Thursday, November 1.

Here is the run schedule by grade:

  • 3, 4, 5: 9:15-9:45am
  • Middle School: 10:15-10:45am
  • K, 1, 2: 12:25-12:55pm