Garden Day is Sunday October 6

Sunday October 6: Garden Day

For a few hours each Fall and Spring, Sunnyside families come together to take care of the school grounds on what we call “GARDEN DAY.” The productivity we can accomplish during this short amount of time is incredible if people show up! Drop by and work for however long you can between 9:00am-1:00pm. Projects that require adult-sized bodies, brains, and tools will be the priority. This is a family event- please do not drop off your student, there will not be supervision. Each group of up to 5 middle school students should have an adult chaperone. There will be small tools and smaller jobs for young people. We’ll use SES garden tools, but if you have your own gloves, shovel, or wheelbarrow close by, that would come in handy.

Activities include: improving garden beds, making new beds, spreading compost, improving trails, planting, chicken coop care, weeding, and more! 

Volunteer roles we need: procurer of snacks, bringer of coffee, head of irrigation pick-up, getting more people to join us, just being here and digging it! and we could make great use of a tool box with drill, driver and saw.

 ** If you’d like to contribute supplies, we need: shade-loving native plants, potting soil, planting compost, bone meal, seeds of all sorts, new kid gloves, and a (mini) green house!

The school building will be closed during Garden Day. For more information, contact SES Garden Coordinator, Steph at

After School

Payment for Fall Musical Participants

If you are signed up for the musical, now it is time to pay so we can get this thing off the ground! 
Here is the online form to make the payment quickly and easily. If you’d rather pay by check or cash please bring it to the next rehearsal.

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Any questions please go to  Musical FAQ to see more info and if you don’t see what you are looking for there email Caitlin Quinn at

After School

Chaperones needed for middle school dance

Friday, September 27: Chaperones needed for middle school dance

Our first middle school dance is coming up on Friday, September 27 from 6:30-8:30 pm. For the dance to happen, we will need chaperones!

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.

General Interest

2019-20 K-5 School Supply Lists

Kindergarten-5th Grade Sunnyside Families,
It’s that time of year again! Instead of families supply shopping, we like to use a purchasing system that saves you time and money and helps maintain equity for all students. We ask families to make a $40.00-$50.00 contribution (depending on grade) to a supply budget. Your donation will buy your child all the classroom supplies they will need for the entire school year.

Our hope is to reduce the cost to our families by buying in bulk and to reduce waste by allowing teachers to purchase only the supplies they need as the classroom needs them.

The following list will direct you to a School Pay link where you can make your contribution. The contributions are available in a sliding scale option. Please do it as soon as you can!

Kindergarten Supply Contribution 
1st/ 2nd Grade Supply Contribution
5th Grade Supply Contribution 

Sunnystock is back! June 11th! [Note changed date]

UPDATE: Due to the weather, Sunnystock has been changed to Tuesday, 11 June.

Sunnystock is back! With that comes a lot of planning, scheduling and logistics but also a lot of FUN! 

The date is June 11th! from 1-4pm. 

This year we are hoping that each k-3rd grade class could do 1 class song, skit or dance, while 4th-8th graders will have the opportunity to perform in small groups or solo. 

A audition/ sign up will be held by Mo Phillips and Tyler Young on Wednesday, May 29th at 3:15 in the auditorium. We will have 4th-8th graders bring their song ideas, lyrics, teammates names and instruments/mic needs to us so that we can ensure this year will be a good one! There will be no day of event sign-ups so it is important that if students want to perform that they come to this event or make separate plans with me. They might want to show up ready to give us a sample of their performance.

We need volunteers to help with set up/ take down, safety (just around the perimeter). Here is a link to the volunteer sign up. Please put your info down here.

If you have any questions please contact Tyler Young, School Counselor at



SES Foundation Auction – letter from the Principal

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,


After School

Starlight Run volunteers needed

Get service hours and help earn money for SES.

Interested in signing up? Email Jarrett Altman.


Date:  Saturday, June 1

Reporting times: 3:30 – 7:30 pm

Location: Bib Pickup/Registration tent will be located in Waterfront Park, between the Rose Festival office and the Salmon Street Fountain.  A map is forthcoming.  

# of volunteers needed: 20 – 25

 Description: Volunteers in this area will be given a training on bib pickup and registration by our Registration Manager, Randy. Registration and bib pickup will open at 4:30 pm, so we will ensure adequate training time.  Volunteers will primarily help with bib assignments, but a few will be assisting with onsite registrations and a few others will be assisting with t-shirts (for participants who ordered them).  

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!