General Interest

As Fortnite blows up, parents need to up their game

Hello parents,

I am a counselor here at SES and realize how difficult it can be to raise a kid these days. I will be sharing articles from time to time and hope you find them helpful.

Today I’d like to share, As “Fortnite” Blows Up, Parents Need to Up Their Game. A new survey confirms what most parents already know: Kids are going crazy for “Fortnite.” Here are some practical tips to manage it.

~Ashley Bevan, SES counselor


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.  

General Interest

High school information nights

The following are local high school information nights:

  • Madison High School: Thursday, November 8, 6-8pm
  • Jefferson HS-Middle College for Advanced Studies: Thursday, November 15, 6-8pm
  • Metropolitan Learning Center: Wednesday, November 14, 6-7:30pm and Tuesday, November 27, 6-7:30pm
  • “Discover Franklin” information night at Franklin High School: Wednesday, November 28, 6-8pm
  • Grant High School @ Marshall Campus (3905 SE 91st Ave.): Thursday, November 29, 6-8:30pm
  • “Bridging the Gap” information night at Cleveland High School: Wednesday, December 5, 7-9pm
General Interest

3 Important Announcements from the Library

OBOB Deadline

The OBOB registration deadline was November 2, but if you missed the deadline to sign up, please let me know ASAP, so I can have an accurate counting of all teams. Email me at

Library Donor’s Choose needs your help

In order to create a more welcoming environment for all students, we have a Donor’s Choose set up to help fund some flexible seating options that will work across all ages in our space and that can be stacked out of the way when not needed. Any contribution is very, very welcome!

Winnie’s Reading Challenge

Winnie the Library dog, with the help of a group of third grade readers, has created the first annual Winnie’s Reading Challenge. Come pick up a bookmark and see if you can read all of Winnie’s book picks.

General Interest

Your child can get medical care at the Student Health Center

Sick or injured kid? Trouble getting in for a regular check up?

Don’t fret. You can bring your child to any of the 10 Multnomah County Student Health Centers for care. Student Health Centers are like having a doctor’s office at school. They serve any K-12 aged youth that lives or goes to school in the county. Student Health Centers take all types of insurance and serve the uninsured. To be accessible, there is never an out-of-pocket cost for services (no cost or co-pay). Best of all, half of all appointments are reserved for same day, so you can get in when you need to. 

The nearest Student Health Centers to SES are at Cleveland and Franklin high schools. Both are open Monday-Friday during the school year. Call to set up your first appointment. Cleveland: 503-988-3350 Franklin: 503-988-3370

For more information, visit our website or find us on Facebook.

Emergency Prep

Water barrel and twin bucket fundraiser

[highlight color=”eg. yellow, black”]UPDATE: Bucket sales are closed, but you can still order water barrels.[/highlight]

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

TODAY! Thursday, October 25: Rescheduled garden days

Thursday, October 25, 1:30-4:30pm.

This is our “community care day.” Garden Days are important events to keep the landscape healthy, useful, safe and beautiful for everyone to inhabit. Please try to make a couple hours free in your schedule to work alongside your student to show your support and help the gardens. This is not only for Middle School service-learning, it is for ALL SES families. Middle school students will be allowed to participate only if they have a designated, adult supervisor.

If neither of the dates work for you, and you want to help in the garden, please email Steph at:

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.