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2018-19 classroom supply lists [All grades posted]

Important note about 2018-2019 supply lists: This year, many teachers will ask for cash donations, rather than for purchased supplies. The goal is for parents to spend LESS than we normally do.

As SES grade supply lists are made available, they will be linked from this page and the headline will be updated.

It is never too early to find a bargain on school supplies!

Click on the link for the appropriate grade(s). Don’t forget:

  • If you shop at Office Depot (in person or online) and use the school code 70084282 and Office Depot will donate 5% of your purchase to SES.
  • If you shop at Target, link your Target REDcard to SES and SES will earn 1% of your purchase (on top of the 5% discount you receive). Go to to learn more.
  • If you shop at Fred Meyer’s, make sure to register your reward card—you’ll still get your rewards, and SES will also receive a donation from Fred Meyer.
  • If you shop at or, use the links on the right side of this page; SES will receive donations that way, too.

The supply lists:


FOR REFERENCE, the 2017-2018 lists can be found here.

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Wanted: Room Parent coordinator

Do you love Sunnyside and have been looking for a way to give back, get involved and make a difference during the school year?

The PTSA position of Room Parent Coordinator is open and needs YOU! This job involves recruiting and organizing a team of room parents for every classroom (and one for each special) and continuing communication through the school year (relaying information and support to your RPs) through weekly emails. (If this sounds daunting, take a breath and know that Justine Light has done it for the past 5 years and says it was 100% worth it.)

Please contact Justine if you have more questions about the job. Your school community will be so so grateful for you.

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Saturday-Sunday, August 4-5: Sunnyside Annual Swap

It’s that time of year again, to gather up all your useful goods and bring them to Sunnyside Community House Social Hall for our annual swap!

We look forward to this event for the great thing that it is… a place to check in and swap around for fab new-to-you things before going to a store to buy them.

You can sign up right now with the link to become a swap sorter (the best way to see and have first dibs on everything that comes into the swap); volunteers make it happen.

Many of us have been to the swap every year for the past 13 years; I’d love to see you all again. Spread the word to neighbors, family and friends. The more the merrier.

Event info:

  • On Saturday, August 4, doors to the Sunnyside Community House Social Hall (corner of SE 35th and Yamhill) open from 4pm to 8pm take in Community donations: Those jeans that don’t fit anymore, all the clothes your kids have outgrown, a lunch box or backpack with plenty of life left in it, sports gear, art supplies, books, toys, games. Everything should be in good, usable condition.
  • On Sunday, August 5 the donating and swapping continues from 9am-4pm. Everyone who brought in items on Saturday or volunteers their time gets in for free. Everyone who comes on Sunday without volunteering or donating in advance is asked to bring items and pay a $2 per family fee. All fees and monetary donations will be donated to the Community House program that allows people to shower and get a hot meal there.

At the end of the swap, all remaining kids’ clothing items will be donated to the PPS/PTA clothing center. Adult clothing will be left on site for those in need.

Everything is free in the last hour!

We are looking for someone that works or volunteers for a nonprofit that would take away the infant clothing and any other baby items still left at the end of the swap. Let me know if this is you!

Remember to spread the word. Here is the Facebook link, like, share and come to our event.

Hope to see you there!
Samantha Fisher

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From Principal Amy: 2018-2019 staffing announcements

I hope you are all having a wonderful summer so far!

The office has been a busy place up until the last few weeks, and I’m writing to announce some of our staffing changes for the upcoming school year. 

As many of you may already know, Ryan Pederson, Heidi Wigman, Rebecca Wagner and Shannon McClure will not be working within our Sunnyside community next year. Rebecca, Ryan and Shannon will still be in PPS, and Heidi has decided to pursue a career in higher education. Given these changes, several of our staff–and some parents, thank you!!– have been hard at work, interviewing and meeting candidates. I’m proud to announce that we have hired some amazing folks to join our school community! We do still have a few, additional smaller, support/temporary positions to fill, and I will announce these once hiring has been completed:

  • Tiffany Lane will be teaching 3rd grade. Tiffany’s most recent teaching experience has been at the Emerson School and Faubian K-8 in PPS.
  • Monica Vogel will be teaching 1st/2nd grade. Monica completed her student teaching at Sunnyside many years ago, and has spent several years in the West Linn-Wilsonville School District. Last year Monica taught at Llewellyn Elementary in PPS.
  • Tyler Young will be our new K-8 counselor. He comes to us from Terra Linda K-5 in the Beaverton School district. He will be joining Ashley Bevan, our .5 counselor, completing our SES counseling team.
  • Iris Powell will be our full time PE teacher, fully taking over the position that was vacated through Dian Christensen’s retirement last spring.
  • Sarah Conley will be our new school secretary in the front office, joining Michelle Schaefle as a permanent front office team. Sarah has been a paraeducator at Sunnyside for several years, most recently supporting 3rd grade in Heather Chaney’s classroom.
  • Alix Pickett will be our new Assistant Principal. Alix comes to PPS from the Lake Oswego School District. Most recently, she has been the principal at Hallinan Elementary School for the last few years.

Please join me in welcoming this incredible group of educators to their new positions at Sunnyside!

In other news, a few of our staff will be changing grade level teaching assignments:

  • Heather Chaney will be moving up to the middle school, teaching Year of the Forest and 6th grade math/school skills (formerly called “Friendship”).
  • Jeremy Thomas will be teaching 4th grade.
  • Asa Gervich will be teaching 4th grade.
  • Leo Soell will be teaching a 4th/5th grade blend.

Enjoy the summer, more announcements to come as we get closer to the start of school.

With gratitude,

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Summer gardening events at SES

Happy Summer from Steph and the SES chickens!

It is nice and quiet here, but it can get lonely, too. There are many projects that need more attention than one little garden teacher can tackle. This is meant to be a school community garden; a place that is the creation of a group of people working together. Call a Sunnyside friend to meet you to work on a garden project for an hour this summer. Here are times that Steph will be facilitating with tools, directions and possibly treats!

  • Tuesday, July 24, 8:30-10:30am: Morning planting, weeding, watering and chicken care
  • Friday, July 27, 9-11am: Planting, watering, weeding and popsicle party
  • Tuesday, August 14, 8am-2pm: Gardening drop-in hours
  • Tuesday August 21: Grade-level gardening get-togethers. Meet with friends that may be in your class, tend to your specific grade-level garden projects and welcome new student families.
    • 8:45-10:00am: Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades
    • 11am-12pm: 3rd, 4th and 5th grades
    • 2-3:15pm: Middle school grades

Contact Steph with inquiries:

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From PTSA President Holly Cook

Hello Dear SES Community,

As we head toward the glory of summer fruits and swimming holes, I want to send you one last blast as your PTSA President.
First let’s celebrate the munificent people stepping in to leadership roles at the PTSA. Hooray and thank you! Your incoming PTSA Board for 2018-2019 will be:
  • Executive Board
    President—Charity Fain
    Vice President—Michelle Pier
    Secretary—Desiree Hull-Smith
    Treasurer—Julie Helzer 
  • Board
    Assistant Treasurer—Ashley Ramona Preece
    Board Member At-Large—Justine Light
    Board Member At-Large—Holly Cook
    Teacher Representative—Eric Fass
    Student Representative—Wrigley Cook
Second, I want to give huge thanks to the outgoing board for their bottomless enthusiasm and willingness to work, organize, and share. Elizabeth Levi and Matthew Latterell both have been involved with the PTSA and making things happen at SES for as long as I can remember. Each of them has served in various capacities on the board and off over the years. Jarrett Altman was our Secretary and is taking over the Run-Walk-Move and other Go Fund fundraisers. She is a bubbly sharknado. Kate Foster volunteered for so many other things while serving as Assistant Treasurer and helping behind the scenes with what I call, “money stuff.” Katy Powell and Desirée Hull-Smith were our Members-at-Large, stepping in to fill the gaps. Jeremy Thomas was our Teacher Rep, helping us better understand the needs of the teachers and staff while also having the insight of a parent. And finally, Leatile Kelly served as the Student Rep. She helped us reach out to students and brought the voice of the students to us. And she taught us a lot about what not to bring for MS snack. Thank you.
There are many other positions that round out the PTSA. Kieran Cannistra, Ina Zucker, Charity Fain, Corby Watkins, Justine Light, Letícia George, Ingrid Larssen, Elizabeth Levi. This group held the reins for the Standing Committees last year. Many of these people have been quietly serving for years. Just getting it done, day after day. Thank you.
And thank you to the folks who sign up to manage all the events! So many people help our school recycle trees, run-walk-move, and make Stone Soup, eat pie at Pi(e) Night and lasagne at Riparian Festival, organize Harvest Fair and the Auction, buy wreaths, and lead the read-a-thon, coordinate school photos, the trip to Westwind, MS dances and Go-Fund childcare, create a directory and manage the beastly lost and found. Thank you.
There are so many more people who deserve recognition. More than I even know.  here are art, PE, gardening, math and reading volunteers.  There are garden volunteers and cooks and library helpers. There are people who teach mini-classes and go on field studies both day and night.  There are grandparent volunteers and middle school volunteers. There are community members who don’t have ties to the school who come to help. People help in the office and in the classrooms. Heck, some ladies cleaned the basement! Thank you.
Finally I want to publicly apologize and take responsibility for not organizing the thank-you post-it notes for volunteers this year. Sunnyside would not be Sunnyside without the hundreds of volunteer hours that make the school hum. Each and every one of these volunteers deserves a (biodegradable) ticker tape parade, an ice cream party with so many sprinkles, and a serenade from Beyoncé. The post-it notes are our community’s way of saying thank you to all the volunteers, the unsung foundation of the PTSA. I dropped the ball. I am sorry.
On behalf of the PTSA, three cheers and a Beyoncé serenade to all of these folks for volunteering their time and expertise to help our small school do big things to benefit all the kiddos, the school, and, let’s be real, the future of the planet and humanity. For reals. No matter if we use bulldozers, shovels or spoons, mountains are getting moved.
Thank you for showing up.
Thank you for helping.
Thank you for bringing it.
Thank you.
Holly Cook

Friday, June 1, 3:15-6:30pm: Silent Disco fundraiser

Heartbeat Silent Disco will partner with Sunnyside Environmental School on Friday, June 1 from 3:30 to 6:30pm for a fundraiser dance behind the school. Bring your friends, your family, snacks and a blanket and come dance under the sun with us. 

Silent Discos are more fun when we have critical mass. Let’s get together around 3:15pm to stretch and guarantee you headphones. We are going to kick things off around 3:30pm and go til around 6:30pm. We will bring a bunch of headphones, but get there early to guarantee yourself a pair. You must have a valid driver’s license or ID and $5 to participate. This is a family-friendly event.

We hope you can join us as we raise FUNds and awareness for Sunnyside Environmental School. $5-$20 donation goes to SES PTSA.

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Thursday, June 7, 8:45-9:45am: Room Parent appreciation and information coffee hour

Are you someone who loves to stay informed of all the happenings at school? Do you thrive when able to connect others and build community? Have you been looking for the right way to contribute to the SES community that fits into your own timeframe? Being a Room Parent might be a great fit! This role is vital to the classroom community and serves to support the teachers in an important way.

Please join the current and incoming Room Parent Coordinators, Justine Light and Jessica Oskin, respectively, along with current, seasoned Room Parents for coffee, treats and information about the Room Parent Role. We will meet in the library after drop off on Thursday, June 7. This is a great time to find out more about the job and ask for valuable first-hand experience and tips from others who have done the work. If you are unable to make the event but are still interested, please email justinelight@gmail.comfor more info or to put your name on the roster of possible Room Parents for 2018-19 school year. Your interest does not mean commitment at this point, so come on by!

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Friday, June 8: Middle school dance chaperones needed

We will have our last middle school dance on the last day of school, Friday, June 8, from 6:30-8:30pm. Please sign up here to be a chaperone or to contribute snacks.

We ask for a $5 donation, but nobody will be turned away due to lack of funds. We do require a signed permission slip for entry. Permission slips will go home next week before the dance. Friendly reminder that the dance starts at 6:30 and ends at 8:30—please make sure students have plans to arrive and depart at these precise times. Thank you!

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Friday, June 1: Last day to check the Lost and Found

Our SES Lost and Found is chock full of great clothes, water bottles, umbrellas, boots and more. Please remember to check the lost and found racks and bins for items you may not even know you are missing. At the end of this week (Friday, June 1), the lost and found will be cleared out for the summer, and all clothes will be donated to kiddos in need. (And, going forward, please put your children’s names in all clothing so we can return them to you.)