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Food prep help wanted for 6th grade marine biology trip

The heat wave is over…just in time to fire up your ovens to bake for the Grade 6 marine biology trip.

Marine Bio is just a week away, and the food prep has begun. We count on contributions from families to make the trip successful and delicious. We’ll have a spot in the cafeteria for donation drop off starting on the Friday before the trip, May 18. Here are two ways that you can help us out this week:

  • Make a batch of granola to add to the breakfast buffet. It’s a super popular breakfast item, so we need lots. Find the bulk Sunnyside Granola recipe here, if you want to go crazy. Smaller batches help every bit as much. It all adds up when we mix it all together on site.
  • Contribute dessert treats, cookies, brownies, Rice Krispie squares, etc. The best treats for this trip travel can be boxed up for travel and can be eaten with one hand. It’s great to have a variety for evening desserts, and homemade are especially appreciated. We need about 250 desert treats, and the students are happy to help out if we have leftovers!

It would be helpful if some of the treats were free of milk, butter and soy. We have some students with soy and dairy sensitivities on the trip, this year. Questions? Email

Thanks from your Marine Bio Cooking Crew!

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Big Thanks from the SES Foundation Auction committee

Hello Awesome SES Community,

With all of your amazing support we raised just under $35,000 to support staffing at our amazing school. Thank you so much! Your support—whether it be signing up to volunteer to set up or take down, sell Hawaii raffle tickets, pick up a keg or just plain swill cocktails—is KEY to our success.

This event takes so many folks to procure, sort, organize, decorate, input, market, design, entertain, check-in, check-out and generally just be present! It is a Herculean effort, and with all of your help we moved a mountain.

I would like to thank particularly the auction team: Kieran Cannistra, Charity Fain and Holly Cook. You three took it up to at least 13. I would also like to thank Becky O’Leary (for being wherever she was needed), Mo Phillips, Leonie Alaeddine, Justine Light, Jarrett Altman for making the white fluffies, Emory Oeding and Michelle Schardt for lovely flowers, Jill Kehoe, Jeran Turner, Chloe Derderian, Leaux Elstad, and of course Marissa and Ian at BEESWING, the best venue ever!

And quick shout-out to the Maui raffle auction’s big winner: Sean Hathaway. WOOT, WOOT, YEAH SEAN!

And since we’re always looking forward to the future…let’s see how we can top it next year!

With more thanks and a full heart,
Corby Watkins
SES Foundation Auction Chair

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Thursday, May 24: 5th grade safety patrol picnic

All fifth graders are invited to the annual safety patrol picnic, taking place Thursday, May 24 at Oaks Park. Participants will leave at 9am and return around 1:30pm. All costs are covered—students do not need to bring any money. Hot dogs, chips and ice cream will be provided for lunch. Students should bring water bottle.

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Franklin High School announcements for 8th grade families

May 16, 6:30pm: FHS Meet & Greet and PTSA Meeting

8th Grade families planning to attend Franklin High School in the fall are invited to meet our new FHS principal, Chris Frazier and attend our final PTSA General meeting of the year, where Chris and our outgoing principal will discuss the upcoming school year. We will meet in the FHS cafeteria (Student Commons) at 6:30pm for appetizers made by our own culinary students. This will be an informal gathering to meet Chris. At 7pm, our more formal PTSA meeting will begin with time for a Q&A with Chris and our outgoing principal Juanita Valder.

Save the date for registration

FHS registration will occur August 14-16. A specific date and time for Freshmen will be announced soon. Registration is when students confirm their schedules for the fall and get their student IDs, which double as their bus pass. If they miss registration, they will have to wait to get their ID until after school starts. There will also be a Freshman orientation, date and time TBD but either tied to the same day as registration or possibly the week after. Stay tuned!

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Wednesday, May 30, 6-8 pm: “Gamify your parenting” and PTSA general meeting

On Wednesday, May 30, join the SES PTSA and special guest speaker (and SES parent) Scott Crabtree for a session on engaging your kids:

“Gamify” Your Parenting: What parents can learn from game developers

To engage many young people, parents and other adults must provide interaction and fun. Learn how to gamify your approach to kids so that you and they have more fun and engage with each other more. Learn from the masters of engagement—game developers—and the science that explains how games engage kids. Explore:

  • How your parenting can deliver engagement just like a great video game with Autonomy, Relatedness, Mastery, and Surprise
  • Why giving kids buy-in or why-in is so compelling to getting cooperation
  • What game developers know about mastery and why you should also be “rubber banding” to engage youth.
  • Learn the science that game developers use–and the practical steps any adult can take–to engage today’s youth.

Scott Crabtree’s repeat clients include DreamWorks, Boeing, Intel, HP, Activision/Blizzard (game companies), NBC, Enumclaw WA School District, Silver Falls School District, and Nike.

There will be free prizes and snacks! And childcare! Please contact Alison Taylor to ESVP for kid wrangling:

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Late start+babysitting: Wednesday, May 16

Wednesday, May 16 is a late start. First bell is at 10:40am.

  • Babysitting: SES 8th graders, many of whom are Red Cross and/or CPR-certified, will be on hand to babysit, for those who need it. All proceeds benefit the Go Fund. Drop off is 8:30am, and sitters will be responsible for making sure each child gets to class. Cost is $20. Space is limited to 25 students and granted on a first-come, first-serve basis; sign up via the SES PTSA site.
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Want to join to PTSA? We need you!

Are you ready to step into a new role at SES? The PTSA has many openings for you to consider! First and perhaps most importantly, we are holding elections at our final PTSA General Meeting on May 30. If you would like to get your name in the hat for any of the elected positions, please let me know. The elected positions are Secretary, Treasurer, Vice President and President. We have some wonderful folks who have expressed an interest in these roles, but we welcome all who are interested to reach out, learn more and sign up!

If an elected position seems too extreme but you still want to help out, take a look at the following openings. There is surely something for you:

  • Communications coordinator (Messenger & Facebook)
  • Coordinator of wreath and poinsettia sales
  • Coordinator of tree recycling (with help form last year’s awesome leads)
  • Middle school childcare coordinator
  • Lord of the Lost and Found 

I am happy to answer questions and provide more information if you are unsure or curious about what any of these positions entail. Let me know: We would love to have you come aboard!

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PIL 2018 spring sports

Portland Interscholastic League (PIL) youth sports was created for the purpose of growing community-based programs that feed into PPS high schools. PPS middle schoolers can try out for and play on their neighborhood school’s PIL sports teams. 

Note that the PIL program is run by the PIL Athletic Office, but individual teams are run by high school coaches in each cluster. As such, athlete participation is restricted to the neighborhood school associated with an athlete’s home address. Read the boundary map FAQs.

The mission of the Portland Interscholastic League (PIL) is to promote participation and sportsmanship through a competitive interscholastic athletic program. Every athlete is provided with opportunities, positive recognition, and learning experiences that support and maximize the academic goals of our High School. Athletics utilizes experiences that are inherently educational to foster lifelong lessons such as teamwork and self-discipline, while facilitating the physical and emotional development of our student athletes.

Communication for each school’s team is handled by coaches and volunteers, and can vary widely. The SES PTSA does its best to gather information on this page for parents, but please note: nobody on the PTSA or in the SES office will be able to answer questions about the program. If you’ve questions, your best bet is to visit the PIL contacts and websites page and find the most appropriate contact.

Spring 2018 sports information made available to the PTSA

All sports


  • Cleveland youth baseball (all we have is the link to the site)
  • Franklin youth baseball (no information online; all we have is in the bullet below)
    • Tryouts: Thursday, April 12, 6pm at Franklin High School auxiliary gym.
    • Practices: 2x per week, season runs mid-March through mid-June
    •  Games: Double-headers played on Saturdays at PIL High School fields
    • Cost: – $150 ($60 for free/reduced lunch)
    • Questions? Contact David Jaynes at