Our beloved READ-A-THON IS HERE!

Official reading dates are March 1st – March 19th.
Fundraising dates are NOW – April 1st.

The READ-A-THON helps fund Sunnyside’s enriching programs such as Gardening and Outdoor Classroom, Virtual Art and Music Enrichment, Teacher Grants and Virtual Field Studies, so start your fundraising engines!  Fundraising will be online only go from TODAY – April 1st.


Register your kid on TODAY. It’s very easy. Click the button below to sign up or learn HOW to register here. Once signed up share about our fundraiser with family and friends and give a donation if you are able to.
There’s also this very cool video called the Student Star Video that you can create for your student on the website. You’ll have to see for yourself, but you upload a photo of your child and they become part of the video – your friends and family will think it’s pretty cool, too!


February 22nd: Fundrasing platform open. Go to to sign up your kid.
March 1st: Reading days begin. Get a Reading Tracker/Roadmap here.
March 2nd: Virtual Author Visit – Aron Nels Steinke, author and illustrator of the Mr. Wolf’s Class series of graphic novels, presents to our students. 10am for K-3rd. 10:45am for 4th-8th. Go here to buy a signed copy of one (or more) of his books* to help support author visits at Sunnyside.
* when you go to checkout to select “Sunnyside Elementary” under “Calculate Shipping Cost” and books will be delivered to the school for pickup
March 5th: Cozy pajama read-in day
March 12th: Dress like a book character day
March 17th: Virtual Author Visit – Elizabeth Haidle, author and illustrator of Before They Were Authors (this year’s OBOB book), presents to our students. 10am for K-3rd. 10:45am for 4th-8th. Go here to buy a signed copy of one (or more) of her books* (even a few pre-sales) to help support author visits at Sunnyside.
* when you go to checkout to select “Sunnyside Elementary” under “Calculate Shipping Cost” and books will be delivered to the school for pickup
March 19th: Dress up day #3 (TBD)
March 20th – April 1st: Submit # of “Reading Challenges” completed from Reading Tracker (submission link coming soon)


Numbers of minutes read can be submitted by teachers for their whole class each day. For K-2 full number of minutes will be shown below, for 3rd-8th minutes will be divided by 2 (this is what we do every year for fairness and consistency).

Stop by here to see who is winning so far.

Important Documents

Virtual Locker Library

by Heather’s 5th grade class


Prizes in fundraising are awarded for each grade group: K-2, 3-5, 6-8

TOP 3 FUNDRAISERS (per grade group)
$50 Gift card of choice (local business’s only please)

Class celebration: Class party organized by Gillian (school librarian)

TOP READING CLASS (per grade group): class with highest submitted average of completed Reading Challenges
Book Legacy Prize: $100 Gift Card to Powell’s

One raffle ticket per completed “Reading Challenges”

PRIZES AVAILABLE (per grade group):
Escape Room in a box
A graphic novel bundle from Books with Pictures with personal concierge book selection help by Katie (the owner)
Book bundle with books personally selected by Gillian
2 x $15 Books with Pictures gift cards
5 x $5 Powell’s Gift Cards



Our Back-to-School Request helps fund Sunnyside’s enrichment programs such as:
  • SES Gardening and Outdoor Classroom Program
  • Virtual Art And Music Enrichment Program
  • Teacher Grants
  • Virtual Field Studies

The amount requested ($90 per student) is determined by calculating roughly what all of our fundraising needs are to support SES each year, and then dividing the number of students enrolled at SES.


Some of you have shared that you feel fortunate and lucky, expressed that you want to give more than you have in the past and asked how to do so. Other community members are experiencing traumatic financial hardship, and we understand that you may not be able to contribute at all. The pandemic has revealed the spectrum of home/job/life experiences that are alive within our community during this unprecedented time in our lives. If you are able to give more, thank you. If you are not, we’ve got you. Everyone is better only when everyone is better, and as a school it is our job to meet the needs of each and every child, as well as each and every family.

Please give as you are able and know that we will continue to hold fundraisers as we can safely and there may be small classroom asks as appropriate throughout the year to support all of our students, classrooms, and grades.

Your donations pay for important programs unique to Sunnyside which are not funded by PPS. It takes all of us to make Sunnyside a special school. If you have questions or concerns please go to and click on the “contact” pull down menu to contact us. There is also a section of our website called “Where does the Money Go?” which will explain more about our yearly budget.

I can help! Please visit, use the “nonprofit groups” tab on the left to find our BTS ask to make a tax deductible contribution (you can sign up here for a recurring monthly donation as well). Your school pay may have different nonprofit groups depending on what other schools your kiddos attend.

If you would prefer to pay by check, please make your check payable to SES PTSA and mail your contribution to:

3421 SE Salmon St.
Portland OR 97214

Every dollar and every cent is helpful and appreciated and serves all the kids at SES.

Thank You!


Pastini Fundraiser – Mar 2nd & 3rd

Restaurant: Pastini Pastathon
When: Monday, March 2 & Tuesday, March 3

Eat pizza for SES

Mention SES at Pastini on SE 20th & Division anytime on Monday and Tuesday, March 2-3, and Pastini will donate 20% of what you spend to SES. 




Teote Fundraiser


Restaurant: Teote
When: Tuesday, November 5th

SES Fundraiser at Teote

SES favorite, Teote (owned and operated by Sunnyside families), is inviting the SES community to dine in or take out 11am-10pm Tuesday, November 5, with 20% of the day’s proceeds going to the SES PTSA. Come enjoy delicious (and gluten-free) Latin American food. Teote is located at 1615 SE 12th Ave, just south of Hawthorne. Check out the menu before you visit. You can also call in a take-out order at 971-888-5281.



SES Holiday Pie Fundraiser!

Save yourself some time this holiday season and order delicious pies, cobblers & frozen fruits from Willamette Valley Pies AND help Sunnyside at the same time. Win, win! Orders must be placed by November 6.
All pies priced the same as in stores but over 1/3 of the money is donated to the SES Go Fund. 
These pies are all-natural, no GMOs, 2 crust pies are trans-fat free and dairy free and ALL pies are low in added sugar. Go to to see all the ingredients in each pie we are selling.
Pies will be delivered to Sunnyside Environmental School on November 20th. Please plan on picking them up in the afternoon that day. Feel free to ask questions… send a message to Holly Cook!

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October’s Restaurant Fundraisers

This month we have two restaurant fundraisers!

Restaurant: Renata
When: EVERY MONDAY in October

Little big Mondays with Renata

Little by little we can make big things happen for our schools! Renowned Italian restaurant Renata is donating 5% of all gross sales during Mondays in October to benefit SES. Join us for dinner 5-9pm Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28. Mention Sunnyside and ask for their special kids’ menu.

Restaurant: Pastini
When: Oct 21st & 22nd

Pastini Pastathon

Join us at Pastini on SE 20th and Division Monday, Oct. 21 and Tuesday, Oct. 22 for the two-day Pastini Pastathon. Pastini will donate 50% of net proceeds those two days to SES. Lunch, dinner and take-out orders are all included.



2019-20 Back-To-School Request Sunnyside Environmental School

The Back-to-School Request helps fund Sunnyside’s enriching programs such as the:
  • Sustainability Program,
  • Art Enrichment Program,
  • Classroom Supplies; and
  • Go Fund scholarships to ensure all students attend their grade-level off-campus trips.

The amount requested ($195 per student) is determined by calculating roughly what all of our fundraising needs are to support
our great school programs each year, and then dividing the number of students enrolled at SES.

Please give as you are able and know that there will be fundraisers and classroom asks big and small throughout the year to support all of our students, classrooms and grades.
Your donations pay for important programs unique to Sunnyside. It takes all of us to make Sunnyside a special school.

Thank you for all you do to support the children at SES! If you have questions or concerns please call Principal Amy Kleiner 503-916-6226 or visit
NOTE: We are using SchoolPay this year to collect payments. Please login to your School Pay account and select “FY 2019-20 Back to School Ask” There is also the option make a donation in 10 monthly payments.

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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,