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Sunnyside PTSA Weekly Update Wednesday, October 19, 2022

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Happy Wednesday, Sunnyside friends! ????????????

It’s FINALLY here!! Harvest Fair is this weekend and we can hardly wait to see it in action. For many of us, this is our first ever Harvest Fair post-COVID, and in fact–ever! Okay, so there’s a bit of rain in the forecast. No biggie, because this is a rain or shine event and there are plenty of indoor activities for everyone to enjoy. (Plus, we are Portlanders!) ????????

If you haven’t bought tickets yet, you’ll begin seeing opportunities for sales before and after school starting today! This incredible SES fundraiser is something you don’t want to miss! See you Saturday, 4 to 7 pm at Sunnyside! ????

Sincerely, PTSA Co-Presidents Auburn & Heather

P.S. You may have heard that our beloved Christina in the cafeteria is back after being gone for three long weeks dealing with a house fire and significant personal loss. If you’d like to help support her, please venmo any amount to: Venmo @Becky-OLeary with “Christina” in the comments. Donations will be collected until October 20th!

Volunteer Opportunities! ????????????

To receive updates on volunteer opportunities as they arise, please join our volunteer listserv:

Harvest Fair is This Week: We Need You! ????

  • We are still in need of crucial volunteers to make this magical event happen!! stephbarnhart1)

Sponsor Thanks: Bamboo Grove Hawaiian Grille, Franks-A-Lot, Oregon Heritage Farms, Whole Foods Market Laurelhurst, Bob’s Red Mill.

Questions? Contact Steph Barnhart at stephbarnhart1.

Volun teers Needed to Help Sell Pies! ???????? We could still use a few more volunteers to help with preparing and handing out pie samples at the Harvest Fair, staffing our Harvest Fair table, and distributing pies on November 16th. Click here to learn more and sign up! vdutton.

Events! ????

Harvest Fair is This Week: Bring the whole family! ????????

Join us: Saturday, October 22 from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Rain or shine, we’ll be there! It’s a jubilant time to have fun with your SES community and celebrate Autumn.

  • Full schedule, activities list, food menus and everything you want to know on the new HARVEST FAIR WEB PAGE. Map coming soon!
  • 4:00 – 4:30 p.m. is Sensory Start, a new change this year. 4:30 – 7:00 p.m. open to all! Read more about this here.
  • Ticket sales happening at pick up and drop off Wednesday through Friday on the playground! Stop by!

First spin class ever? No problem! Come SPIN for Sunnyside! ????????????????

Registration is NOW OPEN for Revel Indoor Cycling ‘s private fundraiser ride for the Sunnyside PTSA/Foundation! Only 4 people are currently signed up, so let’s fill the class! Please join us, even if it is your very first spin class ever! It will be inclusive and fun. Plus you are supporting our community and our school!

Where: BRAND NEW LOCATION at 585 SE MLK BLVD When: Saturday, October 22nd, 1:00pm (you can make this, AND go to Harvest Fair!) Cost: $5-$50 donation requested, please give what you can. To Register (or ask questions): email dez Owned by one of our very own Sunnyside families, Revel offers a powerful collision of movement and music that keeps us honest, pushing us further than we ever thought possible. Classes break down barriers and divisions, they remove makeup and ego, and celebrate the success of movement, sweat and power! Rides are tailored for everyone. Come as you are, ready to sweat, move, and celebrate what your body can do!

Don’t forget to Pre-Order Your Delicious Holiday Pies! ???? SES’s annual pie fundraiser is back! We are selling delicious, handmade pies from the Willamette Valley Pie Company! Pies come frozen so you can buy ahead for the holidays or for cozy nights at home when nothing hits the spot quite like a freshly baked pie. This year we are selling Dutch Caramel Apple, Cherry Crunch, Marionberry, Pumpkin, and Chocolate Cream pies. October 31 is the last day to order, and all pies must be picked up in front of SES on November 16th between 3pm – 6pm. To order, click here: PIE!

Parent’s Night Out November 10th! (new!)

Plan a date night because we’ve got you covered! Sunnyside is planning its first drop-off event on November 10 from 6-9pm! This special night full of crafts, games, pizza and a movie is designed for Sunnyside students K-8 and will take place in the auditorium and cafeteria. We will have a special focus for the younger and for older kiddos in the bunch and will keep the movie PG! The fundraising event is only $40 and there is even a special discount for siblings! Register your student(s) now as spots are VERY limited! Can’t wait to play with your kiddos on November 10th!

We also need PARENT and 8th Grade Volunteers for this! Bonus for parents – your kiddos come for free, bonus for 8th graders – service hours! Email us at auburnharrison or tanky34 to sign up to help! We are also in need of a pizza sponsor if you know anyone who makes their living slinging delicious pies!

Bike Bus will continue! ????????

Thanks to everyone’s enthusiasm, Bike Bus will continue on Wednesdays until the weather gets too bad! Meet at Salmon & 23rd (West), Taylor & 41st (East), or Oak & 33rd (North) at 8:20 am. Contact alidacantor if you want more info or to be more involved.

Ongoing Announcements & Fundraising ????????

Sign Up For After School Activities at SES ????????

Our PTSA has a running list of after school activities and offerings at Sunnyside and in the neighborhood community . leslielothamer .

Check out these ways to contribute to Sunnyside while doing your everyday shopping! ????

SES x Tea Collection School Days Fundraiser (NEW) Savings on cute, cozy clothing alert! Get 25% off at Tea Collection and make $$$ for our school! October 17-23rd, SES and community (share the code with friends and family!) will get 25% off purchases and Tea will donate 20% of our total sales to our school!

Please consider adding Sunnyside Environmental School PTSA to your Amazon Smile and Fred Meyer rewards accounts. We will receive a donation when you shop with these vendors! Here’s how:

(NEW) Fred Meyer Rewards ????

1. Log-in to your account (or create a new one).

2. On your dashboard, scroll down to Community Rewards.

3. Search for Sunnyside Environmental School PTSA and add them to your community rewards.

4. Feel good about supporting SES while you shop for groceries!

(NEW) Amazon Smile ????

1. Log in to your account at

2. Scroll down to Other Programs

3. Choose Change your AmazonSmile Charity

4. Search for Sunnyside Environmental PTA and choose or change your charity

5. If you mostly shop on your computer, shop through so that a portion of the proceeds from your order are sent to SES!

6. If you mostly shop on your mobile app, make sure to activate AmazonSmile in the Amazon Shopping app on your iOS or Android phone within the Settings or Programs & Features menu.



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.

Past News

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.)


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Staff appreciation week is next week (Tuesday, May 29-Friday, June 1)

It’s our chance to shower our incredibly talented and committed Sunnyside teachers and staff with lots of love & gratitude.

Here’s how you can be a part of the goodness:

1. Sign up to bring in food to feed our awesome staff:

2. Contribute a small gift or homemade goodie to your teacher’s Love Basket. Your Room Parent will give you instructions as to where to leave this.)

3. Donate to the fund that allows us to gift non classroom staff via this link.

4. Help kids make cards for staff during lunchtime and after school.

Please take a moment with your kiddo to think about how you both would like to express thanks to the people who make SES the incredibly student-centered, engaging, connected and fun school that it is.

If you have questions regarding Staff Appreciation Week, ask Leonie at

Past News

A bittersweet announcement from Principal Amy

It is with mixed emotions that I write this email. After 33 years as a teacher, Dian Christensen, our beloved PE teacher, has made the difficult decision to retire at the end of this school year.  It’s impossible to capture the depths of my own emotions about this, especially in an email. I love and adore Dian—she’s my friend, my colleague, my mentor, and I am so fortunate to have her in my life. I know that many of you—and many of your children—feel the same way.  

We are planning a school surprise for Dian, with more information to come about this in the next few days. In the meantime, please see the attached letter…written by Dian to the community at large

Please don’t hesitate to show Dian lots of love in the coming weeks. I know that Sunnyside holds a huge space in her heart…