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Late start+babysitting: Wednesday, April 18

Wednesday, April 18 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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The SafeOregon Tip Line aims to increase student safety

In keeping with its commitment to student safety, last October PPS joined school districts across the state in using the SafeOregon Tip Line. SafeOregon was funded by the Oregon Legislature as part of a statewide effort to improve school safety. It provides a secure means for anyone to anonymously report suspicious or imminently unsafe situations, such as threats of violence, fights, drugs and alcohol, weapons, bullying, harassment, intimidation or self-harm. 

Anyone, from students to parents to community members, can access the system in a variety of ways, including:

  • The “Report unsafe behavior” button found on every PPS school’s website
  • The SafeOregon website.
  • A live call/text (844-472-3367)
  • An email to
  • The mobile app that can be downloaded from your Smart Phone via iTunes or Google Play

Trained staff are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to respond. Please be sure to share this information with your friends and family. Remind your students: If you see or hear something, say something—immediately.

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2018 8th Grade Speeches

Each year as our SES 8th graders prepare to leave for high school, they must complete a portfolio of assignments designed to help them think both retrospectively, prospectively and introspectively. One of those assignments is a speech that talks about something they believe.

On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays during middle school morning meeting, 8th graders are delivering these speeches, starting at 8:45am. (No one is allowed to exit or enter the auditorium when a speech is in progress.)

Whether you want to watch loved 8th graders make their speeches or you want a little taste of what’s to come for your children as they make their journeys toward 8th grade, come listen to some of the speeches. You will be glad you did.

You can find the schedule of speeches here. The schedule does change, so please be sure to check for updates regularly if there’s someone you really want to see.

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Thursday, April 26: 8th grade job shadowing survey

As part of the 8th grade portfolio, all 8th graders choose a person to job shadow on Thursday, April 26. Students spend a portion of the day following a professional in their place of work to get a better understanding of a day in the life of various professions. 

If you are interested in bringing an SES 8th grader to work with you on April 26, please respond to this survey. Please consider hosting one or more students; this experience has been invaluable to SES 8th graders as they embark on their paths to high school and beyond. Thanks in advance for your time and participation.


Plan for March 14: Honoring the Parkland tragedy

Dear Families,

All of you should have received communication from our new superintendent regarding the choice to offer age-appropriate activities tomorrow at 10 am, in line with a 17-minute, national event that acknowledges the victims of the Parkland school shooting. Because we have a large age range at Sunnyside (students are age 5 to age 15), we have differentiated student activities by grade band. Please note that for K-5 students, Ryan and Ashley (school counselors) will be available for students who choose to not participate in the events described below. In the middle school, Shannon, our assistant principal, will remain in room 211, offering an alternative space for students who choose to stay back. Activities are described below:

From KG, 1st, and 2nd grade teachers:

The K-2 will be having a brief conversation about safety in school and lifting our voices to be heard.  At 10:00 we will walk out to the playground and sit down. Then we will sing three protest songs we know well: Woke Up This Morning, Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around, and This Little Light of Mine.  We’ll repeat those songs for a total of 17 minutes of singing.

From 3rd, 4th and 5th grade teachers

We will have in-class pre-teaching around being an upstander, and breaking the silence against injustice. This will look slightly different in different age classrooms (for example, 5th graders, who know and are aware of the events in Parkland, will watch and discuss an excerpt of Parkland student Emma Gonzalez’ speech at the state capitol, whereas younger 3rd graders may do a gallery walk of quotes about nonviolence from figures like Dr. King, etc).

At 9:55, 3-4-5 will meet on the blacktop by the garden shed, and proceed to do a quiet walk of solidarity around the school block for the 17 minutes. Students who wish to carry signage or placards on the walk will of course be permitted to do so, and we may sing some songs as we walk.  We will not go around the whole block but instead cut through the blacktop like we did with the SES Run/Walk.

From Middle School Teachers:

Middle school classes have already had various lessons about this event and/or why solidarity and speaking one’s truth is important in our society. 

All classes silently walk out linked together at 10 am to the front of the school to give K-5 space on the back…

  • Stand in a Circle linking arms/hands (likely at the front of school around Old Man Cheery to the “Tulip” tree and “native plant” garden… 
  • 8th grade cohort members introduce/makes statement once outside 
  • Middle school students may walk or sing in solidarity with buddy classes and/or groups of younger students. Middle school students may also walk in solidarity with 3-4-5 students during the 17 minute time frame

Please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher is you have additional questions about this event. We are closely following the guidelines put out by PPS, while also trying to meet the developmental needs of students of various ages. 

Thank you,
Amy Kleiner, SES Principal


Lights Out Portland

Sunnyside’s 8th grade Wildlife cohort is requesting that families participate in the Portland Audubon Society’s Lights Out Portland and Lights Out pledge.

By doing either or both of these actions you will be supporting both the cohort and the Audubon Society achieve the goal of making the city of Portland a safer place for migrating birds. The official Audubon campaign to protect birds during their spring migration runs from March 15, 2018 to June 7, 2018 from 11pm until dawn. The Wildlife Cohort will be monitoring SES participation form March 16 to March 23, 2018.

To participate in Lights Out Portland please turn off outdoor lights when you are not using them and make sure the lights aim downwards. Please draw blinds or curtains to reduce light spill that contributes to sky glow.

Visit this page to see a more complete list. Follow this link to take the lights out pledge.


Please register for Kindergarten early

To help with scheduling and placement, it is extremely helpful for the school’s office if you register your kindergartner early for the class starting Fall of 2018.  To register, you need to bring in a complete Registration Form, complete Immunization Record Form, proof of child’s age (birth certificate, passport, etc.), and two original documents to prove residency in the neighborhood.  These can be utility bills, financial documents, government documents, etc.  More guidance on all of these items and downloadable versions of the forms can be found here:  If you need copies of the forms, you can pick them up at the office.

Please bring all of these items to the office to register your future Kindergartner.  Don’t delay!


Late start+babysitting: Wednesday, March 21

Wednesday, March 21 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.

Lunch hour volunteers: Renewed support needed

Each day, there is a need for parent/adult volunteers on the playground from 12:15-12:40pm to cover staff shift changes within that time period.  Extra eyes are needed to help increase eyes on the ground and security for our collective kiddos, rain or shine. Any days you can manage this time frame is much appreciated. Sign up once, or sign up for a bunch of times (once a week, or once a month). It all helps! Sign up here.

Thanks again to all the wonderful volunteers who have given their lunch hours to help out the SES staff.

SES Safety and Resilience Coordinator