After School

TODAY! Thursday, October 25: Rescheduled garden days

Thursday, October 25, 1:30-4:30pm.

This is our “community care day.” Garden Days are important events to keep the landscape healthy, useful, safe and beautiful for everyone to inhabit. Please try to make a couple hours free in your schedule to work alongside your student to show your support and help the gardens. This is not only for Middle School service-learning, it is for ALL SES families. Middle school students will be allowed to participate only if they have a designated, adult supervisor.

If neither of the dates work for you, and you want to help in the garden, please email Steph at:

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Sunnyside Green Schoolyard WISH LIST

Sunnyside Green Schoolyard WISH LIST:
In order of priority
#1  Shelter!  We need builders for our tool shed. The rains are coming and the tools are going to get wet!  We have the plan, the lumber, the parts… we need the contractor who can lead a “shed raising”.  The tool shed also serves as an outside classroom for garden classes.
#2  Stand up freezer.  Do you have an old freezer you would like to donate?  Get yourself that new one?  The freezer at Sunnyside is too big and a bit bent..  We use it to preserve our harvest, freeze leftovers from Harvest Fair, and for lots of popsicles of course!
#3  Small fixing/building projects for wooden benches and raised beds, etc. Normal wear and tear and heavy kid use!
#4  Chicken food, straw, and pine shavings are a substantial expense.  Would you like to help by dropping some off for the SES hens?
#6  Compost tumbler!  Have one that you rarely use?  We need it to be “rat proof”/off the ground.  
Contact Steph if you’d be able to offer your assistance in one of these ways.
text/call:  (504)919-0660
Sustainability office is in the back of the auditorium – stop by and see!
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Grant HS@ Marshall Campus

3905 SE 91st Avenue


The Clothing Center makes such an impact on a students’ success in school! When students feel good about their appearance, they are more confident with their peers and attend school on a regular basis. The Center is a vital part of our PPS Community, but we can’t operate without our volunteers to help. Please consider volunteering on a regular basis, once or twice a month or more often. Choose the first Monday, the third Thursday of each month, or any other day we operate that suits your schedule.

  • Thursdays, 1-2 hours: Moving clothing to/from Grant’s loading dock. Requires some simple sorting, lifting clothing bags and pushing bags of clothing on a cart to and from the Clothing Center.
  • Monday and Thursday, 4-5 hours: Welcome families at Grant’s front door, sign them in, monitor the waiting area, send families upstairs for clothing and monitor their departure. Requires sitting in Grant’s front hall.
  • Monday and Thursday, 4-5 hours: New Clothing Distribution, work with families to provide new items (coats, shoes, jeans, socks and underwear).
  • Tuesdays, 1-4 hours: Restocking Work Day, sort, hang and restock for our next open day.
  • Monday and Thursday, 9:30am -1:30pm any time you have: Drop in Help, work with families or sort and restock shelves. We can always use extra help.

If you’ve got some time, drop in to help on a Monday or Thursday and let the supervisor know you might be interested in helping on a regular basis. Email Sharon for more information or call 503.293.0783. Please share with others.

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Room Parents NEEDED

Hi all!

My name is Leticia George and I’m the new Room Parent Coordinator, filling big shoes previously worn by Justine Light for the last 5 years 🙂
As a room parent myself, for the last 6 years, I know how important, fun an easy (really!) this job is. So I’m asking you to consider being a room parent for your child’s classroom! Each classroom will have two room parents so you won’t be alone!! Don’t know anything about being a room parent or what the position entails? Fear not! I’m here to help you and you will find out all the details you need to do a terrific job. It’s a great way to be involved, know what’s going at the school and your classroom first hand, and also a great opportunity to get to know other parents and families.
Please consider this important volunteering job at SES and let me know if you can be an awesome room parent this year!
Contact me at

With much gratitude!

Letícia Ramos Leandro George
(Logan Antonio & Dahlia Luna’s mom – 6th & 5th grades)

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Back-to-School Packet Stuffing

Hello Sunnyside Families! I hope everyone has had a great summer. School starts soon and we are looking for as many willing volunteers as we can find to join us after drop off on the first day of school (Monday, August 27) to stuff envelopes with back-to-school information, calendars and forms to send home with students. The more people we have, the faster it goes, and it is a great way to catch up with other families after the summer break.

Feel free to just show up at 8:45 (the cafeteria is our main work area), or contact Elizabeth Levi at to let us know you are coming or ask any questions.

Packet stuffing usually goes from 8:45 until about 11:30, but feel free to come for as long as you can even if you can’t stay the entire time. Hope to see you there!

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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
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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!


Sunday, March 18: Shamrock Run, volunteer and raise funds for SES

UPDATEDownload forms and other information you’ll need to volunteer from this folder. Volunteer hours for this event are 6:30am-12:15pm.

We have the opportunity to volunteer again this year at the Shamrock Run. What do we gain from volunteering? We raise money for our Go Fund that helps cover all students trip costs for our overnight trips. Students receive service hours for volunteering, as well.

Did we mention that you get a T shirt? We need both students and adults. If you’re interested in volunteering and helping our school raise money for the Go Fund, please email Jarrett Altman.


Saturday, May 5: The SES Foundation Auction

The SES Foundation Auction is coming up May 5 at Beeswing, and we need some love from all of you. In addition to purchasing tickets and attending the festivities, we are looking for donations. I know that all of you know cool and creative people, or work for a company who could donate product, or are friendly with a local brewer … just to list a few examples of how you can help. Please ask your contacts if they would be willing to donate goods or services to the auction.

The SES Foundation Auction is a fundraiser for the SES Foundation, which supports hiring staff for our fair school. In the current budget era we need the foundation more than ever to help us fund some of the amazing extra staff we are so fortunate to have.

If you have any questions, please contact Corby Watkins. Thank you!


Urgent need for adults on the SES playground during lunch hour

Between 12:15 and 12:40pm, there is a gap in adequate staff on the SES playground. On Mondays there is one staff member outside at this time, so to increase the safety and security of our collective kiddos, two volunteers are needed on the playground during this time. For the remainder of the week (TuesdayFriday) there are two staff during this time, so one additional adult is needed to ensure a safe and secure play space on the playground. Please contact Ingrid with any questions. Please sign up often using the SignUp Genius.

Thank you so much for your help!
Ingrid Larsson
SES Safety and Resilience Officer