Sunnyside PTSA Weekly Update Wednesday, February 22, 2023
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Hello Sunnyside!

There are so many wonderful things blooming at Sunnyside right now and this newsletter is your key to all of them! How can you get involved with Read-A-Thon, the Spring Gala & Auction, the Feminist Book Club, and Pi Day? Just read on to unlock all the volunteer magic you could possibly ask for!

And we’ll dig in even deeper at our next PTSA meeting, coming up on Friday, March 17 at 8:45am – join us in person or virtually! These meetings are not just a way to learn more about our wonderful school community but are a great excuse to spend an hour in the company of the coolest parents this side of the Willamette. AND great coffee, an update from Dr. Berg, and highlights from 5th and 8th-grade students? Seriously, don’t miss this (or any!) PTSA meeting!

Auburn + Heather, PTSA Co-Presidents ????

Special Events + Celebrations ????

Celebrate reading AND eat ice cream! Dairy Hill will donate Get a scoop, a cake, some pints, a shake – anything! 10% of all gross sales for the ENTIRE day to SES!

Our beloved, annual READ-A-THON has BEGUN!!!! Celebrate your f R E A Dom
Today Carson Eliis visited Sunnyside and spoke to our K-5th students!!! It was so wonderful and exciting. Ask your student about it!
Yesterday the beans & Read-A-Thon packets were handed out. The packet includes 2 tracking bookmarks, directions to register at and all the information you’ll need for a successful Read-A-Thon. You can also save this post to keep track of dates and events, 3 GUEST AUTHORS, throughout this and the next week, when to submit donations and prize information.

Here is what you can do THIS WEEK:

Email Leslie with any questions at leslielothamer

SES Pi (π) Day Celebration – Tuesday, MARCH 14 ????????
On Tuesday, March 14 at 6:00 p.m. , all are welcome to join us in the Auditorium for student-led Pi activities, a Pi digit memorization contest for kids, special guest speaker Traci Kiyama (math teacher at Catlin Gabel) and, of course – eating PIE! The event is free and open to all, with a focus on our 3-5 community.

LOOKING FOR: a few parents from 3rd and 4th grades to step forward and help students prepare activities, art, or another offering for the event! (5th grade roles already filled.) Pi-ku poems? S(PI)ri-doodle art work? Sky is the limit but our teachers need some parent support. Also, the more pies the merrier! Please sign up!


Volunteer + Donation Opportunities ????
FEMINIST CLUB and COMIC BOOK DRAWING CLUB Need Parent Leaders! ????????
We have some amazing student-led clubs at Sunnyside, but not always enough adults to make them happen. Currently, the Feminist Club is a group of enthusiastic fifth graders who meet on the playground during lunchtime. They’d love a designated adult volunteer and a space to meet regularly between 11:50 and 12:15 one time each week. The Comic Book Drawing Club would like to meet after school and is also looking for leadership and a meeting space. If there is an adult interested in helping with either club, propose a day and time that works for you! Contact leslielothamerto get connected.

Donations + Volunteers needed for Community Kitchen cleanup project! ????????
Our wonderful partners at Campfire Columbia after-school program is cleaning up, organizing, painting and giving our community kitchen a new life! We are so grateful to them for taking this on as a community service project, and we’re hoping to supply them with everything they need. The team is in need of a few donations, if you are interested in contributing:

– new or gently used paint brushes ????
– paint (all one color preferably for cabinets) ????
– rollers, trays, and supplies for painting ????
– Home Depot gift card ????????
– cabinet and drawer hardware ????

In addition, if you’d like to help with the project, we are seeking SES volunteers Mondays – Thursdays from 4-5 pm in the SES cafeteria between Feb 21 and March 6! If you’re interested in helping or have questions about how to donate or help, please email Cyric Willard at cwillard. ????????

Fundraisers ????
The Spring Auction is Coming and WE NEED YOU! ????

Attend the Spring Gala & Auction Virtual Meeting
Monday, Feb 27 at 4:30pm
Google Meet Link

Only 10 weeks until our most important fundraiser of the year!! If you’ve been curious about this event and wondered how you can help, this meeting is for you! We will be discussing what is currently in the works and what the plan is moving forward. Here are the three main buckets we’ll be covering:

  • Event support for May 6th gala at Revolution Hall
  • Class creative arts project coordinators
  • Silent auction contributions and item procurement

That last bullet point is a biggie: One way every parent can participate in the success of our Spring Gala is by donating to the online silent auction! Reflect on the community connections or resources/talents you could contribute and let us know! Some of the things that are most successful are often unique experiences or one-of-a-kind items. If you are unable to attend the meeting but want to learn more, sign up for a role, or give us your event ideas, please fill out our Spring Gala Donations Form. ❤


As always, consider donating to Fred Meyer Rewards and change your beneficiary to Sunnyside Environmental School!

Questions, ideas or submissions for future newsletters? Email Heather at tanky34 or Auburn at auburnmarie3