Sunnyside PTSA Weekly Update
April 19, 2023 🌻

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Hello Sunnyside! 🌈 🌿 🌟 🌧 🐛

If you missed last week’s PTSA meeting, we heard from Jeremy Thomas, fourth grade teacher at SES, 🍏 🍎 about the ongoing teacher contract negotiations and how you can get involved. This is the first bargaining contract opportunity teachers have had since the pandemic, allowing educators to take an important pause to think about the following questions:

– What is valuable about school? 🌍
– What do kids need? 👦 👧 👸 👶 🕵 👼 💆
– What is working at school and what isn’t working? 🆗 😉 👍 👌

Teachers are focused on building solidarity and unity with parents so they can fill educational gaps and rebuild trust in schools after several challenging years. ❤ So, how can you help?

– Wear Blue on Tuesdays! 💙 👕 👗
– Sign the petition and stay up to date! 🤘 📝

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

Fundraising 🏫 🎒
Get tickets NOW for Saturday, May 6! 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

1. Tickets! May 6 Gala tickets (tiered pricing) are on sale now!
2. Volunteer! We need all kinds of helping hands to make this event happen, and you get a FREE ticket if you sign up to help out. (Just one little shift is all it takes!)
3. Bid in the Auction! The online auction goes live on Friday, April 21 – look out for a detailed email blast when it drops!

All the DEETS:

💐 "In Bloom" PTSA Spring Gala + Auction

🌹 Saturday, May 6, 2023

🌼 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

🌺 Revolution Hall’s Show Bar & Patio

EMCEE : Mo Phillips
FEATURING : Live Music by Kris DeeLane & The Hurt

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Help Bring BIPOC Dance and Mural Artist to Sunnyside! 🎭 🎨 💃
Teachers Robin and Iris are hoping to bring in talented local dancer and artist Empwo to Sunnyside Environmental to help lead a group of students in painting a permanent mural to remain at Sunnyside for years to come. Empwo also incorporates break dancing into student activities, and would bring in performances for kindergarten through eight graders to enjoy. If you’d like to donate to Robin and Iris’ Go Fund me Campaign, you can do so here! 💲

School Programming 🏫 🎒

Coffee with the Principal ☕
Join us for our our very first official launch with Principal Eryn this Friday, April 21 from 8:45 to 9:45 am in Room 102. 🏫 😃 Please join us for an intimate chat with Eryn and a chance to hear all about the amazing things happening at SES! We’ll have free coffee for all, thanks to the amazing Oblique coffee roasters, so BYOM! (Bring your own mug, friends.) ☕ ☕ ☕


Grab your helmet, let’s ride together! With the spring weather and longer daylight, we are happy to welcome the Bike Bus back to Sunnyside after Spring Break. Kids are welcome to join each Wednesday morning on their bikes, with or without their grownups – there will be adults leading each route.
Starting Wednesday April 5th.
Meet at 8:20, ride at 8:25.
Meet at:
Taylor & 41st (East)
Pine & 32nd (North)
Salmon & 23rd (West)
Or join in along the way!

WILLY WONKA is coming and we need PARENT HELP! 🍭 🍬
In order to make these exciting and enriching opportunities available to our students, we need to do some fundraising to offset the many costs! 💲For Willy Wonka (grades 5-8 production!) that means selling tickets to each of the shows (April 28 and 29), selling concessions, 🍿 baking for our baked goods table, 🍰 and more! Please know that if you sign up to sell tickets or baked goods at one of the three shows, you will also get to watch the performance! 🎭And, yes, your kiddos can certainly help you with your jobs – in fact, we would love the extra hands! Please check out the many shifts still available – starting with before and after school ticket sales next week – and SIGN UP! Thank you! 💟


Sustainability Programming 🌎
Farmer Nathan’s Weekly Update: 👢 🐮 🐣 🐛 🕷 🌿 We are busy planting planting and counting up our votes for the Garden Sticker competition this week! The kiddos worked very hard on the drawings they entered, and counting the votes is way fun! Winner announced next week! – Nathan

Plant Seedling Sale coming May 31!
While it feels like this rain will never end, 🌧 🌈 it will be time to plant our summer gardens soon! 🍅 🍆 Save the date for Wednesday, May 31! Our wonderful SES Sustainability Coordinator, Farmer Nathan Broden, 🐔 🐓 🌱 will be collaborating with the PTSA to hold an after-school seedling sale to help raise funds for the SES school gardening program! Details coming soon!


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