Sunnyside PTSA Weekly Update
Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Happy Wednesday, Sunnyside friends! ????

Happy four-day school week (or, good luck this Friday, depending on your perspective)! Either way, shout out to all the parents, teachers, and small important humans who are making magic every day! ???? Keeping this week’s announcements short, but sweet…just like this week!

Our school runs on volunteers! This week we still need your help with the Harvest Fair, pie sales, and finding a venue for our spring gala. Many roles do not require a significant or ongoing time commitment, so please check out the details in the Volunteer Opportunities section below and consider signing up. We promise we are a fun and friendly group and you may even make a new parent bestie while helping support your child’s school. Thank you so much in advance!

We have many fantastic events coming up! The Teacher Support Drive-By is this Saturday – come out and show our amazing SES teachers some love! Bike Bus is going strong, Revel Indoor Cycling is offering you the opportunity to take a spinning class and raise money for SES at the same time, and Eco-School Network is offering a free parent volunteer leadership training. Check out our Events section below for more details!

And finally, a quick moment of somber, clucky ???? silence for our beloved chickens who will depart the SES campus this week. Stop by for one last hello to them before they say farewell and head out on their new journey.

PTSA Co-Presidents Auburn & Heather

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

To receive updates on volunteer opportunities as they arise, please join our volunteer listserv: The Time Is Now : Volunteer Shift Sign Up Live for Harvest Fair! ????
With just 3 weeks between you and Harvest Fair, (woo!) now is the time to take action! There is something for everyone to contribute and it really takes all of us.

  1. Volunteer Shift Sign Up is LIVE:
  2. Donate Toys. Those tiny, long-forgotten trinkets at the bottom of your kids’ bins and drawers…now is their moment to SHINE. Bring in your (clean!) small toys for our carnival game prizes. Drop off in the SES Office.
  3. Bake or Bring Cookies & Goodies. Our Cookie Palace and Baked Goodies Boogie need copious, mega, epic amounts of donated baked goods. We cannot have too many. Store bought or homemade, we’ll take ’em all! Please consider and label gluten-, nut-, dairy-free options. Sign up on the link above to tell us what you’re bringing. Deliver on Friday 10/21 (3:00 – 4:00 p.m.) or Saturday 10/22 (2:30 – 4:00 p.m.).

Tickets: The Harvest Fair is free entry, but you will purchase carnival tickets to participate in the games, activities and food booths. Advance ticket sales begin at school on Wednesday, 10/19. Stay tuned for more details.

Sponsor Thanks: Bamboo Grove Hawaiian Grille, Franks-A-Lot, Oregon Heritage Farms, Whole Foods Market Laurehurst, 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.

Seeking a Fundraiser Venue for Spring Gala for SES! ????
Sunnyside PTSA is bringing back our big Spring Fundraiser event, and we are seeking a venue that can hold up to 250 people. If you or someone you know might have a lead on a great venue, we’d LOVE to hear from you! We are also soon going to start seeking fabulous auction items from our many SES families. Thank you for considering a donation to a local restaurant, a few nights in a family vacation home, or a gift card to your family business. Fundraising is one of the most important functions of the PTSA. Not only does the money we raise go towards fun events for our students, but it also pays for some of our beloved staff salaries and many of the unique field trip opportunities that are essential to the Sunnyside curriculum. To learn more about how to get involved, please email the PTSA fundraising chair, Justine Reimnitz (she/her), at justinereimnitz

Join Our Party-Planning Committee!
Learn about fundraising and play a critical role in supporting student success! Are you interested in fundraising but feel like you don’t know where to start? Haven’t participated in a fundraiser since you were in elementary school, or just uninitiated with the PTSA? Join our fundraising committee and learn how to run charity events, ask people for money, and get free merch from local businesses (it’s easier than you may think). Everyone from complete novices to experienced fundraising professionals are welcome! Help us strategize, plan events, and get that money! To learn more about how to get involved, please email PTSA fundraising chair Justine Reimnitz (she/her) at justinereimnitz.

Events! ????

October 10: Eco-School Network Training
Do you want to see your child’s school thrive but don ’t know how to use your limited time? Sasha . Training starts this Monday and Tuesday (Oct 10/11), and seats are filling up fast!

October 15, 12 pm – 2 pm: Teacher Support Drive-By…Let’s Do This !
Pick up party! Come celebrate our wonderful teachers with this drive thru event to pick up your yard signs and boogie to DJ beats! Come on Thru! Let’s get out there and support our INCREDIBLE teachers. All community members are invited to COME ON THRU to show support for our Portland Public Schools educators and also pick up fun "we love our teachers" SWAG! As families drive (or bike / scooter / walk) thru, we will have music, dancing and giveaways! SEE YOU THERE! Saturday, October 15 from 12pm-2pm at the Portland Association of Teachers office (345 NE 8th Ave, PDX, 97232) More info here and here.

October 12 – October 31: Support Sunnyside By Buying Delicious 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!

Bike Bus
The Sunnyside Bike Bus meets at 8:20 Wednesday mornings (as long as our volunteers are available!) with a leaving time of 8:25 a.m. Below are the routes, leaders, and meeting times if you want to join the fun! It’s a great group!

Route Meeting spot Leaders
West Salmon & 23rd Alyssa Koomas and Stephanie Renfro
East Taylor & 41st Alida Cantor and Travis Pritchard
North Oak & 33rd Jen Wozniak and Becky Poehler

October 22, 1 pm: Spin For Sunnyside! (Burn off those Harvest Fair goodies in advance! ) ????

Registration is NOW OPEN for Revel Indoor Cycling ‘s private fundraiser ride for the Sunnyside PTSA/Foundation!

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!

October 22, 4pm – 8pm: Harvest Fair Makes Its Triumphant Return!
Harvest Fair is Sunnyside’s time-honored fall celebration, and it is making its much anticipated return this year after a 2 year hiatus! Entry is free, with carnival tickets sold in advance and day-of. ALL are welcome to attend, so bring your neighbors, friends, coworkers, and family members! You can look forward to games and activities galore, fresh apple cider, sausages, a seed exchange, the famous Cookie Palace, a Baked Goodies Boogie, and a community meal courtesy of Bamboo Grove Hawaiian Grille. It’s going to be magical.

Ongoing: 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.