Sunnyside PTSA Weekly Update 🌻

Wednesday, December 7, 2022

~ Find the latest Messenger newsletter from the SES office here. ~

Happy month of December, friends! The school year is flying by ✈ and we’ve all been busier than ever! 🐝 THANK YOU so much to everyone who has jumped in to help volunteer, donate, join a committee, work a shift, or support in whichever way works best for you. We appreciate the many ways in which you give. This school is filled with so many amazing kids–and all of you are to thank for that. 💞

SPEAKING OF WHICH! 🤓 Did you make it to the Winter Craft Fair?? If not, here are a few pictures of some of the many amazing, creative items that our students were selling. Some of these young artists donated all of their money back to the school! Others spent their earnings at other student’s shops! We’re planning to bring the event back next year with some updates and changes based on your feedback! A full survey of PTSA activities will go out school-wide after Winter Break!

Also, our December board meeting will be both virtual and in-person, and is scheduled for this upcoming Friday, December 9 at 8:45 a.m. in Room 102. We will open up the chat at about 8:40 a.m. and will remain open the duration of the meeting. Check out our full meeting agenda, which includes a meeting link for Google Meet! We’ll also have free coffee from Oblique Coffee Roasters! BYOM (Bring your own mug!) 🍵🍶☕

Gratefully, 💓

PTSA Co-Presidents Auburn & Heather

Volunteer Opportunities & Special Events! ????????????
This month, we are shouting our love for SES educators from the rooftop! Please participate in all of these school-wide events coming up to close out 2022!

We’ll be showing our love & appreciation for the wonderful Sunnyside staff by providing breakfast treats on DECEMBER 15th! We are asking Sunnyside families to bring in homemade or store-bought pastries, muffins, quiches – anything brunch-y 🍳🍞 (we’ll provide the coffee!) – next Thursday morning! You can drop your contribution off in the office, ideally by 8:30am, so our teachers can grab a plate before class! Gluten-Free, Vegan and/or Low Sugar options are always especially appreciated!

Our Circle of Giving could use Your Support! 🎁
Please consider donating to our Sunnyside community. We have many requests that remain unfilled, and you can sign up here to contribute! 💓

ri·par·i·an 🏞

Learn to pronounce


  1. LAW
    relating to or situated on the banks of a river.
    “all the riparian states must sign an agreement”

Come Celebrate SES at the Riparian Festival! 🌊 🌳 Don’t forget, the Riparian Festival is this Friday, December 9 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. This event celebrates our SES students’ work studying forests, rivers, oceans, and mountains. All ages are welcome! You can sign up to volunteer or contribute a lasagne here!🍝

Ongoing Announcements & Fundraisers! ???? ????

Take a Load Off, Parents. Order Pizza! 🍕🍕🍕
Straight From New York Pizza on Belmont Street is sponsoring our SES Dine-Out night on December 15th!
Supporting our Sunnyside community with great pizza and GENEROUS donations for years, they will donate 20% of ALL sales from 4:00 pm until closing.

It’s not too late to donate to Mujeres Luchadoras Progresistas (Women Striving for Progress). 🌲

Thanks to you, we already raised $1,600 for Mujeres Luchadoras Progresistas.The ladies were so amazingly thankful when we met them to pick the wreaths up! It is too late to order one this year, but you can still make a contribution to the nonprofit organization responsible for creating them! Wreath sales support women farm workers and create economic development and leadership opportunities among women in their community. Thank you so much to everyone who contributed. You can still support this organization here!

School-Wide Activities & Opportunities! 🎭

SES SPRING MUSICAL IS BACK FOR GRADES 5-8! 🍬🍭🌈 The PTSA is delighted to partner with rjohnson10by December 16th – we are holding spots for you! Details about the rehearsal and show dates, times, and overall level of commitment can be found HERE! Caroline, Artistic Director of Portland Drama Club, will be joining our PTSA meeting this Friday should you want to ask any questions!

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

Check out these ways to contribute to Sunnyside while doing your everyday shopping:

Please consider adding Sunnyside Environmental School PTSA to your Amazon Smile and Fred Meyer rewards accounts. We will receive a donation when you shop with these vendors! Here’s how:
(NEW) Fred Meyer Rewards ????
1. Log-in to your account (or create a new one).
2. On your dashboard, scroll down to Community Rewards.
3. Search for Sunnyside Environmental School PTSA and add them to your community rewards.
4. Feel good about supporting SES while you shop for groceries!
(NEW) Amazon Smile ????
1. Log in to your account at
2. Scroll down to Other Programs
3. Choose Change your AmazonSmile Charity
4. Search for Sunnyside Environmental PTA and choose or change your charity
5. If you mostly shop on your computer, shop through so that a portion of the proceeds from your order are sent to SES!
6. If you mostly shop on your mobile app, make sure to activate AmazonSmile in the Amazon Shopping app on your iOS or Android phone within the Settings or Programs & Features menu.

Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have questions or ideas for future fundraising!

Heather – tanky34
Auburn – auburnharrison