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Sunrise FFO - May 2019 Digest Vol 4, Issue #9

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Hello [First_Name]!

This Digest publicizes FFO-sponsored events to our school's community. The Sunrise Drive FFO works to generate funding for our school's vibrant learning environment and programs.

All FFO meeting agendas and minutes are available to the public in our online archive. 

Mark Your Calendar for Upcoming Events!
  • May 17: Last FFO Meeting, followed by Volunteer Recognition Kiva
  • May 20: Yearbook Purchase Deadline on MSA
  • May 21-22: In-Person Yearbook Sales
  • May 22: Graduation and Last Day of School!
  • August 7: Meet Your Teacher

View a full calendar of events on the MySchoolAnywhere homepage or at sunriseffo.org/calendar.

President's Intro

The 2018-19 school year has been a blast! In this digest, we send our gratitude to you — the parents, grandparents, faculty and loved ones that make up our awesome school community. 

Below, you’ll find so many instances of how your FFO contributions have generously supported students and staff throughout this school year and beyond, starting with letters of appreciation directly from Sunrise students to YOU. Ms. Glenn’s 2nd grade class wrote THE BEST letters to the FFO thanking us for Scholastic book and bookmark donations (made possible by your support of the Book Fair). Here are three letters that capture the students’ genuine excitement for their new books and love of reading!

Letter 1 thumbnail with drawing of a dog on a pile of booksLetter 2 with drawing of child readingLetter 3 thumbnail with drawing of rainbow over FFO

Letters from 2nd Graders James Jacobsen, Abbie Brady, and Paige Richner. Thank you to their parents for allowing us to share their letters.

Have a wonderful summer! We look forward to seeing you August 7, 2019 for Meet Your Teacher!

— Dayna Anderson, FFO President

MySchoolAnywhere Is Becoming Membership Toolkit!

MySchoolAnywhere has been purchased by Membership Toolkit. Over the summer, we will be working with the MembershipToolkit team to transition our site over to their platform. Membership Toolkit's platform hosts websites for FFOs and other non-profit organizations. We will still have the features like the store, online directory, event signups, and mobile app. Stay tuned for more details, which should be announced before Meet Your Teacher and the new school year begins.

— Abe Wu and Christina Noz, Co-VPs of Communication

Spirit of Sunrise

The FFO sends a heartfelt THANK YOU to Sunrise families for supporting our school! The Spirit of Sunrise campaign and Mathathon raised $37,000 during the 2018-2019 school year. This money funded student field trips, Science Day, Artists-in-Residence, Community Garden, 5th Grade Legacy Project, Lego robotics kits, Raz Kids, Reflex Math, playground equipment, Spiders and Cider, and so much more. 

Sunrise Drive FFO is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and the FFO budget comes directly from donations. If you are interested in helping us finish the year strong, visit our store and select "Spirit of Sunrise Donation" to make your tax-deductible donation now:

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— Deborah Ardolino, VP Development

Grants at Work!

Teachers, staff, family members and students may submit grant proposals to the Grants Chair for review by the FFO Executive Board by visiting sunriseffo.org/grants or emailing grants@sunriseffo.org.

Approved Grants

  • Old Tucson Field Trip, 4th grade, $1,300

Proposed Grants

  • Weighted Lap Animals, General, $300

– Margaret Barber, Grants Chair

Yearbook

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There’s still time to get your 2018-2019 yearbook for only $30!

The deadline to purchase a yearbook on MySchoolAnywhere is Monday, May 20. To purchase a yearbook, just click the button below. To check if you’ve already purchased a yearbook, click the button below and click "Your Purchases" in the upper right hand corner of the page. 

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Families also have two chances to buy a yearbook in person. Extra books will sold on a first-come, first-served basis on May 21 and 22. Cash, check, credit or a debit card are accepted for in-person orders. Sales will happen on:

  • May 21, 7:30 - 8:00 a.m. and 2:30 - 3:15 p.m. in front of the school
  • May 22 after the 5th grade breakfast in the school office. Books will not be sold before school due to the 5th grade graduation traffic. 

For questions, please contact Marla at marlafnp3@gmail.com

– Sabrina Romero and Marla Harris, Yearbook Co-Chairs

EduKit

Buckets of colored pencils, and a girl holding color pencils up

Who: 5th Graders

When: Order by June 15 for best pricing and free shipping.

Why: Everything your student needs for 6th Grade at Orange Grove Middle School comes in an EduKit. The box is customized per teachers' requests and is available for pick-up at registration in the Fall.

How: Order at www.edukitinc.com.

Book Fair Recap
Sunrise parent volunteer helps second grader count change for her book purchase.

The recent book fair was a success and the FFO received 70% back in Scholastic dollars totaling $10,878.07!  The book fair directly supports the school library, teacher’s classroom libraries, a book for every student for the “Love of Reading Month,” the monthly scholastic newspaper, and other classroom supplies.

A HUGE thank you to volunteers Debbie Anderson, Leslie Beckett, Jennifer Boss, Barbie Chang, Amy Courson, Justin Courson, Ana Cromer, Jennifer Dessent, Liz Doak, Natasha Johnson, Lisa Lin, Linda Manger, Anita McGuire, Tracy Rea, and Carrie Williams.

Trisha Adcock and Lori Cole

2020 Chinese Spring Festival

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What goes by faster than 85 days of summer? The 269 days until the next Chinese Spring Festival: Year of the Rat on February 7, 2020! Consider joining our Rat Pack of fun, fabulous and friendly parent party planners. Every day & volunteer counts! Volunteer early and have more fun!! To volunteer, e-mail us at sunrisespringfestival@gmail.com. #RatPack2020

-Kristen Lin & Charmaine Lewis, Spring Festival Co-Chairs

Chinese Immersion

Congratulations to our 5th grade for being the SECOND graduating class of Chinese Immersion students from Sunrise Drive!  We thank them for their determination, persistence and dedication as they mastered a new language. 

We hope immersion students will keep up their language skills at one of these summer camps:

Chinese Star Camp: the UA’s Confucius Institute hosts two one-week camps from June 3 to June 14, 2019 at the Tucson Chinese Cultural Center. Sunrise students qualify for a 50% discount. Contact Allison Giddings at 520-621-0048 for the discount code before enrolling. For more info, visit https://rec.arizona.edu/youth-family/arizona-youth-university-ayu/chinese-star-camp-2019

International School of Tucson: for summer programs, visit https://www.istucson.org/enrollment/holiday-programmes/

We still need volunteers for the Chinese Immersion booth at Meet Your Teacher August 2019. Support the immersion program by volunteering for an hour at our MYT table!

-Anita McGuire, Chinese Immersion Liaison

Lost and Found

Don’t forget to check the Lost and Found for clothing, water bottles, lunch boxes and more! 

New Sunrise Drive Water Bottles

Sunrise Water BottleThe school recently replaced its traditional drinking fountains with new water bottle dispensing fountains that have filtered water. 

The FFO is offering water bottles for sale in honor of the new fountains. For $10, your student can show a little school spirit and stay hydrated! Purchases can be made by clicking the "Shop in Our Store" button below. All purchases will be delivered to your student’s homeroom class.

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