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Originally delivered on 11/14/2022 4:42 pm

SUBJECT: Sunrise FFO - November 2022 Digest

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Sunrise FFO Digest - November 2022
Welcome to the FFO!

Welcome to the Sunrise Drive FFO! Every single Sunrise Drive family is automatically a member of the Family Faculty Organization. We meet monthly to raise funds for school activities and support our amazing Sunrise teachers and staff. You are invited to attend our next meeting. Please read below to find out key dates, times, and activities!

Mark Your Calendars!

  • November 16th: Picture Retakes 
  • November 18th @7am: Principal's Breakfast- 2nd Grade
  • November 18th @ 8:15am: General FFO Meeting
  • November 23-25th: Thanksgiving Break- No School
  • December 19-30th: WINTER BREAK- No School
President's Intro

Thank you all who volunteered at Spiders and Cider and a special THANK YOU to Valerie Menke and Alissa McKaig! Thank you so much for all of your hard work and dedication to make this event the tremendous success that it was!

Please mark your calendars for this Friday at 8:15am in the library for our FFO meeting. We would love to see you there. 

~ Anjala Matalone, FFO Co-President

Spiders & Cider

Huge THANK YOU to our Sunrise Community for helping us make this year's Spiders and Cider the biggest and best yet! We hope you enjoyed the evening with your family and friends. 

Special Thanks to:


ALL of our FFO volunteers, committee members, Sunrise teachers, faculty and community who donated their time, energy, candy, baked goods, creativity and countless hours to make Spiders & Cider come to life! This event was a success because of YOU!  

Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority, Chi Omega Sorority, National Honor Society, and CFSD BTC  for volunteering to run all the games and stations at the event. 

Lauren McConnell Photobooth; Margeaux Bowers Maze Balloon decor; Mark Malan DJ. 

CARE Kids (lead by Sabrina Romero) MAZE decor 

Generous Raffle Donors: 

Miraval Spa Day- Rebecca White; Desert Mariposa – Scarlett McCaw; Aquaterra- Nikki Malley; Golf N Stuff; Wild Katz; Mildred & Dildred; Reid Park Zoo - Arlene; Aveda; Gadabout – Alice; Skyline Nail & Spa; Revolve - Tony; Yoga Pod; Pure Love Juice; Basket Butler – Mark; Truland; Whole Foods (River/ Craycroft); Ra Sushi; Safeway (Swan/ Sunrise); Ginza/ Raijin Ramen. (same owner) – Diane; U of A Athletics/ Basketball team; AZ Diamondbacks; Tucson Roadrunners; AZ Cardinals; Mrs. Sizemore; Old Pueblo Gymnastics; Roadhouse Cinemas; Top Golf; Fox Restaurants – Kevin Handt; La Paloma; Lodge at Ventana Canyon; Abbott Taylor Jewelers; Snooze (Grant); Brueggers (Swan/ Sunrise)

Event Sponsors: 

Monster Sponsor-Outlaw Excavating 

Monster Sponsor-Southwest Grounds

Goblin Sponsor- Sonoran ENT 

Goblin Sponsor-Jun Dynasty 

Spider Sponsor- Eden Motorsports


Dear Potential or Current After School Instructors,

Community Schools is starting to plan for our 3rd quarter of After School Programs at our Elementary Schools!  We invite you to fill out our after school proposal form by November 18, 2022 if you want to work during the 3rd quarter. 

We need everyone to fill out a proposal form, do not just assume we are going to schedule you for a position!  We will confirm with you after the Thanksgiving Break.  

We want you to be creative, so this is your chance to design your dream enrichment class!  Anything from art, science, theater, music, sports, any hobby you love or have a passion for! We do want students to continue to sign up for your programs, so try and offer something new this quarter!

The dates for our winter session programs are January 3 - March 17, 2023.

 Click here to fill in your proposal form!

Please contact Sabrina Romero at if you have any questions.


It's that time again! 

Do you know that teacher that has made an impact for your child? Do they go above and beyond? Do you feel they are getting the recognition they deserve? 

NOW IS THE TIME! Nominate that teacher or teachers! There's no limit to the number of teachers an individual may nominate. Each teacher receives copies of their nominations. This is such a great way to show our CFSD teachers how much they are appreciated! 

Nominations are again online only at and the deadline is 11/30 at 11:00 PM.  


Have you tried out this new app? 

Have you send this to your family out of state? 

YESSS!!! They can do this too! 

Download the app and scan all receipts to help help accumulate box top cash for Sunrise. 


Follow these simple steps for Sunrise Box Tops:

Step 1) Download app

Step 2) Setup Profile

Step 3) Add Sunrise Drive Elementary in Tucson as your school to donate to.

Step 4) Shop & scan your receipts! Any eligible products will accumulate box top cash for Sunrise!

Note: Any physical box tops that you find on a box can still be clipped and sent to school, but most products no longer are printing the Box Top icon since the program has moved to the app system.

Instacart or online shopper? No problem! Just screenshot your digital receipt, go to “Contact Us” on app, and select “Submit Digital Receipt.” Then upload the screenshot(s) of your receipt. 

Some of my favorite brands that earn $ for Sunrise:

PaperMate office & school supplies, Annie’s, Yoplait, Oui, Airborne, Betty Crocker, Old El Paso, Progresso, General Mills cereals, & Lysol.

Earn Bonus Box Tops at Costco, Walmart, Target & Dollar General - check app weekly to cash in!

Thanks so much! 


FFO Box Tops Coordinator 


Sunrise students are so excited about our school garden this year! Garden Club is every Tuesday, and there are many opportunities for education and fun as we watch our garden grow! 

In the last month, we have prepared the soil, transplanted starts, planted seeds and bulbs, painted Spirit of Sunrise rock edgers, and nested our composting worms in their VermiHut. The lettuce and peas love this cool weather and are flourishing! 

We were even able to do a lettuce tasting of 3 different varieties and prepared a Principal’s Salad for Ms. Davidson to enjoy last week! Several students were surprised at how good the lettuce tasted fresh from the garden! One student said, “I never tried salad before, but it’s good!” Another student told his mom how surprised he was at the red wiggler worm count right before falling asleep. 

Garden activities stimulate many of the senses, and studies show that kinesthetic learning is some of the most memorable education. 

Thanks to Alex, Mark & Michael for being great FFO volunteers in our garden! If you would like to volunteer, donate, or learn more about our garden, contact Nkechi, our FFO Garden Coordinator, at or send a text: 509.879.7639


Third grade students offering Ms. Davidson a Principal’s Salad, made with 3 varieties of lettuce, dill and basil all grown in our garden (with a few croutons & dressing to jazz it up!)


Soil haul and irrigation 

ready in the beds!

Do you shop with Amazon? Please consider using when placing your order! Select Sunrise Drive School Family Faculty Association as your charity to support. Amazon will donate 0.5 % of eligible purchases. Simple and easy way to support our school without even thinking or changing your routine! You can easily out a icon on your phone by following these steps:


Mark your calendars for our next dine out, Wednesday, November 30th! Treat yourself to some delicious pizza and skip cooking all while helping Sunrise Drive at Fiamme Pizza at Swan/Sunrise!


A HUGE THANK YOU to Catherine Welton for always putting together an amazing Principal's Breakfast. 

Join us this Friday @ 7am for 2nd Grade's Principal's Breakfast!  

FFO Meeting This Friday @ 8:15 a.m.

Please join us for coffee and bagels in the library at 8:15! Please be sure the parking lot has cleared before checking in at the office! See you there this Friday!

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