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Originally delivered on 12/13/2022 1:07 pm

SUBJECT: Sunrise FFO - December 2022 Digest

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Sunrise FFO Digest - December 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!

  • December 19-30th: WINTER BREAK- No School
  • January 3: First Day Back
  • January 5: Not an Early Release
  • January 16: Civil Rights Day- No School
  • January 20: Principal's Breakfast (3rd Grade) 
  • January 20: General FFO Meeting
  • January 20: Spring Chinese Festival
  • January 27-31: Science Fair
President's Intro

I am so very thankful to be a part of this amazing Sunrise Drive Community! We have had a great start to the year and can’t wait for all the activities and events we have planned for the second part of the year. Thank you so very much to each one of you for your volunteer time and financial support of our students, teachers and school! I hope everyone has a wonderful and safe holiday with your families!

See you in the New Year!

Anjala Matalone

FFO Co-President

Thanksgiving Lunch for our Amazing Staff

We were able to treat our teachers to some fall treats and a nice Thanksgiving lunch catered by The Dutch restaurant! Students did an art project at lunch to tell our teachers what they were thankful for. Thank you to Tyler LePeau, Aly Nevarez and Sarah McNamara for showing our teachers some love!

Chinese Spring Festival

The Chinese Spring Festival is coming up! Mark your calendars for Friday, January 20th from 5-7pm at Sunrise Drive. Free transportation from Valley View ELC will be provided. We’ll have student performances, a lion dance, and tons of fun activities for everyone in the Sunrise community. We can’t wait to get the dragons out of storage and celebrate the Year of the Rabbit! Please join us!

Kindergarten & Kindergarten Plus

We welcomed incoming Kindergarten families for the 2023-2024 school year to campus on December 1 for the first Kindergarten Show and Tell session. Registration for Kindergarten Plus, the tuition based half-day program that provides enrichment and extension to the state funded Kindergarten half-day program is open. Families interested in registering their incoming Kindergartener for the 2023-2024 school year may register online Click HERE 

Another Kindergarten Show and Tell session will be held on Thursday, January 26, 2023 between 2:00-3:30 in the Library. The session will include a tour of campus for those interested at 3:30. A link to make a reservation is included below: 

Make Reservation HERE


Families interested in the CFSD Chinese Immersion Program may participate in the informational meeting on Thursday, January 19 from 6:00-6:30. A link to make a reservation is included below: 

 Chinese Immersion Program Reservation Link HERE

Open Enrollment applications are being accepted between November 1 and January 31. Families may apply through the district website HERE Under the Parent tab, you will find the link to apply for Open Enrollment.

Food Drive

Sunrise Drive Student Council members would like to thank our community for the generous food donations to families in need! It is great to be at Sunrise!

Thank you,

Jasper, Student Council President

Caroline, Student Council Vice President

Liam, Student Council Treasurer

Anya, Student Council Secretary


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 Drive athletes love running and walking during Steppers! Our students appreciate the FFO volunteers and support to celebrate our healthy habits! Every six laps we run or walk is one mile! Thank you to Tracy Rea and A Leen Chong for supporting the weekly event! Erin Guido and Gigi Dover greatly appreciate the FFO's support of purchasing the software used for our runners and walkers to record the distance traveled. 

Sunrise Garden News

This is the Goldilocks season for gardening in Arizona, with moderate temps and a nice weekend of rain! Students are learning and exploring plant (and worm) life every week and have had some exciting opportunities to harvest what they planted two months ago. 

In the past several weeks, we have thinned carrots, planted the Olla bed with pollinators, and harvested lettuce, spinach & kale. Hopefully a sampling of the harvest made it home unwilted by the end of the school day in the backpacks of those who participated in Garden Club! Check backpacks on Tuesdays if your student is a gardener, because we have some more harvest opportunities coming up soon! 

This month, we will be introducing our composting worms (which have doubled in size since they entered our VermiHut) to coffee grounds to keep them more active during the cool temps. We also plan on reseeding the rows that have been harvested and adding some flowers (pollinators) to the beds in the main walking area of campus. Look for the butterflies to signal where the pollinators are! 

Big THANK YOU to Mark & Elik this month for volunteering at Garden Club! We can also use some volunteers over the holiday break for watering. Please email our Garden Coordinator Nkechi at: or text 509.879.7639 if you are available to help even one day over break. This rain will also bring weeds, so if you have extra time while watering, please pick away at the weeds too!

Help support Sunrise while making your holiday purchases!

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:

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