back to newsletters

Originally delivered on 10/16/2023 10:39 am

SUBJECT: Sunrise FFO - October Digest

Happy kids of all stripes
Sunrise FFO Digest - October 2023
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!

President's Intro

We have lots of information to share about the many events going on in our organization in the upcoming weeks. Be sure to check out the calendar below! Also, we are always looking for volunteers. Please take a look at the Sunrise Drive Updates from Administration to see if there's anything you can do to help.


We have the following open positions for our Board:

*VP Webmaster Co-Chair

Events & Programs:

Principal’s Breakfast for 2nd Grade

Calling all second graders and family! Come mingle with others and get caught up on Sunrise Elementary happenings with Mrs. Davidson. FFO funds provide your breakfast for this major milestone. The event is hosted in the library October 20th @ 7:00 a.m.


October 17       

DineOut-Zinburger 4:00-8:00 PM! Come-Small window-get in here!

October 20       

Principal’s Breakfast: Second Grade- 7:00-7:30 AM-Paid for by YOU!

October 20       

FFO Meeting- 8:15am- Please come support your child’s school

October 24-26  

½ Day Parent Teacher Conferences-Look 4 food donation SignUpGenius!

October 26       

Spiders and Cider Set Up-WE NEED YOUR HELP! Sign up to help! Click Here!

October 27       


Jill Golisch Greene- PRESIDENT


Don't want to cook? 

Have to run to after school activities?

 Dine in or Order to Go! 

Please join us for a meal at Zinburger located at 1865 E. River Road on Tuesday, October 17th between 4:00 – 8:00 PM!  

Please mention “Sunrise Drive,” when ordering in person, take out or picking up online orders, and Zinburger will donate 30% of the proceeds to the Sunrise Drive FFO!


THANK YOU ALL for coming out and supporting our DINE OUT at SUBWAY and  coming together to Picnic & Play. We had an amazing turnout at our Book Fair as well. 

Thank you Karla Smith ,Shannon Marchal, Lori Cole and Jennifer Yau for this amazing evening and all your hard work.


Consider joining us on FaceBook SUNRISE DRIVE FFO for smiles and giggles! You may even recognize your child! 

Did you know?????

Students are given a choice to visit the library during their lunch recess?! What an opportunity!

Did you know they have access to Legos? Did you further know, we are in great need for Lego heads? Do you have some Legos lying around needing to be donated? 

Then please consider dropping them off at Sunrise TODAY! 


Jill Golisch Greene


“To measure the man, measure his heart.” ~Malcolm S. Forbes


Please come join us for our FFO Meeting this Friday, October 20th at 8:15AM in the Library. Stay in the know and hear about what is going at our AMAZING school. We will hear the Principal report from our one and only, Mrs. Davidson, as well as other events happening to give our children the best experience and opportunities here at Sunrise. 

  • What is your name? Valerie Menke
  • Position in FFO? Member at Large/ Co-Chair Spiders and Cider
  • Who is/are your kid/kids and grades? Ryan Menke, 5th grade (Matthew 6th at OGMS)
  • Where were you born? Lubbock, TX 
  • What is your occupation? Medical Sales 
  • What do you like to do for fun? Travel/ Hang with Family and Friends 
  • What’s your favorite restaurant? Anything Italian! But I do Love North and GAVI espically 
  • What do you love about Sunrise? Everything! The families, teachers, students, amazing community and I adore Ms. Davdison, she is a fantastic leader and has created a culture of kindness and care in our Sunrise community. 
  • Why did you join FFO? My friend Anjala Matalone encouraged me to join 7 years ago. 
  • Where is one destination place you would love to go? I would love to take our Family to Africa
  • What is one fun fact about you that you can share? I went to Sunrise for Elementary school! 
  • What is your name? Ai Leen Chong
  • Position in FFO? VP Webmaster, Merchandise, Lost & Found
  • Who is/are your kid/kids and grades? David Bui 4th Grade Immersion
  • Where were you born? Born in Scotland
  • What is your occupation? Was an information architect/UX designer, now volunteering as administrator of women's & Africa orphan ministries
  • What do you like to do for fun? Travel, spend time with family & friends
  • What’s your favorite restaurant? I enjoy ethnic foods. Some favorite restaurants include Sher-e-Punjab, El Barraco, Contigo, Jun Dynasty & Yoshimatsu.
  • What do you love about Sunrise? I love the inclusiveness and how devoted the parents are to helping make a memorable elementary experience for all the children.
  • Why did you join FFO? To help wherever needed in a school where teachers pour so much into the children.
  • Where is one destination place you would love to go? Back to Scotland to see what it's like now.
  • What is one fun fact about you that you can share? I like fatty foods-pork belly is a fav.

Donations are always accepted! All donations go directly to support the programs and events our organization offers. No amount is too small - please consider making a donation today!

You donate, your child wins.

When you give DONATE, Sunrise Drive flourishes.

Use the Box Tops App to scan your receipt. The app will find participating products purchased at any store and instantly add cash to Sunrise Drive Elementary Family Faculty Organization's earnings online.


Our inventory is restocked with all shirt sizes! 

Get your shirt at at Membership Toolkit Link

Don’t forget to wear your Spirit of Sunrise T-shirt on Fridays or at any Sunrise events!


WHEN: Friday, October 27th from 5pm- 8pm

WHERE: Sunrise Drive Elementary

WHAT: Carnival games, treat street, maze, photo booth, food, amazing raffles & spooktacular fun! 

***Costumes are encouraged***, kindly no masks, gore, or weapons please! ***



We need LOTS of help bringing Spiders and Cider to life! We will be setting up, decorating and building our student designed MAZE on TH10/26 and FRI 10/27.

***Click here to volunteer for set up: Spiders and Cider Volunteer Sign Up 



We are asking for large bags of candy and baked good treat donations for our Treat Street Walk! Homemade treats are welcome, but kindly individually wrap all baked goods and treats before bringing them to school. 

***Sign up to bring treats here: Treats, Cake, Candy Donation Sign Up



Tickets are $10 per child in advance (buy online before 10/26) Your child will receive a bracelet that will double as their ticket for “faster to the fun” quick entry to the event (distributed 10/27 in classroom)!  Tickets will be $15 at the door. Adults are FREE. 


Raffle Tickets available for pre-purchase: Raffle Baskets include STEM, Lego, Family Fun Night, Cooking & Baking, Coffee & Chocolate, Sports.  See below for donation opportunities.  


DON'T WAIT!! BUY YOUR TICKETS TODAY!!!!Spiders and Cider Tickets 


Check out the SPIDERS AND CIDER website SPIDERS & CIDER for additional important “Know Before You Go” info around tickets, parking, raffle, donations, and volunteer opportunities!

Spiders and Cider Class Basket Raffle Donations: This year our FFO volunteers have designated each grade level a basket theme for the raffle. Proceeds from the raffle will support the Spiders and Cider event and our students. We would appreciate our Sunrise families donating an item to help make our event an amazing night. 

All items may be dropped off in the front office or contact Fatima Bravo at All donations needed by Friday, October 20. 

Please click the link below to review the list.


Kindergarten- STEM/Sensory Basket Kinder Sign up

First Grade- LEGO Basket 1st Grade Sign up

Second Grade- Family Fun Night Basket 2nd Grade Sign up

Third Grade- Cooking and Baking Basket 3rd Grade Sign up

Fourth Grade-Coffee and Chocolate Basket 4th Grade Sign up

Fifth Grade- Sports Basket 5th Grade Sign up


Thursday, November 2, 2023

Sip, nosh, and socialize, all in support of our district teachers at the return of Tapas for Teachers! Coming this November 2nd at La Encantada. Stay tuned for more details, including ticket information. 

All proceeds from this event help our school district attract, develop, and retain excellent teachers– because Great Teachers = Successful Students!

We Need Your Help!

We are currently looking for restaurant partners, live music, and other event sponsors to make this year's Tapas for Teachers the most successful yet.

 If you can contribute, please contact Ivelisse Bonilla at 520-661-7817 or email

Sunrise Garden News!

We are GRATEFUL for everyone who helped with our Fall Work Day last month! EXTRA THANKS to Alex, Katherine, Vivienne & Theo for taking on the task of building the new raised beds!! We also appreciate all the “big muscles” that helped shovel soil, paint the garden toolshed, & clear the area where we will soon have a shade structure for students participating in Garden Club! 

This month, we are harvesting watermelon, cantaloupe, Piel de Sapo melon, eggplant, cucumbers, peppers, herbs, green beans, tomatoes, kale, lettuce, bok choy, & okra! Students are learning about the purpose of succession planting, how deep to plant different seeds, how to properly transplant seedlings, how to prune plants, and what essential nutrients vegetables need to grow. 

In October, we are planting beets, carrots, kale, jicama, cabbage, collard greens, mustard greens, broccoli, brussel sprouts, lettuce, onions, potatoes, wildflowers, radishes, fava beans, celery, & cilantro! Our grape vines, apple tree, hibiscus & lemon tree are all continuing to grow, and we see the first figs budding out on our fig tree in the olla bed. 

Students are excited about adding a “Chinese immersion” and “Spanish immersion” element to the garden this fall by labeling traditional Chinese & Mexican vegetable crops in our garden with Mandarin & Spanish signs. 

For more information about garden activities or to volunteer for Garden Club on Tuesdays 11-1, email or text Nkechi, our FFO Garden Coordinator: (509)879-7639 


FFO Exec Board Positions needed for 2023-2024!

Co-Chair VP Webmaster



Have you tried out the BoxTops app? 

Have you sent info about the app to your family out of state? (YES!! They can help Sunrise too!) 


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



Follow these simple steps for Sunrise Box Tops:

Step 1) Download BoxTops for Education app

Step 2) Setup Profile & Add Sunrise Drive Elementary in Tucson as your school.

Step 3) Shop & scan your receipts to accumulate box top cash for Sunrise!


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. 


Thanks for helping Sunrise earn BoxTops cash! 


  • Oct 17: Dine Out at Zinburger 4:00pm-8:00pm
  • Oct 20: Principal's Breakfast 7:00-7:30AM (2nd Grade)
  • Oct 20: FFO Meeting 8:15 in Sunrise Library
  • Oct 24-26: 1/2 Day Parent Teacher Conferences
  • Oct 26: Spiders & Cider Set up 
  • Oct 27: Spiders & Cider 
  • Oct 28: Spider & Cider Clean up 
  • Nov 2: 1/2 Day-Grading
  • Nov 3: Executive Board Meeting @ 8:15am
  • Nov 10: Veteran's Day- NO SCHOOL
  • Nov 15: School Picture Retakes
  • Nov 17:FFO MEETING 8:15am in Sunrise Library (ALL PARENTS WELCOME)

Helpful FFO Links
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -