Originally delivered on 9/19/2017 10:00 am

SUBJECT: SunriseFFO - Sep 2017 Digest

Sunrise FFO - Sep 2017 Digest Vol 3, Issue #1 

In this issue:

FFO President's Intro

Welcome to a new school year, [First_Name]!

This monthly FFO Email Digest is designed to keep you up to date on what's happening with FFO events at Sunrise Drive Elementary. Please share with friends and family to learn about events, volunteer opportunities, grants, and more! 

The FFO is a non-profit 501(c)(3) and similar to a PTA/PTO, except we do not pay national dues or commit money to political action committees. All Sunrise families and teachers are members that work together to create a vibrant learning environment with lots of community and extracurricular events for the students. 

Please join us at the General FFO meeting on September 22 at 8:05 AM. Due to the Book Fair, we will meet at the open-air amphitheater (next to the MPR). Since we won’t be able to use a projector outside, be sure to download the agenda on your smartphone. Agendas are emailed to all families prior to the meeting.  

If you still have questions about the FFO, you can learn more on our website: sunriseffo.org


Kate SpauldingFFO President 

Note: We respect your privacy and hope you welcome this monthly email. If not, please accept our apologies and kindly use the unsubscribe link at the bottom or contact our communication volunteer, Tim Colson, with any questions!

Special Announcement - MySchoolAnywhere

Do you find it as hard as we do to keep track of all your volunteer signups, emails, events, and Sunrise friends? This year, we found a service called MySchoolAnywhere (MSA), built by busy parents, that we believe will help us connect and coordinate better!

Over the next few days, you will receive two emails from MSA. The first email will have a secure link for you to confirm your info and Opt-In/UnHide from our directory. The pre-populated form will only take a minute to complete.

On Friday, you should receive the second email with MSA account info. This will give you access to the digest, volunteer signups, a directory of family & faculty, and soon our online store. This email will also include links for the MSA mobile app, which can do all this plus see the school calendar! 

After everyone is invited, we'll start to move all signups into MSA, so you'll have one place to go! 

Learn more in this brief MySchoolAnywhere intro video, or on our site...and watch for your invite!

– Tim Colson, VP Communication

The FFO organizes, operates, and communicates to all families and faculty the many Sunrise, CFSD, and community programs and events. We also generate funding to support the vibrant learning environment and our programs and events.  

We record all Meeting Agendas & Minutes online for public review. 

Next general meeting is Friday, Sep 22 at 8:05 AM.

Grants at Work!

The FFO grants program presents an important opportunity for staff and parents to work together to benefit the entire Sunrise community. By using FFO funds, we can expand Sunrise’s ability to meet specific educational needs of our children by paying for field trips, artists-in-residence, guest authors, the Sunrise Garden, and numerous other special programs for our students. 

Teachers, staff, family members and students may submit grant proposals to the Grants Chair who presents them to the FFO Exec board for review. Exec approved proposals are brought to the General FFO Meetings for discussion and a deciding vote.

Approved Grants

  • Lunch Tubs, proposed by Grade Level Teachers - $104.00
  • K-5th Chinese Mandarin books and materials for Chinese Immersion classrooms, proposed by Margaret Barber & Lucy Lin - $2,000.00

For more information, go to sunriseffo.com/grants or contact us at grants@sunriseffo.org!

– Margaret Barber, Grants Chair

Spirit of Sunrise

Annual Direct Donation Campaign 

Sunrise Drive FFO is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Much of the FFO budget comes from direct donations from families. We call our most important annual drive to raise funds, the Spirit of Sunrise campaign!

Donations to Spirit of Sunrise help fund the grants (above), student field trips, Science Day, Artists-in-Residence, Community Garden, 5th Grade Legacy Project, Lego robotics kits, playground equipment, Spiders and Cider and many more events and activities for our children!

Please support our students!

Make a donation through our online form … or drop a check payable to “Sunrise Drive FFO” in the FFO lock box in the Sunrise Office.

The suggested amount is fifty dollars ($50) per student; however, any amount is appreciated and all donations are tax deductible. Donations of $250 or more will receive a letter for tax reporting.

Thank you for your generosity! Please contact us with any questions.
– Deborah Ardolino (e), VP Development

Chinese Immersion

Welcome back Chinese Immersion Families! A warm welcome to all of our new Kindergarten Chinese Immersion students! Please remember to check out our Chinese Immersion Resource Page at sunriseffo.org/chinese for information, activities, and a link for more resources.

Picnic and Play, Sep 28

When: September 28th 5:30-7:00 PM

Join us for a low key community building event. Bring a picnic dinner to school, enjoy the company of friends - old and new, shop at the book fair, and play on the playground. 

Note: Playground supervision is the responsibility of parents, so we need some volunteers to help keep watch. Look for volunteer information at http://sunriseffo.org/volunteer.

Garden News - Fall Clean Up Day, Oct 7

When: Saturday, October 7th, 7:00 AM - 12:00pm

Bring your wheelbarrows, large shovels and water bottles to help us clean up the School Garden for fall planting. We will be transporting 4 yards of compost from parking lot into garden.  Many hands make light work.  

Come when you can and stay as long as you like!

Thank you to Tanks Green Stuff for the generous donation of both compost and roll-off for disposing of last year’s crop!  

Our jungle garden needs your help, so please sign up to volunteer. Also, we are still looking for volunteers to help with classroom gardening and Garden Club (Wednesdays 11:40 - 1:00).

Contact Emily Franklin (e) or Shirley Harvey (e) to get involved.  

Gaslight Theatre - Phantom of the Opera, Oct 8

When: Sunday Oct 8, at 3PM
Where: Gaslight Theatre, 7010 E Broadway, Tucson, AZ

Join the Sunrise community to watch the show together!  

Note: This is not an FFO fundraiser, just a fun community event. Kids love the show and watching it with their friends is even more fun!

Purchase tickets ($17 per seat) before or after the general FFO meeting, or contact Kate Spaulding to purchase.

Fundraiser - Box Tops Collection, Oct 20

BoxTops LogoWelcome back to school, parents! My name is Shirley Parks and I’m happy to be our school’s Box Tops for Education™ Coordinator. Clipping Box Tops is an easy way to help earn cash for our school. Each Box Top is worth 10¢ for our school! Just look for the pink Box Tops on hundreds of products. 

All you have to do is clip and send them into your child’s teacher. Each teacher collects their own Box Tops to raise money for their classroom. 

Our first Box Top collection will be October 20th!  

For more information, including a list of participating products, go to boxtops4education.com. Sign up as a member (it’s free!) to check out our school’s earnings details and get access to coupons and bonus offers.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Thanks for your help!

– Shirley Parks (e), BoxTops Coordinator


Spiders & Cider 2017, Oct 27

When: Friday October 27th, 5:00-8:00 pm

Every fall, the Sunrise FFO puts on the Spiders & Cider community festival to celebrate the season. It is fun for the whole family - come enjoy carnival games, face painters, balloon twisters, raffle, maze, cake walk, Photo Booth, DJ and you can wear your Halloween costumes. 

New this year - there will be NO extra charges or ticket fees to buy tickets online. And, when you buy in advance online, your child will get a fabulous bag at the door and faster entry! Families will be checked in when they arrive on campus. Gates open at 5 pm. 

Learn more at sunriseffo.org/spiders!

– Alli Swanson, Rachel Hollander, Jeanette Hartshorne, and Bethany Jaramillo
Spiders & Cider Chairs

Mark your calendar!
  • Sep 22 - 8:05AM FFO General Meeting
  • Sep 25 - 29 Sunrise Book Fair
  • Sep 28 - Picnic and Play
  • Oct   7 - Garden / Campus Cleanup
  • Oct   8 - Gaslight Theatre - Phantom of the Opera
  • Oct 20 - Boxtop Collection
  • Oct 27 - Spiders & Cider

See the full school calendar at sunriseffo.org/calendar