Originally delivered on 12/20/2017 11:00 am

SUBJECT: Sunrise FFO - Nov 2017 Digest

Sunrise FFO - Nov 2017 Digest Vol 3, Issue #3 

Hi [First_Name] -

Join us this Friday for the last FFO General Meeting of 2017. The agenda includes a proposed change to the bylaws. Although we won’t be meeting again in December, there are still lots of ways to be involved. Visit our website for upcoming opportunities such as:

  • Thanksgiving Teacher Potluck - help feed our hardworking teachers and staff.
  • Talent Show - put on a spectacular showcase for our talented boys and girls.
  • Robotics - volunteers are welcome in all classes (not just your child’s).

Our teachers have a smaller budget this year, and are relying on our Spirit of Sunrise funds to fill in the gaps. To learn more about how you can make a donation (or a 2nd donation) see the Spirit of Sunrise article below. 

Thank you, and see you at the meeting!

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! Also, a big thank you to Abe Wu who is taking on the big task of producing this monthly email! Thanks, Abe!!! 

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.

All previous Meeting Agendas & Minutes are archived online for public review. 

In this issue:

Spirit of Sunrise

The Sunrise Drive FFO is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and much of the FFO budget comes from direct donations. If you have not had a chance to make your Spirit of Sunrise donation, please consider making your 2017 tax deductible donation now! The Spirit of Sunrise could use your help in making more grants possible for our students.

Spirit of Sunrise donations help fund field trips, Spiders and Cider, Sunrise community garden, and many more events and activities for our students. To see how the Spirit of Sunrise donations were recently utilized, please see the Treasury Update and Grants at Work sections below.

You can make a donation through our online form or drop a check payable to “Sunrise Drive FFO” in the FFO lock box located in the school office. The suggested amount is fifty dollars ($50) per student; however, any amount is appreciated and all donations are tax deductible. Thank you! 

Deborah Ardolino, VP of Development

Treasury Update

Great news! Your Spirit of Sunrise donations are hard at work as we are off to a running start! Your donations helped make Spiders and Cider an enormous community building success, and funded this year’s recurring classroom technology contracts with nearly $7,500 so that the teachers can continue offering Raz Readers and Reflex Math. Your generosity also provided $1,400 in grants and almost $2,000 in exciting field trips. In addition, Spirit of Sunrise funds were used to enrich each classroom with $5,500 in new books and supplies. 

We encourage each family to donate $50 to Spirit of Sunrise to support our students. Your valued contribution is tax deductible! 

Dayna Anderson, Co-treasurer

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 executive board for review. Exec-approved proposals are brought to the General FFO Meetings for discussion and a deciding vote.

Approved Grants

  • Artist in Residence, Gwen Ray, puppeteer, 2nd grade, $2,200
  • Field Trip entrance fee for Tucson Village Farms, Kinder, $600
  • First Grade Visit to Flandreau Science Center, 1st grade, $720

Proposed Grants

  • We Make History Field Trip, 4th Grade, $1,224
  • Kore Chairs, 1st grade, $1,216.16

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

– Margaret Barber, Grants Chair

Chinese Immersion

We Love Learning Chinese!

Hello Chinese Immersion families!

I hope you enjoyed learning about our new Culture Teacher, Ning He, last month. Be on the lookout for more interviews with our amazing Chinese Immersion staff!

We are ready to begin our Chinese Spring Festival preparations. Please mark your calendar for Friday, March 2, 2018. If you are interested in helping with decorating, performances, dragons, activities, food or other festival events, please email Jenny Dessent or Anita McGuire

In addition, a big welcome to our new Chinese Spring Festival Coordinators Haiying Liu and Helena Yip!

Anita McGuire, Chinese Immersion Liaison

Volunteer Coordinator Update

A tremendous thank you goes out to all who volunteered their time, talents, and resources during events in the last few months. If you have enjoyed attending events and would like to contribute in some way (big or small), please visit your custom MySchoolAnywhere Signup Link below to check out all of the opportunities. You can even team up with some friends and family to volunteer together! It really is that easy, and helps to strengthen our school community. 

Current opportunities include:

  • Garden Club - Wednesdays at lunch (11:40-1:00) starting this month.
  • Watering Crew - You can sign up for a single day and it only takes 10 minutes to give baby plants their much needed water! (Currently only 50% of upcoming days are covered.) 
  • Art Studio - Want to get your right brain in gear? Volunteer to help Ms. Carton in the art studio.
  • Steppers - Ms. Dover could use some lunchtime lap counters on Fridays from November to February. 
  • Thanksgiving Luncheon - Show your appreciation to the teachers and staff by volunteering your time or food/supply items.

To volunteer, just go to your custom Signup link:


Have questions? Need to create a signup for a class or event? Please email Carleen Jogodka

Carleen Jogodka, Volunteer Coordinator

Spiders & Cider


Thank you for helping to make Spiders & Cider a success!

Please visit the links below for a wrap up - including a survey, a thank you to our volunteers, raffle prize winners, teacher costume contest, and download Photo Booth pictures. Check out the time-lapse video for the maze construction.

We would like to extend our deep gratitude to everyone who volunteered their time and resources to help make Spiders & Cider a success. There were so many people willing to work to set up the event, volunteer during the event, and help us clean up on Saturday! We appreciate all of the support. We hope you enjoyed the evening with your children and made some special memories.

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

Garden News - Volunteers needed!

Classroom Gardening

Thank you to all the teachers and parent volunteers for taking our children out to the garden for fall planting! We are growing radishes, carrots, kale, lettuce, spinach, beets and peas this year. Several teachers have not had any parents volunteer to help with their class plots. If you would like to help your child’s class in the garden, please contact your teacher. 

Garden Club

Garden Club has started, meeting every Wednesday, from 11:40-1:00, during lunch recess. The seeds are sprouting and the children are so excited to be back in the garden during recess! We thinned out radish seedlings, dug for worms, and planted some extra seeds for Mrs. Davidson. All students are welcome to participate as often as they choose. We need volunteers to help supervise the children! Click the link below to sign up:


– Emily Franklin, Community Garden Co-chairs

Teacher of the Year Nominations Now Open!

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Please take a moment to nominate those exceptional and dedicated CFSD teachers who are making or have made a positive impact on you and your child. The applications and drop box are in the front office, or see the links below to submit online or download the application.

Two CFSD "Teachers of the Year" and three "Distinguished Educators" will be recognized at the TOY Family Event in March. Nominations are due by November 30 at 5:00 pm.

Complete Google Form Online

Download form

Questions? Contact Debbie Anderson at (520) 977-3105 (text is best).

Debbie Anderson

Book Fair Thank You and Results

Stack of BooksThanks to all of you, our wonderful Sunrise Families, for supporting our school Book Fair. Our school has two wonderful Book Fairs per year because of your support and participation, from buying books to volunteering. Our Fall Book Fair made $7,221.30 in Scholastic Dollars that directly benefits our children. We were able to put $2,237.92 immediately into new books for our library and each of our classrooms! This money will also provide a book to give to each child at our school during Love of Reading week in February. The rest is used for a variety of classroom items on an as-needed basis. You make it all possible -- thank you! 

I’d like to extend a special thank you to the amazing group of volunteers this Fall who made the Fair possible. Thank you Shirley Parks (my trusted and appreciated co-chair), Kirstin Girdner, Barbie Chang, Dayna Anderson, Valorie and Tim Colson, Anita McGuire, Ana Cromer, Susie Parker and family, Nadya Novak, Charita Stubbs, Katrina Richman, Angelica Verde, Deborah Ardolino, Zoja Bazarnic, Vicki Cogelja, Hedda Levin, Leslie Beckett, Debbie Anderson, Amy Courson-Ruggieri, Ling Yeoh-Baxter, Kristin Vanderford, Jenny Dessent, Vicki Cogelja, Trisha Adcock, Jennie Jacob, Monica Mackover, Debbie Claggett, Jessica and Briana Curley, Christie Beverly, Tracy Ferriter and family, Lori Cole, Amanda Saffer, Amber Burson, Lisa Lin, Kate Spaulding, Courtney Hinkle and family, Mike Zoucha (you made pack up a breeze this year) and all those who were not on the Sign Up list but came in to help out. You all did a stellar job, made it fun and are very appreciated.

We look forward to seeing you at our Spring Book Fair the week of May 7-11th to pick up some good summer reads!

If you have questions, please contact Atasha at (520) 308-8008.

Atasha Jaffe, Book Fair Co-chair

Sunrise Thanksgiving Potluck Lunch

Let’s show how much we appreciate our Teachers and Staff by contributing a dish for a nice Thanksgiving meal for them to enjoy. This is a favorite event of our teachers that they look forward to all year! Here’s what you need to know:

  • Date: Tuesday, 11/21/2017
  • Time: Please drop off your dish by 10 a.m.
  • Location: Sunrise Teacher's Lounge

Sign Up: [Signups_Link]

Questions: Contact Atasha at (520) 308-8008

Atasha Jaffe, Potluck Lunch Coordinator & Book Fair Co-chair


Zach Stepping it Up!

Our first day of Steppers was Friday November 3rd and we had a great turn out! Our school ran/walked a total of 583 miles! It was so much fun, the weather was great, and the students really worked hard! We will be out on the field every Friday until February 16 during lunch recess.

If you would like to help us out by scanning students’ cards as they run laps you can sign up with your custom link in MySchoolAnywhere:


Thank you! 

Gigi Dover, PE Teacher

Yearbook Photos Wanted!

Do you snap photos of your kids at Sunrise? Whether you use a professional camera or your phone, we want your photos in the yearbook! 

You can submit yearbook photos to our online form.

Please only submit pictures from school-related events. First day of school photos are welcome but only if they were taken at school. Send us what you have! 

For more info contact Marla Harris or Sabrina Romero.

– Marla Harris and Sabrina Romero, Yearbook Chairs

Mark your calendar!
  • Nov 17
    •   8:05AM - FFO General Meeting
    • 11:00AM - 12:10PM – Steppers #2
    •   6:00PM –  Talent Show
  • Nov 21 8:00AM – Teacher & Staff Potluck Lunch
  • Nov 30 5:00PM – Teacher of the Year nominations due
  • Dec 1 11:00AM - 12:10PM – Steppers #3
  • Dec 8
    • 11:00AM - 12:10PM – Steppers #4
    •   3:15PM – School Spelling Bee

See the full school calendar at sunriseffo.org/calendar or in your MSA App! 
(To add/update events on the calendar, please contact the school front desk.)