Originally delivered on 3/21/2018 10:00 am

SUBJECT: Sunrise FFO - Mar 2018 Digest


Sunrise FFO - Mar 2018 Digest Vol 3, Issue #6

Hi [First_Name] -

We are entering the home stretch for the 2017-18 school year. We’ve made it this far. Let’s finish strong! Here are three things you can do:

  1. Donate to the Mathathon before March 26!
    Pledge directly at PledgeStar.com/sunrisedrive and read more below!

  2. Volunteer for an event!
    Signup with your personal MySchoolAnywhere link:

  3. Bring food for the staff during AzMERIT testing!
    Signup with your personal MySchoolAnywhere link:

Thanks for all you do all year long!

Kate Spaulding, FFO 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 or contact our communication volunteer, Tim Colson! Also, a big thank you to Abe Wu for assembly the digest every month!

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 FFO Meeting Agendas & Minutes are available for public review in our online archive. 

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 make your tax deductible donation now! 

The money you share makes many extra curricular possibilities available to our students!

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

You can make a donation through sunriseffo.org/donate 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! 

Donate now!

– Deborah Ardolino, VP of Development

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.

boy on wobble seatApproved Grants

  • Zoo Field Trip, 2nd Grade, $503
  • Playground Equipment for Kindergarten Playground, Kindergarten, $450

Proposed Grants

  • Artist-in-residence, Kate Hodges, Rainforest Masks, 3rd Grade, $1800
  • KORE Chairs for 4th Grade, General Fund, $1043

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

– Margaret Barber, Grants Chair


picture a student with math symbolsThank you to everyone who has supported Mathathon this year! Our Mathathon test was on the 13th, and our kids did great! Thanks, also, to all of the great volunteers who helped make it happen. As of test day, we had raised $22,000, which is amazing! We still need to collect about $11,000 to reach our goal.

You have until March 26th to collect pledges, so it’s not too late to go online and register and/or email more family and friends! We are striving for 100% participation…even small amounts help increase our totals, and therefore the number of special activities and projects that our FFO can support throughout the year. 100% of the proceeds from this fundraiser stay in OUR school!  

Pledge directly at PledgeStar.com/sunrisedrive 
Learn more at 

On top of the great things funded by Mathathon, your kids will also receive Thank You Gifts for the money they raise, as well as receiving one entry into the grand prize drawing for every pledge that they receive, regardless of the amounts. New this year is a special prize, donated by Truly Nolen, that rewards the parent, too! The winner of this prize will be taken on a “King/Queen for a Day” excursion worth $500…and they get to bring mom or dad! Thanks to Truly Nolen for this generous donation!

Log-on to invite more family/friends to pledge, or to register if you haven’t yet!

— Debbie Claggett, Mathathon Chair (email me if you have questions!)

Chinese Immersion

THANK YOU for helping Sunrise Drive Elementary celebrate the Year of the Dog!  

We had over 1,020 people attend the Sunrise Chinese Spring Festival! We were joined by over 40 performers from the Tucson Chinese Cultural Center: Lion Dance Performers, the University of AZ Confucius Institute Instrumentalists and Martial Artists, and the Tucson Chinese School Yo-Yo Dancers and Tucson Chinese School Folk Dancers performed in Courtyard during the entire evening! Lantern painting, China Sprout Book Fair, calligraphy, games, dragons parades, food, music and more was enjoyed by all. Student Art was displayed in MPR, Hallways and Library for each Grade Level during the event.

THANK YOU to all parent volunteers and Sunrise staff who helped support this incredible cultural event for our school!

Teacher with sunrise kids smiling.

Chinese calligrapher writing.Our Sunrise Drive Chinese Immersion students were featured on the Morning Blend show on KGUN9. Watch them talk about our fantastic Spring Festival. Check out the March 2018 issue of the Desert Leaf, for an article on the Year of the Dog to be Celebrated at Sunrise Drive Elementary (starting on page 68).

Also, please remember to register your children for next year! This is extremely important. Hiring teachers for Chinese Immersion depends on student registration.   

Anita McGuire, Chinese Immersion Liaison

Lost and Found

Many items such as lunch boxes, clothing, and water bottles have been left behind on campus by students and have been placed in our school Lost and Found. Everything left at the end of the school year will be donated to a local charity. Please visit the Lost and Found, located near the MPR, to pick up any of your students misplaced items, before they are gone forever!

— Bridgette Urtaza, Volunteer Coordinator 

5th Graders' Photos Needed

two students in costumeIf you have any photos of your 5th grader over the years at Sunrise, please submit them for the slide show on graduation day! It’s a fun time for them to relive their memories at Sunrise before moving on to Middle School.

Upload your photos at sunriseffo.org/promotion.

Photos must be of the students on the Sunrise campus or at a school event, like Spiders & Cider.

— Amanda Saffer (email), 5th Grade Promotion Co-chair 


P.S. Tim Colson: I offered to assemble the slideshow, and believe me, it's also a great excuse for us parents to relive fond memories of our kiddos too. 

P.P.S. There is still time to submit a few more photos for the yearbook too at: sunriseffo.org/yearbook


Teacher of the Year: Ms. Prickett!

  Teacher of the Year logoCome watch Sunrise Drive’s very own Nicole Prickett receive her Teacher of the Year award at the brunch celebration on April 22 at 10:00 a.m. at Westward Look Resort. Children are welcome, and tickets are on sale now on the Catalina Foothills School District Foundation website. And when you register for the event, you can also become a sponsor or add a message of support to the program!

Prepare Your Student for AzMERIT

AzMerit testing for math, reading, and writing (AIMS science for 4th grade) will start the week the students return to school from Spring Break. 

Please ensure the children will be restedand ready by having healthy breakfasts with protein, minimal sugar so that they can concentrate, and snacks and lunches that include fruits and/or veggies. Don't forget water to stay hydrated!

Getting sufficient sleep will also be beneficial for the students. For optimal health, did you know the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends 9 to 12 hours of sleep per day for children 6 to 12 years of age? 

— Amanda Saffer (email), 5th Grade Promotion Co-chair 

Steppers Fun Run

Steppers Volunteers on the fieldAfter twelve weeks and thousands of laps around the Big Field, the Steppers Fun Run was all about just having fun. Based on the hundreds of photos Tim took, the kids had a great time!

Activities included the Torch Relay Run, Mustache Dash, Chicken Toss, Shoe Box Shuffle, Obstacle Course, Snow Cone Balance Race, Hula-Hoop & Jump Rope Jam, and of course the always popular Dance Party (led by Vaughne Glennie, to the left of Superman aka Mr. Stubbs).

We had perfect weather, high spirits, and ten smiling employees from the Nike & Converse stores at the Tucson Premium Outlets, many returning for their second year, to help inspire and cheer on the kids.  

— Valorie Colson, Outgoing Steppers Chair 

Mark your calendar!
  • Mar 23 (Fri), 8:05 a.m.
    • General FFO Meeting
  • Mar 26 (Mon)
    • All Mathathon donations due
  • Apr 22 (Sun), 10:00 a.m.
    • Teachers of the Year Celebration at Westward Look
  • Apr 30 (Mon), 4:00-8:00 p.m.
    • Chipotle Dine Out (Grant/Swan)
  • May 23 (Wed)
    • 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony, Breakfast, and Celebration

See the full school calendar or volunteer from your MySchoolAnywhere App! 
(To add/update events on the calendar, please contact the school front desk.)