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SUBJECT: Sunrise FFO - Jan 2019 Digest


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Sunrise FFO - Jan 2019 Digest Vol 4, Issue #5

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Hello [First_Name]!

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. 

Mark Your Calendar for Upcoming Events!
  • January 25: General FFO Meeting
  • January 25: Science Fair Project Deadline
  • January 25: Orange Grove Middle School Color Run (for 5th graders)
  • January 28-February 1: Science Fair
  • January 30: Science Inquiry Day
  • February 5: Chinese New Year Teacher & Staff Luncheon
  • February 15: Chinese Spring Festival
  • February 21-22: Rodeo Break

View a full calendar of events on the MySchoolAnywhere homepage or at sunriseffo.org/calendar.

Spirit of Sunrise

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We’ve raised $11,000 toward our $20,000 goal for the 2018-19 school year! Make a meaningful start to 2019 by making a tax deductible contribution to The Spirit of Sunrise. Your support funds many of the amazing events, activities, and grants that Sunrise provides to students (see the grant section below to see how your donations were recently utilized). 

Donate using the custom link below or by visiting sunriseffo.org/donate. 


– Deborah Ardolino, VP of Development

Treasury Update

Sunrise FFO’s current bank balance is $18,407.79. Spirit of Sunrise donations funded over $2,000 in grants and field trips, along with $3,500 to enrich classes with additional books and supplies. We have also donated over $4,000 to renewing classroom technology licenses so teachers can continue offering Raz Kids and Reflex Math to students.

– Barbie Chang, Treasurer

Grants at Work!

Teachers, staff, family members and students may submit grant proposals to the Grants Chair for review by the FFO Executive Board by visiting sunriseffo.org/grants or emailing grants@sunriseffo.org.

Approved Grants

  • There were no December Grants

Proposed Grants

  • Artist in Residence, Gwen Ray Puppeteer, 2nd Grade, $2,400
  • Bluetooth Speaker for Recess Yoga, General, $130

– Margaret Barber, Grants Chair

Chinese Immersion

On Tuesday, February 5 we will hold a Chinese New Year Teacher & Staff Luncheon to celebrate the Year of the Pig and kick-off the Spring Festival festivities. Volunteers are needed to bring food, drinks, and supplies, along with to help decorate and set-up the teacher’s lounge. Click the link below to sign-up in MySchoolAnywhere and help show appreciation to our teachers and staff for their hard work.


– Anita McGuire, Chinese Immersion

Science Fair and Science Inquiry Day

When: January 28-February 1 (Science Inquiry Day is January 30)

Who: K-5 students – individuals, groups or entire classes

Why: Science is fun and we’re celebrating it for a whole week! Thanks to all who attended Science Night on December 4 for Brain S.T.E.M., a fun kick-off to the upcoming science festivities. During Science Inquiry Day on January 30, community scientists will be visiting campus to bring their expertise to the classroom.

How: Science Fair entry forms were sent home with students in December and are available online at sunriseffo.org/science. The deadline to enter has been extended to January 25. Need help picking a project? Visit the SARSEF project page for ideas.

Volunteers are still needed and appreciated! Click the button below to sign-up.


Ritu Pandey, Science Fair Chair

Sunrise Chinese Spring Festival - Year of the Pig

Friday, February 15, 2019, 5-7:30pm, Student performances start at 5:30, Shuttle buses available from 4:30-8pm from CFHS

NEW this Year!– Complete the Festival Passport for a chance to win Year of the Pig Prizes!

Food provided by Jane’s Rolling Wok. Available ONLY by PRE-ORDER through the MySchoolAnywhere Store link below. Mongolian Beef, Orange Chicken, and Stir Fry Veggie Rice Bowls are $6.50 each. The deadline to pre-order is Friday, February 8.


Come and support our immersion students as they perform songs and skits in Mandarin at the festival! Performances will be held in the MPR. The tentative performance schedule is:

5:30-6:00pm - PreK, Kinder, & 1st Grade, 6:15-6:45pm- 4th & 5th Grade, 7:00-7:30pm - 2nd & 3rd Grade, Choir

– Charmaine Lewis, Kristen Lin, Haiying Liu, Sara Willetts, and Ling Yeoh-Baxter, Spring Festival Planning Team

Orange Grove Middle School Color Run

When: January 25, 2019, check-in at 3:45 p.m., run starts at 4:30 p.m.

Where: OGMS School Field, 1911 E Orange Grove Rd.

Who: 5th graders and their families

Why: Great way for incoming 6th graders to mingle with their future classmates. Eegee's, water, and snacks available for purchase for $1 while supplies last. Bring small bills.

How: For more details and to purchase tickets, visit orangegroveffo.org/run