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SUBJECT: Sunrise FFO - Feb 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!
  • February 15: General FFO Meeting at 8:05 a.m.
  • February 15: Chinese Spring Festival
  • February 20: Rodeo Lunch
  • February 21-22: Rodeo Break
  • February 28: Mathathon Kickoff Kiva
  • March 15: Spud Bar Teacher Appreciation
  • March 19: Mathathon Test Day
  • April 7: CFSD Teacher of the Year Celebration Brunch

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

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

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

Proposed Grants

  • There are no Grants for February

– Margaret Barber, Grants Chair

Chinese Immersion

We are excited to celebrate the Year of the Pig at the Chinese Spring Festival this Friday, February 15! Come and support our immersion students as they perform songs and skits in Mandarin in the MPR. The performance schedule is:

  • 5:30-6:00 p.m.: Pre-K, Kinder, 1st Grade
  • 6:15-6:45 p.m.: 4th, 5th Grade
  • 7:00-7:30 p.m.: 2nd, 3rd, Choir

Students should arrive 15 minutes prior to their performance time, wearing the Sunrise Red Zodiac Shirt, traditional Chinese clothing, or a red shirt. Meet at the outdoor stage just east of the MPR.

Festival volunteers are still needed, especially from 3:00-5:00pm, on the day of the festival. Click the Sign Up button below to volunteer.


– Anita McGuire, Chinese Immersion

Chinese New Year Luncheon Wrap-up

The FFO organized a luncheon for the entire Sunrise Drive staff on Tuesday, February 5 to celebrate the Year of the Pig. A heartfelt thanks to all of the families and volunteers who donated time, food, and energy to this event — we couldn’t have done it without you!

Spud Bar Teacher Appreciation

When: Friday, March 15 

What: Help us prepare for a celebration of the wonderful Sunrise Drive staff with a St. Patrick’s day Spud Bar. Please consider donating food items, including potatoes, toppings, and sides. 

How: Drop off donations by 10:30 a.m. on March 15. 

– Jill Harlow, jill_tucson@yahoo.com

Chinese Spring Festival - Year of the Pig

– Charmaine Lewis, Kristen Lin, Haiying Liu, Sara Willetts, and Ling Yeoh-Baxter, 2019 Spring Festival Planning Team

Rodeo Lunch

When: Wednesday, February 20, see schedule below

Why: Join your student for Rodeo Lunch, an annual Sunrise Drive tradition. Eat with your student during their lunch period, then watch them participate in western dancing with Ms. Dover. Sodexo student lunches will be available and priced as normal. 

NEW this year: Adults and non-students can purchase a Sodexo lunch for $3.50 until February 18. Buying lunch in advance allows you to spend more time with your kiddos. Purchase by clicking the Store button below.

Volunteers are needed during the times below to help serve lunch and make this day go smoothly for all visitors! Click the Sign Up button below to volunteer

  • Kindergarten - 11:30-12:00
  • 1st grade - 11:30-11:50
  • 2nd grade - 11:10-11:30
  • 3rd grade - 11:50-12:10
  • 4th grade - 12:30-12:50
  • 5th grade - 12:10-12:30



– Bianca Rowley, biancaloeb@hotmail.com


When: Now thru April 1, visit the Mathathon page for a detailed time table.

Who: Our goal is 100% participation by all Sunrise Drive students and their families.

Why: Mathathon is all about making math fun…which includes prizes for all participating students! This event is one of the biggest FFO fundraisers of the year and helps fund class field trips, the community garden, Science Fair, Artists-in-residence, 5th grade legacy project, and much more. In 2018, our school community raised over $29,000 through Mathathon and our goal this year is to collect $35,000 in pledges. 

How: Students get pledges from family and friends for each math problem answered correctly on a test taken on March 19 OR a flat amount. Pledge by visiting the Mathathon page, where you can also find detailed instructions on how to participate. 

Debbie Claggett, a.k.a. Dr. Math, debbie.claggett@gmail.com

Teacher of the Year

Ms. Lin with balloons and flowers

Congratulations to Teacher of the Year Xi (Lucy) Lin and Distinguished Educator Melissa Taylor!

Teachers of the Year
Xi (Lucy) Lin, Kinder Chinese Immersion, Sunrise Drive Elementary
Patricia Moore, Music/Band/Choir/Steel Drum, Canyon View Elementary

Distinguished Educators
Teena Clark, 5th Grade, Canyon View Elementary
Travis Michalak, 7th Grade ELA, Orange Grove Middle School
Melissa Taylor, First Grade, Sunrise Drive Elementary

Support all of our fabulous CFSD teachers at the 11th annual Teacher of the Year celebration brunch at Westward Look Resort on April 7, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. Visit the CFSD website to purchase tickets or to sponsor the event. Note: This is not a fundraiser. Sponsorships pay for teacher awards, so please consider becoming a sponsor or purchasing a message of support for a favorite teacher — and share this message with others who might want to be sponsors!


Carrots from the Sunrise Garden

When: Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m., including February 13, 27 and March 6, 13, and 20 

What: Volunteers needed to help students stay safe and on task. No garden experience needed. 

Why: The Sunrise Garden is open to students in grades 1-5. Students help with general maintenance of the school plots, including digging for worms and weeding. 

How: Click the Sign Up button below to volunteer


Emily Franklin and Shirley Harvey, Community Garden Chairs, emilyefranklin@gmail.com