Originally delivered on 3/19/2019 10:00 am

SUBJECT: Sunrise FFO - Mar 2019 Digest


kids of all kinds

Sunrise FFO - Mar 2019 Digest Vol 4, Issue #7

Sunrise Drive Family and Faculty Org header

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!
  • March 19: Mathathon Test Day
  • March 22: General FFO Meeting @ 8:05 a.m.
  • March 22: Yearbook Photo Submission Deadline
  • March 25-29: Spring Break
  • April 1: Mathathon Flat Pledge Deadline
  • 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

  • There were no Grants for February

Proposed Grants

  • 4 new two-way radios for our staff, General, $836
  • Math materials and manipulatives, 1st grade, $1,500
  • Replenishment Legos for Lego Club, General, $500

– Margaret Barber, Grants Chair


Black and white yearbook picture

It’s that time again! We are putting together the final pages of the yearbook and need photos from families. We are looking for photos from classes to activities that happened after the first of January. Please submit your photos to sunriseffo.org/yearbook before March 22 to have them be considered for the yearbook! 

– Sabrina Romero and Marla Harris, Yearbook Co-Chairs


Kids at chalkboard answering math problems

When: Test day is today, March 19! Flat pledges can still be made until April 1 (the per pledge deadline was March 18).

Why: Mathathon is all about making math fun! It is one of the largest FFO fundraisers and helps fund FFO projects year-round. We are trying for 100% participation this year! 

How: Students can still contact friends and family to ask for their pledges of support. Pledges are made online at http://pledgestar.com/sunrisedrive. Per problem pledge commitments will be charged after the students’ scores have been recorded. Flat pledges are charged immediately. Funds collected after April 1 are not included in the calculation of prizes, but are gladly accepted. Visit the PledgeStar instructions page for more details. 

Fun Fact: Every student who turns in a pledge will receive a thank you gift AND be entered to win our Grand Prize, regardless of the amount.

– Debbie Claggett (debbie.claggett@gmail.com), Mathathon Coordinator  

CFSD Teacher of the Year Celebration Brunch

Lucy Lin portraitMelissa Taylor portrait

When: April 7, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.

Where: Westward Look Resort

Why: Support Sunrise Drive’s Xi (Lucy) Lin, CFSD’s Teacher of the Year, and Melissa Taylor, Distinguished Educator at this year’s celebration. The event features a yummy brunch and music by the Catalina Foothills High School Change of Pace choir. Amy Wilkinson will emcee the event. 

How: Visit the CFSD Foundation website for more info and to purchase tickets, become a sponsor, or place an ad or message of support for your favorite teacher in the program. Tickets are $32 per adult and $16 per child (ages 5-12). Please consider getting together with other parents to purchase a ticket for your favorite teacher!

Spring Festival Recap

Lion Dancers at night

THANK YOU for helping us celebrate the Year of the Pig!  Our Sunrise community celebrated its 6th annual Chinese Spring Festival on Friday, February 15, 2019.  Many thanks to our wonderful staff and parent volunteers who helped make this year’s festival a great one! Highlights include:

  • Over 800 people attended
  • 74 parent volunteers, 35 community volunteers, 34 CFHS volunteers
  • Performances from Tucson Chinese Cultural Center, Lion dancers, Chinese Yo Yo performers, Tucson Chinese Youth Dance Group, University of Arizona Confucius Institute Instrumentalists and Martial Arts Performers
  • 333 meals sold; 10% of profits went to Sunrise FFO
  • $516 raised for Chinese classroom books through China Sprout Book Fair
  • ~150 entries for the Festival Passport, 7 prizes awarded, 2 Grand Prizes
  • Special thanks to the Brandon Williams & family for generously donating pizzas and water for our volunteers!

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

New Sunrise Drive Water Bottles

Sunrise water bottleThe school recently replaced its traditional drinking fountains with new water bottle dispensing fountains that have filtered water. 

The FFO is offering water bottles for sale in honor of the new fountains. For $10, your student can show a little school spirit and stay hydrated! Purchases can be made by clicking the link below. All purchases will be delivered to your student’s homeroom class.