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Originally delivered on 9/17/2019 7:34 am

SUBJECT: September 2019 Sunrise FFO Digest


Sunrise FFO Digest - September 2019

Mark Your Calendar for Upcoming Events!

  • September 20:FFO Meeting at 8:05 a.m. in the library
  • September 23-27: Book Fair
  • September 26: Family Picnic & Play and Subway Dine-Out
  • September 28: Fall Garden Clean-up
  • October 14-16: Half-day (11:30 a.m. dismissal)
  • October 17-18: Fall Break
  • October 25: Spiders and Cider

View a full calendar of events at

Spirit of Sunrise

Almost 50% of families gave to the Spirit of Sunrise, the fundraising campaign supporting Sunrise Drive FFO, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our goal is 100% participation!

The suggested amount is $50 per student, but any amount is appreciated. All donations are tax deductible. There are so many ways to donate: in the FFO store in Membership Toolkit, via PayPal, or by check payable to “Sunrise Drive FFO” and dropped in the FFO lock box in the Sunrise Office. 
Donate via MTK buttonDonate via PayPal!
- Deborah Ardolino, VP Development

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 or

- Margaret Barber, Grants Chair

Programs, Events, and Activities


Scholastic Book Fair

When: Monday, September 23 to Friday, September 27
  • Before School(students accompanied by an adult)
  • After School
  • During lunch recess
  • During the Family Picnic and Play on 9/26

Where: School Library

Why: Sunrise Drive receives 55% in book profits from the sales. 
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Please sign up at Membership Toolkit:
Volunteer for Book Fair button
-Trisha Adcock and Lori Cole,Book Fair Chairs
Family Picnic and Play

When: Thursday, September 26, 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Who: Sunrise students and their families of all ages

What: Come join friends, both old and new, to play on the playground, enjoy a picnic dinner at school, and shop at the book fair.

DINE-OUT DETAILS: Don't have time to pack a picnic? Stop by Subway at 6878 E Sunrise Dr (Sunrise & Kolb) between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m to pick-up your picnic. Mention Sunrise Drive Elementary School and 10% of your order will be donated to the FFO!

Note: Playground supervision is the responsibility of
parents. Event ends promptly at 7:00 p.m.

When: Friday, October 25, 5:00-8:00 p.m.

Who: Sunrise families and faculty

Where: Sunrise Drive Elementary School

What: Every fall, the FFO holds Spiders & Cider to celebrate the season. The event is fun for the whole family with carnival games, face painters, balloon twisters, raffle, maze, cake walk, photo booth, and DJ. Attendees can wear Halloween costumes! 

How: Visit for more info. Ticket sales will be online and, if you pre-order, your student will get a fabulous grab bag at the door!
We need your help to put this event together! Check out the volunteer signupson Membership Toolkit. Volunteering is a great way to  meet other families and your children think it is so cool when their parents help decorate for this event! 
Volunteer for Spiders button
-Alli Swanson, Jeannette Hartshorne, and Shenandoah Johnston, Spiders and Cider Chairs

Chinese Immersion

On September 14, students in the Sunrise Drive Chinese Immersion program were invited to perform in the Moon Festival celebration held by the Confucius Institute at the University of Arizona. Students in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades performed â€œSpring Morning” and â€œSympathy for the Peasants” under the direction of our Chinese Culture and Literacy teacher, Ning He. 

Thanks to all who participated and attended
Charmaine Lewis & Kristen Lin, Chinese Immersion Liaisons

Volunteering at Sunrise

Help Our Garden Grow!

Sunrise Garden

Fall Garden Clean-up

Saturday, September 28, 7:00-11:00 a.m.

Come when you can, stay as long as you like! All ages welcome to help clean the school garden for fall planting.

Classroom Volunteers Needed

Did you know that every classroom has a garden plot? Teachers need help taking small groups of students to the garden to plant, tend and harvest. Orientation and training provided to all volunteers and your commitment can be as little as one hour every three weeks. Volunteers have a blast getting to know students! Contact Emily Franklin for details.

Garden Club

Starting October 23, grades 1-5 have access to the garden during lunch recess on Wednesdays. Students keep the garden looking its best throughout the season. Volunteers needed to keep students on task and out of trouble.

Volunteer for Garden button

Watering Crew

Once plots are planted, volunteers are needed to water the plots every day until the seeds root. Look for a sign-up on MTK in October.

Visit the garden website or email Emily Franklin for more information. 

-Emily Franklin, Garden Chair (

Future Mathathon Chair Needed

I am on the look-out for the future Dr. Math! This is my last year orchestrating this super-important fundraising event and the FFO is looking for a replacement who can shadow me this year. Commitment is minimal up until February, then just a couple of hours a week until test week in March. will give you EVERYTHING you need to run a successful fundraiser, so please consider stepping into the role of Dr Math! 

Email for more info or if you are interested.

-Debbie ClaggettMathathon Chair

Box Tops

Support Sunrise Drive Elementary by downloading the Box Tops mobile app to scan receipts for box top earnings! No more clipping — just scan and earn funds for our school!
Click on the image for more details.


This year, the FFO is using a new yearbook vendor called Picaboo to sell yearbooks. Visit to order yearbooks and upload pictures for consideration in the yearbook.

-Sabrina Romero and Marla Harris, Yearbook Co-Chairs

Sunrise Drive Elementary FFO
5301 E. Sunrise Drive
Tucson, AZ 85718