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Originally delivered on 10/10/2019 7:31 am

SUBJECT: October 2019 Sunrise FFO Digest


Sunrise FFO Digest - October 2019

Mark Your Calendar for Upcoming Events!

  • TOMORROW October 11:FFO Meeting at 8:05 a.m. in the library
  • October 11: Tapas for Teachers
  • October 14-16: Parent-Teacher Conferences and Half-day (11:30 a.m. dismissal)
  • October 17-18: Fall Break - NO SCHOOL
  • October 25: Spiders and Cider
  • November 11: Veteran's Day - NO SCHOOL
  • November 13: Fini's Landing Dine-Out
  • November 13: Picture Retakes
  • November 14: No Early Release

View a full calendar of events at

Spirit of Sunrise

The FFO has a goal of 100% participation to the Spirit of Sunrise fundraising campaign! 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. 
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- 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

Buy tickets HERE for Spiders and Cider

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 to buy tickets and for more info. If you pre-order tickets online, your student will get a fabulous grab bag at the door!
2019 RAFFLE PRIZES: Spa Day at Miraval, IPAD Mini, Annual School Parking Spot, Spa Day for 2 at Canyon Ranch, AZ Diamondback tickets, $200 PY Steakhouse Gift card, Golf for 4 at Sewailo Golf Club, Tucson Roadrunner Hockey Tickets, DEFY jump passes, Google Home, Children Museum Passes, Dream Dinner Package, Halloween Book Basket, Lunches with Ms. Davidson w 4 friends, Lego Sets, Creative Juice passes, Hydroflasks, gift cards to many area restaurants, and more!
We need your help to put this event together - especially for Thursday Oct. 25th with the Maze and Cake Walk baking! 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! 
Thank you to our 2019 Sponsors:
Gold: Lucky Wishbone, BC Dance, We Buy Houses, Arizona State Radiology 

Silver: Jimmy Johns, One Call Insurance, Matalone Construction, Red Point Development, Dance Force One, Leather Gallery - Brett Interiors, Shade industries
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-Alli Swanson, Jeannette Hartshorne, and Shenandoah Johnston, Spiders and Cider Chairs

Fini's Landing Dine-Out

When: Wednesday, November 13, 11:00 a.m. to close

Where: Fini's Landing, 5689 N Swan Rd, Tucson, AZ 85718

HowPut on your flip flops, grab the entire family and head to Fini’s for some fish tacos! Remember to mention “Sunrise Drive FFO” and Fini’s will donate 15% of your entire order to the FFO. 

Volunteering at Sunrise

Be a Superhero Garden Volunteer!

Fall Garden Clean-up

Clean-up was a success and the garden is beautiful! Thanks to all of the hard-working volunteers - we couldn’t have done it without you! Thanks also to Tank’s Green Stuff for the generous dumpster and organic fertilizer donation. The garden is ready for planting!

Classroom Volunteers Needed

Classroom gardens need to be planted before Halloween. Please consider helping teachers get students to the garden. 

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.

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Watering Crew

Our classroom plots need to be watered by hand daily until germination is complete. It only takes 5-10 minutes during drop-off! 

Button to volunteer for Watering Crew

-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

Chinese Immersion

New Teacher Spotlight!
Ms. Siyi Chen grew up in Beijing, China. She earned her degree in Early Childhood Education with a bilingual(Mandarin) endorsement from the University of Arizona. Ms. Chen currently teaches Kindergarten. This is her 2nd year teaching at Sunrise. 

Outside of teaching, Ms. Chen has 3 dogs; Bubba, Dante, and MeiLi(“beautiful” in Chinese). She is passionate about cooking, loves camping, and being in nature. 

When asked what she likes about Sunrise, Ms. Chen responded:“I love the work environment here. We all look out for each other. I especially love the fact that I get to teach my home language and culture to my students. It makes me feel like home.”

-Charmaine Lewis & Kristen Lin, Chinese Immersion Liaisons

Book Fair Wrap-Up

Kids holding poster with book fair sales numbers

Once again, thank you Sunrise families for your support of the book fair. This fair we earned $8,955.84 in scholastic profits that will continue to benefit our students throughout the year. Funds earned directly support the school library, teacher’s classroom libraries, will provide a book for every student for the â€œLove of Reading Month,” the monthly Scholastic newspaper, new classroom books, and many other classroom necessities.

Did you know…
Every dollar you spend on books for your teacher is matched by Scholastic and donated to a school in need? This book fair, that amounts to $1,972. Thank you for your generosity!

A HUGE thank you to our awesome team of volunteers:
Debbie Anderson, Jennifer Boss, Fatima Bravo, Amber Burson, Barbie Chang, Ai Leen Chong, Amy Courson, Ana Cromer, Liz Doak, Steve Gendel, Carrie Inge, Krishna Kansagra, Kristen Lin, Lisa Lin, Siyan Lou, Anjala Matalone, Patty McCarthy, Melinda Mulek, Tracy Rea, Danielle Schneider, Kate Spaulding, Carrie Williams, Jennifer Yau, and Jennifer Zoucha

-Trisha Adcock and Lori Cole, Book Fair Chairs

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!
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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