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Originally delivered on 11/12/2019 7:31 am

SUBJECT: November 2019 Sunrise FFO Digest


Sunrise FFO Digest - November 2019

Mark Your Calendar for Upcoming Events!

  • November 13: Fini's Landing Dine-Out
  • November 13: Picture Retakes
  • November 14: No Early Release
  • November 15: FFO Meeting at 8:05 a.m. in the library
  • November 26: Thanksgiving Luncheon for Staff and Faculty
  • November 30: Nominations due for 2020 Teacher of the Year

View a full calendar of events at

President's Intro

Are you tired of school traffic? Do you want to shave a few minutes off your commute?? If you answered“yes,” you could have your very own parking spot in the teacher’s lot! Principal Davidson has graciously given the Sunrise Drive FFO an opportunity to auction one parking spot in the teacher's lot to match the District Foundation's recent approval of a second spot. This is a one-time opportunity open to Sunrise Drive families and the proceeds benefit Sunrise Drive FFO. Be on the look out for details - they are coming soon!

— Dayna Anderson, FFO President

Spirit of Sunrise

The FFO is renewing its RAZ-Kids’ contract soon. Raz-Kids is an award-winning teaching product that provides leveled reading resources to our students. We need your help to raise funds for a two-year contract instead of a one-year contract. The FFO will save a significant amount of money, allowing our community's support of the school to stretch even further!
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

Programs, Events, and Activities

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. 


7th Annual Spring Chinese Festival

When: Save-the-date for Friday, February 28, 2020, 5:00 p.m.-7:30p.m. 
Where: Sunrise Drive campus
What: Get ready for an evening of fun, including student performances, cultural community performers, arts & crafts, games, food, & more!

Planning committee volunteers needed! E-mail us at if you are interested in helping us prepare for this annual event!

Volunteering at Sunrise

Thanksgiving Luncheon for Staff and Educators

Who: Volunteers needed to celebrate Sunrise Drive Staff 
When: Drop-off dish by 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 26 
What: Let's create a memorable lunch for our dear teachers and staff this Thanksgiving. Sign up for a dish by clicking the "Volunteer!" button below. Or, donate funds online at or in person by dropping cash/check in the FFO box in the front office(mark it“luncheon”).
Volunteer button for Thanksgiving Luncheon
Be a Superhero Garden Volunteer!

Classroom Volunteers Needed

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.

Volunteer for Garden button

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,
Sunrise Steppers
Who: All students and volunteers 
What: School’s walking/jogging program
When: November 8 to February 14 during lunch recess
Where: School field
Why: Steppers is held during lunch recess every Friday from now until February 14. Six laps around our field equals one mile and students receive a shoe token for every mile achieved. To track laps, volunteers scan a QR code card every lap. If you would like to help scan cards, please sign up by clicking the button belowIf all slots are full, you can still scan cards, join your child on the field, or cheer everyone on!
The lunch recess schedule is:
  • Kindergarten 11:00 - 11:25
  • 2nd Grade 11:30 - 11:50
  • 1st Grade 11:50 - 12:10
  • 3rd Grade 12:10 - 12:30 
  • 5th Grade 12:30 - 12:50 
  • 4th Grade 12:50 - 1:10

Volunteer button

-Gigi Dover - Physical Education Teacher

Chinese Immersion

New Teacher Spotlight!
Ms.Wang is originally from Shanghai, China. Her educational background includes studying ceramic design at the Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute, followed by a degree in Education at the University of Wisconsin, and finally completing a Masters degree in teaching at Hamline University. This is her first year at Sunrise and she currently teaches 3rd grade. 

Aside from teaching, Ms.Wang enjoys spending time with her Husky, Max, husband and two kids Wayne(9 months) and Clara(2 years). She loves art, sketching and soaking in the pool, although she has yet to learn how to swim! 

When asked what she likes about Sunrise, Ms.Wang responded,“I love the mountain view everyday on my way to school. I love to be part of the Sunrise family. My third grade team is awesome. I love my students, because they are so ready to learn.”

-Charmaine Lewis & Kristen Lin, Chinese Immersion Liaisons

Teacher of the Year

Teacher of the Year 2020 logo

What: Nominations open for 2020 Teacher of the Year 
Who: Parents, students, colleagues, and administrators can nominate an exceptional and dedicated teacher who makes a difference! 
When: Nominations due by November 30 at 5:00 p.m.
How: Each year, the CFSD Foundation, with the support of each school’s FFO, recognizes two outstanding Teachers of the Year and three Distinguished Educators at an April event. To submit a nomination, complete the online form or download the formby the 11/30 deadline. 

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