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Originally delivered on 1/21/2020 7:30 am

SUBJECT: January 2020 Sunrise FFO Digest


Sunrise FFO Digest - January 2020

Mark Your Calendar for Upcoming Events!

  • January 23: No Early Release
  • January 24: FFO Meeting @ 8:05 a.m. in the Library
  • January 24: Chinese New Year Teacher & Staff Luncheon
  • January 24: Science Fair Project Forms Due
  • January 31: Mathathon Kick-off
  • February 3: Mathathon packets go home, fundraising begins
  • February 3-5: Science Fair
  • February 5: Science Inquiry Day
  • February 10: Yearbook prices go from $25 to $30
  • February 19: Rodeo Lunch
  • February 20-21: Rodeo Break - No School
  • February 28: 7th Annual Spring Chinese Festival
  • March 9: Per-Problem Mathathon Pledges due
  • March 10: Mathathon Test Day
  • March 30: All Mathathon Pledges must be completed online

View a full calendar of events at

President's Intro

Happy 2020!  Start the new year out right by making a tax deductible donation to the Spirit of Sunrise!  Your donations to the Sunrise Drive FFO may be 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!
— Dayna Anderson, FFO President


Yearbooks are available for order for $25 on Picaboo by visiting After Monday, February 10, the price increases to $30, so order your yearbook NOW! If you are wondering whether you already ordered a yearbook, follow the instructions at to confirm your purchase. 

The yearbook staff also needs help submitting school-related photos for consideration in the yearbook. Following the instructions to upload your photos. 
-Sabrina Romero and Marla Harris, Yearbook Co-Chairs

Programs, Events, and Activities

Science Fair

  • January 24: Project forms due
  • February 3-5: Science Fair
  • February 5: Science Inquiry Day, 8:15 a.m.-2:15 p.m.   
Who: All students are encouraged to participate. 
How: Download the Student & Volunteer Registration Form and Science Fair Newsletter for more info! 

Volunteers needed to help at Science Inquiry Day on February 5 to assist guest presenters and help the kids navigate through various activities. Contact Marta Bustamante,, for more information. 

Chinese New Year Teacher & Staff Luncheon

When: January 24, 2020
Where: Sunrise Drive Teacher’s Lounge
What: Help Sunrise teachers & staff ring in the Chinese New Year and celebrate the Year of the Rat! 

Sign up today on MTK to help setup, clean up or bring a dessert!

-Charmaine Lewis & Kristen Lin, Chinese Immersion Liaisons
What: Mathathon is a huge fundraiser for Sunrise with 100% of the proceeds going to the school. 
When: January 31 is the Kick-off. See timeline below. 
Why: Through Mathathon, Sunrise Drive FFO raises tens of thousands of dollars for field trips, artists-in-residence, Community Garden, 5th grade legacy project and dozens of other campus programs. Our families achieve this while students have fun studying math – it’s a true win/win for Sunrise and students!
How: Students get pledges from family and friends for either(a) each math problem answered correctly on a test they take on March 10, or(b) a flat amount. 

  • January 31: Mathathon Kick-off 
  • February 3: Mathathon packet with pledge instructions goes home
  • February 3 to March 9: Use test from take-home packet for practice – the more practice the better!
  • March 9: All“Per Problem Pledges” must be received. Flat pledges can still be made after this date
  • March 10:Test day – remember, math is fun! Volunteers needed!
  • March 30: All pledges must be completed online. Any money paid after this date will not be included in the calculation of prizes(though, of course, it will be accepted).

EVERYparticipating student will take home a prize, regardless of the amount they raise. Our goal is 100% participation…let’s set a new record, Sunrise!

-Debbie Claggett, Mathathon Chair
When: February 19, see below for times
Where: School Campus
What: Lunchin’, dancin’ and general cowboy and cowgirl fun led by Ms. Dover! 
How: Read below for student and non-student lunch options.
Lunches are available to students and non-students for purchase. The lunch menu includes beef or veggie dog, carrots, watermelon, chips and milk. Students may bring or purchase lunch. For students, lunch costs $3.25 and payment must be made through their InTouchstudent account online. For adults and non-students, lunch costs $3.50 and must be pre-ordered. Water is also available for pre-order for $1.00.
To pre-order, visit Monday, January 20 and Wednesday, February 12 before 6:00 p.m. Only student lunches will be sold on the day of the event.
Pick up your pre-ordered food tickets beginning at noon on February 17 until February 19
Dancin’ and Recess
11:00-11:30(Dancing at 11:15)
Grade 1
Grade 2
Grade 3
Grade 4
Grade 5
If you would like to volunteer, please go to the Rodeo Lunch Signup form for a list of opportunities.
When: 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!

Visit for more info!

Volunteers needed! Sign up on MTK, or e-mail us at

Volunteering at Sunrise

Discover all of the fantastic volunteer opportunities at Sunrise Drive:

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

-Emily Franklin, Garden Chair

Chinese Immersion

New Teacher Spotlight!
Ms.Dong grew up in Ningbo, China. She received her degree at Michigan State University. This is her first year teaching at Sunrise. She teaches 5th grade.
Outside of teaching, Ms.Dong enjoys drawing and playing the violin. A fun fact about her is that she admits she has no sense of direction and gets lost quite easily! 

When asked what she likes about Sunrise, she responded,“the wonderful colleagues and nice team.” 
Click here to read about all the Chinese Immersion teachers at Sunrise. 

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