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Originally delivered on 3/17/2020 5:01 am

SUBJECT: March 2020 Sunrise FFO Digest


Sunrise FFO Digest - March 2020

Mark Your Calendar for Upcoming Events!

  • March 30: All Mathathon Pledges must be completed online
  • April 3: Last Day for Mathathon donations through Pledgestar 
  • April 10: Yearbook Picture Submission Deadline
  • April 12: Yearbook Purchase Deadline

View a full calendar of events at

President's Intro

As we all know, Sunrise Drive Elementary is closed from Monday, March 16, 2020 to Friday, March 27, 2020. The FFO has suspended its activities during this time, including the next General FFO Meeting scheduled for this Friday, March 16. The FFO will resume gatherings once school is back in session — but there are still ways to support the school and I encourage you to keeping reading about how you can stay involved. 

For more information on the school district’s response to COVID-19, visit

In the meantime, keep washing those hands! As we all adjust to a“new normal,” the FFO wishes all parents and caregivers patience, humor, and hope in the coming weeks! 

Hand washing infographic
— Dayna Anderson, FFO President

Yearbook - We NEED Your Pictures!

Old black and white yearbook photo

Stuck at home with a few minutes to spare? Take a moment to scroll through your photos from this school year, choose the best, and submit them for possible inclusion in the 2019-2020 Yearbook! The last day for photo submissions is April 10. Follow the instructions to upload your photos for consideration! 

Yearbooks are still available for order on Picaboo for $30(soft cover) or $37(hardcover). The deadline to order a yearbook and have your student receive it with their classmates is APRIL 12, 2020! If you are wondering whether you already ordered a yearbook, visit to see how to confirm your purchase. 

-Sabrina Romero and Marla Harris, Yearbook Co-Chairs

Programs, Events, and Activities

Mathathon Update

Mathathon Logo

WhatMathathon is a huge fundraiser for Sunrise with 100% of the proceeds going to the school. 
When: through April 3
WhyThrough 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!

UPDATE: Students took the Mathathon test on March 10and have raised over $23,000 so far! We are still trying to hit a record amount of $33,000 and we need you to encourage family and friends to donate. They can make donations through Pledgestar until April 3(you’ll need to create an account to get your student’s personalized donation link if you haven’t yet). All pledges must be completed online. Any money paid after April 3 will not be included in the calculation of prizes(though, of course, it will be accepted).

This is a great time to use your AZ tax credit which can be donated to Sunrise through Mathathon. Let’s keep it going! 

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 & Tracy Rea, Mathathon Chairs

Picture Day Rescheduled

Picture Day was scheduled for today, March 17 and will be rescheduled once school is back in session. Save those smiles for a future date!  

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 emailing

Proposed Grants
  1. General / 40 Microphone Headsets for use with iPads for recording audio / $600
Approved Grants
  1. Fourth Grade / Catalina State Park Field Trip Bus Transportation / $350 

– Micha McNerney, Internal Grants Chair

Chinese Immersion

Spring Festival Recap

Spring Festival Dragons in MPR
THANK YOU for helping us celebrate the Year of the Rat!  Our Sunrise community celebrated its 7th annual Chinese Spring Festival on Friday, February 28, 2020.  Many thanks to our wonderful staff and parent volunteers who helped make this year’s festival a great one!

Highlights include:
  • Over 650 people attended
  • ~40 parent volunteers, 60 community volunteers, 34 CFHS volunteers
    • Special Thank You to the Junior League of Tucson, CFHS Chinese Club/Classes, & CFHS National Honor Society!
  • Performances from CFHS Steel Drum Band, University of Arizona DIA Clones, Tucson Chinese Cultural Center, Purple Bamboo Ensemble, & Tucson Sino Tai Chi
  • ~240 meals sold; 10% of profits went to Sunrise FFO, Thank You to Jane’s Rolling Wok!
  • Congratulations to our Name the Rat winner, Winning Name:“Biscuit”
  • ~50 entries for the Festival Passport, 6 prizes awarded
  • Special thanks to Alison Schaffer/Jimmy Johns and Brandon Williams & family for generously donating food for our volunteers!
  • Stay tuned for news on next year’s festival, the Year of the Ox!

– Charmaine Lewis & Kristen Lin, 2020 Spring Festival Co-Chairs

Catalina Foothills School District Events

Save-the-Date for Kinder Night @ Valley View

When: Wednesday, April 29, 6:00-7:00 p.m. 
What: Incoming Kindergarten Info Night 
Where: Professional Learning Center (PLC) at Valley View, 3435 E. Sunrise Drive, 85718

CFHS Senior Grad Night

CFHS Grad Night logo - California Dreamin'When: May 20, 2020 
Where: Catalina Foothills High School
What: Grad Night is the senior celebration after the graduation ceremony. The theme this year is California Dreamin' and there will be dinner, dancing, carnival and casino games, live entertainment, prizes, snacks, & breakfast - all in the safety of the CFHS gym and lasting until 5:00 a.m. the next morning.
Why: Before you think"but I don't have a senior," consider that this is a“pay-it-forward” event. Many volunteers have been working on this event since our now seniors were in elementary school and I promise you this is a great volunteer gig. Whether you are creative and want to build decor or you would rather be there the night of the event, it will be fun! We would LOVE the help of parents of younger students of any age(especially the night of the event).
How: Grab a friend and sign up now!
Volunteer button
Visit the CFSD FFO Website for more info, including sponsorship opportunities. 

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