Sunrise Drive FFO Digest
Oct 20, 2015 - Vol. 1 Issue #2
The school year is off to a great and busy start!

Sunrise's Fall 2015 Book Fair was the largest success to date, a HUGE thank you to Book Fair Chair, Anna Ames for making all this possible for our school!

Thank you to all the families that helped beautify our school at the Family Fix-Up and Garden Clean-Up day on October 3rd. Thank you so much to the Schwartz and Franklin families for stepping up to chair the event and to Principal Davidson for coordinating the morning.

Thank you so much to Kate Spaulding, FFO Secretary for coordinating a sell-out full house at the Henry Porter Gaslight Theater / Sunrise community building event on October 4th. It was so great to see all the families and children having a such a fun time.

Now, get ready for Sunrise's signature event: Spiders and Cider on Friday, October 30th from 5-8pm. We will need all hands on deck to ensure the success of this fantastic event for our children.

Please check out to sign up to help make it great for the kids!

Happy Fall!
— Amanda Saffer & Valorie Colson (FFO Co-Presidents)
Sunrise Drive FFO
Grants at Work!
So far, just this year, your Spirit of Sunrise Direction Donations have funded:
  1. Playground Ball Storage Bins for easy access
  2. Teacher Development - six reading specialists were sponsored to attend the AZ Reading Association for training on fluency, related to our schools focus on RIT (response to intervention).
  3. Tucson Village Farm Field Trip for our First Grade students
  4. Artist in Residence Rainforest Masks activity for our Third Graders
  5. Legos and bins for the Lego Lunch Club
Grants for General Approval...
Already approved by the FFO Exec board, these proposals will be presented at the next General FFO meeting for discussion and vote.
  1. Biosphere field trip for 4th grade - $1,140
  2. Puppeteer Artist-in-Residence for 2nd grade - $1,500
  3. Five (5) cameras for students to take photos for the yearbook - $550
  4. Interactive math and guided reading journals for Kindergarten - $100
  5. Learning materials (primarily books) for Chinese Immersion program since they can't utilize Scholastic Dollars - $2,000
Please attend the General FFO meeting, Friday, Oct 23 to discuss these grants.
Events and Activities
Talent Show
Talent Show

Auditions Oct 21 & 22
Show Nov 13th

The Sunrise Talent show is a fun opportunity for our kids to display their special skills and talent!

Prior shows have featured songwriters, singers, piano players, hula-hoopers, dance troupes and ballet performances.
We need parent volunteers to help with two days of auditions, setup/teardown, and managing the show. We need help with the sound board, helping kids get to their auditions, and more!

Learn and at our Talent Show Volunteer Sign-up!

If you have a child that is interested in participating, please select an audition time that works for you in the Talent Show Audition Sign-Up.

All auditions will take place in the MPR.

Please direct questions to Melina McKenna, Talent Show Chair ( email)
Year Book Photos
Year Book Photos

We need your photos!

Did you buy a yearbook? Want candids of your child to be in it? Then please share your pictures with us!

Simply email full size photos to!

Please add a subject to help identify the pictures. For example, the teacher's last nam or the name of the event. Examples: Ms. Lin, Ms. Van Bockel, Family Picnic,
Chinese Cultural Event, First Day of School, Steppers, Kiva, Spiders and Ciders

Please only submit pictures from school-related events. First day of school pictures are welcome, but only if they were taken at school. We will not include pictures taken at the bus stop or in your yard.

A special thank you to Deborah Ardolino, Sarah Reitmeyer and Bethany Jamarillo for having already submitted pictures for the 2015-16 yearbook!

If you have any questions, please contact Carmela Zega ( email) or (520) 209-7955.
Dine Out
Wednesday, Nov 4
11:00AM - 11:00PM

Join friends for lunch or dinner at Fini's!

5689 N Swan Road
(520) 299-1010

ention Sunrise Drive Elementary and Fini's Landing will donate 15% of your bill (pretax) to support Sunrise Drive Elementary School!

No flyer necessary, but if you want to post a Dine Out flyer for others to see, that'd be swell!

Check out upcoming Dine Out options on the FFO calendar!
Volunteering at Sunrise
Volunteers organize community and fundraising events and provide support in the classrooms to enrich learning and foster community spirit.

Thank you to Rachel Hollander for putting together Sunrise's Picnic and Play on September 25th! It was great to see so many families meet up and the children get to play on the playground after hours. Added bonus was Kona Ice for dessert, and the Book Fair being open for all families to shop.

Emily Franklin, Garden Chair, wants to thank everyone for helping with the Garden Clean Up Day. It was a huge success thanks to all our wonderful volunteers!

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Photo of the before and after! Wow that's a lot of clean up!

Thank you to everyone young and old that came by to help out:
Lynch Family, Mike and Edna Carson, Jason Miller, Tyson Goss, Dakota, Aiden, Monica Mackover, Drew, Starr Turner, Rose, Kristy Doran, Alex Wagenheim, Amy and Lily Bhola, Valorie and Tim Colson, Vivianna, Ella, Quinn, Linda Johnson, Kolbe, Vaughne, Violette, JD, Debbie Anderson, Julia, Carson and Lily Ruiz, Tesmeem and Eman Tamimi, Nicole and Paula Richards, Erin Hughes, Davis Franklin, Tomoko Marshall, Alyssa, Melanie Kuhlman, Troy, Dylan, Carmela and Nicholas Zega, Angelica Verde, Micha and West McNerney, Lujaine, Aisha Nassemy, Shareen Zubair, Nabeeha Fatima, Paige Zeltzer, Principal Davidson, all the Community Gardners and everyone else who helped out!
Thanks to everyone’s efforts, our garden is looking beautiful and ready for fall planting!

Anna Ames, Book Fair Chair, reports that the Fall Book Fair would not have been possible without an incredible group of volunteers. A tremendous thank you goes out to: Gigi Dover, Blythe Edmondson, Anne Gruber, Charita Stubbs, Anita McGuire, Debbie Claggett, Shirley Parks, Andee Coppel, Jill Bell, Leslie Sult, Amanda Saffer, Bethany Jaramillo, Kym Santa Maria, Debbie Anderson, Jessica Curley, Nancy Loose, Nicola Finley, Charmaine Lewis, Audrey Moeller, Amy Courson-Ruggieri, Angelica Verde, Bronwyn Sternberg, Emily Franklin, Heather Blakely, Inti Diaz, Jeannette Hartshorne, Kate Spaulding, Kirstin Girdner, Kristy Doran, Lara Ratterman-MacDowell, Linda Johnson, Lori Cole, Marla Handler, Monica Mackover, Rachel Hollander, Ritu Pandey, Valorie Colson, and Trisha Adcock. Thanks again and enjoy reading all of those new books!

Check out upcoming opportunities to get involved:

Spiders and Ciders (Oct 30): Students look forward to the Halloween-themed carnival each year at Sunrise. From the Cake Walk to the Maze to Thriller and the Monster Mash. It's all set up, staffed, and packed up by volunteers. A thrilling chance to help!

Robotics (all year): with four rotations and all 2nd-5th grades participating, there are many opportunites to help kids read the instructions and figure out how to program and operate Lego robots. It's super-fun and no computer/robot/cyborg experience is required!

A big thank you to all the past volunteers, and if you've haven't yet volunteered at Sunrise before, please give it a try. You might just discover it brings a new element to your relationship with your child and her/his school. You also might enjoy it!

– Kirstin Girdner, Volunteer Coordinator

Mark your calendar!

  • Oct 21 & 22- Talent Show Auditions
  • Oct 23 – FFO General Meeting- 8:15
  • Oct 30 – Spiders & Cider
  • Nov 4 – Fini’s Landing Dine-Out
  • Nov 11 – Veterans Day – No School
  • Nov 13 – Talent Show – 6:00 pm
  • Nov 19 – Science Fair Kiva @ 1pm

Check out the full FFO Calendar of Events at

Sad Ball

Ball Donation
Sunrise kids love to play soccer and basketball at recess. Unfortunately, many of the balls are in bad shape from all the use. If you have a new or used ball in good condition, please donate it. Active bodies help keep young minds active in class!

Please drop your ball donations at the front office and contact Valorie Colson ( email) with questions. We want to give the school at least twenty (20) new balls, but right now we only have one donation.

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Every Kid in a Park
Did you know that every fourth grader can get a free pass to all of our national parks for the 2015-2016 year?

The Every Kid In a Park pass provides free access to national parks, national forests, national wildlife refuges, and more!

The Every Kid in a Park pass is good for the 2015-2016 school year, until August 31, 2016. Information on obtaining the pass is available by visiting

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