Rockin' For Rett
May 10, 2016 - Vol. 1 Issue #9
Sunrise FFO May Email Digest

Here we are at the end of the year. Can you believe it?!?

The Spring Fine Arts Gala and Book Fair finished off our year of events in style thanks to event chairs Sarah Reitmeyer and Anna Ames!

Sunrise Drive has such an amazing group of volunteers, and that is the focus of this final FFO Digest for the 2015–2016 school year.

We have such a strong parent support base at Sunrise that truly ensures our children get the most out their time and education at Sunrise. Thanks to all of you that help our teachers as room-parents, volunteer at events, chaperone on field trips, volunteer in the classroom, and more!

We want to give special recognition to the FFO Executive Committee, working closely with teachers and Principal Davidson, and also to all our incredible Event Chairs for volunteering their precious time to make Sunrise such a wonderful place for our children.

Executive Committee

Co-Presidents – Amanda Saffer and Valorie Colson
Secretary– Kate Spaulding
Treasurers– Jill Harlow and Dayna Anderson
VP Staff Appreciation– Bethany and James Jaramillo
VP Development – Kym Santa-Maria
VP Communications– Tim Colson
Volunteer Coordinator– Kirstin Girdner
Internal Grants– Blythe Edmondson
Chinese Immersion– Anita McGuire
5th Grade Liaison – Bianca Rowly
Members at Large – Anna Ames, Anne Gruber, Deborah Ardolino and Jessica Curley

Event Chairs

Book Fair – Anna Ames and Bethany Jaramillo
Box Tops – Shirley Parks
Cartridge Coordinator – Atasha Jaffe
Dine Outs – Margie Brown
Family Fix-Up – Amber and Mike Schwartz
Family Picnic and Play – Rachel Hollander
Foundation Rep – Andrea Gerlak
Garden – Emily Franklin
Lost and Found – Nancy Loose
Mathathon – Debbie Claggett
Parking Lot Coordinator – Dayna Anderson
Passive Fundraising – Shirley Parks and Deborah Ardolino
Principal Breakfasts – Charita Stubbs
Robotics – Kirstin Girdner and Tim Colson
School Pictures – Bethany Jaramillo
Science Day/Science Fair – Holly McNulty, Alli Swanson, Anne Gruber, Ritu Pandy
School Supply Kits – Kirstin Girdner
Spiders and Cider – Blythe Edmondson, Bethany Jaramillo, and Alli Swanson, Rachel Hollander, Marla Handler
Spring Fine Arts Gala – Sarah Reitmeyer, Belinda Oden, and Kristy Doran
Spring Chinese Festival – Anita McGuire, Kirstin Girdner, Margaret Barber & Jenny Dessent
Steppers Celebration – Valorie Colson
Talent Show – Melina McKenna
Yearbook – Carmela Zega

Thanks again to everyone for helping out Sunrise!

Please join us for the May FFO meeting and Volunteer Recognition Kivathis Friday, May 13th, at 8:15 in the Teacher's Lounge. We will discuss a grant for supplemental 5th grade reading & writing materials ( approx $620, proposed by Amy Nies) and we will recognize the volunteers.

Have a great summer and see you at Meet Your Teacher on August 10th, the day before school starts.


— Amanda Saffer & Valorie Colson (FFO Co-Presidents)
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CFSD Registration Info

If you have
not already enrolled your child(ren) for the 2016-2017 school year, please do it now! Due to the registration glitches, many students have not yet been registered and/or their registrations are incomplete. Low enrollment numbers will directly impact class size and teacher contracts.

Please check the status of your child’s registration on ParentVue
and learn more at the CFSD Registration page.
Packing Boxes
Sunrise Packing - Volunteers Needed

Sunrise facilities are getting a well deserved face lift, including new carpet and paint, thanks to the community that voted yes on bonds to support the district. On the two days after school ends, all teachers will have to pack up their classroom to prepare for the construction to begin.

Some parents have volunteered, but we need a lot more people to help. Please visit the Pack Up Signup to volunteer. The extra hands will be greatly appreciated by our hard working teachers.
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On April 19th, many of us ran a 5k at UA to support Laura. Tina Walton sent out this heartfelt thank you for the Sunrise participation on the Sunrise Drive Friday Flash Blog:

Laura, Dave, and I would like to send out a huge hug and Thank You! to all of you that supported Laura and her Team Laura event, "Rockin' for Rett 5K"! It was truly awesome to see a sea of purple "Rockin' for Rett" shirts out there! Laura's time at Sunrise Drive is coming to a close, but truly it is not closing. This chapter in her life has been remarkable with all of the supportive teachers, parents, staff, and students. Specifically, we would like to thank all those that donated water and bananas for the event, as well as just plain spreading the word! THANK YOU!! Ms. Davidson, Mrs. Dover, Ms. Ybanez, Mrs. Jaffe, the entire CARE staff and the Sunrise Family.
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School Supplies from School Tool Box

Based on the success last year, the FFO is
happy to announce that we have chosen to again offer pre-packaged school supplies from School Tool Box!

Every year, teachers create a list of suggested supplies they believe will enrich the classroom learning experience. The lists will be sent home on the last day of school and are also available on the school website.

Every School Tool Box (tm) kit is packed with the school supplies for your child’s grade. Prices are similar to stores, but you save time by getting everything in a few clicks. (Note: Grades are divided into two groups with minor variations in contents and price.)

Many grades have asked for optional add on items such as flash drives or headphones, which you may purchase or may already have at home. For students not in the Mandarin Immersion program, we ask that you purchase the additional supplies for Spanish. This year the health office and library are also accepting donations of supplies.

Some teachers havewish lists for their classrooms. Please consider supporting your child’s teacher and don't forget the "specials" teachers (art, music, language).

Give Back FiveFive percent (5%) of the purchase price of each kit will be used to buy school supplies and backpacks for students in need at Sunrise. There are also optional donations to help purchase additional supplies to support all of our students. Look for the "add on items" by grade.

All you have to do is place your order online between now and the deadline of June 17th, 2016 and the box of supplies will be delivered directly to the classrooms by the FFO!

Still have questions? Contact Kirstin Girdner ( email)

Do all of your back-to-school shopping today by simply clicking this link:
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Cartridge Drive
Sunrise Families and businesses - Recycle your printer cartridges and Sunrise Drive Elementary gets money back. Win Win! In honor of Earth Day and the end of the school year, let’s do one big push before school is out.

Bring your used cartridges to the office. We have a recycle bin there for the small cartridges and the large ones can be placed next to the bin.

Our final pick up will be May 13th.

Good for the environment and good for education.
Thank you for participating and making our community great!
– Atasha Jaffe, Cartridge Coordinator

Mark your calendar!

  • May 18 - 5th Grade Promotion
  • May 18 - Last Day of School
  • May 18 - LOST & FOUND items will be GONE FOREVER!
  • August 10 - Meet Your Teacher

Check out the full FFO Calendar of Events at

Click to download a tentative 2016-2017 School and FFO Calendar.

One last thing....

A note from Tim, FFO email digest Editor/Publisher...

Hello to the over two hundred and twenty families subscribed to the digest!

The digest has been a lot of work every month, but I hope it has helped you stay informed of FFO and Sunrise activities.

I could not have done this without a lot of help from FFO Execs and Event Chairs; especially Amanda and Valorie putting in late hours to help write and proof articles by the 6:30AM Tues morning deadline. Everyone deserves a big thank you for helping get the word out about FFO activities, events, and volunteer opportunites at Sunrise Drive Elementary.

Check out the archive at and please click the RECONFIRM link below so we know you received this issue and will continue to send future FFO email digests. Please, also give us some feedback with this super short 3-question survey link!

Tim Colson, VP Communications

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