Sunrise Drive FFO Digest
Nov 15, 2016 - Vol. 2 Issue #3
Hello -

Did you know that CFSD families come from 48 different zip codes? And that 41% are open enrollment? In addition to being committed to education, we are a diverse group! Thank you to all who have donated your time, your talent, and/or your treasure. You are all part of what makes Sunrise great.

In this digest, Alli Swanson sends out a big thank you for a successful Spiders & Cider. We have news about the Talent Show, Teacher Appreciation, Teacher of the Year, China Sprout, Lego Robotics, and other volunteer opportunities, like Garden Club – a great way to spend a sunny Wednesday afternoon. Read about it below, or Signup for Garden Club right now!

See you at the next FFO General Meeting this Friday, November 18th at 8:05am in the library. Visit our website: to learn more and click the Big Red Button to volunteer!

Kate Spaulding (FFO President)

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The FFO organizes, operates, and communicates to all families and faculty the many Sunrise, CFSD, and community programs and events. We also generate funding to support the vibrant learning environment and our programs and events.

We record all Meeting Agendas & Minutes online for public review.

Next general meeting is Friday, Nov 18 at 8:05 AM.

Grants at Work!
The FFO grants program expands Sunrise’s ability to meet educational needs. Teachers, staff, family and students submit grant proposals to the Grants Chair for review and exec approval to bring to the General FFO meeting for discussion and a deciding vote.
For more information, contact Amanda Saffer, Grants Chair.

Approved Grants

  • Kindergarten Field trip to Tucson Village Farm, proposed by grade level teachers - $400 for entrance fees
  • Art Display for student art projects in the library, proposed by Lori Huggins, Art teacher - up to $400

Proposed Grants
  • Gwen Ray, Artist in residence and puppeteer extraordinaire, proposed by 2nd Grade level teachers - $1,800
  • Grade level field trip to Ft. Lowell park, proposed by 4th Grade lever teachers - $472
  • Water jugs and cups for Steppers Celebration and other school activities, proposed by Valorie Colson and Emily Franklin - $110
Already approved by the FFO Exec board, these proposals will be presented at the next General FFO meeting for discussion and vote.

Please attend the General FFO meeting, Friday, Nov 18 at 8:05 AM to discuss.
Events and Activities
Yearbook photos wanted!

Do you snap photos of your kids at Sunrise? Whether you use a professional camera or your phone, we want your photos in the yearbook!

Email full-size photos to:

Please add a subject to help us identify the image. For example, teacher's last name or the name of the school event.

Only submit pictures from school-related events. First day of school photos are welcome but only if they were taken at school. There will be a prize for submitting on-campus photos. Send us what you have!

For more info contact Carmela Zega (520) 209-7950 or Micha McNerney (520) 665-1979.
Teacher Appreciation

We're having a Thanksgiving-themed potluck lunch for teachers and staff Tues, Nov 22 from 10am-3pm.

Visit the Teacher Lunch SignUp to sign up for a dish or volunteer your time!

Teacher of the Year

Nomination Forms are now available in the Office. Deadline for submissions is Web, Nov 30th, 2016.

Teacher of the Year will be announced at respective schools on Fri, Feb 3rd, 2017.

The Teacher of the Year event will be held sometime in March. This event is a Family event. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
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The Talent Show needs your help!!!

We need one person who can run the audio the night of the show (Fri, Nov 18 at 6PM).

This shouldn't be too difficult, just involves plugging music from a phone to our speakers and adjusting the level of the microphone as needed.

Please contact Melina at (520) 481-0129 if you are interested and available.

Thank you!
Melina McKenna
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On behalf of myself, Rachel Holland and Bethany Jaramillo – we would like to extend our deep gratitude to each of who volunteered your time and resources to help make Spiders & Cider a success.

Our Sunrise Drive community is strong, talented, and passionate for this event, our school and our children. Please read the full recap at including thank yous for those who helped fill over 340 volunteer slots! You'll also find a link to hundreds of Photo Booth photos!

Do you, or your children, have feedback on Spiders & Cider? Our committee welcomes any and all feedback: Please fill out the Spiders & Cider survey!

Thank you!

Alli Swanson ( email), Rachel Hollander, Bethany Jaramillo
Spider and Ciders Chairs 2016

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A big THANK-YOU to all who attended the Creative Juice Event this past Sunday. We raised $130 for the Sunrise FFO, along with good food and conversation.
Chinese Spring Festival preparations are beginning. We will be scheduling a parent meeting soon! We would love for you to attend and find a committee or area of interest to help support the Festival on Friday, February 10th, 2016.
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and GIFTS!

This week, Monday November 14th through Tuesday 22nd, is the ONLINE ONLY China Sprout Book Fair!

  • Chinese Teacher Wish Lists can be found in this online Google Doc
  • Let’s fill our classrooms with books!
  • The process for purchasing is simple! Select your purchases and
  • Type in: Sunrise Drive Elementary during checkout. Use the school address for delivery.
  • FREE DELIVERY to the school in time for holidaysl! It will look like you are being charged for shipping but it will be refunded to your card by ChinaSprout.
  • If you need help deciding on purchases and navigating the China Sprout Website, we will be offering in-person assistance on campus the mornings of Nov 15th, 21st and 22nd.
  • Look for further information from your Chinese Immersion Liaison Team this week.

Nadya & Kirstin

Volunteering at Sunrise
We need volunteers for events, fundraisers, and other activities that support the classrooms and build community at Sunrise. Please consider clicking the volunteer button to learn more. If you have questions, please email
  • Sunrise Steppers – Join in the fun every Friday scanning the students (and teachers/staff) to count the laps as they run/jog/walk around the field as Ms. Dover encourages them to go "one more lap". Signup to be a Stepper Scanner
  • Lego Robotics – This special 6-week session is where Legos and Robots and math and reading and computer programing collide! Kids work in pairs to complete missions and gain skills. It's exciting and fun and Ms. Ackerman always appreciates parent volunteers that lend a hand. Don't worry, no robotic knowledged or computer experience is necessary! (This is not Skynet. ;-) Please check in with your teacher to find out when your childs class will be in the Robotics Lab.
  • Garden Club Sign-Up to help supervise students during lunch recess on Wednesdays.
If you've helped out already, you know how rewarding the experience can be, and if you haven't volunteered at Sunrise, please consider it today!

Learn more and signup at

– Kirstin Girdner, Volunteer Coordinator
Garden Club at Sunrise
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A huge thank you to all the wonderful Garden Volunteers who signed up to water the classroom garden plots over the past month. The garden is looking better than ever and the kids are having fun tending to their plots in anticipation of a bountiful harvest!

With the watering mostly behind us, we are now asking for volunteers to help supervise Garden Club during lunch recess on Wednesdays. We have had a great turnout the past 4 weeks! The kids are so enthusiastic~ weeding, digging for worms, re-seeding, hunting for strawberries and exploring the garden. Maintaining the garden requires a huge amount of manpower. Our hope for Garden Club is that the children will be more invested in the success of the garden and recognize the impact that their combined efforts will have on the outcome. Your children are amazing! Please consider coming out to see what they are up to in the garden.

Please Sign-Up HERE to help!

The classroom gardens are looking great! If you are a classroom volunteer, check in with your teacher to plan a time to get into the garden and thin the seedlings. There are many clumps of radishes and lettuce planted by cute little hands that must be thinned in order for the plants to grow properly and produce. Thank you!

If you have any questions, please contact Emily Franklin or Shirley Harvey


- Emily Franklin, Garden Coordinator

Mark your calendar!

  • Nov 14 – 22 - ONLINE ONLY China Sprout Book Fair
  • Nov 18 - General FFO Meeting & 8:05AM
  • Nov 18 - Talent Show
  • Nov 22 - Teacher Appreciation Lunch - Teacher Lunch SignUp
  • Dec 9 - School Spelling Bee

Check out the full FFO Calendar of Events at

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