Sunrise Drive FFO Digest
Mar 21, 2017 - Vol. 2 Issue #7
Hello -

We need your help! The FFO is seeking Executive Board Members and Chairpersons for the 2017-2018 school year. Here are a couple of the positions we are looking to fill:
  • Dine-Out Coordinator: 4-6 fundraisers per year; can be done from home
  • Picnic & Play Chairperson: our low-key once-a-year fall family mixer
  • CFSD Foundation Representative : attend Foundation meetings and report to FFO
  • VP Staff Appreciation (member of the Executive Board)
  • Merchandise Chairperson
  • Yearbook Coordinator
None of these are super time-intensive, but each are a big help to the school. I'd be happy to talk with you about any of these positions. Many volunteers, including myself, are planning to stay on for next year, so it's a great time for new folks (lots of stability and "institutional knowledge" in the room to answer questions, brainstorm, and offer support).

The FFO is all of us: single parents, working parents, stay-at-home parents, non parent caregivers, all of us! Diversity makes us great!

Hope to see you at the next General FFO Meeting this Friday, March 24th at 8:05am in the library!

Thanks for all you do for Sunrise Drive!
Kate Spaulding (FFO President)

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Lost and Found

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, March 24 at 8:05 AM.

Grants at Work!
The FFO grants program expands Sunrise’s ability to meet educational needs. Great news! Grants can now be submitted online! Tim Colson set up a form that is easy to complete and notifies the Grants Chair and also Principal Davidson for initial review.

The grant proposal directions as well as the approval process schedule are all available on our FFO website at .

Please check it out and submit early so we can get your grant reviewed before the next Exec and General Meetings!

To be voted on in March:
  • Art supplies for the Fine Arts Gala - $300

Amanda Saffer, Grants Chair

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

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
Ms Dover & Val

Steppers Run was Fun!

The 2016-2017 Steppers program officially ended with an action-packed Steppers Fun Run to celebrate the almost 5,000 miles our students ran this year. Enthusiastic kids participated in activities such as the Mustache Dash, the Shoebox Shuffle, the Olympic Torch Relay, the Rubber Chicken Toss, and the always popular Dance Party.

A huge thank you to all the volunteers who offered their time to assist with the events. We had lots of parent voluteers, and the Nike/Converse Educational Outreach team (pictured) pitched in to make the day special for the kids. This was the first year that we've partnered with these companies, and I hope it will continue for future Sunrise events.

Thanks to Tim Colson for creating the super cool certificates that Steppers’ participants with twelve or more laps received to display their running/walking accomplishments for the school year.

The biggest thank you of all goes to our wonderful P.E. teacher, Mrs. Dover (bottom right photo), for making sure Steppers happens every Friday, November through February (plus some make-up sessions for kids who really want to run).

Steppers is a much-loved program that exists because of Ms. Dover and a small group of loyal volunteers. Please consider joining our merry band of Steppers scanners next year! You’ll have a great time supporting our students and staff as they run, and I guarantee there’s no other volunteer opportunity where you’ll learn the name of almost every student at Sunrise.

Thanks again to everyone who helped make the Steppers Fun Run a joyful event for our kids!

– Valorie Colson

Science Fair & Inquiry Day Recap

There were one hundred and twenty three science fair projects submitted this year, including three class projects!

All 5th
graders participated as part of their curriculum, either individually or in small groups. The projects were judged by community members with scientific or engineering backgrounds.

The 16 winning projects qualify to go on to the Southern Arizona Regional Science and Engineering Fair
(SARSEF) to be held at the Tucson Convention Center Mar 27 - Apr 1. The photo above shows about half of the sea of poster boards on display from a past year. Bring the family 9AM-8PM on Fri, March 31 for the public viewing (free parking at TCC) and get your kids excited about science!

All the students worked hard on their scientific explorations!

Congratulations to the following students whose projects are going on to SARSEF:

Audrey D. (1st) – Kindness in My Classroom
Boden C. (5th) –The Secret to Good Grades
Chase G. & Collin B. (5th) – To Sip or Not to Sip
Connor G. (5th) – The Paper Airplane Showdown
Elijah L. (5th) – The Ultimate Running Cleat
Greta B. (1st) – Would you eat a cricket?
Isaac L. (5th) – Butter Cutter
Jason H. (5th) – What happens if you put eggshells in liquid?
Matthew E. (5th) – Flower Power
Megan L. (5th) – Tooth Decay
Santiago L. (5th) – What’s the best angle to shoot a nerf bullet fastest
Torin C. (5th) – A Cap on the C.A.P
Vivianna C. (4th) – Super Powered Solar Tracker
Will A. (5th) – Save Your Smile
Zachary J. (5th) – Acid Power
Zane H. (5th) – Does the shape of the magnet effect the shape of ferrofluid?

Science Fair and Science Day could not happen without the help of lots of volunteers. Thanks to Amy Courson, Katrina Richman, Jenny Dessent, Audrey Moeller,
Val Colson, Tim Colson, Margaret Barber, Yanyan Chen, Weihua Wang, Julie Nentl, Claudia Ortiz, Sarah Reitmeyer, Violet Siwik, Patrick Walters, Jill Tronziger, Kirk Hutchinson, Todd Cantrell, Matt Novak, Sanjay Chauhan, Lukas Gruber and Adam Henry.

Thank you to all the wonderful Sunrise teachers and staff for their cooperation and to Principal Davidson for being always available to help and support.

Thank you also to all the parent presenters and community organizations who took their time to share their expertise with the students.

– Anne Gruber & Ritu Pandey
Lost and Found

Mathathon Update

Although we don’t have final numbers yet, it is looking to be a record year once again for Mathathon, raising over $26,000 – maybe more! Wow!

Thanks to all of the support from our Sunrise families. The kids did a great job fundraising, really responding whenever we had updates. The final day for donations to count towards prizes was March 20th, but we will gladly still accept donations after this date.

We’ll have all the final numbers, winners will be announced and we’ll do our Grand Prize drawing at the Kiva on Thursday, March 23rd.

Thanks to all the volunteers and families that made this our best year yet!

– Debbie Claggett, Dr. Math

Learn more at!

Lost but not Found

With the winter season behind us, a ton of winter items have been left behind on campus and have been collected in our lost and found. Parents are encouraged to come and check if any items have been left behind by your child/children.

The lost and found is located south of the MPR, against the wall, close to the picnic tables. Because there is an overflow of clothing, starting Thursday, March 23rd any items hanging on the rack or on the shelves will be donated, so that new items from the overflowing pile can be hung on the racks and placed on the shelves.

Any items not claimed by the following Thursday will then be donated. This will continue until all items have been claimed or donated, so please come and check if your student is missing a any items.

If you have ideas on how to help connect you and the missing items, or want to help out, please contact me.

– Bridgette Urtaza ( email)
Chinese Immersion

Chinese Immersion

Hi everyone! We are still researching Chinese Summer Camp options for you. If you know of any special camps to help extend our Chinese learning, please email Anita or Margaret.

Another thank you to all those who supported our Chinese Spring Festival last month and our ChinaSprout Bookfair. We have seen the books and resources purchased put to use in the classrooms!

Please remember to check out our Chinese Immersion Resource Page at for Local Resources and other Cultural information pertaining to Chinese Immersion.

Anita McGuire and Margaret Barber

Yearbook Last Chance!

We are still collecting pictures for the yearbook! If you have any photos from Sunrise events (on campus or on field trips), please email them to as soon as possible. When sending photos, indicate the homeroom teacher in the subject line.

If you want to buy a yearbook, you can still do it before March 31, 2017. Print and submit this Yearbook form soon!

– Carmela Zega

Mark your calendar!

  • Thu, Mar 23 – Mathathon Kiva & Grand Prize Drawing!
  • Fri, Mar 24 – General FFO Meeting – 8:05 am

Lost and Found

  • Wed, April 19 – Our final dine out will be on at Papa John's on Sunrise and Kolb from 10:30 am- 9:00 pm. Carry out or delivery.

Check out the full FFO Calendar of Events at

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