Sunday, September 17, 2017

Sunnyside Middle School Service - September Ideas and Opporunities

Welcome to the 2017-18 SES Middle School Service Blog!!!

What is Service Learning anyway???

"True service learning for social justice is a shared partnership!"

What service learning is NOT
-volunteering without connecting

What service learning IS
-mutually beneficial
-tied to outcomes

How could this article from "Oregon Humanities" about our most recent SES 3rd grade musical connect to our approach to service in the middle school this school year??? -->  More to the Story...

Upcoming Service Opportunities:


Sunnyside Garden Day - Sunday, September 24th - 9am - 1pm

A school garden work party! A lot of people do a little bit. It takes a community to grow a garden like this, so let's dig in together. Drop in any time between 9 am and 1 pm and be a part of the garden magic.


Math Tutoring with the 1st + 2nd grade
: This is a 2 day per week commitment of either helping out during Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Friday during lunch. See Shannon if you want more details for this AWESOME opportunity.

SES Babysitting:

Hello Wonderful Middle School,

My name is Alison Taylor, and I am Finley Taylor's step-mom. I volunteered to coordinate babysitting through Sunnyside this year. I'm wondering if you can help announce our September babysitting dates...

There are 2 more events this month:
  • Wednesday, September 20 from 8:25-School Start (Late Start)
  • Wednesday, October 4th from 6:15 - 8:00pm (PTSA Meeting)
Students can sign up with Finley or e-mail me (

Thank you!  
Alison Taylor

Cultural Exchange

-Saturday, September 23rd @ 9:00AM @ Columbia Park


Reed Canyon Community Day
-Saturday, Oct 7th 9 - 3

Mt. Tabor Restoration Event
-Saturday, September 30th

The Nature Conservancy is hosting a volunteer restoration even with Portland Parks and Recreation at Mt. Tabor Park on Saturday, September 30th. We are expecting 150 volunteers at the event. It is a 3-hour event followed by free lunch and music at the Mt. Tabor picnic shelter and I think would be a good fit for middle school service requirements.

We do require registration to ensure our parent permission paperwork is complete.We have to turn away minors who show up without a parent or a signed waiver from one, so this detail is important.

Event details and registration information can be found online:

Also more details here:

Let me know if you have questions. You can contact me here or at The Nature Conservancy at Thanks! - Molly Dougherty

No Ivy Day - Saturday, October 28th

Sign up to Be a Part of No Ivy Day 2017!
Portland Parks & Recreation invites you to join us for our 14th annual No Ivy Day. This year’s No Ivy Day will take place on Saturday October 28th. This is a multi-location event with 17 different parks involved, including Mt. Tabor, Springwater Corridor & SE 128th and Gateway Green. Revel in the celebration of invasive plant removal and community participation in our treasured natural areas. Portland Metro-wide ivy removal work parties will run from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, followed by a gathering of food and celebration at various sites. Enjoy refreshments, raffle prizes and mingle with community volunteers.
  • Marquam Nature Park (SW Marquam St and SW Sam Jackson Park Rd)
  • Mt Tabor Park (SE 60th and SE Salmon, Picnic site A)
  • Forest Park Lower Macleay Entrance (2960 NW Upshur St)
Come show your support for our native ecosystem by joining a volunteer event at one of our sites throughout the region. Please check the No Ivy Day link for more information and to register at . We must work together to maintain the health of our natural environments. Thank you for your support!

Emily LytleCommunity Aide II | Lands Stewardship Natural Areas West
Portland Parks & Recreation

1120 SW Fifth Ave., Suite 1302
Portland, Oregon 97204

1 comment:

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