Friday, December 13, 2019

Middle School - Tree Recycling!!!

Tree Recycling information!!! 

Saturday, January 4th + Saturday, January 5th 

An event Facebook page is now up and running. 

As is the pickup reservation order form. 

Please see attached PDF document and utilize the content as you see fit. We also have a Google Signup Sheet to be accessed by both adult (parents) and MS student volunteers. It includes a variety of tasks, listed by date and subject matter, with columns to enter volunteer details. 

The Big One --> Service Learning Signup Sheet...

Of course, students can earn service learning hours. Plus, the more $$ we raise for the PTSA, the more funds will trickle to our Go Fund and be available for Catalina Island and other trips. 

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

October Service Learning Opportunities

October Service Learning Opportunities:


Saturday, October 26th - Harvest Fair 2019 

Volunteer Sign Up Link:

Saturday, October 26th - No Ivy Day

Sign up to Be a Part of No Ivy Day 2019!
Portland Parks & Recreation invites you to join us for our 16th annual No Ivy Day. This year’s No Ivy Day will take place on Saturday October 26th. This is a multi-location event with 16 different natural area parks participating. 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.

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!


Mary VerrilliShe/her/hers
Stewardship Coordinator | Land Stewardship West
503-823-9423 (office)

Thursdays @ the Belmont Library:
  • Teen DIY - 4:00 - 5:30 (THURSDAYS - Oct 10th, Oct 24th, Nov 14th, Dec 12th)
  • Social Justice Book Groups - 6:30 - 7:30 (THURSDAYS - Oct 10th, Nov 14th, Dec 12th)

Saturday, September 28, 2019

School Gardening:
Sunday Oct. 6th  (People drop by and work for however long they can between 9:00am-1:00pm.) Students need 3 TOTAL hours of working in the garden at some time during the school year, and this is an excellent one to join!

 Please don't drop off your middle school student and expect them to be under supervision.  Each group of up to 5 middle school students should have an adult chaperone.

For more information, contact SES Garden Coordinator, 

Community-Based Service Opportunity:  
Off the Sideline
Want to help Off the Sideline, get a FREE Off the Sideline T-Shirt, plus get a chance to watch
the Trail Blazers vs. Phoenix Suns pre-season game on October 12? 
Volunteer to sell tickets for the Rip City 5050 Raffle. 
Volunteers work in groups of two to sell tickets before and during the first half of the game, 
which requires you to be on your feet for three to four hours. 
One lucky ticket purchaser receives 50% of the raffle sales, while the balance benefits 
the Portland Trail Blazer Foundation and Off the Sideline. 
The game starts at 5 p.m., and volunteers need to arrive no later than 2:45 p.m.

About the Organization: Off the Sideline believes all kids deserve to benefit from the 
social and health advantages of team sports participation. 
We provide access to all year-round sports programs that already exist in our communities.
 Check out the website for more info.

Nature Conservancy's Mt. Tabor  Event
9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

The Nature Conservancy is joining forces with Portland Parks & Recreation and Friends of Mt. Tabor Park 
for our 6th annual volunteer event at Mt. Tabor Park in SE Portland (meet at Picnic Shelter A near the
 basketball courts). Lend a hand to the park and celebrate conservation in Oregon during our largest 
volunteer event of the year!

Help restore Mt. Tabor Park by removing invasive species, maintaining native plants and performing 
trail maintenance. After the work, join us for lunch and festivities.

Advanced registration and parent permission is required to particiapate. 
Please register here:

Friday, September 13, 2019

Hello Service Learning Blog

Welcome to the 2019-20 SES Middle School Service  LEARNING Blog!!!

What is "service learning anyway??? How is it different from just "service?"

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

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 the SES 3rd grade musical from a few years back connect to our approach to service in the middle school this school year???  SES - More to the Story...

Upcoming Service LEARNING Opportunities:


Wednesday, September 18th - SES Middle School Musical Info!!!! - Auditorium after school


Thursdays @ the Belmont Library:
  • Teen DIY - 4:00 - 5:30 (THURSDAYS - Sept 12th, Oct 10th, Oct 24th, Nov 14th, Dec 12th)
  • Social Justice Book Groups - 6:30 - 7:30 (THURSDAYS - Sept 12th, Oct 10th, Nov 14th, Dec 12th)

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Audubon Society Plant Sale!

Click on the link for more details about this opportunity presented to you by an 8th grade cohort

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

7th Grade Service Learning Project - SPEECH!!!

7th Grade Speech:

***You have Tuesday, April 2nd and Wednesday, April 3rd to work on  your speeches during your Spanish classes. You will arrange with your core teachers when to give your speech. You should be prepared to go as soon as Thursday, April 4th. In addition to using your time in class effectively, you should spend 15 minutes each night writing and practicing this speech 

How to Give a Speech - Videos From Class:

How to Give a Speech - Tips
How to Give a Speech - 101
Be a More Confident Speaker
Giving a Speech - Practice with a Dog!

Wednesday, March 13, 2019


Tuesday, April 30, 6:30-8pm: Stop the Bleed workshop at SES

Dear Sunnyside Community,

The Emergency Preparedness Cohort of Sunnyside reached out to Stop the Bleed, taught by an organization from Emanuel Hospital. Stop the Bleed is led by trained nurses who will teach us how to stop bleeding. Our cohort is focusing on emergency preparedness, which dips into the topic of bleeding out from an injury sustained in an earthquake, shooting or other event. We will be hosting a FREE Stop the Bleed Workshop in the Sunnyside Auditorium on April 30, from 6:30-8pm.

Parents, teachers and middle school students are invited to attend the event. Please click here to sign up. If a student is coming without an adult, they need to sign up also and make sure they have written consent to attend that says, "My child, ____ has permission to attend the Stop the Bleed class at Sunnyside School."

It would be great if you donate around $5 at the entrance to help raise money for the Sunnyside Go Fund, but if that is not affordable or you don't want to pay, you are still welcome.

More information on Stop the Bleed:

Thank you,
SES Emergency Preparedness Cohort

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Shamrock Run!

The Shamrock Run is right around the corner—Sunday, March 17th—and our school is again volunteering at the bag drop-off and pick-up for all the runners. It's a really fun experience; the kids who participated last year had a blast AND it gets them their service hours for the quarter, as well as earning $25 per volunteer for the Go Fund! Last year that amounted to $625 to help fund SES field study—including the middle school marine bio trips that are right around the corner!

Please encourage your students to volunteer. Parents are welcome, too. Students can sign up with their friends, cheer on the runners, eat donuts, and raise money for their trips. For more details and to sign up, contact me at or 503-407-4200.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

7th Grade Service Learning Project - February Check In

To Do - February 28, 2019

1. Complete the 7th Grade Service Learning Check-In Google Form 

2. Complete the 7th Grade Service Learning Project - MY PLAN - February, 2019 worksheet

3. If you finish early in class or if you want to plan ahead, this is what the speech graphic organizer for your service learning experience looked like last year. We will go over this together in class in late March and early April. 7th Grade Service Learning Project - Speech Graphic Organizer 2018

Other Helpful Documents
7th Grade Service Learning Project - Official Handout - 2019

7th Grade Service Learning Project - Organizations Brainstorm - 2019

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Successful School Survey

ONLY 7th Graders -- to be done in class

Students Log-in to:

Student enters access code:
(7th grade)

Click “Start the survey”

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

7th Grade Service Learning Project

7th Grade Service Learning Project - Official Handout - 2019

7th Grade Service Learning Project - Organizations Brainstorm - 2019

Other Links to Service Learning Opportunities:

Portland Youth Volunteer Organizations

Renew Oregon - Youth Climate Lobby Day


We are a week away from Youth Climate Lobby Day! Currently, we have approximately 50 students who have RSVPd. While this is great start, we are hoping to DOUBLE that number before Monday.

Please find more info and the RSVP form here. Please sign up if you have yet to do so.

We have space for over 200 students. We also designed awesome custom t-shirts that attendees will get. Additionally, breakfast, lunch and transportation will be provided. If you need a ride, please let me know asap and we'll make sure you get set up with a carpool.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please let me know. 

Looking forward to making history on Feb 18th!



Zach Klonoski
Finance Director, Renew Oregon
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Friday, February 8, 2019

Portlanders Stand With Refugees and Immigrants - Friday March 15 @6pm

Portlanders Stand with Refugees and Immigrants

Please join us as we come together to welcome, honor, heal, and celebrate. All Portlanders are invited, especially refugee and immigrant families.

Friday, March 15, 2019   |   6:00 - 8:00PM

Food vendors and carts will be on site throughout the evening. We invite you to have dinner in the outdoor courtyard. This event is not a fundraiser and is free to attend!
Interested in volunteering for this event?
Please contact Som Subedi at to sign up by February 15, 2019.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

8th Grade Cohort - Service Opportunity

The 8th Grade Environmental Service Cohort would like to invite you to some local events happening that are a part of the ban the straw movement. Check them out here and look for some announcements in your class or at Morning Meeting.