Barn Blast!

Join us from 5:30-8:00 tonight at Sunset School.

There will be great music, games, food, crafts, and treats.  Fun for the whole family!

Pay at the door – $1 per person or $5 per family.  Hot dogs and popcorn available for purchase.

October Meeting Minutes

October 15, 2009

6:30pm call to order – Sunset Library

In attendance: Maraya Radcliffe, Kari Perry, Theresa Parker, Brenna Burke, Caroline Popma, Linnette Jackson, Jenny Kling, Robyn Deeb, Kathy Ludwig, Tiina Lemetyirer, Laurie Hurley, Anne Wilson, Melinda Doblie, and Connie Hopkins.

September minutes were approved. The September financial report was also approved showing a temporary loss from Scrip, expenses for Curriculum Extension, administrative costs, and staff luncheon.  Income from PACE, Dine Out for Sunset, etc will appear next month.

Family Fun Night reported record numbers, (running out of 400 slices of pizza), a possible profit, and a need for more tables.  It was also discussed that we might be able to do with less candy.

Dine Out for Sunset earned $160 from Coldstone Creamery.  They would like to do more in the future with Sunset.  Maybe another Dine Out after an evening event/activity.

Teacher Luncheon—Kari Perry reported that all went well; plenty of volunteers and food, lots of appreciation.

Box Tops—end of the next redemption period is October 25th.  (Please bring in Box Tops for Education!)  Right now we have 250 points.

PACE- deadline was extended for the prize-earning period due to a typo.  77 families have signed on earning $770 for the school!  We discussed ways to make the program more environmentally friendly and that the intrastate use needs improvement.

Gift Wrap and Write-A-Check fundraiser deadline was extended to October 19.

Barn Blast—We need volunteers!!  Classroom reps were asked to go back to the classes and try to find parents who can work in 30 minute shifts on Friday, October 23rd.  No photo both this year, but hopefully Sunny can make an appearance.

Spiritwear – we have some samples and are trying to get an order put together, but could use a coordinator.

Kathy Ludwig spoke briefly, suggesting that she find a few 5th graders to take on the job on improving school spirit with dress-up days, etc.  She also thanked the PTSO for the 2 teacher luncheons (back to school and conferences), indicated that Janet Runyan volunteered to be the teacher rep for the PTSO, and gave a big “thank-you” to those who helped with the pre-school museum – a great success!  Kathy also gave an update on the math curriculum and the great support the teachers are getting (starting with 5th grade teachers) with implementation.

Meeting adjourned at 7:30 with the sale of old Halloween decorations (from storage).  Great deals!

September meeting minutes

Sunset PTSO Minutes

September 24, 2009

3:15 call to order – Sunset Library

In attendance:  Dave Fels, Karlee Sandell, Maraya Radcliffe, Kari Perry, Jenny Palmer, KJ Wesenberg, Theresa Parker, Brenna Burke, Lynn Jacobs, Caroline Popma, Linnette Jackson, Jenny Kling, Michele Beyer, Renae Abboud, Robyn Deeb, Heathyr Nance, Catherine Parisio, Kathy Ludwig, Tiina Lemetyirer, Val Prothero, Cathryn Viteri, Julie Carr, and Andrea Paul.

Julie Carr and Andrea Paul from School Supplies Delivered reported that 46 orders for school supplies had been filled for Sunset families.  This earned the school some free supplies to be used at the discretion of the principal or counselor.

June minutes, as recorded by Dave Fels and reviewed by Caroline Popma, were approved. The summer (July and August) financial report was also approved showing an income of about $500 from corporate incentives and an $8800 carry-over from the 2008-09 budget year.

PTSO Classroom Representatives introduced themselves and supplied their email addresses while Linnette highlighted their duties – namely to be a source of communication between the PTSO and the parents in each class  (no regular reports necessary!)

Each of the Committee/Fundraising Chairs introduced themselves and gave an update on their activity/event – the most current notes are below;

Book fair—Sept 29-Oct 6.  Help is needed for take-down on October 7th

Family Fun Nights—first one is Pizza BINGO on October 2nd.  Sign-ups for volunteering are in the hall outside the library.  Any donations for prizes would be helpful.

PACE fundraiser is ongoing and underway.  The last day to still get prizes for signing up is Friday, October 2nd, but parents can sign up at any time.  Also, out-of-town families can support Sunset with PACE in their area.

Fall Fundraiser (Sally Foster Gift Wrap/Write a check)

Barn Blast—at Sunset on October 23rd.  Maybe each class can manage a game?

Staff Appreciation—October 6th luncheon by 2nd and 3rd grade parents and Kari Perry. This will fuel our teachers on a looong day.

Family Breakfast—inclusive of families, grandparents, etc. rather than “Mom” and “Dad”

Read to Me Week—was so named.

Spring Fundraiser—Heathyr Nance and Theresa Parker are exploring venues.

Carnival—the PTSO has their own insurance enabling us to have bounce houses.

Scrip–Jennifer Duburg will take over from Carol Shelby this fall.

Box Tops—

Clothes Closet— we may do a “Dress for Success” drive in the spring for women’s clothing.

Spirit Wear—we are working to get a bulk order for anyone interested.  There are some cute styles – look for them in the halls!

Dine Out for Sunset—Jenny Kling – Cold Stone Creamery in October and Pizza Schmizza on November 18th.

Meeting adjourned at 4:30 with no new business, but lots of sweaty kids.

Welcome back to school!

Dear Sunset Families,

Welcome back to a new school year!  Your new PTSO Board is hard at work making plans for the new school year and we so look forward to seeing all our friends and of course making new friends with all of you who are new at Sunset. I am excited to introduce you to our new board for the school year:

Ø     I am Linnette Jackson, PTSO President; this is my third year at Sunset and my first time on the PTSO board. I have two children Grace, a second grader, and Garrett who is starting kindergarten. I love to walk, read and hang out with friends and family.

Ø     Jenny Kling is our new wonderful Vice-President.  This will be Jenny’s second year at Sunset and her first year on the PTSO Board.  She has a daughter, Katie, in first grade.  Jenny prides herself as a “Master Organizer” and loves to help wherever she can.  Jenny also helps with the Preschool committee.

Ø     Michele Beyer is our Treasurer and we are very lucky to have Michele and her 6 years of PTSO Board experience.  She has four children, two sons, Stephen and Daniel, who have graduated from West Linn High School, Leah who is an 8th grader at Rosemont Ridge Middle school and Adam who is a 3rd grader at Sunset.  She also is the proud grandmother of Savanna who is three.

Ø     Caroline Popma is our fabulous new Secretary.  She is beginning her third year at Sunset with her sons, Luke, in second grade, and Henry in kindergarten.  Caroline, and her husband, Greg, are looking forward to a great 2009-2010 school year and sports season!  (Go Ducks!)

All parents and students, as well as faculty and staff, are considered members of Sunset Parent Teacher Support Organization (PTSO).  The responsibility of the PTSO is to enhance the learning opportunities of our children as well as strengthen the connectedness of our community.  All of the work we do is not possible with out the help of our volunteers.  Please check out our “events/volunteer opportunities heading” to find out more.  Time commitments will vary depending on the activity you are interested in.  Even if you only have a couple hours a month, every commitment of your time is greatly needed and appreciated.  I hope that each of you will find some opportunity to get involved.

Our PTSO meeting times are listed under”events and activities” and can also be found on the school calendar.  Childcare will be provided at each meeting.  Most of our communication is done through the school email communication (list serve).  Please sign up through the school’s website.

If you have any questions about our PTSO please feel free to contact me at

Have a great year,

Linnette Jackson

Sunset PTSO President