September 2019 newsletter


Message from the PAC president

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year at Sunnyside!

On behalf of the PAC Executive Team, we wanted to thank you for joining us for coffee and pastries on the first day of school. It was great to see new faces, as well as our returning families.

We are looking forward to another successful year of building community and raising funds for our school. Our first PAC meeting is on September 11 at 6:00pm and we hope to see many of you there. This is a time for us to discuss the upcoming school year, to ask questions and help you find opportunities to get involved with the PAC in ways that work for you. This is also a great opportunity for you to meet our new principal, Ms. Paredes. Our first school-wide event is the Welcome Back BBQ on September 19. This fun event coincides with Meet-the-Teacher Night and is a great opportunity to meet other families, have burgers for dinner, and raise funds for new technology for our students! This month we will also be hosting a Kindergarten Playdate for all of our new K’s. Details will follow shortly. Please read through the newsletter to find out about all of the events we have planned for our school year.

Thank you all for your support!

Nicole Spata

It was wonderful seeing you all at our PAC table! We would like to extend a special thank you to Starbucks (Grandview Central) and Cobs Bread for donating all the coffee and baked goods.

Join us on Thursday, September 19 from 5 to 7:15 pm for our annual BBQ! We'll be cooking up tasty burgers and hotdogs.

Cost: $5 for a burger (beef or veggie) or a hot dog, a beverage, and a bag of chips. All the profits will go toward the purchase of classroom technology. A big thank you to Centennial Foodservices and Kevin Basran Re/Max for sponsoring this event.

We will need many volunteers to make this evening a success. Sign up today!

A big fundraising goal this year is to increase the number of laptops and iPads for our growing population of students.

It will cost an estimated $15,000 to purchase new electronic devices, along with a lockable charging cart for our students to share. The proceeds of the BBQ will be directed toward this cause.

Sunnyside has 7 kindergarten classes this year! To help parents and children get acquainted, we will be hosting a playdate on Saturday, September 14, from 10-11am at Sunnyside's new playground. A notice with detailed information will be sent home soon.

The students really love it and it's an amazing fundraiser for the school, so don't miss out! You will be able to sign up for a new account and place an online order soon on Munch a Lunch.

We always need parent volunteers. Please contact Colleen, our hot lunch coordinator, for more information.

The goal is to keep our children safe. With all the changes happening on our school grounds, the Kiss and Drop will also undergo a big transformation. We invite you to learn more about the changes at our first PAC meeting, on September 11.

Contact us at if you would like to lead or help with the program.

The PAC has an Express account at the Return-It Depot. Simply place all your refundable containers into a clear, plastic bag. Use the kiosk at the Depot to print a label, then stick the label to the bag, and drop the bag into the bin at the Depot. The Sunnyside account/phone # is 888-888-8888. It's quick and easy!

We kept our time commitments to a minimum; choose the time that works for you. This month, we will need help with:

Shop and dine locally, and help Sunnyside raise funds.

Cobs Bread will donate 5% of your purchase back to sunnyside!

Simply let the retailer know that you are with Sunnyside, and 5% of your sales will be sent back to us at the end of the school year!

Applicable to 2 local South Surrey locations: Cobs Bread South Point Annex, and Cobs Bread Semiahmoo.

10% of your purchase goes to Sunnyside!

To qualify, you must download the JRG App and use it to pay the bill. This tracks the money and raises funds for Sunnyside, while earning points for yourself.

  1. Download the Joseph Richard Group (JRG) Rewards App from the Apple Store or Google Play.
  2. Open the app and register for an account or Sign In (existing users).
  3. Once signed in, click Settings and select JOIN A GROUP.
  4. Search and join Sunnyside Elementary from the drop down menu.
  5. Dine out and start using the app to earn fundraising dollars for Sunnyside!