Schools Uniting Neighborhoods
FLMS SUN team:
Jennie Cervantes, Family Engagement Coordinator and Food Pantry Coordinator
Glen McClain, JVC NW/AmeriCorps member
In Multnomah County, SUN Community Schools are full-service neighborhood hubs where the school and partners from across the community come together to support student and family success. All schools in David Douglas School District are part of the Community Schools network, and Floyd Light has been a SUN School since 2009. The lead agency coordinating SUN services at our school is El Programa Hispano Católico, a trusted provider of social services that specializes in outreach to the Hispanic community. They can be found at http://elprograma.org/
SUN Community Schools strategically organize community resources to provide educational support and skill development for youth and adults, extra enrichment activities outside of the regular school day, and family and community events. The SUN Site Manager also connects families to social, health, and mental health resources available through the lead agency and within the broader SUN Service System. At Floyd Light, the SUN staff coordinates our on-site Food Pantry (sponsored by Oregon Food Bank), provides academic support and recreation opportunities during the SUN Extended Day, and offers adult education and family strengthening workshops throughout the year.
SUN activities are open to all Floyd Light students. Parents/guardians must complete a SUN Registration form for each participating child before students can enroll in SUN classes. Specific information about SUN classes is available through the SUN Activity Guide, which is released a few weeks before each term. Fall, Winter, and Spring SUN classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis and a wait list is implemented when maximum capacity is reached. With few exceptions, SUN classes are offered at no cost to families and include a free meal after school, two hours of academic and recreational activities, and transportation home by way of the Activity Bus. This year, Fall SUN begins Oct. 3, 2016 and ends Dec. 1, 2016 with no SUN activities on Nov. 14th or the week of Thanksgiving (Nov. 21st – Nov. 24th). Information about subsequent SUN terms, as well as SUN events, will be communicated in newsletters, student bulletins, and via school-wide phone calls throughout the year.
SUN REGISTRATION forms need to be completed annually. Students who already have one on file (from Summer or Fall 2016) are good to go for this school year, unless it is missing information. Students new to SUN will need to complete registration forms before beginning activities. These are available in Spanish, Russian, and English.
Please call the SUN Office (x8744) with questions; our staff are bilingual (English/Spanish) and would love to talk to you about how SUN can support your family. For more information about the SUN Service System, the research and history behind this model, and outcomes at Community Schools, visit https://multco.us/sun.
Need help paying your electric or natural gas bill?
Apply for energy assistance with El Programa Hispano Católico.
For more information or to make an appointment please call our Energy Assistance line and leave a message at (503) 489-6842. Somebody will return your call!
UP COMING SUN EVENTS:
The Food Pantry IS OPEN from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM in the Cafeteria. All are welcome to come! We love to support students and families within the Floyd Light community and also are open to any other members of the surrounding community.
We are always looking for more volunteers to help during the food pantry – if you are interested in helping out weekly or simply on occasion you can reach out to the SUN office at 503-256-6500 x8744. There is an especially great need of volunteers who can speak Russian, Chinese, or Vietnamese.
Here are a few reminders:
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT HOW SUN WORKS:
1. How much does SUN cost? Nothing! SUN is free for FLMS students.
2. When are registration forms due?ASAP, as the priority deadline for Summer Camp has already passed (meaning that students who turned their forms in by that date have the best chance of being enrolled in their top choice classes)
3. When do SUN classes begin? Summer camp runs from July 5th-July 27th.
4. How do I sign up? Pick up a Registration form (parents fill this out– it’s available in English/Spanish/Russian) AND an Activity Guide (which lists the classes we’re offering this term). Both are available in the front office and outside the SUN office.
5. How are students enrolled? It’s mostly first-come, first-served, with a few exceptions for teacher recommendations. If classes fill, students will be placed in their 2nd or 3rd choice classes; eventually, we may institute a Wait List.
6. What does a typical day of SUN look like? Dinner @ 2:40; 1st period class (academic) from 3:05 – 3:55PM; 2nd period class (enrichment/recreation) from 4:00 – 5:10.
7. Is transportation provided? Students who regularly ride the school bus can take the Activity Bus home. Everyone else should be picked up or walk/bike home. The buses will take students to their regular bus stops, but the route may be slightly different as the stops are all consolidated (as needed) into just two buses– North and South.
8. What is “INSERT NAME OF CLASS”? Read the Activity Guide, which includes a description of each SUN class offered this term. If you still have questions, see Ms. Erika!
9. Can I come to just 1st period or just 2nd period of SUN? No. If you have extenuating circumstances, your parent needs to call Ms. Erika, but the rule is that if you’re here for SUN, you are expected to participate in both periods.
10. What if I don’t need help with my homework? There are a variety of classes that offer academic support and enrichment. If you’re doing great in your classes and are able to finish your homework in class or at home, consider signing up for something like Battle of the Books, Brain Games Club, Falcon Helpers, Gardening, or Lego Robotics.