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Carol Rae Ranch Elementary

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Principal's Corner

Happy holidays to all! You’re busy at home and we’re keeping busy at the Ranch! There is a lot going on at school. Music concerts, after-school programs, fun runs, and, of course, important learning are continuing with much energy. As we wind up these last few weeks of school, I want to thank you for the support you provide in so many ways!

With the many negative stories that we hear in the news, now is a good time to re-visit the mission and vision of our school.

Our Mission: Building a community of compassionate, life-long learners, reaching our maximum social & academic potential as global citizens.

Our Vision: Everyone Learning, Every Day.

Each day during the morning announcements a student council officer reads “Words of Wisdom” that promote kindness, considerate behavior, and treating others the way we want to be treated. The messages touch on all of the pillars of character and leave students with a message or quote to think about and a solution to try.

All Carol Rae students, regardless of race, color, national origin, immigration status, sex, disability, or religion will be educated in an environment free from fear, violence, and intimidation. Thank you for supporting our mission and expecting that your children continue to build a positive school environment for themselves and others. It is a pleasure to watch your children grow and learn while sharing their positive core values. I am so very proud of them. I sincerely hope that your family has a positive, restful, healthy, and happy winter break!

Educationally yours,

Thea Hansen



Thank you, Carol Rae families, students, teachers, and staff! We collected money and food to donate to the United Food Bank and we stomped on last year's record! Our grand total for the food bank is 26,435 cans!

Thank you, thank you for being a hunger hero!!!

Giving Tree - Dec 2nd - 14th

The Giving Tree will be up in the office from December 2nd - 15th. If you would like to help a Carol Rae family in need, please pick up a tag and return the wish list item(s) with the tag to the office by December 15th. Items do not have to be wrapped, but can be if you like.

Thank you for your generosity!

Book Fair is Open until Dec 4th

It's Book Fair Time!

Our Book Fair will run from Monday, Nov. 30-Friday, Dec. 4 from 8 am-3:45 pm. Students may shop at any time during the day or after school. Only parents of K-1 students may come with their child either at their child's library time or after school hours. A flyer was sent home with a link to our online fair and to information on how to set up an eWallet for your child. Thank you for your understanding during these difficult times.

K-1 grade parents: Please make sure to wear a mask and practice social distancing while you are at the book fair.

December's Playbook:

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Strings/Band Concerts

Strings and Band Concerts will be recorded during school and a link will be sent out to the community at a later date. We're sorry but we will not be having outside visitors for this event.

4th gr Musical - Dec 15th

Families of 4th grade parents,

The 4th grade Musical will be recorded during school hours and the link will be sent out at a later date. We're sorry but we will not be having outside visitors for this event.

Jingle Jog - Dec 18th

Please see the schedule below to see the time your child's grade level will run:

5th & 6th @ 8:15—8:45

BB, Kinder & 1st @ 8:50—9:20

2nd, 3rd, 4th @ 9:25—9:55

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From the Nurse: Holiday Break Fun

As we prepare to enjoy time off of school and work over the winter break, it’s important to think of activities that we can participate in that will keep us, our family, our neighbors, and our community safe. Lucky for us, fall and winter are some of the best times to enjoy the outdoors here in Gilbert. Enjoying outdoor activities is a great way to social distance and decrease the spread of illness. Here are a few ideas of outdoor activities that you may enjoy.

- The Riparian Preserve. This is a lovely area to walk around, have a picnic, and make a
game of who can count the most rabbits. For those who enjoy kindness rocks, there are
always some here to be found.
- Drive-in Movies. Grab a couple of blankets, bring some snacks, and cozy up to watch a
flick or two.
-Christmas light seeing. The Gilbert/Mesa area has some fantastic light displays.
Whether in your car, or walking (staying socially distanced of course), this is a great time
to sip on some cocoa and enjoy our winter evenings.
- Put together an outdoor scavenger hunt.
-Tempe Town Lake offers paddleboats to rent. Just don’t fall in, it’s a bit chilly in the
water! This is also a fun place for a picnic, bicycle riding, and watching the cute dogs
enjoying the park.
- Put together an outdoor fitness class that allows for proper social distancing.
- Horseback riding. There are areas around the valley that offer full day and half day trail
- And of course hiking. We are surrounded by some beautiful natural landscape we can
explore. Plus, it’ll help balance out all of the food we will be enjoying over the holidays!
- And last, and not an outdoor activity, there is the reserve on-line option at the
Southeast Regional Library. This fantastic service will allow you to reserve books and
movies for you and your family. You are notified when your items are in and you simply
pop in to pick them up. Keep those kiddos reading over break!

I wish all of our students and families a wonderful holiday break. Socially distance, wear your masks, wash your hands, and stay healthy.


Ms. Elizabeth

School Nurse

Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

Let's Talk SEL:

Parents! Are you wondering what all the talk is about Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and social-emotional skills? Chances are you’re already doing a lot to support your student with these skills! We want you to know that we are doing a whole lot to support students here at school as well. We are implementing SEL activities throughout the day with students!

Why do students need social-emotional skills?

Think of a time when your child had a falling out with a friend or a difficult time fitting in socially. Was there a time you received a phone call from the principal as a result of a situation at school? Has your child come home sad or upset? Maybe he or she couldn’t sleep because of an incident at school? Was there a situation where your daughter or son could not finish a group project because of a problem with classmates?

Unfortunately, students often have these and other types of negative experiences. Parents & Teachers are there to help, but over the long-term students having social and emotional skills can minimize the worst of these experiences and make student’s experiences in life easier to manage.

With social-emotional skills, students can establish rewarding relationships with others, maintain meaningful friendships, and handle difficult social situations. They can manage times of high stress, and during times of anger, keep from launching into destructive actions they may regret later.

Over the next few months we will have a spot in the newsletter which will assist parents in better understanding all that SEL can be. Please feel free to reach out to your teacher or School Social Worker about what SEL is, why it’s important, and what resources you can turn to if you’re interested in doing more at home.

Michelle Ybarra

School Social Worker

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Marquee Birthday Announcmenet

Celebrate your student's birthday with their name on the Marquee! Please click on the link below to view form. You may also fill it out in the front office. Forms need to be in the Friday before your child's birthday.

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