Paw Print News

Carol Rae Ranch Elementary

March 2021

Principal's Corner:

Hello Carol Rae Families:

It has been so nice to have our students back and attending in person. We are just about to complete the third quarter of this school year and are heading to Spring Break. Students continue to be busy with academics, activities, and are showing excellent growth! Thank you for helping your child to do his/her very best and encouraging them to show what they know. Attendance is critical. Students that are on time every day, and that only miss few days of school have a solid foundation for building skills. Should you have any ideas or a concern to share, please contact me. I am here to help and would love to hear from you.

In February Mrs. Naumann hosted a Kids Heart Challenge and you helped us raise over $12,427.04 for the American Heart Association! That was AMAZING and we thank you for your generosity. Our PTSO is having one fundraiser this year starting in March. This newsletter contains information about that- we hope you like the choices it brings.

Although this has been a very atypical year, our dedicated PTSO officers continue to meet virtually each month to support our/your school. This small but mighty group work together and, with the support of parent volunteers, contribute in many ways to make learning and working at the Ranch fun and positive. Several officers have been on the board for multiple years and are ready to turn the reins over to some new parent leaders. The PTSO board needs a president, vice president, treasurer, and a secretary. They meet once a month to discuss the budget, make plans for upcoming activities, and to learn more about the school. Please consider being an officer for the 21-22 school year. We need you and will help you if you can give some time.

Thank you all for another great month,

Thea Hansen

Everyone Learning, Every Day!

Read Across America Spirit Week March 1- 5

Participate in the fun this week to celebrate Dr. Seuss's Birthday & Read Across America Week.

Please see calendar at the bottom of this newsletter to see what to wear each day.


Half Day - March 5th @ 11:55 a.m.

Spring Break - March 8-15th


Yearbook Orders Due March 5th

Don’t miss out on great memories! You must pre-order your yearbook for $20; there will not be extra yearbooks available for sale. There are envelopes for cash and check payments in the office. You may also click on the link below to order online with a credit card.

Last day to turn your orders in is March 5th!

Field Days - March 25th & 26th

Make sure you wear your sneakers!

Thursday, 25th: Kinder - 4th grades

Friday, 26th: 5th & 6th grades

Teachers will be needing parent helpers, please keep an eye out for Sign-Up Genius.

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Workout Day - March 19th

Twin Day - March 26th


Spring Pictures - March 30th

Bring your best smile on Tuesday, March 30th for Spring Pictures and a Virtual Class Photo. Order Forms will be coming home; keep an eye out!


February Student of the Month

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"Peyson is caring and kind-hearted to all he encounters at school. He is ready for class and works hard to make sure all assignments are completed and turned in. Peyson is well-respected by his peers and loves to play sports at recess. He is soft-spoken but his words have a positive direct impact when said. It is with great delight to have Peyson Harrington represent Carol Rae Ranch!" -Mrs. Grimmer & Ms. Murray


Nurse's Corner:

Elizabeth Compiseno, BSN, RN

Covid or Allergies?

Many people are suffering from seasonal allergies right now. It you or your children suffer from allergies, it can be difficult to know if the symptoms are due to allergies or to Covid. The diagram below can help with the confusion. You are always welcome to contact me if you have questions on whether you should send your child to school.

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Save the Date: Blood Drive at CRRE - April 8th

We will have a Blood Drive at Carol Rae - parents and community members are welcome to donate. A sign up will be sent out at a later date, keep your eyes open for it.
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New PTSO Officers needed

There will be several openings for the Carol Rae PTSO board for the 2021-22 school year. We sincerely thank the parents that have been on the board for the last few years! Please consider being an officer to keep Carol Rae moving forward with school and community events.

If you're interested in being President, Vice President, Secretary, or Treasurer, please call Crista McEuen at 480-225-1501.

We need you!

PTSO Fundraiser

We are having one fundraiser this year and it runs from March 16th - April 6th. Your child will bring home a packet on March 16th with more information.

This fundraiser will support us in helping the school get PE equipment, educational software, technology equipment, and other support for classrooms.

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Let's Talk SEL:

As a parent, how can I learn more about this and support it at home and in my kid’s school?

There are several ways to support social-emotional development at home. One great way is through the SEL Passport Challenge. Another great way is through books. This reading list includes books on topics such as friendship, cooperation, bullying, dealing with anger, and problem-solving. For parents and caregivers of children ages two through five, check out this Sesame Street–Committee for Children resource on navigating challenges, and if you are a parent of a teen, look into ParenTeenConnect to support your teen with real issues at home. For more information, check out this list of curated blog posts on The journey of social-emotional learning with your child can be fun and rewarding for the whole family!

Michelle Ybarra

School Social Worker

480-507-1359 ext. 1354


Are You Moving?

We will soon begin the process of planning for the 2021-22 school year. Our office needs to know if your child will not be attending Carol Rae Ranch next school year. This information will help us project our classroom needs and to prepare our records for a smooth transition for your children. If you will be leaving, please make sure to contact our front office 480.507.1359


Dress Code Reminder

Title: Student Dress (Regulation)

Number: JICA-R

Adopted: June 7, 2007

Last Revised: February 20, 2018

Student Dress Code

Gilbert Public Schools

In support of the educational environment, the following guidelines have been established. It is an expectation that volunteers working with students will adhere to this policy. These guidelines include, but are not limited to:

· Tops with 2 inch minimum strap-width on each shoulder

· Shirts and tops need to be long enough to cover midriff

· Clothing must modestly cover under arm, back, cleavage, and chest area

· Clothing must cover the undergarments and entire buttocks

· Shorts, skirts and dresses must be modest in length (3” or longer at Carol Rae)

· Shoes must be worn at all times

· Pants and shorts must be worn to fit, no bagging or sagging

Prohibited Items Include But Not Limited To:

· Clothing items identified by a school administrator and/or a law enforcement official as negative or gang affiliated and/or carry the potential to create intimidation and violence.

· Clothing that references drug/alcohol

· Clothing, backpacks, binders, jewelry, or tattoos that displays offensive symbols, inappropriate or negative messages

· Bare feet and slippers without rubber soles

· Shoes with wheels (Heelys)

· Trench coats and other oversized clothing that can conceal contraband

· Bandanas

· Jewelry or accessories that could present a safety hazard

Exceptions for special activities or health considerations may be pre-approved by administration.

Students who participate in required/extracurricular activities, such as athletics, band, chorus, physical education courses, etc. are subject to the standards of dress as defined by the teachers/sponsors of such courses/activities.

School administrators will make the final decision regarding the appropriateness of any student's appearance.

To create the safest possible environment for students and to guarantee that the students' focus is to receive a quality education, GPS finds it necessary to outline expectations regarding student dress code. Questions regarding clothing/appearance issues should be directed to the school administrator.


The Instructional Coach's Corner

Making Ten: For this fun activity, you’ll need 10 pennies. Show your child the pennies and count them together. Then take the pennies, and without letting your child see, place some pennies in each hand. Keep one hand closed and open the other. Your child now has to tell you how many pennies are in the closed hand. Open your closed hand to let them check if they are correct or not. If they are not, show them how to get the correct answer. This simple game will help them learn to manipulate numbers to make ten.
What’s better than flash cards? A Memory Game. Use index cards (or equal sized pieces of paper) to write math facts on. On one card you will write the problem (ex. 9 x 3), and on a second card write the answer/product (ex. 27). Do this for all of the math facts your child is struggling with. Mix them up and place them face down on the table. Have your child turn them over and try to make matches. You can play this with your child or have them set a timer and try to beat their score each day.
The weather is getting warmer and makes it the perfect time to be outside with your child. Go on a bike ride, have a picnic, play a game, and don’t forget to make it a special time to Read. Lay out a blanket, cozy up on a swing, sit in some lawn chairs in your backyard, whatever makes it comfy and fun. Share a book together, take turns reading, or just read independently next to your child. Having your child see you enjoy a good book will go a long way in promoting a love of reading.

Instructional Coach: Kristin Fleming


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Order Your Coyote Path Brick!

Celebrate your coyote with a brink on our Coyote Path at the front of the school! Make your mark! PTSO has order forms in the office or you may find it online at

Small brick (4" x 8"), up to 3 lines of text, 18 characters per line = $35

Large brick (8" x 8"), up to 6 lines of text, 18 characters per line = $65

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