Cougar Roar

Canyon Rim Elementary Monthly Newsletter

August 2022

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The Principal's Corner

Cougar Families,

The start of the school year has been absolutely amazing! All of our new kindergarten students are practicing walking in the hallways and making new friends. I think each one of them views recess as the highlight of the day. All of our new Cougars have been paired up with a friend in class to transition into our school. Teachers have invested time in routines and procedures and our all of our Cougars are meeting those expectations. Time was invested in building relationships and classroom community. Now, we are building on that foundation and slowly getting into instruction and learning.

We have an exciting event coming up during the month of August. Peter Piper Pizza Back-to-School night will be August 19th.

Thank you for your patience at dismissal with parent pick-up and Garden Gate for walk-up parents. Please remember that you need to remain in your car for our car pick-up option and wait for your child(ren) to be called. Make sure your student knows how they are getting home consistently. Here is the list for your reference:

  • Parent pick-up (car riders)
  • Garden gate (parent walk-up or walkers)
  • Back gate (for neighborhood walkers/bike riders)
  • Bus

Our first fire drill is scheduled for August 8th and our first lockdown drill is August 16th. I will send an email after the lockdown drill as a reminder to talk about it when your student arrives home.

Canyon Rim spirit shirt day is every Friday, now you can plan the laundry schedule accordingly. The kids know I'm consistent with a CRE shirt and Vans.

Looking forward to a fantastic year!

Joe Lopat


Canyon Rim Calendar of Events

Click here to find out what's going on for cougars this month!

Half Days & Early Release Wednesday's

Early Release Wednesdays @ 1:55 p.m. - 8/3, 8/10, 8/17, 8/24

Half Day Release @ 11:55 a.m.- 8/31

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Nurse's Corner

CRE is a Latex-free school, as we have students on campus who are extremely allergic to latex. Because latex powder can be transferred through latex and even mylar balloons, we ask that parents keep the birthday celebration balloons at home. Thank you!

Dress Like a Super Hero- Wednesday, August 31st

VIRTUAL Curriculum Nights Schedule: 08/9-08/11


Preschool: 5:30-6:00 p.m.

1st Grade: 6-6:30 p.m.

3rd Grade: 6:30-7:00 p.m.


Kindergarten: 5:30-6:00 p.m.

2nd Grade: 6-6:30 p.m.

4th Grade: 6:30-7:00 p.m.


5th Grade: 5:30-6:00 p.m.

6th Grade: 6-6:30 p.m.

Free and Reduced Benefits!

Free and reduced-price meals and more benefits are available to families who qualify. Please fill out a Free & Reduced Meal Online Application to get started.

August Lunch Menu

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Cougar of the Month Program

Cougar of the Month is a program at Canyon Rim Elementary that rewards students who demonstrate positive attitudes, excel in the classroom, and show academic growth/ achievement. Each Cougar of the Month receives a T-shirt, recognition at a PRIDE Assembly, and a pizza party with Principal Lopat. Look out for your student's name in the September newsletter!

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PTA News

Hello Canyon Rim Families,

We are off to another great year here on the PTA. If you have already signed up for membership to show your support – we very much appreciate it. If you have not there is still time and we are even making it easier again this year by having an online store! You can purchase PTA memberships, yearbooks, water bottle and other items so check it out. We are continuing to be able to give every staff and student their SPIRIT SHIRTS for FREE AGAIN this year! If you student needs an extra one or you want to purchase one for yourself, they will be up on the store soon. Visit at .

We are excited for our events in August. We have our first Family Night Out on Friday, August 19th for our annual Back to School Party at Peter Piper Pizza. We hope to see everyone there to kick off the new year right! We are switching up some things this year starting with having partnered with Kona Ice instead of smoothies this year. Our first Kona Day will be on the 17th. Shaved ice will be available for students to purchase for $4 at lunch recess or an exciting pre-purchase option this year! Be on the lookout for flyers and social media posts about these fun events.

The Canyon Rim PTA is looking forward to a wonderful year and we hope to see some of you parents at our PTA meetings to find out what is going on this year and be a part of helping us decide what we will do for our students, staff and school this year. We all hope you and your families continue to stay safe and healthy. If you have any questions, comments, concerns or want to find out about upcoming meetings you are always welcome to email us at or check out our website at

Steven Weigley – Canyon Rim PTA President

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Easy Ways to Support Canyon Rim

Canyon Rim Families, Are you supporting Canyon Rim through the Fry's Community Rewards, Box Tops for education, and Amazon Smiles yet? If so, Thank You! If not it is super easy - please follow this link for directions on how to get connected through the web or with your phone!

Or use this link and it goes directly to your amazon account, but using smiles and supporting Canyon Rim:

Download the Box Tops app and simply scan your receipts to help give money back to Canyon Rim

Mesa Police Department Presents "Officer Adopt a School"

We are excited to let you know about a new Mesa Police Department program called “Officer Adopt a School.” Throughout the school year you will see patrol officers and detectives on our campus, connecting with our students, staff, and school community.

The Officer Adopt a School program aims to deter violence and crime activity while strengthening the relationship between Mesa Police, our schools, the students and their families. We want our community to know we are there when you need us.

Police officers will begin visiting our campus at the start of the school year and introduce themselves to the staff and students. If you see a Mesa Police Officer at our school, come and say hi. We want parents to meet the officers as well!

The Mesa Police Department looks forward to this new opportunity to serve and protect our Mesa residents.

We are extremely grateful for the positive relationship our school and district have with the Mesa Police Department and look forward to building on this throughout the school year. Thank you for your continued support of our school!