Cougar Roar

Canyon Rim Elementary Monthly Newsletter

September 2022

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The Principal's Corner

Cougar Families,

Thank you PTA for purchasing the new vinyl window coverings. The other three locked exterior doors will also get vinyl over the windows.

I wanted to take a moment to ask all parents/guardians to complete their Annual Update in Infinite Campus. This just means logging into your Infinite Campus account, reviewing your information, and submitting any changes. This ensures that your students' emergency contact information is updated, should we need to call for any reason. The steps to take are listed below if you have questions.

Last week, almost all of our Cougars completed the beginning of the year district benchmark testing. At the beginning, middle, and end of each school year we facilitate district benchmark assessments related to grade level priority standards in English Language Arts and Math in order to monitor student progress. At the conclusion of our beginning of the year assessments, our staff analyzed the results in order to determine strength and challenge areas for our students to then allow for the implementation of intervention and enrichment services for students.

BenQ board installation was recently completed and every classroom is equipped with the latest technology. Our teachers are doing a wonderful job engaging students and learning the cool new tricks.

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!

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BenQ Boards

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Half Days & Early Release Wednesday's

Labor Day NO SCHOOL- 9/5

Early Release Wednesdays @ 1:55 p.m. - 9/7, 9/14, 9/21, 9/28

Half Day Release @ 11:55 a.m.- 9/22, 9/23, 9/30

Reminder - Please Complete the 2022/23 Annual Update

It is extremely important that all GPS families complete the online 'Annual Update' in Infinite Campus every year. Even if your information has not changed you must still complete the 2022/23 Annual Update so we can ensure we have the most accurate information for your student in the case of an emergency. The information you provide is used by the district and your school to directly communicate with you regarding your student, or in the event of an emergency on campus. Please log into your Infinite Campus Parent Portal and complete the 'Annual Update' today!

We are SO Excited for our CR Book Fair. See information Below....

Cougar of the Month Program

Kindergarten- Zyler Williams (D'Arezzo) & Nolan Berry (Brigham)

SPICE- Gio Ricciardi (Mr. Charlie) & Leonardo Lisitano (Crawford)

1st Grade- Sadie Deharty (Ferreira) & Molly Linares (Hadley)

2nd Grade- Azalaia Talamantez (Hines), Alexa Mejia (Kochaji) & Aeris Morris (Shoemaker)

3rd Grade- Leah Delagado (Adamo) & Lincoln Doras (DeVar)

4th Grade- Warda Barta (Holden) & Weston Ballard (Garbison)

5th Grade- Aliyah Romero (Blakely) & Lillian Lucas (5th Grade Team)

6th Grade- Tia Pifer (Sawyer) & Jaclyn Navarrete (6th Grade Team)

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!

September 28th- Sunglasses Spirit Day

Helping Hands Program at Canyon Rim. Click on the link below for a printable version.

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Oratorical Contest Information

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!

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.

September Lunch Menu

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PTA News

Hello Canyon Rim Families,

We are off to another great year here on the PTA. This year we have decided on trying to make some strides in security aspects at the school and the first step is up and working. You may have noticed the front door for the school with our Logo now covering the door. We are excited about this perforated vinyl that lessens the ability to see through the window into the school but provides our staff an unobstructed view of outside. Be on the lookout for other items soon.

In August we had our first Family Night Out at Peter Piper Pizza, and we had a lot of families show up and made over $800! Way to show up Cougars! It was great getting to talk and interact with everyone. We also had our first Kona Ice Day on the 17th, and we sold over 600 Kona Ices! We learned a lot from the first event and are hoping our second one on September 14th goes even smoother. However, it will be PRE-PAY ONLY, so if your student wants Kona Ice for the September event or in the future, please make sure to get that payment in ahead of time. No cash will be accepted the day of the event. We will also have some volunteer opportunities for these events as we move forward so be on the lookout for those. If you are not already a PTA member sign up to get on the list of emails that get sent out for volunteer opportunities.

In September we are kicking off our annual Grandparents Breakfast on the 9th, cookie dough and butterbraids fundraiser kicks off on the 12th, another Kona Ice Day on the 14th, we are having our Menchies and Raising Cane’s Family Night Out on the 27th and end the month with our Walk the Rim event on the 28th. Be on the lookout for flyers and social media posts about these awesome events.

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 and other items so check it out. If your student needs an extra one or you want to purchase one for yourself, they will be up on the store soon. Visit at

Our next PTA meeting is on September 8th, and we hope to see you there to find out what is going on 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