The Waldron Weekly ‘20-‘21
Dear Anasazi Families,
I would like to send you a few updates as we move forward to returning to learn (in person) at the same time that we continue to serve our community/students through the continuation of Extended Distance Learning (EDL). I cannot express enough how appreciative I am for the hard work and dedication of the teachers and staff. As a reminder, students in grades *PreK-2 will return next week Monday September 21st and the following week for grades 3-5 for a full day of live instruction. (Tuesday 9/29 as Monday 9/28 is a district recess day).
I want to take a moment to especially highlight the work of several members Anasazi: First, my partner in administration, Mrs. Martin for her tireless efforts on the logistics and operations/schedules and video edits, the endless work of our office staff (Ms. Diane and Ms. Elise), Nurse Renee for preparing the teachers and staff for a safe return here at Anasazi and across SUSD, the amazing efforts of our plant manager/ and facilities crew, Ms. Lori and Mr. Tyler, who are working through the many changing ‘recommendations’ to get our campus ready for kids to come back safely. Ms. Steil and Mr. Pierre who are working to prepare for lunch and breakfast service for our students. Ms. Sabrina, Ms. Lisa, Ms. Ellen and Ms. Cindy for helping us prepare for the return with too many tasks to list. Last but not least, our school librarian, Ms. Pat, who has been managing materials and student technology, and will continue to do so, once we open.
I truly could not do my job without the help of many people and these are just a few of our Anasazi family members to say “thank you” to at this time. I appreciate them very much!
What EDL and In-Person will Look Like:
I am very thankful for the patience and understanding of our families and students as we have had to make very tough decisions to move some students to other teachers.
In order to provide the same high-quality educational experience for all students, (those returning in person and those remaining online) we have created changes for some across K-5. *Details will continue to be shared via individual grade levels. 3rd-5th grade families will hear from their child's assigned teachers on Monday.
Please understand that with us returning in person, this WILL change the current EDL schedule for students. Information will be sent with the links and schedules as soon as we are able by teachers.
We believe that the models in place will benefit the students when/if they are out sick and/or asked to quarantine for 10 days, as per the parent acknowledgement form found in Parent Vue (see copy below). As a parent myself, I am aware of how often school-age children get sick and we anticipate a bit of a “revolving door.” Because we want to serve students/staff who may be ill or may just have to quarantine; these models will allow students to “follow/join” the EDL class/team and continue the learning, seamlessly. Our teachers are dedicated to working together to be on the same page to ensure students are not missing valuable instruction.
Thank you teachers for your efforts in providing models, plans and next steps. YOU ARE TO BE CELEBRATED ALWAYS!!!
How to Get Answers to Your Concerns:
I know many of you have questions about what the next few weeks will look like. I recorded a “Screencastify” linked in this newsletter and the handbook that will provide many answers. Items discussed include: what drop off/pick up will look like, safety, visitors/parents on campus, etc. There is also a Welcome Back K-2 video that demonstrates the "new" look/procedures for students.
Although it is hard not to see the smiling faces (as we are all masked) it has been nice to welcome children back on campus at Anasazi this week. Kinder Orientation was amazing and we thank our Kinder team. We will continue to miss those that must remain online with the hope/thought that one day we will be able to reunite as an Anasazi community in person. Please know all EDL students still remain Anasazi students no matter who is facilitating instruction virtually.
Thank you for your support. Stay safe and healthy!
Serving your children,
Ms. Jennifer Waldron
Anasazi Elementary School
Anasazi Family Handbook with Changes Due to Covid-19 Below
Community Education Corner - Kids Club and PreK
- Kids Club will not be up and running until the week September 28 and it will go live on the website September 21st.
- There will not be any Kids Club during the weeks of September 14th through September 27. Not on the half day September 16th.
- All Preschool/Pre-K classes will open up for ALL DAY starting on September 21st and CE Parents will be charged at that time for the next 7 days until our first full block begins on October 1st. Breakfast and lunch will be offered starting September 21st.
- All Preschool/Pre-K students will wear masks and all parents will need to sign a waiver prior to their child entering into the campus.
Anasazi Upcoming Events
Welcome Back K-2 - Week of 9/17/2020!
Monday - K-2 Returns
Monday, Sep. 21st, 8:30am
This is an online event.
Wednesday - SITE Council
Wednesday, Sep. 23rd, 3:30pm
This is an online event.
9/28 No School - District Recess
Monday, Sep. 28th, 12am
This is an online event.
9/29 3rd-5th In-Person Learning Returns
Tuesday, Sep. 29th, 8:45am
12121 North 124th Street
Fall Break Oct.5th - 9th
Thursday, Sep. 17th, 9pm
12121 North 124th Street
A reminder that if your child will not be participating for the day, please call the attendance line 480-484-7360 OR notify the teacher within 24 hours.
Getting to Know Anasazi Staff - BEHIND THE MASK
- I spent 1 year studying at the University of Wollongong in Australia.
- I am a certified open water scuba diver, and have been diving with sharks!!
- I have been scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef, the World’s Largest Coral Reef System and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. It was AMAZING!
UPDATES from CAFE
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced that ALL children under the age of 18 will be eligible to receive FREE meals from SUSD Nutrition Services through December 31, 2020, or until otherwise determined by the USDA. This means that ALL children, both SUSD students and those not enrolled in SUSD, can participate and receive free meals through the following:
- All in-person learners can choose their meal at all SUSD schools, at both breakfast and lunch daily. Meals will be at no charge and no qualification is necessary. Just show up, go through the line and you get a free meal, no questions asked.
- EDL and SOL students can pick up 7 days’ worth of breakfasts and lunches at our meal distribution sites each Wednesday from 7 - 9:30 a.m. Parents may pick up the meals and students need not be present. Meals will be at no charge and no qualification is necessary. Just drive up and pick up a week’s meal bundle per student.
- Meals will be distributed at no charge and no qualification is necessary. Just drive up and pick up a week’s meal bundle per student.
Weekly curbside meal pickups (7 days worth) are available each Wednesday, from 7 - 9:30 a.m. at these locations:
- Oak Campus, 7501 E. Oak St., Scottsdale
- Pima Traditional, 8330 E. Osborn Rd., Scottsdale
- Redfield Elementary, 9181 E. Redfield Rd., Scottsdale
- Tavan Elementary, 4610 E. Osborn Rd., Phoenix
- Yavapai/Hohokam Elementary, 701 N. Miller Rd., Scottsdale
- Mohave Middle, 8490 E. Jackrabbit Rd., Scottsdale
- Sequoya Elementary, 11808 N. 64th St., Scottsdale
September IB Learner Attribute - PRINCIPLED
IB in Action from Home
- Encourage your child to play games that involve teams.
- Discuss with your child the qualities of a team player.
- What sort of person would they want on their team?
- When your child wins a game insist that he or she is a well- mannered winner. They might thank their opponent or shake hands with them if it’s appropriate. •
- When playing a game, don’t change the rules to let your child win. Being a gracious loser is just as important as being a good winner
IT Help Desk
Starting Monday August 24, SUSD Help Desk phone lines will be open to assist parents and students with technology questions and issues Monday - Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. For assistance, call (480) 484-HELP (484-4357). The SUSD help desk is closed on weekends.
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Our Mission - Anasazi is a diverse learning community committed to fostering a rigorous, compassionate, and inquiry-based environment, that empowers students to be globally competitive in a complex and changing world.
Our Vision - Empower and inspire each child to become life-long learners, within a culture of academic excellence, creativity and critical thinking, to take action and serve in our global community.