The Lion's Share

November 2019

Message from the Principal:

Dear Settler's Point Families,


You may have heard the GREAT news!! Settler's Point was just recently awarded with the prestigious “A” ranking by the Arizona Department of Education. The teachers, staff, parents and students have worked tirelessly to earn this distinction. This is the first time that we have earned this ranking at Settler's Point since 2014. The exceptional growth from last year's grade is unprecedented in the Gilbert district.


Arizona’s A-F Accountability System was designed to empower schools to achieve and increase success for their students. The system provides districts and schools feedback on areas of strength and those that may need additional focus and enrichment. The system is intended to help schools and districts improve student outcomes, communication with parents to better understand how their school is performing, and to help identify schools and districts that may be in need of support.


Schools earn a letter grade based on a range of metrics including:

● Proficiency in English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science

● Growth in English Language Arts and Mathematics

● Proficiency and Growth of English Language Learners

● Acceleration and Readiness Measures, consisting of several items including reduction of chronic absenteeism and the improved growth of subgroups


Every year beginning in 2017, each elementary, junior high, and high school will receive a Letter Grade. These designations will use quantitative and qualitative data to assess performance. The Letter Grades used are as follows: A = Excellent B = Highly Performing C = Performing D = Minimally Performing F = Failing


As you can imagine, we are celebrating our hard work and putting a plan in place to continue this high achieving momentum. If at any point there is something that I can do to help, please do not hesitate to ask!


My sincerest gratitude,


Robert Bircher


Very Proud Principal

Upcoming Events:

11/5 - Picture Retakes @ 10:30

11/6 - Early Release @1:55pm; STEM Club Parent Meeting @ 6:00; Talent Show Practice @2:15

11/8 - Veteran's Day Program 9am; 5th Grade to AZ Science Center @ 9:00

11/11 - No School-Veterans Day

11/12- School Council @ 3:30

11/13- Progress Reports Home; 1:55 Release; Talent Show Practice @ 2:15

11/14- Game Truck for Cookie Dough Fundraiser Winners @ 12:00

11/15- Field Day for grades 3-5 @ 9:15

11/18-Talent Show Dress Rehearsal @ 3:15; Muttigree's Club @ 3:00

11/19 - Talent Show @ 6:00

11/20 - Half Day Release @ 11:55am

11/21 - Strings Concert 6pm, Band Concert 7pm; Dad's Club Meeting @ 7:00 @ 12 West Brewing Company

11/27-11/29- No School-Thanksgiving

News from the Dads' Club:

Registration flyers for the First Annual Cosmic Bingo will be coming home with students next week!!!
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News from the Nurse:

News from the PTSO:

Settler’s Point Fall Carnival was a huge success!
We know we couldn’t have pulled off an event this huge without the love and support that poured in from you, the parents & staff, in the form of donations and volunteer hours! Many “thanks” to each of you.
The spookiest trunk or treat was chosen!
Usrey’s Monster Mystery Truck
Ence’s Alice in Wonderland Tea Party
Torstenson's Hocus Pocus
Honorable mention: Thomas’ Football Fanatic
Watch for upcoming events and other ways to support our Settler’s Point Pride!!
Next PTSO meeting: Nov 7th @3:15 in the library.

Thank you.

Music News:

Settler’s Point Elementary School will hold its annual Veterans’ Day Ceremony on Friday, November 8th, 2019 at 9:00 am. We will be honoring those who have served in the armed forces and their families. The ceremony will be held in the multi-purpose room.


Fourth grade students will be performing a music program. We encourage all parents and families of the 4th Graders and Veteran’s to attend. We would like to invite any veteran’s who are related to the students at our school and in our school community neighborhood to come to this presentation so that we may show our respect and recognize their service.


All veteran’s need to call the office at 507-1481 x 304 to RSVP to provide special seating.
The program will include a Flag Ceremony. ALL STUDENTS are encouraged to wear RED, WHITE, and BLUE, as part of the school spirit day activities. If your student belongs to the Girl or Boy Scouts, they are invited to wear their uniform to school that day.


We look forward to recognizing and honoring all American Heroes at our school that day.