The Waldron Weekly ‘20-‘21

volume 21

From the Desk of Ms. Waldron

Anasazi Families,

How wonderful it was to welcome so many old and new faces to Anasazi this week. We had many returning for the first time in person this school year and even more joining us for the very first time ever. In a year, and even week, that has provided so many ups and downs, it is comforting to know that although covered, the smiles of our students beamed as they joined us for Quarter 3.

At last night's Special Governing Board Meeting, The Board voted to delay the return of middle school students to on-campus, in-person learning until Tuesday, Jan. 19, the same day that high school students will return. The decision was based on the continued substantial presence of COVID-19 in the SUSD community.

At this time no changes have been made at the elementary level and we will continue to greet students in person.

Thank you again for your partnership. I know that even brighter days are ahead and I look forward to sharing them with all of you.

Serving your children,

Ms. Waldron

Spring Learning Model Overview

Please use this correct link for the second semester Learning Model Transfer Form referred to in an earlier weekly SUSD parent briefing.

  • Requesting a Change of Learning Models - During the commitment process for Spring Learning Models, families were asked to select a model for their student for the spring semester. Staffing and scheduling were based on these selections. In order to request a model change, beginning Monday, December 14, families will need to fill out this form and return it to their school registrar. Model changes will be based on space availability. Requesting a Model Change, Spanish Model Change Form

This Week

Tuesday, 1/12

'21-'22 PreK and Kinder Event - 5:00pm

Welcome all incoming Scorpions! Please join us for this virtual event. To RSVP and receive the Zoom link, please call our front office.

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Wednesday, 1/13 - REGULAR EARLY RELEASE - 1:15pm

Regular, Previously Planned Early Release District Professional Development Day

  • All students dismiss at 1:15pm
  • No Safe Place provided
  • Kids Club through Community Education begins at 1:15pm

*If you need Kids Club, a licensed before-and-after school paid program, please visit:

Upcoming Events

  • 1/18 - District Recess - NO SCHOOL
  • 1/19 - PTO Meeting 10:30am

Wednesday Early Release Days

Each month I will add the Early Release dates in a color coded table in hopes to clarify which type of early release day it is - Safe Place or Regular Early Release.

Safe Place: (Newly added Early Release Wednesdays)

  • All students dismiss at 1:15pm
  • Those signed up for Safe Place report to their assigned Safe Place classroom from 1:15pm-3:15pm
  • Kids Club through Community Education begins at 3:15pm

Regular Early Release: (Previously Planned Early Release District Day)
  • All students dismiss at 1:15pm
  • No Safe Place provided
  • Kids Club begins at 1:15pm
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Chromebooks 1:1

Chromebooks should be coming home on a daily basis. This initiative through SUSD is to ensure that every student has access to their school device in case of last minute need to quarantine. Ideally students charge devices at home and bring the Chromebooks to school fully charged so that the charger does not need to go back and forth. However, we understand this habit takes some time.

Becoming a 1:1 (1 student:1 device) school and district has so many positives. We know this is an adjustment period of having the device commute back and forth. However, the benefits are endless. I look forward to sharing tips, trick, uses and benefits of 1:1 in future newsletters.

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What is a tax credit?

A tax credit is NOT a donation! It IS a dollar-for-dollar reduction in the state income tax you pay. If your tax credit contribution is more than the amount of state tax you owe, the credit can be carried forward up to five years. Receiving this tax credit will allow you to reduce the amount you owe the state or increase your refund. When filing your income tax return for the State of Arizona, the amount you designate to your school will be the amount you may claim as a state tax credit. This payment is eligible for Arizona state income tax credit as allowed by A.R.S. §43-1089.01. Tax credit contributions are non-refundable.

Designate your Tax Dollars to help Students of Scottsdale Unified School District #48

It’s a win-win situation for you and the school! Contributions can be claimed on your Arizona State tax return for either 2020 or 2021.

Complete the form below. Thank you in advance for supporting Anasazi and our students.

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IB Corner

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IB in Action from Home

This month's IB Learner Profile is INQUIRER.

“We nurture our curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and research. We know how to learn independently and with others. We learn with enthusiasm and sustain our love of learning throughout life."

Below are some activities that will encourage inquiry.

  • Visit places that spark curiosity like museums, zoos, science centers, or parks. Since it is not easy to physically go places. Here is a list of virtual field trips you can take with your family.

  • Encourage your child to ask questions and wonder. Here is a website where children can ask questions and find answers.

Coming to Us from an IB School?

We would love to collaborate with families coming to us with IB experiences from other previous schools. Please complete the following if you have ideas and steps to share:
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SUSD School Year Calendar Update

Stakeholders have been collaborating to develop school calendar options for the next four school years (2021-22, 2022-23, 2023-24 and 2024-25), in order to bring recommendations to the SUSD Governing Board. We are seeking input on what priorities are most important to our community to assist with this process. Please utilize Thoughtexchange to share your response to this question: "Taking into consideration historically observed breaks (Fall, Spring, Winter and observed holidays), as well as traditional first and last days of school, what is the most important consideration when developing a school calendar?" Participate in the Thoughtexchange.

COVID-19 Testing and More!

If you are looking for COVID-19 testing, many convenient locations continue to be available.

SUSD has partnered with Embry Women's Health to conduct zero-cost, COVID-19 testing five days a week at our Oak facility at 7501 E. Oak St., Scottsdale. The drive-thru clinic is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. It conducts several different kinds of COVID testing. Results are reported within 36 - 72 hours. Embry also has many other testing locations around the Valley. Find them at

Maricopa County and Banner Health Urgent Care have teamed up to offer COVID-19 testing at no cost to anyone who may have been exposed to someone who is, or suspected to be, COVID-19 positive. Appointments must be made ahead of time online using this link: COVID-19 testing and drive-through flu shots are also being offered at the Arizona State Fairgrounds. Registration is required ahead of time at this link or by calling 844-549-1851. Insurance information will be requested; however, you will not be asked for any out-of-pocket payment or co-pay.

Other community COVID-19 options include:

· ASU Saliva Testing

· City of Phoenix Mobile Testing Sites

· CVS Pharmacy Retail Testing Sites

· Walgreens Pharmacy Drive-Thru Sites

Maricopa County's COVID Parent Hotline

For more questions or concerns about COVID-19, including testing, contact the Maricopa County Department of Health's parent information center at or dial 2-1-1, select option 6 (for COVID-19) and then option 3 (for the COVID Parent Hotline).

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SUSD'S Covid-19 Related Information

  1. Type this phrase into your browser:
  2. Select “COVID-19 Response” from the very top of any SUSD web page in the “Channel Menu”
  • Once you get to the section, you will see navigation on the left that guides you through all of the sections.
  • There is a handy index of pages including a brief overview of each section at This changes as needed, so please check regularly.

Back to School

Everything you need to know about school starting.


An archive of the District Office weekly briefings to stakeholders.

COVID-19 Case Dashboard

Our official COVID-19 case count among employees and students.

COVID-19 Resource Directory

An A to Z listing of helpful resources related to COVID-19.

COVID-19 Response Plan

Our protocol for managing COVID-19 illness.


Answers to the most Frequently Asked Questions.

Incident Command Team

The emergency management leadership team structure.


The latest SUSD specific metrics to guide reopening.

Mitigation Strategies

Steps we are taking to reduce the risk to students, teachers, staff and families.

Reopening Status

The District’s status as determined by the adopted metrics.

Return to Learn

The District’s plan for reopening schools.

Superintendent Menzel Letters

A collection of letters from Superintendent Dr. Scott A. Menzel.

Support Services Newsletter

A collection of newsletters to share resources and contacts for support.

Survey Results

A collection of results from recent COVID-related parent and employee surveys.

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Older Videos

Spring 2020 Options
Parent Handbook
3rd - 5th Grade
Final Curriculum Night Video

Front Office Contacts

Dijana Schlegelmilch

Administrative Support Coordinator

Elise Hepner

Administrative Support Assistant/Registration

Renee Tosto


Andrea Martin

Assistant Principal

Jennifer Waldron


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About Us

Anasazi is an International Baccalaureate® (IB) candidate school for the Primary Years Program (PYP).

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.