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Carol Rae Ranch Elementary

September 2022

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Sept 5th - No School - Labor Day


Patriot Day Ceremony 9/9

We will celebrate Patriot Dat Day with our annual Flag Ceremony on Friday, September 9th at 8:15 a.m. Parents are welcome to join us on the basketball court. We especially invite our parents and community members who are First Responders and Service Members to join us.


Standard Based Grading

Starting this year GPS will be implementing Standard Based grading for all Kindergarten-6th grade. Families are familiar with Standard based grades in K-3. However, this will now be shifted for 4th-6th grade students. We have attached a Family Guide to Report Cards along with a video that will hopefully help answer your question.

Family Guide to Report Cards


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!
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6th: Stu Co Meeting - after school

9th: Flag Ceremony - Red, White & Blue Day


Second Step Information

As part of our commitment to prevention education and supporting the whole child, Gilbert

Public Schools is offering social and emotional learning, life skills opportunities as part of the

Second Step Program. The program is an evidence based social emotional learning program

designed to support students’ school performance.

Our school social workers have been trained to support facilitation of the curriculum, and are

responsible for conducting the presentations to students alongside classroom teachers.

If you do not wish for your child to participate in the lessons, please complete the parent

permission slip that will be sent to you prior to the start of student presentations. If you choose to have your child not participate, during this time your child will spend time in the classroom reading or doing independent work.

Please contact your School Social Worker, Michelle Ybarra at 480-507-1359 ext. 1354 or if you have any questions or would like further

information regarding the program. Thank you for your support as we work to build a safe and supportive school community.


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Parent-Teacher Conferences 9/22 & 9/23 - more info to come from teachers.

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PTSO Meeting - 9/6 @ 3:15 pm

Donate while Shopping

PTSO participates with many shopping opportunities to give you the flexibility to donate without changing how and what you purchase every day. Check our website for more information about:
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From the Health Office:

Hearing and Vision Screenings

The Who, Why, and When

Identifying students who may be having issues with their hearing or vision is extremely important in order to ensure they are able to learn and develop appropriately. We often don’t realize a child is having difficulty with hearing or vision because they themselves don’t realize there is an issue, or they have learned to compensate.

Grades PS, KG, 1st, 3rd, and 5th grades will be receiving hearing screenings along with all students on an IEP as well as students new to GPS. Vision screenings will be conducted on the same population minus 1st grade. Additional screenings can be done at the request of parents, teachers, or our school psychologist.

Carol Rae is currently scheduled to do mass screenings on Thursday October 20th. Some students will be screened prior to this date or after this date for various reasons. We use two methods to screen hearing which include the Pure Tone and the OAE. The Pure Tone involves the student raising their hand or clapping when they hear the presented sound. We test at 1000 Hz, 2000 Hz, and 4000 Hz. The other method used to screen hearing is the OAE, which simply involves placing a small, soft probe in the outer ear canal and sends a sound out and receives it back. The choice of method used depends on various factors such as age of the child, ability to follow directions, and availability of equipment.

Vision will be screened using the Sloan Chart (letter chart), LEA chart (shapes), or the SPOT machine, which takes a picture of the eye and looks at the eye measurements. As with hearing, the method used to screen vision will depend on various factors.

If a student is referred for hearing they will be re-screened after 10-30 days. A referral will only be sent to parents if the student does not pass the hearing screening for a second time. Vision referrals can be sent immediately. Notices will only be mailed if a student is referred, no notice will be sent if the student passes. However, you are welcome to contact me at any time if you have questions on your child’s results.

Please note that the screenings conducted at school are done to identify students who need further follow-up, these results are NOT diagnostic. As always, if you have any questions please feel free to reach out to me.

Elizabeth Compiseno, MSN, RN, NCSN

School Nurse


September 2022

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Gilbert Gold: SPICE Preschool

We made it to the Gilbert Gold story! Please read about the SPICE Playground Communication Board that was donated to us. Below is a link to the story:

Meal Program Eligibility Benefits

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Carol Rae Ranch Elementary

Home of the Coyotes!

A+ School of Excellence TM

School Hours: 8:10 a.m. – 2:55 p.m.

Early Release each Wednesday at 1:55 p.m.

7:45 - All students must enter through the bike rack gate or parent drop off.