The Waldron Weekly ‘20-‘21
Dear Anasazi Families,
It has been a joy to welcome 3rd-5th grade students back to campus this week. We have had roughly 75 percent of our beginning of the school year EDL families choose to return in person. Although smiles are covered by masks, students were upbeat and ready to be back. These smiles were also met by our Anasazi staff.
We know that many are continuing with our EDL Extended option and we thank you for your patience as we had to change schedules, Zoom links, etc. We try are very hardest not to disrupt the learning routine anymore than we need to. However, these shifts have caused some hiccups and growing pains along the way. We thank you for your patience and flexibility as we continue to navigate these unchartered waters. One thing I am certain of and that is -nothing is certain or guaranteed this 2020-21 school year.
Glass half full from a school administrator lens - This is the longest I have ever gone without a discipline concern being brought to my office in 8 years. Even just counting the days students have physically been back. Continue to share the expectations with your students about school and our new norms - mask wearing, social distancing, etc.
As we enter Fall Break next week, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for a Quarter 1 like no other. We have all really come together whether in person or virtually and it is clear that our commitment to our children and community is strong.
In being transparent with you all - I am needing to step away and focus on self care and being a present mom during this Fall Break. The week of December 30, 2019 was the last time I took a real break from work. Please know that if you email me during this break, an away message will appear and I will return your calls and emails upon my return. I am hoping to come back fully rejuvenated and ready to conquer the next items 2020 brings our way.
A few reminders as we implement the drop off and pick-up routines:
- Walkers/parkers need to meet their students by the playground gate and NOT by the car drive-thru pickup spots. This is a change and done to enhance safety.
- If in the drive through, right lane, you must remain in your vehicle at all times. You can't park and leave the car, get out to help your child or retrieve something from the trunk. This is for safety purposes. Staff is stationed all around to help. Have backpacks, water bottles and masks ready to go.
- Parking can be found on the street - once paved completely or in parking spots not assigned to staff.
- The gates close at 8:40. Class begins at 8:45 and students must be in their seat ready to go. If you arrive and the gates are closed, you will need to park and sign your child in in the front office.
- In the afternoon please have your name placard visible to ensure a smooth pickup line. *3rd-5th families received these next week.
- All parkers and walkers need to use the crosswalk that is painted in front of the front office.
- SLOW DOWN and adhere to the school zone speed please.
Wishing you all a wonderful Fall Break. School resumes on Monday, October 12th.
Serving your children,
Ms. Jennifer Waldron
Anasazi Elementary School
***PARENT ACTION REQUIRED***
Anasazi Upcoming Events
FALL BREAK 10/5 - 10/9
***I do not have a specific time as of yet. Please know this may open on ParentVue in the afternoon or after school on the 14th.
Thursday, 10/15 - EDL Q2 Material Pick-Up
We will have our Anasazi Q2 EDL material pick up on Thursday 10/15 from 3:45- 4:30pm. More information to come.
Parent/Teacher Virtual Conferences - 10/21-10/23
Getting to Know Anasazi Staff - BEHIND THE MASK
- I love to travel.
- You meet some very interesting people when you travel.
- I got a Smokey the Bear for Christmas when I was 5 and never went to bed without it until H.S. I gave it to my daughter when she was 3 and she never went to bed without it until college.
SUSD'S Covid-19 Related Information
- Type this phrase into your browser: www.susd.org/COVID19
- 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 www.susd.org/COVID19. 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.
Steps we are taking to reduce the risk to students, teachers, staff and families.
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.
A collection of results from recent COVID-related parent and employee surveys.
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.
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
Welcome Sara Armstrong - New IB Coordinator
Sara Armstrong is a seasoned IB educator and accreditation coordinator. Ms. Armstrong is originally from Michigan but lived in Sweden for 14 years with her Swedish husband and daughter. During that time, she worked at an IB accredited international school where she taught in the PYP and with MYP learning support. She also served as the school’s Council of International Schools accreditation coordinator. Ms. Armstrong has a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and a Master’s degree in Education.
In 2017, her family decided to move to Arizona to be closer to Ms. Armstrong’s parents. Since moving to Scottsdale, she has worked at the International School of Arizona teaching middle school English and Social Studies. During this time, Ms. Armstrong greatly missed being a part of the IB community and was thrilled to learn that a coordinator position existed here in Arizona. She is very excited to be joining our team!
In Ms. Armstrong’s free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and traveling. Her email is email@example.com. Please do not hesitate to contact her with any questions about the IB. She is looking forward to getting to know everyone in our community.
IB in Action from Home
This month's IB Learner attribute focus is OPEN-MINDED.
Watch Jamie Camil read Zombies Don’t Like Veggies written by Megan and Jorge Lacera.
After watching discuss:
Which characters were not being open-minded?
Were the parents willing to change their mind as the story progressed?
What does being open-minded look like? What does it sound like?
Why does being open-minded matter?
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.
BE SURE TO CONNECT WITH US!
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.