Cougar Roar

Canyon Rim Elementary Monthly Newsletter

September 2019

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The Principal's Corner

Cougar Families,

Thanks for a great start to the 2019-2020 school year. It's been wonderful to meet and interact with our Cougars and their families. We had great turnouts for our curriculum night and PTA's first family night at Peter Piper Pizza. Thank you to everyone that was able to attend.

Our morning drop-off has been fantastic to start the school year. I have heard from numerous parents how efficient it has been. Thank you for pulling up to the drop-off gate and helping the flow of traffic. Please always use the crosswalks for safety and to set a good example for our Cougars.

I wanted to take a moment to ask all parents/guardians to complete their Annual Update in Infinite Campus. This just means logging into your Infinite Campus account, reviewing your information, and submitting any changes. This ensures that your students' emergency contact information is updated, should we need to call for any reason. The steps to take are listed below if you have questions.

I look forward to meeting our Canyon Rim grandparents on September 6th!

Joe Lopat


IMPORTANT: Annual Update Instructions!

1. Go to the Canyon Rim website:

2. Scroll down to select the icon that says, "Infinite Campus Parent Portal Login"

3. Select "Campus Parent" and log in with your account information.

**Only if you have never used Infinite Campus: Select "New User" and then "Click Here to Create a New Parent Portal Account"

4. Once you are logged in, follow the instructions contained within the images below.

Canyon Rim Calendar of Events

Click here to find out what's going on for cougars this month!

Holidays & Half Days this month:

NO SCHOOL - 09/02 (Labor Day)

Early Release Wednesdays @ 1:55 p.m. - 9/4, 9/11, 9/18, 9/25

Half Day Early Release for Parent Teacher Conferences @ 11:50 a.m. - 9/26, 9/27

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Fall Book Fair!

Friday, Aug. 30th, 7:30am to Friday, Sep. 6th, 3:30pm

3045 South Canyon Rim

Mesa, AZ

Scholastic Book Fair at Canyon Rim is here! Come in and check it out! Open daily from 7:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Book Fair will be open at 7:00 a.m. during the Grandparents' breakfast on Sept. 6th, so don't forget to bring you grandparents to the library!
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Nurse's Corner

CRE is a Latex-free school, as we have students on campus who are extremely allergic to Latex. Because Latex powder can be transferred through Latex and even Mylar balloons, we ask that parents keep the birthday celebration balloons at home. Thank you!

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50's Theme Bingo Night!

Friday, Sep. 20th, 6pm

3045 South Canyon Rim

Mesa, AZ

Come celebrate C.R.E.'s Bingo Night tradition and wear your best Grease-themed 50's outfit!

Only $5 participation fee per person, which includes entry, 8 bingo cards, & a dauber! Student council will be selling concessions (soda, candy, water, snacks) as well!

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Volunteer at Lunchtime to Receive a Free Lunch!

C.R.E. is greatly in need of lunchtime volunteers to help inside with lunch and outside at lunch recess between 11:35 a.m.-1:10 p.m. Any volunteer who helps out during the full lunch period will receive a free lunch that day! If you're interested, please contact Monica Garza at the front office (480-984-3216 ext. 302).

Click on the PDF below for the September Breakfast & Lunch Menu!

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Grandparents' Breakfast

Friday, Sep. 6th, 7am

3045 South Canyon Rim

Mesa, AZ

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Cougar of the Month Program


Kindergarten: Ryan Case (Mrs. Brigham) &

Adrianna Ibarra (Ms. Dooling)

SPICE: Dana Price IV (Mr. Crawford)

1st Grade: Jillian Knight (Mrs. Alvarez) & Jaelyn Gold (Mrs. Livengood)

2nd Grade: Nox Ruiz (Mrs. Beehler) & MaKenna Geng (Mrs. Hines)

3rd Grade: Vincent Sherrill (Ms. DeVar) & Natalie Brusius (Mrs. Adamo)

4th Grade: Ezra Manis (Mrs. Garbison) & Justice McCarty (Mrs. Holden)

5th Grade: Rebecca Brinkerhoff (Mrs. Blakely) & Lucy Brown (5th Grade Team)

6th Grade Team: Brogan Bucknum & Hayden Calame-Ray

All August Cougars of the Month will be recognized at the PRIDE Assembly on 10/04/19.

What is Cougar of the Month?

Cougar of the Month is a program at Canyon Rim Elementary that rewards students who demonstrate the “7 Habits of Happy Kids,” and academic growth or achievement. Each Cougar of the Month receives a T-shirt, recognition at a PRIDE Assembly, and a pizza party with Principal Lopat.

Picture Day!

Tuesday, Sep. 10th, 8:15am

3045 South Canyon Rim

Mesa, AZ

Social Worker Corner

Hello, Cougar Families!

September 9-13 has been designated as Suicide Awareness Week. This month the 5th and 6th graders will be presented with the Signs of Suicide material provided by the district. Please watch for an opt-out form to come home and be sure to return this if you choose not to have your child participate. You can access and review the presentation online at:

Also, I wanted to share that the Heritage Resource Center is now available for dental and financial resources as well as counseling and workshops. Most of their services are free of charge to families in need. They are also offering free immunization clinics. If you are interested in more information or making an appointment, their phone number is (480) 428-5446 and the website is:

If you would like to contact me directly, call (480) 984-3216 x306 or email me at

Kerry Draney

School Social Worker

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New! Visitor Aware Sign-In Program in the Front Office

Click on the PDF below for info on how the new iPad-enabled system is a safer and more efficient way to visit Canyon Rim.

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Spirit Days This Month:

9/05: NFL Jersey Day

09/11: Patriotic Day

*Every Friday is Canyon Rim spirit day, and staff and student participation is encouraged!

A Letter from Transportation

Dear Canyon Rim families,

We would like to thank you for your patience as we refine bus transportation for our students at the beginning of the new school year.

We are aware that there have been issues with buses arriving late to and from school, and a need for additional buses on some routes. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience caused.

Please be assured that we are actively working to resolve these issues. We anticipate significant improvements each day as we refine the routes and processes.

We are actively working to analyze routes where lack of buses is an issue. Our goal is to continue to maximize these routes so that the loads on each bus are more efficient and each school has an adequate number of buses, before and after school. This analysis is ongoing and solutions are being implemented daily.

If you have any specific questions please don’t hesitate to contact our Transportation Department:

We greatly appreciate your partnership as we work together to ensure our students arrive safely and on time.

Mr. Paul Novak

Interim Director of Transportation