The Waldron Weekly ‘21-'22
Dear Anasazi Families,
I want to start off by thanking you for your flexibility as we started this week with our Curriculum Night being held virtually. I hope you were able to find your child's teacher's video helpful. It was great to see some of you during the virtual Q&A as I walked classrooms. You can find the video I made for Curriculum Night here. Further down in the newsletter you can also access Ms. Armstrong's, our IB Coordinator's, video.
The same night as our Curriculum Night, the SUSD Governing Board held a special meeting and voted 4-1 to go back to a mitigation strategy that helped maintain in-person instruction last school year. Beginning this Friday, August 20, 2021, face masks were once again made required for all SUSD students, teachers and staff when they are indoors on district property.
Per communication from SUSD earlier this week:
"The new mask mandate is scheduled to end on September 29, 2021, the date that the new state law prohibiting school districts from issuing such rules becomes official. Should the new state law be determined by a court of law to be unenforceable or unconstitutional, the Governing Board has authorized Dr. Scott Menzel, SUSD Superintendent, to maintain or extend the mask policy until such time that it, in consultation with MCDPH, is found to be no longer necessary to protect in-person instruction. SUSD is in compliance with all current state and federal laws, and is committed to continuing to be so.
In conjunction with this decision, the Governing Board also authorized the Superintendent to work with the MCDPH on a plan to modify the quarantine requirements. More specifically, the proposal is to allow fully masked students who are deemed a close contact, per MCDPH definition, to continue attending school, provided they are not symptomatic. Close contact notification will continue to be provided so that the student and family can monitor for the emergence of COVID-like symptoms."
Thursday night an email was sent to families sharing an electronic version the Request for Accommodation Related to Mask Wearing form. This is not an opt out form. This is a form to document accommodations your child may need and provide documentation to support the request. A team from SUSD will approve or deny the request. *If approved please note that if your child is unmasked and it is determined to be a Covid close contact, he/she may be subject to quarantine, as required by the Maricopa County Department of Public Health.
In closing, I appreciate the support as we all do our best to navigate through these changes. I know many opinions are split, but I hope that we can all come together and agree that we want to keep our school community safe, healthy and in person for learning. Thank you for your continued flexibility and generosity.
Serving your children,
Ms. Jennifer Waldron
Anasazi Elementary School
SUSD's 2021-2022 Calendar
Week at a Glance
Site Council 3:30pm (virtual for those on committee)
Friday, 8/27 - August All-Star Assembly (virtual)
Anasazi holds monthly All-Star assemblies to celebrate students who are demonstrating IB Learner attributes such as being an inquirer, risk-taker, etc. or by showing what it means to be respectful, responsible and safe on campus. Each student at Anasazi is recognized by the end of the school year.
*At this time the assembly is being held virtually and shared during announcements. No students/guardians will be gathering in the cafeteria for the event.
Fall Gifted Testing: September 13-17 and 20-24, 2021.
Registration : Deadline August 27, 2021
Please register online at https://www.susd.org/Gifted by completing the Gifted Testing Request Form.
SPIRIT FRIDAYS: Every Friday we ask students to wear Anasazi spirit wear or our school colors of silver & turquoise. New spirit wear can be purchased here: www.anasazispiritwear.com
Saturday, 8/28 - New Family Coffee
Scottsdale, AZ 85259
Anasazi Upcoming Events
Aug 31 – Portillo’s PTO Fundraiser
Sept 1 – Early Release 1:15pm
Sept 6-7 – District Recess
Sept 16 – District Recess
Sept 21 – Site Council 3:30pm
Sept 24 – All Star Assembly 8:55am
Sept 29 – Early Release 1:15pm
This year's 1st Dine-In or Take-Out Restaurant Night
Join Ms. Waldron, PTO and other Anasazi Scorpions as we partake in some food from the Windy City. Portillo's Dine-In/Take-Out will be held on August 31st from 3 to 9pm. Attached is the flyer plus info on how to order to support this Anasazi fundraiser.
***PARENT/GUARDIAN ACTION REQUIRED***
Interested in purchasing a school device protection plan? Please see the forms below.
Anasazi Family Handbook
Scottsdale Parent Council
From the Desk of our Community Specialist
Hello parents and students, and welcome to our 21-22 school year. My name is Luz Dicono-McClenny, and I am your Community Specialist.
Please keep in mind that we have monthly resources and help for our families in need. You can call me at 480-484-4614, Monday through Thursday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. I am stationed at Desert Canyon Elementary/Middle Schools, ready to help. Please feel free to leave a message and it will be returned the next business day at the latest, or come in and visit.
In the month of October, right before our fall break, we will be offering food boxes. You must be registered with me in order to get the amount of goods your family needs. Call me for details and registration.
I also have a year round pantry I can offer through the Church of the Nazarene, a turkey run for Thanksgiving, Christmas Programs through Vista del Camino Community Center, St. Patrick's Church, and more!!! Please do not pass on the opportunity to receive these blessings. Spots are limited!
Thank you and hope to hear from you soon!
- At this time SUSD schools are not having volunteers on campuses. Anasazi LOVES. LOVES, LOVES our volunteers and we miss you greatly. We will communicate volunteer and visitor changes as they emerge.
- Only items related to academics may be dropped off in the office. No lunches or water bottles are to be dropped off. Students who forget a lunch will be provided one for free.
- Parents/Guardians are unable to eat in the cafeteria with their children at this time.
A reminder that if your child will not be at school for the day, please call the attendance line 480-484-7360.
Reminders from Nurse Renee
Please keep your child home if he or she has any of the COVID-like symptoms listed below, even if your child only has one of them and you attribute it to a minor cold or allergies. Discuss with Nurse Renee prior to sending your child to school:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
Anasazi Kindness Project
This month's IB Learner Profile Attribute is CARING.
“We show empathy, compassion and respect. We have a commitment to service, and we act to make a positive difference in the lives of others and in the world around us.”
We are encouraging the students to take action and participate in our Anasazi Kindness Project. Please talk to your children about the ways they can show kindness at school, at home, and in the community. We will be documenting the students' acts of kindness to see how many we can complete in August. If your child is kind at home, try to capture it with a photo and send it to his or her teacher to be displayed.
Action is a key element of the IB PYP philosophy.
“Through taking individual and collective action, students come to understand the responsibilities associated with being internationally-minded and to appreciate the benefits of working with others for a shared purpose.”
UPDATES from CAFE
FREE meals for ALL – The USDA has extended the waiver to allow for ALL in person learners at SUSD to receive FREE breakfast and lunch daily, throughout the entire 2021/2022 school year! We will also offer FREE after school snacks daily to the students enrolled in after school programs here at SUSD. This means ALL students, PK–12 will not be charged for any meal throughout this entire year.
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.