The Waldron Weekly ‘20-‘21

volume 12

Principal's Update

Dear Anasazi Families,

How great it was to see so smiling faces return to Anasazi after our Fall Break. We all hope you had a wonderful week away. Now that we are back, we are getting back into the new school routines for this school year. Thank you for your patience as we get acclimated to these changes.

A reminder that this upcoming week brings us three early release days (Wednesday - Friday). Please make sure that your child knows where to go at the 1:15pm dismissal these days. Early Release at 1:15 p.m. for all K-5 students on 10/21, 10/22 & 10/23 are in place to allow time for teachers to conference virtually with parents. If you have questions regarding you child's conference, please reach out to the classroom teacher.

SUSD Calendar Change

Second Quarter Early Release Days Cancelled: All Schools, All Grades

Our 10/28 & 11/18 Early Release days are cancelled in order to optimize student instructional time. Students will attend school 10/28 and 11/18 and follow their typical 2nd quarter schedule (8:45am-3:15pm) instead of an early release on these days.

As we enter into Quarter 2, please make sure to complete the Covid Acknowledgement form below. THIS IS NEEDED FROM EVEY FAMILY RETURNING IN PERSON TO ANASAZI. Also, I will continue to keep the SUSD Covid related links and resources in the weekly newsletter so that you have quick access to information that is updated regularly.

As Fall approaches, many are starting to ask about classroom parties, treats, etc. Unfortunately, due to our current circumstances, we kindly ask that no food or treat bags be provided to classes. There are several reasons for this. One being that we are not open to visitors even for drop offs of materials or goodies. Also, not everyone's comfort level is the same in regards to Covid. That being said - community foods or items packaged outside of school will not be passed out to students. Thank you for understanding as we know this is a huge change for all of us.

As always, thank you for your partnership during this time and always. It is an honor to serve your children.


Ms. Jennifer Waldron


Anasazi Elementary School


Please complete the Covid Parent Acknowledgement form electronically in ParentVue before your child returns to learn in person. A copy is attached below:

Transportation Forms to Complete in Order to Ride Bus

Please see the following forms for transportation needs. You can find information here as well.

Anasazi Upcoming Events


Early Release 10/21, 10/22 & 10/23

Wednesday, 10/21 Early Release 1:15pm

  • SITE Council - 3:30pm
  • Scottsdale Parent Council - 6pm

Thursday, 10/22 Early Release 1:15pm

10:30 - PTO Meeting (see virtual meeting info below)

Friday, 10/23 Early Release 1:15pm

Upcoming PTO Meeting Information

PTO October Meeting

Time: Oct 22, 2020 10:30 AM

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 723 0458 8853
Passcode: AnasaziPTO

Scottsdale Parent Council Updates

  • The next General Meeting is on Wednesday, 9.21 at 6 pm. It will be a zoom call. Please remember that everyone needs to register for the meeting. After you register you will be given the zoom link.
  • Dr. Menzel and Dr. Sackos will be attending. If you’d like to submit a questions for Menzel’s Q & A
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Second Quarter Early Release Days Cancelled: All Schools, All Grades

  • 10/28 & 11/18 Early Release cancelled.
  • In order to optimize student instructional time, students will attend school 10/28 and 11/18 and follow their typical 2nd quarter schedule instead of an early release on these days.

Note from our Community Specialist

Please reach out if I can support you and your family in anyway. There are several programs available with the holidays approaching and I am here to help. See my contact information below:

Luz Dicono-McClenny |Community Specialist

Scottsdale Unified School District

tel (480) 484-7000 X 4614

Getting to Know Anasazi Staff - BEHIND THE MASK

Mrs. Gates - Special Education

  • I am a former figure skater. When the Ice Den is open, I might be skating.
  • I love to dance and play music.
  • When I'm not teaching, I probably have music playing. My favorite musician is the artist: PINK. She's amazing on and off of the stage. I am a huge fan of most genres, including modern country.
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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.


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.

The Oasis

The Oasis – SUSD’s home for Self-Care, Support, and Stillness houses fun, exciting, and engaging activities, all geared towards refreshing your mind and bringing you to a place of peace and wonder. The link will take you to the family resources.
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Nutritional Services


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
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IB Corner

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 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?

Zombies Don't Eat Veggies! read by Jaime Camil

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.

Older Videos

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.