August 1 - Civano School News

TONIGHT - Lower School Curriculum Night

TONIGHT: Tuesday, August 1st will be our Lower School Curriculum Night. If you have a child in grades K-4, attendance at curriculum night is mandatory. What is curriculum night? Teachers speak with *parents on curriculum, routines and expectations—all of which are a great help in getting families prepared for a successful school year.

  • Youngers (K): 6:00 - 6:30
  • Middlers (1/2): 6:30 - 7:00
  • Olders (3/4): 7:00 - 7:30

(*This is an adults only event. We do have 4 middle school and high school students that are offering donation based childcare, across the street at the Upper School this evening. Suggested donation for childcare is $3-$5/child.)

Lower School Homework Club Starts Next Week:

We look forward to providing students with three additional teacher supported hours per week to work on academic activities. Please help support us in this program by sending children who need a quiet academic working environment. We want to be clear that this is not a tutoring program, but rather a space to work with teacher support if needed. Thank you for helping us to promote student responsibility!

What are the students’ responsibilities?

-Students work independently in the classroom on an academic task with teacher supervision.
-Students come with all their materials prepared and ready to work.
-Students bring their own book to read in case they finish their work early.

Who can attend each session?

-All students in grades K-4 may attend any of the K-4 sessions. The teacher on duty does not need to match the student’s homeroom teacher.
-Youngers are welcome to attend the homework club, given they are a student who can be successful in a quiet working environment with little direction. B.J. will

communicate with families directly about ideas on how to make this a successful hour.

How can I sign up my child?

-Reserve your child a space for any homework club time through an email to your child’s direct teacher (not the teacher on homework club duty) by 8:30am the day of the homework club.
-Pick-up your child on time and have a clear going home plan.

Homework Club is Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 3-4 pm.

Mondays: Olders classroom,

Tuesdays: Middlers classroom

Thursdays: Youngers classroom

Civano T-Shirts available to order for a few more days:

If you didn't get a chance to get a Civano t-shirt for you or your child at our welcome back night, it's not too late! Just email Sarah Abbott at with quantities and sizes (we can order youth and adult sizes) by THIS SATURDAY, August 5th. T-shirts are $12 each.

Wanted: STEM Boxes and Science Supplies

We are in need of a few items for our STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) Challenges and we are hoping you can help. These are commonly found items that you might have laying around the house, but when put together make really cool projects!! They don’t have to be new and only donate if you can. It would be great to offer the challenges beginning next week, so if you have these things laying around, we will certainly put them to good use!!

We need:

  • empty rectangular Kleenex boxes
  • unsharpened pencils
  • old CDs or DVDs
  • thick rubber bands
  • jumbo popsicle sticks
  • medium or small pom pom balls
  • toothpicks
  • plastic spoons
  • plastic cups
  • dominoes
  • pipe cleaners, any color and size
  • mini cups (paper bathroom cups)
  • Velcro
  • Index cards
  • Play-Doh
  • clay that doesn’t harden
  • foam balls (any size)
  • straws
  • paper tubes (toilet paper/paper towels)
  • mosaic tiles/glass tiles
  • long, rectangular tiles
  • paper planter cups (like you would use for planting seeds indoors)
  • wood planks (such as an old Jenga game)

Thank you!!


Notes this week:

Dogs on Campus:

As much as we love animals, please do not bring pet dogs onto the Civano Community School Campus. While we strive to be a welcoming community, many pets are not prepared to be greeted by 100+ children. For the safety your pet and our community, dogs are not allowed on campus without special permission. Service animals are exempt from this rule.

Rattle Box Farm:

Rattlebox Farm, located a few minutes from the school, is owned by Dana Helfer and Paul Buseck - Hazel's parents (2nd grade). They grow organic vegetables, melons and flowers. They have a few shares left in their Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program for the upcoming season. You pay $22/week and get a delicious and beautiful box of produce - ALL grown at their farm. They have weekly or biweekly (every other week) shares available. See their website or contact them at or 520.240.6230 for more information. Act fast - shares go quickly!

Zenith Way Art Studio:

Julie Galloway, Civano Art Specialist, is offering after school classes at her home studio Zenith Way Art Studio. The next session will be 6 weeks of clay instruction starting the week of August 7. Participants will learn how to build with clay and explore different glazing techniques. Ages 4-7 meet on Mondays, ages 9-13 meet on Wednesdays and ages 5-9 meet on Thursdays. All classes meet from 3:30-5:00. Cost of the session is $115. Contact Julie at to register.

CivanoArts Fundraising Campaign:

Don't forget to send in your pledge or ask friends and family for their support! Attached are forms in case you need extra. Thanks!

Questions? Ask parent Stephanie Mitchell at

AUGUST Lunch Volunteers:

The online sign-ups for Kitchen Duty for this month are now open (for 8/1 - 9/1). Please consider signing up to help, even if for just one shift. Many hands make light work!

Please note that there is no lunch service scheduled for half-day school days on Wed 8/16 and Wed 8/30. Thanks to all our helpers!

Mark your calendars:

  • August 1, Lower School (K-4) Curriculum Night
  • August 15, Upper School (5-8) Curriculum Night
  • August 16, 1/2 Day, All students dismissed at 12:00
  • August 17, Civano Parent Association general meeting, Upper School campus