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Principal's Corner

Dear Carol Rae Students and Families,

Thank you for 5 terrific years as the leader at Carol Rae Ranch Elementary School. This has been a wonderful place to work and learn and I am grateful for the relationships developed and the support that you have given me. I sincerely wish everyone the very best and hope that our current and future Coyotes will shine brightly, share positively, and grow greatly in their knowledge. You are each wonderful and I will remember my time here fondly. Please go forward in your lives with the goal to learn as much as you can and to be positive and terrific leaders!

Gratefully,

Thea Hansen

School Principal's Appreciation Day - May 1st

Thank you Mrs. Hansen for always going above and beyond for our students and staff!

We truly appreciate you! -CRRE Staff

Way to Go Coyotes!

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Q3 6th graders not pictured:

Principal's List:

Scarlett Biggs, Nolan Crotts, Patrick Nobles, Lillie Reiman, Gabriel Waits, Ryker Aeschlimann, Jackson Crawford, Rio Davis, Makenna Johsnton, Preston Milam, Paxton Nelson, Chloe Robison, Andrew Segalla, William Shatswell


Honor Roll:

Brolin Bigler, Quinn Hanlin, Nathaniel Russell, Adalyn Stevenson, Hayden Earnheart, Owen Martin, Victor Roldan Jr., Kingston Soares

Appreciation Weeks:

Teacher Appreciation Week - May 3rd – 7th.

*See below for ideas from PTSO*


School Nurse’s Day - Wed, May 12th


We thank our wonderful teachers and our amazing Nurse for the many ways they help all children!

PTSO Ideas for Teacher Appreciation Week:

Carol Rae Ranch Elementary School’s PTSO is excited to show our AMAZING teachers how much we appreciate them during National Teacher Appreciation Week!

We have some fun things planned and would love for you to join us!

***Participation is completely optional!!***


Monday 5/3: Motivational Monday

Teachers LOVE Post-It notes!! Have your child write a special note to their teacher on a new pad of post-it notes to brighten their week.


Tuesday 5/4: Writing Supplies Tuesday

Teachers do a lot of writing and always need new Expo dry erase markers! They also enjoy gel pens, Sharpie markers, felt tip pens, Ticonderoga pencils, etc. Send in a new writing utensil for your teacher to enjoy.


Wednesday 5/5: Keep The Classroom Clean Wednesday

Help keep the classroom clean by sending in some hand sanitizer or bleach wipes.


Thursday 5/6: Classroom Supply Thursday

Help keep the classroom stocked with other items that are frequently used like tissues, bandaids, Mr. Clean Magic Erasers, printer paper, cardstock, glue sticks, etc.


Friday 5/7: Favorites Friday

Check out the CRRE PTSO website at: www.crreptso.org and click on the TEACHERS link at the top to see what all of your teacher’s favorite things are! Send them a favorite treat, beverage, or small gift card for them to enjoy.

Strings & Band Concerts

They've been practicing; they are ready! Our band and strings students will be performing this month. This is a wonderful opportunity to share a special time with your children. We hope to see you here!


Tuesday, May 4th -Strings Concert @ 6:00 p.m. - in MPR


Wednesday, May 5th - Band Concert @ 6:00 p.m. - Outside Basketball Court

Future Kinder Coyotes:

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PTSO Mtg-May 11th @ 5:00 p.m. **VOTING DAY**

We're voting for Board Members - President, Vice President, Secretary & Treasurer. Please join us if you would like to run.

Academic Night - May 18th

Parents of 4th - 6th grade students, please keep your eye out for invitation to Academic Night from your student's teacher.

6th gr Celebration of Learning - May 25th

6th grade families- important information on celebrating our 6th grades will be coming home.

April 2021 Student of the Month

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Kallie Christensen

Kallie is a role model of character for her peers! She is extremely conscientious in all of her interactions with others. Everything she does, she does with an eager willingness and a smile on her face. She actively seeks out to help and assist others and is always kind and compassionate. She always exudes an immense amount of effort in all she does. We appreciate and love Kallie's sweet and respectful demeanor and bright smile! - Ms. Barnes & Mrs. Cruz

Library Books Due - May 21st

Please make sure your student returns any library books to Mrs. Miller by May 21st.
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Best wishes for a wonderful retirement!

Ms. Stenson & Mrs. Rissi we thank you for all your years at Carol Rae! You will truly be missed but we know you will have fun doing the things you love!
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Nurse's Corner

Dear Parents and Students,


I want to give a heartfelt thank you for sticking with the mitigation strategies put in place this year to stop the spread of Covid. I have been incredibly proud of our students for recognizing the importance of helping to keep each other as well as their teachers and Carol Rae staff safe. They have done a great job of wearing their masks and washing their hands regularly and using hand sanitizer. This has been a challenging year for students, parents, teachers, staff, and school nurses, and yet everyone has worked together to help keep our schools open and kids in school learning. I know we all look forward to next year with the hope that things will be more “normal.” One thing I do hope continues is the feeling of community that we are all working together to keep ourselves and each other safe, healthy, and happy. I wish everyone a great summer!


Warmest regards,


Elizabeth Compiseno, BSN, RN

School Nurse

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The Instructional Coach's Corner

Vacation Ideas: Your family may be hitting the road/air this summer and road trips and/or vacations in general can be a great way to bond as a family while keeping your children’s brains fresh. Here are a few ideas to do just that:

  • Bring along a journal for your child to record their experiences, pictures, and memories. They can make it really special by taping in postcards, pamphlets, tickets, and even pictures. If you encourage them to take pictures, they will love it even more. This will be great practice reading, writing, and being creative all while creating a keepsake forever.

  • Play the ABC game. This is especially fun when driving. Each player tries to find words that start with every letter of the alphabet, going in order from A to Z. The first player to find every letter, wins.

  • License plate game - Players “collect” as many license plate states as they can, writing them down to keep track. You can make it a competition or a collaboration. This can lead into great discussions about the locations of each state and what is known about them.

  • 20 Questions - You’ve probably played it before, but just to refresh your memory: one player thinks of a person, place, or thing. The others take turns asking yes-or-no questions; after each question, they get a guess about what/where/who it is. The object is to solve it in 20 questions or less.

  • Cows on My Side - This is a great game for families driving through the countryside. When you see cows on your side of the road, yell “Cows on my side!” You get a point for each time you call a group of cows. If you spot cows on the opposite side, you can yell “Cows on your side!” and steal a point from your opponent. Passing a cemetery? The first person to yell “Ghost cow!” steals all the other side’s points. Of course, if you’re not traveling in places where cows will be common, you can change the category!

Summer Activities. If you are looking for new and different opportunities you can do with your child or even activities your child can do on their own, here is a great list of ideas that was shared with me. Click on this link: Summer Activity List



Instructional Coach: Kristin Fleming kristin.fleming@gilbertschools.net

From our Social Worker:


Schools, Families, and Social and Emotional Learning Schools, Families, and Social and Emotional Learning


Ten Things You Can Do at Home From Casel


1. Focus on strengths. When your child brings home a test, talk first about what he or she did well. Then talk about what can be improved. Praise specific strengths. Don’t just criticize things that were done wrong.

2. Follow up with consequences for misbehavior. Sometimes parents say things in anger that don’t curb the behavior in the long run. You might say, “Because of what you did, no television for a month.” Both you and your child know that after one or two days the TV will go back on. Decide on consequences that are fair, and then carry them out.

3. Ask children how they feel. When you ask your child about his or her feelings, the message is that feelings matter and you care.

4. Find ways to stay calm when angry. It’s normal to get angry or irritated sometimes. Learn to recognize “trigger situations” and do something about them before you lose control. Try taking deep breaths for a few moments. Consider having a “quiet area” where people can go when they are upset. Or you can just stop talking and leave the room for a while. Sit down as a family and talk about what everyone can do to stay calm.

5. Avoid humiliating or mocking your child. This can make children feel bad about themselves. It can lead to a lack of self-confidence and, in turn, problems with schoolwork, illness, and trouble getting along with friends. Unfair criticism and sarcasm also hurts the bond of trust between children and parents. Be mindful of how you speak to your children. Give them the room to make mistakes as they learn new skills.

6. Be willing to apologize. Parents need to be able to apologize to their children if what they said was not what they meant. Calmly explain what you really wanted to say. By doing this you’re being a good role model. You’re showing how important it is to apologize after hurting someone. You’re teaching that it’s possible to work through problems with respect for the other person.

7. Give children choices and respect their wishes. When children have a chance to make choices, they learn how to solve problems. If you make all their choices for them, they’ll never learn this key skill. Giving children ways to express preferences and make decisions shows that their ideas and feelings matter.

8. Ask questions that help children solve problems on their own. When parents hear their child has a problem, it’s tempting to step in and take over. But this can harm a child’s ability to find solutions on his or her own. A helpful approach is to ask good questions. Examples include, “What do you think you can do in this situation?” and “If you choose a particular solution, what will be the consequences of that choice?”

9. Read books and stories together. Reading stories aloud is a way to share something enjoyable and learn together about other people. For example, stories can be a way to explore how people deal with common issues like making or losing friends or handling conflicts. Ask your child’s teacher or a librarian to recommend stories on themes that interest you and your children.

10. Encourage sharing and helping. There are many ways to do this. Together you and your child can prepare food in a homeless shelter or go on a fund-raising walk-a-thon. You can help out elderly neighbors or needy families. This teaches children that what they do can make a difference in the lives of others.



Michelle Ybarra, School Social Worker

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Are you moving?

This is the time of year when we will start to plan for the upcoming 2021-22 school year. We will begin to review enrollment numbers for existing and newly enrolled students. If your family will not be returning to Carol Rae Elementary for the upcoming 2021-22 school year please email Leslie Garbis at leslie.garbis@gilbertschools.net. Include the following information in the email:


1. Student name and date of birth

2. The name of the school they will be attending

3. Reason for leaving


This information will be used as the parent’s notification of student withdrawal. If your family will be attending another GPS elementary school, you will need to complete an Online Enrollment by selecting Existing GPS Family Registration. This registration process will allow you to update demographic information and select the elementary school. Your online enrollment will be directed to the new campus and they will contact you to complete the registration.

Fry's Community Rewards

Help our school earn funds while you do your regular shopping at Fry's!


Enroll your V.I.P. Card and select Carol Rae Ranch Elementary PTSO as the organization you wish to support. You'll earn rewards for us every time you shop and use your V.I.P card! Funds are sent directly to PTSO on a quarterly basis, so no additional work is required on your part.


Go to https://www.frysfood.com/topic/new-community-rewards-program

May 2021 Calendar

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Have a wonderful summer Coyotes!

Carol Rae Ranch Elementary

Home of the Coyotes!

A+ School of Excellence TM


School Hours: 8:10 a.m. – 2:55 p.m.

Early Release each Wednesday at 1:55 p.m.



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