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Principal's Corner

Greetings Carol Rae Ranch Elementary Community,

My name is Chris Birgen and I want to take this opportunity to introduce myself as the new principal of Carol Rae Ranch Elementary School. I am excited to be a part of the Coyote community and I look forward to building a strong partnership between school and home. For the past 23 years I have worked as a teacher and school administrator in Gilbert Public Schools. I look forward to getting to know your children as we will be spending a lot of time together. I will work to make sure that they feel valued and a part of the Carol Rae Ranch Elementary learning community!

The Carol Rae Ranch community is a special place, proud in tradition and community engagement. My goals are to continue to work diligently with parents, faculty, and students to foster an environment that promotes a child centered instruction, academic excellence, community involvement, and consistent communication. I am committed to working in collaboration with you to develop and implement a shared vision for our community school.

I am a native of South Dakota, but my roots run deep in Gilbert where I have learned to call Arizona home. My wife Dawn and I have been married for twenty-three years. She is the owner of Luxe Windshield Replacement Company located in the east valley. Our daughter Ella has been educated in Gilbert Public Schools and is currently a junior at Highland High School. As a family, we enjoy sporting events and outdoor activities. Go Vikings!! :)

I am a graduate of Northern State University (BA Education/Special Education) and Northern Arizona University (MA Elementary Education and Educational Leadership). Much of my experience has been teaching junior high students with special needs. I have been a Gilbert Public Schools administrator for thirteen years: (3) as an assistant principal, (10) as an elementary principal.

I am very excited to be at Carol Rae Ranch Elementary and I am honored to be the new principal. I am looking forward to meeting you and your children. I invite you and introduce yourself. In the coming days, please look out for a communication regarding the beginning of the school year.


Chris Birgen


Carol Rae Ranch Elementary

Teacher Welcome Emails, 7/30 @ 3:00 p.m.

*Please note time change*

Teachers will send out welcome emails on Friday, July 30th after 3:00. With their email you'll find out who your child's teacher will be as well other important information.

Open House - Aug 2nd

Please come by on Monday, August 2nd to meet your teacher, new classmates, and see your classroom. We will have Leo's Ice Cream Cart on campus for you to cool off. 20% of the profit will come back to our school. Thank you for your support!

Below is the schedule:

Students with last name A - L from 5:30 - 6:15 p.m. &

M - Z from 6:15 - 7:00 p.m.

School Supply Lists

You can find supply lists, by grade, on our website and by clicking on the link below:

Annual Update for 2021/22

If you haven’t already, it is time to complete the online ‘Annual Update’ to prepare for the new school year. The ‘Annual Update’ in Infinite Campus allows you to tell us of any updates to your contact information, address changes, and updates to emergency contacts.

In order to ensure we can communicate with you regarding your student, or in case of emergency, it is essential that we have your up-to-date contact details. Please log in to your Infinite Campus parent portal and complete your student’s ‘Annual Update’ today. Even if your contact information hasn't changed, please log in to complete.

To log in to Parent Portal:

For instructions on how to log in to Infinite Campus and troubleshooting:

Birthday Treats

If your student would like to share treats with their classmates on their birthday, they must be store bought. Due to safety measures there can not be any homemade treats. When at all possible, please send these with the student in the morning.

Curriculum Nights 8/23 - 8/26

More information to come regarding our Curriculum Nights. Please plan on attending as this is an important meeting to learn about what your student will be learning in class. The schedule is as follows:

Monday, Aug. 23rd: 6th gr @ 5:30 p.m. and 3rd gr @ 6:20 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 24th: 1st gr @ 5:30 p.m. and 4th gr @ 6:20 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 25th: 2nd gr @ 5:30

Thursday, Aug. 26th: Kinder @ 5:30 p.m. and 5th gr @ 6:20 p.m.

Drop off/Pick-up Procedures

Please remember these parking lot procedures when picking up and/or dropping off your students. There will be long lines during these times, please be patient.
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Marquee Birthday Announcements

You can celebrate your student's birthday with an announcement on our marquee for a $5 donation. You may find the request form on our website (under Carol Rae Announcements) or in the front office. The Request Form and payment need to be in to the front office by the Friday before the birthday.

Nutrition Services Information

Gilbert Public Schools receives important additional Federal funds based on income guidelines directly related to student free & reduced lunch eligibility. Taking the time to complete a GPS Free & Reduced Lunch Application means our schools can continue providing important additional academic support and services for students (even if your child decides not to participate in the lunch program). Thank you for taking the time to complete an online application and to help ensure our school and receives its fair share of Federal funds.

Gilbert Public Schools

August 2021 Calendar

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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.

*A+ School of Excellence is a trademark or service mark of the Arizona Educational Foundation and is used by permission.