The Waldron Weekly ‘20-‘21

volume 33

Happy National Assistant Principals Week Mrs. Martin!

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Anasazi/Mountainside Online Auction


We're happy to announce that our annual On-Line Auction benefiting Anasazi Elementary School and Mountainside Middle School is now OPEN!! The auction will run from until April 12, 2021. This annual fundraiser allows our families and friends to bid on items and services that our amazing community has graciously donated. All bidding is done from the comfort and safety of your home. Participation is optional and all bids are appreciated.

This Week

Monday, 4/12

5th Grade State Testing

Tuesday, 4/13

4th Grade State Testing

Wednesday, 4/14 - Early Release Safe Place

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Desert Mountain Town Hall

As Principals, we are looking forward to participating with Dr. Menzel in our upcoming Town Hall. The purpose of the Town Hall is for Dr. Menzel, Superintendent, to have an opportunity to hear directly from our constituents regarding points of pride, as well as opportunities for growth. The information that is gathered will be used to help inform the ongoing strategic planning effort as we work to finalize our vision, mission, and core values, and establish ambitious goals designed to ensure Scottsdale Unified School District students are prepared to succeed in whatever they choose to pursue following their time with us.


Let’s show our Scorpion Pride and join me in attending the DM Learning Community event on April 14th, 2021. If you are unable to attend in person, there is a virtual option noted on flyer.

Thursday, 4/15

3rd Grade State Testing


Papa John’s Fundraiser

Friday, 4/16

Anasazi Spirit Friday

Upcoming Events

State Testing is a Go for the 2020-21 School Year

Link for AzM2:https://www.azed.gov/assessment/azm2


As testing quickly approaches, we would like to make you aware of some details in regards to your child and Arizona state testing. Students attending grades 3rd – 5th in the state of Arizona are required to participate in state testing to measure learning growth. This year 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students will take the AzM2 state test, formally known as AzMerit. This test has one writing section, two English Language Arts and two Math sections.


Here at Anasazi, our teachers have worked hard all year to provide our students with quality instruction based on our Arizona State Standards. We continue to develop our students to become lifelong learners and strive to foster a rigorous, compassionate and inquiry based environment to support their success. Some ways that you can help support that learning include:


· Encouraging daily reading and talk about the books

· Asking your student to explain what they are learning in math

· Knowing about the learning successes and/or challenges your child may be having

· Keeping lines of communication open between you and the teacher

Please mark the dates listed below on your calendar. We are always grateful for your help in making attendance a priority, and it is especially important that students attend school on these specific dates. We ask that you please do all you can to schedule appointments on dates that do not conflict with testing dates. If, however, you do have a conflict, please let your child’s teacher know as soon as you know.



These tests are important in that it helps the state and schools determine the current levels of student proficiency in these content areas. In the past, these scores would help determine the state letter grade for each school. However, this year with school letter grades temporarily suspended, these scores will help determine the impact of COVID-19 on student learning; not only at Anasazi but statewide as well.

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April 19 – 5th Grade Testing

April 20 – 4th Grade Testing

April 20 – PTO Meeting 10:30am

April 21 – Site Council 3:30pm

April 22 – 3rd Grade Testing

April 26 - Environmental Request Form due for 2021-22 school year ***optional***

Anasazi Environmental Request Form (Optional) - Due by Monday, April 26, 2021

Anasazi Elementary School invites you to provide input into your child’s classroom placement for the 2021-2022 school year here: Anasazi Environmental Request Form (Optional).


We also value teacher input in this process. As a staff, we devote our expertise and time toward creating classroom assignments that ensure a balance for optimal teaching and learning. We will work hard to match these needs with a teacher and classroom environment that will assist in the overall success of your child. By combining this input, we feel that we can provide an appropriate learning environment for every child.


*This is NOT a teacher request form.

PTO Open Positions for 2021-22 School Year

We currently have the following positions open to chair for this upcoming school year! Please know that PTO is here to support you in each role and even if you are new to the school, you will have a team of support behind you!


This is the list of current positions. Please email Gina Dyer or Ms. Waldron if interested.

Order your EduKits for the 2021-22 School Year

Back to School

SUSD is registering for the Back to School program. This program provides shoes, backpacks, school supplies, and clothing to children in our district who are in need of these items. Please call Luz to make an appointment.


Luz Dicono-McClenny |Community Specialist

Scottsdale Unified School District

10203 E. McDowell Ranch Road

Scottsdale, AZ. 85260
tel (480) 484-4600 X 4614

Cell: (480) 389-8115


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Urgent Reminder

Please keep your child home with any of the COVID-like symptoms, even if your child only has one and you attribute it to a minor cold or allergies.


Plan to discuss with Nurse Renee prior to sending your child to school with any of the symptoms below:


  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

We have a 3.75 hour position in our cafeteria available. Interested? See below.

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  1. Go to https://smile.amazon.com
  2. Login to your amazon account..
  3. Go to your account settings
  4. Then closer to the bottom go to charity and find Anasazi PTO

IB Corner

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This month's IB Learner Profile is KNOWLEDGEABLE.


“We develop and use conceptual understanding, exploring knowledge across a range of disciplines. We engage with issues and ideas that have local and global significance."



  • Here are some great websites to explore with your children…

TED Ed, How Stuff Works, Time for Kids, National Geographic Kids, Simple History



  • Have a family game night...play a problem solving game, such as Jenga, Connect Four, Clue, Checkers, UNO, Monopoly, etc….


  • Combine the 2 activities above and design a new game or board game with your child. What would it look like? How do you play? What are the rules?

Coming to Us from an IB School?

We would love to collaborate with families coming to us with IB experiences from other previous schools. Please complete the following if you have ideas and steps to share: https://forms.gle/yxK4BnKyfPYaZUcy8
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What is a tax credit?

A tax credit is NOT a donation! It IS a dollar-for-dollar reduction in the state income tax you pay. If your tax credit contribution is more than the amount of state tax you owe, the credit can be carried forward up to five years. Receiving this tax credit will allow you to reduce the amount you owe the state or increase your refund. When filing your income tax return for the State of Arizona, the amount you designate to your school will be the amount you may claim as a state tax credit. This payment is eligible for Arizona state income tax credit as allowed by A.R.S. §43-1089.01. Tax credit contributions are non-refundable.


Designate your Tax Dollars to help Students of Scottsdale Unified School District #48

It’s a win-win situation for you and the school! Contributions can be claimed on your Arizona State tax return for either 2020 or 2021.


Complete the form below. Thank you in advance for supporting Anasazi and our students.

COVID-19 Testing and More!

If you are looking for COVID-19 testing, many convenient locations continue to be available.

SUSD has partnered with Embry Women's Health to conduct zero-cost, COVID-19 testing five days a week at our Oak facility at 7501 E. Oak St., Scottsdale. The drive-thru clinic is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. It conducts several different kinds of COVID testing. Results are reported within 36 - 72 hours. Embry also has many other testing locations around the Valley. Find them at https://embrywomenshealth.com/testing-blitz/.

Maricopa County and Banner Health Urgent Care have teamed up to offer COVID-19 testing at no cost to anyone who may have been exposed to someone who is, or suspected to be, COVID-19 positive. Appointments must be made ahead of time online using this link: https://urgentcare.bannerhealth.com/. COVID-19 testing and drive-through flu shots are also being offered at the Arizona State Fairgrounds. Registration is required ahead of time at this link or by calling 844-549-1851. Insurance information will be requested; however, you will not be asked for any out-of-pocket payment or co-pay.

Other community COVID-19 options include:

· ASU Saliva Testing

· City of Phoenix Mobile Testing Sites

· CVS Pharmacy Retail Testing Sites

· Walgreens Pharmacy Drive-Thru Sites


Maricopa County's COVID Parent Hotline

For more questions or concerns about COVID-19, including testing, contact the Maricopa County Department of Health's parent information center at COVIDparenthotlione@maricopa.gov or dial 2-1-1, select option 6 (for COVID-19) and then option 3 (for the COVID Parent Hotline).

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Download SUSD's UPDATED (1/28/21) Covid Response Plan Below:

SUSD'S Covid-19 Related Information

  1. Type this phrase into your browser: www.susd.org/COVID19
  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 www.susd.org/COVID19. This changes as needed, so please check regularly.


Back to School

Everything you need to know about school starting.

www.susd.org/BacktoSchool



Briefings

An archive of the District Office weekly briefings to stakeholders.

www.susd.org/Briefings



COVID-19 Case Dashboard

Our official COVID-19 case count among employees and students.

www.susd.org/Cases



COVID-19 Resource Directory

An A to Z listing of helpful resources related to COVID-19.

www.susd.org/CovidDirectory



COVID-19 Response Plan

Our protocol for managing COVID-19 illness.

www.susd.org/Protocol



FAQs

Answers to the most Frequently Asked Questions.

www.susd.org/FAQs



Incident Command Team

The emergency management leadership team structure.

www.susd.org/ICT



Metrics

The latest SUSD specific metrics to guide reopening.

www.susd.org/Metrics



Mitigation Strategies

Steps we are taking to reduce the risk to students, teachers, staff and families.

www.susd.org/Mitigation



Reopening Status

The District’s status as determined by the adopted metrics.

www.susd.org/Status



Return to Learn

The District’s plan for reopening schools.

www.susd.org/ReturnToLearn



Superintendent Menzel Letters

A collection of letters from Superintendent Dr. Scott A. Menzel.

www.susd.org/Scott



Support Services Newsletter

A collection of newsletters to share resources and contacts for support.

http://www.susd.org/SENewsletter



Survey Results

A collection of results from recent COVID-related parent and employee surveys.

http://www.susd.org/Results

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Older Videos

Spring 2020 Options
Parent Handbook
3rd - 5th Grade
Final Curriculum Night Video

Front Office Contacts

Dijana Schlegelmilch

Administrative Support Coordinator

dschlegelmilch@susd.org


Elise Hepner

Administrative Support Assistant/Registration

ehepner@susd.org


Renee Tosto

Nurse

rtosto@susd.org


Andrea Martin

Assistant Principal

amartin@susd.org


Jennifer Waldron

Principal

jwaldron@susd.org

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BE SURE TO CONNECT WITH US!

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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.