The Round-Up

The Sonoma Ranch Elementary School Principal's Newsletter

Year 5 Issue 190

2020 May 21
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We Engage We Educate We Inspire

For the last several days I have been searching for the words to use to sum up the 2019-2020 school year. I feel like this year has had two parts, before COVID-19 closure and during COVID-19 closure. Every school year is filled with success, and this year is no different.

We had completed three quarters of the school year before COVID-19 closure. We started the year with Meet the Teacher Night, enjoyed Grandparents Day, Veterans' Day, and had lots of dress-up days. We had musical performances. We crushed a Color Fun Run, celebrated Halloween, and enjoyed Read Across America Week. Each month we acknowledged our students' success at Stampedes.

During the COVID-19 closure, we have continued our successes. Each and every teacher developed a webpage and a Google classroom. They learned and implemented online classrooms through Zoom and WebEx. We had three parades throughout our community. Our students adjusted to monitoring their work virtually and attending class remotely. Our families adjusted their lives to allow their students to continue to engage in a new type of school. We just completed our first reverse parade to celebrate our 6th graders!

I am proud of how the Sonoma Ranch community has adapted and adjusted to remote learning and schools being closed. It has not been easy. But despite all the challenges we have remained Stallion Strong! As a community, we continued to honor our mission to engage, to educate, and to inspire.

Changes at the Ranch

With the year coming to a close we want to thank a few special people one last time who will not be returning to the Ranch next year. We wish Mrs. Short all the best as she transitions to Towne Meadows as their full-time social worker for next year. We wish Mrs. Soudani well as she and her family relocate to Iowa.

We also celebrate the outstanding careers of Mrs. Shaffer and Mrs. Dawn as they bring to a close their last year as teachers. We wish them nothing but the best in retirement!

We look forward to Mr. Ramos in his somewhat new role as our full-time social worker for next year and Mrs. Sanders' transition from the classroom into the library as our new librarian.

Ms. Lawson and Mrs. Paschal have already begun planning for their new roles as 3rd-grade teachers for next year.

We also welcome four new teachers to the Ranch. Ms. Molly Weber joins our SPICE team as the new Intermediate SPICE II teacher. Ms. Rachel Beerck joins Mr. McKinzie as our new 6th grade teacher. Ms. Nicole Clements joins Mrs. Howard and Ms. Church as our new 5th grade teacher. Mrs. Michelle Miranda joins Ms. Lawson and Ms. Paschal as our new 3rd grade teacher. We are super excited to have such a stellar group of teachers joining the faculty at Sonoma Ranch! They will do great things I am sure!

PTSO news

Our PTSO had a super successful year as well! They are already making plans for next year. We look forward to working with these amazing parent volunteers next year:


Chad Kerby

Elizabeth Reich

Co- Vice Presidents:

Ellie Burnett

Erica Smith


Tim Roan


Devin Webb

Kristin Clark

Yearbooks are delayed

  • We learned this week that our yearbook shipment is delayed as a result of the production plant being closed due to COVID-19 closures
  • We do not yet have an estimated delivery date
  • Once we receive the yearbooks we will arrange for you to be able to pick them up
  • If you have questions, please contact Mr. Kelly at

Summer and the 2020-2021 School Year

This is the last Round-Up for this year. Summer begins for students today and for staff on Friday. Gilbert Public Schools has a number of opportunities for families this summer. There is a flyer below you might want to check out. There is a camp for the month of June which will blend online summer school with our PreK-8th grade camp structure. Students will be able to attend camp on any high school campus, complete online course work from 9 am- 12 pm each day with a facilitator in the room, and then enjoy camp opportunities until 4 pm each day. This blended model will support the transition of any student academically for the next grade level while also giving them access to experiences in STEM, virtual field trips, culinary competitions, arts/crafts, and a variety of other activities. Registration information is available here:

As I write this, we have no real idea what next year will look like. Gilbert Public Schools, and Sonoma Ranch, are putting plans in place to adjust and adapt to whatever the fall may bring. These are unprecedented times and as information is available, I will share it out to the Sonoma Ranch community. If you have specific questions, please do not hesitate to email me at

I wish you all an amazing and restful summer. As always, please remember to

Be Safe!

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Colin M. Kelly,


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