The Waldron Weekly ‘20-‘21

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Principal's Update

Dear Anasazi Families,

Thank you to all families who were able to participate in parent/teacher conferences this week. I hope you found the information helpful and know that we take great pride here at Anasazi on building strong partnerships with families in order to provide the best educational experience for your children.

SUSD Calendar Change

Second Quarter Early Release Days Cancelled: All Schools, All Grades

Our 10/28 & 11/18 Early Release days are cancelled in order to optimize student instructional time. Students will attend school 10/28 and 11/18 and follow their typical 2nd quarter schedule (8:45am-3:15pm) instead of an early release on these days.

As we enter into Quarter 2, please make sure to complete the Covid Acknowledgement form below. THIS IS NEEDED FROM EVEY FAMILY RETURNING IN PERSON TO ANASAZI. Also, I will continue to keep the SUSD Covid related links and resources in the weekly newsletter so that you have quick access to information that is updated regularly.

As Fall approaches, many are starting to ask about classroom parties, treats, etc. Unfortunately, due to our current circumstances, we kindly ask that no food or treat bags be provided to classes. There are several reasons for this. One being that we are not open to visitors even for drop offs of materials or goodies. Also, not everyone's comfort level is the same in regards to Covid. That being said - community foods or items packaged outside of school will not be passed out to students. Thank you for understanding as we know this is a huge change for all of us.

This school year we will be having a costume party at Anasazi on 10/30. This is an optional event for both in person and EDL students. Please come in your favorite story book character outfit or a fun costume that is school appropriate. We ask that students come to school dressed up and ready. Please no blood, gore, scary masks, toys perceived as weapons, etc.

We hope this event will bring some extra smiles to the children as we close the month of October.

In closing, I want to let you know that I was gifted with a beautiful binder full of letters and pictures from every student and staff member today in recognition of National Principals Month - I've included a picture below. I can't put in to words how touched I was receiving this. The pictures and words written by your children brought me so much joy. At times I had to stop reading because I would start to cry. This is something I will forever treasure. Thank you for letting me a part of their learning journey. It is an honor to serve them.


Ms. Jennifer Waldron


Anasazi Elementary School

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Please complete the Covid Parent Acknowledgement form electronically in ParentVue before your child returns to learn in person. A copy is attached below:

Anasazi Upcoming Events

Wednesday, 10/28 FULL DAY

  • Welcome Wednesdays 9am - Virtual tours and zoom meetings for potential new families. Have someone interested in joining Anasazi? Have them call the office and we will provide the Zoom link and password for a virtual presentation and tour.

Friday, 10/30

  • Anasazi Costume Party - This optional event is for students wanting to wear costumes or story book character outfits to school for the day. Please ensure the outfits are school appropriate.
  • Mr. Pierre's last day. Wishing him the best during retirement! Thank you for an amazing 11 years in the cafeteria.
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Second Quarter Early Release Days Cancelled: All Schools, All Grades

  • 10/28 & 11/18 Early Release cancelled.
  • In order to optimize student instructional time, students will attend school 10/28 and 11/18 and follow their typical 2nd quarter schedule instead of an early release on these days.

Note from our Community Specialist

Please reach out if I can support you and your family in anyway. There are several programs available with the holidays approaching and I am here to help. See my contact information below:

Luz Dicono-McClenny |Community Specialist

Scottsdale Unified School District

tel (480) 484-7000 X 4614

Getting to Know Anasazi Staff - BEHIND THE MASK

Mrs. Coates/Ms. Wilson - 5th Grade

  1. I’ve lived in OH, NJ, AR, and AZ.
  2. I have a little dog named Daisy.
  3. I was fortunate enough to get married in March before everything shut down!
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SUSD'S Covid-19 Related Information

  1. Type this phrase into your browser:
  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 This changes as needed, so please check regularly.

Back to School

Everything you need to know about school starting.


An archive of the District Office weekly briefings to stakeholders.

COVID-19 Case Dashboard

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

COVID-19 Resource Directory

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

COVID-19 Response Plan

Our protocol for managing COVID-19 illness.


Answers to the most Frequently Asked Questions.

Incident Command Team

The emergency management leadership team structure.


The latest SUSD specific metrics to guide reopening.

Mitigation Strategies

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

Reopening Status

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

Return to Learn

The District’s plan for reopening schools.

Superintendent Menzel Letters

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

Support Services Newsletter

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

Survey Results

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

Take a Breath

Everyone, adults and children alike, has the capacity to feel multiple emotions at once. We experience changing emotions frequently. I’m sure you’ve also found yourself in a similar situation. It’s overwhelming and exhausting. You may be experiencing this rollercoaster of emotions right now. It’s important to show yourself grace. You are processing a great deal of changing emotions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. None of us have dealt with something like this before. Allow yourself the space to feel what comes your way.

One way to care for ourselves is to just sit still and breathe. “Star Breathing" is a deep breathing technique for all to try. Hold one hand in front of you with your fingers spread apart. Keep your palm facing outward. Use the pointer finger of your opposite hand. Begin to trace the outline of your hand. Start with the outside of your thumb. As you trace your thumb, inhale through your nose until you reach the very top of it. Trace from the top of your thumb to the valley between it and your pointer finger. Exhale through your mouth. Repeat this process, moving at your own pace. Inhale and exhale slowly as you trace each finger. When you reach the outer edge of your pinky, you may need more time to breathe. Begin tracing from the outer edge of your pinky finger all the way back to the outer edge of your thumb. When you are finished, take inventory of how you feel.


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Notes from Nurse Renee

Just a reminder: Masks should be washed regularly and worn for just one school day. Our Anasazi students are active and their masks are getting soiled, inside and outside.

  • Include your mask with your regular laundry
  • Use regular laundry detergent and the warmest appropriate water setting for the cloth used to make the mask
  • Use the highest heat setting and leave in the dryer until completely dry

Need an option for free masks:

The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) has partnered with Hanes to provide free face masks to those who need them. Anyone who is a student (or parents on behalf of students) or school staff member, or anyone who may not be able to purchase a mask, can order them at no cost. Each order will provide 5 washable, reusable cloth face masks, one order per household. To order your free masks on the ADHS website, click here Version OptionsK-12 Schools and Childcare Facilities Headline.

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Thanks PTO for providing pizza this Friday!

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Nutritional Services


The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced that ALL children under the age of 18 will be eligible to receive FREE meals from SUSD Nutrition Services through December 31, 2020, or until otherwise determined by the USDA. This means that ALL children, both SUSD students and those not enrolled in SUSD, can participate and receive free meals through the following:

  • All in-person learners can choose their meal at all SUSD schools, at both breakfast and lunch daily. Meals will be at no charge and no qualification is necessary. Just show up, go through the line and you get a free meal, no questions asked.
  • EDL and SOL students can pick up 7 days’ worth of breakfasts and lunches at our meal distribution sites each Wednesday from 7 - 9:30 a.m. Parents may pick up the meals and students need not be present. Meals will be at no charge and no qualification is necessary. Just drive up and pick up a week’s meal bundle per student.
  • Meals will be distributed at no charge and no qualification is necessary. Just drive up and pick up a week’s meal bundle per student.

The new curbside pick up is ONLY at Oak Campus Wednesday 7-9:30am and 4-6:00pm.

  • Oak Campus, 7501 E. Oak St., Scottsdale

IB Corner

Welcome Sara Armstrong - New IB Coordinator

Sara Armstrong is a seasoned IB educator and accreditation coordinator. Ms. Armstrong is originally from Michigan but lived in Sweden for 14 years with her Swedish husband and daughter. During that time, she worked at an IB accredited international school where she taught in the PYP and with MYP learning support. She also served as the school’s Council of International Schools accreditation coordinator. Ms. Armstrong has a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and a Master’s degree in Education.

In 2017, her family decided to move to Arizona to be closer to Ms. Armstrong’s parents. Since moving to Scottsdale, she has worked at the International School of Arizona teaching middle school English and Social Studies. During this time, Ms. Armstrong greatly missed being a part of the IB community and was thrilled to learn that a coordinator position existed here in Arizona. She is very excited to be joining our team!

In Ms. Armstrong’s free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and traveling. Her email is Please do not hesitate to contact her with any questions about the IB. She is looking forward to getting to know everyone in our community.

IB in Action from Home

This month's IB Learner attribute focus is OPEN-MINDED.

Watch Jamie Camil read Zombies Don’t Like Veggies written by Megan and Jorge Lacera.

After watching discuss:

  • Which characters were not being open-minded?

  • Were the parents willing to change their mind as the story progressed?

  • What does being open-minded look like? What does it sound like?

  • Why does being open-minded matter?

Zombies Don't Eat Veggies! read by Jaime Camil

IT Help Desk

Starting Monday August 24, SUSD Help Desk phone lines will be open to assist parents and students with technology questions and issues Monday - Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. For assistance, call (480) 484-HELP (484-4357). The SUSD help desk is closed on weekends.

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Front Office Contacts

Dijana Schlegelmilch

Administrative Support Coordinator

Elise Hepner

Administrative Support Assistant/Registration

Renee Tosto


Andrea Martin

Assistant Principal

Jennifer Waldron


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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.