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Carol Rae Ranch Elementary

November 2020

Principal's Corner

Dear Coyote Families,


First, congratulations to our entire CRRE community. We did it! Carol Rae has been rated an AEF A+ School of Excellence by the Arizona Education FoundationTM. This recognition is a testament to the dedication and focus of our students, staff, and teachers. Thank you for the support you give at home and here at school to help your child learn and grow each day. We will have a “Hot Diggity DA+wg” celebration on November 30th. See more about this later in the newsletter.


Have some ideas for our school or questions you would like to ask? Join me via a WebEx on November 2nd at 9:00am. We will discuss our school goals and any other issues or ideas that you have. Here is the link to join the meeting: Monday meeting- 9AM

I want to share how proud I am of our students and how they show great character. Last month we focused on being inclusive and not bullying. Check out some of their ideas related to this that we have included in this issue.


I sincerely hope you all have a safe, relaxing, and fun Thanksgiving!

Thea Hansen

Thank you to our PTSO and families for their participation in last years Fun Run fundraiser. We love the water fillers, shade cover, and 9 Square game!!

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This Month's Playbook:

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Parent-Teacher Conferences, Nov 5th & 6th (Half Days)

Thursday, and Friday, November 5 and 6 are half days for all elementary students with elementary school being released at 11:55 am both days. This allows our teachers time to meet with parents. Teachers are currently contacting parents for a conference date and time. We value the school-home partnership and conferences allow teachers and parents to have a conversation about their student’s academic, social, and emotional progress and needs

No School - Veterans Day - Wednesday Nov 11th

Half Day - November 18th, 11:55 Release

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School Shirts Orders Due 11/3

Order forms were sent home with students. If you need an extra copy please stop by the front office.

Stu. Co. Meeting after school on 11/3

Canned Food Drive 11/16 - 11/23

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A+ Celebration - Nov 30th

We're having an A+ Celebration on November 30th. We will be having an assembly to celebrate becoming an A+ rated School! Parents are welcomed to attend our outdoor assembly; please remember your mask and to social distance behind the classes on the playground. Below is the schedule for the assemblies. We will also be having a fun lunch from the cafeteria that day!


Grades K-2nd @ 8:30

Grades 3-4 @ 9:00


Students, wear your school shirts/colors (purple & green)!

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Charlotte has a wonderful attitude and works through learning obstacles that come her way. She advocates for herself when needing further information on a task or skill she is unsure of. Also, Charlotte demonstrates the character trait of caring, especially for her peers that might need a little encouragement. It is wonderful to see her enthusiasm when playing a game with her classmates. In particular, her determination to keep in a game of 4-Square. Way to go Charlotte! -Ms. Murray & Mrs. Grimmer

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Marquee Birthday Announcement

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 and payment need to be in to the front office by the Friday before the birthday. Their name will appear on the marquee on their birthday (or the Friday before their birthday if it falls on the weekend).



https://www.gilbertschools.net/cms/lib/AZ50000423/Centricity/Domain/13/CRRE%20Birthday%20Marquee%20Form.pdf

From Ms. Elizabeth in the Health Office:

As we head into flu season, while still being in a pandemic, it’s very important to get the flu immunization. Not only will getting the flu shot help protect you from the effects of the flu, but it can also help protect from getting a double whammy of the flu and Covid-19 at the same time. While these two illnesses share multiple symptoms, they are separate viruses and therefore it is possible for an individual to become ill with both simultaneously. While the flu immunization is not 100% effective, it does tend to make the symptoms less severe than for those who did not receive the shot. This is important to help prevent overwhelming the healthcare system this winter.

Dignity Healthcare provides free flu shots to all individuals. Please visit the link below for more information.

https://www.dignityhealth.org/arizona/locations/mercygilbert/about-us/community-benefit-outreach/immunization-clinics#:~:text=Free%20flu%20shots%20are%20available,2004.

Key Actions to Stay Healthy

As a friendly reminder here are key actions we can all take:

  • Complete the Student Health Assessment daily.

  • Do not send sick students to school.

  • Wear face-coverings as per the Maricopa County Health guidelines.

  • Maintain physical distancing whenever possible.

  • Visit www.gilbertschools.net/healthservices for more information on best practices, and resources available to our families.

  • Students awaiting COVID-19 test results should stay home until a negative test result is received.

  • Parents should wear face-coverings while on campus, including at parent drop-off and pick-up.

Daily Reading

My name is Krissi Fleming, and I am the new Instructional Coach here at Carol Rae. I have 25 years of experience in education, teaching pre-k all the way to high school. My role here at CRRE will be to support families, teachers, and students in all areas of learning. Each month, I will provide you with ideas on how to support your child at home. Please feel free to contact me should you have any questions or needs related to your child’s learning. kristin.fleming@gilbertschools.net


Ways to incorporate daily reading:

  • Read aloud to your child before bedtime.

  • Audible books- if you’re unable to read aloud to them, this is a good option.

  • Library books from school or the public library

  • Use the Hoopla app which allows you to check out ebooks from the local library. You can download the app on a phone or tablet, and you will never be without a book.

  • Taking turns: you read a page and your child reads a page

  • Child reads to a younger sibling

  • Child reads silently


“When adults read to children, discussing story content, asking open-ended questions about story events, explaining the meaning of words, and pointing out features of print, they promote increased language development, comprehension of story content, knowledge of story structure, and a better understanding of language– all of which lead to literacy success.” Berk, L. E. (2009). Child Development (8th ed.). Pearson Education, Inc.


How to help your child learn math concepts at home:

We are entering a time of year when most people enjoy baking. How about involving your child? “You can’t help but involve math when you’re baking. Doubling recipes requires multiplying, halving a recipe requires dividing, and measuring a ½ cup or a ¼ teaspoon gets you working with easy fractions. At a more basic level, kids love counting out chocolate chips. (And so do the parents; we speak from experience!) Ask your child how many chocolate chips do you think it will take to fill one cup? How many for ½ cup? Count together and see how close you came to the right answer!” https://www.naeyc.org/our-work/families/5-ways-build-math-your-childs-day

CRRE Against Bullying Artwork

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New Student Registrations for 2021-22

New Student Registrations for the 2021-22 School Year begin November 2nd!


All registrations are done onilne at https://www.gilbertschools.net/enroll


Once the online enrollment has been completed you will need to provide Birth Certificate, Immunization Record, and Proof of Residence (any utility bill or purchase/lease agreement).


Be on the look out for our new Kinder Round-Up in the Spring!


If you have any questions, please call us at 480-507-1359

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Have YouCompleted the Annual Update Yet?

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. Below are instructions on how to complete the ‘Annual Update’ online using the Infinite Campus Parent Portal.


Step 1 - Login to Infinite Campus Parent Portal https://ic.gilbertschools.net/campus/portal/gilbert.jsp


Step 2 - Click on Update My Information on the left side of your screen. You may need to scroll down.


Please click on the link below for more details and instructions to help.

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.

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