Civano Community School

15 January 2021

Arizona Tax Credits

Dear Civano Families & Friends,


We are writing to ask for your continued support with an Arizona Tax Credit contribution. These tax credit contributions are how we fund our Arts program at Civano!


We are asking each Civano family to contribute at least $400 (or $200 for families with individual filers) and to reach out to three other Arizona tax payers and ask them to contribute their public school tax credits to our school. Almost 80% of households in Arizona do NOT have school-age children. You likely have friends or relatives in this situation. Often taxpayers in those households don’t know about the tax credit program or they forget to make the contribution. We urgently need your help to educate these taxpayers and encourage them to give to Civano Community School.


About Public School Tax Credits: If you owe taxes to the state of Arizona, your contribution will offset what you owe dollar-for-dollar. If you give more than what you owe, you’ll get the extra back as a tax refund. It’s really an amazing opportunity! While none of us enjoy paying taxes, with tax credits you can know that at least some of your tax dollars go directly to your child’s school. Here’s how it works

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  • Couples filing jointly may take a credit of up to $400 and individuals up to $200.

  • Contribute online https://vailtaxcredits.org or via check in the school office.

  • Giving online? Please select “Greatest Need” at the bottom of the page and when directed to choose a school, select “Civano Community School”.

  • Public school tax credit gifts for the 2020 tax year may be made right up to April 15, 2021.


How Civano Uses Tax Credits: Greatest-Needs tax credit contributions fund

  • Specials -- Art, Drama/Music

  • Artists-in-Residence programs (like previous year’s drumming and movement)

  • Outdoor education programs and field trips (Ironwood Tree Experience, 8th grade backpacking trip) and so much more.


Civano wouldn’t be the school we love without these important programs! Thank you for helping us rise to the challenge!


Sincerely,

The Staff and Students of Civano Community School


P/S -- You can help by sharing the Tax Credit Contribution page with your AZ friends and family or by handing them a contribution form for mailing in or dropping off in the office. You can download the form HERE.

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CPA News

The CPA has exciting news to share with you! We were selected for a $1000 STEM+Families Grant from National PTA.


Your CPA will be collaborating with Civano Staff to provide interactive and engaging STEM activities for families and students. Interested in helping plan these events and activities?? Is your career in the STEM field? Does your employer offer STEM related curriculum? Please reach out to us and get involved! We would love to hear your ideas at Civanoparentassociation@gmail.com.


In addition we are excited to host the “Love of reading” Week, March 1-5th! We need your help with preparing events for both in person and at home learners... please email us to get involved!


*You do not need to be a member of the CPA to volunteer

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Remote Learning Week 2

We realize these times are just weird -- THANK YOU for showing up! You have no idea how much our entire staff misses seeing our students and families each day. Each time we see all of those faces on Community Time or in a class meeting, it's just enough to get us through to the next time, and we hope it is for all of you, too. We are continuing to train support staff to be able to help your child while at home. Teachers are creating small breakout groups on Big Blue Button Conferences for support staff to meet w/students and provide additional support when needed. If you have questions, please reach out to your child's teacher for additional information.


Hybrid or Brick to Click?

I have added a survey below to gauge who is planning to return to hybrid learning from Brick to Click Learning OR move from Hybrid to Brick to Click on January 25. This form is only for families who wish to change their status. If there is no change, there is no need to complete the form.


I have also added dates for changing your decision throughout the 2nd semester. Please know these are best estimates as we continue to navigate school life and living in a pandemic. All of us at Civano truly appreciate your efforts to follow health and safety practices that help keep us healthy.


Return to School on January 25

At this time, we are preparing to return to in-person learning on Jan. 25. The District considers 4 data points when determining which instructional model (Hybrid/B2C or Remote) we'll be operating in. Those metrics are statewide (AZ Dept of Health Services Dashboard); County (Pima County Health Department); Local (District-wide); and Site (Civano) conditions. The District has added a District-wide metric on the Vail School District Website. This is updated each Monday and can be found HERE.


In order to most accurately track cases at our school, please continue to communicate with Nicole at collinsc@vailschooldistrict.org or 879-1702 if your student or someone in your household...


  • is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms
  • is awaiting test-results
  • has had a positive test result
  • has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID



The District planned these 3 weeks of remote learning to mitigate the spread of COVID once we resume in-person learning. It's important and helpful to keep everyone healthy by sharing any exposures with the office and following the guidelines.



Please take good care of yourselves and each other.


Warmly,

Lydia

Hybrid or Brick to Click?

As you plan ahead for the spring, we need to know your plans for your child's learning environment starting on January 25th. Please help us by completing the form for B2C or Hybrid by Thursday, Jan 21.


You can complete the form HERE.


It's only necessary to complete this form if you are requesting a change in your child's instructional model.

FREE Math Tutoring

The University of AZ is offering FREE math tutoring for students on Zoom. You can access the tutoring schedule HERE.


Questions about the program can be directed to Melissa Hosten, Co-Director

Center for Recruitment and Retention of Mathematics Teachers

University of Arizona, Physics and Atmospheric Sciences bldg. Room 586B

mhosten@math.arizona.edu

520.621.6866

Civano Attendance and Office Information

Please contact the office and/or your child's teacher if your child will be absent from classes. The attendance line is 879-1702 or you can email civanoattend@vailschooldistrict.org.


During remote instruction, our office is only open on Monday mornings (8am-12pm) and Wednesday (8am - 3pm) during remote instruction. If these hours won't work, please let us know and we'll schedule a time to meet you between 8am and 3pm on another day.

Calendar:

8:35am -- Every Monday, Wednesday, Friday that school is in session -- Community Time


Jan 18 -- No School * MLK Day *

Jan 19 -- Civano Site Council Meeting via Zoom -- 2:30pm

Jan 19 -- CIvano Lottery Information Meeting -- 5:00pm

Jan 21 -- Parent Survey for Remote/Hybrid DUE

Jan 25 -- Return to Hybrid/Brick-to-Click Instruction

Feb 16 -- Civano Site Council Meeting via Zoom - 2:30pm

Feb 24 -- 2021-2022 Lottery 3pm via Zoom

Feb 25-26 -- Rodeo Break