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Carol Rae Ranch Elementary School

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Principal's Corner

Dear Coyote Families,


I just want to say thank you for your patience, support, and kind actions during this very challenging year as we all work through the impacts of Covid-19. The students have been amazing and have shown such respect and care for others. This year has taught us all new things and new ways to learn. We are not giving up- it is hard to have so many changes, but together we are pushing forward and helping students to connect and learn. We care very much about your children and want them to be successful, happy, and prepared. Thank YOU for helping with this. As we start February with in-person learning, please continue to do daily health monitoring, wear masks, and keep washing hands. Together we can make the remainder of this year positive and productive.


Educationally Yours,

Thea Hansen

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Please bring your Kindergartener & thanks for wearing masks.

Open Enrollment Info

Students currently accepted for open enrollment do not need to fill out a new form to remain at their current school. If your student will be changing schools which includes moving up to the junior high and selecting a school they are not boundaried for, please complete an online application for your new school of choice.


Parents will be notified in May if their student will not be approved due to capacity, attendance, student misconduct, or academic effort.

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Quarter 2 Honor Roll & Principal's List

Honor Roll - Q2

6th gr:

Mrs. Vogt - Brolin Bigler, Lillian Binks, Taft Garrett, Quinn Hanlin, Isabella Lopez, Dane Mull, Aaliyah Rideaux, Nathaniel Russell, Oakley Smith, Gabriel Waits


Mrs. Ward - Hayden Earnheart, Owen Martin, Victor Roldan Jr, Andrew Segalla, Kingston Soares


5th gr:

Mrs. Grimmer - Emerie Compiseno, Grace Dobosz, Everly Grencik, Peyson Harrington, Roen Kaip, Kade Kero, Michayla Konecny, Quinton Landreaux, Ally Moore


Ms. Murray - Claire Christensen, Kalina Cueto, Kiley Favela, Dallin Ray, Jimmy Ruden, Ella Vasquez


4th gr:

Ms. Barnes - Noah Martin, Hyrum Poelman, Calen Widner


Ms. Cruz - Bryson Berkebile, Bentley Garrett, Zach Hansen, Aubrielle Root, Kennedy Suess, Grace Walker, Cru Woodman


Mrs. Christensen - Ronan Faria, Reign Gilmore, Charlie Little, Lydia Lott, Raleigh Smith

Principal's List - Q2

6th gr:

Mrs. Vogt - Scarlett Biggs, Nolan Crotts, Patrick Nobles, Lillie Reiman, Adalyn Stevenson


Mrs. Ward - Ryker Aeschlimann, Jackson Crawford, Rio Davis, Makenna Johnston, Lucy Lott, Preston Milam, Paxton Nelson, Chloe Robison, Galileo Varga


5th gr:

Mrs. Grimmer - Katelyn Anderson, Mallory Hobbs, Mateo Portillo, Lyla Standifird, Logan Wagstaff, Skylar Whitmore


Ms. Murray - Brigham Cook, Eli Donaldson, Charlotte Earl, Makayla Royer, Hunter Tinney


4th gr:

Ms. Barnes - Kallie Christensen, Abigail Fuchtman, Evelyn Hendrix, Andee Pitstick, Olive Taylor, Reagan Young


Ms. Cruz - Jordan Criswell


Mrs. Christensen - Mason Biggs, Scarlett Coleman, Landon Evenson

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January 2021 Student of the Month

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"We would like to nominate Lillie Reiman! She is very responsible and has a great attitude. Lillie likes to help out her peers, adults and anyone who comes across her path. She has been going above and beyond on her assignments during online, hybrid, and at-school learning. We enjoy having Lillie in class and she is a role model for all." - Ms. Ward & Mrs. Vogt

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Let's Talk SEL

What’s SEL? Is it different from social-emotional skills?

SEL stands for social-emotional learning. According to the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning, it’s the process by which we learn and apply social-emotional knowledge, attitudes, and skills for understanding and managing emotions, setting and achieving goals, establishing and maintaining relationships, and feeling and showing empathy for others. I am currently providing Second Step lessons to grades K through 6 this year. Students participate in hands on lessons where they learn skills in empathy, emotion management, and problem solving. Second Step is considered an SEL program because it provides a process for learning and practicing many important social-emotional skills. This SEL: What and Why video explains SEL in less than three minutes. Let me know if you have any questions about our Second Step Lessons or SEL!


Michelle Ybarra

School Social Worker

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Instructional Coach's Corner

Ways to Help Your Child’s Academic Success

(without getting too academic)


1. Talk to them about their day. What was something they were proud of? What was something they found difficult?


2. Stay up to date with their assignments and grades. Check Infinite Campus often, as it will show their current progress, assignments, and missing work.


3. Model and encourage a growth mindset. If they express they can’t do something or if they say, “I don’t know how,” have them add the word, “yet.” If they complain a task or subject is too hard, help them understand that learning and growth only happen through struggle. If it’s easy, it’s just practice.


4. Make sure they have as much routine as possible. In an ever changing time, our students are learning to be flexible and go with the flow. Now that we are returning to full in person, you can help them adjust once again by developing routines they can depend on - homework, bedtime, morning tasks, etc.


5. Ensure your child gets enough sleep. According to John Hopkins Medicine, “Studies have shown that kids who regularly get an adequate amount of sleep have improved attention, behavior, learning, memory, and overall mental and physical health. Not getting enough sleep can lead to high blood pressure, obesity and even depression.” The full article here

  • Infants under 1 year: 12-16 hours

  • Children 1-2 years old: 11-14 hours

  • Children 3-5 years old: 10-13 hours

  • Children 6-12 years old: 9-12 hours

  • Teenagers 13-18 years old: 8-10 hours


6. Encourage reading everyday. #parentinghack If you have a reluctant reader, make their bedtime 20 minutes earlier than you want it to be. Offer them a choice by saying, “You can go to sleep now or have 20 minutes to read.” 9 times out of 10 they’ll choose to read!


7. Allow your child to be bored. According to Psychology today, boredom can improve our mental health, increase creativity, motivate a search for novelty, motivate the pursuit of new goals, and help improve self-control skills. Read the article here.


Instructional Coach: Kristin Fleming kristin.fleming@gilbertschools.net

Cell Phones & Smartwatches Reminder

If a parent chooses, students may bring personal devices such as cellphones, smartwatches, tablets, and laptops. All items are to be turned off and placed in a backpack before arriving at school. These items may not be used at school unless directed by a teacher for educational purposes. Students that do not follow the “off and in back-pack” rule will have their phone/device confiscated. Upon a second violation, the parent must come to school to pick up the confiscated item. Repeated infractions will result in loss of privilege to bring the device to school.

Tax Credit Donations

Arizona School Tax Credits Make a Difference for Our Students!


As an Arizona taxpayer, you have the unique opportunity to redirect a portion of your state tax dollars to support public education. The credit allows you to contribute $200 per individual tax return or $400 per joint tax return to any school’s extracurricular program.

You can:

  • Make a general contribution to Carol Rae Ranch Elementary
  • Donate to your student's specific grade and extracurricular activities


Also, you don't have to have a child in a Gilbert Public School to participate - Please let friends and family know how they can support your child's education!


You can pay your contribution through Parent Portal, website, or obtain a form in the front office to pay with cash/check/debit card.

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Summer School @ CRRE This Summer

Enrichment Summer School will be at Carol Rae this summer! Be on the lookout for more information!

Carol Rae Ranch Elementary

Home of the Coyotes!

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School Hours: 8:10 a.m. – 2:55 p.m.

Early Release each Wednesday at 1:55 p.m.



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