Sacaton Elementary News

July 2022

Dear Sacaton Elementary Families,

July 18, 2022

Welcome Back Braves! We are beyond excited to start the 2022/23 school year at Sacaton Elementary. As educators, our joy comes from the work we do with each and every child we serve – and the weeks without them are just not the same!

We appreciate all of your communication over the summer as we have worked on finalizing our plans for return to school. Please know we are deeply committed to partnering with all of you to ensure that we are able to provide BOTH a healthy and safe learning environment AND an engaging and rigorous learning for each and every Sacaton Student.

Our first day of school is July 26th. All families will begin the school year in-person, unless stated otherwise that you would like your child to attend virtually. Students in K-4 can can attend vaccinated or unvaccinated. We continue to plan for the safe and secure return of the students and staff while prudently listening to the CDC's recommendations, Gila River Indian Community- Tribal Education Department, and evaluating the number of COVID-19 cases in our area. Student safety is our number one priority.

As your school principal, it is imperative to me that we give our students and staff the opportunity to begin the school year prepared and with all the tools and resources they need. Below you will find more important details about our start for school, as well as a schedule of student and family orientations that we encourage you to attend. There is quite a bit of information here, so please let us know if you have questions that cannot wait for Meet the Teacher on Monday, July 25th from 4:00p- 5:30p.

This year’s school theme revolves around “Growing Together”. We know our staff and students were born to grow and always let their light shine!

Thank you, Braves! We are confident that we have made student-centered decisions and will be able to deliver a high-quality learning experience, on a daily basis, for your child - regardless of the health crisis implications. We are eager to see you this Fall.

In partnership,

Stephanie Celis


2022-2023 Enrollment- NOW OPEN!

It's that time of year! Please visit the front office if you have any new students ready to enroll. Contact Earsaline Alford, for assistance. We have mailed all returning students the new year forms. Please complete and return to the front office. Call if you have any questions at 520- 562-8600 ext. 3000.

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Back To School Information for In-Person Learning

Please see the attachment for details regarding in-person learning.
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Parent/Student Acknowledgment Forms- Due August 12

Be on the look out for our 22/23 Family/Student Handbook. Please review and sign the forms for the handbook acknowledgment, technology agreement, and other pertinent forms for the school year. Thank you in advance for taking the time to review this information by August 12th.

July 22- COVID Testing- 9:00a - 12:00p

July 25- Meet the Teacher

July 26- First Day of School

Sep 5- No School - Labor Day

Sep 16- No School- Native American Day

Sep 22/23- Early Release Conferences

Oct 10-17- Fall Break

School Hours

Office Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

School Hours: Monday- Thursday- 8:00 a.m. - 3:10 p.m.

Early Dismissal Every Friday- 8:00 a.m. - 1:10 p.m.

Coffee with the Principal

I will be hosting Coffee With The Principal once a month. This is an opportunity for us to have open dialogue about school information, share updates, and ask questions. Our first meeting will be Friday, August 27th from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Zoom link:

I look forward to building a strong partnership with you as we work together to ensure that our entire community is safe, healthy and excited about learning. Thank you for all your help with implementing virtual learning. Please stay in communication with me and our teachers regarding next steps. Go Braves!

In partnership,

Stephanie Celis

Sacaton Elementary School


Attendance Line: 520-562-8600 - Ext. 3051