Quail Run News

September 1, 2022

From the Desk of Mrs. Raymond:

September 1, 2022


Dear Quail Run Families,


We had an amazing first month back to school at Quail Run!


We are in full swing with our teaching and learning as we head into September. Hopefully, some cooler days will be in our future.


Please read through this monthly newsletter to see what is new this year and check out the video below to see what our students have been up to this last month. There is so much happening at Quail Run this month. Be sure to check out some of the volunteer opportunities as well.


Your Partner in Education,

Vicky Raymond

Back to School Fun at Quail Run! August 2022

Annual Update for ALL Returning Students


The Annual Update process is completed by parents or guardians online within Infinite Campus. This allows you to update information that may have changed in your household. This replaces the earlier versions of paper forms we called Emergency Cards. We request that this information is verified/updated yearly.

For additional information please click the Annual Update Smart Card or view this presentation for step-by-step instructions. There is also a short video on the process to assist you.

SEL NEWS

What is SEL and what does it mean?
Social-Emotional Learning: What Is SEL and Why SEL Matters

Second Step: SEL Curriculum for K-5

We have adopted a brand new SEL curriculum for K-5 students at our school this year, Second Step. We want your child to be as successful as possible at school. Success in school is not just about reading and math. It is also about knowing how to learn and how to get along with others. We will be using the Second Step program in your child’s K-5 classroom. Please check out our Family Welcome Letter to learn more about this program and access resources related to the program including caregiver resources, scope and sequence, and a list of supplemental books that teachers may incorporate. All K-5 teachers will be introducing the new program to students beginning Friday, September 2.


Sixth-grade teachers will be reaching out independently to provide more detail on our plans for sixth-grade SEL instruction.

Lunch Bunch Opportunity with Mrs. Albers, SEL Specialist

To afford our students more variety in where and how they spend their lunch/recess time, Mrs. Albers will be hosting voluntary student lunch meet-ups. On the Fridays she works on our campus, 5 students per grade level will be given the opportunity to join her for eating, followed by choices of gameplay, drawing, and on occasion some crafting. Please contact her with any additional questions or if you have donations or ideas for how best to keep kids engaged and excited during the meet-ups.

SEPTEMBER NATIONAL LEARNING DAYS

There are three upcoming national learning days in September:


  • Sept. 9: 9/11 Education Day (Note: Sept. 11 falls on a Sunday), where a portion of the instructional day will be spent providing age-appropriate education on the terrorist attacks of 9/11, 2001
  • Sept. 16: Constitution Day (Note: Sept. 17 falls on a Saturday), where we recognize the day the federal constitution was signed by recognizing this event and the significance of the constitution to the United States.
  • Sept. 23: Sandra Day O'Connor Civics Celebration Day (Note: Sept. 25 falls on a Sunday), where the majority of our day will focus on civics education.

spanish teacher update

We are underway with our Visa process for our new Spanish teacher and he will hopefully be arriving this month. He is going to be a wonderful addition to our school community and IB programme.


When he arrives, we are seeking some support from our community. He will need a place to stay while he gets settled. If your family or someone you know would be willing to host him and possibly rent out a room to him, please reach out to Mrs. Raymond. We are hoping to find him housing within walking/biking distance of our school as he will not have a car. Alternatively, it could be close to a bus line that can bring him to work.

choir

We are looking for community members to help lead our school choir this year. This can be a volunteer or paid position. It is our goal that the choir will meet weekly and include interested students in grades 4-6. The choir practice could take place either before or after school! If you or someone you know is interested, please email Mrs. Raymond.

For more information on the choir program, please check out our PVSchools Choir Guidance from the PVSchools Fine Arts Department.

volunteer opportunities

Student Advisory Committee

New this year at Quail Run, our Student Council officers will be serving on a Student Advisory Committee to Mrs. Raymond. They will meet monthly to share their feedback and vision for the school. They will work together to make Quail Run a place where every student wants to be!

New classroom technology

Last year we purchased new sound equipment through ESSER funding to be used in every classroom at Quail Run this year. Every classroom now has an amplification system, where students can hear the teacher´s voice lightly amplified around the room. Each system also includes a pass-around shared mic which allows students to use the system as well. We also upgraded to using a media hub in every classroom so any shared audio from a device will also be played through our brand-new amplification systems. Ask your students about the new sound in their classroom!

IB Parent Corner

5 Ways You Could Support Your Child as an IB Learner

As an essential member of your child’s learning community, you play an important role in helping them take their learning deeper. Here are 5 simple ways you can support your child’s learning at home. Whether it is the more formal learning connected to their schooling, or the incidental, unplanned learning through play, exploration, and life experience; these 5 strategies will help you, help your child become a lifelong learner.

Helpful Links

Want to recognize a staff member for something big or small? Please share with us using this form so we can show them some appreciation. Thanks for making our school such a positive place to be!
The QRES School Council is composed of staff, parents, and community members. The purpose of the School Council is to assist in planning, coordinating, and facilitating safety and instructional ideas that will promote and enhance the safety and learning of the students at Quail Run Elementary School.

School Council meetings are open to the public and generally meets once monthly. Meeting dates can be found on our website.

If you have an item of interest you would like for the School Council to review, please complete this form. Complete the form once for every issue or interest you would like discussed.

Helpful School Reminders

  • If you need to relay a message to your student during school hours, you can call the office or leave a message directly on our Voicelink account at (602) 449-5465. The office staff will NOT transfer calls to classrooms, as this will interrupt important instructional time.

  • If your child forgets their lunch, you may bring it to the front office before 10:30 am.

  • Students are also not allowed to bring Starbucks drinks, smoothies, etc. on campus in the morning.

  • Be sure to communicate end-of-day arrangements with your student in the morning, prior to coming to school. We want to ensure all students get home safely. If there are any changes in how students get home, please notify the office and the teacher.

  • School hours are from 8:45 am -3:15 pm. If you are picking up a student early, please be aware that every minute counts and minutes missed accumulate throughout the school year. Also, be aware that students cannot be called to the office early for an appointment. Students will be called from class at the time you arrive to check them out.

  • School breakfast is available beginning at 8:15 am. Please drop off by 8:30 am at the latest if your child is eating breakfast. It is the same purchasing system as our school lunches.

  • Birthday treats must be store-bought and easy to pass out for the teacher. No cakes that need cutting, please. Cupcakes are allowed this year. Balloons are not allowed on campus.

  • You will need your ID every time you pick up students prior to dismissal.

  • Your student will not be released if the person picking her/him up is not on the contact list. If you need to add a friend or family member to the contact list you will need to go to Infinite Campus to update Emergency Contact information through your annual update.

  • You can check your child's grades by downloading the Infinite Campus app or logging on online. Click here for directions.

School Lunch

Lunch Reminders:


  • If your child forgets their lunch, you may bring it to the front office before 10:30 am.

  • There is no hot fast food allowed for lunch if you are dropping off a lunch. Visitors may bring in hot lunches (see visitor section below). Please refrain from bringing soda. Subway, Jimmy Johns, and Jersey Mikes are all good options for a special drop-off lunch.

  • Students are not allowed to share food.

  • We will have a special table for students with food allergies. Your student may be invited to join a friend at this table. If your child is invited to sit at this table, peanut butter is not allowed.

  • When packing your student´s lunch, please be mindful that they are able to open the food or containers themselves. No glass containers.



Lunch Visitors:


  • We will go back to allowing lunch visitors this year. You must sign into the front office and get a visitor sticker.

  • You may bring lunch for your child. If you are coming to visit and stay with your child during lunch, the lunch may be a hot lunch.

  • You may not bring lunch for any student other than your own.

  • You may not pass out treats to any students due to allergies.



Purchasing a School Lunch:

The Nutrition & Wellness Department will return to charging students for their meals based on their free, reduced, and paid meal application status during the 2022-2023 SY.


The 2022-2023 Free & Reduced Meal Application is now available for parents to complete at EZMealApp.com. This paperless option is encouraged because online applications can be processed within 24 hours of their submission. Paper meal applications are available in our front office or can be printed from the Nutrition & Wellness website to be submitted to the department. All families are encouraged to apply.


It is extremely important for families to complete and submit the 22-23 SY meal application in order to avoid potential negative account balance charges.


Visit the Lunch Menu section of our website for more information about menus, meal prices, and to load money into your student´s lunch account.

PVHS Mini Cheer Camp

PVHS is hosting a Mini Cheer Camp for ages 4-13. Check out this registration form for more information and to register.
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Site Volunteers/Chaperones

We welcome site volunteers on our campus as well as chaperones for field trips.


Site volunteers must be parents, guardians, or grandparents of a current student.


School chaperones perform an invaluable service, helping to ensure the safety of students attending events and field trips. Parents, guardians, grandparents, or relatives are eligible to be a school chaperone after completing a background screening. Chaperones are fingerprinted and must agree to a background check.


Apply to be a Site Volunteer or Chaperone

  1. Visit the PVSchools job search page.
  2. Search for "Volunteer" or "Chaperone."
  3. Select the opportunity that best fits your interest.
  4. Click on the "Apply Online" button.
  5. Create a login and password.
  6. Complete the application process.


Please be aware that this application can take up to 12 weeks to clear, so be sure to get it in early. Please contact our front office if you have any questions.

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QUAIL RUN PTA

Mark your calendars for our first PTA meeting on 9/15 at 3:30 pm in the library. Childcare will be provided! Come meet your new board and hear from a few guest speakers you won't want to miss! We'll be discussing upcoming events and opportunities to get involved with your PTA.


Amanda Bunney

Quail Run PTA President

quailrunpta@gmail.com

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Fry´s Food Community Rewards

Do you shop at Fry's Food? You can link your Fry's VIP card to Quail Run PTA and effortlessly earn money for our school simply by doing your normal shopping. Signup once and the school will reap the benefits all year!

Smile.Amazon.com

AmazonSmile is a simple way for you to support Quail Run Elementary every time you shop, at no cost to you. AmazonSmile is available at smile.amazon.com on your web browser and can be activated in the Amazon Shopping app for iOS and Android phones.


On your first visit to smile.amazon.com, you will be prompted to select a charitable organization. Select Quail Run PTA (make sure it is the one that says Phoenix, AZ. There is also a QR in CA! Every time you shop on Amazon simply start at smile.amazon.com and the school earns 0.5% of every purchase. It's that easy to make a difference! Ask your friends, family, and co-workers to participate too! As always, Thank you for your support!

United Parent Council

Looking to get more involved in your child’s education? Want to be among the first to know what is happening in the district? If so, I encourage you to attend United Parent Council meetings. Paradise Valley United Parent Council is a district-wide parent group that has been active in Paradise Valley Unified School District for more than 30 years and is a 501(c)(3) organization. Looking out for the interest of students is their primary goal. They do this by offering parents support, information, and opportunities to be influential voices in the decisions that affect their children's education. UPC meetings are held on the third Wednesday of the month in the District Administration Center East/West Conference Rooms on the grounds of the PVUSD complex at 15002 North 32nd Street. Visitors are always welcome. Click here to visit their website for information on this month’s meeting.

Thank you, Mathnasium!

A special thank you to Mathnasium for sponsoring a snack bar for our teachers and staff. They filled our teacher's lounge with fruit, snacks, sodas, and pastries. Thank you for treating our teachers.
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Enroll at Quail Run

If you or anyone you know needs to enroll a student for the 2022-2023 school year, please know we are still accepting applications for students both inside and outside of our school enrollment boundaries. Open enrollment enables Arizona students to attend public schools outside their district attendance areas or outside their district of residence. It is open to all Arizona-based students. All open enrollment questions may be directed to tsorenson@pvschools.net.


Click here to enroll for the 2022-2023 school year.


Required Documents for Enrollment

  • A certified copy of your child's birth certificate

  • Your child's immunization records

  • Proof of Arizona residency (e.g., utility bill, house payment, lease/purchase agreement)

  • IEP/504 forms (if applicable)


Please note, to register for kindergarten, your student must be 5 years old PRIOR to September 1st, 2022.


You will also be required to complete an Annual Update on Infinite Campus. Please visit the PV Assist website for links and more information.

Calendar of Upcoming Events

  • Sept. 1: PVSchools Governing Board Meeting at 7:00 pm

  • Sept. 5: No School, Labor Day

  • Sept. 8: Fall Picture Day

  • Sept. 14: PTA Restaurant Night at Rubios from 11:30 am - 8:00 pm

  • Sept. 15: PTA Meeting at 3:30 pm

  • Sept. 16: PTA School Shirt Day - wear your QR or Junior Hero shirts!

  • Sept. 19 - Oct. 12: Step It Up Fundraiser

  • Sept. 19: Step It Up Fundraiser Kick Off Assemblies

  • Sept. 20: Golden Ticket Day!

  • Sept. 22: PVSchools Governing Board Meeting at 7:00 pm

  • Sept. 26: No School, K-12 Recess

  • Sept. 28: School Council Meeting at 3:30 pm

  • Sept. 29: School Emergency Response Team Meeting at 9:00 am

  • Sept. 30: PTA Spirit Day

  • Oct. 4: 6th Grade Field Trip to BizTown

  • Oct. 5 - 7: No School, K-12 Recess

  • Oct. 11: Early Release at 12:30 pm

  • Oct. 11: PTA Restaraunt Night at Oreganos PV Mall from 11:00 am - 9:00 pm

  • Oct. 13: Day of Awesome!!!

  • Oct. 13: PTA Meeting at 3:30 pm

  • Oct. 13: PVSchools Governing Board Meeting at 7:00 pm

  • Oct. 24 - 27: Fall Conference Week

  • Oct. 26: Early Release at 12:30 pm

  • Oct. 27: Early Release at 12:30 pm

  • Oct. 27: PTA Movie Night

  • Oct. 28: No School, K-8 Recess

Important Phone Numbers

Front Office: 602-449-4400

Attendance Line: 602-449-4401

School Nurse: 602-449-4403

School Cafeteria: 602-449-4407