The Waldron Weekly ‘20-‘21

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Principal's Update

Dear Anasazi Families,


Thank you all so much for your kindness and graciousness this week. It has been a very exhausting and at times overwhelming five days for our staff as they busily prepare their new EDL (Enhanced Distance Learning) classrooms with new platforms and guidelines. The amount of training, planning, and collaboration between our staff has been staggering this week and they are to be commended.


This week we distributed hundreds of computers. Pat Doran from our library and classified staff members came in to prep, scan and organize all of these devices. Our PTO helped organize and distribute EDUKITS and most were picked up. To all who helped this week - your kindness and hard work are a reason Anasazi is such a great place to be and we are thankful for your service to our community.


To families who were able to come by, thank you for the smiles, kind words and excitement for school to begin. You brought the needed light back into us and the motivation to make this year better than ever.


As we draw closer to the start of school you will be receiving information from teachers that at times can seem overwhelming. I opened my "SUSD mom" email this morning and thought Buzz, Zoom, Teams, Google Classroom ... Oh MY! I know this can be overwhelming and there may be some glitches in the beginning, but that is ok. It will soon make sense and become routine. Your teachers are here to support as best they can. So Monday if something doesn't go right, don't panic. Simply reach out to the teacher or Help Desk as needed and we will take it from there. I promise it will get easier and we will all be together along the journey. Our HOW may have changed in schools, but not our WHY. We are committed to doing what's best for students on a daily basis and thank you for your support along the way.


As we enter into the 2020-21 school year please help me in welcoming the following additions to our staff:


  • Nicole Moeller - PreK Teacher
  • Alexandra Majchrowicz - 3rd Grade Teacher


I will do my best to return emails in a timely way. However, I also need to assemble a desk and organize a 6th grader for Monday. Wish me luck and best of luck to all of you this weekend!


Below find the first video in our series - Anasazi Behind the Mask.


Looking forward to an amazing 2020-21!



Serving your children,


Ms. Jennifer Waldron

Principal

Anasazi Elementary School

Anasazi Behind the Mask

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Get to Know Your Specials Area Teachers

Specials Google Codes

This information will be coming from teachers and posted in gened Google Classrooms, but I thought this may be a little easier for parents managing multiple students. Again, directions on how to access classes specifically will be shared by the teachers. Band and Strings for 4th/5th will be shared at later time.
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Band/General Music/Strings Sign-up for 4th & 5th Grades ONLY

Link for doc for students to sign up for music selection: https://forms.gle/UYAFNvFdS1ChCfsW9


This first week of school all 4th/5th graders will rotate through specials to hear from general music, band and strings teachers. All 4th and 5th graders need to submit this by Thursday night August 13th by midnight to be rostered into music groups by this Friday and then start those specific music classes on Monday, 8/17. If not completed by Thursday 11:59pm August 13th, the student will be placed in General Music for the 2020-2021 school year.


5th graders who would like to change their music selection from last year OR are new to Anasazi should also fill this out for their music preferences.


Instrument rental information will be shared by teachers soon.

Gifted with Mrs. Diggins - 8/17/20

If your child receives Gifted services through Mrs. Diggins, this will start the week of 8/17/20. We want to ease students into transitioning to classes and also provide Mrs. Diggins time to contact parents, finalize parent commitment consent forms for new students, etc.

''What Does My Child's School Day Look Like During EDL?"

This is a great, common question. One I am still balancing as a SUSD parent myself.


Schools will use Buzz as a central location for information. Think of it as a landing page for links. No matter if you have a high schooler, middle schooler or elementary student - all will start with Buzz. There will be a single log in and from there you can find the links for your child's virtual classroom. Content will be provided through Zoom, Teams, and/or Google Hangouts. *More details and step by steps will be coming. Teachers are being trained on this and building it this week during our time together.


Attendance is required during EDL, but guidelines from ADE and SUSD are forthcoming on this issue. We understand that there may be a need for a student to complete work “after-hours” and we will work with individual families to try and meet their needs as much as we are able.


Grading: Standards-based grading practices will be followed for grading. This includes late work, missing work, and retakes.


Assignments and Assessments: Students will submit 2 - 3 artifacts (i.e. graphic organizer, writing assignment, etc.) per week to support essential standards and to measure proficiency. Both formative and summative assessments will be given at appropriate times during learning sessions.


Hours:

  • Grades K-3: 3 - 3.5 hours of synchronous (live with a teacher) instruction and 1 - 1.5 hours of asynchronous (with a teacher, but recorded or similar) instruction per day, which is approximately 20 hours per week
  • Grades 4-5: 4 - 4.5 hours of synchronous (live with a teacher) instruction and 1 - 1.5 hours of asynchronous (with a teacher, but recorded or similar) instruction per day, which is approximately 25 hours per week


**Taken from the SUSD “Return to Learn Plan”.

Technology Responsibility

SUSD is now a 1:1 district. As a result, all students will have the option to use a District technology device. It is important that students adhere to the Technology and Network Resource Policy and the Technology Responsible Use Agreement found on pages 17 - 19 of the SUSD Uniform Code of Conduct. While students in grades 7 - 12 already use District 'susdgapps' e-mail accounts, students in grades K - 6 will soon have a gapps e-mail account assigned to them, as well. All of the same rules and expectations apply to them. You can learn about Digital Citizenship by visiting https://www.commonsense.org/education/digital-citizenship/curriculum.


*Taken from SUSD email briefing on 7/31/20.

SUSD Technology Support

Visit the Information Technology page (tech.susd.org) of the SUSD website for information and user guides for your student's Surface Go and Chromebooks. You will also see information there on how to change a student password. We have also created a video for students that instructs them on how to access their online learning platforms.


To help your student's school year get off to a great start, we have compiled a parent resource document that you can use to familiarize yourself with the online learning and communications platforms your student will be using. Find that document here.



Having issues or need some assistance? Please contact the IT Help Desk at 480-484-HELP (4357) for assistance with your technology-related questions. The IT Help Desk is holding special hours this weekend and will be open to assist from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday August 8 and Sunday, August 9.


*Taken from SUSD Communication email 8/7/20.

Code of Conduct Acknowledgement and Updates

The Code of Conduct Release Form has recently been updated. Please note the following two additions:


1. Student Gmail Accounts (susdgapps.org)

As explained above, previously, this permission was previously only applicable to students in grades 7 - 12. Due to the expansion of distance learning for all students, we are asking parents/guardians of all K - 12 students to tell us whether we have permission to issue a Gmail account to your student(s). Please note, students will only be able to send and receive e-mails within the SUSD Gmail system. They will not be able to send or receive messages to or from external sources.


2. COVID-19 Acknowledgement

As a prerequisite for the District's insurance coverage, the Scottsdale Unified School District is required to have families acknowledge that regardless of all of our efforts to comply with the safety guidelines for prevention, we cannot guarantee that people will not be exposed to the coronavirus, COVID-19. The District has made the decision not to require a waiver, but the acknowledgment is deemed important.


SUSD Uniform Code of Conduct


*Taken from SUSD Communication email 8/7/20.

Enhanced Distance Learning (EDL) Camps for SUSD Kindergarten through 8th Grade Students

Enhanced Distance Learning (EDL) Camps

SUSD will host onsite student-support programs at select schools within the district, beginning Monday, August 10 in a program we call Enhanced Distance Learning (EDL) camps. These camps are for families that need a supervised place for students to go while school sites are closed. Camps are available during regular school hours, free of charge, to currently enrolled Scottsdale Unified families. While our initial five EDL camps have filled up, we are looking at the possibility of adding additional sites to accommodate the needs of our families. If you are interested in an EDL Camp, please express that by completing this form.


*Taken from SUSD Communication email 8/7/20.

Walk-In Learning Lab for Middle School and High School Students

SUSD will open a 'walk-in' Learning Lab at Coronado High School beginning August 17 for District middle and high school students. Final details are in the works. It is possible that similar labs will be available at the other four high school sites in the coming weeks.


*Taken from SUSD email briefing on 7/31/20.

Click link below for school supply lists:

Anasazi Supply Lists


Teachers will be asked to brainstorm materials that would be helpful to their students during the enhanced distance learning. They will be sharing those “suggested” materials soon. We know this may be a slight change from the lists posted above.

Anasazi Upcoming Events

Additional Materials for Pick-Up

We plan to provide textbooks and instructional materials to support student online learning. A second distribution day will occur once we receive the textbook materials. When this time is finalized, we will also collect any materials that you still have from the previous year (i.e. library books, etc.) This will be separate from Chromebook distribution and will happen after the start to the school year.

1st Day of School

Monday, Aug. 10th, 8:45am

This is an online event.

More information will be shared as class placement is finalized. Learning will be virtual until at least Labor Day and not taking place at the physical building of Anasazi.

New Family Virtual Meet & Greet with Ms. Waldron

Tuesday, Aug. 11th, 8-9am

This is an online event.

I will be hosting a New to Anasazi Family Meet and Greet.


Please click the link here to join this Zoom: New Family Meet & Greet

PTO Membership

As the school’s Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), we are excited about this school year and want to make sure you have the information you need to get connected and stay updated on everything that is happening at Anasazi! We plan to use electronic communication mostly this year and it is important to make sure we keep our community in the know especially during these unprecedented times. Please update your information on this site (including updating your student's grade and teacher) to ensure that you are included in all correspondence that relates not only to the school in general but also to your student's grade level. Also as an added convenience, we have added the Library’s “Birthday Book Club” Form and “Sammy Supporter” Form to our website. These forms can now be completed and submitted, and donations can be made directly through the Anasazi PTO website at https://anasazipto.membershiptoolkit.com.

August IB Learner Attribute - CARING

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Our Front Office is Under Construction *** Emails may be received faster than calls.

Front Office Contacts

Dijana Schlegelmilch

Administrative Support Coordinator

dschlegelmilch@susd.org


Elise Hepner

Administrative Support Assistant/Registration

ehepner@susd.org


Renee Tosto

Nurse

rtosto@susd.org


Andrea Martin

Assistant Principal

amartin@susd.org


Jennifer Waldron

Principal

jwaldron@susd.org

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BE SURE TO CONNECT WITH US!

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About Us

Anasazi is an International Baccalaureate® (IB) candidate school for the Primary Years Program (PYP).


Our Mission - Anasazi is a diverse learning community committed to fostering a rigorous, compassionate, and inquiry-based environment, that empowers students to be globally competitive in a complex and changing world.


Our Vision - Empower and inspire each child to become life-long learners, within a culture of academic excellence, creativity and critical thinking, to take action and serve in our global community.