The Waldron Weekly ‘22-'23

volume 7 (9/19-9/23)

Upcoming Week at a Glance:

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This Week the Book Fair is here!

Dear Anasazi Families:

Get Ready! The Scholastic Book Fair is coming our way (YAY!). Choosing their own books empowers kids and inspires them to become Bolder, Prouder, and Stronger Readers. PLUS—as always—every book they buy earns rewards for our school.

Here’s what you need to know about the Fair, which will take place IN PERSON from Monday, September 19th – Thursday, September 22nd:

This year, you can pay with cash or set up an eWallet—your child’s digital payment account.

Before the Fair, set up eWallet for worry-free, cash-free purchases.

If your child can’t make it to the Fair, then shop at our school’s Online Book Fair. All orders ship directly to your home, and shipping is free for book orders over $25. Your online orders will also benefit our school.

Visit our Book Fair homepage to learn more and get started with eWallet and online shopping:

Happy reading,

Ms. Waldron

Monday, 9/19

Book Fair - Sept 19-22

Tuesday, 9/20

Site Council Meeting – 3:35pm

Wednesday, 9/21

Student Ambassador Meeting 3:15-4:15 General Music Room

Friday, 9/23 - SPIRIT FRIDAY

  • Every Friday we ask students to wear Anasazi spirit wear or our school colors of silver & turquoise. New spirit wear can be purchased here:

  • 4th Grade Wax Museum 9:00-9:45am Cafeteria. Parents check for details from the 4th grade team. You must have ID present in the office to visit event.

Anasazi Upcoming Events

Sept 26 – District Recess

Sept 28 – Early Release

Sept 30 – All Star Assembly 8:55am

Oct 10 -14 - Fall Break

SUSD's DAA Override Town Hall Meetings

Next week kicks off SUSD's DAA Override Town Hall Meetings.

Here is a link to more information on SUSD's website:

*See attached flyer below.

A Huge Thank You from Nurse Renee

Thank you to all the parent volunteers that took time out of your busy schedules to help check vision and hearing at Anasazi. It was so helpful to have you all work with me to screen 400+ students. I could not have done it all without you! Thanks again 😊


A Note from Nutrition Services

Applications for free and reduced meals must be submitted annually, even if approved the previous year. We encourage all families to apply for free and reduced meal benefits as many families have experienced a change in their income due to COVID-19.

To apply, submit your Free and Reduced meal applications online. Once there, click "Apply for Meals Today" or "Solicitar Comidas Hoy" located on the right side of the page.

Optionally, you may print out and deliver the following completed applications to your children's school:

Parental Strategies for Assisting Your Child with Reading

Parents can engage in some of the following activities at home to help their child. The below home strategies can be very valuable for all children.

Phonological Awareness Strategies English Spanish

Phonics and Spelling Strategies English Spanish

Fluency Strategies English Spanish

Vocabulary Strategies English Spanish

Comprehension Strategies English Spanish

If you need help implementing these strategies, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher for more information.

Attendance & Truancy Reminders

Please make sure to read up on Attendance policies (pp.46 & 47) in SUSD's Code of Conduct. This year attendance letters will be sent from SUSD.

Excessive Absences - Per A.R.S. §15-803(B), absences may be considered excessive when the number of absent days (excused and unexcused absences combined) exceeds ten percent (18 days) of the number of required attendance days prescribed in A.R.S. §15-802(B)(1). Students absent for ten consecutive school days (or in the case of Scottsdale Online Learning- 10 consecutive days with failure to login and complete work), except for excused absences identified herein, shall be withdrawn from the school effective the last day of attendance or reported excused absence, pursuant to A.R.S. 15-901(A). The governing board may take disciplinary action that may lead to expulsion pursuant to A.R.S. 15-342. Pursuant to A.R.S. 15-805(B)(1) at attendance officer may issue a citation to the guardian or the child that is in violation of A.R.S. 15-803.

A reminder that if your child will not be at school for the day, please call the attendance line 480-484-7360.


Arizona has a new House Bill 2707 that requires all K-12 public schools to implement a moment of silence each day. Please see the following information. We appreciate your help in speaking to your children about this, as is required by law.

This law requires we have at least one minute of silent reflection that is uninterrupted for students.

The law strictly prohibits teachers and staff from suggesting the content of the reflection as well as any interference into any individual’s moment of silence. We are required to encourage parents to discuss with your children how to use the moment of silence.

This minute will be done via our announcements and will take place at the start of each day, prior to instruction.

We appreciate your talking with your children and sharing with them your thoughts on how their moment of silence be utilized for your individual student.

Staff Treat Parent Sign-Up

Hi Anasazi Families, We want to show our Anasazi staff how much we love them by providing fun treats on Fridays throughout the school year. Sign up to bring a platter, plate, bowl, or box of yummy treats. Store bought or homemade. There is a Keurig machine so K-cups work too! There are approximately 50 staff members. Please drop off to the front office by 10am. Thank you so much for your generosity and support of our Anasazi staff!!

Thanks to all whom have signed up and shared goodies already. It was a staff moral booster for sure :)

Reminders from the Front Office

  • Please write your child’s name on water bottles and lunch boxes
  • Please make sure your child has their laptops, lunches, water bottles, instruments. We try our best to not interrupt the learning environment once the school day has begun
  • Please make sure your child knows how they are getting home before dropping off in the morning
  • Please be on time each day for school

A Note from Nurse Renee

Our COVID guidance has shifted to a main focus of not attending school with illness symptoms. The focus on COVID-like illness and at home testing can have us forgetting that there are other illnesses like strep, influenza, etc. that students should not be back to school with. This leads us to working with medical providers to find the answers and guarantee safe return to school.

If your child has any of the COVID-like illness symptoms, please be sure that they are not contagious to others before returning. Symptoms include any one of the following: fever, chills body/muscle aches, GI complaints, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, cough, headache, breathing difficulties, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, runny nose or congestion even if it seems like allergies.

**The expectation to test at home before returning is still the same, but you do not need to send a copy of the negative result to Nurse Renee.

Return to school after illness guidance to limit exposure to others:

  • Fever: Please keep your child home from school with a fever 100* or greater. Students may return to school with a temperature less than 100* without the use of fever-reducing medication--only if the child is fever-free for 24 hours.

  • Rash: All rashes should be identified by your medical provider. A note from the physician should be sent to the nurse identifying the rash as not contagious.

  • Vomiting: Students should not return to school for 24 hours after last episode of vomiting. Episodes of vomiting without fever can be due to virus and may still be contagious to classmates.

  • Pink Eye/Conjunctivitis: Students may not return to school while the eye is still red and draining. If no drainage, students can return 24 hours after the initiation of treatment.

  • Symptoms of any illness should be mostly resolved for return to school.

  • Diagnosis of illness by medical professionals to determine a safe return to school.

  • Communicate positive COVID tests and provide the test result to Nurse Renee. You will be given guidance on return to school dates.
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PTO Corner

  • PTO Website
  • Check out PTO's latest newsletter here.
  • Want to receive email updates from PTO? Click here or see Google Form below.

A Note from our Commuity Specialist

Dear Families:

Welcome to our 22-23 school year. I am your Community Specialist Ms. Luz, and I am here to assist you and your families. I am in charge of special programs like:

  • Food boxes (October, December, March)
  • Thanksgiving (Monday before)
  • Christmas "Adopt a Family"
  • Back to School Program (July)

All of theses programs are sponsored by generous entities that work hand in hand with our District: parents, PTOs, students, churches, community centers, the City of Scottsdale, and teachers.

It does not matter if you are in the receiving end or are a donor, we are "all inclusive" and completely confidential.

If you would like to apply for the programs mentioned above, please do not hesitate to call my direct line at 480-484-4614.

If you would like to donate articles that are much needed year round, you can do so through My Amazon Wish List:

Also, you can always donate food, toiletries, home furnishings (small), kitchen and houseware, and new clothing.

Thank you so much and let's make this year a memorable one!!!

Luz Dicono-McClenny |Community Specialist

Scottsdale Unified School District

10203 E. McDowell Ranch Road

Scottsdale, AZ. 85260

Direct Line
tel (480) 484-4600 X 4614

Community Events

  • McCormick Railroad Park is holding its annual Spook-Track-ula starting October 1st. 650 people per each time with the times being 6-7:30 and 8-9:30. Tickets on sale August 1st and cost is $15, 2 and under free.
  • Dunkin for Pumpkins @ MMRanch Park and Aquatic Center - 10/23

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IB Corner

Welcome to our 2022-23 school year! We are excited to have many new families join our learning community.

Anasazi Elementary School is an International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP) candidate school. This means that we are working towards our full verification. After three years of hard work, IB World Organization will be visiting us in November for our official verification visit. If all goes well, we will become an authorized IB World school.

This year students will continue to be fully immersed in the PYP class experience and will be completing several inquiry based units of study. During Curriculum Night, you are invited to attend an IB PYP information session, which will outline this program in more detail. We hope to see you there!

A Note from our IB PYP Coordinator

Sara Armstrong began working at Anasazi Elementary School in the fall of 2020. She is an experienced IB educator and accreditation coordinator. Ms. Armstrong is originally from Michigan but lived in Sweden for 14 years with her Swedish husband and daughter. During that time, she worked at an IB accredited international school where she taught in the PYP and with MYP learning support. She also served as the school’s Council of International Schools accreditation coordinator.

If you have any questions about the IB PYP please do not hesitate to contact her at

Front Office Contacts

Dijana Schlegelmilch

Administrative Support Coordinator

Elise Hepner

Administrative Support Assistant/Registration

Renee Tosto


Andrea Martin

Assistant Principal

Jennifer Waldron


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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.

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