The Round-Up

The Sonoma Ranch Elementary School Principal's Newsletter

Year 8 Issue 288

2022 September 19-23
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We Engage We Educate We Inspire

Stallion Families,

As I shared last week, it is time for Fall Conferences. As you prepare for your student's parent-teacher conference, here are a few items to keep in mind.

Before the conference:

  • Ask your child how she feels about school.
  • Ask your child if there is anything that he wants you to talk about with his teacher.
  • Tell your child that you and the teacher are meeting to help her.
  • Make a list of topics that you want to talk about with the teacher

Prepare a list of questions such as:

  • What are my child's strongest and weakest subjects?
  • Does my child complete work on time?
  • Does my child participate in class?
  • Does my child seem happy at school?
  • What can I do at home to help?

During the conference:

  • Be on time (or early) for the meeting.
  • End the meeting on time. Other parents will probably have a conference after yours.
  • Relax and be yourself.
  • Stay calm during the conference.
  • Ask the most important questions first.
  • If your child receives special services such as reading support, ask about your child's progress in those classes.
  • Ask for explanations of anything you don't understand
  • Ask your child's teacher for ways that you can help your child at home.
  • Thank the teacher.

After the conference:

  • Talk about the conference with your child.
  • Talk about the positive points, and be direct about problems.
  • Tell your child about any plans you and the teacher created.
  • Keep in touch with the teacher during the school year.

Thank you all for participating in this important aspect of school!

Just to clarify our schedule this week, Wednesday is an Early Release Day. Students will dismiss at 1:55 PM on Wednesday. On Thursday and Friday, students will head home at 11:55 PM to allow time for conferences.

Our amazing PTSO has a tradition of feeding the teachers and staff on parent-teacher conference days. Our staff is here long into the evening and having food available is a huge benefit. If you would like to help feed the teachers during conferences, please click the link below. Your help is truly appreciated!

Help PTSO Feed the Staff for Conferences!

Parent Teacher Conferences are coming up at Sonoma Ranch Elementary and PTSO want to show our staff and teachers how much we appreciate them. PTSO will be providing lunch and dinner on September 22nd and lunch on September 23rd for the staff and teachers during Parent Teacher Conferences. We really appreciate all of your support and help in providing these meals for our great teachers and staff at Sonoma Ranch Elementary! Please sign up for the available slots by clicking on the button below.

Please remember that hot items and items that need to be refrigerated, need to arrive at the front office the morning of the date it is needed, as noted on the sign up. You can pick up your crockpot in the front office after school on either 9/22 or 9/23, depending on the day you bring it. Other items can be brought into the front office starting September 19th. Please label all crock pots with your name and no serving spoons are needed.

No Parking - A Note from Our Neighborhood Residents

A few parents seem not to have noticed the recently posted No Parking signs in the cul-de-sac off Maple Street behind the school. Parking in that cul-de-sac violates these laws according to 28-873:

Stopping, standing, or parking prohibitions; definition:

1. [does not park] On a sidewalk.

2. [does not park] In a private driveway [including crossing any area of the driveway].

4. [does not park] Within an intersection.

5. [does not park] Within fifteen feet of a fire hydrant.

6. [does not park] On a crosswalk.

7. [does not park] Within twenty feet of a crosswalk at an intersection.

(a) The driver does not leave the vehicle.

Do not park where a No Parking sign is posted.

New Arizona law passed Oct, 2021, House Bill 2395. Fines $250.

Parking violations MC 62-71, $145. 46-31 and 46-86,

1st Offense, $250. 2nd Offense, $610, 3rd Offense, $975.

Laws are written for the safety of everyone. Violations of the law make it dangerous for children running to their vehicles after school as cars travel along Maple St. The first time a Sonoma Ranch child gets hit by a passing vehicle, we all will be grieved.

Parents have two safe options:

1) The school has provided pickup through the school property which keeps all children safe. 2) There is also legal parking available on the streets (other than the No Parking areas).

Neighborhood residents respectfully ask that parents use the two safe options. Think of what is being taught to a child when a parent does not following Arizona safety laws. Hopefully, it will not take a ticket from the Gilbert Police to change drivers’ parking habits.

The Week Ahead

Monday the Chess Emporium class meets after school.

Tuesday StuCo Exec meets after school in Ms. Lawson's room.

Wednesday is a one hour early release day. Students will head home at 1:55 PM. The Dance Sequins class meets after school in the band room.

Thursday students head home at 11:55 AM to allow for Fall Conferences.

Friday students head home at 11:55 AM to allow for Fall Conferences. It is also a Stallion Style Day!
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PTSO Restaurant Day

Mark your calendars - next Tuesday the 27th!
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Thank you and Be Safe,
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Colin M. Kelly,


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Do you shop at Fry's?

Enroll in Fry's Community Rewards and earn money for a Sonoma Ranch every time you shop. It’s easy and free to enroll! When you link your Shopper’s Card, every purchase you make provides funds for the Ranch! Plus, you’ll earn fuel points at the same time. Click the link to sign up:
Sonoma Ranch Elementary PTSO Facebook Page

Check out the amazing things these wonderful parents do for the Ranch!