April 2018

Dear Parents:

March was another outstanding month. We appreciated attendance of parents at the Honors Assembly. It is truly rewarding to share and celebrate with all families the progress in learning students have made during the Second Trimester. PTA hosted an amazing Book Fair and Appreciation Dinner for staff and families. Book Fair Sales allow for support to identified students, books for the library, and books for classrooms. Our ongoing school theme this year is “Embracing Excellence through Collaboration”. Thank you for collaborating with us to ensure the best possible education for your child.

Informational meetings have been held regarding the proposed four day school calendar. Any questions, insights, or comments please still share. The possible proposal of the four day school calendar will be on the next Board Meeting Agenda. This meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 11, 5:00 pm start time in the school library. As always, this is an open meeting and all are welcome to attend.

Congratulations to our track students. 4th through 8th grade did an outstanding job representing our school. Overall, the school placed second place. We are proud of all the outstanding students who tried their best. Student Council hosted an engaging Minute To Win It activity for K-8 students. Huge thanks to them for all the fun. Another healthy outdoor event was hosted by Student Health Council in March. The Heart Healthy Fun Walk was done the Saturday of Spring Break. It was a true “Shamwalk”.

In April, we look forward to Family Sports Night on Thursday, April 19, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm. The Anti-Bullying Committee would like to remind you about resources available on the school website, There are two places anti-bullying information and reporting can be found. One place is under the Parent link and the other is under the Student link. Also, please never hesitate to call the school with any concerns.

The Title One Preschool (PK4) has been a big success again this year. We are looking for eligible students for next year. Students need to be four by August 31, 2018. Please call the school to register your child if you have one of age.

Here is something interesting: A ten year study by Harvard Medical School, explains that there are six primary factors related to the eventual intellectual capacity of a child, 1) the most critical period of a child’s mental development is between eight and eighteen months of age, 2) the mother is usually the most important person in the child’s environment, 3) the amount of “live language” directed to the child between twelve months and eighteen months is absolutely critical, 4) children given free access to living areas of their homes progressed much faster than those whose movements are restricted, 5) the family is the most important educational delivery system, 6) the best parents excel at three key things, including being superb designers and organizers of their children’s environment, they permit their children to interrupt them during brief thirty second episodes during which personal contact is established and information is exchanged, and they are firm disciplinarians while simultaneously show great affection to the child(Reprint, courtesy of Arizona Shine)

The whole month of April will include State testing for 3rd through 8th graders. All testing begins in the morning. It is important that students get adequate rest; eat healthy meals; and do not miss any testing days. We appreciate your cooperation.

AIMS Science for 4th and 8th grade ONLY: Completed in March

AzMERIT Writing: Thursday, April 5

AzMERIT English Language Arts (ELA): Tuesday, April 10 and Thursday, April 12

AzMERIT Math: Tuesday, April 17 and Thursday, April 19



3/30 and 4/2 NO SCHOOL: Spring Holiday

4/12 Midtrimester

4/5, 10, 12, 17 and 19 State Testing (3rd through 8th Grade)

4/19 Family Sports Night (5 pm to 6 pm)

4/20 Midtrimester Reports Mailed Home

5/11 First Annual Congress Elementary School Talent Show


Thank you for your continued support,

Dr. Stephanie Miller/Administrator