August 8, 2016
Welcome back to school for the 2016-2017 School Year! We are
excited to start school and get learning new
information! Please remember to send your child to school with
a water bottle! Hydration is extremely important in our hot desert
climate this time of year. Should you have any questions about
anything, don't hesitate to contact the front office @
Greetings Bobcat Families:
It's already that time of year to start heading back to school!
I am sure many families are ready for school to begin again! We are
looking forward to having all of our students back too! I hope you
were all able to rest and recharge for the new school year! I was
able to spend time with my family, friends & colleagues over
the break for relaxation and new learning.
Over the summer, I attended professional development with
colleagues from our district, state and world! We learned about
many ways to engage students with our academic focus, STEAM
-Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math, through
meaningful learning that excites them. It also prepares them for
future careers with project based learning that many schools and
districts have done over the years. We came away with many ideas
for STEAM projects that not only engage the students, but serve a
broader purpose to make a difference in the lives of other members
of our community. It is my hope that our teachers experiment and
embrace project based learning to inspire our students to not only
love learning, but to become great and productive citizens of our
We are looking forward to seeing you all at Meet the Teacher
Night, which is Thursday, August 4th from 5-6:30 pm. Please enter
through the multi-purpose room. Your child's classroom teacher will
be contacting you all next week to introduce themselves. Our grade
level supply lists are online at our website, in our front office
and also at Walmart. You may bring any supplies to Meet the Teacher
Night or on the first day of school, Monday, August 8th. As a
reminder, students may report to school by 8:05 a.m. and students
should be ready to start the day in their new desks at 8:35
a.m.! We encourage your children to bring water bottles
to school to keep hydrated during this very hot weather.
Wednesday, 8/10 is an early release day at 1:35, as well as every
Wednesday throughout the school year. Please notify your
child's classroom teacher by completing the afternoon dismissal
form at Meet the Teacher Night so your child goes home to the
appropriate dismissal area. Please read the following page
for information regarding our updated dismissal procedures due to
I look forward to working with you and your child this year to
make this the best school year ever! Enjoy the rest of the summer
and we will see you soon!
Janel Hildick, Principal
School Year Dismissal Procedures for
"Park and Pick Up"
Due to increased enrollment and to ensure a safe dismissal, "Park
& Pick-Up" kindergarten students will be released at 3:20 p.m.
Students will be released at the front of the school only to
parents who walk to the building's far west door to pick up his/her
child. This door is near the music room & at the furthest west
entry into the building. Parents must park in the visitor parking
lot at the front of the school in the parking area closest to the
front office. No vehicles may be in the "Bus Lane"/Fire Lane
closest to the curb of the school as this is a violation to mix
parent and bus traffic. We have buses that arrive around this same
time to await pick up of students at 3:35.
1st-6th Grade Non
As a reminder, there are a few options for students who do not ride
the bus. Students who walk or bike away from school will be
released before "Park and Pick-Up" students to ensure a safe
release away from parent traffic.
• 1st -6th Grade "Park & Pick-Up" students: Parents must
park in the west parking lot and pick up your child from the
playground gate. Please realize many parents choose this option to
pick up children, so please take your time and be patient.
• Walk or Bike to school.
• Park and Pick up your child at the other side of any of the
4 crosswalks surrounding our school.
- o Butterfield Pkwy/Santa Cruz Crosswalk -North Side
- o Honeycutt/Donithan Crosswalk -South Side
- o Duncan/Mc Cord Crosswalk -West Side
- o Donithan/Mc Cord Crosswalk -East Side