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2017 Sonoran Sky Elementary STEM Night and Science Fair

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The 2017 STEM Night Event will feature four super-fun hands-on activities and a competitive Science Fair. Start creating your amazing ideas now for the big event, held on February 2nd from 5-8pm.

How to Participate
Bring your egg drops and trebuchets to the cafeteria by 9am on February 2nd. There is no pre-registration or fee. Participation prizes to the first 200 kids at each event.

Science Fair participants must pre-register by Friday, February 27th. There is a $5 fee to participate; however, no child will be turned away. Science Fair projects will be kept with the student in their classrooms until Fair set-up any 3:30 after school.

2017 Sonoran Sky Elementary Science Fair Entry Form

Bring all robots with you to the runway from 5:30 to 7:30pm. You are responsible for the safety of your own robot. There is no pre-registration or fee. Participation prizes to the first 200 kids.

Rubik’s Cube Team Tryouts will be help from 5pm to 7:30pm. We will have an official G4 timer and mat available for kids who can already “do the cube.” All kids who can do the cube in under two minutes are eligible to join the SSKY Cube Team. Participation prizes to the first 200 kids. There is no pre-registration or fee to participate at STEM Night; there are fees associated with joining the SSKY Cube Team.

Egg Drop!

Build a contraption that will protect a raw egg from a 25’ drop! It must be smaller than a 12” cube, weigh less than 5 lbs, cannot use a parachute, and must not be dangerous or extra-messy. Using any materials, kids can work in teams and with adult assistance, but each child may only participate in a single egg drop.

Trebuchet Launch!

Build a trebuchet that can send a gummy bear flying! Your trebuchet can be made with family or friends, use any materials, and be homemade or from a kit — as long as you can carry it, you can launch it! Kids can work in teams and with adult assistance, but each child may only participate in a single trebuchet launch.

Robot Runway!

Build a robot, any robot, and send it down the red carpet at STEM Night! We’ll have music, lights and an MC, so bring something amazing to show us! Your robot can be any size, any shape, and made from any materials, homemade or from a kit–but it may not be dangerous or extra-messy, and must conform to school rules. Kids can work in teams, and with adult assistance, but each child may only exhibit a single robot.

Rubik’s Cube Team Tryouts!

Get to twisting and get ready to shout, because if you can solve the Rubik’s Cube in under two minutes you’ll qualify to be a part of the 2017 Sonoran Sky Rubik’s Cube Team!

2017 Science Fair

2017 Sonoran Sky Elementary Science Fair Entry Form

Three Competition Brackets: K-2, 3/4, and 5/6
Individual entries only; sorry, no teams.
$5 Entry Fee and Form due January 27, 2017
Science Fair Judging Period: February 2, 3 – 5pm
Up to 12 5/6 Division Winners will continue on to compete in the Arizona Science and Engineering Fair State Competition!

Giving Thanks and Giving Back at Sonoran Sky

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The SSKY PTO would like to recognize and thank all our United States armed services veterans for their valuable service and dedication to our country.
There is no school today throughout the PVSchools district, so if you’ve accidentally dropped your kids off at school, you should probably turn around and get them!
Have a great weekend!



Monday, November 14
SSOS Giving Tree Begins

Wednesday, November 16
5th Grade SSKY Camp
School Tour, 1:30pm
Friday, November 18
Picture Retake Day 
Wednesday, November 23 –
Friday, November 25
Thanksgiving Recess
Monday, November  28
Classes Resume
PTO Exec Board, 9am
Tuesday, November  29
APEX Pep Rally, TBA
Saturday, December 10
SSOS Wrapping Event, 10am
The big week is finally here! Our fifth graders leave Wednesday morning for their long-anticipated trip north. Have fun, and take lots of pictures for the yearbook!
This Friday, November 18th is School Picture Retake Day. If your child was absent or you’d just like another crack at capturing their angelic personality, please contact your classroom teacher for more information.
UMOM New Day Centers provides shelter and services to homeless families in Phoenix. Our SSKY 6th grade PILOTS will be collecting disposable diapers, new or gently used baby clothes, toothbrushes, and toothpaste. The drive ends Friday, November 18th. Thank you!


This Thursday, November 17, the SSKY Hospitality Committee is coordinating small, grade-level and team lunches for Sonoran Sky’s teachers and staff to show our gratitude for all they do.

Help show them how THANKFUL we are for for their commitments to our children! Check out the Sign Up Genius to help host the meal for your teachers. Email with questions.



Join Sonoran Sky Opportunity to Serve (SSOS) to help make the holidays brighter for a family in need. 

The SSOS Giving Tree will offer Sonoran Sky families the chance to “adopt” a child from Cactus View Elementary, our Title 1 sister school. We will provide new toys, books, and games for elementary-aged children, along with bridge boxes containing food to help their families get through the holiday break. 

Starting Monday, November 14th, the Giving Tree will be growing in the lobby of Sonoran Sky. Pick an apple off the tree and sign up to participate in this chance to teach our kids about helping others. 

On Saturday, December 10th, from 10am to noon, all Sonoran Sky students and families are invited to come and help make cards, wrap the gifts, and box the food donations for delivery to Cactus View.


Questions? Contact — we would love to hear from you!

Q: Why do pirates have such a hard time learning the alphabet?
A: Because they always get stuck at ‘c’! 
Arrrr, that was a really bad joke. What isn’t a joke is our gratitude to all the volunteers and shoppers who sailed their ships through our Fall Scholastic Book Fair. Hearty thanks to our mateys, Book Fair Cap’ns Kat Nobeard and Spaghetti Legs Norton! It was fun, it was successful, and our bounty of over 3,500 books will be enjoyed by kids in every classroom!
Thus ends our bad pirate jokes and puns.
Sonoran Sky student Ande Strawbridge won a lot of cabbage for her 19-pound prize-winning cabbage in the National Bonnie Plants Cabbage Program. Read More
Nominate a deserving Sonoran Sky teacher for the annual 3TV Silver Apple Award, now through February 24th, 2017Winning teachers will be surprised in their classrooms by 3TV’s Javier Soto.
As we race towards the holidays, do you have a good idea for a New Year’s Resolution for Sonoran Sky? 
Submit your constructive feedback using our anonymous suggestion box,
which is shared with PTO President Bianca Cords and Principal Dawson. 
Check the PTO Enrichment Calendar for information regarding the final weeks of your child’s before or after school enrichment classes.
Keep reading our newsletters for breaking news regarding next semester’s PTO classes, taught by our own SSKY staff.
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NotMYkid at SSKY

2016-10-26_11-16-29In response to parent requests, Mr. Dawson invited local organization notMYkid to present to fifth and sixth grade students next week at Sonoran Sky.

Kids are often reluctant to tell adults about bullying because they feel embarrassed it’s happening to them, or they worry that their parents will be disappointed. The mission of the notMYkid foundation is to empower and educate communities with the knowledge and courage to identify and prevent negative youth behavior.

In addition to the student presentation, notMYkid will also present a special ADULTS ONLY session Monday, November 7th from 6:30-7:30pm in the Media Center.

2016 Kindergarten Roundup

Kinder Roundup

If you are the parent of a child who will be five years old by September 1st, 2016, please join us at the Sonoran Sky Kindergarten Roundup on February 1st, 2016 from 5:45 to 7pm!

Parents of kinders-to-be are invited to see the kindergarten classrooms and meet our oh-so-nice kindergarten teachers, Mrs. Spiekerman, Mrs. Armer, Ms. Muehling, and Miss Murray, and our excellent principal, Mr. Dawson! Please join us to learn about the wonderful Kindergarten programs and educational opportunities Sonoran Sky has to offer. During this event, parents will be able to visit classrooms, hear presentations from our teachers and principal, and get answers to all your kindergarten questions. The evening starts with a quick classroom viewing at 5:45pm. At 6:00pm we will begin our main presentation in the Media Center.

Sonoran Sky will begin taking Kindergarten applications the morning of Monday, February 1st. Download the necessary forms here. Completed applications should be submitted to the Sonoran Sky front office along with:

  1. A certified copy of your child’s birth certificate
  2. Your child’s immunization records
  3. Proof of Arizona residence (e.g., a current utility bill or lease agreement)

Please share this information with neighbors, friends, and family who have children that will be eligible to attend Kindergarten in the fall. We would love the opportunity to provide a quality education for those children, too!

We look forward to seeing you for this informative evening!