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SSOS Giving Tree 2017 Starts TODAY!

A Season of Giving
SSOS 2017 Giving Tree
This season, adopt a child or help supply bridge boxes to make a happy holiday for kids at our Title I sister school Cactus View Elementary.
Important Giving Tree Dates
  • Adoptions begin via Sign Up Genius – TODAY, Monday, Nov. 20th
  • Drop off labeled, unwrapped gifts – by Wednesday, Dec. 6th
  • Drop off food and toiletry items – by Wednesday, Dec. 6th
  • Boxing & Wrapping Party – Saturday, Dec. 9th, 1-4pm
Please provide your adopted child with one toy and one book. The suggested gift amount per child is $25. Please label your gifts, but leave them unwrapped. Enclose each child’s donations in a single bag or box, if possible.
Gifts are Great, Food is Essential
Additionally, we are collecting food and toiletry items to build “Bridge Boxes” of food for the winter break. 70% of CVES students are provided with free and reduced lunch, and also receive breakfast at school. When school is not in session, many of them go without regular meals. Help us provide food security to these children with donations of food that are non-perishable, require minimum kitchen preparation, and can be eaten at room temperature.
For more information on suggested donations, please click HERE.
SSKY CALENDAR
Wednesday, November 22-Friday, November 24
Thanksgiving Holiday, No School
Friday, November 24
Last Day for RAT Donations

Monday, November 27-Friday, December 8
Giving Tree Event
Tuesday, November 28
Talent Show Dress Rehearsal, 3:30-5:30pm
Thursday, November 30
School Tour, 1:30pm
Talent Show, 6-8pm
Friday, December 1
Open Early Bird Enrollment Ends
Tuesday, December 5
PTO Meeting, 8am
Early Release, 12:30pm
School Playdate, 12:30pm
My Pie Dine-Around, All Day
Thursday, December 7
Kendra Scott Party, 5-8pm
Monday, December 25 – Friday, January 5
Winter Break, No School
Sky’s The Limit Dress Rehearsal
We are looking forward to our upcoming Sky’s The Limit talent performance on Thursday, Nov. 30th. Thank you to everyone who returned their permission forms.
Please remember there is a MANDATORY DRESS REHEARSAL on Tuesday, Nov. 28th from 3:30-5:30pm on the Cafeteria Stage.
All acts will be rehearsed in the correct show order with all costumes and props.
Contact the Talent Show Co-chairs with questions – Kerri Bauer and Stephanie Mindlin
RAT Raises over $55,000
Kids Read Over 620,000 Minutes
To say RAT was a success is an understatement… we blew it out of the water!!! 
As a school, we raised $55,377.80 and read 620,302 minutes. That makes us the nation’s #1 grossing elementary school in Read-a-Thon’s history. Way to go SSKY!
We have supporters still making donations and the link is still live. Be sure to get final donations in before Friday, Nov 24th
Some other important upcoming RAT dates:
  • Limo Lunch – Monday, Nov. 20, 11:30am-1pm at My Pie
  • Glow Dance Party with Kona Ice – Tuesday, Nov. 21, 1:45-2:30pm in the cafeteria… Wear White!
We would love to hear your RAT feedback. Can you answer this short survey to let us know what you thought of RAT? Click HERE.
For a list of our student RAT winners as well as a long list of the amazing parents and community business partners and donors that helped make this fundraiser such a success, please click HERE.
Congratulations Chess Team
Congratulations to the Sonoran Sky K-3 and K-6 chess teams. Both teams took 3rd place at the Best of Phoenix Chess Tournament this weekend. Way to go to represent our school! We are proud of you!
Don’t Miss These Dates!
Get ready for a dine-around! My Pie is donating 20% of all sales to SSKY PTO on Tuesday, Dec. 5th. It’s also a half-day so come for lunch or dinner. My Pie is located at 12601 N. Tatum, next to Sprouts. For the flyer, click HERE.
Grab your girls and join us for a Kendra Scott gives back event. Enjoy sips, sweets, and jewels. Thursday, Dec. 7th, 5-8pm. Kendra Scott at Scottsdale Quarter. For the flyer, click HERE.
Join us for an ALL SCHOOL playdate on our next Early Release day. Order some My Pie, pick up your kiddos and meet us after school at Northsight Park on Tuesday, Dec. 5th.
The Sonoran Sky Yearbook is currently $28. That price increases on Friday, Dec. 1st. Don’t delay, order your yearbook today!
Open early bird enrollment is ending soon. Our school is currently accepting open enrollment for the 2018-19 school year. For students living outside school boundaries, applications will need to be submitted prior to the Friday, Dec. 1st deadline. More info can be found HERE.
More than 1000 members of the PV community will run/walk at a district 5k at Horizon High School on Saturday, Feb. 3rd. All are invited to attend regardless of athletic ability or age. For more info, click HERE.
We’re looking for someone to captain the SSKY team. If interested, contact Alison Feinberg.
Mark your calendars for our parents Night Out and School Fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 10th.
This is guaranteed to be a fun night out while helping our fantastic school! Early Bird tickets will go on sale in December and regular tickets in January.
Be on the lookout for Silent Auction Donor Letters in your email in the coming weeks. We are still looking for great items. For the Save the Date, click HERE.
PTO Open Positions
We’re looking for volunteers to fill the following positions. Elected positions are generally two-year commitments and we are planning to hold the election early spring.
Thank you to everyone who has already expressed interest or self-nominated. We appreciate you. If YOU are interested in ANY of these positions, please contact Alison Feinberg.
Open Executive Board Positions
President Elect
Secretary
Treasurer
VP Fundraising Co-Chair
Open PTO Board Positions (elected positions)
Enrichment
Wonderland
Volunteer Chair
UPC
Open Non-Elected Positions
External Grants
Book Fair
Feedback Needed
Leave your Review of SSKY on Great Schools
Enrollment for 2018-19 is underway and we need your help reaching out to new families who are interested in joining the SSKY community next year!
Write a review at www.greatschools.org explaining why you love Sonoran Sky. Your review is anonymous and only takes a few moments. Review our school by clicking HERE.
The SSKY PTO Suggestion Box
Do you have a great idea to share? We’re always looking for new ideas and feedback about our events. If you have a positive idea to share, please drop a note in our anonymous suggestion box. sskypto.com/about/suggestionbox/
PV Schools Survey for School Calendar
Do you have feedback on the school schedule? A calendar committee consisting of representatives from all stakeholder groups is charged with the task of developing school calendars for the 2019 through 2023 school years. Check your email for a link to a quick, three question survey or click HERE.
Community Business Partners
Our Community Business Partners generously support our school and public education. Please take a minute to click on the logos below and visit their websites.
Looking for a camp this winter break? The JCC has you covered with “Winter Break Fun Days & Camps.”
Dec. 26-29 & Jan. 2-5 | 9am-3pm
Members: $160/week, $50/day per child Guests: $240/week, $75/day per child
Girl Scouts is the best girl leadership organization in the world, created with and for girls. Girl Scouts offers a one-of-a-kind experience for girls with a program tailored specifically to their unique developmental needs. 
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Log Your RAT Minutes and Pledges by 10pm Monday!

Read-a-Thon Success
We are very proud to announce that we met our original goal of raising $20,000 to continue funding existing programs*. THANK YOU!!!!
BUT, WE’RE NOT DONE!
LOG ALL MINUTES AND DONATIONS BY 10PM
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 13
READ-A-THON is not over and we’d love to accomplish TWO MORE GOALS with this fundraiser before MONDAY AT 10PM:
1) NEW GOAL! Raise an additional $30,000 to finance our new playground project; and;
2) Read a combined total of 500,000 minutes in two weeks! That’s HALF A MILLION MINUTES!
This additional money will go towards funding our new playground project! And, if we reach HALF A MILLION MINUTES, we’ll have a surprise prize for ALL our readers!
KEEP READING! KEEP FUNDRAISING! WE CAN MEET ALL OUR GOALS!
*Funding existing programs each year is one of the PTO’s primary goals. To meet this goal, each major fundraiser, (Team Thunderbird, RAT, and Cantina Night) is tasked with raising a portion of the funds necessary to maintain existing programming. When that fundraiser reaches its goal, the PTO is able to allocate additional funds to other programs.
SSKY CALENDAR
Monday, November 13
Last Day of RAT
Log minutes & donations by 10pm
Talent Show Screenings
Tuesday, November 14
Student Only Finale Rally
Talent Show Screenings
Wednesday, November 15
Wednesday, November 22-Friday, November 24
Thanksgiving Holiday, No School
Thursday, November 30
Talent Show, 6-8pm
Monday, December 25 – Friday, January 5
Winter Break, No School
The Playground Project
playground rendering
The PTO has already approved and committed funds to partially pay for the playground project. But, because this is a really big and expensive project, it was designed as a multi-year, multi-phase endeavor. Splitting the project into phases, as originally planned, means that only a few new pieces will be added each year as the PTO raises the necessary money.
READ-A-THON can speed the multi-year process up! Because READ-A-THON already met the goal necessary to fund existing programs, additional funds will go towards the playground project!
***These are potential playground designs. We are waiting for final District approvals.
Read-A-Thon’s Last Days
Raffle Prizes
Students earn raffle tickets for every 100 minutes they read and every $25 they raise.
Final RAT Activities
November 13 – Last Day, Log all minutes and donations by 10pm
November 14 – Student Only Finale Rally
November 17 - Free Recess Time
November 17 – Ice Cream Sandwich Party
November 20 – Limo Lunch
November 21 – Glow Dance Party, during school hours
Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for up-to-date announcements and Read-a-Thon updates!
Save the Date for these Events
Cantina Night – February 10, 2018
Join us for a fabulous Adults Night Out in Old Town Scottsdale on Saturday, February 10th, 2018.
Tickets go on sale soon!
Come see all our talented Sonoran Sky students at the 4th annual Talent Show on November 30th from 6-8pm.
FREE event. Seating is first come, first served.
Giving Tree Toy and Food Collection

Nov 27th- December 6th

SSOS Wrapping and Packing Event on Saturday, December 9th 1-4pm
Various Things
The Sonoran Sky Yearbook is currently $28. That price increases on December 1st. Don’t delay, order your yearbook today!
Do you volunteer at school? Do you need a nametag? If you do, please let Megan know ASAP! She’s placing an order NEXT WEEK.
The Directory is almost finished. Thank you all so much for your patience. If you have not ordered one, please do so NOW. The price increased to $10.
Birthday in a Box and Birthday Marquee orders MUST be placed 7 school days in advance. We’ve been getting A LOT of late orders. Please, be courteous to your fellow volunteers – order SEVEN days in advance.
PTO Open Positions
We’re looking for volunteers to fill the following positions. Elected positions are generally two year commitments and we are planning to hold the election early next year.
Thank you to everyone who has already expressed interest or self-nominated. We appreciate you. If YOU are interested in ANY of these positions, please contact Alison Feinberg.
Open Executive Board Positions
President Elect
Secretary
Treasurer
VP Fundraising Co-Chair
Open PTO Board Positions (elected positions)
Enrichment
Wonderland
Volunteer Chair
UPC
Open Non-Elected Positions
External Grants
Book Fair
Smile! It’s Picture Retake Day
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Picture Retakes are November 15th at 9AM! If we did not see you on Picture Day or you would like a new image, do not miss out on ordering pictures for your student. Come by the office for a form or order online at https://ios.mydorian.com using our school’s access key: WKHHZYAX.
Online pre-orders using our school’s access key are available up to 4 days after retake day. If your student needs a do-over, send the original photos in and have the student turn them in to the photographers. If you have questions, please call the office.
Thank You!
THANK YOU to everyone who helped with the book fair. A special big thanks to the decorating team! Becca Norton, Michelle Kass, and Julie Burr! The library looked awesome and the decorations were amazing. 
Book fair was a big success. We sold a total of $15000 dollars worth of books. I just want you to know that it takes a village- so thank you all for being part of that village! It would not have happened without everyone donating their time. 
Again, a HUGE Thank You to everyone!! Shannon Boivin, Kristina Brown, Jen Burns, Michele Carroll, Whitney Crutchley, Kristen Dezso, Alison Feinberg, Marni Gerber, Gwen Gorlin, Sheri Granger Kravetz, Monisha Hemde, Kyla Johnson, Michelle Kass, Glory Kaufman, Allison Kierman, Michele Koivisto, Allyson Laks, Denise Lieberthal, Christie Maroulis, Lisa Merendino, Becca Norton, Alison Plotnik, Amy Rhodes, Sharalee Schneider, Becky Schroepfer, Sarah Sharma, Jennifer Sosnow, Carla Stark, Megan Starr, Marni Steinberg, Liz Vaisben, Elizabeth Vitaro, Nina Vomero, Pearl Woodring, and Tricia Zich.
Community Business Partners
Our Community Business Partners generously support our school and public education. Please take a minute to click on the logos below and visit their websites.
MOD is the original superfast pizza experience – a pioneering fast-casual concept that puts you in the driver’s seat. Artisan-style pizzas and salads are individually sized, made on demand, and ready in just minutes. Choose from over 30 toppings – the price stays the same no matter what you pick. 
i9 Sports offers youth sports leagues, camps and clinics for boys and girls ages 3-14 in today’s most popular sports such as flag football, soccer, basketball, and baseball. i9 Sports provides a youth sports experience unlike any other teaching the importance of good sportsmanship on the field and in life.
Kierman Law PLC offers advice to Arizona families and businesses in the following areas: wills, trusts, estate planning, probate and probate litigation, succession planning, and charitable giving.
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Book Fair and ReadThon start TODAY!

Go Wild for Great Books!
Yeeeee-HAAAW! The reading adventure begins TODAY with this fall’s Wild West Book Fair: Saddle Up and Read!
Make your way to the reading frontier, where readers are wanted and adventure awaits.
So come on down to the Library, partner, and get ready to have your boots knocked off! You may even ride off into the sunset with a few new books to love!
Shopping Hours
Monday 9am – 3:30pm
Tuesday-Thursday, 7:45am – 3:30pm
Friday 7:45am – 2:30pm
If you are unable to attend the Fair in person, we invite you to visit our online Book Fair.
SSKY CALENDAR
Monday, October 30
Book Fair Opens, 9am-3:45pm
Tuesday, October 31
Dress up as a book character
Book Fair, 7:45am-3:45pm
Wednesday, November 1
Book Fair, 7:45am-3:45pm
Thursday, November 2
Book Fair, 7:45am-3:45pm
Cantina Night Mtg, 9am
School Tour, 9:15am
Executive Board Mtg, 10am
Friday, November 3
Book Fair closes 2:30pm
Tuesday, November 7
PTO Meeting, 8am
November 10
No School
Monday, November 13
Last Day of RAT
Wednesday, November 22-Friday, November 24
Thanksgiving Holiday, No School
Monday, December 25 – Friday, January 5
Winter Break, No School
Plan Ahead – Camp Options
Are you looking for a day camp for the November 10th Veterans Day Holiday, Thanksgiving Break, or Winter Break? Check out these Community Business Partners:
Dream Team Academy offers a fun and athletic daily camp. The price is $75 per day and includes basketball training. Lunch is an additional $9 per child. https://www.dreamteamacademy.com/
The JCC offers camps all year long during most SSKY school breaks. At the JCC’s Camp Shemesh, your child enjoys all the fun of camp with art, drama, sports, swimming, games, and more! Grades K-5.
Read-A-Thon Begins TODAY
Students who have created their personal RAT page will start earning minutes TODAY! Remember that every child who creates a RAT page before WEDNESDAY gets $2 (TWO DOLLARS) to spend at the Wild West Book Fair AND they earn raffle tickets for every 100 minutes they read. If they don’t have a RAT page, they don’t get credit for reading!
If you have any trouble setting up the RAT page, please contact Kristina Brown.
Come dressed as your favorite book character tomorrow! We can’t wait to see all the creative costumes, but don’t forget to bring a copy of the book (or just a print out of the cover!) to share with the class.
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RAT Activities This Week
Monday Take your shoes off and read.
TuesdayDress-up as your favorite character. Click here for ideas.
Wednesday D.E.A.R. (Drop everything and read!) 9am.
ThursdayGenre Day. Bring a book in your favorite genre to read!
Friday Spirit Day and Crazy Sock Day.
Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for up-to-date announcements and Read-a-Thon updates!
DEADLINE
Participation Forms DUE Friday!
The deadline is Friday! No exceptions – so don’t miss out on this fun activity!
We encourage all students to participate in this fantastic event! While we have a screening day, there is no “audition” and no judging. *ALL APPROPRIATE ACTS WILL BE ALLOWED A MAXIMUM TIME OF ONE MINUTE AND 30 SECONDS.*
FRIDAY 11/3- Talent Show participation forms are due. Download permission form HERE.
MONDAY 11/13 & TUESDAY 11/14– Student Act screenings during students’ recess.
TUESDAY 11/28– Mandatory Dress Rehearsal in SSKY cafeteria 3:30-5:30pm.
THURSDAY 11/30– Showtime in SSKY cafeteria 6:00-8:00pm.
Please feel free to contact the Talent Show Co-chairs with questions – Kerri Bauer and Stephanie Mindlin
Thank You!
We are really lucky and grateful to have so many volunteers at Sonoran Sky! Thank you to everyone who takes time out of their schedule to help our school. We can never thank everyone, but we’ll try our best! If you see a volunteer please say “Thank you!” and if you haven’t volunteered yet this year, check out the available opportunities at http://sskypto.com/volunteer-sign-genius-opportunities/.
Our fabulous Hospitality Committee went above and beyond last week to help make Conference Week fun for the teachers and staff. A big shout out to Sheryl Thomas (who doesn’t even have a child at SSKY!), Christy Burkhard, Ernea Crown, and Nikki Coburn for helping decorate and set-up the teacher’s lounge.
Thank you to Tracy Arola-Johnson, Amy Rhodes and Courtney Pruitt for delivering the food and helping serve and clean up Monday night’s teacher dinner! 
Also, many thanks to Candice Gimbel, Courtney Pruitt, Alison Feinberg, Myria Kniffen, Kyla Johnson, Becky Shroepfer, Nikki Coburn, Tricia Zich, Rachel Mikalsky,Leigh Piper, Michelle Fang, Kelley Crandall, Barbara Stein, Gwen Gorlin, Shacke Sanosian, Allison Kierman, Amy Rhodes, Sarah Levin, Mary Hatsakorzian, Brandi Ellsworth, and Denise Lieberthal for bringing in snacks/drinks and baked goodies for the teachers to munch on during the week. 
Finally, many, many thanks to Mary Hatsakorzian for making an entire Halloween-themed dessert table. We appreciate you ALL!
Trunk or Treat was a HUGE success.
We were impressed and wowed by the creativity of the 24 families that hosted trunks. Thank you to the Arola-Johnson Family, Brown Family, Burkhard Family, Chin Family, Frazee Family, Hatsakorzian Family, Hudek Family, Kass Family, Kierman Family, Norton Family, Plotnik Family, Pruitt Family, Rich Family, Richley Family, Sharma Family, Simon Family, Sosnow Family, Starr-Becker Family, Sullivan Family, Tuite Family, Tulin Family, Wargo Family, and the Zich Family. Special thanks to the Front Office Circus and the Wonderland Compost Team!
Thank you Whitney Crutchley, Nicole Chavez, and the Pruitt Family for playground safety patrol. 
If you missed Trunk or Treat check Facebook and Twitter for pictures and other SSKY news!
trunk or treat 2017
trunk or treat 2017
Community Business Partners
Our Community Business Partners generously support our school and public education. Please take a minute to click on the logos below and visit their websites.
Did you know that our very own Talent Show coordinator, Keri Bauer, is also the owner of All About Dance?
All About Dance offers: Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Hip-Hop, Lyrical, Contemporary, Gymnastics, Turns & Technique and Pre-School Dance.
Call the studio today and “come dance with us!”
Kumon learning centers for children specializes in nationwide after school math and reading programs for preschool students through 12th grade.
Call the center to book a free Parent Orientation and Placement Test for your child.
Arizona orthopedic surgeons are at Phoenix Orhopedic Group! As experienced Phoenix orthopedic doctors, we offer you expert orthopedic surgery for your sports medicine injuries when you visit our clinics. 
Send Us Your Pictures!
Make sure your class is well-represented in the 2017-18 Sonoran Sky Yearbook!
Did you take a great picture on the first day of school, at the Back-to-School dance, Trunk-or-Treat, on a field trip, during a grade-level performance, or just hanging out in the classroom? Please share it with yearbook@sskypto.com
While you’re at it – don’t forget to order your yearbook before the price goes up. The last minute price in May is MORE THAN DOUBLE the Early Bird pricing! Remember how you kicked yourself for forgetting last year? Don’t do that again!
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Conference Week, Trunk or Treat and More

Conference Week Essentials
Parent Teacher Conference Week is here. This is a great time to discuss both strengths and opportunities for your student.
During Conference week our teachers will be working extra hard and are excited to be meeting with you. Important things to remember this week:
Early Release Days. To allow time for conferences, the children will be released at 12:30pm the following days:
  • Wednesday, October 25
  • Thursday, October 26
No School Friday, October 27. Please plan accordingly.
Sign-Up Genius has closed. If you have any questions about sign-ups, please contact your student’s teacher.
THE SSKY CALENDAR
Wednesday, October 25
Early Release, 12:30pm

Thursday, October 26
Read-a-Thon (RAT) Kickoff, 9:30am
Early Release, 12:30pm
Trunk or Treat, 5:30pm
Friday, October 27
No School

Monday, October 30
RAT Begins
Book Fair Begins
Tuesday, October 31
Dress up as a book character
Tuesday, November 2
School Tour, 9:15am
Monday, November 13
Last Day of RAT
Trunk or Treat and a Movie
Read-A-Thon (RAT) is Coming!
Welcome to RAT… Read-a-Thon!
Get ready to read and raise money for Sonoran Sky. October 30th through November 13th, Sonoran Sky students will be reading at school and fundraising towards our $20,000 goal. Your involvement will encourage our students to read, promote literacy, and help raise the funds necessary to provide our students with the best environment to learn! 
Here are some main points to keep in mind this week as RAT kicks off:
Check last week’s Friday Folder for your student’s detailed RAT Packet.
Help your student create their personal RAT webpage by October 27th.
Talent Show – Permission Forms DUE
Calling all jugglers, singers, dancers, pianists and so on! We are excited and looking forward to the upcoming preparations for the 4th Annual SSKY “Sky’s The Limit” Talent Show. We encourage all students Grades K-6 to participate in this fantastic event! *ALL ACTS WILL BE ALLOWED A MAXIMUM TIME OF 1:30*.
Check out the important dates & information to know for the upcoming Talent Show:
FRIDAY 11/3- All Talent Show participation forms are due to the front office. Every student must have a form included with a payment of $10.00 in order to participate in the show. Download permission form HERE.
MONDAY 11/13 & TUESDAY 11/14– Student Act screenings during students recess.
TUESDAY 11/28– Mandatory Dress Rehearsal in SSKY cafeteria 3:30-5:30pm.
THURSDAY 11/30– Showtime in SSKY cafeteria 6:00-8:00pm.
Please feel free to contact the Talent Show Co-chairs – Kerri Bauer and
Stephanie Mindlin at kerri.bauer@cox.net
Have You….?
Given us SEVEN days notice to get your child’s birthday on the marquee and to order your Birthday in a Box?
SSKY loves celebrating birthdays on our marquee and with treats in the classroom. Sign up for either or both by clicking HERE. REMEMBER orders MUST be placed 7 days in advance! We know things happen, but our all-volunteer network needs those 7 days to make things happen! THANK YOU!
Found a school-wide volunteer opportunity that is perfect for you?
Many hands make light work. Take a look at some of our current school-wide volunteer opportunities and sign-up to help where you can. Find your perfect school-wide volunteer opportunity and sign up by clicking HERE.
Taken a peek at the Lost and Found on your way out of conferences?
Please stop by the Lost and Found while you are visiting campus for your child’s parent teacher conference. We have accumulated lots of items this year. Items that are not claimed after this week will be discarded or donated.
Over $1,000 Raised at Dine-Around
THANK YOU so very much to Chipotle and to everyone who went to the Dine-Around on October 19th. Because of this amazing business partnership and our committed community, Chipotle will donate $1,039.69 to Sonoran Sky, which is 50% of the sales brought in by SSKY supporters! 
Thanks to Our Trunk or Treat Partners!
We’re mobile. We’re fun. We’re stocked with the most delicious flavors you’ve ever tasted. Need a moment of pure bliss? Kona Ice has you covered. Come visit us, let our sweet tunes sweep you away to an island in the middle of the ocean. And while you’re there, kick up your feet and enjoy a nice cup of our premium shaved ice.
Queso Good is a gourmet quesadilla food truck serving up melted cheesy goodness inside crispy tortillas. Queso Good is a division of Ralph’s Snack Bar, Arizona’s largest food truck operator. Family owned and operated, serving the Phoenix Metropolitan area since 1973.
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Everything you need to know about the ReadThon…

All Things Read-a-Thon
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Welcome to RAT… Read-a-Thon!
Get ready to read and raise money for Sonoran Sky. October 30th through November 13th, Sonoran Sky students will be reading at school and fundraising towards our $20,000 goal.
Your involvement will encourage our students to read, promote literacy, and help raise the funds necessary to provide our students with the best environment to learn!  
Let’s break it down!
  • Help your student create their personal RAT webpage by October 27th. Details in RAT Packet.
  • Students will read at school and participate in a ton of fun activities. Click here to see the Fun RAT Calendar
  • Yes, this is also a fundraiser, so we ASK that all students reach out to their family, friends, neighbors and community to ask for donations towards our SSKY $20,000 fundraising goal. Your RAT webpage can facilitate all donation asks online.
  • Check out RAT’s Prize Program to see how students can earn sweet prizes for both reading extra “At Home” minutes and getting donations. Click here to see the Prize Program
  • Here is a short video from Kristina about RAT https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLkRKS9WP-M&feature=youtu.be
THE SSKY CALENDAR
Thursday, October 26
RAT Kickoff, 9:30am
Early Release, 12:30 pm
Trunk or Treat, 5:30pm
Monday, October 30
RAT Begins
Book Fair Begins
Tuesday, October 31
Dress up as a book character
Tuesday, November 7
2nd gr. Guest Readers, 9am
Kinder Guest Readers, 11am
1st gr. Guest Readers, 2:30pm
Wednesday, November 8
4th gr. Guest Readers, 10:30am
3rd gr. Guest Readers, 11am
Thursday, November 9
5th gr. Guest Readers, 9am
6th gr. Guest Readers, 2:30pm
Monday, November 13
Last Day of RAT
RAT
WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?

  • We need to raise $20,000 to fund our existing obligations, including essential things like back-to-school start-up materials, Artists-in-Residence, science instruction with full-time Master Gardener Karen Klein, electronic resources like Chromebooks, important additional professional development for our teachers, and so much more.
  • If we raise more than the $20,000 we need to meet our financial obligations, those additional funds will go directly to our new 1st – 6th grade playground equipment. So, for example, if we raise $25,000, $5,000 will go towards the playground and, if we are successful fundraisers, it may even get installed over THIS winter break! Kids could come back in January to a NEW PLAYGROUND!
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact RAT Committee Chair,
Kristina Brown at kbrown4110@gmail.com
*Be sure to check your student’s Friday Folder on October 20th for their Read-a-Thon Packet.
Let’s have some fun, read like crazy and make some money for Sonoran Sky!!!
Thank you in advance for your support!
Sonoran Sky Elementary Schools RAT Committee, Teachers and Staff
RAT Kickoff Rally
RAT
RAT Kickoff Rally
Thursday, October 26 at 9:30am
Come enjoy some school spirit, tons of fun and Kristy Bidwell, owner of the Cardinals and Game Time Coaching, as she speaks to the students about setting GOALS.
We encourage parents to come join the fun!
We Need RAT Volunteers
RAT
To make Read-a-Thon super successful, it is going to take a Village.
Please take a look at RAT’s Sign Up Genius and sign up for a few time slots.
Dress as Your Favorite Book Character
Have you been planning your Halloween Dress Up Costume?
As part of our RAT Fun, SSKY Students and Teachers
may come to school in costume on October 31st. But, there is a stipulation . . . you must dress as your favorite book character AND you must bring the book (or a copy of the book cover) with you so you can share your character with the class!
All costumes must be age appropriate and no weapons of any type may be brought to school.
Did you miss the DIY Book Character Costume Ideas Sheet?
Mark Your Calendar!
RAT’s version of Friendly Fridays is back!
Each student is invited to bring in a Guest Reader to class on their grade’s special day. This Guest Reader can be a parent, grandparent, family member, neighbor or friend. There is nothing fancy to it.
We ask that Guest Readers just come at your student’s specific grade level time, sign in at the office and be ready to read in small groups with your kiddo and some friends for 30 minutes.
There is no need to RSVP
and you can bring your own books or borrow some from the classroom.
For students that do not have a guest reader that day,
teachers will use the buddy system with other guest readers in attendance.
RAT
Tuesday, November 7th
2nd Grade – 9 am
Kindergarten – 11 am
1st Grade – 2:30 pm
Wednesday, November 8th
4th Grade – 10:30 am
3rd Grade – 11 am
Thursday, November 9th
5th Grade – 9 am
6th Grade – 2:30 pm
Calling All Businesses!
Would you consider supporting our Read-a-thon by placing an ad that will appear on
all of our public web pages? Our readers, families and their friends will learn more about
you and your business and know you support our reading project.
Purchase your ad space for as low as $100 by contacting
Kristina Brown at kbrown4110@gmail.com or visit 
www.read-a-thon.com/donate/ Enter your code 17130
Thank you to our RAT Business Partners
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Trunk or Treat, Talent Show, Volunteer Opportunities, and More Fun Fall Info!

Fun Fall Happenings on Tap for October!
TRUNK OR TREAT – October 26th
Thursday, October 26th may be an early dismissal day, but set your calendar to come back to school that night! 
At 5:30 PM, the North Parking lot will be transformed into a “trunk or treating” spectacular!
Following the Trunk or Treating, grab your blankets and lawn chairs and cuddle up on the field to watch a Halloween flick with your friends.
Sponsored by the PTO, this event is free for everyone to attend. Food will be available to purchase. Please bring your families, kids in costume and a blanket/chairs. Please – no pets. It should be a great night for everyone!
Want to get more involved in Trunk or Treat?
We would LOVE to have more cars in the parking lot. 
If you would like to help out, decorate your car and provide a trunk, click here to go to the Sign UP Genius.
Judy Hudek has done a terrific job setting up passive fundraising for SSKY. MightyNest is one of those great opportunities. Thank you Judy!
THE SSKY CALENDAR
Friday, October 13
SSOS Meeting, 9am
LAST Kona Ice, 3:15pm
Spirit Day
Wednesday, October 18
School Tour, 1:15pm
Thursday, October 19
Saturday, October 21
Monday, October 23- Thursday, October 26
Parent Teacher Conferences

Thursday, October 26
Read-a-Thon Launch Party!
Early Release, 12:30pm
Trunk or Treat, 5:30pm
Friday, October 27
No School
Chipotle at 11015 N Scottsdale Rd. will donate 50% of its proceeds to Sonoran Sky on Thursday, October 19th between 10:45am and 9:00pm.
your smartphone or tell the cashier you’re supporting
SSKY.
THANK YOU CHIPOTLE!
Get Ready to Show Your Talent
Calling all jugglers, singers, dancers, pianists and so on! We are excited and starting to prepare for the 4th Annual SSKY “Sky’s The Limit” Talent Show. We encourage all students Grades K-6 to participate in this fantastic event! *All acts will be allowed a maximum time of one minute and 30 seconds.
 
Check out the important dates & information to know for the upcoming Talent Show:
 
Friday 11/3– All Talent Show participation forms are due to the front office. (Forms coming soon!)
Monday 11/13 & Tuesday 11/14– Student Act screenings during students recess.
Tuesday 11/28– Mandatory Dress Rehearsal in SSKY cafeteria 3:30-5:30pm.
Thursday 11/30– Showtime in SSKY cafeteria 6:00-8:00pm.
Get your tickets here. Ha! Just kidding! We hope everyone comes to this FREE event showcasing our amazing students!
Thank You for Your Support
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We are excited to announce that over 30% of our Sonoran Sky families participated in Team Thunderbird this year by making voluntary contributions to the school! Thank you to everyone who contributed.
Team Thunderbird provides the funding to support creative programming and necessary supplies for the whole school.
Although our official campaign is over, you can always donate on-line at Team Thunderbird by clicking here. Every dollar helps!
Special thank you to all of our generous sponsors at every level who wish to remain anonymous. You are appreciated.
Team Thunderbird
($1-$99)
Layla Raizer & Family
Loving Parents
Team Tyree
The Arabyan Family
The Ber Family
The Bhattacharya Family
The Birkland-Coe Family
Brayden Friedman
The Britto Family
The Brown Family
The Campbell Family
The Carpenter Family
The Caskey Family
The Corpstein Family
The Crandall Family
The Davidson Family
The Dezso Family
The Donarski Family
The Droske Family
The Geenen Family
The Granger-Kravetz Family
The Green Family
The Harris Family
The Holzhauer Family
The Hruby Family
The Huntingford Family
The Izzett Family
The Jackson Family
The Krueger Family
The Leis Family
The Levi Family
The Manley Family
The Masinelli Family
The Meranda Family
The Murray Family
The Nunez Family
The Olander Family
The Paldano Family
The Palmieri Family
The Raizer Family
The Shuckhart Family
The Smith Family
The Squier Family
The Stern Family
The Sullivan Family
The Valenti Family
Victoria Stewart’s Family
Key Club
($100-$249)
Hudson & Asher Stark
The Browne Family
The Altalaguire Family
The Bade Family
The Bauer Family
The Becker Family
The Benevento Family
The Biliack Family
The Bookbinder Family
The Bulmer -Whanau Family
The Burns Family
The Burr Family
The Crutchley Family
The Doan Family
The Ellsworth Family
The Fang Family
The Friedman Family
The Gimbel Family
The Hajbandeh Family
The Hale Family
The Haley Family
The Hummert Family
The Isaac Family
The Kerner Family
The Kniffen Family
The Kohnke Family
The Kuchipudi Family
The Kulkarni Family
The Lange Family
The Leebove-Steinberg Family
The Loera Family
The Lynn Family
The Massimino Family
The Mayid Family
The Mikalsky Family
The Mindlin Family
The Myrkin Family
The Neal Family
The Nelson Family
The Neugebauer Family
The Nicks Family
The Oenning Family
The Palaniyandavan Family
The Pattem Family
The Piper Family
The Plotke Family
The Plotnik Family
The Premkumar Family
Key Club
($100-$249)
The Pruitt Family
The Rand Family
The Reifman Family
The Rhorer Family
The Richie Family
The Schneider Family
The Shah Family
The St. John Family
The Strawbridge Family
The Sunman Family
The Tang Family
The Vaisben Family
The Vakneen Family
The Vashistha Family 
The Vockell Family
The Wargo Family
The Wenzel-Babbitt Family
The Williams Family
The Wurth Family
The Zhu Family
Swag Club
($250-$499)
J & C Hudek
The Bauer Family
The Cammarata Family
The Crown Family
The DiCaudo Family
The Family of Naomi Gilbert
The Frey Family
The Halpert Family
The Hamann Family
The Jaleeli Family
The Kass Family
The Ketcham Family
The Kirklys Family
The Kutz Family
The Menghini Family
The Merendino Family
The Parsons Family
The Richley-Strysko Family
The Rojahn Family
The Schneider Family
The Sharma Family
The Strichartz Family
The Talu Family
The Twibell Family
The Tyree Family
The Vitaro Family
The Wicks Family
The Yao-Walsh Family
Wonderland
($500-$999)
Bond and Felicity Kierman
Elli and Emma Winkelman
In loving memory of Judith “JuJu” Atkinson
The Brown Family
The Carroll Family
The Dulitz Family
The Feinberg Family
The Garon Family
The Johnson Family
The Kasarjian Family
The Longbottom Family
The Mopati Family
The Nachiappan Family
The Norton Family
The Pannozzo Family
The Patel Family
The Pollnow Family
The Shannon Family
The Tuite Family
The Zich Family
Principal’s Circle
($1000+)
Michael Amine – Nova Home Loans
Perfect Water Technologies
The Frederick Family
The Hatsakorzian Family
The Levine Family
The Mayo Family
The Rothstein and Kent Family
The Sein Family
The Weiner Family
The Woodring Family
Happy Birthday to You!
At Sonoran Sky we LOVE birthdays! We have two fun ways to celebrate:
Let us take the stress and guess work out of birthday treats and classroom celebrating by pre-purchasing one or both of these special treats! Then, on your child’s special day all you have to do is get them to school! Their name will be up in lights and the treats you chose will be delivered to their classroom for you!
3 Ways to Get Involved This Month!
Reaching Out
Are you interested in participating in outreach and service projects that directly benefit our SSKY community? This would include things like helping with meal-trains and other immediate needs.
For more information contact Alison Feinberg.
SSOS Planning Meeting
You’re encouraged to join SSOS (Sonoran Sky Opportunities to Serve) on Friday, October 13th at 9am in the Conference Room. We need your help with the holiday giving tree and food drive!
STEM NIGHT- the Fair and Festival!
1. Mark Calendar for Sonoran Sky’s fifth annual STEM NIGHT on March 7, 2018 6pm – 8pm. Set a reminder for 50 days before to jump-start your kids’ entry project  
 * Websites/experiment suggestions & Judging Rubric forthcoming.
 * Watch for class/teacher managed projects.
 
2. Nominate yourself, your boss, and/or an illustrious retiree from local STEM industries to 
demonstrate, present, judge, participate in our panel discussion, simply provide a corporate or project poster, run a hands-on experiment, sponsor a contest, etc.
 
3. Dig in…
 - Lead the Scavenger Hunt.  
 - Coordinate the Food Trucks.  
 - Recruit Judges.  
 - Invite local STEM businesses.  
 - Contact local non-profits, museums and gov’t agencies.  
 - Order ribbons, buttons and prizes.  
 - Collaborate with specials teachers on topical presentations.
Questions? Contact StemNight@sskypto.com…Many hands make light work!
Remember to fill out your blue ticket every time you volunteer at school in order to be entered to win the VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH PARKING SPOT.
Be a Read-a-Thon Sponsor!
Showcase your business in front of 746 families in our community while supporting reading and education at the same time. Sonoran Sky Elementary is holding a Read-a-Thon October 30th – November 13th and we’d LOVE to showcase YOUR business!
Support public education and reading literacy by placing an ad that will appear on all of our public web pages. That’s 772 Donation Pages and 739 Reader Dashboards! Your ad could be seen OVER 35,000 times during our two-week Read-a-Thon! Our readers, families and their friends will learn more about you and your business and know you support their reading project.
Purchase your ad space for as low as $100 by contacting Kristina Brown at kbrown4110@gmail.com or visit www.read-a-thon.com/donate/  and enter code 17130!
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Friday is Spirit Wear Day!

Friday is Spirit Day
Every Friday is Spirit Wear Day! Show your Thunderbird pride by wearing SSKY Spirit Wear. Don’t have an “official” Sonoran Sky shirt or don’t have time to do laundry? Make your own shirt or just wear our school colors – purple and teal.
Tuesday is Pink Day
The Sonoran Sky Student Council would like to honor our SSKY families who are impacted by breast cancer and increase awareness by inviting everyone to WEAR PINK on Tuesday, October 3rd,
THE SSKY CALENDAR
Tuesday, October 3
PTO Meeting, 8am
Early Release, 12:30pm
Come to School dressed in Pink –
Breast Cancer Awareness
STEM Night Planning Mtg,
6:30pm @ JCC
Wednesday, October 4
UPC Seminar, 6pm
“ABC’s of Special Needs
Planning Made Easy”
Thursday, October 5
School Tour, 9:15am
Friday, October 6
Parent Garden Work Day, 9am
Spirit Wear Day
Thursday, October 12
Honors Reading Fair, 5pm
Friday, October 13
First Quarter Ends
SSOS Planning Mtg, 9am
Spirit Wear Day
Attention Green Thumbs
Thank you for coming to Dirt Day
A big THANK YOU to everyone who came out to support Dirt Day 2017! It was a huge success and much was accomplished. For more information, click HERE.
Still want to get your hands dirty?
Come be a part of the Garden Committee. Our first monthly Garden Work Day is this Friday, Oct 6, after drop-off. Garden work days will continue on the first Friday of every month.
Bring gloves, water, a sense of humor and a love of the outdoors. Spend the morning making the garden beautiful and ready for students and lessons. We will also help with preparing classroom materials for Mrs. Klein, the Master Gardener and Garden Teacher.
The Garden Committee will also have periodic opportunities to help students when they come to visit the garden during class time. We’d love your company on this fabulous outdoor garden committee.
All are welcome to join.
Great Schools Feedback Needed
Leave your Review of SSKY on Great Schools
Open enrollment for this year is closed; however, enrollment for 2018-19 is underway and we need your help reaching out to new families who are interested in joining the SSKY community next year!
Write a review at www.greatschools.org explaining why you love Sonoran Sky. Your review is anonymous and only takes a few moments.
Review our school by clicking HERE.
STEM Night Committee Forming
Is Science, Engineering, Math and Technology your family’s jam?
The planning for the SSKY STEM Night is kicking off soon. This fun and educational night for kids and parents alike will take place on Wednesday, March 7th. The event will feature two aspects this year: 1) a judged competition aka “The Fair”; and 2) School-wide Family Science Celebration aka “Festival.”
The STEM Night Committee is forming now. This event has ALL NEW chairs this year and they would LOVE your ideas and help!
Join us at one of our two meetings:
October 2nd at 10am at SSKY
October 3rd at 6:30pm, kids/dinner welcome, @ the JCC
Email Candice Gimbel and Dawn Parks for more information candicegimbel@gmail.com or dawnmarieparks1213@gmail.com.
Get Ready for Read-a-Thon
Don’t wait to start planning your Halloween dress up attire
To kick off our 1st Annual Read-a-Thon Fundraiser, Mr. Dawson has given the green light for everyone to dress up in costume on October 31st! To participate, you must dress as your favorite book character and you must bring the specific book (or a copy of the book cover) to school to share with your class. 
All costumes must be age appropriate. No weapons. No Masks. Not Scary! 
For a DIY list of book character costume ideas, click HERE.
Save the Date
PTO Meeting
Everyone is invited to the October PTO meeting on Tuesday, October 3 at 8am in the Library. Among the items we will be discussing is our our upcoming Read-a-Thon and the status of the new playground equipment. Childcare provided.
School Tour
Please share with any prospective Sonoran Sky families that the next School Tour will take place on Thursday, October 5. It will begin promptly in the lobby at 9:15am. Let your friends see first-hand our wonderful school.
A Few Words of Gratitude
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Teacher Lunch
A HUGE thank you to Shacke Sanosian for providing the teachers and staff a delicious lunch from Pita Jungle last Tuesday. Thank you also to Gwen Gorlin, Barbara Stein, Kerri Bauer, Allison Kierman, Sarah Levin, Myria Kniffen, Kyla Johnson, Nikki Coburn and Michelle Stewart for providing drinks and dessert. Finally, many thanks to Myria Kniffen, Ernea Crown and Amy Rhodes for helping to set-up and clean-up. We appreciate you all.
J. Crew Fashion Event
Thank you to everyone who came out to our J. Crew Fashion Event. We hope you had a great time, while building your fall wardrobe and raising money for our school.
Thanks to Our Community Partners!
Our Community Business Partners generously support our school and public education. Please take a minute to click on the logos below and visit their websites.
AZ Water Solutions has been creating clean water & happy customers since 2013. Specializing in the installation of “green” salt-free whole house filtration systems, water softeners, whole house carbon filter systems, reverse osmosis systems, and hot water circulation pumps.
Desert Storm is one of the largest All Star, High School & Middle School Cheer training gyms in the State! We hold more State, Regional, National, International, and WORLD TITLES than anyone in the state! Our size means that we have more opportunities for your cheerleader and a team for every age and ability. 
  Pssst… Want your business here? Email cbp@sskypto.com for info! 
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Dirt Day is Tomorrow!!

 Dirt Day @ Wonderland Garden
We have big and little jobs for mom thumbs, dad thumbs, kid thumbs, teacher thumbs, community thumbs, and friend thumbs… as long as they are not sore thumbs! Dirt Day is a thumbs-up fun morning of community involvement on September 16th at our wonderful Wonderland. Gates open at 6am but please feel free to come down anytime during the morning hours and stay as long as you’d like, this is a family friendly morning. We need muscle and wheelbarrows! Please, if you have a wheelbarrow bring it with you, it will be so helpful.
THE SSKY CALENDAR
Friday, September 15
School Tour, 1pm
Kona Ice, 3:15pm
Saturday, September 16
Dirt Day, 6am start
Wednesday, September 20
No School, Fall Recess
Thursday, September 21
No School, Fall Recess
Friday, September 22
No School, Fall Recess
Monday, September 25
Classes Resume
Bagels with the Board, 10am
Tuesday, September 26
J. Crew Fundraiser 5-9 pm
Can’t make it on Saturday but want to still help out with our Wonderland Garden?
We have some dates that you could help!
  • Starting in October we will have work day on the first Friday of every month.
  • We are also responsible for putting up the umbrellas in the garden every morning.
  • We help with preparing classroom materials for Mrs. Klein, the Master Gardener and Garden Teacher on an “as needed” basis.
  • There are also opportunities to help during class time.
**First Workday….Friday Oct 6th after drop off.
The 6th Grade Blitz Week is also that week so Karen may need extra help.
Thank you, Kim Tuite
Parent Play dates
Shopping Night Out @ J Crew Kierland
Tuesday, September 26th from 5pm – 9pm
A percent of your purchases
will benefit our school.
Snacks & Sips will be provided.
We look forward to seeing everyone there!
In support of our school, the
Vig @ McDowell Mountain
will donate 20% of any bill during the month of September. We will then donate all of that money to the Red Cross for Hurricane relief. Please remember to mention Sonoran Sky to your waiter.
Cantina Night
Gifted Night
For those interested please join
Dr. James Webb on the topic of
”Understanding the Social and Emotional Needs of Gifted Children”
Thursday, September 28, 2017 6:00-7:30 p.m.
District Administrative Center-Governing Board Room
All parents and teachers are welcome to attend.
Dr. Webb’s presentation description:
A widespread myth about gifted children is that, because they are bright, they can simply “make it on their own.” However, the characteristics of gifted children—combined with current educational practices—often put them “at risk.” The social, emotional, and interpersonal needs of gifted/talented children can result in significant problems if these children are not understood and nurtured. This session describes how characteristics of gifted children relate to their social/emotional needs, interpersonal and emotional styles, and frequent difficulties. This information will help parents and teachers understand why gifted/talented children experience peer difficulties, underachieve, challenge or rebel against traditions, or show patterns of perfectionism or depression.
Hope to see you there!
Dina Brulles, PhD Director of Gifted Education
Read-a-Thon
This year SSky Students and Teachers are able to dress up on October 31st at school. Yes, you are reading this correctly. To kick off our First Annual Read-a-Thon Fundraiser that will be going on from October 31st through November 14th, Mr. Dawson has given the green light to allow everyone to dress up on Halloween, but there is a stipulation… You must dress as your favorite book character and you must bring the specific book (or a copy of the book cover) to school on Halloween to share with your class about the character.
  • All costumes must be age appropriate and no weapons of any type should be brought to school
  • Be on the look out in the next newsletter for a great DIY Book Character Costumes List
Bagels with the Board
As part of an ongoing effort to foster collegiality and promote transparency, the PVSchools Governing Board is pleased to announce the Bagels with the Board events. The next Bagels with the Board is on Monday, September 25th from 10am – 11am at Boulder Creek Elementary School. All members of the community are invited to attend this event to have an opportunity to talk with Governing Board Members. Bagels and coffee will be provided.
A Few Reminders…
Do You Have a Great Idea to Share?
We’re always looking for new ideas and
ways to improve our PTO. If you have a
positive idea to share, please drop a note in
our anonymous suggestion box. http://sskypto.com/about/suggestionbox/
STOP! Are you volunteering?
Did you remember to sign in at the front desk?
You MUST sign in every single time you come to volunteer. It’s easy and, as a reward for signing in, you get to fill out a blue ticket for the
parking spot raffle at the same time. 
Thanks to Our Community Partners!
Our Community Business Partners generously support our school and public education. Please take a minute to click on the logos below and visit their websites.
During the following breaks and days off Dream Team Academy is offering daily basketball training rates (Sept. 20-22, Oct. 27 & Nov. 10). The price is $75 per day and includes basketball training.
Lunch is an additional $9 per child.
Judy Hudek, Professional Realtor –
Sonoran Sky Parent & PTO Supporter.
Let her help you buy or sell a home
and upon closing, I will help you support our school with a $1,000 donation to the PTO.
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Thank you to our amazing SSKY community

 Disaster Relief
Lending a Helping Hand
As a community, we strive to be the kind of school that responds when tragedy strikes.
In response to the devastation and overwhelming need in Texas, parents, students and staff in our community are working on two projects to help the people and pets of Houston.
UNDIES FOR EVERYONE
Our own Mrs. Fuentes in the front office is a Houston native and, together with Student Council, will be heading up a “Undies for Everyone” drive for our friends in Houston.
“Undies for Everyone” is a local Houston organization that is the sole source of emergency underwear for 74% of recipient schools in 13 Texas school districts. As you can imagine, this need increases tremendously in a situation like this. Everyone deserves the dignity of clean underwear. Clean undies mean students are back in classrooms and learning.
Starting Tuesday, September 5th, the front office will accept donations of NEW packaged underwear (men, women, children, all sizes). If you have any questions, please call our office at 602-449-6500.
SPCA TEXAS
In addition to the tens of thousands of people who have been displaced by the hurricane, thousands of pets and other animals are also being housed in temporary shelters. SSKY parent Marci Davidson identified a way we can provide immediate help for these animals. Check out this Amazon wish list for the SPCA Texas. (Click here.) Using the Amazon wish list eliminates the need to arrange for shipping and delivery and helps get needed items to relief organizations without delay.
Although the hardship in Texas is heartbreaking, the generosity and overwhelming desire to provide help our community has demonstrated this week is inspiring. Together we can help the people of Texas rebuild and reclaim their lives.
THE SSKY CALENDAR
Friday, September 1
Kona Ice, 3:15pm
Monday, September 4
NO SCHOOL
Tuesday, September 5
PTO Meeting, 8am
Enrichment Classes begin
6th Grades PILOTS retreat begins
Undies for Everyone Drive starts
Thursday, September 7
School Tour, 9:15am
Friday, September 8
Kona Ice, 3:15pm
Monday, September 11
Copier Training, 9:15

Tuesday, September 12
Parent Play Date at the Vig, 7:30pm
Thursday, September 14
Parent Play Date at the Vig, 11:30am
Friday, September 15
School Tour, 1pm
Kona Ice, 3:15
Thank You for Your Support
Team Thunderbird is our PTO fundraising campaign dedicated to providing creative programming and necessary supplies for the whole school. Team Thunderbird is responsible for so much of what makes Sonoran Sky special; from our award-winning Wonderland garden to the Artist-in-Residence program to new playground equipment, Team Thunderbird is working to make Sonoran Sky even better. Please be a part of our team.
Thank you to all of our generous families and community partners who have already joined Team Thunderbird.
Thank you to all of our generous sponsors who wish to remain anonymous. You are appreciated. Thank you to all of the following who have donated since school started*:
Team Thunderbird
($1-$99)
Loving Parents
The Arabyan Family
The Birkland-Coe Family
The Campbell Family
The Carpenter Family
The Caskey Family
The Corbett Family
The Dezso Family
The Geenen Family
The Granger-Kravetz Family
The Green Family
The Harris Family
The Hruby Family
The Huntingford Family
The Izzett Family
The Krueger Family
The Leis Family
The Levi Family
The Masinelli Family
The Mayid Family
The Murray Family
The Olander Family
The Raizer Family
The Smith Family
Team Tyree
The Valenti Family
Victoria Stewart’s Family
Key Club
($100-$249)
The Bade Family
The Bauer Family
The Becker Family
The Benevento Family
The Biliack Family
The Bookbinder Family
The Bulmer – Whanau Family
The Burns Family
The Burr Family
The Crutchley Family
The Ellsworth Family
The Friedman Family
The Gimbel Family
The Haley Family
Hudson and Asher Stark
The Hummert Family
The Isaac Family
The Kerner Family
The Kohnke Family
The Lange Family
The Leebove-Steinberg Family
The Massimino Family
The Mikalsky Family
The Myrkin Family
The Nelson Family
The Neugebauer Family
The Nicks Family
The Oenning Family
The Palaniyandavan Family
The Pattem Family
The Plotke Family
The Plotnik Family
The Premkumar Family
The Pruitt Family
The Rand Family
The Reifman Family
The Richie Family
The Schneider Family
The Shah Family
The St. John Family
The Tang Family
The Vaisben Family
The Vakneen Family
The Vashisthas Family
The Vockell Family
The Wargo Family
The Wenzel-Babbitt Family
The Williams Family
The Wurth Family
Swag Club
($250-$499)
The Bauer Family
The Cammarata Family
The DiCaudo Family
The Frey Family
The Hamann Family
The Jaleeli Family
J and C Hudek
The Kass Family
The Ketcham Family
The Kirklys Family
The Kutz Family
The Menghini Family
The Merendino Family
The Parsons Family
The Rojahn Family
The Schneider Family
The Strichartz Family
The Talu Family
The Twibell Family
The Wicks Family
The Yao-Walsh Family
Wonderland
($500-$999)
Bond and Felicity Kierman
The Brown Family
The Carroll Family
The Feinberg Family
In loving memory of Judith “JuJu” Atkinson
The Kasarjian Family
The Longbottom Family
The Mopati Family
The Norton Family
The Pannozzo Family
The Patel Family
The Pollnow Family
Principal’s Circle
($1000+)
PerFect Water Technologies
The Frederick Family
The Hatsakorzian Family
The Levine Family
The Mayo Family
The Rothstein and Kent Family
The Sein Family
The Weiner Family
The Woodring Family
*This list includes donors through 8/26
Parent Play Dates!
The Vig at McDowell Mountain is holding a fantastic fundraiser throughout the month of September. For the entire month, The Vig will donate 15% of your bill back to Sonoran Sky! Simply tell your server that you would like to support Sonoran Sky Elementary School and we will receive a donation!
PARENT’S PLAY DATES!!!
To maximize the benefit of this event, the PTO is planning two parent get-togethers at The Vig McDowell Mountain: one on September 12th @7:30pm and a second lunchtime event on September 14th @11:30. Save the date on your calendars and join us! 
More Interesting SSKY Stuff
Reaching Out
Are you interested in participating in outreach and service projects that directly benefit our SSKY community? This would include things like helping with meal-trains and other immediate needs.
For more information contact Alison Feinberg for more information.
PTO Meeting Next Tuesday
You’re encouraged to come to our PTO meeting on Tuesday, September 5th at 8 am in the Library. Our 6th grade friends will be departing for PILOTS that morning, so Mrs. Karpen will open her classroom for our kids from 8 – 8:25.
Remember to fill out your blue ticket every time you volunteer at school in order to be entered to win the VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH PARKING SPOT from September 6 - October 3.
Thanks to Our Community Partners!
Our Community Business Partners generously support our school and public education. Please take a minute to click on the logos below and visit their websites.
Seth Korey proudly partners with Sonoran Sky to provide tennis lessons and camps. Check out their upcoming Veteran’s Day camp here. Seth Korey Veterans Day camp information.
Affiliated Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics is a specialized dental practice offering pediatric care for children starting at one year of age, as well as orthodontic treatment for patients of all ages.
  Pssst… Want your business here? Email cbp@sskypto.com for info! 
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It’s Dancin’ Time!

 Get to Know Your PTO
Jen Taulbee, Secretary

Jen is a veteran Thunderbird. She has been at SSKY since 2008. Sadly, this is her final year with us since her youngest is now a 6th grader!
5 Things to Know About Jen
1. The beach is her happy place. If she could be anywhere, she’d pick a sandy spot next to the ocean.
2. Jen enjoys running – even when not being chased by zombies or rabid animals.
3. She wakes up at 4am. Every. Day. Voluntarily!
4. She loves sporting events. Especially football. Most especially the Broncos!
5. Before deciding to join First Teacher, which provides research based parenting information, Jen wanted to be an FBI Agent!
THE SSKY CALENDAR
Friday, August 25
Kona Ice, 3:15pm
Tuesday, August 29
Early Release, 12:30pm
Thursday, August 31
Make Your Day Night, 6pm
Monday, September 4
NO SCHOOL
Tuesday, September 5
PTO Meeting, 8am
Enrichment Classes Begin
SSKY Welcome Back Dance Party!
SSKY’s Welcome Back Party!!!
Tonight, August 25th from 6-8pm, come dance with us. Doors open at 6! EVERYONE IS WELCOME! Bring your spouse, your kids, their siblings, your neighbor, their grandma, your sister… let’s dance! You’ll love it! Music and games, friends and fun await you in Sonoran Sky’s Thunderbird Hall cafeteria Friday night for the 2017 SSKY Ambassadors Welcome Back Party! We need volunteers to help this event run smoothly. Please sign up for a VERY SHORT shift here –
** Please note that this is NOT a drop off party. All children must attend with an adult.
Make Your What???
Do you know about the school-wide “Make Your Day” program? Do you have questions or just want to find out more?
Then come to the parent information session on Thursday, August 31st at 6pm in the Library.
Team Thunderbird
The Sonoran Sky Elementary PTO, invests a significant amount of additional funding into our school each year, beyond the minimum funding provided by the state of Arizona. We are fortunate to have a caring community that supports Sonoran Sky fundraisers with generous private donations–without requiring our children to sell wrapping paper or cookie dough! These supporters are all part of our team –
Team Thunderbird!
Save the Date for Dirt Day
Join us for Dirt Day on Saturday, September 16 anytime from 6am to noon! Come out early and watch the sun come up from inside the garden, or come after you’ve had a few cups of coffee! We don’t care when you show up or how long you stay, just come on down and join the fun!
Bring the kids, hats, water, sunscreen, gloves, and, if you have one, a wheelbarrow!
A Few Important Reminders!!
We love to celebrate birthdays and other milestones at Sonoran Sky. However, sometimes it is hard to comply with Maricopa County’s requirement that all outside food treats be individually wrapped and labeled. Many parents don’t understand what that even means! No donuts?!? No cupcakes?!? What else is there? Let us take the stress and guess work out of birthday treats. Pre-purchase birthday treats to be delivered to your child’s classroom in time for their special event.

*Birthday orders require a minimum of SEVEN school days’ notice. 
Late orders will not be fulfilled and will be refunded.
ORDER DEADLINE
TODAY
FRIDAY, AUGUST 25
Show your school spirit and be prepared for Spirit Wear Fridays with a stylish shirt.  
They will be delivered the week of September 14th.
Thanks to Our Community Partners!
Our Community Business Partners generously support our school and public education. Please take a minute to click on the logos below and visit their websites.
  Pssst… Want your business here? Email cbp@sskypto.com for info! 
MORE SSKY INFORMATION
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