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February Happenings…

Help Wanted!
Hey all you book-lovers out there!
We are looking for a CO-CHAIR
for our FALL USED BOOK SALE! 
The Fall used book sale takes place in
September or October.
This is a volunteer commitment AT-SCHOOL.
This person will work with our current
Used Book Sale Chair who will have a
6th grader next year.
(Used Book Sale takes place every two years) 
We are also looking for someone to
work with our SKY WRITERS CHAIR
and learn the trade to eventually take this on.
Sky Writers is a terrifically
autonomous independent volunteer
gig that can be done largely from home.
This person will work closely with teachers to help
our kids publish their own books! 
Interested in either volunteer role? Contact president@sskypto.com
SSKY CALENDAR
Thursday, Feb. 15
Intermediate Field Day
Friday, Feb. 16
Spirit Day
Monday, Feb. 19
NO SCHOOL
School Playdate 10:30 am- 12pm
Wednesday, Feb. 21
Thursday, Feb. 22
5th &6th Grade Science Fair Primary Fun Day
Monday, Feb. 26
Tuesday, Feb 27
Early Release, 12:30pm
Potbelly Dine-Around
Wednesday, March 7
K-4th Grade Science Fair
CANTINA NIGHT WAS GREAT!
Thank you to everyone who who participated in Cantina Night and the Silent Auction. We are still tabulating the totals, but it’s safe to say this was one of our most successful years!
A big THANK YOU to the entire Cantina Night Committee, headed by Mrs. Melanie Halpert, and a special thanks to The Salty Senorita and the Bauer Family for the great venue.
Congratulations Auction Winners! If you bid on something and won, you will be contacted by a volunteer to arrange a pick-up time. You can also stop by the PTO office between 2:45 – 3:15 on Tuesday February 13 to claim your item. If you won a special experience for your child, you’ll be contacted with the details soon!
THE FUN’S NOT OVER YET! We have a few remaining items available NOW to the first buyer! This is NOT AN AUCTION – these are INSTANT BUYS! First one to click “buy now” gets them! HURRY.
NEW ITEMS include 2nd ROW SEATS FOR KINDERGARTEN CULMINATION, PILOTS CULMINATION AND SING AMERICA SING see INSTANT BUYS #s 305 – 309.
Also, ALL of our remaining auction items and experiences are available as INSTANT BUYS NOW!
You should definitely check this out, ESPECIALLY since a handful of our teachers still have available experiences!
If you want to register text cantinanight18 to 24700.
What did you think of Cantina Night? We’d love to hear your thoughts – take our survey here
FAMILY SPONSORS
Thank You to our Cantina Night Family Sponsors:

Emily & Santiago Duarte
Alison & Michael Feinberg
Marisa & Aaron Friedman
Cindy & Jon Sigona
DID YOU TAKE THE SURVEY???
PVUSD has extended the deadline for the
annual K-12 Parent Satisfaction survey. 
The survey will remain open until Sunday, February 19th at midnight. 
If you’ve already taken the survey, thank you.
No additional action is necessary. If you haven’t,
please complete the survey as soon as possible.
Below is the link to access the survey.
SSKY Happenings
Yearbook Orders
Well, the school year is half over… can you believe it ?!?!
If you haven’t done so already please order your yearbook at www.sskypto.com/yearbook. The yearbook committee is
still looking for pictures of all students, as well as for
6th grade parents to provide their dedications.
School Wide Play-date
There is no school on Monday, February 19th so it seems like the perfect day to have a school wide play-date. Please meet at Northsight Park at 10:30am.
Bring anything you’d like, but please note that this is
not a drop-off. Parents must stay with their child(ren).
* Northsight Park is located at 8400 E. Thunderbird Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Birthday in a Box
Let us help take some of the stress and guess work out of bringing in school-approved birthday treats. Pre-order your child’s birthday treats today and cross this off your to-do list. A few clicks and you’re all done with school birthday treat planning and shopping! Click here to place your order.
Suggestion Box
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.
Thank You for all Your Help!
THANK YOU to the lunchtime volunteers, to the teachers, lunchroom aides and staff, and to you, SSKY parents, for teaching about and discussing with our students how to be stewards of the planet through their lunchtime recycling efforts! We hope that they will continue to care and to make a small difference in the lunchroom each and every school day!
Congratulations!
President Elect – Alyce Neal
(*one year term as PE to be immediately followed by a two year term as President)
Secretary – Faydra Huntingford
Treasurer – Michelle Jaleeli
Co-VP, Fundraising - Kristina Brown
Chair, PTO Enrichment – Kyla Johnson
Co-Chairs, Hospitality – Anita Elton & Jen Burns
Chair, Wonderland – Michele Carroll
Chair, Volunteers - Kerri Bauer
United Parent Council – Marisha Geraghty
STEM NIGHT – Community Business Partners
All of these amazing businesses, and more, will be on campus MARCH 7th for STEM Night! Mark your calendars now and get ready for some amazing demonstrations and hands-on experiences!
For more information about STEM Night 2018, visit our webpage at SSKYPTO.COM/STEMNIGHT
Come watch the sky with us! Come look through telescopes and enjoy a slide presentation under the stars. Learn the names of stars, see the constellations, and listen to stories of the night sky. 
Science Matters in America offers STEM programs to elementary age students with inquiry and hands on activities
  • After school clubs
  • Summer camps
  • Science assemblies and class visits
Don’t wait for symptoms and other telltale signs of undetected health issues. Be proactive and pay us a visit at SmartScan Preventative Health Screening. Our health care services are affordable, and you do not need a doctor’s prescription to be able to undergo ultrasound tests. 
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Silent Auction is NOW OPEN – Start the Bidding!

Cantina Night TO DO list!
  1. Register for the Silent Auction!
  2. Get your tickets for CANTINA NIGHT.
  3. START BIDDING!
Remember that proceeds from this fundraiser GO DIRECTLY BACK TO YOUR KIDS!
KEEP READING FOR ALL THE DETAILS!
1. REGISTER
To Register, text cantinanight18 to 24700 or go to http://cantinanight18.auction-bid.org 
After you’re registered you can purchase tickets if you still need to and you can start bidding!
2. PURCHASE TICKETS by texting cantinanight18 to 24700 or visiting http://cantinanight18.auction-bid.org and selecting item #300! Tickets cannot be purchased from the PTO website anymore.
Cantina Night is at Salty Senorita in Old Town Scottsdale! The party starts at 7pm and continues until 10pm!
3. START BIDDING
View Auction Items here! Or text the item number and bid amount to 24700 to do it on your phone. Check back often! This list is still being updated!
You’ve REGISTERED, you’ve GOT YOUR TICKETS, you’ve even started BIDDING! Here’s what else you need to know about Cantina Night!
KIDS’ NIGHT OUT OPTIONS
  • Kids’ Night Out at Dreamteam Academy from 6:30-10:30 pm. $40 per child and includes dinner, dessert, games and fun! (Siblings $35) Call 480-800-8326 or mimi@dreamteamacademy.com to reserve your spot.
  • Kids’ Night Out at Xtreme Gymnastics from 6-10:30 pm. $24 per child/$58 per family and includes gymnastics fun and games. Click HERE to reserve your spot.

VOLUNTEER!
We’re looking for a few Cantina Night volunteers. Sign up here.
SSKY CALENDAR
Monday, Feb. 5
Enrichment Classes Start
Tuesday, Feb. 6
PTO Meeting, 7:45am
Coffee with the Principal, 9am
Wednesday, Feb. 7
Picture Day
Saturday, Feb. 10
Thursday, Feb. 15
Intermediate Field Day
Wednesday, Feb. 21
Monday, Feb. 26
Tuesday, Feb 27
Early Release, 12:30pm
Wednesday, March 7
STEM Night, 6-8pm
REMINDER!!!
PICTURE DAY IS
FEBRUARY 7TH!
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UNIQUE EXPERIENCES!
We have a wonderful variety of unique experiences you can bid on or just buy now if you absolutely have to have it!
Look for these item numbers and CLICK HERE or text the item number and bid amount to 24700 tbid on your favorite item(s)!
116-123 6th Grade Breakfast & Games
124-135 Yak & Yogurtini (5th grade only)
136-143 Pizza & (Root) Brew (4th grade only)
144-148 3rd Grade Movie & Munchies
149-168 1st grade vs 2nd grade kickball
169-178 Kindergarten Pizza Lunch
179-188 Organic Cooking Class with Mrs. Klein
101-102 Front Row Seats at Kinder Culmination
103-104 Front Row Seats at PILOTS Culmination
105-106 Front Row Seats at Talent Show (Fall 2018)
107-108 Front Row Seats at Sing America Sing!
109-110 Front Row Seats at Spring Choir Show
111 VIP Parking Spot for 2018-19
112 Lunch with Mr. Dawson
113 Signed SSKY Yearbook
114 Principal for a Day
115 Assistant Principal for a Day
Purchase 50/50 raffle tickets online! Need not be present to win.
1 ticket for $10 (item 302) or 3 tickets for $25 (item 303)
This is just a small sample of our auction items and more are being added every day. Check the items at http://cantinanight18.auction-bid.org for the most up-to-date list of offerings!
We really hope you come to Cantina Night, but you do NOT have to be present to bid or to WIN!
MORE items YOU CAN BID ON!
Donors & Items as of 2/3/18
Look for these items and more at http://cantinanight18.auction-bid.org!
Names in bold denote Sonoran Sky PTO Community Business Partners. To become a CBP, email: president@sskypto.com
Affiliated Dermatology, Affiliated Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, Ancala Country Club, Arizona Bread Company, Art & Sol Performing Arts Program, AZ Airtime, AZ on the Rocks, AZ Science Center,
Bearizona, Becky’s Brazilian Blowout, Kerri & Andy Bauer (Rocky Point Condo), Buyer’s Spree West (Pear Earrings), Carrie Curran, Chad Moeller Baseball Camp, Chipotle, City of Scottsdale Fire Department, Coldstone Creamery, Copper Blues Rock Pub & Bar, Costco-Paradise Valley, CVS, Dance Connection, Desert Botanical Garden, Desert Cove K9 Training, Desert Stages, Disneyland Resort, Dream Dinners, Drury Hotels, Dry Bar, El Pollo Loco, Heather Feuntes & Becca Norton (mARTini Party), Fairytale Brownies, Flagstaff Extreme, First Watch, Floyd’s 99 Barber Shop, Fox Restaurant Concepts, Fry’s, Genuine Concepts (The Vig), Girly Girlz, Glam Candy, Harkins Theaters, Hi-Five Baseball Camp, i.d.e.a. Museum, In-N-Out, iPic, Islands, It’s All About Etiquette, Kendra Scott, Mike & Dawn Kennedy (Arizona Diamondbacks Tickets), Kona Ice, Lamp Pizzeria, Lifetime Fitness. Lowell Observatory, The Maddux – A Skin Spa, Massage Envy (Mayo), My Pie (PV location), Eric Norton (Customized Beer), OdySea Aquarium, OHSO (Raintree location), Pacific Park at the Santa Monica Pier, Dino Paul (Artist), Phoenix Zoo, Pinnacle Peak Country Club, Portillos, Prestige Cleaners, PRP Wine International, Courtney Pruitt (Family Game Night), Raising Canes, Remedy Pilates & Massage, Rowdy Hair, Safeway, Schneider Oral Surgery, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Scottsdale Gymnastics & Trampoline, Serenity Skin Care, The Simple Farm, Sloan Park (Little League Practice), Spark Yoga, Spiritual Gangster, Sprinkles Cupcakes, Stand Up Live, Steve Randolph Pitching & Hitting, Tempe Improv Club, Taylor Swift Tickets, Thirty-One Gifts, Tom’s Thumb, Top Golf, Touch Points, Trader Joe’s (FLW), Tuft & Needle, Vango Piano Academy, The Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center, The Village Health Clubs & Spas, Wet N Wild Phoenix, Whole Foods, Wildflower Bread Company, Wurth Organizing, Xtreme Gymnastics.
FAMILY SPONSORS
Thank You to our Cantina Night Family Sponsors:

Emily & Santiago Duarte
Alison & Michael Feinberg
Marisa & Aaron Friedman
Cindy & Jon Sigona
If you would like to be a Family Sponsor text cantinanight18 to 24700 or visit http://cantinanight18.auction-bid.org and selecting item #301.
SSKY Happenings
Congratulations to the SSKY District 5k Team!
Thank you to everyone who came out for the District 5K on Saturday, February 3rd. We had a great time! (Insert details and picture)
PTO Meeting and Voting – February 6th @ 7:45am
We will be voting for our 2017-18 PTO Board slate at our February meeting. Please come and show support for all of our volunteers. As always, childcare is provided until the playground opens and kids are always welcome to join us in the meeting, too! (We especially love having small future Thunderbirds come!)
Stay after the meeting for Mr. Dawson’s Coffee Talk at 9am.
The Big Red Chair is Now the Purple Chair!
Thank you so much to Sonoran Sky alum Alyssa Robis for re-upholstering the “Big Chair” in the library. We love the new purple cover. Ms. Robis doesn’t have any kiddos at Sonoran Sky, but generously reached out to us because she wanted to give back to her community. THANK YOU!

If you haven’t visited the library recently, stop by and take a look at our new PURPLE chair!

Thank You for the Treats!
So many people to thank for helping provide dinner and snacks/drinks for the teachers and staff during conference week. First, a HUGE thank you to Saigon Nites for providing dinner for the teachers on Monday. 
Thank you to Melissa Kim, Vivian Hummitzsch & Amy Rhodes for helping us to stock the lounge, set up for dinner, pick up dinner and clean up. Thank you to Melissa Kim, Courtney Pruitt, Becky Rand, Maria Kniffen, Kyla Johnson, Elana Kutz, Becca Norton & Mary Hatsakorzian for providing yummy baked goods for dessert after dinner. And, finally, thank you so much to Becca Norton, Mary Hatsakorzian, Ernea Crown, Gwen Gorlin, Kerri Bauer, Allison Kierman, Sarah Levin, Shannon Boivin, Tricia Zich, Liz Vaisben, Michelle Stewart, Karen Twibell, Vivian Hummitzsch & Brandi Ellsworth for providing snacks, drinks and fruit for the teachers to snack on throughout the week. Thank you all!!!
We Really Need Your Feedback
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.
Community Business Partners AND
Auction Donors! AWESOME!
In addition to all their other support, these amazing businesses also donated SILENT AUCTION items! Check out what they donated below and be sure to THANK them when you visit!
Dr. Michael Feinberg, Dr. Bruce Goldstein & Dr. Tal Masserman at Affiliated Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics donated a $1000 Gift Certificate toward Orthodontic Treatment for an adult, teen or child, PLUS a basket full of goodies including a WaterPik. BID HERE Item #200
The JCC donated a one year family membership to the Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center. New Members Only. Expires 2/28/19; must contact JCC membership at (480) 483-7121 upon receipt of purchase. BID HERE Item #218
Xtreme generously donated a “Basic” Birthday party for ages 3-12. Birthday parties include 1 hour in the gym and 30 minutes in party room, decorations, balloons, cake and paper products, your choice of colors red, blue, pink, or purple, t-shirt for bday child, invitations & thank you notes. Parties are held Saturdays & Sundays. BID HERE Items #270 & 271
My Pie, your neighborhood pizzeria, donated 6 Pizza Pies!
BID HERE Item #262
BID HERE on Item #276 a certificate for a 3 Hour Organizing Session on the Area of Your Choice from Wurth Organizing.
BID HERE on Item #253 from Chipotle and you get 2 gift cards each good for 4 regular-priced entrees, order of chips and guac, and regular fountain drinks.
Thanks for Reading!
CONGRATULATIONS! You read all the way to end of the Newsletter! THANK YOU! You deserve a REWARD! If you haven’t purchased your yearbook yet, use this code “newsreward” and get $20 off the regular full price! But, HURRY, this coupon code expires on Tuesday, February 6th!
If you already purchased your yearbook, unfortunately, you can’t use this coupon code, but keep reading the newsletter! In addition to the wonderful school knowledge you now have, you also know there are sometimes surprises! Share your knowledge with a friend!
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Don’t Miss Out on Cantina Night!

Everything Cantina Night!
Cantina Night is less than TWO WEEKS away!! Join us at Salty Senorita on Saturday, Feb. 10 from 7-10 pm. We’ll eat. We’ll drink. We’ll have grown-up conversations! 
Have you…?
  • Purchased your Tickets? $40 now/$50 at the door. Online ticket sales end Tuesday, Feb. 6. Get your tickets HERE.
  • Sent in your silent auction donation? Click here for donor form and here for donor letter.
  • Booked a Sitter?
  • No sitter? No Problem! Drop your kiddos off at one of the Kids’ Night Out events being held by our Community Business Partners.
  • Kids’ Night Out at Dreamteam Academy from 6:30-10:30 pm. $40 per child and includes dinner, dessert, games and fun! (Siblings $35) Call 480-800-8326 or mimi@dreamteamacademy.com to reserve your spot.
  • Kids’ Night Out at Xtreme Gymnastics from 6-10:30 pm. $24 per child/$58 per family and includes gymnastics fun and games. Click HERE to reserve your spot.
SSKY CALENDAR
Monday, Jan. 29 – Feb. 2
Conference Week
Wednesday, Jan. 31
Cantina Night Meeting, 9 am
Thursday, Feb. 1
School Tour, 9:15 am
Early Release, 12:30 pm
Kindergarten Round-Up, 5:45 pm
School Registration Begins
Friday, Feb. 2
Early Release, 12:30 pm
Spirit Day
Saturday, Feb. 3
District 5k
Tuesday, Feb. 6
PTO Meeting, 7:45 am
Coffee with the Principal, 9 am
Saturday, Feb. 10
Cantina Night, 7 pm
STEM NIGHT
Student Showcase! Hands-On Family Fun! Science and Tech Demonstrations! Food Trucks!
STEM Night is coming up on March 7, 2018 and WE NEED YOUR HELP and participation to make this our best yet. There are opportunities for students and adults alike.
For Students: 5th and 6th Graders must register before February 21st. Kinder – 4th Graders must register before February 26th. Register HERE.
For Parents: We are looking for “STEM Professional” judges AND volunteers for the night of the event. Sign-up HERE.
For full details, check last week’s Friday Folder or visit sskypto.com/stemnight
Be in the Know – Ways to Stay Connected
There are several ways to stay current on school activities. PTO meetings are full of information. Our next PTO meeting is being held on Tuesday, February 6th at 7:45 am in the library. As always, students are welcome to hang out in Mrs. Day’s classroom until the playground is open at 8:25 am.
The newsletter is great for a monthly overview of activities. We’ll let you know everything that’s going on and direct you to where you need to go for even more information.
If you want to know the latest information, the PTO’s Twitter feed and Facebook page are your best options. You do not have to have an account to access the school’s or the PTO’s Twitter, but if you do, you’ll automatically receive the most current news from SSKY.
Important Announcements
Kindergarten Round-Up & Registration
Kindergarten Round-Up for the 2018-2019 school year will take place on Thursday, February 1st from 5:45-7 pm. Please share this date with family and friends of our littlest learners who are ready to start school this fall. Kindergarten registration is going online for the first time! Be on the lookout for more information about this process very soon. Registration for the 2018-2019 school year also begins on February 1st.
Enrichment Classes Starting Soon
Enrichment registration has closed and we are excited for classes to start soon. Most classes start week of February 6th. Check your schedules!
These classes are a “go” but may have room: Kinder FUNdamentals, Coloring to the Beat, Cooking w/ Numbers, Facilitated Dialogue, Handwriting/Journal Writing- Tue, Cursive, Drama, Quilting 101, Coding Game Design, Math Masters. Contact enrichment@sskypto.com if you are interested in signing up your child.
These classes are a “GO” and are SOLD OUT: Kids Creations, Nature Club, Paint & Paper, Reader’s Theater (starts week of February 13th).
Congratulations to Our Geography Bee Winner
CONGRATULATIONS to all of our students who participated in the Geography Bee on Friday! 
A BIG Congratulations to our winner Rex Twibell! We’re super proud of you!
Good Luck at the District 5k
Our District 5k run/walk is being held on Saturday, February 3rd. Good luck to all students and families participating. We look forward to seeing you there!
Leave Feedback at 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.
Purim Carnival at The J
You’re invited to our Community Business Partner and neighbor, the JCC’s, signature spring event! Rides, games, teen zone, beer garden, local performances & more! We encourage you to come out for this fun, family-friendly community event.
For tickets and discounts, visit vosjcc.org/purim2018.
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.
Seth Korey proudly partners with Sonoran Sky to provide tennis lessons and camps. Check out their upcoming Spring Break camp HERE. 

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.
Storybook Entertainment understands that every child, boy or girl, deserves a dream come true on their birthday. Storybook Entertainment will make your child’s dream reality!
Your neighborhood pizzeria serving Neapolitan style pizzas,
using family recipes, with fresh ingredients, personalized just for you!
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The Recycling Program is Almost Here…

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!
Lunchtime Recycling Is Coming to
SSKY on January 22nd!

More than half of what we throw away can be recycled. Recycling conserves landfill space, preserves natural resources and controls rising waste disposal costs. Sonoran Sky is excited to kick off a lunchtime recycling program on Monday, January 22. Our students have been learning about recycling at school. Here’s what you can do to help!
#1 AT HOME discuss recycling with your child(ren)
Lunch recyclable materials:
Paper: cardboard containers, food boxes, brown paper lunch bags, juice boxes, milk boxes
Plastic: all hard plastic containers, including plastic jugs, cups and bottles (with or without caps)
Glass: bottles and jars
Metal: aluminum drink cans, food cans
Not recyclable: styrofoam products, straws, plasticware, plastic bags, apple sauce squeeze packets, snack wrappers, foil seal lids, chip bags, bar wrappers, juice packets (i.e. Capri Sun)
#2 AT SCHOOL volunteer to help students
recycle in the cafeteria
We need parent volunteers to help students sort their lunchtime waste and get things put into the correct receptacles. There are time slots for each hour of lunch from Monday, January 22 to Wednesday, January 31. Please sign up to volunteer during your child(ren)’s lunchtime!
SSKY CALENDAR
Tuesday, Jan. 16
Homework Club starts, 3:15 pm
Wednesday, Jan. 17
School Tour, 1:30 pm
Thursday, Jan. 18
By-law Meeting, 8:30 am
Friday, Jan. 19
Wonderland Work Day, 9am
Monday, Jan. 22
School Council, 3:30 pm
Tuesday, Jan. 23
Pajama Day!
Early Release, 12:30 pm
Portillo Dine Around, 11 am-8 pm
New Family Orientation, 6 pm
Night Out @ Postino, 7:30 pm
Cantina Night Parents’ Night Out
The Cantina Night Committee is still looking for local donors.
A Few Reminders
PTO Enrichment Registration
To register for Spring Enrichment go to www.sskypto.com.
Popular classes sell out
FAST and many classes are
limited to the first 6 students to register.
Classes start the week of February 5th.
.Thurs. January 18th
8:30 – 9:30am
School Library
Bylaw revision discussion and meeting. Join us to review and update our PTO Bylaws. All members of our community are welcome. No legal or parliamentarian background required. 
New Family Orientation
January 23rd
New to Sonoran Sky? WELCOME!!! We’re SO glad you are here! You’ve probably got a million questions and we’d love to get them answered for you. Please join Mr. Dawson and members of our PTO Executive Board at a short New Family Orientation on Tuesday, January 23rd at 6pm.
Join us for a Night Out
January 23rd @ 7:30pm
Come meet other new families at Sonoran Sky’s social night out. Following the new parent orientation we have a spot saved for Sonoran Sky families at Postino’s in Kierland. All families are invited, new and seasoned.
Want a T-shirt?
Don’t you love our school t-shirts? We’ll be selling the remaining inventory this WEDNESDAY in the PTO office from 2:30-3:30pm! Stop by and pick one up! Shirts range in price from $16-$25.
This Month’s Dine Around
A Big Thank You to…
We have so many people to thank for helping us provide a Holiday Lunch for the teachers and staff. Thanks to Courtney Pruitt for the awesome decorations; Petra Sullivan for the Mashed Potato Bar; Karen Twibell, Tricia Zich, Allison Kierman, Mary Hatsakorzian, Shannon Boivin, Petra Sullivan, Vivian Hummitzsch, Amy Rhodes, Gwen Gorlin, Myria Kniffen, Kelley Crandall, Nikki Coburn, Sarah Levin, Courtney Pruitt, Becky Schroepfer, Rachael Mikalsky and Liz Vaisben for the salads, desserts, and chili; and Ernea Crown, Sarah Levin, Courtney Pruitt and Michelle Stewart for setting up, serving and cleaning up. We appreciate you all! 
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.
AZ Water Solutions specializes in the installation and replacement of “green” salt-free whole house filtration systems, water softeners, whole house carbon filter systems, reverse osmosis systems, and hot water re-circulation pumps. 
All About Dance Company dancers range in age from six to seventeen years old. These talented dancers compete in several local dance competitions & conventions throughout the Valley.
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Welcome to 2018! Let’s hit the ground running!

Hello and Goodbye
Happy New Year! With every new year we welcome new faces and new friends to Sonoran Sky. We also bid farewell to beloved members of our community.
Welcome to all the new Thunderbird families and students starting their first day TODAY! We hope that all of our new families will join us at the Winter New Family Orientation on January 23rd at 6pm.
Margaret Gavit
As you step back into the school routine, take a minute to stop in and say “hello” to Mrs. Margaret Gavit, our new Front Desk Clerk. Mrs. Gavit joined the awesome Front Office team the final week of 2017 and is already an integral part of the school. She recently moved to sunny Arizona from Chicago – just in time to avoid one of the coldest winters ever! (Ask her about fly-fishing! She’s an aficionado.) Welcome.
As many you already noticed, Mrs. Kate MacLean changed to a new desk and is now our Records Secretary. CONGRATULATIONS!
We also say goodbye to Mr. Dan. In fact, today is his last day. For the past several years, Mr. Dan worked tirelessly to create a clean and beautiful campus. We could always count on him to lend a hand, guard a cross-walk, rake the dirt in perfect lines (which always made me feel guilty walking through it!), and share a smile. We will miss him terribly.
PTO MEETING TOMORROW
NEW TIME!!! Please come to the first PTO Meeting of 2018 tomorrow at 7:45am! We’ll be talking about all the upcoming events for 2018!
SSKY CALENDAR
Tuesday, Jan. 9
PTO Meeting, 7:45am
Thursday, Jan. 11
School Tour, 9:15am
Friday, Jan. 12
Resolve to Get Involved PTO Breakfast, 9am
STEM Committee meeting, immediately following, 10am
Monday, Jan 15
No School
Last Day to register for District Fun Run
Tuesday, Jan. 16
Homework Club starts, 3:15pm
Monday, Jan. 22
School Council, 3:30pm
Tuesday, Jan. 23
Pajama Day!
Early Release, 12:30
Portillo Dine Around
New Family Orientation, 6pm
Amazon Smile is SO 2017
The newest way to give back via Amazon is Amazon Affiliate and SSKY just happens to have a link all set up!
Amazon Affiliate returns up to 10% back from every Amazon purchase to SSKY. This is significantly more than Amazon Smile! So, bookmark this page and always start your shopping with this Amazon link.
Countdown to SSKY Top 10 Upcoming Events!
HELP WANTED ASAP: JOBS AVAILABLE
Please help spread the word that we have some job openings at school. Mr. Dawson is looking for a few new duty aides to work with our children. Click HERE for the job description and to apply online.
PTO ENRICHMENT REGISTRATION STARTS TODAY
Spring Enrichment Registration starts TODAY. Go to www.sskypto.com to register. Popular classes sell out FAST and many classes are limited to the first 6 students to register. Classes start the week of February 5th.
CANTINA NIGHT: TICKETS ON SALE NOW
Cantina Night tickets are on sale now. This fun, parents-only fundraising event will take place the evening of Saturday, February 10th. This event Sold Out last year and we’ve already sold almost 1/2 of our tickets, so buy your tickets soon! 
STEM NIGHT MEETING – JANUARY 12TH 10AM
Join the STEM Night committee! Join us for a quick meeting THIS Friday at 10am, immediately after the yogurt breakfast (you can also call in remotely)!
Want to represent your company, industry, or career path to our enthusiastic kids at STEM Night on MARCH 7, 6-8pm? Contact candicegimbel@gmail.com.
Do you know an awesome scientist, engineer, or mathematician who would be a compassionate and unbiased science fair judge? Contact candicegimbel@gmail.com.
DISTRICT FUN RUN – REGISTER BY JANUARY 15TH
Sign up for the district 5K Fun Run / Walk on SATURDAY February 3rd. Register before January 15th here. Join us at the flagpole Thursday, January 11th at 8:45am for a 5K training walk. Email for more information.
NEW FAMILY ORIENTATION JANUARY 23RD
New to Sonoran Sky? WELCOME!!! We’re SO glad you are here! You’ve probably got a million questions and we’d love to get them answered for you. Please join Mr. Dawson and members of our PTO Executive Board at a short New Family Orientation on Tuesday, January 23rd at 6pm.
PTO BOARD ELECTIONS – FEBRUARY 6TH
Look here to see the nominees for our 2018-19 PTO Board. There are still open positions and we welcome nominations for all roles until January 23rd. Email Alison Feinberg with nominations.
SCHOOL-WIDE PLAY DATE FEBRUARY 19TH
Want to get together with your friends? (And, let your kids play, too?) Need something to do on Presidents’ Day? Put the February Ambassador Play Day on your calendar NOW! Monday, February 19th, 10-11:30am at Northsight Park. 
K-4 SCIENCE FAIR REGISTRATION DUE FEBRUARY 26TH
Why? How? What? Did your student spend winter break experimenting with and questioning her surroundings? Sounds like the start to a great SCIENCE PROJECT. Click here for STEM Night project rubricREGISTER HERE!
AND COMING IN AT NUMBER 1 . . .
Kindergarten Roundup February 1st
Sonoran Sky Elementary invites all parents of children turning five years old by September 1, 2018, to our Kindergarten Roundup on Thursday, February 1.st 
Come learn about our Kindergarten programs and educational opportunities. You will be able to preview the classrooms, hear presentations from our teachers and principal, and have all your questions answered in a discussion period. The classroom tour is at 5:45pm and a meeting will start promptly at 6:00pm.
Interested families, friends with preschoolers, and even veteran SSKY families will not want to miss this very important evening!  We look forward to seeing you on Thursday, February 1st!
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.
PARENTS NIGHT OUT! SATURDAY, JANUARY 13TH! Leave the kids at Xtreme Gymnastics for a fun-filled Saturday evening of gymnastics fun, games and group activities while you go out and have a lively time of your own! Open to non-members.
Reservations are required and space is limited. Call Now! 480-596-3543
We are 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. For years, our team has been providing our patients with quality care and exceptional service, ensuring our patients a lifetime of dental health. Click here to schedule your appointment!
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New Spirit Wear is Here: Order by Dec. 20

We’ve Got Spirit!
How ‘Bout You?
New winter spirit wear is HERE and it is so GOOD!
New, long sleeve designs for both kids and adults have been added to the spirit wear line-up. Get your own Thunderbird shirt – perfect for volunteering and field trips.
It’s important to hurry. Orders must be placed by December 20. To shop, visit sskypto.com/shop
Items will be delivered to the classroom the week of January 8th.
A flyer with all styles and prices can be found HERE.
On The Topic of Shopping…
Did you know that our school can receive up to 10% back from every Amazon purchase? Always start your shopping with this Amazon link to credit our school.
SSKY CALENDAR
Tuesday, Dec. 19
Band Concert, 7pm
Wednesday, Dec. 20
School Tour, 1:30pm
Spirit Wear Orders Due
Thursday, Dec. 21
Last Day of Homework Club
Friday, Dec. 22
Semester Ends
Spirit Day
Monday, Dec. 25 – Friday,
Jan. 5
Winter Break, No School
Saturday, Dec.30
Last Day for Early Bird Cantina Night Ticket Price
Monday, Jan. 8
School Resumes
Spring Enrichment Class Enrollment Begins
Tuesday, Jan. 9
PTO Meeting, 7:45am
Friday, Jan. 12
Resolve to Get Involved PTO Breakfast, 9am

Thank You From the SSOS Team
Thanks to the entire Sonoran Sky community for a successful Giving Tree event! Together, we packed more than 50 boxes filled with non-perishable food, 50 bags with toiletries, and 80 children will receive wrapped toys and books thanks to your generosity!
There are too many people to thank individually, but we are grateful to everyone who participated. Thank you to those who “adopted” children and anonymously donated food and toiletries. When we were short specific items, you spread the word and you responded, bringing in whole cases of shampoo or cereal or pasta sauce. Many of you offered to do even more, tallying up items on the floor of the PTO office, showing up to fill boxes and wrap gifts, and delivering all that we collected and packed to the very grateful team at Cactus View.
Resolve to Get Involved
Be in the Know…
HELP WANTED: JOBS AVAILABLE
Please help spread the word that we have some job openings at school. Mr. Dawson is looking for a few new duty aides to work with our children. Click HERE for the job description and to apply online.
SPRING ENRICHMENT COMING SOON
Spring Enrichment is coming soon. Check your child’s Friday Folders this week for the Spring Enrichment class catalog. We have terrific classes planned for the spring, including art, STEM, and sports offerings. Enrollment begins Monday, January 8th and classes start the week of February 5th.
SCHOOL-WIDE PLAY DATE FEB. 19TH
Did you miss out on the last school play date? You’re in luck. Save the date for another ambassador play date, which will take place on Monday, February 19th. Keep on the look-out for more details coming soon.
CANTINA NIGHT: EARLY BIRD TICKETS ON SALE NOW
Cantina Night tickets are on sale now. This fun, parents only fundraising event will take place the evening of Saturday, February 10th. This event Sold Out last year, so make sure to buy your tickets early! Hurry, early bird pricing ends December 30th and prices will increase to $40/ticket.
Click here to buy Cantina Night Tickets!
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.
What better way to start the new year than by cleansing your home from the chaos of clutter? Professional organizer Danielle Wurth and her team can help transform your clutter and start enjoying your space.
Visit WurthOrganizing.com for more information.
Looking for a last minute holiday gift or a good night’s sleep? Tuft & Needle will donate 25% of your total order to our school.
Visit tuftandneedle.com/givesback to explore their wonderful product line.
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Resolve to get Involved

Resolve to get INVOLVED
PTO Engagement Breakfast:
Resolve to Get Involved 
Friday, January 12 
9 – 10 am
Yogurt Parfait Bar!
Many hands make light work…
Please attend a healthy breakfast
(in the spirit of New Year’s resolutions!)
and hear about all the amazing opportunities
for involvement with the wonderfully dedicated
Sonoran Sky PTO.
Ask questions! Get answers!
We have several open positions, some chairs seeking co-chairs, and so many committees to join.
If you are a working parent and daytime
is challenging for you, please get in touch with president@sskypto.com 
to set up a different time to meet or talk.
Hope to see you on January 12th!
SSKY CALENDAR
Tuesday, Dec. 12
Winter Chorus Concert, 7pm
Wednesday, Dec. 13
Yearbook Club Picture Day
Thursday, Dec. 14
Strings Concert, 7pm
Friday, Dec. 15
Spirit Day
Tuesday, Dec. 19
Band Concert, 7pm
Wednesday, Dec. 20
School Tour, 1:30pm
AIR Performance, 6:30pm
Thursday, Dec. 21
Last Day of Homework Club
Friday, Dec. 22
Semester Ends
Spirit Day
Monday, Dec. 25 – Friday, Jan. 5
Winter Break, No School
Get to Know Your PTO
Michelle Jaleeli, Treasurer
Michelle is our go-to numbers gal who, because of her near constant
presence on campus, is almost always one of the first in the car pick-up line.
5 things to know about Michelle:
1. She functions best after at least one cup of coffee.
Avoid making check requests before she’s had her first cup!
2. She may seem quiet, but her favorite thing to do at
school is working with and meeting other parents. 
3. If she could jump on her mountain bike and put in a
few hours on the trails every morning, she would be a very happy lady. 
4. She’s involved in almost everything at school, but her favorite activities are
ones where she gets to sit back and watch – Talent Show and Movie Night. 
5. She also enjoys watching football and has even been
known to dress her dog up to support the Sun Devils. 
Recycling & Reusing
Sonoran Sky is exploring a new Recycling Initiative! Parent volunteers have stepped up to change the lunchtime process and lessen our carbon footprint. WE NEED YOUR HELP! Lunchtime volunteers will be needed for a two-week recycling education blitz. Watch for a SignUpGenius form coming in January. If you want to get involved with this initiative NOW, please contact Yutao Jiang yutaojiang70@gmail.com or Liz Vaisben lizzielu3@yahoo.com.
ALSO, you are welcome to join Sonoran Sky PTO representatives who will attend an informational meeting at Sandpiper Elementary School on Tuesday, December 12 at 9 am to learn more about their Food Bus, Inc., program to see if this is something SSKY might be able to partner with. The program transfers untouched school lunch food to a local food bank. Learn more by watching this video: http://bit.ly/foodbusinc
Cantina Night
2018 Cantina Night 
Saturday February 10th 
7-10pm 
Salty Senorita
(Old Town Scottsdale)
Early bird tickets are on sale now. This event Sold Out last year, so make sure to buy your tickets early! Click here to buy Cantina Night Tickets! Also, we are looking for great auction items from all our families. Hotels stays, sporting tickets, jewelry, gift cards, spas, restaurants, services and so on….
Click here to check out the auction letter and donor form. When you have your items, please bring them to the front office or PTO office. We appreciate your support!
RAT Recap…
Check out this fun RAT video:
Thank you to our amazing RAT Committee and day of parent volunteers – Megan Starr, Alison Feinberg, Amy Rhodes, Alyce Neal, Jen Kuchipudi, Liz Vaisben, Sara Schneider, Jen Sosnow, Michele Bence, Erin Winkelman, Bryon Winkelman, Michelle and Marcus Hermosillo, Anita Bedrick, Shannon Brousseau, Jennifer Burns, Michele Carroll, Nikki Coburn, Whitney Crutchley, Melissa DeGroot, Michelle Fang, Jason Gilbert, Tamara Gold, Chris Hastings, Mary Hataskorzian, Judy Hudek, Vivian Hummitzsch, Faydra Huntingford, Thenmozhi Kabilan, Michelle Kass, Glory Kaufman, Lisa Merendino, Alyce Neal, Becca Norton, Jody Pannozzo, Alana Raizer, Jeanine Richley, Roli Saxena, Becky Schroepfer, Cindy Sigona, Lisa Smith,  Marisha Geraghty, Elana Kutz, Michelle Raizer, Tova Adelman, Allison Kierman, Valerie Longbottom, May Hajbandeh, Kyla Johnson, Denise Lieberthal and the best Thunderbird ever, Sara Bernstein.
Thank you to our RAT Business Sponsors – Whizkidz Preschool, Judy Hudek with Realty One Group, AZ Painting and Consulting LLC, CineVideo, BSL Nutrition, AZ Water Solutions, Cactus Window Tint, Affiliated Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics.
Thank you to our Community Business Donors – Read-a-Thon, VOS JCC, My Pie, Event Smart, Kona Ice, Immedia, Story Book Entertainment, GameTime Coaching, Scoop and Joy, Phoenix Suns, AZ Limo, Logo Man, AZ Air Time, AZ on the Rocks, Rocket Fizz Soda Pop and Candy Shop, Octane Raceway, East Valley Game Truck,
 
Thank you to our amazing SSKY Team - Mr. Dawson, Bailey Mittelstadt, Heather Fuentes, Kate MacLean, Dan Shoemaker and all our amazing SSKY teachers and staff!!!
Thank you to everyone that took the time to fill out the RAT surveyIt will truly help us improve to make the best fundraiser for next year. 
 
AND Thank you to YOU – all our SSKY families!!! Without your support, we could not have had this level of success.
Be in the Know…
Are you a STEM professional?
Be a role model or a facilitator on March 7th for STEM night here at Sonoran Sky. We are also looking for judges. If you are interested please contact Candice Gimbel to get involved anyway you can.
Congratulations
to Nandini W.!! She will be
moving on to the
District Spelling Bee.
The winning word was…
chesterfield.
Is your child’s birthday coming up? Are you unable to get to the store to purchase a treat for the class? Let the PTO help. We have a birthday in a box option where you could have the treat delivered to your child’s class and you are done! Click here for the link.
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.
DreamTeam Academy is having a winter camp, the price is $75 per day which includes basketball training. Lunch is an additional $9 per child.
Visit https://www.dreamteamacademy.com/ for more information.
The JCC is offering a week long winter camp for children Kinder through grade 5 with art, sports, games, field trips and more! For the older kids, the lobby has video games, air hockey and more!
Visit vosjcc.org for more information.
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Cantina Night Tickets are on Sale NOW!!!

Tickets are on SALE NOW
Sonoran Sky Families:
Make sure your Calendars are marked for
a Parents Night Out and School Fundraiser on Saturday, February 10th.
This is guaranteed to be a fun night out
while helping our fantastic school!
Early Bird Tickets go on Sale
TODAY through December 31st
Be on the lookout for
Silent Auction Donor Letters
in your email in the coming weeks.
We are looking for great items.
SSKY CALENDAR
Tuesday, December 5
PTO Meeting, 8am
Early Release, 12:30pm
School Playdate, 12:30pm
Spirit Day, wear ugly sweater
Wednesday, December 6
SSOS, drop-off unwrapped gifts
Spelling Bee, practice 8am
Thursday, December 7
Kendra Scott Party, 5-8pm
Friday, December 8
Spelling Bee, 9am
Saturday, December 9
Boxing & Wrapping Event 1-4
Monday, Dec. 25 – Friday, Jan. 5
Winter Break, No School
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 play-date on our next Early Release day. Order some My Pie, pick up your kiddos and meet us after at Northsight Park on Dec. 5th.
Are you a STEM professional? Be a role model or a facilitator on March 7th for STEM night here at Sonoran Sky.
Contact Candice Gimbel to get involved anyway you can.
More than 1,000 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.
Drop-off labeled, unwrapped gifts, food, and toiletry items
by Wednesday, Dec. 6th.
Come to the Boxing & Wrapping Party
on Saturday, Dec. 9th from 1 to 4pm.
Spelling Bee
Good luck to The Spelling Bee Participants!
The Spelling Bee will be on
Friday December 8th from 9 to 11.
PTO Meeting Info
Tuesday, Dec. 5th @ 8am
you are invited to our
LAST PTO meeting of 2017
IN WONDERLAND!
So grab your to-go cup of coffee, a sweater and your sunglasses and join us in the garden.
We’ll be talking about RAT, voting on the budget to start the playground project,
discussing open PTO positions and the spring election,
introducing the recycling project, and so much more!
Seriously, who else gets to hold their December meeting in a
beautiful outdoor garden complete with butterflies and flowers?!?
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.
Give your child the academic advantage to compete in today’s world.
Tuft & needle will give participating
schools 25% of the profit from every mattress sold using the link below.
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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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