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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.
  Pssst… Want your business here? Email cbp@sskypto.com for info! 
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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! 
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DEADLINES! Don’t miss out on these important deadlines.

DEADLINES, DEADLINES, DEADLINES!!! 
 Classroom Support Funds and Team Thunderbird
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!!
About 40% of families have already contributed to Classroom Support Funds and we’re getting closer to our Team Thunderbird goal
THANK YOU!!!!
But, we still have a ways to go to fund our classrooms and meet our financial obligations for this year. We hope everyone participates!
Although we encourage families to contribute to Classroom Support Funds and Team Thunderbird whenever they can, the earlier donations are made, the easier it is to plan for the year. 
With respect to Classroom Support Funds, teachers have already begun budgeting for the year and using their funds in their classrooms. Classroom Support Funds go directly to your student’s classroom and grade level.
If you are able, please follow the links below and contribute today. Your participation really makes a difference.
THE SSKY CALENDAR
Friday, August 18
Kona Ice, 3:15pm
Monday, August 21
Wear Purple!
Last day to enroll in Enrichment Classes
First day of Homework Club
Health Screenings Start
Wednesday, August 23
Room Parent Meeting, 9am
Health Screenings
Thursday, August 24
Picture Day!
Health Screenings
Cantina Night Meeting, 9am
Friday, August 25
Kona Ice, 3:15pm
Tuesday, August 29
Early Release, 12:30pm
Volunteers Needed Next Week!
One of the things that sets Sonoran Sky apart is our vibrant and active parent community. We couldn’t put on the great events we have without YOU!
We have several events coming up next week and need parents to help out. 
Health Screenings – these screenings are extremely important and must be completed as soon as possible. We need several parents to help every day next week to ensure the screenings run smoothly. Sign up here!
Back to School Dance – we need a few parents to work very short shifts (1/2 hour!) during the dance. This is one of the easiest volunteer “jobs” all year! Sign up here!
Cantina Night! Do you like a good party? We’re looking for folks who enjoy party planning to help us with this year’s adult only social. Come to the first planning meeting on Thursday, August 24th at 9am in the library.
Are you interested in other volunteer opportunities during the year? You can view current volunteer opportunities on the website here. We also encourage you to fill out our volunteer information form
DEADLINES ALREADY! Time is Running Out!
ENROLLMENT DEADLINE 
MONDAY, AUGUST 21
Register now for one of our fun before or after-school PTO enrichment classes, taught by excellent members of Sonoran Sky’s faculty.
The following classes need a few more students and are at risk of cancellation!
Debate AM- 1 more needed
Debate 2 PM- 1 needed
Build Your Robot- 3 needed
Math Masters – 3 needed
Drama – 4 needed
Sports STEM – 6 needed
Dancin’ – 6 needed
ecybermission – 6 needed
ORDER DEADLINE
FRIDAY, AUGUST 25
Show your school spirit and be prepared for Spirit Wear Fridays* with a stylish shirt.
*We encourage ALL students, staff, and volunteers to wear Sonoran Sky apparel or school colors every Friday!  
Directories, birthday marquee celebrations, and yearbooks are also on sale in the Spirit Shop. Order these items soon before the price goes up!
We’re working on birthday treat options!!! Stay tuned.
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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
Always start your shopping with this Amazon link to credit our school with over 6% of your purchase!
The Paradise Valley Unified School District neither endorses nor sponsors the organization or activity represented in this material. The distribution or display of this material is provided as a community service.
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Congratulations! You Successfully Wrapped the First Week of School!

IT’S A WRAP! From our newest kindergartners to our most experienced sixth graders, everyone helped make this one of our best first weeks ever. Congratulations! 
As usual, we’re kicking off the new school year with non-stop action. Read the newsletter below, review the calendar, and follow us on social media to stay up-to-date on all the school happenings. 

 Get to Know Your PTO
Do you know who volunteers on the PTO Board? You can find all of their names and emails on the PTO website. To help you get to know your Board Members better, we’ll periodically “introduce” an officer or chairperson in this newsletter.

ALISON FEINBERG, PTO PRESIDENT


Alison Feinberg is our 2017-2019 PTO President. She has three children, Nora an 8th grader at Desert Shadows Middle School, Sadie in 6th and Josh in 3rd grade. 


 5 Things to Know About Alison
  • Alison loves Goodreads and if you “friend” her, you’ll find over 550 books on her shelf, 403 of which she’s already finished. 
  • Alison obviously loves reading, so it’s no surprise one of her favorite SSKY events is the book-fair. But, did you know she is a self proclaimed auction addict? Cantina Night is her other favorite school event. 
  • Alison loves show-tunes, piano bars, yoga, reusable grocery bags, shoes, roses, and Disneyland.
  • Alison does not like doing the dishes (who does?!?), grocery shopping, running errands, egregiously long road trips, running, math, or reptiles.
  • She is counting down the days until the Outlander premier. (Only 30 more!) 


If you see her in the hallways or out at the flagpole, be sure to say “hi!” or feel free to email her at president@sskypto.com
THE SSKY CALENDAR

Monday, August 14
Parent Orientations:
5:30-6:00pm – 1st Grade 
6:10-6:40pm – 2nd Grade 
6:50-7:20pm – 3rd Grade 


Tuesday, August 15
Parent Orientations:
5:00-5:30pm – Honors (1st Presentation)
5:30-6:00pm – 6th Grade 
6:00-6:30pm – Honors (2nd Presentation)
6:10-6:40pm – 5th Grade / PILOTS
6:50-7:20pm – 4th Grade 
Wednesday, August  16
Volunteer Meeting, 9am
Copier Training, 10am
Thursday, August 17
Coffee w/ Mr. D., 9:15am
Friday, August 18
Kona Ice, 3:15pm
Monday, August 21
Last day to enroll in Enrichment
First day of Homework Club

Friday, August 25
Back-to-School Dance 6-8pm
Last day to order T-shirts
Classroom Support Funds v. Team Thunderbird

Do you know the difference between Classroom Support Funds and the voluntary donation to Team Thunderbird?
Totally simplified, Classroom Support Funds are requested by your child’s teacher for your child’s classroom and grade level.  Contributing to CSF supports activities that advance the curriculum and enhances teachers’ lesson plans. Teachers make lesson plans assuming the majority of families will contribute, but if teachers do not have enough funds in their CSF, planned activities will be cut. Some of the CSF money ($16) is also given to Room Parents to use for teacher appreciation and $5 is given to specials teachers to support their classroom activities. 

Donating to Team Thunderbird supports the entire school. It is the PTO’s main source of funding for school-wide events, programs, and supplies. Without sufficient school-wide funding, the PTO would need to scale back or eliminate things that the District does not fund, like Reading Eggs, Brain Pop, Wonderland, lessons with Mrs. Klein, Art Walk, STEM Night, Artists in Residence, and even professional development classes and extra paper for the workroom!


Both are absolutely essential funding programs that support your child’s education. We encourage all who are able to donate to both today! 

Questions? Contact Alison at President@sskypto.com
Come Volunteer with Us!

Volunteer Meeting
Wednesday, August 16th
9am-10am

Are you planning to or interested in volunteering at Sonoran Sky this year, either in the classroom, with the PTO, or at community events? Then fill out our volunter information form and plan to attend this important meeting. 

We’ll discuss the ins and outs of volunteering, the volunteer opportunities and needs at SSKY, and the Volunteer Handbook and application process. There will also be plenty of time to answer questions and for you to meet our PTO Board members. 

SPECIAL REQUEST!!!! We’re also looking for a special someone to chair our Spring Fling event. If you are interested in helping to throw an awesome party, please let us know! 
Join Us August 14th and 15th

Join us immediately following both curriculum nights for a fun social evening, while raising money for SSKY PTO! Both restaurants will donate 20% back to Sonoran Sky! Isn’t this a great way to meet other parents AND support the school!?!
Monday, August 14th 6-9pm
11055 N Scottsdale Rd Scottsdale, AZ 85254.

Tuesday, August 15th 6-9pm
7366 E Shea Blvd Ste 112. Scottsdale, AZ 85260.

EXTRA, EXTRA!

Register now for one of our fun before or after-school PTO enrichment classes, taught by excellent members of Sonoran Sky’s faculty.

Cursive club, Nature Club, and

Paint & Paper are almost SOLD OUT!

Hurry! Classes are filling up fast!

Directories and yearbooks are also on sale in the Spirit Shop. Order these items soon before the price goes up!

Want all the latest SSKY News? Follow us! 

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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2017 Sonoran Sky Elementary STEM Night and Science Fair

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

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

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

2017 Sonoran Sky Elementary Science Fair Entry Form

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

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

Egg Drop!

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

Trebuchet Launch!

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

Robot Runway!

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

Rubik’s Cube Team Tryouts!

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

2017 Science Fair

2017 Sonoran Sky Elementary Science Fair Entry Form

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

Giving Thanks and Giving Back at Sonoran Sky

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

 

SCHOOL EVENTS
THE SSKY
CALENDAR

Monday, November 14
SSOS Giving Tree Begins

Wednesday, November 16
5th Grade SSKY Camp
School Tour, 1:30pm
Friday, November 18
Picture Retake Day 
Wednesday, November 23 –
Friday, November 25
Thanksgiving Recess
  
Monday, November  28
Classes Resume
PTO Exec Board, 9am
Tuesday, November  29
APEX Pep Rally, TBA
Saturday, December 10
SSOS Wrapping Event, 10am
NEXT WEEK’S HIGHLIGHTS
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FIFTH GRADE HEADS TO SSKY CAMP
The big week is finally here! Our fifth graders leave Wednesday morning for their long-anticipated trip north. Have fun, and take lots of pictures for the yearbook!
PICTURE RETAKES FRIDAY
This Friday, November 18th is School Picture Retake Day. If your child was absent or you’d just like another crack at capturing their angelic personality, please contact your classroom teacher for more information.
PILOTS SUPPLY DRIVE FOR UMOM NEW DAY
UMOM New Day Centers provides shelter and services to homeless families in Phoenix. Our SSKY 6th grade PILOTS will be collecting disposable diapers, new or gently used baby clothes, toothbrushes, and toothpaste. The drive ends Friday, November 18th. Thank you!
THANKFUL FOR OUR TEACHERS & STAFF!
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This Thursday, November 17, the SSKY Hospitality Committee is coordinating small, grade-level and team lunches for Sonoran Sky’s teachers and staff to show our gratitude for all they do.

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

 

PROVIDING SSOS FOR THE HOLIDAYS

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

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

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

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

 

Questions? Contact ssos@sskypto.com — we would love to hear from you!

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

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

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

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