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 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

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
Come Volunteer with Us!

Volunteer Meeting
Wednesday, August 16th

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.


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!

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