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MSA transition, Teacher Appreciation, and FroYo Social

Dear Sonoran Sky Community,
We want to thank every single one of for your kindness, patience, and willingness to work together during the past weeks. Special thank you to those who helped identify and coordinate childcare options, took kids into their homes to help out friends, provided food, shared and communicated important information, kept the school running, gave school tours, decorated sidewalks, and so many many other things!
We came together to support each other and our students during this past week and that shows what a strong and amazing community we’ve created. Thank you everyone!

Last Constant Contact Email
Sign up for MSA ASAP to Stay Connected
We are transitioning to My School Anywhere (MSA) for PTO communications. Doing so will both save money and be more user friendly.
This is the last Constant Contact email. If you are not signed up with MSA, you will not receive PTO emails.
My School Anywhere will be our class directory, school directory, and primary means of weekly PTO communication. Room Parents will even have the option to use special communication features for their classes!
Go to join.myschoolanywhere.com and use invitation code “JoinSSKY” to sign up.
A few things to keep in mind:
  • Check the privacy settings. You must “opt in” to the on-line directory. If you don’t you’ll be able to see people who have opted in, but they will not see your information and your student will not appear on class rosters.
  • Put in your student’s current grade and teacher. We will “graduate” everyone in June.
  • You can change your settings at any time.
  • This is not a social media site. Please read the privacy policy.
If you don’t wish to be part of the school directory or receive PTO emails, try to check the website, Facebook or Twitter regularly to stay abreast of school happenings – like supply lists and EduKit info- which we’ll publish in the next newsletter through MSA!!!

Keep the following points in mind to help make our final days run smoothly:
  • Kindergarten drop off lanes should only be used by families with kinders.
  • Students should go to the field in the morning. Parents who are volunteering can come back to the classroom after 9am.
  • If you have projects/treats/things to drop off, please label them with a post-it and leave the item on the delivery cart.
  • Try to always sign in when visiting the school and always fill out a parking spot ticket when volunteering!
SSKY CALENDAR
Monday , May 7
Site Council, 3:30pm
Tuesday, May 8
PTO Meeting, 7:45am
Coffee with the Principal, 9am
Wednesday, May 9
School Nurse Day
Thursday, May 10
Principal’s Challenge Lunch, 12 noon
Yogurtini FroYo Social, 3-10pm
Sing America Sing Performance, 6pm
Wednesday, May 23
P.I.L.O.T.S. Culmination
Thursday, May 24
Last Day of School
Early Release
Tuesday, July 31
PTO Kick-Off Meeting, 10am

Teacher
Appreciation Week
May 14-18

teacher appreciation mary treats
Sonoran Sky’s Teacher Appreciation Week is May 14-18! But, we made sure there were treats today, too!
Lunch will be provided by PTO’s Hospitality Committee on Monday, May 14 and Thursday, May 17.
More details will follow from your room parent.

This Week
May 7th 7:45am PTO meeting
This is the last PTO meeting of the school year. Come honor some of our stand out teachers and find out what we have planned for next year.
May 9th 5:30pm
PVUSD invites you to the District Offices for the May parent program. You’ll gain critical information about how to protect your children and/or extended family members from the growing problem of substance abuse and addiction. More details here.

May 10th Yogurtini Social after school & after Sing America Sing
The weather is perfect for an ice cold treat! Join us for a frozen yogurt social at Yogurtini on Scottsdale and Thunderbird. Come right after school or join the 5th graders after Sing America Sing! Thursday, May 10th!

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More SSKY Happenings and News
LAST CHANCE TO TURN IN YOUR BOX TOPS – Did you know that on average, the school collects about $2,000 in BoxTops each year that the sixth graders use to defray costs.
It’s easy to support P.I.L.O.T.S. Just clip the BoxTops you find on hundreds of participating products and send them to school at your convenience. Each one is worth 10¢ and the sixth graders will do all the precision cutting, sorting, and managing, including awarding monthly prizes to the classrooms with the highest collection! 

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Save Your Books! We know SSKY loves to read! Save your used books for the Used Book Fair! We’ll be collecting used books in August and hosting our bi-annual sale in September! It will be great!
Thanks to everyone for participating in the Paws for Books Spring Book Fair. We sold almost $20k worth of books and supplies which earned us $7000 Scholastic Dollars.
Primarily, we’ll use the Scholastic Dollars to help teachers establish and spruce up their libraries when school starts in August. We’ll also provide some prizes for the fall Read-a Thon.
Thank you to all the Book Fair volunteers. We had record setting fast set-up and take down and you are all appreciated. Thein Prem, Leigh Piper, Paula Kirklys, Amy Rhodes, Michele Carroll, Megan Starr Becker, Yutao Jiang, Michelle Stewart, Kristen Dezso, Jade Izzett, Kelsey Mayid, Mary Hearn, Shannon Boivin, Toby Fox, Christie Maroulis, Becca Norton, Alison Feinberg, Sharalee Schneider, Michelle Kass, Abbie Richie, Michele Koivisto, Whitney Crutchley, Allison Kierman, Tricia Zich, Jody Pannozzo, Marni Steinberg, Marni Gerber, Becky Rand, Lisa Merendino, Kerri Zauner, and an extra special thanks to co-chair Nina Vomero who did all of the decorations- the library looked amazing!
Thanks!
Faydra Huntingford
Book Fair Chair

jewish news
Woo Hoo! Sonoran Sky Elementary School was selected by the readers of the Jewish News as the Best Public School in the Valley. We’ll be listed in the “Best Of” Jewish Arts & Culture Magazine. Thank you to everyone who voted for us!
PTO Budget for 2018-19
We’ll discuss the proposed budget at our Tuesday, May 8th meeting after the UPC teacher appreciation portion of the meeting.

Turn in Your Receipts!
Attention Room Parents: Don’t miss these finance deadlines
Please note, we extended the deadline to submit Room Parent expense reports to adjust for Teacher Appreciation Week’s rescheduled dates. 
Please have expense reports to Michelle Kass by Friday, May 18th. Submit all reports with attached reciepts to the Room Parent box in the workroom. Contact roomparents@sskypto.com with questions. 
Turn in any check requests as soon as you have them. Deadline for check requests is May 21st for all expenses incurred to that date. Any expenses incurred after May 21st should be submitted as soon as possible to ensure reimbursement by year-end. Place check requests in the Treasurer box in the workroom. Contact treasurer@sskypto.com with questions.  
  • May 18th: Room parent expense reports & receipts due
  • May 21st: Classroom support check requests due 
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.
MORE SSKY INFORMATION
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Spring Fling tickets and FAQs regarding Red for Ed.

Thanks for Stepping Up!
PTO Positions for 2018-2019
We are pleased to report that we MAY have filled our open Committee Chair Positions. WooHoo!
If you want to get more involved with PTO, we still need you! Some of our Chairs would love a co-chair and we are looking for someone to head up Woo Hoo Lunch on the first day of school! We also need Spring Fling volunteers for the 27th!
Email president@sskypto.com for more information on summer help or PTO positions.
SSKY CALENDAR
Friday, April 20
Last Day of Book Fair, 8am-4pm
Kona Ice
Spirit Day
Saturday, April 21
New Kinder Playdate, 1-2:30pm https://bit.ly/2uTAtRO
Sunday, April 22
Last Day for discounted Spring Fling tickets, 5pm
Friday, April 27
Spring Fling, 5:30-8:30pm
Tuesday, May 1
PTO Meeting, 7:45am
Book Fair Ends Today at 4pm
The book fair will be open from 8am to 4pm today and then we pack it all up until the fall. Remember that FRIDAY is the LAST DAY to use your Science Fair Dawson Dollars,Million Word Dollars, or other Dawson Bucks you might have. All purchases benefit our school. 
For more information on the Book Fair, click HERE.
Kindergarten Play Date Saturday April 21 @1pm
YOU’RE INVITED!
Who – New Kindergartners and their whole family (siblings, too!)
What – An informal, casual PLAY DATE
When – April 21st 1pm-2:30pm
Where – Sonoran Sky, Kindergarten Playground
Why – Because it’s fun and we want to meet you!

You’ll get a chance to meet other incoming kindergarten families and some current families. You’ll also be able to chat with members of the PTO and some amazing student representatives. If you haven’t had a chance yet, please let us know if you’ll be joining us by emailing ambassadors@sskypto.com or replying to this email. RSVPs are not mandatory, but help us plan!) https://bit.ly/2uTAtRO

Do you want discounted Spring Fling tix?
Then you need to buy them before 5pm Sunday!
Come have a blast at the Sonoran Sky Spring Fling Carnival. It is a CASUAL EVENING EVENT, with fun for the whole family. Discounted tickets are on sale now. Purchase by clicking HERE.
Prices will increase at 5pm on Sunday.
Share an hour or two – You’ll have fun!
#RedforEd Walk-Ins
We are experiencing interesting times in Arizona education. The PTO remains committed to supporting our students, teachers, and community. As we learn information, we will share it with you. This is a good time to make sure your contact information is up to date with the office and that you are receiving Mr. Dawson’s Navigator emails and have access to our PTO social media sites.
As always, we’ll try to answer any questions we can. You should also feel free to contact Mr. Dawson with your concerns.
What is #RedforEd? A nonpartisan movement advocating on behalf of public education in Arizona. Read this message from our PV Governing Board HERE. Our teachers and staff recommend visiting Arizona Educators United to learn more.
Will there be a walk out today? There is not a RedforEd walk out today on Sonoran Sky’s campus. There will be Walk Ins Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of next week. The Monday walk-in will start at 8am at the corner of Scottsdale and Sweetwater.
  • Some campuses in our district, mostly middle schools and high schools, are participating in the the National School Walkout Friday, April 20th at 10 a.m. local time. The National School Walkout is meant to honor and mourn students, faculty, and staff who lost their lives in school shootings across the country. This is totally separate from the school funding issue. Please read Mr. Dawson’s Navigator or Dr. Lee’s email dated April 17th for more information. (If you are not receiving these, please check with the front office and make sure your primary email on file is correct.)
What is a walk-in? A demonstration by educators, parents, and community members prior to the start of school to raise awareness about education in AZ and to show unity in the community.
Will this impact the school day? No. The walk-in will not disrupt any part of the regular school schedule. The playground will open at 8:25 and classes will start at 8:45. 
When is the walk out? This situation is really fluid and there is the potential for a lot of misinformation. Wait to hear from Paradise Valley Schools District and Mr. Dawson regarding actions at our campus. (Again, we highly recommend you make sure you are receiving the Navigator.) Here is the latest information from the District.
What happens to our kids during a walk out? Again, we have to wait to see what will happen. The District and our campus are making plans. Here is the latest information from the District. Please follow us on social media as we will be sharing information as we receive it.
Everyone’s highest priority is making sure our kids are safe and we will work together to ensure their well-being.
We will share the best information we have, when we have concrete information.
Turn in Your Receipts!
Attention Room Parents: Don’t miss these finance deadlines
Don’t leave for summer before turning in your receipts. Submit expenses by leaving them in the Treasurer’s mailbox in the work room. Thank you!
  • May 16th: Room parent expense reports & receipts due
  • May 21st: Classroom support check requests due 
GET CONNECTED!
JOIN MY SCHOOL ANYWHERE
Want an easy way to access the school directory? How about a directory on your phone!?!
Join our online directory at join.myschoolanywhere.com use invitation code joinssky.
*SUPER IMPORTANT* – identify your child’s current grade (NOT their grade in the fall). For example, if they are in preschool today, identify them as PK not Kinder. All students will be automatically “graduated” up one grade in June.
A few more things . . .
We appreciate the help and support we had from the Hospitality Committee to help Stock the Teacher’s Lounge last week. Thank you to Melissa Kim, Sarah Levin, Mary Hatsakorzian, Claudia Ballard, Gwen Gorlin, Allison Kierman, Kerri Bauer, Patricia Loera, Leigh Piper, Vivian Hummitzsch, Barbara Stein, Elana Kutz, Kyla Johnson, Amy Rhodes, & Liz Vaisben for donating drinks, snacks, and fruit for the teachers to enjoy throughout the week. 
We have so many people to thank for helping us provide lunch for the teachers and staff last week. A huge THANK YOU to My Pie and the Merendino Family for so generously donating the pizza and salad lunch. Thank you to Patricia Loera, Gwen Gorlin, Tricia Zich, Shannon Boivin, Melissa Kim, Vivian Yoo, Sarah Levin, Nikki Coburn, Liz Vaisben, Myria Kniffen, Laura Loomis & Allison Kierman for providing lunch delivery, set-up, serving, clean-up help and desserts. We are so grateful to Courtney Pruitt for the lovely table decorations.  We appreciate you all!
SSKY in the News
Sonoran Sky, and our Community Business Partners the Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center and Affiliated Pediatric Dentristry and Orthodonics, were all nominated for Jewish News’ first annual Readers’ Choice Awards. You can view the nominees and vote 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.
MORE SSKY INFORMATION
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Volunteers Needed, Spring Events & More!!

All Hands on Deck
Dear Sonoran Sky families,
The PTO could not do all we do for our children and school without the generous help of our SSKY community of families. As the school year comes to end, we’re asking for your help to finish strong. We still have many opportunities to volunteer, so please get involved where you can.
Help Needed NOW
Summer Help Wanted
  • During our Back to School “Meet the Teacher” Event on August 6, PTO needs a few welcoming folks to take a shift at our PTO booth welcoming families, explaining our online Spirit Shop, My School Anywhere (online directory), and general troubleshooting. If you are a veteran family and can lend a hand, contact president@sskypto.com.
Open PTO Positions for 2018-2019
  • Cantina Night
  • Yearbook
  • SkyWriters
  • EduKit
  • STEM Co-Chair
  • T-shirt designer/spirit shop sales
Email president@sskypto.com for more information on summer help or PTO positions.
SSKY CALENDAR
Tuesday, April 10
Early Release, 12:30pm
Spirit Day (Disney Day)
Last Day to order Yearbook
CPK Dine Around
Friday, April 13
Volunteer Breakfast
Monday, April 16- Friday, April 20
Book Fair
Monday, April 16
Art Walk, 6pm
Thursday, April 19
School Tour, 9:15am
Friday, April 20
Kona Ice
Spirit Day
Saturday, April 21
New Kinder Playdate, 1-2:30pm https://bit.ly/2uTAtRO
Come for the Art, Stay for the Books –
Spring Book Fair and Art Walk
Come for the Art, Stay for the Books
Come join us for an evening of amazing art and music at Sonoran Sky Elementary’s 9th annual Art Walk on Monday, April 16th from 6 to 8 pm. The halls of the school will be transformed into a gallery showcasing the creative and colorful works of all our students. Enjoy musical performances from our band and strings students. Food trucks will be on-site.
Meanwhile, our Spring Book Fair will be open for families to shop for a few new books to add to their home libraries. The Book Fair will run April 16th-20th, Monday-Friday. The book fair will be open during the art walk. Regular shopping hours are from 7:45-3:30, Monday-Thursday. The Book Fair will close on Friday at 2:30. Remember, all purchases benefit our school. 
For more information on the Art Walk, click HERE. For more information on the Book Fair, click HERE.
Don’t Miss These April Dates
  • April 10: California Pizza Kitchen Dine Around. CPK will generously donate 20% of proceeds back to our school. Don’t miss your chance to see Mr. Dawson, aka “Chef Dawson”, making pizza for the kids. He’ll be there from 5:30-6:30pm. Click HERE for the flyer.
  • April 10: Last Day to Order Yearbook
  • April 20: Kona Ice at school
  • April 21: Kinder Playdate. Current and new families to SSKY, we can’t wait to meet your kindergartener, so we’re hosting a play date! You’re invited to join us at SSKY on from 1-2:30pm! Meet us at the kindergarten playground. https://bit.ly/2uTAtRO
  • April 27: Spring Fling. Come have a blast at the Sonoran Sky Spring Fling Carnival. It is a CASUAL EVENING EVENT, with fun for the whole family. Tickets are on sale now. Purchase by clicking HERE.
Attention Room Parents: Don’t miss these finance deadlines
Teacher appreciation week is coming up May 7-11. Soon after, all expense reports and receipts are due. Please mark these important dates below on your calendar. Submit expenses by leaving them in the Room Parents Coordinator mailbox in the work room or by scanning receipts and emailing them to Roomparents@sskypto.com.Thank you!
  • May 16th: Room parent expense reports & receipts due
  • May 21st: Classroom support check requests due 
Statewide #RedforEd Walk-In, April 11
Some members of our school community will be participating in the #RedforEd walk-in Wednesday morning, April 11, before the first school bell. Since you may notice the walk-in as you’re dropping your child off for school, we wanted you to have more information about the event.
What is #RedforEd? A nonpartisan movement to advocate for education in Arizona. Read this message from our PV Governing Board HERE. 
What is a walk-in? A demonstration by educators, parents, and community members prior to the start of school to raise awareness about education in AZ and to show unity in the community.
Who is organizing the walk-in? The walk-in is being organized by Arizona Educators United (AEU). AEU is a coalition of teachers, education support professionals, administrators, and those who care about the state of education in Arizona. For more information on the group, visit their website HERE.
Are walk-ins being held at other schools? Yes. The walk-in on Wednesday is part of a statewide effort by the AEU. #RedforEd walk-ins have also previously been held at other schools.
Will this impact the school day? No. The walk-in will not disrupt any part of the regular school schedule. The playground will open at 8:25 and classes will start at 8:45. 
Where can I go to find more information on the walk-in? Event information can be found on their Facebook page HERE. AZCentral also published a story that provides good background that can be found HERE.
Free Tumbling Class
Desert Storm is more than just a cheerleading gym. Desert Storm also offers many tumbling classes as well as private lessons for dancers and sports enthusiasts. We want to invite our friends from Sonoran Sky to come out and enjoy a fun night of FREE tumbling lessons on Friday, April 20 from 6-8pm! Desert Storm also offers a number of summer camps for all ages both boys and girls. Check us out at desertstormelite.com or call (480) 391-0164. Hope to see you there!
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.
MORE SSKY INFORMATION
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So Many Things Happening in April!!!

Art Walk 2018
2018 Art Walk
Hi Parents!
It is that time to start making hallway displays
for this year’s Art Walk! I have created a lot of time
slots that I will be at the school working on this project. 
Please sign up for a few of the days that you can help us create some fun displays! 
Also, many items will be able to be taken home,
however you just need to come to the school
to pick up the supplies. 
THANKS SO MUCH FOR YOUR HELP!
We could not do this with out your help!
~Jennifer Droske
SSKY CALENDAR
Thursday, March 29
Placement Forms Due
Friday, March 30
No School, K-12 Recess
Sunday, April 1
Last Day to order Yearbook, 10pm
Monday, April 2
School Council, 3:30pm
Tuesday, April 3
PTO Meeting, 7:45am
Wednesday, April 4
AZ Merit Writing
Thursday, April 5
9:15am School Tour
SPRING BOOK FAIR
PAWS for BOOKS
Come. Stay. Read.
Get Furrific books at the Book Fair.
 Book Fair will run April 16th-20th (Mon.-Fri) 
Volunteers are needed before and after school, as well as during the day to cover all of our family shopping hours. 
You can bring your child with you for your volunteer shift. They can sit quietly in the library, read, or do homework. 
Thank you in advance for your help!
New Digital Directory
We are Going Paperless!
Last month, the PTO voted to put the school directory on-line! So, from now on the entire directory process will be paperless for data collection as well as access to the directory via your computer or smart phone. We encourage you to SIGN UP today. We’re starting the process now so that you have access over the (long) summer. Here’s how to sign up:

  • Families that were in this year’s directory. You should have received an email with a link and temporary password to access the system. Please use that email to login to the system. 
  • New families to the school, folks who were not in this year’s directory, and everyone who lost their login email or never saw it. You can register at join.myschoolanywhere.com. Use Invitation Code: JoinSSKY . Once we’ve had a chance to verify your family information, you’ll receive an email with login credentials and instructions to access the system. 
Education Tax Credit
Did you know that Arizona allows taxpayers to receive a dollar for dollar tax credit for contributions to Sonoran Sky of up to $200 for individual filers and up to $400 for married filers. You can claim the tax credit when filing your Arizona State Income Tax return so long as your contribution is received by April 15, 2018. But you also have some flexibility because contributions received between January 1, 2018 and April 15, 2018 can be claimed on your Arizona State tax return in either 2017 or 2018. So talk to your tax professional and see if a voluntary contribution is a option for you.
Forms and details about the program can be found on PVUSD Tax Credit Page
Disclaimer **** this is for informational purposes only and is not intended as tax advice. 
Many Thanks…
We are so grateful to the amazing volunteers who signed up to bring lunch to the teachers and staff this week. We are so lucky to have such a dedicated group of educators serving our children daily and it’s so important to remind them periodically how much they are appreciated:). 

Thanks to you all, we provided a personalized lunch to every member of the SSKY staff to say… THANK YOU…..Melinda Pino, Julie Bailey, Sarah Levin, Melissa Kim, Kyla Johnson-Pollnow, Vicki Mayo, Deborah Weiner, Myria Kniffen, Dawn Parks, Rachael Mikalsky, Nina Vomero, Liz Vaisben, Allison Kierman, Candice Gimbel, Mary Hatsakorzian, Vivian Hummitzsch, Nikki Bernstein, Michelle Kass, Kerri Bauer, Molly Haley, Tracy Arola-Johnson, Jessica Onuma, Patricia Loera, Sheri Granger Kravetz, Marianne Cox, Mindy Corpstein, Britania Perkins, Nikki Coburn, Abbie Richie, Amy Rhodes, Lynn Carpenter, Debi Smolinski, Eileen McConnell, Megan Becker, Christy Burkhard, Alison Feinberg, Whitney Crutchley, Candy Couch, & Gwen Gorlin…for making lunch happen!
Great Schools Feedback Needed
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.
LAST CALL FOR YEARBOOK PURCHASES!! 
All orders must be received by April 1st. We cannot guarantee any purchases made after April 1st. Don’t delay! 
Your kid WILL BE in the yearbook! Don’t miss seeing them! 
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.
MORE SSKY INFORMATION
Always start your shopping with this Amazon link to credit our school with over 6% of your purchase!
Want all the latest SSKY News? Follow us! 
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.
We love you. Never delete this.

Welcome Back to School!

Welcome Back to School!
Scoop and Joy Dine Around on March 23 – 35% of proceeds go to our school!!
Over spring break, some friends introduced my family to Scoop and Joy Lounge. WOW! How had I not heard of this gem until now? Finally, the perfect ice cream shop. The kids agreed! They have delicious ice cream, adorable animal ice cream creations, and boba tea. Best of all, Scoop and Joy is supporting our school with a Dine Around on Friday, March 23. 35% of proceeds go back to SSKY. Please join us, you won’t regret it!
Happy Spring Lunch! Volunteers Needed
On Wednesday, March 21, the Hospitality Committee is planning a Spring Lunch for our teachers and staff. Help is still needed to make this special lunch happen. Check out the sign up genius form, sign up if you can (PLEASE!) and let us know if you have any questions. 
THANK YOU!
SSKY CALENDAR
Monday, March 19
Spring Fling Planning Mtg, 2:00pm
Wednesday, March 21
School Tour, 1:30pm
Friday, March 23
Scoop and Joy Dine Around, 8:00am-11:00pm
Spirit Day
Thursday, March 29
Placement Forms Due
Friday, March 30
No School, K-12 Recess
New Digital Directory
We are Going Paperless!
Last month, the PTO voted to put the school directory on-line! So, from now on the entire directory process will be paperless from data collection to making the directory available on both your computer and your smart phone.
We encourage you to SIGN UP today. We’re starting the process now so that you have access over the (long) summer.
Here’s how to sign up:
  • Families that were in this year’s directory. You should have received an email with a link and temporary password to access the system. Please use that email to login to the system. 
  • New families to the school, folks who were not in this year’s directory, and everyone who lost their login email or never saw it. You can register at join.myschoolanywhere.com. Use Invitation Code: JoinSSKY Once we’ve had a chance to verify your family information, you’ll receive an email with login credentials and instructions to access the system. 
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: But, the year is almost over. Why do we need an on-line directory now?
A: We’re starting the process now so that you have access over the summer. Want to get together for a playdate? Invite friends over to swim? Get YOUR friends together for a night out?
Q: But, I love the paper directory. What’s so great about an online directory?
A: It’s on your phone and computer so it’s available when you need it and can’t be lost.
·You can update your own information and control what information is published or not published.
·You can search by student’s first name, grade, teacher and family last name.
·You can create your own custom list of frequently called families.
·You can easily view volunteer opportunities and sign up.
Q: Is it secure?
A: YES! All data is stored behind secure firewalls and can only be accessed by authorized users with a validated username and encrypted password. All data is viewed and passed using SSL encryption. Want more information about security? To learn more, contact Megan or visit myschoolanywhere.com.
Get Involved, Join PTO
We are still currently looking to fill a number of non-elected PTO positions.
Positions open include:
  • SkyWriters
  • Yearbook
  • Used Book Sale
  • Adults Only Auction
Please contact Alison Feinberg at president@sskypto.com if you are interested or want more information.
SAVE THESE DATES!
2018 Art Walk
ART WALK & BOOK FAIR
APRIL 16, 6-8pm
Mark your calendars for an evening of art, music, and a “Walk in the Park”. The 9th annual Sonoran Sky Art Walk will showcase artwork from every student and musical performances from our strings orchestra.
Our spring Book Fair will open the same evening as our Art Walk, so be sure to stop by and pick up a few favorites (and, spend the Dawson Dollars your student earned for participating in the Science Fair!)
If you’d like to be part of Art Walk, please contact news@sskypto.com. If books are your thing, join the Book Fair Committee at bookfair@sskypto.com.
SPRING FLING
April 27, 5:30pm
Are you ready for a party? Last year, Spring Fling attracted almost 700 kids and parents. We look forward to another successful event this year and we need your help.
Join us for a Spring Fling planning meeting on Monday, March 19, at 2:00pm in the front conference room. Come help us plan a party!
Great Schools Feedback Needed
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
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.
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STEM Night is March 7th! See you there!

Come to STEM Night
March 7th 6-8pm
STEM Night
Wednesday, March 7th
6- 8pm 
Come to STEM Night! We’ve got hands-on activities, science, technology, engineering, mathematics, birds, lasers, egg drops, kids, volcanoes, elephant toothpaste, slime, scavenger hunts, ice cream, and lots of fun!
We need YOU to VOLUNTEER. We need 2 delegates per CLASS – only 45 min/person and your kids can help, too!
Early Release and Lunch at Potbelly Tuesday 2/27
School gets out at 12:30 on Tuesday and the kids will be HUNGRY!
Visit Potbelly for lunch and 25% of the proceeds will be donated to Sonoran Sky!
SSKY CALENDAR
Monday, Feb. 26
Tuesday, Feb 27
Early Release, 12:30pm
Potbelly Dine-Around
Sports Team Spirit Day
Wednesday, Feb 28
Spring Fling Meeting, 8:45am
Last day for PILOTS Shoebox Donations
Thursday, March 1
Intermediate Field Day
School Tour, 9:15am
Placement Forms Available
Friday, March 2
Spirit Day
Saturday-Sunday, March 3 & 4
Sights and Sounds of PV
Tuesday, March 6
PTO Meeting, 7:45am
Wednesday, March 7
K-4th Grade Science Fair
K-4 SCIENCE FAIR
LAST DAY TO REGISTER! March 7th is the Kindergarten through 4th grade science fair! Participating students will bring their projects to school Wednesday morning, March 7th. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place medals will be awarded and winners will be recognized at STEM Night. Due to the incredible response, awards will be given in the following brackets:

Kindergarten
1st Grade
2nd Grade
3rd Grade
4th Grade
Register here. For more information, or if you have any questions, contact Megan Starr Becker.
Congratulations 5th and 6th Grade
5th and 6th Graders participated in the Science Fair on Thursday, February 22nd. They explored diverse topics like slime, sunscreen, and acid rain and studied blood, video games, and baseball. Stop by the library on STEM Night to see their terrific projects. Several of these students are moving on to the next competition. Stay tuned for updates as we follow them on their journey.
Who will be at STEM Night?
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.
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.
SAVE THESE APRIL DATES!
2018 Art Walk
ART WALK
APRIL 16, 6pm-8pm
Mark your calendars for an evening of art, music, and a “walk in the park”. The 9th annual Sonoran Sky Art Walk will showcase artwork from every student and musical performances from our strings orchestra.
Art Walk will also open our Spring Book Fair so be sure to stop by and pick up a few favorites (and, spend the Dawson Dollars your student earned for participating in the Science Fair!)
If you’d like to be part of Art Walk, please contact news@sskypto.com. If books are your thing, join the Bookfair Committee at bookfair@sskypto.com.
SPRING FLING
April 27, 5:30pm
Are you ready for a party? Last year, Spring Fling attracted almost 700 kids and parents. We look forward to another successful event this year and we need your help.
Join us for a Spring Fling Planning Meeting Wednesday, February 28, at 8:45am in the front conference room. Come help us plan a party!
MARCH 6TH PTO MEETING AND BYLAW UPDATE
You’re invited to the March 6th PTO meeting at 7:45am in the library. Childcare is provided until the playground opens, or just bring the kids with you!
What will we be talking about? Lots of stuff including, STEM Night, Art Walk, Spring Fling and we will be discussing and voting on our revised BYLAWS. You can read them here.
DID YOU TAKE THE SURVEY???
What did you think of Cantina Night? We’d love to hear your thoughts – take our survey here
SSKY Happenings
Yearbook Orders
Don’t forget to order your yearbook! Last day to buy them for the current price of $65 is April 1st! No kidding!
Do you have a 6th grader? Don’t forget to submit your dedication (or two or three!)
Shoebox Ministries

Due to low donations, PILOTS is extending the final donation date to Wednesday, February 28th. 

The Shoebox Ministry is in need of travel size toiletries and shoe boxes for packing.

Check out these “Shoebox Recipes”.

Suggestion Box
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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.
COMMUNITY BUSINESS PARTNERS
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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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