Welcome to Sonoran Sky Elementary School in Scottsdale, Arizona. We’re so happy you’re joining our school community!
Starting school or switching schools can be an overwhelming experience, as families adapt to new schedules, procedures, people, and places. The Sonoran Sky PTO is pleased to help your transition with these resources:
- Join the Ambassador Program to meeting existing families who will help you learn the ropes.
- Skim through the General School Information we’ve compiled that covers Sonoran Sky essentials.
- Check out the below FAQs for New to School Families
FAQs for New to School Families
What time does school start and end?
School Daily Schedule
Normal hours: 8:45am – 3:15pm
Early Release: 8:45am – 12:30pm
Office: 8:00am- 4:00pm
Playgrounds open at 8:25am. There is no supervision for students who arrive earlier than 8:25am. Unless they are attending a school activity, students should not arrive at school before 8:25am.
Can I walk my kids into school?
You are welcome to walk your kids to the playground gate. If you do so, please do not park in the teacher parking lots. If you wish to walk your child to the gates, please park in the neighborhood and walk to the school. Make sure to use designated crosswalks and be safe!
Where do I drop off my kids in the morning and pick them up?
Depends on what grade they are in. Detailed arrival/dismissal procedures are available on the Sonoran Sky website.
Generally, 1st – 6th grade students are to be dropped off in the flow-zone along the large field on 75th Street. The playground gate opens at 8:25am and closes promptly at 8:45am. Students begin lining up at 8:40am.
All kindergarten students and their siblings are dropped off in the northeast parking lot that you enter off of Sweetwater. Traffic flows counter-clockwise in the morning. After drop-off, students head directly through the gate to the kindergarten playground.
Please do not park in the teacher parking lots. If you wish to walk your child to the gates, please park in the neighborhood and walk to the school. Make sure to use designated crosswalks and be safe!
I need to pick up my child early, what is the procedure?
If parents wish to pick up their students from school early, they must be signed out through the front office. Only people listed on the emergency card are allowed to check students out; identification will be required. Signing out a student early may affect attendance. Students will not be called out of class until the person picking them up is in the front office.
My child has food allergies, how does the school handle this issue?
Each situation is slightly different and our school works with families to ensure students have the safest and best possible learning environment. Please notify the school nurse of any chronic illness and special health needs.
My child has medical needs during school hours. What do I need to do?
Please contact the school nurse directly to discuss.
Can I visit my child’s classroom during school hours?
We welcome visitors at Sonoran Sky, however, unannounced classroom visits can be disruptive to the whole class. Please check with your child’s teacher before visiting or volunteering to schedule a time that will not distract from the learning environment. Please do not enter the classrooms before 9am. Morning volunteers will be permitted to proceed to classrooms at 9am. If you want to surprise your child with a visit, consider coming for lunch!
Can I have lunch with my child?
Absolutely! Parents and guardians are free to visit their children during lunch time – just check in at the front desk first. You’ll be allowed back to the cafeteria when your child’s lunch begins. If you plan to go onto the field during lunch recess you will be given a vest to help our staff recognize that you have signed in at the office. Check the cafeteria schedule to know when your child has lunch.
Will we have an opportunity to meet our child’s teacher before the school year begins?
You betcha! During the Meet the Teacher event on August 6th at 8:30am, students and families will have the opportunity to meet their teacher, explore their classroom, and introduce themselves to new friends!
How can I get involved?
Our school thrives on parent and community involvement. There are many ways to get involved. Pick what works best for you! You can…
- Fill out the volunteer survey
- Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- Come to a PTO Meeting – there are always committee chairs in need of assistance
- Ask your classroom teacher if you can help
- Check out the District’s volunteer information
How do I join the PTO?
You’re already a member! How cool is that?!! There are no membership fees to join the SSKY PTO; therefore every parent and guardian of every student is automatically a member with an equal voice in our direction
Is there a membership fee?
Absolutely not! If you are a parent, guardian, or caregiver – YOU ARE ALREADY A MEMBER! WOO HOO! Like all public schools in Arizona, we do rely heavily on the generous financial support of our community,and if you are in a position to give, it is greatly appreciated; but, never a condition of participation in your PTO. Find out more about Team Thunderbird and our 2018 Fundraising Campaign here.
Where do I find a calendar of school holiday and vacation days?
A schedule of District holidays, early release days, and vacations is located here.
You can view Sonoran Sky’s Community Calendar here.