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Every school day about 11,000 students ride 205 buses in the Chandler Unified School District, according to the organization’s transportation supervisor, Sterling Skouson. From kindergartners who are riding the bus for the very first time, to junior high students on their way to a field trip, Skouson says safety is the district’s primary concern. “Traveling in a school bus is absolutely the safest way to travel in this “I am always surprised how many drivers country,” he says. seem to be oblivious to that big, yellow To help keep students of all ages as safe thing on the road,” he says. as possible while they are riding the bus, “Anytime you see a school bus, you have Alan Cleveland, CUSD training coordinator, to be on alert, pay attention and know that says the district conducts bus evacuation it will stop to pick up drills two times a year at every school. and drop off kids.” “We bring in enough buses to all of Cleveland says he is the elementary schools to evacuate all of also troubled by the the students,” he says. number of drivers who The teachers typically bring out one run through the “stop grade level at a time to board the buses arms,” which is the stop and take part in the safety drill. sign that extends from “The driver goes through the safety the side of the bus. features of the bus, and what the students “Some drivers just need to know in order to evacuate. don’t stop and pass the This includes the safety procedures bus anyway. From what I and equipment, as well as features like have observed, most of windows and exits.” these drivers are just not During the bus PAY ATTENTION: Sterling Skouson is often surprised paying attention or are evacuation drill, at how many drivers fail to Cleveland says the see “that big yellow thing texting on their phones.” For parents of young driver will also on the road.” students who are just instruct the stuSubmitted photo starting to ride the bus to dents how to sit and from school, Cleveland says all kinderproperly while riding garteners and first graders have tags attached the bus. to their backpacks that indicate their grade. “They should have “We put the younger students up in the their bottoms on the front of the bus so they can be near the driseat and their backs ver, and all students who are in kindergarten up against the seat SAFETY IS TOP PRIORITY: and first grade must be met by somebody back, and they Alan Cleveland says CUSD should keep their legs when they get off the bus,” he says. holds two bus evacuation Alison Stanton is a freelance writer who lives out of the aisles, as drills every year. The drills in the East Valley. She can be reached at this can be a tripping teach and remind students Alison@SanTanSun.com about the safety features on hazard,” he says. Kids are also the bus as well as proper reminded to keep conduct while riding. “We put the younger students their backpacks and Submitted photo up in the front of the bus musical instruments in the seats with them at all times, and so they can be near the driver, to never put their hands or heads out and all students who are in the windows. At the junior high and high schools, kindergarten and first grade Cleveland says the bus evacuation drills are must be met by somebody conducted once the students who are already on the buses reach the schools. when they get off the bus.” In addition to keeping the fleet of buses well-maintained, Cleveland says new bus drivers in CUSD complete at least 20-plus Resources hours of training, which is above the state Websites: minimum. • http://ww2.chandler.k12.az.us/Page/902 “They are all certified and go through a test- • www.nhtsa.gov/School-Buses ing process before they can get on the road.” Books for younger kids: As for drivers who are sharing the road • “School Bus,” by Donald Crews with school buses, Skouson offers these • “Pete the Cat: The Wheels on the Bus,” words of advice: “Pay attention to that big, by James Dean yellow bus.” • “Caillou: The School Bus,” by Marion Johnson
To help parents who have questions about their children’s bus service to school, the Chandler Unified School District’s website features a “Frequently Asked Questions” section that answers some of the most common inquires, including:
What time should my student arrive at the a.m. bus stop? Students are asked to be at their designated bus stop location at least 10 minutes prior to scheduled pick-up time.
Can parents ride the bus with their child? No, parents may not ride on our buses except on field trips.
How are bus stops determined? Stops are assigned by general location of students and must meet state regulations for safety. Typical stop locations are within subdivisions near parks, common walls and retention areas. Stops must be at least 50 feet from a signed intersection.
How do I find my child’s bus stop information? 1) Back to School Transportation letters are sent to all eligible students approximately two weeks prior to the start of school. 2) All bus stop information is available at each school site after June 30.
Can my child ride home on another bus? Students are permitted to ride only their assigned bus. Any exceptions must be requested in writing by the student’s parent or legal guardian and approved by a school official.
Can my child invite friends to ride the bus with them? Only eligible students are permitted. Any exceptions must be requested in writing by the student’s parent or legal guardian and approved by a school official. Source: http://ww2.chandler.k12. az.us/ Page/902
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FAMILY FUN 5 Red, White and Rawhide, 5 p.m.-11 p.m. This July 5 celebration is sure to be a fun-filled event of great music, tasty food, fantastic fireworks, beerfest, food trucks, vendors, attractions and a party so big it could only be done at Rawhide! Gates open at 5 p.m. and the fun goes to 11 p.m. This special event will include live music performances throughout the evening and into the night. $20 in advance; $25 at the door; $20 family four pack; free for children ages 5 and younger. Rawhide, 5700 W. North Loop Road Chandler. www.rawhide.com
TechShop Chandler Open House 11 a.m.-2 p.m. TechShop is a vibrant, creative community that provides access to tools, software and space. You can make virtually anything at TechShop. Come and see what our members are working on, watch some of our machines in action, and take a tour of the shop. The grill will be hot and the drinks will be cold. Free food and admission. Everyone welcome. RSVP at www.facebook.com/ techshopchandler. TechShop Chandler, 249 E. Chicago St., Chandler.
7 Monday Matinee: “Mr. Popper’s Penguins,” 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Fun movies for the whole family. All movies rated either G or PG. Free popcorn included. Bring your own drink with a lid on it. Hamilton Library Programming Room, 3700 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. Free. (480) 782-2800, www.chandlerlibrary.org.
Museum of Natural History Presents: Dinosaurs!, 12 p.m.-1 p.m. Interested in dinosaurs? The Museum of Natural History is coming to the Hamilton Branch to talk about all things dinosaur. There will be pictures, fossils and other fun activities. Ages 6-11. Registration required. Hamilton Library, 3700 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. Free. (480) 782-2800, www.chandlerlibrary.org.
7-30 Build a Totally Awesome Ninja Turtle! Build your favorite Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle and then show off your creation by putting it on display at the LEGO store. See a Brick Specialist for details. The LEGO Store, Chandler Fashion Center, 3111 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler. (480) 899-0228, http://stores.lego.com/ en-us/stores/us/chandler-fashioncenter.
7, 14, 21, 28 Family Story Time, 6:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Enjoy stories, songs and finger plays for the whole family with books, flannel board stories and puppets. Toddlers 18-36 months, Preschoolers 3-5 years old. School Age 6-8 years old Basha Library Programming room, 5990 S. Val Vista Dr., Chandler. Free. (480) 782-2800, www.chandlerlibrary.org.
Minecraft Monday, 5 p.m.-6 p.m. Join in every Monday to play Minecraft. Ages 9-18. Downtown Library, Cactus Room (Adult Ed Classroom Room 219), 22 S. Delaware St., Chandler. Free. No registration necessary. Space is limited. (480) 782-2800, www.chandlerlibrary.org
7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25, 28, 30 Tumbleweed Tots, 12:30 p.m.2:30 p.m. This indoor play area is designed for children ages 5 and younger to play under parental/ guardian supervision. This fun, safe and clean area will have plenty of toys, equipment and activities that are sure to keep the kids entertained. There is a maximum of four children per adult. Tumbleweed Recreation Center, 745 E. Germann Rd., Chandler. $2 residents; $3 nonresidents. (480) 782-2900, www.chandleraz.gov/tumbleweed.
8, 15 Tuesday Crafternoons, 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Sciencethemed crafts for kids and adults. All Ages. Downtown Library Copper Room (former City Council Chambers), 22 S. Delaware St., Chandler. Free. (480) 782-2800, www.chandlerlibrary.org.
8, 15, 22, 29 Family Story Time, 10 a.m.-10:30 a.m. The whole family is welcome for this story time featuring favorite stories and songs! Preschoolers 3-5 years old, toddlers 18-36 months. Downtown Library Copper Room (former City Council Chambers), 22 S. Delaware St., Chandler. Free. (480) 782-2800, www.chandlerlibrary.org.
8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, 31 Tumbleweed Tumble Tots, 9 a.m.11 a.m. This indoor play area is designed for children ages 5 and younger to play under parental/guardian supervision. This fun, safe and clean area will have plenty of toys, equipment and activities that are sure to keep the kids entertained. There is a maximum of four children per adult. Tumbleweed Recreation Center, 745 E. Germann Rd., Chandler. $2 residents; $3 nonresidents. (480) 782-2900, www.chandleraz.gov/tumbleweed.
9 Community Nights in the Courtyard, 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Family fun the second and fourth Wednesday of the month. Community Center, 125 E. Commonwealth Ave., Chandler. Free. (480) 782-2730, www.chandleraz.gov/breaktime.
Family Movie-“Percy Jackson and The Olympians: The Lightning Thief,” 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Come and enjoy a family movie each Wednesday at the library. Downtown Library Copper Room (former City Council Chambers), 22 S. Delaware St., Chandler. Free. (480) 782-2800, www.chandlerlibrary.org.
9, 16, 23, 30 Kids Club, powered by National Geographic Kids, 10 a.m.-11 a.m. The Chandler Fashion Center Kids Club is a great opportunity for children to learn in a fun, interactive setting. Chandler Fashion Center teamed up with National Geographic Kids to create activities and games that focus on discovery through play. Chandler Fashion Center, in the Gap wing near the Food Court, 3111 W Chandler Blvd., Chandler. Open to the public, no fee. (480) 812-8488, www.ShopChandlerFashionCenter.com/ KidsClub/.
10 Chandler Historic Museum-PLAY TIME, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. What toys and games did kids play with in the past? Do we still play with toys and games kids played with 50 years ago? Dive into the Chandler Museum’s historic game and toy trunk to explore new ways to have fun and see what games you recognize! Try your hand at Etch-asketch, Tinker Toys, Wolly Willy, Pick up sticks, the Beetle game and more. Make a corn husk doll to take home and join the Chandler Museum at the Hamilton Library for this drop-by program. Fun for the whole family. Hamilton Library, 3700 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. Free. (480) 782-2800, www.chandlerlibrary.org.
10, 17, 24, 31 Preschool Story Time, 11 a.m.-
4930 W. Ray Rd., Chandler. Free. (480) 782-2800, www.chandlerlibrary.org.
12, 26 Meet the Creature! 11 a.m.-11:45 a.m. In this interactive program, children will get up close and personal with live animals while receiving a fun lesson in wildlife rescue and conservation. Each program features different fascinating animals from around the world. Registration required. Children ages 2-12 must be accompanied by a paid adult. Instructor: Lisa Limbert of Lisa’s Creatures and East Valley, Environmental Education Center, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. $6 residents; $9 nonresidents. (480) 782-2890, www.chandleraz.gov/eec.
11:30 p.m. Get your child ready for kindergarten with stories, songs, games and finger plays that will develop a love of learning, print awareness, vocabulary, concepts, social skills and motor skills. For preschool children 3-5, siblings welcomed! Downtown Library Copper Room (former City Council Chambers), 22 S. Delaware St., Chandler. Free. (480) 782-2800, www.chandlerlibrary.org.
14 LEGO Kit Club, 4 p.m.-5 p.m. There is
11 Bug Zoo, 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m.
for the whole family. All movies rated either G or PG. Free popcorn included. Bring your own drink with a lid on it. Hamilton Library Programming Room, 3700 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. Free. (480) 782-2800, www.chandlerlibrary.org.
Explore a real, live collection of bugs with a certified entomologist! Learn about beneficial bugs, such as butterflies, ladybugs and bees. Discover interesting insects and other creepy-crawlies! Each child will receive a free activity book. Environmental Education Center, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. $3 resident; $5 nonresident. Parents admitted free. (480) 782-2890, www.chandleraz.gov/eec.
12 Teen Book Lovers Club, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Ages 12-18. Join fellow book lovers as they talk about what they are reading, what they’re going to read next, and what others should read. There will also be chances to read and review books before they are published. Sunset Library Monsoon Room,
a variety of skill level kits for kids to put together during this hour of fun. Ages 5-12. Basha Library Programming Room, 5990 S. Val Vista Dr., Chandler. Free. No registration needed. (480) 782-2800, www.chandlerlibrary.org.
Monday Matinee-“Night at the Museum,” 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Fun movies
14-20 LEGO Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Search and Find. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Shredder are hiding around the LEGO store. Find them and you’ll win a special prize. See a Brick Specialist for details. The LEGO Store, Chandler Fashion Center, 3111 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler. (480) 899-0228, http://stores.lego.com/ en-us/stores/us/chandler-fashioncenter.
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Calendar, From Page 3 15 Magic Hour Movie-“Napoleon Dynamite”, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Join in for this screening of the Magic Hour Movie series. Teens 12-18, adults. Downtown Library Copper Room (former City Council Chambers), 22 S. Delaware St., Chandler. Free. (480) 782-2800, www.chandlerlibrary.org.
16 Family Movie-“City of Ember,” 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Come and enjoy a family movie each Wednesday at the library. Downtown Library Copper Room (former City Council Chambers), 22 S. Delaware St., Chandler. Free. (480) 782-2800, www.chandlerlibrary.org.
Family Night at the TRC, 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. The first and third Wednesdays of the month enjoy a variety of different recreational activities and entertainment. Tumbleweed Recreation Center, 745 E. Germann Rd., Chandler. $2 youth resident; $3 nonresidents; $3 teen resident; $5 nonresident. (480) 782-2908. www.chandleraz.gov/breaktime.
16, 30 Rhythm and Rhyme, 11:30 a.m.12 p.m. Join the group for an exciting time with singing, dancing and instrument playing. Ages 0-5. Sunset Library Monsoon Room, 4930 W. Ray Rd., Chandler. Free. (480) 782-2800, www.chandlerlibrary.org.
18 Bedtime Stories with Nocturnal Animals, 4 p.m.4:45 p.m. Come enjoy bedtime stories that teach you about animals at night and have the opportunity to meet a nocturnal animal in person. Children ages 2-12 must be accompanied by a paid adult. Ages 2 and up. Environmental Education Center, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. $6 residents; $9 nonresidents. (480) 782-2890, www.chandleraz.gov/eec.
cians, and is a great opportunity to visit all of the unique establishments in downtown Chandler. Every third Friday from 6 to 10 p.m., Downtown Chandler welcomes more than 50 local artists to the historic square. All artists must go through a jury process to be accepted in the Art Walk. Only fine art and fine craft submissions will be considered. Crown Plaza San Marcos Hotel, One San Marcos Pl., Chandler. Free. www.chandlerartwalk.com.
Family Funcrafting, 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Join in for a story, song and craft. No registration required. Sunset Library Monsoon Room, 4930 W. Ray Rd., Chandler. Free. (480) 782-2800, www.chandlerlibrary.org. 27 Arizona Classic Jazz SocietyJazz Jamboree, 1 p.m.-4 p.m. This
19 Fishing Lessons, 8:15 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Learn the basics of fly fishing. Students will get an introduction to the necessary equipment, flies and how to read the water. This class will wrap up by practicing the fly fishing method of casting. Ages 7 and up. Environmental Education Center, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd., Chandler. $15 residents; $21 nonresidents. (480) 782-2890, www.chandleraz.gov/eec.
Chandler Art Walk, 6 p.m.-10 p.m. The Art Walk provides a fun family atmosphere where you can browse the many different types of art available from talented artists. It’s a monthly event featuring local artists and musi-
E. Commonwealth Ave., Chandler. Free. (480) 782-2730, www.chandleraz.gov/breaktime.
23 Community Nights in the Courtyard, 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Family fun the second and fourth Wednesday of the month. Community Center, 125
festive gathering of musicians and fans is a great opportunity for people unfamiliar with traditional jazz to find out what ACJS is all about. The program will be presented in a “jam” style, with different musicians rotating in and out of the performing group. All jammers are welcome; the musicians have as much fun as the audience. Free. Crowne Plaza San Marcos Resort, One San Marcos Pl., Chandler. (480) 620-3941, www.azclassicjazz.org
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30 LEGO Club, 4 p.m.-5 p.m. The library supplies the LEGO! You supply the imagination! Ages 5-12. Basha Library Programming Room, 5990 S. Val Vista Dr., Chandler. Free event. No registration needed. (480) 782-2800, www.chandlerlibrary.org.
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Parents have school choice for children with autism: Pieceful Solutions By Tracy House
Kami Cothrun, owner/director of Pieceful Solutions, saw a need for a safe and caring place for children with autism. Cothrun has a background in speech and language, working with autistic children on habilitation, earned a master’s in special education then opened a respite agency. She started Pieceful Solutions in Mesa in 2008 after seeing the frustration in the parents and children with the school system, “having a passion and a love for these kids, and really wanting to offer something that was different and that no one else did. Just give them an opportunity to be themselves.” Cothrun says parents are relieved to have an option for their autistic child other than the traditional public schools. “For so long parents just went with their only option, being the public school, and so for them to have options is crucial...They’re relieved to know there is a place that their child can be themselves, where they are understood, not only by the teachers, but their peers, is huge. So many of our kids come with anxiety because they haven’t been able to be themselves, they’ve had to hold it together while they’re at school and then they get home and they totally crash and melt down. So many families have told me how much better their family life is...they’re not fighting the battle to get their kids to school every morning.” Robin Rollando can relate to the parents at Pieceful Solutions. The new chief operating officer is a parent of a 20-year-old autistic son who went through the public school system. “I don’t know how many times things would get bad with the bullying and he didn’t have any friends and he’s quirky, a little bit different.” Rollando looked for other schools for her son, but wasn’t able to find a good fit because he was high functioning. “As a parent finding and having this opportunity is huge I think…they can be here and be themselves. They have to work so hard to try to fit in to that regular classroom.” From humble beginnings with six students in a church portable, there are now three Pieceful Solutions schools serving the autism community: the Chandler campus is a kindergarten
small settings, allowing for more through fifth grade charter school individualized instruction. with 80 students; the Mesa Junior and senior high students campus is a kindergarten through have lockers to store their personal 12th grade private school; and belongings. “The kids love it,” the Gilbert campus is a sixth Cothrun says. “They like that experithrough 12th grade private ence and going and keeping their school with about 75 students. stuff in there.” Classrooms have a maximum of Each campus provides the core 14 students. Each school has a subjects and the curriculum includes dedicated director. yoga, karate, music therapy, different The Chandler campus follows specials and electives. Students have the Mesa Public Schools calendar the opportunity to learn life skills with classes starting Aug. 6. The such as cooking and laundry as well two private campuses, Gilbert and Mesa, follow the Chandler OFFERING CHOICES: Pieceful Solutions offers a choice in schooling as social skills; each campus does Unified School District Calendar for parents with autistic students. Three campuses serve the autis- community outings weekly. tic population in a safe and caring environment. Submitted photo Occupational therapy is also with classes beginning July 21. available at Pieceful Solutions. There is a tuition for the private “We service both the sensory needs of the students as well as schools, but Cothrun explains there is a scholarship program available. “We don’t have anybody who private pays. There are the fine motor needs,” Cothrun explains. “We’ve got a definitely scholarships options. We help them with all of that.” fulltime speech/language therapist, and each campus has a fulltime speech/language assistant. So the kids get lots of Staff is available to help with the paperwork. speech and language. It’s crucial.” Students are grouped by grade, age and then also ability An advocate for the autism community, Cothrun is the grouped. “We service the entire spectrum,” Cothrun says. chairwoman of the Resource Fair for Autism Speaks. “Any “So we’ve got some students who are nonverbal who have time there are autism related events, we promote it, we attend high sensory needs and then we have students who are as a school community, so that we can band together and get choice, exceptional, gifted more on the Aspergers side, to know each other.” She mentions, “The ultimate goal is to so we service the whole range. The majority of our students be here for the kids and to provide resources for the families.” are the higher end, but we do service both.” Parents interested in more information about Pieceful Learning takes place through direct instruction and small Solutions are invited to call and schedule a tour of the faciligroup instruction enhanced with computer-based learning. ties to speak with Cothrun or a director. There is information “The biggest piece is that small group where they can get available on the website at www.piecefulsolutions.com or some individualized help. It really helps our kids be able to call (480) 309-4792. focus better. Our class sizes are small and when we break up into those smaller groups, they really get a lot more attenTracy House is the news editor for the SanTan Sun News. tion,” Cothrun says. In addition to the special education certiShe can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. fied teachers, para-professionals work with the students in
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Summer reading fun for all Kids of all ages can register online for “Fizz, Boom, Read!” Chandler Public Library’s 2014 Summer Reading Program, or at any one of the four Chandler Public Library locations. Points are earned by reading, attending events, or participating in “community experiences,” listed on the program’s website. Each Chandler Public Library location is hosting related events for kids throughout the summer, including a Richard Steele magic show, Wildman Phil and his desert wildlife presentations and more. The program ends Saturday, July 26. Those who complete the program can choose a book to keep for themselves from
a wide variety of titles. For more information, visit www.chandlerlibrary.org/go2/ summer-reading-program.cfm or call (480) 782-2800. Youth ages 12 to 18 and adults can also enjoy Magic Hour Movies on select Tuesday nights this summer at the Downtown Chandler Public Library, 22 S. Delaware St., downtown Chandler. All movies are free and shown from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., including “Napoleon Dynamite,” PG, July 15; “Shadows in the Sun,” PG, Aug. 5; and “The Jane Austen Book Club,” PG-13, Aug. 19. For more information, visit www.chandlerlibrary.org or call (480) 782-2800.