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August 2019 Volume 2 Issue 4

Challenging today’s student to achieve excellence through strong academics, athletics, and the arts.

An A School of Excellence!

PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE Dear Parents and Guardians of Sonoran Foothills School, It is my hope that everyone enjoyed a relaxing and fun-filled summer break. It’s hard to believe it went by so quickly. I’m looking forward to another successful school year with our students, parents and staff. We are all committed to providing every student with a quality education and want your child to have an outstanding experience at Sonoran Foothills School. I strongly endorse the “one-third philosophy” when educating our students. One third of the responsibility falls upon the student, one third is the teacher’s responsibility and one-third is the parent’s responsibility. If all three components work together to strive to achieve the same outcome for our students, we will have successfully accomplished our goals for each and every child. A couple of quick reminders: Our pick-up and drop-off procedures require patience and courtesy at all times as our ultimate goal is to keep all of our students safe.

Please allow plenty of time when taking your children to and from the school grounds. Also, please review the Sonoran Foothills Family Handbook. The answers to many of the questions you may have can be found in this document.

Principal Dennis Chartier

We have another exciting year planned for 2019-2020 and we are so happy you are part of our awesome family at Sonoran Foothills School. We look forward to seeing our returning students and our new students getting off buses and out of cars, eager to enter our classrooms to learn and willing to participate in the many extra-curricular activities our school provides. Let’s make it a great year!


Dennis Chartier



PARTNERS Activities/Recreation Legacy Ballet Academy (602) 314-8033 Assisted Living Sonoran Hills Assisted Living (623) 341-1218 Dentistry/Orthodontics Premier Orthodontics (623) 580-8200

Message from KPG CONNECT KPG Connect is pleased to be working with Sonoran Foothills in bringing this publication to the students and parents. We thank Principal Dennis Chartier for sharing his vision for the publication, Deb Chartier for her tireless hours of creating, editing, and proofing the content for this publication, & Lisa Eggebrecht & Shannon Fisher for photographing & capturing our events. And, special thanks to the many students, parents, and staff of the school - this publication is for them.


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Box Tops will soon be going digital! The new Box Tops mobile app will feature state of the art technology that will allow you to scan your store receipt, find participating products and instantly add Box Tops to our school’s earnings online.

Family Medicine Best Life Family Medicine Samantha Maplethorpe MD, MPH (623) 232-0082 Financial Edward Jones Jamie Fort (623) 580-3956

Content Manager

If you still have traditional Box Tops clips, please send them to school in August. Learn more at: BTFE.COM/SNEAKPEEK

Swim School

We are most grateful to David Tate of EVO Swim School for his donation towards funding for our beautiful new championship banners for our gym. EVO Swim School is an evolutionary learnto-swim facility with complete resources to offer the very best in aquatic instruction for infants, children, pre-competitive swimmers and adults. Please help support him by visiting www. or call 602.793.6888 for more information.

Little did Emilee Haupt know that her class assignment would prompt a surprise visit from Amazon, a welcome treat for the students as they entered the last two weeks of the school year last spring. Emilee, a fourth grader at the time in Mrs. Hartman’s class was thrilled by the visit. “We’re always looking for ways to surprise and delight our customers,” said Matthew High, general manager, Amazon Fulfillment. “We got Emilee’s letter in the mail and thought it would be fun to thank her in person.” Mr. High spent time talking with students about Amazon and invited them to take a tour of a Phoenix fulfillment center. “Amazon’s visit was a great surprise for our students,” said Dennis Chartier, principal of Sonoran Foothills School. “Visualizing the big picture and hearing of how Amazon operates ties in nicely with our goals of inspiring students to think about careers in science, technology, engineering and math.” Amazon recently celebrated their five-year anniversary of its free public tours program. Tours highlight the innovation, technology and customer obsession of the employees that help Amazon to pick, pack and ship millions of customer orders around the globe. To book a free tour of Amazon’s Phoenix fulfillment center, visit ROC #221431 #274551





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— Students Helping Students — Last January, a group of fifteen 7th and 8th graders attended the Speak Up, Stand Up, Save a Life conference at GCU. Their mission is to help inform students the importance of speaking up when someone they know is having a hard time. The students created projects to implement what they learned and share with other students at their school. SHS (Students Helping Students) was formed and the students worked to create a SHS day that they implemented for 5th-8th graders. They created videos that talked about bullying, tell vs. tattling, coping skills, digital safety & standing up to say something. They filmed a book being read for the younger grades so they could learn about how to use their voice to say something as well. They were in charge of four stations and students came out to visit the SHS tables. Students listened to information and received resources to take home. SHS is encouraging others to speak up about how they feel, stand up against bullying, to gather resources and ask for help to gain coping skills. Shannon Fisher, School Counselor, said, ”The SHS group is an amazing group of students that are ready to make a difference in the lives of others. They have worked hard to create resources and be a support to their school and community. They are world changers and I am so proud of them.” SHS has a goal to educate others to ask for help for themselves and others. They are leading the way for other students and community members to join them to Speak Up, Stand up and Save a Life! For more information, please visit: https://www.

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Procedures & Guidelines Absences Regular attendance and being on time are two traits that help children have a good attitude toward school and helps facilitate their individual success. If your child is unable to attend school, please call the automated attendance line using the voice mail telephone number at (623) 445-8490. Follow the prompts to record your child’s absence. This service is available 24/7. If you need to speak directly with the attendance clerk, you may do so by dialing (623) 445-8406. An unreported absence will result in an automated telephone call to the parent at the primary phone number listed on the emergency card. Arizona State guidelines for student attendance are as follows: - 0% to less than 50% of instructional time equals a full day absent. - 50% to less than 75% of instructional time equals half-day absence. - 75% of instructional time and up equals a full day present. Tardies Circumstances outside of the student and/or parents’ reasonable control will be considered an excused tardy (school bus problems, doctor/dentist visits.) If a student exhibits a pattern of tardiness or absences due to medical issues, parents should consult the school nurse to discuss options and policies for chronic health conditions. Early Pick Up Academic time is valuable and we need to work together to protect it. If it is absolutely necessary to pick up your child during school hours, you need to report to the school office to sign him/her out. Once you sign your child out, an office staff member will call your child to the front office. Your child will not be released to anyone except his/her parents or the contacts you have indicated on the emergency card. Picture identification will be required. New Clients mention this ad & get $10 off a full set or $15 off when you sign up for a membership!

Drop Off/Pick Up The safety of all of our children is our foremost concern and we ask for your patience and cooperation before and after school. This will help keep everyone safe during student pick up and drop off. Please follow the designated traffic flow patterns and signs as you enter and exit our campus. Gates will open at 8:30 a.m. If your student is purchasing breakfast, they may enter through the front office at 8:15 a.m. Bicycles, Skateboards and Scooters Students are permitted to ride bicycles, skateboards and non-motorized scooters to school. For safety reasons, it is recommended that only 3rd-8th grade students ride bicycles to school. While on campus students are to walk their bicycle, scooter, skateboards, etc. Bicycles, scooters and skateboards must be secured in the designated bike rack area during the school day. Mini-bikes, motorcycles, motorbikes, motorized scooters, heelies (tennis shoes with wheels) hover boards and rollerblades are not allowed on campus at any time. Family Handbook All other policies and procedures are outlined in our Family Handbook.


Have you noticed the new faces on our campus this year? We are very pleased and excited to have the following new staff members join our team and become our newest Bobcats!

Kaitlyn Cockerill (Ms. C)

comes to us from California. She received her undergrad degree from CSU Stanislaus and her graduate degree from Sierra Nevada College. She, too, is teaching our third grade sudents. She enjoys playing with her two year old, working out, and camping.

Amber Eickelmann is originally from Chicago, IL. She received her teaching degree from ASU and is one of our amazing third grade teachers. When she is not busy preparing lessons for her students, Amber enjoys nature, fitness, home remodeling and dogs. Jody Flores is another member of our dynamic third grade team. She is originally from Southern California and most recently from Rancho Santa Margarita, CA. Jody received her BA degree from Cal State Fullerton and her masters from GCU. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, yoga, reading and baking. Kathy Gunderson

is originally from Valentine, Nebraska. She attended Northeastern Junior College-Sterling Colorado, North Platte Junior College- North Platte, Nebraska, and Scottsdale Community College. We are very pleased to announce that Kathy is our new School Nurse. When not caring for others, Kathy enjoys history/reading, sewing, crafts and her grandchildren.

Lorie Kennedy

is originally from Tucson, AZ and grew up in Scottsdale. She graduated from ASU with a degree in communications and then went on to obtain her teaching degree from the University of Phoenix. Lorie likes to exercise, hangout at home with her family and go out to eat. She is part of our amazing PE team in the afternoons.

Alexis Pearl

is originally from River Vale, NJ. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Miami and Master’s degree from Nova Southeastern University. This year, she joined our fabulous kindergarten team! When not busy at school, she likes to play tennis, run, and curl up with a good book.

Jackie Pugliese

Jackie will be joining our awesome Special Needs team. She is originally from Chicago, IL.  She attended Rosary College, the University of Florence ~ Italy, Plymouth State University and Rio Salada College.  She has been in the Special Education field for 15 years and enjoys spending time with family, reading, hiking and working out.

Our amazing PTSA has had a very productive year. Through their tireless efforts in fundraising through a variety of events during the 2018 - 2019 school year, they provided 108 Chromebook computers for use in various grades, they were able to support athletic signs for all of our sports in the multipurpose room to celebrate all of our champion athletes and they completely funded this upcoming year‘s EQ program. In addition, through their generosity, classroom stipends for software, supplies, and other needs were fulfilled and support for our specials programs including PE, band, and music was granted. Our PTSA works very hard to provide fun exciting events to bring our students and families together and continue the community we have all worked so hard to build. Future goals for this school year included additional support for our school’s technology needs and to continue to grow our community and support system. If interested in being a part of this very valuable partnership of our school, please contact them at the following:

Officers are as follows: President: Melanie Dickerson VP: Courtney Ramser VP: Beverly Martin-Jones Secretary: Kathy Tindall Treasurer: Katy Ordonez

FACEBOOK: Sonoran Foothills PTSA EMAIL:

Jamie Fort


Financial Advisor 3134 W Carefree Hwy Suite 12 Phoenix, AZ 85086 623-580-3956 Member SIPC

TWITTER: @ SF_PTSA REMIND APP: Text @sfptsa to 81010 to opt in

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Sonoran Foothills - August 2019  

Volume 2 Issue 4

Sonoran Foothills - August 2019  

Volume 2 Issue 4