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SNEAK PEEK: Ava May, 5, and her sister, Ella, 3, get a preview of the city’s new “Sprinkler’s Clubhouse” coloring book from Chandler firefighter David Blau. Submitted photo

The first-ever “Sprinkler’s Clubhouse” coloring book, created to complement its video series, is hot off the press and being distributed to local children for free. The book, which educates children in kindergarten through fifth grade on fire and life safety issues, is being handed out at fire-safety events and open houses throughout the year, and is available at Chandler fire stations, libraries and other public facilities. They are produced entirely by Chandler’s Communications and Public Affairs Department in partnership with the Fire Department, and printed through a donation by Salt River Project at no

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cost to taxpayers. City of Chandler IT employee Lou Mills donated his personal time to illustrate the coloring book. “We’re fortunate to have creative and talented employees who are always looking for new ways to communicate important issues to our residents,” says Nachie Marquez, communications director. Children are encouraged to submit their artwork to be featured on the pages of future issues. All 20 episodes of “Sprinkler’s Clubhouse” are also available on the website. The “Sprinkler’s Clubhouse” television show airs on Chandler Channel 11 and on city government channels throughout Arizona. “When I hand kids the coloring book or talk to them as Sprinkler the Clown, their eyes just light up, and they hang on every word I say,” explains firefighter David Blau, who also created the Sprinkler character and writes the television episodes. “I know our safety messages are getting through to them.” Coloring pages of the Sprinkler’s Clubhouse characters and coloring book can be downloaded at sprinklersclubhouse.

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Nov. 3 – 16, 2012

Arts council names new class Golf event to boost HHS Spiritline Following in the footsteps of its predecessors, Chandler Center for the Arts’ second Youth Advisory Council has high hopes of continuing to create unique fundraisers and art-related programs for the community. “We had an incredible group of students last year, and we are so excited to welcome the Class of 2013 to the program,” says Michelle MacLennan, CCA’s assistant general manager. Twelve of the 15 students on the council come from Chandler high schools including Sophie Church, Shivani Madhav and Chris Gummow of Chandler High School; Samantha DeMarco, Ariana Banda, Dequota Wilson and Shelby Daeffler of Perry High school; Lindsey Chew, Jane Testa, Molly Kigin and Mikaela Miller of Hamilton High School; and Savina Lipchak of Chandler Early College Prep. The students serve for six-month terms, which expire in February. The Youth Advisory Council is a component of the larger Connecting Kidz initiative, through which CCA provides youth with opportunities to experience both

performance and visual arts. Teens focus on arts appreciation, community service and development of leadership skills. Last year’s group planned and executed its first original fundraiser, “Art for Kids and by Kids,” in which any art created by a child, or any art created for the enjoyment of a child, was featured in a silent auction. The unique fundraising concept was born out of the desire to supply art to the community, promote and encourage young budding artists and generate capital for the 2013 council. The program is free, and graduates of the class will be prominently displayed in CCA’s lobby. Support for the Youth Advisory Council at CCA is provided by Chandler Cultural Foundation board member Lorah Neville and the Law Office of Shannon S. Bradley. CCA is jointly owned by the City of Chandler and Chandler Unified School District. To learn more about the Youth Advisory Council and the Connecting Kidz program, visit

Hamilton High’s Spiritline members are asking the community to help them support the school’s athletes at the upcoming Hamilton HS Spiritline Golf Tournament, Sat., Nov. 10 at Ocotillo Golf Resort. Tournament registration begins at 11:30 a.m., with play starting at 12:30 p.m., and dinner beginning at 5 p.m. Fundraiser participants play 18 holes of golf, followed by a barbecue and silent auction. An optional game card allows golfers to take advantage of several fun activities including “par three poker” at each green and a “duck hunt,” where participants fish rubber ducks from the fountain to win prizes such as free golf, a Thanksgiving Day buffet at Bernard’s of Ocotillo and food and clothing discounts. The cost is $125 per person, and game cards are available for $25. To learn more, visit

TEE TIME: Support Hamilton High School’s Spiritline by playing 18 holes of golf and enjoying a barbecue at their Nov. 10 fundraiser at Ocotillo Golf Resort. Pictured, from left to right, Kaylee Wells, McKenna Melcher, Ashlee Perisho, Sabrina Denham and Katherine Siver. STSN photo by Ron Lang

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Students considering online schooling for middle school and high school can attend “Preview Primavera,” 5 to 8 p.m. Thu., Nov. 15 at the Chandler campus, 2471 N. Arizona Ave. The biannual open house gives students and prospective students the opportunity to meet the teaching and advising staff, socialize with current students and parents, and learn about online education. Qualified teaching instructors looking to make a career change are also invited. There will be food, activities, games and interactive sessions with local colleges and community organizations. All participants are entered in a drawing to win such prizes as a new tablet and gift cards, among other items. Drawings are held throughout the night, and winners must be present. All currently enrolled students receive a free Primavera T-shirt. Since opening its doors in 2001, Primavera Online High School has attracted students who are looking for a more personalized and flexible approach to their education. For more information about Primavera Online High School, visit GotHighSchool. com. For the online middle school, visit The phone number is 480-456-6678.

HOT WHEELS: Fifth-graders from Bologna Elementary School visit Chandler-based Local Motors, ranked as one of the top 10 most impressive car factories in the world, to learn all stages of vehicle production from designing and engineering to fabricating and manufacturing. For information on Local Motors, visit Submitted photo

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Teaching kids Spanish is the focus of Chandler High School’s Spanish Honor Society when it hosts its fifth “Spanish Immersion Day” for kindergarten through sixth grade 9 a.m. to noon Sat., Nov. 17 in the school’s cafeteria, 350 N. Arizona Ave. Registration is $20 per student and includes a T-shirt. Participants practice Spanish through crafts, dancing, singing, cooking and games, and a presentation for parents is at 11:45 a.m. To register, visit For more information, contact Anne Bender at bender. or 480-812-7842.

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K.O. SanTan Sun kids have talent! In the first issue of every month, the SanTan Sun News prints the best entries from kids in grades kindergarten through 12th grade in a variety of categories. Congratulations to this month’s winners! Note: If a great entry doesn’t make it into this issue because of space considerations, we will hold it over to run in a future issue. Submissions are minimally edited to preserve the writer’s voice. If your submission appears in this section, compare it to your original to help improve your writing skills.

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Remember that the Kids Opportunity section will eventually print all good entries. That means that if your entry didn’t make it into this issue, it may be slated for a future one. Keep checking back, as we sometimes experience a backlog of submissions.

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I went on a cruise I have a hat I have a cat I have a frog I have a dog I play ball

TAIL WAGGER: This playful puppy photo, entitled “Fuzzy Playing” was taken by Peter LaMazza, a third-grader at St. Mary Basha Catholic school in Chandler. Submitted photo

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Win $15 gift card from Changing Hands Bookstore Students who either live in Chandler, Gilbert, Queen Creek or surrounding areas or who attend area schools can win $15 gift cards from Changing Hands Bookstore, thanks to a partnership between the bookseller and the SanTan Sun News. This ongoing, monthly promotion awards a $15 Changing Hands gift card to every youth whose article, story, poem, essay, editorial, book review, photo or illustration is chosen to be printed in the SanTan Sun Kids Opportunity section, while supplies last. The Kids Opportunity

section is printed in the Youth Section of the first paper of the month, each month. The best news is that even though only one to three submissions are printed per month, all good submissions are held in a file to be printed in future issues. So if an entry doesn’t win this month, it could win next month -- or even the month after that. To enter, visit, click on Youth and then on Student Writer Permission Slip to download a submission-permission slip. Complete the form and have a parent sign it so the paper has permission to print the entry and the author or artist’s byline. Then,

email the submission-permission slip and writing or artwork to Lynda@SanTanSun. com as a Word file, if writing, or JPEG, if art, or pasted into the email. Those who don’t have access to email, or prefer to send submissions on disk, may send a hard copy of the form with the entry in a Word file or JPEG on a CD via postal mail to Lynda Exley, Kids Op Page, SanTan Sun News, P.O. Box 23, Chandler, AZ 85244-0023. For more information on the Kids Op page, or to have SanTan Sun News Editor Lynda Exley speak at your school to rev students up about writing and publishing, email

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through Tue., Nov. 6, the fundraiser benefits school-improvement projects such as picnic tables, a friendship bench and trophy case. Harkins cups – Don’t spend more on drinks at the movie theatre when you can buy them from Carlson and earn money for the school at the same time. Cups can be purchased for $4.75 each. Orders are due Fri., Nov. 9. Jamba cards – Pick up an order form for the “Buy One, Get One Free” card for Jamba Juice locations throughout the Valley. Cards are $10 each, and proceeds go to Carlson’s Technology Fund to support state-of-the-art supplies for the classrooms. As You Wish – PTO is still collecting registration and payment for participation in the commemorative tile wall to be displayed in the school with the children’s creations. Students have until Dec. 31 to complete their tiles. ––Lora Robinson

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CONTINUING THEIR LEGACY: John and Carol Carlson accept Chandler Unified School District’s motion to name its 30th elementary school in honor of them at the dedication ceremony recently. John Carlson was a long-time coach and teacher in CUSD, while Carol was a pioneer in the district’s preschool and early education programs. Submitted photo

Accelerated Reader stars – Congratulations to the following students for their reading in AR this quarter: Earning millionaire status are Rachel Bird, Gabriella Cancellieri, Jayden Chen, Siolika Nhean, Adrian Palumbo and Connor Speciale; while receiving half-millionaire status are Aaron Barnes, Joshua Barnes, Vivian Bui, Kyle Collins, Dahmnaic Conlon, Samantha Gerard,


Haley Hewitt, Joshua Kahn, Amaltheia Kintanar, Sharlize Klave, Hailey Kooser, Elise Luna, Jenna Moriarity, Kristen Myer, Logan O’Neill, Sage Orr, Kelsie Pisors, Lindsy Sisneros, Ian Stewart, Jerry Whitmyer, Rusty Wilkins and Dylan Wingler-Osorio. Special recognition goes to secondgraders who earned awards in their first AR year and include Defne Aydin, Thomas Beaver, Amaya Cooks, Alilana Corella, Xiomara Flores, Camden Green, Naia Hamilton, Sydney Huynh, Logan Le, Ingrid Nichita, Luke Owen, Soumya Parikh, Alison Slater and Una Tatar-Timberg of the 25,000-word club; Elizabeth Call, Renee Call, Talia Green, Meaghan Hanlon, Kaleb Wingler-Osorio, Zachary Pisano, Emma Rohde, Maycee Rosenfeld, Melanie Quale, Jenna Sheets and Kimber Whitmyer of the 50,000word club; and Niharika Abbaraju, who made the 100,000-word club. Calendar Nov. 6: Someburros fundraiser, Chandler Fashion Center Nov. 9: Veteran’s Day Assembly, 8:45 a.m., multi-purpose room Nov. 9: Cookie Dough pickup, 3:15-6 p.m., multi-purpose room Nov. 12: No school, Veteran’s Day Nov. 13: PTO Meeting, 6 p.m., media center Nov. 16: Progress reports go home ––Kathie Butters

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Wear a smile – If students missed getting their pictures taken in September, they can sign up to get retakes, which are scheduled for the morning of Wed., Nov. 7. Fun run – This year’s PTOsponsored fundraising event is a student run, organized by Apex Fun Run Company. Students gather pledges for running a short course on the back field. Monies raised go toward additional shade structures on the west side and near the basketball court. PTO has already purchased 20 picnic tables to further enhance this future outdoor gathering spot. More information to come home soon. Teacher feature – Congratulations to first-grade teacher Jennifer Pearce, who was chosen as “Ocotillo Living Magazine’s” Teacher of the Month. There will be an article about her in an upcoming issue. Academic awards – In the first quarter, more than 300 students earned an Honor Roll award and more than 200 earned a Principal’s List award. Congratulations and keep up the great job! Many thanks – Kudos to our PTO, vendors and Hawk community for a wonderful turnout at Family Fun Night. Good weather, conversation and games also made it an event to remember.

Calendar Mon., Nov. 12: No school, Veteran’s Day Fri., Nov. 16: Progress reports sent home and Fun Run fundraiser ––Wendi Olson

Hull Heroes

Fiesta! – Treat the family to dinner out Tue., Nov. 6 at El Pollo Loco at Germann and Gilbert roads, and Hull PTO earns 20% of all purchases with the required flyer. Flyers will be sent home with students, and additional copies can be found in the office. Harkins sales – The PTO sells Harkins cups and T-shirts until Fri., Nov. 9. Wearing the T-shirt to the movies gets participants a free medium popcorn, and patrons receive $1 refills when using the purchased cup. Harkins $10 and $25 gift cards are also available. Order forms have been sent home with students and are available in the office. Dessert time – Join your Hull friends 3 to 9 p.m. Tue., Nov. 13 for self-serve frozen yogurt at Frio Mio at Chandler Heights and Alma School roads. The shop will donate a portion of the sales that evening to Hull. Restaurant-night earnings support our teachers and their classrooms. ––Kristen Boyd Jacobson Jets

Many thanks – Fifth-graders are thankful for the generosity and support of the parent community for raising enough tax credit funds to send the kids to science camp in Prescott. Thanks also to Fitness Forum for sponsoring Red Ribbon Drug Awareness Week, and to all of the families, including the Khalaj Family for its contribution, for helping make Donuts for Dads a success. Quarterly AR Millionaires – Congratulations to Porter Odoherty, Benjamin Wise, Jacob Wise, Sophia Navarro, Parsa Amini and Callum Van Zyl for reading more than a million words during the first quarter of school. Box Tops – Keep sending in Box Tops. Classes compete each month to earn prizes for the most Box Tops collected. School Cents – Save your Chandler Fashion Center receipts. Turn them in at Jacobson, or take them directly to the customer service desk at the mall. The Jets earn points for every dollar spent. Calendar Tue., Nov. 20: Eat-Out Night at Blu Burger in Chandler to raise money for Jacobson Fri., Nov. 30: Annual Winter Boutique, 6 to 8 p.m., multi-purpose room Tue., Dec. 4: Winter band concert featuring holiday music ––Jason Harris

Knox Knights

Shopping night – Fresh & Easy Shopping Night is 4 to 8 p.m. Wed., Nov. 7. Have your grocery list ready, and shop at the Elliot and Alma School roads location. Don’t forget to turn in your receipt so Knox can earn cash back.

THANKS DUE: Much appreciation to the families who assisted during the fall festival and for their generous donations of goods and time to make the evening a success. Thanks also to Pepsi, Kona Ice, Tom’s BBQ, Arizona Bun Devils and Espo’s for their support. Submitted photo

Fundraising fun – PTO is selling Harkins cups. Send in orders and support Knox. Calendar Tue., Nov. 6: PTO meeting, 3:30 p.m., library ––Ximena Rodriguez


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PUMPKINHEADS: Kindergartners in Mrs. Jones’ class show off their pumpkins from a recent Vertuccio Farms field trip. Submitted photo

DICTIONARY DONATION: Third-graders each receive a new dictionary from Hal and Phyllis Woccholz and Fred Wise, on behalf of the Rotary Club of Chandler, through a nationwide program funded by Submitted photo

Fall is here – First-graders learned about pumpkins and their life cycle, and had fun carving them with their parents and grandparents for the pumpkin walk at Tarwater’s fall festival. Flat fun – Second-graders are going on adventure. Inspired by the “Flat Stanley” book series, they will send flat versions of themselves to visit another state. They hope to learn a lot about the USA when their flat travelers return. ––Robyn Kelly FOLLOW THE LEADER: Tarwater’s kindergartners follow each other through a corn maze at Vertuccio Farms during a fall field trip where they learned about pumpkins, animals, corn and what makes a pizza. Submitted photo

Nov. 3 – 16, 2012

Winter wonderland – Weinberg’s first-ever “Winter Wonderland” is 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Fri., Nov. 30, featuring a snow slide and real snow to play in. There will be train rides around campus, a silent auction and entertainment provided by the school’s band, orchestra and concert students. Vendors interested in promoting their business can reserve a space for $25, plus an auction item. Deadline for auction items is Tue., Nov. 13. For more information, email wranglerspto@ Calendar Mon., Nov. 5 through Fri., Nov. 9: Student council canned and nonperishable food drive Thu., Nov. 8: Fresh & Easy Night, 4 to 8 p.m.; Weinberg earns a percentage of all purchases ––Laura Thornburg


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BRANIACS: Receiving their “Commended Student” awards from the national merit program, which highlights and encourages academic achievement for students across the country who have taken the PSAT and NMSQT, pre-entrance exams for college, from left to right are: Dillon Nys, Brandon Ngo, Alexis Mitchell, Laura Smith, Elona Wallengren and Irene Ruan Submitted photo

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Showing off – Willis’ second annual “Showcase Night” is open to the public and features students’ works on display, musical performances, an art gallery and technology demonstrations, among other activities. It takes place 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thu., Nov. 8. Also showcased are the school’s “Innovation Academy,” exemplifying how technology is being used in the classroom. ––Jeff Delp

TOP OF THE CLASS: Jillian Solomon is recognized as an “Outstanding Participant” in the National Achievement Scholarship Program by scoring in the top 3% of the 160,000 African-American students who participated. Submitted photo

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Once again, Chandler art teacher Bonnie Lou Coleman and her students take high honors in the 2012 AZ State Fair art contests. Coleman, who teaches private art lessons, reports several of her students did well in various categories in the annual competition. It was 6-year-old Nicholas Behan’s first time entering any art contest, and he won the top prize in the 6- to 11-year-old Watercolor area. Madison Kowal,12, who took second place in Watercolor and two honorable mentions in Acrylic in the 12- to 17-age division, was the “first one of my students to break the barrier and receive an honor in this age group!” Coleman says. Madison was also a 2011 State Fair winner among 6to 12-year-olds. It was also Gabrielle Rogers’ first time entering an art contest, and the 11-year-old won third place for a Watercolor painting of a penguin and an honorable mention for a turtle painting in her age division. “Gabrielle began lessons after reading last year’s article about our State Fair wins in the SanTan Sun News,” Coleman adds. And Clementine Tixier, 11, also a 2011 winner, placed third in Acrylic for her “Platypus” painting and received two honorable mentions, including for a giraffe painting, in her age bracket. Coleman also entered a number of categories – including for writing, crafts, jewelry, painting and more – and won nine first-place ribbons, including for a paper-mâché mask called “Bison Hunter;” two sock monkeys; a short story entitled “Car Parts and Body Parts;” plus jewelry and other designs. Coleman also took three second-place awards, four third place ribbons, a fourth place for a Day of the Dead doll and honorable mentions in five other categories. Ashley Gyory, 14, a freshman at Basha High School, is a near-pro champion motor cross racer. Riding since the age of 3, Gyory escalated to the B Group of racing, which is two steps Ashley Gyory away from pro Submitted photo level. Cole Luke, wide receiver and defensive back for Hamilton High School, is invited to play in the 2013 Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl Jan. 4, 2013 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA. Luke, ranked No. 17 in the country as a defensive back, joins more than 90 of the country’s top high school football recruits. His invite comes from the U.S. Marine Corps and Junior Rank Sports. Zachary Egan, Benjamin Pitt and Chris Marsanico of Chandler make Berklee College of Music in Boston’s Dean’s List for achieving at least a 3.4 grade point average. Info:


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