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WEEK 1: JUNE 2-6, SUPER SPORTS! Children will participate in playing sports and games, both classic and crazy! From good old-fashioned kick ball to games like monkey soccer and everything in between. Amazing athletes will be spending 30 minutes a day leading our students in athletic fun and games!

WEEK 2: JUNE 9-13, SPLISH SPLASH! Welcome to wettest week of summer, wear your swimsuit to get soaked! Splash pad, rubber duck races, and slip ’n slide are just some of the fun activities planned for this wildly wet-filled week! Come cool off and stay refreshed on the hottest days of summer. Carebear will have a bouncy water slide this week and we will be visited by the Chandler Fire Department to learn about water safety.

WEEK 3: JUNE 16-20, CAREBEAR COOKS Come enjoy the creativity of cooking. This class gives children the opportunity to enjoy a variety of cooking experiences as they create delicious snacks. Students will use cooking tools, learn about etiquette and nutrition, and learn how to make recipes and mix ingredients!

WEEK 4: JUNE 23-27, ANIMAL PLANET Join us for a week of animals adventures. Our Carebear explorers will learn about mammals, birds and reptiles. We will have a visit from the Reptile Guy who will bring his cool creatures.

WEEK 5: JUNE 30-JULY 3, PARTY IN THE U.S.A. The children will celebrate the USA’s birthday with some good old fashioned summer fun, watermelon eating, flag making, sidewalk child, water games, s’mores and much more!

WEEK 6: JULY 7-11, A CAMPING WE WILL GO It's going to be a wonderful week in the wilderness! The children will enjoy reading tents, s’mores and games. During this week as well the children will get to learn about constellations, nature and even get to build a pretend campfire.

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Chandler teen nearly ‘Masters’ golf tourney BY TIM J. RANDALL

Jim Nantz, the incomparable voice of the Masters Tournament on CBS, eloquently speaks of the Bobby Jones co-founded event as “A Tradition Unlike Any Other.” On Sunday, April 6, the golf tradition added a distinctive legacy to its history: The first Drive, Chip and Putt Competition. And for one Chandler 13-year-old, Caden Christopherson, and his family, it is a memory that will endure for generations. The inaugural Drive, Chip and Putt event—a spirited skills competition for boys and girls ages 7 to 15—was held at the iconic Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga. It was 80 years removed from the first Masters, then known as the Augusta National Invitation Tournament. Eighty-eight junior golfers descended upon the hallowed grounds of golf history to compete, with the Bogle Junior High School student determined to bring home the top trophy in the 12 to 13 age group. Caden’s journey, like thousands of other hopefuls, began with 110 qualifying events around the country, however, his mission started while watching the 2013 Masters. “Other people have Super Bowl parties, but we have our annual Masters party,” says Caden’s mom, Lalena. Watching the telecast that afternoon, Caden’s father, Eric, who is a golf aficionado, saw the registration announcement for the Drive, Chip and Putt Competition, to be held prior to the 2014 Masters. From that point, Caden and family were on a mission to Augusta. Playing out of his home course of

Ocotillo in Chandler, Caden’s first task was to survive local qualifying at Lone Tree Golf Club, which he successfully accomplished, then moving on to the Southwest regional qualifier at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale. “We did not tell him at the time, but Caden’s point total in the regional outscored everyone in his age group across the country by 11 points,” says Lalena. “Watching him compete, I can remember his red, yellow and blue plastic clubs as he swung them around the house at age 3,” indicates his mother. Ten years later, as the family prepared for the competition at Augusta, there was a perfervid excitement and buzz. “We were so honored to be there,” Lalena says. “What the Professional Golf Association, United States Golf Association and the Masters have done to promote golf for and encourage the kids is amazing.” The expenses incurred by Caden and Eric—air travel, hotel and meals— were covered by the Drive, Chip and Putt Tournament. The rest of the Christopherson clan came along for the ride. Arriving Friday night April 4, the next day saw father and son practice at adjacent The River Golf Club, followed by a banquet held that night for the nearly 450 participants and their families at Augusta National.

Sunday at Augusta Entering Augusta National Golf Club begins by traveling down Magnolia Lane, in reality a journey down a lane of memories with the history and excellence of the

NO. 3: Caden Christopherson, 13, took third place in the first Drive, Chip and Putt Competition. Photo courtesy of Drive, Chip and Putt Championship

champions who have won and played at Augusta: Hogan, Snead, Palmer, Nicklaus, Woods and Mickelson. As his 10:30 a.m. starting time approached, Lalena did not sense any nervousness from her son, “Actually that whole day he had a smile on his face, he was so calm.” Each participant began the competition with two drives on the practice range facility; the goal hit it in play (a 35-yard-wide fairway) and as long as possible. With his swing thoughts in mind, honed under the instruction of his father and Ocotillo’s golf professional Kay

Cornelius, Caden hit for 243 yards, netting him a solid nine points. And with a quip paying homage to Roy “Tin Cup” McAvoy, Caden told his parents: “Toed it a bit.” Next was the chipping portion of the skill challenge, two short game shots closest to the hole; the deft touch of Caden earning him seven points. Lastly, came the putting prowess with two stokes on the slick greens of the Alister MacKenzie layout. Yet, the best was saved for last as each contestant had one final putt for their score—a stroke in essence SEE CHRISTOPHERSON PAGE 31


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Red Cross honors BASIS student A senior at BASIS Chandler received the American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter’s Youth Volunteer of the Year Award during the Breakfast of Champions at the Phoenix Zoo. Out of the nearly 800 volunteers, Alyson Zhang was the only youth winner. She was one of 11 volunteers presented with the award. “I wasn’t expecting it,” she says of the award. “I am really honored.” During the Breakfast of Champions, she says the winners received a mini portrait of themselves, as well as bigger portrait banner and a certificate. “I want to thank everyone who helped me,” Zhang says. “I really did learn a lot. It really opened my eyes to a bigger picture.” She received the award for the volunteer work she did during the summer of 2013 at the American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter. “She is the volunteer of the year,” American Red Cross Arizona Volunteer Services Director Lillian Garcia says, adding that the award is given to any outstanding youth volunteer 20 years old or younger that has been a volunteer for at least one year. She says Zhang is an incredible young lady who is very committed to the American Red Cross. “I had the opportunity to meet her about a year and a half ago at the (school) club she is involved with,” she says. Zhang participated in a three-month internship working with Garcia as the

volunteer services intern. She learned a lot, thanks to the Red Cross’ one-on-one attention. “I got to be a part of all the different departments,” she says. “I got to experience a new opportunity. It’s a real world experience, not just a school environment. I got to go out of my comfort zone.” Garcia says the internship, which is offered for one to three months, is available to all Red Cross Club members. “They need to submit a cover letter as to which position they are applying for and a resume of whatever their experiences are,” she explains. The applicants are then put through a screening interview before the final decision is made in the department they are applying for. There were eight interns last summer and Garcia says they are expecting up to 20 this summer. Garcia says Zhang caught on to what her duties were very fast during her internship: Yarnell Hill Fire occurred in July last year. The fire killed 19 firefighters and the Grand Canyon Chapter’s relief efforts mobilized 685 volunteers who worked at six shelters. Nearly 39,000 items were distributed and more than 60,000 meals and snacks were served. “Alyson had enough of the general overview of services and how to respond,” Garcia says. “They were fielding phone calls that were coming in.” Those phone calls, Garcia says were 10 times more than the volume on a regular day.

AWARD: BASIS Chandler senior Alyson Zhang received the American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter’s Youth Volunteer Award during the Breakfast of Champions at the Phoenix Zoo. Submitted photo

“There were a lot of phone calls,” Zhang recalls. While talking to those who called, she spent time calming them down and providing guidance with the steps they should take. Zhang says many of the callers wanted to make a donation, so she told them how they could help out. “She stepped up,” Garcia says. “If they couldn’t find me or someone they needed to run it by, they would go to Alyson. She pretty much knew the correct answer.” That experience, Zhang says, taught her time management and how to work as a group. She says she learned how important it is to communicate while under pressure.

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She also took away the experience of learning how to speak with others when they are feeling stressed. “If you help out with one little task, it will help relieve the stress,” Zhang says. “A little will help.” Her three-month experience, Garcia says, helped solidify her decision to become a nurse. “I want to be a nurse so I can continue helping people,” Zhang says. “I really like interacting with other people.” During her internship, she says she interacted with many new people. As a nurse, she says she can interact with and help others. Zhang says she may attend the University of Arizona where she hopes to join the school’s large American Red Cross Club. Zhang became part of the BASIS Chandler Red Cross Club at her school a year ago shortly after it was founded. She says one thing she enjoyed as a member was giving toys to the children who could not afford them during the holiday drive. Garcia says Zhang was responsible for the growth in membership at the school. She also headed up the blood drive, volunteered for the Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots Depot, Feed My Starving Children, the Special Needs Dance and a holiday toy drive. “She is a very impressive young lady. I’m very excited. She is going to do some wonderful things in her life,” Garcia says.

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to win the Masters from the traditional Sunday location on the 18th green—front right on the lower terrace. Caden knew the putt. “It was about the same spot that Adam Scott made the winning putt at last year’s Masters,” says a soft-spoken Caden. His total for the putting round netted him an additional seven points, for an overall total of 23 for the three facets. That score left him two points away from the winner at 25 for a third-place finish.

Presentation When the competition wrapped up, the participants were treated to a presentation of the trophies and a grand luncheon in the Founders Room, which Lalena describes as “surreal with the members in their Green Jackets.” Eight golfers from each age division were crowned champions for the event. But, everyone present was a winner on Sunday, as the participants got to experience the thrill of Augusta, and see their heroes. The game’s luminaries Bubba Watson, Mark O’ Meara and Jordan Spieth, among others, were looking on and supporting the endeavor. Says Lalena, “Bubba Watson was there and shook every kids hand...just amazing.” Caden already has plans for a return visit to Augusta in 2015, this time to win the championship. The road will be harder as qualifying will encompass all 50 states with expectations of as many as 50,000 entries expected. With a family behind him and in full support, the young golfer who shoots even par at Ocotillo is humble; “I’ll do my best,” he says.

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SKILLED GOLFER: With his swing thoughts in mind, honed under the instruction of his father and Ocotillo’s golf professional Kay Cornelius, Caden Christopherson hit for 243 yards, netting him a solid nine points. Photo courtesy of Drive, Chip and Putt Championship

Final Putt While not sure if he will ever have the opportunity to play in a Masters Tournament, Caden will keep practicing and playing, while also enjoying all sports, a priceless gift handed down from his parents. The memory of that April Sunday will endure for Caden and his family for years to come. “Caden has a photo with Condoleezza Rice (the first woman invited to be an Augusta National member), the club just went above and beyond. Augusta was so beautiful and amazing, this is the best

thing the Masters has ever done,” says Lalena. Golf won huge on Sunday April 6, 2014, and not coincidentally, Watson, the man who had taken the time to spend with the participants that day, slipped into his second Green Jacket the following Sunday. That is the Golfing Gods looking down with pleasure for a phenomenal effort by all involved at Jim Nantz would say: “A win for the ages.” Tim J. Randall is a freelancer for the SanTan Sun News. He can be reached at

Girls and boys entering kindergarten through eighth grade can have fun while improving their basketball skills at the Basha High Summer Basketball Camp throughout the month of June at the school’s auditorium, 5990 S. Val Vista Dr., Chandler. Camps are held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, June 2 through June 12 and 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday through Thursday, June 16 through June 26. Campers can sign up for one week, two weeks or all four weeks. Cost per week is $75, or $250 for all four weeks, and includes a basketball and camp T-shirt for each camper. All proceeds from the camp benefit Basha High’s boys’ and girls’ basketball programs. Campers receive age-appropriate instruction from Basha High girls’ and boys’ coaches and staff, focusing on offensive skills and defensive and team fundamentals. All campers should bring tennis shoes, shorts, a T-shirt and plenty of water to drink. Online registration is available via credit or debit card. To register online, visit www., click Register for Our Programs and select Camps/Clinics and Basha High School. If paying by check or money order, visit the Community Education Center at 1525 W. Frye Rd., Chandler.



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Free workshop Donated blankets beneďŹ t ill children readies college-bound students BY KATHRYN BECK

A free SAT and college preparation workshop for SanTan Sun-area high school students and their parents will be hosted by Tutor House Tutoring Services from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 10, in the Monsoon Room of the Chandler Sunset Library, 4930 W. Ray Rd., Chandler. Participants will become familiar with SAT test format and scoring, question types and content and strategies and techniques for SAT subjects, as well as current information on admissions trends and how to become the applicant that colleges are seeking. Tutor House Tutoring Services is located at 100 W. Boston St., Suite 4, Chandler. Sign up at www.TutorHouseAZ. com to reserve a seat. For more information, call (480) 857-1222 or email

Cardon Children’s Medical Center nurse Rebecca Sutton has seen ďŹ rsthand how blankets can soothe sick children. “It helps make this experience easier for them. They can be scared when they come and the blanket is something that they can hold on to,â€? says Sutton. For the last 11 years, Sutton has handed out blankets given to her by Project Linus, a national organization that makes by hand blankets for critically ill children. The Phoenix Southeast Valley chapter donates blankets to Chandler Regional Medical Center’s NICU and Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital. Organizations such as Helen’s Hope Chest and All About Us Kids are also recipients. “Since January 2009, we have delivered about 14,756 blankets to different groups,â€? says Renee Morgan, coordinator for Project Linus’ Phoenix Southeast Valley chapter. Cardon Children’s Medical Center nurse Rebecca Sutton has been giving patients handmade blankets from Project Linus for the past 11 years. When a patient arrives at Cardon Children’s Medical Center, nurses like Sutton lay a blanket on the hospital bed to give the room a touch of home. “It’s more child-friendly and welcoming for them,â€? says Julie Anich, Cardon Children’s Medical Center Life assistant. Project Linus offers a variety of



blankets ranging from cotton, eece or annel in a rainbow of colors. The size varies from small blankets for infants to larger ones for teens. Once the blankets are delivered by volunteers, they are checked over to ensure that needles are not in the blankets. After the blankets are washed, they are handed off to the nurses who distribute them. Anich says if they don’t have enough blankets for each patient, she and her staff put stuffed animals in the rooms. Betsy Rosebrugh, Child Life and 1 Darn Cool School program manager at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, says the children receive blankets from several organizations. “We are appreciative of them. A patient bed is not very comfortable and the blanket adds a more personal touch to the environment,â€? Rosebrugh says. The blankets donated from local Project Linus chapters are made by volunteers, who are part of a group that creates blankets each month, or individuals. “We work with school organizations and Girl Scout and Boy Scout troops who have made blankets as part of their service projects,â€? Morgan says. While places such as Cardon Children’s Medical Center and Phoenix Children’s Hospital receive donation of blankets year-round, the holiday season is when they see an increase in their donations.

“We get more donations at the holiday time. But it’s something that we need year-round not just during the holidays,� says Rosebrugh. Morgan says during the summer months, the organization has fewer volunteers making blankets because many of the blanket makers are winter visitors. Donations to any of the local chapters of Project Linus can be made in different ways, such as monetary donations or donating materials for the volunteers to use in making the blankets. For more information, visit www. and click on “Chapters.� For Sutton, knowing the blankets are going to children in need helps. “I think it’s awesome what these people do and that they take the time to make them for kids they don’t even know,� says Sutton. Kathryn Beck is a student at The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. She can be reached at

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Hamilton Huskies host hoops camp SanTan Sunarea boys and girls in kindergarten through eighth grade can learn the fundamentals of basketball, including shooting, passing and dribbling, in the 2014 Hamilton Huskies Basketball Camp in the Hamilton High School gymnasium this summer. Camp sessions run from June 2 through June 5 and June 9 through June 12. Participants in grades kindergarten through second attend from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., grades third through fifth 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and grades sixth through eighth 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Cost is $60 per participant in grades kindergarten through second or $75 per participant in grades third through eighth. Each registered camper receives a camp T-shirt and camp basketball. Hamilton High School is at 3700 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. For more information or to register, visit www. or contact Coach Kevin Hartwig at (480) 883-5213 or

Youth Seton camps set for summer Summer camps for junior high and high school kids begin at Chandler’s Seton Catholic Preparatory School in June, with a variety of options available for performing artists and athletes. Summer Music Theater Camp sessions for second to ninth graders are held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. June 9 through June 20 and July 7 through July 18. Each two-week session introduces participants to theater and wellrounded performance through small and large ensemble groups. At the end of each session, participants take the stage in Seton’s Fine Arts Theatre to present a Broadway revue. For more information and to register, visit www. A Junior Sentinels Girls Basketball Camp is held June 9 through June 13. Girls in sixth through ninth grades attend from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.; cost is $65. Girls in third through fifth grade attend from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.; cost is $35. The camp provides fundamental instruction from current and former Sentinel all-stars and coaching staff, including Varsity Coach Karen Self, with fun and motivational games and competitions. Register by June 4 at news-stats/junior-sentinels-girlsbasketball-camp. Other Seton sports camps offered this summer include a girls’ volleyball

camp June 2 through June 7, for fourth through 12th grades; football, June 9 through June 26 and July 7 through July 17, seventh through 12th grades; boys’ basketball, June 16 through June 20, kindergarten through eighth grade; girls’ soccer, June 9 through June 12, seventh through 12th grades; softball, June 16 through June 20, fifth through eighth grades; and swim and dive, Aug. 4 through Aug. 7, sixth through 12th grades. Seton Catholic Preparatory is a private, coeducational high school open to all faiths, located at 1150 N. Dobson Rd., Chandler. For more information and to register, visit www.

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Disney star leads ACT workshops Rachel Potter, star of Disney, Broadway and “The X Factor,” will give feedback and advice to aspiring performing artists during a day of educational workshops Saturday, May 10, at Ahwatukee Children’s Theatre, 108 S. 54th St., Chandler. A workshop for students ages 9 to 13 runs from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., followed by a workshop for students ages 14 to 19 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. During these workshops, participants will perform a prepared two-minute vocal piece for Potter. Potter will also discuss “tricks of the trade,” performance and audition techniques and more. Space is limited to 20 students per class. Cost is $150 per participant, including a ticket to Potter’s performance later that evening. The third workshop is a “Talk Back” session with Potter from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., available for children and adults of all ages. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and seek advice. Space is limited to 100 participants. The “Talk Back” session is followed by a private house concert performed by Potter at 8 p.m. Cost is $25 for each. For more information, visit www.



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Kids’ golf camp swings for the summer Children ages 6 to 14 in grades kindergarten through eighth can perfect their swing at one of the Junior Golf Summer Camps offered by Chandler’s Bear Creek Golf Complex this summer. Camps run Monday through Thursday mornings from June 2 through July 16, during which children will be introduced to the basic principles and fundamentals of golf. Putting, chipping, pitching, bunker shots and the full swing with irons and woods will be taught during each session, along with safety, golf etiquette, sportsmanship and the rules of golf. Camp sessions are limited in size, with a maximum child-to-instructor ratio of 8 to 1, and campers grouped by age and ability level. Cost is $50 per week per child, and includes PGA Professional instruction and unlimited range balls during each daily one-hour class. An optional golf pass may also be purchased for $20, by registered campers only, for unlimited play on the Cub course during their weekly camp session; tee time reservations are required with the use of this pass. Bear Creek Golf Complex is at 500 E. Riggs Rd., Chandler. For more information or to register, visit www. or call (480) 883-8200.

PAR FOR THE COURSE: Kids can learn the fundamentals of golf at Bear Creek’s Junior Golf Camp this summer. Submitted photo

YOUTH CHRONICLES Jayden Chavez and Austin Falk of Chandler are on the fall 2013 Dean’s List at Biola University in La Mirada, Calif. To qualify, students must earn a grade point average of 3.6 or higher while enrolled in 12 or more credit units with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.2. Kyle Homewood and Alexandra Ortiz of Chandler are among 42 seniors who earned the Gold Axe Award for achievements at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. The awards were announced at the Gold Axe and Distinguished Seniors awards banquet at the High Country Conference Center in Flagstaff. Students chosen for a Gold Axe award are also eligible for the President’s Prize. Erin O’Toole of Chandler earned a gold medal at the USA Judo National Youth and Scholastic Championships held recently in Irving, Texas. She is invited to represent the United States at the World Junior Judo competitions in Greece and France. Erin is a student at Southwest Judo Academy in Mesa. Jiahe Qu of Chandler is the national third-place winner in the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest. She will travel to Washington, D.C., for the national award celebration.

The Federal Junior Duck Stamp is a federally legislated American art competition in which students must draw or paint a duck realistically; the first-place art from the national contest is used to create a National Junior Duck Stamp each year. Jiahe takes art lessons at Xiao Su Studio in Chandler. The Arizona Hockey Union Midget U16AA youth hockey team, including Hamilton High students Gavin Fischenich, Colton Seeman, Seth Lind and Jordan Woodall as members, took home the secondplace silver medal recently at the 2014 USA Hockey National Championship tournament in Reston, Va.

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CHANDLER UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT May 26: Memorial Day holiday; no school May 28: High school graduation; last day of school; fourth quarter ends May 29: Teacher inservice workday; no school

CTA-Independence Hawks Celebrate teachers – Celebrate the amazing teachers at CTA-Independence the week of May 5. Kudos – CTA-Independence recently hosted its parent volunteers for breakfast. Staff and students both appreciate everything volunteers do to make the school run smoothly. Save the dates – The 2014-2015 school year begins July 21. Check out district dates for early release, intersession and more for the upcoming school year at Calendar May 7: Band concert, 7 p.m. May 14: PTO general meeting, 3:30 p.m. —Wendi Olson

Hancock Heat Music notes – The band and orchestra concert will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 6. Lunch date – All volunteers are welcome to join Hancock’s Volunteer Appreciation Lunch Thursday, May 15. Tax credits – Donations for 2014 can be given any time. Up to $400 can be

donated to Hancock for credit on 2014 taxes for the full amount. Thanks to the Hancock families who have already contributed. —Andrea Dickson

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May days – Staff and Teacher Appreciation Week, the week of May 5, is a great opportunity to show appreciation for the wonderful Hull Elementary staff and teachers. Also, the last reading incentive store for this school year will be in May. Students with Eagle Bucks in the bank will get the opportunity to spend all the money in May to make purchases at the special PTO-sponsored Reading Incentive Store. Muffins for Moms – Moms are invited to come in with their Hull students from 7:30 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. Friday, May 9, to enjoy muffins, juice, milk and coffee before school. Kudos – Hull has been named an A+ School of Excellence by the Arizona Education Foundation. Thanks due – Thanks to Hull PTO, faculty and staff for a successful Read-a-Thon. Calendar May 5-9: Staff and Teacher Appreciation Week May 5: Fourth-grade recorder concert, 6:30 p.m. May 6: Fifth- and sixth-grade orchestra concert, 6:30 p.m. May 7: Fifth- and sixth-grade band concert, 6:30 p.m. May 9: Muffins for Moms, 7:30a.m.-8:15

Teacher thanks – Tarwater parents and students will celebrate their hard-working teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week May 5 through May 9. Each day features a fun theme, including flowers, personalized thankyou notes and pampering items. Class notes – Tarwater sixth graders are excited to test out the scientific method at their upcoming Science of Baseball fieldtrip at Salt River Fields. Students are also deep in Renaissance project reports and waiting for the chance to teach the rest of the Toros a little bit about life in the Middle Ages at the Interactive Renaissance Fair Friday, May 9. Kindie class notes – Every kindergarten student gets his or her own caterpillar for the science study of life cycles. Students will observe the stages and report findings in science journals. Students also recently enjoyed a fieldtrip to Butterfly Wonderland, thanks to tax credit donations. The Kindergarten Promotion Program will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 22. Running results – Toros participated in the first Bogle Junior High Running Club Invitational Meet for all of Bogle’s elementary feeder schools. Tarwater

ROYAL AFFAIR: Princesses, kings, knights, princes, dragons, wolves and more were in attendance at the annual Fairytale Night performance held recently by the kindergarten classes. Submitted photo

Ryan Royals The Odyssey – Ryan Royals recently placed first in the Division I Driver’s Test Problem category in the Odyssey of the Mind competition, the only Chandler school to place. Students have the opportunity to travel to Iowa State University May 27 through June 1 to compete against other states


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boys finished third overall and Tarwater girls finished second overall. Tarwater students Ryan Dempsey placed third in the Sixth Grade Boys Individual, Adrian Laroussi placed first and was the overall winner in the Fifth Grade Boys Individual and Tatum McMillan placed third in the Fifth Grade Girls Invitational. Congrats to all who participated. Language learning – Tarwater will offer a Kindergarten Mandarin Immersion program for the 2014-2015 school year. Contact Tarwater for more information at (480) 883-4300 or visit the school website. —JoAnne Cawley

Bogle Bulldogs Speed racers – Bogle Junior High recently hosted its first Running Club Invitational, promoting fun and healthy lifestyles. All 11 elementary schools that feed into Bogle were invited to send their best runners to participate; all participants had to be recommended by their Running Club coaches and sponsors for demonstrating past success in district races and attendance, effort and participation. Participants ran a friendly, timed, competitive race, covering the 2-mile cross-country course that runs through Bogle’s campus and Dobson Park. All runners were given event T-shirts and water bottles, and trophies awarded to the

top three boys and girls in fourth, fifth and sixth grades, as well as a championship cup for the top girls’ and boys’ team finishes. The meet was sponsored by Chamberlain Orthodontics. —Todd Daniels

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Bench the Bag – CTA-Goodman collected 708 pounds of plastic bags during the “Bench the Bag” collection drive held earlier this year. Nine schools participated in the effort to help the environment by recycling plastic bags. CTA-Goodman came in third place, winning a birdcage made from the recycled materials; it will be proudly displayed as a reminder that only a small amount of effort is needed when working together to make a difference in the community. Thanks to the Goodman Go-Getters and Jill Savage for sponsoring CTAGoodman’s collection and thanks to the community for its support. Calendar May 5-9: Teacher Appreciation Week May 6: National Teacher Day May 7: National School Nurse Day May 9: Sixth Grade/Staff Softball Game, 8:30 a.m. May 14: Band assembly for grades 3-6, 1 p.m., Multipurpose Room; Band concert, 6:30 p.m., Multipurpose Room May 16: PTO Box Top/Label Contest ends —Kathie Butters

High honors – Student teams from Basha High’s Career Technical Education Program (CTE) recently competed in the Arizona State FCCLA entrepreneurship competition in Tucson. Senior Erika Thorlton and junior Savana Lawrey earned the highest gold medal score in the Entrepreneurship event and will travel to San Antonio, Texas, this summer for the national competition, where the girls will be the sole representatives from Arizona. Sabrina Bajc and Hannah Steele also earned a silver medal and placed seventh overall in the state for Entrepreneurship. Additional BHS winners included Ahhyeon Choi and Jamillah Luepke, with silver medals in Recycle and Redesign; Hailee Alexander and Ariana Swanson, with bronze medals in Recycle and Redesign; and Maggie Gorman and Sylvia Kokes, with bronze medals in the Front of House and Cupcake Decorating events, respectively. FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) is a national career and technical student organization that provides personal

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Knox Knights Save the dates – Teacher Appreciation Week runs from Monday, May 5, through Friday, May 9; show the dedicated Knox staff how great they are by participating in the special activities listed on the Teacher Appreciation Week flier available at The final PTO meeting will be held at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, May 6, during which 20142015 PTO Board members will be voted in; the agenda is posted on the PTO website. Muffins for Moms – Moms, grandmas, aunts and every “mom-like” figure for Knox Knights, are invited to join students for “Muffins for Moms,” beginning at 8:15 a.m. Friday, May 9. Dads are encouraged to volunteer to help set up and/or clean up and serve breakfast treats. Box Tops – The final deadline to bring Box Tops is Friday, May 16. The primary (K-2) winning class gets entry tickets to Bounce-U; the intermediate winning class (3-6) gets tickets to Xtreme Air. Thanks to these local businesses for supporting schools. Calendar May 5-9: Teacher Appreciation Week May 6: PTO meeting May 7: Knox Orchestra concert, 6 p.m.; Band concert, 7 p.m. May 8: KGA Orchestra concert, 6 p.m.; Band concert, 7 p.m. May 9: Muffins for Moms —Jacqueline Bartrim

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FINANCIAL AID FOR THOSE WHO QUALIFY. VA APPROVED Seton High Sentinels Award winners – Eleven Seton Catholic Preparatory students from the school’s Chinese Mandarin program were honored with Young Leadership and Talent Awards presented by Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton at the 35th anniversary ceremony of the Phoenix and Taipei Sister Cities relationship. The students were part of the ribboncutting ceremony for a new exhibit at Phoenix City Hall by master Chen Yang Chun, a Taiwan national treasure artist. The Chinese Mandarin course of study at Seton was recognized for inspiring the talents of young leaders to achieve success and express creativity in language, art and calligraphy. In addition to learning the Chinese language, Seton students participate in hands-on activities with Chinese culture and traditions such as calligraphy, painting, sports, folk arts and crafts and cultural dances. —Kim Cecere


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Camps focus on technology, Spanish Ken Chan and Claudia Moreno, owners of Future Kiddies and Spanish Kiddos, announced that their organization will conduct a summer Spanish and Technology Combo Camp Monday, June 2, through Friday, June 27. Youngsters ages 3 to 11 can be enrolled for a week or for the full month. “Our philosophy is ‘I can do anything if I put my mind to it’ and we help provide youngsters with the tools to stimulate the imagination,” says Chan. “I teach in Spanish,” says Moreno. “This program is more than colors and numbers. It is about learning real language situations and developing oral communications skills. All the students are surrounded by the target language and they learn just the same way you learn your first language.” Half-day and full-day sessions are offered. Half-day Spanish activities run from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Halfday technology and LEGO events are from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Full-day sessions that include both Spanish and technology are from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Children enrolled in half-day activities should bring a snack and full-day students will need to bring their lunch. The cost is $125 per week for halfday sessions and parents will need to choose Spanish or technology. The full-day option that encompasses both Spanish and technology is $250 per week. Those who register before May 13 will receive 10 percent off. All summer

camp sessions will be held at Spanish Kiddos, located at 202 S. Gilbert Rd., Gilbert. The Technology Combo Camp is in alignment with the Common Core State Standard, with a focus on science, technology, engineering and math (S.T.E.M.) learning. The enrichment program promotes skills, abilities and knowledge that youngsters can apply in the real world during everyday life. Children in the Spanish portion will embark on adventures in multiple disciplines that include art, crafts, music, puzzles and more. Participants in the interactive language experience begin the very first day learning how to ask questions and utilize common phrases in Spanish, such as “May go to the bathroom.” Children don’t need any prior experience with the Spanish language to participate. A different theme is used each week. Those participating in afternoon sessions of technology and LEGO develop skills through computer and technology-related experiences guided by certified instructors from DiscoveryKids Puterbugs that promotes S.T.E.M. learning. The computer portion of learning activities is the only program of its kind in Arizona and the only one backed by DiscoveryKids. Youngsters will learn how to navigate independently through activities appropriate to the child’s individual age level and understanding. Children

participate in a different mission each day. The Spanish and Technology Combo Camp offer youngsters a unique interactive learning experience that’s fun and entertaining. The Camp promotes learning, teamwork and social skills, along with academics and problem solving. Camp activities build confidence and create a foundation that youngsters can build upon later in life. Future Kiddie is located at 1020 E. Ray Rd., A5-198, Chandler. Contact Ken Chan at (480) 331-3068 or email at For more information, visit the www. Spanish Kiddos is located at 202 S. Gilbert Rd., Gilbert. Contact Claudia Moreno at (602) 628-9941 or email at For more information, visit http://www.



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WHERE KIDS EAT FREE 347 Grill Ak-Chin 16000 Maricopa Rd., Maricopa (520) 233-2426 Here’s the deal: Sunday Brunch 6 and younger eat free with paid adult. On Tuesdays, all kids 12 and younger eat free with purchase of adult entree. Apple Dumpling Café 3076 E. Chandler Heights Rd. Suite 101, Gilbert (480) 279-3879 Here’s the deal: Mondays are Family Value night, where kids eat free with each adult meal and two drinks purchased. On Family Fun night, kids receive free ice cream with a meal. After-school coolness is from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, where kids buy one ice cream, and get one free Chompie’s 3481 W. Frye Rd., Chandler (480) 398-3008 Here’s the deal: All day Tuesday, children 10 and younger receive one free item from the kids’ meal menu with adult meal purchase of $8 or more. Dine in only. Connect5 Family Centers Corp. 222 E. Warner Rd., Chandler (480) 699-2122 1495 S. Higley Rd., Gilbert (480) 361-8410 Here’s the deal: Mondays and Fridays free kids’ meals with an adult

purchase for Munchie Monday Free Lunch and Freebie Friday Free Dinner. Copper Still - Moonshine Grill 2531 S. Gilbert Rd., Suite 101, Gilbert (480) 242-1258 Here’s the deal: Every Tuesday, kids ages 10 and younger eat for free with the purchase of an adult meal. Dilly’s Deli 2895 S. Alma School Rd., Suite 5, Chandler (480) 722-0644 Here’s the deal: On weekends, get one free kids’ meal for each adult meal purchased for $4.79 or more. El Palacio Restaurant and Cantina 2950 E. Germann Rd., Chandler (480) 802-5770 Here’s the deal: Wednesday kids 12 and younger eat free with paid adult. Fat Willy’s 4850 S. Gilbert Rd., Chandler (480) 883-1356 Here’s the deal: From 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, dine in and get a free kids’ meal with every adult entrée purchased. Little Leaguers menu only, 12 and younger. Nabers Music Bar and Eats 825 N. 54th St., Chandler (480) 705-0288 Here’s the deal: Kids eat free every

Monday and Tuesday, with the purchase of an adult meal and two beverages. NYPD Pizza 2580 W. Chandler Blvd, Chandler (480) 722-0898 Here’s the deal: Kids eat for free on Wednesday and Sunday after 4 p.m. Pittsburgh Willy’s 1509 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler (480) 857-2860 Here’s the deal: Every day except Sunday breakfast, kids younger than 10 eat free with each paying adult. Additional kids eat for 50 percent off; Wee Willy menu only. Planet Sub 1920 W. Germann Rd., Chandler (480) 245-6503 Here’s the deal: Monday kids eat free with paid adult. Sidelines Grill 2980 S. Alma School Rd., Chandler (480) 792-6965 Here’s the deal: Kids eat free from kids’ menu after 4 p.m. Thursdays with adult entree. Dine-in only. Cannot be combined with any other offers or specials. Someburros! 3461 W. Frye Rd., Chandler 2597 S. Market St., Gilbert 1335 E. Baseline Rd., Gilbert Here’s the deal: Every Tuesday night from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. kids 12 and younger eat free with purchase of combo or specialty meal. Dine-in only. The Cove Grill 5070 S. Gilbert Rd., Suite 400, Chandler (480) 802-9070 Here’s the deal: Tuesday kids younger than 12 receive one free meal per adult entrée purchased. The Sushi Room 2475 W. Queen Creek Rd., Chandler (480) 821-9000 Here’s the deal: Sunday Funday means kids 12 and younger eat free, two kids per paying adult. Uncle Bear’s Grill and Bar 1980 W. Germann Rd., Chandler (480) 722-1555 Here’s the deal: Wednesday kids eat free with each full price entrée purchased. Whiskey Rose Bar and Grill 135 W. Ocotillo Rd. Chandler (480) 895-ROSE (7673) Here’s the deal: Kids eat free every day with the purchase of an adult entree and kids drink.

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