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Message from Principal - Dr. Robinson

  • Dear Parents/Guardians:

    Thank you for choosing Maricopa Elementary, a Leader in Me Lighthouse School.

    We need your help! Please take a few minutes to complete a short survey about our Leader in Me focus, teacher leaders and our school. You are probably thinking, “I just took a survey.” Yes you did, however this one is more in depth and focuses on our Leader in Me framework. You only need to complete the survey once. For your convenience, we have created a link for the survey:

    https://mra.leaderinme.net/survey/index.php?r=survey/index&sid=827926&token=063794321ceff54026fc73530819dd87&lang=en

    Scholar Led Conferences are scheduled for April 3, 2019. We look forward to seeing you. We are very proud of our scholars as they reflect on their learning, leadership roles, practicing the 7 Habits and discuss their goals and progress with you. Report cards will be given out at this time. If you are unable to join us, please contact your child’s teacher and set up another time to meet.

    Do you know our school WIGS (Wildly Important Goals)? 80% of MES scholars will meet their expected growth in Reading & Math and 95% of MES scholars will be present and on time for school. How does your scholar’s WIG help our school WIGS? Have you asked them about their WIG lately?

    During April, we are focusing on Habit 7– Sharpen the Saw. Sharpen the Saw focuses on four different dimensions: Body, brain, heart, and soul. This means, “You take care of yourself by eating right, exercising, and getting sleep (body) You learn in lots of ways and in lots of places, not just at school (brain). You spend time with family and friends (heart). You find meaningful ways to help other people (soul). You find balance in all four parts of yourself.

    Here are some questions you might discuss as a family: What do you do to take care of your body? Could you make any improvements? What are your plans for feeding your brain? What things do you do that make you happy? What are some things that you do to help other people or friends happy? How good is your family at sharpening the saw?

    Your child will be taking several assessments this month. We will begin with AzMerit Testing for scholars in grades 3 -5 from April 2-19. These tests are designed to measure how well your child is mastering the Arizona College and Career Ready standards. We feel confident that our teachers have prepared your child for this assessment. Check in with your scholar and ask them how they feel their WIGs and lead measures have prepared them.

    School City Math and Reading Post Test Assessments will be given to scholars in grades K-5 beginning after AzMerit tests have been administered (April 22). These tests are also designed to measure how well your child is mastering the Arizona College and Career Ready Standards. The results will be compared to Pre-Test assessments given in August of this school year. We are excited to see the growth your child has made over the year.

    Please stress to your child the importance of getting a good night’s sleep and eating a healthy breakfast. Maintain a pleasant home environment and avoid unnecessary conflicts. Try to make the morning of the test a pleasant one. Do not add to your child’s stress. Remind your child the tests are important and encourage them to do their best work possible. Encourage your child to stay focused on the test, even if other scholars finish early. If your child is too ill to attend, please call the school office. Please schedule appointments after testing or on a different day.

    Great news for Maricopa Elementary! The City of Maricopa Police Department, Victim Services Unit was awarded a grant through Ak-Chin’s State-Shared Revenue Program (Prop 202) in partnership with Maricopa Unified School District.  The grant will provide a high level of service from crisis intervention and support in the education system for victims of crime and children with adverse experiences in Maricopa.

    This opportunity will provide training to elementary school staff at Butterfield and Maricopa elementary schools on mindfulness and trauma informed classrooms through a professor at ASU School of Social Work. It will also provide trauma sensitive classrooms through Calming Corners at Butterfield and Maricopa Elementary School.

    With the warm weather coming, please remember that scholars need to continue to follow the dress code. Scholars should dress in a manner that takes into consideration the educational environment, safety, health, and welfare of self and others. Scholars must keep in mind that they represent Maricopa Elementary School and the Maricopa Community.

    Safety is a top priority on our campus. A new safety feature has been implemented in our district called SafeSchools Alert.  You can now use this new alert system to notify our administrative team of any safety concerns you may have about our campus.  We encourage you and your children to use this system to play an active part in school safety by reporting incidents of vandalism, bullying, suspicious activity, or any other concerning behavior you feel may need to be addressed.  SafeSchools Alert allows you to report in five convenient ways:

    By APP -  just search for “SafeSchools Alert” in the App on your mobile phone
    By PHONE: by calling 833.284.6770
    By TEXT: by texting your tip to 833.284.6770
    By EMAIL: 1679@alert1.us
    Or by WEB at http://1679.alert1.us  
    Please use our district code, 1679, in your report to ensure it is routed to our administrative team.  We are proud to add another resource to our families to help promote school safety.  Of course, we still encourage and welcome all other types of communication between you and our team to make certain that we are addressing any concerns you have as they arise.

    Together, we will see your child’s potential so clearly that they see it in themselves.

    Yours in Education,

    Dr. Jennifer Robinson

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