Q: WHAT SUBDIVISIONS ARE WITHIN THE BOUNDARIES FOR SADDLEBACK?
A: The following subdivisions are included within the 2023-24 school year
• Ak-Chin Farms
• Ak-Chin Greasewood
• Amarillo Creek
• Copa Flats
• Desert Passage
• Horizon at the Wells
• Oasis at the Wells
• Papago Buttes
• Santa Rosa Springs
• Senita 3 & 4
• Seven Ranches
• Thunderbird Farms
Q: WHICH MIDDLE SCHOOL WOULD MY CHILD ATTEND ONCE FINISHING ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AT SADDLEBACK?
A: The following subdivisions will go to Desert Wind; Copa Flats, Desert Passage, Glennwilde, Horizon at the Wells, Oasis at the Wells, Senita 3 & 4, and Seven Ranches.
The following subdivisions will go to Maricopa Wells; Ak-Chin Farms, Ak-Chin Greasewood, Amarillo Creek, Santa Rosa Springs, and Thunderbird Farms .
Q: HOW DO I ENROLL MY CHILD FOR PRESCHOOL?
A: Please contact the District Office at 520-568-5100 x1057 to schedule an appointment for our Child Find Screening. The screenings are held monthly and all potential students for our Preschool Program must complete the screening before enrolling. Additional information can be found on our Child Find Screenings Page.
Q: WHAT DO I NEED IN ORDER TO REGISTER MY CHILD?
A: In addition to an enrollment packet, you will need the child's state issued certified birth certificate, immunization records, proof of current residence (utility bill) and enrolling parents photo ID. Enrollment packets can be picked up in the front office or on our District's Elementary Enrollment Information Page. A parent on the birth certificate must be the one to fill out the enrollment packet and enroll the student.
Q: WHAT IS THE CUTOFF AGE FOR KINDERGARTEN AND CAN THEY TEST EARLY?
A: The cut-off age to start Kindergarten is August 31st, and the child must be five years old by that date in order to enroll. Our school district's Early Kindergarten testing (those turning five between September 1 and December 31) is held at the end of May for our School District. Additional Information can be found on our District's Kindergarten Information Page.
Q: WHAT IF MY CHILD WAS TESTED EARLY IN ANOTHER DISTRICT OR OUT OF STATE?
A: We will only accept early testers that have passed our School District early Kindergarten test. If they did not pass our test, they will need to wait until the following year for Kindergarten, even if they attended Kindergarten elsewhere and moved during the school year.
Q: WHAT ARE THE SCHOOL HOURS?
A: The school day begins at 8:05 a.m. (warning bell) and then 8:10 a.m. (tardy bell) and ends at 3:10 p.m. Every Wednesday and the last day of the quarter, the school day ends at 1:10 p.m. The office opens at 7:40 a.m. and closes at 3:30 p.m. Our preschool has different hours for each of its sessions. Additional information can be found on our Preschool General Information Page.
Q: WHAT IF MY STUDENT IS TARDY?
A: We encourage promptness since tardies affect everyone and disrupt classroom time. Late students must report to the office and be signed in late by a parent. We will issue students a "Tardy Slip" before they go to class. Students should be on campus by 8:05 a.m. to make sure they are in class by 8:10 a.m.
Q: WHAT SHOULD I DO IF MY STUDENT IS ABSENT?
A: If at all possible, please notify us when your child is absent by calling the Attendance Clerk in the front office at 520-568-6110 x2401. If we don't hear from you by early morning, you're likely to get a phone call and/or text from us. Students that have been absent should return with a note explaining the reason they were gone. If the absence was due to a doctor appt, dentist appt, court date, or funeral, a note or funeral notice/program needs to be turned in within 24 hours for it to be excused. If they have been out two consecutive school days because of an illness, a doctor's note is required to excuse the absences.
Q: DOES SADDLEBACK PROVIDE BUSSING?
A: Yes, we certainly do provide bus transportation for those living within our boundaries (except for Glennwilde). Parents, please remind your child(ren) that riding the bus is a privilege and that we require best behavior at all times. Please arrive at your designated bus stop on time. For those students living in the Glennwilde subdivision, and those outside of our boundaries, busing is not provided.
Q: DO YOU ALLOW STUDENTS TO BIKE TO SCHOOL?
A: Yes, but only if they live within one mile of campus. We are concerned for the safety of all students and ask all bike riders to be aware of their surroundings. Saddleback Elementary School is not responsible for lost or damaged bikes.
Q: DOES SCHOOL PROVIDE BREAKFAST OR LUNCH?
A: Yes, we provide both breakfast and lunch. Breakfast is free for everyone. Lunch is $2.75 for students. We also have free and reduced-price ($0.40) lunches for those who qualify. You can find the application here. Students may choose to bring their own lunch to school if they wish.
Q: WHAT METHODS CAN MY CHILD USE TO PAY FOR MEALS?
A: We welcome students to pay for meals with cash or check, but we prefer that each student has a prepaid lunch account. You can register for an account and monitor your balance at the LINQ website. To register you will need to know your student's school ID number. If you do not know their school ID number, please come into the front office with your ID to receive that information.
Q: CAN MY CHILD BRING TREATS TO CLASS TO CELEBRATE A BIRTHDAY OR OTHER OCCASION?
A: Our district policy does not allow you to bring food from home for classroom parties and events. All food brought onto campus must come from the cafeteria or be store bought. Please contact your students' teacher at least a week before to arrange a time. Students cannot receive deliveries of flowers, stuffed animals or gifts while on campus.
Q: DOES SADDLEBACK ALLOW VISITORS IN THE CLASSROOMS?
A: Yes. Visitors must call ahead and make an appointment to visit classrooms. We need to make sure that classes aren't interrupted during important times like tests. When you arrive at school, please check in with the front office with your Photo ID to receive your Visitor Badge.
Q: DO YOU REQUIRE UNIFORMS FOR STUDENTS?
A: No, we do not require uniforms, but we do have a district policy regarding a Dress Code. Additional information can be found on our District's Dress Code Page.
Q: MY CHILD NEEDS TO TAKE MEDICATION DAILY. HOW WILL YOU MAKE SURE HE/SHE WILL RECEIVE IT?
A: Please label all prescription medications and keep them in the school health office. A parent must bring the medication to school. A student cannot drop off at the health office as there is paperwork that the parent must sign for the medication. Only our school nurse will give the medicine to a student. Prescription medicines must be prescribed by a doctor and have documentation telling how much and how often the student must take the medicine. Please be sure to contact the health office ahead of time if you want your child to take over-the-counter medicines, too.
Q: WHEN DO REPORT CARDS COME OUT?
A: We have student-led conferences after the end of the 1st and 3rd quarters, during which report cards will be handed out. We send report cards home at the end of the 2nd quarter and on the last day of school for the 4th quarter.
Q: WHERE IS LOST AND FOUND?
A: The lost and found can be found in our MPR/Cafeteria on the back table. Check there first for any missing items. We encourage students to write their name on their possessions.