Rancho Santa Fe Elementary Bronco Bulletin-April 17

Broncos “ROCK IT!”: Would you like to honor a staff member who has gone above and beyond? Say "thank you" by clicking on the button below to submit a “Rock It” to show your appreciation. The link can also be found on the RSF website.

News for the Week of April 17 , 2017

Important Information

AzMERIT Testing - Save the Dates

Students in grades 3-5 will take the AzMERIT state assessment April 10th through April 28th. This is a test of students’ progress in learning Arizona’s Academic Standards for reading, writing, and math. Below are the testing dates for 3rd – 5th grade:

3rd grade:

  • Writing: Tues. 4/12
  • Reading/Math part I - Mon. 4/24
  • Reading/Math Part II -Tues. 4/25

4th grade:

  • Writing: Wed. 4/11 AIMS
  • Science: Thurs. 4/12
  • Reading/Math part I - Wed. 4/19
  • Reading/Math Part II - Thurs. 4/20

5th grade:

  • Writing: Thurs. 4/10
  • Reading/Math part I - Mon. 4/17
  • Reading/Math Part II - Tues. 4/18

Please join us for the RSF Celebration of the Arts and Ice Cream Social on Thursday, April 27th 4:30pm – 7:30pm. Each grade level will be performing in the gymnasium and we would love for you to be there. After the 10-minute performance, please join us in the courtyard to view student artwork and enjoy ice cream. Below are the performance times.

  • Kindergarten-Report time-4:45 Performance time-5:00
  • 1st Grade-Report time-5:00 Performance time-5:15
  • 2nd Grade-Report time-5:15 Performance time-5:30
  • 3rd Grade-Report time-5:30 Performance time-5:45
  • 4th Grade-Report time-5:45 Performance time-6:00
  • 5th Grade-Report time-6:00 Performance time-6:15
  • Discovery and Challenger Chorus-Report time-615 Performance time-6:30
  • Sounds Academy-Report time-6:45 Performance time-7:00

Events This Week:


  • 17 PTSA Chipolte Dine-Out
  • 21 Coffee with the Principal, Early Release - Students released at 12:25

Upcoming Events


  • 27 Mid-Terms go home, RSF Performing and Fine Arts Ice Cream Social


  • 1-5 Teacher appreciation week
  • 2-4 Spring gifted testing
  • 3 PTSA Gen mtg
  • 4 5th grade WCMS Tour
  • 5 Character Assembly hosted by kindergarten, Early release
  • 8-12 PTSA Book Fair
  • 9 Site Council, Gov. Brd Mtg
  • 11 STEM Night
  • 19 PTSA Panda Express Dine-Out
  • 25 5th grade celebration
  • 26 Last day of school

Teacher Appreciation Week is May 1-5 - Send your teacher a thank you note to show your appreciation. You can send a "Rock It" or a Thank a Teacher Form at the RSF website.

LESD Community Education Summer Program

  • Location: Corte Sierra Elementary School (3300 Santa Fe Trail, Avondale 85323)
  • Dates/Time: Monday, June 5th through Friday, July 21st, 2017 (closed on July 4th) 6:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • $160.00 a week (pay per week)
  • Online registration begins April 17th at: http://www.lesd.k12.az.us/departments.cfm?subpage=1279824
  • Includes: Sports, Field Trips, Art, Games, Movies, Cooking and Lot's more fun!
  • Breakfast and Lunch are provided through our summer feeding program. Please provide a packed lunch on Tuesday and Thursday for field trips. An afternoon snack is provided as well.

Donate your tax credit to RSF and take your credit for your 2017 state taxes. Every Little Bit Helps!

We are so very thankful to the families that contributed to RSF last year! This year, our goal is to have 100 families participate! Every amount helps and this year, our campaign is aimed at collecting tax credits in any amount from $5.00-$400.00

Donating to the tax credit program is an outstanding way to make the most of the monies you would pay into the state anyway, as your contribution is included when calculating the final amount due or final refund on your AZ tax return. More importantly, these contributions place dollars directly into our school to benefit our kids!

These contributions, which represent less than 2% of the operating budget, are VITAL to many school activities as they support programs like our SOUNDS Academy Strings program, Character Education and field trips. Married couples filing jointly can donate up to $400 and singles filing can donate up to $200. It’s important to remember ANY contribution is helpful! A donation of $20 can make a huge difference and add up to more fabulous opportunities for our Rancho Santa Fe Broncos.

Not sure which category to donate to? The undesignated category allows us to use the funds for any of the approved categories/programs.

It's All Our Job to Keep Our Students, Parents and Staff Safe

Parents, guardians and students, at RSF one of our top priorities is keeping all of our students and their parents/guardians safe as they arrive to school and as they return home. We need everyone’s help in this effort! Please take a moment to review the safety rules listed below with your child:

  • Students should ONLY be dropped-off and picked-up at the curbside area.
  • Students should NEVER be dropped-off or picked up in the parking lot or in front of the school.
  • Parents and students should follow all directions from RSF staff
  • Each day at 2:25 p.m. students will be escorted curbside by grade level to waiting cars by the preschool playground.
  • Our hope is to have a very quick and safe process for dismissal
  • As cars are loaded please pull forward as far as possible so we can keep the flow of cars moving.
  • Pets are not allowed on campus. If you are bringing a pet, please meet your child on the opposite side of the street from the school. We do not recommend leaving pets in vehicles.

PTSA Information and Events

PTSA Dine-Out 4/17 - 4:00-8:00 at Chipolte

May 3rd - PTSA General Meeting - 6:00 PM

The Litchfield Elementary School District neither endorses nor sponsors the organization or activity represented in this document. The distribution of this material is provided as a community service.

The Electronic Backpack provides you with a list of many activities and classes available for your child. From chess clubs to flag football, there are many opportunities to choose from.

Community Education Night-Protect Your Child's Innocence in a Digital World!

  • Date: 05/03/2017 (Wed.)
  • Time: 6:00pm - 7:30pm PDT
  • Location: 4095 N 144th Ave, Goodyear, AZ 85395
  • LINK to RSVP: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c094faead2caafa7-protect

Digital Safety with Chris Panneton-Protecting Their Innocence in a Digital World

Western Sky Middle School is pleased to welcome back Mr. Chris Panneton as he shares valuable information to help us keep our children digitally safe. Please join us as we learn how specific apps can hide information, perpetrators can easily access personal information to exploit children, and inappropriate use of technology can result in criminal charges. This course will cover sensitive topics that include graphic information.

This workshop is FREE and open to the public. It is perfect for anyone who works with or cares for children. Parents, grandparents, and guardians are all encouraged to join. All participants will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the course. Educators will receive 1.5 hours of professional development.

  • Parents are encouraged to bring children.
  • Childcare is provided for children potty trained and older.
  • **6th to 8th grade students are welcome and encouraged to join his or her family in listening to the presentation.
  • Snacks and water provided.

Being the parent of a young child is an important job, but it isn’t an easy one. To help parents meet the challenge, the First Things First Parent Kit is now available online at www.FirstThingsFirst.org/Parent-Kit

No Cost Health Screening - 4/21/17

Medical Care For Children

Visit the pediatric primary care clinic located at PH Gonzales Elementary School (in the Welcome Center) where they provide free medical care for uninsured/ underinsured children. Our services include sick care, well exams/sports and camp physicals, and immunizations. I have attached our clinic information. Please feel free to share this information with any interested families or staff. Interested families can schedule appointments by calling 480-412-6344.

Foster, Kinship and Adoption Resources

  • AZ Donations for Foster/Kinship Families provides free high quality donations of clothing, toys, bottles, formula, strollers, books, shoes and more. Families just join the Facebook Page and schedule a delivery: West Valley Donations for Foster Families (Feel free to share with our GROUP Homes)
  • Foster Care, Kinship and Adoption Support Groups available at no cost at Desert Springs Community Church, 14440 W. Indian School Rd. Contact Lori Britt at LBritt@cox.net for further details. (religious affiliation not required)
Care1st Avondale Resource Center

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