A Knightly Newsletter February 2021


Aside from some chilly mornings, it’s apparent that spring is rapidly approaching. We are gearing up for State testing in April and know our Knights will shine, as always. Our students performed beautifully in the MPS Voices writing contest. See the list below and congratulate all of our outstanding writers! Congratulations to Carena Todd for representing Mesa Academy so well and placing 3rd in the Regional Spelling Bee. As we head into the 4th quarter of this unique school year remember your IB Learner Profile traits. Study hard, keep up with your school work, maintain BALANCE in your life and on a daily basis demonstrate that you are CARING. Knights: finish strong! Ms. Wilfert and Ms. Williams

Please remember to be safe and follow our health and safety protocols. Wear your masks, maintain appropriate social distance, disinfect and wash your hands often, don't share supplies, and keep your hands to your self. If you are not feeling well, let an adult know immediately. Parents please remember that you are expected to perform an assessment of your child's health before they leave home, including temperature and other known COVID-19 symptoms. Please send your child to school with a filled water bottle and a clean mask. Masks are available if needed on the bus and at school. Let's all do our part to stay healthy and safe.

Thank you MAAS families! Our Donation Drive for sanitation supplies was a success!


Students completed surveys regarding Spirit Day themes at the end of February. Stay tuned for the results. Don't forget to watch announcements for other important information.


Help us spread the word about our great school! We are currently taking applications for the 2021-22 school year. This year our orrientation had to go VIRTUAL! Yes a virtual orientation. Take a few minutes to enjoy our student designed, led, and edited VIRTUAL TOUR. Then, show off by sharing it with your family, friends, neighbors, etc. The application can be found on our school website. So, who will you encourage to be a Knight?


Voices is our district's district's annual writing contest. First place winners and honorable mentions receive a certificate, and first place winners also receive an anthology. Please join us in congratulating the many MAAS Knights that excelled in their writing in Voices 2021. Under the narrative category: 4th Grade First Place Brayden Dumais for The Cinders, 5th Grade Honorable Mention Aiden Dawson for In the Zone, 6th Grade First Place Kendall Von Burg The Wolf Fight, 7th Grade First Place Cosette Sampson Rafting the Grand Canyon A 226-Mile Journey, 7th Grade Honorable Mention Stella Court Best Bagel Best Bagel, 7th Grade Honorable Mention Claire McNamee The Last Daffodil, 8th Grade First Place Carena Todd The Hunt, 8th Grade Honorable Mention Chance Moore Hairy Tale, 8th Grade Honorable Mention Evan Reeves Sweetened Lactose Shenanigans
Under the poetry category: 4th Grade Honorable Mention Emma Hirsch Sadness, 4th Grade Honorable Mention Kiley Vlahoulis Dancing, 5th Grade First Place Lowell Baudouin The Four Seasons, 6th Grade First Place Paul Trendler When The Moon Touched Down, 6th Grade Honorable Mention Adriana Cardall A Dream of Music, 7th Grade First Place Kieralyn Kennington Recipe for Happiness, 7th Grade Honorable Mention Olive Van Slyke The Flow of the Wave, 8th Grade First Place Anaiz Daniels Proud To Be Me, Staff First Place Angela Shults Uncultivated, but Carefree
Under the essay category: 5th Grade First Place Isabella Padilla Ways We Can Continue Daily Life During the Pandemic, 5th Grade Honorable Mention Carson Blackham Mountain Bluebird, 6th Grade First Place Kendall Von Burg Ranked Choice Voting, 6th Grade Honorable Mention Adam Canty Eliminating the Electoral College, 7th Grade First Place Abbie DeWeese The Reality of Healthcare, 7th Grade Honorable Mention Desiree Angulo Indigenous Resilience, 7th Grade Honorable Mention Cora Hanna The Disability Rights Movement, 8th Grade First Place Mikelreza Streeks Women's Suffrage in America, 8th Grade Honorable Mention Sadie Christie Fear Factors.
Congratulations Carena Todd! Carena took first place in our district spelling bee and represented MPS at the Maricopa County Region One Spelling Bee where she placed 3rd in the region. If you see Carena, make sure to congratulate her on her amazing job. We are very proud of her.
Congratulations to Claire McNamee, Lily Krzeminski, Lora Stewart, and Ava Rush! They won the Champion's Award at the Mesa Robotics Tournament. The Champion's Award "celebrates the team that embodies the FLL experience, by fully embracing the Core Values while achieving excellence and innovation in Robot Performance, Robot Design, and the Innovation Project." The team did an amazing job building and programming a high-scoring robot. They also prepared and presented an innovation project. On March 20, the team will advance to the Arizona State Championship. Way to go KNIGHTS!
Our very own English Teacher, Angela Shults, received the Arizona's Family Silver Apple Award. The award includes a $1,000 prize. Visit Arizona's Family Silver Apple Award to watch a short clip of this great recognition.
It's tax season! Are you looking for a way to possibly lower your tax bill? Have you heard of an E.C.A. Tax Credit? Arizona law provides a tax credit for contributions to public schools to support extracurricular activities or character education. You can help Mesa Academy students and possibly lower your tax bill by making a donation. The state tax credit is available to ALL qualifying individual Arizona state taxpayers. You do not need to have a child enrolled at Mesa Academy to take advantage of this state tax credit. It is always best to consult a tax adviser to see if you qualify for the dollar-for-dollar credit. A tax credit is different from a deduction, because you may subtract the whole contribution from your Arizona state tax bill. An individual may contribute as much as $200, and a couple filing jointly may contribute as much as $400 to a public school and receive the money back in the form of a tax credit. Please note: To be eligible for a state tax credit for 2020, your contribution must be received or postmarked by April 15, 2021. ECA donations are not refundable. Fill out an ECA form/card. Where the form/card asks for the school name, write Mesa Academy. Under Activity, choose one of the ECA accounts. You can either get a blue card from Mesa Academy and fill it out or click on this link to download/print one: http://www.mpsaz.org/community/eca/eca_card Make it online. Once signed in, click on "Items At All Schools", Click on Elementary Schools, Choose Mesa Academy for Advanced Studies, click on ECA Tax Credit, continue clicking on the appropriate categories. The website is: https://az-mesa.intouchreceipting.com/ So, what are you waiting for? Go and tell a firend!
Enjoy your Spring Break and see you on March 8th!- MAAS Newsletter Team, Sebastian Arrellano, Rita Lopez Rosas, Evan Reeves, Arianne Rencher, and Joey Sandoval.


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