Rancho Santa Fe Elementary Bronco Bulletin-April 3

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News for the Week of April 3 , 2017

Important Information

March 31st - Character Assembly Hosted by 1st grade

Life Skills Focus of the Month

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

Spring Gifted Testing

Our district gifted testing takes place three times throughout the school year. Spring testing at RSF will occur May 2-4, 2017. Requests for students to participate in this testing are due by Friday, April 14. Please notify your child's teacher before April 14 if you are interested in having your child tested. A signed permission slip is required by our district before any child can be tested. Permission slips for students participating in spring gifted testing will be sent home on or before April 18, and are due April 21.


It is our belief at Rancho Santa Fe that by working together, teachers and parents can provide the best education possible for our children. We would like parents to have the opportunity for input in their child’s learning environment. Requests for a specific learning environment will be given as much consideration as possible when we create class groups for next school year. Classes will be balanced according to 1) academics, 2) special needs, 3) behavior, and 4) gender ratio. Therefore, we cannot guarantee a request for a specific learning environment. We will not accept specific teacher requests. Forms are available in the school office and only the school website and must be submitted to the office by Friday, April 15, 2017 for consideration. Requests submitted after April 15 will not be accepted.

Events This Week:


  • 7 Kinder Donuts with Dads, Early Release - Students released at 12:25

Upcoming Events


  • 10 AzMERIT Testing begins - See schedule below
  • 10 Volunteer Appreciation Tea
  • 11 Governing Board meeting
  • 17 PTSA Chipolte Dine-Out
  • 21 Coffee with the Principal, Early Release - Students released at 12:25
  • 27 Mid-Terms go home, RSF Performing and Fine Arts Ice Cream Social

Donate your tax credit to RSF and take your credit for your 2016 state taxes. Deadline is April 17th. 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

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

Kindergarten Readiness Parent Class

“Strategies and materials to support you in preparing your child for kindergarten.”

Please choose from one of the following sessions:

Tuesday, March 28th from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm - Dreaming Summit Elementary School Media Center. 13335 W. Missouri Ave., Litchfield Park 85340


Tuesday, April 4th from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm - Scott L. Libby Elementary School Media Center. 18701 W. Thomas Road, Litchfield Park, 85340

Class sponsored by the Litchfield Elementary School District and materials are provided by the Valley of the Sun United Way.

Each family will receive a backpack with the following materials:

● School Readiness Instructional Guide ● Three Picture Books ● Sing and Learn CD ● Materials pouch including scissors and crayons ● My First Journal ● Area Resource Guide

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.

Care1st Avondale Resource Center

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