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Yearbook distribution procedures
19-20 Yearbook distribution timeline:
  • Grades Preschool - 3rd grade - Yearbooks will be distributed by their classroom teacher. 
  • Grades 4th - 8th  -  Yearbooks will be picked up at the school on Monday, May 18th.

When picking up yearbooks, please remember social distance guidelines.  Stay in your car in the drive thru lane.  Parent/students will give their name to the staff member who will get the yearbook for them.

Thank you for your support.

Posted : 5/14 | Direct Link
May 18th - Student pick up personal items, return chromebooks and yearbook distribution
Dear Surprise Families,

Please read this important information below as it details our end of year timelines and procedures. 

Monday, May 18th from 8am - 5pm will begin our final return of student’s personal items as well as the date that all Chromebooks, textbooks, library books, club uniforms, instruments will be returned. 

We will also have yearbook pick-up on this date!  Yearbooks for grade Preschool - 3rd grade will have their yearbook handed out from their classroom teacher.  Yearbooks for grade 4th- 8th will be picked up at the school on this day.  

Fees will be assessed to student accounts that do not return the Chromebook and/or power cord. Please contact your child’s teacher if you have concerns due to a missing or damaged device.  We thank you for your continued support as we work together during our remote learning!
Posted : 5/14 | Direct Link
Kindergarten Drive Thru Celebration May 20th during designated times
Kindergarten students are invited to attend the first Drive Thru Kindergarten Celebration on Tuesday, May 20th during designated times.  

The Celebration Parade will take place Wednesday, May 20th between 5-7 pm.   Each Kindergarten class has a designated time for their drive thru.  See class times below:
  • Mrs. Leal's class 5:00 - 5:30 PM
  • Mrs. Carr's class 5:30 - 6:00 PM
  • Miss Parker's class 6:00 - 6:30 PM
  • Miss Kilmain's class 6:30 - 7:00 PM

You may arrive anytime during the designated class time to receive your students Kindergarten certificate.  

We still must maintain social distance guidelines so we are providing the instructions below for you to follow as you participate in our ceremony. 

Please read the instructions below carefully.
  • Drive thru the student drop off lane in front of the school.  Please stay in your car.
  • Enter from the Dysart Road entry way with your student seated on the right passenger side of the car so the teachers can see them through the window.
  • You may decorate your cars with signs, etc. if you would like
  • There will be music and decorations to celebrate your student. 
The Kindergarten Teachers and Principals are so excited to get to see you and celebrate with you on this day.
Posted : 5/14 | Direct Link
8th grade Promotion Drive Thru Ceremony May 19th from 6-7 PM
8th Graders: You are cordially invited to the first (and only) 8th Grade Promotion Drive-Thru Ceremony
  • Location: Surprise Elementary School 
  • Date: Tuesday, May 19th
  • Time:  Between 6-7 pm 

Hello, Surprise 8th Graders!

First, we would like to say thank you so much for all the hard work you put into this school year. These last few months have been a challenge, but you persevered and now it’s time to send you off to high school! All of your teachers, past and present, your principals, and your support staff here at Surprise are extremely proud of you. 
Unfortunately, due to our current circumstances, we are not able to have an in-person promotion event. However, we still want to be able to celebrate you and what you have accomplished as we say our goodbyes.  We will do this by holding an 8th Grade Promotion Drive-Thru Ceremony, sharing a video montage, as well as a Flipgrid presentation for you!

The Promotion Parade will take place Tuesday, May 19th, between 6-7 pm. ALL 8th grade families are invited to participate in a Drive-Thru ceremony in our front student drop-off lane. However, we still must maintain social distance guidelines so we are providing the instructions below for you to follow as you participate in our ceremony. 

Please read the instructions below carefully.
  • First, please note that walk-ups will not be permitted. Students and guardians must be in a vehicle in the student drop-off lane in front of the school. 
  • Vehicles should enter the parent pickup line from the Dysart Rd entry point to avoid traffic issues. Cars will enter the pickup lane where teachers and staff will be there to greet you. You will give your name to the teacher or staff person. You will be handed your promotion packet which will include your promotion certificate, a promotion program, as well as any other certificates you may have earned.  
  • When you are given the go-ahead, you may pull forward to have a drive-up photo taken which will be emailed to you. 
We are so excited to get to see you one more time before high school! We will make this a day to remember, we promise. 
Posted : 5/14 | Direct Link
Teacher Appreciation Week May 4 - May 8, 2020
Teacher Appreciation Week is May 4 through May 8, 2020.  

We would like to take a moment to thank all of our teachers and staff for all the hard work they do everyday!   

Please remember to thank a teacher today!  
Posted : 4/30 | Direct Link
Yearbook online sales continue through May 8th, limited quantities, get yours today!
Surprise Elementary School online only sales continue through May 8, 2020.  Yearbook cost is only $25.00.  Limited quantities remain, buy yours today!

To order your yearbook online please click on   
Please follow these steps to order:
  • Choose Shop Online,
  • Enter State - AZ
  • Enter the City would be El Mirage
  • Enter School-Surprise Elementary
If you have any questions, please contact the school at 623.876.7400 and leave a message and someone will call you back.
Posted : 4/30 | Direct Link
Surprise Elementary applying for 21ST CCLC Grant
Surprise Elementary School is applying for the 21st Century Community Learning Center (the 21st CCLC Grant.)
This program provides academic enrichment programs during non school hours for students and supporting core academic areas such as math and reading.
Posted : 4/24 | Direct Link
Friday Shout Out to Surprise Elementary School Volunteers

Surprise Elementary School is honored to have over 35 volunteers this year.  These generous people have donated over 3600 hours of their own time.  We could not do this without their support! 

The top three volunteers include: 
  • Mr. Urias with over 1700 hours, who have been the lead volunteer for over four years now.
  • Shelly Coleman with over 480 hours 
  • Florence Richey with over 400 hours

To round out the top five
  • Juliet Gustavson with over 230 hours
  • Doris Canavan with over 220 hours.

A heartfelt thank you from our staff and students to all our volunteers! 

We look forward to seeing you all soon!

Posted : 4/23 | Direct Link
Volunteer Shout Out to Grandma Florence, Miss Shelly and Ms. Doris
Volunteer Shout Out to:

Today's volunteer shout out is to our Grandparent Volunteers:
  • "Grandma" Florence" - has been at Surprise since 2014 and she works with our Kindergarten students. We love walking down the kindergarten hallway and seeing her smiling face!
  • Miss Doris - has been at Surprise since 2016 and she works with Mr. Carrion's third grade class.  Ms Doris is a truly fantastic artist!  Sometimes she ventures to help out in the Art classes.
  • Miss Shelly -  has been at Surprise since 2018 and she works with  Miss Tatlow's third grade students and supports our reading interventionists.

The students and staff of Surprise Elementary School would like to thank them and let them know we miss them!

They have become a part of Team Surprise!  We truly miss seeing there faces everyday!
Posted : 4/21 | Direct Link
Share your good news and celebrations!
Good News and CelebrationsThe Dysart Unified School District would like to celebrate students, staff and community members who are contributing to the greater good during this unprecedented time. Do you have a teacher or staff member who is going above and beyond in assisting a student in remote learning?  Is your student/club working on a community service project or spreading cheer through a positive action? Did a community group or organization donate time or goods to your school? We want to hear from you. Please fill out the form below with the information and share a photo of the kind act so we can share these #DysartExtraordinary actions with our community.

Good News and Celebrations Form
Posted : 4/14 | Direct Link
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