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Coming Events - Week of May 20, 2019

Please mark your calendars for the following upcoming events:

Monday, May 20 - EARLY RELEASE AT 1:00 P.M.
Kindergarten Celebration; 9:00 a.m. in the Cafeteria
8th Grade Promotion Celebration; 5:00 p.m. at Willow Canyon High School

Tuesday, May 21 -
Last Day of School - Early Release at 11:15 A.M.

Have a Safe and Happy Summer Break! See You on August 6!

Attendance Reminder -
The Attendance Line - 623-523-8453 - is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.   If you know your child will be absent, please remember to call their absence in by 9:00 a.m. on the day of the absence.  Thank you.

Drop Off and Pick Up -
Our gates and doors for students open in the morning at 7:55 am.   Our teachers and staff members do not go on duty until 7:55 am. For your student’s safety, students should not be left unsupervised by you until 7:55 am.  If you have student that is participating in a before school activity, our doors to the front office open at 7:15 am.
When releasing from school it is the expectation that all students are picked up within 15 minutes.   Our school office closes at 3:45 pm. Please make sure to inform the office if an unforeseen circumstance takes place and you are unable to pick up your student at the 3:00 pm release.
The parking lot in the back of the school is for STAFF only,  please refrain from dropping off or picking up in this area.

Traffic Safety Reminder -
On August 7th, 2018 the Surprise City Council adopted a distracted driving ordinance prohibiting the use of a mobile communications device while operating a motor vehicle on a street or highway, unless the device is specifically designed or configured to allow hands-free use and is used in that manner while operating the vehicle. The new law will go into effect on September 6th, 2018.  While the new ordinance specifically names mobile communications devices as a source of distraction while driving, please remember that distractions can come in many forms and all distractions can be deadly. We appreciate your assistance in keeping our students in mind with safe driving practices.
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Summer Information for Parents

The last day of Preschool is Monday, May 20. There is no Preschool on Tuesday, May 21. 

- Just a reminder as the school year comes to a close that our online Parent Portal allows you to view your child’s grades, attendance records, and more! If you haven’t already, you can sign up for the Parent Portal at or download the Campus Parent app on the iTunes, Google Play, or Amazon app stores.  If you have any additional questions, please contact the front office.

- Dysart will be continuing the Summer Feeding Program with free breakfast and lunch for children 18 and under.  Meals will be available Monday - Thursday at El Mirage Elementary School, Dysart Elementary School, and Dysart High School from June 3-27.  Meal times at each location can be found on the school or district website. Breakfast and lunch are free to children ages 18 and under.  Meals for adults over the age of 18 are $1.75 for breakfast and $3.25 for lunch.
Posted : 5/16 | Direct Link
Canyon Ridge Honors Dennis Grau
Dennis Grau
Mr. Dennis Grau, Vietnam War Hero and past commander of VFW Post 10695 in Sun City West, recently completed his eleventh year of presentations to Dysart students across the district. The VFW Veterans in the Classroom Program began in 2008 at Canyon Ridge School. Mr. Grau now shares his experiences, patriotic message and lessons of peace, at sixteen of our schools.

Posted : 5/10 | Direct Link
Surprise Farms Loop North Street Sealing
The City of Surprise is resealing our neighborhood streets. Please check out the map below for possible delays. No work will be done in front of the school on school days, therefore the dates could be off, and other areas on the map would be effected. Please plan for delays. Thank you for your support and patience.

Map showing street areas to be sealed
Posted : 5/7 | Direct Link
Updated Information on May 21 Early Release
Hello Canyon Ridge families -

We would like to update you on a time change for early release on the last day of the school year, May 21.   We will be releasing students at 11:15 a.m. instead of our normal 1:00 p.m. release time.  Lunch will still be served to our students, and a modified lunch schedule for that day is being prepared and will be posted once the times have been finalized.  Preschool will not be held on May 21 (the last day for preschool will be on Monday, May 20)
Posted : 5/2 | Direct Link
Parent Survey
Attention Dysart parents!

We're seeking your input on the 2019 Parent Survey.  We want to know what our district and schools are doing well and how we can improve in the future.  The survey will be open until May 14:  

Posted : 4/23 | Direct Link
Thank a Teacher!
Hello Canyon Ridge families -

The first full week in May is National Teacher Appreciation Week. Thank a teacher or other Dysart staff member in a meaningful way by making a donation to the Dysart Education Foundation in their honor! Your tax deductible donation will enrich the lives of teachers and students within the district in the form of teacher mini-grants and student scholarships administered by the Dysart Education Foundation.

Dysart Education Foundation will personalize a certificate including your name and personal message (optional) for each staff member you select and deliver it to them during National Teacher Appreciation Week. Please complete your request and donation by April 30th to ensure your thank-you is delivered on time!

Complete the online form and make your donation by going to:
Posted : 4/23 | Direct Link
Important Safety Reminders from the Superintendent
Dysart SafeDysart Parents and Guardians,

As we near the end of the school year, I am writing to ask you to partner with us to keep our Dysart students and campuses safe and secure. Historically, as students eagerly anticipate the approach of summer, the number of school threats increases. Dysart is hoping to stem this issue with your help.

As a fellow community member, I ask you to please:

1. Have a discussion with your child(ren) about the importance of immediately sharing information that could be considered threatening to our community with a responsible adult. This could be a parent, teacher or school staff member.
2. Make it clear to your child(ren) that online threats and rumors should not be forwarded or shared, because doing so impedes police investigations.
3. Discuss with your child(ren) the seriousness of making threats toward schools, and remind them that there are a number of charges that can be filed against students – including felony offenses.

If you become aware of an immediate threat, please call 911.  Otherwise, call law enforcement non-emergency lines to report potential threats towards our schools or the community in Surprise (623-222-4000), El Mirage (623-933-1341) or Maricopa County (602-876-1602).

Another option for reporting school safety issues or concerns is through our Safe Schools Hotline (623-876-7009) or online via Dysart Safe Report at Additional information, resources, and school safety tips can be found on our website at

Dysart is proud of our relationships with local law enforcement agencies, and works collaboratively with them to ensure the safety of our students and staff.  We all have a responsibility to be vigilant and should strive to prioritize the well-being of our community. Thank you for partnering with us to ensure our campuses are always a safe place for our students.


Quinn R. Kellis, Ed.D.
Dysart Unified School District
Posted : 4/17 | Direct Link
Canyon Ridge students honor veterans in new publication
Canyon Ridge Veterans projectFor the second year in a row, students at Canyon Ridge School worked in conjunction with members of Arizona Sons of the American Revolution (AZ SAR), and Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 10695 in Sun City West, to promote the remembrance of Veterans in our community.

Seventh and Eighth grade students joined the Veterans Heritage Project (VHP) activity group on campus, formulated questions, wrote articles, and selected photos that told the story of a local American Veteran.  The VHP is an Arizona based organization dedicated to bringing students and Veterans together for the purposes of recording their experiences and expanding their understanding of history. By promoting a better understanding of the sacrifices and accomplishments of those who served, members of the VHP activity group at Canyon Ridge, had the unique opportunity to learn about American history from those who lived through it.

The multiple interviews and article drafts generated by students culminated in final drafts that appeared in the annual VHP publication, Since You Asked. By dedicating their time and skills to the promotion of Veteran’s experiences, the students of Canyon Ridge became published authors and had their work memorialized in print and by the Library of Congress.

Harvey Johnson and David Thompson, of the AZ SAR Saguaro Chapter, and Don Burnett of VFW Post 10695 in Sun City West, offered detailed accounts of their experiences in the Armed Forces and discussed the feelings and reactions related to the impact of combat experiences. In addition to the published articles, the recollections and wisdom of our Veterans, recorded as video interviews, will be immortalized by the national Veterans Oral History Project. “It is important to tell the stories of our Veterans. I want civilians to know what war is really like. We want to make sure that the message is shared for all to see and understand,” said Navy and Coast Guard Veteran Don Burnett.

An undertaking of this magnitude would not have been possible without the generous support of AZ SAR, VFW Post 10695 and the Canyon Ridge PTA. Financial donations, moral support, and all of the valuable input of our Veterans proved instrumental to the success of this patriotic endeavor. The students, teachers and leadership of Canyon Ridge School are looking forward to expanding their VHP efforts in the next academic year to come.
Posted : 4/4 | Direct Link
Sport Camps/Clinics Over Breaks

Basketball camps are available during spring break and Memorial Day weekend! Available to ALL 2nd-8th graders, the link to register can be found here.
Posted : 3/13 | Direct Link
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