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Coming Events - Week of October 14, 2019
Please mark your calendars for the following upcoming events:

Please remember Every Monday is early release.  We release 1 p.m.


Week of October 14 - 18 - 
No School- Fall Break; School Offices Will Be Closed


Other Upcoming Events Include:

Week of October 21 -
Spirit Week
  • Monday - P.J. Day (wear your favorite pajamas, slippers not allowed)
  • Tuesday - Disney Day (dress as your character)
  • Wednesday -  Nerds vs. Jocks ( wear your favorite sports jersey or video game t-shirt ) 
  • Thursday - Twin Day (try to match with a friend) 
  • Friday -  Meme or Canyon Spirit Day ( wear a Canyon t-shirt or dress as your favorite meme) 

Monday, October 21 -
Girls Volleyball Parent Meeting - 7:00 p.m. in the Cafeteria

Tuesday, October 22 -
Picture Retake Day
Kona Ice Sales after School
Canyon Ridge PTA General Membership Meeting and CRS University - Aaron Killeen will present on Technology and Internet Safety; 5:30 p.m. in the Media Center

Wednesday, October 23 -
Honors Assemblies
  • 4th Grade at 8:30 a.m.
  • 5th Grade at 9:00 a.m.
  • 6th Grade at 9:30 a.m.

Thursday, October 24 -
PTA Student Store after school
Student Council 3rd thru 5th Grade Dance; "Together We Can Rule the Galaxy" 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. in the Cafeteria; Please come in your Star Wars best if you'd like!
Dysart 19/20 Career and College Expo - 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at District Office

Friday, October 25 -
Honors Assemblies
  • 7th Grade at 8:30 a.m.
  • 8th Grade at 9:00 a.m.

Saturday, October 26 -
Cross Country All District Meet; 8:00 a.m. at Shadow Ridge High School
Choir Retreat with Mrs. Mutai - 9:00 - 12:00 p.m. in the gym

Monday, October 28 -
Canyon Ridge Boys Soccer and Girls Volleyball v Ashton Ranch at Cimarron Springs Elementary; 4:30 p.m. - HOME GAME

Tuesday, October 29 - 
Boys Baseball, Girls Softball and Cross Country Awards Ceremony; 8:30 a.m. in the Cafeteria
Kona Ice Sales after School

Wednesday, October 30 -
Canyon Ridge Boys Soccer and Girls Volleyball v Ashton Ranch at Cimarron Springs Elementary; 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 31 -
PTA Student Store after school


PTA Events -
Follow the PTA on Facebook for information about our events!

The PTA will host a student store after school every Thursday with snacks, cold water, and spirit wear! Come say hello!

Don’t forget to clip box tops AND download the app to scan receipts! Those add up for our school!

Our Donation Drive raised over $13,000 - WOW!  We did fall a little short of our goal, but we are so grateful for every 
single donation.

For the purpose of rewarding the kids for their participation, a deadline was necessary, but we will always GLADLY accept
donations, and when we hit that $25k goal, we’ll still have a popsicle party and Ms. Hoppe will be SLIMED!  Donations are
tax-deductible and by donating directly to us, 100% of your donations stay at Canyon Ridge!

You can find digital links on our Facebook page, or drop off a check in the front office or at our next PTA meeting!

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.  Please always call the Attendance Line to advise us of an absence, even if you have communicated the absence with your child's teacher.  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 a 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 -
The speed limit in the school zone is 15 mph.   For the safety of our students, parents and staff, we ask that you please adhere to this speed limit at all times.  
Posted : 10/11 | Direct Link
Lost and Found
Hello Canyon families -

This week while you are on campus for parent teacher conferences, please be sure to check out our Lost and Found!   We already have tons of unclaimed items and we are only through the first quarter of the school year.   The bin will be in front of the school offices during our regular business and parent/teacher conference hours this week.  
Posted : 10/8 | Direct Link
Free and Reduced Lunch Program
Hello Canyon Ridge families -


The grace period for free and reduced meal eligibility for the prior school year has passed. If you have not yet turned in an application for the current school year, we encourage parents to apply online at www.schoolcafe.com or complete a paper application, available in your school's front office.   If you have already completed an application and received approval for the 2019-2020 school year please disregard this message. 

We encourage all parents to use schoolcafe.com to track your student's purchases, set low balance reminders, make deposits to cafeteria accounts, or place restrictions on cafeteria accounts. This service is free of charge. The free app may be downloaded in the App Store or Google Play Store. Please refer to the Dysart Nutrition Services webpage for more information. 
Posted : 10/7 | Direct Link
Girls Volleyball Tryouts
Hello Canyon Ridge 6-8th grade families - 

Revised dates and times for volleyball tryouts are:

Thursday and Friday, October 10 and 11 from 2:15 - 4:30 p.m. in the Gym.   
Posted : 10/2 | Direct Link
Canyon Ridge Students Celebrate U.S. Constitution Day
Canyon Ridge celebrates US Constitution DayIn honor of the United States Constitution Day, the middle level learners at Canyon Ridge School, offered a special program for students, staff, parents and members of the community at large.

Seventh grade Social Studies classes performed in costume as Founding Fathers and Mothers and offered many details regarding their colonial life and the importance of America’s seminal documents.  In the weeks leading to the event, learners chose their favorite colonial figure to portray from a list of prominent American Founders. From George Washington, to Betsy Ross and Crispus Attucks, over fifteen founding fathers and mothers were represented in this project.

Students gathered biographical information from primary documents, secondary internet sources, and a variety of books.  Their goal was to discuss the pertinent contributions of their Founder during the American Revolution and the formulation of the United States Constitution. To further personalize their learning experience, children constructed props and made costumes that reflected an understanding of eighteenth century culture. Youngsters from other grade levels contributed by attending the event and asking the Founders meaningful questions. Primary level students generated notes and discussed ideas regarding our nation’s most important documents.Topics included the intellectual progression from the Mayflower Compact, the Declaration of Independence, and the wisdom of the United States. Constitution.

This year, our expanded program, which also included technology based chromebook stations about STEM techniques in early American life, was supported by the eighth grade team at Canyon Ridge. These students formed a small group of Founders who guided classes amongst multiple learning stations in the media center and helped  young Founders during presentations. The fifth grade team also played a prominent role with every learner producing a colorful poster about the deeds and accomplishments of a Founder or Revolutionary War hero. Their work will soon be entered in the upcoming Arizona SAR Americanism Elementary School Poster Contest. 

Parents, teachers, community members and local patriotic organizations played a vital   role in our learning experience. Community sponsors, in cooperation with the Canyon Ridge PTA, provided the financial resources to obtain a national traveling exhibit produced by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. “Freedom: A History of US” consisted of twelve colorful panels that outlined the quest for liberty; from the colonial era and into the modern world. The exhibit covered over thirty-five feet of space and illustrated critical historical figures and events. Among the highlights were: a rare 1776 printing of the Declaration of Independence, a printed draft and the official copy of the US Constitution, Abraham Lincoln’s handwritten notes for speeches, and letters by leading figures such as Frederick Douglass, Susan B. Anthony, and Martin Luther King Jr. Descriptions of the meaning of freedom to the common man were also represented in the personal letters of Civil War soldiers and the recollections of American philosophers and Civil Rights activists. The exhibit served the important role of building a bridge of understanding that links between the work of the Founders and the ongoing quest to promote their written ideals in the modern world.

Our partners in the Arizona Sons of the American Revolution, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10695, the Arizona Daughters of  the American Revolution, the American Association of University Women and the Veterans Heritage Project, served as the presenters of various panels in the exhibit. Mr. and Mrs, Dennis Grau, of VFW Post 10695 in Sun City West,  presented the awards for best costume and performance, by a Founding Father and Mother. The multitude of questions, and the discourse between children and adults, offered a unique opportunity to share cross-generational experiences and perspectives. It also made selecting the winners a definite challenge.

Community members, district leadership and a number of elected officials, were in attendance. Among these special guests were: Arizona House of Representatives Member Frank P. Carroll, of District 22, and the Honorable Mayor of the City of Surprise Skip Hall and Vice Mayor Roland Winters. Their interactions with our performers yielded many thought provoking questions and stories about the Constitution and the history of the State of Arizona.

These endeavors were enhanced by a display of books and letters, with actual signatures of the Founders, offered by Charles Parkhurst Rare Books, Incorporated. Prior to departing the event, all students had the chance to participate in the mission of Blue Star Moms of the Southwest Valley. Students signed a large homemade American flag and wrote sentiments in holiday cards for our troops overseas. American forces will receive these items in care packages in December. Tables and displays from the Veterans Heritage Project, of which Canyon Ridge School is an affiliated chapter, provided information about how students can honor Veterans via interviews, and published accounts of their service, in the annual VHP book, Since You Asked.

In all, the seventh grade team greeted and conversed with over seven hundred learners while in character as the Founders. A similar number of young students participated in our STEM learning stations and covered with the presenters at the Freedom exhibit. Additionally, Canyon Ridge middle level learners participated in a special patriotic project and performed as their Founder for more than one hundred and forty guests at the Arizona DAR-SAR Constitution Day Luncheon, on Saturday, September 21, 2019. After dessert with the membership, students received certificates of achievement from the Arizona Daughters of the American Revolution and posed for photos with family and friends. During this patriotic celebration, Mr. Christopher Raso, seventh grade social studies teacher at Canyon Ridge School, was formally presented the NSSAR National American History Teacher Award for 2019.

By promoting a spirit of patriotism and creativity, the students of Canyon Ridge School, in conjunction with our valued community partners, brought United States Constitution Day to life while evaluating the importance of those who have served and sacrificed throughout our history in pursuit of the American ideal.

Photo Gallery

 
Posted : 9/24 | Direct Link
Dysart Dash is Coming!
Hello Canyon Ridge families -

The Dysart Dash is coming on November 2, 2019.  Please refer to the information on the Dysart Dash Flyer [PDF] for this wonderful Salute to Veterans Celebration!
Posted : 9/16 | Direct Link
Coming Events - Week of October 7, 2019

Please mark your calendars for the following upcoming events:

Please remember Every Monday is early release.  We release 1 p.m.


Saturday, October 5 -
Cross Country Meet at Ashton Ranch Elementary; 8:00 a.m.
Dysart Choir Festival at Valley Vista High School; Performances as follows:
  • Cougar Choir (Grades 3 - 5) 11:00 a.m.
  • Canyon Singers (Grades 6 - 8) 4:00 p.m.
Boys and Girls Basketball Skills Training - All 6th thru 8th Grade boys and girls are invited to attend; 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. in the Gym

Week of October 7 - 11 -
PTA Scholastic Book Fair - 
  • Monday - 7:15 - 8:15 a.m. and 1:30 - 5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday - 7:15 - 8:15 a.m.
  • Wednesday - 7:15 - 8:15 a.m. - featuring "Goodies with Grownups"
  • Thursday - 7:15 - 8:15 a.m. and 1:30 - 6:00 p.m.
  • Friday - 7:15 - 8:15 a.m.

Weeks of October 7 - 11 and 21 - 25
Boo Gram Sales -
  • 7:55 a.m. - 8:10 a.m.
  • 3:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
All Boo Grams will be $.50 each and will be delivered on October 31st

Monday, October 7 -
Canyon Ridge v Cimarron Springs Baseball Playoffs - Semifinals; 5:00 p.m., Valley Vista High School 
Canyon Ridge v Western Peaks Softball Playoffs - Semifinals; 5:00 p.m., Valley Vista High School

Tuesday, October 8 -
Kona Ice Sales after School
Boys Soccer Tryouts on the Back Fields - All boys in Grades 6 - 8 are welcome to try out;  Please bring signed Permission Slip on the first day of tryouts

Wednesday, October 9 -
Baseball and Softball Championship Games; 6:30 p.m. at Valley Vista High School
Dysart Governing Board Meeting; 6:00 p.m. at District Office
Boys Soccer Tryouts on the Back Fields - All boys in Grades 6 - 8 are welcome to try out;  Please bring signed Permission Slip on the first day of tryouts

Thursday, October 10 -
Parent Teacher Conferences - Early Release at 1:00 p.m.
PTA Student Store after school
Girls Volleyball Tryouts in the Gym - 2:15 - 4:30 p.m. - All girls in grades 6 - 8 are welcome to try out for the team
Boys Soccer Parent Meeting at 5:00 p.m. on Back Fields

Friday, October 11 -
Parent Teacher Conferences - Early Release at 1:00 p.m.
Girls Volleyball Tryouts in the Gym - 2:15 - 4:30 p.m. - All girls in grades 6 - 8 are welcome to try out for the team


Other Upcoming Events Include:

Week of October 14 - 18 - 
NO SCHOOL - FALL BREAK


Week of October 21 -
Spirit Week
  • Monday - P.J. Day (wear your favorite pajamas, slippers not allowed)
  • Tuesday - Disney Day (dress as your character)
  • Wednesday -  Nerds vs. Jocks ( wear your favorite sports jersey or video game t-shirt ) 
  • Thursday - Twin Day (try to match with a friend) 
  • Friday -  Meme or Canyon Spirit Day ( wear a Canyon t-shirt or dress as your favorite meme) 

Monday, October 21 -
Girls Volleyball Parent Meeting - 7:00 p.m. in the Cafeteria

Tuesday, October 22 -
PICTURE RETAKE DAY

Kona Ice Sales after School
Canyon Ridge PTA General Membership Meeting and CRS University - Aaron Killeen will present on Technology and Internet Safety; 5:30 p.m. in the Media Center

Wednesday, October 23 -
Honors Assemblies
  • 4th Grade at 8:30 a.m.
  • 5th Grade at 9:00 a.m.
  • 6th Grade at 9:30 a.m.

Thursday, October 24 -
PTA Student Store after school
Student Council 3rd thru 5th Grade Dance; "Together We Can Rule the Galaxy" 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. in the Cafeteria; Please come in your Star Wars best if you'd like!
Dysart 19/20 Career and College Expo - 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at District Office

Friday, October 25 -
Honors Assemblies
  • 7th Grade at 8:30 a.m.
  • 8th Grade at 9:00 a.m.

Saturday, October 26 -
Cross Country All District Meet; 8:00 a.m. at Shadow Ridge High School
Choir Retreat with Mrs. Mutai - 9:00 - 12:00 p.m. in the gym

Monday, October 28 -
Canyon Ridge Boys Soccer and Girls Volleyball v Ashton Ranch at Cimarron Springs Elementary; 4:30 p.m. - HOME GAME

Tuesday, October 29 - 
Boys Baseball, Girls Softball and Cross Country Awards Ceremony; 8:30 a.m. in the Cafeteria
Kona Ice Sales after School

Wednesday, October 30 -
Canyon Ridge Boys Soccer and Girls Volleyball v Ashton Ranch at Cimarron Springs Elementary; 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 31 -
PTA Student Store after school


PTA Events -
Follow the PTA on Facebook for information about our events!

The PTA will host a student store after school every Thursday with snacks, cold water, and spirit wear! Come say hello!

Don’t forget to clip box tops AND download the app to scan receipts! Those add up for our school!

Our Donation Drive raised over $13,000 - WOW!  We did fall a little short of our goal, but we are so grateful for every 
single donation.

For the purpose of rewarding the kids for their participation, a deadline was necessary, but we will always GLADLY accept
donations, and when we hit that $25k goal, we’ll still have a popsicle party and Ms. Hoppe will be SLIMED!  Donations are
tax-deductible and by donating directly to us, 100% of your donations stay at Canyon Ridge!

You can find digital links on our Facebook page, or drop off a check in the front office or at our next PTA meeting!

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 a 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 -
The speed limit in the school zone is 15 mph.   For the safety of our students, parents and staff, we ask that you please adhere to this speed limit at all times.  
Posted : 9/13 | Direct Link
Yearbooks on Sale Now!
Canyon Ridge Yearbooks for the 2019-2020 School Year are Now on Sale!

Preorders now through January 1st - $25.00 for softcover and $35.00 for hardcover
After January 1st through March 1st, prices increase to $30.00 for softcover and $40.00 for hardcover.

8th Grade Families may also purchase their dedications on line through March 1, 2020.

To order, please   Browse the Bookstore                                                          

All yearbooks must be purchased on line.  There will be no yearbook sales on campus.


 
Posted : 9/12 | Direct Link
9/11 Remembrance Assembly 2019
For the tenth consecutive year, Andy Simoneschi, a first responder and survivor of the Twin Towers attacks in 2001, joined learners at Canyon Ridge School for a remembrance assembly on September 11, 2019. Students in grades fifth through eighth had the opportunity to hear Andy recount his experiences as an Emergency Medical Technician and ambulance driver at the World Trade Center site. Students also posed many thought provoking questions that they had prepared for this special event. 

“The best way to honor those lost on that day is to remember them,” Andy reflects. “The firefighters, police officers and port authority officials who died that day. They are the real heroes of the 9-11 attacks. I lost close friends; people that I was responsible for. Keeping their memory alive, and helping kids to realize the importance of living well, are the reasons I am here.”

The program was open to the public and attended by parents, community members, teachers and school administration. Dr. Quinn Kellis, Superintendent  and Ms. Christine Pritchard, Governing Board President represented district leadership. Representatives from Arizona Sons of the American Revolution (SAR), Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), and Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) were also on hand to support our social studies programs and guest speaker.

“Students should always remember that on 9-11 we lost the twin towers but we did not lose our freedom,” stated Dennis Grau, VFW member and Vietnam War Hero. “The work and sacrifice of people like Nurse Andy is proof of that fact.”

Besides conveying his memories of that day eighteen years ago, Andy Simoneschi offered an inspiring message to our students regarding the value of family, education, and appreciation for our country. “Look around each day and say thank you to those in your family who love and take care of you. Do great things in life and understand what a gift it is to have that opportunity.”

The assembly culminated with a gift for Andy from the seventh grade team. A firefighter figurine, purchased with student donations, and many class generated thank you cards were provided by our learners. “We appreciate you, Andy and see you as a brave and important member of our team,” stated seventh grade learner Kelly Romero.

A special award, in the form of a framed certificate and medal, was presented by Mike Fish, Arizona SAR Saguaro Chapter President. “This SAR award for heroism is presented to EMT Andy Simoneschi for his work on 9-11 and all his efforts to keep alive the memory of those we lost that day. His important and patriotic work with students demonstrates actions that are in the best tradition of the Founders of our nation.”

Photo Gallery
Posted : 9/11 | Direct Link
Fall Picture Ordering Information
Fall Pictures were taken on September 18, 2019 by Grads Photography.

For your convenience, you may order your pictures by using the Fall Picture Order Form.

If you have any questions, please call Grads Photography at 623.580.4723.
Posted : 9/9 | Direct Link
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