Kyrene schools set Meet the Teacher dates

Kyrene schools (kindergarten to eighth grade) will begin the 2010/11 school year on Monday, Aug. 9.

Middle schools have scheduled Meet the Teacher night from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 4, and elementary schools will host Meet the Teacher night from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug 5.

All parents and children are encouraged to attend as this will be a time for the students to receive their teacher assignments, see their classrooms and meet their teachers.

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Tax credit donations

A donation of $400 per couple or $200 per single parent may be made to schools. Visit or call your specific school for details.

M&I Bank hosting school supply drive

Across Arizona, schools are facing record budget cuts. Even in the best financial years, it is estimated that a teacher will spend between $400 and $700 of their own money on supplies for their classroom. This includes writing and creative tools, motivational materials, audio/visual aids and books, among other things.

M&I Bank Arizona is helping support these valuable community members by hosting a school supply drive during the month of July. Each branch has partnered with a neighborhood school to help teachers provide the most enriching educational experience possible. The M&I branch, 4835 E. Warner Road, has partnered with Ahwatukee Foothills Prep, and community members are invited to stop in and donate school supply items.

Mountain Park Ranch KinderCare hosting open house

Mountain Park Ranch KinderCare, 4120 E. Ranch Circle North Drive, will host an open house starting at 10 a.m. and throughout the day on Wednesday, July 28.

Families will have the opportunity to meet the center directors and teachers, experience the centers' culture, tour classrooms and playground areas and participate in enriching and engaging activities with their children. Each center houses custom-designed play areas, age-appropriate classrooms and educational toys designed to foster creativity and development of the whole child.

KinderCare is offered for ages 6 weeks to 12 years and is open from 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday to Friday.

For more information, call (480) 759-9879.

Seminar provides tips for high school success

Ahwatukee Foothills resident Shauna Cahill, The Successful Tutor, will present the seminar "What It Takes to Succeed at High School: Organization and Study Skills" from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 31, at the Grace Inn, 10831 S. 51st St.

The experienced tutor will show seventh- to 12th-grade students and their parents how to use school websites effectively, study efficiently with proven tools and techniques, improve time management skills, manage multiple classes and due dates, prepare for semester finals throughout the school year and compute quarterly and semester grades.

The registration fee includes one parent and one student (additional family members are $20). The cost is $70 before July 31.

For more information or to request a registration form, call (480) 794-0177 or e-mail

Deadline extended for scholarships to assist single parents returning to college

A limited number of tuition scholarships are available to single parents who have returned, or will return, to college after a break of at least one year due to family demands or other commitments. The deadline for application for these scholarships has been extended to Aug. 2.

South Mountain Community College has teamed with Dorrance Scholarship Programs to establish the scholarship program designed specifically for single parents. Awards are available for as much as $4,000 annually, for a maximum of six semesters (three years), and are renewable.

For details on the scholarship program requirements and application, visit Those interested are invited to call SMCC Program Advisor Christopher Erran at (602) 305-5607 or e-mail him at

South Mountain Community College is at 7050 S. 24th St.

Keystone Montessori open house

Keystone Montessori at 1025 E. Liberty Lane is now accepting applications for toddler and preschool children and will host an open house starting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 3. The session will include a tour of the school, a few short videos, discussion of the Montessori philosophy and a question and answer segment.

Please call (480) 460-7312 to RSVP.

SMCC offers GED high school equivalency testing

South Mountain Community College, 7050 S. 24th St., is offering GED testing for individuals who do not have a high school diploma and are seeking to earn a high school equivalency diploma.

Candidates must be at least 16 years of age. Those under 18 must bring a notarized letter of consent from a parent or guardian, along with an official letter of withdrawal from their last school attended. The GED testing fee is $75, with a $15 re-test fee for each subject area. Testing is by appointment only, and pre-registration is required prior to testing. Pre-registration takes place on Monday afternoons between 1:30 and 3 p.m. Testing takes place on Wednesdays between 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Tests are available in English, Spanish and large-print. Special accommodations are available for examinees with documented disabilities.

For more information, call (602) 243-8188.

Childsplay offers school tours for upcoming year

Childsplay is a professional theater company for young audiences that performs publicly at the Tempe Center for the Arts. In addition to public performances, Childsplay has been touring all across the state to Arizona's schools since 1977, and the school tour program remains a cornerstone of the company today. Each year, Childsplay creates productions that are specifically designed to be performed in schools, libraries, community centers and other indoor spaces. Schools do not need to have a stage, lighting instruments or other theatrical requirements. Sets and costumes, sound equipment and actors pack into a van and come to your school.

An in-depth resource guide is also developed for each play to be used by teachers with students or parents with their children to deepen their appreciation of the theatre experience and to promote literacy and learning. Resource guides contain a plot outline, booklist for further reading, discussion ideas, puzzles and games related to the shows and curriculum-related pre- and post-show activities. They also provide ways to fulfill the Arizona Arts Standards

in the classroom.

Two touring shows, New Kid and The Imaginators, are available for the 2010-11 season. New Kid is available October to December, and The Imaginators is offered February to March. Both shows are appropriate for grades K to six.

For more information on booking a school tour show, contact Jaime at or (480) 921-5751 or visit


Organize your dorm room with tips from IKEA

Crystal Schmahl with Action Assistants will give organizational tips for your dorm from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 24, in the Work IKEA department at IKEA, 2110 W. IKEA Way, Tempe.

Mountain Pointe High School Notes

Summer Football Camp, 5 to 7:30 p.m. Monday to Thursday, July 26 to 29. Camp is conducted under the direction of head coach Norris Vaughan and the MP football staff for students in grades 10 to 12. To register, e-mail

Book and unofficial schedule distribution, 7:30 a.m. to noon Tuesday, July 27, to Wednesday, Aug. 4, in the bookstore. (Official schedules will be distributed on the first day of school). Distribution schedule: Last name A-B, July 27; C-D, July 28; E-He, July 29; Hi-L, July 30; M-Pa, Aug. 2; Pe-Sn, Aug. 3; So-Z, Aug. 4. All students should attend on their scheduled day in order to reduce wait times. Students may also pay for yearbooks, uniforms, athletic passes and other fees.

New student orientation, Wednesday, Aug. 4. New special education parents and students meet at 6 p.m. in room C141. New students and parents meet at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium.

Boot camp for incoming freshmen, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 5, and Friday, Aug. 6. All incoming freshmen are required to attend both days of camp, which will feature team building activities, time management, assemblies, reading and note taking strategies, active listening skills, scavenger hunt, multiple intelligence and true color assessments and technology training. Lunch will be provided. Buses will run following the 2010/11 morning bus schedule. Visit and click on Departments & Transportation for pick up times and locations. To register, e-mail your student's full name and T-shirt size (adult s, m, l, xl, xxl) to Mrs. Keller at

Open house, 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 23. Following a brief opening, parents will get to spend 10 minutes with each of their son's or daughter's teachers. Mid First Bank's coin truck will also be on campus to collect coins and provide matching funds to the Pride Board to purchase another defibrillator for campus. Senior Parent Night will take place prior to the open house. In-state college information will be provided in the auditorium and selective out-of-state college information will be provided in the PE Lecture Hall from 5 to 6 p.m. Learn about the college application process and scholarship opportunities.

Parent Volunteer Round-Up, 9 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 31. Volunteering is a great way to get involved and meet other parents and community members. Get questions answered and sign up. If you cannot attend but would like to help, contact Susi Fathauer at (480) 893-6689 or call the school and leave a message with Jenny Mark at (480) 759-8449, ext. 56123.

Desert Vista High School Notes

Book and unofficial schedule distribution, in the bookstore by last name: 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 27, T-Z; 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 28, P-S; 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 29, L-O; 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 30, H-K; 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Aug. 2, D-G; 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Aug 3, A-C; 3 to 8 p.m. Aug 4 and 5, open dates for anyone. Official schedules will be distributed before school Aug. 9.

First day of school for freshmen, 8:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 6. Events will include a high school orientation, spirit assembly, organization workshops and freshman success tips. Walk your schedule and find your classrooms. Bus and lunch services will be provided. A parent information session on navigating high school with your student will run from 8:15 to 9:15 a.m. If you are unable to attend, a PowerPoint presentation will be posed on the school's website at

Official class schedule distribution, 7:30 to 8:20 a.m. Monday, Aug. 9: seniors, Joe McDonald Auditorium Lobby; juniors, large gymnasium lobby; sophomores, small gymnasium; freshmen, cafeteria. After receiving schedules, students are to report to their first hour class, which begins at 8:20 a.m. Students who have a zero hour class need to pick up their official schedule at 7:10 a.m. and zero hour begins at 7:18 am. Students must show their official schedule to their teachers in order to be admitted to all of their classes.

Open house, 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Aug. 23, gymnasium. Following a brief program, you will follow your son or daughter's class schedule. During the 10-minute class period, each teacher will present information regarding the goals and objectives of the course. Please ask your child for a copy of his or her schedule. The Administration Office will be open at 6:30 p.m. for anyone needing help with class locations, maps or schedules.

The Desert Vista Counseling Department will present Senior Parent Night from 6 to 6:50 p.m. in the auditorium prior to the open house. Parents will learn about scholarships, college entrance requirements, SAT and ACT tests.

Football cheer clinic for grades pre-K through eight, 1 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. Learn cheers, chants, jumps and dance from the DV Spiritline. All participants will be invited to perform at halftime of the Friday, Oct. 22, Desert Vista varsity football game.

The cost is $35 and includes instruction, cheer clinic T-shirt, poms, souvenir photo, refreshments and admission for one adult to attend the football game performance.


Pre-registration is highly recommended.

For more information or to sign up, contact Sonja at (480) 751-8784 or or Karen at (480) 225-0650 or

High school textbook checkout, 8 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3:30 p.m. July 23 in the Media Center. High school students may pay activity fees and pickup textbooks.


Horizon Community Learning Center notes

First day of school, July 26. Pre-Kindergarten (morning), 8 to 11 a.m.; Pre-Kindergarten (afternoon), noon to 3 p.m.; Half Day Kindergarten, 8 to 10:45 a.m.; Extended Day Kindergarten, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Grades 1 to 4, 8:15 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Grades 5 to 6, 8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.; Grades 7 to 12, 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Please bring all completed forms to school.


Individual Learning Plan Conferences Aug. 12 and 13 - no school. This student, parent, teacher conference includes a review of the student's progress and goals for the upcoming quarter. Participation in the ILP Conference is required. To reserve a time slot for your ILP Conference, call (480) 659-3000 (grades 7 to 12) or (480) 659-3100 (grades Pre-K to 6).


The BAR Fitness offers back-to-school special

The BAR Fitness is offering a back-to-school special for the entire month of August - sign up for the Hybrid X program for one year for $99 a month. Hybrid X is a program that incorporates sledge hammers, tractor tires, kettlebells and monster ropes to create fun and exciting workouts for kids ages 10 to 18.

The BAR Fitness is located on 44th Street, just north of Ray Road.

For more information or to schedule your first workout, call (480) 961-5411 or


Keystone Montessori open house set for Aug. 3

Keystone Montessori, 1025 E. Liberty Lane, is now accepting applications for toddler and preschool children and will host an open house starting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 3. The session will include a tour of the school, a few short videos, discussion of the Montessori philosophy and a question and answer segment.

Call (480) 460-7312 to RSVP.


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