In preparation for the Scottsdale Unified School District campuses being closed on Thursday, April 26, 2018 and for the duration of the Arizona Teacher Walkout, we would like to share the following updates:
RESOURCES AND INFORMATION
- Scottsdale Kids Food Drive UPDATE: Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the Cocopah food drive for families at Tonalea School. Contributions have been distributed to families in need. If you are or know of a Cocopah family in need of food assistance, please contact Mr. Noonan at email@example.com and he will help put you in touch with one of our community resources.
- Scottsdale Unified Nutrition Services: (SUNS) will be serving free meals to any child 18 years or younger during school closures. Selected school sites are open to serve ALL children regardless of meal status or enrollment during closures. Please see the SUNS flyer for school sites and more information.
- SUSD Frequently Asked Questions: SUSD has compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions for parents to help address your immediate concerns. This document along with the SUSD Employee FAQs is available on SUSD.org.
- Scottsdale Parent Council Letter: SPC has compiled detailed information regarding food resources and safe places for students to go during the Arizona Teacher Walkout. For complete information, please visit scottsdaleparentcouncil.
org or SPC Facebook page. Please check with your local gyms, clubs, and community centers for additional opportunities.
- Up-to-date information about the #REDforED movement: visit the Arizona Educators United Facebook page or arizonaeducatorsunited.com.
School Closure FAQs for Cocopah families:
- How will this impact promotion? We do not have any changes to the promotion schedule planned due to the closure of schools. Promotion is still scheduled for Thursday, May 24th.
- How will this impact planned field trips? In-district field trips during the school closure will be rescheduled. Out of district field trips, such as the Music Department field trip to Disney, will continue as planned. All parents and families involved with these field trips have been notified by teachers.
- How will this impact the teacher appreciation breakfast scheduled for Friday? The breakfast was rescheduled for today, a time when all of our educators could certainly use a relaxing treat. Thank you to everyone who organized, contributed, and helped out, especially for your flexibility in scheduling!
- How will this effect 8th Grade End-of-Year activities? So far, there is not anticipated to be any impact on 8th grade class events. End of Year packets went home with students last week, and please take the next few days to review and complete the paperwork. If you weren’t able to get your student’s pictures turned in today, you’re not alone – please take the weekend to get them together, and you can turn everything in by next Tues., May 1.
- The Cocopah Book Fair is scheduled to begin on Monday, April 30. Delivery of the books is proceeding as scheduled, and we will adjust the schedule as needed to ensure that people get time to shop and raise those crucial funds for the library and teacher book fund. Thank you to everyone who has already signed up to volunteer! We will be in touch regarding any changes to the schedule as soon as we know more.
- Stephanie Siete of Community Bridges will be coming to speak at Cocopah the evening of May 7th from 6-7:30pm as a parent education activity. Please make sure to add to your calendar. So far we do not anticipate any changes to that schedule.
- Where do I go for the most up to date information? The district Communications Department has set up a website that will be updated frequently with news about school closures. We recommend utilizing the district website, district social media, and school newsletters/communication to ensure you are receiving accurate information. The SUSD website page specific to closures can be found here.
- How will district notify parents aside from the website? The district also sends out updates through text message and email. Please note: if you are not receiving text messages from the district, it could be because your cell phone is listed as home phone in our system. If you think this might be the case, please call to verify your information is correct in our system.
Several local businesses and community organizations are offering camps and daycare during the days of the walkout. Here are a few that have been compiled by the Cherokee Elementary APT:
- Flip Dunk Sports: ages 5+ | Daily or Weekly – Half and Full Day Options | $6+tax/hour
SPECIAL: Register for 2 full days of camp 10% off!! Now through Saturday April 29th *Must mention #RedForEd camp email
- Valley of the Sun JCC: As a service to itsmembers, The J will be open on walkout days in our school districts from 8am to 6pm with plenty of fun activities for students K-6 for just $25 per day. Space is limited and pre-registration is required to help us plan staffing. It is available on a first-come, first-serve basis at vosjcc.org/walkout.
- Seth Korey Tennis Academy: Camp at La Camarilla – Ages 4-16 years old | Cost $40 includes lunch (pizza) | Hours are 9:00am-2:00pm drop off at 9:00 at La Camarilla. Before and after care available too. For sign up text 602-803-4006 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Boys and Girls Club: Each of our Branches across the organization will be open from 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., to provide services for families which are in need of assistance. Current Club members (active members) will not be charged any additional fees, however non-members will be charged a daily rate of $35 per day. Spacing will be limited, so please contact your local Branch for more information.
- AZ on the Rocks – #RedForEd Camps: Let kids in grades 1 through 8 climb the walls at pop-up camps during the District Walk Outs. Rock climbing, creative activities, arts and crafts and more. No experience is required. The focus is on movement, physical activity and fun. Kids must bring their own packed lunch. Completed waivers are required. Space is limited. Details: 7:45 a.m.-3:15 p.m. | $50 per kid. 480-502-9777
- YMCA Arizona: YMCA locations in Arizona will offer short-term childcare during the teacher walkout. Prices are per day. Current YMCA before/after-school participants will receive an additional $10 discount per day. Financial aid is available to families already approved. New applicants will need to apply. $40 for members, $60 for non-members | (480) 951-9622.
- Arizona Animal Welfare League – #AnimalsForEd camp (AAWL): Arizona Animal Welfare League is quickly throwing together a fun educational camp day for first through eight graders during the teacher walkout April 26. Capacity is 90 kids. Details: April 26; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; 15 N. 40th Place, Phoenix. $55 for the camp; $10 for before- or after- care; Attendees will receive a voucher for 10 percent off AAWL’s week-long summer camp programs; 602-273-6852, ext.122.
- Makutu’s Island – #RedForEd Camp: Makutu’s Island tropical indoor play place offers all-day camp for kids ages 5-12 and a 10 percent discount if the child wears red. Camp includes free play and climbing on trees, a zip line, in caves and a zip line, plus learning activities. Lunch specials can be purchased at a cafe on site. Flexible pick-up or drop-off times offered all day. Pre-register online. Socks required. Details: 7am-6:30pm.
- Rachel’s Young at Art Studio: At this studio, kids ages 3 to 8 can express their creativity through art in a safe, positive and loving environment. The studio is offering a 20 percent discount off their normal camp costs on Thursday. Details: Thursday, April 26. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. for $44 (normally $55); 9 a.m.-3 p.m. for $56 (normally $70). 480-621-6155
- KidsPark: childcare is for 2 to 12 year olds and focuses on “imagination, movement, art and socialization.” The center is an “open, ‘no walls’ floor plan,” that allows children the freedom to play where and how they please, according to its website. Parents must call ahead to make a reservation. They’ll also need to fill out an Arizona Emergency Contact and Immunization Form and we will need to have a copy of their shot records. Capacity is 65 children. Free childcare for all teachers, 50 percent off for non-teacher parents on April 26; $9/hour for 1 child, $14/hour for 2 children, $4/hour for each additional; 602-788-2445
- Arizona Sunrays Supercamp: The gymnastics and dance school will offer kids ages 3 to 13 a special #RedforEd Day Thursday, April 26. Care will be free for all teacher’s children, and a 50-percent enrollment discount will apply for those who use promo code #RedforEd and enroll by April 24. Space is limited. Enrollments after Tuesday will be charged the regular Individual Day Rate. This offer is valid at both Arcadia and Phoenix locations. 602-992-5790
- Animal Adventure Camp at the Arizona Humane Society: Ages: 6 – 8 & 9 – 12 | Camp Time: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (after care options available) | Registration Fee: $50.00 ($10 for after care 4pm-5:30pm) | Snacks/Lunch: We ask parents to provide snacks and lunch for their children each day | contact Shelby at email@example.com or 602.997.7585 ext. 2005
WE’RE HERE TO HELP
The APT is here and we want to do whatever we can to support students, teachers, staff, and administrators during this unprecedented time in our school, district and state’s history. Thank you for your support.