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Phone: 480-484-2200
Fax: 480-484-2201
Attendance: 480-484-2260
Office Hours: 8:00am - 3:30pm
School Hours: 8:45am - 3:15pm
Kiva Elementary School
6911 E. McDonald Drive
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253 
Nick Noonan, Principal
Melissa Faeh, Assistant Principal
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Superintendent Dr. David J. Peterson's September Letter

Dear Scottsdale Unified School District Family,

The 2014-15 school year is off to a great start! It is hard to believe that we are already done with our first month of school. During the first few days of school, I was able to visit every school in the Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD). Great things are going on in our classrooms – thank you all for a positive start to the new school year. Additionally, members of my Leadership Team visited campuses to help ensure an excellent beginning. It is great to see everyone working together on behalf of students. 
See the September Letter.
ADE Releases New Achievement Profiles

ADE Label
The Arizona Department of Education (ADE) has released its new A-F Achievement Profiles for the 2013-14 school year. Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) did well; the District received an A for a fourth consecutive year with a score of 144, our highest score ever. Nineteen schools received the highest grade of A, seven schools received B, three schools received C and one school received a D. See Grades
Home of the Cougars!
Kiva, Chaparral to Host Take Your Legislature to School Event

Arizona Legislators will visit classrooms during the Take Your Legislator to School Event – September 15th-19th. Kate Brophy McGee will spend the day in the classroom of Karen Brisbane, a 4th/5th grade National Board Certified Teacher on Monday, September 15th from 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. at Kiva Elementary School . John Kavanagh will spend the day in Chris Porter Marsh’s AP Literature and Juniors English Honors classrooms on Friday, September 26th at 7:30 a.m. at Chaparral High School. See Take Your Legislator to School
From the Desk of School Psychologist Shannon Blair

To our Kiva community,Our school psychologist, Shannon Blair, is putting out a monthly newsletter to promote our children's mental health. Please take a moment to read the newsletter and learn some tips to support our students.
Wondering how to help your child with homework - or how to get them to do it without a struggle?  Here's how!
School psychologists are mental health professionals who help youth and children succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally.  Read this month's article to learn about how they support teachers and parents. 
Gifted Testing

Testing for the gifted program at Kiva will take place throughout the school year.  Students in grades 3, 4, and 5 can test in September and students in grades K - 5 can test in January.   Additionally, all second graders will be tested in March.  

If you would like your child to be tested for the gifted program, the registration form is available on the testing tab of the district's gifted website.  The registration must be completed electronically.  The testing and registration dates are below:
Fall Testing (Grades 3-8)
Testing September 8th-October 3rd
Registration Deadline August 25th
Winter Testing (Grades K-8)
Testing January 12th-February 6th
Registration Deadline December 1st
2nd Grade Testing
Testing March 17th-April 2nd
No Registration Required

All testing will be held at Kiva during the regular school day.  District notification of test results will be sent via mail 30 days after each testing window. Students can be assessed once per academic (school) year.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Liebhaber, gifted program specialist, at or 480-484-2200 ext. 5301
Gate to Gate Update

The Gate to Gate philosophy is rooted in increasing student safety. Secondarily, it is also a way to decrease congestion on our campus before and after school.
Any student may enter campus through Gate B if they choose. Gate B is the preferred gate for PreK parents to use in order to sign their student in to Mrs. Frederick’s class. They are the only parent group we are allowing to enter through that gate before school. All other parents who wish to enter campus are asked to enter through the office, sign in, and put on a visitor’s badge.  Gates B and C are drop-off gates.  Gate D is not a drop-off gate.  Parents may park and walk their student to Gate D.
1.        Gate B: Gate B will be unlocked at 3:00 for PreK and Kindergarten parents to enter campus and pick up their students. We politely request that only Prek and Kindergarten parents use this gate between 3:00-3:10.
At dismissal (3:15) parents are free to wait at Gate B. Students utilizing this gate for parent pick-up are welcome to exit this gate to wait for their parent to pick them up at the curb.
2.        Gates A, C, and D: These gates will be open between 3:10-3:15. Parents who are utilizing this gate will be invited to step on to campus once the gates are open but please do not walk to the classroom. When the bell does ring let your child make their way to you. Families using Gates C and D have a very large open space (the playground) to reunite with their children. Please keep our halls clear.
Drop-Off Procedures: the "right" way to do it
Drop-Off Procedures: the "wrong" way to do it
Band and Strings 2104/2015

Dear Parents/Guardians:
Scottsdale Unified School District will continue to offer 5th grade students Band and Strings in the 2014-2015 school year. The program will take place at the designated middle school within your complex and will begin the second full week of school. This is a unique opportunity for this year’s 4th grade students to begin experiencing instruction at a middle school.
Students choosing to participate in Band and Strings can ride the middle school bus or they may be dropped off at the designated middle school for their morning band or strings class. Immediately following the class, 5th grade Band and Strings students will be bussed back to their elementary school in time for the start of their school day.
All Band and Strings students will be scheduled for a minimum of two classes per week. Additional instructional time will be contingent upon space availability and teacher scheduling. Once the schedule is set, it will remain consistent throughout the year. All performances will be held in conjunction with the middle school Band and Strings concerts.
Parents will be asked to complete a pre-commitment form in May to allow the district to determine the schedule, plan for bussing, and to allow teacher prep time to welcome the 5th grade Band and Strings students to the middle school.
Parents will be asked if their child has been using a school instrument; if so, they will need to indicate and identify this on the pre-commitment form. Students currently using school instruments will still have the opportunity to check out the instrument that they have been playing.
Even if a student did not participate in Band or Strings this year, every 5th grade student is invited to be a part of the Band and Strings classes. We recommend and encourage every student in the 5th grade to select and play a musical instrument in the coming year.
We look forward to an exciting and rewarding musical experience for all of our 5th grade students.
Electronic Devices

It is the recommendation of the school and district that students do not bring electronic devices to school. The school and district will not be held responsible for lost or stolen electronic devices and the responsibility will remain solely with the student.

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