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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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SUSD Accepting Open Enrollment Forms for 2015-16 School Year

Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) will accept online Open Enrollment Forms beginning November 3rd. Since November 1st falls on a weekend or holiday, the deadline becomes the next working day after November 1st. Parents who would like to Open Enroll their child(ren) into an SUSD school can begin the process by filling out the online request form at on Monday, November 3. See Open Enrollment
Service Learning Accepting Donations, Will Deliver Thanksgiving Meals to SUSD Families in Need

Students in the Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) Service Learning program will be working to collect and fundraise to help feed families in our school district who are in need this holiday season. The Service Learning program is hoping to provide 185 families with a meal, which will be delivered or picked up the week of Thanksgiving. We are asking that you provide a meal for a family that includes the following items:
  • A frozen turkey (12-15 pounds)
  • 1 disposable turkey roasting pan
  • 2 large boxes of stuffing
  • 2 cans of cranberries
  • 2 large boxes of instant mashed potatoes
  • 2 cans of green beans
  • 2 cans of corn
  • 2 packets or 2 jars of gravy
  • 1 dessert - non-frozen and non-refrigerated
  • Package of dinner rolls - non-refrigerated
If you and your family would like to help, please bring your meal donation in a box to the front office of the following schools on Monday, November 24: Arcadia High School, Chaparral High School, Saguaro High School or Supai Middle School from 7:15-8:45 a.m.

Prevention Matters: Information on Influenza (flu) and other Communicable Diseases
Click here to read an important message from the Scottsdale Unified School District Health Services department.
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Arizona State Board of Education Adopts New Statewide Achievement Test
On November 3rd, the Arizona State Board of Education adopted a new statewide achievement test, Arizona's Measurement of Educational Readiness to Inform Teaching (AzMERIT) for Arizona students. The AzMERIT test will replace the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) Reading, Writing and Mathematics tests beginning in spring of 2015. Students in 3rd grade through high school will take the AzMERIT English Language Arts and Mathematics tests. Students in 4th grade, 8th grade and high school will take the AIMS Science test. For more information about the AzMERIT, please visit
Home of the Cougars!
Kiva’s 3rd Annual Fun Run - Thursday, November 20th

Please join us at Kiva's Fun Run!  We need adults to click off laps, help at the water station, or just cheer on our students as they run the Boosterthon Fun Run course. 

Run times by grade level are:
9:00 AM – PreK-2nd
10:05 AM – 3rd-5
Sign in through the front office and head to the back field for this exciting event!

For students that reside within the Kiva boundary, parents will need to complete the enrollment forms online at as the first step in the enrollment process. This can be done remotely online or the Centralized Enrollment Office has 5 computer stations available which parents can utilize. Once you complete the enrollment documents online, please bring the confirmation page to the Centralized Enrollment Office along with other required documentation. (The additional required documentation is listed below.) Enrollment needs to be finalized in person at the Centralized Enrollment Office.
The following documents are needed to enroll your student:
  • A certified copy of the pupil’s birth certificate; an affidavit explaining the inability to provide a copy of the birth certificate. (A.R.S. §15-828)
  • Current immunization records
  • Proof of residency
  • Parent/Guardian State issued Photo ID
  • Withdraw Form (If previously enrolled in an Arizona school)
  • Guardianship/Custody Documentation (if applicable)
Kiva Lunch Schedule

Please see the times that each grade level eats lunch below.  These times are only the time students spend in the cafeteria and do not reflect lunch recess. 

11:00-11:30         Pre-K
11:30-11:50         1st
11:40-12:00         5th
11:50-12:10         2nd
12:00-12:20         4th
12:10-12:30         3rd
12:20-12:40         KDG
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. 
The internet has increased our abilities to research new topics, learn about new adventures, and communicate with friends and family, but parents are also aware of the risks that the internet can cause for their children.  Read this month's article to for some strategies to help with safety at home.  
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
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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