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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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Achievement Profile
District Announcements
2015 Math Placement Information for Students in Grades 5, 6, and 7. Click here for more information.
2015-16 Grades 6-8 English Language Arts Course Placement Information:
Information about your student’s middle school English Language Arts placement for the 2015-16 school year is available by logging in to Parent Data Central. Click English | Spanish to view Step by step instructions for how to access Parent Data Central. Please note forms need to be signed and returned to your child’s English Language Arts teacher by May 15, 2015. Thank you for all you do to support your student’s learning in the Scottsdale Unified School District.
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Scottsdale Unified School District AzMERIT Informational Update

AzMERIT (Arizona’s Measurement of Educational Readiness to Inform Teaching) is Arizona’s new statewide achievement test. The Arizona State Board of Education adopted Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards in English language arts and mathematics in 2010. A new test was necessary to measure what students know and can do based on these standards. With higher standards, Arizona needed an assessment that reflects those expectations. Arizona is partnering with the American Institutes for Research (AIR) to develop tests which are unique to Arizona. Click here for more information.
Measles Update
February 5, 2015
Dear Kiva Parents and Guardians:
Last week, as a cautionary measure, we shared with you that there was a suspected case of measles associated with a family member of a Kiva student. This morning, the Maricopa County Department of Public Health confirmed this was not a case of measles and there was no exposure on the Kiva campus.
The Maricopa County Department of Public Health confirms there is a lot of testing happening county-wide and that we might continue to hear of suspected cases. While this case is not the measles, the Maricopa County Department of Public Health has confirmed 2 cases of measles in Maricopa County, both linked to the exposure at Disneyland.
As a reminder, measles is a vaccine-preventable viral illness that is highly contagious. It can easily be spread through the air by coughing and sneezing.  Measles can survive in the air for hours and can be transmitted even after an infected individual is no longer in the room/area. You should be protected from measles if you were immunized by getting 2 doses of the MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella) vaccine, or if you have previously had the disease.
Signs/symptoms of measles:
- Typically appears 7-12 days after exposure to measles but may take up to 21 days
- Begins with fever (101 F or higher), red, watery eyes, cough, and runny nose
- Followed by a rash that is red, raised and blotchy which begins on the face at the hairline and moves down the body; rash may last for 5-6 days and may turn brownish
What to do if you think you have measles:
-Contact your healthcare provider by phone and let them know that you may have been exposed to measles.  They will let you know when to visit their office so as not to expose others in the waiting area.  If you do not have a health care provider, you may need to be seen at your local hospital emergency room/urgent care center.  Please call before going to let them know you may have the measles.
Students in the District whose parents have chosen not to immunize them have completed and signed an exemption form.  Should there be a diagnosed case in their school, those students would be excluded from school until the outbreak is contained and Maricopa County Health Department gives the approval for the exempt students to return to school.  This is generally for a period of 21 days. In addition, we encourage parent(s) or guardian(s) traveling on school trips to contact the County Health Agency to see if there are any restrictions.
For more information on measles’ signs and symptoms or where you may get the vaccine, please contact your school nurse or visit or
If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact me at or 480-480-2200.
Nick Noonan

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.
Parents and teachers share a common goal - and that is helping children learn and feel successful. Research literature shows that when parents and teachers work collaboratively, everyone benefits. Each parent/teacher interaction is an opportunity to build that cooperative partnership.  Read these tips to prepare for your upcoming conference. 
Healthy eating and exercise habits are important to children’s wellness and learning. Unfortunately, the pressure to meet an unrealistic, often unhealthy body image is linked to an increase in eating disorders, such as anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating, among children and youth at progressively younger ages.  Read this article for more information.
There is a lot of discussion these days about being fit.  People who care (parents, doctors, teachers, and others) want to know how to help kids be more healthy and fit.  Read this article for some ideas.
May 2015 Newsletter - Summer Reading
As children's first and most important teachers, families have a major role to play in motivating children to read during the summer months. There are many strategies families might employ to encourage summertime reading: 

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
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