This week was National School Choice Week so we asked our students what they loved about our school.

I know no one will be surprised that, after a year of home learning, students loved being back with their friends and their teachers. Many students included pictures of their entire class and their teacher in their pictures.

We also had some fun on Wednesday with our yellow dress down day. We invited our at home learners to wear yellow so all could participate in the fun.

Here’s some pictures including a very enthusiastic kindergarten banner!

Choices for Learning – 1/19/21

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We are excited to be able to offer parents a choice for schooling options beginning on Tuesday, January 19, 2021.

Students who wish to be in the classroom in person learning will be able to return to campus. Students who would rather be online will be able to continue in the format “real time” and log in to their classroom for direct instruction throughout the day. Please see the principal’s email dated 1/13/21 for important details regarding in person learning.

If you wish to change your child’s learning platform and have not already notified their teacher, please let them know as soon as you can.

Please join me in thanking your child’s teacher for all the work they have done this year. Whether students have been learning in person or online they have worked tirelessly to ensure top notch learning is happening. If you would like to help me plan for Teacher Appreciation Day in May, please let me know.

Important Information

We are accepting enrollment for next year. If your child is already enrolled with us, you do not need to do anything. However, if you have family or friends who are interested in Canyon Pointe Academy, refer them to the office or mycanyon.org for more information. If you have a new kindergartner next year, enroll them as soon as you can to ensure you have a space.

We will be doing benchmark testing for all students the week of January 25th. We hope to share information about your child’s growth with you in February.

Also the week of January 25th is National School Choice week. On January 27th we will have a dress down “YELLOW” day. Please have your child dress in yellow clothes or accessories. Are you excited about your choice to have your child attend Canyon Pointe Academy? Give us a shoutout during National School Choice week using@SchoolChoiceWeek on Facebook and Instagram, and @SchoolChoiceWk on Twitter, or use #schoolchoice  and #schoolchoiceweek.

Finally, at this time, Arizona Department of Education is expecting all students to take the AZM2 and the AZSci (5th grade) in person. We will be giving you more information about how testing will work as we get closer to testing in April. This will impact our usage of school Chromebooks during the testing time. Our expected testing window is April 5th – April 23rd.

Thank you to all parents who have worked so hard this year as you have had to partner with us in unexpected ways. Our small community is made possible by the support you give to your students. Thank you again!

In Person Schooling Returns

Today we were excited to welcome back about 60 students to in-person learning. We are thrilled to be able to offer parents the choice of all day in-person learning or all day virtual learning.

Students are doing a great job so far today. Everyone is remember the new school rules and they were all excited by some of the changes we have so far. One popular change: All students get at least one recess using the Imagination Playground Blocks. Also popular, eating outside at our covered tables.

Last year’s sixth graders were very creative with the blocks.

Our students learning at home are getting a full educational experience as well. Google Classroom for each teacher will continue to be updated for students learning online. In addition, the teacher will tell their students when to log on so they can participate with their classmates.

We only have a few spots remaining in our school (for either distance or in-person learning.) If you know someone looking for a spot in Kindergarten, 3rd, 4th, or 6th grade, have them check out mycanyon.org and learn more.

School Starts August 3rd!!

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Pointe Schools will officially be providing distance learning opportunities for our students August 3rd – August 14th. Our school calendar will remain the same. More information including our summer newsletter will be available very soon! As always, thank you for your patience during this time.

Summer Update

Kinder Camp is coming! July 13th – July 16th. We have limited enrollment remaining for kindergarten and a wait list for several other grades. So, if you haven’t enrolled for kindergarten, reserve your place soon!

All parents should have received an update regarding plans for next year in their email. Included was a link to a survey. The survey is regarding needs for next year and your input would be highly appreciated! The survey is open until Monday, June 22nd. Please check your email and let us know if you did not receive it.

We are so excited for next year and have a lot of great things planned. Once we have details finalized, we will be sure to let you know!

Happy Summer!

Happy Last Day of School, My Friends! It has certainly been a historic year and I am so proud of all of you for the hard work you have put into it!

I know there is much uncertainty as we transition into summer about what the new year will bring us, especially with the newest guidelines released by the CDC. As always, we place the safety of our students, staff, and families with the highest priority and have been busy planning the different ways we can utilize the recommendations while still meeting the social and academic needs of our kiddos.

Because of our small school and community, we are confident that we can meet these needs in the least restrictive ways possible. Please, keep in mind that regulations and guidelines are consistently changing during these uncertain times but we will continue to navigate them together. I am happy to discuss any concerns you have and will always provide information as soon as possible. Thank you for continuing to trust us  and being part of our Lion Family!

Summer Hours
Monday – Thursday
9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Our office be closed for Memorial Day and the week of June 29th – July 3rd.

Have a great summer!

COVID-19 Time Capsule

Good morning, Lions! As we start this week, I want to remind everyone of our Be Kind pledge. Now, more than ever, it is important to practice kindness – especially to everyone who lives in our homes!

We are off to a great start in Week 2 of our distance learning opportunities. Packets and materials are still available for pick up and will continue to be each week unless absolutely necessary for us to cease operation.

As always, feel free to email your teacher with any concerns, especially regarding classroom content. Let me know if you need anything or if we can help you in any way. Give us a call if you need any help. Our office is open Monday – Friday between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm to assist you!

There is a fabulous time capsule pdf circulating the internet from the Etsy shop, LONG Creations. It offers families a great free resource to document this historic time with your kiddos.

Have a safe week, Lions!

Resources to Keep Busy

We are on Spring Break this week so we hope you are trying some new things this week.

As we are entering these confusing times, we wanted to provide some resources for you to use while we are planning for what comes next. We will be sending detailed information to everyone in the next week. In the meantime, we all want to keep our kids actively engaged.

There are TONS and TONS of free resources available for families right now. It can feel a bit overwhelming so here are some we recommend:

Scholastic Learning at Home (no login necessary):  https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html

Age of Learning (which includes ABCmouse, Adventure Academy, and ReadingIq) There is something here for everyone from K-6+. See the attached for login information specifically for Canyon Pointe Academy students.

Pointe Schools Board Meeting Notice

The Pointe Schools Governing Board will hold a telephonic meeting on Thursday, March 19th at 6:30.

The Board will hear the Superintendent’s Report on the status of school closures. The Board will also discuss and take action on a resolution to close the three Pointe schools through March 27th, to continue paying Pointe’s employees, and to grant the Superintendent authority to execute documents with the Arizona Department of Education. The full agenda may be found at https://pointeschools.org/board-agenda/

Due to current events, there will be no in-person meeting. The public is welcome to listen to the meeting by calling in at:

1 (425) 436-6386

Access Code: 423441

Please place your phone on “mute” and listen to the meeting.

School Closure

Please, see the notification from Dr. Williamson, Superintendent of Pointe Schools:

Pointe Schools family,

As of 4:00 PM on Sunday March 15, 2020, Governor Doug Ducey and State Superintendent Kathy Hoffman jointly announced the closure of all Arizona schools from Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 27.

Therefore, all 3 of Pointe’s schools, including the school offices, will be closed from March 16th through March 27th.

At this point, this is an extra week for spring break and we do not plan on requiring teachers or students to engage in online teaching/learning during the two weeks off.

However, if the school closures go past March 27th, we will notify you and give directions on how to access online platforms.

Advanced Placement Students, please check in with your teachers during the second week of the break for ways you can continue to prepare for your AP tests.

All of us at Pointe Schools hope you and your family have a safe and healthy Spring break. We look forward to seeing everyone when school resumes!

Dr. Jody Williamson
Principal, North Pointe Prep
Superintendent, Pointe Schools

The official announcement and letter from Governor Ducey and Superintendent Hoffman can be found here: https://www.azed.gov/communications/2020/03/10/guidance-to-schools-on-covid-19/