Errington Edition 11/27

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Dear San Tan Families,


We have a huge selection of exciting family events happening in the month of December. Be sure to review our weekly updates, our school calendar online, and our Facebook Page. Next week our NWEA Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) Assessments begin for grades K-7.  This assessment is important as it will serve as post data from their August MAP assessment. Teachers will also be administering classroom assessments over the two weeks including Oral Reading Fluency (ORF), Words Their Way Spelling Inventories, Writing Prompts, and other formative assessments.  It’s truly a few weeks that our kids and teachers get to shine! Below I’ve listed a few items that we could use your support on at home in order to set our students up for success.

TIPS for Success:

  • Getting a good night sleep
  • Limiting technology at least an hour before bedtime- Screens on cell phones, computers, tablets, and televisions emit what’s known as blue light.This light is picked up by photoreceptors in the retina that sense light and dark, signaling to the brain that it’s either morning or night. Typically, the sun triggers our photoreceptors, but studies show that even small electronic devices emit enough light to trick the brain into thinking it’s time to stay awake.”
  • Eating a healthy breakfast that includes protein and bringing a healthy snack with water
  • Getting to school in a timely manner and keeping early dismissals to a minimum


These efforts will assist our students with showing us how much they’ve learned. It also helps keep makeups to a minimum so our teachers have the most data to inform their ILPS and Report Cards we will share with you in January.


Congratulations Elementary School Math Team for earning 3rd place at the MathLeague Tournament on Saturday!

Zoey Kesner won 1st place for 5th grade!!!! Congratulations Mathletes!


Keep the STAFF SHOUTOUTS coming! Please feel free to visit this link to give a teacher or staff member a shoutout: .


Staff Shoutout Highlights for the week:


Mrs. Ashley Gifford- 7th Grade- We love Ms. Gifford. My daughter loves coming to school because of her.


Mrs. Jennifer Lewis- 4th Grade- Mrs. Lewis is one of those teachers that you can just feel how much her heart is IN IT. I was blown away on day one, at meet the teacher night, with her thoughtfulness and heart. She put so much effort into welcoming the children with fun little items and personal water bottles. She is truly a blessing and our family is so thankful for her.

December Math League Competition ~ Elementary

When:     Friday, Dec. 7th

Where:    The Grande Innovation Academy, 950 N Peart Road, Casa Grande

Time:       6:30 AM to 2 PM  (San Tan Van leaves at 6:30 AM)

Who:       3rd grade through 6th grade students are welcome to attend

Fee:         $30

Due:         Nov. 30th

This event is a fun event where the students compete on an array of different math activities; some activities involve an individual round, a sprint round, a team round, relay round, and much, much more.  It was a lot of fun!  : -))



Middle School Concert (Grades 5-7): The Middle School choir class, Cantus, will also be putting on a winter concert on December 13th at 6:30pm in the Recker gym. All students in Cantus will need to be in the gym at 6pm to warm up their voices, and to do some spot checks in the music before we perform. Students are permitted to wear Green, Red, Gold, Silver, and Blue for the concert. Please join Cantus as we travel to different parts of the world as we sing carols from Nigeria, Ukraine, Venezuela, and a few other countries. The music is a lot of fun, and will be a great start to the holiday season for the San Tan Community.


Elementary Music Concert (Grades K-4): The Elementary classes of San Tan Charter School will be putting on a concert for the San Tan Charter School Community on December 18th at 5:30pm on the Recker football field. All students will need to be in the Recker gym at 5pm, so that each classroom teacher has time to place the kiddos in a certain order. Also, please have your kiddo wear something warm because after the sun sets, it will become quite chilly out on the field. Please join the Freeze Team as we play a game show called “Freeze Frame!” and enjoy the antics of the show’s cast, as well as the show’s singers. We have worked hard on the music and are excited to perform the show for the San Tan community. NOTE: bring your chairs, blankets, and jackets. We will have some great events occurring at this evening to benefit our Recker Campus.

The Scholastic Book Fair will be arriving soon, and we are excited about sharing the joy of reading with our students. We invite you to participate in this year’s Scholastic Book Fair from, December 14th-20th, by volunteering. Scholastic Book Fairs gives our school the opportunity to bring families, teachers, students, and books together.  It’s the ultimate book event!

Being a part of something special is easier than you think.  There are lots of ways to volunteer.  We need people in a variety of areas, including:


  • Merchandising our Book Fair and table displays to create a terrific bookstore environment.
  • Working at our Cashier Table and helping students and shoppers select just the right books.


Please click on the link below to find our sign up:

Thursday December 20th and Friday December 21st – no aftercare, no childcare.


Half-Day Winter Conference Camp for Kids

We are pleased to announce, with the success of our Fall Half-Day Conference Camp, that we will be offering a Winter Half-Day Conference Camp during our January 9th, 10th, & 11th Parent Teacher Conferences. The registration and payment deadline is Friday, January 4th, but you can SAVE YOUR SPOT by signing up on our Sign-up Genius (this also helps our teachers plan for their camp activities). Please turn in your registration form and payment to the front. Our theme for this camp will be Winter Wonderland. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Ms. Kisler at Proceeds go to funding our amazing specials and electives program!

Winter Camp Sign-up Genius:




December 3-14, 2018- December MAP testing window

December 7, 2018- LAST DAY of Fall Clubs

December 8, 2018- Gifted Gathering at Zoo Lights- Phoenix Zoo-

December 10-14, 2018- Classroom Spelling Bees

December 13, 2018- Recker Middle School Choir Concert- 6:30pm- Recker Gym

December 18, 2018- Elementary Holiday Concert and Art Walk- 5:30pm

December 17-21, 2018 – Scholastic Book Fair

December 20th– Half Day- Charter ONLY-

December 21st– Half day – ALL SCHOOL-

December 24, 2018- January 4, 2019- WINTER BREAK- NO SCHOOL

January 7, 2019- School Resumes




Amanda Errington


San Tan Charter School- Recker Campus