• Community Education

  • November 2022

    Posted by SUSD Communications on 11/1/2022
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  • Information Meetings About 2023-2024 Early Learning Registration

    Posted by SUSD Communications on 11/1/2022

    Early Learning logo The office of Early Learning and Community Education will host two virtual information meetings for families to learn about the Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten registration process for the 2023-2024 school year.

    November 10, 6 p.m. – Please click here to join this live meeting 

    December 1, 6 p.m. – Please click here to join this live meeting 

    These informational meetings will review our SUSD early learning philosophy, programs, curriculum, and registration process.

    More information about the registration process will be available on our website at https://www.susd.org/communityeducation.

    If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Christine Bonow, Director of Early Learning and Community Education, at cbonow@susd.org.

     

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  • October 2022

    Posted by SUSD Communications on 10/3/2022
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  • SUSD Early Learning – Preparing for the 2023 - 2024 School Year

    Posted by SUSD Communications on 10/3/2022

    Early Learning logoOur SUSD office of Early Learning and Community Education is starting to plan for the 2023-2024 school year.  To learn more about our preschool and pre-kindergarten programs, please join us for virtual informational meetings on November 10 at 6 p.m. and December 1 at 6 p.m.

    These informational meetings will review our SUSD early learning philosophy, programs, curriculum, and registration process.

    The link to join these virtual meetings will be added to our website, www.susd.org/communityeducation, by November 1.

    If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Christine Bonow, cbonow@susd.org.

     

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  • September 2022

    Posted by SUSD Communications on 9/1/2022
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  • SUSD Early Learning - Quality First Accreditation Program

    Posted by SUSD Communications on 9/1/2022

    Quality First logo

    SUSD’s Early Learning programs are excited to be participating in the Quality First Accreditation program. Quality First - the signature program of First Things First - partners with early learning centers to improve the quality of early learning across Arizona. The Quality First star rating system is a voluntary quality-rating system that helps families in the state find quality early learning classrooms for their children. Quality star ratings are an important indicator of quality programs. The rating system also helps early learning providers improve the quality of their own programs.

    Echo Canyon has been taking part in the Quality First program for several years. Our 15 other elementary schools with early learning classes are eager to join Echo Canyon in this prestigious accreditation program.

    The initial evaluation of each school begins this month. Each early learning program will undergo an evaluation that consists of at least one comprehensive site observation. The quality of each program is assessed using valid and reliable tools that focus on what research shows are the key components of quality early learning, including adult and child interactions, learning environments and staff qualifications. Based on these assessments, each program is given a quality star rating ranging from one to five stars.

    Quality First also partners with Southwest Human Development and Valley of the Sun United Way to provide support and incentives to Quality First schools, such as ongoing coaching and professional development for early learning staff and parenting resources for families. Next year, Quality First will provide several scholarships to qualifying schools to help families with tuition costs.

    Our comprehensive involvement in Quality First directly aligns with SUSD Strategic Plan Goal 1, Academic Excellence, which is to “Challenge and inspire students to reach high levels of achievement so they thrive as confident, dynamic, future-ready learners equipped to pursue their passions and ambitions’ and commits SUSD to “provide high-quality district early childhood opportunities to anchor the Pre-K‒12 continuum of learning.”

     

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  • August 2022

    Posted by SUSD Communications on 8/1/2022
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  • What’s Cool After School in Scottsdale

    Posted by SUSD Communications on 8/1/2022

    Enrichment ZoneLooking for something to keep your student engaged after the school bell has rung? SUSD has many options for beyond-the-school-day fun district-wide.

    Have an ambitious athlete? Enrichment classes featuring golf, tennis, football and soccer are offered at select schools. SUSD also offers a robust middle school athletics program. First quarter sports are boys baseball and girls volleyball. The Boy and Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale offer sports competition, as well, so it is almost impossible not to find the perfect athletic opportunity, whether your student is interested in learning a new sport or is already acquainted with one and wants to learn more.

    If your student would rather participate in less physical activity, we offer exercise for the growing brain! Dynamic, STEAM enrichment classes keep hands and minds busy. Check out Afterschool Enrichment Solution’s STEAM Engineering class, or “BOLTS” – Building Our Leaders Through Science – for thrilling, hands-on, brain building. For Lego fans, there are Bricks 4 Kids and STEM FUNdamentals classes, both of which take the little Lego to a whole new level. Finally, Mad Science offers your student the opportunity to learn some crazy chemistry and even take a project home.

    Last, but not least, we offer the arts! Music, dance, studio art and language classes are available for your student achievers. Keyboarding and piano introductory classes are a wonderful way to increase musical fluency, and a dynamite way to get fired up for a hip-hop lesson! Speaking of fluency, kids can absorb conversational Spanish skills in our Seedlings Spanish classes. Check out all SUSD has to offer this fall at the Enrichment Zone.

    For more after-school learning opportunities, don’t forget about August City of Scottsdale Parks and Recreation programs. The city’s Fall 2022 schedule (September through December) is available,too, here.

     

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  • July 2022

    Posted by SUSD Communications on 7/1/2022
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  • Summer Camps and Getting Ready for the New School Year

    Posted by SUSD Communications on 7/1/2022

    Kids Club logoWith summer camps in full swing around the district, it is hard to believe summer is already half over. Now is the time to consider signing up for SUSD’s Kids Club before- and after-school care program. With limited space, you won’t want to wait to register your students, which is done online. To accommodate family schedules, Early Bird drop off begins at 6:30 a.m. and after-school care operates from school dismissal time until 6:30 p.m. Students are greeted at both ends of the day by qualified childcare specialists, who lead arts and crafts, games, sports, and project-based learning activities, and help oversee homework. Snacks are served daily. A list of locations, times and pricing can be found here.

    Early Learning logoWe are also getting ready to greet our early learners in August. Our preschool and pre-kindergarten classes are filling up quickly, so don’t delay signing up.  Limited space is still available at some campuses and others are already closed to registration. Check here for a full list of schools and programs still accepting enrollment.

    We hope you enjoy the last few weeks of summer! We recommend your children find some time to do a little fun reading before they head back to school; some real-world math lessons, too!

    The first day of school is Wednesday, August 3. Before we know it, it will be time to get back  to a more routine schedule. We have found that sleeping in less and rising earlier the week before school starts helps make those first couple of days of school go more smoothly. 

     

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