January 2020 is underway!

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Welcome back Sunflower families!

We are alight with new learning in the Sunflower classroom! As we’ve come to celebrate the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday this month, we strengthened our informational text reading skills, writing, and presentation skills. The students’ opportunity to share works they are proud of with one another is especially motivating to do their best work. We encourage parents to talk to their children about these moments of presenting to their classmates.

Science content includes our continuing examination of nature’s life cycles, both plants and animals. We are also exploring biomes, this time with a focus on Africa. Our Masterpiece Artist, Sandra Larson, helps us bridge this study to artistic renditions of animals they have individually chosen to represent. In adding research and writing, we bridge to Language Development skill, then practice verbal presentation, sharing with each other. As a culminating aspect of this work, we will be presenting this project at the STEM fest, Celebration of Learning, Power Campus on Saturday, February 1st. This presentation does not require us to be physically present in order to represent our work.

Thank you to the many parents that came to the Parent Conferences last week! Within these, we are emphasizing the theme of how important it is to have a strong sense of team in the home/school relationship. In order to provide significant ideas and strategies that can take place at home, I’ve especially emphasized the small purchase of the www.getepic.com app.

Our Epic Class Code: enb8835

The children love learning through videos aligned to the State’s Core Standards (helps with testing) and a vast library of books on all levels and topics. These include the Read to Me choices for our emergent readers. Further, I am able to assign individual works to each child for their easy reference in their personal mailbox. The “complete” buttons serve as a tracking record to know where each child individually stands.   If paying is not an option, I also recommend the free program on www.starfall.com to strengthen reading skills, a very important foundation for your child’s lifelong learning. Further, a popular free math program can be found at https://www.prodigygame.com. Finally, www.typingclub.com is a program that some children are finding they enjoy to help them learn typing skills.

Mark Your Calendars Now!!

“ Through the years we have traveled from Fashions shows to A Night in Paris,  celebrated at the Montessori Golden Globes and now we take you on a grand adventure to:

                                 A Night in Atlantis

                             February 29th at 7:00 pm

                               Sponsored by Willmeng

Please join us for an adult evening in the magical underwater Atlantis Kingdom, full of music, fine food, drink and art created by your favorite Montessori Students.

Tickets for the event go on sale January 6th and are $35.00 for General Admission and $60.00 For VIP Seating.

VIP tickets include:  Reserved seating, Pictures at a themed photo shoot of your child, Pictures will be printed and placed at your seats, you will also enjoy wine at your table.


To make this magical Night happen we would love any help you want to offer, we are looking for the following items:

  • Children who want to preform and share their talents during the evening (If your interested contact Mrs. Heller at : BHeller@santancs.com)
  • Old Pool Noodles
  • White Christmas lights ( White lights on white strings are the best!)
  • Clear plastic bulbs
  • LARGE card board boxes –T.V boxes or appliances boxes”

More important Dates to Remember 

  • Jan. 25th– East Mark Color Run
  • Jan. 29th– Kinder Information Night @5:30-7:30
  • Jan. 31st– January PBIS Store
  • Feb. 1st– Learning Celebration/ STEM Fest @8:30-2:00 at Power Campus
  • Feb. 5th– Spring Pictures
  • Feb. 8th– Family Fun Night @5:30
  • Feb. 13th– San Tan University Parent Night
  • Feb. 14th– Staff Appreciation Day
  • Feb. 17th– President’s Day NO SCHOOL 
  • Feb. 18th– First Grade Field Trip 
  • Feb. 19th– Kinder Field Trip
  • Feb. 26th– Half Day 
  • Feb. 29th– A Night in Atlantis!
  • Feb. 3rd-6th– Book Fair
  • Mar. 4th-6th– Half Day Teacher Conference
  • Mar. 9-18th– Spring Break 

Spring Clubs

You can still register for upcoming clubs at STCS Recker!
We have quite a variety to choose from such as, Horsing Around – hobby horse
racing, Book Club – reading/activity/snacks that go along with the book,
Multicultural Club – culture, art, music and dance, Math Club, BEST Sports,
Chess Club, JR. Lego Club, How to draw cool stuff and so on!  You can
register for the teacher clubs at the front office (clubs labeled make payments
to STCS) and register for Outside/Vendor clubs through their own website.
Check it out!  Clubs start Monday, Jan. 27.  You can register
for most at any time! Here is the link for the club catalog:  https://santancharterschool.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/2020-spring-club-catalog.pdf


SMILE! Spring picture day is coming up on Feb. 5, more details to follow!  We need at least 5-6 volunteers to help with the flow of picture day.  We will be having individual pictures as well as class pictures.  Your time is greatly appreciated!  Event 8-3pm.

Order Your Pictures today! Online Access Code: T5CZNJ7 https://dorianstudio.com/prepayment/?utm_source=2020+Spring+PP%2FCG+Picture+Day+Reminder&utm_campaign=c0950419f9-AUTOMATION__1_COPY_02&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_32e57df027-c0950419f9-179689545

Feb. 19th, 2020

Kindergarten Field Trip

Our Kindergarteners are welcome to attend the Schoolwide Kindergarten class field trip in February! They will  be leaving the school at 9:00 a.m. and arrive back to school at 1:00 p.m. We will be sending out permission slips in their green Friday folders this week! Permission slips and $20 fee are due February 5th.

If you are interested in having your Kindergarten student attend, please email me at: JBittinger@santancs.com and BHeller@santancs.com.


Eastmark Color Run 

San Tan Charter School is excited to partner with the 5th Annual Eastmark Parkway Color Run and many other schools in our area- a portion of the Proceeds will directly benefit for all who participate and all who donate. If you would like to volunteer at the event, please contact bheller@santancs.com

January 25th @ 9:00am (registration opens at 7:30am)
Post race event will run until Noon
DJ, Bounce Houses, Food Trucks and MORE!
Located in Eastmark’s Great Park
10100 E Ray Rd, Mesa 85212
REGISTER TODAY! www.EPColorRun.org

Lunch Orders 

Everyone (even returning families) will need to re-register for a new account on the system. If you are interested in participating in a hot lunch for the upcoming school year, please click on the link below. All hot lunches come with a meat, vegetarian, or salad option as well as 2% white milk or water at the cost of $3.75 per day. All January lunch orders MUST be completed by the end of day Thursday, January 23rd at 11:59 PM

February’s Lunch Menu is ready at http://secure.santancharterschool.com/

Arizona Tax Credit– Donation Opportunity 

The tax credit program is the perfect way to give and support San Tan Charter School. The program is a win/win for everyone. By redirecting your tax dollars, you will support special programs at San Tan Charter School such as Music Education and STEM, which each student participates in and Physical Education including Character Education, in which students participate in daily. It also helps support our Library and computer lab time for our students.

The best part, is whatever you contribute, you will receive dollar for dollar back on your state taxes. So, if you give $100, you can deduct that $100 off what you owe in taxes. If you are a married couple, you may only contribute up to $400. If you are single, the total amount that you can contribute is $200. A one-time contribution is also wonderful.

The form link is now open at https://yqysjrrxph.formstack.com/forms/?1627645-EuNcDzZTd2

Our Private Montessori School gives out around $45,000.00 a year in scholarship to those families in need, we are able to offer these scholarships because of the Arizona Private School tax credit program. The best part is whatever you contribute, you will receive dollar for dollar back on your state taxes with this program as well. So, if you give $500, you can deduct that $500 off what you owe in taxes. If you are a married couple, you may contribute up to $1,138. If you are single, the total amount that you can contribute is $569. Here is the live link for the Private School Tax Credit: