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ISSUE #10 DECEMBER 20, 2013 , 2013

Principals Message
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With a reputation for exemplary academic standards, CFSD is helping an everexpanding group of children experience the tradition of excellence in education , that we have established. If you know of families who might be interested in 2013 joining our CFSD/Ventana Vista family, please tell them about your experience here! Open Enrollment applications are available online at As a reminder, current Open Enrollment families must reapply each year between December 1 and the end of February.
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Help us promote the following events for new families: New Student/Open Enrollment Family Tours MARCH Join Mrs. Boling for one of her weekly tours to learn all about Ventana Vista. 23, 2012 Please call 209-8001 for a schedule and to RSVP. Kindergarten Show and Tell , 2010 Tuesday, January 28 or Tuesday, February 11 at 2:00 PM This special opportunity is designed for prospective kindergarten students and their parents. The children will visit a kindergarten room with some of the teachers, while other teachers and Mrs. Boling review the curriculum, the typical kindergarten day, and answer questions parents may have about the program. XZXC0000 Please call 209-8001 to RSVP.
09 Spanish Immersion Parent Informational Meeting Wednesday, January 15 or Wednesday, February 12 at 6:30 PM This meeting is for parents interested in learning about our Spanish Immersion Program. Join Mrs. Boling, as well as our immersion teachers, to learn about APRIL 24, 2009 immersion education and our CFSD program. (Note: This meeting is not intended for current immersion families.)

Enjoy a safe, peaceful Winter Break with your families! See you in 2014!

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Kim Boling Principal 520-209-8000

DATES OF INTEREST Monday, December 23rd Friday, January 3rd Winter Break No School Monday, January 6th School Resumes Tuesday, January 7th EARLY RELEASE AM Kinder 8-10:15 PM Kinder 11:15-1:30 Grades 1-5 8:00-1:30 Tuesday, January 14th EARLY RELEASE AM Kinder 8-10:15 PM Kinder 11:15-1:30 Grades 1-5 8:00-1:30 Friday, January 17th Bingo Night VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

A huge thank you to the following parent volunteers for helping out with the all-school DIBELS testing in December. Jacki Nichols Myra Villareal Cathie Ashley Ross Iacomoni Julie Sprotte Laura Butte Julie Emerson We couldn't have done it without you!

Catalina Foothills School District Dr. Mary Kamerzell, Superintendent 209-7500 Governing Board Members Mary Lou Richerson, President 299-4746 Carole Siegler, Vice President 529-1379 John Bergan, Member 878-6180 Eileen Jackson, Member 299-3828 Sherri Silverberg, Member 615-9224 State of Arizona Legislative Representatives for CFSD (please check for contact information) Legislative District 9 Senator Steve Farley Rep. Ethan Orr Rep. Victoria Steele

Enjoy Winter Break!

Important Security Information In accordance with our new security gates and procedures, we need to ask that parents who remain on campus after the 8:00 bell have a Visitor Badge. The badges must be obtained from the office in exchange for your car keys. We appreciate your cooperation in keeping our students safe!

Mission Statement

Office Hours for 2013-2014 are: 7:30 AM 3:30 PM 7:30 AM 2:00 PM (Early Release Tuesdays) Main Office Health Office Attendance Line FAX Durham (Bus) 209-8000 209-8004 209-8090 209-8070 615-7635

The mission of Catalina Foothills School District and Ventana Vista Elementary School is to guarantee that each student achieves academic and personal excellence, becomes a lifelong learner and is a responsible citizen of the world, by engaging all students in meaningful programs which meet the highest educational and ethical standards within a caring, collaborative learning community.

Catalina Foothills Unified School District #16

2101 E. River Road, Tucson, AZ 85718
(520) 209-7500 (520) 209-7570 FAX


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C e n t u r y L e a r n in g C o m m u n it y

November 1, 2013

To: From: Subject:

Parents of CFSD Students Mary Kamerzell, Superintendent of Schools

Open Enrollment for School Year 2014-2015

Pursuant to A.R.S. 15-816 Catalina Foothills School District will begin its open enrollment procedures for the 2014-2015 school year effective December 1, 2013. The law requires every Arizona school district to follow a prescribed procedure and timetable for admitting out-ofdistrict transfer students and resident transfer students (those who live in the District but are attending a school outside the attendance area of their residence). All students who currently attend CFSD schools and reside in other districts, and all CFSD resident students who are attending a different school than they would based on their residence, are impacted by this law. We require that all open enrollment students apply for admission each year. Therefore, if your child is a resident transfer (open enrollment) student and you want him/her to continue in that capacity, or if your child resides outside of the district and you want him/her to continue to attend a CFSD school next year, please complete an application form between

December 1, 2013, and February 28, 2014. applications and information regarding the application process are on the district web site, (as of December 1, 2013), or
Open Enrollment at the district office Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The district office is located at: Catalina Foothills School District J. W. Murphey Administration Center 2101 E. River Road Tucson, AZ 85718 (520) 209-7539 Applications will be available as of December 1, 2013, and may be completed on line (, or submitted in person at the district office. Electronic applications must be submitted no later than February 28, 2014, and hard copies by 4:00 p.m. February 28, 2014. Decisions about admission, based on capacity, will be made by April l, 2014. At that time, all applicants will be notified whether their applications have been accepted, wait listed, or declined.

Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) for identification of Gifted Students Midyear Testing Schedule SY 2013-2014 In accordance with state requirements, the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) is offered at different times during the year. The CogAT is used to identify students for gifted services and is required for students who wish to be considered for the 3rd grade Extended Studies Cluster (ESC) or 4th and 5th grade Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS). ONLY STUDENTS IN GRADES 3-5 WHO ARE NEW TO THE SCHOOL OR HAVE NOT BEEN TESTED IN THE PAST TWO YEARS ARE ELIGIBLE TO TEST AT THIS TIME. Students who have been tested or are currently receiving gifted services do not retest. It is recommended that parents consult with the classroom teacher and/or gifted specialist before requesting testing. The testing takes 3 sessions to complete. Students must attend all three sessions. Parents must request testing in writing by Tuesday, January 7, 2014. Forms are available in the school office or by email from the gifted specialist, Liane Cooper ( Testing is in the IDS room (CV- 5th gr. pod and VV- room 214- (in the 5th gr. section). Grades 3 5 Canyon View Ventana Vista 7:10-7:55 7:10-7:55 7:10-7:55 Thursday January 9 Friday January 10 Monday January 13 Tuesday January 14 7:10-7:55 Wednesday January 15 7:10-7:55 Thursday January 16 7:10-7:55


Dolla r - For - Dolla r

Catalina Foothills School District


Use your 2013 Arizona school tax credit to help a child get more out of school.
Arizona law (ARS 43-1089.01) allows taxpayers to receive a tax credit of up to $200 (single filer) or $400 (joint filers) if they contribute to extracurricular fee-based programs in public schools. A tax credit is a full refund of what you owe in state taxes, dollar-for-dollar.

Heres how it works:

Just send a donation to the Catalina Foothills School District, earmarked for support of one of our many qualifying feebased extracurricular activities. (See below.) We will send you a receipt for your records. Then, when you fill out your 2013 Arizona state taxes, you can subtract your donation up to $400 from what you owe in taxes.

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! - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Yes! I would like to donate to a school, or schools, in the Catalina Foothills USD #16 and receive a tax credit up to $400.
Taxpayers Name: __________________________________ Address: __________________________________ __________________________________ E-mail: ___________________________ Phone: ____________________________ ___ Please direct my donation as needed OR to the following school(s)1 and program(s): ___ Canyon View Elementary ___ Program with greatest need ___ After school classes/Extended Day ___ Manzanita Elementary ___ Program with greatest need ___ After school classes/Extended Day ___ Sunrise Drive Elementary ___ Program with greatest need ___ After school classes/Extended Day ___ Ventana Vista Elementary ___ Program with greatest need ___ After school classes/Extended Day ___ Orange Grove Middle School ___ Program with greatest need ___ After school classes/Extended Day ___ Esperero Middle School ___ Program with greatest need ___ After school classes/Extended Day ___ Catalina Foothills High School ___ Program with greatest need ___ After school classes/Extended Day program ____________________ ___ Athletics _____________________ ___ Theatre/drama ___ Academic competition (Science ___ Band ___ Choir ___ Other2 _______________________
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Donations may be made by filling out the form and including payment in the following ways: On-line at using MasterCard or Visa by December 31, 2013. In person at any CFSD school or the district office with a check payable to Catalina Foothills School District (CFSD) by December 20, 2013. By mail with a check payable to CFSD, postmarked by December 31, 2013, and mailed to: CFSD Tax Credit 2101 E. River Road Tucson, Arizona 85718 Tax credit limit: $400 for married couples filing jointly $200 for single taxpayers $200 each for married couples filing separately Please check with your tax adviser for answers to specific tax-related questions.

Olympiad, Academic Decathlon, etc.)

of all contributions will go to general support, such as equipment and supplies used by all fee-based extracurricular programs, fee waivers for students who need assistance to participate in such programs, and to those programs with the greatest need. Every dollar stays at the school(s) to which you donate.

this space if you would like your contribution to support a more specific activity. Please consult with your school to see if a particular activity qualifies. Note: Your dollars cannot be designated for an individual student.

Ventana Vista Elementary Yearbook 2013-2014


only $30
For questions regarding whether you have purchased a yearbook or to submit photos for the yearbook, please e-mail:

Catalina Foothills School District Foundation

The Board of Trustees of the Catalina Foothills School District Foundation wish you and yours a holiday season lled with good friends, family and peaceful pleasures. As you make your year-end giving decisions, wont you please consider a tax deductible donation to the Foundations DOLLAR-A-DAY program. If every family gives one dollar a day or $365 for each family, we would generate nearly $1.5 million to preserve the outstanding schools we have in our community. 100% participation = $1.5 million Every grade, in every school in the District would benet. Your support will help us oset the continuing reductions in state funding, support the hiring and retaining of highly qualied teachers, and assure that our children continue to experience the educational excellence that our high performing schools provide. To donate to the Foundation, visit Thank you to all for your gifts of support throughout the year and especially during this season of giving.

LOVE OUR SCHOOLS GALA Friday, January 24, 2014

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6:00 p.m. Cocktails/Silent Auction/Casino 8:30 p.m. Dinner Served/Teacher Recognition/Live Auction
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$130 per person $1,300 to reserve a table for 10 NOW! (Reserved seating and $100 in Casino Chips included)