School Announcement-1/10/2014

Building Update 5/7/14 – So much seems too happen on a daily basis. There is however, something big happening this weekend; the second story of the classroom building is sitting on site and will be moved on top the first floor this Saturday, May 10th; if you have time between Saturday activities this is something to stop by and see.

http://www.eastvalleytribune.com/local/gilbert/article_f283b84a-9052-11e3-8cfd-0019bb2963f4.html?TNNoMobile

New site_news release 2.26.14

 

 

Dear San Tan Learning Center School Community,

Here it is!  The much anticipated first Principal email for the New Year!  I am sure you all have missed them.  I have included several exciting future events; please read all the way through to the end so you don’t miss anything.  With that being said, let me jump right into it.

When Rita and I started San Tan eight years ago, we went into it with much excitement and zest for learning.  Somehow we were able to encourage 40 other families to begin this journey with us.  With these committed families and five wonderful staff members, combined with our passion and determination, our dream began to emerge into a reality.  Over the years we have experienced many great accomplishments and made painful mistakes, both of which produced tremendous learning opportunities for us to grow as an organization.  Now, that small group of 40 families has grown to over 500, and our staff members have increased, as well, to 60.  

We acknowledge the growth and success of the school and all that the school community has brought into our lives with deep gratitude in our hearts.  We are always looking toward the future to offer more for our amazing school community.  One of those key milestones was a school facility we could all be highly proud of designed to showcase the unique type of learning that happens within our school, an environment designed for greater opportunities for collaborative excellence in learning, creativity, character development, physical fitness, and the endless possibilities we imagine for our school community.

I am excited to announce that San Tan has purchased 6.5 acres of land in the premier master-planned community of Morrison Ranch on the Southwest corner of Recker and Elliot which is just 8 tenths of a mile away. Construction on the site will begin in early February with a projected completion date of June.

We anticipate many of you may have questions. Two informational meetings will be held in the San Tan gym; January 15th (directly following the Common Core Curriculum night that starts at 5:30pm) and January 21st at 6:00pm. Building renderings and elevations will be available for you to view at both meeting.  Attached are the initial drawings along with a link to our builder’s website http://www.acceleratedconstructiontechnologies.com/portfolio_materials/NEWportfolioCharter.shtml

830B – A3.1 Exterior Elevations
830B – A2.1 Floor Plan
830A – A3.1 Exterior Elevations
830A – A2.0 Key Plan
830A – A1.1 Site Plan

Please know that the decision to make the move was difficult. We realize we may lose some families in making the change however; the overwhelming ability for us to better educationally serve the students in our community was an overriding factor in the decision making. Our core focus is and always will continue to be the people, process, and possibilities that have allowed us to grow into the award-winning school we are today.

Below are just some of the exciting features of our new school campus and buildings that will provide additional school safety measures and better serve our students’ learning opportunities, both inside and outside the classroom;

  • A two story office, preschool and elementary classroom building of over 35,000 S.F., housing 30 classrooms.  This is the entire size of our current school facility.
  • Separate Pre-school and Elementary/Jr. High building entrances.
  • Larger classrooms (750 S.F.)
  • Expanded Library/Media Center
  • Dedicated School Computer Lab
  • 14,000 S.F. High school size gym with a full stage, music room, full size basketball court, and P.E. classroom.
  • Dedicated Middle School Rooms and Science Lab.
  • 1.5 Acres of flat grass space to play on.
  • Two play structures, one for PreK/Kinder and one for Elementary, as well as 3 outdoor basketball and 4 tether ball courts.
  • We will be adding a sports program for kiddos in grades 5th – 8th in the following areas; Flag Football, Boys and Girls Basketball, Girls’ Volleyball.

Finally, over the years many people have come to us asking questions about our name San Tan Learning Center, especially the “Learning Center“ portion, wondering if we are a tutoring center like Sylvan Learning Center or a school focused entirely on special needs, like the Higley Learning Center.  With that in mind, our corporate board, after much collaboration, has also instituted a new name that clearly outlines who we are:  San Tan Charter School.  Over the next few months you will begin to see the transition from Learning Center to Charter School.

As you can see, these are exciting times for our school community.  I welcome your questions and comments regarding these changes and look forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming information nights.

Educationally Yours,
Dr. Kristofer Sippel
Principal
San Tan Learning Center

Sippel’s Spotlight: 12/30

The lunch system is now available for February!

Please log on before Jan 20th at midnight to place your child’s February lunch order!

https://secure.learningcenterpublicschools.com/stlc/

 

As one year comes to a close and a new one begins; I find myself looking back fondly on the great first half of a school year that we have had and look forward to the incredible second half we have to look forward too. I can assure you that we have some great things in store for our school community for 2014.

 

If the jolly old elf happened to get some of your gifts at San Tan Village, please save your receipts and turn them into the school so that we can get credit for School Cents and keep our first place ranking.

 

I know that we have continued to ask you our families to participate in the Arizona State Tax Credit program; to-date we have collected about $25,000 which is $15,000 less then what we had collected last year and only half of what we budgeted in this year’s budget. Please take the time now to give what you can up to $400.00; if you are unable to give, please consider forwarding the link below to any and all Arizona family members and friends. All of the funds collected go right to programs that your children participate in, such as daily P.E. and weekly music. Again please consider giving what you can by clicking this link before midnight December 31st. San Tan:  https://www.formstack.com/forms/?1627645-EuNcDzZTd2 to make a secure donation online by credit or debit card.

 

Finally, on Monday, January 6th from 1:45 PM to 3:45 PM the Roadrunner Committee is hosting an event at Polar Ice. The cost is $10 per skater and that includes your skate rental. Look for the Roadrunner table when you come to Polar Ice. They will be collecting all admission money for our event. We look forward to seeing you and spending some fun family time together on our last official day of winter break.

 

Educationally Yours,

 

Dr. Kristofer Sippel

Principal

San Tan Learning Center

Sippel’s Spotlight: 12/15

Please return all Library and SRC books that you may have at home this week.

1/2 days of school this Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.

Sprit Week is this week, below are the activities!

 

Monday- Sports Team Day (Extra Credit for Buffalo Bills ItemsJ)

Tuesday- 80s Day

Wednesday- Crazy Hair Day

Thursday- Solid Color Day

5th Gifted/Middle School – Blue

3rd, 4th, 5th (not Gibson) – Green

Preschool, Kinder, and Kotkin – Red

1st, 2nd, and Gibson – Orange

Friday- Santa Hat Day

Sippel’s Spotlights: 12/10

The lunch menu system is now taking January orders. Due to the short school month in Dec, the cut-off date is Sunday, 12/15 at midnight. Get your orders in today! https://secure.learningcenterpublicschools.com/stlc/

 If your child has come home missing a jacket, sweater, lunchbox, water bottle, or even their homework; there is a good chance it is in our Lost and Found, please stop by the office and take a look at all the goodies that we have collected over the last month. Items not collected by winter break will end up under the Sippel family Christmas tree. . . It will be a good Christmas!

 Have you stopped by the front office and checked out The Giving tree? It has been updated with all the staff “favorites” for the holidays. You can now take a slip of paper with you that has all the information you need this holiday season. My sheet is right in the middle of the tree!

It not too late to go online for your online contribution and take advantage of savings on your state tax returns; It’s a dollar for dollar payback guarantee no matter how little you give.

The link below is for your convenience:

San Tan:  https://www.formstack.com/forms/?1627645-EuNcDzZTd2

STLC is having its very first Family Fun Run on Saturday, December 14th and San Tan Montessori will be a proud sponsor! There will be bounce houses, a raffle, food, and a DJ!  Be sure to get you and your kids running/walking shoes on for this 1 miler around a beautiful lake at Town Center Lake (Higley and Elliott) at 9:00am.  FunRun_registration_formv2

We are especially proud to be doing this with a group of our very own STLC kids who formed a group called Brothers and Sisters Serving Others. They have raised thousands of dollars for local families in need by having yard sales. The Fun Run is a partnership between STLC and Brothers and Sisters Serving Others. 100% of the proceeds will go to help 8 local families with different health challenges. Click here to meet the families – we even have one of our own being sponsored!

We are pleased to announce that we are selling Frost Gelato $10 gift cards for the holiday season.  The school will get $2 back on each card sale.  These gift cards make great holiday gifts. The gift cards can be purchased in the front office. Money raised will go towards Growing Brilliance.

We are proud to announce our first Box Tops for Education and Labels for Education contest! We have a fabulous first prize. On January 10th the entire school will be treated to a Magic Show. However, the class that can bring in the most Box Tops and Labels for Education will win the grand prize of assisting in the magic show. So send in those Box Tops and Labels for Education before Thursday, December 19th. Make sure they are labeled with your teachers’ name!!!!! Box Tops and Labels for Education can be turned into the classroom directly or you can still drop them in the front office. Let the competition begin and good luck!

Upcoming Events

12/11 School Spelling Bee

12/16 School Spirit Week

12/17 Science Fair

12/17 Learning Celebration

12/18 – 12/20 ½ day of school

12/19 & 12/20 Parent Teacher Conferences

12/23 – 1/6 NO SCHOOL

Educationally Yours,

Dr. Kristofer Sippel

Principal

Sippel’s Spotlight: 12/05

Winter Concert tonight at 6:00pm

Students need to be there by 5:40 tonight.

 

Our Winter Concert is today, December 5 at 6:00 pm at the Higley Center for the Performing Arts. The Center is located at 4132 E. Pecos Road, Gilbert. Art Masterpiece is also using this venue as a platform for showcasing artwork. The lobby doors will open at 5:20 for your viewing pleasure.

The students need to be at their assigned waiting areas by 5:40. There will be signs pointing the way and the teachers will be at the waiting area prepared for your students’ arrival. We are excited for this venue change as it allows for you and your family to stay and enjoy the entire concert. With the exception of kindergarten, each class will stay with their teacher after their part in the concert. We have reserved the back part of the auditorium for your student to enjoy the rest of the performance. If you have a kindergartener, please be prepared to pick them up at the front of the auditorium after their performance so that they may enjoy the rest of the concert while sitting with you.

The concert is expected to be 75-90 minutes long and after the concert is over your child will remain with their class in the reserved seats until you pick them up. Please have your child wear nice festive attire such as a nice dress, skirt and blouse, button down shirt and slacks, or suit. Thank you for your support of the music program at STLC and we look forward to seeing you at the concert!

The tax credit program is the perfect way to give and support San Tan Learning Center. The program is a win/win for everyone. By redirecting your tax dollars, you will support special programs at San Tan Learning Center such as Music Education, which each student participates in multiple times a week, and Physical Education, in which students participate in daily. It also provides weekly Library 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.

We have made it so easy to contribute!  Click on the link and you can make your contribution yourself online.  San Tan:  https://www.formstack.com/forms/?1627645-EuNcDzZTd2

Have you stopped by the front office and checked out The Giving tree? It has been updated with all the staff “favorites” for the holidays. You can now take a slip of paper with you that has all the information you need this holiday season.

STLC is having its very first Family Fun Run on Saturday, December 14th and San Tan Montessori will be a proud sponsor! There will be bounce houses, a raffle, food, and a DJ!  Be sure to get you and your kids running/walking shoes on for this 1 miler around a beautiful lake at Town Center Lake (Higley and Elliott) at 9:00am.  FunRun_registration_formv2

We are especially proud to be doing this with a group of our very own STLC kids who formed a group called Brothers and Sisters Serving Others. They have raised thousands of dollars for local families in need by having yard sales. The Fun Run is a partnership between STLC and Brothers and Sisters Serving Others. 100% of the proceeds will go to help 8 local families with different health challenges. Click here to meet the families – we even have one of our own being sponsored!

Registration forms went home with your child this week. It is $10 for an adult and $5 for children 12 and under. Also, feel free to go to the STLC website or to the Brothers and Sisters Serving Others website to register online here: Click here to register! . Remember, 100% of the proceeds will go to help the 8 local families being sponsored!

If you have any questions feel free to contact Tisha Huish at tishahuish@yahoo.com or at 480-471-6520.

 

Upcoming Events

12/5 K – 8 Music Concert

12/6 Last day of Clubs

12/11 School Spelling Bee

12/16 School Spirit Week

12/17 Science Fair

12/17 Learning Celebration

12/18 – 12/20 ½ day of school

12/19 & 12/20 Parent Teacher Conferences

12/23 – 1/6 NO SCHOOL

 

Educationally Yours,

Dr. Kristofer Sippel

Principal

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