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Representative Reginald Bolding Visits Paseo Students

Representative Reginald Bolding stopped by Lindsay Delgado’s 4th Grade class to visit with students. The legislator answered questions about state government, the legislative process, and how he got to where he is today. Students were engaged in the discussion and asked many follow-up questions.

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Laveen Breaks Ground on David Glasser Athletic Complex

Laveen Elementary School District held a groundbreaking celebration for the David Glasser Athletic Complex on November 3. The complex will be built on the site of the old Laveen School at 5001 W. Dobbins.

The new athletic complex will include a football/soccer field and two baseball fields. It will serve the various youth ball clubs of Laveen.

The complex is named in honor of fallen Phoenix Police Officer David Glasser who was killed in the line of duty in 2016 while responding to a burglary call within the Laveen community.

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Paseo classroom receives $715 in literacy materials

Paseo Pointe teacher Ren Fahey received a $715 grant to provide personal libraries for his classroom.

The DonorsChoose.org grant provided 30 copies of the following books: The Outsiders, The Giver, Hatchet, and Among the Hidden, as well as a DVD of The Giver and A Cry in the Wild.

Fahey’s literary project is designed with an eye toward creating multiple student and parent engagement outcomes. Students will participate each quarter in a literary and genre study. Each student will receive one book per quarter. Since the books are theirs to keep, they will be able to highlight passages, add comments, and bring the books home to share with their parents.

They will then create projects to reflect how well they understood the novel study. Students will present their projects to classmates either digitally or with poster boards at the end of each quarter and, as a class, will watch the movie that accompanies the book.

 

 

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Laveen Raises $7,213 To Benefit Mexico Earthquake Recovery

Students and staff in the Laveen Elementary School District raised $7,213 to support recovery efforts for Mexico’s devastating earthquake. The funds were raised through a Dress Down Day fundraiser held on September 29.

For $1, students were permitted to dress out of uniform and staff members could dress in business casual attire. All eight schools and district departments participated. Parents and community members also made donations.

The idea came from Brittney Downs, a third grade teacher at Paseo Pointe — the district’s dual language immersion school. The school was celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month and students were researching various Spanish speaking countries when the earthquake struck.

“In the midst of our efforts to celebrate these cultures, Mexico was hit by a tragedy.  Helping will connect our students to the Mexican people in a way that goes deeper than just studying their culture,” Downs explained. “What better way to honor them than to lend a helping hand in a time of need?”

She pitched the idea to district superintendent Dr. Bill Johnson who was immediately on board with the idea. “We have so many students who have family members in Mexico. I’ve been asking staff to think of ways in which we can show our support to our families impacted by this tragedy. This district-wide effort allows students, staff, and our entire Laveen community to help many of our neighbors and friends.”

“I think all people, children included, know and feel the benefits when they help others.  When we fill other people’s buckets, our buckets are getting filled too,” Downs said. “I hope our fundraiser reflects our hearts for loving our neighbor- in our classrooms, in our community, and all over the world. I hope the students are empowered to a lifetime of serving others.”

The money will be sent to GlobalGiving which provides critical resources such as housing, medical aid, water, and emotional support.

 

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Paseo Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

As a dual language immersion school, we strive to educate our students about world cultures. The month of September is a dedicated time to celebrate Hispanic and Latino Americans heritage and culture. Paseo Pointe School, along with the PTA, hosted a number of activities and events during this month.

A bulletin board contest was held to highlight the many Spanish-speaking countries in the world. Classrooms decorated the hallway bulletin boards with information on the selected countries. Families then had an opportunity to judge the boards at the PTA’s Family Night. Winners were:

  • 1st Place — Nicaragua (Ashley Perez’s preschool class)
  • 2nd Place — Chile (Christine Iwinski’s 3rd Grade class)
  • 3rd Place —Dominican Republic (Lindsay Delgado’s 4th grade class).

A Hispanic Heritage Parade was also held with students representing their assigned country.

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Laveen Lions Club Provides School Supplies to All Laveen Schools

The Laveen Lions provided backpacks and school supplies to each of our eight schools. Each school received 50 backpacks, composition notebooks, eraser packs, boxes of pencils, and pencil bags. They also received 250 notebooks, 100 packs of loose leaf paper, and 150 pocket folders. The schools determined how the supplies were to be distributed to students.

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