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SEPTEMBER 2018 E-NEWSLETTER
Diana Diaz-Harrison Recognition  - 
Fundraisers  -  Zoo Walk  -  Staff Spotlights
Founder/Executive Director
Community Recognition


What an incredible honor! Cox Communications Arizona has chosen AZACS Founder and Executive Director Diana Diaz-Harrison as one of their 2018 Latino leader honorees; recognized for her cultural and social contributions to our state during Hispanic Heritage Month. She will be featured in a 30-second public service announcement that will rotate on Cox channels from mid-September through mid-October. Be sure to tune in! 

In addition, she was recognized on-field during a pre-game recognition at the AZ Diamondbacks Hispanic Heritage game! Congratulations, Diana! AZACS is so proud of your leadership and continuous service to the autism community.


Message from Ms. Diana:
I feel blessed and privileged to do this work for our students, families and community. I give all the credit for any recognition to our wonderful school leaders, teachers and staff who work hands-on with our children every day! Together, they have made the vision for this school a reality.  
ยก Mil gracias!


Giving Back: Fundraisers and Updates

PTO PETER PIPER PIZZA FUNDRAISER

Thank you to everyone who came out to our "Meet the Director" Night during our second fundraiser of the year! Friends and families were able to meet Megan Vincent, Upper School Director, and Matt Drowne, Elementary School Director. All the while, 15% of all purchases benefited AZACS. Keep an eye out for future fundraisers that help support our school!
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FRY'S COMMUNITY REWARDS SYSTEM
**NEW ORGANIZATION NUMBER**


Please note: AZACS Fry's Organization Number is now:
LQ449

Fry's has updated their Community Rewards System and as a result of this update, AZACS has a new account number. Please use this number when you shop at Fry's and you will assist us in getting donation funds from Fry's. 

Questions?
Email Fry's at FrysCommunityRewards @frysfood.com or visit their website at https://www.frysfood.com.


Thank you for your continuous support of AZACS!

Zoo Walk Event - October 13

JOIN #TeamAZACS!

ZooWalk at the Phoenix Zoo is just around the corner! Mark your calendar for October 13 for this fun family event raises money for important autism 
research at ASU. 

Click HERE to join the AZACS team! 

Classroom Corner
Featured photos from the staff of AZACS

Ms. Pilar Bonilla
"BIG congrats to Ms. Pilar are in order!! She is one of our wonderful ABA Program Supervisors at the Elementary School. Yesterday she sat for her BCBA Board exams!." Photo by Mr. Drowne.  


Jawhar
"After doing a remarkable job on today's math quiz, Jawhar takes a fun brain break by doing a connect-the-dot puzzle with nearly 300 dots in it!" Photo by Ms. Goodkind.


Staff Spotlights
Ashley Kinton - Elementary School Campus


Ashley Kinton joined the AZACS Leadership Team as Special Education Director in July 2018. Ashley oversees all special education services, related services and compliance.

Ashley brings a wealth of teaching experience, a depth of knowledge for special education best practice and passion for serving students. Earlier in her career, Ashley spent two years teaching overseas. Ashley has also been a classroom special education teacher and administrator for several years. Ashley's number one goal as the AZACS Special Education Director is to ensure that a compliant, student-centered and research-
based program serves each AZACS student to reach his or her potential.

Outside of her work life, Ashley is an avid traveler. The next destination on her list is Peru. We are so excited to welcome Ashley to the AZACS Leadership Team!


Read more about Ms. Kinton on the AZACS staff directory by clicking HERE.


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Lauren Fields - Upper Campus



Lauren Fields is AZACS Upper School Science Teacher in the Academic Program. It is her second year at AZACS and her first year as the lead teacher in Science. In her new position, she has created a learning environment that fosters growth, inquiry,  and student achievement through hands on labs, experiments, and research opportunities, like "Scientist of the Month"!

These activities support students in going above and beyond the curriculum and really immersing themselves in the subject. We are very excited to see all of the neat projects and learning that she has in store for our Middle and High Schoolers this year!


Read more about Ms. Fields on the AZACS staff directory by clicking HERE.

Mark Your Calendars

Elementary Campus ONLY - Upcoming Half Days
September 12 & 26  /  October 5 & 31

Upper Campus PTA Elections
September 14, 3-5pm

Elementary School Bake Sale
September 21

Elementary Campus ONLY - Professional Development Day
No School for Students
September 24

Upper Campus ONLY - Curriculum Night
September 26, 4-5:30PM
There will be limited student supervision for the first 15 families to RSVP to Megan Vincent mvincent@autismcharter.org

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Elementary PTA General Meeting 
October 3, 6-8pm - at Elementary School Campus

Upper Campus ONLY - Professional Development Day
No School for Students
October 5

Fall Break - Both Campuses
October 8-12

Zoo Walk Event
October 13

Elementary Campus ONLY-Parent/Teacher Conferences
*Half Days*
October 17-19

Fall Picture Day
Elementary Campus - Friday, October 26
Upper Campus - Monday, October 29


The 2018-2019 Calendars are available on our website.
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