Spartan News Blast
A Weekly Publication from Scottsdale Preparatory Academy
August 29, 2019

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August 30
Half Day 
R&R Weekend
Middle School Social Event

September 2
Labor Day - No School

September 4
Picture Day for 
6th-11th grade

September 16
No School - GH Faculty In Service

September 20
Senior Blazer Ceremony

September 25
Senior Picture Day

September 30
No School - Fall Recess

October Break
October 7-11

Early Release: Parent Conferences
October 14-19

October 16

Headmaster Message
Please click  here  for a message from Ms. Chan ey.
Spirit Wear Day
Show Spartan Pride on Friday, August 30th!  Students may wear their High School Class T-shirts and Spirit Wear shirts with uniform bottoms.
Picture Day - Wednesday, September 4th
URGENT - Volunteers Needed!
September 4 is picture day for all 6th-11th grade students! Seniors will be photographed on Wednesday, September 25th. 
Pictures may be ordered at  using Picture Day ID: SR219089Q0. Picture envelopes will be sent home with students this week and additional envelopes are available in the school lobby.
To help make picture day run smoothly, we need volunteers to help from 7:30 am to 3:00 pm, or any part of the day is also appreciated. If you are able to help, please contact Jo Polk at
Uniform Jackets
Click  here  to order school-approved jackets that  can be worn in the classroom! Store closes Tuesday, September 3rd.
College Counseling Corner
All high school students are welcome and encouraged to attend college visits that take place during lyceum or during their lunch period. All visits will take place in the tech lab.  Click Here  for a complete list of colleges visiting Scottsdale Prep this fall. 
Additionally, we will host application workshops for our seniors immediately after school at 2:35 pm in the tech lab. All students applying should plan to attend the following application workshops:
  • Barrett, the Honors College - Wednesday, September 4th
  • ASU - Tuesday, September 10th
  • UA Honors College - Wednesday, September 11th
Early Release - August 30th
Middle School Students - are not dismissed until 12:35 pm on half days and will not arrive outside for pick-up until 12:45 pm at the earliest! 
Parents who arrive prior to 12:40 pm for pick-up will be asked to circle the building,  as it blocks our high school families during their pick-up time
Ancient Mediterranean Travelers
Enroll before August 31st, 2019
Click here  to learn more and how to enroll your student!
Headmaster Coffee
Friday, September 27th
8:05 am in the Library
Please join Ms. Chaney for a morning coffee to hear about curriculum and academics!
Lacrosse Team
Are your students interested in playing Lacrosse? Please click here to learn more and indicate your interest in the formation of a Great Hearts lacrosse team. If you have any additional questions or comments, please email
Save money and pre-order your yearbook for $45 now!
Click here to order!  The Scottsdale Preparatory Academy School Number: 16379.  Keep your order number handy when you log on.
Clubs and Activities
We encourage our families to visit the updated  list of clubs and activities  for the new school year here. If you have any questions, please email the club sponsor listed for additional information.
Nurse Sheneman's Health Office Corner
Cold and Flu Season Has Begun Early!
Ways to prevent illness: Get adequate sleep, drink lots of water (send your student with a water bottle to school), take vitamins, COVER YOUR COUGH, WASH YOUR HANDS!
  • ILLNESS GUIDELINES - Click HERE to learn when to keep your child home from school. Please contact Mrs. Sheneman at if you have any questions or concerns.
  • IT'S HOT OUT THERE!  Please remember to send your student to school with a refillable water bottle, and encourage them to drink water so they stay hydrated. Drinking plenty of water will help prevent dehydration, headaches, dizziness, stomachaches, and will help your student concentrate better in class.
From the Office of Academy Giving
Dear wonderful Prep Families,
My name is Paola Gale and I have the privilege of as serving as the Academy Giving Manager for our school community. My role at SPA is to raise the funds for our school that make our educational model possible. I look forward to partnering with you throughout the school year to support our great academy. In the meantime, please feel free to contact me at 480-776-3571 or,  should you need any assistance starting your school year.
Paola Gale
Academy Giving Manager
Archway Scottsdale | Scottsdale Prep
Corporate Matching Gifts Program
Did you know that you can double or even triple your Community Investment and Tax Credit donations to Archway Scottsdale? Many companies will match your donations to our school through their Corporate Gift Matching Programs. And it's an easy way to increase the impact of your donations!
Simply click on this link , type the name of your employer in the "Matching Gifts" tab, and hit submit to find out if your company offers a Corporate Matching Gifts Program. If your company does have a Matching Gifts program, please submit the appropriate paperwork to your Human Resources department to have your gifts to our school matched. Please contact Paola Gale at or 480-776-3571 with any questions.

A very heartfelt thank you to each of the following families who have already supported Scottsdale Prep this school year through their employer matching gift programs: Attisha, Bernhardt, Bright, Cahill, Chiappetti, Choudhury, Daniel, Dresser, Dumins, Ganesan, Kapur, Malinasky, Nagaraj, Philippart, Ross, and Ward

Tickets on Sale now for 2019 Great Hearts Gala
Join us at the Great Hearts Gala on September 28th at Chateau Luxe, including a hosted cocktail hour, silent and live auction, dinner, program, music, and dancing under the stars! Funds raised at the Gala support Great Hearts teachers network-wide through professional development and the Teacher Excellence Fund.
Visit to purchase your tickets or sponsorship package today! Contact Brenna Norris at or 602-438-7045  for additional information.
  • MIDDLE SCHOOL Half-Day Social
    • August 30th from 2-4pm, $15 at the door
    • KTR Indoor Action Sports Playground (Their new location is at 9009 Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale)
  • SPA PSO MEETING: Please join us for our September PSO board/general meeting on Friday, September 6th at 8:15am in the SPA library! All SPA parents are welcome and encouraged to come!
  • 8th Grade Families and anyone who wants to appreciate teachers. There are still a few slots needing to be filled for the first teacher appreciation lunch of the year on Friday, September 13th from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. This lunch is hosted by 8th grade families, but the support by way of donations and volunteers from all grades is warmly welcomed! Please see the sign up HERE to see how you can help and stay tuned for upcoming lunches!  We have something "cooking" nearly every month of the school year!
  • PLEASE CONSIDER HELPING: Sign up for a Faculty Birthday! There are just a few faculty names still available! To make the faculty feel extra special, please consider signing up HERE to buy a birthday lunch for a faculty member!
  • PSO VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR 2019-2020: Let's start the new school year off running! All SPA parents please fill out this short online PARENT VOLUNTEER FORM for 2019-2020 even if you have been a dedicated volunteer in the past (for which we thank you!). We ask that this form be filled out annually by all parents so everyone has the opportunity to participate in grade level activities and new interests. Thank you! Together wE  Achieve More!
  • Reminder:  Looking for information? Go to
Homework Club Registration
Scottsdale Prep's Homework Club provides monitored after-care for all students until 5:30pm daily, and we also offer a "Half-Day Only" option. Click  here  for the registration forms and click here for the payment portal.
Fingerprinting Information  
Scottsdale Preparatory Academy will hold a fingerprinting event after the start of the new school year in the fall. If you would like to secure a Fingerprint Card now, Postalmax in Scottsdale is available to provide information on how to secure a Level 1 IVP Fingerprint Card.  Please click here for more information. 
15560 N Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard
Scottsdale, Arizona 85260 
PSO Lunch Program
August and September lunch menus are now available! 
Please c lick  here  for instructions on how to order lunch for your student.

Half-Day Lunch Volunteers
2019-2020 School Year:  Sign-up  here 
Full Day Lunch Volunteers
1st Quarter 2019:  Sign-up  here

As always, THANK YOU for supporting our SPA PSO Lunch Program!!
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