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October 8-12
Fall Break 

October 15-19
Early Release- Parent Conferences

October 15-18
Used Uniform Sale
SPA Library

October 16-17-18
Code Ninjas

 October 19
Homecoming Game

 October 20
Homecoming Dance


 October 26
Headmaster Coffee
The HS Experience

October 26
MS Harvest Festival

Assistant Headmaster Messages
Click here for a message from Mr. Gilfillan, HS Asst. Headmaster
Click here for a message from Mr. Gale, MS Asst. Headmaster
Scottsdale Prep Theatre Arts is proud to present
All School Musical, The Pajama Game
October 4th and 5th at 7pm, October 6th at 2pm  
Conditions at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory are anything but peaceful as sparks fly between new superintendent, Sid Sorokin, and Babe Williams, leader of the union grievance committee. Their stormy relationship comes to a head when the workers strike for a 7 ½ cent pay increase, setting off not only a conflict between management and labor, but a battle of the sexes as well.
The Pajama Game was awarded the 1955 Tony for Best Musical and, over half of a century later, claimed the award for Best Revival of a Musical, proving that the story is truly timeless. With an energetic score by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross (Damn Yankees), The Pajama Game is brimming with songs and dances that have become musical theatre standards, including "Steam Heat" and "Hernando's Hideaway."  

  • Save the Date for the Fall 2019 Used Uniform Sale during conference week.  The sale will be open in the afternoons Monday, October 15 through Thursday, October 18 from noon to 3 pm in the SPA library.  If you are considering donating outgrown uniforms, now is a great time so they can be included in this sale. Thank you to all who support SPA through the used uniform sale!  If you would like to help with the sale, please click here
  • Save the Date:  Join us for dinner Wednesday, October 17th fron 5pm to 8pm at Wildflower Bread Company off of Raintree to help support Scottsdale Prep.  Flyer is required, so please remember to bring it with you when  you visit. 
  • October 16th, 17th & 18th - Code Ninjas - This week is all half days so send them to Code Ninjas on campus in Room 111 to learn how to code on scratch, javascript, robotic, and have some fun with STEM-based activities. Middle School students will learn to code through engaging game-based curriculum that teaches teamwork, logic, math, problem-solving, critical thinking and making new friends with the same interest! Each day is $20 from 1pm-3pm. Come one, two or three days! Seating is limited to 20 students. Contact Kathleen Anderson at  for payment and enrollment.  High School Coding Classes will be coming soon!
  • Get your Dollar Donuts at SPA! Dollar Donuts are back every Thursday to support the senior class! 
  • Don't forget to continue using the Amazon link to make purchases and use to order from Shutterfly or Tiny Prints. Both earn money for SPA at no extra cost to you. 
  • Reminder :  Looking for information? Go to
October 15th-19th
Pep Assembly (with shortened class periods): Friday, October 19th

We hope to provide a fun, spirited week in which all students and faculty participate.  The week will culminate with Varsity football and volleyball games.  The dress up days will generate a school wide sense of pride that will be evident in the classroom and the hallways, giving everyone the opportunity to support the academy!  
Monday 10/15: ARTFUL ACCESSORIES (students may accessorize the uniform with ties, bows, shoes, ribbons, beads, gloves, headbands of ANY color)  
Tuesday 10/16: SILLY SOCKTOBER  (students may wear any kind of crazy, colorful socks)  
Wednesday 10/17: WHITE OUT WEDNESDAY (students may wear white, logo free tshirts and socks)  
Thursday 10/18:  TIE-DYE THURSDAY (students may wear tie-dye, logo-free tshirts)  
Friday 10/19: SPARTAN SPIRIT DAY (students may wear any type of Spartan spirit wear shirt)
Join us for the Homecoming Tailgate before Homecoming Game Oct.19th
Meal selection includes Chick-Fil-A sandwich or 8 piece chicken nuggets plus chips, cookie, and water for just $7.  Please preorder meals by clicking  here to preorder.  
Harvest Festival - 
6th, 7th & 8th Grades
October 26, 2018 7pm-9pm
October 26 - Don 't miss the middle school Harvest Festival on October 26th 7:00pm to 9:00pm @ Kerr Cultural Center located at 6110 N. Scottsdale Rd. All 6th thru 8th graders welcome. SPA students only. The cost is $15 per student in advance ($20 at the door). Pay here We also need your help with chaperoning, decorating, candy, prizes, etc. Sign up here.
Second Annual Rotary Interact Club Dodgeball Tournament
Tuesday, 10/16 starting at 12:45 p.m. in the SPA Gym
Mark your calendars for the Second Annual Rotary Interact Club Dodgeball Tournament to be held Homecoming Week on Tuesday, 10/16 starting at 12:45 p.m. in the SPA gym.  Eight middle school teams of five players and eight high school teams of five players will compete for first place distinction in each category.  The cost is $10 per player ($50 total)  and proceeds will be donated to Gigi's Playhouse, a Down's Syndrome Achievement Center where several Great Hearts students volunteer their time and talent.  Students must select a team captain, pick a creative team name and sign up to pay the $50 donation on the SPA payment portal.   Last year, the Gucci Gang took first place at the Middle School level and we hope to see them return to defend their title!  Pre-Registration tables will be set up on Tuesday & Thursdays during lunch periods, but payment must be made on-line.
Parent-Teacher Conferences in October
Week of October 15th - 19th
An email will be sent out to all families by the end of day on Friday, September 22nd  with specific information about parent-teacher conferences.  The following sections will be receiving conferences in October.  Any sections not listed, will receive an opportunity for a conference in January.  Scottsdale Prep brings together all of a student's teachers for a 15 minute conference.  Due to scheduling limitations, we will be unable to re-schedule due to a conflict or missed conference.  Click here for a copy of the Fall Conference Week Bell Schedule.

Our College Counselors, Mrs. Sterner and Fletcher, invite high school parents and students to meet with them during conference week- Monday, October 15- Friday, October 19. Please select a day and time from the Sign Up Genius options here. You can also contact them at or  to schedule a meeting for afterschool at your convenience!

Grade Level
Specific Sections for Conferences
Sign-Up or Assigned Time
6th Sections A, D, E (McKernon Math) E (Peters Math) &   All New Students to SPA 6th Grade
Online Sign-up Genius on designated days. Click highlighted link. 
7th Sections B (Rafal Math), B (Stone Math) DE & All New Students to SPA 7th Grade
Online Sign-up Genius on designated days. Student lead conference. Click highlighted link. 
8th Sections C, D, E, G, H, L &
 All New Students to SPA
Conference time assigned. Student lead conference.
9th Students in Mr. Brazzel's & 
Mr. Chapman's HL 
All New Students to SPA
Conference time assigned. Student lead conference.
10th Students in Mr. Gilfillan's & Mr. Minor's HL (3/4)
All New Students to SPA
Conference time is assigned. Student lead conference. 
Students in Mr. Hudson's HL (1/2) & (5/6)
All New Students to SPA
Conference time is assigned. Student lead conference. 
12th All Students Conference time is assigned. Student lead conference. 
Senior Ads
Express love and congratulations for your graduate with personalized space in the yearbook!  Senior ads are on sale now for $75.   Prices go up after Nov. 5th, the last day to purchase and submit your ad is Dec. 14th.  Click here to begin designing the ad.  Use order number 16379.
Order SPA's 18-19 yearbook online now!
Click  here for information to order your yearbook today!
New Spirit Wear has arrived!   
They will be sold for $20 per t-shirt at most home volleyball and football games, and during homecoming week. 
Lunch Menus - October through December
Our October through December lunch menu is ready for you to place orders.  Visit
To volunteer, go to:   2nd Quarter Lunch Volunteers- full days and 
THANK YOU for supporting our SPA PSO Lunch Program! 
Ada Betancourt,  Lunch Oversight Coordinator
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- when to keep your child home from school. 
A child who is sick will not be able to perform well in school and is likely to spread the illness to other children and staff.  We suggest making a plan for childcare ahead of time so you will not be caught without a comforting place for your child to stay if he/she is ill. 
If your child has any of the following symptoms, please keep your child home
Child must be at home?
Temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher
YES - when accompanied by behavior changes or other apparent symptoms, the student must be fever free, without the aid of fever reducing medication, for 24 hours before returning to school.
Sore Throat
YES - If with a fever or swollen neck glands.  If student has a positive strep test they may return to school after 24 hours of antibiotics.
YES - thick mucus or pus draining from the eye or pink eye.  With pink eye you may see white or yellow discharge, matted eyelids after sleep, eye pain, redness or itching.  Your child must receive 24 hours of antibiotics before returning to school.
Cough and/or discolored nasal discharge, stuffy nose with clear drainage, sneezing, mild cough
NO - your child may go to school if they are able to take part in school activities.  A frequent, moist, productive cough, chest congestion, and/or nasal discharge that are not clear in color may be contagious and require treatment.
YES - students with vomiting and/or diarrhea will not be able to attend school, remain at school and/or return to school for 24 hours if they are experiencing these symptoms.
YES - especially with fever or itching.  Any child with an undiagnosed rash will be excluded.
Lice, scabies
YES - Students may not return to school until they have been treated for infestation and are free of nits (lice eggs attached to the hair shaft).  A visual inspection of the hair by school personnel is required prior to re-admittance.  Inspection will be done privately and with respect.
If your child exhibits any of these symptoms while at school, you will be notified and your child will be sent home. Please contact Mrs. Sheneman at if you have any questions or concerns.
Drop-Off/Pick-Up Reminders
A gentle reminder that all students who do not drive are to be dropped off at the back of the building. Once the front door is locked prior to the start of the school day students will be asked to walk around on the paved walkway on the side of SPA. Pick-up of students at the end of day is also to be at the back of the building for the safety of SPA students.  Thank you!
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