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Don't Miss Out! Buy Your Yearbook Now!

Stay Connected and Don't Miss Out On Your 2023-2024 Yearbook!   Our deadline for ordering is February 28th so order yours now!


To Pre-order visit:  Buytheyearbook.com

Enter School ID # 715415


$25 each


02/14/2024 Direct Link

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Scholastic Book Fair February 16th - 23rd

The Scholastic Book Fair is coming! 


Set up an eWallet for an easy digital way to fund your child's shopping! 


Scholastic eWallet


02/13/2024 Direct Link

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Spirit Week February 12 - 16th

It's Spirit Week time!  Let's have fun!


Monday - Mismatch Day


Tuesday - Crazy Hair Day


Wednesday - Red Pink Day


Thursday - Disney Day


Friday - Pajama Day

02/06/2024 Direct Link

Art Supplies

Countryside Art Showcase

You are invited to come early for your parent teacher conferences to view your child's masterpiece.

Our collaborative project for this year is "Countryside is where all the pieces come together"

02/02/2024 Direct Link

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Parent Teacher Conferences February 8 - 9th

Early Release will occur on February 8th and 9th for Parent Teacher Conferences.  

If you have not communicated with your child's teacher to schedule your conference, please reach out to them by email!


See you soon!

02/02/2024 Direct Link

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Personality and Class Group Picture Day is Coming!

Picture Day will be on Wednesday, February 21st and order forms will be on their way to you soon!


The online ordering site will be open for those who wish to order online and the site will close by 9:00 am the morning of picture day.


Students must have a completed envelope or online order receipt to have an individual photo taken.


Dress your best and we will see you there!


Online Ordering

02/01/2024 Direct Link

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Happy Valentine's Day !

Wednesday, February 14th


Happy Valentine's Day Coyotes!  Wear your favorite Valentine's Day color!

02/01/2024 Direct Link

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No School Monday, February 19th

In honor of President's Day there will be no school on February 19th.

Enjoy your long weekend and stay safe!

02/01/2024 Direct Link

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Help Support Our School!

Donate to our Countryside Tax Credit account and help support our after school Fine Arts program, Athletics, campus needs and more!


Stop by the front office for assistance and decorate a heart with your family name for every donation!  Our school goal is $20 per family!


You can also donate online from home via the District website.  Donate now!


01/25/2024 Direct Link

Countryside Coyotes spirit shirt

Countryside Spirit Wear Available for a Limited Time!

Parents, Students and Community Members!


Online orders accepted through January 31st so order yours today!


Online Orders

01/23/2024 Direct Link

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Coyotes Love to Count!

In honor of our 100th Day, Preschool learned how to count using "pepperonis" and 1st grade counted Cheerios!


100th Day fun

01/23/2024 Direct Link

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Tuesday, January 23rd - 100th Day of School

Can you believe it?!  The 100th Day of School!


Ask your kiddos what fun things they are doing in class this week!  You can also celebrate at home with a scavenger hunt to find 100 various items, such as pennies, pencils, crayons or candies!


01/22/2024 Direct Link

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Welcome 2024

It's  a brand new year!  Welcome back to all of our coyotes!  We hope you had an amazing Winter Break and you're ready for 2024!

01/09/2024 Direct Link

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day

There will be no school on Monday, January 15th in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  

01/09/2024 Direct Link

Grinch Visits Countryside

Countryside's Preschool welcomes the Grinch!

Preschoolers welcomed the Grinch to their annual Holiday festivities!  Preschool students were excited about the visit and took turns having their pictures taken!  Thank you to Officer Gaddis and Sargeant Jalbert for joining us!


Grinch Fun

12/19/2023 Direct Link

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Congratulations on your years of service!

Congratulations to our amazing team members for their time and dedication to our students and our community! 


Years of Service Recognition



12/08/2023 Direct Link

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2nd Annual Winter Family Jam

Friday, December 15th

6 - 8 pm


Dancing, crafts, photo booth and so much more!


Tickets are $2 and on sale until December 8th.  Tickets must be pre-purchased; no tickets will be sold at the door! 

Please reach out to your child's teacher if you need an order form!


12/01/2023 Direct Link

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Winter Break December 25th - January 5th

All school will be closed for Winter Break from December 25th through January 5th.


Enjoy time with family and friends and we will see you on Monday, January 8th!

12/01/2023 Direct Link

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Countryside's Winter Concert 2023

Join us Wednesday, December 20th @ 6pm


Our coyotes will be singing a variety of Holiday songs for your entertainment!


"I am the Happiest Christmas Tree" by Kindergarten and Choir

"Feliz Navidad" by Kindergarten

"Here Comes Santa Claus" by First Grade

.....and so many more!

12/01/2023 Direct Link

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Penguin Patch Holiday Shopping December 4th - 8th

Countryside's PTSA is hosting a Penguin Patch Holiday Shop during the school day for your students to experience the joy of giving!


Students will have the opportunity to select gifts for their loved ones, wrap it up and have it ready for the holidays!    Money envelopes will be sent home for parents/guardians to send money back with their students so that they can shop.  (Every gift is inexpensive with kid-friendly pricing from .25 cents to $12.)

12/01/2023 Direct Link

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Early Release for Winter Break

Countryside Elementary Early Release - Friday, December 22nd @ 12 pm


Happy Holidays!

12/01/2023 Direct Link

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Countryside's 10th Annual Turkey Trot

Our Coyotes had an amazing time during our 10th Annual Turkey Trot!  Thank you to our Specials teachers for organizing this fun afternoon!


Turkey Trot


11/28/2023 Direct Link

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Thank you Officer Smith for hanging with us!

Our visiting officers love to spend time with our Coyotes at recess whether it's playing football or "working out"!   The students really look up to them as positive role models!


Officer Smith

11/28/2023 Direct Link

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Library Cards for Students!

The Surprise Libraries provided applications to Dysart students for parents to apply for them a library card.  This was a district wide event with over 1,500 cards being created for our Dysart students!  

Countryside Elementary received theirs last week!

Thank you ladies for making this such an easy process for our families!


Library Cards

11/06/2023 Direct Link

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Fall Celebration

Preschool ended October with a costume parade through the hallways and a pumpkin search!  

This was a fun time for our youngest coyotes!


Celebrate!

11/03/2023 Direct Link

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Veteran's Day - No School on November 10th

"We don't know them all, but we owe them all."

-Unknown


Thank you to all Veterans everywhere!

11/01/2023 Direct Link

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Happy Thanksgiving!

No School November 20th - 24th


Wishing you all a safe holiday spending time with family and friends!


We will see you back to school on Monday, November 27th.

11/01/2023 Direct Link

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Picture Retakes - Thursday, November 30th

Picture retake day is for those students who are new to the school, were absent on the original picture day, or for those whose parents just want retakes done!


Order forms will be given to teachers to pass out just before Thanksgiving Break, however, if you do not receive one, please call or stop by the front office and we will take care of you!

11/01/2023 Direct Link

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Countryside's 1st Annual Veterans Day Breakfast

Countryside Elementary Veterans!


We would like to thank our Veterans with coffee and a donut on Thursday, November 9th, 8:00am - 8:45am, in the cafeteria.


11/01/2023 Direct Link

Storm Coming Parade

Valley Vista Stormcoming Parade visits Countryside!

Our Coyotes had a great time watching as Valley Vista's Stormcoming Parade visited Countryside.  The floats were amazing, the characters lots of fun and let's not forget the candy!


Thank you Valley Vista students for sharing your creativity!


Stormcoming

10/27/2023 Direct Link

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PTSA Holiday Fundraiser

Packets are being sent home this week!  Shop to your heart's content in the Holiday Cheer catalog.  

All order forms are due back to the classroom by November 7th.  Orders will be delivered to Countryside's PTSA by December 13th - in time for the holidays!


If you would like to shop online, go to store.zagfundraising.com

Enter Group ID:  CTY23 and register.


Once registered, you will be given a Seller ID that you can share with friends and family!

10/20/2023 Direct Link

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Countryside Canned Food Drive

Our food drive will start October 30th and end on November 17th, in time for the holidays.  Boxes will be provided to each classroom for any donations that are collected and the grade level that collects the most canned goods each week will win a prize!


Week 1 - Otter pops

Week 2 - Popcorn party

Week 3 - Popsicles/Ice cream

Grand Prize Week - the classroom that collects the most canned goods overall!  10 minutes extra recess and Rice Krispy treats


10/17/2023 Direct Link

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Mrs. McNeese Kissed A Pig

As a reward for crushing the $15,000 Glow Run fundraising goal and raising $15,400, Countryside Elementary School Principal McNeese kissed Petunia the Pig. Petunia took a little coaxing with some tasty peaches and Cinnamon Toast Crunch to leave her cozy trailer. Petunia happily smiled for the camera as the students got to give her a pat on the head after the big smooch. A big thank you to all who helped to raise funds to support the school.

10/06/2023 Direct Link

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Reading Under the Stars was a hit!

Past, Present and Future Coyotes joined us at Countryside for our Annual Reading Under the Stars!


Family, friends, food, fun, stars!  What more could you ask for?!


Reading Under the Stars

10/05/2023 Direct Link

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A Very Merry Un-Stormcoming Spirit Week

October 16 - October 20


Monday - Dress like your favorite character


Tuesday - Dress in your favorite sports attire


Wednesday - Dress like your favorite decade


Thursday - Dress like your favorite holiday


Friday - Wear purple!  Valley Vista Stormcoming!

10/03/2023 Direct Link

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Parent Teacher Conferences - October 2 - 6

Parent Teacher Conferences are held before and after school  Please reach out to your child's teacher if you have not scheduled a time!

10/02/2023 Direct Link

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Fall Break October 9 - 14

Spend time with family and friends, visit a pumpkin patch, sleep in!


Wishing you a safe and relaxing Fall Break!  We will see you on Monday, October 16th

10/02/2023 Direct Link

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Early Release for Parent Teacher Conferences

Just a reminder that this Thursday, October 5th and Friday, 6th are both Early Release days!


School Calendar

10/02/2023 Direct Link

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Scholastic Book Fair October 2 - 6th

The Scholastic Book Fair is coming!


Set up an eWallet for an easy digital way to fund your child's shopping!


Scholastic Book Fair eWallet

09/25/2023 Direct Link

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Fall Pictures - October 4th

Get ready to dress up and Smile!  Fall pictures are scheduled for Wednesday, October 4th!


Order envelopes will be sent home one week prior so be on the lookout for those!  Please complete the order form for your student(s) and return on picture day for them to hand to the photographers.  (Online orders will be accepted for four days following picture day)

09/19/2023 Direct Link

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Reading Under the Stars - October 4th

Bring a blanket, flashlight and book, or stop by our Book Fair to purchase some new books!


Reading Under the Stars

October 4th

5:30 - 7PM


Guapo Tacos and Kona Ice will be on campus during our event for you to purchase from!

09/19/2023 Direct Link

Patriots Day

Patriots Day - 9/11

Never Forget...


"It was the worst day we have ever seen, but it brought out the best in all of us."

-Senator John Kerry

09/11/2023 Direct Link

APS Winners!

Supply My Class Winners @ Countryside

APS holds a annual contest called Supply My Class where they award 500 teachers with $500 gift cards for their classrooms. This year, Countryside Elementary has four winners; Hailey Cherwinksi, Shermeka Henry, Kara McBrayer, and David Montano. 



Congratulations!

09/11/2023 Direct Link

Glow Run Fun

Glow Run 2023

Our Coyotes had an amazing time during our 2023 Glow Run!


We met our school-wide goal of $15,000 !  Mrs. McNeese and Mrs. Moon will be kissing a pig at our Coyote Cody Assembly on October 6th!


Glow Run

09/11/2023 Direct Link

Attendance Spirit Week

Attendance Spirit Week - September 25 - 29th

The district-wide attendance competition is up and going! 


Let's get 100% attendance at Countryside!


Monday, September 25th - Shades Day

     Attendance is so bright, you've got to wear your shades


Tuesday, September 26th - Hippie Day

     Be hip, stay all day, everyday


Wednesday, September 27th - Hat Day

     Head for success by arriving on time


Thursday, September 28th - Rainy Weather Day

     Come to school in rain or shine


Friday, September 29th - Rock n' Roll Day

     Thanks for rolling in on time everyday

09/11/2023 Direct Link

Glow Run

September 8th - Glow Run!

Our Glow Run is just a couple days away!!! All students are encouraged to wear neon or white colors on Friday! 

Students will also receive free glow sticks and are encouraged to bring additional glow gear to school!


Countryside Glow Run

09/06/2023 Direct Link

Spirit Week

Spirit Week September 18 - 22

Are you ready for some Coyote fun?!


Monday 9/18 - Mismatch Day


Tuesday 9/19 - Teacher v Student

(dress like your teacher!)


Wednesday 9/2h- Crazy Hair Day


Thursday 9/21 - Twins/Triplet Day


Friday 9/22 - Pajama Day


*Please make sure you still follow school dress code, shoes must be worn on all days!

09/06/2023 Direct Link

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It's Kickoff time!

Our Glow Run donation drive kicks off today!!!   On September 8th, our students will be participating in a Glow Run!

Find your student's Glow Run page here and then type in your student's first name to search!

08/28/2023 Direct Link

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PTSA Meeting - Friday, August 25th

Please join us for our first 23-24' school year PTSA meeting!


Everyone welcome but we would love for you to become a member!

08/21/2023 Direct Link

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Monday, September 4th - No School

In observance of Labor Day, there will be no school on Monday, September 4th.

Enjoy your three day weekend, stay safe and we will see you back on Tuesday!

08/21/2023 Direct Link

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Kinder Color Days are here!

From August 14 - August 25 our Kinders will be having fun with Color Days!  During this time they will learn to identify colors, color words and tracking to read simple sentences with high frequency words.


Going forward here are the dates and color to wear:


Friday, August 18th - Orange

Monday, August 21st - Purple

Tuesday, August 22nd - Blue

Wednesday, August 23rd - Pink

Thursday, August 24th - Brown

Friday, August 25th - White



Color Days Pictures

08/17/2023 Direct Link

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Coyote Code First Friday Assembly!

Our Coyotes had an amazing time at our First Friday Assembly !  Great Music from DJ DonYo had everyone ready to show their school spirit.  Thank you for joining us!


We were honored to have Dr. Croteau, Superintendent, Dr. Isai, Assistant Superintendent, Jo Grant, Dysart Governing Board and Christine Pritchard, Dysart Governing Board join for our first assembly of the year!  We hope you enjoyed it!


First Friday Assembly Pics

08/11/2023 Direct Link

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Welcome to the Yearbook Club!

Our first meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 30th @ 4 pm.  We are looking for to having some fun creating our 23-24' yearbook!



08/09/2023 Direct Link

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Choir Club for 3rd and 4th Graders

Bring your amazing voice and join us this Thursday @ 4 pm for our first Choir Club meeting!

Permission slips will be available for students to take home for parents to sign.  Practices will be held every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon from 4 - 5 pm.  

08/08/2023 Direct Link

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PTSA sponsored Boo-Hoo/Woo-Hoo breakfast

Come join the Countryside PTSA for our first annual Boo-Hoo/Woo-Hoo breakfast starting at 9 am!


We are looking forward to seeing you!

08/02/2023 Direct Link

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Backpack Donations for our Coyotes!

The Surprise City staff and Surprise Firefighters Charities worked hard this summer to collect supplies and backpacks to give 15 bags each to 10 schools within our city!  Thank you to everyone for helping out our little Coyotes!

08/01/2023 Direct Link

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Meet the Teacher Night !

Join us on Tuesday, August 1st from 5 - 6:30 pm to meet your 23-24' teacher!  We look forward to seeing you!

07/11/2023 Direct Link

School Supplies

Back to School Supply Lists

As we prepare for a great school year, here are the optional school supply lists for each grade level.  Teachers work together as a grade level to determine the supplies needed throughout the school year.  Some supplies may be shared in the classroom and teachers will reach out at various times if anything needs to be replenished.


Dysart School District will supply every student with all academic supplies necessary for academic success. The items listed below represent optional items which you may purchase at your discretion. If you have any questions regarding the optional supply list, please contact the Countryside front office.


See you soon!


Kinder

1st Grade

2nd Grade

3rd Grade

4th Grade

Preschool

STC/PHASE/ESS



06/01/2023 Direct Link

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Now enrolling for the 23-24' School Year

Join the Pack and enroll your little Coyotes!


Parents and guardians can now complete most of the enrollment process online!  


The following documents will be required by our office after staff returns on July 5th in order to complete enrollment:


*government-issued photo identification of parent/guardian

*birth certificate

*proof of residency - water or electric bill, lease or mortgage statement, etc.

*immunization records


Enrollment

06/01/2023 Direct Link

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Important Back to School Information!

Monday, July 10th - School offices reopen to the public.

Tuesday, August 1st - Meet the Teacher Night from 4:00-6:00pm. Doors will open at 3:45 pm and class lists will be posted.

Thursday, August 3rd - First Day of School!


Preschool - First Day of School is Monday, August 7th !


05/30/2023 Direct Link

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Countryside Elementary School Office Hours

May 30th to June 1st (Closed on Fridays)

8:00 am - 4:30 pm


Tuesday, July 10th - July 21st (Closed on Fridays)

8:00 am - 4:30 pm

05/30/2023 Direct Link

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Kinder Experience July 17th - 20th

New Kinders will explore reading and math instruction while learning routines, procedures and expectations.  Come make some new friends!


Register through July!

Phone:  623-876-7800

Online:  dysart.org/Countryside

05/30/2023 Direct Link

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Last Day of School and Summer Break

The last day of school will be Thursday, May 24th @ 12:00 pm

Enjoy your Summer Break and we will see you back on August 3rd!

Stay Safe!

05/04/2023 Direct Link

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Welcome to Countryside Justin Matott!

We are very excited to welcome author, Justin Matott on Thursday, May 11th! Please join us from 5:00pm -6:00pm in our library for a family engagement evening to meet our author and receive a free, autographed book. 

05/02/2023 Direct Link

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Principal Appreciation Day

Thank you Mrs. McNeese for all you do!

05/01/2023 Direct Link

Ms. Courtney

Nurse's Day - May 6th

Thank you Ms. Courtney for taking care of all of us!  You are the best!

05/01/2023 Direct Link

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Teacher Appreciation Week

May 8 - 12th

Thank you to all of our teachers for their hard work and dedication to our little Coyotes!

PTSA is planning special events this week such as a coffee truck visit, snack day and Macayo's for lunch on Friday!

Show your appreciation and thank your child's teacher!


05/01/2023 Direct Link

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Scholastic Book Fair

May 8 - 12th

3:45 - 4:45 pm

Information will be going home with students this week!


05/01/2023 Direct Link

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Kinder Celebration Is Just Around the Corner!

Wednesday, May 24th

9:30 - 10:30 am in the Multi-purpose Room

This is an exciting time for our Little Coyotes as they celebrate the end of the year!  1st Grade - Here We Come!

05/01/2023 Direct Link

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We have green thumbs!

Beautification Club planted Snapdragons in their outdoor planter to add color to Countryside's breezeway!

04/21/2023 Direct Link

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Countryside's 2023 Field Day

Let the Games Begin!


Thursday, April 27th:

Pre-K, 3rd - 4th grade

9:10 am - 10:40 am


Friday, April 28th

Kinder, 1st - 2nd grade

9:10 am - 10:40 am


Don't forget.....bring a water bottle with your name on it, wear a hat, dress for warm weather, wear sunscreen and wear appropriate shoes!


Parents who plan to attend must sign in at the field entrance!

04/19/2023 Direct Link

Volunteer Appreciation Week

Volunteer Appreciation Week April 17 - 21st

Thank you to all Volunteers in the District!  We appreciate everything you do!

04/11/2023 Direct Link

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Spring Holiday - Friday, April 7th

Enjoy your extra day off!

04/03/2023 Direct Link

Mrs. Moon

Assistant Principal's Week - April 3rd - 7th

Thank you Mrs. Moon for all you do for our Coyotes and their families!

04/03/2023 Direct Link

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April 12th - Kinder Pictures

Dorian Photographers will be here on April 12th to take Kinder Cap and Gown pictures!

04/03/2023 Direct Link

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Spring Concert 2023

Please join us!

Tuesday, April 18th @ 6 pm

The Vista Art Center

04/03/2023 Direct Link

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PTSA Meeting May 22nd - Election Time!

Please join us on Monday, May 22nd @ 5:30pm in the Countryside Media Center.


The final meeting will include our elections for the next school year!


04/03/2023 Direct Link

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PTSA Meeting May 22nd - Election Time!

Please join us on Monday, May 22nd @ 5:30pm in the Countryside Media Center.


The final meeting will include our elections for the next school year!


04/03/2023 Direct Link

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Spirit Week March 27 - 31st

Monday - Sports Gear Day


Tuesday - Teacher vs Student (teachers dress as students and vice versa)


Wednesday - Disney Day


Thursday - Super Hero Day


Friday - Pajama Day

03/21/2023 Direct Link

Kinder Experience

Kinder Experience - Register Now through July!

Your child will explore reading and math instruction while learning routines, procedures, and expectations needed for making friends and having a successful school experience.  This will help with the transition into school and ease their anxiety as they begin a new school

year!


Kinder Experience (click to register)

or

Register by phone @  623-876-7815

03/21/2023 Direct Link

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Science Fun

Who knew Science could be so fun!! Our friend, Albert, came to visit in Preschool. We learned that all living things have different skin and different ways of eating. Albert has cold rough skin and eats by catching food with his sticky tongue. Also, did you know Albert can see two different things in opposite directions at one time? Preschool can tell you all about it!

03/21/2023 Direct Link

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Kinder Showcase Fun!

Thank you for joining us for our Kinder Showcase!  We hope you and your future Coyotes had fun!


Kinder Showcase

03/21/2023 Direct Link

Dysart Heroes

Congratulations to our Dysart Heroes!

The Dysart Hero Squad visited us last week to celebrate Mrs. Judd and Mrs. Hayden. Congratulations!!

03/20/2023 Direct Link

City of El Mirage and Surprise Essay Winners

City of Surprise and El Mirage Award Student Essay Winners

In partnership with the City of Surprise and the City of El Mirage, students across the Dysart Unified School District were invited to participate in the My El Mirage and My Surprise Essay Contests in November of 2022.  Prompts were developed in partnership with each city to elicit responses that spoke about each city’s mission or vision.  

More than 200 students in grades 3-12 submitted their essays with schools choosing the top 128 district-wide.  The writings were evaluated based on understanding of city services/amenities, creativity, clarity, sincerity of thought, and proper grammar.

Winners from Surprise were selected in specific grade bands and were honored March 7 at the Surprise City Council meeting including: Cadence Fumia and Rose Vasquez from Countryside Elementary in the grade 3-4 division, Tatianna Pellegrino from Freedom Traditional School for 5-8th grade and Kaleb Delgado from Shadow Ridge High School who won for the high school division.  

Excerpts included below.

Cadence Fumia encourages people to live in Surprise: “My name is Cadence and I live in Surprise, Arizona. If you don’t, what the heck are you waiting for?”

Rose Vasquez expresses how she feels living in Surprise: “I am really happy I moved here because I have my family, a great school that I really like. I have some new friends, and it’s really clean, safe, and friendly.”

Tatianna Pellegrino shares this insight about Surprise: “Danish architect and urban design consultant, Jan Gehl once said, ‘A good city is like a good party–you stay for longer than you plan.’ Surprise isn’t just a good party; it's a great party.”  

Kaleb Delgado says: “[Surprise] carries nothing by surprises, and as a resident here, I am proud to be in such a beautiful community.” 

The City of El Mirage structured their essay winners a bit differently and awarded the top three students in grade 3-8: Esmeralda Olvera Martinez; 1st place, Lejla Tvrtkovic; 2nd place, and Kaleb Rodriquez; third place all from El Mirage Elementary School. High school recognitions include Nathaniel Cosio, and Andre Mena, both 11th grade students at Valley Vista High School.

The five students and their families were invited to attend the City of El Mirage Council meeting on March 7.  The students were recognized and received ribbons and certificates.

Esmeralda Olvera Martinez shares her reasons for loving her city: “So, do you want to know why El Mirage is special? Well, I’ll tell you. You’re going to love it.” She goes on to describe the schools, library, and festivals in El Mirage. 

Nathaniel Cosio shares the value of community: “In the El Mirage community, I feel like everyone knows each other and have fun just getting to live in the city.”

Student winners from both categories were recognized at the Dysart Unified School District Governing Board meeting on March 9th, 2023.

Danielle Edgerton coordinated the dual city essay contest with support from teachers, administrators, and city leaders.

“It has been such a rewarding experience to partner with both the City of Surprise and the City of El Mirage to honor our scholars and writers,” shared Edgerton. “The essays submitted by all of the students were sincere celebrations of their schools and communities.”

03/10/2023 Direct Link

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Wildlife World Zoo Field Trip

Our 1st graders had an amazing time at the Wildlife World Zoo!

03/06/2023 Direct Link

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Spring Break - March 13 - 17

Enjoy your Spring Break and we will see you back on Monday, March 20th!

03/01/2023 Direct Link

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Thank you to all of our Guest Readers this week!

Countryside will be hosting more than 100 guest readers this week to include Surprise City Council members, Ottawa baseball/football players, Surprise firefighters, Surprise Policy Academy Recruits and more!

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Welcome future Kinders!

Please join us on March 21st beginning at 5:30 pm to learn about our free, full-day program.  This is a great opportunity to tour Countryside, meet our amazing Kinder teachers and enroll your child!

You may also register online at Dysart.org/Registration.

03/01/2023 Direct Link

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Dysart Festival of the Arts - March 25th

The festival will take place at Valley Vista High School, from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.  Back-to-back performances on eight stages, to include band,  choir, dance and theatre troops!  There will also be over 60 arts vendors, food trucks and community partners!

Dysart Festival of the Arts


03/01/2023 Direct Link

Book

PTSA Book Fair

February 17th and February 21st - 23rd

Students will be visiting the Book Fair with their classmates and parents are welcome each day after school from 3:45 - 4:45 pm.

02/15/2023 Direct Link

President's Day, No School

President's Day - No School

There will be No School on Monday, February 20th, in honor of President's Day!

02/10/2023 Direct Link

Spirit Week

Read Across America Spirit Week - Dr. Seuss Style!

Monday, February 27th

Green Eggs and Ham - Dress Like A Chef!


Tuesday, February 28th

Oh, The Places You'll Go - Wear something that shows where you would like to go or where you have been


Wednesday, March 1st

Wacky Wednesday - Time to be wacky!


Thursday, March 2nd

The Cat in the Hat - Dress like the Cat in the Hat, wear a red and white striped hat, a red bow tie, tails and ears!


Friday, March 3rd

What Pet Should I Get? - Dress as your favorite animal or pet

02/10/2023 Direct Link

Literacy Night

Literacy Night - Thursday, March 2nd

Come join us with your family for workshops, food trucks, student presentations, and great literacy fun!

Waffle Love and Guapo Tacos have confirmed they will join us! 

02/10/2023 Direct Link

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Early Release for Parent Teacher Conference

Parent Teacher Conferences will be held on February 9th and 10th.  Students will be released at 1:45pm both days.

02/01/2023 Direct Link

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day ! February 14th

Be kind to one another !

02/01/2023 Direct Link

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Spring Picture Day - Thursday, February 16th

Personality and Class Group Pictures

Students new to Countryside will have their pictures taken for our yearbook, as well as any individual pictures that are pre-purchased.

Order forms will be sent home the week before picture day.


** Please Note: Only students with an order will be photographed individually. Parents online orders must be placed prior to 9:00 AM on picture day. Parents can use the flyers/forms they receive or purchase online at www.dorianstudio.com.

02/01/2023 Direct Link

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Safety Town - Sponsored by Banner Health/Surprise Fire-Medical Dept

Kinder, 1st and 2nd grade students were able to participate in a free hands-on, interactive program targeting important risk areas including fire and home safety, drowning prevention, helmet safety, healthy eating choices, pedestrian safety, car safety, poison, etc.


01/18/2023 Direct Link

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PTSA Meeting

Tuesday, February 7th @ 6 pm

Do you want to know how to become a member?  Or what we are planning for the remainder of the year?  Join us to find out!

01/18/2023 Direct Link

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Buy Your Yearbook Now!

2022-23 Yearbooks on Sale NOW for only $20!  Get yours before they are gone!

Purchase by 3/2/23 at:

buytheyearbook.com

School code: 708887

01/12/2023 Direct Link

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Ashton Ranch Future 5th Grader Night

Where:  Ashton Ranch Elementary, 14898 W Acoma Dr., Surprise, AZ 85379

When:  Wednesday, January 18th

Time:  5:30 - 6:30 PM


Take a Tour of our Campus

Learn about our Electives and Athletics

Hear from Student Speakers

Meet our Faculty & Staff

01/11/2023 Direct Link

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No School on Monday, January 16th

In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, January 16th, there will be no school.

01/05/2023 Direct Link

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Community Rewards

Countryside Families!

It has never been easier to support your child's school. Do you shop at Frys?  Did you know you can support Countryside while doing so?! 


Here's how you can support our school while you shop:

1. Go to your Rewards Page in the menu options of the Fry's App

2. Click on COMMUNITY REWARDS

3. Search Countryside Elementary PTSA  

4. Hit Enroll


Help support your PTSA while shopping for your family! Thank you for your support. 

01/05/2023 Direct Link

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Early Release

1:45 pm -  - Monday, December 19th and Tuesday, December 20th

12/19/2022 Direct Link

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Happy New Year! Welcome 2023!

We will see you back on January 5th, 2023

Be safe and enjoy your Break!

12/19/2022 Direct Link

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Countryside Winter Concert

Date:  Wednesday, December 14th

Where:  The Vista Art Center

Time:  6 pm


Please join us as our Coyotes sing Frosty the Snowman, Feliz Navidad and other traditional holiday songs!

12/06/2022 Direct Link

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Kinder Christmas Sing-A-Long

Come join us on Friday, December 16th @ 2 pm for Kinder Christmas Sing-A-Long!

12/06/2022 Direct Link

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Winter Break

No School December 21st - January 4th, 2023

12/01/2022 Direct Link

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December 19th and 20th

Monday, December 19th and Tuesday, December 20th are both Early Release Days!


12/01/2022 Direct Link

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Cross Country Meet Dates

Where:  Ashton Ranch Elementary

Date(s):  Saturdays starting 12/3/2022

Doors open at 7 am and the Meet starts at 8 am

12/01/2022 Direct Link

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Spirit Week November 14 - November 18

Monday 11/14 - Triplet Day

Tuesday 11/15 - Career Day

Wednesday 11/16 - Class Colors

Thursday 11/17 - 90's Day

Friday 11/18 - Superheroes Day


11/08/2022 Direct Link

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Remember to fill out your Free and Reduced Lunch Application!

Complete your application online today!

Free Reduced Lunch Application

11/03/2022 Direct Link

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Glow Run 2022

Hello families! We have officially launched our Glow Run Donation Drive! From now until November 10th your student’s goal is to find sponsors for the Glow Run. Our goal is to raise $15,000 to help fund school beautification projects, field trips and more!  Information has been sent home with more details!


11/01/2022 Direct Link

Veterans Day, No school

No School Friday, November 11th

In observance of Veteran's Day school will be closed.

11/01/2022 Direct Link

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Picture Retakes and Club Pictures - Tuesday, November 15th

Get ready to look your best!  Club advisors will let members know what time their group picture will be taken.  New students and student retakes will be taken as well.  Please send your original packet back with your student if you are requesting a retake.

11/01/2022 Direct Link

Thanksgiving

No School November 21st - 25th

We hope you enjoy your Thanksgiving Break!  Stay safe!

11/01/2022 Direct Link

Spelling Bee winners

Spelling Bee Winners!

Congratulations to our school winners and Congratulations to Alexandra who will attend the District Spelling Bee!

More...

10/27/2022 Direct Link

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Career and College Expo

 Dysart Unified School District invites parents and students to a Career and College Expo on Wednesday, October 26 from 5:30 - 7:30pm at the Dysart District Office, located at 15802 N. Parkview Place in Surprise.  

The expo showcases Dysart's Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs, West-MEC, colleges and universities, and military representatives so families can explore opportunities to pursue in and after high school. This is a great way for 5th through 11th grade students and their parents to get hands-on with all of the career pathway classes and programs offered at Dysart Schools. The event is free and open to the public. Details can be found at www.dysart.org/CTEexpo

Dysart Schools currently offer 17 CTE programs at four high schools (Dysart High School, Shadow Ridge High School, Valley Vista High School, and Willow Canyon High School.) Program options include Automotive Technology, Culinary Arts, Digital Animation, Digital Photography, Education Professions, Engineering, Film and TV Production, Fire Science, Graphic Design, Laboratory Assisting, Law and Public Safety, Marketing, Nursing Services, Software and App Design, Sports Medicine, Stagecraft Design and Production and Technology Device Maintenance. Learn more at www.dysart.org/CTE

10/25/2022 Direct Link

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PTSA Holiday Fundraiser

Packets are being sent home this week!  Shop to your heart's content in the Holiday Cheer catalog.  All order forms are due back to the classroom by November 7th.  Orders will be delivered to Countryside's PTSA by December 13th - in time for the holidays! 


If you would like to shop online, go to store.zagfundraising.com

Enter Group ID:  CTY23 and register.  Once registered, you will be given a Seller ID that you can share with friends and family!


10/21/2022 Direct Link

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Friends of Surprise Libraries Donation

 Thank you to the Friends of Surprise Libraries for the couches and the chairs you provided to our preschool program. The kids love to read and they were very excited to have a special and comfortable place to sit and read.    

Ms. Emily Winnie

10/21/2022 Direct Link

PreK

Learning About Our Five Senses

Our Dramatic Play area was transformed into an Optometrist's Office.  The students checked in by writing their name and age, then circling their eye problem in preparation for their eye test!  More...

10/20/2022 Direct Link

Math, 2nd grade

Rogers' Royal Kingdom

Marvelous Math students working hard in Rogers' Royal Kingdom!  More...

10/20/2022 Direct Link

Follow Countryside !

Follow Me!

Follow us for information about events happening on campus and in the classroom!


Twitter

Instagram

Facebook


10/20/2022 Direct Link

Science

Force of Motion

1st grade students were pushing cars on a flat and high surface and tracking their findings.  They discovered that If the car went down the ramp, it went faster and if they also pushed harder, the car would go farther.

More...

10/20/2022 Direct Link

recycle

Recycle your clothes and shoes!

"Every Pound Recycled Supports the Countryside Elementary PTSA" 

The recycle bin is located near the soccer fields when you first drive in.

10/17/2022 Direct Link

Peter Piper Pizza fundraiser

Let's Raise Some Dough!

Thursday, October 27th from 4 - 8pm

Peter Piper Pizza - 12851 W Bell Rd, Surprise


15% of all food, beverage and funpass game credit sales benefit Countryside!

10/17/2022 Direct Link

Book donation

Thank you from Mrs. Price's room!

Thank you to the Friends of the Surprise Libraries for their donation of some amazing book sets!

Chronicles of Narnia, The Judy Moody Most Moodtastic set, The Boxcar Children and many more!

10/17/2022 Direct Link

Parade

Storm Coming Parade

Valley Vista's Annual Storm Coming Parade visited Countryside Elementary.  The floats were amazing and our Coyotes loved the candy that was thrown to them!  Click here for more pictures!

10/10/2022 Direct Link

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Don't forget to call!

Please be sure to call our Attendance Line @ 623-876-7803 to excuse your child when you know they will be absent or late!  

10/07/2022 Direct Link

Book Fair

Book Fair 9/26 - 9/30

Come and join us on 9/26 - 9/30.

09/28/2022 Direct Link

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Fall Break

No school between October 10-14.

09/26/2022 Direct Link

Spirit Week

Spirit Week Oct 3 - 7

Monday 10/3 - Mismatch Day

Tuesday 10/4 - Dress to Impress

Wednesday 10/5 - Disney Day

Thursday 10/6 - Tye Dye Day

Friday 10/7 - Pajama Day

*Please make sure you still follow school dress code, shoes must be worn on all days.

09/23/2022 Direct Link

PIcture Day

Fall Pictures - October 4th

Get ready! Fall pictures are on Oct 4th!

09/22/2022 Direct Link

Yearbook

22-23' Yearbooks on Sale Now!

Buy your Yearbook today!

Cost:  $20 @ buytheyearbook.com

School ID:  708887


09/21/2022 Direct Link

Spirit Shirts

Spirit Shirts on Sale Now!

Order your Countryside Spirit shirt by October 7th.

https://stores.inksoft.com/COU000

09/21/2022 Direct Link

First Friday Assembly

First Friday Assembly

Our Coyotes loved the First Friday Assembly for September!  Lots of fun for all!

09/19/2022 Direct Link

Patriots Day

Patriot's Day

Students showed their patriotism by creating red, white and blue remembrance ribbons.

09/19/2022 Direct Link

Reading Under the Stars

Reading Under the Stars

Join Us for our Reading Under the Stars night!  Bring a blanket, flashlight, and a book or stop by the Book Fair to purchase a new book!  Dungan Dogs food truck will be on campus during this event!

09/19/2022 Direct Link

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Welcome Back!

Countryside had a successful first day of school!  We were so excited to welcome back our students and families for another great year.  Please continue to check our website and social media to learn more about all the great activities and events planned, as well as updates on our academic progress!  We hope you have a great year, and please reach out if you need anything to help make your student successful!


View Photos from the first day!


08/04/2022 Direct Link

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Welcome Back Letter to Parents

Greetings Countryside Parents and Students! We'd like to invite you to read our first back to school letter to our community. Please CLICK HERE

07/26/2022 Direct Link

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School Supply Lists

Check back for school supply lists

07/13/2022 Direct Link

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Meet the Teacher Night

Join us for our Meet the Teacher night!

Monday, August 1st from 5pm - 6:30pm

Optional school supply lists

07/11/2022 Direct Link

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Welcome Back!

We can't wait to see everyone back for the first day of school on August 3! Make sure you mark your calendars for event and activity dates and keep an eye on our new website for important information as the start of school approaches. 


Our Meet the Teacher night will be on August 1 from 5:00-6:30pm. Please join us to see the campus, meet your child's teachers, and get information on what to expect this year.  


Still need to enroll? There's still time to get your children enrolled for the 2022-2023 school year! Parents and guardians can complete the necessary registration information online at Dysart.org/enroll at any time.  Please note that in order to finalize registration the following documents will be required: government issued photo identification; birth certificate; proof of residency; and immunization records. For additional assistance with student registration, families are welcome to contact our front office. 


Don't forget to make sure you have access to the Parent Portal to keep up with your child’s academic progress throughout the year! Sign up or access the site online at Dysart.org/parentportal or via the Campus Parent app. 

06/29/2022 Direct Link

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Volunteer Opportunities

Dysart Schools have many opportunities for the community to assist schools in providing an amazing educational experience to each and every student. Volunteers help to enrich children’s learning opportunities, provide individual attention to children who need one-on-one assistance, promote a school-home-community partnership for quality education, provide staff members with more time to work with students, and assist staff members and support personnel with non-instructional tasks.

Where is Help Needed?

  • Classroom and teacher support 
  • One-on-one student assistance 
  • Event help (preparations, setup, operations, tear-down)  
  • Guest speakers (experts or retirees in various fields) 
  • Front office assistance

How to Become a Volunteer:

  1. Review the volunteer handbook and complete the volunteer application at Dysart.org/Volunteer 
  2. Make an appointment for your volunteer orientation 
  3. Coordinate your schedule through the school office 
  4. Put on your volunteer badge and have fun!

Who Should Apply to Volunteer?

Anyone who cares about children and education is a potential volunteer. Parents, grandparents and community members 18 years of age or older who want to make a difference in the lives of children and support educators are encouraged to apply to become a volunteer with Dysart Unified School District. Volunteers are welcome in all of our schools and prior teaching experience is not necessary.


Learn more or apply here.




06/02/2022 Direct Link

School lunch

School Breakfast and Lunch

Dysart Nutrition Services ensures that students at all schools have fresh, wholesome and nutritious breakfast and lunch options to support their education and focus in class. Learn more about Nutrition Services at Dysart.org/Nutrition. Menus and nutritional information may be viewed at Dysart.Nutrislice.com.

Apply for Free and Reduced Meals

Beginning July 1, 2022 the USDA is returning to income eligibility guidelines for free or reduced meals. All families should complete a Free and Reduced Lunch Application at SchoolCafe.com to help maintain school funding and make sure that qualified families receive this and other benefits. Only one application is required per family, and may be completed at SchoolCafe.com.

How to Add Meal Funds to an Account

Cash and checks are accepted for meal purchases, or families may utilize SchoolCafe.com to prepay for meals online, view their balances, or place restrictions on purchases. Online payments take 24 hours to post to student accounts.  

Meal Prices 

  • Elementary Lunch $2.60, Reduced $.40, Adult $3.50  
  • Elementary Breakfast $1.25, Reduced $.30, Adult $1.75  High School Lunch $2.85, Reduced $.40, Adult $3.50  
  • High School Breakfast $1.25, Reduced $.30, Adult $1.75 

A la carte and snack items are available for purchase on each campus, and additional meals are available for an added charge. Parents are always welcome to dine with their child, but please be sure to call in advance and check-in at the school office. Adult meals may be purchased for $1.75 for breakfast or $3.50 for lunch. 

06/02/2022 Direct Link

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Employment Opportunities in Dysart

Dysart is the largest employer in both the cities of Surprise and El Mirage with over 2,700 employees. Dysart Schools offer highly competitive salaries, full benefits and an inviting school-year calendar with holidays and weekends off for most positions. 

With a wide-variety of positions ranging from groundskeeper, to mechanic, to office staff, and teachers, we’re always looking for great people to join our Dysart team!

Current High Need Areas: 

  •  Bus Drivers and Aides
  •  Childcare and Preschool Aides
  •  Paraprofessionals
  •  Behavioral Technicians 
  •  Speech and Language Pathologists 
  •  Special Education Teachers 
  •  Math Teachers 
  •  Science Teachers 
  •  ASL Teachers 
  •  Health Services Assistants 
  •  Crossing Guards 
  •  Maintenance Workers and Plant Managers 
  •  Social Workers

Check out our current openings at Dysart.org/Careers and apply today!

06/02/2022 Direct Link

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Stay Informed on the Parent Portal

The Parent Portal is a great tool to stay informed 24/7 about your child’s academic progress. Grades, attendance, assignments and more are viewable in real time online or via the app, Campus Parent. A single login allows parents with multiple students to access information for all of their children in one place. Learn more at Dysart.org/ParentPortal.

Update Your Communication Preferences and Contact Info

To make sure that we can keep you informed in emergency situations, please ensure that your contact information is current in the Parent Portal. You are also able to adjust your communication preferences (phone, text, and/or email) at Dysart.org/ParentPortal or on the Campus Parent app to ensure you are getting the various message types in the way that you would like. Remember that if you select more than one type of communication per category, you will receive the message multiple times via each of those avenues.

06/02/2022 Direct Link

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