Summer Tips: Get Kids Out of the House

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Learning should be – and can be – fun. Summer is the perfect time to engage young learners in meaningful opportunities to be curious, to explore, and to discover new interests. Check out this list of fun yet educational (and often free) activities to get your kids out of the house and learning this summer.

Try Geocaching: A combination of technology and active outdoor time, “The world’s largest treasure hunt” involves searching for hidden items in a specific geographical area using GPS coordinates on your smart device. Create a free account on www.geocaching.com and download the app. Choose a cache to find based on area and level of difficulty and head out for adventure.

Go on a Scavenger Hunt: Apps like Monkey Spot or Goosechase include scavenger hunts kids can do outdoors or in everyday places like the grocery store, finding assigned objects. You can also search online for free printable scavenger hunts by topic — seasonal, outdoor or color/alphabet-themed. 

Explore Outdoors: Discover history and culture and connect with nature at a state or national park. The National Park Service offers a Junior Ranger program with interactive activities that give kids a chance to earn a badge and certificate. Bonus: Fourth graders can visit America’s National Parks for free with an Every Kid Outdoors pass. 

Roam a Local Garden: Let kids explore exhibits, feed fish, and identify types of flowers. The Japanese Friendship Garden in Phoenix offers free admission 5:00-7:30 p.m. on the first Friday of every month, and The Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix hosts Community Day with free admission on the second Tuesday of the month. Search online to find more beautiful gardens and special deals to explore. 

Tour a Museum or Science Center: Check online for nearby museums of art or history as well as science centers for hours, special activities, and free admission opportunities. Some options near our ASU Prep campuses include Heard Museum, Phoenix Art Museum, Children’s Museum of Phoenix, and Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. 

Through Museums for All, families presenting their SNAP EBT card can gain free or reduced admission to participating venues, and some banks offer their cardholders free or discounted museum passes. Check out an Act One Culture Pass from a public library to gain free access to Arizona’s arts and cultural treasures. 

Visit a Zoo or Aquarium. Check out animal encounters, tour habitats, learn about endangered species, get involved in conservation efforts, and take advantage of play areas.

Try Something New: Research local kid-oriented classes and workshops like pottery, painting, cooking, bird-watching, coding, or photography. Consider looking into Lowe’s or Home Depot’s building workshops or events held at nearby craft stores. Perhaps a new physical activity like gymnastics, martial arts, indoor rock climbing, dance, or ninja warrior training would be a good fit.

Stop in the Local Library: Local public libraries don’t only offer books for free check-out, but also host story time and hands-on activities like crafts, as well as interactive demonstrations like a magic show or science experiment.

Can’t Get Out of the House? Take your kids on a virtual field trip from the comfort of home to places like the Louvre in France or the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium. Tune in to one of the many educational programs offered on YouTube or keep kids busy with an at-home scavenger hunt. 

No matter where this summer takes you and your family, try to include fun learning opportunities for the kids. When planning outdoor activities, be sure to consider the weather. Wear sun protection, hydrate, and have fun! 

Kindness Week is Feb. 13-17

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The Great Kindness Challenge begins Feb. 13. One random act of kindness leads to a chain reaction which improves our connections with others and ourselves. Show your kindness all week and participate in the fun.

Color Guards Perform in ASU Homecoming Parade

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Congratulations to the ASU Prep Poly K–12 Color Guards who performed in the ASU Homecoming Parade and with the college team! Thank you to everyone who supported the day. VIEW a video clip of the parade.  

Menchie’s Mondays

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Stop by and treat yourself to Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt [Gilbert Gateway, 5022 S. Power Rd.]. Every Monday from 3-5 p.m., Menchie’s will donate a portion of their proceeds to ASU Prep Academy. It’s a sweet way to start the week and support your school!

 

Fourth Grade Had a Fabulous Fall

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Fourth Grade has been very busy working on projects across all subjects. Students completed a Pumpkin Book Report, focusing on character traits and summary writing. They decorated a pumpkin as a character in their book and have also been studying various regions of Native American civilization. They’re looking forward to wrapping up this quarter with their Summative Night on December 8th.

Learn About College Through Study Hall

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Through a partnership between ASU and Crash Course, you can learn more about the path to college through Study Hall videos on YouTube! Study Hall shares all things college to help you feel more confident that college success is possible. Subscribe now at: youtube.com/studyhall.

Volunteers Always Welcome – Please Sign Up

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There are many volunteer opportunities available, especially around the holidays. Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO) is always looking for help. To ensure you are contacted for all volunteer opportunities, please complete the Volunteer Sign Up form if you have not already filled it out this year. Thank you for all your help to make ASU Prep an amazing school! 

Students ‘Fall’ in Love with STEM

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Our second graders have fallen in love with a harvest of STEM activities to explore! We had bushels of fun with apples including an apple pie writing assignment and building an apple tree out of paper towels’ holders, popsicle sticks, and puff balls. We created airplanes using different weights and folds to see if it changed the distance the planes flew. Creating Oobleck, a mysterious concoction of ingredients that have some of the properties of both solids and liquids, was fun too! And students enjoyed using straws and tape to create stands to hold small pumpkins off the table. Overall, we learned a great deal through the STEM process—especially how to work as a team!

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Welcome Ryan Garza

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Assistant Principal, ASU Prep Polytechnic 7-12

ASU Preparatory Academy is pleased to welcome Ryan Garza to the team. Garza is a passionate education advocate who has taught in the classroom as well as held associate principal roles. Having been in the education field for more than five years, he has strong skills in communication, technology, and organization.

His persevering work ethic and diligence earned him a distinguished nomination to the National Society of Leadership and Success.

Garza received his master’s degree from North Central University. He is currently working toward a Doctor of Education in curriculum and teaching.

Assistant Principal Ryan Garza can be reached at: ragarza4@asu.edu