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May 30, 2019

Dear Navajo Buffalo Family,

Congratulations, one and all, on the successful conclusion of the 2018-2019 school year! Despite the unforeseen challenges at the beginning of the year, we came together as a community to support our students’ social, emotional and academic needs.

Were it not for all of you and the way in which you embraced Navajo’s hardship, we would not have succeeded in delivering another year of outstanding education to our nearly 350 students. They rebounded strongly, with a smile on their faces, and our teachers buckled down to overcome many obstacles to establish new routines at our temporary Oak Street home. All of us united behind our students, teachers, staff and Buffalo traditions to overcome what would have knocked over most others. I am so proud to lead the Navajo school community!

While you head out for family vacations and some well-deserved downtime, rest assured that the work to return us to our Granite Reef and Camelback campus continues. Barring any unforeseen difficulties, it is still the school district’s intention to send us ‘home’ after Winter Break in the coming school year. We want to thank district leaders for standing behind us through it all. We very much appreciate their willingness to breathe new life back into our fire- and smoke-damaged campus and to make important safety updates along the way. We cannot wait to get home!

In the meantime, we look forward to restoring some of our past practices: When the new school year starts August 5, we will go back to our normal start time of 8:45 a.m. and dismissal time of 3:15 p.m. Also, we will reunite with our PANDA and preschool friends who have been attending class at Hohokam and Pima Traditional schools since August!

Things are looking up. Now it is time to enjoy our families, relax and have some fun – we deserve it!

Have a safe summer, and we look forward to welcoming you to the 2019-2020 school year on Monday, August 5!

Matthew Patzlaff
Proud Principal

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S.T.E.A.M. focused Navajo Elementary School PTO

Scottsdale, Arizona

Parent and Teacher Organization

Welcome to the S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) focused Navajo Elementary School in Scottsdale, Arizona. We hope that you find our faculty, level of parent involvement, and overall school curriculum to be as special as we do and second to none.

At Navajo you will find that we value all members of the community and welcome your involvement both voluntarily and monetarily throughout the school year.

From helping with PTO planned events like the trunk or Treat Fall Festival, Valentine’s Social and Auction, Teacher Appreciation Lunches, Science Night and much more! We also always need volunteers to help with harvesting our community garden, chaperoning kids during field trips, helping our amazing teachers(TAPS PROGRAM), Used Book Sale, Annual Fun Run, various Family Nights and supporting our fundraising activities. We rely on our wonderful parent community and your participation is is truly valued.

Your direct and indirect involvement is instrumental in your child(ren’s) development and the foundation to which our kids will learn to eventually teach others.

Our mission is to promote S.T.E.A.M. focused activities and community events which further develop our children, academically and socially, empowering them to value themselves and each other.

2019-2020 Navajo PTO Board

Jill Mullen

Vice President
Jenny Duran

Megan Prince

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Scott Stevenson

The Navajo PTO holds meetings once-a-month.

All parents are welcome!