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Artist in Residence – The residency concludes at 5 p.m. on May 26 with an Art Fair, and an all- campus art walk, featuring art creations by the talented students of Hancock. This program is made possible by a matching grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts as well as funding from tax credit donations.

Talent Show – Hancock students in grades four through six can participate in a Talent Show on May 31. Students in Kindergarten through grade three attend the performance at 12:45 p.m. and students in grades four through six attend at 2 p.m. Hancock families are welcome to come and enjoy the show. Bookworms – Hancock’s Battle of the Books team of Cade Marks, Ian Graham and Curtis Ostertag placed in the top three teams at the recent CUSD Battle of the Books Semifinal Competition, moving on to Finals. Site Council – Hancock seeks parents to be part of its Site Council for the 2011-12 school year. Site Council members review school goals, establish new goals for site improvement, help plan school events, evaluate instructional programs, address safety concerns and work to promote parent and school partnerships. The group meets after school monthly on Wednesday afternoons. If interested, contact Suzanne at 480-883-5900. In the arts – Hancock fourth-graders traveled to Symphony Hall in Phoenix to enjoy a performance by the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra titled “Dances in the Desert.” In conjunction with the concert, several Hancock students entered the Phoenix Symphony’s annual Paint, Poetry and Move to Music Contest and submitted original poetry inspired by the musical selection “El Choclo Tango,” a tango dance written by Argentine composer Angel Villoldo. Gracey Vande Kamp won first place in the contest and took the stage at the concert to perform her poem for the audience, and Melody Solorio received an Honorable Mention. Little ones - Families who meet eligibility requirements based upon the USDA Free and Reduced Lunch Guidelines can enroll their child in a free preschool program. For more information, call the Community Education Office at 480-224-3913. Box Tops – Thanks to everyone who turned in Box Tops. Hancock exceeded its goal by raising $2,285 through the Box Tops program this year. Box Tops can be sent in any time to Hancock teachers or can be dropped off in the collection box in the front office. Another classroom collection contest begins in the fall. Tax credits – Tax credit donations for 2011 can be given any time. Up to $400 can be donated to Hancock to receive credit on this year’s taxes for the full amount. Thanks to the Hancock families who have already contributed. Calendar

June 1: Kindergarten Celebration, 9 a.m. June 1: Sixth Grade Promotion Lunch, 12:30 p.m. —Suzanne Incorvaia

Youth Navarrete Nighthawks

Play acting – Navarrete fourth-graders present “The Incredible Westward Movement” 5 to 8 p.m. Thu., May 26. The musical highlights major westward expansion events of the U.S. during the 1800s. The students spent many hours researching the time period, reading lines, singing lyrics, processing information and developing character traits. Thanks due – Navarrete teachers send a big thanks to the PTO for organizing an incredible Teacher Appreciation Week. Thanks to students and their families for making each teacher feel so special and loved. Calendar

May 21: End-of-year swim party, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center

May 24: Last day for second- through sixth-graders to test for Millionaire’s Club —Kerry Kester

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WEIGHT-Y PROJECT: Navarrete held its school-wide Earth Day Celebration themed “Think, Live, Dream Green … Send It On!” The school celebrated the results of its planting day, 25 new trees and 34 new bushes, and honored Adam Weight, top, with a Service Award for his part in coordinating the project as part of his Eagle Scout Project. Macey C., Sarah N. and Aarjav P. were honored for their first-, second- and third-place awards in the school’s essay contest, and Beck V., Ana L. and Liesel F. were honored for their first-, second- and third- place awards for the poster contest. The Navarrete Chorus, above, sang “Send It On” as part of the celebration.

Weinberg Wranglers Santan Junior High Storm

For sale – The P.E. department will sell Propel water every day for the remainder of the school year to raise money for Kensi Stanley. Students are asked to bring $1 down to the gym to help support Kensi. Fieldtrip fun – The eighth-grade AVID students recently took a fieldtrip to Northern Arizona University, where they toured the campus and talked to college students about their experiences. —Peg Newendyke

Save the date – The end-of-year celebration for Weinberg kindergarten students will be held at 9 a.m. Wed., June 1 in the cafeteria; it should last no longer than an hour. All family members are invited to attend. The program will consist of a variety of songs performed by each kindergarten classroom. Calendar

May 21: Polar Ice Day, 12:30-3:30 p.m. May 24: Fifth-graders to Skateland

May 26: Fourth-grade Calamity Play, 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. May 27: Water Day for K and second grades May 31: Talent Show, 9 and 10 a.m.

June 1: Sixth-graders to Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center —Tammy Douglas, Laura Thornburg

Summer Camp Registration is in Progress!

Registration for all summer Chandler Recreation classes and youth summer camps is now in progress for residents and non-residents. Summer camps will be held from June 6-July 22. Registration is available at, in person at Chandler Recreation facilities or via mail. For more information or assistance, call 480-782-2727 or 480-782-2900.

Summer Family Nights at Tumbleweed Recreation Center

Join in the fun at Family Night at Tumbleweed Recreation Center every Wednesday throughout the summer from 5:30-7 p.m. There is a different activity each week. The fee is $2 ($3 for non-resident ages 1-12) and $3 ($5 for non-residents ages 13-17). Call 480-782-2900 or visit for more information.

Stay Cool This Summer With Chandler Aquatics!

Chandler Aquatics will have a variety of special events throughout the summer at the six different pools; See page 20 of the summer

Break Time magazine for more details on the events. Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center is now open daily except for Monday. Hours for the recreational swim area are Tuesday-Friday from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4-7 p.m. and 12-5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Hamilton Aquatic Center, West Chandler Aquatic Center and Desert Oasis Aquatic Center are open 12-5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Arrowhead Pool will open Memorial Day Weekend and Folley Pool will open June 2. For more information, visit or call 480-782-2733. Follow @ChandlerAquatic on Twitter for the latest news.

Stay Updated With Social Media

To stay connected with the latest information, you can follow us on Twitter (@ChandlerRec) and Facebook (Chandler Recreation) or sign up for the enewsletter, which is sent out at the end of each month, at The May edition of the newsletter is available at

Spray Pads Are Open

The three Chandler Spray Pads (Chuparosa, Desert Breeze and Espee) are now open for their seasonal hours of 9 a.m.-7 p.m. for May-August. For more information, visit or call 480-782-2727.

Teen Adventure Camps

Teens are invited to participate in the Teen Adventure Camp at Andersen Junior High School where they can meet new friends, swim and play a variety of games. The six-week camp runs from June 6-July 15 and is designed for teens entering seventh, eighth and ninth grades. Every Friday features a

different field trip, which teens can also register for separately from the full-week camp options. Register for all six weeks or individual weeks. For more information, call 480-782-2718.

Help Chandler Prepare for Centennial Celebration!

A community celebration is coming in 2012 to mark the City of Chandler’s 100th birthday. There will be a variety of cultural and historical events during the year. You can help by volunteering or contributing your ideas. Just call 480-782-2751 to share your ideas or volunteer or take the short survey at

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