Back to School

 The 2022–23 school year is quickly approaching. Is your child promoting from preschool to kindergarten or from elementary to middle school? Now is the time to see what school districts, charter schools and private schools have to offer.

 

Bear Essential News has created a Back-to-school Resource Guide to help parents find answers to questions they may have regarding their student’s safety. School districts are listed with contact and website information so that parents can find the latest news about health and safety guidelines, dress codes and uniforms, transportation, free and reduced meals, afterschool programs and more. Parents also can see listings for many resources that will help your busy family make plans for the school year.

 

Stay informed all year long with Bear’s weekly newsletter and monthly teacher worksheets. To sign up, visit bearessentialnews.com and click on the envelope icon on the top/right side of the website homepage.

 

*TUCSON SCHOOL DISTRICTS & CONTACT INFO*

Amphitheater Unified District

701 W. Wetmore Rd. Tucson, 85705

520-696-5000    www.amphi.com

First day of school: August 4

 

Catalina Foothills School District

2101 E. River Rd. Tucson, 85718

520-209-7500     www.cfsd16.org

First day of school: August 8

 

Flowing Wells Unified School District

1556 W. Prince Rd.  Tucson, 85705

520-696-8800     flowingwellsschools.org

First day of school: August 4

 

Good News Christian Academy

3618 E. Pima St.  Tucson, 85716

520-333-7221  www.goodnewschristianacademy.com

Fist day of school: August 15

 

La Paloma Academy–Central

2050 N. Wilmot Rd.  Tucson, 85712

520-721-4205    www.lpatucson.org

First day of school: August 5

 

La Paloma Academy–Lakeside

8140 E. Golf Links Rd.  Tucson, 85730

520-733-7373    www.lpatucson.org

First day of school: August 5

 

La Paloma Academy–South

5660 S. 12th Ave.  Tucson, 85706

520-807-9668    www.lpatucson.org

First day of school: August 5

 

Legacy Traditional School–East

9290 E. Golf Links Rd.  Tucson, 85730

520-428-3010    www.etucson.legacytraditional.org

First day of school: August 3

 

Legacy Traditional School–NW

3500 W. Cortaro Farms Rd.  Tucson, 85742

520-505-3640    www.nwtucson.legacytraditional.org

First day of school: August 3

 

Leman Academy of Excellence

10100 E. Golf Links Rd.   Tucson, 85730

520-526-0474   www.lemanacademy.com

First day of school: August 8

 

Marana Unified School District

11279 W. Grier Rd.  Marana, 85653

520-682-3243    www.maranausd.org

First day of school: August 8

 

Sahuarita Unified School District

350 W. Sahuarita Rd.   Sahuarita, 85629

520-625-3502    www.susd30.org

First day of school: August 8

 

Sunnyside Unified School District

2238 E. Ginter Rd.  Tucson, 85706

520-545-2000    www.susd12.org

First day of school: August 3

 

Tanque Verde Unified School District

2300 N. Tanque Verde Loop Rd.  Tucson, 85749

520-749-5751   www.tanqueverdeschools.org

First day of school: August 4

 

Tucson Unified School District

1010 E. 10th St.  Tucson, 85709

520-225-6000   www.tusd1.org

First day of school: August 4

 

Vail School District

13801 E. Benson Hwy. Tucson, 85641

520-879-1111    www.vailschooldistrict.org

First day of school: July 18

ARIZONA SCITECH CSO PROGRAM

Chief Science Officers are students in grades 6-12 who

serve as STEM ambassadors and a liaison for STEM

opportunities in their communities. A CSO is elected by

their peers to be the voice for their peers, bring STEM

opportunities to their communities and to bring change to their world.

BEAR ESSENTIAL NEWS & YOUNG REPORTER PROGRAM

Common Core Worksheets: Fresh standards-based fun sheets for classrooms to use in conjunction with the current issue of Bear Essential News.

Free Young Reporters Program: Students in grades 2–8 develop as young writers by writing news stories for Bear Essential News.

Young Reporters can attend monthly Zoom meetings and interview important people from our community.

Free Presentations: Five dynamic topics are available from a Bear editor. 

 

BOOK IT! PROGRAM

The Pizza Hut Book It! Program is a free reading incentive

program for PreK–6th grade classrooms, parents and

homeschool families.

Educators set up a reading goal for each student in their

classroom. When students reach it, they are rewarded with a

Reading Award Certificate that is redeemable for a free onetopping

BOOKMANS

Project:Educate. Educators receive a 20% discount on all

purchases. To receive your Project: Educate card, you need

to sign up online at www.bookmans.com. You will receive a

confirmation email, which you need to bring to your nearest

Bookmans location, along with a valid ID and proof of

educator status.

Kids Club: From birth to age 12 kids receive a 10% discount

and a $10 gift certificate on their birthday.

1317: Kids 13-17 receive a 15% discount and a $15 gift

certificate on their birthday.

Visit Bookmans.com and click on the JOIN tab to sign up.

BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA CATALINA COUNCIL

Register now! The Catalina Council

provides boys and girls with programs

and activities that allow them to try new

things, provide service to others, build selfconfidence

and reinforce ethical standards.

The Scouting experience is divided into

programs according to age and activities.

Cub Scouts: Grades: K–5

Scouts, BSA: Grades:6–12

Venturing: 14–20 years old

Sea Scouting: 14–20 years old

CHILD & FAMILY RESOURCES

Free Year-Round classes, workshops and activities for infants, children, teens and parents.

CHILDREN'S MUSEUM TUCSON

Art After Dark: Every second Saturday, the

Museum hosts a local arts groups at the

Museum with free admission!

Art After Dark includes hands-on fun from

5:30–7:30 p.m.

 

CONGREGATION ANSHEI ISRAEL ESTHER B. FELDMAN PRESCHOOL

Open to ALL children toddlers to Pre-K, our program offers a high quality Judaic and secular education, low student to teacher ratios, enrichment activities such as STEAM and Spanish, early and extended care, and a beautiful shaded park-like playground.

 

DESERT CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

The mission of Desert Christian Schools is to pursue excellence in Christian education, foster Christ-centered relationships, and endeavor to meet the unique learning needs of every student.

Call to schedule a tour 520-901-5499.

 

DESERT SAGE SCHOOL

Tucson has a new, tuition-free, Waldorf inspired high school. Our program is college preparatory, arts integrated, culturally responsive, and relationship centered.

FOX THEATRE

Warm up your vocal cords and get ready for some family Sing-A-Longs. The Greatest Showman is on July 30. Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron star in this perfomance. There will be lyrics on the screen so you can join in as loud as you want. The Sound of Music is August 27.

Your family can be just like the Von Trapp Family as you sing Do-Re-Mi, Edelweiss, My Favorite Things and other hits from the movie.

GIRL SCOUTS OF SOUTHERN ARIZONA

Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. In Girl Scouts, girls have fun and adventures in an all-girl environment where they earn badges, go camping, explore STEM, become leaders and work on community service projects.

GOLF N' STUFF

It’s never too early to start booking field trips for your clubs, teams, or school! Bring them to Golf N’ Stuff for as little as $8 per person. Give us a call and secure your trip today.

GOOD NEWS CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

Good News Christian Academy offers a true Bible-based Christian education where the Word of God is the basis for the curriculum. Our class size is small– enabling the teachers to give more attention when needed for all students.

The way GNCA does this is by centering its education on the Notebook method. The Notebook Method (Principle Approach) is where students can Research topics being studied, Reason with their minds how this applies to them, Relate it to current life situations, and Record these thoughts/ ideas in their notebooks. We desire to offer the best education possible.

Enrollment Periods July 1–December 31, 2022

 

HUGHES FEDERAL CREDIT UNION

MoneyCoach for Students is available as a complimentary online resource to help Hughes members learn how to manage their wealth. Our in-depth modules and tools are designed for students and adults alike and offer expert strategies in a variety of financial areas, such as credit building, paying for college, investing, savings and more! Use your newly acquired skills to further your understanding and help plan for a smarter future.

https://hughesfcu-youth.banzai.org/wellness

HUMANE SOCIETY OF SOUTHERN ARIZONA

The Humane Society of Southern Arizona children’s programs will give your child a new perspective on caring for animals, preventing animal cruelty, understanding animal behavior, and more. We use a variety of activities that stress an appreciation of our environment and preservation of our natural world; classroom activities, creative and artistic exercises, hands-on animal care, great games, and character building lessons.

During the school year we offer in-school education, camps during school breaks, reading to shelter pets, HIP Youth Internships, Hand in Paw Kid’s Club events including Humane Heroes, and birthday parties.

INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL FOR PEACE

Tucson’s first Spanish Immersion Preschool offers small class sizes, flexible hours, partial immersion classes, as well as Farsi, Hebrew, gardening, and multicultural music enrichments. Our campus features multiple outdoor learning environments. We support a play-based, anti-bias curriculum that teaches peaceful conflict resolution and celebrates diversity.

For information on our COVID-19 action plan, please see our website.

 

LA PALOMA ACADEMY

La Paloma Academy centers on more than just academics. We follow the Arizona State Standards while simultaneously implementing a family values curriculum. Our students are taught about trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship. Our staff makes our students’ educational  and challenging, while adhering to the same laws and regulations as all other public schools. Four campuses to choose from: Central, Lakeside, South, and our all-new location in Marana! Join the La Paloma Academy family today!

LEMAN ACADEMY OF EXCELLENCE

Best-selling author and family psychologist Dr. Kevin Leman promotes a unique Education Philosophy highlighting the parent/teacher/scholar relationship to bring out the best in each and every child. Now enrolling for 2022-2023, PreK-8 tuition-free, classical education charter schools, virtual schools and summer camps.

 

 

 

PRESIDIO SAN AGUSTIN DEL TUCSON MUSEUM

The Presidio Museum offers interactive educational activities allowing students to experience Tucson’s history. Family Fundays at the Presidio Museum run from October through April and are held on the fourth Saturday of the month. These Fundays are ideal for ages 4-7 but open to all ages and their families. Events may include a tour of the Presidio Museum, colonial-period games, a story time and more! Each month’s activitiesare themed around a variety of topics. Our

Living History Days are held the second Saturday of the month and include soldier drills, handmade tortilla and bread tastings, blacksmith demos and other historic re-enactments.

 

ROCK SOLID CLIMBING AND FITNESS

Rock Solid Climbing is about making fitness fun for everyone. Whether you are an expert or scaling your first wall, Rock Solid Climbing is here for you. We have climbs for every ability and our coaches are eager to help get you started. Come with friends and family, bring your classmates on a field trip, or host your birthday with us.

 

THE LOFT CINEMA

At the Loft Kids Fest 2022 children and their parents will experience big screen presentations of some of the best familyfriendly films of all-time, along with fun games, interactive activities, great giveaways, free popcorn, free prize raffles and more! Daily pre-show activities willbe hosted by Mildred & Dildred Toy Store, and best of all, everything is FREE! Doors open and activities begin each day at 9:15 a.m. Films begin at 10 a.m.

Every Saturday and Sunday during July 2022.

TOHONO CHUL

Desert Discovery Days: Mon– Fri through Sept. 2. Learn about nature and the desert we live in. Weekly themes, yoga, drawing and storytime. Open to all ages and free with admission.

Nature Niños: Saturdays through Sept. 3. Morning and evening activity series. Perfect for kids 10 and under. Water play, recycling education, learning about desert plants, rain, planting seeds and more.

 

TUCSON ARIZONA BOYS CHORUS

For over 80 years our voices have filled the world with song. We are returning to live public performances, broadening our outreach, collaborating with new partners, and bringing exciting musical opportunities to all.

TUCSON PARKS & REC~KIDCO AFTERSCHOOL

Our KIDCO afterschool recreational program is held at local elementary schools and recreation centers. We offer safe and structured activities for youth currently enrolled in K-5 grades. Planned activities may include sports, games, nutrition, fitness, arts and crafts, performing arts and special events.

TUCSON UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

TUSD registration is open now. Choose your school for the 2022-23 school year. Many schools and options to choose from.

YMCA OF SOUTHERN ARIZONA

YMCA of Southern Arizona’s Before & After school program is available at multiple sites throughout Pima County. Our youth development programs provide an inclusive environment that supports self-confidence, encourages creativity, emphasizes teamwork and develops future leaders. We celebrate your child’s uniqueness and provide multiple opportunities for growth and development through a variety of hands-on STEAM activities, including engineering design. Homework assistance, snack, and physical activity are included in our program.