July Newsletter

July 2019 Newsletter
Posted on 07/01/2019
July 2019 Superintendent's View

Save the Dates


July 11 – Governing Board meeting 5:30 p.m.

July 23 – New Teachers only report.

July 30 – Start date for all staff.

July 31 – Parents and students can visit to review/ask questions about testing results. 5:30 p.m. in Logan Auditorium.

August 1 – Governing Board meeting 5:30 p.m.

August 2 – Meet the Teacher 5:30 p.m.

August 6 – First day of school 7:30 a.m.

On-Line Enrollment (OLE)
On-Line Enrollment has started at GBUSD. This is an annual requirement from our state department. It also allows the school district to receive yearly updates on address changes, new phone numbers, revised emergency contacts, and other changes.  

Parents, please use this link https://az-gila.edupoint.com/PXP2_Login.aspx to completed your on-line enrollment.

If you need assistance, please visit the elementary school office, which is now located in the library building, to utilize our computers and to receive help. On-line enrollment is mandatory in order for your child to be re-enrolled. We are excited to see you and your child soon.  
Free Insurance
This is a well kept secret. Mass Mutual provides up to $50,000 for educational expenses, under a free life insurance policy called LifeBridge. This policy will provide your eligible children with the opportunity to complete their education if you die during the term of the policy. There is no cost to you. Please review the "Are You Eligible?" and "You Would Not Be Eligible if You" information below. If you are eligible, you can use the link below to sign up and mail in your eligibility form. No postage is needed.

Pre-school, private school, trade school or colleges and universities all qualify.


Are you eligible?
You are eligible to apply for the LifeBridge program if you are: • Between the ages of 19 and 42; • The parent or legal guardian of one or more dependent children under age 18; • A permanent, legal resident of the United States; • Currently employed full or part  time with a total family income not  less than $10,000 or more than $40,000 annually; • The only parent or legal guardian in your household who has applied; and • In good health as determined by MassMutual’s underwriting guidelines.

You would not be eligible if you: • Have been diagnosed with heart disease, cancer, HIV or Type 1 Diabetes; • Currently abuse drugs or alcohol or have abused them within the last 10 years; or • Are currently on parole or probation.
School Supplies Needed for the
2019 - 2020 School Year


  • 1 Backpack
  • See teacher for additional items
Kindergarten, First Grade, and Second Grade
  • 1   Backpack
  • 1   Box of Crayons
  • 12 Pencils
  • 1   Pink Eraser
  • 2   Glue Sticks
  • 1   Fiskar Blunt Tip Scissors
  • 1   Pencil Box
  • 1   Pkg Expo Markers
  • 1   Pocket Folders
  • 2   Spiral Note Books (wide rule)
  • 2   Primary composition books
  • 1   Box of tissue
  • 1   Headphones/earbuds for computer or tablet use
  • 1   Wipes (any type disinfectant wipes
Third Grade
  • 1   Backpack                                                                
  • 1   Pencil Box                                                               
  • 12 Pencils                                                       
  • 2   Glue Sticks                                                                                                 
  • 1   Pink Eraser                                                             
  • 1   Fiskar Blunt tip scissors                            
  • 2   Spiral Bound Notebooks (wide rule)                     
  • 4   Pocket Folders                                                        
  • 1   Pkg Loose Leaf Paper (wide rule)                         
  • 1   Box of Tissue                                                          
  • 1   Pkg Expo Markers                                                 
  • 1   Headphones/earbuds for computer ort tablet use          
  • 1   Wipes (any disinfectant wipes)
Fourth Grade/Fifth Grade/Sixth Grade
  • 1   Backpack
  • 1   Pencil Box
  • 12 Pencils
  • 2   Glue Sticks
  • 1   Pink Eraser
  • 1   Scissor
  • 4   Spiral Notebook (wide rule)
  •   Pocket Folders
  • 1   Ruler
  • 1   Pkg Plain Paper
  • 1   Pkg Expo Markers
  • 1   Pkg Loose Leaf Paper (wide rule)
  • 1   Box of Tissue
  • 1   Headphones/earbuds for computer or tablet use
  • 1   Wipes (any disinfectant wipes)
Middle and High School (Grades 7-12)
  • 1  Backpack
  • 1 Binder (3-ring) with paper and 5 dividers
  • Pencils, pens, and highlighters
  • See teachers for additional items
Don't Get Caught in the
Summer Reading Slide

Many children, especially struggling readers, forget some of what they've learned or slip out of practice during the summer months. Try these strategies to help your reader improve their reading during the summer and beyond:

  1. Six books to summer success: Research shows that reading just six books during the summer may keep a struggling reader from regressing. When choosing the six, be sure that they are just right — not too hard and not too easy. Take advantage of your local library. Ask for help selecting books that match your child's age, interests, and abilities. Libraries often run summer reading programs that motivate kids to read, so find out what's available in your area.
  2. Read something every day: Encourage your child to take advantage of every opportunity to read. Find them throughout the day:
    • Morning: The newspaper — even if it is just the comics or today's weather.
    • Daytime: Schedules, TV guides, magazines, online resources, etc. For example, if your child likes the food channel, help them look for a recipe on the network's Web site — then cook it together for more reading practice.
    • Evening: End the day by having your child read to you from the book he/she is currently reading (one of the six books, above). Have him/her rehearse a paragraph, page, or chapter before reading to you. Rereading will help them be more fluent — able to read at an appropriate speed, correctly, and with nice expression.
  3. Keep reading aloud: Reading aloud benefits all children and teens, especially those who struggle. One benefit is that you can read books your child can't, so they will build listening comprehension skills with grade-level and above books. This will increase their knowledge and expand their experience with text, so that they will do better when they read on their own.

It's hard to keep up a reading routine in a season packed with distractions and diversions. These suggestions will fit into a busy schedule and make reading fun!

By Scholastic Parents Staff                                                         

Click Below for the 2019 - 2020
School Year Calendars
Click here - English version of the 2019/2020 School Year Calendar
Click here - Spanish version of the 2019/2020 School Year Calendar
We Welcome Parent Involvement

We would love parents to participate around campus. Here are some options to get involved. You could make copies, help sort flyers, make flash cards, laminate materials, grade papers, read to students, help in the library, run the scoreboard at games, help decorate for events, or assist with fundraisers. These are just a few items for parent volunteers. Perhaps you have a special talent we could use. If interested, please go to your child's school office to complete a school volunteer form.
School District Bond Update - June 26, 2019
Fencing will be installed around the J & K buildings on June 27, 2019. The abatement process will begin in those buildings then demolition will follow. The removal of these buildings will allow us to start the construction of the academic and gymnasium buildings. Our goal is to break ground on October 15, 2019.

We received an AA Bond rating which is the second highest rating possible. This will ensure the average interest rate for the entire length of the Bond to be 2.5%.

Please do not hesitate to call me, Anthony Perkins, at 928.683.2225 ext. 114 if you have questions. The public will receive monthly updates.
Gila Bend Town Library Calendar of Events
(all months)
Below is a link to their calendar of events. Click on the link below to access. You will notice on the calendar that it displays the event but not the details. Place your cursor on the name of the event and the details of the event will pop up. The Branch Manager information is below for further details.
Link: http://evanced.mcldaz.org/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp?df=calendar&EventType=ALL&libnum=12
 Bridget Esqueda | Branch Manager
 Gila Bend Branch | 602-652-3396


Family Resources
Southwest Behavioral Services (SBS)

SBS can provide individual and/or family counseling, psychological testing/evaluation, and health promotion to name a few of their services. If your child is struggling with cutting, suicidal thoughts, anxiety, depression, or other youth concerns, SBS CAN HELP. SBS accepts AHCCCS, most insurances, sliding scale, or private pay as options for payment. We encourage families to utilize this resource. SBS is located in Goodyear. To start, contact Kathy Villa at 602.525.3329.

Association for Supportive Child Care (ASCC)

ASCC can provide in home training and support on topics including child development, language and literacy, daily schedule planning, nutrition, brain development, and guidance/discipline. This is a free program. Contact them today at 480.829.0500 ext. 1212.

Building Bright Futures

Building Bright Futures can support parents by helping them gain knowledge of their child's development and gain positive parenting techniques. Services are free and voluntary with no income requirements. Their phone number is 602.234.3941.

Additional “Monster Nation” information
can be found at…


Facebook (type in Gila Bend Unified School District)
Our district/school web-site
Superintendent's monthly video message on the GBUSD website

Gila Bend Sun newspaper
School District marquee (on Pima Road/Martin Avenue)
One-call system (mass messaging for parents/students)
YouTube (type in Gila Bend Unified School District)
Parent/Student Vue

Personal Development Series
Raise your Bar
Check out the Videos Below