Holiday Park School

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    Holiday Park Elementary School

    Deborah Kuenzli, Principal

    Dear Holiday Park Families,

    Welcome to the 2022-23 school year!  My name is Deborah Kuenzli, and I am the proud principal at Holiday Park School.  I am happy to announce that our students have continued to grow socially, emotionally, and academically over the past year. I am so proud of all of them. Thank you to all our students, staff, and parents for your hard work and dedication in supporting our students during the 2021-22 school year.

    Holiday Park has been an active part of the Maryvale neighborhood since 1961. As one of the first trauma-informed schools in Arizona, we focus on the development of the whole child by addressing their academic and social-emotional needs. A school counselor is on-site during the school day to assist our scholars, along with a behavior specialist who works with both teachers and students on their social-emotional learning. The school offers a variety of opportunities for students to explore their passions. Before and after-school programs are offered for our scholars that include sports, academic interventions, coding, etc. We have a beautiful school garden where our scholars have the opportunity to grow vegetables while they learn about the growth of plants and the impact our environment has on our surroundings. Our parent involvement programs include opportunities for parents to participate in their child’s education on many levels including monthly Parent Coffee Talks, Curriculum Nights, community events such as College and Career Day, STEM events, movie nights, bingo nights, and a community fair. 

    It is a pleasure to announce that we will continue to serve breakfast in the classroom for all students during the 2022-2023 school year. To accommodate this, breakfast will be served starting at 7:40 a.m., and the first bell will ring at 7:45 a.m.  When students arrive on campus, they will need to go immediately to the classrooms.  We truly value the opportunity to provide a free, healthy breakfast for every Holiday Park student, but we cannot lose instructional time to do so.  Please help us ensure all students are hereby 7:40 a.m. every day! 

    I am excited to announce that we have a “new” student drop-off and pick-up loop located off of Campbell and 67th Ave. This loop will be for car drop-off and pick-up only. Students that are walking may enter through the other points of the campus. This includes the front entrance (original drop-off and pick-up area).  The bus bay area is for students receiving transportation services only. Do not drop off students on the street or in front of the crosswalk. Students may not be dropped off or come on campus before 7:20 a.m. as we do not have anyone to monitor them if they arrive early. Dismissal will take place at 2:45 p.m. Please let the teachers know how you would like your child to get home. 

    Sincerely,

    Deborah Kuenzli, Principal

    Dawn Huffman, Assistant Principal

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