5110 E. Lafayette Blvd. Phoenix, AZ 85018  MAP
Phone: 480-484-2000 | Fax: 480-484-2001
Office Hours: 7:30am - 3:30pm | School Hours: 8:45am - 3:15pm
Tamara Jagodzinski, Principal | Melissa Faeh
, Assistant Principal

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Family Handbook



 Hopi Family Handbook

Table of Contents

Hopi School information.....Page 3
Mission Statement & Site Council.....Page 4
Gate to Gate, Buses & Bicycles.....Page 5
Drop-Off/ Pick-Up, Skateboards /Rollerblades /Scooters, Handouts, Dogs.....Page 6
Kids’ Club & Attendance Reporting......Page 7
Tardiness, Sign-in/sign-out, Field Trips.....Page 8
Cafeteria, Nurse.....Page 9
Communication, Media Release, Telephone.....Page 10
Parent Teacher Conferences, Records, Homework, Make up work, Tutoring.....Page 11
Disciplinary Procedures.....Page 12
Behavior - Campus Rules & Classroom Rules.....Page 13
Bus Rules, Playground Rules, Dress Code......Page 14
Safety -Emergency Policy & Fire Drills, Homebound Services, Library.....Page 15
Art Masterpiece, Electronic Devices, Gifted Program, Lost and Found.....Page 16
Morning Announcements, Patriotic Observance.....Page 16
Notice of Non Discrimination, Parent Teacher Association.....Page 17
Classroom Celebrations, Personal Items.....Page 17
Specials, Student Council, Text Books, Visitors, Volunteers.....Page 18

Hopi Elementary School
5110 E. Lafayette Blvd.
Phoenix, Arizona 85018


OFFICE - 7:30 A.M. - 3:30 P.M.
GRADES K - 5 - 8:45 A.M. - 3:15 P.M.
KIDS CLUB - 6:00 A.M. - 8:45 A.M. | 3:15 P.M. - 6:00 P.M.

SCHOOL DAY - 8:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
KIDS CLUB (for registered participants) - 12:15 - 6 p.m.

OFFICE - 480-484-2000
FAX - 480-484-2001
NURSE - 480-484-2011
LIBRARY - 480-484-2005
CAFETERIA - 480-484-2007
TRANSPORTATION - 480-484-8550


SCHOOL COLORS: Blue and Yellow


We are the Hawks, the mighty, mighty Hopi Hawks.
With honor proud we stand behind our school as you can see.
We are the Hawks, the mighty, mighty Hopi Hawk  

Mission Statement

The Hopi School Community will provide a safe, caring environment where learners acquire and apply skills which empower them to successfully function as inspired life-long learners in a changing society.

We believe that:

  • Learning is a continuous process that involves the entire community
  • Producing life-long learners focuses on the whole child: academically, physically, emotionally, and socially
  • The academic learning environment, based on Common Core State Standards, is designed to meet the needs of all students with the belief that all children can learn
  • Effective communication is essential to the success of our school environment and the whole education process
  • Education should be a child-centered process that provides meaningful opportunities for critical thinking, problem solving, and risk taking
  • The learning environment will provide a safe caring atmosphere, which allows for and respects individual differences
  • Technology is an integral component of instruction and learning
  • All endeavors will provide integrated experiences that foster a life-long joy of learning


Hopi Site Council

The Site Council is made up of staff, parents, and community members. The Council advises the administration and makes important decisions throughout the year concerning programs, school climate and the use of tax credit funds. Results are evaluated annually to ensure that all children have equal access to education, skills and knowledge, and the right to succeed. Site Council supports Hopi’s Mission Statement by ensuring that high levels of excellence are maintained though the allocation of funding to promote high quality programs and activities. The Site Council focuses on continuous school improvement with a focus on quality and equity using data driven, research based, results oriented methodology.

Gate to Gate Policy 

  • Our campus will remain closed to ensure a safe environment and will only be opened when there is staff on duty to supervise. 
  • Parents will not enter campus for the sole purpose or walking their students to their classroom before school. There may be exceptions to this, such as a parent with a special needs student.
  • When the day is over, students will be brought to the gates for pick-up.
  • Parents are encouraged to be on campus, but should have a purpose such as volunteering their time, attending prescheduled parent-teacher meetings, etc. The goal is to maximize learning by limiting the amount of classroom disruptions that occur at the start and end of the school day.
  • Visitors who are not on a student’s emergency card (parent or emergency contact) are not allowed to come onto campus unless they have an appointment (prospective new parent on a tour, etc.). The exception to this would be special events, such as concerts, etc. 


  • Bus transportation for all eligible kindergarten through fifth grade students will be available beginning the first day of school.
  • Students may ride their assigned bus only. Students requesting to ride a bus not assigned to them must bring written permission from their parent/guardian to the office at the beginning of the school day. They will be issued a bus pass from the office staff to be provided to the bus driver. Bus passes will not be issued to those buses at capacity.
  • Buses leave the school five minutes after dismissal time.
  • Food or drinks are not allowed on the bus. Plastic water bottles are acceptable.
  • Animals are not permitted on the bus.
  • Parents are encouraged to meet their children at their bus stops to help ensure safety. Kindergarten students MUST have a responsible person waiting for them at the bus stop or he/she will not be allowed to exit the bus and will be brought to the nearest SUSD school so that parents can be contacted.
  • Riding a school bus is a privilege that may be revoked. Students must abide by the Uniform Code of Conduct while being transported on a District bus or vehicle owned or operated by the district.
  • The Transportation department develops the bus routes and posts them on the District website. Parents who have questions concerning the buses are to call the Transportation department at 480-484-8550.


  • Students are to cross all streets using the crosswalks. Students must walk their bicycles across all crosswalks.
  • Students riding bikes to and from school should use extreme caution. We recommend that students are accompanied by a responsible adult.
  • All students MUST WEAR HELMETS when they ride their bicycles to school.
  • Students are to place and lock their bicycles in the designated areas until they go home.      
  • Students must walk bikes on school property.
  • Neither the District nor its employees are responsible for damage to or theft of bicycles.

Drop Off and Pick Up Procedures

  • Children should not arrive at school before 8:15 a.m.
  • Students transported to school should be dropped off and picked up in the turn-around area only (east parking lot).
  • Drive as far forward as possible before stopping. This will enable more cars to load or unload students at one time.
  • Children should get out of the passenger side of the car immediately and walk to the playground or cafeteria in the mornings.
  • Students should drop their backpacks and go to their playground where there will be supervision. Please do not bring your child to school before 8:15 a.m.
  • In the afternoons, students will be sitting in the shaded area of the turn-around and will be called by name to board cars. (Create a sign with your students’ name in big, bold, legible letters and place on the dash). Please stay in your car. DO NOT PARK AND LEAVE YOUR VEHICLE ALONG THE CURB.
  • Supervision ends at 3:30 and children will be asked to wait in the front office for parent pick-up. If arriving after 3:30, please park and pick up your child in the office.

Skateboards, Roller Blades, and Scooters

  • Skateboards, rollerblades, roller-skates, and scooters are not permitted on school buses or on the school campus.
  • Skateboards, rollerblades, roller-skates and scooters on school premises will be confiscated and held until a parent is available for pick up.


  • Dogs are prohibited on the campus as per Arizona State Law A.R.S. 12-1502A1. Signs are posted on campus and the law will be enforced to ensure the safety of our students. Please do not bring dogs (other than service dogs) on campus when picking up or dropping off students.


  • The administration must approve all signs, handouts, petitions and other published materials before they may be distributed. All flyers must be approved by the SUSD Legal department and include the SUSD disclaimer statement.


  • Kids Club is the licensed before and after‐school program of SUSD’S Community Education Department and is available at Hopi elementary school.
  • Early Bird drop off begins at 6:30 a.m. and Kids Club operates from school dismissal until 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • Activities include arts and crafts, active group games, sports, team‐building exercises, science, technology, and supervised homework time.

Community Education:
7501 East Oak Street, Scottsdale, AZ 85257 480-484-7905
Website - www.susdcommunityed.org

Absence Reporting 

  • If you child will be absent or late on any given school day for any reason, PLEASE CALL OUR 24-HOUR ATTENDANCE LINE AT 480-484-2060 by 9 a.m. the morning of the absence.
  • In the event that a parent/guardian does not call, we will make every attempt to contact he parent/guardian so that we can verify the reason for absence. This includes, but is not limited to an automated system calling the home. If a call is not received by 3 p.m. on the day of the absence, it will be recorded as unexcused.
  • If your child cannot attend school for health reasons, please provide us with medical documentation so that the absences can be excused. If your child has medical condition that does not allow him/her to attend school regularly, please schedule an appointment with the administration to determine if your child is eligible for a Section 504 Accommodation Plan.
  • Please make every attempt to ensure that your child(ren) attends school regularly. Please try to plan your family trips and vacations around the SUSD calendar.
  • Arizona State law requires that parents ensure that their children between the ages of six and sixteen attend school regularly. On the fifth unverified absence or eighteen total verified/unverified absences, regardless of the reason, you and/or your child could be issued a citation for a violation of A.R.S. 15-802 or 15-803. The citation would require that both you and your child appear in court regarding this matter. If convicted, it is a Class III misdemeanor punishable by jail time and/or fine.


  • Students who are not in their classroom ready for instruction by 8:45 a.m. are considered tardy and must report to the school office immediately. If they have no note, parents should call ahead of the student’s arrival.
  • Parents of students with three excused or unexcused tardies in one semester will be contacted by the teacher and/or administrator. 
  • Students that receive a fourth tardy will sit at the tardy table during lunch and recess time.
  • Late arrivals with a doctor’s note will be excused. A doctor’s note must accompany the student on the day of the late arrival to be accepted.
  • Chronic tardiness will result in actions as stated in the Uniform Student Code of Conduct.


  • All students are required to remain on the school grounds during the regular school day. A parent/guardian or responsible person who is at least 18 years of age and listed on the Emergency Medical Card must come in to the school office and sign the child out if the child is leaving during school hours. If a child returns to the school before dismissal, the parent/guardian will need to accompany the child to the office to check the child back into school.
  • Your child will not be called from class to come to the office until you have arrived unless you have called the school while in route.


  • Field trips which support and supplement classroom learning may be taken at various times during the year as planned by the teacher and authorized by the Principal.
  • No student will be permitted to attend unless properly authorized by the parent’s signature on the school permission slip. 
  • School buses are used for transportation and the District, our PTA, tax credit funding and/or parents of participating students incur the cost of the trip.
  • Students are asked to follow teacher directions and stay with a buddy at all times. 


  • Daily lunches include a main entrée and two sides. Fruit and/or vegetables are offered with every meal. Parents also have the option to allow their children to purchase additional sides and treats. Monthly lunch menus are available on the SUSD website under Nutrition Services. Hard copies of the menus can be obtained by visiting the school office.
  • At the time of publication of this document, school lunches cost $2.25 per day. Parents may send cash with their children daily, start a prepaid account with the cafeteria, or you may start an account on-line using he web-site www.myLunchMoney.com. Please make checks payable to Scottsdale Unified School District Food Services.
  • Parents are welcome to eat lunch with their child. However, they must stay inside the cafeteria while enjoying lunch. If parents chose to eat in the courtyard, they may only take their child and should inform the cafeteria helpers. Other children should not be eating outside of the direct supervision of staff.     

Cafeteria Behavior Expectations

Display good lunchroom manners

1.    Walk at all times
2.    Be polite and courteous to everyone, including the cafeteria workers, cafeteria supervisors, and visitor.
3.    Use inside voices. Talking to your neighbor is fine. Shouting across to another table is not.
4.    Sit as a class (unless it has been approved by administration).
5.    Do not leave seat without permission. Raise your hand.
6.    Do not share food. This is a health issue.
7.    Classes will be dismissed when tables have all trash picked up and are quiet.
8.    Please do not take food outside of the cafeteria. No food is allowed on the playground.


  • If a child becomes ill during the school day, he or she must have permission from a staff member to see the nurse.
  • No student may leave the campus at any time without being released from the health or school office.
  • The nurse will not disperse unidentified medication.
  • If it is necessary for a student to receive medication during the school day, the parent must bring the medication in the original pharmacy-dispensed container to the Hopi Health Office. Children may not carry their own medications into the Health Office or be in control of any medication on the campus. Accommodations may be made for children who have asthma, or severe allergies, or any other life-threatening illness that requires them to have medication on their person. Please see the school nurse if this applies to your child. 


  • Hopi’s website is www.hopi.susd.org. All teachers have a website and an email address.
  • The Hopi Highlights newsletter is emailed home each week. It will include school news, PTA information, and community news. Be sure to read the newsletter as important dates, announcements, and notices are included in it. Let the office know if you would prefer a hard copy.
  • When a student is falling behind in schoolwork, parents will be contacted. If necessary, the teacher may ask for a conference.
  • All testing information will be sent home or the information will be given to the parent during conference time. Parents may access Galileo Benchmarks scores online at Hopi’s school website under student resources.
  • If parents have information regarding a student that would help the teacher, please inform the teacher. The nurse/teacher needs to know of any student health problems.
  • Change of address or phone number (working and/or home) should be immediately brought to the attention of the office staff and teacher.
  • Parents are responsible for notifying the school of any changes to a child’s custody.
  • When needed, parents are asked to call the school for a conference with the teacher.


  • Photographs, videotapes and/or interviews of your student may be requested by District sources, school sources, District/school website, or outside media. 
  • Parental permission must be recorded and on file before such sources are granted access to your student. The Parent Permission for Media and Public Access is included in the Uniform Code of Student Conduct booklet.            
  • In order to better serve the students, the school asks parents for their cooperation in eliminating the use of calls and messages to individual students. Classes will not be interrupted with messages to students except in an extreme emergency.
  • Use of the school telephone by children is discouraged. ONLY emergency calls will be allowed. Children need to pre-plan and be responsible for lunches, lunch money, homework, and required materials needed for the school day.  
  • The office staff will answer calls during school hours. Our automated phone system will allow you to call and leave a message before or after office hours. Before 7:30 a.m. or after 3:30 p.m. dial the main number (480-484-2000) School Nurse-2011; Secretary-2002; Automated Attendance- 2000.

Parent-Teacher Conferences/Report Cards

  • Conferences regarding student growth are scheduled in the fall and spring grading periods for grades K-5. Please see the SUSD calendar for conference dates.
  • Parent-teacher conferences are in addition to our regular written reporting procedures.
  • Progress reports are sent to parents to indicate student progress as needed.
  • Report cards will be sent home in November, February, and May.


  • A cumulative record file is kept for each student at Hopi School.
  • These records include test scores, grades, and attendance.
  • Student’s legal names will be used on all official school documents and printouts.
  • Parents are permitted to go through their children’s record. Parents desiring to view their children’s records should call the school office to make an appointment.
  • These records are the property of the Scottsdale School District and may only be viewed by school personnel, the student, and the parents.
  • FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) is a federal law that protects the privacy of student educational records. FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their Children’s educational records. The SUSD Uniform Student Code of Conduct will provide you with detailed information about FERPA.


  • The home and school share the responsibility for the total education of a child. It requires the active participation of the child in the educational process. 
  • Homework assignments are designed to be relevant and meaningful to the child and related to class activities. The purpose of homework is to practice skills and concepts introduced in class, strengthen basic skills, stimulate and enhance personal interests, develop independent study skills, develop initiative and responsibility, and keep parents aware of their child’s curriculum and academic progress. Amounts of time may vary due to grade level and specific teacher assignments for practice and enrichment. Daily home reading is expected throughout the year.

Make-up Work

  • Make-up work is the responsibility of the student. Students will have as many days to make up work for excused absences as the number of days absent.
  • Scheduling extended family vacations during school time is discouraged. Please check the SUSD calendar when planning vacations.


  • Teachers may not tutor their own students for a fee as per the employment agreement.







  • Please contact the office about the Homebound Program.


  • The library collection includes a variety of reading material for all reading levels and interests, including children’s periodicals, accelerated reading books, and nonfiction material that supports the classroom curriculum. 
  • The library catalog and AR titles are available on the Hopi Web site.
  • The Library / Media Center is open 15 minutes before and after school. Students are responsible for the care and timely return of library material checked out in their name.  
  • Students will not be allowed to check out books if they have overdue, lost or damaged books, or have extended their limit on number of books to check out.
  • Students should not check out material for other students, as they will be responsible for that item.
  • The Library actively recruits parent volunteers throughout the school year.  Please contact the Library if you are interested.  


  • Parent volunteers provide art enrichment to students.


  • Electronic Devices may be brought to school for educational purposes. Students will sign an agreement located in the SUSD Uniform Code of Conduct.


SUSD's gifted education program is designed to provide appropriate services for students who require differentiated educational programs and/or services beyond those normally provided by the regular school program. 

The program complies with Arizona Law that mandates that school districts identify gifted students as those scoring at the 97th percentile on a state approved test of reasoning ability. All students scoring at the 97th percentile or above on any one of the three batteries of the Cognitive Abilities Test or on any other appropriate test administered by Scottsdale District personnel will qualify for placement.

  • Services are provided for students who are identified as gifted.
  • Students’ grades three through five attend content area specific pullout classes. PACT is a type of pull-out or push-in replacement or enrichment service provided for all students identified as gifted in elementary grades three through six. All PACT classes are taught by gifted endorsed teachers.
  • The Comprehensive Gifted Programs have been designed to provide students who possess advanced intellectual, academic and/or creative capabilities with an educational opportunity that reflects interdisciplinary studies, academic rigor and critical and creative thinking. It is the goal of the CGP to provide a comprehensive program that is responsive to the academic and affective needs of the gifted.
  • Parents or teachers may refer a student for the gifted program by filling out the appropriate form and having it signed by the parent. http://gifted.susd.org


The Lost and Found is located in the cafeteria. Please label clothing and personal items. Items not claimed by students will be donated to a charitable organization at the end of each trimester.


  • Hopi Live is a live broadcast to every classroom and begins each day with a patriotic song, Pledge of Allegiance, and a moment of silence. It also includes morning announcements with school news.

NOTICE OF NON-DISCRIMINATION (section 504 of the Rehabilitations Act)


Rene Murphy, Assistant Principal (480) 484-2009


  • We encourage all parents to be a part of our PTA.
  • For information about our Parent Teacher Association (PTA), please check our website www.hopipta.org or contact PTA president.


The Wellness Policy is in place at all times! 

  • Celebrations can be healthy and fun!
  • We can make a difference in children’s lives by insisting that only food with nutritional value will be served at Hopi’s celebrations.
  • Consider donating a book to the school or classroom library in honor of your child’s birthday! Or check out a library book and read it to the class to celebrate your child’s special day.
  • Private parties should not start at school. Groups of children may not be picked up in limousines or trolleys to attend private events or parties.


  • The school is not responsible for damaged or lost personal items. Students need to leave toys, electronic equipment, card collections, etc. at home.
  • Baseball bats should not be brought to school.
  • Bicycles should be locked in the designated area.


  • Students from grades three through five, serve on the Student Council. They represent and are elected by each homeroom for one semester and are supervised by a faculty sponsor.
  • Four officers are elected. The president must be a fifth grade student. The other officers are vice president, secretary, treasurer, and historian.
  • The Student Council meets regularly to discuss special programs, fund raising projects, etc. and are sponsored by a teacher. They make recommendations to the Principal for ways to improve Hopi School. They often purchase items needed in and around the school.


  • Text books are checked out to the student in the beginning of the year and must returned at year’s end.
  • Students are responsible for the textbooks checked out to them.
  • If a book is lost, the charge for replacement is the full cost of a new text.


  • We are very fortunate at Hopi School to have many parent volunteers. They assist in the classroom, library, office, nurse’s office, and at our special functions.
  • All volunteers are requested to sign in the volunteer book in the front office and to obtain a volunteer pass/badge.
  • Parents wishing to volunteer their services should communicate with the classroom teacher, the principal, or PTA president. 
  • Volunteers are asked not to bring younger children when working in classrooms and/or using school equipment.