Reopening District Information Updates Here

Class Prizes: 

Any class with 100% participation in collection donations (of any amount) will receive a class prize of their choice!

Students will receive a raffle ticket for every $20 they turn in. Raffle tickets will be drawn daily by Mrs. Alcazar. Raffle prizes are for the student's entire class to enjoy! Raffle tickets not chosen each day stay in the running all week for prizes, so get your donations in early! Please submit all money by Friday, November 20th, 2020 to be included in the raffle. 

Most Money Raised (Grade):  $50 Teacher Grant for every teacher in grade, and class prize for each class in that grade!

Classes with winning raffle tickets, 100% participation, or most money raised will be able to choose from the following prizes:

Extra Recess/Virtual Recess

No Homework Day

Virtual Field Trip

Pajama Day

GoNoodle or Other Virtual Game Time

Please reach out to family and friends and let them know about the amazing school your child attends! Ask them to donate today! 

All donation amounts count - no donation is too small! 



The new federal CARES Act offers you deduction opportunities by providing a universal, above-the-line, deduction of up to $300 per taxpayer ($600 for a married couple) in annual charitable contributions, made by any taxpayer by the end of this year - whether you itemize or not.  This will reduce your taxable income for 2020!

100% of your tax-deductible donation will go directly back to Sandpiper!

​​​​​Teacher Grants

The largest single item of the PTO budget goes to our Teacher Grants. Every teacher at Sandpiper is given grant money to reimburse them for necessary items for their classrooms. The district provides very little for our kids’ classrooms. With your generous support, we will reimburse $19,625 to our committed teachers to build our classrooms. Our teachers express their deep thanks for this ongoing support. 

Here is what some of our teachers have done with their PTO Teach Grants:

Miss Cocca, 5th Grade Teacher:
I have improved my flexible seating in my classroom, purchased supplemental materials for Spanish, as well as  expanded my Spanish library.

Sra. Giardina, 1st Grade Teacher: 
I have bought treasure box prizes for my kiddos, manipulatives, games and lots of Spanish lessons, crafts, etc.

Mrs. Ohler, Honors Teacher: 
Being brand new to Sandpiper (and AZ) the teacher grant money allowed me to purchase much needed supplies for our classroom. Without the PTO we would not be able to participate in national and local contests or complete the rich projects that are required for hands-on learning (pre-COVID).

Mrs. Eley 5th Grade Teacher: 
The Sandpiper PTO has been extremely supportive of the  writing program that I use in my 5th grade classroom and of my desire to procure a library of high interest, engaging books for my students.  I have had the opportunity to attend a week long Writing Institute at Columbia's Teachers College in New York.  This is a week spent focusing on how to help  students grow as writers.  Teachers come from around the world to attend this institute.  I can't even describe the energy that you feel when you are surrounded by 1,000 other educators who are all focused on helping  students  become better writers. Our days are spent writing as if we were students.  We are introduced to mentor texts, strategies and checklists that help us better assess the level of our student's writing, and we are able to practice our "conferencing skills" which help us have more focused conversations about what our students are writing.  Additionally, we have an opportunity to hear from well-known children's authors. In addition to supporting my interest in the Units of Study writing program, my book shelves are filled with high interest, engaging books that I have been able to purchase using teacher grant money. Because of your generous donations,  5th grade students are immersed in a much stronger writing program and they are surrounded by books that they are excited to read.  Thank you!  

Mrs. Zimmerli, Resource:
I used my teacher grant money to buy 4 individual, rechargeable CD players for students who need to listen to stories to help them learn to read better.

Mrs. Benefiel, 2nd Grade Teacher:
I've used my grant money to provide more culturally diverse books in my classroom!  

Spirit Days:

Direct Giving Week is also Spirit Week! Show your Sandpiper Spirit with these dress-up days:

Monday, November 16th: Rodeo Day

Tuesday, November 17th: Crazy Hair Day

Wednesday, November 18th: Disney Day

Thursday, November 19th: Holiday Day

​Friday, November 20th: Dress Like Your Parents Day

​​We are excited about the coming school year! To support our school, our MAJOR FUNDRAISER THIS YEAR will be our:

Direct Giving Week, November 16-20

We will show our school spirit with theme days and celebrate our success on Friday with a surprise for all of the students during lunch time!

Last year we raised $51,000, and we think we can do the same this year! This year our goal is to raise $50,000 during Direct Giving Week!  These funds will help to cover our annual  PTO operating budget to provide all of the programming and events listed below. Your previous generous donations last year allowed us to finish the Library upgrades, host so many fun family and community events, and provide our amazing teachers with grants, recognition and development. This year, we would like to purchase a new reading program for the entire school! Along with the new reading program we would like to be able to continue to give our teachers so many of the things they need that the district does not cover including grants, development, this year's unique distance learning needs, and COVID 19 special request to keep our students and teachers safe.  

Our Direct Giving campaign is simple: We ask that you donate directly to the PTO to support the many needs of our school and students. Our all-volunteer PTO fully funds many educational programs and events to offer them for FREE.  

Click below to donate now!​ On the next page you'll be able to enter a donation amount.
 After selecting your payment type, on the following screen,please enter your child's name and teacher where it says "Student's Name and Teacher" under your donation amount. Please note, PayPal charges the Sandpiper PTO a processing fee for online donations.​

Cash/Check Form


Two Ways to Donate:

​​​​1) Cash or Check: Send cash in an envelope marked “Sandpiper PTO” or a check made payable to “Sandpiper PTO” to school with your child. Their homeroom teachers will collect these envelopes or you can drop them at the main office.

2) Online Donation: Donate online through the "Donate Button" below. On the next page you'll be able to enter a donation amount.After selecting your payment type, on the following screen, please enter your child's name and teacher where it says "Student's Name and Teacher." Please note, PayPal charges the Sandpiper PTO a processing fee for online donations.

100% of your donation goes directly to Sandpiper.  

Sandpiper PTO is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. Your donation is tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. Donation amounts will be confidential.
***This donation is NOT part of the Tax Credit!***  But it IS Tax Deductible!
Thank you for your support!

Direct Giving to Sandpiper

Cash/Check Form


Corporate Match: 

Many companies do a "corporate match" for personal donations made by their employees! If your company participates in a corporate match program, email us at contact us and we will help you complete the paperwork!


Suggested Donations:

ANY and ALL amounts are appreciated, regardless of size! All donation amounts count - no donation is too small!