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Niños/Norte Dual Language Transition

July 2016


As you may already know, this year the dual language program is transitioning from Kyrene de los Niños to the Kyrene del Norte campus. If your child is attending a different school due to this change, we want to welcome you to your new campus. 

We have prepared for this transition for over a year. We are eager to see new faces in our classrooms, continue school traditions and make new memories as well. We are hopeful you and your children can attend Meet the Teacher Night on Wednesday, July 27. We have extended the hours from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in case you have children attending both schools. To find out more about your new school, you can subscribe and unsubscribe to school newsletters at this link. If you would like the website content translated, click on the “translate” link at the top left side of the district or school’s webpage.
We want to make sure that you are aware of the impact this change has on your child and have provided answers to Frequently Asked Questions below.
Whether your child is a.) changing campuses to remain in the dual-language program, b.) just starting the dual-language program at Norte or, c.) moving to Niños to remain, or start in the regular education program, we look forward to a great year!  

Tonja Yalung, Kyrene de los Niños Principal
Jaime Soto, Kyrene del Norte Principal
Frequently Asked Questions regarding Niños/Norte Transition



How will the move of the dual language program to Norte work?


Kyrene de los Niños School has implemented the dual language program since 2011. All dual language staff and students, who completed the 2015-16 school year at Niños will be going to Norte for the 2016-17 school year. Norte will have Dual Language classes for K-5th grade, and regular education classes for 4th and 5th grade students in 2016-17. 

Niños and Norte are now part of a “Super Boundary”, which means families who live in the Niños/Norte boundaries will have the option of sending their children to either school, depending on their choice of dual-language or the regular education program.  As of this year, the dual-language program will no longer be held at Niños; it will only offer the regular education program. 


The transition of the dual-language program to Norte will be implemented over a three-year period. This means that Norte will continue to have regular education classes in 4th and 5th grades for the 2016-17 school year and then 5th grade in 2017-18. By 2018-19, Norte will be a fully implemented dual-language school at all grade levels.



What is the distance between the two schools? Will my child have to travel a long distance to their new school?


The schools are located just a mile apart. Niños is east of Rural Road and north of Elliot. Norte is located west of McClintock and south of Guadalupe. 


Kyrene de los Niños – 1330 E. Dava Dr. Tempe, AZ 85283

Kyrene del Norte Dual Language Academy – 1331 E. Redfield Rd. Tempe, AZ 85283



Will my child have a bus to their new school?


a.)    If you live within the “Super Boundary” and are outside of the one mile walk boundary of your child’s school, transportation will be provided.


b.)    For open enrollment students, there is limited bus transportation from designated areas on a first come, first served basis. An Open Enrollment Bus Waitlist Card can be completed at the school or the District Office to request a seat on an open enrollment bus.  Notification of vacant seats and/or placement will come from the District Office. For questions regarding open enrollment transportation, call 480-541-1516.



My child is switching to a different school than last year.  Will their bus assignment/stop be the same?

Not necessarily. You can see your child’s bus stop location, bus number, pick-up and drop-of time on the Kyrene website. Go to School Bus Routes, follow the login directions and enter your current address. Parents can also choose to call Transportation at 480-541-1717 and an employee will help the parent with their bus stop questions. The hours are 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Additionally, school secretaries can assist in helping parents understand what is happening in their boundary. During Meet the Teacher Night and the first week of school, front offices will have alphabetized lists of bus riding students with bus stop location, bus number, pick up times etc.



How will my child know which bus to board?


The Transportation Department has been working closely with each school to make every effort to ensure your child arrives safely and at the correct school.  We will have buses traveling through the entire “super boundary”, and while the stops may be within a few blocks of each other, they will be going to different destinations (one to Norte, one to Niños). 


The most important thing you can do is attend “Meet the Teacher Night” July 27 at your child’s school and make sure to visit the Transportation table. You will not only be able to talk to bus drivers, but also find out your child’s bus number, location of their bus stop and pick up times. Each student will receive a color-coded “zip tie” that will go on his/her backpack, and each bus will have a corresponding color magnet on it to make it easier for students to identify the correct bus. 


If you are unable to attend “Meet the Teacher Night”, the first day of school each homeroom teacher will also have a list of their students’ bus number, bus stop location and pick-up times. Special identification will be provided for Kindergarten students, with assistance provided by staff and parent volunteers the first few weeks of schools. 



What do I do if my child gets on the wrong bus?


It happens every year, and because of the added confusion that may occur as a result of the transition of dual-language and creation of the “super boundary”, we are taking extra steps to have a contingency plan in place for students who get misdirected.


Drivers will be on standby to shuttle students to the correct school. Students who did not board the correct bus will be sent home with a written notification of the mix-up so that you’ll know they did not board the correct bus. 


Whatever you do, don’t panic—your child’s safety is of utmost importance to us. If something should happen related to transportation, call your school and/or please feel free to call Transportation at 480-541-1717. They will be able to address your concerns and questions. If you are unable to get through, call the Kyrene School District’s main telephone number at 480-541-1000.



What if I have a specific question about the dual-language program, the regular education program or about the schools?


Front office staff at both schools can be of assistance. Tonja Yalung is the Principal at Kyrene de los Niños Elementary. She can be reached at 480-541-4600.  Mr. Jaime Soto is the Principal at Kyrene del Norte. He can be reached at 480-541-4800.

School office hours are as follows:


July 18                        8:00 am to 4:00 pm
July 19                        10:00 am to 6:00 pm
July 20-22                   8:00 am to Noon
July 25-29                   Noon to 4:00 pm
July 29                        Noon to 4:00 pm


As of August 1, 2016 elementary schools offices are open 7:15 am to 3:45 pm.



Where can I find more information about back to school?


Visit our website at for all the information you need regarding Meet the Teacher night dates/times, how to subscribe to the Kyrene and school newsletters, supply lists, bus routes, school start/end times, school lunches and more. This includes information about the 2016 Free Vaccine Clinics for Children each month this fall.



My friends and other Kyrene families do not have access to a computer/internet. How can they obtain additional information?


Kyrene, in partnership with the Guadalupe Branch Library, encourages families who do not have computer/internet access to go to the library, located at 9241 S Avenida del Yaqui, Guadalupe; phone number (602) 652-3000. These FAQ's will be available in paper format. As well, their staff will assist you in using the library’s computers and internet access, free of charge, to access online information available on the Kyrene website. They can also assist you in how to use your cell phone to access online information.