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  • Camera


    Class pictures will beTuesday,
    March 28th.  

    Please make sure your student is
    on time.

    Be sure to look for your student's picture packet a couple of days before.  

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  • Bulldog Wearing a Hat

    Ruth Powell School would like to make an annual donation as a school to the Safford High School Ruth Jansen Powell Scholarship Fund. We are going to allow students to wear hats in her honor on Thursday, March 30th, in exchange for $1 or more donation. We invite the Dorothy Stinson 2nd graders to join us! All students and teachers are encouraged to participate!

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    We will be collecting soda tabs as a fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House.  This helps to support families that may have a child at the TMC or Banner Hospital.  Families are housed at the Ronald McDonald House at no cost.  
    Students can start bringing them in from now until March 31st.

    Thank you for supporting this fundraiser. 

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  • Fundraiser Smencils and Jerky

    Bulldog Express, RPS choir, is having a fundraiser to help earn money for field trips, next year's shirts, and other expenses.  They are selling Smencils, Smens, and Jerky.  They will be sold during lunch recess. 

    Smencils (smelly pencils) for $1

    Smens (smelly pens) for $2

    Jerky (different kinds) $1.50 or 2 for $3

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  • Happy Easter


    There will be NO SCHOOL
    Friday, April 7th & Monday, April 10th
    for Easter Break. 

    School will resume Tuesday, April 11th.  

    Have a fun and safe weekend. 

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  • Testing Sign

    AASA (Arizona's Academic Standards Assessment)

    Testing will be in April for 3rd-6th grade. 
    During this time, we ask for no interruptions.  Please make sure your student(s) come to school with everything they need for the day, including lunches, water bottles, and instruments. 
    Have your student(s) eat a healthy breakfast and get to school on time.  Make sure they are here on their testing days. Please try to make appointments for after school or on a day they do not have testing.  Different grades will test on different days, so make sure to check with teachers for that information if you have any questions.   

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  • HEALTH red puzzle piece

    It is important to keep your child at home if they are not feeling well and experiencing symptoms such as:

    - temperature
    - body aches
    - sore throat
    - headache
    - runny nose
    - cough
    - vomiting

    Thank you for your help & support.

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Start & Dismissal Times

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    Start and Dismissal Time for 2022/2023

    First bell will ring at 8:10
    Tardy bell will ring at 8:15
    The Cafeteria will be open at 7:45 for students to eat breakfast
    Dismissal will be at 2:15 pm
    Every Friday will be early release at 12:35 pm.

    Lafe Nelson will begin at 8:10
    Dorothy Stinson will begin at 8:00



  • Parent Picking Up Student    TRANSPORTION CHANGES

    All transportation changes need to be called in by 1:00pm for regular release days and 11:00am for early release days.  This will insure your child gets the message.  

     Students Arriving at School   STUDENT ARRIVAL
    Students are not allowed on campus before 7:45.  There is no supervision before this time.  If they arrive before 7:55, students will need to wait in the cafeteria.  

    All students and visitors should enter the school using the south gate to the playground when arriving before 8:10.  Students are not allowed to come through the office before the gate closes at 8:15.  

    All visitors will be stopped and screened before going back to the classrooms.  All lunches, snacks, shoes, and other items will be left in the office for your student to pick up.  This will avoid disruptions in the classroom during their teaching time.  If you would like to make an appointment ahead of time, you could do so with the teacher.  

    Thank you for your support. 

Latest News


  • BULLDOG    
    To all our RPS families, and those who are new, we say Welcome! We are excited to start a new year here at Ruth Powell School! 

    Here are a few reminders for our parents.

    • All students will enter the school through the south gate. Parents will be allowed to walk their students to their classrooms, but must sign in at the gate. The office will be open if you need to see the secretaries, but students will still need to enter through the south gate.
    • In the event that your child's class plans a field trip, we must have a birth certificate, up to date immunizations, proof of residency and an enrollment form on file in order for your child to participate.
    • We continue to ask that you walk your child from the parking lot to the side walk for safety reasons. As you drop off in the morning we ask that parents pull up to the flagpole in front of the school so students can walk along the sidewalk. Please DO NOT allow your child to exit your vehicle until you have reached the fence opening. Also, please know, students are NOT allowed to walk across the parking lot without an adult. We would also ask that if you are parking on the northside of 10th Street, that you also walk your child to and from the school sidewalk.  Again, this is for the safety of all students and the flow of traffic.
    • If your child will be absent, you must contact the school. If we do not receive parent contact within 48 hours, the absence will remain unexcused. To report an absence, please call our attendance line at 348-7030 and press #1.
    • All transportation changes must be made by 1:00 Mon-Thurs, and 11:00 on Fridays. This will help ensure that your child gets the message.
    • If you have a phone number or address change during the school year, please contact the school to update your new information. 

    Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate this new school year!

    Stay up to date on school information through our website, www.saffordusd.com!   

Arizona Tax Credit Donations

  • field trip  Arizona tax law allows married couples filing jointly to take up to $400 in tax credit or $200 for singles   if they donate to extracurricular activities. This tax credit is available to all taxpayers, even if they don’t have   children in school. Contributions are donated directly to the school, not to the state or even to the district.   Though contributions to public schools have always been tax deductible, a tax credit is subtracted from the   amount of taxes you owe. A tax credit is a full refund of your money. You can choose what school/teacher or  an extracurricular program you would like to go to. Teachers use this money to pay for class field trips.


  •  PowerSchool Mobile App PowerSchool Parent Portal

    Parents are encouraged to use the Powerschool Parent Portal to access your child's grades, lunch balances and attendance records. If you have any questions or would like directions on using this wonderful tool, please call the office at 928-348-7030 and we would be happy to help.

    This is also available as a mobile app for Apple and Android phones. Just search for PowerSchool Mobile. You can set it up to get notifications for absences etc.

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