Welcome to the Internet home of Peña Blanca Elementary School. We are one of six schools in Arizona’s Santa Cruz Valley Unified School District, which includes six rural communities with populations ranging from 200 to 11,000 inhabitants, Rio Rico being the largest.
We designed this website to be a helpful tool for you to stay up-to-date and involved in our students’ lives. Devoted parents, students, staff, and community members should visit our site often. We’ve compiled answers to your most frequently asked questions, included information about the exciting clubs we have at Peña Blanca Elementary, and we'll help you stay organized with our interactive calendar. We value your participation and committed interest in your child’s education.
Welcome to another wonderful year at Peña Blanca! The staff and I are thrilled to share another year of learning together with all of our wonderful Wildcats!
This year we will focus on improved math practices and interventions, improved attendance and tardiness, and healthy and nutritional living. We have set very high expectations and continue to make plans to guarantee that every student at Peña Blanca will be successful this school year. Student academic success is the main goal of every staff member at Peña Blanca. We believe that every student will succeed, and we are prepared to offer more time and support to every student that needs it. I ask for your support in this effort by sending your child to school every day, encouraging him/her to read at least 20 minutes a day, monitoring your child’s homework, and asking your child to share what he/she has learned at school each day.
We ask that you follow us on Facebook and visit our school website for information throughout the year.
Other important information:
Arrival and Pick Up Procedures: Drop-offs and pick-ups are strictly drop and go. We have very limited parking and traffic is heavy; please expect traffic congestion during peak hours and plan accordingly.
Early Release: The district has early release days on some, not all Wednesdays. School dismissal for students on early release days is 11:30 a.m. These are excellent opportunities for parents to spend a few extra minutes with their children practicing the skills learned so far.
Bus Routes: SCVUSD #35 provides transportation to and from the student’s home residence only. If you need arrangements from an address other than your home, you must complete a bus exception form with the transportation department. Please call transportation (375-8885) for more information regarding bus routes.
School Uniforms: All K-8 students must wear a school uniform according to District #35 policy. The uniform consists of red or navy long or short-sleeved polo shirts (with no emblems) or school spirit shirts and khaki or navy bottoms (shorts or pants for boys and pants, capris, skorts, jumpers, and skirts for girls, school spirit shirts for all). We recommend belts and tucked shirts for all students. Shoes and socks of any color are acceptable. Students may also wear sweatshirts/pants, sweaters, vests, or turtlenecks in red or navy blue solid single colors. Students may wear jackets of any kind or color per student handbook guidelines.