Daily Sun Tax Credit Article

Arizona Daily Sun education reporter Hillary Davis has written an informative article about the state's public school tax credit program for today's paper.

In the article she provides a lot of helpful information, including the following:
A change statewide this year is allowing schools to spend tax credits on what is generally called "soft capital": supplies like textbooks, library books, technology and computers, workbooks, furniture and small consumable items like pencils. This comes on the heels of the state's near-elimination of soft capital funding...

Taxpayers receive a dollar-for-dollar credit against their state income taxes owed if they donate money to an approved school or program. Donors must direct their money to a specific school and indicate the specific program on the check or form's memo line (i.e., Camp Colton, strings, forensics. Each school has several accounts). Monies go directly to the schools and programs named on the check, not to the district. If a program isn't listed it goes to the school's general fund and the school's site council will allocate it. If a check simply says "FUSD," business office employees will call the donor and ask them to pick a school.

Anyone can contribute to the school tax credit program. You need not be a parent or a resident of FUSD's boundaries, nor are you obligated to limit your donation to your family or neighborhood school. Charter schools also are eligible to participate.Single filers can donate up to $200 and take a full tax credit. Married couples can file a joint return for up to $400. A taxpayer expecting a refund will have it increased by the amount donated to a tax credit-eligible program. A taxpayer who owes money can have the bill reduced by the amount donated.
As we've mentioned here before, your tax credit contributions are what make our unique magnet school programs possible.  Every single dollar of tax credit money received by Marshall School is used by the school to fund a variety of programs including field-trips, music and arts programs, and our one-of-a-kind science experiences in every classroom, at every grade level, free of charge.

 If you would like to make a tax credit contribution to Marshall School, please contact us via email, telephone [928-773-4030], or in person in the school office. We're happy to assist you in any way we can!  Remember: you can give your money to the state, or you can make a contribution to Marshall.  The choice is yours.  

Please choose Marshall :)



Coming Attractions at Marshall School

Canned Food Drive
Our annual school-wide holiday canned food drive, sponsored by our awesome Student Council, officially begins this week and will run through December 14th.  Half the food items collected will go to Northern Arizona Food Bank and half will go to Marshall's own Parents Anonymous & FAST programs.  Classes are challenged to collect the most cans and will compete to win a set of classroom games.  We need a few volunteers to help Ms. McFall and the Student Council members gather all the cans from classrooms on December 15.  If you're available in the morning that day, please let her know.

Door Decorating Contest
The Student Council has also made plans to sponsor a Holiday Door Decorating Contest this season.  The theme for the competition will be The best gift of the season and one primary and one intermediate class will be selected as winners by a panel of adult judges.  The winning classes will earn a cookie-frosting party.

Nutcracker Holiday Performances
This just in from the Flagstaff Symphony:

Symphony schools,

The time has come once again for that favorite of holiday favorites, The Nutcracker. Dancing sugar plum fairies, fierce sword fights, a happily ever after, The Nutcracker is every kid’s Christmas fantasy.

This year, we will be presenting two performances of the timeless classic Friday and Saturday, December 2 and 3 at 7:30 p.m. in Ardrey Memorial Auditorium. The Lollipop concert, a shortened version of the entire play, will be Saturday, December 3 at 2:00 p.m. in Ardrey.

Tickets for the evening performances for all symphony schools will be $8 per student and $15 per chaperone.

Ticket policy for the Lollipop concert is as follows:
• All adults $7.
• All children free.
• Limit five tickets per order.
• Assigned seating.
• First come, first served.
• Box office only; no online orders
To reserve tickets for any of these performances, please contact our music teacher, Mrs. Tillman.

Winter Recess
School will dismiss for the Winter Recess at 12:25 on Friday, December 16.  School will resume at 8:40 on Tuesday, January 3.

Think snow!


Picture Retake Day

Lifetouch will be on campus next week on Thursday, December 1, for school picture retakes.

If you're able to volunteer as a runner during the morning on Thursday to help us retrieve students for their pictures, we could sure use the help.  Please contact Malinda in the school office if you're able to help out. [928-773-4030].


Happy Thanksgiving

Classes will be dismissed this Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, November 23rd, 24th, and 25th, in order to give our families the opportunity to celebrate Thanksgiving together.



Another Easy Way To Support Marshall School

Did you know you, by purchasing gift cards through the Marshall Magnet School PTO you can help us earn money for equipment, events, and activities at our school?

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By completing this form and returning it to the school, or visiting shopwithscrip.com [enter our ID# 87C3LL9518795], and purchasing gift cards to hundreds of  well-known retailers before December 2nd, you will enable our school to receive 5-15% of the face value of the card in return.  It's that simple!

Your gift-card orders must be received before December 2nd.  You may return your completed form to the school office along with a check payable to Marshall Magnet PTO, or you may complete your entire order online at shopwithscrip.com.

Cards will be available after December 9th.

Questions about this program, or our other eScrip [ID# 6533648] and ClubScrip fundraising programs, may be directed to PTO Treasurer Annette Avery.

Thanks, as always for your support!


A Few Friendly Reminders

Parent-Teacher Conferences begin today, Friday, November 18th, and continue next week on Monday and Tuesday, the 21st and 22nd.  We'll be on our typical Friday dismissal time today, at 12:25, and we'll dismiss classes next Monday and Tuesday at that time, too. 

And, just in case you over-looked it :) There's no school November 23rd, 24th, and 25th. 

Happy Thanksgiving!


Tax Credit: It works for US! It works for YOU!

Marshall Magnet School
2013 Governor's Arts Award winner
As you probably already know: No other school in Flagstaff provides the unique learning opportunities that every child, including yours, receives at Marshall Magnet School.  How?  Because of the Tax Credit contributions people like you make to our school each year.

Any Arizona tax-payer may make a Tax Credit contribution to Marshall Magnet School.

If you haven't already done so, we hope you are planning to make your annual Tax Credit contribution to Marshall School before December 31.  The Arizona Public School Tax Credit program provides great advantages both to you and to our school. 

K-2 Suzuki violinists
Each year at Marshall we spend in excess of $40,000 in Tax Credit contributions on our one-of-a-kind magnet programs and activities including field-trips, Taiko drumming, and Suzuki violin, as well as our unique array of Magnet Monday electives like dance, Lego League, Team MasterMind, and Chess Club, STEAM Team, digital media, painting, and photo-journalism.  
Fifth-grade Taiko drummers

Each dime of your contribution has been spent to broaden and enrich the educational learning experiences of  every student at Marshall.  Every kid at Marshall has received benefit from these contributions, and they will continue to, year after year, provided we are to be able to raise these funds in order to sustain our award-winning programs.

As demonstrated by our imaginary tax-payers below (click any image below to enlarge it), Arizona's Tax Credit program works to the advantage of most tax-payers.  Whether you're a single parent, a married family filing jointly, or an more mature couple with grown children, Arizona's Tax Credit program enables you to give part of your annual state taxes directly to Marshall Magnet School, rather than to the state Department Of Revenue.

This rare opportunity, to determine exactly how your tax dollars are spent by providing direct support to Marshall School's unique magnet programs, is your chance to directly benefit your child's, and every child's, public school experience at Marshall Magnet School.  Marshall School can and will make that promise to you.  The state of Arizona cannot.

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Tax Credit contributions directly reduce the Balance Of Tax that you would otherwise owe to the state.  Tax Credit contributions are not deductions, nor are they a kind of exemption.  Tax Credit contributions to Marshall School are a direct dollar-for-dollar credit against the taxes that you must pay.  Your choice in the matter, however, is to take advantage of Arizona's Tax Credit program and contribute these dollars to Marshall Magnet School, or decide that you wold rather give those dollars to the state.

Every single Tax Credit dollar that you contribute to Marshall Magnet School goes directly into sustaining and developing our well-established, unique, and meaningful Arts and Science magnet programs at every grade level. All Marshall students, including your own, benefit from your contribution!

Please remember: In order to have it applied to your current year's tax return, you must make your Tax Credit contribution before December 31 Arizona's April 15hth tax-filing deadline.

Married couples filing jointly may contribute up to $400.00. Single taxpayers may give up to $200.00.  

However, contributions in any amount are always welcomed and appreciated!

You can make a Tax Credit contribution to Marshall School online
at any time, in any amount, during the course of the year simply by clicking on the "Donate now!" button at the top of this page.


Have a great long weekend!

School is dismissed tomorrow, Friday, November 11, 2011, in recognition of Veterans Day and to give much-deserved honor to those who have served in the United States Armed Forces.


Snowy Morning

What a lovely, snowy Monday morning it was at Marshall Magnet School today!

In quick succession, the changing "seasons" have once again changed the appearance of our building.

Thanks, Bendrew, for doing all the shoveling!


Awesome Fifth Grade Taiko Drumming

 Photo credit: Josh Biggs/Arizona Daily Sun
Our fifth graders turned in an incredible performance at their final Taiko Drumming show this past snowy Saturday.  The show was well-attended by parents and members of the community.  Due to a scheduling-error that was mistakenly published in the Daily Sun newspaper  on Saturday morning (we made the front page), which indicated showtime was at 11:00 instead of 12:00, our instructor, Tony Trapasso, and all of our the fifth-grade drummers decided to start things a bit ahead of time.  Beginning at about 11:15, they entertained our early-arrivals with a prolonged series of warm-up routines before the noon showtime.


Site, Science & PTO Tomorrow

Just a quick, friendly reminder: We will convene our Marshall Site and Science Councils tomorrow night, Wednesday, November 2, at 5:00, followed by our monthly PTO meeting at 6:30.  As always, everyone's invited!  Childcare is provided.  Please come.