Holiday Park School

  • Principal

    Dear Holiday Park Families,

    Welcome to the 2021-22 school year!  My name is Deborah Kuenzli and I am the proud principal at Holiday Park School.  I am happy to announce that our students have continued to grow socially, emotionally, and academically over the past year. I am so proud of all of them. Thank you to all of our students, staff, and parents for all of your hard work and dedication in supporting our students during the 2020-21 school year.

    Holiday Park has been an active part of the Maryvale neighborhood since 1961. As one of the first trauma-informed schools in Arizona, we focus on the development of the whole child by addressing their academic and social-emotional needs. A school counselor is on-site during the school day to assist our scholars along with a behavior specialist who works with both teachers and students on their social-emotional learning. The school offers a variety of opportunities for students to explore their passions. Before and after school programs are offered for our scholars that include sports, academic interventions, coding, etc. We have a beautiful school garden where our scholars have the opportunity to grow vegetables while they learn about the growth of plants and the impact our environment has on our surroundings. Our parent involvement programs include opportunities for parents to participate in their child’s education on many levels including monthly Parent Coffee Talks, Curriculum Nights, community events such as College and Career Day, STEM events, movie nights, bingo nights, and a community fair. 

    It is a pleasure to announce that we will continue to serve breakfast in the classroom for all students during the 2021-2022 school year. To accommodate this, our first bell will ring at 7:45 a.m. and the students need to go directly to their classrooms.  Breakfast will begin immediately to ensure that instruction can start at 8:05 a.m.  We truly value the opportunity to provide a free, healthy breakfast for every Holiday Park student, but we cannot lose instructional time to do so.  Please help us ensure all students are hereby 7:45 a.m. every day! 

    The student drop-off and pick-up line is in front of the school. We will do everything that we can to ensure that the line moves quickly. Only students that are walking may enter through the other entry points on the campus. The bus bay area is for students receiving transportation services only. Do not drop off students on the street or in front of the crosswalk. Students may not be dropped off or come on campus before 7:35 a.m. as we do not have anyone to monitor them if they arrive early. Dismissal will take place at 2:30 pm. Please let the teachers know how you would like for your child to get home. Hand-to-hand transfer students (kinder and 1st grade only) will be dismissed at their designated gates. If students are being picked up in a car, they will be walked by a teacher to the parent pick-up line at the front of the school. 2nd-6th grade students will walk to the pickup locations by themselves

    As you know, a strong partnership between home and school has great benefits for students and families. It is a privilege to serve you and your children and I value this responsibility to the highest degree. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me via email at with any questions, concerns, or suggestions. Thank you again for the opportunity to serve your community.  We look forward to seeing you on Thursday, July 29 for our Meet the Teacher 

    Event from 4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. and again on the first day of school Monday, August 2, at 7:45 a.m. ☺


    Deborah Kuenzli, Principal

    **School Hours are from 7:55 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

    **If you need before or after school care, please contact the office.