Desert Willow Elementary Learning for life and loving to learn March 10, 2021

Over the past week, I have been asked several times, "What can we do to help _____?" I know that many parents are concerned about the financial future of our district and what it means for our schools and programs. A slowly declining student population, paired with a pandemic have caused us to make drastic reductions to our district budget. But all hope is not lost.

There are a few simple things you can do to help:

  1. Talk about all the great things happening in our school. Your neighbors and friends may not have kids in our schools and they don't know how great our teachers are unless you tell them. They won't know that your child has been enjoying school activities since September unless you talk us up. The best way to boost our enrollment is through word of mouth.
  2. Get involved with our PTO. This year, a small group of dedicated volunteers have managed to raise over $50,000 to help our school. But they need your help to keep the momentum going next year. Join the PTO, volunteer to be on the board, chair a committee, or see how else your talents can be put to use.
  3. Follow our school and district on social media so you can see what's happening on other campuses. It's a great way to get excited about future opportunities for your student.

When we all work together to promote our schools and get involved, we can continue to ensure that our students will have access to the high quality educational opportunities that Desert Willow (and Cave Creek Unified School District) are known for. Thank you for your continued partnership and support.

~Staci Wiese, Principal

Mrs. Wiese, DWES Principal
We had some fabulous doors during our Read Across America week!

Kindergarten Registration 2021-22

It's that time again! If you or someone you know has a child who will be 5 before September 1, 2021, they are eligible to register for kindergarten. Packets are available in the front office and may be picked up any school day between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Hurry, spots are filling up fast! Registration packets are due back as soon as possible to hold your spot. Items required for registration include: original birth certificate (we will make a copy), immunization record, parent identification and proof of residence (such as a utility bill).

Kindergarten has been working hard on their garden.

It's Time to Make Your Tax Credit Donation

Did you know that you can make your tax credit donation online? Arizona's tax law (ARS 43-1089.01) allows families a tax credit of up to $400 and individuals can give up to $200. Contributions made on or before April 15, following the close of the taxable year, may be applied to either the current OR preceding taxable year and is considered to have been made the last day of that taxable year. Here's the link for more information.

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  • 310/21: Re-Stock the Teacher's Lounge
  • 4/7/21: Spirit Night at Chipotle!


Help Wanted - The PTO Executive Board is retiring at the end of the school year. We are making room for a new board with fresh ideas and a willingness to make a difference in the 2021/22 school year.  Please view the sign up genius here!

Read-A-Thon - Thank you to all our amazing Owls who read so much the past few weeks. You helped your school tremendously!  Our goal was to earn $20,000 and we came close at $17,490! 90% comes straight back to DWES!!! Congratulations to Trent L. for being the Top Earner and to Cooper L. for being the Top Reader this past week! Enjoy your scooter and Polaroid camera.

Spirit Night at Chipotle - Wednesday, April 7th from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. at 5355 E. Carefree Hwy, Bldg. E.

Help us Stock the Teacher's Lounge - Here are some of the wonderful comments we've received from teachers and staff and also a new Sign-Up Genius.

  • What a delightful surprise! Thank you!!
  • Muchas gracias por tan lindo detalle!
  • Thank you so much for taking such good care of us!!
  • Thank you! The snacks are very thoughtful and sweet surprise.
  • You are all much appreciated!!! Thank you so much! :) And yes, it helps us feel loved! :)
  • Thank you so very much!
  • Thank you so much! That is greatly appreciated!

Don't miss out! Purchase Your Yearbook Today! Order Deadline 4/2/21. Go to Ybpay.lifetouch.com and use Yearbook ID Code: 13226521

Yearbook - There's still time to submit photos of your student doing new hobbies, scout activities, volunteering, sports and photos of new pets during quarantine. Please submit them to: dwesyearbook2@gmail.com.


Become a PTO Member

Return to school Wish List

Volunteer for PTO

Homeroom Parent Volunteer

Purchase Masks

Purchase Spirit Wear

See all fundraising opportunities

PTO Website


Shop for everyday supplies while helping earn money for DWES! Here's how.....

Fry's Community Rewards Program- If you shop at Fry's Food Grocery Store, please link up your Fry's V.I.P. card to Desert Willow or enter organization number WM786. Fry's Community Rewards Program will automatically donate to DWES on your behalf from your purchases! Here is a link to Fry's Community Rewards Program to link your card.

Amazon Smile - is a simple and automatic way for you to support DWES every time you shop at amazon.com, at no cost to you with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to DWES. Select Desert Willow PTO as the charitable organization and every eligible purchase you make on Amazon Smile will result in a donation to our school Here is a link to shop!

Tuft & Needle - Need a new mattress? Buy one the easy way - online and with FREE shipping! Tuft & Needle has partnered with our school and will donate 25% back to DWES on every purchase. You can order through Tuft & Needle Gives Back or on the Tuft & Needle website and enter Desert Willow Elementary School, it's as easy as that!

Click here to see ALL of the unique and easy ways you can immediately help raise funds for DWES while you shop!


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Ricky Roadrunner Resale Shop - If you have children moving on to middle school or have outgrown their spirit wear items, we are collecting DWES Spirit Wear that have been gently used in the front office.

  • Co-Presidents: Valerie Handley and Lori Mathesius - dwespresident@gmail.com
  • Vice-President: Sandy Lacy - dwesvp@gmail.com
  • Treasurer: Virginia Sierra - dwestreasurer@gmail.com
  • Secretary: Melissa Adelson - dwessecretary@gmail.com
  • 3/12/21: 3rd Quarter Ends
  • 3/18 & 3/19/21: Early Release at 11:50 a.m. for Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • 3/22 - 3/26/21: Spring Break - No School
  • 4/2/21: Spring Recess - No School
  • 4/7/21: Early Release @ 11:50 a.m.
  • 4/28/21: Early Release @ 11:50 a.m.
  • 5/20/21: Early Release @ 11:50 a.m. - Last Day of School!

Roadrunners are Respectful, Responsible, & Kind

This month, our school wide theme is empathy. We’ll be reminding students to have empathy, identify their own and others’ feelings, notice and respect the same and different feelings, and show compassion. When students can identify, understand, and respond in a caring way to how someone else is feeling, it helps create a positive and accepting school climate.

You can extend this idea at home by talking about your own feelings and modeling empathy for others.

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Dr. Cort Monroe - Superintendent

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