Desert Willow Elementary Learning for life and loving to learn April 28, 2021

You may have heard people talking about combo classes or multi-age classes at Desert Willow next year. Although staff placements have not been finalized, there is a very real possibility that we will have several multi-age classes on our campus next year - both in our Spanish classes and in our traditional classrooms. As enrollment changes over the summer, we will finalize our class placements and be able to share class assignments just before school starts in August.

There can be some advantages to having your student in a multi-age classroom. I have outlined them for you here:

  1. Research has shown there's no difference in academic achievement between children in split classes versus straight grades.
  2. Split-grade students are less competitive with one another and more cooperative than students in same-grade classrooms.
  3. Children learn at different paces. Blended classes offer a wider range of curricula across two grade levels. Advanced students can be more easily challenged with higher-level material; struggling students can more easily return to earlier material.
  4. Younger children gain self-confidence and maturity by being exposed to older students; older students learn to be positive, mature role models for the younger students.
  5. Some children will benefit from having the same teacher over two years, as the teacher comes to know the students' abilities better. This is called "looping."
  6. Students in blended classrooms tend to take greater personal responsibility for their learning.
  7. There is greater peer-to-peer learning in blended classrooms.
  8. Students develop friendships across grade levels and blended classrooms instill a greater sense of responsibility for one another, and a better sense of community.

~Staci Wiese, Principal

Mrs. Wiese, DWES Principal

Important Reminder!

Please do not park in the pick-up/drop-off lanes. If you are dropping off or picking up your child, stay in your car and move forward as directed. If you need to exit your car, please park in a designated parking space.

6th grade students in Mrs. Legro's Social Studies class have been busy making African Masks.

Governing Board Meeting

The CCUSD Governing Board will approve recommended activity, athletic, club and other fees for the 2021-22 school year at the May 10, 2021 Governing Board Meeting. This meeting will be held at 6:00 p.m. in the Governing Board Room.

Kindergarten Registration 2021-22

It's not too late! If you or someone you know has a child who will be 5 prior to 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. Registration packets are due back by May 1st. 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).


There's still time to take advantage of CCUSD's TAX CREDIT Opportunity! Decide what year you want to use YOUR tax credit for before May 17th (this current year or prior year's taxes). Check out the TAX CREDIT opportunities here.

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ECS has some wonderful 2021 Summer Programs! Click here for more information and to register.


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  • 5/3/21-5/7/21: Teacher Appreciation Week
  • 5/10/21-5/14/21: Scholastic Book Fair


Teacher Appreciation Week - May 3-7 - The perfect time to give thanks to our wonderful DWES family! Wish lists for homeroom teachers and staff are listed on the PTO Website at dwespto.org under PTO FORMS.

We've suggested fun themes for the kids to get creative with!

Monday: We couldn't have picked a better staff!

  • Fresh Fruit
  • Fresh Flowers
  • Packet of seeds or flower bulbs
  • Make a pretty flower out of paper and get creative!

Tuesday: Our staff is such a treat!

  • Find out their favorite treat
  • Candy and sweet or savory goodies
  • Gift card to their favorite ice cream store
  • Anything yummy to spoil them rotten

Wednesday: You make our day colorful!

  • Colorful cards
  • Colorful candles
  • Colorful flowers
  • Wear your teacher's favorite color!

Thursday: Thank you for supplying us with knowledge!

  • Supplies for the classroom
  • Dry erase markers (as a bouquet maybe?)
  • Pencils and colored writing utensils
  • Age appropriate books for the classroom
  • Post-it notes, stickers, etc

Friday: Gift Card Bonanza!

  • Find out their favorite place to eat, shop, watch movies, grab tea or coffee, ice cream, etc. or introduce them to a new place that you might love!

PTO will host a staff luncheon with fun raffle prizes on Friday and the adorable Daisy Troop 4442 and the 5th grade Jr. Girl Scout Troop 4662 have graciously offered to spoil them with treats, goodies and lots of love on Tuesday!

Scholastic Book Fair Volunteers - View the sign up genius here!

Scholastic Book Fair - Bring your little ones and shop the book fair from 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday in the libarary!

Fun events throughout the week at the book fair:

  1. Old School Ice Cream Bus - Monday and Friday
  2. Book Readings - Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday by a few of our wonderful teachers and Mrs. Wiese herself!
  3. Raffles! - A fun raffle each day for anyone who spends $5 or more. Can't wait to see you there!


Volunteer Your Time Next Year - Next school year will be a welcomed one with possible in-person events and lots and lots of fun! Consider volunteering your time and view the sign up genius here!



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
  • 5/3/21 - 5/7/21: Teacher Appreciation Week
  • 5/10/21 - 5/14/21: Scholastic Book Fair - 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.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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