Desert Willow Elementary Learning for life and loving to learn February 24, 2021

February is Black History Month, and students have been able to explore notable figures in history that helped shape America. However, we know that learning about history and culture doesn't just end at the school doors. In a time when cultural tensions are at an all time high, cultural learning is crucial for children to increase knowledge and empathy in an effort to build bridges across differences. As adults, we have the power to create, to teach, to maintain bias—and to eliminate it. By exploring the stories and rich history of Black people in America, this can equip children with the tools to resist negative messages based on people’s racial identities and/or physical differences. Celebrating Black History Month is the perfect opportunity to expand your children’s awareness of other’s racial differences while encouraging them to be open and respectful of all kinds of people they may encounter. From a mental health perspective, those who have high levels of empathy are more likely to function well in society. Research shows that empathy is vital in building successful interpersonal relationships of all types.

~Staci Wiese, Principal

Mrs. Wiese, DWES Principal
Congratulations to our February Employee of the Month, Coach Rohde!

Water Bottles

As the weather warms up, students are drinking more water. Please make sure your child brings a water bottle to school with them. The filling stations on campus are open but the drinking fountains are not. At the beginning of the year several cases of water were donated to DWES, we have since run out.

Greetings from the DWES Art Studio!

Thank you for your support of your students' creativity! They are LOVING being able to choose from a wide variety of materials for creating in the sculpture center! We are in need of more supplies to keep them going. Please consider donating any of the following items:

  • Plastic gems
  • Plastic beads of any sort
  • Foam shapes
  • Wooden craft shapes
  • Paper cups or plates, especially small size
  • Styrofoam cups or plates, especially small size
  • Paper towel cores
  • Toilet tissue cores
  • Small to very small cardboard boxes
  • Clothespins
  • Soda can pop tops
  • Wine corks
  • Plastic lids
  • Small washed yogurt cups
  • Thank you so much!!!

Dr. Seuss Celebration!

In honor of Dr. Seuss' birthday on March 2nd, we are planning a weeklong celebration March 1st - 5th. See below for each day's activity.

CCUSD has been nominated as Best of 2021 in the North Valley again this year. The 2021 daily voting is underway and ends March 2nd. Vote for CCUSD here!

Spanish Immersion Kindergarten Lottery Paperwork - DUE TOMORROW!

Spanish Immersion paperwork is due back to us tomorrow, February 25. All lottery participants will be notified via email of their status, whether in the class or on the waitlist, by March 2nd.

Parents of students in our preschool or who have an older child in Spanish Immersion, you must still fill out the SI paperwork to confirm your interest. Please stop by the front office and pick it up any school day. Paperwork must be returned by February 25 in order to reserve your SI spot.

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).

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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  • 2/12 - 3/7/21: Read-A-thon
  • 2/24/21: Re-Stock the Teacher's Lounge
  • 3/2/21: Dr. Seuss Day


PTO Executive Board - 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 - Congratulations to Cameron C. for being the Top Earner and to Manny M. for being the Top Reader this past week! Enjoy your Scooter and Polaroid Camera! The next drawings will be held on 3/1 and 3/8. Keep up the great work Roadrunners! 90% of funds raised go directly to DWES!!!

Dr. Seuss Day - Celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday on March 2nd and dress up like your favorite character! See list of events for the week above.

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
  • PTO Website: http://desertwillowpto.org/
  • 2/25/21: SI kindergarten lottery paperwork due!
  • 3/1/21 - 3/5/21: Dr. Seuss week - see list of events above
  • 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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