Desert Willow Elementary Learning for life and loving to learn february 27, 2019

Dear DWES families, students and staff,

Thank you to all who have participated in this month's Read-a-thon and Book Fair. What a fun event and a terrific way to get our students reading.

Dr. Egan

Congratulations to our PBIS drawing winners for this week. Roadrunners are Respectful, Responsible and Kind!

Where in the world is ricky roadrunner?

Each week our school mascot, Ricky Roadrunner, finds a new Country to explore. Our students receive clues during morning announcements that give them hints as to where Ricky Roadrunner might be. On Friday, Ricky Roadrunner’s current location is revealed and the students enjoy a slide show of that country during their lunchtime. See if you can help your student locate where Ricky Roadrunner was last week and where he might be this week?

Where was Ricky Roadrunner last week? Two weeks ago Ricky was in New Zealand.

Where is Ricky this week? Here are some clues.....

This country is an island country, off the east coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean. It is the fourth largest island in the world. The capital is Antananarivo, home to over 2 million people. The official languages of this country are Malagasy and French. This country is classed as one of the world’s 17 megadiverse countries that are considered to be home to the majority of the worlds biodiversity. Over 70% of the 250,000 wildlife species found in this country are found nowhere else in the world. While 90% of the estimated 14,000 plants native to this country are also found nowhere else. The lemur is only found in the wild in here. The majority of these are classified as rare or endangered. Several species of lemur such as the giant lemur have become extinct in the past, mainly due to extensive deforestation. The unique ecology has led some scientists to refer to the country as the "eighth continent" of the world. This country has the 3rd largest coral reef system in the world, the Toliara coral reef, off the south-western coast. It is one of the world’s main suppliers of vanilla and cloves, while coffee, lychees and shrimp are also important agriculturally. The country currently provides half of the world's supply of sapphires and produces a number of other precious and semi-precious stones. The national sport is rugby, with football (soccer) also popular. These people have a number of traditional pastimes. Moraingy is a type of hand-to-hand combat, tolon-omby the wrestling of zebu cattle, is also popular in regional areas. While fanorona, is a famous a board game invented there.

Can you guess where Ricky is this week? Check our newsletter next week for the answer.

kindergarten registration

Our kindergarten registration for the 2019-20 school year is underway. Students who will be 5 years old by September 1 may register for kindergarten. Registration packets are available in the front office or will be available online beginning February 1st. Registration packets are due no later than April 1. Please turn in your paperwork early to ensure your spot in our kindergarten.

Dr. Seuss day shenanigans!

order your yearbook today!

It's that time of year again - yearbook time! Place your order online only at YBPAY.LIFETOUCH.COM use yearbook ID code: 13226519. Hurry, orders must be placed by April 7, 2019! Click the button below to access the ordering site.

Class Photos

Class photos and a 6th grade panoramic photo will be taken on Tuesday, March 12. Watch for order forms coming home soon. Please note: club and group photos will be taken at a later date. This date is for class photos only.

Dr. Seuss Celebration Week Events!!

Thursday, 2/28: Sleep Book ...wear your PJ's! Books and Bagels in the library at 8:00 a.m.

Friday, 3/1: Fox in Socks...wear silly socks!

Jump rope For Heart Coming soon!

Please click the button below for information on our upcoming Jump Rope for Heart event in March.

whooo's reading? read-a-thon recap

The final numbers are in and we raised $22,895 and read for 311,325 minutes during our Whooo's Reading Read-A-Thon. Thanks so much for gathering sponsors and encouraging your Roadrunner to read and participate in this incredible fundraiser for our school. THANK YOU!

popcorn friday

This Friday is Popcorn Friday! Don't forget to pair your silly socks for Fox in Socks day with your favorite Spirit Wear and visit the PTO room for some popcorn in the afternoon.

Book Fair is Coming

Our Book Fair is up and running! Be sure to stop by the DWES library before Friday, March 1. Please click on the button below to volunteer during our Book Fair events

Join us in your PJ's tomorrow morning for Book & Bagels from 8:00 - 8:40 a.m. Don't miss out on enjoying yummy bagels from JJ Delicatessen and shopping for books at the same time!

summer movie fun

Harkins has a long history of partnering with schools in their fundraising efforts through the Summer Movie Fun School Rebate Program. Look for flyers coming home this week to sign up and enjoy a movie a week for 10 weeks for less than $1 per film. Make Harkins Summer Movie Fun for kids an annual tradition for your family!

Mom-Son NEon Night

The annual Mom Son Neon Night will be on March 9th from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. at DWES. Tickets are on sale now, dress to glow! Click the button below to purchase tickets.

We are beginning the planning for the Mother Son Neon Night and need your help! We are looking for a co-chair (maybe a dad or mom of all girls) who could be the main point of contact on the night of the event. We already have one volunteer lined up for you to partner with. We are also looking for a couple of committee helpers to assist our co-chairs as we prepare for the event and some supply donations. Please click the link below, we'd love your help!

Roadrunner Round-up has a New Date!

The Roadrunner Round-up Event has been rescheduled. The new date is Friday, April 26th from 5:00 - 8:30 p.m. Stay tuned for more details in the coming weeks.

  • 2/25/2019 -3/1/2019: Book Fair!
  • 2/28/2019: 3rd Grade Field Trip - 9:10 - 11:30 a.m.
  • 2/28/2019: Site Council Meeting - 3:50 p.m.
  • 3/1/2019: Student Council - 8:00 a.m.
  • 3/9/2019: Mom/Son Neon Night - 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
  • 3/12/2019: Class Photos
  • 3/13/2019: NEHS 8:00 a.m.
  • 3/19/2019: Club & Group Photos
  • 3/19/2019: PTO General Meeting - 2:30 p.m.
  • 3/21/2019 & 3/22/2019: Early Release for Parent/Teacher Conferences - 11:50 a.m.
  • 3/25/2019 - 3/29/2019: Spring Break
  • 4/1/2019: Spanish Immersion Kindergarten registration packets due today!
  • 4/3/2019: Early Release at 11:50 a.m.
  • 4/5/2019: Student Council - 8:00 a.m.
  • 4/5/2019: First grade field trip
  • 4/8/2019: DWES night at Governing Board Meeting - 6:00 p.m. at District Office
  • 4/8/2019: AZ Merit testing begins
  • 4/16/2019: General PTO Meeting - 6:00 p.m. at The Creek
  • 4/17/2019: NEHS - 8:00 a.m.
  • 4/19/2019: Spring Recess - no school
  • 4/24/19: One Voice Concert - 7:00 p.m.
  • 4/26/2019: Roadrunner Roundup - 5:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Over 5000 positive behavior tickets have been given to students so far this year!

Roadrunners are Respectful, Responsible, & Kind

Students remember to use these strategies:

Stop..... Walk ......Talk

Click on buttons below
Superintendent - Dr. Debbi Burdick

Katherine Hill, President

James Rich, Vice President

Scott Brown, Member

Janet Busbee, Member

Beth Hatcher, Member

Remember to Vote May 21, 2019!


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