Desert Willow Elementary Learning for life and loving to learn February 3, 2021

Please be mindful in and around our school parking lots and pick-up areas. There are children everywhere and we don't want anyone to get hurt.

Here are a couple of things to keep in mind when you are dropping off or picking up your students:

  1. Please do not text and drive. Not only is this against Arizona law, it is unsafe and can create dangerous conditions for other drivers or for pedestrians.
  2. Students may be dropped off in any of our front parking lots. Although most parents pull through the front line, there are some that are dropped off in the west parking lot as well. Please always assume that there may be students walking in or around cars.
  3. Follow the directions of staff members near crosswalks and wait to pull forward until pedestrians have finished crossing.
  4. Please pull all the way forward when directed to do so. This helps us keep the lines moving and reduces traffic on the surface streets.

Thank you for your cooperation in keeping all of our staff and students safe.

~Staci Wiese, Principal

Mrs. Wiese, DWES Principal

Spanish Immersion Kindergarten 2021-22 Parent Meeting

Our SI parent meeting will be held via Zoom on Thursday, February 4th at 5:00 PM. Please click here to fill out a google form to receive the Zoom link. This meeting is for ALL parents who are interested in Spanish Immersion for the 2021 -22 school year.

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.

6th Grade Blog

Our 6th graders wrote about their snowy adventures on Monday. Check it out here!

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6th Grade SI Cooking Video

They're back! Our 6th grade SI chefs are at it again. Enjoy the latest recipe by clicking on the button below.


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  • 2/1 - 2/10/21: Val-O-Grams for Sale
  • 2/12 - 3/7/21: Read-A-thon
  • 3/2/21: Dr. Seuss Day


Val-O-Grams – Order by Wednesday, February 10th. Order forms went home in backpacks and extras are in the front office or contact PTO at dwespresident@gmail.com. Make someone's day extra special! ~ XOXO (Disclaimer - lollipops are manufactured in a facility that processes peanuts)

Read-A-Thon - Our goal is to read 200,000 minutes and raise $20,000! Friday, February 12th your student will receive a packet with all the great incentives the students can WIN! Also attached will be the home reference sheet with your student's username and password along with step-by-step instructions on how to get started. 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!

Purchase Your Yearbook Today! Order Deadline 4/2/21. Go to Ybpay.lifetouch.com and use Yearbook ID Code: 13226521

Yearbook - If you have great pictures of your student you'd like to share, please send them to dwesyearbook2@gmail.com or tialucchesi@gmail.com.

Teacher's Lounge - PTO is continuing to stock the teacher's lounge with tasty treats and energizing snacks every week! We will send out another Sign Up Genius soon! Thank you in advance for your support


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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Thank you to the Guseman Family: Thad, Lauren, Henry and Leo!

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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/
  • 2/4/21: SI Kindergarten Meeting - 5:00 p.m.
  • 2/15/21: President's Day - No School
  • 2/16/21: Professional Development - No School for Students
  • 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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