Desert Willow Elementary Learning for life and loving to learn november 18, 2020

There is an increase in positive Covid-19 cases across the Phoenix valley, and we must remain diligent in our mitigation efforts to prevent the spread at school. I am happy to say that our current mitigation strategies seem to be working. Since we returned to school on September 8, we have had only 0.6% of our student and staff population test positive (that's a really small number) and it has not spread at school. The best thing we can do is keep our masks on and encourage good hygiene practices and physical distancing when possible.

That being said, at some point this year you may receive notification that your student has been exposed to someone with Covid-19 and must quarantine for 14 calendar days from the date of exposure. Quarantine due to exposure is required if the exposure happens at school or outside of school. The following support is provided to students who may be quarantined.

What to do for school:

  1. If you need to check out a Chromebook, please contact the office and we can coordinate this with you.
  2. After the initial call to the office, your child will be automatically excused for the quarantine period. You will not need to call each day.
  3. You or your student (if your student is in an intermediate grade this is a great way to practice advocating for him/herself) should email the teacher(s) to let them know he/she will be absent.
  4. Your student can check Canvas for assignments, lessons, and resources. It may also be possible to Zoom into office hours with teachers. Be sure to contact your teacher if you need help. If an entire classroom is in quarantine, the class may be doing distance learning for the quarantine period. The classroom teacher will be able to provide more details about this.
  5. Your student will receive additional time to make up missing work and tests upon return.
  6. Your teacher MAY excuse certain assignments, reduce assignments, or modify assignments based on the length of time absent or level of student mastery of content. Contact your teacher to discuss options.

If you have additional questions or concerns, we ask that you contact our health office for more information. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we all work together to keep our students learning.

~Staci Wiese, Principal

Mrs. Wiese, DWES Principal

Thank you to our Desert Willow PTO and community for the Gaga Ball pit that was delivered and installed over the weekend. Our students are so excited to have another fun game to play at recess!

Child Nutrition

FREE Meals to all CCUSD students (face to face and AOE). With funding from USDA, we are pleased to announce we will continue to offer free breakfast and lunch to all CCUSD students. As long as funding is available, meals will be provided until June 30, 2021. Students that are face to face can receive one breakfast and one lunch per day while at school.

AOE students: We will have 5 days of breakfast and lunch available for pick up on Tuesdays between 9am and 10 am. The location is the parent drop off loop in front of CSHS (near the flagpole). Please check the Child Nutrition webpage for more information or if you have any questions, please call us at 480-575-2436.

Square One Art Orders - DUE TODAY!

Don't forget to order cool gifts for that special family member or hard-to-by-for person. With over 40 unique and useful keepsakes ready to purchase during the Square 1 Art fundraiser, your child's artwork is the perfect gift for any occasion or celebration. Nothing says "you're loved" like "I made this art keepsake just for you!" Last day to order is TODAY, 11/18/2020!

6th Grade "FLASH MOB"

Click the button below to watch our 6th graders perform their flash mob

PBIS Weekly Winners

Congratulations to our PBIS winners! Thank you for being respectful, responsible and kind.

  • Preschool: Adalynn from Sra. Brandi
  • Kindergarten: Parker from Ms. Jeffer
  • 1st Grade: Bennett from Ms. Pancoast
  • 2nd Grade: Niko from Srta. Linares
  • 3rd Grade: Jaelyn S. from Ms. Coleman
  • 4th Grade: Erik from Mrs. R.
  • 5th Grade: Maddie R. from Sra. F
  • 6th Grade: Dante from Mrs. D

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.

Live Webinar: Juveniles in the Adult Criminal Justice System

Join the Maricopa County Library District and the Maricopa County Public Defender's Office for a live webinar focusing on juveniles in the adult criminal justice system. Attorneys will explain how and when juveniles can be charged as adults, the most common crimes for which juveniles end up in the criminal justice system, and the penalties for those crimes. It will also include a discussion of juveniles' rights at school, social media issues, navigating police interactions, and tips for parents on talking to their kids about these issues. For event registration, click here.

Superintendent's Student Cadre Sock & Mask Drive

The Superintendent's Student Cadre is holding a Sock & Mask Drive for the homeless senior citizens that frequent the Justa Center in Phoenix. Collection bins will be in the front offices of each school, at the District Office and in the ECS Office. The drive begins on November 9 and ends on December 9.

CCUEF Quarantine Cookbook

The Quarantine Cookbook for the Cave Creek Unified Education Foundation (CCUEF) Fundraiser is now available for sale. CCUEF would like to thank you for submitting your recipes – the cookbook came out great. Here's a snapshot of the 70 page book! You can order your cookbook here.


DWES PTO Website



HOLIDAY RAFFLE! Buy your virtual raffle tickets now for a chance to win 6 great baskets and support PTO at the same time. These baskets are a perfect way to kick off the holiday season! For a detailed list of what’s included and to purchase your tickets visit https://my.cheddarup.com/c/dwes-holiday-raffle. Drawing will be on 11/20/20. Baskets include:

  1. Thanksgiving Basket
  2. Harry Potter Basket
  3. Golf Tickets
  4. Sleepover Basket
  5. Star Wars Basket
  6. NERF Basket

BOOK FAIR WITH USBORNE BOOKS & MORE! It's a great time to start your holiday shopping. Click here to shop and help the school raise 20% of total sales! Don't forget to look in the top right corner for teacher's wish lists. Ends 11/20/20.

YEARBOOK PHOTO REQUEST - HALLOWEEN! We want to see your creativity! Please submit photos of your student wearing their costume to the school yearbook committee at: 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!


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

Complete Eye Care - Comprehensive eye exams and high quality vision care for the whole family. 33717 N Scottsdale Rd, #110, Scottsdale, AZ 85266. 480-488-7007. www.completeeyecareaz.com.

Young athletes' bodies are works in progress. Their care requires a different approach. Phoenix Children's Sports Medicine has nationally recognized sports medicine physicians and physical therapists who collaborate with athletic trainers, coaches, and families to offer a full range of care that gets young athletes back to the sports they love, all while lowering the risk of re-injury.

Center for Pediatric Orthopedics and Sports Medicine - Phoenix Children's Hospital

p(602) 933-3033/f (602) 933-4311 www.phoenixchildrens.org


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/
  • 11/25 - 11/27/20: Thanksgiving Break - No School
  • 12/8/20: Photo Retakes
  • 12/18/20: Early Release @ 11:50 a.m.
  • 12/21/20 - 1/1/21: Winter Break - No School
  • 1/4/21: School Resumes
  • 1/18/21: Martin Luther King Jr. Day - No School
  • 1/27/21: Early Release @ 11:50 a.m.

Roadrunners are Respectful, Responsible, & Kind

This month, our school wide theme is our school is a welcoming place where every student feels like he or she belongs. In our morning announcements we’ll be reminding students to welcome others and act and speak in safe, respectful, and responsible ways. In addition we’ll be reminding students of our school rules. Roadrunners are respectful, responsible, and kind. We’ll also begin teaching the Second Step program in our classrooms, which includes lessons that support these behaviors.

Click on buttons below
Superintendent - Dr. Debbi Burdick

Kathryn Hill, President

James Rich, Vice President

Scott Brown, Member

Janet Busbee, Member

Beth Hatcher, Member

Remember to Vote November 3, 2020!