Desert Willow Elementary Learning for life and loving to learn January 20, 2021

On Monday, we had the day off to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. His work as a Civil Rights leader may have started last century, but it is clear that his work is not done. Our second graders learned about Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech and wrote about their dreams for our society and our future. My favorite dream might be: My dream is that people will use polite words, even when they disagree. I am inspired by their words, excited for the future, and humbled by their honesty. I hope you will see the greatness in our students and be inspired to help make their dreams come true

~Staci Wiese, Principal

Mrs. Wiese, DWES Principal

Kindergarten Registration For The 2021-22 School Year

Do you have a child who will be five by September 1, 2021? You can register now for kindergarten! Stop in to see Ms. Jill and return your registration paperwork. The first 20 students to enroll will even get a Future Falcons t-shirt thanks to generous donations from our community.

Save the Dates!

  • Kindergarten Round Up - January 28, 2021 - 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
  • SI Kindergarten Parent Meeting - February 4, 2021 - 5:00 p.m.

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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  • 1/27/21: Spirit Night - MOD Pizza
  • 2/1 - 2/10/21: Val-O-Grams for Sale
  • 2/12 - 3/7/21: Read-A-thon


SPIRIT NIGHT - Save the date Wednesday, January 27th! It's MOD Pizza time from 10:30am - 9:00pm. Enjoy pizza pie while helping us raise 20% of total sales, located at 5355 E. Carefree Hwy.

Val-O-Grams – Coming February 1st PTO will be selling Val-O-Grams for Valentine’s Day. Send a Val-O-Gram to someone you care about! Order forms will be coming home on the 1st in your child’s back pack. XOXO

Read-A-Thon - Grab some books and get ready to read! Look Whooo's Reading is coming your way. The students will be happy to know that even though there won't be an Owl Store, there will still be plenty of great incentive including weekly raffle baskets, prizes and much much more! More information to come.

Teacher's Lounge - We've received so much positive feedback and thanks that we've decided to keep the teacher's lounge stocked all year long! Of course, we can't do it on our own so we will be reaching out periodically for help from you all. A little bit goes a long way! Thank you!

Looking for Yearbook Volunteer - The yearbook committee is seeking someone organized who can donate one hour (sometimes less) a week sorting and tagging digital files and images for the year book. Familiarity with teachers (name/grades a plus but not essential). There will be one or two weeks during the remainder of the school year where more time will be needed for specific yearbook projects. Contact Tia Lucchesi at TiaLucchesi@gmail.com or Valerie Handley at dwespresident@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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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/
  • 1/27/21: Early Release @ 11:50 a.m.
  • 1/28/21: Kindergarten Roundup - 5:30 - 7 p.m. - watch website for link
  • 2/4/21: SI Kindergarten Meeting - 5:00 p.m.
  • 2/10/21: Spring Photos
  • 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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