Desert Willow Elementary Learning for life and loving to learn January 13, 2021

We have welcomed many new and returning Roadrunners to Desert Willow over the last week. Part of what makes our school so special is the community - even when we can't come together in ways that we typically would. I have seen students showing new students around campus, inviting them to play at recess, and extending a warm welcome. It can be hard to be new - especially in the middle of the school year. I am grateful to the students, families, and staff members who have tried to help everyone feel like a valued member of our school family.

~Staci Wiese, Principal

Mrs. Wiese, DWES Principal

Dr. Monroe's Get to Know You Survey

If you haven't done so already, please take a few moments to answer some questions for Dr. Monroe, our new Superintendent. Click on the button below to begin.

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.

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.

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.


DWES PTO Website

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  • 1/6 - 1/31/21: Help us stock the teacher's lounge!
  • 1/27/21: Spirit Night - MOD Pizza
  • 2/12 - 3/7/21: Read-A-thon


Stock the Teacher's Lounge - Our teachers and staff can't thank you enough, the lounge is brimming with love! Our goal is to keep the Teacher's Lounge stocked with energizing snacks and tasty treats for the remainder of the school year!

Please help us provide individual pre-packaged foods, canned beverages, fresh fruit, and monetary donations to buy snacks! Feel free to shop anywhere you'd like and to make things easy we made a Sign-Up Genius for tons of great items from Costco online or in store! Click here to sign up. Items may be dropped off in the front office. Thank you from everyone at DWES!

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.

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!

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.

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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/
  • 1/13/21: Preschool Lottery Meeting - 4:15 p.m. (see link above)
  • 1/18/21: Martin Luther King Jr. Day - No School
  • 1/27/21: Early Release @ 11:50 a.m.
  • 1/28/21: Kindergarten Roundup - 5:30 - 7 p.m.
  • 2/4/21: SI Kindergarten Meeting - 5:00 p.m.

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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