Desert Willow Elementary Learning for life and loving to learn April 7, 2021

We are partnering with the American Heart Association and will be participating in the Kids Heart Challenge! Our students will be learning how to take care of their hearts while helping others. Please join us in the fight against heart disease!

We will be kicking off on April 12th - make sure to mark it on your calendar!

We would like to invite you and your child to get a jump start on the fun by visiting http://ww2.heart.org/goto/desertwillow or downloading the FREE Kids Heart Challenge mobile app. Together, you can take a pledge to be heart healthy and your child will receive a FREE decoder wristband. Our goal is to have 100% of our students take the challenge to Move More, Be Kind, or Choose Water!

If your child registers online and takes their challenge, they will receive a cool wristband! If you share their personal fundraising URL and they raise $150 BEFORE our kickoff, they will get to bring home a special edition Agent KHC key chain! Check it out here!

Thank you for your life-saving help!

~Staci Wiese, Principal

Mrs. Wiese, DWES Principal

Parent Survey

If you have not had the opportunity to complete our parent input survey regarding PTO-funded programs and positions,  you can access it here. Please remember that this survey is only to help prioritize the PTO-funded programs and positions. Other programs and positions, like our Spanish Immersion classes and basic education are funded through different sources.

Kindergarten Registration 2021-22

It's not too late! If you or someone you know has a child who will be 5 before September 1, 2021, they are eligible to register for kindergarten. Packets are available in the front office and may be picked up any school day between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Hurry, spots are filling up fast! Registration packets are due back by May 1st. Items required for registration include: original birth certificate (we will make a copy), immunization record, parent identification and proof of residence (such as a utility bill).

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.

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  • 4/7/21: Spirit Night at Chipotle!
  • 4/14/21: Yearbook purchase deadline extended!
  • 5/3/21 - 5/7/21: Teacher Appreciation Week


Yearbook Order Deadline has been extended - order by 4/14/21! The yearbook committee has been working hard all year to bring you an amazing book themed "A Year Like None Other", don't miss out and order your today! Go to: Ybpay.lifetouch.com and use Yearbook ID Code: 13226521.

Spirit Night at Chipotle, Wednesday 4/7/21 - Mark your calendars and gear up those taste buds! Wednesday, April 7th from 4:00 - 8:00 pm, enjoy Chipotle and our last Spirit Night Fundraiser of the school year! DWES will earn 33% of total sale. For all ONLINE orders, please make sure to use code: XZEQHTZ before checkout for us to receive credit. Chipotle is located at 5355 E. Carefree Hwy. in the Sprouts shopping center.

Teacher Appreciation Week - It's almost here! May 3rd - 7th we will show our teachers just how much we appreciate them! More information along with a sign up genius will be coming......

Help Wanted - The PTO Executive Board is retiring at the end of the school year. We are making room for a new board with fresh ideas and a willingness to make a difference in the 2021/22 school year.  Please view the sign up genius here!



Become a PTO Member

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Volunteer for PTO

Homeroom Parent Volunteer

Purchase Masks

Purchase Spirit Wear

See all fundraising opportunities

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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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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
  • 4/5/21 - 4/16/21: AZM2 testing
  • 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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