Desert Willow Elementary Learning for life and loving to learn September 8, 2021

Dear Roadrunner Families,

Hello Roadrunner families! We hope everyone had a restful 4-day weekend and we are ready to continue learning for September. Here are a few updates for this week:

Volunteering at Desert Willow

  • At long last, we look forward to welcoming families to volunteer on campus!
  • You can volunteer in your child's classroom OR any classroom. We have classes who really need it, so contact the Front Office to find out what classes need volunteers.
  • You MUST have a cleared background check. If you've had one done in the past, you can check with Ms. Trish to see if it's still valid. If you need a new one, you will need to pick up a volunteer background check form from the Front Office.
  • Complete a DWES Volunteer Expectations form in the office.
  • Coordinate a schedule with the classroom teacher.
  • Get started!!

Morning Front Drive Up Reminders:

  • Drop Off Time: Front drop off begins at 8:40 AM with staff outside monitoring and supporting students. Please do not drop off students any sooner than that because there is a huge safety concern with students not having any supervision.
  • Procedures: If families arrive at school before 8:40 AM, you are welcome to pull all the way up in the drop off lane, but students should wait in the car until 8:40 AM.
  • Drivers stay in their cars: Just like dismissal, we need drivers to stay in their vehicles. This helps maintain the traffic flow so everyone arrives on time and avoids issues on Cave Creek Road. Staff are available to open/close car doors, unbuckle seat belts, and help students gather their belongings when being dropped off.
  • We thank you in advance for following these procedures.

As always, we appreciate you for choosing Desert Willow as your learning community!


Dr. Roach, Principal

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Show your support for Patriot Day (9/11) by wearing your red, white & blue on Friday, 9/10!


Foothills Community Foodbank

September is “Hunger Action Month” and CCUSD is holding a food drive to benefit our own local Foothills Community Foodbank the week of 9/13 - 9/17. Please bring non-perishable food items to the district office or to your child’s school. Collection boxes will be located in the reception area of the district and school offices.

Attendance Reminder

If your child will be late or absent, please call the attendance line at 480-575-2800 and leave a message or email Ms. Jennifer at jdennison@ccusd93.net. If your child arrives late they must be signed in at the front office by an adult.

Reminder: If your child is experiencing Covid or variant like symptoms we recommend you keep them home to maintain everyone's health. This includes personal time after school and weekends such as birthday parties, family events, etc. We thank you for keeping everyone's health in mind.

Staff Shout Outs

Each week, a Roadrunner staff member is recognized for the hard work they do for your students at Desert Willow. It is our pleasure to share our Staff Shout Outs for the Month of August!

Mrs. Milona , 4/5 SI and Ms. Jennifer, Records Secretary

Fall Picture Day is Tuesday, 9/21

Our new photography company is Dorian Photography. Flyers will be coming home next week!

Counselor's Corner

Click the button below for information and tips from our Counselor, Victoria Markowicz , about the ABCs of School Success.

Job Opening

1-on-1 Instructional Aide: We are in need of a 1-on-1 Paraprofessional in a primary grade classroom. Please click on this link to apply.

We are also looking a KGN/Lunch Aide. This position has you working in the classroom for 2.5 hours and then doing lunch duty for 2.5 hours. Click on this link to apply.

If you or someone you know is interested, please click on the links to apply and/or call the front office at 480-575-2800 for more information.

6th Grade SI Cooking Video

They're back!!! Our 6th Grade SI chefs are at it again! View the recipe by clicking on the button above. Enjoy!

Please to see dates below for CCUSD Bond Presentation Sessions.

Upcoming Events


Check our new websitehttps://desertwillowpto.org/

Like us on Facebook @DWESPTO

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Membership Drive: sign up here

Volunteer Your Time - Check out the new and improved PTO sign up genius for next year! Click here.

Meet your New 2021-2022 PTO Board Members:

President: Sandy Lacy - dwespresident@gmail.com

Vice President: Jodi Seitz - dwesvp@gmail.com

Secretary: Katrina Harrold - dwesptosecretary@gmail.com

Treasurer: Jenny Forbes - dwestreasurer@gmail.com

Marketing & Communications: Lisa Buelna - dwespto@gmail.com



Become a PTO Member

Click Here to Donate & Specify Where your Money Goes

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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!

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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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  • 9/8/21 -- Quarterly PTO General Meeting @ 7:00-7:45 PM located in the Library and on Zoom
  • 9/16/21 -- Early Dismissal 11:50 AM for Staff Professional Development
  • 9/21/21 -- Fall Individual School Picture Day

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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