Yard Sale – Sat, May 26 – 7-11am

Got stuff you don’t need or want? Donate your unwanted items to the community yard sale, donations will be accepted through the week, please bring your items to the garden area for storage. Volunteers will be needed Friday after school for set up and Saturday for sale day. Contact Ms. Bobi at bharshfield@desertmarigold.org

All proceeds fund the DMS Garden.

Thank you!



DMS – “B” Letter Grade

I am please to announce that DMS received a very solid “B” letter grade based on last year’s AZMerit testing. The letter grades value both absolute attainment (as compared to statewide averages) as well as growth. As always, we are very strong on growth. If the absolute scores had been only somewhat higher, we might well have moved up into the top category.

Charles D. Burkam, JD
Executive Director

Link to school ratings: http://educationevaluator.org/


Re-Enrollment – Past Due – Apr 23

Current student re-enrollment for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year was due by April 23rd.

Login to the Enrollment Portal and be sure to review the pre-populated fields for accuracy on the ‘Enrollment Form’ and make any necessary changes. This information will be used to update existing information we currently have in our student information system.

If your child will not be returning to DMS for the upcoming school year please complete only the Intention to Return/Withdrawal Form.

***All re-enrollment forms must be completed and submitted, in their entirety, for your student to begin school in the Fall. ***

If you have any questions, please contact the enrollment office.

Summer Camp 2018 Registration is Open

Desert Marigold School offers a Summer Camp with indoor and outdoor age appropriate activities guided by the principles of Waldorf education. Camp program for ages 3.5 to 7. (Must be potty trained.)

Sign up weekly for fun filled rhythmic games, water play, drama/puppetry, story telling, singing, animal care, paper, handwork, nature crafts and more…

$225 per Week for Full Day  (8am – 4pm)
$140 per Week for Half Day (8am – noon)

$25 Non-Refundable Deposit per Week Due with Registration

Weeks 1-4 Balance Due June 1

Weeks 6-9 Balance Due July 1

$10 Late Registration Fee
(within 10 days of start date)

In addition to this registration form NEW students must submit a copy of their birth certificate or passport, immunization records, and Blue Emergency Card.

Week 1: June 4

Week 2: June 11

Week 3: June 18

Week 4: June 25

Week 5: No Camp for the Week of July 2nd

Week 6: July 9

Week 7: July 16

Week 8: July 23


DMS – No Place for Hate School Assembly – Apr 25

Dear DMS Community,

We have been working to have Desert Marigold designated as a “No Place for Hate School”.

Our final school wide activity will be April 23 – 25.

We are asking that all students will wear:

Warm colors on Monday 4/23:
Red is for LOVE,
Orange is for COMPASSION,
Yellow is for KINDNESS

Cool colors on Tuesday 4/24:
Blue is for ACCEPTANCE
Green is for RESPECT
Purple is for FAIRNESS

If students do not have these colors, braided bracelets will be available. On April 25th we will have an all school assembly and the students may wear any of these colors.

This final activity is being organized by the Peer Leadership, World of Difference students in the high school. The first activity was for every student to sign a promise, or resolution of respect. These are hanging on the barn wall near the entrance to school. The next activity was to have every student draw on post cards to Waldorf schools all over the world! This is in connection with 100 years of Waldorf education. The latest activity was the Friendship assembly that was held on February 14th, Valentine’s Day, where many classes sang, played, or spoke poems about friendship, unity, community and getting along.

If you would like more information about any of this, feel free to contact me.

Pax Piper, Director of Curriculum and Instruction

School Closure – Apr 26-27

Below please find the letter sent via email from Mr. Burkam to all parents and staff regarding the School Closing on Thursday & Friday, April 26th & 27th.

2018-19 School Calendar – Main Dates

August 13th –  First Day of School (Monday)

October 8th – 12th – NO SCHOOL – Fall Break

Nov 22-23rd – NO SCHOOL – Thanksgiving Holiday

December 19th – End of Term – ½ DAY (Wednesday)

December 20th – Jan 2nd – Winter Break

January 3rd – Classes Resume (Thursday)

March 18th – 22rd – Spring Break

May 31st – Last Day of School – ½ DAY

Tax Credits Support the DMS Drama Club

Did you enjoy this year’s HS musical performance, Bye Bye Birdie?

This production exemplifies that, alongside our rich academic curriculum, DMS students rehearse and perform plays. Traditionally, each class performs a play every year, ranging from puppet shows in the early childhood and short retellings of fairy tales in the early grades to full-length plays and musicals in the middle school and high school. By the time a student has reached twelfth grade, he or she will have acted in many roles, and will have experienced among many things, set design, lighting, and costuming.

Your support will help sustain programs such as our DMS After School Drama & Theater Arts Programming. Remember, if you haven’t filed your taxes and redirected your 2017 Tax Credit, it’s not too late, you have until April 15th to give to DMS!


Redirect Your Taxes To DMS Today!


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