Save the Date – Giving Tuesday Nov 27

Last Friday, DMS celebrated Lantern Walk which is also called Martinmas. It honors, in a universal way, the story of St. Martin, friend of the children and patron of the poor, who was known for his gentleness and his ability to bring warmth and light to those in need.

As we journey into the darkest time of the year, it is increasingly important for each of us to kindle warmth and light in our hearts. Martin’s cloak can remind us to share with those in need. The gently glowing lanterns of Martinmas gives way to the candles of the spiral walk as we draw nearer to the Solstice, showing how our inner light must shine ever brighter.

In this time of giving, please save the date – Tuesday, November 27th as a day to give a charitable donation to Desert Marigold. The DMS Giving Tuesday Goal this year is to raise $5,000 for the Scholarship Fund. Thank you!

DMS Hope and Help Committee – Holiday Gift Card Drive

The goal of the DMS Hope and Help Committee is to provide several DMS families facing food insecurity with grocery store gift cards to purchase ingredients for their holiday meals. Whether you are able to give a few dollars towards a gift card or sponsor a family’s entire meal all of you contributions will be sincerely appreciated!

Cash donations as well as gift cards are being collected in the office until Monday, November 19th.

We are thankful for your generosity!

Drop Off & Pick Up Reminders

Main Parking Lot:

Speed Limit is 5MPH. Please drive carefully and go SLOW. Be sure to LOOK BOTH WAYS when exiting onto 28th Street from the parking lot. DMS neighbors have called to let us know that they have nearly collided with cars exiting the main parking lot.


High School:

The high school drop-off/ pick-up area is located along the west side of S. 28th Street on the dirt surface from the prickly-pear cactus south to the beginning of the grass-covered area. A primary entry gate is located south of the palm tree so that the double-gate emergency entry to the property is always open and accessible from that area.

Remember to pull all the way forward (south) along drop-off areas as possible to promote a smooth flow of traffic. Signage is in place to help everyone remember these basic courtesies and safety requirements.

If your high school student travels with a grades carpool, please have them come to the pick-up area at the main parking lot.

Remember that this entire dirt area along S. 28th Street is a NO PARKING zone – it is to be utilized for drop-off and pick-up only and then all vehicles are to move off the dirt area and south on 28th Street with traffic ASAP.

Open Enrollment – Nov 1 to Dec 31

Enrollment for new students and siblings of current students, for the next school year, opened on November 1st.

The Open Enrollment window is from November 1st – December 31st.

New Student

If you know someone who would like to have their child attend DMS please let them know that from now until December 31st is the time to get their application in.

Sibling Enrollment

If you are a parent of a current DMS student who has a sibling (NOT already on the waitlist) that you want to enroll in the school please complete your application during the Open Enrollment period.

Current Preschool Students Ready for Kindergarten (non-sibling status)

If your child is currently enrolled in our private preschool program and will be ready to enter kindergarten next year, please complete your application.

Please feel free to contact Deana Douglas, Enrollment & Student Records Manager at if you have any questions. You can also review our Open Enrollment information page at

School Pictures – Nov 6-9

School Pictures by Lisa Maynard Photography

Contact Lisa Maynard at

Nov 6-9th

Class Photo followed by Individual Photos

**Specific times subject to change**

Tuesday, Nov 6th

  • Starflowers (10:15)
  • Grade 1 (10:45)
  • Grade 3 (11:40)
  • Grade 5 (1:15)

Wednesday, Nov 7th

  • Grade 6 (8:30)
  • Grade 7 (9:20)
  • Skyflowers (10:00)
  • Moonflowers (10:20)
  • Grade 2 (11:40)

Thursday, Nov 8th

  • Grade 9 (10:15)
  • Grade 11 (11:10)
  • Grade 10 (11:40)
  • Grade 12 (1:15)
  • Individual Staff Photos (3:20pm)

Friday, Nov 9th 

  • Sunflowers (10:15)
  • Grade 4 (10:45)
  • Grade 8 (11:40)

Makeup or Retakes on Tue 11/27 at 11am. 

Curriculum Overview – Nov 6

K-12 Curriculum Overview

The K-12 Curriculum Overview is an in depth look at the Waldorf curriculum from early childhood through high school and is presented by several faculty members. It is a required lecture for parents new to the school however, it is open to all adults who want to learn more about the Waldorf pedagogy or just want a refresher.

2018-19 – K-12 Curriculum Overview Lecture Dates:

  • Nov. 6th, 6:30 – 8:15pm
  • Jan. 17th, 6:30 – 8:15pm
  • April 18th, 6:30 – 8:15pm

If you are planning on attending please click here to R.S.V.P. This is an ADULT ONLY lecture. Childcare is NOT available.

Parent Teacher Conferences – No School Nov 1-2

Parent Teacher Conferences

NO SCHOOL – Nov 1 & 2

Reminders: Please arrive on time for your scheduled conference. NO SCHOOL –  November 1st and 2nd. There is NO CHILDCARE available on campus on Thursday and Friday. No children may be left unattended on campus.

Early Childhood

Sky, Moon and Starflowers: Sign up on the paper sheet posted in your child’s classroom. 

Sunflowers: (Please see teacher for online sign up link)


Conference Dates and Times vary, please see the link below or see your child’s class teacher. 

Grade 1
Grade 2
Grade 3 (see your class teacher)
Grade 4
Grade 5
Grade 6 (see your class teacher)
Grade 7
Grade 8 (see your class teacher)

High School

HS Conferences 12:00-3:00 – Thursday, November 1

Classroom Snack Supply

Dear Families,

As you know, some of our DMS students face occasional or regular food insecurity and we do not currently have a school lunch program to support them.

The Hope and Help Committee, along with Parent Council and Student Support Services, hold periodic drives for grocery store gift cards and maintain a food supply in the administration office to benefit these children and their families.

To further bolster these efforts, your classrooms now have snack containers where we can store other non-perishable snacks such as granola bars, fruit leather, and crackers so students do not need to leave their classrooms to grab a snack from the office.

With your additional support through donations to your classroom’s snack bins we can further meet our students needs.

Thank you for your help!