New Volunteer Tracking System – Coming Soon!

Our Volunteer tracking system is getting a new look! We’re working on a new site to track your hours and view volunteering opportunities. Some new and exciting changes are happening such as hour requirements are being altered, an alternative buyout option will be available for those who want to support in a different way, and so much more. Coming soon!

 

No Dogs on Campus

We all love our pets and many of us want to take them to our beautiful 12 acre campus, however, PETS MAY NOT come to school or school events – Not even just for drop off or pick-up.

No personal pets are allowed on school grounds unless pre-authorized by administration. Trained service animals are allowed on school grounds. Other animals may be brought onto school grounds for educational purposes if approved by administration.

Rose Ceremony – Aug 13, 8:30-9:15am

ROSE CEREMONY

The commencement of the school year starts with the rose ceremony. Everyone is invited to celebrate the first, eighth and 12th graders of the first day for the 2018-2019 school year!  This in an in-school assembly held in the front on the school. Parents are welcome to attend. There will be no seating for parents as seating is reserved for students. Please bring hats or umbrellas for shade. Students will report to their classrooms when the first bell rings at 8:10am, and then the assembly will start at 8:30 and end around 9:15am.

Back to School Reminders

WELCOME TO THE 2018-19 SCHOOL YEAR

We are looking forward to the start of a new school year!  The start of school can be a hectic time of the year and we aim to make sure everyone has the information they need to have a great start. No matter how much effort was made though, things can arise that may have been overlooked or new questions that were not anticipated. We want to share a couple of reminders about communication as we head into the first week of school. If you have any questions related to an administrative matter, please contact the office directly. Any other questions can first be directed to your child’s teacher. We are here to help and will do our best to promptly respond.

 

ADMINISTRATION OFFICE HOURS

The DMS directors are available via email and in the office during the following hours:

Name Email Position Office Hours
Christie Kriegsfeld christiek@desertmarigold.org Interim Management Consultant 10am-2pm (M-Th) or by appointment
Pax Piper ppiper@desertmarigold.org Director of Curriculum & Instruction 8am-3pm (F) or by appointment
Michael Martin mmartin@desertmarigold.org HS Administrator 7:45am-3:30pm (M-F)
Laura Alvarado-Coady lacoady@desertmarigold.org Director of Student Support Services By Appointment
Jennifer O’Connell joconnell@desertmarigold.org Director of Business Operations 9:30am-4pm M-TH
Deana Douglas ddouglas@desertmarigold.org Enrollment & Student Records 8am-3:45pm (M,T,Th) and 9am-4pm (W)
Jamie Shaver jshaver@desertmarigold.org Finance Manager 8am-3pm (M-T)

COMMUNICATION WITH TEACHERS

Please remember that teachers are focused on the care of the children at pick up and drop off times. If you want to talk with your child’s teacher, please ask them for the best time to reach them and what is their preferred communication method, whether by the phone, email and/or the class website. For other helpful Parent Resources see: http://desertmarigold.org/community/parent-resources/ and High School Intranet: https://sites.google.com/a/desertmarigold.org/high-school/

FRONT OFFICE REMINDERS

Please help us welcome our new front office assistant, Shannon Rowe, to the DMS administrative team. Remember that all campus visitors (which include parent visitors) who arrive during school hours must first sign in at the office and receive a visitor’s badge.

School starts promptly at 8:10am (first bell). Students arriving late disrupt the important rhythm at the start of the day.  Ms. Rowe will attend to any families (K-8) who arrive late at the new late pass window at the Front Office.  Ms. Lee will attend to any students at the High School Office. If you arrive at school late (after 8:15 a.m.), students may not go directly to class. Please park your vehicle and walk with your child to the office for a late pass. A parent must sign the pass and state the reason for the tardy.  Parents may accompany students in Pre-K – Grade 2 to the classroom, but only students may enter the classroom.  Students in grades 3 – 8 will walk to class on their own. High school students receive late passes at the high school office.

MORNING DROP OFF

Enter the main parking lot from 28th Street and either proceed to the drop-off curb or go directly to park. If you park, ensure that all students stay on the pathways in the parking grove.

Do not park in the drop-off area and leave your car unattended.

Do not park or drop students off on 28th Street

or in the faculty parking lot.

When leaving the parking grove and exiting onto 28th Street, note that there are two lanes, one for traffic turning left only and one for traffic turning right only.  

Please drive slowly—10 mph or slower on campus at all times!

7:50 – 8:10 Supervised play areas:

  • Pre-K & KG: Early Childhood Play Yard
  • Grade 1 & 2: Lower Grades Play Yard
  • Grades 3-5: Front Covered Bench Area & Front Grassy Play Yard
  • Grades 6-8: Middle School Play Yard (enter through garden path)
  • Grades 9-12: High School Courtyard

DRESS for HOT WEATHER

The first weeks of school are hot ones. Please ensure your student wears cool, natural fiber, comfortable and loose fitting clothing during the hot school months. The student must bring a sun hat and water bottle to school.

Instrument Rental – Tue, Aug 14 @ 3:30pm

Attentional all parents in Grades 4-8. 

INSTRUMENT RENTAL for all students playing strings and winds instruments this coming year.

TUESDAY, August 14th AFTER SCHOOL 3:30pm – IN THE EURYTHMY ROOM!

DMS is hosting Az Fine Violins (strings) and Milano (winds) to fit/rent your instrument.

Carpet Update in Grades 5-8

Last year we found that the carpeting in the 5th through 8th grade classrooms was in great need of replacement and the 8th grade classroom floor was uneven under the carpet and needed to be repaired for safety reasons. The health and safety of your children is important to us, and after hearing concerns from some we wanted to give more insight into the replacement of the carpet in these classrooms that is expected to be completed by Monday.

During planning for this project we considered several options with an eye for safety, durability, and cost-effectiveness. The concerns we heard were related to possible emissions from carpeting materials, and we are happy to say the carpet tiles we have chosen are certified as having met the Green Label Plus Indoor Air Quality Testing Program. To earn this label a product must pass rigorous safety testing by an independent laboratory and meet uncompromising criteria that ensure it is among the lowest emitting products on the market. The adhesive being used is water-based and also rated for very low emissions. In addition, we will be using a vinyl backing with no other padding underneath to further reduce any potential for emissions. As an added benefit the carpet tiles will provide an impermeable barrier to prevent mold from forming.

We’re committed to a healthy and eco-friendly environment for everyone who enters our campus and will be taking additional measures shared with us by experts in healthful living after installation of the carpet, including running HEPA filters for air quality, steam cleaning the carpet once adhesive is dried, and facilitating fresh-air ventilation. If you would like to learn more about the Green Label Plus Indoor Air Quality certification or other manufacturer information you can visit the sites below.

Carpet Fact Sheet

Adhesive Fact Sheet

It’s our goal to have this process complete this week. If you have questions, comments, or concerns about the new flooring we’re here to help, please contact Christie Kriegsfeld at christiek@desertmarigold.org.

Opt-In for School Text Messages

Opt-In for our broadcast messaging service from School Messenger to receive important updates and in case of emergency. 

Text “Yes” to 675-87 

If you did not receive the following message or a confirmation that you are registered, please ensure the following:

“You’re registered 4 SchoolMessenger notifications. Reply STOP to cancel, HELP for help.
Msg&data rates may apply. msg freq varies. schoolmessenger.com/txt”

  • Does DMS have your correct cell phone number? If not, please update your cell phone information online here or send your contact information via email to dmsoffice@desertmarigold.org
  • Is your SMS messaging turned “on” on your mobile phone device? For example; Androids and iPhones may require that you to go the messaging settings and turn on the SMS texting capability.
  • Is SMS turned on with your cell phone carrier? Call the carrier and request that the carrier turns on your “SMS – Short Code Messaging Service”. (Sprint and T-Mobile often by default have it turned off.)

Remember that if you do not opt-in, then you will not receive messages in case of a school emergency. To opt-out go to schoolmessenger.com/tm

Private Pre-K will offer 5 day program in 2018-19 – Enroll Now

DMS PlayGarden – Private Pre-K offers 5 day and 3 day program (T,W,Th) options for the 2018-19 School year from 8:15am -12:00 noon. KinderCare available until 3:15pm.


Private PlayGarden (3.5-4.5 years old)

The PlayGarden provides a warm and homelike environment for the 3- and 4-year olds’ first steps into a social setting. This gentle transition is a graceful journey guided with tenderness and reverence. Our rich play-based program nourishes the magic of childhood by allowing children to explore the world through all their sense, stimulating their creativity through free play and storytelling.

Children must be a minimum of 3 1/2 years old and fully potty trained before September 1st of the year of entry.

Tuition & Fees: http://desertmarigold.org/programoptions/fees/private-fees/

KinderCare: http://desertmarigold.org/programoptions/fees/after-school-program-fees/

2018-19 School Calendar

Aug 13             First Day of School (Monday)
Sep 3  NO SCHOOL – Labor Day
Oct 8-12  AUTUMN BREAK
Nov 1-2 NO SCHOOL – Parent Teacher Conferences
Nov 21    Pre-Thanksgiving ½ DAY (Wednesday)
Nov 22-23   NO SCHOOL – Thanksgiving
Dec 19  End of Term – ½ DAY (Wednesday)
Dec 20 – Jan 2 WINTER BREAK
Jan 3  Return to School (Thursday)
Jan 21 NO SCHOOL – MLK Jr. Day
Feb 18 NO SCHOOL – Presidents Day
Feb 22  NO SCHOOL – Parent Teacher Conferences
Mar 18-22 SPRING BREAK
Apr 19 NO SCHOOL – Sustainability Day
May 27 NO SCHOOL – Memorial Day
May 31   Last Day of School – ½ DAY

      
    
       
              
                           

2018-19 Changes to the School Day Schedule

As a result of legislative changes, we have been able to adjust the school schedule to have the grades 2-12 end at 3:10 pm. Also, every Wednesday will end at 2:05 pm to provide time for whole-faculty meetings each week, instead of Friday ½ days.

1st Bell Rings at 8:10 am

The school day starts at 8:15 am for everyone, and ends as follows:

PlayGarden – 12:00 pm
Kindergarten – 12:15 pm
1st grade – 2:00 pm
Grades 2 through 12 – 3:10 pm

KinderCare (and 1st grade) will be available until 3:15 pm.
After Care (grades 2 & up) will be available from the end of the school day until 5:30 pm.

*Access Fees and Forms for all extended care programs 

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