Join Parent Council

We have some exciting volunteer opportunities available for the 2017-2018 school year. Whether your interest is in connecting volunteers, supporting our teachers and classrooms, creating community, or communicating and organizing, we have the perfect place for you on Parent Council!  We are seeking additional members for the Hands, Heads and Hearts Teams, as well as a Secretary, Treasurer and additional Chair/Co-Chairs.

Simply fill out this online Nomination Form or pick one up in the office and return it.  All nominations are due by April 24th.

For more information, job descriptions and the nominating forms visit the Parent Council page or email us at

AZ Merit Testing – Mar 27-31

Dear Desert Marigold School Families Grades 3-11,

We are writing to inform you that next week statewide mandatory AZ MERIT testing will be held in the areas of Writing, Math and Reading. It is imperative that the children in grades 3-11 are present at school and on time each day next week (Mar 27-Mar 31). The testing Period will be 8:30am -10:45am each day.

The test is not optional, it is required by the State of Arizona. If your child is late or absent they will have to make the test up the following week. They will not be admitted to the classroom once the test begins. If your child is late, they will need to take the test in an alternative environment other than their classroom. Because the test is required, if students are absent, they will make up the testing the following week. Parents are not allowed in the classrooms during testing in order to preserve the integrity of the testing environment.

The BEST preparation for your child is a good night’s sleep and a nutritious breakfast. Ideally, students should not be under any undue stress about the testing. The day will have a different rhythm than the usual one. Classes will resume after the morning testing period.

Please have your child come prepared with something they can do silently at their desks in case they finish early. They may bring things like books, paper and pencil, word searches, Sudoku, crossword puzzles, a sketch pad, beeswax, or handwork.

Test results will be reported back from the Arizona Department of Education around the beginning of the 2017-18 school year. For further information see
on our website, which states our policy on testing, including the state standardized tests.

If you would like additional information on AZ Merit, go to the AZ Merit Student and Family Resources portal found at:

If you have any additional questions, please contact Pax Piper, Director of Curriculum and Instruction by calling the office 602-243-6909 or email

DMS Administration

Musical – Mar 9 & 10

Desert Marigold Music & Drama students perform

Nice Work If You Can Get It


Location: KROC Performing Arts Center, 1375 E. Broadway Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85040 


  • Thursday, March 9, 2017 – 6:30pm
  • Friday, March 10, 2017 – 1:30pm (school day performance for grades 7-12)
  • Friday, March 10, 2017 – 6:30pm 


$5 per person suggested donation. All proceeds fund facility rental fees, costumes, sets and costs associated with the performance.

Play is suitable for children 7th grade and up.


Set in the 1920s, Nice Work If You Can Get It is the story of charming and wealthy Jimmy Winter, who meets rough female bootlegger Billie Bendix the weekend of his wedding. Jimmy, who has been married three (or is it four?) times before, is preparing to marry Eileen Evergreen, a self-obsessed modern dancer. Thinking Jimmy and Eileen will be out of town, Billie and her gang hide cases of alcohol the basement of Jimmy’s Long Island mansion. But when Jimmy, his wife-to-be and her prohibitionist family show up at the mansion for the wedding, Billie and her cohorts pose as servants, causing hijinks galore.

Music and lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin
Book by Joe DiPietro
Inspired by P.G. Woodhouse & Guy Bolton

Parent Ed: Media Feb 25

Sign Up for Parent Education 
Developing Humanity in the Digital Age
February 25, 2017 from 9 am-12pm (DATE CHANGED)

A Community Workshop focusing on sharing challenges and finding solutions for families to reduce media exposure.

Please RSVP your space for the workshop and note if you need childcare.

If you have any questions, please contact the workshop presenters:

Pax Piper, Director of Curriculum & Instruction

Dru Smith-Crain, Class Teacher

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