Summer Camp 2018

Summer Camp 2018 – Plans are underway for this year’s summer’s camp.

Desert Flowers Summer Camp will be offered to children ages 3 ½ to 7 years of age. Camp will begin the week of June 4th with half day (mornings) and full day options. There will not be camp the week of July 2nd-6th or the week before school resumes. Stay posted for specific rates, dates & registration information.

For more information on fees, go to:

Emergency Safety Procedures – DMS Handbook

After the tragedy in Florida on February 14th, some DMS parents and community members have inquired about what DMS emergency protocols are in place to protect students. We have a full Emergency Response Plan and a summary has always been available in the Parent Handbook.

The DMS Parent Handbook is posted on under Community > Parent Resources. The handbook provides the guidelines for our curriculum, student conduct, discipline, policies and operations. Under the operations section is an outline of our Emergency Safety Procedures.

DMS does not release the full Emergency Response Plan to the public, which is typical for many schools, to ensure the safety of the students. Desert Marigold’s complete Emergency Response Plan is available for viewing only in the main office.

Emergency Safety Procedures

Crisis Management – The safety of the students and the security of the campus are of the utmost importance to the teachers and staff. In an emergency, the crisis management protocols in the Emergency Response Plan will be followed with director level staff managing the situation.

Evacuations – Regular fire drills take place to assure students know how to respond and are familiar with evacuation procedures.

Lockdown/Sheltering in Place – Should it become necessary shelter in place due to a natural disaster, severe weather or environmental hazard, or lock down due to a civil disturbance, or other dangerous circumstance beyond our control, these procedures will be followed:

  • All students will shelter in place, or brought into a safe space if outside.
  • If a lockdown, doors and windows will be secured and locked and 911 will be called.
  • Students and staff will remain in their locations until the campus is deemed secure and safe again or predetermined safe escape route(s) are utilized.

Parent Preparation


  • Parents will be notified in emergency situations as soon as it is clear what action is required of parents–first by text blast and then by email with any further detailed instructions—including any alternative pick-up arrangements.
  • If the emergency is of a longer duration, all efforts will be made to provide periodic updates.
  • If no action is needed on the part of parents, the crisis management team will determine what form of reporting is necessary to inform parents.

Although your first reaction would be to call or rush to your child’s school, we request you do the following:

  • Please do not call or come to the school, this only complicates matters from a safety and security standpoint as it may hinder the efforts of emergency responders or police.
  • Do not call your child directly because emergency protocols prohibit cell communications, other than by teachers, for safety reasons.
  • Stay close to your phone and email for updates and instructions.
  • Rely only on official communications from the school or public safety officials.
  • If alternative pickup arrangements are indicated after an evacuation, students will be released ONLY to parents/guardians who are documented as emergency contacts.

Desert Marigold’s complete Emergency Response Plan is available for viewing only in the main office. 

Donation Requests for Spring Fundraising Auction

Parent Council is in need of the talents many of our parents and extended community (grandparents, neighbors, friends etc.) have to offer. The online auction donations are coming in – Thank you! We plan on creating MORE amazing packages to bid on.

Here is a list of services that have been donated in the past. Anything big or small will bring us that much closer to our fundraising goals.

  • acupuncture
  • photography
  • chiropractic services
  • air b&b rentals or second homes
  • massage
  • facials or aesthetics
  • airline miles or tickets
  • art classes
  • music classes
  • babysitting services
  • culinary classes
  • yoga
  • unused memberships to museums, spas etc.
  • or any service that could be a value to our community

Thank you all in advance for making this years Spring fundraiser a huge success with excitement and goals achieved!

The Spring Parent Council Fundraising Auction & Raffle will be held online starting April 2nd.

All the donations can either be emailed to (if electronic gift certificate) or item may be left in the office with Ms. Deb before March 30th. 

With much gratitude!

Parent Council 

Letter to Community from Mr. Burkam – Feb 15

Dear DMS Families,

On this day after another mass school shooting, we at Desert Marigold School want to extend our hearts to the victims, survivors, and families of this latest tragedy. I cannot imagine the devastation felt in the community around Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Two staff members at the school lost their lives–putting the safety of the students first–before the first responders arrived.

For school administrators and leaders, messaging and providing support for children, teachers, and parents has become a too frequent task. There is inevitable concern about disaster fatigue as we struggle to find the right words and actions in response to multiple major events.

We appreciate the great responsibility we have to keep your children safe while at school. I want to reassure you that your school leaders evaluate each of these events in light of our Emergency Response Plan, to make sure we are as prepared as possible for any event that could jeopardize campus safety.

We all share concerns for our own children, schools, and community with other communities throughout our country. One cannot help feeling uncertain and somewhat fearful in the aftermath of such an event. What can we, as a Waldorf community, offer to each other to navigate these troubling times? Here are a few suggestions:

  • Create a safe space; emphasize the importance of routines and rhythms. It is reassuring when the everyday life and demands of school continue.
  • Nurture relationships; important for all of us, bringing a feeling of “I see you and care about You”.
  • Encourage a connection with nature for its powerful healing and grounding qualities.
  • Be mindful of limiting exposure to repeated, graphic images of disaster scenes.

Thank you for all you do to join us in this endeavor to be safe and feel secure.


Charles Burkam, Executive Director

After School-Snacks, Jamba Juice & More Fundraisers – Grades 3/4 Porch

As most of you know, the Parent Council team is working very diligently to raise funds for the outdoor learning space that will offer our children an extension to the classroom while providing much needed shade that will protect them from our Arizona sun.

Fundraising opportunities: 

  • Jamba Juice on Thursday’s after school.
  • Healthy snack bar on Tuesday, Wednesday and Fridays after school. The snacks will range from $1-$4 and all proceeds will go towards the Grade 3/4 outdoor patio space.
  • The roller skating fundraiser was a HUGE success and we look forward to hosting another skating party on April 25th with more details to come.

Matching Opportunity:

We had a VERY generous family step up and offer to match any donations up to $3,500. The deadline for the donation match is MARCH 9th- We are still in need of about $10,000 to get this project underway. Any help is appreciated and your donations can be made online here.

Thank you all so much for your continued support and with the growth of our amazing DMS community.

Kim Baker & The Parent Council Hands Team


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