School Closure Update

Greetings,

This morning, the Governor and State Superintendent announced the extension of school closures for the rest of the school year.

As you know, Desert Marigold School has been working diligently on a long-term remote learning plan. That work continues. In the meantime, please continue to refer to the Remote Learning Plan that was posted on Friday, March 27. We will continue to be in touch with details regarding ongoing distribution of packets, as well as how to access extra support for your students from their teachers.

We know that there will also be other implications around this extension such as refunds, re-enrollment, end of the year activities, etc. We will be in touch with you about details on these different topics over the next couple of weeks.

As always, thank you for your family’s patience and understanding. If you have any questions, please email your teachers directly or Acting Executive Director Christie Kriegsfeld at christiek@desertmarigold.org

Desert Marigold School

School Closure Update

Dear DMS Families,

We hope this email finds you well.  We acknowledge that these are unique times facing us and the faculty and staff at DMS continue to engage in precautionary measures to keep our community safe as well as abide by all state and federal educational mandates.
By way of immediate update, Governor Doug Ducey and Superintendent Kathy Hoffman announced this afternoon that the mandated school closures have been extended until April 10, 2020.
Our leadership team is continuing to work closely with faculty and staff on developing a remote learning plan during the mandatory school closure.  Although further information is forthcoming, we wanted to give you a brief update so that you know what to expect.
Beginning this week, March 16-20, Early Childhood and Grades faculty are providing their classes with enrichment activities and learning resources for students to utilize while they are at home. To be clear, the resources provided this week are not required for your student to complete and do not have any impact on your student’s academic performance.
Beginning on March 30, 2020, DMS will provide its students (K-12) with a Remote Learning Plan for the duration of the mandatory school closure as required by the state.  The goals of the DMS Remote Learning Plan is to deliver the content and skills required by the state while preserving the Waldorf curriculum.  Each realm’s plans (Early Childhood, Lower Grades (1-6), Middle School (7-8) and High School) will differ as to the platforms and methods used for instruction.  Those details will be provided in the Remote Learning Plan that will be shared with families no later than Friday, March 27, 2020.
If you have questions, please reach out to administration and/or your teachers via email.  Please refer to the school directory in ParentSquare for contact information for our faculty, staff or administration. https://www.parentsquare.com/schools/2245/users 
Never was it truer than now that it takes a village . . . we are in this together for the well-being of the children. Let’s be patient, respectful, and kind with each other during this process and commit to doing the best we can!

Kindly,
Desert Marigold School

UPDATE: School Closure & COVID-19

Dear DMS Community,

Governor Doug Ducey and Superintendent Kathy Hoffman announced a statewide closure of Arizona schools from March 16 through March 27.  They are working with education leaders and public health offices to reassess the need for school closures and will provide additional guidance through March 27.

In a letter to Arizona families, educators and community leaders, Governor Ducey said he is consulting with district and legislative partners to determine the extent of any potential makeup days. It is currently unknown as to whether the school year will be extended and as information develops we will update the community.  Further, in regards to statewide AZMerit testing, Governor Ducey and Superintendent Hoffman are working with federal offices in the event the state needs to secure a waiver.   Here is a link to the letter from Governor Ducey and Superintendent Hoffman.  https://youtu.be/gnB0PnJafRc

We understand many parents have questions about childcare options.  It is the recommendation of public health officials that children who are not at school remain at home to the greatest extent possible.  For families for whom that is not an option, state officials are working with partners in the non-profit, faith-based and education communities to make available childcare options to families who need it.

We will continue to update our community with any changes.

 

Christie Kriegsfeld

Acting Executive Director

Desert Marigold School

6210 S. 28th Street

Phoenix, AZ 85042

602-770-2332 (cell)

602-243-6909 (front office)

christiek@desertmarigold.org

URGENT INFORMATION: Desert Marigold School Closure

Dear DMS Community,

After careful consideration, we have made the decision to close DMS starting on March 16 to help contain the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

These are unprecedented times, and we recognize this decision will present a hardship for many of you.  That is why we are sending this message today so that we can give our families as much time as possible to make childcare arrangements.

We have been monitoring advice from County, State, and Federal health and education officials daily and have followed recommended guidelines for preventing the spread of virus. However, consistent with our peers at the Kyrene, Alhambra, Osborne, and Tempe Elementary school districts, the Maricopa County Community Colleges, and ASU, we believe the time has now come for an important shift.

DMS will be closed beginning Monday, March 16 until at least through March 20 as we evaluate the ongoing developments of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The DMS Board will meet Wednesday evening to discuss the length of the closure.   

The school closure includes cancelling all after-school activities, clubs, and campus events until further notice. Because South Mountain Community College has closed, the Eurythmy event scheduled to take place there on March 19th has also been cancelled.

We believe this proactive measure is necessary to keep our families safe as we monitor this public health crisis. We recognize this decision raises many questions and we are working to answer them as quickly as we can. We will continue to send regular updates as information develops.

A separate message will be sent to employees regarding plans for staffing, general leave, pay and continued critical operations while school is closed to students.

The Governing Board and DMS Leadership share a responsibility to provide a safe environment for students and staff to ensure high-quality learning.  Thank you for your continued care, kindness and support as we work through this unprecedented time.

 

Christie Kriegsfeld
Acting Executive Director
Desert Marigold School
christiek@desertmarigold.org

Changes are Coming to the Bee & Bloom!

The Bee is changing! Starting on Nov 1st, the Bee you know and love will be posted weekly to ParentSquare. The Bee will still contain the details of DMS events that faculty, staff, parents, and guardians need to stay up to date and in the know. If you’re not on ParentSquare, register today!

The Bloom is transforming into a monthly showcase of the magic happening here at Desert Marigold School! Subscribe to the BRAND NEW Bloom today!

The emailed version of the Weekly Bee will be discontinued on November 1st, subscribe to the New Bloom and/or register on ParentSquare to stay in the know.

Fall School Pictures

Individual and class pictures are scheduled for

Thursday, October 17- Wednesday, October 23rd

Proofs and order forms will come out after individual photos are taken. There will not be a proof for the class photo.

See the schedule below for the day your student’s grade will have their individual and class pictures taken.

Makeups will be Monday, 10/28 at 3:00 pm

 

October 17

Time Class
10:15am Starflowers
10:45am Class 1
2:45pm Class 2

October 18

Time Class
10:15am Moonflowers
10:45am Class 4
2:00pm Class 3
2:45pm Class 5

 

October 21

Time Class
10:15am Skyflowers
2:00pm Class 8
2:45pm Class 7

October 22

Time Class
10:15am Sunflowers
10:45am Class 6
1:15pm Class 12

October 23

Time Class
11:45am Class 9
1:15pm Class 10
2:45pm Class 11

 

Upcoming Town Hall Meetings

September 2019 Town Hall Meetings

All are welcome!

EC & Grades

Monday, September 9th
at 6:30pm
on the Grassy Knoll outside of 1st & 2nd grade

High School

Tuesday, September 10th
at 6:30pm
on the Grassy Knoll outside of 1st & 2nd grade

Don’t forget your water bottles!

Where is the Grassy Knoll?

Re-Enrollment – Past Due

Current student re-enrollment for the upcoming 2019-2020 school year was due by April 12th.

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.

Curriculum Overview – Apr 24

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.

Upcoming K-12 Curriculum Overview Lecture Date:

**April 24th, 6:30 – 8:15pm, Eurythmy Room**

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

 

Desert Marigold will be closed for the remainder of the 19/20 school year as we evaluate the ongoing developments of COVID-19 {read more}
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