Welcome Staff & Office Changes

New Front Office Changes

We ask that you join in welcoming our new front office receptionist, Gayle Sjoblom, to Desert Marigold School. Gayle has many skills and talents to offer gained from working in the Kyrene School District. Welcome Gayle!

Shannon Rowe’s job title has changed to Business Operations Specialist – Accounts. Shannon is responsible for handling all bookkeeping for DMS. For any inquiries related to school payments/billing please email DMS Billing Accounts – dmsaccounts@desertmarigold.org.

Alexus Robertson’s job title has changed to Business Operations Specialist – Records. Alexus supports HR, personnel records management, enrollment records and student support services. For student support services inquiries please email: studentsupport@desertmarigold.org.

Welcome – Visiting Teacher

Mr. Michael D’Aleo returns to teach main lesson seminar blocks in electricity and magnetism, projective geometry, optical physics, and astronomy in the 11th and 12th grades.

Michael D’Aleo lectures nationally and internationally on the topics of science, education and environmental issues and is a founding member of the Saratoga Experiential Natural Science Research Institute (SENSRI) as the Director of Research. He was a co-founder of the high school at the Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs where he taught physical science and astronomy. Mr. D’Aleo is also an instructor of Waldorf School physical science teachers at The Center for Anthroposophy as well as a guest teacher at various teacher training institutions and Waldorf Schools. Mr. D’Aleo has a Mechanical Engineering degree and a Masters degree in Education. Mr. D’Aleo is co-author of the book Sensible Physics Teaching, a guide for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade educators to teach physics in a manner relevant to the experience of the students. He is also the author of Embracing Materialism and Letting It Go – An experiential guide to overcoming an object-based world conception.

Welcome Back Mr. D’Aleo!

Senior Project Presentations – Feb 6 & 7

Dear DMS Community,
Every year, based on their interests, each senior undertakes an independent research project that culminates in a presentation. Seniors strengthen skills that last a lifetime—including the ability to think for themselves and work on their own.
Please mark your calendars for next week on February 6th and 7th to come watch this year’s Senior Projects. They are being held at 6:30 pm, in Parzival Hall (the Eurythmy Room.)
The seniors have been working diligently to prepare for this event, and welcome your support.
Hope to see you there!

Tax Season is Here – Redirect your AZ Taxes to DMS

Tax Season officially starts this year on January, 28th.  

Funds received through the tax credit help support all of DMS’s amazing extracurricular activities and character education like the Medieval Games which improves social learning, school culture and academic achievement. Huzzah!

Married couples can contribute up to $400 and single filers can contribute up to $200 for the full credit. AZ Public School Tax Credit is open to all Arizona tax filers. Spread the word to DMS friends and families! Consult your tax advisor for specific tax advice.

For More Info on Tax Credit & To Redirect Today


MLK Holiday & Assembly – NO SCHOOL JAN 21

Reminder: NO SCHOOL MONDAY, JAN 21 in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. 

School resumes on Tuesday, Jan 22. There will be an in-school assembly on Tuesday morning to celebrate Dr. King.

Parents are welcome to join (standing room only). Students will present excerpts from the famous speech “I have a dream”, poetry, prose and songs around the theme of diversity and inclusiveness.

Curriculum Overview – Jan 17

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 Dates:

  • January 17th, 6:30 – 8:15pm, Eurythmy Room
  • April 18th, 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.


Traffic Safety & Traffic Light

Remember Traffic Safety
At this time of year, events tend to speed up and each of us must remember to slow down, savor each moment and be courteous to others. This includes enjoying a steady and slow arrival and departure in our parking lot. But, it also applies to traveling up and down 28th Street and Vineyard on the way to and from school.

Update on Traffic Light for 28th Street & Southern
In addition to the new housing across Southern Avenue, construction is under way on the property behind DMS along Vineyard. We know there will be significantly more traffic on both approaches to the school as a result.

A light at 24th and Vineyard has been promised, but there is no commitment from the city about a light on the corner of 28th Street and Southern. The city did not require the developer to provide one. Contact and a previous petition from our DMS community has been made with the responsible city authorities, but a continued public push may help.

A DMS parent has recently reached out to a community outreach police officer and 3TV News to continue the request for a light on 28th Street and Southern. If more parents want to join the cause, here are the numbers to call:

Community Action Officers (C.A.O.)
41 Squad Area
Officer Chris Granado


Last Call: 2018 Charitable Donations

A Simple But Heartfelt Request

It is that time of year when your mailboxes, and inboxes, are filled with requests. DMS asks that while you are making your decisions as to who will receive your charitable donations at year-end, that you give real consideration to Desert Marigold School.

If you are a past or ongoing supporter, we thank you! This fund enables DMS to provide your children a complete Waldorf program!

If you have never donated to our Annual Giving Fund, we simply ask that you make this your first year.

Click here to donate today: https://desertmarigold.org/support/bridge-the-gap/

Open Enrollment – Ends on Dec 31

Enrollment for new students and siblings of current students, for the next school year, in closing soon.

The Open Enrollment window ends on 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 ddouglas@desertmarigold.org if you have any questions. You can also review our Open Enrollment information page at desertmarigold.org/programoptions/public-k-12/