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:

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 if you have any questions. You can also review our Open Enrollment information page at

Winter Concert – Fri, Dec 14

Attention all DMS families of students that have:

  • Grades 4-8 Instrumental Music Classes
  • Grades 4-6 – Choir Class with Ms. DeSario
  • Middle School Choir with Ms. Miller
  • Grade 12 – Eurythmy Class

At Desert Marigold, we strive to bring the principals of music through direct experience. The arts are an integral part of Waldorf Curriculum and therefore we create special opportunities for the students to share and perform for their parents and friends. There will be a Holiday Winter Concert on Friday, December 14th to showcase the students work.

When: Friday, December 14th

Where: South Mountain Community College Performing Arts Center – 7050 S 24th St, Phoenix, AZ 85042

Call Time: 6pm (Students must arrive at 6pm to practice and tune instruments)
Performance Time: 6:45-8:15pm

For additional information please contact your child’s teacher:

  • Strings Teacher, Meghan Ruel
  • Winds Teacher, Jeremy Ruth
  • Choir Teacher, Teri DeSario
  • Choir Teacher, Lorie Miller
  • Eurythmy Teacher, Rachel Schmid

Dress for the concert is Black and White or Holiday Jewel Toned Colors (Green, Red, Royal Blue). The boys should plan to wear a nice pair of pants, preferably nicer shoes than tennis shoes, and a collared shirt (short or long sleeves). The girls can wear black pants, a black skirt with a dress shirt or dress (black or jewel toned). Dress/skirt length must be below knee.

Note for instrumental musics students: Please help your child prepare for this concert by making sure they are spending some time practicing at home, and also making sure that they have their instrument with them every Tuesday and Thursday.

Waldorf 100 Learn to Change the World

Postcard Exchange Project

Have you seen the basket filled with postcards at the main office? Take a few and mail them (only $1.15 postage needed) to other Waldorf schools around the globe!

The exchange is going well, we are gathering a good number of cards from schools across the pond and throughout the world… our display will be grand!!

The postcards have been beautifully illustrated by our students and are already addressed to friends far and wide. International postage is all you need to provide.

Thank you for taking part in this incredible worldwide connection!!!

Here’s a postcard a student sent to DMS from Germany:

DMS Student Art: 2019 Calendars for Sale

DMS Calendars for Sale – All Proceeds support the 12th Grade Trip!

If you didn’t get a chance to buy a DMS Calendar at the Winter Faire, no worries. There are a few copies of this limited printing available in the main office and the high school office for sale.

The artwork was created by students from Kindergarten to Grade 8. A calendar is symbolic of the yearly rhythm. Waldorf schools across the world integrate art in the curriculum – from wet-on-wet painting in early childhood to learning about the platonic solids in 8th grade. Each month includes a line from the lower grades morning verse.

The calendars are selling for $15. All proceeds go the senior class fund. They are a wonderful holiday gift.