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.

 

Re-enrollment due TODAY – Apr 12

Dear Parent,

Current student re-enrollment for the upcoming 2019-2020 school year is now open! Please login to the Enrollment Portal and complete all of the checklist items by April 12th. Also, be sure to review the pre-populated fields for accuracy on the ‘Enrollment Form’, make any necessary changes and click submit when you are done. This information will be used to update existing information we currently have in our student management system.

If your child will not be returning to DMS for the 2019-2020 school year please complete just the ‘Intention to Return/Withdrawal Form’ in the Enrollment Portal.

*All re-enrollment forms must be completed and submitted, in their entirety to begin school in the fall.*

AZ Merit Testing – Apr 1, 2 & 3

Dear Desert Marigold School Families Grades 3-11,

We are writing to inform you that the statewide mandatory AZ MERIT testing will be held in the areas of Writing, Math and Reading on April 1st, 2nd and 3rd. It is imperative that the children in grades 3-11 are present at school and on time on the testing days. Testing starts at 8:30 am each day, the entire day will be available for completing the daily test sections.

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 2019-20 school year. For further information see https://desertmarigold.org/programs/standardized-testing/
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:http://azmeritportal.org/resources/students-and-families/

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

Sincerely,
DMS Administration

Thank you – Medieval Games

Thank you to all of the students, parents,

staff and community members

who did a magnificent job hosting the Medieval Games.

What we accomplish together is amazing!

Huzzah!

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!