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!

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.

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
602-534-8698
Christopher.Granado@phoenix.gov

azfamily.com
602-207-3333
phxnewsdesk@azfamily.com