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!

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!