Square Dance & Clothing Exchange

Clean out those closets, polish your cowboy boots, and join the Parent Council Hearts team for our first community social of the year!

Friday, September 20th at 5:30pm

(Please note the date change!)

Pie will be provided by Parent Council
Drop off your unwanted clothing at the barn on Friday morning and return at 5:30 to ‘shop’
(you do NOT need to donate clothes to be able to take clothes home and everything is FREE)


Peach Festival – May 28

You are invited to our 6th annual DMS Peach Festival.

The festival will be held in the Garden

on Tuesday, May 28th from 3:30-5:30pm

In many cultures, peaches symbolize happiness, prosperity, and longevity. Ms. Bobi would like to invite all those who have helped and supported the Garden this year to enjoy the sweetness of our peach harvest at the annual DMS Peach Festival.

Children must be accompanied by an adult at the event.

If you have questions or would like to volunteer to help set up contact the gardener, Ms. Bobi Harshfield at bharshfield@desertmarigold.org.

Spring Concert – May 14

Attention: Families of Students in Grades 4 – 8

There will be a Spring Cumulative Music Concert on Tuesday, May 14th from 8:30-9:30am in the front lawn to showcase the student’s work this year.

Concert Dress: Musicians shall wear light clothing with spring colors

Please remember to have students bring their instrument and music and be on time for the performance. Instrument tuning begins at 8:15am. Also, 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.

For additional information please contact:

Winds Teacher, Jeremy Ruth jruth@desertmarigold.org

Strings Teacher, Meghan Ruel mruel@desertmarigold.org

May Day Thank You from Ms. Schmid

Dear Desert Marigold Community,

I want to send a special thanks to Teri DeSario who magically weaved the music of song in between the dancing; to Jisun Miyung who faithfully supported the students during the rehearsal times and in the performance; to Hector Bonilla who prepared the space beautifully and risked climbing up the windy heights of the May Pole; to The Wrights, who organized the copious flower donations from the Trader Joe’s in Tempe and Gilbert; to Miss Bobi and the garden of Desert Marigold School who provided herbs leaves and flowers; and last but not least to our wonderful students in lower, middle and high school who did an outstanding job on this first of May 2019!

Rachel Schmid, Eurythmy Teacher 


Senior Play – Wed, May 8 @ Tempe Center for the Arts

Parents, faculty, alumni and ALL members of the DMS community are invited to see the seventh high school graduating class in their final dramatic production. Yes, that’s right; it’s time for the annual 12th grade play!


DMS High School Class of 2019
Proudly Presents
Wed, May 8th
11am Matinee & 
6:30pm Evening Performances
@ Tempe Center for the Arts
700 W. Rio Salado, Tempe, AZ 85281


(please see important note regarding parking below)

Donations gratefully accepted at the door. The play is for audiences age 12 and older.

The class 12 play is one of the artistic and social highlights of a Waldorf high school education. Every 12th grade produces and performs a full-scale theatrical production before the school community as part of their core curriculum. The play selected is chosen to meet the interests and talents of the class performing it. Whether acting in a lead or supporting role or working behind the scenes as a costume, set, lighting designer or technician, each member of the class carries creative responsibility for the success of the production.

This year the DMS High School seniors are presenting a comedy success, called You Can’t Take It With You. An eccentric family allows each member to pursue his own ambition in the home, but their routine is disrupted when a daughter with a regular job wants to bring her fiancé and his Wall Street family to dinner in George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart’s Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy.

The 12th graders are dedicated to this grand production. They spend hours rehearsing and creating set designs and costumes. Please support the seniors and see this drama full of laughter and surprises. Directed by Speech Artist and Drama Teacher, Kim Snyder-Vine, and produced by the senior class.

*Important Note regarding Parking*

Please allow an extra 10 minutes to park due to construction adjacent to the theater.

Attached please find a map for additional parking information.

Tempe Center for the Arts will have golf cart shuttles available to assist guests’ arrival. The theater has offered exclusive LYFT discount codes for those who would like to take advantage of ride share services.

The code for new users of Lyft is: TCA – Details: $5 off your first 4 rides. No location restrictions. The code for existing users is: TCAMAY – Details: 20% off your ride to/from TCA. Valid 5/1/19 – 5/31/19. Ride must be called to and/or from TCA.

Medieval Games: Fire Pits Needed

Dear DMS Community,

We have many fire pits at various locations during the Medieval Games event. Several of our small, metal fire pits have seen their last flame. We need 2 additional pits by Wednesday, Feb 27th.

Loaners are good, donations are even better.

If you have one available, please contact Colleen at clp@duncanpope.com or 602-791-1724.


To learn more about Medieval Games: azmedievalgames.org

To volunteer for the games go here. 

Volunteer Opportunity: Medieval Games Feb 27-Mar 2

Hark!  The Medieval Games are coming.
From Wednesday, Feb 27th – Saturday, March 2nd, 6th grade Waldorf students from around the state will gather on our campus to partake in the much anticipated Medieval Games.  This is a wonderful, volunteer intensive event.
We welcome volunteers from our entire DMS community.  If you are interested in participating, please use the Sign Up button below.

Sign Up to Volunteer for Medieval Games

To learn more about the Medieval Games go to: azmedievalgames.org


Thank you Winter Faire Volunteers!

The Parent Council leadership team wishes to thank all of the hard working families that volunteered their time and talents for the Winter Faire. This event is not possible without the dedication of parents and staff who show up and work the event along with those that work tireless hours in advance crafting, baking, organizing and setting up to make the day a true community endeavor.

We are appreciative of your feedback, positive and constructive; please take a moment to complete the brief survey. Thank you!

Winter Faire Volunteer Feedback

Spiral Garden – Nov 30 & Dec 1

Please join us on Nov 30 & Dec 1 (see schedule below) for our Spiral Garden Festival. 

This event is a reverent celebration bringing a new sense of being and hope in the winter months. The spiral garden has been used for thousands of years all over the world. To find out more information about the Festival, please visit our Spiral Walk page.

Please drop off your children at their classroom and take your seats in the Eurythmy room.

RSVP for childcare here.

All Children must be 3 years of age or older and potty trained.

$5 Fee Per Child. RSVP by Wednesday, Nov 28th.

No Drop-Ins. Tips are greatly appreciated by the childcare staff.

In order to honor the reverent mood of the festival, please remember to:

  • Speak with your child(ren) about remaining quiet throughout the entire evening.’
  • Silence or turn off cell phones. No photos or recordings are permitted.
  • Arrive on time as the doors will be locked to prevent interruption.
  • Keep your child’s walk free from distraction, we ask that children under the age of 3 stay home.
  • If you remain on campus between walks, please remain by the childcare room – the playground and classrooms are off limits during this festival.

2018-19 Schedule

Friday Nov 30
5:30-6:00 1st grade
6:15-6:45 2nd grade
7:00-7:30 3rd grade
Saturday Dec 1
3:00-3:45 Skyflower
4:00-4:45 Moonflower
5:00-5:45 Sunflower
6:00-6:45 Starflower

Lantern Walk – Nov 9

Join us for this very peaceful festival that is walked together as a family. The community gathers for hot cider and the story of St. Martin followed by a reverent walk with handmade lanterns around the iluminaria lit path as the sun sets over the school campus.

The Festival is held on the evening of November 9.

5:45pm   Cider is served (Cider Service ends promptly 6:15pm)

6:15pm   Story and Walk Begin

We will gather in the front play yard next to the office building. Please talk in soft voices upon arrival. Turn cell phones off and refrain from using them during the event. This is meant to be a reverent festival. We will begin at twilight. Lanterns should be lit upon arrival and prior to the story. The story of St. Martin will be told. You may sing or remain silent during the walk.

Children will have made lanterns in class. Parents are responsible for bringing lanterns, candles, tea lights and matches/lighters to light the lanterns. Children will be walking with their parents, siblings and extended family members, etc. Children must be supervised by their parents at all times during the festival.

Remember to Bring your Lantern and Mug to drink Hot Apple Cider. 

There will be no paper cups provided. We want to support the humble side of the festival.

To read the story of St. Martin or the Lantern Walk Songs go to:desertmarigold.org/community/festivals/lantern-walk/