Parent Handwork

Parent Handwork is returning again this school year

Many thanks to our generous hostess, Nina Prange!

Join the Parent Handwork Facebook Group for the latest updates

Parent Handwork is a parent run group that meets to learn and share handwork skills together. Creations made in Parent Handwork are sold at the Parent Handwork booth at Winter Faire. Community members also have the option of purchasing supplies from the parent handwork group to create for their own use.

Parent Handwork begins Friday, August 30th

and continues every
8:30am – 11:45am

At Nina’s house
(32nd St & Vineyard)
for the exact address


Enjoy the company of other parents as we flex our creative muscles. Normally there is no formal teaching at parent handwork, but many who are willing to lend a hand to those who are just beginning.

*FREE to join*
*All materials and tools are supplied*

*Babies and pre-school aged children are welcome with an attentive parent*

2019/2020 Parent Council

The Parent Council supports the mission of Desert Marigold School and serves as a collective voice by facilitating communication between the governing bodies, administration, and families. The Parent Council exists to develop strong social bonds by supporting parent education, school activities, active volunteerism, celebrations and special events; thereby building a vibrant community. Primary Responsibilities in collaboration with faculty and administration, include: creating social warmth and community, coordinating class parents to facilitate communication, coordinating volunteer efforts for Parent Council sponsored events and festivals, and providing a forum where parents can express and nurture their ideas, interests, and skills.

All members of our school community are welcome to attend meetings and participate!


The Parent Council leadership team for 2019/2020 is

Chair: Michelle Kratzer
Co-Chair: Laura Heaney
Treasurer: Kerstin Kubina
Secretary: Canella Garcia
Hands Team: Laura Heaney, Kellee Schlink
Heads Team: Christine Johnson, Hilary Cutright
Hearts Team: Heather Hawkes

Email Parent Council at


** The first Parent Council meeting is Aug 13th at the benches directly after drop-off **


Back to School

The new school year is right around the corner!

Be sure to visit the BACK TO SCHOOL page on the website and read CHRISTIE’S LETTER to the school to find your parent meeting(s), to learn the school schedule, and to learn other important back to school information.

Gates open at 7:50am | First bell rings at 8:10am | Final bell rings at 8:15am

School Ends as Follows:

  • PlayGarden ends at 12:00 pm
  • Kindergarten ends at 12:15 pm
  • 1st grade ends at 2:00 pm
  • 2nd grade – HS ends at 3:25 pm
    No Early Release Days (Except for those listed on the Academic Calendar)

Early Childhood and Grades
Parent Meetings*

Early Childhood: Mon, Aug 5, 4:30pm – 6:00pm (Starflower class letter)
Grade 1: Thu, Aug 9, 6:00pm (class letter)
Grade 2: Thu, Aug 15, 6:30-8:00pm (class letter)
Grade 3: Fri, Aug 23, 6:30-8:30pm (class letter)
Grade 4: Tues, Aug 20, 3:30pm (class letter)
Grade 5: Tues, Aug 13, 6:00pm
Grade 6: Sat, Aug 10, 10:30am-12:00pm (class letter)
Grade 7: Sat, Aug 3, 6:00pm (class letter)
Grade 8: Mon, Aug 19, 6:00pm (class letter)

*Childcare will not be available, and no unsupervised children are allowed on campus. We would like to have both parents attend, but please have at least one parent come to the meeting.

High School:

  • HS Community Workday, Saturday, August 3, 7AM – 12PM
  • HS Back to School Night, Monday, August 5, 5PM – 7 PM
    • Registration (grades 9-11) 5-6PM
    • Orientation (grades 9 and all new HS students) 6-7 PM

For additional information and other back to school details, visit The DMS HS Website – The Phoenix


See you on Thursday, August 8th!

School Lunches

Lunchkins is bringing healthful meals to Desert Marigold!

All Natural. Non-GMO. Organic.

To Sign-Up:

1. Visit:
2. Register your account
4. Add your children ¹ ²
4. Use School Code: XABE9460

* All new registrants receive a 10% discount of the entire FIRST order in
a single shopping cart.
* Please email or call (480) 445-9143 with any questions about the Lunchkins service or website

Please note that the “snack” option on the menu is served with lunch, not during snack time

Lunch time volunteers can receive a discount on all of their Lunchkins orders!
CLICK HERE to Contact Parent Council if you’re interested in volunteering
Must have a fingerprint clearance card

¹ All teachers & staff members should refer to the instructions sent via email to staff concerning the staff discount and ordering lunches for themselves

² For families with multiple children at different Lunckins schools: Login to your current account and add each child using their school’s unique registration code (DMS’ code is XABE9460). Each account can have students at up to 6 separate schools!

Garden Work Day – July 13, 2019

Want to get started on your volunteer hours for the 2019-2020 school year? Want to make sure the garden looks beautiful for the children when they return in just a few short weeks?

Then, please come to our “Second Saturday Garden Work Day” this Saturday July 13th.  The gates will open at 6 a.m., so please come early to enjoy the cool morning. The workday runs from 6 a.m. until 11 a.m.

Our garden is a vital part of the community of Desert Marigold.  Without the support of the community, our kids will not be able to fully enjoy and take advantage of what the garden has to offer. This is where parents, grandparents, caregivers and community members come in. There are projects available for all skill levels. All hands are welcome and needed!

All children must be supervised and remain in the garden area or the Grades 1-4 playground to keep the children safe and to protect our school grounds.Projects planned for this Saturday: trimming palo verde trees and clearing out and planting flowers in the raised beds to welcome the children in August. The garden has room for all hands and hearts. There are always projects with wool and seed pods for little hands and for those who desire soft work. It will be hot, so please remember to bring water, sun hats, and sunscreen!  Please bring snacks for your family or something to share!  For tree trimming, you may prefer to wear clothing that will protect you from scratches (long sleeves, leather gloves etc.)

Your time and energy in the garden is greatly appreciated! Thank you!