Carpet Update in Grades 5-8

Last year we found that the carpeting in the 5th through 8th grade classrooms was in great need of replacement and the 8th grade classroom floor was uneven under the carpet and needed to be repaired for safety reasons. The health and safety of your children is important to us, and after hearing concerns from some we wanted to give more insight into the replacement of the carpet in these classrooms that is expected to be completed by Monday.

During planning for this project we considered several options with an eye for safety, durability, and cost-effectiveness. The concerns we heard were related to possible emissions from carpeting materials, and we are happy to say the carpet tiles we have chosen are certified as having met the Green Label Plus Indoor Air Quality Testing Program. To earn this label a product must pass rigorous safety testing by an independent laboratory and meet uncompromising criteria that ensure it is among the lowest emitting products on the market. The adhesive being used is water-based and also rated for very low emissions. In addition, we will be using a vinyl backing with no other padding underneath to further reduce any potential for emissions. As an added benefit the carpet tiles will provide an impermeable barrier to prevent mold from forming.

We’re committed to a healthy and eco-friendly environment for everyone who enters our campus and will be taking additional measures shared with us by experts in healthful living after installation of the carpet, including running HEPA filters for air quality, steam cleaning the carpet once adhesive is dried, and facilitating fresh-air ventilation. If you would like to learn more about the Green Label Plus Indoor Air Quality certification or other manufacturer information you can visit the sites below.

Carpet Fact Sheet

Adhesive Fact Sheet

It’s our goal to have this process complete this week. If you have questions, comments, or concerns about the new flooring we’re here to help, please contact Christie Kriegsfeld at

Private Pre-K will offer 5 day program in 2018-19 – Enroll Now

DMS PlayGarden – Private Pre-K offers 5 day and 3 day program (T,W,Th) options for the 2018-19 School year from 8:15am -12:00 noon. KinderCare available until 3:15pm.

Private PlayGarden (3.5-4.5 years old)

The PlayGarden provides a warm and homelike environment for the 3- and 4-year olds’ first steps into a social setting. This gentle transition is a graceful journey guided with tenderness and reverence. Our rich play-based program nourishes the magic of childhood by allowing children to explore the world through all their sense, stimulating their creativity through free play and storytelling.

Children must be a minimum of 3 1/2 years old and fully potty trained before September 1st of the year of entry.

Tuition & Fees:


2018-19 School Calendar

Aug 13             First Day of School (Monday)
Sep 3  NO SCHOOL – Labor Day
Nov 1-2 NO SCHOOL – Parent Teacher Conferences
Nov 21    Pre-Thanksgiving ½ DAY (Wednesday)
Nov 22-23   NO SCHOOL – Thanksgiving
Dec 19  End of Term – ½ DAY (Wednesday)
Dec 20 – Jan 2 WINTER BREAK
Jan 3  Return to School (Thursday)
Jan 21 NO SCHOOL – MLK Jr. Day
Feb 18 NO SCHOOL – Presidents Day
Feb 22  NO SCHOOL – Parent Teacher Conferences
Apr 19 NO SCHOOL – Sustainability Day
May 27 NO SCHOOL – Memorial Day
May 31   Last Day of School – ½ DAY


2018-19 Changes to the School Day Schedule

As a result of legislative changes, we have been able to adjust the school schedule to have the grades 2-12 end at 3:10 pm. Also, every Wednesday will end at 2:05 pm to provide time for whole-faculty meetings each week, instead of Friday ½ days.

1st Bell Rings at 8:10 am

The school day starts at 8:15 am for everyone, and ends as follows:

PlayGarden – 12:00 pm
Kindergarten – 12:15 pm
1st grade – 2:00 pm
Grades 2 through 12 – 3:10 pm

KinderCare (and 1st grade) will be available until 3:15 pm.
After Care (grades 2 & up) will be available from the end of the school day until 5:30 pm.

*Access Fees and Forms for all extended care programs 

Summer Camp 2018 Registration is Open

Desert Marigold School offers a Summer Camp with indoor and outdoor age appropriate activities guided by the principles of Waldorf education. Camp program for ages 3.5 to 7. (Must be potty trained.)

Sign up weekly for fun filled rhythmic games, water play, drama/puppetry, story telling, singing, animal care, paper, handwork, nature crafts and more…

$225 per Week for Full Day  (8am – 4pm)
$140 per Week for Half Day (8am – noon)

$25 Non-Refundable Deposit per Week Due with Registration

$10 Late Registration Fee
(within 10 days of start date)

In addition to this registration form NEW students must submit a copy of their birth certificate or passport, immunization records, and Blue Emergency Card.

Week 1: June 4

Week 2: June 11

Week 3: June 18

Week 4: June 25

Week 5: No Camp for the Week of July 2nd

Week 6: July 9

Week 7: July 16

Week 8: July 23