Feed the Faculty – Mar 2

Feed the Faculty
Friday, March 2nd

Sponsored by 2nd, 5th and 8th Grades

Calling all cooks, bakers, and yummy food makers! We need FOOD and lots of it! We need volunteers to provide a meal for our faculty members during their professional development day. They will be at school all afternoon and evening attending training sessions. Please join Parent Council in supporting your wonderful, caring, and dedicated teachers and staff by providing a nourishing dish to help sustain them during their long day. Please sign up using the link below, and don’t forget to log your volunteer hours.

Sign up at this link: March Feed the Faculty

  • Drop off your dish in the High School Office by early release pick-up time (12:40 pm).
  • Please have your dish ready to serve in a container and with serving utensils.
  • Be sure to label your container and utensil with your name and number so it can be returned.
  • If applicable, please indicate on your container if your dish is vegan, vegetarian or gluten free.

Instrumental Music Concert – Grades 4-8 – Wed Mar 7

Attention: All families of student’s that have instrumental music classes in grades 4 through 8

There will be a Spring Concert on Wednesday, March 7th to showcase the students work this year.

Wednesday, March 7th

South Mountain Community College Performing Arts Center – 7050 S 24th St, Phoenix, AZ 85042

Call Time – 5pm (Students must arrive at 5pm – All Instrumental Music Students are Required to Attend)

Performance – 6:00-7:30pm

For additional information please contact the Winds Teacher, Mark Alpizar malpizar@desertmarigold.org or Strings Teacher, Meghan Ruel mruel@desertmarigold.org.

Dress for the concert is all black. The boys should plan to wear a nice pair of pants, preferably nicer shoes than tennis shoes, and a black collared shirt (short or long sleeves). The girls can wear black pants, a black skirt or dress – whatever is preferable to them and appropriate for a concert.

Summer Camp 2018

Summer Camp 2018 – Plans are underway for this year’s summer’s camp.

Desert Flowers Summer Camp will be offered to children ages 3 ½ to 7 years of age. Camp will begin the week of June 4th with half day (mornings) and full day options. There will not be camp the week of July 2nd-6th or the week before school resumes. Stay posted for specific rates, dates & registration information.

For more information on fees, go to:https://desertmarigold.org/programs/extracurricular/summer-camp/

Emergency Safety Procedures – DMS Handbook

After the tragedy in Florida on February 14th, some DMS parents and community members have inquired about what DMS emergency protocols are in place to protect students. We have a full Emergency Response Plan and a summary has always been available in the Parent Handbook.

The DMS Parent Handbook is posted on under Community > Parent Resources. The handbook provides the guidelines for our curriculum, student conduct, discipline, policies and operations. Under the operations section is an outline of our Emergency Safety Procedures.

DMS does not release the full Emergency Response Plan to the public, which is typical for many schools, to ensure the safety of the students. Desert Marigold’s complete Emergency Response Plan is available for viewing only in the main office.

Emergency Safety Procedures

Crisis Management – The safety of the students and the security of the campus are of the utmost importance to the teachers and staff. In an emergency, the crisis management protocols in the Emergency Response Plan will be followed with director level staff managing the situation.

Evacuations – Regular fire drills take place to assure students know how to respond and are familiar with evacuation procedures.

Lockdown/Sheltering in Place – Should it become necessary shelter in place due to a natural disaster, severe weather or environmental hazard, or lock down due to a civil disturbance, or other dangerous circumstance beyond our control, these procedures will be followed:

  • All students will shelter in place, or brought into a safe space if outside.
  • If a lockdown, doors and windows will be secured and locked and 911 will be called.
  • Students and staff will remain in their locations until the campus is deemed secure and safe again or predetermined safe escape route(s) are utilized.

Parent Preparation


  • Parents will be notified in emergency situations as soon as it is clear what action is required of parents–first by text blast and then by email with any further detailed instructions—including any alternative pick-up arrangements.
  • If the emergency is of a longer duration, all efforts will be made to provide periodic updates.
  • If no action is needed on the part of parents, the crisis management team will determine what form of reporting is necessary to inform parents.

Although your first reaction would be to call or rush to your child’s school, we request you do the following:

  • Please do not call or come to the school, this only complicates matters from a safety and security standpoint as it may hinder the efforts of emergency responders or police.
  • Do not call your child directly because emergency protocols prohibit cell communications, other than by teachers, for safety reasons.
  • Stay close to your phone and email for updates and instructions.
  • Rely only on official communications from the school or public safety officials.
  • If alternative pickup arrangements are indicated after an evacuation, students will be released ONLY to parents/guardians who are documented as emergency contacts.

Desert Marigold’s complete Emergency Response Plan is available for viewing only in the main office.