Gavilan Peak-Firebirds

August 12, 2022

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Weekly message from Administration...

Firebird Families,

We have rounded out our first full week and it has been amazing to see our students engaged in learning and grasping our routines and procedures at GP!

Gavilan Peak believes in educating both academically as well as socially and emotionally. This year we are implementing a new program which will incorporate our Mandarin core values, Digital Citizenship lessons based on our constantly growing technological world, as well as social and emotional topics centered around "Dr. P's Way to Be." Students will be introduced to a monthly theme that will then have weekly topics that align with the theme. Our staff will be presenting these topics for conversations and learning to all K-8 students. We believe with these lessons and conversations in school, and followed up with at home this will help foster and support our students to be their best selves and encourage them to Always Bring their A+ game!

Our August monthly theme is: Change & Resilience

Mandarin Core Value: Wisdom

Weekly theme/Dr. P's Way to Be: Be Positive

Next week: Be Mindful of Others

We want to sincerely thank our PTO and Firebird Families that have volunteered their time this week to assist with custodial duties. Many hands truly do make for light work.

Thank you Firebirds for a wonderful week!

Curriculum Night-Save the Date

Mark your calendar for August 25th for our annual Curriculum Night. Look for a detailed schedule coming soon.

This is a great opportunity to learn the outline for the year in your child's classroom, understand behavior and classroom expectations, and the curriculum used for classroom instruction.

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Apply today

If you or someone you know is looking for a job, we are hiring custodians. Full benefits package included. Flexible hours and shifts available.

Apply here

Meet our new GP Staff

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Staff & Student Spirit dress days for the YEAR!

Monday-college/university gear

Tuesday-no assigned theme

Wednesday-sports gear (goes with our "Bring your A+ Game theme")

Thursday-Tie Dye/Hawaiian

Friday-GP Extreme-go all-out, we want to see our campus covered in GP colors, mascot and theme

*Spirit days are optional. All students must adhere to the DVUSD Student Rights & Responsibilities handbook dress code section at all times*

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Welcome back firebird families! Its great to be back at school, but unfortunately that means sharing germs with our friends and classmates. Please remind your student to wash their hands, cover their coughs, and drink lots of water.

The summer monsoons bring lots of wind, which spreads summer allergens throughout the valley. Headaches and stuffy noses are not uncommon during our summer storm months. Have your student blow their nose often to get rid of allergens that may have collected in their noses.

If your student has Asthma, Allergies, Seizures, or some other serious medical condition, please arrange to have rescue medication available in the nurses office in case of emergency.

Students who are not up to date on their vaccines should have received letters from the nurse. Vaccines must be updated by September 1st or those students will not be able to attend school until they are compliant. If you have questions about vaccines please contact the school nurse.

Amber Petculescu RN

Gavilan Peak School Nurse



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Update from the Music Department

CHOIR starting Tuesday, August 16th from 3:00-4:00

Choir will be starting next week! For any 4-6 graders who are interested we will be having choir every week AFTER school on Tuesdays from 3:00-4:00. Come as soon as the bell rings! Anyone and everyone who is interested is welcome to join. You can sign up in my room or just show up on Tuesday. Room 612. Thanks! Mrs. Harris

SPRING MUSICAL!!!!! We will have a Gavilan Peak Musical this year! No acting or singing experience required. Anyone Kindergarten to 8th grade can audition! Everyone who auditions will get in the show. Auditions will be in January and the show will be in March right before Spring Break. More details to follow! Thanks!

Mrs. Harris

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School Breakfast and Lunch Information

The USDA will no longer provide funding for free meals for all students, therefore, DVUSD and Canyon Springs will offer breakfast and lunch for students at the prices listed below. Your children may qualify for free or for reduced-price meals based on the eligibility requirements outlined in the application link below. The reduced-price meals will also be free throughout this school year, as DVUSD has waived the reduced price meal co-pay for both breakfast and lunch.

  • Breakfast- $1.50
  • Lunch- $2.95

Parents can add money to a student’s account in three different ways:

  1. Cash: Students may buy meals with cash or add cash to their account in the cafeteria.
  2. Check: Students may bring a check with their student ID number and current phone number on it to the cafeteria to be added to their account.
  3. Online: Payments can be made at using Visa, MasterCard, or Discover card for a fee of $3.00 per transaction. Parents can also use EZSchoolPay to view student spending and set up low balance reminders at no cost. The EZSchoolPay transaction fee will be waived from now, through September 30, 2022.

Sports Information

Welcome to the start of our Softball and Baseball seasons!

Softball: Tryouts will start on the 15th right after school and will end by 5 pm. The last day of tryouts is the 18th. The roster will be posted by Monday the 22nd. Good luck to everyone!!!

Baseball: We are currently waiting to hear back from potential coaches so the season is still happening as of now. The tryout dates for baseball are delayed until August 22nd and further information will be given next week. Thank you for your patience! If there are any questions please email Thank you!

Note: If paper work is not turned in and approved the athletes WILL NOT be able to tryout.

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Order your 2022-2023 Spirit Wear today! Get your order in before August 26th and your order will be delivered in September, to your child’s classroom. Get ready to rock your GP Spirit on Friday and at special events!

T-shirts are $13, Hoodies are $24

Did you know that your regular grocery shopping trip can help earn funds for Gavilan Peak PTO? You won't lose any of your personal reward earnings! You are earning rewards for yourself and cash for your favorite PTO! Here's how:

1. Visit (Or do it on your app)
2. Select the Explore tab and click Frys Community Rewards
3. Log in to your account
4. Search for the Gavilan Peak PTO or #35780

5. Click Enroll

Stay up to date with PTO happenings and Event:
Would you like to receive PTO updates and reminders via text? Text @8aed479 to 810-10

2022-2023 PTO Board

President: Heather Maldonado

Vice President: Chloe Beadnell

Treasurer: Ericka Zimmerman

Secretary: Tracie Chuang

Social Media Chair: Winne Sarabia

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Last Chance___Chromebook Device Protection Plan

DVUSD is offering an optional device protection plan for families of 4th-8th graders utilizing take home Chromebook devices. Enrollment in the plan is optional with the understanding that if students/parents do not enroll in the protection plan they may carry full liability for the student Chromebook device in the same way they do for other damaged or lost school property, such as textbooks. Directions for enrolling in the optional device protection plan can be found at the link and in the file below.

The fee for this protection plan is $25 per child/per school year. Parents can purchase the protection plan online at

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Attendance Line

Please use the attendance number line to call in ALL student absences prior to the beginning of the school day when possible. In your message, please include the following information:

  • Student First and Last Name (spelling the last name)
  • Student Grade Level
  • Teacher Name
  • Reason for Absence

Attendance Line Phone Number: 623-445-7490

2022-2023 Instructional Calendar