Gavilan Peak-Firebirds

March 10, 2023

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Spring Break-March 13-17, NO SCHOOL

Please have a safe and enjoyable Spring Break! We will see you back on March 20th for our final quarter of the 2022-2023 school year!
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Mark Your Calendars...

Students in grades 3-8 will be taking the Arizona Academic Standards Assessment in April. It is very important that students arrive to school on time and are present for the duration of each testing session.

Please make note of the following all day testing dates:

April 5th (grades 5 and 8 ONLY AzScience)

April 10 (grades 3-8 Writing)

April 11-14 (grades 3-8 ELA & Math, parts 1 &2)

April 17th (3rd grade-Oral Reading Fluency)

*Makeup days are scheduled as needed to ensure 100% testing*

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Book Fair Wrap-Up...

We had $7750 in sales

We collected over $98 for the All for Books Charity (which also allows GP to receive $ for $ as well)

We earned over $3700 in Scholastic Dollars for the Library plus an additional $742 for having a second fair

Parents, Students and Staff donated 52 books to Phoenix Children's Hospital

Teacher's received 62 books from Parents, Students and Book Fair

Library received 23 books from Parents, Students and Book Fair

Huge SHOUT out to Meredith P. for helping Ms. Para Co-chair the book fair, Tracie C. for helping with set-up & Joy M. for helping with tear down. We also had many student volunteers including a former student Hannah K. from BC.

Student volunteers from GP include:

Maizy H

Addie & Zoe C

Mila P

Krista F

Ryland P

Danni S

Livia P

Vienna C

Emma W

Mark R

Rowan & Isla S

Marisa V

Isla B

Sorry if I missed anyone, just know your help was greatly appreciated.

THANK YOU ALL for making the Spring Book Fair a huge success. You not only helped the GP Library, you went the extra mile to spread more love and generosity to PCH so many children can benefit from our fair. Thanks to Mrs. Witmer for creating the donation idea for PCH and Nurse Amber for delivering the books to PCH hospital.

Hope we see you again this fall for the next Book Fair!

GP Annual STEAM Night

Thursday, March 30th, 5-7pm

Memorial Drive

New River, AZ

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Field Day Success!

GP Athletics UPDATE

Upcoming Sports Information...

This year we are offering a grade level spotlight where the student AND their family receive free admission at designated games:(grades and dates listed below)






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- PTO Chair Position available

- Parent Meeting

Get Involved. Join the PTO Board on Thursday, March 23rd at 6:30pm on ZOOM to learn more:

2022-2023 PTO Board

President: Heather Maldonado

Treasurer: Ericka Zimmerman

Secretary: Tracie Chuang

Social Media Chair: Winne Sarabia

Save the Date!

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DVUSD Job Fair-Save the Date

Saturday, April 1, 2023


20402 N. 15th Avenue

Phoenix, AZ 85027


Apply for all positions at

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Happy Friday Firebirds!

Here is Part 2 of common childhood illnesses....

Impetigo - a bacterial skin infection that is caused by group A Streptococcus and Staphylococcus aureus. Signs and symptoms include skin sores that may have a honey-colored, gummy, crusty or blister-like appearance. They are itchy, and most often around the nose and mouth, or on the bottom. Impetigo is contagious as long as sores are present or until treated with oral antibiotics for at least 24 hours. Transmission can occur by direct contact with the sores, drainage, contaminated hands, or contaminated surfaces. To reduce the chances of spreading impetigo, cover sores with a bandage and refer to a health care provider for diagnosis and treatment.

Pink Eye (contagious conjunctivitis) – caused by viruses, bacteria, allergens, irritants, fungi, amoebas, parasites, or foreign bodies. Signs and symptoms include watery eyes, itching, pain, or irritation, redness of the white part of the eye and/or the lining of the eyelids, swelling of the eyelids, sensitivity to light, crusting of the eyelid or eyelashes, and a pus-like discharge may occur. Some forms of pink eye are contagious, depending on the cause. See your doctor or eye care professional to help determine the source. Contagious pink eye is transmissible from the onset of signs and symptoms, and while the eye is still red and draining. Spread through contact with the discharge from the eyes, either directly, through contaminated hands, or items soiled with discharge. Treatment will depend on the type of pink eye but usually consists of some form of eye drops.

Hand, foot, and mouth disease – caused by a strain of enterovirus, common in children, but anyone can get it. HFM is not usually serious but it is very contagious and spreads quickly. Spread through person to person contact, respiratory droplets and secretions, fecal matter, fluid from blisters or scabs, and contact with contaminated surfaces or objects. Common symptoms are fever, sore throat, sores in the mouth, and rash on palms of hands and soles of feet. There is no treatment for HFM, only supportive care for symptoms which may include pain/fever reducers and making sure to drinking plenty of fluids. See the doctor if symptoms don’t improve within 10 days, your child is unable to drink enough fluids, or symptoms become severe.

Meningitis – a swelling of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord. A bacterial or viral infection of the fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord is usually the cause. However, injuries, cancer, certain drugs, and other types of infections also can cause meningitis. Having meningitis doesn’t always mean you have meningococcal disease, and having meningococcal disease doesn’t necessarily mean you have meningitis. Some forms of meningitis are contagious, spread by direct contact with bodily fluids and secretions, droplets in the air, or on surfaces. Very important to see a doctor to diagnose the type of meningitis in order to guide treatment.

Be Happy & Be healthy Firebirds!

Amber Petculescu RN

Gavilan Peak School Nurse


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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