Gavilan Peak-Firebirds

January 13, 2023

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Our weekly S'more newsletter will not be published next week. It will return January 27th.

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Monday 1/23-Dress like a rabbit (Year of the Rabbit)

Tuesday 1/24-Dress like your zodiac birthday animal-chart below

Wednesday 1/25-Wear red

Thursday 1/26- Wear gold/yellow

Friday 1/27-School Spirit day-GP gear

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We have 2 vacant crossing guard positions and a monitor position.

Interested applicants may contact Michelle Van Valer at 623-445-7404 to apply for the position.

Calling ALL 8th Grade Parents!!

There are about 6 weeks left before the deadline to place your 8th grade tribute in the yearbook. Please do not put this off if you are planning to do it. We have limited space in the yearbook.

If you have any questions please address them to Gina Brown, the yearbook advisor.

Details below...

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Please's not too late for 2022 tax benefits!

Your school tax credit donations can provide Gavilan Peak students with opportunities to participate in after school and summer programs, field trips, music and athletic programs or any other extracurricular activity.

The Arizona tax credit program (A.R.S. 43-1089.01) allows a tax credit of up to $200 for individuals and up to $400 for married couples, filing jointly, in support of extracurricular activities.

The tax credit reduces your tax burden to the state of Arizona, dollar for dollar.


K-8 Online Donation Link

DROP OFF - At Gavilan Peak's front office (you will receive a receipt for tax records)

Your tax credit goes directly to the school you choose, not to the state or district.

Need more information?

Let the giving continue...Current Donors Choose projects

A Huge Shout-Out!

We would like to thank Upscale Singers of Cave Creek for providing a $400 grant to Ms. Harris for our Spring Musical!

Donations such as this are what make our programs possible. Thank you!

Spring Gifted Testing


This year, Spring Gifted Testing will occur between February 6th and March 3rd. Students in grades Kindergarten, 1st grade, and 3rd-11th grades are eligible to participate in Spring Gifted Testing. Students in grades K-1 will complete the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) via paper/ pencil. Students in grades 3-11 will complete the online version of CogAT. Registration for Spring Gifted Testing is currently available and will remain open through January 20th. (Note: Students in 2nd grade will participate in universal gifted testing and are not eligible to complete Spring Testing.)

Families wishing to have their child participate in Spring Gifted Testing are invited to register online on our DVUSD Gifted Website. Families may request gifted testing in one of three ways:

  • Come to the child’s home school and register at a computer in the school’s front lobby. (Campuses may vary.)
  • Call Gifted Services to register online with support from one of our Gifted Services team members (623-445-5588).
  • Register at home using the link provided.


GP Athletics UPDATE

Come support our Firebirds!

Our athletes love a packed house cheering them on!!!!

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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2023-2024 Registration is open-IN GP boundaries

If you know any new families wanting to come to Gavilan Peak or any incoming Kindergarten students they may now enroll.

2023-2024 Open Enrollment-OUT of GP boundaries

This is only for new families to GP that do not live in the GP boundaries. You do not need to apply for open enrollment each year.

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Help with restocking treats for our staff. Please donate items by dropping off at the front desk or contribute by sending funds via Zelle to and PTO will pick up the supplies.

2022-2023 PTO Board

President: Heather Maldonado

Treasurer: Ericka Zimmerman

Secretary: Tracie Chuang

Social Media Chair: Winne Sarabia

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Happy three-day weekend Firebirds...

Raising a teen (or pre-teen) is challenging. As a parent, we often think we know everything about our children, but as they get older, we may actually need to "get to know" them again. Across the nation, our teen children are struggling with mental health issues and statistics for self-harm and suicide are on the rise. Finding a way to reconnect with our older kids can help improve their mental health and can help parents identify the need for more mental health support. For a parent trying to strengthen the connection with their teen, you'll have to prove that you're willing to stick it out, try new things, and be open-minded. Relationships can't be forced, this process takes time, and requires the development of mutual trust. Even though it may feel like you're the last person on earth that they want to be around, believe it or not your child is still looking to you for support or guidance. In spite of their ever evolving independence, they still need structure and discipline. By developing a sense of equality and maintaining a supportive attitude, you'll foster a closer relationship in no time....

Learn to listen - get to know your teens interests and about their school and social life. Talk about your own life and what your work and social life are like. There's no need to pretend that you have/are experiencing everything your teen is going through, but finding a few things you can relate to with your teen can do wonders for your relationship. If you want to get to know them and what they are about, you need to really listen to what they are saying. Listen to learn and understand, not to respond or react. If they say things you dislike or disagree with, don't immediately shut them down or react harshly, instead ask questions and try to see where they are coming from. Establishing open communication, without your teen feeling the threat of punishment or rejection for things they say, can help your teen open up about whats going on in their lives.

Respect your teens growth - teens still need plenty of parenting but they also need discipline, guidance, and support. When parents tell their kids, "when I was your age, things were much harder than they are for kids today", it invalidates their experiences and struggles. Your teen wants to be treated more like an adult than a child, which means giving them respect for their increasing independence, mastery of more skills, new levels of maturity, and development of their own identity...all while still maintaining a position of authority.

Be sincerely supportive - being sincerely supportive requires a combination of physical and emotional support, and financial support when appropriate. You need to be "present" with your teen if you want them to open up. This doesn't just mean being there for games or recitals, but also "showing up" and paying attention during the hard times. This will prove to your teen that you're not going anywhere and that you wont reject them when they are struggling.

Make time - it may feel like your teen is pushing you away, but they actually crave one on one time with you...just on their terms. Making time to share in your teens interests can be a great way to bond and build connections. Once you learn about their interests and hobbies, take time to make a date with your teen. Let them decide what to do and have them show you the ropes. When teens feel overcrowded or micromanaged, they can feel resentful and start distancing themselves. Learning your teens "love language" can also help you tune into how they show and feel loved. You might think you are showing your teen how much you care by bringing them their favorite drink from the drive-thru, but in reality, giving verbal praise and celebrating your teen passing their math final would mean so much more to them.

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