WFES Newsletter

May 15th, 2020

End of the Year Celebrations!!!!!

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6th-Grade Clap Out

The time has come to celebrate the many accomplishments of our 6th-grade students. Join us on May 21, 2020, at 9:00 AM to "Clap Out" the students and families that made this year one of the best! We will line both sides of the bus lane, staying socially distant, wear a mask if you wish, or don't, whatever you feel comfortable with. The families will drive, bike, walk etc. through the bus lane as we clap out the students and spread cheer for all they have accomplished and done. We love our sixth-grade students and will miss them greatly!


  • Parade participants, please enter the bus lane via the Cashman entrance on the north side of the school and exit via the exit along Lockwood Dr.
  • Students and parents will drive through the bus lane
  • Spectators, please park in front of the school and walk around back to the bus lane
  • Please respect social distancing guidelines

Kindergarten Graduation Parade

While our kindergarten students' first year of school may not have ended the way we had hoped, we are still going to celebrate them in style. On May 21st, 2020, at 10:30 am, join us for our kindergarten parade as we congratulate our students on the completion of their first year of school. The students will parade through our bus lane and wave goodbye kindergarten and hello to 1st-grade as their teachers and families cheer them on. Please wear any PPE that makes you feel comfortable.


  • Parade participants, please enter the bus lane via the Cashman entrance on the north side of the school and exit via the exit along Lockwood Dr.
  • Students and parents will drive through the bus lane
  • Spectators, please park in front of the school and walk around back to the bus lane
  • Please respect social distancing guidelines
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Help Us Celebrate You!

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Sky Crossing Route - 9:00 AM

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Tatum Highlands - 9:45 AM

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Aviano - 10:15 AM

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End of the Year Information

News from the Nurse

Hello Wildfire Families!


What an unusual end to the school year and I hope that you are all doing well.


Even though district nurses have not been seeing and caring for your children in person, we have been busy behind the scenes caring for them by attending nurse webinars and meetings, performing our typical end-of-the year responsibilities, updating all of the district medical protocols to reflect best medical practices, and updating medical forms. We are also staying abreast of COVID-19 developments and working to ensure health safety when we return.


On a personal note, I was married over spring break before everything started shutting down and I am now Royce Hirsh! Please note that my new email is rhirsh@pvlearners.net.


Now for a few health reminders:


Immunizations:

Now, more than ever, we can see the importance of immunizations and protecting ourselves and our children. Returning students needing immunization(s) for compliance purposes must provide proof of immunization prior to or on Wednesday, August 5, 2020 (the first day of school). In accordance with AZ state law and PV District guidelines, students not in compliance on the first day of school will be allowed to attend but will be excluded beginning the second day until proof is received.


Please note that:

  1. Tdap and Meningococcal immunizations are due at age 11. If your child has turned 11 years old and has not yet received these immunizations, or will be turning 11 years old over the summer, he/she will need them before the first day of school. I know that many doctors’ offices may have restricted hours now but as soon as you are able to get an appointment, please do so. You can email proof of immunization to me, have your doctor fax a copy to me at (602) 449-4305, or bring to school.


  1. If you received a previous notice or email from me regarding any other immunizations, for example Hep B or Polio, those immunizations are due asap.

Chronic Conditions

If your child has a chronic health condition (life-threatening allergy, asthma, diabetes, seizure) and will need specific care or medications while at school, please be sure to see me when we return to school so you may complete the necessary forms and drop of any medications. These forms must be completed annually. I cannot yet forward the forms to you as they are all being revised/updated. Please check back with me closer to the first day of school if you would like to “get a jump” on completing the forms. I will be happy to email them to you and I will also post them on my website as soon as I can.


Over-the-Counter Medications

I will continue to offer ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil), acetaminophen (Tylenol), Benadryl, and cough drops; however, you must annually sign an over-the-counter medication consent form.


If you have any questions about any of the above, please don’t hesitate to contact me.


Looking forward to seeing everyone when we return to school! Stay healthy, stay safe, and if your child develops any new medical issues over the summer, please be sure to inform me.


Nurse Royce

Royce Hirsh, BSN, RN

(602) 449-4303 phone

(602) 449-4305 fax

rhirsh@pvlearners.net

Yearbook Update/Spring Picture FAQs

Lifetouch Picture FAQs & Answers

Lifetouch has been the Wildfire photography and yearbook partner for several years and we are grateful for all their efforts to support us during the school closure. We have worked together with them to provide Wildfire families answers to frequently asked questions on the following topics:


Class Group Pictures & 6th Grade Graduation Picture

  • Class Group Picture Day was on January 16, 2020
  • Wildfire received all the ordered class group pictures and distributed to teachers to go home before the closure began on 3/13/2020
  • If you ordered a group picture and didn't receive it by 3/13, please contact Lifetouch customer Service using the information at the bottom
  • If you would like to order any of these class pictures you can also place a new order by contacting Lifetouch Customer Service


Kindergarten Cap & Gown Culmination Pictures

  • These pictures were taken on March 5, 2020
  • Based on the impact of COVID-19 closures to the Lifetouch printing facilities, we are not expecting to receive these before school ends on 5/21/20
  • Once a receiving date is determined, a distribution plan will be made and communicated to Kinder families


Spring Individual Pictures

  • These pictures were taken of all students on March 11, 2020
  • These photographs are not pre-paid picture orders and would have been distributed for review and purchase consideration sometime after Spring break
  • If you are interested in viewing your child's Spring picture proof or placing an order, please call Lifetouch Customer Service and they will help locate your access credentials/view your child's photo and/or place an order

2019-20 Yearbook

  • Our yearbook team of students, teachers and dedicated parent volunteers, once again worked throughout the year to gather and assemble this year's yearbook
  • Unfortunately - like the Kinder photos referenced above - due to the impact of COVID-19 closures to the Lifetouch printing facilities, we are not expecting to receive the yearbooks before school ends on 5/21/20
  • Once a receiving date is determined, a distribution plan will be made and communicated to Wildfire families
  • If you would like to confirm your yearbook order, email Mrs. Schlinglof (one of our yearbook team advisors) at kschlinglof@pvschools.net
  • 2019-2020 Wildfire Yearbook - There are a limited number of extra yearbooks available to purchase for $40 at the following link: https://wildfirepto.membershiptoolkit.com/packet/14978596. Due to COVID-19 related factory shutdowns, yearbook delivery to the school has been delayed. A Distribution Date during the summer will be announced once it is known. Thanks for your understanding.


How to Connect with Lifetouch:

www.mylifetouch.com

Via Live Chat (accessible from their site)

Via Phone 1-800-736-4753

Hours Monday–Friday 8 a.m.– 8 p.m., EST


Thank you Wildfire students and families for your continued patience, flexibility, and support.

Staffing Updates for the 2020 - 2021 School Year

We will have several new faces on our staff next year and will be saying goodbye to some fabulous educators and staff members at the end of this year. We will also have a few staff members moving to different grade levels or new roles within the building. To view the entire staff roster and assignments for next year, click the button below. To meet our new teachers and say goodbye to those leaving, continue reading below.

Class Rosters and Move-Up Day for the 2020-2021 School

We had originally planned to hold our move-up day and release class rosters on the last day of school, however, the release of class rosters is going to have to be delayed for a future date. This is due to the school being unable to administer gifted, special education, and other evaluations prior to the end of the school year. The results of these tests and evaluations are a pivotal part of our placement process and without this information, we are unable to build balanced class rosters. We don't want to release class rosters and then have to make adjustments and re-release new rosters. We feel that would be unfair to those students whos placements would be changed.


When the school is informed by the district about when we are able to proceed with our testing and evaluations we will be able to set a class roster release date and that will be communicated with the community. We greatly appreciate everyone's understanding.

Field Trip Reimbursement Information

Questions about field trip and other student activities reimbursements due to the school closers can be found by visiting the PVSchool Covid-19 webpage at the following address: https://www.pvschools.net/about/emergency-preparedness/school-closure-refunds

Student Personal Item Collection

If you were unable to collect your students' personal belongings during our scheduled pick-up times, items will be outside in the front of the building during the 6th-grade clap out and kindergarten parade on May 21st (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM) and can be picked up without arranging a separate date and time.

Checked Out Library Books?

Checked out library books can be dropped off at the school at any time by placing them in the boxes outside the front office. These can also be turned if you are needing to pick-up student items from the school.

Checked-Out Chromebook Update

In order to help with ongoing learning, students staying in the district will be able to keep their computer devices over the summer. The district is currently developing a process and schedule to collect devices from students who are leaving the district (e.g. graduating seniors, moving, switching schools) and will share the information when details are finalized. Information regarding summer enrichment opportunities will be shared by the district in the next two weeks.

Enrollment Information

How to Enroll at WFES for the 2020-2021 School Year During the School Closure

Despite the school closures, we are still accepting enrollments for the 2020-2021 school year.


If Wildfire Elementary School is your home school, download the PVSchools Student Registration Form, and email the completed forms and other required documents to jeolsen@pvschools.net.

Required Documents for Enrollment

  • A certified copy of your child's birth certificate
  • Your child's immunization records
  • Proof of Arizona residency (e.g., utility bill, house payment, lease/purchase agreement)
  • IEP/504 forms (if applicable)

Please note, to register for kindergarten, your student must be 5 years old PRIOR to September 1st, 2020.

You will also be required to fill in a Student Emergency Card upon registration.

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