Viper Voice

Week 12 Recap

Spirit Week!

Thank you all for a record-setting night at Bingo last Friday! Our MPR was packed and we had a great time for all 10 rounds. Thanks for coming out and supporting our campus and PTSO, shout out to Neal Stafford for supplying our Blackout Bingo Grand Prize as well!


We have Spirit Week and our Kindergarten Costume Parade next week in addition to fall parties for some grade levels. Student Council is also collection donations for Breast Cancer awareness next Friday where we will have a pink out and any student that donates $1 or more will be able to wear a hat on Friday. All donations will go to "Check for a Lump" for the third year in a row to support their mission. If you would like to make a donation online you may do so through their paypal page. See the flyer below for more details.

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Positive Office Referrals for the Week

Congratulations to these Vipers who were all chosen by their teachers as this week's positive referrals to the office. Thank you for Leading with Kindness and setting the example at SV! Our winners from this week are Kenzie, Ellie, Annaliese, Ella, Devyn, Jayden, Anudeep, Ava, Oliver, Brayden, Abigail, Avery, and Gavin.
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PTSO Update

Bingo Night Success!

Thank you to everyone that came out last Friday to Bingo. We were able to raise over $5,100 in one night! Funds raised at our events help fulfill teacher Donors Choose requests and allows us to pamper our teachers with monthly SIPS trucks and a holiday party in November.


Thank you Neal Stafford for donating our grand prize- an Xbox!

A huge thank you to Lacey Valentine of Happy Valentine Photography for taking pictures at the event. Head over to the Sierra Verde PTSO Facebook page to check out the amazing pictures!


Silent Auction

Registration is Open! The PTSO annual Silent Auction is running from 10/30/2022-11/05/2022 and registration is now open. For each registered bidder, your child will earn a raffle ticket. We are raffling a giant Squishmallow for every grade this year! Have your students reach out to friends and family to sign up. Registering as a bidder is free and does not mean you have to buy something. Your student will be coming home with a flyer that has more details.


Some highlighted auction items:


  • $500 Great Wolf Lodge Gift Card thanks to Shine Dentistry.
  • Signed Phoenix Suns merch and swag!
  • Tickets- Phoenix Rising, Spring Training, Phoenix Zoo, Fiesta Bowl and more!
  • Baskets- Birthday Basket, BBQ basket, Dog basket, Mathnasium basket and more!
  • One of a kind artwork and even a trip to San Diego!


Thank you Bingo Volunteers!!!


A huge thank you to our Bingo Volunteers- Lacey Valentine, Nikki Lengal, Libby Zukowski, Zilin Xie, Sean Ahn, Justine Huh, Lori Pierce, Sandra Avalos and Krista Kelly. From setting up, taking credit card payments and cleaning up after- you helped make the night a success. We appreciate you!

Volunteer of the Week ~Sara Nassef~

Miss Sara started volunteering in my class when her oldest son was in first grade. Their family was new to Sierra Verde and to our country. She has always been so kind and helpful. She takes on any task. She will staple, sort, build, clean, copy, work with students, and so much more. When she is done with what I have given her to do, she always asks if I have more. Even though her children are not in my classroom anymore, she continues to help in my classroom. When we were learning online and volunteers were not able to help in classrooms, she volunteered to do tasks that were helpful electronically. She typed up our first grade sight word books lists 1-10 when we started our new reading program with slightly new high frequency words. She even created it to be easier to copy than our last sight word booklet. She constantly looks for ways to make teachers lives easier. She is amazing! She has even brought back gifts from Egypt. She knows that we teach about ancient Egypt and wanted to share items with me so I could also share with my students. We are blessed to have her as a volunteer and as a friend.

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Calling all Veterans

Sierra Verde is planning our Veterans' Day celebration this year on Thursday, November 10. We are excited honor any Veterans or current active duty military in service to our country. If you have a veteran in your family please fill out this brief survey and send a photograph (headshot preferably) in jpeg format to Steve.Connolly@dvusd.org . We would love to make them apart of our celebration and honor all they have done for this great country. We will also be inviting all of our Veterans to a hero's breakfast and the Veterans Day Assembly on 11/10/22.
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Welcome to SV Mr. Franco

I was born and raised in San Diego California. I have a beautiful wife and 2 year old daughter. I love playing the guitar, drums, and watching sports. I also love Pizza and Tacos! I am excited to work as an interpreter on campus at Sierra Verde this year.

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Middle School Dance Next Friday

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Girls on the Run 2023

Girls on the Run will be back again in 2023! This activity-based, youth development program is for girls in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades and will start on February 7 and end on April 29 with a concluding county-wide 5k fun run. Meetings will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:45 - 5:15 on the Sierra Verde STEAM Academy campus. Our dedicated and well-trained volunteer coaches will be Mrs. O'Berry (SV Substitute Teacher) and Mrs. Swaffard (SV Accounting Clerk). Not familiar with the organization and/or would consider sharing the experience as a coach with your girl? Please see the attached flyers, view the video Girls on the Run - 2022 Annual Video, and visit the Girls on the Run website: gotrmc.org where registration begins on November 1st and ends on November 30th. If you have any questions or would like to coach at SV, please contact Mrs. O'Berry at Linda.OBerrySV@yahoo.com.
Girls on the Run - 2022 Annual Video

Spirit Gear Drive

Our Fall Spirit Gear Drive is underway through November 2. Be sure to get your orders in by visiting Spirit Gear Direct's website. Orders close November 2 for printing.
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A Message from Mrs. O

A big thank you to all students and parents and staff that supported our book fair. This fund raiser will help us buy books for the library. The first books we buy for the library are books recommended by students. Our SV students have already checked out close to 5,000 books this school year. I was so glad to have the help of volunteers during the book fair this year, everything ran smoothly with their help. We always have room for more book fair volunteers.

Priority Open Enrollment 23-24

Open Enrollment is underway for the 2023– 2024 school year. Through Open Enrollment, your child has the opportunity to attend any school of their choice, if capacity permits. If you currently have an 8th grader that will be attending Mountain Ridge High School next year and Mountain Ridge is not your home school, you need to apply for open enrollment by December 05, 2022 for priority consideration. If you have another student starting school next year in any grade and your current student is on open enrollment, you should also apply by December 2022. Priority will be given to siblings of currently enrolled students if grade level capacity permits. You must apply online at dvusd.org/openenrollment. It is not necessary to reapply for Open Enrollment for currently enrolled students at Sierra Verde, only new students wishing to attend.


For those of you with family, friends, or neighbors looking to attend SV next year, it is essential that you get an application ASAP and prior to the the closing of our priority window. In most grades, we typically have to waitlist most students if they apply after December.


Families will be notified if the application has been approved or denied via email in January 2023. Upon notification, a registration must be completed online, no later than 10 days after notification of the decision, or the student potentially forfeits the approved Open Enrollment and may need to reapply.


If you have any questions, please contact the front office at 623-376-4800.

SV New Era Hats Available

We have a new batch of new era hats available for Order on our website. The hats are available in 3 sizes 1. Small/Medium 2. Medium/Large 3. Large/XL . The caps are flex fit which allows them to fit a range of sizes.vThe size guide can be found here, and this is the 39thirty model


There will also be a one size child/youth all black cap available for purchase as well that will fit our youngest Vipers better than the adult 39thirty. Please be sure to order the correct size on our website as we will not have extra hats on hand to exchange sizes.

Middle School Sports

Congratulations to our baseball and softball on another great regular season. We are awaiting the playoff bracket to determine the locations and opponents for the playoffs next week.


Girls and Boys Volleyball Tryouts start on Tuesday, November 1st! Please make sure your child is entered in Register My Athlete and is marked "Ready for Tryouts" BEFORE Monday, Oct. 31st @ 4:00 p.m. At that time the registration WILL BE CLOSED!!! Tryouts will be after school from 3:30 - 5:30. Please check out SV athletics website for more information on tryouts and the game schedule. Good luck Vipers.


Cross Country for 7/8 will start on Monday, November 7th. They ware starting a week after volleyball to give our athletes a chance to tryout for both sports - one at a time! Please have everything entered in Register My Athlete by Friday, November 4th @ 4:00 p.m. At that time the registration WILL BE CLOSED!!! Tryouts will be before school as long as their is daylight to run from 7 - 8. Please check out SV athletics website for more information on tryouts and the game schedule. Good luck Vipers.


If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Cullen (sara.cullen@dvusd.org )


Our 5th/6th graders can join our 5/6 Cross Country Club that will start on Tuesday, November 1st after school. Your child HAS TO be entered in Register My Athlete and be marked "Ready for Tryouts" before BEFORE Monday, Oct. 31st @ 4:00 p.m. This is a club for our younger students who want to learn what it is like to run cross country and get a head start for when they enter 7th/8th grade. The fee for this club is $100. They will run in meets with our Cross Country team, but they will run separately (5/6) after 7/8 athletes run!


If you have any questions about Register My Athlete or paying the fee, please contact Mrs. Cullen or if you have questions about the program, please contact Mrs. O'Berry.

Yearbook Cover Contest

Ms. Mayfield has launched our annual SV Student Cover Contest to design the front and back of our 22-23 yearbook. Check out the details below.
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Stock our Store

Help stock the PBIS Store Rewards Store by purchasing Rewards directly on Amazon. If you purchase from our PBIS Rewards wishlist it will ship directly to campus and our kids can purchase immediately. Stock our store here:

https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2YZ9H9VV492G3?ref_=wl_share


Squishmellows are one of the hottest items in our PBIS Store, if you have any you would like to donate, our kids love to purchase them from PBIS Rewards!

Mindfulness Monday Challenge of the Week

Cleaning is not usually one of those activtiies that people describe as enjoyable. It is usually only enjoyed after it is done. Because of this, cleaning tends to be something we rush through. So this week, let's introduce a new perspective on cleaning: mindful cleaning. What if you were to look at the task as a way to practice mindfulness? Instead of racing through the chores, give yourself time, turn off your phone and other distractions, and focus on cleaning - and nothing else. When you practice mindfulness while cleaning, you not only end up doing a better job, but you learn how to find meaning in the chores you do. You have to clean up anyway, so instead of rushing through, use it as an opportunity to practice mindfulness.


This weeks challenge: As you clean this week, pause with each object in your hand, think about whether it belongs, and make an intentional choice about where it is going to go. Think about how cleaning will help you feel better about yourself, your family, your home, your desk, or whatever space you are in.

Join Team SV

Sierra Verde currently has openings for a full time school nurse, and 2 openings for full time paraprofessionals. Both of these positions include benefits and are available for an immediate start. We are also in need of an additional crossing guard for mornings and afternoons. We are also in need of a Food Service Cook which is 5 hours per day. If you are interested in any position or would like further information please contact Mrs. Jennifer Morales, or stop by the office.

Yearbook Sales Are Open

Our Sierra Verde Yearbook sales are officially open for 22-23! We currently are taking early bird pre-order sales at $35 per yearbook and the price will rise to $50 in January. We do not order any extra copies to sell on hand at the end of the year, so make sure you preorder at our discounted rate.
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Volunteer Training

The next Volunteer Training Class will be held Wednesday October 26th at 5:00 PM in the Media Center.

Office Updates

  • The cut off to sign students out is 15 minutes before dismissal, 3:15 for full days, 1:45 for early release and 11:50 for half days.
  • If you bring your student's lunch to the front office, we have a late lunch table in the cafeteria that all student's will be able to check. Just put their name on their lunch bag and it will be delivered to the cafeteria.
  • If you are calling in your student as absent, please call the attendance line directly so you can leave a message. Our absence line is 623-376-4890
  • Next Friday, 10/28 is a 90 minute early release (2:00 pm) for our staff to participate in their Professional Learning Community Collaborative Teams.

Immunizations @ Constitution Elementary School

Constitution Immunization Clinic

Friday, October 21st 2:30 to 5:30 pm (Today)

Friday, November 18th 2:30 to 5:30 pm

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Social Studies and Music Curriculum Adoptions

DVUSD is beginning the process of adopting new curriculum this year. If you would like to be a part of the review team or learn more about this process check out the flyers below for more detail.

Have a Great Weekend!

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Nationally Accredited STEM Certification

"A" Rated School by Arizona Dept. of Education

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