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Desert Springs Preparatory- October 12, 2021

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October 12, 2021

Dear DSPES Families,

Please see all the important October info below!


We are eager to meet with you during conference week and share your child’s progress. Our conference week will be October 25th- 28th, with times available before school, after school, and one evening (Tuesday, October 26th). As a reminder, we will have early dismissal days on Wednesday, October 27th-Thursday, October 28th. There is no school on Friday, October 29th. Please see a list of all teachers Sign Up Genius Links below.


Our Step It Up fundraiser has been incredible. We can't wait to share the total raised once finalized.

This Friday, October 15th is the BIG FUN Day! Your child will receive prizes from fundraising and ALL students will participate in the event.

We need parent volunteers and are asking for volunteers to stay the whole time for consistency. Please sign up below!

Spirit Wear- Our PTA is transitioning to a new website, which is where you can purchase spirit wear. Check out the site below and start ordering today!


Family Picnic and Fall Festival-

I am so excited for this HUGE, FUN family event. Mark your calendars for Friday, November 5th from 5:30-7:30pm. The event will be outdoors and your children will have a blast! Check out these SignUpGenius Links for how you can volunteer and see the cute flyer below this message.



Open Positions-

I have eight paraeducator positions available AND one 2 hour duty aide (lunch time) position available. You can learn more about jobs by searching Desert Springs at the following site:

https://jobs.pvschools.net/jobs. If you or someone you know is interested in a position, Tracy Lunn, my administrative assistant, is available to help walk you through the application process. You can call her at 602-449-7100.


- All parents and visitors are required to wear a mask on campus. Please keep this in mind with conferences coming up.

-Paper emergency cards were sent home to families who had not yet updated online. Please return that ASAP if you still have it. We are missing 83! Families can update their contacts online as well, HERE.

-Marquee- Our Marquee is currently having issues, so we are unable to update it. The Facilities Department is working on it but I wanted you to know.

Thank you,

Raquel Solano


Curriculum Night Presentation

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Important Dates:

Mondays- 4th Grade Chorus 8am

Tuesdays- 5th Grade Chorus 8am

Wednesdays- 6th Grade Chorus 8am

10/12- PTA Meeting 3:30pm

10/13- Quarter 1 Ends

10/15- Step It Up Event

10/15- 6th Grade vs. Staff Volleyball

10/20-10/21- Book Fair Preview

10/20- Report Cards Go Home

10/20- 10/27- Original Art Works

10/22- 10/27- Book Fair Buy Days

10/25- 10/28- Parent Teacher Conferences

10/25- Hawk and Soaring Assemblies

10/26- Late Night Conference Night

10/27- 10/28- Early Release

10/27- Spirit Day- Wear Orange, Black or Purple shirts

10/28- Spirit Day- Dress Like a Book Character Day

10/29- No School

11/5- Fall Picnic and Fall Festival 5:30-7:30pm

The Original Works Art Fundraiser begins soon! Orders are due Wednesday, October 27.

Money raised is used to purchase ALL art supplies that your students will use throughout the school year in art class. Orders will arrive before winter break and in time for holiday gifts! Student artwork will be returned along with your order. Please make your check out to the DSP PTA. Thank you SO MUCH for supporting the Desert Springs Art Program!

What's Happening Around Campus and PVUSD:

  • Volunteers- We love volunteers on campus! I originally planned on doing some onboarding but realized it is easiest for families for me to give you the information on paper. If you are interested in being a site volunteer, please get the volunteer information and application from the front office. You can also email me or your teacher to put it in your child's folder.
  • Nominate a teacher for the Silver Apple award- a teacher award for excellence from Channel 3. There is a blue copy on the table in the front office. Please fill it out and return to the office.

Structured Dress Code

Structured Dress 2021-2022 School Year

As you plan for this school year, remember that our structured dress code is mandatory. I appreciate your support in keeping the integrity of our structured dress code. It greatly impacts our learning environment in a positive way. Please note the colors listed. These are true colors, not variations.

Student tops should be a polo style shirt in red, pink, white, black, light blue or navy.

Bottoms should be khaki, black or navy.

Our PTA will open up Spirit Wear sales again in August.

Free Breakfast and Lunch for All Students

Breakfast and lunch will continue to be free this school year for ALL students. However, we do still need families to fill out the Free and Reduced Lunch form if it applies. Filling this form out supports funding for our schools. Click the link below to fill out the form.

See the document below to learn more.

Desert Springs Preparatory Elementary School

Principal Raquel Solano

Our Mission:

Desert Springs Preparatory Elementary, in partnership with its families and community, will empower all children in an engaging environment to be innovative thinkers and expert communicators through technology, differentiation and a challenging curriculum.


Our PTA supports our school in so many ways. We are very grateful for your support of our classrooms, events that bring us together, and so much more!

Are you interested in joining our PTA board?

Email the PTA at: desertspringsprep.pta@gmail.com to learn more!

Erin Labie- President

Jennelle Bartlett- Treasurer

Kristin Nelson- Secretary

Open Position- VP of Membership