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Message from the Principal

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From Mr. Doetch!

Welcome Back!!!!

I am incredibly excited about welcoming you to the 2023-2024 school year! I hope every one of you had a wonderful break, and I can’t wait to hear about your vacations, trips, adventures, days of leisure, and exciting adventures. If you are new to our school, my name is Ryan Doetch, and I have been the principal of Diedrichsen for the past year.

Our theme and new slogan is "Better Together." Diedrichsen has a wonderful staff, great students, and a supportive community. When we work together, incredible things happen! Working hard for something we don't care about is called stress. Working hard for something we love is called passion. We are excited to continue this work together as a community because we are "Better Together."

“Feeling Good is the Fuel for Motivation.” There were so many wonderful things that happened to Diedrichsen over the summer that I am excited to share with you.

While you were away, Diedrichsen went through a deep cleaning. We have been decluttering, organizing, and polishing the school. I can’t wait for students and for you to see how clean and organized the building looks.

Over the summer, Diedrichsen was also upgraded with new internet, servers, and wireless. We now have the infostructure to run all our devices without problems. I was also able to get new audio enhancements installed in each classroom. Students will now have access to surround sound to listen to audio, microphones for students to use, and a microphone for the teacher.

I hope you have a fantastic year. You Are My Reason Why!

Mr. Doetch

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School Starts Monday, August 21st.

School starts on Monday, August 14th, for our 1st through 5th graders. Kindergarten begins on Monday, August 21st. We will have staff members posted all over campus with rosters, and students can meet their teachers on the playground. There will be adults with yellow vests who can assist students in finding their classrooms and teachers.

Student Placement

On Friday, August 4th, rosters for student placements were finalized and uploaded into

Infinite Campus Parent Portal for grades 1st through 5th.

Kindergarten teachers will assess students the first week of school (Aug. 14-18). We will then use the data to create balanced classrooms. Teachers will be reaching out with any information you might need.

Meet and Greet

One of our goals this year is to continue building our school and community relationships. All families are invited to meet the Administration, Staff, and tour the school on Friday, August 11th, from 2:00 to 3:00. For parents who cannot make it, our Homecoming is scheduled for Tuesday, September 5th, from 5:30 to 7:30.
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Class Dojo & Communication

This year, we will continue to use Class Dojo as another way to communicate with our families. To register for Class Dojo, please visit

We also have our school website with additional information about the school.


Before and After School Program Returns to Diedrichsen

Starting August 14th, Right at School will offer both before and after-school care to students in kindergarten through fifth grades. You can learn more about the program and registration by going to our website. (

School Pick up & Drop off Locations

There are three areas to drop-off/pick up your child at Diedrichsen Elementary School.

  1. Del Rosa Way (Front of the school)

  2. Blossom View (East side of the building. Next to Mendive.)

  3. Whitewood Dr (Back of the school)

Please remember that the parking lot in front of the school is for buses only. Busses will not enter the parking lot if cars are moving in the lots.

  • Del Rosa Way (Front of the School)- Parents can park their cars and walk their children to the playground.

  • Blossom View Dr. (Kiss & Drop)- Parents can drop off their children on Del Rosa Way. We ask that parents drive forward as much as they can so they do not hold up traffic. *Parents must stay in their cars and may not leave them unattended.

  • Mt. Babcock Dr. (Back of the school)- Parents can park and drop off their children in the back of the school. Please be cautious of students in all of the crosswalks.

  • School police enforce these areas.

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Parent/Student Handbook

We updated the Student/Parent Handbook, which contains essential information about our school. In the handbook, you can learn about policies, school expectations, school rules, school rewards, progressive discipline, and much more.

You can view the handbook by visiting our website.


Front of the Building is Under Construction

Over the summer, a crew found a broken water pipe in front of Diedrichsen, and contractors are working with the District to replace it. This way, we can turn the water back on and bring back the grass in front of the school.

Last year, our partner in education, the Sparks Rotary Club, adopted Diedrichsen Elementary. And in June, they agreed to make the partnership permanent. In June, the Sparks Rotary Club raised enough money to replace the message board in front of the school. Julie’s Sign Company in Sparks will replace the old one and install the new one soon.
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Diedrichsen Completely Closed Wednesday, August 9th, From 8:00 to 12:30.

The Washoe County School District is bringing the entire district together for a kick-off event.

All buildings and departments will be closed on Wednesday, August 9th, from 8:00 to 12:30.

Mrs. Brummer Was Promoted to Assistant Principal at O'Brien Middle School

Mrs. Brummer was selected as the new Assistant Principal at O'Brien Middle School. We are so proud of her, and we are excited for her new position.

Welcome to the Newest Staff Members

Dorothy Kirk ~ Resource Teacher

My name is Dorothy Kirk. I have lived in many places, from California, where I was born and raised, to Georgia, Mississippi, and Italy, where I was stationed for the USAF. I have worked various jobs, as well. From food services to health care agencies to education. I have a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in special education.

Being a resource teacher is a “best of both worlds” situation for me. I get to use my affinity for psychology, and I get to teach and work with children. I could never decide which one I wanted to do more, so I eventually found a way to do both. Working in special education is like the cherry on top.

I have been working with the WCSD for nearly 13 years. I started with the district as a paraprofessional in special education classrooms. I have many great teachers to thank for helping me hone my skills as a teacher – great role models/teachers.

I have many interests. I love music, puzzles, working in my yard, art, and hanging out with my children (ages 23, 27, 31) and my fur baby - a very conversive tabby. I also try to exercise and enjoy yoga and qigong and am trying to get back into a routine (not as easy as it once was).

I have heard such wonderful things about Diedrichsen ES, and I am excited to start the school year here. I look forward to getting to know the staff, students, and families.

Matt Garrison ~ Site Facility Coordinator

My name is Matt Garrison. My family moved to Reno in 1999. I graduated from Sparks High in 2004 and started for the school district in 2005. I started as a custodian, splitting my shift between Dilworth Middle and Sparks High. I then moved to Swope Middle, where I spent the past 14 years, starting as the lead night custodian and moving up to the site facilities coordinator and now here at Diedrichsen.

I have a 15-year-old son named Jay, and my fiancé and I are expecting a baby boy in December.

Lisa Smith ~ Dean of Students (SIP)

Hello Diedrichsen Staff,

My name is Lisa Smith, and I am so excited to be your new SIP Dean! I am looking forward to meeting and getting to know all of you. A quick introduction, my background with the district is in Speech Pathology/Special Education. I have also worked as a literacy specialist in private practice and as a site facilitator for the district. Two years ago, I had the fantastic experience of working with some of your Diedrichsen students and teachers for summer school at Marvin Moss. I told the interview committee, and I want to tell all of you as well that this is my "dream job," and I am so excited to take this journey with you all! See you in August!

Misty Davis ~ Dean of Students

Hi everyone!

I wanted to quickly introduce myself- I’m Misty Davis, I've been with the district for about 16 years in different teaching roles, with the last 4 as the Learning Facilitator at Booth. I am super excited to join this amazing team and be your new Dean of Students! I look forward to meeting each of you and having an amazing year!