Ready or Not... Kinder Here We Come

2022-2023 Kindergarten Information & Readiness Newsletter

Enrolling Now for 2022-2023 Kindergarten

The path to being #Extraordinary begins with an education from Deer Valley Unified School District! Register your child at Inspiration Mountain School for the 2022-2023 school year.

Meet the Inspiration Mountain Knights Kindergarten Team!

The ABC's of Kindergarten

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Sight Words

What are sight words for kindergarten?

Kindergarten sight words are words that a child learns to recognize in their whole form, rather than sounding them out. These words usually appear frequently in texts or are difficult to decode.

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ABC Flashcards

ABC Flash Cards offer children a fun and easy way to learn and practice their alphabet skills.

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Big Kid Book Club

The Deer Valley Unified School District invites your child to join the Big Kid Book Club! Let us help your child cultivate a love for reading – and get ready for kindergarten.

We will periodically send your child a free book in the mail along with helpful advice for parents of 3-5 year olds.

You do not need to live within the Deer Valley Unified School District to participate. All children between the ages of 3-5, who are not yet attending kindergarten, are eligible to join the Big Kid Book Club.

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Immunization Requirements

Immunization Requirements

The State of Arizona has revised the immunization requirements for preschool, kindergarten and first grade children entering school for childcare. In addition to Diphtheria, Pertussis, Tetanus (DPT) and Polio (OPV), Varicella (Chicken Pox) immunizations, youngsters need to complete a second dose of the Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) vaccine and receive at least the first dose in a series of three for Hepatitis B prior to starting school. Children entering Preschool will need Hepatitis A immunizations (there are two needed) and 3-4 Hib vaccines. Children turning 11 years old, regardless of grade, will need to have a Tdap and Meningitis Vaccine.

For information on free immunization clinics, please visit or call the Maricopa County Department of Public Health at 602-506-6900.

Food & Nutrition

We promote wellness to our students and community through nutritious food and education in a safe and welcoming environment. We strive to work towards building a foundation of healthy habits that will last a lifetime.

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Message from the Director of Food & Nutrition

Dear Parent/Guardian:

Thank you for the opportunity to serve your student(s) balanced and nutritious meals. Unfortunately, the U.S.D.A., whom administers the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs, has announced that meals will return to pre-Covid pricing next fall. Meals will no longer be free for all students beginning with the 22/23 academic year.

Deer Valley Unified School District understands that our students and families still face many, many economic challenges. We highly encourage parents/guardians to complete a Free and Reduced Meal Application for their household this summer. Please note that the USDA has not yet released the applications for the 2022/23 academic year. All families that have updated email contacts in PowerSchools will receive notification from DVUSD in July, as soon as the applications are released.

We know your time is valuable. Please note that the few minutes required to complete a meal application can also offer additional opportunities to support and assist your family. Students eligible for free/reduced meals can also qualify for additional benefits – It’s More Than a Meal Application!

Please contact with any questions or concerns.

Wishing you and your students a safe and fun summer.

Joan Chiarello
Director, Food & Nutrition

Inspiration Mountain School

Opening 2022-2023 School Year

Kindergarten - 6th Grade

School Hours: 8:00-2:45