Quail Run News

February 1, 2022

From the desk of Mrs. Maynard

Hello Quail Run Families!

In January, we celebrated our students are 100 days smarter when we hit our 100th day of school! Check out the monthly video below to see some fun activities from the 100th day.

This morning, our teaching staff met to celebrate the tremendous growth our students made from the beginning of the year to the middle of the year on our district's benchmark assessments. Our data indicates every single grade level has shown growth. Thank you for all you are doing to encourage your students at home. We are all so proud of them.

While still implementing most of our Covid protocols and mitigation strategies, we are also focusing on teaching and learning in the classroom. We have begun resuming some cooperative learning strategies including grouping students together. Classes and grade levels will continue to remain in cohorts so we may accurately contact trace.

Thank you to everyone that participated in our Scholastic Book Fair. Our PTA went above and beyond to make this a successful event for our community. A huge thank you to Ava Martin and Staci Bryant-Liang for their organization and presence during the entire book fair!

Lastly, registration for next year's Kindergarten class is now open. Help us spread the word and share how much you love our school. School tours are available to any interested families on our website and at the link below in this newsletter.

Your Partner in Education,

Marta Maynard

Check out what's happening at Quail Run!

January 2022 at QRES

Spelling Bee Winner

Sixth-grade student DANIELLE GERSTEIN won our Quail Run Spelling Bee.

She moved on to finish 4th in the PV District Spelling Bee out of 34 schools.

She has qualified for the AZ Regionals Spelling Bee!

Please help us congratulate her on this wonderful achievement!

Way to go, Danielle!

Congratulations, Mrs. Fleming!

Every student deserves to be taught by an accomplished teacher. National Board Certification was designed to develop, retain and recognize accomplished teachers and to generate ongoing improvement in schools nationwide. It is the most respected professional certification available in K-12 education.

This month, Mrs. Fleming was presented with her National Board Certification for the second time in English Language Arts/Early Adolescence. This was a renewal of her original certification in 2012. Representatives from our PVSchools Professional Development development visited Quail Run to congratulate her. We are so proud of Mrs. Fleming for receiving this recognition!

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Check out our new mural!

Kimberly Brown and Eloise Rank, Seniors from Shadow Mountain High School, created a beautiful new mural in our cafeteria for our community to enjoy. The desert-inspired mural includes a family of quails and the 10 attributes from the IB learner profile we strive to reach as learners.

This mural was completed as Kimberly and Eloise's NVAA and DAAPS capstone project. As Seniors, we are proud of the mark they have left on our district and school from the many murals they have painted across our district. Thank you for sharing your creativity, time, and talent with us!

To see more of their projects, check out their Instagram @eloiseandkimmies.murals.

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Kids Heart Challenge kicks off on Monday, February 7!

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Dear Families,

The American Heart Association’s Kids Heart Challenge program is kicking off on Monday, February 7th! Your student will learn about heart, brain, and vascular health, and get to meet kids with special hearts!

GUESS WHAT...Students that raise $150+ before our kickoff on Monday, February 7th, will earn the special BONUS GIFT - THE XL CAPTAIN KHC EXPLORER, and you’ll get a special shout-out during our live kickoff presentation!

Here’s how to get started now:

  1. Join Our Online Team: Register online at QUAIL RUN TEAM PAGE or download the FREE Kids Heart Challenge App for Apple or Android
  2. Take the Challenge: Be Active or Be Kind and earn a FREE Road Trip Wristband
  3. Follow FINN’S MISSION in your headquarters to learn Hands-Only CPR, how to spot a stroke F.A.S.T., and how to help spread awareness by connecting to social media.

When you join our school’s online KHC team, you can help our class win the Classroom Challenge! Our goal is to have 100% of our students register online, take the Challenge, and complete Finn’s Mission. If we win, our class will get to COLORBLAST a few surprise individuals in our school! Find out more at our kickoff on February 7th!

Thank you for supporting our school and classroom!

We’re going on a Road Trip! Meet your KHC Explorers and GET STARTED TODAY!

Handicapped Parking Spots

As a reminder, please do not park in the handicapped parking spots in our parking lot unless you meet the requirements to park there. Please follow these guidelines as you would in any public parking lot. This includes when dropping off and picking up Quail Club students before and after regular school hours. Thank you for your cooperation!

Tax Credit Donations - through April 15, 2022

Here is how you can support Quail Run by making a contribution to receive an Arizona public education tax credit. You can get a tax credit of up to $200 for an individual or $400 per married couple. Beginning in 2016, credit eligible fees paid and contributions made to a public school from January 1 through April 15 of the calendar year may be used as a tax credit on the current OR prior year's tax return. For example, qualifying contributions made to a public school from January 1, 2022 to April 15, 2022 may be used as a tax credit on either your 2020 or 2021 Arizona income tax return. (Pub 707 AZDOR). Click here to make your tax credit donation online. Please reach out to family and friends and ask them to designate their tax credit donations to Quail Run.This is money they will get back in their taxes and will greatly benefit our students.

Your donations help fund our before and after school classes, so please donate so we can keep prices low and provide a variety of clubs for all students!!!

Unplug & Play Weekend is Feb. 4-6

We are encouraging students and families to spend the weekend of February 4, 5, and 6 away from electronics and coursework. We hope you use this time to unwind, relax, reflect, get outdoors, and/or spend closer time with members of your household.

To support this effort, we are having a homework-free weekend. Tests will not be scheduled for Monday, Feb. 7, and our staff members are encouraged to unplug from work-related responsibilities.

The Unplug and Play Weekend lands in the middle of the weeklong PVSchools 5K Community Virtual Fun Run. We invite you to participate in the annual Fun Run if you feel so inclined.

View Fun Run Event Details

Other suggested activities for this Unplug and Play Weekend:

  • Engage in indoor and/or outdoor craft activities.

  • Have a family game day.

  • Visit a local park.

  • Go on a walk through your neighborhood and beyond.

  • Prepare, cook, and enjoy some new recipes or favorite snacks and meals.

  • Take a long ride in the car and see some sights.

  • Go for a hike in nature.

  • Build an indoor fort.

  • Plant flowers or create a garden.

Important Links

School Tours for Prospective Families

School tours for next year will be beginning this month. Open Enrollment for our school is now also open! If you know a family interested in joining our community, please direct them to our website where they can sign up for a tour with Mrs. Rubey.

IB Parent Corner

This month we're going to share information on Exhibition, the culminating, collaborative experience at PYP schools.

Exhibition at Quail Run:

  • Allows children to display all aspects of Learner Profile
  • Features collective, collaborative energies & talents of all 6th graders
  • Is an opportunity to show understanding of & take action regarding a topic/issue
  • Follows the inquiry process with students expected to take ownership & responsibility for own learning and outcomes

Our sixth-grade students will create a central idea as a whole grade level, taking into consideration where their individual passions may fit into that idea. They will be given several opportunities to consider topics of interest before choosing a final idea.

After Spring Break, students will individually research all aspects of their topic, becoming experts. In April, students will take action regarding their chosen topic. Action takes a variety of formats - individual or small group. Children may write letters, create presentations to teach others, collect donations, visit a place related to their topic, or do something else based on their research.(More about action in another article)

Creating final presentations is the next step of our exhibition process and allows students to show their learning to the entire school community. We invite you to check the school calendar for more information about how we'll share our presentations.

If you have any questions regarding our IB program, please contact Mrs. Rubey, IB coordinator drubey@pvschools.net

Karate Classes Fundraiser

Quail Run loves Karate Bill! He was on our campus and saw every student during special area time on Friday, January 28.

He is supporting our school with the fundraiser below. It is a great way to support our school while learning martial arts and building social-emotional skills.

Please note that the class meets on our campus on the dates noted below.

The class on Tuesday, February 15 will be from 12:35 - 1:05 due to our Early Release scheduled for that day.

Click here to register.

Spring Enrichment Opportunities

The Community Education Spring Catalog is available and registration is open. Be sure to secure your spot early as classes fill quickly. https://www.pvschools.net/community-education/enrichment

Become a Junior Hero!!!

Congratulations go out to the 61 students that have already become a Junior Hero this year! Keep doing amazing things to make an impact on our community.

Junior Hero is back at Quail Run! Junior Hero is a program that makes it fun for students, parents, and teachers to serve their community and those around them. All heroes receive a t-shirt and a prize!

Steps to become a Junior Hero:

1) Take the Junior Hero Pledge.

2) Help your community through service and log your required hours (see below) on this sheet.

3) Get a signature from an adult upon completion.

4) Turn this completed sheet into your teacher before the end of the school year.

5) You will be recognized by Mrs. Maynard & Mrs. Raymond and receive a Junior Hero t-shirt and prize.

Required Service Hours

Kindergarten: 3 Hours

1st Grade: 4 Hours

2nd Grade: 5 Hours

3rd Grade: 6 Hours

4th Grade: 7 Hours

5th Grade: 8 Hours

6th Grade: 9 Hours

Adults: 7 Hours

Junior Hero is a non-profit 501(c)3 that makes it fun for students, parents, and teachers to serve their community and those around them. The program is 100% volunteer-run and no volunteers receive pay at any level.

Thank you to our Voters!

We want to take this opportunity and thank you and all PVSchools' voters for continuing to support student excellence by passing our bonds and overrides! Bonds have been able to keep our schools in top-notch condition and help to maintain a safe and secure learning environment. These projects and annual maintenance would not be possible without the generous support of our community. Here at Quail Run Elementary School, voter-approved bonds have made the following possible within the last five years:

  • Installation of solar panels
  • New parking lot
  • Restroom renovations
  • Fire/Security improvements, inspections, and permitting
  • ADA compliance accessibility upgrades
  • New swing set
  • New paving/resurfacing of sidewalks and outside areas
  • New paint flooring
  • New intercom system
  • New fire alarm with voice activation
  • Generator and heat pump upgrades
  • HVAC upgrades
  • New handwashing sinks
  • New water bottle filling stations
  • Gas and maintenance for student transportation

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Covid-19 Vaccine Event at North Canyon High School

Maricopa County Public Health has partnered with PVSchools in order to offer free COVID-19 vaccines to the community. Pfizer vaccines will be available to individuals 5 years old and older. Moderna vaccines will be available to people 18 years or older. Booster and third doses will be available.

Limited flu shots will also be available.

No appointment is required ahead of time. Call 602-506-6767 with any questions.

See the flyer for this event.

Evento de vacunación COVID-19.

Quail Run PTA

Hello Quail Run Families! We have many fun activities happening at Quail Run this month. Here are some dates to note for the upcoming activities. More information will be coming home with students this week!

Upcoming Activities from your PTA:

February 4: Spirit Day! The class wearing the most QR shirts wins a prize!
February 10: Valentine Gram order forms due for Valentine's Day (delivered on 2/14)
February 10-11: Jamba Juice for Field Day, (preorder by 2/7) cost is $3 or $5, cash or checks made out to Quail Run PTA

February 18: Spirit $1 day: Character Day - Dress up as your favorite book character!
February 22: Restaurant night at Panda Express Desert Ridge

To keep up to date and get involved, please follow Quail Run PTA on Facebook!

Sandra Cantu

Quail Run PTA President


Fry's Food Community Rewards

Do you shop at Fry's Food? You can link your Fry's VIP card to Quail Run PTA and effortlessly earn money for our school simply by doing your normal shopping. Signup once and the school will reap the benefits all year!


AmazonSmile is a simple way for you to support Quail Run Elementary every time you shop, at no cost to you. AmazonSmile is available at smile.amazon.com on your web browser and can be activated in the Amazon Shopping app for iOS and Android phones.

On your first visit to smile.amazon.com, you will be prompted to select a charitable organization. Select Wildfire Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization Quail Run PTA (make sure it is the one that says Phoenix, AZ. There is also a QR in CA! Every time you shop on Amazon simply start at smile.amazon.com and the school earns 0.5% of every purchase. It's that easy to make a difference! Ask your friends, family, and co-workers to participate too! As always, Thank you for your support!

United Parent Council

Looking to get more involved in your child’s education? Want to be among the first to know what is happening in the district? If so, I encourage you to attend United Parent Council meetings. Paradise Valley United Parent Council is a district-wide parent group that has been active in Paradise Valley Unified School District for more than 30 years and is a 501(c)(3) organization. Looking out for the interest of students is their primary goal. They do this by offering parents support, information, and opportunities to be influential voices in the decisions that affect their children's education. UPC meetings are held on the third Wednesday of the month in the District Administration Center East/West Conference Rooms on the grounds of the PVUSD complex at 15002 North 32nd Street. Visitors are always welcome. Click here to visit their website for information on this month’s meeting.

Have you completed your Annual Update?

We still have about 100 families that need to complete their annual update! Every parent/guardian must update emergency contact annually through our Infinite Campus portal. If you have not yet completed this, please visit this page for information on how to complete your annual update.

School Reminders

  • If you need to relay a message to your student during school hours, you can call the office or leave a message directly on our Voicelink account at (602) 449-5465. The office staff will NOT transfer calls to classrooms, as this will interrupt important instructional time.

  • There is no lost and found at school this year. Please clearly label your child´s items. Keep this in mind as the weather cools off and we start to wear jackets to school.

  • If your child forgets their lunch, you may bring it to the front office before 10:00 am. After that time, your child will be given a school lunch. School lunches are free for the duration of this school year. Outside food (McDonald´s, Subway, etc.) is not allowed.

  • Be sure to communicate end of day arrangements with your student in the morning, prior to coming to school. We want to ensure all students get home safely. If there are any changes in how students get home, please notify the office and the teacher.

  • School hours are from 8:45 am -3:15 pm. If you are picking up a student early, please be aware that every minute counts and minutes missed accumulate throughout the school year. Also, be aware that students cannot be called to the office early for an appointment. Students will be called from class at the time you arrive to check them out.

  • Birthday treats must be store-bought and individually wrapped such as Little Debbie´s treats, rice krispies treats, single bags of cookies, etc.

  • You will need your ID every time you pick up students prior to dismissal.

  • Your student will not be released if the person picking her/him up is not on the contact list. If you need to add a friend or family member to the contact list you will need to go to Infinite Campus to update Emergency Contact information through your annual update.

  • You can check your child's grades by downloading the Infinite Campus app or logging on online. Click here for directions.

Calendar of Upcoming Events

  • Feb. 4: School Spirit Day (QR shirt day!)
  • Feb. 4-6: PVSchools Unplug & Play Weekend
  • Feb. 7: Kids Heart Challenge Kickoff
  • Feb. 7: Jamba Juice preorders due for 2/10-11 Field Day
  • Feb. 10: K-2 Field Day
  • Feb. 10: Valentine Gram order forms due
  • Feb. 10: PVSchools Governing Board Meeting at 7:00 pm
  • Feb. 11: 3-6 Field Day
  • Feb. 15: Early Release Day at 12:30 pm
  • Feb. 17: 6th Grade Exhibition Kickoff
  • Feb. 18: Spirit $1 day: Character Day: Dress up as your favorite book character!
  • Feb. 21: No School, Presidents' Day Recess
  • Feb. 22: School Council Meeting at 3:30 pm
  • Feb. 22: Restaraunt Night at Panda Express Desert Ridge, 4-9:00 pm
  • Feb. 25: 3rd Grade Field Trip to Phoenix Zoo
  • Mar. 3: Choir Trip to Paradise Valley High School
  • Mar. 5: Spring Carnival, 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
  • Mar. 8: District Field Day at 9:00 am - 1:00 pm (for qualifying students)
  • Mar. 10: PTA Meeting at 3:30 pm
  • Mar. 10: PVSchools Governing Board Meeting at 7:00 pm
  • Mar. 11: Kindergarten Puppet Show (on-campus)
  • Mar. 14 - 18: No School, PVSchools Spring Break
  • Mar. 29: School Council Meeting at 3:30 pm

Enroll at Quail Run

If you or anyone you know needs to enroll a student for the 2021-2022 school year, please know we are still accepting enrollments.

If Quail Run Elementary School is your home school, click here to enroll for the 2021-2022 school year.

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, 2021.

You will also be required to complete an Annual Update on Infinite Campus. Please visit the PV Assist website for links and more information.

How to Open Enroll for the 2021-2022 School Year

Open enrollment enables Arizona students to attend public schools outside their district attendance areas or outside their district of residence. It is open to all Arizona-based students.

Click here to access the online open enrollment form.

Important Phone Numbers

Attendance Line: 602-449-4401

Nurse Celeste: 602-449-4403

School Cafeteria: 602-449-4407

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