WFES Newsletter

October 31st, 2019

Spooktacular Things Are Happening at Wildfire

Spooktacular October at WFES

Awesome Students + Awesome Teachers = Awesome Math Lesson

5th Grade Medical Math

STEP IT UP! Day of Awesome!

Friday, November 8th, is our Day of Awesome to celebrate the end of our school fundraiser STEP IT UP!. We are extremely grateful to all our parents, students, and volunteers who's time, talents, and treasures have helped make this fundraiser a huge success!

Schedule for the Day of Awesome!:

Pre K & Kinder: 9:00 - 9:45

1st & 2nd Grade: 9:45 - 11:00 AM

5th & 6th Grade: 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

3rd & 4th Grade: 12:30 - 1:45 PM

We are in need of volunteers to help manage stations for the Day of Awesome. If you are interested in helping out, click the button below to sign-up.

Early Bird Open Enrollment

If you know anyone who is interested in having their kindergarten* student(s) attend Wildfire Elementary School and be a part of our amazing kindergarten program for the 2020 - 2021 school year, please let them know our Early Bird Open Enrollment deadline is December 2nd**. Encourage them to tour the school and turn in their completed enrollment packet today!

Enrollment Packet

Open Enrollment Application

* 1st - 6th Grade is closed for Open Enrollment for the 2020-2021 School Year

**Enrollment acceptance cannot be guaranteed after this date.

Goodwill Donation Drive

Help Wildfire Elementary School PTO by simply donating your gently used items*.

Bring donations (clothing, shoes, toys, etc.) to the school:

Friday, November 1st – Thursday, November 7th.

Wildfire Elementary School PTO earns money for every pound of donated items.

*We gladly accept: Dishes, Pictures, Frames, Plates, Pots, Pans Bakeware, Stuffed Animals, Figurines, Mugs & Glasses, Home Decor, Lamps, DVDs, Books, VHS, Video Games, Alarm Clocks, Radios, Speakers, Small Kitchen Appliances, Rugs, Purses, Wallets, Backpacks, Ties, Scarves, Belts, Gloves, Hats, Blankets, Sheets, Computers, Tools, Toys, Clothing Shoes, Furniture, Electronics, Sporting Goods, Large Appliances

*Unfortunately we cannot accept: Auto Parts, Building Materials, Tires, Cleaning Products, Flammable Products, Pesticides/Lawn & Garden Products, Paint/Paint Supplies, Televisions, Mattresses, Sofa Beds, Pool Tables

Parent Orientation and Elective Showcase at Explorer Middle School


You are invited to an informative orientation at Explorer Middle School. You will have the opportunity to explore the campus and listen to a variety of teacher presentations about our innovative instructional programs that will be available to your students next year at EXMS. This evening is intended for adults; students will tour the school with their teachers in January.

Date: Tuesday, November 12th

Time: 6:30 - 8:00 PM

Where: Explorer Middle School Cafeteria


Panda Express at Desert Ridge

Thursday, Nov 14th , 2019

All Day - 10am-9:30pm

Must show our flyer or use online promo code 302440

Cold Stone at Desert Ridge


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Take the time off from cooking and stop by Panda Express for a meal any time on November 14th. All items dine in/ take out go towards benefiting Wildfire Elementary School. Afterwards if you are craving a sweet treat? Stop by Cold Stone from 4pm-8pm and they too will donate 20% back if you mention Wildfire Elementary School.

Calling all Junior Heros at WFES!

Our Junior Hero program is underway and we have already had multiple students complete their volunteer hours and help make a positive difference in their community. We are proud of all our Junior Heros and cannot wait for others to join the Junior Hero club!

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 encourages students to think of their community and how they can best serve others.

How Can Your Student Become a Junior Hero?

1) Take the Junior Hero Pledge.
2) Provide required service and log your hours on the provided form.
3) Get a signature from an adult upon completion.
4) Turn the completed sheet into your teacher or into the envelope on the Junior Hero board.
5) You will be recognized and receive a Junior Hero T-shirt and prize.

6) You are now a Junior Hero. Live up to the expectation!

Visit: to learn more

Mr. Schoonover posing with new Junior Hero members

STEAM Program Supplies

As Wildfire Elementary School works towards its goal of implementing a world-class STEAM program, our teachers and students are in need of various supplies. We are always accepting donations for the following items:

Baggies (all sizes) - Balloons (all sizes) - Balls (bouncy, ping pong) - Batteries (all sizes) - Bowls/plates/cups (paper) - Bottle Caps - Bubble Wrap - Buttons - Cardboard Tubes (all kinds) - Clay - Clothes Pins - Coffee Filters - Coffee Stirrers - Corks - Cotton Balls - Cupcake Liners - Dental Floss - Egg Cartons - Felt - Foil - Marbles - Marshmallows - Paper Towels - Pipe Cleaners - Plastic Wrap - Playdough - Popsicle Sticks - Q-Tips - Rubber Bands - Sand Paper - Sponges (new only) - Straws - Tape (all types) - Toothpicks - Twine/String - Velcro - Wax Paper - Yarn

WFES Staff Member of the Month!

4th Grade teacher Ms. Skinner is our WFES Staff Member of the Month!. On a daily basis, she is creative and comes up with different lessons and strategies that are positive and driven toward allowing students to feel successful while also allowing Ms. Skinner to maintain an environment of learning and respect. She is an extremely active staff member at WFES. She attends multiple professional development classes regularly as well as leading committees and PVEA for the building. She is a go-getter when it comes to planning and prepping instruction and activities for the grade level. She is proactive and consistent. Ms. Skinner shows up and gives 100% every single day. Wildfire wouldn't be the same without her!
Ms. Skinner holding up her staff member of the month belt

Factual Information about the Bond and DDA Override Election

On November 5th, the Paradise Valley Unified School District will have a

Bond and District Additional Assistance (DAA) Override on the ballot. Factual information about the Bond and DAA Override can be found at

School Information

School Hours Reminder

School Hours

Kindergarten - 6th Grade: 8:45 AM - 3:15 PM

PreK: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

  • Students are allowed on school grounds at 8:15 AM. There is no supervision prior to that time. Student's in 1st through 6th-grade report to the main playground area and Kindergarten students to the Kindergarten playground.

  • Student are not permitted in the building prior to 8:45 AM, unless permission has been given by the school administration or classroom teacher.

  • Students arriving after 8:45 AM must be checked in by a parent in the front school office.

  • Dismissal time for 2nd - 6th grade is 3:15 PM and Kindergarten and 1st grade is 3:10 PM. We ask that parents make every effort to pick their student up on time.

Attendance Information

Wildfire Elementary School classes start at 8:45 AM. Any student arriving after 8:50 AM will be considered tardy for class.
Please report any student absence to our attendance line: (602) 449-4301. A message can be left on the attendance line 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

Please make every effort to have your student(s) to school on time and limit unnecessary absences.

On the Calendar

Important Upcoming Dates

  • No School: November 1st
  • Goodwill Donation Drive: November 1st - 7th
  • STUGO Treats for the Troops Drive: November 4th - 8th
  • Chorus Rehearsal: November 5th at 8:00 AM
  • STUGO Meeting: November 5th
  • Picture Retake Day: November 6th
  • Honor Veterans Spirit Wear Day: November 8th
  • STEP IT UP! Day of Awesome: November 8th
  • Veterans Day - No School: November 11th
  • Yearbook Club: November 12th at 7:45 AM
  • EXMS Parent Orientation and Electives Showcase: November 12th at 6:30 PM at EXMS
  • Robotics Club Meeting: November 18th at 3:15 PM
  • Disney Spirit Day: November 19th
  • PTO Meeting: November 19th at 6:30 PM
  • Governing Board Meeting: November 21st at 7PM
  • Robotics Meeting: November 25th at 3:15 PM
  • Yearbook Club Meeting: November 26th at 7:45 AM
  • Thanksgiving Break: November 27th - 29th

Wildfire Elementary School Firebirds

The mission of Wildfire Elementary School is to lead students to high achievement and individual excellence in a collaborative learning environment