LS Weekly Update 11.10.2022

VETERANS DAY + STEM + UPCOMING HOLIDAYS + MORE

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HONORING VETERANS + TURKEY TROT + MORE!

Thank you to our everyone who have joined us the past few weeks to celebrate our campus and community. There were very few dry eyes at our Veterans Flagpole and breakfast where we honored our Veterans and First Responders for dedicating their lives to our country in the past and present. Thank you PTO for sponsoring the delicious breakfast, and to our staff and students who helped plan and execute this event. We are honored to take time out of our day to recognize those who serve and we hope everyone felt appreciated!


This next week is going to fly by as students continue to engage in learning and also enjoy some additional fall festivities. Several grade levels have field trips coming up in the next month and we thank all our parent volunteers participating in these memories with our students.


As we look to the last few weeks of November, we are also planning ahead to the final weeks of 2nd quarter and the winter events. Now is an important time to look at PowerSchool with your child to ensure you are aware of their current grades and any missing work.


Below is a list of important dates coming up this week:

  • $1 Hat Day to support Billy's Place & Grief Awareness Month -- Thursday, Nov 17th
  • Kudos Kart Friday - students cash in SPOT ON tickets for treats -- Friday, Nov 18th
  • Turkey Trot & Toy Drive! -- Saturday, Nov 19th @ 8:15AM (trot starts @ 9:00 sharp)
  • Love Our Schools Serve Day -- Saturday, Nov 19th @ 10:00AM


KEEP SCROLLING THIS LETTER for:

  • Gifted Parent Seminar #2
  • Picture Retake Day
  • STEM Update
  • Welcome TSMC Families to LS!!
  • Attendance & Absence Reminders
  • PTO Spirit Gear - 25% off extended thru Nov 17th
  • Legend Springs jobs still open!
  • Yearbooks on sale
  • District Resource Adoptions info
  • And more :)


Thank you for taking a few minutes to read the LS Weekly Update S'more each Friday to stay informed with all campus events and happenings. Be sure to follow our facebook page, Instagram page, Twitter feed, and make sure you join our PTO and follow their page as well.

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TURKEY TROT + TOY DRIVE SATURDAY 11/19!

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Our Annual Turkey Trot and Toy Drive is coming soon! Join us at 8:15AM on Saturday, Nov 19th to trot around the neighborhood before kicking off Thanksgiving Break. Check out the linked flyer above to learn more about raffle prizes, light breakfast, and bringing a toy to donate to Corrinne’s Toy Closet. Click on the highlighted links to learn more about the story behind Corrinne's Closet.

GIFTED PARENT SEMINAR --- THIS WEEK!

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GIFTED PARENT SEMINAR #2

Gifted Parent Seminar

Join DVUSD’s Manager of Gifted & Advanced Academics, Dr. Aimee Sulit, Tuesday, November 15 from 6-7 p.m. at Las Brisas Elementary for the second Gifted Parent Seminar of the school year. Dr. Sulit will discuss key factors impacting learning related to the brain, stress, and mindfulness. Parents will walk away with key strategies to support their child at home. Use this link to register for the seminar online!

Deer Valley Gifted Services offers its signature Bright Beginnings program at three schools -- Canyon Springs, Highland Lakes, and Las Brisas. Deer Valley’s Bright Beginnings program provides hands-on learning opportunities for early childhood learners demonstrating giftedness and high potential. Qualifying students in Pre-K through grade 2 may be placed in a classroom with other children of similar abilities, taught by a gifted endorsed teacher. During their time in Bright Beginnings, students are immersed in a personalized classroom environment where inquiry-based learning is the norm - not the exception. In order to determine if Bright Beginnings Kindergarten is a good fit for your child, call Deer Valley Gifted Services at 623-445-5588 or visit our Bright Beginnings informational website.

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PICTURE RETAKES -- 11/16

Picture Retake Day is Wednesday, November 16. If you missed our fall picture day, or you are not pleased with your child’s photograph, your child can get their photo taken on 11/16/22. More information coming soon.
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THIS JUST IN! STEM UPDATE

Mrs. Reyes was accepted as a fellow to the Arizona STEM Acceleration Project!

ASU's Arizona STEM Acceleration Project (ASAP) is a new initiative transforming how Arizona’s K-12 educators deliver high-quality, hands-on STEM activities to our state’s future leaders.This project focuses on teaming up with educators, professional development organizations and funding partners to build a more collaborative, more imaginative foundation for the development and distribution of STEM resources and training opportunities for educators across the state. Mrs. Reyes was one of 400 teachers accepted to participate in this project! This will be an amazing opportunity for her and our students. The fellowship will not only give Mrs. Reyes opportunities to gain more knowledge in STEM learning and activities but she will get $2000 to use for enhancing and accelerating our students' STEM learning at Legend Springs! Way to go Mrs. Reyes! This is a win for our students, school and our amazing STEM teacher!

NEWS FROM OUR SCHOOL COUNSELOR

Our school counselor, Mrs. Wells, prepares monthly topics to teach all students in K-6 grade classrooms. These lessons align with our EQ mottos and focus on the well-being of our students. The months of November & December will be focused on gratitude. Ask your child what they're learning about gratitude and All Things EQ weekly mottos.
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DO YOU KNOW ABOUT TSMC? WELCOME NEW STUDENTS!

This past week we had the honor of welcoming our first group of students from the TSMC families who have relocated to Arizona from Taiwan. Our LS students did a fantastic job of partnering with their new peers to help them establish routines and get settled into their new school environment. Read below for more information about our TSMC families and the honor to be chosen as a school that stands out for excelling academics and opportunities for all students.


TSMC Info:

As you may be aware, the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is developing a large fabrication facility in North Phoenix (off I-17 & Loop 303) within the boundaries of Deer Valley Unified School District (DVUSD). TSMC will hire hundreds of local staff members and is also bringing employees and their families from their main location in Taiwan. Families began arriving in Arizona this summer and many more will join us this fall.


One of the reasons TSMC chose to locate their new U.S. facility in North Phoenix is because they recognize DVUSD has outstanding schools, teachers, and programs. TSMC families have researched DVUSD and are excited about what our schools offer for their children. In fact, students are already registered at more than 15 different schools across DVUSD.


During this school year, LS expects to welcome approximately 35 students from TSMC families. Prior to arriving in Arizona, these families researched our campus and purposefully chose Legend Springs as the place they want their students to learn and grow. One TSMC chief officer shared with all principals just how impressed the company has been with the rigor, creativity, and experiences our students have in DVUSD.


Our staff have been preparing to welcome our new students and families to the LS community since last year, and continue to engage in professional development to support our students academically, socially, and culturally. The strategies learned to support English Language Learners (ELL) are great for all students! Information is being shared with our current students to help provide background about Taiwan culture and the Mandarin language. You can check out the Culture Presentation here to learn more about these students and talk about this with your child. We know it can be difficult for students to start at a new school, especially in a new country. We want to welcome these students as we would want our own students to be welcomed if they moved to a new country, with a different culture and language.


Each school welcoming these families have set up tours and school visits for families prior to their student’s first day of school. Our administration and ELL team is assisting with the transition by helping with student and family tours, and our 6th grade student leader Welcome Crew has been assigned partner students to assist with the first days transitioning to LS.


If your child is interested in being a buddy for one of our new students or you would like to find a way to assist with the family’s transitions, please do not hesitate to reach out to our school’s front office.


We feel fortunate to have such a welcoming, wonderful school community for these families and look forward to growing our Legend Springs community this year and many more to follow.

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ATTENDANCE & ABSENCE REMINDERS

This time of year we see a significant drop in attendance due to family vacations, family illness or other personal events. We understand the value of family time and also keeping illness away from our school; however, we also want to emphasize the importance of your child(ren) being at school.


If your child is out for personal time (vacation, sports, other) teachers are not required to provide learning content in advance. Students will be expected to make up missing work once they return. Students who are absent have one day per day missed to complete their work.


Please do your best to help your child(ren) get to school on time and remain in school all day. These habits as a child build into strong work habits as an adult :) We all value the saying "work hard play hard", so thank you to all our families doing your part to help our school achieve our attendance goals and keep kids learning on campus each day!

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COME WORK AT LEGEND SPRINGS!

We are looking for amazing people to join our LS team! We have the following positions open that directly impact our students each day:


  • Lunch/Recess Monitor (2 hours)
  • Evening Custodian (6 hours - includes benefits)
  • Certified Special Education teacher (full-time contract - includes benefits)
  • Half-Day AM Band teacher (8:30-11:30AM)

Interested in any of these positions? Apply online at https://www.dvusd.org/Page/290 and join the thousands of people who work for America's Best Midsize Employer according to Forbes 2022!


You can also reach out directly to the front office at jody.rynkiewicz@dvusd.org or call 623-376-4500 for more information.

25% OFF NEW CUSTOM SPIRIT SWAG EXTENDED THRU NOV17

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Don't forget to shop our NEW SPIRIT GEAR STORE! There are so many options that I made an instructional video to be sure you maximize your Leopard Pride! Click here to watch the instructional video. Receive 25% off for the whole month of October by using promo code SPIRIT.

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IMPORTANT DATES IN NOVEMBER

Below is a list of key dates for October & November:

  • 11/10 - 8:45 AM Heroes Celebration Flagpole - Gates open @ 9:00 (breakfast to follow)
  • 11/11 - Veterans Day - NO SCHOOL FRIDAY
  • 11/18 - 2:00 PM PLC Early Release
  • 11/19 - 8:15AM Turkey Trot & Toy Drive 10:00 Serve Our School Day
  • 11/21-25 - NO SCHOOL - THANKSGIVING BREAK



November Recognition Days...

Nov. 8 - Election Day and National Parents as Teachers Day

Nov. 14 - National Young Readers Day

Nov. 16 - National Educational Support Professionals Day

Nov. 17 - National Parental Involvement Day

Nov. 19 - National Family Volunteer Day

Nov. 24 - Thanksgiving

Nov. 25 - National Native American Heritage Day


November Recognition Weeks...

7-11 - School Psychologist Week and 14-18 - American Education Week


November is... National Scholarship Month


Visit the PTO Website for fall family PTO events, PTO meetings, restaurants, & ways to connect with our amazing parent organization. www.legendspringspto.com

Immunizations @ Constitution Elementary School

Constitution Immunization Clinic

Friday, October 21st 2:30 to 5:30 pm

Friday, November 18th 2:30 to 5:30 pm

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DVUSD SOCIAL STUDIES & MUSIC CURRICULUM ADOPTIONS

DVUSD is beginning the process of adopting new curriculum this year. If you would like to be a part of the review team or learn more about this process check out the flyers below for more detail.

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ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL REMINDERS

As a reminder, gates open at 8:30AM. School starts promptly at 8:45AM.


Also-- no students will be released after 3:15PM from the office. If you arrive to pick up your child early to avoid traffic lines you will have to wait until the Kinder release (3:20) or 1st-6th release (3:30) to get your child. This minimizes classroom disruptions and ensures students are completing their full day of learning.

PRIORITY OPEN ENROLLMENT 23-24

Open Enrollment is underway for the 2023– 2024 school year. Through Open Enrollment, your child has the opportunity to attend any school of their choice, if capacity permits. Initial open enrollment applications should be submitted by December 5, 2022.


If you have a child starting school next year (any grade) and have a sibling who currently attends our school on open enrollment, you should also apply by December 5, 2022. Priority will be given to siblings of currently enrolled students if grade level capacity permits. You must apply online at dvusd.org/openenrollment. It is not necessary to reapply for Open Enrollment for currently enrolled students at Legend Springs, only new students wishing to attend.



For those of you with family, friends, or neighbors looking to attend LS next year, it is essential that you submit an application ASAP prior to the the closing of our priority window. In most grades, we typically have to waitlist the majority of students applying after December.


Families will be notified if the application has been approved or denied via email in January 2023. Upon notification, a registration must be completed online within 10 days of receiving the acceptance notification. Otherwise, the student potentially forfeits the approved Open Enrollment and will be removed from the waitlist, needing to reapply if still interested.


If you have any questions, please contact the front office at 623-376-4500.

WHAT HAPPENS ON EARLY RELEASE FRIDAYS?

Early Release Friday

The majority of our Fridays are 2:00PM release days in DVUSD. These days are reserved for our campus Professional Learning Communities and Staff Development for our DVUSD staff. These 90-minute early release days offer teachers and staff the time for collaboration and planning throughout the district in order to enhance the education offered district-wide and offer the best learning experience for our students. These early release Fridays will occur most Fridays, with some exceptions. View the instructional calendar for more information. Visit the start and dismiss page to find out when your child’s school releases during those dates.

LEGEND SPRINGS ELEMENTARY

PreK-6 Elementary school in DVUSD. A+ School of Excellence. STEM, PE, Music & Art specials offered to EVERY STUDENT EVERY WEEK. Check out our website & follow us on social media to stay up-to-date on programs, events, staff info, curriculum and more.

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