Gecko Gazette

Desert Sage Elementary Newsletter - November 1, 2021

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Thank You Parents & Guardians

Thank you parents and guardians for attending our fall parent teacher conferences. Our teachers enjoyed sharing the growth your child has made during first quarter, answering questions, and getting to know you. Your participation in these important discussions strengthens the bond between home and school, in turn creating a more stable path for your child's successful educational career.

Remember to stay in contact with your child's teachers outside of conference time. You can always reach out via email or request additional conferences with teachers as needed. Teacher contact information is available on our school website here.

Scholastic Virtual Book Fair is Open

Scholastic Virtual Book Fair

  • Online sales only
  • Book Fair open through Sunday, November 14, 2021
  • Book Fair orders: place your order here or click on the Book Fair picture.

Kindergarten Enrollment for 2022-2023 is OPEN

If your child will be 5 years old by August 31, 2022, you can register them for kindergarten NOW for next school year!

For information about kindergarten programs throughout DVUSD click here.

For 2022-2023 student registration click here.

Fun Run PTO Fundraiser

Our Fun Run donation drive has begun and we are super excited! On November 12th, our students will participate in a Fun Run to help raise money that will go directly to impacting our students' education. We have created a special website just for your student. Just click the link below and type in your student's first name:

Fun Run Student Page <------Click Here

We hope we can count on your generous support. With 100% participation, we will be able to reach our donation goal of $20,000. Visit your student's page to check out our fundraising goals.

Here are some tips for fundraising success:

  • Make your donation NOW, to set a good example for other potential donors to follow. Don't wait until the last minute!
  • SHARE your student's Fun Run page with at least 10 supportive family members or friends.
  • SHARE easily on FACEBOOK, EMAIL, or TEXT! Just click the icons on your student's page!

Chipolte Family Dinner Night

Wednesday, Nov. 3rd, 5-9pm

2470 West Happy Valley Road

Phoenix, AZ

33% of event sales are donated to the school.

Order online for pickup using code QZ3FNKE or mention "Desert Sage" when paying in the restaurant.

Private Event at Desert Sage

This Saturday, November 6th the Desert Sage campus is being used for a private rental event for Knight Swift Rental Company. This means that all of the campus including it's parking lot, green spaces, buildings, and field will be occupied and closed to the neighborhood.

Thank you for your understanding. If you should be interested in renting Desert Sage for any private events you can contact our school secretary, Mrs. Anderson at 623-445-4700.


PLC work in November is focused on data analysis of recent interim assessments for ELA and Math. The analysis will drive the intervention planning and grouping for each grade based on the essential standards with the greatest need for reteaching.

If you would like more information about PLCs, please visit our DVUSD PLC website.

Yearbooks for Sale

2021-2022 school yearbooks are on sale now through February. Order online at Desert Sage yearbooks are $20.

Upcoming Important Dates

  • November 1 - November 12: Fun Run Fundraiser
  • November 1 - November 14: Scholastic Virtual Book Fair
  • Wednesday, November 3: Chipolte Family Dinner Night
  • Friday, November 5: Dismissal at 2:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 11: No School, Veterans' Day
  • Friday, November 12: Fun Run event
  • Friday, November 12: Dismissal at 3:30 p.m.
  • Friday, November 19, Dismissal at 2:00 p.m.
  • November 22 - November 26: No School, Thanksgiving Break

AZ School Tax Credit for Desert Sage

Your school tax credit donations can provide Desert Sage students with opportunities to after school and summer programs, field trips, music and athletic programs or any other extracurricular activity.

  • The Arizona tax credit program (A.R.S. 43-1089.01) allows a tax credit of up to $200 for individuals and up to $400 for married couples, filing jointly, in support of extracurricular activities.
  • The tax credit reduces your tax burden to the state of Arizona, dollar for dollar.
  • This year, AZ tax credit dollars can help us purchase needed capital items as well if donated to the general fund.

Desert Sage Elementary

We are an A school in the Deer Valley Unified District. We educate children pre-k through grade 6 & offer Mandarin Language Immersion. We are the home of the geckos. Kristy M. Gill is the proud principal and Dr. Heidi Hopman is the proud assistant principal.