LS Weekly Update 9.16.2022

Barros Pizza Night + Gov Board Forum + Donors Choose + More

2 weeks left for quarter 1!

Learning is in full swing at LS! By now our students are well into first quarter content, engaging in new learning each day. Our staff continue to celebrate the positive behavior and endurance of our students, and we thank you parents for your daily support for learning!

As a reminder, the last day of first quarter is Friday, Sept. 30th, which is when all grades are finalized. Be sure you check individual teacher or grade level team emails with information about final dates for collecting work or assessments, as well as Parent Teacher Conference sign-ups! Parent Teacher Conferences are October 3rd-7th.

PTO will be hosting their meetings the last Wednesday of each month. This month they will also sponsor a Family Board Game Night after the meeting. See PTO page for more details! They are also sponsoring Barro's Pizza Restaurant Night on Sept. 22nd. Head out to Barro's for dine-in or take-out and let them know you're from LS to help donate a % back to our school.


  • Governing Board Forum
  • Apex Obesity Awareness Month
  • PTO Membership & Events
  • Safety, Supervision & Traffic Updates
  • Cafeteria Links-- Breakfast & Lunch are NOT FREE this year
  • 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.


Second grade STEM is bringing in the experts! Thank you to Mr. Reyes for taking time to teach our 2nd graders about the properties of matter with a fun hands-on experiment with solids, liquids, and gasses.


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CALLING ALL K-6 STUDENTS INTERESTED IN POM AND CHEER! Little Lions Pom Camp IS COMING SOON! Check out the linked flier and the MRHS cheer website for more information. Be sure to follow the steps in the form and bring payment, completed Registration Form and AIA BRAINBOOK CERTIFICATE to MRHS Bookstore no later than September 17, 2022.


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This is a friendly reminder that before and after school the front loop lot is closed for visitors to enter due to BUS LOOP REQUIREMENTS and STUDENT SAFETY. Please use the regular student drop off loop from 8:30-8:45AM and 3:30-3:45PM. Note- sometimes we have a late bus due to driver shortages. If the lot remains closed outside of the listed time frame above, we are waiting for bus arrival and will re-open the lot once buses have arrived.

Thank you for your patience and adherence to these safety expectations.

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  • DVUSD’s PTA/PTO groups are sponsoring a Governing Board Candidate Forum on Tuesday, October 4 at 6:00 p.m. in the Governing Board room. There will be a candidate meet and greet from 5:30 – 6:00 p.m. prior to the forum. During the event, questions will be asked of the candidates running for two open seats on the DVUSD Governing Board. You can attend the forum in-person or via livestream at
  • Watch for an email with more information, including how to submit a suggested question for the Governing Board Candidate
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Help sponsor and match donations for our related service providers across campus. Your donations make a big impact on student learning and engagement for ALL students on campus.

Library Clerk - Kindness Blooms at Legend Springs (books about kindness)

Counselor - Social & Emotional Resources For A New School Counseling Program.

English Language Learning (EL) Specialist - Fun Learning For All! (language learning tools)

Speech & Language Pathologist (SLP) - Mrs. Mellen's Speech Room Tools

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Dr Finch loves visiting school campuses. This week he popped into our Battle of the Books meeting! He also learned all about our Penny War Fundraiser as students shared why we are raising money. We are proud to raise funds for a local veteran non-profit, Soldiers Best Friend, with a goal of sponsoring at least one veteran and their dog training sessions.

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Below is a list of key dates to note for the remainder of 1st Quarter:

  • Sept 16: Friday 2:00PM Release (Teacher PD Day)

  • Sept 22: Barro's Pizza Night (sponsored by PTO) @ 4:00-8:00PM

  • Sept 23: Friday 2:00PM Release (Teacher PLC Day)

  • Sept 26: Monday NO SCHOOL (Fall Break Day)

  • Sept 28: PTO Meeting @ 5:00-5:30PM (library) & Family Game Night 5:30-6:30PM (MPR)

  • Sept 30: Full Day Friday 3:30PM Release

  • Sept 30: Grades finalized and posted

**Parent Teacher Conferences are the first week of October! Sign ups coming in the next few weeks for Oct 3 - 7.

Visit the PTO Website for fall family PTO events & ways to connect with our amazing parent organization.


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IF YOU PICK UP OR DROP OFF IN THE MAIN LOOP (GREEN CURB BLUE CURB), PLEASE WATCH THIS VIDEO to help the procedure run more smoothly. Click here to watch the video.

Drop Off & Pick Up Reminders

  • Please be patient and be kind to staff and other drivers as it takes a few weeks for all to learn our procedures. Remember out staff is out in 100+ degree weather keeping all our kids safe, and everyone's safety is more important than any individual's convenience
  • Make sure that all adults who will be picking up students at 3:30 have a yellow name placard with the student's FIRST & LAST NAME clearly written in marker bold and big so we can read them. Placards are available in the office. Take as many copies as you need (one for mom, dad, grandma, grandpa, etc......).

  • Our Pick-Up Loop opens at 3:30 pm. Waiting in line earlier causes back-up and congestion, as students are not dismissed before 3:30PM from this gate.

  • Please pull forward and follow all staff directions around the pick up loop. Do not stop short or get out of your car.

  • We do not have any supervision of students until 8:30 am so please do not drop off or leave any kids unattended before 8:30 am.

  • Do not cross any streets outside of the designated and manned crosswalks in the AM or PM. We have had some very close calls and pedestrians almost struck crossing 62nd or Quail illegally.

Note- Glendale PD has been making a presence to ticket any drivers who are speeding in a school zone (15 MPH limit) or parking illegally. Be sure you are reading the "no stopping, standing, parking" signs and adhering to them around the neighborhood.

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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.


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.

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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.


REMINDER: If you opt out of texts from “60680” you will not receive ANY communication from our school or district. You cannot choose to only receive school communication, so please be sure you OPT IN for all communication to stay updated on events and any emergencies.

Opting Back in to DVUSD & School Communication:

  • Phone calls: Call the Blackboard Phone Hotline at "855-502-STOP (855-502-7867)" from the phone line that has been opted out.

  • Text (SMS) messages: Reply START to "60680" from the phone line that has been opted out for non-emergency messages. Reply START to "54968" for emergency messages.

  • Email: Contact your student(s) school and inform the staff you would like to opt back into receiving email.


If you haven't joined the PTO, you can sign up any time on our website. Click the link or visit and click 'Become a Member'. We will have plenty of giveaways for members, students and teachers throughout the school year.

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How is LS supporting a Standards-Based Mindset?

Our school is aligned to the DVUSD Standards-based mindset, which helps guide our staff in tracking and reporting academic performance related to the Arizona College and Career Ready Standards.

Students are expected to complete daily practice assignments/homework to reinforce skills and concepts learned in class. In-process learning assignments will be factored into a student’s final grade, but will only count for 1% of the entire grade. Daily assignments are essential in developing the skills and knowledge in order to excel on the summative assessments. Assessments will be 99% of a student’s final grade. There will be no opportunities for extra credit. Grades take into consideration mastery of standards and skill development. All grades are supported by appropriate documentation (e.g., anecdotal notes, work samples, checklists, portfolios, rubrics, projects, tests, performance assessments, etc.). The grade a student receives on any assignment will reflect an accurate assessment of the student’s performance on the assessment. No individual test, performance assessment, assignment, or project should be more than 25% of the total grade.

It is absolutely imperative that students keep up with classwork, daily assignments and discussions in order to fully comprehend and grasp the material. These in-process learning assignments directly impact student performance on assessments. A standards-based mindset also embraces allowing students opportunities to show learning through reassessment when appropriate.

We will continue to provide updates and clarification throughout the year regarding these best-practices for grading and reporting on student learning. We are proud of the work our students, staff, and administration are doing to align definitions of mastery and essential standards across our district, leading the state in proficiency and growth for all students in DVUSD.