This past week has been nothing short of exceptional. Our successful Curriculum Night saw an impressive turnout of families eager to engage with our teachers and gain insights into their child's learning journey. As we look ahead to the upcoming week, our focus remains steadfast on learning and maintaining the high standards we have set for our students. The foundations laid during Curriculum Night are crucial, and we are dedicated to continuing the momentum as we delve deeper into our academic programs. Our teachers are prepared to provide enriching and challenging lessons that will encourage critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration among our students.
As a quick reminder from our office, please make sure that you call the attendance line if your student is going to be absent for any reason - (623) 376-4890
As always, we have amazing events and activities happening each week and we encourage all of you to follow our facebook page, Twitter feed, and our NEW Instagram. Make sure you join our PTSO and follow their page as well. This will allow you to stay connected and see what is taking place on campus across all our grades.
- August 22 - 4:00 PM-close - Cold Beer & Cheeseburgers (Glendale location) PTSO Night
- August 22 - 5:30 PM - Parent Informational Meeting in MPR (Baseball/Softball)
- August 25 - 2:00 PM - Early Release for Teacher PLC's
- September 1 - 2:00 PM - Early Release for Teacher PLC's
- September 4 - School Closed for Labor Day
- September 15 - 2:00 PM - Early Release for Teacher Professional Development
- September 19 - 6:30 PM - PTSO Meeting in the Library
Volunteer Trainings (One Class Required for NEW Volunteers) - All trainings will be held in the SV Library
- August 22nd - 4:30 PM - Volunteer Training
- September 6th - 6:00 PM - Volunteer Training
- October 30th - 8:45 AM - Volunteer Training
We are always excited to be able to welcome our parents/guardians back to help volunteer and visit at SV. If you would like to visit, we welcome you to come and eat lunch with your child in the MPR. Please arrive on time, and bring lunch only for your student - as we cannot have lunches passed out to other student or friends in the MPR for their safety. If you are interested in volunteering, we will soon welcome you back in our classrooms once we have our classroom procedures setup and in place. Mandatory volunteer training dates (required for all NEW volunteers) are listed below! If you are already a trained volunteer, please be sure to stop by the office to update your information.
As a reminder, we require all parents to follow our school rules and dress code on campus and ask that you do not use any cell phones or tablets in the MPR or around our students.
Time for Yearbooks!!
Each week, one student from each grade level is recognized for making a positive difference on our campus. Thank you to Eiza, Prince, Nash, Ari, Max, Mercer, Cirai, Noah, Natalie, Siddhi, Quinten and Paige for making SV a better place!
Mr. Foote's Magnetism
Ms. Wetzel's Music Class
Back to School Packet
If you have not done so already, please review the SV Student Handbook, Off & Away All Day Policy, DVUSD Student Rights & Responsibilities Handbook, as well as the DVUSD Directory, Internet and E-Mail User Agreement. Once you have read and reviewed, please print, sign, and return the checklist page only to your child’s homeroom teacher as soon as possible. You may also scan it and email the copy to Jennifer.Morales@dvusd.org . If you need a paper copy of the checklist, copies are available in the front office.
Pick Up & Drop Off Procedure Reminders
- Make sure that all adults who will be picking up students at 3:30 have a purple placard with the student's Last Name and Grade 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......).
- Please pull forward and follow all staff directions around the pick up loop, don't stop short, and stay in your car.
- We will load you kids, if they need help buckling, pull up and around the loop to the buckle zone past our bike rack
- 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.
- 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
- If you do not have a kindergarten student, you must use the front loop for morning drop-off. We do not have enough spaces for additional vehicles, and our front loop is much more efficient and safe for our 1st-8th graders.
- 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 rose garden illegally.
- If picking up on 74th, please be sure that you are not parking or waiting in the "no parking/loading zone" and please do not block any private driveways
- Please pull all the way down the loop before dropping off. Your student should not be getting out of the car when the line slows down
- Do not enter the parking lot through the EXIT
- All 1st-8th grade students should be dropped off in the front traffic loop, parking in the lot is reserved for Kindergarten parents only. It is also not permissible to park and cross Rose Garden or 74th Ave at any point other than our crosswalks.
- 8:45 is the start of our academic day, kids who are not in class at 8:45 will need a tardy pass.
- We cannot sign students out after 3:15.
- Do not text your students during the school day, phones are available for use at the office with staff permission.
- We will not interrupt instruction to relay messages or deliver items left at home (unless medically needed)
- Attendance warnings will be sent home for students who are absent more than 10% of days in session or who have accumulated 5+ tardies
- If you have a concern or question regarding progress, grades, or behavior, address the classroom level teacher per our DVUSD Problem Solving Guidance
- School staff and administration are not available to meet on demand, appointments will be made to set up meetings or phone calls for administrators and teachers. Walk-in appointments are not an option.
- SV teachers adhere to an email curfew. They will check emails Monday - Friday from 7:00 AM to 8:30 AM and 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM only
- SV staff will respond to emails within 48 hours, excluding weekends & holidays.
SV Sports Updates
Congratulations to the following players for making our 2023 baseball and 2023 softball teams. There is a Parent Informational Meeting for these families on Tuesday, August 22nd at 5:30 pm. in the MPR.
- Madison Foley
- Sydney Gay
- Natalie Gonzalez
- Abbigal Gusich
- Kinley Koob
- Sophie Moad
- Azul Mondragon Lopez
- London Sandoval-Tulipane
- Isabella Szubinski
- Audry Thomas
- Julianna Wade
- Drew Aggers
- Michael Armbruster
- Luke Becerra
- Tristin Belin
- Jed Billings
- Kaden Brockman
- Jaxon Frank
- Bryce Miller
- Alexander Pilwallis
- Nash Pingree
- Joseph Rosko
- Roman Salazar
- Benjamin Yarbrough
Practices will be Monday - Thursday, 3:35 - 5:30 with their first game on Tuesday, Sept. 5th. Go Vipers!
Welcome to Our New Special Education Strategist - Tarin Willett
Hello! My name is Tarin Willett and I am very excited to start my journey at Sierra Verde. I am 34 years old and a native to Arizona. I have a Masters degree in Special Education from Grand Canyon University and a dual Bachelors degree in Special Education and Elementary Education from Arizona State University. In my spare time I like to draw, practice calligraphy, watch hockey and football, and occasionally play poker. I have 3 dogs named Aspen, Archer, and Addy, as well as one cat named Nala. My husband, Daniel is my biggest supporter and motivates me to continue my education so that I can be the best possible advocate for my students.
Food & Nutrition
For the 23-24 school year, we will once again be charging for school meals, to apply for a free or reduced meal application visit https://secure.ezmealapp.com or stop by Sierra Verde for a paper application (though the online process is much quicker). See the complete information from DVUSD Food & Nutrition below.
We will not be allowing outside food or drink for any reason on campus. DVUSD has a birthday bucket order form that will be the only method of birthday treats for 23-24. You can fill out an application for a birthday bucket and work with our Cafeteria Manger Mrs. Debbie Jasperson to arrange these birthday treats. The Birthday Bucket application is on our homepage and is linked below as well.
In order to keep meal account balances topped off, you can put money on the student account with cash or check. Please drop off any cash or check in the office, or use E-Z school pay. EZ School pay also has an app available to download and track your balance.
A Message From PTSO
This week PTSO spent $850 helping to fulfill Mrs. Yonan’s grant on a Donors Choose match day. As a reminder, membership dues and eating at our restaurant nights are an easy way to contribute to the PTSO and help us fulfill these grants! Go to www.SierraVerdePTSO.com to become a member!
This Tuesday, August 22nd is our August Restaurant Night at Cold Beer and Cheeseburgers. Show our flyer and SV will earn 15%. Don’t forget to tag us in your photo and you could be featured on our social media and in next weeks SMORE!
Our PBIS store is OPEN! Students can use their points earned for being a Problem-solver, being Engaged, being Accountable, and being Kind to purchase fun items. These items are delivered on Fridays. If you are interested in tracking your student through our PBIS Rewards app, download the PBIS Rewards for Family app and ask your child's teacher for their unique QR code.
If you are interested in donating to our PBIS store, we have a PBIS Store Amazon wishlist. You can also drop off any donation items to our office - new/gently loved stuffed animals are always a popular item.
1. We need parent volunteers to help keep inventory and package PBIS rewards for students.
2. The store needs rewards! There are many ways to donate – new and gently used toys, party favors – anything that kids would be excited to receive!
3. Help stock the PBIS Store Rewards Store by purchasing Rewards directly on Amazon. If you purchase from our PBIS Rewards wishlist it will ship directly to campus and our kids can purchase immediately. Stock our store here: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2YZ9H9VV492G3?ref_=wl_share
If you have are available to donate your time or have questions about our PBIS program, please contact Mrs. Stephanie Hoffpauir in the front office.