WFES Newsletter

August 21st, 2020

Social and Emotional Support Services at WFES

Meet Our SEL Counselor - Mrs. Ronna Horowitz-Eging

Hello! My name is Ronna Horowitz Eging and I am delighted to be the Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Counselor at Wildfire Elementary School this year. I received my Bachelor’s Degree from Cleveland State University in Elementary Education (grades 1-8) and a Master’s Degree in Community Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling. I have taught kindergarten and reading (grades 1-3), worked at the high school level as a School Counselor, and in the community outpatient setting as a Licensed Professional Counselor, supporting children, adolescents, and adults with their mental health needs.

The SEL Counselor is a new position to the schools this year and encompasses a range of social-emotional counseling and educational support for students, staff, and parents/family. Our social and emotional well-being is a vital, integrative part of who we are. I am passionate about helping children learn skills that support them in their social-emotional development and well-being. It is important for us to build a strong home-school community, so together we can help our children grow and develop into confident, healthy, responsible, and compassionate human beings.

I am married and have 3 amazing daughters ages 15, 18, and 26, two cats, a golden retriever, and a fish! I love yoga and mindfulness practices which have been transforming to my well-being and perspective. Last summer I completed a 200 level yoga teacher training to integrate yoga and mindfulness practices with social-emotional counseling strategies for children in the schools and community.

I am honored and excited to be a part of such a strong and dedicated school community! Though we may feel isolated during this unique time, know you are not alone. We really are in this together. Please reach out to me if I can be of support in any way.

Click here to visit Mrs. Horowitz-Eging's Website

Counselor Referral

If you or if you know of a Wildfire student or staff member who is struggling with social and/or emotional issues or stress and would like help, please complete a referral form linked below and a Wildfire SEL team member will reach out within 48 hours (excluding weekends or holidays/breaks). The SEL team will work with the person referred to provide help and support.

The counselor referral form and other social and emotional resources can also be found on the Wildfire website.

Library Book Check-Out

Starting Monday August 24th, students can put a book on hold from our Wildfire Library. Mrs. Mineo will pull the book and check it out for that student.

The hold books will be on a cart outside the front office between 12:30 and 3:30 Monday thru Friday for pick up.

A book return bin will also be located outside the front office daily.

Watch the video below to learn how to check-out a book online.

How to virtually check out a library book from WFES

Proposed School Boundary Changes

In the fall of 2019, the Paradise Valley Unified School District announced plans to build Elementary School #33 in the Sky Crossing community. Elementary School #33 will open in 2021-22.

In January 2020, the district’s Boundary Committee met three times to develop new boundaries to accommodate Elementary School #33. The committee’s recommendations affect boundaries to Boulder Creek Elementary, Fireside Elementary, Wildfire Elementary, Grayhawk Elementary, Pinnacle Peak Preparatory, Explorer Middle, and Mountain Trail Middle schools.

In order to effectively communicate the boundary changes and to garner feedback from stakeholders, community meetings will be held on August 25 and August 27, 2020. In accordance with CDC guidelines regarding large gatherings, these meetings will be held online with an opportunity for stakeholders to make public comments and ask questions.

The next steps in the process include:

  • Tuesday, Aug. 25 at 6:30 p.m. – Public meeting (held virtually*)
    Watch Via Youtube
    Watch Via WebX (Event password: PRdHJFAY848)
    Dial in and listen to the meeting: +1-415-655-0003.
    (Access code: 133 504 3451)

  • Thursday, Aug. 27 at 6:30 p.m. – Public Meeting (held virtually*)
    Watch Via Youtube
    Watch Via WebX (Event password: FNmm7JB7RN3)
    Dial in and listen to the meeting: +1-415-655-0003.
    (Access code: 133 581 8999)

  • Thursday, Sept. 3 – Anticipated Governing Board vote on the boundary change

*Although there will not be a physical location for members of the public to attend these meetings, they may join the meeting via YouTube, WebEx teleconference or phone. Detailed meeting information can be found on the district website's Elementary School #33 page.

If the Governing Board votes in favor of the boundary change, the change will take effect for the 2021-22 school year.

Staff Shout-Outs

It hasn't been easy but our teachers and staff members are working incredibly hard at providing all our students the best education possible.

If you would like to thank a staff member for all their hard work or for any of the other amazing things they do, you can give them a shout-out! Simply complete the form below and the shout-outs will be shared with the staff member and without a doubt will make their day!

Online Classroom Safety

Recently, on the news and online you may have heard or have seen stories about uninvited guests "Zoom Bombing" school classes and displaying obscene image language. Fortunately, the vast majority of these horrifying incidents can be avoided by following safety guidelines and best practices.

PV Schools and the IT department take online security very seriously. The district is constantly monitoring and updating safety features and practices. One important practice we are asking is all students use their district-issued PV Learners accounts to access their online classes and materials. This will eliminate the need for classroom teachers to decipher and determine who is "knocking" to join their classes.

  • Do not post private Google Meets, WebX, or other classroom meeting links and codes on social media or other public forums
  • Do not share classroom codes with others outside of the class
  • Do not share usernames/passwords
  • Please make sure you know what your computer's camera and microphone are broadcasting, especially what is in the background - the camera and microphone pick up much more than you think!

Cell Phones and PV Connect

The presence of mobile phones for social use is known to have a negative impact on distance learning. The mere presence of a cell phone can undermine a student's ability to focus, dividing his or her attention. This distraction reduces a child's ability to engage with learning tasks and focus on the lessons presented. Currently, we are asking a great deal from our young learners (and ourselves). When we overtax the working memory by providing distractions, learners are unable to process all of the information presented. Please support the learning of your child by developing a plan for cell phone use. Our new learning structure calls for higher levels of support to ensure safety, kind interactions, and limited access.

When we are on campus, cell phones must be kept in backpacks throughout the day. We ask that during the time of PVConnect, students turn off cell phones keeping them out of sight and out of mind in backpacks or bins. We understand that parents must guide cell phone use at home based on the needs of your family, so please consider the following suggestions to guide a conversation with your child:

  • Cell phones need to be kept out of sight and out of mind during class time.

  • Cell phone use may be limited to the lunch break, emergency use, and non-instruction time.

  • At no time are students permitted to take photos or videos of the virtual class or classmates.

Still Need A Chromebook or Other Supplies?

Wildfire Elementary School is committed to supplying a Chromebook to each student so they can participate in the PVConnect or PVOnline learning models. If your student is needing a Chromebook, please complete the form below.
Click Here to Request a Chromebook

Complete the Chromebook Request Form to reserve a Chromebook for online learning

Great Keyboard Short-Cuts

Keyboard Shortcuts for Google Meets

If you press the ctrl and d key at the same time it will mute or unmute the microphone.

If you press the ctrl and e key at the same time it will turn on or off the camera.

Keyboard Shortcut for WebX

If you press the ctrl and m key at the same time it will mute or unmute the microphone.

PV Assist: Digital Tech Support for Parents & Students

PV Assist is an Information Technoloy support site that is designed to help students and their families navigate logins/passwords, issues with Chromebooks, Google Classroom, and much more.

PTO Information

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Click Here To Join The WFES PTO/Renew Your Membership

Membership is FREE and will give you access to the PTO Student-Parent Directory.

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Light Our Fire Fundraiser

First 100 families that donate are entered to win a $100 Amazon gift card

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Learn about how our Parent Teacher Organization makes a difference at Wildfire Elementary! Check out volunteer opportunities. Listen to school updates from the Principal and our Teacher Reps. Vote for the PTO Exec Board and More. Monday, Aug 31st 5pm-6pm. Links will be posted at

United Parent Council (UPC) Information

What is Social Emotional Learning (SEL) & Why is it Critical for Student Success?

Join PVSchools' District SEL Specialist and School Psychologist, Jon Bowen for a presentation about Social Emotional Learning (SEL). We will learn the rationale for SEL, introduce evidence-based and systematic SEL approaches, share distance learning social-emotional support efforts currently employed across sites in PVUSD, and discuss social-emotional supports in development for the reopening of school doors. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and walk away with helpful tips and resources to support your family.

Wednesday, September 16th

General UPC meeting begins at 4:00 pm

Programming begins are 4:30 pm

This meeting will be virtual and login information will be shared prior to the meeting.

Enrollment Information

How to Enroll at WFES for the 2020-2021 School Year

If you or anyone you know needs to enroll a student for the 2020-2021 school year, please know we are still accepting enrollments during summer vacation.

If Wildfire Elementary School is your home school, download the PVSchools Student Registration Form, and email the completed forms and other required documents to

Required Documents for Enrollment

  • A certified copy of your child's birth certificate
  • Your child's immunization records
  • Proof of Arizona residency (e.g., utility bill, house payment, lease/purchase agreement)
  • IEP/504 forms (if applicable)

Please note, to register for kindergarten, your student must be 5 years old PRIOR to September 1st, 2020.

You will also be required to fill in a Student Emergency Card upon registration.

Registration packets may also be brought into the school office. Please note, that when on the school campus, you must wear a mask, and please be sure to respect social distancing guidelines.

Open Enrollment for the 2021 - 2022 School Year

Early bird open enrollment for the 2021 - 2022 school year begins September 1st, 2020 and runs through December 1st, 2020. This year, the process will be in an online format only. The link to access and complete an open enrollment application will become active on the Wildfire and PV Schools website beginning September 1st, 2020.

Emergency Card Information Update

If you have not already, please take a moment to make sure your emergency information is updated for the 2020 - 2021 school year. The Annual Update allows you to make any updates to your contact information such as address changes, phone number changes, changes to a child’s health history, as well as update emergency contact information. This will replace the printed Emergency Card.

  • Please go to
  • Select More and then Annual Update.
  • You may also click the Annual Update link on the Announcement Page.

Need help? View our Annual Update Smart Card.

Community Education Online Enrichment Courses

As your child begins PVConnect or PVOnline, the Community Education Department would like to let you know they are also offering virtual enrichment classes as well. They hope that you will find a course that will allow your child to pursue their interests and expand their abilities and talents even in an online setting. Please visit the registration site to view all classes that are available and/or view the flyer attached below.

PVSchools offers a variety of Enrichment programs to complement the academic school day.

Enrichment programs are tuition-based and offer affordable classes throughout the year. Classes provide opportunities for students in grades K-12 to pursue their interests, expand their abilities and talents, and improve their social skills in an informal, fun, and safe environment. Enrichment programs are offered after school, on evenings and weekends, and during the day throughout the summer.

Enrichment offerings include, but are not limited to:

  • Arts and Crafts

  • Acting/Singing

  • Martial Arts

  • Sports, Science

  • Technology

  • SAT/ACT Test Prep

  • Driver's Education

  • Foreign Language

  • Drawing

  • Ballet

  • Cheer

  • Hands-on Learning

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Important Upcoming Dates:

  • Early Release Day - School Ends at 12:30 (No afternoon sessions): August 25th
  • School Boundary Public Meeting: August 25th at 6:30 PM
  • School Boundary Public Meeting: August 27th at 6:30 PM
  • Virtual PTO Morning: 5:00 PM
  • Anticipated Gov. Board Meeting to Vote on Boundary Change: Sept. 3 at 7:00 PM
  • UPC Monthly Program: September 16th at 4:00 PM

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