Quail Run News

November 2, 2021

From the desk of Mrs. Maynard

November 2, 2021

Dear Quail Run Families,

U.S. News & World Report recently published their first-ever rankings of public elementary schools, and the news is good for Quail Run. Our school placed among the top 30% of elementary schools in the state of Arizona, making us a U.S. News Best Elementary School.

Here’s a look at what they published about our school, including our new ranking(s): https://www.usnews.com/education/k12/arizona/badge-eligible-school-238074.

Check out this month´s newsletter as it is a busy and exciting time of year at Quail Run.

Your Partner in Education,

Marta Maynard

Have you completed your Annual Update?

We still have about 100 families that need to complete their annual update! Every parent/guardian must update emergency contact annually through our Infinite Campus portal. If you have not yet completed this, please visit this page for information on how to complete your annual update.

Check out what's happening at Quail Run!

October 2021 at Quail Run

Important Links

In-Depth Interview with Mrs. Rubey

In this month´s edition of the PVSchools News, the district showcases the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme. Our very own Dianna Rubey gives us a first-hand look at the Signature Program here at Quail Run and how students benefit from it. Read the in-depth interview.

Support First-Grade´s Canned Food Drive!

Please label your donations with your child´s grade level. We are tracking the donations.
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Order your yearbook

School Tours for Prospective Families

School tours for next year will be beginning this month. Open Enrollment for our school is now also open! If you know a family interested in joining our community, please direct them to our website where they can sign up for a tour with Mrs. Rubey.

IB Parent Corner

In our past newsletters, we've shared information about the learner profile and ways parents can facilitate conversations. This month we're providing you with some information about the PYP curriculum framework and agency.

The PYP curriculum framework begins with the premise that students are agents of their own learning and partners in the learning process. It prioritizes people and their relationships to build a strong learning community.

PYP students use their initiative to take responsibility and ownership of their learning. By learning through inquiry and reflecting on their own learning, PYP students develop knowledge, conceptual understandings, skills, and the attributes of the IB Learner Profile to make a difference in their own lives, their communities, and beyond.

The PYP curriculum recognizes learners’ innate potential to inquire, question, wonder, and theorize about themselves, others, and the world around them.

When learning communities recognize children’s emergent identities and competencies, they create an educational context that values children both for who they were, who they are in the present, and who they will become in the future. In building from prior learning and experiences, PYP learners are uniquely placed to co-create their current learning needs.

This understanding of how students learn is foundational to the inquiry-based and concept-driven transdisciplinary model of learning and teaching.

As a result, PYP students demonstrate the agility and imagination to respond to new and unexpected challenges and opportunities, and to take action for a better and more peaceful world.

Fostering self-efficacy to enable agency

The stronger the sense of self-efficacy in students, the greater the likelihood that they will exercise agency. Self-efficacy influences the choices students are confident in making, which, in turn, influences the degree of ownership and impact they have in their lives.

When teachers acknowledge learner agency and the importance of self-efficacy, students become partners in the learning process. In this partnership, teachers work alongside students, meet with small groups and individuals as needed, and monitor learning and provide feedback.

Become a Junior Hero!!!

Congratulations to our students that have already become Junior Heroes this year! Here is the information we ran in the last newsletter...we encourage you to participate! Anyone, even parents, can become a Junior Hero.

Junior Hero is back at Quail Run! Junior Hero is a program that makes it fun for students, parents, and teachers to serve their community and those around them. All heroes receive a t-shirt and a prize!

Steps to become a Junior Hero:

1) Take the Junior Hero Pledge.

2) Help your community through service and log your required hours (see below) on this sheet.

3) Get a signature from an adult upon completion.

4) Turn this completed sheet into your teacher before the end of the school year.

5) You will be recognized by Mrs. Maynard & Mrs. Raymond and receive a Junior Hero t-shirt and prize.

Required Service Hours

Kindergarten: 3 Hours

1st Grade: 4 Hours

2nd Grade: 5 Hours

3rd Grade: 6 Hours

4th Grade: 7 Hours

5th Grade: 8 Hours

6th Grade: 9 Hours

Adults: 7 Hours

New this year, we will be providing opportunities to also earn their hours during their school day! As an IB school, it fits in with our mission and visions of service as IB learners. You may earn hours inside or outside of school. Our 1st-6th grade students will be allowed to volunteer as "Environmentalists" and track the time they may spend on their recess to help keep our campus clean. Our 5-6th grade students will also be able to apply to tutor younger students and run errands for the office. They will submit an application and receive a schedule to track their hours.

Junior Hero is a non-profit 501(c)3 that makes it fun for students, parents, and teachers to serve their community and those around them. The program is 100% volunteer-run and no volunteers receive pay at any level.

Junior Hero Non-Profit


Many thanks to everyone that participated in the Step It Up fundraiser! We had an amazing time during our DAY OF AWESOME! All students were able to enjoy tons of inflatables and games to celebrate the culmination of our fundraiser. We raised an incredible amount of money to support our school and look forward to using it to make school improvements. A special thank you to our volunteers that came to help supervise the event. Check out the October video above to see some of the AWESOMENESS we had on campus.

Quail Run PTA

Hello Quail Run Families,

We enjoyed seeing so many families and staff members at the Fall Festival. There was a huge turnout and fun was had by all. Thank you to all of our volunteers, trunk-or-treaters, and staff that helped out.

A huge thank you to the outgoing board for all the time and effort they have put in to support our children and Quail Run.

To keep up to date and get involved, please follow Quail Run PTA on Facebook!

Sandra Cantu

Quail Run PTA


Fry's Food Community Rewards

Do you shop at Fry's Food? You can link your Fry's VIP card to Quail Run PTA and effortlessly earn money for our school simply by doing your normal shopping. Signup once and the school will reap the benefits all year!


AmazonSmile is a simple way for you to support Quail Run Elementary every time you shop, at no cost to you. AmazonSmile is available at smile.amazon.com on your web browser and can be activated in the Amazon Shopping app for iOS and Android phones.

On your first visit to smile.amazon.com, you will be prompted to select a charitable organization. Select Wildfire Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization Quail Run PTA (make sure it is the one that says Phoenix, AZ. There is also a QR in CA! Every time you shop on Amazon simply start at smile.amazon.com and the school earns 0.5% of every purchase. It's that easy to make a difference! Ask your friends, family, and co-workers to participate too! As always, Thank you for your support!

United Parent Council

Looking to get more involved in your child’s education? Want to be among the first to know what is happening in the district? If so, I encourage you to attend United Parent Council meetings. Paradise Valley United Parent Council is a district-wide parent group that has been active in Paradise Valley Unified School District for more than 30 years and is a 501(c)(3) organization. Looking out for the interest of students is their primary goal. They do this by offering parents support, information, and opportunities to be influential voices in the decisions that affect their children's education. UPC meetings are held on the third Wednesday of the month in the District Administration Center East/West Conference Rooms on the grounds of the PVUSD complex at 15002 North 32nd Street. Visitors are always welcome. Click here to visit their website for information on this month’s meeting.

School Reminders

  • If you need to relay a message to your student during school hours, you can call the office or leave a message directly on our Voicelink account at (602) 449-5465. The office staff will NOT transfer calls to classrooms, as this will interrupt important instructional time.

  • There is no lost and found at school this year. Please clearly label your child´s items. Keep this in mind as the weather cools off and we start to wear jackets to school.

  • If your child forgets their lunch, you may bring it to the front office before 10:00 am. After that time, your child will be given a school lunch. School lunches are free for the duration of this school year. Outside food (McDonald´s, Subway, etc.) is not allowed.

  • Be sure to communicate end of day arrangements with your student in the morning, prior to coming to school. We want to ensure all students get home safely. If there are any changes in how students get home, please notify the office and the teacher.

  • School hours are from 8:45 am -3:15 pm. If you are picking up a student early, please be aware that every minute counts and minutes missed accumulate throughout the school year. Also, be aware that students cannot be called to the office early for an appointment. Students will be called from class at the time you arrive to check them out.

  • Birthday treats must be store-bought and individually wrapped such as Little Debbie´s treats, rice krispies treats, single bags of cookies, etc.

  • You will need your ID every time you pick up students prior to dismissal.

  • Your student will not be released if the person picking her/him up is not on the contact list. If you need to add a friend or family member to the contact list you will need to go to Infinite Campus to update Emergency Contact information through your annual update.

  • You can check your child's grades by downloading the Infinite Campus app or logging on online. Click here for directions.

Calendar of Upcoming Events

  • Nov. 1-5: Food Drive for PV Community Food Bank
  • Nov. 4: PVSchools Governing Board Meeting at 7:00 pm
  • Nov. 5: 6th Grade Band Field Trip to Shadow Mountain High School
  • Nov. 10: PTA Restaurant Night at Oregano´s from 4-8:00 pm
  • Nov. 11-12: K-12 Veteran's Day Recess, No School
  • Nov. 18: 3-6th Grade Choir Field Trip to North Canyon High School
  • Nov. 18: PTA Meeting at 3:30 pm
  • Nov. 18: PVSchools Governing Board Meeting at 7:00 pm
  • Nov. 24 - 26: Thanksgiving Recess, No School
  • Nov. 30: School Council Meeting at 3:30 pm
  • Dec. 1: Strings Concert at Larkspur Elementary School at 6:30 pm
  • Dec. 2: Kindergarten Little Red Hen Puppet Show (on-campus)
  • Dec. 2: PVSchools Governing Board Meeting at 7:00 pm
  • Dec. 6: 5-6th Grade Band Concert at 7:00 pm
  • Dec. 6-10: PTA Penguin Patch Shopping Week
  • Dec. 10: 4-6th Grade Spelling Bee at 2:00 pm
  • Dec. 14: PTA Restaurant Night at Cafe Zupas from 4-8:00 pm
  • Dec. 14: 3-6th Grade Choir Concert at North Canyon High School at 7:00 pm
  • Dec. 20-31: Winter Break, No School
  • Jan. 3: Back to School, Second Semester Begins!

Enroll at Quail Run

If you or anyone you know needs to enroll a student for the 2021-2022 school year, please know we are still accepting enrollments.

If Quail Run Elementary School is your home school, click here to enroll for the 2021-2022 school year.

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, 2021.

You will also be required to complete an Annual Update on Infinite Campus. Please visit the PV Assist website for links and more information.

How to Open Enroll for the 2021-2022 School Year

Open enrollment enables Arizona students to attend public schools outside their district attendance areas or outside their district of residence. It is open to all Arizona-based students.

Click here to access the online open enrollment form.

Important Phone Numbers

Attendance Line: 602-449-4401

Nurse Celeste: 602-449-4403

School Cafeteria: 602-449-4407