WFES Newsletter

November 9th, 2018

Nintendo Labo Grant

Wildfire Elementary School is one of 100 schools nation-wide that has been selected to participate in the Nintendo Labo STEAM pilot program from Nintendo and The Insitute of Play (IoP)! Our 3rd-grade students will participate in the Nintendo Labo classroom program which will give students the opportunity to complete a series of projects with Nintendo Labo that introduce basic principles of design and technology.



The pilot follows a structured Make, Play, and Discover process. During the Make phase, students collaborate to construct RC Cars, a Motorbike, a Fishing Rod and more. During the Play phase, students explore what they can do with their creations. For instance, in one sample activity, students collaborate to design and create obstacle courses to navigate their RC Cars using the infrared camera on the right Joy-Con controller. In another activity, students go fishing and explore marine life in the deep sea, after they make Fishing Rods and then play with them and the Nintendo Switch. During the Discover phase, students learn how all the components work together to produce the Nintendo Labo experience. Through basic programming in a mode called Toy-Con Garage, they might turn their Fishing Rod into a musical instrument or create a simple game using the Nintendo Switch and its Joy-Con controllers. The possibilities are endless!



To learn more about Nintendo Labo and this exciting opportunity for WFES, please click the following link: Nintendo Labo Information

From Around Campus

Kindergarten Field Trip to Tolmachoff Farms

The kindergarten classes took an exciting field trip to Tolmachoff Farms where they learned about farm life and animals, walked the fields, and harvested fresh vegetables to take home. It was a great experience for our students and volunteers!

Taste Testers!

Wildfire students worked with the PVSchools Health and Wellness Department to taste test new potential new food options for cafeteria lunches across the district. Students tried and gave feedback on buffalo chicken tenders and an apple pancake.
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Persuasive Letter Responses

6th-grade students in Ms. Shoenhair's class wrote persuasive business letters and sent them to a variety of companies and have started to receive responses to their letters. Students are loving the encouragement and feedback about their work and the additional opportunities available to them in the future.
https://youtu.be/8bvKwFPfKPE

Treats for the Troops

Student Government held a candy drive after Halloween. Students and families were asked to donate candy to be sent to our troops as a sign of appreciation for all the hard work they do to protect our country and freedom. Happy Veterans Day to all the men, women and families of our armed forces.
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Prepping for Frank Lloyd Wright

4th-grade students display their knowledge of organic architecture by creating abstract geometric stained glass windows using pictures of local Sonoran Desert botanicals as their inspiration. Students are visiting Frank Lloyd Wright'sTaliesin West next week for a field trip.
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https://youtu.be/-LgKjPdYKaE

3rd-grade Voyagers!

3rd-grade students simulate the Pilgrims' voyage to the New World. Students had to answer questions, complete challenges, and hope for a little luck to complete their journey across the pond.
https://youtu.be/a17hIfV14h0

Upcoming Events

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Join us at the Harvest Carnival

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Wildfire Elementary School Harvest Carnival

Friday, Nov. 16th, 5-9pm

3997 East Lockwood Drive

Phoenix, AZ

Come one, come all to the greatest carnival around! Our fall festival has it all, from rides and games to food and prizes! See you there!

Preordered Wristbands $20

Wristbands At The Door $25

Adults and kids under 2 are free!!

Preorder your carnival wristbands here

Wildfire Staff Recognition!

If you would like to recognize a staff member at WFES, give them a shoutout by completing this short form: http://bit.ly/2LEa7Xb

All shout outs will be shared and celebrated with the staff!

News from the Nurse

Flu Season

Flu season is upon us. You can visit the CDC website for more information about the flu and about the flu vaccine. The best way to prevent the flu is to get the vaccine. The flu vaccine cannot give you the flu, but it takes two weeks to build immunity/protection from the flu virus.


Vaccines Update

Effective August 31st, 2018, Arizona signed a new law that requires all students who are 11 years old, regardless of grade level, to have the Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) and the Meningococcal vaccines. Previously, these two vaccines were due at 11 years of age but only in 6th grade. Notices of Vaccine Noncompliance will be sent home throughout the school year as students turn 11. Please keep this new law in mind as you schedule your child's annual well visit and be sure to turn updated vaccine records into the health office.

Pinnacle High School Toy Drive

"FOOTBALL IS FAMILY" TOY DRIVE

Pinnacle High School is asking for help with their toy drive. If you are attending, please bring a new unwrapped toy to this Friday's varsity football game to donate to our 1st annual "Football is Family" service opportunity. The toys will benefit foster children currently living in shelters and group homes throughout Maricopa County. Pinnacle High School is also accepting sports equipment and gently used clothing for kids aged 5 to 18. You will see a table set up right when you enter the stadium.

United Parent Council

United Parent Council-Who We Are and What We Do: We are parents working together to enhance the PVSchools experience for our children. We support you, we give you access to your Superintendent, and we provide relevant programs of interest to you. Ultimately we ADVOCATE for Students, EDUCATE Parents and Community, COLLABORATE with PVUSD and other Educational Organizations, and WORK with the Superintendent to increase the presence of the UPC.


EVENING PRESENTATION BY GIFTED PROGRAMMING:

Tuesday, December 4, 2018 6:00-7:30pm:

"Mindfulness"

Dr, Laura Wingers, a Clinical Psychologist

On the Calendar

Important Upcoming Dates

  • Veterans Day - No School - November 12th
  • Frank Lloyd Wright Museum 4th Grade Field Trip - November 15 & 16th
  • Fall Festival - November 16th from 5:00 - 8:30 PM
  • Thanksgiving Break - No School - November 21st - 23rd
  • PTO Meeting - November 27th at 6:30 PM
  • Box Top Collection - November 30th
  • Chorus Performance at Paradise Valley Mall - November 30th at 5:00 PM
  • Early Release Day - December 4th (School Released at 12:30 PM)
  • Chorus Performance - December 6th at 7:00 PM in the MPR
  • Band Concert - December 10th at 7:00 PM in the MPR
  • Strings Concert - December 11th at 7:00 PM in the MPR
  • LEGO Robotics Tournament - December 15th at 7:00 AM at Metrotech
  • Westward HO! 2nd Grade Celebration - December 20th at 10:00 AM at the Boy's and Girls Club
  • Last Day of the Semester - December 21st

Future Firebirds!

Know anyone looking for a great school? Have them visit our "A" rated school by scheduling a tour today! Wildfire Elementary School is now accepting open enrollment applications for the 2019-20 school year.

Wildfire Elementary School Firebirds

WFES is an A-rated K-6 School in the Paradise Valley Unified School District.