Quail Run News

December 1, 2021

From the desk of Mrs. Maynard

December 1, 2021

Happy December Quail Run Families!

It's hard to believe that in two and a half weeks we will be wrapping up the first semester. I want to thank everyone for their flexibility and support during a school year that once again, has brought on new challenges. As IB learners, we are open-minded risk-takers who look for clear paths to success. We prioritize being balanced, caring, and focused on learning as thinkers. Teachers have gone above and beyond to engage students in learning this semester and provide as much individual support as possible. I am very proud of the progress our students are making and look forward to continuous growth and more memorable experiences for our students spring semester.

As we review the protocols and procedures we have in place, we have decided to make a change to our morning recess when we return to school after Winter Break. We will be changing the K-2 morning drop-off location back to Utopia Rd. in order to allow students to play on the playground before school. Drop off will continue to start at 8:30 am. 3-6 grade students will be dropped off in the main parking lot and K-2 students will be dropped off on Utopia. They will enter campus through the kindergarten gate. Any student getting breakfast may be dropped on in the main parking lot. Siblings of K-2 students may get out on Utopia Rd. Mrs. King will be there to help students exit their vehicles and enter campus. We are looking forward to providing all students with the opportunity to engage in some fun activities with each other prior to the start of school.

Finally, I'd like to wish all our Quail Run families a safe and happy holiday season.

Your Partner in Education,

Marta Maynard

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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.
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Important Links

Thank you to our Voters!

We want to take this opportunity and thank you and all PVSchools' voters for continuing to support student excellence by passing our bonds and overrides! Bonds have been able to keep our schools in top-notch condition and help to maintain a safe and secure learning environment. These projects and annual maintenance would not be possible without the generous support of our community. Here at Quail Run Elementary School, voter-approved bonds have made the following possible within the last five years:

  • Installation of solar panels
  • New parking lot
  • Restroom renovations
  • Fire/Security improvements, inspections, and permitting
  • ADA compliance accessibility upgrades
  • New swing set
  • New paving/resurfacing of sidewalks and outside areas
  • New paint flooring
  • New intercom system
  • New fire alarm with voice activation
  • Generator and heat pump upgrades
  • HVAC upgrades
  • New handwashing sinks
  • New water bottle filling stations
  • Gas and maintenance for student transportation

Snowman Project

We hope you have had a chance to see the letter about our annual Snowman Project. We know the last couple of years have been especially challenging for many families. We hope to ease the stress for some. Your child's class has been assigned a child to help for the holiday season. We hope you will participate if you and your family are able to do so. We are always grateful for the generosity of the Quail Run community!

Way to go, First Grade!

The Quail Run community is amazing!!

The first graders held a food drive in November. With your help, they helped fill 125 boxes resulting in 3,600 lbs of food for the Paradise Valley Community Food Bank. The food bank volunteers were so impressed and expressed their thanks for our efforts to fill the shelves.

Your generosity is greatly appreciated!!

Thank you all so much!

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Hoffman's Holiday Hustle!

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On Wednesday, December 15, students will participate in an outside "Holiday Hustle" during their special area classes. Running shoes, sunscreen, hats, and water bottles are recommended

Click here to volunteer to help during your child's special area time.

Parents are welcome to walk with the students during their child's special area time and must remain outside of the building. We ask that you only stay for your child's grade level unless you are signed up to volunteer.

Special Area Schedule

K: 1:35 - 2:17 pm

1: 2:20 - 3:02 pm

2: 12:50 - 1:32 pm

3: 11:15 - 11:57 am

4: 9:00 - 9:42 am

5: 9:45 - 10:27 am

6: 10:30 - 11:12 am

Hola, Padres! (Hello, Parents!)

We wanted to share with you some information about your children and the learning they experience in Spanish class with Mrs. Buzzard.

This year, we’ve added some end-of-year goals for each grade level. Students meeting these requirements will receive a certificate in May.

By the end of the school year:

  • Kindergarteners will know numbers 0-20 and color words in Spanish.
  • 1st-grade students will be able to read and speak the Spanish numbers from 0 to 40.
  • 2nd-grade students will be able to read and speak the days and months of the year and recognize parts of the body in Spanish.
  • 3rd-grade students will be able to read and speak numbers 0-100 as well as recognize and speak family vocabulary words in Spanish.
  • 4th-6th grade students will be able to use Spanish vocabulary to create and speak simple sentences.

For the month of December we’ll be working on:

  • K - numbers 0-25, colors, holiday vocabulary
  • 1st - numbers 0-40, colors, days of the week, months of the year, holiday vocabulary
  • 2nd - numbers 0-50, colors days of the week, months of the year, holiday vocabulary
  • 3rd - numbers 0-100, syllables in words
  • 4th - Aztec history and culture, corresponding to learning experiences in their classrooms
  • 5th & 6th - reading and writing vocabulary to create simple sentences, holiday activities

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

This month we're looking at the Primary Years Programme (PYP) teaching and learning components, which include transdisciplinary learning, concept-driven inquiry, and approaches to learning skills.

The PYP ensures learning is engaging, relevant, challenging, and significant. A transdisciplinary and conceptual inquiry approach encapsulates these aspects of learning, underpinned by authentic integrated assessment.

The PYP is a transformative learning and teaching experience and represents a commitment to student learning in an authentic and transdisciplinary context.

Transdisciplinarity transcends subjects: Transdisciplinary learning in the PYP conveys learning that has relevance between, across, and beyond subjects and transcends borders connecting to what is real in the world.

PYP students learn to appreciate knowledge, conceptual understandings, skills, and personal attributes as a connected whole. They can reflect on the significance of their learning to take meaningful action in their community and beyond.

Through this process of learning in the PYP, students become competent learners, and self-driven to have the cognitive, affective, and social tools to engage in lifelong learning.

Concept-driven inquiry: A conceptual inquiry approach is a powerful vehicle for learning that values concepts and promotes meaning and understanding. It challenges students to engage critically and creatively with significant ideas beyond the surface level of knowledge. PYP teachers use powerful, broad, and abstract concepts as a lens to organize learning within units of inquiry and subject-specific learning.

Approaches to learning skills: The IB approaches to learning skills (ATL) are grounded in the belief that learning how to learn is fundamental to a student’s life in and out of a school context. In broad terms, IB programmes support learners in developing:

  • Thinking skills
  • Communication skills
  • Research skills
  • Self-management skills
  • Social skills

The approaches to learning and associated sub-skills support students of all ages in being agentic and self-regulated learners. Through a variety of strategies, PYP teachers collaboratively plan for implicit and explicit opportunities to develop ATL both inside and outside the programme of inquiry.

Spring Enrichment Opportunities

The Community Education Spring Catalog will be posted to the website for viewing beginning the first week of December. Registration for all classes will begin on 12/7/21. Be sure to secure your spot early as classes fill quickly. https://www.pvschools.net/community-education/enrichment

Become a Junior Hero!!!

Congratulations go out to the almost 50 students that have already become a Junior Hero this year! Keep doing amazing things to make an impact on our community.

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

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.

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Quail Run PTA

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Sandra Cantu

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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.

Something So Worth It!

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We would like to share this event with our QR community! This is not a Quail Run school event, but we think it is SO WORTH IT!

Something So Worth It benefits children with disabilities and their support team. We have an annual event called the All Abilities Marketplace on Jan 22, 2022. It’s a children’s craft fair where the kids can make and sell their own items and keep their money. Many of the kids have disabilities and we invite children to host booths that do not have disabilities as well to create a culture of inclusion. It is FREE for the children to host a booth and they get to keep their own money. Last year the kids had so much fun and said, “It didn’t matter if a child was in a wheelchair or not. For a day everyone seemed the same.” Such a heartwarming feeling hearing a child say that!

The kids of Quail Run are invited to join in the fun. Again, it’s free to host a booth, the event is free to the public, and we are a 501c3 nonprofit and ask for nothing in return. We just want to create a world where kids with disabilities can be recognized for their strengths and children can feel comfortable being around one another, despite their different abilities. The event has so many fun activities for the entire family - food trucks, mini horses, fire trucks, and live dance performances. We use the facilities at Desert Springs Bible Church on Tatum and Paradise Lane but we are not a religious organization and this is not a church-sponsored event. We just rent their space.

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

  • 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. 7: Early Release Day at 12:30 pm
  • Dec. 10: 4-6th Grade Spelling Bee at 2:00 pm
  • Dec. 11: Sounds of the Season at Desert Ridge at 1:35 pm
  • Dec. 14: PTA Restaurant Night at Cafe Zupas from 4-9:00 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!
  • Jan. 4: School Council Meeting at 3:30 pm
  • Jan. 5: Kinder Roundup from 9:30-10:30 am
  • Jan. 6: Kinder Roundup from 1:30-2:30 pm
  • Jan. 6: PVSchools Governing Board Meeting at 7:00 pm
  • Jan. 11: Early Release Day at 12:30 pm
  • Jan. 13: PTA Meeting at 3:30 pm
  • Jan. 14: District Spelling Bee, Time TBA at Paradise Valley High School
  • Jan. 17: No School, MLK Day Recess
  • Jan. 20: PVSchools Governing Board Meeting at 7:00 pm
  • Jan. 22: Something So Worth It Marketplace
  • Jan. 24: Book Fair Begins
  • Jan 24-28: Parent-Teacher Conference Week
  • Jan 27-28: Early Release Day at 12:30 pm
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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