Quail Run News

January 4, 2022

From the desk of Mrs. Maynard

Happy New Year! Welcome back, Quail Run Families!


Parent conferences are right around the corner. Our teachers are looking forward to meeting with you to discuss your student's growth and goals for the second semester. Look for my communication on Friday with links to sign up for a day and time.


Dr. Bales sent out communication regarding new Covid quarantine procedures yesterday afternoon. I am including his communication below for your review.


Your Partner in Education,

Marta Maynard

PVSchools Community,


Happy New Year! If you’re anything like my family and I, reflecting on the past year and setting new goals for the next one is an annual tradition. While reflecting back and looking forward, I wanted to take the opportunity to express my gratitude for the PVSchools community, working together to support our students. First semester may have seemed more challenging than the year before, but I’m optimistic we will continue to work together in the best interest of our students.


Over the winter break, we read about a new Arizona Attorney General Opinion regarding quarantining, new CDC recommendations for COVID-19 positive and close contacts, and watched ominous surges in COVID-19 cases.


Our goal continues to be keeping schools open and having our students learn in their classrooms. Your cooperation with our mask regulation helped us minimize the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the number of students in quarantine during the first semester. That regulation continues, for now, into the second semester. There are; however, a few updates to our COVID-19 mitigation plan.


If a student tests positive for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status;

  • Should isolate for 5 days.

  • Once asymptomatic or as symptoms are resolving (without fever for 24 hours), wear a mask when around others to minimize the risk of spread for 5 additional days.


If a student is a close contact and remains asymptomatic with current vaccination or a positive COVID-19 case within the last 90 days;

  • May continue to attend school.

  • Wearing a mask is recommended for 10 days.

  • COVID-19 test recommended after 5 days.


If a student is a close contact and remains asymptomatic without current vaccination or a positive COVID-19 case within the last 90 days;

  • Encouraged to quarantine for 5 days. May return to school after quarantine, wearing a mask for the next 5 days.

  • If quarantine is not feasible, students can return if they wear a mask for 10 days.

  • COVID-19 test recommended after 5 days.


If a student is a close contact and is symptomatic;

  • It’s imperative that students and staff stay home if they are exhibiting any COVID-like symptoms.

  • COVID-19 test recommended. If positive see, “If a student tests positive for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status” above.

  • Once asymptomatic or as symptoms are resolving (without fever for 24 hours), wear a mask when around others to minimize the risk of spread for 5 additional days.


All of our strategies are part of a multi-layered approach to mitigation protocols. This approach begins with everyone making a personal commitment to complete a self-assessment every day and refrain from coming to work or school if COVID-like symptoms are present or awaiting COVID-19 test results. We continue to promote vaccinations, healthy hand hygiene, social distancing when possible, cohorting, increased air filter and ventilation measures, cleaning upgrades, contact tracing, and more. For a complete review of our updated mitigation plan, visit the PVSchools Prepared webpage.

In partnership with the Maricopa County Department of Public Health, a second vaccination clinic will be available Saturday, January 8, 2022, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. This will be a free COVID-19 vaccine event for anyone 5 years of age and up. This event will take place at North Canyon High School, located at 1700 E. Union Hills Drive in Phoenix. For more information, call 602-506-6767. This information and more are also available on our website.


PVSchools in partnership with In Office Diagnostics (DX), will continue to offer a free, robust drive-through testing program. See more information on drive-through testing.

Thank you, in advance, for your cooperation and continued support of student success on the journey of excellence in PVSchools.


Sincerely,

Troy J. Bales, Ed.D.
Superintendent

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Join us here at Quail Run Elementary School for our Kindergarten Round-Up. You will get to see our Kindergarten classrooms in action!

Meet our amazing kindergarten team, explore our classrooms, meet new friends during this open-house style event and learn why Quail Run Elementary School is the best school to start your child's educational journey.

Check out what's happening at Quail Run!

December 2021 at QRES

Handicapped Parking Spots

As a reminder, please do not park in the handicapped parking spots in our parking lot unless you meet the requirements to park there. Please follow these guidelines as you would in any public parking lot. This includes when dropping off and picking up Quail Club students before and after regular school hours. Thank you for your cooperation!

Tax Credit Donations - through April 15, 2022!

Here is how you can support Quail Run by making a contribution to receive an Arizona public education tax credit. You can get a tax credit of up to $200 for an individual or $400 per married couple. Beginning in 2016, credit eligible fees paid and contributions made to a public school from January 1 through April 15 of the calendar year may be used as a tax credit on the current OR prior year's tax return. For example, qualifying contributions made to a public school from January 1, 2022 to April 15, 2022 may be used as a tax credit on either your 2020 or 2021 Arizona income tax return. (Pub 707 AZDOR). Click here to make your tax credit donation online. Please reach out to family and friends and ask them to designate their tax credit donations to Quail Run.This is money they will get back in their taxes and will greatly benefit our students.


Your donations help fund our before and after school classes, so please donate so we can keep prices low and provide a variety of clubs for all students!!!

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

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.

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 taking a deeper look at the transdisciplinary themes and some of the learning Quail Run students explore.



The Primary Years Programme (PYP) is a transdisciplinary curriculum framework that offers authentic learning experiences. The PYP encourages students to learn to appreciate knowledge, conceptual understandings, skills, and personal attributes as a connected whole.


Each school collaboratively develops a programme of inquiry to reflect the unique aspects of that school’s community. The programme of inquiry articulates how the six transdisciplinary themes will be explored across the different age groups. It provides students in the early and primary years with the opportunity to experience a coherent and balanced curriculum.


These transdisciplinary themes together provide children with authentic learning experiences that are not confined to the boundaries of traditional subjects. Although subjects play an important role in learning, PYP learners explore real-world problems by going beyond subject boundaries. Students have opportunities to reflect on the significance of their learning to take meaningful action in their community and the wider world.


The PYP framework is dynamic because a transdisciplinary programme of inquiry leaves room for emergent and unexpected ideas, directions, and connections that students might encounter.


  • Some things QRES students explore under the Who we are theme include similarities and differences, senses and feelings; forming a positive community and rules; caring for our bodies (healthy habits), being unique; human and civil rights; and body systems.
  • Where we are in place and time has students learning about journeys; farming - past & present; advancement of cultures; migration; and ancient civilizations.
  • When students at Quail Run dive into How we express ourselves, they are exploring language and a variety of forms of writing.
  • How the world works units revolve around resources; exploring earth materials; weather, states of matter; motion; electricity & magnetism; changes of matter, interactions of living things; and space
  • In How we organize ourselves units, students are exploring maps and globes; needs & wants; government; boundaries of countries; civil & revolutionary wars; and economics.
  • The Sharing the planet units are composed of caring for our planet, living things growing and adapt; ecosystems; forces; rights and responsibilities; and our 6th graders create their own unit of inquiry during Exhibition (next month's article).

Please contact Mrs. Rubey if you'd like more information about our IB program. drubey@pvschools.net

Spring Enrichment Opportunities

The Community Education Spring Catalog is available and registration is open. 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

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


Sandra Cantu

Quail Run PTA

quailrunpta@gmail.com

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!

Smile.Amazon.com

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

  • 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, 8:00 am 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 Preview Week
  • Jan 24-28: Parent-Teacher Conference Week
  • Jan 27-28: Early Release Day at 12:30 pm
  • Jan. 31 - Feb. 3: Book Fair Shopping
  • Feb. 10: K-2 Field Day
  • Feb. 10: PVSchools Governing Board Meeting at 7:00 pm
  • Feb. 11: 3-6 Field Day
  • Feb. 15: Early Release Day at 12:30 pm
  • Feb. 17: 6th Grade Exhibition Kickoff
  • Feb. 21: No School, Presidents' Day Recess
  • Feb. 22: School Council Meeting at 3:30 pm
  • Feb. 25: 3rd Grade Field Trip to Phoenix Zoo

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