Gecko Gazette

Desert Sage Elementary Newsletter - November 9, 2020

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DVUSD & Desert Sage Health Guidelines

Introducing our new Mandarin Specials Teacher

We are very pleased to introduce Zhaohui Ren. Beginning on Monday, November 16 she will begin teaching all grades Mandarin Specials. Below is a letter from Ms. Zhaohui introducing herself.


I’m REN Zhaohui, a new Mandarin Specials teacher at Desert Sage Elementary School. You can call me REN Laoshi, which means Teacher REN. I will be teaching K-6 Mandarin Specials this school year.

I’m from Ji’nan, China, a beautiful historic city inhabited for more than 4000 years, also known as Spring City for its famous 72 Artesian Springs.

I got my degree in Master of Arts in Teaching and Curriculum from the College of Education at Michigan State University. I have been teaching Chinese Language and Culture in Rochester Community Schools in Michigan for the past three years. My primary goal is to keep students engaged and interested in learning Chinese both linguistically and culturally. I look forward to collaborating with everyone to ensure a positive and successful academic and cultural outcome for all my students.

Fun Facts about me:

Travel: My biggest hobby is traveling, both domestically and internationally, especially the road trip. It’s my annual activity to have a three-week road trip in the summer holiday with my friends.

Cooking: This is my newly developed hobby during the pandemic lockdown. Trying a new recipe is the best way for me to relax and enjoy homemade food. Music: Pop music is my favorite genre, but I like different music except for heavy metal.

1st Quarter Academic Award Recipients

Upcoming Important Dates

  • Wednesday, November 11: No school, Veterans Day
  • Friday, November 13: Dismissal at 3:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 17: Cafe Zupas PTO Fundraiser 5 - 9 p.m.
  • Friday, November 20: Dismissal at 2:00 p.m.
  • November 23 - 27: No school, Thanksgiving Break

Phoenix Art Museum $5

Announcing discounted admission for youth under 18 every day!

Through the profound generosity of UMB Bank and the William T. Kemper Charitable Trust, Phoenix Art Museum will now offer daily $5 admission for youth under 18. The new $5 ticket, based on the Museum’s field-trip rate for school tours, will now enable parents who are navigating the challenges of COVID-19 to provide their own ‘field trip’ as a family, now through January 31. The Museum will also suspend the $5 special-exhibition charge for visitors younger than 18 during voluntary-donation hours, including Pay-What-You-Wish Wednesdays, offered weekly from 3 – 7 pm, and monthly First Fridays from 3 – 7 pm.

In support of this effort and in response to Arizona schools suspending group activities such as field trips, the Museum has also extended its weekday hours to 7 pm to provide families with more opportunities to benefit from the new pricing structure and experience arts and culture while social distancing.

AZ School Tax Credit for Desert Sage

Your school tax credit donations can provide Desert Sage students with opportunities to after school and summer programs, field trips, music and athletic programs or any other extracurricular activity.

The Arizona tax credit program (A.R.S. 43-1089.01) allows a tax credit of up to $200 for individuals and up to $400 for married couples, filing jointly, in support of extracurricular activities.

The tax credit reduces your tax burden to the state of Arizona, dollar for dollar.

This year, AZ tax credit dollars can help us purchase needed capital items as well if donated to the general fund.

Desert Sage Elementary

We are an A school in the Deer Valley Unified District. We educate children pre-k through grade 6 & offer Mandarin Language Immersion. We are the home of the geckos. Kristy M. Gill is the proud principal and Dr. Heidi Hopman is the proud assistant principal.