WFES Newsletter

January 10th, 2020

WFES Kindergarten Round-Up

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Click Here to Pre-Register for Kindergarten Round-Up

Pre-registering is not required but will save you time at the event.

Parent/Teacher Conference Information

It is that time again as parent-teacher conferences are upon us. Our teachers are excited to meet with you to discuss your student's accomplishments and what to expect for the remainder of the school year.

Spring conferences are optional and it is not a requirement for parents to schedule a conference with their teacher(s). All parents/guardians are welcome to schedule a conference and if a teacher feels it is necessary to meet, they will reach out to individual parents.

Conferences are the week of January 27th - January 31st, with Wednesday, January 29th designated as a scheduled late conference evening. Thursday, January 30th and Friday, January 31st are early release half-days.


On January 15th, a link to sign-up for conferences will be emailed to parents/guardians.


Important Conference Reminders

  • Any conference scheduled after 4:00 PM on January 24th, will need to be made directly with the teacher

  • Please arrive prior to your start time so you are not late. Teachers have many parents to meet with and only a finite amount of time to do so.

  • Please respect the privacy and time of others and do not enter the classroom while another conference is taking place.

  • Please plan ahead for parking as parking spaces may be limited due to the high number of conferences.

2nd Quarter Awards Ceremonies

2nd quarter grade level awards ceremonies are on Tuesday, January 14th. During this ceremony, we will recognize and honor those students who have earned Honor Roll or Principal’s Honor Roll distinction.


Grade level award ceremony times are:

  • 4th Grade: 9:30 - 10:00 AM

  • 5th Grade: 10:15 - 10:45 AM

  • 6th Grade: 11:00 - 11:30 AM


Students will be recognized and presented with a certificate for their achievement. Time is built in to allow for pictures. If you are unable to attend and would like for the school to send you a picture of your student with their award, please let their teacher know.


Great work to all our students who earned honor roll recognition during the 2nd quarter and we look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, January 14th.


*Awards in grade levels K-3 are delieverd in the classroom.


Fox 10 Morning Show Is Coming to Wildfire

On the morning of January 15th, 2020, we will be welcoming Cory McCloskey and the Fox 10 Morning Show to Wildfire Elementary as a part of their school in focus segment. The news station is looking for students to be in the background who are dressed in school colors and showing school spirit. Parents who would like their student(s) to participate and be on the news, please arrive at Wildfire by 8:00 AM. Live interviews are scheduled to take place at 8:20 and 8:40 AM. We plan on being on the field but if there is bad weather we will be in the MPR.


We look forward to showing off our school and our Firebird pride!

Buddy Bench Plastic Lid Collection Drive - Update

So far our Student Government has collected more than 55 pounds of plastic lids and are almost 15% of the way to our goal of 400 pounds! Keep bringing in those lids for our buddy bench!


Here is what we need: Your plastic caps!!!


CAPS TO COLLECT FOR BUDDY BENCH!!

ACCEPTABLE CAPS:

Medicine bottle caps, drink bottle caps, milk jug caps, flip-top caps (ketchup, mustard) detergent caps, spout caps (mustard), hair spray caps, spray paint caps, toothpaste tube caps, ointment tube caps, deodorant caps,

Go-Go applesauce caps, baby food caps, Stonyfield yogurt pack twist-off caps

caps w/ RECYCLE NUMBERS of (2) ( 4) (5)


ACCEPTABLE LIDS:

Cottage cheese container lids, cool whip container lids, mayonnaise jar lids, coffee can lids, yogurt lids, cream cheese container lids, peanut butter jar lids, butter container lids, ice cream bucket lids under 8", Pringles lids, Prescription bottle lids

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Good Luck Jonathan!

On Friday, January 17th, Jonathan S. is going to represent Wildfire Elementary School at the PV District Spelling Bee. We are so proud of you Jonathan and know you are going to great!
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Elementary #33 Community Meeting Notice

Mascot Open Enrollment Begins on January 22, 2020

Family Math Night added up to a great time!

Games + Family + Food = Fun! Math Night was a blast. Thank you, Mathnasium of Desert Ridge for putting on a great event!
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Tax Credit Donations

Making a contribution to receive an Arizona public education tax credit is simple. You can get a tax credit up to $200 for an individual or $400 per married couple.


Tax 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 prior year's tax return. For example, qualifying contributions made to a public school between January 1, 2019 and April 15, 2019 may be used as a tax credit on either your 2018 or 2019 Arizona income tax return. (Pub 707 AZDOR). For additional information, call (602) 449-2049.


Arizona tax law allows taxpayers a credit for contributions made or fees paid to a public school for support of extracurricular activities or character education (as defined in ARS 15-719). If married, taxpayers file separate returns: Each spouse may claim one-half of the credit that would have been allowed on a joint return.

Math Resources For Help At Home

Need help with math homework? The Paradise Valley School District has created a website to help students and families with the math as well as provide homework help. Check out the links below to get some added help with math.


Math Family Resource Website: https://sites.google.com/pvlearners.net/family-resources/home


Homework Helper: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8GkYGS888IicU5JVzFLRnhIcWlqY1lvOThXZXdQRl9taXJF/view

School Information

School Hours Reminder

School Hours

Kindergarten - 6th Grade: 8:45 AM - 3:15 PM

PreK: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

  • Students are allowed on school grounds at 8:15 AM. There is no supervision prior to that time. Student's in 1st through 6th-grade report to the main playground area and Kindergarten students to the Kindergarten playground.

  • Student are not permitted in the building prior to 8:45 AM, unless permission has been given by the school administration or classroom teacher.

  • Students arriving after 8:45 AM must be checked in by a parent in the front school office.

  • Dismissal time for 2nd - 6th grade is 3:15 PM and Kindergarten and 1st grade is 3:10 PM. We ask that parents make every effort to pick their student up on time.

Morning Student Drop-Off Update

PV District Policy states that all visitors on campus during school hours need to sign in at the front office and have a visible visitor badge (sticker) while on campus. We need all parents who drop-off students who would like to enter the secure gated area on the north end of the building as well as the east end along to bus lane to make sure to sign-in at the front office prior to entering or dropping off their student(s) at the entrance gates. Thank you for helping to ensure the safety of all Wildfire students and staff.

Attendance Matters!


How is daily attendance calculated?

  • Daily attendance of students is determined by the number of minutes a student is present at school during the day. To learn more about how daily attendance is calculated click here.


Did you Know...?
  • Daily attendance rates of students is one of the measures used in determining Wildfire's school letter grade.
  • Research shows that missing 10 percent of the school, or about 18 days in most school districts, negatively affects a student’s academic performance. That’s just two days a month and that’s known as chronic absence. In the state of Arizona, any student missing more than 18 days of school is considered truant, regardless of if the absence is excused or unexcused.
  • When students improve their attendance rates, they improve their academic prospects and chances for graduating.
  • Poor attendance can influence whether children read proficiently by the end of third grade or be held back.
  • By 6th grade, chronic absence becomes a leading indicator that a student will drop out of high school.

Attendance Information

Wildfire Elementary School classes start at 8:45 AM. Any student arriving after 8:50 AM will be considered tardy for class.
Please report any student absence to our attendance line: (602) 449-4301. A message can be left on the attendance line 24 hours a day 7 days a week.


Please make every effort to have your student(s) to school on time and limit unnecessary absences.

On the Calendar

Important Upcoming Dates

  • PTO Meeting: January 13th, at 6:30 PM
  • Early Release Day: January 14th
  • 2nd Quarter Awards Ceremony (Grades 4-6): January 14th
  • Yearbook Club Meeting: January 14th at 7:45 AM
  • Elementary #33 Community Meeting: January 14th at 6:00 PM
  • Fox 10 Morning Show at WFES: January 15th at 8:00 AM
  • 6th Grade Tour/Assembly at EXMS: January 16th at 10:00 AM
  • 4th Grade Parent Meeting for Grand Canyon Field Trip: January 16th at 6:30 PM
  • Class and Activity Picture Day: January 16th
  • District Spelling Bee: January 17th
  • MLK Day - NO SCHOOL: January 20th
  • Pre-K Universe (at Fireside Elementary): January 21st
  • STUGO Meeting: January 21st at 3:20 PM
  • PTO Family Bingo Night: January 24th at 6:00 PM
  • Parent Teacher Conferences: January 27th - January 31st
  • Kindergarten Round-Up: February 3rd

Wildfire Elementary School Firebirds

The mission of Wildfire Elementary School is to lead students to high achievement and individual excellence in a collaborative learning environment