Viper Voice

Week 18 Recap

One Week to Go

It was another fantastic week on campus as we approach the end of Q2. Most of our students took midterm assessments, and DIBELS (K-3) reading assessments this week so we can measure our progress through half the year and adjust our pacing, instruction, and interventions for all students moving forward into 3rd Quarter. We are excited for our Reindeer Run tomorrow at 10:00 am as well as our final week of 2022 with our Holiday parties as well as our Viper Pride Assembly on Friday before our 1/2 day early release at 12:05. If you need any gift ideas for teachers or staff, check out the SV Staff Favorites link.

We want to remind everyone of our parking lot procedures during dismissal. Parents are not permitted to park in our parking lot after 3:20 to pick up students. We will also not permit students to cross into the parking lot and walk out onto Rose Garden to meet their vehicle. If you are choosing to pick up your students off campus, they must exit through the Viper Gate near the bike rack, or out the 3-5 gate on the southwest corner of our campus. Next week we will be monitoring and enforcing these policies to maintain a safe and orderly campus. We will not be allowing cars into the parking lot from 3:20 - 3:45 unless they are coming onto campus for a reason unrelated to dismissal.

Please take some time to review the map and procedures below and be aware that we will be blocking access to our parking lot in the afternoon from 3:15 to 3:45 pm starting Monday and have asked Glendale PD to monitor Rose Garden for any cars illegally stopped or parked.

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Positive Office Referral Winners

Congratulations to our Positive Office Referral Winners for this week! Our Winners are Ellie, Ella, Joshua, Lorenzo, Matteo, Brooke, Kenzie, Sayuri, Luke, Harper, and Ayani. Thanks for leading with kindness and making a difference.
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Spirit Week!

We have our Spirit Week Next Week sponsored by Student Council. This spirit week will be for students and staff as we head into the winter break!

Monday: Candy Cane Day
Tuesday: Christmas/Holiday Character Day
Wednesday: Elf Day
Thursday: Ugly Sweater Day
Friday: Christmas/Holiday Pajamas

Choir Concert Next Wednesday

Please join us next week as Mrs. Simmons and her amazing choirs will be performing their Holiday Concert on Wednesday 12/14 at 6:00 pm. This will be for all our student choirs from 3rd grade all the way to 8th grade in the MPR and Stage.

Reindeer Run & Toy Drive Tomorrow

Join us tomorrow (Saturday) for our 15th annual SV Reindeer Run/Walk at 10:00 am.

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PTSO Update

Thank you to everyone that attended our PTSO meeting and ate at Panda Express this week- We appreciate your support!

Volunteer of the Week ~Lacey Valentine~

Lacey Valentine has been volunteering in classrooms for the past 7 years. She has 4 kids, two of which attend Sierra Verde. She has a 4th grader- William and a 2nd grader- Micah. Lacey has volunteered as PTSO Volunteer Co-Chair, a Room Parent, and assisted teachers in the classroom. When Lacey is not helping out SV, she can be found behind her camera lens or running her business- Happy Valentine Photography. Thank you for your support, Lacey!
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Welcome to SV Nurse Jessie!

Hi! I’m Jessie. I have been helping out at Sierra Verde this fall and I’m excited to become part of the team. I’ll be your nurse on Mondays & Wednesdays. I have been a nurse for 15 years. I was born & raised in Oklahoma, GO SOONERS! We moved to AZ in 2009 and lived here for 9 years. We took a short break and moved across the country before deciding our final move back to the desert. I have 3 children, 2 are currently at SV and one to follow next year. I’m happy to have the opportunity to work with the great kids and staff here.
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Middle School Sports Schedule

Away Volleyball Games

12/15 at Diamond Canyon 4:30 pm

Cross Country is hosting a meet for 5/6 and 7/8 Tuesday 12/13 at Sierra Verde

Priority Open Enrollment 23-24

Open Enrollment is underway for the 2023– 2024 school year. Through Open Enrollment, your child has the opportunity to attend any school of their choice, if capacity permits. If you currently have an 8th grader that will be attending Mountain Ridge High School next year and Mountain Ridge is not your home school, you need to apply for open enrollment by December 05, 2022 for priority consideration. If you have another student starting school next year in any grade and your current student is on open enrollment, you should also apply by December 2022. Priority will be given to siblings of currently enrolled students if grade level capacity permits. You must apply online at It is not necessary to reapply for Open Enrollment for currently enrolled students at Sierra Verde, only new students wishing to attend.

For those of you with family, friends, or neighbors looking to attend SV next year, it is essential that you get an application ASAP and prior to the the closing of our priority window. In most grades, we typically have to waitlist most students if they apply after December.

Families will be notified if the application has been approved or denied via email in January 2023. Upon notification, a registration must be completed online, no later than 10 days after notification of the decision, or the student potentially forfeits the approved Open Enrollment and may need to reapply.

If you have any questions, please contact the front office at 623-376-4800.

Mindfulness Monday Challenge of the Week

“Patience is not the ability to wait, but the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting.” It seems daily stress often results in frustration and a sense of impending urgency to get things done. The ability to tolerate delay, accept setbacks, and go with the flow without getting upset requires patience, especially during the holiday season. There are so many demands on us, that it truly requires some intentional planning. Filling our “patience toolbox” ahead of time is a great way to develop the skill. One way to deal with stress is to take three long, slow breaths and hold them. This has physical benefits as well as helping us center our minds. Having a “happy place” where we can go while dealing with difficult situations is also effective. Perhaps there is a garden, a beautiful view, or the shore of a calm beach that you can conjure in your mind. And lastly, positive self-talk is an excellent way to develop patience and positivity.

The next few weeks, take time to make sure your toolbox is full, and remember that patience and perseverance can make difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.

Join Team SV (Paraprofessional, Crossing Guard, Cook, and Viper Den)

Sierra Verde currently has openings for full time paraprofessionals. Both of these positions include benefits and are available for an immediate start. We also need a morning crossing guard for 45 minutes per day. We are also in need of a Food Service Cook which is 5 hours per day. If you are interested in any position or would like further information please contact Mrs. Jennifer Morales, or stop by the office.

Community Education is also hiring before and after care workers for our Viper Den program. This is a 6 hour per day position before and after school. If you are interested in this position please contact Dina Sands 623-376-3903 or stop by our office for more information.

Last Call for Early-bird Yearbook Prices

Our Sierra Verde Yearbook sales are officially open for earlybird preorder. We currently are taking pre-order sales at $35 per yearbook and the price will rise to $50 in January. We do not order any extra copies to sell on hand at the end of the year, so make sure you preorder at our discounted rate.
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Office Updates

  • Next Friday 12/16 is a Half Day Release Kinder 11:50 AM All Other Grades 12:05 PM
  • 12/16 Office closing at 1:00 PM
  • 12/19 through 1/2 Winter Break, School closed and students return on 1/3. As a reminder, 1/2 is a staff development day, no students.
  • Reminder our bike racks are locked during school hours only.
  • For those who are interested in volunteering in classrooms and/or attending field trips, you will need to attend a one time district volunteer training (class locations and times can be found at If you have already taken the training you must come in to the front office to update your information, this must be done every year.

Social Studies and Music Curriculum Adoptions

DVUSD is beginning the process of adopting new curriculum this year. If you would like to be a part of the review team or learn more about this process check out the flyers below for more detail.

Have a Great Weekend!

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