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Week 26 Recap

3 Day Weekend

It was great to see so many of you on campus this week for conferences and class parties! We also had a great 5th grade field trip to BizTown that allowed our students to manage and run their own businesses for the day. Thanks for the fantastic spirit that was on campus this week in support of our Student Council's spirit week, we had a great time celebrating and closing out with Viper Green and Purple today.

We are closing in on our APEX X-Factor Program which kicks off on February 27 (one week from Monday). We are excited to kick off our largest fundraiser of the year while teaching amazing leadership traits to all our Vipers. Stay tuned for more information that will be sent home as well as published on our Twitter and Facebook pages for pictures and details of this amazing event.

Apex Lesson Trailer

Positive Office Referral Winners

This week's positive office referral winners are: Ryan, Giuliana, Siddhi, Ali, Eva, Lilah, Anthony, Katelyn, Aubrey, James, Elmarie, Morris, and Landon. Thank you all for leading with kindness and setting a great example!

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PTSO Update

Restaurant Night- The Paleta Bar

Thank you to everyone that showed up at The Paleta Bar last Saturday- we raised $162.80! We can’t wait to see you in March at our next restaurant. Thanks to your donations and showing up to Restaurant Nights, the PTSO hosted lunch for the teachers on Thursday from Cafe Rio.

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Egg to Chick Club

Mrs. Thiebeau's Egg to Chick Club starts in two weeks! Be sure to fill our the attached permission slip and pay online to take part in this annual SV club. If you have any quesations, please contact

Spring Picture Day Wednesday

Wednesday 2/22 is Spring Picture day. This will be for group class photos for grades K-6. There will be individual photos for any students who were absent for the picture days in the Fall, would like to have a retake, or are new to our campus, these would include 7th and 8th Grade. We want to make sure all students get their photo in the yearbook. Your student will receive a QR code to use for ordering from Grads and you will receive an email from Grads photography a couple of weeks later with a link to proof the photos and order.

Arizona Attorney General Anti-Bullying Presentations

Anti-Bullying Presentation for Parents March 8, 2023 (Virtual)

All our parents are welcome to attend a Sierra Verde webinar on anti-bullying. See the details below. Later this March, we will be hosting an anti-bullying presentation for our middle school students on campus.

Office of the Arizona Attorney General - Community Outreach & Education

Parent Webinar

March 8, 2023


Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 894 1851 0181

Passcode: 932009

5:00-6:00 PM


Anti-Bullying Addresses the different types of bullying, how it’s affecting our youth, and preventative measures parents can take. We explain why teaching kindness and being empathetic is important and the relationship it has with bullying. We also give tips to parents on how to help their child become resilient to criticism.

Anti-Bullying Presentation for Students, Monday, March 20, 2023

This presentation will address the different types of bullying, how it’s affecting our youth, and preventative measures students can take. We empower and encourage students to change the culture of bullying and create a kindness culture instead. We also inform students about the legal consequences for bullying and how it can affect their future. This presentation will be given to 6-8th grade students on March 20.

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We have a limited supply new era hats available for order on our website. The hats are available in 3 sizes 1. Small/Medium 2. Medium/Large 3. Large/XL . The caps are flex fit which allows them to fit a range of sizes. You can pre-order them on our website for $25, and they will be $30 after the pre-order window. The size guide can be found here, and this is the 39thirty model

There will also be a one size child/youth all black cap available for purchase as well that will fit our youngest Vipers better than the adult 39thirty. Please be sure to order the correct size on our website as we will not have extra hats on hand to exchange sizes.

Middle School Sports Update

Stay tuned for our first basketball games of the year on Tuesday February 28, our boys and girls are both home and play back to back against Stetson Hills.

Track and Field season is underway for middle school at Mountain Ridge High School. You can still register and participate if you get your paperwork completed in Register My Athlete by Monday. If you have any questions please contact for the details. Track is offered for 5-8th grade students.

DVUSD Job Fair

DVUSD is hosting a job fair for all positions and departments in Deer Valley on Saturday, April 1. For more details go to or email
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Yearbooks Still Available

Our Sierra Verde Yearbook sales are still open until we sell 50 more yearbooks for 22-23.We do not order any extra copies to sell on hand at the end of the year, so make sure you order ASAP to guarantee your book. 8th grade dedications and kindergarten pictures are due by Friday 2/24.

DVUSD Community Education Summer Camp

Summer Camp Registration is opens and it fills up fast. For more info and to register your child, visit

APEX Fun Run is Coming to Sierra Verde February 27

Our Apex Obstacle Course event fundraiser and leadership program begins one week from Monday!

We love the amazing leadership and character-building portion of the Apex program as it focuses on developing student self-control and interpersonal skills that are vital for school and life success. With this year’s #ApexXFACTOR theme, students will embark on an incredible two-week quest in search of the key to becoming great leaders, learning to dream big, and making a positive impact on the world. These quick, engaging lessons tie in with our school’s vision and mission, encourage students to create a positive environment, and inspire them to lead by example.

The Apex Obstacle Course event will be held on March 9.

More info on how to make a pledge to support our school will go home next week!

#ApexLeadershipCo #ApexXFACTOR #BuildingLeaders

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PBIS Rewards

PBIS Rewards continues to be a huge success at SV this year and your students love to spend their PBIS Rewards points at our school store. If you are interested in donating to our PBIS store, we have a PBIS Store Amazon Wishlist. You can also drop off any donation items to our office - new/gently loved stuffed animals are always a popular item.

Help stock the PBIS Store Rewards Store by purchasing Rewards directly on Amazon. If you purchase from our PBIS Rewards wishlist it will ship directly to campus and our kids can purchase immediately. Stock our store here:

Help our Health Office

The Health Office could use your help. We need assistance in restocking our clothing cabinet. We are in need of donations of NEW underwear for boys and girls- sizes extra small, small, & medium. If you are doing any spring cleaning, we can take any gently used, athletic-type shorts, shirts, and leggings for girls and boys in all sizes. This will help us get students back to class faster after an accident. Thank you for supporting our students!

- Nurse Jessie and Nurse Lynn

Mindfulness Monday Challenge of the Week

Mindful Energy

The energy you have directly impacts how you show up each day. Consider for yourself: When you're burnt-out, how enjoyable is live? How effective are you at what you do? How about when you are full of energy? The answer is obvious: The more energy you have, the better the day is. Yet, many of us go through our days like zombies. Hitting the snooze button five times upon waking. Dependent on coffee to get out of bed. Addicted to our screens. Drained upon arriving home, with little energy to give to life outside of school or work. If you could take action to live with greater energy each day...would you? This isn't about the energy you feel each day. It's about what you can do when you show up in the world with greater vitality. And, what the experience of doing those things feels like. Everything you do influences your energy in some way. But here are four fundamental behaviors that impact your energy and mood: sleep, nutrition/fuel, movement, and breathing.

This week, try these mindful energy management tips:

  • See clearly where you're at: Take time to honestly assess your current state. What's working for you? What's not?
  • Be kind to yourself: No matter where you're at, all that matters is how you move forward from here. Stay focused on the next step forward!
  • Start paying attention: Maintain awareness of your energy, and the physical sensations in your body throughout the day. This helps you be mindful of when your energy shifts, and identify what might be creating those shifts.
  • Have fun experimenting: In In order to figure out what works best for you, you have to be open-minded to new ideas. When you try new ideas, you can assess the results, and try different approaches in the future. Approaching energy management with a spirit of playfulness makes it an exciting adventure. Like a detective, you’re tasked with solving the mystery of what helps you have the best energy each day.

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

Sierra Verde currently has openings for 2 full time paraprofessionals. Both of these positions include benefits and are available for an immediate start. We also need a crossing guard for 90 minutes per day. Our cafeteria is 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.

Office Updates

  • Next Friday 2/24 is a 2:00 pm early release for our staff to participate in their PLC teams.
  • We cannot sign out kids 15 minutes before dismissal (3:15 is the cutoff).
  • Reminder we cannot do deliveries to classrooms or call classrooms except for glasses or chromebooks. Phone messages only delivered to students at 2:30. If there is a pick up change, please call our office before 2:30.
  • 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.

Have a Great 3 Day Weekend!

Sierra Verde STEAM Academy

An A+ School of Excellence

Nationally Accredited STEM Certification

"A" Rated School by Arizona Dept. of Education

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Deer Valley Unified School District