Park Place Post

January 7, 2022

From the Principal

Happy New Year, Park Parents and Guardians!

Happy 2022! I love beginnings. I am always excited to look back and evaluate what worked, what didn't, and make improvements moving forward. As we enter the spring semester, I am going to ask you to be flexible and understanding as we're adapting to recent developments. COVID has evolved and Omicron has become an unwelcomed visitor, so naturally, recommendations from the experts are driving some changes in DVUSD. We will keep you informed as those changes develop. I am committed to keeping our students and staff safe while continuing to maintain an extraordinary educational environment at Park Meadows. Here are some changes to COVID response and our instructional practices.

COVID: We have decided to be cautious about social events and will restrict gatherings on campus, so the Building with Buddies and Park Meadows 50th Birthday events will not take place as previously scheduled. However, we will hold curriculum nights and parent/teacher conferences on Zoom. See the "Upcoming Events" section below. We are also going to schedule a fun spirit week to celebrate the school's 50th birthday (shh...don't tell anyone but Park Meadows and I are the same age!) Please watch for Parent Update emails from DVUSD in the coming days, as district leaders will be revising quarantine practices again at the recommendations of the CDC and MCDPH. You can always stay up to date on changes by visiting the DVUSD Safe & Healthy Schools web page (linked below).

Academics: We are focusing heavily on interventions in math and English Language Arts for the remainder of the school year. We are in the same place as schools across the country in that we know COVID has caused some reductions in academic learning. To address deficiencies, our teachers are committed to providing quality interventions during class time. We routinely teach new skills, assess student learning, and respond based on levels of mastery. When students do not master the new knowledge and skills, teachers pull students in small groups following whole-group instruction to re-teach and try different strategies. Each class has a designated "Response to Intervention" (Rti) time every day to teach small groups of students who are missing the pre-requisite skills from previous content and even previous years. The interventions teachers provide are based on data from classroom and district assessments. Our reading and math specialists provide more intensive interventions, and over the next few weeks they will share their expertise with classroom teachers by pushing into classrooms to help refine instructional practices. You can help us reinforce learning at home by:

  • Checking Powerschool regularly to be sure your child is completing and submitting work on time so teachers can evaluate their levels of mastery.
  • Establishing a consistent time and place for students to study and complete homework each day.
  • Emailing your child's teacher as soon as you have questions or concerns about your child's learning.
  • Reading with your child each and every day! Discuss what they're reading to build comprehension and critical thinking skills. This is fun bonding time, too.

Thank you for being our partners in education. At Park Meadows, we are surviving and thriving during these challenging times by having a sense of humor, taking care of each other, and finding joy in each day with our students. We will continue to improve as we adapt to our changing environment.

All the best for 2022,

Kim Lanese

Park Meadows Principal

Important Reminder!

Parent Drop Off & Pick Up

Please see the attached letter from the beginning of the school year regarding parent pick up & drop off.

A Note From Mrs. Fraemohs, Parent Liaison

Greetings Park Meadows families,

I hope your holiday break was good. As you know, we partnered with St. Mary's Food Bank for a donation drive before the winter break. Our goal was to fill 4 boxes for them. Not only did we fill 4 boxes, but we went above and beyond our goal and filled up 5 boxes and then some! In all, we collected 986 pounds of food, which will allow St. Mary's food bank to provide 822 meals.

A huge "Thank You" to everyone that participated. Your donations are going to bless so many families in need!

With Gratitude,

Cassandra Fraemohs

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DVUSD Safe & Healthy Schools

Visit to stay informed about changes to COVID mitigation practices.

Park Meadows Event Center

Important dates to remember
  • Early dismissal days Jan14 & Jan 28
  • No school Jan 17

PRIDE Assembly- Friday Jan 14 via Zoom (information to be sent out by your child's teacher)

Grade Level Curriculum Nights

  • Kindergarten-Thursday Jan 27, 5:30 PM
  • First Grade-Wednesday Jan 26, 5:00 PM
  • Second Grade-Thursday Jan 27, 5:00 PM
  • Third Grade-Tuesday Jan 25, 5:30 PM
  • Fourth Grade- Tuesday Jan 25, 5:00 PM
  • Fifth Grade-Tuesday Jan 18, 5:00 PM
  • Sixth Grade-TBD

Mark your calendars

  • Parent/Teacher conferences Feb 14-17
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Staff Spotlight- Mrs. Durkin-Sheets

Sarah Durkin-Sheets is a Special Education teacher here at Park Meadows. This week, Mrs. Durkin-Sheets was awarded the Distinguished Service to Exceptional Children Award (AZCEC) from the Arizona Council for Exceptional Children. The CEC is the leading voice for special and gifted education. Through the vision and dedication of more than 27,000 members, CEC sets the standard for high quality education for children and youth with exceptionalities. The Council ensures the needs of children and youth with exceptionalities are met in educational legislation, establishes professional standards for the field and develops initiatives to improve special education practice. This award is for any individual within the community, representing a group, organization, or business that has contributed to the advancement and/or inclusion of individuals with disabilities in Arizona. Congratulations Mrs. Durkin-Sheets on this achievement!
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Click on the links below for this week's All Things EQ parent letter and the warm-up questions.

PBIS Update

A PBIS behavior matrix is a chart that clearly communicates our school's expectations for positive behaviors for students throughout our school building. The purpose of a PBIS Behavior Matrix is to identify and display positive behaviors across all school contexts and settings.

We Are PARK Expectation Matrix for the Classroom Setting


  • Follow directions
  • Put things back
  • Use materials as intended


  • Walking feet
  • Feet on floor
  • Tools are for learning
  • Hands/Body to self


  • Quiet voices
  • Active listening
  • Include others
  • Take turns
  • S.N.A.P.


  • Use polite words
  • Help others
  • Be patient
  • Be a friend

Tips from the Reading Room from Mrs. Hainline and Mrs. Gibson

Here's a reading skill you can support at home.

Making Predictions- Using prior information to tell what might come next.

Example: The text reads, "Sue ate five cookies before dinner." You can ask, "What might her mom say to her?"

Example: Show the cover before reading. Ask, "What could this book be about?" During reading, ask, "What do you think will happen next? Why do you think that?"

Happy reading!

Math Interventions with Mr. Cookman

Our neighbor to the North, Canada, has a great resource for parents to help their child(ren) with Math. The information is geared for parents and students in Grades Kindergarten through 6th grade and helps to make Math enjoyable for the whole family. The greater the support that families provide for their children’s learning and educational progress at home, the more likely their children will do well in school and continue on with their education. Please click on the provided link to be given access to “Helping Your Child Do Mathematics: A Guide for Parents.” Enjoy!!

Life in the Cafeteria

Just a few reminders this week from the Park Meadows Cafe.

1. If you have not already filled out a free and reduced meal application for this school year, please go online and do so by January 18th. Park Meadows is a Title 1 school, and many of our programs and funding are based on our free and reduced meal percentage. Please do your part to help keep these valuable programs here for the students, staff and our community and fill out the form today.

2. If your student eats breakfast at school and they walk or are parent drop off, please have them here by 8:15 am and no later than 8:30 am. This will allow your students enough time to sit down in the cafeteria and eat without being late to class.

3. If your student would like to purchase snacks from the cafeteria, please ask them what day their classroom has been assigned. Each class has one day a week they are allowed to purchase. Please send cash with your child on that day or they can also bring extra money that we can credit to their account for future purchases.

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COVID Vaccine Event in DVUSD

Are you interested in receiving the vaccine for you and/or your child? DVUSD is planning vaccine events at some of our sites. The next one is at Constitution on Friday, January 14. See the flyers below and watch for more of htese events in the future.

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