Gecko Gazette

Desert Sage Elementary Newsletter - February 7, 2022

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Spring Parent Teacher Conferences

It is time to schedule your child’s spring parent/teacher virtual conference. Below is a link to our scheduling program you will use to make your conference appointment. Conferences are being held the week of February 14 through February 18. Evening conference appointments are being provided on Wednesday, February 16. All conferences will be held virtually through Zoom. Once you have scheduled your conference appointment you will receive confirmation that includes the Zoom link for your specific conference date and time. For confidentiality purposes, please do not share this Zoom link information with anyone.

Conference appointment scheduling link: CLICK HERE

Tips for a successful parent/teacher conference:

  • It is important to be timely to your child’s conference as teachers will have conferences scheduled back-to-back.
  • Prior to the conference, write down any questions you may have about your child’s academics, behavior, classroom routines, expectations, etc.
  • If more time is needed at the end of the conference, ask the teacher to schedule an additional conference time.

DVUSD Parent & Community Satisfaction Survey

The DVUSD Parent and Community Satisfaction Survey is open and we are requesting your feedback and input. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey. Your feedback and input is greatly valued as we strive to continuously improve our schools and the district. In addition, we are committed to reviewing the results and taking action on what our parents and community members have to say. The survey closes on Friday, February 25, 2022.

DVUSD Satisfaction Survey: CLICK HERE

Thank you in advance for participating in the Deer Valley Unified School District Parent and Community Satisfaction Survey.

Running Club is a BIG hit! Early morning exercise and fun.

12:05 p.m. Early Release Days

Thursday, February 17th and Friday, February 18th will be 12:05 p.m. dismissal for all students. Please be sure to make appropriate arrangements for your child's early pickup on these days.

Valentine Class Celebrations

Valentine cards may be distributed by staff and students. Cards cannot include food/candy of any kind due to strict health and safety guidelines in place.

Food for classroom celebrations must be organized by the classroom teacher with approval from the school nurse. This guarantees all students with dietary restrictions and allergies are taken care of and can safely participate in the celebration. Unapproved donations of food will not be accepted and returned to the donating family.

If you are interested in supporting your child's teacher with their class celebrations, please reach out to them as soon as possible to begin planning with them.

No School, Monday, February 21, 2022

In observance of President's Day, there will be no school on Monday, February 21, 2022. All students are welcome back to campus on Tuesday, 2/22.

Lunar New Year Celebartions


Grade level teams are reviewing current student classwork and assessments to strategically plan intervention and enrichment activities to meet the needs of their students for content instructed since the start of the quarter. Intermediate grades are developing lesson plans for whole group and intervention groups, targeting skills addressed on upcoming state standardized testing (AASA) happening in April.

If you would like more information about PLCs, please visit our DVUSD PLC website.

Upcoming Important Dates

  • Tuesday, 2/8: Spring Picture Day
  • Tuesday, 2/8: Student Council Meeting
  • Wednesday, 2/9: Crossing Guard Appreciation Day
  • Friday, 2/11: Dismissal at 2:00 p.m.
  • February 14-18: Virtual Spring Parent Teacher Conferences
  • Thursday, 2/17 & Friday, 2/18: Dismissal at 12:05 p.m.
  • Monday, 2/21: No school in observance of President's Day
  • Tuesday, 2/22: Student Council Meeting
  • Friday, 2/25: Dismissal at 2:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, 3/1: Kindergarten Preview Night

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.