WFES Newsletter

October 11th, 2018

Wildfire Elementary School receives an A-rating!

On Friday, October 5th, the Arizona State Board of Education released letter grades for all Arizona schools. I am proud to report that Wildfire Elementary School is an A-rated school!


An "A" letter grade signifies: Distinguished performance on the statewide assessment, significant student growth, students are on track to proficiency, and overall performance is significantly higher than the state average.


While we all know that WFES is an amazing place to learn and grow, it is nice to have students and staff recognized. Their continued hard work and dedication has paid off to earn this great accomplishment. All students, staff, and families need to take a bow and celebrate because they are what makes WFES an A-rated school year after year!


To learn more about Wildfire's A-rating and school report cards, please check out the following links:

Arizona State Board of Education

AzCentral.com - Arizona School Letter Grades

abc15.com - Valley Schools Graded by ADE

Parent-Teacher Conference Information

Parent-Teacher conferences are the week of October 22nd - 25th. Please click the link below to access a page with links to each individual teacher's conference sign-up page.


Parent-Teacher Conference Sign-Up


Important Conference Reminders


  • Any conferences scheduled after October 19th 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 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.

Harvest Parade Information

Our annual Harvest Prade will be on Wednesday, October 31st. Parent arrival and check-in may begin at 2:30 PM. The parade will begin promptly at 2:45 PM. This year, all students and staff in every grade level will be able to dress up in their costumes, but only our students and staff in Pre-K through 3rd Grade will be in the parade. Please remember that only school appropriate costumes may be worn. No masks, weapons, fake blood, etc. will be allowed.


We encourage parents and families to attend this fun event. We ask that all parents check-in at the front office and line up along both sides of the fence in the bus lane.


If you would like to sign your child out following the parade, please see your child's classroom teacher as they will have a sign-out sheet available for you.

Educators Shaping Arizona's Next Generation

Wildfire Elementary School STEM Specialist Justin Price was featured in the azcentral.com "Who's Next: 21 educators shaping Arizona's next generation" piece! Congratulations on the well-deserved recognition, Mr. Price!

LEGO Robotics League Starting Soon

Do you like solving problems? Working as a team? Legos? Robots?! The Wildfire Lego Robotics team will be taking part in the FIRST Lego League regional tournament in December. This year's theme is "Into Orbit." Interested participants may find out more here.

Fall 2018 Enrichment Classes

Various enrichment classes are offered by WFES teachers this semester. Click on the link to find something you are interested in and to download/print your registration form and join today!

Fall 2018 WFES Enrichment Classes

Visit from Arizona State Representative Heather Carter

On Monday, October 15th, Legislative District 15 Representative Heather Carter will be visiting WFES as a part of the Rutgers University "Teach a Girl to Lead" reading project. Representative Carter will be reading the book "Gracie for President" to our 4th-grade classes as well as talking with students and sharing her own experiences in women's leadership.

Chemical Reactions Erupt in the 4th Grade

https://youtu.be/ohQIXEVhIwo

News from the Nurse

Health Screenings were a great success! Many thanks to all our volunteers for their help and support. If your child did not pass either the vision or hearing screening, you will receive a referral letter from the health office.


Vaccines Update

Effective August 31st, 2018, Arizona signed a new law that requires all students who are 11 years old, regardless of grade level, to have the Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) and the Meningococcal vaccines. Previously, these two vaccines were due at 11 years of age but only in 6th grade. Notices of Vaccine Noncompliance will be sent home throughout the school year as students turn 11. Please keep this new law in mind as you schedule your child's annual well visit and be sure to turn updated vaccine records into the health office.


Flu Season

Flu season is upon us. You can visit the CDC website for more information about the flu and about the flu vaccine. The best way to prevent the flu is to get the vaccine. The flu vaccine cannot give you the flu, but it takes two weeks to build immunity/protection from the flu virus.

Wildfire Staff Recognition!

If you would like to recognize a staff member at WFES, give them a shoutout by completing this short form: http://bit.ly/2LEa7Xb

All shout outs will be shared and celebrated with the staff!

Upcoming Events

Join us for a SPOOK-TAC-ULAR Movie Night

Friday, Oct. 19th, 6-8:15pm

22500 North Aviano Way

Phoenix, AZ

The Wildfire PTO will be hosting a movie night featuring Hotel Transylvania 3.

Concessions will start at 5:45 PM and the movie will begin at 6:00 PM

Food Pre-Orders


  • $22-Family Pack: 1 XL pizza, 4 drinks, candy
  • $15: 1 XL cheese or pepperoni pizza
  • Pizza by the slice, drinks, and other concessions will be available for purchase


To purchase pre-ordered pizzas click here: Pizza Order

United Parent Council

United Parent Council-Who We Are and What We Do: We are parents working together to enhance the PVSchools experience for our children. We support you, we give you access to your Superintendent, and we provide relevant programs of interest to you. Ultimately we ADVOCATE for Students, EDUCATE Parents and Community, COLLABORATE with PVUSD and other Educational Organizations, and WORK with the Superintendent to increase the presence of the UPC.


EVENING PRESENTATION BY GIFTED PROGRAMMING:


Tuesday, October 16, 2018 6:00-7:30pm: "Topics in Gifted

Intelligence- A Psychological Perspective"

Dr, Paul Beljan, a Pediatric Neuro-Psychologist

Facebook event here! Please share on social media with your community!

District Administrative Center-Governing Board Room


The next United Parent Council Meeting will take place October 17,

2018 at 9:00 a.m. at the District Administrative Center

EAST/WEST.

The UPC Monthly Educational Program begins at 10:15 a.m.


*ALL UPC Monthly meeting and educational programs - open to public

On the Calendar

Important Dates

  • End of 1st Quarter - Friday, October 12th
  • 3rd-Grade Field Trip to AZ Science Center - Friday, October 12th
  • After School Treat - Friday, October 12th
  • Representative Heather Carter Visits WFES - Monday, October 15th
  • PTO Meeting - Tuesday, October 16th at 6:30 PM
  • Governing Board Meeting - Thursday, October 18th at 7:00 PM
  • Book Fair Preview Day - Friday, October 19th
  • PTO Movie Night - Friday, October 19th at 5:45 PM
  • Book Fair - October 22nd - 25th
  • Parent Teacher Conferences - October 22nd - 25th
  • No School Day - Friday, October 26th
  • Harvest Parade - Wednesday, October 31st at 2:45 PM
  • WFES School Tour - Thursday, November 1st at 1:45 PM
  • Goodwill Drive - November 1st - 8th
  • Picture Re-Takes - Wednesday, November 7th

Kiss-and-Go Volunteer Opportunities

Our PTO program, Kiss-and-Go, runs on parent volunteers and happens every school day from 8:15-8:45 AM. Parent volunteers assist our younger students in the drop off line by opening car doors and helping them find their way to the playground. This is an easy way to help our youngest and newest students get comfortable with Wildfire Elementary School while making sure they get to where they need to be each morning.

If you are interested in helping, please visit the following link to sign-up: http://bit.ly/2xwlawB

Future Firebirds!

Know anyone looking for a great school? Wildfire Elementary School is now accepting enrollment applications for the 2019-20 school year. Whether you live in-school boundaries or out-of-school boundaries, enrollment is going on now. Call and schedule your school tour today!

Wildfire Elementary School Firebirds

WFES is an A-rated K-6 School in the Paradise Valley Unified School District.