Desert Sage Elementary Newsletter - February 2, 2021
Kindergarten Drive-Thru Preview February 4
Desert Sage is hosting a drive through Kindergarten Preview
event on Thursday, February 4 from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
The event is aimed at preparing your family and incoming Kindergarten student for the exciting journey to Kindergarten! Families will drive through the campus, stopping at multiple drive-up locations. At each stop the family will receive important Desert Sage information about topics such as registration, the learning environment, and receive multiple "take and make" activities. Best of all, families will get to meet all the kindergarten teachers, the principal, the assistant principal, other staff members, and proud Gecko students who participate in Student Council.
Families are asked to remain in their car at all times to maintain safe social-distancing guidelines and to wear face masks throughout the event.
Picture Day is February 9
Picture Day will be taking place on Tuesday, February 9. Order forms were sent home on 2/2 and additional order forms are available in the office. Make sure all order forms with payment are turned in to your child's teacher on or before February 9. You also have the option to order pictures online at www.mylifetouch.com. Be sure to enter the "Picture Day ID" of EVT6TKWTM.
Valentine's Day Celebrations
As we continue to implement mitigation strategies to reduce the spread of COVID-19, we will be asking students and families to refrain from bringing Valentine's Day cards or treats from home and sharing. In an effort to provide opportunities for students to celebrate Valentine’s Day on Sunday, February 14, Desert Sage and all other DVUSD school’s are inviting students to create Valentine's Day crafts or cards at school and bring them home to share with their family members.
This information was also included in the most recent DVUSD Parent Update on February 1, 2021. An archive of all DVUSD Parent Updates is available at: https://www.dvusd.org/Page/75080
Chinese New Year Virtual Celebration
For more information and to signup for the workshops go here: LINK
AzM2 Testing for 3rd-6th grade
The AzMerit assessment is now called the AzM2. This is a standardized assessment in reading, writing and math administered to all third through sixth grade students. Desert Sage will be testing students during the month of April. More specific testing days for each grade level will be emailed to families soon.
If you would like more information regarding AzM2, you can visit https://azm2portal.org/. This website will provide general resources and sample testing practice opportunities for your child.
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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.