Gecko Gazette

Desert Sage Elementary Newsletter - October 16, 2020

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12:05 p.m. Early Release Next Week

Next Thursday, October 22 and Friday, October 23 will be 12:05 p.m. dismissal for all students. The early release is to allow additional time for parent/teacher conferences.

Please be sure to make appropriate arrangements for your child's early pickup on these days.

Thank you

It is wonderful to have our campus full with all students preschool through 6th grade. The reopening of Desert Sage has been a smooth and very happy one. All of Desert Sage would like to say a huge "THANK YOU" to students and families. Everyone has been learning and adapting to the new procedures and expectations with patience and grace. Additionally, students are coming to school prepared with appropriate face masks and wearing them correctly.

Our continued teamwork will ensure students are learning, socializing, staying healthy, and being safe. Thank you for all of your continued support.

Parent/Teacher Conference Sign-Up

It is time to schedule your child’s fall parent/teacher conference. Conferences are next week, October 19 through October 23. Evening conference appointments are being provided on Thursday, October 22. All fall 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

Report Cards

First quarter report cards will be sent home with your child on Monday, October 19, 2020. Please be sure to have the report card with you when conferencing with your child's teacher.

Recognition Awards

First quarter recognition awards will be given to students who have earned Principal's List (3rd-6th), Honor Roll (3rd-6th), and Academic Excellence (1st-2nd). There will not be a Personal Best Awards assembly due to health and safety measures in place on campus. Students will be presented with their award during the morning announcements, then group photos will be taken and posted via our @DesertSageElem Twitter account and through the Gecko Gazette newsletter. Students will begin to be recognized the week of October 26.

COVID-19 Reporting Procedures for Students & Parents

DVUSD strives to create a safe and supportive learning environment for its students and staff. In an effort to prevent the transmission of COVID-19, multiple mitigation strategies will be implemented. There is no guarantee, however, that DVUSD campuses will remain free of COVID-19. This document provides specific guidance for parents to follow if their child(ren) test positive for COVID-19, suspect a potential positive COVID-19 case, or have come into contact with someone who is positive or potentially positive with COVID-19. Specific district information can be found below.

Process for reporting for parent(s):

If a student tests positive for COVID-19 or has symptoms of COVID-19, or if a student has come into close contact (within 6 feet for 10 or more minutes), the parent should do the following:

  • Keep child at home.
  • If child tests positive or has COVID-19 like symptoms and has had close contact with siblings who attend DVUSD schools, then other siblings should stay home as well.
  • Complete the Student COVID-19 Information Form at
  • Email the campus nurse and a designated campus administrator informing them of the situation. Specify in the email if the situation involves a positive test, suspected positive test or close contact with someone who has had a positive test or suspected positive test. Include in the email: Name, student ID number, date of test and date that symptoms began.
  • Complete regular student absence procedures for notifying school of student absence.
  • If a parent has any questions, the parent can email and/or the campus nurse.
  • A district representative will follow up with the parent regarding the received report and continue contact tracing data collection. This may be a campus or district based representative.

Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) has provided a helpful tool called the Home Isolation Decision Maker Tool. If you have questions about whether your child should isolate at home, this tool can help. The tool can be accessed by visiting

All information is available at: DVUSD Return to School Safely website

Birthday & Seasonal Party Treats

For this school year DVUSD and Desert Sage will be enforcing a “no food or non-food birthday treats” guideline (i.e. pencils, stickers, etc.). The reason for this guideline is to protect the health and safety of students and staff during this time of COVID-19.

Desert Sage staff will continue to celebrate student's birthdays and seasonal events, just without the addition of treats. Students will be celebrated on the morning announcements, given cards and goodies from the school, and be celebrated within their classroom by their teachers and classmates. If you have questions about how your child's teacher celebrates within the classroom, please contact them directly.

Message from Desert Sage PTO

Desert Sage Elementary PTO are selling school spirit masks!

The mask are:

  • 100% cotton
  • Black fabric with a purple gecko on the side
  • $5.00 per mask

To purchase masks go to Then also email with your student's first and last name, student's homeroom teacher, how many masks ordered, and how you paid (check, credit card, cash).

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.