Quail Run News
May 2, 2022
From the desk of Mrs. Maynard
Hello Quail Run Families,
Welcome to May! Check out the newsletter below to see what is happening at Quail Run.
During the month of May, our staff will be hard at work both preparing for next school year and continuing high-quality instruction for your students until the very last day of school. If your student(s) is(are) not returning to Quail Run next school year, please let us know by completing this form.
Make sure you check out the information about next school year including important dates for back to school and supply lists. We hope this helps you prepare over the summer.
We look forward to all the culminating events coming up in this last month of school. We hope to see you around school!
Your Partner in Education,
QR Staffing Updates for 2022-2023 School Year
Farewell and Good Luck!
We have some exciting transitions in staffing this year. We want to take a moment to introduce our new staff and thank our leaving staff for serving our Quail Run community.
We wish Mrs. McCue, Kindergarten Teacher, Mrs. Buzzard, Spanish Teacher, Mrs. King, Campus Assistant, and Ms. Joy, Media Technician, well in their upcoming retirement. Thank you for all you have done for students and families during your years of service to education.
We wish Coach Hoffman, PE Teacher, happiness and luck as he moves back home to South Dakota!
We wish Mr. Atkins, Music Teacher, luck in his new middle school adventures. He will be helping develop the music program at Greenway Middle School.
We wish Mr. Gold, Sixth-Grade Teacher, and Mrs. Destree, Fifth-Grade Teacher, luck in their transition to teaching Math at Mountain Trail Middle School. Some of our sixth-graders may see them in the next two years.
Ni Hao, Mrs. Lehner! We wish Mrs. Lehner, Fourth-Grade Teacher, and her husband well in their experience teaching at an international school in China!
We wish Ms. Weare, Learning Center Teacher, and Ms. Sandoval, Third-Grade Teacher, well in their new adventures outside the field of education. We hope you find lots of happiness!
Alan Brasch, P.E. Teacher
Mr. Brasch is from Jesup, Iowa and has been teaching PE for four year, two years in Iowa and two years in the Creighton School District in Phoenix. He graduated from Wartburg College with a major in Physical Education and minors in Health and Leadership. He is excited to join the QR community, meet our students, and have the opportunity to teach them about physical education. Mr. Brasch enjoys hiking, sand volleyball, and watching and coaching different sports (his favorite is football)!
Zac Washburn, Music Teacher
Mr. Washburn grew up locally in Mesa, AZ. He has taught music for four years at Horseshoe Trails Elementary in Cave Creek Unified School District. He earned both his Bachelor´s degree in Physiology and his Master´s degree in Business Administration from the University of Arizona. He is looking forward to working with all of the great people he has met so far. Mr. Washburn enjoys camping, hiking, and playing the piano.
Madie Millar, Kindergarten Teacher
Mrs. Millar is from Scottsdale, AZ and will be returning home in May after graduating with a degree in Elementary Education from the University of Arizona. She is excited to start her teaching journey here at Quail Run in such an amazing, supportive school and community! In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with her friends and family, traveling, and exploring new things.
Maya Kohli, Third Grade Teacher
Mark Pitcher, Fourth Grade Teacher
Mr. Pitcher grew up in upstate New York in a town called Kingston. He has been teaching for 14 years, five years in Sedona and nine years in Flagstaff. He graduated from Cortland State in Cortand, NY with a degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in history. He is currently pursuing a masters degree from Prescott College in Adventure Education. Mr. Pitcher is excited for IB and seeing where students take their learning. He loves hiking, trail running, playing guitar, and traveling.
Ashley Schrader, Fifth Grade Teacher
Jennifer Shetlar, Sixth Grade Teacher
Staci Bryant-Liang, Building Substitute
April Mayo, Media Technician
Although Mrs. Mayo is not new to our campus, she will be our new smiling face in the library! She will be replacing Ms. Joy when she heads off to enjoy her retirement.
Amy Newton-McConnel, Paraprofessional
Mrs. Amy will be taking Mrs. Mayo´s place as our Learning Center Paraprofessional. We are looking forward to having her on campus even more during the school day.
2022-2023 School Year Info!
August Back to School Schedule
Aug. 5: Class Reveal at Peter Piper Pizza, 4:00 - 8:00 pm
Aug. 8: Meet the Teacher
Aug. 9: First Day of School
Aug. 9: Kindergarten Parent Orientation & BooHoo WooHoo Breakfast
Aug. 17: Curriculum Night for 1st - 3rd Grades
Aug. 18: Curriculum Night for 4th - 6th Grades & Honors
Band Registration for 4-6th Grades
May 11 is National School Nurse Day!
Check out what's happening at Quail Run!
What are Children´s Rights by Mrs. Ceklic
Mrs. Ceklic completed a study with her Kindergarten class that was published by the Arizona Association for the Education of Young Childen. The study focused on exploring ideas around leadership, community, and connection with Kindergarteners. Check out the study here.
Essay Contest Winners
All three winners in Division I of the ELKs Essay Contest (Grades 5-6) were from Mrs. Forkum´s Honors Class. The essay prompt was, ¨What does it mean to love your country?¨ There were over 150 essay submissions from five schools. Go Quails!
We would like to congratulate:
Students and their families were invited to attend an awards dinner at Phoenix Elks Lodge #335. Their essays were forwarded to the Elks Lodge Western District for judging at their level.
Quail Run wins the chess championship!
We are so proud of William in Mrs. Miller´s class for winning Chess Emporium´s Chess Competition for all of PVSchools district on behalf of our school! Our chess club meets after school through Community Education and will be back next year. The trophy is on display in our front office. Come check it out!
Zero Waste Recycling Presentations
Quail Run Elementary held a day of learning about recycling. Mrs. Rubey, IB coordinator, invited a guest speaker from the City of Phoenix Zero Waste department to educate students regarding appropriate items to be placed in recycling bins. Mr. Eric involved students in each grade level to play a sorting game with trash items and then reviewed the why and why not for common items from our homes. Mrs. Rubey followed up with conversations about our recycling bins at school and how students could be principled, thinkers, caring and reflective as they more carefully threw away trash at school and at home. Teachers and students enjoyed the presentations and felt they learned many new things about recycling.
Thanks to our Sunshine Club for planning a special Volunteer Breakfast last week!
Upcoming Choir Performance
In addition to their end of the year performance, the Quail Run choir has also been invited to perform at the PVSchools Governing Board Meeting on May 5.
Playground Safety Guidelines
Our district has updated our playground safety guidelines to support a healthy and safe playground environment. These updated guidelines allow for students to resume playing tag, soccer, and football in designated areas and with safe practices, including no tackling, pushing, or grabbing clothes. We are working with our students and staff to establish these practices so all of our students can enjoy a fun and safe playground experience.
Join Our Team!
We are looking to add to our amazing team for the 2022-23 school year!
To learn more and to apply to become a QRES team member, please visit the links below.
If you need to relay a message to your student during school hours, you can call the office or leave a message directly on our Voicelink account at (602) 449-5465. The office staff will NOT transfer calls to classrooms, as this will interrupt important instructional time.
If your child forgets their lunch, you may bring it to the front office before 10:00 am. After that time, your child will be given a school lunch. School lunches are free for the duration of this school year. Outside food (McDonald´s, Subway, etc.) is not allowed. Students are also not allowed to bring Starbucks drinks, smoothies, etc. on campus in the morning.
Be sure to communicate end of day arrangements with your student in the morning, prior to coming to school. We want to ensure all students get home safely. If there are any changes in how students get home, please notify the office and the teacher.
School hours are from 8:45 am -3:15 pm. If you are picking up a student early, please be aware that every minute counts and minutes missed accumulate throughout the school year. Also, be aware that students cannot be called to the office early for an appointment. Students will be called from class at the time you arrive to check them out.
Birthday treats must be store-bought and individually wrapped such as Little Debbie´s treats, rice krispies treats, single bags of cookies, etc. Balloons are not allowed on campus.
You will need your ID every time you pick up students prior to dismissal.
Your student will not be released if the person picking her/him up is not on the contact list. If you need to add a friend or family member to the contact list you will need to go to Infinite Campus to update Emergency Contact information through your annual update.
You can check your child's grades by downloading the Infinite Campus app or logging on online. Click here for directions.
IB Parent Corner
Become a Junior Hero!!!
Congratulations go out to the 160+ students that have already become a Junior Hero this year! Keep doing amazing things by taking action to make a positive impact on our community. You can earn your Junior Hero shirt up until May 13. May 13 is the last day to turn in your Junior Hero log.
Junior Hero is a program that makes it fun for students, parents, and teachers to serve their community and those around them. All heroes receive a t-shirt and a prize!
Steps to become a Junior Hero:
1) Take the Junior Hero Pledge.
2) Help your community through service and log your required hours (see below) on this sheet.
3) Get a signature from an adult upon completion.
4) Turn this completed sheet into your teacher before the end of the school year.
5) You will be recognized by Mrs. Maynard & Mrs. Raymond and receive a Junior Hero t-shirt and prize.
Required Service Hours
Kindergarten: 3 Hours
1st Grade: 4 Hours
2nd Grade: 5 Hours
3rd Grade: 6 Hours
4th Grade: 7 Hours
5th Grade: 8 Hours
6th Grade: 9 Hours
Adults: 7 Hours
Junior Hero is a non-profit 501(c)3 that makes it fun for students, parents, and teachers to serve their community and those around them. The program is 100% volunteer-run and no volunteers receive pay at any level.
Quail Run PTA
Fry's Food Community Rewards
AmazonSmile is a simple way for you to support Quail Run Elementary every time you shop, at no cost to you. AmazonSmile is available at smile.amazon.com on your web browser and can be activated in the Amazon Shopping app for iOS and Android phones.
On your first visit to smile.amazon.com, you will be prompted to select a charitable organization. Select Wildfire Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization Quail Run PTA (make sure it is the one that says Phoenix, AZ. There is also a QR in CA! Every time you shop on Amazon simply start at smile.amazon.com and the school earns 0.5% of every purchase. It's that easy to make a difference! Ask your friends, family, and co-workers to participate too! As always, Thank you for your support!
United Parent Council
Have you completed your Annual Update?
Calendar of Upcoming Events
- May 2: First-Grade Puppet Show at 9:00 am
- May 5: PVSchools Governing Board Meeting at 7:00 pm
- May 8: Happy Mother´s Day!
- May 9: Band Concert at 7:00 pm
- May 10: Choir Concert at North Canyon High School at 6:30 pm
- May 11: National School Nurse Day! We love Nurse Celeste!
- May 12: PTA Meeting at 3:30 pm
- May 16: Exhibition, 6th Grade, from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
- May 17: School Council Meeting at 3:30 pm
- May 18: Junior Hero Day! Junior Hero Party at 9:30 am
- May 19: Sixth-Grade Field Trip to SkyZone at 9:30 am
- May 19: PVSchools Governing Board Meeting at 7:00 pm
- May 20: Kindergarten Trip to Shiloh from 9:00 am - 11:00 am
- May 24: Kindergarten Alphabet Parade at 9:10 am
- May 24: Yearbook Signing Party
- May 25: Kindergarten 180 Day Celebration, at 9:15 am (McCue/Storcz) and 9:45 am (Ceklic/Davis)
- May 25: Kindergarten Water Day at 1:45 pm
- May 26: Last Day of School, Early Release at 12:30 pm
2022 - 23 School Year
Aug. 5: Class Reveal at Peter Piper Pizza, 4:00 - 8:00 pm
- Aug. 8: Meet the Teacher
- Aug. 9: First Day of School
- Aug. 9: Kindergarten Parent Orientation & BooHoo WooHoo Breakfast
- Aug. 17: Curriculum Night for 1st - 3rd Grades
- Aug. 18: Curriculum Night for 4th - 6th Grades & Honors
Enroll at Quail Run
If you or anyone you know needs to enroll a student for the 2022-2023 school year, please know we are now accepting enrollments.
If Quail Run Elementary School is your home school, click here to enroll for the 2022-2023 school year.
***Please make sure you are entering the enrollment under the correct school year. We currently have both this year and next year´s applications open!
Required Documents for Enrollment
A certified copy of your child's birth certificate
Your child's immunization records
Proof of Arizona residency (e.g., utility bill, house payment, lease/purchase agreement)
IEP/504 forms (if applicable)
Please note, to register for kindergarten, your student must be 5 years old PRIOR to September 1st, 2022.
You will also be required to complete an Annual Update on Infinite Campus. Please visit the PV Assist website for links and more information.
How to Open Enroll for the 2022-2023 School Year
Open enrollment enables Arizona students to attend public schools outside their district attendance areas or outside their district of residence. It is open to all Arizona-based students.
- All open enrollment questions may be directed to email@example.com.
Important Phone Numbers
Attendance Line: 602-449-4401
Nurse Celeste: 602-449-4403
School Cafeteria: 602-449-4407