Viper Voice

Week 27 Recap

APEX X-Factor Kickoff Next Week!

APEX X-Factor starts on Monday. We are excited to kick off our largest fundraiser of the year while teaching amazing leadership traits to all our Vipers. On Monday we launch our X-Factor program and your child(ren) will be coming home with the information you need to to register and begin collecting pledges. All kids will then have daily huddles and leadership building with their homeroom class through March 9 which will be our K-6 Obstacle course. 7th and 8th grade students will have their middle school color games on Friday, March 10.

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Sierra Verde is an A+ School of Excellence (again)

The Arizona Educational Foundation (AEF) released the list of A+ School of Excellence Winners earlier this week. Sierra Verde is proud to be one of 36 schools to earn this honor and this is our 4th cycle in a row as an A+ school! The full list and press release can be found on their website. We are in the stages of planning and A+ celebration for our entire community and campus later this Spring so we can all celebrate this honor together.
Apex Lesson Trailer

Positive Office Referral Winners

This week's positive office referral winners are: Estella, Calvin, Ben, Iyad, Jaxton, Logan, Holden, Nathan, Emily, Vaibhav, Ava, Tomi, and Mackenzie. Thank you all for leading with kindness and setting a great example!

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Read Across America Week in the Library

We will have an author visit for third and fourth graders on March 2nd for Read Across America Day. Kendra Cuzik will read to the students and talk about her books. Fliers with information on how to purchase books started to go home on Wednesday. Only pre ordered books will be signed by the author. If you would like more information, email Mrs. Olofson at

Volunteer of the Week ~Agnes Huang~

Agnes does a fantastic job helping with my second grade reading groups. She also comes in to volunteer at our parties so the kids can really have a blast!

-Mrs. S. Smith

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Egg to Chick Club

The Egg to Chick after school club begins next week! We are "Egg" cited to get started! Just a reminder that for the first week only, the Monday group will meet on Tuesday, February 28. On that note, the Monday club has reached capacity. There are a few spots in the Wednesday club. Please contact Mrs. Thiebeau, if your child is interested in joining the club.

Arizona Attorney General Anti-Bullying Presentations

Anti-Bullying Presentation for Parents March 8, 2023 (Virtual)

All our parents are welcome to attend a Sierra Verde webinar on anti-bullying. See the details below. Later this March, we will be hosting an anti-bullying presentation for our middle school students on campus.

Office of the Arizona Attorney General - Community Outreach & Education

Parent Webinar

March 8, 2023


Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 894 1851 0181

Passcode: 932009

5:00-6:00 PM


Anti-Bullying Addresses the different types of bullying, how it’s affecting our youth, and preventative measures parents can take. We explain why teaching kindness and being empathetic is important and the relationship it has with bullying. We also give tips to parents on how to help their child become resilient to criticism.

Anti-Bullying Presentation for Students, Monday, March 20, 2023

This presentation will address the different types of bullying, how it’s affecting our youth, and preventative measures students can take. We empower and encourage students to change the culture of bullying and create a kindness culture instead. We also inform students about the legal consequences for bullying and how it can affect their future. This presentation will be given to 6-8th grade students on March 20.

SV Hats For Sale

We have a limited supply new era hats available for order on our website. The hats are available in 3 sizes 1. Small/Medium 2. Medium/Large 3. Large/XL . The caps are flex fit which allows them to fit a range of sizes. You can pre-order them on our website for $25, and they will be $30 after the pre-order window. The size guide can be found here, and this is the 39thirty model

There will also be a one size child/youth all black cap available for purchase as well that will fit our youngest Vipers better than the adult 39thirty. Please be sure to order the correct size on our website as we will not have extra hats on hand to exchange sizes.

Middle School Sports Update

Our middle school basketball teams and spiritline officially kickoff our regular season next Tuesday with two home games against Stetson Hills. The boys and girls play back to back games starting at 4:30 pm in our MPR. Good luck to our Vipers next week!

Mindful Monday

Mindful Exercise

Simple mindfulness exercises can be practiced anywhere and anytime. Research indicates that engaging your senses outdoors is especially beneficial. Spending too much time planning, problem-solving, daydreaming, or thinking negative or random thoughts can be draining. It can also make you more likely to experience stress, anxiety and symptoms of depression. Practicing mindfulness exercises can help you direct your attention away from this kind of thinking and engage with the world around you.

This week's challenge: Walking meditation. Find a quiet place and begin to walk slowly. Focus on the experience of walking, being aware of the sensations of standing and the subtle movements that keep your balance. When you reach the end of your path, turn and continue walking, maintaining awareness of your sensations.

DVUSD Job Fair

DVUSD is hosting a job fair for all positions and departments in Deer Valley on Saturday, April 1. For more details go to or email
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Yearbooks Still Available

Our Sierra Verde Yearbook sales are still open until we sell 50 more yearbooks for 22-23.We do not order any extra copies to sell on hand at the end of the year, so make sure you order ASAP to guarantee your book. 8th grade dedications and kindergarten pictures are due by Friday 2/24.

DVUSD Community Education Summer Camp

Summer Camp Registration is opens and it fills up fast. For more info and to register your child, visit

Kindergarten Preview Night March 1

Next Wednesday is our 2023 Kindergarten preview night. This event is open for all prospective kindergarteners for 23-24 at Sierra Verde. Our preview night will be an open house format from 4:30 - 5:30 pm in our kindergarten wing and playground.

PBIS Rewards

PBIS Rewards continues to be a huge success at SV this year and your students love to spend their PBIS Rewards points at our school store. If you are interested in donating to our PBIS store, we have a PBIS Store Amazon Wishlist. You can also drop off any donation items to our office - new/gently loved stuffed animals are always a popular item.

Help stock the PBIS Store Rewards Store by purchasing Rewards directly on Amazon. If you purchase from our PBIS Rewards wishlist it will ship directly to campus and our kids can purchase immediately. Stock our store here:

Help our Health Office

The Health Office could use your help. We need assistance in restocking our clothing cabinet. We are in need of donations of NEW underwear for boys and girls- sizes extra small, small, & medium. If you are doing any spring cleaning, we can take any gently used, athletic-type shorts, shirts, and leggings for girls and boys in all sizes. This will help us get students back to class faster after an accident. Thank you for supporting our students!

- Nurse Jessie and Nurse Lynn

Join Team SV (Paraprofessional, Crossing Guard, Cook, and Viper Den)

Sierra Verde currently has openings for 2 full time paraprofessionals. Both of these positions include benefits and are available for an immediate start. We also need a crossing guard for 90 minutes per day. Our cafeteria is in need of a Food Service Cook which is 5 hours per day. If you are interested in any position or would like further information please contact Mrs. Jennifer Morales, or stop by the office.

Community Education is also hiring before and after care workers for our Viper Den program. This is a 6 hour per day position before and after school. If you are interested in this position please contact Dina Sands 623-376-3903 or stop by our office for more information.

Office Updates

  • Next Friday 3/3 is a 2:00 pm early release for our staff to participate in professional development.
  • We cannot sign out kids 15 minutes before dismissal (3:15 is the cutoff).
  • Reminder we cannot do deliveries to classrooms or call classrooms except for glasses or chromebooks. Phone messages only delivered to students at 2:30. If there is a pick up change, please call our office before 2:30.
  • For those who are interested in volunteering in classrooms and/or attending field trips, you will need to attend a one time district volunteer training (class locations and times can be found at If you have already taken the training you must come in to the front office to update your information, this must be done every year.

Have a Great Weekend!

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