WFES Newsletter

November 24th, 2020

Online Learning Information and Expectations

With the PV School District moving to the online learning platform, Wildfire Elementary School has returneded to the condensed schedule that we utilized to start the 2020 - 2021 school.


Below I have outlined what an example grade level schedule looks like as well as the expectations for students while we use the online learning platform. Even though class periods and subject areas have been condensed to limit the amount of screen time for students each day, I do want to emphasize the instructional school day continues to be from 8:45 AM to 3:15 PM (unless otherwise noted on the district calendar) and students should expect to have academic work to complete throughout the entire school day.


Attendance

All students are expected to be online and ready to learn at 8:45 AM as well as throughout the day as specified by the classroom teacher. If for any reason, your student(s) will be absent from class, please call and register the absence on our 24 hours a day automated attendance line at 602-449-4301. We still need you to register the absence even if you notify the classroom teacher.


Student Expectations

All students will be expected to attend each day, participate/interact with their teacher(s) and peers, and complete/submit assignments as they would with in-person instruction. The online learning platform that will be utilized is Google Classroom and students will participate in their daily classes via Google Meets and/or WebX. We ask that all students follow teacher directions when it comes to muting microphones as well as having webcams on or off. If there are privacy concerns or considerations for your student(s) please contact your student(s) teacher directly to discuss those concerns. We also ask students and parents to be aware of what is in the background of students while on camera as the Chromebook cameras and microphones pick up much more than you realize.


Teachers may also have prepared physical learning packets and materials for students to help facilitate the virtual platform. Teachers will communicate with families on when and where to pick-up these materials from the school.


Student Schedules

A student's daily schedule will mimic a day similar to a traditional in-person classroom learning experience. Students will have a daily schedule with set math, reading, writing, social studies, science, and special areas times. Much like in a traditional in-person classroom, the learning activities will be different day-to-day. Students will participate in whole group, small group, and individual learning activities. All Wildfire students/grade levels will have Lunch/recess from 12:30 - 1:30 pm. Other break times vary depending upon the grade level and will be communicated by the classroom teacher.


Students that receive Special Education, gifted, and other provided services will have these services built into their daily schedule. For example, if a student receives special education reading services, their reading block will be taught by a Wildfire Special Education teacher. Speech and other services will be scheduled for specific times in the day by the service provider.


Example WFES K-6 Schedule

8:45 - 9:00: Morning Meeting

9:00 - 9:30: Phonics/Intervention

9:30 - 10:00: Reading

10:00 - 10:30: Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

10:30 - 11:00: Special Areas (Rotation Schedule to include Art, Music, PE, STEM))

11:00 - 11:30: Social Studies/Science

11:30 - 12:00: Math

12:00 - 12:30: Writing

12:30 - 1:30: Lunch/Recess

1:30 - 3:15: Small group / Independent Work / Intervention / Computer Assistant Learning Programs / ETC.


Teachers in all grade levels will use the time after lunch to continue academic student learning. What the learning looks like may vary daily but students will be asked to and expected to participate in teacher-led small groups, student breakout groups, independent learning time, intervention time, computer-assisted, learning platforms, and other ways teachers deem to best engage students and facilitate learning.


Each grade level in K-6 will have a similar schedule as outlined above. Teachers will incorporate various break times throughout the day in their individual schedules. While the day-to-day lesson in each subject area will determine how long students will need to be online for each subject, the amount of time students will be online with their teacher and/or class will vary day-to-day.

Grade level teachers will provide a more detailed class schedule and expectations to students and families.


Safety Measures

When picking up/dropping off materials from the school or visiting for any reason, please remember a cloth face mask is required at all times while on school property. I appreciate everyone's understanding and continued support to ensure those around us remain healthy and safe.

STEP IT UP! Prize Distribution

Great job by all our students and families with this year's Step It Up! fundraising campaign.


The prizes that students won/earned will be distributed the week of December 7th. More details to come!

Thanksgiving Food Boxes

We are so grateful for the generosity of our school community and families. The combined efforts of the Wildfire community led by our STUGO and PTO provided over 35 Thanksgiving Meals to our adopted school (Indian Bend Elementary School) for families in need. Thank you and we appreciate your support in providing these Thanksgiving Meals to our sister school.

Thanksgiving Food Drive

Snowman Giving Tree! Adopt a needy family for the holidays.

Our annual holiday gift donation for needy families at our sister school Indian Bend will take place from November 30th - December 14th. This annual Wildfire tradition is sponsored by our STUGO and PTO and will benefit those in our PV Community that need some added help this holiday season.

Beginning on Monday, November 30th be on the lookout so you can "grab" a snowman from our virtual giving tree and sponsor a child/family and help brighten their (and your) holiday spirits.


Links to sign-up and more information will come!

Lifelong Learners!

At Wildfire Elementary School, we continuously express to our students the importance of education and the need to be a lifelong learner.

This is something our staff members show through example as we have numerous teachers/staff members continuing their own education by working on their National Board Certification, attending graduate school, and pursuing additional degrees.

On that note, we want to announce and congratulate our very own 6th-grade teacher, Mrs. Jessica Sanborn, on her recent graduation from Northern Arizona University with a Masters Degree in Education Leadership!

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Staff Member of the Month!

1st-grade teacher, Mrs. Aimee Armendariz is our November staff member of the month!

It is a well-deserved honor as she has been a fantastic addition to our staff and school community.

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Help Wanted

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Staff Shout-Outs

It hasn't been easy but our teachers and staff members are working incredibly hard at providing all our students the best education possible.

If you would like to thank a staff member for all their hard work or for any of the other amazing things they do, you can give them a shout-out! Simply complete the form below and the shout-outs will be shared with the staff member and without a doubt will make their day!

Health Office Information

Emergency Card Update

If you haven't already, we are asking all parents/guardians please update your student(s) emergency card.


This information is vital to Nurse Royce, so she knows any medical allergies and/or conditions that students may have. This information also is important to teachers and front office staff so that we have current parent and emergency contact information.


If you haven't already completed your emergency card update, please do so as soon as possible. You can go online to the Infinite Campus Parent Portal and follow these directions, to update.


Technology is ever-changing and we are becoming more digital in our records. Our school site has been the leader in elementary schools for getting the annual update completed online. While it has been challenging and frustrating at times, we are thankful to the many families that have chosen to update online and help us as we continue into a more digital future.

News from the Nurse

Dear Wildfire Families,


Even though some of our Thanksgiving celebrations may be a little different this year due to our Covid restrictions, let’s take the time to reflect upon and celebrate all that we are thankful for. I am thankful that my family members are all doing well and I am also thankful that I get to work with all of your children! I have been so proud of how compliant they have been with their mask-wearing and with social distancing.


It is unfortunate that we had to transition back to off-campus learning but let’s all try to do our part by continuing to follow Covid guidelines so we can get back to campus - keep wearing those masks and be diligent with your handwashing. Hopefully, we will be back sooner rather than later…


Wishing all of you the happiest of Thanksgivings,


Nurse Royce

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Click Here To Join The WFES PTO/Renew Your Membership

Membership is FREE and will give you access to the PTO Student-Parent Directory. https://wildfirepto.membershiptoolkit.com/

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Smile.Amazon.Com

AmazonSmile is a simple way for you to support Wildfire 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.

How to turn on AmazonSmile in the mobile app:


  1. Join AmazonSmile. If you are not already an AmazonSmile member, sign up on your web browser. Simply select Wildfire Elementary PTO to start generating donations, at no cost to you.
  2. Get the app. Download or update to the latest version of the Amazon Shopping app on your phone. You can find it in the App Store for iOS or Google Play for Android.
  3. Turn on AmazonSmile. Open the app and find ’Settings’ in the main menu (☰). Tap on ‘AmazonSmile’ and follow the on-screen instructions to turn on AmazonSmile on your phone.

On your first visit to smile.amazon.com, you will be prompted to select a charitable organization. Select Wildfire Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization. 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!

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Important Upcoming Dates:

  • November 25th - 27th: Thanksgiving Break
  • Snowmen Giving Tree - Nov 30th-Dec 14th
  • December 1st: Early Release Day - School Out at 12:30 PM
  • Virtual Scholastic Book Fair Dec 1-14th

  • December 2nd: Yearbook Club Meeting
  • December 4th: Firebird Friday
  • December 10th: Governing Board Meeting at 7:00 PM
  • December 11th: STUGO Meeting
  • December 14th: Virtual Spelling Bee
  • December 14th: Spirit Day - Ugly Sweater
  • December 15th: Spirit Day - Candy Cane Day
  • December 16th: Spirit Day - White Out
  • December 17th: Spirit Day - Holiday Day
  • December 18th: Spirit Day - PJ Day
  • December 21st - January 1st: Winter Break
  • January 4th: Second Semester/3rd Quarter Begins

Wildfire Elementary School Firebirds

The mission of Wildfire Elementary School is to lead students to high achievement and individual excellence in a collaborative learning environment