January 11th, 2018
Events and Lessons From Around Wildfire
The kids will be working in their grade level teams and will use the engineering design process to solve real-world problems and scenarios.
Here is a sample of what students will be accomplishing during STEM Day
- Kindergarten: Students will design and build a trap that can catch and hold the elusive gingerbread man.
- 1st-Grade: Based upon the 100th day of school, students will create structures using 100 different items.
- 2nd-Grade: Using the laws of Physics, students will construct kites that will need to be able to rise and stay suspended in the air for an extended period of time.
- 3rd-Grade: Students have been tasked by the King and Queen of Spain to sail to and explore the New World. Students will need to successfully build and sail a ship that can complete the journey while being full of crew and treasure.
- 4th-Grade: Students will continue their Middle Ages learning by designing and building various middle age weaponry and tools such as the Ballista, Siege Tower, Watermill, and Battering Ram.
- 5th-Grade: Students will design a spaceship that will safely keep two aliens (marshmallows) inside the vesicle as it is dropped from various heights.
- 6th-Grade: Working in their homerooms, 6th-grade students will be tasked with solving a daily problem they face in their own life. Students will brainstorm ideas and create an invention to fix their problem. This will be a multiweek project where students will have to design, create a sales pitch, make blueprints, advertise, and sell their inventions in a Shark Tank'esque style convention.
STEM Day is going to be a great day for all our students and we already can't wait to have more STEM Days in the future!
A new positive change is filling buckets in our front lobby area. For the past weeks, Wildfire staff members have been on the lookout for the students and behavior that may not always be recognized. SPARK Cards are WFES staff members way to recognize and thank those students who do the right thing for the sake of it is the right thing to do. Students are given a SPARK Card to turn into a grade-level bucket and are entered into a weekly drawing. Student Government representatives draw a card from each grade-level on the Friday morning video announcements to publically recognize those students and their actions. Winning students earn a small prize* and all weekly SPARK Cards are then collected and saved for a later grand prize drawing. Thank you to all our students for being a SPARK of positivity at Wildfire!
*If you have anything you'd like to donate to our weekly prize collection, please contact our front office
Climbing a Bookcase
“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.” – Albert Einstein
Students and teachers came back from winter break to a fantastic surprise! Using a list of past favorites and future classic books, artist Dana Maciag, worked to create and decorate the front staircase. We hope it helps ignite a passion for reading in all our students as they pass by and climb these stairs every day!
A big thank you to our amazing and supportive PTO for funding this project.
Public Speaking Program
To help ease the fear, 6th-grade students are starting a public speaking unit, taught by Mr. Dennis Schuman. Mr. Schuman is a former PVUSD teacher, and current public speaking program presenter. The curriculum was purchased by our PTO and is an 8-week program where students will learn the 6 keys to public speaking. At the end of the unit, students will give a speech, over the topic of their choosing, in front of their peers.
Thank You from WWA
Mrs. Sandborn, Ms. Shoenhair, Student Government members, and the WFES Front Office for all their work and organization.
You have put warmth, smiles, and happiness into so many of our families' holidays!!!
Whispering Wind Academy would like to wish all the families at Wildfire Elementary School a happy 2019!"
- Whispering Wind Academy
In classic King George fashion, Queen Yancy teaches her students about taxation without representation.
Class Picture Day is January 17th
We Count Club!
Staff Members counting on eachothers support at making 2019 a healthy year!
Kindergarten Students Visit the MIM
Monday, Feb. 4th, 5-6pm
3997 East Lockwood Drive
Come meet the best kindergarten staff in the entire Paradise Valley Unified School District. See the classrooms and learn why Wildfire Elementary School is the best place for your future kindergarten student to begin their education journey!
RSVPs are enabled for this event.
PV STEAM Celebration!
Saturday, Jan. 26th, 11am-2pm
3950 East Bell Road
Join us to celebrate the innovative STEAM activities that happen every day at PVSchools!
- 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.: STEM demonstrations, art displays, live musical performances, business, and industry displays, PV Science and Engineering Fair Open House
- 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.: PV Science and Engineering Fair Awards
- Live Music
- Business and Industry Expo
- Rubik's Cube Competition - Register for the Rubik's Cube Competition Here
9th annual PV Schools 5K Community Run/Walkathon
Saturday, Feb. 9th, 9am
5601 East Greenway Road
Cost: $10 Adults; $5 ages 11 -19; Free ages 10 & under but be sure to register them so you can choose a t-shirt size (waiver must be signed and must have parental supervision - can't just drop them off). NO REFUNDS will be given.
For safety reasons, no pets will be allowed.
On the Calendar
Important Upcoming Dates
- School Wide STEM Day - January 15th
- Early Release Day - January 15th
- 6th-Grade Students Travel to Explorer Middle School - January 16th
- Class Picture Day - January 17th
- PV Pre-School Universe - January 17th
- District Spelling Bee - January 18th
- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day - No School - January 21st
- State of the District at PV Board Meeting - January 24
- PTO Bingo Night - January 25th
- Box Top Collection - January 25th
- Parent Teacher Conferences - January 28th - February 1st
- Early Dismissal (Conferences) - January 31st
- Early Dismissal (Conferences) - February 1st
- Kindergarten Round-Up - February 4th