Cougar Connection

November 22, 2022

Dates to remember in December!

Dec. 3rd - Sights and Sounds of the Season @Desert Ridge 9:20AM-3:40PM

Dec. 5th - Site Council Meeting - Google Meets @7:45AM

Dec. 5th - Strings Concert@DC 7PM

Dec. 6th - EARLY RELEASE @12PM

Dec. 6th - Band Concert @Shea Middle 7PM

Dec. 7th - Kinder Field Trip to Museum of Natural History

Dec. 7th - Science Night with Science Center at DC 5-7PM

Dec. 8th - NVAA Showcase @Shea (4th/5th grades) 6-7pm

Dec. 9th - 5th Grade Field Trip to Wildlife Zoo

Dec. 9th - PTO Pajama BINGO Night 5-8PM

Dec. 10th - Runner's Club event @North Canyon High School 9AM-12PM

Dec. 13th - PTO Meeting @DC library 6:30PM

Dec. 14th - Student Council Meeting in library @7:30AM

Dec. 14th - KG Holiday Sing and Candy House Day @DC 8:30AM - 10AM

Dec. 16th - 3rd Grade Candy Houses @9:10AM - 10:30AM

P.A.W.S. Character Trait for December

Helpful (December): To give help or assistance, or to support someone else.

We will continue to focus on meeting expectations for line behavior. We look for 4 S lines which are silent, straight, still, and smiling!

Professor P.A.W.S. has been a great influence and reminder to follow our P.A.W.S. expectations throughout the building!

Food Drive a HUGE Success!

Thank you to all of our community members and staff who donated over 2100 items of food to help fill the shelves for struggling families. The top three classes were Mr. Dundas with 281items, Mrs. Johnson with 271, and Mrs. Gavelda with 238 items! These three classes will receive a pizza party and the teachers who promoted healthy competition won a $25.00 gift card to Amazon thanks to the generous donation of the PVSchools Education Foundation.

Monitoring your child's online activity

Recently, it was brought to our attention that students were creating TikTok channels using Desert cove's name and logo which is a reportable offense on the platform. As you can imagine, some of the content was disparaging to other students and to the staff. These accounts were created by students who are not of the legal age to be creating content on this social media application. In light of this, we have scheduled events with Not My Kid for both 5th and 6th grade students as well as a presentation for parents. More information to come.

Do you know what social media platforms your child uses? Click the image below for more information

NVAA Interactive Night - Nov.28th

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Sights and Sounds of the Season Dec. 3rd

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NVAA Showcase - Dec. 8th

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Impact of Stress and Anxiety on our Students

Dear Community,

We have a guest speaker coming to talk to our current students and staff on some of the social emotional impacts of stress and anxiety on our students, families and staff.

We have a partnership through Love our Schools with Oasis Community Church and we have an opportunity to have Wanda Brothers come and speak at Horizon. We have an opportunity for our staff, students, and parents to come and listen to her speak in the auditorium on 11/29 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. I have spoken with one of the Pastors, Brian Neary, as well as Wanda this week, and they will not be talking about or promoting Spiritual Health, just focusing on Emotional Health. Wanda will be focusing on Boosting Mental Wellness to help reduce stress, anxiety, and understanding.

Wanda is an expert in her field, and she works with the San Diego School District focusing on educator's mental health. Wanda usually does four training sessions for all staff.

Ultimately we would like to invite our entire parent community for all PVUSD schools to have the opportunity to attend this event.

Charles O'Connor

Assistant Principal

Horizon High School

Free Family 4 Pack at the Science Center

Program Overview: Earlier this fall, Arizona Science Center teamed up with Governor Ducey’s Office to create the AZ OnTrack Parent Guide. The 48 page guide offers opportunities for families to engage in robust learning activities together, leading to greater academic results. From creating a nature journal to excavating chocolate chip “fossils” from cookies, parents, caregivers, and other caring adults will find unique ways to get students ready to learn and engage at school.

In an effort to get more families involved, families who register and download the AZ OnTrack Parent Resource Guide and receive a FREE FAMILY FOUR-PACK of tickets to Arizona Science Center. When they complete the full activity guide and complete the OnTrack, Ready to Be Back Scavenger Hunt, families earn a FREE ARIZONA SCIENCE CENTER FAMILY MEMBERSHIP!

But wait, there's more! All AZ OnTrack families will receive one FREE PARKING voucher* for the Heritage Square Garage. Additionally, AZ OnTrack families traveling more than 50 miles to Arizona Science Center will receive a FREE GAS CARD* upon check-in at the Science Center.

Some November bulletin boards...

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Share pictures for the yearbook 22/23 - LINK

We will be intentional about collecting pictures for the yearbook this year. We would love to see your school pics! Please add them to this folder.

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Desert Cove's Mission

Mission statement: Desert Cove provides a collaborative culture that supports and celebrates student diversity, lifelong learning, and engagement in a global community.

Vision: To prepare and motivate students to achieve their personal best, to embrace learning, and build their emotional, social and physical well-being, enabling students to flourish as contributing and healthy citizens in a global community.

Beliefs: Safe, Seen, Celebrated
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