Thank you so much for another wonderful week. This week, we had a walkthrough from our district office, and principals from all over our region visited SV to quiz our students on what PEAK behaviors are and how we demonstrate PEAK every day - and they nailed it! Not only did our students identify PEAK, but they were also able to articulate why PEAK is so important and identified examples of how PEAK prepares us for the future.
What is PEAK?
P is for Problem Solver
E is for Engaged
A is for Accountable
K is for Kind
PEAK is a school-wide system of support that identifies essential behavior expectations at our school. Our teachers and staff use this common language to communicate with all students what appropriate behaviors looks like across campus and use it as a tool to recognize and praise students for positive behavior. With clear and concise language, PEAK creates an environment for our students that will maximize learning and minimize disruption.
Some reminders from our office:
- If your student is attending any of our before school clubs or tutoring, please pull up to the curb in front of the office and drop them off - as our parking lot is for our staff.
- If picking up your child AFTER 2:45 PM, please park in our parking lot or you may get caught in the afternoon pick up traffic.
- Please make sure that you call the attendance line if your student is going to be absent for any reason - (623) 376-4890
- Breakfast service begins at 8:10 AM, no students can be dropped off prior to 8:10 AM - as there is no adult supervision available.
- If your student has tutoring in the morning, please do not drop them off before 8:00 AM - as there is no adult supervision available.
Picture Day is Just Around the Corner!
Join the Green Thumb Club
Connect with Us!
- Monday, September 18
- 1st Grade Field Trip
- Baseball/Softball practice after school
- NJHS Meeting after school - Room 608
- Tuesday, September 19
- GenTech Club - Radical Robots (K-3) - After school - Room 712
- Young Rembrandts Drawing Club - After school - Room 517
- AWAY Baseball Game @ Gavalin Peak - 4:30 PM
- HOME Softball Game @ SV - 4:30 PM
- PTSO Meeting @ 6:30 PM - SV Library
- Wednesday, September 20
- 2nd Grade Field Trip
- Team Connect - 8:00 AM - Room 608
- Baseball/Softball Practice - after school
- B.O.L.T.S. Club - after school - Room 502
- Chess Emporium Club - after school - Room 514
- Green Thumb Club - after school - Room 312
- Thursday, September 21
- Battle of the Books - 8:00 AM - SV Library
- Bonanza Educational Club - after school - Room 711
- Elements of Music Club - after school - Room 512
- GenTech Club - Rocket Science - after school - Room 513
- Baseball/Softball Practice
- Friday, September 22
- STUCO Meeting - 7:45 AM - SV Library
- Early Release @ 2:00 PM for Teacher PLC's
- September 25 - NO SCHOOL
- September 26 - Picture Day
- September 27 - Picture Day
Volunteer Trainings (One Class Required for NEW Volunteers) - All trainings will be held in the SV Library
- October 30th - 8:45 AM - Volunteer Training
We are always excited to be able to welcome our parents/guardians back to help volunteer and visit at SV. If you would like to visit, we welcome you to come and eat lunch with your child in the MPR. Please arrive on time, and bring lunch only for your student - as we cannot have lunches passed out to other student or friends in the MPR for their safety. If you are interested in volunteering, we will soon welcome you back in our classrooms once we have our classroom procedures setup and in place. Mandatory volunteer training dates (required for all NEW volunteers) are listed below! If you are already a trained volunteer, please be sure to stop by the office to update your information.
As a reminder, we require all parents to follow our school rules and dress code on campus and ask that you do not use any cell phones or tablets in the MPR or around our students.
Each week, one student from each grade level is recognized for making a positive difference on our campus. Thank you to Liam, Aubree, Jenelia, Elizabeth, Wyatt, Cooper, Lucia, Olivia, Ashish, and Devyn for making SV a better place!
Congratulations Chloe! AASA Highest Scale Score in ELA & Math!
Crazy Cool Commas!
SV Sports Updates
Thanks to everyone who has come out to support our baseball and softball teams! It was a tough week for our Vipers, but they are playing hard and learning the definition of GRIT and sportsmanship.
We only have one home game next week! Come out and support our softball team on Tuesday against Gavlin Peak, while our baseball team plays away that day. Concessions are available for $1 and black SV camo baseball hats are on sale for $20!
Welcome to Our New Special Education Teacher - Regina Yonan!
Hello Viper Family,
My name is Regina Yonan and I am thrilled to be joining the Sierra Verde Family as the new Special Education Teacher. This will be my first year of teaching. I found my passion for teaching while I was a long term substitute at Hillcrest Middle School this past year. During that time, I fell in love with Special Education and was blessed with a chance to be a part of the Deer Valley Teacher Prep Program.
I graduated from the University of Arkansas (Little Rock) with a Bachelor’s Degree in International Business and also earned my Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration from Argosy University (Chicago). I have a background in accounting, along with real estate and construction.
When not at school, the hubby and I are busy working on renovation projects together. We also play Uber driver to our 2 awesome kiddos— Lyda (14), our competitive figure skater that is heading to Mountain Ridge and Luca (8), our Brazilian jiu-jitsu competitor that will be attending Sierra Verde this year.
A Message From PTSO
Thank you to everyone that ate at Chipotle on Wednesday night. We made $1,132.91!!! These funds help fulfill teacher grants and special treats like SIPS truck days for our teachers. Awesome job, Vipers!
We have collaborated with State Forty Eight to design a special Sierra Verde tshirt! We are doing a pre-order for the shirts. Deadline to order is September 29 and we will NOT have any extra shirts- so get those orders in!
Sizing chart is posted online but let us know if you have any questions.
Tshirts will go home week of 10/23 with your student- leave student name and homeroom teacher in the comment section.
Our next PTSO meeting is Tuesday, September 19 at 6:30pm in the Media Center. We hope to see you there!
Our next PTSO meeting is Tuesday, September 19 at 6:30pm in the Media Center. We hope to see you there!
Silent Auction Donations NEEDED!
As a reminder, the PTSO is looking for donations for Bingo or our Silent Auction. Please take a look at our flyer and contact us if you are able to donate!
Time for Yearbooks!!
Our PBIS store is OPEN! Students can use their points earned for being a Problem-solver, being Engaged, being Accountable, and being Kind to purchase fun items. These items are delivered on Fridays. If you are interested in tracking your student through our PBIS Rewards app, download the PBIS Rewards for Family app and ask your child's teacher for their unique QR code.
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.
1. We need parent volunteers to help keep inventory and package PBIS rewards for students.
2. The store needs rewards! There are many ways to donate – new and gently used toys, party favors – anything that kids would be excited to receive!
3. 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: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2YZ9H9VV492G3?ref_=wl_share
If you have are available to donate your time or have questions about our PBIS program, please contact Mrs. Stephanie Hoffpauir in the front office.
Pick Up & Drop Off Procedure Reminders
- Make sure that all adults who will be picking up students at 3:30 have a purple placard with the student's Last Name and Grade clearly written in marker bold and big so we can read them. Placards are available in the office. Take as many copies as you need (one for mom, dad, grandma, grandpa, etc......).
- Please pull forward and follow all staff directions around the pick up loop, don't stop short, and stay in your car.
- We will load you kids, if they need help buckling, pull up and around the loop to the buckle zone past our bike rack
- We do not have any supervision of students until 8:30 am so please do not drop off or leave any kids unattended before 8:30 am.
- Please be patient and be kind to staff and other drivers as it takes a few weeks for all to learn our procedures. Remember out staff is out in 100+ degree weather keeping all our kids safe, and everyone's safety is more important than any individual's convenience
- If you do not have a kindergarten student, you must use the front loop for morning drop-off. We do not have enough spaces for additional vehicles, and our front loop is much more efficient and safe for our 1st-8th graders.
- Do not cross any streets outside of the designated and manned crosswalks in the am or pm. We have had some very close calls and pedestrians almost struck crossing rose garden illegally.
- If picking up on 74th, please be sure that you are not parking or waiting in the "no parking/loading zone" and please do not block any private driveways
- Please pull all the way down the loop before dropping off. Your student should not be getting out of the car when the line slows down
- Do not enter the parking lot through the EXIT
- All 1st-8th grade students should be dropped off in the front traffic loop, parking in the lot is reserved for Kindergarten parents only. It is also not permissible to park and cross Rose Garden or 74th Ave at any point other than our crosswalks.
- 8:45 is the start of our academic day, kids who are not in class at 8:45 will need a tardy pass.
- We cannot sign students out after 3:15.
- Do not text your students during the school day, phones are available for use at the office with staff permission.
- We will not interrupt instruction to relay messages or deliver items left at home (unless medically needed)
- Attendance warnings will be sent home for students who are absent more than 10% of days in session or who have accumulated 5+ tardies
- If you have a concern or question regarding progress, grades, or behavior, address the classroom level teacher per our DVUSD Problem Solving Guidance
- School staff and administration are not available to meet on demand, appointments will be made to set up meetings or phone calls for administrators and teachers. Walk-in appointments are not an option.
- SV teachers adhere to an email curfew. They will check emails Monday - Friday from 7:00 AM to 8:30 AM and 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM only
- SV staff will respond to emails within 48 hours, excluding weekends & holidays.
Food & Nutrition
For the 23-24 school year, we will once again be charging for school meals, to apply for a free or reduced meal application visit https://secure.ezmealapp.com or stop by Sierra Verde for a paper application (though the online process is much quicker). See the complete information from DVUSD Food & Nutrition below.
We will not be allowing outside food or drink for any reason on campus. DVUSD has a birthday bucket order form that will be the only method of birthday treats for 23-24. You can fill out an application for a birthday bucket and work with our Cafeteria Manger Mrs. Debbie Jasperson to arrange these birthday treats. The Birthday Bucket application is on our homepage and is linked below as well.
In order to keep meal account balances topped off, you can put money on the student account with cash or check. Please drop off any cash or check in the office, or use E-Z school pay. EZ School pay also has an app available to download and track your balance.