Cougar Connection

December 7, 2020

What is worth your energy?

So many of the conversations I have had lately are about "letting go" and relinquishing control because do we really have it anyways? Life is a little discombobulated and it's going to be that way for a little while. As educators, we are used to having control of what we teach, how we teach, and behavioral expectations we set for our students. Personally, I have to decide what is worth putting my energy into and what isn't.

Here are a few things we should all channel our energy towards.

Attendance. It's IMPORTANT that the students attend the online classroom. Attendance counts BIG TIME, especially right now. We have lost so much time in the classroom and we are fighting to keep the students from falling any further behind. It means they have to participate, not turn their cameras to the sky and walk away from the computer. It means they shouldn't be playing video games or have TV on in the background. Attendance means attending. Without their attention, we cannot teach them.

Organization. Teachers are working extra hard to make sure the students have what they need and how to find it for the lesson. If they don't have access to the materials, they can't keep up in class. As much as possible, students should have their own space with their own materials so they are prepared and ready to learn.

Communication. Please make sure you are communicating with your child's teacher and your child. Talk about what went well and what they are struggling with during the day. We want to do what we can to reduce the anxiety and stress they are feeling about not being at school.

PLAY and LAUGHTER are essential and we are missing out on both in our current circumstances. We have to find time to play and laugh with each other to reduce stress! Research shows so many benefits of it, especially when you are sharing a laugh with someone else. We all need it. Make it a point.

Take care and have some laughs this week.


All In for Kids Virtual Series

I came across this free webinar series and signed up as soon as I saw Nadine Burke Harris as a guess speaker. The All In For Kids virtual series will help you learn what you can do to support the kids and families in your life who are affected by trauma. These free 15-20 minute summits are packed with purpose, inspiration, and everyday guidance for helping kids.

All in For Kids Virtual Series Registration Link

Computer or Tech Issues? Call PVAssist

If you have any technical or computer issues, please contact PVAssist. If your child's computer stops working, please also call PVAssist. Desert Cove does not currently have anymore computers to replace them.

Registration at Shea

Shea is preparing for the 2021-22 school year and wants our 6th grade families to have information about Shea so you can make the best decision for your child. Please check out their Shea 2021-22 Newsletter. In it you will find videos about Shea, a link to select your child's classes.

Snowflake Program

Just a reminder that we are still operating our holiday Snowflake Program.

If you could use some help, please complete this Snowflake Holiday Help Request form: click here If you would like to help meet the needs of our Desert Cove Community, please purchase gift cards in the amount of $25 from Walmart or Target. Cards for the Snowflake Program can be turned into the office during the normal school day, or mailed to Desert Cove, attention: Snowflake Program. Thank you for your generosity in meeting the needs of our community, especially in this challenging season.

PVOnline Deadline

PVOnline: Students interested in transferring to PVOnline for the second semester may do so by completing an Intent to Register form for the specific program (K-5, 6-8, 9-12) by Wednesday, December 9. Details about PVOnline and the Intent to Register forms can be found by visiting the PVOnline website. As a reminder, PVOnline is virtual, self-paced online learning, and is different from PVConnect online learning offered through our school campuses.

District Mobile App

The PVSchools mobile app is now available for both Apple and Android devices. Now you can get the information you want in the palm of your hand. The free app allows families to stay informed, receive notifications, read school news, and access school calendars. Please know improvements are still being made as we want families to be able to quickly link to Infinite Campus and find bus stop information. To download the mobile app just search for PVSchools in the App Store or Google Play.

Meal Service During Distance Learning

PVSchools Nutrition & Wellness Department will provide free meals to any child 18 or younger, regardless of application status or school enrollment. For more information about hours and locations to pick up meals, click here

On-Site Support Program

We have reached maximum capacity for students on site. However, you are invited to fill out an on-site application for your students, and you will be notified if space becomes available.

Holiday Food Boxes

The Paradise Valley Resource Center, has partnered with Desert Springs Bible Church to offer holiday food boxes for families in need. If your family would like a Holiday Food Box Click Here.

Adult English Classes

PVSchools is offering adult English classes online through the end of the school year. These classes are offered to parents/guardians of our TItle 1 students across the district. The classes are held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. They are offered for one hour at a time, and take place between 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. No classes are offered from 12:00-1:00pm to allow time for the staff to have lunch. These online classes are currently using Google Meet, and are a combination of one on one and small group instruction. We are currently adding and accepting new parents/guardians. If you are interested, please fill out the form below.

Adult Online English Class Registration - English Form

Let's show some Cougar Spirit!

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YES! We will have a yearbook!

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Desert Cove Re-Opening Playbook PDF

Included is information regarding students returning to school and policies and procedures that will be implemented.

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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 our community.

Beliefs: Safe, Seen, Celebrated