WFES Newsletter

October 15th, 2021

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

Parent-Teacher Conferences: October 25th - 28th

Parent-Teacher conferences are October 25th - 28th, 2021. Registration for conferences will close on October 22nd at 4:00 PM and any conference or changes to scheduled conferences after that date will need to be made directly with the teacher.


Please click this link to sign-up for a conference with your student's teacher:

Click here to sign-up for conferences


Important Conference Notes and Reminders


  • Conferences are being held in person.
  • PV Schools policy requires all guests to wear a face mask while inside PV Schools buildings - even if an opt-out form has been submitted for the student
  • Conference late night is on October 26th, until 7:00 PM.
  • Any conferences scheduled after October 22nd will need to be made directly with the teacher.
  • Please arrive prior to your start time so you are not late. Teachers have many parents to meet with and only a finite amount of time to do so.
  • Please respect the privacy of others and do not enter the classroom while another conference is taking place.
  • Please plan ahead for parking as parking spaces may be limited due to the high number of conferences.

Harvest Parade on October 28th!

Our annual Harvest Parade will be on Thursday, October 28th, which is a half-day. Parents and families are invited to attend the parade but need to remain outside the building in the designated areas. Parent arrival may begin at 11:45 AM. The parade will begin promptly inside at 12:00 PM and conclude outside through our bus lane. All students and staff in every grade level will be able to dress up in their costumes, but only our students and staff in Pre-K through 3rd Grade will be in the parade.


Please remember that only school-appropriate costumes may be worn. No masks, weapons, fake blood, etc. will be allowed.

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  • Monday 10/25 - Preview day 9am - 3pm (Classes will come in for 10-minute slots to preview and make list)

  • Tuesday 10/26 - Shopping Day 9am - 3pm & 4pm - 7pm during conferences
  • Wednesday 10/27 - Shopping Day 9am - 12:30pm (Half day)

    (open 30 minutes before and after school for shopping 8:15am-8:45am and 12:30-1:00pm)

  • Thursday 10/28 - Shopping Day 9am - 12:30pm (Half day) - No after-school sales! (open 30 minutes before school for shopping 8:15am-8:45am)

Teacher SpotLight!

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Wildfire has an awesome staff and we want to put some of them in the SPOTLIGHT! They truly make a difference in the lives of children each and everyday!! Introducing our AMAZING 3rd Grade Team: Mrs. Torres, Mrs. Young & Mrs. Guarino!


Mrs. Guarino

Outspoken, Enthusiastic and Affectionate

What is your favorite thing about Wildfire? The Core Knowledge Science and Social Studies Curriculum Units, of course!! That was my favorite part of school when I was a 3rd Grader!

When did you realize you wanted to be a teacher and who was your favorite teacher? I never wanted to be a teacher as a young person. It seemed SO BOR-ing! However when I had my daughter and was able to visit her Montessori Class, I noticed that I loved reading aloud to kids. I decided to pursue my Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. I always loved my teachers. They were kind and inspiring. My teachers are why I decided to become a writer.

What is something that might surprise us about you? Cardinal's Wide Receiver, Larry Fitzgerald is my boyfriend.... Sadly, he is unaware of this fact!! (HAHA) Seriously, I am a darned good Bowler.

What is your favorite sport or game to watch or play? To watch the Cardinals play in Super Bowl 2022!

What is your best advice you would give to a student? Ask questions and make smart choices! Study, prepare, listen to your teacher and parents. We only want the BEST for you!

Families and Students: THANK YOU for allowing me to be a part of your lives! I am so blessed!


Mrs. Torres

Creative, Musical, Conscientious

What is your favorite thing about Wildfire? I love my team, my students, and their excitement about learning.

When did you realize you wanted to be a teacher and who was your favorite teacher? I realized I wanted to be a teacher when I moved to the US and looked at my choices for a degree. Studying to become a teacher takes a lot longer in Germany, which is why I didn't start it there, but becoming a teacher had been one of my top career choices for a long time. My favorite teacher growing up was my math teacher, Frau Droste-Limprecht. She pushed us hard but she was also caring and believed in each of her students.

What is something that might surprise us about you? I like adrenaline! Bungee jumping, skydiving, white water rafting... count me in :-)

What is your best advice you would give to a student? Keep trying, even when things are hard

3rd grade is the BEST!


Mrs. Young

Engaging, Organized, Compassionate

What is your favorite thing about Wildfire? My favorite thing about Wildfire is the community of teachers, staff and families. I love being a part of this team!

When did you realize you wanted to be a teacher and who was your favorite teacher? I decided I wanted to be a teacher once I started college at ASU. I really loved my early classes on child development and family studies and knew then that teaching children was definitely my calling. I had many great teachers growing up! I think my English teacher senior year, Mrs. Pye, was probably one my favorites. She held us to such a high standard and I think it was where I really learned to persevere. She had a way of getting the very best out of all of us every time.

What is something that might surprise us about you? I am your neighbor! My family has lived in Aviano for 13 years. One of the main reasons we chose this neighborhood was because Wildfire is such an awesome school. Both of my children are products of Wildfire!

What is your favorite sport or game to watch or play? I probably won't be playing any sports, but you can always find me watching NCAA and NFL football! I am planning to join Ms. G at the Superbowl this year, lol!

What is your best advice you would give to a student? School is not a spectator sport! You have to get in there and be part of it. Participate in your learning and persevere when things are hard. That is where the magic happens!

Classroom Volunteers

With the start of the second quarter, we are starting to open the school back to regular activities and events. This includes classroom celebrations, field trips, enrichment activities, and more.


To help facilitate these events, like Art Masterpiece and celebrations, we are needing the help of classroom volunteers and chaperones. We are welcoming these volunteers back into the classroom at the start of the 2nd quarter in a limited number. Teachers are being asked to reach out to their classes to notify parents if they are having volunteers in their classroom.


If you are interested in volunteering, please reach out to your child's teacher and/or room parent.


***Please note that all building visitors/volunteers are required to wear a facemask while inside PVUSD buildings***

Classroom Treats Reminder

Pleaes remember if you are bringing in treats for birthdays and other celebrations, they are needing to be individually wrapped. Also, please be sure to check with your child's classroom teacher about allergies in the room so you know if alternative options are needed.

Upcoming STUGO Spirit Days

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After School Pick-Up Reminders

In an effort to be respectful to our school neighbors and community, particularly during dismissal times, please be aware of and help us remedy the following issues:


  • Do not block the intersections surrounding the school. This impedes traffic flow.

  • While waiting in line to enter the school parking lot, do not block the entrances to the neighboring streets, particularly Parkside Lane and Patrick Lane. This impedes traffic and keeps residents, visitors, deliveries, etc. from being able to access properties.

  • Do not park in no-parking zones as this impedes traffic and causes congestion and safety concerns.

  • Please limit cell phone use while in line. Remember it is against Arizona law to use a handheld device while operating a moving vehicle - it is also a safety risk to you and others.


Remember to pull all the way forward in line to allow as many cars in the parking lot and off the street as possible - we will bring your student to you.


Also, thank you to the parents who have continued to follow our mitigation procedures during our pick-up times. As a reminder, we are asking parents to wait across the drive and not congregate and wait by the lobby or MPR doors. We will bring students out to you.


Thank you for your help and support!

Health Updates and Information

Nurse's Information

COVID

We have been receiving many absence messages where parents state that their child is exhibiting covid-like symptoms (runny nose, congestion, cough, headache, vomiting, diarrhea, or sore throat) but because their child does not have a fever, “it’s not Covid.” It is a misconception that one must have a fever to be positive for Covid; in fact, it is possible to test positive for Covid yet have no fever.


Please continue to perform your daily wellness checks of your children prior to sending them to school. If your child exhibits even one of the Covid symptoms, he/she must isolate at home until 10 days have passed from the start of symptom(s).


Thank you for your continued efforts in helping to control the spread of the Covid virus on our campus. Our mitigation strategies are working!


VACCINES

Two school required vaccines are due at age 11 (Tdap and meningococcal). If your child has an upcoming birthday and will soon be turning 11 years old, please schedule an appointment with your child’s pediatrician. Per AZ state law, your child has 15 days from the date of a notice of noncompliance from the school to provide evidence of having received the vaccines. If evidence is not received, your child may be excluded from attending school.


For information about the approval and rollout of the Covid vaccine for children under 12 years old, please visit:


https://www.healthline.com/health-news/what-parents-need-to-know-about-covid-19-doses-for-5-to-11-year-olds


Once the vaccine has been approved, PVUSD will likely partner with Maricopa County to offer free vaccine clinics to assist in the vaccination of our students. Note: At this time, the Covid vaccine is not a requirement for school attendance.


CLOTHING DONATIONS

The health office is in need of: Underpants - boys & girls, sizes 6 & 8 (new only); Shorts - boys & girls, sizes 6, 8, 10 (for the younger grades, elastic athletic shorts work best); Flip Flops - all sizes.

COVID Guidelines for Parents from Nurse Royce

There has been some confusion about when to keep your child home from school, if and when to test for Covid, and when your child may return to school.


As a reminder, Covid symptoms may include one of or any combination of the following symptoms:

Fever

Body Aches

Headache

Cough

Shortness of Breath

Runny Nose

Nasal Congestion

Nausea/Vomiting

Diarrhea

Sore Throat

New Loss of Taste or Smell

Fatigue (not as a sole symptom)


Please continue to check your child every day prior to sending to school. If your child is experiencing any symptoms, he/she must stay home and isolate for 10 days unless your child has a known, documented chronic illness that may be causing symptoms. Fatigue on its own is not a reason to stay home and isolate.


If experiencing symptoms, your child may not return until all of the following criteria are met:

● Improving symptoms

● Fever free for 24 hours WITHOUT the use of fever reducing medication ● Communicate with me PRIOR to return to campus

● A minimum of 10 full days of home isolation (10 days must pass from the first day of symptoms/Day 0; counting begins the next day and then student returns on Day 11)

OR Proof of a negative Covid test

OR Proof of an alternative diagnosis (ex: strep throat, flu, mono)

If you use one of the BinaxNOW at-home self Covid tests, please be sure to write your child’s name and the date of the test on the test result card before emailing a picture of the card to me.


If your child was a close contact to a known positive Covid case:

Your child may return to school WITHOUT TESTING when ALL of the following criteria are met: ● A full 10 day home quarantine from the last known date of exposure (10 days must pass from the date of last exposure; student returns on Day 11)

● Not showing ANY Covid like symptoms

● Communicate with me PRIOR to return to campus

OR

Your child may return to school WITH NEGATIVE TEST when ALL the below criteria are met:

● A full 7 day home quarantine from the last known date of exposure (return on Day 8) ● Proof of a Negative Covid test collected after 5 full days have passed from date of last exposure to positive case

● Not showing ANY COVID like symptoms

● Communicate with School Nurse PRIOR to return to campus



If in doubt about any of this, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Thank you for your cooperation in keeping other students and staff safe and healthy! Nurse Royce

(602) 449-4303

rhirsh@pvschools.net

In addition to contacting me, please be sure to call all absences into the absence line at (602) 449-4301.

Masks

  • All persons, including, but not limited to, staff, students, vendors, visitors, and volunteers are required to wear cloth face masks when indoors at a school site. This does include parent/guardians of students that have elected to opt-out of wearing a mask.

  • Students are not required to wear a mask if their parents sign an opt out form. Staff are not required to wear a mask if they sign an opt out form. Opt out forms must be submitted to the principal's office. As a clarification to the letter sent to the community, “limited opt-out” is defined as meaning a medical, religious, or personal reason.

  • All persons, including, but not limited to, staff, vendors, visitors, and volunteers are recommended to wear cloth face masks in district buildings other than school sites.

  • All individuals operating or riding on a bus are required to wear cloth face masks. There is no opt-out option for buses.

Reported Positive Case of a Student

If the school is notified of a student who has tested positive, the school nurse will inform the parent that the student must remain isolated and be 24 hours fever free without the use of fever-reducing medication and have improved symptoms and had 10 days elapsed since the student first had symptoms before returning to school.


In the event of a COVID-19 exposure at Wildfire Elementary School, all school families will be notified. Additionally, those parents/guardians of students who have been determined to be a close contact of a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, will be notified and will have the next steps/process explained.

Quarantine Procedures

Students that had a close contact with the positive case are to quarantine themselves for 10 days at home and monitor for symptoms before returning to school unless:


  • The student has been fully vaccinated for 14 or more days
    or
  • The student has had COVID-19 within the past 90 days
    or
  • The contact was 3’ to 6’ and both students were correctly wearing well-fitted masks.


If the student develops symptoms
  • If the student becomes symptomatic, they are to isolate themselves for 10 days at home and be fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medication, and have had symptoms improved before returning to school.
  • COVID-19 testing is recommended.
  • If the test result is positive, the student is to isolate themselves for 10 days at home and be fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medication and have had symptoms improved before returning to school.
  • If the test result is negative and was administered 5 full days after exposure and there have been no further symptoms, the student is to quarantine for 7 full days.


Maricopa County Department of Public Health Quarantine Guidance

School Support for Quarantined Students

The following guidelines are for schools and staff to support students who are quarantined at home due to COVID-19. These guidelines were drafted through a collaboration between PVEA and PVP representatives. The intention of these guidelines is to minimize the impact of absences on student learning, provide social and emotional support for students who are quarantined, and mitigate additional workload for staff.


When a student is quarantined at home:

  • Google Classroom is the District’s digital learning suite and should be used to communicate work expectations and resources with students and families, as appropriate.


  • Teachers will send home or make available through Google Classroom, an appropriate amount of work. This work should engage students in prioritized, essential content and skills based on students’ abilities and grade levels. Students who need a device to access work will be provided with a school-issued Chromebook.


  • Students will be completing their work independently. Teachers may arrange to check in with students outside of class time to support students’ learning.


  • Schools will coordinate with SEL support staff to connect with students who are quarantined as a check-in with students’ social/emotional well-being.

Students Texting Parents to Come Pick Them Up

Parents, please ask your student(s) to not text you to come to pick them up if they are not feeling well. Any illness must be reported to the school nurse.

We understand that people do get illnesses other than COVID-10 and/or a student needing to quarantine may be an inconvenience but not knowing who is sick or not feeling well undermines our ability to keep other students and staff members safe.

Please do not come to pick your student up due to illness unless you have been contacted by the school to do so. Thank you for your help in keeping our school healthy.

Mitigation Strategies at Wildfire


Wildfire Elementary School is committed to following outlined Paradise Valley Unified School District protocols in regards to the cleaning/maintenance of the campus as well as implementing procedures and expectations that maximize a safe learning environment for students. Please note that this plan may change as information, procedure, guidance, and/or laws from PVSchools, Arizona Department of Health, the CDC, and State officials are updated.


Please click on the button below to view the full detailed plan on how WFES will keep our students, staff, visitors, and community safe during the ongoing pandemic.


Highlights

  • Masks are required for students and staff unless an opt-out form has been completed and turned.
  • Masks are recommended and encouraged to be worn by all staff and students - Mr. Schoonover will be wearing a mask.
  • Where possible, implement measures to facilitate social distancing:
  • Arrange appropriate seating in classrooms, offices, cafeterias, etc.
  • Turn desks/tables to face in the same direction (rather than facing each other) or have students sit on only one side of tables, spaced apart.
  • Maintain appropriate spacing in hallways, cafeteria, on the playground, etc.
  • Continue to maintain healthy air quality by cleaning all HVAC unit coils and changing air filters as scheduled.
  • Maintain hand sanitizer stations in lobbies and campus main entries.
  • Maintain additional handwashing sinks.
  • Encourage staff and students to bring their own water to minimize use and touching of water fountains.
  • Day Porters for cleaning in classrooms and high touch areas
  • Assign cafeteria seating with distancing (three students per bench)
  • Maintain grade-level cohorts upon arrival at school

PTO Information

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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!

Important Upcoming Dates


  • October 18: LEGO Robotics Club - 3:15 PM
  • October 19 - 21st: Gifted Testing for 4th - 6th Grade
  • October 19: PTO Meeting - 7:00 PM
  • October 20: UPC Meeting - 8:00 AM
  • October 20: School Council Meeting - 3:30 PM
  • October 21: Governing Board Meeting - 7:00 PM
  • October 22: STUGO Spirit Day - Perfectly Pink
  • October 22: 3rd Grade Field Trip to Odyssey Sea Aquarium
  • October 25 - 28: Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • October 25: STUGO Spirit Day - Monster Mash Up Monday
  • October 25: LEGO Robotics Club - 3:15 PM
  • October 26: Book Fair Begins
  • October 26: STUGO Spirit Day - Trick or Treat Tuesday
  • October 26: STUGO Meeting - 3:20 PM
  • October 27: Early Release Day
  • October 27: Book Fair Continues
  • October 27: STUGO Spirit Day - Wizardly Wednesday
  • October 28: Early Release Day
  • October 28: Book Fair Last Day
  • October 28: Harvest Parade - 12:00 PM
  • October 29: NO SCHOOL
  • November 1: STEP IT UP Kick Off Event