Sidewinder News

Parent Newsletter - February 2023

Principal's Message

Dear Sidewinder Families,

Happy February! We are in the thick of Quarter 3 and have seen many great things happen since returning for the new year. Our students are working hard and showing STRIKE(ing) behavior each and every day while also focusing on being engaged in their learning.

This February, we will be taking a close look at what it means to be "engaged" in learning. Take some time to talk to your child(ren) about how they can show they are engaged in their lessons. Some examples of engagement are listening attentively, asking questions, actively participating in activities, taking notes, and more. I know that with your support, we will be able to ensure that every Sidewinder is engaged in their lessons.

In addition, February is Black History Month! We are excited to celebrate and honor Black History by learning about famous African Americans such as Rosa Parks, Oprah Winfrey, Kobe Bryant, and more! Our teachers are preparing lessons to engage your children in learning throughout this important month.

Finally, I want to highlight the success of our amazing Parent Teacher Association. Our PTA works tirelessly to prepare and hold engaging family events and make learning special for our Sidewinder Students. This month alone, they are preparing for a Valentine's Family Dance, putting together the Fundraising Run for March, and working to support the school in a Library Refresh. I encourage you to take some time to thank a PTA member for all of their hard work.

Thank you for everything you do and being a part of the Greenbrier Community. We have accomplished many great things and have many more to come.

Have a wonderful February!

Mrs. Kane | Principal

Let's Celebrate!

Important Updates and Reminders


23-24 Middle School Registration - If you have a 6th grader and have not yet completed Middle School registration, please make sure to complete it as soon as possible. If you have any questions or need any help, please contact our registrar, Katie Wright, at or 602-467-5506.

23-24 Kindergarten Registration - If you have a preschooler and have not yet completed Kindergarten registration, please make sure to complete it as soon as possible. If you have any questions or need any help, please contact our registrar, Katie Wright, at or 602-467-5506.

Student Council Candygrams - Student Council is selling candy grams for $0.50 each from February 1st - 10th which will be delivered to others on campus on or before February 14th.

Valentine's Day Parties - Teachers will be reaching out to share information regarding Valentine's Day Parties. Please note, any treats brought in should be for the entire class and store bought. Please be aware of any allergies/dietary restrictions in your child(ren)'s classroom.

Parent Teacher Conferences - Teachers are sending out information to sign up for PT Conferences the week of February 13th. February 16 and 17 are 12pm dismissal days due to PT Conferences.

Scholastic Book Fair - The Scholastic Book Fair will run from February 13 - 17 with a late night, open until 6:45pm, on February 16th. We hope to see you there!

Flagpole Ceremony - We will have our final Flagpole Ceremony of the school year on Tuesday, February 21 at 8:40am to honor President's Day.

President's Day - There is NO SCHOOL on Monday, February 20th due to President's Day.

Read Across America Spirit Week - Read Across America Week is coming! We are excited to celebrate with a SPIRIT Week the week of February 27 - March 3. Below are the themes:

Feb 27 - Beach Day

Feb 28 - Decades Day

Mar 1 - Pajama Day

Mar 2 - Favorite Book Character Day

Mar 3 - Greenbrier Spirit Day

Spring Break - Spring Break is March 13 - 17!

Library Refresh - We are in the midst of refreshing our library! We are excited to be purchasing new books for the 23-24 school year as well as working with the PTA to raise funds to refresh the furniture. If you would like to get involved, please contact Kim Steg at

Tax Credit - Did you know you can donate to the school to receive a Tax Credit?! If you'd like to donate, contact the front office at 602-467-5500.

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Parent Teacher Association (PTA) Updates

Board Positions - We have all PTA Board Positions open for the 23-24 School Year. More information is coming on the process. If you are interested in running for PTA board, please contact President Kim Steg at for more information.

PTA Valentine's Family Dance -
PTA is hosting a Valentine's Dance on Thursday, February 9th from 6-8pm in the cafeteria. There will be cookies provided. This is a free event to attend. RSVP is requested via flyer.

General PTA Meeting - All families are invited to join us for the PTA Meeting on February 22nd at 6pm in the Media Center.

Celebration Days - See a few celebration days below for this month:

February 6 - 10 - National School Counseling Appreciation Week

February 8 - School Crossing Guard Appreciation Day

Keep an eye out for Greenbrier's Sidewinder Slither coming soon!

Thank you for your Spirit Wear Orders!

PTA Valentine's Family Dance

Thursday, Feb. 9th, 6pm

6150 West Greenbriar Drive

Glendale, AZ

Join us for a fun night of dancing and cookies! This is a free event.

Reminders/Old News

Reporting Bullying Concerns - Please watch this video with more information regarding our Bullying Procedures. If you or your student need to submit a concern, please follow this link.

Community Food Bank - If you or a school family you know needs support, the Food Bank at Constitution Elementary is now open and supporting DVUSD families. The hours are Wednesday - Friday from 8:30am - 4:00pm and is open on Thursdays until 6:00pm.

Parent Teacher Association Updates - Do you want to take an active role in your child(ren)'s education? Come join PTA! Reach out to our PTA President, Kim Steg, for more information on how to get involved.

Volunteering at Greenbrier - Would you like to volunteer?! If you're already Volunteer trained, please complete the form found here. If you are NOT Volunteer trained, please visit the District Website to find training dates and times. If you have any questions or need any help signing up to volunteer, please reach out to Jamie in the Front Office at

Fry's Partner - We are so excited to share that our amazing PTA partners with Fry's. Please see this Flyer for more information on how to get involved.

  • To enroll go to the following website:
  • When you are prompted to select the organization, search for (Greenbrier Elementary PTA) / OR enter code (KY287).
  • You can also enroll via the Fry's app under (Rewards) then click on (Community Rewards) to search for (Greenbrier Elementary PTA) / OR enter code (KY287)
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STRIKE(ing) January Students of the Month


  • Ms. Cori - Layla
  • Ms. Courtenay - Travis


  • Ms. Paulsen - Bailey and Jose
  • Ms. H - Jessa and Donovan
  • Ms. Schneider - Weston and Viviana

1st Grade

  • Ms. Bollinger - Nyjah and Eva
  • Ms. McNally - Camille and Lizzie
  • Ms. Serrano - Kellen and Virginia

2nd Grade

  • Ms. Rae - Justice and Kaitlyn
  • Ms. Minana - Hemmi and Nicholas
  • Ms. Zellner - Izac and Zander

3rd Grade

  • Ms. Colyn - Alexa and Eden
  • Ms. Dressman - Michael and Jeslia
  • Ms. Woodward - Ava and Leyren

4th Grade

  • Ms. Beermann - Ameera and David
  • Ms. Borney - Teegan and Maija

5th Grade

  • Ms. Ackerman - Jackson and Beatrice
  • Ms. Slavick - Taylor and Reagan

6th Grade

  • Ms. Gellings - Danya and Jack
  • Mr. Hrovat - Charlie and Tobai

Mojave Learning Group

  • Ms. Osborne - Christian

February Events

February 1 - 10 - Candygrams for Sale

February 3 - PD Day; 2pm Dismissal

February 9 - PTA Valentine's Family Dance; 6-8pm

February 10 - PLC Day; 2pm Dismissal

February 13 - 17 - Scholastic Book Fair

February 13 - 17 - Parent Teacher Conferences

February 16-17 - PT Conferences; 12pm Dismissal Days

February 20 - NO SCHOOL; President's Day

February 21 - Flagpole Ceremony at 8:40am

February 22 - General PTA Meeting at 6pm

February 24- PLC Day; 2pm Dismissal

February 27 - March 3 - Read Across America SPIRIT Week

Monday - Beach Day

Tuesday - Decades Day

Wednesday - Pajama Day

Thursday - Favorite Book Character Day

Friday - Greenbrier Spirit Day

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