Cougar Connection

August 8, 2022

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Hello Cougar Community!

School starts tomorrow August 9th, 2022. The main gates will open at 7:55AM and the first bell rings at 8:10AM. The school day ends at 2:45PM for 1st - 6th grades. Kindergarten will release at 2:30PM at the 27th Street gate except for the first 2 days of school. Kindergarten will dismiss at 12PM August 9th and 10th.

Students will go directly to the playground in the morning and find their line which will be labeled with the teacher's name. Staff members will be there to help students who are a little unsure.

Kindergarten parents, you may accompany your child to the playground for the first week of school only.

First grade will line up just inside the main gate.

Second through fourth under the ramada on the main playground

Fifth and sixth will line up on the basketball courts.

Special Areas Classes

This year we will provide an opportunity for students to collaborate with students from other classrooms in our PE, Music, Art, and NVAA classes. They will be appropriately divided to create a balance in numbers and to give the students the space to build relationships with one another in a less restrictive environment.

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Share you first day pictures 22/23 - LINK

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


Click to get to the PTO website.

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Message from our PTO President

Dear Desert Cove Families:

I would like to take a moment to introduce myself to all of the new families, and reunite with the continuing Desert Cove families. My name is Tya Long, and this year I will continue to serve as your Desert Cove PTO President. I am truly honored to continue in this role, and am so grateful for the support of our fantastic Board and Desert Cove community. This will be my 10th year at Desert Cove Elementary as a parent, and I am a proud alumnus of Paradise Valley United School District.

As your PTO President, I am looking forward to working with our outstanding Principal Orest, our amazing teachers and staff members and awesome families. If this is your first year at Desert Cove, I would like to extend a very warm welcome to each of you. Our mission is simple: to positively impact the lives of the Desert Cove community members. We tackle our mission by regularly supporting our teachers and staff, providing free or low cost events for families and serving as both a voice and resource for parents.

If you are a returning family, I know that you are as excited as I am to be starting another year! Whether a new PTO member or a returning member, we all understand that it takes a village to move the Desert Cove Community forward. The more we contribute, the more we can accomplish! Please consider starting the year by thinking of the ways in which you might get involved! Maybe you will help us keep the teacher snack tower stocked? Help at bingo? Movie night? Maybe the book fair is more your style? Or possibly spirit or restaurant nights? Do you like events or fundraising? Do you have a skill, like art or photography that might come in handy? We are so excited to meet our new families and learn more about them, and reconnect to others! Please make sure you attend our first PTO meeting on September 6th at 6:30pm in the media center!

The Desert Cove PTO Board would like to ask for you to take a moment and complete the 2022-23 PTO Family Input Survey. We want to hear from you. Your response will be used for planning activities and building a stronger community for our students and families.


Desert Cove Elementary is truly a special place! We have an amazing community of students, parents, teachers and staff of over 50 years. Contributing to the Desert Cove PTO only enhances and strengthens this relationship. I encourage you to visit our website at, and social media on Facebook and Instagram @DesertCovePTO for more COUGAR SPIRIT!!

Thank you for your time and continued support!


Tya Long

Desert Cove PTO President


11020 N. 28th St. Phoenix, AZ 85028 604-449-3400

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Click NVAA image flyer below to attend video call.

22/23 Bus Routes for DC

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Pick-Up and Drop Off for 1st through 6th grades

Students will be allowed on the playground at 7:55AM this year. The students will follow the same routine as last year and line up with their class on the playground or basketball courts. We will have plenty of supervision to help the students get to their perspective area.

Students are dismissed in three ways: they are picked-up via vehicle, they walk home, or they ride the bus.

All car riders, with the exception of Kindergarten, will be picked up in the main parking lot.

Students who are picked up by car will receive a number tag to hang on our review mirror. Parents are asked to stay in their cars and your child(ren) will be brought to you.

Breakfast and Lunch

Breakfast and Lunch will NOT be free again this year.

Money for breakfasts and lunches can be put into your student’s lunch account. The account each week, in the mornings before school, is $1.00 for breakfast and $2.50 for lunch. Visit EZSchoolPay to pay online and receive reminders. Please visit to apply for meal assistance.

Please visit the PVUSD Nutrition page for links to the Free and Reduced Lunch Application.

Annual Update - Email sent August 3rd

August 3, 2022

Dear PVSchools Parents and Guardians,

The online version of our Annual Update process is now available for the 2022-23 school year. The Annual Update allows you to make any updates to your contact information such as address changes, phone number changes, changes to a child’s health history, as well as update emergency contact information. This will replace the printed Emergency Card.

  • Please go to
  • Select More and then Annual Update.
  • You may also click the Annual Update link on the Announcement Page.

Need help? View our Annual Update Smart Card.

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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