WFES Newsletter

December 18th, 2020

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District Update - Learning in the 3rd Quarter

The district will start the second semester on January 4th, 2021, using the current virtual online learning model. The district will continue this mode of learning while carefully monitoring the spread of the virus. The Paradise Valley School District is committed to returning to in-person learning when students and staff can occupy our campuses with minimal health risk. With the vaccine on the way, along with public health mitigation protocols, the district remains optimistic about the future for our students. While the district anticipates this will allow students to return to in-person learning sooner, it is important to understand community spread may require a continuation of the virtual online learning model through the third quarter.

Online Learning Information and Expectations

Below is an outline of what an example grade level schedule looks like as well as the expectations for students while we use the online learning platform. Even though class periods and subject areas have been condensed to limit the amount of screen time for students each day, I do want to emphasize the instructional school day continues to be from 8:45 AM to 3:15 PM (unless otherwise noted on the district calendar) and students should expect to have academic work to complete throughout the entire school day.


All students are expected to be online and ready to learn at 8:45 AM as well as throughout the day as specified by the classroom teacher. If for any reason, your student(s) will be absent from class, please call and register the absence on our 24 hours a day automated attendance line at 602-449-4301. We still need you to register the absence even if you notify the classroom teacher.

Student Expectations

All students will be expected to attend each day, participate/interact with their teacher(s) and peers, and complete/submit assignments as they would with in-person instruction. The online learning platform that will be utilized is Google Classroom and students will participate in their daily classes via Google Meets and/or WebX. We ask that all students follow teacher directions when it comes to muting microphones as well as having webcams on or off. If there are privacy concerns or considerations for your student(s) please contact your student(s) teacher directly to discuss those concerns. We also ask students and parents to be aware of what is in the background of students while on camera as the Chromebook cameras and microphones pick up much more than you realize.

Teachers may also have prepared physical learning packets and materials for students to help facilitate the virtual platform. Teachers will communicate with families on when and where to pick-up these materials from the school.

Student Schedules

A student's daily schedule will mimic a day similar to a traditional in-person classroom learning experience. Students will have a daily schedule with set math, reading, writing, social studies, science, and special areas times. Much like in a traditional in-person classroom, the learning activities will be different day-to-day. Students will participate in whole group, small group, and individual learning activities. All Wildfire students/grade levels will have Lunch/recess from 12:30 - 1:30 pm. Other break times vary depending upon the grade level and will be communicated by the classroom teacher.

Students that receive Special Education, gifted, and other provided services will have these services built into their daily schedule. For example, if a student receives special education reading services, their reading block will be taught by a Wildfire Special Education teacher. Speech and other services will be scheduled for specific times in the day by the service provider.

Example WFES K-6 Schedule

8:45 - 9:00: Morning Meeting

9:00 - 9:30: Phonics/Intervention

9:30 - 10:00: Reading

10:00 - 10:30: Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

10:30 - 11:00: Special Areas (Rotation Schedule to include Art, Music, PE, STEM))

11:00 - 11:30: Social Studies/Science

11:30 - 12:00: Math

12:00 - 12:30: Writing

12:30 - 1:30: Lunch/Recess

1:30 - 3:15: Small group / Independent Work / Intervention / Computer Assistant Learning Programs / ETC.

Teachers in all grade levels will use the time after lunch to continue academic student learning. What the learning looks like may vary daily but students will be asked to and expected to participate in teacher-led small groups, student breakout groups, independent learning time, intervention time, computer-assisted, learning platforms, and other ways teachers deem to best engage students and facilitate learning.

Each grade level in K-6 will have a similar schedule as outlined above. Teachers will incorporate various break times throughout the day in their individual schedules. While the day-to-day lesson in each subject area will determine how long students will need to be online for each subject, the amount of time students will be online with their teacher and/or class will vary day-to-day.

Grade level teachers will provide a more detailed class schedule and expectations to students and families.

Safety Measures

When picking up/dropping off materials from the school or visiting for any reason, please remember a cloth face mask is required at all times while on school property. I appreciate everyone's understanding and continued support to ensure those around us remain healthy and safe.


Students who currently reside within the new School 33 boundaries will be enrolled automatically in ES #33 for the 2021 - 2022 school year. For Wildfire Elementary School, the affected neighborhood is the Sky Crossing Neighborhood. If you live in the Sky Crossing Neighborhood or any other area within the ES 33 boundaries but wish to have your student(s) continue at Wildfire you will need to under our open enrollment procedures (all current students will be allowed to continue at WFES).


A scanned copy may be emailed to Jennifer Olsen at

Copies of the intent form can be picked up at the WFES office.

Please contact our front office with any questions at 602-449-4300.

Become a Junior Hero!

WFES is starting its second year with the Junior Hero program. Students will have a yellow volunteer hours log with their take-home materials from their teacher.

Junior Hero Pledge

As a Junior Hero, I pledge to uplift others and myself through thoughtful acts of
kindness and service.

How to Become a Junior Hero

1) Take the Junior Hero Pledge.
2) Provide required service and log your hours on the provided form.
3) Get a signature from an adult upon completion.
4) Turn this completed sheet into your teacher or in the envelope on the Junior Hero board.
5) You will be recognized and receive a Junior Hero t-shirt and prize.

6) You are now a Junior Hero for life. Live up to the expectation!

Junior Hero is a non-profit 501(c)3 that makes it fun for students, parents, and teachers to serve their community and those around them.

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Spelling Bee Winners!

Great job by all our Virtual Spelling Bee participants. Every student did a great job and congratulations to Syenna H and Aiden R. who will be representing Wildfire Elementary School at the District Spelling Bee on January 15th, 2021!
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STEP IT UP! Prize Distribution

Great job by all our students and families with this year's Step It Up! fundraising campaign.

We are so blown away by the generosity of the Wildfire community. This year, our annual school fundraiser set a new school record with $47,404.20 in donations! These funds will help our school purchase a wide variety of supports, resources, and experiences so we can continue to give our students an amazing educational experience! THANK YOU WILDFIRE FAMILIES!

If you have not already picked up the prizes that students won/earned they are in the lobby in the front of the school and can be picked up after the front office re-opens on January 4th, 2021.

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Snowman Giving Tree - The WFES Community Gives To Those In Need

The WFES Community with support from Mission Grove Church collected over 400 presents and other items to donate to families in need at our district and sister school Indian Bend Elementary School! A big thank you from Indian Bend for the generosity and for helping their students and families have a special holiday season.

AR First Semester Leaders!

AR Shout Out!

Incoming 7th graders information from Explorer

As we start to gear up for the 2021-2022 school year, I wanted to send a few updates/reminders to keep us all on the same page with 7th Grade Registration:

  • As a reminder, we will not have the annual sixth-grade visit at Explorer due to Covid-19. We are hoping to provide our seventh-grade camp in the summer depending on what things look like in August.
  • At this time, we are planning to complete our registration process through email when we get back. We will be providing videos for students to view in order to help them navigate through the registration process. Once we return from break, sixth-grade teachers will receive information to distribute to their families, as well as information regarding honors placement.

Staff Shout-Outs

It hasn't been easy but our teachers and staff members are working incredibly hard at providing all our students the best education possible.

If you would like to thank a staff member for all their hard work or for any of the other amazing things they do, you can give them a shout-out! Simply complete the form below and the shout-outs will be shared with the staff member and without a doubt will make their day!

Health Office Information

Emergency Card Update

If you haven't already, we are asking all parents/guardians please update your student(s) emergency card.

This information is vital to Nurse Royce, so she knows any medical allergies and/or conditions that students may have. This information also is important to teachers and front office staff so that we have current parent and emergency contact information.

If you haven't already completed your emergency card update, please do so as soon as possible. You can go online to the Infinite Campus Parent Portal and follow these directions, to update.

Technology is ever-changing and we are becoming more digital in our records. Our school site has been the leader in elementary schools for getting the annual update completed online. While it has been challenging and frustrating at times, we are thankful to the many families that have chosen to update online and help us as we continue into a more digital future.

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Click Here To Join The WFES PTO/Renew Your Membership

Membership is FREE and will give you access to the PTO Student-Parent Directory.


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, 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 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!

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Important Upcoming Dates:

  • December 21st - January 1st: Winter Break - School office Closed
  • January 4th: Second Semester/3rd Quarter Begins
  • January 5th: STUGO Meeting
  • January 6th: Virtual School Council Meeting - 8:00 AM
  • January 7th: Governing Board Meeting - 7:00 PM
  • January 8th: School Spirit Day - New Years Dress Up Day
  • January 11th: Virtual PTO Meeting - 6:30 PM
  • January 12th: Early Release Day
  • January 13th: Yearbook Club Meeting
  • January 14th: Picture Re-take Day (tentively)
  • January 15th: Firebird Friday
  • January 15th: District Spelling Bee
  • January 18th: No School - MLK Day
  • January 19th: STUGO Meeting
  • January 21st: Governing Board Meeting - 7:00 PM
  • January 25th - 29th: Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • January 28th: Early Release Day
  • January 29th: Early Release Day

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The mission of Wildfire Elementary School is to lead students to high achievement and individual excellence in a collaborative learning environment