WFES Newsletter

May 8th, 2019

News and Announcements

Staffing Changes for the 2019-2020 School Year

Our staff will look a little different next year as Ms. Gasten and Ms. Reed are retiring after many wonderful years in education, Ms. Acklin is pursuing a dental hygienist degree, and Ms. Laverty is taking time to enjoy her new twin boys. We have interviewed many candidates and are excited to welcome new staff members to our team. Outside of any last moment changes or additions, here is the staffing line-up for the 2019-2020 school year:

Kindergarten Teachers

Ms. Bauer

Ms. Field

Ms. Malinski

Ms. Zitkovich

1st Grade Teachers

Ms. Clark

Ms. Yancy

Ms. Zupke

2nd Grade Teachers

Ms. Alba

Ms. Copple

Ms. Newman

Ms. Stringfield

3rd Grade Teachers

Ms. Guarino

Ms. Kelly

Ms. Torres - new to WFES

Ms. Young

4th Grade Teachers

Ms. Bailey

Mr. Haynes

Ms. Skinner

5th Grade Teachers

Ms. Bautzmann

Ms. Bradach

Ms. Hayes

Ms. Shoenhair

6th Grade Teachers - Currently will not be departmentalized for 2019-2020

Ms. Hasenkamp

Ms. Sanborn

Ms. Schlinglof


Ms. Martin

Special Areas

Coach Converse - PE

Ms. Lorenzen - Music

Mr. Price - STEM

Ms. Telfer - Art - new to WFES

Special Education, Support Staff, and Front Office Staff

Dr. Dinner - School Psychologist

Dr. Graves - SLP

Ms. Huff - Special Education Teacher - new to WFES

Ms. Kerr - Special Education Teacher

Ms. Shall

Ms. Mineo - Library Specialist

Ms. Christine

Ms. Jacqueline

Ms. Dia

Ms. Phelan

Mr. Lukas

Ms. Michelle

Ms. Maria

Nurse Royce

Ms. King

Ms. Olsen - new to WFES

Mr. Schoonover

Grade Level Move-Up Day

On May 23rd, students will find out who their teacher for the 2019-2020 school year will be. Students will get a chance to meet their new teacher, see their classroom, classmates, and learn about what to expect for the upcoming school year. Due to the loss of a section of 6th grade and changes to the science standards/curriculum, we are currently unable to departmentalize our 6th-grade classes for next year. This is subject to change if our enrollment for 6th-grade increases and we can add a section to the grade level and gain an additional teacher.

Please know that while class lists will be finalized for the move-up day, they are not set in stone and may change prior to the start of the school year or even after if a grade-level enrollment increases enough to warrant the addition of an additional teacher. Any student in any grade level whose placement is changed after move-up day will be notified of the change.

Lost and Found

Please make sure to have your student look for any missing lunch boxes, water bottles, jackets, or shoes prior to the end of the year. Any materials not collected by the end of school will either be donated or thrown away.
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Events and Lessons From Around Wildfire

Wildfire Students Get a Return on Their Investment: Stock Market Game Update

The Stock Market Game has come to the end and WFES takes home the title! Wildfire’s 6th grade Honors Math class had 6 participating teams. The winning team members are Brady Glynn, Ryan Nelson, and Eric Rubin. This team won first place in their region, which is for elementary schools. This team also won first place overall, beating out 490 teams, including middle school and high school. Each team started out with $100,000. This winning team had $116,817.26 in their portfolio at the close of the game.

Great work by Mrs. Martin and all of the students! A special thanks to Mr. Donnelli for his time and guidance with the project. The team will be recognized Friday, May 10th at a ceremony hosted by the Arizona Council on Economic Education and SRP.

The Stock Market Game is a way to connect students to the global economy with virtual investing and real-world learning. This game is an online simulation of the global capital markets that engages students in grades 4-12 in the world of economics and investing and has prepared 17 million students for financially independent futures.


What does six million eight hundred fourteen thousand three hundred forty-nine mean to you? To Wildfire Elementary School, this number represents the number of words read by 4th-grade student Bella Achtziger. This is an outstanding accomplishment and we are so very proud of her hard work and dedication to reading!

Student Joke of the Day!

United Parent Council Staff Appreciation

Thank you to our students, parents, and the United Parent Council for recognizing so many of our wonderful teachers!
WFES Staff Recognition

Press this button to recognize one of our outstanding staff members

End of the Year News from the Nurse

As we wind down the school year, I would like to thank you for another great school year. I continue to enjoy building relationships with and caring for your children!

Just a few end-of-the year reminders:

Please be sure to pick up any medications from the nurse’s office. Medications cannot be stored over the summer for use during the 2019-20 school year. All medications that are not picked up by 3:30 p.m. on the last day of school will have to be discarded.

If you received notice that your child is missing vaccines, please be sure your child receives those vaccines by the deadline listed on the notice. In accordance with the new State of Arizona immunization law enacted this school year, all children turning 11 years old, regardless of their grade level, must receive the Tdap and Meningococcal vaccines. If your child turns 11 over the summer, please provide me with an updated vaccine record no later than the first day of school. If your child will turn 11 during the upcoming school year, then you will have 15 days from the date of his/her birthday to provide me with an updated vaccine record.

If your child has a chronic illness (asthma, life-threating allergy, diabetes, or seizures), you and your child’s physician must complete and sign an annual care plan. You must also complete and sign medication consent forms. These forms may be downloaded from the Wildfire website or you may stop in and pick them up. Forms and medications may be turned in to me on “meet the teacher day” or on the first day of school.

Please don’t hesitate to stop in or contact me with any questions.


Nurse Royce

(602) 449-4303

PTO News

A HUGE THANK you to everyone who attended the totally awesome 80s Prom on Friday night!!! It was such a fun night and it looked like everyone was really enjoying themselves! Also, a big thank you if you donated any items, donated your time, created your class basket, helped set up or tear down, etc. It was a lot of work and we couldn't have done it without you!!!! If you thought the decorations were far out, please let Jenna Meeks and Christine Eide know! They were in charge of decorations and nailed it!!!!

WINNERS!!!! If you won an item and need to pick it up, please stop by the front office of the school. They will be kept there for pick up.

Teacher Raffle and 50/50 Raffle Winners: If you won the teacher raffle you will be notified via a separate email. Winner of 50/50 raffle was Kurt Mueller. I swear this was not rigged! Name was drawn by a police officer on duty and live in front of everyone!

Items Still Available: There are still a few items available to bid on. Go to to view items that say 'Buy Now'.

Finally, if you mistakenly took the Coffee, Tea and Me basket. Please let me know. The winner is looking for it. Some one left a pair of black pumps at the event. They are in front office waiting to be claimed. And someone also left a very expensive bottle of wine they won at the wine wall. If you know you left it and can tell me what bottle it was, its yours.

Thanks again for making this event a success!!! We are still calculating all our costs but we roughly made $20,000!!!!!!

Mandy Mueller

Silent Auction Chair

Upcoming Events

Senior Send Off

On May 20th, WFES will be recognizing those senior students who were part of WFES's inaugural kindergarten class. Those students and their parents are invited back to Wildfire for a reunion, refreshments, and a clap out as we wish them luck in their future education and careers.

Please know that on the afternoon of May 20th, parking during pick-up time will be scarce as the majority of parking spots will be used by our alumni guests.

Enroll Now for the 2019-2020 School Year

Wildfire new student registration is happening now! If you have a student (or know someone that does) who will be new to Wildfire next year, please turn in your enrollment forms as soon as possible.

New students will need the following documents:

  • A completed registration packet
  • Original birth certificate (a copy will be made by the school and the original document will be given back to you)
  • Immunization records
  • Proof of residency (i.e. utility bill or house payment or lease/purchase agreement)

To register for kindergarten, a student must be 5 years old prior to September 1st, 2019.

Our enrollment numbers determine our staffing numbers so it is important to the school for students to be enrolled as early as possible so if we do need to add another teacher to a grade level, a hire can be made as quickly as possible.

On the Calendar

Important Upcoming Dates

  • Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week: May 6th - 10th
  • Pre-K Performance: May 8th at 2:00 PM
  • Chorus End of Year Party: May 8th at 3:20 PM
  • 4th-Grade Field Trip to the State Capitol: May 9th & 10th
  • Yearbook Club Meeting: May 9th at 3:15 PM
  • Az Council on Economic Education Awards Banquet: May 10th at 12:00 PM
  • All Library Books are Due: May 13th
  • Band Concert: May 13th at 7:00 PM
  • 6th Grade Invention Convention: May 14th at 1:45 PM in the MPR
  • PTO Meeting: May 14th at 6:30 PM
  • 6th-Grade Bowling Field Trip: May 15th
  • Pre-K Promotion Ceremony: May 15th at 2:00 PM
  • Yearbooks for sale: May 16th from 8:00 - 8:45 AM
  • 2019-20 STUGO Elections: May 16th
  • Teacher Yearbook Signing: May 17th from 8:00 - 8:45 AM
  • Talent Show: May 17th at 9:15 AM
  • Senior Send-Off: May 20th at 2:45 PM
  • 1st-Grade H2O Day: May 21st
  • 4th-Grade Pirate Party: May 22nd
  • Move-Up Day: May 23rd
  • LAST DAY OF SCHOOL: May 23rd

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WFES is an A-rated K-6 School in the Paradise Valley Unified School District.