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 Message from Principal Janet Gilbert and Dean Melissa Larson:
Happy New Year and welcome back to school! We are excited to begin the second semester in the school year.  We have many important items ahead of us and are eager to work in partnership with you to help our students succeed. This month, we start with celebrations during our 1st-6th grade award assemblies and Leader in Me Leadership Day. I hope you can come celebrate with us! Next month, we will share our students’ successes during conferences. This is an opportunity for our students to share their accomplishments and talk about their future goals to help them prepare for upcoming testing. The rest of the school year is filled with very targeted learning to complete the grade level goals, and of course, we have some fun events planned. 
Just as a reminder, please make sure that your child is arriving to school on time and well rested.  The morning bell rings at 8:40 AM and students begin their learning right away. Tardies and absences are tracked through the Department of Education. We also want to make sure that students are safe at all times. School-aged students may not be dropped off or picked up in the north “lollipop” parking lot.  This drop-off/pick-up area is designated for Preschool Only.  Students may exit on that side and walk to the street for pick-up, or please use the drive-through.  You may park only in the big parking lot before or after school.  Please DO NOT use the Staff Parking Lot by the bus bay. 
We are excited to continue the work we are doing and look forward to a prosperous new year.  Happy 2020!
Mrs. Gilbert & Mrs. Larson
With the beginning of a new year and the 3rd quarter, we want to emphasize the power of positive behavior by starting with an understanding of expectations. Please take a minute to educate yourself on the age-old question...What is or is not Bullying?   What is or Is NOT Bullying.pdf 
Today your child will bring home a Family Bingo board titled: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families.  We are excited to share this with your family! Complete five (5) in a horizontal, vertical, or diagonal row OR opt to complete all of the activities for a full card BINGO.  EDU1928805_LIM_WKLY_7HBingo_Card_v1.0.6_HR.pdf 
This game runs through January with all Bingo boards due Monday, January 30.  Return your board by the 30th for a raffle entry for fun prizes; be sure to write your student’s name on the board!  The Family Bingo raffle is on Monday, February 3. 
Students in grades 4, 5, & 6 will be participating in the Mountain Shadows Spelling Bee on January 7 from 2:15 to 3:15 PM in the Multi-Purpose Room.  Please sign in the office as a visitor when on campus.
Mountain Shadows releases at 2 PM for PLC meetings on January 10, 17, & 31.  January 24 is NOT a PLC Release day; school releases at the regular time of 3:30 PM.
The 2nd quarter awards assembly will be January 15 in the Multi-Purpose Room.  Award presentations will be as follows:
9 AM – 1st & 2nd Grades
9:30 AM – 3rd & 4th Grades
10:15 AM – 5th & 6th Grades
Awards presented are Leadership Awards, Honor Roll, and Principals List.  Students who are receiving Honor Roll will receive a lunch treat and students who are receiving Principals List will have lunch with Principal Gilbert compliments of the PTSA.  Thank you PTSA!
January 16 is What A Burger fund raiser night for PTSA.  Come to What A Burger (43rd Ave and Bell Rd) and join in the fun activities!  Enjoy a yummy meal and a percentage will be donated to our PTSA!  A Win-Win!
Future Events
January 30 – 5:30 PM Kindergarten Sneak Peek – Kindergarten 2020-2021 Preview  MS KG 20 21 Registration.pdf 
February PLC 2 PM Release Days – 2/7, 2/14, 2/28
February 17 – NO SCHOOL PRESIDENTS’ DAY     
February 18 – Spring Picture Day (Individual and Class)
February 18/21 – Parent – Teacher Conference Week
February 20/21 – Early Release Half Days for Conferences – Release at 12:05 PM
February 21 – Primary Fun Day
Please consider making a tax credit donation to Mountain Shadows!  Attached is the official Deer Valley form with all the information you need to make an informed donation.  At Mountain Shadows you can donate to:  6th Grade Prescott Pines Field Trip, Band, Chorus, General Account and General Field Trip account.  If interested in more information, please call Andrea at 623-445-4304.  Tax_Donation_Form2019.pdf 
Have a great week!
Andrea Rojas