Mr. C's Blog - Aug. 11, 2015

Welcome to week two of the 2015/2106 school year!!!!

* There is no school on Monday Sept. 7th in recognition of Labor Day.

* Our Back to School Night is on Wednesday, Sept. 9th from 5:00 p.m. - 7:32 p.m. 

* For Back to School Night, parents will follow their child's schedule and go from period to period to meet with teachers.  Therefore, parents will want to bring their child's schedule to our event.  We will have a copy of the schedule on our main page for you to view.  Please be on time so you do not miss meeting any of your child's teachers.

* The first 25 minutes of Back to School Night (5:00 p.m. – 5:25 p.m.) is a meet and greet time with teachers and staff, purchase club shirts, purchase uniforms, and, possibly, purchase food.

* Back to School Night (B2SN) is a time to meet teachers, share our school goals, share classroom goals, and go over expectations for academic success.  B2SN is not a time to talk about individual behaviors and concerns.  Please schedule a time to meet with a teacher if you would like a personal meeting. 

* The Student Handbook is available for you to view and/or download from our main page.   The Handbook is available in English and Spanish.

* Our ASES after-school program is FULL at this time with a waiting list of approximately 200 students.  I wish we could get all students into the program, but we cannot.  I am sorry if your child did not get in.

* Students will begin receiving citations for not wearing their ID & Lanyard.  Students must wear the ID & school-issued lanyard while on campus all day, every day.  Three citations will lead to lunch school detention!

* Students will also receive an ID citation for covering their pictures with stickers and/or other pieces of papers.  Staff must be able to see the full ID at all times!

* We have many busses and bus stops this year.  Please make sure your child knows what bus and bus stop he/she is supposed to take to and from school.

* In addition, please discuss with your child about appropriate bus stop behaviors!  Riding the bus is a privilege, not a right.  Inappropriate behaviors at the bus stop and/or on the bus can result in a suspension and/or loss of bus privileges.

* Speaking on busses, we will be giving out stickers for bus riding students only!!!  We cannot allow students to ride the bus who do not live in the specific bus zone. 

* It is very important for students to understand that we, DRA staff, are responsible for their behaviors and actions when they leave home and until they return home.  Inappropriate behaviors will lead to disciplinary consequences! 

* We strictly enforce the finger tip rule!  Students will be sent to the office if they are wearing shorts, skirts and skorts that are not longer than their extended finger tips (when to the side).  Students will also be sent to the office for wearing ripped pants that expose skin above the finger tip mark.  Students cannot wear leggings or jeggings unless they wear shorts or a skirt over the leggings/jeggings.  In addition, basketball and other sports shorts are not allowed to be worn.  Students will have to call a parent/guardian to bring an exchange of clothing.  

* Please make sure you are frequently checking your child's backpack!  You have the right to know what your child is bringing to and from school!

* I know...  I know...  STRICT!!!  :D  However, we do what we do to ensure the safety of all our students and the people in our community. 

* Please (I am on a roll here...) make sure you are checking your child's HAC (Home Access Account) on a regular basis too.  This will help you keep up with grades, attendance/tardies, and discipline.

* Please complete and return your C-Card and information packet (from orientation) if you have not yet done so.  The C-Card is extremely important in case of an emergency.

* Our school counselor, Mr. Cain, has been very busy adjusting students' schedules.  Please understand that schedule changes take time and we have many, many, many students requesting a change.  Please be patient if your child or you have contacted Mr. Cain to change a schedule.  Please understand that our primary focus is getting new schedules to new students and adjusting the curricular subjects to meet student's individual learning needs. 

* Please feel free to contact me any time with questions, comments, concerns, and/or compliments regarding our rules, policies, procedures, school events, and/or any issue pertaining to your child.  Our school’s number is 760-393-5500.  However, the best way to reach me is through my e-mail account, craig.christensen@desertsands.us.

* My Green Bay Packers begin the season on Sept. 13th against the rival Chicago Bears!!!  We lost Jordy Nelson for the year!  That was a huge loss!!!!  However, we will be just fine as long as we have a healthy Rodgers!!!  Stay tuned throughout the football season for Packers updates and the popular CSPN Sports Video Broadcasts!!!

I hope you have a great weekend!!!

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School Information

Office Hours:  8:20 - 3:40 - Monday - Friday

Dress Code:  School Uniform: Polo tops in school colors only. Bottoms any color, no gym shorts allowed. Students wear lanyard/ID at all times while at DRA or on school bus.

SCHOOL COLORS: Royal Blue, Gold, Orange

MASCOT: Diamondbacks  



WELCOME!

Ms. Greenwood - 7th grade Math/Science
My name is Ms. Greenwood. I have been an educator for the past 15 years. I hold a master’s degree in both Curriculum Instruction and Educational Administration/Leadership.
I have one daughter, Katelyn. She is twenty years old and will be starting college in September in San Diego. We relocated to the desert 10 years ago from Connecticut. The desert is a wonderful place to live, especially during the winter months.   
In my spare time, I enjoy reading, cycling, scrapbooking, and watching sports. Looking forward to the football season and watching my team win the super bowl…again J.
 I am very excited about being part of the Desert Ridge Academy team.  It is going to be a great year!

Ms.Piccardo
Language Arts- 6th Grade
I graduated from CSUF, with a BA in Art and a MA in Education. I began my teaching career in Orange County in 2000 and moved to the desert in 2003. I taught at Jackson Elementary for 12 years and I am very excited to be part of the team at Desert Ridge this year!

I am proud to be the first American in my family. We are from Argentina, so I am also a Spanish speaker. I was born in Chicago, Illinois. I have two daughters. Savannah (22) is at UCI, studying Physics, and Tatiana (3) is in Preschool, studying Legos. 

I am looking forward to seeing some familiar faces at Desert Ridge this year! Many of my former fifth graders will be 6th, 7th and 8th graders. Please feel free to email me with any               questions: gabriela.piccardo@desertsands.us

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