School News

Upcoming Events:


May  1
Tiffany/Polacek F.T. to Bearizona 8:15 am – 2:15 pm

May 2
Church/Sheker/Steiner F.T. to Montezuma Castle 7:45 am – 2:30 pm 
Ahrendt/Holder  F.T. to Bearizona 8:15 am – 2:15 pm
School Site Council Meeting  @ 3:15 pm

May 3
Bates/Kanarian  F.T. to Bearizona 8:15 am – 2:15 pm
5th Grade Physical Education  Orientation  2:00 pm—3:00 pm @ HMS

May 4
Dunn/Eldredge F.T. to  Sharlott Hall Museum  7:45 am — 2:00 pm
5th Grade Teacher Introduction  to 6th Grade  2:00 pm—3:00 @ HMS

May 9
Kirkland/Marzec/Keyes F.T. to Out of Africa 8:30 am– 5:30 pm
PTO Meeting @ 3:15 pm in  Library

May 10
School Nurse Appreciation Day
Crow/Atwood/Bond F.T. to Out of Africa  8:30 am - 5:30 pm

May 11
4th Grade Arizona History Day 7:30 am – 1:00 pm

May 15
Recycle Club Play  4th & 5th 1:25 pm   2nd & 3rd 2:00 pm

May 18
Spirit Day - Hawaii Day   (Dress up in tropical clothes)

May 17
Church/Steiner/Sheker F.T. to Grand Canyon 6:30 am – 4:30  pm

May 18
Dunn/Eldredge F.T. to Grand Canyon 6:30 am – 5:00 pm

May 22
5th Grade Wax Museum  9:00  am –9:45 am  in the gym 
Yearbook Signing 2:15 pm

May 23
Del Rio Elementary Field Day 
(8:00 am – 11:00 am 4th & 5th Grade, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm 2nd & 3rd Grade)
Best Attendance Reward trip to Aquatics Center 
(9:00 am –11:00 am  2nd & 3rd Grade, 12:00 pm—  2:00 pm  4th & 5th Grade)

May 24
2nd Grade  F.T.—Walk to Memory Park 8:00 am - 11:00 am

May 25
End of Year Awards Assemblies in the gym 
(2nd & 3rd Grade  8:00 am and 4th & 5th Grade  9:00 am)

Character counts

Every day at Del Rio,

so always do your best and make  someone

else's day better


You Are Cordially Invited...

Please join us as we recognize our outstanding students at an end of the year awards presentation on Thursday, May 25th .  Our Second and Third grade students assembly will be at 8:00 am followed by our Fourth and Fifth grade students at 9:00 am.  Our office will be sending notices home if your student will be receiving a special award.  If you receive one of these notices we hope you will be able to attend.  We are looking forward to honoring and congratulating these wonderful students.


The following students have recently read one million words or more:

Justin N
Tycen D
Brookelyn L
Dean G
Keegan Q
Angela R
Gracyn G
Ryan D
Gracie D
Carter D
Luke M
Kira S
Jack K
Aden H
Dylan G

As of  April 26, 2017 the total word count for Del Rio Cougars is  235,124,001

Special thanks to the Rotary Club which helps sponsor and support the Million Word Challenge.


Teacher Appreciation...

May 1st-4th is Teacher Appreciation Week! As our nation celebrates and acknowledges our wonderful educators across the country, we would like to take the time to let our staff know how grateful we are to have the most creativededicated and compassionate  individuals on our team. We are truly blessed. Please take the time to thank your child’s teacher in some way as we celebrate with them.

Del Rio PTO News

Our final snack bar will be Thursday May 11th. 
Thank you to Amie, Edie, Jessica, and Debra for helping at the snack bar all year!
PTO officer elections are 
Tuesday, May 9th.

Past Newsletters

From the Principal’s Pen…


It’s hard to believe this is May and the school year is coming to an end.  May is a very busy month, so please look over the calendar listed on this newsletter to not miss anything.  I joined this phenomenal team of staff at the beginning of this year and truly appreciate even more all the work that is given to our students. 

Next year Del Rio School will become an Intermediate school servicing 3rd through 5th graders.  The 2nd grade teachers will be packing and moving over to Territorial Early Childhood Center to teach those 1st graders promoting to 2nd.  There will be some changes here at Del Rio which includes the moving of the front of the school.  Right now the front offices are in the middle of our campus.  Next year the front of Del Rio School will be facing south on 2 North and the old portables will be gone.  It will be yet again another busy summer here at DRS to get ready for next year.

Have a great summer break!

Some things to keep in mind:

Yearbook Signing:

Yearbook signing will be on May 22, at 2:15.  Purchase your child’s yearbook while supplies last.

Last Day of School:

The last day of school is Thursday, May 25.  All Chino Valley School District schools will dismiss 3 hours early.  DRS will release students at 12:00 to begin their summer vacations.

Lost and Found:

All the clothing and lunch boxes left behind are hung along the fence across from the office.  If your child is missing something, please encourage them to look carefully or stop by yourself it you can to check for items that should go home with you.  After the last day of school, the clothing still left behind will be donated to charity.

Mrs. Carolyn Reeder


Arizona History Day

For one day each year in May, the Del Rio Campus time warps back to the 1800's. When you walk onto campus early in the  morning you can smell a campfire of pine and juniper getting ready for the branding irons. Horse trailers line the back fence, roping dummies fill the soccer fields and everywhere you look there are real cowboys standing around waiting for the 4th grade students. The Arizona  studies come to life! From butter churning, to weaving, to cowboys singing, it all becomes real and very hands on. This culminating activity is sometimes a little too real, washing clothes by hand and sitting in a one room schoolhouse, donated by parents and community members a few years ago, on a hard wooden bench, ouch! This day is magical, and fun, and an unforgettable learning experience. Some of the best moments during Arizona History Day is seeing the all the volunteers who come out from Chino and Prescott, along with retired teachers, to teach the students about Arizona, watching the students excitement as they participate in each activity, enjoying an atmosphere from the past as all the kids and adults dress in pioneer or western clothes and the band plays traditional cowboy music all morning long. Not only do the students learn a lot about history that day, but they feel a sense of belonging to the Del Rio School family. Lunch is one big campfire picnic with all the kids eating   together in the courtyard, then several of the classes end the day with awards from the Arizona Cowboy Poets Gathering. The  students  submit cowboy poems which are judged by local cowboy poets. The top three poets from each class are invited to present their poems at the Gathering in August only with cowboy poets from all over the nation.

This year Arizona History Day will take place on Thursday, May 11th. All 4th grade students are encouraged to dress in the appropriate Arizona history attire. The 4th graders will experience a tradition of activities from a glimpse into Native American life in our on-site  Hogan, branding real cow hide donated by Perkinsville Meat Packing, Roping, to participating in stick horse barrel races. They will have the opportunity to learn from Mr. Eby about the Arizona Roughriders, they will learn to weave wool from the Arizona Spinners and Weavers, and listen to music from the “Rusty Pistols Cowboy Band” which includes: Jim Dunham, as lead singer and rhythm guitarist; Duane Steinbrink, lead guitarist; Bob Wood, singer and rhythm guitarist; and Donn Pease, playing the upright bass.

Del Rio School values tradition and is excited to present Arizona History Day once again to the 4th graders this school year. If you are interested in helping with this event, please contact our front office at 928-636-4414.