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Del Rio School

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September 2017         Mrs. Carolyn Reeder, Principal

Upcoming Events:


September  1                  Centennial BBQ @ CVHS  5 pm—6:30 pm

September  2               Territorial Days Parade @ 9:00 am

September  2               Annual FFA Corn Dinner in Del Rio Café 3 pm—7 pm

September  4               LABOR DAY—NO SCHOOL

September 11-13          School Pictures taken this week!

     Monday—5th Grade photos taken

     Tuesday – 4th Grade & Centers photos taken

     Wednesday – 3rd Grade photos taken

September 12            Del Rio PTO Meeting @ 3:15 pm in library lobby


October 2                  Archery Club Parent Info @ 6 pm in the DRS library

October 3                  Immunization Clinic   1 pm—4 pm

October 3-5              Parent/Teacher Conferences 3 Hr. early release

October 5                 End of Grading Period—report cards go home

October 9-12          FALL BREAK—NO SCHOOL

October 17             Del Rio PTO Meeting @ 3:15 pm in library lobby

October 31             Fun Run Howlin’ Halloween!! 1:15 pm on track

     Harvest Parties in classroom in  the afternoon

 From the Principal’s Pen...

  Happy September! We have had a great start to the school year, and  there are  wonderful things happening all over Del Rio School.  Del Rio's front office is moving to the south side of  campus.  As soon as the portable buildings at the corner of 1 West and 2 North are moved, there will be an entrance/exit to the school from Road 2 North.  This will make an easy access to the office for school business, whether you are picking up a child or dropping them off. This change will help make our campus more secure as we develop these changes in phases. Some changes in the future would be to develop the visitor parking lot area for the front as well as some landscape, lettering for the building and possible cougar mural on the entrance of the building.     

  Parent Information Night was very successful.  Involved parents/partners in our children's education is a great opportunity for success.  There will be another opportunity for some individual conferencing at our Parent -Teacher Conferences the week prior to fall break.  Conferences this year will be not be scheduled appointments as there may be several teachers that parents want to meet with.  Parents can go to the classroom and put their name on the appointment list and  teachers will follow that list.  Please know you can contact your child’s teacher anytime throughout the year to set up a meeting in person, or talk things over by phone or email.  Teacher emails can be found at under “Staff Directory”.

  School pictures will be taken the week of September 11th-14th by a local company “A Storybook Moment”. Like last year, they will photograph one grade per day starting with 5th graders. Be  looking for flyers coming home in the near future.  We are pleased to have this partnership with a local business here in Chino Valley.

  Please call before 2 PM or send a note to school if you need to change dismissal plans. We have to hear from you directly, not the student, if dismissal plans will be different than usual.  The office phones are so busy in the afternoon that every call may not get answered. Please, don’t wait until the last minute to call.  For bus changes, please know the bus number and bus stop before you call so we can get the right information to your child to give the bus driver.                                                                                             

 Mrs. Carolyn Reeder


Math Fact Wizard

All students are encouraged to master their math facts through an initiative project called Math Fact Wizards. Bi-Weekly we will celebrate each and every student’s progress towards achieving mastery on their math facts which are grouped into eight levels to build  fluency.  You are encouraged and challenged to take part in your child’s practice of math facts through the use of a free online resource called MobyMax or flash cards. Our goal is to have all students feel successful in math; learning their facts are important because it is the building block for  higher-level math  concepts.  Many parents are TERRIFIC in helping their child with the spelling words.  Be the coach in math facts your child needs!

 Quilting Club

Quilting Club is held every Wednesday from 3 pm to  4 pm for 15 lucky 5th grade students. This club is led by Ms. Fitterer and a group of dedicated quilters. They supply the fabric and the sewing   machines for the students to make a quilt of their liking. Several students have stated “I just love sewing” or “I can’t wait to see how my quilt turns out”. We appreciate these ladies for giving Del Rio students this creative and useful opportunity.


Chino Valley Band has come to Del Rio School 5th graders again this year thanks to Mr. Tom Wiegert, the districts band director. Fifth graders have been given the opportunity to choose a new instrument to learn, from the woodwind instruments to the brass or percussion          instruments and practice every day from 3 pm to  4 pm after Del Rio releases. There are over thirty students who have  taken  advantage of this opportunity. The Del Rio 5th graders will be showing off their talent during the annual  Chino Valley Winter Band Concert on December 14th.

Past Newsletters

Character counts

everyday at Del Rio!

The Character Trait for September is


Million Word Challenge

Chino Valley Rotary Club has once again partnered up with the Chino Valley School District to support the Million Word Challenge. Classes that show the most growth in words read in each quarter receive rootbeer floats! At the end of the school year the million word readers receive a certificate and a gift card to Amazon while the top reader receives a Kindle. Read on!

Del Rio PTO News

The school year is underway and so is your PTO. All parents of Del Rio students are welcome to join us for our first PTO meeting of the year on September 12th at 3:15 pm in the Library lobby. 

 Cougar Character...     

Hello my name is Elaine Nielson and I am thrilled to be the new ED resource teacher at Del Rio School! 

        This is my first year teaching. I graduated from California State University, San Marcos in 2006. I moved to the Prescott area from Southern California in 2008 with my husband and newborn son. When my son started kindergarten, I began working as a substitute teacher for the Humboldt Unified School district. I enjoyed teaching so much that I decided to go back to school to  obtain my credential in Special Education. My greatest joy in life is in helping others achieve their goals.

 Hello, My name is Paul Robitaille and I am a new 4th grade teacher here at Del Rio School!

I am a recent graduate of Northern Arizona University, earning a bachelor's degree in elementary education. 

I grew up near Los Angeles, California, and moved to Chino Valley, along with my wife in 2006.  We had visited Chino Valley many times before, so we knew we would love the area, but only after living here did we really get a true sense of what a wonderful community we have.  

My wife and I have two children that we are proud to say go to school in the Chino Valley School District, two American Bulldogs, and our cat, Felix, that we rescued from the “Freebie” section of Craigslist.  

My family and I enjoy getting into the great outdoors whenever possible, hiking, fishing, hunting, camping, or taking the canoe out on one of the awesome local lakes.  I am very excited to join such a wonderful group of staff, and students… and proud to call myself a Cougar!


Del Rio Pawsitives and Character Counts – Student of the Month

All month long DRS staff take notice of positive student behavior on campus from the six pillars of character to simply good choices. Staff fills out Pawsitive slips and/or nominate a student for the monthly character counts focus. We reward these students through sharing their great behavior and choices on KDRN, our daily morning announcements, along with an entry into a drawing for a brand new bicycle courtesy of Jeff Champ  Farmers Insurance.

This month’s winner is Donara H, a 5th grader. She was nominated by Mrs. Garcia for being a hard    worker, making good decisions, and most importantly already reaching 90% of her reading goal during the first month of school. We are so proud of Donara and her achievement so far this year. We encourage all students to continue to be a Pawsitive Del Rio Citizen and they too can be entered into our monthly drawing.

Office Notes

· The office hours here at Del Rio Elementary are 7:00 AM—4:30 PM Monday through Thursday.

· Do not drop your child off before 7:00 AM.  Supervision starts in the cafeteria at that time.

· Calls for student absences will be taken as early as 6:30 AM.

· Calls for bus or dismissal changes must happen  before 2:00 PM to be sure your child gets the message. Due to Walk to Read and other activities many students are in different classes at the end of the day.

Trina Hixon, Administrative Assistant and Jacque Shaw, Attendance Secretary