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Del Rio School

Cougar Tracks

May 2019

Upcoming Events:


May 6           School Nurse Appreciation Day

May 6—10  Teacher Appreciation Week

May 7           Parnell/Sheker F.T. to Montezuma Castle & Well  7:45 am—2:30 pm

May 8           Recycle Club Play 2:00 pm

                     5th Grade F.T. to Memory Park

                     5th Grade Introduction to 6th Grade  2:00 pm—3:00 @ HMS

                     4th Grade Arizona History Day 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

May 14         Reward trip to Aquatics Center 11:45 am—  2:30 pm  (Invitation Only)

                     PTO Meeting – Elections @ 3:00 pm in  Library

May 15         5th Grade Wax Museum  8:30 am –10:30 am 

May 16         Parnell/Sheker F.T. to Grand Canyon 6:30 am – 4:30  pm

                     Dunn/Robitaille F.T. to Grand Canyon 6:30 am – 4:30 pm

May 20         MATFORCE Event

                     Yearbook Signing 1:45 pm

May 21         Del Rio School Field Day 8:00 am—12:00 pm

                    Talent Showcase & Recognition 12: 45 pm—3:00 pm

May 22        LAST DAY OF SCHOOL – EARLY RELEASE 12:00 pm

                    End of Year Awards Assembly in the gym  8:00 am


 It is hard to believe this is May and the school year is ending.  May is a very busy month, so please look over the list calendar on this newsletter so you do not miss anything.  

 DRS has a phenomenal team of staff and I truly appreciate all the work they give to our students. Parents have also made comments this year that they too are thankful to our staff.  May 7th is National Teacher Appreciation Day, so please remind your child to say a very special ‘thank you’ to our staff members all over campus that day.

 Last Day of School:

The last day of school is Wednesday, May 22nd.  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 will be hung along the fence by the library.  If your child is missing anything, please encourage them to look carefully or stop by yourself if 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.

 Have a great summer break!

 You Are Cordially Invited...

Please join us as we recognize our outstanding students at an end of the year awards presentations in the cafeteria…

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.

Tuesday, May 21st 12:45 -3:00 pm

Talent Show followed by the recognition of:

· Archery Club

· Recycling Club

· Quilting Club

· Computer Stars


· Art Award

· Fun Run

· STAR Student

· Student Council

· Yearbook Club

· Ukulele Club

End of the Year Video

Wednesday, May 22nd  at 8:00-9:30 am

· Honor Roll

· Principal’s List

· Student of the Year

· DRS Super Reader

· Million Word Readers

· Math Achievement

· Perfect Attendance


Arbor Day

The Third graders at Del Rio School celebrated #ArborDay with members of the APS Northwest Forestry Division. In the classroom, they learned about the importance of pollinators and then headed out to the garden to plant their own trees, fruits, vegetables and flowers. Everyone finished the day with dirty hands and big smiles on their faces.

DRS Arbor Day


Congratulations to Mrs. Ahrendt voted Teacher of the Month sponsored by Leah Graham,  American Family Insurance.

Del Rio PTO News


Del Rio PTO current officers will be moving on to Heritage Middle School for the 2019-2020 school year.

The PTO board will need to replace at least 3 officers in  order to continue as an organization.

The following positions are available: President, Vice President, and Secretary If you are interested in helping Del Rio School, please come to our elections meeting.

Tuesday, May 14th at 3:00 pm in the library




New Mural

The front of the school represents Del Rio School Cougars! Thank you Eve Smith and the Elks for making this possible!!

DRS Mural

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 9th. 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".

 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.

Del Rio Pawsitives and Character Counts – Student of the MontH

Bailey York, a 4th grader in Mr. Robitaille’s class loves learning about history and going on all the awesome informational field trips 4th grade takes like to the Grand Canyon, Montezuma’s Well and Castle, and Sharlot Hall Museum. Bailey loves school because she knows everyone here on the Del Rio  campus; she feels like she belongs. Along with history, Bailey enjoys learning about poetry and creating her own. When not in school, one can find Bailey hanging out with friends playing soccer, walking her dogs, or more importantly competing in archery.

Bailey York Archery

Bailey joined archery because of her friend’s encouragement and the coach being a family friend. She enjoys the whole process of archery, especially the fact that it’s an individual competition that’s complied together to make a team score. Just last weekend, Bailey had the privilege of going to the National Archery competition in Utah where the Chino Valley Archery team placed 4th overall. Bailey enjoyed traveling to Utah, where “there was so much beauty to be seen” with her whole family including her grandparents. On the day of the competition, Bailey stated she “was terrified, it is so competitive, but I tried to do my best and even though I didn’t beat my personal best, I did learn that I shouldn’t stress the small stuff so much.” What a great lesson we can learn from Bailey! Bailey hopes to continue working on her shooting skills and maybe one day be a professional archer or in the Olympics.

No matter what, we are so proud of Bailey York and all the archers that competed and represented Del Rio School and Chino Valley Unified!

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

Hawken S, Ryan D, Carter D, Tatiana R, Rylee Z, Matthew D


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


Teacher Appreciation...

May 6th-10th 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 creative,  dedicated 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.