Appreciate our DC Teachers (May 2 – May 6)



Join Us for the May PTO Meeting!

2016-17 Officer Elections &
Budget Approval!

Date: Tuesday, May 10th

Time: 6pm – 7pm

Where: Desert Cove Library


Click here to submit your childcare reservation form

Can’t attend the meetings? View the Meeting Minutes Here


Boston Market Restaurant Night – April 6th

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Muffins for Moms – Friday, Mar 11th

(perfect opportunity for Dads to get involved!)

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From the Desk of our PTO President, Bill Chiulli

Dear Cougar Community,
What a glowingly fabulous evening we had Friday night! I can’t recall the last time I saw so many smiling faces and laughing children dancing the night away. I believe our first Glow On Family Fun Night was a success and I think it is safe to say a tradition could be born. The most rewarding part of being involved in our PTO events is seeing the positive effect that it has on our children and on our community.
I want to thank each and every parent!
Your participation made this event a success.
2016GlowOn 1There are a few people that deserve a special “Thank You!”. First and foremost – Mindy McCrary, Jennifer Underwood, Crystal Mathews and Carlo Shaw. Without your leadership, direction, and vision we would not have enjoyed successful events such as Glow Fest. Jackie Gutierrez and Maya Ellison, thank you for running our registration and raffle table. We had a line a mile long the whole night and you handled it like champions with great big smiles on your faces! Tricia Mazzarella, thank you for always coming and documenting our events for the yearbook and for all the help you offer managing our Key Club volunteers. For all of our teachers, especially Mrs. Torrilhon, Mr. Swain, and Ms. Schembri and to any other teachers I missed in the craziness, thank you for being a part of our event. Thank you to Mr. Allen for always giving us excellent support and the logistical tools necessary to bring our events to life…..and you make our setup and cleanup so easy! Finally, to our number one house DJ, Mr. Dave Dundas – the man who makes all of our events rock! No event would come to life without the heartbeat of the base that thumps from your speakers and keeps our events moving. Thank you for being the heart of our events. To the countless people that I might have accidentally missed, thank you for making our children’s experience at Desert Cove so special.

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As we move closer to the end of the school year, I am reminded that we again face the inevitable fact that some of our parent volunteers will be moving on from the PTO as their children move on from Desert Cove. While it saddens me to say goodbye to these folks, it gives us an opportunity to welcome new parents to be a part of the PTO Team. With that said, we will have two key roles opening up on our board this year and we are looking for individuals interested in becoming a part of our winning team. Our meetings are on the second Tuesday of each month at 6PM in the library. As we start our planning for next year, we welcome and encourage all parents to attend our next meeting this Tuesday, March 8. This is the perfect time to join if you are interested in being a part of the team that has the sole goal of enhancing our children’s educational experience! Free Childcare is provided as well as pizza. I want to again thank our wonderful Desert Cove Cougar Community for making our events so special and memorable. I feel blessed and lucky to be able to say that I am a member of such a wonderful community! I hope to see everyone at Muffins for Moms this Friday March 11th from 7:00-7:45 in the multi-purpose room.


Bill Chiulli
Desert Cove PTO

Bill Chiulli


Spring Fling Family Fun Night THIS FRIDAY!

2016 Spring Fling Glow On

Download the Order Form

Volunteer/Donate Items



Next PTO Meeting – Tues Feb 9th @ 6pm

 Join us at our next PTO Meeting

TUESDAY, February 9th at 6:00pm in the Library!

We will have FREE PIZZA and FREE CHILDCARE available!

Click Here to submit your Childcare Reservation Form

PTO Meeting


2 Hour Power winner for 2nd Quarter!

A big CONGRATULATIONS goes out to Mindy McCrary, our $50 gift card winner for the 2 Hour Power Volunteer Program!

Mindy McCrary

Mindy logged 22 volunteer hours in the 2nd Quarter (Oct 14 to Dec 18, 2015)!

If you haven’t heard about the 2 Hour Power program before, read more about it here!

3rd Quarter dates are December 19, 2015 through March 11, 2016!


Give the Gift of Experiences!


The Desert Cove PTO has partnered with Pogo Pass!

Just a few experiences you get with your purchase are:

2 visits to the Phoenix Zoo ($28 value)
2 visits to Pump It Up ($17 value)
2 admissions per month to Skateland ($72 value)
1 Silver Pass to Castles & Coasters ($29.99 value)

And there are MANY MORE!

Get your pass for ONLY $39.98 (regular price $99.95) by using code: COUGARS at check out!

Desert Cove receives $5 back for each purchase!

From 12/21 to 12/24 YOU receive a $5 Amazon gift card for each purchase!

Click Here to Get Yours!

NOTE: EACH family member needs their own pass.
You receive the pass right away via email!
And it’s also available to scan from your mobile device!


Next PTO Meeting – Tues Dec 8th @ 6pm

 Join us at our next PTO Meeting

TUESDAY, December 8th at 6:00pm in the Library!

We will have FREE PIZZA and FREE CHILDCARE available!

Click Here to submit your Childcare Reservation Form

PTO Meeting


Next PTO Meeting – Tues Nov 10th @ 6PM

 Join us at our next PTO Meeting

TUESDAY, November 10th at 6:00pm in the Library!

We will have FREE PIZZA and FREE CHILDCARE available!

Click Here to submit your Childcare Reservation Form

PTO Meeting


Family Bingo Night – Friday, Nov 6th

Desert Cove Family Bingo NightBingo
Friday, November 6, 2015
6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m


Order forms were sent home in students’ yellow folders, however you can download and print them using the links below. Please return early registration forms by Wednesday, November 4th.

Click Here to Download Registration Form


Looking Forward to Another Wonderful Event!


Next PTO Meeting – Tues, Oct 13th at 6:00pm

 Join us at our next PTO Meeting

TUESDAY, October 13th at 6:00pm in the Library!

We will have FREE PIZZA and FREE CHILDCARE available!

Click Here to submit your Childcare Reservation Form

PTO Meeting


Calling All Volunteers!


October is a big month for Desert Cove Elementary! We have the Apex Fun Run on October 15th & the Family Fall Fest on October 24th!

Lots of helping hands are needed for both events! For the Fall Fest, some of the help is with donated items, so if you are unable to donate time, please consider donating items (such as cupcakes, etc)!


OCT 15TH –

OCT 24TH –

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Next PTO Meeting – Tues, Sep 8th at 6:00pm

 Join us at our next PTO Meeting

TUESDAY, September 8th at 6:00pm in the Library!

We will have FREE PIZZA and FREE CHILDCARE available!

Click Here to submit your Childcare Reservation Form

PTO Meeting


Yumberi Family Fun Night – Thurs, Aug 27th!

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Welcome to the 2015-16 School Year!

A big warm welcome to new and returning families to Desert Cove Elementary!  

We are looking forward to a GREAT year!

To kick things off, we have our first PTO Meeting of the year,

TOMORROW (Tuesday, Aug 11th) at 6:00pm in the Library!

We will have FREE PIZZA and FREE CHILDCARE available!

We will also be giving away a DATE NIGHT GIFT BASKET to one lucky attendee!

-$100 Gift Card to Fleming’s 

– 2 Harkins Movie Passes

(must be present to win)


Click Here to submit your Childcare Reservation Form



Have a great summer!

We hope everyone has a safe and fun summer!


See you back next year!




Teacher Appreciation Week May 4 – 8

Teacher Appreciation Week Luncheon Volunteers and Donations


Hey Parents! Next week is Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week and we are providing a great BBQ Beach Themed Luncheon for about 75 of our teachers/staff on Wednesday, May 6th. We need your help in donations and volunteers to make this event a wonderful experience for them! Please go to the SignUpGenius to see where you could help. Thank you from your DCES Hospitality Committee.

Click Here for the Sign Up Genius

Teacher Appreciation Week Ideas!

we love out teachers

We invite all students and parents to show our gratitude during this week. Our teachers have come up with a list of things most needed by the end of the year of wanted items in the classroom. Please feel free to participate in as many days as you would like and show our teachers how much we appreciate them!

MONDAY (05/04) – CLEANING (Kleenex / Wipes / Sanitizer)

TUESDAY (05/05) – PAPER (Wide-Ruled Lined Paper, Copy Paper, Construction Paper)

WEDNESDAY (05/06) – STICKY (Glue Sticks, Post-it Notes, Stickers)

THURSDAY (05/07) – WRITING (#2 Pencils, Dry-Erase Markers)

FRIDAY (05/08) – SOMETHING SPECIAL (Your choice!!)

Click here for the flyer!


Family Fun and Bingo Night – Friday, April 24th!

Join us Friday for the Family Fun and Bingo Night.

Friday, April 24th

6 – 8:30pm

Click the link below for the flyer!

Family Fun Night

Click here to volunteer!