Back to School Tips

back to school photoFor most of the valley, kids will be back to school by the second week of August. It’s an exciting time (hello, new supplies!) but it’s also a great chance for parents and kids to work together on building strong study habits and adjusting back from a summer routine. 

Create a helpful study environment. 

Dedicating a space for homework helps kids study effectively and distraction-free, and gives them the time they need to work (rather than clearing them away from a multi-use space, like the dinner table). Make it fun by setting up the space together and getting organized. 

Get into a routine. 

The transition from a summer schedule may be easy or difficult, but it’s important to continue assisting with a productive routine for sleep, homework and after-school activities. You can help by suggesting a bedtime and pre-bedtime routine where electronic devices go off well in advance of sleeping. Set aside a distraction-free time for homework, and encourage and motivate with small breaks, especially if working at the computer.

Review important deadlines.

When your child starts a new school year, it might be helpful to sit with them to review the school materials, dates and important events throughout the year. You can even create a calendar together to help them keep track of important expectations and deadlines. 

Encourage communication.

Your child might be nervous about their first days, or feeling like they are lost as the school year progresses. Make sure they feel comfortable engaging with their teacher to ask questions and seek additional help if they need it, and that they know the teacher (and you!) will be supportive of them throughout the school year. 

Check out the schedule for after-school activities. 

Local school districts offer great opportunities for continued education and fun before and after school. Check your district’s website to find more information on engaging programs that provide homework assistance, hands-on enrichment with technology, play and arts and crafts. 

Summer Camp Options For West Valley Kids

kid photographer photoIt’s summertime and the kids are getting restless. It’s been proven that children who attend summer camp are well rounded, have better social skills, and are problem solvers.  If you’re looking for a fun option to get the kids out of the house, and gain extra skills, check out these local summer camp options in the West Valley. 

Glendale / Peoria Family YMCA

Camp Sky-Y is an overnight camp for youth ages 7-16 and is in Prescott. Serving the Greater Phoenix Area, Camp Sky-Y offers the quintessential overnight sleep-away camp for kids looking to build relationships and have adventures. 

Arizona Sports Complex

Located in Glendale, this multi-sport facility offers a variety of day camps for kids over the summer to improve on their athletic abilities. Not sure which sport is best for your child? Check out the multi-sport camp that allows participants to try a variety of sports to see what they like best. 

Camp Invention

At this hands-on learning camp, participants will get to explore a new topic relating to entrepreneurship, technology, problem solving or innovation. This one-week camp allows children to develop their problem-solving skills and build confidence while creating a project. 

Arizona Dance Artistry

If you’re looking to advance your child’s dance technicality, the Arizona Dance Artistry offers a day camp over the summer for youth ages 2-18. This is a great chance for the young ballerina’s to improve their dancing and be ready for fall season. 

City of Peoria

The Parks and Rec Department of Peoria offers day camps that include STEM, arts and crafts, team building and much more. For ages 2-12, there’s a variety of summer camp topics for children to sign up for depending on their interests. 

Browse this interactive map to learn about west valley homes and neighborhoods.


Legend Springs School Fun Run Fundraiser

Legend Springs School is holding a Fun Run this October

The Boosterthon Fun Run, Rock’n Town Live, a musical festival theme all about community, will kick off on Tuesday, October 14. The event promotes health, character-building and fun for the students and provides a great way for the community to get involved in giving back. Students will gather pledges for the number of laps they’ll complete at the Fun Run on Thursday, October 23.

Elise Fay is a proud sponsor of Legend Springs school and the Fun Run Fundraiser.

Legend Springs School is located at 21150 N. Arrowhead Loop; Glendale, AZ 85308 in the Deer Valley Unified School District

Arrowhead Lakes

Arrowhead Lakes-Fun Facts about The Lakes

Arrowhead Lakes is located in Glendale Arizona. The boundaries of this community are between 51st Ave and 59th Ave, with Melinda Lane on the north side and Beardsley Rd on the south Arrowhead Lakesside. There are 8 different waterways thru this subdivision and four separate lakes, Great Falls , Emerald, Sunset and Shadow Mountain. Spectacular mountain and lake views surround this community making it one of the most desirable subdivisions in Arrowhead Ranch.

The lakes are filled with high grade reclaimed water which is open to residents for Catch and release fishing. These lakes are stocked with several different types of fish, largemouth Bass, Tilapia Bluegill, shad, Chanel cats, koi carp, regular carp. Some residents have commented that this is the best urban fishing in Arizona.

This community was built in 1985. Since then this Lake community has grown into a semi custom, custom and custom gated home subdivision. The square footage of homes in this area range from 1300 to 6700. There are approximately 1033 homesites in Arrowhead Lakes. 42% of homes are single level. Approximately 38% of homes in this subdivision have pools. 75% of homes are on the lakefront.

Each year the residents of Arrowhead Lakes put on a Holiday Lights Boat Parade. Residents decorate their boats with lights…and that is putting it mildly! Many residents have themed boat decorations and deck out their boats with not only lights but inflatables, cut-outs and music. The parade route ends at the block party where residents gather to celebrate the holidays with food and music. It is an annual event that is sure to be on your “must attend” list this year.

Arrowhead Lakes and the surrounding community of Arrowhead Ranch not only has all the conveniences of great shopping, boutiques, and dining nearby but it is also feeds into the best set of schools in North Glendale. Legend Springs Elementary School, Hillcrest Middle School and Mountain Ridge High School have all been rated A+, highly excelling schools, one of the many reasons that makes Arrowhead Lakes one of the most highly sought after areas to live.

Check out the Arrowhead Lakes page for more information.

Glendale’s Mountain Ridge High School West Valley Player of the Year.

Glendale’s Mountain Ridge High School senior is West Valley Player of the Year. Madison Witt is one of the state’s top shot blockers.  She has amassed a 64-12 record and has appearances in two semifinal Division 1 state tournaments; just two years ago Mountain Ridge was hovering around the .500 mark.  West Valley Volleyball Player of the Year! Read more

Mountain Ridge High School-US Army All Americans

Congratulations to Mountain Ridge Band Students Ellie Wiemeyer and Danny Carrera!

Ellie and Danny  were chosen through national audition as members of the elite Army All-American Marching Band. These kids, from  all over the US are flown in and housed by the US Army to San Antonio and the Alamodome for  the High School Army All-American Football  game on January 5th, 2013.  In the span of one day they will learn and perfect a halftime show that  will be televised at the High School Army All-American Football game.

Ellie and Danny are the ONLY Arizona students selected to this elite group  this year. They are also the fourth and fifth MRHS students recognized with this prestigious honor since the All-American program was started six years ago. Last year Ridge Band seniors Alexandra Brooks and Jamieson Berry proudly represented Mountain Ridge High School as US Army All Americans. Congratulations Ellie and Danny!

Good Glendale Homes For Sale-Mountain Ridge High School

Mountain Ridge High School, part of the Deer Valley Unified School District is located in the Glendale Homes For Sale neighborhood, on 67th Ave just north of Deer Valley Rd.

Ridge was built in 1995 and is the home of the Mountain Lions. This school is headed by Principal Debra Poulson and her amazing staff of educators. MRHS graduates young adults who are prepared to achieve personal success. The Mission Statement for Mountain Ridge is Merit, Responsibility, Honor and Success. The Mission of Mountain Ridge High School is to provide real world connections within highly engaging classrooms that prepare graduates to meet the rigors and demands of 21st century global citizens.

Ridge is noted for its intense academic criteria, which enables students to complete all of their goals. Advanced Placement classes and Dual Enrollment courses allow students the advantage and opportunity to excel in a competitive world. It is no wonder that Mountain Ridge High School has become a notably recognized and highly regarded school.

For the second year since the inception of the new labelling system, Mountain Ridge High School received an “A” Accountability letter grade from the Arizona State Board of Education. Mountain Ridge is the only high school in the Deer Valley Unified School District to receive this label for the 2nd consecutive year.

Mountain Ridge offers a large array of extra-curricular activities and a host of other academic clubs designed to enrich a student’s education. The Mountain Ridge Marching band has consistently placed in the top 5 for Division 1 Bands in state competition and remains the top band in the NW Valley. Their 3 concert bands have also been received ratings of Superior in various state competitions.

Of course MRHS has a full athletic program as well. With so many choices of different teams, from football, golf, volleyball, soccer, badminton, cross country, and pom and cheer to name just a few, the kids are sure to find something they would enjoy. All participants are required to have a physical each year and tryouts are a part of the process. In April 2012 Mountain Ridge Pom Squad won the National Title in Anaheim where they competed in the United Spirit Association where they competed against teams from all across the west coast.

These are just 2 of the many stellar groups that Ridge has on campus. As you know though as with any school in the DVUSD you can apply for open enrollment and see if you can become a student at MRHS.


New In Town- 10 Things NOT To Do When New To The Desert

So you say you’re new to the Valley of the Sun, well join the millions of transplants that already live here. Chances are you came from somewhere in the country with seasons, well we don’t really have seasons here so that is your first adjustment, but here are some big no no’s when it comes to living here.

1.  Don’t think that just because it is a dry heat that it’s not hot or you don’t need to drink fluids.  You must hydrate yourself, regularly!  Take a bottle of water out with you, stop and grab a soda, iced tea anything.  Just drink!

2.  So you go to step in the shower and didn’t really look before getting in, and oops stepped on a scorpion. OUCH!  Well lesson learned, you moved to their territory and they have been here millions of years before you.  They are not going anywhere so, look before stepping! Read more

Good Glendale Homes for Sale- Glendale Community College North Campus

Have you ever thought about going back to school or getting that degree that you started a long time ago?  Well if you live in the Glendale Homes for Sale area you probably have driven by Glendale Community College’s North Campus many times.

The GCC North Campus, located on Happy Valley Road just east of 67th Avenue is a perfect location for those living in the Northwest valley and thinking about going back to school or finishing up a program.  This beautiful campus offers complete degree programs, a fitness center, library, cafeteria, student study space, and on site bookstore. Read more

Glendale Homes for Sale- Top 10 Reasons to Live In Glendale

There are so many fabulous reasons to live in the Glendale Homes for Sale area.  To try to narrow it down to just 10 may be a challenge but I will do my best.

1. Every year Glendale holds the annual Chocolate Affaire in downtown Glendale.  This chocolate lovers dream takes place in February and you can delight from various food booths that boast everything chocolate.  From cheesecake to chocolate pizza and everything in between.  Who wouldn’t love this!

2.  We are home for the Arizona Cardinals and the University of Phoenix Stadium.  Not to mention we are the host city for the 2015 Superbowl…..enough said! Read more