Sam Hughes Elementary

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October 31 - Halloween!
November - Student Artwork Fundraiser
November 4 - Spirit Week
November 8 - Stories that Soar! Performance, 9 am
Artwork Fundraiser Paper Orders Due
November 11 - No School, Veterans Day
November 19 - PTA Meeting, 6 am
November 20 - Artwork Fundraiser Online Orders Due
  • Attendance is very important!
  • Yearbook Cover Contest
  • Mr. Rodarte's New Book!
  • Spirit Week Soon!
  • Stories that Soar!
Next Thursday is Halloween. Students are welcome to wear their costumes to school. We ask that costumes follow the district dress code, include school appropriate footwear ( slippers), and do not include weapons or masks.  Students are welcome to bring a change of clothes so they have the option to change if they do not want to stay in their costumes all day.
Stories that Soar! Performance
Mark your calendar, the cast of Stories that Soar! will be at Sam Hughes on Friday, November 8. The performance will be in our courtyard at 9 am. Family and friends are welcome to enjoy the performance- be sure to bring chairs or blankets to sit on!
The cast of actors will be performing stories written by the students of Sam Hughes! It is so exciting to watch the students discover that their story is being brought to life!
You definitely want to attend this event!
Site Council Update

Site Council has an equal teacher to parent ratio.  At present, we are down one parent, due to a scheduling conflict.  Site Council is in need of one parent to step into the role. 
Meetings are held once per month, on Thursdays at 4:00.  They tend to run for about an hour, though they can go longer.  (There is no meeting in December). Parent commitments are for two years. Parents take minutes, so having a laptop and a willingness to take turns with this duty is a plus--but not mandatory.
Parents who are interested in participating in Site Council should send a short letter of introduction/bio, and a statement about why they are interested in sitting on Site Council to our facilitator, Mr. Rodarte at:  by Friday, November 1.
Meeting dates are posted in the front lobby and all members of the Sam Hughes Community are welcome to join us at any time.
Student Council Update

The Sam Hughes Student Council for the school year 2019 - 2020 has been formed! 
Student Council Members this year are as follows:
3rd Grade: Jordyn Beckwith (Treasurer), Comfort Ching'Anda, Jude McGrath, Elliot Pedrosa, Isaiah Jacobson, Jimena Taub
4th Grade: Vivian Grogan (Secretary), Kendal Cady (Vice-President), Sophia Lopez, Julian Saletan-Hall
5th Grade: Isabella Murphy (President), Joey Flores, Samira Shefa, Langston Smith

Student Council is focusing on ways the Council and the student body can place more of an emphasis on community service/aid and student support of charities.   This month the focus will be on ways to support our veterans. Support for the Community Food Bank and Diapers for Babies will be ongoing throughout the year.
The Sam Hughes Community met their Student Council members and officers at our CREW assembly.

Facilitators for Student Council this year are: Ms. Grogan and Mr. Rodarte

Parking Reminder 

Please be aware of the parking restrictions on the streets surrounding our school. There are areas where permits are required. Also, we have heard from our neighbors that driveways and garages are being blocked during morning drop off and afternoon pick up.
Please be sure to follow all parking restrictions and keep driveways, allies, and garages clear.
Thank you for being CREW!
Thank you,

Kathryn Bolasky
Sam Hughes Elementary
1) We continue to have fun in our OMA CLASSES.  Kinder is learning how melodies go up and down.   First grade learned a song about vowels and have been playing the xylophones.  2nd grade is starting work on composing their own yucky ingredients for a musical witch's stew!
2) CHOIR is also doing great!  Thank you to everyone who came out to sing at the 2nd St Fall Festival!!  It was wonderful to see all your smiling faces!  You sounded amazing!!
3) RECORDER kiddos!  Kiddos have gotten their white belts!  And hopefully they are practicing their music so they can sound amazing at OMAPalooza.  Many passed their tests, tests continue this week.  Exciting times!  I do keep track of (and reward) students who remember to bring their recorders and folders to class every Wed.  Please Encourage your child to practice - just 10 minutes in the beginning (3-5 times a week) is a really great start.  Anything more than that is excellent!
4) BAND and ORCHESTRA kiddos are already rocking!!  
    a) PLEASE remember to bring your instruments on your assigned day (T/TH for 4th grade and W/F for 5th)  I do not have extra instruments - especially in band!!  Sometimes I do, but the idea is for kiddos to be responsible.  if your child forgets three times, then I ask that the instrument stay at school for a while.  Thank you for your help!
     b) Please remember to CARE for the instruments.  They should NEVER be left longer than 10 minutes in a hot car.  
     c)  Please PLAY WITH and PRACTICE your instrument!!  Having these wonderful instruments at home and not practicing them is like having a fun friend around that you never bring out to play. 🙁
**And remember: LOGGING practice and getting parent signatures gets KUDOS for your kiddo!!
     d)  I am available every Wed, Thurs and Fri morning from 8-8:30am to work with your child if they are struggling.   OR... if they are wanting a challenge, I can also move them ahead if they are ready to move beyond what we do in our short time in class together!  :) Thank you!  and it's FREE!!  yippee!
5) OMAPalooza is in December!  Mark your calendar!  Tues Dec 17 at 3:30pm in the courtyard. You don't want to miss this awesome culmination of the semester in OMA!  Every grade level is featured and every student is involved.  We even feature several songs where everyone in the school sings together.  yay!
Thank you,
Sara Gascho
The Student Council is doing a coin drive call Pennies for Patriots.  We are asking students to bring in change to donate to a charity called Jeans for Troops. 
Spirit week is the week of the 4th.  We decided to pair each spirit week day with a charity.
Nov. 4 - CREW day - wear your crew shirt and help the school (clean up, write kindness notes etc)
Nov. 5 - Decades Day - dress up like a certain decade and bring in clothes for the clothing bank
Nov. 6 - Wacky Wednesday -  crazy hair and clothes and bring detergent for the clothing bank
Nov. 7- Jeans/Patriotic day - wear jeans and a patriotic shirt also collecting more change and $5 for Jeans for Troops
Nov. 8 – Fancy Friday - dress up and bring in top 5 needed items for the food bank.
Students are welcome to wear their costumes to school. We ask that costumes follow the district dress code, include school appropriate footwear ( slippers), and do not include weapons or masks.  Students are welcome to bring a change of clothes so they have the option to change if they do not want to stay in their costumes all day.
Mr. Rodarte To Host Signings of His New Book

Did you know Mr. Rodarte has authored a collection of ghost stories? The multi-talented third-grade teacher published La Llorona: Ghost Stories of the Southwest in April. Later this month he will host a series of book signings at local book stores. The first will take place Saturday, October 26, 1pm-2pm, at Mostly Books, where he will kick off their Halloween Party. He will also be at Clues, Unlimited on Saturday, November 2, 1pm-3pm, as a part of festivities that will also include sugar skull decorating. Come on over and get a signed copy of Mr. Rodarte's book!
Did you know that all classrooms have a morning and closing routine?  These routines are essential to start the day off well and end it on a high note!

We will be encouraging being present and bringing our attendance issues to light.  We want the best for all our students.  Being in school is essential for student success. 

Being on time raises their confidence when they enter the classroom for the day.  Being late often causes anxiety and embarrassment.  First bell is at 8:32 am.  Students are late if they are not in their classroom by 8:40am.  If a student is late, the parent or guardian must sign them in or call the school.

You can be the change needed to combat our attendance problems.  Make school a priority.  Make being on time or early a priority.

Attendance affects our school letter grade, student success, student attitude and so much more.

Thank you for teaching your student to be an Attendance HERO!
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Thank you for wearing red on Mondays! We show our school pride Monday mornings by wearing our red CREW shirts!  Oops is your CREW shirt in the wash? You can still join in by wearing red! 

Does your child need a new CREW shirt?  We have them available! XS, S, M & L.  They are $10.  You can purchase one by bringing in money in a sealed envelope with your child's name, teacher's name, and size of shirt listed on it.  Please place the envelope in the silver PTA box (by the front door) or hand it to your child's teacher.  We have a limited quantity of Adult shirts available as well! [ questions or requests please reply to the newsletter]

Remember, CREW shirts are our uniform during field trips!
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