Sam Hughes Elementary

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December 13- 19 - Benchmark Testing for grades: 2, 3, 4 & 5
December 17 - Grandparents/Special Friend Day, 2:15pm
December 17 - OMAPalooza Winter Showcase, 3:30pm
December 19 - Talent Show Registration Packets Due
December 19 - Community School Registration Due
December 20 - Grading Day - No School
December 23 - Jan 3 - Winter Recess - No School
January 6 - Welcome Back!
  • Practice for OMA!
  • Benchmark Testing 
  • OMAPalooza Dec 17
  • Grandparent/Special Friend Day, Dec 17
  • Talent Show Packets Due
  • Community School Registration Due
  • Let's RESPECT our Campus!
Hello Sam Hughes CREW!

The end of the semester is quickly approaching, and the next week is action packed here at Sam Hughes!!!

I would like to start by sending a huge shout out to Ms. Gascho, Mrs. Harris, and Mrs, Wolgemuth for their amazing work of coordinating the 4th Grade Production: ARIZONA! The 4th Grade CREW did an amazing job- the performance was absolutely fantastic! Thank you teachers, students, and families for your hard work and support in making this tradition continue!

Please mark your calendar for the wonderful events that are happening:
Grandparents’/Special Friends’ Day- December 17, 2:15 pm
Students are encouraged to invite their grandparents, or a special friend, to come visit them at school. Grandparents and Special Friends will meet their student in their classroom to share special activity. The guests of honor are encouraged to stay for the OMAPalooza performance at 3:30 in the courtyard!

OMAPalooza- December 17, 3:30 pm
OMAPalooza will be December 17 at 3:30 pm in the courtyard. Please join us for a fun filled evening of musical performances from our very own student CREW! Each grade is showcased during the performance. Don’t forget your chairs and blankets to enjoy the show!!!

Last Day of Quarter 2- December 19

Grading Day, NO SCHOOL- December 20

Winter Break, NO SCHOOL- December 23 – January 3

First Day of Quarter 3- January 6

3rd Quarter Report Cards Go Home- Tuesday, January 7th

State Letter Grade and School Data Presentation
Save the Date!
We will be hosting an information session on how the letter grade is determined and will be presenting Sam Hughes Data. During this session, we will review the letter grade model, our school’s performance, and present resources that are available to help students prepare for the state assessment. More details to follow!
There will be 2 sessions:
•    January 14th at 5:00 pm
•    January 17th at 8:30 am

Martin Luther King Jr, Day, NO SCHOOL- January 20

As always, please contact me with any questions!
Thank you,
Kathryn Bolasky, Principal
Keep practicing for OMAPalooza, using these links! 
Kinder link:
3rd, 4th, 5th GR link:
CHOIR please also keep practicing your songs!
3) RECORDER, BAND and ORCHESTRA kiddos! (3rd-5th grades) You have all received music for OMAPalooza. Keep practicing! Please Encourage your child to practice - just 10 minutes (3-5 times a week) is a really great.  Anything more than that is excellent! 🙂  LOG YOUR PRACTICE and get KUDOS!

 ***What days do kiddos need to bring instruments next week??  🙂 ***
BAND: Tues Dec 17 AND Wed Dec 18
ORCH: Mon Dec 16, Tues Dec 17 & Thurs Dec 19
RECS: Mon Dec 16, Tues Dec 17 & Wed Dec 18

A few more OMAPalooza reminders: 

~ It starts at 3:30pm sharp in the courtyard You ~ Every grade level is involved!!
~ Plan to be CREW and stay for the entire show! ~ Your child is very excited and doesn't want to miss this awesome culmination of the semester in OMA!
 Musically and Artistically Yours,
Ms. Gascho
Is your child interested in sharing a special talent they have with the school? 
You have 4 more days to turn in your participation packet!! (The show takes place at the end of Jan, but we do lots of organizing over break)  Packets for trying out for the showcase are in the lobby by the front office - packets need to be filled out BEFORE YOU LEAVE FOR WINTER BREAK!  Thank you!!  
Grandparents’/Special Friends’ Day- December 17, 2:15 pm
Students are encouraged to invite their grandparents, or a special friend, to come visit them at school. Grandparents and Special Friends will meet their student in their classroom to share special activity. The guests of honor are encouraged to stay for the OMAPalooza performance at 3:30 in the courtyard!

We are pleased to announce registration for the next session of Community School after-school classes starting in January! Thanks to your wonderful support during the fall session, we will have even more great classes this upcoming session for your child to choose from, including new classes in magic, ceramics, Chinese, classic playground games, music theory and more! 

 The registration packet including the course schedule and pricing, course descriptions and registration form is now online at:

 We will also be sending a paper copy home in the red folders on Thursday. 

 Please note that the registration process is changing. Instead of waiting in line on registration day to hand us your registration form, you will now drop off your form in the school office or email it to by Thursday, December 19. Later, we will email you a bill for your classes. For any classes that have more students interested than slots, we will hold a lottery over winter break to determine placement into the classes. 


For more information, please consult the Frequently Asked Questions at or email the Community School coordinator, Lauren, at

Did you know that only 26% of our school families participated in the Arizona Public School Tax Credit program last year?

Did you know that we rely on those tax credit contributions to fund our students enrichment, such as; OMA, P.E., Chess, Tutors and more!

Did you know that we need to raise $96,000 a year but for the past couple of years we have very fallen short of our goal?

Did you know that you can help us meet our goal?  Check out our guide video, Meet Maya.  She'll help you feel comfortable with the process.  We also have a detailed guide to claiming your contributions.  Check out our quick FAQ's as well for more information.

Are you ready to contribute? Follow these simple online steps.  You can also pay by check in the office.
Support Stories that Soar! by purchasing an item displaying a masterpiece created by your Husky!

Find value packs and web exclusives by shopping online.

Did you lose your access code? Use code SH2019 and then search for your child's art.

Did you know? You can upload NEW art!, art by siblings or even more pieces of art you would like to have made into products!

You can order art or upload new art until 6/30/2020.  All purchases support our school as long as you go through our school access code SH2019.
Remember to send any photos you may have thus far to: or drop them into our PTA box.

Do you want to assist with layouts and project development? Please email the above address.  Plans are underway so don't delay!
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!
Don't forget to download the app so you can start scanning so we can keep earning!

You have raised nearly $500 for our school!! Keep on scanning! Each one adds up quick!


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