Sam Hughes Elementary

School Newsletter

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November 28, 29 -  Thanksgiving Recess - No School
December 2 - 13 - Benchmark Testing for grades: 2, 3, 4 & 5
December 10 - PTA Meeting, 6 pm
December 17 - Grandparents/Special Friend Day
December 17 - OMAPalooza Winter Showcase 3:30pm
December 20 - Grading Day - No School
December 23 - Jan 3 - Winter Recess - No School
January 6 - Welcome Back!
  • Practice for OMA!
  • Basketball Tryouts November 26th, 2:45-3:45 pm
  • No School Nov 28, 29
  • Benchmark Testing Dec 3 - 13
  • OMAPalooza Dec 17
  • Let's RESPECT our Campus!
Hello Sam Hughes CREW!
Thanksgiving Break
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! I would like to take this opportunity to express my how thankful I am to be a part of such an amazing community. The students, staff, and families of Sam Hughes are truly amazing! I would like to express my gratitude for everyone that makes it possible for students to come to school everyday on time. Thank you for making daily attendance a priority. I would also like to thank the teachers who pour their energy into making each classroom an exciting place for exploration and knowledge! Finally, I would like to thank our support staff and many volunteers who provide the extra hands and attention our students need.
 So thankful for our CREW!
No School- Thanksgiving Break
Thursday, November 28th
Friday, November 29th
Student Art Fundraiser
Thank you for supporting Stories that Soar! by purchasing items from our Student Art Fundraiser. All of the proceeds from this fundraiser directly support Stories that Soar! Our students produced some wonderful works of art this year! Thank you for your continued support.
State Letter Grades
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
Benchmark Assessments
Quarter 2 Benchmark Assessments will begin December 2nd and go through December 13th. Students in grades 2 through 5 will be assessed in ELA and Math on Highly Leveraged Standards from the district Scope and Sequence. This quarter students will be asked to produce a writing sample in addition to taking the multiple response question assessment. Students in 3rd -5th will complete all of their benchmark assessments online through the SchoolCity Platform. 2nd Grade students will be able to submit handwritten writing samples and complete the multiple response questions online.

Please help our students be successful by having them here on time, well rested, and with a healthy breakfast. Students in Kindergarten and 1st grades can support the testing grades by creating a quiet learning environment. This means respecting the signs that are posted in the testing areas.
OMA Palooza
Mark your calendars! OMAPalooza will be December 17 at 3:30pm in the courtyard. Please join us for a fun filled evening of musical performances from our very own student CREW! Don’t forget your chairs and blankets to enjoy the show!!!

Hope you have a great week and thank you for being CREW!

Kathryn Bolasky
Sam Hughes Elementary

1)  OMA CLASSES!  We are learning all our fun songs for OMAPalooza!  Here are links to practice at home and lyric sheets 🙂 
Kinder link:
3rd, 4th, 5th GR link:
2) CHOIR is also starting new songs for the holiday season!
3) RECORDER kiddos!  We have been testing for yellow and orange belts!  Your chid has received their GREEN belt to start practicing!  We will test for this belt soon! At this point the music is more challenging!  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!
4) BAND and ORCHESTRA Most of us earned our 3rd level (ORANGE BELT) this week and we are working on our 4th level (GREEN BELT) musi 🙂 Practice practice practice please! Kids get KUDOS for signed and fille out practice sheets!
    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.  
     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)  GASCHO HELP: Does your child need some extra help on his/her instrument? 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) TALENT SHOWCASE - Is your child interested in sharing a special talent they have with the school?  Start thinking about participating in our ANNUAL TALENT SHOWCASE! (Takes place at the end of Jan/early Feb)  Packets for trying out for the showcase will be out by the end of NOV - packets need to be filled out BEFORE YOU LEAVE FOR WINTER BREAK!
6) 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!
Musically and Artfully yours,
Ms. Gascho
Sara Gascho
Arts Integration Specialist, OMA
Band, Orchestra, Choir Director
Sam Hughes Elementary
Tucson Unified School District
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!

Products (that were ordered by 11-20) are scheduled to ship to the school on December 12th.  

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!
Community School Will Offer Two Sessions This Spring
After a very successful debut this fall, Community School is planning two sessions in the spring. The dates for these sessions are:

Spring I: Thursday, January 16, through Thursday, March 12 
Spring II: Monday, March 23, through Friday, May 15

The break between the two sessions is spring break, so essentially Community School is running non-stop from January 16 to May 15. We are aiming to release the Spring I course schedule, course descriptions and registration form in December. We are working on a new, more convenient registration procedure in which you will drop off or email in your registration form rather than waiting in line to give it to us. We will have more details on that in December. 
Some of the new classes we are hoping to bring to you for January are ceramics, Panda Club (Chinese language and culture), classic playground games, magic, musical theater, semi-private piano lessons and a new cooking class. We will continue to offer art, capoeira, choir, drama, folklórico, Legos, robotics, Spanish and yoga. 
For questions or comments, please email

Community School Is Seeking A Robotics Instructor

Community School is seeking a second Robotics and Coding instructor to help Mrs. Stunes in the Tuesday robotics class. (The current second teacher in that class is not available next spring.) Do you have a STEM background and an interest in working with children in grades 3 through 5? Read on!
The class meets once a week on Tuesdays from 3-4pm. They are using the Edison robots curriculum. Pay starts at $22.50 per class, or $360 for an 16-week session, plus paid training in the Edison Robots curriculum. The role of the second instructor is to assist Mrs. Stunes in going around the class and individually helping students with their robots. No background in robotics is required but a STEM background such as math, engineering, computer science, tech support or similar is very helpful. If you would like to learn more about this opportunity, please email
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!
The PTA board would love to send a huge thank you to everyone for your support during our first semester fundraisers!  Your continued support allows to achieve higher goals for our school.  Thank you for your involvement and commitment to our Huskies.

Have a wonderful holiday!
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