Sam Hughes Elementary

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September 23 - Spellathon Testing Week
Benchmark Testing (2-5)
October 1 - Picture Day!
October 3 - Goodbye Magic Box
October 4 - No School, Grading Day
October 7 -11 - Fall Break
October 17 - Spellathon Pledges Due
The Magic Box is here!
The Magic Box and Curiosity Box have arrived at Sam Hughes. The two boxes are located in the hallway in front of the office. The students of Hughes are asked to “feed” the Magic Box with original stories. All students at Hughes are encouraged to participate. For our younger students, parents or other family members can take dictations of stories, and all languages are accepted.  The Curiosity Box is a smaller box that sits on top of the Magic Box and collects questions. These questions are posed to the students in hopes of being inspiration for them to write stories answering the questions!

Both the Magic Box and the Curiosity Box will be at Hughes until October 3rd!
Students get so excited to submit their stories to the Magic Box! The most exciting piece of the Stories that Soar! program is that on November 8th, a cast of local, professional actors will come to Hughes and bring our students’ stories to life! The cast performs on the stage in the courtyard. All of our community is welcome to enjoy the performance, so save the date!
Parent Teacher Conferences
Thank you for taking the time to meet with your student’s teacher. Parent-teacher partnerships and Family Engagement are major factors in fostering high student achievement here at Hughes.  We appreciate your time and support.
Move On When Reading (MOWR)
In the state of Arizona, there is a state law that encourages schools to monitor students’ reading development in order to ensure that students are reading at grade level by the end of third grade.  Students that have been identified on the DIBELS Screener (Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills) as needing Intensive and Strategic Reading interventions according to the Beginning of the Year Benchmark will receive a letter that reviews the MOWR state law. The letter outlines the law and the interventions that will be put in place to support students in acquiring literacy skills.
Benchmark Assessments
At the end of each quarter, students in grades 2 – 5 will take a District Benchmark Assessment in both English Language Arts and Math. The 1st Quarter Benchmark testing window starts on September 23rd  and goes through October 3rd. Students will be assessed on standards that were targeted throughout the quarter. The assessment is computer based and student will complete it online, using a laptop. Please help our students show us what they know by being to school on time and fueled with a healthy breakfast during Benchmark testing.
End of 1st Quarter and Fall Break
October 4th is Grading Day (NO SCHOOL for students), marking the end of the 1st quarter.  The following week, October 7-11, is Fall Break- NO SCHOOL for students. The Sam Hughes office will be closed for the week and CREW Club will be closed as well. Thank you in advance for making arrangements for your students.

Thank you,
1)  OMA CLASSES are going well!  Kinders are singing and playing with scarves and rhythm instruments.  First graders are learning a chant about the vowels and 2nd graders have started experimenting with drawing in the style of Joan Miro, a surrealist artist from Spain.
2) In CHOIR we are going to be arranging parts and learning some songs for fall and Halloween!  Mark your calendar for Sat. Oct 26 at 10am.  We will be singing at the 2nd St School Fall Festival. Please check out the GOOGLE link for NEW music to be practicing at home.  
3) BAND and ORCHESTRA kiddos!  
    a) Instruments are assigned for band and Orchestra and students have been getting practice putting them together and how to play the beginning notes!  This week they have the opportunity to take them home if they get the TUSD Borrow Agreement signed.  Please ask your child about this.  If you feel it would be better for them to not take it home, we can arrange for them to practice Wed/Thurs/Fri mornings. I know they are VERY EXCITED to take instruments home! 
     b) Thank you SO much to those of you who rented/ or own instruments that your child can use.  This allowed everyone to have their own instrument to take home and practice! Thank you so much!
IF YOUR CHILD HAS A RENTED or OWNED INSTRUMENT: They need to be bringing them to band (every Wed/Fri) or orchestra (every Tues/Thurs)  Thank you again!
 4) RECORDER kiddos!
     Recorders (as you well know😉) have gone home for practicing! 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 actually a great start.  Anything more than that is excellent!  Your child can use my practice sheet or one they have made up themselves.  They do need your signature to get the KUDOS.
Thank you,
Sara Gascho
How is practicing going?  I know everyone is working hard in class on their spelling words!

You can help by encouraging your child to do well on their test and by talking to friends and family to see if they'll pledge towards their hard academic work.

Need a pledge sheet? Click Here

Remember to send any photos you may have thus far to: or drop them into our PTA box.
Picture day is coming!  Prepare those smiles! Pick out your favorite outfit!  These are the Yearbook Photos!  They are a portrait style.

October, 1st is Picture Day!  Packets have gone home!  Check out the awesome online ordering option!  Our school code is 41618JA.
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!

Your efforts have been amazing!  Thank you for helping your student get to school on-time and ready to learn!
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!

Greening Group Plant Sale
Oct. 17  2:45-4 pm
Oct. 18  8-8:35 am and 2:45-4 pm
Oct. 19  8-10 am
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