Sam Hughes Elementary

School Newsletter

Find us on Remind
  • Science Fair! Feb 10, Feb 11
  • Love of Reading Week! Feb 10 - 14
  • Parent Teacher Conferences, Early Dismissal, Feb 13,14
  • Chuckwagon, Feb 29
  • Place an ad in the yearbook!
  • Let's RESPECT our Campus!
Science Fair
The Sam Hughes Science Fair is next week! Please see the upcoming timeline for the Science Fair:

•February 10th- Projects Due
•February 11th- Science Fair- Judging will occur in the morning and projects will be available from viewing after school until 6pm. Come see the amazing projects!

If you have any questions, please contact our Science Fair Coordinator, Margaret Evans at
Please mark your calendars on February 13th and 14th as Early Release Days- Dismissal will be at 11:45!

Teachers will be conducting Parent Teacher Conferences during the afternoons of both days. Teachers will be contacting parents to schedule conferences. Please feel free to contact your student’s teacher if you have not been contacted and would like to schedule a conference.

Love of Reading Week
Sam Hughes will be celebrating Love of Reading Week February 10- 14. We will be decorating classroom doors, hosting guest readers, and having our 4th Annual Character Parade on Wednesday, February 12th. If students would like to participate in the Character Parade, they are welcome to dress up as a character from a book (not a Halloween Costume), and if possible, bring in a copy of the book with the character. This is a fun event that I look forward to each year!

Book Fair 
Thank you to Crystal Marrs and the PTA for all their hard work in coordinating the Book Fair. It takes an incredible amount of work to make the Book Fair happen and we appreciate your time and effort!!!
Tax Credit Donations Needed: 
Did you know that only 1 in 5 Sam Hughes families currently participates in the Public School Tax Credit program?
Here at Sam Hughes, Tax Credit Allocations are used to fund our enrichment programs- OMA, Chess, PE, Ecology. Field Trips, and Reading Tutors.
These programs would not be possible without Tax Credit Allocations.
Participating in the Public School Tax Credit program is easy and free, and virtually all residents who file taxes in the state of Arizona are eligible! 
By claiming the Public School Tax Credit, you choose to direct a portion of the Arizona taxes you already owe or have paid straight to Sam Hughes to support essential school programs.  
Have questions? Watch the short informational video at this link and then don't wait!  Participate today! 

As always, please contact me with any questions!
Thank you,
Kathryn Bolasky, Principal
  • February 10th - Science Fair Set Up
  • Feb 10 - 13 - Candygrams!
  • February 11th - 2:45 pm - 6 pm - Visit the Science Fair!
  • February 12th - Book Character Parade!
  • February 13th, 14th - Parent Teacher Conferences, Early Dismissal 11:45 am
  • February 19th, Citrus Harvest, 1:45 pm
  • February 20th, 21st - Rodeo Break - No School
  • February 24-28 - Spirit Week
  • February 24 - Benchmark Testing Begins
  • February 29th - Chuck Wagon Fundraiser Festival, 2-6 pm
Did you know that only 1 in 5 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, Field Trips 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.
1)  CHOIR is practicing songs for Chuckwagon! Find them here:
2) 3rd, 4th and 5th grade:
Please Encourage your child to practice - if you aim to practice every day then it becomes part of your routine - even just 10 minutes a day.  You are more likely to get 3-5 days of practice in if you aim for everyday.  Life comes up, of course!  But getting it in your routine really helps!  Those who are practicing are excelling!
    a) PLEASE remember to bring your instruments on your assigned day!
     b)  Does your child need extra GASCHO HELP ??? on his/her instrument or an extra challenge? Come in between 8-8:30 any Wed, Thurs and Fri morning in the cafeteria or Tallmadge Hall  :)  It's FREE!!  
     c) Please remember to PLAY WITH and CARE for 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. 🙁 LOGGING practice and getting parent signatures gets KUDOS for your kiddo!! 🙂

3) Talent Showcase was a huge success!  Thank you to everyone who participated.  Everyone's act really shined!  Thank you to the amazing stage crew - it wouldn't have happened without your volunteer time!
Musically and Artfully yours,
Ms. Gascho
Visit the Science Fair!  Tuesday, February 11th, 2:45 - 6 pm.

If you have any questions, or would like to help out with Science Fair, please contact Margaret Evans at (or text 203-606-6665).
Get your Candygrams! 

50 cents for a candy & message.  Send them to all your friends & classmates! Don't forget about your teachers!

Thank you!
Community School Needs Your Help! 

A few weeks ago the district wrapped up another successful registration process for Community School after-school classes. As with the first session last fall, interest in classes was high and most classes have waitlists. We are hoping to make Community School a fixture at Sam Hughes. 

To that end, the coffers in the parent fundraising effort are getting low and so we are embarking on a spring fundraising campaign. The exciting thing about this campaign is that you can direct hundreds of dollars to Sam Hughes Community School at no cost to you via the Arizona charitable tax credit. If you are already directing your public school tax credit to Sam Hughes, you can triple your impact by directing your charitable tax credit to Sam Hughes Community School. These are two different tax credits. You can potentially claim both in the same tax year at the maximum level. Individuals can direct up to $400 to Community School via the charitable tax credit and couples can direct up to $800. For individual tax situations, consult an expert. 

The tax credit contributions from last fall funded the following:

* reducing tuition by $20 across the board
* background checks for instructors
* robots for the robotics class
* skirts and sashes for the folklórico class
* supplies for art, music, yoga, Legos and cooking
* various other program needs

We are looking to continue to provide this kind of support to the program this year. We are also still very much pursuing the creation of a scholarship fund. We would like to fund training of a second robotics teacher with the aim of expanding the robotics program. We also have many supply needs. Are you able to help? You can make a charitable tax credit contribution for the 2019 tax year up until tax day. Sam Hughes Community School is a fiscal-sponsored project of the Educational Enrichment Foundation. Here is the link: 

Any funds left over after Community School needs are met will be donated to the Sam Hughes PTA. For questions, please contact parent Josie Wilson at or the Educational Enrichment Foundation at
Save the date! Don't miss out on The Annual Sam Hughes Chuckwagon!!

 Would you like to donate to the Silent Auction? Please email for more information! 

Each class gathers donations to create class baskets to be bid on at the silent auction!  More information will be sent home, in the meantime, here are the theme assignments so that you can start looking around for donations!

Ms. Gariepy & Ms. Pam: Family Game Night
Ms. Patterson: Pool & Backyard Fun
Ms. Rumney: Heart of Tucson
Mrs. Dunscomb: Gardening
Ms. Gilbert: Spa & Relaxation
Mrs. Korman" U of A
Mrs. Batchelder: Sports
Ms. Phillipi: U of A
Mr. Rodarte: Dogs
Mrs. Wong: Harry Potter
Ms. Astrene: Grillers Delight
Mrs. Wolgemuth: We <3 Local Businesses
Mrs. Harris: Snuggle Up With A Book
Ms. Barry: Pet Supplies
Mrs. Grogan: Movie Night

**Due to limit space, please hold donations until the week of Feb 17th**
All donations due by Feb 24th

Volunteers - we will be creating the baskets on Wednesday, Feb 26 after school in Tallmadge Hall.

Thank you!
Join us for the FUN annual 
Sam Hughes Courtyard 
Citrus Harvest 
Meet in the courtyard after school on 
 Wednesday Feb. 19 
Help with the harvest and take home 
 fruit and fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice! 
What you can bring: 
Fruit picker 
Empty juice containers, bags 
All kids with adult supervision are welcome. 
Organized by the Sam Hughes Greening Group 
For more info contact Jenny Graber (
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.

Ad space available! Help lower the cost our of yearbooks by buying ad space!  Please email  for more information! Thank you!
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You have raised nearly $500 for our school!! Keep on scanning! Each one adds up quick!


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