Sam Hughes Elementary

School Newsletter

Find us on Remind
  • Benchmark Testing starts Feb 24
  • Spirit Week! Feb 24
  • Chuckwagon, Feb 29
  • Place an ad in the yearbook!
  • Let's RESPECT our Campus!
Don't miss our 82nd Chuckwagon! Saturday, February 29th from 2 to 6 pm. The Sam Hughes Husky Choir will be singing.  There will be games, food, prizes and entertainment!  Don't miss out on the Silent Auction inside of Tallmadge hall.  Did you take advantage of the pre-sale tickets? Can't wait to see you on Saturday!

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 24-28 - Spirit Week
  • February 24 - Benchmark Testing Begins
  • February 29th - Chuck Wagon Fundraiser Festival, 2-6 pm
  • March 13 - Grading Day, No School
  • March 16 - 20, Spring Break, No School
You are Invited to The Annual Sam Hughes Chuck Wagon Fundraiser Festival!!

Get your pre-sale ticket orders in by Feb 25th!

This year we are featuring:
Brother Johns BBQ Pulled Pork

Check out the entertainment line up: 
2:15 Sam Hughes Choir
2:45 Sam Hughes Folklorico
3:00 Davis Mariachi
3:30 Ballet Folklórico Xochitl de Tucson
4:00 Magic Mr. B
4:30 Sara Gascho and Mike Hebert
5:00 John Hawke

Come decked out in your western wear, earn free tickets!  The class with the most dressed up participants will earn a special prize!  **You must check in at the ticket booth during the event**

Last minute plea for anyone out there who might have connections to restaurants, shops or hotels for donations to our silent auction. We can pick up donations! Please email the address below for all information regarding donations, including the tax exempt letter.  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

All donations due by Feb 25th

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

Thank you!
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 does help! LOGGING practice and getting parent signatures gets KUDOS for your KIDDO!

PLEASE also remember to bring your instruments on your assigned day.
WOULD your child benefit from extra GASCHO HELP on his/her instrument or  do they need an extra challenge? Come in between 8-8:30 any Wed, Thurs and Fri morning in the cafeteria or Tallmadge Hall  :)  It's FREE!! 

CLICK on the link below and check out this great video on why it's important to learn a musical instrument!
Musically and Artfully yours,
Ms. Gascho
February 24 - February 28th is Spirit Week! Please bring in a pack of diapers to donate this week!

Monday, Feb 24 - Pajama Day
Tuesday, Feb 25 - Sports Day
Wednesday, Feb 26 - Disney Day
Thursday, Feb 27 - Career Day
Friday, Feb 28 - Western Wear Day - Earn Chuck Wagon Tickets by Dressing Up!!

Updates from your Student Council:
  • We had a goal of $500 for Jeans for Troops (provides housing, employment and benefits aid to vets)—the school raised $720.
  • We donated 520 pounds of food to the Community Food Bank over the holidays.
  • We are working to help raise one million diapers for babies of low-income homes.  We already have over 500!  (Ends Feb. 28th).
  • We donated five large boxes of items to PACC for animals at the holiday.
  • We are raising $$$ for benches (like the purple one) to place where the community can enjoy them as part of the beautification of the school. This is hot cocoa $$$.  We have over $300 already  This also ends Feb. 28th.
  • All change from cocoa sales (coins) is going to Pennies for Patients.   This also ends Feb. 28th.
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!
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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