Sam Hughes Elementary

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September 9 - Stories that Soar Assembly
September 11, 12, 13 - Parent Teacher Conferences, Early Dismissal 11:45 am
September 17 - PTA Meeting, 6 pm
Hello Sam Hughes CREW!
Stories that Soar! is coming to Hughes!

I am excited to announce that the Stories that Soar! Magic Box Assembly will be Monday, September 9th at 9:00 am in the cafeteria.  Stories that Soar! is a literacy program that PTA brings to Sam Hughes each year.

The students of Hughes are asked to “feed” the Magic Box with original stories. 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

We will be hosting Parent Teacher Conferences on September 11th – 13th. Each of these days are half days- Dismissal is at 11:45 on the 11th, 12th, and 13th.  Students will have the opportunity to  eat lunch prior to dismissal; the cafeteria will have school lunch available for purchase. Thank you for making arrangements for your students for each of those afternoons! I would like to also thank you for taking the time to schedule a conference with your student’s teacher. Student achievement is increased when there is a strong partnership between schools and families. Thank you for working with us to best serve your student(s).

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. A letter was sent home from Michelle Merrick, the district MOWR Coordinator, explaining the state law and how TUSD is complying with the state statute. Teachers in grades Kinder through 3rd grade will be discussing your child’s reading proficiency in reading during Parent Teacher Conferences. 


Thank you for joining our PTA! It is so important that we have as many members of our community involved in the many wonderful events that happen throughout our school year. All parents and teachers that are official members are able to participate in voting during the year. Applications are available in the hallway in front of the office. Dues are $6.00 per member. 

Free and Reduced Lunch Applications

I have been asked to remind our families that if they have not already done so to make sure to submit a meal application prior to September 13.  If a new application is not submitted the student loses the free or reduced meal benefit from last year’s application and becomes paid status (until a new application is submitted). Families need to submit a new application prior to Sept. 13…the sooner the better so it gets processed well before then.  Only one application per household needs to be submitted (all children are listed on one application even if they attend different schools).

Applications can been accessed at this link: . We also have a computer available on campus if needed. 

Please remember that completing the application is a confidential process and the information that is gathered in the application is used to determine whether or not our school qualifies for federal funding. Families are encouraged to complete the application process even if they have no intention of using the program. 

Please contact the front office with any questions or concerns. 

September is Attendance Awareness Month!
Will you help make this September one of our best attendance records?

In September, Tucson Unified School District is partnering with school districts across the country in celebrating September as Attendance Awareness Month.

Why is reducing chronic absence so important?

  • Students suffer academically if they miss 10% or more of school days--that's as few as two to three per month.
  • Studies show that children who miss too many days in kindergarten and first grade often have trouble mastering reading by the end of third grade. Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school--and themselves.
  • When children are absent, schools get fewer resources from the state, resulting in less funding to pay for teachers and books. Chronic absence in kindergarten predicts chronic absence the following year, so even the attendance patterns of our youngest students affect funding down the road.

Help us cultivate a habit of good attendance starting in kindergarten, through graduation, giving our children the opportunity to learn and succeed in school.

Thank you,


Kathryn Bolasky
Sam Hughes Elementary
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!

Here are some tips to be an Attendance HERO:
  • Make sure you allow enough time in the mornings for unexpected traffic delays.  Remember traffic only gets worse as it cools off here in Tucson!
  • Try to schedule appointments for after school gets out.
  • Wait until the bell rings to pick up your child.
  • Do you have a planned absence? Let your child's teacher know and ask about what your child can do to keep up with the class.
  • Remind your child to use proper hygiene to avoid sickness.
1) OMA CLASSES are in full swing!  And I am enjoying reuniting with my Huskies from last year AND getting to know all my kinders and new kiddos! We have been learning about what OMA is, so please ask them!  And talking about the 4 arts and exploring what they are 🙂 
2) CHOIR is also in full swing!  I am really enjoying working with your children!  It's a big group, so we are going to be sounding so full and wonderful!  If your child is feeling like we are moving kind of fast, please ensure them this is ok and NORMAL when we first get started.  They will catch on!  Remember to use the GOOGLE link for practicing the music at home. You all had an amazing performance! I'm so proud of our Husky Choir!
     A)  Band/Orch instruments do not come home right away.  They first need to learn how to assemble and disassemble them properly, how to hold them, play them, and be responsible with them! It usually takes a couple weeks to get all that down. 
     B)  Recorders have begun to go home! Encourage your child to practice - just 10 minutes a day in the beginning (3-5 times a week) is actually a great start.  Anything more than that is excellent!  Remember to bring your instrument back to class (Wednesdays - Third Graders!)
4) 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!  
Musically and Artfully yours,
Ms. Gascho
Registration For After-School Classes To Start September 19
We are happy to announce the fall 2019 session of Sam Hughes Community School! Registration for Community School will begin Thursday, September 19, at 7:30 a.m. in the school library. This fall, Community School is offering art, capoeira, chess, choir, cooking, drama, folklórico, German, Lego Mania, robotics/coding, Spanish, recycle squad, sewing and yoga. Classes begin Thursday, October 17, and run through Monday, December 16. Most classes cost $45. 
For full registration details, including the course schedule, descriptions, pricing and the registration form, please see the registration packet here: Please direct questions to the program coordinator at
Registration is done on a first-come first-served basis. Some classes -- such as robotics and cooking -- are expected to fill up quickly. If you would like your best chance of getting into particular classes, please show up at the library the morning of September 19 with your registration form and method of payment. We accept check or cash. 
Big thanks goes to our supporters and contributors in making this program a reality!
Thank you for a wonderful Meet Yourself!
Cross Country Running is back!  First practice is September 6th from 2:45 to 3:45 pm. Practices are Monday, Wednesday & Friday.  Didn't sign up at Meet Yourself? Drop by Today (Sept 6th) after school!
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. [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!


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