Sam Hughes Elementary

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October 7 -11 - Fall Break
October 17, 18, 19 - Desert Plant Sale
October 18 - Spellathon Pledges Due
October 22 - PTA Meeting, Library 6 pm
  • Second quarter begins October 14.
  • Attendance is very important!
  • Desert Plant Sale is coming!
  • Spellathon Pledges are due!
  • Take care of your instruments and log practice time.
  • Community school classes begin soon!
Attendance Concerns
As we near the end of the first quarter, it is crucial that I take time to remind our community just how important it is for students to be on time and in school each day. Student attendance influences many factors, from funding to our state letter grade.

Did you know, that if a student misses 10% or more of the school year, they are considered chronically absent? That is 18 days a year or 2 days a month.
Research shows how big the impact can be. A study in California looked at kids who were chronically absent in both kindergarten and first grade. By the end of third grade, only one in six of them were proficient readers. But of the kids who missed less than 5 percent of school, two-thirds were proficient.
Last year, our Absenteeism rate increased from 2.65% to 10.13%! Over 10% of our students missed 10% or more of the school year.

That large increase will have a significant impact on our State Letter Grade - Chronic Absenteeism is 10% of the configuration (attendance for all students K-5th is used in the calculation).

I have pulled an attendance report for students that have missed 4 or more days this year, and 12.5% of our students have already missed 10% of the year!!!

Please help us decrease our Chronic Absenteeism rate by having your child at school on time and here every day!

Thank you in advance for your support!
Thank you for collecting pledges to support our school!  Pledges are due October 18th to qualify for prizes!
End of 1st Quarter and Fall Break
This 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.
Student Report cards will go home with students on October 15th.
Thank you,

Kathryn Bolasky
Sam Hughes Elementary   
Have a great break everyone!  Please take care of your instruments over the break, and remember to log your practice for kudos!
See you after break J
Musically and Artfully Yours,
Ms. G
Thank you,
Sara Gascho
Did you know this is our major Fall Fundraiser? 

All funds raised go back to the school via programs, teacher and staff support, field trips, supplies, events and more!

Your continued support allows us to steer clear of  'buy candy, candles, magazines, this or that' types of fundraisers.  Thank you for your support of our amazing school!  You help make the difference.

Pledges are due October 18th to qualify for prizes!

Need a pledge sheet? Click Here

Sam Hughes Community,
The school Greening Group would like to invite you to our upcoming Plant Sale ​fundraiser after fall break. We have some awesome plants that have been donated by the Desert Museum and parents.  We will be on the east side after school on Oct. 17 and Oct. 18.  We will also be selling before school on the 18th and Saturday morning, Oct. 19 from 8 am-10am. All proceeds will benefit gardening and outdoor education at the school.  Please extend the invitation to family and friends.  Thank you!!
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!

We will be encouraging being present and bringing our attendance issues to light.  We want the best for all our students.  Being in school is essential for student success. 

Being on time raises their confidence when they enter the classroom for the day.  Being late often causes anxiety and embarrassment.  First bell is at 8:32 am.  Students are late if they are not in their classroom by 8:40am.  If a student is late, the parent or guardian must sign them in or call the school.

You can be the change needed to combat our attendance problems.  Make school a priority.  Make being on time or early a priority.

Attendance affects our school letter grade, student success, student attitude and so much more.

Thank you for teaching your student to be an Attendance HERO!
 For any questions or concerns about Community School, email
Remember to send any photos you may have thus far to: or drop them into our PTA box.
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!
Don't forget to download the app so you can start scanning so we can keep earning!


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