Friday, September 17, 2010

September Bear Cub Newsletter

Bear Cub News
Academy of Tucson Elementary School
September, 2010

*Very Important Update: The newsletter that came home with students on Friday the 17th had the incorrect date for curriculum night. The correct date in Sept. 21, 2010 instead of Sept. 22, 2010. This newsletter has been corrected with the appropriate date.

                Principal’s Column
        What a wonderful start to the school year! As the new principal, I have enjoyed getting to know the students and families of the Academy of Tucson school community. We have had a busy two weeks at the Academy with the celebration of Grandparent’s Day and the completion of picture day.  We have a few more featured events for September, which I have highlighted throughout this newsletter. I also wanted to inform you of the four primary ways in which our school community will be communicating with you: 1) Friday Folders, 2) Website and links to staff blogs, 3) PASS, and 4) Student Planners. I also want to encourage you to get involved in your child’s education through supporting their academic endeavors, participating in school events, and volunteering when you can. Thank you for choosing the Academy of Tucson for your child’s education!

 School Day Schedule

Start Time: 7:45 for grades Kindergarten-4th

Lunch Break Times:
         Kindergarten: 10:55-11:35
         First & Second Grade: 11:20-12:00
         Third & Fourth Grade: 11:45-12:25

Dismissal Times:
        Kindergarten: 2:15 (dismissed from back parking lot)                                      
        1st & 2nd grade: 2:25 (Pierson, Purdy and Siath dismiss from
                                          circle, Lakavage, Birkholz and Sanchez
                                          dismiss back parking lot)
        3rd & 4th grade: 2:35 (Mitchell and Thompson dismiss from
                                      circle, Van Hise, Brown, and Fata
                                      dismiss from back parking lot)

Early release dismissal times:
        Kindergarten: 11:15 (dismissed from back parking lot)                                      
        1st & 2nd grade: 11:30 (Pierson, Purdy, and Siath dismiss from
                                        circle, Lakavage, Birkholz and Sanchez
                                             dismiss from parking lot)
        3rd & 4th grade: 11:40 (Mitchell and Thompson dismiss from
                                            circle, Van Hise, Brown, and Fata
                                             dismiss from back parking lot)

Parking Lot 
Please help us keep our parking lot safe! Do not pass cars waiting to pick up or drop off children.  If you have children being dismissed at two different times, please park your car in a designated parking spot and walk to their dismissal spots.  Remember to be kind, courteous, and patient with one another; we are role models for our students. 

For any Kindergarten parents interested in carpooling, please contact Liz Larsen (Parent) at Liz has kindly offered to establish carpools to help cut down on the congestion in the parking lot.

Lunch Menu

Monday : Kentucky Fried Chicken (chicken strips)
Tuesday: Cousin’s Subs (Hot Dog)
Wednesday: Bianchi’s (Mac & Cheese)
Thursday: Eegees (Grinder)
Friday: Domino Bianchi’s (Pepperoni Pizza)

All lunches brought from home will be stored in a classroom refrigerator until lunch time.

Parents Corner
  • There will be a Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) meeting at the ramada on October 14, 2010 at 8:15. The Parent Advisory Committee’s main purpose is support the endeavors of the school community by assisting with fundraising and special event coordination.
  • Please make sure to go through the office to check-in if you are volunteering on campus or need to drop something off for your child. If you will be on campus for a period of time you will be issued a visitors pass.
  • We appreciate your efforts in getting your child to school on time. If for some reason your child is late to school they need to check-in at the front office before going to their classroom. Thank you for closing the front gate when you come on campus.      Upcoming Events:

  1. Curriculum Night-September 21, 2010 from 6:00-7:30 pm
    • The Kindergarten teachers would appreciate students attend this event with parents.
    • The 1st-4th grade teachers would appreciate having parents only attend this event because they will be discussing specifics about the curriculum and expectations in the classroom.

Schedule for Curriculum Night:
·         6:00-6:10 Park and get to designated areas.
·         6:10-6:30 Kindergarten/1st Grade in classrooms
                   2nd/3rd/4th Grades under the ramada
·         6:30-6:35 Kindergarten/1st Grade transition from classrooms to
                2nd/3rd/4th Grade transition from ramada to classrooms
·         6:35-6:55 Kindergarten/1st Grade under ramada
                2nd/3rd/4th Grades in classrooms

If you have children in multiple grades split your time according to your needs.

  1. Bookfair: October 1st- October 7th in the Art/Music/P.E. Room
·         Family Night for the Bookfair will be October 1st from 5:00 pm-7:30 pm
·         All you can eat chili dinner will be served, by the 4th graders, from 5:30-7:00 pm. Proceeds will go towards their Grand Canyon field trip. $5.50 for adults and $4.00 for children. (Includes: chili, cornbread, and a drink)
·         October 4th-7th the Bookfair will be open until 3:30 pm.
·         Volunteers are needed for this event please contact Mrs. Teitelbaum for more details. or call at 886-6076.
News From Our Specials Teachers


In art, we will be learning about the seven elements of art: line, shape, color, texture, value, form, space. It would be very helpful if you talked to your child about the primary colors: red, yellow, blue and the secondary colors: green, orange, purple. We will be learning about each element and then making a piece of art using one of the elements. I am looking into an 'online student art museum' called Artsonia. More to come...........


The students are learning about the library process. They checked out books the first week of school and are learning how to return books,get on a wait list for a book, book care, and how to locate a book in our library. We will also be talking about the Dewey Decimal System and looking at each section. We are preparing for our bookfair 'Here's To Our HEROES! Reading Saves The Day!' This bookfair will run from October 1st through October 7th and it is a Buy One, Get One FREE. This is a great time to purchase books for gifts or to increase your home library. Please look for fliers coming home in Friday folders.

National Hispanic Heritage Month is September 15th through October 15th. I will be reading 'Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez'. National Mix It Up at Lunch Day will take place on November 9, 2010. We will be encouraging the students to eat lunch with a person they don't generally eat lunch with. It's a great time to get to know someone that you may not know.

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