Dear Presidio Family,
We are wrapping up our seventh week of instruction, and the first K through 8 Specials class rotation has concluded. Students and teachers alike have been enthusiastic about this new, more intensive way of doing Specials. Teachers report that students accomplish more, go deeper, and take more ownership for their projects. Congratulations to all!
Fall began this week, and our Fall Break is just around the corner. There will be no school Wednesday October 12th, Thursday October 13th, and Friday October 14th.
Earlier this week, we sent out a Parking Lot alert. I want to repeat the message here, since it is such an important safety issue. Recently there have been two potential accidents in the Presidio parking lot during peak drop off time before school. Because student safety is our top priority, we wish to address this matter with the community. First, our sincere appreciation goes to the overwhelming majority of parents who are patient and polite in the parking lot. As we have requested, most drivers proceed slowly and cautiously, and horns are almost never heard. In addition, we emphasize that no one should drive over 5 mph in the parking lot at any time. Vehicles should never pass other vehicles on the right, because a blind spot is created and children may be exiting onto the pavement. There should be no distracted driving in the parking lot. Parking lot etiquette is an opportunity to practice three of our Character Pillars: Respect, Responsibility, and Citizenship. Please help model these pillars and keep Presidio students safe by kindly observing these guidelines.
On September 8th and 9th we held our first Honors Breakfasts of the year. Recognition was given to students who achieved honor roll, high honor roll, perfect attendance, student of the month, student of the year, McSally award, and two fours on the AzMERIT in Spring, 2016. The College, Career, and Civics Readiness class hosted and served at the event, which was catered by Pappy’s Diner. This was the first of three Honor Breakfasts we will be holding this year. Congratulations to our students on all of their achievements!
Last month I wrote about Waggle, our new practice program in English Language Arts and Math for students grades two through eight. Earlier this month, we sent home directions with students on how they can practice Waggle at home. Please encourage your child to do their Waggle practice once they have completed their other homework assignments or if they do not have a homework assignment. The more practice time they log, the greater the academic benefits. Let the pigs fly!
Our first Parent Teacher Organization meeting of the year was a huge success, with 19 adults in attendance! So far, the PTO has initiated three major fundraisers for the month of October. Please see the details in this month’s newsletter. The next meeting is scheduled for October 6th at 3:30 P.M. in the Multi-purpose room. Come and participate in the exciting things going on at your PTO!
Other exciting events involving Presidio students:
- Our College, Career, and Civics Readiness (CCCR) class under Ms. Puls have just obtained their food handlers license and are starting a business.
- Our Interact Club Officers attended the Presidio Rotary Club meeting on September 21st, where they were awarded a scholarship to Rotary Leadership Camp and an honorary gavel.
- Both Interact and CCCR will be helping at Tucson Homeless Connect September 28-30th at Trinity Presbyterian Church on University and 4th Avenue.
- Presidio third graders will once again participate in the Living River of Words, which is an Ecology, Art, and Poetry program sponsored by Pima County Parks and Recreation.
- Various grade levels have booked exciting field trips through the Act One program, which provides high quality experiences each year. Ask your student about the field trip for his or her grade level.
- The Presidio Running Club participated in the Rattlesnake run on September 6th. See details on our Facebook page!
With best wishes,
Dr. Mark Saliba
Annual Fund Campaign
We are deep into the Presidio School Annual Fund campaign, especially working to remind those who typically give at this time of year (to avoid Uncle Sam’s tax bite) that we are here to facilitate. In the last few weeks, we have heard from many donors, and we are grateful. This is our #1 priority since these proceeds drive the school’s extracurricular activities needs (the “bridge the gap” deficit).
Please, if you choose to donate, you may do that easily online here, or you can make your check out to Presidio School and in the “Memo” line write Extracurricular Tax Credit. You will get a dollar for dollar tax credit on your state of Arizona 2016 tax return. It will either reduce the amount of tax you owe or increase your refund by the amount you donate. The maximum allowable donation is $400 for married couples or $200 for individual or head of household.
Please forward his appeal to family and friends. Every dollar helps in a HUGE way!
Thank you for your support and pride in Presidio School.
On September 1st the PTO held its first meeting of the year. We would like to thank all parents, grandparents, teachers and community members that attended making it the best attended PTO meeting ever with twenty participants!
The PTO has initiated a committee to put together a calendar of events and fundraisers. In the month of October the PTO will be sponsoring three major fundraisers.
1. October 13th from 4-9pm we will be having a percentage night at the Golden Corral on Thornydale. Support Presidio School and enjoy a great, all-you-can-eat dinner at Golden Corral's Legendary Endless Buffet, with 20% of the proceeds benefiting our school!
2. The week of October 24th-28th families can drop off donated clothes, electronics or household goods to contribute to our fundraiser with SAVERS.
3. Raffle tickets will go on sale on October 1st for the opportunity to win a U of A night out, including dinner for two, signed U of A memorabilia and tickets/gift certificate to McKale Center.
The PTO would also like to thank the many families that have donated their uniform shirts to Presidio’s Closet. So far this year we have been able to assist three students. It is never too late to donate or to request for assistance. Shirts can be dropped off at either campus. Request forms are also available for students that need assistance with uniform shirts.
PTO meetings are the first Thursday of every month at 3:30 pm in the MPR. Aftercare is provided free of charge for parents that wish to attend.
We will have two photo days this year:
- Wednesday, October 19th PreK - 1st and high school
- Thursday, October 20th 2nd - 8th grade
Students will be allowed appropriate free dress on their picture day, please no hats.
Martial Arts Club
A wild Drama Club has appeared! The Presidio Drama Club run by Mr. Vick meets every Tuesday from 3:35-4:35pm for Grades 7 and above (Grade 6 with passing grades in all classes). The Club focuses on creating an open and judgment-free environment for students to express themselves through dramatic or comedic performances. It includes theater games and exercises to hone these skills, so if your student is interested, stop by Room 505 for the Club meetings or contact Mr. Vick for more details!
A group of dedicated students in the Capoeira Martial Arts Club are brainstorming fundraising ideas for next year’s Capoeira Belt Ceremony, working with The Capoeira Institute – Southwest (a 501c3 non-profit) to provide themselves and fellow Presidio students the means to bring Guest Master Teachers to Tucson for that ceremony. From crafts to percentage nights, club members are ready and eager to get kicking! The first percentage night will be coming soon, so stay tuned!
After snack time on September 16th the Pre-K Guppies utilized teamwork to build a “Bookland" large enough to fit all students inside. When the Guppies engage in“Bookland” the rule is that as each student finishes their snack and joins their friends on the rug students must work together to determine if “Bookland" is big enough to include that student. If it is not big enough then together students rebuild the structure to fit the arriving student. This was also a popular activity last year after snack time and it is fun to see it occur again with a new group of students!
8th Grade Science
The Javelinas wrapped up our Social Studies unit, Rivers of the World, by making models of rivers then adding a dam to it to see how it effects the riparian zone. We are continuing our investigation of water in Science with water's effect on earth materials, waterwheels, and water quality. In English Language Arts, the Javelinas are excited to begin writing their own poetry about leaders in their own life or community. They will have the opportunity to enter their poetry into a contest when they are finished with their final drafts and publishing (typing them on our classroom Chromebooks).
Eighth grade has been enjoying sublimation and phase changes in physical science! The real purpose of this lab is to practice scientific habits of mind: objective observations, wondering why, making no assumptions and making inferences and explanations. The students are also learning how to make a systematic observation in which you make a plan, decide on the conditions, follow the plan, and then carefully observe and record what happens over time. The context is that of Changes of States such as freezing, melting and sublimation, tying together the textbook explanations with hands-on experiences, in preparation for learning about what is happening at the molecular level. These labs came from GEMS, curriculum written by the University of Berkeley, and next the students will be planning an observation using dish soap and varying water temperatures, and after that they will explore a question of their own, designing their own procedure and data collection. And of course, dry ice is always engaging.
High School Science
The 9th grade Environmental Science students modeled the rock cycle using Starbursts, and tested the fitness of various bird beak shapes for obtaining resources. In 10th grade, the Honors Biology students studied yogurt cell cultures, modeled how surface area and volume relate to cell function, and wrote analogies that compare cell organelles to their favorite fictional characters. The 11th grade chemists were busy calculating the density of various substances, playing accuracy vs. precision "trashketball," and calculating the number of atoms in various brands of aluminum foil. Finally, the senior AP Biology students designed experiments to test enzyme activity, and simulated the effects of hypertonic and hypotonic solutions on cell size.
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Thank you for your support!
Supply and Volunteer Requests
- The 1615 Campus is requesting donations of Lysol Disinfectant Wipes, Lysol Disinfectant Spray/Mist, and Lysol Cleaner with Bleach.
- Ms. Nelson is requesting paper towels and hand sanitizer for the Toucan classroom.