Phoenix Flyer

Volumen 13, Edicion 4 - Octubre 4, 2019

Minutos de Mrs. Hutchins

Immersion Education – Teaching academic content in another language

Hello Fronteras Families!

Thank you to everyone who helped make our Spanish Heritage potlucks Thursday and Friday so delicious and fun! We appreciate your support and cooking talents!

Please join us next Friday at 8:30am in the gym for our culminating celebration! The students have been working hard learning dances, games, and songs, as well as investigating their assigned country, and participating in “Sabias Que?”! Thank You for the generous contributions and donations that have allowed various classes to create traditional costumes for their performances! This has been a huge help!

Friday, October 18th is our Quarter 1 Awards Assembly. Please join us at 1:00pm to celebrate our amazing students!

Thank you to parents Fred and Kris Wagner for surprising Fronteras staff with a DELICIOUS taco lunch! The staff is very grateful for your generosity and thoughtfulness! We are a lucky group!

Wishing you a fabulous weekend!

Most Sincerely,

Mrs. Hutchins

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers!” – L.M. Montgomery

From your Ambassadors

Hello Fronteras Students and Families,

Last week we visited classrooms and talked to students about who we are and what we do as Ambassadors. We also talked to students about the suggestion box we have. It is decorated with colorful octopi and is located next to Miss Kami. The purpose of this box is for students to put any ideas for spirit day along with any questions or concerns they have for us. The next student suggested school-wide Spirit Day is going to be “Fancy Day”! On November 15th, students are asked to wear their best suit, tie, or dress (tiaras are optional). Thank you to 3rd grader, Nova Hinze, for suggesting the winning idea! We hope students will continue to send in their Spirit Day suggestions!

We hope you all have a wonderful afternoon!


Kaija Backus

Karsyn Adams

Fronteras Student Ambassadors

Fronteras School Calendar

Please refer to the 2019-2020 current school calendar below. There are extra copies available at the front desk and it's posted on the website.
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2019 Annual Fronteras Holiday Bazaar!

Join us for a fun and family friendly annual event that benefits the 8th grade trip to Puerto Rico! Get an early start to your holiday shopping with something for everyone! See the attached flyer below for more information! If you are an interested vendor who would like to participate in the 2019 Fronteras Annual Holiday Bazaar, vendor registration forms are available on the link below, the website calendar and at the front desk!

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School District Tardy Policy

BP 5144.1 C. 2. Attendance

Studies have shown that student attendance at school is directly related to student success. Parents, students, and schools need to work together to promote attendance and success. In order to effectuate positive results and good communication, an automated telephone call will be made to the parents when a student is absent; a written notice will be mailed to the parents after five days of absence. After nine days of absenteeism, the student’s absences will be considered habitual and another written notice will be mailed to the parents. In cases of habitually truant students, a referral may be made to the Office of Children’s Services. After ten cumulative absences in a semester an administrative, parent, and student conference is required. Schools are encouraged to have positive incentive programs to reward good attendance by students and staff. Parents are encouraged to take an active role in student attendance and to alert the school when their child is to be absent. It is the responsibility of the student to make arrangements to keep up with schoolwork when he or she is absent from school.

Students in grades K-5 who attend a minimum of 3.5 hours, regardless of the time of the day, are present for a full day. Students who attend less than 3.5 hours, regardless of the time of the day, are present for a half day.

A student is considered tardy 5 minutes after the start of elementary school and after the bell rings for each class in middle and high school.

High school and middle school absences are to be recorded for each class period on the district’s student information system by the teacher.

The principal shall have the final authority and discretion on matters related to such discipline for truancy.

After School Enrichment Clubs

If you are interested in leading an After School Enrichment Club, please contact club coordinators Eve Little at 907-775-3205 or Carrie Roushar at 907-301-0773. Club volunteers are needed for quarters 2, 3 and 4! Get those volunteers hours in!

Lost & Found

Lost & Found is already full and will be taken to Good Will on Friday, November 1, 2019 at 3:00pm! We encourage parents and students to go through it regularly.

Cross Country News!

A Note from Coach Schmidt

The Fronteras Elementary Cross Country Running coaching team is bursting with pride on how well our 4th and 5th grade athletes did in the all-schools cross country meet last week! Great job Theo Stamoolis, Rylan Menashe, Rhone Leach, Gabriel Carlson, Ava Schmidt, Isabella Wade, Charlie Brenton, and Alex Sliwinski!

Prior to this year the elementary cross country running program had taken a 3-year break and needed a little boost taking off. I just want to take a minute and recognize Mrs. Reneé for spending half of her Saturday orienting a brand new coach to the running trails around Fronteras. Ms. Shawn and Ms. Kami for their endless patience and advice with our multiple team requests. Principal Hutchins for being a star guest runner. Mrs. Hill for giving us full access to the gym and PE equipment. Last but not least, I want to give a huge thanks to coaches Kari Mauzy, Tim Leach and Maria Wade for their dedication and support of our young runners this cross country season. Our athletes were surrounded by a wonderful village of volunteers and I can’t wait to see what next year holds for the Fronteras Elementary Running Program! We are incredibly proud of our running team and all of their accomplishments this season!

Synergy Gradebook News!

As you know, we launched a new Student Information System (SIS) this year called Synergy. Overall, we received very positive feedback from parents regarding the registration process in Synergy ParentVue, and we sincerely hope your experience with registration was smooth. This new SIS is more intuitive and user-friendly, but as you can imagine, the learning curve for all of our user groups has been steep. Our teachers and staff have spent countless hours training, troubleshooting, and collaborating with colleagues as they learn the new system, especially with the new Synergy Gradebook. We ask for your patience as teachers learn the new Gradebook system and as we work through issues that inevitably arise with such a big change. Please know that even if grades are not posted for all subjects in ParentVue this quarter, teachers are keeping records of your child’s progress and will be able to post accurate first quarter grades on the first quarter report card. You can expect to see more grades posted in ParentVue as we progress through our learning curve, and again we thank you for your patience. As always, we encourage you to reach out to your child’s teacher if you have any questions about your child’s progress. Thank you for your continued support of our school.

Yellow Mellow Twins!

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September Birthdays!

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Congratulations to Mrs. Reneé's class for winning the weekly Piñata!

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Congratulations Srta. Husmann’s class for winning this week’s piñata!

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Thank You surprise taco lunch provided by Mr. and Mrs. Wagner! We are so grateful!

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Thanks to so many Fronteras families for making these hard days a little better for the Torres/Sierra family. Thanks for the car seats, the food, the prayers, the cards, the visits, phone calls and so much attention. I am very grateful to have such a great family here at Fronteras.

Señora Torres and her family

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Final day celebration of Middle School Cross Country! Thank you Coaches Beck and Fogarty for a great season!

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Please refer to the attached flyer below for the 2019-20 Schedule of Elementary District-Wide Events!

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Did You Know?

The Vowel “e” is the Most Used Letter in the Spanish Language!
The word that is most used in Spanish is the preposition “de” while the longest word in the language – the rarely used medical term “esternocleidomastoiditis” -- runs 25 letters long. For a long time, the 24-letter word “electroencefalografistas” (electroencephalographists) was thought to be the longest word in Spanish.