Laguna Elementary

Longhorn News

December 2019/January 2020


Dear Longhorn Families,

Welcome to December! Let’s get ready from some cooler temperatures. This is the time of year when winter weather and children’s illnesses can take a toll on school attendance. However, it’s important to get your children to school every day if possible on time. Absences, even if they are excused, can add up to academic trouble. Here are some ways to keep your children healthy during winter months.

  • Dress warmly for the cold weather.
  • It is important to eat a good breakfast every morning.
  • Wash hands several times during each day.
  • Talk to your child’s doctor or our school health assistant about when a sick child should come to school. Children with a cold should come to school as long as there is no fever present.

Our PTO Holiday Shoppe is up and running. Thank you for supporting our PTO, and as a way to thank you for your support, we hope you join us for our annual craft night. Children who attend will make about 12 different holiday themed craft projects that they can give to members of the family as gifts for free. The third grade teachers will have a face-painting booth for $1 and Santa will make an appearance for pictures. This year there will be a food truck in the courtyard. They take cash or a card. It is always a fun night for children.

We ask that you pay attention and remember to be safe when driving in our parking lots. It is difficult to see some children when driving your car and remember…they believe you will stop. We understand waiting may be difficult, but we want everyone to be safe.

Did you say holiday musical? Our first grade students will perform "Christmas Down Under" on December 17th at 5:30 pm. They have been working very hard on learning songs and their speaking parts. We hope you can join us.

We hope everyone has a wonderful and peaceful holiday season!

Ms. Jacqueline Camacho




2 - 12 - Santa Shop - 7:30 am - 7:55 am (Adult supervision required) & 11:30 am - 12:10 pm

3 - A Team Flag Football - Davis @ Laguna 2:45 pm

4 - Third grade Flandreau Planetarium field trip

5 - Sixth grade Pima Air & Space field trip

6 - PRIDE Assembly 8:45 am

10 - A Team Flag Football - Laguna @ Douglas 2:45 pm

11 - Fifth grade Desert Museum field trip

12 - B Team Flag Football - Douglas @ Laguna

12 - Holiday Craft Night 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

13 - Second grade Ben's Bells field trip

13 - Kindergarten/First grade Harkins Movie Theatre field trip

13 - B Team Flag Football - Laguna @ Davis 2:45 pm

16 - Spirit Day - Tropical Christmas - Wear Hawaiian

16 - Kindergarten Grinch Day!

16 - Sixth grade Kartchner Caverns field trip

16 - A Team Flag Football - Laguna @ Richardson 2:45 pm

17 - Spirit Day - Disney Day

17 - B Team Flag Football - Richardson @ Laguna 2:45 pm

17 - First Grade Musical "Christmas Down Under" 5:30 pm

18 - Spirit Day - HoliDAY

18 - Kindergarten Polar Express - Wear PJ's all day!

19 - Spirit Day - Cozy Day

19 - Fourth grade Polar Express

20 - No School - End of Second Quarter




6 - Classes begin

6 - Special Education Desert Museum field trip

6 - PTO Meeting 2:20 pm, room 1

7 - A Team Flag Football - Centennial @ Laguna 2:45 pm

9 - B Team Flag Football - Laguna @ Centennial 2:45 pm

10 - PRIDE Assembly 8:45 am

10 - Report cards sent home

14 - A Team Flag Football - Hendricks @ Laguna 2:45 pm

16 - Excellence Assembly - 9:00 am Grades 1 - 3, 10:00 am Grades 4 - 6

16 - B Team Flag Football - Laguna @ Hendricks 2:45 pm

16 - Scholastic Book Fair

17 - 100th Day of School!

17 - Scholastic Book Fair

20 - NO SCHOOL - Civil Rights Day

21 - Scholastic Book Fair

22 - Scholastic Book Fair

23 - Scholastic Book Fair

24 - Scholastic Book Fair

24 - Science Fair

24 - First grade Children's Museum field trip

29 - Second grade Tucson Village Farm field trip

29 - Sixth grade FWJH Tour

30 - Fourth grade Old Tucson field trip

30 - Sixth grade Old Tucson field trip

30 - Kindergarten Sabino Canyon field trip

30 - Lockdown Drill


Attendance Clerk: Ana Gonzalez - 696.8450

Administrative Assistant: Lisa Stewart - 696.8451

Health Assistant: Cathy Farrand - 696.8452

Cafeteria Manager: Dalia Flores - 696.8487

Family Resource Center: Jackie Franco 696.8614


If your child arrives at school after 9:00 am, a parent or guardian must sign in the child in the front office. If you need to pick your child up early from school, a parent or guardian must sign him/her out in the front office.

Please call in to excuse absences at 696-8450 or call our Attendance Line 696-4808 (available 24 hours a day). Please leave your child's name, your name, and a brief messages to why your child is absent.

Thank you for understanding!

Every School Day Counts!

We cannot teach a child who does not attend school on a daily basis. It is important for your child to be at school on time daily.

The state of Arizona (A.R.S § 15 – 803) states that a student is habitually truant from school when he/she misses 5 school days.

This year students with 5 unverified absences (no one let the office know the reason for the absence) or excessive absences (10% or 18 days) will require a meeting with the principal to create a plan to increase your child’s attendance.

If your child is ill, has a fever, or is vomiting he/she should stay at home to keep from spreading germs to others.

Congratulations Ms. Camacho!!

“Light precedes every transition. Whether at the end of a tunnel, through a crack in the door, or the flash of an idea, it is always there, heralding a new beginning.”

― Teresa Tsalaky

Many emotions accompany change and we are feeling "all the feels" here at Laguna as Ms. Camacho transitions to her new position as the Director of Student Services. Of course, we are sad to see her go and change makes many of us uncomfortable but we're happy about her new opportunity and excited for new possibilities. We also feel lucky that we don't really have to say goodbye because we know we will still see her here and around the district. Please help us congratulate Ms. Camacho and wish her well in her new position.

Welcome to Laguna Mr. Schmidt!

Laguna welcomes Mr. Alan Schmidt, our new Principal beginning January 6, 2020! Captain Schmidt, as he has been known for the last year, is a Captain of the Arizona National Guard, recently returned from a one-year deployment mission to the Middle East. Prior to his deployment he was the Principal at Hendricks Elementary and Sentinel Peak High School. Please do not hesitate to reach out to him should you have any questions, concerns or ideas you would like to share.

Mr. Schmidt invites you please stop by to meet him, he is excited to be part of the Laguna family, and eager to be your new Principal. "I look forward to getting to know you and your children. Please know that my door is always open to you, and I welcome your input and ideas. I'm looking forward to meeting each of you as we start this exciting semester together!"

Wrapping paper and gifts for all!

Laguna's Santa Shop

December 2nd - December 12th

Store Hours 7:30 am - 7:55 am (adult supervision required)

11:30 am - 12:10 pm

Prices start at 25 cents!!

Cash only

All Sales are Final

Seventh Annual Holiday Craft Night!

Laguna PTO Presents

the Seventh Annual

Holiday Craft Night

December 12th

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Free Crafts

Free pictures with Santa

$1 Face painting

Food Truck

Laguna Choir will be performing at 5:30 pm

Santa's Shop will be open!






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This year our goal was to raise $1000.00 to help support our Holiday Craft Night, P.E. Sports Parties, the Spelling Bee and so much more! We are happy to announce that all you amazing Longhorns help raise $1,144.00 and ran 3,077 laps around our track.


Laguna Casino Night

We would like to thank all the Laguna Families who attended our Casino Night on November 14. There were over 50 families in attendance who "hit the jackpot." We had a guest reader from the Flowing Wells Public Library do a read-aloud to kids and families. Kids made their own bookmarks, pointers, followed a recipe to make a delicious trail mix and they also rotated through other fun activities. All went home with a fun memory by taking selfies at our Casino photo booth, there were free books and prizes to take home. It is nice to see parents involved in their child's learning and we thank you for your support!

It's Time to Order your Yearbook!

Reserve your Yearbook today!

On sale now $12

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