Phoenix Flyer

Volumen 13, Edicion 1 - Agosto 22, 2019

Minutos de Mrs. Hutchins

Immersion Education – Teaching academic content in another language

Welcome Fronteras Families!

We had a fabulous start to the school year! We hope you all enjoyed a wonderful summer! Thank you to everyone who attended our Open House and our Kindergarten parent morning meeting! Please remember, we are here to assist you in settling in, so please do not hesitate to email your child’s teachers or call the front office with questions you may have. All staff emails are on our website.

A couple helpful housekeeping items:

Morning drop off:

· Please pull as far forward along the sidewalk as possible – walking is good for the heart!

· Ensure your child(ren) have their items ready to go and can exit the vehicle quickly

· Do not leave your vehicle – if you want to walk your child to the door, please park in the designated parking lot

· Be patient and extra attentive when driving through the parking lot

Picking up in the afternoon:

· Enter our parking lot ONLY through the entrance, and exit our parking lot ONLY through the exit

· Please be patient, courteous, and aware at all times while driving through our parking lot

· Do not leave your vehicle in the drive-thru lane alongside the sidewalk. This is NOT a parking zone. If you need to leave your vehicle, please park in a designated spot.

When your child forgets an item for school:

· Please bring the item(s) to the front desk. We will deliver to your child at an appropriate time.

Volunteering in the school:

· MSBSD Policy AR 1240 requires all volunteers to complete the District Volunteer Application form SSE03. This is required for all volunteers who would be working with MSBSD students without a district employee present. Volunteers will be allowed to be in district schools after being positively identified, checked against the Sex Offender Registry, and cleared

· Please make sure to sign in at the front office prior to going to any area of the school

· All volunteers and guests are required to follow staff direction during any emergency drills that may occur (scheduled and unscheduled)

· Non-Fronteras siblings are discouraged when volunteering at school. As a volunteer, attention must be on our enrolled students at all times

Thank you for sharing your children with us! We are looking forward to a phenomenal year together!

Most Sincerely,

Mrs. Hutchins

“Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.” – Margaret Mead

Friendly Reminders

To continue on with a smooth and fluid school year, the following considerations would be greatly appreciated:

  • In both the morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up, please pull all the way forward along the sidewalk
  • No Top Ramen at lunch unless precooked and stored in a thermos. Top Ramen takes too long to microwave causing safety issues and not allowing enough time for your child to eat their lunch
  • Students need to bring a labeled water bottle every day to school
  • If there is any schedule change to your child's afternoon dismissal, including someone else other than you picking up your child, please use School Dismissal Manager by 2:00pm
  • The front office is extremely busy from 2:20 to 2:40 everyday during dismissal. If you have a need and it's not an emergency, please stop by or contact the front office after 2:45

Volunteers Needed to Coach Sports

The following sports require parent volunteers to coach:

  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • Cross Country
  • Track
  • Wrestling

If you are interested in volunteer coaching for any of the above sports, please contact Shawn at the front office at 376-2223 or email to This is also a great opportunity to get your required volunteer hours in!

Library Volunteers Needed!

Library time is just around the corner for Fronteras but we still need a Library Coordinator and volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering and/or as the Library Coordinator, please contact Jodie Escot at This is a great way to get to know many in the school, facilitate our great readers, keep our wonderful library collection in circulation and get your volunteer hours. Training will be available to all volunteers. Please let Jodie know your email, cell number and days/times you may be available. Thanks for volunteering!

Recycling Volunteers Needed!

We are in need of a volunteer to pick up the recycling! There is an overflowing cart waiting at the front office. Please call the front desk at 376-2223 if you can help out. Thank you!

Mowing Volunteers Needed!

Volunteers are needed to mow the field and playground. Fronteras will provide a riding or push mower. Get those volunteers hours in!

Middle School Cross Country!

Ursula Fogarty and Marcia Beck are excited to lead the Middle School Cross Country Running Team. The team is open to 6th, 7th and 8th graders at Fronteras who have a desire to run in a positive environment.

Practices will be held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2:45 to 4:15 PM. Practices will begin on Tuesday, August 27th and continue until Wednesday, September 25—the date of the final competition. More information (including consent forms, competition dates, and student contract) will be available for middle school students to take home on Monday, August 26th.

Elementary Cross Country!

RaeShaun Schmidt is excited to lead the Elementary Cross Country running team! Practices start Wednesday, Aug. 28th at 2:45pm and end at 3:45pm. 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students are eligible to participate; with 4th and 5th graders participating in the end of season meet. These athletes will train with Coach Schmidt Monday through Friday. Coach Schmidt welcomes all interested parent volunteers to train with the team. Practices will not occur when school is not in session for students. Flyers will be sent home next Monday, Aug. 26th.

APC News!

APC Elections Committee will meet to review Tammy Heimerl’s application to complete the remaining time of member Heather Charton’s term. Meeting will be held in the Staff Lounge August 28, 2019 at 2:30 pm. All are welcome to sit in on the meeting.

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Hello fellow parents! This is Jen Manion, your APC Board Chair.

In this newsletter, I wanted to introduce you to your APC Board members:

Jen Manion, Chair

My daughter Mallie is in 3rd grade and loving it! I volunteer for the school as much as possible and love our Fronteras community!

Lynda Denny, Vice Chair

Lynda is a monitor for Fronteras and has been a parent and volunteer at the school for many years!

Jennifer Avery, Treasurer

Jennifer is also a monitor at Fronteras and has 3 children in attendance. She is a huge asset to the school with the time that she puts in helping in the classroom!

Amanda Strickler, Secretary

Amanda is a teacher on the 2/3 grade team. This is her 2nd year at Fronteras and we appreciate her passion and dedication in the classroom!

Kirsten Mason, parent seat

Kirsten has 2 children at Fronteras and is always willing to volunteer when needed!

Jody Soeder, CML (Community Member)

Jody has been on the APC Board for the past 3 years and was previously the Secretary. She did an amazing job! She was also instrumental in getting the Library up and running when the new school opened!

John Cyr, CML (Community Member)

John joined the Board recently and we are thrilled to have him bring his knowledge and experience to the table!

Jennifer Schmidt-Hutchins, Principal (ex-officio)

Our fantastic Principal’s kindness and intelligence is always a pleasure to be around and we appreciate the job that she does every day!

Say hi to us anytime and let us know if you have any questions we can answer for you.

We invite all parents to come to the APC Board meetings the 2nd Tuesday, every other month @ 7pm. Next meeting is October 8th.

In the next newsletter, I will tell you more about what the APC Board does!

2019-2020 Fronteras Yearbook Ordering

Order your 2019-2020 Fronteras Yearbook by September 30th and save 15%! Please refer to the attached flyer and/or link below for steps to order your yearbook!
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Volunteer Begin Date!

Volunteering in Fronteras classrooms will begin on Thursday, August 29, 2019! Please contact the front desk if you have any questions or concerns!

It's On The Website!

Forgot a field trip date, permission slip, Subway form, or bus times and it's midnight? All of these and more are available on the Fronteras website at The website and website calendar is regularly updated to keep Fronteras families informed and up to date on current events. Everyone is encouraged to check the website first!

Volunteer Log Book

Fronteras families are required to volunteer 36 hours during the school year. The Volunteer Log Book is located at the front desk and is ready for you to start recording your volunteer hours! The pages are in alphabetical order under family student last names. Look for your highlighted name label at the top of the page.

SchoolCash Online

Not sure if your check or cash made it to the school to pay for that important field trip or activity? Who lost it? The school? you? your child? Funds weren't received, therefore, your child can't participate?

Have no fear, SchoolCash Online is here! For safety, efficiency and the reduction of cash and checks coming into our schools, the MSBSD has implemented SchoolCash Online! It takes less than 5 minutes to register to start enjoying the convenience of paying online and fast!


Blackboard Connect

Don't miss those important messages! Blackboard Connect enables you to manage your contact information and subscriptions for ConnectEd messages!


School Dismissal Manager

What is School Dismissal Manager aka SDM? SDM utilizes web based technology (desktop or mobile), allowing parents to communicate to schools their child’s dismissal/bus plans for the day making it safer, easier, and quicker. No more notes or phone calls!

SDM sent families an email on Wednesday, August 14th with necessary information to access SDM. Parents/guardians of Fronteras students no longer need to call the front office to make changes to their child’s afternoon dismissal plans. You will do it all at your convenience!

Visit today to download the app or visit Kami at the front desk for a personal demonstration!

Thank you for being Fronteras SDM rockstars!

Get the App!


Stay connected with your students' schools all in one place! The app also gives you access to Tip Line to report information directly to your child's Principal.

Click the image below to learn more about all the app's new features!

New MSBSD App!

Box Tops!

Yes, we collect and regularly send in Box Tops! You can drop Box Tops (except expired ones) anytime at the front desk! Start collecting!

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.

What do we do during Professional Development days?

Because we believe that those that laugh together, thrive together, we kicked off a Professional Development morning with the game, “Where Ya Goin’?”

See photos below as teammates scrambled to get their driver to name as many famous locations as possible in 90 seconds.

Did You Know?

National Park Cerro Verde in El Salvador is the home to 500 different species of birds and a rare species of black hawk-eagle. In the 505-hectare area of the national park, you can explore three volcanoes.
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