Academy Adventures Midtown

-Building on Strengths-

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Campbell's Corner

Thank you to all the parents and families who joined us for Taco Tuesday on November 5th. Our Kindergarteners and 1st graders introduced themselves by telling us their hair and eye color and what they are thankful for. The 4th graders shared facts about Arizona and the 5th graders shared information about the United States. If you were unable to attend, or want to watch the performances again, check them out on our Facebook page!


December is a busy month and we still need volunteers to help with activities. Tamale baking was on the 5th, lasagna making is on the 12th and cookie decorating is on the 19th.


Please join us for our Winter performance followed by Cookies and Cocoa on the 13th. All classes will be performing with a winter and holiday theme. Be watching for R.S.V.P flyers.

Kindergarten & 1st Grade Class

As we begin the month of December, I have been reminded by my students 'time flies when you are having fun'.


Within the month of November, Mrs. Gilbert's class has continued to grow and become stronger, not only physically but academically and emotionally. Everyday I become more and more proud of my class.


Kindergarten has made significant progress in ELA and Math!


We have finished up learning the beginning and middle sounds with Oswald and Golly, and have practiced it a lot with our new friend Alf. Alf has helped us with comprehension and retention in reading through his wild adventures. We cannot wait to see who we meet next! Kindergarten has moved into writing sight words, and are making powerful moves in writing names, sight words and numbers.


Because Kindergarten has worked so hard on writing and counting 1-10, teaching them to add within 10 frames has been a breeze. We will continue to work on adding 1-10 and counting 1-20 over the next couple weeks.


First grade continues to impress me daily! Due to the awesome class sizes, we are able to work in groups when it comes to Reading and Math.


First grade continues to excel in recognizing and pronouncing blends to further increase his/her reading. Because of their hard work with reading, we are starting to dabble in rhythmic reading and poetry; be on the look out for our poems!


This group of First Graders has become some amazing mathematicians! Groups, partners and individual attention has greatly increased their motivation to understand strategic mathematical concepts, and are able to add three numbers within 20, identify greater or less than and finish a 10's frame for mental math.


As a whole class, we took the month of November to increase the powerful tool of technology! In doing so, our class will be more prepared for Galileo Testing in December. Both Kindergarten and First Grade have been taking Galileo Practice Tests over the month of November and will continue to do so moving forward.


Our class has used the iPads up to 2-3 times a week for additional support with SuperKids and A-Z Learning. Both of these programs highly promote reading, spelling and comprehension.


November was truly a pivotal month in our classroom. We have set goals and are on fast-paced track to meet them.


I cannot wait to see how many parent-volunteers we get for the very exciting upcoming Family Events we have planned. I cannot thank the parents of my class enough and it is greatly recognized the support you provide the students. They sure are proud of you!


Thank you to my AMAZING work family for always encouraging and fostering the beautiful academic progress my class is making!

2nd & 3rd Grade Class

What a wonderful celebration at last month's end with Pumpkin Palooza and the Pumpkin Patch. The students faces were filled with joy as they saw the playground filled with pumpkins. It was a wonderful celebration! I look forward to all the upcoming events at Academy Adventures Midtown.


November flew by! We have many wonderful events planned for December and we hope to see you at each one of them. Thursday December 12th is Lasagna Day! We still need volunteers to help. Please mark your calendars for Friday Dec. 13, for our Annual Cookies and Cocoa Holiday Performance. The students love to see their parents in attendance. The entire school will be performing beginning at 9:00 AM. Please try not to be late, you do not want to miss any of the show! The students have been working hard on their performances. December is a busy month as teachers will be preparing for report cards and finishing up the semester. Report cards will be ready for the students, when they return from their holiday break.


In Science, the students have learned about Why do the leaves turn red, yellow and orange in the autumn? It is due to the lack of Chlorophyll. In Writing, with art, the students wrote a thankful thanksgiving place mat. In Reading, the students continue to read 2-Superkids and 3-CKLA for the main idea and understanding. The students answer questions after reading, related to the elements of literature. The students retell the story to their group partners. In Math 2nd and 3rd grade are learning about Geometry and identifying geometric shapes and perimeter as they count the sides of the shapes. In Go Math, 2nd grade is focusing on place value and 3rd grade the focus is fractions.


Thank you to all parents who help your children reach their weekly reading goal. I had nine students do their school-wide family reading program homework! Hooray for families working together to accomplish the reading homework task! That is a record for this class. The students would love to have the Good Bucks to redeem for prizes. Thank you for helping our students to be successful! Please keep reading with your kids every week. I would love to raise our participation rate to one hundred percent homework participation. Thank you for your support and partnering with Academy Adventure Midtown by helping your children learn to read. It takes a village of all of us working together to promote good reading skills and reading habits that will last a lifetime. Children are more likely to be interested in reading if they see their parents reading as well, so grab a book or a newspaper and model reading for your children. Thank you for your help!


Happy holidays and blessings to you and your family during our busy holiday season!

4th & 5th Grade Class

As we approach the holiday season, I asked the class what they are thankful for. Here are their answers: family, my house, life, pets, trees/plants, clothes, friends, sports, food, TV., books, cars, school, games and scientists. Most of our class will be going to a family members house for the Thanksgiving holiday. Some of their favorite holiday foods include fruit salad, ice cream (especially chocolate!), banana or blueberry muffins, apple, cherry, banana creme or pumpkin pie and vanilla cake.


December is a very busy month academically. The 4th graders will continue learning about multiple step multiplication problems and then move into multiplying 2-digit numbers. 5th graders will finish their unit on adding and subtracting decimals and then begin learning how to multiply decimals. In CKLA the 4th graders will finish their unit on Knights, Castles, and Chivalry while the 5th graders will finish their unit on Maya, Aztec, and Inca. Both groups will then move into learning about poets and poetry.

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Thank you to all our families who joined us for the Spaghetti & Meatball Dinner sponsored by Title I & Title IV-A. We had an amazing turnout and had so much fun watching our families interact and have fun! We hope that you had as much fun as we did! Parent involvement is a huge part of your child's success and we will do all we can to foster that! Look for more fun family events after Winter Break.


Please remember, your input is always welcome and encouraged. If you have ideas, would like to volunteer in your child's classroom or have a special talent you would like to share with the students, please let us know!


We appreciate all you do for your child and for our school! Thank you!

We Are Thankful For...

Academy Adventures Midtown is very Thankful for our wonderful students and their families! It has been a great year and we are so happy to have you as a part of it!


The day before Thanksgiving our Kindergarten - 3rd Grade classes celebrated Thanksgiving with art activities and short videos on what they are thankful for! Check out the pictures and videos below!

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Annual Tamale Making Day!

A big Thank you to all of our volunteers who helped with Tamale Day! Your children loved sharing the experience with you and the school greatly appreciates your support. In addition, we want to thank all the families who either bought tamales and/or sold some to their family and friends! All the proceeds from tamale sales goes towards our end of year Family Field Trip!


Academy Adventures Midtown is thankful for our wonderful families!

ANNUAL HOLIDAY COOKIES AND COCOA PERFORMANCES!

Please join us on Friday, December 13, 2019, for our annual Holiday Performances! We will begin at 9:00 AM. All students will be performing! You don't want to miss out!! Immediately following the Performances, we will serve cookies (donated by Cakes for Causes) and cocoa made by our students!

Title IVA - Healthy Snack Program

The students are really enjoying all the new recipes! They have learned how to make "ice cream" out of frozen bananas, apple sauce in the crockpot, deviled eggs, egg salad, fruit smoothies, bread and Stone Soup! Cooking and baking provides a fun way for students to learn various Math, Language Arts and Science skills and is a lot of fun!


Here is a recipe the students have enjoyed. Ask your child about it!


BEST DEVILED EGGS RECIPE


Prep Time: 20 mins

Cook Time: 14 mins

Total Time: 34 mins


Servings: 12 deviled eggs


Ingredients

  • 6 large eggs
  • 3 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • paprika, for garnish


Instructions


  • Bring a pot of water to a boil. Reduce the heat to low (or off) to ensure the water is no longer boiling or has bubbles and use a skimmer to place the eggs in the water. Then increase the heat back to high and set a timer for 14 minutes.

  • While the eggs are boiling prepare an ice water bath and set aside.

  • After 14 minutes, remove the eggs from the water and place in the ice water bath.

  • Once the eggs have cooled completely, peel them and slice in half lengthwise. Remove the yolk to a small bowl with a spoon and place the egg whites on a plate.

  • Mash the yolks with a fork and add the mayonnaise, mustard, vinegar, salt and pepper. Stir everything together.

  • Use a spoon to add a portion of the deviled egg mixture back into the hole of each egg white. Sprinkle on paprika for garnish.

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Title I Parent Texting Program!

Part of our Title I program is the Parent Texting Program. This is an additional way the school can communicate with parents regarding their child's academic progress and what is happening at school. One of the exciting Parent Texting Program activities we have started to implement this year is sending home short stories with questions for parents to read and review with their children.


Children have said how much they enjoy reading and discussing them with their parents. This is meant to be a FUN activity. Just that little bit of reading and discussion with your child will help them improve their reading and comprehension skills!


Teachers are giving "ATM 'GOOD' Bucks" to students who are reading the stories with their parents. These "GOOD" Bucks can be redeemed at the monthly awards assemblies for various items or they can save them up for some thing big!


If you have any questions, please speak with Mrs. Campbell or your child's teacher.

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If you park to come into the school, please pay attention to where you are parking and be respectful of the surroundings, including:


  • Do Not Block the neighbors driveways
  • Do Not Block mailboxes
  • Do Not Block the school's three (3) drive ways so people cannot get out of the parking lot
  • Do Not Park in front of the school door
  • Do Not Block the roadway


We appreciate your attention and cooperation in making the area safer.

  • Every Wednesday is Late Start! School begins at 9:00 AM. Students can arrive at 8:30 AM for breakfast. Please do not arrive prior to 8:30 AM, we do not have anyone to monitor your children.
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PERFECT ATTENDANCE AWARD!

Congratulations to all the students who had Perfect Attendance! To qualify for Perfect Attendance, students cannot miss a day of school, including “no lates” or “no early outs”.


Gabriel Arenas

Xavier Camacho

Brian Lujan

Erika Veloz Herrera

ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS!

Congratulations to all the students who received an Academic Achievement Award! The Academic Achievement Award may be given to a student in each class that exhibits excellence in the quality and/or quantity of their school work. Recipients are selected by each classroom teacher. There is one student per month selected from each classroom.


Avionna Williams -

Avionna always gives 110% on her reading and math. Her willingness to want to do better with school is truly beautiful!

ATTITUDE AWARDS!

Congratulations to all the students who received the Attitude Award! A student is selected for an Attitude Award based upon their demonstration of a “want to do” and “can do" academic attitude, along with being positive and having the courage to be imperfect. “If you don’t try, you don’t get!” Recipients are selected by the classroom teacher. There is one student per month selected from each classroom.


Abdi Dinow -

Abdi's "Can-Do" attitude has been motivational for all his classmates. He has demonstrated a new eagerness for letter and words that seems to be contagious. Abdi is one of the best helpers in the classroom and always offers to assist his peers!

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LASAGNA DAY!

Thursday, Dec. 12th, 8:45am

3025 North Winstel Boulevard

Tucson, AZ

Come join us in making lasagna! We will be making lasagna for students to try and we will be selling it! We have several orders to fill and would appreciate all the help we can get. Thank you!

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ANNUAL COOKIES AND COCOA HOLIDAY PERFORMANCES

Friday, Dec. 13th, 9am

3025 North Winstel Boulevard

Tucson, AZ

Join us for our annual Holiday Cookies and Cocoa Performances! All classes will be performing and we will be serving cookies and cocoa immediately following. We hope you can join us! Watch for the RSVP to go home in December.

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EARLY RELEASE DAY

Friday, Dec. 13th, 11:30am

3025 North Winstel Boulevard

Tucson, AZ

Students will be released at 11:30 following the Holiday Cookies and Cocoa Performances. There will be No After School Program.

COOKIE DECORATING AND POLAR EXPRESS!

Thursday, Dec. 19th, 8:30am

3025 North Winstel Boulevard

Tucson, AZ

Join us for Cookie Decorating and the Polar Express the day before Winter Break. It is a fun tradition that the students and staff always look forward to! Students, staff and guest can wear their pajamas!

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NO AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM!!!

Thursday, Dec. 19th, 2:15pm

3025 North Winstel Boulevard

Tucson, AZ

There will be no Extended Day Program on Thursday, December 19, 2019. All students must be picked up at 2:15 PM.

WINER BREAK!!!

Friday, Dec. 20th, 7:30am to Friday, Jan. 3rd 2020 at 2:15pm

3025 North Winstel Boulevard

Tucson, AZ

No school during Winter Break! Winter break begins on Friday, December 20, 2019 thru Friday, January 3, 2020. School will resume on Monday, January 6, 2020. We wish all our families a safe and fun break/holiday season and we look forward to seeing you after break!

District Notice of Discrimination

Academy Adventures Midtown does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to all programs. The following employee has been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Patricia Campbell, 520-777-3757 or email at: info@academyadventuresmidtown.com.