Laguna Elementary

Longhorn News

October/November 2019


Welcome to October!

We have many events going on this month and in November. Please take a moment to review the important dates section and mark your calendars. We have a few important events I would like to highlight and one goal we are working on as a school.

Conferences (October 14th, 15th, & 16th)

I believe first quarter conferences are extremely important for you to learn about your child's learning. Please keep the following questions in mind when you meet with your child's teacher.

  • What subjects do you believe you are doing well in? Why?

  • What subject do you feel you struggle in? Why?

  • How do you get help when you do not understand?

  • How do you know when you are doing a good job in your classroom?

  • Is there anything you would like me to ask your teacher?

Fall Festival (October 25th)

Each year our PTO and teachers host a family event called Fall Festival. We believe it is important to bring families together to help raise funds, rather than ask you to sell something that no one really wants or needs. I hope to see each of you come out to support our Longhorns.


I appreciate families who make daily on-time attendance to school a priority in your home. The majority of our students are present and on-time daily. However, we have been in school for about 37 days and we have an average of 17.7 students tardy and 21.7 students absent daily. These numbers seem small. However, when I look at the number of individual students, we have had 160 students tardy one or more times to school, and 240 students absent from school one or more days. When children miss school they miss learning. When children are late they miss learning. Class begins at 8:00 am daily. When a child enters late he/she disrupts the learning of others.

Happy Conferences!

Jacqueline Camacho




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1 - A Team Girls Volleyball - Hendricks @ Laguna 2:45 pm

3 - SPED Pumpkin Patch Field Trip

3 - B Team Girls Volleyball - Laguna @ Hendricks 2:45 pm

4 - PRIDE Assembly 8:45 am

4 - Band Buddy Night, 6th grade band students meet at FWHS West Gym at 4:15 pm

7 - PTO Meeting 2:20 pm, Room 1

8 - Fall Picture Day

10 - Kindergarten/First grade Pumpkin Patch Field Trip

11 - Half Day - 12:00 pm dismissal

11 - FWHS vs Rincon Student Appreciation Football Game 7:00 pm

14 - Half Day - 12:00 pm dismissal

14 - Parent Teacher Fall Conferences

15 - Half Day - 12:00 pm dismissal

15 - Parent Teacher Fall Conferences

16 - Half Day - 12:00 pm dismissal

16 - Parent Teacher Fall Conferences

17 - Fall Break - No School

18 - Fall Break - No School

19 - Food Distribution 8:30 am - 10:30 am

21 - Sixth grade Desert Museum Field Trip

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

24 - Co-ed Cross Country Meet @ Laguna

25 - Fall Festival 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

28 - November 1 - Walktober 7:00 am - 8:00 am

28 - November 1 - Red Ribbon/Spirit Week

29 - Second grade Fox Theater Field Trip

29 - Co-ed Cross Country Meet @ Richardson


1 - PRIDE Assembly 8:45 am

1 - Kindergarten Play Field Trip

4 - PTO Meeting 2:20 pm, Room 1

7 - Co-ed Cross Country #3 - Jacobs Park 2:45 pm

7 - Third grade Musical - Welcome to the Jungle - 5:30 pm, MPR

8 - PRIDE Run & Field Day 8:00 am - 11:30 am

11 - Veterans Day - No School

12 - Fall Picture Re-takes 8:00 am

13 - SPED - TRAK Field Trip

13 - Lockdown Drill

14 - Co-ed Cross Country #4 Championships, Christopher Columbus Park

14 - Reading Night 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

15 - Second grade Sabino Canyon Field Trip

15 - Progress reports go home

21 - First grade Desert Museum Field Trip

22 - Sixth grade STEM Field Trip

25 - Kindergarten Crayola Experience Field Trip

27 - Half Day - 12:00 pm dismissal

28 - Happy Thanksgiving!

28 - 29 - Thanksgiving Break


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.




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This year our goal is to raise $1000.00 to help support our Holiday Craft Night, P.E. Sports Parties, the Spelling Bee and so much more! If we reach our goal, Ms. Camacho will be dressed in a crazy costume!

Pledges may be made per number of laps the child walks/runs in 20 minutes, or for a given amount. There is no minimum pledge. However, prizes are awarded to each child/sponsored adult who raises $5 or more. Students can collect pledges from family and friends from October 28th - November 7th. Pledge envelopes are due back Thursday, November 7th.

Interested in volunteering the day of the run??? We need assistance marking laps, handing out water and tallying pledge sheets. We would love to have you!

Bring a chair, wear a hat and join us Friday, November 8th, to cheer on our students!

Sixth grade - 8:20 am - 8:40 am

Kindergarten - 8:50 am - 9:10 am

First - 9:20 am - 9:40 am

Second - 9:50 am - 10:10 am

Third - 10:20 am - 10:40 am

Fourth - 10:50 am - 11:10 am

Fifth - 11:20 am - 11:40 am

Please support our Annual Laguna Pride Run!

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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


Our Fall Title 1 Meeting was held on September 12th, at 12:30. The informational meeting included topics such as parent involvement goals, understanding how Reading Lab works, and any input with the school year's compact. This meeting helps our parents know more about Laguna and what it means to be a Title 1 school. We encourage any Reading Lab student to bring their parents. Knowledge is power!

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