Hubbard Elementary School

Family Newsletter - May 2022

Happy Friday!

Hubbard Families,

The past few weeks have been full of educational experiences and engaging activities for our students! While we are sad to end the year, the staff is enjoying annual traditions and experiences to make this time full of learning and exciting for all students.

  • Kindergarten students traveled to the Boise Zoo for their field trip, had their annual tag sale, and provided a alphabet parade for the whole school to enjoy.
  • 1st Grade students enjoyed finding shapes inside and outside the building, while also having fun learning to bucket drum!
  • 2nd Grade students and families enjoyed the family night where students were able to teach their families how to dance thanks to the guidance of our specialist, Mrs. Gerritsen, Mrs. Hoagland, and Mrs. Gamoba.
  • 3rd Grade students went on their Desert Days field trip, celebrated their accomplishments with multiplication, and are preparing for Camp Learn-A-Lot!

While we continue to focus on academics, the teachers and staff are finding ways to make lessons engaging and exciting for the last two weeks.

I'd like to thank all of you for your support this year. I feel honored to be of service to all stakeholders of Hubbard and to be a member of this wonderful Timberwolf family.

Warmest wishes to all,

Justine Burgess


Important Dates

  • Wednesday, May 25: 2 Hour Early Release (1:30) - Normal Wednesday (Just a reminder!)
  • Thursday, May 26: 2 Hour Early Release (1:30) all students due to KHS Graduation
  • Monday, May 30: Memorial Day - No School
  • Tuesday, May 31: Field Day in the Afternoon for Kinder-3rd Grade
  • Wednesday, June 1: Kindergarten Graduation at KPAC
  • Thursday, June 2: Last Day of School, Family Picnic

Teacher Appreciation Week

Thank you to many local businesses, parents, and the parent advisory committee for providing a week of support and love to all Hubbard staff members!

Hubbard Happenings!

May Student Spotlights!

This month, in addition to respect, math growth, and reading growth, we celebrated students who stand out for Working Together! Congratulations to these hard working students!
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Cultivating Readers

At Hubbard, we are cultivating readers. Our school takes part in a state funded improvement project to train our teachers to make their reading instruction even better. Over the next few newsletters, we'll share information about the essential parts of the Science of Reading and how you can support your reader at home.

Cultivating Readers Part 1:

Phonemic Awareness and Phonological Awareness

Before children learn to read print, they need to become aware of how the sounds in words work. They must understand that words are made up of individual speech sounds, or phonemes. A child's skill in phonological and phonemic awareness is a good predictor of later reading success or difficulty.

Phonological awareness is the ability to recognize and manipulate the spoken parts of sentences and words. Examples include:

  • The ability to identify words that rhyme (fox, socks, rocks)

  • Recognizing alliteration (repetition in two or more words with initial consonant sounds such as green grass growing)

  • Segmenting a sentence into words

  • Identifying the syllables in a word

  • Blending and segmenting onset-rimes [The "onset" is the initial phonological unit of any word (e.g. c in cat) and the term "rime" refers to the string of letters that follow, usually a vowel and final consonants (e.g. at in cat)]

  • Phonemic awareness: the most sophisticated — and last to develop

Phonemic awareness is the ability to notice, think about, and work with the individual sounds (phonemes) in spoken words. This includes blending sounds into words, segmenting words into sounds, and deleting and playing with the sounds in spoken words.

What can you do at home?

  • Click on this video link for some suggestions for games to play at home.

  • For a deep dive into the topic and specific strategies and games, read this informative pamphlet.

Would you like to learn more? Check out these videos!

We are happy to answer any questions you have in regards to reading.

Cultivating Readers Team

Mary Beth Hanson, kindergarten teacher

Nicole Backhaus, special education teacher

Andrea Willadsen, instructional coach

Justine Burgess, principal

Staff Spotlights

Breakfast & Lunch Menus

District link for weekly breakfast and lunch menus: Link Here

*Menus are subject to change if food supplies do not arrive on time.*

Bell Schedule

**Every Wednesday, students will be released at 1:30**

Doors Open: 8:30

First Bell: 8:50

Dismissal Bell: 3:35


When students arrive to campus, they may eat breakfast in the cafeteria or go outside. Supervision does not start until 8:30 by school staff.

Kuna School District Parent Newsletter March 4

For updated information from our school district, click this button!

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Office Hours & Contact

Our office is open daily from 8:00-4:00. Please call us at 208-922-1007 if you have questions or if there are changes to your child's schedule or information.

Office Manager: Tara Whitney

As a school, we will be using Blackboard as our mass communication tool, which is a district tool. If you have questions, please email your child's teacher or office manager, Tara Whitney.