Academy Adventures Midtown

-Building on Strengths-

October 2019

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Campbell's Corner

Hello and Welcome to October! Thank you to all of our parents who came to Parent/Teacher conferences. If you have not had your conference yet, please set up a time with your child’s teacher.

Thank you to our parents who came to watch our 2nd/3rd grade class perform! It was great listening to the students singing and sharing information that they have learned about the symbols of the United States. The coffee and donuts afterwards were a nice treat.

It has been a tradition to take the students and families to Buckelew Farms every October to pick pumpkins. Unfortunately, this year Buckelew Farms closed and no longer has a pumpkin patch. We are in the process of finding an alternative and will provide information to everyone as soon as we have it.

We have started fundraising! We have had bake sales and would like to schedule more. Please let us know if you are available to help or to donate goodies! Baggin’s Cookie Dough packets were sent home and orders are due by October 18th. We are also asking for help on Movie Night which is Friday, October 25. Please let Mrs. Campbell know if you can help.

Enjoy your Fall Break!

Kindergarten & 1st Grade Class

Two months of school has flown by!

Mrs. Gilbert's class continues to work and exercise our beautiful brains!

Over the last month, Kindergarten has been gradually learning to write their own names through repetitive practice. We trace, paint, draw and use magnets to practice our names! Our Kindergarteners are able to recognize, write and sound out certain letters, thank you to SuperKids! As we are finishing up with the SuperKid Oswald, we will be meeting Golly. Golly will take us on some silly adventures and we will be able to read, write and pronounce 'G'.

We have been able to group, compare and identify if groups of numbers have more, less or the same! Because the Kindergartners are so skilled in this, it makes math so much easier and a lot more fun!

Kindergarten and First Grade have been able to explore community workers and the various efforts it takes to make happy and healthy communities. Some of us chose to be nurses, chefs, police officers and even fire fighters! Who knew Social Studies can be so fun? WE DID!

Both classes have put on their scientist hats and goggles and learned about rain clouds. This was demonstrated through an experiment and demonstration that each student got to participate in.

In Physical Education, we get a break from exercising our brains and we get to exercise our bodies, while learning to play together and sportsmanship.

Mrs. Gilbert's First Grade class is becoming reading rock stars! We have read multiple chapters in our SuperKids book, and practice 'ch' and 'sh' words. First Graders are able to spot these words, along with their spelling words, in almost all stories we read! Every morning our First Graders practice their sight words, assisting them in becoming stronger readers.

First Grade has become mathematicians and can add and subtract up to ten. Everyday we are incorporating word problems to help with reading and problem solving skills.

I am over the moon and thankful for our Title I program. Every week, for 2-3 hours, Mrs. Gilbert's class gets extra support from our amazing Interventionists! These two amazing Interventionists assist in DIBELS and extra one-to-one support on work. This program has greatly supported all of our students!

I want to thank my class, as well as all the staff at Academy Adventures Midtown, for being so amazing! Keep up the outstanding work!

2nd & 3rd Grade Class

Thank you to all the parents and guardians who took the time to come out and discuss your child's progress. It was really nice meeting you all. The quarter is coming to end and the students have been working hard. Please encourage them to continue working hard, especially on reading. Reading is the foundation to perform well with every subject in school.

Nightly homework should consist of reading with your children every night for 15 minutes. You can also read a column of the 220 words I sent home each night as well. 15 minutes of studying math facts would help as well. All these words and facts, need numerous amounts of studying and repetition to secure them into the long term memory for recall. Thank you for your help partnering with me to help your child with homework.

Students managed to create their own spider character using personification. Their spiders are a creative personification expression. I placed the completed project on my door. They are really cute! Stop by to take a look!

Thank you to those of you who were able to take off work and come out to our performance. The children worked hard and did an outstanding job on their performance! I gave the kids an American flag key chain. They seemed to really like them, as some of them attached them to their backpacks. Thank you again for celebrating with me our wonderful students and our great country.

The students earned a 500 point reward for appropriate behavior and being a terrific class. They voted on an extra P.E. much energy...I can't imagine why they voted on that as a reward. We are busy working hard on tasks to earn another 500 point award.

In Math, the students are practicing place value and rounding, as well as arrays and making an array. They are also working in their Math workbook everyday.

In Science, we are learning about plants and plant parts. We may have another plant experiment soon. The students really love doing experiments, so I will try to create another experiment opportunity for the students.

4th & 5th Grade Class

In CKLA we are finishing our Unit on Personal Narratives and students are writing their own narrative about a topic of their choice. Ask your child about their story! 4th grade is beginning a unit on The Middle Ages and will be learning about castles, knights, and what life was like. 5th grade will be learning about the Early Civilizations of the Maya, the Aztecs and the Incas as well as myths that they believed.

In GoMath, 4th grade is working on comparison statements and models, multiplying tens, hundreds and thousands, estimating and using expanded form. 5th grade is learning how to divide by 1- and 2-digit divisors, estimating to divide and next up is decimals, place value, rounding, adding, subtracting and patterns.

Coffee & Donuts Performance!

Thank you to all our families who joined us and supported the 2nd and 3rd Grade class. Their American Symbols performance was excellent! They did a great job and worked hard! Check out a few of the pictures below and click on the video link towards the bottom of the newsletter!

Title IVA - Healthy Snack Program

With so much cooking and baking happening, we had an abundance of snacks. Each child got to take a bag home with them on the 20th of September to share with their families. We hope that you enjoyed getting to sample some of the snacks. If you have questions and/or suggestions, please let Mrs. Campbell or Mrs. Angela know! If you ever want to come and bake with your child, just let us know! We would love to have you!

The students are enjoying their afternoon baking! They have tried some new recipes these last few weeks and will continue to try more new recipes regularly! Some are sweet, some are savory. Students filled out a survey and gave us an idea of what they would like to learn to make. We are doing our best to incorporate those into the Healthy Snack Program. Some of their requests would not normally fall into the "healthy" category, but we are working hard to find healthy alternatives the children will enjoy.

Here is one of the new recipes the students made! Try making it at home with your child!


Prep time: 5 mins

Author: Melanie F. | Nutritious Eats

Serves: 16


  • 2½ cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup oil
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup bittersweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray a pan with cooking spray.
  3. Mix all the ingredients from oats to salt together in a large bowl and stir until well combined.
  4. Stir in chocolate chips.
  5. Pour mixture into prepared pan and using a rubber or wooden spatula, smooth the top out evenly.
  6. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.
  7. Let sit in pan for about 15-20 minutes.
  8. Cut into squares and enjoy
  9. Stored in an airtight container or ziplock bag with the air squeezed out. Can be stored at room temperature for up to two days, then refrigerate up to a week.
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If you park to come into the school, please pay attention to where you are parking! Please be respectful of the surroundings and:

  • 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.
  • Parents please make sure that you are not dropping off your child(ren) prior to 7:30 AM. Gates open at 7:30 AM. We do not have staff available before that time to watch your children. If you arrive prior to 7:30 AM, you will be required to wait out front with your child until 7:30 AM. If you have any questions, please speak with Mrs. Campbell.
  • On Wednesdays, students cannot arrive prior to 8:30 AM. If you arrive earlier, you will need to wait with your child outside. We do not have staff available to watch your children prior to 8:30 AM.
  • Our after school program, extended day learning Adventures, is a free program open to all enrolled students. The program begins right after school at 2:15 pm and goes until 5:00 pm. Please make sure you are picking your child up by 5:00 pm.
  • This program is not mandatory. If your child does not behave appropriately and participate, you will be required to come pick them up and depending on the circumstances they may or may not be allowed to return. Please speak with your child about acting appropriately and participating after school.

How can you help?! There are many ways to help support the fundraising efforts such as:

  • Ask Local Businesses for Donations for our Raffles, Help with Bake Sales, Donate items for Bake Sales, Help Sell and/or Buy Raffle Tickets, Attend Meetings and Provide Input, Help with Advertising Fundraising Events, Sign Up to help with a particular fundraiser, and much more!

  • Watch for information to come home about our upcoming fundraising events and meetings. If you have any suggestions, please speak with Mrs. Campbell.


Don't forget to check our website and/or Facebook pages to see pictures and/or videos of performances and class activities! Check out the videos from September!
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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

Santiago Carbajal

Khadija Hamadi

Muslima Hamadi

Connor Kuhn

Piper Kuhn

Brian Lujan

Demian Romero Lopez

Cataleya Sutton Salazar


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.

Assad Dinow -

Assad puts forth amazing effort in all subjects!

Santiago Carbajal -

Santiago has been excelling in all academic areas. He is a peer model and helping during group time.

Gabriel Arenas -

Gabriel has been working very hard to use what he is learning, especially in Math and he is showing what he knows!


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.

Niaya Nava -

Niaya is always helping and supporting anyone who needs it in the school!

Marcelo Nava -

Marcelo works diligently and always has a smile and bright face. Marcelo does all his work and has a great attitude.

Mya VanVactor -

Mya works quietly and carefully trying to learn difficult concepts and she does not give up!


Congratulations to our two students who had Perfect Attendance for the first 40 days of school! They were here every day on time and stayed the full day! Great job!

Gabriel Arena

Brian Lujan

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Thursday, Oct. 24th, 2:15pm to Friday, Oct. 25th, 2:15pm

3025 North Winstel Boulevard

Tucson, AZ

There is NO extended day on October 24th and 25th. ALL students must be picked up at 2:15 PM.


Monday, Sep. 30th, 2:15pm to Friday, Oct. 18th, 4pm

3025 North Winstel Boulevard

Tucson, AZ

Our first big fundraiser of the year! Baggin's Double Dough Cookie Dough comes in boxes of 36 pre-portioned uncooked cookies. All you have to do is pop them in the oven and you have fresh baked cookies!

We make $5 per box sold. Last year this was a big hit with our families and one of our largest fundraisers. We will need parents who are willing to help the day the cookie dough arrives to put the orders together. Please let Mrs. Campbell know if you can help.

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Friday, Oct. 25th, 8:30am-2:15pm

3025 North Winstel Boulevard

Tucson, AZ

Friday, October 25, 2019 from 8:30 AM - 2:15 PM. Pumpkin picking, fun Fall baking and activities. Families are welcome to come. Please RSVP to let us know how many people to expect. Don't miss out on all the fun!

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Movie Night!

Friday, Oct. 25th, 5:30-7:30pm

3025 North Winstel Boulevard

Tucson, AZ

Join us for our first annual Movie Night! We will have two movies playing and a snack bar. Volunteers would be appreciated to help with set up, snack bar and clean up.

Ticket Pre-Sales begin on Monday, October 14th-October 23rd

Admission Tickets (14 yrs old and up) $0.50

Snack Bar Tickets: 5 for $1.00

Tickets after October 23rd

Admission Tickets (14 yrs old and up) $1.00

Snack Bar Tickets: $0.25 each

Please note that NO cash will be accepted at the snack bar, only tickets. Buy them early and save!

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Fall Festival

Thursday, Oct. 31st, 8:30-11:15am

3025 North Winstel Boulevard

Tucson, AZ

Join us for fun Fall Activities and Centers on October 31st.

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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: