Phoenix Flyer

Volumen 11, Edicion 5 - Octubre 13, 2017

Minutos de Mrs. Hutchins

Immersion Education – Teaching academic content in another language

Hello Fronteras Families!

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who attended our Spanish Heritage Celebration today! It was wonderful to share your kiddos’ hard work with you!

Thank you Mr. Sides for picking up and delivering our bleachers! Your help and time is greatly appreciated! Thank you to our dads Jason and Cory, and monitor Charles who hustled over and helped unload the bleachers! And thank you to all the other folks who called to offer their help! All the quick responses was awesome!

PLEASE NOTE – Fronteras Parent Conferences are October 30th 7:30-11:30am and 2:00-5:00pm. All conferences will be held in the gym. Staff is not available from 11:35-1:55pm. Thank you for respecting their time and contractual expectations.

October is Fire Safety month. K-3 students will attend their fire safety assembly next Wednesday, and 4th-5th grade students will attend next Thursday.

Halloween will be celebrated school-wide on Friday, October 27th. Please contact your child’s homeroom teacher for the day’s activities. Guests that day are encouraged to wear costumes as well! Costume cautions are simple:

· No blood/gore

· No lingerie

· No weapons

· Teachers will determine if masks can be worn

Thank you for a great week together! Have a wonderful weekend!

Most Sincerely,

Mrs. Hutchins

When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” -Mister Rogers

Important Dates To Remember

  • October 23rd - School Picture Re-takes
  • October 30th - Parent Teacher Conferences (no school)
  • October 31st - Professional Development (no school)

Professional Development? What's that?

This past Friday, after students were dismissed, teachers had a training with our school psychologist, Dr. Isley, about dyslexia. One of our most significant take-aways we had is that dyslexia is not a visual processing issue, but rather a problem with auditory processing. A person with dyslexia has difficulty making the connection with what sounds particular letters make, rather than having confusion with what letters look like.

We learned that consistent practice with phonics (the sounds letters make) and phonemic awareness (knowing which letter(s) could be making a certain sound) is essential for a person with dyslexia to build reading skills. Additionally, someone with dyslexia will likely have problems with organization and sequencing of tasks. In young children, they may have been delayed in recognizing rhyming words, developing a dominate hand, and tying their shoes laces. And, because the problem is auditory, someone with dyslexia likely will not process well information told to them, including sets of directions. Visuals may aid in their comprehension of what is being said to them or as references for routines they need to follow.

Despite the challenges with reading and processing auditorily, we learned that dyslexics often have larger right hemispheres than normal readers, thus they may have strong spatial, artistic, musical, mechanical, and engineering skills.

Dyslexia has a strong genetic component, with around 40% of siblings being dyslexic and 50% of parents and their offspring being dyslexic. To learn more about dyslexia, Dr. Isley recommended resources by Dr. Susan Barton at .

After School Enrichment Clubs

Today is the last day of Quarter 1 After School Enrichment Clubs. Quarter 2 After School Enrichment Clubs start on Monday, October 16th!

If you have any questions or would like to lead a club for Quarter 3, please contact parent coordinator Jen Manion at 907-229-4116 or email at

Library News

Our Scholastic Book Fair is right around the corner starting next week! Come check out all the great titles including Spanish books for the kids. The fair will run after school October 16-27 and end at Parent Teacher Conferences on October 30th.

Check out the link to the online fair if you can’t make it into the school. You will find the same titles online and at the fair.

Thanks for supporting our library!!


Order your yearbook before October 31st and receive a 10% discount off of your order! Got to and enter the school's passcode of 1014981488732281. Forms will go home with students today or next week! Extra forms are available at the front desk.

2017 Holiday Bazaar

Fronteras is hosting its annual Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, November, 18th from 10:00am-4:00pm! There will be door prizes, a bake sale, homemade crafts, home-based businesses and free admission!

For more information or to find out how to rent a vendor table please contact Becka Lopez at 715-7337 or visit our website at Informational forms are also available at the front desk!


October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month which is an annual campaign to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity. The Internet touches almost all aspects of everyone’s daily life, whether we realize it or not. National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) is designed to engage and educate public and private sector partners through events and initiatives to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity, provide them with tools and resources needed to stay safe online, and increase the resiliency of the Nation in the event of a cyber incident.

MSBSD is sending out one message each week with a tip sheet centered around an online safety topic. These tips sheets and additional resources are available at . This week’s topic is Tips for Parents on Raising Privacy Savvy Kids.

Middle School Minutes - BAKE SALE!

Hello Fronteras families!

The recent natural disasters have been extremely devastating and students from the Middle School want to help out. On Wednesday, October 25th and Thursday, October 26th we will be having a bake sale starting at 7:30am. All profits will go to the Red Cross' disaster relief. Please come and buy a treat to support the Red Cross! Food donations are also welcome and can be brought in on Tuesday, October 24th. The Middle School would like to thank you in advance for supporting our bake sale!

- Bronté Beck

Día de los Muertos!

This year United Protestant Presbyterian Church in Palmer is helping me host a Día de los Muertos Celebration on Sunday, November 5 from 1pm-5pm. It is a time to remember loved ones who have passed on; it is particularly special to my children and I this year as we remember someone very special to us. Join us in the festivities! Bring pictures or tokens of those individuals that have been special to you and place them on our communal alter. There will be music, arts and crafts projects, food and celebration.

Some history:

Day of the Dead is an interesting holiday celebrated in central and southern Mexico during the chilly days of November 1 & 2. Even though this coincides with the Church holiday called All Soul's & All Saint’s Day, the indigenous people of Latin America have combined this with their own ancient beliefs of honoring their deceased loved ones. Day of the Dead is celebrated throughout Mexico and the Catholic world... Italy, Spain, South America and the Philippines all celebrate All Souls and All Saints Day on November 1st and 2nd. Special Masses and cleaning of the cemetery tombs are part of the traditional activities... however it's only in Central and Southern Mexico where the colorful parties take place in the cemeteries and elaborate ofrenda altars are built in the homes to honor specific family members who have passed on.

- Hazel Davidson

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In honor of Spanish Heritage Month, classes are participating in a contest called "Sabes Que?" which is Spanish for "Did You Know?" The winners for this week's drawing was Sr. McBride's class! Enjoy your piñata and congratulations!

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Thank you to Mr. Sides and our other helpful dads for bringing our bleachers home!

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Did You Know?

The world’s largest butterfly sanctuary, which spans 24 hectares, is in Bolivia. It is located 20 minutes from downtown Santa Cruz, and is open 365 days a year.

A variety of amenities are available inside the sanctuary for the visiting guests. There are restaurants, bars, tent-camping facilities, bungalows, a resort hotel, picnic and barbeque areas, a huge are’s playground, biolabs and much more. You can spend weeks — not just days — inside the sanctuary without running out of things to see.