Phoenix Flyer

Volumen 13, Edicion 5 - Octubre 18, 2019

Minutos de Mrs. Hutchins

Immersion Education – Teaching academic content in another language

Hello Fronteras Families!

Thank you to everyone who attended our Hispanic Heritage festivities last Friday! The performances and overall presentation gets better and better each year! We appreciate you taking time to support everyone’s hard work! Thank you for all the extra work many of you did to create traditional costumes, artwork, and performances! Congratulations to Sra. Rene’e and her first graders for winning the Heritage Wall display competition! They did a beautiful job representing the 5 regions of Colombia!

We were excited to celebrate all the students who were recognized for their awesome effort, extra hard work, or super social skills at the Awards Assembly this afternoon! Thank you to all who were able to attend and show support as well!

Picture retakes are next Tuesday, beginning around 8am. Students in grades K-5 will attend the annual Fire Safety Assembly on Friday the 25th.

Parent conferences are Thursday, October 31st from 7:00am to 10:30am and 11:30am to 2:30pm. Kiddos in costume will be able to Trick or Treat at the lobby coffee stand with me! Friday, November 1st is a Professional Development day for staff, so students have an extra day off!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Most Sincerely,

Mrs. Hutchins

“Every time I avoid eating Halloween candy, I reward myself by eating Halloween candy.”

Thank you Parents for continuing to tell us your why!

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Scholastic Book Fair!

The Scholastic Book Fair starts today, Friday, October 18th! The book fair will be from 2:30 to 4:00pm on school days from October 18th to October 30th and all day during Parent-Teacher Conferences on October 31st. Ask your teacher if they have a wish list for the fair to add more books to their classroom! If you would like to volunteer to help at the book fair there is a sign-up sheet posted outside the library or contact Kirsten at or 315-7753.

Quarter 2 After School Enrichment Clubs!

Quarter 2 After School Enrichment Club sign ups will be held on Monday, October 21st starting at noon! Forms went home with students on Wednesday, October 16th. Extra Forms are available on the website and at the front desk! Quarter 2 After School Enrichment Clubs will begin on Monday, October 28th!


· Mr. and Mrs. Shea – Art Club

· Mrs. Simeck and Mr. Johnson – Flag Football

· Mrs. Roushar – Detective Club

· Mrs. Aay – Art Club

· Mrs. Vinson – Space Club

· Mrs. Lavea – American Sign Language

· Mrs. McKee – Nature Club

· Mrs. Carlsen and Mr. Trimble – Culture Club

· Mr. and Mrs. Godbold – Lego Club

This is a shout out to ALL the parent VOLUNTEERS that took their personal time and shared their talents to lead all the Quarter 1 After School Enrichment Clubs!

These clubs and sports teams are not a right. They are a privilege. The volunteers listed above, and all future club/sports leaders should be shown appreciation for teaching/coaching your children the entire quarter! Students and parents can show their gratefulness by being on time for pick-up and being respectful at all times to the leaders and other club participants.

School Picture Retake Day

School picture retake day will be on Tuesday, October 22nd in the Fronteras gym! Retake reminders went home with students on Wednesday, October 16th. Order online at, Picture Day ID is AK219007Q1. Extra paper order forms are available at the front desk!

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent-Teacher conferences will be held on Thursday, October 31st, 7:00am to 10:30am and 11:30am to 2:30pm. All conferences are held in the gym and are first come first serve. Conference time should take no more than 15 minutes. If you need more time with your student's teacher, please schedule a meeting for a later date.

2019-2020 Fronteras Yearbook Ordering!

Order your 2019-2020 Fronteras Yearbook by October 31st and save 10%! Please refer to the attached flyer and/or link below for steps to order your yearbook!

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Lost & Found

Lost & Found is already full and will be taken to Good Will on Friday, November 1, 2019 at 3:00pm! We encourage parents and students to go through it regularly.

You're Killin' Me, Smalls!

Please pull all the way forward during morning and afternoon drop off. Please encourage your child to exit your vehicle from the right side and onto the sidewalk versus the left side into traffic. If they trip, slip or stumble getting out, they can be injured by a vehicle driving by.

2019 Annual Fronteras Holiday Bazaar!

Join us for a fun and family friendly annual event that benefits the 8th grade trip to Puerto Rico! Get an early start to your holiday shopping with something for everyone! See the attached flyer below for more information! If you are an interested vendor who would like to participate in the 2019 Fronteras Annual Holiday Bazaar, vendor registration forms are available on the link below, the website calendar and at the front desk!

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Synergy Gradebook News!

As you know, we launched a new Student Information System (SIS) this year called Synergy. Overall, we received very positive feedback from parents regarding the registration process in Synergy ParentVue, and we sincerely hope your experience with registration was smooth. This new SIS is more intuitive and user-friendly, but as you can imagine, the learning curve for all of our user groups has been steep. Our teachers and staff have spent countless hours training, troubleshooting, and collaborating with colleagues as they learn the new system, especially with the new Synergy Gradebook. We ask for your patience as teachers learn the new Gradebook system and as we work through issues that inevitably arise with such a big change. Please know that even if grades are not posted for all subjects in ParentVue this quarter, teachers are keeping records of your child’s progress and will be able to post accurate first quarter grades on the first quarter report card. You can expect to see more grades posted in ParentVue as we progress through our learning curve, and again we thank you for your patience. As always, we encourage you to reach out to your child’s teacher if you have any questions about your child’s progress. Thank you for your continued support of our school.

School District Tardy Policy

BP 5144.1 C. 2. Attendance

Studies have shown that student attendance at school is directly related to student success. Parents, students, and schools need to work together to promote attendance and success. In order to effectuate positive results and good communication, an automated telephone call will be made to the parents when a student is absent; a written notice will be mailed to the parents after five days of absence. After nine days of absenteeism, the student’s absences will be considered habitual and another written notice will be mailed to the parents. In cases of habitually truant students, a referral may be made to the Office of Children’s Services. After ten cumulative absences in a semester an administrative, parent, and student conference is required. Schools are encouraged to have positive incentive programs to reward good attendance by students and staff. Parents are encouraged to take an active role in student attendance and to alert the school when their child is to be absent. It is the responsibility of the student to make arrangements to keep up with schoolwork when he or she is absent from school.

Students in grades K-5 who attend a minimum of 3.5 hours, regardless of the time of the day, are present for a full day. Students who attend less than 3.5 hours, regardless of the time of the day, are present for a half day.

A student is considered tardy 5 minutes after the start of elementary school and after the bell rings for each class in middle and high school.

High school and middle school absences are to be recorded for each class period on the district’s student information system by the teacher.

The principal shall have the final authority and discretion on matters related to such discipline for truancy.

October 11th was another successful and wonderful Spanish Heritage Celebration!

Thank You APC Board for sponsoring our Heritage outfits!

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Student Ambassadors, Karsyn and Kaija presenting Nova with a certificate and Subway cookie coupon for submitting the winning suggestion for a Fancy Day for November 15th Spirit Day!

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A Message from our Student Ambassadors!

Hello Fronteras Students and Families,

Last week we held our Hispanic Heritage Celebration. We would like to congratulate all the flag bearers, staff, and students who participated. Thank you to everyone who voted for their favorite wall display. The winner is Sra. Rene’e’s Colombia display!

This week we talked about Red Ribbon Week (drug and violence prevention) at our Awards Assembly. We ask that you talk with your family members about what Red Ribbon Week means to you. We also attended our first MSBSD Student Advisory Board meeting along with our middle school student body President, Gwyn Burningham. Student Advisory meetings are held monthly and we meet with student representatives from other schools in the Valley. If you have a suggestion that would benefit public school students, put it in our suggestion box at the front office and we will take it to our next Student Advisory meeting. Remember, the purpose of the suggestion box is for you or your student to submit ideas for Spirit Day, offer suggestions, or voice a concern.

The upcoming Sprit Day is Costume Day on October 30th and November 15th is Fancy Day!

We are in the process of planning a food drive around Thanksgiving. Stay tuned for more information.

We hope you all have a wonderful weekend!


Kaija Backus & Karsyn Adams Fronteras Student Ambassadors


October Birthdays!

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Did You Know?

Each of the three moods in Spanish grammar (indicative, imperative and subjunctive) has 17 tenses!