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Presidio School Monthly Newsletter - December 2019
December 2019

Family, Eayila, Famila, Parivāra, Jiātíng - regardless of the language used, Presidio is a family of diversity. We honor, respect, and care about all members of the Presidio Family. One of my favorite aspects of Presidio is the rich and diverse culture of our school and the joy I continually find learning about the individuals within our school and how those individuals make up the diverse Presidio Family that we know and love. Sometimes with diversity come challenges. Those challenges may arise as a result of different traditions, different beliefs, and often due to different perspectives. I understand that, particularly this time of year, we can get very caught up in our own perspectives, beliefs, and/or traditions. I am so proud and grateful that I have rarely seen these challenges presented at Presidio. I want to thank you for helping us create a culture of respecting and enjoying varied cultures and traditions and learning that by doing so we see far more similarities than differences. This awareness helps each of us to approach others with more kindness and compassion and not be threatened when we don’t agree on all issues. I am so thankful for the Presidio Family diversity and greatly appreciate all that I have learned as a part of the family. Whatever/however you choose to come together this time of year, I wish you all a safe, happy, prosperous, and fun holiday season.

Happy Holidays!
Jessica Montierth Puls, Principal

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Important Dates
December 18th - Decorate a Cookie
December 19th - Early Release 12:00PM
December 19th - End of Quarter 2
December 20th - January 3rd - Winter Break
January 6th - Spirit Week, Pajama Day
January 7th - Spirit Week, Twin Day
January 8th - Spirit Week, Sports Day
January 9th - Spirit Week, Throwback Thursday
January 10th - Spirit Week, Color Day
January 11th - $1 Clothing Sale
January 14th - Presidio Spelling Bee
January 16th - Photo Retake and Class Photos
January 23rd - PTSO Meeting
Important Updates
Presidio PTSO

The next PTSO Meeting will be held on Thursday, January 23rd from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm in the Dreamcatcher Library. Curious what the PTSO has in the works? Read the meeting minutes from the our last meeting to find out.

Bring any suggestions or ideas of things that you would like to see happen at Presidio this year, as well as any resources that you have that might help.

“Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.”
-Margaret Mead

Holiday Bazaar - December 9th, 10th, 11th, and 16th, 17th, and 18th 2:30-4:00

All raised funds will go to supporting Presidio students!

$1 Clothing Sale

Date: Saturday, January 11th
Time: 9am-1pm (while supplies last)
Location: Presidio School (1695 E Fort Lowell Rd.)
***Pay with cash OR card for purchases of $20 and up!***

Tucson! Start the new year off right by shopping for a cause at Presidio School's $1 sale! On Saturday, January 11th, stop by 1695 E Fort Lowell Rd to shop a great selection of clothing and accessories - 100% of the proceeds will go to this award-winning non-profit school’s efforts to close the achievement gap. The sale starts at 9am and $1 items go quickly, so arrive early for the best selection. Pay with cash OR card for purchases of $20 and up! See you there!

Photo Retake and Class Photo Day

Photo retake, new students and group photos will be taken on January 16th, 2020. All new orders, or returned photo packages need to be turned in by January 14th , by 5:00Pm so they may be added to retake day. No late payments or packages will be accepted. This photo day isn’t a free dress day, only students getting retakes may come to school without their uniforms on, but as soon as their new photo is taken they will be required to change into their school uniform.

Find the photo retake order form on the website here

High School Drama Club

Presidio school is happy to announce that we will be starting a High School Drama Club. We have teamed up with Live Theatre Workshop to bring our High School students a Drama Club!

Through the power of play, we use theatre games, song and dance to help open your imagination and create a small showcase to perform at the end of the quarter. By working together on a common goal, students learn the importance of teamwork, focus, confidence, and a variety of developmental skills that aid in creating theatre art. Students will be introduced to theatre vocabulary, using a stage voice, theatrical body movement, and how to work together to produce a show!

We will be holding an informational meeting to learn more on Thursday January 9th, 2020 at 2:30PM in the gymnasium. Space is limited as we want each and every student to have their moment to shine on the stage. Attendance is key for this club as such each member adds creative elements to the production, Make sure you sign up by January 17th to be part of this year's High School Drama Club. The Drama Club will meet on Thursdays from 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM starting on January 23rd and finish with performing their showcase on March 12th, at 5:00PM. 

CLASSROOM & STUDENT UPDATES
Roadrunners

Our News Director is on assignment in South America!

Roadrunners have pen pals in New Hampshire. Each week we exchange friendly letters with another third grader from the small, rural town of Tamworth. Mrs. Aliperti used to teach at the K.A. Brett School, and she and Mrs. Steward were colleagues for many years. Often times our topics are weather related (they have SNOW Days in NH), but we've also been sharing writing and math strategies with one another. Sometimes, Mrs. Steward and Mrs. Aliperti read the same story to their students and we can talk about our predictions. Having a pen pal is a lot of fun! 

PS: We even FaceTime with them every Wednesday!



Middle School ELA

Mr. Opper's 8th grade students read an essay entitled Homeless written by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author Anna Quindlen. They wrote her letters responding to their feelings about the essay which he mailed to her. To his pleasure, she wrote back to him for all the students who wrote her.

High School Social Studies

AP US History and World History classes have been working on some projects to help with the brain drain of finals. 

First the AP US History class was tasked to create Instagram posts from the perspective of a historical Civil War figure. Each student had to create posts as well as craft comments for other posts as if they were that person. Several students created real Instagram accounts which can be found at fearlessapushleader on Instagram. It has been great fun seeing how must research went into these posts and how a 21st century teenager can capture the voice of a 19th century figure. 

The AP World History class has also taken a brain break by exploring the music of the Romantic Era. After watching Bugs Bunny's "What's Opera Doc?" they were tasked to create their own story set to a piece of classical music. The story could be hand drawn or created on PowerPoint. The story had to capture the mood of the piece. Students will be presenting their original work to the class this week.

High School Science

the AP Environmental Science students designed solar ovens. They were tasked with engineering an oven that would heat a s‘more faster than their competitors. They also had an opportunity to revise their oven design after an initial trial run.

GATE

Model UN
Students going to Model United Nations are still raising funds. The Bazaar has been amazing! If you are still looking to give, these students are 60% of the way to their goal of fundraising to go to NYC! Please consider donating and getting the tax credit.

If you would like to purchase tamales, please let Ms. Bush know. Hayleigh Navarro is busy making and selling tamales to raise money to help cover some of her Model UN travel expenses.


Garden
The garden is sprouting and we are having garden parties in Sustainability!

Early Elementary Art

Kinder kids used paper to create Cardinals (a native species of bird that does not migrate during the winter) to celebrate the upcoming Holliday Season. (Pictures are of Ms. Jessica's Red Caterpillar class)

First and second grade finished up their Rain-sticks (in recognition of Native American Awareness) and began to explore three dimensional figures. Ms. Kruse's class are posing with their rain sticks. and created the penguins. Also, Mrs. Kruse's students created penguins and Mrs. Garcia's Toucans created reindeers.

Middle School Art

This delightful oil pastel art work by seventh grader Bailey Puls combines the whimsy of popular culture- Grumpy Cat, with the classical art history subject and palette colors found in the Mona Lisa!

Presidio School

1695 E. Fort Lowell Rd., Tucson
Arizona 85719 United States

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