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Presidio School Monthly Newsletter - September 2019
September 2019

Presidio Family,

Our year has been off to a hectic, wonderful start so far. Our students have adjusted well to their new classrooms, teachers, and principal. Our staff have had to grow and adjust to their new students in the midst of navigating numerous technological challenges and accountability requests and we, as a family, have had to adjust to new leadership, a new Student Information System, and all of the ins and outs that come with a new school year. Through it all, we have learned together. As someone who is learning a new role, I can honestly say that learning is challenging, sometimes complicated, occasionally painful, but always worth it. I am so fortunate to be part of the #PresidioFamily where learning and growth are valued and celebrated, where we can "make mistakes and have fun" (thank you for this quote, Mrs. Frizzel, Magic School Bus), and where we are safe to explore - to learn who we are and who we want to be. That's what makes the Presidio Family so special. Thank you all for working together to create a safe, healthy, educationally rich environment where we can all learn and grow!

Happy September,

Jessica Montierth
Principal, Presidio School

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Important Dates
Tuesday, October 1st - Picture Day (K-2, high school)
Tuesday, October 1st - Drama Club (Grades 4-8) Presents Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Wednesday, October 2nd - Picture Day (Grades 3-8)
Friday, October 4th - Early Release 12:00pm
Friday, October 4th - Family Night - Dinosaurs Live
Saturday, October 5th - Wright Flight Day (5th Grade)
October 5th thru 11th - Fall Break No School
Saturday, October 12th - Wright Flight Day (6th Grade)
Thursday, October 17th - PTSO Meeting
Tuesday, October 22nd - Dine Out with Presidio
Important Updates
Presidio PTSO

The next PTSO Meeting will be held on Thursday, October 17th 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

Family Night - Dinosaurs Live

Our next Family Night is scheduled for Friday, October 4, 2019; 5:30-7:30pm

Dinosaurs Live is a free event for our families.

Dinosaurs Live is an interactive educational experience that will introduce students and their families to prehistoric times when dinosaurs roamed the earth.

The event will be held in the Gymnasium and will include activities and promotional materials.

All students need to be accompanied by an adult.

Don't Forget!
Office Event and Reminder Screens

Don't forget to check the Office Event and Reminder screens in both offices for important information on upcoming events and announcements! 

Dreamcatcher Library

The Dreamcatcher Library is now open daily! The library will be available for students to peruse and check out /return books from 7:15 - 7:45 am and from 3:35 - 4:15 pm each school day. Come see what our library has to offer!
History & Humanities Festival

To the families of our Presidio Students,

Exciting News!

We are pleased to announce that Presidio School is planning our second annual  History and Humanities festival, to be held on Friday, November 1, 2019.

The festival will be held during the school day, beginning with a costume parade, and including many fun activities for your students. The activities will celebrate history and reading as well as music and art.

For the costume parade, and to wear all day, students and staff may dress in costumes that show a time in history or a character from a book. It is not necessary to wear a costume for the festival, however, any costumes worn need to be either about a book or from a time in history. All costumes need to be something that the children can wear throughout a busy and active day. As with any costumes at a Presidio School event, costumes may not include weapons of any kind, and all must be something that is appropriate for the school setting. No masks will be allowed. We want to see everyone’s happy face.  ☺

It is fun to discover costume ideas on-line by using a search engine or by asking your child about a favorite book character that he/she might like to be.  You can also plan for your child to dress as someone from a time in history that fascinates him/her.

If you have any questions, please ask your child’s teacher. We are all very willing to help

Happily and Sincerely,
The Festival Committee

Here are some ideas for costumes, just to get the creativity going: 

1950s teenagers- poodle skirts, with a tucked-in blouse, ponytail or puffy hair with bow or jeans, sneakers, white T shirts tucked in, slicked-back hair.

Royalty- a dress and a crown for queens or big long-sleeved shirt, belted at the waist, with pants and a crown for kings

Rodeo folks- jeans, buttoned shirt, bandana, hats are nice

Indigenous people- soft leather-colored pants and shirts, appropriate headgear (do some research for this one, to respectfully represent the people)

Book characters- Look at the illustrations of a favorite book. Notice what makes that character recognizable. For example, think of Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz. She needs that blue gingham dress and red shoes. Harry Potter needs that dark hair and scar on his face. The Cat in the Hat needs that black body and tall red and white stripped hat. You will see it. ☺

Historical figures- Do as for the book characters. Look at photos and drawings. Harriet Tubman needs a long dress and a head kerchief. George Washington needs those knee breeches and a white ponytail. Sally Ride needs a white jumpsuit with a NASA logo.

Make Dinner a Selfless Act
Dine Out With Presidio - Boo Bash
Oct 22, 2019, 04:00 PM
Oct 22, 2019, 07:00 PM
4120 N Oracle Rd, N Oracle Rd 4120, Tucson, United States
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October Dine Out
Peter Piper Pizza

Roadrunners are publishing personal narratives. Students are writing stories featuring memorable moments from their life. Details are told bit by bit. Readers come to envision what the narrator was thinking, feeling, doing, and saying as the story is read. Dialogue is included and the use of paragraphing. Writers are learning how to paragraph for dialogue, when the story moves forward in time, or when a new subtopic is described. It's hard work! All narratives have been published on slides in our Google Classroom. 

Shared Writing Experience
3rd Grade Roadrunners
Mrs. Aliperti 

High School Science

The environmental science students contrasted the efficacy of homemade and store-bought cleaning products, made their own vermicompost bins, and studied the composition of soil. They also wrote and edited their own sustainable cookbook in an effort to raise money for their Spring trip to Sea Camp in San Diego. These books are available for $10. Email if you are interested in purchasing a copy of this unique limited edition cookbook! The honors biology students reviewed the roles of various macromolecules at interactive stations, wrote analogies to remember the cell organelle functions, and built cell models to contrast surface area and volume ratios. The chemistry students calculated the number of atoms in various elemental samples using dimensional analysis, and even determined the number of atoms in the (very short!) height of a sample of aluminum foil. Finally, the AP Biology students made lipid models using molecular modeling sets, contrasted the pH of various digestive enzymes, and observed how various solutions changed the size, volume, and density of gummy bears. 


Numeral 2 - Swans a Swimming

1st Grade lesson involving the use of the number 2 to create a basic shape from which students add other shapes to create a sketch of a swan floating on water.

Drama Club
October 1
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

On Tuesday, October 1 at 5:00pm the Presidio Drama Club invites the Presidio Community to their presentation of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Doors open at 4:45pm and admission is free!

Miranda Medlen-Ursell
Representing Presidio School at the National Youth Leadership Forum: Medicine

Huge Congratulations to Miranda Medlen-Ursell who has been selected to represent Presidio School at the National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF): Medicine in June of 2019!! Miranda's selection was based on her exemplary academic record and her interest in the field of medicine. NYLF Medicine represents an opportunity for Miranda to receive hands-on experience and valuable insight from health care professionals that will help her succeed in her future medical studies and career. By taking part in this program, Miranda will learn all about the medical school application process, explore the many career options available, and specifically identify strategies, academic pathways, and career skills she will need to be successful in the medical and allied health fields.  

The NYLF Medicine is a 9-day conference in Washington D.C. The fees for the conference can range up to $3,995 not including her plane ticket. In order to reserve her spot in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity $500 will be due on or before November 9th. To help with the costs and to ensure Miranda is able to attend the NYLF Medicine conference a GoFundMe account has been created. If you would like to contribute please click the button below to help Miranda represent Presidio at this prestigious event.  

Help Miranda Now
Supply Requests

3-12 Campus - Requesting sponges to be used for ice packs or a donation of reusable ice packs.

Dance - Requesting masses of 1 to 2 GALLON sized ZIP-LOCK style baggies. These are available at the Dollar Store. Every single box helps!

Dance needs donations of all sizes of gently used:

  • BALLET SHOES, leather only please  (we have many ordered, but if you have some you can donate, thank you) 
  • BLACK SOCKS (all sizes, as most students will be needing plain solid black socks for the show)
  • BLACK SHORT SLEEVE PLAIN t-shirts - All sizes; Many boys in multiple classes will be wearing these, and it is a common thing each year to have boys/men wear.
  • BLACK LONG SLEEVE Men's button down shirts: (These will be worn open or wrapped around the waist, For 6th grade Chargers Class)

6th/7th Math &Science Requesting 40 pieces of 6x6 cuts of sand paper and around the same amount of wax paper.

Presidio School

1695 E. Fort Lowell Rd., Tucson
United States

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