EAGLE EXPRESS

COVID CLOSURE - END OF YEAR NEWSLETTER

Eagle Academy encourages academic excellence by integrating proven instructional methods with a challenging curriculum and high expectations.This combination provides every child with the foundation needed to achieve proficiency of Eagle Academy’s performance standards at each instructional level.

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Greetings Eagle Academy,


Next Thursday, May 21st is technically our last day of school. Traditionally, we would be celebrating this day with our annual End of Year Field-Day event. Though we are unable to host this event, due to the COVID 19 school closure, the teachers, staff, and I wanted to do something special to mark the end of school for students (and parents).


Our 6th-grade class, who unfortunately was not able to take their annual year-end trip to Kasitsna Bay in Homer this year, has generously donated some of the funds they raised for that trip to advance another EACS tradition - "Field Day" t-shirts. This year's t-shirt was designed by graduating 6-grader Adrien Lazaro. Thank you, Ms. Edison and the 6th-grade class for the wonderful donation.


Yearbooks have been printed and are in transit to Alaska from the lower-48. We hope to have them on hand for pick-up on 5/21. However, we are at the mercy of freight delivery services. If they do not arrive by 5/21, the PTO will work on a plan to get them to those families that have ordered yearbooks.


During the T-Shirt and Yearbook pick-up, we are encouraging everyone to follow Muni and ASD's COVID-19 protocols. It is recommended that individuals wear masks when you are out and about, not just for your personal protection, but for the safety and health of others. We will be utilizing a drive-thru procedure, similar to a fast-food drive-thru to distribute the t-shirts and yearbooks (if you pre-ordered one) to families


1) Please review the attached map to help us manage the traffic flow (single file). Turn right into the EACS parking lot (just as we do during morning drop-off) and proceed through to the back exit (along the playground fence). Cross over Mausel St , turn on to Artillery Road and turn right into the first Community Covenant Church parking lot entrance. Teachers will be stationed along the outer perimeter of the parking lot.


Be sure to have a sign with your family's last name and your student's first name(s) written in big bold lettering clearly visible to staff. Families should remain in their vehicles at all times.


2) K- 6 Teachers will be staggered throughout the parking lot and will have your student's

T-Shirts and yearbooks (if you purchased one through the PTO) bagged and ready to hand to you as you drive by.


3) To help keep traffic flowing we are requesting you plan to arrive according to the following schedule, however, if you can't make it during your designated time, due to conflicts, come anytime between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm.


  • 11:00 am - 12:00 pm - Students with Last Names A - G
  • 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm - Students with Last Names H - Q
  • 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm - Students Last Names R - Z


Sincerely,

Deanne Carroll - Principal

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Hello Eagle Academy families, we hope you are doing well! There was a virtual PTO meeting on April 17th and all outstanding PTO programs were discussed. We are disappointed that we won't be physically returning to school this year, and thus have had to cancel the majority of programs. But we are looking forward to having a great year next year. Here are the main highlights from the meeting:


  • Iditaread: Canceled - we encourage families to celebrate the accomplishments their readers made this year in their own unique way.
  • Garage Sale: Canceled
  • March Family Fun Night Literacy Themed: Canceled
  • Box Tops: CONGRATULATIONS 1ST GRADE for winning the 3rd Quarter! They will take the trophy with them into 2nd grade! Save clipped Box Tops for next school year. Keep scanning receipts. Anything scanned after the 3rd quarter will count toward 1st quarter 2020-2021!
  • Milk: Please see separate correspondence from PTO Treasurer Amie Mitchell (eacspto.ak@gmail.com). Refunds will be issued upon request. Deadline May 20, 2020.
  • End of Year Celebration Family Fun Night: Canceled
  • Square One Art Fundraiser: Stay tuned in the Fall 2020 for an update on this program.
  • Spring Pictures: Please reference separate update from Jennifer Bundy.
  • PTO Board Elections: Postponed until Fall 2020 for Chair, Treasurer, Parent Representative and Teacher Representative.
  • May PTO Meeting: Date TBD


We are happy to answer any questions as you have them. Please contact us at eacspto.ak@gmail.com.


Yours in all things PTO,

Christina Shontz

Milk and Pizza Friday Options

The PTO and 6th grade would like to offer the following options for those participating in milk and/or pizza Friday. Your family can choose to cash out the remaining balance for the program(s), or roll over the balance to next year. If we don’t hear from you by 5/20, thank you for your donation.


Please send an email to eacspto.ak@gmail.com with your choice (refund, rollover, donate), and if you choose to cash out, send the name to go on the check and the correct address for mailing. If you would like a confirmation of receipt, put that in the email as well. We can text or email.

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Math & Reading Review and Acceleration

Families looking for a structured Math and Reading alternative for which most students are familiar may sign up for MathWhizz and Lexia access through the summer. An ASD teacher will monitor students’ progress and touch base with families throughout the program.


Grades: K-6


Dates Available: May 26 - August 7


ASD Summer Tutoring Support

The Anchorage School District is extending summer learning with a free, optional opportunity for K-6 students to receive support in reading and math. Your student will use the online programs Lexia and/or Math Whizz while being monitored and supported by an ASD teacher. The teacher will communicate progress to families regularly through email and provide tutoring support to students as needed through Zoom or phone calls.


This tutoring program will start Summer, May 26 – June 30, with a possible extension based on student participation and is available to all ASD students in grades K-6. If your student has a current IEP or 504, we will have staff available to support. Please call or email with questions nielsen_glen@asdk12.org (907) 742-4494.

For Math Support:

Math Whizz - Students in grades K-6 can access MathWhizz at https://clever.com/in/asd using ASD credentials. Students should be active in Tutor Mode approximately 1.5 hours per week and make 3-5 progressions per week. Each student will be working at their independent learning level.


Please do not assist students with the initial assessment, as this will affect their learning path.

For Reading support:

Lexia Core5 Reading - Students in grades K-5 can access Lexia Core5 at https://clever.com/in/asd using ASD credentials. The activities in Core5 support and build on your child’s classroom curriculum and focus on developing reading skills in six areas: phonological awareness, phonics, structural analysis, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. Students’ time is recommended by the program to meet the needs of each student, ranging from 20-80 minutes a week. Each student will be working at their independent learning level.


Please do not assist students with the initial assessment, as this will affect their learning path.

For Reading support:

Lexia PowerUp Literacy - Students in grades 6-8 can access Lexia PowerUp at https://clever.com/in/asd using ASD credentials. The activities in PowerUp support and build on your school’s English Language Arts classroom curriculum, focusing on developing skills in three important areas: Word Study, Grammar, and Comprehension. Students’ time is recommended by the program to meet the needs of each student, ranging from 24-45 minutes per week in each of the three strands. Each student will be working at their independent learning level.


Please do not assist students with the initial assessment, as this will affect their learning path.

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We are here to help

Eagle Academy is an amazing community professional educators, families, and friends who have come together to support one another. The COVID 19 pandemic has thrust us into new and unchartered territory. Many of us have had to learn to let go of what we thought life would be like, make adjustments, and have started re-envisioning a new life based on current realities.


Whether it is an unexpected loss of a job, unexpected medical bills, the stress of being cooped up at home for long periods of time, or the challenge of balancing teaching your students and working from home, many in our network are finding themselves in need of support or resources.


We are all in this together. EACS and the Anchorage School district are here to help. We know that children do their best work when they and their families have the resources they need to stay healthy and happy. Please don't hesitate to reach out to your teacher or Mrs. Carroll if there is anything we can do to help.

ASD will continue to provides free meals through June 26th

As of May 21, ASD will transition to its Summer Feeding program, which will require us to modify our current service. We will be closing several school feeding sites in Eagle River and Girdwood, largely because they do not have a high enough percentage of students who qualify for the free and reduced meal program. Meeting these criteria is essential for ASD to be able to provide free meals, as it relates to funding from the Federal Government. Without such funding, ASD cannot provide this valuable service.


Additionally, all mobile and fixed feeding sites will be closed on May 22 to allow ASD to conduct Federally-mandated training of its food service workers. Service at remaining sites will continue on May 26. Families picking up food on Thursday, May 21 will be able to pick up two days of food (Thursday & Friday). Unfortunately, due to food storage limitations, ASD is not able to provide meals for May 23, 24, 25. Weekend meal service will continue again on May 29, where students can pick up meals for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.


The following school feeding sites will be closed after May 21:


  • Chugiak
  • Girdwood
  • Government Hill (Bus Route will continue)
  • Homestead
  • Ursa Major

Additionally, the following Bus Routes will stop running after May 21:


  • Route 1 – Susitna/Muldoon
  • Route 2—Airport Heights/Tyson
  • Route 3 – Klatt
  • Route 5 – Eagle River/Chugiak
  • Route 7 – Southside
  • Girdwood Route

*Route 4 – Government Hill will continue operating


The following school sites will continue food service from May 26 through June 26:


  • Abbott Loop
  • Airport Heights
  • Baxter
  • Central
  • Chester Valley
  • Chinook
  • Creekside
  • Fairview
  • Fire Lake
  • Gov’t Hill (Bus Route Only)
  • Klatt
  • Lake Hood
  • Lake Otis
  • Mountain View
  • Muldoon
  • Nunaka Valley
  • Ptarmigan
  • Russian Jack
  • Spring Hill
  • Taku
  • Williwaw
  • Willow Crest
ASD Student Nutrition Food Distribution

Mobile Food Pantry (MFP) – Anchorage

Find fruits and vegetables, dairy products, and other fresh food at no cost at Food Bank of Alaska’s Mobile Food Pantry. There are 20 mobile pantries each month in eight different Anchorage neighborhoods. Click here for locations and schedule.

Emergency Food Box Distribution

Through the end of April, we will be distributing boxes of The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) at the Tikahtnu Commons old Sam’s Club parking lot. This distribution will take place every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 5-7 pm. Please DO NOT show up before 4:30 pm on distribution days.


• Monday, Wednesday, Thursday from 5-7 pm.
• Drive-through distribution ONLY.
• One box per family, per week.
• No delivery is available for these food boxes.


Click here to see a flyer with more information.

The Children's Lunchbox

The Children’s Lunchbox in Anchorage will be providing food boxes at 5 distribution sites. The boxes will contain 2 suppers for each child present – one for the day of service and one for the following day. Children must be present to qualify. These will be provided as grab-and-go boxes in a drive-thru line. Families wil also be able to receive 2 Pantry Boxes of shelf-stable meals for a family of 4 while supplies last.


  1. Loussac Place, 200 W. 20th Ave., Anchorage, AK 99503
    Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 3:00pm-3:45pm
  2. Mt. View Boys and Girls Club parking lot, 315 Price St., Anchorage, AK 99508 – Monday, Wednesday, Friday 3:00pm-3:45pm
  3. Woodland Park Boys and Girls Club, 2300 W 36th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99517 – Monday, Wednesday, Friday 3:00pm-3:45pm
  4. Fairview Recreation Center parking lot, 1121 E 10th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501 – Monday, Wednesday, Friday 4:00pm-4:45pm
  5. Muldoon Mall, across from Fred Meyer
    Monday, Wednesday, Friday 4:00pm-4:45pm

Lutheran Social Services of Alaska Food Pantry

Our emergency food assistance is by far our largest program, providing food assistance in the LSSA Food Pantry and at our Mobile Food Pantry sites. In 2018 LSSA distributed 720,000 pounds of food to over 56,000 individuals. Clients receive government commodities and also get to choose from donated food and food purchased by LSSA. We offer additional government commodity boxes for seniors and children. The pantries are always in need of volunteers and food donations.

Hours of Operation:


​LSSA Food Pantry:

Mon: closed

Tue/Thur/Fri: 1-4pm

Wed: 4-7p

Clients can receive food once a

month.

Mobile Food Pantry: Every Tuesday, registration begins at 4:30pm, food is served starting at 5pm at the Lutheran Church of Hope parking lot. Clients can receive food weekly.

For more information contact the food pantry directly at 907-272-0643 press X 14.

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