April Newsletter

K-Beach Elementary School

A Message from Mrs. Van Slyke

It is hard to believe that we have just a couple of months left of school before we part for summer break. I want to thank our school community for your support this year. Our students benefit from your support!

Our intermediate students, third through sixth grade, have been completing the state required Alaska STAR assessment. This is a standardized test that is administered online. Our students have put forth a great amount of effort and have taken pride in demonstrating what they know while completing this assessment. Please join us in celebrating your students' hard work and excellent attitudes as they return home from their testing days! The results of this assessment will be forthcoming.

Positive Office Referrals

Congratulations to our students who earned a positive office referral during the month of March. Way to go!

Carter Agosti

Kyra Gray

Mary Wassilie

Milo Bogart

Miriam Huhtagaard

Avah Cozzini

Reagan Schoditsch

Jackson Udelhoven

Joshua Yamaoka

James Kitson

Natasha McCaughey

Brayden Butler

Scarlett Welch

Greyson Boze

Owen Derzab

Alina Mathew

Natalie Bouton

Campbell Glosser

Emmett Ophelan

Noah King

Lillian Burger

Brielle Semmons

Holland Nyboer

Raegan Lingenfelter

Macy Riggins

Sydney Wortham

Tristan Perry

Serenity Puffinberger

Carley Coveyou

Sophia Williams

Layla Patillo

Troy Brannon-Perez

Raychel Jackson

Da'Layla Patillo

Mya Gulley

Raychel Jackson

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Counselor Corner

Our class lessons for kindergarten through fifth grades continue to focus on problem-solving using the acronym STEP.

Ask your child(ren) whether they know the four problem solving steps:

  1. Say the problem without blame
  2. Think of safe and responsible solutions
  3. Explore potential consequences
  4. Pick the best solution and make a plan

Although there are various approaches to problem-solving, we encourage your children to use these steps when faced with a challenge. It is also important to remind students to use their calming skills so that they can do their best thinking before they try to solve problems.

Here are a few ideas where these skills can be used:

  • Following through with reading goals
  • Playing fair with classmates at free choice time in class or recess
  • Getting along with brothers and sisters
  • Completing responsibilities at home or school

Our sixth-grade students continue to explore the world of careers. Each student has their own personal portfolio at www.AKCIS.org that can be accessed at home. This portfolio will be available to students throughout their middle and high school years. As a reminder, you can review your child’s progress by asking them to login to their account from home.

Please be sure to reach out to Mr. Bultsma (907-260-1322 or sbultsma@kpbsd.k12.ak.us), if you have any questions or concerns.

Unexcused Absences Update

As you may already know, one of our school goals this year focuses on reducing the number of unexcused absences. At the start of third quarter, we began sending reminder messages to parents if their child was absent for the day and not excused. We are happy to report that our number of unexcused absences was cut by 50% during the third quarter. Thank you for helping us work towards meeting our goal!

Parent Input Form for the 2023-2024 School Year

Each spring we provide parents the opportunity to provide input into the classroom placement of their child for the following school year. This input can be very helpful to the school staff when placing students into classes. This form will be used to assist in making class placement decisions. If you have questions about the placement process, please contact Mrs. Van Slyke.

So that your input may be considered during the placement process, this form must be submitted no later than Thursday, May 18th at 3:00pm. Forms submitted after that date may not be considered in the placement process. You may use the link below or request a paper copy form the office.

2023-2024 Parent Input Form

Assessment Advisory Panel

The Assessment Advisory Panel serves the purpose of advising DEED on issues related to the design, development, and implementation of an effective and secure statewide comprehensive assessment system and corresponding accountability and support systems. The panel engages in discussion around key assessment topics and activities, providing essential input and feedback to DEED. Members also assist DEED with information distribution and promotion across the state as part of the effort to support schools and districts. Interested panel members should complete the AAP Application form. A committee of DEED staff will review the applications and make selections to fill the Assessment Advisory Panel and notify all applicants regardless of selection. Panel members will serve a two-year term.

Upcoming Dates

  • April 7th: Make Up Snow Day - School is in Session
  • April 13th: PTO Meeting in the library at 3:00 pm
  • April 14th: Early Release, Dismissal at 12:55 pm, Kinder Round Up 2:30-3:30
  • April 20th: Site Council Meeting in the library at 2:50 pm
  • May 5th: Art Show 5:00-6:30
  • May 8th - May 12th: Teacher Appreciation Week
  • May 18th: Last Day of School and End-of-Year BBQ