Susitna Elementary News

Week of February 1st, 2021

Current averaged COVID count as of 1/29:
14 day rolling average is 57 for Anchorage Municipality
7 day rolling average is 54 for Anchorage Municipality


8th- 4th and 5th graders return to in-person

15th- Presidents Day- NO SCHOOL

26th- District-wide Asynchronous Learning Day

*Please note, there will be no Parent-Teacher Conferences this month. These have been changed to full school days.

Hello Susitna Families,

It’s been great seeing our PreK-3rd grade students back in the building! We look forward to seeing our 4th and 5th graders back on February 8, 2021. If you have any questions about this return, please let us know in the office.

If your child is experiencing any Covid-19 symptoms, please keep them home. Give us a call at school (907-742-1400), and we can help talk you through what to do next. Also, if your child is absent, expect a call from the school to check in. Remember to continue to talk to your child(ren) about following the 3 W’s: Wear your mask, Wash your hands, and Watch your space.

Thank you for your continued support,

Kaitlin Tallman

Acting Principal

Susitna Elementary




If there is ever a change of transportation for your child or children please always call the office and let us know before 2:30 pm. We will work hard to get the messages to your child's teacher.

Thank you!

Legal Bindings


If your family has any kind of legal bindings in place please be sure the office has a copy. This applies to all custody, name change, adoption, etc. This is extremely important to help us to keep your child safe as well as keeping records updated.

Thank you!

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Anchorage Parks and Recreation

Anchorage Parks and Recreation is partnering with ASD to open up select elementary school ice rinks for community use!

These rinks were chosen for their outdoor lighting and will be maintained by parks and recreation throughout winter.

Each rink will also have rules posted at each site. Happy skating!

Updated Face Coverings Guidance:

The ASD face-covering guidance documents have been updated to reflect current CDC guidance on masks (CDC “Your Guide to Masks” updated January 13). The following documents can be shared with families:

Apply for Free Breakfast and Lunch Program for the next School Year Now!


Families with students at pricing schools are encouraged to apply. Please include all ASD students in your household in the student section on the meal application, regardless of where they attend school, so we may certify your family in one application together. You may apply at any time of the year if your circumstances change due to layoffs, adding people to your households, or decreased income. If all of your ASD students attend Community Eligible Program (CEP) schools, no application is required.

We are required to only use the address on file with the school. To ensure proper and timely delivery of your benefit information, please contact the school registrar to make sure the parent/guardian address is correct, and the student address (in the student profile) is up to date.

Barnes & Noble K-6 Book Drive

Title VI Indian Education will be providing up to three free books per eligible K-6 student. Up to 600 students will be served for Title VI K-6 Book Drive from January 25- February 16.

School Climate and Connectedness Survey

The Anchorage School District administers the School Climate and Connectedness Survey (SCCS) to students in grades 3-12 and school-based staff. The SCCS is a voluntary statewide survey taken by students and staff since 2006, developed by the American Institutes for Research (AIR) in partnership with the Alaska Association of School Boards (AASB) and Panorama Education. It measures positive school climate, how connected students feel to adults and peers, social and emotional learning, and observed risk behaviors at school or school events.

ASD uses the data in strategic planning, evaluating programs, and improving community-school relationships both at the school and district level.

Research has shown that when students feel safe, connected, and engaged in their schools they are more successful learners and exhibit fewer risk behaviors.

MAP Growth Newsletter Information 2020-2021

MAP Growth is the ASD benchmark assessment for students in grades 3-9 in reading and mathematics. Grades 10-12 also take MAP Growth as part of Tier II and Tier III reading and mathematics courses.

MAP Growth is an online assessment tool used for instructional purposes. MAP Growth is an adaptive assessment that provides each student with a personalized testing experience with data that speaks to their individual progress and growth in mathematics and reading. Practice tests and accommodations are available. MAP Growth will be administered in person during the benchmark windows for 2020-2021:

* Benchmark 1—January 19 - February 22

* Benchmark 2—April 19 - May 7

MAP Growth practice tests are available to allow students the opportunity to become familiar with the types of questions and tools available on the actual MAP Grow assessments such as the highlighter and calculator. Practice tests are provided at and require login information (USERNAME: grow PASSWORD: grow) to access.

JNYO is virtual this year! Individual submissions will be accepted for each event during the 2-week event submission window. No teams this year. Parents will register and submit videos for event competition and scoring.

*Please see the documents below!

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