Chinook News for Wk of 4/17-4/21

Your every Sunday oh-FISH-al school newsletter!


This Week: 4/17-4/21

  • 4/17-4/21- This is an HEALTH Week (FYI: Art/Health is on a rotating schedule)
  • 4/17-4/21 - GYM Schedule / Mr. Hall INSIDE gym & Ms. Straubinger OUTSIDE gym
  • 4/17-4/21- Make Up AK Star Assessments for 3rd-6th grade (more info below)

  • MON, 4/17 - m CLASS Testing for K-3 (more info below)
  • TUE, 4/18 - m CLASS Testing for K-3 (more info below)

Looking ahead...

  • 4/29 - Chinook Barnes & Noble Bookfair Day
  • 5/2 - 6th Gr. Band/Orchestra Sonic Boom Concert (check email for more info)
  • 5/3 - Walk, Bike, & Roll to School (more info to come)
  • 5/5 - Deadline to order yearbooks (more info below)
  • 5/16 - Dimond Grad Walk (tentative / more info to come)
  • 5/16 - Field Day (More info to come)
  • 5/17 - Talent Show (more info to come)
  • 5/23 - 6th Grade Moving on Ceremony (more info to come)

Summer Learning Opportunities with ASD

LINK HERE for info regarding summer options for various programs:

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School Attendance: Our goal is 90%

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Let's be prepared...

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As part of The Alaska Reads Act, the State of Alaska requires that districts administer an early literacy screening tool three times a year to students in grades K-3 to identify potential reading difficulties in order to improve reading outcomes for students. Families can read more about this comprehensive K-3 reading policy at The Alaska Reads Act website:

mClass is the new ASD benchmark screening and progress monitoring tool for students in grades K-3 in reading. mClass replaces the FastBridge screening tools starting in the Spring 2023 and replaces the reading progress monitoring tools in the fall 2023. Educators in grades 4-6 may also use mClass with students as a screening and progress monitoring tool. mClass utilizes curriculum-based measures and is used by schools as part of the ASD Comprehensive Assessment System to support informed instructional decisions.

The Alaska Department of Education & Early Development explains the decision to adopt mClass as the statewide literacy screener here:

mClass screening assessments will only be administered in-person.

  • Chinook will be m Class testing on Monday, 4/17 and Tuesday, 4/18.

Results for K-3 students that were assessed during a benchmark window, will be available in Parent Connect the week after the benchmark window closes ParentConnection Login Information and Reference Guide:

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Coming May 4th - Chinook Multicultural Night

Order your yearbook by May 5th! EVERY 6th grader gets a FREE yearbook!

Come work with us!

  • Do you want to join our Chinook team?
  • Do you know of a strong educator that would be great on our Chinook team?

To best educate your students, our goal is to have ALL positions filled with high quality staff. Help us do that by getting the word out...

We are hiring for next year (23/24):

We are working hard to fill all of our positions for next year. LINK here to see some of our new hires that will be joining our Chinook community for the 23/24 school year!

Are you looking to get involved?!?

The Chinook PTA is looking for candidates for the upcoming Chinook PTA board election for 2023-24 school year. Nominations can be sent to no later than Friday, April 21st with a brief description about you and why you would like to run for a position. You must be an approved ASD volunteer to be nominated for the board and only current PTA members may vote during the election. Let us know if you have any questions.

Cheers to another great year! ~Chinook Elementary PTA

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Open Optional Parents...are you looking to get more involved?!?

COSA Board

Chinook Optional School Association is also looking for new board members. If you are interested is running for the COSA board, please email:

Lottery Dates

Still interested in the lottery? Know someone who is?

Fall Lottery Dates for 2023-2024 School Year
Below are important dates for the fall 2023 lottery:

  • April 14 – Parent notifications released April 14 at 5:00 p.m.
  • April 14 – The lottery system will begin accepting applications for the fall 2023-2024 lottery.
  • July 21 – Lottery closes for applications at 5:00 pm.
  • July 25 – Lottery runs.
  • July 28 – Parent notifications of lottery results go out at 5:00 pm.
  • July 28 – Lottery closes to applications until February 2024.


Some of the larger summer programs are already opening registration.

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Chinook Vision Statement

We, the staff and students at Chinook Elementary, commit ourselves to working together to provide a positive and safe school environment that strives to meet the needs of our diverse community of learners.‌