Grizzly Gazette: December 2020

News you can use from Dena'ina Elementary School

Principal Post

Dear Dena'ina Families,

The first half of the year is quickly coming to a close. When we opened in August we weren't sure what the year would look, but between the efforts of our district leadership, public health, school staff and all of our families, school for us has been open much more than we anticipated. Through all the changes, our staff has been working diligently to continue providing a safe environment and keeping the focus on learning.

Our winter benchmark testing has started this week with AIMSWeb in grades K-3. This quick test is a measurement of reading fluency and/or pre-reading skills. MAP testing begins next week for all grades. The MAP Family Report will be sent home with your student before winter break begins. We anticipate that for some students, academic gains may not be where they would typically be at by this time of year given a number of factors at play. Teachers meet with their teams weekly or biweekly to examine student growth and plan for meeting each individual's needs.

From our Grizzly Family to yours, we wish you a safe, healthy and happy holiday season!


Mrs. Everett

** COVID-Related Info & Updates **

Click here for the how students can return to school from travel if your family is planning on going out of state.

Click here for reminders about students being excluded from school for symptoms.

Click here for the household quarantine guide.

CLICK HERE to go directly to the district's coronavirus page that is resources/forms for families.

Special Santa

Dena'ina is proud to partner with Mat-Su Special Santa again as a drop off site. If you would like to donate new, unwrapped toys for this cause, please send them to school with your child or drop them off at the front office. If your family is in need of this service, see the links below for the application forms. You can also contact the front office or your child's teacher to request the packet be sent home. 864-5600

Special Santa 2020 Parent/Guardian Sign-Up Form

Special Santa 2020 Parent Instruction Form

Special Santa 2020 Child Wishlist

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Upcoming Events...

  • Tuesday, December 1st - AIMSWeb testing begins grades K-3
  • Monday, December 7 - MAP testing begins, all grades
  • Friday, December 18 - Classroom celebrations, semester wrap up and December Pep Rally
  • December 19 - January 5th WINTER BREAK

**Monday, January 4th is a teacher work day, no school.

Winter Wonderland

Check out our winter wonderland at school, and how kids reacted coming back on Monday after Thanksgiving break! Thank you to our wonderful paras and tutors for putting this together!

Lego Robotics

In years past we started a Lego Robotics club that was so popular we couldn't fit everyone in. Now, we have built up enough kits that we are able to have Lego Robotics for all kids, taught by Mrs. Luce during library!