Big Lake Elementary Newsletter

MARCH 9, 2017

DR. SEUSS NIGHT TONIGHT

DR. SEUSS NIGHT MARCH 9th 5-7PM

Come dressed as your favorite Dr. Seuss Character, enjoy a free taco dinner, be creative and have some great family fun.


This week there’s a celebration for all to enjoy.

A celebration of someone who brought us much joy!

Dr. Seuss had a birthday and wants us to know.

That this Thursday night is when our school will show,

how we can have fun with his books, not one but them all.

There is fun for all ages, the big and the small.

You will eat lots and make things and move quite a bit.

Come from 5-7 pm and we will do way more than sit, sit, sit.


Enjoy some of the Dr. Seuss activities: make your own butter, take selfies, make Yertle the Turtle and a Wocket for your pocket, ring a gack, make and decorate a hat, plus 9 more. We hope to see you there.

SPRING BREAK

FRIDAY, MARCH 10th

No school for students on Friday, March 10th, this is a teacher work day to end 3rd quarter.

SPRING BREAK MARCH 13-17th

Spring break is the week of March 13th.

School resumes on Monday March 20th.

FALL BACK SPRING FORWARD

Daylight Savings Time:

It is time to spring forward 1 hour on Sunday March 12th.

SCHOOL HAPPENINGS

IDIT - A - READ

It's Idit-A-Read time!

Please start keeping track of the minutes you are reading and help us reach Nome in the Month of March. The Big Lake Elementary Idit-A-Read race has begun. Two calendars were sent home last week to help you keep track of the minutes you read at home for the month of March. One calendar is for the students to record their reading minutes and must be initialed by the parents and the second calendar is for the parents to record their reading minutes and please have your child initial that calendar to verify for the teacher. The Calendars will be turned in on Thursdays to the classroom teacher who will record the minutes for the Idit-A-Read team to mark the trail. Students and classrooms can earn prizes along the trail for all the hard work they put into reading. Follow the trail with the Dr. Seuss Characters in the hallways of our school to see how the students, parents and classrooms are doing and most of all just keep on reading!!!!

PEAKS TESTING

All 3rd, 4th and 5th graders will be taking the State of Alaska’s annual assessment. This year our test has been designed from a new company and is called the PEAKS Test. Testing will take place on April 4th and 5th. All students in grades 3, 4, and 5 will take a language arts and math assessment and the 4th graders will also take the Science test. This year the test will be a paper test instead of a computer based one. This should reduce the number of technical issues that greatly affected the testing last year. To help your child do his or her best on this test please encourage them and even though the sunshine is out more and more please make sure they are getting plenty of sleep and are ready to work hard. These tests can be a stressful time for your child so please continue to recognize the positives and encourage them along the way.

XC SKIING

Cross country skiing will continue until the snow melts, which might be the end of April. The coaches will let the students know when there isn't enough snow to continue.


A reminder of when your student will ski: Mondays is for 5th and kindergarten, Tuesdays is 1st and 3rd grades, Wednesday is 2nd and 4th grade, unless you made arrangements with the coaches to have your student ski on a different day.


If for some reason, you would like your student to ride the bus home instead of staying after school for skiing, please call the school office at 892.9700 to let us know.

Coach Welsh and Mickelson

LEGOS

4th Grade Lego Robotics still has openings!

Get your permission slip in a.s.a.p.!

We will meet March 22,23,29, 30 after school!

$25 includes a shirt.

MUSIC NOTES

Congrats to the band students for doing a fantastic job at the combined band concert this past week! It was so exciting to hear our band students so prepared and blend so well with the other bands.


Upcoming Keyboarding/Piano Club will be offered for the remainder of the year starting after Spring Break on Tuesdays beginning March 21st from 8:30am-9am for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students. Completed permission with cash or check for $5 may be returned to the school office. Or pay online at schoolcashonline.com with a debit or credit card. Return completed permission slip to the school office.


Recorder Karate is coming to the 3rd graders after spring break. Parents should have seen a letter come home already explaining recorder sales and rentals. The best way to ensure success for our 3rd graders is to have a recorder at home for them to practice. Purchase a recorder with debit/credit card online at schoolcashonline.com, or with cash or check at the school office.


Feel free to call or email Mrs. Hardman with any questions.

LIBRARY PAGES

Thank you for a great book fair!

LOST BOOKS

With Spring Break next week please take some time to search if your child has any missing books! Any from other schools can be turned in here and I can get them to their home school. It’s never too late to turn in missing books! Lost books may be replaced with any book of equal value (preferably hardback) that kids will want to read. Annebelle’s Used Books is a great place to find replacements.

MARCH LUNCH MENU

The lunch menu is also available on the matsuk12.us/ble website. Click on lunch menu on the left side, it will take you to School Café to see the lunch menu.

BIG LAKE PTO EVENTS

PTO MEETING

Next PTO meeting is on Tuesday, April 4th @ 4:00 pm in the library.

Please come support your school by attending the Parent Teacher Organization meetings. Volunteers are needed to help with the PTO events. Let's give our students safe and fun activities to enjoy.

INFORMATION

5MPH SPEED LIMIT

Please drive slowly when in the school parking lot.

Let's keep everyone safe.

HANDICAP PARKING REMINDER

Parents: please be conscious not to block the handicap parking areas in front of the school when dropping off or picking up your children from after school activities. This designated area is designed to provide access to our school for people with disabilities. We understand that picking up your children at the front curb is convenient, especially during the cold weather months, but we ask that you please do not block the handicap parking area when waiting for your children. Thank you from the Big Lake Elementary staff.

SNOW GEAR AT RECESS

Please remember to continue to send students to school with all their winter outdoor clothing. While we have had some warmer weather recently, students need to be prepared to be outside for 30 minutes of recess unless the temperature is below -10. Please make sure each day that students have a warm coat, snow pants, snow boots, a hat, and gloves or mittens. Thank you for your continued attention to this.

GRIZZLY SHIRTS

Grizzly shirts for sale. Various sizes available. Check them out at the office.

YEARBOOK

Please send any pictures you may have of Science Night and/or the fireworks to shari.mason@matsuk12.us. Shari is looking for pictures to put in the yearbook. Thank you.

LOST & FOUND

There are lots of items in our Lost & Found. If your student is missing something please come take a look for it. Thank you.

FUNDRAISERS

COFFEE

5th grade is having a coffee fundraiser to help raise money for the Sea Life Center trip in May.

This will be a year-long fundraiser and coffee will be delivered every other week. There are many different sizes and flavors available starting at $5 for a 2 oz. bag all the way up to $25 for a 2 pound bag.

See Kristal Whitted in the front office to order coffee.

Thank you for supporting your BLE 5th grade.

REWARD PROGRAMS

BOX TOPS COMPETITION

The next Box Top competition will be in February. Please start saving your Box Tops now!

About Us

Brenna Reintsma, Principal

John Gardner, Assistant Principal