Grizzly Gazette: January 2021

News you can use from Dena'ina Elementary School

Principal Post

Dear Dena'ina Families,


Welcome back for semester two! We started the year unsure of how things would go, but I am incredibly grateful our district took the initiative to provide schools the opportunity to serve students and families remotely AND in person. Our data in the fall showed that while students definitely lost some time learning, we could work to get it back and then some.


This winter, I'm proud to say our MAP testing data reflects the hard work of teachers and students. In nearly every grade and every subject our students grew more than projected, meaning we are making up for lost time. Let's keep up that growth - keep reading at home, practicing math facts and spelling words to support the work students are doing at school.


Thank you for the support you've provided to us this year as well. More than ever, parents have been expressing kind words and stories or just encouragement and understanding. We appreciate it very much!


From our Grizzly Family to yours, stay well!


Sincerely,

Mrs. Everett

andrea.everett@matsuk12.us

** 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.

Congratulations!!!

Congratulations to one of our students, Artemis Glenn, for earning the top spot in the Imagine Learning Superhero Contest. Artemis has been a remote learner this year, but he didn't let that stop him from working hard and achieving his goals - he was the top earner for our entire district!!!

Family Engagement Opportunities

Thanks to Mr. Stewart, our PE teacher, we now have an abundance of cross country skis for kids and adults! He has been teaching students the basics during PE class, and will soon start offering times before and after school for kids and families to come ski the trails around Dena'ina and Redington using our equipment (or you can bring your own). More information will be coming home soon!
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Upcoming Events...


  • С Рождеством Merry Christmas to our families celebrating on January 7th and 8th!
  • Art Club videos sent out next week
  • Math Derby - 4th and 5th grade compete at DNE on Friday, January 15th. Good luck!
  • Volleyball for 4th and 5th grade starting soon - look for permission slips to come home soon!
  • Science Olympiad is starting soon - look for permission slips to come home!