Tustumena Elementary Newsletter

September 24, 2015

Big stuff coming up.

Big thing #1

Believe it or not, in three more short weeks, we will be at the end of our first quarter already. I encourage you to be contacting your child's teacher about how he or she is doing so far. You can find out in a glance by logging onto PowerSchool as well.

Big thing #2

You will be receiving a letter and survey about our School Enrichment Model (SEM). The letter tells you a little about what we mean by SEM, the survey is asking you to help. There are countless ways every adult can make this program benefit our entire school. Please take time to read the letter (from Mrs. Pollock), then fill out and return the survey to school. I do not want to go into a lot of detail right now, but I can tell you this much, every student will want to come to school on SEM days.

Big thing #3

Our legislature is wrestling, in big ways, with the question of how to balance the state budget. Since education is the biggest state budget item, it is going to get a lot of attention. Please be prepared to give legislators your input on how to make things work for your family and our community. I will be attaching informational links to future newsletters.

Big thing #4

It is coming... in October... (I know you think I am talking about the Fall Carnival) it is the results of the Alaska State Testing. Usually we get this information back in early June but since it is a new system it has taken longer. Please remember, this is a different system, so scores you saw on earlier versions of the State test will not be the same. We are anticipating a much lower score than the usual 90%'s we were getting. No worries, it will be good information on how students apply knowledge, but I just wanted to brace you for what you may see. I haven't seen them myself either, but I will share them in their entirety with you when they come. Is it just me that is a little nervous? Maybe.

Please enjoy this great weather while it lasts.


Doug Hayman

Up coming events

Every Wednesday after school- Bible Kids- Kasilof Community Church - At Tustumena (Mrs. Bosick's room) After school until 5pm

September 25 - Family Night - 6pm to 8pm (Dodgeball and cartoons $5 person)

October 8 - Summer Reading Field trip to swimming pool

October 15 - Site Council meeting 5:30 pm - (special meeting on district budget)

October 16 - Teacher in-service (No students)

October 20 - PTO 4pm

October 28 - Picture retakes

October 28 - Early release

October 29 - Parent Teacher conferences

October 30 - Parent Teacher conferences

October 30 - Winter carnival - 6pm -8pm

October 31- Halloween Trunk or Treat (Time TBA)

Our first Box Top Store is October 13th and 14th from 9:30 – 12:30.

Don’t miss out! Bring in those Box Tops for Education, soup labels, and Tyson Chicken coupons to exchange for new treasures.

We’re also promoting a recycling program. The Box Top Store staff is accepting contributions of slightly used toys, books, games, crafts, etc. Please don't throw those unwanted items away. Bring the treasures to the recycling box in the parent room so other children can enjoy them.

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FYI- about our school newsletter. What the picture below shows is since we have started the electronic newsletter system, we have created 159 different flyers with a total of 17,414 views. That means we saved a lot of paper. I hope it is easier, valuable, and more timely for you as well. Thank you!
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