Caribou Trails Update

Published by Crawford Elementary January 9, 2022

Wow! What a week!

Hello Crawford families,


Wow! This was a crazy start to the New Year.


We were so happy that our parking lots and drop off lanes were clear for students to return to school on the 4th of January. The contractor did an excellent job of clearing snow and ice so that we could safely enter and exit the parking lots. This looked a bit dicey last Sunday afternoon, but they did a great job making it happen on Sunday night.


On Wednesday we were able to host our Ben Eielson Junior/Senior High students as they had to evacuate their buildings. The staff and students did an excellent job and we appreciate the patience of all as we navigated reunification at 40 below.


Thursday's gate difficulties created a challenge at school and we are SOOO grateful to the limited staff that were present to help navigate that situation and supervise students. Mrs. Henry, our Librarian, was assisted by Mrs. Fleming, from Nutrition Services, Mrs. Jones, Fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Ellis, Third grade teacher, Mrs. St. Aubyn, substitute teacher. They were able to supervise the students in common areas until teachers and other staff were able to arrive. A great big thank you to them all!


As a result of this less than optimal start to the new semester, Heather Campbell, a Crawford parent, arranged for a catered breakfast for all three of the base schools. She delivered them to a very grateful staff before school. I cannot tell you how touched the staff was by the gesture and the kindness this act conveyed. We thank the Eielson Families for their thoughtfulness and support of our school communities. We appreciate you right back!


Below you will find information about the School Efficiency Task Force Survey and the upcoming School Board Agenda for the work session on Monday. Please take a few moments to click on the links and review the information in the agenda as it may be very impactful to our school and base community.


Also below we have the winners from the Winter Break Bingo game! Scroll down to see the names and thanks to everyone (all 41) who played!


Have a wonderful Sunday evening and a great week!


Teresa Lesage

Teresa.Lesage@k12northstar.org

Winter Break Bingo Winners!

We had a total of 41 students participate, EXCITING! 17 had full blackouts!!


Winners are....


Popcorn:

Lorraine (Ellingson)

Charlie (Norris)

Analiese (Norris)

Gabe (Norris)

Adrienne (Norris)

Marcos (Young)


IceCream:

Wyatt (Norris)

Simon (Francesco)

Presley (Jones)

Luke (Lucas)

Asher (Norris)

Colton (Francesco)


The Grand Prize Winner from the Blackouts is


Montgomery (Norris)


Thank you to everyone who played and we hope we gave you some excitement over the break. Thank you as well to our fantastic PTO for thinking up these activities and making them happen!

School Efficiency Task Force Information

Communication was recently sent out by the school district regarding the potential closing of Anderson Elementary, the shifting of Anderson students/staff to the Crawford building (K-5), and the 6th grade students shifting to BEJH/BEHS. The Administrative Memo in the School Board Agenda puts this plan forward as the preferred course of action.


Any public comments can be made to schoolboard@k12northstar.org


The task force recommendations are linked here. The work session on January 10 is open to the public and can be attended in-person or by watching online through zoom (link in agenda) or the district’s Facebook page. Work sessions are informational meetings, there is no public testimony and the Board will not vote on any agenda items at this time.


Here is the current timeline of events, including opportunities for feedback:

  • January 7, 2022 - Survey results are released in the School Board Agenda for January 10
  • January 10, 2022 - Board of Education work session to review and discuss the task force recommendations (agenda)
  • January 18, 2022 - The Board will present the final recommendation
  • February 1, 2022 - The Board will vote on the final recommendation


If you haven't yet read the survey results shared on Friday, please check the results, as published in the agenda linked above, for insight as to the community feedback on the School Efficiency Report.

Wellness Check for Students and Staff

Read here for more information on keeping our schools symptom free.

Encores Evolved Into WIN Time

We have replaced Encores with WIN Time. WIN stands for What I Need and will incorporate Personalized Learning and Student Reflection and Ownership more completely into student learning, allowing for expanded time to work with grade level teachers in 4/5 and fifth and sixth grades. ELL, ELP, Resource and Band and Orchestra will continue, and those students in Band and Orchestra will be receiving individualized schedules from Mrs. Brazier. WIN Time is from 1-2 pm, in the time slot formerly accommodating Encores.
PTO Membership Application

Please fill out this membership form to join our Awesome Crawford Parent Teacher Organization! Updated dues - if you are just joining your dues are half price for the second half-Just $5.00!

Upcoming Events

  • Ongoing - Beginning January 3, 2022, masks are optional for all FNSBSD staff and students.

  • January

    • January 10-New Band/Orchestra schedule takes effect
School Board Work Session regarding School Efficiency Report, 6 pm
    • January 17-Martin Luther King Holiday, no school
    • January 18, 2022 - The Board will present the final recommendation on consolidation
    • January 21 - Popcorn Friday


    February

    • February 1, 2022 - The Board will vote on the final recommendation on consolidation
    • February 21-Professional Development, no school for students
    • February 22,23-Parent/Teacher Conferences, no school for students

    • FNSBSD Academic Calendar

Crawford Office Staff Contacts

Office Hours are 7:15am-3:15pm

Please call or email for information Phone: 372-3306

Attendance Secretary: Tonya Higdon email: Tonya.Higdon@k12northstar.org

Administrative Secretary: Clarissa Kougl email: Clarissa.Kougl@k12northstar.org