December 22, 2017

Working together with families in a partnership of teachers, staff and community members to provide an individualized learning environment that fosters high achievement in core and elective areas; preparing students for life-long success.

Office closure

As we head into winter break, Family Partnership Charter School wishes all our families a wonderful and blessed holiday season.

Starting Monday December 25th the office will be closed, and will re-open on Monday January 8th at 9am.
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Encourage resilience.Three R words can provide a template for motoring through adversity—Resilience, Resourcefulness, and Reflection. Creativity can fuel that effort, and make the journey more enjoyable, too. Sometimes kids have trouble accepting their limitations. Other times situations may become rocky, and the resultant feelings (such as nervousness, excitement, or doubt), can be intense, or hard to manage. Children and teens may require extra support to know that it’s okay to have these feelings, and that they can be reconciled. When children/teens realize that they have knowledge and ideas for dealing with challenges, they’ll feel more prepared, relaxed, and confident. Encourage them to reframe their thinking—from “difficulty” or “struggle,” to “adventure” or “creative opportunity”—to see the power of possibility, and the benefits of taking a creative approach to overcoming challenges.
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December 19th 1732

Poor Richard’s Almanack is published.

On this day in 1732, Benjamin Franklin of Philadelphia first published Poor Richard’s Almanack. The book, filled with proverbs preaching industry and prudence, was published continuously for 25 years and became one of the most popular publications in colonial America, selling an average of 10,000 copies a year.

December 23, 1987

Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager set a new world record of 216 hours of continuous flight around the world without refueling. Their aircraft Voyager traveled 24,986 miles at a speed of about 115 miles per hour.
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The George S. & Stella M.Knight Essay Contest submissions due by 12/31/17 - click link below

H&R Block Budget Challenge

Help Your Students Win a $20,000 College Scholarship!

Studies show that money is one of the biggest stressors for Americans, and 75% of teens say learning more about money management is one of their top priorities.

The H&R Block Budget Challenge helps teens get real-world ready from the safety of a classroom. Through the free online game, students pay bills, manage expenses, save money, invest in retirement and pay taxes as if they were recent college graduates. The best part? Just for playing, your students could win ONE OF TEN $20,000 college scholarships!

Contact your sponsor teacher if you are interested. If we have enough interest, we will try to set up a group at the FPCS Office for students to learn personal finance and budgeting skills–the free H&R Block Budget Challenge.

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Scholarships available for seniors pursuing an engineering degree Application Deadline January 19, 2018 click link below for the application.

Cybersecurity Awareness Poster Contest

Students in grades K-12 are invited to participate for a chance to have their artwork displayed on the 2019 Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center posters and calendar. Entries should feature original artwork illustrating the safe use of the internet or mobile devices. The deadline to submit artwork is Jan. 26, 2018.

2018 BP Alaska Principal's Scholarship

BP partners with the Alaska Principals Foundation to award 20 graduating seniors across Alaska each with a one-time, $5,000 scholarship. Any high school Principal in Alaska may nominate one graduating senior from their school. Students enrolling in STEM and Education based degree programs will receive priority consideration.

All BP APF scholarship recipients are automatically qualified for review for our Commissioner’s Scholarship. Out of the 20 participants, the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development Commissioner will select a nominee to receive an additional $10,000.00 towards their college education.

The deadline to submit information to Principal Carroll for consideration is January 16, 2018.

Follow this link for more information: http://www.alaskaprincipal.org/scholarships/bp/

Contact apfscholarship@alaskaacsa.org with any questions.

Bricks 4 Kidz Field Trips

Bricks 4 Kidz are hands-on class where children learn the fundamentals of S.T.E.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) using Lego® bricks. Students may register for these classes through the OLS. This is under field trips and is requisition only.

LOCATION: Aimee Sims home @ 7703 Eastbrook Drive, Anchorage

WHEN: January - 1/16, 1/17, 1/18, 1/19/2018

COST: $175.00

TIME: 10:30am-12:30pm


THEME: NXT & EV3 Robotics

Experience the cutting edge of technology with the introduction of LEGO® MINDSTORMS NXT & EV3 Robotics. Students will be captivated as they incorporate the newest generation of motors, sensors and software by programming their commands directly into the intelligent brick. Test their capabilities by moving an object with a robotic claw, or a creating a mousetrap. Our endless list of builds is sure to provide the complete fundamental components of robotics at best!

LOCATION: Aimee Sims home @ 7703 Eastbrook Drive, Anchorage

WHEN: February - 2/12, 2/13, 2/14, 2/15, 2/16/2018

COST: $110.00

TIME: 10:30-11:30am


THEME: Transportation

If you like planes and automobiles, then this unit is for you! Students will build motorized models of a dragster, an airplane and more. Explore the history of transportation, each lesson introduces terminology related to each mode of transportation, like “lift and propulsion” for the airplane, as well as describes how each “vehicle” works. And the best part is the models are so much fun to play with!

LOCATION: Aimee Sims home @ 7703 Eastbrook Drive, Anchorage

WHEN: February - 2/12, 2/13, 2/14, 2/15, 2/16/2018

COST: $140.00

TIME: 11:45am-12:45pm


THEME: Wedo 2.0

The WeDo 2.0 software provides an excellent platform for science learning, offering an innovative way for students to model reality, conduct investigations, and use design skills.

Programming is an important part of 21st century learning. With the WeDo 2.0 software we teach programming in an intuitive way – letting students bring their creations to life while sharpening computational thinking skills like logical reasoning, pattern recognition, and modeling simulations.

The Wedo 2.0 is a drag and drop icon-based software that introduces kids to the world of wireless computer programming and robotics.

Visit our website for information on Bricks 4 Kidz at: www.bricks4kidz.com/117

Please call Aimee Sims with any question you may have at: 223-8989

or Carmela Doney with Bricks 4 Kidz at: 223-5023.

The Anchorage School District does not endorse these materials or the viewpoints expressed in them.

Kasitsna Bay Field Trip

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APC Monthly Meeting

Location: FPCS Office on 401 E. Fireweed Ln.

Date: January 15, 2018

Time: 6:30 pm


Superintendent: Dr. Deena Bishop (742-4312)

Board President: Tam Agosti-Gisler‌‌ (742-1101 ext. 4)


APC Monthly Meeting