Lake Hood Elementary

Behavior Expectations - March 2013

Principal's Message/Benchmark Tests - Calendar - Behavior Expectations - Skiing - Science

Principal's Message

Happy March, Lake Hood families!!!!

As we close out the 3rd quarter, enjoy Spring Break, and begin looking toward the last 9 weeks of school, I am amazed at how quickly this school year has flown by.

When we return to school after the break, we will begin working and focusing on SBA testing, which will happen for the 3rd through 6th graders during the 2nd, 3rd and 4th of April. In addition, 4th graders will be taking the science test on March 28th. Teachers have been and will continue, working through the practice tests with their classes, and helping students to feel confident and ready for their yearly assessments.

The information from the SBAs helps us determine how individual children are progressing as well as how our school is doing in the area of reading, writing, and math. The information will also help our school staff identify areas in which our students are learning successfully as well as those areas we want to address in training and staff development. SBAs require the students to read, write, calculate mathematically and explain in writing how they figure out solutions to mathematical problems.

Here are a few ways that YOU can help your students be prepared for the testing:

*Make sure that your child gets a good night’s sleep each night before testing.

*Help your child have a good, healthy breakfast.

*Get your child to school ON TIME, and do not schedule any appointments during the days of testing.

Thank you for all that you do to support your child’s education. It is truly a partnership between the school and the families.

Have a restful break!


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March 8 - No School - Teacher Inservice
March 9-17 - No School during Spring Break
Science Fair Week - Projects due March 19, Judging on March 21
April 2,3,4 - State Benchmark Testing
April 9 - PTA Meeting 6:00pm
May 23 - Last Day of School for Students

March is National Youth Art Month!

A visual medley of 2 and 3 dimensional artworks from kindergarten through senior high, “FLIGHT OF THE IMAGINATION,” is the theme of the 41st Annual Anchorage School District Student Art Exhibition. The exhibition is presented in conjunction with National Youth Art Month, designed to underline the importance of the visual arts programs in American schools.

Exhibition Sites & Dates:

Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center

March 1 – April 7, 2013

Chugiak-Eagle River Branch Library

March 1 – April 7, 2013

The Mall at Sears

March 8 - April 3, 2013

2013 Youth Art Month Committee Members

Elementary: Nicole Cox, Bonnie DeArmoun, Rosie Morgan

Secondary: Nancy Brady, Scott Mayfield, Chris Selin

For further information, contact Mary Wilts, Curriculum Coordinator, ASD Music and Fine Arts Department, 742-0151.

Lake Hood @ At the Anchorage Museum:
Audrey Alquiza from Ms. Stewart's 1st grade (collage birds on branches)
Arsenio Sudaria from Ms. Chaitoff's 6th grade (prints of dogs)

Lake Hood @ At the Sear's Mall:
Ashlynn Knutsen from Ms. Hunt's 3rd grade class (fish in a fish bowl)
PLUS......from now until March 31 whole class art work is on display by students
in Ms. Chaitoff's class (stencil animal prints) and Ms. Stewart's class (collage birds)

Mrs. Lewando, Art Teacher

Math-Whizz Licenses

If your child has not been assigned a license to Math-Whizz you may purchase licenses for $36 each. This is a considerable savings from buying online.

These licenses will be active until October 2, 2013 from wherever in the world you have access to the internet.

Math-Whizz is an interactive math tutorial program that is presently being used by ASD as a tier II intervention to assist students in becoming proficient at grade level. However, the program covers grades k – 8 and can also be used to accelerate a student’s math level.

If you would like more information about Math-Whizz, log onto

The PTA will be collecting checks for a one-time group order. The PTA needs to have your check by March 21, 2013 if you would like to purchase licenses for your students.

Please contact Joan Haskell with any questions.

ASD School Board

Jeannie Mackie, President, Legislative

Tam Agosti-Gisler, Vice President, Legislative, Policy

Natasha Von Imhof, Clerk, Budget & Audit, Legislative, Policy

Kathleen Plunkett, Treasurer, Budget & Audit, Legislative

Pat Higgins Member, Legislative, Policy

Don Smith, Member, Legislative