Arctic Light K-5

Do Good Work, Be a Friend, Every Day - March 20th, 2023

Upcoming Events:

  • March 20th - Start of the Fourth Quarter grading period

  • March 21st - Artwork for Art Contest are due

  • March 21st - School Board Meeting beginning at 6pm

  • March 27th - Third quarter report cards available through PowerSchool

  • April 1st - Begins our Month of the Military Child

Finish Strong with Fourth Quarter

Each quarter is a new grading period. This means everyone has a fresh gradebook on Monday after Spring Break. Take advantage of this fresh start by helping your child stay on top of their assignments and grades. Guide your child to finish the school year strong with grades that reflect what they can do, not a reflection of the assignments they didn't turn-in.

During fourth quarter students in grades third through fifth have state testing. This test (AK STAR) assesses students proficiency on state Reading and Math standards. Fifth grade students also are assessed in Science. You will receive scores that show proficiency, advanced or below. These scores are a good indicator about how successful your child will be next year.

Speaking of next year, students in Kindergarten through Third grades will be assessed through MClass, a reading assessment. Next year, students not proficient will need documented reading interventions. Students Far Below Proficiency will need after school tutoring. Students not proficient on the MClass in April will need to meet with staff to discuss retention due to the lack of predicted success for the upcoming year. Non-proficient third graders will need a summer program if they are to advance to fourth grade.

These are big changes to elementary school reading programs throughout Alaska. The goal is parents and schools have clear communication about student areas of success and need. Additionally, attendance will become far more important especially if a student is not proficient. Plan on good conversations and updates with your teachers about reading all next school year.

  • Interested in becoming a teacher - see flyer below for a generous grant towards becoming a teacher at UAF.
  • Main Parking Lot 'Fire Lane' - The main parking lot has a 'Fire Lane' along the curb towards the school. We can have cars idle for only a few minutes and they must be ready to leave in case of emergency. Unless we can keep cars from idling for more than 10 minutes, we will need to make other plans for our front parking lot. Let us know your thoughts or if you're interested in more information.
  • Wear Winter Gear to Recess - Students need to wear their winter gear for recess until the snows are gone. As it gets warmer students can switch to lighter jackets but still need waterproof pants and boots to stay dry during recess.

Happy Spring Equinox,

Principal Keener

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* Spring * Student Recess Clothing

Students need to wear their winter gear for recess until the snows are gone.

This includes snow boots, snow pants, jackets, hats and gloves.

As it gets warmer students can switch to lighter jackets but still need waterproof pants and boots to stay dry during recess.

Students can unzip jackets and they can tie them around their waists but they cannot lay them on the ground. We have had scores of lost jackets because of warm spring days. Jackets today are too expensive to be abandoned to the Lost 'n Found.

Possible Changes to School Dismissal Traffic Flow

After discussions with MPs, unless we can keep vehicles from idling for more than 10 minutes, they suggest our front parking lot will be closed 1:15-2:10pm.

Additionally, the north-side, west-bound Neely Rd traffic is slated to be closed 1:15-3:00pm.

Let us know your thoughts about these proposals.

Thank you.

Reading Contest Winners at their Lunch

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PTA Corner

Arctic Light PTA Store - This is where staff members and families can purchase their PTA Memberships:

Arctic Light PTA Facebook Book - We post updates on events and links for volunteer signups:

K12 Northstar Volunteer Packet - This is for parents who would like to volunteer at the school. Completed packets must be turned in to the front office or emailed to and more information at -

Here is the direct link for you to shop from for the Amazon Smiles fundraiser

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Interested in being a Teacher?

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Laughter is Medicine

What are the chances of an artist making a living?

Sketchy at best!!

Why did the plumber quit his job?

It was draining.

What do you call a lazy kangaroo?

A pouch potato

Arctic Light Student Handbook 2022-2023

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Takes a few minutes - can save you a bundle and support our school's academic programs

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Parents Guide to the Curriculum

One of the best guides to our grade level teaching expectations.

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Alaska Report Card for Arctic Light K-8

This link goes to the State Report Card for Arctic Light

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