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March 2023


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The Alaska System of Academic Readiness (AK STAR) and the Alaska Science Assessment are computer-based assessments administered to students in Grades 3-9 (English language arts and mathematics) and grades 5, 8 and 10 (science) each spring during the state-designated testing window. AK STAR and the Alaska Science Assessment are state-required assessments that provide students with the opportunity to show their understanding of important skills in these content areas at their grade level. More information can be found at:

The Alaska Science Assessment will be administered to the 5th graders at Birchwood ABC during the week of March 27. The AK STAR assessment will be provided to students in grade 3-5 during the week of April 3. A more specific schedule will be available the week of March 20.

School Climate and Connectedness Survey

Birchwood ABC ES is partnering again this year with the Association of Alaska School Boards to conduct the School Climate and Connectedness Survey, a statewide survey taken by students, staff, and families. This survey measures their perceptions of each school’s climate including the engagement of students, staff, and families.

We value input from our families. You are an important partner as we work to continually improve each school’s environment. The survey window is currently open until March 24, 2023. Each parent/guardian is asked to complete one survey. If you have more than one child attending this school, you only need to fill out one survey. Please use the following link to access the family survey:

During the month of March students and staff will also have the opportunity to provide their input. The Student Survey will be given to students in grades 3-5. Students will complete the survey online during the school day.

The student survey will ask questions such as how students feel about school rules, their perceptions of how students treat each other, their relationships with staff, social and emotional skills, and observed risk behaviors of other students at school and school events.

The surveys are voluntary, anonymous, confidential, and do not ask questions about students’ families. If you do not wish for your child to participate, please notify the school in writing.

More information on this survey is available through the following link:

Results from this survey will be used to identify student, staff and family perceptions of school climate issues within our school. School staff use the results to inform their efforts to ensure schools are safe, supportive, and caring places for all students.

Thank you for your cooperation in this year’s School Climate and Connectedness Survey.



Congratulations Team Birchwood!

After weeks of practice, Team Birchwood competed in the Alaska State Junior Native Youth Olympics over the past weekend. Our team participated in a variety of traditional indigenous games of Alaska individually against athletes from all over our state. We had 3 students who medaled.

Esabella Arvelo Placed 5th in the Alaskan High Kick

Isabella Thopmpson placed 5th in the Two Foot High Kick

Luke Harr placed 3rd in the Arm Pull

We also had 29 athletes participate in the Eagle River Indigenous Northern Games who competed against athletes from our local Eagle River schools.

Award Winners

1st / 2nd Grade

Eskimo Stick Pull Girls- Brielle Ranger 3rd place, Jolene Collins 5th place

Boys- Yiri Mwinnyaa 1st Place

Kneel Jump Girls- Jolene Collins 2nd place

Boys- Thatcher Lents 5th Place

Seal Hop Boys- Colton Doucett 2nd place, Wyatt Aga 4th place

3rd / 4th Grade

2 Foot High Kick Girls- Isabella Thompson 3rd place

Boys- Austin Aga 2nd place

Arm Pull Girls- Isabella Thompson 2nd place

Boys- Luke Harr 1st place, Preston Doucett 2nd place

5th / 6th Grade

Eskimo Stick Pull Boys- Bennett Hamm 1st place

1 Foot High Kick Girls- Izzy Ranger 5th place

Boys- Bennett Hamm 3rd place, Callum Walter 5th place

Alaskan High Kick Girls- Esabella Arvelo 3rd place

Scissor Broad Jump Boys- Bennett Hamm 2nd place, Archie Hodgdon 5th place

Healthy Future Activity Logs

March activity logs are due March 31st. They can be turned into your teacher, Ms Rachel in the office, or Mr. Olson.

The Spring Challenge will run February – April. During these months, students can submit activity logs for prizes. 4th and 5th graders may still complete and submit activity logs to Mr. Olson for extra PE credit!

Healthy Future website

Activity Log HERE

Birchwood ABC Badminton Team

Sign up below. No tryouts necessary. However, this team and afterschool club is for students willing and able to participate in the State Badminton Championships- Elementary Division on Saturday, April 1st (all day event). This is a doubles tournament, so if your child knows who their partner would be, make sure their family is also signing up at this time.

Practice Time: 3:30-4:30

Dates: Tuesday, March 21st

Wednesday, March 22nd

Thursday, March 23rd

Wednesday, March 29th

Thursday, March 30th

Friday, March 31st

Sign Up Link

More Info Link-

Afterschool XC Ski Week

Click the sign up below to reserve a spot for Afterschool XC Ski Week. Volunteers also welcome, sign up below too! Hopefully we can do another spring ski in April….stay tuned.

Who: 3rd through 5th grade (30 students)

When: Monday through Thursday, March 6-9th

Time: 4:00-5:00

Where: At Birchwood ABC- Christy Loop Trail and Chugiak HS

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From February 24 - March 20 we are holding a Read-a-thon and we really need everyone to participate. If you have not already done so, please click on this link to activate your reader’s personal page:

Activation takes less than a minute. Just by doing so you can help us meet our fundraising goal.

All participants receive 15% of every dollar they raise to spend on prizes in the Read-A-Thon shop! There will be lots of school-based prizes as well including a pizza party, gift cards, and the opportunity to be the principal or PE teacher for a day.

Sign up, log your reading minutes, and help raise money to benefit our library!

Thanks so much,

Ms. Tyson - librarian


We would love to have any of our Birchwood ABC Dads that want to help serve at “Muffins With Moms”, please email pta at or let Sarah know. We are hoping to get 5-6 helpers for that morning. Let’s pamper all of our amazing moms!

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If you would like to sign up to help us with the book fair, please follow this signup genius link:!/showSignUp/70a054ba8af2ba4f85-2023

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Diligence: Constant and earnest effort to accomplish what is undertaken.


March 8th: Dr. Seuss Dress Up Day

March 8th: Science Fair Open House

March 10th: No School for students

March 13th-17th: Spring Break

March 22nd: Pajama Dress Up Day

March 23rd: BAC Meeting

March 24th: RWB Assembly

March 27th-31st: Spring Book Fair

March 28th: Great Alaska Pizza Company

March 29th: Muffins with Mom

March 31st: Popcorn Friday

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