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Hello Susitna Optional Families

Thank you all who were able to attend and help out on the events Friday! K/1 Learning Lunch, PACT & Our wonderful Family Dance Night! These events are only great because of the wonderful help we receive and the fun everyone has!

Thank you,

Sara Crewdson

SOPG Board Member

REMINDER: Parent Work Night & Parent Meeting is Tomorrow

Work Night is anytime between 3:30-7pm

This is a wonderful easy way to complete your required volunteered hours. (2hr + any additional worked)

Parents can complete tasks given by the teacher’s right after school or anytime until 7pm.

Please note: When bringing your children please ask them to respect the school/classroom rules. There will be NO running or entry past the parent work room area. There will be a designated area set up for kids to watch a movie and play on computers, but please check on your children often, they are your responsibility! Thank you!

PARENT MEETING at 6pm (Free Pizza Provided at 6pm)

Please come and enjoy some pizza,

Meet your SOPG Board Members, and visit with other parents within the program.
We are planning on discussing upcoming events, and answer any questions parents may have.

Hope to see you there!

Don’t forget to log your volunteer hours!! (4 hours given for showing up to parent meeting/work night!)



May 4th -

Parent Work Night (Anytime after school till 7pm) & SOPG Parent Meeting @ 6pm

May 5 (Full Day) & 6th (Half Day) - SPRING INTENSIVES - SUPPLY LIST (Click here)

May 8th - Happy Mother's Day!

May 10th - Jump up Tea

May 13th - Field Day

May 16th - Spring Bike Trip & Picnic - SIGN UP

May 18th - 5th Grade Trip

May 19th - Last Day of School

Intensives Are This Thursday & Friday! Supplies Needed

Thursday (Full day) & Friday (Half Day)

Reminder: Recommended that students wear clothes that can get stained and dirty during intensives.

If you are able to help out with our supply list please click on the link below! Most of these items may be things around your house. Please Check list and bring in what you can.

Intensive Supply List - CLICK HERE!

Teacher Coordinator: Email Brittany Bauman ( for any questions.

Charity Walk Event on Friday May 13th!

Hello! Susitna is officially registered as a team for the Charity Walk ("graze to raise") event on Friday, May 13.

Please consider joining this fun, family-oriented event! The Harmon family will be there. Each time we have gone to this event with other organizations, we have had loads of fun, and Andrew has won prizes. One year it was a year's membership to the AK Native Heritage Center, and the next year it was a year's membership to the Wildlife Refuge.
They do tons of door prizes and giveaways. Plus, the food is pretty good.

Susitna gets to keep about 40% of each registrant's fee. You can also collect pledges above and beyond the registration fee ($20 for kids and $35 for adults,) and these all go to our organization.

The date for this fun fundraising event is Friday, May 13 at 6PM. Early registration ends on May 8. You save $10 by doing it before then.

The way it works is we register under the team name Susitna PTA and then as the "team captain" I will pick up the race bibs (they are actual bandanas that you can tie on as a bib...) and distribute them to you at or just before race day.
Wear your Susitna shirts, and we will have a meeting spot for anyone who wants to walk as part of the team.
(Or not.)
The course goes from the Dena'aina center through downtown, and there are about seven food stops along the way that area restaurants have food out for walkers. Then there is a big carnival-type event with music and great door prizes at the Dena'aina after the walk. They have free pony rides, bounce houses, kids' activities, food, etc.

Did I mention the beer garden? (This is for an extra fee, but everything else is part of your registration cost.)

The school gets about 50% of the registration fees, plus any extra donations that people pledge.

Sign up by following the link below! Then scroll down a bit and look on the right-hand side. There is a link that says "register." You have to create an account with "race roster," but you can do it quickly either through your email or a Facebook account.

Bring a friend!

Please let me know if you have any other questions.

Hope to see you there!


Buy your student's Yearbook today!!

Yearbooks are ready! Your yearbook committee has been hard at work preparing our yearbook to commemorate this year at school. Order your yearbook online now at - click on the tab that says "Buy Your Student's Yearbook" and then search for the school name. The price of the yearbook is $20 with an option to personalize it for an additional fee.



Located by the MPR

*All items left at the end of year will be donated!

Please Log Your Hours!!

Please Note: Emails have gone out with your Total Hours Logged. If you haven't received an email and would like to know what your hours total are, please email

Please Log your Hours! Click HERE!

Your involvement really does make a difference for the teachers and in your child’s development.

Thank you to the Families that have Logged their hours so far!

For inquiries about your hours logged please email SOPGSUSITNA@GMAIL.COM.

***K/1 always needs help, if you are a parent in elder classrooms and need more hours, check in with K/1, they always need help with something. Also K/1 is looking for parent/ aunt, uncle / grandparent to read with children. Please contact Lucinda or Brittany if you are available to come in once or set up a time to come in on a regular basis.

There are other ideas listed below on ways you can volunteer.

If you still need a few hours, no worries, here are a few ideas on ways you can volunteer.

  • Helping in classrooms (wash tables, read with a child), help after school (Copy and Laminating projects), parent work night (Next couple are Jan 6th & Jan 27th, anytime between 3:30-7pm), doing work from home (just ask your teachers)

  • We still need volunteers to help in Field trips, and upcoming events like, Spring Intensives (May 5 & 6), Spring Bike trip (May 16) and year end picnic (May 19).

  • HELP COORDINATE OUR EVENTS - (Each worth 26 Hours)

  1. Spring Intensives: Coordinator to help Ms. Brittany as needed.

  • We are in Need of PTA Liaison, Volunteer Coordinator, and Members at Large

If you are interested in helping coordinate an event this year, or would like more information please email me at

Please check out Our Website and sign up under volunteers needed if you can help!

Disclosure of Volunteer Requirements

Thank you again for all your help,

JEC's Summer Camp is Open for Registration

Just next door to Susitna, the JEC's summer camp, Camp Sholom, is open for registering kids for summer camp! We are planning an awesome summer full of fun activities, swimming, & field trips. We have a few spots left so act fast!

Families can register online at and follow the links to the camp page.

Call 337-1672 with any questions.

Other Summer Camp Ideas

Pay your Program and Supply Fees for Next School Year!

All fees must be paid in full by registrations end in August.

**If payment is not received by the first day of school it will put a hardship on the Susitna Open Optional Program and the Events planned for the year. Your payment is important to your child/ren in order to help your child/ren and their teachers to receive supplies needed and support the programs activities throughout the year without fundraising. (The annual cost per child is $65.00)

How to Remit:

1. Cash or Check payment at any of our upcoming events, parent work night/parent meeting through Amber Epps, or Sara Crewdson.

2. You may pay by credit/debit card at the End of Year BBQ (There will be a table set up)

3. Make check or cash payment to Susitna Elementary School, Attn: SOPG Treasury, 7500 Tyone Ct, Anchorage, AK 99504. Please print Parent Agreement Form and mail in with payment.

Parent Agreement Form Please fill out and attach with payment.

Disclosure of Fees – Payment options available

Disclosure of Volunteer Hours

Online ASD Registration will be available May 2-27th and July 25-Aug 12th - Click here!

Please note: Optional Program and Supply Fees are a separate payment made to SOPG Treasury, and are not available online.

For more information, Visit Our Website! CLICK HERE!

Please join our group on Facebook! CLICK HERE!

Susitna Optional Parent Group

SOPG is specifically dedicated to supporting the Open Optional Program at Susitna Elementary. We perform functions similar to a PTA and we work closely with the teachers in the Optional Program, as well as Susitna's PTA. Key responsibilities include: assisting with PACT days (Parents and Children Together), Intensives, with Community Outreach projects, and with events like the Fall Ice Cream Social, The Spring Family Dance, spring/fall Bike Ride/Picnic, and the Year-End Barbecue.

The Susitna Optional Parent Group, or SOPG, is a volunteer parent group comprised of parents or guardians of children in the Open Optional Program at Susitna Elementary. SOPG is led by a volunteer advisory board consisting of a Chair, Co-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and Members at Large.

The Current SOPG Board Members are

(to email click on member name)

Chair: Rhiannon Benedetti
Co-chair: Sara Crewdson

Secretary: Jessica Blackson
Treasurer: Amber Epps & Kathy Hammon

Members at Large: Ida and DJ Litteral

Members at Large: Angel Solter

Members at Large: Melanie Scallo

Please Join: Facebook Group Page

Welcome to Susitna Optional Parent Group! "A caring community of critical thinkers" This group page is hopefully another way to help us all keep connected throughout the year for information about meetings, events, volunteering, parent hours, etc.

Check out our SOPG Website

The purpose of this site is to provide information about the Susitna Optional Parent Group, as well as those just interested in learning more about the Open Optional Program at Susitna Elementary.


Your involvement really does make a difference for the teachers and in your child’s development.