The Major News

April 2019 - Issue #6

Dates to Remember

April 8th

9th Army Band Performance

April 9th

Gruening Middle School Round Up

April 24th

National Administrative Professional's Day

April 29th - May 5th

Teacher Appreciation Week

May 1st

National School Principal's Day

May 8th

National School Nurse's Day

Principal's Corner

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News from P.E.

Hello Friends & Families,

In Physical Education at Ursa Major, we have been working on volleyball and badminton and we will be transitioning to baseball and track once the snow and ice melt. Students in grades 4-6 are invited to participate in the Badminton State Championships on Saturday April 6th. To sign up, let Mrs. Healy or Mrs. Astrella know that you are interested.

In after school activities, Ropes club is on Mondays from April 8th to April 29th for grades 1st-6th. Spring Running club and Rollerskiing will be coming up later in April. Pick up permission slips in the office or in PE class. Please make sure that students know where they are supposed to meet their ride or plan how they are getting home from after school activities.

Have fun and stay active!

Coach Bydlon and Coach Marine

Music Notes

Greetings from the music room!

Hard to believe we are in the 4th quarter already. We hope you can stop by on April 8th @ 2:15. The 9th Army Band Grizzlies will be performing for the student body as part of Music in our Schools Month.

The fourth grades are wrapping up their recorder units and have made excellent progress over the last quarter and will be reviewing concepts from the entire year for this final quarter. Grade 3 and 5 will be starting recorders shortly. In grades K - 2 we have been exploring melody and soundscapes with literature.

As you can see spring in Alaska is different from the lower 48 and the cabin fever has set in, this along with PEAKS testing calls for movement. The next several weeks all grade levels will be exploring our musical concepts through movement and various dances.

We have received 12 ukuleles from a Donors Choose grant and hope to get more in the future. With these new instruments, I hope to be introducing a ukulele unit for the intermediate grades!

Talent Show tryouts will be April 18th after school. Permission slips will be going home for any who wish to tryout, be thinking and working on those talents.

Our Final Concert for the year at Ursa Major with both the Choir and Marimba Band will be April 26, at 6:30 pm here at Ursa Major in the MPR. The concert should last no longer than an hour. We will need parent drivers for our Spring Tour if you are able to help, we are looking at the first week of May- an exact date will be determined soon.

Thank you for all your support for the music program here at Ursa Major and in your child’s education. As always feel free to contact me here at school or send an email with any musical questions!

Mr. Drake

Nurse Notes

Hi All,

The sun has certainly been lovely, the snow is melting! With melting snow comes water lots of puddles and wet feet & clothing! We are starting to change our winter gear for some rain gear, it is still important that your child have some outdoor time during school and outside of school time. I love seeing all the bikes in the bike rack here at school!

With all the clothing changes here at school the supply of socks & shoes to loan out is limited and soggy feet are uncomfortable. Consider putting a spare pair of socks and a plastic bag in your child's back pack.

Again I'd like to encourage with your student's teachers permission, provide your child a water bottle for their classroom.

~Have a great month and Happy spring!!! ~

Please email or call:


Gail Rust LPN Assistant School Nurse,

Toni Boudreau RN Supervisor

Health News

During the month of April in Elementary Health, your child will study diseases.

Richelle Lay

K-6 Health/SEL Teach

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Lost & Found Reminder

Parents and families,

Missing a glove? Warm winter hat? How about glasses, coats, lunch boxes, shoes and water bottles? We have all that and more here in our Lost & Found!

If your student is missing an item, please remember to stop by and check the lost and found and with the office staff for smaller items as we have quite a few unclaimed items still in the school.

Library News: Check it Out!

Academy Awards of Literature

Thank you to all of our students who volunteered to be an author or judge for the 2019 Academy Awards of Literature! K-2nd grade students are judging several published stories and voting for the best story in each category. 3rd-6th grade students are judging the stories written by their peers and voting for the best story in each genre. If your child is a judge, please make sure their reading log and ballot are returned to the library no later than Monday, April 1st. Winning stories will be announced shortly thereafter!

Library Citizenship Challenge

Congratulations to our 3rd quarter Library Citizenship Challenge winners: Mrs. Youngman, Mrs. Crum, Mrs. Graziano, Mrs. Bockelman, Mrs. Thomas, Ms. Griffith, Mrs. Glenn, Ms. Earhart, Mrs. Pratt and Mrs. Drake! The division leaders were: Mrs. Youngman (K, 144 pts.), Mrs. Bockelman (1st-2nd grade, 162 pts.), Mrs. Pratt (3rd-4th grade, 152 pts.) and Mrs. Drake (5th-6th grade, 153 pts.). The Library Citizenship Challenge rewards classes for demonstrating respect and responsibility in the library.

Library Aides

Our 4th quarter Library Aides are Mackenzie Myzkowski, Alexa Clavell, Jason Hall and Katelyn Keenan! Aides give up one recess per week for one quarter to assist with various library tasks. The Library Aide program is a great way for students to develop library leadership skills while contributing to the school community!

Barnes & Noble Book Passion Grant

Ursa Major Elementary recently received a $500 Barnes & Noble Book Passion Grant to purchase several new series for the library. Students have been working on various poster projects to thank Barnes & Noble for the new books, and to celebrate their love of reading! K-2nd grade students are working on “We Heart Reading” collaborative posters. 3rd-4th grade students are working on writing/collaborative poster projects that illustrate their reading journeys. 5th-6th grade students are creating word cloud pictures of their favorite authors, books or series. We will be displaying student posters on the bulletin board outside the library; please come take a look!

As part of the grant, K-6th grade students also have the opportunity to participate in a reading challenge utilizing the new materials. If your child is participating in the challenge, please ensure their reading logs are returned to the library no later than Friday, April 5th. Students who read any of the new series will earn a prize, a book and an extra checkout!

Overdue/Lost Items

Overdue notices will be sent home next week for all library materials that are more than one month overdue. Please return these items to the library as soon as possible. If you need to replace or pay for a lost/damaged library book, please bring the replacement or the cash/check to the library. The fine will be removed from the student’s account and a payment receipt will be printed.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at 907-742-1614 or Happy Reading!