Tustumena Elementary Newsletter

February 6, 2012

A short week for the kids:


This will be a short instructional week, but our teachers are planning for a full week of improving student learning by planning their meetings with you. You are each child’s first and most important teacher so our partnership with you is vital. If you haven’t been contacted by your child’s teacher for a conference time, please call 260-1345 and we will help connect you.

Speaking of connections, our community meeting about the Soldotna Area School Configuration will be connecting on Monday, February 11th at 7pm in our library. We will review the process that has been followed so far including a possible proposal that would promote six K-6 schools feeding into two 7-9 middle schools which feed into one high school. There will be an identical power point presentation at each of the effected schools but the discussions and input may vary by location. The date and time is the same for each school. I would like to encourage everyone who has any questions about this or any other possible configuration that would benefit our community to attend a meeting.

Besides a great cross country trail, our School Yard Habitat Project has produced approximately 60 cords of fire wood. This wood is currently decked inside the project and will be accessible soon. The Borough awarded our school the wood to use for fundraising. Our Project team had a great conversation about how to best use the wood and serve our community at the same time. The decision was reached that we will sell the wood at an affordable price by permit from the deck. Priority for the permits will be given to families in our community. The highest priority will be to families who already qualify for assistance through the school lunch program. These families can purchase a permit for $50 per cord (limit 5 cords). All other community members can purchase the wood for $75 per cord (5 cord limit). The protocol for receiving a permit is simple, notify our school you would like to purchase a permit by paying for the wood at the school (you will be given a receipt). As soon as we have 50 cords worth of permits issued we will send the list to the Borough (you must go to the Borough office to pick up the permit) and dates will be announced for the open cutting. There will be Project members at the site to help with administration. We hope to yield $3,000 to $4,000 from this project which will be designated to go right back into enhancing the project itself.


Doug Hayman

For Sixth Grade Families

Repeated Information from SMS

January 31, 2013

Dear Families of Sixth Graders,

We at Soldotna Middle School are very excited to begin discussions regarding your child’s plan for seventh grade! Whether you are considering Soldotna Middle School (SMS) or another school in our district for the 2013-2014 school year, we invite you to come to a parent information night on February 26, 2013, at 6:30 PM. There will be refreshments, entertainment by our Music Department and a video highlighting our co-curricular sports. Each family will receive a DVD that explains aspects of SMS’s daily routines and a special course guide of the electives that we offer. Student Council will lead tours through our building and the administration will be available to explain the district’s enrollment process. SMS’s teachers will be available to meet and greet our most welcomed families.

Please reserve this spot on your calendars, Tuesday, February 26, at 6:30, for a fun filled hour of learning all about Soldotna Middle School. We look forward to meeting you.



Sarge Truesdell

What's Coming Up

February 6- D/W Battle of the Books grades 5/6

February 7-8, Parent/Teacher Conferences

February 11- Soldotna Area School Configuration Information meeting - 7pm- Library

February 14- Valentines Day

February 14- 4th Grade NAEP Testing

February 15- Mighty Meatballs Itailan Dinner 6th Grade Fundraiser

February 19- PTO meeting- 4pm

February 25- Site Counsel Meeting - 4pm

February 26- SMS 6th Grade Parent Night Orientation @ SMS 6:30 pm

March 8- Building Collaboration Day (No Students)

March 11-15- Spring Break