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Northwood ABC Elementary News

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From the Principal:

Greetings Northwood Families,

We are almost halfway through this school year! Here at school, and I am sure you
are at home, we preparing for the upcoming two-week break. We are working to keep
students on-track and learning during this distracting time by ensuring their
physiological needs are met. This includes providing breakfast and lunch at school
so that even on your busiest days, your child has the opportunity to have meals to
help him/her be ready to learn. Other physiological needs include warmth and rest.

At this time of year, we notice students coming to school more tired. We know your
homes are busy during the holidays and the less differentiation between day and
night due to the darkness makes it even more difficult. Tired students have difficulty
learning and staying on-task at school. According to the CDC, preschool-aged
children should sleep 11-12 hours a night while school-aged children should have at
least 10 hours a night. To help your child get enough sleep, the National Sleep
Foundation recommends:

  1. Your child should go to bed at the same time each night and rise at the same time each morning.
  2. Make sure your child’s bedroom is a quiet, dark, and relaxing environment, which is neither too hot nor too cold.
  3. Make sure your child’s bed is comfortable and use it only for sleeping and not for other activities, such as reading, watching TV or other screen activities, or listening to music. Remove all TVs, computers, and other “gadgets” from the bedroom.
  4. Avoid feeding your child large meals before bedtime.

Additionally, a reminder that winter weather has arrived. Please help us keep your
child warm when we go outside by providing winter clothing, such as boots, snow
pants, coats, hats, and gloves, that your child can put on him/herself and likes to
wear. If you need any assistance in providing this clothing, please let our front office
or our counselor, Mrs. Cullens, know.

In closing, thank you for entrusting us each and every day to care for and teach your child. We know your child is your most important treasure.

Warmly,
Deanna Beck
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Holiday Sing Along!

Thursday, Dec. 21st, 1:30-2pm

4807 Northwood Drive

Anchorage, AK

We will be holding our first Holiday Sing Along at Northwood on Thursday, December 21 from 1:30-2pm. Parents, guardians and other family members are invited to join us in singing songs to celebrate Christmas, Chanukah and Kwanzaa. There will even be a song about winter in Alaska to the tune of “The 12 Days of Christmas” with the choir leading us with motions to represent the different Alaskan animals.

This event will begin with a special performance of Mr. Allen’s class singing “O Christmas Tree” in Yupik. This will be followed by the Caroling Choir singing a few songs of their own. When we get to the sing-along, the lyrics will be projected on the screen and guests are welcome to join us in singing.

Please mark this on your calendars. It is sure to be a fun time!

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BP Seeking Nominations for Teacher Awards

The Alaska BP Teachers of Excellence program recognizes teachers from throughout Alaska for their dedication to teaching and for inspiring students. In addition to honoring teachers, additional unsung heroes can also be recognized with the Educational Allies Award - honoring anyone from a principal, school nurse, volunteer, teacher's assistant or others who are shaping Alaska's next generation.

Anyone can nominate a BP Teacher of Excellence or an Educational Ally by visiting BPteachers.com. The deadline for nominations is Feb. 1, 2018.

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Gift Giving Guidelines

During the holidays and other times of the school year, well-meaning parents and relatives of students often wish to thank teachers by giving them significant gifts. This act of appreciation can create an awkward situation for our teachers. The Municipal Code of Ethics provides a “safe harbor” to allow all municipal employees, including teachers, to accept an occasional small gift worth $50 or less. Other than perishable or homemade gifts, the teacher should return all gifts with a value greater than $50 to the gift-giver in whole. If you wish to give a large gift, please consider giving the gift through your local PTA or school principal with instructions that your identity remain anonymous. Another alternative would be to get together with other like-minded parents and gift as a group. Your cooperation and thoughtful gift giving is appreciated by your teachers and the Anchorage School District.

Thank you, Municipal Ethics Board

From the Anchorage School Board

The Board is committed to an environment of nondiscrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, economic status, union affiliation, disability, and other human differences. No person shall be excluded from participation in, or denied the benefits of, any academic or extracurricular program or educational opportunity or service offered by the District. The District will comply with the applicable statutes, regulations, and executive orders adopted by Federal, State and Municipal agencies. The District notes the concurrent applicability of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the relevant disability provisions of Alaska law.

Any student or employee who violates this policy will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action.

Inquiries or complaints may be addressed to ASD’s Compliance/Equal Employment Opportunity Senior Director, who also serves as the Title IX and ADA Coordinator, ASD Education Center, 5530 E. Northern Lights Blvd, Anchorage, AK 99504-3135 (907) 742-4132, EEO@asdk12.org., or to any of the following external agencies: Alaska State Commission for Human Rights, Anchorage Equal Rights Commission, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or the Office for Civil Rights-U.S. Department of Education.

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ASD Statement of Nondiscrimination

The Board is committed to an environment of nondiscrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, economic status, union affiliation, disability, and other human differences. No person shall be excluded from participation in, or denied the benefits of, any academic or extracurricular program or educational opportunity or service offered by the District. The District will comply with the applicable statutes, regulations, and executive orders adopted by Federal, State and Municipal agencies. The District notes the concurrent applicability of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the relevant disability provisions of Alaska law.

Any student or employee who violates this policy will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action.

Inquiries or complaints may be addressed to ASD’s Compliance/Equal Employment Opportunity Senior Director, who also serves as the Title IX and ADA Coordinator, ASD Education Center, 5530 E. Northern Lights Blvd, Anchorage, AK 99504-3135 (907) 742-4132, EEO@asdk12.org., or to any of the following external agencies: Alaska State Commission for Human Rights, Anchorage Equal Rights Commission, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or the Office for Civil Rights-U.S. Department of Education.