Susitna Elementary News
May 4, 2017
Please take a few minutes to read over all the exciting things happening at Susitna Elementary School. The newsletter is sent directly to your email address(es) once a month, so please make sure to keep the front office current on your preferred email contacts. Paper copies are available in the front office, or you can go to our school’s website to read this issue, or any others in the archive library.
Dear Susitna Families -
I really cannot believe our school year is almost over! It's true, "time flies when you're having fun!" It is such an honor to be part of the Susitna Elementary. Our students, staff, parents, and business partners continue to make this a thriving school community! As we wrap up another school year together, all I can honestly say is THANK YOU!
It's always a bittersweet time of the year as we say good-bye to our 5th graders who have been an exceptional group of students, many of them with us since Kindergarten! We sincerely hope their life journey will be filled with wisdom and wonder!
Staff members leaving us include: Codie Malloy (PE) moving to McLaughlin, Nancy Wilson (4th grade) changing to an Instructional Coach position, and the SBBS Program moving to Baxter Elementary. We also want to say goodbye to Hope Reynolds, this school years special ed teacher. Although we will miss them here, we are glad we were part of their journey, and know they will be a gift to their new school homes!
We have so many things we can be proud of as a school community, including our outstanding PTA and SOPG (Optional Parent Group)! Both of our parent groups are instrumental in supporting our students and staff with everything from field trips, awards and incentives, school supplies, volunteer time, and so much more! Both groups are an example of what a caring group of dedicated parents can accomplish, despite having full-time jobs and family responsibilities. If you were not able to participate in our SOPG or PTA this year, I encourage you to get involved with them next year.
Our business partners keep us strong with a variety of contributions year-round! Subway lunches to honor our "Dreamer Spotted" students, Super Sweeper Clean-up and BBQ at Glen Caren, Carrs/Safeway monthly student birthday celebrations, Denali Federal Credit Union volunteering staff to help with STEM Night and other school events, and the list goes on and on for how our local businesses are supporting our students and school community.
There really are so many people and events to recall that made this a wonderful, memorable year. Please read on to see some of the most recent highlights and summer opportunities.
With best summer wishes,
Upcoming Dates of Importance
1st - 5th - Susitna Educators Appreciation Week (teachers and anyone who works with your child here at Susitna)
3rd - Optional Parent Work Night
5th - Last day to check out library books from Susitna Library
- Dreamer Spotted Subway Lunch
- April Birthday's Celebrated
- Math Derby Competition
9th - 11th - Alaska Native Heritage Center Preview Performances FREE (Community News)
- Optional 5th Grade Day Camp
10th - Walkathon
- Bike to School Day
11th - Walkathon Money is Due
11th - 12th - Optional Intensives
11th-12th - Drama Club The Elephant's Child Performances (Thursday 6pm Friday 2pm)
12th - May/June/July Birthdays Celebrated
14th - Mother's Day
14th - Bear Aware @ Alaska Zoo noon to 4 (see flyer below)
16th - Optional Jump up Tea
- 4th Quarter Awards Assembly
17th - Walkathon Winning Class Bowling Party
18th - All library books returned to Susitna Library
- Kickball 5th grade vs staff
19th - Field Day k-2 am 3-5 pm
20th - Summer Reading Program @ Loussac Library noon-4pm (see flyer below)
21st - International Migratory Bird 11am - 5pm (see flyer in community news)
22nd - Optional 5th Grade Trip
23rd - Students take home all items- NO BACKPACKS ON LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!!
- Dreamer Spotted Subway Lunch
24th - Last day of School - Wednesday/report cards go home
- k/1 Celebration
- 5th Grade Recognition
- Optional BBQ
29th - Memorial Day
21st - First Day of School 1st grade - 5th grade for 2017-2018 School Year
28th - First Day of School Kindergarten for 2017-2018 School Year
Wednesday May 10th Walk 4 Fun
" Walk 4 Fun" Walkathon
Susitna Drama 2017 presents ...........
Susitna students from all ages have been arriving early before school starts each week to work on the drama the Elephant's Child. They have been rehearsing their lines, creating props, and singing the songs that will bring to life this years drama performance. We encourage you to come and support Ms. Vanderpool and the Susitna Drama group and enjoy this musical with Susitna.
The Elephant's Child
Friday May 12, 2 pm and 6:30 pm
ONE scholarship is available. Please contact Shawnee @ email@example.com
Alaska Children's Music Camp
Dates for 2017 are June 26-30 at the Lutheran Church of Hope.
Ages 6-12 Morning Session from 9am-12pm $150
Ages 3-5 Afternoon Session from 1pm-3pm $125
Early Registration Discount $25 if payment and registration received by May 26, 2017. T-shirt included.
Sibling Discount of $10 for each additional sibling. Please fill out a separate form for each Sibling.
Register online now: ALASKAORFFCHAPTER.ORG
Every summer, the Alaska Orff Chapter hosts the Alaska Children's Music Camp. This camp is one of the longest running Orff-Schulwerk camps for children in the United States. At camp, children will play, sing, create and move!
The Alaska Children's Music Camp is taught by experienced and distinguished Orff-Schulwerk teachers Karen Medley, Kay Lehto, and Anchorage's own Miriam DeLap.
Physical Education Activities
FIELD DAY FESTIVITIES
Susitna families we are excited to plan for this years field day. We will have a slip n slide this year IF .... our weather permits it. We will also have our usual fun stations set up in the different fields and playground. Parents look for a permission slip coming home soon. Students must have a signed permission slip turned in to use the slip and slide. Parents and family members are welcome to come help.
Please contact me if you want to come help support this fun event. firstname.lastname@example.org
Susitna Elementary PE
Field Day Schedule
Field Day Schedule 2017
Friday May 19th
K-2 9:30-11:00 am
3-5 1:45-3:15 pm
Slip ‘n Slide Schedule
9:35-9:55 – 2nd Graders
10:00 – 10:20 – 1st Graders
10:25 - 10:45 – Kindergarten
1:45 - 2:05 – 3rd graders
2:10 - 2:30 – 4th Graders
2:35 – 2:55 – 5th Graders
**Please make your students aware of this. We will also tell them in PE how this will work. After students have finished their time, they will be taken in to the restrooms in Pod B to change and head back out to Field Day. They need to bring their clothes and towel out at the beginning and there will be a designated area for them to put their things.
News from the Librarian
Please visit the local library during the summer. There are many fun-reading events happening at each library branch. Also, don't forget to use the ASD OverDrive ebooks and audiobooks. The tentative Battle of the Books list for 2017-18 is at
If you have any questions, let me know!
Two new books were purchased and donated to the library from the girls support. Thank you for your efforts!
Teacher-Librarian for Susitna Elementary
News From The NURSE
May - Health News
Enjoy your summer, stay active, and have fun!
Once again, another school year has come to a close. There are several important announcements and reminders that I would like to bring to your attention:
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation Camp K Asthma Camp will be held June 4 – 9 and is for boys and girls 8 – 14. The deadline to apply is May 10th. Please contact AAFA Alaska at the (907) 349-0637 or email them at email@example.com.
The American Diabetes Association Camp K Diabetes Camp is being held June 18-23. The camp is for children 7-17 who have diabetes. If you know of a child whom could benefit from this camp email the ADA at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Kathleen Daymen at (907) 272-1424. The application is due by May 15th.
Both camps are held on Kenai Lake in Cooper Landing and are well staffed by health care professionals. The camps are where kids have lots of fun and learn to life-long self-care information. Spaces are limited so if you have an interest in either camp or know a parent whose child meets the criteria for the camp and that parent is interested, please contact the respective association and they will hold a place for the child.
Parents, please remember to pick up all student medications from the nurse’s office, otherwise they will be discarded on the last day of school. Health Care Plans for asthma, allergies and diabetes as well as Medication Forms for next year are available on the ASD website and can be completed anytime by your child’s health care provider.
If your child needs medication next year, please bring the completed and signed paperwork to school as soon as possible. This paperwork is definitely needed by the first day of school next year. Remember to fill in the space for parent authorization giving permission for the medication to be given at school (it is on the back of the care plans), obtain a doctor’s signature for all prescription medications, and have the doctor fill in the dosage, frequency, and side effects of the medication. Also, please remember that no student is allowed to keep any medication with him or her during the school day and no medication is allowed in backpacks. All medication must be brought to school in the original container by a parent or guardian. This is a safety issue and it is strictly against ASD policy for a student to carry medication unless there is a physician’s order allowing it. Additionally, the nurse cannot administer herbal remedies at school. The Federal Drug Administration does not oversee herbal products and the state of Alaska does not allow nurses to administer these products. One more request, medication that can be given at home should be given at home and not at school. The nurse’s job is to keep as many students in class at all times as possible, unless they are ill. It takes unnecessary time away from class when students come to the nurse for medications such as laxatives that can be given at home.
Parents, if your child has a need for special diet or there is any change in health concerns, please let me know. It is important that the school be kept abreast of anything that might impact your child’s education. If you have any questions about medications or anything else, please feel free to contact the nurse by calling 742-1401 or email at email@example.com I will be happy to respond to any emails over the summer.
Have a fun and safe summer break. Eat healthy, get lots of exercise and read several great books.
Online Registration is Open for Returning Students
There are two online registration windows:
- May 1 - 26
- July 24 - Aug. 21
New-to-district students or students moving over the summer will need to register in-person at their school during districtwide registration in August. Parents of middle and high school students can register online to save time, but students will still have an opportunity to visit their school to pick up class schedules, locker combinations and parking permits, and to get ID photos taken. If you have questions about online registration, please contact your child’s school.