The Raven's Call

Raven Homeschool

January 2019 Edition

Dear Raven Families,

Welcome to Raven's Call, your digital newsletter to keep you up to date on all things Raven. This monthly newsletter via SMORE will have an overview of highlights from each of our 6 Raven offices. Within this electronic version​ of our newsletter,​ you have easy-access to your local office news and resources by clicking on links within each section.

​We are looking forward to another successful year and hope you will share​ pictures of your learning adventures with your local offices to be included throughout the year.

If you would like a printed copy, please contact your local office.

If you have questions, please contact Maegan,

- Raven Homeschool

From the Director's Desk:

Happy New Year! The staff at Raven hope the new year brings wonder and bountiful learning opportunities for all of our students and their families. We are so excited to continue supporting each of you in your homeschool journey. Each month, we look forward to your office visits and the wondrous adventures you share. Homeschooling truly is a unique opportunity, an educational choice that can be individualized to meet the needs of each student.

As we celebrate the arrival of another year, we'd like to thank all of our Raven families for choosing Raven. In 2019, our staff will continue to offer the numerous activities and workshops to enhance student learning along with the personalized support of our advisory teachers and office staff. We are looking forward to a successful second semester.

National School Choice Week

Raven Homeschool is participating in National School Choice Week, January 20-26, 2019. We want to thank each and every one of our families for selecting Raven Homeschool as their school of choice! Check with your local office for activities during this week.

BP Teachers of Excellence

The Alaska BP Teachers of Excellence program recognizes teachers from throughout Alaska for their dedication to teaching and for inspiring students. We seek those whose exemplary work provides a model for teaching, learning and leading in their schools and communities.

Now, 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.

Click here to nominate your favorite teacher!

Don't forget about these important deadlines!

January 31st:

  • 2nd Quarter Progress Reports & Work Samples Due
  • Reimbursement Deadline for all receipts dated July 1-December 31, 2018
  • Internet Reimbursement Deadline for all statements from July-December 2018
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Counselor's Corner:


Here are some of the upcoming events and important dates we would like to highlight.

Upcoming ACT Test Dates

Apr 13, 2019, register by March 8, 2019

June 8, 2019, register by May 3, 2019

July 13, 2019, register by June 14, 2019

Upcoming SAT Test Dates

Mar 9, 2019, register by February 8, 2019

May 4, 2019, register by April 5, 2019

Jun 1, 2019, register by May 3, 2019


Please contact us for dates and times!

Healthy Relationships Plus Program (Grades 7-12)

The Healthy Relationship Plus Program, developed by the same team that developed Fourth R for Healthy Relationships, applies the same core principles of skill building and awareness as the Fourth R programs, but in a non-classroom setting. This project targets the prevention of violence through the promotion of positive, healthy relationships. Healthy Relationships Plus is a proactive, competency-enhancement approach rather than a treatment.

Rather than focusing solely on negative relationship styles, there are opportunities to explore the positive definition of healthy relationships, including assertive communication, empathy, providing positive feedback, and active listening. The message that behavior is a choice and, therefore, we are all responsible for our own behavior is one that is critically examined by the youths in this program.

The Healthy Relationships Plus Program is a small groups program (12 youth, 7th-12th grade) and has been enhanced to include a strengthened focus on mental health and suicide prevention, and drug and alcohol use.

Examples of some topics that may be covered:

  • Influences on Relationships

  • Impact of Substance Use & Abuse

  • Healthy Relationships

  • Taking Responsibility for Emotions

  • Standing Up for What is Right

  • Mental Health and Wellbeing

  • Helping Our Friends

Kids2College (Grades 5-6)

Kids2College is a nationwide early college awareness program, designed for students in their last years of elementary school. Raven is offering this FREE course to Anchorage, Wasilla and Eagle River students in fifth and sixth grade.
Participating students will receive workbooks to help identify career interests, build personal learning and career plans, and understand the steps they can take in middle and high school to better prepare themselves for college and career success.
Towards the end of our program we will have a College & Career Panel to help students gain a greater understanding about what it's like to be a college student and hear advice from several working professionals.

I know I can (Grades K-2)

Designed to spark youngsters to begin their own career exploration, the I Know I Can story draws the connection from elementary classroom education to higher education and careers, sends the message that college is possible, and encourages young children and their families to start thinking about college early. I Know I Can is a partnership between the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education, UA College Savings Plan, and numerous school districts and volunteers across Alaska.


At the Alaska Community Foundation, they understand that researching and applying for scholarships is confusing and time-consuming and have provided a list on their website for you to check out.

The good news is the earlier in high school you prepare to apply for scholarships, the more likely you are to be awarded one!

Currently, the Alaska Community Foundation has over 30 scholarships available, for which you may be eligible. Take a look at their quick step by step process that will help you navigate the scholarship process—from start to finish.

  • Research Colleges, Universities and Trade/Vocational Schools; apply!

  • Get organized

    • Gather your high school transcript, be sure they remain in a sealed envelope

    • Ask teacher/supervisors and your counselor for letters of recommendation

    • Prepare to apply for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA)

  • Research open dates for scholarships at The Alaska Community Foundation, Alaska Native Foundations and even opportunities out of state. You can also ask your friends and family if they know of scholarships to apply for.

  • Review requirements and gather information

  • Draft your essay

    • Have others read over it

  • Apply for the scholarships you are eligible for!

  • Set up a meeting with your counselor!

  • Celebrate your progress!

For more information, go to:


Mensa Ed. & Research Foundation:

ConocoPhillips/BP (employees only):

American and Pacific Islander Scholarship Fund:

Burger King:

Discover Card:

Alaska School Counselor Association:

Francis Crawford Marvin:

Oh the Places You Will Go:


Scholarship Poetry Contest:

AK Native Tribal Health Consortium scholarship & summer internships:


If you have not heard of the Alaska Performance Scholarship please contact your local Raven teacher or your assigned school counselor. Every high school student is eligible and you need to start your class planning in 9th grade.

For Seniors: If you have been working towards earning a level of this scholarship make sure to double check with your academic counselor that you have all the qualifying courses you need on your current ILP as well as cumulatively. There is still time to add classes.

One of the requirements to earn the scholarship is to take the ACT, SAT or Workeys and earn a qualifying score. There is still time to register for upcoming ACT and SAT tests. The WORKEYS can be taken at your local Alaska Job Center. They have testing schedules available, but usually test once per week. Additionally, Raven will reimburse you for the cost of the ACT or SAT test once we receive a score.

By having qualifying scores on either the ACT or SAT, all qualifying course work, as well as having earned a good GPA you will be qualified for all levels of college degrees or certificates.

If you have all the requirements, but opted to take the WORKEYS test, the scholarship will qualify you for certificates and occupational endorsement programs.

IMPORTANT TO NOTE: If your goal is a Bachelor’s Degree and you did not qualify due to ACT or SAT scores, please take the WORKEYS test. You just need to meet a minimum score and the universities will still work to utilize that scholarship that will build towards a Bachelor's Degree.

All About the Scholarship, Checklists, and Requirements:


We know finding and applying for scholarships can be hard work. With the new scholarship management system, Academic Works, it has never been easier. You can view and apply to available scholarships for which you are specifically eligible, view and accept scholarship offers, submit thank you letters, and view donor profiles. While scholarship deadlines may vary, you are encouraged to complete the scholarship application by February 15 to receive consideration for general and need-based scholarships.

You are encouraged also to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), available October 1 at The FAFSA must be received by February 15 for consideration of need-based scholarships.

**Incoming students planning to apply for scholarships should complete the admission application with all application materials received by January 15 to ensure sufficient notification time as well as time to complete the scholarship application in advance of the deadline.

February 15, 2019 Deadline to submit UA Foundation Scholarship Application

For Assistance and Questions:

UAF Financial Aid (including UAF CTC)

Mailing Address: 107 Eielson Building, P.O. Box 756360, Fairbanks, AK 99775

Phone: 907-474-7256 or 1-888-474-7256

Fax: 907-474-7065


UAA Financial Aid (Including Mat-Su and Kenai Campuses)

Mailing Address: Office of Financial Aid, 3211 Providence Drive, UC 105, Anchorage, AK 99508

Email Address:

Phone Number: 907-786-1480

UAS Financial Aid (Including Sitka)

Mailing Address: Novatney Bldg Top Floor 11066 Auke Lake Way Juneau, AK 99801

Email Address:

Phone Number: (907) 796-6255


2019 National Youth Science Camp Competition Open

The 2019 National Youth Science Camp (NYSC) competition is now open to Alaska high school students who will graduate by June 30, 2019.

NYSC is a great opportunity for all seniors, but especially those with a dedicated interest in scientific and engineering research. It is a residential science education program that honors and challenges two graduating high school science students from each state and others from selected countries around the world. Scientists from across the nation present lectures and hands‐on science seminars and linger to interact informally with student delegates. Delegates are challenged to explore new areas in the biological and physical sciences, art, and music with resident staff members. Opportunities are provided for delegates to present seminars covering their own areas of interest and research.

A visit to Washington D.C. permits delegates to visit some of the nation’s premier scientific, governmental, and cultural facilities. The NYSC experience includes overnight excursions into the Monongahela National Forest, featuring backpacking, rock‐climbing, caving, mountain biking, and kayaking opportunities. Delegates are required to participate in the camp program for its entirety, as the fast‐paced activities and remote location make travel to and from the NYSC very difficult. More information is available online at


The National Youth Science Camp is offered at NO COST to its participants so that selected delegates may attend regardless of their financial status. All educational and recreational programming, as well as meals, lodging, and round‐trip air passage on scheduled airlines are provided free of charge to the delegates.

How to apply:

Submit application materials online at The application window is open as of December 7th, and closes at 11:59pm on February 28th.

Applicants will need to submit the following documents:

  1. A letter detailing your qualifications and reasons for applying (must be typed),

  2. A resume detailing your academic achievements and extracurricular activities,

  3. A recent academic transcript (including standardized test scores when possible),

  4. A letter of support from a teacher or research mentor

Delegates MUST be able to attend the entire NYSC program. Dates for 2019 are June 27 through July 20, 2019. Please keep this requirement in mind when applying

For more information, contact Bjørn Wolter ( or visit


Randi Shrider | Anchorage, Eagle River, Wasilla | | 907.622.6631

Ryan Tilbury | Delta, Fairbanks, Juneau | | 907.374.9432

Helpful Tips & Tricks for Interviews:

Apprenticeship Application Information:

If you are interested in a career in the Trades see the application deadlines below.

A bit of advice: Work with your academic counselor on your interview skills. At has been noted by many apprenticeship program coordinators that high school students need to practice their interview skills. That being said, make an appointment for a mock interview that focuses on the job or program you are interested in.

Link to Alaska Works Partnership for more details regarding specific programs:

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Anchorage Office:

December Recap:

What a busy month! The Lego Leagues wrapped up their season with Terri and had celebrations and competitions. We had our winter party at Bear Tooth with the Eagle River office, where families watched Balto, and got to enjoy pizza and popcorn. We announced our door decorating winners, the Price family with door #1! Congratulations! Alaska Resource Education hosted a workshop on oilfield development and used cupcakes to explain the process, how fun! Our staff had a small holiday party where we exchanged secret Santa gifts and made ornaments with help from Carmen. Our office is closed the 24th, 25th, 26th, and the 31st, 1st, 2nd. We wish everyone a happy holiday and cheers to 2019!

Reminder, if you need to meet with your advisory teacher it is best to call and schedule an appointment!

Upcoming Dates/Events/Deadlines:

December 31st - OFFICE CLOSED

January 1st & 2nd - OFFICE CLOSED

January 3rd & 4th - Office open, all teachers out, no activities/workshops

January 8th, 9th, 10th - Science Workshops: Sharks

January 8th - Reading Workshop: Help My Child Can't/Won't Read!

January 9th - PAC + SIA Meetings

January 10th - I Know I Can K-2, Parent Workshop: Internet Safety

January 11th - ARTiculate, Book Club Starts

January 14th - Sewing School Starts

January 15th - PEAKS Workshop

January 17th - PEAKS Workshop, Seniors Graduation Planning Meeting, Kids2College: Education Options

January 18th - Field Trip: UAA Planetarium

January 21st-25th - National School Choice Week

January 24th - STEM Workshop

January 29th - PEAKS Workshop

January 31st - PEAKS Workshop, Parent Co-Op Homeschool Success

January 31st - Second Quarter Progress Reports & Work Samples due

January 31st - 1st Semester Reimbursements & Internet due

Staff Out of Office Dates:

Carmen: January 1st-4th, 11th, 18th, 25th

Danae: January 1st-4th, 7th, 14th, 21st

Terri: January 1st-4th, 28th-31st

Randi IN office: January 10th, 17th

For more details about our events and to RSVP, please click on our SMORE below!

Delta Office:

December Recap:

Our Christmas Open House was well attended. Families brought delicious food to share, thank you. We earned about $100.00 from the silent auction, for our activity fund. Again, thank you wonderful Raven families. We enjoy spending time with you!

Ryan visited with our Jr. Lego team, Innovation Creation Kids Station or I.C.K.S.. They are preparing for an open House in January where they will explain what they have been working on.

Christmas craft: We had so much fun making Christmas ornaments and eating cookies together. Our students are very artistic.

Senior meeting: We had our 4th senior meeting on Tuesday. Ryan spoke to the students about the value of On the Job Training. Many of this year’s graduates have earned credit with On the Job Training.

Pre-K Stockings are in! Yukon Koyukuk School Districts sent stockings for our youngest students. Thank you!

Looking way ahead to next year:

Boy’s Night Out To Be Announced…

Girls Tea February 19th, sign up to volunteer…save the date

January 8th - Terrific Tuesday for Puffins

January 15th - Terrific Tuesday for Wolves: Craft project

January 22nd - Terrific Tuesday for Hawks

January 23rd - Tour the IGA: behind the scenes

January 24th - Cookie bake off

January 29th - Senior meeting with Ryan and Pizza

January 29th - Terrific Tuesday Owls

January 30th - Lego Jr. Open House

For more details about our events and to RSVP, please click on our SMORE below!

Eagle River Office:

December Recap:

December was another busy month in our Eagle River office! We have to start by thanking everyone for their flexibility and understanding as we moved workshops around and rescheduled activities while we got our office back together after the earthquake! Our Battle of the Books teams have been busy reading and practicing for the district competition in a few months. We also had a fun winter party with the Anchorage office at Bear Tooth Theatre. Several families joined us to watch Balto and enjoy pizza and popcorn. The first Ski Club outing was a great success thanks to all the snow we finally received! Geography Club visited Australia this month, and they learned all about the different Christmas traditions that they celebrate there. Deb Fancher was in the office and taught everyone all about the physics of toys. It was neat to see that toys can be scientific tools as well as fun items to play with! Randi took a few middle and high schoolers bowling to celebrate the winter break and all the hard work they’ve done so far this school year. Our in-office holiday party was so much fun! Several families joined us for fun morning involving a birch ornament craft, white elephant gift exchange and lots of snacks. We ended the month by doing a wrapping paper station at Fred Meyer on two different evenings.

We hope all of our Raven Homeschool families have a very happy holiday season! We are so thankful for every single one of you!

January Activities & Events:

January 1st-2nd - Office Closed

January 8th - Field Trip: UAA Planetarium

January 9th - PAC Meeting

January 10th - Ski Club

January 11th - Science Workshop: Sharks

January 14th - BOB 3/4

January 15th - BOB K-2

January 15th - ARTiculate: Alaska Landscapes with Georgia O’Keeffe

January 16th - Geography Club: Antarctica

January 17th - BOB 5/6 and 7/8

January 22nd - Kids2College

January 22nd - Healthy Relationships Plus

January 23rd - Ski Club

January 24th - BOB 5/6, K-2 and 7/8

January 24th - “I Know I Can” with Randi

January 25th - Field Trip: Ice Skating

January 28th - BOB K-2 and 3/4

January 29th - Kids2College

January 29th - Healthy Relationships Plus

January 31st - BOB 5/6 and 7/8

January 31st - Second Quarter Progress Reports & Work Samples due

January 31st - 1st Semester Reimbursements & Internet due

Staff Schedules:

Randi will be out of the office January 1st-7th, 18th, 24th, and 31st. She will be working out of the Anchorage office on January 10th and 17th, and out of the Wasilla office on January 16th, 23rd and 30th.

Steve will be out of the office January 1st-7th, 11th, 14th, 21st, and 28th.

For more details about our events and to RSVP, please click on our SMORE below!

Fairbanks Office:

December Recap:

A-Chill Field Trip:

Ms. Mari Hoe-Raitto, our YKSD hired ACHILL (Alaska Care and Husbandry Instruction for Lifelong Living) instructor opened her farm and home to our Raven families. Mari first of all introduce her dogs, her livestock, and had families walk through the pet boarding facility to see some new puppies. There was time to try out some skiing and skijoring and everyone got to have lunch around the bonfire. I was told the scavenger hunt was fantastic. Thank you Mari!

Battle of the Books:

Practices have begun, our Fairbanks office has at least one team in each of the age divisions. Students got a head start on reading this year with many families purchasing their own sets of books. If anyone else is interested in joining a team, please let us know, it’s not too late. Also, we have a full set of battle books available to check-out here in the office if need be.

Art Classes:

Our inaugural semester of art classes wrapped up this month. The elementary aged students finished their classes by making paper ornaments, many of which can be seen on Raven and YKSD staffers desks. The older students celebrated their last class with a gallery showing and peer critique, followed by holiday movies and a pizza party. Second semester art classes are being finalized now and will start in late January.

Book Fair:

The school participated in a Barnes & Noble book fair from the 13th to the 17th. During this time, we also had some volunteers who did gift wrapping as part of the fundraiser. We’re waiting to see the numbers, but all proceeds will go directly to our local Student Activities Fund.

Raven Family Holiday Party:

The Raven staff hosted their annual potluck holiday party this month. There were many fun activity stations set up throughout the building. Nicole from Barnes & Noble came and read Disney stories in our “snow globe” lab, there were keepsake fingerprint ornaments, elf hats and cookie decorating. Thank you to all the families that brought delicious dishes to share, please enjoy a warm and safe Christmas and a joyful New Year!

Office Closures:

December 31st - Office Closed

January 1st - Office Closed

January Staff Schedules:

Natasha Anderson - out of office December 31st-January 4th

Chuck Backe - out of office December 31st-January 4th, 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th and 29th

Jessica Desrochers - out of office December 31st-January 1st

Tami Rump - out of office December 31st-January 1st

Ryan Tilbury - out of office January 11th, in Delta January 29th

Cathy Walker - out of office December 31st-January 4th, 11th, 17th, 18th, 25th and 31st

For more details about our events and to RSVP, please click on our SMORE below!

Juneau Office:

December in Review:

December has been a flurry of activity getting ready for the holidays! The Digital Animation and Drawing Club, Chess Club, and Spanish Club continued to meet. We hosted a Sip ‘n Paint Activity for middle and high school students which produced some lovely works of art. During our monthly PAC Meeting, we also did an Hour of Code Activity with the students where they each got to code their very own “Unusual Discovery” using Scratch. Our FLL and JrFLL teams competed at the Juneau Robot Jamboree and team “Happy Dave” will be going up to Anchorage for the championship tournament in January. We held our annual Stocking Stuffer Gift Exchange at our office and 26 students participated this year which was super fun. The Yearbook Committee worked on design themes and preparing for a Cover Design Contest. Another annual favorite this month was our Caroling Activity. We had a group of families meet at our office, enjoy eating lunch together, make Christmas cards for the elderly folks, and go sing Christmas carols and give out the cards at the Wildflower Court care facility. Our YKSD River Schools put on a Virtual Holiday Program which almost twenty of our students enjoyed watching while decorating their own graham cracker gingerbread houses. Our Holiday Craft Party was also a hit as usual and many families enjoyed fellowshipping with each other while making fun ornaments for their trees. It was a wonderful month to connect with so many of our Raven families and wish them well this holiday season.

January Important Dates:

January 8th - Digital Animation/Drawing/Coding Club for 6th-12th grades

January 9th - Parent Advisory Committee Meeting & Student Activity

January 14th - NASA Exhibit at Mendenhall Library

January 15th - Tiger Math Activity for K-6th

January 15th - Digital Animation/Drawing/Coding Club for 6th-12th grades

January 18th - Bowling Alley Tour & Bowling

January 22nd - Art Activity All Grades

January 22nd - Digital Animation/Drawing/Coding Club for 6th-12th grades

January 23rd - National School Choice Week Activity

January 25th - Yearbook Committee Meeting

January 25th - Scholastic Reading Club Jan Orders Due

January 28th - Chess Club

January 28th-February 1st - Great Kindness Challenge

January 28th - February 1st - High School Counselor Ryan’s Visit: Appointments & Activities

January 29th - Graduation Meeting & Lunch

January 29th - UAS Tour (tentative)

January 29th - Digital Animation/Drawing/Coding Club for 6th-12th grades

January 29th - Potluck & Family Movie Night at Gold Town Nickelodeon Theater

January 30th - UAS Career & Technical Education Center Tour (tentative)

January 31st - H.E.A.R. Anti-bullying & Respect Activity with National Guard

January 31st - College & Career Readiness Workshop

January 31st - Deadline to submit artwork for the Yearbook Cover Design Contest

January 31st - Q2 Progress Reports Due

January 31st - Reimbursement Deadline for all July-Dec receipts

February 1st - World Read Aloud Day Pajama Party

Staff Schedules:

Theresa Off - January 1st-7th, 14th, 21st, 28th

Joan Off - January 1st-4th, 11th, 18th, 25th

Office Closed - January 1st

For more details about our events and to RSVP, please click on our SMORE below!

Wasilla Office:

December in a Nutshell:

This month full of holiday cheer seems to have flown by! We've kept busy at the Wasilla office welcoming some new late-enrollments to the Raven family, packing up the scholastic book fair, and boxing up the office in anticipation of moving to our new location next month. While our awesome admin lady Mrs. Monique was relaxing on the beach in Hawaii, the remaining office staff and several of our homeschool families went to see the Alaskan Nutcracker at the Glenn Massay Theater, put on by Sonja's Studio of Dance. Clover and Esther Edwards danced as part of this magical and entertaining performance. Afterward the children enjoyed candy cane treats served in costumed style. This month, in lieu of a Culinary Bake-Off, Raven hosted a Christmas Cookie Exchange, followed by a small party with refreshments. Thank you for creating delicious confectionaries and sharing them with us!

January Events & Activities:

January 1st - Office Closed

January 8th - Battle of the Books meeting: Middle School

January 9th - Battle of the Books meeting: 3rd/4th

January 9th - PAC Meeting

January 16th - Counselor Randi in Office

January 22nd - Battle of the Books meeting: Middle School

January 23rd - Battle of the Books meeting: 3rd/4th

January 23rd - Kids 2 College with Counselor Randi

January 29th - Battle of the Books meeting: Middle School

January 30th - Battle of the Books meeting: 3rd/4th

January 31st - DEADLINE: Second Quarter Progress Reports & Work Samples DUE

January 31st - DEADLINE: 1st SEMESTER Reimbursements & Internet DUE

TBD - House of Bread

TBD - Pillowcase Project

For more details about our events and to RSVP, please click on our SMORE below!

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