Larson Elementary

News You Can Use for October 7, 2022

From the Principal's Desk...

Dear Larson Families,

I know we are all surprised how fast September has flown by!

We have certainly had a fantastic month here…it’s been incredibly busy, but the progress the students have made in just a few short weeks has been astounding! By now, everyone is settling in well to their new classrooms, their new routines and getting down to the business of learning!

Now that October has arrived, we might see snow a day or two this month. Please remember that our students go outside year-round, and now is the time to bundle up appropriately for recess time. We are excited to have Brittany Perez join us as our newest recess monitor. We are also excited to welcome Kayla Peltier-McPhetridge and Cassandra Riggs as our new paraprofessionals. Welcome to our new staff members!

October is always a fun month at school…we’ll be diving into all things Fall as we gear up to the busy holiday season. This year we celebrate with our Fall Festival on October 21 from 5-7 pm. Always a great time, this year we are hoping to see even more families participating in the festival here at Larson Elementary.

If you haven’t already heard, the Larson XCountry Boys finished 1st in the elementary division at the XCountry district meet. Go Larson Eagles!

As always, if you have any questions or concerns – please let Ms. Kelly or myself know. We are always here to help.

We are looking forward to a great October!

Mrs. Kwoka

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Friday, October 21st from 5-7pm families are invited to enjoy an indoor, warm Fall Festival! Get your costumes ready to sneak down our Trick or Treat Hall and bring your skills as we will have games available to play as well! The cost is $20 per family and the first 100 students registered will receive a ticket to visit the Pumpkin Patch!

Fall Festival Tickets will be available for purchase at the door on the night of the event and game tickets will be available for purchase also. To preregister, fill out the form below and turn it into your student’s teacher with payment. ALL MONEY RAISED at this event will go towards classroom grants.

Thank you for your support!


Parent teacher conferences are being held on Monday, October 31st. There will be NO SCHOOL for students. Conference invites will be sent home the week of October 17th. Our goal is for our teachers to communicate with 100% of our parents/guardians.

We are asking parents to check the Larson Lost and Found while they are here for conferences. Lost clothing items are piling up! Our main Lost and Found is in the front entrance. There is also a Recess Lost and Found located in the downstairs alcove by Room 101.

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Larson Elementary is teaming up with Frontline Mission to help fight hunger! Please donate non-perishable food items to help benefit those in need. The food drive is being held throughout the month of October.
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Lifetouch Photography will be at Larson on Thursday, 11/3 for picture re-takes. They will also be taking classroom group photos. If your child needs a picture retake form please let the office or their teacher know. Retake forms will be available in the office and in the classrooms the week of October 24th.


Brittany Perez has been hired as Larson's new recess monitor and Kayla McPhetridge and Cassandra Riggs have been hired as paraprofessionals. Welcome to the Larson family!


Fridays are Fruit and Veggie Day at Larson! ! The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) is a supplemental service provided by a Federal Grant coordinated through Nutrition Services, with Nurse Ramilo.

Every Friday afternoon for the remainder of the school year, a new fruit or vegetable will be delivered to classrooms. It is completely OPTIONAL for students to try. Some of the produce may be unfamiliar to students and teachers. The program goal is to provide a nutritious snack and encourage students to learn about new fruits and vegetables.

If you have any questions regarding the FFV Program or the process for Larson, please contact Nurse Ramilo.

Friday, September 30th was Kumquat day and they were delicious!


Larson Elementary is excited to include parents in all aspects of our Title 1 program. Please click on the link below for our 2022-2023 Parent Engagement Policy. We also encourage parents to view our Family/School Compacts for Achievement for the 2022-23 school year. Compacts are available in the front office. Please contact the school at 907-352-2300 with any suggestions/input. We value your opinion!


Larson will continueto have NO REGULAR EDUCATION BUSES on Fridays and Mondays.

Through aggressive recruitment efforts, Durham School Services is adding more bus drivers to their pool every week. With the additional drivers, we are planning to have ONLY ONE regular education bus route cancellation per week starting Monday, October 24, 2022. In November, we hope to have all routes running daily. We will keep you posted as we get more information from Durham in the coming weeks.

Thank you for your continued cooperation and patience as 150 more cars drive through our drop off and pick up lines! As always, if your student is a usual bus rider, please pick up between 3:55pm - 4:15pm.

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Larson is hosting a Fall Coloring Contest for all grades! One winner will be selected from each grade. Coloring pages will be distributed in classrooms the week of October 10th. Participation is optional.


Nurse Ramilo is in need of gently used elementary student sized pants, shirts, socks, and underwear. All donations can be brought to the Nurse's Office. Thank you for yur generosity.


GET THESE DELICIOUS ROLLS JUST IN TIME FOR THANKSGIVING! The Texas Roadhouse Rolls fundraiser is coming soon and will run through mid-November. The Behavior Support Team (BSP) will be sending home order forms at the end of the month.

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Things are bustling here at Larson!

  • October 10th: PLC Late Start Monday (doors open at 10:05am)
  • October 10th: Math Club: 3:45pm - 5:15pm
  • October 11th: Lego Club 8:15-9:00am
  • October 11th: Battle of the Books 3:45-4:45pm
  • October 12th : September Student of the Month Celebration
  • October 13th: Battle of the Books 8:15am-9:00am
  • October 14th: Quarter 1 Ends
  • October 14th: 4th and 5th Grade Art Club 8am - 9am
  • Oct 17th: PLC Late Start Monday (doors open at 10:05am)
  • October 17th: Math Club 3:45-5:15pm
  • October 18th: Chess Club 8:15am-9:00am
  • October 18th: Battle of the Books 3:45-4:45pm
  • October 19th: Lion's Club Vision Screening (Eagle's Nest)
  • October 20th: Battle of the Books 8:15-9:00pm
  • October 21st: 4th and 5th Grade Art Club 8am - 9am
  • October 21st: Fall Festival 5-7 pm
  • October 24th-28th - Red Ribbon Week
  • October 24th: Math Club 3:45-5:15pm
  • October 25th: Chess Club 8:15am - 9:00am
  • October 25th: Battle of the Books 3:45-4:45pm
  • October 27th: Battle of the Books 8:15-9:00am
  • October 28th: 4th and 5th Grade Art Club 8am - 9am
  • October 31st: Parent Conferences/NO SCHOOL
  • November 11th: Professional Development Day -NO SCHOOL

Boy's and Girls Basketball is underway!

Boy's Basketball meets Tues/Thurs/Fri from 8:00am - 9:00am

Girl's Basketball meets Mon/Wed from 3:45 - 5:15pm

Choir is also underway!

Choir meets on Tues/Thurs from 8:15am - 9:00am

As always, please call the front office at 907-352-2300 with any questions or concerns.