Activities & Field Trips

July - September / Raven Correspondence School, Anchorage

Join us this fall - there's SO much to experience and learn!

JULY: Passport to Reading / Alaska Native Heritage Center / Hiking at Hilltop / Painting Class

AUGUST: Scholastic Book Fair / Back to School Party / Challenger Center of Alaska

SEPTEMBER: Golf / Color Me Mine / Science Workshops / Campbell Creek Science Center /

Self-Propelled Boxcar Derby


RSVP is required to participate in activities. Your RSVP is not finalized until you receive an e-mail from Valerie asking for you to confirm your RSVP, and then you respond with the confirmation.

[ J U L Y ]

Passport to Reading!

Wednesday, July 1st, 8am

341 W Tudor Rd

Anchorage, AK

Raven's NEW Reading Incentive Program! *This is not an ACTUAL event on July 1*


When: The program runs July 1, 2015 - May 30, 2016.

Who: Raven students in grades PK-12.

Reading Rules: This program promotes independent reading. Books students are reading must be at the student's appropriate reading level.


Here's How It Works

1. Sign your student up through this online flier.
2. The Ultimate Goal is to read 100,000 miles around the world by completing 6 missions.
3. Get your Mission 1 Passport and Bookmark on/after July 1.
4. Start Reading!


  • PK-2nd Graders: 5 minutes = 200 miles
  • 3rd-12th Graders: 10 minutes = 200 miles
5. Learn about each city on the route on your trip around the world.

6. Earn coins! Use your coins to buy AWESOME books!

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Alaska Native Heritage Center

Thursday, July 16th, 9:45am-1:30pm

8800 Heritage Center Dr

Anchorage, AK

What: Join us for a fun-filled day learning about Alaska Native cultures!

What to Bring: A sack lunch and weather-appropriate shoes/clothing.

Schedule: See below!

Student Cost: $6/student - can be taken out of your allotment!

Parent Cost: $10/person - payable by cash only at the Raven Office by Friday, July 10th


Schedule

9:45am: Arrive

10:00am: Enter the Center

11:15am: Village Sites - Guided Tour

11:30am: Alaska Native Games Demonstration

12:15pm: Lunch

12:45pm: Alaska Native Dance Demonstration/Class

- OR - Each family can choose between viewing the Native Dance Demonstration OR the Film

1:00pm: Film - Asveq (The Walrus Hunt) and Native Time

1:30pm: Hall of Cultures - Self-Guided Tour

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Hike: Hilltop

Wednesday, July 29th, 1pm

7015 Abbott Rd

Anchorage, AK

Join Terri on this fun summer hike at Hilltop! Meet at the Hilltop Ski Area parking lot.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Grades K-5: Painting Class with Palette

Thursday, July 30th, 11am-12pm

1417 W Northern Lights Blvd

Anchorage, AK

Who: Grades K-5

Where: Palette Pop-Up Art Studio

What: Come paint Alaskan mountains!

Cost: $40/student - includes supplies

You may use allotment funds if ART is on your student's ILP.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Grades 6-12: Painting Class with Palette

Thursday, July 30th, 1-3pm

1417 W Northern Lights Blvd

Anchorage, AK

Who: Grades 6-12

Where: Palette Pop-Up Art Studio

What: Come paint Alaskan wildflowers!

Cost: $50/student - includes supplies

You may use allotment funds if ART is on your student's ILP.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

[ A U G U S T ]

Scholastic's "Monster Book Fair!"

Monday, Aug. 3rd, 8am to Thursday, Aug. 13th, 4:30am

341 W Tudor Rd

Anchorage, AK

Our Scholastic Book Fair is a reading event that brings the books kids want to read right into our school. It's a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level. Please make plans to visit our Book Fair and be involved in shaping your child's reading habits!

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Back to School Party at Bear's Tooth!

Friday, Aug. 14th, 11am

1230 West 27th Avenue

Anchorage, AK

Who: Raven Families!

When: Festivities begin at 11:00am!

What: Come meet other Raven families, celebrate the new school year with Raven staff, and enjoy pizza and soda while watching a fun movie!

Cost: $8/person - includes the movie, 2 slices of pizza and unlimited soda!


Why Did We Select The Muppets Take Manattan?

  1. It's FUN! Who doesn't love the Muppets?!
  2. It's Family Friendly! Check out its content analysis at Common Sense Media: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/movie-reviews/the-muppets-take-manhattan
  3. It ties in with our Monster Book Fair! This monster movie is the perfect way to wrap up our Scholastic Monster Book Fair!

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

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Challenger Center of Alaska

Thursday, Aug. 27th, 12-6pm

9711 Kenai Spur Hwy

Kenai, AK

When: Thursday, August 27 at 12:00-6:00pm
Who: Grades 4-12
Where: The Challenger Learning Center in Kenai, Alaska!
Each family is responsible for their transportation to/from Kenai.
Cost: A maximum cost of $45 per student from allotment, depending on how many students RVSP. We must have at least 14 students from each age group RSVP.
RSVP: You must RSVP to Valerie (vthurston@yksd.com) and confirm details by Friday, July 31st.


Student, Sibling & Parent Policies

Student Policy: We can only accept RSVPs from students in grades 4-12.


Sibling Policy: If a sibling is in 3rd grade or younger, they must stay home. They cannot attend the field trip nor observe the field trip. If a non-Raven sibling is in 4th grade or older, they may only attend the field trip if there is space available for them to participate, and they must pay the student cost.


Parent Policy: At least one parent must be present for the field trip. As per the Challenger Center's policy, parents are treated as "aliens" for the duration of each session. Parents can only observe and may not assist. The missions are designed to have the kids struggle in order to succeed. The Challenger staff is equipped to help students through the learning experience in order to reach a positive outcome.


What Will My Student Learn?

Group A: Grades 4-6

12:00-2:30pm - Voyage to Mars Mission Simulation
2:30-3:30pm - Break & Group Activity Led by Raven Staff
3:30-6:00pm - Nanotechnology in Space Workshop


Group B: Grades 7-12
12:00-2:30pm - Thermal Engineering Design Workshop
2:30-3:30pm - Break & Group Activity Led by Raven Staff
3:30-6:00pm - Earth Mission Simulation


Detailed Descriptions of Programming

For detailed descriptions of each of the above student programming, please contact Valerie: vthurston@yksd.com.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

[ S E P T E M B E R ]

Ages 5-9: Golf with First Tee of Alaska

Friday, Sep. 4th, 11am-12pm

801 Pine Street

Anchorage, AK

What: Students will try their hand at golf during the first installment of our PE Club!

Equipment: All golf equipment will be provided by the First Tee of Alaska.

What to Bring: Weather-appropriate clothing and close-toed shoes.

Cost: $10/student - You may use allotment funds if PE is on your student's ILP.


The mission of The First Tee of Alaska is to positively impact the lives of young people by providing learning facilities and educational programs that promote character development and life-enhancing values through the game of golf.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Ages 10+: Golf with First Tee of Alaska

Friday, Sep. 4th, 12:30-2pm

801 Pine Street

Anchorage, AK

What: Students will try their hand at golf during the first installment of our PE Club!

Equipment: All golf equipment will be provided by the First Tee of Alaska.

What to Bring: Weather-appropriate clothing and close-toed shoes.

Cost: $10/student - You may use allotment funds if PE is on your student's ILP.


The mission of The First Tee of Alaska is to positively impact the lives of young people by providing learning facilities and educational programs that promote character development and life-enhancing values through the game of golf.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Color Me Mine

Friday, Sep. 11th, 10-11am

8130 Old Seward Highway

Anchorage, AK

Who: Grades K-12

What: Pick a piece* to paint!

Cost: $16/painter* - You may use allotment funds if ART is on your student's ILP.


*The $16 fee includes: a $4 studio fee and an item to paint which costs $12 or less.

The $12 price point includes salad plates, small mugs and small figurines. If you would like to allow your student to choose a more expensive item to paint, you will need to pay the remaining balance to Color Me Mine on the day of the field trip.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Science Workshop: Session 1 - Gr. 6-8

Tuesday, Sep. 15th, 1-2:30pm

341 W Tudor Rd

Anchorage, AK

Who: Grades 6-8

What: Join us for an awesome educational experience with the amazing Mrs. Fancher!

Where: Anchorage Raven Office

Cost: $40/student - You may use allotment funds if SCIENCE is on your student's ILP.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Science Workshop: Session 2 - Gr. 3-6

Tuesday, Sep. 15th, 3-4:30pm

341 W Tudor Rd

Anchorage, AK

Who: Grades 3-6

What: Join us for an awesome educational experience with the amazing Mrs. Fancher!

Where: Anchorage Raven Office

Cost: $40/student - You may use allotment funds if SCIENCE is on your student's ILP.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Science Workshop: Session 3 - Gr. 3-6

Wednesday, Sep. 16th, 1-2:30pm

341 W Tudor Rd

Anchorage, AK

Who: Grades 3-6

What: Join us for an awesome educational experience with the amazing Mrs. Fancher!

Where: Anchorage Raven Office

Cost: $40/student - You may use allotment funds if SCIENCE is on your student's ILP.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Science Workshop: Session 4 - Gr. 9-12

Wednesday, Sep. 16th, 3:30-5pm

341 W Tudor Rd

Anchorage, AK

Who: Grades 9-12

What: Join us for an awesome educational experience with the amazing Mrs. Fancher!

Where: Anchorage Raven Office

Cost: $40/student - You may use allotment funds if SCIENCE is on your student's ILP.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Science Workshop: Session 5 - Gr. 3-6

Thursday, June 18th, 1-2:30pm

341 W Tudor Rd

Anchorage, AK

Who: Grades 3-6

What: Join us for an awesome educational experience with the amazing Mrs. Fancher!

Where: Anchorage Raven Office

Cost: $40/student - You may use allotment funds if SCIENCE is on your student's ILP.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Science Workshop: Session 6 - Gr. 3-6

Thursday, Sep. 17th, 3-4:30pm

341 W Tudor Rd

Anchorage, AK

Who: Grades 3-6

What: Join us for an awesome educational experience with the amazing Mrs. Fancher!

Where: Anchorage Raven Office

Cost: $40/student - You may use allotment funds if SCIENCE is on your student's ILP.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Campbell Creek Science Center

Friday, Sep. 18th, 9:45am-1:30pm

S Center Dr

Anchorage, AK

Who: Grades K-12

What: Always a favorite field trip - a half-day at the Campbell Creek Science Center!

Cost: $12/student - You may use allotment funds if SCIENCE is on your student's ILP.


What Will My Student Learn?

Grade K - Fossil Finders

Children dress up as dinosaurs and learn about special features that helped these ancient reptiles get around, defend themselves, and eat different foods. Junior paleontologists make fossil imprints and go on a mini-excavation. Throughout the day, children embark on a dinosaur safari and a tracking expedition of Alaska’s animals.


Grades 1-2 - Salmon Stories:

What makes a fish a fish? Explore fish characteristics as well as those unique to salmon. Children follow the life cycle of a salmon from egg to spawning adult. They recreate the salmon’s journey from fresh water to the sea and back again. Active games and puzzles engage students as they learn about the changes in form and habitat that take place over the fascinating life of a salmon.


Grades 3-5 - Forest Detectives:

Students solve forest mysteries and learn about food chains, predator/prey relationships, and habitats. Through games and forest exploration, students learn how the living and non-living parts of an ecosystem are connected.


Grades 6-12 - Creekside Curiosities:

Explore ecosystem concepts and connections by investigating the aquatic habitats and riparian areas of Campbell Creek. Students familiarize themselves with the stream ecosystem through sensory awareness activities and demonstrations. In addition, students collect and analyze data about riparian ecosystems.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Self-Propelled Boxcar Derby!

Friday, Sep. 25th, 12:45-2:15pm

2020 West 48th Avenue

Anchorage, AK

Who: Grades K-12

Cost: $20/participant - You may use allotment funds if SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY or ART is on your student's ILP.


What is it?

A fun and engaging competition in which students will be challenged to design their own self-propelled derby car! At home, students will:

  1. Use a standard pinewood derby kit to construct their own car.
  2. Design a unique and original way for their car to propel itself forward without being pushed.
  3. Paint and/or decorate their car.

Then, all the student participants will gather together for the competition!


Participant Requirements

Deadline: In order to participate, you must e-mail Valerie (vthurston@yksd.com) by Friday, September 4 with:

  1. Student Name
  2. Student Grade
  3. Entry Type - Individual or Group
  4. Requested Payment Type - Allotment or Cash (payable at the Anchorage Raven Office by 4:30pm on Friday, September 4th)


Rules & Competition Information

Supplies: Each individual participant or group is limited to $20, including the cost of the derby kit but not including shipping costs, to:

  1. Construct your car using a standard pinewood derby kit.
  2. Paint or decorate your car.
  3. Make your car GO!

Schedule:

12:45pm: Arrive, Help Set Up and Get Your Car Ready!

1:00pm: Competition Begins

2:00pm: Awards Ceremony

2:15pm: Help Clean Up and Go Home!


Judging:

There will be 4 award categories:

  1. Fastest: The car that's able to go the fastest speed, starting from a flat, stopped position and without being pushed.
  2. Farthest: The car that's able to go the farthest distance from a flat, stopped position without being pushed. We will measure distance by farthest point on the car's trajectory path compared to its starting point.
  3. Flashiest: The car that looks the most awesome! This is an award on which all participants and spectators will vote. Each person will be able to cast two votes.
  4. Freshest: The car that has the most innovative design for its self-propelling properties.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.