Big Lake Elementary Newsletter

JANUARY 11, 2018

SCHOOL INFO FOR YOU

NO SCHOOL MONDAY

Martin Luther King, Jr holiday is Monday, January 15th. School is closed.

LEGO ROBOTICS

Our Lego Robotics team will be competing in the state tournament Jan. 20th at Dimond High School in Anchorage. Go team!

VOLLEYBALL

Volleyball season is from January 16 to March 1st. Practice is from 4-5pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Games are being scheduled with other schools and will be after school in February. Parents will provide transportation to and from the games. Permission slips are required.

CROSS COUNTRY SKIING

Cross Country Skiing will start Tuesday, January 16th and run until it's too warm to ski. We have some skis and boots for your student to borrow. If your student didn't bring home a permission slip, they are available in the front office.

Practice times are:

  • 1st and 3rd grades Tuesday 4-5PM
  • 2nd and 4th grades Wednesday 4-5PM
  • Kdg and 5th grades Monday 4-5PM

JUNIOR NATIVE YOUTH OLYMPICS

Big Lake Elementary 5th graders can join the JNYO Team. Coach Barrett started practices on Tuesday, January 9th from 8-9AM Monday through Friday.


Athletes will compete in the following events:

  • One Foot High KIck
  • Alaskan High Kick
  • Eskimo Stick Pull


Tournaments will be held on:
  • 6th Annual Mat-Su JNYO Event on February 10th at Houston Middle School
  • Alaska State Tournament will be February 23rd, 24th, and 25th at the UAA Wells Fargo Arena in Anchorage

The fee to participate is $5 and you will receive a JNYO T-shirt. Pick up a permission slip and insurance form from Mrs. Mason in the front office.

LIBRARY PAGES

We are taking our STAR reading placement tests this week for AR levels.


Also, Kindergarten will start taking their library books home. This is a big step of responsibility for these kiddos. We have reviewed book care and the do's and don'ts of having our book at home. Books are due the next library day. McDonald is on Mondays and Duncan is on Tuesdays!

NURSE RX

With winter comes sick children and I would like to remind everyone of the Districts policy of when children should be kept home.


  • A temperature of 100 or greater without medication
  • No vomiting within 24 hours
  • Students with diarrhea
  • Students with a rash unless there is MD documentation that the student is cleared to be in school.


On another note there are few children due for immunizations. These student's parents will be notified via a note coming home with these notifications.

If you have any questions please feel free to call Nurse Moore at 892-9705 or e-mail at Nancy.Moore@matsuk12.us.

Thanks for sharing your children with me this year.

WINTER GEAR

All children need to be dressed appropriately for the weather while waiting at the bus stop and playing at recess. They should wear boots, snow pants, coats, gloves, and a hat. Please make sure your children have these items. Younger children have a hard time regulating their body temperature and do not always know when they are getting cold. If they do not have the appropriate gear they will not be allowed to go to recess. The school has very few items that students may borrow.

MUSIC NOTES: BAND CONCERT

Tuesday, February 13th at 6:30pm at Houston Middle School - Big Lake Elementary Band will combine with Meadow Lakes Elementary, Houston Middle, and Houston High School bands for a special band concert that evening you won't want to miss!

LOST & FOUND ITEMS

Can't find your child's gear? The lost and found is located by the back entrance to the gym.

This picture is from December 4th.

YEARBOOK PICTURES

Do you have pictures for our yearbook -- concerts, games, clubs, or activities? You can submit your pictures here: https://community.lifetouch.com/. The Community Image Upload Site Access Code: PPUXDA. We look forward to seeing your pictures.

PTO UPDATE

PARENT TEACHER ORGANIZATION INFORMATION

Please join the PTO to help plan, volunteer, and share your ideas!


  • Spring bazaar planning meeting Friday, January 12th @ 4PM school library
  • BLE Family Skate Night, January 26 from 6-8PM, at the Big Lake Lions Recreation Center. Look for a flyer to come home soon with more information.
  • Next PTO meeting February 14 @ 4PM
  • Parents and children welcome


Big Lake Elementary has an ongoing fundraiser. Please share this link with family and friends near and far:

https://mightynest.com/schools/ak/big-lake/big-lake-elementary

JANUARY LUNCH MENU

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FUNDRAISERS

BOX TOPS

Gather up your box tops and bring them in. We are having a class competition starting on Monday, January 8 and ending on Wednesday, January 31. The class with the most box tops will earn a prize.

4th GRADE PIZZA CARDS

Help our 4th grade students get to the Seward Sea Life Center. They are selling Papa Murphy cards to help fund this field trip. The cards cost $10 each and contain approximately $20 in savings.


Contact a 4th grade student, Mrs. Lovelace at 892-9726 or Miss Service at 892-9728 if you would like to buy a card.


Thank you for supporting the 4th grade students.

5th GRADE COFFEE

Oh, the smell of fresh brewed coffee. Fifth grade is selling coffee to raise money for their overnight field trip to Homer.


Coffee will be available all year long and delivered every other week. There are many different sizes and flavors available. If you want to get in on this great deal contact a fifth grade student or Kristal Whitted at 892-9716.


Thank you for supporting Big Lake Elementary 5th grade.

About Us

Brenna Reintsma, Principal

Jason Moen, Assistant Principal

Chris Sawyer, Admin. Secretary

Shari Mason, Office Secretary